Head of Digital Identity, Visa
Governing Board Chair, OpenWallet Foundation
Marie Austenaa leads Digital Identity for Visa. She has worked in digital identity since 2014, when she led GSMA’s global programme on Digital Identity for mobile operators around the world and later at Signicat – one of the leading digital identity service providers in Europe. Prior to this, Marie has held leadership roles at Telenor and Vodafone to develop new digital services. Her expertise and leadership have been instrumental in shaping the digital landscape and driving innovation in the industry. Marie currently serves as the Board Chair for the Open Wallet Foundation (Linux Foundation).
Tribe Lead Digital Identities, T-Systems
General Sponsor Representative, OpenWallet Foundation
Dirk Backofen is the Tribe Lead Digital Identities of T-Systems International GmbH. In this role Dirk is accountable for a new Business Unit including all technologies like SSI, eID, Smart eID and OIDC. He steers technology, business and product development and the operation regarding all related ID-platforms.
Dirk also orchestrates the Telekom / T-Systems activities regarding the project “Eco-System of Digital Identities” – initiated and orchestrated by the Federal Chancellery and the former Federal Chancellor of Germany. He is also responsible for Telekom’s contribution in uses cases and in EUDI compatible ID-Wallet systems for the EU-Large Scale Pilots and EU-Identities.
Dirk Backofen represents Deutsche Telekom / T-Systems as board member in the shareholder board and in the supervisory board of Verimi, an ID-Wallet focused subsidiary of T-Systems and 24 other important shareholders, among them VW, Deutsche Bank, Allianz, Mercedes-Benz, Lufthansa, Deutsche Bahn, Axel Springer and others.
In 2016 Dirk Backofen successfully established the business unit Telekom Security – a startup within the DAX company Deutsche Telekom AG. Dirk run this business until April 2020. Telekom Security with its 1,600 employees protected the employees, datacenters, and networks of the Deutsche Telekom Group against cyber-attacks and threats worldwide. The unit has used the same high professional tools to serve customers in the external market in the same Zero Outage manner as well.
Dirk Backofen has a master’s degree in information technology. He studied at the Technical University of Chemnitz (Germany) and has been working for Deutsche Telekom since 1991.
Global Head of Developer Relations, Google Pay and Wallet
Aleksandra (Ola) Ben Har
Ola Ben Har is the global Developer Relations Lead for Payments at Google, covering a broad set of products such as Google Wallet, Google Pay and Chrome Autofill for Payments. She brings over a decade of experience in managing developer engagement programs across multiple product areas and has been instrumental in setting the vision, developer strategy and go-to-market efforts for these products. Ola Ben Har owns all open source efforts for Payments and Wallet at Google. The open source tools built by the team are used by hundreds of thousands of developers today.
Ola Ben Har is a member of the Governing Board at the OpenWallet Foundation (Linux Foundation) representing Google as a relying party, Google Wallet as well as Android and Chrome.
Senior Director of Technology Strategy, Futurewei Technologies, Inc
Wenjing Chu is a Senior Director of Technology Strategy at Futurewei Technologies, Inc. He leads new technology development in the future of computing, trust, and trustworthy AI.
He is a founding board member of the OpenWallet Foundation (OWF) and its Technical Advisory Council (TAC). He is also a founding board member of the Trust of IP Foundation (ToIP). In ToIP, he is a primary author of the Trust Spanning Protocol Specification (TSP) and of the Technology Architecture Specification, while serving as Co-Chair for the Trust Spanning Protocol Task Force and for the AI and Metaverse Task Force. He also previously served in leadership roles for the Linux Foundation’s Networking Foundation and the Edge Computing Foundation. Over his career, he had been an entrepreneurial and technical lead in several successful startups including Airespace, Inc. and Sentient Networks, Inc.
Certification Lead at OpenID Foundation and CTO at Authlete
Associate Sponsor Representative, OpenWallet Foundation
Joseph Heenan has had a long term interest in the wallet space, and is an active participant in relevant working groups, including the OpenID Foundation working group (defining the OpenID for Verifiable Presentations and OpenID for Verifiable Credential Issuance), the IETF working groups, and the OIDF FAPI WG. He was also one of the judges for the recent EU Large Scale Pilot for Travel hackathon.
Joseph leads the Certification program at the OpenID Foundation which has certified over 2,000 implementations as conformant.
In addition, Joseph is Co-Chair of the Global Assured Identity Network Proof of concept community group which has 40+ participants.
The learnings gained from the GAIN POC will help inform the OWF approach to interoperability. Through the GAIN initiative, Joseph works with peer non-profits Open Identity Exchange, International Institute of Finance, Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation, Secure Identity Alliance and Cloud Signature Consortium, just one example of how he works effectively with other Associate members.
More broadly Joseph has 25 years experience of mobile app development, and is a global expert in OpenBanking ecosystem deployments, which the OpenId Foundation believe are very relevant to the challenges the Open Wallet Foundation faces.
Associate Director, Accenture
TAC Chair, OpenWallet Foundation
Tracy Kuhrt is a software architect and engineer with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. She is currently a technical architect at Accenture, where she leads the open source practice within the Metaverse Continuum business group and helps to evaluate and architect blockchain solutions for enterprise customers.
Tracy is a highly skilled architect and engineer with a proven track record of success in leading and delivering complex software projects. She has a deep understanding of a wide range of technologies, including blockchain, decentralized identity, metaverse, open source, cloud, Kubernetes, databases, source control, and multiple operating systems. She is also a strong public speaker, collaborator, team player, and leader.
Tracy is a committed advocate for open source software and has been a frequent contributor to open source projects for many years. She is currently the chair of both the Hyperledger Foundation’s Technical Oversight Committee and the OpenWallet Foundation’s Technical Advisory Committee. In her previous role at the Linux Foundation, she was the Community Architect for the Hyperledger Foundation, where she was responsible for building and maintaining the Hyperledger technical community.
Tracy is a highly motivated and driven individual who is always looking for new challenges. She is passionate about using her skills and experience to make a positive impact on the world.
Director of Trust Services, Gen Digital
Drummond has spent a quarter-century in Internet identity, security, privacy, and trust infrastructure. He is Director of Trust Services at Gen (formerly Avast) after their acquisition of Evernym, where he was Chief Trust Officer. He is co-author of the book, Self-Sovereign Identity (Manning Publications, 2021), and co-editor of the W3C Decentralized Identifiers (DID) 1.0 specification. He is founding board member of the OpenWallet Foundation and of the Trust Over IP (ToIP) Foundation, where he serves as co-chair of the Technology Stack Working Group and the Concepts and Terminology Working Group. In 2002 he received the Digital Identity Pioneer Award from Digital ID World, and in 2013 he was cited as an OASIS Distinguished Contributor.
Senior Managing Director, Accenture
Dave Treat is a Senior Managing Director, co-leading Accenture’s Metaverse Continuum Business Group which includes its Blockchain business which he formed in 2015 and its Extended Reality business. He has also served as the Global Technology Lead for Capital Markets and has over 25 years of experience
in Financial Services. Dave serves on the Board of Directors on Hyperledger (Board Chair) —a Linux Project, the Linux Open Wallet Foundation, and the Global Blockchain Business Council (Board Chair).
Dave serves the World Economic Forum in a number of sponsor and advisor roles across Metaverse, Blockchain, Digital Identity, Digital Currency, and Digital Trust. He also co-Chairs the New York Fintech Innovation Lab. Dave holds over 125 patents and pending patents and was named one of the Sci-Tech 100 2018: The Architects of the Future by Silicon Republic.