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Friday, September 29 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
An Introduction to Blockchain

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The UNDP's Alternative Financing Team and the AidTech team will lead a dynamic, half-day workshop on Blockchain. It will provide an overview of what blockchain means for the humanitarian and development space, and discuss real-world applications like remittances, welfare, and digital identification. Participants will then work together to discuss and develop rapid prototypes for Blockchain’s use in case in four categories: government, asset titles, medical tracking, and identity. All are welcome to this participatory session, from complete novices who have never heard of Blockchain before, to experienced pros with experience in Blockchain's financial and other applications.

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Rob Baker

Blockchain Fellow, New America
Rob Baker is currently a fellow in the Future of Property Rights Initiative at New America, researching emerging business applications for blockchain. Prior to this position, he was a Lead Technologist and appointee in USAID’s Global Development Lab, worked in the World Bank Innovations... Read More →
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Niall Dennehy

Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer, AID:Tech
Niall is the Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of AID:Tech. AID:Tech’s mission is to bring social and financial inclusion to the world’s undocumented and under served populations using digital identity based on blockchain technology. AID:Tech were the first company in the... Read More →
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Elizabeth Disco-Shearer

St Vincent de Paul
Elizabeth Disco-Shearer is the CEO of Disaster Services for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of United States in the Washington, DC Metro area.  She oversees the disaster recovery efforts of eight regions of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Currently she is managing SVDP’s... Read More →
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Nick Gogerty

Lyyke, Solar Coin
Nick Gogerty is a financial and technology expert who invented the Solarcoin global solar energy reward system based on low carbon blockchain technology. Solarcoin is now distributed in 41 countries, is fully convertible into major world currencies and trades 24/7. IN 2017 he won... Read More →
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Rob Henning

Director, Chemonics International
Rob is a frontier market strategy consultant, entrepreneur, and investor. Over the past 20 years he has worked at all levels of emerging economies from the grassroots to C-level executives and Cabinet level officials to help accelerate innovation and economic growth to create wealth... Read More →
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Scott Kessler

Director of Business Development, LO3 Energy
Scott Kessler is currently the Director of Business Development for LO3 Energy in Brooklyn NY. He previously lived in San Francisco and worked for TRC Energy Services as a consultant, primarily focused on working with PG&E, SMUD, and other west coast utilities to implement energy... Read More →
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Joshua Leland

Director, Blockchain for Development (B4D) Solutions Lab, Chemonics International, Inc.
Josh leads the Blockchain for Development Solutions Lab at Chemonics International, a leading international development consulting firm. Launched in 2016, the Lab partners seeks to design, build, test, and scale blockchain solutions to reduce poverty, strengthen supply chain management... Read More →
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Marina Petrovic

Co-Founder, UNDP AltFinLab
Marina is super excited when talking about innovation and connecting different dots from more creative and interdisciplinary perspective. Her main focus are alternative financing models, mostly blockchain, crowdfunding and investment crowdfunding projects that can assist in addressing... Read More →
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Silvana Rodriguez

Partnerships Advisor, Office of Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State
A U.S. diplomat with the State Department since 2006, Silvana Rodriguez is the Partnerships Advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, where she focuses on public-private partnerships that promote diplomacy and development.  Silvana recently returned to Washington... Read More →

Friday September 29, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Continental Room C Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center