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Wences Casares

Wences Casares, Xapo

Founder and CEO

Wences started bitcoin wallet and storage Xapo. Before that, he founded Argentina’s first internet service provider, the digital wallet Lemon and the Banco Lemon retail bank in Brazil.

Kathryn Haun

Kathryn Haun, US Department of Justice

Assistant US Attorney and Digital Currency Crimes Coordinator, Northern District of California

Assistant US Attorney Kathryn Haun is the Digital Currency Crimes Coordinator for the Northern District of California at the DOJ. She also heads a multi-agency digital currency task force. She leads the case against the former agents who investigated Silk Road and led on the Ripple Labs case.

Jerry Brito

Jerry Brito, Coin Center

Executive Director


Jerry leads Coin Center, the research and advocacy group focused on public policy issues around cryptocurrencies. He has testified before Congress and state legislatures about cryptocurrencies and is the co-author of Bitcoin: A Primer for Policymakers and other scholarly work on the subject.

Kosta Peric

Kosta Peric, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor


Kosta focuses on digital payments at the Gates Foundation. He is a co-founder of SWIFT’s Innotribe and author of ‘The Castle and the Sandbox‘, which explains how to spark innovation at established companies.

Victor Pascucci III

Victor Pascucci III, USAA

Head of Corporate Development

Vic leads USAA’s strategic venture capital fund. He sits on the board of five companies including Personal Capital and Narrative Science. He is an advisor to Coinbase.

Christopher Allen

Christopher Allen

Internet Security Pioneer

Christopher helped create key security protocols for the internet at his firm Consensus Development, where he worked on the reference implementation of the SSL 3.0 protocol and its successor, TLS. He was most recently in charge of developer relations for Blackphone, an encrypted smartphone.

Hernán Botbol

Hernán Botbol, Taringa!

Director and Co-founder

Hernán Botbol is a co-founder of Taringa!, a hugely popular social network with 75 million unique monthly users that Wired has described as “the Reddit of Argentina”. It is rolling out bitcoin micropayments in partnership with Xapo. Hernán is leading Taringa’s international expansion.

Julio Faura

Julio Faura, Santander

Director of R&D and Innovation

Julio focuses on cryptocurrencies and other digital financial services as head of innovation at Santander. He also contributes to the bank’s fintech venture investing activity. Santander is the Eurozone’s largest bank by market capitalisation.

R Jesse McWaters

R Jesse McWaters, World Economic Forum

Project Manager, Financial Services

Jesse leads the WEF’s work on disruptive innovation in financial services. He finds ways for innovators and incumbents to collaborate. Previously he was Head of Research for Deloitte’s ‘Future of Canada’ initiative.

Martine Niejadlik

Martine Niejadlik, former Chief Compliance Officer, Coinbase

Martine led Coinbase’s compliance efforts during its most significant expansion period. She previously ran risk management teams at PayPal, eBay and Amazon and was a lead developer of the FICO score.

Hans Morris

Hans Morris, Nyca Partners

Managing Partner

Hans is a director of portfolio companies Lending Club and Cardworks. He is a former president of Visa, managing director of General Atlantic and a former CFO at Citigroup.

Scott Robinson

Scott Robinson, Plug and Play FinTech

Founder and Director

Scott started the fintech accelerator at Plug and Play, a global accelerator and investment firm. He has also led the firm’s investments in six blockchain-related startups. Additionally, he helped start the world’s oldest bitcoin meetup and the first nationally syndicated bitcoin job fair.

Nathaniel Popper

Nathaniel Popper, New York Times


Nathaniel is the author of ‘Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money‘. He covers Wall Street for the New York Times.

Oskar Miel

Oskar Miel, Rakuten FinTech Fund

Managing Partner

Oskar works closely with fintech startups and Rakuten’s financial services units, which include a bank and securities brokerage. Rakuten is also one of the world’s largest e-commerce platforms, with $4.8bn in revenue last year. Oskar led investments in Bitnet and WePay for Rakuten.

Ben Parker

Ben Parker, IRIN News

Co-Founder and CEO

Ben is leading the award-winning humanitarian news service IRIN’s spin-off from the United Nations into an independent non-profit. He was previously director of communications for the UN in Somalia, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for Syria and director of UN OCHA Eastern Africa offices. He helped set up IRIN in 1995.

Connie Chung

Connie Chung, Expedia

Senior Payments Product Manager

Connie launched bitcoin payments for Expedia.com in June 2014. She has been with Expedia for over seven years.

