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    October 6, 2020
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    October 7, 2020
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    October 8, 2020
David Birch
David Birch
15Mb Ltd

David G.W. Birch is an author, advisor and commentator on digital financial services. He is Global Ambassador for Consult Hyperion (the secure electronic transactions consultancy that he helped to found), Technology Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (the London-based think tank) and a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey Business School. An internationally-recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money he was named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information by Wired magazine and one of the top ten most influential voices in banking by Financial Brand; created one of the top 25 “must read” financial IT blogs; was found by PR Daily to be one of the top ten Twitter accounts followed by innovators (along with Bill Gates and Richard Branson), was rated Europe’s most influential commentator on emerging payments by Total Payments and was awarded “Contributor of the Year” by the Emerging Payments Association. His most recent book is “Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From money we understand to money that understands us” which the LSE Review of Books said should be “widely read by graduate students of finance, financial law and related topics as well as policymakers involved in financial regulation”. Dave graduated from the University of Southampton with a B.Sc (Hons) in Physics.

Fatma ElSafty
Fatma ElSafty
Blockchain Lead

Fatma Elsafty, Blockchain technology leader at du, leading blockchain enterprise solutions and all new initiatives in blockchain space within ICT team, Fatma is an expert blockchain solutions advisor with hands-on experience in many vital businesses, including communications, finance, insurance, education, healthcare and government services. Coming from engineering background; Fatma was able to provide innovative IT solutions supported by solid architectural design using the latest technologies and platforms in the market. Her experience in blockchain and cloud computing enabled her to harness the power of both technologies and work with startups and big companies alike to scale up and achieve sustainable growth.

Todd McDonald
Todd McDonald
Co-Founder and Head of Product and Marketing

Todd is Co-Founder and Head of Product and Marketing for R3. Todd co-founded R3 in 2015 and was one of the first to uncover the promise of blockchain technology for the financial services industry and beyond.
In his current role, Todd is responsible for R3’s product and marketing strategy, aligning key markets and customers to drive the longer term strategic roadmap for Corda. He also served on the Hyperledger Governing Board where he oversaw all project business and marketing matters. Todd, alongside fellow leaders in the crypto assets sector, founded The Global Digital Finance (GDF) industry body to release an industry code of conduct to drive sustainable crypto assets innovation.
Prior to R3, Todd spent fourteen years at Standard Chartered Bank as a Managing Director in their financial markets group where he held positions such as Global Head of Electronic FX Trading and Head of FX for the Americas. Todd holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Colgate University, NY.

Alex de Vries
Alex de Vries
Senior Consultant & Blockchain Specialist

Well-rounded professional in FinTech and the FS sector. Global influencer, speaker and specialist in Bitcoin. Public speaker at conferences such as Consensus and CEBIT. Insightful knowledge of AML/KYC procedures. Took control of setting up the data analytics unit at the Dutch Central Bank. Investigated systematically and wrote papers on sustainability of Bitcoin mining.

Jorge Sebastiao
Jorge Sebastiao
CTO, Advisor, Speaker

CISSP, CTO, Advisor, Speaker. A seasoned CTO, Advisor and International speaker, with experience in Blockchain, Cyber Security, AI, IoT, 5G, Cloud Computing, Disaster Recovery, Bigdata, & Managed Services. Jorge is professional advisor in several innovative startups using disruptive technologies with focus on generating business value. He created the powerful framework of security: Assess, Apply, Administer, Awareness & Agility. Jorge is a regular speaker at international conferences. Jorge is action and results oriented with passion to deliver a results… “Cyber Security is a continuous skilled process”.

Amit Pradhan
Amit Pradhan
Founder & President
Silicon Valley Blockchain Society

Amit is a seasoned startup founder, investor and speaker, who spends his time creating, evangelizing and investing in the future of responsible AI and decentralization. A 20-year veteran of Silicon Valley, he specifically focuses on technology, startups and systems that have a positive impact on the humans they serve. Amit travels around the world speaking at events, to evangelize the need and the path to future society that is driven by responsible AI, around Privacy, decentralization of power/control, recognition of bias and the economic agency in a world that is losing jobs to AI-driven automation at a rate and scale that is faster than ever before.
As the Executive Chairman at Zero AI & Rainfall, he and his team are pioneering the idea of privacy focused AI – thereby changing the way the world thinks about and monetizes the digital existence of humans around the world.
Amit is the President of the Silicon Valley Blockchain Society (SVBS), a network of some of the largest Investors, Thinkers, Practitioners and Creators, with Chapters around the globe – with a core mission to ‘Fund the Revolution’ and bring with it a thoughtful and responsible approach to the impact, value and culture in the Decentralized Ecosystem and its convergence with AI and other exponential tech.
The SVBS approach is built on the principle that a 10-year lens should be applied to any endeavor in this space, whether for Consensus and Governance, the underlying technology stack, models of financing or tokenization.

