Digital Identity as an Asset

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm
Location: Deutsche Bank Labs
Silicon Valley
2650 Birch Street
Palo Alto, CA 94306



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In today’s digital world, obtaining a person’s identity has never been easier. As fake identities become easier to spot online, real identities become a greater target for theft.

Please join us as our expert panel discusses evolving identity models such as self-sovereignty and unification. Learn how to deliver a high level of digital trust to your customer, how to protect yours and your customer’s data, and discover the true meaning behind knowing your customer.


Our Distinguished Panel


Mike Kail


Mike D. Kail is Everest’s CTO, responsible for the strategic execution and technical direction of the Everest Platform. Prior to Everest, Mike was Yahoo’s CIO and SVP of Infrastructure, where he led the IT and Global Data Center functions for the company. He has more than 25 years of IT Operations experience with a focus on highly-scalable architectures.

Previously, Mike served as VP of IT Operations at Netflix, where he was responsible for Employee Technology and various Engineering components. Before that role, Mike was VP of IT Operations at Attensity, where he was responsible for the Americas data center operations team; including managing various Big Data systems with their Hadoop cluster, HBase and MongoDB components.

Mike has been widely recognized for his insightful industry commentary on social media, and was recently named by the Huffington Post as one of the “Top 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter.”


Ben Johnson

CTO & Co-Founder
Obsidian Security

Ben Johnson is CTO and co-founder of Obsidian Security, an identity-centric cybersecurity startup that continuously monitors and audits user activity. His work focuses on building technology to alleviate pain points surrounding identity and access, and in the public facing evangelism aspect of his role, he aims to educate broad audiences on mitigating identity sprawl and misuse.

Before founding Obsidian, Ben co-founded Carbon Black where he led the development of powerful capabilities that helped define the next-generation endpoint security space as CTO and Chief Security Strategist. Ben began his career as an NSA computer scientist and later worked as a cyber engineer in an advanced intrusion operations division for the intelligence community. Ben is active in the cybersecurity community, where he is a technical advisor to the US FISA Court and sits on boards of multiple security startups.

Ben earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University.


Denise McFaddin

Identity Management Division,
Defense Manpower Data Center
Department of Defense

Denise McFaddin is currently the lead for Identity, Credential and Access Management at the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) of the US Department of Defense (DoD). DMDC is a high-performing operational support organization reporting to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. DMDC maintains the central DoD repository of over 50 million identity records for the DoD including the military, civilians, veterans, retirees, family members, contractors and affiliates.

Denise is a results-driven public servant inspired by opportunities to lead federal organizations in innovation and transformational shifts with a focus on customer experience. In her previous role as program manager for Defense Travel, Denise directed the modernization and user experience improvement of the Defense Travel System that supports over three million travelers. Concurrently, Denise led the initial collaboration effort with the innovators at the Defense Digital Services and US Digital Services to transform travel for the DoD using commercial travel solutions.

Denise holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Information Technology from California State University, Monterey Bay, and has completed the Identity Management Masters Certificate Program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and the Key Executive Leadership Development Program at the American University, Washington D.C.


Som Shahapurkar

Director, AI Products

Som heads AI and Machine Learning product development at FICO. During his 14-year tenure at Intel and later at Verizon, he deployed Big-Data/AI/machine-learning in IoT (Internet of Things), smart-homes, telematics and self-driven cars. He is an entrepreneur and his patents in machine learning are cited in numerous patents by Google and Nest.

Som holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science. Som is a lean-six-sigma black-belt, agile-coach, TRIZ Leve1 and ISO26262 certified. He loves to consult and teach on data-science, lean, agile, startup, business-process-improvement, strategy and leadership. Som’s mantra is to bring positive change with compassion, data and choice.


Nipun Gupta

VP of Technology
Deutsche Bank

Nipun Gupta is Vice President of Technology focused on Cyber Security Innovation, supporting Deutsche Bank’s (DB’s) Chief Security Office. Armed with eight years of experience helping Fortune 500 companies solve cyber risk challenges, Nipun is tasked to help DB discover, assess and adopt new cybersecurity solutions protecting the bank against emerging threats. This year, a major focus area for Nipun is to identify innovative Identity Management Solutions as a part of the bank’s transformation journey.

Prior to joining DB, Nipun co-founded and ran the global Cyber Innovation Ecosystem strategy at Deloitte, with a specific focus on US and Israeli startups. He offers a strong network of security executives, startup founders, and the Venture Capital community on the West Coast and abroad. Technically proficient in network and application security, Nipun is a trusted advisor for many financial service, technology, and telecom companies contributing to solutions worth tens of millions of dollars.

Nipun completed his Masters of Information Technology and Information Security from Carnegie Mellon University.


Our Distinguished Moderator


Imran Hajimusa

Technology & Business Leader,

Imran is a global technology and business leader with 20+ years of experience working and living in Singapore, Germany and USA. He has a passion to find intuitive solutions that simplify daily life.

Imran has a strong background in eCommerce, payments, mobile, security, data analytics, connectivity, Secure Inclusive Designs and SaaS industry. In his various leadership roles at Siemens, Infineon, Lantiq, NXP, Verifone and Exponent as VP, GM and President, Imran is known for driving new market innovations and providing simple solutions for daily life problems by reducing the friction in the use of the technology.

Imran is also a faculty member (adjunct) at Santa Clara University (SCU) and University of Santa Cruz (UCSC) focusing on mobile payments, e-commerce security and cryptocurrency.

Imran holds an M.S. in computer engineering from University of Southern California (USC) and has completed Global Management Development from Babson College.