Neha Narula

Director, Digital Currency Initiative, MIT Media Lab

Neha Narula is the Director of the Digital Currency Initiative, a part of the MIT Media Lab focusing on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. She received her PhD in computer science from MIT in 2015, where she worked on concurrency control for scalable distributed systems and databases. Her current research interests are in cryptocurrencies and distributed systems. She has designed and taught courses at MIT on cryptocurrencies and distributed ledgers, and is a lecturer at Sloan.

Neha is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Futures Council on Blockchain and has given a TED talk on the future of money. In a previous life, she helped relaunch the news aggregator Digg and was from 2003-2009 was a software engineer at Google. There, she designed Blobstore, a system for storing and serving petabytes of immutable data, and worked on Froogle, a shopping website, and Native Client, a way to run native code securely through a browser. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, CNBC, and Wired.

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