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.
IDENTITY:How Proof of Who You Are Can Change the Life YouLead | Mariana Dahan | TEDxWhat does it take to be someone, to claim your right to your own unique personal identity, to enjoy equal opportunities and to thrive in a globalized world? In this riveting talk, Dr. Mariana Dahan offers a glimpse of the immense problems linked to lack of personal identity, from the "invisible children" phenomena, to human trafficking and organ trade. With a fascinating story of her own childhood, Dahan highlights both the importance of the issue and the thrilling potential for real, impactful change in the coming years. This talk outlines implementable ideas about changing the future of identity systems - with powerful cryptography, the blockchain technology and other innovative approaches - and how it will impact us all as humans. Mariana Dahan is Top Leader in Identity (OWI 2018 & 2017). She awarded Team Leader of the ID4D global agenda from World Bank and awarded Young Scholar, by oikos/ United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She is Ph.D.- Management; Economic Sciences; Graduated Magna Summa cum Laude, Paris II Assas University and Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris, France. Moreover, Mariana is a published author (academic, World Bank, World Economic Forum, M.I.T., CIO magazine, TIME magazine ) and also recognized by TIME magazine for work on ID4D. She invited as a guest/keynote speaker to World Economic Forum, Harvard University, Brookings Institution, Center for Global Development, IEEE Computer Society, Open Society Foundations; Industry events: Newsweek, Mobile World Congress, Connect:ID, CARTES, eID Conference, and more