Our last conference co-hosted by the United Nations' JIU:

How can Blockchain technology support a sustainable future?

When: 26-27 September 2019

Where: Palais des Nations Geneva

The Geneva Macro Labs were partnering with the Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations System, Diginex, the Crypto Valley Association (CVA), Just-Job-Network, and the Swiss Finance + Technology Association (SFTA).

Why Blockchain 4 Impact?

This conference was a common event with the Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations.

Our conference aimed at encouraging information exchange, debate and critical reflection on opportunities and limitations of the Blockchain technology in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our speakers linked technical aspects of Blockchain to policy objectives and discussed concrete use-cases and their potential. The event offered space for discussion and exchange around concrete examples in order to enable developers, regulators and users better understand each other and the technology.

Dr. Ekkehard Ernst, President at Geneva Macro Labs & Future of work and AI specialist at ILO.

Meet our speakers

Pierre Maudet, State Councillor of the Republic and Canton of Geneva

The State Councillor of the Republic and Canton of Geneva Pierre Maudet opened the conference at Palais des Nations.

Olivia Chang, CNN Money

Olivia is a Reporter and Anchor at CNNMoney Switzerland. She moderated our panel on opportunities and limitations of the blockchain technology in delivering on the SDGs as well as the Keynote speeches of LIBRA and SEBA.

Gianfranco Moi, State of Geneva

Gianfranco is the Deputy General Director of the Directorate of Economic Development, Research and Innovation at the State of Geneva. His topic: the legal and regulatory aspects for governments using Blockchain.

Jörn Erbguth, University of Geneva

Jörn Erbguth is a consultant on blockchain, smart contracts and data protection (GDPR). He's a lecturer at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and the University of Geneva. He will spoke about Privacy aspects of Blockchain.

Emanuelle Ganne, WTO

Emmanuelle is an international trade expert and a Senior Analyst in the Economic Research Department at WTO. She discussed how far Blockchain can revolutionize International Trade.

Bertrand Perez, Libra Association

Bertrand PEREZ is Managing Director & COO at Libra Association. He'll presented about the future of cryptocurrencies and e-payment systems.

Dr. Thomas Moser, SNB

Dr. Moser is an Alternate Member of the Governing Board, Swiss National Bank. His topic: What are the challenges of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies for central banks and monetary policy?

Blanca Zutta, ITSA

Blanca Zutta is Associate Founding Member of ITSA, the International Token Standardization Association and E-Learning technology and Social media specialist at WTO. She spoke about how to standardize tokens.

Paul Wang, Mt Pelerin

Paul is the Executive Advisor to the CEO @High-Tech Bridge. Advisory Board Member @Mt-Pelerin and Head of Corporate Governance at the Geneva Macro Labs. Paul spoke about Financial aspect of Blockchain - the opportunity to reach lower and middle income countries (microfinance)

Dr. Ralph Chami, IMF

Dr. Ralph Chami is Assitant Director at International monetary Fund (IMF).

He talked about how Blockchain can change the way how money is sent home from abroad.

Inma García Sáez, Scrypt.Media

Inma Garcia supports Scrypt.media and other boutique consultancies leveraging emerging technologies to tackle global challenges. She's also a UN volunteer and spoke about Blockchain technology's potential to create disruptive and sustainable business models 

Guido Buehler, SEBA

Guido Buehler is CEO at SEBA Crypto AG. He talked about how SEBA is building a licenced and supervised Swiss bank combining the new financial world of digital assets with traditional banking - in a secure and vertically integrated setup.

Dr. Petru Dumitri, UN JIU

Dr. Petru Dumitriu is Inspector of the UN System Joint Inspection Unit (JIU). Petru was co-host of the conference.

Séverine Ambrus, RTS

Séverine Ambrus is a journalist and correspondant at RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse located in Zurich. She moderated the conference.

Alexander Schell, CVA

Alexander Schell is Executive Director at Crypto Valley Association. He be moderated the conference.

Alessandro Sanos, Refinitiv

Alessandro is heading Refinitiv's Commodities business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. At our conference he highlighted Blockchain essentials: What everyone needs to know about blockchain as the technology is still surrounded by a layer of mystery.

Emilie Raffo, b4H

Emilie Raffo, is a Crypto-Finance Consultant, Public Speaker and a core contributor of blockchain for Humanity: https://b4h.world 
She's also anambassador of the #Stablecoin.Foundation and officer of the #CryptoValleyAssociation for Western Switzerland. Emilie moderated the session on technical applications and challenges of Blockchain and also spoke about Blockchain and financial inclusion.

Thomas Nägele, Nägele Attorneys at Law

Thomas Nägele is Attorney at Law and Managing Partner at NÄGELE Rechtsanwälte GmbH. Thomas was part of the working group that drafted Liechtenstein's blockchain law. He spoke about what laws are needed for the Token Economy to not hinder innovation with regulation, but rather, to provide solutions.

Richard Byworth, Diginex

Richard Byworth is Chief Executive Officer at Diginex. He lead a World Café at Blockchain 4 Impact about how far Blockchain technology can democratize Capital Market.

Pierandrea Quarta, Start-up in Stealth Mode

Pierandrea Quarta is Founder and CEO at Start-up in Stealth Mode. He discussed how Blockchain can help fight plastic waste

Laurent Favre, A. Favre & Fils

Laurent Favre is Founder at A. Favre & Fils. He lead a World Café at our conference about how to strengthen human rights along the supply chain: SwissGold.

