Quest Events would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the official event advisory panel who contributed their valuable time and expertise to ensure the agenda for this event is timely and relevant for anyone interested in the commercialisation of blockchain technology.
Rita ArrigoChief Digital Advisor , Microsoft
Rita Arrigo is a Chief Digital Advisor at Microsoft, she dreams, designs and delivers to transform the business, empower the employee, deliver new connected customer experiences and re-invent products. With experience in designing transformational digital solutions that embrace the modern workplace, cognitive, crypto-transactions and mixed-reality across multiple industries, she engages with globally distributed teams; mentor and motivate; and works on inclusive accessible design in an AI first approach.
Her work at Microsoft is focused in Smart Buildings, Connected Manufacturing, Digital Health, Connected Vehicle and Experience Design, together with industry, government and education re-imagining people, place and technology in the digital world.
Her passion for humanising innovation is evident in her view of the next boom that will be fuelled by the collision of the creative and technology improving of daily lives and digitally transforming our cities, lifestyle and play. This started in 1993 when she co-founded the radio show Byte Into It on 3RRR aiming to reducing techno fear and bring the benefits of technology to a larger audience. Since that she has launched User Groups, Mentored and Attended Hackathons, Design Thinking to engage business users and drive customer empathy with a range of techniques to enable new technologies to flourish.
She is passionate about the Rise of AI, making our lives more human, with inclusive workplaces, rise of AI for customer service, the future of work with Mixed Reality and Machine Learning driving more personal experiences, that will make our lives more Human.
As User Interface moves from SmartPhone to Ambient and Mixed Reality, Interactive Design becomes Cognitive Knowledge and Understanding, the new killer app will be intelligence. In this talk
She is listed in the top 10 in Microsoft Global Social Selling Index and is currently at 4th place global in employee advocacy on Social Media.
Andrew BaldManaging Director, Panthea Capital
An entrepreneurial finance executive with over 25 years experience in banking and corporate finance, originating transactions and assisting companies to raise capital and manage their debt and equity requirements. He has arranged the IPO for a number of resource companies, managed placements and undertaken restructures including mergers and acquisitions and divestments.
Andrew has also founded and seeded a number of startups in agriculture and technology including wine, aquaculture, renewable energy and blockchain. In 1995, he founded the Australia's first (and to date only) offshore fish farm.
He has previously worked with a number of international investment banks providing advice and risk management solutions to many of the ASX top 200 listed companies. He is now CEO of a boutique Sydney based corporate advisory firm and is also a keen early stage investor.
Simon CantManaging Director / Member of Advisory Board, Reinventure / AUSTRAC
Simon Cant is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Reinventure. Founded in 2013, Reinventure is a corporate venture fund with $150m under management bringing together the best of independent venture capital and corporate venturing with Westpac as the primary investor. To date, the portfolio has 20+ ventures which are focused on Fintech and adjacent areas.
Simon also founded and was inaugural President of FinTech Australia, the industry’s peak representative body, where he remains a board member and is a member of the Australian Treasurer’s FinTech Advisory Group.
Simon has built his career in venture and innovation including advising leadership and innovation teams at Westpac, NAB, Suncorp, Fairfax, News, APN and Tennis Australia as well as being a founding team member at Social Ventures Australia, Tinshed Angel Group, ninemsn and Austlii. Simon began his career as a solicitor with Allens.
Lucas CullenCo-Founder & CTO, Civic Ledger
Lucas is a full stack software and solidity developer, previously working for startups and banks has a background in mathematics. He first heard about bitcoin in 2011, started mining soon after that, and has been talking about bitcoin to whoever will listen ever since.
He runs his own software development company, developing software for bitcoin and blockchain projects. Lucas also runs blockchain class room training. He runs the Bitcoin Brisbane meetup, is a board member of Blockchain Australian and is the Australian Coloured Coin Ambassador. He is also developing a decentralised bitcoin poker protocol called BitPoker.io
Paul FoxManaging Director, Blockchain Pacific
Paul Fox is the Managing Director of Blockchain Pacific Caiptal. Paul has held technology investment roles at AGL Energy, Southern Cross Ventures, the California Clean Energy Fund and Flex. He worked in Silicon Valley for 12 years as an executive, start-up CEO and venture capitalist. He was a strategy consultant during the deregulation of the energy industry in the 1990s.
His initial interest in blockchain was for securitisation of renewable energy projects. He later ran two blockchain peer-to-peer projects at AGL Energy Limited.
