Board of Directors

As a non-profit member-led organization, GlobalPlatform is governed by a Board of Directors that consists of eleven representatives from GlobalPlatform Full Member companies. The Board develops and oversees the execution of GlobalPlatform’s strategy in support of its vision and mission.

Stéphanie El Rhomri

GlobalPlatform Chair


Ms. El Rhomri is Chair of the TEE Compliance Group, and has served on the GlobalPlatform Board since 2015. In 2017 she was appointed to GlobalPlatform Secretary and in 2021, she was appointed as GlobalPlatform  Chair.

As Vice President, Services at FIME, Ms. El Rhomri is responsible for developing new services, understanding international technology trends and ensuring alignment of FIME’s NFC and payments offering.

Rob Coombs

GlobalPlatform Vice Chair


Mr. Coombs has worked at Arm for 18 years and is currently Director, Architecture Technology Group working in the security ecosystem team.  He has previously led the mobile and segment marketing functions at Arm and was part of the original management team of the open source engineering organization called Linaro.  His current focus is IoT and helping the electronics industry improve the security of connected devices through a framework called PSA Certified.

Mr. Coombs is GlobalPlatform’s Vice Chair and has been a Board member since 2014.

Olivier Van Nieuwenhuyze

GlobalPlatform Secretary / Treasurer


Mr. Van Nieuwenhuyze currently serves as Senior R&D Engineer at STMicroelectronics. Within this role he has software architecture responsibilities for the NFC ecosystem and secure elements.

He joined STMicroelectronics in 2003 and since 1999 Mr. Van Nieuwenhuyze has been active in several smart card projects for banking, transport and near field communication.

Mr. Van Nieuwenhuyze joined the GlobalPlatform Board of Directors in 2017 and was appointed as GlobalPlatform Secretary / Treasurer in 2021.

Sebastian Hans

IoTopia Task Force Co-Chair


Mr. Hans currently serves as Principal Member of Technical Staff at Oracle, previously Sun Microsystems Inc., where he is responsible for all smart card standardization activities with a strong focus on SIM and UICC technology. While at Sun Microsystems Inc, Mr. Hans has also headed up business development within the telecommunications market and has driven advanced pilot projects for the deployment of Java Card in the banking, insurance and mobile communication markets. Mr. Hans represents Sun Microsystems Inc. in ETSI SCP, 3GPP, OMA and is the Vice Chair of ETSI SCP TEC.

Mr. Hans serves as GlobalPlatform Board Director and Co-Chair of the IoTopia Task Force.

Marc Kekicheff

Visa Inc.

Mr. Kekicheff currently serves as Vice President of Chip Innovation at Visa Inc. and is responsible for its smart card technology compliance globally, covering cards and terminals as well as mobile handsets. A highly regarded smart card expert, worldwide, Mr Kekicheff has authored several patents, is well acquainted with IT security and frequently addresses the industry through high profile speaking engagements. Throughout his career he has been a driving force in the development of global smart card technology, worldwide standards and compliance programs. He currently sits on the EMVCo Board of Managers and chairs the EMV Next Generation Task Force for the same organization.

Mr. Kekicheff has been an active member of GlobalPlatform since its inception in 1999 and was a co-architect of the original GlobalPlatform Specifications. Since that time he has held a number of posts: he was GlobalPlatform’s Technical Director between 1999 and 2005, when he stepped down from this role and was elected to the Board of Directors and as Vice President of the organization. He then served as Chairman from 2010 until 2018. Mr. Kekicheff has made a significant contribution to GlobalPlatform over the years and has been responsible for the following initiatives, among many others: launching and chairing the Mobile Task Force from 2007 until 2012; shaping consortium strategy; initiating industry outreach efforts; obtaining ISO recognition for GlobalPlatform by acting as a technical expert liaison for smart card standardization; and providing technical support for implementers of GlobalPlatform technology.

Mark Lipford

T-Mobile USA

Mr. Lipford serves as the Director Global Standards and Ecosystem Development within T-Mobile USA, and has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications and wireless industries. Mr. Lipford is responsible for working with T-Mobile USA’s Technology Development, Corporate Strategy, Product Development and Network Development teams to define strategy and direction. Additionally, he is responsible for representing T-Mobile USA’s strategies and requirements into industry organizations and in building strategic relationships to help drive technology ecosystems supporting these initiatives. Mr. Lipford currently serves on the Board of the Small Cell Forum, the GSMA North American CTO group, the GSMA PSMC committee, and as Vice Chair of TIA TR45. He has previously held positions as Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Technical Plenary Vice Chair, OMA Broadcast working group Vice Chair, and as a member of the OMA Board. He has also served on the WiMAX Board and held leadership positions in 3GPP2.

Prior to his work in global standards, Mr. Lipford held positions in Product Development, Technology Planning, Network Engineering, and Network operations for both Sprint and BellSouth.

Mr. Lipford joined the GlobalPlatform Board of Directors in 2016.

Eikazu Niwano

NTT Corporation

Mr. Niwano currently serves as NTT Research Professor, Secure Platform Laboratories at NTT Corporation.

Since joining NTT, Mr. Niwano has undertaken research on distributed system architecture including smart cards at NTT laboratories. He was also the general manager of the Europe Office of the Information Sharing Laboratory Group, where he was involved in a number of European / international standardization activities.

He is additionally a NICSS (Next Generation IC Card System Study group) Fellow, sits on the Board of Directors and is the former Chair of the GlobalPlatform- NICSS Collaboration Expert Group, and serves as Chair of the SCP10 Task Force.

Mr. Niwano has served on the GlobalPlatform Board of Directors since 2005 and is the current Chair of the GlobalPlatform Japan Task Force.

