Blockchain for Social Impact
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Meltem Demirors

Director, Digital Currency Group


Meltem is the Director of Development at Digital Currency Group (DCG), a firm focused on building and supporting bitcoin and blockchain companies by leveraging its insights, network, and access to capital. In her role, Meltem leads DCG’s Development team which drives growth, network, and strategy across a portfolio of 100 portfolio companies across 27 countries, dozens of strategic investors, 3 operating subsidiaries, and DCG’s corporate partners and leading academic institutions. In addition, she leads DCG’s newest venture, DCG Connect, which is working to connect the fragmented blockchain technology ecosystem. In her role, Meltem spends much of her time working with corporate boards, institutions, regulators, and other policy stakeholders across the world advocating and educating for digital currencies and blockchain technology.

Meltem holds a BA in Mathematical Economics from Rice University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She is a guest lecturer at the MIT Media Lab, and is a member of the World Economic Forum Blockchain Council. As a truly global citizen, Meltem has lived and worked in over 2 dozen countries, and is actively involved in causes related to personal privacy and women’s education.

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Tina Berger

Strategic Consultant, Expressworks 


Tina Berger is a blockchain enthusiast and independent strategic management consultant with over 15 years’ experience innovating and implementing solutions to complex data and information management problems for the Energy industry. Passionate about environmental, community, and sustainability issues in energy and investing, she has been on a 10-year journey to identify and test approaches to peer-to-peer and impact investing outside of the traditional financial markets. Tina holds an MBA with a concentration in Global Energy from the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. She recently returned from a business residency in Germany, where she investigated the trends toward decentralization associated with the country's energy transition program (Energiewende). Her observations reinforced her confidence that decentralized models, in combination with innovations to energy storage and smart delivery, will eventually replace centralized grids.

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Anne Connelly

Chief Executive Officer, ixo Foundation


Anne Connelly is with the ixo Foundation, an organization that leverages blockchain technology to optimize sustainable development impact using trusted data. She is passionate about harnessing blockchain and decentralized technology to transform the lives of people in developing countries. Anne is the Vice Chair of the board of Blockchain Canada and has been an active part of the global blockchain community since 2012. She previously worked with Doctors Without Borders Canada in Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and currently serves on their board of directors. She is Faculty at Singularity University at NASA Ames in Silicon Valley, teaching global leaders how exponential technologies can solve problems that impact over a billion people. Anne has a Bachelor of Life Sciences from Queen’s University, an MBA from McMaster University, and a Fintech Certificate from MIT. She was honoured as one of CBC’s 12 Young Leaders Changing Canada.

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Dana Martens

Adjunct Professor, Parsons School of Design


Dana Martens is a designer, creative technologist, maker, teacher, life-long student and geek creating factual alternatives through emerging technology.

She recently graduated from MFA Design + Technology at Parsons School of Design, where she pursued her dual passions for studying and building emerging technologies and designing projects that connect people to realize more sustainable and equitable futures. This summer, she continued her explorations in IDEO’s CoLab in San Francisco where she used design-led research to collaboratively understand and shape how emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, the internet of things, and the blockchain protocol will affect our future.

Previously, Dana worked as a Policy Associate at The New York Academy of Medicine, where she developed policy and supported a portfolio of work at the intersection of aging, business, entrepreneurship, and technology. She also worked for The New York City Department of Small Business Service’s NYC Business Solutions Center where she coached aspiring entrepreneurs to start, operate, and expand their businesses and taught classes on business development and technology.

Dana holds a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Economics from Smith College and Master of Fine Arts with honors in Design + Technology from Parsons School of Design.

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Primavera De Filippi

Faculty Associate, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School


Primavera De Filippi is a Permanent Researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. She is a member of the Global Future Council on Blockchain Technologies at the World Economic Forum, and founder of the Internet Governance Forum’s dynamic coalitions on Blockchain Technology (COALA). Her fields of interest focus on legal challenges raised by decentralized technologies, their potential to design new governance models and participatory decision-making, and the concept of governance-by-design. Her book, “Blockchain and the Law,” will be published in 2018 by Harvard University Press (co-authored with Aaron Wright).

