• Nick Abrahams
    Global Head of Technology and Innovation, Norton Rose Fulbright

    Session: Highlighting the advantages of blockchain as a traditional business disruptor

    Nick Abrahams is a corporate technology lawyer based in Sydney. Nick is our Global Head of Technology and Innovation. Nick won the 2020 Financial Times Asia Pacific Legal Innovator of the Year Award.

    Nick has deep commercial/innovation expertise and global networks in the technology space. He uses this knowledge to add value to client projects beyond the merely legal.

    His experience in the technology & innovation field was gained from hands-on industry experience with major law firms in Australia and Tokyo and with organisations such as the ASX-listed Spike Networks Limited in Los Angeles where he was a Chief Operating Officer in the group and with Warner Brothers also in Los Angeles.

    For many years he has been named as a "Recommended Lawyer" in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications category in PLC Which Lawyer publication, has been named as a "Leading TMT Lawyer" in Asia Pacific Legal 500 and as one of Australia's best lawyers in Best Lawyers publication. Nick writes regularly on technology and future trends for The Australian Financial Review. He is the author of the Kindle Best Selling books Digital Disruption in Australia and Big Data, Big Responsibilities: A guide to privacy and data security for Australian business.

    You can hear Nick's views on technology trends and the future on the Smart Dust podcast.

  • Henrik Andersson
    Chief Investment Officer, Apollo Capital

    Session: Bitcoin: Is it really worth its weight in gold

    Henrik has 20 years experience in global financial markets, with almost a decade on Wall Street. Henrik is CIO of Apollo Capital, Australia's learning crypto asset investment firm. He has extensive experience across four continents as a quantitative analyst, senior research analyst, in institutional equity sales and most recently as a crypto fund manager. Henrik has been involved in the crypto asset industry for 7 years, and is the co-founder of Bitcoin Exchange Pty Ltd, mStable and dHEDGE. Henrik holds a Master of Science in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and a Master of Science in Business Administration and Economics from Stockholm University and is a CFA charterholder.

  • Dr Zubair Baig
    Associate Professor, Cyber Security Division Lead, IoT, CPS and Critical Infrastructure Security, Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation (CSRI), Deakin University

    Session: Highlighting critical blockchain infrastructure vulnerabilities and what you can do about them

    Dr Zubair Baig is an Associate Professor in Cyber Security at the School of Information Technology, Deakin University. He is the Co-Director of the Security and Privacy in IoT Research Lab, and Theme Leader, Cyber Security for the IoT and Critical Infrastructures (Strategic Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation) in addition to being the Director, Post Graduate Courses in Cyber Security. He completed his PhD in Computer Science from Monash University in 2008, Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA, and a Bachelor of Computer Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia. He has authored/co-authored over 95 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters, as well as 5 white papers (h-index of 24, over 1500 citations). He is also an inventor of 2 Cyber Security Technologies patented by the USPTO. Zubair has served on numerous technical program committees of international conferences and has delivered over 18 keynotes on cyber security. His research interests are on critical infrastructure and cyber-physical systems security, machine learning algorithms for cyber security, network security and combinatorial optimisation. He has successfully led research projects on honeypots for cyber deception, denial of service attack modelling based on nature-inspired computing, critical infrastructure security for the Australian ICT infrastructures, and has participated as a co-investigator on numerous projects including; Economic Denial of Sustainability attacks for cloud computing, Blockchains for provenance of the Vietnamese Livestock Industry (UN funded project through Data61/CSIRO), Open banking planning and design for financial institutions and Authentication and Authorisation for eHealth Models (AU-EU project). He is a senior member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

  • Tim Bos
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ShareRing

    Session: Panel Discussion: Examining how Australian industry can capitalise on new emerging Blockchain technology

    Tim Bos is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ShareRing. But he doesn’t stop there. He’s also a serial entrepreneur and blockchain innovator with over 19 years of experience working with technology start-ups and industry giants.

    Tim’s tech passion accelerated at the age of 13 when he began programming and by 1993 he built his first game. Following this, he founded several successful start-ups which were later acquired by larger companies.

