MANILA, PHILIPPINES (June 12, 2018) – The Sovrin Foundation announced the addition of Manila-based digital transformation company Amihan Global Strategies as a founding Steward and the first Steward representing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). As a Sovrin Steward, Amihan will be an active contributor to the intellectual and infrastructural resources required to keep the Sovrin Network available and secure.

Well-known for its leadership in ASEAN blockchain innovation, Amihan’s key blockchain initiatives include a partnership with the Bankers Association of the Philippines.

“Our digital identity is a detailed story of who we are,” said Winston Damarillo, executive chairman of Amihan Global Strategies. “And for too long, we’ve allowed centralized institutions to write and share that story. As a Sovrin Steward, Amihan is excited and dedicated to help Filipinos and the ASEAN community reclaim their stories.”

The Sovrin Foundation was created in 2016 to administer the Sovrin Network and the purpose-built distributed ledger at its core. It is Sovrin’s mission to provide every individual, organization, and connected device with true self-sovereign identity, meaning digital identity that is decentralized, permanent, secure, portable, private and completely trustworthy.

“Self-sovereign identity is an ideal that crosses all borders and is as ubiquitous as the Internet itself,” said Heather Dahl, executive director of Sovrin Foundation. “Ensuring the enduring independence and accessibility of the Sovrin Network is vital to our mission. Adding a Steward as progressive and transformative as Amihan and in a region as vital as southeast Asia is an important step in Sovrin’s evolution and we’re very pleased about it.”  

Worldwide, there are currently 38 Stewards operating the validator nodes that maintain the Sovrin ledger. Amihan joins this community helping to keep the Sovrin Network reliable, independent, and secure. Stewards are governed by the Sovrin Foundation’s constitutional Trust Framework within which the ‘diffused trust model’ seeks to prevent any single organization having undue influence over the network.


About Sovrin

The international, nonprofit Sovrin Foundation is governed by a constitutional Trust Framework that ensures its independence from government or industry influence, and codifies its dedication to providing self-sovereign digital identity for all. The Sovrin Network is operated by independent Stewards and uses the power of a hybrid distributed ledger as a fast, private, and secure framework for providing every person, organization, and connected device a permanent identity with which to transact and operate securely online in everyday life. Learn more about the Trust Framework underlying the Sovrin Network here.


About Amihan

Amihan Global Strategies is a leading ASEAN digital transformation company. We are innovators and thought leaders in Blockchain, AI, Analytics, and Cloud Native Infrastructure. We draw on our partnerships with the Apache Software Foundation, Linux Foundation, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Sovrin, and Hyperledger to develop strategies, solutions, and platforms for the top enterprises in the region.