GlobalPlatform Star Awards

The Star Awards program was launched in 2004 as an opportunity for GlobalPlatform to recognize and award individuals who have demonstrated exemplary member participation throughout the year.

The awards celebrate individuals who have made a significant contribution toward GlobalPlatform’s vision of creating a fully collaborative and open ecosystem in which all stakeholders can efficiently deliver innovative digital services, while providing greater security, privacy, simplicity and convenience to users.

These individuals are enthusiastic and dedicated to driving GlobalPlatform’s work efforts, and the objectives of the Technical Committee or Task Force that they represented. Awards are presented for: Collaboration & teamwork, Innovative thinking, Making it happen, Leadership and Going the extra mile.

In 2019, the Kekicheff Award was created to acknowledge outstanding dedication and commitment to GlobalPlatform. Unlike the Star Awards that are given on an annual basis, this award is intended to be given from time-to-time to recognize extraordinary, impactful efforts over a long and sustained period of time. Named after the first recipient of the award, current GlobalPlatform Board member and former Chairman of the Board, Marc Kekicheff, this first award commemorates Mr. Kekicheff’s 20+ years of outstanding dedication and commitment to GlobalPlatform. Not only was Mr. Kekicheff co-architect of the original GlobalPlatform Specifications, but he has also held various leadership positions within the organization since its inception and continues to be active in driving the organization’s efforts.

Congratulations to our 2019 Winners!

Star Award recipients are announced and presented during GlobalPlatform's Annual All Member Meeting, held each November.

View past winners

SE Committee

Jean-François Picart


“Collaboration & Teamwork”

Mr. Picart has been faithfully participating in the SE Specification Working Group for several years now and has many times provided valuable contributions to improve GlobalPlatform’s SE specifications. Recently, he invested significant energy to making propositions to suitably adapt existing communication protocols for the market of IoT devices embedding Secure Elements, to be published in the upcoming “APDU Transport over SPI/2C” specification.

SE Committee

Christian Damour


“Collaboration & Teamwork”

For several years now, Mr. Damour been a constant and consistent participant in the SE Security Working Group, and has many times provided support for minuting the conference calls and meetings. He is always one of the first to provide expertise and comment on a document under review in the group. More recently, he invested a lot of effort and energy into contributing to the setup of the SE Evaluation Methodology.

TPS Committee

Andras Talas


“Going the Extra Mile”

Mr. Talas provided an outstanding effort as editor and contributor to adapt the OMAPI Test Specification with the latest OMAPI core specification. Since Google endorsed the OMAPI specifications in the latest Android release, this alignment has been critical. Mr. Talas managed the comment resolutions very efficiently to avoid losing time between the different review stages. His outstanding work should allow GSMA to reference the OMAPI Test Specification in the coming TS.27 release and as well as alignment between the development and the test of the OMAPI technology by the end of the year.

TEE Committee

José A. Rivas Vidal


“Going the Extra Mile”

Mr. Rivas Vidal provides constant constructive support on all topics around attacks in the TEE space, within the TEE Attack Expert WG. He volunteered to act as editor for a new contribution on biometric attacks description and rating. His dedication to this effort has been key to making it happen, and will advance our understanding of biometric attacks. Overall, his initiative and innovative work has made significant progress possible for the benefit of the whole GlobalPlatform TEE security community.

TEE Committee

John Dent


“Collaboration & Teamwork”

Mr. Dent has provided significant support to all the various efforts in the TEE Management Framework and OTrP OTA technologies. He brings expertise in practical OTA device management to the group, and works with all layers to resolve issues, both inside his area of direct interest and other technologies the group is working on.

TEE Committee

Sandeep Tamrakar



Mr. Tamrakar took over a draft work in the OTrP effort and has driven resolution of the requirements of various organizations to build a practical and useful specification. Beyond that, he has successfully moved the specification into its first review stage and is leading it toward an efficient release.

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