Jane Thomason

Jane Thomason

Frontier Technology and social impact thought leader, recognised in Forbes (2018) as Blockchain’s Leading Social Development Evangelist, and The Introducer (2019) as a Blockchain women leader, Jane Thomason is a pioneer for Blockchain & digital technologies for social impact, education and empowerment of women. She is focused on emerging economies and how Frontier Technologies can accelerate poverty reduction and improve service delivery. In 2018 she was awarded Top 10 Digital Frontier Women and UN Decade Of Women Quantum Impact Champion.

She has held Board and CEO roles in tertiary hospitals and health care sector in Australia and globally. She founded an international development company in 1999, built it to $50 m revenue, merged with Abt Associates and led to achieve a tripling of revenue and diversification to $250m with 650 staff. She resigned as CEO in March 2018 to commit full time to a global digital transformation agenda.

She has 30 years’ experience in emerging economies in public health, poverty and inequality. She holds multiple appointments including Global Adviser on Digital Transformation Abt Associates, Digital Transformation Adviser to the Partnership for Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health, Digital Transformation Sub-Committee Chair, Kina Bank Papua New Guinea, Founding Member, British Frontier Technology Industry Association, Fellow of the Australian Digital Commerce Association and Section Chief Co-Editor Blockchain for Good: for Frontiers in Blockchain. Jane is adviser to Blockchain start-ups with social impact applications and is currently working with start-ups to develop Blockchain use cases in emerging economies. She is a regular hackathon judge and mentor including London Blockchain Week, London Fintech Week, Consensys and EOS Global Hackathons. She believes that the next wave of transformational innovation will be from emerging economies and has potential to reduce inequality and improve services to the poor.

Publications

Gender Inequality and the Potential for Change in Technology Fields
Sonja Bernhardt, Patrice Braun, Jane Thomason. © 2019. 366 pages.
Over the last few decades, the refrain for many activists in technology fields around the globe has been “attraction, promotion, and retention.” Yet the secret to accomplishing...
Blockchain Technology for Global Social Change
Jane Thomason, Sonja Bernhardt, Tia Kansara, Nichola Cooper. © 2019. 243 pages.
Emerging technologies continue to affect a variety of industries, making processes more effective and efficient. However, they also impact society by promoting opportunities to...