founding members

Afghanistan

Roya Mahboob

CEO
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Digital Citizen Fund

Roya Mahboob is a serial entrepreneur, president of Digital Citizen Fund, Digital Citizen Brew ( Coffee& Tea) and EdyEdy. She focused on building #Digital Literacy for women and children in developing countries. And her personal goal for #Digital Literacy is to bridge the gap between education and job markets by offering practical online skills in her new company and platform EdyEdy for women and youth in developing countries. Roya Mahboob is also a board member and president of the Digital Citizen Fund “formally Women’s Annex Foundation”, a non-profit that aims to increase women’s technological literacy and provide employment and educational opportunities for girls and children in developing countries like Afghanistan and sits on the Advisory Board of Forbes School of Business of Ashford University, Resolution Project and the Global Thinkers Forum organization. Roya was named to TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2013 for her work in building internet classrooms in high schools in Afghanistan. The TIME 100 essay was written by Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg who is also the author of “Lean In Women, Work and the Will to Lead”. She is also a member of the 2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, Civic Innovators and Young Leader of World Economic Form.

Roya Mahboob

CEO
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Digital Citizen Fund
Afghanistan
Argentina

Santiago Siri

Founder
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Democracy Earth Foundation

Santiago Siri is the Founder of the Democracy Earth Foundation, a Y Combinator backed non-profit building incorruptible digital governance for small and large communities; and the Partido de la Red (Peers Party), a political party that aims to improve representation with candidates committed to citizens requests online. He is a partner of Bitex.la, the largest bitcoin exchange in Latin America. In 2015, he published his book 'Hacktivismo' with Random House. Siri Co-founded Argentine Game Developers Association. He is a World Economic Forum member and a frequent contributor on radio and Television.

Santiago Siri

Founder
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Democracy Earth Foundation
Argentina
Australia

Jemma Green

Cofounder & Chair
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Power Ledger

Dr. Jemma Green is an author, researcher and entrepreneur on the enterprise disruption caused by blockchain technology, with special expertise on energy and the sustainable economy. Jemma’s research on ‘Citizen Utilities’ and the emerging power paradigm, as well as her entrepreneurial passion, led her in May of 2016, to Co-found Power Ledger, a world leading energy blockchain company that enables P2P electricity trading and fractionalization of ownership of energy assets.

Jemma is also a Research Fellow at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, where she completed a PhD in Disruptive Innovation. She has extensive experience bringing together a broad range of sectors to address sustainability issues, stemming from her background in investment banking and risk advisory in London. While living in the United Kingdom, Jemma received a Masters degree and two postgraduate diplomas from Cambridge University. Presently, she is an independent Councillor of the City of Perth, the Chair of Climate-KIC Australia and is also on the board for the Western Australian water utility, the Water Corporation.

Jemma Green

Cofounder & Chair
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Power Ledger
Australia
Australia

Michael Casey

Senior Advisor
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MIT Media Lab

Michael J. Casey works as a Senior Advisor at MIT's Media Lab on the Digital Currency Initiative. He has been a columnist, covering global economics and markets at The Wall Street Journal. Along wtih WSJ Moneybeat blogger Paul Vigna, Michael is the co-author of the forthcoming The Age of Cryptocurrency, a book about bitcoin and its potentail impact on the global eocnomy. Michael's "Horizons" column appears on Moneybeat, as does his daily "Macro Horizons" report, a roundup of global economic and financial events. Casey has been a regular host of the AM News Hub show on WSJ Live. In a career spanning Perth, Bangkok, Jakarta, Buenos Aires and New York, he has covered currencies, bonds, equities and economic policy for Dow Jones Newswires and The Journal. Prior to The Age of Cryptocurrency, Casey authored two earlier books: The Unfair Trade, a book on the global dimensions of the financial crisis and Che’s Afterlife, about the international impact of Alberto Korda’s iconic image of Che Guevara. He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and has a Masters Degree from Cornell University.

Michael Casey

Senior Advisor
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MIT Media Lab
Australia
Barbados

Gabriel Abed

Founder & CEO
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Bitt Group

Gabriel Abed is founder and CEO of Bitt, a Caribbean based digital asset exchange whose core focus is on providing access to cryptocurrencies in emerging markets. With a high frequency trading platform boasting military grade security and an easy-to-use trading interface, Bitt is an ideal solution for both individual and business needs. Prior to founding Bitt, Abed founded two other companies - Caridot and BitEdge. He also worked for Scayl, The Kelly Group and Point Solutions, inc.

Gabriel Abed

Founder & CEO
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Bitt Group
Barbados
Brazil

Paula Guedes

Founder & CEO
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ATLZ Group

Paula Guedes is the founder and CEO of Jobzi, where she leads her team’s efforts in building technologies that learn and power the world’s work. She is a specialist at Instituto Millenium (IMIL), where her areas of expertise are entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems. An active member in the civic sphere, Guedes advocates that technology and transparency can dramatically improve the business environment. Her work has earned her a seat at Conselho da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro's City Advisory Board to the Mayor’s Office), where she was the youngest member at the time of her appointment. As contributor to the Cidade Competitiva, Inovadora e de Oportunidades Committee, she focuses on creating a local economy that is more globally-competitive.

Guedes founded IFL Dialogues - sister chapter to Instituto de Formação de Líderes. While President of IFL Dialogues, she co-founded the "5-points Project”—which prioritizes municipal actions aimed at improving Brazil’s World Bank’s ranks in ease-of-doing-business. In 2012 Paula advised the Department of Science and Technology of Rio de Janeiro towards the creation of the Startup Rio Project, recognized by Latam Founder’s Network as a "Top Latin American Accelerator” in their 2016 award edition.

Guedes began her career at Citigroup’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group in New York City, where she focused on cross-border transactions. She is an MBA graduate and Joseph Wharton Scholar at Wharton School of Business, and holds a B.S. in Finance from Marshall School of Business and a B.A. in Economics from University of Southern California.

Paula Guedes

Founder & CEO
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ATLZ Group
Brazil
Brazil

Veronica Serra

Founding Partner
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Pacific Investments

Veronica Allende Serra is the founding partner of Pacific Investments and Innova Capital Fund with 19 years of experience making private and growth equity investments in a variety of sectors in the US and throughout Latin America. Innova Capital was established in 2009 to focus on innovation and has as its key backers leading families who invest globally. Early investments included leading anti-fraud platform Clearsale and cable company Blue Interactive. More recently Serra exited leading email marketing company Virid (sold to Experian) and Digital Ad agency Fbiz (sold to WPP). Some of the current investments of Innova are Accera (supply chain software), TradeForce (POS mobile service) and Movile – the leading mobile content and services company in the Latam region. Movile owns Playkids (global leader in apps for kids-0-6) and Ifood (largest food delivery business in the Latam).

Serra is active in entrepreneurship as a mentor and helped establish numerous companies, including Patagon.com in Brazil (sold to Banco Santander). From 1998-2001, Serra headed investments for Latin America of IRR LLC, and prior was an assistant to the CEO of Leucadia National Corporation and worked at Goldman Sachs. Serra is a director of Mercado Libre since 2007 (NASDAQ: MELI). In addition to being on the board of her portfolio companies, Serra sits on the nonprofit boards of Instituto Sidarta (education) and is a senior advisor to Endeavor Global. She collaborates with Fundação Estudar, where she was a director for 3 years, helped start its endowment and now supports the Personal Prep Scholars. Serra was also a Board Member of iSmart Foundation (education) from 2009-2014. She is a member of the Group of 50 http://www.g-50.org, member of the YPO, co-founder of the Latin American Start up Challenge and member of the XTC Advisory Councilhttp://extremetechchallenge.com.

Serra received her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997, was funded by a full scholarship through the Organization of American States and received a grant by Fundação Estudar. In her 15th reunion, she established a fellowship for entrepreneur-focused incoming students at HBS. Serra graduated in Law from the University of São Paulo and Art and Advertising from Escola Panamericana de Arte. Serra was born in Chile, grew up in the US and Brazil, and is fluent in Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, and conversant in German.

Veronica Serra

Founding Partner
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Pacific Investments
Brazil
Canada

Alex Tapscott

Founder & CEO
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Northwest Passage Ventures

Alex Tapscott is a globally recognized thought-leader, speaker and writer focused on the impact of emerging technologies on business, society and government.  Alex is the co-author (with Don Tapscott) of the critically acclaimed #1 Globe and Mail Non-fiction best-seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money Business and the World.  His writing has been featured in TIME, Fortune, Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and dozens of other publications.

Alex is the founder and CEO of Northwest Passage Ventures, a social innovator.  Alex currently sits on Advisory Board to Elections Canada, the independent, non-partisan agency responsible for conducting federal elections and referendums.  He is also a founding Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Blockchain.  Alex is a graduate of Amherst College (cum laude) and is a CFA Charterholder. He lives in Toronto.

Alex Tapscott

Founder & CEO
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Northwest Passage Ventures
Canada
China

Wei Wang

Founding Chairman
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China M&A Association

Dr. Wei Wang is Founding Chairman of China Mergers & Acquisitions Association (CMAA), Founder and Chairman of Chinese Museum of Finance (Group), Chairman of China M&A Group. Wang has organized and supervised IPO underwritings for over 40 Chinese companies in both domestic and overseas markets. He is the financial consultant on restructuring, financing, M&A and IPO for many leading companies in China. He had worked in a number of international corporations including Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, the World Bank in Washington D.C. and the Chase Bank in New York. He also serves as the economic advisor in several ministerial and provincial governments in China as well as independent director for several listed companies.

Wang received his Bachelor’s degree in accounting and Master’s degree in finance in China and his Ph.D. in economics from Fordham University in the United States. He is the author of many books and journal articles, and a well-known lecturer—he has given seminars and lectures at universities including CEIBS and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. Wang has been named “Top Five Chinese investment Bankers” by Talents magazine in 2003, “The Most Influential Independent Director” by Directors & Boards magazine in 2006 and “The Most Influential Investment Banker” by China Finance Network in 2006. He was selected as a member of Shanghai Stock Exchange Corporate Governance Advisory Committee in 2007. In 2010, he founded the Chinese Museum of Finance (Group) and currently has 6 museums in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenyang and Suzhou. Furthermore, he has received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the M&A Advisor in New York, the 2013 Social Innovator Award from The Wall Street Journal, 2015 IFFM Financial Literacy Award and many others. In 2013, Wang successfully summited Mount Everest. He was elected as the Chairman of Asia Mergers & Acquisitions Association (AMAA) and Co-chairman of International Federation of Finance Museums (IFFM) in November 2015.

Wei Wang

Founding Chairman
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China M&A Association
China
China

Yongli Wang

CEO
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LeFinance

Dr. Wang Yongli is a doctor of economics. He brings unparalleled monetary policy expertise and commercial bank management talents to LeFinance. He served as deputy president as well as executive director in Bank of China Limited. He is devoted to researching financial systems and the status of government debt. Dr. Wang also concentrates on RMB Internationalization and the field of internet finance innovation.

Yongli Wang

CEO
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LeFinance
China
Denmark

Lars Rasmussen

Co-founder
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Weav Music

Lars Rasmussen is a Danish-born computer scientist, software developer, and the co-founder of Google Maps. Rasmussen graduated from the University of Aarhus with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. He gained his MSc in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Edinburgh and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, Rasmussen left Google to work with Facebook, where he was engineering director for the Facebook Graph Search project. In 2013 he and Tom Stocky were listed as number 79 in The 100 Biggest Stars In Silicon Valley by Business Insider.

On April 27 2015, Rasmussen announced his departure from Facebook to co-found a music start-up. Weav, the start-up, creates adaptive music that recomposes itself in real-time, constantly changing to suit every users' environment.

Lars Rasmussen

Co-founder
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Weav Music
Denmark
Estonia

Toomas Henrik Ilves

Former President
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Estonia

Toomas Hendrik Ilves became president of Estonia in 2006; he is the third person to hold the post since the Baltic republic regained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Ilves was born in 1953 to Estonian parents who had fled the Soviet regime that installed itself in the Baltic nation following World War II. The family immigrated to the United States and settled in New Jersey. Ilves attended Columbia University as an undergrad and received his MA from the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1984, he joined the staff of Radio Free Europe as an analyst and researcher. This news service, based in Munich, Germany, broadcast anticommunist programming to the Soviet-controlled countries of Eastern Europe during the cold-war decades that followed World War II. Four years after he joined Radio Free Europe, Ilves was named head of its Estonian desk, a post he held until 1993.

From 1993-1996, Ilves served as newly independent Estonia's ambassador to the United States, Canada, and Mexico in Washington, D.C.. He became Estonia's minister for foreign affairs in 1996. In March of 1999, after new parliamentary elections, Ilves returned to his post as foreign minister, serving until 2002. In 2004, Ilves was elected to the European Parliament as one of the first official Estonian delegates sworn in when the country became a member state of the European Union. In March of 2006, he announced his candidacy in upcoming presidential elections. He served as President from 2006-2016.

During his presidency, Ilves was appointed to serve in several high positions in the field of ICT in the European Union. He served as chairman of the EU Task Force on eHealth from 2011 to 2012 and was chairman of the European Cloud Partnership Steering Board at the invitation of the European Commission from 2012 to 2014. In 2013 he chaired the High-Level Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms convened by ICANN. From 2014 to 2015 Ilves was the co-chair of the advisory panel of the World Bank's World Development Report 2016 "Digital Dividends" and was also the chair of World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Cyber Security beginning in June 2014.

Ilves now co-chairs The World Economic Forum working group The Global Futures Council on Blockchain Technology. In 2017 he joined Stanford University as a Bernard and Susan Liautaud Visiting Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Toomas Henrik Ilves

Former President
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Estonia
Estonia
France

Mariana Dahan

Co-Founder & CEO
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World Identity Network

Mariana Dahan has joined the Global Blockchain Business Council as a founding member, representing France.

