Biography: DK Matai
DK Matai is an engineer turned entrepreneur and philanthropist with a keen interest in the well being of global society. DK founded mi2g in 1995, the global risk specialists, in London, UK, whilst developing simulations for his PhD at Imperial College. DK helped found ATCA – The Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance – in 2001, a philanthropic expert initiative to address complex global challenges through Socratic dialogue and joint executive action to build a wisdom based global economy. ATCA addresses opportunities and threats arising from climate chaos, radical poverty, organised crime, extremism, informatics, nanotechnology, robotics, genetics, artificial intelligence and financial systems. ATCA has 5,000+ distinguished members from over 100 countries: including several from the House of Lords, House of Commons, EU Parliament, US Congress & Senate, G10’s Senior Government officials and over 1,500 CEOs from financial institutions, scientific corporates, NGOs and 750+ Profs from academic centres of excellence.
Philanthropy – DK co-founded The Philanthropia in 2005 – to include the Trinity Club, Syndicates and Ethical Investment Funds – with 1,000 leading philanthropists, family offices, foundations, private banks, NGOs and specialist advisors to resolve complex global challenges through collaborative & sustained efforts. DK’s other voluntary interests are Sant Bani (Voice of Saints), a culturally diverse fellowship dedicated to the unity of humankind; World Future Council’s Board of Advisors and Donors; The Shirley Foundation; Oxford Internet Institute at University of Oxford; Tomorrow’s Company and The Trinity Forum, where he advises on a pro bono basis.
Honours – DK was selected to present knowledge management to The Queen in 1998 and mi2g won The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of Innovation for Bespoke Security Architecture in 2003. This led to a visit to Buckingham Palace, a celebration hosted at Lloyd’s of London, and by The Lord Mayor at Mansion House, followed by a joint visit to Zurich, Switzerland.
Innovation – DK spends about half of his time innovating with mi2g teams focused on digital banking, digital risk management and bespoke security architecture for major financial institutions, government agencies and multi-nationals in Europe, America and Asia. DK believes passionately that the next generation of private and corporate banking involves the global safe custody of valuable data and intellectual property alongside financial deposits with “guaranteed security”. D2-Banking is holistic and includes the online vaulting of genomic maps and medical records; art, photo, music and video collections; digital messages and personal files including wills, deeds and memoirs; and other intellectual property alongside traditional financial services.
Authority – DK is an authority on countering complex global threats; strategic risk management & visualisation; contingency planning; Information Operations (IO); electronic defence; biometric authentication; secure payment systems and Open Source hardened kernel solutions. He is an invited contributor to defence and global security analysis in the UK, USA, EU, Canada, Switzerland, Japan and India. mi2g intelligence has been cited by several government agencies including NISCC in the UK, FBI in the US and United Nations agencies in New York and Geneva.
Background – DK is a British subject, a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, and a member of the Institute of Directors and The Institution of Engineering and Technology. He has worked formerly in the R&D labs of IBM, Inmos, ST Microelectronics and Helvar Electrosonic on Massive Parallel Processing and supercomputing applications. He enjoys meeting people, sharing thoughts, reading history and learning languages. He is vegetarian, teetotal and an optimist. He has lived in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America and he now lives with his family in Europe, with London as hub.