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Joseph Lubin

Founder, ConsenSys


Joseph Lubin’s career has involved various posts in the fields of technology and finance and in their intersection. Subsequent to graduating cum laude with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton, he worked as research staff in the Robotics Lab at Princeton and then at Vision Applications, Inc., a private research firm, in the fields of autonomous mobile robotics, machine vision and artificial neural networks.

His next project was the development of an autonomous music composition tool with tomandandy music.

Joseph worked as a software engineer and consultant on various projects, eventually being tipped for the role of Director of the New York office of Blacksmith, a Virginia-based software consulting firm.

Software engineering, finance and cryptography were central during employment with Goldman Sachs, eMagine’s consulting work on the Identrus project, and the founding and operation of a set of hedge funds run with a partner.

Switching gears, Joseph moved to Kingston, Jamaica to work on a set of projects in the music industry. Two years into the music project, Joseph co-founded the Ethereum Project, and has been working on Ethereum and more recently ConsenSys since January 2014.

ConsenSys began as a blockchain production studio building decentralized applications, mostly on Ethereum, and continues on this track, but has expanded its activities since inception. Many of those components are core elements that can be used to construct larger solutions as well as being standalone solutions in their own right. Since ConsenSys began operations before the Ethereum ecosystem existed, ConsenSys has also built core infrastructure elements like Ethereum clients, testing frameworks, rapid application development frameworks, and Integrated Development Environments. ConsenSys Enterprise, the professional services arm, works with various enterprises to help them formulate their blockchain strategy and develop business processes for them on private or consortium blockchains, as well as on the public Ethereum network.

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Jane Thomason

Chief Executive Officer, Abt Associates, and Senior Advisor, International Social Policy


Jane Thomason is the chief executive officer of Abt Associates-Australia. Dr. Thomason established JTA International in 1999 and has successfully led its growth, building from an initial portfolio of aid programs to diversify into the mining sector and develop Australian operations. In 2013, JTA International became Abt JTA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Abt Associates.

Dr. Thomason has worked extensively in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific, Mongolia and the Philippines and has held executive roles in Australia and internationally, including: Chair of the Wesley Hospital Board; Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Royal Children’s Hospital; Director of Women’s Health in Queensland; Senior Social Sector Specialist at the Asian Development Bank in Manila; and head of the Department of Community Medicine at the University of PNG and adviser to the Health Metrics Network Executive Board at WHO, Geneva, where she focused on building regional partnerships to improve country civil registration and vital statistics systems. Dr Thomason has led several multi-country research studies, including Health Sector Reform in Asia and  Private Sector Growth in the Health Sector in Asia, as well a number of health impact assessments and PPP designs on behalf of resource sector clients. She is frequently invited to assist global organizations to develop their future strategies.

Dr. Thomason has a Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, a Master’s degree in Public Health (Tropical) from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Social Work, majoring in Community Development, from the University of Queensland.

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Michael Maloney

CEO at VestChain


Michael is a Blockchain Technology Solution Architect, and the CEO and CTO of VestChain. He has extensive experience in building blockchain applications, and is focused on bridging the gap between blockchain and financial markets. Michael has a decade of technology and regulatory compliance experience consulting for global financial clients.

Michael is also the CTO and co-founder of eduDAO, a blockchain fundraising platform that provides direct pass-through funding for education non-profits throughout low-income New York neighborhoods. eduDAO is a first of its kind platform that leverages the Ethereum protocol to provide total transparency in funding, while also reducing the barrier of entry for institutions seeking to serve the community.

Formerly, Michael was Blockchain CTO at EY, responsible for globally coordinating technology resources, leading development of blockchain solutions, and overseeing technical evaluations of vendors. In this role he built solutions from proof of concept to full-scale applications for multiple service lines, both within and without financial markets.

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Ramesh Babu

Practice Head for Analytics & Blockchain, Wipro Technologies


Ramesh Babu is the Practice Head for Analytics & Blockchain in Wipro Technologies. He focuses on the crosswalk between technology and delivery of value through the power of business-centric solutions using data analytics and blockchain for global banks and financial services institutions. He has significant experience in driving scalable growth by helping customers solve their business problem through innovation and by leveraging disruptive & emerging technologies.

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Andrew Miller

Associate Director, IC3


Andrew Miller is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in Computer Engineering and in Computer Science. He is also an Associate Director of the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts (IC3) at Cornell and an advisor to the zcash project. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland Cybersecurity Center.

