The Mobile Identity Saga – Part 2/4

From the producers of the critically acclaimed “The Dark Side of Identity” Trilogy, get ready for yet another exciting and thought-provoking series focused on mobile for ID4D!

Mobile phones have impacted every aspect of our lives in a most profound way, and their influence  continues to grow, accelerated in recent times by the advent of mobile payments and credentials. In developed countries, today they are used routinely to attest for the COVID-19 vaccination status, to affect payments, and generally to assist individuals in their daily lives and to keep them connected as active members of society.  They have become the unique object that we cannot leave home without and the one that replaces everything else that we would normally carry.

While the convenience  of mobile phones in developed countries is uncontestable, they take another degree of significance within the development context that goes beyond convenience. In that context, they may be a necessity for empowering the poor and for a meaningful and dignified existence in a community.

This is especially true in remote and rural areas, where mobile phones often represent the only means for access and participation.

In the development context, policies such as SIM registration have set the stage for SIM numbers and mobile phones to become the proxy to individual digital identity. As such, access to mobile phones becomes a key prerequisite for inclusion. In fact, as a proxy to identity, access to affordable mobile phones could be considered a human right, especially as more and more essential services become exclusively available via that channel.

It is therefore abundantly clear that the topic of mobile for identity development is one of utmost importance.

This was validated by the call for speakers we issued on the topic, which has resulted in record high submissions (over 130 candidates). As a result we are telling the story of mobile and identity within a 4-part series, we call “The Mobile Identity Saga” for short.  To tell this story we interviewed nearly 100 of the most promising applicants and supplemented them by recruiting subject matter experts and thought leaders. Together they will help us tell this powerful story.

All in all, over 45 speakers are now cast in 4 LiveCast episodes covering 15 segments.

Join Part 2 of Our Saga!

The Saga began by focusing on pro-poor policies and solutions to explore the range of the possible and the enabling environment and technologies required to get there. WATCH PART 1.

Part 2 will further examine M4D policies by examining real-life country experiences with linking SIM to NIN from the perspective of the identity authority of Nigeria and Tanzania, along with the Mobile Network Operators that partnered with them. We will find out how mobile apps for enrollment and identity assertion have been leveraged successfully in Nigeria, not just to accelerate inclusion, but to give ID holders full control over the use of their ID. In addition, we will hear about the exciting open-source mobile ID management platform developed by MOSIP and will examine the ways in which innovators are finding promising solutions that will enable basic phones to be used as verifiable ID credentials.


This Saga is a must-watch series. Beyond being a story about one of the most important disruptive forces in our lives, it is being told through the voices of dozens of experts from all over the world, and is produced under the direction of the world’s most prominent identity expert, Dr. Joseph Atick and his seasoned production team at ID4Africa. Together they have produced for you thus far, over 70 hours of high quality and pertinent content through 27 LiveCasts that have covered many aspects of identity. This same team brought you the hit episodes such as The Dark Side of Identity Trilogy (season 3) and the Vaccination Trilogy (season 2). If you enjoy these productions, you’re guaranteed to love this Saga.

So mark your calendar and register TODAY!


Dr. Joseph Atick

Executive Chairman

Dr. Joseph Atick is a recognized world renowned advocate and expert on identity matters. Having been one of the founders of the identity industry nearly 30 years ago, he led several companies in that domain and developed some of the foundational algorithms underlying secure digital identity today, including the first commercially viable face recognition algorithm.

Dr. Atick retired from the industry in 2010 to focus on promoting identity for social and economic development around the world. In that mission he partnered with the World Bank and other UN agencies, and was heavily involved in the development and field testing of the methodology and analytic tools that would guide the subsequent activities in that space, and would lead to the launch of the ID4D initiative at the World Bank.

In 2014, he co-founded ID4Africa as a pan-African Movement to promote responsible digital transformations through digital identity in Africa. He is a staunch defender of privacy, data protection and human rights and continues to provide counsel to governments and international organization on the use of identity for public good. Dr. Atick holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics from Stanford University.

