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June 8-10, 2021
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Tuesday, June 8 • 10:10 - 10:40
Blockchain, Biometrics and Geo Location: the Implementation of Innovative Technologies at the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) - Dino Cataldo Dell’Accio, UNJSPF & Shashank Rai, UNICC

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In January 2021, in accordance with its digital transformation strategy, UNJSPF deployed a solution based on blockchain and biometrics to transform a legacy process with a global reach (70K beneficiaries located in more than 195 countries). The solution offers an alternative to paper-based processes. UNJSPF beneficiaries are required to sign and submit a ‘Certificate of Entitlement,’ or ‘CE,’ every year as a “proof of existence” and proof of country of residence, to continue receiving their benefits. With this ‘Digital CE solution,’ UNJSPF aims to create, verify and secure the digital identities of beneficiaries - while also preventing fraud – using biometrics; identifying their locations with geo-location technology; and storing transactions on an immutable, traceable and independently auditable ledger, using the Hyperledger Indy blockchain platform. The Digital CE solution addresses both technical or business audiences with focus on innovation and technology for social good. This solution was selected as a finalist in Gartner’s Eye on Innovation Awards for Government 2020. It was selected because it demonstrated how emerging technology can be combined to allow the service to be delivered in a completely different way, improving integrity and efficiency.


Dino Cataldo Dell’Accio

Chief Information Officer, United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund
Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF), with experience in governing, managing, auditing, securing, and advising on information and communications technology (ICT) systems, and operations supporting national and international civil... Read More →
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Shashank Rai

Chief Technology Officer, UNICC
Over twenty years in the technology arena, I've worked for various verticals such as telecoms, air travel industry, financial services, bio-technology, energy in various capacities, for both commercial and not-for-profit segments.As the CTO of United Nations International Computing... Read More →

Tuesday June 8, 2021 10:10 - 10:40 CEST
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