Brian Forde has spent more than a decade at the nexus of technology, entrepreneurship, and public policy. He is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and co-founded the Digital Currency Initiative, an academic research group on cryptocurrencies, at the world-renown MIT Media Lab to research and incubate high-impact applications of this technology.
Previously he was Senior Advisor for Mobile and Data Innovation at the White House where he spearheaded efforts to leverage emerging technologies to address the President’s most critical national priorities. Prior to his work at the White House, Brian founded one of the largest phone companies in Nicaragua after serving as a business and technology volunteer in the Peace Corps.
In recognition of his work, Brian was named one of the “Most Influential People in Bitcoin and Blockchain” and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Brian received a B.A. at the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.B.A. at the London Business School.
Brian is one of the world’s foremost experts on blockchain technology, having worked in the field not only as an entrepreneur, but also at the highest levels of government and academia.
He helps audiences understand the potential of blockchain technologies – especially crypto currencies – to drive positive change in business and public policy.
Drawing on his experiences in academia and at America’s oldest startup – the White House – he also provides fascinating insights on broader tech-related themes, such as building a culture of innovation, the ethical challenges created by new technology, and 21st century skills.