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Prime Minister of Malta

Dr. Joseph Muscat

Dr Joseph Muscat took office as Prime Minister of Malta on 11 March 2013. He was born in Pietà on 22 January 1974. He received his formal education at the Government Primary School in St. Paul’s Bay, Stella Maris and St. Aloysius’ College. He graduated with Honours from the University of Malta in Public Policy and later as Master of European Studies. In 2007 he attained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Management Research from the University of Bristol (UK). From 1992-1997 he was a journalist and eventually Assistant Head of news with a national private radio station.

He was elected member to the National Executive of the Partit Laburista at the age of 21 and later nominated as Education Secretary of the Party. From 1997 to 1998 he was a member of the National Commission for Fiscal Morality. Dr. Muscat was also a market intelligence manager and investment adviser. He successfully contested the first European Parliamentary elections in Malta in 2004. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Person of the Year. In 2008 he was elected as the Leader of the Partit Laburista. Dr Muscat is married to Michelle, née Tanti, and they have twin daughters, Etoile Ella and Soleil Sophie.

Parliamentary Secretary @ Government of Malta

Hon. Silvio Schembri

Silvio Schembri is an elected Maltese politician and academic currently serving as a Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy & Innovation within the Maltese Government. Hon Mr. Schembri was born in Luqa, the second child among four siblings. His father John Schembri has occupied the office of Mayor of Luqa since 2001.

Silvio is an experienced lecturer in Economics with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. He is skilled in political communications, negotiations, sustainable development, political science, and analytical skills. He has a Master of Arts and a Bachelors Degree of Honours focused in Economics from the University of Malta.

Member of the European Parliament, Vice-President of the S&D Group

Dr Miriam Dalli, MEP

Dr Miriam Dalli is the only MEP in the Politico 28 Class of 2019. She has been identified as a “doer” and an “eco-warrior” thanks to her work on the legislation setting new CO2 emission standards for cars and vans. She was identified as one of the most influential MEPs in the European Parliament for the mandate 2014-2019 by Politico and Votewatch. During this term, she served as Coordinator in the ENVI Committee for the Socialists and Democrats. Described as a “master for building progressive alliances” the Maltese MEP returned to Parliament with one of the highest votes ever registered in the Maltese Islands.

CEO @ OKCoin

Tim Byun

With decades of experience in Risk and Compliance, Tim Byun presently serves as CEO of OKCoin, one of the world’s leading fiat-focused digital asset exchanges with service in 184 countries. Tim served as BitPay’s Chief Compliance Officer for two years and Visa’s AML Officer for five years. Tim started his career as a field bank examiner at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and then worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for a total of 16 years. He holds an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles and a Bachelor’s from the University of Southern California.

Founder & CEO @ Binance

Changpeng Zhao

 

Entrepreneur and Fintech Expert

Dr Abdalla Kablan

 

CEO @ WYZER

Daniel Grech

Daniel is a seasoned academic and professional specializing in Artificial Intelligence and Fintech. He holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Malta and a Masters of Science in Statistics from the University of Sheffield.

 

He has been active in the startup scene both locally and internationally for over five years having held a number of different technical and non-technical roles across various sectors. He is very passionate about disruptive startups, all forms of automation and decentralized technologies and has been an active part of the discussion regarding the regulation of crypto-related projects in Malta.

 

Managing Partner @ GTG Advocates, Afilexion Alliance & Caledo Group

Dr Ian Gauci

Dr Ian Gauci is the Managing Partner at GTG Advocates, Afilexion Alliance and Caledo Group. He is engaged primarily in technology law, fintech, regtech, electronic communications, information society, data protection and gaming/gambling, while also focusing on consumer law, competition law, broadcasting law, cyber law, e-commerce, m-commerce, e-health, e-payment, information technology, unfair commercial practices and misleading advertising. Dr Gauci also provides consultancy on legal matters related to blockchain technology, smart contracts, crypto-currencies and ICO/ITO. He has assisted the Maltese Government amongst others on issues dealing with E-Trust certification, the Malta Communications Authority (MCA) on its E-commerce strategy as well as the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). He was one of the strategic advisors appointed by Government on the National Blockchain Strategy Taskforce. Dr Gauci is an advisor to the Malta Digital Innovation Authority as well as the Malta Financial Services Authority. He has co-authored the Maltese Electronic Communications Framework and lectures Legal Futures and Technology at the University of Malta. He is also a co-founder and Secretary of the Malta Blockchain Association. 

