Today's financial services ecosystem is once again undergoing a technological evolution. Providing the backbone of this evolution are new architectures and networks that are capable of dramatically reducing, if not eliminating current impediments and frictions in modern day finance to unlock greater liquidity and facilitate the movement of various forms of value across borders in a cost-efficient and timely manner.
Self-driving assets, propelled by the automation of business logic and compliance through smart contracts, provides for more efficient global distribution, liquifying formerly illiquid assets and bringing the private and public markets ever closer together as one, single marketplace.
Real-world value creation via decentralized services with strict adherence to regulatory requirements and norms is paving the way for new opportunities, new ways of building wealth, and the enablement of a new generation of economic freedom.
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Anastasia is Head of Programmes and Content at GDF, where she develops and delivers programmes around key themes and members’ priorities, as well as supporting existing memberships and community growth. Previously Anastasia led the programme for Blockchain Live, where she worked closely with virtual asset service providers and financial institutions to promote balanced discussions on developments within crypto and blockchain.
Bill Watts is the General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners. Previously, Bill served as Of Counsel in the corporate department of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C., where he was a senior member of the investment funds practice, regularly advising fund sponsors and institutional investors on structuring, strategy, and ongoing regulatory considerations. Previously, Bill was Counsel in the corporate practice group at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP. Before entering private practice, he spent nearly six years with Morgan Creek Capital Management, LLC, a global investment management firm, serving as the firm's Chief Compliance Officer, Director of Regulatory Affairs, and Corporate Secretary. Bill began his career as a Staff Attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Enforcement. Bill has a BA and JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Candace Kelly is the Chief Legal Officer of the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF), a non-profit organization that supports the development and growth of Stellar, an open-source network that connects the world's financial infrastructure. She leads SDF's legal team, that is responsible for all of SDF's legal affairs and the policy team that is focused on bridging the gap between the public and private sectors, fostering dialogue and growing partnerships with global regulators and policymakers. Prior to joining SDF, Candace worked for Uber Technologies, Inc., where she held a variety of positions, helping to navigate the company's response to regulatory investigations and advising on safety, security, privacy, consumer protection, and law enforcement response. Candace brings her vast legal experience to SDF, most notably her 17 year career at the United States Department of Justice, where she held positions as a legal and policy advisor on national security, criminal, and civil rights issues in leadership offices in Washington D.C. and as a prosecutor in the Northern District of California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies from Williams College and a Juris Doctor from University of California (UC), Hastings College of the Law. Candace is a Board member of the Blockchain Association, a member of the Janet Reno Endowment Committee, and an Advisory Board Member for the UC Hastings Center for Business Law.
Charles is a technology entrepreneur, and founder and CEO of ComplyAdvantage. He has extensive executive experience in financial services across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Previously he was the Co-Founder and CEO of MarketFinance, a business finance company that has raised over $59m in funding. Before that, he was an investment banker at J.P. Morgan Cazanove. When he was 16, Charles founded the world’s largest student discussion forum, The Student Room Group. Charles holds an MA in Politics from Trinity College Cambridge and an MSc in Management, Strategy, and Finance from the LSE.
Dan Co-Founded Securrency in 2015 and serves as Chief Executive Officer and Lead Architect of Securrency's comprehensive, cutting-edge technology. Dan is a recognized expert in software development, artificial intelligence, process automation, cybersecurity, dynamic asset pricing, and enterprise architecture. Dan served as the Chief Innovation Officer of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and is the recipient of the 2014 Fierce 15 award as a top government change agent. Dan holds degrees from the U.S. Naval Academy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Dan has a dynamic portfolio of success driving start-up, development, merger, growth, scaling, modernisation, and transformation of global technology and operations across financial services as well as consulting and telecommunications.
He previously enjoyed a mix of experience in programme / project management, engineering and business operations management on an international stage.
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. She leads the teams that help maintain Stellar's codebase, support the communities around Stellar, and advocate on behalf of the network with international stakeholders — work that makes Stellar's mission of promoting financial inclusion possible. Before joining Stellar, Dixon served as COO of Mozilla, one of the most successful mission-driven open-source organizations. During her tenure at Mozilla, she led the organization's business, revenue and policy teams including the ongoing fight for net neutrality and the global effort to ensure that people can control their personal data. She also pushed Mozilla to understand how to partner with commercial entities while staying true to its core mission of openness, innovation, and opportunity on the web. A lawyer by trade, Denelle previously served as a general counsel and legal advisor in private equity and technology. Throughout her career, Denelle has been a vocal advocate for net neutrality, encryption, the disclosure of vulnerabilities by governments, and greater user choice and control. Born and raised in Gilroy, California, Dixon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of California, Davis and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She currently sits on boards for Wyre, a leading infrastructure provider in crypto, Airtm, a blockchain and bank-connected digital wallet and peer-to-peer exchange platform, Tala, a financial services platform serving the world's underbanked, and Interstellar, a fintech company revolutionizing international payments.
