Crypto.com — driving growth with Ecosystem strategy.
Kris is a serial entrepreneur with a strong track record of building and scaling technology businesses.
Crypto.com was founded in 2016 on a simple belief: it's a basic human right for everyone to control their money, data and identity. With over 2 million users on its platform today, Crypto.com provides a powerful alternative to traditional financial services, turning its vision of “cryptocurrency in every wallet” into reality, one customer at a time.
The Crypto.com Ecosystem consists of: Crypto.com App, Wallet, Exchange, MCO Visa Card, Crypto.com Pay and Crypto.com Chain.
Crypto.com is built on a solid foundation of security, privacy and compliance and is the first cryptocurrency company in the world to have CCSS Level 3, ISO/IEC 27001:2013, ISO/IEC 27701:2019 and PCI: DSS 3.2.1, Level 1 compliance. Crypto.com is headquartered in Hong Kong with 350+ strong team. For more information, please visit www.crypto.com.
Peeling off the Problems to Adoption: Why Enterprise Blockchain Solutions Haven’t Gained Much Traction Until Now
Russ is the co-founder and CEO of DocSend, a service for securely sending and tracking documents that has over 12,000 customers. Their customers include Gusto, One Medical and Air Table. He was previously a product manager at Facebook, where he arrived via the acquisition of his startup Pursuit.com, and has held roles at Dropbox, Microsoft, and Trulia. Russ holds a BS/MS in Computer Science from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Russ is a frequent speaker and recognized expert on the topic of startup fundraising globally.
Kaj Burchardi is a Managing
Director with BCG Platinion with more than 19 years of experience in IT
consulting. He has worked with clients from various industries in Europe, US,
and Middle East on IT architecture, Digital and Agile transformations.
leading the Blockchain practice of BCG/Platinion globally and supported clients
in the strategy definition, use case development, and Proof of Concept
execution of various Blockchain / DLT projects based on different platforms.
The used approach puts the customer and the business challenge in the center –
and the technology second.
Fireside Chat with Sheila Warren, World Economic Forum
Sheila began her career as a Wall Street
attorney before turning to philanthropy and non-profit tech over a decade ago.
She has represented banks, philanthropists and progressive non-profits. Most
recently, she was VP of strategic alliances and general counsel of TechSoup,
the global social enterprise that has connected civil society organizations
around the world with over $9bn in donated tech-based resources. Previously,
Sheila also designed and launched NGOsource, a service focused on international
grant making. Sheila is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law.
Mike is The Block’s News Editor. In addition to editing, he reports on topics that span the blockchain space, with a particular focus on technological innovation. Prior to joining The Block in April of 2020, he spent nine years covering emerging technologies— from solar cells to smart contracts—at MIT Technology Review..
Leaning into digital assets guided by the voice of the client
Sunayna Tuteja is the Head of Digital Assets and Blockchain at TD Ameritrade. With more than ten years of diverse global experience, she has a proven record for building new ventures from scratch and leading the kind of change that is critical in shaping the future of business. In her current role, Sunayna is responsible for building a scalable blockchain and crypto practice within TD Ameritrade. This rapidly growing practice is inclusive of partnerships, investments and products to harness the growing power of blockchain technology.
Prior to this position, Sunayna led an entrepreneurial “tiger team” at TD Ameritrade to build the next generation of products, experiences and business models needed to break down barriers to investing and engage more people on the platforms they use every day. Her team was responsible for delivering industry-first partnerships and products with cutting-edge startups and leading global technology companies including Apple, Amazon, Google, and Tencent.
A life-long learner, Sunayna is working on her Juris Doctorate at Stanford Law with a focus on the impact and influence of disruptive technologies, and the future of jurisprudence. Through partnering with the Stanford Innovation Lab, she works closely with the start-up and VC communities helping to advance public and corporate innovation. Outside of work and school, you can find Sunayna adventuring the skies in her Cessna. You can stay connected on Twitter @Sunayna.
Blockchain vs Goliath: Embracing Innovation in a Fractured World
Frank Chaparro leads various editorial efforts for The Block, a cryptocurrency and blockchain research firm, as its Director of News. Chaparro started his career at Business Insider, where he specialized in topics at the intersection of digital assets and Wall Street, market structure, and financial technology. Previously, he held positions at NPR and the Nasdaq Stock Market. In 2018, he become a sought after reporter in the crypto world, breaking scoops on major developments at financial services firms such as Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, and Citigroup. He joined The Block to dive deeper into his specialty and is responsible for investigating the most powerful figures and firms in the cryptocurrency market alongside a global team of financial journalists and researchers.
Laurent Marochini is Head of Innovation at Societe Generale Securities Services in Luxembourg. Since 2018, Laurent is also Blockchain Leader for the Group.
Prior to joining SGSS, Laurent has held various management positions in the banking sector in particular in BNP Paribas Securities Services and Credit Suisse Private Banking. He joined Societe Generale in 2006 as a Risk Manager.
Laurent is highly involved in the Fintech ecosystem. He is also Co-Chairman of the ALFI (Association Luxembourgeoise des Fonds d’investissement) Working Group Blockchain & Crypto Currencies and Member of the Fintech & Digital Executive Committee.
The all industry has recognized Laurent as : - Top 4 Fintech Leader of the year for the Luxembourg by Finance Awards (2017) - Top 21 Regtech worldwide Leader by Medici (2018) - Twice awarded 2nd Worldwide Best Innovation Maker of Societe Generale (2015- 2016).
Jacqueline Molnar is Chief Transformation Officer and Global Head of Compliance for Western Union.
She is based in our global headquarters in Denver, Colorado. In Molnar’s twenty years of experience as an attorney and compliance officer, she has focused her practice on AML/CTF, Sanctions, Anti-Bribery/Corruption, Consumer Protection, Fraud and Litigation Defense. She has led large international teams in the successful development of global AML programs across multiple jurisdictions and has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies in complex legal and regulatory matters around the globe.
Molnar also serves as Board Chair of the Western Union Foundation, an organization that supports education and disaster relief efforts as pathways toward a better future. Since its inception in 2001, the Foundation has funded more than $120 million in 137 countries, benefiting 940,000 people.
Before joining Western Union in 2013 as Senior Vice President and Deputy Chief Compliance Officer, she served as Vice President, Associate Global Anti-Money Laundering Officer at Toronto Dominion Bank Group in Toronto, Canada. Prior to joining TD, Molnar was Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at Wells Fargo & Company in Charlotte, North Carolina. She also practiced law at Gibson Dunn and at Latham & Watkins LLP in California, and at Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney, Australia.
Molnar received her Doctor of Jurisprudence and her Bachelor of Education from the University of Hawaii and teaches AML Compliance Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law in Honolulu. Molnar clerked for The Honorable Hiram Fong at the Federal District Court for the District of Hawaii and for The Honorable Chief Justice Ronald T.Y. Moon, Hawaii State Supreme Court. She is licensed to practice law in Hawaii and California.
Envisioning and Building the Future Token Economy
Arvie is the Senior Vice President and Head of the Fintech Group at UnionBank, a team instrumental to the Bank’s transformation strategy. Under his leadership, the group has created award-winning fintech and blockchain solutions to future-proof the bank and promote financial inclusion.
He is passionate about tech-ing up the Philippines, and was recognized by the Singapore Fintech Association as a Top Fintech Influencer in Asia. A primary mover in the fintech space, he co-founded and serves as the Vice Chairman of the Distributed Ledger Technology Association of the Philippines whose purpose is to educate, regulate, and innovate on blockchain technology.
Being an ardent advocate of financial inclusion, Arvie also co-founded and serves as a board director of Tech Up Pilipinas - a movement that seeks to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs), individuals, and large corporates benefit from technological advancements in order to “tech up” the Philippines and pave way for inclusive prosperity.
Arvie is also a Founding Member and Board Director of the Fintech Philippines Association. Prior to joining UnionBank, Arvie's extensive career spanned various industries including banking (Citibank), telecommunications (Globe/Singtel), and broadcast/digital media (TV5/ABC), with roles across product management, sales, finance, strategic planning, and business development. Aside from leading UnionBank’s Fintech Group, Arvie also sits on the Board of the bank’s subsidiaries PETNET Inc. and UBX.
Despite being a banker with an MBA, Arvie graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Ateneo de Manila University. He is a loving husband and dad to 6 very animated kids.
It is his bold vision that guides UnionBank’s Transformation Journey towards becoming “a technology company, also a bank."
Under his leadership, UnionBank has been recognized as the country’s Best Digital Bank, both by Asiamoney and The Asset Triple A Awards, offering delivery of online, real-time and highly secured busines solutions to its millions of customers.
Dr. Ortiz is the chairman of the Fintech Philippines Association and the Distributed Ledger Technology Association of the Philippines as well as the Philippine Payments Management Inc. – a critical component of the Philippines’ National Retail Payment System. He is also a Board Member of the Global Fintech Alliances Advisory Board founded in Copenhagen, Denmark.
After retiring as UnionBank’s CEO in 2018, Dr. Ortiz continued to advocate for financial inclusion through Tech Up Pilipinas - a movement pushing for inclusive prosperity by helping SMEs, individuals, and corporates benefit from technology.
Dr. Ortiz’s vision of building “a bank of enduring greatness” goes beyond marking profit. He champions digital transformation, inclusive prosperity and innovation across the world, spreading these advocacies among business leaders and policymakers alike. Furthermore, Dr. Ortiz strongly believes in a higher purpose to make a critical difference by elevating lives, fulfilling dreams and enabling communities through innovation, financial technology and smart banking.
The Rosetta Stone of Bringing Nations Closer and Stronger Together
Wang Guan is news anchor and host of Dialogue at CGTN. He was CGTN’s chief U.S. correspondent based in Washington D.C. from 2011 to 2019, covering the White House and the State Department. He has interviewed dozens of world leaders including Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Henry Kissinger, and IMF Director-General Kristalina Georgieva and Christine Lagarde. He broke stories from over 30 Chinese provinces and 40 US states and covered the 2012 and 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Wang Guan is one of the most active Chinese journalists on social media analyzing US-China relations. He is a Young Leader with National Committee on US-China Relations and a “Asia 21” Young Leader with Asia Society. Wang Guan has a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in international journalism from Communication University of China.
Prof. Michael Sung is a technology venture builder and investor, having founded various companies over the years in diverse high-tech industries ranging from AI, blockchain, semiconductor, and new materials industries.
He is founder and Chairman of CarbonBlue Innovations, a cross-border tech-transfer platform that is focused on rapidly commercializing and scaling internationally-sourced blockchain, Fintech, and digital finance innovation to developing countries.
Prof. Michael Sung is also the founding co-director of the Fintech Research Center at the Fanhai International School of Finance at Fudan University. His applied research includes Fintech policy, cryptoeconomics, asset-backed securitization, as well as finance and business model innovation associated with cryptotoken economies. In addition, Prof. Sung is focused on developing finance innovation policy as faculty at the Chinese Institute of Economics and Finance, a national-level think tank for central government.
Prof. Sung received his Ph.D. in EECS at the MIT Media Lab/Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory as well as a graduate financial engineering degree from MIT Sloan Business School.
Delivering in the promises of blockchain: the road to implementation
Delivering in the promises of blockchain: the road to implementation
Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.
Michael joined Broadridge in 2017, and leads Broadridge’s corporate strategy function. He began his career at McKinsey & Company, consulting clients in the financial services industry before moving to Merrill Lynch where he was investment banking Vice President of their Financial Institutions Group.
Michael later served as Director of Investments for the Troubled Asset Relief Program at the U.S. Department of Treasury. Most recently, Michael was the Senior Executive Vice President of Worldwide Services for Microstrategy.
The 40 Trillion Dollar Trade Finance Industry That’s Missing Blockchain
Ran Neuner is the Co-founder and CEO of Onchain Capital, a Blockchain Investment fund and Advisory service. In 2017 Ran Neuner launched Crypto Trader , the world’s first televised cryptocurrency show featured on CNBC. Today he is still the host and executive producer. The show has had huge success is the most viewed show on the channel today.
