Board Member Representatives

Michael Barrett


Michael Barrett

Nok Nok Labs

Michael Barrett is President of the FIDO Alliance and serves on the board of directors of StopBadWare, a 501(c)3 Berkman Center spin out organization dedicated to mitigating the impact of malware on businesses and individuals. From 2006 to 2013, Mr. Barrett was the Chief Information Security Officer for PayPal. In this role, he was responsible for ensuring the security of PayPal’s 130M active accounts worldwide. He oversaw the information systems and services that protect the integrity and confidentiality of PayPal customer and employee information. Before joining PayPal, Mr. Barrett was VP of security and utility strategy at American Express, where he helped define the company’s information security program and directed its internet technology strategy. Previously, Mr. Barrett was president of the Liberty Alliance, an open-standards consortium focused on identity management standards and guidelines. He was the driving force behind the introduction and standardization of the Alliance’s federated identity concepts and he also co-chaired its identity theft prevention working group. Mr. Barrett was twice named one of the ‘50 most powerful people in networking’ by Network World magazine, has been listed as one of’s top influencers in the security industry and was recognized as the ‘Information Security Executive of the year’ in 2010. He is a certified information systems security professional (CISSP) and a certified information security manager (CISM). He graduated from Brighton University (U.K.), where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science.

Vice President

Brett McDowell

Head of Ecosystem Security, eBay Inc.

Brett McDowell is Head of Ecosystem Security at PayPal tasked with leading a team of information security engineers and cybersecurity policy advisors to help make the internet a safer, more reliable and trustworthy environment for PayPal's 132+ million customers worldwide. He currently serves as Vice President of Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance and is an officer on the StopBadWare Board of Directors. Prior to joining PayPal, Mr. McDowell managed a number of IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization initiatives, including as Executive Director for Kantara Initiative, Liberty Alliance Project and VoiceXML Forum. Before that, he was Director of Information and Media Technology for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). Mr. McDowell is the former founding Management Council chair of the NSTIC Identity Ecosystem Steering Group, founding chair of, officer of the National Cyber Security Alliance, and has served on the Boards of Messaging Anti–Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) and the Online Trust Alliance (OTA). Mr. McDowell has extensive industry standards experience having worked with IETF, ISFO, ITU-T, ANSI IDSP & HITSP, OASIS, W2C, INCITS and ETSI ICT Standards Board. Mr. McDowell is an award-winning information security expert and frequent speaker at information security and ICT industry events. He received a B.S. in Physics from Alma College, a Lemelson Fellowship for invention, innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity from Hampshire College, and interned at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.


Sam Srinivas

Product Management Director, Information Security, Google

Sam Srinivas is Product Management Director, Information Security at Google and is responsible for various external and internal security initiatives. His team leads Google's existing and new products in consumer strong authentication, such as 2-step verification, and he works in close coordination with Google's Identity team. Prior to Google, Mr. Srinivas was Chief Technologist in the Security Business Unit at Juniper Networks. He came to Juniper through the $400M acquisition of a startup he co-founded, Neoteris, which established the SSL-VPN remote access category. Earlier, Mr. Srinivas was at Healtheon (WebMD), Microsoft Research and Rockwell. Mr. Srinivas has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.


Joe Pennisi

Director of Software Development, Lenovo

Joe Pennisi has many years of experience in developing new hardware and software solutions for the IBM PC Division and Lenovo. He has played a fundamental role in the introduction and exploitation of security-related technology in IBM/Lenovo PC products, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Trusted Computing Group.


Rob Coombs

Director of Security Marketing, ARM Holdings

Rob Coombs is Director of Security Marketing, Systems and Software Division at ARM and has over 20 years’ experience in mobile, embedded solutions, SoCs, software and security. Mr. Coombs previously ran the global mobile segment for ARM before being part of the exec team that started the open source organisation, Linaro. Most recently, at ARM, he has led the activities to accelerate the use and deployment of TrustZone based Trusted Execution Environments as a secure enclave for connected devices. Mr.Coombs holds a MEng in Microelectronics from Durham University and is based in the UK.

