Mike Komaransky is an early adopter of bitcoin, and head of Grapefruit Trading, a liquidity provider in cryptocurrencies in Miami, Florida. He is an investor in several cryptocurrency projects. Previously he was a partner at DRW Trading and head of Cumberland Mining.
Jason is the head of trading at Grapefruit Trading, a liquidity provider in cryptocurrencies in Miami, Florida. Jason oversees algorithmic and OTC trading. He is also a member of the investment committee that decides on longer term and pre-ICO investments. Previously, Jason worked worked as a trader in fixed income derivatives at DRW Trading and in the hedge fund space.
James Kwasi Thompson was born in New Providence to James Roosevelt and Marilyn Thompson on August 21, 1975.
He grew up in Grand Bahama where He received his early education at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School and Freeport Anglican High School. He later attended the College of The Bahamas where he graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in history with credit.
He then went on to earn a bachelor of law degree with first class honours from the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom, and was called to both the English Bar and Bahamas Bar in 1997.
Minister Thompson has been a practicing attorney for 20 years at James Roosevelt Thompson & Co.
As a community-minded leader and eager to serve, Minister Thompson desired to do more in his community and joined the Free National 2 Movement’s Torchbearers Association where he served various leadership capacities. Minister Thompson began his political career in 2007 when he was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Pineridge constituency. He was subsequently elected Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly. His legacy in Pineridge is that of the empowerment Member of Parliament.
His journey continued, in 2012, when he was appointed as Senator for Her Majesty’s Royal Opposition where he continued to be the voice for Grand Bahama.
In 2017 he was once again appointed as a Senator and the Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister.
Minister Thompson is an active member, Sunday School Teacher and Head Deacon at Calvary Temple Assembly. He is married to the lovely Tamika Thompson, and they are blessed with four beautiful and gifted daughters.
I introduce to you, no stranger to Grand Bahama Island, a mighty man of valour, strength and wisdom, a man of courage, called and chosen for such a time as this.
Senator the Honourable James Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister
Daniella Skotnicki is a member of our Cayman Islands office. She advises blockchain, fintech and financial services clients on structuring, fundraising and regulatory matters, as well as providing advice regarding mergers and acquisitions, private placements, restructurings and joint ventures. Daniella is a chartered alternative investment analyst.
Paul was directly responsible for the Western Hemisphere while indirectly supporting the Greater China Region. He managed over 150 employees throughout Canada, Europe, Russia, Mexico and the United States, where he over saw every facet of the business, from product creation, operations, five offices and 350,000 Retailers. By the time of Pauls retirement in 2008, his market had grown to over $375,000,000 in yearly revenue and the company as a whole grew to over $650,000,000.00USD.
From 2001 to 2008, Paul and the team grew NHT Global from $5,000,000 in annual revenue, to over $650,000,000 with an Independent Retailer base of over 700,000 worldwide. During this time, the company went from a penny stock to over $30 a share on the National Market Board of the NASDAQ under the symbol bhip. Furthermore, NHT Global was one of the first companies registered to conduct Network Marketing in China. The company is still publicly traded today and as of October 2018 was trading at over $30.00 a share on the NASDAQ.
Kaushik Bhatta (KB) is the founder and CEO of B3 Alliance, Inc. a management consultancy focused on strategy, marketing, and technology for growing firms. His vast experience in the event strategy and marketing space includes working with leading technology events in cities across the country backed by Amazon, Google, Netflix, and others.
Avner Schneur is a seasoned executive who combines his deep industry knowledge
of health and technology with a long track record of leading companies from early
stage to IPO. He is the President and CEO of GRM and the Founder and Managing General Partner of Kormeli, an investment group dedicated to funding and guiding early-stage technology entrepreneurs and enterprises. He is also Chairman and board member in a number of security and enterprise software companies. In late 1999, he founded Emptoris, a leading supply and contract management software company, which he led until 2011 when he successfully exited to IBM. Avner brings executive level operations experience to the team through his leadership at Vectis Corporation, a leading software vendor of electronic medical records. Avner graduated Cum Laude in Industrial Engineering, with a specialty in Information Systems, from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
Tyron Lloyd Baron – founder and CEO of InboundMuse (Malta) & KrakenAnalytics (Dublin) – is an entrepreneur and futurist who finds no greater joy than finding answers through data and science. Over the last 10 years Tyron has predominantly led private organisations from inception to fundraising & customer development in the Deeptech spheres of A.I., Machine Learning & Big Data. A big believer in how Blockchain as an infrastructural backbone is here to drive change.
