Board of Directors
Community Steering Members
As the creator of breakthrough concepts like NetWare Open Systems, The Network Services Model, metadirectory, and The Internet Services Model, Craig Burton is one of the leading visionaries and analysts in the computing industry. He is a frequently consulted expert on new technologies and the process of making software infrastructure ubiquitous.
Craig's visionary understanding of new technologies and his familiarity with the needs of technology users led him to identify the market for a metadirectory product and allowed him to articulate the essential attributes of such a product. Craig invented the conceptual basis for metadirectory over 20 years ago while leading Novell, Inc. to success.
Craig was one of the founding members of Novell, where he served as senior vice president of corporate marketing and development. During his eight years with Novell, Craig's unique market strategies (which included the development of concepts such as file server technology, hardware independence, fault tolerance, Universal NetWare Architecture and NetWare Open Systems) resulted not only in market leadership for Novell, but also served to accelerate the movement toward transparent multivendor computing.
When he co-founded The Burton Group (TBG) in 1989, Craig began to study the concept of metadirectory in earnest. As CEO, president and principal analyst of TBG, Craig provided independent market analysis on network computing technology and industry trends.
At Prognosys, The Burton Group's 1996 Conference on Network Computing, Craig presented the criteria for measuring whether a technology meets the metadirectory requirements set forth by The Burton Group.
Craig's contributions to computing have earned him recognition as one of the industry's most influential analysts.
Since 1997, Craig Burton has been an independent analyst consulting with many industry vendors and concentrating on the Internet Services Model and the paradox of selling software infrastructure.
Kim is Chief Architect of Identity in the Connected Systems Division at Microsoft, where he works on the evolution of Active Directory, Federation Services, Identity Lifecycle Manager, CardSpace and Microsoft's other Identity Metasystem products.
Kim joined Microsoft in 1999 when it bought the ZOOMIT Corporation. As VP of Technology at ZOOMIT, he had invented metadirectory technology and built the first shipping product. Before that he led ZOOMIT's development team in producing a range of SMTP, X.400, X.500, and PKI products.
Kim grew up in Canada, attending King's College at Dalhousie University and l'Université de Montréal. He has won a number of industry awards, including Digital Identity World's Innovation Award (2005), Network Computing's Top 25 Technology Drivers Award (1996) and MVP (Most Valuable Player) Award (2005), Network World's 50 Most Powerful People in Networking (2005), Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Privacy Award (2007) and Silicon.com's Agenda Setters 2007.
Pamela is a Senior Technical Architect at Ping Identity (http://pingidentity.com) . She is also the founder of the Pamela Project, an open source project dedicated to creation of information card relying party modules & plugins for common web frameworks. Pamela blogs at http://eternallyoptimistic.com and is an active participant at the OSIS Identity Commons Working Group supplying tests and maintaining the wiki for Interoperability events at various conferences. Pamela enjoys adding URLs to every sentence she writes (http://heresabunnywithapancakeonitshead) and hopes you click on them all.
Patrick is Chief Technology Officer at Ping Identity Corporation. He is currently responsible for Ping Identity Labs, emerging technologies, industry standards, and developing the technology strategy for the company. Previously, Harding was a VP and the Security Architect at Fidelity Investments where he was responsible for aligning identity management and security technologies with the strategic goals of the business. Harding was integrally involved with the implementation of federated identity technologies at Fidelity -- from "napkin" to production. Mr. Harding has over 15 years experience in software development, networking infrastructure and information security. He blogs on all things security and identity at http://blog.pingidentity.com/blog/ctotalk/.
Andrew (“Andy”) is a Consultant Engineer with Novell, Inc. and worked for several years as a lead engineer on the open-source FLAIM database project, used most notably by Novell's eDirectory and GroupWise products. Currently, Andy is the architect and lead developer of the DigitalMe (www.digitalme.com) component of the Bandit Project (www.bandit-project.org) and also participates as a member of the Eclipse-sponsored Higgins project. Andy received a degree in Computer Science from Brigham Young University and blogs at ahodgkinson.wordpress.com.
Michael is currently VP Development at Azigo. He has over 25 years of experience in software engineering and is a leader in the development of standards for identity and security including as Co-Chair of the OASIS Web Service Federation Technical Committee (TC), Co-Editor of the OASIS Identity Metasystem Interoperability TC, and Lead Editor of the WS-I Basic Security Profile Working Group. Michael has also been an active contributor to a variety of other standards efforts.