Recognized as one of the Top Leaders in the Identity Industry, Mariana Dahan is the former Coordinator of the Identification for Development (ID4D) agenda at the World Bank. Prior to joining the World Bank Group in 2009, Mariana Dahan was a visiting researcher at the MIT Sloan School of Management in the United States.

As part of her previous assignments within the World Bank Group, Mariana Dahan has worked on large infrastructure projects in emerging and frontier markets, catalyzing progress towards digital systems using 21st century technology solutions. She has also managed the Identity Management Experts Group, building partnerships with governments, development agencies, private sector companies, research labs and civil society organizations across the world.

Dr. Dahan started her career in the telecommunications industry in 1998. Having worked for mobile operators in both developed and developing countries, she gained valuable insights on the impact of new technologies on economic growth and social development. These are reflected in her 2015 book “Quenching the Thirst for Innovation: Modeling the Diffusion of Mobile Technologies”.  Dr. Dahan holds two PhD degrees in management and economic sciences from ESCP Europe Business School and Paris II University in France.

Mariana Dahan

Co-Founder & CEO
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World Identity Network
France
Georgia

George Kikvadze

Vice Chairman
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BitFury Group

George Kikvadze is the Vice Chairman of The BitFury Group, the world's leading Blockchain infrastructure provider and transaction processing company. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of GCF, a $6 billion private equity partnership. Kikvadze has worked for York Capital Management, AFK Sistema and Morgan Stanley. He obtained his MBA at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and his Masters at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Kikvadze is a member of the Europe One YPO Club.

George Kikvadze

Vice Chairman
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BitFury Group
Georgia
Germany

Ruth Wandhöfer

Global Head of Regulatory, Market & Innovation Strategy
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Citi

Ruth Wandhöfer is highly regarded across the banking industry for her in-depth knowledge of the regulatory, market and competitive landscape, and in particular is acknowledged as one of the foremost authorities on SEPA (the Single Euro Payments Area). She holds a number of influential positions, including the Chairmanship of the European banking industry’s Payments Regulatory Expert Group, membership of the Plenary of the European Payments Council (EPC), Chairmanship of the EPC’s Information Security Support Group, membership of the EPC’s SEPA Scheme Working Group, membership of the EPC’s Executive Committee (Co-ordination Committee), membership of the EU Commission’s Payment Systems Market Expert Group as well as COGEPS, the high level Euro Payments Strategy forum of the ECB to discuss payment policy issues with the market.

Ruth is responsible for Citi’s Regulatory & Market Strategy within the Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) business globally. As such, she has external responsibility for engaging with and influencing the evolving regulatory and market/standards environment on a wide range of established and emerging topics in the transaction banking space, as well as driving and coordinating the business response within Citi TTS. Prior to joining Citi, Ruth worked for the European Banking Federation where she was responsible for securities clearing and settlement as well as payments. Furthermore, she was closely involved with the EPC in the writing of the SEPA Credit Transfer scheme rulebook, as well as being a high profile and influential lobbyist in the negotiation of the Payment Services Directive. In addition, her efforts in the context of clearing and settlement harmonisation covered topics such as Target2 Securities as well as industry work on harmonising corporate actions processes in Europe in line with the Giovannini Report recommendations.

Previously, Ruth worked in financial management in the banking sector as well as in the European Commission DG Economic & Financial Affairs. She speaks five languages (EN, DE, F, ES, IT) and has completed studies in various countries, including an MA Financial Economics in the UK, an MA International Politics in France and an LLM in International Economic Law in the UK. She recently published her first book EU Payments Integration — the tale of SEPA, PSD and other Milestones along the Road (Palgrave MacMillan) and is a fellow lecturer of the Pallas LL.M Program in European Business Law. She is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Payment Systems & Strategy, a Henry Stewart Publication. A ‘2010 Financial News Rising Star’ she has been named to Management Today’s 2011 “35 Women under 35” list of women to watch (published in the Sunday Times) and in 2012 was named one of the top 100 most influential people in finance by Treasury and Risk magazine.

Ruth Wandhöfer

Global Head of Regulatory, Market & Innovation Strategy
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Citi
Germany
Haiti

Laurent Lamothe

Former Prime Minister
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Haiti

Born on August 14, 1972, in Port-au-Prince, Laurent Salvador Lamothe is the son of well-known artist-painter Ghislaine Fortuney Lamothe and distinguished intellectual and Spanish literature authority, Louis G. Lamothe. He demonstrated exceptional aptitude for both tennis and academics from a very early age. At twelve, he was already classed among the best hopes of the country he would proudly represent a decade later at the Davis Cup competitions of 1994-95.

At nineteen, Lamothe left his native Port-au-Prince to take up studies at Barry University in Miami, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in political science. Subsequently admitted to Saint Thomas University in 1996, he completed a brilliant academic career earning a master's degree, with honorable mention, in business management. In 1998, at just twenty-six, he co-founded the company Global Voice Group with his partner Patrice Baker. The entrepreneurial spirit and dynamism he showed over the course of the subsequent decade led, in May 2008, to his being named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by the firm Ernst and Young.

Having grown up in a country overwhelmed by poverty and a lack of natural resources at all levels, the Haitian businessman developed, over the course of his life, a profound sense of social responsibility and a desire to lend assistance to the less fortunate. It was from this perspective that he became involved in the presidential electoral campaign of his longtime friend Michel Joseph Martelly in the spring of 2011. As special adviser to the President of Haiti, Lamothe advised principally on matters of investment and socio-economic development. With former US President William J. Clinton, he co-chaired the Presidential Advisory Council for the Economic Development and Investment of Haiti.

Less than five months after his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Lamothe was designated Prime Minister of Haiti by President Michel Martelly. On May 14, 2012, he became the youngest Prime Minister in Haitian history. He is the father of two daughters, Linka and Lara.

Laurent Lamothe

Former Prime Minister
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Haiti
Haiti
Hong Kong, China

Yew Kiat Phang

CEO
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Credit China FinTech

Yew Kiat Phang is the Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Credit China FinTech Holdings Limited (CCF).

CCF is a leading publicly listed (stock code: 8207.HK) Fintech group in Asia, with a growing presence in China and Mekong region.  Headquartered in Hong Kong, the company successfully established a fully-integrated Fintech ecosystem, providing 7X24 and one-stop efficient intelligent financial lifestyle services to over 30m registered Small Medium Enterprises and middle-class consumers via internet & mobile internet channels.

Phang began his career with Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) in 1994 and over his 17 year career in banking, he held various management roles across SCB's corporate and consumer banking businesses, including the appointment as Chief Financial Officer for Indonesia & General Manager for Small Medium Enterprises, Singapore & Malaysia.  In 2005, Phang was seconded to China to build a brand new national joint-stock bank in Tianjin, China Bohai Bank, and he served as an Executive Director and Deputy Chief Executive Officer with full responsibilities for the consumer banking business.  He has also served as DBS’s Group Head of Strategic Planning.

Phang is a member of te United Nations -Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Business Advisory Council.  In addition, he also serves as the Chairman of Remuneration Committee & Independent Non-executive Director and of Chuan Holdings Limited (stock code: 1420.HK).

Phang has a Bachelors degree in Microelectronic Systems Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and a Master of Business Administration in International Business from the University of Bristol.

Yew Kiat Phang

CEO
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Credit China FinTech
Hong Kong, China
India

Raman Kumar

Chairman
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Aeries Group

Dr. Raman Kumar is a successful tech entrepreneur and private equity investor. He is the founder & former Chairman/CEO of NASDAQ listed M*Modal Inc, a leading voice recognition, healthcare document technology company that he took from a start-up to until it was sold to One Equity Partners for over a billion dollars in 2012. Since then, he has actively invested in a number of ventures across India, Middle East and USA. He is also a limited partner in three large international private equity funds. He recently joined the board of THub- one of India's most successful tech incubator and accelerator. Raman was Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 award winner for Maryland, USA, and was also honoured with Maryland International Leadership Award by World Trade Centre Institute, Baltimore in the same year. Raman is currently the chairman and managing director of Aeries Group of companies and CASHe is his latest venture that lends to millenials in india through an app using proprietary algorithms and machine learning technology.

Raman Kumar

Chairman
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Aeries Group
India
Jamaica

Alexandra Chong

Founder and CEO
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Nightingale

Alexandra Chong is the CEO and Founder of Nightingale, a pioneering medical cannabis corporation based in Jamaica. Uniquely positioned to become the global prestige cannabis producer through cultivating and distributing genuine premium Jamaican strains of cannabis, Nightingale’s mission is to build the “champagne of the cannabis industry” while driving economic growth through job creation for small farmers and other Jamaicans. Prior to Nightingale, Alexandra founded Lulu, an innovative app for young women. Nominated as TechCrunch's "Fastest Rising Startup," Lulu was on the phone of 1 in 4 US college women. The New York Times noted that Alexandra started a “take back the internet movement for young women.” In 2016, Lulu was acquired by Badoo. Business Insider and AdWeek have recognized Alexandra as one of the top entrepreneurs in New York and London. Before Lulu, Alexandra served as Global Head of Marketing for Upstream, one of the world's largest mobile marketing companies. She holds a BSC and an LLB from the London School of Economics. Alexandra grew up in Jamaica, where she played tennis professionally and represented Team Jamaica at the Federation Cup.

 

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Alexandra Chong

Founder and CEO
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Nightingale
Jamaica
Latvia

Val Vavilov

Founder & CEO
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BitFury Group

Valery Vavilov is the CEO and founder of The Bitfury Group – the world’s leading full service Blockchain company. Vavilov’s entrepreneurial experience and passion for Blockchain technology led him to found the company in 2011, when Blockchain technology was just beginning to capture the world’s attention and imagination. A native Latvian who experienced first-hand the challenges resulting from the collapse of the Soviet Union, Vavilov was inspired by Blockchain technology and saw an opportunity to build technological solutions that could improve the lives of people all over the world. He focused first on the hardware solutions that would ensure security and trust in the Bitcoin Blockchain, leading The Bitfury Group to develop five generations of cutting-edge mining chips and state-of-the-art data center designs. Under his leadership, the company has expanded its focus to provide custom-designed software, consulting solutions, and advanced hardware, all while maintaining its position as one of the major public Bitcoin Blockchain security and transaction providers. Prior to founding The Bitfury Group, Vavilov spent more than 15 years in a variety of technical and leadership positions. He received his Masters degree from Riga’s Transport & Telecommunication University in Latvia.

Val Vavilov

Founder & CEO
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BitFury Group
Latvia
Mongolia

Saruul Ganbaatar

CEO
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Bogd Bank

Saruul Ganbaatar is CEO of Bogd bank. He began his professional career in 2004 working in various capacities in the financial service industry in the United States. Saruul brings in experience of Senior Banker at Mobium Mortgage Group, Derivatives Strategist at Rosenthal Collins Group and Head of Asia, Russia and CIS Countries at AMP Futures in the US. Before joining Bogd bank in 2014, he worked in Mongolia as an Advisor in Ministry of Finance of Mongolia and Deputy CEO at the Mongolian Stock Exchange.

Saruul Ganbaatar

CEO
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Bogd Bank
Mongolia
Netherlands

Sebastian Vos

Partner
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Covington and Burling LLP

Sebastian Vos is co-chair of the COvington's global public policy and government affairs practice, and heads up its European division. He has extensive experience in the European Union and advises clients as they navigate and manage today’s global regulatory and policy challenges.

Mr. Vos provides clients with strategic public policy, regulatory, and communications advice on a range of competition, trade, transactional and sectoral issues. Mr. Vos has particular expertise in advising companies in the technology, financial services, energy and transport sectors.

Mr. Vos was formerly a partner at a leading global public affairs consultancy. Prior to this, he was head of the competition practice at a strategic communications agency. He worked as an attorney at a magic circle firm, specialising in Antitrust, Competition and Trade law, as well as being a member of the Public Policy practice. He has also worked at the European Commission, and was part of its Delegation to the United States in 2000.

Mr. Vos has written articles on legal and political developments in various publications, including Europe’s World, Bloomberg Business Law Review and European Competition Law Review. He has also been a commentator on broadcast media including CNBC and Bloomberg TV.

Sebastian Vos

Partner
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Covington and Burling LLP
Netherlands
Nigeria

Elizabeth Rosiello

Founder & CEO
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BitPesa

Elizabeth Rossiello co-founded BitPesa Ltd. in 2014 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Rossiello began her work in Kenya as a Microfinance Analyst and Investment Associate in 2009. She is an expert in East African financial product development and establishing best practices in risk, governance and IT for local banks. Prior to her work in East Africa, she served as an Analyst at Credit Suisse in Zurich and a Robert Bosch Fellow in Frankfurt. She speaks five languages and holds a Masters in International Finance from Columbia University’s SIPA.

Elizabeth Rosiello

Founder & CEO
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BitPesa
Nigeria
Pakistan

Ali Abbas Syed

CEO
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Gemini Corporate Finance

Syed Ali Abbas is the CEO of Gemini Corporate Finance in DIFC, Dubai. He is the founder/partner of Gemini Financial Services, an emerging markets focussed advisory and asset management business. Before Gemini, Mr. Syed worked as an investment banker in the City having worked with  ABN AMRO and Morgan Stanley. Mr. Syed also worked in the Saudi Arabia for several years with the accounting firm Ernst & Young and still maintains close contacts in the region.  Ali is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ali Abbas Syed

CEO
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Gemini Corporate Finance
Pakistan
Peru

Hernando de Soto

Chairman
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Institute for Liberty and Democracy

Mr. de Soto is currently President of the ILD —headquartered in Lima, Peru— considered by The Economist as one of the two most important think tanks in the world. Time magazine chose him as one of the five leading Latin American innovators of the century in its special May 1999 issue "Leaders for the New Millennium", and included him among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2004.