Jalak Jobanputra

Jalak Jobanputra, Future\Perfect Ventures

Founding Partner

Jalak has invested in a range of blockchain-based startups, including Blockstream, BitPesa and Case through Future\Perfect Ventures. Previously, she managed a portfolio focused on emerging markets at Omidyar Network and was a senior vice president at the New York City Investment Fund.

Houman Shadab

Houman Shadab, New York Law School

Professor of Law and a Fellow at Coin Center

Houman is an expert on financial law and regulation. He is currently focused on financial services technology, including the legal framework around distributed ledgers and smart contracts. He has testified before the federal government several times, including on bitcoin derivatives.

Anne Shere Wallwork

Anne Shere Wallwork, US Department of the Treasury

Senior Counselor for Strategic Policy, Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes (TFFC)

Anne is charged with identifying and developing strategies to address emerging and persistent money laundering and terrorist financing threats involving new payments mechanisms, while also facilitating financial inclusion and innovation. Previously, she was TFFC’s Senior Counselor for Asia and Senior Representative to the National Counter-Terrorism Center.

Bill Barhydt

Bill Barhydt, Abra

Founder and CEO

Bill founded Abra, a digital cash, peer-to-peer money transfer network. He gave the first TED talk on bitcoin in February 2012, when one bitcoin was trading at $4. He is a founding board member of the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IDEA), with the US Department of State and USAID. previously, Bill won a Technology Pioneer award from the World Economic Forum as founder of WebSentric and has worked for Netscape, Goldman Sachs, NASA and the CIA in addition to co-founding several startups.

Blythe Masters

Blythe Masters, Digital Asset Holdings


Blythe leads Digital Asset Holdings, which uses distributed ledgers to track and settle mainstream financial assets in a cryptographically secure environment. She is also chair of the board of Santander Consumer USA Holdings. Previously, she was JP Morgan’s global head of commodities.

John Edge

John Edge, RedRose

Managing Partner

John focuses on financial services businesses with social impact and transformative potential at RedRose. He is also co-chairman of the Whitechapel Think Tank, with Jeremy Wilson of Barclays, a forum for financial institutions to discuss blockchain technologies, and co-founder of Identity2020, a system to generate digital identity documents for any child born after 2020.

Steven Malby

Steven Malby, Commonwealth Secretariat

Head of Law Development Section, Rule of Law Division

Steven plays a leading role in supporting the Commonwealth Virtual Currencies Working Group, which has been tasked by member states to inquire into the prevalence and use of virtual currencies in the Commonwealth. The Working Group is also considering development of technical guidance on how member states should respond to virtual currencies. Steven previously worked with the Organised Crime Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) where he led the 2013 United Nations Comprehensive Study on Cybercrime and the UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime.

David Tait

David Tait, Commonwealth Secretariat

Cybercrime Policy Analyst, Rule of Law Division

David provides policy analysis and legal research in the Commonwealth’s Rule of Law Division, specifically the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative. He plays a leading role in supporting the Commonwealth Virtual Currencies Working Group, which has been tasked by member states to inquire into the prevalence and use of virtual currencies in the Commonwealth. The Working Group is also considering development of technical guidance on how member states should respond to virtual currencies. David previously served with the Prosecution at the Special Court of Sierra Leone in The Hague.

Tigran Gambaryan

Tigran Gambaryan, IRS Criminal Investigation

Special Agent, Oakland Field Office

Tigran was assigned to the investigation involving former DEA and Secret Service agents who were members of the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force, as well as the investigation of Ripple Labs. Tigran’s specialty is in cyber and digital currency crimes. He is the liaison to the IRS-CI Cyber Crimes Unit.

Dan Morehead

Dan Morehead, Pantera Capital

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Bitstamp

Dan runs Pantera Capital, which invests directly in bitcoin and companies in the space. Pantera is among the earliest and most prolific investors in the field. Previously, Dan co-founded Atriax, an electronic foreign exchange platform, and was chief financial officer and head of macro trading at Tiger Management.

Michael J Casey

Michael J Casey, MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative

Senior Advisor

Michael is the co-author, with Paul Vigna, of The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money and Challenging the Global Economic Order. Previously, he was a senior columnist covering global finance at the Wall Street Journal. He has covered currencies, bonds, equities and economic policy for the Journal and Dow Jones Newswires in a career spanning five continents. Michael also wrote The Unfair Trade and Che’s Afterlife.

