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The Biometrics Institute strengthens international cross-sector expertise on its Board of Directors keeping responsible use at the heart of biometric applications


10 March 2016, Sydney/ London - The Biometrics Institute welcomes Greg Henwood from the UK Government Ministry of Justice and Andy Foote from Wells Fargo Bank USA, to its already impressive Board of Directors.

Andrew Rice from the Australian Government Attorney-General's Department was appointed as new Chairman. The Board now includes industry experts from Australia, Germany, New Zealand, the UK and the USA, representing government and finance sector user organisations as well as supplier member organisations.

The new Board is well-placed to strategically lead the Biometrics Institute in bringing together key industry players internationally to address the most pressing current and future challenges for the use of biometrics. A new Advisory Council has also been established to support the Board of Directors with strategic advice from the expert and sector groups. It includes the heads of the various group as well as former office holders at the Institute.

"I was honoured to be elected as Chairperson of the Board and believe the work of the Institute is more important now than ever as biometrics become more pervasive, especially in consumer applications.  We need to keep responsibility, privacy and security at the heart of biometric applications and build real trust and confidence amongst citizens and consumers." says Andrew Rice, Chairman and Director of the Board.

"The Institute will continue to offer a place for sharing of ideas, learning about best-practice and designing strong protections. I am looking forward to a year of creating benefits for members and advancing the aims of the Institute."

“We are receiving fantastic international engagement from industry experts and thought-leaders such as Clarence Yeo, Commissioner of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) - Singapore, David Birch, an international payments expert, and Richard Vorder Bruegge from the FBI”, adds Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive, Biometrics Institute, “our expert groups focusing on privacy, borders, vulnerability assessments and technology innovation continue to grow. They all support the Biometrics Institute in its mission to promote the responsible use of biometrics. It is quite a unique forum”.

As a peak industry association, the Biometrics Institute engages its large global membership through a range of networking forums where members and stakeholders can connect with other experts, from a cross-section of biometrics related sectors andon best-practice and innovation exchange. 

The Biometrics Institute’s signature annual events, the Biometrics Institute Asia-Pacific Conference in Sydney (25-26 May 2016) and the Biometrics 2016 show in London (18-20 October, organised in partnership with Elsevier) will feature experts from banks, border agencies, law enforcement, intelligence agencies, government digital advisory bodies, the mobile world, forensic science regulators, the European Commission, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, Santander Spain and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Biometrics Institute events feature an amazing range influencers and experts promising thought-provoking and not-to-be missed dialogue on trust, data protection, identity management, mobility and seamless customer authentication.  Please refer to the event calendar on the website for further details about upcoming Institute events.

The Biometrics Institute is the independent and impartial international forum for biometrics users and other interested parties.  It has been established to promote the responsible use of biometrics technologies. The Biometrics Institute has offices in Australia and the UK and a member base of over 190 organisations world-wide represented by over 750 individuals.

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