B4SD accepts applications from skilled volunteers and interns on a rolling basis.
Jeremy is a corporate and transactional attorney and entrepreneur, and Executive Director of Blockchain for Sustainable Development (B4SD). Through his law firm and a separate legal consulting firm, Blockchain Legal Strategies, Jeremy represents blockchain startups and emerging technology companies, with a focus on business development, international law, blockchain law & policy, sustainable development, international & comparative regulatory law, capital formation, and responsible business. B4SD a nonprofit organization advancing the development of blockchain technology for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) attainment. Jeremy believes the widespread adoption of blockchain and emerging technologies has the potential to advance industrial and business efficiencies, effectively eradicate the world’s most serious human rights violations, and attain the Global Goals by 2030. In line with this mission, he advises and represents socially responsible businesses and civil society organizations.
Jeremy is a member in good standing of the Colorado Bar. He earned a J.D. and C.S. in International Law from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, a B.B.A in Economics from Baruch College, and a certificate in Public International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law. He formerly was a researcher on issues of sustainable mining and international law for Sustainable Development Strategies Group, and researched and investigated atrocities crimes for a global nonprofit. Jeremy is a former research assistant to the venerable professor Ved P. Nanda, and a former summer associate at YKVN Law in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Prior to entering the legal field, Jeremy had a successful career in the music industry. Jeremy has published on topics of global business and human rights, international law, and blockchain and international law.
Kylen McClintock is the founder and president of wearable technology company AirBespoke, and brings to B4SD experience in advising startups and nonprofits on creating impactful blockchain models throughout the developing world. Kylen is the co-founder and managing co-director of B4SD with a focus on community development, and leads the Incubation, Acceleration, and Impact Division.
Kylen earned a Masters Degree in Engineering Technology Management and a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Kylen is also the chair of the Proof of Impact division at Flux IOT, where he is developing the first SDG driven Proof of Impact model to bring agricultural insights to the worlds subsistence farmers throughout the Flux network.
Natural Capitalism Solutions
Hunter is President and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions and co-creator of the “Natural Capitalism” concept. Named Millennium TIME Magazine Hero of the Planet, Hunter Lovins was awarded the 2008 Sustainability Pioneer Prize by the European financial community for her 30 years of work framing the sustainability movement, setting forth the business case for energy efficiency, renewable energy and resource productivity and climate protection. A social entrepreneur, she mentors for the Unreasonable Institute, and consults to large corporations, small businesses, communities, and dozens of nations around the world. A founding professor at Bard MBA and several other graduate programs, she was called by Newsweek Magazine the “green business icon.”
Previously, she co-founded Tree People, serving as its Assistant Director for 6 years, and Rocky Mountain Institute, which she led it for 20 years as CEO. Author of hundreds of papers and 15 books, including the landmark work, Natural Capitalism, Ms. Lovins travels the world, lecturing at such venues as the World Economic Forum, the UN, WOBI, TED and many others. Her private and public sector clients include Unilever, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Wal-Mart, Royal Dutch/Shell, the International Finance Corporation, and the governments of Afghanistan, Australia, Bhutan, Canada, Honduras, Jamaica, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, the US and many more. For many years a firefighter and EMT, she is one of the creators of the field of resilience. Her 1981 book Brittle Power remains one of the best treatments of the topic. Her recent book, The Way Out: Kickstarting Capitalism to Save Our Economic Ass won the Atlas Award. Her latest, Creating a Lean and Green Business System, won the Shingo Prize.
John Evans Distinguished & Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law – University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Professor Ved Nanda has taught at the University of Denver since 1965. At the University of Denver Sturm College of Law he holds the distinctions of John Evans Distinguished University Professor and Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law, and is the Founding Director and Director Emeritus of the International Legal Studies Program.
Professor Nanda has been significantly involved in the global international law community throughout his career. He is Past President of the World Jurist Association and now its Honorary President, former Vice President and counselor of the American Society of International Law, and a member of the advisory council of the United States Institute of Human Rights. He was formerly the United States Delegate and Vice-Chair of the Executive Council of the World Federation of the United Nations Associations in Geneva, and served on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association-USA. He also serves as an elected member of the American Law Institute, is on the executive board of the American Bar Association Human Rights Center, and is a council member of the American Bar Association Section of International Law. Professor Nanda has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Scholar at numerous of universities in the United States and abroad.
Professor Nanda has been honored with numerous international and national awards, including the 2018 Louis B. Sohn Award for Public International Law from the ABA Section of International Law, the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award for Community Peace Building from Soka Gakkai International and Morehouse College, the World Jurist Association World Legal Scholar award, the United Nations Association Human Rights Award, and the Hiroshima Peace Award. Professor Nanda was honored in 2017 in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Professor Nanda earned a B.A. and M.A from Punjab University in India, and earned his L.L.B and L.L.M from Delhi University in India, where he graduated first in his class. He went on to earn another L.L.M. from Northwestern Law School in Chicago, and was a Graduate Fellow at Yale Law School in New Haven. He has also received honorary doctorates from Soka University in Tokyo, Japan and from Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, India.
