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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, UNJSPF
Mr. Dino Cataldo Dell’Accio is the Chief Information Officer of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF). Before joining UNJSPF, Mr. Dell’Accio served as Chief of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Audit in the Office of Internal Oversight Services, and... Read More →

Shashank Rai

Chief Technology Officer, UNICC
With over eighteen years in Information Technology industry, ranging from advising CEOs and business leaders on ICT Strategy to very deep technology work (like reverse engineering malware binaries or writing DDoS tools); my core capability is to comprehend very complex technology... Read More →

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