Our Board, Advisory Committees, and Secretariat ensure that our work rigorously adheres to our core principles.

Boards of Directors


Garry Conille

Board Chairman

Dr. Garry Conille is a former Prime Minister of Haiti and was previously Director of the Africa Regional Office of the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS). His extensive experience in the development sector includes 15 years in the UN system, among other functions, as the head of UNDP’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG) support unit; and as UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Niger.

In the wake of Haiti's 2010 earthquake, Dr. Conille was Chief of Staff to former US President Bill Clinton in his role as Special Envoy for Haiti, where he helped coordinate Haiti’s reconstruction efforts.

He has a Doctorate of Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the State University of Haiti and a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Garry is married with twin daughters.

Blythe Masters

Blythe Masters

Board Member

Blythe Masters is the CEO of Digital Asset Holdings, a financial technology firm developing distributed ledger technology for wholesale financial services. She joined Digital Asset in 2015 after 27 years at J.P.Morgan Chase, where she rose to Managing Director at the age of 28. She was a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and the Investment Bank’s Operating Committee and served in numerous senior positions including Head of Global Commodities, CFO of the Investment Bank, and Head of Global Credit Portfolio and Credit Policy and Strategy. She served as the Chair of SIFMA and the GFMA, trade associations promoting public trust and confidence in financial markets. Blythe is currently on the board of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and is co-Chair of the Global Fund for Women. She is also Group Senior Advisor on Blockchain for Banco Santander and Chair of Governing Board of Hyperledger at the Linux Foundation.

John Edge

John Edge

Chairman Emeritus, Board Member

John is the Board Chairman and co-founder of ID2020. He is an entrepreneur specializing in systems design, operating at the forefront of technology driven transformation in financial services over the last two decades. He is a recognized leader for establishing and implementing thematic change, include the algorithm-driven trading businesses for the global markets divisions of Lehman Brothers and then JP Morgan. John cofounded Redkite, a FinTech company which designed and deployed the first real-time trade surveillance system for global markets.

Dr. Seth Berkley

Dr. Seth Berkley

Board Member

Dr. Seth Berkley is Gavi’s CEO. A medical doctor specializing in infectious disease epidemiology, Dr. Berkley founded the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) in 1996, where he served as President and CEO. Prior to founding IAVI, he worked for the Health Sciences Division at The Rockefeller Foundation. He has also held posts at the Center for Infectious Diseases, the US Centers for Disease Control; the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; and the Carter Center, where he was assigned as an epidemiologist to the Ministry of Health in Uganda. Dr. Berkley played a key role in Uganda’s national HIV sero-survey and helped develop its National AIDS Control programs. He has consulted or worked in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Dr. Berkley has been recognized by Time magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World”.

Elena Broitman

Elana Broitman

Board Member

Elana is the director of New America NYC. She has served as the deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Manufacturing & Industrial Base Policy in the Department of Defense and as a senior advisor to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), having spent time in a technology company, with prior service as counsel to the House International Relations Committee. Broitman brings philanthropic experience, having worked as senior vice president at UJA Federation. Broitman comes to New America from Greenberg Traurig, where she was a shareholder. Broitman's work has focused on cybersecurity, national security, human rights, and refugee issues. She is a graduate of Trinity University and the University of Texas School of Law and speaks both Russian and German.

Oliver Bussmann

Oliver Bussmann

Board Member

Oliver has gained a worldwide reputation as a technology thought leader and driver of large-scale transformation at global organizations in the Financial Services and Hi-Tech Industry. As Group Chief Information Officer of UBS from 2013 to 2016 he successfully led a major IT transformation effort, instituted a new group-wide innovation framework and established UBS as a pioneer in the development of Blockchain for use in financial services. Prior to joining UBS Oliver was Global Chief Information Officer at SAP for four years, and was CIO for North America & Mexico at Allianz. Previous roles included executive positions at Deutsche Bank and IBM. Oliver has won numerous prestigious awards, including being named COO/CTO of the year by Financial News/The Wall Street Journal in 2015, and being named one of the Financial News "Fintech 40" innovators shaping the future of finance.

