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Henrik AnderssonChief Investment Officer, Apollo Capital
Henrik has over 17 years experience in global financial markets, with almost a decade on Wall Street. Henrik has extensive experience across three continents as a quantitative analyst, senior research analyst and in institutional equity sales. 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. Henrik is a CFA charterholder. Apollo Capital is Australia's leading crypto asset investment firm.
Luke BehnckeExecutive Chair, Holon Global Investments
Luke Behncke, Executive Chair of Holon Global Investments, a global investment manager focused on innovation and investor alignment. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the private sector and worked in government leading major state and national policy, regulation and standards reforms across multiple industries from inception to implementation. Luke has also led stakeholder-based, industry and community organisations in the not-for-profit sector.
Heath BehnckeExecutive ChairLibra Australia
Daniel ChidgeyHead of Stakeholder Engagement, Standards Australia
Daniel is responsible for the delivery of Standards Australia’s strategic engagement objectives and a multitude of key external relationships with industry leaders, government officials and the general community.
Daniel has held various roles in engagement and standards development. He’s wealth of experience spans into identifying political and commercial risks, and the policy environment. He also has experience representing the collective interest of State & Territory Governments and the Commonwealth for the purpose of ensuring that documents are consistent with regulatory and policy needs.
Daniel holds a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and a Masters in Strategic Communication at the University of Canberra
Jonathon Desmond MillerManaging DirectorBitTrade
Katryna DowCo-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Meeco
Katryna Dow is the CEO and founder of Meeco, the global tech company that launched a world leading data independence platform for people. Meeco guarantees individuals choice and data sovereignty rights in the way they interact in the digital world and with the Internet-of-things.
For the past two decades, she has split her time between being asked to challenge convention to drive change and growth – with leading enterprises, start-ups and everything in-between – and studying human behaviour: neuro-economics, archetypes, mythology, profiling systems and psychographic segmentation.
The two streams of her life co-exist and merge to give her a unique perspective on how individuals and organisations work and communicate, and how organisations fit and function within the context of the larger social and economic landscape.
Her unique fusion of industry experience and academic knowledge has enabled Katryna to drive change and develop strategies for clients such as ipac, Commonwealth Bank and AMP. Her vision and passion is focused on inviting organisations to reassess their relationships with customers, view their opportunities differently, while always remaining empathetic to the cultural dislocation that this can cause.
Katryna has delivered projects around the globe, living and working in Australia, the United Kingdom, India and the United States. Her work across industry sectors including finance, technology, human resources, healthcare and infrastructure has contributed to her deep understanding of human motivation.
Always looking to the future, Katryna has drawn on her unique experiences and intuitive understanding of people’s motivations and behaviours to see that, with the rise of the connected world, the privacy and rights of individuals are being eroded by data brokers and governments. She believes passionately in regaining people’s digital sovereignty, and has evolved a concept that shifts the power and insight back to the people.
Meeco is Katryna’s idea born of the movement of like-minded thinkers who believe in the possibility of a shift in the relationship between the person, their privacy and the online world. The Meeco platform allows people to take control of their digital lives, with Katryna’s commitment ensuring that, from its inception, Meeco will create and generate real value for the community and be a nexus of online social interactions, brand engagement and mutual value creation.
In early 2012 she wrote the Meeco Manifesto which describes her vision “for everyone on the planet to get equity and value for the information they share”.
Her extensive commercial experience has inspired a range of new business models which when implemented will help eliminate the unauthorised trading of personal data, whilst raising the value of personal data for owners. Meeco will also significantly reduce the cost to enterprise in the delivery of goods and services to customers through the creation of a shared value data exchange.
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.
A globally respected thought-leader in the prescient topics of data sovereignty and consumer choice, Katryna is at the forefront of the digital sovereignty movement, with her passionate vision for the empowerment of the online individual making her one of the CEOs to watch.
Tim DraperFounding Partner, Draper Associates
Tim Draper founded Draper Associates, DFJ and the Draper Venture Network, a global network of venture capital funds. The firms’ investments include Baidu, Focus Media, YeePay, KongZhong, Skype, Hotmail, Tesla, SolarCity, Coinbase, Ledger, Robinhood, Athenahealth, Box, TwitchTV, SpaceX, Cruise Automation, Carta, Planet, PTC and many others.
