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DEMOCRACY4ALL
2-DAY CONFERENCE

In these challenging times when travels are restricted, many facing the second lockdown and most of the blockchain events were cancelled we are opening  virtual doors of the D4A 2020 - Global Online Edition!

D4A 2020 vision rests on 4 core principals:

Diversity

Inclusion

Empowering through Learning

Exchange of Ideas in Open Dialogue

That is why D4A 2020 is a completely FREE event, where anyone can register and connect to the global blockchain ecosystem regardless of their background and current location.

And that is why D4A 2020 warmly welcomes more than 50 speakers who are joining us from all parts of the world to share their knowledge and discuss hottest topics in blockchain. 

Professor Lecturing on Stage
 

D4A 2020 AGENDA

6TH OF OCT: DEMOCRACY DAY

10:30 AM (CEST)

OPENING OF THE DAY

Connect and start networking with the other attendees in the chat!

10:40 - 11:00 AM (CEST)

WELCOME REMARKS

Welcome word from organizers:

Vasilisa Marinchuk (Democracy4all)

Welcome Speeches:

Monica Roca (Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona)

Jordi Puignero (Government of Catalonia)

11 AM  - 12 PM (CEST)

ENTERING DIGITAL ERA: DIGITAL IDENTITY TODAY AND TOMORROW

Moderator: Vasilisa Marinchuk (Democracy4all)

Alex Puig (Caelum Labs)

Aly Madhavji (Blockchain Founders Fund)
Marco Aniballi (Block Blox)

Viivi Lähteenoja (Data policy City of Helsinki)

12 PM - 1 PM (CEST)

E-VOTING - BUILDING NEW STANDARD OF EXPRESSION OF WILL

Moderator: Nikoline Arns (Akasha Hub Barcelona)

Andrew Rippon (Thrupny)

Jordi Baylina (White Hat Group & iden3)

Matthew Van Niekerk (SettleMint)
Xavi Vives (Vocdoni)

1 PM - 2 PM (CEST)

RESPONSIBLE DIGITAL AGE: FINDING THE BALANCE BETWEEN NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY AND INDIVIDUAL DATA PRIVACY

Moderator: Rhett Oudkerk Pool (Europechain)

Claudio Chifa (DLT Code)

Rick Schmitz (LTO Network)

Sille Sepp (MyData Global)

Weynand Kuijpers (ThreeFold)

2 PM - 3 PM (CEST)

BLOCKCHAIN IN MEDIA: CHECK YOUR SOURCES TO BUILD TRUST

Moderator:  Ucheoma Lee Ohaeri (Coin News Extra)

Anna Tutova (Coinstelegram)

Quincy Dagelet (Boostchain)

Frank van Dalen (Wordproof)

Stewart Rogers (Grit Daily & Badass Empire)

3 PM - 4 PM (CEST)

DIGITAL RIGHTS - THE NEW LEGAL PILLAR TO BE ESTABLISHED AND PROTECTED

Moderator: Jamile Hamideh (Vinculum Growth) 

Alexander Surzhin (Private Practice)
Daniel Marco (Government of Catalonia)

Ran Melamed (Orbs)

Renata Barros (Court of Sao Paulo)

4 PM - 5 PM (CEST)

EVOLUTION OF DAO - TURNING DREAM INTO REALITY

Moderator: Marco Aniballi (Block Blox Strategic SEZC)

Gordon Einstein (CryptoLaw Partners)

Griff Green (TheDAO)
James Haft (PALcapital)

Wulf Kaal (DevDAO)

17 PM - 18 PM

D4A AFTERHOUR: THE CHALLENGE OF DIGITAL DEMOCRACY AND E-GOVERNMENT (CATALAN)

Moderator: Quirze Salomó (Centre Blockchain de Catalunya)

Jordi Foz (Government of Catalonia)

Laia Bonet (Barcelona City Council)

Marta Madrenas (Girona City Council)

 

7TH OF OCT: DIGITAL ECONOMY DAY

11:30 AM  - 12 PM (CEST)

OPENING OF THE DAY 2

Connect and network with other attendees in the chat area.

Welcome remark: Vasilisa Marinchuk (Democracy4all)

12 PM - 1 PM (CEST)

DIGITAL ASSET ECONOMY - THE NEW STANDARD TO EMBRACE

Moderator: Rudolf van Ee (BCNL Foundation)

Erwin van Kekem (MAX Property Group)

Francisco Sarrias (Jelurida)

Petr Stransky (iCEIBA)
Zenel Batagelj (Datafund)

1 PM - 2 PM (CEST)

INVESTING IN DIGITAL ASSETS - UNCONDITIONAL FINANCIAL FREEDOM OR A MINEFIELD FOR UNQUALIFIED INVESTORS

Moderator: Jonny Fry (Teamblockchain)

Albert Castellana (StakeHound)

Dotun Rominiyi (London Stock Exchange Group)

Luis Vaello (Binance)

Reuben Yap (Zcoin)

2 PM - 3 PM (CEST)

BLOCKCHAIN HERE AND NOW: REAL SOLUTIONS AND IMPLEMENTED BUSINESS CASES

Moderator:  Raneem Rashid (Smart Chain)

Dmitry Lavrenov (Coherent Solutions)

Mark Smargon (Fuse.io)

Muhammad Salman Anjum (MedsLOCK Suite)

Vincent Bultot (SettleMint)

3 PM - 4 PM (CEST)

FUTURE OF DEFI - THE NEW RALLY IS ON!

