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“The Next Frontier: Self-Sovereign Digital Identity” A Fireside Chat produced in partnership with Sovrin Foundation

May 7 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am EDT

GBBC is proud to host the first iteration of our “Fireside Chats” produced in partnership with Sovrin Foundation.

In an increasingly digital world, the shortcomings of traditional identity systems have been laid bare from rising rates of identity theft to a staggering 1.1 billion people without ownership of an identification document. In response, companies, governments, and organizations have begun developing and deploying digital identity solutions to improve the lives of citizens and customers globally. Join us for a conversation with leaders in the field to discuss:

  • How they are reimaging control and ownership over one’s digital identity
  • Utilized emerging technologies, such as blockchain, to create more inclusive, secure, and reliable digital identity systems
  • Collaborating to develop a set of technical and policy standards surrounding digital identity.




Mercina Tillemann-Dick currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC). Experienced in strategic planning and communications, she has spent her career translating complex ideas for broad audiences in the public and private sectors. Mercina has advised state and national governments and fortune 100 companies on issues surrounding technology and public health. An expert in blockchain technology, Mercina works with corporations and governments to identify relevant applications for the technology; she speaks regularly about the technology around the world – from the G20 Summit to the European Parliament to the U.N.’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Mercina has worked in the offices of the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and for the Human Rights Commission of the U.S. Congress. While working with Janssen’s Global Public Health Group, she drafted congressional testimony, authored publications and spearheaded multiple public information initiatives. She holds a degree in Bioethics, Political Science and Law from Yale University.

Arnaud Brolly is currently Head of Blockchain Solutions at SITA.aero, a world’s leading specialist in air transport communications and information technology. Prior to SITA, Arnaud developed warfare solutions for defense industry. Arnaud has certifications in Blockchain Technology and Artificial Intelligence from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and holds 3 master’s degrees in Software Engineering (Ecole Centrale), Business Management (IAE) and International Relations & Geopolitics (IEP). He is also Vice-President of Singapore Computer Society (IoT chapter) and animates The French-Tech Blockchain group of Singapore.

Chris Raczkowski, Executive Director, Sovrin Foundation

James Loperfido, Director of Business Development, Tangem


Sumiran Agarwal is currently Director of Strategy & Business Development at Sovrin Foundation. She began her professional career as an engineer and quickly moved into business growth and customer success. After working with high tech companies for a decade in India, Sumiran moved to the US in 2015 and began working with major American companies until finally landing at Sovrin.

About the Sovrin Foundation:

The Sovrin Foundation is a 501 (c)(4) nonprofit organization established to administer the Governance Framework governing the Sovrin Network, a public service utility enabling self-sovereign identity on the internet. The Sovrin Foundation is an independent organization that is responsible for ensuring the Sovrin identity system is public and globally accessible.


May 7
9:00 am - 10:00 am EDT
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