Development entrepreneur and innovator who started her own company, which merged with Abt Associates in 2013. Since then, Dr Thomason has led the growth and diversification of the company to achieve a tripling of revenue and diversification into governance and women’s empowerment, with $200m revenue and 650 staff across Asia and the Pacific. She has been a leader of a wide range of international development programs globally, regionally and in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. Team Leader for Asian Development Bank, WHO, World Bank, USAID and AusAID.
Jane is a thought leader in the applications of blockchain technology to solve problems of poverty and inequality in developing countries. She is a frequent commentator and blogger on blockchain and social impact and in 2017 has spoken at blockchain and disruptive technology conferences on social impact in London, Washington, Silicon Valley, Port Moresby, Jakarta, Singapore, Ottawa, Sydney and Brisbane. She has published two peer revised articles in 2017, one on blockchain and Climate Finance and the Poor and the other on blockchain as an accelerator for women’s and children’s health. She is and adviser to several blockchain startups with applications that solve global problems, and is currently working on several blockchain POCs in emerging markets. She was a judge and mentor at London Blockchain Week, London Fintech Week and the Consensys Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition Hackathon. She is an advocate for the education and empowerment of women generally and #womeninblockchain.
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