Conference Speakers

Speakers Include

NICK COWAN - GIBRALTAR STOCK EXCHANGE

Nick is the founder and CEO of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX)  which he successfully launched in 2014. Nick has over 30 years capital markets experience in developed and emerging markets including five years as the Global Head of Equities for ING Barings. The GSX Group is at the forefront of actively exploring the opportunities that exist between traditional capital markets and the new technological paradigms, together with the promise of the blockchain to reimagine new business models.  

NICOLE ANDERSON - REDSAND PARTNERS

Nicole is a venture builder, investment (corporate venture, VC, family office and ICO) advisor. As a multiple time technology entrepreneur (CEO & Founder) and an innovation thought leader, she has gained an in-depth knowledge of crypto technologies, blockchain and digital identity. Passionate about technology business models that are challenging the status quo and providing greater inclusion for people globally, she has focused on the innovation intersection of emerging technologies and emerging markets both physical and virtual. Voted Innovator of the Year, 2017 by the South African Chamber of Commerce, Top 100 Women in FinTech 2016 by Innovate Finance and included in the Power Women of FinTech 2015, 2016 and 2017, Nicole is also active in the London and European start-up acceleration, incubation and growth arena working as an advisor and mentor to Level39, StartupBootcamp FinTech, London Tech Advocates – Women in Tech and FinTech workstreams. She is founding member of FINTECH Circle Angel Network, the largest network of independent investors in FinTech in Europe. She has served as advisor to Microsoft Ventures London and been a multiple times judge for SWIFT Innotribe, The European and African FinTech awards and BNP Paribas Global Hackathon. Nicole serves as an industry thought leader and has featured on numerous panels and speaking circuits such as London FinTech Week, Rencontres Economiques (France), London’s African Technology Business Forum and FinTech Africa’s annual conference. She is a contributing author to the The FinTech Book, exploring the role of corporate venture as a catalyst for innovation in FinTech – www.thefintechbook.com published by Wiley. 

DAVID GYORI - BANKING REPORTS

 David Gyori is a FinTech consultant, trainer, author, speaker and researcher. He is co-author of ‘The FINTECH Book’ published by Wiley. He is member of the panel of judges of the European FinTech Awards. On top of being CEO of Banking Reports (a boutique FinTech consultancy in London) David holds a number of positions in FinTech companies and consultancies internationally (London, Oxford, Amsterdam, Lisbon). David is guest blogger of Finance Magnates – the world’s only multi-asset online trading knowledge hub. He is also the author of a number of key reports about financial technology. David studied finance at Budapest Corvinus University.  

CHUCK SHOTTON - INVENIAM CAPITAL

Chuck Shotton is a technology veteran with over 25 years of experience in designing, building, and deploying large commercial, government, financial, medical, and academic systems for customers, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. He is a recognized industry leader, writing and speaking on a wide range of technology subjects, and is one of the designers and implementers of the HTTP protocol, which powers the modern World Wide Web.

Mr. Shotton is now President/Chief Technology Officer of Inveniam.io (Platform) / Inveniam (Gibraltar) Limited. Inveniam Capital Partners is a tech enabled US Investment Bank offering advisory services and access to capital markets for medium-sized enterprises and not-for-profits.

Mr. Shotton has led large engineering teams for NASA and Quarterdeck Corp., and was Chief Architect for one of DARPA’s flagship unmanned combat aircraft programs, J-UCAS. He is also credited with creating the first commercial Web server and was selected as one of Newsweek’s Top 50 People of the Internet.

He has founded several successful start-ups, worked in the venture investing world, established the first Academic Computing Department for the University of Texas, and holds multiple US and foreign patents for software technologies. 

NATE WHITEHILL - CRYPTOSLATE

Nate is an experienced technology entrepreneur, programmer and web developer. Nearly two decades of experience building web applications.
Over the past few years, I have focused my attention on researching and investing in technologies being built on the blockchain, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.
As of mid-2017, my work has been entirely focused on sharing this passion and knowledge through my newest venture, CryptoSlate, a website that delivers industry news, realtime coin/token data, and in-depth coverage of hundreds of initial coin offerings. 