Leslie José Zigel is a partner and Chair of Greenspoon Marder’s Entertainment, Media & Technology Industry Group. Mr. Zigel focuses on both the creative and business sides of the entertainment industries in the music, television, film and new technology sectors. His practice includes counseling clients in entertainment talent negotiations, record contracts, music and book publishing, providing outside general counsel services and assisting companies with corporate structuring, financing, operations, sales and acquisitions, trademarks, copyrights and employment advice.
Music is what ultimately drew Mr. Zigel to both his chosen profession as well as his passion project—jamming with his South Florida-based Grateful Dead tribute band, Spiral Light, and other musician friends. Born to classical and opera enthusiast doctors, he fell in love with classic rock and started playing percussion, piano and saxophone at a very young age.
Graduating from University of Rochester (with an interdisciplinary degree between the liberal arts school and the Eastman School of Music) cum laude and relocating to New York City, he began his career at Festival Productions Inc. In addition to serving as a producer for festivals such as Newport Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and Playboy Jazz Festival, he spearheaded the launch of American Express Platinum Card’s prestigious “By Invitation Only” program and served as the Marketing Director for the American Express Gold Card Events. Following a decade in the music business, he graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1995 where he served as Editor-in-Chief of UM’s Inter-American Law Review.
One year following graduation, Mr. Zigel joined BMG US Latin as Director of Business and Legal Affairs and was later promoted to VP, Business and Legal Affairs for the Latin American Region. As the industry changed with the advent of digital media and online file sharing, he stood at the forefront of the progression.
In 2006, Mr. Zigel branched out with his own firm ZIGLAW. He achieved accolades such as receiving Martindale-Hubbell’s “AV” Preeminent Rating and being named among Billboard Magazine’s “Super Lawyers, 50 Attorneys of Note in the Music Biz, 2014.” He would also receive mentions in Bloomberg Businessweek, Miami Herald, and Rochester Review and make multiple expert appearances on both Univision and Telemundo.
Representing artists, media companies, and executives, his current clients include numerous international pop musicians, and business clients Endemol Shine Latino, Peace Love World, Zumba, and Terra.com, to name a few. Notably, he has orchestrated partnerships for his clients with major soda brands, beer brands, and structured equity ownership deals with restaurant chains, vodka and sake brands. Continuing to tenaciously expand his clients’ brands, 2015 saw him become partner at Greenspoon Marder and the firm’s Chair of the Entertainment, Media & Technology Industry Group.
Michael Mildenberger has over 20 years of executive & visionary leadership and entrepreneurial success in technology & investment banking.
Since 2013, Michael is the Co-Founder and CEO of seriesOne Inc. a fintech solutions company, providing Technology and Services in the capital formation sector, including, but not limited to securities offerings, including Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) conducted via SEC approved exemptions such as 506(b), 506(c), Reg. CF , Reg A+. His experience contributed directly to seriesOne Inc. rapidly establishing relationships with prospective partners, service providers, and clients.
Before founding seriesOne Inc., Mr. Mildenberger was the Managing Partner of Corporate Finance Partners USA (now ACXIT Capital Partners), a leading European based Merger & Acquisitions Advisory Firm. In the 9 years he worked with the firm, he established offices in Miami, San Francisco and New York and executed more than 25 M&A transactions worth more than $2B in total transaction value. Among his clients were companies such as American Greetings, Telefonica, NBC, Samsung, Verisign, eBay, Sequoia, Axel Springer and Jamba.
Prior to this, Michael was a co-founder and CEO of two technology companies in the field of e-commerce and mobile commerce & entertainment.
Before spending six years building his own companies, Michael functioned as an independent consultant to Daimler-Benz Interservices, which handled asset management for the automobile manufacturer.
