Registrations for Identity First 2021 are now closed. We hope you can join us at Identity First 2022.

The future of identity starts here

IF (Identity First) 2021 brings together the world’s leading experts to debate how getting right the fundamentals of identification – and therefore digital trust – can help us build a better and more equitable future.

Bringing Industry & Academia together to solve a global identity challenge

Digital identity is a bridge across the future; but currently, it’s broken. And the only way to fix it – and in turn build a culture of digital trust – is for academia, industry and influencing bodies to act together in unison.


Academia has a hugely influential role in solving the identity crisis – having a foot in both the present and the future. Our panel chaired by Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt will look at the directions research is heading in, and what they see as the important solutions to help foster digital trust.


Industry also has a starring role in the future of identity. To look at how this will pan out, Lord O’Neill of Gatley will sit down with some of the industry’s leading figures to discuss the role that banks can play in helping solve the identity crisis.


Brian Cox

TV presenter and Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester

Keynote Speaker

Steve Wozniak

Co-founder of Apple Inc. & one of the true visionaries in computing and technology

Keynote Speaker

Dr Zia Hayat

Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Callsign

Keynote Speaker

What can you expect at IF 2021

With so much of our lives moving online in the last year, knowing who it is we’re interacting with in the digital world has become a profound point. As a result, digital trust is something we need to get right to protect individuals and economies, as well as society and life as a whole.

IF 2021 is all about exploring these conversations.

A global live broadcast

20 / 04 / 2021

Singapore & UAE

1400 SGT / 1000 GST

UK & Europe

1300 BST / 1400 CET

North America

1400 EST / 1100 PST

    Keynote Session with Dr Zia Hayat

    In his opening remarks, Dr Zia Hayat will look at what we mean by digital trust and how getting the fundamentals of digital identity right can help us build a better and more equitable future.

    Keynote Session with Professor Brian Cox CBE FRS

    Taking us through his latest research into blackholes, Professor Brian Cox (TV presenter and Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester) will show us how academia and industry can collaborate to better understand and solve complex challenges.

    Academia Panel Chaired by Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt

    Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt (Principal of Jesus College, Oxford and co-founder of the Open Data Institute), will be chairing a panel that brings together some of the world’s leading academics working at the frontiers of digital identity.

    Industry Panel Chaired by Lord O’Neill of Gatley

    Lord O’Neill of Gatley (Jim O’Neill, ex-Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management and author of the seminal economics paper “The World Needs Better Economic BRICs”), will be leading a discussion on the role that banks can play in helping to solve the identity crisis.

    Fireside Chat with Steve Wozniak & Dr Zia Hayat

    Dr Zia Hayat will sit down with Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc. to discuss digital trust and why it’s important to also consider the user experience.