The Smart Card Alliance’s Security of Things takes a deep dive into the advantages and challenges IoT presents across every market, including payments, transportation, industrial, consumer and healthcare, and highlights the need for secure IoT architectures using embedded security and privacy technology

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Pedro Abreu

Chief Strategy Officer, ForeScout

With more than 20 years of industry-leading operational and management experience, Pedro leads corporate strategy. Prior to joining ForeScout, Pedro was Senior Vice President of Strategy and Go-To-Market Operations at Intel Security. In addition, he has held several senior-level strategy and operations roles with EMC, Documentum and McKinsey. Pedro earned a MBA from Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, and a CS in Computer Science from Instituto Superior Técnico in Portugal.

Shakti Ashirvad


Stefan Barbu

Head of Secure ID Americas, NXP Semiconductors

Stefan Barbu is leading NXP’s Secure Identity business in the Americas, based in Washington DC. In this role he oversees the secure electronic document projects for all the Governments in the Region. Stefan has been in the electronic documents industry for more than 15 years in various R&D, marketing, sales and business development positions in Europe and the USA. He has been involved in numerous electronic passport and ID projects on all the continents. Stefan holds a PhD on contactless smartcards and has been supporting the introduction of this technology in the secure documents and systems since 2001. His early work contributed to the development of the first electronic passports, as well as the emergence of global standards such as the Near-Field Communication (NFC).

Ernst Bovelander

CBO, Brightsight

Ernst Bovelander M.Sc. is CBO at Brightsight, the number one security lab in the world. Ernst is working in the information security business for close to 30 years. He has gained his experience is projects with clients from a variety of domains, including banking, defence, automotive, medical and governments.

David Britton

Vice President of Industry Solutions, Experian

As one of the very first Internet fraud investigators, David Britton played central roles in the development of cutting edge fraud prevention technologies with several leaders in the E-Commerce space including OnSale.com and Egghead.com. He brings a wealth of experience to his current position and a unique insight into the criminal methodology behind Internet payment fraud. At OnSale and Egghead, David was responsible for significantly reducing and maintaining some of the lowest fraud loss numbers since the companies’ inception. And at a time when most merchants had not yet contemplated fraud prevention tools, he was already encouraging the implementation of an expert investigative team and the creation of systems and processes to combat fraud. Prior to joining Experian, David was a private consultant to various fraud prevention enterprises and the former director of training at CrediView, Inc., where he developed Internet fraud prevention training courses for merchant fraud and customer service teams. He has been a featured speaker at industry events, and has authored numerous papers concerning anti-fraud measures.

Maarten Bron

Director of Innovations, UL

Maarten Bron is Director of Innovations for the transaction security business of Underwriters Laboratories. In this role, he is responsible for identifying and influencing industry change and demand drivers, and to translate these into tangible business benefits for UL’s customers. Maarten brings more than 17 years of payments industry experience to his role, and has made significant contributions to the adaptation of EMV globally, and still remains the trusted advisor for many senior executives of the world’s leading financial institutions that Maarten and his team assisted. At present, Maarten is working from UL’s office in Silicon Valley – responsible for the growth of the US operations and close to the innovative players in the payments industry.

Christopher Caen

Publisher, ReadWrite

Andrea Choiniere


Andrea Choiniere is a Senior Consultant within Novetta’s Identity Intelligence group. Ms. Choiniere leads Novetta’s Materials Laboratory, specializing in materials development and biometric spoofing. In addition, she provides subject matter expertise services to DoD and the IC in cryptocurrencies and biometrics, and consults on social networks and online identity issues. Andrea brings a diverse background perspective to the field, with experience in chemistry, technical theater, database design, GIS, and market research.

Touhid Choudhury

SVP, Product Management, Kona Software Lab Ltd.

Touhid Ahmed Choudhury is the senior vice president of product management at Kona Software Lab Ltd. He has 10 years’ experience in the telecom and smartcard domains. He guides the development of new security and payment products and new features of existing products based on market trends and user needs. His team also provides channel support including positioning guidance and training to marketing and sales. Touhid is currently working on enhancing Kona’s Digital Card Platform with the next-generation of payment interfaces and security capabilities.

