Board of Directors

Allan Foster


Allan Foster, Kantara Initiative President
ForgeRock Vice President Community –
Allan is currently VP Community at ForgeRock Inc.As one of the founders of ForgeRock, he has helped build ForgeRock into a multinational Identity Management software vendor with offices on four continents. Having served in multiple positions during its startup, Allan is now responsible for leading the worldwide ForgeRock community. This includes the contributing developer community, as well as the representation of ForgeRock on multiple standards committees.

In the twenty years prior to ForgeRock, Allan founded and ran a successful small consulting business focusing on the Identity Management space, with clients all over the world. With a small and dedicated staff, Guru Associates built a reputation for delivering projects on time, and under budget. Allan is a sought after speaker at international technical conferences where he has spoken on various technical topics.

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Internet Society (ISOC)

Robin Wilton, Kantara Initiative Treasurer
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.

Julian Ranger, Kantara Initiative Director
Chairman and Founder of –
Julian founded his first business STASYS, specialising in the military internet, in 1987 and grew it to a major multi-national business before selling to Lockheed Martin in 2005. Julian is an angel investor (e.g. Hailo, DataSift, Astrobotic) and is the founder of, which is re-imagining the personal Internet.

JJ Harkema


JJ Harkema, Kantara Initiative Director
Government Identity Consultant, Experian – JJ Harkema is the Government Identity Consultant (Lead) at Experian North America. He drives public sector go-to-market strategies for Experian’s Fraud, Identity and Decisioning business. His responsibilities include aligning new Experian products to government (NIST) standards, business development, and representing Experian in the broader US Public Sector, including the Kantara Board and various working groups.

Prior to Experian JJ worked at First Data as program manager for a large financial service migration at the US Treasury. Before that he spent 10 years at Capgemini’s Global Public Sector, developing and delivering transformation, anti-fraud and evaluation projects in Europe, the US and New Zealand.

Leadership Council Representatives

Ken Dagg Ken Dagg
Ken Dagg is currently the chair of the Kantara Initiative IAWG. Mr. Dagg is an independent Identity and Authentication consultant who provides clients with strategic and tactical advice on how to improve their digital service offerings.
Prior to his retirement from the Canadian Federal Government in December 2013 Mr. Dagg was the senior architect of the Cyber Authentication and Identity Management Program of the Government of Canada (GC). In this role he oversaw the replacement of the government’s proprietary cyber authentication system with a new open standards based federation of online credentials from both the private and public sectors that saved the government approximately $35m annually.
Throughout the rest of his diverse thirty-nine year career in the government, educational, scientific and business sectors, Mr. Dagg continuously provided managers at all levels with high quality advice on how to use technology to transform their operations and realize improvements in their effectiveness and efficiency.

Executive Director

Colin Wallis Colin Wallis
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 co-founded the Estonian based Kantara Initiative Europe, being one of the earliest examples of a non-profit trade association to be incorporated through Estonia’s eResidency program.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

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