Biometric Update Contributers

Biometric Update offers a regular look at trending biometrics topics and occasional guest posts by biometrics industry experts discussing unique perspectives on issues, products and the future of our industry.

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Staff posts

Chris Burt is editor of Biometric Update and manages our daily biometrics industry news and research reports, conducts industry interviews and special projects including in-depth conference coverage.

Luana Pascu is a Toronto-based tech writer and daily contributor to Biometric Update.

Frank Hersey is a tech reporter for Biometric Update covering Africa-related biometrics and digital identity news.

Anthony Kimery is the former Editor-in-Chief at Homeland Security Today. He has 30-plus years of broad institutional knowledge and expertise in national security matters.

Rawlson King is a contributing editor at BiometricUpdate.com.

Stephen Mayhew is the managing director and co-founder of Biometrics Research Group, Inc.

Guest posts by biometrics industry experts

Rouzet Agaiby
Dr Rouzet Agaiby is Senior Business Development Engineer at FlexEnable. She has over ten years’ experience in a variety of technologies including semiconductor manufacturing, solar cells and flexible electronics with special focus on sensors.

Doug Aley
Doug Aley has spent his career helping to found, lead, and scale startups. He is currently Ever AI’s CRO and a principal at Atomic Ventures. Mr. Aley holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

David Anderson
David Anderson leads Enacomm’s efforts to create and launch new vertical products, supporting Enacomm’s mission to bring interactive intelligence to customer self-service. David has a wealth of experience in financial marketing and created some of the first predictive marketing campaigns in America.

Saleel Awsare is SVP and GM of the IoT division at Synaptics. Awsare has 25 years’ experience in the development, promotion and delivery of semiconductor products to global markets.

Ethan Ayer
Ethan Ayer is CEO of Resilient Network Systems. Before joining Resilient Networks, first as an investor and later as the CFO, Ethan was a partner at One Equity Partners and Milestone Venture Partners.

Sam Bakken is Senior Product Marketing Manager at OneSpan where he is responsible for the OneSpan mobile app security portfolio. Sam has nearly 10 years of experience in information security.

Sándor Bálint
Sándor Bálint, Security Lead for Applied Data Science for Balabit, is a senior security professional with over 15 years of security experience in the telecommunications, financial and energy industries.

Graziela Barros
Graziela Barros is Product Manager for face and voice biometric solutions at CPqD, in Brazil.

David Benini
David Benini is Vice President of Marketing at Aware, Inc., where he drives marketing, business development, and product development activities aimed at growth of Aware’s biometrics software business.

Howard Berg
Howard Berg is the Senior Vice President at Gemalto where he is responsible for the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Ireland Business, as well as a number of Global Payment Accounts.

As BehavioSec’s VP of Products, Jordan Blake drives the vision and growth of cyber safety solutions while in addition to ensuring quality and client satisfaction.

Ana Tagvoryan is a partner at Blank Rome LLP and serves as chair of the Firm’s Privacy Class Action Defense group and vice chair of the Corporate Litigation group. Jeffrey N. Rosenthal is a partner at Blank Rome LLP. He concentrates his complex corporate litigation practice on consumer and privacy class action defense, and regularly publishes and presents on class action trends, attorney ethics and social media law. David J. Oberly is an associate at Blank Rome LLP and is also a member of the Firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy group.

Nora Blomefield
Nora Blomefield is the Head of Marketing for Travel Segment & Border Management Offers, Government Business Unit at Gemalto.

Mickey Boodaei is CEO of Transmit Security, which helps companies simplify and accelerate identity and risk-related capabilities and policies to their applications. He founded Trusteer and Imperva, both of which were later acquired by IBM.

Anne Bouverot
Anne Bouverot is President of Morpho (Safran).

Millind Borkar
Milind Borkar, Ph.D., is a part of the marketing team for the Singlecore DSP product line at Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI).

Michael Boukadakis
Michael Boukadakis is the founder and CEO of Enacomm, a provider of intelligent customer interactions and authentication technology.

Chuck Brooks
Charles (Chuck) Brooks serves as Vice President/Client Executive for DHS at Xerox and has served in government at the Department of Homeland Security and also spent six years on Capitol Hill as a Senior Advisor to the late Senator Arlen Specter and was Adjunct Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins University.

