Our speakers

June 18-19, 11am-11pm CET

Worldwide

If you would like to apply to speak at BlockDown 2020, please fill out the form here and we will be in touch as soon as we can to discuss further.

  • Akon

    Chairman & Co-Founder
    Akoin

    Of American-Senegalese descent, Akon is recognized as one of the most powerful voices across Africa and the Diaspora, named to the Forbes Celebrity 100 & 40 Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa lists. In addition to having two multi-platinum albums, 27 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, he is among the first artists to accomplish the feat of holding both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. Through Akon Lighting Africa, he has already brought solar power to 18 countries in Africa, creating safety, health and well-being for over 100M of the 600M Africans who lack electricity today.

  • Changpeng Zhao

    Founder & CEO
    Binance

    Changpeng Zhao, known as CZ, is a serial entrepreneur with an impressive track record of successful startups. He launched Binance in 2017 and within 180 days, grew it into the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world. An expert in blockchain and trading systems, CZ has built Binance into the leading blockchain ecosystem, comprised of Binance Exchange, Labs, Launchpad, Info, Academy, Research, Trust Wallet and Charity Foundation. In 2005, CZ quit his role as head of the Bloomberg Tradebook Futures Research & Development team and moved to Shanghai to start Fusion Systems. Soon thereafter, he learned about Bitcoin and joined Blockchain.info as Head of Technology.

  • Ciara Sun

    Head of Global Markets/Business
    Huobi Group

    Worked across Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte Consulting and Ernst & Young in financial analysis, strategy consulting and corporate management. Advised Banking and Capital Markets groups for 15 major banks and performed investment analytics to support clients with billion of dollars of AUM.

  • Brock Pierce

    Founder & Chairman
    Integro Foundation

    Entrepreneur and philanthropist Brock Pierce has been involved in the virtual currency business since 2001 when he founded Internet Gaming Entertainment. As a venture capitalist his eye for disruptive new tech has led to an impressive track record. Pierce is the Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and co-founder of EOS Alliance, Block.one, Blockchain Capital, Tether, and Mastercoin. Blockchain Capital founded in 2013 was the first sector-focused venture fund that invests solely in Blockchain technology companies.

  • Jed McCaleb

    Co-Founder and Chief Architect
    Stellar

    Jed McCaleb is co-founder and Chief Architect of the Stellar Development Foundation, an open network that connects the world’s financial infrastructure. In 2014, Jed created Stellar, an open-source blockchain network built to democratize economic participation by making money more fluid, markets more open, and people more empowered.  An early pioneer in decentralized systems and blockchain technology, he created eDonkey2000 which became one of the largest file-sharing networks in its time. He later created Mt. Gox, the first bitcoin exchange, which was subsequently sold and re-coded by its current owners. He is also a co-founder of Ripple.Jed’s devoted his career to developing and leveraging technology that promotes inclusion and transparency

  • David Schwartz

    Chief Technology Officer
    Ripple

    David Schwartz is Chief Technology Officer at Ripple. David is one of the original architects of the Ripple consensus network. Prior to joining Ripple, David Schwartz was Chief Technical Officer for WebMaster Incorporated, a Santa Clara software developer. He developed encrypted cloud storage and enterprise messaging systems for organizations like CNN and the National Security Agency (NSA). Known as “JoelKatz,” he is a respected voice in the digital currency community.

  • Rune Christensen

    Co-Founder
    MakerDAO

    Rune Christensen is Chief Executive Officer of the Maker Foundation and Co-founder of MakerDAO. MakerDAO issues Dai, the world’s first decentralized, collateral-backed stablecoin on the Ethereum blockchain. Dai eliminates volatility through an autonomous system of smart contracts called the Maker Protocol, and through decentralized community governance.Since 2015, Christensen has focused on establishing the vision and structure of MakerDAO and the economic foundations of the Dai stablecoin. Previously, he served as co-founder of Try China, a company providing international recruiting. He studied Biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen and International Business at the Copenhagen Business School.

  • Denelle Dixon

    CEO and Executive Director
    Stellar Development Foundation

    Denelle Dixon is the CEO and Executive Director of the Stellar Development Foundation, a non-profit organization using blockchain to unlock the world’s economic potential by making money more fluid, markets more open, and people more empowered.  Before joining Stellar, Dixon served as COO of Mozilla, one of the most successful mission-driven open-source organizations. During her tenure at Mozilla, she led the organization’s business, revenue and policy teams including the ongoing fight for Net Neutrality and the global effort to ensure that people can control their personal data. She also pushed Mozilla to understand how to partner with commercial entities while staying true to its core mission of openness, innovation, and opportunity on the web. A lawyer by trade, Denelle previously served as a general counsel and legal advisor in private equity and technology.Throughout her career, Denelle has been a vocal advocate for net neutrality, encryption, the disclosure of vulnerabilities by governments, and greater user choice and control.

  • Alex Mashinsky

    CEO
    Celsius Network

    Alex is a serial entrepreneur and founder of seven New York City-based startups. Alex founded two of New York City’s top 10 venture-backed exits since 2000: Arbinet, with a 2004 IPO that had a market capitalization of over $750 million; and Transit Wireless, valued at $1.2 billion. 
    Alex has received numerous awards for innovation, including being nominated twice by E&Y as ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’; Crain’s 2010 Top Entrepreneur and the prestigious 2000 Albert Einstein Technology medal.
    As one of the pioneers of web-based exchanges, Alex authored patents that cover aspects of the Smart Grid, ad exchanges, Twitter, Skype, Netflix streaming concept and many other web companies.

  • Michael Casey

    Chief Content Officer
    CoinDesk

    Michael is an author/journalist, public speaker, entrepreneur, blockchain technology advisor/consultant and the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board. As an advisor to the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative and senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management, he counsels students and faculty on research projects that harness blockchain technology to achieve resource efficiency and social impact. He is the author of five books including, with his co-author Paul Vigna, “The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything”.

  • Antoni Trenchev

    Nexo
    Co-founder

    Antoni has been a crypto enthusiast since 2011. As a Member of Parliament and a firm believer
    in the decentralized approach, he ferociously advocated for and passed legislation for
    blockchain solutions on a variety of e-government services, most notably e-voting. He has been
    involved in the development of e-commerce platforms and served as Chief Innovations Officer
    at Credissimo.

  • Nicholas Merten

    Host & Founder
    DataDash

    Nicholas Merten is the founder of DataDash, the largest cryptocurrency YouTube channel with over 315,000 subscribers. Being an international speaker, thought-leader, and crypto analyst in the space, he’s utilized his over seven years of experience in traditional markets to understand the potential of cryptocurrencies.

  • Paolo Ardoino

    CTO
    Bitfinex

    Paolo joined Bitfinex in early 2015 and now serves as CTO, developing and managing core parts of the Bitfinex backend architecture. Paolo has been building valuable tools and infrastructure for financial innovation for the past 15 years.

  • Joanna Ossinger

    Markets Editor
    Bloomberg

    Journalist specializing in business and markets news including stocks, FX, macro, derivatives. Experienced with real-time/breaking news, features, curation, top stories, business planning/strategy, leadership and more. Skills in print, web, TV, radio as well as product planning and launches. I designed a news product with virtually 100% client takeup. Also skilled in presentations - panelist, moderator, host.

  • Jack Lu

    Founder & CEO
    WanChain

    Jack majored in Enterprise Management at Peking University in China. He stayed in the financial industry for several years in China before moving to the U.S. to study Economics and Computer Science at The Ohio State University. Then, he transitioned into the internet world where he became a software engineer for about 20 years in the eCommerce industry. An early investor in Bitcoin and Ethereum. Jack co-founded Factom with David Johnston, and Paul Snow. After that, Jack went back to China to start a company called Wanglu to sell blockchain solutions to local enterprises and the government in 2016. It was at this time that he started incubating the idea of Wanchain. They did a proof-of-concept and built a platform with Ethereum as the base with privacy protections added in. Wanchain added cross-chain technology as well and launched it in 2017 with the main net launching in January 2018, with integrations to Ethereum, Bitcoin, EOS and a private-public interoperability framework.

  • Kevin Feng

    COO
    Vechain

    Kevin Feng has 15 years experiences of consulting and assurance services in cybersecurity, privacy and emerging technology. After he joined PwC Shanghai in 2005, Kevin has been building an extensive network with clients in various industries in regions including Mainland China, US, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and has been driving the development of blockchain services of PwC CN/HK region. He was one of the few blockchain evangelists in the profession service space, and played an important role in some of the early iconic blockchain projects. In January 2018, Kevin joined VeChain as COO.With a strong background in cybersecurity, business and emerging technology, Kevin advises his clients on their emerging technology strategy and associated cyber threats and risks, and he also helps enterprise form their strategic plan for adopting blockchain technology and enhancing digitalization process while complying to the regulations. 

