Executive Chairman, Agraria Technologies, Inc.
Jason Cross (Ph.D., J.D.) is a networked innovation and impact investment architect. He is co-founder and Executive Chairman of Agraria Technologies, a blockchain company partnering with social innovators in global health, energy, mobility, agriculture, international trade and financial inclusion. Jason is also a partner of the Blockchain Frontier Group, focusing on emerging market and social impact opportunities for blockchain investment and innovation. He is a frequent speaker on innovation, blockchain, global health and sustainable development.
Prior to Agraria, Jason was a professor of innovation and entrepreneurship law, policy, and business at Duke University, where he was founding Executive Director of the Innovation & Technology Policy Lab. At the ITPLab, he led research, consulting and venture incubation on novel finance, intellectual property, collaboration strategies and trade policy for enhancing the efficiency and accessibility of innovations across global health, energy, education and smart infrastructure. He has extensive experience working with governments, industry and nonprofits to create and strengthen inclusive innovation systems: from biopharmaceutical legal reform and trade policy in Central America, open education business models and telecom policy in Southern Africa, and mHealth technology in emerging markets, to intellectual property and global development negotiations at the WTO, WIPO and WHO.
Jason earned his Ph.D. in the Anthropology of Economics, Law & Policy from Duke University. He was Postdoctoral Fellow in Science & Technology Policy at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy, and received a J.D. from Duke Law School.
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