Previously Ran Neuner was the founder CEO of The Creative Counsel Group. The company which he founder grew to become the largest sales and marketing agency in Africa. He sold this business to the Publicis Groupe in 2015 for what was recorded as the biggest business transaction in Africa.
Ran holds a Bachelor degree in Finance, is a CFA and is currently completing his OPM studies at Harvard Business School. Ran Neuner is also involved in several initiatives to grow and mentor entrepreneurs including several incubator projects to support transformation in the industry.
Ran was also involved in the Branson Mentorship Programme that identifies successful entrepreneurs who is able to offer guidance, connections and opportunities through their peer and partnership network, supporting entrepreneurs to structure and scale their businesses by providing training, mentoring and networking to help them on their entrepreneurial journey.
Ran’s success in the Blockchain world has earned him the ranking of one of the top 10 most influential people in Blockchain by Richtopia and is also a sought after speaker at in Entrepreneurship, Blockchain Crypto Currency events and conferences.
Jim has been transforming industries using the latest digital technology since the Internet began.
During his time at BNP Paribas he helped revolutionise markets via digital connectivity and solve the data and analytics challenges required to programmatically trade. Jim was awarded the Data Architect of the Year from Oracle Corporation twice for work on the globally distributed cross asset class real-time data analytics platform he created.
While at MongoDB, Jim worked with Fortune 100 enterprises in finance and beyond to catalyse their digital transformation using similar distributed data architectures. This helped lead to the successful IPO of MDB in 2017, now a rapidly growing >$10Bn valued Nasdaq listed data brand.
Jim’s interest in the crypto space before the first bitcoin halving led to an early understanding of the transformative capabilities of distributed ledger technology.
With these experiences Jim is now leading Tracr, a connected value chain platform that uses digital assets to provide unparalleled Trust in how an industry operates. Tracr leverages Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and IoT to connect and industry’s physical processes to a digital platform that masters its data to facilitate business interactions and tell consumers the sustainability stories of the products they buy.
Tracr is at the forefront of the Industry 4.0 transformation that is redefining how businesses interoperate and communicate with their end consumers at the moment that Trust has never been more important.
John Monarch is the co-founder and CEO of ShipChain, a technology startup
focused on revolutionizing the freight and logistics industry using blockchain
technology. He is a serial entrepreneur in logistics and supply chain, with a
background in physics and computer science from Clemson University. He
currently serves as a Supply Chain Expert for the United Nations CEFACT, has
worked with the World Economic Forum on Blockchain in Supply Chain, and is
an avid classical musician, photographer, and pilot.
Kris Van Broekhoven, Chief Financial Officer of Komgo, the multi-bank digital platform that is streamlining trade finance and introducing blockchain based tools to mitigate fraud.
Until recently, Kris was Global Head of Commodity Trade Finance at Citibank, where he spearheaded the digital transformation of trade finance and led Citi’s involvement as a founding member of Komgo. Prior to Citi he was EMEA head of structured commodity trade finance at Deutsche Bank. Kris has 25 years of international banking experience and is determined to bring an inefficient and paper based industry into the digital age.
Connected Value Chains: How blockchain adds business value & increases consumer confidence
Blockchain for real use cases: growing the era of trusted digital intelligence
Jack Lee is the Founding Managing Partner of HCM Capital.
HCM Capital, founded in 2015, concentrates its investment mainly on the companies applying new technologies or innovative business models, such as blockchain, data technology, to make people living better, or enterprises working more efficiency.
HCM, led by Mr. Lee, had invested a number of fintech companies. For example, Abra, US Silicon Valley based, built the world's first decentralized digital cash conversion and pier to pier remittance platform. Chained Finance, newly established, dedicates to providing faster and lower cost solution with token economy for supply chain finance by deploying blockchain. And, Figure Technologies, a US San Francisco's based fintech company, leverages AI, Fintech and Blockchain to facilitate loans origination, trading, etc. Currently, Mr. Lee serves as Board Director to several fintech/blockchain startups, including Abra, Cambridge Blockchain, Galaxy Digital, and Chained Finance, etc.
Before joining HCM Capital in 2007, Mr. Lee was a deputy general manager of Yuanta Polaris Financial, one of the leading banks/securities group in Taiwan. In early 2000s, he served at JP Morgan as an investment banker with several years of banking experience at Citi. He began his career with P&G.
Mr. Lee received an MBA from UCLA Anderson in California, USA, and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the National Taiwan University in Taiwan.
Real-Time Supply Chain on Chain
Gary Loh is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of DiMuto Pte Ltd, a trade technology firm providing end-to-end supply chain visibility for global businesses, ensuring traceability and trackability of business documents, goods and services. Since late 2018, DiMuto has successfully tracked and traced over millions of pieces in produce and millions in dollars of trade value on their platform.
Mr Loh is the Vice Chairman of SunMoon Food Company Limited. He joined the company’s Board as Non-Independent Director and Deputy Chairman in 2007 and was Chairman of the Executive Committee from 2007 to 2013, before serving as Executive Chairman of the Board until 2017. Mr Loh is also the Executive Chairman of First Alverstone Capital Ltd, a private equity firm he co-founded in 2005.
He started his career as a venture capitalist for Pacific Capital Pte. Ltd. from 1992 to 1995, before joining Merrill Lynch 1995 to 1997. Subsequently, he was with UOB Kay Hian and BNP Paribas.
Mr Loh possesses a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science & Economics) from National University of Singapore (NUS), a Master in Applied Finance from NUS Business School and has also attended the Owner/President Management Executive program at Harvard Business School.
Past Events: - Oracle Open World 2019 - Produce Marketing Association Global Development Council Summit 2019 - Asia Blockchain Summit 2019 - Asia Fruit Logistica Cool Logistics 2019 - Asia Fruit Logistica Global Women Fresh 2019 - Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit 2019
Raullen Chai received the PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2012, where his research focused on cryptography, specifically in designing and analyzing of lightweight ciphers and authentication protocols for IoT devices.
He is a member of the Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research (CACR), International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR), and IEEE Communications Society since 2010. In 2013, he joined Google as senior software engineer leading many security initiatives for its technical infrastructure, including mitigation of SSL attacks against Google such as CRIME/BEAST/POODLE, privacy-preserving SSL offloading, enabling of Certificate Transparency for all Google services.
He was also the founding engineer of Google Cloud Load Balancer (GCLB), which now serves thousands of cloud services with 1+ million queries per second. In 2016, he joined Uber as the head of cryptography R&D, leading the research and development of credential storage system, authentication system, risk management and inhouse cryptographic tools. In 2017, he found IoTeX to focus on the building of auto-scalable and privacy-centric blockchain infrastructure that is designed and optimized for Internet-of-Things (IoT).
In addition, he serves as Editor of KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, and served as reviewers for many prestigious conferences and journals, including Fast Software Encryption, Selected Areas in Cryptography, International Conference on Cryptology in India, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Cryptography and Communications Discrete Structures, Boolean Functions and Sequences, Information Sciences, IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, IEEE Global Communications Conference and etc.
Traceability in the Food Chain: Is It Safe to Eat?
David founded and manages the well-known crypto and blockchain magazine Block Journal. He simultaneously manages the crypto consulting firm Black Diamond Group. He is a veteran in crypto media, marketing, and branding and has worked with many of the most prominent figures and companies in the industry.
Blockstack’s Proof of Transfer Mining: Payout in BTC
Dr. Muneeb Ali is the co-founder of Blockstack, a decentralized computing network with 180+ apps/startups built on top. He serves as the CEO of Blockstack PBC, a Public Benefit Corp that is developing the core Blockstack technology. He has raised $50 million USD in funding from investors like Union Square Ventures, Y Combinator, Lux Capital, Winklevoss Capital, and others. Blockstack was recently featured in the CNBC’s list of 100 promising startups to watch. Muneeb received his Ph.D. and Masters in Computer Science from Princeton University. His Ph.D. thesis was nominated for the ACM SIGCOMM dissertation award by Princeton University. Muneeb gives guest lectures on cloud computing at Princeton and his research publications have over 1,300 citations. He is one of the main characters in George Gilder's book Life After Google and was a technical advisor to the HBO show Silicon Valley. You can follow him on Twitter @muneeb.
Unveiling China’s New Blockchain Powered Internet
Michael became the Founder of Boxmining - one of the top crypto YouTube channels with over 200,000 subscribers and 15 Million Views. Michael has been providing top tier independent coverage of the cryptocurrency scene since 2017.
Micheal has participated in the first wave of cryptocurrency investing, with a mining operation in 2012 and key investments in 2017.
Yifan He, the founder, and CEO of Red Date Tech which is the architect firm behind the BSN, is a serial entrepreneur and investor. Mr. He founded his first internet company when he was in college in 1998 in the U.S., and spent more than 10 years in China on private equity and finance. Mr. He graduated from SUNY at Stony Brook with a computer science degree, and an MBA degree from MIT. Read more about Red Date Tech in this recent article here.
Making Enterprise Blockchain Mature: Building Business on an Evolving Infrastructure
Patrick Chang is an early stage investor at Samsung NEXT Ventures. He primarily focuses on seed to series B enterprise / B2B investing. He leads blockchain investments and strategy at Samsung NEXT Ventures Prior to Samsung, Patrick was at Foundation Capital with a focus on SaaS and enterprise software. He has over 12 years of experience investing in enterprise software including IT security, infrastructure, developer tools, business intelligence/analytics and more ranging in various stages from seed to growth equity at Bain Capital Ventures, Investor Growth Capital, New York Angels and Updata. Patrick is also a recovering tech investment banker at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Lehman Brothers, where he helped public and venture backed technology companies raise capital and execute M&A transactions.
Dieter Shirley is the CTO at Dapper Labs and the Chief Architect of Flow. He is also the author and principal sponsor of the ERC-721 proposal for standardizing tracking of non-fungible tokens on the Ethereum protocol and to co-creator of CryptoKitties.
Dieter is an original
participant in the world of cryptocurrency, mining his first Bitcoin on his
home computer in 2010. Since then he has served as a technical architect on a
series of advanced blockchain projects including as co-founder of CryptoKitties,
the most successful collectibles game on the blockchain. Dieter is also the
founding CTO of Cornerstone, a real estate transaction platform being developed
in partnership with Ross McCredie, former founder and CEO of Sotheby’s Canada,
and Dave Carson, former COO at Sotheby’s Global.
A veteran of the original
dot-com boom and bust, Dieter brings more than 20 years of experience as a key
player in dozens of successful software products. He has shipped software for
industry giants including Apple, BlackBerry, and Microsoft. Prior to joining
Axiom Zen, Dapper Labs’ parent company, Dieter was director of development at
Atimi Software, where he led a team of more than 30 developers working on
mobile projects for Fortune 1000 companies including HBO, the New York Times,
and ESPN. Prior to Atimi, Dieter was a Senior Software Engineer at Apple,
helping build iWeb and the iWork suite.
Alexei Dulub has been working with blockchain technologies for almost 7 years as the CEO of PixelPlex, an R&D company that focuses on blockchain, IoT, and AI solutions development. As of now, his team has already delivered to market such groundbreaking projects as Echo Blockchain Ecosystem & Layer 2 Smart Contract Protocol and Qtum UTXO-Based Blockchain and DApp Development Platform. Alexei took Oxford’s Blockchain Programme, and is very well-versed in the actual development processes, as he started off his career as a programmer in an international software development team. He works hand-in-hand with PixelPlex’s clients and takes on the role of a blockchain consultant on the company’s major projects.
The Industries’ State of Art Blockchain Solution
Mike Dudas is the founder and Chairman of The Block, the leading research, media & information brand in the digital asset marketplace. The Block's research driven model has contributed to millions of people engaging with the company's research, journalism, podcast, newsletter and events since its 2018 founding. The Block is the first and final word in digital assets.
Previously, Mike was co-founder and CRO of Button, the leading global, mobile performance marketing platform. Mike is a builder of mobile commerce businesses, having worked at Google, Braintree/Venmo and PayPal. Early in his career, Mike worked in corporate M&A and strategy for Disney. Mike earned a BA from Stanford and an MBA from Kellogg.
