Who We Are

Board of Directors

Robert Harbour
Chairman and President

Robert Harbour is Executive Chairman of the Board of Lumidigm Inc. Mr. Harbour is a veteran of the biometrics industry. He co-founded Lumidigm Inc. in July 2001 and has served as the CEO, President, and Chairman of the Board. With 30 years of experience, Mr. Harbour is an expert at managing technology-based companies. He is the Chairman of the Board of Concise Logic, Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors of Start-Up Australia. Mr. Harbour graduated from Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, with a BA in Chemistry and from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, with a PhD in Physical Chemistry. 

Walter Hamilton
Vice Chairman

Walter Hamilton has been a Senior Consultant with Identification Technology Partners (IDTP) since 2006. He brings valuable experience in the biometric industry and plays a vital role as a recognized industry authority and subject matter expert. Prior to his association with IDTP, Mr. Hamilton served as Vice President and General Manager; Biometric Solutions for Saflink Corporation where he helped lead that company’s transition from proprietary fingerprint biometric products to an open-systems multi-biometric software solution provider. Mr. Hamilton has been committed to advancing biometric technologies and is an advocate for adoption of open standards, crucial for industry development. He is a welcomed presenter and panelist at industry and government symposiums and conferences. Mr. Hamilton recently completed a seventh term as IBIA’s Chairman and President and now serves as IBIA’s Vice Chairman and member of the Management Committee. Prior to joining Saflink in 1995, Mr. Hamilton completed a distinguished 30-year career with Unisys Corporation.

Mike DePasquale

Mike DePasquale, with more than 25 years of successful executive and sales and marketing experience, was named Director and CEO of BIO-key International in January of 2003. During the past eight years he has been responsible for the company’s transition from a development stage enterprise to a leading supplier of biometric and public safety software. Prior to BIO-key he was President and CEO of Prism eSolutions a company specializing in professional consulting services and online solutions for ISO-9001/14000 certification for customers in manufacturing, healthcare and government markets. Mr. DePasquale has also served as Group Vice President for WRC Media, Sr. Vice President of Jostens Learning, Vice President of Sales and Marketing with McGraw-Hill; and as Director of Marketing and Sales Group Manager with Digital Equipment Corporation. Mr. DePasquale holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management and Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and has attended both the Harvard University and Babson College Executive Development Programs. 

Christer Bergman

Christer Bergman is a member of the Board of Directors of EyeVerify, Inc. , where in addition to biometric industry advice, he is advising on all general organizational matters. Mr. Bergman is the founder of Novexus, LLC, a business development consultancy company based in Vienna, Virginia. Since 2000, Mr. Bergman has been a well-known business leader in the Security and Biometrics industry and has been involved in numerous speaking engagements before industry groups as well as Congress. In addition to his role on the Board of Directors of EyeVerify, Inc. , he serves on the Supervisory Board of WCC Group He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for Fingerprint Cards AB, Authasas BV, Ubiqo AB, SweCard AB, and Quard Technology AS. The focus of his services is within the Biometrics and Security industry as well as business development and business expansion for non-U.S. based companies into the US marketplace. Mr. Bergman was the President of Precise Biometrics, Inc. from 2000 to 2006, and President and CEO of Precise Biometrics, AB from 2001 to 2006. He also served as a member of the Precise Biometrics Board of Directors from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Bergman recently held the position of Vice President of Biometric Solutions, Fujitsu Frontech North America, where he was charged with leading the market development of the PalmSecure technology and growing the product offerings into a larger biometric solutions business. During more than 30 years, Mr. Bergman have held numerous executive positions in the high tech industries in the U.S. and Europe and earned a Master of Science Degree from the Lund Institute of Technology in Sweden, as well as from University of California, Berkeley.

Raffie Beroukhim

Raffie Beroukhim is Vice President and head of the Biometrics Solutions Division, NEC Corporation of America (NEC). In this capacity, Mr. Beroukhim leads the product development, systems integration, service delivery and support as well as the go-to-market organizations of the NEC Biometrics Solutions Division. He is responsible for growth of NEC’s biometrics portfolio in North America, including law enforcement, federal, civilian and commercial applications. His duties also include management of NEC’s office in Rancho Cordova, California. This office supports some of the largest Multi-Modal Biometrics Identification Systems in North America with state-wide installations in Texas, California, Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania among others. 

