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Humanitarian Blockchain Summit Agenda

Plenary sessions of the Humanitarian Blockchain Summit at Fordham University highlighted the work of major humanitarian agencies—both intergovernmental and nongovernmental— implementing blockchain for humanitarian action.

Time and Location Event
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Platt Court
Registration
9 - 9:45 a.m.
McNally Amphitheatre

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Giulio Coppi, Humanitarian Innovation Fellow, Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs/Digital Specialist, Norwegian Refugee Council

Sharon LaDay, IBM Blockchain Ecosystem Leader

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
McNally Amphitheatre

Moderated Panel
Beyond Blockchain: Tailoring DLTs to Humanitarian Applications
Moderator: Ric Shreves, Senior Advisor, Technology for Development, Mercy Corps

Karen Ottoni, Ecosystem Manager, Hyperledger
Shailee Adinolfi, Director, Government Blockchain Solutions, Consensys
Julie Maupin, Director of Social Impact and Public Regulatory Affairs, IOTA Foundation
Yoshiyuki Yamamoto, Special Advisor for UN Engagement and Blockchain Technology, UNOPS

11 - 11:30 a.m.
Room #1
Room #2

Breakout #1 (Room #1)
Intro to the IBM DLT
Lead: Roman Vaculin, Research Manager, Blockchain Solutions at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Master Inventor

Karen Ottoni, Ecosystem Manager, Hyperledger

Breakout #2 (Room #2) 
The IOTA Ecosystem: Exploring Humanitarian Applications of the Mesh Network
Lead: Marian de la Roche, Impact Project Manager, IOTA Foundation

Julie Maupin, Director of Social Impact and Public Regulatory Affairs, IOTA Foundation
Mathew Yarger, Senior Research Engineer and Security Specialist, IOTA Foundation

11:35 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
Room #1
Room #2

Breakout #3 (Room #1)
Bootstrapping on Multichain
Lead: Courtney Brown, CEO, Red Rose

Hakan Buyukbayrak, Director, Red Rose

Breakout #4 (Room #2)
Bootstrapping on Ethereum
Lead: Aradhana Gurung, Lead Manager, Nepal Innovation Lab, World Vision International

Saujanya Acharya, Project Coordinator, Sikka, Nepal Innovation Lab, World Vision International

12 - 2 p.m.
Platt Court

Lunch

12: 30 - 1: 15 p.m.
Atrium

Special Announcements/Work in Brief
Andrew Kruczkiewicz, Science Advisor, IFRC
Natasha Friedus, Founder, Needslist
Paula Gil Baizan, Co-founder, SEMPO
Nick Williams, Co-founder, SEMPO
Tamar Tchelidze, Counselor, Permanent Mission of Georgia to the UN

1:30 - 2 p.m.
Room #1
Room #2

Breakout #5 (Room #1)
Smart contracts to deliver transparency, interoperability, and flexibility in today’s humanitarian work
Lead: Nicolas Berbigier, President, FAMOCO

Antoine Bertout, Director of International Development, Partnerships and Channels, FAMOCO

Breakout #6 (Room #2)
Overview of the Hyperledger Ecosystem and Potential Humanitarian Applications
Lead: Karen Ottoni, Ecosystem Manager, Hyperledger

Roman Vaculin, Research Manager, Blockchain Solutions at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Master Inventor
Kurt Fields, Blockchain/Crypto Advisory, PWC

2:10 - 2:40 p.m.
Room #1
Room #2

Breakout #7 (Room #1)
Towards an Implementing Framework for Humanitarian DLTs
Lead: Ric Shreves, Senior Advisor, Technology for Development, Mercy Corps

Michael Cooper, M&E Expert and Blockchain Advisor, Emergence
Rose Shuman, Founding Partner, BrightFront Group 4
Ellen Cowan, Executive and Managing Director, Digital Innovation, Avanade
Andrew Borg, Senior Director, Innovation Advisory, Avanade

Breakout #8 (Room #2)
Experiments and Investments in DLTs at UNICEF
Lead: Christina Rose Lomazzo, Blockchain Lead, UNICEF

Chris Fabian, Senior Advisor on Innovation to the Executive Director, UNICEF

2:50 - 3:20 p.m.
Room #1
Room #2

Breakout #9 (Room #1)
WFP Building Blocks: The Road Ahead Room
Lead: Gustav Stromfelt, New Venture Consultant and Project Manager, WFP

Breakout #10 (Room #2)
DLTs for Peace Building
Lead: Jennifer Brody, Project Lead, Technology and Innovation, NDI

Sheldon Himelfarb, CEO and Founder, PeaceTech Lab
Noble Ackerson, Senior Manager, Products and Software, NDI

3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
McNally Amphitheatre

Fireside Chat
Early findings from humanitarian blockchain applications in live settings
Moderator: Laura Walker McDonald, Director of Innovation, GAHI

Aradhana Gurung, Lead Manager, Nepal Innovation Lab, World Vision International
Gustav Stromfelt, New Venture Consultant and Project Manager, WFP

4:30 - 5 p.m.
McNally Amphitheatre

Closing Remarks
Ambassador Dr. Toshiya Hoshino, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations and co-chair of the multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology, and innovation