CSPRI Discussion: Blockchain Capabilities for Disaster Risk Reduction Management - Part 4

Blockchain for the Health Sector in Latin America and More

April 20, 2021

CSPRI Blockchain Webinar Part 4 - April 20, 2021 - 8 am EDT


Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute (CSPRI)


Blockchain for the Health Sector in Latin America

Part 4 of the Series, Blockchain: Capabilities for Disaster Risk Reduction Management

Co-sponsored by:


Alexandro Arias Garcia, Commercial Director - Life Sciences & Health Care Leader S-LATAM, Deloitte
Dr. Neil H Wasserman, Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University
Dr. Costis Toregas, Director, CSPRI, The George Washington University
Jean-Fabrice Lebraty, Professor, Management, Université de Lyon, France

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 8:00 am EDT

(The webinar is scheduled to start early, enabling international attendees to join)



Deloitte: The Future of Health; Blockchain in Health and Life Insurance; Blockchain Opportunities for Healthcare

Frontiers in Blockchain Publication Process (PDF)


CSPRI continues its webinar series on the intersect of blockchain and disaster risk reduction, which is a discipline primarily focused on delivering operational activities on the ground ahead of, during and after man-made or natural disasters. Many of the researchers active in the field may not have the time or inclination to explore how breakthrough technologies, such as blockchain, can support their work. 

Webinar 4 addresses the health sector using experiences from Latin America. In addition, events impacting our community of interest (COE) will be discussed, and new ideas solicited. Come prepared!

The process to support publications of shared research in Frontiers in Blockchain will also be highlighted.


1. Digital ID (Alexandro Arias Garcia, Deloitte).

This talk begins with a broad view of the future of health and then focuses on the specific issue of Digital ID (health passport).

2. Creating a communication bridge from the science to the practice (Costis Toregas and participants)

DRR practitioners are not likely to understand the promise of blockchain, as it requires a computer science and mathematical background. Organizing a description of Blockchain in approachable manner will be discussed, along with a focus on an outcome.

3. Interest from Eastern Europe (Costis Toregas and Neil Wasserman)

A proposal to develop a "master workshop" for Eastern European DRR practitioners to include Blockchain potential has been received by the GW lead scientists and will be discussed; the workshop is targeted for September 2021.

4.  Submission to Frontiers in Blockchain (Costis Toregas, Neil Wasserman and Jean-Fabrice Lebraty)

Ensuring a good number of Blockchain in DRR papers for Frontiers in publication is an important desired outcome of the webinar series; we will review the process, personal experiences in prior editions, and the advantages of a publication in the Frontiers platform, as well as answer questions regarding the effort.

Invitees and registrants are invited to send ideas for subsequent presentations and new themes to [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected] at any time.  The aim of these targeted seminars is to encourage researchers to submit abstracts and contribute to a new Frontiers in BlockChain publication on the topic.  More information can be found here.

Access recordings and information from Part 1,  Part 2 and Part 3 in our series on Blockchain Capabilities for Disaster Risk Reduction Management. 


Dr. Neil H Wasserman, Adjunct Faculty at George Washington University and Managing Partner at Timewave Analytics, focuses on engineering behavior change — on how innovative solutions emerge from understanding the impact of persistent, networked behaviors.  He has been involved with IT strategic planning, enterprise architecture, systems analysis and software implementation for twenty-five years.  Now he works at the boundaries of behavior change, healthcare, and data analytics.  He sees opportunity in the transformation of the medical culture to serve patients through creation of patient neighborhoods, which achieve long-term engagement in individual health, and change the costs and outcomes for chronic disease. His award winning book, From Invention to Innovation (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press) examined the foundations of innovation in telecommunications at AT&T.  He has spoken frequently on networked behaviors and complex systems at IEEE conferences and other venues. 

Dr. Costis Toregas is the Director of the Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute at The George Washington University, where he manages and conducts research projects in cybersecurity. His research interests include workforce development, the role of insurance in cyber risk management, and exploring a fuller utilization of Community Colleges in the cybersecurity work force strategies.  He is a Senior Advisor & Director, Scholarship for Service (SFS) Four-Year to the National CyberWatch Center. He is a respected consultant to national governments and intergovernmental organizations, and a much sought-after speaker on the impact of technology in government and society. Dr. Toregas has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Cornell University.

Jean-Fabrice Lebraty is a full-time professor in management at the IAE Lyon School of Management. He is a member of the Magellan Research Center and specializes in Information System Management. His main areas of interest are extreme decision-making, crowdsourcing, and new tech such as blockchain. He is also a member of the French Foundation for Management Education (FNEGE), serving as international program manager. Finally, he is a member of the University National Committee.

Alexandro Arias Garcia is a Director at Deloitte S-Latam in charge of the Life Sciences and Healthcare industry. He has more than 20 years of experience in analytics and innovation projects in the health and financial sectors. He has worked with clients on transformational processes, analytics, and developing interventions using behavioral economics. Alex is an economist from ITAM and has an MBA from ESADE in Spain.

The intent of this and future Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute (CSPRI) webinars is to give GW faculty and students glimpses of the vibrant security and privacy private sector in the Washington region and to promote dialog and debate regarding breakthrough initiatives. The potential for support for research or conference papers on related topics will be part of the discussion.