Privacy forms the foundation of our freedom. You cannot have free and open societies without a strong foundation of privacy. Let’s preserve privacy, not only for ourselves, but for our children and grandchildren to come.
—Dr. Ann Cavoukian

Why the Nonconformist Innovation Summit?

Join the Nonconformist Innovation Podcast’s inaugural digital summit to hear directly from distinguished experts, business leaders, investors and strategists as we explore privacy, data protection, digital identity and nonconformist innovation.

What you’ll take away from attending:

  • Perspectives on recent trends in decentralized identity, digital trust and privacy by design from leading experts.
  • Understanding of the political, economic and technical underpinnings of the future of privacy and identity.
  • The regulatory and privacy implications of contact tracing and exposure notification apps (and what you can do about it)
  • Participation in a virtual mastermind which aims to put privacy first and create the future with nonconformist innovation.
  • Hearing from practitioners and experts on how to build a culture of privacy in your organization.
  • Creating a safer post COVID-19 world with privacy enhancing technologies and privacy by design.
  • Timely updates on CCPA and CCPA Version 2.0 aka the California Privacy Rights Act.


Dr. Ann Cavoukian

Dr. Ann Cavoukian

Global Privacy & Security by Design Centre
Executive Director

Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. There she created Privacy by Design, a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technologies, networked infrastructure and business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In 2010, International Privacy Regulators unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an International Standard. Since then, PbD has been translated into 40 languages! In 2018, PbD was included in a sweeping new law in the EU: the General Data Protection Regulation. Dr. Cavoukian is now the Executive Director of the Global Privacy & Security by Design Centre. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University, and a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Dr. Cavoukian is the author of two books, “The Privacy Payoff: How Successful Businesses Build Customer Trust” with Tyler Hamilton, and “Who Knows: Safeguarding Your Privacy in a Networked World” with Don Tapscott. She has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership in privacy, including being named as one of the Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada, named as one of the Top 10 Women in Data Security and Privacy, and named as one of the ‘Power 50’ by Canadian Business. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada for her outstanding work on creating Privacy by Design and taking it global (May, 2017), named as one of the 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders (November, 2017), named among the Top Women in Tech (December, 2017), was awarded the Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Award (April, 2018), recognized among the Top 100 Identity Influencers (February, 2019), and most recently, she was named among the Top 18 Global AI Influencers within the AI & Tech Space (February, 2019), was awarded the 2020 Canadian Women in Cybersecurity Lifetime Achievement Award In Recognition of Your Outstanding Contributions to Cybersecurity and Privacy in Ontario (March 2020).

Danielle Funston

Co-Founder & President

Danielle is an accomplished senior technology executive specializing in the areas of strategic and operational planning, solutions delivery, program management, customer relationship management, and change management. She is currently Co-Founder and President of Sentinel Compliance Group.

Michelle Dennedy

Michelle Dennedy

Sam Smith

Samuel M. Smith, Ph.D

Sovrin Foundation
Chairman BoT

Samuel M. Smith Ph.D. works at the intersection of AI, blockchain, and decentralized identity systems as both an entrepreneur and strategic consultant. He has written and continues to write seminal white papers on decentralized identity, reputation AI, distributed computing, and machine learning. He provides strategic technical and business model guidance to startups in these fields and is active in shaping the underlying standards and driving their adoption. Samuel received a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Brigham Young University in 1991. He spent 10 years at Florida Atlantic University, reaching full professor status before retiring to become an entrepreneur. He has over 100 refereed publications in the areas of machine learning, autonomous vehicle systems, automated reasoning, and decentralized systems. He was principal investigator on numerous federally funded research projects. Dr. Smith is an active participant in open standards development and is a serial entrepreneur.Sam was recently elected to be Chairman of the BoT of the Sovrin Foundation.


Patrick Heim

Operating Partner & CISO
Patrick Heim is a senior security executive with over two decades experience spanning venture investing, Fortune 500 enterprises, cloud providers, early stage security technology companies, and consulting. He joined ClearSky as an Operating Partner and Chief Information Security Officer in 2017. Prior to joining ClearSky, Mr. Heim ran security at Dropbox,, Kaiser Permanente and McKesson. Patrick currently serves as a director for AppOmni, Preempt Security and ZeroNorth.
Dr. Phil Windley

Dr. Phil Windley

Sovrin Foundation
Chair and Board of Trustees

Phil Windley is an Enterprise Architect in the Office of the CIO at Brigham Young University. A passionate tech educator, he is chair of the Sovrin Foundation, the co-founder and organizer of the Internet Identity Workshop, serves as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at BYU, writes the popular Technometria blog, and is the author of the books The Live Web published by Course Technology in 2011 and Digital Identity published by O’Reilly Media in 2005. Phil serves on the Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards for several high-tech companies.

