The First Major Blockchain Event Held at the
European Headquarters of the United Nations

Blockchains for
Sustainable development

October 24, 2018, Palais des Nations, UN HQ, Geneva, Switzerland
2018 World Investment Forum

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Keynote Speeches

About The Session

Blockchains for Sustainable Development was a full-day session at the 2018 World Investment Forum held in the largest room in the Palais des Nations, Room XX, which is also known as the Human Rights Room. Twelve top-tier speakers were invited to speak on the application of Blockchain technologies for the meeting of UN Sustainable Development Goals and bridging the funding gap needed to achieve them.


Palais des Nations
UN Headquarters


October 24

The Speakers

Stephen DeMeulenaere

Stephen DeMeulenaere

Lead Organizer, Chair & Moderator
Initiative for Leadership and Sustainability

Changpeng Zhao

Changpeng “CZ” Zhao

Keynote Speaker
CEO, Binance

Eva Kaili

Eva Kaili

Keynote Speaker
Member of European Parliament

Speaker 3

Prof. Dr. Jem Bendell

Academic Chair & Keynote Speaker
Initiative for Leadership and Sustainability

Speaker 4

Vanessa Grellet

Executive Director

Speaker 5

Louis de Bruin

Blockchain Leader Europe
IBM Business Services

Chris Fabian

Chris Fabian

UNICEF Innovation Fund

Galia Benartzi

Galia Benartzi


Marius Jurgilas

Marius Jurgilas

Board Member
Central Bank of Lithuania

Guenther Dobrauz

Dr. Guenther Dobrauz

Partner & Leader
PwC Legal Switzerland

Marta Piekarska

Marta Piekarska

Director of Ecosystem

Abdallah Kablan

Dr. Abdalla Kablan

Blockcain Committee
Malta Stock Exchange

Sander de Jong

Sander de Jong

Managing Director

Hans Docter

Hans Docter

Sustainable Economic Development
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Program

Session Opening Stephen DeMeulenaere, IFLAS

Lead Organizer, Chair & Moderator, Stephen DeMeulenaere

Opening Speech James Zahn, UNCTAD

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Opening Keynote Speech Prof. Dr. Jem Bendell, IFLAS

The Pros & Cons of Blockchain and Currency Innovation for Development

First Session:
Practical Applications of Blockchain Technologies

Galia Benartzi, Bancor
Louis de Bruin – - IBM
Sander de Jong – Fairfood
Vanessa Grellet - Consensys

Keynote Speech Changpeng Zhao, CEO, Binance

Second Session:
Blockchain Challenges and Opportunities Meeting SDGs

Guenther Dobrauz - PwC Switzerland
Marta Piekarska - Hyperledger
Chris Fabian - UNICEF Innovation
Changpeng Zhao, Binance
Galia Benartzi - Bancor

Keynote Speech Eva Kaili

Third Session:
Policy and Regulatory Risks & Opportunities for Governments

Guenther Dobrauz - PwC Switzerland
Hans Docter - Netherlands Foreign Ministry
Marius Jurgilas - Central Bank of Lithuania
Eva Kaili - Member of European Parliament
Abdalla Kablan - Malta Stock Exchange

Closure of Session by the Chair Stephen DeMeulenaere

Event Venue

Room XX - Palais des Nations

Room XX
Human Rights
& Alliance of Civilizations

The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room (Room XX) is one of the largest conference rooms at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). The main feature of the refurbished room is a ceiling sculpture by the prominent contemporary Spanish artist Miquel Barceló.