8 Women in Identity

Here are 8 Women in the field of Digital Identity & Self-Sovereign Identity that continuously inspire us with their work.

Elizabeth M. Renieris

Elizabeth is a lawyer focused on policy engineering around digital and Self-Sovereign Identity, blockchain, privacy and data protection, who is fighting against the “commodification” of our personal data.

You can read why she believes that blockchain, as currently conceived, is largely incompatible with the GDPR and more in this interview we did with Elizabeth M. Renieris.

Kim Hamilton Duffy

Kim is co-chair of W3C Credentials Community Group and Architect of the Digital Academic Credentialing Infrastructure at MIT (Digital Academic Credentials Initiative).

You can read about why she thinks the path towards a truly decentralized identity management system is through Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) and Verifiable Credentials and more on this interview we did with Kim Hamilton Duffy.

Kaliya Young

Kaliya is the co-founder of the Internet Identity Workshop and was named one of the most influential women in tech by the Fast Company Magazine. Kaliya is also the co-author, along with Heather Vescent, of A Comprehensive Guide to Self-Sovereign Identity and her Masters report, Domains of Identity, provides us with a framework on the several domains of identity where personal data is stored in databases. She has “committed her life to the development of an open standards based layer of the internet that empowers people”.

You can read more about her and the Domains of Identity in this interview we did with Kaliya Young.

Joni Brennan

Joni is the President of the Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada – DIACC, and her career has been focused on Identity and Access Management innovation and digital identity standards development.

You can read more about her and why she believes that “digital identity was not built for the digital economy” in his interview we did with Joni Brennan.

Emma Lindley

Emma is the co-founder of Women in Identity and the former Head of Identity and Risk at VISA.

Women in Identity is a non-profit organisation “whose purpose it is to promote parity with respect to opportunity, reward, recognition and professional mobility in relation to gender, inter-sectionality, race, ability, ethnicity, sexual orientation/identity, creed or social status” in the identity space. She also co-founded Confyrm, a company acquired by Capital ONE.

Mariana Dahan

Mariana believes in the “power of technology for good”. She is the founder of the World Identity Network.

WIN’s mission is to “catalyse progress towards self-sovereign identity and helps prevent human trafficking and modern slavery using robust, secure digital identity systems”.

Heather Vescent

Heather Vescent is, in her words, “obsessed with this new technology”, Self-Sovereign Identity, that uses identity standards that will allow for interoperability. For her, digital identity is a base layer where everything else is built on top and people are now starting to realise its importance. According to Heather, banking, healthcare and Internet applications have been building their own siloed identity solutions that are not interoperable between each other and Self-Sovereign Identity can change that.

Heather owns and operates a foresight and strategic intelligence consultancy and co-authored A Compreensive Guide to Self-Sovereign Identity with Kaliya Young.

Giulietta Marani

Giulietta is a Senior Advisor at the ICTU Foundation. An organisation that helps the  Dutch Government improve its services through IT.

Regarding Digital Identity, Giulietta believes that “for now, the government should be the one that verifies identity. Because for a lot of people — I remember my parents using online banking for the first time — going digital was very scary. If you have your identity going digital it will be very scary too. In the beginning we will have to help people see what the possibilities are. Government could have a control in that. We need a lot of examples that it can work and that it is safe.”