Linking SIM to NIN? A policy assessment
Aliyu Aziz

Aliyu Aziz

Director General/CEO

Aliyu AZIZ is the Director General /CEO of NIMC in Nigeria. Before this appointment, he was one of the pioneers of the Commission and held the position of Director for the Information Technology (IT) /National Identity Database Department. Previously, he was Director at the Secretariat of the Presidential Implementation Committee; responsible for implementing government decisions for consumer credit systems, national outsourcing initiatives and the harmonization of identification schemes in Nigeria.

Edson Guyai

Ag. Director, ID Management

As Acting Director of ID Management at NIDA, Tanzania, Edson oversees the identification and registration process, along with the issuance of National ID cards in Tanzania — a role he has held since April 2020. Prior to this Edson served as Systems Development and Implementation Manager, where he designed and developed open standard data exchange interfaces for authorized National ID stakeholders. He and his team managed to successfully integrate more than 50 government and private institutions. Edson also served as project manager where he led a team to develop and implement national ID systems. Before Joining NIDA, Edson worked for Vodacom Tanzania as Senior Billing Analyst. He specializes in identity systems based on smart card technologies and biometric technologies, project management, business and systems analysis, business process management, software development methodologies, policies and procedures development, and business and technical documentation.

Linda Riwa

Consumer Business Unit Director
Vodacom Tanzania PLC

As the Consumer Business Director, Linda Riwa is responsible for driving the consumer business strategy to grow the business and increase its market share. 

Linda has 8 years’ experience in the telecommunication industry under different functions including pricing and segments, customer value management, VAS, International and roaming businesses.  She has championed the acceleration of the Vodafone way of segment marketing in Tanzania by launching the high value and youth Platforms and has led business revenue growth through portfolio price transformation.

Linda is championing both, the biometric registration and Sim cards declaration requirement projects for VTPL.

Shoyinka Shodunke

Chief Information Officer
MTN - Nigeria

Shoyinka has over 20 years’ experience in demonstrating business values and implementing pivotal technology initiatives. He has held positions across IT including General Manager, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Information Officer for several MTN operations, including those located in Nigeria, Zambia, Uganda and Cameroon.

In 2020, he shifted from MTN and joined Vodafone Ghana where he was Director of Technology. He later returned as Chief Information Officer at MTN Nigeria with extensive knowledge and experience in business strategy, digital transformation and service delivery.

Mobile in Support of Foundational Identity: The Nigeria experience

Engr. Lanre Yusuf

Acting Director, Software & Biometrics

Engr Lanre Yusuf is currently responsible for managing all software applications in identity ecosystem and Automated Biometrics Identification System (ABIS) at the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Nigeria.

With about 30 years experience in both public and private institutions, he has worked in various capacities from being a software developer, systems analyst, project manager, IT consultant to senior management position in the ICT industry in New York.

He hold a MSc in Computer Engineering from the National Aviation University, Kiev, Ukraine and MBA in IT Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. He is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (MNSE) and Computer Professionals of Nigeria (MCPN).

Chibuzor Onwurah

Co-Founder & Executive Director
Seamfix Limited

Chibuzor Onwurah is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Seamfix Limited. He is a first-class graduate of Electronic Engineering from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and holds an MSc in Computer Security from the University of Liverpool. He is also an Alibaba eFounder Fellow, a Member of the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria and a Member of the Institute of Directors, Nigeria. Chibuzor is a versatile technology executive skilled in Technology Management, Strategic Planning, Business Development, and Organizational Leadership.

