ID WORLD International Congress: ID People Awards 2007 - Candidates

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The ID PEOPLE awards are assigned to outstanding members of the ID Revolution Community who have distinguished themselves during these last 12 months for commitment, leadership, creativity and innovation.

ID Community Award

Vittorio Bertocci
Architect Evangelist – Microsoft

Vittorio Bertocci has over 13 years experience in the industry and has worked in various fields, being recognized as a breakthrough visionary of digital identities. With his work in the SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) he received the Circle of Excellence award, an award that is presented to the highest standards of quality and technology, providing a model and goal for all businesses. He works with major G100 enterprises worldwide, facilitating the early adoption of technologies such as Identity and Access Management. The book he has co-authored, “Understanding Windows CardSpace”, will be published in January 2008. The book focuses mainly on the introduction to the concepts and challenges of Digital Identities.

Georgina Graham
Global Head of Security & Facilitation – IATA

Georgina Graham is one of the foremost promoters of the idea that security is an issue on which governments and airlines have to work together. A joint effort will not only decrease the annual costs dedicated to security but will also harmonize the processes for cross-border travel. Georgina Graham has been acting as a mediator in achieving cooperation and collaboration among the members of the private sector and governments. The organization she represents covers over 240 airlines, with over 94% of the airline traffic. Her commitment to fostering security with common practices is well know by the airline industry.


Dr. Detlef Houdeau
Senior Director BD, Identification – Infineon Technologies

Dr. Detlef Houdeau is a member of Eurosmart, head of the Bitkom working group “Chip Card and Identification Systems” and head of the EU funding project “Digital Passport”, with 6 partner companies in 4 countries. He is a committed member of the ID Community, with his awareness of the importance of the National ID evolution in the public domain and his efforts to focus attention on the application scope of activities started by governments. He is currently focusing on eID projects for the public sector, on which he is an expert, with his knowledge on, amongst other things, the application aims, relevant standards and specifications, legal conditions, and the rollout schedules of the various projects. His career in the industry spans over 20 years. He has published approximately approximately 50 papers and holds 40 patents.

Dr. Bruno Rouchouze
Government IND Director, Identity Department – Gemalto

Dr. Bruno Rouchouze is in charge of all relationships with the European Commission and follows the international standardization bodies on electronic ID documents. Concerning certifications based on Common Criteria, he has led his group obtaining the Common Criteria Evaluation in the world for EA1+ & EAL5+ for Java Card, EAL4 for native OS, and EAL4 augmented with AVA_VLA.4 for a smart card. He is a committed member within the European Commission, in eHealth and eID groups. He is also the chairman for EUROSMART, the voice of the smartcard industry that aims to define a common security evaluation based on international standards.

Ernie Scheerlinck
Managing Director – Seagha – Port of Antwerp and Zeebrugge

Ernie Scheerlinck has served as the general manager of Seagha since 1999, an electronic commerce service provider for the transport industry. Seagha began as an initiative of the private sector in the port of Antwerp with a mission to facilitate Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). In 2004, an investigation by the Antwerp Port Community into developing a system that could easily identify and log visitors to the Port Facilities, he spearheaded the development and launch of a state-of-the-art biometric port security system Alfapass, for which he has been the managing director since. The Alfapass ID card has a validity of three years and 43,000 have been issued since January 2005.

ID Leadership Award

Elmar Hartmann
Managing Director – Gantner Electronic

Elmar Hartmann has led his company’s electronic access control division with the motto ‘Everything within a single card’, and has done an exemplary job in transforming a technology driven company into a profitable solutions driven RFID enterprise. As General Director of Gantner Electronic, he has widened the scope of the company, targeting various business areas with solutions based on contactless chip technology. Under his command, Gantner Electronic has extended its offering to include solutions for fitness and leisure clubs all the way up to complete building monitoring.

Denis Hébert
President & CEO – HID Global
Executive Vice President – Assa Abloy

On September 1, 2007, Swedish multinational Assa Abloy merged two of the three entities of it Global Technologies division: HID Global, a leader in providing solutions for the delivery of secure identity, and Identification Technologies Group (ITG), comprising leading auto ID players of the likes of Sokymat, Omnikey and ACG ID. Denis Hébert, then President of HID Global, was called upon to head of the combined business and leverage the growth opportunities available. On the occasion he was also appointed executive vice president of the Assa Abloy Group and member of the Executive Management Team. Denis Hébert joined Assa Abloy in 2002 as president of HID. Prior to that, he spent 17 years with Honeywell International in various senior management roles in Canada, France and the US, with his most recent position as president of NexWatch, a Honeywell subsidiary.