Jeremy O’Donoghue


Mr. O’Donoghue currently serves as Director, Engineering at Qualcomm, working within the Secure Systems Group. He is responsible for architecture and development of software focused around secure platforms and NFC. In previous roles at Qualcomm, he was the lead security architect and software lead for an NFC CLF development, and has worked extensively on telephony aspects of both Android and Windows-based mobile systems. Mr. O’Donoghue was also an early participant in developing the GSMA NFC Handset Requirements and Testbook.

Mr. O’Donoghue joined the GlobalPlatform Board of Directors in 2016.

Jan Nemec

Jan Nemec


Mr. Nemec is Head of Engineering in Thales, serving Analytics and IoT Services division. He is responsible for R&D and Delivery of wireless communication products and solutions for IoT customers in market segments like Automotive, Smart Energy, PoS, Healthcare, etc.

He started his journey in this industry in 2000, as part of Schlumberger (Axalto and Gemalto later) and spent his career around smartcards, NFC, biometry, embedded SIM and secure element, and related communication and payment services.

Mr. Nemec joined the GlobalPlatform Board of Director in 2020.

Richard Hayton


Richard Hayton is on the Board of Directors, and is also the Chair of the TEE Committee at GlobalPlatform where he contributes to the organization’s technical initiatives bringing over 30 years of experience in the cybersecurity industry. Richard is a regular speaker and influencer in the cybersecurity arena.

At Trustonic, Richard’s focus has been on enabling the telecoms industry – manufacturers and mobile operators, the automotive industry as well as application developers, to all benefit from embedded security and strong device identity. Prior to Trustonic, Richard held various roles at Citrix including Chief Architect, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technology Officer. During 20 years at Citrix, he led projects ranging from embedded software to global enterprise systems, with a focus on user and developer experience.

He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Cambridge University, focusing on identity federation for users, devices and services.

Claus Dietze

Claus Dietze


In his current role, Claus is responsible for defining and driving strategic standardisation activities within G+D’s business segment Trusted Connected Devices. Prior to this, Claus held various positions in project management, R&D, technology office and product management within G+D since joining the company in 1996.

Claus has a long history in standardization of smart card technologies and was seconded to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) from 2002-2003. In 2009, Claus was appointed Director and Head of Embedded Development for mobile device solutions and software security. He headed the Innovation department within the R&D organization from 2014 onwards and was responsible for carrying out technical feasibility studies and prototyping for new technologies.

Claus has a master’s degree in Computer Sciences from the Collaborative University of Mannheim.

Chris Steck

Strategic Director – IoT

Cisco Systems

Chris Steck is Head of Standardization, IoT & Industries for Cisco, where he is responsible for the overall strategy for Cisco’s commercial and industrial IoT standards initiatives, which includes aligning Cisco’s IoT security standards strategy across multiple vertical (5GAA, 5G-ACIA, IIC, OPC, OPAF, OCF) and horizontal consortia (WFA, LoRaWAN, 3GPP, GSMA, oneM2M, OMA,Thread, IEC, IEEE, TCG and Charter of Trust).  Chris also serves on the board of the Open Connectivity Foundation where Cisco is leading Smart Commercial Building specification, and open source efforts to develop an application-agnostic common IoT app framework to drive the proliferation of IoT devices that are interoperable and secure on both managed and unmanaged networks.

Chris held a similar technology strategy role at Jasper, prior to their acquisition by Cisco, driving Jasper’s standards interests in LPWA networking, device provisioning/management, and IoT security. Prior to that, he drove standardization of voice enhancement software and hardware capabilities for Audience (now a part of Knowles), and held similar responsibilities at RealNetworks, driving standards and guiding research in digital media, while serving on the board of the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium as CTO.  Much further back he spent several years at Microsoft on Win95 through XP.

A veteran of several startups along the way, he’s also created mobile apps for managing family life, a WiFi phone switch, an operating system GUI for early smartphones, and computer telephony & speech recognition software.

Executive Team

GlobalPlatform day-to-day operations are managed by an Executive Team, comprised of an Executive Director, Technical Director, Certification Director, Operations Secretariat and Certification Secretariat. The Executive Team works closely with a strategic communications agency to drive awareness and understanding of the organization’s work.

Gil Bernabeu

GlobalPlatform - Technical Director


Mr. Bernabeu is Head of R&D and Innovation Funding at Thales DIS. In this role, he facilitates open collaboration on innovative funded projects to accelerate the Thales DIS roadmap and services.

Mr. Bernabeu was elected as GlobalPlatform’s Technical Director in 2005. His main role is to drive forward the development of GlobalPlatform’s specifications to deploy secure services. Mr. Bernabeu also acts as GlobalPlatform’s central technical liaison point, coordinating the efforts of the organization’s three technical committees – Secure Element (SE), Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) and Trusted Platform Services (TPS) – and the GlobalPlatform Task Forces with external partners.

Alliances Management

Operations Secretariat

Alliances Management is a professional services firm that delivers top quality operations management, administration services, and strategic consultation to non-profit technical standards organizations.

The company focuses on providing clients with a better way to operate, by providing business solutions for long term scalability and efficiencies. From event planning and meeting facilitation to financial and budget management, Alliances Management provides a holistic operational service portfolio, delivering exceptional results for clients.

iseepr Ltd.

PR Agency

iseepr is an independent UK-based PR agency which specializes in the provision of business-to-business PR and communication services to international organizations operating within the IT and technology industries.

Through working relationships with clients in these sectors, the iseepr team has vast technical and operational knowledge and an expansive network of media and industry contacts within this field. The iseepr team is committed to delivering the very best client PR experience through effective and frequent communication processes, efficient reporting and evaluation procedures, a proactive approach to all PR efforts by the agency and of course, the ongoing generation of excellent results.

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