2018 Speakers included:

  • Mahmood Al-Imam
    Data Scientist, Blockchain Technology Malaysia

    Mahmood is our current data scientist and a well-known speaker, assisting in integrating AI, Machine Learning and BackEnd Development with Blockchain Technology. As a self-motivated individual and a great team player, he collaborates with others in the Blockchain practice via mentoring and thought leadership. He is a professional engineer, member of the Associate of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). Mahmood completed his Masters of Science in 2001 and his PhD. in Control System Engineering in 2010. He's passionate about educating people in AI and Machine Learning. Above all, he's a certified professional in corporate training.

  • Steve Bellotti
    Chief Executive Officer
    Digital Currency Holdings
  • Lou Boyle
    Innovation Executive
    Local Government Association of Queensland
  • Bradley Brown
    National Manager Strategic Intelligence and Policy , AUSTRAC

    Bradley Brown is the National Manager Strategic Intelligence and Policy at AUSTRAC. He is responsible for delivering operational policy outcomes which support AUSTRAC, its partner agencies and industry whilst leading research to assist understanding of the emerging threats in the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML/CTF) environment. Bradley joined AUSTRAC in 2004 as the Manager Strategic Analysis after a 15 year career with the Queensland Police Service and has since progressed to more senior roles representing the agency at AML/CTF conferences and summits domestically and overseas. He holds a Masters degree in Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism.

  • Simon Cant
    Co-founder and Managing Director, Reinventure

    Simon Cant is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Reinventure Group.  Launched in January 2014, Reinventure is a $50m Westpac backed venture fund which combines the best of independent venture capital and corporate venturing.

    Simon is also the Founding President of Fintech Australia, the representative body of Fintech’s across Australia which has driven the Australian Government’s ‘Backing Australian Fintech’ policy agenda.

    Simon has built his career in venture and innovation including advising companies such as Westpac, NAB, Suncorp, Fairfax, News APN and Tennis Australia as well as being a founding team member at Social Ventures Australia, Tinshed Angel Group and ninemsn.
    Simon began his career as a solicitor with Allens.

  • Ivan Carlisle
    Director of STEM, Melbourne Girls Grammar

    Ivan Carlisle is the Director of STEM at Melbourne Girls Grammar. He is firmly committed to empowering young women to think for themselves and engage with the world as ethical women of action. Ivan actively seeks to connect Melbourne Girls Grammar students with authentic opportunities to engage with emerging technologies so that they may explore possible futures for themselves and society. Ivan teaches Computer Science, Mathematics, and Philosophy and has been working with his students to learn to develop decentralised applications incorporating smart contracts on the Ethereum Blockchain.

    Before joining Melbourne Girls Grammar in 2011, Ivan worked in a range of contexts including consulting on sustainability design matters in the property development industry, working as an electrical engineer, and interning in an Artificial Intelligence laboratory. Ivan holds Bachelor degrees in Arts and Engineering (Electrical & Computer Systems), a Master of Teaching (Secondary) and a Master of Education Policy (International).

  • David Cassidy
    Managing Director, Kyckr

    David has held senior executive and board positions in sectors including financial services, media and technology. He has worked for global companies such as Siemens and CitiCorp and regional entrepreneurs such as Kerry and James Packer. He has lived and worked in Europe, USA and Australia in roles with regional and global responsibilities. Over the last 2 years he has been managing director of an global RegTech, Kyckr Limited providing solutions to automate the ‘cookie cutter’ aspects of KYC on businesses through APIs and blockchains.

  • Matthew Chan
    Regional Head, The US Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation

    Matthew Chan is regional head of DTCC's Institutional Trade Processing (ITP) business, servicing the broker, investment manager and custodian segments. ITP combines DTCC’s GMEI platform for legal entity identifiers with formerly Omgeo-branded pre-trade and matching services, enabling end-to-end straight-through-processing of trading activity across global financial markets.  Matt joined DTCC in 2007 in London, U.K., prior to returning to Sydney, Australia. He has served in a leadership positions across DTCC’s strategy, product, finance, marketing, industry relations and M&A.

    Previously, Matt worked in corporate and strategic planning at PepsiCo and Cadbury Schweppes. He served as a business and policy advisor to the Australian Finance Minister from 1999 to 2001 and, prior to that, as a consulting engineer advising government-owned businesses and utilities.

    Matt graduated with a Master of Commerce degree from the Australian School of Business in 2004, and Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) degrees from UNSW, Australia in 1998. In 2016, Matt completed the Asialink Leaders Program which brings together leaders from the corporate and government sectors to foster knowledge, skills and networks for effective business engagement across Asia Pacific.   Matthew holds British and Australian citizenship.

  • Peter Christo
    Head of ChinaPayments, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency, Novatti

    Peter advises and consults to firms operating in the fintech, blockchain and the cryptocurrency industries. Peter offers leadership in new business development and strategy for businesses in banking and financial services who are dealing with the challenges of the global digital economy and is head of ChinaPayments, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency with the Novatti Group Ltd (ASX:NOV) who operate globally in mobile money, payments and fintech.

    Peter has been a thought leader in Cryptocurrency and Blockchain fintech business since 2013 and has worked with NFP's, Aid organisations, Governments, Telco’s, and banks to deliver vital payment infrastructure into developing economies and communities, connecting less advantaged people to the formal finance sector.

    Peter is the founder of a number of start-up ventures and is also a public speaker on the realities of new venture management and also a speaker & commentator on cryptocurrency, blockchain and the future of the digital economy.

    Peter holds a Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEI), along with a Bachelor of Economics & Marketing.

  • Nick Cliff
    Emerging Technology Lead, Australian Payments Network

    Nick Cliff is the Emerging Technology Lead, Payments Direction, Australian Payments Network. His role is to monitor and interpret developments in payments both globally and nationally. Mr Cliff also plays an important role in shaping the industry initiatives that the Australian Payments Council delivers.

    Prior to joining the Australian Payments Network, he held roles at the Reserve Bank of Australia, Westpac and the Commonwealth Bank.

    A software engineer by trade, Mr Cliff is passionate about the role of emerging technologies. His current focus includes APIs, mobile payments, and digital identity.

    The Australian Payments Network is the self-regulatory body set up by the payments industry to improve the safety, reliability, equity, convenience and efficiency of the Australian payments system.

  • Lucas Cullen
    Co-Founder, Civic Ledger
    Board Member, Blockchain Australia
  • Danny Deng
    Chairman , Tai Cloud

    Graduated from Tsinghua University in 2003, Chairman of Tai Cloud,President of China Blockchain Application Research Center, one of the "20 Leaders in Financial Science & Technology" in Global People, , and an Authoritative Expert of China Blockchain and Digital Currency, Special Lecturer of GBBC and China Blockchain Application Research Center.