Frank Schwab
Frank Schwab
FinTech Forum Frankfurt

Frank Schwab is a strategic advisor and co-founder of FinTech Forum Frankfurt, member of the Board of Directors at Gulf International Bank in Bahrain, and member of the Risk Advisory Committee at PayU in Amsterdam.

His main topics are new ideas, creativity, innovation, technology, banking, FinTech and crypto.

Before that, Frank Schwab worked as, Managing Director of GIZS (paydirekt / Sparkassen), CEO of Fidor TecS AG, Chairman of Hufsy in Copenhagen, Senior Advisor at McKinsey, Member of the Technology Advisory Board of Sberbank, Moscow, and a director of innovation for Deutsche Bank.

He has also lectured several years at the Mannheim Business School Creativity and Innovation Management.

Zubair Ahmed
Zubair Ahmed
Executive Vice President & General Manager of Middle East & Africa

Zubair spent nearly 3 decades in challenging leadership roles, at the heart of the Finance Technology industry. A Harvard Alumni, with 28+ years of IT & financial industry experience, he enjoys been customer facing and engaging businesses in strategic use of technology. Excels in enterprise transformation, has led and produced compelling results in creating business innovation at the grass-roots of the organization. As the Chairman of the UBF IT Committee, Zubair led the technology agenda for banks, enabling collaborations and advisory with the regulators. In his new challenge, Zubair spearheads Veripark’s quest towards “Enabling Banks, Go Digital”. In the capacity of an advisory board member, Zubair empowers companies such as Granthium, Searchie, Cradle Labs in formulating their value proposition towards the right audience.

  • 25+ yrs experience, Stanford GSB, CPA, 4 Exits, 2 IPOs, 5 publicly traded companies.
  • Co-Founder / MP ICO / STO Governance Foundation.
    Founding Member / 1st employee & CFO/ Board Member at BitFury.
  • Co-President / Co-Founder Mayak RE (JV with Morgan Stanley / MCP PE).
  • CFO at DasanZhoneSolutions (NASDAQ); Trimble Navigation (NASDAQ); Entegrity Solutions (S1 NASDAQ).
Michael Mellinghoff
Michael Mellinghoff
Managing Director
TechFluence UK Ltd
Henri Arslanian
Henri Arslanian
Global Crypto Leader, Asia FinTech Leader

Henri Arslanian is the PwC Global Crypto Leader and Asia FinTech Leader, the Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong where he teaches the first FinTech university course in Asia. Henri is a TEDx and global keynote speaker, a best-selling published author and is regularly featured in global media including Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. Henri was named by LinkedIn as one of the global Top Voices in Economy & Finance and is the host of the FinTechCapsules™ and CryptoCapsules™ social media series. Before joining PwC, Henri was with a FinTech start-up and previously spent many years with UBS Investment Bank in Hong Kong. Henri started his career as a financial markets and funds lawyer in Canada and Hong Kong.

David Kiziria
David Kiziria
Associate professor
The University of Georgia

Consultant in the different sectors: eGov/GovTech, Anti-corruption Reforms, Innovative systems. Specialized in Digital Transformation, developing Innovative Business Models and smart-services via DLT/Blockchain systems. 2014-2017 he was the Advisor of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine. Since 2015 he has been actively promoting and coordinating DLT/Blockchain-based projects for eGovernment Services (eAuction, Revenue Service Georgia…), as well as for the university sector.

Michael Golomb
Michael Golomb
Founder and CEO

CISSP, CTO, Advisor, Speaker. A seasoned CTO, Advisor and International speaker, with experience in Blockchain, Cyber Security, AI, IoT, 5G, Cloud Computing, Disaster Recovery, Bigdata, & Managed Services. Jorge is professional advisor in several innovative startups using disruptive technologies with focus on generating business value. He created the powerful framework of security: Assess, Apply, Administer, Awareness & Agility. Jorge is a regular speaker at international conferences. Jorge is action and results oriented with passion to deliver a results… “Cyber Security is a continuous skilled process”.

