mark weber

Bridging emergent technologies with real-world applications for human flourishing

Mark Weber (@markrweber) is a graduate researcher at the MIT Media Lab's Digital Currency Initiative and a fellow at the Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship. He specializes in connecting dots across disciplines and leading diverse teams to bridge emergent technologies with real world applications informed by economics, systems thinking, and behavioral science.

Passionate about financial inclusion, Mark has spent two years researching and prototyping alternative credit systems for small-medium enterprises in emerging markets. Through a knowledge-sharing partnership with the Mexican Government and the Inter-American Development Bank, Mark envisioned and led the development of the "b_verify" prototype for blockchain verifiable claims for agricultural financing (academic papers and open-source code forthcoming).

Mark also leads the Digital Currency Initiative's student working groups, interdisciplinary teams hacking on a range of pressing issues in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. Learn more at

Prior to MIT, Mark's penchant for economics drove him to produce three documentary films, most recently the critically acclaimed, Poverty, Inc., winner of 50 international film festival honors, the $100,000 Templeton Freedom award, broadcast deals in 12 countries, and praise across the political spectrum. See the film on Netflix and learn more at

As a public speaker, Mark enjoys opportunities to share his research and learn from others. He has delivered talks at over 100 top universities, organizations, and events around the world on topics ranging from blockchain applications for human flourishing to the sociopolitical and economic dynamics of global poverty and development.

Mark owes a debt of gratitude to his classical “Great Books” education from the University of Notre Dame. His recreational joys include ultra-marathon mountain running, reading, and slow food cooking with his wife.


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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

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.