Blockchain Gaming: Building the virtual asset class of the future
Robby Yung is the CEO of Animoca Brands, a leading blockchain game developer headquartered in Hong Kong. He was previously the co-founder and CFO of Redgate Media, a venture-backed Chinese television and outdoor media holding company sold to Inno-Tech Holdings Limited (HK.8202). Mr Yung was also co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of One Media Group (HK.426), a Hong Kong-based magazine group. Prior to that, he was the founder and CEO of One Studio, a venture-backed web development company in Hong Kong, and OSMedia, a Chinese television advertising sales company.
How to Unlock New Economic Opportunities for Gamers Worldwide?
Kevin Chou is the
CEO and co-founder of Rally, an emerging blockchain ecosystem where
creators, fans and developers are joining forces to create the world’s first
serves as the Chairman of Forte, a new blockchain whose mission is to build a
more collaborative future in gaming by realigning the economic relationship
between players and developers. He is also Chairman of Gen.G, a new esports
enterprise bridging Asia and North America.
was CEO and co-founder of Kabam, a top developer of mobile games. Kevin led the
company from business plan founding to over $400M in annual revenue serving
over 500 million players. Kabam developed leading partnerships with Marvel,
Star Wars, Fast & Furious, Lord of the Rings, and Hunger Games. Kabam was
profitable from 2012 until the sale of the company's studios to Netmarble, 21st
Century Fox, and GAEA, which in total generated nearly $1 billion in value.
He's been honored by Fortune in 40 under 40, CNN
in Smartest People in Tech, and Business Insider's Silicon Valley Top 100.
Kevin Chou graduated magna cum laude from the UC Berkeley undergraduate Haas
School of Business program. He serves on the Board of Trustees at UC Berkeley.
Roham is the CEO of Dapper Labs and the
founder of Axiom Zen, the award-winning emerging technology venture studio
behind Dapper Labs. Dapper Labs is the creator of CryptoKitties, the world’s
most popular consumer blockchain experience, with over 3M transactions on the
Ethereum network – more than any smart contract that’s not a cryptocurrency
DappRadar has grown from 2 teenage developers working on a passion project into the industry-standard source of truth on accurate, honest, and transparent data for decentralized applications (“dapp”). Data that regularly informs academic research, analysis, and VC due diligence, while also being regularly cited by leading media outlets like Bloomberg News.
This leadership position in both dapps, and the burgeoning start-up ecosystem in Lithuania, has enticed industry giants like Naspers & Blockchain to spearhead a $2.3 million seed funding round in September 2019. The largest ever for a start-up in the Baltic States.
CEO, Skirmantas Januskas, is quickly emerging as a sought after authority on the space as users and investors increasingly adopt dapps in place of traditional applications.
Next Era of Blockchain Enabled Consumer Applications
“PlayMining” play and earn concept brought by nextgen blockchain entertainment
“PlayMining” play and earn concept brought by nextgen blockchain entertainment
Naohito Yoshida, after working in magazine editing, established the game anime company GLAMS Co., Ltd. at the age of 28.While being one of the pioneers of the digital anime industry, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 32. Filed for both company and personal bankruptcy at the age of 34. After that, made a comeback to establish three publicly listed companies in the human resources, content and media ad tech industries.Currently serves as chairman and representative director of eole Inc., which is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers market.With a conviction that blockchain will radically change the entertainment industry, decided to return as an entrepreneur for the first time in 20 years.
Crypto Merchant: “Your Total is Ten Satoshis for Coffee Please!”
More popularly known in the world as “Miss Bitcoin”, Mai has been involved in Crypto since 2011, making lots of accomplishments during her career.
She is most interested in using CryptoCurrency and Blockchain for the SDGs. She launched a donation platform called KIZUNA in 2017 and helping BINANCE Charity Foundation as an ambassador.
She is active as a KOL who works to spread the entire blockchain industry as twitter and youtuber. At the same time, she is a serial entrepreneur that launches many companies, and is also active as an advisor for more than 10 companies including Japanese listed companies.
Ashish Singal is the Co-Founder and CEO of CoinSwitch.co and CRUXPay. He is a hacker to the core and has won almost every major Hackathon in India including those hosted by Sequoia, Google, Amazon and LinkedIn. While working at Amazon as a Software Development Engineer in 2014, he led the internal team in building Amazon Prime's 1-hour delivery model. Ashish was a Technical Advisor with Reap Benefit - an NGO in Bangalore aimed at encouraging India’s youth to become actionable citizens. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science.
Serial entrepreneur, hacker, maker, geek, crypto head.
Nimrod Lehavi’s career spans over more than two decades of entrepreneurship and management experience.
His reputation precedes him in the startup scene and blockchain community for his vision, leadership and unique ability to innovate and scale as well as his no BS mentality.
Flipping the switch: when IoT meets 5G and Blockchain [higher level thinking]
now serves as President at Taiwan Mobile, a leading telecom & technology
group in Taiwan, and Chairman & Partner at AppWorks, the largest startup
accelerator in Greater Southeast Asia (ASEAN + Taiwan). Taiwan Mobile group
services 7.2 million monthly active mobile subscribers, operates Taiwan’s
largest online retail shop, momo, with US$1.4 billion in annual revenue, and
brings cable TV & broadband to 1.7 million households. AppWorks, founded by
Jamie in 2009, offers a renowned free accelerator program that now admits
around 35 AI, Blockchain, and SEA startups twice a year. It boasts 376 active
startups and 1,113 founders in its alumni network, the largest of its kind in
Greater SEA. Within the Blockchain field, AppWorks has accelerated 44
Blockchain startups. All AppWorks startups together generate US$ 4.97 billion
in annual revenues and are valued at US$ 4.72 billion. As a VC, AppWorks
manages 3 funds with a total fund size at US$ 168M. Its portfolio includes
Dapper Labs, Lalamove, Shopback, Carousell, 17 Media, 91APP, KKday. In 2016,
AppWorks also founded School with the aim to drive Taiwan digital
transformation by providing a 16-week full-time engineer talent training
program, which now has 208 graduates since its establishment.
AppWorks, Jamie was a startup founder for 10 years. In 1999, he co-founded
Hotcool.com, a pioneer in Taiwan's burgeoning e-commerce industry. After
funding dried up post dotcom crash, Hotcool evolved into Intumit, a successful
natural language processing & chatbot SaaS startup. In 2006, Jamie
co-founded travel startup Sosauce.com in New York. After Sosauce pivoted into
Muse Games in 2009, Jamie moved back to Taiwan to start a VC by founders for
founders -- AppWorks.
up, Jamie was a geek. He started coding and putting computers together since
the age of 10. He received his BS in Engineering from National Taiwan
University and an MBA from NYU Stern. His blog, MR JAMIE, has provided
inspirations to millions of readers in the startup community since 2009.
has been active in contributing back to the global community. He serves as a
Member at the APEC Vision Group and the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC)
among many other community leadership roles.
Year 2030: Living with A.I., Blockchain, and Robots
is the founder of Singapore based Lightbulb Capital. The firm was founded in
2014 in Hong Kong to help realize the potential of innovation and emerging
technologies to transform financial services. Today the company focuses on advisory
work for fintech and blockchain startups and Innovation education programs for
corporates and universities.
appointed affiliate faculty of Singapore Management University. Dan is also a
lecturer at Rotterdam School of Management's Executive Education arm in Erasmus
University. Previously, he was a visiting professor at IE business school in
its top-ranked Master in Finance program, where he received the teaching
excellence award for his fintech business models class. Dan teaches courses on 1)
fintech & innovation in finance as well as on 2) blockchain,
cryptocurrencies and digital assets. More recently, he started working and
publishing on 3) data science and AI in financial markets. In 2019 he received
the best paper award in his category for the paper on ICO scams (co-authored
with P. Schueffel) from the editorial board of the Journal of the British
Blockchain Association (JBBA). Dan is also a review editor for Frontiers
Financial Blockchain academic journal and works on research projects. Also, he
is a frequent speaker at seminars on blockchain and innovation in financial
starting the firm, Dan was Chief Operating Officer (COO), board member and an
Executive Director of HSBC Securities (Singapore) Pte Limited, a MAS capital
markets services license holder for dealing in financial products. He was
previously also the IT Head of HSBC's investment bank in Singapore and Japan.
Dan has over 20 years of investment banking technology experience at UBS in
both Germany and the UK, Barclays Capital in both Singapore and Tokyo, as well
as Close Brothers in Frankfurt, his hometown.
Dr. Mihaela Ulieru is a technology alchemist and is an innovator at the edge of the impossible. She is founder and President of the IMPACT Institute for the Digital Economy (IMPACT stands for ” Innovation Management and Policy Accelerated with Communication Technologies”), which she founded as a consulting arm of her work aiming at policy reforms for the adoption of the latest digital technologies in all areas of society and sectors of the economy. Since her early career, she kept inspiring and supporting young entrepreneurs – one of her first MSc students was Garret Camp, co-founder of Uber and StumbleUpon – and she currently advises several startups aiming to put the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” technologies (AI, Blockchain, IoT) to work to make the world a better place.
Dr. Ulieru is a Blockchain champion at the World Economic Forum where she advocated to list it in the 2016 Top 10 Emerging Technologies, developed in collaboration with Scientific American. Dr. Ulieru’s research in distributed intelligent systems created a strong foundation for governance on Blockchain as an institutional technology and for its role in revolutionizing manufacturing, logistics and homeland security. She has authored over 200 scientific articles, works on several Boards and Councils and still has time to write poetry.
Dr. Ulieru has been awarded two research chairs in intelligent systems and has held numerous board appointments including the Science Councils of Singapore, Canada and European Commission and to the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum. She is a Global Leader with the Aspen Institute. She has been involved with major multi-stakeholder programs leading the scaling-up of operations through strategic partnerships and networks in Industrial Informatics, the Future of Medicine, Self-Organizing Security, the EnergyWeb, Global Manufacturing Systems, and Sustainable Personal Living Technologies.
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Before founding Alameda and subsequently FTX, Sam was a trader on Jane Street Capital’s international ETF desk. He traded a variety of ETFs, futures, currencies, and equities, and designed their automated OTC trading system.
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Eric is the Director of Research at Messari. He joined Messari from S&P Global where he was a financial technology research analyst. During his time at S&P he was a leader in blockchain strategy and testified in front of the Senate Banking Committee as an expert witness in fintech. Eric has also worked at Fidelity Investments and Prudential and is a CFA Charterholder.
Jonathan achieved a $600 million portfolio market cap in 6 years with his previous ventures. His notable achievements include Board of Advisors, Capital Formation for Small Businesses, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Board of Advisors, LatAm, The Wilson Centre; Board member, Innovation Law Institute, UC Hastings College of Law."
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Sopnendu Mohanty is responsible for creating development strategies, public infrastructure and regulatory policies around technology innovation. Mohanty has spent over 20 years in various leadership roles globally in technology, finance and innovation. He has co-authored several patented works in area of retail distribution of the financial sector. Mohanty extensively engages with ecosystems of various jurisdictions on innovation, policy making and tech enabled financial services. He is on the Institutional Investor’s list of influential FinTech global dealmakers. Mohanty has been recognised internationally as a FinTech thought leader and he was recently named the Market Reformer of the Year by IFL, Euromoney.
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Malik is a Digital banking veteran, FinTech mentor, Futurist, acclaimed author and Fintech Faculty.
He has been listed among the ‘Top Fintech champions- Singapore 2018’ and ’20 Fintech experts to watch out for, Dubai, 2019’.
In his 20 year career, he has managed global roles in Multinational banks, run billion dollar businesses in various markets, driven key innovations, and been a serial entrepreneur.
He is currently the Co-founder and Chairman of Finnovation Labs, an Asia focused Fintech venture growth platform that connects progressive Banks, cutting edge Fintechs and Policy makers to deepen the APAC Fintech ecosystem for social, economic and financial inclusion.
Before this, he spent nearly 14 years at Citibank in varied roles in Digital Banking and E-payments, and was last SVP- Global Digital Transformation till 2016, based out of Singapore, where his group helped drive digital engagement for the bank in 42 countries.