Moderator: Albert Castellana (StakeHound)

Eddy Travia (IOV Labs & Coinsilium Group)

Nicolas Weber (Amazing Blocks)

Nikolay Shkilev (ZELWIN)

Tomer Bariach (GoodDollar)

4 PM - 5 PM (CEST)

ON THE WAY TO CENTRAL BANK DIGITAL CURRENCIES - MONEY 2.0

Moderator: Gordon Einstein (CryptoLaw Partners)

Jonny Fry (TeamBlockchain Ltd)

Joshua Goodbody (Binance)

Massimo Buonomo (UN Alliance of Civilizations)

Yaliwe Soko (United Africa Blockchain Association)

 

D4A 2020 SPEAKERS

MORE THEN 50 SPEAKERS JOINING US!
DON'T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET AND LEARN FROM THEM

JORDI PUIGNERÓ I FERRER

Minister of Digital Policies and Public Administration of Catalonia

Jordi was a computer programmer /analyst at Deutsche Bank's IT department in Frankfurt from 1997 to 2000 and an information and communications technology consultant for IBM in Barcelona from 2000 to 2003. He was director-general of Telecommunications and the Information Society for the Generalitat de Catalunya from November 2013 to February 2016 when he was appointed Secretary of Telecommunications, Cybersecurity and Digital Society. Starting June 2018 Jordy holds the position of the Minister of Digital Policies and Public Administration.

JOAN CANADELL BRUGUERA

President of Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona

Joan is a founder and partner of Petrolis Independents , Co-founder of the Cercle Català de Negocis (CCN), "a small business organization independence", 21 of which he was secretary general from 2008 to 2013. He industrial organization engineer and holds a master's degree in marketing and commercial distribution from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He also studied at IESE Business School. In 2019 Joan won the elections to the Official Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona with an independence platform supported by the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and the CCN.

DANIEL MARCO

Director General for Innovation and Digital Economy, Government of Catalonia

Electronic Engineer from UPC and MBA from ESADE, Daniel is currently in charge of the Directorate General for Innovation and Digital Economy of the Government of Catalonia where he has held other responsibilities in the last thirteen years, such as director of Smart Catalonia, director of the Catalan Digital Agenda and the Head of Business Digitization and ICT industry promotion.

MASSIMO BUONOMO

Blockchain Global Expert, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

Massimo is Senior Expert and Advisor in fin-tech and blockchain in finance for several international organizations including United Nations agency Alliance of Civilization, United Nations Center for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT)-UNECE Italy, etc. His current focus is on Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) and blockchain solutions to address Covid 19 challenges.

RENATA BARROS

Judge, State Court of São Paulo;

Besides being a judge in São Paulo State Court Renata is also a blockchain researcher in Blockchain Research Institute of Brazil. Always curious about the legal impacts of technological evolution, she has focused her research and studies not only on regulatory aspects, but also on access to justice, privacy, conflict resolution, human rights and their interactions in a constantly changing world.

DOTUN ROMINIYI

Blockchain Architect, London Stock Exchange Group

Dotun is part of the blockchain division of the emerging technologies team at LSEG. He's responsible for co-steering adoption of blockchain and DLT across internal group businesses as well as the wider capital markets landscape through partnerships and external initiatives. He has a 13 year career history in video games and financial services (derivatives trading & quantitative market-making infrastructure & execution), with expertise that includes software engineering and architecture, product design and delivery, blockchain and DLT, high performance, real-time and scalable distributed systems.

YALIWE SOKO

Chairwoman, United Africa Blockchain Association

Passionate about education, technology and financial inclusion, Yaliwe ventured into crypto and blockchain technology upon discovering the difference it can bring to the world, and especially how it can help improve inefficiencies in Africa. Yaliwe was awarded top learner at Ethereum Devcon V in Osaka, Japan,  recognized as one of top 10 women in Blockchain in Africa and was nominated as one of the most influential women in Blockchain Globally.

NIKOLAY SHKILEV

Co-Founder and CEO, ZELWIN

Rated Top 3 in People of Blockchain.

Serial entrepreneur. A businessman with 20 years of experience of owning different types of businesses, ranging from Ecommerce, FMCG, medicine and logistics to IT technologies. In parallel, he work as a mentor, advisor to help dozens of projects worldwide.

Nikolay has many awards and titles in business:

- Self-Made Russia award
- Best advisor award
- Super TOP award (Business FM)

His Holding BaltShelf.com received the "Enterprise of the Year" award in the Kremlin.

ALY MADHAVJI

Managing Partner, Blockchain Founders Fund

Aly is the Managing Partner at Blockchain Founders Fund which invests in and venture builds top-tier startups. He consults organizations such as United Nations on emerging technologies and solutions to help alleviate poverty. He is a Senior Blockchain Fellow at INSEAD and was recognized as a “Blockchain 100” Global Leader by Lattice80. Aly is an internationally acclaimed author, publishing three books and a monthly columnist for the leading blockchain magazine. He has also served on various advisory boards including the University of Toronto’s Governing Council, which manages a $2.5B budget.