Before joining Azigo, he was a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center, a Software Development Manager at ValiCert, and an independent consultant had developed software for CertCo, Banker’s Trust Company, and Prodigy Services Company.
Michael has a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the Stevens Institute of Technology.
Axel is employed by Deutsche Telekom, Laboratories. This permits him to work on Information Cards, Security and Identity Management. In 2006 he joined the openinfocard project and is now the maintainer for it. Other open source projects that he runs are the identity selector that enables CardSpace for Firefox and the XMLDAP java library for relying parties and identity providers. Axel received a degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Berlin and blogs at http://ignisvulpis.blogspot.com/.
Sandy Porter co-founded Avoco Secure to develop privacy and security software solutions based on identity and access control mechanisms. He is currently the Director for Strategic Development and Head of Identity and Security at Avoco Secure. His work there is heavily focused on user-centric identity and in particular Information Cards. This includes extending i-cards to document content access control, cloud signing of information, the development of cloud service selectors, and secondary forms of authentication for anti-phishing. He is actively involved in European Union funded research for securing the critical financial infrastructure and is an EU expert project evaluator. Throughout the 1990's his work encompassed developments in the securing and control of digital information with a strong focus on digital cinema.
Drummond is founder of Seattle-based Cordance Corporation. He is co-chair of the OASIS XRI (Extensible Resource Identifier) and XDI (XRI Data Interchange) Technical Committees; a founding board member of the OpenID Foundation; secretary of XDI.ORG; and a Steward of Identity Commons. He blogs on identifiers, identity, cards, and data sharing at http://equalsdrummond.name and can be reached via his i-name contact page at http://xri.net/=drummond.reed.
Mary is the founder of Meristic, a software services firm which helps organizations develop and implement strategies that leverage open identity technologies such as IMI Information Cards. Meristic specializes in building ecosystems for trusted information exchange. She founded and co-leads the Higgins open source identity framework project and is also Chief Steward of Identity Commons.
Previously Mary was a VP with Parity Communications, Inc. Prior to joining Parity in 2003, Mary was Vice President, Strategic Marketing at Parametric Technology Corporation (NASDAQ:PMTC), where she was responsible for a software product line that allowed buyers to design their own products on the web. Before PTC, she was VP Strategic Alliances at OpenOrders, where she helped sell the company to IBM's WebSphere Commerce Suite software group. Prior to OpenOrders, she was VP Advanced Products at Pegasystems (NASDAQ:PEGA). Mary was an early employee at Pegasystems, which is a developer of rules-based customer service process automation software. Mary started her career as a Member of the Technical Staff at the MITRE Corporation contributing to advanced command, control, communications and intelligence systems. Mary has a degree in Mathematics from Smith College and holds a MSM from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Note: Mary is currently on a leave of absence as an active director because she is serving as Interim Executive Director of the ICF.
Paul is the CEO of Azigo, a company committed to simplifying and securing life on the Internet by giving people more control over their digital footprint: their accounts, profiles, and relationships with friends and businesses they trust. Azigo also offers services to businesses to enable them to create durable, digital relationships with their customers. Azigo offerings are based on the open source Higgins (http://higgins-project.org) project co-founded by Paul in 2003.
Paul is frequently called on to advise industry, government, and academic groups on issues related to digital identity, privacy and security. He is the founder and chair of the Information Card Foundation, as well as the founder of several other groups in the digital identity space. Prior to co-founding Azigo in 2000, he was president and co-founder of Bitstream (NASDAQ:BITS). Paul has a BSEE from MIT and was a research assistant at the Media Lab. He blogs at http://incontextblog.com.
Business Steering Members
Booz Allen Hamilton
Mike is currently a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton. He works within the Information Technology team with a special focus on developing solutions for Civil agencies and Commercial enterprises. Mike is a leader in the Firm’s efforts to develop Web 3.0 Trusted Service solutions based on Identity, Trust Management, Data Sharing, and CyberSecurity.
Mike has broad experience in the fields of Telecommunications and Technology. Most recently he has been actively engaged in the development of the emerging trust layer for the Internet, including the U.S. Government’s adoption of Trust Frameworks. Mike is a long-time participant in the open identity community and serves on the boards of both the OpenID Foundation and the Information Card Foundation.
