Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies have been one of the most talked about innovations over the last few years
with promise of disruptive innovations and new ways decentralization can help various industries or people
around the globe. This year’s SFF X BlockShow collaboration looks to bridge innovations from this space to
the wide FinTech industry, to craft a common future that both can build together.
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss co-founded Gemini, a cryptocurrency exchange and custodian, to empower the
individual through crypto. Gemini is a New York Trust company that allows customers to buy, sell, and
store more than 30 cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ether, zcash, and litecoin. They
graduated from Harvard University with degrees in Economics in 2004 and earned their MBAs from Oxford
University in 2010. Together, they represented the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing,
China, placing 6th in the Men’s Pair event. Cameron and Tyler have been angel investors and entrepreneurs
in emerging technologies since 2003. They began investing in bitcoin in 2012 and launched Gemini in 2015.
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss co-founded Gemini, a cryptocurrency exchange and custodian, to empower the
individual through crypto. Gemini is a New York Trust company that allows customers to buy, sell, and
store more than 30 cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ether, zcash, and litecoin. They
graduated from Harvard University with degrees in Economics in 2004 and earned their MBAs from Oxford
University in 2010. Together, they represented the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing,
China, placing 6th in the Men’s Pair event. Cameron and Tyler have been angel investors and entrepreneurs
in emerging technologies since 2003. They began investing in bitcoin in 2012 and launched Gemini in 2015.
Changpeng Zhao (CZ)
Changpeng Zhao, known as CZ, is a serial entrepreneur with an impressive track record of successful
startups. He launched Binance in July 2017 and within 180 days, grew Binance 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. CZ is a Chinese-Canadian coder who spent his youth flipping
burgers before studying at McGill University Montreal. He then spent time in Tokyo and New York, first
building systems for matching trade orders, then developing software for Bloomberg's futures trading on
Wall Street. 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.
Akoin Chairman and Co-Founder
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
Formerly CTO of Coinbase
Formerly General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz
Balaji S. Srinivasan is currently angel investing and taking some time off. Formerly the CTO of Coinbase
and General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, he was also the cofounder of Earn.com (acquired by Coinbase),
Counsyl (acquired by Myriad), Teleport (acquired by Topia), and Coin Center. Prior to joining Coinbase,
Dr. Srinivasan was CEO at Earn.com, which was acquired by Coinbase. Before taking the CEO role at
Earn.com, he was a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to joining Andreessen Horowitz, he was
the cofounder and CTO of Counsyl, where he won a Wall Street Journal Innovation Award for Medicine and was
named to the MIT TR35. Dr. Srinivasan holds a BS, MS, and PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MS in
Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. He also teaches the occasional class at Stanford, including
an online MOOC in 2013 which reached 250,000+ students worldwide. You can reach him at
Vitalik is the creator of Ethereum, the most popular protocol in blockchain. He first discovered
blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies through Bitcoin in 2011, and was immediately excited by the
technology and its potential. He cofounded Bitcoin Magazine in September 2011, and after two and a half
years looking at what the existing blockchain technology and applications had to offer, wrote the Ethereum
white paper in November 2013. He now leads Ethereum's research team, working on future versions of the
Ethereum, ConsenSys Co-Founder
Joseph Lubin is a co-founder of Ethereum and founder and CEO of ConsenSys, one of the world's leading
blockchain technology companies. In 2014, Joseph co-founded the Ethereum Project and founded ConsenSys to
focus on building infrastructure, developer tools, and decentralized applications on the Ethereum
platform. Prior to working on Ethereum, Lubin’s career focused on the intersection of cryptography,
engineering, and finance, including his role as VP of Technology in Private Wealth Management at Goldman
Sachs. Joseph graduated cum laude with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from
Circle Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO
Jeremy Allaire is Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Circle, a global financial technology firm that enables
businesses of all sizes to harness the power of stablecoins and public blockchains for payments and
commerce. Founded in 2013, Circle is the pioneer of USD Coin (USDC), the fastest growing, fully-reserved,
and regulated digital dollar stablecoin. Governed by the Centre Consortium, and led by Circle and
Coinbase, USDC has grown by nearly 500% in 2020, from a market cap of just over $400 million to more than
$2.6 billion, with more than $200 million in new issuance being added every week. Previously, Mr. Allaire
co-founded and led multiple global internet technology companies with thousands of employees, hundreds of
millions of consumers served, and multiple successful public offerings on NASDAQ. He has provided expert
testimony on digital assets and monetary policy before the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security &
Government Affairs, US Senate Banking Committee, and he has been named to the International Monetary Fund
(IMF) High-Level Advisory Group on FinTech. Mr. Allaire provides perspective and policy recommendations at
the highest levels inside financial bodies across the US, UK, and Europe.
FalconX Head of Institutional Coverage
Aya has spent the last few years scaling FinTech companies and currently drives Strategy and Business
Operations at FalconX, an institutional digital asset brokerage backed by Accel Partners, Flybridge
Capital and Lightspeed Ventures. Previously, Aya worked at Pantera Capital, the first cryptocurrency fund
in the United States, founded in 2013, directly supporting Dan Morehead, CEO as well as Bill Healy,
Pantera’s President. Aya has worked intimately with over 60 portfolio companies prior to joining FalconX
to expand adoption in the ecosystem. Prior to Pantera Capital, Aya was an Investment Manager at Tegus, a
buy-side investor research startup focused on TMT investments, joining as the team’s first-hire and
scaling offices in both San Francisco and Chicago. Aya graduated with a double major in International
Affairs and Finance from the George Washington University.
lliana Oris Valiente
Accenture Managing Director
Iliana Oris Valiente (CPA, CA, CBP) is a Managing Director at Accenture, where she is responsible for
Canada's Innovation Strategy. Iliana works closely with clients, including corporate Boards, to support
their strategic transformations – bringing together specialists in design, data, and emerging
technologies, along with diverse industry experts to inspire change, drive leadership alignment around a
vision, and to bring actionable insights forward towards proof of concepts, pilots, and scale. This also
extends to bringing multi-stakeholder groups to the table to drive collaborative solutions to shared
challenges. Iliana is also widely credited for being a trailblazer in the blockchain industry, leading
initiatives to conceptualize and build blockchain solutions across industries. Iliana has strong views on
how the network effects of this technology will impact multiple industry verticals, and how it will
radically change many status quo business models. Iliana is extensively involved with the broader
technology and innovation community outside of Accenture – she’s a contributor to the Tapscott-led
Blockchain Research Institute, is an Associate at the Creative Destruction Lab, and was elected to the CPA
Ontario Council in 2020. Based in Toronto, Iliana graduated summa cum laude from the University of Ottawa
with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and is a certified public accountant. Iliana a published author and
sought-after speaker, having presented at a number of North American and European conferences and events.
She has been featured in print and online media, radio and television outlets including CNBC, CBC, NPR,
BetaKit, IT World Canada, American Banker, and was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People In the
Blockchain Industry by Coindesk in 2017.
Xfers CEO and Co-founder
TianWei Liu is the co-founder and CEO of Xfers. Xfers is a Major Payment Institution (“MPI”) licensed for
e-money issuance, and is only one of five MPIs to do so. Xfers aims to accelerate financial access within
Southeast Asia by enabling businesses to accept payments and send money. Xfers boasts a range of last-mile
financial rails including the Xfers Send, Xfers Accept, Xfers Wallet, and the StraitsX stablecoin. Xfers
currently has offices in 3 regions and has served more than 10 million end-users. In 2019, Xfers processed
more than 170 million USD in transactions. Xfers is currently supported by well-known VCs such as Golden
Gate Ventures, Y Combinator, and Quest Ventures. Prior to founding Xfers, TianWei was a software
development engineer for WIMM Labs (acquired by Google in late 2012) and Amazon Lab126. TianWei holds a
Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering) degree from the National University of Singapore.
CoinHako Co-founder, CEO
Yusho Liu is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Coinhako, Singapore’s leading
cryptocurrency platform. One of Singapore’s earliest homegrown cryptocurrency pioneers, Yusho is a
seasoned professional within the spheres of trading and marketing, and co-founded Coinhako with his
long-time friend Gerry Eng in 2014, with the aspirations of bringing Bitcoin and other digital assets to
mainstream consumers in Asia.
BlockFi CEO and Founder
Zac's experience includes leadership roles at multiple successful tech companies. Initially in adtech,
where he was a part of two successful acquisitions, Admeld (Acquired by Google) and Sociomantic (acquired
by DunnHumby). Prior to starting BlockFi, he led business development teams at Orchard Platform, a broker
dealer and RIA in the online lending sector, and Zibby, an online consumer lender. He graduated Cum Laude
from Texas State University with a BA in International Business and a minor in Spanish.
