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Wednesday, May 16 • 10:30 - 11:45
Opportunities and Challenges of Blockchain Technologies for Sustainable Development Goals

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Sustainable Development Goal 17 recognizes the importance of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) in developing global partnerships for sustainable development. However, ICTs are also a tool whose use cuts across all of the Sustainable Development Goals as an important part of implementation. In this panel, experts discuss the disruptive potential and challenges of Blockchain as a Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

While the technology is still in a nascent phase and many issues will be addressed as the technical capability develops, some of the key constraints to addressing these challenges fall outside the scope of technology. These include governance challenges, capacity issues, ethical struggles and the effect of misinformation and hype. The objective of the session is for the panelists to introduce the DLT solutions that they are proposing or following, exchange ideas, share lessons learned and examine opportunities and challenges at policy, organizational and individual levels.

Panelists will highlight innovative approaches as well as propose new collaborations and strategies for responding to those challenges.

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Oonagh Fitzgerald

Director of the International Law Research Program, Centre for International Governance Innovation
As director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program, Oonagh Fitzgerald established and oversees CIGI’s international law research agenda, which includes policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, intellectual property law and innovation... Read More →

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Katherine Foster

Advisor, World Bank
Innovation for Sustainable Development and Climate Change: Blockchain and Innovation PPPs BiographyA former Canadian Diplomat, Katherine Foster focused on International Trade, Climate Change and Human Security for nearly a decade before turning to building innovation for social impact... Read More →
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Christine Mohan

Co-founder, Civil
Christine has 20+ years of experience with media firms and technology startups in New York City, Boston and Washington DC. She spent 12 years at The New York Times Company and The Wall Street Journal in corporate communications, product marketing and web operations roles. Christine... Read More →
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Xiaochen Zhang

President, FinTech4Good
Xiaochen leads the design and implementation of FinTech4Good’s strategy which aims to introduce impactful fintech and blockchain solutions to frontier markets through incubation, acceleration and investment. He brings more than 16 years of thought leadership and global experience... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:30 - 11:45 EDT