People are Invisible
reaching technical proof of concept and evaluating multiple avenues to scale.
enabling access to digital identity for every person on the planet.
reaching technical proof of concept and evaluating multiple avenues to scale.
enabling access to digital identity for every person on the planet.
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CIO of New Technologies & A Future of Work
Digital Identity Innovations Lead
Christine leads Accenture’s Digital Identity Innovations group globally which biometrics and blockchain in identity. She has over 15 years of experience in Biometrics and Information Technology focused on security. Previous to being in I.T. , she worked for 9+ years in financial services.
Christine has worked in a number of industries including Financial Services and Retail. Her security relevant knowledge spans: Biometrics, Payments & Fraud, Digital identity, Blockchain and Authentication. She is a regular speaker at various conferences globally and has published articles on identity & blockchain
Christine has a MA in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University.
Saadia Madsbjerg joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2013. As Managing Director, she leads the Foundation’s work on Innovation. Her responsibilities include shaping and scaling innovative finance solutions that change the status quo and raise private sector investment capital for the social sector in promotion of the Foundation’s dual goals of building resilience and promoting inclusive economies.
Before joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Ms. Madsbjerg was the Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). There she led a portfolio of projects focused on transformative opportunities to creating more equitable and resilient growth for New York City. These included game-changing ideas spanning economic diversification, promoting upward income mobility and economic and community development in underutilized neighborhoods. Prior to NYCEDC, Saadia was head of the Strategy and Analytics team for Cisco’s TelePresence Technology Group, and an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company.
Ms. Madsbjerg holds a Master of Science in Applied Economics and Finance from Copenhagen Business School, and George Washington University and she has her Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from Copenhagen Business School and Boston College.
Director of Corporate Programmes
Ms. Gwi-Yeop Son began her career in Haiti, assisting HIV/AIDS patients with a non-governmental organisation called the Death and Dying Institute. She then worked with the Country Women’s Association of Nigeria, focusing on micro-finance schemes.
In 1994, Ms. Son joined UNDP and had a number of positions including Programme Officer in Somalia in 1994, Assistant Resident Representative of the Governance and Environmental Management Division in Lao PDR in 1996, Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator with UNDP’s Bureau of Management in 1998, Deputy UNDP Representative in East Timor in 2000, Programme Advisor on Afghanistan in 2002, Country Director of UNDP Indonesia in 2003, and United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Thailand in 2007. These roles provided her with extensive experiences working on issues of change management, strategic planning, resource mobilization, partnership building, programme management, and coordination.
In May 2011, Ms. Son took up the post of Director of Corporate Programmes of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). In this role Ms. Son holds direct oversight over OCHA’s work on strategic communications and advocacy, information management, policy development, and humanitarian financing, including the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Country Based Pooled Funds. Ms. Son is also responsible for OCHA’s work engaging with disaster affected communities. As part OCHA’s commitment to using technology to make humanitarian operations more effective, efficient, and responsive to the needs of affected people, she also oversees the Humanitarian ICT Forum, an annual event bringing together the private sector and humanitarian community. Ms. Son also oversaw the World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat which organized the first ever Humanitarian Summit in May 2016.
Head of Strategic Innovation
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
Joe Leenhouts-Martin designs and implements creative approaches to help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. From multi-billion dollar replenishments to basic life-saving innovation, he firmly believes that the public and private sectors work best when they work together.
Joe serves as the Head of Strategic Innovation, Resource Mobilisation and Private Sector Partnerships at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance with the goal of reaching all children in lower-income countries with life-saving vaccines. In this role he leads the development and alignment of Gavi’s global resource mobilisation and private sector engagement strategies, and manages INFUSE – an innovation accelerator to identify and scale the world’s brightest ideas in immunisation delivery. Prior to joining Gavi, Joe managed the private sector engagement of the Stop TB Partnership, hosted at the World Health Organization, and established a consulting practice serving UN and multi-national corporations in the areas of partnership and resource mobilisation. He lives with his wife and 8-month-old son in Geneva, Switzerland.
