2019 Conference2019-06-20T15:32:25+00:00

Social innovators, entrepreneurs, NGOs, government officials, and representatives from impact-driven organizations came together during the BSIC 2019 conference in New York City to present and discuss new ways to solve some of our most pressing global challenges using blockchain technology. Check out the program agenda and speakers below.

Conference Schedule

We’ve curated a variety of perspectives and insights for you to explore. Join us on one of our diverse conference tracks featuring workshops, demos, and illuminating presentations given by social impact leaders.

Track 1

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am – 9:10 am

Welcome Remarks

Yorke Rhodes, Microsoft
Vanessa Grellet, BSIC, ConsenSys

9:10 am – 9:30 am


Clyde Vanel, NY State Assembly Member

9:30 am – 10:10 am

Fireside Chat – Social Impact in a Blockchain World

Joseph Lubin, ConsenSys, Ethereum
Alicia Syrett, Pantegrion Capital
Amit Bouri, GIIN
Billy Nauman, Moral Money and Financial Times

10:10 am – 10:40 am

101 Panel – Blockchain and Saving our Planet

Moderator – Steven Haft, ConsenSys
Paul Gambill, Nori
Stephan Nicoleau, Fullcycle
Donna Redel, The Earth Institute

10:40 am – 11:50 am


10:45 am – 11:15 am

102 Bounties for Oceans – Documentary

Fireside Chat with Mark Beylin, Bounties Network
Moderator – Christine Kim, CoinDesk

11:15 am – 11:45 am

103 How Can Blockchain Support Humanitarian Initiatives

Moderator – Shailee Adinolfi, ConsenSys
Mark Blick, Diginex
Ric Shreves, Mercy Corps
Tal Viskin, Accenture
Houman Haddad, WFP

11:45 am – 12:05 pm

104 Lightning Talk -Blockchain and Impact, Creating a Framework for Collaboration – The Bellagio Project

Tomicah Tillemann, New America

12:05 pm – 12:25 pm

105 Lightning Talk -Oxfam in Vanuatu and the Unblocked Cash Pilot

Sandra Hart, Oxfam

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm


1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

106 The Future of Work

Moderator – Susan Mcpherson, Mcpherson Strategies
Kevin Owocki, Gitcoin
Yorke Rhodes, Microsoft
Jeff Wald, Work Market
Danielle David, Jane Strategy

2:00 – 2:30

107 Panel – Financial Inclusion

Moderator – April Rudin, The Rudin Group
Alex Mashinsky,Alex Mashinsky
Jalak Jobanputra, FuturePerfect Ventures
Tal Oron, GoodDollar
Henry R. Aguda,, Union Bank

2:30 pm – 2:40 pm


2:40 pm – 3:00 pm

107 Lightning Talk – Blockchain and Identity the impact of the technology on the Botton Billion

Christine Leong, Accenture

3:00 pm – 3:20 pm

108 Lightning Talk – Charitable Giving in a Cryptoworld

Jill Ni, Blockchain Charity Foundation

3:20 pm – 3:40 pm

109 Lightning Talk – The World Bank Evoke Project

Robert J. Hawkins, World Bank

3:40 pm – 4:00 pm

110 Lighting Talk – Universal Basic Income and the Blockchain

Tal Oron, Goodollar

4:00 pm – 4:20 pm

111 Fireside chat – Censorship Free Internet

Moderator – Aaron Stanley, CoinDesk
Steve Waterhouse, Orchid Labs

4:20 pm- 5:00 pm

112 Art and Blockchain, What is the Impact?

Moderator – Fanny Lakoubay, RadicalxChange
Jake Brukhman, Coinfund
Beatriz Helena Ramos, DADA.nyc
John Egan, Editional
John Zettler, Rareart

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


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Track 2

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

10:10 am – 10:50 am

201 Sustainable Supply Chains

Moderator – Rhett Godfrey, BSIC, Boma Investments, LLC
Tyler Mulvihill, Viant
Ayan Kishore, Creative Associates International
Christa Foster Crawford, Freedom Resource International
Sandra Ro, Global Blockchain Business Council

10:50 am – 11:30 am

202 New Financing Mechanisms

Moderator- Raphael Mazet, Alice
Tomicah Tillemann, New America
Jill Ni, Blockchain Charity Foundation
Charlie Chesney, Conservation Innovator