Mr. de Soto was also listed as one of 15 innovators "who will reinvent your future" according to Forbes magazine’s 85th anniversary edition. In January 2000, Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit, the German development magazine, described Mr. de Soto as one of the most important development theoreticians of the last millennium. In his speech opening the 2004 World Economic Forum at Davos, former US President Bill Clinton described him as “the world’s most important living economist.” In October 2005, over 20,000 readers of Prospect magazine of the UK and Foreign Policy of the US ranked him among the top 13 "public intellectuals" in the world from the magazines’ joint list of 100; in April 2013, some 10,000 Prospect readers ranked him number 36 out of 65 top world thinkers.

Mr. de Soto has served as an economist for the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, as President of the Executive Committee of the Copper Exporting Countries Organization (CIPEC), as CEO of Universal Engineering Corporation (Continental Europe’s largest consulting engineering firm), as a principal of the Swiss Bank Corporation Consultant Group, and as a governor of Peru’s Central Reserve Bank.  In the early 1990s, he led the effort to insert Peru into the global economy; and, with his ILD team, drafted and promoted more than 187 laws that gave the poorest Peruvians access to economic opportunities, including title to their property and businesses; and created the national office of Ombudsman to defend the constitutional and human rights of the Peruvian people (Defensoría del Pueblo).

In the last 30 years, Mr. de Soto and his colleagues at the ILD have been involved in designing and implementing legal reform programs to empower the poor in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and former Soviet nations by granting them access to the same property and business rights —and the institutions and tools needed to exercise those rights and freedoms— that the majority of people in developed countries have. Over 30 heads of state have invited him to carry out these ILD programs in their countries. During the past few years, Mr. de Soto has been focusing on three new kinds of problems that have emerged around the world, which he has translated into three new strategies stemming from the ILD’s property rights paradigm: i) the financial crisis; ii) the increasing number of conflicts in developing countries between local communities and private corporations over control of mineral rich territories and agricultural lands; and, iii) the Arab Spring. At the root of each of these apparently different problems, he argues, is the lack of enforceable formal property and business rights and/or the lack of information about them.  Mr. de Soto’s reform vision and the ILD’s work in Peru, Africa and the Middle East has been featured in three one-hour documentary films broadcast throughout the US on PBS, the national public television network, and available on-line at FreetoChoose.TV:  "The Power of the Poor with Hernando de Soto (2009); "Globalization at the Crossroads with Hernando de Soto” (2011); and "Unlikely Heroes of the Arab Spring” (2013).

Mr. de Soto also co-chaired with former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, and currently serves as honorary co-chair on various boards and organizations, including the World Justice Project.  In 2005, the President of Peru appointed Mr. de Soto as his personal representative to design and implement Peru’s free trade program so as to give the poor access to the globalized economy; and also to draw up the strategy to convince the U.S. to sign the Free Trade Agreement with Peru, which it did in 2006.

Mr. de Soto has published two books about economic and political development: The Other Path (1986) and The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else (2000).  The latter has been translated into some 30 languages, has sold over 2,000,000 copies worldwide and has received 25 prizes in Europe and North America.  His work has been the subject of several books, including:  The Mystery of Capital and the Construction of Social Reality (2008), which examines the philosophical implications of Mr. de Soto’s ideas; Realizing Property Rights (2008); Hernando de Soto and Property in a Market Economy (2010), which looks at his work from the legal point of view; and from the economic perspective The World’s 12 Most Important Economists  (Die zwölf wichtigsten Ökonomen der Welt, 2007), which profiles him among a list that begins with Adam Smith and ends with recent Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz; and The facts are in: The Arab Spring is a Massive Economic Revolution (2012).

Hernando de Soto

Chairman
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Institute for Liberty and Democracy
Peru
Russia

Gleb Davidyuk

Managing Partner
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ITech Capital

Gleb Davidyuk, Ph.D. is a Managing Partner at iTech Capital. Mr. Davidyuk serves as an Executive Director at TradingView Inc. Previously, Mr. Davidyuk was a Partner of Mint Capital from 2005 to 2010. Mr. Davidyuk joined Mint Capital in April 2005. Prior to Mint Capital, he served as Managing Director of Alfa Capital Partners for five years from 2000 to 2005 where he was also one of the co-founders. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Davidyuk served as the Vice President of Merchant Banking at Alfa Bank, was responsible for identifying and developing private equity transactions. Mr. Davidyuk spent one year in Yekaterinburg as the Head of the Urals Regional Investment Department of Open Joint Stock Company Alfa-Bank, responsible for monitoring and screening investment opportunities in the Region. Before joining Alfa Bank, he served as an Investment Officer at Quadriga Capital Russia GmbH & Co. KG. He started his private equity career in 1996 in Vladimir as an Investment Officer at Deutche Handelsbank Private Equity Division. He has been a Director of Clickky since April 29, 2015. Mr. Davidyuk serves as Director of MFMSolutions, JSC Elecsnet, Aviasales.ru, MONE, Ecwid, Inc, and A-Dept. Mr. Davidyuk has more than 20 years of private equity experience in both Western and Eastern European private equity funds. He graduated from Yaroslavl State University with a Ph.D. in Finance in 2000 and graduated an Executive M.B.A. at the University of Chicago GSB from Booth School of Business in 2010. Mr. Davidyuk also graduated from Ivanovo State Power University with a B.S. degree in 1997 and completed an EVCA Institute Advanced Course in 2002.

Gleb Davidyuk

Managing Partner
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ITech Capital
Russia
Saudi Arabia

HH Mishaal Bin Abdullah Al Saud, PhD.

Chairman
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ZAD Group

HH Mishaal Bin Abdullah Al Saud, Ph.D. serves as the Chief Executive Officer of ZAD Investment Company. Prince Mishaal served as Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 1984 to 1990. He has deep knowledge of the financial industry and is highly regarded as a leader in the international financial community. Prince Mishaal serves as Non Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Anaam International Holding Group Co. He also serves as the Chairman of Zeus Capital Limited and STIC International. Prince Mishaal serves as Executive Chairman of Zad Investment Company. He serves as Chairman of Gemini Investment Company/Trust and Enaam Holdings. Prince Mishaal serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Vestec, Inc. Prince Mishaal earned Ph.D. in Government from Claremont Graduate University in 1982, a M.A. in International Relations from University of Southern California in 1980 and B.S. in Business Administration from University of Santa Clara in 1978.

HH Mishaal Bin Abdullah Al Saud, PhD.

Chairman
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ZAD Group
Saudi Arabia
Singapore

Jonathan Teo

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
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Binary Capital

Jonathan Teo is the Founder, Partner, Founding Partner, Co-Founder, and Managing Partner of Binary Capital. Mr. Teo serves as an Advisor at Gen Y Capital Partners I LLC and SparkLabs. Mr. Teo serves as a Venture Advisor at General Catalyst Partners. He helps General Catalyst Partners explore emerging models for consumer products. He also continues to stay connected and aligned with the entrepreneurs he supported during his time as Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners from 2011 to 2013. Mr. Teo joined the General Catalyst Partners in February 2012 and served as its General Partner. Mr. Teo invests in both new and existing technology businesses. His areas of special interest include enterprise software/infrastructure and social media. Mr. Teo also served as a Principal at Benchmark Capital for three years and also as Entrepreneur-In-Residence. He joined Benchmark Capital in 2008. Mr. Teo spent his career helping companies build distributed engineering organizations that enable technical teams and infrastructure to expand and scale globally. Most recently, he served as an Engineering PM in the Search Properties and Enterprise Products groups at Google, and was an early Member of its Strategy and Business Operations team focusing on international expansion of research and development. In both roles Mr. Teo created highly leveraged research and product organizations in countries around the world. Prior to this, he was employed at Bain & Company, helping a Fortune 100 client optimize and grow its technical support organization. He served as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Benchmark Capital. Mr. Teo also served as a Consultant to Intuit, Electronic Arts, and other technology companies. He spent two years in the Republic of Singapore Air Force. Mr. Teo serves as the General Catalyst Board Observer to Chloe + Isabel. He has been Member of Strategic Advisory Board at Bitfury USA, Inc. since September 2014. Mr. Teo serves as a Director of CouchSurfing International Inc. and Complex Polygon, Inc. He holds patented work in the area of link layer security. Mr. Teo received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Sydney University.

Jonathan Teo

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
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Binary Capital
Singapore
South Africa

Vinny Lingham

Founder & CEO
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Civic.com

Vinny Lingham is a well-recognized Internet entrepreneur who is currently the co­founder & CEO of Civic Technologies, Inc ­ a startup company that has a goal to eliminate new account fraud and prevent identity theft by creating an "Identity Network” where consumers can confirm their identity in real­time with participating merchants and vendors. He recently raised $2.75 million in venture funding led by notable investor Social Leverage. Prior to Civic, he was the co­founder and CEO of Gyft ­ a mobile gift card company founded in 2012 and backed by Google Ventures. Gyft quickly become the leading player in the space and was acquired by global payments giant, First Data Corporation in 2014, for over $50m. Vinny previously founded & ran Yola.com, Clicks2Customers and incuBeta. Vinny is also the co­founder of SiliconCape.com, an NGO based in South Africa that aims to turn Cape Town into a technology hub. Vinny is an active technology investor primarily in Silicon Valley. He also partnered with one of his previous co­founders to establish an investment fund in South Africa, called Newtown Partners, where he has led early stage investments into successful and notable startups such as Sweep South, in South Africa. Currently, Vinny is a Shark on MNET’s Shark Tank reality TV series which will air Fall of 2016. He has also appeared as a Dragon on the South African edition of Dragon’s Den, the longest running UK investment reality show (sister show to Shark Tank), a reality television program where entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas in order to secure investment finance from a panel of venture capitalists. He is a co­author alongside his co­investors from the show, of “I’m In: Essential Advice for Entrepreneurs.” Vinny now lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and two sons.

Vinny Lingham

Founder & CEO
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Civic.com
South Africa
Switzerland

Oliver Bussmann

Founder & Managing Partner
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Bussman Advisory

Oliver Bussmann is a globally recognized technology thought leader and driver of large-scale transformation at multinational organizations. The Founder and Managing Partner of Bussmann Advisory, he advises enterprises, top-tier consultancies, and financial services companies looking to stay ahead of the digital disruption curve. He also holds important mandates in industry associations, including as President of the Swiss Crypto Valley Association, Global Ambassador for UK-based Innovate Finance and as a Board Member of ID2020.

From 2013 to 2016 Bussmann was Group Chief Information Officer of UBS, where he successfully led a major IT transformation effort, instituted a new group-wide innovation framework and established UBS as a pioneer in the development of blockchain for use in financial services. Prior to joining UBS Bussmann was Global Chief Information Officer at SAP, where he also spearheaded significant technological transformation, and before that CIO for North America & Mexico at Allianz. Previous roles have included executive positions at Deutsche Bank and IBM.

Bussmann's achievements have been widely recognized. He was named COO/CTO of the year by Financial News/The Wall Street Journal, European CIO of the Year by INSEAD/CIONET, received the Elite 8 Award, which is given to the most innovative leaders in technology working in capital markets by
Wall Street & Technology Magazine, and has twice been included on the Financial News "FinTech 40" list of innovators shaping the future of finance.

Oliver Bussmann

Founder & Managing Partner
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Bussman Advisory
Switzerland
Tunisia

Ghazi Ben-Ahmed

Founder & President
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Mediterranean Development Initiative (MDI)

Ghazi Ben-Ahmed is Founder and President of the Mediterranean Development Initiative (MDI), a Tunisia-based think tank—born in the wake of the 2011 revolution. MDI is affiliated with the CTR think tank at SAIS, Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies, and is chaired by Antonio Neto da Silva, former Portuguese Secretary of Foreign Trade. The initiative has three main objectives: facilitating youth inclusion and ICT, strengthening the private sector, and empowering women—with a special emphasis on FinTech, EduTech, and gaming development (supported by the   Finland cooperation and Slush).

As founder and Secretary General of the Club de Tunis, a Tunisian based foundation, Ghazi aims to help policymakers and entrepreneurs devise strategies and development projects for inclusive growth, job creation, regional development and higher living standards.

Ghazi is the LEND (Leaders Engaged in New Democracies) Coordinator for Tunisia, where he cooperates with the U.S. State Department, the Community of Democracies and the Club de Madrid to provide peer advice, peer support and capacity building to political leaders and policy makers in Tunisia.

Ghazi previously spearheaded the MENA Partnership for Democracy and Development with then Secretary Hilary Clinton, a U.S. led Initiative to promote democracy and empower NGOs.

During his tenure with the African Development Bank (AfDB), Ghazi worked as Lead Trade Expert and managed the $1 billion Trade Finance Initiative of the Bank.

Before joining the AfDB, he was Senior Advisor at the UNCTAD, the U.N. agency for trade and development, in the Africa and LDC Division, where he provided support to African trade negotiators in multilateral trade negotiations and regional trading arrangements; provided economic studies and reports; evaluated the Diagnostic Trade Integration Studies; and assisted the countries in mainstreaming trade into the national development plans under the Integrated Framework.

He has worked for almost 10 years in the European Commission in Brussels in several Directorates-Generals: Trade, EuropeAid and External Relations (responsible for trade issues, E.U. trade and development policy, textile negotiations, macroeconomic analysis, structural adjustment, and institutional building in the Mediterranean countries). He was responsible for the taskforce on market access and non-tariff barriers and the High-Level Dialogue between the E.U. and China.

Ghazi Ben Ahmed is a signee of an MOU with Dar ElDhekra (Remembrance House) the first Jewish Tunisian Association to safeguard the Tunisian Jewish Heritage. He holds his Ph.D. in Economics from Université de Montpellier.

Ghazi Ben-Ahmed

Founder & President
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Mediterranean Development Initiative (MDI)
Tunisia
Turkey

Muhammed Yesilhark

Founder & CIO
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Q2Q Capital Group

Muhammed Yesilhark is an investor and fund manager born in Germany and based in London. He is currently the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Q2Q Capital, a Dubai based multi-family office.