  • Jon Karas

    President, Co-Founder
    Infinity Management

    Finance, Entertainment and Technology industry entrepreneur, seasoned capital formation leader, film producer, and talent representative. With over 25 years in the entertainment and finance industries, Jon is a major force at the intersection of celebrity and social good. He is a founding Advisory Board member of Slate Entertainment Group, creator of disruptive crypto-driven streaming and ticketing platforms. As a veteran of the William Morris Agency, he founded Infinity Management International in 1990, which represents top record producers, film and television writers, directors, and producers. He began his career practicing transactional and securities law at two major law firms on Park Avenue in New York.

  • Lynn Liss

    Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder
    Akoin

    Social Impact entrepreneur, operating executive, driving financial revolutions and related technology, partnerships and business models. Lynn has over 10+ years in the social impact sector; advising, executing and operating innovating business models for world change. An early mover in the 'blockchain for good' space, Lynn was a founding partner at ICO Impact Group, providing advisement to blockchain companies and new cryptocurrencies with a social impact. Over 10+ years as an executive consultant with leading firms BearingPoint and CGI-AMS providing strategic advisement and deploying innovative technology with Fortune 500s, including negotiating a $20M+ deal signed by the COO of Microsoft. Combined with an MBA in Strategy/Finance from the University of Chicago, Lynn has deep networks and experience across the startup, venture capital, entertainment, finance, technology, and social good sectors.

  • Crystal Rose Pierce

    CEO and Founder
    Make Sense Labs

    Crystal Rose Pierce is a prominent technologist, entrepreneur and investor and Forbes Top 10 Women in Blockchain. She is the CEO and Founder of Make Sense Labs, building communications tools and decentralized applications since 2014. Her company released the first provably secure and cryptocurrency enabled messenger leveraging blockchain technology, achieving innovation in encryption. Their flagship product Sense Chat is one of the first dApp partners in the Akoin network. She is a founder of shEOS, a female-run blockchain node operator and mining network. Her work in philanthropy has led to the discovery of the benefit of open data initiatives and the positive influence of digital currency on the evolution of distressed nations and states.

  • Loi Luu

    CEO
    Kyber Network

    Loi has spent many years as an industry researcher working on cryptocurrencies, smart contract security and distributed consensus algorithms focusing on several problems of digital assets from improving the security to enhancing the scalability and usability of public cryptocurrencies. To date, his work benefits many blockchain companies and projects worldwide and collectively these companies are worth more than tens of billions of US dollars.

  • Vinny Lingham

    CEO & Co-Founder
    Civic

    Vinny Lingham is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Civic, a visionary company enabling consumers to securely send and receive money, including cryptocurrencies, around the world. Previously, he was the co-founder and CEO of Gyft, a mobile gift card company, which was acquired by First Data Corporation for more than $50M. He is an active investor and as co-founder of Newton Partners in South Africa, he has led early stage investments into successful startups, including Sweep South and Augmentors. Vinny was a Shark on Shark Tank South Africa, a Dragon on Dragon’s Den South Africa, and an Angel in National Geographic's Undercover Angel. He is a co-author of “I’m In: Essential Advice for Entrepreneurs.”

  • Erhan Korhaliller

    Founder EAK Digital & Istanbul Blockchain Week

    Erhan Korhaliller is the Founder and CEO of EAK Digital, a specialist blockchain PR agency. Prior to launching EAK Digital, Erhan previously managed large scale project teams for blue-chip brands such as Nike, Rolls Royce, and Vodafone, successfully guiding his teams to multiple advertising awards, including a platinum award from Campaign Magazine. Erhan continues to lead from the front, giving PR a voice in the blockchain industry as a speaker at global events.

  • Bobby Ong

    Co-Founder
    CoinGecko

    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 the largest independent cryptoasset data aggregator 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 holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from University College London.

  • Chris Dawe

    Co-Founder & CEO
    Effect.AI

    Chris is an athlete-turned-entrepreneur passionate about how blockchain and distributed ledger technology can create socio-economic change in global regions that need gateways to opportunity. As a Chief Executive Officer, he is responsible for guiding the vision of the crypto project Effect.AI, described as an Open,Democratic and Decentralized Network for Artificial Intelligence.Effect.AI, founded in 2016, builds blockchain software platforms which combine the intelligence of 1000’s of humans and cutting-edge algorithms to create automation pipelines for sophisticated digital processes.When he isn’t working, you’ll find Chris butchering Guns N’Roses tunes on his Gibson Les Paul or hunting down giant game fish with his spearguns in South East Asia.

  • Robert “Crypto” Beadles

    Co-Founder
    Monarch Wallet

    Robert “Crypto” Beadles is a Christian, father, husband, seasoned business builder; investor, author, prominent Blockchain & Cryptocurrency educator on TV, YouTube, TradingView Sessions, and throughout the world. Robert is responsible for starting and growing one of the largest construction service businesses in CA, a software development, real estate investment firm, and many more. Beadles is also the builder and Co-Founder of the Monarch Wallet, MonarchPay and is a member of the C4 Crypto Consortium.

  • Nate Whitehill

    CEO
    CryptoSlate

    Nate Whitehill is an experienced technology entrepreneur, programmer and web developer, with nearly two decades of experience building web applications. In August of 2017, he built and launched CryptoSlate, now one of the top destinations for crypto news, data and information about people, products and companies. Over the past 2 years, CryptoSlate has become one of the largest crypto news site in the world by Alexa ranking, serving over 250,000 visitors per month.

  • Kyn Chaturvedi

    CBDO
    TomoChain

    Kyn Chaturvedi is an early cryptocurrency investor and the Chief Business Development Officer for TomoChain, South East Asia's largest public blockchain. His 15 year professional career spans 7 countries as a technology entrepreneur and management consultant for startups. Kyn also holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and Bachelor Degrees in both Industrial Engineering & Economics from Georgia Tech.

  • John DeVadoss

    Head of Development
    NEO Global Development

    DeVadoss has more than 15 years of experience with Microsoft, and co-founded text11, a messaging service that integrates machine learning. While at Microsoft, deVadoss was responsible for driving the success of .NET with architects in Microsoft’s competitive efforts against Java/J2EE, and most recently built up Microsoft Digital from zero to $500 million in business worldwide.

  • Eden Dhaliwal

    Global Managing Director
    Conflux Network

    Eden Dhaliwal is the Global Managing Director at Conflux Network. He’s currently leading the company’s expansion efforts in North America. Eden specializes in identifying web 3.0 opportunities, assessing the viability of business models involving decentralization and valuing crypto assets. He has developed the world’s first innovation methodology for creating token economies and received the Blockchain Research Institute’s award for New Frontier in Enterprise Blockchain Research for leveraging blockchain technology to push boundaries of new business models.  Previously, Eden was a Partner at Outlier Ventures and built the firm’s crypto economics practice.

  • Kevin Sekniqi

    Co-founder and COO
    AVA Labs

    Kevin Sekniqi is a Co-founder and COO of AVA Labs. He is a computer science PhD candidate at Cornell University. Since 2011, he has researched distributed systems and blockchains. He also has a background in cryptography, including work in encrypted databases, homomorphic encryption, consensus, protocols, and economic.

  • Stani Kulechov

    Founder & CEO
    Aave

    Stani Kulechov is the Founder and CEO of Aave, an open source and non-custodial money market protocol to earn interest on deposits and borrow assets. Stani was studying law at the University of Helsinki when he first got into Ethereum and he started exploring how it could impact the traditional financial system. In 2017, Stani released ETHLend, one of the first DeFi DApps ever. Since then, he has made it his mission to create tools for an open, transparent, and equitable financial ecosystem through Aave Protocol.

  • Lennix Lai

    Director of Financial Markets
    OKEx

    Lennix brought with him with over a decade of experience in the financial industry, specialized on high-frequency trading, DMA (Direct Market Access), asset management, front-to-back trading operation, risk management, and compliance. He now plays a key role in product development, enhancing customer experience, and improving the platform.Before joining OKEx, Lennix served in JP Morgan and AIG and was the Responsible Officer of CASHFinancial Services Group (00510.HK) who held full accountability on supervising regulatory activities defined by SFC. He managed a team of DMA specialists servicing global hedge funds, HFT, and quantitative CTAs, while also handling the relationship with major global exchanges.