Justin Newton
Justin Newton
CEO and co-founder

Justin Newton is the CEO and co-founder of Netki, the leader in digital ID validation solutions for Onboarding, KYC/AML and Travel Rule compliance. Netki’s solutions help wallet providers, exchanges, banks, fintech, governments and any company using blockchain technology comply with recent FATF, FINMA and FinCen guidance, while maintaining the principles of privacy and autonomy on which blockchain and cryptocurrency are founded. Justin co-authored the BIP-75 standard for Travel Rule in 2016, and implemented Netki’s TransactID solution for the first time in 2016.

Justin has strategically positioned Netki to lead the charge in setting standards and policy for enterprise, digital identification, and digital currency ecosystems. Justin currently serves on the Industry/Law Enforcement Portal Working Group of the Blockchain Alliance and the State Legislative Working Group of the Chamber of Digital Commerce. Netki is a highly sought after participant to government-led initiatives on Digital Identity by US Treasury, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the Central Bank of Aruba and other global agencies.

Justin is a pioneer in the development of Internet and blockchain technology. Justin previously served on the Advisory Council for ARIN, the multinational registry for IP addresses and founded ISPC, the first trade association for Internet providers. He played a key role in ensuring the Internet Tax Freedom, the Communications Decency, the Digital Copyright, and the CAN-SPAM Acts aided the Internet industry’s growth while ensuring security and privacy for its users. He is the only person that has contributed to authoring Internet standards (RFCs) and Bitcoin standards (BIPs).

Robert Viglione
Robert Viglione
Team Lead, CEO
Horizen Labs

Rob is a former physicist and mathematician with experience working on Bitshares, BlockPay, Zclassic, Seasteading and Bitgate. He’s currently a PhD Candidate in Finance researching cryptofinance and teaching “Bitcoin & Blockchain Applications in Finance”.

Rob holds an MBA in Finance & Marketing and the PMP certification. He is a passionate libertarian who advocates peace, freedom, and respect for individual life.

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Pavel Kravchenko
Founder & CEO
Distributed Lab

Cryptographer, Ph.D. in technical sciences, Co-founder & CEO of Distributed Lab, a Center for the development of blockchain solutions for financial markets, author of the books “Blockchain and Decentralized Systems”, “ Financial Internet ”. Since 2014, Pavel has carried out over twelve full-term courses on blockchain technology and related topics in universities of Ukraine and Israel. Furthermore, the dozens of blockchain events are driven by him every year. They are from intensive small-format meetups and hackathons to VIP events for the industry leaders and large-scale international conferences.

Matthew Roszak
Matthew Roszak
Co-founder and Chairman

In addition to co-founding Bloq, Matthew is also the founding partner of Tally Capital, a private investment firm focused on digital assets and blockchain-enabled technology, with a portfolio of market leading companies including Binance, Block.One, Blockstream, Orchid, Factom and Qtum. Matthew also serves as chairman of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the world’s first and largest blockchain trade association. Matthew also serves on the board of BitGive, a non-profit foundation that improves philanthropic impact with blockchain technology.

Christian Heinz
Christian Heinz

After working in the private and public sector in Europe and the US for more than a decade, Christian has successfully built 3 companies. Since 2016 Christian is designing and deploying DLT and tokenization solutions for large cap clients and SMEs globally. With his latest product Baltasaar he cuts cost and time required to finance projects by up to 90%.

Cecilia Chapiro
Cecilia Chapiro
Investment Adviser
UNICEF Ventures

Investment Adviser, UNICEF Ventures / Yunus & Youth Co-Founder

Vignesh Pethuraja
Blockchain Advisor
Wipro Limited

Vignesh Pethuraja is based in Dubai and has been at Wipro for the past four years in its blockchain consulting practice. Before joining Wipro, Vignesh was a member of the Global Blockchain Council within the Dubai Future Foundation — there he worked on the blockchain strategy for 2020 and assisted in opening one of the first cryptocurrency exchanges in the Middle East

Pindar Wong
VeriFi (Hong Kong) Ltd

Pindar Wong is the Chairman of VeriFi (Hong Kong) Ltd, a discrete Internet Financial Infrastructure consultancy. Pindar is an Internet pioneer, who co-founded the first licensed Internet Service Provider in HK and leads the ‘Belt and Road Blockchain Consortium’. In 2015, he helped organise Asia’s first Blockchainworkshops.org, ScalingBitcoin.org (I, II, III) and sponsored the Hong Kong Bitcoin Roundtable. In 2016 he established a global blockchain research network the bsafe.network to promote applied academic research in blockchain technologies. He participates in the Blockchain Governance Initiative Network (BGIN) and serves on the Advisory Board of Coindesk.