  • Paul Derham
    Partner, Holley Nethercote commercial & financial services lawyers

    Paul assists participants in the financial services (including digital currency) industry in complying with their legal and compliance obligations.  Paul regularly assists businesses in acquiring their Australian financial services licences (AFSLs) and AUSTRAC registrations, as well as providing assistance to licensees in their ongoing compliance obligations.  These businesses include cryptocurrency exchanges, brokers, insurers, automated investment advisers (robo advisers), financial advisory dealer groups, global foreign exchange institutions, and OTC derivatives issuers. 

    Paul began working for Holley Nethercote/Compact in 2001.  Paul completed his Arts/Law degree with honours in law in 2004, and became a solicitor in 2005.  He also holds a Diploma of Financial Planning.

    Paul also chairs the FinTech Compliance Forum (Melbourne), CFD Compliance Forum (Sydney) and Money Remitters Compliance Forum (Melbourne/Sydney) every quarter.

  • Lord Meghnad Desai
    Professor Emeritus, London School of Economics

    Meghnad Desai was born in 1940 in Baroda ( Vadodara) ,Gujarat, India. He obtained his B.A. ( Hons) in 1958 and M.A. From the University of Bombay ( now Mumbai) in 1960. He got his Ph.D. from  the University of Pennsylvania , Philadelphia, PA,USA in 1964. He worked as Associate  Specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics , University of California,Berkeley, CA between September 1963 and July 1965.
    He joined the  Department of Economics at the  London School of Economics in September 1965. He worked as Lecturer (1965-1977), Senior Lecturer (1977-1980) ,Reader ( 1980-1983) Professor ( 1984-2003). Since 2003, he is Professor Emeritus at the London School of Economics.

    He was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Puraskar by Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee in January 2004 and the Padma Bhushan by Rashtrapati Shrimati Pratibha Patil in 2008. He received the Jewel of India award from the Indian Merchants Chamber . He is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and a  Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

    He was elevated to a Peerage and is Lord Desai of St.Clement Danes in May 1991 and sits as a Labour Peer in the House of Lords. He was a member of the Mentor Group set up to revive Nalanda University by the MEA ,Government of India in 2007 and was  a member of the  Governing Board of Nalanda University until 2016.  He is the Chairman of the  Meghnad Desai Academy of  Economics in Mumbai since June 2015.

    He has written over 25 books including Applied Econometrics, Marx's Revenge : The Resurgence of Capitalism and the Death of Statist Socialism, Rethinking Islamism: the Ideology of the New Terror, The Rediscovery of India, Nehru's Hero: Dilip Kumar in the Life of India
    He is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions  Forum ( OMFIF).

    He divides his time between London, Delhi and Goa.

  • Rachel DeSain
    Executive General Manager of Innovation and Development , Australian Digital Health Agency

    Rachel De Sain is responsible for leading the Agency in the development of innovative digital health services for consumers and healthcare providers, demonstrating how the application of digital technology can support people to live healthier lives. Her team will work with public and private sector organisations on enabling increased innovation and facilitating strong collaboration and co-design of services across the sector.

    Rachel is an internationally regarded digital strategist with close to twenty years of global experience having worked with governments, Fortune 500 companies, and leading academic institutions. As founder of Flaxworks, Rachel helped her clients to develop solutions that leverage existing infrastructure and look to future innovations to ensure sustainable long-term success. She has expertise in design thinking, digital transformation and strategy and has delivered a range of world- first innovations for companies such as MTV Networks, T-Mobile and Accenture.

    Over the past five years, Rachel has led a range of health and social services projects and is passionate about the opportunity to deliver measurable improvements through the use of innovative technology and processes. In addition to developing new health start-ups for clients including New York based VC Innovation firm prehype, she delivered the digital strategy for Healthdirect Australia. This included a redesign, delivering six new digital services, including mindhealthconnect my aged care, Pregnancy, Birth and Baby, and the National Health Services Directory.

  • Nigel Dobson
    Banking Services Business Domain Lead, ANZ

    Nigel Dobson is Banking Services Business Domain Lead at ANZ.

    The Banking Services Domain delivers common end-to-end platform-based services to drive our business outcomes towards delivering innovative, customer focussed solutions. Banking Services is responsible for developing and implementing the groups Payments platform strategy that will support the enterprise and our partners. The domain portfolio will also include additional enterprise services such as Fraud monitoring, Transaction Screening, Digital Identity, Credit and Risk Monitoring and Decisioning.

    Nigel leads the banks Blockchain strategy and associated activities, including fostering partnerships and industry pilots. Nigel is currently a Director of the New Payments Platform (NPPA) in Australia and a Director of the Australian Payments Council (APC).

    Prior to this role, Nigel spent 4 years in senior Transaction Banking roles at ANZ, including Global Head of Payments and Cash Management and Global Head of Transaction Banking Products.

    Nigel joined ANZ in July 2009 from Citi in Hong Kong where he was Regional Head of Trade and Transaction Services. Nigel had spent a total of 19 years at Citi in various senior Markets and Transaction Services roles in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong.

    Nigel has a Bachelor of Economics from Victoria University, New Zealand.

  • Katryna Dow
    Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Meeco

    Katryna is the Founder of Meeco; an award winning personal data platform. She is an advocate for digital rights and speaks globally on privacy, data protection and Me2B business models.

    Prior to Meeco she founded a operated a strategy consulting practice. As a consultant, Katryna has extensive global experience in strategy to execution roles in start-ups to major corporate change and implementation and projects. Katryna has held leadership positions and delivered projects in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, United States and India. Her industry sector experience includes information technology, financial services, health services and human resources.

    In 2011 she co-founded Zemu, a think tank and incubator to explore commercialisation and business models across the emerging personal information sector. In August 2012, following the successful strategy development of the business model she founded Meeco. Katryna initially self-funded Meeco, before raising seed capital in January 2014, enabling Meeco to launch it's first public platform in July 2014. She currently splits her time between Europe and Australia where Meeco has offices and development teams.

    In addition to leadership role with Meeco, she is actively involved in the IEEE Standards community, serving on two working groups for IEEE; as the Co-Chair for the Personal Data and Privacy Committee, part of The Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems, and Chair for the new P7006 - Standard for Personal Data Artificial Intelligence (AI) Agent.

  • Craig Dunn
    Chair, Australian Government’s Fintech Advisory Group, Non-executive Director, Westpac

    Craig was appointed chair of Stone and Chalk, Sydney’s Fintech Hub, in March 2015.  Craig also chairs the Australian Government’s Fintech Advisory Group and the International Standards Committee for Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies. He is a director of Jobs for NSW and a member of the NSW Government’s Quantum Computing Fund Advisory Panel.