His research interests are broadly in computer security, and focused on the design of secure decentralized systems and cryptocurrencies. He combines techniques from programming languages, cryptography, and distributed computing.

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Sandra Ro

Managing Partner & COO, STEALTH Mode


Sandra Ro is a derivatives industry executive. Most recently, she was head of digitization at CME Group. She assumed this role in early 2016 after serving as executive director, FX research & product development. She spent four years in the Global Capital Markets division of Morgan Stanley, where she served as vice president in event driven/M&A FX derivatives advisory. Before that, she spent three years as an associate at Deutsche Bank as an FX structurer on the London trading floor.

In 1996, Ro earned a double BA in History and Studies in the Environment from Yale University, with a concentration in the proliferation of chemical and biological weaponry in the 20th Century. She also earned an MBA in Finance from London Business School in 2004.

Sandra serves on the board of directors of the Yale University Alumni Fund.

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Tyler Smith

Head of ConsenSys Energy


Dr. R. Tyler Smith is a globally recognized expert in the application of blockchain technology. Prior to joining ConSensys he was the Head of Blockchain for the natural resource company BHP Billiton. While there he planned, built and put into production the world's first supply chain platform based on a blockchain for a major enterprise. His current role is Director of Energy for ConsenSys, the global leader in blockchain focused software development. Tyler works with Oil and Gas companies to explore and develop blockchain solutions which are transformational to the business. These include applications across supply chain, corporate-wide security/identity, capital project risk management, new financial instruments and contract negotiation with automated execution.

Tyler has a PhD in Geophysics from Rice University where he focused his research on the history of the Antarctica Peninsula Ice Sheet. In conjunction with this work he received a US congressional medal for the 3 field seasons spent in Antarctica. His early career was spent finding oil and gas all around the world as an exploration geophysicist. His passion is to transform the energy and mining industries to be more sustainable, transparent and productive.

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Giulio Coppi

Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA), Fordham University


Giulio Coppi joins the IIHA with more than ten years of humanitarian professional experience managing operations in South America, West and Central Africa, South and Central Asia. Giulio earned his BA, MA and MAS in International Law with a specialization on Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in conflict. In his career, Giulio has cooperated with NGOs, Universities, the UN, the OECD and the ICRC.

At the IIHA, Giulio oversees the Humanitarian Innovation program of the Institute, with a special focus on Open Source technology and community-based approaches. For this purpose, Giulio fosters relationships with all relevant interlocutors from the non-profit, private, and public sector alike in order to create broad partnerships and to promote a meaningful public debate on the global right of access to life-saving technology. Giulio is also the founder and administrator of the platform High Tech Humanitarians (HTH), of which IIHA is an official partner. HTH is a web-based initiative dedicated to the gathering and improvement of open source humanitarian tools, to allow universal access to life-changing technology and to mark the beginning of a continuous bottom-up innovation process.

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Richard Kooloos

Director of Sustainable Banking, ABN AMRO


Richard Kooloos is Director of Sustainable Banking, responsible for the sustainability strategy of ABN AMRO. In his previous role he was CEO of ABN AMRO Greenbank, a subsidiary of ABN AMRO which solely financed green initiatives. Before that he worked for Fortis as Senior Relationship Manager Global Energy & Utilities Group and for ABN AMRO as VP in the areas of Export and Project Finance. He holds a Msc in Business Engineering.

Richard is board member of Global Compact Netherlands and VBDO (Dutch SIF) and supervisory board member of StartGreen Consumer Products Fund and Green Business Club Amsterdam Zuidas. 

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Ronald Boehm

Principal, BOMA Investments


Ron Boehm is the Principle and Founder of the BOMA Investments, an early stage Impact Organization passionate about investing in innovative social entrepreneurs and improving systems, business models, and tools that create a better world. Ron has co-founded impact companies in Haiti and India, and through BOMA has provided strategic advisory services and financing to over 50 social and environmental impact companies on five continents. 

In addition to BOMA serving a co-founding role in BSIC, Ron has been at the center of bringing complementary organizations together for mutual benefit, including Young Presidents Organization, Ashoka, World Merit, Synergos, and Nexus. 

Ron is also an officer at The Boehm Gladen Foundation which sponsors its Media Fellows, an international group of journalists, videographers, bloggers, and authors focusing on social improvement. 