ANDREW RIPPON

Governance Architect Consultant, European Commission

Andrew is a 20 year veteran of digital transformation and the founder, principal consultant of Thrupny. Currently consulting the European Commission as Governance Architect on the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure. Led by Andrew Thrupny  has recently delivered a token management DeFi system for two European clients and is launching a platform as a service offering for KYC and Electronic Voting.  Andrew has also been on the board of successful blockchain projects such as Ubex, which is delivering AI technology innovation in advertising. In the recent past, Andrew  consulted multiple digital transformation projects in government citizen services, tokenization and digital transformation in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Riyadh.

GORDON EINSTEIN

Founding Partner, CryptoLaw Partners

Gordon Einstein is a hybrid Crypto-Attorney, Technologist, and Enterprise Strategist. Gordon received his undergraduate degree in Politics in 1991 from Brandeis University in Boston and then received his JD in 1995 from the USC Gould School of Law in Los Angeles. 
Initially Gordon's law practice centered on startup, venture capital, investment banking, regulatory compliance, intellectual property and general business law. As an avid computer and programming hobbyist, in 2012 Gordon was intrigued by Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and the related technologies. By 2014, he was providing legal services to several individuals and companies operating in this space. And by 2016 the majority of Gordon’s law practice involved working with crypto, blockchain and FinTech startups and funds, including as Chief Legal Officer of Distributed Lab. The practice was formalized as CryptoLaw Partners in 2017.

MUHAMMAD SALMAN ANJUM

Managing Director, MedsLOCK Suite & Avantas

Top 100 Blockchain Leader in World of 2019, Salman is Lead of “MedsLOCK Suite” a digital transformation solution for countering COVID-19 outbreak by aiding government authorities, healthcare officials and law enforcement agencies.  He also leds Avantas Accelerator Program under Bin Zayed Group which is currently co-creating a technology enabled future with United Nation body and government entities in several countries.  Muhammad has been featured as success story in “Soul Beats @ UAE” the book published by Dubai Government.

GRIFF GREEN

Community Manager, TheDAO

Griff holds a masters degree in Digital Currency and has been a well respected leader within the Ethereum community since 2015. He is currently focused on building economic solutions for funding public goods with the Commons Stack.  As community manager for Slock.it and TheDAO, he led every angle of the crisis response effort following TheDAO Hack. He co-founded the White Hat Group, which secured the at-risk funds (10% of the total supply of ETH) during TheDAO hack and rescued $210 million dollars worth of crypto assets following the Parity Multisig Hack one year later. He  is currently advising DAppNode, iden3, ETHSignals, brightID and many other groups within the Ethereum Community.

CLAUDIO CHIFA

Founder, DLTCode
Chief Security Envoy, Telefónica ElevenPaths

Founder of DLTCode, co-founder and responsible for relations with the European union of the ASPERTIC lobby, lobbyist in the Catalan parliament and Chief Security Envoy of Telefónica ElevenPaths. Legal interception expert, instructor in various cyber & forensic master programs and author of talks and presentations in different public forums such as Cybercamp, UbuCon Europe, Barcelona Blockchain Week, European Legal Tech Congress, ISACA High Level Conference on Assurance, FEINDEF - International Defense and Security Fair , CyberPyme Day and many others. Dedicated on a daily basis to Incident response, DFIR, Cybersecurity missions in both their technical and organizational dimensions, Blockchain and Innovation with a focus on creating new tools, processes and solutions.

STEWART ROGERS

Managing Editor, Grit Daily
Cofounder,  Badass Empire

Stewart is best known for his speeches and work on mental health in the tech industry. He helps to shine a light on a serious issue and provides those that need it with the help and support required to stay alive and at their best. Other than his mental health keynote - which he delivers to audiences across the globe - every speech he gives is new and unique. A former analyst for VentureBeat, Stewart uses the latest research and data to explain what is happening both now and next.
As the Senior Editor at Grit Daily, he checks the pulse of marketing technology, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, and blockchain technologies, as well as the video game industry and the future of daily life. And he is co-founder of Badass Empire, which helps digital professionals become badass at business, marketing, and in life

MARCO ANIBALLI

Managing Director, Block Blox Strategic SEZC

Marco is an itinerant Product and Program oriented Technologist. He has spend the last 30 years applying current and nascent technologies in creative ways to achieve commercial value across many sectors and geographies. As an early adopter of Agile Frameworks, Marco is highly focussed on execution excellence. 
In the last 5 years, Marco has been working with several blockchain projects/platforms including Ethereum, NEO, Cardano, and Casper. He has worked directly with IOHK and Casper Labs and is currently an active member of the DevDAO

SILLE SEPP

Community Lead, MyData Global

Sille is the Community Lead at MyData Global, an international non-profit aiming to empower individuals by improving their right to self-determination regarding their personal data. With a background in Urban Governance and Sociology, she is especially interested in the possibilities for using data and technology to develop more sustainable, trustworthy and prosperous (smart) cities for all. She has been working as a training facilitator for various programs, and for the recent 3y, the main coordinator for the 25+ MyData local hubs. She is also a project manager for the School of Data Estonia.