Anjney Midha

Anjney Midha, KPCB Edge

Founding Partner

Anjney leads KPCB Edge, a seed-stage fund focused on emerging technologies including blockchains, virtual reality and drones. Before founding Edge, Anjney was the youngest partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, where he was involved in the firm’s investments in RelateIQ, Magic Leap and more.

James E Newsome

James E Newsome, Delta Strategy Group

Partner and Advisor, BitFury Group

Jim is a former chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and president and chief executive of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), leading the NYMEX IPO and merger with the CME Group. He started Delta Strategy Group with Scott Parsons in 2010 to provide strategic consulting, political analysis, lobbying and business development to clients including hedge funds, agriculture and energy companies, pension funds and Fortune 500 companies.

Cheryl Gurz

Cheryl Gurz, BNY Mellon Treasury Services

Managing Director and Emerging Technology Segment Manager

Cheryl investigates emerging payment technologies for the Treasury Services business. Previously, she held leadership roles across global transaction banking, specialising in providing strategic solutions to the industry at Citi, HSBC and MBNA. Cheryl is a US patent holder and member of The Clearing House Finance Committee, BAFT NA Council and NACHA Payments Planning Committee.

Chelsea Barabas

Chelsea Barabas, MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative

Senior Advisor for Social Impact

Chelsea leads development of collaborations between the MIT research community and other institutions to build blockchain applications that serve the public interest. Previously, she worked on civic technology and international development projects in Africa, South America and the Middle East with a variety of organisations and research institutions including MIT’s Center for Civic Media and Nuru International.

Adam Ludwin

Adam Ludwin, Chain.com

Co-founder and CEO

Adam is the co-founder and CEO of Chain.com, which provides blockchain solutions to financial institutions including Nasdaq and First Data. He was previously a principal at RRE Ventures in New York.

Vinny Lingham

Vinny Lingham, Gyft

Founder and CEO

Vinny is the founder and CEO of three companies, Yola, Clicks2Customers and Gyft. He currently leads Gyft, a mobile gift-card company that counts Ashton Kutcher among its investors and was acquired by First Data in 2014. He is also a star of the television show Dragon’s Den (Shark Tank is based on its format) in his native South Africa, and started the Silicon Cape Initiative, an NGO whose goal is to develop South Africa’s Western Cape into a high-tech hub.

Bill Tai

Bill Tai, Charles River Ventures

Partner Emeritus and Angel Investor

Bill is an active angel investor with a long track record as a venture capitalist and entrepreneur. He is chairman at Maxthon and sits on the board of BitFury, among others. He is partner emeritus at Charles River Ventures having established the firm’s Silicon Valley presence. Bill is also an adjunct professor at Curtin University in western Australia, serves on the Tech Pioneer Committee of the World Economic Forum and works with Susi Mai as co-creator of Mai Tai Global, a non-profit with a mission to protect the ocean and its ecosystems.

Maxine Ryan

Maxine Ryan, Bitspark

Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer

Maxine is a co-founder of Hong Kong-based Bitspark, a cash-in, cash-out blockchain remittance solution that serves six countries. Bitspark’s mission is to become “SWIFT for the unbanked” through a cloud-based blockchain remittance platform for money-transfer operators in emerging markets. Bitspark is a member of the Accenture FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific 2015 and a winner of the SWIFT Innotribe Startup Challenge Showcase 2015 in Singapore.

Brad Peterson

Brad Peterson, Nasdaq

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Brad runs the Global Technology Services group, which develops innovative, cost-efficient and short time-to-market technology solutions to business partners and customers around the world. Previously, Brad was CIO and EVP at Schwab Technology Services. He has also served as CIO at eBay and was Managing Director and COO at Epoch Securities after its merger with Goldman Sachs.

Morgan McKenney

Morgan McKenney, Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions

Global Business Head, Cross-Currency Payments

Morgan is global business head for cross-currency payments at Citi, enabling corporate, financial institutions and public sector clients to make payments globally. Previously she was Chief Operating Officer of Global Treasury and Trade Solutions at Citi. Before that she was COO for Transaction Services in Europe, Middle East and Africa and Chief Financial Officer of Citi Transaction Services globally.

Jason Weinstein

Jason Weinstein, Steptoe & Johnson

Partner and Advisor, BitFury Group

Jason is a litigator who focuses on white-collar criminal defence and government investigations and matters related to privacy, cybersecurity and financial technologies. He is a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice and a former federal prosecutor.

