Leadership


The OpenID Foundation (OIDF) was formed in June 2007 to help promote, protect and enable the OpenID technologies and community. This entails managing intellectual property, brand marks as well as fostering viral growth and global participation in the proliferation of OpenID. The OIDF does not dictate the technical direction of OpenID; instead it will help enable and protect whatever is created by the community.

Community Board Members

Nat Sakimura

Chairman

NAT Consulting LLC

Nat Sakimura is a well-known identity and privacy standardization architect and the representative partner of NAT Consulting. Besides being an author/editor of such widely used standards as OpenID Connect, FAPI, JWT (RFC7519), JWS (RFC7515), OAuth PKCE (RFC7636) ISO/IEC 29184, ISO/IEC 29100 Amd.1, he helps communities to organize themselves to realize the ideas around identity and privacy. As the chairman of the board of the OpenID Foundation, he streamlined the process, bolstered the IPR management, and greatly expanded the breadth of the Foundation spanning over 10 working groups whose members include large internet services, mobile operators, financial institutions, governments, etc. He is also active in public policy space. He has been serving in various committees in the Japanese government including Study Group on the Platform Services of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and Study Group on the competition in Digital Market of the Fair Trade Commission of Japan. 

Bjorn Hjelm

Vice Chairman

Verizon

Bjorn Hjelm is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in Verizon Corporate Technology Strategy, Architecture, and Planning organization with over 20 years of experience in network planning, architecture, and implementation of advanced communication systems. He is currently involved in various identity services projects as well as representing Verizon in several industry organizations, initiatives, and standards development related to wireless and IAM. As part of the involvement in the OpenID Foundation, he has contributed to several OpenID Connect specifications and is the co-chair of the MODRNA working group as well as represents Verizon on the Board. He has been published in several industry publications and holds multiple patents in the areas of wireless communication, security, and identity management. Bjorn received a Diploma of Electrical Engineering from Sweden, Bachelor degree in Business Administration in the Engineering Route to Business program from University of Texas at Austin, and Master of Science degree in Telecommunication from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

John Bradley

Treasurer

Yubico

Mr. Bradley is an Identity Management subject matter expert and IT professional with a diverse background. Mr. Bradley has over 15 years experience in the information technology and identity management field. Mr. Bradley advises Government Agencies and commercial organizations on the policy and technical requirements of Identity Management, Federated Identity, PKI and smart card solutions. Mr. Bradley communicates effectively with clients, vendors, staff and standards organizations to brief them on complex state-of-the-art identity management concepts, best practices, and technical requirements. He is also Chair of the Federation Interoperability WG at Kantara. He is treasurer of the openID Foundation, on the advisory board for OIX, and an active contributor to SAML and other OASIS specifications at OASIS. . Mr. Bradley is one of the leaders of OSIS, and the Kantara Interoperability Review Board, forums that vendors use for industry interoperability testing, and thus has an in-depth understanding not only of the factors that contribute to success, but of upcoming trends that affect whether strategic planning will ensure optimal effectiveness for future operability. Recently John has been co-authoring the ICAM protocol profiles at Protiviti Government Services on behalf of GSA, and continues to support the FICAM interoperability Lab. Current projects include co-authoring the next version of the openID specification and related standards.

Mike Jones

Secretary

Microsoft

Michael B. Jones is a Standards Architect at Microsoft. He is working to make people’s online interactions seamless, secure, and more valuable. He was an author and editor of the OpenID Provider Authentication Policy Extension (PAPE) specification, is the editor of the OAuth 2.0 Bearer Token specification, is an editor for the OASIS Identity Metasystem Interoperability TC, is co-author of the emerging JSON Web Token (JWT) specification, which will be used by the OpenID Artifact Binding specification, and is an active member of the OpenID Artifact Binding working group. He represented Microsoft on the boards of the OpenID Foundation and the Information Card Foundation in 2008 and 2009 and served both boards in an advisory capacity in 2010. He served on the USENIX board from 2000-2008, including as board president from 2004-2008. He was a researcher at Microsoft Research from 1992 to 2005 and earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992. His interests include digital identity, privacy-protecting systems, distributed systems, networking, operating systems, musical performance, outdoor activities, and his fellow human beings.