Chip Dempsey

Chip Dempsey

Board Member

Chip is Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization. In this role, where he is responsible for OCC's strategy, planning and business and product development efforts. Prior to joining OCC, he served as Executive Director of Principal Strategic Investments for Morgan Stanley where he co-led investments in market structure and fintech companies, and formulated investment theses regarding such areas as distributed ledgers, artificial intelligence and emerging markets. Mr. Dempsey's previous clearinghouse experience includes the re-engineering of the Board of Trade Clearing Corporation after the departure of the Chicago Board of Trade. Before that he ran global sales and strategy at SunGard Futures and began his career as a proprietary trader and options market maker.

David Treat

David Treat

Board Member

David Treat is a Managing Director and the Global Head of Accenture’s Financial Services Blockchain practice, co-lead of Accenture’s Firm-wide Blockchain Strategic Growth Initiative and manages Accenture’s relationship with several large Financial Services clients. He has 20 years of experience in Financial Services split between consulting and industry roles spanning Capital Markets, Retail Banking, and Cards. He has expertise in running strategy functions, innovation, strategic cost management, large-scale restructuring, customer relationship management, M&A, and outsourcing & offshoring. Dave also sits on the boards of the Linux Hyperledger Project and the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance.


Alex Simons

Board Member

Alex Simons is corporate vice president for identity program management in the Microsoft Cloud + AI Group. He’s responsible for strategic planning, product roadmap, and feature definition for Azure Active Directory and the Microsoft account service as well as Windows Server Active Directory, Active Directory Federation Service (ADFS), and Microsoft Identity Manager, products and services used by over 20 million organizations and one billion monthly active users worldwide.

A career Microsoft employee, Alex joined the company as an intern in 1992 as a partner evangelist for Windows for Workgroups 3.11. Upon returning full time in 1993, he worked as a product manager on Microsoft Home products, such as Encarta, Bookshelf, Dinosaurs and Automap. He then transitioned to program management working on the MSN online content services. While working in MSN, Alex led the incubation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, serving as its first product unit manager. After seven years running the CRM business, Alex moved to the Windows Division, where he led the re-engineering of the group’s development practices and engineering systems. He joined the Identity Division in January of 2012.

Alex has a degree in marketing and strategic management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a self-taught computer programmer. He lives in the Seattle area with his family and spends all his spare time coaching high school girls in competitive volleyball and doing some occasional gardening.

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Dr. Ann Cavoukian

Board Member

Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts and the creator of privacy by design. She is Distinguished Expert-in-Residence at Ryerson University, leading the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University. Appointed as the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada in 1997, Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as Commissioner.

Dr. Cavoukian is the author of two books, “The Privacy Payoff: How Successful Businesses Build Customer Trust, external link” with Tyler Hamilton and “Who Knows: Safeguarding Your Privacy in a Networked World, external link” with Don Tapscott. She was ranked among the top 25 women in tech, recognizing her contribution to the Canadian and global economy and named as one of the 50 most impactful Smart Cities Leaders and most recently, was named among the Top Women in Tech.


Brooke Partridge

Board Member

Brooke Partridge has been advising clients on how to scale business and programs in emerging markets for over 20 years. She founded Vital Wave in 2005 with the conviction that technology companies could accelerate revenue growth in developing countries with improved strategies and solutions. Since then, she has built a talented and versatile professional services organization and vastly expanded Vital Wave’s services, offerings, and industries. The company now caters to technology and pharmaceutical companies, foundations and their grantees, multilateral organizations, and government agencies.

Ms. Partridge first applied strict business rigor to development challenges as Director of the Emerging Market Solutions group at HP. There, she built the team that designed and commercialized HP’s first technology solutions for developing economies. Having worked with various companies during her corporate career, she believes that Vital Wave’s ability to tailor its best practices to each client’s needs sets it apart from other firms. Clients can see in the company’s actionable recommendations and deliverables a breadth of experience drawn from both corporate board rooms and the back roads of developing countries.

