For the past 15 years, Kaliya has been working to bring about the creation of a layer of identity for people based on open standards. She co-founded the Internet Identity Workshop in 2005 to bring together technologists who want to see decentralized identity come into being. In the fifteen years the community has been meeting, they have created standards being used all over the internet, like OpenID Connect and OAuth and an initiation ground for collaborations that have led to multi-million dollar projects. In 2012 she was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
She is widely recognized for her community leadership. She travels to Africa and Asia at least once a year to ensure the development of person-centric identity is truly global and inclusive. Most recently, she co-founded HumanFirst.Tech with Shireen Mitchell, a project focused on creating space for diverse voices and building a more inclusive industry.
In 2009, she was named one of Fast Company’s The Most Influential Women in Technology.