Long-standing chair of the Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) and CEO of iProov, Andrew Bud, has been made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to export in this year’s New Year’s Honours List.
The award was received for meritorious service and for the contribution of UK technology and innovation to the world – and Bud becomes possibly the first World Telemedia attendee to receive such an award.
Not only has Bud founded iProov, but he is a serial entrepreneur who has laid the ground for innovative biometric and facial authentication methods to build trust online. iProov technology has been adopted by banks, governments and companies around the world to improve and secure consumer journey in accessing online services.
Bud has 30 years’ experience in pioneering innovative solutions in the tech industry and delivered the first digital wireless telephone for consumers in 1989, now on display at the Science Museum in London.
In the 1990s he helped establish the mobile communications industry in Italy and founded mBlox that provided commercial text messaging to enterprises.
Since 2018, Bud has been the Chair of the Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) and for 15 years he led the External Advisory Council on Computer Science for University College London.
“I feel deeply honored to be made a CBE,” he says. “This award recognizes the ever-growing importance of technology and innovation to the international standing of the UK and it is a privilege to build global businesses with the extraordinary talent, energy and commitment that exists in this country.
“Many people have helped me in my career; my family, my colleagues, partners, customers and investors past and present. I thank them all for their inspiration, their support, and their encouragement,” Bud adds.
In 2019, iProov passed the Level B biometric presentation attack detection test by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and launched its Palm Verifier authentication solution which enables users to use palm biometric verification on any of their personal devices.