Until April 2016, Muhammed was the Head of European Equities at Carmignac, one of Europe’s leading asset managers with close to $55 bn of AuM. Yesilhark was responsible for Carmignac’s European equity funds as well as the European exposure of the global funds adding up to approximately $8bn exposure to European equities.

Yesilhark moved to Carmignac with his 5-person strong team from SAC Global Investors where he was a Partner and Portfolio Manager.  SAC Global Investors was a US based hedge fund with $15 bn AuM (now transformed into a family office called Point72 Asset Management). There he managed a European equities portfolio with $550m AuM. It was during his time at SAC that Yesilhark received the “40 under 40” award for the highest achieving 40 investment professionals in the European hedge fund space.

Prior to SAC, Yesilhark had moved to London from Frankfurt to join York Capital Management, a New York based event driven hedge fund with currently $24 bn AuM. Yesilhark started as an Associate and got promoted to Director level after just 4 years at York Capital. He was one of the youngest Directors in the financial services industry in London among reputable firms with the age of 27. He was responsible for York's investments in the German speaking countries as well as in the EMEA region.

Yesilhark started his career as an Analyst at Lazard's Frankfurt office in their Mergers & Acquisition practice and was trained in areas such as Corporate Finance and Equity Capital Markets.

Yesilhark, of Turkish origin, but born and raised in Germany, studied finance and management at European School of Business and graduated with a first-class honours degree both from Reutlingen University of Applied Science in Germany and Lancaster University in Lancaster. Yesilhark is fluent in English, German, Turkish and well versed in Spanish. He is married and has two children.

Muhammed Yesilhark

Founder & CIO
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Q2Q Capital Group
Turkey
Ukraine

Aivaras Abromavicius

Former Minister Economy
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Ukraine

Aivaras Abromavicius was Ukraine's Minister of Economy and Trade from December 2014 to February 2016. He now serves as a Partner, Senior Advisor and Fund Manager at East Capital Asset Management AB. Abromavicius serves as Fund Manager of East Capital Balkanfonden, East Capital Baltikumfonden, East Capital Rysslandsfonden, East Capital Turkietfonden and East Capital Östeuropafonden. He serves as a Partner of East Capital Explorer AB and served as Head of Trading at Brunswick Emerging Markets for three years.

He started his career with Hansabank and served as its Head of Equities. He served as a Director of Open Joint-Stock Company RusHydro. Abromavicius has a B.A. in International Business from Concordia International University, Estonia and Concordia University, Wisconsin, USA.

Aivaras Abromavicius

Former Minister Economy
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Ukraine
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan

Director
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Nahyan Family Group

Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan

Director
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Nahyan Family Group
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom

Dan Zilberman

Managing Director, Head of Europe
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Warburg Pincus

Daniel Zilberman is based in London and leads the European investment activities for Warburg Pincus. He is also a member of the firm’s Executive Management Group and leads the firm’s European Financial Services and Special Situations Groups. Mr. Zilberman joined the firm in 2005. Since joining the firm, Mr. Zilberman has been involved in a number of completed investments including Aeolus Re, Allfunds, National Penn Bankshares, Network International, Primerica Inc., The Mutual Fund Store, Santander Consumer USA, Santander Asset Management, Sterling Financial, Triton Container, Umpqua Bank, Webster Financial and a number of others. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Mr. Zilberman worked at Evercore Capital Partners and Lehman Brothers. He is a Director of Network International, Reiss and Santander Asset Management. Mr. Zilberman received a B.A. in international relations from Tufts University and an M.B.A. in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dan Zilberman

Managing Director, Head of Europe
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Warburg Pincus
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Daniel Masters

Founding Director
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GABI Fund

Daniel Masters tenaciously managed the set-up and launch of the world’s first ever regulated Bitcoin Investment Fund, the Global Advisors Bitcoin Investment Fund Plc. He conducted extensive research to devise the strategic direction and vision and maximize performance. In GABI, he has built a viable and structured case and secured buy-in from the government, the JFSC and a diverse group of stakeholders through reputation, powerful presentation, and engaging interaction. Key stakeholders include the Joint Financial Crimes Unit, Consumer Protection and Immigration. He has meticulously devised a rigorous selection process and secured leading outsourced service providers to further enhance the fund offering and drives the business forward. Before GABI, Masters founded Global Advisors and worked for JP Morgan and Phibro Energy.

Daniel Masters

Founding Director
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GABI Fund
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Sandra Ro

Executive Director Digitization
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CME Group

Sandra Ro is Executive Director of Digitization at CME Group. Ro is responsible for the company’s digital asset and blockchain/distributed ledger technology (DLT) initiatives. Previously as Executive Director Foreign Exchange (FX) Research and Product Development she was responsible for the global development of CME Group FX solutions within listed and cleared OTC products.

Ro is a core member of the Post Trade Distributed Ledger Group (PTDL), an industry group focused on bringing together regulators with sell-side and buy-side firms to collaborate and discuss the impact of blockchain / DLT. The PTDL is based in London with over 40 institutional members.

Prior to joining CME Group in 2011, Ro led the EMEA M&A FX and interest rates derivatives advisory group at Morgan Stanley, London and worked at Deutsche Bank as a FX structurer on the London trading floor. Ro holds an M.B.A. in Finance from London Business School and a double B.A. Degree in History and Studies in the Environment from Yale University.

Sandra Ro

Executive Director Digitization
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CME Group
United Kingdom
United States

Bill Tai

Co-Founder
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Mai Tai Global

Bill Tai established CRV's Silicon Valley presence and is a Partner Emeritus backing Scribd and Wish.com on CRV's behalf. He has invested in more than a dozen startups that made it to public listing; Board Director on 7 of them as public companies. Tai currently serves as Board Director at BitFury, Voxer and Treasure Data where he is Chairman. Among Lead Angels in Canva, Color Genomics, SafetyCulture, Shoes of Prey, Tango.me, Tweetdeck(Twitter), Zoom.us. Backer of Further Future and MaiTai Global.

Previously, he was a VC at IVP; Founding CEO iAsiaWorks (IPO 2000 via Goldman Sachs); Founding Chairman IPinfusion (Tokyo Exchange:4813); World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer Committee. He is an adjunct Professor of Innovation, Curtin University and a sponsored Athlete in Kiteboarding.

Bill Tai

Co-Founder
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Mai Tai Global
United States
United States

Brian Forde

Co-Founder
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MIT Digital Forum

Brian Forde has spent more than a decade at the nexus of technology, entrepreneurship, and public policy. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and co-founded the Digital Currency Initiative, an academic research group on cryptocurrencies, at the world-renown MIT Media Lab to research and incubate high-impact applications of this technology. Previously he was Senior Advisor for Mobile and Data Innovation at the White House where he spearheaded efforts to leverage emerging technologies to address the President’s most critical national priorities. Prior to his work at the White House, Forde founded one of the largest phone companies in Nicaragua after serving as a business and technology volunteer in the Peace Corps. In recognition of his work, he was named one of the "Most Influential People in Bitcoin and Blockchain" and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Forde received a B.A. at the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.B.A. at the London Business School.

Brian Forde

Co-Founder
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MIT Digital Forum
United States
United States

James Newsome

Founding Partner
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Delta Strategy Group

Dr. Newsome is a Founding Partner of Delta Strategy Group. While serving as executive of a Mississippi-based trade group, Dr. Newsome was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to be a Commissioner of the CFTC in 1998. When President Bush was elected in 2000, Newsome was nominated and confirmed as Chairman of the CFTC.

As Chairman of the CFTC, Newsome guided the regulation of the nation’s futures markets. Additionally, Newsome led the CFTC’s regulatory implementation of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 (CFMA).

Newsome served as one of four members of the President’s Working Group for Financial Markets, along with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Chairmen of the Federal Reserve and the SEC. In 2004, Newsome left federal service to assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). As head of NYMEX, Newsome managed daily operations of the largest physical derivatives exchange in the world.

During his tenure, Newsome oversaw several major changes. He led the NYMEX initial public offering and merged NYMEX with the CME Group to create the world’s largest futures marketplace.

Newsome retired from the NYMEX after the merger with CME Group. He currently serves on the boards of the Williamson Dickie Company, Hudson Field, TruMarx, Data Partners, the Chamber of Digital Commerce, LedgerX, Bloq, and Bitfury. He has previously served on the boards of Gavilon, the NYMEX, CME Group, Dubai Mercantile Exchange, and the National Futures Association.

In early 2010, Newsome along with Scott Parsons partnered to form Delta Strategy Group, which provides a variety of services for clients including strategic consulting, political analysis, lobbying, and business development.

James Newsome

Founding Partner
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Delta Strategy Group
United States
United States

Jamie Smith

Global Chief Communications & Marketing Officer
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BitFury Group

As Global Chief Communications and Marketing Officer for The Bitfury Group – the world’s leading full service Blockchain company – Jamie Smith works to fundamentally enhance and positively advance the way the global community does business, transfers value, and opens up new doors to prosperity for billions of people throughout the world. Smith has dedicated her career to making lives better, improving security, and ensuring opportunity is available to all.  Smith brings nearly two decades of communications experience, serving at the highest levels of government and the private sector, to the financial technology arena.  

Smith previously served as Special Assistant to President Obama and deputy White House press secretary, Executive Vice President at Edelman Public Relations, Director of Public Affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and General James Clapper, Communications Director for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation under its then Chairman John D (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Traveling Press Director for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, Communications Director for former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and The Albright Group, LLC. and policy aide to Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY).

Jamie speaks regularly around the world – from Money 2020 to the World Economic Forum at Davos to the Clinton Global Initiative – she is an industry expert in the emerging technology of Blockchain.  She serves as the Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Future Council on Blockchain.  She is the creator and founder of the Global Blockchain Business Council and the co-creator of the Blockchain Trust Accelerator and was recently recognized by Innovate Finance on the Women in FinTech 2016 Powerlist.  Jamie also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Bretton Woods II initiative at New America.

Jamie Smith

Global Chief Communications & Marketing Officer
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BitFury Group
United States
United States

Jason Weinstein

Partner
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Steptoe & Johnson

Jason Weinstein has been Partner of Steptoe & Johnson LLP since May 2013. Mr. Weinstein served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Criminal Division and a was Federal Prosecutor. He is a member of both the Steptoe & Johnson's White-Collar Criminal Defense practice, which includes acclaimed trial attorney Reid Weingarten, and its Privacy & Data Security practice, which includes Stewart Baker, a former Assistant Secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security and a leading voice on cybersecurity. During his tenure in the DOJ's Criminal Division, Mr. Weinstein supervised the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, the Organized Crime and Gang Section, and the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section. In these positions, he oversaw the most significant cybercrime, data breach, and transnational organized crime investigations in the country. He also regularly briefed Obama Administration officials and members of Congress on enforcement efforts and legislative and policy matters relating to cybercrime and intellectual property protection, and was heavily involved in the drafting of cybersecurity and data privacy legislation. Mr. Weinstein worked extensively on compliance issues relating to United States law, helped oversee U.S. engagement with European Union authorities over the EU's data protection requirements, and worked to resolve issues faced by U.S. companies subject to restrictions on cross-border transfers of data. Mr. Weinstein also testified six times before Senate and House committees on cybercrime, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection, and intellectual property enforcement, and represented the Criminal Division on the Attorney General's Intellectual Property Task Force. Prior to joining the Criminal Division, Mr. Weinstein served for seven years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland, rising to chief of the Violent Crime Section. He developed and led Baltimore's EXILE program, a multi-agency strategy that has dramatically reduced violent crime in that city. Mr. Weinstein also served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted numerous criminal cases involving financial fraud, cybercrime, racketeering, narcotics, violent crime, and immigration offenses. He has been a Member of Strategic Advisory Board at Bitfury USA, Inc. since March 2015. Mr. Weinstein has received numerous awards and honors including the Department of Justice Project Safe Neighborhoods Award for building the nation's outstanding violent crime partnership, the District of Maryland Award for Prosecution of Public Corruption, and the Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney for his work in the Southern District of New York. Mr. Weinstein earned his law degree, with honors, from The George Washington University, where he served as the managing editor of The George Washington Law Review, and his A.B. from Princeton University.

Jason Weinstein

Partner
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Steptoe & Johnson
United States
United States

Tomicah Tillemann

Director
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Bretton Woods II at New America

Tomicah Tillemann is a leader in the fields of social finance and civic innovation. He serves as director of the Bretton Woods II program at New America. He and his team work with large asset owners to reduce risk and volatility through strategic investments in social impact and development. He is also cofounder of the Blockchain Trust Accelerator and a member of the advisory board of the BitFury Group, a leading provider of Blockchain infrastructure. He works with the firm to harness Blockchain technology for governance and social impact applications.

Between 2010 and 2014, Tillemann served under Hillary Clinton and John Kerry as the secretary of state's senior advisor for civil society and emerging democracies. Tillemann led a team of experts that operated like venture capitalists in translating promising ideas and technologies into successful foreign policy. He also established and chaired the State Department's Global Philanthropy Working Group and the State Department's Federal Advisory Committee on civil society.

Tillemann joined the State Department in 2009 as Secretary Clinton's speechwriter and collaborated with her on over 200 speeches. Previously, he spent four years on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as an advisor to Chairmen Joe Biden and John Kerry. Tillemann’s other professional experience includes work with the White House, five U.S. Senate and congressional campaigns, Reuters New Media, and the World Bank.

Tillemann is a co-holder of four patents. He has helped launch and lead numerous civil society organizations and foundations. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University and holds a Ph.D. with distinction from the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS). He has lectured at Yale and Princeton and testified repeatedly before Congress. He is a frequent keynote speaker and guest on media outlets including the BBC and public radio.

