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Margaret Rose-Goddard

Margaret Rose is a trial lawyer, anti-corruption and transparency advocate, and a serial social entrepreneur driven to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges through policy, innovation and empathy. Margaret is a recognized public procurement law expert providing specialist public procurement legal advice and litigation support to public bodies and corporations. Margaret has contributed to legislative reform in the Caribbean and speaks worldwide on the subjects of public procurement, anti-corruption and public governance.

Currently pursuing her doctorate in International Public Procurement Policy & Research at the University of Bath, UK, Margaret has founded multiple initiatives geared toward empowering citizens to become more effective in their engagement in public governance and as guardians of the public interest in Trinidad and Tobago and the UK including the Caribbean Procurement Institute, a specialist provider of public procurement law education, professional capacity building and consulting services to Governments and public sector bodies and its successor, Procurement Innovation & Leadership Lab UK, which aims to help public sector bodies to design and implement innovative data-driven procurement policy for inclusion and SDG impact.

In 2014 Margaret won the Global Social Entrepreneurship Initiative awarded by Transparency International (TI) and the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) for developing the innovative civic technology platform Disclosure Today which is a social governance network connecting citizen activists with pro bono lawyers and digitizing legally compliant freedom of information requests. In 2016 Margaret founded U-Solve School of Empathic Leadership & Entrepreneurship an entrepreneurial eco-system builder to address global challenges and which is currently pioneering research on ‘Empathic Anger’ and ‘Impact Measurement for SDG Readability.’ Margaret’s work in U-Solve centers around building the capacity of social impact entrepreneurs for personal resilience, innovation and to engage public procurement systems and policies by designing, structuring and leading multi-sectoral partnerships for shared value and sustainable development.

Anja Blaj

Anja is one the emerging global experts in Blockchain and Crypto currency law. She is a lawyer based in Ljubljana, Slovenia and is the Head of Advocacy at European Blockchain Hub and a community manager for Blockchain Think Tank Slovenia. She has worked with Lemur Legal and is currently consulting Datafund and Blockestate projects.

Recently she founded Ljubljana Legal Hackers Chapter and is on the team organizing Distributed Governance Conference (DGov 2019). During her legal studies she’s been focusing on international law and specialised in Space Law, which resulted in participation and coaching at Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition.

Today, she’s writing a thesis about the conception and reality of Global Law. She’s also part of the Coalition of Automated Legal Application (COALA), has attended several workshops regarding blockchain governance and moderated a Roundtable: Design Criteria for Blockchain Governance – Endogenous and Exogenous Mechanisms at Decentralised Web Summit 2018 in San Francisco. Recently she has presented Legal Framework for Blockchain Development on the European Blockchain Hub in Hong Kong and Tokio.

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