Dr. Adam Back is the inventor of hashcash (used in Bitcoin mining) and co-founder and CEO of Blockstream. Adam has worked on e-cash protocols since 1995. He was an architect and cryptographer at Zero-Knowledge Systems, and a consultant to companies such as Nokia and VMware. Adam holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Exeter.
Founder & CEO, Abra
William (Bill) Barhydt (born in NYC) is a serial entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Abra, provider of the world’s first global investment app. Abra empowers consumers to invest in 30 crypto assets, 50 fiat currencies and soon, 50 traditional equities all within a single, easy-to-use app. Abra’s vision is an open, global financial system that is easily accessible to everyone.
Founder & President, Chamber of Digital Commerce
Perianne Boring founded the Chamber of Digital Commerce building it into the world’s largest trade association representing the blockchain industry. Perianne was named among CoinDesk’s “10 Most Influential People in Blockchain 2016” and “Top Woman in Bitcoin 2015” for her public policy accomplishments.
Development Coordinator, BitShares
Ryan R. Fox is the Coordinator for the BitShares Core Development Team. Based in Boston, he leads the globally distributed team developing the protocol, consensus contracts, APIs and command line wallet that represent the foundation for the BitShares platform. A Professional Scrum Master by training, Ryan previously lead technical teams within global financial services firms including the mortgage banking, custodial remittances and hedge fund sectors.
Head of Research, Blockchain
Dr Garrick Hileman is one of the world’s most-cited cryptocurrency and blockchain technology researchers. He created and taught the first UK class on blockchain technology at the University of Cambridge. Garrick is the author of a recently published stablecoins research study, the first University of Cambridge “Global Cryptocurrency Benchmarking Study” and the follow-on “Global Blockchain Benchmarking Study”.
Director of Digital Assets, R3
Antony is Director of Digital Assets at R3 in Singapore. In this role, he works with partners and clients of R3 to understand the transformative nature and implications of digital assets recorded as tokens on Corda, R3’s blockchain platform. He has been working professionally in the blockchain industry since joining itBit (now Paxos) in 2013.
MEP Chair, STOA
Eva Kaili is a Member of the European Parliament, elected in 2014. In her capacity as the Chair of the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment body (STOA) she has, been working intensively on promoting innovation as a driving force of the establishment of the European Digital Single Market.
Jr Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, Malta
Silvio Schembri is a Maltese politician, academic and economist by profession currently serving as the Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation within the Office of the Prime Minister of Malta. Minister Schembri was first elected in Parliament back in 2013 and was then re-elected in 2017 after re-contesting the general election under the Malta Labour Party ticket, the party currently in government.
Dr. W. Scott
Chief Scientist, Yugen Partners
Dr. W. Scott Stornetta is considered by many to be the co-inventor of blockchain technology. Dating back to 1991, his pioneering series of papers, written with co-author Stuart Haber at Bellcore, received the 1992 Discover Award for Computer Software, were featured in the New York Times in 1992, and were referenced three times by Satoshi Nakamoto in his famous Bitcoin white paper.