Award committee

Afke Schaart

Afke is the Regional Lead and Vice President Europe (including the Russian Federation and Turkey) for the GSMA, representing the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors such as energy and automotive. The GSMA is the first industry to unite in supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Nick Smaling

Nick works at Deloitte as a Managing Consultant within the Cyber Risk Services department. Working mainly on strategic projects regarding digital Identity Management (eID & IAM) and impactful strategies/transformations.

Nick is also secretary of the board of the IDnext plaform.


Katryna Dow – CEO and Founder Meeco

Katryna is the founder and CEO of Meeco, a world leading data independence start-up in the emerging personal data economy. She speaks globally on privacy and data innovation alongside her executive role in business model innovation for Meeco Labs.

Meeco is dual sided personal data platform enables individuals to manage, share, provide consent and exchange personal information for mutual value via The API-of-Me.

Meeco was founded in 2012 and conceived over a decade ago as social networks were on the rise. Katryna envisioned a time when identity, personal sovereignty and contextual privacy would be as important as being connected. Now a decade later, personal clouds, mobile technology, AI and the Internet-of-Things have converged to make Meeco both possible and necessary.

Meeco was the previous winner of the identity innovation award.


Catherine Garcia van Hoogstraten

Catherine approaches cutting-edge issues at the intersection of technology, society and law & policy with a spirit of inquiry. Highly involved in the digital social tech innovation ecosystem, start-ups, innovation hubs, incubators, accelerators. Tech Law, Internet Policy, Cybersec Consultant, Liaison & Tenured Associate Professor at the Faculty of Public Management, Law and Security & Centre of Expertise for Cybersec, The Hague University of Applied Sciences

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André Koot

André has been involved in information security since the mid nineties and gained a lot of experience in the field of Access Control and Identity Management. He has acted as a security manager in several large companies. Not only is he a security expert for his profession, but it can be considered a hobby as well. André has been the editor in chief for the Dutch magazine Informatiebeveliging (Information Security) and he also wrote a large number of articles for this publication. He has his own identity blog and is an avid social media user.

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