MANUEL TOSCANOCo-Founder, Zago
SIMON TAYLORCo-Founder / Director of Blockchain at 11:FS
JON SHAMAHEuropean eID Subject Matter Expert
CHIP DEMPSEYChief Commercial Officer,
OLIVER BUSSMANNFormer Global CIO, UBS
CHRIS ALLENPrincipal Architect, Blockstream
NIALL MCCANNLead Electoral Advisor, UNDP
KASPAR KORJUSManaging Director, Estonian E-Residency Program
UN Relationships and Partnerships, World Bank and founding Coordinator of the World Banks's Identity For Development (ID4D) Program
JOHN EDGECo-Founder / Chairman
John Edge is founder and managing partner of PTB Holdings, a venture investment firm, and the co-founder of ID2020. John founded the organization in 2014 after learning about the risks that identity exclusion pose to 1.5B people globally, particularly in regards to violence towards children and human trafficking.
Prior to ID2020, John was a successful FinTech entrepreneur, with his most recent exit being Redkite, a company focused on using algorithms and pattern recognition to detect and prevent insider trading. He also serves as the co-chair and founder of the Whitechapel Think Tank, which has enabled the Bank of England, UK Government, Regulators and Private Sector to constructively collaborate on the potential for Blockchain and Distributed Ledger technologies.
DAKOTA GRUENERExecutive Director
Dakota Gruener is the Executive Director of ID2020, a public-private partnership working to ensure that everyone on the planet has access to an officially recognized identity. As Executive Director, she leads overall strategy, builds critical partnerships with public and private-sector stakeholders, and continually focuses the organization on reaching the "last girl."
Dakota comes to ID2020 from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, where she served as an aide-de-camp to the CEO. Gavi is an innovative global public-private partnership that acts as the central coordinating body for childhood vaccinations in the developing world, and which reaches nearly 60% of the world's children with live-saving vaccines. 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.