He is a leading spokesperson for Bitcoin, Blockchain, ICOs and cryptocurrencies, having won the Bitcoin US Marshall’s auction in 2014, investing in over 50 crypto companies, and having led investments in Coinbase, Ledger, Tezos, and Bancor, among others.
He created viral marketing, a marketing method for exponentially spreading an electronic service from customer to customer, instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and Skype and other applications, particularly effective for mail and communications applications. Arguably, social media, crowdsourcing and growth hacking are all outgrowths of viral marketing.
He is regularly featured on all major networks as a proponent for entrepreneurship, innovative governance, free markets and Bitcoin, and has received various awards and honors including the World Entrepreneurship Forum’s “Entrepreneur of the World,” and is listed as one of the top 100 most powerful people in finance by Worth Magazine, the top 20 most influential people in Crypto by CryptoWeekly, #1 most networked VC by AlwaysOn, #7 on the Forbes Midas List, and #48 most influential Harvard Alum. For 2019, Global Guru listed Tim as #7 of the top 30 Startup Gurus in the world.
In promoting entrepreneurship, he created Draper University of Heroes, a residential and online school based in San Mateo, Ca to help extraordinary people accomplish their life missions. The school created entrepreneurs that built 350 companies including crypto leaders, QTUM, Spacecash, DataWallet and Credo. He started Innovate Your State, a non-profit dedicated to crowdsource innovation in government, and BizWorld, a non-profit that teaches young children how business and entrepreneurship work.
He served on the California State Board of Education, and led a movement for Local Choice in schools culminating in becoming proponent for a statewide initiative for School Vouchers. He also led a statewide initiative to create competitive governance with Six Californias, followed by an initiative for Three Californias.
Tim Draper received a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University with a major in electrical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He has two honorary doctorates from The International University and Trinity College of Dublin.
Paul FoxManaging Director, Corran Toohill Capital
Paul Fox is an investor, strategist, business builder, and technologist. He is the Managing Director of Corran Toohill Capital, an investment and advisory firm, originally founded in Silicon Valley in 2006. The firm’s focus is on high growth technology enabled companies. Companies include Blockchain Capital, Evie Networks, FE Investments Group limited (FEI.AX) and the Enosi blockchain project.
Now based in Sydney, Paul spent 14 years in Silicon Valley as an executive, start-up CEO and venture capitalist, building a huge network and reputation for customer focus, integrity and value. He is a regular speaker on business model and technology disruption, especially in regulated industries.
Prior to Corran Toohill he held technology investment and new market development roles at AGL Energy Limited, Southern Cross Ventures, the California Clean Energy Fund and Flextronics. He held multiple board and advisory roles at high growth and technology companies in Australia and the USA.
Nicholas GiuriettoChief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Blockchain Australia
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.
Deryck GrahamFounder & Chief Executive OfficerPortal Asset Management
Senator the Hon Jane HumeAssistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology, Parliament of Australia
Jane Hume is a Liberal Party Senator from Victoria, having been elected in July 2016.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Senator Hume completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne and later returned to gain further qualifications in Political Science. Senator Hume has held various senior positions in the financial services industry, working for the National Australia Bank, Rothschild Australia, Deutsche Bank and, immediately prior to her election, as a Senior Policy Advisor at Australian Super. She has also served on a number of boards including the Royal Children’s Hospital, Federation Square, and Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia.
Upon entering the Senate, she was immediately appointed Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Economics (Legislation). Outside of her career pursuits, Senator Hume enjoys swimming, reading, and most of all, spending time with her three children, Harry, Charlie, and Imogen.
Following the Coalition election victory in May, Senator Hume was made Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology.
Jackie KallmanHead of Innovation ServicesANZ
Tim LeaFounder and Chief Executive Officer, Fractonium
Tim Lea has a 20-year professional career in Corporate funding – lending with such names as GE Capital, HSBC and Lloyds Bank. A seasoned Blockchain professional, having been involved in the space, entrepreneurially and corporately, for almost five years. CEO of Fractonium that is designed to transform Corporate Funding markets by blending tradeable, programmable tokens that represent fractional assets, revenue flows and debt into the traditional capital stack of debt and equity. Fractonium increases funding flexibility for business owners, open up new global pools of capital and reduces operational & banking risk. Author of the leading Blockchain book, 'Down the Rabbit Hole: Discover the Power of the Blockchain'. Keynote speaker, both domestically and internationally, on the strategic applications of Blockchain, and a regular MC to Blockchain events.
