Paul Madsen is Technical Architect for Swirlds, the company that develops Hedera Hashgraph. It has been called an example of Decentralized Network 3.0, a next generation solution that extends the consensus mechanism beyond blockchain technology. Before working for Swirlds, Paul was an digital identity specialist who worked on a number of identity standards, including OASIS SAML, OAuth 2.0 and the FIDO Alliance.
Nina Boelsums and Luca van der Kamp are two of the students who started the successful Sleepwet.nl campaign for a national referendum against the Dutch Intelligence and Security Services Act 34 588.
Nina studies Industrial Design and focuses on the impact of new digital technologies on society. Luca van der Kamp has a degree in Computer Science and is currently studying logic, computability and complexity theory.
Lotte Houwingis a file coordinator for the Sleepwet at the Public Interest Litigation Project, a five-year project of The Jurists’ Commission for Human Rights in The Netherlands. She will talk about fighting mass surveillance through strategic litigation.
Tomer Kantor is the director of a series of documentaries about the rise of digital money in Kenya. He heads the digital agency, Proof of Work Media, and is one of the founders of Coinscrum, the longest-running crypto meetup in London.
Tech journalist Francisco van Jole will be session chair on 7 February 2017. Francisco is currently the editor of Joop, the news and opinion site of Dutch broadcaster BNN VARA. He has appeared frequently on various television and radio programs and has covered science and technology for many newspapers and magazines, including De Volkskrant.
Frans Kempen will introduce IBM’s approach to blockchain technology with his colleague, Firat Sertgoz. Frans will also serve as Session Chair for Bitcoin Wednesday on 6 March, 2019. He is IBM’s Blockchain Lead for Logistics and Supply Chain Services at IBM Netherlands. He has worked for IBM for more than a decade, and before that was able to combine his technical and commercial background in roles with Unilever, KPN and British Telecom. Frans sees distributed ledger technology as a key enabler for Digital Transformation Programs in the financial sector.
Mustafa Al Bassam co-founded the sharded blockchain startup ChainSpace in 2018, which was acquired by Facebook in 2019. He is completing his PhD on Blockchain Scaling at the University College London.
Stéphane Ifrah is the CEO of NapoleonX, one of the first cryptocurrency asset management companies specialized in programmable or algorithmic trading. He was previously an asset manager for more than 12 years, and started developing quantitative models while managing several billion euros of assets for BNP Paribas.
Alex Mashinsky is one of the inventors of VOIP and currently CEO of Celsius Network, an Ethereum-based lending platform that raised $50 million in an ICO in May 2018. As of 1 January 2020 it has done $4.25 billion in loan origination with $400 million in assets and 53,000 active wallets.