DMITRY LAVRENOV

Blockchain Architect and Cryptographer, Coherent Solutions

Dmitry is a blockchain expert at Coherent Solutions, a custom software company that specializes in providing consulting and outsourcing IT services for small and mid-sized US businesses. With profound expertise in blockchain and cryptography, he is responsible for developing and adopting blockchain-based solutions in a vast number of industries. Dmitry also investigates and invents new approaches and solutions to solve problems like data control, data privacy, and secure storage. He is an author of many articles in these fields, including in-depth research papers for his Hyperledger blog.

ALEX PUIG

CTO, Caelum Labs

Alex is a software R&D engineer and tech entrepreneur. Due to his interest in cryptocurrencies, he founded Digital Currency Summit, a conference aiming to debate about the economic impact of blockchain and decentralized technologies in our society.

He also founded Alastria Blockchain Ecosystem, the first National Wide semi-public blockchain Platform.

Currently Alex is leading the Technical Team at Caelum Labs, a Digital Identity Startup and development firm based in Barcelona.


FRANCISCO SARRIAS

Senior Engineer, Jelurida Swiss

Francisco is senior engineer at Jelurida Swiss SA, and partner at different companies like Marina System Iberica and Marina Tel and Data. He also launched in 2009 e-Diciones KOLAB, one of the first e-book publishers in Spanish language.
Francisco holds an MsC. in Telecom Engineering and he is now teaches about Blockchain technologies for the Master’s degree. He is an active member of non-profit organizations like the ACET (Catalan Association of Telecom Engineers) and the PIANC Recreational Navigation Commission (World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure). He is member of the board on both of them.

WULF KAAL, PHD

Founding member, DevDAO 
Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law

Wulf Kaal is a Ph.D. trained economist and law professor. After working in various business and legal positions in Asia and Europe, Wulf started his career in the US working at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City in syndicated banking before transitioning to Goldman Sachs in London where he was in the securities division working with FX products and ICE contracts on oil and gas futures and options. As an academic, Wulf has authored over 100 articles and several books – mostly focused on digital assets. As a consultant, Wulf has advised several of the top 10 cryptocurrency projects, leading digital asset exchanges, central banks, as well as Asian and middle eastern conglomerates, among many others. Wulf is regularly retained as an expert witness in arbitration and federal cases involving digital assets. Wulf is a member of the board of the directors of the Emerging Technology Association in Zug, Switzerland, and a founding member of the DevDAO, a decentralized autonomous organization that is focused on the development of decentralized technology infrastructure products.

JAMES HAFT

CEO & Founder, PALcapital

James has been at the forefront of the global emerging markets Merchant Banking,  Investment banking and venture capital industries for over 30 years, focusing on product-market fit, business development and liquidity strategies for early-stage disruptors and investors.
He has been an advisor to over 100 venture-backed and blockchain-based entities and is the founder of PALcapital (an advisory and VC firm focussed on distributed ledger technologies that are the vanguard of the decentralized economy) and StartupHubNYC; and co-founder of CryptoOracle, CryptoMondays, ClimateCoin, NXTPLabs and Condo.com. Previously, James was MD of Asian Investment Banking in Hong Kong for Bear Stearns, where he was responsible for the first listing of a Chinese company on the NYSE.

ALBERT CASTELLANA

Founder & CEO, StakeHound SA
CPO, RadixDLT

Albert Castellana has a masters degree in  Computer Science by UPC-Barcelonatech. He started his career by building algorithmic trading systems and soon thereafter starting his own startups, specially around finance and marketing. In 2013 he discovered distributed ledger technology and eventually starteds exploring the usage of Ethereum to build some his projects.  He is a founding member of the Catalan Chamber of Digital Commerce and the NEM.io Foundation as well as the CEO at StakeHound - a tokenized staking platform that aims to bring Decentralized Finance and Staking together - and the CPO at RadixDLT - a highly scalabe dlt specifically built to serve DeFi.

JONNY FRY

Co-founder & CEO, TeamBlockchain Ltd
Non-Executive Chairman, Gemini Investment Management Ltd

Jonny Fry, co-founder and CEO of TeamBlockchain Ltd, is a Blockchain, Digital Assets and funds specialist. He founded, and was the CEO for over 20 years, of Premier Asset Management Plc which he floated on the London Stock Exchange. He has considerable experience of open and closed-ended funds and structured products as well as well as considerable knowledge and experience of the financial services sector. His recent focus has been on the dynamics of financial innovation, advising organisations on how Blockchain and Digital Assets are being used in the commercial world. He is also a regular speaker on these topics in the UK and overseas. He works closely with a number of professional firms, such as accountants and lawyers, advising their client’s on corporate strategy and adoption of Blockchain technology.

RUDOLF VAN EE

Founder, Blockchain Netherlands (BCNL Foundation)

Rudolf is an entrepreneur in technology and talent solutions, with a focus on blockchain, crypto, DLT and other innovative technologies. He is the founder of BCNL Foundation which is the community for blockchain, DLT and crypto related startups/scale-ups in the Netherlands. Via various initiatives, he raises awareness, builds meaningful relationships and networks, delivers solutions and facilitates collaboration in the Netherlands blockchain ecosystem.

