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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 2023 Winners!

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

View past winners

TEE Spec

Sandeep Tamrakar

Huawei Device (Dongguan) Co., Ltd.

“Collaboration & Teamwork”

Sandeep has provided support for the TEE Spec WG for a number of years now. He makes sure we aren’t forgetting our process, and we expose backend systems (such our bugs db) to all the members. Without his assistance the task of chairing the working group would be much harder.

Trusted Application

Arto Niemi

Huawei Device (Dongguan) Co., Ltd.

“Making It Happen”

Awarded for his efforts improving the ability for a Trusted Application to securely communicate with services outside of the TEE. Enabling simple secure communication to trusted cloud services and other remote backends hugely widens the options for TA developers and system developers. Arto has effectively "reverse engineered" the previous version of the relevant specification, fill in some of its larger holes, and brought it up to date with TLS 1.3.

Keystore Specification

Pekka Laitinen

Huawei Device (Dongguan) Co., Ltd.

“Innovative Thinking”

For the huge effort he has put into the Keystore Specification.

Attestation Specification

John Hillan

Qualcomm Technologies Inc.

“Making it Happen”

John has been strongly involved to make the different draft of the attestation specification to become a specification” to something like “John has been strongly involved in creating different drafts of the attestation specification as it moves through the document review phases

SAM Technology

Gael Gérard


“Making It Happen”

Gael is pushing different document and now start an open source project to make the SAM technology a reality.

GPCS Amd K (SCP04)

Martin Strauch

Huawei Device (Dongguan) Co., Ltd.

“Collaboration & Teamwork”

For his recent and key contributions to GPCS Amd K (SCP04). Some time ago he also contributed a new CASD scenario ‘04’ to Amd A. Generally speaking, he contributes comments and has a good level of participation in SSWG meetings.

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