DECENTRALIZED 2017 SPEAKERS
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. She has been particularly active in the fields of blockchain technology, m/eHealth, big data, fintech and cybersecurity. Since her election she has also been very active in the field of taxation, where she has been the Rapporteur of the ECON committee’s annual tax report. As a member of the ECON committee she has been focusing on EU’s financial integration and the management of the financial crisis in the Eurozone. Prior to her position in the European Parliament, she has been elected two times in the Greek Parliament (serving between 2007-2012), with the PanHellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). She holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering, and Postgraduate degree in European Politics. Currently, she is conducting her PhD in International Political Economy.
Dr Garrick Hileman is a Research Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, Judge Business School, where he heads blockchain and cryptocurrency research. He was recently ranked as one of the 100 most influential economists in the UK and Ireland and he is regularly asked to share his research and perspective with the FT, BBC, CNBC, WSJ, Sky News, and other media. Garrick has been invited to present his research on monetary and financial innovation to government organisations, including central banks and war colleges, as well as private firms such as Visa, Black Rock, and UBS. Garrick has 20 years’ private sector experience with both startups and established companies such as Visa, Lloyd’s of London, Bank of America, The Home Depot, and Allianz. Garrick’s technology experience includes co-founding a San Francisco-based tech incubator, IT strategy consulting for multinationals, and founding MacroDigest, which employs a proprietary algorithm to cluster trending economic analysis and perspective.
Panos is the Vice President for Innovation and Strategy at Berklee College of Music, the Managing Director of the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) and a passionate entrepreneur, educator and startup mentor.
As the founder of Sonicbids, he created the leading platform for emerging artists to connect with music promoters, resulting in over 1 million gigs booked in over 80 countries around the world . He led the company as CEO for 13 years, from its inception until after its successful acquisition in a deal backed by Guggenheim Partners.
Panos is also the co-founder of the Open Music Initiative, which has brought together over 170 leading music, media, technology industry organizations and academic institutions to create an open protocol for uniform identification of musical rights owners and creators.
At Berklee, his work and approach to entrepreneurial and innovation pedagogy builds heavily on the concepts of music thinking as a catalyst for innovation and creative breakthroughs in business, life and art; and has spearheaded multi-disciplinary collaborations between Berklee and MIT Media Lab; the design firm IDEO; and Brown University.
Awards include: Fast Company’s “Fast 50” honor; Inc Magazine’s “Inc 500”; Mass Hi-Tech All Stars; Berklee College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award; and Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40”, BostInno’s 50 on Fire and Boston Globe’s 2017 Game Changers. Sonicbids and Panos were also profiled in a chapter in the Financial Times-published book “Outsmart” by best-selling author Jim Champy.
Mr. Polemitis is the CEO of the University of Nicosia and also serves as a Director on the coordinating Board of the University. Mr. Polemitis has international experience consulting private equity firms, merchant banks and multi-billion dollar private investment funds, in business process outsourcing and higher education practice. He leads the industry advisory committee for the University on blockchain and co-teaches the introductory MOOC of the MSc in Digital Currency Program.
Emmanuel Viale is the Managing Director of the Accenture Technology Labs in Sophia Antipolis, France.
Emmanuel has a particular focus on Blockchain technologies, covering payments, transactions, security and the broader IoT-related applications of this technology area. He is leading the global Technology R&D for Accenture around blockchain. Emmanuel and his team have focused on Blockchain technology since mid-2014, working with different technology stacks/solutions/startups (including: DAH, Ripple, Monax, Multichain, Etherum, etc.), developing different use cases and working proof-of-concepts for different industries and areas.
Emmanuel holds a degree in Signal Processing and Computer Science from the Ecole Centrale de Marseille, France, and lives in the South of France.
John Bass is the Founder and CEO of Hashed Health, a healthcare innovation firm focused on accelerating the design, development and meaningful utilization of blockchain technologies and networks. John has over 20 years of experience in healthcare technology with expertise in collaborative health platforms, patient engagement, systems integration, supply chain, clinical performance and value-based payments. At Hashed Health, John’s team partners with public and private sector clients to develop new solutions and networks that solve health delivery challenges. John is an internationally recognized speaker on the future of healthcare technology. Prior to Hashed Health, John was CEO at InVivoLink, a surgical patient registry and care management start-up which sold to HCA in 2015. John’s experience also includes healthcare B2B startup empactHealth.com which was acquired by Medibuy / Global Healthcare Exchange.
Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and well-respected figures in bitcoin. He is the author of two books: “Mastering Bitcoin”, published by O’Reilly Media and considered the best technical guide to bitcoin and “The Internet of Money”, a book about why bitcoin matters. Andreas offers strategic consulting to a small number of crypto-currency companies that are aligned with his interests. He also offers expert witness testimony as an expert in the security, technical details and use of crypto-currencies, worldwide.
Yoni Assia is the CEO of eToro, the world’s largest social investment network. He has shown an interest in finance and computer science since his youth and so decided to merge his passions. It was this very passion along with the social revolution, which led to the founding and development of eToro’s investment network, where users connect, share, trade and invest in the world’s financial markets. Yoni is as passionate about his business, as he is for his family, wife plus 3 kids, which often results in excessive use of the word awesome, and hi-fives around the office. It’s this young CEO’s vision to disrupt the old banking industry and replace it with a new online transparent and social financial system for the benefit for everyone. Yoni is a member of the YPO, and was included by Financial News in its prestigious Fintech 40 ranking and by City A.M. as a Fintech 100 top influencer. Yoni holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Management and an MSC in Computer Sciences.
Bernardo read economics (at ITAM, Mexico and Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain), history (Oxford) and received a doctorate in business administration (Manchester Business School). He has been studying financial markets and institutions since 1988. He joined Bangor as Professor of Business History and Bank Management after appointments in Leicester, Open University and Queen’s University of Belfast.
He combined full time appointments with consulting and executive training in Europe, the Gulf states, Latin America and Asia. Bernardo has over 40 refereed articles, three books and eight distance learning books. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, research associate of Fundación Estudios Financieros (Fundef – ITAM), and edits a weekly report on new working papers in Payments and Financial Technology (see https://lists.repec.org/mailman/listinfo/nep-pay)
Mr Frank Bolten is a marketing and sales consultant supporting organizations to provide the benefits of digitization to their customers. In collaboration with highly qualified blockchain experts, he has been through the execution of specific consultancy projects with an exclusive focus on blockchain technology applications. He is now the Managing Partner at CHAINSTEP.
Gregor Borosa is a MSc Digital Currency alumnus, with a passionate affinity to Bitcoin, blockchain and beyond. He has a background in computer science and has worked for several years as a lead software engineer in the central bank of Slovenia, with expertise in mission critical systems, database design and development. He is also an instructor at the University of Nicosia’s MSc program Digital Currency, where he is a lecturer in a course focused on the applications of the blockchain technology and a co-lecturer in the course about programming on the blockchain.
Dr. Daniel Burgwinkel leads Blockchain projects in Life Science and Digital Health with a special focus on the Guardtime Blockchain platform. In 2003 he started his research in smart contacts at the University of St. Gallen. His book “Blockchain Technology” was published in 2016 by Degruyter.com and is used for seminars at business schools in Switzerland.
Alice is Chief Operating Officer at Oraclize, a London-based startup providing the world most widely adopted blockchain oracle service. After her Bachelor Degree in Economics and Management from the University of Padua, she started working in the Blockchain Industry, having the opportunity to experiment a variety of its aspects, from the cryptocurrencies’ financial importance to the implications of the blockchain as a technology. Alice is committed in divulging blockchain knowledge – she participated as a speaker at education-driven events, including “Forum PA” hosted by the Italian public administration and “Startup Intelligence” organised by Politecnico di Milano.
Sinclair Davidson is Professor of Institutional Economics in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, and an Academic Fellow at the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. He is a member of the Centre for Independent Studies Council of Academic Advisers. Sinclair has published in academic journals such as the European Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Economic Affairs, and The Cato Journal.
Arnaud Dazin is a seasoned tech leader in the Virtual and Augmented Reality space after a successful career in the video games industry where he contributed to mobile giant Storm8’s success of achieving over a billion downloads and 50 million monthly actives as an early employee. As CEO of Mapping Aggregation Platform Ltd., Arnaud is intent on using decentralized approaches to creating a crowdsourced 3D map of the world that is more accurate and up to date than any existing mapping technology.
Dr. Giaglis is Professor of eBusiness at the Athens University of Economics and Director of Institute for the Future, University of Nicosia. He has published more than 150 research papers on eBusiness, Information Systems, Social Network Analytics and the organizational implications of digital money and blockchains. He serves on the Editorial Board of Ledger, the first academic journal on distributed ledgers and blockchains.