Michael holds a degree in Political Economics with special field in Latin America from the Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen/ Germany as well as a Degree in Business Administration.
Over the past three decades, Wayne’s company, M-Projects, has developed thriving golf and amenity-centered real estate projects throughout the United States and Europe. This experience gives Wayne a deep knowledge of the residential market, how people interact, and, most importantly, how to create neighborhoods that people genuinely enjoy living in. Wayne’s finely-honed aesthetic sensibilities are evident in Next Chapter’s dedication to beautiful design; clean, modern layouts; practical luxuries; and planning that promotes social ties.
– CRYPTOCURRENCY INVESTOR SINCE 2012
– 10+ YEARS EXPERIENCE CORPORATE LEADERSHIP, TECHNOLOGY, AND FINANCE
– FLUENT IN 5 LANGUAGES
– HOLDS A PH.D. CANDIDATE IN SOCIOLOGY
For over 21 years, Mr. Kwon has managed $15 billion in real estate in multiple countries across hundreds of transactions. Mr. Kwon has lead multiple firms in their real estate investment efforts in equity, debt, and structured products. He specializes in opportunistic and special situation investments, primarily real estate equity and debt.
Mr. Kwon spent seven years at Apollo Global Management where he managed $2.3 billion in real estate investments and was one of six founding members of the Real Estate Private Equity. During Mr. Kwon’s tenure, Apollo launched 7. Our Team a commercial mortgage REIT traded on the New York Stock Exchange, the US Real Estate Private Equity Fund. He also managed a variety of credit-related real estate investments including lending and CMBS investing, first mortgages, B-notes, mezzanine debt, preferred equity, and equity.
Prior to Apollo, Mr. Kwon was Portfolio Manager at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, where he managed the $6.5 billion Mortgage Private Placement Fund that managed debt-related investments and was a member of the Investment Committee in the U.S. Fixed Income Group.
Prior to J.P. Morgan, Mr. Kwon worked for the New York office of Nippon Life Insurance of Japan, where he oversaw a large office, retail and industrial portfolio of properties as well as debt-related investments.
Mr. Kwon started his financial services career at Morgan Stanley, where he was responsible for the securitization and syndication of commercial mortgages for investment banking clients and the securitization group. Mr. Kwon began his career at Battle Fowler, LLP, in 1996, which later merged into Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker.
Mr. Kwon holds a BA in political science and economics from the State University of New York Stony Brook, where he was an intercollegiate tennis and squash player. Mr. Kwon earned a JD from the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. He has taught Continuing Education at the Baruch College Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute.
Sothi Thillairajah is the CEO of Block One Capital, a publicly listed investment issuer focused on early stage blockchain technologies. Prior to Block One Capital, Sothi cofounded Finzat Block and guided the development of the company’s mortgage blockchain solution. Sothi has two decades of experience in international finance and management advising early-stage ventures. Over his career with Nomura, Commerzbank and Societe General, Sothi worked on projects in Europe, Africa and Latin America. Sothi earned a B.A. Cum Laude in Economics at the University of Rochester and holds an MBA in Finance and Statistics from the University of Chicago.
Jay Schweid’s love for entertainment and entrepreneurship begin at the age of 16. While promoting legendary clubs such as Studio 54 and Area, he transitioned his passion for tennis into founding JCS, a tennis racquet stringing & customizing business that served top tennis pros around the world. Jay then created an anonymous concierge service for athletes and celebrities which was succeeded by his launch of the Spot with Mickey Rourke, ultimately leading Jay back into the wide-open arms of the entertainment industry, where he founded ephelants.
Jay’s desire to utilize cutting edge technology to democratize the entire filmmaking process led to the launch of ephelants360. While ephelants360 has been met with high praise from thought leaders, it is Jay’s life experience and drive that will answer the cry of audiences everywhere for fresh stories, earth shattering ideas, and brilliant performances that add value to production and to our everyday lives.
