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Blockchain addressing Financial Inclusion

December 12, 2017 @ 6:30 pm 9:30 pm Europe/London

With more than 2 billion people with no access at all to financial services, we will here about amazing startups that are trying to address this global major issue with Blockchain based solutions.

The event will take place at the European School of Economics and will follow the following structure:

18:30-18:45==> Attendees arrival

18:45-18:50==> GBA Intro

18:50-19:00==> Sam Mendelson introducing Financial Inclusion

19:00-19:15==> Blockchain Panel short introductions

19:15-20:00==> Discussion/Debate

20:00-21:00==> Networking/Drinks

Thank you all.


Janina Lowisz – Co-Founder and CMO – CASHAA

Featured amongst the Top 100 most influencial blockchain company in the world, Cashaa’s Co-Founder Janina Lowisz will present the solution they have developped to help unbanked and underbanked people across the world accessing financial services.

Sam Mendelson – Board Director – The Financial Inclusion Forum UK

Sam specializes in financial inclusion generally, and pro-poor distributed renewable energy finance and housing microfinance specifically.

Since 2009, Sam is co-author of Microfinance Banana Skins, the gold standard annual survey that ranks risk perceptions of more than 500 practitioners and close observers of the microfinance industry in over 80 countries – as well as the lead author of the inaugural EFSE Survey. Former Citi/DFID CSFI Development Fellow; Consultant for European Microfinance Platform and lead author of 2016 European Dialogue on Post-crisis Microfinance, 2017 Dialogue on Microfinance & Access to Education, 2018 on Microfinance for Housing. Prior to this, Senior Consultant in the Emerging Markets practice at ESL & Network for four years, and before that Programme Director at the Centre for the Study of Financial Education, a London-based economics think-tank.

Peter Sweetnam – Director of Financial Inclusion – Objectech Group

Pete Sweetnam has more than 15 years’ experience within the humanitarian field and some 10 years in development preceding that. He has also run a successful small manufacturing enterprise in the UK. His experience covers the full spectrum of the sector, including NGOs, Donors and the UN and he has been a senior consultant to the sector for many years, working on organisational development, large programme design and reinvigorating moribund programming. He has covered senior field positions directing large scale responses in natural disaster and conflict settings, as well as been a CEO and Director of small and medium sized organisations; as well as been a board member.

Peter now works with ObjectTech Group on the development of Self-Sovereign Identity with a specific responsibility for how this technology and concept, can be applied to aid the marginalised and promote Financial Inclusion globally.

The Accorn Collective (speaker to be confirmed)

The Acorn Collective ecosystem comprises a crowdfunding hub that’s open access and commission free, The Acorn Marketplace where consumers can find innovative products post-fundraising and the ACO token, connecting backers, founders and consumers through a single currency.

They primarily focus on developped country and adressing Inclusion issues with disrupting technologies.

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