Pindar also serves on the Hong Kong Government’s Committee on Innovation, Technology and Re-industrialisation. Previously, he was the first Vice-Chairman of ICANN, Chairman of the Asia Pacific Internet Association, alternate Chairman of Asia Pacific Network Information Center, Co-Public Lead of Creative Commons Hong Kong, Chairman of APRICOT, Commissioner on the Global Commission on Internet Governance and elected Trustee of the Internet Society.

Jaspal Singh
Product Owner
One of the largest banks of the GCC region

Jaspal Singh is a business problem solver who believes in the power of technology. Currently, he has been working as a Product Owner in one of the largest banks of the GCC region. The current role needs unique amalgamation between the knowledge of Financial Services as domain and new generation technologies. He is responsible for the success of the digital transformation programs spanning from Retail Banking to SME Banking. He is passionate about technologies like Blockchain and Data Science problems. His constant endeavours are in the direction ‘Humanizing Financial Services’.
He has published research papers on Cryptography and Wireless Technologies in the international conferences during the engineering. Post that, he has completed his post graduation in management from coveted Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Udaipur in Finance & Strategy.

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Marcio Degiovannini
Atix Labs

Marcio Degiovannini is a Software Engineer and University Professor from Argentina.
He has been working in IT for more than 20 years and in 2013 he co-founded Atix Labs,
a blockchain development company with more than 60 professionals that
has been chosen by Unicef to be part of the Innovation Fund and Crypto Fund.

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Gordon Einstein
Chief Legal Officer
Distributed Lab

Hybrid Technologist and Licensed Attorney. At the beginning of his law practice, Gordon focused on startup, venture capital, investment banking, regulatory compliance, intellectual property, and general business law. By 2014, he was providing legal services to several individuals and companies operating in the space of Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and all the related technologies. And by 2016 the majority of Gordon’s law practice at CryptoLaw Partners involved working with crypto, blockchain and FinTech startups and funds. Gordon frequently speaks and educates both in the United States and aboard, quite often in Ukraine, on cryptocurrency, security, the interaction of law and FinTech, structuring blockchain startups and token transactions, AML and KYC compliance, and other topics.

Ahmed Refaie
Consulting Adviser
Nextsensing and Foreseeing

Ahmed Refaie, an Investment, Asset & Wealth Seasoned Professional, Business Strategist and Marketing Strategy Formulator, with over 13 years compounded experience across multiple industries and sectors in addition to a cutting edge exposure to different fields through coaching and executive education conducted for senior executives, professional practitioners and C suite level cabinets at high flying institutions and organizations.

As a seasoned finance professional and a Strategic Investment Architect he was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be educated and qualified at an international standard with world class credentials and qualifications, as well as having the opportunity to look over the shoulders of global high end profiles. Wide span over the Family Office Setup and Operation advising, planning for Sovereign Funds in the GCC region, Corporate VC Funds, M&A Brokerage, Pension Fund for a Telecom Giant, Hedge Fund Startup in the Caribbean, Hedge Fund Due Diligence in Japan, Silent Private Investments for Ultra High Net Worth Individuals and Families from global major jurisdictions for Financial Planning, Advisory, Inheritance and gifting strategies, Real Estate Valuation, Family Onwed Business Listed Equity Portfolio Management, Endowment Fund Manager Selection, Offshore Family Office, PE & VC Valuation, and Hospitality Real Estate Valuation.

CFA 3 Levels instructor giving a Gold Standard full fledged expertise in this lucrative industry, instructing Trade Finance, and lecturing on Investment & Portfolio Management, Alternative Investments, Risk Management, Non Banking Financial Services, Technical Analysis, Banking, FX Trading, Treasury, and Business Administration at a number of Training and Consultancy Houses, and Universities, conducted over 400 teaching hours.

