Speakers » R. Michael Holly

R. Michael Holly

Chair, ICAO, New Technologies Work Group, and Senior Advisor for International Affairs, US Department of State, USA


Identity innovations: Plotting a course for the future

The identity industry continues to move forward at lightning pace, with new technologies promising to revolutionise the way that services are accessed and the way people transact – between each other, online, in commercial settings, and with public administrations.

This panel looks to the future. It will consider what identity innovations are likely to gain traction. It will ask what role secure government-issued credentials will play. And it will help identify the key trends that will enable identity industry stakeholders plot a course for the future.


R. Michael Holly joined the State Department as a Passport Specialist in 1985 and was posted to consular assignments with the Washington Passport Agency, the Miami Passport Agency, the Special Issuance Agency, the Office of Field Operations, and the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Passport Services (CA/PPT). Mr. Holly’s Department assignments also included work as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and as a Department of State liaison to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq. 

Mr Holly was selected as Director, International Affairs Staff, Passport Services in December 2006. In March 2013, Mr Holly was promoted to the position of Senior Advisor for International Affairs, Passport Services, Bureau of Consular Affairs. In this position, he helps coordinate U.S. policy on international issues that impact on passport processes and resource requirements, as well as, to focus the Directorate’s participation in international fora that deals with travel document security, standards, issuing processes, and information data sharing. 

Mr Holly has been active with ICAO Technical Advisory Group on Machine Readable Travel Documents (TAG/MRTD) and the New Technologies Work Group (NTWG) since 2001. Mr Holly currently serves as the Chair, NTWG and is a member on the ICAO Public Key Directory (PKD) Board.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Windham College in Putney, Vermont and a post-graduate degree from the Joint Military Intelligence College in Washington, DC.

Share this page :
Follow us on :

Premier Sponsors

See more


See more

Premier Partners

See more

Media Partners

See more

Supporting Associations

See more