George Brostoff
George Brostoff is Co-founder, CEO and Director of Sensible Vision. Brostoff has been an industry-recognized entrepreneur in the computer, security, and communications industry for more than 20 years.

Simon Cadbury
Simon Cadbury is Head of Strategy and Innovation at Intelligent Environments.

John Callahan
Dr. John Callahan is Chief Technology Officer at Hoyos Labs.

Ian Campbell
Ian Campbell is a venture-backed Silicon Valley CEO and expert in MEMS and semiconductor technology. Prior to joining OnScale, Campbell served as founder and CEO of NextInput where he led the startup through multiple rounds of funding (totaling $12M and an additional $4M in research contracts with government and industry partners) and built a world class team of engineers and scientists who developed 3D Touch and ForceTouch technologies for smartphones, wearables, industrial and automotive applications. He also secured the first major smartphone OEM design wins. Campbell earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Middle Tennessee State University, his MSAE in Aerospace Engineering and MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Robert Capps
Robert is the vice president of Business Development for NuData Security. He is a recognized technologist, thought leader and advisor with more than 20 years of experience in the design, management and protection of complex information systems.

Dan Cidon
Dan Cidon is Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of NextGate, a global leader in healthcare identity management.

Ian Colville
Ian Colville is a Product Manager at Aculab and has over 25 years of involvement in telecommunications and speech signal processing technology.

Steve Cook
Steve Cook is a specialist independent biometrics and fintech consultant, helping banks and other ecommerce enterprises to navigate the complex world of biometrics. He advises financial institutions regarding their deployment of biometric authentication and digital identity strategies; assisting in the process of vendor selection, biometric modalities and types of solutions. Steve has over five years’ experience in the biometrics industry, previously with Daon and Facebanx, and now operates his own consultancy business Biometrics for eCommerce.

Paul Coombes
Paul Coombes is the Head of Commercial (EMEA) for Argus Global. Paul is experienced in biometric systems integration and distribution of biometric products. He has experience of both the public and private sectors and has a sound knowledge of various biometric modalities.

Raphaël de Cormis
Raphaël de Cormis is VP Innovation Labs at Gemalto, where he leads investigations into new technologies, usage trends and social impacts to enhance their solutions.

Steve Craig
Steve Craig is Director of Product at Mitek. He directs products and user experience strategy for Mitek’s global identity business. With over a decade of experience in FinTech, Craig previously worked on software-as-a-service and mobile solutions for Digital Insight, Intuit, and Hewlett Packard. He resides in San Diego and holds an MBA from the Rady School of Management at UCSD.

David van Damme
Ravi is a technical writer for BiometricNews.net, Inc., an independent news and information business about the Biometrics Industry.

Ravi Das
David van Damme is responsible for Partnerships & Business Development at bunq.

Amit Desai
Amit Desai is Sr. Director of Solutions Marketing at Verint Systems.

Melissa Doval
Melissa Doval is the CEO of Kairos, which provides state-of-the-art, ethical, face recognition technology to developers and businesses worldwide.

David Dunlap
David is the co-founder and Senior Vice President at StoneLock, responsible for corporate planning, corporate strategy, marketing, internal and external communications and legal.

Paul Sheldon Foote and Fatima Alali
Paul and Fatima are Professors of Accounting at California State University, Fullerton. Their publications have included biometrics, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, SAP ERP systems, auditing, accounting, and forecasting.

Kevin Freiburger is Director of Identity Programs and Product Management at Valid where he leads a team that builds and delivers large-scale identity management and biometric matching solutions to public and private enterprises.

Paco Garcia
Paco Garcia is the CTO at Yoti. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Computer Science & Telecommunications from Malaga University & Virginia Tech.

David Gerulski
David Gerulski is a threat identification expert experienced in behaviorial recognition, IT and physical security systems and biometrics.

Alan Goode
Alan Goode is the Founder and Managing Director of Goode Intelligence and a respected expert in information security and mobile security.

Raj Gupta & Karthik Kumar
Raj Gupta and Karthik Kumar are attorneys at Finnegan, a leading IP law firm with offices around the world. Gupta focuses his practice on patent litigation in U.S. district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Kumar has broad experience in patent litigation and strategic counseling in the electrical arts.

