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Kevin Werbach is a world-renowned expert on the business, legal, and public policy implications of emerging technologies such as digital platforms, artificial intelligence, and blockchain.
Werbach is the director of the Wharton Blockchain and Digital Asset Project. He co-led the review of the US Federal Communications Commission for the Obama Administration’s Presidential Transition Team, and was employed as an expert advisor at both the FCC and the US Department of Commerce. He founded the Supernova Group, a technology consulting firm, and for nine years hosted the Supernova executive technology conference. He is the organizer of the Wharton/World Economic Forum collaboration on decentralized finance
Werbach’s books, which have been translated into six languages, including The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust (MIT Press, 2018), After the Digital Tornado: Networks, Algorithms, Humanity (Cambridge University Press, 2020), and For the Win: The Power of Gamification and Game Thinking in Business, Education, Government, and Social Impact, with Dan Hunter (Wharton School Press, revised edition 2020). Over 500,000 students worldwide have enrolled in his Coursera massive open online course, and he was named Wharton’s first-ever “Iron Prof” in 2010.
Prof. Werbach is regularly cited in print and broadcast media, including features in ABC
News, CNBC, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, PBS NewsHour, The Economist, The Los
Angeles Times, His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Philadelphia Inquirer, LA Review of Books, Fortune, Slate, and Wired, in addition to prestigious academic journals. He has received the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Worth Teaching Award, the NESTA Decentralised Future Prize, and the UBRI Educator Award for Outstanding Blockchain Teacher.
Earlier in his career, Werbach served as editor of Release 1.0: Esther Dyson’s Monthly Report, co-organizer of the influential PC Forum conference, and Counsel for New Technology Policy at the FCC. He authored the seminal whitepaper “Digital Tornado” on the impact of the internet, and served on the White House team that developed the U.S. policy on e-commerce. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served on the Law Review, and summa cum laude from the University of California at Berkeley