RAN MELAMED

Head of Business Development, Orbs

Ran is Head of Business Development at Orbs, based in Singapore and leading the company’s global business operations. He has a strong background in finance, business development and establishing partnerships with both local and global brands for over 15 years in the Israeli High-Tech Industry. He is the Founder & former CEO of Tingz.me, a technology startup. Ran is also experienced in M&A and Venture Capital and was an investment team member at Viola Growth capital fund.
Ran holds a BSc in Physics and an MA in Economics from Tel Aviv University and is a veteran of an elite section of the IDF 8200 unit.

MATTHEW VAN NIEKERK

CEO, SettleMint

Matthew entered the blockchain space in 2014 while working on capital markets applications at KBC Securities. Under his guidance, KBC Securities was the first European bank to launch a publicly available, blockchain based application. In 2016, Matthew co-founded SettleMint and is the CEO of the company. SettleMint is a leading Blockchain Platform as a Service (BPaaS) company which abstracts away the complexities of blockchain and DLT so that every developer can become a blockchain developer instantly. Matthew has led the growth of the company bringing on a several channel partners and expanding the footprint of SettleMint beyond its home base in Europe to MEA (Dubai), India (Delhi) and APAC (Singapore).

JOSHUA GOODBODY

Director of European and Latin American Growth and Institutional Business, Binance

Josh serves as Director of European and Latin American Growth and Institutional Business at Binance, where he leads regional growth and develops Binance’s institutional markets in these regions. Prior to joining Binance, he was Head of Europe and the Americas at Huobi where he helped establish its Global Institutional Business department, and introduced its products and services to a global audience. He also served as Global General Counsel where he led their legal and regulatory efforts, successfully creating regulated businesses in new jurisdictions. Josh brings an experienced background as a financial markets lawyer, providing counsel to financial institutions including J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse and State Street.

QUINCY DAGELET

CEO, Boostchain

Quincy is the CEO and a Co-Founder of Boostchain, an innovative company that reinvents the advertising industry with their mobile-first solution to directly reward consumers for selective advertising. Prior to that Quincy was known as a public speaker and was the original founder of Stagemarkt, the largest and most successful internship application based in the Netherlands.

VINCENT BULTOT

Blockchain Client Solutions Manager, SettleMint

Vincent’s career spans over 20 years in Telecom & ICT. He provides
consultancy services in multiple professional domains (presales,
solutions architecture, product development and innovation) with
expertise in Digital Communications, Wired and Wireless
Communication Systems and Security, Internet of Things (IoT) and
Blockchain. Vincent obtained his Master Degree in Industrial
Engineering from Léonard de Vinci school in Brussels, Belgium.

PETR STRANSKY

CEO & Founder, iCEIBA

Petr is a business leader and strategist, building, growing & advising Tech companies for over 20+ years across several sectors including IT research, Business intelligence, Enterprise software, Digital payments, Digital media, Consumer electronics. He has led large digital innovation projects in the corporate sector, partnering with technology vendors like IBM, Siemens, SAS Institute, SAP, Dell, and the last five years, translating these experiences into the Start-Up ecosystems. Currently Petr is building iCEIBA – Claim recovery platform financing rightful claims and litigation leveraging Blockchain and AI.

LUIS VAELLO

Director of Operations in Spain, Binance

Luis develops and leads Binance’s presence and local growth in Spain. Luis has extensive business management experience in the blockchain and fintech sector and within the fintech industry. Before joining Binance, Luis was vice president of the Valencian association of Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies, Avalbit, where he led advocacy efforts for cryptocurrencies and blockchain services for Spain, attracting enthusiasts and businesses. In his most recent experience, he served as Chief Operation Office for Bitnovo, a local Spanish exchange, managing the company's operations including KYC and AML processes necessary to operate compliantly and securely. Luis also led the operations and successful launch of regulated electronic money businesses in new jurisdictions including Bitsa.

LEE UCHEOMA OHAERI

CEO, Coin News Extra

Lee is a university graduate with lots of experience in Blockchain, cryptocurrency, Agriculture and entrepreneurship. Currently the CEO of the fastest growing Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Fintech media platform headquartered in Nigeria West Africa. Host and moderator of a weekly blockchain and Cryptocurrency virtual panel discussion, a program that brings industry leaders, regulators and innovators to discussing the way forward and challenges facing the space. He also educates organizations, governments and individuals on how to leverage emerging technology to create wealth and innovations.

NIKOLINE ARNS

Project Manager, Akasha Hub Barcelona

Nickoline Designs mentality always bringing it into other domains such as Governance models and User Experience in the broadest sense. At this moments she is Part of Akasha Hub Barcelona to build bridges and create meaningful conversations > #socent/DAOs ▲ UI & UX ■ Defi. She promotes co-working and constructing various cooperatives in Catalonia, mainly focused around education. She runs cross-cultural teams and inspires the kickoff of projects at Akasha Hub Barcelona. Her special interest  lies in building networks and value exchange systems from the most diverse human point of view.

ZENEL BATAGELJ

Co-founder & chief strategist, Datafund

Zenel has always worked with data - having founded one of the most influential market research companies in the Adriatic region. 