CEO & CO FOUNDER @ NEO

Da Hongfei

As far as the blockchain technology industry in China is concerned, Da Hongfei is a noted luminary. He has been responsible for the first few blockchain companies based in China. Such is his pedigree in the Chinese blockchain and cryptocurrency space that government officials reportedly contacted him prior to issuing the September ICO and cryptocurrency exchange platform bans. He is a pioneer of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency applications in Asia.

CEO & CO FOUNDER @ MUCKR.AI

Sosan Oh

Susan Oh is a civic technologist in AI and blockchain integration towards scalable solutions for social good. She is co-founder and CEO of Muckr.AI, which uses machine learning to measure the trustworthiness of content based on source behaviour. She is a governing member of Blockchain For Impact, a non-profit in partnership with the UN GA, and a member of the Global Sustainability Network, a Vatican and Church of England joint initiative to end human trafficking. She is the recipient of the Quantum Impact Award #DecadeOfWomen in partnership with the UN GA as one of Top Ten Frontier Women in Digital and speaks around the world on the role of AI and blockchain in serving the UN’s sustainable development goals.

FOUNDING PARTNER @ SPACEFUND

Rick Tumlinson

Rick Tumlinson has been called one of the world’s top space “visionaries” and is credited with helping create the commercial space industry, often referred to as: NewSpace. He is a founding partner of SpaceFund, a new type of investment firm at the intersection of digital financial technologies and space development. A leading writer, speaker and Congressional witness, he led the commercial takeover of the Russian Mir space station, signed the first space tourist, co-founded the Space Frontier Foundation, and was a founding board member of the X-Prize. Rick also founded Deep Space Industries – an asteroid mining company. As a result of his world-changing work, in 2015 he won the World Technology Award. Currently, his non-profit organization, New Worlds Institute, is developing the people and technology to settle the frontier.

CEO & Co-Founder of Crypto.com

Kris Marszalek

 

FOUNDER & CEO @ deVere Group

Nigel Green

Establishing the firm in 2002, Nigel Green is the founder and the driver of deVere. Mr Green’s insightful perception of the contemporary world was the key element that led him to create a niche for people who lived an international lifestyle, by creating a firm with a worldwide approach to conducting business.
With over 50 offices around the world, the deVere Group has a substantial global presence to be accessible to its international clientele. Despite the grandeur of the firm, the deVere operates on one cohesive note, as Nigel Green is very much active in every aspect of the business, instilling his vision onto employees.

Chairman @ Malta Stock Exchange

Joseph Portelli

Joseph Portelli has over 33 years’ experience employed in various capacities within the financial industry in the U.S and in Malta. He has vast experience as a portfolio manager, currency and commodity trader and has been employed with Bank of America, Nomura Securities, Goldman Sachs, Millburn Ridgefield, Global Capital, and Liongate Capital Management. He was also chief investment officer and managing director of FMG Funds, an emerging markets specialist. He is currently Chairman of the Malta Stock Exchange and Malta Stock Exchange Institute. Joseph founded the Institute of Investment Analysis and was a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta.

Global Head of Fintech @ Devere Group

Dimitris Litsikakis

Dimitris Litsikakis holds a BSc in Information Technology from Piraeus University and a MSc in Project Management from Lancaster University. He worked at IBM UK as a Project Manager delivering large scale IT projects. He then joined Edenred Greece as Digital Transformation Manager where he led the entire digitalization of the company’s solution offering, issuing hundreds of thousands of prepaid cards to beneficiaries. In 2018 he was appointed Country Manager Greece, Cyprus & Malta for Revolut the fastest growing FinTech in Europe with a $1.7B valuation, delivering 400% client growth. He’s now spearheading the digital transformation of deVere Group, a financial consultancy with global presence, delivering cutting edge FinTech solutions. Since 2014, he also acts as Athens Chapter Director for Startup Grind, the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting entrepreneurs.

 

CEO @ WOM PROTOCOL

Melanie Mohr

Melanie Mohr is a Berlin-based entrepreneur with 20 years’ experience in media, marketing and mobile tech. In 2016 she founded YEAY – the leading community for Generation Z to share honest recommendation videos with one another about the lifestyle products they love. In 2018 she became the founder and CEO of the WOM Protocol, the blockchain project helping brands tap into peer-to-peer recommendations and digital publishers monetize their platforms in a user-friendly way through word-of-mouth content.