Emmanuel is the Head of Digital Asset Markets, Perella Weinberg Partners where he leads the firm’s digital asset Investment Banking and Advisory platform.
Prior to joining, Emmanuel spent 24 years at Credit Suisse, where he held a variety of senior roles including Global Head of Debt Capital Markets Technology, Global Head of Leverage Finance Technology, and Global Head of Solutions Delivery, before leading Credit Suisse’s distributed ledger technology efforts in 2014.
At Credit Suisse, he founded their Global Head of Digital Asset Markets, led all of Credit Suisse’s 20+ DLT projects, advised Clients, Central Banks, Credit Suisse Board of Directors, Regulators and Law Makers.
He is a sought-after industry expert, a regular speaker at WEF, a member of the WEF Digital Asset Council. He has contributed to over a half dozen consultation papers for ECB, FCA and AFME.
Emmanuel was the Chair of SIFMA’s Blockchain Round Table and a Board Member of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance. In 2020 and 2021 he was listed in Forbes Blockchain 50 and in 2019, and voted by Business Insider as one of the Top 10 people transforming finance.
Emmanuel Givanakis is the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), where he oversees the financial services regulatory framework that governs the activities of ADGM and its registered entities.
Emmanuel joined ADGM in October 2014 as the Head of Policy & Legal and oversaw the establishment of ADGM’s legislative framework, which was a pivotal step in the creation of ADGM as an international financial centre.
His financial services regulatory expertise and management experience span over 20 years. Prior to joining ADGM, Emmanuel held a number of leadership positions in both Australia and the UAE, including senior positions at the Dubai Financial Services Authority and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
Emmanuel holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology, as well as holding qualifications in Islamic Finance and a Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Practice from the Governance Institute of Australia.
Gabriel leads international policy at SDF. Gabriel has 17 years of working experience on financial regulation and policy. Prior to joining SDF, Gabriel collaborated with financial inclusion and fintech initiatives with the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank Group. Prior to that, he led the financial inclusion policy agenda at the Ministry of Treasury of Argentina, particularly on digital payments infrastructure, digital identity, MSME finance, data protection, financial education, and access to the formal financial system. He designed and implemented the National Financial Inclusion Strategy, and worked designing policies and regulations to develop the local fintech ecosystem, among other projects and initiatives.
Heidi is Head of Investment Products at Wave Financial, a crypto and digital asset management firm, registered with the US SEC, that launched the first NFT fund investing in both NFTs and startups building the ecosystem. She is also President of the Board of Directors for GBBC Giving, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering underserved communities through access to blockchain technology; and co-founded PoA, a platform helping artists fundraise and build communities with blockchain-based-tools including NFTs. Heidi also co-founded [email protected] which led her to launch the Los Angeles Blockchain Lab; a collaboration of academia, government, and enterprise developing the blockchain ecosystem in Southern California and abroad. She provides blockchain training to women around the world through her organization HerCode and is a frequent lecturer for leading academic institutions, executive and government events, and community programs such as TedX. She is a Board Member of [email protected], Female Advisory Board for Lamborghini, and former Honorary Co-chair of US Trade Missions Blockchain for the US Department of Commerce. Prior to her blockchain activism, Heidi focused on turning around distressed assets, growing small businesses into top-tier national firms, and leading sales teams for companies including AIG. She has an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Irina is a serial Climate Tech Entrepreneur and a co-founder of Vlinder. She is an expert in carbon markets and international development. Irina holds a PhD in Geography and Environment from the University of Oxford. She has previously co-founded nature tech companies focused on remote sensing, drones and reforestation.In her role as co-CEO at Vlinder (https://vlinderclimate.com ) Irina is responsible for Carbon Markets and Impact Projects in the Blue Carbon space. Vlinder is a blockchain-based platform that is focused on creating a marketplace and an exchange for high-quality carbon offsets. It supports ecosystem restoration projects that are led by eco-heroes in the world’s most vulnerable environments, focusing on mangrove ecosystems. Vlinder adds additional layers of due diligence and remote sensing to these projects and uses blockchain to increase trust in the space.
Jackson Mueller is Director of Policy and Government Relations at Securrency. Jackson is a former associate director of the Milken Institute's Center for Financial Markets. He focuses on fintech, capital formation policy, and financial markets education initiatives. Prior to joining the Institute, Mueller was an assistant vice president at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), where he focused on a broad range of financial services-related policies, provided legislative and regulatory updates to executive-level government relations staff, and conducted analysis of key issues relevant to SIFMA's members. Jackson received his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Richmond, and a master's degree in public policy from American University. He works at the Institute's Washington, D.C. office.
