2016 speaker line-up
Simon DixonKEYNOTE: Simon Dixon, co-founder & CEO, BnkToTheFuture.com
09:05, Keynote address

Simon is the CEO & co-founder of online investment platform BnkToTheFuture.com who have invested over $60m in FinTech companies. He is also the Fund Manager of Bitcoin Capital & author of the book 'Bank to the Future'. An active FinTech & Bitcoin angel investor with investments in BitPay, Kraken, BitPesa and over 20 others. An ex-director of the UK Digital Currency Association & UK CrowdFunding Association, who regularly speaks on the future of finance to governments, businesses, investors and financial institutions.

An ex-investment banker that left corporate in 2006 to work on his book on the future of banking. You will find Simon regularly quoted & appearing in much of the major press & media including BBC, FT, CNBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal to mention a few.

Laura BaileyLaura Bailey, co-founder, Zerado
10:00, Bitcoin, Blockchain and Financial Services - how are digital currencies and distributed ledgers changing the marketplace?

Laura Bailey is Co-Founder of Zerado, an independent consultancy and technology provider, harnessing distributed ledger technology from concept to commercialisation, for clients and society. Laura has held a number of management positions in Financial Services and most recently, technology innovation. At HSBC Laura was responsible for the origination and execution of Private Equity backed structured finance transactions. She has worked in both domestic and global roles, positioning HSBC as a leading financial service provider. Laura’s primary role at Zerado is providing commercial direction for applications of Blockchain technology, in a range of markets and sectors. Laura studied at Nottingham University and holds two degrees.

Adam ClearyAdam Cleary, chief executive, Cavenham Capital Limited
14:30, Roundtable B

Adam Cleary is director and Chief Executive of Cavenham Capital Limited. Cavenham Capital offers fund management and investment advisory services for professional investors in the digital currency space. Adam was also the Founder of Bullion Bitcoin Limited, an exchange platform for bitcoin and gold bullion and a director of the UK Digital Currency Association, from its foundation in February 2014 to November 2015. Prior to founding Cavenham in 2005 Mr Cleary was Head of CEE Corporate Debt Research at ING Bank NV in London from 2003 to 2005. Prior to that, he worked in a senior role trading emerging market debt at Mizuho International in both London and Hong Kong from 2000 to 2002. From 1997 to 1999 he worked at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson trading emerging market debt. Previously, from 1995 to 1997, Mr Cleary worked as a Portfolio Manager at Hydra Capital Management.

Helen DisneyHelen Disney, head of content, Blockchain Intelligence
09:00, Welcome

Helen was formerly in charge of outreach and events at the Bitcoin Foundation, spreading the word about bitcoin and blockchain technology to both technical and non-technical audiences. Before her introduction to the world of financial technology, she founded and ran the Stockholm Network, a pan-European think tank with a focus on innovation policies. She has also been an editorial writer at The Times and a commentator for a variety of other publications in print, broadcast news and online.

Dr Pinar EmirdagDr. Pinar Emirdag
10:00, Bitcoin, Blockchain and Financial Services - how are digital currencies and distributed ledgers changing the marketplace?

Dr Pinar Emirdag is a Non-Executive Director of Clearmatics, a blockchain platform developing the next-generation clearing machines for OTC markets. Clearmatics’ mission is to offer financial communities an intelligent platform that, while offering permission-less innovation on contracts and execution, will allow participants to run their post-trade processing in the most safe, secure and clear way. Pixar has an academic interest in the blockchain space as well as advisory roles with R3 and Hyperledger. She helped found UK Digital Currency Association as well as Mathmoneyf(x) (now Symbiont.io).Prior to this, she was responsible for managing London Stock Exchange Group’s Business Development team for the Group's cash and derivatives markets. At ICAP, she was the Managing Director responsible for Business Development in Institutional Brokerage. She previously held a similar role at Liquidnet and prior to that was at Citigroup, where she was Director of Global Business Development at Citi's Electronic Trading business which included algorithmic and program trading. She started her business career at management consultancy, Oliver Wyman and holds a Ph.D, and M.Sc. in Physics and a M. Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University.

Paul GordonPaul Gordon, CEO, Quantave
10:00, Bitcoin, Blockchain and Financial Services - how are digital currencies and distributed ledgers changing the marketplace?

Paul is CEO at Quantave, a new service opening up digital asset markets to professional brokers and fund managers. He was formerly a derivatives trader based in London. He has served as a Board member of the UK Digital Currency Association and is also the Founder and Director of Coinscrum, the largest digital currency-related networking group in the world.

