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I am a fluent and experienced communicator with a background of over 30 years in information technology. I bridge the gap between technical skills on the one hand, and diplomatic and commercial awareness on the other, translating and mediating between those on either side. I am at ease dealing with technologists, businesspeople and policymakers, and have built a reputation for being able to articulate and balance their various stakeholder interests.
Colleagues have commented that I can deal with technical complexity while keeping a steady eye on the business context – and can act pragmatically while keeping the strategic perspective in mind.
I have applied my technical expertise and industry experience to highly creative innovation in the fields of privacy and digital identity.
Since 1990 I have worked in roles with a European or global remit. In matters of identity and privacy I am keenly interested in the role played by different cultural and regulatory contexts, and identifying what they have in common and what sets them apart. I speak fluent French and reasonable German, and have at times learnt enough to get by in Russian, Turkish, Norwegian and Japanese.

From 2005 to 2009, I was a highly visible external ambassador for Sun Microsystems and the Liberty Alliance, building their credibility with policymakers, academics, lawyers and privacy advocates around the world. I have established a good working relationship with senior analysts in the Identity Management field, and I am a respected thought leader in the digital identity/privacy community, with a reputation for integrity and incisive analysis.
I established Future Identity at the beginning of 2009 to offer independent, structured consulting on digital identity, privacy and public policy. I became a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and subsequently applied successfully for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status.
At the beginning of 2010 I was appointed Director of Privacy and Public Policy for the global Kantara Initiative, following on from my equivalent role in the Liberty Alliance in 2009.
In July 2010 I took up a new full-time role, as a Research Director with Gartner Group, specialising in industry analysis of digital identity, online privacy and access management. 
In June 2012 I moved to the Internet Society, as Technical Outreach Director for Identity and Privacy. I am also a Director and Treasurer of the Kantara Initiative, Inc., and co-founder of Kantara Initiative, Europe.

Robin has been actively engaged in discussing the technical and social implications of various public identity projects, and has put across his views in a way that makes them simple to understand. He's demonstrated his integrity time and again in the way that he's handled the issues, and is a real pleasure to work with.

Business Associate at EPG