COO @ Malta Business Registry

Kenneth Brincat

Kenneth Brincat is the Chief Operations Officer at the Malta Business Registry. In his role, Kenneth is responsible to oversee the Agency’s ongoing operations and procedures.
Kenneth maintains control of diverse business operations, so he delivers his functions as an experienced and efficient leader. Kenneth practices excellent people skills, business acumen and exemplary work ethics. As an HR specialist, he focuses on maintaining an employee-oriented, high-performance culture which emphasises quality, productivity, and goal attainment including the ongoing training and development of the Agency’s employees.
Kenneth Brincat holds a Master of Science Degree in Human Resources and Training from the University of Leicester.

CEO & CO FOUNDER @ PRIVATE BUSINESS CLUB

Nikolay Shkilev

Nikolay Shkilev, PhD, Private Business Club, CEO & Founder, Rated Top 3 in People of Blockchain.

Serial entrepreneur. The businessperson with 20 years of experience of owning different types of businesses, ranging from FMCG, medicine and logistics to IT technologies. In parallel, he works as a mentor, advisor to help tens of projects worldwide.

Nikolay Shkilev, PhD has many awards and titles in the business:
– Self-Made Russia award
– Best advisor award
– Super TOP award
His Holding received “Enterprise of the Year” award in the Kremlin.

Private Business Club offers investment ideas beyond classic wealth management:
– Global networking (Russia, EU, Asia, Mena etc.)
– Best IT & Blockchain projects
– Advisory & Mentoring
– Investments with a faster exit strategy
– Projects with the highest ROI directly from owners.

CEO W-Foundation & CBO of Actwo Technologies @ Peer

Youree Lee

A philanthropist and an entrepreneur, Dr. Lee is the Co-Founder and CEO at W-Foundation, CBO at Actwo Technologies of Peer, and an Adjunct Professor at Hanyang University School of Business. W-Foundation is an international non-profit organization and one of the most active nonprofits accredited by the Korean government.

Peer (peer.com) is a blockchain group composed of financial services (GDAC.com), blockchain fintech (Actwo Technologies), media (Blockinpress.com), industry hub (Upground.com), technology lab (Actwo Lab), research centre (Finector.com), POS/validator (Hashtower.com), global forum (Deconomy.com).

Recognized as a pioneer in bringing blockchain to social finance, Dr.Lee led the launch of the blockchain currency W Green Pay (WGP) for ‘HOOXI’, a global nature conservation campaign organized by W-Foundation and its public and private sector partners including the United Nations, UNFCCC.

Dr. Lee has extensive investment and corporate banking experience at Macquarie and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, covering infrastructure and renewable energy project financing and relationship management.

She received her Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in International Business from Ewha Womans University and teaches business, strategy and finance at Ewha Womans University and Hanyang University.

 

MANAGING PARTNER @ SPACEFUND

Maegan Crawford

Meagan is a NewSpace industry pioneer with a focus on the business of space. A strong believer in the power of free enterprise as the driving force that will lift humanity permanently off-world, Meagan is dedicated to several projects focused on building a sustainable, profitable, successful space industry. She is managing partner of SpaceFund, a venture capital firm investing in space startups, a co-founder of Brand Delta-V, the NewSpace marketing company, and a co-founder of Eden Grow Systems, a farming 2.0 technology company.
In 2009, Meagan began running the NewSpace Business Plan Competition, a program focused on educating both entrepreneurs, investors and catalyzing deal flow. As a manager, coach, and judge for the last decade, she has read over 1,000 space business executive summaries, has coached hundreds of selected teams, and helped award cash prizes to dozens of NewSpace startups.
Meagan is also dedicated to several charity projects that are working to open the frontier. She is a co-founder of the non-profit Center for Space Commerce and Finance and is a member of the board of directors of the Space Frontier Foundation, the Earthlight Foundation, and Mars Initiative. She holds an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Rice University.

Serial Entrepreneur

Marc P. Bernegger

Marc P. Bernegger is a web entrepreneur and Fintech-Investor. He co-founded the party-plattform usgang.ch in his twenties and sold it later to Axel Springer Media. He is co-founder of amiando, a ticketing-plattform, which was bought by Xing and has been awarded by WEF as a “Global Technology Pioneer”. Marc has been active as a fintech investor since 2010. He is on the advisory board of FinLeap, co-founder of Finance 2.0 and he is a Board Member of Falcon Private Bank, Crypto Finance Group, Crypto Finance Conference and Greater Zurich Area. Marc bought his first bitcoins in 2012 and is fascinated by the opportunities this new asset class has to offer.