Stu Cox

Product Manager, Giesecke & Devrient

Stu Cox is a Product Manager at G&D with over ten years of experience in product management in the telecommunications industry and IoT space. Stu has been involved in the evolution of the cellular landscape since the analog to digital conversion. He plays an active role in providing services and solutions to the telecommunications industry as it is now expanding into IoT. He is currently responsible for secure IoT products and service for G&D’s customer base across North America.

Willy Dommen

Regional Transportation Lead, North America, Accenture & SCA Board of Directors

Willy Dommen is an executive in Accenture’s infrastructure and transportation business. He has been leading the development of mobile and smart card projects worldwide for the last 20 years. He was a key contributor on smart card, RFID and mobile payment assignments around the world, for both government and private industry including Australia, Singapore, London, New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles, all of which started from the work he completed for Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Clipper (formerly TransLink®) program in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Dommen served as the hands-on advisor for the BART-Sprint mobile payment trial. He was also a leader for the Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12 initiative for several federal government agencies. In addition, Mr. Dommen’s client and project lists include the development of national health care card programs in Italy and Australia, leading edge technology evaluation and strategy development for financial services companies, RFID strategy development for global manufacturers of electronic systems. He continues to serve clients with resolving strategic and technical issues related to contactless smart card and mobile payments technology. Mr. Dommen authors articles and presents internationally on strategic issues with regard to the smart card and mobile payment systems.

Dr. Chris Edwards

CTO, Intercede

Chris was responsible for the initial design of the MyID® product and has over 30 years’ senior level experience within the IT industry, 16 of them within the security sector. He was instrumental in making MyID the first electronic personalization system to achieve FIPS 201 accreditation as part of the US HSPD-12 PIV Approved Products Scheme, and has substantial experience of working on both US and UK government security projects. Chris now runs the Intercede Labs team, developing new product solutions to meet emerging challenges in the silicon-to-service ecosystem.

Kevin Gillick

Executive Director, GlobalPlatform

Mr. Gillick is responsible for driving awareness and accelerating adoption of the GlobalPlatform Specifications within worldwide markets. Mr. Gillick coordinates and manages the organization’s strategic planning and oversees all marketing and business development initiatives within key vertical market sectors. He works closely with GlobalPlatform’s Marketing Director, Technical Director, all three of the organization’s technical committees – Card, Device and Systems – and the GlobalPlatform Task Forces. Mr. Gillick is directly responsible to the Board of Directors and the GlobalPlatform membership. Prior to his appointment to a full-time role within GlobalPlatform, Mr. Gillick held various marketing and business development positions at a range of multi-national technology (or technology-based) corporations. Mr. Gillick has served as GlobalPlatform’s full-time Executive Director since 2006. Prior to this appointment, he was actively involved in the organization as GlobalPlatform’s Marketing Center Chair and has also served the Smart Card Alliance on the Board of Directors, with a two-year term as Chairman of the Board.

Imran Hajimusa

VP of Business & Technology, Verifone

Imran is a global technology and business leader with 20+ years of experience working and living in Singapore, Germany and USA. He has a strong background in mobile, payment, security, authentication, connectivity, broadband, consumer and networking industry. In his various leadership roles at Siemens, Infineon, Lantiq, and NXP as VP, GM and President he is known for driving new markets and providing simple solutions for daily life problems by reducing the friction in use of the technology. In his current role as VP of Business & Technology at Verifone, he is leading innovative solutions for payments and security. He is also a faculty member (adjunct) at Santa Clara University (SCU) and University of Santa Cruz (UCSC) focusing on mobile payments, e-commerce security and cryptocurrency. He holds an M.S. in computer engineering from University of Southern California (USC) and has completed Global Management Development from Babson college.

