Blockchain’s Concordium Hires Former Denmark PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen As Strategic Advisorbr>
Blockchain startup Concordium has announced that Anders Fogh Rasmussem has joined the company as a Strategic Advisor.
Concordium is an open source blockchain that integrates ID-verification and is designed to allow anyone access to run applications in a secure, distributed blockchain network. It aims to help users reduce internal infrastructure requirements, streamline processes, and consequently introduce huge cost savings. The beta release of the platform is planned for Q3 2019, while the public release is scheduled for Q1 2020.
Rasmussen served three terms as Prime Minister of Denmark from 2001 until 2009, and previously held several other high-profile positions in the Danish government, including Minister for Taxation and Minister for Economic Affairs. Following his tenure as Prime Minister, Rasmussen was elected as Secretary-General of NATO, where he served for five years before stepping down in 2014. Rasmussen is also the Founder and CEO of Rasmussen Global, an international political consultancy dedicated to issues on democracy, transatlantic relations, security policy, economic development, and the European Union.
“We are only beginning to see the benefits that blockchain technology will bring to our societies, including in our democratic processes,” Rasmussen said. “Concordium’s blockchain-based voting solution offers a means of voting that is trustworthy, quick, and cost-effective. I am pleased to be working with Concordium to make sure that every vote is counted.”
Lars Seier Christensen, Chairman of Concordium, said that given the enormous scope and far-reaching potential of the Concordium Network, it is essential for the Concordium Foundation to harness the knowledge of those with invaluable in-depth strategic expertise.
“Anders will play a pivotal role in our global expansion plans to move into areas that require a blockchain solution for secure and private communications, as well as liaising with governmental departments that will benefit from its implementation,” Christensen said. “Our network will support tamper-proof voting systems to protect the institutions of civil society, which are fundamental to the functioning of democracy. With Anders’ guidance, Concordium is better equipped to become a globally trusted network for secure transactions, most notably by improving the integrity of the voting process.”