Sergey Nazarov is the co-founder of Chainlink, the leading decentralized oracle network, used by
enterprises (SWIFT, Google, Oracle), blockchain and DeFi teams (Aave, Synthetix, and many others). Working
with leading banks, insurance companies and large technology firms on the creation of “universally
connected smart contracts”, gives him a unique perspective on what is required to bring smart contracts
forward for enterprise adoption. Currently, 80%+ of smart contracts require external data feeds such as
market prices, IoT events, and shipping data. These smart contracts need a secure reliable way to connect
to this off-chain data, the capability Chainlink uniquely provides.
Pantera Capital CEO & Investor
Dan founded Pantera Capital in 2003 – managing a billion dollars in hedge fund strategies. He previously
served as Head of Macro Trading and CFO at Tiger Management with Julian Robertson. Dan began his career as
a Collateralized Mortgage Obligation trader at Goldman Sachs. Dan graduated magna cum laude from Princeton
University with a B.S. in Structural Engineering and received the Carmichael Prize for his thesis. Pantera
Capital is the first institutional investment firm focused exclusively on bitcoin, other digital
currencies, and companies in the blockchain tech ecosystem. Pantera launched the first cryptocurrency fund
in the United States when bitcoin was at $65/BTC in 2013. The firm subsequently launched the first
exclusively-blockchain venture fund and recently concluded raising its third venture fund. In 2017 Pantera
was the first firm to offer a pre-auction ICO fund. Pantera Bitcoin Fund has returned over 16,000% in
seven years and has returned billions to its investors. Pantera currently manages $700mm in capital in
seven funds in three product groups – passive, hedge, and venture.
Stellar Development Foundation
CEO and Executive Director
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
Mr. Levey brings years of leadership in the public and private sectors and deep experience in banking,
finance, regulatory policy and national security to the Libra Association. He will be based in Washington,
D.C. Mr. Levey is currently the Chief Legal Officer for HSBC Holdings, a global bank with 235,000
employees across 64 countries and $53 billion in operating income in 2019. He manages a legal department
with more than 900 lawyers in 50 countries and is responsible for all legal advice provided to the Chief
Executive, other senior management, and the Board. He also sits on the Group Executive Committee
responsible for executive oversight of the entire firm. Prior to joining HSBC, Mr. Levey served in the
U.S. Department of the Treasury as the first Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence
under Presidents Bush and Obama. During his tenure, Mr. Levey led financial strategies to counter threats
to U.S. national security and protect the integrity of the financial system. He oversaw the implementation
and enforcement of U.S. sanctions by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and he was responsible
for the implementation and enforcement of all U.S. civil anti-money laundering and counter terrorist
financing laws by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Prior to his Treasury appointment,
Mr. Levey served in several senior roles at the U.S. Department of Justice, including as the Principal
Associate Deputy Attorney General. He joined the Justice Department in 2001 after 11 years in private
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Global Head of Wholesale Payments
Takis Georgakopoulos is head of Wholesale Payments for J.P. Morgan's Corporate & Investment Bank (CIB)
and a member of the firm’s Operating Committee. Wholesale Payments is a business that combines cash
management, payment solutions and merchant services to corporate clients, financial institutions and
governments. In this role, he oversees the Product, Client Service & Implementations and Sales teams
globally. Prior to this role, from 2013 to 2017, he served as the head of Strategy and Chief of Staff for
the Corporate & Investment Bank, developing and executing the firm’s strategic initiatives. Before
that, Takis spent four years in London building J.P. Morgan’s Global Corporate Bank, first as Chief
Financial Officer and then as global head of Coverage for Multinational clients. Takis first joined J.P.
Morgan in 2007 as head of Corporate Strategy. In that role, he worked on a broad range of strategy issues
for the firm’s Operating Committee. Before J.P. Morgan, Takis was a partner at McKinsey & Company in
New York, where he advised major banks and Asset Managers, and helped lead McKinsey’s Asset Management
practice. Takis has a Ph.D. in Mathematical Economics, an MA in Mathematics of Finance and an
undergraduate degree in Computer Science, studying in Greece and at Columbia University in the U.S. He
sits on the boards of the Neuroscience Institute, the Program for Financial Studies of the Business School
and the Graduate School of Arts and Science all at Columbia University.
J. Christopher Giancarlo
Willkie Farr & Gallagher Senior Counsel
J. Christopher “Chris” Giancarlo is senior counsel, based in the firm’s New York office. Chris served as
the thirteenth Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), where he oversaw
regulation of the futures, options and swaps derivatives markets. Chris was also a successful entrepreneur
helping GFI Group Inc. grow into a leading trading platform and technology vendor to global markets for
OTC swaps and other derivatives.
NFX General Partner
Gigi is a founding partner of NFX, a $275m leading seed venture firm in Silicon Valley and Israel. He
founded 6 startups over the years including Playtika and Inception and invested in many others including
Kenshoo, Moon Active, Plarium, MyHeritage, Optimove, Selina, Houseparty, R2Net, SimilarWeb, NanoRep,
Replay Technology, SpaceApe and others. Gigi serves on the Supervisory Board of Bertelsmann as well as on
the client advisory council of Facebook. Prior to NFX Gigi served as the CEO of 888 Holdings (LSE: 888.L)
as well as other senior roles between his various startups. Before entering the business world, Gigi
served as a pilot in the Israeli Air Force. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg school of management. Gigi
sits on the board of MEET (Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow), the prominent Israeli-Palestinian
educational organization (http://meet.mit.edu/) and is a member of the advisory board of the Technology
Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship MBA in the Tel Aviv University. Gigi is married to Daphi
Levy-Weiss and is the father of Alex, Michael and Itamar, his 3 most important and successful start-ups.
Meltem Demirors is Chief Strategy Officer of CoinShares, an investment firm that manages billions in
assets on behalf of a global investor base, and is a trusted partner to investors and entrepreneurs
navigating the digital asset ecosystem. Meltem oversees the firm’s managed strategies group and its New
York office, and leads corporate development as a board director. Previously, she was part of the founding
team of Digital Currency Group. She teaches at MIT and Oxford, and serves on the WEF Blockchain Council.
Paxos CEO and Co-founder
Charles Cascarilla is the CEO and co-founder of Paxos, a financial technology company mobilizing assets at
the speed of the internet. With over 20 years of experience in financial services, Charles has a unique
perspective on integrating blockchain technology with traditional systems. Before Paxos, Charles
co-founded institutional asset management complex Cedar Hill Capital Partners in 2005 and its
blockchain-focused venture capital subsidiary, Liberty City Ventures (LCV), in 2012. Through LCV, Chad has
invested in many promising blockchain companies including Abra, BitGo, BRD, Earn.com and more. He was a
founding member of CoinCenter and the Association for Digital Asset Markets. Earlier in his career,
Charles was a portfolio manager at Claiborne Capital and an analyst at both Bank of America Securities and
Goldman Sachs. He serves on the board of several charities and private companies including Project ALS and
The Centurion Foundation. Charles holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and is a CFA
Surojit is Chief Product Officer at Coinbase where he is responsible for Product Management, Product
Design, User Research and Program Management. Before his current role at Coinbase, Surojit was Vice
President and Head of Product for Google Shopping. Before that he worked as Senior Vice President and Head
of Product & Design at Flipkart, India from 2015-2017. Previously, Surojit was a founding member of
Google's mobile search ads product and helped make mobile search ads a growth engine for Google, growing
it into a business that grossed tens of billions of dollars yearly. Surojit has an MBA from MIT Sloan
School of Management, a B. Tech in Computer Science from IIT Kharagpur and an MS in Computer Science from
SUNY at Buffalo. Surojit has 33 granted US patents to his name in distributed computing, payments, mobile
advertising and location based technologies. Surojit is also an active angel investor in many technology
companies in Silicon Valley and India.
Greyscale Investments Managing Director
Michael Sonnenshein is the Managing Director at Grayscale Investments, the world’s largest digital
currency asset manager with more than $5.9 billion in assets under management across its family of 10
products – all of which provide access and exposure to the digital currency asset class in the form of a
traditional security, without the challenges of buying, storing, and safekeeping digital currencies
directly. In his role, Michael oversees the daily operations and growth of the business, in addition to
maintaining many of the firm’s key client relationships including with financial advisors, family offices,
hedge funds, and other institutions as well as managing the development of Grayscale’s single-asset and
diversified digital currency products. Prior to joining Grayscale, Michael was a financial advisor at JP
Morgan Securities, covering HNW individuals and institutions, and an analyst at Barclays Wealth, providing
coverage to middle‐market hedge funds and institutions. Michael earned his Bachelor of Business
Administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and his Master of Business
Administration from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. Michael was honored in
2018 as one of Business Insider’s Rising Stars of Wall Street and serves as a member of the Grayscale
Board of Directors, CME Group Bitcoin Futures Council, and NYU Blockchain Association.
Ka Kay Lum
The Ken Staff Writer
Based in Kuala Lumpur, Ka Kay covers investment activities, aka following the money, across Southeast Asia
and in-depth stories on the often-overlooked Malaysian startup ecosystem. She was previously a regional
writer for Nikkei-owned DealStreetAsia.
Akoin President and Co-Founder
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.
