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.
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.
Dr Abdalla Kablan
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Christopher P. Buttigieg
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.