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November 16, 2022  |  permalink

Henley & Partners: Digital Assets, Metaverse, and Sovereignty

Henley & Partners — the consultancy that more or less invented citizenship-by-investment — invited me to speak at 16th annual Global Citizenship Conference on the subject of the Metaverse, digital assets, and sovereignty.

This is an area of great interest to me, both because of my current “Metaverse Metropolis” fellowship at Cornell Tech, and the panel I hosted last year featuring Gabriel Abed — Barbados’ ambassador to both the UAE and the Metaverse. What does sovereignty means in a virtual context, and how does the de-territorialization of citizenship translate back to the physical world?

To explore these questions, I was joined by Nirbhay Handa, Group Head of Business Development at Henley & Partners; Aliya Das Gupta, Senior Vice President, Business Development at Sygnum; Bril Wang, Chief Executive Officer of Cryptic Labs, which built the blockchain underpinnings of Palau’s digital citizenship; and Raagulan Pathy, VP of Asia Pacific at Circle.

Click on the video above to watch; my modest contribution to the conversation runs from roughly the 9:30 to 12:30 minute mark.

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Greg Lindsay is a generalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is a 2022-2023 urban tech fellow at Cornell Tech’s Jacobs Institute, where he leads The Metaverse Metropolis — a new initiative exploring the implications of augmented reality at urban scale. He is also the chief communications officer at Climate Alpha, an AI-driven location-analysis platform steering investment toward climate adaptation and more resilient regions; a senior fellow of MIT’s Future Urban Collectives Lab, and a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Strategy Initiative.

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