    Craig is also a non-executive director of Westpac Banking Corporation, Telstra Corporation Limited, a member of ASIC’s External Advisory Panel and chair of The Australian Ballet.

    Craig has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services sector and was CEO of AMP Limited for six years from 2008 to 2013. Prior to this, Craig was Managing Director, AMP Financial Services for five years and held a number of other senior roles at AMP, including Managing Director of AMP Bank.

    Before joining AMP, he was CEO of a Malaysian insurance company, a joint venture of Colonial Limited. Craig also lived and worked in Europe and elsewhere in Asia with KPMG.

    He is a former chair of the Financial Services Council and a member of the Financial Services Advisory Committee to the Federal Treasurer, Australian Financial Centre Forum (Johnson Report), Australian Government’s Financial Literacy Board and, most recently, the Financial System Inquiry (or Murray Inquiry).

    Craig holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

  • Paul Fox
    Partner, California Clean Energy Fund, Managing Director, Corran Toohill Capital

    Paul Fox has worked as an investor, strategist, business builder, and technologist.  He is currently focused on helping boards and executives to capitalise on business model and technology disruption.  He has been fortunate to have direct experience in multiple industry sectors which are now converging.

    He was instrumental in creating the New Energy business at AGL Energy Limited, where he introduced lean product management, made several technology investments, and supported the rapid deployment of new products including zero-down solar, home batteries, smart air conditioners, virtual power plants and blockchain enabled P2P trading.

    He is also a venture capitalist at the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) and spent 14 years working in Silicon Valley. In 2009 Paul was selected to join the prestigious Kauffman Fellows Program, which identifies, develops and networks the next generation of global leaders in venture capital.

    Paul was also founding CEO of SC Power Systems, a smart grid company using superconductor technology from Australia. In other roles, Paul was a vice president at electronics manufacturer Flex; the CEO of a fuel cell company; built the first mobile phones in Hungary; was a strategy consultant in telecoms, financial services and infrastructure; and was national operations manager for one of Australia’s largest construction organizations.

  • Hannah Glass
    Solicitor, King & Wood Mallesons

    Hannah Glass is a solicitor in the financial markets team at leading Asian law firm King & Wood Mallesons, specialising in blockchain technology and fintech.  Hannah works with a broad range of clients advising on the evolving legal and regulatory issues associated with the implementation and application of innovative technologies.  She is a recognised key contributor in policy development in Australia’s fintech industry.  In particular, she has played a significant role in the development of the legislative treatment of digital currencies working with industry to advise on the changes to GST and anti-money laundering legislation.

    KWM’s specialist team is at the forefront of legal and technological developments in blockchain, having worked with governments, banks, industry bodies and start-ups around the world on projects from smart contracts to central bank digital currencies and ICOs.  In recognition of their work, the team has won the FT innovation in law awards in 3 of the last 4 years.

    Hannah is also a member of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance’s legal working group.

  • Yukun Hao
    Operations Director General, Technology Research Institute, HNA Tech

    Mr. HAO Yukun, Operation Director of HNA Tech Research Institute, leader of HNA Tech Block chain team, member of CBD Forum Expert Group. Mr. Hao joined HNA Tech in Jul 2017 and founded Block chain team since then. He promoted HNA Tech to join China Block chain Technology and Industrial Development Forum and become Vice Chairman Entity.

    In Jun 2017, Mr. Hao led a team to compete in the 1st China Block chain Development Competition and won the Grand Prize. He was involved in National and community standard setting, ‘Information Technology – Block chain and Distributed Ledger Technology – Reference Architecture’ and ‘Block chain – Data format specification’, submitted 2 patent applications, has one software copyright.

  • Danielle Henderson
    Senior Vice President, Head of Market Advocacy and Innovation Research, Asia Pacific, Northern Trust

    Danielle Henderson is a Senior Vice President and Head of Market Advocacy and Innovation Research for Asia Pacific, Northern Trust, based in Sydney.

    Danielle leads interaction with key industry bodies, regulators and governments to positively influence market changes in line with the organisation’s strategic direction. The function also supports new opportunities to accelerate profitable business growth while promoting the next-generation enterprise operating models for clients.

    Danielle has over 20 years’ experience within the financial services industry which includes experience across the global securities and market infrastructure sectors delivering post-trade services to large and complex clients in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa. She has a strong focus on commercial strategy, emerging technology and innovation.

    Danielle has acted as an independent consultant, advocating for market infrastructure development for the Australian securities industry. She was previously general manager for the Australian Securities Exchange’s (ASX) clearing services where she led product and service innovation in response to regulatory change and competition reform. She was responsible for the market-wide move to T+2 settlements.

    Danielle also held a number of senior roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and BNP Paribas where she ran relationship management and service functions in international prime brokerage. She has expertise in regulated market businesses and managing capital and risk.
    Danielle holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) Degree from the University of Sydney.

  • Da Hongfei
    Founder, NEO

    CEO of Onchain, founder of NEO, key opinion leader of the Chinese blockchain industry, serial entrepreneur, a Bachelor of Arts graduate capable of coding virus with assembly language. Da Hongfei is blockchain advisor to a handful of banks, brokers, and clearing houses. He has keen insights on the underpinning technologies, various application scenarios, and the industry structure. Da Hongfei came across Bitcoin in 2011, and worked fulltime in the industry since 2013. In 2014, he founded NEO, a blockchain to register, transfer, and exchange digital assets, and led the startup to become the benchmark in the Chinese blockchain community.

  • Jed Horner
    Policy Manager, Standards Australia

    Dr Jed Horner is Policy Manager for Standards Australia, playing a key role in public policy engagement. This includes co-ordinating the organisation’s work on blockchain standardisation. Jed joined Standards Australia after a period working with the NSW State Government, where he contributed to the development of innovation policy and the digital government transformation strategy. Until recently, he held an honorary appointment with UNSW Law, where he published and lectured on public health law, migration policy and health and human rights. Jed holds a doctorate in public health, with degrees in health sciences and political sciences.

  • The Hon. Ed Husic
    Shadow Minister Digital Economy and Future of Work, Federal Opposition

    Shadow Minister Ed Husic has a well-established interest in digital innovation and the growth of Australia’s digital economy.

    Elected to Federal Parliament in 2010, the Western Sydney-based MP has advocated for policies designed to promote early stage and digital innovation - because of its ability to generate the firms and jobs of the future. He also argued for the need to sharpen the national focus on preparing for the impact of automation and technology on current and future jobs.

    Leading into the 2016 federal election, Ed was heavily involved in the development of Opposition policy designed to encourage the growth of startups and digital entrepreneurship. He also championed policies to help accelerate the creation of startup communities beyond Australia's capital cities.

