You are here: American University Kogod School of Business Events Blockchain Forum

January 27 Blockchain’s Social Impact—The Future is Now

American University Blockchain Hub's third annual forum
Register Now

About The Forum

American University’s Kogod School of Business Blockchain Hub is proud to co-host their Third Annual Blockchain Forum, along with the leading industry association for the blockchain technology ecosystem, the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC). 

This year’s half-day, virtual forum will focus on social impact that is aligned with Kogod’s aim to equip and empower its community to use business as a force for meaningful change. Also featured will be the newly released first comprehensive effort to survey blockchain standards, prepared by GBBC, World Economic Forum, and industry leaders. The forum will engage leading blockchain experts from the private sector, various government agencies and regulatory bodies, The World Bank Group, NGOs, and academic institutions in a setting designed to foster learning and the exchange of ideas. 

Why Attend?

Whether you are a blockchain novice or an expert, work in the private sector or the government–if you want to learn about the best practices regarding blockchain applications and explore new opportunities in the field, the Kogod Third Annual Blockchain Forum, co-hosted with GBBC, is designed specifically for you. 




Wednesday, January 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Networking Reception to follow

  • 9:00 to 9:05 a.m.
    Dean's Opening Remarks – Professor John Delaney, Dean, Kogod School of Business, AU
  • 9:05 to 9:10 a.m.
    GBBC Opening Remarks—Dave Treat, GBBC Board Chair
  • 9:10 to 9:30 a.m.
    Opening Keynote: Tomicah Tillemann, Founder and Director, Digital Impact and Governance Initiative, New America—Topic: Blockchain’s Social Impact
  • 9:30 to 9:50 a.m.
    Fireside Chat: Hernando de Soto Polar, author of “The Mystery of Capital”: Moderated by Tomicah Tillemann—Topic: Blockchain and Untitled Land
  • 9:50 to 10:00 a.m.
  • 10:00 to 10:25 a.m.
    Keynote: Dante Disparte, Head of Policy and Communications at Libra Association—Topic: Libra in 2021
  • 10:25 - 10:50 a.m.

    Regulatory Panel Discussion
    Moderated by Daniel Gorfine, Former Chief Innovation Officer and Director at LabCFTC

  • 10:50 to 11:00 a.m.
  • 11:00 - 11:25 a.m.
    Keynote: Lesly Goh, Chief Technology Officer at the World Bank Group—Topic: Social Impact and the World Bank Group Innovation Lab
  • 11:25 - 11:50 a.m. 

    Panel Discussion 

  • 11:50 - noon 
  • noon - 12:20 p.m.
    Fireside Chat:  Jose Arrieta, former CIO of the Department of Health and Human Services: Moderated by: Jason Brett, contributing writer for Forbes on Blockchain—Topic: Functioning HHS Blockchain Project to Track Covid-19

  • 12:20 - 12:55 p.m.
    GBBC presents its work on the Global Standards Mapping Initiative: GBBC, WEF, MIT, Hyperledger, SDX

  • 12:55 - 1:00 p.m.
    Joint Closing Remarks: Kogod Blockchain Hub and GBBC

Coming Soon!

Attend this event

Please let us know if you plan to attend by clicking the button below to register, as seating may be limited. Join us on January 27. 

Register Here