Toronto, CANADA; August 23, 2021 – The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI), the world’s largest independent blockchain think-tank, and Konnect & Co, a leading procurement, and supply chain management company, are excited to announce the launch of Blockchain Research Institute Middle East (BRI Middle East).

This partnership will establish BRI Middle East as the preeminent blockchain think-tank in the Middle East, building on the work of the BRI and leveraging Konnect & Co’s deep network in the Middle East and abroad. BRI Middle East will bring together industry leaders, academics, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and researchers to undertake ground-breaking research on blockchain technology, bridging the gap between the technological functionality of blockchain and the real market need.

The world is taking a big leap towards a new era of artificial intelligence and the internet of value with blockchain being at its heart. The time is right now for the Middle East to join and be part of this historical change. Konnect & Co is proud to play the major role in this shift by associating with the world leader in Blockchain Research and Technology, the BRI,” said Aline Daoud, Managing Director of Konnect & Co.

BRI Middle East will provide member organizations with research on the strategic opportunities, challenges, and implications of blockchain technology in business, government, and society. In addition, the BRI and BRI Middle East will provide a range of educational deliverables in the form of webinars, books, conferences, and an online course, a collaboration of the BRI with INSEAD, Europe’s top-ranked business school, and Coursera, the largest platform for online education.

“As a global leader, the Blockchain Research Institute believes that the best way to steward the blockchain revolution is to collaborate with leading regional partners who share our vision and ambition,” said Don Tapscott, Executive Chairman at the Blockchain Research Institute. “We believe Konnect & Co are the ideal partner to lead the blockchain transformation of the Middle East, starting with the launch of this global partnership.

BRI Middle East will take an active role in coordinating sustainable development and innovation across the Middle Eastern blockchain ecosystem. BRI Middle East will leverage its global network both within the blockchain space and across traditional industries to showcase the transformative potential of blockchain technology, further working with their partners to model and establish sustainable development goals.



Noah Lehman

Director of Communications

Blockchain Research Institute