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Keynote Speaker

Opening Plenary Keynote
Sunday, 25 October, 9:00 AM-10:30 AM

Houman Haddad


Houman Haddad is the Head of Emerging Technologies at the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). Houman is the founder of WFP’s “Building Blocks” project, which seeks to harness the power of blockchain to foster interagency collaboration and create efficiencies.

Building Blocks is the world’s largest implementation of blockchain technology for humanitarian assistance, currently serving 500,000 Syrian and Rohingya refugees in Jordan and Bangladesh. Blockchain technology also has the potential to empower the vulnerable through financial inclusion and digital identities. Houman joined WFP in 2010 as a treasury officer and, prior to WFP, worked in Canada’s banking sector.

Closing Plenary
Thursday, 29 October

"Information for a Sustainable World: A Call to Action"
Note speakers TBD