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.