Liz Votaw

SVP, Customer Protection Strategy Digital Banking, Bank of America

Liz Votaw is Senior Vice President, Customer Protection Strategy, responsible for developing and driving customer-focused strategies to deliver secure and convenient banking for Bank of America customers. Ms. Votaw’s career includes many years of leadership positions at Bank of America in operations, fraud prevention, risk and innovation. She also held a position at GE Capital leading Six Sigma implementation. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and holds an MBA from University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Brian McBride

Technical Director of Identity, BlackBerry

Brian McBride is Technical Director of Identity at BlackBerry where he is responsible for the development of a number of key initiatives related to mobile identity and authentication. Mr. McBride is the architect of BlackBerry Identity, the global scale Web and mobile identity platform used daily by millions of BlackBerry users and developers. He is currently focused on creating solutions for convenient, usable, secure and privacy enhancing strong authentication for the ¨internet of things.¨ Prior to BlackBerry, Mr. McBride worked for a number of startups and large companies including Alcatel–Lucent, Newbridge Networks, Sedona Networks, Ceyba and Motorola creating and leading various teams for new ventures and early stage technologies. Mr. McBride is a computer science graduate from the University of Toronoto with a passion for software development and computing theory that started with writing his first game for the commodore 64.

Dongpyo Hong

Vice President, CrucialTec USA Inc.

Mr. Hong is Vice President at CrucialTec and responsible for new business incubation, developing strategic partnerships, and the marketing of new IT-related products for smart phones. Prior to CrucialTec, Mr. Hong worked at Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., holding key roles in business analysis, purchasing, R&D planning, venture capital investments at the corporate office and in Samsung's Japan office.

Daniel Almenara

Vice–President of Authentication & Decision Infrastructure Solutions, Discover Financial Services

As Vice–President of Authentication & Decision Infrastructure Solutions at Discover Financial Services, Daniel Almenara is responsible for customer authentication strategy and decision infrastructure capabilities across Discover's business lines. He is entrusted to develop Discover's risk infrastructure to manage customer risk and the authentication framework that improves customer experience while enhancing the security of the on–line and off–line interactions with Discover customers. Prior to joining Discover in July 2013, Mr. Almenara was a global client consultant at Experian and spent more than 20 years in global risk management, operations and fraud prevention roles at American Express.

Conor White

President, IdentityX

Conor White is President of IdentityX and member of the Board of Directors of Daon Group. He brings to bear over 18 years of experience innovating and leading identification management technologies such as the development of biometrics, smart cards, electronic payments, PKI, information security and e-business infrastructure. Mr. White joined Daon in 2001 as Chief Technology Officer. In this role he drove the company’s strategic technical direction and vision resulting in development of groundbreaking identity assurance solutions. Expansion of this critical arena led to formation of the Daon business division IdentityX, of which Mr. White was appointed to lead as president. Mr. White is a respected speaker at international biometric and human authentication conferences and also serves on various technology standards boards both in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, he is an accomplished technology inventor with 13 existing patents in the area of biometric authentication on smart, mobile devices. Mr. White’s leadership contributions were instrumental in another notable technology development: one of the world’s first open-standards-based multi-biometric authentication programs. Mr. White began his track record in leading technology innovation as Chief Architect and Engineering Manager at Digital Equipment Corporation’s global partner eCommerce Systems. He later he served as Engineering Manager at CardBASE Technologies. Mr. White holds a B.S. in Computer Applications and an M.S. in Computer Science from Cork Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Greg Williamson

Senior Business Leader Enterprise Authentication Solutions, MasterCard Worldwide

Mr. Williamson is the Senior Business Leader, Enterprise Authentication Solutions at MasterCard Worldwide where he leads a team responsible for delivering innovative cardholder authentication solutions that deliver strong security and a seamless consumer experience for MasterCard cardholders. Prior to MasterCard, Mr. Williamson's career spans many years in payment security and fraud prevention. He held positions leading fraud strategy and analytics at General Electric Consumer Finance and Fifth Third Bancorp. He is an adjunct instructor at Utica College for the Master":s Program in Economic Crime. Mr. Wiiliamson's education includes a BS in Economic Crime — Computer Security and a Masters in Economic Crime Management.

