Michael Mainelli is Executive Chairman of the London-based consultancy and think-tank Z/Yen Group which has done research for the Cardano Foundation, Bloomberg, The London Stock Exchange and Barclays Capital. Z/Yen produces the Distributed Futures research program which is focused on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.
Rik Esselink will serve as Session Chair for Bitcoin Wednesday on 7 November 2018. He has already been moderator for Bitcoin Wednesday several times, including during the CoinFest edition this past April as well as in 2017. He has been an active member of the Amsterdam blockchain community for many years, and is currently MD Europe for one of the world’s fastest growing connected home startups, Ring.com.
Willem Middelkoop is the author of the bestselling book, The Big Reset. He is the founder of the Commodity Discovery Fund, which is focused on investing in natural resource discoveries like gold, silver, uranium, nickel and rare earth elements, and has been an outspoken critic of the future of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency.
Professor Jeremy Pitt is Professor of Intelligent and Self-Organizing Systems in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London, where he is also Deputy Head of the Intelligent Systems and Networks Group. He is an authority on self-organizing autonomous networks, self-governance and Democracy by Design.
Jelle Herold is the author of Statebox, a new visual programming language for smart contracts that can be deployed across blockchains. He has a decade of experience leading open-source software development and a degree in Artificial Intelligence from The University of Utrecht in The Netherlands.
Tone Vays is an outspoken Bitcoin Maximalist and derivatives trader. He was previously Head of Research for data & research company BraveNewCoin and worked for Bear Stearns as a Risk Analyst as well as for JP Morgan as a VP. He currently produces content for his website ToneVays.com and his Youtube channel about sound economics and finance.
Arno Wellens is a Dutch financial journalist and the author of The Euro Evangelism, about critical flaws in the EU’s currency. He broke the Parex/Citadele scandal, involving an illegal bailout of a Russian-Latvian bank, and also helped lead the successful national Ukraine Referendum that embarrassed EU leaders and Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s center right VVD party in 2016.