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Leanne Kemp

Founder & CEO



Founder & CEO




Australia/United Kingdom








What makes Leanne Kemp a Global Shaker?

Leanne Kemp has over 20 years of experience in tech, working with supply chains, RFID (radio-frequency identification) tracking, emerging technologies and AdTech.

She is the founder and CEO of Everledger, a blockchain-based company that uses a global digital ledger to verify, streamline compliance and promote sustainability of high-value assets, starting with the diamond industry. A serial entrepreneur, she has founded four startups since 1996 and has three exits to her name.

Everledger offers an way for various stakeholders in the diamond industry to combat fraud, identify fraudulent claims, finance and insure diamonds. The company also works with crime agencies to identify cross border transactions, money laundering and counterfeit goods. Everledger has recently expanded into the wine industry and fine arts. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, the company also has offices in Australia, India and Singapore.

The accomplished tech entrepreneur is an inaugural member of the Global Future Council on Blockchain with the World Economic Forum and also serves as co-chair of the Global Future Council for Accelerating Sustainable Production. She also sits on the boards for the IBM Blockchain Board of Advisors and the World Trade Board.

Leanne is highly involved in the entrepreneurship sector in her native Australia, serving as an advisor and member in a variety of public and private organisations. Leanne is a member of the Better Regulation Taskforce with the Queensland Government and the Entrepreneurship Expert Advisory Panel at the University of Queensland.

She also serves as Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur at Advance Queensland, an initiative funded by the Queensland Government and driven by the state’s entrepreneurial community. Advance Queensland offers programmes and grants to encourage entrepreneurship in the state and position the region as an attractive area for investors.

At Queensland University of Technology, Leanne serves as an adjunct professor in “Blockchain and Future Environments.”

In 1996, she founded her first company, Absoft Holdings Pty. Ltd. She also co-founded Fastcards Pty Ltd Trading and the Great Australian Survey.

In 2018, Leanne was listed on Forbes’ The World’s Top 50 Women in Tech and Europe’s Top 50 Women in Tech. She has received dozens of awards and accolades throughout her career, including 2018 Innovator of the Year at the Women in IT Awards, 2018 IBM Champion,  Penrose Award: 2016 Innovator of the Year, Inspirational Female Innovator from Brummell Magazine in 2016 and Best Blockchain Company at the 2016 European Fintech Awards.

Tags: Advertising, blockchain, emerging technologies, jewellery, supply chain, Women in Tech

Last updated: October 7, 2019