Olawale Ayeni

Olawale Ayeni, Orange Silicon Valley


Wale leads early-stage startup investment activity in the US for Orange Telecoms. Previously he was with JP Morgan’s Technology Investment Banking group in San Francisco. Before that he was a microprocessor design engineer with Intel where he worked on its CSI chip architecture. He also worked on aspects of the first Snapdragon chipsets at Qualcomm before that.

Vanessa Colella

Vanessa Colella, Citi Ventures

Managing Director, Global Head of Venture Investing and Strategic Growth Initiatives

Vanessa leads strategic investments, accelerator activities and Citi-wide growth opportunities with the potential to shape the future of the company. Previously, she ran marketing for Citi’s North American Consumer Bank. She was also an entrepreneur-in-residence at US Venture Partners, senior vice-president of Insights at Yahoo and a partner at McKinsey and Co. Vanessa is a charter member of Teach for America.

Fereshteh Forough

Fereshteh Forough, Code to Inspire

Founder and CEO

Fereshteh is an advocate of using bitcoin and the first to formally promote its use in Afghanistan, where she was born. Code to Inspire serves as a launchpad for females in Afghanistan to get involved in entrepreneurship and technological innovation. Fereshteh is also a founding member of Women’s Annex Foundation. Previously, she was a professor in the computer science faculty of Herat University.

Jon Downing

Jon Downing, Visa Europe Collab

Innovation Partner, Emerging Payments

Jon works at Visa Europe’s newly launched innovation hub to help identify and commercialise the most exciting ideas in payments. He has more than 20 years experience delivering business and technology services to global financial companies, with an expertise in emerging payments.

Joe Colangelo

Joe Colangelo, Consumers’ Research

Executive Director

Joe has led Consumers’ Research from its traditional role as a consumer-product testing organisation to a leading consumer policy think-tank. It focuses on the impact of technological advances on the consumer protection and regulatory landscapes. It recently hosted a bitcoin-focused workshop in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Previously, Joe founded Golden Coast Mead, a beverage company, and was a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy.

Alan Grundy

Alan Grundy, International Rescue Committee

Cash and Vouchers Coordinator, Emergency Response Team

Alan designed the International Rescue Committee’s global payment strategy, pre-positioning agreements with financial services providers to deliver humanitarian aid to conflict and disaster affected persons around the world. He has implemented emergency responses programmes in Asia, West Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Garrick Hileman

Garrick Hileman, CoinDesk

Analyst and Economic Historian, London School of Economics

Garrick is best known as an expert on monetary innovation. He leads analysis of CoinDesk’s industry-defining State of Bitcoin reports and is a regular commentator on the subject in print and broadcast media. His teaching at the LSE has focused on comparative national economic performance. He also founded MacroDigest, a service that clusters economic news algorithmically. Previously, Garrick led investments for a technology incubator and did equity research and corporate finance at Montgomery Securities.

Greg Maxwell

Greg Maxwell, Blockstream

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Greg is a key architect of the two-way peg that makes sidechains, an extension mechanism at the protocol level that is Blockstream’s initial area of focus, possible. He has been a bitcoin core developer since 2011 and is one of the most active reviewers of cryptographic protocol proposals in the bitcoin ecosystem. He has contributed to homomorphic key derivation used in BIP32, trustless privacy-preserving techniques like CoinJoin and blinded proof of solvency. Greg was previously with Mozilla.

Simon Taylor

Simon Taylor, Barclays

Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Lead

Simon is the subject-matter expert and lead on blockchains and distributed ledgers at Barclays. He has been ranked among the 10 most influential people in Fintech by the London financial daily, City AM. Simon’s work at Barclays focuses on understanding the impact of this new technology on the bank’s businesses and clients.

Tim Swanson

Tim Swanson, Independent

Advisor and Researcher

Tim advises and performs research for several organisations including Clearmatics and R3CEV. He is a visiting research fellow at the Sim Kee Boon Institute at Singapore Management University. He is the author of three books.

Emin Gün Sirer

Emin Gün Sirer, Cornell University

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Prof Sirer’s research interests are centred on peer-to-peer and self-organising systems. In the cryptocurrency space, he has developed Karma, a cryptocurrency with a distributed mint, in 2002; co-discovered ‘selfish’ mining attacks and deterrents against them; co-developed 2P-PoW, a proof-of-work scheme that deters centralisation and played a role in litigation involving Mt. Gox customers in the United States.

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