    After the 2016 election Ed was promoted to the front bench as Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy, as well as Shadow Minister for Employment Services, Workforce Participation and the Future of Work.

    He previously held the positions of Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for Broadband.

  • Victor Jiang
    Executive Chairman, Sapien Ventures LLP

    Victor Jiang is the founding Chairman of Sapien Ventures, a fintech, blockchain and online marketplaces-focused VC firm with offices across Silicon Valley, Sydney, Melbourne & Shanghai. Victor advises many startups and currently sits on 7 technology company Boards across US / AU / China.

    Victor is a serial founder, having started his first company at age 23, then working and living across 12 countries in a variety of roles and industries. In 2007 he was acquired into IBM as part of a software company acquisition, ending up running IBM's Enterprise Data Management business for its London capital markets and investment banking unit. There he led the unit to achieve 410% of revenue target during and through the GFC. Back in Australia in 2010, he led sales for IBM's Business Analytics Consulting division and helped grow the business unit by 200% within 12 months.

    Founding Skillsapien.com in 2012, he took the venture from Australia to Silicon Valley where he secured venture funding and met his current business partners in Sapien Ventures, leading to its founding in 2015.

    Sapien Ventures strives to bring Silicon Valley knowhow to Australian tech entrepreneurs looking for North American or Asian expansions. It has been regularly featured in media such as the AFR, WSJ, AVCJ, Sky Business, The Australian and others, for leading pioneering deals such as the first Australian fintech VC investment from  Chinese SIV investor's capital, as well as the recent cross-border ICO of InvestDigital.

  • Loretta Joseph
    Industry Advisory Council, Australian Digital Commerce Association and Fintech Leader of the Year 2017

    Loretta is a highly dynamic, skilled banking, financial and consulting professional with over 25 years in financial markets and related sectors. She champions the cause for responsible blockchain adoption with global governments, regulators and industry players . She was the recipient of the Fintech Australia, "FinTech Leader of 2017", “Female leader of 2016” and Sancta Sophia College (Within Sydney University) Alumni Award 2016 for Social impact.

    Loretta has a worked for major investment banks at Board, MD or senior management level throughout Asia and India including, RBS (India), Macquarie Group (India), Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and Elara Capital (India), Spanning a long career, Loretta has tremendous exposure to global financial markets, multiple asset classes and emerging market environments. Loretta has advised many international banks, global hedge and pension funds on managing portfolio and exposure to derivatives and related products. For the last decade, she has been paramount in successful transaction facilitation for Foreign Investors in India and other emerging markets. She has operated in many multi-cultural organisations.

    Loretta sits on the advisory board of UWS (Business School), Blume Ventures (India).An adjunct fellow at UWS (Australia).Chair of the advisory board of ADDCA (Australian Digital Currency and Commerce Association) and holds various advisory positions for multiple tech, biotech and Cybersecurity companies

  • Raj Karkara
    Chief Revenue Officer and Director, tZero

    Raj Karkara is the chief revenue officer and director of tZERO, Overstock.com’s financial technology subsidiary that has built a distributed ledger based platform for capital markets and is applying crypto technology to the financial industry. In this role, he was instrumental in the issuance and sale of the world’s first digital bond in 2015, and in 2016, issuing the world’s first publicly traded digital security, which settled same day using the tZERO platform. In addition, Karkara also serves as vice president of financial services, loyalty and new business development at Overstock.com.  In this role, he manages products such as Club O, Overstock.com’s loyalty program and FinanceHub, a platform which offers multiple financial products for lending, investments, insurance and credit cards.  Before joining Overstock, Karkara was the Director of Global Strategic Product Development at MasterCard, focusing on global mobile payments and mobile identity solutions.  Prior to MasterCard, he was Director of Product at HookLogic (now criteo), where he helped retailers such as Overstock optimize onsite advertising revenues.  Karkara received a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pune, India and a master's degree in Business and Telecommunications from the University of Maryland, College Park.

  • Robert Kahn
    Co-Inventor, TCP/IP protocols

    Robert Elliot Kahn is an American electrical engineer, who, along with Vint Cerf, invented the Transmission Control Protocol and the Internet Protocol, the fundamental communication protocols at the heart of the Internet. He is widely considered as the Father of the Internet.

  • Adam Koltun
    Marketing Manager, The Quantum Resistant Ledger

    With a passion for emergent and forward-looking technology, Adam sees blockchain as the foundation that will underpin the digital industrial revolution. His educational background is in the Liberal Arts, with a Bachelor of the Arts in Anthropology and a Bachelor of the Arts in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts. This has helped him to develop the tools to articulate many of the at-times complicated concepts surrounding the technology to a variety of audiences.

  • Sam Lee
    Chief Executive Officer, Blockchain Global and Bitcoin Group

    Sam Lee, founder and CEO of Blockchain Global Limited, a profitable Blockchain technology company with offices in Melbourne, New York, Kobe, Shanghai and Dalian.

    Under his vision and leadership, the company's corporate accelerator program has made over 50 investments in companies leveraging Blockchain Technology, generating know-how to work with government leaders in defining regulation and standards to accelerate industry adoption that ultimately aims to reduce friction, fraud and cost for any company.

    In 2014, alongside Blockchain Global, Mr Lee founded the Blockchain Centre (the world first nonprofit Blockchain Knowledge Hub focused on education and awareness) and industry think tank, Distributed Technologies Institute.

    Mr. Lee also established Distributed Group, a blockchain venture platform that connects corporates, investors and entrepreneurs through a network of +300 DLT pioneers that apply knowledge to create value at all stages.

    Panelist at World Economic Forum, as well as in numerous Blockchain Summits. Mr. Lee is a frequent interviewee on CNBC, BBC, Sky News and RT.

  • Grant Lenaarts
    Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Digital Custodians

    Grant has over twenty years experience spanning across multiple disciplines including advertising, marketing, product development, startup vision, and strategy.

    Grant has built and advised to a range of successful start-ups. Last year one of his major projects was the development of a blockchain equity share platform.

    Currently building blockchain technology projects in the supply chain space, delivering exchanges and wallets for corporate coin economies and designing technology architectures for multiple industries including pharmaceuticals, sport, medical data, charities/NGO’s, property finance solutions and the sharing economy.

    Grant has been actively building digital assets and co-founding a digital asset auction and trading house in the world’s first decentralised digital art market.

  • Bin Li
    Director, Innovative Research and Standardisation Expert, WeBank

    Benjamin, in charge of Fintech innovation and standardization in Webank, has 12 years of experience in the financial industry. Benjamin is deeply involved in the main work of BCOS and FISCO BCOS, two blockchain opensource platforms of WeBank. Benjamin Also promotes the realization of several application scenarios, such as reconciliation platform, cross-border payment wallet and electronic evidence management platform based on blockchain.

