Hugo Kerschot

2020 Hugo Kerschot


Hugo Kerschot is the Founder and Managing Director of IS-practice, a programme management office in the domain of digital innovation for the public sector in Europe. For more than 10 years he has led a team participating in projects addressing issues of e-Identity, trust, and security, as well as eGovernment policy, open data and smart city and smart mobility initiatives. He also was an advisor at the Cabinet of the State Secretary of the Brussels-Capital Region, for Informatics and Digital Transition.

Prior to the IS-Practice, Hugo worked as a Director of Information of the Services of the Belgian Prime Minister, during which time he launched the first Belgium public service website in 1995. Following this achievement, he developed a web-based survey on Electronic Public Services for the European Commission, which became the European reference for eGovernment status measuring.

Hugo’s ten-year collaboration with EEMA began in 2010 when both parties worked on SSEDIC. In 2017, Hugo was appointed to the EEMA Board of Management and he is a prominent figure in support of EEMA’s education programme and its participation in Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation projects, such as the LOCARD. His expertise at a governmental level, coupled with project knowledge and a professional network that is second to none, make him an important figure at EEMA.


Frank Leyman

2019 Frank Leyman


Frank Leyman holds a Master degree in Marketing and in Applied Economics from the University of Mons in Belgium. He started his career with IBM Belgium in the telecom division. After 6 years he joined the Belgian National Telecom operator BELGACOM where he was in charge of setting up the Corporate Services Sector. After 3 years he was appointed as Distribution Channels Director for the Belgacom Group.

In 1999 he left Belgacom for a more international career by joining the company PROTON WORLD. This company is specialized in large scale smartcard based projects. He has been in charge of business development in the Middle-East and African Region and has co-developed the complete Government offering.

Since mid-2005 he works for FEDICT (now called the Digital Transformation Office within the Federal Public Service Policy & Support (BOSA)) where he manages International Relations as well as the relations with European Commission, OECD and the World Bank. He is the Past Chairman of the International Council for IT in Government Administration (ICA), he is a member of the TEG (Technical Expert Group) of the World Bank, he is member of the OECD e-Leaders and is the Belgian representative in the eGovernment High-Level Group of the European Commission. He is a regular speaker at conferences and universities.


Dries Van Bilzen

2019 Dries Van Bilzen

European Commission

Awarded to Dries Van Bilzen who is I & AM Operational Service Manager at the European Commission at the EEMA Annual Conference 2019 in London.

Dries has worked for the commission for 24 years, attended his first EEMA Conference in 1999 and has supported EEMA ever since. In 2009 he became the EEMA Member Representative for the Commission.

Back in the 90’s Dries worked with Henk Tobias on setting up an X.400 system in the Commission. He has been the main contact between the Commission and EEMA ensuring their continuing membership. He has also been instrumental in supplying  public EC information for the website and newsletter. From 2001-2003 he participated in the PKI Challenge. Dries has made several presentations at EEMA conferences on behalf of the Commission and organised three Benelux User Group meetings.


John Erik Setsaas

2018 John Erik Setsaas


Awarded to John-Erik Setsaas, VP of Identity and Innovation at Signicat at the ISSE 2018 conference in Brussels. He attended his first EEMA conference in 1990, which was in Copenhagen when he was working for Maxware, he has been a great supporter of EEMA ever since and is now a member of the Management Board.

He has 30+ years’ experience with all phases of software product development in international markets and 20+ years in the areas of Identity Management, Messaging, Databases and Security, he is an experienced and creative software architect, designer and presenter, with a focus on detail and aesthetics and is passionate about delivering good solutions to complex problems. He is an excellent communicator in both English and Norwegian and is an avid freelance photographer.


Rick Chandler

2018 Rick Chandler

Advanced Office Systems

Rick is an EEMA Board member who previously chaired the EEMA Internet and Wireless workgroups. With 35 years of secure digital wireless experience and executive positions in both the private and public sectors, he has led the design and build teams for two European mobile operators. He has been a champion of safe mobile working since he gave the keynote at the first UK conference on the subject in1984. He has also been active in the ID world since his involvement on the steering group for the UK ID card . This is currently driving his work in mobile authentication and privacy. Passionate about new technology, he enjoys separating hype from reality and delivering practical solutions.


Jos Dumortier

2017 Jos Dumortier

Lawyer, time.lex

Jos Dumortier (1950) is an Honorary Professor of ICT Law at the University of Leuven ( He has been the founder and first Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for ICT and Law (ICRI) ( and Research Leader in the iMinds research institute ( With his research team, he participated in more than 75 European and national ICT-related R & D projects in particular in the areas of privacy and identity management, information security, e-health, e-government and e-business.

Prof. Dumortier is currently a member of the Bar of Brussels and partner in “time.lex”, a law firm specialized in information technology law ( Since the start of the law firm in 2007 the team has carried out over 50 studies for the European Commission on various issues related to legal issues concerning the information society and is currently involved in 6 Horizon 2020 Actions in the field of eGovernment, identity management, big data analytics, Smart Cities and eHealth.

