David G.W. Birch Appointed Honorary President of EEMA

EEMA has announced that David G.W. Birch has been appointed as Honorary President of EEMA,  sharing the role alongside the creator of the Seven Laws of Identity,  Kim Cameron.

Ranked one of the top 100 global fintech influencers for 2021, David G.W. Birch holds board and advisory roles in Europe and North America, including being a member of the governing council of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation. He is a Forbes contributor and Financial World columnist, as well as being recognised as one of the top ten most influential voices in banking by Financial Brand.

David has made a huge contribution to EEMA in the five years since joining its Board of Management. He has represented EEMA around the world as a distinguished speaker and highly-respected author, advisor and commentator on digital financial services and digital identity. He has written three books: Identity is the New Money (2014), Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin (2017) and last year published his latest book  The Currency Cold War—Cash and Cryptography, Hash Rates and Hegemony, which explores  the world of digital currency and considers the implications for the future of money.

He joins the inaugural Honorary President of EEMA and a recipient of the its Lifetime Achievement Award, Kim Cameron. Based in Canada, Kim is the CIO of Convergence Technology and the former Chief Architect of Identity at Microsoft. His seminal paper The Laws of Identity was published in 2005 and is still being discussed 15-years on.

“I am honoured to accept this prestigious position given to me by EEMA, especially alongside Kim Cameron, whose pioneering ideas around digital identity were a significant inspiration to my own work in the field ” comments David G.W. Birch. Recently, Dave and Kim participated together during EEMA’s first virtual ISSE conference to debate ‘Why digital identity doesn’t yet exist?’ with an international audience of EEMA members.

Chair of EEMA, Jon Shamah, comments: “The EEMA Board of Management and Executive Office are proud of the long association and friendship with two of the most well recognised, respected and affable figures in the world of identity. David and Kim both go above and beyond to support EEMA initiatives and so many of our members have benefits from their generosity of time and words of wisdom.”