Ric Shreves is Director of Emerging Technology at Mercy Corps. In that role, he explores new technologies and innovations for humanitarian aid and development. He is the author of two Mercy Corps white papers on blockchain technology and over a dozen books on open source technologies. Prior to joining Mercy Corps, Ric worked for two decades as an IT consultant and author. His clients included BASF, The Economist Group, Tesco, Colgate-Palmolive, and many others. Ric is based in Portland, Oregon, where he moved in 2016 after living in Asia for 21 years.