Katryna Dow Named as a Top 100 Identity Influencer

Meeco is proud to announce that Katryna Dow, our CEO and Founder, has been named by One World Identity in the OWI Top 100 Identity Influencers 2019 for the third year running.

OWI is an independent market intelligence and strategy firm focused on identity, trust, and the data economy. Starting in 2017, OWI have published the top 100 Identity Influencers recognising pioneers leading the charge to improve identity. It’s a who’s who of the identity world – the minds shaping the future of how data (big and small) is collated, treated, protected and shared.

Katryna was nominated and selected as part of this inspirational group of professionals, including entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders across public and private sector enterprises. Making the list is a significant achievement given the high calibre of influencers, which include Tim Cook (Apple), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), and identity veteran Kim Cameroon (Microsoft).

Of note this year, more than 30% of the Top 100 are women. These influencers are finding support and opportunities to raise their profiles through initiative such as Women in Identity.

Women in Identity was founded by Emma Lindley (Visa, and Top 100), Pamela Dingle (Microsoft, and Top 100), Collette D’Alessandro (Ping) and Sue Dawes (formally OIX).  Together, their vision was to improve diversity in the identity industry. They realised that without diversity within identity companies – it would likely make identity solutions less inclusive, the key thing identity solutions need to be! They wanted to raise the profiles and accomplishments of women founding companies through to leadership roles in multinationals.

Since 2017, organisations including Microsoft, Barclays, Post Office, Capital One, HSBC, GBG, KuppingerCole, Identiverse and OWI have provided help through funding interns, space for meet-ups and hosting events.

The 2019 Top 100 Identity Influences come from a variety of backgrounds. However they share a common goal: to solve the identity challenge. Increasingly, our physical lives are shadowed by our digital actions. If we want to achieve a balance between, privacy, security and utility we need to get the architecture of identity right. Some of these influencers are championing user empowered and decentralised solutions, whilst others are focussed on the commercial returns of centralised control.

Katryna has been pioneering personal data rights since 2002, when she envisioned a time when personal sovereignty, identity and contextual privacy would be as important as being connected. Now within the context of GDPR and Open Banking, distributed ledger, cloud, AI and IoT it has never been so important to make sure identity works for us all.

“Every child born in today’s digital world will live a dual physical and digital life. How we enable privacy and security for their digital twin is as important as the rights afforded to them in the physical world. Protecting their identity, enabling trusted authentication and authorisation of services is the key challenge for us to solve in an increasingly connected world. If we don’t get this right, we risk a generation born into digital slavery rather than delivering on the promise of empowerment through technology”
                     – Katryna Dow, World Government Summit, 2019

Meeco’s vision is to create a place for everyone on the planet to get equity and value in exchange for the data and identity information they share. As individuals gain the legal rights to manage and control their data, organisations need to re-think how they collect, store and exchange their customers identity and information for mutual value.

Meeco has been pioneering new commercial models and ways to enable individuals to achieve this, by being directly part of the value chain via the API-of-Me.

Katryna will be speaking more on this and other identity related topics  at OWI’s KNOW 2019 Conference in Las Vegas this March 24th – 27th.

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