Cardashift appoints Sebastien Lyon as Ambassador
Cardashift is thrilled to announce the appointment of Sebastien Lyon as Ambassador for Africa.
Sebastien’s career in humanitarian activities speaks for itself. After graduating from one of the top French business schools, ESSEC Paris, in 2003, Sebastien started his career in Kabul, Afghanistan at ACTED. Later, as ACTED’s CFO, he has supervised over 1,000 humanitarian support projects in more than 40 countries, launched a network of micro finance institutions (OXUS) and issued a charity bond to foster ACTED scale up.
From 2012 to February 2021, Sebastien was the CFO and then the Executive Director at UNICEF France. Over 7 years in this position, Sebastien has advocated for child rights and raised funds for UNICEF international programs. He has fostered digital transformation and launched successfully Game chaingers, the first ever crypto fundraising campaign for UNICEF.
Early believer of the potential of blockchain for sustainable development, Sebastien founded the UNICEF cryptofund, supported by ETH Foundation. Since 2019, this crypto fund has invested in 20+ Blockchain for Good projects.
Since summer 2021, Sebastien has joined UNICEF Senegal as a Strategic Advisor to support its youth-led partner Consortium Jeunesse Senegal (CJS) to drive change for African youth through access to education, notably for developing entrepreneurship skills with a strong focus on digital.
“Blockchain technologies have the power to contribute to a better world for the most vulnerable people. Cardashift collaboration with local actors such as the Consortium Jeunesse Senegal, brings the hope of a better future for thousands of youth by supporting tech ecosystems and bringing much needed support to young digital entrepreneurs in Africa”
There is no doubt for Cardashift’s team that Sebastien’s experience of social and environmental projects in developing countries will be a key enabler. He will help connect Cardashift with the Western Africa digital and blockchain ecosystem actors to identify high potential tech for good projects.
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