RANSU SALOVAARA - TOKEN MARKET

 Ransu Salovaara is the founder and CEO of Tokenmarket - a marketplace for tokens, digital assets and blockchain based investing where you can research and invest in tokenized assets, launch a crowdsale for your project and give backers a tradeable digital asset. He's also the founder of BitcoinETI, and CEO of Revoltura, a Gibraltar based company specialising in creating and marketing publicly traded, EU passported, disruptive investment products that bridge professional investors to bitcoin. 


KRISTOFFER NELSON - SRAX

   

Kristoffer Nelson is the COO and Director of SRAX and principal for BIGtoken. As a founding team member, Kristoffer has been essential in growing SRAX into a multinational digital marketing and data management platform company listed on Nasdaq. BIGtoken is a blockchain data product with a listed security token. This makes SRAX one of the first public companies to use a token in their business.

With over 15 years of technology and creative business experience, Kristoffer has been a guest speaker for Loyola Marymount University among other academic institutions, the National Association of Broadcasters, the IAB and numerous other professional and media organizations.

 
 


ISMAIL MALIK - ICO CROWD

Ismail Malik is an ICO strategist and chairman of Blockchain Lab in London, UK. Blockchain Lab acts a specialized crypto development project partner for existing DLT projects. The Lab has a strong focus on R & D, primarily researching, secure embedded smart contract trusted execution environments on the Ethereum, Bitcoin and Corda blockchains. 

Ismail is regarded as one of the World's most influential people within the Blockchain industry.

STEVE SWAIN - LENDING BLOCK

 

Steve Swain is Lendingblock's Co-founder & CEO.

Steve Swain is an experienced financial services technology professional, with outstanding record built during 15 years hands-on management roles with top-tier global banks, including Lehman, Credit Suisse, Macquarie and UBS, followed by 5 years as a big-4 technology consulting partner focused on financial services. He has spent his time working advising institutions on regulatory technology and fintech in London, New York and Sydney.

Steve has a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from University of Adelaide.

JEAN-PHILIPPE BEAUDET - VN3T

For the past six years, Jean-Philippe Beaudet has been CTO and co-founder of S3R3NITY Technologies, which was quoted among the ten first Artificial Intelligence firms in Québec. This avant-garde position enabled him to contribute to the development of numerous startups including the award-winning Artificial Intelligence firm Concured.
Self-taught, Mr. Beaudet has become proficient in several programming languages and platforms such as Javascript web development software, Node.js, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, Python and Java. He also developed an early interest into blockchain and machine learning, which brought him amongst the pioneers in the vivid technological sphere in Montreal. Behind his «garage programmer» look, M. Beaudet shows genuine talent and creativity, which allowed him to win, after three sleepless days, the 2016 Ontario Securities Commission hackathon in Toronto against 300 participants including several multinational firms. He is currently CEO and CTO of VN3T, a startup that offers a decentralized data market based on blockchain technology.
Sympathetic introvert, Jean-Philippe Beaudet is a keen communicator who enjoys exposing his ideas and thought processes in front of an audience, as he did in many occasions including at McGill University, Laval University and WeWork.

CLEM CHAMBERS - ONLINE BLOCKCHAIN

Pioneer of the computer games industry, Founder and CEO of ADVFN,  one of the world’s biggest financial information online website portal, listed on the London Stock Markets Alternative Investment Market (AIM), with websites and offices serving the US, Japan, the Philippines, Mexico, Mumbai, Brazil and Italy. He is also the Managing Director of Online Blockchain PLC, the first London listed blockchain company. Renowned financial journalist and author of the Jim Evans thrillers and numerous financial books. Clem’s latest book, Cryptocurrencies: A beginner’s guide – Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin  is available on Kindle, one of Amazons Best Sellers. http://www.advfnbooks.com/books/tradingcrypto/index.html

Chambers is a much sought after financial commentator, regularly providing expert business analysis on all media platforms such as television, magazines, radio and globally through internet online media. Clem has become one of the financial world’s favourite gurus with a 'cult' status to match.

