Viky Manaila is an international expert in the field of electronic signatures, digital identity, and digital transformation processes. She is a member of several high-level working groups set up by the European Commission and ETSI that aim to align policies and operations around the implementation of digital trust services, digital identities, and cross-border recognition.

Viky Manaila
Board Member, Cloud Signature Consortium

Why do you invest your time & efforts in association work?

The Cloud Signature Consortium is a leading industry group focused on the development of standards for cloud-based trust services. Technology providers, trust services providers, governmental institutions put their knowledge and expertise together in bringing standards and specifications with an open license.

As the digital world is a multi-faceted environment with regulatory, technical and social challenges, addressing them within an association allows service interoperability and global alignment.

It is really interesting to see how actors with different interests, share the same values and manage to find common solutions.

What are the top three success factors of impactful association work?

Passion is a key driver for any human being. Put passion in everything you build and the others will join your initiatives, supporting and growing them.

Trust is another important factor for the success of an association. Being able to inspire confidence that despite the fact we are competitors on the market, within the association we play as a team is the bedrock for long-term success.

Vision is gathering organisations and people around. Sharing a common vision will ensure the members involvement in achieving the association’s goals.

What should we #ChooseToChallenge when it comes to association work?

To me, our challenges for 2021 are:

  • providing support for post-pandemic recovery,
  • stimulating people to be more positive and engaged, and
  • tapping more into our creativity.

How is the association sector dealing with diversity and inclusion? Has it changed?

Information Technology and especially cryptography have been a man’s world for a long time. The balance has smoothly changed in the recent years, giving more space and voice to women.

Shaping up the diversity and inclusion policies within an association can be challenging and rewarding at the same time. More diverse teams outperform for sure those which are homogeneous.