Tuesday, Apr 21 | 4:00 PM (+04)
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About This Webinar
What it's About: A global economic crisis is looming. Now is the time for Blockchain to leave self-isolation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given the Blockchain industry fresh energy to harness its powerful capabilities of Digital Identity, Traceability, Privacy and Digital Currency to benefit the world. For the First Episode of the Digital Keynote Series, our expert panel with superstars from the United Nations and the Swedish Government, moderated by a world-famous radio host and TEDx Speaker - dive into how this remarkable and underutilised tech can join the fight against a global recession and remove barriers to unleash its potential. And its free to attend!

Duration: 45 minutes + 15 minutes Q&A

The Facts: In 2019, Blockchain spending was estimated to be $2.7 billion - an increase of 80% over 2018. While the current growth rate is quite impressive, it’s only a miniscule 0.3% of total ICT spending! ICT spend in new technologies (IoT, AI, AR/VR, etc.) is estimated to have reached $961 billion in 2019.
*Source: IDC
  • Blockchain – the new internet? What lessons of adoption, scalability and stakeholder buy-in can be learnt from the internet?
  • Building resilience: Traceability, Digital records, Central Bank Digital Currencies, Privacy and Digital Identity - can these 5 tools in Blockchain's toolkit improve resilience to future economic shocks such as COVID-19?
  • Blockchain joins forces with AI/Machine Learning - is this the ultimate hybrid superhero to create visibility and predictability in times of crisis?
Welcome Address by: H.E. Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr
Director General, Smart Dubai (UAE)
Named among ‘World’s Most Influential Arabs 2019’ by Arabian Business and the driving force behind Dubai’s citywide smart and digital transformation
Your Host: Ken Rutkowski (USA)
Award winning Talk Show Host of “Voice of Disruption”, featured on Oprah, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Co-Founder of the #1 business radio talk show in America, “Business Rockstars”, reaching tens of millions, Co-Founder Metal International, TEDx Speaker and super-connector.
Ben Tregenna (UK)
Head of Informatics, United Nations Environment Programme
Ex-tech startup CTO, Ex-community-farmer, now Head of Informatics at United Nations Environment Programme, Ben leads the Informatics Team as they deliver innovative tools for analysis and visualisation of complex ecosystem data and maintain a number of internationally important databases for the research and policy such as the CITES Trade Database and the World Database on Protected Areas.
Tony Sun (China)
Deputy Director, Blockchain Products & Solutions at Ant Financial
Tony Sun is a part of the Blockchain Products and Solutions team at Ant Financial, responsible for blockchain applications in trade finance, government services, and Blockchain-as-a-Service use cases. Ant Financial has built a proprietary blockchain platform, with the largest number of applied blockchain patents, and over 40 different uses cases deployed in production. Tony previously headed the FinTech research and partnership efforts at Ant Financial.
David Suomalainen (Sweden)
Advisor, Swedish Ministry of Infrastructure and Head of Blockchain
An internationally renowned Government Blockchain Expert - spearheads the Swedish Government's Blockchain, Digital Identity and Digital Services portfolio and led Sweden’s extensive testing to implement a Blockchain based land registry. Head of Swedish representation in the European Blockchain Partnership and member of OECD Blockchain Expert Policy Advisory Board.