Professor Nanda has authored or co-authored 25 books in the various fields of international law, over 225 chapters and major law review articles, is a regular columnist for the Denver Post, and is a frequent contributor in print and electronic media internationally.
Sustainable Development Strategies Group
Kristi Disney Bruckner is an attorney specializing in environmental law and policy, and international resources transactions law and policy. She is the Executive Director at Sustainable Development Strategies Group, where she develops and implements programs focused on sustainable development and good governance of natural resources. These programs include seminars that build the capacity of developing country governments to negotiate and manage natural resource development agreements; workshops to educate government, community and industry stakeholders about roles, rights and responsibilities in mine development initiatives; preparation of validation reports for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and assessment reports for the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals, and Sustainable Development; and university-based seminars and internship programs that build the skills of professional leaders around the globe to more sustainably manage natural resources.
Kristi is most interested in the application of blockchain and emerging technology as it relates to sustainable mining and corruption, and UN Sustainable Development Goal attainment through sustainable environmental systems and ecosystem services management. In addition to advancing B4SD mission in her areas of specialized expertise in the international system, Kristi assists in an operational and organizational advisory role.
Director of Alumni Engagement; Blockchain for Social Impact Curriculum at Regis University
Dan is the former executive director of the SALT Bridge Foundation, which was originally founded by collateralized crypto loan provider SALT Lending, and is dedicated to breaking down barriers to financial inclusion to the unbanked and underbanked. Dan is also the Director of Alumni Engagement at Regis University, where he has developed a curriculum focused on blockchain and international trade and sustainable development.
Colorado Carbon Fund
Brandon is interested in reinventing the carbon economy by connecting people and private capital with food, fiber, and land. Taking the time to slow down and see the United States through long-distance backpacking, bike touring and crisscrossed country road trips, he has had the opportunity to see life through a lens many people pass by. Truly experiencing a sense of place amongst the mountains, deserts, plains, rivers, and oceans of America, it becomes self-evident that our generation’s decisions are critical. We have the power to rob the earth of its natural beauty or regenerate it.
With this in mind, Brandon came to managing the Colorado Carbon Fund (CCF). The CCF invests in carbon reduction projects throughout Colorado, with a particular focus in land-based projects. Using natural cycles such as reforestation and regenerative agriculture to sequester carbon from our atmosphere. Simultaneously, he has Co-Founded the Carbon Neutral Services Coalition (CNSC) in conjunction with Bolder Energy Engineers and Namaste Solar. CNSC is a coalition that has reinvented the standard of carbon neutrality. Combining tools from solar, energy efficiency, and carbon reduction, we offer the world’s first service capable of offering businesses and people a way to truly achieve 100% carbon neutrality. If he ever takes a break from working, you can find him struggling to climb rocks, running the backwoods of Chautauqua, or looking for the next best stout in town.
UN Blockchain Commission & Blockchain for Impact
Efraim (“Ef”) Wyeth is a community organizer, business developer, startup consultant, and content producer working primarily in New York and in both Northern and Southern California.
Ef has a passion for creating engaging and innovative experiences that feature elegant narratives. He develops community solutions that encourage empowering human interaction, sustainable business models and social justice. Ef is engaged in several projects in the fields of Sustainable Development, Startup Acceleration, Blockchain and Entertainment.
Currently, Ef is focused on accelerating global achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as Deputy Secretary of the United Nations Blockchain Commission, Executive Director of Blockchain for Impact (an initiative of UN Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development), Executive Director of the SDG Film Institute, and Senior Partner at SDG.Systems.
CTI-Africa & MPWR Data
Michael Landau is a pioneer. Michael is Chairman & CEO of CTI-Africa and MPWR Data, and Chairman of MAP International, and is an entrepreneur who has built a portfolio of ventures in real estate, mortgage banking, information and communication technologies, and advanced banking solutions. He also serves as Chairman of MAP International’s sister company, MAPcash. Michael is a delegate and founding contributor to the UN Blockchain Commission and UN Blockchain for Impact initiative, and was invited to speak at the innnagural Blockchain for Impact conference at the United Nationsl HQ in 2018. Michael is a former board member of Regalian PLC, a British real estate development company. Mr. Landau has been an invited speaker at several conferences and forums, among them a presentation on “Africa’s Industrial Drive: The Private Sector and Corporate Citizenship” at the African Union/U.N. Global Compact Private Sector Forum in Addis Ababa.