Jan Kretzschmer
Director for Airport Solutions – Lyngsoe

Jan Kretzschmer is considered by many the person responsible for the successful implementation of RFID within the aviation industry. He was the key person in implementation of the world’s first RFID-on-baggage solution for Hong Kong Airport and has distinguished himself by ensuring a place for Lyngsoe Systems’ as a world leader in the supply of RFID-based solutions. He is currently working on the implementation of RFID-on-baggage for the Milan Malpensa Airport, and for the Dubai International Airport that will be opened in 2008. His team is also the key player for the RFID integration project at Copenhagen International Airport for passengers and transit trolleys.

Jens Kungl
Project Manager – MGI Metro Group Information Technology

Jens Kungl has initiated the setup of Metro Group’s Innovation Center, which houses more than 30 installations that demonstrate retail processes and operations based on RFID along the supply chain. He is also the founder of the Group’s RFID test laboratory which, as the only institution of its kind in Europe, gives users the opportunity to have their merchandise tagged with RFID transponders and the performance of the EPC generation 2 technologies tested. As the RFID Architect of the firm and with his strong project leadership, he has become responsible for all activities concerning the identification of best of breed technology using the laboratory’s own capacity. Thanks to his efforts in pushing RFID forward in all areas, he is recognized as a global expert in RFID applied to supply chain management.

Jorma Lalla
CEO – Nordic ID

Jorma Lalla established Nordic ID, a Finnish high-tech company, in 1986. Since then, his ability to distill complex issues, formulate a direction, communicate his vision, and lead from the front has made his company active all over Europe, and expanded it globally with a real presence in Africa, Asia and North America. Already 80% of Nordic ID’s turnover is generated through export to major European countries. The customers are among the world’s largest retailers and are increasingly involved with logistics and manufacturing. In today’s unpredictable and fast-paced business environment, he has managed to push forward Nordic ID with the company’s ability to adapt and evolve with the times.

ID Limelight Award

Steven Brill
Founder & CEO – Verified Identity Pass

Steven Brill is the founder and CEO of Verified Identity Pass and the creator of Clear, the largest US registered traveler program. Clear uses fingerprint and iris technology to identify members who move through its fast pass lanes at airport security checkpoints. Brill became knowledgeable about the issues Verified ID addresses in doing research for his 2003 book, “AFTER: How America Confronted the September 12 Era.” The Clear card is accepted at more than a dozen major US airports, including New York’s JFK and San Francisco International and is expected to roll out at additional airports in the next few months. Brill is also the founder of The American Lawyer magazine and Court TV.

Greg Brown
President – Motorola Networks & Enterprise

Greg Brown was President of Motorola’s former Networks & Enterprise segment when it acquired the Symbol Technologies in the largest takeover the automatic identification industry has ever seen. He headed the newly formed $13 billion business, focused on providing market-leading end-to-end network infrastructure solutions to private, public and enterprise customers worldwide, until his promotion to president and COO of Motorola in March 2007. Today, Brown is responsible for overseeing all of Motorola’s divisions: Mobile Devices, Home & Networks Mobility and Enterprise Mobility Solutions, which includes our Government & Public Safety and Enterprise Mobility businesses. He is also a member of Motorola’s Board of Directors.

Edward L. Kaplan
Co-Founder & Director – Zebra

Edward L. Kaplan, recently retired chief executive officer and chairman of Zebra, has served as a director since co-founding the company in 1969. The figures for 2006 explain how successful he was in achieving the creation of a trusted and quality manufacturer: $759,5 million in sales, $70.9 million in income and 36.4% income growth in 2006 over 2005. Though his company focuses mainly on sale of barcode printers, it also develops software and provides maintenance services. His outstanding achievement is in developing Zebra into a market leader in its field. Today, the company has over 2,500 employees. With his experience acquired in 37 years at Zebra, Edward Kaplan will continue to assist the company as a member of the Board of Directors.