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

203 Blockchain and Land Titles

Moderator- Alex Kostura, ConsenSys
Dr.Jolyne Sanjak, Tetra Tech
Yuliya Panfil, New America

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm

204 Lightning Talk – Crypto Philanthropy Fundraising for the Future

Alex Wilson, The Giving Block
Patrick Duffy, The Giving Block

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm


1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

205 Blockchain Innovation in Latin America

Moderator- Silvana Rodriguez, ConsenSys
Marcos Allende Lopez, LACChain
Mauricio Tovar Gutiérrez, ViveLab at Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Cecilia Chapiro, UNICEF Ventures

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

206 Activists and Diversity in Blockchain

Moderator – Ben Schiller

Thessy Mehrain, ConsenSys, Women in Blockchain
Fereshteh Forough, Code to Inspire
Nicole Hamilton, Springboard
Alissa Worley, Accenture
Brennan O’Rear, QryptoQueers
Lindsay Nuon, Women of Color in Blockchain

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm


3:00- 3:45

208 Workshop – Get your Wallets Ready for Crypto Donations

Alex Wilson, The Giving Block
Patrick Duffy, The Giving Block

3:45 – 4:00

209 Lighting talk – Human Rights and Cryptocurrenciess

Diego Zuluaga, The Cato Institute

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

210 Lightning talk – Using Blockchain for Food Distribution – WFP Building Blocks

Houman Haddad, WFP

4:30 pm – 4:50 pm

211 Lightning talk – Blockchain and Voting – Supporting Democracy

Moderator – Vanessa Grellet, BSIC

Nithin Eapen, Electis
Nimit Sawhney, Voatz

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


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June 11th

9:00 am-9:30 am


9:30 – 9:45

Intro to BSIC Working Groups purpose and process (Rhett Godfrey, Founding Board Member BSIC)

9:45 am – 10:05 am

Intros to the Workshops (Workshop Leaders)

  • Impact Tracking & Decentralized Social Finance (Raphael Mazet)
  • Land Rights and Refugees (Shailee Adinolfi & Dr. Jolyne Sanjak)
  • Climate Crisis (Steven Haft)
  • UBI Universal Basic Income (Vanessa Grellet)

10:05 am -12:30 pm

Workshop Breakouts:

Impact Tracking & Decentralized Social Finance:

Join the working group tackling the challenges of Blockchain-enabled decentralized social finance and its potential to radically improve how we deliver and track our impact. Our objective is to bring together a broad section of front-line organizations, social funders and blockchain companies so that we can better map the solutions that are already available today, identify challenges and bottlenecks, learn, and work together to scale useful innovations.

Register here

Land Rights & Refugees:

Join this group to discuss how public and private sector, as well as civil society organizations can work together to demonstrate and scale blockchain solutions for land management. From fractional ownership of real estate to managing property rights with various government authorities – work alongside practitioners to contribute to technical standards development, and the appropriate policy environment for the solutions to make an impact. As displaced populations are the first victims losing their property rights without having the capacity claim ownership or asset rights and are also in the scope of this workshop.

Register here

The Climate Crisis:

The Climate Crisis working group will focus on the contribution that blockchain technology can make to both carbon mitigation and green finance as part of the implementation of the Paris Accords, which take effect in 2020. Seeking members with relevant skill sets to contribute to solutions.

Register here

Universal Basic Income:

Economies throughout the world are failing to provide an environment for all citizens to thrive. With vast and increasing inequality, the wealth disparity between the top and the bottom is causing climatic shifts and in our communities. Universal Basic Income (UBI), in one of its various forms, could be a building block in the creation of a new economy for all. By providing an income to support people’s basic needs UBI could be the radical change the world economy needs.

But how would it work? How should it be paid for? How has it been tested and implemented before? And how universal is universal?