Prior to that, he headed Citi’s Merchant payments business in the Philippines and India, as also Digital Marketing for Citi’s Global Consumer Bank, India.
Malik is a sought after global keynote speaker on Digital Finance, Fintech, Innovation, Blockchain, Digital Financial Inclusion and Industry 4.0. He has chaired and spoken at 120+ marquee events, addressing 50,000+ professionals in 20+ locations across APAC, EU, US and Middle East.
These include Money 20/20, Seamless Asia & Dubai, Blockshow US, EU and Asia, Fintech Innovation Forum Singapore & HK, Chain 2020 HK, Asian Banker Future of Finance Summits in Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam, American Banker’s Digital Banking Summit in Austin, Indonesia Fintech Summit by the Indonesian Regulator, Bangkok Fintech Fair by the Thailand Central Bank, Asian Financial Services Congress, ADB’s Asia Finance Summit etc.
Malik is a passionate Fintech, Digital and Blockchain ecosystem builder. He is the Co- Founder and Board Chairman- Global Impact FinTech (GIFT) Foundation, one of the most diverse Fintech Forums globally, with ecosystem leaders from 35+ countries across all regions as members. It actively engages with and advises Governments, policy makers, Multi-lateral agencies, Banks and Industry associations across the globe, and is dedicated to deeper engagement between ecosystem players for social & financial inclusion.
Therefore he is regularly invited by governments and regulators to keynote at their summits and moderate panels. He has engaged and shared the stage with them at various forums.
Malik has also been a mentor at leading Fintech and Digital Accelerators in Singapore (the Finlab (UOB and IIPL), Global Xchange by the Singapore government agency) and China (Ping An), and a judge at marquee hackathons and Digital awards, including those of IDC, Asian Development Bank etc. He has mentored 10+ cutting edge Fintechs, and engaged with over 300 start-ups all over the world. He loves helping young companies scale up to successful, sustainable businesses.
Malik is an acclaimed author with global readership. His first book- The New Ages- was loved by readers in two dozen countries. He is working on the next 2 books, to be released in 2021.
Passionate about giving back, Malik is Adjunct Professor for Fintech at the Asian Institute of Management, Philipines, and has co-developed the program, for MBA and Executive MBA students.
Malik is extremely passionate and committed to making the world a better place, and runs an online community dedicated to personal and collective wellbeing. It has nearly half millions social media followers in 60 countries with a BILLION impressions!
UN Global expert in blockchain, cryptocurrencies, fin-tech, green-tech and reg-tech.
Focusing on blockchain solutions to Covid 19 problems for governments and companies.
University professor of fintech. Previously Senior European equity banking analyst.
Fluent in Italian, English and Portuguese. Lived in Europe, China, USA, South America.
David LEE Kuo Chuen is a professor in Singapore University of Singapore and Vice President of the Economic Society of Singapore. He is the founder of several entities including Libai Academy, the external advisor to Stanford University’s Distributed Trust Initiative, a Fulbright Scholar, and an Independent Director of listed and technology companies. He graduated with BSc, MSc, and PhD from the LSE in Econometrics. He was the Director of the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics, Group MD of OUE and Auric Pacific. He founded Ferrell hedge fund in 1998 and was a property developer. He has more than 60 cited articles and nine books on Asian economics, digital currency, blockchain, and inclusive fintech. His latest books are entitled “AI & Quantum Computing for Finance & Insurance: Fortunes and Challenges for China and America” and with Singapore Infocomm Media Development “Artificial Intelligence & Data, and Blockchain in a Digital Economy”.
Veteran PE, VC and hedge fund professional with over 25 years in experience from Wall Street to Asia Pacific,Mr. Liang is a successful entrepreneur and financial professional having founded OES Capital Group with billion plus US Dollars in total AUM. Mr. Liang is also Founder and Managing Partner of GSR Matrix Fund, and Partner of GSR Capital Group.
He is also an active speaker on trade, public policy, geopolitical issues, and frontier technology investment including AI, blockchain, cloud computing in US Congress, United Nations, Chinese American communities, Europe and Asia Pacific industrial and professional forums and a contributing social leader as Honorary Chairman of US-China CEO Organization, Founding Chairman of Hong Kong Blockchain Association, Founding Vice Chairman of Taiwan Future Study Society, Founding Executive Director of SoCal Mont Jade Science and Technology Association and previously Asia Pacific Public Policy Board Chair for Rand Corporation and Founding Board Member of SoCal Asia Society.
Mr. Liang holds B.A. in Psychology from Brigham Young University, MPPM from Yale University, and M.A. in Economics from University of San Francisco.
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Angela Tong, Partner of Jinse Finance. As a seasoned member of media industry, she has nearly a decade of experience. Mrs.Tong follows and reports on bitcoin since 2011.
In 2017, Mrs.Tong decided leaving Netease Tech to assume the position of editor in chief in Jinse Finance and began to focus on blockchain and cryptos reporting. In the meantime, as a member of editorial board she helped write the best-seller blockchain book Blockchain+ listed on JD.com. Since August 2018, Angela Tong began to focus on developing global markets as COO of CoinTime. So far, she has brought CoinTime into many countries and regions of the world include US, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Russia, Indonesia and Middle East, continuously producing premium contents to users all over the world.
Matthew Graham, CEO of Sino Global Capital, has seven years of mainland China investment banking and four years of blockchain sector experience. As CEO of Sino Global Capital, Matthew focuses on the fintech sector including the Liquid Value “crypto hedge fund”. In his previous role he was a Managing Director at CBC, a Chinese private equity fund with limited partners that included TCL and the cities of Shenzhen and Chongqing.
Matthew graduated from the University of Rochester MBA program with a concentration in finance and studied quantitative finance at the University of California Berkeley. Before pursuing his graduate studies, Matthew managed a trading desk at a boutique technology-focused hedge fund in New York City after starting his career at IBM Global Services. Mr. Graham was a National Merit, Presidential, and Xerox Scholar at American University.
Links:www.sinoglobalcapital.comwww.liquidvalue.orgTwitter (company): sinoglobalcapTwitter(individual): mattysino
Former senior manager at Bosera Asset Management, China
Wanxiang Holding, DataYes. 10+ years of experience in asset management and fintech, early founding member at Wanxiang Blockchain.
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Andy Bromberg is the Co-founder and President of CoinList, a platform that hosts token sales and runs a cryptocurrency exchange. CoinList also provides compliance and community services for many other token projects. Previously, he was the Co-founder and CEO of Sidewire, and before that, he studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Stanford University. While there, he also co-founded the Stanford Bitcoin Group.
Jeremy Allaire is Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Circle, a global financial technology firm that enables businesses of all sizes to harness the power of stablecoins and public blockchains for payments and commerce worldwide. Founded in 2013, Circle is the pioneer of the fastest growing fiat-currency backed stablecoin, USD Coin. Previously, Mr. Allaire co-founded and led multiple global internet technology companies with thousands of employees, hundreds of millions of consumers served, and multiple successful public offerings on NASDAQ. He has provided expert testimony on digital assets and monetary policy before the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Government Affairs, US Senate Banking Committee, and he has been named to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) High-Level Advisory Group on FinTech. Mr. Allaire provides perspective and policy recommendations at the highest levels inside financial bodies across the US, UK, and Europe.
Ken Nakamura has served GMO Internet Group for over ten years with a proven track record in development and execution of new businesses.
Previously, he was the Chief Marketing Officer for GMO-Z.com Switzerland AG, where he oversaw bitcoin mining business strategy, sales, and partnership development. Mr. Nakamura was instrumental in the development of customer and partner relationships as well as the sales pipeline management for mining-related services. Prior to that, he was the General Manager with GMO-Z.com USA, Inc. In this role, he executed multiple strategic partnership deals in different business verticals such as mobile gaming, web hosting, online advertisement, domain registry, and onboarding new businesses to GMO Internet Group.
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Ms. Angelina Kwan is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Stratford Finance Limited, a consulting company focused on dealing with regulatory issues in the financial services and digital assets sectors. She advises brokerages, fund managers and technology providers. Most recently, Ms. Kwan was the Chief Operating Officer of the Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange (BitMEX) and had responsibility over BitMEX’s operations around the world. She has a strong background in financial regulation and operations as she established and ran the Regulatory Compliance Department and the HKEX Foundation Limited at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited and previously worked at the Securities and Futures Commission as a Director of Enforcement and Supervision of Markets. Ms. Kwan has extensive experience in Asia Pacific and the United States in running businesses, business development, as well as investor and stakeholder relations.
She is a regular speaker at international conferences and seminars on legal, regulatory, fund management, securities, FinTech, digital assets and corporate governance topics for regulators, governments, universities, and training providers.
She is currently a Hong Kong Government appointed Member of the Council for Sustainable Development, the Administrative Appeals Board, and the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust, a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Securities Industry Development Corporation of Malaysia, Company Secretary of The Women’s Foundation, an Honorary Fellow and Director of the Hong Kong Securities Institute, and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accounts and the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand. Ms. Kwan is a Certified Public Accountant in the United States, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and a graduate of the University of Southern California. Her MBA is from Pepperdine University and LLB from the Hong Kong University and the Manchester Metropolitan University.
Zac is the Founder and CEO of BlockFi, a crypto-financial services company he founded in 2017 with Flori Marquez. With experience in multiple leadership roles at successful tech companies, his career started in adtech, where he was a part of two successful acquisitions: Admeld (acquired by Google) and Sociomantic (acquired by DunnHumby). Prior to starting BlockFi, he led business development teams at Orchard Platform, a broker dealer and RIA in the online lending sector, and Zibby, an online consumer lender. He graduated Cum Laude from Texas State University with a BA in International Business and minor in Spanish.
Daniel Leon is a business and social entrepreneur with a proven track record of growing early-stage companies and building organizations from the ground up. Daniel has co-founded and led multiple companies and not-for-profit organizations. Before Governing Dynamics, where he is a managing partner, he was CEO of Atlis Labs, a venture-backed local discovery platform powered by real-time customer referrals. Prior to that, Daniel served as CEO of Beyon3D and chairman of HereO. He was also general manager, of GroundLink, which raised more than $30 million in funding during his tenure. He started his career as vice president with the Gallup Organization. Daniel holds a degree in Economics from Brown University. He splits his time between New York and Tel Aviv.
David Riegelnig is Head Risk Management and a member of the Executive Management at Bitcoin Suisse. During his 20-year career, David held several senior management positions at Credit Suisse and was Managing Partner in an algorithmic trading company before joining Bitcoin Suisse. He earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of St.Gallen.
David is the author of the OpenVASP White Paper and President of the OpenVASP Association.
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Sinhae is Partner at GBIC — a crypto fund, and Block72 — a comprehensive blockchain consulting firm based in US, China, and Korea. Prior to joining GBIC, she has been deeply involved in the FinTech/blockchain industry in Silicon Valley. She led business development and operations at a payment start-up, Coin, which was acquired by FitBit in 2016 and later worked at NerdWallet, a FinTech start-up in San Francisco. She started her career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. She brings her Silicon Valley and consulting experience to the blockchain/crypto industry.
She has been participating in and speaking at numerous FinTech & blockchain conferences including Money2020, SFBW (San Francisco Blockchain Week), ABS (Asia Blockchain Summit), BlockShow, Korea Blockchain Week, HongKong Blockchain Week, etc. Also, she is nominated for Top 100 Women In Fintech 2018 by Lattice80 along with other female leaders including some executives from JP Morgan, MasterCard, and Tencent, and global Fintech Lead from PWC and KPMG, CEO of Bakkt, etc.
Sinhae holds an MBA from Stanford University and a B.A. in Business from Korea University. Also, she is currently teaching at Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea as an adjunct professor.
William (Bill) Barhydt (born in NYC) is a serial entrepreneur
and the Founder and CEO of Abra, provider of the world’s first global
investment app. Abra empowers consumers to invest in 30 crypto assets, 50 fiat
currencies, and now, 50 traditional equities all within a single, easy-to-use app. Abra’s vision is an open,
global financial system that is easily accessible to everyone.
Bill started his career working for the U.S. Government, first
at the CIA in the Office of Scientific and Weapons Research and later at NASA.