    In 2004, Tim established his first start-up, BioWatch Australia, a software framework for tracking valuable assets around the globe. Then in 2013, he co-founded Keaz, a world-leading platform for sharing vehicles and assets globally.

    Most recently, Tim co-founded ShareRing, a blockchain-based company aimed to transform the fragmented sharing economy by improving collaboration and information sharing worldwide. The company uses a proprietary self-sovereign ID model ensuring data integrity and privacy is protected and controlled by individuals. As CEO, Tim is leading ShareRing toward global success and phenomenal growth.

  • Senator Andrew Bragg
    Chair – Select Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre, Australian Government

    Session: Policing The blockchain – A regulatory perspective

    Andrew Bragg is a Liberal Senator for New South Wales.

    Prior to his election to Federal Parliament in 2019, Andrew was an author and accountant. Andrew started his career as an accountant at Ernst & Young and went on to work in senior roles at the Financial Services Council and the Business Council of Australia.

    His 2017 short book Fit for Service (Connor Court) offers a framework for 21st century trade policy for Australia.

    Andrew was the National Director of the 2017 Liberals & Nationals for Yes campaign in support of same sex marriage which delivered Yes majorities in 71 of 76 Coalition seats.

    Following Andrew’s election to the Senate, he was elected Chair of the Senate Select Committee into FinTech and RegTech and is a member of the Senate Economics Committee and Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services.

    In June 2020, Andrew launched his latest book, Bad Egg: How To Fix Super.

    Andrew was educated at the Australian National University (ANU) where he studied international relations and accounting.

  • Samuel Brooks
    Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies, Standards Australia

    Session: The future of blockchain and what this means for Australian businesses

    Samuel Brooks is an expert in DLT / blockchain.

    He has designed and developed numerous decentralised software solutions for startups, enterprise, government and DeFi since 2015, and holds several positions on blockchain industry boards and committees, including for Australian Standards and the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

    Samuel also regularly contributes to blockchain and fintech-related Australian public discourse, including with submissions to Treasury and to the Senate, co-authoring publications with the ACS and CSIRO, and regular articles on the nature and benefits of distributed ledger technology.

    Samuel holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from UNSW, and always likes to stay close to the code and the latest blockchain and cryptography research.

  • Andrew Butler
    Managing Director – Australia
    Easy Crypto
  • Lindy Chen
    Founding President, Australian Blockchain Alliance

    Session: Day 1: Opening remarks from the Chair

    Session: Panel Discussion: Unpacking the future of blockchain development in Australia

    Session: Day 2: Opening remarks from the Chair

    Session: Panel Discussion: Examining how Australian industry can capitalise on new emerging blockchain technology

    Session: Workshop B: Blockchain Technology Toolbox 101: An introduction to blockchain technology and its role in the future of business

    Lindy Chen has 20 years’ experience in international trade. She is the founder of ChinaDirect Sourcing– a leading sourcing company in Australia. Since its establishment in 2005, it has been in the leading position in the Australian import and export service industry. It is the only global service partner of Alibaba in Australia. She is also the author of the best-selling book “How to Import from China”.

    Lindy Chen is the founder of FRETHAN Technology – a tech start-up, the trusted international trade supplier management and certificate storage platform based on blockchain technology.

    Lindy Chen is the advisor of ContraCoin – an International Real Estate Platform empowered by blockchain technology.

    Lindy Chen is the founding president of Australia Blockchain Alliance (ABA).

    Lindy is also a mentor for SME for QLD government and she has mentored more than 800 entrepreneurs.

    Lindy is also the regional chair of FIBREE - Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate Expertise, Fibree is the leading international network of Blockchain and Real Estate Experts.

    Lindy is the lecturer of Advanced Diploma of Applied Blockchain for blockchain collective and National Institute of Education and Technology, Lindy is a key contributor of the course content creation.

  • Michael Cotton
    Managing Partner / Co-Founder / Founder , Meld Ventures / Algomint / Meld Gold

    Session: Cross chain interoperability and what this means for digital assets

    Michael has extensive experience and success in bringing revolutionary technology to the Gold, collectables, and financial industries. Beginning his career at age 18 when he launched an Australian jewellery and precious metals company that led to the founding of Imperial Group in 2017. In his role, he negotiated the absorption of several competitors, directed business strategy for the Melbourne Mint and secured the contract to be Australia’s only official representative for PCGS the world's largest numismatic and bullion certifier. Since 2018 he has launched a variety of businesses including Meld Gold, a blockchain based digital bullion platform, Meld Ventures, a fund focused on new technologies, and Algomint, a blockchain bridging platform for digital assets with a focus on future interoperability.

