SE Committee (formerly Card Committee)

The SE Committee is chaired by Karl Eglof Hartel from G+D Mobile Security. Full and participating GlobalPlatform members are eligible to contribute to this group.

The SE Committee defines industry and technology neutral specifications for the secure and interoperable deployment and management of multiple embedded applications on Secure Element (SE) technology. This includes embedded and integrated SEs, SIM/UICC, smart microSD as well as smart cards.


The committee works to:

  • Develop, maintain and evolve the SE and related supporting documents and tools (based on GlobalPlatform Card Specification) and related supporting documents and tools.
  • Recommend security evaluation processes and features to ensure that GlobalPlatform technology offers the highest levels of security.
  • Advance the GlobalPlatform Certification Program to facilitate and assure interoperability within the marketplace.
  • Engage with other relevant industry and standardization groups and identify new technical requirements and opportunities for progressing joint working initiatives.

Current Priorities

  • Configurations
    • An updated Financial Configuration which supports implementing a contact interface, a contactless interface or both.
  • Virtual Primary Platform
    • Defining a virtualized environment on an iSE for executing (high level) operating systems including interface virtualization and memory virtualization.
  • Security
    • Security review of all card specifications to enable ‘crypto agility’ to offer greater flexibility to accommodate local requirements.
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Open Firmware Loader for Tamper Resistant Element

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Karl Eglof Hartel

SE Committee Chair

G+D Mobile Security

Mr. Hartel has been an active participant in GlobalPlatform activities for many years, and was elected to serve as SE Committee Chair in 2009. Mr. Hartel also represents Giesecke & Devrient in the European Telecommunications Standards Institute’s (ETSI) Smart Card Platform Technical Working Group and in GSMA Projects. He also works to promote GlobalPlatform technology within ETSI and GSMA specifications.

Olivier Van Nieuwenhuyze

Multi SE Working Group Chair


Mr. Van Nieuwenhuyze currently serves as Senior R&D Engineer at STMicroelectronics. Within this role he has software architecture responsibilities for the NFC ecosystem and secure elements.

He joined STMicroelectronics in 2003 and since 1999 Mr. Van Nieuwenhuyze has been active in several smart card projects for banking, transport and near field communication.

Mr. Van Nieuwenhuyze joined the GlobalPlatform Board of Directors in 2017.

Sarra Mestiri

SE Security Working Group Chair


Ms. Mestiri has served as Chair of GlobalPlatform’s SE Security Working Group since 2010. Within her current role at IDEMIA, Ms. Mestiri is responsible for overseeing security certification projects for mobile, ID and banking product lines. She also participates in security groups within Eurosmart, ISCI and Jhas.


SE Compliance Working Group Chair

This position is currently open

Guillaume Phan

SE Specification Working Group Chair

Trusted Logic

Mr. Phan has participated in the working group since 2007 and was appointed as Chair in 2010. He is also engaged in the evolution of the GlobalPlatform Certification Program.

Within his role at Trusted Logic, Phan he has been deeply involved in a wide range of smart card projects across areas including banking, telecom, identity, transport and cross-market NFC. He also has experience heading up certification projects, collaborative R&D projects, consulting activities and contributing to industry standards.

Mr. Phan also supports Mr. Hartel as Vice-Chair to the GlobalPlatform SE Committee.

Interested in participating in the SE Committee?

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