Boards of Directors
Kim GagnéBoard Chairman
Kim Gagné is a strategic communications advisor with extensive experience in the worlds of government relations, diplomacy, and law.
Based in London, Mr. Gagné is a Senior Counselor with the advisory and advocacy communications consultancy APCO Worldwide. He also serves as Executive Director of the European Cloud Alliance, a business coalition focused on policy issues related to cloud computing.
Mr. Gagné joined APCO from the Microsoft Corporate, External and Legal Affairs group where he held a variety of senior policy and management positions in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Prior to joining Microsoft, he served as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, with postings in Haiti and Saudi Arabia and at the U.S. Mission to the European Union. Before entering government service, Mr. Gagné was a partner at a Washington, D.C. law firm where he specialized in white-collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation.
Mr. Gagné holds a B.A. and a J.D. from Duke University and an M.A. from Middlebury College.
John EdgeChairman Emeritus, Board Member
John is the 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 BerkleyBoard 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”.
Elana BroitmanBoard 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 BussmannBoard 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.
Danilo DonedaBoard Member
Danilo Doneda is an attorney and professor who currently serves as director of CEDIS/IDP (Center for Law, Internet, and Society). He and is a member of the National Data Protection and Privacy Council, serving on behalf of Brazil’s House of Representatives; the Board of Directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP); and the advisory boards of the United Nations Global Pulse Privacy Group and the Project Children and Consumption (Instituto Alana).
Danilo previously served as the General Coordinator at the Department of Consumer Protection and Defense at the Brazilian Ministry of Justice. He has worked as a professor and visiting researcher at numerous universities in Brazil and Europe, and authored books, papers, and articles on topics related to civil law, privacy, and data protection.
Danilo Doneda holds a Ph.D. in civil law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro and an L.L.B. from the Federal University of Paraná (Brazil).
Blythe MastersBoard Member
Blythe Masters is a financial services and fintech executive and an Industry Partner at the private equity firm, Motive Partners where she is also CEO of Motive Capital Corp, the SPAC sponsored by Motive’s funds.
She is the former CEO of the enterprise blockchain company Digital Asset, creators of DAML, the world leading smart contract language, and responsible for the groundbreaking market infrastructure project of the Australian Securities Exchange.
Masters worked previously at J.P. Morgan for 27 years. She was a member of the Corporate & Investment Bank Operating Committee and firmwide Executive Committee. Her positions included Head of Global Commodities, Head of Corporate & Investment Bank Regulatory Affairs, CFO of the Investment Bank, Head of Global Credit Portfolio and Credit Policy and Strategy and Head of Structured Credit.
Masters is a Board Member of A.P. Møller Maersk, GCM Grosvenor and Credit Suisse Group. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of Santander Group and the Board of Santander’s Open Digital Services. She is an Advisory Board member for the US Chamber of Digital Commerce, Figure Technologies (the blockchain fintech), and Maxex (the residential mortgage exchange). She is a member of the Brookings Institution Taskforce on Financial Stability and P.R.I.M.E. Finance (the Hague-based Panel of Recognized International Market Experts in Finance).
Masters is a graduate and Senior Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge where she received a B.A. in Economics.
Brooke PartridgeBoard 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.
Alex SimonsBoard 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.
David TreatBoard 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.
Dakota GruenerExecutive Director
Dakota Gruener is the Executive Director of ID2020, a global public-private partnership, which brings together technologists, advocates, implementers, and funders toward a common vision: good digital ID for all.
ID2020 partners believe that ethically implemented, privacy-protecting, user-managed, and portable digital ID solutions offer an opportunity to put the ownership of personal data back in the hands of the individual. But achieving this vision will require a sustained commitment to serving the needs of society’s most marginalized and ensuring that they are not left behind.
Dakota launched ID2020 in 2016, following her work at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, where she served as an aide-de-camp to the CEO, Seth Berkley. A graduate of Brown University, with dual degrees in Biology and Political Science, she started her career as a management consultant with Oliver Wyman. Dakota was recognized by Forbes Magazine as part of the Forbes 30-Under-30 in 2019 and is a proud Californian.