Nasdaq Global Markets Reporter
Jill Malandrino, Global Markets Reporter, is the host of TradeTalks and regularly reports from the Nasdaq
MarketSite and Nasdaq PHLX Trading Floor. Jill’s coverage focuses on capital markets, digital assets,
financial literacy and Nasdaq products. Prior to joining Nasdaq, Jill was the Product Development Manager
for TheStreet’s OptionsProfits and reported from the Nasdaq, NYSE, Chicago Board of Trade, CBOE and NYMEX
trading floors. She was formerly on the institutional equity trading desks of Prudential Equity Group and
Shaun Djie is the co-founder of DigixGlobal and is also the founder of the Ethereum Singapore meetup group
- one of the largest in the world with over 8,00 members. Shaun is currently a Technical Committee Board
Member at the IT Standards Committee, organised by IMDA and Enterprise Singapore for Blockchain and
Distributed Ledger Technologies, ISO/TC 307. Shaun is also a Regional Partner at Kenetic Capital, an
institutional platform for blockchain advisory, technology and investment. He also co-authored
Cryptocurrency Wizards (2018), a first of its kind book that covers the testimonials of movers and shakers
in the Asian cryptocurrency ecosystem.
Reuters Chief Correspondent - Fintech
Anna Irrera is a Chief Correspondent at Reuters in London where she covers the financial technology sector
and technology related developments at some of the world’s largest financial institutions. In her role she
works on stories on topics at the intersection of Wall Street and Silicon Valley, including
cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology blockchain, peer-to-peer lending and online investing.
Anna was previously team leader for financial companies coverage and fintech correspondent for Reuters
based in in New York. She joined Reuters in 2016 having previously covered fintech for more than three
years at Financial News, a Dow Jones newspaper in London, where she played a key role in the publication’s
expanded fintech coverage. She joined Dow Jones in 2012 as an online reporter for Financial News, having
moved to the UK from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she worked at Reuters’, English language international
service. She holds M.S. degree (with honors) from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in
New York and a graduate degree in law from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.
As Director, [email protected], Prady is responsible for Temasek’s blockchain venture building efforts
and sector investments. Prady also focuses on Southeast Asia financial services investments in his
additional capacity as Director, Investment. Previously, Prady was involved in global financial services
investing at Temasek including the Americas, India, Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Temasek,
Prady worked with Morgan Stanley, Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen. He has an MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad
and is a qualified Chartered Accountant from India.
Joon Ian Wong
Cryptographic Media Owner
Joon Ian Wong develops narratives through gatherings at Amplified Event Strategy. He started CoinDesk's
Consensus conference in 2015 and scaled it globally. He has reported on cryptocurrencies since 2013 at
CoinDesk and Quartz. He has been named to Business Insider UK's Tech 100 and has been a finalist at the
Deadline Club awards. He is also researcher-in-residence at Rally.
Bloomberg LP Markets Editor
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.
Genesis Block CEO and Founder
Clement was astonished by his first encounter with Bitcoin during his visit to Argentina in 2013. So
locals would exchange their monthly wages to Bitcoins because they didn’t trust the government-backed fiat
currency. Clement is a critical participant in over 40 blockchain related projects. He’s an enthusiastic
supporter of Bitcoin and the distributed ledger technology. Clement is leading Genesis Block in business
development and partnerships. He works closely with academia, digital asset funds, blockchain start-ups
and key opinion leaders to grow and engage the community. Clement is a well-respected leader of the
rapidly growing Asia-Pacific digital asset community. Furthermore, he has a substantial role in advancing
Genesis Block’s profile in the market as a highly sought-after global event speaker.
MIT Director, Digital Currency Initiative
Neha Narula is the Director of the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, where her research
interests are in cryptocurrencies and distributed systems. She received her PhD in computer science from
MIT in 2015, where she published work on fast, scalable databases. Neha has has given a TED talk on the
future of money, was named to WIRED's list of 25 leaders shaping the next 25 years of technology, and was
listed on Fortune's Ledger 40 under 40. In a previous life, she helped relaunch the news aggregator Digg
and was a senior software engineer at Google.
BlockShow Head of Strategy
Gabriel is an Event business strategist with over 15 years of experience, working across top Asian event
hubs (Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok), and key industries (consumer goods, technology,
finance, government). His current role as the Head of Strategy at BlockShow makes him responsible for
pathing out event concepts and direction that focuses on showcasing the blockchain industry to the
mainstream tech world. BlockShow has also recently launched its global online conference - Unitize.online
in partnership with other blockchain stakeholders in the US and South Korea. By working extensively across
Asia has allowed him to witness firsthand how innovation has transformed the region. Gabriel is a coffee
snob—ask him the difference between a Mandehling and a Kenyan if you want to get your ear talked off.
Joshua Ashley Klayman
U.S. Head of Fintech and Head of Blockchain and Digital Assets
Josh is the firm’s U.S. Head of Fintech and Head of Blockchain and Digital Assets. She is one of the
best-known blockchain and cryptocurrency lawyers in the U.S. and globally, highly regarded for her
extensive experience in, and deep knowledge of, blockchain, smart contracts, and cryptocurrency matters,
including initial coin offerings (ICOs)/digital token offerings. Josh has represented or consulted to
global technology companies, token sellers, cryptocurrency exchanges and relayers; venture, hedge, and
private equity funds and their portfolio companies; token marketers and broker-dealers; funds interested
in trading digital assets; and major global investment banks, insurance companies, financial institutions
and asset managers, among others. By background, Josh is a finance and corporate lawyer. She spent over 10
years representing lenders and borrowers in leveraged finance and banking transactions and public and
private organizations in a broad array of commercial transactions and corporate governance matters. Before
joining Linklaters, Josh co-founded a blockchain and smart contracts group at a global law firm and set up
her own boutique blockchain consultancy.
David E. Rutter
R3 CEO and Founder
David E Rutter is the founder and CEO of R3, an enterprise software company empowering the next generation
of blockchain innovation through its flagship platform, Corda. Since 2015, he has grown the company of
over 250 employees in 13 countries to become the leading enterprise blockchain provider and has built a
thriving ecosystem of more than 300 diverse firms building on and supporting the platform globally. David
is a longtime creative thought leader in financial technology with over 30 years of experience leading
some of Wall Street’s top institutions. He has invested in and founded a number of startups including R3
(above) and LiquidityEdge LLC, a successful UST treasury broker dealer that was recently sold to
MarketAxess. He continues to invest in and support several startups with a primary focus on further
development of the Corda ecosystem. David is recognized for having played a significant role in the
adoption of electronic trading in the global OTC derivatives and securities industry. David served for ten
years as the CEO of Electronic Broking at ICAP Plc, the world's largest interdealer broker, where he led
the BrokerTec fixed income and EBS foreign exchange platforms. Prior to ICAP, David was co-owner and CEO
(Americas) of Prebon Yamane. David is active in a number of charities through his charitable trust—most
notably, he is a well member of Charity Water, which pays administration expenses of the charity, so 100%
of contributions go to providing clean water to those that need it the most.
Vice Chairman, Head of Policy and Communications
Dante Disparte is the vice chair and Head of Policy and Communications for the Libra Association, a
newly-formed organization that has brought together social impact organizations and a diverse group of
leading businesses from around the world to create a low-friction, high-trust payment system that empowers
billions of people. Dante comes to the Libra Association with two decades of experience as an
entrepreneur, business leader and global risk expert, most recently as founder and head of Risk
Cooperative, a strategic risk advisory and insurance brokerage based in Washington, D.C. He has lived and
worked in Europe, the United States and the Caribbean, and has conducted business all over the world. In
addition to leading Risk Cooperative since its inception five years ago, Dante also serves as an appointee
on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council, the United States’ federal
emergency response agency. He is a founding advisor of the Global Blockchain Business Council and a senior
fellow with the Blockchain Trust Accelerator where he supports technology and digital transformation
initiatives. Dante is a frequent speaker and commentator on business and political issues shaping the
world. His views on risk, economic competitiveness and security issues are regularly featured in leading
media and publications, such as Harvard Business Review, BBC, Forbes and International Policy Digest.
Dante is a graduate of Harvard Business School and holds an MSc. in Risk Management from the NYU Stern
School of Business and a B.A. in International and Intercultural Studies from Goucher College. He is the
co-author “Global Risk Agility and Decision Making” (Macmillan, 2016) and was recognized as one of the 40
leaders under 40 by the Washington Business Journal and in the inaugural Powermeter 100 list.