Donna Redel is a businesswoman, a professor of blockchain-digital assets, an angel investor and a philanthropist. She was the managing director of The World Economic Forum, the foremost global organization combining business, political, academic, and other leaders of society committed to improving the state of the world. Ms. Redel was the first woman to chair a USA exchange , The Commodity Exchange. Following her work in global organizations, Ms. Redel began a second career as a New York City based advisor and investor focusing on financial technology, blockchain and emerging technologies. She is an active participant in the startup community with New York Angels, serving as a board member , the co-founder of the Blockchain Committee and co-chair of the Israeli Investment Committee . Ms . Redel developed and is teaching at Fordham Gabelli a course on Blockchain-Crypto-Tokens. The focus of her public service efforts are the environment, the arts, heath and promoting women’s leadership. She has a J.D. from Fordham Law School, an MBA from Columbia and a BA from Barnard College (Columbia)
Serial entrepreneur with impeccable track record. The companies founded and led by him were sold for more than $200m. Companies previously founded or cofounded:
· Sinus Cultur — property development company
· QUANTUMROCK Capital — BaFin-licensed asset manager, boutique hedge fund
· Masterpayment AG — online payments and working capital finance provider — sold in 2016 to NADAQ-listed Net1 group
· Traxpay AG — B2B real-time blockchain-based payment platform — became a strategic investment by CommerzBank and Software AG in 2013
· Crossgate AG — B2B SaaS platform, market leader — sold in 2011 to SAP
Managing Director, Logos Capital
President, Government Blockchain Assoc. Miami
Board Member, City of Miami, Mayors International Council
Board of Advisor, DigitalTown
Dan Nissanoff is a visionary entrepreneur who founded multiple venture-backed companies and is widely recognized as an expert in online marketplaces, fragmented markets, and technology-driven economies. In 1994, Dan founded PartMiner which quickly became one of the world’s first B2B virtual marketplaces and the leading online exchange for the semiconductor industry. While at Partminer, Dan invented the first commercially deployed business shopping robot and obtained various patents for marketplace technologies and business processes. In 2004, Dan founded Portero, an online marketplace focused on the secondary market for luxury goods. In 2007, Dan founded Make Meaning, an innovative retail concept focused on interactive retail entertainment in the crafting and maker space. Dan is the bestselling author of FutureShop, a critically-acclaimed treatise on the Internet and its impact on our consumer culture. Dan is an avid fantasy football player and has been involved in cryptocurrencies since 2015. He lives in Boca Raton, Florida with his wife, Amy, and pre- teen children, Asher and Phoebe.
Conn Davis is an Investment Banker with Americas Executions (AmerX), a leading Investment Bank in the blockchain technology space. Most notably AmerX is known for their involvement in the first regulated security token offering, acting as the Lead Placement Agent for tZERO. At AmerX Conn is tasked with sourcing quality deals, working closely with issuers to properly structure offerings, and distributing these offerings to a global client base.
Prior to joining Amerx Conn served as the Managing Director of Leeward Renewables LLC, a holding company focused on developing and investing in utility scale renewable energy projects and providing consulting services. In addition to his activities with Leeward Renewables Mr. Davis has provided consulting services to a variety of large corporations established in the Caribbean or looking to expand into the Region. Mr. Davis is a frequent attendee and speaker at Regional Conferences.
Prior to founding Leeward Renewables Conn spent several years as a FX Prop Trader and Portfolio Manager for two Large Single Family Offices.
Conn works passionately on behalf of a number charities in the U.S. Virgin Islands and has dedicated much of his time to post-hurricane recovery efforts.
Conn graduated from Colgate University with a concentration in Political Science and holds FINRA Series 63, 79 and 82 Licenses.
Keller Fisher is a popular speaker, author of “The First Rodeo: A Startup Founder Adventure” (spring 2019), and sought-after blockchain advisor. His skills as a top-notch litigator dovetail perfectly to his work as a startup advisor/attorney, assessing weakness in strategy and organization to protect his clients from future troubles even during uncertain times.
His legal prowess also served him well as the former CEO and founder of Unimentors, LLC, an award winning EDtech startup company pairing aspiring college students with those currently attending to ensure a good culture fit. This combined background of litigation and startup experience gives Keller a unique perspective and allows him to do a detailed and insightful legal review that provides critical, personalized legal advice to business entities and individuals.