Phil has been a professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University (twice) and the University of Idaho. In addition, Phil was the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Kynetx, the company behind the open-source connected-car product, Fuse. He also spent two years as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Utah in 2001-2002, serving on Governor Mike Leavitt’s Cabinet and as a member of his Senior Staff. Before entering public service, Phil was Vice President for Product Development and Operations at Excite@Home. He was the Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of iMALL, Inc. an early creator of ecommerce tools. Phil received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Univ. of California, Davis in 1990.

Drummond Reed

Drummond Reed

Chief Trust Officer
Drummond has spent over two decades working on Internet identity, security, privacy, and trust frameworks. He joined Evernym as Chief Trust Officer after Evernym’s acquisition of Respect Network, where he was CEO, co-founder, and co-author of the Respect Trust Framework, which was honored with the Privacy Award at the 2011 European Identity Conference. Drummond has served as co-chair of the OASIS XDI Technical Committee since 2004, the new semantic data interchange protocol that implements Privacy by Design. Prior to starting Respect Network, Drummond was Executive Director of two industry foundations: the Information Card Foundation and the Open Identity Exchange, the international not-for-profit clearinghouse for Internet trust frameworks. He has also served as a founding board member of the OpenID Foundation, ISTPA,, and Identity Commons. In 2002 he was a recipient of the Digital Identity Pioneer Award from Digital ID World, and in 2013 he was honored as an OASIS Distinguished Contributor.
Jake Bernstein

Jake Bernstein

Focal PLLC
Practice Leader, Cybersecurity & Privacy

Jake provides counsel on cybersecurity and privacy issues. He works with each client to help them understand and manage their cybersecurity risks from a combined legal and technical perspective. By leveraging his Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification*, Jake bridges communication gaps between technical security professionals and an organization’s executive leadership. His comprehensive approach reduces confusion and facilitates a corporate culture of security.

As a former regulator for the Washington State Attorney General, Jake possesses a robust understanding of laws regulating the collection, storage, and use of private consumer data. His experience allows him to offer our clients with valuable insight and practical advice from the perspective of a government attorney. His practice includes advice, counseling, and practical compliance programs for the European Union’s GDPR, state laws like the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, and state and federal data breach statutes and regulations.

In addition to representing companies subject to inquiries, investigations, and actions brought by regulatory agencies, such as state attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission, Jake’s practice often involves advising businesses about advertising, marketing, and regulatory compliance, including TCPA, CAN-SPAM, and other consumer regulations.

Before joining Focal, Jake served eight years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. There, he prosecuted unfair and deceptive business practices, including online advertising, negative-option marketing, spam under state law and the federal CAN-SPAM Act, spyware, and consumer-privacy violations. With a background and degree in science, Jake also pursued companies making deceptive health claims.

Rohan Pinto

Rohan Pinto

Founder & Chief Technology Officer

A self-professed “cryptography geek,” Rohan has been the go-to security and identity management maven for three decades. He has founded several businesses that take advantage of advancements in blockchain and identity management — and are responsible for many in their own right — and continue to show the world the incredible potential of well-implemented cryptographic systems.

As a senior Identity and Access Management Architect Rohan Pinto specialized in architecting, implementing and deploying large-scale Identity Management, Authentication and Authorization (RBAC,ABAC, RiskBAC,TrustBAC) infrastructures with specific emphasis in Security. Rohan was lead architect on a team that developed security infrastructure for the Government of Ontario and the Health Information Access Layer (HIAL) for the Province of British Columbia, and is involved in establishing the United States Department of Defense’s Security Access Layer using Common Access Cards (CAC). Always willing to share his vast knowledge and experience, Rohan mentors emerging business and tech talents through organizations such as Techstars and Founder Institute. He is also an active member of several business, tech, and identity management associations, including the Forbes Technology Council, the Decentralized Identity Foundation, and the FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance.