  • Lucas Cullen
    Bitcoin Consultant and Developer, Bitcoin Brisbane

    Session: Panel Discussion: The future of cryptocurrencies and the challenges facing the industry as it matures

    Lucas has a background in Mathematics from QUT and has been a professional software developer for over 15 years, experienced in a wide range of programming languages and industries including banking. In March 2013 he started the Brisbane Bitcoin and Blockchain meetups with nearly 2000 members. He has worked on a number of large blockchain projects including "Project Ubin" with the Singapore Monetary Authority and "Project i2i" with the Union Bank.

  • Jack Deeb
    COO and Co-Founder, Mycelium

    Session: The Opportunity For Daos In Australia

    Jack's holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degrees from The University of Queensland. Prior to co-founding Mycelium, he worked as an Economics Tutor at The University of Queensland and in a variety of top-tier law and consulting firms. He is a Non-Executive Director of Blockchain Australia.

    Mycelium is an Australian technology company specialising in building with blockchain technology, particularly within the global data and finance sectors. Mycelium is known as a leading data provider in the industry (Secure Data Links) and for building the Reputation data platform and Tracer DAO's decentralised financial smart contracts.

    Jack works across all of Mycelium's projects and manages the financial, operational and strategic aspects of the business. As Mycelium has grown with the blockchain industry, Jack has enjoyed working with some of the preeminent businesses, professionals and academics in the space to deliver applications and tools to the market. He is particularly interested in the use of decentralised autonomous organisations ("DAOs") and how they will be used (and regulated) within the blockchain industry moving forward.

    Twitter: deeb_eth
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackdeeb/

  • Dr Muhammed Esgin
    Research Fellow – Department of Software Systems and Cybersecurity / Research Fellow, Monash University / Data 61|CSIRO

    Session: Examining the increased risks quantum computing poses to blockchain security

    Dr. Muhammed Esgin is a post-doctoral researcher at Monash University and CSIRO's Data61, Australia. He received his PhD degree at Monash University in 2020 along with the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Thesis Excellence Award. His research focuses on quantum-safe cryptography that aims to develop cryptographic tools resistant to powerful quantum computers. He is particularly interested in quantum-safe zero-knowledge proof systems and their real-life applications such as blockchain protocols and other privacy-preserving protocols.

  • Charlene Fan
    Board of Director | Co-Founder, zkTube & PayTube | MetaTube and zkMeta

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Unpacking the future of blockchain development in Australia

    With a background in fintech and blockchain investments with prestigious companies such as JP Morgan, her career expands over several industries including Investments and finance. She is passionate about providing sustainable and innovative solutions that aim to harness the power of block chain technology.

    ZkTube is a Layer2 zero- knowledge proof solution which focuses on innovation, sustainability, green-solutions, gaming with Layer2 Paytube wallet as a great getaway for the GameFi & one of its kind Metaverse.

    MetaTube is a unique and first of its kind Layer2 METAVERSE game that combines AR and 3D technology and geographic location (LBS) with super interactivity.

    ZktMeta is the next step in our layer2 Metaverse offering, where we aim to create a world without any dependencies allowing users to run their Marketplace, Exhibitions, Gaming arenas, Shopping areas, Virtual party places, Supermarkets, Properties, Publish Defi Projects and Run Blockchain projects all coupling the power of lower gas fees and higher transaction speed of the layer2 network.

  • Lachlan Feeney
    Founder and CEO, LABRYS Group

    Session: Case Study: Creating and managing non-fungible assets in gaming

    Lachlan Feeney is the Founder and CEO of Labrys – Australia’s leading provider of blockchain development and consulting services.

    Lachlan founded Labrys out of his bedroom at the age of 19 after dropping out of his Information Technology degree at QUT. He was an early adopter of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology and immediately realised the potential to build a better, more democratised future, with the technology.

