Sanjay Dharwadker
Digital Identity Expert, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Sanjay Dharwadker

Sanjay Dharwadker is the Senior Digital Identity Officer in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) based in Copenhagen. He also works on global identity standards at ISO as well as the New technology Working Group (NTWG) and the Implementation and Capacity Building Working Group (ICBWG) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). 

His current focus areas include digital identity in the humanitarian space, civil registration, evidence of identity, data protection, biometrics and biographics.

Sanjay Dharwadker has over 3 decades of experience in the field of identity and identification with assignments in Asia (1989 – 2004), Africa (2004 – 2014) and Europe (since 2014) which includes working for leading technology companies, national governments, as well as the United Nations and the World Bank.

He is a participant at The Hague Colloquium on the future of legal identity (Bhalisa) and writes regularly on the subject.

Sanjay Dharwadker is a member of the Crime Writers' Association (CWA) of the UK and published his first crime thriller "Diamond in my Palm" in 2019.

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