Danny Zuckerman

Ceramic & 3Box
Danny is the co-founder of Ceramic and 3Box, a distributed identity and data network that makes it easy for developers to build engaging, fully-featured applications without the complexity of a backend. He is also the co-author of Identity Theft, and has previously built teams, products and strategies for high impact technology companies at uPort, Zearn, and Bain & Company. He lives in New York City, hails from San Francisco, and travels as much as possible.

Carlos Melvin

Global Data Privacy Officer

Heather Vescent

The Purple Tornado
President and CEO
Heather Vescent owns and operates The Purple Tornado, a foresight and strategic intelligence consultancy and is the newly elected Co-Chair of the W3C Credentials Community Group. Vescent has delivered research insights to governments and corporations in digital identity, military learning, payments, transactions, and new economic models. She is the writer/producer of 14 documentaries and short films about future technology. Her clients include US & UK governments, SWIFT, Disney, IEEE, mid-size companies and start-ups. Her research has been covered in the New York Times, CNN, American Banker, CNBC, Fox, and the Atlantic. She published and co-authored The Comprehensive Guide to Self Sovereign Identity and is an author of the The Cyber Attack Survival Manual and forthcoming Secrets of Spies, both published by Weldon-Owen. Her work has won multiple awards from the Association of Professional Futurists.

Michael Boyd

Chief Technology Officer
Coming from multiple startup ventures, Michael was the first software engineer at the Sovrin Foundation, where he was a primary contributor to the initial Hyperledger Indy-agent code, which later became Hyperledger Aries.

Marta Piekarska-Geater

Director of Ecosystem
Marta serves as the Director of Ecosystem at Hyperledger. Marta studied in Warsaw and Berlin, obtaining a double Masters and a PhD in Computer Science. Her professional career started with Security and Privacy in the Telekom space. In 2015 she drunk the Kool Aid and joined Blockckstream, one of the more significant Bitcoin companies. As part of her role in Hyperledger Marta evangelizes technology and Open Source at conferences around the world and helps enterprises with applying permissioned DLTs to their use-cases. Marta is passionate about how Blockchain can help in non traditional spaces, such as identity, last mile aid and education delivery, and sustainability. Marta also formed the W3C Blockchain community Group and is a valued member of ID2020, DIF, Sovrin Technical Governing Board, Cambridge Blockchain Society.

Dan Gisolfi

IBM Security
CTO Decentralized Identity

Dan Gisolfi is an innovation agent who thrives on stewarding the incubation of novel business and technology concepts through all phases of the technology adoption lifecycle. Leveraging his technical and business acumen coupled with deep and trusted client relationships, Mr. Gisolfi partakes in all aspects of a nimble end-to-end engagement process to influence others and realize a vision. His enthusiasm, passion and persistence about the maturation of new ideas are key characteristics of a catalyst for disruptive change.

As a high-energy technical leader with diverse engineering, development lab and worldwide field experience, Mr. Gisolfi offers over 15 years of results-oriented technology evangelism that has impacted products, customer strategies and industry standards. He works closely with customers evolving and refining innovations using a tight feedback loop from customer experience to technology, graduating to solution/product.

Kevin Donahue

Sr. Director of Privacy Engineering
Kevin Donahue is a Sr. Privacy and Security Consultant with Sentinel LLC, providing leadership and consulting to multinational organizations. His tech career began in networking and cybersecurity startups, eventually leading to some of the more well-known businesses on the internet. He’s worked as a software developer and program and product manager, accumulating a broad range of experience in delivering user and enterprise products. For the past 10 years he’s focused on building comprehensive privacy solutions for large e-commerce and big data focused businesses. Along the way he earned a law degree. Kevin is passionate about doing privacy well, which, it turns out, is harder than it seems.

Aaron Weller

Co-founder & VP, Strategy

Aaron has over 20 years of global consulting and industry experience, including several years in each of Europe, Australia and the US. He spent 5 years leading PwC’s Privacy practice for the West Coast before leaving to co-found Sentinel.

Sentinel is developing a technology platform to deliver strategic value to privacy offices, supported by consulting to enable clients to clearly define and achieve privacy outcomes.

Earlier in his career, Aaron co-founded and ran an information security and privacy strategy consulting firm and held other roles including as the Chief Information Security & Privacy Officer for two multi-national retailers.

Aaron began consulting on Information Privacy beginning in 2008. His recent focus has been assisting technology companies, and others who are using personal data in innovative ways, to understand and manage data related risks.

