Board of Directors

Colin Wallis – Director

A contributor to Kantara from its inception in 2009, Colin relocated from New Zealand to the UK in 2016 to establish his consulting company with Kantara as its first client, reflecting Kantara’s global membership and the importance of Europe to its assurance program and emergent privacy-enabled suite of specifications and tools.

Colin is a long-time ‘identerati’, respected for contributions drawn from his international standards-setting background and pragmatic operational experience with New Zealand’s digital identity initiative. He contributed his knowledge to Kantara and later at the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) until it closed and its assets subsequently transitioned to Kantara in 2018. Past efforts include the OASIS technical committees of Security Services, Trust Elevation, Privacy by Design for Software Engineers & Transformational Government; the New Zealand Chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and ISO JTC1 SC27 (as New Zealand’s Head of Delegation) serving in Working Group 5, Identity Management & Privacy.

Colin co-founded the Estonian based Kantara Initiative Europe together with ISOC’s Director of Trust and Identity Robin Wilton, being one of the earliest examples of a non-profit trade association to be incorporated through Estonia’s eResidency program. Early success came in 2018 from Kantara Europe’s consortium partnership with the H2020 grant project NGI_Trust. His love of speed became apparent in his teens as a member of the NZ Ski Team and in later life, as an avid F1 motor racing fan. Colin was named in One World Identity’ s (OWI) 2018 list of the Top 100 Influencers in Identity. You can see more of Colin’s background here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/colin-wallis-7921274/

RW-Post-Expo (1) Robin Wilton – Director
Robin is Technical Outreach Director for Identity and Privacy, on the Internet Society’s Trust and Identity team. He is a specialist in digital identity, IT security and public policy, with almost 30 years experience in systems engineering, consulting and industry analyst roles. Robin was at IBM for 12 years, joined Internet start-up JCP Trustbase in 1997, and spent 8 years at Sun Microsystems following its acquisition of JCP. After leaving Sun, Robin set up and ran an independent consultancy, then joined Gartner Group as an analyst on privacy, PKI and federated identity. In 2012 he joined the Internet Society.

Robin has a reputation for translating complex topics between technologists, business-people and policy-makers. His particular interest is in how social constructs such as identity, privacy and trust are mediated through technology. His technical outreach activity includes work with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), IT vendors and higher education consortia. He also contributes to policy work through bodies such as the Council of Europe and the OECD, where he is a member of the Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) and a regular contributor to the proceedings of the Working Party on Security and Privacy in the Digital Economy.

Ruth Puente – Director

Ruth has been involved in the Internet Technical Community (ICANN, RIRs and ccTLDs) for more than 10 years. She has contracted to Kantara as Executive Program Manager leading its Identity and Privacy Incubator Research & Development program and its Trust Framework Operations Program since 2014. In 2019 Ruth became a Director of Kantara Europe, overseeing its R&D grant-funding projects and emerging identity & privacy assurance Trust Framework activities.

Her hobbies include spending time at the beach, particularly the Atlantic Ocean, surfing, mountain biking, and she is an avid globetrotter.