Blockchain and Financial Inclusion: Banker to Blockchain Evangelist
Our special guest for this episode of Blockchain and Financial Inclusion is Sandra Ro, the CEO of Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC). Sandra, who is ex-banker, with several years of experience on the trading floors of London, became a believer of Blockchain in 2012. She wears several hats in her journey within Blockchain for Social Impact.
Efi Pylarinou and Arun Krishnakumar discuss several topics with Sandra starting from her involvement in Blockchain for farmers. Sandra explains how the on-the-ground challenges faced by farmers in Africa was an eye opener for her, and provides insights based on hands-on experiences in these markets.
The discussion touches upon a practical example of how farmers in Senegal benefited from getting their assets on Blockchain. The transparency and trust that the information sitting on a network, allowed them to access further opportunities, globally.
Sandra discusses the origins of GBBC - in Sir Richard Branson's island in 2016, and how the working model has benefited enterprises and governments across the world. We close off the discussion with the possibilities of Blockchain based alternate ecosystems, when a particular region is excluded from main stream financial services.