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To-The-Point [HOT!]In this new segment series which kick-started on Sept 29, ID4Africa’s Executive Chairman and host, Dr. Atick, will conduct one-on-one interviews with prominent thought leaders and experts from around the world who have been working on various cutting-edge aspects of digital identity including business, process innovations, policy, technology and more. This segment is intended to give our viewers a vantage point in identity development best practices by providing added context in executive summary fashion along with powerful insights that could turbo boost government identity programs. Our second guest in this series is Muhammad Tariq Malik who has recently rejoined NADRA as its new Chairperson/CEO, and has been moving the country’s identity ecosystem into the next generation towards the future. There will be loads of useful lessons and insights to share.
i-On-AfricaIn continuing this our i-On-Africa series, we will next hear from Morocco and Lesotho – two countries that have been innovating in the building of their national population registers as a basis for service delivery, including in the case of Morocco, large scale deployment of the Open-Source Platform, MOSIP. We will hear from Directors of their Identity Authority and supporting institutions as they engage with Dr. Atick through presentations and discussions, to look at best practices and lessons learned. The Series will cover the following topics:
- The current vision of leading African countries regarding foundational identity
- The status of the major identity programs currently underway
- The policies that have proven effective in boosting enrollment and buy-in
- The enabling legal and institutional frameworks that had to be constructed
- Financing options
- The technical platforms that were deployed
- The data protection and privacy measures
- The top challenges that had to be overcome
- Overview of the roadmap and milestone ahead.
- Overall lessons learned and best practice recommendations
Episode 20 Replay : South Africa & Kenya’s #IdentityForAll progress
+ DPGA on Significance of Open Source.
Our debut ‘To-The-Point’ segment featuring Liv Nordhaug of Digital Public Goods Alliance, and i-On-Africa spotlight on South Africa and Kenya were phenomenal! Catch up on the replay from our YouTube Channel “ID4Africa”.
Dr. Joseph Atick
Executive Chairman ID4Africa
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.
Muhammad Tariq Malik
National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), Pakistan
Muhammad Tariq Malik is currently the Chairman of NADRA. Previously he served as Chief Technical Advisor to UNDP (New York), was former Chairperson of NADRA and Senior Technical Consultant at the World Bank. He is among the ten core members of technical experts’ group of the World Bank supporting client countries with ID planning and implementation.
His name was included in the World’s 100 Most Influential People in ‘Digital Government’ by the European think tank Apolitical. He was also named among the Top 100 Digital Influencers in the ‘Digital Community’ by New York based One World Identity (OWI).
Tariq has helped governments worldwide improve service delivery using innovative technologies. He was instrumental in achieving universal registration of adult citizens for Malawi in 180 days. He also spearheaded one of the world’s largest multi-biometric system roll-out resulting in registration of over 121M citizens along with their associated biometric attributes. Tariq is the recipient of various national and international awards.
Dr. Omar El Alami
Head of Strategy Division, Information System Ministry of Interior, Morocco
Dr. Omar EL ALAMI has over 25 years’ experience in Public Administration, with particular focus on projects involving digitization, simplification and modernization of procedures.
He began his professional career in 1993 at the Ministry of Foreign Trade as Chief of the Operations Department. In 1998 he became Chief of the Computer and Communications Division at the Ministry of Employment and Social Affairs. In 2007 he served as DSI to the Wilaya of the greater Casablanca region.
Since 2010 he has been serving as Head of the division for Information Systems Strategy within the Ministry of Interior, Morocco. He is also Project Director for the National Population Registry. Dr. EL ALAMI holds a Doctorate in Engineering for Information Systems.
Principal Secretary Ministry of Home Affairs, Lesotho
Tumelo Raboletsi is the Principal Secretary of Lesotho’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) where he previously served as Director for the National Identity and Civil Registry (NICR) department.
As Director he was instrumental in the establishment, design and current operations of the NICR. He was also responsible for conducting consultations with relevant authorities to ensure appropriate staffing.
Prior to this, he served as Acting Principal Secretary of the MHA where he was responsible for the departments of Immigration and Passport Services and was Project Manager for the integrated ePassport and Border Management system, as well as the NICR system. Tumelo is an active member of the Committee of African Civil registrars and is currently the ID4Africa Ambassador for Lesotho.
Dr. Maluke Letete
Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister & Head of Accountability Unit Office of the Prime Minister, The Kingdom of Lesotho
Dr. Maluke Letete is an Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Lesotho, and Head of Accountability Unit. He specializes in Economic Modeling, Strategic Planning, Governance and Institutions.
He served as a Senior Lecturer and Head of Economics Department at the National University of Lesotho between 2006 and 2018. He was a Non-Executive Director of the Central Bank of Lesotho for more than 8 years.
Dr. Letete successfully led development of the second National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP II) for Lesotho. He has been an International Consultant for various organizations including Commonwealth Secretariat, SADC, UNDP, ECA, ILO and GFA consulting Group Germany etc.
Dr. Adelaide Matlanyane
Governor Central Bank of Lesotho
Dr. Adelaide R. Matlanyane is Governor and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Lesotho, a position she has held since 2012. She is Alternate Governor of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She served the Bank as Deputy Governor since 2006. She is an accomplished economist and seasoned policy maker with vast experience in Finance.
In addition to her current role, she serves various local and international professional institutions in varying capacities including as representative of SADC Central Bank Governors in the Financial Stability Board Consultative Group for Sub-Saharan Africa; a Board Member of MEFMI. She has, and continues to lead financial sector reforms including modernization of payment systems, legislative changes that enable development of the financial system, promotion of financial inclusion, modernization and strengthening of governance structures of financial institutions and advocacy for access to finance, especially for women.
Dr. Matlanyane holds a PhD in economics from the University of Pretoria.
Acting Director National Identity and Civil Registry, Lesotho
Napo Khuele currently serves as Acting Director at the National Identity and Civil Registry (NICR) in Lesotho. He is a former Investigator with the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences and has been a part of the NICR department since its establishment 10 years ago as Integrity and Quality Assurance Manager. He was responsible for maintaining the integrity of the National Identity Register (NIR) in this capacity.
He was an integral part of the team that participated in the design and development of the integrated Civil Registration and Identity Management automated system and the roll out of the National ID program in Lesotho. He is also a member of the CRVS Core Team working on the comprehensive assessment of the CRVS system in Lesotho and participated in the development of the CRVS strategic plan following the CRVS system Comprehensive Assessment.
Napo was nominated Lesotho CRVS focal person.