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MWC19 Seminar – The Future of Digital Identity: From Revolutionary Technologies to Social Acceptance


February 26 @ 1:00 pm
February 26 @ 3:00 pm
Fira Barcelona Gran Via
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Avinguda de Joan Carles I, 64, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
Barcelona, Spain

It’s been a tempestuous year in digital identity with major breaches hitting the press on an almost weekly basis. This seminar will look at some of the latest research in user behaviours when managing and sharing their identity details online and how the mobile industry is working with the industry to addressing some of these challenges to enhance trust in digital trust services and the protection of its users’ identity online.

This seminar will be held in GSMA seminar rooms 1 & 2 at the Fira Gran Via

Seminar Agenda: The Future of Digital Identity: From Revolutionary Technologies to Social Acceptance
Time Session Speakers
13:00-13:15 Welcome & Introduction Richard Cockle, Global Head of Programme Delivery, Identity, GSMA
13:15-13:35 Keynote: How is society accepting digital identity? Dr Gemma San Cornelio, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
13:35-14:10 Panel Discussion: The rise of identity in developing countries: A growing commercial opportunity Sham Careem, Market Development Director, GSMA

Jean Philbert, Idex Africa

Steve Polsky, CEO, Juvo

Stacy Stubblefield, Co-Founder, TeleSign

Sitoyo Lopoikiyit, Chief Officer – Financial Services, Safaricom

14:10-14:25 Keynote: A service provider point of view on the future of digital identity David Rennie, Digital Identity Service Platform Owner, Idemia
14:25-14:55 Panel discussion: A hitchhiker’s guide to the growing pace of innovation within identity services in the mobile industry David Pollington, Head of Service Access Identity, GSMA

Rikard Strid, CEO, Clayster

Ankur Patel, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft

Andrew Tobin, European Managing Director, Evernym

Alido di Giovanni, CEO, Summit Tech

14:55-15:00 Summary & Close Richard Cockle, Global Head of Programme Delivery, Identity, GSMA



Rikard Strid

CEO, Clayster

Rikard Strid is an entrepreneur determined to disrupt and create the new foundation upon which our digital industries and future economy is built. Together with his team at Clayster and as Global IoT Ambassador for the Network Society Research, he is driving the evolution towards “Next Generation Internet” –a human-centric Internet where connectivity infrastructure is payed for by the value it enables, rather than being considered a value in itself

Andy Tobin

Managing Director EMEA, Evernym

Andy Tobin is responsible for Evernym’s activities in the EMEA region, and head of business development globally. He is a key member of the team that created the world’s first self-sovereign identity network, Sovrin, and open sourced its code as Hyperledger Indy. Andy spent 11 years at Telefonica where he ran all non-voice technology, built a mobile bank, and launched the iPhone in the UK. Prior to that he was responsible for e-and m-Commerce at Logica, where he also built the world’s first m-Commerce server way back in 1999

David Pollington

Head of Applications and Services – Identity Programme, GSMA

David Pollington is the Head of Applications & Services at the GSMA, focussing currently on GSMA’s strategic programme, Identity which through the Mobile Connect initiative is bringing a portfolio of identity services to market with Mobile Operators worldwide to make it easier for consumers to manage their identity online.   

Prior to joining the GSMA David was part of the Vodafone R&D leadership, instrumental in driving many of the key technology transitions across the industry as mobile devices evolved from pure telephony devices to the smartphones of today and generating new revenue opportunities for Vodafone in fields such as data analytics. 

David graduated from Imperial College, London with a Masters degree (MEng) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and has more than 20 years’ experience in the mobile industry.

Richard Cockle

Head of Identity, GSMA

Richard Cockle, Head of Identity at GSMA, leads an international team developing new identity capabilities using Mobile Connect. He expanded the business reach of Mobile Connect to 70 mobile operators in over 30 countries, reaching over half a billion people worldwide. With over 15 years of experience leading vital projects in the mobile ecosystem, Richard has an exceptional understanding of the key challenges being faced by the industry.

In the past, Richard led the GSMA IoT programme where he secured industry agreements to key standards for M2M chipset design and remote SIM provisioning. These two are widely deployed nowadays. Richard also has a wealth of experience working with governments and regulators.In addition, Richard Cockle currently holds an advisory role with HR Tech consultancy SilverCloudHR, where he works with blue-chip companies to develop and implement their HR Tech strategies. Prior to the GSMA, Richard held a number of technology delivery roles in Vodafone and BT.

Sham Careem

Market Development Director, Identity, GSMA

As Market Development Director for the GSMA’s Identity Programme, Sham works with operators and service providers across the globe exploring commercial opportunities generated from Identity solutions. An Industry veteran with 20 years experience in telecoms, previous to GSMA Sham was co-Founder and CEO of telco SaaS vendor, Momac, where he worked with operators to implement customer service and customer experience platforms. Sham has a degree in Psychology from the University of Glasgow

David Rennie

Director of Strategy & Business Development, Idemia

David Rennie, Director Strategy & Business Development, Idemia, David leads works at Idemia on development of B2B propositions for federated digital identity. He worked for the UK Government from 2005 to 2018 in the field of identity assurance, initially for the Home Office’s Identity Card Programme, then for HM Treasury supporting James Crosby’s Public / Private Forum on Identity Management, Cabinet Office and latterly the Government Digital Service (GDS) GOV.UK Verify service. As a Board member of the UK Chapter of the Open Identity Exchange, David initiated projects such as the Pensions Dashboard, Opening of an overseas bank account and development of the Mobile Network Operators KYC service.

