Catherine Mulligan PhD., has been appointed as the BIG ERA Chair

Cathy brings her long track record in digital economy research focussing on sustainable development, digital technologies and economics to the role.

Cathy is an interdisciplinary researcher who has a long track record of working at the boundaries of economics, sustainable development and digital technologies.  She has led multiple research projects across the UK, EU, Australia, India and Malaysia and over £6 million of UK research grants across various aspects of the emerging digital economy.  Cathy was early to notice the potential and applicability of blockchain and cryptocurrencies in particular for their possible role in sustainable economic and social development, picking up research in that space from 2009.  Cathy was a founding Co-Director of the Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering – which was the world’s first academic research centre into Cryptocurrencies.  The centre ran over 40 Proofs of Concept and span out of £40 million of projects during Cathy’s time there.

Cathy has consulted at senior levels for various international organisations and was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, chaired by Melinda Gates and Jack Ma during 2019 which helped establish the UNSG’s roadmap within the digital space.  She has worked extensively with various governments across the world providing input to industrial strategies for economic growth, is a regular advisor to companies and start-ups in the digital space and has spent several years in VP, Director and CTO roles at various companies.

Cathy was a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Council and is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Data Policy Council.

She received her MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development and her PhD from the University of Cambridge.  She is a Visiting Lecturer at Imperial College and Honorary Senior Research Associate in the computer science department at University College London.  Cathy has written 7 books on digital technologies, the latest one is on 5G.

“I am really excited by the opportunity to work at Tecnico and to build the research lab on Blockchain for Social Good.  It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring all of my technical, economic and sustainable development research together in one space.  I’m really excited to bring this work to Portugal and build new research connections both here and beyond”- Cathy Mulligan

“We are excited to have Cathy joining Técnico, she brings experience and expertise in working with industry in the blockchain domain but also with NGOs and applications of the technology for social good. Cathy is also capable of bridging the core areas of LARSyS and INESC-ID serving as an effective bridge between cloud computing and HCI research where we are already strong. We hope that Cathy will help us boost the impact of our research and further Tecnico in the area of Blockchain Technologies for Social Good” – Nuno Jardim Nunes

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