Will Ruddick, the director of Grassroots Economics, will present his experiences in community currency and the development of local economies in the face of the C19 pandemic. He has developed three community currency programs in Kenya since 2010, and previously served as Bancor’s Director of Community Currencies, where he applied blockchain tech to local situations.
Jacob Boersma is a pioneer in the subject of decentralized identity and blockchain tech. He was the founder of Deloitte’s blockchain practice in The Netherlands, and led the development of strategy and technology for their blockchain team for four years. His career in digital identity, authentication and authorization dates back even earlier, to 2000, and he has been a consultant on decentralized applications, online payments and cryptocurrency since 2013.
Andy Bryant is COO of bitFlyer Europe. BitFlyer is one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, and the market leader in Japan. Before coming to bitFlyer he served as CEO of an AI startup, COO of the M&A advisory BDA Partners and a robotics engineer.
Anne Haubo Dyhrberg is a researcher at the University of Sydney Department of Finance. Her work is focused on studying the micro-structure of cryptocurrency markets, specifically their transaction costs and liquidity.
Christoph Jentzsch is CEO of Slockit, a platform for the decentralized sharing economy. An Ethereum pioneer, he was part of the Core development team starting in 2014 when he was responsible for securing the protocol. He also wrote the code for TheDAO, one the earliest decentralized autonomous organizations, which became a watershed in the history of the industry.
Evangelos Pappas is CEO of Ocyan. He has managed and deployed blockchain use cases in the FinTech, Logistics, Energy, O&G and Telecom industries. He has has worked for corporations like Disney, Warner, GS1 and Clearscore, and previously served as a blockchain engineer for Shell.
Alex Mashinsky is one of the inventors of VOIP and currently CEO of Celsius Network, an Ethereum-based cryptocurrency lending platform that pays interest on cryptocurrency deposits and allows its users to take out low-interest loans. Celsius 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 more than 53,000 active wallets.
Artur Schaback is COO and Co-founder of Paxful, a peer-to-peer Bitcoin marketplace that offers more than 300 ways to buy and sell Bitcoin, ranging from the standard cash and bank transfer to more unusual methods like gift cards from Nike, Paypal, Amazon and the IHOP American pancake chain. The fast-growing startup has more than 100 employees and offices in New York, Hong Kong, Tallinn, Estonia and Manila, Philippines.
Leah Jonas is the Global Head of Partnerships for Celsius Network. As one of the organization’s first hires, she has contributed to all phases of the company’s development. She was directly involved in the white label integration of Celsius’ services into a multiple platforms, which led to an increase in AUM measuring in the tens of millions of dollars. She is currently responsible for Celsius’ European operations and strategy.