Joseph LiuDirector Monash Blockchain Technology Centre, Monash University
Joseph Liu is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University. He got his PhD from the Chinese University of Hong Kong at 2004. Prior to joining Monash at 2015, he has worked as a research scientist at Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) in Singapore for more than 7 years. His research areas include cyber security, blockchain, applied cryptography and privacy enhanced technology. He has established the Monash Blockchain Technology Centre at August 2019 and serves as the director since then. His remarkable research in linkable ring signature forms the theory basis of Monero (XMR), one of the largest cryptocurrencies in the world. He has been given the Dean's Award for Excellence in Research Impact in 2018 and the 'ICT Researcher of the Year 2018’ Award (winner) given by the Australian Computer Society (ACS), the largest professional body in Australia representing the ICT sector, for his contribution to the blockchain and cyber security community.
Caroline MalcolmHead, Blockchain Policy Centre, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Caroline heads the OECD’s work on blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies, assessing the policy implications to ensure governments can access and respond to the opportunities and challenges they raise.
Caroline also sits on the OECD's Staff Review Board, and since 2016, is a visiting lecturer at Paris-Est Créteil University, and more recently, at Kings College London.
Prior to her current role, Caroline led the OECD's work on the tax implications of emerging technologies. She was responsible for the delivery to the G20 of the 2018 Interim Report on the tax challenges raised by digitalisation by the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework.
From 2014-2017, Caroline was the Senior Counsellor to the OECD Tax Director & Deputy-Director developing the Centre's strategy & ensuring its implementation. She worked with senior country officials, external stakeholders and international & regional organisations on issues such as the OECD/G20 BEPS Project and the establishment of the +120 member Inclusive Framework, as well as managing the tax aspects of OECD projects on anti-corruption & responsible business conduct.
Beginning in 2012, Caroline established the Tax Inspectors Without Borders initiative (TIWB) to build tax audit expertise in low-capacity countries. This included the negotiation of a partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in 2015, allowing TIWB to expand globally.
From 2010-2012, Caroline worked in the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. She led the teams assessing tax transparency, including bank secrecy, in jurisdictions including Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Jersey, Russia & Switzerland, as well as managing a 2-year capacity building project in Ghana.
Previously, Caroline worked as a tax lawyer for the Australian government, and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws & a Bachelor of Arts in Communications as well as a Master of Laws in International Tax.
Louise MercerChief Customer Experience Officer, Everledger
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.
Anya NovaCrypto Economist and Corporate Development, Power Ledger
Anya Nova is a Crypto Economist at Power Ledger, where she is leading the development of Power Ledger’s energy financing product. Anya specializes in security tokens and is a strong advocate for renewable energy and blockchain adoption.
Anya has presented at blockchain, security token and digital assets conferences internationally. Prior to Power Ledger, Anya was an advisor to technology startups and large corporates. She has also worked internationally in roles with Shell, Rio Tinto, and Merrill Lynch. Anya is a recipient of the 2018 Women in Technology WA ‘20 in 20’ Award.
Jason PottsDirector Blockchain Innovation Hub, RMIT University
Jason Potts is Professor of Economics at RMIT University, Director of the Blockchain Innovation Hub at RMIT, and Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs in Melbourne. His research work focuses on the economics of innovation and new technologies, economic evolution, institutional economics, and complexity economics. He has written 5 books and published over 80 articles on topics including growth theory, creative industries, economics of cities, innovation commons, and recently on crypto-economics and Blockchain.
He is editor of the Journal of Institutional Economics, Vice President of the International Joseph A Schumpeter Society, and a Board Member of Australian Digital Commerce Association.
Adrian PrzeloznyChief Executive Officer, Independent Reserve
Adrian is the CEO and co-founder of Independent Reserve, a Digital Currency exchange based in Sydney. Adrian’s career spans more than 15 years in Information Technology, specialising in the design and development of critical business systems. Prior to founding Independent Reserve, Adrian was the principal consultant at a Sydney-based IT consultancy which he also co-founded. Through this challenging role, Adrian led the delivery of many enterprise solutions for financial institutions across Australia, as well as holding a long-standing role as Solutions Architect at the Nine network.