FOUNDER & CEO @ BLOCKCHAIN CUBED

Irina Litchfield

Irina S. Litchfield is the Founder/CEO at BlockchainCubed, a boutique consulting firm. She is an advisor at Space Fund, ProChain Capital and founding advisor at ABE, global securities exchange. An entrepreneur at heart, she founded her first company in her early 20’s, in the gaming industry. Early to the blockchain space, she also co-founded a high-frequency bitcoin exchange in 2013 and later helped build an online bank. Passionate about innovation, community leadership and bettering, Irina often speaks as a subject matter expert. She is a columnist at CoinRivet and contributor at BloxLive TV. 

CEO and co-founder of Chainstack

Dr Laurent Dedenis

Dr Laurent Dedenis is the CEO and co-founder of Chainstack. He has more than 20 years of global experience managing teams and technology companies such as Microsoft Dynamics and Acumatica, both at start-up and growth stages in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific. He was until recently the Chief Growth Officer of Acronis, a large B2B data protection software company. Laurent has marketed blockchain based solutions since 2016. Engaging with dozens of pioneering enterprises exploring decentralized technologies has placed Laurent at a vantage point. He has an in-depth understanding of the technical and business challenges inherent in blockchain adoption and the significant business value it offers. Laurent believes that simplifying blockchain adoption is key to unlocking its true potential for enterprises. Laurent holds a PhD in International Business Administration from the International University of America in San Francisco and a Master’s Degree in Economics and Management from the University of Paris XI, France. He currently resides in Singapore, where Chainstack is based.

FOUNDER @ DATADASH

Nicholas Merten

Nicholas Merten is the founder of DataDash, the largest cryptocurrency YouTube channel with over 315,000 subscribers. Being an international speaker, thought-leader, and crypto analyst in the space, he’s utilized his over seven years of experience in traditional markets to understand the potential of cryptocurrencies. As a sceptic of modern finance, he’s not only built an impressive set of knowledge on global markets, but he’s also currently leading a self-funded effort, known as Project Genesis, which aims to fix many of the key issues of the financial world and bring cryptocurrencies into the mainstream.

FOUNDER & MANAGING CONSULTANT @ ASCEND CONSULTING

Anamaria Magri Pantea

Anamaria has over 18 years of experience in innovation management, entrepreneurship and business development initiatives, projects structuring and funding sourcing, their management, monitoring or evaluation, in both private and public, as well as Public-Private-Partnerships contexts.

 

She also has extensive expertise in EU affairs, EU and public funding and financing. Anamaria has been working with the European Commission as staff member of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, as Malta National Contact Point and Management Committee representative for the EU’s Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme for SMEs (including the ICT Policy Support Programme), as well as an independent evaluator and reviewer on a number of EU and national funding programmes across Europe.

 

Anamaria also provides consultancy on RDI exploitation strategy, management and business development to various organisations and companies across Europe. She does this both on an independent basis and as a selected expert service provider in the framework of a number of EU initiatives for start-up and/or scale-up support.

 

In all these roles, she has been working extensively with/in the ICT sector.

 

By profession, Anamaria is an economist with specialisation in finance and an MBA alumni of the Edinburgh Business School.

Director of Securities & Market Supervision @ MFSA

Dr. Christopher P. Buttigieg

 

Chairman and Founder @ BITMONEX

Unenburen Ulziiburen

Unenburen is a young entrepreneur in the Blockchain Industry, travelling and meeting with international project leaders, to help them broaden their reach. He is the Chairman and founder of the Cryptocurrency exchange Bitmonex, an official partner exchange of Bittrex. He also serves as the CEO of three companies that operate in the fields of international trade, real estate and technology and working as global advisors for 2 South Korean projects. He was named by the Forbes Mongolia on their ’30 Under 30’ list of the most influential change-makers in the country.

His goal is to become the leading blockchain and cryptocurrency service provider.