  • Erkan Öz

    Journalist & Economist

    Öz, known for his work about the effects of technology on the world economy. Erkan Öz worked for international news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires & Al Jazeera for more than 11 years. In 2013 and 2014, Öz penned two books respectively, 2020 New Economy (Big Crisis - Wonderful Opportunity) and the Great Financial Flood. Erkan Öz emphasized in his books that the international monetary system will undergo a great transformation and cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin, will have a very important role in the new global monetary system.

  • Amber Chook

    Co-founder
    Zebra Global

    Amber Chook is the co-founder of Zebra Global, a highly selective blockchain PR & market entry consulting agency specializing in Asian markets. Inspired by the potential of Bitcoin to bring economic freedom to the world, Amber got into blockchain in 2018. In 2019, she founded Zebra Global. Committed to her passion for social impact and women empowerment, she is also the founder of TEDxRoppongi, SheShaped, and the Japan Advisor for Girls20. Amber has dedicated herself to not only bridging International blockchain markets but also including more women in the global phenomenon of blockchain.

  • Sinan Koç

    Founder and CEO
    BiLira

    Sinan is the Founder and CEO of BiLira, the first stable cryptocurrency to be pegged to the Turkish Lira. He is a seasoned entrepreneur and venture builder who has been working in the blockchain ecosystem for multiple years. Before BiLira, Sinan co-founded Geld, a peer to peer payment app and licensed it to Akbank in 2018. He then joined ConsenSys Token Foundry as Head of Sourcing in NY and specialized in Initial Coin Offerings. The BiLira team strongly believes that every currency will have a representation on the blockchain. His mission is to offer a bridge for everyone to connect to the decentralized world of tomorrow.

  • Jesus Rodriguez

    CTO
    IntoTheBlock

    Jesus Rodriguez is a technology expert, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and internationally recognized speaker and author. A computer scientist by background, Jesus is the Chief Technology Officer at IntoTheBlock, a platform that leverages advanced machine learning to understand and predict crypto-asset markets. Jesus is also the Chief Scientist and Managing Partner at Invector Labs, a development studio focused on leveraging artificial intelligence in real world applications. Prior to Invector Labs, Jesus founded Tellago, an award-winning software development agency focused on the latest technology trends. Jesus’ technical career includes tenures building cloud systems at Microsoft and quantitative trading platforms for several Wall Street hedge funds. Jesus has been the recipient of several industry awards including the Inc. 500 and Stevie Awards for American and international business. He serves as a board member in several enterprise software companies and is an investor in over a dozen of startups.

  • Edward Moncada

    CEO & Co-founder
    Blockfolio

    Ed is co-founder and CEO of Blockfolio, the worlds #1 mobile crypto portfolio tracker. He is passionate about bringing cryptocurrency adoption to the mainstream, DAOs and decentralized governance, and 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.

  • Sam Bankman-Fried

    Founder and CEO
    FTX

    Before founding Alameda and then 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. He graduated from MIT with a degree in physics.

  • Olga Feldmeier

    CEO and Co-founder
    SMART VALOR

    Olga Feldmeier is an entrepreneur and a thought leader focusing on the intersection between financial technology and blockchain. She is the CEO and co-founder of SMART VALOR, which has been nominated among the 10 most exciting European startups by Forbes.  Prior to founding SMART VALOR, Olga held the position of the Commercial Managing Partner at Xapo, one of the first global Bitcoin custodians. In 2015 she enabled the first Bitcoin license in Switzerland and with that started to write the history of the Swiss Crypto Valley, today one of the largest blockchain hubs worldwide.

  • Charles Bovaird

    Vice President of Content
    Quantum Economics

    I am a financial writer and editor with strong knowledge of asset markets and investing concepts. Currently, I serve as VP of Content for financial services firm Quantum Economics. I have worked for financial institutions including State Street, Moody's Analytics and Citizens Commercial Banking. An author of more than 500 publications, my work has appeared in mediums such as New York Post, Washington Post, Fortune, CoinDesk and Investopedia. Previously, I created all the industrial finance training for a company with more than 300 people. I have spoken at industry events across the world and delivered speeches on financial literacy for Mensa and Boston Rotaract.

  • Maximilian Marenbach

    Head of Banking and Payments
    Kraken

    Maximilian is the Head of Banking and Payments for the EMEA region at Kraken. His job is to make sure FIAT funds and transactions are as safe, customer friendly and reliable as possible. Before joining Kraken he was working for Dutch bank bunq.

  • Jose Macedo

    Partner
    Amazix Capital
  • Kevin Kelly

    Principal & Co-Founder
    Delphi Digital

    Kevin is a principal and co-founder at Delphi Digital. Previously, he was an equity analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence.

  • Hose Mitamura

    CEO
    Cointelegraph Japan
  • Bruno Macchialli

    Executive Head of Operations
    Delchain Limited

    Bruno is Executive Head of Operations at Delchain Limited, a licensed Financial Digital Asset institution that provides Capital Markets, Custody and Advisory services. He is an experienced and knowledgeable Financial and Blockchain advisor. Over the last years, he has worked with numerous clients to help them grow their business from early stage. Bruno has been involved with a number of successful IEO’s and has quarterbacked projects from beginning to end.

  • Nicolás Arqueros

    CTO
    EMURGO

    As CTO at EMURGO - a global blockchain solutions company & a founding entity of Cardano, Nicolás leads EMURGO’s Enterprise unit to build tailored solutions for developers, startups, enterprises, and governments. Prior to EMURGO, Nicolás was CEO and co-founder of Moblox.io, a software development firm which built 40+ mobile solutions for some of the biggest companies in Chile, as well as Cotalker, a suite of solutions for the digitalization of companies. Additionally, Nicolás also holds an active position as Council Member of the Cardano Foundation.

  • YuanJie Zhang

    Co Founder
    Conflux Foundation

    Yuanjie Zhang holds a bachelor's degree from Fudan University, and a master's degree from Brandeis University. Before joining the Conflux team, Yuanjie worked at Huatai Private Fund of Funds, UNC Endowment Management Company and Novus (Fin-tech Start-up) in Wall Street. He has expertise in investments, capital markets and business operations. He helped the fundraising of Conflux, and he is in charge of daily operation.

  • Travin Keith

    Cryptocurrency, Freedom, and Open Source Advocate
    BitStory | Consortio Group | STOKR

    Travin Keith is a professional around cryptocurrency, blockchain, and open source, working with various companies and organizations around the space in a range of roles such as business strategy, technical solutions architecture, and other various consulting roles, on top of running a design agency with specialization in cryptocurrency and blockchain called BitStory. In addition, he is a CTO of Consortio Group, an innovation consulting firm, a Co-Founder and Advisor of STOKR, an STO platform, and an advisor of Soramitsu, a blockchain solutions development company, among many others. He also speaks frequently around the topics of cryptocurrency, open source, and freedom at various events around the world. In the past, he co-authored the Hyperledger white paper and participated in the Blockchain4EU initiative by the European Commission.

  • Alex Blagirev

    Deputy CEO of IR, Blockchain and Tech Sensorium
    Sensorium Corporation

    Received award as the most innovative bank in Central and Eastern Europe according to the Global Finance Magazine, 2017.He managed the development of R3 in CIS region, including initial launch of R3 pressence and later launch on several projects on Corda.
    He collaborated and formed with partners the FinTech Association (over 20major banks participants, including Central Bank as a co-founder) and designed the Masterchain - the first financial infrastructure for banking operations on blockchain in Russia, including the first banking transaction for digital identity on the blockchain between 5 russian banks. Alex had several roles on the edge of Innovations, Data and finance functions for other large financial institutions such as Alfa-Bank, Rosbank Societe Generale Group, VneshEconomBank (VEB).

  • Justin O'Connell

    Founder
    GoldSilverBitcoin

    Justin O'Connell owns GoldSilverBitcoin, which has since 2012 provided a two way market for precious metals and Bitcoin. His written work about Bitcoin, blockchain, and related topics has appeared in Forbes.com, VICE, Cointelegraph, CoinDesk, and Bitcoin Magazine. He has spoken at conferences such as Inside Bitcoins in Berlin and Las Vegas, and the Bitcoin Conference in San Francisco. Feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn. 