Register here

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Share-back and next steps from each working group champion


8:00- 9:00

Breakfast & Check-in


Vanessa GrelletExecutive Director, ConsenSysBlockchain for Social Impact Coalition

Sheldon HimelfarbPresident and CEO, PeaceTech Lab

Nancy Lindborg, President, US Institute of Peace

9:15AM – 9:25 – KEYNOTE

Opening Keynote with Lesly Goh, CTO, World Bank

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Keynote Speakers

Vanessa Grellet

President, BSIC & ConsenSys

Joseph Lubin

ConsenSys Founder, Ethereum Co-founder

Clyde Vanel

NY State Assembly Member

Amit Bouri

CEO and Co-Founder, GIIN

Conference Speakers

Shailee Adinolfi

Director of Government Solutions, ConsenSys

Henry R. Aguda

Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Technology and Operations Officer and Chief Transformation Officer, UnionBank of the Philippines, and Chairman of the Board, UBX Philippines

Mark Beylin

Co-Founder, CEO, Bounties Network

Mark Blick

Head of Government Affairs, Diginex

Jake Brukhman

Managing Director & CEO, CoinFund

Cecilia Chapiro

Investment Advisor, UNICEF Innovation Fund

Charlie Chesney

Conservation Innovator, WWF Panda Labs

Christa Foster Crawford

J.D., Principal Consultant & Founding Partner, Freedom Resource International

Danielle David

Co-Founder, Jane Strategy

Patrick Duffy

Founding Partner, The Giving Block

Nithin Eapen

Co-Initiator, Electis

John Egan

Founder, Editional

Fereshteh Forough

Founder and CEO, Code to Inspire

Paul Gambill

Co-Founder, CEO, Nori

Rhett Godfrey

Founding Member, BSIC & Senior Programs Director, Boma Investments LLC

Mauricio Tovar Gutiérrez

Co-director, InITColombia Research Group

Houman Haddad

CFA, United Nations World Food Programme

Steven Haft

Head of Global Partnerships, ConsenSys

Nicole Hamilton

Managing Director, TechHub, Springboard Enterprises

Sandra Hart

Pacific Cash & Livelihoods Lead, Oxfam

Robert J. Hawkins

Global Lead for Technology and Innovation in Education, World Bank

Jalak Jobanputra

Founding Partner, FuturePerfect Ventures

Christine Kim

Tech Reporter, Coindesk

Ayan Kishore

Director, Digital Development, Creative Development Lab, Creative Associates International

Alex Kostura

Director Government and Impact, ConsenSys

Fanny Lakoubay

Head of Public Relations, RadicalxChange

Christine Leong

Managing Director Security, Digital Identity, Access Management, Accenture

Marcos Allende Lopez

Technology Coordinator, LACChain

Alex Mashinsky

CEO, Celsius

Raphael Mazet

CEO, Alice

Susan Mcpherson

Founder and CEO, McPherson Strategies

Thessy Mehrain

Director of Global Product & Innovation, ConsenSys, Founder, Women in Blockchain

Gilles Mentre

Founder, Electis

Tyler Mulvihill

Co-Founder, Viant

Billy Nauman

Producer, Financial Times

Jill Ni

Director, Blockchain Charity Foundation

Stephan Nicoleau

Cofounder, Managing Director, Fullcycle

Lindsay Nuon

Women of Color in Blockchain

Brennan O’Rear

Consultant, QryptoQueers

Tal Oron

Executive Director, GoodDollar

Kevin Owocki

CEO, Gitcoin

Yuliya Panfil

Senior Fellow and Director, Future of Property Rights

Beatriz Helena Ramos

Founder, DADA.nyc

Donna Redel

The Earth Institute

Yorke E. Rhodes |||

Co-Founder of Blockchain, Microsoft

Sandra Ro

Chief Executive Officer, Global Blockchain Business Council

Silvana Rodriguez

Director of Strategic Partnerships, ConsenSys

April Rudin

Founder and President, The Rudin Group

Dr. Jolyne Sanjak

Senior Associate, Tetra Tech

Nimit Sawhney

Co-Founder and CEO, Voatz

Ric Shreves

Director, Emerging Technology, Mercy Corps

Aaron Stanley

Consensus & Live Journalism Editor, CoinDesk

Alicia Syrett

Founder and CEO, Pantegrion Capital

Tomicah Tillemann

Founder and Director of the Blockchain Trust Accelerator and Chair of the Responsible Asset Allocator Initiative, New America

Tal Viskin

Blockchain for Development Lead, Accenture

Jeff Wald

Founder, Work Market

Steven Waterhouse

Orchid Labs

Alex Wilson

Founding Partner, The Giving Block

Alissa Worley

Global Marketing Director, Blockchain | DLT, Accenture

John Zettler

CEO & CoFounder, Rareart

Diego Zuluaga

Policy Analyst, Cato Institute

A warm thank you to our sponsors and partners


Media Partners

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance
Impact Alpha
Internet Society