George Fletcher

Community Representative

Verizon Media

George Fletcher’s identity “credentials” include work on OpenID Connect, OpenID 2, OAuth, OAuth2, User Managed Access (Kantara Initiative) as well as contributions to the Security Services (SAML) and XRI OASIS TCs. Previously, George also worked on the Liberty Alliance Identity Web Service Framework. In addition to his identity work, George Fletcher has 25+ years of software development and architecture experience covering a wide variety of disciplines including artificial intelligence, “real-time” media processing, graphical information systems, consumer electronic devices and large scale Internet deployments. George Fletcher is currently Identity Standards Architect at Oath Inc.

Corporate Board Members

 

Google – Filip Verley

Filip finds solutions for the merger of the physical and digital worlds, and its impact on identity. In his current role with Google, Filip works on Federated Identity. Identity is key to all online and offline transactions and interactions. How do we help users navigate these waters while finding the right  balance between trust , convenience and privacy. Filip is also a Senior Advisor to OWI. In this role, he is responsible for building partnerships, curating the conversation around identity and educating the industry about the importance of this topic. Previously,  Filip worked at Airbnb on identity. This is one of the company’s most critical missions. Filip has a masters degree in criminal justice from Florida State University, grew up in Belgium, has a growing family, and he enjoys action movies and sports.

KDDI – Kosuke Koiwai

NRI Secure – Takehisa Shibata

Takehisa is specializes in technology related to Identity and access management, and studies more about identity integration in multiple systems and integration of different IDs in terms of technology and corporate trends. He has been responsible for the planning and promotion of digital identity business and the Uni-ID business for 10 years. And he is member of the ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27 WG5 in Japan.

Ping Identity  – Wesley Dunnington

Wesley has over 25 years in the software industry and is a 15-year veteran of the identity and security space. Wesley is currently Field CTO East for Ping Identity. In his role Wesley helps customers understand both the business value and implications of new technologies, and helps Ping maintain its thought leadership position via blogs, whitepapers, conference presentations, and standards body work. Wesley is currently a board member of the OpenID Foundation, and is a past member of the Kantara IRB and ARB. Wesley was previously director of engineering for CA Technologies SiteMinder products and was chief architect for CA’s first IDaaS offering. More recently Wesley was lead platform architect for Sophos’ cloud cybersecurity offerings.

Verizon Media – Arvind Kumar Garg

Contact OpenID Foundation Board of Directors: Members of the community can monitor board discussions and communicate collectively with the board on the board mailing list.

OpenID Foundation Staff

Gail Hodges – Executive Director

Gail Hodges joined the OpenID Foundation as Executive Director in May 2021. She is also the Founder of the Future Identity Council, a global non-profit that seeks to empower citizens with mobile identity credentials that are private, secure, and easy to use. The council is government-led and partners closely with the private sector to ensure that this “public good” reaches its full potential. Gail previously worked at Apple for 5 years, where she led Business Development for a range of new Identity and Payment services, setting up new ecosystems and business models to achieve scale. She led the government roll out of Core NFC, which allows Apple devices to read chip-based ID cards. She also led Latin American markets for Apple Pay, and developed the platform for domestic payment networks to join Apple Pay. Prior to joining Apple, Gail was SVP and Global Head of Digital Payments for HSBC Holdings based in London, and previously Head of HSBC’s Premier and Advance Card portfolios. Prior to HSBC, Gail ran the UK Centurion and Platform Card Portfolios, and was part of the Strategic Planning group at American Express. Gail holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a B.A. in Public Policy from Princeton University.