Ms. Partridge is a thought leader, an articulate speaker, and an engaging facilitator. She frequently presents on topics such as sustainable technology growth, new business models, and scaling mobile services (mServices) for finance, health, education, and the public sector. As a facilitator, Ms. Partridge works with a diverse range of stakeholders to combine vision and strategy into realizable plans. She has helped form the emerging-market strategies of companies like Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, Adobe, Vodafone, Qualcomm, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson. She and her team also work extensively with national governments and global development organizations such as the Gates Foundation, the World Bank, and the UN Foundation.

Ms. Partridge has lived and worked in various developing economies, including Perú, Chile, and México, and spent extended periods of time in India, Africa, and Western Europe. She has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Economist, and The New York Times.

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Dakota Gruener

Executive Director

As ID2020’s Executive Director, Dakota leads overall strategy, builds critical partnerships with public and private-sector stakeholders, and continually focuses the organization on an ethics-first approach.

Dakota launched the ID2020 Alliance following her work at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, where she served as an aide-de-camp to the CEO. Dakota graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in Providence, RI with dual degrees in Biology and Political Science, is a former management consultant with Oliver Wyman, and is a proud Californian.


The TAC assesses technologies for suitability with ID2020 technical requirements and actively engages with program design.

Program Delivery

The PDAC assesses technologies for suitability with ID2020 technical requirements and actively engages with program design.

Ecosystem and
Advocacy Advisors

The EAAC drives strategic campaigns to get the word out about our mission and broaden the Alliance's reach.

Ethics and
Risk Advisors

The ERAC works to ensure that ID2020 programs adhere rigorously to our core principles.



Cornelius Saunders

Program Manager

Cornelius Saunders is a Program Manager at ID2020. Prior to joining, Cornelius worked on impact evaluations, pilot management and program performance assessments with Innovations for Poverty Action and the World Food Programme. He has earned a Master's of Public Policy from the University of Cambridge, and double majored in Economics and Global Affairs at Yale University, where he was captain of the varsity fencing team.


Aiden Slavin

Chief of Staff

At ID2020, Aiden works on technology policy, strategy, and operations. Prior to joining ID2020, Aiden conducted M&E for IFRC, worked as a journalist for CNN and CNN Arabic, and served as a Technical Consultant for KRCS, the Sovrin Foundation, and the PeaceTech Lab at the US Institute of Peace. He has also served as Humanitarian Innovation Fellow at Fordham University, regularly conducts research on emerging technology in humanitarian application and co-organizes the Humanitarian Blockchain Summit. He holds a BA from Columbia University and an MSc from Oxford University.


Adam Cooper

Chief Architect

Adam is Chief Architect for ID2020. He is an identity standards expert, policy lead, and enterprise architect with over 25 years of experience in IT and digital disciplines. Adam was previously responsible for the overall technical architecture of the UK eID service, GOV.UK Verify, and has provided policy and technical leadership for the UK government with the eIDAS Regulation regarding cross-border eID in the European Union. Adam also advises MOSIP Modular Open Source Identity platform, the World Bank ID4D programme, the EU funded LIGHTest project and the Scottish Online Identity Assurance Programme.


Ethan Veneklasen

Head of Advocacy and Communications

Ethan Veneklasen serves as Head of Advocacy and Communications at ID2020. Prior to joining, he most recently led strategic communications at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Over the course of his career, Ethan has also served as Executive Director-West Coast at the American India Foundation, where he oversaw the Digital Equalizer program and Clinton Fellowship for Service in India, and as Director of Development and Communications at Freedom from Hunger (now part of the Grameen Foundation). He Ethan holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Rochester.


Meredith Kravitz

Ecosystem Manager

Meredith Kravitz is the Ecosystem Manager at ID2020. Prior to joining, Meredith worked with financial institutions, international organizations, nonprofits and media companies conducting investigative research and public policy analysis. She has a Master’s degree in International Relations from Yale University, and is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto.


Devina Srivastava

Graduate Intern, Program Design and Advocacy

At ID2020, Devina focuses on research, advocacy and engagement. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration - Development Practice student at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in the City of New York. Through the program, she aims to study the intersections between innovation, digital identity and humanitarian assistance. Prior to graduate school, Devina worked extensively at the grassroots level in India in areas of urban inclusion and innovation. Devina holds a BSc. (hons) in Economics and Politics from the University of Bath and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Rights Law from the National Law School of India.