Who We Are

Board of Directors

Robert Harbour
Chairman and President

Mr. Harbour is a veteran of the biometrics industry. He co-founded Lumidigm Inc. in July 2001 and under his leadership as Chairman, CEO and President, Lumidigm introduced highly differentiated biometric products to industry-leading customers while developing a strong and diverse patent position for multispectral imaging technology. In February 2014 Lumidigm was acquired by HID Global where Mr. Harbour continues as Executive Director. He has been Chairman of the International Biometrics + Identity Association since 2012.

With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Harbour is an expert at managing technology-based companies. He has served on Boards of Directors for many start-up companies across a broad range of industries.

Prior to founding Lumidigm, Mr. Harbour successfully started up a venture capital company in Australia. As Managing Director, he specialized in early-stage technology companies. Previously, he was active in joint ventures and merger and acquisition activities worldwide while serving as the CEO of the DuPont/FUJIFILM joint venture in electronic imaging and as a board member for several DuPont investee companies. While at DuPont, Mr. Harbour held management positions in R&D, manufacturing, sales & marketing, business development and international operations.

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.

John Mears
Director and Secretary

Mr. Mears is a Leidos Vice President and Tech Fellow, responsible for technology advocacy, independent R&D, strategy development, operational technology insertion, new business, and STEM / academic relationships. 

Previously, Mr. Mears was a Senior Fellow and prior Director of Biometrics and Identity Management. Research initiatives included the rapid DNA identification program, advanced latent print imaging, and genomic forensics.  His current focus is cloud-based national scale biometric systems, biometric entry/exit, border security, immigration reform and transformational technologies.

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 engineer for the world-wide satellite tracking stations of the Global Positioning System (GPS). 

Mr. Mears holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida.  He is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, member of the Biometrics Institute, and a Director of the International Biometrics and Identity Association (IBIA).  

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. 

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

Mr. Billups is Gemalto North America Federal Systems Vice President. In this role, Mr. Billups has responsibility for Gemalto Cogent (formerly 3M Cogent) Biometrics product strategy, system integration, operations and maintenance for numerous U.S. Federal, and State Government biometrics programs including Department of Homeland Security (DHS) OBIM Biometrics Application. Mr. Billups also has system delivery responsibility for Gemalto Cogent’s Canadian biometrics systems.

Mr. Billups has served as Cogent Federal Systems Vice President and Program Manager of Integration, Operations & Maintenance for Cogent's portion of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) OBIM Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) operations. 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 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. He 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 as a civilian for the Department of Defense at the Armament Research & Development Center where he had technical leadership responsibilities for embedded weapon systems software 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 and is an IEEE Certified Biometrics Professional (CBP) and board member for the International Biometrics Identification Association (IBIA).

Bob Eckel
President, North America, IDEMIA

Bob Eckel is Regional President for North American Identity and Security at IDEMIA, a newly formed global leader in digital security and identification technologies with market leadership in secure credentialing, biometric enrollment, payment transactions, telecommunications and content protection.

As Regional President, Bob leads IDEMIA's largest business unit with over 3,200 employees, $1.2B in annual revenues and a robust R&D organization focused on innovation. He was appointed Regional President following Advent International’s acquisition of Morpho in June 2017. Under his leadership, MorphoTrust became the leading US provider of identity solutions and services to government agencies focusing in the areas of Biometrics and Secure Credentialing. Notable programs included; Driver License issuance solutions to 41 States, enrollment agent for TSA’s PreCheck program, facial and iris recognition solution for the FBI’s Next Generation Identity program and multi-modal biometric software for the Department of Defense (DoD). MorphoTrust received a number of industry awards including the 2013 Biometrics Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan, the Tech Luminary and Innovation Economy All Star award from Mass High Tech and Boston Business Journal, the online identity solution award from the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, and the Omega Management Group’s NorthFace ScoreBoard Award. Prior to MorphoTrust Bob was President of the identity business of Digimarc, and earlier in his career, he served in a variety of increasingly responsible positions at Raytheon culminating in his appointment as Vice President and General Manager.

Originally from Connecticut, Bob received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, where he is a member of the School and Engineering’s “Hall of Fame,” and an MS degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. For his work in secure credentialing and radar systems Bob has been awarded nine patents in electronic and optical systems.

Bob lives in Andover, MA with his wife Cheryl where they raised four boys. In his spare time Bob enjoys spending time with his grandson and playing golf.

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 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.

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.   

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.

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