The ID4Africa Movement functions through 5 main institutions, which are all subject to the organization’s Code of Ethics:

// The Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board consists of a group of distinguished individuals representing some of the world’s leading development agencies. These are organizations that are committed to supporting Africa’s socio-economic development through the promotion of responsible change drivers, such as legal and digital identity.

Cornelius Williams
Associate Director and Global Chief of Child Protection


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Cornelius Williams is Associate Director and global Chief of Child Protection for UNICEF’s Programme Division. He has over 25 years of experience in managing child protection programmes in Western, Eastern and Southern Africa with UNICEF and Save the Children. As a child rights advocate he has been involved in advocacy that led to improved protection of children from sexual exploitation and abuse in humanitarian settings, reduced recruitment and use of children by armed forces and groups and increased access of children to identity documents/ birth certificate and social assistance and other services. Mr. Williams has played a leading role in coordinating UNICEF’s engagement with governments and other partners in the development of programmes for the prevention and response to violence against children in countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. He is a national of Sierra Leone and holds a Masters Degree in International Child Welfare from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.

Robert Palacios
Global Thematic Group Leader
The World Bank


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Robert Palacios is Global Thematic Group Leader for Pensions and Social Insurance in the Social Protection and Labor Practice of the World Bank. Between 1992-1994, he was a member of the research department team that produced the World Bank‘s influential volume on international pension systems, “Averting the Old Age Crisis: Policies to Protect the Old and Promote Growth”. Since 1995, he has divided his time between operational work and research with work in more than two dozen countries, most recently focusing on South Asia. His publications include articles and books on old age poverty, health insurance and a wide range of pension policy issues. His current areas of special interest include integration of policies across social sectors and use of technology to deliver and track social programs. He represents the SPL Global Practice on the recently constituted ID4D Working Group, a high level initiative aimed at developing the World Bank’s approach to identification and civil registration.

Alan Gelb
Senior Fellow
Center for Global Development


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Alan Gelb is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. His recent research includes 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. He was previously director of development policy at the World Bank, and before that chief economist for the Bank’s Africa region and staff director for the 1996 World Development Report “From Plan to Market.”. He has published widely in these areas, including in refereed journals.

Dr. Vera Songwe
Executive Secretary

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Vera Songwe is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Prior to joining UNECA, she has worked with the International Finance Corporation as Regional Director covering West and Central Africa, as well as the World Bank, as Country Director covering Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal. Dr. Songwe holds a PhD in Mathematical Economics from the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics, a Master of Arts in Law and Economics, and a Diplôme d’études approfondies in Economic Science and Politics from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.

Niall McCANN
Policy Advisor and Project Manager, Legal Identity, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


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Niall McCann is Policy Advisor and Project Manager for Legal Identity at the UNDP. He previously served as Lead Electoral Advisor at the UNDP for 6 years where he provided programming and advisory support to UNDP Country Offices engaged in providing electoral assistance (approximately 60 per year), and 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 Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Liberia, Zambia, Yemen and Afghanistan. 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 Core Teams for OSCE/ODIHR in Romania, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. From 1996-1999, he was Elections Officer/Senior Elections Officer with the OSCE Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Samatar Omar Elmi
Senior ICT Officer
African Development Bank


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Samatar Omar Elmi is the Senior ICT Project Manager for Department Transportation, Urban Development, and ICT at the African Development Bank (ADB). He 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. He holds an engineering degree from Telecom Saint-Etienne (France) and a Master’s in Economics and International Development from the School of Economics at the University of Auvergne (France).

Andrew Hopkins
Chief, Identity Management and Registration Section
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


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Andrew HOPKINS has over 30 years’ extensive experience in managing refugee programs globally. He has operated in a wide range of harsh and challenging environments that most governments or law enforcement agencies would not normally encounter. He has led global registration and identity management efforts which ensure refugee identities are anchored and maintained within a system of inclusivity. He has also deployed registration documentation and biometrics systems in field operations as part of the agency’s global population management efforts, and has designed and managed large-scale group resettlement projects particularly in Africa and in Asia.

Srdjan Mrkic
Chief, Demographic Statistics Section
United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)

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Mr. Srdjan Mrkić is a lawyer and a career statistician at national and international level for the past 30 years. As the Chief of Demographic Statistics in United Nations Statistics Division, he is discharging the responsibilities of the technical director of two international programmes – on population and housing censuses and on civil registration and vital statistics systems. Mr. Mrkić is leading the work on developing international standards for population and housing censuses, civil registration, vital statistics and identity management and is a member of the United Nations Legal Identity Expert Group, established to promote holistic approach to civil registration, vital statistics and identity management.

