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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Roger Ver

    Executive Chairman
    Bitcoin.com

    After founding several successful companies in Silicon Valley, Roger began his Bitcoin journey in February 2011. Years before traditional venture capital firms became involved, he became the first person in the world to start investing in Bitcoin related-startups, and nearly single-handedly funded the entire first generation of Bitcoin businesses. His current investments include Bitcoin, Blockchain, BitPay, Kraken FX, and many many others. In his free time, he enjoys competing in Brazilian Jujitsu tournaments.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lili Zhao

    Director
    Neo Global Development

    Lili Zhao is the director of Neo Global Development, the operational arm of the open-source and community driven Neo blockchain. Additionally, she is the creator of a non-profit passion project which is devoted to the humanity of digital being.  Lili is very excited to unveil the name and ethos of the project at the BlockDown conference and look forward to nurturing it with the community. Lili held board postion at both public-listed company and non-profit organisation. Prior to being in the blockchain space, she had leadership roles in diverse sectors such as banking, education and media. Lili was born in China, holds an MBA from University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and a Bachelor of Economics from University of 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Roger Ver

    Executive Chairman
    Bitcoin.com

    After founding several successful companies in Silicon Valley, Roger began his Bitcoin journey in February 2011. Years before traditional venture capital firms became involved, he became the first person in the world to start investing in Bitcoin related-startups, and nearly single-handedly funded the entire first generation of Bitcoin businesses. His current investments include Bitcoin, Blockchain, BitPay, Kraken FX, and many many others. In his free time, he enjoys competing in Brazilian Jujitsu tournaments.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Jose Mercado

    Partner
    Amazix 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
  • Gregory Klumov

    CEO
    Stasis
  • 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.

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