He spent several years bringing next-generation computer graphics and
visualization techniques into use at NASA and the CIA. Bill was CEO of KnowNow,
VP Market Development for Plaxo and has been a Director or adviser to numerous
start-ups. After working for the CIA, NASA and Goldman Sachs, Barhydt decided
to join Netscape working on telecom and Internet banking deals. After the AOL
acquisition of Netscape Barhydt founded WebSentric. He was a BD Executive at
Netscape Communications Corporation. He served as a VP of Sales & Marketing
at Navio Systems, Inc.
As a recognized expert in Internet and Mobile technologies Barhydt has
presented at The World Economic Forum, The US State Department, The Mobile
World Congress, TED, and many Internet and mobile technology conferences. Bill
has been a pioneer in Internet and media technologies for over 15 years.
Samson Mow is Blockstream's CSO. Mow is
a well-known personality in the Bitcoin community, advocating for the
importance of decentralization and the need to prioritize security in protocol
development. Blockstream is the leading provider of blockchain technologies, on
the forefront of work in cryptography and distributed systems. Previously at
BTCC, one of the largest bitcoin exchanges and mining pools in the world,
Samson's role as COO was to oversee the day-to-day operations of the company
and directly manage the exchange and mining pool business units.
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Sonntag, PhD, is the Chief Executive Officer of LocalBitcoins, the leading P2P
Bitcoin exchange in the world. Sebastian’s background prior to LocalBitcoins is
in various areas of technology and business. Over the last 15 years, he has had
an extensive history in leadership and research in the IT industry - holding
executive and board roles, founding several tech startups as well as teaching
for over a decade in the University of Helsinki and the Aalto University.
current focus as CEO is on bringing the new chapter of growth to LocalBitcoins.
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Bobby Ong is the co-founder of CoinGecko, an analytics platform for tracking cryptocurrencies and blockchain assets. CoinGecko was established in April 2014 and is one of the largest cryptoasset data aggregators in the world. Bobby is a contributing author in two digital currencies books - Handbook of Digital Currency, 1st Edition and Handbook of Blockchain, Digital Finance, and Inclusion, Volume 1. He was included in the Forbes 2019 30 Under 30 Asia list and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from University College London in 2012.
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 leads PwC’s crypto efforts and advises many of the world’s leading crypto exchanges, funds, custodians and token issuers on a broad range of crypto matters from regulatory and tax to governance and capital raising. He also advises many of the world’s leading financial institutions on their crypto initiatives as well numerous governments, regulators and central banks on crypto regulatory and policy matters.
With over 500,000 LinkedIn followers, 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.
Henri has been also awarded many industry and academic awards over the years from being regularly named one of the Most Influential Individuals in FinTech in Asia to being awarded the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal for Academic Excellence. Chambers Global recent named him the “highest profile FinTech consultant in Hong Kong” and Asian Private Banker awarded him the “FinTech Changemaker of the Year” award.
Henri’s latest book “The Future of Finance: The Impact of FinTech, AI and Crypto on Financial Services” published by Palgrave Macmillan, was ranked as one of Amazon’s global best-sellers in financial services and was recognized as one of the “Best FinTech Books of All Time” by Bookauthority.
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.
Henri speaks five languages including English, French, Armenian, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.He holds a Masters in Chinese Law from Tsinghua University; a joint Global Executive MBA from Columbia Business School, London Business School, and Hong Kong University; a Masters in Transnational Law from the University of Sherbrooke; and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Montreal (Dean’s List of Excellence).
Jay Hao is a tech veteran and seasoned industry leader. He is a firm believer in the potential of blockchain and foresees a future when the technology eliminates all transaction barriers, achieves unparalleled efficiency, and leads to substantial improvements in the global economic system.
As CEO of OKEx, Jay views security, innovation, and reliability as the three core pillars of the company. He serves as a key driving force within the company, pushing forward new innovations aimed at achieving industry breakthroughs. He also places significan emphasis on his role as Chief Customer Service Officer, serving as a important platform through which users can make their voices heard, leading to improvements in OKEx’s prod-ucts and services.
Prior to joining OKEx, Jay served in multiple leadership roles in the blockchain and semiconductor sectors, with over 21 years of industry experience. He has played a key role in the development of a wide range of UVLED, ASIC, FPGA, and multimedia codecs, as well as complex system-on-chip (SOC) design for multime-dia processors and wireless communication systems.
Dave is a serial entrepreneur and has more than 15
years of experience in blockchain, digital assets, finance
In his role at BC Group, Dave oversees business
operations for OSL, Asia’s leading digital asset platform
providing brokerage, exchange, custody and SaaS
services to institutions.
Prior to joining BC Group, Dave held senior roles with
HSBC, Credit Suisse, Barclays Capital, ABN AMRO and
Bear Stearns, among others. In these roles, he
specialised in risk analysis and order management systems and was responsible for the
design and implementation of a wide range of trading platforms.
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Enthusiastic about the future of wealth and finance.
Born and raised in Greater China and Southeast, Allen started his entrepreneur journey since high school. Over the years he has hands-on experience of co-founding, spinning-off, pivoting, scaling and exiting multiple ventures. He was nominated for Entrepreneur of Year in University of Southern California, Entrepreneur-in-Residence of ZhenFund, and won Best Start-up in HKICT Awards.
In 2015, Allen was recruited by Hong Kong based private equity group AID Partners. Covering primarily frontier technologies, Allen invested approximately US$90m across United States and Israel, including US$30m investment into Zoox’s first institutional round, US$6m investment into biotech unicorn Intarcia, US$24m acquisition of cancer analytics start-up GeneSort, seed investment in FinTech unicorn Dave, and US$25m subscription of Telegram’s first round token sale. In addition, Allen handled US$250m worth of M&A and JV operations in Asia.
In Q4 2018, Allen left AID Partners to start FinTech company EVG with the backing from a consortium of renowned public companies and family offices across Greater China, US, Japan and Korea. Led by a multi-national team of internet and finance veterans, EVG focuses on building next generation infrastructures for digital and alternative assets. Allen has been advisor to multiple renowned blockchain projects including SEBA, LightNet and Flow Protocol.
Tridbodi Arunanondchai is a serial tech
entrepreneur and investor.
Tridbodi is the Vice Chairman and Group CEO
of Lightnet, the revolutionized settlement and clearing network in partnership
with Interstellar and CP Group family members to provide banking services and empower
the 450 million underbanked Southeast Asians. Lightnet has raised the
US$31.2-million Series A round led by UOB Venture Management, Seven Bank,
Uni-President Asset Holdings, HashKey Capital, Hopeshine Ventures, Signum Capital,
Du Capital and Hanwha Investment and Securities.
After attaining Bachelor of Engineering
from Chulalongkorn University and Master of Management Science and Engineering
from Stanford University, he began his career as an Investment Banking Associate
at HSBC in the United Kingdom in 2002. In 2005, he pursued an MBA at Stanford
Graduate School of Business. After that, he joined Private Equity and Direct
Investments Group at AIG in Thailand. In addition, he co-founded many
companies, including PrivePass.com (Online Travel Club), ATIZ Innovation
(Censor and Imaging Provider), and Play Media (Digital Agency).
Also, Tridbodi is a Co-Founder and Chief Executive
Officer of Money Table Public Company Limited whose mission is to digitalize
human resources for small- and medium-enterprises in Thailand. The Money Table
platform allows employees of a company to explore personal financial options
with ease and safety. It utilizes big data and machine learning algorithm to
analyze applicants credit score information, as well as blockchain and
decentralized data network to provide extra protection. Money Table also won a "Rising
Star" award under the team name C3.Finance from the Thailand Fintech
Challenge, a competition held by Bank of Thailand, the Securities and Exchange
Commission (Thailand), the Office of Insurance Commission, and 6 other
regulatory agencies. Tridbodi is also the committee member of Thailand Internet
Sharing Policy under the Ministry of Digital Economy.
Tridbodi has been actively investing in technology
startups spanning across multiple sectors, including energy, food and beverage,
internet, and tourism. He is now a Venture Partner at an Indonesia-based Kejora
Venture, dubbed one of Southeast Asia’s most active private venture capital
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Philip Gradwell is Chief Economist at Chainalysis, the blockchain analysis company. He analyses on-chain data to understand cryptocurrency markets. This includes identifying economic fundamentals, how cryptocurrency moves on-chain between exchanges and across borders, and the nature of crypto crime, amongst other topics. Prior to joining Chainalysis, Philip led a team of economic consultants working globally on energy system analysis and climate change economics.
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Kirill Suslov is a founder of TabTrader the leading mobile crypto trading terminal with over 1mln downloads. TabTrader is one of the highest rated crypto app with 4.7 ★ on both Android and iOS.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Two Prime, is a pioneer of open-source software and creator of one of the first sustainable and commercially successful open source business models.
Building upon his financial expertise, spanning from his role advising private equity firms to his academic pursuits in modern monetary theory and banking theory, he provides the strategic direction for core investments and partnerships for the firm.
Marc is also a highly regarded investor within the IoT, Deep Tech, Open Source, and Blockchain sectors. He is a pioneer of open-source software and creator of one of the first sustainable and commercially successful open source business models. Marc founded JBoss, an open-source application server, in 1999 during a time when major players thought open source was dead. Marc proved the naysayers wrong, turning JBoss into a commercially viable business and, in seven years, sold JBoss to Red Hat (eventually acquired by IBM) for $420 million.
Marc holds a doctorate in physics from the prestigious École Polytechnique in Paris for his work done as a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also obtained a masters degree in Theoretical Physics from the École Normale Supérieure.
Lamis is the Founder and CEO of StakerDAO. He is a long time participant in
Tezos where he ran one of largest public validators, Tezos.Capital. Previously,
Jonas was the founder and CEO of Sensai (Acquired 2016), a software firm that
used deep learning techniques to analyze textual data.
Jonas holds engineering
degrees from Purdue and Georgia Institute of Technology and he lives in Palo
James is the CSO/Co-founder of CrossAngle, running the global crypto disclosure platform Xangle. He has a balanced experience in diverse scenes such as trading, corporate strategy, and investment/business development. Most recently as the managing director of NXVP, the venture capital arm of NXC(Holdings company of the largest online gaming company in Korea), was engaged in crypto deals all over the world, acquiring exchanges and reviewing numerous ICOs. Experience in dealing with the lack of proper information to make financial decisions propelled him to co-found CrossAngle.
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Celia joined The Block in April 2019 as a journalist intern. She is on her last few weeks to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, where she studies the history and philosophy of mathematics. She wrote her B.A. thesis on the mathematical axiomatization of quantum mechanics in the early twentieth century, which won the senior thesis award from the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge.
Previously, she worked for Crunchbase News, covering tech news related to startups and venture capitals around the globe. While at school, she also wrote about tech trends and issues in the Chicago area for the Booth Business School backed Polsky Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Robert is the founder of Compound, the first algorithmic money market and one of the largest applications built on Ethereum. Robert invests in seed stage crypto businesses as the GP of Robot Ventures, and started his career as an economist.
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Clement co-founded Genesis Block - an education community center and digital asset trading firm with the goal to fuel mass adoption. He works closely with academics, blockchain projects and key opinion leaders to grow the community together.
Ryan Rabaglia is Global Head of Trading at OSL, Asia’s leading
digital asset platform. He leads all trading
strategy and client interaction across OTC trading and a growing range of institutional
has more than 15 years of financial trading experience, spanning equities,
forex, commodities and for the last 6 years, digital assets. Prior to joining
OSL, he led the trading desk at Octagon Strategy, the largest institutional
digital asset trading platform in Asia. Prior experience, he was an oil trader
with a publicly traded MNC in Hong Kong, as well as an equities and forex
trader in New York City. Rabaglia has a deep knowledge of electronic trade
execution and strategies.
is well-known for his deep insights into the digital asset markets, having
appeared regularly on CNN and CNBC TV. His opinions have frequently been cited
by Bloomberg, The Washington Post, CoinDesk, Techwire Asia and a host of
digital asset trade publications.
holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stony Brook University in New York.
