Alison McDowell is a Co-Founder and Director at Beruku Advisory, providing end-to-end strategic advice on digital trust, identity and personal data. Beruku is comprised of experts in digital identity, biometrics, threat intelligence, cyber security, and document fraud, working across corporates, public sector bodies, academic institutions, investors, and humanitarian and development organisations.

Most recently, Alison has been working with the U.K. government on the development of a digital identity ecosystem. She advises DCMS on market development, regulation, policy and attribute sharing. She also works with investors and commercial providers, helping them to understand the legal, regulatory and commercial landscape for identity solutions in the UK and internationally.

Before working with Beruku, Alison spent 20 years in financial services, both as a consultant and in senior commercial leadership roles in both banking and insurance. She has also been an HR Director and led talent management, organisational capability and culture projects across a range of sectors. She has worked with firms around the globe, from impact investors and FinTechs in Southeast Asia and Africa to some of the largest global banks and pharmaceuticals in the US and Europe.