Tomicah Tillemann

Director
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Bretton Woods II at New America
United States
Afghanistan

Roya Mahboob

CEO
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Digital Citizen Fund

Roya Mahboob is a serial entrepreneur, president of Digital Citizen Fund, Digital Citizen Brew ( Coffee& Tea) and EdyEdy. She focused on building #Digital Literacy for women and children in developing countries. And her personal goal for #Digital Literacy is to bridge the gap between education and job markets by offering practical online skills in her new company and platform EdyEdy for women and youth in developing countries. Roya Mahboob is also a board member and president of the Digital Citizen Fund “formally Women’s Annex Foundation”, a non-profit that aims to increase women’s technological literacy and provide employment and educational opportunities for girls and children in developing countries like Afghanistan and sits on the Advisory Board of Forbes School of Business of Ashford University, Resolution Project and the Global Thinkers Forum organization. Roya was named to TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2013 for her work in building internet classrooms in high schools in Afghanistan. The TIME 100 essay was written by Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg who is also the author of “Lean In Women, Work and the Will to Lead”. She is also a member of the 2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, Civic Innovators and Young Leader of World Economic Form.

Roya Mahboob

CEO
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Digital Citizen Fund
Afghanistan
Argentina

Santiago Siri

Founder
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Democracy Earth Foundation

Santiago Siri is the Founder of the Democracy Earth Foundation, a Y Combinator backed non-profit building incorruptible digital governance for small and large communities; and the Partido de la Red (Peers Party), a political party that aims to improve representation with candidates committed to citizens requests online. He is a partner of Bitex.la, the largest bitcoin exchange in Latin America. In 2015, he published his book 'Hacktivismo' with Random House. Siri Co-founded Argentine Game Developers Association. He is a World Economic Forum member and a frequent contributor on radio and Television.

Santiago Siri

Founder
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Democracy Earth Foundation
Argentina
Australia

Jemma Green

Cofounder & Chair
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Power Ledger

Dr. Jemma Green is an author, researcher and entrepreneur on the enterprise disruption caused by blockchain technology, with special expertise on energy and the sustainable economy. Jemma’s research on ‘Citizen Utilities’ and the emerging power paradigm, as well as her entrepreneurial passion, led her in May of 2016, to Co-found Power Ledger, a world leading energy blockchain company that enables P2P electricity trading and fractionalization of ownership of energy assets.

Jemma is also a Research Fellow at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, where she completed a PhD in Disruptive Innovation. She has extensive experience bringing together a broad range of sectors to address sustainability issues, stemming from her background in investment banking and risk advisory in London. While living in the United Kingdom, Jemma received a Masters degree and two postgraduate diplomas from Cambridge University. Presently, she is an independent Councillor of the City of Perth, the Chair of Climate-KIC Australia and is also on the board for the Western Australian water utility, the Water Corporation.

Jemma Green

Cofounder & Chair
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Power Ledger
Australia
Australia

Michael Casey

Senior Advisor
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MIT Media Lab

Michael J. Casey works as a Senior Advisor at MIT's Media Lab on the Digital Currency Initiative. He has been a columnist, covering global economics and markets at The Wall Street Journal. Along wtih WSJ Moneybeat blogger Paul Vigna, Michael is the co-author of the forthcoming The Age of Cryptocurrency, a book about bitcoin and its potentail impact on the global eocnomy. Michael's "Horizons" column appears on Moneybeat, as does his daily "Macro Horizons" report, a roundup of global economic and financial events. Casey has been a regular host of the AM News Hub show on WSJ Live. In a career spanning Perth, Bangkok, Jakarta, Buenos Aires and New York, he has covered currencies, bonds, equities and economic policy for Dow Jones Newswires and The Journal. Prior to The Age of Cryptocurrency, Casey authored two earlier books: The Unfair Trade, a book on the global dimensions of the financial crisis and Che’s Afterlife, about the international impact of Alberto Korda’s iconic image of Che Guevara. He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and has a Masters Degree from Cornell University.

Michael Casey

Senior Advisor
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MIT Media Lab
Australia
Barbados

Gabriel Abed

Founder & CEO
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Bitt Group

Gabriel Abed is founder and CEO of Bitt, a Caribbean based digital asset exchange whose core focus is on providing access to cryptocurrencies in emerging markets. With a high frequency trading platform boasting military grade security and an easy-to-use trading interface, Bitt is an ideal solution for both individual and business needs. Prior to founding Bitt, Abed founded two other companies - Caridot and BitEdge. He also worked for Scayl, The Kelly Group and Point Solutions, inc.

Gabriel Abed

Founder & CEO
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Bitt Group
Barbados
Brazil

Paula Guedes

Founder & CEO
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ATLZ Group

Paula Guedes is the founder and CEO of Jobzi, where she leads her team’s efforts in building technologies that learn and power the world’s work. She is a specialist at Instituto Millenium (IMIL), where her areas of expertise are entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems. An active member in the civic sphere, Guedes advocates that technology and transparency can dramatically improve the business environment. Her work has earned her a seat at Conselho da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro's City Advisory Board to the Mayor’s Office), where she was the youngest member at the time of her appointment. As contributor to the Cidade Competitiva, Inovadora e de Oportunidades Committee, she focuses on creating a local economy that is more globally-competitive.

Guedes founded IFL Dialogues - sister chapter to Instituto de Formação de Líderes. While President of IFL Dialogues, she co-founded the "5-points Project”—which prioritizes municipal actions aimed at improving Brazil’s World Bank’s ranks in ease-of-doing-business. In 2012 Paula advised the Department of Science and Technology of Rio de Janeiro towards the creation of the Startup Rio Project, recognized by Latam Founder’s Network as a "Top Latin American Accelerator” in their 2016 award edition.

Guedes began her career at Citigroup’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group in New York City, where she focused on cross-border transactions. She is an MBA graduate and Joseph Wharton Scholar at Wharton School of Business, and holds a B.S. in Finance from Marshall School of Business and a B.A. in Economics from University of Southern California.

Paula Guedes

Founder & CEO
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ATLZ Group
Brazil
Brazil

Veronica Serra

Founding Partner
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Pacific Investments

Veronica Allende Serra is the founding partner of Pacific Investments and Innova Capital Fund with 19 years of experience making private and growth equity investments in a variety of sectors in the US and throughout Latin America. Innova Capital was established in 2009 to focus on innovation and has as its key backers leading families who invest globally. Early investments included leading anti-fraud platform Clearsale and cable company Blue Interactive. More recently Serra exited leading email marketing company Virid (sold to Experian) and Digital Ad agency Fbiz (sold to WPP). Some of the current investments of Innova are Accera (supply chain software), TradeForce (POS mobile service) and Movile – the leading mobile content and services company in the Latam region. Movile owns Playkids (global leader in apps for kids-0-6) and Ifood (largest food delivery business in the Latam).

Serra is active in entrepreneurship as a mentor and helped establish numerous companies, including Patagon.com in Brazil (sold to Banco Santander). From 1998-2001, Serra headed investments for Latin America of IRR LLC, and prior was an assistant to the CEO of Leucadia National Corporation and worked at Goldman Sachs. Serra is a director of Mercado Libre since 2007 (NASDAQ: MELI). In addition to being on the board of her portfolio companies, Serra sits on the nonprofit boards of Instituto Sidarta (education) and is a senior advisor to Endeavor Global. She collaborates with Fundação Estudar, where she was a director for 3 years, helped start its endowment and now supports the Personal Prep Scholars. Serra was also a Board Member of iSmart Foundation (education) from 2009-2014. She is a member of the Group of 50 http://www.g-50.org, member of the YPO, co-founder of the Latin American Start up Challenge and member of the XTC Advisory Councilhttp://extremetechchallenge.com.

Serra received her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997, was funded by a full scholarship through the Organization of American States and received a grant by Fundação Estudar. In her 15th reunion, she established a fellowship for entrepreneur-focused incoming students at HBS. Serra graduated in Law from the University of São Paulo and Art and Advertising from Escola Panamericana de Arte. Serra was born in Chile, grew up in the US and Brazil, and is fluent in Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, and conversant in German.

Veronica Serra

Founding Partner
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Pacific Investments
Brazil
Canada

Alex Tapscott

Founder & CEO
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Northwest Passage Ventures

Alex Tapscott is a globally recognized thought-leader, speaker and writer focused on the impact of emerging technologies on business, society and government.  Alex is the co-author (with Don Tapscott) of the critically acclaimed #1 Globe and Mail Non-fiction best-seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money Business and the World.  His writing has been featured in TIME, Fortune, Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and dozens of other publications.

Alex is the founder and CEO of Northwest Passage Ventures, a social innovator.  Alex currently sits on Advisory Board to Elections Canada, the independent, non-partisan agency responsible for conducting federal elections and referendums.  He is also a founding Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Blockchain.  Alex is a graduate of Amherst College (cum laude) and is a CFA Charterholder. He lives in Toronto.

Alex Tapscott

Founder & CEO
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Northwest Passage Ventures
Canada
China

Wei Wang

Founding Chairman
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China M&A Association

Dr. Wei Wang is Founding Chairman of China Mergers & Acquisitions Association (CMAA), Founder and Chairman of Chinese Museum of Finance (Group), Chairman of China M&A Group. Wang has organized and supervised IPO underwritings for over 40 Chinese companies in both domestic and overseas markets. He is the financial consultant on restructuring, financing, M&A and IPO for many leading companies in China. He had worked in a number of international corporations including Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, the World Bank in Washington D.C. and the Chase Bank in New York. He also serves as the economic advisor in several ministerial and provincial governments in China as well as independent director for several listed companies.

Wang received his Bachelor’s degree in accounting and Master’s degree in finance in China and his Ph.D. in economics from Fordham University in the United States. He is the author of many books and journal articles, and a well-known lecturer—he has given seminars and lectures at universities including CEIBS and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. Wang has been named “Top Five Chinese investment Bankers” by Talents magazine in 2003, “The Most Influential Independent Director” by Directors & Boards magazine in 2006 and “The Most Influential Investment Banker” by China Finance Network in 2006. He was selected as a member of Shanghai Stock Exchange Corporate Governance Advisory Committee in 2007. In 2010, he founded the Chinese Museum of Finance (Group) and currently has 6 museums in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenyang and Suzhou. Furthermore, he has received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the M&A Advisor in New York, the 2013 Social Innovator Award from The Wall Street Journal, 2015 IFFM Financial Literacy Award and many others. In 2013, Wang successfully summited Mount Everest. He was elected as the Chairman of Asia Mergers & Acquisitions Association (AMAA) and Co-chairman of International Federation of Finance Museums (IFFM) in November 2015.

Wei Wang

Founding Chairman
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China M&A Association
China
China

Yongli Wang

CEO
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LeFinance

Dr. Wang Yongli is a doctor of economics. He brings unparalleled monetary policy expertise and commercial bank management talents to LeFinance. He served as deputy president as well as executive director in Bank of China Limited. He is devoted to researching financial systems and the status of government debt. Dr. Wang also concentrates on RMB Internationalization and the field of internet finance innovation.

Yongli Wang

CEO
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LeFinance
China
Denmark

Lars Rasmussen

Co-founder
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Weav Music

Lars Rasmussen is a Danish-born computer scientist, software developer, and the co-founder of Google Maps. Rasmussen graduated from the University of Aarhus with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. He gained his MSc in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Edinburgh and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, Rasmussen left Google to work with Facebook, where he was engineering director for the Facebook Graph Search project. In 2013 he and Tom Stocky were listed as number 79 in The 100 Biggest Stars In Silicon Valley by Business Insider.

On April 27 2015, Rasmussen announced his departure from Facebook to co-found a music start-up. Weav, the start-up, creates adaptive music that recomposes itself in real-time, constantly changing to suit every users' environment.

Lars Rasmussen

Co-founder
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Weav Music
Denmark
Estonia

Toomas Henrik Ilves

Former President
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Estonia

Toomas Hendrik Ilves became president of Estonia in 2006; he is the third person to hold the post since the Baltic republic regained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Ilves was born in 1953 to Estonian parents who had fled the Soviet regime that installed itself in the Baltic nation following World War II. The family immigrated to the United States and settled in New Jersey. Ilves attended Columbia University as an undergrad and received his MA from the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1984, he joined the staff of Radio Free Europe as an analyst and researcher. This news service, based in Munich, Germany, broadcast anticommunist programming to the Soviet-controlled countries of Eastern Europe during the cold-war decades that followed World War II. Four years after he joined Radio Free Europe, Ilves was named head of its Estonian desk, a post he held until 1993.

From 1993-1996, Ilves served as newly independent Estonia's ambassador to the United States, Canada, and Mexico in Washington, D.C.. He became Estonia's minister for foreign affairs in 1996. In March of 1999, after new parliamentary elections, Ilves returned to his post as foreign minister, serving until 2002. In 2004, Ilves was elected to the European Parliament as one of the first official Estonian delegates sworn in when the country became a member state of the European Union. In March of 2006, he announced his candidacy in upcoming presidential elections. He served as President from 2006-2016.

During his presidency, Ilves was appointed to serve in several high positions in the field of ICT in the European Union. He served as chairman of the EU Task Force on eHealth from 2011 to 2012 and was chairman of the European Cloud Partnership Steering Board at the invitation of the European Commission from 2012 to 2014. In 2013 he chaired the High-Level Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms convened by ICANN. From 2014 to 2015 Ilves was the co-chair of the advisory panel of the World Bank's World Development Report 2016 "Digital Dividends" and was also the chair of World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Cyber Security beginning in June 2014.

Ilves now co-chairs The World Economic Forum working group The Global Futures Council on Blockchain Technology. In 2017 he joined Stanford University as a Bernard and Susan Liautaud Visiting Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Toomas Henrik Ilves

Former President
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Estonia
Estonia
France

Mariana Dahan

Co-Founder & CEO
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World Identity Network

Mariana Dahan has joined the Global Blockchain Business Council as a founding member, representing France.

