Day One Conference - 1 March

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You can attend APAC Blockchain Conference in-person or virtual, though in-depth learning workshop sessions are in-person only.

Registration and welcome coffee

Opening remarks from the Chair

Lindy Chen
Founding President
Australian Blockchain Alliance

Fintech & the Digital Economy Update

Reviewing fintech initiatives impacting the blockchain ecosystem in Australia
  • Advancing the development of blockchain initiatives and their uptake across Australia’s fintech industry
  • Supporting the development of technological innovations to improve the financial wellbeing of Australians
  • Outlining the role blockchain will play in Australia’s future economic growth and prosperity

Alex Vynokur
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
BetaShares ETFs

Disrupting the status quo: Blockchain and the future of finance

Digital Identity: Unlocking the future of the Digital Economy

Andrew Black
Managing Director|connectID
eftpos Payments Australia

Decentralised finance – disrupting the banking system one platform at a time
  • DeFi 101: Explaining what DeFi is and the role it will play in the future of the Australian financial system
  • Examining how DeFi is changing the existing financial systems around the world more quickly than originally thought possible
  • Developing best practice strategies to ensure you stay up to date with the evolving crypto landscape and ensuring you stay ahead of the curve

Dominic Gluchowski
Chief Marketing Officer

Morning Tea and Networking

PANEL DISCUSSION: Unpacking the future of blockchain development in Australia
  • Has the National Blockchain Roadmap given the Australian blockchain industry the boost it needed?
  • What else can the Australian Government do to encourage the development of blockchain technology in Australia?
  • What steps can the blockchain industry take to help itself?


Cindy Nicholson
Chief Executive Officer


Amanda Robinson
Head of Social Innovation
Australian Red Cross

Lindy Chen
Founding President
Australian Blockchain Alliance

Sharon Hunneybell
Chief Executive Officer
The Gold Coast Innovation Hub

Kaspar Kaarlep
Chief Technology Officer

Preparing the way for the next evolution in blockchain technology

The future of blockchain and what this means for Australian businesses
  • Examining what the future holds for blockchain and what comes next
  • Exploring the impact of evolving blockchain technology on Australian industry
  • Understanding how Australian businesses can prepare for the disruption of blockchain

Samuel Brooks
Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies
Standards Australia

Partner Presentation
Networking lunch
Embracing emerging challenges and opportunities in cryptofinance

Panel Discussion: The future of cryptocurrencies and the challenges facing the industry as it matures
  • Overcoming the unique risks cryptocurrencies’ present
  • Increasing the technical knowledge of potential investors to encourage investment in digital assets such as bitcoin or Ethereum
  • Examining potential areas for Government regulation and what that could mean to individual and business investors


Lucas Cullen
Bitcoin Consultant and Developer
Bitcoin Brisbane


Ryan McCall
Chief Executive Officer

Evan Gallagher
Principal Specialist – Policy

Maximilian Marenbach
Head of APAC Expansion/Head of Banking and Payments
Kraken Digital Asset Exchange

Glenn Woo
Managing Director, Head of APAC


Panel Discussion: Breaking down compliance, risk management and global regulatory outreach for cryptocurrency
  • Partnering with the Government to advance the adoption of blockchain technology
  • Developing a compliance strategy for cryptocurrency
  • Strengthening risk capability frameworks to minimise risk exposure


Richard McCarthy
Group Executive
Perpetual Corporate and Trust


Alex Taylor
Global Head of Emerging Ventures – QBE Ventures
QBE Insurance

Richard Voice
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

Andrew Clouston
Chief Customer and Partnerships Officer

Janine Grainger
Co-founder and CEO
Easy Crypto

Afternoon Tea and Networking

How to build Enterprise blockchains right
  • Public vs private blockchains
  • How should enterprise migrate from legacy to blockchain
  • Who should own the IP for enterprise blockchains
  • How to ensure your enterprise blockchain is creating value

Lachlan Feeney
Founder and CEO

Bitcoin: is it really worth its weight in gold
  • Examining how cryptocurrencies have the potential to provide a secure parallel financial system
  • Determining whether a modern investment portfolio should include investments in cryptocurrency
  • Understanding how the growing adoption of bitcoin demonstrates an increased trust in the blockchain economy and what that means for long- and short-term developments in the investment market

Henrik Andersson
Chief Investment Officer
Apollo Capital

Unpacking the business obstacles to adopting blockchain technology
  • Understanding the legal complication delaying businesses from adopting blockchain
  • Blockchain beyond the pilot – what happens next?
  • What do businesses need to prepare for blockchain adoption?

Louise Mercer
Chief Experience Officer

Closing remarks from the Chairperson
End of Day One and networking drinks