Keller is currently a partner with DLT Law Group and founder of Keller Fisher & Associates. His areas of practice are business law, contracts, and insurance law in addition to blockchain law, and cryptocurrency. He is a Certified Blockchain Expert and advises multiple international blockchain startups. He does this work in addition to representing musicians/bands and drafting their contracts and assisting in negotiations.
The best way to describe Brett Goldman is a “Jack of All Trades”. His professional background includes experience working in economic development, international trade, communications, politics and government relations, operations, and business strategy across both the United States and Israel.
Brett is part of the Strategic Advisory Group at GenCanna Global. GenCanna is a vertically integrated producer of hemp, with a focus on social, economic, and environmental wellness through seed-to-scale agricultural production. Joining GenCanna in 2015 as one of the earliest members of the team, Brett has been directly involved in all aspects of the business, from cultivation and production to government affairs and strategy.
Brett received his BA in History (’07) and MA in Education (’08) from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his MA in Government (’10) from IDC Herzliya, but he might tell you that the most formative pieces of his education came from working on political campaigns in and around Philly after college.
Mr. Greenberg A former NYMEX Board and Executive Committee member has more than 25 years of experience working in private investments, commodities trading, and global markets. An expert on finance, Mr. Greenberg has been a guest lecturer at Universities, including Columbia Business School, The Jack Welch program at Sacred Heart University ,The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University and others
He has also been called upon to provide comments for media outlets to include CNN, FOX and CNBC. Mr. Greenberg presently serves as the Director of development at the Executive Business School – Florida Atlantic University, Ceo of Greenberg Capital LLC, and COO of Oilcoin
Founder and CEO Eli has a Ph.D. from Stanford University and was a GSB Fellow. He is an entrepreneur, startup advisor, and early-stage investor, with a 100-year family background in banking. He has founded and self-funded two consumer accessory brands, with 7-figure annual revenues and international distribution. Eli also managed Player Insights research for Zynga (pre & post-IPO), one of the world’s largest gaming companies.
Bianca Diosdado currently serves as the CEO of Quire Blockchain Consulting Services with Octagon Talent Solutions as the engine. Her passion for technology and education has helped fuel the South Florida Tech community to become a hubspot for Tech, Blockchain and Crypto enthusiasts. She has served as a mentor for the world’s premier idea stage accelerator and startup launch program, The Founder Institute since 2015. She is also a contributing writer for Forbes.com and the Forbes Technology Council.
Nariman Noursalehi received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law. After two years of practicing law, he joined Overstock.com in 2011 as Product Manager for the company’s tech incubator, Olabs. He was then named Director of SEO, where he managed the online retailer’s largest traffic channel for two years before being promoted to Vice President of Marketing/Product Development in 2016. In 2018 Nariman accepted a position at tZERO as Senior Vice President of Product Development overseeing the creation of the Security Token Offering and the tZERO trading platform.
Alex Mashinsky Founder and CEO Alex is one of the inventors of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) with a foundational patent dating back to 1994 and is now working on MOIP (Money Over Internet Protocol) technology. Over 35 patents have been issued to Alex, relating to exchanges, VOIP protocols, messaging and communication.
Alex is a serial entrepreneur and founder of seven New York City-based startups, raising more than $1 billion and exiting over $3 billion.
Alex founded two of New York City’s top 10 venture-backed exits since 2000: Arbinet, with a 2004 IPO that had a market capitalization of over $750 million; and Transit Wireless, valued at $1.2 billion. Alex has received numerous awards for innovation, including being nominated twice by E&Y as ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’, in 2002 & 2011; Crain’s 2010 Top Entrepreneur; the prestigious 2000 Albert Einstein Technology medal; and the Technology Foresight Award for Innovation (presented in Geneva at Telecom 99).
As one of the pioneers of web-based exchanges, Alex authored patents that cover aspects of the Smart Grid, ad exchanges, Twitter, Skype, App Store, Netflix streaming concept and many other popular web companies. Additionally, Arbinet’s fundraising story was featured as a case study in 2001 by Harvard Business School.