OSL is Asia’s leading digital
asset platform providing global counterparts with a suite of institutional
products and services. It offers leading OTC trading services with access to
large pools of liquidity, systematic RFQ trading for both single coins and
baskets, bespoke token services and a growing range of institutional trading
solutions. It’s secure brokerage platform, backed by proprietary technology,
delivers counterparts institutional-grade access to digital asset markets
globally. OSL sets the industry's highest standards. OSL operates as part of BC Group, which is a listed
company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock no: 00863.HK). For more
information on OSL, visit: www.osl.com.
Darius is co-founder and Managing Partner at QCP Capital, a digital asset trading firm headquartered in Singapore. Formerly a Macro Trader at Dymon Asia Capital, he spent years trading cross- asset derivatives with a focus on Asian FX/NDFs and model-based strategies before moving on to manage the Asia FX & Bonds book at BNP Paribas in New York.
In addition to institutional trading, Darius has a keen interest in financial modeling. He has created and implemented asset allocation models for sovereign wealth funds and also developed predictive models for Asian currencies, many of which operate under managed float regimes. He brings this and his capital markets experience to crypto-asset trading.
He has a particular passion for crypto-economics and has given advice to a number of crypto projects, including Algorand and Terra, on trading structures and strategies.
Ki Young Ju is CEO at CryptoQuant that
provides premium blockchain data for hedge funds and traders. With an
engineering background, In 2018, he previously founded Planet B, a blockchain
research group in Korea. He has dedicated much of his time with on-chain
analysis to make blockchain data worth for crypto investment. Check out the
leading on-chain indicators on cq.live
The Dragon Returns: Searching for Promising Investment Opportunities in Greater Asia
Sang H. Lee is the CEO and Co-Founder of digital asset management firm, VegaX Holdings.
Formerly an investment banker at leading European investment bank BNP Paribas, Sang has significant experience in financial engineering, fintech and in the advisory and execution of more than $10.0 Bn equivalent of investment banking transactions in North America. He was recognized as “Top Global Talent,” providing him with exclusive opportunities to work with the bank’s Executive Committee on global strategic initiatives. Sang was also recognized as an 'Under30CEO Entrepreneur to Watch in New York City,' a 'GOOD100' fellow, and the founder of a non-profit for Korean Entrepreneurs (KSE). Sang is also a 3-time fintech founder of award winning fintech companies such as DarcMatter (est. 2015) and Konstellation (est. 2018).
As a true financial technology visionary, Sang has dedicated a significant portion of his professional career towards the promotion and adoption of necessary financial regulatory changes, as well as industry-leader buy-in, to support the significant evolutionary needs of the financial services industry through the use of key financial technology tools. Of note, “The JOBs Act,” “Title II” and “Title III,” are all regulatory innovations that Sang directly championed and brought to the forefront for regulators.
Sang is an internationally renowned keynote speaker, providing note-worth and press garnering presentations on various topics including financial technology, blockchain, and digital assets. He has accepted speaking invitations from organizations such as the UN, International CES, Harvard University, MoneyConf, SuperReturn East/West, World Economic Forum (WEF), World Blockchain Forum (WBF), Korea Blockchain Week(KBW), and Asia Blockchain Summit(ABS).
He was featured in both domestic and international publications including Forbes, Bloomberg Radio, Private Wealth Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNBC, FINalternatives, CoinTelegraph, Korea Economic Daily, and many more.
Under Sang’s leadership, his companies have successfully secured various prestigious awards, of note: NextMoney “Best Growth Stage FinTech Company”, Korean Startup Grand Challenge (Top 4 out of 120), FinTech Breakthrough Awards "Best Innovation for Retail Investment," and “Company of the Year in Banking and Financial Services” from The Stevie’s Organization. Most recently, Konstellation won its first award, as “Best Blockchain Technology Provider” in the 2019 WealthManagement.com Industry Awards. VegaX was also accepted into the prestigious global accelerator, Chinaccelerator, receiving investment from several VC firms post demo day in 2020.
Sang’s leadership as the co-founder and CEO of leading fintech companies, most recently including VegaX Holdings, touts a laser focus on successfully delivering upon the companies’ universal mission globally: Utilize key fintech solutions to enhance capital flow, create transparency, and provide efficient access to financial services globally.
Kenny Hsia is a
founding partner at Badwater Capital, an investment group of former
entrepreneurs focused on blockchain technology and decentralized protocols.
Badwater assists projects with fundraising structure and strategy, bridges
blockchain founders with an international investor network, and has supported
or advised a variety of projects since 2017. Previously, Kenny was a founder of
two Silicon Valley startups, backed by Tim Draper and IDG Capital. He is
currently focused on fintech developments in crypto in search of new
Xiahong has joined blockchain space since 2011. He is currently the founder of Bodhi Foundation and the founding partner of Continue Capital. Previously, he worked at Twitter and Tencent. He has Master of Science degrees from Purdue University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University majoring in Computer Science.
Vincent is founder of FBG Capital, with extensive experience in digital assets trading and investment. Vincent is also an early investor of a broad spectrum of blockchain companies and projects. He is considered as one of the most well-connected and visionary crypto hedge fund managers in Asia.
Wang joined DFJDragon Fund since 2011. Mr. Wang has over 25 years of business
development, technical marketing and sales management in high technology space
experiences. Prior to DFJDragon Fund, Richard served as QunZhong E-Commerce’s
CEO and successfully open up the market and developed the franchise channel.
Prior to QunZhong E-Commerce, he founded OLEA Network with partners in Silicon
Valley. The company research and develop wireless intelligent ECG senor by
using the Doppler Radar technology.
co-author of a communication textbook for colleague, a popular speaker in
conference/forum/events, also has several technical papers published in IEEE
journal. Mr. Wang holds MSEE from National Chiao Tung University since 1995.
Mr. Richard Wang has managed couple USD fund and RMB Fund which bring great
return for investors. He is specialized in early stage technology startups as
mentor and investor, right now he is interested at Artificial Intelligence
Application and Fintech area especially in BlockChain sector, his portfolios
including Yeepay, Senodia, NasoSic, Innodealing, Epticore, Hcash, Vechain,
Redpulse, Alphacat , Primas, IHT, Kronos, OBEN, MDT, Penta, Fusion, IOTex,
ODEM, Skrumble, QuarkChain, Navibration, VODI, XREX, NUWA, Echoin, HumanProtocol,
Satt and WOM.
Asset or Not: Is This the End of the Crypto Hype?
Leah Wald is the VP of Portfolio Management at Exponential. She was a Partner at Lucid Investments, an asset management firm specialized in digital securities. Prior to joining Lucid, Leah was a financial analyst at Vital Financial analyzing investment opportunities for the world's top-performing multi-billion dollar asset managers. Leah co-authored Hyperwave Theory: The Rogue Waves of Financial Markets.
Token or Equity: A Retrospect on Investment Thesis
Tekin Salimi is a general partner at Polychain Capital, where he focuses on research and early-stage venture investments in emergent cryptocurrency protocols and companies. Following the investment, Tekin works closely with portfolio founders on growth strategy, business development, go-to-market, communications and other verticals. Tekin also serves as an advisor and board observer to the Blockchain Association, the preeminent lobbyist group advocating the policy interests of the blockchain industry within the U.S. Prior to joining Polychain, Tekin was a lawyer at Torys LLP where his practice focused on public and private M&A, securities and debt financing. He holds a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada.
Lasse Clausen is a former software entrepreneur and founding partner of 1kx. 1kx is a token-network fund with the thesis of embedding crypto-economic incentives into everything; transactions, computation, storage, prediction, power.
Paul Veradittakit is a Partner at Pantera Capital and focuses on the firm’s venture capital and hedge fund investments. Pantera Capital is the earliest and largest institutional investor in digital currencies and blockchain technologies, formerly managing over $1B. Since joining in 2014, Paul has helped to launch the firm’s second venture fund and currency funds, executing over 100 investments. Paul also sits on the board of Staked, Blockfolio, and Alchemy, is a mentor at The House Fund, Boost VC, and Alchemist, and is an advisor to Orchid, Origin, and AI Foundation. Prior to joining Pantera, Paul worked at Strive Capital as an Associate focusing on investments in the mobile space, including an early stage investment in App Annie. Previously, Paul was at Hatch Consulting and LECG and performed partnerships and growth for Urban Spoils, an early stage startup in the daily deal space. Paul graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.
Alexander Pack is the Founding and
Venture Partner of Dragonfly Capital, a global venture firm based in the U.S.
and China that is focused on the crypto economy. Previously, he founded
the Network Investing practice at Bain Capital Ventures, where he led investments
in crypto and other experimental finance models, and was a Partner at
AngelList. He has been investing in crypto for over 5 years at various VC firms
across the U.S. and Asia.
Cefi vs Defi: Competing to serve Digital Assets of Tomorrow
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Provenance – a Primer
June Ou is the Co-Founder and COO of
Figure, where she oversees the firm’s operations and strategic direction.
Prior to Figure, June was the CTO of
SoFi where she led all executive decisions with regard to the technological
interests of the company, outlining vision and strategies and ensuring the tech
resources aligned with the company’s business needs. Prior to that role, she
was the CEO and Founder of CCO Solutions, and the VP of Engineering at Finaplex.
June holds a Master of Science in Applied Economics from UCSC, and an MBA from
Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where she was a Sloan Fellow.
Astronaut | First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station
Referred to as “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Colonel Chris Hadfield is a worldwide sensation whose video of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” — seen by over 75 million people — was called “possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created”, by Bowie himself. Acclaimed for making outer space accessible to millions, and for infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humanity first walked on the Moon, Colonel Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters.
In 1992, Colonel Hadfield was selected as a NASA
Mission Specialist, and three years later he was aboard the Shuttle Atlantis,
where he helped build the Mir space station. In 2001, on Shuttle Endeavour,
Colonel Hadfield performed two spacewalks and in 2013, he became Commander of
the International Space Station for six months off planet.
A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and pilot,
Colonel Hadfield’s many awards include the Order of Canada, the Meritorious
Service Cross, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He was named the Top
Test Pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy, and was inducted into
Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.
Colonel Hadfield is the author of three
internationally bestselling books, An
Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, You Are Here, and his children’s book, The Darkest Dark. Additionally, he
released his musical album, Space
Sessions: Songs From a Tin Can, in 2015. He is also featured on Ted.com for
his talk, What I Learned from Going Blind
Currently, Colonel Hadfield can be seen as the
co-creator and host of the internationally acclaimed BBC series Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?,
and he is co-hosting, with actor Will Smith, the National Geographic series One Strange Rock, directed by Darren
Colonel Hadfield is also the producer of the celebrated Rare Earth series on YouTube, and the creator of the on-stage celebration Generator, which combines science, comedy, and music for sold-out audiences.
Additionally, Colonel Hadfield is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo and a founding director of the Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation, the national advocate for initiatives enabling Canada’s children to achieve their full potential through literacy and to become the most literate in the world.
FinTech Innovation in Qatar
In addition to his role as the CEO of QDB, Mr. Al-Khalifa is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Elan, a Member of the Board of Directors at Qatar Science Technology Park and the Chairman of Qatar Business Incubator Center and the Bedaya Center for Entrepreneurship and Career Development.
With an accumulated experience of over 15 years, Mr. Al-Khalifa has a large and diversified exposure in the SME, private and entrepreneurship sectors. He played the leading role in the launch of several flagship development initiatives, including Al Dhameen Partial Guarantee Program, Tasdeer Qatar Export Development Agency and the Housing Loan Program for Qatari citizens, Moushtarayat Exhibition & Congress and Al Fikra National Competition.
Mr. Al-Khalifa holds an MBA from Qatar University, a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from University of California, and has received several specialized diplomas from Harvard and Insead Universities.
Women in Blockchain: The Next Moonshot Pioneers
Edith Yeung is the managing partner at Proof of Capital, the creator of the China Internet Report and Advisor at 500 Startups. She invests in blockchain and AI startups, including Stellar, Nebulas, Solana, Oasis Labs, Hooked, DayDayCook, Silk Labs (acquired by Apple), Fleksy (acquired by Pinterest), Human (acquired by Mapbox), AISense, Penrose, Cryworks, Piper, Apptopia, Palantir and many more.