Uchenna Chigbo

Acting Director

Uchenna Chigbo (Uche) is Acting Director at National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). She is also the Senior Special Assistant to the DG/CEO of NIMC and has over 20 years’ experience in Government and Consulting. She joined the Presidential Implementation Committee Secretariat on the National Identification schemes, National Consumer Credit Scheme and National Outsourcing Initiatives – the committee that oversaw the setting up of NIMC in 2007, where she was Technical Assistant to the Director in charge of Information Technology. Uche later became a pioneer staff of NIMC as an Assistant Director in the IT/Identity Database department. She has served in several capacities in NIMC as Head Project Management Office, Regional Head of Operations in North East geopolitical zone, Special Adviser to the Director General, amongst many other adhoc roles.

Prior to NIMC, she has worked with government institutions in Nigeria such as the Bureau of Public Enterprises, Ministry of Federal Capital Territory and the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. She holds an MBA from Business School Netherlands and a BSc in Computer Science/Statistics from the University of Nigeria Nsukka.

Developing Robust ID Management on Smart Phones

Ramesh Narayanan

Chief Technology Officer

Ramesh Narayanan is the Chief Technology Officer of MOSIP – Modular Open Source Identity Platform. He works with the development team on solution architecture, design and development of the platform, and focuses on privacy and security aspects. He works on creation of standards, specifications and tooling for interoperability and trust as part of the digital trust infrastructure that MOSIP builds for countries.

An electronics engineering graduate from the University of Mumbai (1996), Ramesh has spent most of his career with startups building software products in telecom, banking, consumer internet, and supply chain domains. His banking solutions startup Saastha Infotech (2004-2008) built numerous solutions targeting suburban and rural banking setups in India. It was acquired by Nelito Systems, a Tata Group company. His second startup MockBank (2015-2017) was acquired by Embibe (Reliance Jio group) after its test-prep platform organically grew a large user base in a short timeframe.
Can basic phones be used as verifiable ID credentials?

Dr. Chris Hicks

The Alan Turing Institute

Dr. Chris Hicks is a computer science researcher at the Alan Turing Institute where he specializes in security and privacy. His current research includes advancing the use of smartcards, mobile SIM cards and low-cost mobile devices as tools for improving digital authentication options in developing countries. Chris is also a graduate of the University of Birmingham, an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR), where he studied cryptographic key management and authentication protocols for autonomous and connected vehicles

Taron Mohan

NextGen Telesolutions

Taron Mohan is Founder and CEO of NextGen TeleSolutions. NextGen disrupts / innovates and re-defines mobile banking and payments across the globe with a core focus on adding security and encryption capabilities to mobile devices enabling “secure transactions” on any device.

A serial entrepreneur, he has a passion for delivery on technology and simplifying customer experience and has built several organizations at the zenith in terms of innovation. Taron has been behind many firsts in India including building the mobile VAS business in the country and introducing the concept of downloads / premium data services in India.

Sebastien Codeville

KaiOS Technologies

Sebastien Codeville is a founding member and CEO of KaiOS Technologies and brings more than 20 years of experience in telecommunications and technology to the company. In 2016, he led the company in the development and delivery of their flagship product, KaiOS, a leading mobile operating system.

As CEO, Sebastien’s responsibilities include corporate direction, developing new business partnerships to accelerate global deployment, and attracting key talent to the organization. He oversees the company’s seven offices around the world to facilitate the expansion. Under his leadership, KaiOS has won several awards and recognitions including recently being recognized by the Red Dot for its design excellence in the Interface and User Experience category.

Prior to his role as CEO at KaiOS Technologies, Sebastien had an impressive track record in the telecom industry as vice president, Products and Programs for North America, at TCT Mobile Inc. He has also held management positions at TCL Communications, Philips Semiconductors, and Alcatel Mobile.

Christian Casari

Chief Sales Officer
Youniqx Identity AG

As Chief Sales Officer, Christian is responsible for the international business development and the eID and digital wallet sales strategy at Youniqx Identity (a company affiliated with the Austrian State Printing House). He has more than 5 years proven leadership experience in SaaS and deep tech. He has over 10 years’ experience in IT sales and is characterized as having a good understanding of the market, high customer orientation and solution competence.

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