The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI), the world’s largest independent blockchain think-tank, is launching a new wave of global expansion with the announcement of BRI Africa, BRI Middle East, and BRI Korea.

Blockchain Research Institute Africa will be launched in partnership with Standard Bank Group, while BRI Middle East will be launched in partnership with Konnect & Co., and BRI Korea will be launched in partnership with BOSAGORA Foundation.

“This global expansion of the Blockchain Research Institute is another step towards realizing the potential of blockchain for the global digital economy,” said Don Tapscott, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of the BRI.

These three global partnerships will establish think-tanks to promote blockchain education, innovation and adoption in their regions of expertise.

“Standard Bank Group has been a pioneer in leveraging blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to bring speed and transparency to our large and growing customer base across Africa. We believe that this development will form a key part of our efforts to drive digital transformation and will be of great benefit to both our clients and the continent that we call home,” said Ian Putter, Head of Blockchain at Standard Bank Group

The Blockchain Research Institute will work with global partners in Africa, the Middle East, and Korea to coordinate sustainable innovation in their regional ecosystems, alongside current global partners in Europe and Brasil. Taking a decentralized approach to driving digital transformation, the BRI and its global partners will establish hubs of innovation to research, educate and strategize how blockchain and other emerging technologies can be implemented across business, government and society.

With a growing member community featuring enterprises, governments and start-ups from around the world, the BRI and its global partners will bring together industry leaders, academics, policymakers and entrepreneurs to undertake research on blockchain technology, bridging the gap between the technological functionality of blockchain and the real market need.


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