    Benjamin Participated in China’s Blockchain reference architecture and Blockchain data format specification of national standards. Benjamin is now participating in ISO/TC 307-Blockchain and distributed ledger Technologies Technical Committee of the series blockchain standard formulation as well as the Chinese artificial intelligence technology related to some standards.

  • Ming Li
    Director, China Electronics Standardisation Institute (CESI)

    Mr Ming LI, Director-General China’s Electronic Industry Standardization Institute (CESI) under the administration of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
    • Expert of ISO/TC 307 WG5 (Smart contract)/SG6 (Governance)
    • Expert of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC40 WG1(Governance of IT)
    • Editor of ISO/IEC TR 38505-2 (Governance of data)
    • Member of IEEE/ISACA/DAMA/CCF
    • Chair of China’s peak blockchain industry advisory council China Blockchain Technology and Industrial Develop (CBD) Forum

    Director Li is responsible for China’s blockchain standardisation and industrialisation work and is responsible for China’s blockchain standards and representation on the international blockchain committee and chairs serval key domestic blockchain standards development working groups including Blockchain Reference Architecture and Blockchain Data Format Specification.

    Director Li also leads China Blockchain Technology and Industrial Development (CBD) Forum, consisting of 15 top Chinese companies and institutions who are committed to the development of the Blockchain Technology across multiple sectors.

  • Sarah Lim
    Country Manager, VeChain Technology SEA

    Sarah Lim joined VeChain Technology SEA Pte Ltd in November 2017 as their Country Manager. She is based in Singapore and supports Sunny Lu (CEO)  and Jay Zhang (CFO) in defining and execution of business strategies and growth of VeChain’s business in South East Asia and Australia.

    Prior to VeChain, Sarah began her entrepreneurial career at 26 when she left her comfortable job as a proprietary trader to launch her first business in e-commerce. The business was named by Tech In Asia as “Top 24 trendy Zalora competitors in South-East Asia” and “100 SME of the Year 2015" by Singapore Business Inc which she successfully sold to Bloomlight Capital Ventures, Indonesia.

    Most recently, she was a Digital Consultant with the Singapore Productivity Centre advising Singapore SMEs on the sustainability of their digital business and omni-channel strategies. She learnt about blockchain and machine learning during her time as Director of Business Development at Popety.io, the first startup to launch a digital maintenance logbook based on smart contracts in Singapore and Switzerland.

    Sarah is passionate about growing new businesses and is experienced in Digital Marketing. She graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

  • Lina Lim
    Head of Technology, National Stock Exchange of Australia

    Joining NSX in September 2016, Lina is responsible for the strategic direction on the innovative product and technology adoption and overseeing the business technology operations.  She provides strategic thought leadership to transform and support the business initiatives. She has been recently recognised at the CIO50 Australia 2017 as one of the raising stars and the ones to watch.

    Lina has wealth of expertise in the Financial Markets Business and Technology with 20 years’ experience, which majority of these years spent at Nasdaq working with Exchanges, CSDs and Regulators in Australia, Asia, and Europe. She has successfully implemented major business technology transformations and system solutions to support growing business and realizing the opportunities and potentials.

    Lina is passionate in bringing and advocating creative and innovative Financial Technology adoption, in particular to challenge and solve the problems for greater and more distributed wealth access and financial inclusion. She has been involved in the Blockchain and DLT CSD Global workshop and Exchange’s review on Blockchain and DLT use cases for strategic direction. She is currently designing on the potential use case of Blockchain and AI for providing sustainable finance to achieve positive and measurable social impact outcome.

  • Joseph Liu
    Director, Blockchain Research Lab, Monash University

    Dr Joseph Liu is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University. He got his PhD from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2004. Prior to joining Monash in 2015, he has worked as a research scientist at Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) in Singapore for more than 7 years. His research areas include cyber security, the blockchain, applied cryptography and privacy-enhanced technology. He is currently the Director of the Monash-Collinstar Blockchain Research Lab. His remarkable research in linkable ring signature forms the theoretical basis of Monero (XMR), one of the largest cryptocurrencies in the world.

  • Zuotian Luan
    Vice President, Fortuna Blockchain

    M.S. Mathematical Finance, The University of Chicago

    M.S. Computer Science, Yale University

    Having served as a quantitative analyst in large financial institutes as well as a day trader in a boutique proprietary trading firm, ZT has a broad spectrum of experiences in the financial industry.

    His experience ranges from product (financial instrument) design, risk management, and model development to algorithm trading and floor trading. ZT has a deep understanding of derivatives, especially options, futures and fixed income derivatives. He was with the Option Clearing Corporation (OCC), a clearing house for all US Equity options and many other derivatives. OCC is also a Systemically Important Financial Market Utility (SIFMU) with close collaboration with the SEC and regulatory functionalities.

  • Rhonda Luo
    Senior Specialist Market Infrastructure
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)
  • Huanyu Ma
    Blockchain Algorithm Engineer, ZhongAn Technology

    Huanyu Ma is an expert in cryptography and privacy preserving technologies. He is a specialist on privacy preserving technologies adopted in blockchain, especially Monero. He also has rich experience developiong blockchain related projects on Ethereum and Annchain of ZhongAn Tech. Nowadays, he works on inter-blockchain communication projects and researches related privacy concerns.

  • Serena Malatesta
    Year 10 Student, Melbourne Girls Grammar

    Serena Malatesta is currently undertaking a Year 10 Algorithmics and Emerging Technologies course at Melbourne Girls Grammar. Her class is working as a team to develop a Decentralised Application on the Ethereum Blockchain to solve an authentic real-world problem. Civic Ledger is assisting to mentor the team at various stages of the process. The students have a steep learning curve but working collaboratively they have the potential to make rapid progress with this exciting technology.

    Serena is inspired by her mother who is an architect and her father who is an entrepreneur, to draw from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in creative and enterprising ways. Last year she took part in a Senior Years STEM and Enterprise tour of Europe, which has inspired her to further explore STEM, and in particular emerging technologies, as part of her broader learning interests and career aspirations.

  • Richard McCarthy
    General Manager – Sales, Product and Marketing, Perpetual Corporate Trust

    Richard joined Perpetual Corporate Trust in 2007 and is responsible for growing the business through strategic development of new products, and delivery of sales and marketing initiatives. He has more than 20 years’ experience in banking and financial services; providing trustee, custody, management, regulatory reporting and administration services to both the debt capital markets and the managed funds industry. For the 12 months prior to joining Perpetual, Richard was Vice President, Head of Relationship Management at BNY Mellon’s corporate trust division in Sydney. Richard also spent eight years in J.P. Morgan Chase’s global securities and institutional trust business in Cardiff and London before moving to J.P. Morgan Sydney in August 2003.