  • Chris Thomas

    Head of Digital Assets
    Swissquote Bank

    Chris brings to Swissquote Bank a deep experience from across the financial markets and entrepreneurial worlds. Having started his career in Fixed Income and FX Sales and Trading at leading European Investment Banks, Chris moved onto creating and building his own businesses. More recently, Chris was Head of European Innovation for Fidelity Investments before leaving to build a crypto-assets custodian giving him deep exposure and understanding of the crypto-assets markets. Chris joined Swissquote Bank at an exciting time and is building the institutional crypto-asset trading and custody offering.

  • Naveed Ihsanullah

    Head of Engineering Research
    Algorand

    Naveed is a senior engineering leader and technologist fascinated by distributed systems and performance. Most recently of Mozilla, Naveed was instrumental in designing and leading the Quantum Flow program that focused 400 engineers to double Firefox’s performance in just one year. Naveed also lead the adoption of new technologies across all browsers to close the performance gap with native applications. These technologies include WebAssembly, SIMD.js, Shared Array Buffer and the still experimental Binary AST for JS (BinJS). Naveed is also previously of Bit9 (now Carbon Black) where he served as Principal Engineer of an enterprise application whitelisting product and then took over the Global Software Repository, a massive cloud-based application reputation system.

  • Amrit Kumar

    President, Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder
    Zilliqa

    Amrit Kumar is the President, Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder of Zilliqa. Focusing predominantly on areas of security, privacy and applied cryptography, Amrit’s research has been widely published at conferences such as IEEE/IFIP and IFIP TC-11 SEC. Amrit received his PhD from Université Grenoble-Alpes, France and was hosted at Inria's Grenoble center. Prior to his PhD, Amrit obtained a Master’s Degree in Security, Cryptology and Coding of Information Systems from École Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique et Mathématiques Apliquées de Grenoble, France.

  • Dr. Sanjeev Kaila

    Managing Director & CEO
    Jeev Network LLC

    Dr. Sanjeev Kaila is  one of the potential young entrepreneurs of North America . He is the Managing Director & CEO Jeev Network LLC and Body Esthetics LLC an international health IT company a Surgical Center Business based in Atlanta GA USA, he sits on the Board of  USA based Public trading Drug Company called Praxsyn Corp, and is the founder of Real estate  Company Nazar Properties LLC.  He is successful in Managing both Companies and Maintaining a health care based Entrepreneurial Profile, and a large successful Real estate  Company.

  • Diana Aguilar

    Host
    The Block Code

    Former CoinDesk and CriptoNoticias wiriter, Venezuelan Journalist Diana Aguilar (@criptodiana) tracks and record the best stories in the crypto field straight from their protagonists and brings them up to you in her podcast The Block CodeWith over 4 years of covering the area of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies for the Spanish and English speaking public, both in the media and corporate, she is an advocate of technology as an alternative for unbanked and opressed masses.

  • Héctor Cárdenas

    CEO
    CriptoNoticias

    Venezuelan. Engineer and MBA. Creator and director of CriptoNoticias, the most important portal of news about Bitcoin in Spanish. Psychology fanatic and builder of the distributed digital society of the future. Bitcoiner.

  • Mauricio Tovar

    Co-director
    InTIColombia Research Group

    Electronic Engineer from the National University of Colombia with aMaster's degree in Creation and Management of Innovative and Technologically Based Companies From the University of Barcelona. He leads the Blockchain line of the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution of Colombia. He has been Director of Extension of the Bogotá headquarters of the National University of Colombia, and Co-director of the InTI Colombia research group of the National University, a research group that studies the disruptive technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

  • Franco Amati

    Member
    Bitcoin Iberoamerica

    Since 2011 Franco was part of the formation of the Bitcoin community in Argentina, one of the most active and with greater use of the technology. He is co-founder of the NGO Bitcoin Argentina and of EspacioBitcoin, a workspace through which a large part of the local enterprises of the sector have passed. Co-organizer of the Latin American Bitcoin & Blockchain Conference held annually since 2013, today he is part of Signatura, the first digital signature platform using blockchain technology.  

  • Dr. Steven Waterhouse

    Co-Founder & CEO
    Orchid Labs

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

  • Gregory Klumov

    CEO
    Stasis
  • Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr

    Managing Editor & Head of Features
    CoinTelegraph

    Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr is managing editor and head of features at Cointelegraph. M.A. in political science and classical philology she is a passionate communicator promoting innovations, translating them into simple languages and helping visionaries to be heard.

  • Artem Kalikhov

    Chief Product Officer
    Waves Enterprise

    He has implemented more than 15 projects in the field of development and implementation of corporate management systems of various classes and complexity, including at the federal level over the past 12 years. He has been a system engineer, system architect, and development manager in these projects. He has deep expertise in the areas of system and business analytics, designing information systems architecture, system integration, and management of development teams and technologically complex products. He has been developing applications and products using distributed ledger technology since 2017. He began developing the Waves Enterprise blockchain platform for public and private networks as a new Waves product line in 2017.

  • Julian Sevillano

    Senior Advisor
    Promontory Financial Group

    Julian leads Promontory’s west coast client relations, which includes its Fintech and Digital Assets practice.
    He has over 20 years of international banking and payments experience. Prior to working with Promontory,
    Julian worked at VISA where he held various leadership positions in Risk Management, Finance, Strategy,
    and Treasury. Most recently, as Global Head of Enterprise Risk Management, Julian was responsible for
    VISA’s risk governance and risk management framework, and he led risk due diligence for over $3 Billion in
    closed M&A transactions. He also led Risk Strategy formulation during VISA’s merger and IPO process.
    Julian has extensive experience with US and international regulators.

  • Peter Marton

    Senior Advisor
    Promontory Financial Group

    Peter advises financial institutions, FinTech firms, and regulatory bodies on financial crimes and digital assets compliance. In his time at Promontory, Peter has helped develop global sanctions programs, including through the development of policies, programs, and underlying procedures for foreign banking organizations (FBOs). He has managed enterprise-wide AML and sanctions risk assessments in Mexico, the United States, and Canada; designed a transaction monitoring programs; and
    drafted regulatory responses responsive to consent orders. Prior to joining Promontory, Peter conducted polling and opinion research across the United States, Iraq, Thailand, and the Republic of Georgia to inform campaign strategy and advise corporations on emerging industry trends.

  • Lizzie Clitheroe

    Director of Product Marketing
    Arkose Labs

    Lizzie Clitheroe is a cybersecurity specialist, heading up Arkose Labs’ product marketing team. In this role she delivers data-driven insights into fraud and authentication trends. Lizzie has 10 years’ experience working for fast-growth security vendors spanning fraud prevention, network security, and application security.

  • Benji Taylor

    Senior Director, Solution Delivery
    Arkose Labs

    Benji Taylor is the Senior Director of Solution Delivery for Arkose Labs. He has been working in the Online Fraud and Abuse space for the past six years. Benji loves exploring the constantly changing fraud attack landscape and seeing new verbose ways companies are finding to quickly and effectively mitigate and reduce the attack service for their customers

  • Mark Rakhmilevich

    Senior Director, Blockchain Product Management
    Oracle
  • Christina Comben

    Journalist
    Cointelegraph

    Christina Comben is a cryptocurrency journalist and content creator who’s passionate about continued learning, emerging tech, and starting important conversations. She has written for many publications in the space including CCN, CryptoSlate, and Bitcoinist, and is currently a feature writer for Cointelegraph Magazine.

  • Soravis Srinawakoon

    CEO & Co-founder
    Band Protocol

    Soravis Srinawakoon is the CEO and co-founder of Band Protocol, a decentralized data oracle that connects real-world data and APIs to smart contracts. He received a Forbes 30 under 30 award for his work at Band Protocol. Previously, Soravis was a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group, advising c-level executives of top enterprises around the world. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Management Science and Engineering, both from Stanford University.

  • Tracy Hutson

    Co-Founder
    ViRSE

    Tracy Hutson is an actress, interior designer, author and philanthropist. Known for being the style consultant and designer of the Emmy Award-Winning TV show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition". Alongside being an interior designer, Tracy Hutson is launching an innovative VR and Social-Commerce platform ViRSE.

  • Lucian Todea

    Co-Founder & COO
    Elrond

    Lucian Todea is a technology entrepreneur and angel investor, with more than 15 years of experience in Internet and tech-related businesses. He is the co-founder & COO of Elrond, a blockchain that brings 1000x efficiency improvements over existing implementations via its proprietary Adaptive State Sharding & Secure Proof of Stake innovations. He is a founder, advisor & angel investor for multiple successful startups, such as Soft32, TypingDNA & Smartbill.

