The ID4Africa General Secretariat
The IGS is the powerhouse of the Movement, fueled by a small and highly motivated team of passionate individuals based in Africa, Europe and Asia.
Dr. Joseph Atick
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Dr. Joseph Atick, is the Founder and Chairman of Identity Counsel International (ICI), an advisory body providing guidance to governments and international development organizations on identity matters, and which is focused on helping the world adopt identity technology efficiently, responsibly and for the common good. In addition to his role at the ICI, Dr. Atick also serves as Chairman of ID4Africa which he co-founded in 2014. He is a recognized identification and biometrics industry pioneer and veteran, having been continually involved in the space since its inception, nearly 25 years ago, and through a series of companies that he co-founded and led from the early development phase through validation and commercialization and exit. These include Visionics, Identix, and L-1 Identity Solutions and finally the Identity Counsel International, which he founded upon retirement from the industry in 2010 to dedicate his time to public policy matters related to identity. Today, the Identity Counsel is a partner of several international organizations including the World Bank and co-chairs several forums on identity worldwide. Dr. Atick is the co-founder and a Director Emeritus of the International Biometrics and Identification Association. He was the head of the Computational Neuroscience Laboratory at Rockefeller University and the Neural Cybernetics Group at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He is an author, thought leader and highly sought after speaker at international conferences and a frequent commentator in the media and testifies regularly in front of governmental committees and bodies worldwide.
Vice President, Operations
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Veronica Ribeiro is Vice President, Operations of ID4Africa where she is responsible for managing the end-to-end operations involved with each event, including invitations and communication, event sponsorships, logistics and marketing. Previously Veronica served as Director of the Asia Pacific Smart Card Association (APSCA). With APSCA, she successfully managed over 180 smart card technology forums, workshops and conferences for segments covering national identity cards and documents, EMV, NFC, transport ticketing, e-Health and e-Payments. Through these events Veronica established strong relationships with government agencies in Asia, Europe and Africa, particularly those with responsibilities in electronic identity management and border control. With ID4Africa Veronica represents the organization as Vice President of Operations since its launch in 2014. Prior to APSCA, Veronica has 10 years’ experience in private banking, where she recruited and managed accounts for individual high net worth customers at international firms such as CitiBank, Chase Manhattan Bank and BNP. Following her private banking career she joined International SOS Hong Kong where she led the sales and marketing team in recruiting and working with institutional clients including insurance companies and banks.
Chief Information Officer
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Greg Pote is Chairman of the Asia Pacific Smart Card Association (APSCA), the only regional industry association for secure smart chip technology applications in Asia, which he co-founded in 1997. Based in Shanghai, Greg travels throughout the region to promote smart card, contactless and NFC business and work with APSCA members to assist in developing their smart card businesses, initiatives and schemes. Greg has spoken at more than 160 industry conferences, forums and seminars covering smart card business and technology across 14 countries in Asia, the Gulf and Europe. Greg chaired the majority of these industry events, including moderating business and technology discussions with leading experts from governments, banks, transport operators, telecoms operators and technology companies. Greg was one of several subject matter experts requested to speak in the Hong Kong Legislative Council session to support the request for funding by the Hong Kong Immigration Department for the implementation of the first generation Hong Kong Smart Identity Card. He has also served as a jury member for both the Cartes Paris and Cartes in Asia SESAMES awards, as well as the NFC Forum & WIMA Global Competition and the PKI Innovation Awards. He has provided consultancy to APSCA members and advised both end-user organisations and suppliers on the technology roadmap and business strategies for identity and payments. Greg has written industry reports and articles and is a well-known industry figure. In addition to his role at APSCA, Greg also serves as Chief Information Officer of ID4Africa which he co-founded in 2014.
Manager, Operations & Finance
African Program & Community Relations Specialist
Brand Identity & Design Manager
Specialist, Digital Communications