 Lawrence LundyLawrence Lundy, head of research, Outlier Ventures
13:30, Start-up Showcase

Lawrence is Head of Research & Partnerships at Outlier Ventures, Europe’s first dedicated blockchain venture builder, and Head of Startup Curation at Blockchain Angels, Europe’s largest angel network investing in blockchain. Previously he worked at Frost & Sullivan as a Technology Strategy Consultant focusing his research on the impact of emerging technologies across industries. This led him to specifically explore artificial intelligence, blockchains, drones, the Internet of Things, 3D printing and augmented and virtual reality

Richard MabeyRichard Mabey, co-founder & CEO, Juro
11:45, Risks and opportunities of the Blockchain revolution

Richard Mabey is the CEO of Juro, a venture capital backed business based in `London. Juro helps businesses automate legal contract workflows and is underpinned by the Ethereum blockchain. Richard trained originally as a Corporate lawyer with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London and New York, before moving into the 'LegalTech' world. Richard publishes widely on LegalTech and entrepreneurship in general, and has been featured in The Guardian, The Evening Standard, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and TechCrunch. Richard holds an MA from Edinburgh University and an MBA from INSEAD and is a UK Representative to the Georgetown Leadership Seminar.

Michael MainelliMichael Mainelli, executive chairman, Z/Yen
11:15, Real World Applications - Lessons We're Learning

A qualified accountant, securities professional, computer specialist, and management consultant, educated at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin, Michael gained his PhD at London School of Economics where he was also a Visiting Professor.  He co-founded Z/Yen in 1994, the City of London’s leading think-tank, to promote societal advance through better finance and technology after a career as a research scientist in aerospace & cartography creating the first commercial digital maps of the world, then accountancy-firm partner and director of Ministry of Defence research.  He has led Z/Yen from creating mutual distributed ledgers (aka blockchain technology) through Taskforce 2000, the Financial £aboratory, Long Finance, the Global Financial Centres Index and the Global Intellectual Property Index.  He is an Alderman of the City of London, Emeritus Professor & Trustee at Gresham College, a non-executive director of two listed firms and a regulator, and trustee of a several charities.  He has written numerous academic papers and his third book, The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions, won the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize.  Michael has been researching MDLs for over two decades and implemented several applications in areas such as clinical trials and insurance.

Tomasz MloduchowskiTomasz Mloduchowski, CTO, Zerado
14:30, Breakout session B

Tomasz Mloduchowski is a Solutions Architect at Zerado where he provides insights on the impact that blockchain can offer to the finance, banking, health and identity markets. He’s been involved in the Bitcoin and Blockchain space since late 2009, through his various commercial and social ventures. Tomasz studied physics at MIT where he focused on computational physics and supercomputing. At Harvard, he audited a number of lectures at the Berkmann Centre. He is an alumnus of the Clinton Global Initiative University programme, and founder of the Warsaw Hackerspace, where he explored the NGO and local governance segment.

Jean-Marie MognettiJean-Marie Mognetti, partner, Global Advisors
14:30, Breakout session A

Jean-Marie is a partner at Global Advisors (Jersey) Limited. After 15 years in the commodity space, Jean-Marie and his two partners entered the bitcoin ecosystem in mid-2014 by launching the first regulated investment vehicle targeting institution investors. In June 2016, the trio successfully bid to acquire XBT Provider AB, the first Bitcoin ETN, and its parent companies, after KNC Miners filed for bankruptcy. 13 days after trading halting - XBT Provider was resuming trading on Nasdaq under new management.

Jean-Marie also advises VC, Private Equity and family offices about potential investment in the bitcoin/blockchain ecosystem. Previous to Global Advisors, Jean-Marie worked as a commodity trader at Hermes Fund Managers and Lehman Brothers, among others.

Alex NowakAleksander Nowak, CIO, BlockEx
10:00, Bitcoin, Blockchain and Financial Services - how are digital currencies and distributed ledgers changing the marketplace?

Aleksander Nowak is immersed in the cryptocurrency space since 2011, having worked on numerous alternative currency projects, Aleks now sits on numerous high level crypto-currency working groups focused on the regulation of cryptocurrencies.

Kush PatelKush Patel, CEO, Tallysticks
13:30, Start-up showcase

Kush Patel is co-founder and CEO of Tallysticks, a start-up which leverages the benefits of blockchain (distributed ledger) technology, particularly immutable recordkeeping, enhanced data security and smart contracts functionality. This enables businesses to automate their invoicing and invoice financing processes, making them easier, cheaper, faster and more transparent. Kush caught the entrepreneur bug approximately 10 years ago, shortly after a successful career on Wall St. and as a diplomat with the US Government. Kush has start-up experience in a range of industries, including: investments, pharmaceuticals and, now, blockchain technology. He holds a B.Sc. in Finance from Miami University (Ohio) and a Master’s degree from Columbia University.
Jereome RousseletJerome Rousselot, founder, Jita
13:30, Start-up showcase

Founder Jerome Rousselot founded Jita, the first micro credit blockchain startup. He quit his job at a large semiconductor company in Switzerland when he discovered blockchain. He moved to London and founded Mycelium UK Ltd, the UK branch of a bitcoin wallet startup. Always passionate by innovation and helping people, Jerome got involved in microfinance already during his engineering studies: he went to Kigali, Rwanda to deploy communication systems for micro finance institutes. He obtained a PhD in computer science at EPFL, Switzerland and his computer engineering degree at ULB, Belgium. In the few hours a week when Jerome is not coding, writing or talking about blockchain, he enjoys playing sports with Rabble, going to live gigs or enjoying London.

Pavlo Tanasyuk, CEO, Blockverify
11:45, Risks and opportunities of the Blockchain revolution

Pavlo is a technology entrepreneur and CEO of BlockVerify. Previously was the CEO and co-founder at Monexy payment system. Pavlo holds MPhil in Technology Policy from the University of Cambridge Business School and Certificate in General Management from Stanford University. Pavlo was Editor-In-Chief of Information Systems Journal at the London School of Economics. Pavlo is active as a researcher on blockchain technology and its social implications. He presented his work at a number of major international conferences including World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

Maxson J Y TeeMaxson J.Y. Tee, co-founder, Agriledger
13.30, Start-up showcase

Maxson is one of the founding team member of Agriledger, a distributed Cryptoledger Mobile App that acts as an incorruptible source of truth for Co-operatives of Small Farmers. Originally from Malaysia, Maxson earned a BEng in Aero Mechanical Engineering from Wales and recently acquired a MSc in Engineering with Finance in UCL. An entrepreneur and full-time explorer, Maxson is passionate about social innovation with integration of technology. Previously founded a couple small scale businesses and involved in various sales, marketing and managerial roles. Currently leads a business development team in UK for the sharing economy startup, Tryngo.

John ThornhillJohn Thornhill, innovation editor, Financial Times
10:00, Bitcoin, Blockchain and Financial Services - how are digital currencies and distributed ledgers changing the marketplace?

John was appointed the Innovation Editor of the Financial Times in February 2016. Prior to that he has been deputy editor at the Financial Times since September 2012. He was appointed Financial Times’ news editor, based in London on the main news desk, in January 2009, having previously spent four years in Paris as the editor of the European edition.

Joining the FT in 1988 as a graduate trainee, Thornhill has been the Paris bureau chief, world news editor, Asia editor, Moscow bureau chief and a Lex columnist. He founded and runs the FT's 125 executive forum, which holds monthly meetings for senior executives from a range of industries. Previous speakers have included Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, Ana Botin, and Mark Carney.

John VelissariosJohn Velissarios, senior principal & global blockchain technology lead, Accenture
11:45, Risks and opportunities of the blockchain revolution

John Velissarios is Global Blockchain technology lead and Senior Principal in Accenture’s Technology Consulting workforce, based in London. He is part of Accenture’s specialist security capability with over 18 years of consulting experience across multiple business and industry sectors. John is currently leading several Blockchain engagements with top tier global organisations. His expertise spans cryptography and digital currencies, risk management, threat and vulnerability assessment, security protocols and governance and solution architecture and implementation. John is working with industry teams to develop the firm’s global Blockchain delivery capability. He specialises in capital markets, payments and financial services but also has many years of experience in other industries. John returned from a long term leave of absence where he was the CEO of a Blockchain start-up developing leading edge enterprise grade crypto-currency wallet solutions for exchanges, hedge funds, banks and HNW individuals. He is a well sought after industry expert in security and is regularly asked to speak at leading security conferences and has numerous publications to his name.

Joon Ian WongJoon Ian Wong, technology reporter, Quartz
11:45, Risks and opportunities of the Blockchain revolution

Joon covers technology in Europe for Quartz, based in its London bureau. He covers everything from German industrial robotics to London artificial intelligence startups. Previously he developed the Consensus conference at Coindesk, and he also covered the bitcoin/blockchain industry as a journalist. He has been based in Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Singapore, and New York.