18 October 2018

Trade, Debt and Finance Knowledge Group

As part of our Trade, Debt and Finance Group series of 2018, Advocates for International Development is delighted to invite you to the following panel discussion:

Harnessing Blockchain for Development

Thursday 18th October 2018 from 6.30 to 8.00pm

Mayer Brown LLP

201 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3AF


Blockchain has been hailed as the future of finance, but how can it be harnessed for good? Already, companies and NGOs are exploring the use of blockchain to track aid, create digital registries and streamline cash transfers. How else can it be used to benefit development and what role can lawyers play in this fast-changing and increasingly de-centralised environment?

Please join us in a discussion of blockchain, its potential use in development and the important regulatory and other legal consequences that might arise with the use of this new technology.

Confirmed speakers and topics include:

  • Harriet Territt will discuss how blockchain can be used to provide assurance in respect of human rights violations, including forced labour, particularly across the supply chain. Harriet is a Partner at Jones Day and works with clients on liability, risk, and governance issues arising out of the cutting edge of financial technology such as blockchain, alternative finance arrangements, and consumer-facing products. She is a founding member of Jones Day’s blockchain initiative and the coauthor of Jones Day’s multijurisdictional blockchain overview.
  • Ben Joakim (@BenJoakim) will discuss “Disberse – Building a new financial institution for the global aid industry. Can Blockchain Technology enable greater transparency, efficiency and impact?” Ben is the CEO and Co-Founder of Disberse, a fund management platform that drives the transparent, efficient and effective flow and delivery of development and humanitarian aid, built on blockchain technology.
  • Raphaël Mazet (@raph_alice) will discuss how the organisation Alice utilises the blockchain to make social projects more effective and transparent, by using a combination of “donation by results” and verified impact data to create trust and collaboration within a thriving ecosystem of social organisations, donors and impact investors. Raphaël is a social entrepreneur, and a co-founder of Alice, the social impact platform powered by blockchain technology that helps social organisations raise funds for projects, while being fully transparent about their results.
  • Rachel Speight(moderating), Partner in the Banking & Finance practice of Mayer Brown. Rachel represents banks and sponsors in international structured and project financings and has been involved in deals across sub-Saharan Africa in both Anglophone and Francophone jurisdictions including Burkina Faso, Kenya, Tanzania and Eritrea.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

Please sign up at Eventbrite HERE. To ensure the sustainability of the programme we are applying a small fee of £10 for admission. Limited places are free for full-time students. Please contact Toby Collis, Learning and Development Manager ([email protected]) if, for any reason, the admission fee would prevent you participating.