Dr Jane Thomason - Abt Associates and Blockchain Quantum Impact
Dr Thomason is a thought leader in the applications of blockchain technology to solve social problems. 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 peer reviewed articles in 2017, on blockchain and climate finance and the poor and on blockchain as an accelerator for women’s and children’s health. She is an adviser to several blockchain startups with applications that solve global problems, and is currently working with collaborators to co-develop blockchain POCs for financial inclusion, identity, government services and micro grid solar energy in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and Chhattisgarth. 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 and is part of the founding team for the #worldblockchainacademyforgirls. Jane is Global Ambassador and Advisory Board member of the British Blockchain Association.
Entrepreneur and innovator, she built a $50 m revenue company, and merged with Abt Associates in 2013. Since the merger, Dr Thomason has led the growth and diversification of the company to achieve a tripling of revenue and diversification into new sectors to $200 + m revenue and 650 staff working on global problems across the world. She has held senior appointments including Queensland Director of Women’s Health, CEO of the Queensland Royal Children’s Hospital, Commissioner on the Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse in Queensland, Chairman of the Wesley Hospital Board, Member of the Uniting Health Care Board, the International Operations Committee of the Red Cross, the Consultative Council of the Australian Centre for International Tropical Health and Nutrition and the Aid Advisory Council to the Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Alexander Downer), she has been a Member of the Burnett Institute Board, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland,
Jane is an active role model for future women leaders and an active supporter of innovation and new technologies and their application to the problems of the poor.