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Nir Kshetri is Professor at University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a research fellow at Kobe University. He has authored nine books, one of which has been selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine. He has also published about 150 articles in various journals. Nir has been quoted/interviewed and/or his work has been featured by hundreds of media outlets worldwide such as Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Scientific American, Bloomberg TV, CBS News, TV Mundo (Peru), ABF TV (Brazil), Fortune, Time, Christian Science Monitor, SF Gate, U.S. News & World Report, Asia Times, Channel News Asia, New York Daily News, New Boston Post, Observer and Salon. His scholarly works and popular press publications have millions of readers worldwide. In 2018, he gave a TED Talk about the potential roles of cryptocurrencies in fighting poverty.

Nir is the world’s 2nd most cited and 6th most published author in blockchain research based on an analysis of papers published in journals indexed in Web of Science citation database. He was the winner of IEEE IT Professional’s Most Popular Paper Award in 2019 and 2018 and Outstanding Contribution in Authorships award in 2019. He also won the Blockchain Connect Conference’s Most Influential Blockchain Research Paper in 2019. Nir was the winner of 2016 Bryan School Senior Research Excellence Award. He was also awarded Pacific Telecommunication Council’s Meheroo Jussawalla Research Paper Prize twice (2010 and 2008).

He has provided consulting services to Asian Development Bank and various UN agencies. In December 2018, he spoke at the Plenary Session, Digital Technology and Sustainable Development: South-South Cooperation in the Digital World at the Hong Kong Summit of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)and the Finance Center for South-South Cooperation (FCSSC), a special consultative body of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).


  • –present
    Professor of Management, University of North Carolina - Greensboro