// Ambassadors

ID4Africa Ambassadors

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The ID4Africa Ambassadors are senior-level government officials – appointed one per country – who champion the cause of identity in their countries and act as a liaison between their country’s institutions and the Movement.

For more information on the Ambassadors, click here.

ID4Africa Identity Council (IIC)

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The IIC is a Pan-African thought-leadership body founded in 2019 that provides guidance and advice to African governments on identity matters. It consists of all active ID4Africa Ambassadors who act as a collective voice from Africa and for Africa, leveraging shared experiences to achieve responsible and efficient identity systems.

To learn more about the IIC, click here.

// The Knowledge Hub (K-Hub)

K-Hub is a virtual institution for disseminating knowledge and original content. It provides online access to in-depth blogs, Annual Meeting presentations, featured articles, videos, reports, and more.

Visit the Knowledge Hub: https://www.id4africakhub.org/

// 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.

// Senior Management

Dr. Joseph J. Atick

Executive Chairman, ID4Africa

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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.

Veronica Ribeiro

Vice President, Operations, ID4Africa

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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.

Greg Pote

Chief Information Officer, ID4Africa

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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.

// Privacy & Ethics

ID4Africa Privacy Policy

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We believe in respecting your privacy and we take it very seriously. This privacy policy sets out our specific commitments to data protection, including compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of 2018. It will show how ID4Africa uses and protects any information that you provide when you sign up to receive our newsletters, register to attend any of our events or when contacting us expressing interest in receiving information and notifications related to any of our activities.

ID4Africa is committed to ensuring that your privacy is respected and protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when interacting with us, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

ID4Africa may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from May 25, 2018.

Data Protection Officer

If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding our data protection practices or regarding any data pertaining to you held in the ID4Africa database, please contact our Data Protection Officer.

Shauna Taylor


Tel: +86 21 3120 0321 (Ext18)

What we collect

ID4Africa is committed to minimizing the identifying information it collects about individuals that it interacts with in the course of conduct of its activities. As such we may collect the following minimal set of personally identifying information:

  • Name, gender, job title and affiliation
  • Contact information including email address(es) and telephone numbers, location and physical address, passport details (if in case we’re requested to assist with your flight, visa or accommodation details to attend any of our events).
  • Contact email address and telephone number for a key liaison person whose information is provided by you, to handle your participation at, or registration for, any of our events.
  • Industry segment

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to:

  1. Keep you informed about our activities and specifically about our upcoming events
  2. Provide you with post-event related information such as access to meeting presentation files, conference reports, photos and other such related content.
  3. Promote awareness regarding the importance of identity.
  4. Provide assistance for travel arrangements including flight bookings, visa application and hotel accommodation, to attend any of our events.

For points 1, 2, 3 & 4 above, we do this either through newsletters or general communication emails. If the information was gathered from our event registration processes, the data is also used strictly for internal record keeping and for planning purposes related to the conduct of our events.

We may periodically send informational emails (newsletters) or promotional emails (offers for your company to participate in our events as speakers, exhibitors or authors of pertinent subject matter articles) and other information which we think you may find interesting, using the email address(es) which you have provided.

From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes by inviting you to influence or participate in surveys. We may contact you by email, or phone.

Your data will be kept secure and private. Under no circumstances will your information be shared or transferred to any third-party individual or organization outside of ID4Africa, unless you provide us with prior explicit consent related to such circumstance should the need arise.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online and from our registration processes.

How we use cookies

Our website uses cookies in a standard way to improve the user experience. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. Please note that cookies are however needed for specific areas on our website such as the online registration system.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, ID4Africa will not be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites, particularly if such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

  • whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes
  • if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at gdprconsent@id4africa.com.

Under no circumstances will your information be shared or transferred to any third party outside of ID4Africa, unless you provide us with prior explicit consent related to such circumstance should the need arise.

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to any individual or third party company unless we have your permission, or are required by law to do so.

Since we only hold the above mentioned information about you per our data minimization policy, there is no other type of personal information about you in our database. You can still receive written confirmation of what we hold, and how your data is used, by contacting our Data Protection Officer. Please note, there may be a small fee to process such requests.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please contact our Data Protection Officer. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

If at any point you would like to request that your information, or the contact details of the liaison person you have introduced is to be completely removed from our database, please contact our Data Protection Officer. We will promptly carry out your request and will provide one final communication to confirm that your request has been carried out.

If you have any issues or concerns please contact our Data Protection Officer, Shauna Taylor at s.taylor@id4africa.com or +86 21 3120 0321 for further input.

Our Code of Ethics

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Please Click Here to download a copy of the ID4Africa Code of Ethics.