The TAC assesses technologies for suitability with ID2020 technical requirements and actively engages with program design.
The PDAC assesses technologies for suitability with ID2020 technical requirements and actively engages with program design.
The AAC drives strategic campaigns to get the word out about our mission and broaden the Alliance's reach.
Rebecca DistlerGlobal Health Programs Lead
Rebecca Distler serves as the Global Health Programs Lead at ID2020, providing strategic guidance on partnerships, programs, and operations related to digital ID in health.
Prior to joining ID2020, Rebecca was Director of Global Health Initiatives at Element, an AI digital identity company. She has spent her career working across Africa and Asia to build programs and partnerships that scale innovation in global health – including work with the World Health Organization, Clinton Global Initiative, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others.
Rebecca holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Yale School of Public Health and a BA in Political Science from Yale University. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper (currently serving as Curator of the New York Hub) and a Forbes Ignite Impact Fellow.
Todd GehrkeChief Architect
Todd Gehrke serves as Chief Architect at ID2020, where he provides technical guidance for the development of privacy-protecting, user-controlled, and portable digital identity solutions.
Todd is a software engineer and systems architect with over 25 years of experience developing large-scale, fault-tolerant distributed systems. His work spans multiple industries, including telecommunications, healthcare, and manufacturing. Prior to joining ID2020, he developed solutions using distributed ledger technologies and remains an outspoken advocate for the adoption of decentralized identity and privacy-preserving cryptography,
Todd has a BS in Computer Science from Montana State University in Bozeman. He is a world traveler who currently lives in Seattle but still considers Montana his home.
Trev HarmonCertification Manager
Trev Harmon serves as ID2020’s Certification Manager, overseeing the implementation of the organization’s certification program for digital ID solutions.
Prior to joining ID2020, Trev was the Director of Customer Success at Evernym where he led the company's Technical Enablement group overseeing IT, Security, and Devops. Trev was also a contributor to the Sovrin Foundation, including building the network that became the Sovrin StagingNet. Prior to that, he spent more than eight years in high-performance computing.
In addition to running companies' IT, professional services, product management, and corporate/technical education groups, Trev has also spent time as a university adjunct instructor at Brigham Young University.
Trev has a BA in Business Management and an MSc in Engineering Technology from Brigham Young University.
Meredith KravitzHead of Public Sector Partnerships
Meredith Kravitz is the Head of Public Sector Partnerships 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 Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto.
Steve LeeChief Operating Officer
Steve Lee serves as Chief Operating Officer at ID2020, where he oversees daily operations, strategy, and workplace culture, and develops policies and procedures that enable progress toward achieving the organization’s vision.
Prior to joining ID2020, Steve was a Managing Director at the Robin Hood Foundation, New York’s largest private foundation, where he oversaw $50 million in annual grantmaking for adult households. Prior to that he worked as a strategy consultant and was the founder and CEO of ThreetoEight, an internet-based educational software company. Steve is also a Senior Advisor at the Jain Family Institute and a member of the Advisory Council at FinTech4Good.
A graduate of Duke University (and passionate Blue Devils fan), Steve lives in New York City with his amazing wife.
Cornelius SaundersProgram Manager
Cornelius Saunders is a Program Manager at ID2020.
Prior to joiningID2020, 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 SlavinHead of Private Sector Partnerships
At ID2020, Aiden works on technology policy, strategy, and operations as they relate to the private sector.
Prior to joining ID2020, Aiden conducted monitoring and evaluation 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 applications, and co-organizes the Humanitarian Blockchain Summit.
Aiden holds a BA from Columbia University and an MSc from Oxford University.
Ethan VeneklasenHead of Advocacy and Communications
Ethan Veneklasen serves as Head of Advocacy and Communications at ID2020.
With more than 25 years of experience in communications, advocacy, and international development, Ethan most recently led strategic and crisis communications at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Over the course of his career, he 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).
A graduate of the University of Rochester, Ethan now lives in California with his wife and three dogs.