Our Team

Colin Wallis

Colin Wallis – Executive Director

Colin relocated from New Zealand to the UK to undertake this role, reflecting Kantara’s global membership and the importance of Europe to its assurance system and emergent privacy-enabled suite of tools.

Colin is respected in the ‘identerati’ community for contributions that are technically deep and geographically global. It includes past work in:

  • the OASIS technical committees of Security Services, Trust Elevation, Privacy by Design for Software Engineers & Transformational Government;
  • the New Zealand Chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA);
  • ISO JTC1 SC27 (as New Zealand’s Head of Delegation) where he played a key part in CSA’s successful bid to host New Zealand’s first ever SC27 meeting next year.

With typical Kiwi pragmatism, he has cultivated an enviable understanding of North American and European identity programs, and a corresponding network of relationships with key stakeholders around the world. In the United States he is on the Board of Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG), and in Estonia he is co-founder of Kantara Initiative Europe together with ISOC’s Director of Trust and Identity, Robin Wilton. Colin was named in One World Identity’ s (OWI) 2018 list of the Top 100 Influencers in Identity. You can see more of Colin’s background here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/colin-wallis-7921274/


Ruth Puente

Ruth Puente – Executive Programme Manager

Ruth is the Programme Manager for the Kantara Assurance Program and for the Kantara Identity and Privacy Incubator R&D funding Program, where she brings her experiences as ICANN GAC Secretariat Senior Advisor, LACNIC External Relations Officer,  Consultant to LACTLD and Registrar Relations Officer at dot CL. If you need help with the Assurance Program or KIPI Program, contact Ruth at ruth at kantarainitiative.org.


Isabella Mendoza – Membership Administrator 
If you need help with  Membership, please contact Isabella at bella at kantarainitiative.org.