Deep detailed experience in Marketing, Facility Management, Event Organisation, and Sponsorship Announcements at various private beaches and international venues across the MENA region for regional and international stars, with cooperation across Cairo, Alexandria, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Beirut, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi, with exposure to USA, Latin America, and Europe, closed deals with PEPSICO, Levi’s, Adidas, Timberland, Vodafone, to name a few.

Ahmed holds a BEng in Computer Engineering from the AASTMT, Cambrdige International Diploma in Business, the European Business Competence Licence Level A, the Professional Market Trader certification, and MSc in Financial Engineering.

Steven Waterhouse
Dr. Steven Waterhouse
CEO and Co-founder

Dr. Steven Waterhouse (Seven) is the CEO and Co-founder of Orchid. Waterhouse previously served as a partner at blockchain-focused venture Pantera Capital from its inception in 2013 through July 2016 and worked at Fortress Investment Group, where he founded the Digital Currency Fund with Mike Novogratz and Pete Briger.
Seven was a Co-founder and CTO of RPX (Nasdaq: RPXC) and served as Director of the Honeycomb product group at Sun Microsystems, one of the first computer and software technology companies to evolve during the dot com era. He holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

Marta Paiar
Kuwekeza Holdings

Marta is a well-respected leader in the technology, payments and fintech industry, passionate about managing and growing businesses as well as developing talents. A result focused leader with a soft spot for the human aspect of the business, she has more than 13 years’ leadership experience in Europe, Africa, North and Central America, and the Middle East in top management consulting as well as leadership roles in commercial, sales and product in telecom blue chips, amongst others Digicel, Vodafone and Safaricom, working on M-Pesa, IOT, Cloud etc. Marta is deputy President and Africa Chairwoman of AIIK-Italian Kenyan Industrial Association and sits in the Board of several African focused Foundations, Companies and Tech start ups. She is engaged in leadership functions for women and diversity and passionate about innovation, fintech, women development and entrepreneurship, with a soft spot for chocolate and traveling. Marta mentors youths and entrepreneurs worldwide and is keen to empower women to transform their lives. Marta studied in Italy, Germany, France, USA, speaks five languages, advices several startups and is a regular speaker at African, South American and International conferences. Marta has 2 dreams:

Improve women and children lives.

Supporting innovative and successful businesses that deliver huge value to investors.

Burak Yetiskin

Burak is a cross-industry senior consulting executive, helping firms drive innovative ideas to industry solutions. He has global experience in structured ideation process on emerging technology applications such as Blockchain, IoT and AI, linking use cases to business opportunities and the competitive landscape.

Burak assists the C-suite on blockchain applicability and assesses new technology startups for partnership, merger or acquisition potential. He holds a CMC from Association of Management Consultants Switzerland (ASCO), sits on the advisory board of Blockchain Turkey Platform (BCTR) and provides expertise to United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT).

Sleem Hasan
Founder & CEO
Privity FZ LLE

Sleem Hasan is a Financial Entrepreneur with a truly global background. Born in Fiji of Pakistani parentage, raised in Nigeria, Oxbridge educated, worked with the Japanese at Nikko, and now resident in Dubai, UAE. Sleem founded Hasan Financial Corporation in 1996, an independent FCA regulated buy and sell side advisory firm focusing on the Japanese Markets based in the UK.
Sleem is married with 2 daughters and is resident in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Sleem founded Privity in 2004, an early stage venture-focused firm in Dubai.

Henri de Jong
Henri de Jong
Co-founder and Chief Business Development
Quantoz N.V.

Henri de Jong, Co-founder and Chief Business Development at Quantoz N.V., Utrecht.

Henri de Jong has a track record of more than 25 years of bringing new technologies to the market, like the first route planning systems, digital road maps and electronic publications.
In 2001, Henri founded his management consultancy company, Velleda Consulting. Besides, that he got interested in “self-organizing systems” which resulted in several projects in the energy, logistics (founder and owner of ASK Community Systems GmbH) and healthcare markets (co-founder of REGAS Deutschland GmbH).

In July 2015, Henri founded together with former colleagues Quantoz. His focus now is on bringing Quantoz’ digital cash solution to the market.

Bogdan Gryekhovodov
Bogdan Gryekhovodov