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Monday, November 19 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
GIZ Blockchain Lab - Blockchain and Transparency: The current state of blockchain supply chains FULL

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Much ink has been spilled on the potential of blockchain-powered supply chains. Blockchain, among other technologies, has been deemed capable of improving logistics, facilitating trade finance and ensuring tamper-proof traceability. It is on these promises that key business players have launched large-scale initiatives, perhaps the most well-known being piloted by IBM and Maersk Tradelens. In all these undertakings, transparency remains the underpinning motive, enabling the actors of the supply chain to trade without prior trust and to verify at any moment the provenance of handled goods.

More transparent supply chains also have the potential to incentivize fairer sourcing
conditions by shedding light on socially and environmentally unsustainable
production practices. Whether for textile, fish, or minerals, blockchain is an
unprecedented solution to never lose sight of how goods are being produced,
processed, manufactured and transported. Higher transparency standards can thus
have a positive impact in emerging markets as smallholders reap the benefits of
delivering goods that are verifiably and fairly produced.

Even if blockchain is the perfect technology to support more transparent supply
chains, implementing scalable solutions for social good remains challenging. Despite
the commitment of numerous NGOs, start-ups, and international organizations,
several questions remain open. How, for instance, can real decentralization be
guaranteed when human intervention is still essential to first-mile certification? And
how can fungible goods without a unique identity be traced via a digital token?
As we move away from the early stages of blockchain towards more tangible
endeavours, such concrete pain-points need to be tackled. For this reason, we are
engaging with both the tech ecosystem and international development actors to delve
straight into the topic. With this unique mix of participants, we aim not only to
formulate solutions, but to uncover real paths for cross-sectoral collaboration.

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Husam Al Dakak

Founder and CEO, StBriders
Husam Al Dakak has been building bridges between the international economic development field and the tech world for over 10 years. Senior consultant with UN Agencies and NGOs, founder of www.stbridgers.com, co-founder of www.talentbridge.io, and Business Development Manager-Germ... Read More →
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Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Eigen

Founder, Chair of Advisory Council, Transparency International
Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Eigen is the founder of Transparency International (TI), a non-governmental organization promoting transparency and accountability in international development. From 1993 to 2005 he was Chair of TI and is now Chair of its Advisory Council.2005-2011 he... Read More →
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Viktor Peter

Blockchain Governance Expert, GIZ Blockchain Lab
Viktor Peter is Blockchain Governance Expert at the GIZ Blockchain Lab. The GIZ Blockchain Lab explores governance models for Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. His area of focus lies in the evaluation of blockchain... Read More →
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Sara Nadji Rafat

Consultant, GIZ Sector Prgramme Anti-Corruption and Integrity
Sara Nadji Rafat works for the GIZ Sector Prgramme Anti-Corruption and Integrity in Bonn. As part of her work, she focuses on the collaboration with civil society and on digitalization.
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Nathan Williams

CEO & Founder, Minespider
Nathan is a Canadian blockchain entrepreneur living in Berlin, Germany. He is the founder and CEO of Minespider, using blockchain for tracking responsibly sourced minerals. He also co-hosts the Analysis in Chains blockchain podcast.


Monday November 19, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm CET
Impact Hub Berlin Friedrichstraße 246, 10969 Berlin, Germany