The Mobile Identity Saga – Part 4/4

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 4 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. Part 2 further explored ways in which identity development can be teamed with mobile usage/ access to accelerate inclusion with Part 3 exploring some of the most promising use cases that hold disruptive potential. WATCH PART 1PART 2 & PART 3.

In this final chapter of our Saga (Part 4) we explore the mobile story: Mobile ID in Advanced Economies. We will learn about Europe’s status and outlook for digital transformation in mobile, some of the drivers influencing the adoption of mobile identity in advanced economies, the role of mobile as an enabler of interoperable credentials, and an important discussion on the risks and mitigation involved in mobile adoption in identity development.


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 28 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.

Digital Transformation and Mobile Identity: Status and Outlook in Europe

Dr. Detlef Houdeau

Senior Director, Business Development
Infineon Technologies

Dr. Detlef Houdeau works at Infineon Technologies AG in the Connected Security Solution Department. He obtained his Diploma at TU-Berlin in 1985 and completed his Doctoral thesis at SIEMENS in 1993 in the field of semiconductor processes. He has more than 200 publications to his name.

Today, he is a member of BDI, BITKOM, ZVEI, Platform Industry 4.0 and Platform learning systems in Germany, EUROSMART in Europe and Charter of Trust, worldwide.
Drivers of Adoption of Mobile Identity in Advanced Economies

Einars Leps


Einārs is Regional Sales Executive at X Infotech covering mostly projects around Europe, North Africa and the Americas. Over the past 4 years at X Infotech, Einārs has overseen multiple governmental and banking projects within identity management, PKI and payments. Before joining X Infotech team, Einārs was coordinating national cyber security policy within the Latvian Ministry of Defence.

Hannes Krause

Business Analyst, Digital Identity Technologies

Hannes Krause is a Business Analyst in Digital Identity Technologies at Cybernetica. He has 10 years’ experience in the cyber security policy of Estonia in different institutions and, in that capacity, has worked with the Estonian Ministry of Defence, NATO HQ, Estonian Information System Authority (RIA) and led the cyber programme of the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council in 2017. Just before joining Cybernetica, he served as the head of government strategic communication in the Estonian Government Office (2019-2021), where most of his focus was on increasing the resilience of Estonian society against disinformation..

Marie-Sophie Bellot

Marketing and Strategy Manager, Digital ID, Public Security and Identity

Marie-Sophie is Marketing and Strategy Manager for Digital ID within IDEMIA’s Public Security and Identity business unit, based in Paris. In her current role, Marie-Sophie is responsible for covering the assessment and analysis of the digital ID’s market needs and trends. She supports the business development of IDEMIA’s digital ID solutions to make citizens’ lives safer and more convenient. Marie-Sophie has spent most of her professional career working in the high-tech industry serving public entities across the world. Her focus has been on the civil identity market, particularly digital identity.
Mobile as an Enabler of Interoperable Credentials: DTC, mDL and Regional Identity

Michael Edwards

Director, Product and Solution Management

Michael’s expertise spans more than two decades helping governments leverage technology to add convenience and safety for their citizens. 

He implemented several international governmental projects for e-Passports and e-ID card solutions as Project Manager and Head of the System Development Department  of the German Bundesdruckerei where he worked for over 13 years in different roles. During that time, Michael also had the opportunity build know-how in biometric enabled eGate pilots and prototypes for new Border Control Point Solutions that today are common at airports around the world. Michael also acted as Technical Sales Consultant, representing the company’s portfolio and assessing different solution scenarios with customers. 

Before joining Veridos in October 2019, Michael gained extensive insight into the Semiconductor industry as Director, Solutions Marketing for eGov. Solutions, driving the company’s portfolio for the current developing Gov. Services oriented mobile market.

Mark Sullivan

Manager, Digital Service Group
Canadian Bank Note

Mr. Sullivan is the strategic lead in the digital identity space for Canadian Bank Note (CBN), a secure identification solutions provider with experience implementing systems in over 80 countries around the world and a longstanding contributor to the ISO 18013-5 mobile driver license standard. With over a decade of experience developing identification systems, Mr. Sullivan manages CBN’s digital identity solutions and serves on the Standards Council of Canada as an accredited expert contributing to digital identity standards, models, governance, and implementation strategies. 