Before 500, Edith is the GM of Dolphin Browser, a Sequoia-backed mobile browser with over 150 million installs worldwide. Edith also worked with many Fortune 500 companies such as Siebel, Oracle, AMS, AT&T Wireless and Autodesk. You can also find some of her work on SCMP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, CBS , NPR, Techcrunch, Next Web, Mashable, Read Write Web, TechinAsia, etc. She frequently speaks on China & Silicon Valley investment landscape.
Leanne is Founder and CEO of Everledger and Queensland Chief Entrepreneur. In her role as CEO, she inspires and steers the team of Everlegends to increase transparency and trust with technology, in close collaboration with our industry partners.
She is a prominent figure in the technology sector. Leanne co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Manufacturing and takes part in the Global Future Council on Blockchain. She also leads workstreams at the Global Blockchain Business Council, co-chairs the World Trade Board's Sustainable Trade Action Group, and is on the IBM Blockchain Platform Board of Advisors.
Leanne’s awards include the AIM Global Allan Gilligan Award 2019, Advance Global Australian Awards 2018 for Technology Innovation, and Innovator of the Year 2016 and 2018 at the Women in IT Awards (London). In 2018, her entrepreneurial success saw her appointed as the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur in Australia, to develop the state’s startup ecosystem, attract investment and support job creation. She is the first female entrepreneur to hold this position.
More recently, Leanne has been appointed to the Global Blockchain Business Council as a Regional Ambassador of Australia, an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Future Environment at the Queensland University of Technology and Blockchain Advisory Board Member of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Women in Blockchain: an unique perspective on how to grow the blockchain ecosystem
Erica Kang is the Founder and CEO of
KryptoSeoul, a community building team focused on building communities in Asia.
KryptoSeoul hosted over 30 meetups during the past two years, and hosted
BUIDL Seoul 2018 and BUIDL Asia 2019 conferences in Seoul, South Korea.
Erica is focused on hosting events that help connect solid builders in the
在过去的10年里一直活跃于股权投资领域，曾在红杉资本工作数年，在早期投资领域有非常丰富的经验。BTX Capital 是专注为区块链项目提供解决方案的投资与咨询金融公司，通过系统性的提供各项解决方案为项目输出超值的价值服务与投资转化。
Catalina Castro is well known educator in the Spanish speaking market. She is the creator of her Youtube channel ¨Tech with Catalina¨ where she shares educational videos about the fundamentals of Blockchain technology.
She has lectured at different universities such as the University of Nicosia and the University of Bamberg in Germany and is the Co-Founder at ¨Blocknia¨a Blockchain Consultancy firm based in Latin America.
The Launch of Taiwan Regtech Challenge 2020
Effective Management: how to grow a company from idea phase to billions in valuation?
Zhen is a partner at Republic.co, an Angelist spin-off, with 500k users on the investment platform globally, the mission is democratizing private market investing. Backed by Binance, Angelist, Algorand, Republic is one of the platforms in the most trusted online startup ecosystems in the world, along with Angelist, Product Hunt and CoinList family. Republic's funding portal and broker dealer are SEC-registered and members of FINRA.
She is the venture partner of JLAB, the crypto fund of JD Capital. It is the only public PE fund in China with $9B AUM. Where she invested Oasis, Thunder, MobileCoin, Ontology, Ankr, etc. She was an investor in Outpost Capital, where she invested over 10 early stage VRAR companies.
Zhen was on the content strategy team in HTC Vive, Where she was working on Star War, Star Trek, Ready Player One, Fallout, etc.
she holds the master degree from New York University in Tisch School of the Arts and Stern School of Business.
Chris is one of the nation’s leading experts on launching startups and has been dubbed the “Startup Whisperer.” He co-founded MapQuest, is an angel investor, ran a corporate venture fund and 2 micro venture funds (directed over $75M) and is VP Innovation with Techstars.
Chris recently published his first book about starting anything called Build The Fort and is currently writing a book on Startup Community Building.
William is a General Partner at SOSV - The Accelerator VC - the #5 most active angel and seed stage investor in the world 2018 with US$740m assets under management.
At SOSV he is the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, the first startup accelerator to launch in Asia and the first and only active accelerator in Asia to have a unicorn go through its program - Bitmex a leading crypto exchange in the world, and also the Founder and Managing Director of MOX - the Mobile Only Accelerator which provides startups with free user acquisition to the 90m smartphone users on the platform. William joined SOSV from SingTel Innov8 Ventures where he was a founding Managing Director supporting Greater China investments.
Prior to that William was a General Partner at Softbank China & India Holdings, a venture capital firm backed by Softbank and Cisco, leading investments in China and South East Asia. William started his career in equity research most recently with Deutsche Bank where he was top ranked analyst in Asia Internet and China Tech, Media and Telecom and worked on IPOs and investments for Alibaba, Kingsoft, eLong (Expedia China), OnMobile, Rediff and Naukri.
Identify the Problem, Then Find the Solution: What You Must Know to Become a Better Blockchain Entrepreneur
Re-Inventing Organizations: How to Stay Afloat of Competition and Lead the Market With Breakthrough Innovations
Josh is a lawyer and entrepreneur. He has built e-commerce businesses globally with Rocket Internet, launched ride-sharing ecosystems like Uber and GO-JEK across the Asia Pacific and is a seed-stage tech investor in frontier markets and verticals.
An early investor in cryptocurrencies, he is Co-Founder of QCP Capital - a leading crypto-asset trading firm based in Singapore.
Ed is co-founder and CEO of Blockfolio, the world's #1 mobile crypto portfolio tracker. Blockfolio has pricing & data for 8,000+ cryptocurrencies across 300+ exchanges, 5.5 million downloads across 180 countries. Ed is passionate about bringing cryptocurrency adoption to the mainstream, DAOs and decentralized governance, and the future of cryptographic networks.
In addition, Ed previously served as a founding board member of the Dash Foundation (2014 - 2018) where he helped conceptualize Dash's decentralized governance and treasury, as well as drive the first protocol M&A in the crypto ecosystem.
How to Get Funded During the Pandemic
Angie Lau is Editor-in-Chief, CEO, and Founder of Forkast.News -- a digital media platform based in Asia covering blockchain and emerging technology at the intersection of business, economy, and politics. She is an award-winning veteran journalist who interviews newsmakers, CEOs, and icons, including the exclusive with Li Ka-shing — his first television one-on-one in more than a decade. Angie is a respected speaker leading conversations on the regulatory and economic impact of emerging technology and has spoken at conferences around the world, including the Forbes Summit, OECD's Global Blockchain Policy Summit, Paris Blockchain Week Summit, Singapore Blockchain Week, and many others. Before founding Forkast in July 2018, Angie anchored Bloomberg TV’s flagship morning show “First Up with Angie Lau” broadcast globally into 350 million homes, offices and trading floors. Angie’s TED Talk “I Am Not Supposed to Be Here” is now a TED Ed Lesson for its global audience of 6.7 million followers. Angie is a director on the Executive Committee Canadian Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong, and is a former two-term President and now senior board member of Asian American Journalists Association Asia Chapter. She is a valued past Correspondent Board Governor at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong, and also serves on the advisory board for Journalism Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong.
Aly Madhavji is the Managing Partner at Blockchain Founders Fund which invests in and venture builds top-tier startups. He is a Limited Partner on Loyal VC. Aly consults organizations on emerging technologies such as INSEAD and the UN on solutions to help alleviate poverty. He is a Senior Blockchain Fellow at INSEAD and was recognized as a “Blockchain 100” Global Leader by Lattice80.
He is an internationally acclaimed author,
publishing three books and a monthly columnist for the leading blockchain
magazine. Aly has served on various advisory boards including the University of
Toronto’s Governing Council, which manages a $2.5B budget. He is a mentor with
Chinaccelerator, an elite accelerator program operated by the venture fund SOSV
with $500M+ AUM and the Mobile Only Accelerator (MOX).
Aly holds a Master of Global Affairs as a Schwarzman Scholar from Tsinghua University, a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD (Singapore and France), and a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Toronto.
Chris McCann is a general partner at Race Capital,
entrepreneur, and community builder. Prior, Chris founded and led the community
program at Greylock Partners, a San Francisco based venture capital firm with
$3.5 billion under management which led investments in Facebook, LinkedIn,
Dropbox, and Coinbase, among others. Chris has an angel portfolio of over
twenty investments within the fintech and blockchain verticals including:
Binance ($2.8B market cap), Solana (valued at $250M), among others.
Before he joined the firm, he was the co-founder and CEO of
StartupDigest - of the earliest technology focused publications - which he grew
from zero to over one million subscribers before being acquired by Techstars.
He was an early advisor for the Thiel Fellowship & StartX at Stanford
University. He also writes a newsletter covering the
fintech & tech sectors and reaches 15,000 entrepreneurs, engineers, and
investors on a weekly basis.
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Joony Koo is one of the co-founders of Block Crafters and leads the global business team.
As a serial entrepreneur and extended experience in the games industry, he is in charge of widening the scope and landscape of Block Crafters which handles various businesses related to blockchain and cryptocurrency.
Block Crafters has a blockchain focused accelerator backed by the government, a joint-venture blockchain media company with Maeil economy (WSJ equivalent in Korea), Marketing and Consultancy team helping companies utilize blockchain technology and digital assets and various finance services based on digital assets.
Melanie Mohr is a serial entrepreneur with 20 years’ experience in Media, Marketing and Mobile Technology. In 2016 she found YEAY a social commerce platform for authentic product recommendations. In 2018 she additionally became the founder and CEO of the WOM Protocol. The WOM Protocol is scaling an entire blockchain leveraging ecosystem enabling monetization of word-of-mouth recommendations for brands, creators, and publishers. The WOM Protocol is live and being tested with more than 900 brands--including adidas--and platforms with a network of hundreds of thousands of creators and authenticators.
Melanie is a member and Global Chair of the prestigious H2 network from Silicon Valley as well as a chapter lead of the Disruption Disciples.
She is a frequent speaker at tech, blockchain and marketing events around the globe.
Benny is the founding team member of Dapper Labs, the creator of CryptoKitties, Dapper Wallet, Flow Blockchain, and NBA Top Shot. Benny has more than 6 years of experience working with early stage high growth startups from ideation to go to market. He co-founded Toby in 2016 which quickly grew to a quarter million users and has won awards from Product Hunt and the Google Chrome Store. Benny's work has been featured on Quartz, Fortune, Coindesk, MIT Review, TechCrunch, and many more publications. Bebby helped form Dapper Labs in early February 2018 as a spin out from Axiom Zen, the award winning venture studio. Dapper Labs mission is to spread the benefits of decentralization through the power of play, fairness, and true ownership. It has raised funding from investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, Venrock, Google Ventures, Samsung, and the founders of Dreamworks, Reddit, Coinbase, Zynga, and AngelList, among others.
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Eric Siu is the CEO of content intelligence software ClickFlow, which helps you grow your traffic while looking like a genius. He also owns ad agency Single Grain and has worked with companies such as Amazon, Airbnb, Salesforce and Uber to acquire more customers.
He hosts two podcasts: Marketing School with Neil Patel and Leveling Up, which combined have over 30 million downloads to date. He also speaks frequently around the world on marketing and SaaS.
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Professor Aleksandar Kuzmanovic, Co-Founder and Chief Architect, is a Net Neutrality expert and full Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University. Professor Kuzmanovic's work includes writing the TCP-LP protocol deployed in Linux that allows bulk data transfers without compromising performance and developing DDOS countermeasures deployed by Akamai, the world’s largest cloud provider. Professor Kuzmanovic co-founded Google’s Measurement Lab initiative for monitoring global Net Neutrality and the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded him an NSF Career Award for his work on Net Neutrality.
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Cindy worked at multiple blockchain companies from 8BTC and Bitcoin.com to OKCoin. She has written over 200 pieces of articles in English about the crypto and blockchain landscape in China, helping western readers learn more about China.
Cindy now owns her own media outlet. In early 2019, Cindy created “Satoshi’s Friends”, a Chinese cryptocurrency education community where she would organize AMAs for beginners to communicate with crypto influencers.
