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How Blockchain Can Promote Financial Inclusion (Crypto4Good #3)

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As part of Berlin Blockchain Week, JOLOCOM, DSTOQ, GIZ BLOCKCHAIN LAB, and TEMPO are partnering for the 3rd Crypto4Good panel discussion featuring experts from both the tech world and the international development sector.

The aim is to define practical solutions to a pressing global issue - financial exclusion - and explore how DLT (distributed ledger technology) can bring positive change.

Around two billion people worldwide do not have access to the financial services that meet their needs. Whether as individuals or small and medium enterprises (SMEs), many struggle to obtain sufficient financing to lift them out of poverty, establish a sustained source of income or gain the opportunity to obtain shares and invest in assets. DLT could alleviate some of these challenges thanks to its decentralized and tamper-proof infrastructure, with intermediary-free remittances, credit-history for micro-loans or innovative and accessible tokenized-assets investments.

Though the features of blockchain-based solutions might sound very promising, there are several issues to be tackled. When it comes to financial inclusion, major challenges include poor financial and digital literacy as well as the lack of identification documents. However, DLT can also be leveraged to store sensitive data, such as identification, and empower users to participate in financial markets.

This event will be an occasion to discuss both the opportunities the technology offers and its possible challenges, while assessing the conditions in which these solutions could be implemented and what might hinder their widespread adoption.

Moderator: Salomé Eggler (GIZ Blockchain Lab)

Salomé is a Blockchain Governance Expert at the GIZ Blockchain Lab. Before joining the GIZ she worked for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and UNHCR.


Jolocom (ID Management): Kai Wagner (Business Development)

Kai drives business development & strategy at Jolocom. His commitment to self-sovereign identity extends outside the office as an active contributor to several working groups from the Blockchain Bundesverband, the German blockchain association.


DSTOQ (Investing/Capital Distribution): Craig Mc Gregor (Founder)

Craig comes from a background in Finance, with a postgraduate degree in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management. Craig got involved in cryptocurrencies in a personal capacity in 2013. As an entrepreneur in the cryptocurrency industry, he aims to cultivate innovation and rethink corporate responsibility.


Tempo (Remittance): Anthony Barker (CTO)

Anthony works as a CTO at Tempo Money Transfer. In addition to his role at Tempo, he is a blockchain visionary, entrepreneur and crypto influencer with more than 20 years of experience in the field of IT, banking, trading and fintech.


GIZ Blockchain Lab: Franz von Weizsäcker (Head of GIZ Blockchain Lab)

Franz heads the GIZ Blockchain Lab. He has been an advisor to several governments on digital and innovation policies including Germany, Palestine and Saudi Arabia. Previously he worked as a management consultant in the telecommunications industry. His background is in computer science from the Technical University of Berlin.


18:00-18:30: Arrival of attendees
18:30-18:45: 5-minute key notes
18:45-19:30: Panel discussion
19:30-21:00: Networking

Food + Drinks (+ Wine!) provided!


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