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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.

Jim Davis is the managing editor of Edge Industry Review and the founder and principal analyst at Edge Research Group.

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

Javad Jarrahi has conducted foreign policy research at Georgetown University and the U.S. Department of State. He holds a degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Virginia and has recently published research on Iran’s commercial biometrics industry.

Rawlson King is a contributing editor at Biometric Update.  (Currently on leave)

Alessandro Mascellino is a freelance multimedia journalist focusing on emerging technologies and regular contributor to Biometric Update. His work has been featured on The Independent, The Mirror Online, and The Sun, among others.

Ayang Macdonald is a freelance journalist based in Yaounde, Cameroon and regular contributor to Biometric Update. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Buea in South western Cameroon.

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

Jim Nash is a business journalist and regular contributor to Biometric Update. His byline has appeared in The New York Times, Investors Business Daily, Robotics Business Review and other publications.

Guest posts by biometrics industry experts

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 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.

Sarah Amundsson is a senior business developer at Shufti Pro, leading customer-facing teams and playing a key role in driving customer goals and product utilization.

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.

Vladimir V. Arlazarov, PhD is the Chief Executive Officer at Smart Engines and an Associate professor at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

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

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 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.

Ajay Bhalla is president of cyber and intelligence solutions for Mastercard. He leads the team that develops products or solutions that enhance safety, security and experience for consumers, merchants, partners and governments around the world. Ajay is a member of the company’s management committee.

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.

Blank Rome LLP. 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 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 is President of Morpho (Safran).

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

Michael Boukadakis is the CEO of ENACOMM, a fintech company that empowers banks, credit unions and credit card companies with affordable, intelligent solutions for improving the customer experience (CX), fighting financial fraud, and increasing operational efficiency.

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 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 is Head of Strategy and Innovation at Intelligent Environments.

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

Joseph Carson is the Head of Global Strategic Alliances at Thycotic. He is an active member of the cyber security community and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

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

Zac Cohen is a versatile leader experienced in managing and scaling high-growth companies. He is a veteran of all facets of startup and tech operations, including strategic planning and execution, corporate management, and building high performance teams.

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

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

Steve Craig is Director of Product at Mitek. He directs products and user experience strategy for Mitek’s global identity business.

Blair Crawford is Co-founder and Managing Director at Daltrey. He is a biometrics and identity management specialist with extensive experience helping global organisations solve their most pressing security, risk and compliance challenges.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ben Goodman is Vice President of Global Strategy and Innovation at ForgeRock, responsible for helping build and evangelize ForgeRock’s innovation agenda and product direction.

Gail Gottehrer is the Founder of the Law Office of Gail Gottehrer LLC in Stamford, CT. Her practice focuses on emerging technologies, including autonomous vehicles, AI, biometrics, robots and facial recognition technology, and the privacy and security laws and ethical issues associated with the data collected and used by these technologies.

Raj Gupta & 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.

Sanjay Gupta is the Vice President, Global Head of Products and Corporate Development at Mitek, a digital identity verification company.

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.

Lynne Jeffery is the Head of Public Safety Solutions at NEC New Zealand. Lynne has over 20 years’ experience in the global technology sector with a specific expertise in biometrics and cyber security solutions.

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.

Aleksander Kijek, Chief Product Officer at Nethone, is an experienced leader and new technologies enthusiast fascinated by fintech and neuroscience.

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

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

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

Dmitri Laush is CEO of omnichannel identity verification solution GetID.

Archit Lohokare, Chief Product Officer at Idaptive, is a senior enterprise software product and strategy executive with a demonstrated track record of envisioning and launching new innovations, taking them to market and building successful businesses.

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

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

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

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

Kim Martin brings extensive experience in branding, content strategy, digital marketing and demand generation to her role as VP of Marketing at ID R&D.

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 is the CMO of FST Biometrics.

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

Oksana Mikhalchuk is a technology writer at Oxagile, a New York-based provider of next-gen software engineering solutions around AI, computer vision, biometrics, and more.

Shaun Moore is the founder of Trueface, a company focused on teaching cameras to see as human beings and founded on three core principles: Humanity First, Data Security, and Total Transparency.

Mohammed Murad is vice president of global sales and business development at Iris ID.

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

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

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

Shahrokh Shahidzadeh is CEO at Acceptto where he leads a team of technologists, driving a paradigm shift in cybersecurity through Acceptto’s Cognitive Continuous Authentication.

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

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

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.

Brian Song, Ph.D., is the Chief Research Officer at Suprema Inc..

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 is the Program Director for Face Recognition and Video Analytics for MorphoTrak.

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

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.

Jason Tooley is chief revenue officer at Veridium, a developer of frictionless digital authentication which supports businesses to become more secure through the adoption of biometric authentication solutions.

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

Steve Warne is senior director of product marketing at HID Global specializing in mobile identity, secure documents, and ID solutions.

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

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.

Corey Williams is Vice President of Strategy and lead evangelist for Idaptive .

Thomas Yohannan 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, 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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