Blockchain, Transparency, & Africa.


About the Conference.

Blockchain, Transparency, & Africa is a half-day conference covering the most pressing concerns and thrilling opportunities that blockchain offers to further Africa’s progress.



Our Speakers.

Join global thought-leaders as we delve into the potential applications of blockchain in Africa.


Husam Al Dakak

Conference Schedule


Head of Blockchain Lab, GIZ

Franz von Weizsäcker

 Chair, Africa Research Group Murdoch University

David Doepel

Co-Chair of the Africa Progress Group

Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen

Senior Special Adviser, Africa Progress Group

Maximilian Jarrett

Founder & CEO,

Nathan Williams

Managing Director,
Linum Labs

Devon Krantz

Behre Dolbear

Tanya Matveeva

BEYA Technologies

Biniam Asnake Kefale

13:30 - 14:00

Keynote: Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen

Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen is a lawyer by training and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Africa Progress Group, an honour he shares with former President Obasanjo of Nigeria. The successor organisation to Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel. He founded Transparency International in 1993. Prior to that he worked in different capacities at the World Bank.

Peter has worked as a World Bank manager of programs in Africa and Latin America and was the Director of the Regional Mission for Eastern Africa of the World Bank from 1988 to 1991. Under the Ford Foundation sponsorship, he provided legal and technical assistance to the governments of Botswana and Namibia to strengthen the legal framework for mining investments. From 1993 to 2005 Peter was the Chair of Transparency International and now serves as the Chair of the Advisory Council. In 2005, he chaired the International Advisory Group of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), served as the Chairman of the EITI from 2006 to February 2011 and is now EITI Special Representative.

14:00 - 15:00

Panel: Blockchain’s potential to transform African mining, agricultural, & banking practices. 

Use cases presented by Nathan Williams (Minespider), Husam Al Dakak (Agunity), Tanya Matveeva (Behre Dolbear), & Biniam Asnake Kefale (BEYA Technologies).

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 - 16:00

Blockchain – A Pan-African Perspective, Maximilian Jarrett & Devon Krantz

Max Jarrett is Senior Special Adviser to the Chair of the Africa Progress Group, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, a former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Additionally, he is a Consultant Executive Producer at Right Thing Films and a Senior Adviser at Global Risk International (GRI). In the academic realm, he serves as Honorary Fellow at Murdoch University, in Perth, Western Australia. 

Max's volunteer roles include serving as a member of the International Council of the United Kingdom’s Creative Industries Federation. 

In 2017, he served as the final Director-in-charge of the Geneva-based Africa Progress Panel (APP) chaired by the Nobel Laureate and former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. From 2014 to 2016, he served as the Deputy Director of the APP. 

Mrs Devon Krantz has always found interest in exploring new technologies with a focus on blockchain and digital innovation in Africa, which she further developed while studying a B.Com at the University of Cape Town. Devon organizes all of the business processes and relationships in Linum for training and consulting as well as Ethereum meetups and courses globally. Her aim is to guide the positive development of the blockchain community by providing readily available access to resources and networking.

16:00 - 16:30

Plenary discussion

Led by Franz von Weizsäcker, Head of Blockchain Lab at GIZ.

16:30 - 18:00

Drinks & Networking

Join us for a 

riveting discussion

on October 5th. 

Conference Details

Noize Fabrik,

Elsenstraße 52, 12059 Berlin

The Venue:

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A conversation about progress in Africa and how blockchain can play a part.