Troy Wiipongwii is a graduate of W&M MPP program and has an interest in emerging technologies impact on development outcomes. Troy co-authored two published works on blockchain: Blockchain and International Development and Ten Things you Should Know about Blockchain Today, and has produced several whitepapers with W&M colleagues. Troy has worked on blockchain projects ranging from the design of arbitrage algorithms to blockchain based machine learning algorithms for microlending. In 2019, with the feedback and support of students and faculty, Troy developed a Blockchain Lab proposal for W&M. In Feb. 2020 with seed funding from W&M and a collaboration between the Global Research Institute and Entrepreneurship Center, W&M Blockchain Lab was formalized. Troy is a current PhD student in Data Science.