India's journey with blockchain (co-hosted with the India Caucus)


Friday, February 15, 2019, 12:30pm to 2:00pm


1 Brattle, Suite 470, Cambridge, MA

Join us for a lunchtime seminar with Tanvi Ratna, 2019 India-U.S. Fellow at New America, on the potential and the policy considerations of blockchain in India. The presentation will be followed by a 15-minute Q & A with Tanvi Ratna and digital HKS fellow, Richard Pope. 

India is both a global tech hub and a rapidly evolving and experimental policy environment. India has much to gain from blockchain but policymaking on the technology has been haphazard. Some agencies have issued effective bans on cryptocurrency, even as other policymakers are rapidly embracing experiments with the blockchain. The development of both the private and public blockchain ecosystems is evolving at a different pace, and some regulators are finally developing a holistic understanding of both blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.

(lunch will be served.)

Speaker bio
Tanvi Ratna is a blockchain lead at EY India, where she handles design and implementation of blockchain projects for both government and corporate clients. She is also Policy Counsel with a large blockchain developer community in India, with whom she drives advocacy efforts between core developers and government regulators. She worked on the blockchain policy framework of the Government of Karnataka, as well as on advocating for open public blockchains and nuanced crypto regulation with Government of India agencies. She co-authored "Realizing India's Blockchain Potential," the first white paper on blockchain in India authored from the developers' and entrepreneurs' perspective, and an influential report in national policymaking in India. She is currently a US-India Technology Fellow at New America Foundation, Washington D.C., where she works on blockchain regulatory frameworks followed by US government agencies.

1-to-1 meetings 
Tanvi is eager to meet blockchain researchers and practitioners at Harvard and MIT and will be available on campus between 2 PM to 6 PM after the talk. Feel free to sign up for a slot (or two) here: