• SPEAKERS

  • Steve Wilson

    Steve Wilson is a researcher, innovator, analyst and adviser, with over 20 years experience in cybersecurity. He leads the Digital Safety and Privacy theme at the independent San Francisco-based Constellation Research. Steve’s research agenda includes authentication, cryptography, data economy infrastructure, and the complex relationship between privacy and technology. Steve advises large systems integrators, product companies and startups in Distributed Ledger Technologies, and is one of the most original thinkers in blockchain today.

    Jeremy Drane

    Jeremy Drane is the Chief Commercial Officer for Libra, a five-year old blockchain/crypto startup headquartered in New York. The core business issue Libra addresses is how to efficiently convert raw crypto transactional data into business information that can be used to improve performance, create financial statements and provide regulatory reporting and transparency.

     

    To that end, Libra, builds middle and back office software and data services that connect, reconcile, process and report post-trade transactional data into audit-ready information within a highly secure enterprise-grade infrastructure. Libra has raised ~$25million in traditional VC funding to date and is one of largest crypto tax, audit and accounting companies in the world. Prior to joining Libra Jeremy worked, for 13 years, at PwC and in his last role started and led PwC’s Blockchain & Smart Contract practice. Jeremy lives in NYC and MN.

    Apolline Blandin

    Apolline Blandin is a research manager at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF). She is part of the cryptoasset and blockchain research team. She graduated from Peking University and the London School of Economics with a dual masters degree in International Affairs. Her research previously focused on mobile finance and financial inclusion in China. Before joining CCAF, she was the head of European affairs at the French national association of digital entrepreneurs and investors.

    Kent MacKenzie

    Kent is a Partner and the Global Fintech Lead for Deloitte, based in Edinburgh. He has spent over 12 years in a range of financial services roles and has a passion for Fintech, data and advanced analytics. Kent leads Deloitte’s Risk Analytics practice in Scotland and has worked with a number of local, national and international clients to develop tech and data solutions to manage financial crime, regulatory compliance (‘RegTech’), credit risk, and collections & recoveries.

    Casey Kuhlman

    Casey Kuhlman is the CEO of Monax a blockchain-based contract management system for small businesses. Prior to co-founding Monax, Casey was the head of legal information systems at the US Open Data Institute. A lawyer and international development practitioner for nearly a decade, Casey has worked extensively in the Horn of Africa, including co-founding the first law firm in Somaliland. Casey has also been a New York Times bestselling author, an infantry officer in the Marines, and is an avid participant in open source software development.

    Naresh Vyas

    Naresh Vyas has over 20 years experience in financial services including roles at Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and Standard Chartered Bank prior to joining the Royal Bank of Scotland. He has a proven track record of delivering innovative capabilities into large financial services institutions, being awarded with the Best Digital Bank at both Citi and Standard Chartered.

     

    He is responsible for driving and introducing new ideas into production, working closely with the architecture, data and CTO teams to ensure the safe passage of innovation activity into the hands of our customers. RBS, under his leadership, has deployed multiple innovative solutions internally and to customers, such as in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Enterprise Social, and Cyber Security.

     

    Naresh is also supporting the bank’s Innovation Education initiatives, which includes presenting at various bank events, partnering with Universities, and hosting RBS executives in major startup ecosystems, such as Silicon Valley, Israel, and in the UK FinTech community.

    Susan Ramonat

    Susan is Chief Executive of Spiritus Partners. Spiritus is pioneering digital service records and analytics that improve medical device safety management by bridging clinical asset management, decontamination and sterilization services, and infection control.

    Pairing cutting-edge foresight with results-driven pragmatism, Susan draws upon 25 years of executive experience in enterprise sales, product management, technology strategy, corporate development, operational risk management, and cybersecurity.

    Susan serves on the Industrial Advisory Board of Engineering Science at Loyola University Chicago. She speaks frequently at industry conferences, universities and law schools about distributed ledger technology (DLT)/blockchain, analytics, IOT and cybersecurity in critical infrastructure settings.

    Duncan Johnston- Watt

    Duncan is a serial entrepreneur and pioneer with thirty years experience in the software industry. He is co-founder and CEO of Blockchain Technology Partners, whose mission is to radically simplify enterprise adoption of blockchain technologies.

     

    He founded Cloudsoft Corporation, creator of the Apache Brooklyn open source project, serving as its CEO for nine years. Previously he was founder & CTO of Enigmatec Corporation which was sold to iWave and subsequently acquired by EMC.