For the last couple of years, he has been involved in Datafund project whose aim is transforming data into assets for the emerging Fair data economy, based on Fair data society principles.  
With passion for decentralized technologies and extensive experience with consulting startups from the field, Zenel is well placed to give insights into the future of data.

VIIVI LÄHTEENOJA

Special advisor, data policy City of Helsinki

Viivi is a data enthusiast with multiple hats. She’s a special advisor for the City of Helsinki, a data policy fellow with the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a data ethics researcher at the University of Helsinki, and a senior advisor for MyData Global. With degrees from the universities of Cambridge and Helsinki, and experience from business, legal, technological, and philosophical approaches to data, she strives to approach issues of data from a holistic and systemic perspective. She is particularly passionate about using data in a human-centric way to make the world a better place for everyone.

RANEEM RASHID

Blockchain Consultant, Smart Chain

Raneem is an emerging technology enthusiast working as a Blockchain Consultant at Smart Chain based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She is also associated with Pearson Professional as Emerging Technology Course Instructor. She also collaborates with wiseHer platform as a blockchain expert and a community advocate at Chainlink. Raneem is a Certified Blockchain Solution Architect, IBM Blockchain and R3 Corda certified. She is involved in designing many blockchain solutions and decision making of platforms. She appeared on some media platforms and conferences globally for sharing insights on 4IR (Blockchain/AI/IoT/Big Data), career in blockchain, design thinking for blockchain and blockchain use cases around the world. She is an ambassador of women in tech initiative to bring more diversity and inclusion She is skilled in Project Management, Software Development, Content-writing for emerging tech courses and Public Speaking.

XAVI VIVES

Founder & CEO, Vocdoni

Xavi has developed his professional career in the intersection between software development and digital product design in social gaming startups in Silicon Valley and later Hong Kong. In the recent years his focus has been in projects that explore alternative models of identity and governance using decentralized technologies such as blockchain.
After the censorship received in Catalonia in 2017, and being aware of the disruptive potential of DLT and P2P technologies, he started the project that will become Vocdoni. Together with Pau Escrich they designed the first end to end verifiable voting system that is censorship resistant and does not require trust to guarantee its integrity. Vocdoni has grown into a complete governance platform, build on top of self sovereign identity and decentralized technologies that is currently being test with two dozen organizations.

ALEXANDER SURZHIN

Expert, Council of Europe

Private Legal Practice and Expertise

Alexander has been involved into various fields of international law and human rights for over 16 years including his experience in different sections of the European Court of Human Rights. His practice covers a wide range of legal issues including commercial disputes involving the state and private parties, various contractual disputes between private parties; criminal law and procedure issues. He represented his clients in cases concerning accusation in cyber hacking and money laundering by the authorities of different countries, particularly those of US, Germany, Spain and Cyprus. His practice also involves cases on data privacy issues (wiretapping and data leaking), extradition requests and Interpol Red Notices challenges. He also provides legal expertise on digital assets under Switzerland regulatory framework.

ANNA TUTOVA

 CEO, Coinstelegram

BizDev Manager, AllianceAPI

Anna is public speaker and CEO of Coinstelegram, a tech-consulting agency. Anna holds a degree of Master of international law. She is an expert in public relations and business development. Two years ago she shifted her focus from the entertainment industry to tech to help to develop startups. Additionally she made significant contribution to attracting investments for the Coinstelegram Fund. 
Furthermore Anna is Business development manager at IOT startup AllianceAPI. Additionally Anna is Experts Council member at G.World, first Arabic platform that focuses on alternative investments analysis in the MENA region for HNWI/VHNWI.

REUBEN YAP

Co-founder & Coo, Zcoin

Reuben is the Project Steward of Zcoin and has played a pivotal role in shaping Zcoin's strategy and vision. He joined the Zcoin team in October 2016 and currently handles the overall strategy and operational aspects of the project along with being its spokesperson. Reuben has been a vocal advocate of online and financial privacy since 2007.
Prior to joining Zcoin, he was a partner at a law firm, specializing in institutional frameworks.

RHETT OUDKERK POOL

CEO & Co-founder, Europechain

Rhett is a passionate entrepreneur in Cyber Security & Blockchain. He is always left of the chasm.
With this background he is one of the few people that can lead the panel.
Rhett founder Kahuna Managing Security (offices in Netherland, Belgium with a SOC in Spain), EOS Amsterdam Block Producer and Europechain a EOSIO sister chain focussing on providing Blockchain as a Service for Enterprises and Start ups, fully compliant to EU Regulations.

