Announcing the 2023 OpenID Foundation Kim Cameron Award Recipients

The OpenID Foundation is pleased to announce the 2023 Kim Cameron award recipients. The goal of the awards is to increase representation from young people’s who’ve demonstrated an interest in subjects consistent with best practices and identity standards that are secure, interoperable, and privacy preserving.

First, many thanks to the many qualified applicants who requested a 2023 award as all award requests were of a high quality. We hope that those that did receive an award will consider a request in the future.

The Foundation also thanks our conference partners, the European Identity and Cloud Conference (EIC) and Identiverse, as award recipients receive complimentary access to these important industry events as part of their award. Awardees will participate in Foundation events at the respective conferences as well as introduced to the identity domain experts and industry leaders at the conferences while being welcomed by our colleagues in other industry organizations.

The 2023 Kim Cameron award recipients:

Isaac Henderson
Senior Security Researcher at the University of Stuttgart IAT/Fraunhofer IAO

Isaac Henderson is a Senior Security Researcher at the University of Stuttgart IAT/Fraunhofer IAO, Stuttgart, Germany in Team Identity Management. His Research Interests include Digital Trust and Decentralized Identity Management. He has received his Master’s Degree in Informatik from the University of Stuttgart. For the past 5 years, he has contributed to the development of Open Source Trust infrastructures in various International, EU, German Government, and Industry Projects. One of the notable projects is EU-ESSIF-LAB TRAIN where he served as Technical Project Lead and Solution Architect, which provides trust infrastructure to verify the SSI Verifiable Credentials.  He is also currently serving as a Co-editor and Co-author of W3C specification Verifiable Issuers and Verifiers v0.1. He also serves as a Contributor in ToIP, and Gaia-X Working groups.


Rachelle Sellung
Senior Scientist Researcher in the Identity Management Competence Team at Fraunhofer IAO

Rachelle Sellung is a Senior Scientist Researcher in the Identity Management Competence Team at Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart, Germany. She conducts socio-economic and user experience research on a variety of emerging technologies in Identity Management and IT security. Currently she is conducting user experience research in the German Research Project, ONCE, which is a show case project that aims to be the next German Digital Identity wallet. In addition, she is contributing to the EU funded project mGov4EU, which is a project that focuses on mobile cross-border governmental services for Europe. She is leading the user experience research for a privacy assistant tool for smart health devices in the TESTER project. Moreover, she has worked in many other EU and German funded research projects and Industry projects focused on Trust management (e.g. LIGHTest), Digital Wallets (DECIDE, ONCE) and Identity Management (FutureID, Skidentity, and SSEDIC).

Rachelle Sellung holds a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Mississippi, USA. An overview of her publications can be found here.

Amir Sharif
Researcher in the Security & Trust Research Unit of the Cybersecurity Center of Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Amir Sharif is a researcher in the Security & Trust Research Unit of the Cybersecurity Center of Fondazione Bruno Kessler. He received his Ph.D. in Secure and Reliable Systems from Università Degli Studi di Genova in 2021. He is currently involved in the Security & Trust Research Unit at FBK, in the context of a joint laboratory between FBK and the Italian Government Printing Office and Mint (Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato Italiano, responsible for producing Italian eID cards), whose primary goal is to conduct research and innovation activities in digital identity solutions.



Charlie Smith
Doctoral Student at the Oxford Internet Institute

Charlie Harry Smith is a doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute. As an empirical political theorist, his research considers the normative and theoretical issues surrounding digital identities and digital government. Charlie is particularly interested in the UK Government’s ongoing attempts to develop both a digital identity system for state identification purposes and a marketplace for reusable identities in the private sector.

Alongside his research, Charlie regularly consults on contemporary digital identity issues. He currently monitors the social media landscape for the Open Identity Exchange and has recently completed an identity-focused research sprint at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center. Previously, he worked with the Digital Equity Association to bring the SMART Africa Trust Alliance (a cross-continental federated identity scheme) to the pilot stage.

The Foundation will publish blogs from the 2023 award recipients once they have participated in the conference of their choice describing their experiences as Kim Cameron award recipients.

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