James Munce is the Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners. James started his career with PwC auditing private equity and hedge funds whilst qualifying as a chartered accountant before moving to Merrill Lynch (BAML) in 2007. James spent 11 years at BAML building out the award-winning Merrill Lynch Investment Solutions (MLIS) UCITS platform that partnered with top tier investment managers to provide European distribution and infrastructure. MLIS had peak assets of $6.5 BN and James served as both COO and CEO. Prior to joining Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners James was the COO of the Australian multi boutique business Fidante Partners with assets of $65 BN across 14 boutique partners.
Jason Barsema is the President and Co-Founder of Halo Investing where he leads the team and product vision. With over a decade of experience managing structured notes, he built the Halo platform to provide all investors access to this incredible investment product. Jason was previously a Partner on a large private banking team at Credit Suisse, where he managed portfolios for ultra-high net worth individuals and institutions. Jason received his B.A. in Economics from Northern Illinois University and his M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Jason Chlipala is the COO of the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF), a non-profit organization that supports the development and growth of Stellar, an open-source network that connects the world's financial infrastructure. At SDF, he manages operations, finances, and business strategy. Prior to joining SDF, Jason was the COO of Interstellar, where he worked on all areas of business operations. Jason also previously led teams of engineers, data scientists, and designers in building custom solutions to data problems in his business development role at Palantir Technologies. Before moving to the technology space, Jason began his professional career as a tax and corporate attorney in New York. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Cornell and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.
John, a Co-Founder of Securrency, serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Revenue Officer at Securrency. He leads global business operations for Securrency's international team based in Abu Dhabi, UAE as well as Securrency's global client and investor relationships. John served in the U.S. Navy for over 25 years as an aviator and a Major Defense Acquisition Program Manager. John is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has advanced degrees from the Naval War College and Johns Hopkins University.
Justin Banon is the Co-founder of Boson Protocol, the universal settlement layer for commerce. Prior to this, Justin spearheaded the Travel Experiences Division of Collinson, where he managed a group of global loyalty rewards platforms including LoungeKey, Mastercard Airport Experiences, and Priority Pass — the latter of which he scaled twenty-fold from $50m to $1bn per annum revenue during his tenure.
A serial entrepreneur, Justin has founded numerous startups over the last two decades, including Meltfactory, a blockchain strategy consultancy where he served as CEO, and Redeemeum, a crypto native rewards platform where he currently holds the position of CEO. He also serves as a Start-up Mentor at Outlier Ventures, a leading investment firm in blockchain, artificial intelligence, IoT, and robotics.
A Physics graduate from Imperial College London, Justin also holds a Masters in E-business and Innovation from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a Masters in Digital Currency from the University of Nicosia.
Lawrence is a globally recognised digital finance advocate with a track record as an advisor, executive, and board member, working with startups to institutions. He is the Chair of Global Digital Finance, a not for-profit promoting fair and transparent markets for crypto and digital assets, and is the former CEO of Innovate Finance, the UK fintech members association. He is the Principal of Elipses, a digital investment management firm focused on sustainable investments, systematic investment management strategies, big data analytics, machine learning, and DLT technologies. Lawrence has an MBA, is a regular Forbes and Fintech.TV contributor, and promotes ethical and sustainable finance policies for a transparent, secure, and quality digital future for everyone.
Manuel, Director of Innovation Strategy at Securrency, oversees strategy and business development focusing on industry partnerships and commercialization of the firm's IP in the areas of digital assets, identity management, and exchange protocols. He has over 20 years of experience in institutional capital markets across all major asset classes on both the buy and sell side. Prior to Securrency, Manuel worked as a strategy consultant; Head of MENA at index and analytics firm MSCI (NYSE: MSCI) in Dubai and Head of EMEA at JPMorgan spin-off RiskMetrics Group (NYSE: RMG) in London.
Michael is co-founder of Unit, the leading DAO builder focused on powering the token economy using the Unit Network blockchain, powered by Polkadot. His mission is to solve wealth inequity, by providing a more cooperative economy. He is focused on social impact and positive change through education, entrepreneurship and empowering individuals. Michael is a self-taught full-stack, mobile and blockchain developer. Alongside, has design and video expertise which support in building useful products. Michael has been in the crypto and blockchain industry since 2010 and has built several successful businesses with exits, ranging from an encrypted peer-to-peer video conferencing technology, used by millions of users globally, one of the UK’s largest student social networks, the Wikileaks android application and many mobile apps used by millions of users worldwide. Alongside starting and growing businesses, Michael has advised and supported startups, investors and corporates in Asia, Europe, Middle East and Latin America. He was a finalist of the Thiel Fellowship by Peter Thiel and awarded the Silver medal in the Mathematics Olympiad. Michael worked at top pan-European Venture Capital firm, Wellington partners(€800 million under management). As well as working for the Founders Forum, the leading technology conference and network globally(founder of $500m company to be invited) He founded a coding education bootcamp company which co-led the introducing coding into the british education system. He has done work for Google, KPMG, Saatchi & Saatchi, L’Oreal, Imperial College, Unilever, London Business School and other top startups/corporates/organisations. . Michael is Singaporean, Irish and British, growing up in Singapore, moving to the UK at 16. He enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures, having visited 88 countries. He is an Ironman triathlete. He has lived in Singapore, London, New York City, Bali, Shanghai, Berlin, Dubai, Hong Kong. He looks forward to live, travel and work in more places in the future.
