A Practitioner's Guide to Blockchain
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As development evolves, organizations are looking to technological innovation as a key to scaling impact. One of the most widely discussed? Blockchain.

From agriculture to migration, some experts are hailing blockchain as a promising solution to complex challenges. So, what exactly is blockchain, and how can it be used in development?

This March, Devex is convening a panel of experts from the World Economic Forum and Mercy Corps to give you practical guidance on blockchain for development.

This one-hour webinar will cover:
We will also reserve time at the end for audience questions. You are welcome to send them ahead of the event to webinars@devex.com.

Admission is complimentary for all Devex members. 
Sheila Warren
Head of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies, World Economic Forum

Sheila began her career as a Wall Street attorney before turning to philanthropy and non-profit tech over a decade ago. She has represented banks, philanthropists and progressive non-profits. Most recently, she was VP of strategic alliances and general counsel of TechSoup, the global social enterprise that has connected civil society organizations around the world with over $9bn in donated tech-based resources. Previously, Sheila also designed and launched NGOsource, a service focused on international grant making. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law.

Ric Shreves
Senior Advisor, Technology for Development, Mercy Corps

Ric Shreves is a Senior Advisor on Mercy Corps’ Technology for Development team. In that role, he manages the Field Technology Testing Program through which Mercy Corps explores new technologies and innovations for humanitarian aid and development. Ric is also the subject matter lead for blockchain tech at Mercy Corps and the author of a white paper on distributed ledger technology, “A Revolution in Trust,” published by Mercy Corps in May 2017

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Catherine Cheney (moderator)
West Coast Correspondent, Devex

Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology and innovation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.  Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell.  She is also the West Coast ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that trains and connects journalists to cover responses to problems.