Blogger profile: Youzec Kurp

Youzec Kurp is the Senior Vice President of the Identity & Biometric Solutions Business Line in Thales’ DIS. With more than 20 years of experience serving governmental institutions all over the world to secure and deploy their identity management schemes and digital services, he has developed a strong expertise in forensic documents and digital security as well as a deep knowledge of the international identity market and associated regulation organizations. Youzec joined Gemalto in 2004 to develop the international business contributing to complex government project deliveries. In 2007, he was appointed Sales Vice President for the Maghreb and Africa region. He played an instrumental role in the successful deployment of citizen biometric enrollment and identification programs on the continent. In 2012, he took over the position of Senior Vice President of the ID Document Business Line of Gemalto. His responsibilities includes developing a strategic vision for Gemalto identity solutions within the public sector, overseeing development of a complete range of products, solutions and services as well as managing worldwide project deliveries. He began his career in 1994 in South Africa as consulting engineer and business advisor for the French government supporting local industrial investments. In 1997, he joined the smart card industry managing the payment offer for financial institutions and he then held various management positions in technology, marketing and operations to set up and develop the government security business. Youzec holds degrees in engineering, automation and signal processing, from ESIEE Paris and graduated from the Paris business school ESCP-Europe with a MBA in International Management. He also holds post graduate certifications from INSEAD Paris and Berkeley University in Industrial and Strategic Marketing. Youzec is French, born in Australia, and currently based in Paris, France, where he lives with his wife and his two children.

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