    Now operating out a 2-story office in Spring Hill, Lachlan has built one of Australia’s largest blockchain development agencies and has secured some of Australia’s largest blockchain projects to date. Labrys has worked with ASX listed Downer EDI, The Government of the Solomon Islands and global blockchain platform NEM Group, among others.

    Lachlan is on a mission to turn Labrys into a global blockchain-consulting authority as the technology moves further into the mainstream.

    Prior to starting Labrys, Lachlan has worked as a developer at fellow blockchain agency; Civic Ledger and as a cryptocurrency researcher at the Student Trading and Investment Association.

    Lachlan is also a co-author of The Handbook of Board Governance (2nd Edition).

  • Lisa Fitzgerald
    Partner, Lander & Rogers

    Session: Highlighting the challenges and advantages of smart contracts over traditional contracts

    Lisa is a corporate partner specialising in technology, media, telecommunications, IP, data and privacy. She assists clients in commercial transactions and advisory matters including M&A, technology, cyber security, data and privacy, procurement, business process outsourcing, cloud services, telecommunications regulation, digital media, data governance, IP commercialisation and corporate governance.

  • Dominic Gluchowski
    Chief Marketing Officer, CoinJar

    Session: Decentralised Finance – Disrupting the banking system one platform at a time

    Dom Gluchowski is the Chief Marketing Officer at CoinJar, Australia’s longest-running bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchange. With more than 20 years of experience leading high-performance marketing teams, Dom is responsible for developing and executing CoinJar’s brand identity and marketing strategy. Alongside his team, Dom refines the CoinJar user journey, with the long-term goal of sustainably scaling CoinJar’s user-base, and contributing to the company’s ability to attract users, employees and shareholders.

    Dom is passionate about the fast-growing blockchain industry and its potential to have a positive impact on the world.

  • Kim Hoang
    Co-Founder, Limitd Marketplace

    Session: Panel Discussion: New world applications of blockchain technology

    Kim Hoang has worked with over 200+ brands in the retail and technology space across Asia pacific.

    He’s the co-founder of Limitd.co - A B2B NFT marketplace built on FLOW Blockchain and CryptReward.com - A Global loyalty rewards for the Crypto space, and was selected as part of City of Sydney Retail Innovation program 2019 with Investible.

  • Beverley Honig
    Director, First Nations Blockchain

    Session: Panel Discussion: New world applications of blockchain technology

    As a qualified experienced lawyer across 3 continents, an entrepreneur and a Judge of the Essential Services Commission Appeals Tribunal, Ms Honig has an outstanding track record in the development, implementation and evaluation of innovation and good governance.

    She is an accomplished public speaker and conference facilitator.  As Chief Executive of Honeylight Enterprises, a professional Services firm named one of Westpac Bank’s top 200 Businesses of Tomorrow”, described by Deloitte as “Unlocking some of Australia’s $70 billion economic potential”.

    Beverley is also Chief Examiner of newlaw subjects at Monash University, including Entrepreneurship Law, Legal Project Management, and Blockchain and Digital Security Law. She is a published author of several books, including the leading textbook on Project Management, and the theory defining textbook on Contract Management.  An accomplished presenter at conferences, Beverley has designed/delivered over 20,000 corporate and government programs globally.

    With her expertise as a technology entrepreneur, she is Co-Founding Director of First Nations Blockchain, an Aboriginal Enterprise that protects the provenance and cultural IP of Indigenous Artists. She holds a number of board positions, including Chairman of Greenville Developments (Upcycled Shipping container buildings, and Director of Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce for over 25 years. She is an experienced Board Director, previous Board Director of MMA (largest wholesale market in Southern Hemisphere), Director, Centre for Adult Education (innovative school for all ages), and Chairman OET (leading Occupational English testing for overseas Health Professionals). For many years, Beverley held senior executive positions at Coles Myer Ltd, with responsibilities for an asset portfolio worth $4 billion.

    The Australian Financial Review/Westpac named Beverley in top 10 Australian entrepreneur, and she’s listed in the coveted Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame, Who’s Who of Business, the recipient of Prime Minister’s International Trade Awards, and 2021 Stevie® Winner for Global Start Up of the year.

  • Sharon Hunneybell
    Chief Executive Officer, The Gold Coast Innovation Hub

    Session: Panel Discussion: Unpacking the future of blockchain development in Australia

    Recognised by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence Sharon Hunneybell has a passion for technology, innovation, collaboration and is a champion for youth participation in startups and technology.

    Sharon has held senior roles in a number of fast-growing Australian firms including multi award winning software company, Opmantek. She has been an active startup community builder, co-creating and facilitating dozens of programs and initiatives to support digital business creation and growth. These include Startup Apprentice, Australia’s first high school startup accelerator program and the Mayors Telstra Technology Awards.

    In 2017, Sharon co-founded the Gold Coast Innovation Hub, a non-profit organisation that has received Federal, State and Local government support to deliver a citywide innovation strategy to support entrepreneurs and new business growth on the Gold Coast.

  • Pradeep Khanna
    Executive Director – Asia Pacific, VR AR Association

    Session: Panel Discussion: New world applications of blockchain technology

    He has 30+ years of executive experience and has been a leader for IBM Australia/NZ leveraging India, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Egypt, Romania, Brazil & Argentina.

    Pradeep is Adjunct Professor in Australia and Asia. He is on the Academic Board of Astra Institute of Higher Education

    He is a regular speaker at international conferences and in the calendar year 2019 (before the pandemic) has presented in 27 international conferences all over the world. Nowadays he speaks at on overage at 2 to 3 conferences a week

    He is an acknowledged Leader in Emerging Technologies especially on value from Immersive Technologies, Metaverse and related technologies across industries

    Pradeep is also Co-Founder of a social enterprise INsquare - Inclusive Innovation in the New Normal

    He is also convenor for Global Chapters & Emerging Technologies (including Immersive Technologies) for IIT Delhi Alumni Association (IITDAA), a worldwide community of more than 50,000 professionals.

    Pradeep is on the Advisory Boards of several companies. He has MBA from AGSM (UNSW), MSc (Computer Science) from UTS & B Tech from IIT Delhi

    Among his various roles, Pradeep is also Executive Director Asia Pacific for VRARA

    VR/AR Association (VRARA) is a global member community of the best minds in virtual reality and augmented reality with 70+ Chapters in major cities across the globe, community of thousands, 4400+ registered entities from VR AR, Metaverse ecosystem. It is an international organization focused on building collaboration between all stakeholders related to Immersive Technologies (Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality), Metaverse including demand, supply, Industry, Academia, and other Stakeholder Groups. It fosters thought leading research & education, helps develop industry standards, connects, and enables growth of member organizations

  • Peter Kritas
    Chief Technology Officer, Barteos

    Session: Panel Discussion: Breaking down compliance, risk management and global regulatory outreach for cryptocurrency

    Peter is a Social Entrepreneur that loves people. Peter is a Creator profile that was born a natural systems innovator and strategist. His passion is innovation and the creation of intellectual property for the greater good and benefit of community.

    Peter originally studied Electronics Engineering majoring in IT but skewed his career to become an accomplished Software Developer and began operating a Software House specialising in accounting systems. Over the years Peter adapted his IT knowledge and skills progressing to the design and development of business models and systems in the area of Franchising and Licensing, with start-ups in the hospitality and logistics industries.

    Peter launched the MailPost Network in 2008 (mailpost.com.au) with over 600 Postal franchises that is currently the only five-star Google rated Distribution and Logistics business in Australia. Peter acts as the Licensor and Chairman of MailPost and the CTO to a few large-scale IT projects, allowing him the time to establish Community-Benefit initiatives using Blockchain & Artificial Intelligence technology like Barteos.

    With over 35 years of corporate business experience, and a keen desire to build business, Peter moved to formalising his business knowledge and experience by attaining a Master’s Degree in Business with high academic achievements that also earnt him a place in the “Golden Key International Honour Society”. Peter has been called the perfect “CEO-IN-A-BOX” by his colleagues.

    Peter loves to build businesses as an executive coach, business mentor and investor with the pursuit of using technology as a way to help the business sector of Australia.

  • Nick Kumaran
    Managing Director - Australia & New Zealand, Accubits Technologies

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Unpacking the future of blockchain development in Australia

    Nick Kumaran is the Managing Director of Accubits Technologies in Australia and is responsible for expanding the Blockchain and Emerging Technology consulting, development and delivery capability of Accubits in Australia to assist companies in understanding Web 3.0 and DLT, and the impacts to their businesses.

    Nick has several years of experience in helping organisations navigate the introduction and usage of emerging technologies, the implementation of Agile development practices, and the development of new products, business models and competitive capabilities.

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

    Session: Panel Discussion: The future of cryptocurrencies and the challenges facing the industry as it matures

    Maximilian Marenbach is Kraken’ Head of Banking and Payments and Head of APAC Expansion. The job of his team is to make sure that Kraken’s customers have the most secure, most convenient and most attractive funding options. He has a background in banking as well as project management and has been with Kraken for over 3 years now.ls.  He holds a Grande Ecole Masters degree from EDHEC in France and is currently working on this doctoral thesis at Teeside University in the UK.

  • Ryan McCall
    Chief Executive Officer, Zerocap

    Session: Panel Discussion: The future of cryptocurrencies and the challenges facing the industry as it matures

    Ryan is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Zerocap. Starting his career as a self-taught software engineer he has spent the last 15 years in financial services, more recently specialising in digital assets. Ryan previously designed and delivered complex risk and pricing engines for top-tier insurance companies including IAG, Marsh and Willis, and wealth managers including Findex, Hyperion and Generation Life. First learning about blockchain in 2016 through DLT and smart contracts, Ryan's mission at Zerocap is now to bridge the worlds of blockchain with traditional finance. With experience working across BA, solution architecture, strategy and delivery, Ryan is a digital generalist who specialises in bridging the gap between business and technical teams.

  • Richard McCarthy
    Group Executive, Perpetual Corporate and Trust

    Session: Panel Discussion: Breaking down compliance, risk management and global regulatory outreach for cryptocurrency

    Richard joined Perpetual in 2007 as Director Sales and Relationship Management, and has been General Manager Sales & Relationship Management, Product & Strategy and Marketing since 2011.

    Richard has more than 23 years’ experience in banking and financial services, with deep sector knowledge in debt capital markets and managed funds.

    Prior to joining Perpetual, Richard was the Vice President, Head of Relationship Management at BNY Mellon’s Corporate Trust Division in Sydney and previously spent eight years at JP Morgan in London.

    Richard is a Director of the Australian Digital Commerce Association.

  • Louise Mercer
    Chief Experience Officer, Everledger

    Session: Unpacking the business obstacles to adopting blockchain technology

    Louise develops Everledger’s business and technology globally, focussed on creating great outcomes for our customers and our people. She drives strategy and delivery, and leads collaborations with the insurance industry to help address systemic challenges.

    Louise held senior roles with Australia’s largest general insurers, Suncorp and IAG, designing and leading strategic innovation transformation. She has led strategic investments and M&A activity. She has also held directorship and strategic advisor roles with multiple not-for-profits and social enterprises, including her own business ventures.

  • Hema Prasad
    Head of Data Architecture - CDO, Commonwealth Bank

    Data is her calling!!!

    An executive leader with over two decades of global experience across the US, India and Australia, Hema has enabled business transformations via data, analytics & business intelligence in multiple industry sectors. She has delivered large-scale data and analytics programs helping businesses in building, transforming and enhancing their data & digital landscapes. She draws on vast experience leading large cross-functional teams across multiple shores for Fortune-100 and ASX clients.

    Specialising in data and analytics strategy, data platform modernization, data architecture, data science/AI/ML and data governance, Hema holds degrees in Electronics and Computer Applications majoring in Data and Digital Architecture.

    Hema is a Stanford Women in Data Science ambassador as well as an executive board member of Women in Big Data. Also a public speaker and a mentor, Hema is passionate about community engagement to spread awareness about STEM and data career pathways amongst high school and university students as well as aspiring professionals.

  • Rishi Ramchandani
    Head of Asia, BlockFi

    Session: Panel Discussion: The future of cryptocurrencies and the challenges facing the industry as it matures

    Rishi Ramchandani is the Head of Asia and is BlockFi's first hire in the region tasked with building out our APAC presence. Prior to joining BlockFi, he spent over a decade at Bank of America Merrill Lynch across Hong Kong and New York in a variety of roles within the equities division, focusing primarily on Sales. After his time at BAML, he moved to Singapore and co-founded a fintech company in the deep technology space, and also founded and managed a financial coaching company.

  • Amanda Robinson
    Director, Humanitech | Australian Red Cross

    Session: Panel Discussion: Unpacking the future of blockchain development in Australia

    Amanda Robinson is the Head of Social Innovation at Australian Red Cross and leads Humanitech; a think+do tank, which seeks to shape the future for all humanity by harnessing the power of technology for good and putting people and society at the centre.

    Amanda has a keen interest in how frontier technologies might help to solve complex social problems ensuring an equitable and inclusive future for everyone.

    Prior to Australian Red Cross Amanda has held a number of senior strategic roles developing and managing digital products and platforms for SEEK, Yahoo!, Lonely Planet and Sensis. Amanda is also on the Industry Advisory Board for the College of Business & Law at RMIT and Chair of the Trust Alliance Pilots & Programs Working Group.

  • John Sajadi
    Chief Executive Officer, zkTube

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Unpacking the future of blockchain development in Australia

    Session: Build On Zktube - The Future Platform For Platforms

    John Sajadi is a highly distinguished IT specialist with more than 20 years of extensive expertise in the areas of Software Development, life-cycle delivery management, automation strategies for transportation and logistics and in the creation of diverse technical applications utilising Blockchain technologies. A highly-driven technologist with remarkable entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Sajadi enjoys developing new technologies that can simplify the lives of everyone while significantly contributing towards the processes that help create wealth for every individual involved.

    Mr. Sajadi has Masters & Doctorate level of education in Information Technology Leadership from renowned Deakin University and is the Founder of TiCKTOC, iiRide Ride-sharing applications, the award-winning payment platform 2019-2021 TiCKPAY and is the Winner of Corp Global Business Leaders 2020. Mr. Sajadi was the Vice-President of JZ Petroleum in California. He is the current APAC CEO of ZKLAB, zkTube and PayTube. John has ability to demonstrate his professionalism and execution abilities to raise 100's of millions for the startups that he has been involved in the past 20 years.

    He is now the driving force behind zkTube and YourWorld3 blockchain platforms, where ideas turns into reality and launched in exchange within 6 months and is committed to transubstantiate the future of Payments for banking consortiums and crypto currency utilising blockchain technologies to create a win/win, immutable and trusted solutions for all parties involved.

  • Fred Schebesta
    Co-Founder, Finder

    Session: The new battle of the banks: How crypto is competing with traditional finance

    Fred Schebesta is one of Australia's coolest and most successful entrepreneurs, founding global fintech Finder. An obsession for hyper success, Fred's passionate about disruptive innovation and inspiring the startup community through sharing his successes and learnings as a mentor, international speaker, media commentator and author. Fred is a futurist, an expert in cryptocurrency, and is leading the group's venture capital arm, Finder Ventures, which has built the most innovative money app in Australia – the Finder app. Fred's latest project, Schebesta Ventures, is a platform to help more startups develop their business ideas. Fred has a new book launching on August 10 called "Go Live! 10 Principles to Launch a Global Empire" and is proud to announce the Fred Schebesta Go Live! Initiative, where 30% of all profits from Schebesta Ventures will be invested in startups.

  • Francesca Tay
    Chief Content Specialist, BYBIT

    Session: Panel Discussion: New world applications of blockchain technology

    Francesca joined leading cryptocurrency platform Bybit in 2020 and is responsible for overseeing the company’s content department globally. She joined the crypto space following an extensive career in the financial media and asset management sectors.

    Francesca cut her teeth as an intern at CNBC running the grounds of U.S. courtrooms before finding her seat at the breaking news desk. She remained in the company for 10 years, where she produced award-winning news programs across the channel, including Squawk Box, and was the producer in charge of launching the network’s Middle East presence. Following that, Francesca managed content and communications at private investment firm, Clermont Group, where she was responsible for internal and external communications at the Group level.

