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OpenWallet Foundation Announces Brian Behlendorf as Chief Technology Officer

The OpenWallet Foundation (OWF), an open source project fostering collaboration across the public and private sector to create reusable building blocks for secure interoperable wallets, has named Brian Behlendorf as its Chief Technology Officer.

Brian has served most recently as General Manager and CTO of the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF), has served as Executive Director of Hyperledger, and formerly as CTO of the World Economic Forum. He currently serves on the boards of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) since 2013, the Mozilla Foundation since 2003, and the Filecoin Foundation since 2021.

“The first time I heard the term ‘open source‘ was when I met Brian in 1996. Brian has long advocated for an open source, universal wallet, and I wanted him involved in OpenWallet Foundation even before the project launched,” said Daniel Goldscheider, Founder and Executive Director of the OpenWallet Foundation. “Brian helped write the book on open source and I couldn’t be happier to lead OWF together.“

“I am thrilled to be joining the fight for a better digital identity experience for consumers and citizens worldwide”, said Brian Behlendorf, Chief Technology Officer of the OpenWallet Foundation. “The wallet is the key user interface for manifesting human agency in a wildly gyrating digital world. Getting the technology right – ensuring compatibility, portability, ensuring global access and alignment with regulations – is critical. The OWF has the right partners and projects to bring this to life and I’m excited to be able to contribute.”

Brian will also continue to advise the Linux Foundation on its AI strategy.

For more information about the OWF and how to get involved, please visit

About OpenWallet Foundation
The OpenWallet Foundation (OWF) brings developers together to collaborate on standards-based OSS components that issuers, wallet providers and relying parties can use to bootstrap implementations that preserve user choice, security and privacy. With the Government Advisory Council, OWF brings the public and private sector together to work towards open, secure and interoperable digital wallets. OWF is an open initiative under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation and headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, please visit