David Harding

CTO, ImageWare Systems

David Harding, an accomplished, international executive with more than 25 years of technology implementation and management experience, is responsible for strategic design, technology infrastructure and core strategy from concept through delivery. Before joining ImageWare, David held several CTO positions, with the most recent at IC Solutions, Inc., where he was responsible for all technology departments including the management of software development, IT and quality assurance as well as their respective hardware, software and human resource budgets. He has also held CTO and executive management positions at several technology companies such as Thirsty.com, Fulcrum Point Technologies, Inc., ProSoft, and Access360, which is now part of IBM/Tivoli.

Amy Hille Glasscock

Senior Policy Analyst, National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)

Amy Hille Glasscock is a Senior Policy Analyst with the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. Her areas of focus include IoT, unmanned aerial systems and privacy. She previously worked as a Senior Government Relations Representative for the American Public Power Association and a Senior Legislative Assistant for Congressman Ben Chandler. She also served as an English Teacher in the Peace Corps in Indonesia from 2012-2014. She has a B.A from Berea College and an M.A from the University of Kentucky.

Nathaniel Gleicher

Head of Cybersecurity Strategy, Illumio

Nathaniel Gleicher is trained as a computer scientist and a lawyer, and works at the intersection of technology, policy, and law. He has taught computer programming, designed and developed custom e-commerce and database solutions, built and secured computer networks, investigated and prosecuted domestic and international cybercrime at the Computer Crime section of the U.S. Department of Justice, and served as Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the National Security Council (NSC) in the White House. At the NSC, he developed U.S. government policy on key technology and cybersecurity challenges, including encryption, cyber deterrence, internet governance, and network security. He is currently the Head of Cybersecurity Strategy at Illumio, where he heads the company’s thought leadership and public engagement and oversees its cybersecurity technology strategy.

Jack Jania

SVP Strategic Alliances, Gemalto

Jack Jania is the SVP Strategic Alliances for the financial services group of Gemalto North America. He consults with and advises the financial industry on the best business strategies to employ mobile, smart card payments and data security solutions. In addition to supporting Gemalto’s business and security objectives, Mr. Jania is committed to consumer education and advocacy through Gemalto’s online resource www.JustAskGemalto.com, which provides answers to consumer questions about how to better enjoy the conveniences of the digital world. Previously, Mr. Jania worked in the mobile communication division, and was involved in the launch of smart cards supporting 3G wireless networks and NFC smart card technology. Mr. Jania has extensive component engineering, high speed microprocessor functional test and computer system level architecture design experience. Additionally, he is the elected co-chairman of the Smart Card Alliance payments council.

Damon Kachur

Director OEM Sales and Business Development, Giesecke & Devrient America, Inc.

Mr. Kachur recently joined Giesecke & Devrient as Director of OEM Sales for Mobile Security. For the past 16 years, he has focused solely on cyber security with an emphasis on IoT PKI ecosystems and threat intelligence for mobile and fixed-line networks. Mr. Kachur spent the first part of his career with VeriSign and Symantec where he was responsible for over 1B IoT devices and 350M subscribers for parental control and threat intelligence services. He has spoken at a variety of conferences on PKI ecosystem security and is a regular panel participant at cyber security events worldwide. Mr. Kachur resides in Northern California, and is based out of G&D’s office in San Jose. CA. He holds a B.S in Business Management and Administration from the Eberhardt School of Business at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. In his spare time, Mr. Kachur enjoys spending time with his family, coaching little league baseball and racing vintage racecars.

Gonda Lamberink


Gonda is an experienced business development and operations manager, and currently in UL’s Software & Security division, focusing on different key industry verticals, incl. Finance, Automotive and Consumer Electronics, in North America. Gonda is responsible for strategy development, managing (in)organic growth opportunities, sales, and marketing activities. Gonda prior to joining UL worked as a strategy consultant with PwC Transaction Services in Amsterdam and as an economist with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. Gonda has an educational background in Economics and in Law.

Tom Lockwood

Business Development, NextGenID

Tom is a Smart Card Alliance Board Member and member of its Executive Council. He is active in the promotion and application of trusted computing to solve challenges, promote quality of life, service, and create value. Currently, an independent consultant, his executive leadership and design-build experiences span public and private industry including public safety, security, defense, transportation, chemical, pharmaceutical, and food sectors. He is a member of the Preparedness Leadership Council, DomPrep Magazine Advisory Board; former Brookings Legis fellow; a graduate of the Harvard Business School and class chairman; and past president of the Navy’s Association of Scientists and Engineers.

