The Decentralized Nicosia Chapter Community, presented a free event on Blockchain Businesses and AML Compliance on 14 October 2020

Event Overview

At this event, the Decentralized Nicosia Chapter decided to host a meet-up in a different way that was used to. Having in mind the current circumstances and for the public safety, this event was hosted live, open to anyone, with a distinguished guest, Dr Scott Stornetta who talked about “The Essence of the Blockchain”, and by giving “Three Examples of Future Work” inspired by the Blockchain Thesis.

Later on, a hands-on Virtual Asset (Service Providers) discussion followed alongg with:

Agenda of the meet-up

  1. What is the Essence of the Blockchain?  Three Examples of Future Work inspired by the Blockchain Thesis.
  2. Virtual Asset (Service Providers) –  A hands-on AML approach.

Speakers

Dr. Scott Stornetta
Dr. Scott Stornetta
Dr. Stornetta is considered by many to be the “father” of the Blockchain. Dating back to 1991, his pioneering series of papers, written with co-author Dr. Stuart Haber at Bellcore, received the 1992 Discover Award for Computer Software, and were featured in the New York Times in 1995. This helped lay the foundation for Bitcoin and other digital currencies (for example, of the eight citations in the original Bitcoin paper, three reference his and Dr. Haber’s work).
Dr. Stornetta was Assistant General Manager of the 125-person Mathematical and Computer Sciences Laboratory. Dr. Stornetta consulted for many years, evaluating the commercial potential of emerging technologies on behalf of universities, commercial research labs, and venture capital interests. Along with Dr. Haber, he co-founded Surety, a Bellcore spinoff. Surety’s offering constituted the first commercial deployment of a blockchain.
Dr. Stornetta received his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University, after attending MIT, Harvard, and Brigham Young University.
Currently Dr. Stornetta is a Partner and the Chief Scientist of Yugen Partners, an early-stage private equity firm investing in companies leveraging blockchain technology.
Antonia Michail
Antonia Michail
Antonia is the President of the Decentralized Nicosia Chapter. She has over 12 years of experience in the corporate sector, including AML and Regulatory Compliance consulting, Data Protection, and Business Development. She holds a BSc in Politics, an MBA, and an LLM in International Business, awarded with Distinction, as well as CySEC’s AML certification.
Bruno Leao
Bruno Leao
Bruno has over 15 years of experience in Risk Management and Compliance in big four firms and in Financial Institutions in Cyprus and abroad. He holds Law and Accounting bachelor degrees, a specialization in International Public Law and an MPhil in International Economic Law.
George Agathangelou
George Agathangelou
Having studied Economics and Business Administration, George has a 10-year track record in financial services, holder of CySEC professional competence certificate and has served most his career as an executive for Cyprus Investment Firms. Currently, he is the CMO of Block.co, Business Developer for Grant Thornton Blockchain (Cyprus), a founding member of the Cyprus Blockchain Association and Vice-President of Decentralized Nicosia Chapter.
Simon Zenios
Simon Zenios
Simon Zenios is the managing director of the law firm Simon Zenios & Co LLC in Cyprus. The firm’s main area of practice is fintech corporate law with specialization in digital currencies, blockchain, investment funds, and forex. On a personal basis is an ICO/IEO/IDO/STO expert on icobench.com.
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  VA_and_VASP_-_Decentralized_Presentation.pdf