Professor, Director at the Institute For the Future, University of Nicosia

Prof. Soulla Louca

Prof. Soulla Louca has been nominated by LATTICE80 in partnership with Miss Kaya as one of the top 100 women in Fintech for 2019. She is one of the first academics to get involved in blockchain technologies (2014) when she assumed the responsibility of the Blockchain Initiative at the University of Nicosia. The Blockchain Initiative (renamed later to Institute For the Future) has designed and developed the first MSc worldwide in Digital Currency and the technology for publishing academic certificates on the blockchain (http://block.co/). She has been active in organizing tech events including the Decentralized series (www.decentralized.com ) as well as research. For seven years, she headed the Domain Committee for ICT for the European program COST (www.cost.eu ) for the 36 Member States of COST. Main duties were the evaluation and monitoring of the ICT Actions, which bring together more than 3000 researchers in areas like e-Society, Information Security, Networks, Nanotechnologies, etc. Furthermore, she was responsible for identifying trends, boosting pioneering research activities and help define strategies in science and technology through the organization and participation of strategic initiatives for promoting the ICT policy in Europe and beyond for the betterment and new digital experiences of European citizens. Even though her research interests for many years focused on information society (socio-economic aspects of ICT, e-learning, social integration and digital divide), due to her COST activities she had the opportunity to disperse her knowledge and work over a wide range of subjects such as personalized medicine, women in ICT, and open access. Her mandate ended successfully in September 2014. She is a professor in the newly founded Department of Digital Innovation as well as a Director at the Institute for the Future at the University of Nicosia.

Director @ Centre for DLTs, Senior Lecturer @ UoM, Chairman @ MDIA

Dr Joshua Ellul

Dr Joshua Ellul was appointed as the first Chairman of the Malta Digital Innovation Authority. He is also the Director of the Centre for Distributed Ledger Technologies at the University of Malta, which has launched a unique multi-disciplinary taught Masters in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies. His experience and roles with the Authority and University gives him a broad perspective of issues pertaining to the emerging technology landscape in Malta. Dr Ellul’s research interests include Blockchain, DLTs, Smart Contracts and Virtual Machines and their integration with the Internet of Things.

Senior Partner @ Chetcuti Cauchi

Dr Priscilla Mifsud Parker

Dr Priscilla Mifsud Parker is a private client lawyer heading the Corporate, Trusts & Fintech as well as the Families & Wealth practice within the firm. Through her extensive knowledge in the field of corporate, trusts and immigration law, she is able to provide advice on wealth structuring and wealth preservation strategies for UHNWI. She is also well-versed with the process of setting up corporate structures for individuals and successful families, providing the optimal structure suitable for businesses to protect high-value assets and reorganise complex structures. Having participated in various fora for Malta’s Fintech Legislative Framework, Dr Mifsud Parker is also able to advise clients wishing to venture into the Fintech Industry.

CEO & FOUNDER @ EAK DIGITAL

Erhan Korhaliller

EAK Digital is a leading tech PR agency that works with clients to help them achieve mass media coverage, brand recognition and visibility driven growth. Erhan was recently the main stage Host/MC at the Austria Blockchain Summit and is a regular Host/MC/Moderator at major blockchain conferences. Erhan is also the presenter of EAK TV, interviewing blockchain’s thought leaders, including exclusives with Changpeng Zhao of Binance, Charles Hoskinson of IOHK and Johnson Zhao of NEO.

CO FOUNDER @ ANGEL LABS

Tugce Ergul

Tugce Ergul is a co-founder at Angel Labs, the world’s first investor accelerator with a strong focus on diversity & inclusion. Before founding Angel Labs, she worked as a Managing Director at Startup Labs where she managed over 30 successful digital investments. AL operates in 45 countries and exists to supercharge investor communities and empower high-net-worth individuals, family offices & executives worldwide. Tugce started her career as an investment banker and was working at Young Turk Ventures, a leading Turkish VC fund, before joining Startup Labs. She received her undergraduate degree in Finance from Sorbonne University with honors and holds a master’s degree in International Management from Bocconi. Tugce is an active member of the European VC network and regularly speaks at events around the world regarding entrepreneurship, economic development and technology. She is fluent in English, French, Turkish, Azeri, Spanish, Italian and speaks some Portuguese. Tugce’s work has been featured in many publications such as USA Today, Forbes, and The Guardian.

PARTNER @ YELLAW LAW FIRM

Dr Céline Moille

Lawyer and partner at the international law firm Yellaw (www.yellaw.com), as well as PhD in private international law, Céline Moille is today at the head of her firm’s FinTech/Blockchain department and also at the head of the Legal Team of Bitlaw (www.bitlaw.io).
For many years, Céline has also been a lecturer at the University of Lyon.
Convinced that LegalTech is the best way to bring legal support to corporations, Céline was one of the founding members of DodoBank (www.dodobank.fr) in 2017.
Céline is well known for her knowledge of legal issues relating to blockchain.
She regularly participates in national and international conferences as a speaker, as well as contributing to the field of blockchain studies through publications and collaborations.

HEAD OF STRATEGY @ SENTINEL & POLYBIRD EXCHANGE

James McDowall

James is a pioneer in blockchain and works as a strategic advisor and consultant to several organisations in the industry. He is currently working on applying blockchain technology to several real-world industries including international commodity trade and trade finance (Comdex), cyber security (Sentinel) and blockchain for enterprise (Corpchain). James is currently focussed on the Cosmos / Tendermint ecosystem which offers profound interoperability and scalability solutions and will bring forth the next generation of blockchain technology

Expert for digital solutions @ Everis

Angeliki Dedopoulou

Angeliki Dedopoulou is an expert for digital solutions in public administrations at everis, an NTT Data company. Her focus is to analyse the uptake of new solutions and techniques for the digital labour market. She is international speaker and adviser to the European Commission for Digital Labour Market initiatives.

Chief Business Development Officer @ Stellar Talents

Vincenzo Belpiede

Vincenzo Belpiede is an entrepreneur currently focusing on talents and blockchain. Vince has been matching talents worldwide to tech companies, mainly in Silicon Valley, with www.stellartalents.com. Vince has been involved from early stages with www.domitai.com, a crypto exchange in Mexico which is increasingly getting adopted by merchants. Vince is also advising various SaaS and blockchain startups with strong focus on companies that are already making revenue. Vince has worked 7 years at Nokia and Microsoft and has lived in 9 countries (Finland, Germany, China, Mexico, Serbia, Hungary, Switzerland) including 8 years in California, both San Diego and San Francisco.

Head of Marketing Strategy @ FLETA

James Song

In 2018, James joined FLETA as the Head of Marketing Strategy. Technical innovations and its vision are what brought him to FLETA. James has contributed in various ways to expand FLETA’s global business since then. James organized many conferences for FLETA such as Malta Summit 2018 and Beyond Blocks Bangkok and gave a speech at Start Hack 2019. James focuses on implementing the global marketing strategy and expanding FLETA’s ecosystem globally.

Chairman @ RNS Solutions

Shakil Muhammad, PhD

Mr. Shakil is a blockchain researcher and founder of RNS Solutions. He attended Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) for MS and PhD. He has over 12 years of experience in Software Security with prominent positions as Dy. Director (Cyber Incident Response Team). He is a software architect and developer of 40+ projects including public and private blockchains, exchanges, wallets, Dapps, and infrastructure, etc. He is IEEE auditor, published 04 research papers in Journals and conferences, and has 08 cybersecurity certifications and currently working on interoperable blockchain.

CTO @ ProChain

Dr. Justin Litchfield

Justin Litchfield is a passionate entrepreneur with exceptional engineering skills. A PhD graduate of Stanford University, Justin has invested the past five years building products at the intersection of FinTech, blockchain, and the media while simultaneously geeking out about technology, health, and the pushing the limits of human performance. Currently, he is the CTO at ProChain Capital, where he is helping fund products and build best practices around token generation events to ensure that the capital raised today by Blockchain and DApp startups builds the best tomorrow possible.”

SVP Business Development @ Learning Machine

Natalie Smolenski

Natalie Smolenski is an anthropologist who leads business development for Learning Machine, a blockchain technology firm. As an author and public speaker, she focuses on the intersections of identity, technology, and government. By bringing a scientific perspective to distributed digital technologies and social transformation, she helps audiences from all backgrounds understand how individuals connect to form communities and build the infrastructures of the future.

Co-Founder and CEO @ BlockExpo GmbH

Daniel Lenikus

Daniel Lenikus is Co-Founder and CEO of BlockExpo GmbH.
He believes in the power and change that comes with emerging technologies. Understanding their impact is a fundamental necessity for humanity.
To support this process, he and his team organize large blockchain conferences and weekly tech meetups in Vienna, Austria.
He also has a background in finance and e-sports and is currently exploring the world of tokenization.

