2017 K(NO)W Nodes Awards finalists announced

One World Identity is proud to announce the finalists for the 2017 K(NO)W Nodes Awards! The K(NO)W Nodes recognize the most compelling startups, individuals and identity innovations of the year. The awards will be held the evening of Tuesday, May 16th in Washington, D.C. at the 2017 K(NO)W Identity Conference.

“It’s time that the contributions of those working tirelessly to advance the identity industry are publicly recognized,” said Travis Jarae, CEO of One World Identity. “We hope that the K(NO)W Nodes Awards serve to inspire the next generation of identity leaders and innovators.”

Winners will be selected by the following panel of distinguished judges:

  • Pascal Bouvier – Venture Partner, Santander InnoVentures
  • Karen Gifford – Special Advisor, Ripple / Advisor, One World Identity
  • Tom Hardjono – CTO, Connection Science
  • Peter O’Neill – President, FindBiometrics
  • Don Thibeau – Chairman & President, OIX

Individual Finalists

CEO of the Year

  • Emma Lindley – Innovate Identity
  • Stephen Ufford – Trulioo
  • Husayn Kassai – Onfido
  • Ori Eisen – Trusona
  • Blake Hall – ID.Me

Identity Government Leadership

  • Adam Cooper – UK Cabinet Office
  • Amy Paul – USAID Global Development Lab
  • Mike Garcia – NIST
  • Anne Wallwork – U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Niall McCann – United Nations Development Program

Identity Leadership

  • Richard Redpath – IBM
  • Matt Thompson – Capital One
  • Mariana Dahan – Global Blockchain Business Council
  • Dakota Gruener – ID2020
  • Timothy Ruff – Evernym

Investor of the Year

  • David Fields – PTB Ventures
  • Liron Gitig – FTV Capital
  • David Blumberg – Blumberg Capital
  • Michael Meyer – Middlegame Ventures
  • Rohit Badas – American Express Ventures

Rising Innovator

  • Sunil Madhu – Socure Inc.
  • Ori Eisen – Trusona
  • Stuart Lacey – Trunomi
  • Robin Tombs – Yoti Ltd.
  • Katherine Noall – ExistenceID

Organizational Finalists

Best New Startup

  • Taqanu
  • ExistenceID
  • UPort
  • Civic
  • Pangeodata

Greatest Social Impact Through Identity

  • Veratad
  • Onfido
  • GSMA: Mobile for Development
  • BanQu
  • ConsenSys

Greatest Social Impact Through Identity: Non-Profit

  • Mastercard Foundation
  • Omidyar Network
  • OpenID Foundation
  • Center for Identity: The University of Texas at Austin
  • Sovrin Foundation

Overall Startup

  • BlockNotary
  • Alloy
  • Votem
  • Confirm.io
  • Yoti Ltd.


  • UK Government (GOV.UK Verify)
  • IdentityMind Global
  • MorphoTrust
  • Trulioo
  • ID.Me

Congratulations to all the finalists! Stay tuned for the winners at the K(NO)W Identity Conference on Tuesday, May 16th in Washington, D.C.

Cameron D'Ambrosi is One World Identity's Director of News and Media, and host of the State of Identity podcast. Previously a Manager with Deloitte, Cameron has over 9 years of combined regulatory, consulting, and AML experience. An avid technologist and gourmand, Cameron lives in New York City with his girlfriend Lizzy. PGP Fingerprint: 0C49 0F9D 179E 263F 9FFE 5080 2198 F5B7 D4E5 391A