2018 ID2020 Summit

Friday, September 14th, 2018
8:30 am - 5:30 pm  |  CONVENE  | 117 WEST 46TH STREET New York, NY
With a reception at the United Nations | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Towards "Good" Digital Identity

The 2017 ID2020 Summit launched the ID2020 Alliance - a public-private partnership committed to improving lives through user-centric, portable, privacy-protecting digital identity.

This year's Summit, convened by ID2020 Alliance, will bring together leaders and innovators in the field to discuss the technical and non-technical requirements to bring the Alliance’s vision to scale.



The interactive format of the event will encourage participation by companies and individuals, yielding a collective roadmap that moves us towards broad adoption of "good" digital identity. Discussion topics will include:

  • What defines a "good" digital identity and how can we drive adoption of digital identity solutions that meet - or exceed - our standards for "good"?

  • How can national ID systems co-exist with a user-centric approach to digital identity?

  • How do technical standards move from theory to wide use?

  • Where are innovative practices emerging that we can build on?

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Morning Session  (8:30 am - 12:40 pm)

  • 8:30am: Arrival & Registration

  • 9:00am: Welcome & Personal Narrative Keynote

  • 9:25am: The Risks and Opportunities of Digital Identity

  • 9:45am: The Ethics of "Good" Digital Identity

  • 10:45am: Coffee Break

  • 11:15am: Ethical Digital Identity as Our Shared Responsibility

  • 11:40am: Technical Standards

Speakers include representatives from the World Economic Forum; Omidyar Network; UNHCR; Hyperledger; Boise to Bukavu; IDNYC; Consul General of Denmark in New York; ITU; TD Bank; NIST and Data Privacy Commission of Ghana

Networking Lunch (12:45 pm - 1:45 pm)

Afternoon Sessions (1:45 pm - 3:45pm) 

  • 1:45pm: Innovations in Civil Registration

  • 2:00pm: How Can National ID Systems Complement a User-Centric Approach to Identity?

  • 3:00pm: ID2020 Pilot Project Announcement

  • 3:20pm: In Conversation: Mitchell Baker

Speakers include representatives from the Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh; ID4D; Microsoft; UNDP; GAHI and Mozilla Foundation

Breakout Sessions (4:00 pm - 5:00pm) 

  • Participant Talks: Short talks curated and submitted by Summit attendees.

  • Discussion: Is blockchain a solution, the solution, or a distraction?: Led by representatives from Accenture and Constellation Research

    • Led by: David Treat (Managing Director, Accenture), Steve Wilson (VP, Constellation Research)

  • Workshop 1: Biometrics for Children: Use Cases, Challenges and Ethical Considerations

    • Speakers include: Niall McCann (Global Lead on Identity at UNDP), Kristen Wenz (Global Lead on Identity at UNICEF), Jonathan Marskell (ID4D Operations Officer, World Bank Group), Karen Carter (Administrative Data Lead, UNICEF)

  • Workshop 2: Extending Digital Identity to Vulnerable Populations

    • Speakers include: David Medine (Senior Advisor at CGAP), Houman Haddad (Finance Officer at WFP), Matthew Davie (Managing Director at Kiva)

Closing Remarks (5:00pm) 

Reception at the United Nations (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)


Please complete the registration with your full name and date of birth (matching your official identification). This information is mandatory to clear security at the United Nations. The deadline for registering for the United Nations reception is September 10th.


The ID2020 Summit is by invitation only. To request an invitation, please email info@id2020.org.




Dr. Chaesub Lee

Director, ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

Ursula Wynhoven

ITU Representative to the United Nations, New York

Poet Fidel Nshombo

Larry Dohrs

VP for Asia-Pacific, iRespond

Bob Reid

Co-Founder, Everest

Anir Chowdhury

Policy Advisor, Prime Minister's Office, Bangladesh

Franklin Garrigues

Vice President, Digital Channel, TD

Elizabeth M. Renieris

Global Policy Counsel, Evernym

Kim Cameron

Distinguished Engineer and Identity Architect, Microsoft

Rahul Chandran

Executive Director, The Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation

Naomi Lefkovitz

Senior Privacy Policy Advisor, NIST

Brian Behlendorf

Executive Director, Hyperledger Project

Adam Cooper

Chief Architect, ID2020 and Technical Consultant, World Bank ID4D

Patricia Adusei-Poku

Executive Director, Ghana Data Protection Commission

Karl Steinacker

Hub Manager, UNHCR’s Global Service Centre in UN City

Thea Anderson

Director for Digital Identity, Omidyar Network

Manju George

Head - Platform Services, Digital Economy & Society, World Economic Forum

Colette Samman

Deputy Commissioner, IDNYC

Mitchell Baker

Chairwoman, Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corporation

Niall McCann

Lead Electoral Advisor, UNDP

Vyjayanti Desai

Program Manager, ID4D, World Bank Group