05 Mar INATBA Announces Taverner as First Executive Director
INATBA Announces Taverner as First Executive Director
Former Bitfury Exec to Lead INATBA’s Agenda to Grow Global Blockchain Industry
BRUSSELS, March 4, 2020 – The International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications
(INATBA) today announced it has selected global blockchain veteran Marc Taverner as its first
As executive director, Taverner will work to ensure that INATBA becomes the go-to international
organization for convening public and private industry partners, with the credible support of
powerful allies like the European Commission and key advisory bodies. The Governing Advisory
Board currently has 19 member governments and international organisations from 16
countries. The Academic Advisory Board currently has 36 member experts representing 34
institutions from 16 countries.
INATBA brings together key industry players, startups and SMEs, policy makers, international
organizations, regulators, civil society and standard-setting bodies to support blockchain and
Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) in becoming mainstreamed and scaled-up across multiple
“We are proud to have chosen Marc Taverner to lead INATBA’s efforts to build a global
community of stakeholders committed to supporting the widescale adoption of distributed ledger
technology,” said Julie Maupin, chair of the INATBA board of directors and director of Social
Impact & Public Regulatory Affairs at the IOTA Foundation. “Blockchain’s growth depends on
our ability to raise awareness and appreciation for its far-reaching benefits and impact to
society. Under Marc’s guidance, INATBA will drive that conversation and convene the partners
needed to achieve our ambitious goals.”
Under his leadership, Taverner said, INATBA will steer the global blockchain agenda by
facilitating collaboration and convening direct exchange between public and private partners.
“Those discussions need to take place in order for this technology to achieve its true potential
and make the world a more trusted, secure and livable place for everyone,” he said.
“The strength, size and unique positioning of INATBA, coupled with the world-class quality of
our diverse membership, equip us to drive the blockchain agenda not only in Europe but around
the world,” he added. “Working with our vibrant ecosystem, I am committed to ensuring that
INATBA is the first thought that springs to mind whenever blockchain, public policy, and cross-
border cooperation are mentioned.”
Taverner has been active in the global blockchain ecosystem for more than five years. He has
worked across 20 countries and engaged with organizations from core cryptocurrency
companies to governments and financial institutions, as well as large corporates and industry
As Global Ambassador for the Bitfury Group, a leading full-service blockchain technology firm,
he brought a unique set of experiences gained from a career in start-ups and industry leading
players. The founder of a successful modem distribution company, Nuvo, Tarverner has held
leadership roles with many leading technology companies, including Genesys Conferencing, the
world’s largest provider of unified communications services and Promethean, a market leader in
educational technology solutions. Taverner plans to leverage this experience to achieve
INATBA’s ambitious agenda.
The International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications offers developers and users of
DLT a global forum to interact with regulators and policy makers and bring blockchain
technology to the next stage.
Initiated by the European Commission and launched in April 2019, the association already has a
membership base of more than 150 organizations, from start-ups to key industry players of
various sectors. The association is additionally supported by an Advisory Board including
organizations like OECD, World Food Program, the World Bank, and the United Nations.
The core objectives of INATBA are to:
- Establish a permanent dialogue with public authorities and regulators.
- Promote open, transparent and inclusive global governance models for blockchain and
- Support the development and adoption of interoperability guidelines and global
- Develop sector-specific guidelines and specifications.