  • Elisaveta Kisyova

    CFO
    Tomya
  • Ray Youssef

    CEO & Co-founder
    Paxful

    Ray is the CEO and co-founder of Paxful, people-powered marketplace for money transfers with anyone, anywhere, at any time. Their mission is to empower the forgotten four billion unbanked and underbanked around the world to have control of their money using peer-to-peer transactions. The company, founded in 2015, has over 3 million customers globally who you can instantly buy and sell bitcoin with—using over 300 different payment methods. Aside from making bitcoin accessible, Ray also launched the #BuiltWithBitcoin charitable initiative that aims to show the humanitarian capabilities of bitcoin. He’s an NYC native and has been a serial entrepreneur since 2001.

  • Kai Sedgwick

    Reporter
    Bitcoin.com

    Kai has been working full-time in the cryptocurrency space for the past two years. Since purchasing his first bitcoins in 2013, he’s immersed himself in the industry, composing hundreds of articles for bitcoin.com. He’s also authoring technical whitepapers and designed token models for blockchain projects.

  • William Foxley

    CoinDesk
    tech reporter

    William Foxley is a tech reporter for CoinDesk. He previously worked for Messari and the American Spectator. He holds investments in bitcoin.

  • Jane King

    CEO
    LilaMax Media

    Jane Kingseed, better known as Jane King, is an American Journalist. King is the founder and CEO of LilaMax Media, which provides daily TV broadcast reports from the NASDAQ Marketsite. LilaMax Media launched January 21, 2014.

  • Kazim Atilla

    CEO
    IQONIQ
  • Carmelle Cadet

    Founder & CEO
    EMTECH

    In her last role after a 10 year career at IBM, Carmelle led the Global Business Development efforts in IBM Blockchain for Payments. She is now the Founder and CEO of EMTECH, a fintech company helping Central Banks in Emerging Markets modernize their Financial Market Infrastructure with Blockchain, AI and Data Analytics. Her and the team are on a clear mission to build inclusive, safe and resilient financial infrastructures with digital currencies to unleash new markets and opportunities for everyone.

  • Liam Kelly

    Editorial Manager
    Crypto Briefing

    Liam is a writer focused on emerging technologies, digital weirdness, and the decentralized web. He is also skilled at seeking out Internet-based subcultures, communicating between niche communities, and unearthing incoming trends in technology, culture, and politics. Based out of Berlin, Germany, he enjoys playing soccer or visiting his local Kneipe.

  • Nikola Pavesic

    Head of Partnerships
    Nikkei

    Teaching myself many things but mostly trying with AI and writing - please don’t ask the why. Also a feminist - you shouldn't be asking why on that either. Grew up on westerns, local radio and, later-on, countless Seinfeld and Law & Order re-runs. Used to write long description about earlier positions on LinkedIn but realized there is not much point to it (proof below). Once got 106 likes on an instagram post. Based in Tokyo (which is the best city) but spending half of the time on the road.

  • Tyson Henly

    Chief Commercial Officer
    AS Monaco

    I bring over 23 years of Global Sports Marketing & Sales experience from all sides of the business. This includes delivering over £1.7 Billion of sales revenue generated across Rights Owner, Media Agency, Brand, Agency & Player IP rights. As a Chief Commercial Officer at a major club I bring the sales and marketing skills necessary for the '360 perspective' in the sports marketing environment.

  • Misha Sher

    Worldwide Vice President
    Mediacom for Sport & Entertainment

    Senior commercial & marketing executive with more than 15 years international experience developing some of the most iconic brands, rights holders and talent. Having operated at the cross section of sport, media, tech, talent and advertising, have an intrinsic understanding of how to unlock growth to drive commercial and strategic objectives.

  • Arnaud Le Hors

    Senior Technical Staff Member
    IBM

    Arnaud Le Hors is Senior Technical Staff Member of Blockchain & Web Open Technologies at IBM. Arnaud has been working on standards and open source for over 25 years. He was editor of several key web specifications including HTML and DOM and was a pioneer of open source with the release of libXpm in 1990. Arnaud currently is the main representative for IBM at W3C, the chair of the Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee, a contributor to Hyperledger Fabric, and a member of the European Blockchain Observatory.

  • Andrey Shevchenko

    Reporter
    Cointelegraph

    Based in Italy with Russian roots, Andrey discovered the world of crypto by hunting for cybersecurity bounties. He worked at several blockchain startups before turning to journalism, almost by chance. He’s passionate about technology and business in equal measure, and sees blockchain as a potential driver of deep societal change.

  • Akon

    Chairman & Co-Founder
    Akoin

    Of American-Senegalese descent, Akon is recognized as one of the most powerful voices across Africa and the Diaspora, named to the Forbes Celebrity 100 & 40 Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa lists. In addition to having two multi-platinum albums, 27 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, he is among the first artists to accomplish the feat of holding both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. Through Akon Lighting Africa, he has already brought solar power to 18 countries in Africa, creating safety, health and well-being for over 100M of the 600M Africans who lack electricity today.

  • Changpeng Zhao

    Founder & CEO
    Binance

    Changpeng Zhao, known as CZ, is a serial entrepreneur with an impressive track record of successful startups. He launched Binance in 2017 and within 180 days, grew it into the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world. An expert in blockchain and trading systems, CZ has built Binance into the leading blockchain ecosystem, comprised of Binance Exchange, Labs, Launchpad, Info, Academy, Research, Trust Wallet and Charity Foundation. In 2005, CZ quit his role as head of the Bloomberg Tradebook Futures Research & Development team and moved to Shanghai to start Fusion Systems. Soon thereafter, he learned about Bitcoin and joined Blockchain.info as Head of Technology.

  • Jed McCaleb

    Co-Founder and Chief Architect
    Stellar

    Jed McCaleb is co-founder and Chief Architect of the Stellar Development Foundation, an open network that connects the world’s financial infrastructure. In 2014, Jed created Stellar, an open-source blockchain network built to democratize economic participation by making money more fluid, markets more open, and people more empowered.  An early pioneer in decentralized systems and blockchain technology, he created eDonkey2000 which became one of the largest file-sharing networks in its time. He later created Mt. Gox, the first bitcoin exchange, which was subsequently sold and re-coded by its current owners. He is also a co-founder of Ripple.Jed’s devoted his career to developing and leveraging technology that promotes inclusion and transparency

  • Erik Voorhees

    CEO & Founder
    ShapeShift.com

    Erik Voorhees is among the top-recognized serial Bitcoin advocates and entrepreneurs. He founded ShapeShift in August 2014 as an elegant, secure, and fast solution to digital asset exchanges. Erik has been a featured guest on Bloomberg, Fox Business, CNBC, BBC Radio, The Peter Schiff Show, and numerous blockchain industry conferences. His past affiliations include: BitInstant, Coinapult, and SatoshiDICE, which was responsible for most of the world’s Bitcoin transactions in 2012 and 2013.

  • Da Hongfei

    Founder
    Neo


    Da Hongfei, the founder of NEO, is a leading entrepreneur within the global blockchain community. In 2014 together with Erik Zhang, he founded NEO, establishing China’s first ever blockchain company. Founded as an open-source project, NEO is powering a paradigm shift towards a smart economy by working with a community of developers to deliver optimized and future-designed solutions. Hongfei’s contributions to the industry have been recognized by prominent institutions. In 2018, he spoke before the European Parliament and offered cutting-edge insights into the feasibility of blockchain technology solutions. Moreover, he has delivered numerous speeches at leading industry events and academic seminars at esteemed universities.

  • Carylyne Chan

    Interim CEO & Chief Strategy Officer
    CoinMarketCap

    Carylyne Chan is the Interim CEO and Chief Strategy Officer of CoinMarketCap, where she defines the vision and initiatives the company pursues. She also heads marketing at CoinMarketCap, where she leads the company on execution, branding, and growth. She previously co-founded an AI platform (acquired), built machine learning and natural language processing models for extractive AI summarization, and has developed and launched new products in markets like US, Hong Kong, India and Singapore with American Express, 3M and AGT. She is also probably one of the biggest oolong tea enthusiasts you will meet in daily life.

  • Jimmy Song

    Bitcoin Educator
    Programming Blockchain

    Jimmy Song is a Bitcoin educator, developer and entrepreneur. For the majority of his 20-year programming career, Song has worked as a software developer for a wide array of companies in different fields. He began exploring Bitcoin in 2011 and was contributing to open-source Bitcoin projects by 2013. In 2014, he joined Monetas, where he led the development of Bitcoin integration with open transactions. ​After developing a bitcoin wallet for Armory Technologies, Song became the principal architect for Paxos. In 2018, Song joined Blockchain Capital ​as a venture partner. In addition, he runs Programming Blockchain, a company that trains students around the world in blockchain programming and development techniques.