  • Greg Medcraft
    Director - Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD

    Mr. Medcraft has extensive experience working on financial markets and services issues, both from an industry and policy perspective. The first part of his career was spent in the private sector (30 years), with accounting firm KPMG then Société Générale in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas and then as CEO of the industry group, the Australian Securitisation Forum. At Société Générale, he initially worked on corporate finance, then capital markets, structured finance, project finance and funds management, before becoming Deputy Global Head of Financial Engineering and then Managing Director and Global Head of Securitisation. When he was based in New York, Mr. Medcraft co-founded the industry group, the American Securitization Forum, and was its Chairman for a number of years.

    From 2009 to 2017, he was first Commissioner and then Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Australia's corporate, markets, financial services and credit regulator. While ASIC Chairman, Mr. Medcraft was also, for three years until May 2016, Chair of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Board and a member of the Financial Stability Board. IOSCO is the leading international policy forum and global standard setter for securities regulation.

    Other earlier appointments include director of the Washington-based think tank Salzburg Global Seminar, member of the IMF High-Level Advisory Group of the Interdepartmental Working Group on Finance and Technology, a global steward of the World Economic Forum’s initiative on long term investing infrastructure, member of the Board of Directors of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Mr. Medcraft has also held elected public office, including the mayorship of cities in Melbourne and Sydney.

    Mr. Medcraft, an Australian national, holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

  • Evangeline Mullins
    Year 12 Student, Melbourne Girls Grammar

    Evangeline Mullins is a boarding student who grew up in rural NSW, and she is the 2018 Boarding House Captain at Melbourne Girls Grammar School. She is an accomplished and driven student as demonstrated by her inclusion in the Monash Scholars Program and the Kwong Lee Dow Melbourne University High Achievers Program.

    Evangeline, as part of a student team in the Smart Cities Hackathon in 2017, took out third place for the creation of an Ethereum based Voting DAPP called MySay. She appreciates how community events such as hackathons encourage minds of all ages and genders to participate and learn in a professional and supportive environment.

    Evangeline has completed a university level Algorithmics subject and she is currently studying a good balance of STEM and humanities subjects. She believes in critically engaging with technology to ensure it continues to serve humanity, and not the other way around.

  • Sam Nickless
    Chief Operating Officer, Gilbert & Tobin

    Sam is a Partner and the Chief Operating Officer at Gilbert + Tobin.

    He is responsible for G+T’s operational functions and plays a leadership role in the development and implementation of the firm’s overall strategy. With a focus on technology and innovation, Sam drives the firm to challenge the status quo, particularly in relation to the delivery of legal services.

    Sam represents the firm on the board of LegalVision, a technology-based legal start-up which is partly owned by Gilbert + Tobin.

    Before joining Gilbert + Tobin in 2015, Sam worked in a number of innovation and strategy roles for corporates in mature industries facing disruption. He was Head of Property Innovations at GPT Group, steering its response to the disruptive threats to its retail and office portfolios.

    Sam held executive roles at Aristocrat Leisure and National Australia Bank, where he led Strategy and Business Development and was General Manager of their Credit Cards & Personal Loans business. He was also a Partner at McKinsey & Company, working with a range of clients across financial services, retail, agribusiness and telecommunications, and with a focus on strategy and organisation.

  • Katherine Noall
    Chief Executive Officer, Sphere Identity

    Katherine Noall is CEO of Sphere Identity. Sphere creates new solutions for personal, medical and IoT identity using the security of blockchain technology. Katherine is recognized one of the Top 100 Leaders in Identity of 2017. Katherine combines 5 years of blockchain industry experience with solid international management experience with global technology companies.  Katherine holds a Master of Business (Information Technology) and Master of Commerce.

  • Millicent Perkins
    School Captain, Melbourne Girls Grammar

    Millie Perkins is the 2018 School Captain at Melbourne Girls Grammar School. She is an avid learner and she has already completed a university level Algorithmics subject amongst her many STEM studies at school. Millie has always been passionate about, and had an aptitude for STEM, and she has been inspired to forge a career in that direction by her mother who is CEO of a clinical research company.

    Millie recently served as one of the judges alongside Dr. Jonathan Reichental, Chief Information Officer for the City of Palo Alto, at the Melbourne Smart Cities Blockchain Hackathon. She is excited about the disruptive potential of blockchain technologies, and she is keen to see more young women like herself engaging in the leveraging of blockchain and other emerging technologies. Millie understands that the decentralised nature of blockchain technology is not by accident, and hopes that it proves to be a positive force in making a more democratic and equitable world.

  • Reece Proudfoot
    Innovation Strategist, WWF Australia

    Reece Proudfoot is Innovation Strategist at WWF Australia. He works with diverse players across NGO, corporate, academia, design, tech, government and startup sectors to facilitate innovation that delivers for people, planet and the bottom line. To achieve this Reece founded the WWF network’s first accelerator: “Panda Labs” – with a focus on channeling innovation for positive social and environmental impact. In 2017 he authored the report "Can Technology Save the Planet?" and designed and launched the WWF network's global blockchain strategy. He will be sharing the story of how a global NGO has led the charge in adopting blockchain as a transformative tool for global social and environmental impact.

  • Tal Rapke
    Director of Innovation, Sanofi

    Tal believes in a new healthcare future where the patient sits in the middle of their healthcare journey, leveraging data and technology to achieve superior health outcomes. Tal is a trained physician, a strategist, an entrepreneur, a creative thinker, and a biotech/pharmaceutical and healthcare expert. He is currently the CEO of a global innovative blockchain startup - ScalaMed - transforming the future of prescription medicine and health data.

    He has twenty plus years of healthcare expertise across Australia, Asia-Pac and the USA across clinical medicine, online and digital healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and commercialisation strategy of medical products. Beyond his clinical years in Australian hospitals in NSW and Victoria, he spent 5 years in the USA in health focused management consulting, and in digital/online health. In Australia, Tal spent 7 years at Sanofi as the company’s Innovation Director and previously as its Medical Director.

  • Vaughn Richtor
    Chairman, Ratesetter

    Vaughn Richtor is the former CEO of ING DIRECT Australia and CEO Challenger and Growth Countries – Asia, ING Group. Vaughn joined ING in London in 1991 and was Deputy General Manager UK and Ireland, establishing the ING Dublin branch.