Bank of International Settlement Innovation Hub Head
Benoît Cœuré became Head of the BIS Innovation Hub in January 2020. He is a member of the BIS's Executive
Committee. Previously, he was a member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, responsible
for market operations and European and international relations. From 2013 to 2019, he chaired the BIS's
Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures and was a member of the Financial Stability Board. Prior
to joining the ECB, Mr Cœuré served in various positions at the French Treasury. He was Deputy Chief
Executive, then Chief Executive of the French Debt Management office (2002-2007); Assistant Secretary for
Multilateral Affairs, Trade and Development, co-chair of the Paris Club, and G8 and G20 Finance
Sous-Sherpa (2007-2009); then Deputy Director General and Chief Economist of the French Treasury
(2009-2011). Mr Cœuré is a graduate of the École Polytechnique in Paris. He holds an advanced degree in
Statistics and Economic Policy from the École nationale de la statistique et de l'administration
économique (ENSAE), and a bachelor's degree in Japanese. He has authored articles and books on economic
policy, the international monetary system and the economics of European integration.
Bank of International Settlement Innovation Hub
Singapore Centre Head
Andrew joined the BIS in April 2020 as the Centre Head of the Singapore Innovation Hub. Prior to the BIS,
Andrew was Chief Information Officer & VP Payment at Payments where he was responsible for technology
strategy and payment system operations. Under his leadership, Payments Canada embraced cloud technology,
launched API services and led the ground-breaking blockchain research (a.k.a Project Jasper) alongside the
Bank of Canada. Andrew has an MBA from the Ivey Business School and Bachelor of Computer Science from
Soramitsu CEO and Co-Founder
Makoto Takemiya is the group CEO and co-founder of Soramitsu, a boutique fintech company that specializes
in blockchain technology. As CEO, he contributed to the technical vision of Hyperledger Iroha and also the
Bakong payment system in use by the central bank of Cambodia, which is the first large-scale CBDC in use
today with real customers and money. Soramitsu is also a contributor to numerous open source projects,
including projects in the Polkadot ecosystem, such as the SORA decentralized central bank, Polkaswap, and
Standard Chartered Bank
Head of FinTech Client Advisory
"René is an inclusive leader and innovator with a passion for financial infrastructure that helps people
and companies succeed. René led the strategy development and implementation of the Fintech client strategy
at Standard Chartered and the establishment of the Fintech Banking industry vertical. René co-lead the
establishment Virtual Currency Working Group and his team was instrumental in the development of the risk
frameworks covering blockchain, tokenized assets and cryptocurrencies. René has worked with a number of
large clients on the development blockchain and APIs based solutions. René is a regular industry
contributor is passionate about the benefits they can bring in re-platforming financial services. René
joined the bank in 2016 and is based in Singapore. Rene led the HSBC payments and collections product
business across Asia, innovating with mobile wallets and a range of new technologies to improve the
customer relevance of legacy platforms. At ANZ and National Australia Bank Rene was awarded for innovation
in relation to the establishment of a cloud-based merchant platform and the establishment of a carbon
trading capability. Rene is also involved in a number of projects aligned to the Sustainable Development
Goals focussed on financial access for those that need it most."
ASIC Strategic Intelligence
Mark leads the team responsible for driving ASICs economic and risk analysis unit, as well as leading
ASIC's Innovation Hub and Regtech initiatives. Mark has held a range of senior executive positions at ASIC
including lead of ASIC's competition in equity markets project and the Exchange Market Operators,
Regulatory Policy and International teams. Between 2012 to 2014, Mark held secondments as Principal
Adviser, Financial System Inquiry Secretariat and Director, Strategy, Research and Risk, Ontario
Securities Commission. Prior to joining ASIC, Mark worked in the corporate and superannuation areas of a
national law firm.
Rachel is a journalist, public speaker, and podcast host. She has over 10 years of experience writing
about technology and has been covering the blockchain and cryptocurrency space since 2017. She is
currently writing a book on enterprise blockchain.
SIX Digital Exchange Chief Executive Officer
Tim Grant joined SIX Digital Exchange (SDX) in March 2020 as Head of Business. He brings more than 20
years of deep technology and management expertise across institutional capital markets and enterprise
blockchain businesses to the company. Prior to SIX Digital Exchange, Tim worked for UBS O’Connor, UBS
Investment Bank, R3 Lab and Research Centre and DrumG Technologies. In his previous role as CEO of DrumG,
he was responsible for the delivery and operations of enterprise-grade distributed ledger solutions for
Contour Pte. Ltd. Chief Executive Officer
Habib Bank Deputy GM and Regional Head of Risk
Fernando Luis Vázquez Cao
SBI Digital Asset Holdings Co.,Ltd.
Chief Executive Officer
Fernando joined the NTT Data Group from academia in 2003 and played a key role in the popularization of
Open Source in the enterprise sector globally, which won him the Japan Open Source Contributor Award among
other accolades. He joined the SBI Group in 2015, serving as director of group companies like VC Trade and
Remit. He is currently in charge of cyber security for the whole SBI Group, Director CTO for SBI R3 Japan,
CEO of SBI Security Solutions and CEO of SBI Digital Asset Holdings in 2020. In this latter role his
mission is to build the basic plumbing of the future digital asset ecosystem.
Head, Trade, Supply Chain and Energy Industry Business Units
R3 Chief Technology Officer
Charles d'Haussy (夏多希) is director at ConsenSys, a leading global blockchain & digital assets
company. Prior joigning ConsenSys, Charles was the Head of FinTech with Hong Kong government (InvestHK).
Charles has 15 years of experience, having set up his company and holding a number of entrepreneurial and
management roles. Charles held SFC licenses 1 and 4, studied in France at Rennes International Business
school and Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou, China. He is certified on BlockChain business strategy
from Be9 London (cohort #1 & honors), received the CPT Star bronze 2016 award from HKSI, and Certified
Onchain Custodian CEO & Co-Founder
After 22 years in banking & capital market starting at BNY Mellon, I left in November 2018 a
comfortable role as Head of Securities & FX Asia at SWIFT to join an amazing team and build Onchain
Custodian. We have launched a digital asset custody and open finance business in Singapore. We believe in
the tokenisation of economy and capital market on blockchain. We are supporting this trend by offering
best in class secure, convenient & compliant custody and open finance services for institutional,
corporate and sophisticated investor clients.
Global Head of Debt Syndicate and Head of Sustainable Banking EMEA
Armin is Global Head of Debt Syndicate & Head of Sustainable Banking EMEA, based in London. He
graduated from Verwaltungs- und Wirtschaftsakademie Baden in 1995 he worked for several years in Banking
and Capital Markets business, before joining HSBC in 1997 as Bond trader before running their SSA/Covered
Bond and Public Sector Syndicate from 2003 – 2006. Armin joined UBS in August 2006 to Head UBS Covered
Bond Business and Syndicate and was promoted to Managing Director in February 2010. In June 2013 Armin was
appointed Head of European Debt Syndicate and Global Head of Debt Syndicate in November 2014. In June 2020
Armin has been appointed Head of Sustainable Banking EMEA and is member of UBS's Group Sustainable Finance
Committee chaired by Huw van Steenis. He held a board membership for ICMA until May this year and is Chair
of the ICMA FinTech Advisory Committee.
Global Blockchain Business Council
Chief Executive Officer
Sandra is a proponent for ‘human-centric tech’. She left a career in investment banking and currency
markets to focus on emerging technologies for sustainability, access, and resiliency, particularly in
financial systems. She is an early investor in, and an advocate of digital assets. Sandra currently serves
as the CEO of the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), a Swissbased non-profit as well as an angel
investor in emerging technologies, Board member, advisor, keynote speaker and cofounder of several
start-ups, non-profits, and key blockchain industry networks. She is currently a Board director of Global
Digital Finance (UK), NYS Senate appointee on the New York State Digital Currency Task Force, Fintech
Advisory Council member, Astana International Financial Center (AIFC Kazakhstan), Board Treasurer of
BitGive Foundation, member of EU Public Funds and New Green Economy Consortia, Advisory Council member of:
Open Impact Foundation (Switzerland), Filecoin Foundation, and Open Transparency Initiative (Denmark),
member of World Economic Forum’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Working Group, US Department of
State Speakers Bureau, amongst others. Whilst at CME Group, she founded and led Digitisation, developed
the CME CF Bitcoin pricing indices, followed by the CME Bitcoin Futures. Ro was a founding member of
Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA Board), Post Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group, Linux Foundation,
Hyperledger, and GBBC Board. Previously, she was a derivatives banker at Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank,
based in London.
STACS Managing Director
Ben is the Co-founder and Managing Director of #STACS, a Singaporean Fintech firm focused on the capital
markets industry and use cases. The company's proprietary Settlity platform is an award-winning complete
blockchain infrastructure built specifically for finance, and its key clients are banks, stock exchanges
and asset managers. Ben is also a serial FinTech entrepreneur and previously founded a multinational,
regulated B2B FinTech firm with more than 500 employees in 6 countries, serving the needs of more than 100
financial services firms worldwide, with a focus on FinTech, Blockchain and Information Security sectors.
He became an investor and founded an investment firm serving multi-family offices and focused on
technology and real estate investments. He is now back in full-time entrepreneurial action with a calling
to again enable the financial industry on the B2B level, with #STACS.