He is recognized as a thought leader in the field of privacy, and has been accepted as a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) by the IAPP. Aaron has presented at national and international conferences on various privacy and data governance topics. He guest lectures on privacy and risk management at the University of Washington and Central Washington University. He has also been quoted in publications including the Wall Street Journal and published in the book Using Security Metrics to Drive Action.

Kim Hamilton

Architect, Digital Credentials Consortium

Kim is the Architect for the Decentralized Credentials Consortium (, which is a university-led effort to design a digital verifiable credentials infrastructure.

Kim is an expert and leader in the emerging decentralized identity space, driving standards and implementations through direct technical contributions and her leadership roles in the decentralized identity communities. She co-chairs the W3C Credentials Community Group, which incubated the Decentalized Identifier (DID) and Verifiable Credentials data models, and their ecosystem.

Kim co-created the Blockcerts open standard with the MIT Media Lab. This successful open source/standard project demonstrated decentralized verifiability of Open Badges by anchoring them to the Bitcoin blockchain.

Kim led development of the BTCR (Bitcoin Reference) DID Method — the first entirely open source/open standard DID Method. Unlike other DID methods, which are tied to fit-for-purpose blockchains, BTCR is a simple, easy to understand, and consequently trustworthy DID method. As a secondary effect, it’s been influential in the DID space for vetting DID as an interoperable standard and for pedagogical purposes.

Grant Barett

Privacy Director

– Trusted advisor passionate about transformation and business outcomes across industries.
– State & Local Government (SLG) Subject Matter Expert (SME) industry content, context, and storytelling.
– Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US, CIPP/E) Data Privacy and Protection (IAPP Member).
– Certified Governance, Risk & Compliance Professional (GRCP) and member of the nonprofit GRC Open Compliance Ethics Group (OCEG.ORG).
– Process innovator, consensus builder, regulation/litigation risk manager and legal researcher/writer.
– Judicial Officer of the Year – Transformative approach to partner agency collaboration and litigation management.
– Designed & implemented an innovative case management program adopted as Statewide Best Practice (CRC § 5.83).
– Educator / Trainer – Judicial Council Education Division – Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER).
– Founding Partner private sector litigation practice – Seaton, Barrett & Sly, LLP.
– State Bar Member (SBN: 178019) – Admitted to practice law in all Federal and California State Courts.

Data Privacy and Security, Privacy Program Innovation, Regulatory Compliance, Ethics, Risk Assessment and Strategy, Business Outcomes, Contract Negotiation and Drafting, Customer Enablement, Law Enforcement Collaboration, Leadership and Training, Legal Research and Writing, Dispute Mediation, Project Management, Policy Development, Team Building.

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9:00 am - 9:10 am (10 min)
Privacy Track, Technical Track
Steve Tout


9:10 am - 9:50 am (40 min)
Privacy Track, Technical Track
Dr. Ann Cavoukian


9:50 am - 10:30 am (40 min)
Privacy Track, Technical Track
Danielle Funston, Sentinel


10:30 am - 10:40 am (10 min)
Privacy Track, Technical Track

Intro & Opening

10:40 am - 10:45 am (5 min)
Privacy Track
Steve Tout

Intro & Opening

10:40 am - 10:45 am (5 min)
Technical Track
Ricardo Diaz

Identity Management and Your Privacy Program

10:45 am - 11:25 am (40 min)
Privacy Track
Kevin Donahue, Sr. Director, Privacy Engineering, Sentinel

A Path to Digital Privacy — The Evolution of Digital Identity

10:45 am - 11:05 am (20 min)
Technical Track
Drummond Reed, Rohan Pinto

Digital Trust Ecosystem — Open Source, Working Groups and Networks

11:05 am - 11:30 am (25 min)
Technical Track
Phil Windley, Dan Gisolfi

Adaptive Governance and the Trusted Data Economy

11:25 am - 12:05 pm (40 min)
Privacy Track
Michelle Dennedy

Applied Cryptography — Execution and Global Scale

11:30 am - 12:00 pm (30 min)
Technical Track
Danny Zuckerman, Michael Boyd

Rebooting Public Trust — COVID Credentials Initiative

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm (30 min)
Technical Track
Drummond Reed, Rohan Pinto

GDPR & CCPA – What’s Next?

12:05 pm - 12:30 pm (25 min)
Privacy Track
Jake Bernstein

Lunch Break

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (60 min)
Privacy Track, Technical Track

Anatomy of Self Sovereign Identity and Future

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm (45 min)
Technical Track

COVID Credentials — What’s Next?