Nitin Gaur recently joined State Street Digital℠ as managing director of Digital Asset and Technology Design, with aspirations to transition part of the company’s financial market infrastructure and its clients to the new digital economy. In his previous role, Nitin, served as founder and director of IBM Digital Asset Labs – devising industry standards and use cases, and working towards making blockchain for enterprise a reality. Additionally, he also served as chief technology officer of IBM World Wire – a cross border payment solution utilizing digital assets. Nitin holds a Master of Science degree in management information systems and a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from the University of Maryland. He was also appointed as an IBM Distinguished Engineer and has been recognized as Master Inventor with a rich patent portfolio.
Patrick, Chief Strategy Officer at Securrency, guides Securrency's commercial and capital strategy, develops strategic initiatives, oversees marketing and communications activities, and works closely with Securrency's strategic partners. Patrick has been an entrepreneur, a practicing big-firm lawyer, and a US Marine Corps officer. Patrick has an undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.
For more than 20 years, Sandro has worked across global financial institutions and Switzerland’s Financial Market Infrastructure to maintain and shape the financial market infrastructure in Switzerland.
Sandro strongly believes that the ongoing paradigm shift in technology will help achieve and increase social, environmental and financial sustainability. Thanks to the innovation and rapid evolution of blockchain, the technology harmonizes with criteria and approaches to enable and achieve goals, such as those we know from the SDGs.
Saqr Mashhor Ereiqat is a consultant focusing on fintech, blockchain solutions, healthcare, and innovation management. A thirteen-year veteran of IBM in Middle East and Africa, he is the former Head of Public Sector Consultancy in Dubai, where is recognized as a pioneer in enterprise blockchain, being a co-author of the first IBM blockchain for government methodology and helped define the official government blockchain strategy of Dubai. While at IBM, Saqr led projects in 23 countries across Europe, Middle East & Africa where he worked with both public and private sector entities to define, create, and implement their blockchain strategies.
Former clients include DHL, Shell, Airtel, Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA), Smart Dubai Government and The Prime Minister's Office. In the field of healthcare, Saqr has advised several large hospital conglomerates on their technology strategy and set up the National Health Lab for Emerging Technology for the Saudi Arabian Government.
Since 2021 Saqr serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Innovation Institute. He is currently working with the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), the Arab Youth Center, and the Founder Institute as a mentor supporting start-ups in the region. As of 2022 he is part of founding Crypto Oasis Team, defining the largest blockchain ecosystem in the region.
Tracy Trachsler is Managing Director of CV Labs, where she executes the overall strategy and oversees the day-to-day operations/global growth and positioning of the company. CV Labs combines co-working, high-level events and expert advisory activities to create a unique, global blockchain ecosystem that connects startups, investors, service providers and the community at large.
Before joining CV Labs, she served as Head of Business Relations and Corporate Strategy for a Swiss software development and marketing firm, spearheading several digitalization and blockchain projects for clients such as Tommy Hilfiger. She holds an MA in Global Economy and Strategy from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea as well as an MA in International Affairs and Governance from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland.
Yip is cofounder at Unit Network, a leading full-fledged DAO builder for the token economy. She has founded Unit Masters, the signature free blockchain literacy program that has trained several thousand pioneers across the globe in Web3 Fundamentals. She is a governor at H.E.R. Dao and co-founder at DLT Talents, both providing scholarships to hundreds of women to enter the blockchain economy.
Yip has received several recognitions for her work in closing the gender equitability gap and in well-being. Her Meditate to Earn project Proof of Meditation one the ETHDenver Hackathon.
In 2022, Yip was recognized as one of 100 inspirational women of Web3 (https://unstoppablewow3.com/) alongside Galia Benartzi (Bancor), Catherine Wood (ArkInvest), Kathryn Haun (Haun Ventures), and Laura Shin (Unchained).
Previously, she worked at McKinsey & Co in the Global Financial Services Practice, and at Rocket Internet. She holds an MBA from INSEAD business school and is advisor at Antler, Techstars, Plug&Play, Launchpool.xyz.
She is a passionate meditation teacher, poet, and author of the book “Beautiful Brains Change tomorrow… today”, a mindfulness manifesto and guide into entrepreneurship.
She invests into projects that work at the frontiers of technology to advance United Nations SDG.
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