Paul holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Engineering. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Nick GiuriettoChief Executive Officer and Managing Director , Australian Digital Currency & Commerce Association
Nick Giurietto is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at the Australian Digital Currency & Commerce Association. He is a B2B marketing and product professional enthused by the potential for Blockchain technology to transform business models in every industry sector - and in government service delivery.
He has become a champion for the Blockchain industry and led the efforts of the Australian Digital Currency and Commerce Association to accelerate adoption of Blockchain technologies in Australia.
He is proud to have been a founding member of the Global Blockchain Forum which is striving for global regulatory alignment to support a global transformation.
Josh HylandTrade and Investment Advisor / Services & Technology, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)
Josh Hyland manages the blockchain portfolio for the Australian Trade and Investment Commission’s Services and Technology team. He has seven years’ experience working in trade and investment across multiple sectors including manufacturing, import/export, education, technology and retail. Spending 13 years in Southeast Asia, Josh has a deep understanding of international business and worked at senior levels between the private and public sectors. As part of Austrade’s global strategy to promote Australian blockchain capability, Josh has led a 50pax delegation to the U.S. in May this year and will organise a second cohort to Shanghai and Taipei later this year.
Josh is former Vice President of the Australia-Thai Chamber of Commerce, has operated his own consultancy business and worked on numerous large-scale import/export projects. He is now Trade and Investment Advisor, at Austrade.
Akasha IndreamEditor & Founder, MissBlockchain
Akasha is a blockchain corporate strategy advisor for BLOCKLOAN.
James LynchChief Executive Officer, CastleCoin Blockchain Real Estate
James Lynch is an innovative professional with extensive experience within financial services education and compliance, communication, human resources, and blockchain technology. He currently holds a Masters of Business Management, is a qualified Financial Planner, Mortgage Broker, Vocational Trainer and leader in the business and financial services training sector with an exceptionally strong understanding of financial services, education, digital marketing and communication. In both the corporate and retail setting he leads the training and development of retail investors in addition to financial service professionals across Australia.
Bridie OhissonStrategic Projects & Engagement Manager, AgriDigital
Driving the blockchain innovation strategy at AgriDigital, Bridie works across industry sectors to build communication channels and relationships with government, agribusinesses and the tech start up ecosystem. Bridie manages AgriDigital's blockchain pilots, sitting at the juncture of industry and technology to develop transformational software solutions and solve embedded challenges across international supply chains. Before joining AgriDigital, Bridie worked across research, policy analysis and compliance in the legal and not-for-profit sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Arts in French and Politics studying both at the University of Sydney and Sciences Po, Paris. Bridie has proven success in building effective policies and services, and a deep understanding of global supply chains. Bridie is also the founder of sustainable food production startup, Crecos.
Jason PottsDirector of Blockchain Innovation Hub, RMTI University
Jason Potts is Professor of Economics at RMIT University, Director of the Blockchain Innovation Hub at RMIT, and Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs in Melbourne. His research work focuses on the economics of innovation and new technologies, economic evolution, institutional economics, and complexity economics. He has written 5 books and published over 80 articles on topics including growth theory, creative industries, economics of cities, innovation commons, and recently on crypto-economics and blockchain.
He is editor of the Journal of Institutional Economics, Vice President of the International Joseph A Schumpeter Society, and a Board Member of Australian Digital Commerce Association.
Pk RasamResearcher, Whole-brain
PK Rasam brings over 25 years of experience working with top 100 global brands in technology focussed around Innovation, Corporates, Startups, Entrepreneurship, Management, Investing and Strategic Guidance. He has over 8 years of expertise in Blockchain, specializing in Blockchain Strategy and Distributed Ledger Infrastructure services.
PK is sought after by Universities, Corporates, Incubators, and Accelerators to run workshops, create frameworks, and mental models, that help participants become market relevant and investor ready.He is one of the content developers and course instructors at Udacity for their "Blockchain Nanodegree" ...where a student will work with the Bitcoin and Ethereum protocols, build projects for real-world application. Pk is a repeat entrepreneur, his previous blockchain company - LINCD, and current blockchain company - whole-brain.
PK sits on various boards helping both public and private companies shape, build and implement their blockchain roadmap.
Danielle SzethoAdvisor, BuildSort
Over a 12 year career she has cultivated a diverse set of skills from leadership roles in functions such as Strategy/Transformation, Business Development, Product Management, Data Analytics, Advertising/Marketing and Design/UX.
She is currently on a career break as she is exploring the Asia-Pacific region for her next challenge.