Jean Philbert Nsengimana

CEO, Idex Africa

Jean Philbert Nsengimana (Phil)is a seasoned public sector and business executive that always strives to realize the combined power of leadership,entrepreneurship, technology, innovation and partnerships.

A creative and exponential thinker, Phil has a track record of challenging convention and innovatively growing new ideas into movements while shaping sustainable organizations to carry them forward. He currently serves as the Honorary Chairperson of the Alliance for Affordable internet, and as CEO and co-founder of IDEX Africa, a Digital Strategy and Investment practice.
Phil’s 16 years’ career spans the public sector, academic, international development and private sector. Most recently, Phil served as the Special Advisor for Smart Africa and prior to that, he served as Minister of Youth and ICT of Rwanda for 6 years. During his tenure, Phil led digital transformation efforts that resulted in 400% increase of the online population, more than 50-fold increase in digital financial inclusion, 90% of all government transactions with business and citizen being carried out online. He also spearheaded the Smart Africa Alliance and Transform Africa as well as Youth Connekt Africa Summits. Phil has been a World Economic Forum New Championship and a member of the Future Council on Digital Economy and Society and Chairman of the World Summit on Information Society. He holds an MBA from SP Jain School of Global Management in Singapre, a Master’s degree in Software Engineering and he is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP ™ ).

Steve Polsky,

CEO, Juvo

Steve founded Juvo with the mission to establish financial identities for the billions of people worldwide who are creditworthy yet financially excluded. Working with mobile operators, Juvo provides ongoing personalized access to otherwise unattainable financial services. Steve is recognized as a pioneer leading the charge to improve identity and financial inclusion. He is often called upon by influential media and leading industry events to speak on mobile financial identity and the power of identifying the unbanked, and has been awarded for his excellence in innovation.Steve’s career has centered on founding, launching and managing early stage technology ventures, including Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes, Amber Networks, VoicePlex Corporation and Edusoft. He holds five patents in telecommunications network architecture.Outside of Juvo, Steve is a guest lecturer at Harvard University and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of UPenn’s Management and Technology program with degrees in computer science from the Moore School of Engineering and finance from the Wharton School

Sitoyo Lopokoiyit

Chief Financial Services Officer, Safaricom

Sitoyo Lopokoiyit joined Safaricom PLC from 1st April 2018, having previously served as M-Commerce Director as Vodacom Tanzania PLV Ltd from October 2015. His current role, Chief Financial Services Officer is responsible for managing and growing M-PESA in Kenya with a focus on driving financial inclusion and delivering relevant products and services that make an impact to the lives of all Kenyans as well as driving profitability. M-PESA in Kenya is the market leader and has over 27M customers using the service. During his time at Vodacom, he oversaw the delivery of several transformative products and services; led the turnaround strategy and execution for M-PESA which has resulted in an accelerated growth of M-PESA in Tanzania. Some of the initiatives he led include; delivery of G2 platform, M-PESA APP, interoperable transactions for both peer to peer transfers and merchant payments, Business to Business payments, M-PESA CVM and Merchant Payments. Prior to joining Vodacom Tanzania PLC, he was the Head M-PESA Strategy and Business Development at Safaricom. Sitoyo has over 10 years’ senior managerial experience from different fields; oil & Gas (Chevron and Total Kenya Ltd) and in the Retail industry with Uchumi supermarkets in Kenya. He has worked extensively in the East Africa Region as well as in Mauritius and Reunion. Sitoyo holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree in marketing from the University of Nairobi (2000) and an MSc in Information Technology Management and Organizational Change from Lancaster University in UK.

Alido Di Giovanni

President, Summit Tech

Alido Di Giovanni, president and co-founder of Summit Tech, a technology firm reputed for its expertise in IMS and RCS solutions. Always pushing the envelope, Summit’s commitment to IMS-based services began in 2003 and continues today with innovative services ranging from RCS to Chatbots and XR. Summit’s recent success has been the launch of their end to end IMS/RCS Platform, the world’s first to attain GSMA Universal Profile accreditation. Designed for global level scalability and rapid deployment through virtualization including validated NNI support with leading carriers, Summit’s IMS/RCS Cloud enables mCommerce and A2P RCS Chatbots for Business Messaging, Digital Identity through Mobile Connect , Virtual Reality Calling, and Cellular IoT based services

Stacy Stubberfield

Co-founder, Telesign

Stubblefield co-founded TeleSign in 2005 and today helps to drive TeleSign’s product strategy and identify opportunities for innovation–ensuring that TeleSign delivers groundbreaking technology that best addresses market needs. As part of TeleSign’s founding team, she was instrumental in conceptualizing and developed its platform and patented technology. While developing TeleSign’s technology, she also oversaw an engineering team at an internet incubator that launched several fast-growing web properties. She remains an active consultant, advising internet start-ups and consumer product sites and is a frequent speaker at industry events, including Mobile World Congress and Mobile Computing Summit.


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