  • David Chaum

    Founder
    xx network

    David is the creator of the xx coin and founder of the xx network, the first consumer-scale, quantum secure online platform that allows you to communicate and exchange value without revealing so-called "metadata". David Chaum is a pioneer in cryptography and privacy-preserving technologies, and is widely recognized as the inventor of digital cash. His work on cryptographic “vault systems” contains the first proposal for a blockchain protocol, containing all but one element detailed 26 years later in the Bitcoin white-paper.His company, DigiCash, created the first digital currency, eCash, in 1995. eCash deployed David's breakthrough cryptographic blind signature protocol to create the world's first attempt at anonymous digital cash. With a Ph.D. in computer science from UC Berkeley, he taught at NYU Graduate School of Business and the University of California, led a number of breakthrough projects and founded the International Association for Cryptologic Research.

  • Tone Vays

    Content Creator, Derivatives Trader & Consultant
    Tonevays.com

    Tone has worked on Wall Street for almost 10 years starting as a Risk Analyst at Bear Stearns and later becoming a VP at JP Morgan Chase in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. His expertise is in Economic Trends, Trading and Risk Analysis. Ever since getting involved in the Crypto Currency ecosystem in early 2013, he has been very active in spreading the relevance and importance of this technology as it helps promote economic freedom. Tone has been featured in several Documentaries like Magic Money & Bitcoin - Beyond the Bubble. Tone is now an independent content creator at ToneVays.com, his YouTube Channel and is the organizer of 3 Conferences: Unconfiscatable, Understanding Bitcoin and The Financial Summit for traders & hedge funds. Tone holds a Masters Degree in Financial Engineering from Florida State University along with Bachelor Degrees in Mathematics and Geology.

  • Richard Muirhead

    Managing Partner
    Fabric Ventures

    Richard is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Fabric Ventures - a VC fund adapting the early, technical, and patient approach of venture capital to investing in Web 3.0 and decentralised data networks. Fabric invested in the likes of Polkadot, Ocean Protocol, Orchid, Blockstack, zeppelin_os, and Keep, among others. Richard combines a pedigree in open source, developer-oriented tools, and early stage venture investing with blockchain focus since 2013, and has invested in Pantera Venture Fund, Bitstamp, Bitrise, Tray.io, Transferwise, and Citymapper. Richard was previously a 3x software entrepreneur, building/ scaling Automic (CA), Tideway (BMC), and Orchestream (Oracle) - reaching a cumulative market cap of $2.2bn

  • Peter DeMeo

    Head of IBM Hyper Protect Digital Assets Platform
    IBM Systems

    Peter globally leads IBM Systems crypto asset solutions that power institutional custody, exchange wallets, and tokenization solutions requiring advanced secure private key management. Peter is responsible for market development, technology roadmaps, and building sales and services infrastructure. As a certified design thinking facilitator, Peter also helps clients enhance their solution's capabilities by leveraging IBM's Hyper Protect Services on premise and on the IBM Cloud. Peter is a regular speaker at blockchain conferences. Prior to his relocation to Asia Pacific from Washington DC in 2013, he was practice leader for Enterprise Architecture, including the divisions large scale software development efforts and IT strategy consulting for US Federal clients including the Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Depository and Trust Corporation, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security.

  • Emin Gün Sirer

    Founder and CEO
    Ava Labs

    Gün is a professor of computer science at Cornell University and Founder and CEO of Ava Labs. His expertise spans operating systems, networking and distributed systems, with special emphasis on blockchains and peer-to-peer systems. He is well-known for having implemented the first currency that used Proof-of-Work (PoW) to mint coins, as well as for selfish mining, characterizing the scale and centralization of existing cryptocurrencies, and having proposed the leading protocols for on-chain and off-chain scaling.He is also the Co-Director of the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts (IC3), which aims to move blockchain-based applications from today’s whiteboards and Proof-of-Concepts to tomorrow’s fast and reliable financial systems of execution and record.

  • Nicholas Merten

    Host & Founder
    DataDash

    Nicholas Merten is the founder of DataDash, the largest cryptocurrency YouTube channel with over 315,000 subscribers. Being an international speaker, thought-leader, and crypto analyst in the space, he’s utilized his over seven years of experience in traditional markets to understand the potential of cryptocurrencies.

  • Jessica Walker

    Head of Media
    SiGMA Group

    Jessica started her broadcast journalism career specializing in business and finance for a Swiss Bank. During her time in Switzerland, she became aware of the potential of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. She relocated to Malta to launch the first blockchain tv station in 2018 and has proceeded to work with large corporate events focusing on blockchain and emerging tech. Jessica's true passion is to help bridge the knowledge gap for newcomers.

  • Mati Greenspan

    Founder & CEO
    Quantum Economics

    An investment specialist with an eye for the latest market trends and trading opportunities.
    Having been involved in financial markets his entire life and paper-trading from the age of 13, he is the co-author of the book The Complete Guide to Fintech and Investing and is a licensed portfolio manager in the European Union. Mati has a unique way of viewing and explaining what’s happening in the financial markets, and helping people spot the best investment opportunities. His expertise is particularly strong in the field of cryptocurrencies where he is known as one of the industry’s top analysts. His market commentary is frequently quoted in financial news sites like Bloomberg, CNBC, Thomson Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and many more.

  • Zia Word

    Founder
    Findy Ventures

    Zia is an experienced entrepreneur with two exits. Involved in blockchain startups since 2013, she was co-founder & CSO of crypto & blockchain ecosystem chozun 途赞 in China. She now consults in the space and is currently building Findy Ventures to invest into killer upcoming blockchain, crypto, Web 3 & FinTech startups. Zia regularly appears on Sky Business News and speaks all over the world at events. She was voted one of the Top Ten Most Influential by The Crypto Magazine.

  • Jon Karas

    President, Co-Founder
    Infinity Management

    Finance, Entertainment and Technology industry entrepreneur, seasoned capital formation leader, film producer, and talent representative. With over 25 years in the entertainment and finance industries, Jon is a major force at the intersection of celebrity and social good. He is a founding Advisory Board member of Slate Entertainment Group, creator of disruptive crypto-driven streaming and ticketing platforms. As a veteran of the William Morris Agency, he founded Infinity Management International in 1990, which represents top record producers, film and television writers, directors, and producers. He began his career practicing transactional and securities law at two major law firms on Park Avenue in New York.

  • Lynn Liss

    Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder
    Akoin

    Social Impact entrepreneur, operating executive, driving financial revolutions and related technology, partnerships and business models. Lynn has over 10+ years in the social impact sector; advising, executing and operating innovating business models for world change. An early mover in the 'blockchain for good' space, Lynn was a founding partner at ICO Impact Group, providing advisement to blockchain companies and new cryptocurrencies with a social impact. Over 10+ years as an executive consultant with leading firms BearingPoint and CGI-AMS providing strategic advisement and deploying innovative technology with Fortune 500s, including negotiating a $20M+ deal signed by the COO of Microsoft. Combined with an MBA in Strategy/Finance from the University of Chicago, Lynn has deep networks and experience across the startup, venture capital, entertainment, finance, technology, and social good sectors.

  • Nikolaj Lollike

    Head of Integrations
    Maker Foundation

    At the Maker Foundation, Nikolaj Lollike is in charge of leading an international team of integration engineers, and managing integration projects with external partners seeking to base their systems on the Maker protocol. Nikolaj has worked with smart contract solutions since 2015, when he co-founded the Copenhagen Ethereum Meetup group and published acclaimed research on the applications of Ethereum. Prior to joining the Maker Foundation, Nikolaj worked at Nets Group, as an innovation specialist with a focus on blockchain payment solutions.

  • Mitchell Moos

    Managing Editor
    CryptoBriefing

    Mitchell is a software enthusiast and the managing editor at CryptoBriefing. His first startup built algorithms for optimizing cryptocurrency mining. He was previously the editor at CryptoSlate. Prior to journalism, Mitchell was a product manager at a company that built distributed software on Hyperledger.