JOEY GARCIA - ISOLAS

Joey Garcia is a Partner at ISOLAS LLP in charge of the Fintech/DLT team. Recently he has been recognised as one of only twelve Lawyers around the world in a spotlight table of the leading global lawyers in blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

The listing highlights that Joey Garcia of ISOLAS is a pioneering distributed ledger lawyer, hailed as a “super” practitioner by market sources. He recently advised Gnosis on its ICO, the first time a ConsenSys project was run from Gibraltar, and Xapo on achieving its e-Money licence in Gibraltar. He is also deeply involved in shaping the regulatory environment in Gibraltar, co-chairing the government’s working group on distributed ledger technology.”

He has built up a strong Financial Services practice advising on a variety of structures and solutions to an international client base which includes funds, investment managers, blockchain based businesses and exchanges, e-money institutions, banks as well as family offices and larger private clients. Joey is on the forefront of developments in the digital currency, blockchain and distributed ledger technology in Gibraltar and co-chairs the Gibraltar Government working group/think tank on digital currencies.

JAY GOMEZ - TRIAY & TRIAY

Jay was called to the Bar in England and Wales and Gibraltar in 2010. He is a member of the Middle Temple. Jay is a member of the Corporate & Commercial and Financial Services teams.Jay was called to the Bar in England and Wales and Gibraltar in 2010. Jay has developed a strong reputation as an expert in the funds area and regularly advises prospective funds, investment managers, insurance companies and banks on licensing requirements and regulatory, operational, passporting and distribution matters. Jay is a former member of the Financial Services Commission’s Funds Panel, which was a body created for the purpose of acting as a first point of consultation with the industry. He was elected by his peers to the executive body of the Gibraltar Funds and Investment Association (GFIA). Jay played an integral role in drafting the National Private Placement Rules and Small AIFM Rules in Gibraltar following the implementation of AIFM Directive. He was instrumental in drafting the revised Experience Investor Fund Regulations, the creation of Gibraltar’s alternative investment fund (AIF) regime and the amendments to Gibraltar’s private fund legislation. 

ANTHONY PROVASOLI - HASSANS

Anthony Provasoli is a Partner in Hassans’ corporate and commercial department and co-leads the firm’s FinTech team. Anthony’s expertise in FinTech and his particular interests in Blockchain and Crypto-currency stand him out as a leading practitioner in this space. He also acts as an advisor to Modex.

Anthony is a graduate from Nottingham Trent University and was called to the Bar in England and Wales and the Gibraltar Bar in 2005. He specialises in corporate, commercial and financial services matters and also advises on matters of sports law, intellectual property, e-commerce and telecommunications regulation.

SIAN JONES-COINSULT

 Siân heads COINsult, the regulatory compliance consultancy focusing on virtual currencies and distributed ledger technology that advises fintech startups, governments and enterprises. She also leads the European Digital Currency and Blockchain Technology Forum, a public policy platform helping EU policymakers and legislators shape sound policy and regulation. Siân is a member of ISO’s technical committee on DLT and sits as an expert on its Security & Privacy and Smart Contracts study groups. She also sits on BSI’s national mirror committee, techUK’s DLT working group, and the Financial Markets Law Committee DLT working group.  

MATTHEW WARNER - BLOCKPASS

Matthew is a technology enthusiast who has been involved in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space since 2015, most recently as a researcher for Blockpass. A writer and editor for AllCoinsNews and Chain-Finance, Matthew gives presentations and speaks on panels about the benefits and uses of blockchain technology at events worldwide. Prior to joining the crypto-scene, Matthew received a BEng with honors from the University of Warwick and was also awarded his PGCE from the University of Buckingham. Matthew is a member of Mensa. 

GRANT BLAISDELL - COINFIRM

Creating models and ventures around tech, content and branding since his teens, Grant has been engrained within start-up, corporate and creative environments for the majority of his life through his startups and projects with influential entities. He is seen as a unique visionary and innovator in the applications of tech and media across cultural and lifestyle elements and has done so in European, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles environments. Grant is consistently tapped for his ideas and strategies while he helps lead as a shareholder in multiple startups in the US and Europ 

Mr. QUIRZE SALOMO GONZALEZ

President of the Board of Directors, Managing Director, founder and major shareholder. He is a certified accounting expert (Business School of Sabadell) and Analyst Programmer (Bit Informatica). Before founding Nostrum, he was Business Manager for the multinational company Mc Bride. Prior to McBride, he was a director and shareholder of Arco Iris. Its main business was the production of white label products for well-known distribution chains such as Pryca, Mercadona, Caprabo and Alcampo. In 1995 Arco Iris was acquired by McBride. 