Mr. Beroukhim has extensive experience in biometrics and security markets having been in this field since 1984 when he joined then Printrak International Inc. as a software engineer. In 1994, as a Program Manager, Mr. Beroukhim lead the development and installation of the largest integrated biometrics solutions in the state of Louisiana connecting the state’s criminal history, fingerprint, photo, drivers license and archive databases to more than 100 Live Scan booking stations across the state. Since then, he has held multiple leadership responsibilities including Vice President of Global Biometrics Sales at Motorola. 

Mr. Beroukhim holds an Executive MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California Irvine and graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor’s of Science and Engineering degree.

Ramsey Billups

Ramsey Billups is 3M Identity Management Federal Systems Business Manager and Vice President of 3M Cogent Federal Systems. In this role, Mr. Billups has responsibility for 3M Cogent biometrics product strategy, system integration, operations and maintenance for all U.S. Federal and State Government programs. Since 2003, Mr. Billups has served as 3M Cogent Program Manager of Integration, Operations & Maintenance for 3M Cogent's portion of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) OBIM Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). OBIM, formerly known as US-VISIT, has a long reputation for being one of the largest and most successful AFIS installations in the world. Mr. Billups also has responsibility for 3M Cogent AFIS installations in several States.

Mr. Billups has prior fingerprint and face recognition biometrics experience as Technical Director of Biometrics with Raytheon where he served as Raytheon’s program manager for the DHS predecessor organization Immigration Naturalization Service (INS) IDENT AFIS border control program. Mr. Billups also had project management and integration responsibility and partnered with Visionics for the face recognition pilot program at Boston Logan airport in 2001 and 2002. Mr. Billups previously worked for IBM Federal Systems on FAA programs and for Department of Defense at the Armament Research & Development Center where he had technical leadership responsibilities for embedded weapon systems development.

Mr. Billups has a Bachelor of Science degree in Data Processing within the Computer Science department from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. Mr. Billups is an IEEE Certified Biometrics Professional (CBP)

John Hinmon

John Hinmon is Vice President, Global Marketing at Crossmatch. Mr Hinmon joined Crossmatch in 2011 to lead its global marketing activities.  Most recently, he was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Vectronix Inc., a Safran group company and a leader in multi-function handheld electro-optic and positioning systems designed for defense and security applications. 

Prior to Vectronix, Mr. Hinmon held various product management, business development and commercial leadership positions with GE Capital Services and HD Supply businesses.  He served as a consultant with International Strategy Services, Incorporated, a boutique deal advisory and market consultancy specializing in the Portuguese-speaking world.  He began his career in Ernst & Young's Northeast Management Consulting Practice in Manhattan.

A GE Sigma Quality Green Belt and recipient of the GE Equipment Services Leadership Summit Award, Mr. Hinmon holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the E.C. Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond.

Charles Koo

Charles Koo is the CEO of LG Electronics USA, Iris Technology Division. He had the vision for, and was instrumental in establishing the Global Business Unit responsible for the direction and performance of all of LG iris recognition activities worldwide. Until recently Chairman of LG Electronics USA, a subsidiary of LG Electronics Inc, Mr. Koo was also responsible for establishing, and running LG Executive Office of the Americas, an entity that served as a catalyst to leverage LG presence across markets in both North and South America—an important step in the visible global emergence of LG as a manufacturer of LG branded products in addition to its extensive undertakings in the OEM sector. Prior to his work to consolidate group activities in North America, Mr. Koo was President and CEO of LG Trading, Inc. Mr. Koo has worked for LG for more than 30 years. In addition to his current executive responsibilities driving the development and propagation of new technologies and looking for synergy for iris recognition-based authentication within other LG lines of business, Mr. Koo also serves as Vice-Chairman of LG Corp., the publicly-traded (Korea Stock Exchange) holding company for an $85+billion enterprise active in Electronics, Chemicals, Telecommunications and Services. Married and a father, he enjoys golf, travel, opera and the arts.

John Mears

Mr. Mears is a Leidos Senior Fellow within the Information Technology and Security Solutions line of business. His current focus areas are international biometric systems, biometric entry/exit, and border, port, and transportation security. Previously, Mr. Mears was Lockheed Martin Director of Biometrics and Identity Management, including the TSA’s Transportation Worker’s Identification Credential (TWIC) program, and the FBI’s Fingerprint Scanning Service. Research initiatives included LM’s rapid DNA identification program, advanced latent print image processing, and genomic forensics. Mr. Mears began his career with the IBM Corporation in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where he held a number of increasingly responsible technical and management positions, including lead system engineer for the world-wide satellite tracking stations of the Global Positioning System (GPS). In addition, he spent two years on assignment in the U.K. establishing commercial product development activities within the Hursley Lab in Hampshire. Mr. Mears holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida. Mr. Mears is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and a Director of the International Biometrics and Identity Association (IBIA).

