Dr. Mariana Dahan

Leveraging new technology to advance human rights


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Former World Bank executive; Founder and CEO, World Identity Network; Ambassador to UN Goal 16 on Identity

Dr. Mariana Dahan is the Founder and CEO of the World Identity Network (WIN) Foundation, an international nonprofit advocating for self-sovereign identity platform that leverages exponential technologies, such as blockchain. The initiative was launched on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker island in 2017, with support from leading humanitarian organizations, including the United Nations.
Prior to launching WIN Foundation, Dr. Dahan created and led the Identification for Development (ID4D) global program at the World Bank. As part of her work, Dr. Dahan led large infrastructure projects in emerging and frontier markets, catalyzing progress towards digital systems using 21st century technology solutions. Subsequently, Dr. Dahan joined the World Bank’s Senior Vice-Presidency in charge of the 2030 Development Agenda and Partnerships with the United Nations.


Speaking and Workshop Topic

  • Solving Global Grand Challenges with Technology
  • Digital Identity in Times of Pandemics
  • Surveillance and human rights
  • Blockchain for Prosperity and Social Development

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