Join us on the Blockchain for Social Impact Conference 2020

Sep.16, 2020 – online

Join Entrepreneurs, foundations, NGOs, corporates, and impact-driven organizations for a day at the crossroads of Impact and Blockchain.


9:00 – 9:05 am                                          

Welcome Remarks 

Yorke Rhodes (Microsoft, BSIC Board), Vanessa Grellet (ConsenSys, BSIC Board) 

9:05 – 9:30 am

Keynote: NGO Consortia Leveraging Blockchain: Why is Governance Key?

Houman Haddad (World Food Program) 

9:30 – 9:45 am

Keynote : Leveraging Blockchain to Build a Sustainable Future

Sal Ternullo (KPMG) 

9:45 – 10:15 am

The Paris Accords will drive Blockchain Adoption

Steven Haft (ConsenSys), Bill Kentrup (Allinfra), Padmini Ashok Kumar (KPMG), Paul Gambill (Nori)

10:15 – 10:30 am

Keynote: Building Tech for the Hearing Impaired 

Vahid Hajjehforoosh (Bridgium)

10:30 – 10:35 am


10:35 – 11:15 am

Digital Rights are Universal Human Rights

Elena Giralt (Electric Coin Company), Holmes Wilson (Zbay)  

11:15 – 12:00 pm

What are Governments and Multilateral Organizations Building on Blockchain?

Alejandro Pardo ( IADB), Stela Mocan (World Bank), Ashley Lannquist (World Economic Forum)

12:00 – 12:15 pm

Collective Bargaining for Fair Housing

Clara Pardo Gromaches (Communitáz)

12:15 – 12:25 pm

Keynote: Ethics in Blockchain – The Presidio Principles

Sheila Warren (World Economic Forum) 

12:30 – 13:00 pm

Blockchain Solutions for Digital Identity and Urban Populations

Bill Sterling (Wolfpack), Karen Bhatia (NY EDC), Adam Wiedemann (City of Austin)

1:00 – 1:15 pm

Offsetting Carbon Emissions in Crypto Exchanges 

Sean Murphy (ImpactScope)

1:15 -1:45 pm

How can Blockchain Technology Increase Financial Inclusion?

Andre Serano (ECC), Gigi Gatti (Grameen), Natalya Thakur (Stanford), Will Le (Celo)

1:45 – 2:00 pm

Community Currencies

Gustav Friis (

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Alternative Currencies in Africa

Will Ruddick (Grassroots Economics)

2:15 – 2:25 pm

Smart Climate Finance and Credit Management in Emerging Economies

Ermia Saharkhiz (Treejer)

2:25 -3:00 pm

Blockchain for Everyone: Dev and Users Perspectives

Dennison Bertran (DappHero), Dani Osario (NEAR), Coogan Brennan (ConsenSys)

3:00 – 3:30 pm

Financial Tools for All – How DeFi is Transforming Finance

Vance Spencer ( Framework), Michael Anderson ( Framework), Tegan Kline (The Graph)

3:30 – 4:00 pm

The Values of Decentralization – What is the Impact?

Camilla Russo (The Defiant), Yaniv Tal (The Graph), Teck Chia (Binance), Tegan Kline (The Graph)

4:00 – 4:05 pm 

Efforts of the US Government: Congressional Blockchain Caucus

Raja Krishnamoorthi (US Congress, D-IL-8)

4:05 – 4:45 pm

Engineering Sustainable Products and Systems 

Robby Greenfield (Emerging Impact), Ben Onuoha (Afri Blockchain), Thessy Mehrain (Liquality), Leah Callon Butler (Emfarsis Consulting, Coindesk)

4:45 – 5:00 pm

Insights from Devcon Scholars on Global Communities

Shawki Sukkar (Devcon V Scholar – Syria), Eman Herawy (Devcon V Scholar – Egypt)  

5:00 – 5:45 pm

Who Watches the Watchmen? Deep Dive into Proof of Person

Divya Siddarth (Microsoft), Paula Berman ( Democracy Earth), Adam Stallard (BrightID), Vinay Taylor (Nomqa), Clément Lesaege (kleros)

5:45 – 6:00 pm

Keynote: Frontiers of Democracy

Saeed Valadbaygi (Global Center for Risk and Innovation) 

6:00 – 6:30 pm

Keynote: Payments and Financial Inclusion : Insights from Celo

Xochitl Cazador (Celo), Jackie Bona (Celo)

6:30 – 7:00 pm 

Transforming digital identity into Self Sovereign Identity

Rouven Heck (DIF), Mark Blick (Diginex), Marcos Allende (IADB)

7:00 – 7:30 pm

Keynote: UNICEF Blockchain Projects

Mehran Hydary (UNICEF)

All proceeds are donated to BSIC a not for profit to uphold Equity, Ethics, and SDGs in Blockchain development. 

Past Highlights

Every year since 2017, we convene individuals from organizations such as World Economic Forum, World Bank, Human Rights Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Asian Development Bank, UNICEF, World Food Programme, and the Start Network to highlight blockchain technology achievements in the humanitarian space.