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Tuesday, September 13 • 16:30 - 17:10
Blockchain, Biometrics and Geo-Location: Lessons Learned from the Implementation of Innovative Technologies at the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund - Shashank Rai, United Nations Int

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In January 2021, in accordance with its digital transformation strategy, UNJSPF deployed a solution based on blockchain and biometrics to transform a legacy process with a global reach (80K beneficiaries located in more than 195 countries). UNJSPF beneficiaries are required to sign and submit a ‘Certificate of Entitlement,’ or ‘CE,’ every year as a “proof of existence” and "proof of country of residence", to continue receiving their benefits. The UNJSPF ‘Digital CE solution" aimed to create, verify, and secure the digital identities of beneficiaries - while also preventing fraud – using biometrics; identifying their locations with geo-location technology; and storing transactions on an immutable, traceable and independently auditable ledger, using the Hyperledger Indy blockchain platform. This session highlights the lessons learned after the first year of implementation of the Digital CE solution, addressing both technical and process related aspects of the deployment. This solution was selected as a finalist of two prestigious awards: The 2021 UN-Secretary-General's award for innovation and sustainability; and the 2020 Gartner’s Eye on Innovation Awards for Government.

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Shashank Rai

Chief Technology Officer, UNICC
Over twenty years in the technology arena, I've worked for various verticals such as telecoms, air travel industry, financial services, bio-technology, energy in various capacities, for both commercial and not-for-profit segments.As the CTO of United Nations International Computing... Read More →

Tuesday September 13, 2022 16:30 - 17:10 IST
Wicklow Hall 2A