About Mark R. Weber
Mark R. Weber (@markrweber) is a Fellow at the MIT Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship and a project manager at the MIT Media Lab's Digital Currency Initiative, a research group focused on the development of blockchain technology and its applications for the public good. Focused on financial inclusion and small-medium enterprise, Mark leads the DCI's research team on blockchain asset registries which has developed a prototype for inventory-based lending. Mark also manages DCI's working groups, cross-functional teams of MIT students hacking on cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technologies.
Prior to MIT, Mark co-produced the critically acclaimed documentary, "Poverty, Inc." (available on Netflix), which has earned over 50 international film festival honors, the $100,000 Templeton Freedom award, TV broadcast deals in 12 countries, and praise across the political spectrum, from Michael Moore to Nobel laureate Angus Deaton. Drawing on over 200 interviews from 20 countries, the film critiques the Western development establishment and its tendency to undermine local markets, cultures, and governance. Learn more and see Mark's post-screening Q&A's at www.povertyinc.org.
Mark is a graduate of the “Great Books” program at the University of Notre Dame, an intensive curriculum heavy in philosophy and theology, history, economics, science, and literature. His recreational joy is ultra marathon mountain running.