Recognized as one of the Top Leaders in the Identity Industry, Mariana Dahan is the former Coordinator of the Identification for Development (ID4D) agenda at the World Bank. Prior to joining the World Bank Group in 2009, Mariana Dahan was a visiting researcher at the MIT Sloan School of Management in the United States.

As part of her previous assignments within the World Bank Group, Mariana Dahan has worked on large infrastructure projects in emerging and frontier markets, catalyzing progress towards digital systems using 21st century technology solutions. She has also managed the Identity Management Experts Group, building partnerships with governments, development agencies, private sector companies, research labs and civil society organizations across the world.

Dr. Dahan started her career in the telecommunications industry in 1998. Having worked for mobile operators in both developed and developing countries, she gained valuable insights on the impact of new technologies on economic growth and social development. These are reflected in her 2015 book “Quenching the Thirst for Innovation: Modeling the Diffusion of Mobile Technologies”.  Dr. Dahan holds two PhD degrees in management and economic sciences from ESCP Europe Business School and Paris II University in France.

Mariana Dahan

Co-Founder & CEO
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World Identity Network
France
Georgia

George Kikvadze

Vice Chairman
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BitFury Group

George Kikvadze is the Vice Chairman of The BitFury Group, the world's leading Blockchain infrastructure provider and transaction processing company. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of GCF, a $6 billion private equity partnership. Kikvadze has worked for York Capital Management, AFK Sistema and Morgan Stanley. He obtained his MBA at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and his Masters at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Kikvadze is a member of the Europe One YPO Club.

George Kikvadze

Vice Chairman
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BitFury Group
Georgia
Germany

Ruth Wandhöfer

Global Head of Regulatory, Market & Innovation Strategy
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Citi

Ruth Wandhöfer is highly regarded across the banking industry for her in-depth knowledge of the regulatory, market and competitive landscape, and in particular is acknowledged as one of the foremost authorities on SEPA (the Single Euro Payments Area). She holds a number of influential positions, including the Chairmanship of the European banking industry’s Payments Regulatory Expert Group, membership of the Plenary of the European Payments Council (EPC), Chairmanship of the EPC’s Information Security Support Group, membership of the EPC’s SEPA Scheme Working Group, membership of the EPC’s Executive Committee (Co-ordination Committee), membership of the EU Commission’s Payment Systems Market Expert Group as well as COGEPS, the high level Euro Payments Strategy forum of the ECB to discuss payment policy issues with the market.

Ruth is responsible for Citi’s Regulatory & Market Strategy within the Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) business globally. As such, she has external responsibility for engaging with and influencing the evolving regulatory and market/standards environment on a wide range of established and emerging topics in the transaction banking space, as well as driving and coordinating the business response within Citi TTS. Prior to joining Citi, Ruth worked for the European Banking Federation where she was responsible for securities clearing and settlement as well as payments. Furthermore, she was closely involved with the EPC in the writing of the SEPA Credit Transfer scheme rulebook, as well as being a high profile and influential lobbyist in the negotiation of the Payment Services Directive. In addition, her efforts in the context of clearing and settlement harmonisation covered topics such as Target2 Securities as well as industry work on harmonising corporate actions processes in Europe in line with the Giovannini Report recommendations.

Previously, Ruth worked in financial management in the banking sector as well as in the European Commission DG Economic & Financial Affairs. She speaks five languages (EN, DE, F, ES, IT) and has completed studies in various countries, including an MA Financial Economics in the UK, an MA International Politics in France and an LLM in International Economic Law in the UK. She recently published her first book EU Payments Integration — the tale of SEPA, PSD and other Milestones along the Road (Palgrave MacMillan) and is a fellow lecturer of the Pallas LL.M Program in European Business Law. She is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Payment Systems & Strategy, a Henry Stewart Publication. A ‘2010 Financial News Rising Star’ she has been named to Management Today’s 2011 “35 Women under 35” list of women to watch (published in the Sunday Times) and in 2012 was named one of the top 100 most influential people in finance by Treasury and Risk magazine.

Ruth Wandhöfer

Global Head of Regulatory, Market & Innovation Strategy
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Citi
Germany
Haiti

Laurent Lamothe

Former Prime Minister
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Haiti

Born on August 14, 1972, in Port-au-Prince, Laurent Salvador Lamothe is the son of well-known artist-painter Ghislaine Fortuney Lamothe and distinguished intellectual and Spanish literature authority, Louis G. Lamothe. He demonstrated exceptional aptitude for both tennis and academics from a very early age. At twelve, he was already classed among the best hopes of the country he would proudly represent a decade later at the Davis Cup competitions of 1994-95.

At nineteen, Lamothe left his native Port-au-Prince to take up studies at Barry University in Miami, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in political science. Subsequently admitted to Saint Thomas University in 1996, he completed a brilliant academic career earning a master's degree, with honorable mention, in business management. In 1998, at just twenty-six, he co-founded the company Global Voice Group with his partner Patrice Baker. The entrepreneurial spirit and dynamism he showed over the course of the subsequent decade led, in May 2008, to his being named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by the firm Ernst and Young.

Having grown up in a country overwhelmed by poverty and a lack of natural resources at all levels, the Haitian businessman developed, over the course of his life, a profound sense of social responsibility and a desire to lend assistance to the less fortunate. It was from this perspective that he became involved in the presidential electoral campaign of his longtime friend Michel Joseph Martelly in the spring of 2011. As special adviser to the President of Haiti, Lamothe advised principally on matters of investment and socio-economic development. With former US President William J. Clinton, he co-chaired the Presidential Advisory Council for the Economic Development and Investment of Haiti.

Less than five months after his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Lamothe was designated Prime Minister of Haiti by President Michel Martelly. On May 14, 2012, he became the youngest Prime Minister in Haitian history. He is the father of two daughters, Linka and Lara.

Laurent Lamothe

Former Prime Minister
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Haiti
Haiti
Hong Kong, China

Yew Kiat Phang

CEO
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Credit China FinTech

Yew Kiat Phang is the Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Credit China FinTech Holdings Limited (CCF).

CCF is a leading publicly listed (stock code: 8207.HK) Fintech group in Asia, with a growing presence in China and Mekong region.  Headquartered in Hong Kong, the company successfully established a fully-integrated Fintech ecosystem, providing 7X24 and one-stop efficient intelligent financial lifestyle services to over 30m registered Small Medium Enterprises and middle-class consumers via internet & mobile internet channels.

Phang began his career with Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) in 1994 and over his 17 year career in banking, he held various management roles across SCB's corporate and consumer banking businesses, including the appointment as Chief Financial Officer for Indonesia & General Manager for Small Medium Enterprises, Singapore & Malaysia.  In 2005, Phang was seconded to China to build a brand new national joint-stock bank in Tianjin, China Bohai Bank, and he served as an Executive Director and Deputy Chief Executive Officer with full responsibilities for the consumer banking business.  He has also served as DBS’s Group Head of Strategic Planning.

Phang is a member of te United Nations -Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Business Advisory Council.  In addition, he also serves as the Chairman of Remuneration Committee & Independent Non-executive Director and of Chuan Holdings Limited (stock code: 1420.HK).

Phang has a Bachelors degree in Microelectronic Systems Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and a Master of Business Administration in International Business from the University of Bristol.

Yew Kiat Phang

CEO
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Credit China FinTech
Hong Kong, China
India

Raman Kumar

Chairman
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Aeries Group

Dr. Raman Kumar is a successful tech entrepreneur and private equity investor. He is the founder & former Chairman/CEO of NASDAQ listed M*Modal Inc, a leading voice recognition, healthcare document technology company that he took from a start-up to until it was sold to One Equity Partners for over a billion dollars in 2012. Since then, he has actively invested in a number of ventures across India, Middle East and USA. He is also a limited partner in three large international private equity funds. He recently joined the board of THub- one of India's most successful tech incubator and accelerator. Raman was Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 award winner for Maryland, USA, and was also honoured with Maryland International Leadership Award by World Trade Centre Institute, Baltimore in the same year. Raman is currently the chairman and managing director of Aeries Group of companies and CASHe is his latest venture that lends to millenials in india through an app using proprietary algorithms and machine learning technology.

Raman Kumar

Chairman
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Aeries Group
India
Jamaica

Alexandra Chong

Founder and CEO
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Nightingale

Alexandra Chong is the CEO and Founder of Nightingale, a pioneering medical cannabis corporation based in Jamaica. Uniquely positioned to become the global prestige cannabis producer through cultivating and distributing genuine premium Jamaican strains of cannabis, Nightingale’s mission is to build the “champagne of the cannabis industry” while driving economic growth through job creation for small farmers and other Jamaicans. Prior to Nightingale, Alexandra founded Lulu, an innovative app for young women. Nominated as TechCrunch's "Fastest Rising Startup," Lulu was on the phone of 1 in 4 US college women. The New York Times noted that Alexandra started a “take back the internet movement for young women.” In 2016, Lulu was acquired by Badoo. Business Insider and AdWeek have recognized Alexandra as one of the top entrepreneurs in New York and London. Before Lulu, Alexandra served as Global Head of Marketing for Upstream, one of the world's largest mobile marketing companies. She holds a BSC and an LLB from the London School of Economics. Alexandra grew up in Jamaica, where she played tennis professionally and represented Team Jamaica at the Federation Cup.

 

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Alexandra Chong

Founder and CEO
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Nightingale
Jamaica
Latvia

Val Vavilov

Founder & CEO
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BitFury Group

Valery Vavilov is the CEO and founder of The Bitfury Group – the world’s leading full service Blockchain company. Vavilov’s entrepreneurial experience and passion for Blockchain technology led him to found the company in 2011, when Blockchain technology was just beginning to capture the world’s attention and imagination. A native Latvian who experienced first-hand the challenges resulting from the collapse of the Soviet Union, Vavilov was inspired by Blockchain technology and saw an opportunity to build technological solutions that could improve the lives of people all over the world. He focused first on the hardware solutions that would ensure security and trust in the Bitcoin Blockchain, leading The Bitfury Group to develop five generations of cutting-edge mining chips and state-of-the-art data center designs. Under his leadership, the company has expanded its focus to provide custom-designed software, consulting solutions, and advanced hardware, all while maintaining its position as one of the major public Bitcoin Blockchain security and transaction providers. Prior to founding The Bitfury Group, Vavilov spent more than 15 years in a variety of technical and leadership positions. He received his Masters degree from Riga’s Transport & Telecommunication University in Latvia.

Val Vavilov

Founder & CEO
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BitFury Group
Latvia
Mongolia

Saruul Ganbaatar

CEO
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Bogd Bank

Saruul Ganbaatar is CEO of Bogd bank. He began his professional career in 2004 working in various capacities in the financial service industry in the United States. Saruul brings in experience of Senior Banker at Mobium Mortgage Group, Derivatives Strategist at Rosenthal Collins Group and Head of Asia, Russia and CIS Countries at AMP Futures in the US. Before joining Bogd bank in 2014, he worked in Mongolia as an Advisor in Ministry of Finance of Mongolia and Deputy CEO at the Mongolian Stock Exchange.

Saruul Ganbaatar

CEO
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Bogd Bank
Mongolia
Netherlands

Sebastian Vos

Partner
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Covington and Burling LLP

Sebastian Vos is co-chair of the COvington's global public policy and government affairs practice, and heads up its European division. He has extensive experience in the European Union and advises clients as they navigate and manage today’s global regulatory and policy challenges.

Mr. Vos provides clients with strategic public policy, regulatory, and communications advice on a range of competition, trade, transactional and sectoral issues. Mr. Vos has particular expertise in advising companies in the technology, financial services, energy and transport sectors.

Mr. Vos was formerly a partner at a leading global public affairs consultancy. Prior to this, he was head of the competition practice at a strategic communications agency. He worked as an attorney at a magic circle firm, specialising in Antitrust, Competition and Trade law, as well as being a member of the Public Policy practice. He has also worked at the European Commission, and was part of its Delegation to the United States in 2000.

Mr. Vos has written articles on legal and political developments in various publications, including Europe’s World, Bloomberg Business Law Review and European Competition Law Review. He has also been a commentator on broadcast media including CNBC and Bloomberg TV.

Sebastian Vos

Partner
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Covington and Burling LLP
Netherlands
Nigeria

Elizabeth Rosiello

Founder & CEO
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BitPesa

Elizabeth Rossiello co-founded BitPesa Ltd. in 2014 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Rossiello began her work in Kenya as a Microfinance Analyst and Investment Associate in 2009. She is an expert in East African financial product development and establishing best practices in risk, governance and IT for local banks. Prior to her work in East Africa, she served as an Analyst at Credit Suisse in Zurich and a Robert Bosch Fellow in Frankfurt. She speaks five languages and holds a Masters in International Finance from Columbia University’s SIPA.

Elizabeth Rosiello

Founder & CEO
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BitPesa
Nigeria
Pakistan

Ali Abbas Syed

CEO
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Gemini Corporate Finance

Syed Ali Abbas is the CEO of Gemini Corporate Finance in DIFC, Dubai. He is the founder/partner of Gemini Financial Services, an emerging markets focussed advisory and asset management business. Before Gemini, Mr. Syed worked as an investment banker in the City having worked with  ABN AMRO and Morgan Stanley. Mr. Syed also worked in the Saudi Arabia for several years with the accounting firm Ernst & Young and still maintains close contacts in the region.  Ali is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ali Abbas Syed

CEO
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Gemini Corporate Finance
Pakistan
Peru

Hernando de Soto

Chairman
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Institute for Liberty and Democracy

Mr. de Soto is currently President of the ILD —headquartered in Lima, Peru— considered by The Economist as one of the two most important think tanks in the world. Time magazine chose him as one of the five leading Latin American innovators of the century in its special May 1999 issue "Leaders for the New Millennium", and included him among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2004.

