Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition (BSIC) incubates, develops, and implements confederated blockchain products and solutions that can address social and environmental challenges across the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
We aim to inspire, federate, and create bridges between NGO’s, and government agencies, foundations, impact investors, philanthropists and technologists by focusing on the following focus sectors:
Identity & Vulnerable Populations
Energy & Environment
The Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition is an initiative of ConsenSys, a venture production studio based in Brooklyn, NY.
Blockchain Development Company
What We Do
We promote the creation of Ethereum blockchain solutions and applications which address social and environmental issues. By working to shift economic and social paradigms through blockchain technology, we increase the economic prosperity of individuals and communities.
We are currently pursuing opportunities in each of the below areas:
Ben Siegel is the Impact Policy Manager at ConsenSys. He is working on bringing blockchain technology into humanitarian work. After spending time working in the political sphere, Ben became extremely interested in exponential technologies and the potential they had for the impact sector, leading him to ConsenSys.
Vanessa Grellet is a Global Executive with over 15 years of expertise in the Financial Services industry. Prior to Joining ConsenSys she was the CEO of IIH an innovative Wealth Management firm, a key member of PwC’s global wealth management team and served as a corporate strategy executive for the NYSE focusing on M&A. She chairs the Nexus Working Group on Impact Investing, dedicated to educating, empowering, and connecting Next-Gen impact investors, philanthropists, and social entrepreneurs. Vanessa is an Advisory Board member of Cornerstone Capital, an ESG asset manager, sits on the Advisory Board of The Resolution Project dedicated to activating young leaders through social entrepreneurship and is a Partner at Acumen fund focused on impact investing. She is a Milken Institute Young Leader and a Young Leader Board member of the Off the Record lectures series (OTR) affiliated with the Foreign Policy Association. Mrs. Grellet graduated Cum Laude from Law School (Paris II Assas) and Business School (HEC).
Sophie is interested in cryptoeconomics and blockchain applications in the humanitarian sector. She is involved with strategic initiatives at ConsenSys, studying token and network design.
Sophie has been building an impact investing community at NEXUS, having conversations with leading innovators and investors in the impact investing space including IDB, Nesta, Upstart Co-lab, the ImPact, the Nature Conservancy, and Encourage Capital. Previously she was a researcher at Ashoka Social Finance Services building Ashoka Fellows' cases of structural innovations, working toward an understanding of the mechanisms of ratings, trademark and certification as in as in Fairtrade, LEED, FSC and B Corp Certified. Before that she worked with Economist William Easterly at the Development Research Institute at NYU and focused on the economic force behind traders, migrants and ethnic networks. Sophie has a Master’s degree in Economics from NYU and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Statistics from NYU Stern School of Business.
Robert is a Technical Director at Consensys, the leading firm within the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency markets. He serves as the organization’s Blockchain for Social Impact CTO, helping the firm consult and develop blockchain projects within Fortune 100 companies and multinational NGOs.
Prior, Robert has spent his professional career at Goldman Sachs, Teach for America, and, most recently Cisco Systems. He also founded Nomsy, a dietary restriction platform aiding consumers with niche content to better maintain their dietary lifestyle.
Robert received his B.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He very involved within his community and is the Vice President of the Silicon Valley graduate chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., a member of 100 Black Men, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the African American Community Service Agency – the oldest Black managed non-profit in Silicon Valley. Robert is also the Blockchain Curriculum Director for StreetCode Academy, a hack-hustle-design focused non-profit that teaches students of color in East Palo Alto how to code, grow businesses, and expose themselves to the tech industry and emerging technologies.
Valeria Kholostenko is the Head of Development and Global Community at Blockchain for Social Impact at ConsenSys.
Prior to joining ConsenSys, Valeria was an early stage startup executive with over 15 years of experience helping define strategic vision of value, drive adoption, and develop processes for technologies companies in Publishing, Online Media, and SaaS. Valeria has been responsible for partnership development at more than a dozen B2B and B2C companies in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Los Angeles and London.
Recently, as Portfolio Growth Director at The Sandpit a Business Builder in London, her focus was to evaluate product market fit and go to market strategy for a number of martech solutions. She was also recently a mentor at Travelport Labs, a travel and hospitality accelerator in Colorado, as well as an advisor to a SaaS beacon technology in the hotel vertical in London.
Valeria is deeply passionate about the possibilities blockchain can bring to economic as well as political infrastructure and ways it can improve life for marginalized communities around the world.
Working more than 15 years across different domains she creates experiences for enterprises that look to gain efficiency and transparency via the Ethereum blockchain, and designs products that are uniquely enabled by blockchain technology to create new interaction models. Thessy holds a Masters degree in Human-Computer Interaction.
Prior to joining ConsenSys, she was VP of User Experience/Product Strategy at JPMorganChase for 6 years, partnered in a consultancy, and had a start-up which co-created a scientific peer review system/digital library with the Association of Computing and Machinery (ACM) reducing publicationtimes of scientific material and inspire global collaboration.
Working at the intersection of technology entrepreneurship and social change, she promotes inclusion as essential to creating a world that works for everyone. She taught UN teams innovation methodologies, works with the Alternative Banking Group on financial inclusion, consults on Women’s Leadership and started the NYC Women-in-Blockchain Meetup.
Alex is a manager of ConsenSys Labs D.C, where he is focused on enhancing government performance and social sector outcomes through blockchain-based solutions. As a former Partnerships Advisor with the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, he led the Blockchain@State initiative to explore the foreign policy implications and possible applications of distributed ledger technology for diplomacy and development. Alex is a Fellow with the Internet Law and Policy Foundry and the Robertson Foundation for Government. He holds a Masters Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Thomas Rush is a serial entrepreneur with nearly a decade of founding and advising startups.
Thomas is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers and serves on the Advisory Board of Rutgers University Design Thinking program. He is also the cofounder of the Propeller Social Innovation Incubator, a business incubator and co-working space for impact-driven organizations that is home to over 80 organizations and continues to be a hub for the social impact ecosystem in the New Orleans region.
Previously, Thomas held leadership positions in a diverse set of industries, most recently working in business development and innovation at IPG Mediabrands, a global media holding company. Prior to that, he led the effort to obtain $2.5MM in funding for a regional urban water management plan in the New Orleans area, and established the first city-wide, industry-agnostic coalition of sustainable organizations.
He also works to implement cultural and operational initiatives to help sustain the organization over the long term, and successful at innovative technological approaches to community-driven engagement, related to implementation and resilience at the local level.