Oliver Manahan

Director, Business Development, Infineon Technologies

Oliver Manahan is Director of Business Development for Infineon Technologies. Prior to his current role, Oliver was the Vice President of Emerging Payments with MasterCard. In this role, Mr. Manahan spent 10 years managing MasterCard’s EMV chip, contactless and transit programs for North America. Before that, Mr. Manahan was with Visa for nearly a decade in the emerging products area. Mr. Manahan started his career in the Information Technology field, with companies such as Mercedes-Benz and Pepsi. Mr. Manahan is Infineon’s representative on the Smart Card Alliance Board, co-chaired the Payments Council and co-chaired the Debit committee for the EMV Migration Forum.

Jordan McKee

Senior Analyst, Payments, 451 Research

Jordan has spent the past several years conducting market research in the telecom, financial services and technology sectors with FM Global, OnProcess Technology, Yankee Group and currently, 451 Research. At 451 he leads the firm’s payments coverage with a particular focus on emerging commerce technologies. Jordan is frequently engaged by the media to share his insights on the payments ecosystem and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, TIME, Businessweek and American Banker.

Cathy Medich

Director, Strategic Programs, Smart Card Alliance

Cathy Medich is Director, Strategic Programs for the Smart Card Alliance. In this role, she manages strategic marketing and industry initiatives and directs all industry council activities. Cathy has over 25 years of experience in marketing and strategic planning for technology businesses, specializing in payments and security. As an independent consultant, Cathy completed projects for Hewlett-Packard, NACHA, Securify, ViVOtech and VeriSign. Prior to her consulting practice, Cathy held positions as Vice President of Product Marketing for PaymentNet, Director of Marketing with VeriFone, and founding Executive Director of CommerceNet. Cathy has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from M.I.T. and an M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate School.

Robert Merkert

President, Americas, Advanced Card Systems Ltd.

Bob is currently President of the Americas for Advanced Card Systems Ltd. He has been focusing on government identity management projects and mobile applications for smart card readers. He is involved with readers for mobile phones, laptops and desktops. Recently an NFC to BLE reader was added to the product line to allow communications to iPad products. Bob spent many years in business development and sales capacities at SCM/Identive. Bob has been a long time member of the Smart Card Alliance. He has been on the Board of Directors and has also served as a member of the Executive Committee. Bob is a graduate of Villanova University, Villanova, PA with a BSEE in electrical engineering. He received his MSEE from the University of Pennsylvania.

C. Maxine Most

Principal, Acuity Market Intelligence

C. Maxine Most (“max”) is the founder and Principal of Acuity Market Intelligence, the definitive authority on global biometrics market development. Throughout her 30-year career, Ms. Most has worked in markets ranging from biometrics, authentication, and identity solutions to e-commerce, interactive services, and 3D visualization. Since 2001, Most’s has focused on biometric and eID markets where has earned a stellar reputation for innovative thought leadership and a proven ability to consistently provide accurate and reliable market intelligence. Ms. Most is the author of Acuity’s latest research report “The Global Biometrics and Mobility Report: The Convergence of Commerce and Privacy.” She is a UCSD graduate with a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Sami Nassar

Vice President Cyber Security Solutions at NXP semiconductors

Sami Nassar, industry-recognized digital security expert, speaker and technologist, is dedicated to driving data security and privacy standards and solutions across the semiconductor and digital security industries, including solutions for mobile payments, Internet of Things and connected cars. Sami leads NXP’s Cyber Security solutions group. His diverse background has taken him around the globe, from founding start-up companies in Silicon Valley to building and leading large international engineering and marketing teams with diverse cultural, functional and geographic backgrounds. Previous to joining NXP Semiconductors, Mr. Nassar held key executive positions, among them, General Manager of the Advanced Solution Group at Renesas, Managing Director of Strategic Marketing at Hitachi, and Managing Director at Schlumberger (now Gemalto).

