Thea Sommerseth Myhren is the founder and CEO of Diwala, a blockchain-based platform that helps displaced people verify their skills, credentials, and educational and personal growth.
“We want to enable people with a tool so they can showcase what they can do, empowering employment opportunities and independence,” she told Newsweek.
By creating an ecosystem of digital skill IDs with verifiable credentials, displaced individuals will be able to demonstrate their competence in their field of employment, allowing them to further their careers while working to rebuild their lives.
“Our first and foremost metric is how we can provide positive impact toward refugees, migrants and displaced people with our platform,” Thea told The Huffington Post. “We believe Diwala must be built from the ground up, in constant collaboration and iteration with the people we design for. This metric is quite embedded into our design decisions, that we listen to people and embrace empathy and diversity. We hope to build a tool that changes people’s opportunities.”
Diwala was the runner-up for Newsweek’s Blockchain Impact award.
Thea is also a board member with Oslo FinTech Hub and a co-creator and design researcher with Human Future Design.
Prior to founding Diwala, Thea held a variety of positions, including a several-year stint as a holistic functional training and performance coach.Tags: blockchain, digital identity, Employment, Refugees, Women in Tech