Consultants named on NSW’s digital identity advisory council

16 August 2021 2 min. read
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The NSW government has announced the members of its Digital Identity Advisory Council, with several (ex-)consultants part of the 18-strong board.

NSW’s newly formed Digital Identity Ministerial Advisory Council (DIMAC) has been established to provide strategic advice on the state government’s digital ID agenda. NSW Digital and Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello, who will serve as DIMAC chair, said that bringing together experts from a range of sectors would best ensure that personal privacy and security considerations would be enshrined in all policy-making design.

“Being able to prove and trust identity digitally is a key foundation for modern society and drives productivity and innovation,” Dominello stated in a release.

He continued; “The government is implementing a transformational digital agenda. We need to surround ourselves with top experts to remain ahead of the game. Privacy and trust are the hallmarks of our democracy and will continue to remain at the forefront of service delivery. We’ve already demonstrated how digital products like the Digital Driver Licence actually improve and enhance identity protection.”

Consultants named on NSW’s digital identity advisory council

Among the experts is Miguel Carrasco, a two-decade Boston Consulting Group veteran who currently serves as the global leader of the BCG Centre for Digital Government, along with heading up the firm’s Technology Advantage practice. Previously, he was CEO of BCG Platinion in the Asia-Pacific region and managing director of BCG’s Canberra office, having started his consulting career with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in 1997.

Also contributing to the roadmap will be Steven Wilson, founder and managing director of Lockstep Consulting, a specialist research and advisory on emerging identity technologies founded in Sydney in 2004. An international authority on digital identity and authentication, Wilson brings over three decades of IT and security industry experience, including directorial stints at PwC and KPMG focused on the public infrastructure segments.

Other members of the expanded 18-person panel include former Accenture senior manager and current NSW chief information and digital officer Greg Wells; UTS vice chancellor Attila Brungs, a one time McKinsey engagement manager; Malcolm Crompton, the former Privacy Commissioner of Australia and founder of privacy consultancy Information Integrity Solutions; and Australia Post Digital iD head Margo Stephen, who started her career with KPMG.

“It’s an exciting time to contribute to shaping the way the NSW and broader Australian government build solid and safe digital identity foundations,” the original DIMAC expression of interest read when first announced in May. “Policy and strategies for digital identity need to be developed responsibly and with a clear focus on outcomes so that the community has trust that their identity and privacy is being used and managed appropriately.”