Lead Electoral Advisor
Niall McCann is UNDP’s Lead Electoral Advisor, based at the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support in New York. In this position he provides programming and advisory support to UNDP Country Offices engaged in providing electoral assistance (approximately 60 per year), as well as contributing to the development of the UN’s electoral assistance policy, as issued by the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Since 2005, he has worked for a number of both UN and EU field missions, providing frontline electoral assistance to the national electoral authorities in Afghanistan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Yemen and Zambia.
His recent work includes assisting a number of UNDP Country Offices with the design and rollout of digital identity schemes, including national ID programmes, where requested by national governments.
In election observation, he observed at Deputy Chief Observer/Deputy Head of Mission level for the European Union and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Sudan and Croatia, and he also served in numerous other functions for OSCE/ODIHR in Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Romania and Ukraine. From 1996-1999, he was Elections Officer/Senior Elections Officer with the OSCE Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Deputy Director of Programme Support and Management
Mr. Karl Steinacker worked since 1992 for UNHCR in various positions mainly in Africa (lately as Representative in Niger) and at Headquarters in the areas of change management, refugee registration, and information management.
Mr. Steinacker is currently Hub Manager for UNHCR’ Global Service Centre in UN City Copenhagen, and Deputy Director for UNHCR’s Division of Programme Support and Management.
In his long career with UNHCR Mr. Steinacker has served as a Programme Officer in Sudan (1992-94), Senior Programme Officer in Tanzania (1994-96) and Mali (1996-98), Change Management Officer in Geneva/Switzerland (1998-2002), Head of Sub-Office in Sierra Leone (2002-04), Chief of Field Information and Coordination Support Section in Geneva/Switzerland (2004-08), Coordinator for Eastern Congo in DRC (2008-10), Deputy Director of Division of External Relations, Geneva/Switzerland (2010-12) and UNHCR Representative in Niger (2012-16).
Mr. Steinacker has also worked for DPKO, UNRWA, UNDP and with international development agencies in Germany. Mr. Steinacker holds a diploma in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin in Germany and a diploma in Public International Law from Cambridge University in the UK.
Managing Director and Global Head
Dave Treat is a managing director and the global head of Accenture’s Financial Services Blockchain practice, co-lead of Accenture’s Firm-wide Blockchain Strategic Growth Initiative and manages Accenture’s relationship with several large Financial Services clients. He has 20 years of experience in Financial Services split between consulting and industry roles spanning Capital Markets, Retail Banking, and Cards. He has expertise in running strategy functions, innovation, strategic cost management, large-scale restructuring, customer relationship management, M&A, and outsourcing and offshoring.
Over the past several years, Dave has driven the formation of Accenture’s blockchain practice which now spans the globe, engages clients across all industries, and ranges from pure R&D to full scale client business transformation. In addition to managing several of Accenture’s strategic alliances in the blockchain domain, he sits on the boards of the Linux Hyperledger Project and the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance.
Dave has two patents pending, several more in process, and is a frequent speaker and the author of several papers, including, Banking on Blockchain: A value analysis for investment banks, Editing the Uneditable Blockchain and Blockchain-enabled Distributed Ledgers: Are investment banks ready? He has been quoted extensively on blockchain-related topics in the New York Times, Fortune, Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among many others.
Dakota Gruener is the Executive Director of ID2020, a public-private partnership working to ensure that everyone on the planet has access to a digital identity. As Executive Director, she leads overall strategy, builds critical partnerships with public and private-sector stakeholders, and continually focuses the organization on reaching the “last girl.”
Dakota comes to ID2020 from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, where she served as an aide-de-camp to the CEO. Gavi is an innovative global public-private partnership that acts as the central coordinating body for childhood vaccinations in the developing world, and which reaches nearly 60% of the world’s children with live-saving vaccines. Dakota graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in Providence, RI with dual degrees in Biology and Political Science, is a former management consultant with Oliver Wyman, and is a proud Californian.
EVP, Platform Products
Adrian Kunzle is the EVP, Platform Products at Salesforce where he is focused on delivering the best platform for companies and ISVs to create innovative apps that deliver business growth by engaging their customers, employees and partners. Since joining, Mr Kunzle has delivered market-leading, enterprise grade products for data integration, encryption, security, development process and real-time events.