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John O’Malley

Senior Vice President, IoT Solutions, Giesecke & Devrient

A technical expert in wireless communications and security, John O’Malley has over 30 years of experience in the telecom industry. John lead the North America Telecom Division for G&D and is now Senior Vice President of IoT Solutions for G&D’s North America Mobile Security Division. He is responsible for the expansion of G&D’s product and solution offerings in the developing IoT and M2M market verticals. John’s experience and expertise qualifies him as an important industry resource on the challenges and opportunities eSIM technologies bring to the market.

Jon Payne

General Manager, US Operations, Intercede

Jon is responsible for the management of Intercede’s US office and has business development responsibilities for US state and local government and Latin America. He has over 20 years’ experience in security, including at CSC, where he was a subject matter expert on immigration. Previously Jon worked at the UK Home Office in senior roles focused on immigration operations. He also served as the senior security officer at the British Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Hervé Pierre

Chairman of the Board, SIMalliance

Hervé Pierre is Senior Director of Strategy within Gemalto’s Embedded Software & Products team. Prior to this role, he served as full-time General Secretary of SIMalliance from October 2006 until 2014, when he became Gemalto’s representative on the association’s Board of Directors.

Brian Romansky

TrustPoint Innovation Inc

Brian Romansky has over 25 years’ experience in security technology and innovation in payment systems, healthcare, and logistics. He is currently leading TrustPoint’s team as a security technical expert for the US Department of Transportation SCMS V2X initiative, working to define the security standards and protocols that will be used. Prior to joining TrustPoint he was Director of Corporate Innovation at Pitney Bowes. Mr. Romansky holds Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and R&D management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is an inventor on 25 patents.

Brian Russell

Senior Vice President, Payment and Transit – Mobile Security, Giesecke & Devrient

Brian Russell is an innovative technology executive who currently serves as Senior Vice President, Payment and Transit, for Giesecke & Devrient’s U.S. Mobile Security Division. Mr. Russell is responsible for the sales and marketing of all G&D’s products to the Commercial Bank and Transit market segments, as well as back office operations across Mobile Security. Mr. Russell has been a member of the Executive Board of Directors for the Smart Card Alliance for the past five years, serving as Assistant Treasurer and Treasurer. Mr. Russell is also an active member of the Federal Reserve Banks Mobile Payment Industry Workgroup (MPIW). Before coming to G&D, Mr. Russell worked for Catalina Marketing, MyPoints, MasterCard Worldwide, Donnelley Marketing, Dun & Bradstreet and Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Dr. Gideon Samid

Chief Technology Officer (Prof., PhD, PE), BitMint, LLC

Prof. Gideon Samid, PhD, PE is teaching Computer Security and Cryptography at the University of Maryland, UC, and is a member of the department of electrical engineering and computer science at Case Western Reserve University. For over a decade now he writes a computer security column with Digital Transactions Magazine, and his 2015 Elsevier book “Tethered Money — Managing Digital Money Transactions” received glowing accolades. Gideon serves as the Chief Technology Officer for BitMint — a legacy-friendly digital money company.

Jerome Schang

NXP Semiconductors

Craig Spiezle

Online Trust Alliance

Craig is the Executive Director and President of the Online Trust Alliance, a charitable non-profit with the mission to enhance online trust while promoting innovation and the importance of self-regulation. Craig is a recognized authority on trust and the convergence of privacy, security and marketing promoting responsible privacy practices, balanced public policy and data stewardship. Craig frequently briefs members of Congress and international policy makers driving awareness of best practices by both the public and private sectors and importance of internet governance. Prior to OTA, Craig spent over a decade at Microsoft driving the development of brand protection, anti-spam, anti-phishing and privacy enabling technologies. Spiezle holds a Bachelor’s of Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a MBA from Seattle University. Craig is on the board of the Identity Theft Council, past member of the City of Clyde Hill Utility Commission and served on two terms on the Federal Communications Commission advisory councils pertaining to online security and reliability of critical infrastructure. Craig is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and a member of InfraGard, a public-private partnership with the FBI.