Cees van Wijk
ING IT Chapter lead
Cees van Wijk is an IT specialist in ING's global Blockchain-team. He has extensive experience in software
development, cryptography and architecture. Within ING’s Blockchain-team Cees investigates various
different Blockchain-platforms and realised a variety of financial use cases with Blockchain and smart
Chin Hwee Tan
Trafigura Group Pte Ltd CEO Asia Pacific
Chin Hwee joined Trafigura in 2016 as CEO, Asia Pacific for the Trafigura Group. He is responsible for
continuing the growth of Trafigura’s business across the region. Chin Hwee has more than 25 years of
experience in management and financial roles. Prior to joining Trafigura, he was most recently the founder
of the Asian operations of alternative investment firm Apollo Global Management, and before that, managing
director at hedge fund Amaranth Advisors. He is a Certified Accountant (CA) and a Chartered Financial
Analyst (CFA) and also holds post-graduate qualifications from Yale University and Harvard University.
Chin Hwee was a Young Leader in the World Cities Summit 2014, and one of the Young Global Leaders in the
World Economic Forum. Chin Hwee was awarded the Distinguished Financial Industry Certified Professional
(FICP) Award in 2013 by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. In 2015, he received the World Outstanding
Young Chinese Entrepreneurs Award from business newspaper Yazhou Zhoukan and the World Federation of
Chinese Entrepreneurs Organization. In May 2020, Chin Hwee was appointed to join the Emerging Stronger
Taskforce set up by the Future Economy Council. The government-led taskforce of industry representatives
are reviewing how Singapore can build new sources of dynamism and stay economically resilient in a
post-COVID-19 world. Chin Hwee is also a board and advisory member of a number of organisations including
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd and for Nayara Energy Ltd, India. He is a member of the advisory panel for
the Monetary Authority of Singapore and Singapore Maritime Port Authority. He also sits on the board of
Nanyang Technology University and the Hwa Chong Institution. He has also been a trustee of the SingHealth
endowment fund. Established in 1993, Trafigura is a leader in the commodities business. Trafigura has
achieved substantial growth in recent years, growing revenue from USD18 billion in 2004 to USD171.5
billion in 2019. According to the Fortune Global 500 rankings Trafigura is the largest Singapore company
by revenue. The Group’s primary trading businesses are the supply and transport of crude oil, petroleum
products, renewable energies, coal, refined metals, ferrous and non-ferrous ores and concentrates.
Managing Director, Freight & Logistics Lead - Growth Markets
Christopher Logan is currently a Managing Director at Accenture and Leads the Freight and Logistics
Practice across Growth Markets: Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. He is collaborating
with clients and with fellow Accenture consultants to drive innovation and digitalization in Freight and
Logistics businesses as the industry undergoes a once-in-a-generation transformation. Across his 25 years
plus career, he has worked across global logistics and transport businesses, strategy consulting, global
trade, emerging markets, and exploration and mining companies. He is an active participant in World
Economic Forum (WEF) activities and was selected as WEF Young Global Leader in 2009.
UnionBank of the Philippines
First Vice President – Blockchain Center of Excellence Head, Fintech Group
Cathy has over 17 years’ experience in the banking and finance industry spanning a breadth of roles from
Treasury and Market Risk to being at the forefront of the future of finance as UnionBank’s Blockchain
Center of Excellence Head. Prior to joining the Bank’s Fintech Group, Cathy gained experience through
handling Market Risk and Statistical Analysis roles. She later joined the Treasury team wherein she stayed
for over 12 years, eventually heading its Fixed Income (Indonesia and South Asia) and Derivatives Desk.
Transitioning from traditional banking roles, Cathy currently leads her team which harnesses blockchain
technology to prepare the Bank for the future token economy. Under her leadership, her team launched the
award-winning BitBox, UnionBank’s Virtual Currency ATM- the first central bank compliant, bank-operated
bitcoin ATM in the world. Cathy is also a certified Money Market and Foreign Exchange Trader and a
licensed Fixed Income Salesperson. She graduated Statistics from the University of the Philippines –
Diliman and is a candidate for Master of Science in Financial Engineering at De La Salle University.
Dorjee is CEO of Perlin.net and is an advisor and investor into blockchain projects including: Republic
Protocol, Devery, Powerledger, Loki Network, Quadrant, Airbloc and Virgil Capital a bitcoin arbitrage
hedge fund. Previously as founder of Carbon Conservation, Dorjee secured $400M+ with project partners and
clients such as Rio Tinto, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Olam and Twitter. One such project in Aceh,
Indonesia, won the Carbon Finance Deal of the Year award and was also the subject of an award-winning
documentary, “The Burning Season”, narrated by Hugh Jackman, screened on BBC, Discovery, ABC, PBS and was
nominated for an Emmy Award. TIME Magazine named him a “Hero of the Environment” and the African
Rainforest Conservancy honoured Dorjee with an Earth Day Award and by naming a newly discovered blue
spotted species of chameleon from the Tanzania rainforest, the “kinyongia dorjeesuni”. Dorjee has been
named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, CPA Top 20 Business Leaders, one of Esquire Magazine’s 5
Gentlemen of Philanthropy, was named an Asia Society 21 Fellow, a World Cities Summit Future Leader, is on
the board of Al Gore's Australian charity ""Climate Reality"" and his work has been covered in Wall Street
Journal, Fortune, TIME, Esquire, ABC, PBS, BBC, Discovery, CNBC, Sydney Morning Herald and other media
European Central Bank
Head Market Innovation and Integration Division, Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments
Holger Neuhaus is Head of the European Central Bank's (ECB's) Market Innovation and Integration Division
in the Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments. His Division develops the ECB/Eurosystem’s
approach in relation to innovation and integration in the field of payments and post-trade services. It
explores innovation which is triggered by new technologies, changes in business models and overall
developments in the financial ecosystem; it also drives harmonisation activities and contributes to wider
harmonisation initiatives where relevant and makes recommendations to deepen integration in this field.
Until November 2019 he headed the Money Market and Liquidity Division which provides market analysis of
euro area money markets and ensures the execution of monetary policy through open market operations and
liquidity management. It also had a lead role in developing and transitioning to a new reference interest
rate for the money market. He was recently seconded to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as Senior
Policy Advisor. Before joining the ECB he worked for the Deutsche Bundesbank and a portfolio management
company, inter alia in the field of foreign reserve management and financial market research. Holger
Neuhaus studied economics at the Universities of Essen and Toronto.
Global Managing Director - Blockchain Technology Lead
John is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Technology Consulting workforce, based in London. John is
Accenture’s Global Blockchain and Multiparty Systems Lead responsible for Digital Assets, Custody and
Central Bank Digital Currencies. John is currently leading several Blockchain engagements with top tier
global organisations and central banks.
Norges Bank Special Adviser
Peder Østbye is a special adviser at the payment analysis and -innovation unit in the financial stability
department of Norges Bank and is a member of the banks’ central bank digital currencies (CBDC) working
group. His tasks include advising on the opportunities, risks, and regulatory aspects of bigtechs,
cryptocurrencies, and CBDC. He also performs some research on the legal issues emerging with
cryptocurrencies. Before joining the central bank, he worked for the competition authorities, and has
practiced as a private lawyer in the fields of competition law, economic regulation, and technology
regulation. Østbye holds a doctoral degree in law, and master degrees in economics, law, and statistics.
BondEvalue Co-Founder and CTO
Raj is a financial technologist and has a passion for building products that are ahead of their times.
Prior to BondEvalue, he was SVP and Head of Treasury and Markets technology at DBS Asia Hub 2.
Standard Chartered Bank
MD, Global Head of Documentary Trade
Managing Director, Group Head of Trade Product Management
Sriram joined DBS in 2018 as Managing Director and Group Head of Trade Product Management, taking charge
of the bank’s trade business, in areas including documentary trade, open account trade (receivable
purchases, supplier finance, buyer finance and finance leases) and trade risk distribution. With more than
20 years of banking experience spanning across several key international financial hubs, including
Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and India, Sriram spearheads DBS’ digital trade initiatives across the region
and is responsible for leading overall business performance, strategy and product innovation across the
bank’s suite of trade solutions. Prior to joining DBS, Sriram held senior-level roles in global banks such
as HSBC and Standard Chartered covering areas such as corporate banking, transaction banking and trade
Temasek Associate Director
Antony joined Temasek in 2020 and is currently an Associate Director in Temasek’s Blockchain team. He
leads the Blockchain team’s relationship with the Libra Association and supports the Pod’s other ventures
in digital assets and programmable money through research and external ecosystem activities. Antony is a
FinTech advisor to the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, and contributes actively to the public
domain through his blog bitsonblocks.net. He is author of The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains,
published in 2018. Prior to Temasek, Antony held several Director level roles at enterprise blockchain
firm R3 and started the blockchain chapter of his career at Paxos (previously itBit) in 2013. Before
blockchain Antony worked in the financial services industry, as a technologist at Credit Suisse and an FX
trader at Barclays Capital. He graduated from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge with a Bachelor and
Master of Arts in Natural Sciences.