Zia Hayat
Zia Hayat is CEO of Callsign – a company which specializes in frictionless identification.

Rene Hendrikse is the vice president and managing director for Europe at Mitek, working with big businesses striving to achieve ambitious digital transformation goals – while maximizing security and minimizing fraud.

Janice Kephart
Janice Kephart is the founder of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association, SIBA, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit that represents innovations that secure and protect identity.

Aman Khanna is VP of Products at ThumbSignIn, a strong authentication provider offering a suite of two-factor and biometric solutions.

Douwe Korff, privacy and data protection adviser at ValidSoft, is a Dutch comparative and international lawyer specialist in human rights, with an emphasis on privacy rights and data protection. An alumnus of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the European University Institute in Florence, Korff is emeritus professor of international law at London Metropolitan University and a visiting Fellow at Yale. He was the leading European lawyer in the establishment of the EU-backed European Privacy Seal (EuroPriSe) scheme and remains an accredited EuroPriSe legal expert.

Ian Koskela
Ian Koskela is the CEO of Face Data, Inc., a company devoted to the responsible exploration & application of facial recognition technology & data, & the creator of Face Guardian, helping individuals monitor the usage of their image online.

Csaba Krasznay
Csaba Krasznay is the security evangelist at Balabit, responsible for the vision and strategy of Balabit’s Privileged Access Management solutions.

Vivek Lakshman
Vivek Lakshman is VP Innovation at Pramati Technologies, a corporate incubator. At ThumbSignIn, a strong authentication venture of Pramati, Lakshman oversees go-to-market strategy and product innovation.

Jonas Lamis
Jonas Lamis serves as the VP of Marketing to Nok Nok Labs, a leading provider of modern authentication technologies.

Xavier Larduinat
Xavier Larduinat is the head of banking and payment innovation at Gemalto.

Michael Lynch
Michael Lynch is Chief Strategy Officer at InAuth, with responsibility for developing and leading the company’s new products strategy, marketing, and developing key partnerships. Lynch brings two decades of experience in key roles within financial services, consulting, and Fortune 500 companies, specializing in security and technology leadership.

Jesse Maida
Jesse Maida works out of Technavio’s Toronto office as their media relations and digital marketing manager.

Maria Makedonas
Maria Makedonas is Marketing Coordinator at Argus Global in Sydney, Australia.

Francis Mather
Dr. Francis Mather is the Director of Computer Vision at Hoyos Labs.

Kayla Matthews
Kayla Matthews is a biometrics and technology writer who contributes to VentureBeat, VICE, MakeUseOf and The Week.

Dan Maunder
Dan Maunder is the CTO of Picsolve and is responsible for the company’s overall technology strategy. He oversees the research and development function, product and technology, and drives Picsolve’s digital transformation ambitions.

Arie Melamed
Arie Melamed is the CMO of FST Biometrics.

David Menzies
David Menzies is a writer and public relations consultant specializing in technologies like biometrics which positively impact our society.

D.J. Murphy is editor-in-chief for Card Not Present and also oversees programming for CNP Expo, a leading event for the card not present industry.

Terry Nelms
Terry Nelms is the Director of Research at Pindrop where he leads a team of applied researchers solving challenging problems in fraud detection and authentication.

Katherine Noall is the CEO of Sphere Identity, a global identity blockchain-based identity platform for identity storage and on-boarding. Katherine has over 20 years of international management experience with technology companies such as AT&T-Unisource and Information Builders.

Jeff Nolan
Jeff Nolan is the Chief Marketing Officer at SecureAuth Corporation, where he leads product marketing, demand generation, events, field marketing, and brand development.

Asem Othman
Asem Othman is a biometric scientist at Veridium. Dr. Othman holds 3 patents/patents pending, and has published a variety of journal articles, conference papers, and key research entries.

David Orme joined IDEX Biometrics as SVP of Sales and Marketing in June 2018. He has a strong track record in supporting key sales, marketing and business development activity.

Wayne Pak
Wayne K. Pak is Director of Product Marketing, Physical Access Control Solutions with HID Global, responsible for a broad product portfolio and go-to-market strategies for HID’s physical access control solutions business unit.

Sandor Palfy
Sandor Palfy is Chief Technology Officer of Identity and Access Management at LogMeIn.

