About

We envision a world where identities are portable, private and secure, so that no one has to lose access to their identity ever again. Creating a future of opportunities. Because people matter.

Our Story

In 2012, Toufic "Tey" Al Rjula discovered that he is, in fact, an "invisible man". On his Dutch driver's licence, you will not find that he was born in a city such as "London", "Berlin", or "Amsterdam". Instead, he is declared as being “Unknown”. This is because Tey was born in Kuwait, during the gulf war, when the birth registries were destroyed en masse. As such, he does not have a birth certificate, and even if copies were to exist, neither he, nor the issuing authority could possibly verify it.

In 2014, he started his asylum application in a refugee camp in the Netherlands, where he was forced to move after his work permit of five years was terminated. Here, for two years, he felt the pain of thousands of Syrian refugees unable to verify the authenticity of their documents. On top of this, many of these refugees had lost other important documents such as land titles and academic certificates on the road of refuge. By the end of his stay, he had met more than 1000 invisible men, women, and children.

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A third of the refugees in Europe are children, and while they are lucky to get documented, hundreds of thousands in Syrian Refugee camps do not have birth certificates, and newborns in camps are unable to complete the birth registration process, due to economic, geographical and complex administrative barriers. Ultimately, the experiences the refugees shared with Tey in the Dutch refugee camp regarding the hardships they suffered as "invisible people" gave him the inspiration and motivation to found Tykn, together with social entrepreneurs Khalid Maliki and Jimmy J.P. Snoek, in order to work on providing self-sovereign identity to all.

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Watch Tykn's CEO, Tey Al-Rjula, tell his amazing and inspiring story at TEDx Amsterdam 2018!

Awards & Achievements

Shortly after our inception in 2016, we joined Startup Weekend Utrecht, an intensive 3-day hackathon powered by Google, where we managed to develop a working prototype to digitally verify and authenticate official documents by leveraging the bitcoin blockchain, winning us first place.

This victory ultimately led to Tykn being chosen to pitch for Rockstart, a startup accelerator based in Amsterdam, where Tykn was chosen out of 1100+ applicants (alongside 9 other startups) to join the Rockstart Web & Mobile Accelerator.

In October 2017, Tykn also won the Spindle Innovation Awards (powered by Partos and Accenture) with our Project ZINC (Zero INvisible Children) initiative, and became a semi-finalist in the Accenture Innovation Awards two years in a row.

On top of this, in 2018, Tykn also won Best ICO Pitch at the Blockchain Innovation Conference 2018 in June, as well as the B4H Shapers Award for Digital Identity, the NRC Live Tech Talks Awards and the Dutch Chivas Venture Awards, in December.

Winning the Dutch edition of The Chivas Venture led us to the global finals that took place during The Next Web Conference 2019, in Amsterdam. Tykn placed in the Top 5 among 1000 companies.

Most recently we were awarded the MENAFIF Innovation Prize from the AFIForum - Asia Financial Institutions Forum.

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A World-Class Core Team

Get acquainted with Tykn's diverse and inclusive core team.
For any questions or queries, feel free to contact any of us on LinkedIn!

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Tey El-Rjula
Co-founder & CEO

After having experienced the pains of losing vital records to war himself, Tey co-founded Tykn in 2016 to relieve the world of these same problems in the future.

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Khalid Maliki
Co-founder & COO

As a seasoned UX designer, Khalid co-founded Tykn with Tey and Jimmy after seven years of working for both governmental and commercial instances.

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Jimmy J.P. Snoek
Co-founder & BizDevLead

Jimmy J.P. is a business developer and serial entrepreneur who joined Tey & Khalid to kickstart the Tykn mission following a period of advisory work surrounding distributed ledger technology and business development.

Bryan Georges
Product Lead

Bryan has over a decade of experience in building data and identity based product businesses from the ground up. He has deep expertise in decentralised data and identity models, and has held senior product and commercial roles in companies such as Evernym (inventors of Sovrin and Hyperledger Indy) and Telefonica Digital. Bryan holds an MBA from INSEAD, France.

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Mohamed Sami
Sr. Sovrin Engineer

Sami has been developing critical and scalable systems in the Fintech and Healthcare domain for last 8+ years. After realizing the impact SSI can have on the world, he is now on a mission to help marginalized and most vulnerable people get their dignity back with the help of SSI.

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Katja Bouman
System Designer

As an honours graduate in Mathematics and Computer Science, Katja first joined Tykn in the capacity of an intern, focussing on how the combination of blockchain technology and zero-knowledge proofs could improve data protection in humanitarian action. Her tremendous insights helped in shaping Tykn’s Ana solution in time for the first dry-run on the island of St. Maarten

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Francisco Baptista
Marketing Director

Self-Starter, passionate about Marketing and a knowledge seeker. Those are three of Francisco's main characteristics. He has a deep understanding of Marketing theory but also loves to get his hands dirty in the trenches of digital marketing. His job is to make sure that you know everything you need to know about Tykn. And that's what he plans to do.

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Randa Al Rifai
BizDev (MENA)

Randa is an expert in Banking and Finance. Specialized in Compliance-Anti Money Laundering & Combating Financial Terrorism as well as leading the Lebanese cryptocurrency community.

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Marloes Pomp
Advisor

Marloes Pomp is the Program Officer at Digital Action within the Dutch Government. She worked in several roles like project leader or researcher at governmental organizations, including Ministry of Internal Affairs, City of Amsterdam and the Court. Notable is her 4 years in the innovation team for the Ministry of Foreign affairs.

Dr. Moe Levin
Advisor

Dr. Moe Levin is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Keynote, an investor in high-tech startups, and an advisor to governments, regulators, banks, and venture-backed companies.
Moe is also an early investor in RSK Labs, Labfresh, Dropbox, and others. Moe was responsible for launching a venture-backed startup in Europe which raised $30m from Richard Branson, Index Ventures and others.

Darrell O'Donnell
Advisor

With his vast experience as an engineer and executive to many thriving companies over the past 20 years, Darrell O’Donnell has become a powerhouse in the digital identity space. He currently provides C-level advice to key projects and partners as a ‘Virtual CTO’, invests in early-stage ventures, and speaks about self-sovereign identity to those that need to hear and learn about it the most.

Identity becomes portable, private and secure.

Tykn's identity and access management system allows public and private institutions to issue and verify digital identity credentials.

An innovative way to share and request personal data proofs.

Users are provided with an app, a digital identity wallet, that works on every mobile device and allows them to digitally access services from those institutions in a private and secure manner.

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