Director, Head of Securities Market and Technology Advocacy, Product Management, Securities Services
Boon-Hiong Chan is the global head of securities market and technology advocacy at Securities Services.
Working where market transformation drivers, regulatory reforms and technology advances happen, his team
strengthens his firm’s and client’s forward-looking and change management capabilities to answer the
question of “what is the impact of change”; and to respond to new opportunities and risks. In his prior
roles, he headed Fund Services in Asia Pacific (APAC) and Middle East, transferable custody receipts
product developments in APAC, and market expansion of structured services and debt services in Europe. He
holds a Master of Science in Computation (Artificial Intelligence) from the University of Manchester
Institute of Science and Technology, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountancy (UK) professional
qualification and a GIAC cybersecurity certificate. Boon is also a mentor in Nanyang Technopreneurship
Centre (Singapore), and a participant in cryptocurrency and anti-cyber financial crime discussions.
Innovation & Business Solutions Director
Daniele Savarè was born in Milan in 1970. He graduated in Electronic Engineering at Politecnico di Milano
in 1995 and, to complete his educational path, attended the Leadership Program at IMD Lausanne in 2014 and
the Digital and Innovation Program at INSEAD Fontainebleau in 2016. Savarè began his professional career
in 1997 at Accenture and was involved in various projects involving the technological transformation of
major banks such as BNL, UniCredit and Lloyds TSB. In 2006, he joined McKinsey, leading numerous projects
aimed at defining the IT and Operations strategy of European financial institutions, including Intesa
Sanpaolo, Royal Bank of Scotland and Axa. In 2010, Savarè moved to UniCredit where he held various roles
of increasing responsibility in the IT area, later becoming Head of the Payments Product Line and
subsequently Head of Group ICT Security. In 2017, he joined CSE (Consorzio Servizi Bancari) as Head of the
Information Systems Area and board member of OneWelf, the Group company specializing in administrative
services for pension funds. Savarè came to SIA in 2018 as Director of the Payments Service Line with the
objective of managing and developing digital and innovative payment services. As of March 2019, he is
Innovation & Business Solutions Director with responsibility for overseeing the innovation and digital
development of the Group, coordinating business planning and development activities and managing the
application portfolio of products and services.
Vice President, Freight & Logistics, Enterprise Partnerships
John Garden is a Vice President with MasterCard’s Strategic Growth division and is the Global lead for
their Freight & Logistics Program. In this role he defines strategy and drives market engagement,
identifying and growing partnerships within the Freight & Logistics Industry that deliver new business
opportunities at scale. John and team develop initiatives that support digital transformation and new
service enablement through collaboration with technology partners, Freightechs, Fintechs and Mastercard’s
global network of partner Banks. John started his career in International Shipping, mainly in Europe &
Asia, including several years with NYK. Prior to Mastercard, John worked with technology providers and
start-ups within the mobile telecommunications industry including a 12-year tenure within Orange Group’s
Business Services and Innovation divisions. More recently, John has had direct experience in leading and
advising start-ups within the payments industry.
Business Development Director, Asia Pacific
As Business Development Director for Asia Pacific, Jon works with financial market operators across Asia
Pacific including SGX, HKEX, and ASX; key financial institutions such as BNP Paribas, CITIC, HSBC and UBS;
and major technology providers and systems integrators to identify and realise the potential of smart
contracts and Distributed Ledger Technology to deliver real business value.
Hyperledger Vice President, Asia Pacific
Julian is Vice President, Asia Pacific, for Hyperledger, the Linux Foundation open source collaborative
project created to advance cross-industry blockchain.. He is an accomplished business and technology
leader and advocates for accelerating innovation through the use of open source, building blockchain
ecosystems and the transformational potential of blockchain. Julian started his career in London, working
in technology in the financial services sector at HSBC, Lloyds Bank and Kleinwort Benson. He then spent
the past 25-plus years in Asia Pacific leadership roles with technology companies including HP, Sun
Microsystems and Cisco.
Accenture Thailand Country Managing Director
Nontawat has over 25 years of consulting experience. He is well known in the Thai business community.
Throughout his career at Accenture, he has had pioneering roles in cultivating new client relationships in
white space, bringing innovative and ground-breaking solutions to help clients become high performance
Digital Ventures Chief Executive Officer
Orapong is the CEO of Digital Ventures (DV), a FinTech Startup spinning out from Siam Commercial Bank’s
venture building program. He is responsible for creating disruptive financial service solutions and
expanding the business to position DV as a FinTech leader in the global market. Orapong was the President
of Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), one of the largest banks in Thailand. He was responsible for Technology and
Digital Transformation to transform the bank from a traditional business model to become more customer
centric, innovative and agile. Before joining SCB, Orapong was the General Manager of Microsoft Thailand.
In addition to his role as the General Manager, he had taken the roles of General Manager of Business
Strategy in APAC and acting General Manager of Microsoft Malaysia. Prior to joining Microsoft, Orapong was
the Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. He was an advisor to the Prime
Minister and was responsible for shaping key country strategies such as Agriculture Reform, Country IT
Strategy, SME Development Strategy and Country’s Key Performance Indicators Development. Orapong also had
a long career with Accenture working in more than 10 countries before becoming the Country Managing
Director of Accenture Thailand. His areas of expertise includes strategic planning, Customer Relationship
Management, Change Management, Supply Chain Management and complex system implementation. Orapong holds a
Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from King Mongkut Institute of Technology and an MBA and Master of
Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania. He enjoys a simple life
with high environmental consciousness.
Transmute Chief Executive Officer
Karyl Fowler, CEO and Co-Founder at Transmute, where her team is leveraging decentralized identity
technology to secure global trade and enterprise supply chains. She holds a MS in Technology
Commercialization from McCombs Business School at the University of Texas and a BA in English and
Political Science from Southwestern University. Karyl has directed strategic marketing and
commercialization initiatives for startups in the biotechnology and semiconductor fields, ranging from
novel orthopedic implant polymers (DiFusion Technologies), miniature mass spectrometry technology
(IonScout), III-V substrates, and microfluidic-based systems-on-chip for genetic sequencing, point-of-care
testing and implantable devices (Novati Technologies, acquired by Skorpios Technologies). Her experience
is centered in fields with high regulatory burdens like FDA, HIPAA and ITAR. Karyl’s interests include
quantified self, data rights and democratization especially as it pertains to genetics, and ensuring
privacy-by-design at the device level.
Dltledgers CEO and Co-Founder
Samir Neji is the CEO and founder of #dltledgers. He is a serial technopreneur who has led four businesses
(#dltledgers, Anaplan, CPM Consulting, and Diagonal Consulting) in his career. Samir brings over 25 years
of experience in enterprise planning and performance management. He is one of the pioneering leaders in
EPM and has helmed several large initiatives in the SAP office of finance and EPM technologies. At
Anaplan, he oversaw the growing customer focus in Asia and lead its regional business. Prior to Anaplan
(Anaplan was acquired in 2013), Samir was the Founder and CEO of CPM Consulting (lead to a tech-stock lead
acquisition by Goldman Sachs in 2010) and held senior management roles at Diagonal Consulting (led to
Morse Inc Acquisition in 2005) and Atos. Presently, he is one of the pioneers in enterprise blockchain,
using technology to solve modern-day issues like the widening trade finance gap. Samir holds a Master’s in
Business Administration and Bachelor's in Communication Engineering. His current start-up, #dltledgers,
raised $2.5mn in July 2019 by Walden International and is looking to raise Series A this year.
BCI Thailand Chairman
1) Head of KBank Blockchain CoE, Center of Excellence. 2) Founder of Thailand Blockchain initiative
platform. 3) Chairman of the Board of BCI (Thailand) Company Ltd. 4) Member of 2019 IBM Blockchain Board
of Advisor. 5) Engineering background in Chem. Eng. from Chulalongkorn U. andthe U. of Texas at Austin,
Business admin from Sasin and INSEAD, France. 6) 8 years in corporate from Shell, true and IEC. 7) 24
years in banking: payment, trade, custodian, credit products, banca, debit card, investment, digital
marketing, digital channels and new innovations. 8) Industry lead in innovation, payment, capital market,
cross border trade, Blockchain,platform formation.
NZIA LIMITED Chief Operating Officer
Vinay Mohan is a management consultant and entrepreneur with a background in fintech and blockchain
technology. Since 2016 Vinay has been a recognised member of the Singapore blockchain ecosystem, having
been part of early-stage enterprise initiatives (notably, Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) experiments
organised under the MAS’s Project Ubin and SARB’s Project Khokha). In his current role at NZIA, he manages
corporate operations while advising central banks and government authorities on CBDC policy, technology
implementation, and adoption. Prior to joining NZIA, Vinay founded the Asia-Pacific operations of
ConsenSys, and executed various financial services and government transformation mandates internationally
with KPMG and Oracle.