FERNANDO MARTINHO - NAORIS

Senior Information Technology Director with 18 years of professional IT experience and track record of success delivering profit-driven technology solutions by ensuring that efficiency, performance, stability, time and cost are all in alignment with the business objectives, strategy and vision. Currently CTO of Datalytyx -  which is a leading provider of big data engineering, data analytics and cloud solutions, enabling faster, more effective and more profitable decision-making throughout your enterprise. Datalytyx specialise in deployments of data driven solutions, and leading implementations into high performance data environments and CTO of Naoris Cyber Blockchain - THE WORLD'S FIRST HOLISTIC CYBERSECURITY BLOCKCHAIN-BASED FRAMEWORK. 

MONICA ORAVCOVA

Monica is an innovative, dynamic and accomplished leader with experience in top level IT/ Cyber Security domains in telecom, finance and manufacturing industry. She has a bachelor’s degree from Pan-European University in Bratislava, attending Master’s at Nottingham Trent University. She is specialising in implementing the right business controls, developing information security strategy across advanced technology environments, managing the risk and embedding security through training and awareness programs. In her most recent assignment as a Co-founder and COO of Naoris, blockchain based cyber security start-up, established in London, she illuminates the way for the new innovative technology to enter the mass market. 

Dr. CONG TANG - UK-CHINA BLOCKCHAIN ASSOCIATION

  

Dr. Cong Tang is an entrepreneur and expert in the blockchain area. He co-founded several blockchain startups, focusing on cryptocurrencies’ commerce and investment services. He leads many blockchain based projects in the area of finance, insurance, product tracking and healthcare data sharing. Previously he was a visiting scholar at New York University, and the R&D director at VRV software, a listed company in China. From 2014 to 2016, he was a founding team member of Focusedu, which develops internet applications for online learning. 

WOJCIECH KASZYCKI - MOBILUM

  

A passionate investor looking for new business challenges employing management best practice and revolutionary technical inventions.

Over 20 years of business experience Pioneer in the area of e-commerce and m-commerce solutions. (Between 1996 and 2001 he managed the first e-commerce agency in Poland) Founder of several successful companies.

GUY DAVIES - BLOCKPASS

Guy Davies is the Business Development Manager for Blockpass across UK and Europe. With 14 years’ experience in commercial sales he has a proven track record delivering business across a range of innovative media and technology products, most recently in the IoT and Blockchain space. He’s now focused on business development with organisations that create social change through technology. Concurrently, Guy has a 30+ year career in the music industry as a musician, songwriter, producer and performer. 

PHILIP YOUNG - GIBRALTAR STOCK EXCHANGE

  

PHILIP YOUNG – GIBRALTAR STOCK EXCHANGE

Philip is a founding team member and the Marketing Director of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange  (GSX),  which was successfully launched in 2014.

Philip has over 25 years experience in the capital markets including 10 years working as an analyst at a global hedge fund and as an investment committee member of an emerging market  private equity firm. Philip is a CFA Charterholder.

MARTIN KOEPPELMANN - GNOSIS ETHEREUM

 

Martin Köppelmann has been an entrepreneur and thought leader in the blockchain space for several years. He is the founder of the biggest Bitcoin prediction market, Fairlay, but has shifted his focus to Ethereum and co-founded the decentralized Gnosis prediction market – the first bigger DAPP that went live on Ethereum. Closely related to prediction markets is his work on decentralized market driven governance mechanisms: Futarchy.

Beyond the entrepreneurial activity Martin has done research on the economic incentive structure of different consensus mechanisms and scalability solutions via state channels. Martin co-hosts the Ethereum meetup groups in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Finally, Martin is well known for his work and research on “basic income on the blockchain: Circles” – a new currency built on top of Ethereum that aims to implement a basic income as monetary policy.


WEI BI - SEELE

 Dr. Bi Wei, chief scientist of Seele

Dr Bi has a PhD in Visual Science from City University of London and a MSc in Computer Science from the University of Oxford.