  • Alex Taylor
    Global Head of Emerging Technology – QBE Ventures, QBE Insurance

    Session: Panel Discussion: Breaking down compliance, risk management and global regulatory outreach for cryptocurrency

    Alex is the Global Head of Emerging Technology of QBE Ventures, the venture investment and development arm of QBE Insurance. Alex and the team invest in, build alongside and partner with early-stage technology companies that have the potential to reshape the insurance industry.

    Alex is an innovation and disruption specialist and futurist, helping established companies to see where the threats lie, and how they can play in the same field and with the same tools as the disrupters – and has spoken before a wide range of audiences on the Horizon 1 to Horizon 3 innovation and disruption journey, and how to navigate the bridge between.

    Alex was the co-founder and CTO of BitPOS, created in the early days of the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry in 2012 to enable companies to accept Bitcoin as a form of payment. As part of his role at BitPOS, Alex participated in a number of forums advocating for the safe use of cryptocurrency and its participation in traditional financial systems – with both state and federal governments, and alongside major banking institutions.

    Before joining QBE, Alex was the Director of Emerging and Innovation Technology and also Entrepreneur in Residence at IAG.

  • Igneus Terrenus
    Head of Communications, Bybit

    Session: Panel Discussion: Breaking down compliance, risk management and global regulatory outreach for cryptocurrency

    Igneus is the Head of Communications and media spokesperson of Bybit, one of the world's fastest growing cryptocurrency exchanges. He is a relentless advocate for transformative innovation and a staunch supporter for progressive regulation on the emerging digital asset class, helping to shed light on Bybit's pursuit of bringing quality products and a fair, transparent and efficient trading environment to retail and professional clients around the globe.

  • Richard Voice
    Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, CryptoSpend

    Session: Panel Discussion: Breaking down compliance, risk management and global regulatory outreach for cryptocurrency

    Richard Voice is the co-founder of Cryptospend, an Australian-based crypto business which is simplifying crypto payments and making cryptocurrencies easier to spend.

    Voice is a homegrown entrepreneur who founded the company with co-founder Andrew Grech while studying IT and Business at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and has created a solution which bridges the gap between cryptocurrencies and traditional spending.

    Voice, an industry leader in cryptocurrency and global innovations in the future of payments area, has recently released the CryptoSpend Card, a product which will allow the businesses ever-growing customer-base to spend their crypto at any point-of-sale that accepts card payments, including at cafes and restaurants, gas stations and the local grocer.

    Voice strongly believes crypto can be used as a commodity not just a currency, and that is what he and the team at Cryptospend have set out to change!

  • Tony Wiese
    Association Governor, Qoin

    Session: Keynote Presentation: Qoin – it’s been an interesting journey

    Tony is the current Governor of the Qoin Association. He is a Director of Blockchain Investments Group, Bartercard International Group and BPS Financial Limited.

    Holding a B Comm Accounting and Economics Honours degrees, Tony is also a registered Chartered Accountant of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. He is a veteran of over thirty M&A deals and three IPO's. He contributes to the community as a Director of One Light Charity Foundation Limited that helps to combat extreme suffering. Previously Tony was Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of ASX listed BPS Technology Limited which operates trading and incentive platforms in 6 countries (10 years). Prior to that he was Chief Executive Officer of JSE listed Onelogix Group Limited which included the 226 PostNet network (3 years), and prior to that he was Executive Director of JSE listed Super Group Limited, Africa's second-largest transport company and parent company of Australia’s SG Fleet Limited (10 years). Tony’s passion is to help business owners achieve success against the giant corporates.

  • Glenn Woo
    Managing Director, Head of APAC, Ledger

    Session: Panel Discussion: The future of cryptocurrencies  and the challenges facing the industry as It matures

    Glenn joined Ledger in October 2018 and is responsible for overseeing Ledger’s enterprise businesses in Asia Pacific. Ledger Enterprise Solutions offer a SaaS based digital asset custody technology for financial institutions that require the highest level of cybersecurity as well as operational governance and compliance.

    Glenn has an extensive career in the financial services and fintech, working for S&P Global Market intelligence as Head of North Asia based in Korea and Hong Kong for 9 years, and prior to that, at Shinhan Financial Group as a consultant in asset custody and funds administration.