    Vaughn was then assigned to start banking operations in Australia in 1995, which ultimately became ING DIRECT. He held this role until January 2006, helping to establish the brand and building a profitable business. Vaughn was then appointed CEO and MD of ING Vysya Bank in India where he spent over three years on the successful turnaround of a loss making bank. He then worked as CEO - Banking Asia, covering Retail Banking and Commercial activities in the region for three years, before returning to Australia in 2012. Vaughn retired from his roles as CEO of ING Retail Banking Asia and CEO ING Direct Australia in June 2016.

    Vaughn is currently Chairman of Ratesetter Australia and a Non-Executive Director of TMB Bank in Thailand. He also advises on financial services and banking. He is an advisor to the Australian Digital Commerce Association and Spriggy (a Fintech company providing childrens e-pocket money). Vaughn was previously a Board member of ING Vysya Bank in India from 2009 until its merger with Kotak Mahindra Bank in 2015, and Board Member of Kookmin Group in Korea from 2010 to 2012.  He was named Australian Financial Services Executive of the Year in 2015. Vaughn writes and speaks extensively on Leadership, Corporate Culture, Customer Centricity and Digital banking, and provides mentoring to senior leaders in Australia.

  • Peter Robertson
    Co-founder, ExistenceID

    Peter considers himself privileged and fortunate to live in an era of great positive change in technology and has embraced the major revolutions of his time; the phenomena of the Internet and World Wide Web and more recently, the crypto phenomenon lead by Bitcoin and followed by the plethora of related emerging technologies inspired by the unprecedented properties of immutable public record, decentralisation and mathematically guaranteed consensus mechanisms.

    The World is now presented for the very first time with the possibility of indisputable shared truths, immune from official meddling, corruption and criminality. These new opportunities hold great promise not just for the developed world, but also offer the prospect of inclusion for the other six billion humans currently unable to participate adequately in the global systems we take for granted.

  • Philippa Ryan
    Co-convenor of the International Standards Committee on Smart Contracts, NSW Bar Association and UTS Faculty of Law

    Dr Pip Ryan is a barrister and lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology. She coordinates and teaches Commercial Equity and Disruptive Technologies and the Law.  Pip also facilitates an extracurricular programme that teaches law students how to design and develop legal apps for NGOs. She is a member of the Industry Advisory Board for the Australian Digital Currency Association,  the Deputy Chair of the Australian Computer Society’s Blockchain Technical Committee, and the Standards Australia Blockchain Technical Committee, where she convenes the Smart Contracts Working Group.

    Pip is also a member of the ISO Smart Contracts Study Group. Pip’s PhD formulated a new classification for the liability of third parties to breach of trust. Her current research explores business relationships, custodial obligations and breach of fiduciary duty in apparently trustless commercial arrangements and smart contracts enabled by Blockchain technology. Forthcoming publications: Trust and Distrust in Decentralised Digital Economies (Routledge, NY).

  • Jamie Skella
    Co-founder, Horizon State

    Technology strategist and entrepreneur Jamie Skella has spent 20 years in the design, building and advising of businesses across blockchain, esports, machine learning, and even future food. Formerly Executive Director at MiVote, Jamie is now Co-Founder of Horizon State, a startup redesigning how societies collectively make decisions using distributed ledger technology.

  • Fran Strajnar
    Chief Executive Officer, Brave New Coin

    A multi-disciplined entrepreneur and blockchain evangelist, Fran co-founded Techemy and Brave New Coin and has been deeply involved in the cryptocurrency and blockchain communities from their earliest days. Describing his mission in life as “terraforming the digital asset landscape” he is a sought-after industry thought leader and is also the co-founder of Blockchain Labs NZ and the Dasset exchange.

  • Thomas Sun
    Team Lead, NAD Grid

    Tom is a long time blockchain and cryptocurrency enthusiast and investor. Prior to NAD Grid, he was a senior software engineer at Twitter and led the internal interactive query project in the space of distributed computing. Since graduating with a bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Tom has worked in Goldman Sachs’ equity trading department, Yahoo ads platform org.

  • Mark Toohey
    Founder, TBSx3

    Mark Toohey is an experienced commercial lawyer who has worked with both major law firms and as general counsel in the TV, telecommunications, and IT industries.

    Mark is also Australia's leading legal expert on blockchain technology and its implementation. He is a co-founder of TBSx3, a brand protection company.

    TBSx3 uses the power of blockchain technology and their patented three layers of protection to detect supply chain anomalies and to defeat counterfeiters. The TBSx3 technology is backed by a free mobile app that alerts consumers if goods are fake.

  • Steve Torso
    Managing Director
    Wholesale Investor
  • Leon-Gerard Vandenberg
    CTO & Evangelist, RightsFusion - Solara.io

    LG Vandenberg is a technology and wireless executive maven who is into Bitcoin, blockchains, and bio-genomics. LG graduated B.A.Sc. in Systems Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada. He has evolved his green and cleantech skills via a base of defense technologies & security learning curve. From systems design principles and critical thinking, he enjoys tangling conceptual adventures into thought leadership and live projects.

    Leon enjoys driving change and convergence using various disruptive fashion. Today this means permissionless and exponential technologies, sensor networks, breakthrough identity and industry security models all inside chips, SIM cards  and new IoT devices alongside cloud services, AI and big data.

  • Pieter Vandevelde
    Chief Revenue Officer
  • Gennady Volchek
    Chief Executive Officer, Shping

    Entrepreneur Gennady Volchek was born in the USSR and, as a child came with his parents to Australia. All of the business ventures that Gennady has set up have had an element of innovation.

    He has successfully built and sold a number of businesses, commencing his career when he was 18 years old as a publisher of ethnic newspapers in Australia. He also started a telecommunications company - a pioneer then in new VOIP technology and Satellite Pay TV business in Australia and New Zealand.

    From 2011 Gennady has been founder and CEO of Authenticateit (trading as SHPING), the first of its kind cloud-based brand protection and marketing platform servicing clients worldwide. Authenticateit has recently opened offices in Australia, Singapore, China and Russia.

  • Vincent Wang
    Chief Innovation officer , China Wanxiang Group

    Vincent Y. Wang is the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) of China Wanxiang Holdings Co.,LTD, a leader in China’s fintech industry and blockchain ecosystem. He is responsible for Wanxiang's technology planning, strategic investments, business model innovation, global partnerships, and, ultimately, incorporating and operating Wanxiang's Innovation & Entrepreneurship platform.

    Before joining Wanxiang, Vincent was the General Manager of IBM Greater China’s New Business Initiatives organization, where he was responsible for IBM Greater China’s new technology landing, strategic partnership, and ecosystem development. He led the creation and execution of IBM's blockchain strategy in Greater China, launching HyperLedger Fabric in China and establishing a rapidly growing community of developers and entrepreneurs.