  • Michelle Chivunga N

    Founder/CEO/Investor
    Global Policy House

    Board Member of African Union Taskforce on Digital Trade and Transformation for Africa. Adviser to President/Premier Bermuda and Board member of the Government of Bermuda Global Fintech Advisory BoardChair of International/ Foreign Affairs Committee & Senior Regional Adviser (Africa) -British Blockchain Association Fintech4Good Senior Adviser-New York WEI Forward/UN  Women Economic Empowerment Champion

  • Alexandre Kech

    CEO
    Onchain Custodian

    Alexandre started his career in finance as a custody clerk in a bank. Thanks to his hard work, he climbed up the career ladder to Head of Securities & FX APAC at SWIFT and now the CEO of a fintech start-up.In 2013 Alex became more involved in the crypto and blockchain world. During his time at SWIFT, Alex had the opportunity to participate directly in blockchain POCs and projects - which helped him realise that this was the future of fintech.
    Today, Alex is the CEO of Onchain Custodian. Headquartered in Singapore, the company offers a global, standardised, insured and compliant custody service for the safekeeping of institutional digital asset investments.

  • Pietro Grassano

    Business Solutions Director – Europe
    Algorand

    Prior to joining blockchain technology company Algorand, Inc. Pietro was at J.P. Morgan Asset Management from 2002 until 2019, where he was Country Head for France since 2014: beforehand he had been Head of Sales for Italy and responsible for business in Greece. Before 2002, he held commercial functions at BNP Paribas Asset Management in Milan. He has more than 20 years of experience in the asset management sector. He was previously a consultant in the financial pole of Andersen Consulting. Pietro started his career in Brussels, in a commodities trading company. He holds a Master in Economics and Social Sciences (DES) from Bocconi University in Milan, and a baccalaureate in humanism (maturità classica) at the "Andrea Doria" High School in Novi Ligure. He is a proud supporter of the Torino Calcio football team.

  • Sébastien Borget

    Co-founder and COO
    The Sandbox

    Sébastien Borget is the Co-founder and COO of Pixowl (acquired by Animoca Brands in 2018) as well as TSB Gaming, developer of The Sandbox franchise (40M players). Passionate for blockchain technology, gaming and education, he is a very active speaker and evangelist on the opportunity Non-Fungible Tokens brings to gaming. He is now building the metaverse with The Sandbox, one of the 2019’s most anticipated and top ranked blockchain games (#13 in the Top 50), that is empowering players through NFTs, enabling them to own, buy, sell and trade their 3D voxel creations on their Marketplace and use them in their Game Maker. Sebastien also became a board member of the Blockchain Game Alliance in 2020.

  • Jolanda ter Maten

    International Blockchain Strategic Innovation Advisor

    Jolanda ter Maten has spent almost three decades simplifying technical jargon for her clients. Starting with the first desktop computers back in the 1980's, then the Internet at the beginning of the 1990's and now New Technology like Blockchain. She helps the non-technical business professional understand the opportunities and threats of new technology, such as Blockchain, so they understand what it is all about, how it will affect them and so they can make the best possible strategic decisions.cShe works as an advisor for the Dutch Blockchain Coalition. She is a member of the European Commission working group Blockchain Observatory and Forum. She also works as an EU expert as an Evaluator. That means that she evaluates Blockchain proposals for the Horizon2020 project that grants funds to innovative projects in Europe. And finally, she is a trainer, consultant and keynote speaker to help create awareness on New Technology, making it accessible for everybody.

  • Alex Connolly

    CTO
    Immutable

    Alex Connolly is CTO at Immutable, the makers of the Ethereum based #1 blockchain dapp “Gods Unchained”, and one of gaming’s fastest-growing startups. Having recently raised $22million, Immutable are scaling mainstream adoption of decentralized gaming economies.

  • Ido Sadeh Man

    Founder & Chairman of the Board
    Saga

    Starting his professional life as a jazz musician, over the last decade, Ido has led product and development for several Israeli startups including Odysii (sold to Gilbarco Veeder-Root, NYSE: FTV), and Mobli where he was COO. Ido founded Saga in 2017, reserve-backed worldwide money, complementing national currencies, accepted by acclaimed financial institutions and governed by its holders.

  • Jorge Sebastião

    CTO Eco-System
    Huawei Technologies

    A seasoned CTO, Advisor and International speaker, with experience in Blockchain, Cyber Security, AI, IoT, 5G, Cloud Computing, Disaster Recovery, Bigdata, & Managed Services. Jorge is professional advisor in several innovative startups using disruptive technologies with focus on generating business value. He created the powerful framework A 6 of security: Assess, Assess, Apply, Administer, Awareness & Agility. Jorge is a regular speaker at international conferences

  • Galen Law-Kun

    Crypto Team
    PwC Crypto

    Galen Law-Kun is a part of the PwC Crypto Team, focusing on Global Crypto Initiatives and co-Founder of Double Peak Investments, a family office in Hong Kong specialising in Digital Assets. At PwC, Galen works with the world’s leading Crypto Exchanges, Crypto Funds, Token Issuers and a broad range of clients from Regulators to Financial Institutions. He is an appointed mentor for the Hong Kong Government Cyberport Incubator Program, and is currently serving a three-year term providing mentorship, seminars, training and participates in committees for FinTech & Blockchain projects.

  • Nic Watt

    Consultant
    Gods Unchained

    An experienced and dedicated entrepreneur and innovator. Who has helped billion dollar companies like Riot Games increase sales and engagement by 1000% with simple and effective research and design changes.Working with everyone who is anyone in gaming from Nintendo to Immutable, Nic has been instrumental in implementing groundbreaking blockchain gaming innovations such as Play to Earn, Share to Earn, Make to Earn, Curate to Earn and Play for Keeps which all have the potential to democratise how people across the world profit from their time.

  • Ophelia Snyder

    Co-founder & Chief Product Officer
    21Shares

    Ophelia began her career working for a venture capital company based in Menlo Park. After her MBA, she became a banker specializing in technology mergers and acquisitions at UBS and Evercore, advising on multi-billion dollar financings. She founded 21Shares as Chief Product Officer and President, with a mandate to structure innovative financial products and develop a settlement infrastructure for the crypto space. In the short time of 1.5 years, 21Shares launched 11 fully-collateralized, institutional grade ETPs on the regulated segment of the largest stock exchange in Switzerland.
    She holds a Bachelor of Science from Stanford and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

  • Alex Batlin

    CEO and Founder
    Trustology

    Alex is an entrepreneur with extensive banking and blockchain experience. Previously, at BNY Mellon, Alex was Blockchain Lead and founding head of Emerging Business & Technology team. At UBS, he was founding head of a blockchain-focused FinTech Innovation Lab in UK's Level 39 accelerator. Alex co-founded Utility Settlement Coin, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and Trusted IoT consortias, and was featured in the 2015 FinTech Finance35 and 2016 FinTech 40 lists.

  • Bora Erdamar

    Founder and Director
    BlockchainIST Center

    Bora Erdamar is the founder and director of BlockchainIST Center which is the first University R&D center on Blockchain Technology in Turkey. He is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Bahçeşehir University and also the coordinator of Fintech Masters Program and the director of BAU Experimental Economics Lab. After completing his PhD in Economics (with highest honor) at Ecole Polytechnique, he visited Columbia University, Paris School of Economics, Higher School of Economics and University of Rochester for research and post-doctoral studies. His research interests are Political Economy, Game Theory, Blockchain Technology, Experimental Economics and Mechanism Design Theory.

  • Xander van der Heijden

    Founder & CEO
    UNL

    Xander is the founder and CEO of UNL, a smart addressing platform for navigation and location-based services. A serial entrepreneur and venture builder, Xander has 20+ years of experience in building tech startups. He started his first company back in 1996, building one of world’s first patented cloud architectures. Xander is a pioneer in distributed & network computing, releasing the first open source encryption library and implementing distributed security frameworks. 