Ron studied law at Hastings (University of California), is a member of California Bar and has MBA from University of California Berkeley.


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Anaïs Ligibel Toure

Consultant, Focus Investments


Anaïs joined Focus Ventures in late 2016 as a Consultant.

Over the years, Anaïs has developped tremendous skills in business trend transformation such as “Digital transformation”, “e-services”, “open innovation transformation”, “business intelligence” working with global multinational companies in several industries including oil and gas, luxury, and business Intelligence. in multicultural environment, in Europe, and West Africa.

Prior to joining Focus Ventures, she acted as transversal strategic partner and project manager, in the digital and innovative department of the leading telcos player, Orange (In Côte d’Ivoire)

Anaïs holds a Master’s degree in International Strategy Affairs (Europe). She is currently preparing an Executive MBA at Lagos Bbusiness School in Nigeria.

In her words, “It is an honor to be part of the FV family and I’ll strive in developing our clients to grow their revenue and market share , by defining the best go to market strategy, understanding and seize the new market opportunities, within the best network, alongside with the best partner.”

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Min-Si Wang

Chief Product Officer, BitPesa


Min-Si is in charge of product development at BitPesa, a digital FX payment platform. Min-Si has a mix of private and public sector experiences, mainly in consulting and development finance, prior to BitPesa. She was a management consultant with PwC’s M&A practice. She also has experience in financial product development with Temasek (Sovereign Wealth Fund of Singapore) and Planet Finance, a microfinance focused organization. Min-Si is a graduate of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

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Mike Goldin

Lead Engineer, ConsenSys


Mike is a software developer at ConsenSys. His work is primarily focused on the design and implementation of cryptosystems and incentive games. Mike is an author of the AdChain whitepaper and a co-inventor of the token-curated registries concept. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in computer science.

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Maggie Love

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Business Development, ConsenSys


Maggie Love is a Director of Strategic Initiatives and Business Development at ConsenSys, the fastest growing blockchain company with over 400+ people building infrastructure and products, educating developers and entrepreneurs, and delivering enterprise projects across 5 continents.

On the Strategic Initiatives team, Maggie is driving multiple projects across ConsenSys, including unique client engagements and partnerships, ConsenSys Capital, financial services “spokes” or products, and enterprise. Maggie is passionate about reimagining and building new business and societal models with blockchain that are based on decentralized consensus, inclusiveness, interconnectedness, transparency, trust, and authenticity.

She joined Consensys from IBM, where she held multiple roles in business strategy, product management, and consulting. In her prior strategy role there, Maggie worked on a broad range of activities, including growing a portfolio of Watson risk and compliance products; creating business cases to support investments such as financial services utilities and acquisitions; defining the financial markets blockchain strategy; and integrating emerging blockchain and Watson solutions. She graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

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Mohammad Shaikh

Director of Strategic Initiatives, ConsenSys


Mo has joined Consensys from the Boston Consulting Group in their Private Equity practice, bringing experience in investments and strategy. At BCG, Mo advised on Energy IPO institutional investor strategy, M&A for the Middle East’s largest telecom and Sovereign Wealth Fund investment management. Prior to BCG, Mo worked for BlackRock, where he focused on real estate alternative assets and helped found the firm’s sustainability committee. Mo serves on the Advisory Board for the SS Venture Capital Fund, the Board for CUNY Hunter College, the Board of MUPPIES NYC and is a member of the Bushwick Community.

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Rahilla Zafar

Managing Director, ConsenSys


Rahilla is member of the founding team in Dubai where ConsenSys was named the city's blockchain advisor by Smart Dubai. She is also a founding member of ConsenSys Research, and manages business development and partnerships for a leading blockchain healthcare product being incubated by ConsenSys.

She previously was based in Afghanistan and Pakistan working for the International Organization for Migration, the NATO-led mission, and government initiatives focused on humanitarian outreach. She holds two graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics and received her undergraduate degree from DePaul University. While a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, Rahilla co- authored Arab Women Rising with the award-winning journalist Nafeesa Syeed highlighting women entrepreneurs from across the Middle East published by Knowledge@Wharton (K@W). She’s been a contributor to K@W with a longtime focus on innovative technologies and its impact on women in particular. She also was a contributing writer for K@W interviewing participants and writing pieces for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative.