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Thursday, September 6 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Blockchain solutions for MEL data management and end use

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This session will give an overview of what the blockchain is and how it offers solutions to MEL's unique data challenges to include management and increased access to data in a manner that facilitates end use. While in its infancy, the blockchain offers solutions that protect PII and create more streamlined processes for data quality and dissemination that can create opportunities for end use beyond what current processes and protocols allow.

This session will present an outline of these technical blockchain solutions in addition to some of the barriers to implementing these solutions in current practices and culture. The session is intended to be participatory in order to gain feedback from practitioners on their experience with the issues at hand and to invite them to an online platform that aims to be a gathering place for MEL practitioners to learn about and discuss opportunities in this space.

Speakers
avatar for Shailee Adinolfi

Shailee Adinolfi

Director, Blockchain Solutions, ConsenSys
Shailee Adinolfi is currently Director, Blockchain Solutions at ConsenSys, a venture production studio harnessing the power of ethereum. She was previously Vice President of Account Management and Marketing at BanQu Inc., which creates Economic Identities (patent pending) for people, assets and organizations on the distributed ledger, linking them to the global economy. At FHI 360, Shailee was a Technical Advisor, Digital Financial Services and Project Director for the USAID Mobile Solutions Technical... Read More →
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Michael Cooper

Founder, Emergence
Michael Cooper is a former Associate Director for Policy and Evaluation who has 13 years experience with the U.S. Department of State, USAID and Millennium Challenge Corporation. In this capacity, he had technical oversight on dozens of independent mixed-method evaluations, creation... Read More →
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Valentine J Gandhi

Founder, The Development Cafe
Dr Valentine (Val) Joseph Gandhi is an Implementation Scientist, Development Economist, Policy Advisor, Poverty and Livelihood Impact Evaluation Specialist, ICT4D and Knowledge Manager, currently based between Jakarta and Nairobi, with over 15 years of interdisciplinary, quantitative... Read More →
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Nick Martin

Founder and CEO, TechChange
Nick Martin is the founder and CEO of TechChange, where he oversees all strategy and programming. Nick is an educator, technologist, and social entrepreneur. He is a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow (2013), an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow (2014), and an International Youth Foundation... Read More →


Thursday September 6, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Academy Hall Breakout B 1825 Connecticut Avenue NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20009

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