Active in community-based initiatives, Mr. Landau has hosted and chaired several political forums and meetings with the New York City Police Department. He is the chairman of the Council of Orthodox Jewish Organizations of Manhattan (New York City), an umbrella group representing the Jewish community to government and political leaders. He also has extensive experience interfacing with UN leaders as a community representative—a relationship that began when he initiated the creation of a UN special stamp edition in remembrance of the International Day of Commemoration for Victims of the Holocaust. Michael was invited to serve on the board of the World Sports Alliance, an intergovernmental organization whose mission is to use sport as a catalyst to design and implement programs to realize the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. He received his bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics and a master’s degree in real estate development and finance from New York University. He received his law degree from Yeshiva University’s Cardoza School of Law and is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. He and his wife reside in New York City with their four children.
Expert in EU Regulation, International Law, International Relations, and Diplomacy
Jorge is a expert in European Union (EU) regulation and international law, international relations, and diplomacy. He has worked in the legal department of numerous EU agencies, including the Community Plant Variety Office in Angers (France) and the European Microfinance Network in Brussels (Belgium), where he investigated legal issues relating to cryptocurrency and taxation in the EU. Jorge holds a Joint Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Business Administration from the University of Zaragoza and a certificate in Public International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law.
Jorge currently studying for the Spanish Diplomatic Service access exam and he is interested in the use of blockchain technology in developing solutions to public sector problems, such as corruption and rule of law, particularly within the EU.
As Director of Client Success at GoChain, Ian takes pride in helping partners deploy dApps, scale with GoChain, and solve the world’s most challenging problems. In his previous role at IBM, Ian evangelized blockchain-as-a-service by combining Hyperledger Fabric with weather data for agriculture, energy and utilities, and financial services. Ian is a military veteran, having served three years in the Coast Guard at a search-and-rescue station on the coast of California. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia and he currently lives in Boulder, CO.
Rebecca is a third-year law student at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, with interests in environmental, water, natural resources, international, and business law, and a co-director of B4SD. She has previously been appointed to the executive boards of the University of Denver’s Water Law Review, and the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Society. Rebecca conducted detailed legal and policy research on the application of blockchain technology to the field of environmental law processes and programs through a decentralized, blockchain-based cap-and-trade system monitoring greenhouse gas emissions. She believes blockchain and emerging technologies will progress most effectively through cross-disciplinary collaboration, research, and experimentation, and hopes to assist in helping organizations of all sizes achieve its financial goals through attainment of global environmental goals.
Rebecca graduated with a B.A. in Journalism and Communications from Louisiana Tech University, and is on track to obtain her J.D. from University of Denver Sturm College of Law in May 2019. Rebecca is currently working at the Federal Highway Administration as a legal intern. Prior to joining B4SD, Rebecca held legal intern positions at the Colorado Water Trust, a non- profit organization working to restore water to Colorado rivers in need, and worked as a policy analyst for the National Young Farmers Coalition, a non-profit organization working to represent, mobilize, and engage young farmers to ensure their success, and a sections and committees liaison for the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. Prior to attending law school, Rebecca worked as a public relations professional in the restaurant, wine, and music industries. Rebecca is also a 200hr registered yoga instructor.
LawChain & FirstVisible
Alex is a multi disciplinary designer and entrepreneur. He is CEO of LawChain, a blockchain driven interoperability solution designed with lawyers in mind. He is also Chief Strategist at FirstVisible, an online identity and website development company. With access to a network of web identity specialists, designers, and influencers, he creates custom tailored solutions designed to make a lasting impression.
Alex is most interested in the use of blockchain for social impact as it relates to digital identity and self-sovereignty. As CEO of LawChain Alex is working with blockchain-based digital identiy verification providers to create solutions for people which advance human rights to access to justice and education.
Annie is a passionate conservationist interested in the potential and actual application of distributed ledger technology to acheive environmental impact. She brings a background in conservation biology, restoration ecology, and sustainability, and is particularly interested in the attainment of UN Sustainable Development Goals 13 on Climate Action, 14 on Life Below Water, and 15 on Life on Land.
Annie graduated Cum Laude from Harvard College with a degree in Biology in 2017. Annie has consistently applied her passions for conservation to her academic research, media, and in the tech space. She is a published scientific author; Opel, A. H., Cavanaugh, C. M., Rotjan, R. D., & Nelson, J. P. (2017). The effect of coral restoration on Caribbean reef fish communities. Marine Biology, 164(12), 221. Prior to joining B4SD, Annie worked as the Customer Discovery and Business Development Lead at a young cleantech startup creating a personal automated carbon tracking platform. Annie spent hundreds of hours in the field rebuilding coral reefs and collecting data for Harvard College and the Nature Conservancy, worked on global campaigns to raise awareness and prevent the current mass extinction crisis, and has assisted in the filming and production of films by National Geographic. At B4SD, Annie contributes her passion, drive, and diverse network to further our mission and connect with innovators in the space.