Described by Forbes as one of the ‘21 leaders of change’ in 2021, Irene Hernandez is an entrepreneur, sought-after speaker and educator, who has cemented her work in the world of cybersecurity and blockchain technologies. As the founder and CEO of GATACA, she is defining a new decentralised identity architecture for the internet, empowering individuals and businesses to take control of their data and safeguard their privacy.
Irene is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience advising multinational corporations on IT strategies, bringing an in-depth understanding of the challenges facing today’s digital world. Her research on decentralised identity technologies and self-regulated energy financing systems at MIT, where she earned an MBA, has earned her recognition as a thought leader in the industry.
Gataca is a cybersecurity company leader in decentralized identity management technology. Its mission is to develop highly secure digital identities that are privacy-preserving, user-friendly, and effortlessly integrated into existing systems. Since its inception at MIT in 2017, Gataca has developed a decentralized identity solution that streamlines the issuance, verification, and management of identity credentials in a simple, compliant, and secure manner, positioning itself as the most mature full-stack platform and interoperable infrastructure provider.
Alexander Herranz is the Head of Technology at Alastria Blockchain Ecosystem. He leads the Blockchain area in different projects of cascading finance (TRUBLO, TRUSTCHAIN) and some HORIZON projects. As a Blockchain expert he is also involved in different Web3 projects based on Tokenization, Smart Contracts, Crypto, DeFi & NFT. He also teaches Blockchain at University and different Business Schools.
Alastria is the hub between knowledge and innovation. The public-private blockchain platform for developing use cases for real world problems. Alastria is one of the world's largest public-permissioned multisector blockchain platforms, bringing together companies, academia, and public administration with a common purpose: the implementation of decentralized technology.
Paul Jackson is the Director of Digital Trust for the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat Digital Credentials Program. He is leading several initiatives to enable the use of digital credentials across Canada and with trading partners, with particular focus on:
Before his work on digital credentials, Paul led the migration of more than a dozen federal departments to the Managed Web Service for Canada.ca, as part of the Web Renewal Initiative; development and maintenance of the Web Experience Toolkit, an open-source front-end framework for websites that is deployed across much of the Government of Canada; and co-authoring and supporting implementation of the Government of Canada web standards.