Dignity Through Identity: Unlocking Economic Opportunities for the World's Poorest

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In his talk, Hamse Warfe will focus on the global refugee crisis and discuss some of his work to bring innovative solutions to improve the refugee systems.

Date & Time:

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


McNeely Hall 100

In the developed world, something as a simple as a utility bill can serve as proof of your identity and your economic history, sending signals that can allow banks to provide financial services.  

Having no means to prove your identity or economic history completely excludes people from access to the global economic ecosystem. This is the reality for over 2.5 billion people globally including the millions of refugees and displaced. Today, Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT), also known as Blockchain, offers an unprecedented opportunity to lift millions out of poverty. 

Hamse Warfa is a co-founder and the Executive Vice President of  award-wining software technology company, BanQu, a  social enterprise that harnesses the benefit of a distributed ledger technology across a trust / consensus network for augmenting identity with critical life events and transactions such as: land / property records, harvest history, birth registration, immunization, health history , education and job skills (Certifications and Work History)  and movable and other collateral for asset financing (reducing cost of borrowing). 

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.