Allan Foster, Kantara Initiative President
In the twenty years prior to ForgeRock, Allan founded and ran a successful small consulting business focusing on the Identity Management space, with clients all over the world. With a small and dedicated staff, Guru Associates built a reputation for delivering projects on time, and under budget. Allan is a sought after speaker at international technical conferences where he has spoken on various technical topics.
Internet Society (ISOC)
Robin Wilton, Kantara Initiative Treasurer
Robin has a reputation for translating complex topics between technologists, business-people and policy-makers. His particular interest is in how social constructs such as identity, privacy and trust are mediated through technology. His technical outreach activity includes work with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), IT vendors and higher education consortia. He also contributes to policy work through bodies such as the Council of Europe and the OECD, where he is a member of the Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) and a regular contributor to the proceedings of the Working Party on Security and Privacy in the Digital Economy.
Julian Ranger, Kantara Initiative Director
JJ Harkema, Kantara Initiative Director
Prior to Experian JJ worked at First Data as program manager for a large financial service migration at the US Treasury. Before that he spent 10 years at Capgemini’s Global Public Sector, developing and delivering transformation, anti-fraud and evaluation projects in Europe, the US and New Zealand.
Leadership Council Representatives
Ken Dagg is currently the chair of the Kantara Initiative IAWG. Mr. Dagg is an independent Identity and Authentication consultant who provides clients with strategic and tactical advice on how to improve their digital service offerings.
Prior to his retirement from the Canadian Federal Government in December 2013 Mr. Dagg was the senior architect of the Cyber Authentication and Identity Management Program of the Government of Canada (GC). In this role he oversaw the replacement of the government’s proprietary cyber authentication system with a new open standards based federation of online credentials from both the private and public sectors that saved the government approximately $35m annually.
Throughout the rest of his diverse thirty-nine year career in the government, educational, scientific and business sectors, Mr. Dagg continuously provided managers at all levels with high quality advice on how to use technology to transform their operations and realize improvements in their effectiveness and efficiency.
As an exported New Zealander to the UK, Colin understands the challenges of distance and time, managing Kantara from his garden office in the deepest depths of Dorset. 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. Reflecting Kantara’s global membership and the importance of Europe to its assurance system and emergent privacy-enabled suite of tools, Colin is a respected ‘identerati’ for contributions that are technically deep and geographically global. His past work saw him involved in:
In the United States Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG), he was appointed to the Board after posts as stakeholder delegate for the interoperability community and Chair of the International Co-ordination Committee. In July 2018, IDESG transitioned its assets to Kantara to continue its work.