DIRECTOR @ CS FINTECH SERVICES AND CSA

Dr. Christopher Agius

Dr. Chris Agius leads the Legal and Fintech Department at CSA Group. He is currently sitting on the Board of Directors of CS Fintech Services Limited, which is one of few entities registered with the local regulator to provide VFA Agent services. His main area of expertise includes general commercial and corporate law, financial services, as well as anti-money laundering and funding of terrorism legislation. Having always been a keen believer in what blockchain technology has to offer, Chris had been following this industry for quite some time before seizing the opportunity to specialise within this sector and deciding to start advising clients active within this sphere. Chris has been monitoring all of the regulatory developments affecting this sector locally from day one, making him familiar with all the legal challenges that clients face when seeking to establish a presence in Malta. This is not to say that Chris has also been keeping abreast of regulatory developments taking place in other countries, in order to ensure advising in the best interests of the client at all times.

Partner @ Grant Thornton

Wayne Spiteri

Wayne Pisani is the Grant Thornton partner responsible for the corporate and financial services team in Malta where he deals with a wide range of asset protection and cross-border regulatory and tax planning engagements for clients ranging from private clients, including family offices and high-net-worth individuals, to NASDAQ listed companies in various industry sectors. He conducts an active consulting practice on the legal and tax implications involved in the structuring of both local and international financial institutions, M&A and project finance transactions.

Wayne is the President of the Malta Institute of Financial Services Practitioners and a council member of the Malta Institute of Management. As part of his role, he was actively involved in the drafting stage of Malta’s regulatory framework for Distributed Ledger Technologies.

He is also a member of the International Fiscal Association, the International Bar Association and the Maltese Chamber of Advocates. He was admitted to the Bar in 2001 following a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law and International Relations, and a Doctorate in legal studies from the University of Malta in 2001 after researching and submitting a thesis on “Merger control: a comparative study of regulatory systems for potential implementation into the Maltese legal system.” Wayne also read for a Masters in Financial Services at the University of Malta, graduating in 2003 after submission of a thesis entitled “The Impact of Information Technology on Financial Services”. He has also obtained his Advanced Diploma in Tax (ADIT) after the submission of a thesis entitled: “Tax arbitrage in ICOs: a European perspective”.

He is an active thought leader in the financial technology space, making regular contributions at fintech conferences, and has a passion for the security and technological aspects of distributed ledger technology. He is also a joint contributing author to “European Competition Laws: A Guide to the EC and its Member States, the leading legal compendium with respect to Competition law in Europe”, published by Lexis Nexis and revised annually.

CEO & CHAIRMAN @ AgAu.io

Thierry Arys Ruiz

Thierry Arys Ruiz is the founder of AgAu.io : The Peer-to-Peer, Electronic Money System backed by Ag (Silver) and Au (Gold) in Switzerland.Thierry is an expert in commodity trading and risk management having worked for major trading houses and financial institutions such as Trafigura, LUKOIL, Scotia Capital, ICAP and Credit Suisse. Thierry is a Mensa member and a venture-philanthropist.

Managing Director @ Erremme Business Advisors

Reuben Buttigieg

 

CEO @ CHANGELLY

Eric Benz

Eric Benz has over 10 years of experience working in and around Financial Technology. He has delivered innovative SaaS systems for some of today’s biggest institutions around payments, identity, and banking infrastructure. Eric has been in the blockchain space since 2012 and is involved in a number of blockchain and fintech businesses both as an investor, board director, and founder.
CEO @ Chiliz

Alexandre Dreyfus

Alex is a serial web entrepreneur with more than 22 years of experience in the digital space, building and developing tech businesses. In the late 1990s, he pioneered Webcity, the web-based interactive tourism guide, before completing a buyout with retail giant Carrefour, and later merging with a competitor service and selling to Yelp. After co-founding Winamax (the largest French online poker room) and Chilipoker in 2006, the underpinning technology platform was sold to Bally Technologies (now Scientific Games). In 2013, he acquired the Global Poker Index (live Poker’s leading ranking authority) as well as The Hendon Mob (the largest live poker database in the world). Dreyfus recently raised $66 million through a private token sale for Chiliz – a digital currency for sports and entertainment platforms. The first platform that will use Chiliz Tokens is Socios.com, a turnkey solution for football and sports clubs looking to adopt blockchain technology to monetise their fan bases. To boost blockchain innovation in Malta, Dreyfus has also established the Chiliz Blockchain Campus –an accelerator and industry hub connecting some of the industry’s largest stakeholders across Asia and Europe, together with other emerging blockchain entrepreneurs. The Campus houses world-leading exchanges, crypto-friendly European banks and is a collaborative space for small to large blockchain companies.

