Java Card Forum

The Java Card Forum is an industry association of companies from the smart card, secure operating system and secure silicon industry, working together to promote and develop Java as the preferred programming language for multi-application smart cards, secure devices and other execution environments.


Saqib Ahmad is announced as the 2022 “Bertrand” Award Winner during 25th Anniversary Year

Saqib is recognised by his peers for his exceptional contribution to the Java Card Forum’s work

To celebrate the work of Bertrand du Castel (one of the Founder members of the JCF who sadly passed away in February 2019), the Java Card Forum (JCF) has worked with his family to initiate an Annual Award in his memory: The “Bertrand”. The JCF was keen to showcase the “Bertrand” as a visible recognition of the continued drive and dedication still shown by its Members, 25 years since its inception.

Each year the Business and Technical Committee Chairs nominate up to four Members who have made a significant contribution to the Forum and voting is then open to each individual JCF participant. This year’s nominees were:

  • Saqib Ahmad (Oracle)
  • Nicolas Regnault (Thales)
  • Werner Ness (G+D)
  • Ettore Toscano (ST)

Although Saqib could not be at the Award ceremony held during the JCF Autumn Plenary meeting in person, he participated via Zoom and could be congratulated by his peers.

“Saqib is a well-deserved winner,” said Jean-Daniel Aussel, President of the Java Card Forum e.V. “In his position at Oracle, Saqib had a long history with Java Card technology, particularly in the areas of specification improvement, extension and protection profile maintenance and has significantly contributed to the specification extension with his considerable knowledge and experience. We are delighted to have this opportunity to formally recognize his hard work and expertise.”

“I’m honored to be chosen the recipient of the Bertrand Award for the year 2022 by my peers at Java Card Forum,” declared Saqib. “I was part of the Java Card Forum, on and off, for about 20 years. During this time I had the privilege to work with great professionals like Bertrand Du Castel himself, after whom this award is named. Java Card is marvelous technology and the Java Card Forum is doing an excellent job steering it in the right direction and driving its market adoption. While I’m not part of the Java Card family anymore, I still remain a strong proponent and evangelist for the technology and I see a great future for it.” 

Congratulations to all of the selected nominees and in particular Saqib Ahmad for his win.


Luca Di Cosmo is announced as the third Annual “Bertrand” Award Winner during Java Card Forum’s Autumn Plenary

Luca Di Cosmo is recognised by his peers for his exceptional contribution to Forum’s work

To celebrate the work of Bertrand du Castel (one of the Founder members of the JCF who sadly passed away in February 2019), the Java Card Forum (JCF) has worked with his family to initiate an Annual Award in his memory: The “Bertrand”. The JCF was keen to showcase the “Bertrand” as a visible recognition of the continued drive and dedication still shown by its Members, more than 24 years since its inception.

Each year the Business and Technical Committee Chairs nominate up to four Members who have made a significant contribution to the Forum and voting is then open to each individual JCF participant. This year’s nominees were Luca Di Cosmo (Technical Committee) from ST, Alexandre Frey (Technical Com-mittee) from NXP, Werner Ness (Business Committee) from G+D and Michele Scarlatella (Business Committee) from ST – all strong candidates for the Award. Although the Autumn Plenary was held virtually, Members were present online to congratulate Luca Di Cosmo on his win and Ettore Toscano, ST’s Business Committee representative, presented Luca with the Award in person.

Luca Di Cosmo (right) receiving the Award from Ettore Toscano (left)

“Luca is a well-deserved winner,” said Jean-Daniel Aussel, President of the JCF. “Luca is a long-standing contributor to the Java Card Forum’s Technical Committee, demonstrating extensive industry experience and specification knowledge. Thanks to his background, dedication, and common-sense approach to feasibility, the discussions within the Technical Committee are both lively and fruitful. We are delighted to finally have the opportunity to thank him more formally for all of his hard work and dedication.”

“I’m surprised and delighted to win this Award,” declared Luca Di Cosmo. “I’ve been part of the JCF for over 15 years, which has helped to strengthen my knowledge and expertise in the field of Java Card technology and has allowed me to actively contribute to the evolution of the specification. It’s wonderful to know that the effort I’ve put into the JCF has been recognised in this way and I feel honoured that JCF colleagues have voted for me.”