Faith Obafemi, Emerging Tech Lawyer, Researcher & Rapporteur

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Faith Obafemi is a tech lawyer with a focus on blockchain, cryptocurrency and emerging technologies. Faith brings six years of legal expertise to help projects navigate the crypto-regulations and compliance maze. She does this through her consulting outfit: Future-Proof Intelligence (FINT) where she serves as Head of Strategy. She presented on 'Decentralized Governance: The Future of Global Cooperation?' at the 10th Annual Cambridge International Law Conference, which held online 18-20 March 2021. Faith is a 2021 Tech Policy Fellow at the Tony Blair Institute. She is a 2022 TechWomen Emerging Leader.

As an aspiring legal engineer/technologist, she automates legal documents, integrated with smart contracts, on the OpenLaw, a platform built on the Ethereum blockchain. Faith is a Research Fellow at the African Academic Network on Internet Policy (AANOIP), where she makes in-depth research on the intricacies in blockchain and law. Faith is a Decentralized Justice Fellow with Kleros, a decentralized justice platform, where she is researching on the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) on the blockchain and recommending Kleros as a dispute resolution layer. She is Faculty at Africa Blockchain Institute (ABI), where she facilitates the Blockchain for Legal Professionals course.

Faith is also a digital content writer and has written several informative and engaging articles on topics in emerging technologies for major online global magazines. She has spoken at events; Blockchain Week Workshop Lagos, African Women in Tech 2018 Nairobi, re:publica Accra, including ConsenSys, BlockTech Women and CoinFest sponsored events. She has been featured on the cover page of Legal Business World, an international magazine for lawyers. Other features include CoinDesk; Fortune, an Italian Magazine; Coin Rivet; Africa Legal; Yahoo Finance; and several other prints and electronic publications. She is on the list of top 20 African blockchain influencers to follow on Twitter in 2019. She is also on the list of top 50 African LegalTech Innovators 2020.

Currently, Faith spends her free time solidifying her knowledge in smart contracts programming to prepare her as a Legal Engineer in tomorrow’s smart automated world.

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