John K. Schneider

Dr. Schneider graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1990 with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering where he pioneered the use of high frequency ultrasound as a superior method for live scan fingerprint identification.  He received over 110 patents in this field and has authored several papers and text books related to biometrics and fingerprint identification.   In August, 2012, Dr. Schneider’s sensor technology received FBI certification, with this new sensor having the distinction of being the first and only non-optical 4-finger fingerprint sensor technology to receive such certification in the history of the industry.  In 2013, he was elevated to Biometric Fellow by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers for his pioneering and leadership work in the field of ultrasonic imaging.    In 2014 he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni for the University of Buffalo, and awarded the Small Business Innovative Research Hall of Fame award for lifetime achievement which he received at the White House. 

In 1989, he founded Ultra-Scan Corporation and for the next 24 years, served as its President and Chief Technology Officer deploying biometric solutions into a variety of applications ranging from health care, physical and logical security, financial services and border crossing applications..  Ultra-Scan was acquired by Qualcomm in February of 2013.

Celeste Thomasson

Celeste Thomasson is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of MorphoTrak, LLC, a U.S. subsidiary of Morpho (SAFRAN). Under her leadership, the company has successfully completed several strategic growth initiatives including the expansion of the Alexandria, Virginia facility and the implementation of key engineering resources in West Virginia. Prior to assuming the leading role at MorphoTrak, Ms. Thomasson served as Vice President Legal Affairs for SAFRAN, where she managed all aspects of the legal function for this publicly traded company with over $16.5B in annual revenue.

Ms. Thomasson began her career as an attorney in 1993 with the Los Angeles office of Baker & McKenzie, and held various positions in the United States prior to taking a position as Senior Licensing Counsel with Laboratoires Fournier in 1999. Ms. Thomasson joined the SAFRAN group in 2002 as Legal Counsel for Messier Services. In 2003, she was promoted to Vice President and General Counsel for Messier-Dowty, a subsidiary specializing in the design and manufacture of landing gears. In 2008, she returned to the United States to take the position of Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Safran USA, where she was responsible for managing all legal, compliance, finance, tax, and human resource functions. Ms. Thomasson received her Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Joseph Atick
Co-founder and Director Emeritus

Joseph Atick is a recognized biometrics and identity industry veteran. He has been involved since the industry's inception more than 20 years ago through a series of companies that he co-founded and led as President and CEO from the early development phase through validation and commercialization. These include Visionics, Identix, and L-1 Identity Solutions, where he served as the Chief Strategy Officer until the company was sold to Safran Morpho in July 2011. Since then he has acted as an independent consultant and advisor to CEOs and boards in the identity management industry, working with companies like MorphoTrust USA on strategic directions. Dr. Atick also consults with governments throughout the world, helping nations assess the fitness of their plans for responsible identity programs. He is currently the Chairman of the Identity Counsel International, a consulting body focused on the identity management sector.  

Dr. Atick is Co-founder and Director Emeritus of the International Biometrics and Identification Association (IBIA), which was founded in 1998 and today represents the majority of the leading companies in the biometric industry. He is a highly sought after speaker at industry events and a frequent commentator in the media. He also testifies often before international governmental bodies on issues related to privacy and responsible use of identity technologies.

Tovah LaDier
Managing Director

Tovah LaDier is the Managing Director of IBIA. With her background as a corporate lawyer, lobbyist, and strategic consultant, Ms. LaDier has wide-ranging experience nationally and internationally working with business, government, the academic and policy communities, and the media. 

On behalf of IBIA, Ms. LaDier develops policy and public education strategies, working closely with Congress and the Administration on all issues relating to the deployment of biometrics in homeland security programs, as well as commercial and consumer uses of biometrics. She also is the industry representative in national and international standards organizations on privacy and social issues, as well as a media spokesperson. 

Ms. LaDier is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington School of Law where she studied in the Asia law program. She is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, United States Indonesia Society, and the Asia Society.   

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