Andreas Reisen
HD Department Biometrics & Travel Documents – German Federal Ministry of Interior

Andreas Reisen has been responsible for the German government’s eID-related projects, and has fostered the adoption and the implementation of the second generation of ePassports. He succeeded in increasing the number of secure identification methods that include the new Basic Access Control (BAC) standards, developing the European e-Passport to very best practice. Aiming to secure identification of all actors present in the community, he has been working to introduce the interoperable electronic identity management mainly for the European Union Member States. He is also the member of the Standing Committee of the International Forum for Travel Documents, a worldwide association of government representatives who issue travel documents and identity cards.

Roberto Tunioli
CEO – Datalogic

Roberto Tunioli has used his unique leadership and entrepreneurial skills to transform a mid-size Italian company into one of the largest and best-known multi-national enterprises in the field of automatic data collection. Under his direct responsibility, Datalogic has increased its sales 10-fold in 13 years and is currently the third largest producer worldwide and leader in Europe for bar code readers, data collection mobile computers and RFID technology systems. He succeeded in transforming Datalogic into a global challenger and has ensured the company’s strength in Europe, Asia and North America. Currently, Datalogic holds approximately 25% of the world market in the sector of manual bar code readers and around 30% of that of bar code readers for industrial applications.

ID Trail Blazer Award

Remy de Tonnac
CEO – Inside Contactless

Remy de Tonnac, has 20 years experience in the smart card industry and is head of the leading semiconductor supplier of contactless cards and Near Field Communication ICs. His great sense of anticipation has pushed the company to become the leader in its sector. He is currently active in leading successful partnerships with other world leading organizations in different industry segments, such as worldwide banking, entertainment and media companies, these have led Inside Contactless to attain more than 60% of market share in the payment market. In addition, Inside Contactless is currently involved in many large-scale NFC pilot projects all over the world. His objective is to help build the NFC ecosystem, to support the creativity of developers and help them achieve the flurry of applications that will make NFC technology create a new “mobile way of life”.

Matthias Duensser
General Manager & Co-Founder – MaskTech

Matthias Duensser, is the co-founder of MaskTech, the only independent company today supplying ePassport Operating Systems (OSs). MaskTech is the largest supplier of ICAO compliant eID embedded operating-systems, chipsets and related middleware independent from chipset vendors in the business. Today, his company is not only leading the market of ePassport Operating Systems by number of countries, but also by total number of passports issued in those countries. In March 2007, MaskTech’s ePassport and eID Chip operating system software was awarded the Common Criteria EAL4+ (Evaluation Assurance Level) high certification by the German Federal Office for Information Security.

Dr. Detlef Hühnlein
Partner IDM-Innovations – Secunet Security Networks

Dr. Detlef Hühnlein is a distinguished figure in the digital security world having contributed substantially to the standardization of Application Programming Interfaces (API) for smart cards. In particular he was responsible for the specification of the eCard-API-Framework, which aims at harmonizing the various German government projects issuing or using smart cards for authentication and signature purposes. Furthermore he introduced Web-Service interfaces into the forthcoming ISO/IEC 24727 standard, which allows to connect the world of smart cards with the domain of Web-Service-based Federated Identity Management, opening the sector to an ever-growing number of new opportunities. He has collaborated with the most important companies and authorities of the eID sector and is also currently active in the standardization of the European Citizen Card in CEN TC 224 WG 15 and related signature services at OASIS DSS-X, disclosing a universe of opportunities for electronic ID documents.

Rakesh Radhakrishnan
Senior IT Architect – Sun Microsystems

Rakesh Radhakrishnan has 15+ years experience in the IT sector. His well-received book “Identity & Security” mainly deals with his understanding of current Identity market requirements and potential future possibilities and can be considered the first book on the market that gives a 360-degree overview of Identity Enabled Networks. He is working on a sequel titled “Identity and Policies”. He has a defensive disclosure on Correlated Identity and has contributed extensively to The Liberty Alliance, ITU-FG on NGN IDM, TOG IDM WG, TMF WG on IDM for NGOSS, etc. He has published more than 50 papers on IT architectures and was recently featured on Officer Outlook for his work on Aligning Architectural Approaches. He received Sun’s WS-Incite Award in 2005, SEI Outstanding Contributor Award for 2006/07 and Stellar Volunteer Award for 2007.