Alexander, as a visionary, has more than 15 years of investment and venture capital experience. He is unique Russian composer who successfully combines creative work with business. He effectively manages GRUPPA KOMPANIY FAMILIAwww.familia.ru, which specializes in investment and venture capital in blockchain, media, new media, publishing, and entertainment sectors(BitFury, Minery.io,dotBlockchainMedia,Clickky, Ticketland, AviaSales, QIWI post, SeoPult Group, Garpun, MFM Solution and others.) His personal investments are in sectors: Blockchain infrastructure, e-Sport, Mixed Reality.
Alexander is Member of Expert Council under the Prime Minister of Russian Federation (area responsibility are IT and digital economy)
The Internet Computer Aims to Reboot the Internet
Dominic is the
Founder and President at DFINITY, responsible for building the decentralized
cloud platform—called the Internet Computer.
organization’s inception in 2016, DFINITY’s mission has been to extend the
Internet into a powerful decentralized cloud to host the next-generation of
software and services. The Internet Computer, scheduled to debut in 2019, is
being built by the industry’s leading team of distributed systems and
cryptography experts, across several research centers around the world, and
backed by investors such as a16z and Polychain Capital.
Over the past 20
years, Dominic has had a distinguished career as a crypto theoretician and
serial entrepreneur focused on the Internet and distributed systems. Recently,
his scientific discoveries across Threshold Relay and PSC chains, Validation
Towers and Trees, USCIDs, and The 3 E's of Sybil Resistance have pioneered new
approaches to cryptography and blockchain
concept for DFINITY was incubated during Dominic’s participation in the early
days of Ethereum. Previously, in 2010, Dominic founded Fight My Monster, a
massively multiplayer online (MMO) game with an explosive growth rate with
millions of users. During this time, Dominic pioneered several distributed
computing techniques to successfully build semi-decentralized systems as a
means to scale out the game.
In 2003, he
founded and sold System 7, a SaaS platform for creating and operating high-end
commercial web portals, which helped bring major publishers and government
organizations online. During this time, Dominic pioneered techniques such as
decoupling content from presentations for easier sharing, integrating
Reddit-esque voting features into community systems, and algorithms for
optimizing lists of featured content.
In 2001, he
founded Airdocs, a remote file sharing and access product, which connected
mobile users to corporate file servers over cellular network connections.
Vodafone, owned by Verizon, used the product to help the British government
connect over 60 remote offices around the world. And, in 1998. he founded
Smartdrivez, an online storage and multi-user file sharing service, which was a
decade-early precursor to Dropbox.
Founded in 2016,
DFINITY is building the Internet Computer—a decentralized cloud designed to
host the next-generation of software and services. We make it easy for
developers to create decentralized applications that are tamperproof, fast, and
incorporate privacy innovations capable of scaling to millions of users around
the world. Supported by a growing community of developers and businesses, as
well as investors such as Andreessen Horowitz and Polychain Capital — DFINITY
has raised $195 million in its mission to build the Internet Computer.
Thinking Like a Hacker: Challenges to Cybersecurity of Blockchain Applications
Larry Salibra is the founder of New Internet Labs, a company building a browser for the new internet that runs apps that can’t be evil.
Previously, he was an early engineer at Blockstack PBC building the Blockstack browser and developer tools. He is a co-founder of the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong. Prior to crypto he ran a software consultancy in South China.
Dr. Wayne Huang is Co-Founder and CEO of Xrex Inc.
Before XREX, Wayne served as VP Engineering to Proofpoint (NASDAQ: PFPT), where he spent 5 years building and growing TAP (Targeted Attack Protection) from 0 to $350M+ in ARR (annual recurring revenue), servicing 9 of the top 10 US banks, and 56 of Fortune 100.
Prior to Proofpoint, Wayne was Co-Founder and CEO of Armorize Technologies, which was successfully acquired by Proofpoint in 2013.
Wayne frequently speaks at cybersecurity and blockchain conferences, including: Chain-in 2018, BLOCKConscious Summit 2018, SecTor 2018, Blockchain Technology Conference 2018, Swiss Cyber Storm 2018, BlackHat US 2010, BlackHat APAC 2017, DEFCON 2010, RSA USA 2007, 2010, 2015, 2016, RSA APAC 2015, Hack in Paris 2017, Troopers 2016, AusCERT 2016, Virus Bulletin 2016, SteelCon 2016, Hack.lu 2016, HackFest 2016, SyScan Taiwan 2008, 2009, OWASP Asia 2007, 2008, Hacks in Taiwan 2006, 2007, WWW 2003, 2004, and PHP 2007.
A diligent blogger about cyber threats, Wayne’s research has received worldwide media coverage, including reports in Reuters, Forbes, IDG, USA Today, Wired, Dark Reading, The Register, The Hacker News, SC Magazine, eWeek, Threat Post, CSO, and Krebs on Security.
Wayne is a hobbyist angel investor who invested in 7 startups: DCard, BuzzOrange (TechOrange), Deepblu, 17Fit, Niceday, and Pamily (Trigger/MobiusBobs).
Wayne received a PhD in EE from National Taiwan University, and a BS and an MS in CS from National Chiao Tung University. He holds two US patents on source code analysis.
In his spare time, Wayne enjoys mountaineering, rock climbing, and studying history and economics.
Daryl Hok is the COO of CertiK, the premier blockchain security firm creating a security-first blockchain with trustworthy execution for DeFi and other mission-critical applications. Previously, he led Corporate Development at FiscalNote, a global machine-learning legal tech company, where he accelerated growth by completing 3 acquisitions in 12 months, including a $180M purchase from The Economist Group. He was formerly the Product Manager responsible for creation and launch of the company's software products and data infrastructure. He obtained a dual BA in Economics and Psychology from Yale University, with a concentration in behavioral economics.
Untangling the Blockchain Trilemma: Security && Scalability && Decentralization
Jimmy Song is a Bitcoin developer, educator and entrepreneur. He's an open source contributor to many different Bitcoin projects and is the author of Programming Bitcoin from O'Reilly and The Little Bitcoin Book. Jimmy is a lecturer at the University of Texas in Austin and is a speaker at various Bitcoin conferences around the world.
Koji Higashi is the founder of Koinup and
has a wide range of experience in product management, media and research in the
Bitcoin and crypto industry since 2014.
He's also known as a crypto industry expert
in Japan and has worked with several prominent projects for localization and
His current personal
focus is on Lightning Network and is passionate about building innovative
products to make Bitcoin more accessible and useful for a wider range of users.
Ole is a co-founder at Cyber Unit, a cybersecurity strategic partner in security operations and training, mainly serving MNC's and Governments in Europe, Middle-East, and Asia. In the operating belief that security is a continuous generator of added value for CEO's and public organizations, Ole works in cross-border cooperation in protecting critical national assets, implementing security operation centres for governments and companies, which also includes capabilities in blockchain development and security. Finally, as a core strategic value add, Ole designs and implements training of the workforce protecting Presidential Offices, Ministries of Finance, and other organizations that play a critical societal role.
Future of Bitcoin
Dr. Adam Back is the inventor of hashcash (used in Bitcoin mining) and co-founder and CEO of Blockstream. Adam has worked on e-cash protocols since 1995. He was an architect and cryptographer at Zero-Knowledge Systems, and a consultant to companies such as Nokia and VMware. Adam holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Exeter.
How Decentralization Can Thrive After Covid 19
Glen Weyl is a political economist and social technologist at Microsoft Office of the Chief Technology Officer and the Founder and Chair of RadicalxChange Foundation.
His recent book with long-time collaborator Eric A. Posner, Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society, develops a new social ideology based on radically extending market exchange to dramatically reduce inequality of wealth and power. He is teaching a course on the book at Princeton University as a Visiting Research Scholar and Lecturer.
Glen’s speaks on “political economy”, a philosophically-inclined field of inquiry that gave birth to modern economics, sociology and political science, as a way to build “social technology”, algorithms and designs for social institutions.
Glen has also founded the RadicalxChange movement to bring together activists, communicators, entrepreneurs and researchers committed to using market mechanism to create a radically more just society. In the process he has founded and consulted for a range of companies (especially in the blockchain space), helped create a number of activist groups, consulted for several governments and collaborated with artists and designers. Glen has also received numerous accolades in 2018, notably The Bloomberg 50: The People Who Defined Global Business in 2018, WIRED Magazine’s list of the Top 25 Leaders That Will Shape the Next 25 Years of Technology, and to Coindesk’s Top 10 Most Influential People in Blockchain.
Blockchain Governance: State of Trust Around the World
Blockchain Governance: State of Trust Around the World
Lee Rainie is the Director of Internet and
Technology research at the Pew Research Center, a non-profit, non–partisan
“fact tank” that studies the social impact of the internet.
His Project was described by the
American Sociological Association as the “most authoritative source of reliable
data on the use and impact of the internet and mobile connectivity” and the ASA
awarded him and the Internet Project its award for “excellence in the reporting
on social issues award.”
The Project has issued more than 750
reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the
internet’s role in their lives. All of its reports and datasets are available
online for free at: http://www.pewinternet.org.
Lee is a co-author of Networked:
The new social operating system with sociologist Barry
Wellman about the social impact of the internet, mobile phones and social media.
He is also co-author of five books about the future of the internet that
are based on Project surveys about the subject.
Pēteris Zilgalvis is the Head of Unit for Digital Innovation and Blockchain in the Digital Single Market Directorate in DG CONNECT and is the Co-Chair of the European Commission FinTech Task Force. He was the Visiting EU Fellow at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford for 2013-14, where was an Associate of the Political Economy of Financial Markets Programme. From 1997 to 2005, he was Deputy Head of the Bioethics Department of the Council of Europe, in its Directorate General of Legal Affairs. In addition, he has held various positions in the Latvian civil service (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Environment). He was Senior Environmental Law Advisor to the World Bank/Russian Federation Environmental Management Project and was Regional Environmental Specialist for the Baltic Countries at the World Bank. He has been a member of the California State Bar since 1991, completed his J.D. at the University of Southern California, his B.A. in Political Science Cum Laude at UCLA, and the High Potentials Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. A recent publication of his is “The Need for an Innovation Principle in Regulatory Impact Assessment: The Case of Finance and Innovation in Europe” in Policy & Internet.
Raj Dhamodharan is EVP Blockchain/Digital Asset Products & Partnerships. In this role Raj is responsible for managing Mastercard’s strategy, products and solutions in the blockchain and Digital assets space. He is also responsible for managing digital platform partnerships. Previously Raj was responsible for managing Mastercard’s digital payment products and Labs in Asia pacific. Prior to joining MasterCard, Raj had worked in payment and telecom industries for 14 years in various product and technology leadership roles including co-founding Think BusinessNetworks, a telecom software company in Silicon Valley that built products for MNOs across the world. Raj holds several patents in the field of loyalty marketing/advertising and payments. Raj graduated from Coimbatore Institute of Technology, India with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology. He also holds MBA degrees from the Columbia Business School, Columbia University, NY and Hass Business School, University of California, Berkeley.
70 Million Wallets: A Serendipitious Opportunity for Thailand
Topp is a speaker and one of Thailand’s leading bitcoin and open blockchain experts, who is the Co-founder and Group CEO of Bitkub.com — Thailand's Leading Regulated Cryptocurrency Exchange. He previously co-founded coins.co.th— Thailand’s largest bitcoin wallet company. He is a board of Director at the Thai Fintech Association and a Subcommittee at Thailand's Office of the Trade Competition Commission.
After accomplishing his MPhil in Economics at Oxford University, Uk, Topp worked as an investment banker, a financial consultant and a central banker.
UNICEF’s CryptoFund: Supporting Public Goods in a Digital World
Christina is UNICEF’s Blockchain Lead, overseeing blockchain and cryptocurrency initiatives. Christina’s team builds internal prototypes and supports projects such as the UNICEF CryptoFund. Prior to joining UNICEF, Christina worked at Deloitte where she supported various levels of government in Canada who were exploring blockchain. Christina wrote her master’s thesis on how global banks have responded to blockchain and has taught at NYU and MIT on the topic.