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June 8-10, 2021
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Thursday, June 10 • 18:40 - 19:40
Panel: Self-Sovereign Identity for Economic Empowerment: Lessons from Africa - Anna Johnson, Trinsic; Thea Sommerseth Myhren, Diwala; Lohan Spies, DIDx; Fabian Portmann, Farmer Connect; Bryan Pon, Kiva

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Self-sovereign identity (SSI) is a movement that claims digital identity should be just as legitimate and nuanced as a person’s human identity, while being accessible to all, privacy-preserving, and not reliant on a single government or corporation. The worldwide adoption of SSI has the potential to increase people's access to goods and services, including for disadvantaged individuals that do not have a government ID. Kiva, DIDx, and Farmer Connect are all using SSI backed by Hyperledger Aries/Indy to economically empower people in Africa. The panelists will specifically focus on the successes and obstacles that each of them have faced in helping to bring SSI to Africa. The speakers will share insights from each of their respective projects which are diverse in industry and use case.


Thea Sommerseth Myhren

CEO & Co-founder, Diwala
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Anna Johnson

Director of Marketing, Trinsic
Anna is the Director of Marketing at Trinsic, the proof of anything platform that makes it easy and secure for participants in any ecosystem, marketplace, or network to instantly prove things about themselves. Previous to Trinsic, Anna worked at the Sovrin Foundation and helped develop... Read More →
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Fabian Portmann

CTO, Farmer Connect
Fabian is the Chief Technology Officer at Farmer Connect, a Swiss-born tech startup creating blockchain-compatible, traceable supply chains to eliminate supply chain inefficiencies and to connect consumers straight to the farmers who create the products they use. Before Farmer Connect... Read More →
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Lohan Spies

Founder & CEO, DIDx
Lohan has been a co-founder of various cybersecurity and blockchain-based ventures in digital identity and personal data protection, a DApp called Amply aimed towards dematerialising the early childhood development subsidy claims to optimising the impact market with the ixo protocol... Read More →

Thursday June 10, 2021 18:40 - 19:40 CEST
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