  • Tom Meredith

    Founder & CEO
    BitMinutes

    Tom Meredith is founder and CEO of BitMinutes, a leader in tokenizing pre-paid mobile minutes and minutes based micro-lending. Tom is a serial entrepreneur who has been crafting solutions in online security, peer-to-peer (P2P) lending and other ventures for over a decade. He founded P2P Cash in the mid-2010s to focus on the fintech space, which led to the creation of Smart Token Chain, a breakthrough combination of blockchain advances, cryptocurrency innovation, and cybersecurity mandates. He founded BitMinutes to apply these new tools to the social mission of profitably removing the structural constraints on the expansion of financial service delivery globally  

  • Julius Mwale

    Principal Investor
    Mwale Medical and Technology City

    Mr. Julius Mwale is a successful industrial entrepreneur, and investor with more than 20 years of proven track record in innovative investments in Technology, Energy, Health, Retail and Construction industries. Currently Mr. Mwale is a Principal of the US $ 2 billion Mwale Medical and Technology City (MMTC) based in Western Kenya. As a lead investor of MMTC he invested and mobilized over US $ 2 billion to build the new City with a 100% green concept and began construction in 2014. The City is 85% complete as of December 2019 and is expected to be fully completed by December 2020 and will be the first smart city in the world to operate exclusively on blockchain. Mr. Mwale’s company and technologies were key to enabling the establishment of mobile digital identity infrastructure that became a secure foundation for digital money transfer services worldwide. Mr. Mwale currently sits on the boards mainly as chairman of more than 20 companies in Technology, Retail, Pharmaceutical, Health, Construction, Hospitality, Human Resources, Energy, and Engineering industries. Since 2007 he has been the Chairman of the New York based American Institute for African Development (AIAD).

  • On Yavin

    Founder & CEO
    Cointelligence

    On Yavin is the Founder and CEO of Cointelligence and the blockchain and cryptocurrency education platform Cointelligence Academy. Since 2017, he has been dedicated to championing cryptocurrency and the blockchain. On works tirelessly to build the cryptocurrency community, bank the unbanked, fight corruption, and make education accessible to people around the world.

  • Roxana Nasoi

    CSO at Tagion (i25s Aps)
    Partner at Aimedis
  • David Johnston

    Managing Director
    Yeoman’s Capital
  • Bora Erdamar

    Founder and Director
    BlockchainIST Center
  • Jonathan Knegtel

    CEO / Co Founder
    BlockData
  • Jonathan Levi

    CEO
    HACERA
  • Gari Singh

    CTO, IBM Blockchain
    IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software
  • Ernesto Contreras

    Head of Business Development
    Dash
  • Alex Alexandrov

    Founder & CEO of Velas
    Velas.com, CoinPayments.net

    Canadian of Ukrainian descent Alex Alexandrov is a prominent blockchain and crypto entrepreneur, investor and visioner, one of crypto pioneers and early adopters of Bitcoin and Litecoin. He is well-known in the scene as the founder of CoinPayments – world’s #1 payment gateway for cryptocurrencies. In 2019 he founded Velas, an AI-powered blockchain ecosystem startup based in Switzerland’s ‘Crypto Valley’ that received very positive traction lately. Alex is also an advisor and investor of Mind AI – a known Korean AI startup. He is consulting the FBI, Europol and several national governments on technology, cybersecurity, blockchain and AI implementation.

  • Kirill Suslov

    co-founder
    TabTrader
  • Miko Matsumara

    Co-Founder
    Evercoin
  • Cecilia Chapiro

    Investment Adviser
    UNICEF Ventures
  • Andrew Batey

    Co-CEO & co-founder
    Beatdapp
  • Remington Ong

    Partner
    Fenbushi Capital

    Remington Ong is a partner at Fenbushi Capital, one of the earliest and most active blockchain-focused venture capital firms, where he has managed investments into over 40 leading startups around the world leveraging blockchain technology to disrupt a wide range of industries. He is also an advisor to BlockAsset, a leading digital asset investment firm. He has over 10 years of experience in investment banking and private equity in China, including as a senior analyst covering Asia TMT at Merrill Lynch and as a management consultant at L.E.K. Consulting. He is also an experienced entrepreneur whose startups have attracted funding from top global VCs. Remington graduated with an MBA from INSEAD and a BS in Electrical Engineering from UCLA.

  • Sunil Bhat

    Bitfinex

    Sunil Bhat leads marketing for Bitfinex Token Sales and is focused on launching the next generation of high quality crypto projects. Having started his career at Google, Sunil was at the heart of the online marketing and mobile advertising revolution. As a part of Google's sales and marketing teams, he was instrumental in moving hundreds of millions of dollars worth of advertising spend from traditional advertising to online advertising channels. Driven by his passion for marketing innovative technologies, Sunil helps blockchain companies to define and execute their token marketing strategies.

  • Erhan Korhaliller

    Founder EAK Digital & Istanbul Blockchain Week

    Erhan Korhaliller is the Founder and CEO of EAK Digital, a specialist blockchain PR agency. Prior to launching EAK Digital, Erhan previously managed large scale project teams for blue-chip brands such as Nike, Rolls Royce, and Vodafone, successfully guiding his teams to multiple advertising awards, including a platinum award from Campaign Magazine. Erhan continues to lead from the front, giving PR a voice in the blockchain industry as a speaker at global events.

  • Chris Dawe

    Co-Founder & CEO
    Effect.AI

    Chris is an athlete-turned-entrepreneur passionate about how blockchain and distributed ledger technology can create socio-economic change in global regions that need gateways to opportunity. As a Chief Executive Officer, he is responsible for guiding the vision of the crypto project Effect.AI, described as an Open,Democratic and Decentralized Network for Artificial Intelligence.Effect.AI, founded in 2016, builds blockchain software platforms which combine the intelligence of 1000’s of humans and cutting-edge algorithms to create automation pipelines for sophisticated digital processes.When he isn’t working, you’ll find Chris butchering Guns N’Roses tunes on his Gibson Les Paul or hunting down giant game fish with his spearguns in South East Asia.

  • Robert “Crypto” Beadles

    Co-Founder
    Monarch Wallet

    Robert “Crypto” Beadles is a Christian, father, husband, seasoned business builder; investor, author, prominent Blockchain & Cryptocurrency educator on TV, YouTube, TradingView Sessions, and throughout the world. Robert is responsible for starting and growing one of the largest construction service businesses in CA, a software development, real estate investment firm, and many more. Beadles is also the builder and Co-Founder of the Monarch Wallet, MonarchPay and is a member of the C4 Crypto Consortium.

  • Nate Whitehill

    CEO
    CryptoSlate

    Nate Whitehill is an experienced technology entrepreneur, programmer and web developer, with nearly two decades of experience building web applications. In August of 2017, he built and launched CryptoSlate, now one of the top destinations for crypto news, data and information about people, products and companies. Over the past 2 years, CryptoSlate has become one of the largest crypto news site in the world by Alexa ranking, serving over 250,000 visitors per month.

  • Kyn Chaturvedi

    CBDO
    TomoChain

    Kyn Chaturvedi is an early cryptocurrency investor and the Chief Business Development Officer for TomoChain, South East Asia's largest public blockchain. His 15 year professional career spans 7 countries as a technology entrepreneur and management consultant for startups. Kyn also holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and Bachelor Degrees in both Industrial Engineering & Economics from Georgia Tech.

  • Jesus Rodriguez

    CTO
    IntoTheBlock

    Jesus Rodriguez is a technology expert, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and internationally recognized speaker and author. A computer scientist by background, Jesus is the Chief Technology Officer at IntoTheBlock, a platform that leverages advanced machine learning to understand and predict crypto-asset markets. Jesus is also the Chief Scientist and Managing Partner at Invector Labs, a development studio focused on leveraging artificial intelligence in real world applications. Prior to Invector Labs, Jesus founded Tellago, an award-winning software development agency focused on the latest technology trends. Jesus’ technical career includes tenures building cloud systems at Microsoft and quantitative trading platforms for several Wall Street hedge funds. Jesus has been the recipient of several industry awards including the Inc. 500 and Stevie Awards for American and international business. He serves as a board member in several enterprise software companies and is an investor in over a dozen of startups.

  • Edward Moncada

    CEO & Co-founder
    Blockfolio

    Ed is co-founder and CEO of Blockfolio, the worlds #1 mobile crypto portfolio tracker. He is passionate about bringing cryptocurrency adoption to the mainstream, DAOs and decentralized governance, and 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.

  • Jose Macedo

    Partner
    Amazix Capital
  • Bruno Macchialli

    Executive Head of Operations
    Delchain Limited

    Bruno is Executive Head of Operations at Delchain Limited, a licensed Financial Digital Asset institution that provides Capital Markets, Custody and Advisory services. He is an experienced and knowledgeable Financial and Blockchain advisor. Over the last years, he has worked with numerous clients to help them grow their business from early stage. Bruno has been involved with a number of successful IEO’s and has quarterbacked projects from beginning to end.

  • Gregory Klumov

    CEO
    Stasis
  • Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr

    Managing Editor & Head of Features
    CoinTelegraph

    Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr is managing editor and head of features at Cointelegraph. M.A. in political science and classical philology she is a passionate communicator promoting innovations, translating them into simple languages and helping visionaries to be heard.

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