Before joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Mike had broad managerial experience across the hardware, software, and Internet service industries. He has had high impact roles for large public companies such as MCI and General Instrument, where he led the development of the SurfBoard cable modem. Mike later served as Chief Information Officer at Nextel, prior to its acquisition by Sprint, and pioneered the introduction of the Wireless Web with the first U.S. introduction of web browsers for cell phones. He served as CEO and President of Bridgewater Systems and has recently led several smaller startups in the evolving field of social networks and identity-based services for consumers.
Mike is a graduate of Clemson University, and holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jörg is leading the Identity Management and Enabler Lab teams in Deutsche Telekom's Laboratories' Innovation Development department. Jörg also runs a scouting network for DT's technology intelligence, serving T-Home, T-Mobile, and T-Systems. Jörg has been driving R&D and innovation work in telco Authentication, Authorization, Accounting (AAA) for over ten years, and created a common framework for AAA and Internet-based Identity concepts, including federation, user-centric identity, and card-based identity systems.
Jörg is dedicated to delivering telco assets and reliability for Web 2.0 environments (and beyond), bridging the IT and telecommunications worlds. He is frequently invited to speak at conferences on Identity in the context of IP Multimedia System (IMS) and Service Delivery Platforms (SDP). Jörg received a master's degree in computer science from the University of Technology in Berlin and has deep experience in distributed and object-oriented systems.
Ron is Vice President of Identity Management at Equifax, which provides fraud and identity services to industry and consumers. Ron has become a respected resource on the development of Identity Management and the use of open trust frameworks, frequently being asked to speak on the subject and to provide input on policy. A veteran of the emerging media, marketing, and technology communities, Ron has held leadership positions at Google, Veoh, Allconnect, Engage Media, Flycast, JWT and Foote, Cone & Belding. Ron holds a bachelor's degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
Michael B. Jones
Michael is Director of Identity Partnerships at Microsoft. He is working with a broad coalition of people across multiple industries to build the Internet's missing Identity layer. He is president of the USENIX Association board of directors and serves on the OpenID Foundation board. Michael earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992. He was a member of the Systems and Networking Research Group at Microsoft Research from 1992 to 2005. He blogs at http://self-issued.info/.
Uppili is a Senior Director at Oracle Corporation, in the Identity and Access Management team. Uppili is responsible for driving cross product architecture and strategy for Oracle's IAM suite. Uppili was the lead architect and leader of the teams that delivered Oracle Internet Directory and launched Oracle Identity Management 10g. He holds many patents relating to these products. In his current role, Uppili is involved in strategies for realizing Identity layers that are adaptable to all the various deployment “centricities” (user, application or enterprise). Consistent with this pre-occupation, Uppili has been a major proponent of Project Higgins and OSIS and their multi-protocol and platform agnostic ideals. Uppili's special focus within ICF will be to help uphold the same ideals and incubate solutions to smoothen the challenges of entitlements provisioning, privacy and compliance, by leveraging Information Card infrastructure.
Andrew is Senior Director in the Information Risk Management and Architecture group at PayPal. Formerly he was CTO at Sonoa Systems and Reactivity working on XML and Service Oriented Architecture processors. As Director of Technologies at RSA Security, Andrew worked on a wide range of identity systems and worked with the Liberty Alliance in the Strong Authentication Expert Group He is a known leader in PKI and Web-Services security markets, has co-authored of numerous Web Services security specifications and is author of a book on Public Key Infrastructure.
Peter Tippett is vice president of technology and innovation and chief medical officer for Verizon Business and is the chief scientist of the product testing and certification organization, ICSA Labs. An information security pioneer, Peter has led the computer security industry for more than 20 years, initially as a vendor of security products, and over the past 16 years, as a key strategist. He is widely credited with creating the first commercial anti-virus product that later became Norton AntiVirus. Peter is best known for his creation of enterprise IT metrics, and large risk intelligence and compliance management programs for enterprises.
Peter served on the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) to guide U.S. efforts in healthcare IT, information security and computational sciences research. InfoWorld recognized Mr. Tippett as one of the 25 most influential chief technology officers for 2002. He also won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Peter is frequently quoted and has written many articles and papers on, Enterprise Information Technology, Health IT and information security. He was the publisher of Information Security Magazine for its first six years.