Mr. de Soto was also listed as one of 15 innovators "who will reinvent your future" according to Forbes magazine’s 85th anniversary edition. In January 2000, Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit, the German development magazine, described Mr. de Soto as one of the most important development theoreticians of the last millennium. In his speech opening the 2004 World Economic Forum at Davos, former US President Bill Clinton described him as “the world’s most important living economist.” In October 2005, over 20,000 readers of Prospect magazine of the UK and Foreign Policy of the US ranked him among the top 13 "public intellectuals" in the world from the magazines’ joint list of 100; in April 2013, some 10,000 Prospect readers ranked him number 36 out of 65 top world thinkers.

Mr. de Soto has served as an economist for the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, as President of the Executive Committee of the Copper Exporting Countries Organization (CIPEC), as CEO of Universal Engineering Corporation (Continental Europe’s largest consulting engineering firm), as a principal of the Swiss Bank Corporation Consultant Group, and as a governor of Peru’s Central Reserve Bank.  In the early 1990s, he led the effort to insert Peru into the global economy; and, with his ILD team, drafted and promoted more than 187 laws that gave the poorest Peruvians access to economic opportunities, including title to their property and businesses; and created the national office of Ombudsman to defend the constitutional and human rights of the Peruvian people (Defensoría del Pueblo).

In the last 30 years, Mr. de Soto and his colleagues at the ILD have been involved in designing and implementing legal reform programs to empower the poor in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and former Soviet nations by granting them access to the same property and business rights —and the institutions and tools needed to exercise those rights and freedoms— that the majority of people in developed countries have. Over 30 heads of state have invited him to carry out these ILD programs in their countries. During the past few years, Mr. de Soto has been focusing on three new kinds of problems that have emerged around the world, which he has translated into three new strategies stemming from the ILD’s property rights paradigm: i) the financial crisis; ii) the increasing number of conflicts in developing countries between local communities and private corporations over control of mineral rich territories and agricultural lands; and, iii) the Arab Spring. At the root of each of these apparently different problems, he argues, is the lack of enforceable formal property and business rights and/or the lack of information about them.  Mr. de Soto’s reform vision and the ILD’s work in Peru, Africa and the Middle East has been featured in three one-hour documentary films broadcast throughout the US on PBS, the national public television network, and available on-line at FreetoChoose.TV:  "The Power of the Poor with Hernando de Soto (2009); "Globalization at the Crossroads with Hernando de Soto” (2011); and "Unlikely Heroes of the Arab Spring” (2013).

Mr. de Soto also co-chaired with former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, and currently serves as honorary co-chair on various boards and organizations, including the World Justice Project.  In 2005, the President of Peru appointed Mr. de Soto as his personal representative to design and implement Peru’s free trade program so as to give the poor access to the globalized economy; and also to draw up the strategy to convince the U.S. to sign the Free Trade Agreement with Peru, which it did in 2006.

Mr. de Soto has published two books about economic and political development: The Other Path (1986) and The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else (2000).  The latter has been translated into some 30 languages, has sold over 2,000,000 copies worldwide and has received 25 prizes in Europe and North America.  His work has been the subject of several books, including:  The Mystery of Capital and the Construction of Social Reality (2008), which examines the philosophical implications of Mr. de Soto’s ideas; Realizing Property Rights (2008); Hernando de Soto and Property in a Market Economy (2010), which looks at his work from the legal point of view; and from the economic perspective The World’s 12 Most Important Economists  (Die zwölf wichtigsten Ökonomen der Welt, 2007), which profiles him among a list that begins with Adam Smith and ends with recent Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz; and The facts are in: The Arab Spring is a Massive Economic Revolution (2012).

Hernando de Soto

Chairman
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Institute for Liberty and Democracy
Peru
Russia

Gleb Davidyuk

Managing Partner
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ITech Capital

Gleb Davidyuk, Ph.D. is a Managing Partner at iTech Capital. Mr. Davidyuk serves as an Executive Director at TradingView Inc. Previously, Mr. Davidyuk was a Partner of Mint Capital from 2005 to 2010. Mr. Davidyuk joined Mint Capital in April 2005. Prior to Mint Capital, he served as Managing Director of Alfa Capital Partners for five years from 2000 to 2005 where he was also one of the co-founders. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Davidyuk served as the Vice President of Merchant Banking at Alfa Bank, was responsible for identifying and developing private equity transactions. Mr. Davidyuk spent one year in Yekaterinburg as the Head of the Urals Regional Investment Department of Open Joint Stock Company Alfa-Bank, responsible for monitoring and screening investment opportunities in the Region. Before joining Alfa Bank, he served as an Investment Officer at Quadriga Capital Russia GmbH & Co. KG. He started his private equity career in 1996 in Vladimir as an Investment Officer at Deutche Handelsbank Private Equity Division. He has been a Director of Clickky since April 29, 2015. Mr. Davidyuk serves as Director of MFMSolutions, JSC Elecsnet, Aviasales.ru, MONE, Ecwid, Inc, and A-Dept. Mr. Davidyuk has more than 20 years of private equity experience in both Western and Eastern European private equity funds. He graduated from Yaroslavl State University with a Ph.D. in Finance in 2000 and graduated an Executive M.B.A. at the University of Chicago GSB from Booth School of Business in 2010. Mr. Davidyuk also graduated from Ivanovo State Power University with a B.S. degree in 1997 and completed an EVCA Institute Advanced Course in 2002.

Gleb Davidyuk

Managing Partner
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ITech Capital
Russia
Saudi Arabia

HH Mishaal Bin Abdullah Al Saud, PhD.

Chairman
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ZAD Group

HH Mishaal Bin Abdullah Al Saud, Ph.D. serves as the Chief Executive Officer of ZAD Investment Company. Prince Mishaal served as Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 1984 to 1990. He has deep knowledge of the financial industry and is highly regarded as a leader in the international financial community. Prince Mishaal serves as Non Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Anaam International Holding Group Co. He also serves as the Chairman of Zeus Capital Limited and STIC International. Prince Mishaal serves as Executive Chairman of Zad Investment Company. He serves as Chairman of Gemini Investment Company/Trust and Enaam Holdings. Prince Mishaal serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Vestec, Inc. Prince Mishaal earned Ph.D. in Government from Claremont Graduate University in 1982, a M.A. in International Relations from University of Southern California in 1980 and B.S. in Business Administration from University of Santa Clara in 1978.

HH Mishaal Bin Abdullah Al Saud, PhD.

Chairman
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ZAD Group
Saudi Arabia
Singapore

Jonathan Teo

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
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Binary Capital

Jonathan Teo is the Founder, Partner, Founding Partner, Co-Founder, and Managing Partner of Binary Capital. Mr. Teo serves as an Advisor at Gen Y Capital Partners I LLC and SparkLabs. Mr. Teo serves as a Venture Advisor at General Catalyst Partners. He helps General Catalyst Partners explore emerging models for consumer products. He also continues to stay connected and aligned with the entrepreneurs he supported during his time as Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners from 2011 to 2013. Mr. Teo joined the General Catalyst Partners in February 2012 and served as its General Partner. Mr. Teo invests in both new and existing technology businesses. His areas of special interest include enterprise software/infrastructure and social media. Mr. Teo also served as a Principal at Benchmark Capital for three years and also as Entrepreneur-In-Residence. He joined Benchmark Capital in 2008. Mr. Teo spent his career helping companies build distributed engineering organizations that enable technical teams and infrastructure to expand and scale globally. Most recently, he served as an Engineering PM in the Search Properties and Enterprise Products groups at Google, and was an early Member of its Strategy and Business Operations team focusing on international expansion of research and development. In both roles Mr. Teo created highly leveraged research and product organizations in countries around the world. Prior to this, he was employed at Bain & Company, helping a Fortune 100 client optimize and grow its technical support organization. He served as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Benchmark Capital. Mr. Teo also served as a Consultant to Intuit, Electronic Arts, and other technology companies. He spent two years in the Republic of Singapore Air Force. Mr. Teo serves as the General Catalyst Board Observer to Chloe + Isabel. He has been Member of Strategic Advisory Board at Bitfury USA, Inc. since September 2014. Mr. Teo serves as a Director of CouchSurfing International Inc. and Complex Polygon, Inc. He holds patented work in the area of link layer security. Mr. Teo received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Sydney University.

Jonathan Teo

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
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Binary Capital
Singapore
South Africa

Vinny Lingham

Founder & CEO
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Civic.com

Vinny Lingham is a well-recognized Internet entrepreneur who is currently the co­founder & CEO of Civic Technologies, Inc ­ a startup company that has a goal to eliminate new account fraud and prevent identity theft by creating an "Identity Network” where consumers can confirm their identity in real­time with participating merchants and vendors. He recently raised $2.75 million in venture funding led by notable investor Social Leverage. Prior to Civic, he was the co­founder and CEO of Gyft ­ a mobile gift card company founded in 2012 and backed by Google Ventures. Gyft quickly become the leading player in the space and was acquired by global payments giant, First Data Corporation in 2014, for over $50m. Vinny previously founded & ran Yola.com, Clicks2Customers and incuBeta. Vinny is also the co­founder of SiliconCape.com, an NGO based in South Africa that aims to turn Cape Town into a technology hub. Vinny is an active technology investor primarily in Silicon Valley. He also partnered with one of his previous co­founders to establish an investment fund in South Africa, called Newtown Partners, where he has led early stage investments into successful and notable startups such as Sweep South, in South Africa. Currently, Vinny is a Shark on MNET’s Shark Tank reality TV series which will air Fall of 2016. He has also appeared as a Dragon on the South African edition of Dragon’s Den, the longest running UK investment reality show (sister show to Shark Tank), a reality television program where entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas in order to secure investment finance from a panel of venture capitalists. He is a co­author alongside his co­investors from the show, of “I’m In: Essential Advice for Entrepreneurs.” Vinny now lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and two sons.

Vinny Lingham

Founder & CEO
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Civic.com
South Africa
Switzerland

Oliver Bussmann

Founder & Managing Partner
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Bussman Advisory

Oliver Bussmann is a globally recognized technology thought leader and driver of large-scale transformation at multinational organizations. The Founder and Managing Partner of Bussmann Advisory, he advises enterprises, top-tier consultancies, and financial services companies looking to stay ahead of the digital disruption curve. He also holds important mandates in industry associations, including as President of the Swiss Crypto Valley Association, Global Ambassador for UK-based Innovate Finance and as a Board Member of ID2020.

From 2013 to 2016 Bussmann was Group Chief Information Officer of UBS, where he successfully led a major IT transformation effort, instituted a new group-wide innovation framework and established UBS as a pioneer in the development of blockchain for use in financial services. Prior to joining UBS Bussmann was Global Chief Information Officer at SAP, where he also spearheaded significant technological transformation, and before that CIO for North America & Mexico at Allianz. Previous roles have included executive positions at Deutsche Bank and IBM.

Bussmann's achievements have been widely recognized. He was named COO/CTO of the year by Financial News/The Wall Street Journal, European CIO of the Year by INSEAD/CIONET, received the Elite 8 Award, which is given to the most innovative leaders in technology working in capital markets by
Wall Street & Technology Magazine, and has twice been included on the Financial News "FinTech 40" list of innovators shaping the future of finance.

Oliver Bussmann

Founder & Managing Partner
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Bussman Advisory
Switzerland
Tunisia

Ghazi Ben-Ahmed

Founder & President
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Mediterranean Development Initiative (MDI)

Ghazi Ben-Ahmed is Founder and President of the Mediterranean Development Initiative (MDI), a Tunisia-based think tank—born in the wake of the 2011 revolution. MDI is affiliated with the CTR think tank at SAIS, Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies, and is chaired by Antonio Neto da Silva, former Portuguese Secretary of Foreign Trade. The initiative has three main objectives: facilitating youth inclusion and ICT, strengthening the private sector, and empowering women—with a special emphasis on FinTech, EduTech, and gaming development (supported by the   Finland cooperation and Slush).

As founder and Secretary General of the Club de Tunis, a Tunisian based foundation, Ghazi aims to help policymakers and entrepreneurs devise strategies and development projects for inclusive growth, job creation, regional development and higher living standards.

Ghazi is the LEND (Leaders Engaged in New Democracies) Coordinator for Tunisia, where he cooperates with the U.S. State Department, the Community of Democracies and the Club de Madrid to provide peer advice, peer support and capacity building to political leaders and policy makers in Tunisia.

Ghazi previously spearheaded the MENA Partnership for Democracy and Development with then Secretary Hilary Clinton, a U.S. led Initiative to promote democracy and empower NGOs.

During his tenure with the African Development Bank (AfDB), Ghazi worked as Lead Trade Expert and managed the $1 billion Trade Finance Initiative of the Bank.

Before joining the AfDB, he was Senior Advisor at the UNCTAD, the U.N. agency for trade and development, in the Africa and LDC Division, where he provided support to African trade negotiators in multilateral trade negotiations and regional trading arrangements; provided economic studies and reports; evaluated the Diagnostic Trade Integration Studies; and assisted the countries in mainstreaming trade into the national development plans under the Integrated Framework.

He has worked for almost 10 years in the European Commission in Brussels in several Directorates-Generals: Trade, EuropeAid and External Relations (responsible for trade issues, E.U. trade and development policy, textile negotiations, macroeconomic analysis, structural adjustment, and institutional building in the Mediterranean countries). He was responsible for the taskforce on market access and non-tariff barriers and the High-Level Dialogue between the E.U. and China.

Ghazi Ben Ahmed is a signee of an MOU with Dar ElDhekra (Remembrance House) the first Jewish Tunisian Association to safeguard the Tunisian Jewish Heritage. He holds his Ph.D. in Economics from Université de Montpellier.

Ghazi Ben-Ahmed

Founder & President
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Mediterranean Development Initiative (MDI)
Tunisia
Turkey

Muhammed Yesilhark

Founder & CIO
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Q2Q Capital Group

Muhammed Yesilhark is an investor and fund manager born in Germany and based in London. He is currently the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Q2Q Capital, a Dubai based multi-family office.