Steven Sprague

CEO, Rivetz Corp

Steven Sprague is the CEO of Rivetz Corp. and one of the principle industry evangelists for the application of trusted computing technology. Steven has a strong technical foundation in the principles, capabilities and business models of incorporating trusted hardware into everyday computing, and is skilled at translating these concepts into layman’s terms.

Sree Swaminathan

Director, Product Development, First Data

Sree Swaminathan works as a Director of Digital Commerce Solutions at First Data. His responsibilities include new product development in Mobile, NFC, Tokenization and other innovative payment solutions. He has been with First Data since 2002 and instrumental in various TSM, mobile, contact and contactless smartcard initiatives at First Data. In his current role, he is focused on product development, consultancy and implementation of Credit, Debit and Prepaid digital commerce solutions for First Data regions around the world. Mr. Swaminathan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from Payments, Telecom and Technology domains. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from NIT, India and an MBA degree in Technology Management. He serves as a steering committee member and Vice Chair in the Smart Card Alliance Mobile and NFC Council. He participates and contributes to various industry forums and activities and plays an active role in payment innovations.

Eric Ridvan Üner

CTO and Chief Scientist, Redwall Technologies

Eric Uner has nearly 20 years of experience in both offensive and defense cyber and information security. His research into applying biological defense models to computer systems and chaos theory led to the patented algorithms described as “a paradigm shift” in technology in a Department of Defense report. He has now turned that experience to a new patented technology to defend mobile and IoT devices as a co-founder of Redwall Technologies, where he serves as CTO. He is a sought-after expert in his field, and has been profiled in publications such as Electronic Engineering Times.

Kelly Urban

Director, Digital Commerce Solutions, First Data

Kelly manages the product group responsible for the First DataSM SourceConnectSM TSM Solution. Urban first joined First Data in 1984. He has held various leadership roles in data center operations and data admin­istration including technical client liaison, team manager, product development manager and director of product man­agement.

Jasper van Woudenberg

CTO North America, Riscure

Jasper currently is CTO for Riscure North America. As CTO of Riscure North America, Jasper is principal security analyst and ultimately responsible for Riscure’s North American technical activities. At Riscure, Jasper’s expertise has grown to include various aspects of hardware security; from design review and logical testing, to side channel analysis and perturbation attacks. He leads Riscure North America’s pentesting teams and has a special interest in combining AI with security research.

Randy Vanderhoof

Executive Director, Smart Card Alliance

Randy Vanderhoof is the Executive Director of the Smart Card Alliance. The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association of over 200 member firms working to accelerate the widespread acceptance of smart card technology in North America and Latin America. He came to the Alliance in January, 2002 and became the Executive Director in August, 2002. During his tenure as the chief executive, he has directed the transformation of the organization from primarily a networking organization into a diverse, education oriented, international, multi-industry organization that gathers industry stakeholders together to help stimulate the rapid adoption of all forms of smart cards (cards and other form factors) for electronic payments and digital security applications. In December 2008, Randy was named by Security Magazine to the list of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Security Industry.

Nicholas Vondrak

North American Marketing Manager, Safran Identity & Security

Nicholas stared his career as an Officer in the U.S. Navy before leaving active service to return to school and enter the corporate world. He spent 5 years at AT&T where he held various marketing and operations roles in Mobility, Labs and Network Operations. Before joining Safran, he was a member of the Soft Card team focused on NFC applications. Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Washington and is a graduate of AT&T’s Leadership Development Program. He is still active in the U.S. Navy Reserves where he holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He and his wife, Jessica, reside in Boulder, Colorado.

Dr. Christopher Williams

Associate, Technology Development, Exponent, Inc.

Dr. Williams specializes in the implementation and evaluation of information assurance technology and data collection techniques. He has applied his expertise to validate standards compliance in secure messaging protocols between a smart card and host; and to study the integration of commercial cryptographic solutions into a government approved authentication infrastructure for mobile platforms. Dr. Williams is interested in the integration of commercial cryptography solutions, embedded secure hardware, and authentication infrastructure for security and privacy in fintech, internet of things, communication, and transportation.