About the DLF


Acting Chair

Don Thibeau

Don is the Founder and Chairman of the Open Identity Exchange (OIX), a technology-agnostic, non-profit trade global organization comprised of leading companies from competing sectors, including banking (HSBC, Barclays, etc.), platforms (Google, PayPal, etc.), data aggregation (Equifax, Experian, etc.), and telecommunications (AT&T, Verizon, etc.).


Robert Robbins

Robert, Pillsbury’s global corporate practice section leader, is recognized as a leader in structuring and closing complex mergers, acquisitions and restructurings, and in advising corporate boards.


The advisory committee will help find a world class Board Members, participate in public events representing the DLF, review the initial set of bylaws, research intellectual property rights, and guide the DLF from its incubation in the OIX to establishing itself as a stand-alone legal entity.

Tony Lai

Tony is an Entrepreneurial Fellow at the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX) and a Co-founder of Legal.io, working on applied research and innovation in the design of legal service delivery systems, with a focus on ecosystem engineering to support trusted exchange and value flow.

Scott David

Scott is the Director of Policy at the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at University of Washington and was formerly the Executive Director of the Law, Technology, and Arts Group at UW School of Law. Scott is an active member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Data Driven Development, the MIT/KIT Advisory Board, and the Open Identity Exchange Advisory Board.

Giles Watkins

Giles is an experienced board member with a strong Entrepreneurial and Professional Services background. Giles has deep credentials in Mergers & Acquisitions, Finance and Accounting, Technology Strategy, Risk Management, Privacy, Digital Identity, and Cyber Security across multiple sectors and geographies. He is currently working with early stage businesses to commercialise ground breaking technologies and leading the International Association of Privacy Professionals in the UK.

Helen Disney

Helen is the CEO and Founder of Unblocked, a hub for Blockchain events, education, and information. Helen was listed in Innovate Finance’s 2016 Women in Fintech Powerlist and referred to by Barclays as a “blockchain guru”. She sits on the Advisory Board of the British Blockchain Association and recently gave evidence to the UK's All Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain. Previously, Helen worked on outreach at the Bitcoin Foundation, driving a programme of strategic events to communicate the innovative potential of Bitcoin and blockchain technology to innovators, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and thought leaders.

David Fields

David is the Founder and Managing Partner of PTB Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in early-stage companies in the digital identity ecosystem. David is a former private equity investment professional and brings over a decade of private investment and advisory experience both to his investors and his portfolio companies at PTB. He began his career as a credit analyst at Citigroup Global Markets and later served on the investment team at Cooper Investment Partners. David graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Economics and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.


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