CEO @ CORELEDGER

Dr Johannes Schweifer

Dr. Johannes Schweifer holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Distributed Computing and Quantum Chemistry from the University of Vienna. He is a passionate problem solver and a builder. Johannes is known as serial blockchain entrepreneur, having co-founded Bitcoin Suisse AG in 2013, BlockLogix GmbH in 2016 and CoreLedger AG in 2017. He is actively using blockchain technology to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges and showcasing the true value of blockchain with practical applications.

CEO @ LEGION VENTURES

JD Salbergo

J.D. Salbego is a recognized global advisor, blockchain & digital securities executive, influencer, international speaker, & published author with deep expertise in blockchain, STOs/ICOs, Asia & cross-border capital markets, global expansion, & digital asset funds. He is a frequent expert speaker at conferences worldwide like World Economic Forum, BlockShow, Delta Summit, etc., alongside industry leaders Tim Draper, Brock Pierce, Roger Ver, Don Tapscott Chang “CZ” Pengzhao, Miko Matsumura, Kristalina Georgieva (CEO of the World Bank), Charles Hoskinson, etc., and senior leadership/CEOs of digital securities leaders SharesPost, Securitize, Templum, TZero, etc.

He currently serves as CEO of the blockchain and STO advisory firm Legion Ventures, with previous positions as Head of US West Coast of Investment Bank & Asia STO market leader CoinStreet Partners, COO-US for Forbes #1 Japanese blockchain startup Patron, with their record-breaking $40M ICO, and advises many other companies including Google’s Startup Grind (3M entrepreneurs with operations in 400+ cities & 120+ countries), Solidum Capital, BitSong ($7M ICO), BoostChain, Rune Wallet, etc.

His work has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Yahoo Finance, Cointelegraph, etc., including being linked to boosting Japan’s economy with Blockchain. J.D. also appeared on the Acuvue “One Day” Celebrity Contest Campaign as an entertainment business mentor aired on National US TV to a 3M audience. In 2018 J.D. co-organized the largest Blockchain Conference in the world to date in Japan (JBC2018), in partnership with the government, nationally televised with 15,000 attendees across 2 days.

In addition to his experience, J.D. has studied digital business strategy & innovation under renowned Columbia Business School professor David Rogers.

GLOBAL HEAD OF BANKING @ RIPPLE

Marjan Delatinne

Marjan is an entrepreneurial business developer who enjoys establishing effective strategies and directing major initiatives from conceptual to implementation. With more than two decades of experience in various commercial positions (mainly big, complex and new product commercialisation), Marjan has gained valuable insights into the financial industry and the market infrastructures globally. Since joining Ripple in 2017, she has been responsible for the definition and execution of the go to market strategy and sales of Ripple product and services. Previously, Marjan worked for SWIFT and was responsible for the commercialization of large scale projects both in securities and payments, namely Target 2 Securities & resiliency solutions for national central banks. She also led the EMEA customer engagement for the global payments innovation initiative (GPI). Marjan worked for Eurocelar, BNY Mellon and held various positions in sales & network management divisions. Marjan has a university degree in Business Administration and research master degree in Experimental & Clinical Psychology. In addition to English, she is fluent in French and Scandinavian languages.

HEAD OF COMMUNITY @ ELLIPTIC

David Carlisle

David Carlisle is the Head of Community at Elliptic, a provider of cryptocurrency forensics and compliance solutions, where he leads engagement with regulators and other external stakeholders. David has over a decade of experience in AML/CTF compliance and regulatory matters, and previously worked at the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. He is an associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a UK think tank, where he has authored reports on terrorist and criminal use of cryptocurrencies, and appropriate policy responses.

CCO @ CHANGENOW

Pauline Shangett

Having come from 7 years worth of experience in music-related marketing and promotion and a degree in experimental linguistics, Pauline joined the crypto space at the beginning of 2018. She is very excited about the blockchain industry and fintech and utilises her previous experience to make ChangeNOW the most successful crypto business on the block.

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