He is the Deputy Secretary General at China Blockchain Technology Innovation and Application Alliance

First author of 8 blockchain technology related patents, (Status pending, submitted in 2017)

Former London University postdoctoral, fellow, graduate doctoral tutor. 

Research Interests: blockchain, cryptography, data analysis, image processing and visual science. 

He has been invited to attend international academic conferences.

His work has been published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine.

His articles and opinions have been collected by the BBC, London Chinese Radio, Complex UK and other media reports.

WILLIAM GRACIA - GIBRALTAR FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMISSION

William joined the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission in 2015 after having worked with Deloitte Gibraltar dealing with legal, tax and liquidations.

Throughout his early career with the Commission he has supervised a wide range of firms, mainly focusing on banks, e-money institutions, funds and EIF Directors. In May 2017, and coinciding with the launch of the DLT Framework consultation, William was appointed Risk & Innovations Advisor. 

During this time, William has worked with the GFSC team to ensure delivery of the DLT Framework and was responsible for the operationalisation of the DLT Framework internally. William is also a member of the DLT Working Group that helped develop the DLT Framework and currently working on developing the Token Sale Regulations. He is also part of the GFSC’s Innovate and Create Team which was set up to help encourage innovation by supporting those businesses looking    

to develop and introduce innovative ideas for financial products or services into the market.

ADRIAN JAVIER GALLO - MIDAS TECHNOLOGIES AG

Born in Argentina, Adrian J. Gallo is a passionate entrepreneur and investor with broad academic and practical background in Management and international Finance. While maintaining a logistics own-company in his country he worked in parallel as professional USA stock day-trader for over a decade, where he acquired proficient knowledge of market functionalities and risk management. Fascinated and realizing the disruptive potential of blockchain technology for financial markets early on, he started assembling the Midas team to implement his ideas for future-oriented investment systems.

STEPHEN KELSO - NKB GROUP

Steve has spent his 22 year career running trading and investment businesses across both developed and emerging markets.

He launched the first Volatility Arbitrage fund in Europe which attracted $700mm at KBC (ex-DE Shaw) within the first two years and has run equity, commodity and multi-asset cash and derivatives trading businesses at Lehman Brothers, Renaissance Capital and FirstRand.
Steve believes that the blockchain investment opportunity now is larger than both the derivatives investing opportunities that appeared in the late 90s and the Emerging Markets phenomenon of the early 2000s.  As CEO and CIO of NKB Asset Management, he has put together a team that has depth and experience at the highest level in both blockchain technology and the provision of investment solutions that institutional investors have come to expect over the last two decades.

Dr. Christian Lange - OPIRIA

Christian gained an M.Sc. & Ph.D. from Technical University of Munich then founded the Ergoneers Group from 2005 until 2015. He then founded the Opiria where he is focusing on the PDATA-Platform – Decentralized marketplace for trading of personal data on the blockchain.

ARTURS IVANOVS - FIC NETWORK

 

Arturs Ivanovs is the founder of FIC Network, a fixed income infrastructure for blockchain assets. He started the company in 2016 when he moved to New York City, attracting investments from Startupbootcamp Fintech NYC, Boost VC and other prominent investors. 

He is an advisor to Turing Funds, the first mainstream exchange traded fund of cryptocurrencies. 

Before getting deeply involved in blockchain technology in 2015, his background includes fintech regulation in European Union. Arturs holds LLB in Law and Business from Riga Graduate School of Law.

DAVID HONEYMAN - LENDO

David holds an honours degree in law from Edinburgh University and has a background in financing and investment. Always keen to embrace new technology, he is launching a smart lending platform, called Lendo, which will combine digital asset expertise with long established business wisdom and practices at its root. Effectively, it will bring blockchain technology to the massive personal loans/consumer credit market. Lendo's proprietary software enables conventional lenders to make loans in fiat currencies against cryptocurrency assets stored in its digital vault as collateral. Lendo is initially working with UK FCA licenced and regulated lenders, who are protected against defaults on loans by optional smart contracts and other safeguards provided by Lendo. Lendo will ultimately allow regulated lenders around the world to massively expand their business jurisdictions, because the blockchain has no borders. And Lendo will also provide a range of 'added value' products, such as a merchant payment system, debit cards, digital wallets and more in phase 2 of the roadmap.