Until April 2016, Muhammed was the Head of European Equities at Carmignac, one of Europe’s leading asset managers with close to $55 bn of AuM. Yesilhark was responsible for Carmignac’s European equity funds as well as the European exposure of the global funds adding up to approximately $8bn exposure to European equities.

Yesilhark moved to Carmignac with his 5-person strong team from SAC Global Investors where he was a Partner and Portfolio Manager.  SAC Global Investors was a US based hedge fund with $15 bn AuM (now transformed into a family office called Point72 Asset Management). There he managed a European equities portfolio with $550m AuM. It was during his time at SAC that Yesilhark received the “40 under 40” award for the highest achieving 40 investment professionals in the European hedge fund space.

Prior to SAC, Yesilhark had moved to London from Frankfurt to join York Capital Management, a New York based event driven hedge fund with currently $24 bn AuM. Yesilhark started as an Associate and got promoted to Director level after just 4 years at York Capital. He was one of the youngest Directors in the financial services industry in London among reputable firms with the age of 27. He was responsible for York's investments in the German speaking countries as well as in the EMEA region.

Yesilhark started his career as an Analyst at Lazard's Frankfurt office in their Mergers & Acquisition practice and was trained in areas such as Corporate Finance and Equity Capital Markets.

Yesilhark, of Turkish origin, but born and raised in Germany, studied finance and management at European School of Business and graduated with a first-class honours degree both from Reutlingen University of Applied Science in Germany and Lancaster University in Lancaster. Yesilhark is fluent in English, German, Turkish and well versed in Spanish. He is married and has two children.

Muhammed Yesilhark

Founder & CIO
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Q2Q Capital Group
Turkey
Ukraine

Aivaras Abromavicius

Former Minister Economy
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Ukraine

Aivaras Abromavicius was Ukraine's Minister of Economy and Trade from December 2014 to February 2016. He now serves as a Partner, Senior Advisor and Fund Manager at East Capital Asset Management AB. Abromavicius serves as Fund Manager of East Capital Balkanfonden, East Capital Baltikumfonden, East Capital Rysslandsfonden, East Capital Turkietfonden and East Capital Östeuropafonden. He serves as a Partner of East Capital Explorer AB and served as Head of Trading at Brunswick Emerging Markets for three years.

He started his career with Hansabank and served as its Head of Equities. He served as a Director of Open Joint-Stock Company RusHydro. Abromavicius has a B.A. in International Business from Concordia International University, Estonia and Concordia University, Wisconsin, USA.

Aivaras Abromavicius

Former Minister Economy
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Ukraine
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan

Director
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Nahyan Family Group

Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan

Director
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Nahyan Family Group
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom

Dan Zilberman

Managing Director, Head of Europe
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Warburg Pincus

Daniel Zilberman is based in London and leads the European investment activities for Warburg Pincus. He is also a member of the firm’s Executive Management Group and leads the firm’s European Financial Services and Special Situations Groups. Mr. Zilberman joined the firm in 2005. Since joining the firm, Mr. Zilberman has been involved in a number of completed investments including Aeolus Re, Allfunds, National Penn Bankshares, Network International, Primerica Inc., The Mutual Fund Store, Santander Consumer USA, Santander Asset Management, Sterling Financial, Triton Container, Umpqua Bank, Webster Financial and a number of others. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Mr. Zilberman worked at Evercore Capital Partners and Lehman Brothers. He is a Director of Network International, Reiss and Santander Asset Management. Mr. Zilberman received a B.A. in international relations from Tufts University and an M.B.A. in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dan Zilberman

Managing Director, Head of Europe
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Warburg Pincus
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Daniel Masters

Founding Director
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GABI Fund

Daniel Masters tenaciously managed the set-up and launch of the world’s first ever regulated Bitcoin Investment Fund, the Global Advisors Bitcoin Investment Fund Plc. He conducted extensive research to devise the strategic direction and vision and maximize performance. In GABI, he has built a viable and structured case and secured buy-in from the government, the JFSC and a diverse group of stakeholders through reputation, powerful presentation, and engaging interaction. Key stakeholders include the Joint Financial Crimes Unit, Consumer Protection and Immigration. He has meticulously devised a rigorous selection process and secured leading outsourced service providers to further enhance the fund offering and drives the business forward. Before GABI, Masters founded Global Advisors and worked for JP Morgan and Phibro Energy.

Daniel Masters

Founding Director
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GABI Fund
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Sandra Ro

Executive Director Digitization
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CME Group

Sandra Ro is Executive Director of Digitization at CME Group. Ro is responsible for the company’s digital asset and blockchain/distributed ledger technology (DLT) initiatives. Previously as Executive Director Foreign Exchange (FX) Research and Product Development she was responsible for the global development of CME Group FX solutions within listed and cleared OTC products.

Ro is a core member of the Post Trade Distributed Ledger Group (PTDL), an industry group focused on bringing together regulators with sell-side and buy-side firms to collaborate and discuss the impact of blockchain / DLT. The PTDL is based in London with over 40 institutional members.

Prior to joining CME Group in 2011, Ro led the EMEA M&A FX and interest rates derivatives advisory group at Morgan Stanley, London and worked at Deutsche Bank as a FX structurer on the London trading floor. Ro holds an M.B.A. in Finance from London Business School and a double B.A. Degree in History and Studies in the Environment from Yale University.

Sandra Ro

Executive Director Digitization
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CME Group
United Kingdom
United States

Bill Tai

Co-Founder
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Mai Tai Global

Bill Tai established CRV's Silicon Valley presence and is a Partner Emeritus backing Scribd and Wish.com on CRV's behalf. He has invested in more than a dozen startups that made it to public listing; Board Director on 7 of them as public companies. Tai currently serves as Board Director at BitFury, Voxer and Treasure Data where he is Chairman. Among Lead Angels in Canva, Color Genomics, SafetyCulture, Shoes of Prey, Tango.me, Tweetdeck(Twitter), Zoom.us. Backer of Further Future and MaiTai Global.

Previously, he was a VC at IVP; Founding CEO iAsiaWorks (IPO 2000 via Goldman Sachs); Founding Chairman IPinfusion (Tokyo Exchange:4813); World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer Committee. He is an adjunct Professor of Innovation, Curtin University and a sponsored Athlete in Kiteboarding.

Bill Tai

Co-Founder
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Mai Tai Global
United States
United States

Brian Forde

Co-Founder
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MIT Digital Forum

Brian Forde has spent more than a decade at the nexus of technology, entrepreneurship, and public policy. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and co-founded the Digital Currency Initiative, an academic research group on cryptocurrencies, at the world-renown MIT Media Lab to research and incubate high-impact applications of this technology. Previously he was Senior Advisor for Mobile and Data Innovation at the White House where he spearheaded efforts to leverage emerging technologies to address the President’s most critical national priorities. Prior to his work at the White House, Forde founded one of the largest phone companies in Nicaragua after serving as a business and technology volunteer in the Peace Corps. In recognition of his work, he was named one of the "Most Influential People in Bitcoin and Blockchain" and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Forde received a B.A. at the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.B.A. at the London Business School.

Brian Forde

Co-Founder
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MIT Digital Forum
United States
United States

James Newsome

Founding Partner
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Delta Strategy Group

Dr. Newsome is a Founding Partner of Delta Strategy Group. While serving as executive of a Mississippi-based trade group, Dr. Newsome was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to be a Commissioner of the CFTC in 1998. When President Bush was elected in 2000, Newsome was nominated and confirmed as Chairman of the CFTC.

As Chairman of the CFTC, Newsome guided the regulation of the nation’s futures markets. Additionally, Newsome led the CFTC’s regulatory implementation of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 (CFMA).

Newsome served as one of four members of the President’s Working Group for Financial Markets, along with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Chairmen of the Federal Reserve and the SEC. In 2004, Newsome left federal service to assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). As head of NYMEX, Newsome managed daily operations of the largest physical derivatives exchange in the world.

During his tenure, Newsome oversaw several major changes. He led the NYMEX initial public offering and merged NYMEX with the CME Group to create the world’s largest futures marketplace.

Newsome retired from the NYMEX after the merger with CME Group. He currently serves on the boards of the Williamson Dickie Company, Hudson Field, TruMarx, Data Partners, the Chamber of Digital Commerce, LedgerX, Bloq, and Bitfury. He has previously served on the boards of Gavilon, the NYMEX, CME Group, Dubai Mercantile Exchange, and the National Futures Association.

In early 2010, Newsome along with Scott Parsons partnered to form Delta Strategy Group, which provides a variety of services for clients including strategic consulting, political analysis, lobbying, and business development.

James Newsome

Founding Partner
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Delta Strategy Group
United States
United States

Jamie Smith

Global Chief Communications & Marketing Officer
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BitFury Group

As Global Chief Communications and Marketing Officer for The Bitfury Group – the world’s leading full service Blockchain company – Jamie Smith works to fundamentally enhance and positively advance the way the global community does business, transfers value, and opens up new doors to prosperity for billions of people throughout the world. Smith has dedicated her career to making lives better, improving security, and ensuring opportunity is available to all.  Smith brings nearly two decades of communications experience, serving at the highest levels of government and the private sector, to the financial technology arena.  

Smith previously served as Special Assistant to President Obama and deputy White House press secretary, Executive Vice President at Edelman Public Relations, Director of Public Affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and General James Clapper, Communications Director for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation under its then Chairman John D (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Traveling Press Director for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, Communications Director for former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and The Albright Group, LLC. and policy aide to Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY).

Jamie speaks regularly around the world – from Money 2020 to the World Economic Forum at Davos to the Clinton Global Initiative – she is an industry expert in the emerging technology of Blockchain.  She serves as the Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Future Council on Blockchain.  She is the creator and founder of the Global Blockchain Business Council and the co-creator of the Blockchain Trust Accelerator and was recently recognized by Innovate Finance on the Women in FinTech 2016 Powerlist.  Jamie also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Bretton Woods II initiative at New America.

Jamie Smith

Global Chief Communications & Marketing Officer
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BitFury Group
United States
United States

Jason Weinstein

Partner
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Steptoe & Johnson

Jason Weinstein has been Partner of Steptoe & Johnson LLP since May 2013. Mr. Weinstein served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Criminal Division and a was Federal Prosecutor. He is a member of both the Steptoe & Johnson's White-Collar Criminal Defense practice, which includes acclaimed trial attorney Reid Weingarten, and its Privacy & Data Security practice, which includes Stewart Baker, a former Assistant Secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security and a leading voice on cybersecurity. During his tenure in the DOJ's Criminal Division, Mr. Weinstein supervised the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, the Organized Crime and Gang Section, and the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section. In these positions, he oversaw the most significant cybercrime, data breach, and transnational organized crime investigations in the country. He also regularly briefed Obama Administration officials and members of Congress on enforcement efforts and legislative and policy matters relating to cybercrime and intellectual property protection, and was heavily involved in the drafting of cybersecurity and data privacy legislation. Mr. Weinstein worked extensively on compliance issues relating to United States law, helped oversee U.S. engagement with European Union authorities over the EU's data protection requirements, and worked to resolve issues faced by U.S. companies subject to restrictions on cross-border transfers of data. Mr. Weinstein also testified six times before Senate and House committees on cybercrime, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection, and intellectual property enforcement, and represented the Criminal Division on the Attorney General's Intellectual Property Task Force. Prior to joining the Criminal Division, Mr. Weinstein served for seven years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland, rising to chief of the Violent Crime Section. He developed and led Baltimore's EXILE program, a multi-agency strategy that has dramatically reduced violent crime in that city. Mr. Weinstein also served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted numerous criminal cases involving financial fraud, cybercrime, racketeering, narcotics, violent crime, and immigration offenses. He has been a Member of Strategic Advisory Board at Bitfury USA, Inc. since March 2015. Mr. Weinstein has received numerous awards and honors including the Department of Justice Project Safe Neighborhoods Award for building the nation's outstanding violent crime partnership, the District of Maryland Award for Prosecution of Public Corruption, and the Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney for his work in the Southern District of New York. Mr. Weinstein earned his law degree, with honors, from The George Washington University, where he served as the managing editor of The George Washington Law Review, and his A.B. from Princeton University.

Jason Weinstein

Partner
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Steptoe & Johnson
United States
United States

Tomicah Tillemann

Director
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Bretton Woods II at New America

Tomicah Tillemann is a leader in the fields of social finance and civic innovation. He serves as director of the Bretton Woods II program at New America. He and his team work with large asset owners to reduce risk and volatility through strategic investments in social impact and development. He is also cofounder of the Blockchain Trust Accelerator and a member of the advisory board of the BitFury Group, a leading provider of Blockchain infrastructure. He works with the firm to harness Blockchain technology for governance and social impact applications.

Between 2010 and 2014, Tillemann served under Hillary Clinton and John Kerry as the secretary of state's senior advisor for civil society and emerging democracies. Tillemann led a team of experts that operated like venture capitalists in translating promising ideas and technologies into successful foreign policy. He also established and chaired the State Department's Global Philanthropy Working Group and the State Department's Federal Advisory Committee on civil society.

Tillemann joined the State Department in 2009 as Secretary Clinton's speechwriter and collaborated with her on over 200 speeches. Previously, he spent four years on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as an advisor to Chairmen Joe Biden and John Kerry. Tillemann’s other professional experience includes work with the White House, five U.S. Senate and congressional campaigns, Reuters New Media, and the World Bank.

Tillemann is a co-holder of four patents. He has helped launch and lead numerous civil society organizations and foundations. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University and holds a Ph.D. with distinction from the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS). He has lectured at Yale and Princeton and testified repeatedly before Congress. He is a frequent keynote speaker and guest on media outlets including the BBC and public radio.

Tomicah Tillemann

Director
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Bretton Woods II at New America
United States

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