Anthony Nadalin

Partner Architect — Server and Tools Business, Microsoft

Mr. Nadalin is the Partner Architect — Server and Tools Business at Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Sami Nassar

Vice–President & General Manager, NXP Semiconductors

Mr. Nassar is general manager of Authentication product lines focused on anti-counterfeit and cyber security application markets. Before joining NXP Semiconductors, Mr. Nassar held key executive positions in the high tech industry, among them, General Manager of the Advanced Solution Group at Renesas and Managing Director of Segments & Strategic Marketing for Hitachi and Managing Director of Schlumberger's now Gemalto telecom smart cards and systems, and founded a number of startup companies in the Silicon Valley.

Mike Bell

Senior Vice–President, Telecom North America, Oberthur Technologies

Michael Bell is Senior Vice President, Telecom for North America at Oberthur Technologies. His team leads Oberthur's strategic business relationships with leading wireless carriers and global device OEMs across Canada and the United States. Prior to Oberthur, Mr. Bell served in various sales leadership roles engaging wireless industry leaders on innovative growth businesses. Most recently, he was Head of Strategic Business Development at Ericsson, managing end to end strategic growth businesses within the AT&T Global Account. Mr. Bell earned an M.S. in Industrial Marketing & Strategy from E.M. Lyon (France) and graduated from University of Georgia (USA) with a B.A. in French Literature and Civilization.

Kayvan Alikhani

Senior Director of Technology, RSA

Kayvan Alikhani is senior director of technology at RSA. Prior to joining RSA in 2013, he was co-founder and CEO of PassBan (acquired by RSA in 2013), a company focused on mobile security & identity. Before starting PassBan, Mr. Alikhani was CEO of LiteScape Technologies, where he led the company’s strategy and roadmap for 9 years, creating solutions in the fields of VOIP security and mobile collaboration. Mr. Alikhani joined LiteScape from BeNotified (MagNetPoint) Software, a mobile communication solution provider which he had co-founded and served as CTO. Mr. Alikhani also co-founded and was VP of Engineering of AVIRNEX, an international provider of enhanced fixed and mobile communication services. Earlier, he served in product development roles at Microsoft and Siemens. With 25+ years of experience in software product development, Mr. Alikhani serves as technical board advisor to multiple high-tech companies in the Silicon Valley. Mr. Alikhani has a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering.

Michael Pak

Vice President of Security R&D, Samsung Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, Ltd.

Michael Pak is in charge of overall product security at Samsung Mobile. His global team handles security engineering, threat analysis, security assessment, incident response, and security certification. Prior to joining Samsung in 2011, Mr. Pak spent over 10 years at McAfee directing enterprise and consumer mobile security product engineering; moreover, he led MeeGo mobile platform development at Wind River/Intel. He received an MS in Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics from Stanford University, and a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of San Francisco.

Sebastien Taveau

Chief Evangelist, Synaptics

Mr. Taveau has more than 20 years of experience in embedded solutions, mobile, software, and security. Most recently, at PayPal, he led the Mobile Ecosystem and Technology Integration group and has led the Mobile Disruptive Innovation team. He is a member of the eBay Inventors Club for his multiple patent contributions, and is a two-time recipient of the PayPalian Award. Additionally, Mr. Taveau, founded and led Fluctuat LLC and has held senior positions at Cardsoft, Renesas, Ridgerun, and Motorola SPS (now Freescale). Mr. Taveau acquired a postgraduate degree in International Business Administration (DESS GEI eq. IBA/EBS) from the University of Paris 1 – Pantheon Sorbonne and an MS in Business Management from the University of Tours in France.

John Salter

Corporate Development, Yubico

John Salter has led Yubico's authentication at scale capability globally for the past five years, bringing the YubiKey to all who need to trust the net. He has guided the development of practical low cost processes and systems to deploy large scale strong authentication across a wide range of organizations globally. Prior to joining Yubico, Mr. Salter's career spans 10 years of deep software engineering followed by 10 years of world-class sales at Oracle. For the last 14 years he has helped founder CEOs and CTOs in global tech businesses deliver their vision to customers with exits covering e-commerce, telecoms and mobile apps. Mr. Salter's BS is in Mathematics from Southampton University and MBA in finance from Cranfield.