Don Thibeau – Non Executive Director

For ten years Don Thibeau was Executive Director of the OpenID Foundation, where he oversaw the development of key internet identity technologies like OpenID Connect and Financial Grade APIs. The Foundation’s international membership is comprised of technology platform providers, government agencies and a global community of developers from key industry organizations that collaborate on the development, adoption and certification of open identity standards. Don now serves as a member of OpenID Foundation’s Board of Directors. Don was the Founder and for 8 years served as the President of the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) a non-profit organization of leaders across industry sectors, including enterprise, to research, pilot and deploy real world governance solutions. OIX is a center of excellence and test bed for trust frameworks, schemes and services for identity systems at scale in the global identity ecosystem. Don now serves as Vice Chairman of the OIX Board of Directors.

Mike Leszcz – Program Manager

Mike Leszcz is the Program Manager at the OpenID Foundation where he is responsible for managing all projects including the OpenID Certification Program, a pioneering and award winning open standard self-certification program with global adoption. Mike is also the Program Manager at the Open Identity Exchange where he most recently managed the merger of the OIX global organization with the OIX UK Chapter via an asset transfer transaction to create a new UK-based organization. Prior, Mike held senior business development positions with leading organizations focused on data analytics and business intelligence solutions. Mike has a B.S. from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Tom Smedinghoff – Counsel

Partner in the Privacy & Data Protection practice group in the Chicago office of Locke Lord LLP. His practice focuses on the developing field of information law and electronic business activities, with an emphasis on electronic transactions, identity management, data security, privacy, and corporate information governance issues. Mr. Smedinghoff has been actively involved in developing e-business, e-signature, data security, and information legal policy both in the U.S. and globally. He currently serves as chair of the Identity Management Legal Task Force of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Business Law, and co-chair of its Cyber Security Committee. Previously, he was chair of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law (1999-2000), chair of the ABA Electronic Commerce Division (1995-2003), and chair of the International Policy Committee (2008-2011). He is also a member of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), where he participates in the Working Group on Electronic Commerce and helped to negotiate the international e-commerce treaty titled the “United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts” and the UNCITRAL “Model Law on Electronic Signatures.” He was also the ABA Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission Committee to Implement the UN E-Commerce Convention (2008 – 2010), and served as an ABA Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission committee that drafted the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act. Mr. Smedinghoff is the author of the book titled INFORMATION SECURITY LAW: THE EMERGING STANDARD FOR CORPORATE COMPLIANCE, (IT Governance Publishing, 2008). He is also the editor and primary author of the e-commerce book titled ONLINE LAW: THE LEGAL GUIDE TO DOING BUSINESS ON THE INTERNET (Addison Wesley, 1996), as well as numerous articles on electronic transactions, identity, privacy, and data security law issues.

OpenID Foundation Certification Team

Joseph Heenan

Joseph Heenan is the CTO at FinTechLabs.io, a growing identity & security startup based at level39 (London). Joseph is an active member/contributor to many OpenID Foundation working groups, including the FAPI group that defined the security profile used in the UK OpenBanking specifications and a member of the OpenID Foundation Certification Team. He led the team at FintechLabs through the development & successful deployment of the conformance suite for the UK OpenBanking security profile and assisted many of the largest UK (CMA9) banks with achieving compliance to the UK specification, and now has a focus on doing the same with the CIBA decoupled authentication standard. He’s a seasoned software engineer & architect with over 25 years’ experience, who started writing mobile apps before mobile apps existed and went on to co-found a successful mobile software development consultancy based in Glasgow (UK) in 2010. Joseph lives in Glasgow with his wife, they love traveling to Japan and between them, they’ve fostered over 100 cats for the Cats Protection charity.

Serkan Ozkan

Serkan Özkan is a software developer, cyber security expert and IT professional with more than 15 years of experience in a wide range of software and security projects. Prior to starting his own company in 2018, Serkan Özkan worked at Ping Identity for more than 6 years.

Edmund Jay

Edmund Jay is an experienced software developer with over 20 years experience in information security, digital rights management, and standards development. He has been involved identity and privacy standards for over 10 years and is a contributor to the OpenID Connect, FAPI and dependent specifications. He was an early implementer of OpenID Connect and participated in interoperability tests that were critical for the initial OpenID conformance tests.