VASILISA MARINCHUK

Managing Director, Barcelona Blockchain Week & Democracy4All

Holding a Top-tier MBA Vasilisa is passionate about blockchain, as an essential tool to build trust, enhance financial and social inclusion and provide more exciting opportunities for sustainable innovation and growth. With more than 10 years of diverse operational and managing experience she got involved in the blockchain space back in 2016. Lately she focused on promoting blockchain technology and educating wider non-tech audiences about the features and capabilities of the technology. Thus as a managing director of Democracy4all Conference she is names diversity and inclusion her highest priorities. Vasilisa is a founding member and part of the executive team of Centre of Blockchain of Catalonia. She also advises and collaborates with blockchain start-ups. Vasilisa is an International Partner of World Business Angels Forum and member of Ethical Governance, Standards of Excellence and Quality Leadership Committee

JORDI BAYLINA

Tech Lead, iden3
Co-founder, White Hat Group

Jordi is one of the strongest Solidity developers in the world and a high impact contributor in the Ethereum community. He is a co-founder of the White Hat Group, which played a major role in rescuing funds from TheDAO and Parity Multisig Hacks, author of the MiniMe token contract and he ERC777 standard as well as numerous other established contracts in the Ethereum space. He's also the author or Circom and SnarkJS: two important open source libraries to develop applications based on zero knowledge proof. Well respected auditor, most notably leading teams to audit the MakerDAO Stable Coin system and Aragon project. Founder of Giveth: a decentralized donation platform, DappNode: A server for running Dapps in a decentralized infrastructure, Iden3: A Self Soverign Digital Identity protocol, and Hermez: a rollup on top of Ethereum for scaling payments.

EDDY TRAVIA

Regional Director Asia Pacific, IOV Labs
CEO at Coinsilium Group

Eddy Travia has been a pioneer investor in blockchain technology companies since 2013 and was recently appointed Director of IOV Labs Asia, a Singapore-based joint venture between IOV Labs and Coinsilium Group.
IOV Labs develops the most popular implementations of the RSK Smart Contract Network, RIF and Taringa's platforms. 
In July 2013, following 9 years as a private equity fund manager in Greater China, Eddy co-founded the world’s first global incubator of blockchain startups and, in May 2014, was named among the ‘Top 3 Most Influential Investors’ at the Blockchain Awards. Eddy is the co-founder and CEO of Coinsilium Group, a focused Blockchain, DeFi and Crypto Finance venture operator and the first ever IPO of a blockchain company in 2015 (AQSE:COIN).

ERWIN VAN KEKEM

CTO, Max Property Group

Erwin has been driving IT projects for over 25 years. Two years ago, Erwin joined Max Property Group (MPG) and has been driving the development of the Max Crowdfund platform since. Max Crowdfund is the first property backed lending platform using blockchain - digital ledger technology that is operating under exemption from the Financial Authorities in the Netherlands (AFM).

 MPG has launched their own MPG child chain using ARDOR - Blockchain-as-a-Service to register Loans funded via Max Crowdfund and also various Bonds and a Security Tokens issued by MPG. To obtain a license or exemption and also to comply with GDP, AML/KYC and Financial Regulations present particular challenges when using blockchain technology and Erwin is dealing with on a daily basis.

FRANK VAN DALEN

Partner, WordProof

Frank has a master's degree in computer science and is specialized in data-information systems. He comes from a corporate background and is experienced in human rights and inclusivity experiences, organizational culture, and policy-making processes in the political and public sector. In WordProof he's involved as an angel investor and in business development. For WordProof Frank also focuses on policy making by governmental authorities regarding the use of timestamps and blockchain in order to build a trusted web.

MARK SMARGON

CEO, Fuse

Mark is the CEO of Fuse.io startup that helps companies and entrepreneurs launch economies on mobile. Previously co-founded Colu, an early player in the blockchain space (Colored Coins protocol). Mark has over 15 years of experience with web technologies and is an expert in bitcoin and blockchain technology and working in it full time since 2013. Before Colu, Mark founded Bitgo.co.il, a Bitcoin broker and payments provider as well as Creatix, a leading E-commerce provider in the Israeli market

WEYNAND KUIJPERS

Co-founder, ThreeFold

Weynand is a rocket scientist that loves slingshotting new technologies into customer-centric orbits. He has been working with teams at the start of the internet in Europe and spent the millennium celebration in a datacenter. 
Social thinker that inspires people and organizations to do things different, aspire to their full potential, develop unique strengths, grow personal influence, liberate collective intelligence and achieve personal and business goals.

RICK SCHMITZ

CEO, LTO Network

In 2014 Rick had started with the journey that resulted in LTO Network. The first private permissionless blockchain in the world. LTO Network is a hybrid blockchain solution that connects to your existing systems to enable efficient collaboration on complex multi-stakeholder processes.
Rick is a serial entrepreneur and founded several companies. Before that he was working as M&A and Tax lawyer at leading consulting companies PWC and Deloitte.

NICOLAS WEBER

Business Development Lead, Amazing Blocks

Nicolas is a long term blockchain enthusiast, early stage crypto investor, freelance writer, philanthropist and entrepreneur who is currently working at Amazing Blocks AG. He joined the legally compliant tokenization startup prior to official foundation and his responsibilities include: Business Development, Sales and Project Leadership.  He previously worked for established companies such as Daimler AG, Dieffenbacher GmbH and Allianz Global Investors GmbH.

JAMILE HAMIDEH

Co-founder & CLO, Vinculum Growth

Jamile is a tech lawyer, writer and Certified Information Privacy Professional in Europe. She has been researching blockchain for the past five years, with a particular focus on the implications of this technology for society, especially with regards to access to justice and protection of vulnerable populations.
She is the Co-founder and Chief Legal Officer of Vinculum Growth, a blockchain consulting company. Jamile is also a Board Member and Community Manager of the Blockchain Forum Finland.

