Dr. Joseph J. Atick
Executive Chairman, ID4Africa

Moderator, PS0, PS2, PS4


Dr. Joseph Atick is a recognized worldwide expert on identity matters, having been one of the founders of the identity industry more than 28 years ago, where he led several companies in the space and developed some of the foundational algorithms underlying secure digital identity today. He has extensive field experience in the domain having played an instrumental role in many of the world’s leading identity programs.

Thulani Mavuso
Acting Director General, Department of Home Affairs, South Africa
Speaker, PS1


Mr. Thulani Mavuso is the Acting Director General of the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa since 01 August 2018. In his new role Mr. Mavuso is driving the implementation of the Modernisation programme of the Department to enable improved citizen services and seamless immigration environment. Mr. Mavuso joined this Department in November 2013 as the Deputy Director General: Institutional Planning and Support. The role focuses on the strategic direction of the department, which includes policy development, long-term planning, channel management and corporate governance in the department. He previously held a position of Chief Operations Officer at the Department of Science and Technology and among other functions he was responsible for analysing trends in global and national issues relevant to science and technology policies. Prior to his appointment in November 2011 he was the Chief of Staff for the Minister of Science and Technology from May 2009. He joined the public service in March 2005 as Director in the Department of Education. Mr. Mavuso spent ten years of his working life in Higher Education Institutions from 1995-2005 in various roles and these include Vista University and Technikon Witwatersrand (both institutions were incorporated to form the University of Johannesburg) and the last being the Deputy Registrar in the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2002.

Aliyu Aziz
DG/CEO, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Nigeria
Speaker, PS1


Aliyu Aziz is the Director General /CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Nigeria. Before this appointment, he was one of the pioneers of the Commission and held the position of Director for the Information Technology (IT) /National Identity Database Department. Previously, he was Director at the Secretariat of the Presidential Implementation Committee; responsible for implementing government decisions for consumer credit systems, national outsourcing initiatives and the harmonization of identification schemes in Nigeria.

Diakalidia Konaté
Director General, National Identification Office (ONI), Côte d’Ivoire

Speaker, PS1


From 2009 to 2015, Diakalidia Konaté was Senior Adviser to the Project Manager of the Civil Modernization Program. In 2015, the Government entrusted him as Head of the National Identification Office (ONI), which he led, in accordance with the National Development Plan (PND). He Chairs the National Technical Committee which conducted the diagnostic study for the evaluation of the civil registration system and the identification and preparation of the specifications of the RNPP.

Samatar Omar Elmi
Senior ICT Project Manager, Department of Transportation, Urban Development and ICT, African Development Bank (ADB)
Speaker, PS2


Samatar Omar Elmi began his career in telecommunications in Djibouti prior to joining ADB in 2011. Since then he has led the investigation and the implementation of several structural projects on the continent, the most emblematic being the Dorsal fiber optics scheme interconnecting the regional countries of Central Africa. Beyond infrastructure, he has worked on various projects implementing ICT development through various African countries. He has begun several initiatives (studies and investment projects) on the modernization of the value chain within the civil state using the underlying data facts (births, deaths, marriages, and divorces) to establish national systems of electronic identification management for which the applications are limitless.

Greg Pote
President, ID4Africa

Moderator, PS3


Greg Pote is the co-founder and President of ID4Africa, as well as Chairman of APSCA, Asia’s industry association for identity and payments, which he co-founded in 1997. He works with APSCA members to assist in developing their businesses, initiatives and schemes throughout the Asia Pacific and South Asian markets. Greg has advised both end-user organisations and suppliers on the business and technology roadmap for identity and payments, and presented and chaired over 200 industry events.

Stephan Van Hoof
Regional Director South & East Africa, Zetes People ID

Speaker, PS3


Stephan Van Hoof (48) has been in charge with the business development for Zetes’ People ID solutions and services in South & East Africa for the past 7 years, acquiring a deep knowledge and understanding of the region’s identification needs, with a special focus on biometric registration.

Dr. Extase Akpotsui
Project Manager and Solutions Architect, Zetes People ID

Speaker, InF1


Project Manager and Solutions Architect at ZETES, Dr Extase AKPOTSUI has a solid African experience in the area of Biometric registration. He has chaired a technical sub-commission of Electoral operations, Training and related computerized information systems for many years. At ZETES, he specializes in the development of solutions architectures in particular for civil register and population register systems.

Alan Gelb
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Moderator, InF2


As Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Alan has conducted research on projects including 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. Previously Alan was Director of Development Policy at the World Bank, and Chief Economist for the World Bank’s Africa region.

Ingo Liersch
Director Product Marketing, Government Identification, Infineon Technologies AG, Germany

Speaker, InF3


Ingo joined Infineon 2014. Since then he has been responsible for Product Marketing of microcontroller based solutions for electronic documents like ePassports, eIDs or eHealth cards. Ingo holds a degree in Electrical and Industrial Engineering. He´s been active in the Smart ID industry since 2001 and participates in various industry organizations, such as Silicon Trust.

Dominic S. Haazen
Lead Health Policy Specialist, Health, Nutrition & Population Global Practice, The World Bank

Speaker, InF4


Dominic Haazen is a Lead Health Policy Specialist with the Health Nutrition and Population Global Practice, where he is responsible for managing and providing technical expertise in a number of countries. He is an expert in the areas of health information systems/e-Health, emergency medical services, health financing, and health system management. He has worked in over to 60 developing countries.

Paul Macharia
Data Manager, Ministry of Health, Kenya

Speaker, InF4


Paul Macharia is a Data Manager in Kenya’s Ministry of Health, National AIDS & STIs Control Programme Key Populations Unit. He has an IT background with specialty in electronic data collection and management using Personal Digital Assists (PDAs), feature phones, smartphones running on open-source applications and the use of biometric system for unique identification in public health. Paul is a registered IEEE member and has over 5 years’ experience in development, customization and implementation of mHealth solutions and biometric systems.

Kristen Wenz
Child Protection Specialist (Civil Registration and Legal ID), UNICEF

Speaker, InF5


Bio to come.

Chimezie Emewulu
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Seamfix Limited

Speaker, InF7


Chimezie is a co-founder and the Managing Director at Seamfix Limited; a leading provider of innovative technological solutions, with footprints in Identity Management, process automation, digitization and data management. He is a multi-talented, award-winning business strategist and reformer with over 11 years’ experience in tech-prenuership. He has led several growth initiatives at Seamfix, creating unique market positioning for the company as thought-leaders in Nigeria’s identity ecosystem. Chimezie is a result-oriented leader, who brings energy and creativity to the positive work environment at Seamfix.

Archie Hesse
CEO, Ghana Interbank Payment & Settlement Systems (GhIPSS)

Speaker, InF10


Archie Hesse is CEO of GhIPSS Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Central Bank of Ghana. He joined GhIPSS in 2007 as the General Manager for Projects and Business Development where he also managed and supported the implementation of a National Biometric Smart Card Banking & Payment System. Archie is very knowledgeable in the area of payment systems and has spoken extensively on topics including payment systems, the numerous advantages of the biometric system for verification and authentication, and the need for digital payments in Africa.

Bruce Hanson
President & CEO, Credence ID

Speaker, InF14


Mr. Hanson is a co-founder and currently the President and CEO of Credence ID, LLC., a San Francisco Bay area growth stage company with domain expertise in mobile, Android-based, biometric enrollment and identification technologies. He has led the company from its inception in 2012 through its research and development period to revenue generation and growth phases. Mr. Hanson is a board member and has full P&L responsibility for all aspects of the business.