Prior to joining Salesforce.com, Mr Kunzle was Managing Director and Global Head of Engineering and Architecture for JPMorgan Chase & Co. While there he was responsible for shaping the technology strategy of the bank, and developing shared application services that could be used by more than one division, including a compute grid and an enterprise message bus.
Mr. Kunzle has also held Chief Architect positions for Walker Digital and Bank One/First USA’s Consumer Lending division, and started out as a software engineer for JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley. Mr. Kunzle holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Control, Instrumentation and Systems Engineering from the City University, London, England.
Unique Identification Authority of India
Dr. Pramod Varma is the Chief Architect and Technology Advisor for Aadhaar project where he is responsible for entire system architecture and strategic technology decisions. He is also the architect for various India Stack layers such as eSign, Digital Locker, and UPI. He voluntarily works with many Government agencies at technology advisory level.
He joined UIDAI in 2009 as part of the founding team and has been pivotal in ensuring an open, scalable, and secure architecture is built to meet the needs of Aadhaar project. Currently he is also the CTO for EkStep, a not-for-profit creating learner-centric, technology enabled platform to improve applied literacy and numeracy. He sits on the technology advisory board of National Payment Corporation (NPCI), Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN), and helps with many public initiatives as a volunteer at iSpirt. He regularly speaks at technology conferences and events and participates in advisory groups of various national projects from time to time.
Pramod holds a Master’s and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science along with a second Master’s in Applied Mathematics. Over the past 25+ years, he has studied architectures spanning from mainframes to web and has worked extensively with most programming languages and databases. His main areas of interest are Internet scale distributed architectures and intelligent systems. He is passionate about technology, science, society, and teaching.
Assistant Secretary-General, Chief Information Technology Officer
On 9 May 2013, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Ms. Atefeh Riazi, a United States national born in Iran, as Chief Information Technology Officer, Assistant Secretary-General, Office of Information and Communications Technology.
Ms. Riazi brings with her wide-ranging experience in the public and private sector, with a focus on leading complex organizational change involving large departments in challenging environments to deliver vital business transformation through the use of innovation and technology.
She started her professional career with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York City. During a period of 16 years, she held various progressively responsible positions and was appointed as the Chief Information Officer, responsible for replacing the out-dated token system and implementing the MetroCard in New York City.
Later, Ms. Riazi served as Chief Information Officer of New York City Housing Authority with oversight responsibilities for design and deployment of smart building technologies and cost containment practices. She also served as the Acting General Manager with responsibility for all operations. Prior to joining the Housing Authority, she was global Chief Information Officer and Senior Partner of Ogilvy and Mather overseeing technology, applications, networks and data centres.
Message from Atefeh, CITO:
“I believe that technology truly is an enabler for both diplomacy and the UN mandates to further human rights, peace and security, humanitarian assistance, development and international law. We in information communications technology are committed to innovation and delivering transformative technologies to ensure our colleagues all over the world have every tool necessary to succeed in their respective missions. I am honoured to lead ICT in the United Nations.”
In May 2016, at the United Nations Headquarters in NY, the inaugural ID2020 Summit brought together over 400 people to discuss how to provide a unique digital identity to everyone on the planet, including the 1.5 billion people living without any form of recognized identification. Participants included over 150 private sector companies, 11 UN agencies, diverse non-profits, governments, and representatives from academia.
This collaborative, multi-sectoral forum explored both the human challenges of life without identity, explored relevant technological innovations, and highlighted opportunities and constraints for scaling up.
Widespread consensus among ID2020 attendees that identity is both a fundamental human and a necessary prerequisite for the success of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Recognition that the private sector has significant expertise and technology that could be transformative in accelerating access to digital identity.
Broad understanding that no single organization or government can “own”identity, but instead, that a public-private partnership is needed to bring together the broad group of stakeholders, provide coordination, and ensure that the best technological innovations are implemented in ways that are appropriate, secure and sustainable.
Sweeping commitments from conference attendees to contribute towards the shared goal of universal digital identity. These commitments ranged from individuals pledging their time to corporations offering ongoing financial support.