Jos Dumortier participates in the boards of several national and international scientific and business associations and is a member of various editorial and program committees. He is the editor of the International Encyclopedia of Cyber Law and the author of more than one hundred books and articles on legal issues related to the information society.


Dave Birch

2017 Dave Birch

Director of Innovation, Consult Hyperion

An internationally-recognised thought leader in digital money and digital identity. One of the 2014 “Power 50” in European digital financial services and a NextBank Fintech “titan”, in 2013 he was named one of WIRED magazine’s global top 15 favourite sources of news from the world of business and finance and was ranked the no.1 influencer in European emerging payments by Total Payments magazine. Before helping to found Consult Hyperion, the technical and strategic consultancy that specialises in electronic transactions, he spent several years working as a consultant in Europe, the Far East and North America.

Described at the Oxford Internet Institute as “one of Britain’s most acute observers of the internet and social networks”, in The Telegraph as “one of the world’s leading experts on digital money”, in The Independent as a “grade-A geek” and by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation as “one of the most user-friendly of the UK’s uber-techies”, Dave is well-known for his thought leadership blogging, podcasts and events for Consult Hyperion’s Tomorrow’s Transactions series.

He wrote a Guardian column for many years. He is a media commentator on electronic business issues and has appeared on BBC television and radio, Sky and other channels around the world. Retail Systems magazine said that his recent book “Identity is the New Money” is bold, forward-thinking [and] grapples with weighty issues in a concise and accessible way.


Ronny Bjones

2016 Ronny Bjones

Director of Cloud Identity & Privacy Services for Microsoft Engineering (Cloud & Enterprise), Microsoft

Ronny Bjones is Director of Cloud Identity & Privacy Services for Microsoft Engineering (Cloud & Enterprise). Ronny kicked of the design and development of Azure Active Directory B2C. Ronny is responsible for developing the concepts, prototyping, incubation and bringing the service into production. Ronny holds several patents in the field of identity and privacy. 

Joined Microsoft in 2002 to become the EMEA security lead. He has 30+ years of experience in ICT, 25+ of those in security. Published QuEST together with several industry specialists in the subject of electronic signatures. The book is a comprehensive guide on how to implement Electronic Signatures solutions and can be downloaded from

Also co-authored “Best Practice for Applications using the electronic Identity Card”. He is a board member of EEMA, an organisation providing guidance on e-Business. Was one of the four founders of Utimaco Belgium, where he worked for ten years as R&D director. Before Utimaco, Ronny worked for a Belgian EFT specialist called Prodata and one of the first firms to specialize in cryptography in Europe called Cryptech. Ronny is an active speaker at conferences. He holds a bachelor in electronics, a Master in IT management and MSc in Information technology.


Andrea Servida

2014 Andrea Servida

DG CONNECT, European Commission Belgium

Andrea played a key role in the adoption of the eIDAS regulation, which will enable secure and seamless electronic interactions between businesses, citizens and public authorities. He has spent over 20 years working at the European Commission and is currently the Head of the Task Force ‘Legislation Team (eIDAS)’. Before this he was the Deputy Head of the Unit ‘Internet; Network and Information Security’ in DG INFSO and worked in the EC’s ICT research programmes dealing with safety-critical systems, software engineering, database technology, privacy-enhancing technologies, biometrics, dependability and cybersecurity.


Reinhard Posch

2013 Reinhard Posch

Austrian Federal Government

Reinhard is Chief Information Officer for the Austrian Federal Government and operates and manages the platform Digital Austria. He is also Scientific Director of the Centre for Secure Information Technology (A-SIT). He was Chairman of the Board at ENISA from 2007 to 2011, and in 2010 joined Vice Presidents of the EC, Neelie Kroes and Maroš Šefčovič as a member of the Council of Practices in the areas of ICT security, giving them professional advice. In 2011 he became a member of the Steering Board for the European Cloud Partnership and received the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria.


Kim Cameron

2012 Kim Cameron


At Zoomit Kim helped introduce meta-directory, and as Microsoft’s Chief Architect, he evolved the Seven Laws of Identity, which had an enormous galvanising impact on the global identity-related industry as well as Microsoft’s Active Directory and now the Azure cloud system. As a major contributor at EEMA events, he mesmerises audiences with the clarity and penetration of his insights. Whilst dominating the relentless identity discussions and debates that have raged over the last ten years, Kim Cameron’s profound and powerful insights into all things related to identity and security continue to wow audiences at EEMA events every time he speaks. We could think of no better recipient of our first Lifetime Achievement Award.


Roger Dean

2012 Roger Dean


As a founding member and executive director for 28 years, Roger led EEMA successfully through several significant changes in step with the evolving world that came to be dominated by the Internet. He has been at the forefront of IT security and identity management for his entire career and even introduced the first commercial email system to the UK. Everyone who has had anything to do with EEMA over the last 25 years knows Roger Dean and the exceptional Lifetime Award is but a small recognition of the respect and gratitude we all have for his boundless enthusiasm, energy and unwavering dedication that has contributed to making EEMA what it is today. He truly embodies the spirit and the values that EEMA has stood for this quarter-century.

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