Red Date Technology CEO
Yifan He, the founder and CEO of Red Date Technology, obtained his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science
from SUNY at Stony Brook and MBA degree from MIT Sloan School of Management. Mr. He founded his first
internet company in 1998 and started equity investment since 2005. Mr. He has over 20 years of experience
and expertise in the fields of information technology, investment and corporate management. Red Date
Technology currently serves as the vice chair of the BSN Development Association. As a founding member,
Mr. He is the executive director of the association.
Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc
Director Global Transaction Banking Asia Pacific
Jo is an experienced corporate banker with particular expertise in the fields of trade & export
finance, syndication, portfolio management and banks and non-banks FI relationship management. She has got
first hand fintech experience from having co-founded the European office of LiquidX, a leading trade &
working capital finance platform before re-joining the world of banking. Having started her career at
Barclays in London where she had various roles, Jo now looks after FI & NBFI trade Asia Pacific for
Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc in Singapore. She has a keen interest in innovation to transform the way
trade finance is provided today, and in encouraging and fostering the next generation of talents in the
MATTR Chief Executive Officer
Claire Barber is founding CEO of MATTR, a New Zealand based organisation working in the decentralised
identity and verifiable data space.
Affinidi Chief Executive Officer
25 years of Internet industry experience leading disruptive innovation at scale. In his current role he is
the group CEO for Affinidi as well as a board member for GoodWorker and Trustana. Affinidi is working on
decentralized trust and self-sovereign identity solutions. Prior to Affinidi Glenn was the Chief Architect
for Amazon Web Services responsible for architectural best practices and technology thought leadership.
Glenn has previously held leadership roles in OzEmail, UUNet, MCI/Worldcom and WebCentral. Glenn is
passionate about the role technology has in shaping how we live, work and learn.
BNP Paribas Securities Services
Digital Transformation Officer
Mandy Shin is Digital Transformation Officer Asia-Pacific for BNP Paribas Securities Services, where she
manages key regional digital initiatives for improving client experience, automating operational processes
and developing new services that leverage new technologies such as blockchain and AI. Mandy joined BNP
Paribas in 2013. Prior to her current role, she was Senior Strategy Analyst at the Shanghai office of
L’Atelier, the innovation research arm of BNP Paribas where she delivered market insights on Fintech
opportunities in APAC for the group senior management across diverse business lines.
Bank of Thailand
Director of Payment Systems Policy Department
Naphongthawat Phothikit has more than twenty years of experiences in central banking in various areas such
as banking supervision, payment systems, and FinTech. His current responsibilities include formulating
national policy to ensure efficiency and safety of Thailand’s payment systems. Various initiatives under
his supervision include development of payment systems infrastructure, promotion of electronic payment
transactions, and oversight of payment systems operators and payment service providers. Naphongthawat also
works actively in promoting financial technologies and innovative financial and payment services in order
to enhance financial services in Thailand to be more convenient, efficient, and cost-saving.
IBM Systems Digital Assets
Global Market Development Leader
Peter globally leads IBM Systems technology solutions for crypto assets to power institutional digital
asset 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. He was also a contributing author to enterprise architecture publication: Coherency
Management: Architecting the Enterprise for Alignment, Agility and Assurance (2009).
Kristina Lucrezia Corner
Cointelegraph Managing Editor
Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr currently works as the Managing Editor of Cointelegraph, building an editorial
strategy and ensuring content-quality for a leading media outlet dedicated to cryptocurrencies, blockchain
and fintech. With an M.A. in political science and classical philology, she has been working in
communication and journalism for over 10 years, covering energy, urban, green, information, financial
technologies and other innovations aimed at a sustainable future. A speaker at international events, she
is a passionate advocate of environmental consciousness and women's rights.
GrokOpen Managing Consultant
Colin Charles is the Managing Consultant at GrokOpen. Colin was on the founding team of MariaDB Server,
and has been around the MySQL ecosystem including being an early employee at MySQL. He also worked
actively on the Fedora and OpenOffice.org projects. With Colin's deep interest in application development,
systems administration, database development, migration and web-based technologies, he is well known in
the open source world for work that spans over two decades. Apart from that, Colin serves as an advisor to
various startups on strategy, technology, business & community development.
PwC Crypto & Fintech Advisory
At PwC, I advise many of the world’s leading crypto exchanges, crypto funds, crypto custodians and token
issuers on their strategy and capital raising process as well their licensing, accounting, tax, audit and
cyber security requirements. I also advise many of the world’s leading traditional financial institutions
on their crypto initiatives as they seek to enter the digital assets space and help numerous central banks
and other regulatory bodies to formulate their crypto asset policies. Prior to working in Fintech and
Crypto, I spent 15 years in banking and asset management with Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Schroders and
Kleinwort Benson managing the wealth of institutional and private clients in Asia, Europe and the Middle
East. I spent my early career working in journalism with ABC News.
Maker Foundation Chief Executive Officer
Rune Christensen is Chief Executive Officer of the Maker Foundation and Co-founder of MakerDAO. The Maker
Foundation is the organization facilitating the development of MakerDAO. MakerDAO governs the Maker
Protocol and Dai, the world’s first decentralized, collateral-backed stablecoin on the Ethereum
blockchain. Dai mitigates 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.
Managing Director, Global Head of Product Management, Securities Services
Jeslyn Tan is the Global Head of Product Management, Securities Services. Jeslyn leads a team of
professionals in developing end-to-end securities services solutions, delivering value propositions to
clients, and driving digital and transformation initiatives across more than 30 markets where Securities
Services has a presence. Jeslyn has been with Deutsche Bank since 1999. In her 21 year career at the Bank,
she has held various roles in product development and product management. Within Securities Services
Product Management, Jeslyn plays an instrumental role in the exploration of new technologies, including
robotics process automation, data analytics, open banking platforms and distributed ledger technology to
drive digital transformation and product innovation. Jeslyn has a degree in Computer Science and
Information Technology from National University of Singapore and a diploma in Banking and Finance.
Linklaters Capital Markets Partner
Jonathan is a capital markets partner with over 15 years’ experience in the Asia-Pacific region. He has
extensive experience acting for underwriters, issuers, investors and trustees in international capital
markets transactions across Asia. Jonathan has advised on a number of Asia-based digital offerings and has
been actively involved in Linklaters’ approach to digital securities and innovation in financial markets
infrastructure. Jonathan’s recent experience in this space includes, among others, advising BondEvalue on
its blockchain trading platform and issue of fractionalised bonds, Anquan on its token offering – Zilliqa,
and Allinfra on the development of a platform to facilitate the creation and transfer of digital
ConsenSys Managing Investment Partner
Min Teo leads venture investments at ConsenSys based out of London, focusing on funding the most promising
early stage blockchain projects across the globe. Prior to ConsenSys, she led Operations and Finance at
Yoyo Wallet, a fintech startup based in the UK. She started her career investing in private equity and
credit opportunities after the 2008 financial crisis. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a
B.Com and was born in Singapore.
Head of Digital Services - Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities
Citi Director, Global Product Development
Association Bank of Italy
Head of International Relations
Pierfrancesco Gaggi works at the Italian Banking Association where since November 2010 he has been Head of
the International Relations Service. Previously he held positions as sector and area manager in the
Payments / Infrastructures sector. Currently he also holds responsibilities in some of ABI's consortia and
satellite associations (Consorzio Bancomat, ABILab and ABI Energia). He is ABI Delegate in the Executive
Committee of the European Banking Federation as well as a member of the Plenary of the European Banking
Industry Committee and of the International Banking Federation.
Managing Director, Structuring - Global Markets
Rana Dasgupta is Managing Director, Global Markets Structuring for Asia ex-Japan, based in Singapore. Rana
heads the regional Product Structuring team, covering institutional and corporate clients across all asset
classes in Rates, Currencies, Credit, Equities and Hybrid products. He is also a subject matter expert on
IFRS 9 and related accounting topics on these products. Prior to joining Nomura in 2008, Rana worked with
Lehman Brothers in Hong Kong and with Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore. Before that, he held a variety
of roles for over seven years as a professional accountant, of which four years were with Arthur Andersen.
Rana holds an MBA from INSEAD (with distinction) and is a chartered accountant.
Aave Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Ng Poh Yee
Head of Corporate Trade and Financial Supply Chain Management Sales
The Future of Africa - Akon City & Beyond
Grammy-nominated musician and philanthropist Akon announced the ambitious plan to create a futuristic and
inclusive city in Africa in early 2018. Dubbed and pitched as the real "Wakanda", we discuss his vision
and progress towards his targeted completion in 2023 and how his digital currency "Akoin" will be a
cornerstone of this ambitious project.
Blockchain in 2020: Where are we now and what’s next?
2020 has been a bumper year for blockchain. In public blockchain, the DeFi bloom has created new
opportunities and grown the market. In enterprise blockchain, various high-profile projects are going
live. What is the immediate and long-term outlook for the blockchain space?
Un-chaining the Singapore Story - Growth of a local ecosystem
Singapore's growing blockchain ecosystem started with humble beginnings, even before the buzz and boom of
crypto in 2017. For the first time on stage together, we unpack 3 Singapore startup stories that closely
intertwined despite different business focuses. Hear about the ups and downs, challenges and success over
the years, and how they got to where they are now. With an eye on the future, hear their hopes and vision
for Singapore as a blockchain hub as we step into 2021.