Van Tran
CEO – Veritec

Van Tran, as CEO of Veritec, has been the guiding force in nurturing steady growth for the company and for Veritec’s state-of-the-art solutions for positive BIO-ID. Veritec is a patent-holder and manufacturer of two-dimensional Matrix Symbology Products. Within the Multi-Dimensional Bar Codes commonly known as Data Matrix, the encoded symbols can contain a variety, amount, and depth of information that would not fit onto an ordinary bar code, which enables availability for many applications. Recently, in September 2007, Van Tran introduced Veritec’s new “multi-purpose-all-in-one” card, named the VSCard, which combines both a Visa debit card and an identity card to create a multi-functional ID card with unique banking and security capabilities.

ID Outstanding Achievement Award

Brig. Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi
General Director Operations – Abu Dhabi Police, UAE Min. of Interior

Brig. Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi is one of the most influential people in Abu-Dhabi and the IT Industry. He has been involved in many successful strategic information and communication projects that have helped shape today’s United Arab Emirates and is the key person initiating the country’s implementation of smart card technology for identity verification projects. He was head of the steering committee and project manager when the United Arab Emirates’ national project was formed. He was instrumental in the project and the overall management of the implementation. He was also heavily involved in many successful IT implementations such as: iris biometric (UAE has now the largest iris database in the world), eGate project in all UAE airports and UAE national ID card. He is currently an active member of the federal e-Government committee. His outstanding leadership has helped develop Abu Dhabi Police into an extremely effective force operating in one of the world’s safest countries.

Dr. Khalid M. Al-Tawil
Director General – National Information Center, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Tawil is the head of the National Information Center (NIC) in Saudi Arabia, which is responsible for many technological accomplishments in the field of ID. In the recent years, the vital role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for socio-economic development has been largely recognized. As the Director General of the nation’s most important information center with an extensive reservoir of talent and ambition, Dr. Tawil has developed NIC into a distinguished and elite department, which enables the mission critical information technology initiatives that protect all citizens/non-citizens within the Kingdom. He has also been eagerly working with other countries for the sharing and transferring of technology. He is an important participant in the efforts in the Middle East to counter terrorism through secure identity solutions. His passion for biometrics and network security has been the key factor in leading his country’s assertive homeland security initiatives.

Dr. Ahmed Darwish
Minister of Administrative Development – Egyptian Government

Dr. Ahmed Darwish has distinguished himself with his work in introducing the usage of smart cards for various applications in Egypt, including family card and health card, and his contribution to the development of e-government. He has over 56 publications in journals and scientific conferences. Dr. Darwish was a consultant to a number of international organizations (Unesco, FAO, ESCWA, European Union and World Bank), government organizations and companies both in the United States and Egypt. During the last 3 years prior to becoming the Minister of State for Administrative Development he acted as the e-Government Program Director at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. He led the team to prepare the National Project Document on e-government and coordinate the implementation efforts.

Antti Korhonen
CEO – Ekahau

Antti Korhonen, as the CEO of Ekahau, the leading provider of wi-fi based solutions and wireless software tools, has pioneered the adoption of wi-fi-based Real-Time Location System (RTLS). Under Antti Korhonen’s lead, Ekahau has grown rapidly thanks to the introduction of the third ‘killer app’ for the wi-fi after data and voice: location & tracking. He proved that wi-fi is a viable and practical technology for a multitude of applications where continuous monitoring and tracking is necessary. Antti Korhonen has over 20 years of experience in hi-tech industries in the field of international sales, marketing and product management and prior to Ekahau, has worked at Vaisala as the general manager of Industrial Business Division.

Eric Rixon
Business Development Manager – Datacard

Eric Rixon has started his career in the financial card industry in the mid 70s and has been at the nexus of smart cards promotion for use in banking, transportation, identity, loyalty, parking and access control, throughout the world including Europe, India, East Asia and the USA. He played a key role in making clear the importance of durability of electronic ID documents and for providing potential solutions to this issue. Eric Rixon works for Datacard Group, who create the best-selling secure ID and card personalization solutions, providing hardware, software, services and consultative expertise to customers worldwide and employing more than 1,400 people. He is currently an active member of the Eurosmart eID workgroup.

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