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Previous episodes:

EP 21: Morocco & Lesotho Reports

EP 20: South Africa & Lesotho Reports

EP 19: Nigeria & Rwanda Reports

This LiveCast episode will feature the following two exciting segments plus the types of informative and entertaining insights that you have gotten accustomed to, relating to the art of identity management and development.

To-The-Point [HOT!]

Our third guest in our To-The-Point series is Dr. Alan Gelb who is Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development. In this 15min interview with LiveCast host, Dr. Joseph Atick, Dr. Gelb will dive into the topic, “Biometric Authentication in the Field: Failures & Mitigation”. This expert report will set expectations for what can be achieved in the real-world scenarios as opposed to the lab, and what should be done to improve performance from policy, technology, business processes, etc. This subject is becoming increasingly critical as governments move beyond enrollment and into service delivery enabled by identity.

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.


In continuing our i-On-Africa series, we will next hear from Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire – two countries that have been making significant headway in innovation and in building their identity ecosystem for service delivery. 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.


Exploring the nation’s successful Identification project


  • How it was achieved by leveraging local capacity, innovative privacy-enhancing architecture backed by a strong political will.
  • How the nationwide mop-up registration exercises were executed to capture  85% of the adult population (age 15+) into the National Identity System.
  • About new and growing opportunities as Ghana enters its integration phase with major stakeholder agencies such as national health insurance, social security, telcos, etc., for service delivery.


Examining ONECI’s ambitious vision for a fully harmonized, dynamic, citizen-centric Identity system


  • OSIA interfaces are used to integrate the national population, biometric, and civil registers,  and achieve seamless interoperability.
  • Standards-based data pipes and identification services are used to deliver identity validation, enrichment, and updates in public and private sector contexts.
  • To build citizen-centricity in identity systems.
  • BOT models for financing government systems.

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.

Segment 1:


Alan Gelb


Alan Gelb is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. His recent research includes the applications of biometric ID technology for development purposes particularly in low and middle-income countries, the special challenges of resource-rich countries, and instruments to link aid flows to results.

He also works on competitiveness and industrial development, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. He was previously director of development policy at the World Bank, and before that chief economist for the Bank’s Africa region and staff director for the 1996 World Development Report “From Plan to Market.”. He has published widely in these areas, including in refereed journals.

Segment 2:

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Prof. Kenneth Attafuah

Executive Secretary
National Identification Authority (NIA), GHANA

A Lawyer, Criminologist and Management Consultant of international distinction and repute, Professor Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah has been the Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA) since February 2017.  He has successfully led the transformation of NIA into a modern, vibrant and agile institution spearheading Ghana’s digitalization agenda for inclusive social, economic and political development. 

Prior to his current role, Professor Attafuah was the Founding Director of the William Ofori-Atta Institute of Integrity at Central University, Ghana (2011), and subsequently served as the Founding Dean of the University’s Faculty of Law until 2017.  He was also Chief Investigator, Director of Operations, Public Education & Anticorruption at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Ghana; UN International Technical Advisor to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Liberia and Executive Secretary of Ghana’s National Reconciliation Commission (NRC).

He has served as Commissioner for Human Rights in British Columbia, Canada (1992-1997), and an Adjudicator with the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board. He was also an Adjunct Professor at the prestigious Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada, where he earned a Ph.D. in Criminology.

An ardent advocate of biometric identification systems, Professor Attafuah has consulted widely in the creation and capacity-building of institutions for the promotion and protection of integrity, human rights and good governance globally. 


Sitionni Kafana

Director General
ONECI, Côte d'Ivoire


Sitionni Kafana is Director General of Côte d’Ivoire’s National Office for Civil Status and Identification (ONECI) where he is working on the establishment of the National Register of Natural Persons.

After university studies in the USA and 7 years at Verizon Wireless, he returned to Côte d’Ivoire in 2011 and spent 3 years as Head of Standards and Security of Information Systems at the Presidency of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. In 2014, he joined the telecommunications regulator, ARTCI, until 2017 when he became Deputy Director of Projects and Network Administration.

In 2018, he served as Technical Advisor in charge of digital security to the Minister of Digital Economy and Posts. He was co-opted in 2018 to present and offer innovative solutions developed by local players in the field of identification and authentication.

In addition to his current role, Mr. Kafana is also National President of the Forum of Young Digital Executives (FOJECAN) which is an association bringing together executives from the digital and telecommunications sector with a view to making constructive contributions to players in the sector and to the institutional apparatus in the quest of digital maturity.

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Previous episodes:

EP 21: Morocco & Lesotho Reports

EP 20: South Africa & Lesotho Reports

EP 19: Nigeria & Rwanda Reports

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