Infrastructure Rails to Empower Capital Markets Connectivity & Sustainability
The past year has seen numerous live examples of blockchain technology being applied to capital markets
use-cases. Beyond the hype, what are the real benefits that the technology brings? Is this purely an
operational efficiency play, or will it bring about new business opportunities? Will we see significant
improvement in cross-border transactions, and how will this affect liquidity and market access? Will it
pave the way towards a sustainable capital markets?
Crypto Is the New Safe Haven: A Conversation With the Winklevoss Bros
Can cryptocurrencies be the safe haven of the digital age? Will momentum build as more institutions join
the crypto wave? Join the Winklevoss twins and Dante Disparte from the Libra Association they discuss the
evolving role of cryptocurrencies in today’s global economy.
Can Digital Currencies Birth the Next Generation of World-Class Payment Systems?
Interoperable and Portable Smart Contracts
Smart Contracts are increasingly being selected to power next generation applications, but the path from
today’s centralised status quo to a distributed future for enterprise applications is not yet well
trodden. What lessons are firms learning as they embark on the journey? Further, with a plethora of smart
contract languages and blockchain platforms, how are firms and their developers to choose? Do they need
to? Is a future of write-once, deploy-everywhere within reach?
Fractional Bonds on Blockchain: Equalising access for all investors?
2020 saw the launch of the world's first blockchain-based bond exchange in Singapore – a sign of the
changing bonds landscape. Unlike equities, which have been digitally disrupted, bonds have remained
unchanged for decades, with individual investors unable to access live prices and restricted to trading in
large ticket sizes. What are the latest innovations and developments driving the modernisation of the
bonds market? Will this lead to improved transparency, enhanced liquidity, and better value chain
efficiency? Will it improve accessibility of individual investors to a broader range of investment
opportunities and enhance financial inclusion?
Digital Money 2030
What will money look like, 10 years from now? Will cash and coins go the way of the floppy disk, long
forgotten as an object, memorialized only as an icon? What will we hold in our wallet, or will it exist
only in our mobile device? Will we see a shift away from national currencies, towards a global common
settlement asset? What does all these mean for you and I, and how will it change the way we live, work and
Will CBDCs disrupt stablecoins?
Stablecoins has been touted as a disruptive innovation that could revolutionize cross-border payments.
Will CBDCs be the new contender that disrupts the disrupter?
Beyond the hype: Can blockchain cross the disillusionment chasm?
Blockchain has fallen far from the peak of inflated expectations. Despite much progress in blockchain
adoption, the general perception by the financial industry is still one of justification. Will blockchain
ever enter mainstream adoption? Can it escape the trough of disillusionment? The panel will discuss real
commercial applications of blockchain technology, where it is proving its value, and why it matters for
the future of Fintech and beyond.
Not just a bet: Alternative investments with blockchain and cryptos
Blockchain investments have been booming, and crypto-assets are increasingly viewed as an asset class of
its own. With the high risks and the accompanying high returns, will these alternative investments go
Millennial Investment trends - new wave of personal finance
The new generation’s view on money, its influence and intrinsic value is steadily changing. What are we
doing about this new gen that looks at money so differently and how innovation can keep up.
Once Derided, now Embraced: Institutional Adoption of Digital Assets
Attitudes towards digital assets have warmed significantly in the past year. Once derided as a fraud, it
is increasingly seen as an alternative investment asset. With institutional investors entering the market,
banks and financial institutions are now looking to bridge the gap and service their needs. Will this
herald a new golden age for digital assets? Or will this alienate the purists who saw it as an opportunity
to democratise finance and eliminate intermediaries, only to find it once again in the hands of big
DeFi: Threat or opportunity for the financial industry?
DeFi grew 10x this year to reach $10 billion in assets. While DeFi holds promises for a wide range of
services, projects today are still constrained to limited use-cases of decentralised exchanges and digital
assets lending. Is DeFi a credible threat to traditional finance? Or are there opportunities in using the
same technology to improve financial services offerings?
The Path to Global Digital Asset Liquidity
As cryptocurrency transaction volumes grow publicly with continued adoption by institutional money, the
regulated digital securities markets have been growing behind the scenes. This year, the question has now
turned from what if, to when. What is driving this change in sentiment amongst large financial
institutions? What are these institutions looking to achieve and what are the key challenges to adoption?
What does the future of financial market infrastructure look like? What role can Singapore play in the
pursuit of global digital asset liquidity?
The Adoption Journey: Growing and Sustaining a Blockchain Consortium
Many successful enterprise blockchain implementations are centred around consortiums, where members
benefit from and desire to transact with each other on a cooperatively-operated common platform. In
driving greater adoption, a bigger question now lingers: how do we grow and sustain the consortium? How do
we resolve the tension between incumbents and new joiners, and between governance and growth? How do we
balance and align the diverse and differing needs of the stakeholders, and ensure that the benefits accrue
to many and not few?
CBDCs: The journey forward
CBDCs could promote more resilient, efficient, inclusive and innovative payments. At the same time, there
are risks to monetary and financial stability that need to be managed. With 80% of the world’s central
banks already researching the potential for CBDCs, what is the journey ahead for mass adoption of CBDCs?
Blockchain for Good
The key inspiration we tend to forget is that Ethereum was designed to be a world computer. It was created
to implement a globally decentralized, un-ownable, digital computer for executing peer-to-peer contracts.
Could decentralisation be the cornerstone of how governments, corporates or even citizens build
applications and systems for the good of society?
Will COVID and digital identity destroy personal privacy?
Covid has accelerated the digitisation of our work and our personal lives. It has also encouraged a
culture of tracking and tracing every individual as they go about their daily lives. What are the impacts
to our personal privacy? Is this positive for society? Where is this going and how might the idea of "self
sovereign identity" help to achieve multiple goals that appear contradictory?
CBDCs: Getting ready for day-to-day use
2020 saw live implementations of retail CBDCs in jurisdictions such as China, Cambodia and The Bahamas,
with many more countries now looking at building prototypes and conducting technical trials. How close are
we to pervasive usage of CBDCs? Are CBDCs merely digital replacement of physical cash, or will they enable
new capabilities and opportunities? How can we get businesses and people excited about the opportunities
that CBDCs will bring? Importantly, how will it change the way we transact?
Retail CBDCs: The next stage in the evolution of money?
Money has continuously evolved for thousands of years from the early primitive forms of shells and beads,
to private bank notes and finally the central-bank issued cash notes that we commonly see today. Can
privately-operated payment schemes fulfil the needs of the digital economy, or is there a role for
central-bank issued digital money? What will CBDC look like, and how will it be used?
Deep Thoughts: The impact of Decentralization now and tomorrow
2020 has brought a lot upon us, which plays on and on like a never ending drama of twist and turns. The
COVID19 pandemic has on a high level, led to political and economic upheaval of sorts with ripple effects
down to the common man around the world. At the sametime, 2020 has also been the year where a lot of
positive evolution has taken place in various industries such as payments and e-commerce. Along that same
line, global recognition (acceptance) and adoption of crypto has gathered renewed pace - you don’t even
hear the word “scam” nearly as often as 2017/2018. What is the current state of crypto, is the key
motivation behind the interest purely one of profits or a much longer term vision is in play?
Trade Finance: Are we moving from silos to siloed networks?
Blockchain is being rapidly adopted in Trade Finance, having demonstrated clear value in connecting
numerous players across geographies and jurisdictions. With the emergence of multiple platforms and
solutions, are we moving from silos to siloed networks? How can the industry advance from connected
players to connected networks? Or will competitive dynamics result in a fragmented ecosystem?
The Delivery of Digital Trade and Supply Chain
Blockchain-based solutions are being adopted in the Trade and Supply Chain space with positive results.
The technology has proven to be instrumental in enabling real-time and trusted information exchange, and
in simplifying and automating complex processes. Hear from our panel on their experience in applying the
technology and delivering these projects, and their views on the long-term opportunities that the
digitalisation of trade will bring.
Transforming Trade Finance and Digitising Trade with Blockchain
The world is facing an estimated US$5trillion trade finance gap, which is hampering efforts to grow SMEs
and create jobs. Digitisation, with blockchain as the cornerstone technology, shows promise in solving
this pressing global challenge, with multiple platforms already in production. How can the industry drive
commercial adoption at scale, and what are the key challenges ahead? Can the recently announced Singapore
Digital Trade Registry help improve transparency, reduce fraud and ultimately increase liquidity in the
system? And will this enhance democratisation of access to global markets?
Confidential Computing: Solving the Decentralisation-privacy Dilemma
Privacy is central to financial applications. Various techniques have been developed to enable
transactional privacy in decentralised networks, yet often incurring other trade-offs. Are there promising
solutions, or will it always be a compromise? Can we achieve a superior solution with hardware-based