Kathleen Peters is the Senior Vice President and Head of Fraud & Identity for Experian’s Decision Analytics Business Unit in North America.

John Petersen
John is the Global Head, Business Development for ValidSoft and has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology consulting within the Financial Services industry, both in Australia and the UK.

Joey Pritikin
Joey Pritikin leads Tascent’s marketing and product management efforts, driving a unified approach to communication, design, and interaction at the company and product level.

Mary Probst is the commercial markets manager for document readers, biometrics and secure materials at Gemalto.

Scott Richardson
Scott Richardson is managing director of Cardzgroup Ltd, a China-based contract manufacturer of smart card and RFID tagging solutions.

Joe Robison is a consultant and researcher for Reservations.com, who ran this facial recognition technology study.

Patrick Salyer
Patrick Salyer is the CEO of Gigya, where he oversees the company’s vision, strategy and operations.

Ravin Sanjith
Ravin Sanjith is a Program Director at Opus Research and has over 25 years’ experience in a range of small to multinational enterprises.

Rocky Scopelliti
Rocky Scopelliti is Telstra’s global thought leader and industry expert in the banking, finance and insurance industry.

Mohammad Shahnewaz
Mohammad is a Senior Digital Marketing Specialist at M2SYS Technology and an occasional blogger.

Rajesh Sharma
Rajesh Sharma serves as VP Mobile Banking & Payment Apps, INSIDE Secure.

Max Snijder
Max Snijder, CEO of European Biometrics Group, is one of the leading independent biometrics experts in Europe. It is his mission to support stakeholders from the biometrics community with the proper and beneficial understanding and implementation of biometric technology, with a focus on supporting decision makers from governments as well as industries at a strategic level.

John Spencer
John Spencer is a seasoned IT Executive with 30 years experience in the software industry. John’s focus is on the development of Veridium’s product offerings, as well as looking into the future and detailing the product roadmap.

Robert Sprecher
Mr. Robert Sprecher PMP is the Program Director for Face Recognition and Video Analytics for MorphoTrak.

James Stickland
Veridium CEO James Stickland is tasked with driving business revenue and investment growth, as well as leading the company’s global go-to-market strategy for its flagship solution, VeridiumID.

B. Scott Swann is the IDEMIA NSS President and CEO, leading the identity service offerings for federal government agencies and drawing from his executive experience at MorphoTrak and 18-year tenure at the FBI. James Loudermilk is the IDEMIA NSS Senior Director for Innovation and Customer Solutions, bringing a wealth of national and international experience as a Senior Technologist for a US Federal agency on identification and innovation issues.

Stan Swearingen
Stan Swearingen has served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IDEX Biometrics from April 2018.

Steve Thies
Steve Thies is the CEO of Integrated Biometrics and a contributor to news outlets in multiple industries on the subject of identity and biometrics.

David Thomas, CEO and Founder of Evident ID Inc., is an accomplished cybersecurity entrepreneur. He has a history of introducing innovative technologies, establishing them in the market, and driving their growth—with each early-stage company emerging as the market leader. Today, he and his co-founders at Evident help businesses quickly and accurately verify individuals’ identities and credentials without the risk and liability of handling sensitive personal data.

John Trader
John Trader is a Public Relations and Marketing Manager with M2SYS Technology and a guest blogger for the healthcare industry at Healthcare IT News.

Don Waugh
Don is the co-CEO and founder of Applied Recognition, provider of Ver-ID face authentication technologies.

Ryan Wilk
Ryan Wilk is Vice President, Customer Success for NuData Security, now a MasterCard company. Previously, he was a manager of Trust and Safety at StubHub and spent eight years with Universal Parks & Resorts in various eCommerce roles. NuData Security predicts and prevents online fraud, protecting businesses from brand damage and financial loss caused by fraudulent or malicious attacks. NuData Security analyzes and scores billions of users per year and services some of the largest eCommerce and Web properties around the globe.

Thomas Yohannan
Thomas has been involved in law and enterprise technology for more than 15 years and has written for various publications on the convergence of enterprise, security & payments with a pinch of law.

Martin Zizi
Martin Zizi, MD-PhD, is the founder and CEO of Aerendir. Martin is the inventor of the Neuro Print, a cloudless physiological biometrics technology for authentication, identification and encryption.

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