    He also helped design and improve the China landing strategy for IBM Cognitive Health, Watson, Internet of Things and Cloud platforms.

    Throughout the 23 years of his career, Vincent held a series of executive positions at leading multinationals incl. Intel, Infineon and SMIC, and he co-founded Tangram Technologies Inc. He led the award-winning Intel Edison program (4 CES 2014 awards, incl. “Best Innovation”) that greatly contributed to IoT edge computing and Maker Movement. Vincent holds an MBA degree from UC Berkeley, and Master of Science in Material Science Engineering from University of Southern California.

  • Andrew Wasleyewicz
    Business Development Manager, Hcash

    Andrew has been passionately involved in the blockchain industry since its inception, has supported a number of projects and enjoys educating newcomers to the industry. With a Masters of Applied Science and an extensive background in strategic roles within the insurance and superannuation industries, he is excited about the real world application the technology has to offer. Andrew joint into Hcash project since June 2017 and has helped Hcash extend its influence into Japan, Korea, China and Switzerland.

  • Joseph Weinberg
    Technology Adviser, OECD

    An early investor in Bitcoin and director at Coinsetter until its acquisition by Kraken FX in 2016, Joseph Weinberg knows his way around the digital currency world. Presently, Joseph is the Chairman of Shyft; the leading creditability network, which leverages an open and unified blockchain framework to achieve greater standardization and efficiency in regulatory compliance and due diligence mandates. Joseph is also the co-founder and CEO of Paycase, A universal platform company that enables individuals, businesses, and financial institutions to connect to the Internet of Value for the purpose of cross-border settlement and remittance. His diverse experience also includes business development roles at both Xtreme Labs and Pivotal Inc., where he worked on building some of the largest mobile applications currently in use around the world today. Currently, Joseph plays an active role as advisor for the Ontario Securities Commision Fintech Board, while also lending his expertise to blockchain and cryptocurrency based startups.

  • Simon Wilson
    Director and Co-founder , Decentralize

    Simon Wilson is Director and co-founder of Digital Value PTY LTD. A Financial Services Technology expert Simon has over ten years’ experience working for and with leading Australian banks in both a global and domestic capacity.

    His role has spanned many areas of Technology including a position with a major domestic bank as joint working group lead for Distributed Ledger (DLT)Technology and strategy. This role comprised; group education, evangelising of the technology opportunity and threats, development of business opportunities as well as contribution, establishment and execution of many Blockchain related experiments, PoC’s, Pilots, collaborations and partnerships.

    Outside of this role Simon is also a passionate and active leader in the Blockchain community both locally and abroad having hosted several of the Blockchain Melbourne meetups, and facilitating and hosting a workshop at the Blockchain Summit 2017. He has also previously been invited to host workshops on DLT in Dubai, Malaysia, and India.

    Simon is also an active member of the ASEAN Association of Crypto-currency Enterprises and Start-ups (ACCESS), the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, and the MIT FinTech community.

    Simon holds MIT ‘Future of Commerce’ certification where his project ‘Crowdwise’ for which he was CEO was voted in the top 20 of over 1000 FinTech start-ups. Additionally, he holds certification with Stanford for ‘Economics - Game Theory’ and has achieved certifications in discrete Mathematics, Computer Science Data Structures, programming and JavaScript, along with other Blockchain relevant fields.

    Simon has been an active crypto-currency investor since 2013 and in 2016 Simon co-founded Digital Value with Steve Daws.

    Simon is known by clients for his pragmatic, strategic and structured approach to distilling and solving complex problems as well as his passion for Blockchain technologies and investing.

  • Stephen Wilson
    VP & Principal Analyst, Constellation Research

    Steve Wilson is a researcher, innovator, analyst and adviser, with over 20 years experience in cybersecurity. He is the Digital Safety and Privacy lead at the independent San Francisco-based Constellation Research. His research agenda includes identity, cryptography, blockchain technologies, the ecology of identity, and infrastructure protection for the data economy. Steve has one of the most distinctive voices in blockchain in the world today.

    See http://constellationr.com/users/swilson.

  • Claire Wivell-Plater
    Managing Director
    The Fold Legal
  • William Zhu
    Founding Partner, Consensus Investment, President, The Blockchainer

    Mr. William ZHU is now Founding Partner of Consensus Investment Management (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., President of The Blockchainer PTE.LTD.

    He has launched 6 times blockchain delegation business tour and industry dialogue since 2015, promoted the cross-border communication and cooperation. And he co-founded the International Digital Economy League(IDEL) with Tai Cloud Corp.,Fenwick & West etc.

    His team has invested a series of early-stage ICO projects such as Neo, Ripple, Stellar, Elastos, Nebulas, Qtum, IOTA, IDHub, NeptuneAI, AIChain etc.

    He was Chairman of OTC Database (Shanghai) Information Technology Co., Ltd., General Manager of UnionPay Smart Big Data and Internet Finance Research Institute.

    Mr. Zhu is finance doctoral student, holds Bachelor of law & Master of Marketing. Now he is Executive Secretary General of Emerging Industries Institute (Shanghai), Guest Professor of Zhejiang University, and Expert Lecturer of Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration.

  • Liming Zhu
    Research Director Data 61 CSIRO, Chair, Australian Blockchain and DLT Standardization Committee

    Dr/Prof. Liming Zhu is a Research Director at Data61, CSIRO. He is also a conjoint full professor at University of New South Wales (UNSW). He is currently the chairperson of Standards Australia's blockchain and distributed ledger committee. His research program has more than 200 people innovating in the area of big data platforms, computational science and cyber security. He has published more than 150 academic papers on software architecture, dependable and secure systems and data analytics infrastructure.  His recent book is DevOps: A Software Architect's Perspective.

  • William Zuo
    CEO & Founder, Gingkoo

    Consultant of China MIIT CBD Forum
    Speaker of 2017 World Bank SME Finance Summit(Berlin)
    Speaker of 2017 Global Hyperledger Foundation Summit(Singapore)
    Member of FISCO(Financial Blockchain Shenzhen Consortium)
    Consultant of Shenzhen Fintech Committee
    Specially-invited Expert of  Shanghai University of Finance and Economics Fintech Academy
    Mentor of Nanjing University of Science and Technology MBA

    Managing Director of  China Software International(HK 0354)
    Vice President of CSII(300663)
    Master of Computer Science, major in distributed computing
    Leading the team developed cross-border payment, risk management, blockchain and many other digital solutions for over 80 financial institutions across the world, including  HSBC, Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, Deutsche bank,  BNP Paribas and Bank of China.

    2017 TOP Fintech Talents of ThePaper
    2017 Blockchain outstanding awards of China Future Commercial Bank Summit
    2010 TOP 10 Talents of Shanghai software industry