Kristel Teyras

Chair, Digital ID Working Group
Secure Identity Alliance

Kristel Teyras is the Chair of the Digital Identity Workgroup of the Secure Identity Alliance, the organization dedicated to supporting the provision of legal, trusted identity for all, and to drive the development of inclusive digital services necessary for sustainable, worldwide economic growth and prosperity. The SIA ‘Digital Identity’ Workgroup supports the development and adoption of secure, trusted, effective and inclusive digital services.

Kristel works as a Market Owner at Thales, within the Digital Identity & Security Business Line, and is in charge of the Digital Identity Services portfolio within the company’s Identity and Biometrics Solutions to best support government programs. Current focus areas include mobile-based digital identity credentials and wallets (mobile identity, mobile driver licenses, mobile healthcare, digital travel credentials) as well as digital identity services platforms. Her role encompasses the assessment of market needs, trends, analysis of eco systems to translate it into new features and business models. Passionate about digital identity and developments around mobile identity services, she is dedicated fully to the development of those fast-growing applications to best support innovation and the digital transformation of the public sector.

She has more than 22 years of experience in marketing, 12 of which have been spent in the identification, authentication and digital security industry.
Mobile Risks and Mitigation of the Dark Side

Solomon Okedara

Digital Rights Lawyers Initiative

Solomon Okedara, Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, is a practicing legal practitioner and Researcher with over ten (10) years post-call experience and outstanding expertise in Human Rights (with a special bias for Freedom of Expression & Digital Rights), Intellectual Property, International Business and International Law, having an unusual knack for excellence and with a view to delivering maximal results.

Solomon is a strategic litigation lawyer with a robust interest and proven expertise in Freedom of Expression, Digital Rights, Cybercrimes and Human Rights litigation. He has litigated on Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression subjects in courts across Nigeria up to the Supreme Court and he has conducted cases at the ECOWAS Court among others. In 2020 he was recognized as one of the Top 50 Individuals Leading in Legal Innovations in Africa at the Africa Legal Innovation Awards. He was also specially recognized as a Finalist at the 2018 Global Freedom of Expression Prize of Columbia University.

Solomon currently serves as a Legal Researcher with Columbia University in the city of New York for the ivy-league school’s Global Freedom of Expression project where he analyses judgments bothering on Freedom of Expression subjects covering over 120 jurisdictions across the world including United States, Europe, India, and Africa among others.

Nolwazi Hlophe

Deputy Director Financial Regulation and Supervision
Digital Frontiers

Nolwazi Hlophe is the Deputy Director Financial Regulation and Supervision at Digital Frontiers. She’s in the faculty of the Certified Digital Finance Practitioner (CDFP) Program, where she teaches the Digital Identity and Anti-Money Laundering Compliance courses amongst others within the Program. She is the Program Manager of the recently launched Digital Financial Inclusion Supervision (DFIS) Program specifically for Financial Policymakers, Regulators and Supervisors, which was developed in collaboration with Toronto Centre and CGAP.

Teki Falconer

Founder & Executive Director
Africa Digital Rights' Hub

Teki Akuetteh Falconer is Founder & Executive Director at the Africa Digital Rights’ Hub. She was the first Executive Director to set up the Data Protection Commission of Ghana and facilitate implementation of Ghana’s Data Protection Act until her exit in July 2017. She is also a Senior Partner at Nsiah Akuetteh & Co. a law firm based in Accra, Ghana, that specializes in information technology and telecommunication law in Africa.

She is a privacy and data protection consultant and had previously worked for the Government of Ghana in the development of several key legislations for the ICT sector including the Data Protection Act, 2012 (Act 843), Electronic Communications Act, 2008 (Act 775) and Electronic Transactions Act, 2012 (Act 772). She has worked in various capacities with regional bodies such as ECOWAS. She is a member of the UN Global Pulse Privacy Advisory Group, the UN Special Rapporteur for Privacy Taskforce on Health Data Privacy and the advisory committee for the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners.

She holds an LLM in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow – Scotland, and a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Political Science from the University of Ghana (Legon), Accra – Ghana.

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