Maike Gericke, Scrypt.Media

Maike Gericke is the co-founder of Scrypt.Media, a DLT consultancy and innovation studio. Her topic: last mile solutions for financial inclusion with limited phone access.

Robert Zapfel, iov42

Robert is the Co-founder of iov42 who creates the Internet of Value by adapting and pioneering ideas from Blockchain. He discussed technical developments of the Blockchain and provide a how-to-guide.

Jessica Camus, Diginex

Jessica is Head of Partnerships and Impact at Diginex. Her topic: How to abolish modern slavery thanks to Blockchain technology.

Leonardo Gammar, Agora

Leonardo Gammar is CEO at Agora. Leo lead a World Café about how to strenghten voters' rights and democracy with Blockchain.

Curt Hopkins, koinrewards.io

Curt Hopkins is Chief Executive Officer at Koin Rewards. He showed a strategy how to incentivise people to consume in a sustainable way using token.

Derek Queisser de Stockalper, Qanalytics, LLC

Derek Queisser de Stockalper is Founder and Director at Qanalytics, LLC. He spoke about how ESG currencies can protect the environment and help build communities.

Renate Günther, Geneva Macro Labs

Renate Günther is Co-Founder and Vice-President of the Geneva Macro Labs and was a co-host of the conference.

Reto P. Gadient, B.ACADEMY

Reto P. Gadient is the co-founder of the Crypto Valley Association and the Founder of B.ACADEMY. Reto presented #CryptoMountainRocks: the platform where blockchainers meet for talk battles and more.

Dr. Marianne Schörling, Geneva Macro Labs

Dr. Marianne Schörling is Head of Stakeholder Engagement of the Geneva Macro Labs and was a co-host of the conference.


Hosts: Petru Dumitriu, Ekkehard Ernst, Marianne Schörling, Renate Günther

Thursday, 26.09.2019

9:30 - 9:45 Welcome notes by

Pierre Maudet, State Councillor of the Republic and Canton of Geneva and Petru Dumitriu, UN JIU

9:45 - 10:15

Keynote speech by Guido Buehler (SEBA)

Moderator: Olivia Chang (CNNMoney Switzerland)


Opportunities and limitations of the Blockchain technology in delivering on the SDGs


  • Inma García Sáez (Scrypt.Medi)
  • Paul Wang (Mt Pelerin)
  • Gianfranco Moi (State of Geneva)
  • Emanuelle Ganne (WTO)
  • Jörn Erbguth (University of Geneva, Geneva School of Diplomacy)
  • Moderator: Olivia Chang (CNNMoney)

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 - 12:15 Q&A

12:15-12.30 Summary of highlights and results of the morning session by Séverine Ambrus (RTS) and Alexander Schell (Crypto Valley Association)

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 - 15:00

World Cafés: Use cases of Blockchain 4 Impact  (Knowledge sharing in small groups including participants)

> Blockchain to fight plastic waste: the REBO smart bottle approach (Pierandrea Quarta, Start-up in Stealth Mode)

> How to strengthen human rights along the supply chain: SwissGold (Laurent Favre, A. Favre & Fils)

> ESG currencies to protect the environment and to build communities (Derek Queisser de Stockalper, Qanalytics)

> Developing an e-Identity with privacy/data ownership: Opportunities and risks (Jörn Erbguth, University of Geneva)

> Can Blockchain democratize Capital Markets (Diginex, Richard Byworth)

> How to incentivise people to consume in a sustainable way using tokens (Curt Hopkins, koinrewards.io)

> How to promote financial inclusion with Blockchain (Maike Gerrike, Scrypt.media)

> Voting with Blockchain (Leonardo Gammar, Agora)


Chimney talks: Technical applications and challenges of Blockchain

  • What everyone needs to know about blockchain Alessandro Sanos (Refinitiv)
  • Technical developments of the Blockchain: A how-to-guide, Robert Zapfel (iov42)
  • Challenges for regulators in mobilizing the Blockchain potential: Thomas Nägele (NÄGELE Attorneys at Law)
  • Leveraging Blockchain to combat modern slavery: Jessica Camus (Diginex)
  • Moderator: Emilie Raffo (blockchain 4 Humanity, b4H)

15:45-16:30 Q&A

16:30 h Summary of highlights and results of the afternoon session and outlook by Séverine Ambrus (RTS) and  Alexander Schell (Crypto Valley Association)

Presentation: blockchain 4 Humanity Award,
Emilie Raffo (blockchain 4 Humanity, b4H)

17:00 - 18:30 UN Rooftop Reception

Sponsored by our partner Diginex

Opening remarks by Richard Byworth, 
CEO Diginex

Friday, 27.09.2019

9:30 - 10:00 

Keynote speech: The future of cryptocurrencies and e-payment systems. Bertrand Perez (Libra)

Moderator: Olivia Chang (CNNMoney Switzerland)

10:00 - 11:00

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies: Implications for banking, international payment systems and financial stability


  • Emilie Raffo (blockchain 4 Humanity, b4H)
  • Dr Thomas Moser (Swiss National Bank, SNB)
  • Dr Ralph Chami (IMF)
  • Bertrand Perez (Libra)
  • Blanca Zutta (WTO, International Token Standardization Association, ITSAE)
  • Moderator: Paul Wang (Mt Pelerin)

11:00 -11:30 h coffee break

11:30-12:30 Q&A

12:30 Wrap up by Séverine Ambrus (RTS) and Alexander Schell (Crypto Valley Association)

CryptoMountain Rocks Davos 2020 - Announcement Reto P. Gadient (B.ACADEMY GmbH)

Closing remarks

13 h  After conference reception