TOMER BARIACH

 Head of Product and Token Design, GoodDollar

Tomer specializes in developing crypto products and complex incentive structures (Token economics). Tomer is the Product Lead for GoodDollar.org, a social innovation initiative spun out of eToro.com that delivers global universal basic income to the world through leveraging decentralized finance protocols. Tomer is also the founder of Seedbed a token creation and management platform. Prior he served as a project manager at Bancor.
Tomer launched his first currency at 2014 “The Jerusalem Lira” and has been on the journey to reimagine money ever since.

QUIRZE SALOMO

President Centre Blockchain de Catalunya

Quirze is a serial entrepreneur starting from he was 18 years old he have build  enterprises and innovative business. His ventures were never limited to one industry. He founded Arcoiris-mcbride in household products, Nostrum in quick service Restaurants, Boira Digital in Software and Cryptofranchise in Blockchain. Now Quirze is the President of Centre Blockchain of Catalonia. The Blockchain has becmes a passion and the new frontier for his business.

LAIA BONET

Deputy Mayor, Barcelona City Council

Laia is a Deputy Mayor for Agenda 2030, Digital Transition, Sports, Territorial and
Metropolitan Coordination of Barcelona City Council. She graduated in law and was Professor of Administrative Law
(Pompeu Fabra University) and was also Professor of Communications Law (Blanquerna University). She was Secretary
of the Government of Catalonia from 2007 to 2010, and Member of the Catalan Parliament from 2010 to 2012, where
she was deputy spokesperson of the Socialist Group.

MARTA MADRENAS

Mayor, Girona

Marta has a degree in law from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and is a real estate agent, lawyer and teacher. As a teacher, she has been a university lecturer in Technical Architecture at the University of Girona (UdG), and has taught on the Higher Degree in Building Construction Management at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and on the Master’s Degree in Sustainability and Building Construction Management at the UdG. She has been Mayor of Girona since 18 March 2016. Currently and after the elections to the Parliament of Catalonia on December 21, 2017, she is a Member of the Catalan Parliament for JuntsxCatalunya.

JORDI FOZ

Secretary of Transparency and Open Government, Government of Catalonia

Jordi is licensed in Law and Graduated in advanced studies in Political Science, he was working for years as a lawyer specialized in administrative and urban law. Subsequently, he completed a Master in Public Management at the School of Public Administration of Catalonia and had been involved in different positions of public
management. Currently, he is the Secretary of Transparency and Open Government and coordinates the policies of Transparency, Open Data, Participation and impulse of public integrity. He is vice president of the Public Policy Advisory Committee of the Generalitat of Catalonia and member of the drafting committee of the Ethic Code of Public Service of Catalonia.

 

OUR FORMER SPEAKERS

Thank you for being with us!

JORDI PUIGNERO

Minister of Digital Polices of Catalonia

JOHN MCAFEE

Secret Guest

TOOMAS HENDRIK ILVES

Former President of Estonia

JOAN CANADELL

President of Barcelona Chamber of Commerce

DANIEL MARCO

General Director of Innovation & Digital Economy, Government of Catalonia

GORDON EINSTEIN

Founding Partner, CryptoLaw Partners

RENATA BARROS

Judge in State Court, São Paulo

ISMAEL PEÑA I LÓPEZ

General Director for Public Participation, Secretariat for Transparency & Open Government

EDILSON OSORIO

CEO, OriginalMy.org

LEONARDO GAMMAR

CEO and Founder of Agora

NACHO ALAMILLO

General Manager, Astrea

CLAUDIO CHIFA

Chief Security Envoy, ElevenPath

JORDI BAYLINA

Blockchain Developer & Tech Lead

NOLAN BAUERLE

Director of Research at Coindesk

ALBERT CASTELLANA

CPO, Radix DLT

ALEX TROUSH

CTO, Edenlab LLC

DUSHAN SPALEVICH

CEO & Founder, iBlock Capital

RODRIGO BORGES

General Manager, Sppyns

VALENTIN PREOBRAZHENSKIY

CEO & Founder, LATOKEN

DAISUKE SUZUKI

BD Manager, OKEX

MUHAMMAD SALMAN ANJUM

Managing Director, Avantas Tech Accelerator

VASILISA MARINCHUK

Managing Director, Barcelona Blockchain Week SL

MARINA KHAUSTOVA

CEO, Crystal Blockchain

HARTEJ 
SAWHNEY

CMBDO, Qredo

URSULA O'KUINGHTTONS

Regional Lead, ConsenSys

JOSEP M. GANYET

CEO, Mortensen SL

VICTOR FONT

CEO, Delta Partners Group

JOAN GASPART

Former President of FC Barcelona

ALEX SHKOR

CEO & Founder, DEIP

BELEN MARTIN

Corporate & EU Data Privacy Lawyer

ALEXANDER SURZHIN

Human Rights Lawyer

JOSEP JOVER PADRO

Owner, Estudis Juridics SL

HENNING DIEDRICH

Cloudant Core Database Programmer, IBM Analytics

QUINCY DAGELET

CEO, Boostchain

JEAN-PIERRE BEKOLO

Director & Producer

EMILY D.

Head of Global Community, Waves

 

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