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June 2018

Silvio Micali

Silvio Micali is a professor of computer science at MIT and one of the world’s authorities on cryptography, zero knowledge and distributed ledgers. He is the recipient of the Turing Award in computer science, the Gödel Prize in theoretical computer science, and the RSA prize in cryptography.

Security & Privacy

Liz Steininger is CEO of Least Authority in Berlin, a company that supports the citizen’s right to privacy through security consulting and solutions. Prior to this work, she managed financing for Internet freedom projects at the Open Technology Fund.

Decentralized Databases

Neeraj Murarka is co-founder and CTO of Bluzelle Networks, which produces a decentralized database based on blockchain technology. He previously led the development of in-flight entertainment systems for Lufthansa in collaboration with Panasonic avionics and worked as a senior engineer in the video game industry for Mattel interactive, Mindscape Entertainment, Zynga, and Sierra Online.

Lightning Network

Cezary Dziemian is a Polish software developer who integrated the Lightning Network with BTCDuke, creating the first Bitcoin-to-Fiat exchange anywhere in the world to accept Lightning Network deposits and withdrawals.

Blockchain for the Public Sector

Marloes Pomp is a program leader for the Dutch Blockchain Coalition, where she helps to coordinate a collection of 30 public sector pilot projects for central and local government.

Tackling Climate Change

Christian Sheareris co-founder of Regen Network, a domain-specific blockchain on top of the Tendermint consensus engine with a mission of protecting the planet against climate change. He is an authority on climate ecology and regeneration.

IoT & Cryptocurrency

Kenichi Kurimoto is CEO of the IoTxBlockchain company Nayuta, one of the pioneers in combining IoT with cryptocurrency, and an authority on integrating Internet connected devices with Bitcoin’s layer 2 technology, the Lightning Network.

Smart Contracts

Ilya Smagin leads smart contract development for the Waves Platform. He previously worked for several global financial services firms such as the Spotware forex trading platform, Deutsche Bank and Yandex.

Bitcoin’s Investment Thesis

Pierre Rochard is an outspoken advocate for Bitcoin’s decentralized governance and the founder of the Bitcoin Advisory in New York. He is also the co-founder of the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute and has been a co-host of the Noded Bitcoin Podcast since 2017.

Film: Digital Money in Kenya

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.