Speakers

  • Lou Boyle
    Innovation Executive
    Local Government Association of Queensland
  • Bradley Brown
    National Manager Strategic Intelligence and Policy , AUSTRAC

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

  • Patrick Byrne
    Chief Executive Officer , Overstock

    In 1999, Patrick M. Byrne launched Overstock.com, which achieved its first profitable quarter in 2002 and its first full year of profitability in 2009. In 2016, Overstock.com had revenues of $1.8 billion and its seventh out of eight straight years of profitability.

    In 2012, when no firm of $1 million in revenue yet accepted bitcoin as a payment method, Byrne’s pro-freedom political orientation led him to decide that Overstock.com, then with $1.4 billion in revenue, should accept the digital currency. Having gained familiarity with blockchain technology at the heart of digital currencies such as bitcoin, Byrne created Medici Ventures, a subsidiary within Overstock.com building blockchain-based financial technology solutions. In 2015, Byrne used Medici’s t0.com securities trading platform to become the first person to purchase a digital bond entirely on the bitcoin blockchain. Byrne made history again in Dec 2016, when Overstock.com issued the first shares ever traded on an alternative trading system (ATS) utilizing distributed ledger technology.

    A “classical liberal,” Byrne believes that our nation’s success depends on education and capital markets. Since Milton Friedman’s passing in 2006, Byrne has served as chairman of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice (now “EdChoice”), an organization leading the national push for school choice.

  • Simon Cant
    Co-founder and Managing Director, Reinventure

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

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

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

  • Ivan Carlisle
    Director of STEM, Melbourne Girls Grammar

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

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

  • David Cassidy
    Managing Director, Kyckr

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

  • Nick Cliff
    Emerging Technology Lead, Australian Payments Network

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

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

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

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

  • Lucas Cullen
    Co-Founder, Civic Ledger
    Board Member, Blockchain Australia
  • Rachel DeSain
    Executive General Manager of Innovation and Development , Australian Digital Health Agency

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

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

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

  • Nigel Dobson
    Banking Services Business Domain Lead, ANZ

    Nigel Dobson is Banking Services Business Domain Lead at ANZ.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Katryna Dow
    Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Meeco

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Nick Giurietto
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Digital Commerce Association

    Nick Giulietto is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at the Australian Digital Currency & Commerce Association. He is a B2B marketing and product professional enthused by the potential for Blockchain technology to transform business models in every industry sector - and in government service delivery.

    He has become a champion for the Blockchain industry and led the efforts of the Australian Digital Currency and Commerce Association to accelerate adoption of Blockchain technologies in Australia.

    He is proud to have been a founding member of the Global Blockchain Forum which is striving for global regulatory alignment to support a global transformation.

  • Da Hongfei
    Founder, NEO

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

  • Jed Horner
    Policy Manager, Standards Australia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Robert Kahn
    Co-Inventor, TCP/IP protocols

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

  • Adam Koltun
    Marketing Manager, The Quantum Resistant Ledger

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

  • James Kyd
    General Manager Strategy and Operations - Chief Technology Office and Innovation, Telstra

    James is a change maker. He has spent fifteen years as a management consultant and has extensive experience advising to public and private enterprises on the role of emerging technology and the application of innovation. This includes leadership positions building and operating corporate innovation labs, and growing technology consulting practices in large consultancy firms.

    He has a broad and detailed knowledge of blockchain - including knowledge of key players, research, and trends. He has run numerous workshops, spoken at formal events, and led smart contract and identity management projects on the blockchain through his consulting firm.

    More broadly, James works closely with the Melbourne startup ecosystem, providing strategy and research advice to key ecosystem players, and leads the Melbourne chapter of the Founders Institute. He speaks on corporate and startup collaboration, is a judge for the AIIA Innovation awards, and advocates research for rare genetic disease.

    You can check-out www.jameskyd.com if you would like to know more about me.

  • The Hon. Craig Laundy
    Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
    Australian Government
  • Sam Lee
    Chief Executive Officer, Blockchain Global and Bitcoin Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sarah Lim
    Country Manager, VeChain Technology SEA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sam Nickless
    Chief Operating Officer, Gilbert & Tobin

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

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

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

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

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

  • Katherine Noall
    Chief Executive Officer, Sphere Identity

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

  • Millicent Perkins
    School Captain, Melbourne Girls Grammar

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

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

  • Reece Proudfoot
    Innovation Strategist, WWF Australia

    Reece Proudfoot is Innovation Strategist at WWF Australia, where he works with diverse players across NGO, corporate, academia, design, tech and startup sectors to help them take advantage of these opportunities and facilitate innovation that delivers for people, planet and the bottom line. To achieve this Reece recently launched the WWF network’s first 'virtual accelerator': “Panda Labs” – with a focus on channeling innovation for positive social and environmental impact. Reece's current focus is on blockchain and the many opportunities for positive social impact.

  • Tal Rapke
    Director of Innovation, Sanofi

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

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

  • Peter Robertson
    Co-founder, ExistenceID

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

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

  • Philippa Ryan
    Barrister and Lecturer, NSW Bar Association and UTS Faculty of Law

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

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

  • Jamie Skella
    Co-founder, Horizon State

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

  • Jane Thomason
    Chief Executive Officer, Abt Associates Australia, Hackathon Judge and Mentor, London Blockchain Week and Commentator Blockchain for the poor

    Jane is CEO of Abt Australia,  $200m a subsidiary of Abt Associates USA,  which contracts to government agencies, international donors and mining companies to provide project management, technical and policy advisory, and grant management services. After 30 years working on problems of poverty and inequality in developing countries, she believes in the transformative power of new technologies, especially Blockchain, to address global problems.

    She is advocating and leveraging the role of Blockchain and other technologies in global transformation. Jane is an active speaker, writer and commentator on Blockchain solutions for the poor. In 2017 alone, she has spoken at events in London, USA, Canada, Korea, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Singapore advocating Blockchain for social good in emerging markets. She has been instrumental in bringing tech startups and government together in Blockchain events in PNG and Indonesia, and in the completion of a Blockchain identity use case trial in PNG. She is currently leading multi-country blockchain partnerships and advises multiple blockchain startups.

  • Mark Toohey
    Founder, TBSx3

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

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

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

  • Leon-Gerard Vandenberg
    Special Advisor, Rights Fuzion

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

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

  • Gennady Volchek
    Chief Executive Officer, Shping

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

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

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

  • Vincent Wang
    Chief Innovation officer , China Wanxiang Group

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

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

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

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

  • Simon Wilson
    Director and Co-founder , Digital Value

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Stephen Wilson
    VP & Principal Analyst, Constellation Research

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

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

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

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