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Bond Conference 2018:

Europe's biggest international development event

How blockchain is transforming development

Delighted to chair a panel of great speakers at Bond's annual conference in Westminster Room, Queen Elizabeth Centre, London SW1P 3EETuesday, February 27, 2018 -15:15 to 16:15

Session theme is: Blockchain technology has the potential to transform how we relate, share and transact with each other, and I will be joined on the panel by:

Kate Dodgson, a consultant at HumanityX - a Hague-based organisation researching technology in the humanitarian and development sectors. Kate’s work focuses on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, and she has written articles and whitepapers on blockchain use cases. Kate also advises charities, NGOs and social enterprises on blockchain technology and how and whether they could benefit from it.

Dr Kate Symons: fellow in international development at the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She is also a researcher on the OxChain project, working with Oxfam to explore and build blockchain for development.

Areti Kampyli: has founded multiple startups and currently works with Alice. Alice brings transparency to social funding through blockchain technology. Alice makes it easy for funders (philanthropic organisations, government, impact investors, small donors) to identify and help scale projects that actually work.

Paul Currion: COO and co-founder of Disberse, a fund management platform that drives the transparent, efficient and effective flow of development & humanitarian aid. He has 20 years' experience in the non-profit sector, including NGOs, United Nations agencies, British and US government offices, and the International Federation of the Red Cross. He works towards increasing effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian response management, particularly through improved information management for decision-making. Missions have included Kosovo, Macedonia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Liberia, the Indian Ocean tsunami, Bangladesh and Georgia.

Learn how this revolutionary technology works and what types of development projects it will add real value to. You’ll find out how organisations are exploring blockchain and why collaboration with others, including funders and private companies, will be crucial to blockchain’s impact on international development and humanitarian work.

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