Bitcoin’s rise as the first-generation blockchain technology is the testament to how Blockchain will emerge as the most transformative technology of the 21st century. And “Christina Lomazzo”, the current “Innovation fund lead” and the “first ever head of blockchain” at UNICEF, is a witness to the technology’s impact for social innovation and humanitarian efforts.
Christina Lomazzo was one of the 10 winners of Wirex‘s inaugural “Rising Women in Crypto Power List” in 2020 and a regular speaker at the prestigious Blockchain Revolution Global (BRG) events. Let’s explore the personal life, professional career and future goals of multifaceted “Christina Lomazzo”, in this article.
|Known for||1st Blockchain Lead & |
current Innovation fund lead at UNICEF
|Social Media||Twitter – @crlomazzo|
Christina Lomazzo was born in April 1991 in Windsor, Ontario and grew up in “Amherstburg” town in Essex County, Ontario, Canada. Her Italian father is a computer Engineer in Ontario and her mother is an advocate for workers. Raised by her Italian grandmother, Christina is also a polyglot speaking fluent French, English, and Italian languages.
In 2009, Christina enrolled into the “Telfer School of Management” faculty at University of Ottawa. She earned her 5 years Honors Bachelor of Commerce degree in “International Business”. As an “International Management option” student, she completed her program requirement abroad, as an exchange student at “LIUC Università Carlo Cattaneo” in Castellanza, Italy and at “University of Sydney” in Australia.
She then enrolled in the “MSc in International Business with CEMS Masters in Management (MSc-CEMS MIM)” program at Ivey Business School, located in London, Ontario, Canada. She received the prestigious “Richard Ivey MSc Excellence Award” in 2015.
Christina Lomazzo was riveted towards Blockchain Technology during her masters in 2015. From February 2015 to 0ctober 2015, she served as the Research Assistant to “Dr. Jean-Philippe Vergne“, Founder & Coordinator, “Crypto Capitalism Center” at Ivey Business School.
She Co-authored a Bitcoin crash course with Professor JP Vergne, who was also her “Ivey MSc Research Project supervisor”. As part of her MSc-CEMS MIM, she studied a semester abroad, as an exchange student, at “Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez” in in Santiago, Chile. She wrote her master’s thesis “How Banks Respond to Disruptive Innovation: Blockchain as a Case Study,”on 10 traditional banking behemoths response on crypto-currencies and Blockchain technology.
Christina Lomazzo completed her dual Masters degree in 2016. She earned one masters degree in “international business” from “Western University” and other masters degree in “international management” from CEMS – the Global Alliance in Management Education in Canada.
From September 2013 to February 2015, Christina worked as the “Project Coordinator – Funds Management & Banking Department” at Bank of Canada, Ottawa. During her Master’s, she worked as a consultant for “Renu Electronics Pvt. Ltd.” in Pune, India from April 2015 to July 2015. She also worked as a consultant for “Coca-Cola de Chile S.A.” from April 2016 to June 2016.
Christina Lomazzo worked for “Deloitte Canada” for a period of 2 year and 10 months. She was hired as “Technology Consultant” in the company’s Ottawa location in December 2015. From August 2017 to September 2018, she served as the “Senior Consultant”. She was the co-founder of Deloitte’s Blockchain practice for Public Sector in Canada.
She also worked as a “Blockchain Learning Facilitator” for MIT Sloan’s executive leadership program and as an adjunct professor for NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering. In September 2018, Christina was hired as the first Blockchain Lead at UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund).
As the head of Blockchain at UNICEF, Christina Launched the “UNICEF CryptoFund“, the first cryptocurrency denominated venture fund within the United Nations. The funds aim was to explore and utilize these virtual digital assets, by accepting bitcoin and ether donations and invest them directly into blockchain startups working with children’s.
She worked at this position for 2.5 years from Sep 2018 – Feb 2021, before she was promoted to the role of “Innovation Fund Lead” in February 2021. In this current position, Christina is working towards the expanded use of digital assets, especially explorations of ERC-20 tokens, and how they can be applied towards a digitally financed future, within the context of UNICEF’s work.
|Other Experience/ Contribution||Period/Event|
|Instructor (CBPro) at Lassonde School of Engineering||Feb 2018 – Aug 2018|
|Member, Global Future Council on Cryptocurrencies|
at World Economic Forum
|Oct 2020 – Sep 2021|
|Mentor, She256||Nov 2019- Present|
|Speaker||Paris Blockchain Week 2020|
|Speaker||Asia Blockchain Summit 2020|