The IGS is the powerhouse of the Movement, fueled by a small and highly motivated team of passionate individuals based in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia.

General Secretariat



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.

Advisory Roles:

Chairman of the International Advisory Board for Trustworthy Digital Infrastructure for Identity Systems

Advisory Observer

International Advisory Group Member

Co-founder (1998-2019)


Veronica Ribeiro


Julia LI ID4Africa

Julia Li

SENIOR Manager,
Operations & Finance

Shauna Taylor ID4Africa

Shauna Taylor

SENIOR Manager,

Stefane Daley


Patience Elango

African Program & Community Relations Specialist

Zeamanuel Abera

Digital Content & Web Specialist

Amandine Bellier

Brand Identity & Design Manager

Yilia YU

Operation Assistant

Greg Pote

Chief information Officer

Diane Russell

Communications Assistant (Part Time)

Plus several volunteers & others