INATBA Elects New Working Group and Committee Co-Chairs

Brussels, 21 July – The International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) is proud to announce the election of 28 new Co-Chairs who will lead the INATBA Working Groups and Committees. 

INATBA has 15 Working Groups and Committees, spanning the following topics: Education, Energy, Climate Action, Social Impact, Finance, Public Sector, Privacy, Identity, Standards, Real Estate, Supply Chain, Mobility, Interoperability, Healthcare and Governance. Co-Chairs play an instrumental role in the INATBA association by leading the Working Groups, including choosing key focus areas, hosting events, planning meetings with government stakeholders and more.

The newly elected Co-Chairs were approved and formally nominated by the INATBA Board of Directors and later approved by their fellow INATBA Members in an election process that took place over the past two months. Co-Chairs will serve a twelve-month term during which they will have the opportunity to showcase their expertise at INATBA and ecosystem events, in association-wide and industry-specific bilateral engagements and in their regular meetings with Working Group Members. 

INATBA is excited to work with the newly appointed co-chairs to continue building the future of the blockchain ecosystem. Executive Director Marc Taverner noted, “The Working Groups are a vital component of the work INATBA does as global convener of the blockchain ecosystem. I look forward to leading alongside each of the Co-Chairs and sharing knowledge to advance the adoption of blockchain technology worldwide.”

Learn more about the INATBA Working Groups and their respective co-chairs below: 

Climate Action

The Climate Action Working Group supports members and the broader INATBA community to develop a systemic and cohesive data and digital innovation infrastructure to enhance climate actions. To date, the group has published a report on climate action, governance and blockchain with the Governance Working Group and Climate Ledger Initiative, and a report on UOI in the built environment with the Real Estate Working Group and FIBREE. 

Co-chairs:

Barbora Greplova, Future Energy Foundation

Kiara Keoloha, iov42

Education

The Education Working Group develops and structures educational programs that raise awareness among current and future decision-makers about the possible applications and limitations of blockchain technology. The Working Group has held numerous roundtables on the importance of blockchain education and also published a report in February 2021 outlining a potential curriculum, followed by a roundtable to discuss the findings. The Working Group is also active in the European Commission’s CHAISE project.

Co-chairs:

Margherita Leder, Italia4Blockchain

Wim Stalmans, The Blockchain Academy, Infrachain

Energy

The Energy Working Group is focused on creating a global platform for standardisation, information exchange and harmonisation of the energy blockchain ecosystem that will help accelerate the development and acceptance of solutions to aid the modernisation of the energy sector. The Energy Working Group published an internal position paper in 2020 and are active in a number of ecosystem events. 

Chair: 

Ioannis Vlachos, Energy Web

Finance 

The Working Group contributes to meaningful blockchain and DLT policy recommendations and research by participating in multiple bilateral discussions with regulators as well as with relevant stakeholders and formulating industry-leading content. The Finance Working Group frequently responds to consultations on topics like the digital euro, FATF guidelines, DeFi and more, and has hosted events on DeFi and CBDCs. 

Co-chairs:

Arnab Naskar, Stokr

Dimitrios Psarrakis, XReg Consulting

Governance

The Governance Working Group supports INATBA’s efforts to reach its objective to promote a transparent and inclusive model of governance for blockchain and other distributed ledger technology. The Governance Working Group contributed to a report and several roundtable discussions on the topic of governance for blockchain-based climate action. 

Co-chairs:

Marianna Belotti, Caisse des Dépôts

Nathan Vandy, Blockchain Helix

Healthcare

The Healthcare Working Group aims to identify stakeholders and their contributions in healthcare, establish communication with regulators and stakeholders, understand the potential of blockchain for healthcare innovation and outline regulatory elements. The Healthcare Working Group hosted a matchmaking session for COVID-19 vaccine tracking in March of 2021. 

Co-chairs:

Mirko de Maldè, Lynkeus 

Danny van Roijen, COCIR

Identity 

The Identity Working Group aims at facilitating the exchange of ideas, best practices and domain-specific knowledge between the digital identity and blockchain communities, researchers, governments and international institutions. The Identity Working Group actively engages with EBSI/ESSIF stakeholders and published a report on Self-Sovereign Identity in late 2020 with a follow-up discussion in early 2021. The Group is currently working to review and respond to the eIDAS proposal. 

Co-chairs:

Kai Wagner, Jolocom

Jacob Boersma, Dutch Blockchain Coalition

Interoperability 

The Interoperability Working Group acknowledges the disruptive character of the technology and wishes to facilitate topics, enhancements and challenges for interoperability and blockchain. The Interoperability Working Group Members have met with European Commission policymakers on the importance of interoperability in the region. 

Co-chairs:

Ismael Arribas, Kunfud

Ravindra Kumar, Incrreda

Privacy

The Privacy Working Group aims at raising the voice of the industry on the most relevant issues related to privacy and establish a common opinion to provide input to regulators. The Privacy Working Group has produced two reports on the perception of privacy regulations on blockchain technology and privacy regulations in various international jurisdictions and also responded to the Council’s Resolution on Encryption. In May, the group hosted a roundtable on privacy aspects of CBDCs.

Co-chairs:

Marin Zarakowski, ThinkBLOCKtank

Paola Heudebert, Archipels

Public Sector

The Working Group aims at creating a dialogue with Governments at European and Global level to identify the potential and key challenges of blockchain for the Public Sector, share the best practices and find solutions at regional and global level.

Co-chairs:

Roxane Faure, Caisse des Dépôts

Barbara Halasek, Coinfirm

Social Impact

The Social Impact Working Group offers a unique set of tools to tackle global challenges and ensure a prosperous, sustainable, and equitable world for future generations. The Working Group launched a survey on blockchain for social impact projects in 2020 and are continuing to build out a report with findings with feedback from INATBA Membership gathered during an internal roundtable

Co-chairs:

Mariana de la Roche, IOTA Foundation

Joerg Walden, iPoint-systems

Supply Chain 

The Supply Chain Working Group will facilitate interaction among logistics providers, OEM, ERP providers, regulators, public institutions or existing blockchain consortia to support and foster the adoption of blockchain technology and blockchain applications in the supply chain industry. The Working Group has participated in bilateral engagements with DG Agro and plans to launch a position paper on use cases. 

Co-chairs:

Denis Avrilionis, Compellio

Dan Weinberger, Morpheus.Network

Standards Committee

The Standards Committee aims to discuss the importance of standards and create opportunities for INATBA members to get involved in standardisation efforts. Through the Standards Committee, members are able to access international standards-setting bodies like the ISO, ITU and IEEE. 

Co-chairs:

Ismael Arribas, Kunfud

Monique Bachner, ThinkBLOCKtank

Gilbert Verdian, Quant

Learn more about each of the Working Groups on the Organization page of the website. Not yet a member of INATBA? Join Here. 

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