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Governance overview


The OSIA initiative is developed by the not-for-profit Secure Identity Alliance with the full support of its membership. It is governed under a formal structure including an independent OSIA Advisory Committee, with work carried out by the OSIA GitHub Community and an OSIA Workgroup. These bodies have transparent and publicly available terms of reference to guide intra and inter committee relations.

Advisory Committee

The OSIA Advisory Committee is an international advisory group consisting of members drawn from public and non-profit private organizations. They are bound to the SIA by an Advisory Observership. This group meets twice a year to review the progress of the OSIA Initiative, and offer strategic guidance for the initiative.


The OSIA Workgroup consists of experts in the fields of identity, security, privacy, and biometrics. These experts are Members, Associate Members and Advisory Observers of the SIA. The Workgroup manages the evolution of the OSIA functional and technical specifications. It also solicits feedback from the GitHub Open Community and has the power to control releases.

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GitHub Community & license


OSIA is based on permissive free of charge (MIT) software license. The open source code has been published on the GitHub collaboration platform, where it is supervised by an external and independent consultant. Any country, technology partner or individual is free to download the functional and technical specifications to implement it in their customized foundational and sectoral ID systems or components.

Governments can also reference OSIA as Open Standards in tenders.


How to join the initiative?


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You don’t need to be a member of the SIA. To participate in the workgroup, you just need to become an Advisory Observer (this is the equivalent of signing a MoU).
‘Non Governmental’ companies/organisations join the OSIA Workgroup - The annual fee is fixed at 2,5K Euros per annum excl. VAT
‘Governmental’ organizations join the OSIA Advisory Committee – Free


OSIA Advisory Committee Members


Chaired by Nigeria National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), represented by Eng. Aliyu Abubakar Aziz, Director General/CEO

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Côte D’Ivoire: represented by Mr Sitionni Kafana, Directeur général, Office National de l’Etat Civil et de l’Identification (ONECI)

DRC, represented by Mr Musavuli Mbutho Moussa, Coordonnateur de la cellule technique, Cabinet du conseiller spécial du numérique au près du Chef de l'Etat

Gabon, represented by Mr Aimé-Martial Massamba, Deputy Director, The Official Biometric Identification Project of Gabon (IBOGA)

Ghana, represented by Ms Henrietta Lamptey, Registrar of Births and Deaths, Head of Civil Registration and Mr Emmanuel Nortey Botchway, Assistant Registrar – Head of ICT.

Guinea, represented by Ms Sanaba Kaba, DG National Agency for Economic and Social Inclusion (ANIES)

Guinea WURI, represented by Dr Dr Himi Deen TOURE, Technical Director of WURI (Programme d’Identification numérique pour l'intégration régionale et l'inclusion en Afrique de l’Ouest)

Lesotho, represented by Mr Tumelo Raboletsi, Director - National Identity and Civil Registry Department

Madagascar, represented by Mr Balsama Hellarison Andriantseheno, Coordinateur Général, Secrétariat Général de la Présidence de la République and Ms Salohy Norotiana Randrianarisoa

Mali, represented by Mr Kafana biri Philippe Berthe, Directeur du Centre de Traitement des Données de l'Etat Civil.

Sierra Leone, represented by Mr Mohamed M. MASSAQUOI, DG National Civil Registration Authority

South Sudan, represented by Mr David Oroma Joseph Jobojobo, Director for ICT, Ministry of Interior

Sri Lanka, represented by Mr Viyani Gunathilaka, Commissioner General, Department for Registration of Persons

Uganda, represented by Ms. Rosemary Kisembo , Executive Director, National Identification and Registration Authority and Ms Grace Nanyanzi, Director, Information Systems, National Identification and Registration Authority

Vietnam, represented by Mr La Hoang Trung, Director General of the Department of Information and Communications of Hau Giang province



OSIA Workgroup Members


Aoya, Atos, Canadian BankNote, Common Identity, Coppernic, DERMALOG, Digitech, Entrust, Famoco, Gravity, HID, IDEMIA, Identitypass, INGroupe, Innovatrics, Intercede, Laxton, Mantratech, Mobile Technologies, Neurotechnology, OSD, Thales, Veridos





Last updated 17th February 2022