In 2016 Adrian joined the Board of Directors of ADCA to help progress the standing of Digital Currencies in Australia.
Matteo SalernoChief Executive OfficerTrigonX
Mark StaplesSenior Principal Researcher, CSIRO's Data61
Mark Staples is a Senior Principal Researcher at CSIRO’s Data61, where he leads the regtech technology program and a number of blockchain initiatives. His research is in software engineering, software architecture, blockchain, and philosophy of engineering. He has previously held software and systems engineering management roles, in industries including industrial control, electronic payments, and medical devices. He is on the Standards Australia and international standards committee for blockchain and distributed ledger technology. He has degrees in computer science and cognitive science from the University of Queensland, and a PhD in computer science from the University of Cambridge.
Paul StonhamGeneral Manager Distributed Ledger TechnologyASX
Steve VallasFounder and Director, Honey Digital
Steve is a qualified lawyer, blockchain technology and digital strategist. He is the founder of Honey Digital. Working with a range of verticals including telecommunications, education and startups. Focusing on building value adding relationships with content producing professionals, social media strategists, SME’s and enterprise businesses who are looking to benefit from the paradigm shift to customer centric online marketing opportunities and emerging technologies. Steve is a mentor in the Melbourne University Accelerator Program and assists many budding entrepreneurs with their foray into the business world. He is the founder of www.blockchainapac.com.au launched in conjunction with the Victorian Government Digital Innovation Festival in 2018. The event was attended by 500 delegates with support from Austrade, Optus, Deloitte and IBM. The initiative brings together the best Blockchain people and projects in Australia. The organisation aims to advance, develop and deliver on the promise of Blockchain technology. Blockchain APAC works to advocate for the industry by contributing to debate and driving policy through the delivery of advisory services and project outcomes.
Kain WarwickFounder, Synthetix
Kain is the founder of Synthetix, a protocol for issuing and trading synthetic assets on Ethereum. Since launching its native trading platform, Synthetix.Exchange, in December 2018, it has processed nearly one billion dollars worth of trading volume. He is also the Founder and CEO of blueshyft, a retail payment network of over 1200 locations across Australia. blueshyft has become the largest cryptocurrency payment gateway in Australia, processing over three hundred million dollars in transaction volume.
Stephen WilsonVP & Principal AnalystConstellation Research
Mark WittenChief Investment Officer & Executive DirectorPortal Asset Management
Professor Yang XiangDean of Digital Research and Innovation Capability Platform, Swinburne University
Professor Yang Xiang received his PhD in Computer Science from Deakin University, Australia. He is currently a full professor and the Dean of Digital Research & Innovation Capability Platform, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. His research interests include cyber security, which covers network and system security, data analytics, distributed systems, and networking. He is also leading the Blockchain initiatives at Swinburne. In the past 20 years, he has been working in the broad area of cyber security, which covers network and system security, AI, data analytics, and networking. He has published more than 300 research papers in many international journals and conferences. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the SpringerBriefs on Cyber Security Systems and Networks. He serves as the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing and IEEE Internet of Things Journal, and the Editor of Journal of Network and Computer Applications. He served as the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Computers and IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. He is the Coordinator, Asia for IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Distributed Processing (TCDP). He is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Caleb YeohFounder & Chief Executive Officer, TravelbyBit
Caleb is building the bridge between digital currency and mainstream business starting in the travel and tourism sector. Caleb also believes digital currencies can be used to provide transparency and trust in public institutions whilst also providing privacy and freedom for individuals.
As a board member of Blockchain Australia, Caleb champions digital currency adoption through thought leadership and speaking events.
Prior to founding TravelbyBit, Caleb performed a range of corporate roles in large companies including Deloitte, Origin Energy, CS Energy, Santos, BHP Billiton, and most recently Shell Australia.
Having formerly worked in Shell's government relations and commercial teams, Caleb's current focus in TravelbyBit is managing key stakeholders in both the digital currency and traditional business space to facilitate mainstream use and acceptance of this nascent technology.
Caleb holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney majoring in Commercial Law and Accounting, and a post-grad diploma in Engineering from Queensland University of Technology. He has been a qualified Certified PracticingAccountant (CPA) for over 10 years.