     

    Prior to this he had a number of fintech roles. At Instinet he led the delivery of their Fixed Income brokerage platform. In recognition of this work pioneering the use of Java enterprise technologies in Financial Services he was nominated for a Computerworld Smithsonian Award. Duncan holds an MSc in Computation from Oxford University where he was a graduate student at Balliol College

    Aggelos Kiayias

    Aggelos Kiayias is chair in Cyber Security and Privacy and director of the Blockchain Technology Laboratory at the University of Edinburgh. He is also the Chief Scientist at blockchain technology company IOHK.

     

    His research interests are in computer security, information security, applied cryptography and foundations of cryptography with a particular emphasis in blockchain technologies and distributed systems, e-voting and secure multiparty protocols as well as privacy and identity management. His research has been funded by the Horizon 2020 programme (EU), the European Research Council (EU), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK), the Secretariat of Research and Technology (Greece), the National Science Foundation (USA), the Department of Homeland Security (USA), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA).

     

    He has received an ERC Starting Grant, a Marie Curie fellowship, an NSF Career Award, and a Fulbright Fellowship. He holds a Ph.D. from the City University of New York and he is a graduate of the Mathematics department of the University of Athens. He has over 100 publications in journals and conference proceedings in the area. He currently serves as the program chair of the Financial Cryptography and Data Security conference 2017.

    Dr. Anne Velenturf

    Anne is a researcher and practitioner specialising in circular economy. A circular economy maintains the values of materials for as long as possible within our society and minimises wastes. Adopting a circular economy requires new technologies and innovative business models as well as radical change in governance and markets. Decision making is often constrained by limited data availability and new information technologies must be developed.

     

    Anne is the industrial impact fellow for the University of Exeter Business School contributing to the Tevi project, supporting companies to embed circular economy in their business models. She led the Resource Recovery from Waste programme, a 7M strategic investment by the Natural Environment Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. She has a PhD in industrial symbiosis, i.e. waste-to-resource innovation, is an internationally published author of various articles on circular economy and regularly advices government. In 2015 she founded 4Innovation Research & Consultancy focusing on circular- and bioeconomy.

    Paul Forrest

    Paul Forrest is the Chairman at MBN Solutions.

     

    Paul has some twenty-five years experience of helping businesses to solve complex business problems, deliver their transformation goals and to achieve tangible strategic outcomes.

     

    Hands on and deep thinking, he has worked with many FTSE 100 clients, Global 500 businesses and major Government entities around the world including Ford Motor Company, VAG Group, BAE Systems, GSK, AkzoNobel, RBS, HBOS, Diageo, Bacardi, Wal-Mart, British Airways, Virgin Galactic, Etisalat, British Telecom, Vodafone and Allen & Overy.

     

    Paul also sits on the board of a number of agile, disruptive and challenger businesses whilst supporting value creation programmes for Private Equity backed businesses.

    Peter Ferry

    Founder & Commercial Director at Wallet.Services

     

    Peter earned his spurs as a software developer spanning the adoption of the PC and the Internet. As a hotshot techie he co-founded Microsoft Scotland and spent much of the dot com boom in the large financial services institutions of Scotland, consulting on web, infrastructure and security projects. Peter's corporate career continued ultimately leading Microsoft's Cloud and Partner programs and building the Microsoft Technology Centre to demonstrate the business impact of disruptive tech.


    Peter gets excited about leapfrog technology that can change the World. That’s why he founded Wallet.Services to simplify and realise the potential of BlockChain technologies.
    Peter has a passion for Digital Technology positive impact on society and government, learned from a spell living in Estonia, Europe's Baltic breakaway Digital Nation. He's served on the board of Scotland IS, runs a Code Club for Primary age kids, and serves as the Honorary Consul to the Republic of Estonia in Scotland.

    Chris Danusia​r

    Chris Danusiar is the CEO of Auditchain, a blockchain/decentralized ecosystem startup headquartered in Zug and New York City. Auditchain is developing the world's first decentralized continuous audit & reporting ecosystem for financial and operating disclosure assurance for ICOs, enterprises, non-profits, and governments.

     

    Chris is an alumnus of five of the Big4 professional service firms. He most recently led EY’s hugely successful audit transformation program - building EY Canvas – deployed in 150+ countries for the last 3 years. He received his MBA from the Univ. of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz School of Business, and most recently earned a diploma in Strategy and Innovation from the University of Oxford - Saïd Business School.

     

    Chris lives in Chicago, NYC, and Zug.