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm (30 min)
Technical Track


2:45 pm - 3:00 pm (15 min)
Privacy Track, Technical Track

Closing Keynote

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm (30 min)
Privacy Track, Technical Track
Michelle Dennedy

Closing Keynote

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm (30 min)
Privacy Track, Technical Track
Samuel M. Smith, Ph.D - Sovrin Foundation

Executive Panel & Happy Hour

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (60 min)
Privacy Track, Technical Track
Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Aaron Weller, Drummond Reed, Carlos Melvin, Patrick Heim, Jake Bernstein, Michelle Dennedy


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Host & Organizers

Steve Tout

Steve Tout

Chief Instigator

Steve is obsessed with helping transform business by delivering disruptive insights, reducing risk and enabling safer online experiences with innovative identity & access management strategies and solutions. For over 18 years he has worked in a variety of roles related to global enterprise IAM implementations with a focus on program management, enterprise architecture and operational excellence at some of the world’s largest companies in telecommunications, financial services, high tech and Big 4 consulting. Steve is currently an independent advisor and host of the Nonconformist Innovation Podcast.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Tout was a Sr. Advisor at Optiv at Optiv, the largest holistic pure-play cybersecurity solutions integrator in North America. Prior to that, he was the CEO of a seed funded Seattle start-up, VeriClouds, a cyber threat intelligence company focused on making credential breaches a thing of the past. While at VeriClouds, Mr. Tout led a start-up team (of former Microsoft security researchers and product mangers) pioneering the identity threat protection space. He led the overall vision, product strategy and enterprise sales globally. Notable project includes leading the ForgeRock integration to deliver the most comprehensive integrated threat intelligence solution for the ForgeRock Identity Platform.

Before making the leap to the start-up world, Mr. Tout was a Director of Cybersecurity & Privacy at PwC where he worked with PwC clients on identifying, assessing and treating risk, building security services and incorporating long-term strategies that enable superior user experience and improved operational efficiency. Notable projects include providing a reference architecture, POC leadership and strategy for Oracle IAM integration with Oracle ERP for a global coffee company located in the Pacific Northwest.

Prior to PwC, he was the global head of IAM at VMware (one of the four largest enterprise software companies) where he designed and managed global customer and partner facing IAM systems. Prior to joining VMware, Steve was a consultant at Oracle where he led deployments at strategic accounts in the manufacturing and high-tech sectors.

Ricardo Diaz

Ricardo Diaz

Cyber Security & DLT Professional

Ricardo Diaz brings subject matter expertise in cyber security, digital identity, technology product and go-to-market sales/business development expertise to design, accelerate or implement enterprise security, distributed ledger technology projects and new product adoption on a global scale.

He has more than 20 years of enterprise software experience, including 13 years at Oracle (ORCL: NYSE), designing solutions and architectures, selling solutions, establishing new markets, and launching enterprise security products and cloud services. He launched Oracle’s first Latin America security sales business and grew it to a $30M annual revenue. Founded Oracle’s North America Consulting practice (2004).

As a cyber security professional, technology sales executive, and human rights advocate, he has worked closely with Global 1000 enterprises and startups from Silicon Valley, and North and South America, developing transformational initiatives for Fortune 100 enterprise clients and non-profit initiatives. He launched ten enterprise security products and two cloud (SaaS) security services globally in the past decade alone.

Ricardo has also worked over the past three years on education, strategy, blueprinting, and roadmap for crypto projects, individuals, and businesses in North and South America. His pro bono works include designing a decentralized identity network solution for Charlotte, NC and surrounding cities to combat human trafficking, designing DLT services in South Carolina Opportunity Zones for the homeless, and many speaking engagements on distributed ledger technology (blockchain) for social impact, DLT for business and general awareness seminars.

Chris Olive Bio

Chris Olive

Content Strategist, Advisor

Chris has over 20 years of successful, professional IT experience, spanning a broad range of verticals, in organizations as small as 10-50 employees to international and domestic Fortune 50 conglomerates.

Chris has spent two-thirds of his career contracting and consulting mostly in fast-paced, demanding, Fortune 100 environments, during which he has demonstrated a flair for being heavily technical while at the same time demonstrating an ability to work with and relate extremely well to individuals in these organizations at all levels, from shop floor clerks to upper-level management, both on the business and IT sides, all the way up to C-level executives.

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