Kevin Lehtiniitty is a serial entrepreneur serving as the Chief Product Officer at Prime Trust – the blockchain driven trust company. Prime Trust is a qualified custodian for FIAT (USD, Euro – soon, RMB – soon), Digital Assets (Bitcoin, Ethereum, ERC-20 tokens, Lumens – soon, Stellar Tokens – soon), Real Estate, Stock, Bonds, and privately traded securities with both UI and API driven products. Prime Trust offers custodial services to direct consumers but focuses on providing financial services to blockchain focused businesses especially stablecoins, exchanges, and STO issuers.
Prior to Prime Trust, Kevin was the Director of Product Management for FundAmerica, a back office provider to the crowdfunding space that has processed over $1B USD in investments into Reg As, Reg Ds, Reg Ss, Reg CFs, and EB-5 projects. FundAmerica’s technology powers many of the biggest crowdfunding platforms in the market (including STO platforms) and helped pioneer the “Hybrid Reg A” raising portions from the crowd and portions traditionally then listing on an exchange.
Kevin helped write EIP 1400 to try to create an open standard for securities tokens along with representatives from various leading firms in the securities industry. In his free time, Kevin advises various blockchain based startups
Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
Saum Noursalehi is the CEO of tZERO, a global leader in the development and commercialization of blockchain-based financial technology. As CEO, Noursalehi’s focus is on accelerating the implementation of tZERO’s fintech products, including its Security Token Trading and Digital Locate Receipt platforms, as well as the creation of the industry’s first regulated Security Token exchange.
Prior to this role, Noursalehi served as president of Overstock’s retail business, where he leveraged data and technology to provide customers the best price, assortment, and convenience in the rapidly expanding home goods category. Noursalehi is also a member of Overstock’s Board of Directors, to which he was elected in 2017.
During his tenure as Overstock’s president, Noursalehi led the introduction of machine learning and artificial intelligence to create market-leading efficiencies while also providing customers with a personalized shopping experience.
Noursalehi has also been responsible for the creation of several other core technologies for Overstock since joining the company in 2005. These advancements include in-house search and recommendation engines, product sort algorithms, and a vendor application designed to optimize product content. He also spearheaded the implementation of automated email campaigns based on customer behavior. Additionally, he led a full redesign of both the desktop and mobile websites, and oversaw the development of Overstock’s mobile apps, which have won six consecutive Mobile Web Awards from the Web Marketing Association, as well as the 2018 Appy for Best Retail App.
Before joining Overstock, Noursalehi worked as a software engineer at the Utah Administrative Office of the Courts, Brooks Automation, and technology startup Infopia. Noursalehi received a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah, has been profiled in publications such as Wired, and was a recipient of the 2015 Utah Business Forty Under 40 award honoring Utah’s top up-and-coming professionals.
Charles Wyman is a co-founder and the Chief Investment Officer of XResearch, Crypto Online Media. Before joining XResearch, Mr. Wyman was a Partner, Portfolio Manager, and Chief Risk Officer at Seaport Investment Management, a multi-asset fund investing in fixed income securities, equities, derivatives, and commodities. He has also served as an advisor to ICOs such as BankEx. Prior experience includes Head of Global Credit Research at Pacific Investment Management Co (PIMCO), Senior Credit Research Analyst in Morgan Stanley’s Global High Yield department, where he placed second as the high yield analyst for the energy sector in Institutional Investor’sAnnual All-American Fixed Income Research Team, and 10 years in investment banking at Lehman Brothers in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and equity capital markets, and as an equity analyst.
Zhivargo Laing is a Bahamian business consultant. He is a former Minister of Economic Development and Minister of Finance in The Bahamas who lead the government’s policy efforts in the areas of financial services, international trade, foreign investment and e-government development for some ten years. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, with graduate studies at The George Washington University and the Robert Kennedy College/University of Cumbria School of Business, Zhivargo training is in economics, finance, business and leadership. Zhivargo was a key government leader during the Great Recession of 2008. He was responsible for leading the country’s fiscal stimulus programme, developing the country’s 24/7 E-government platform, laying the foundation for the country’s small and medium size business development legislation, and re-engineering the country’s business license and fiscal reform regime. Zhivargo’s work with the Bahamas Financial Services Board help to craft the country’s strategic direction for the industry. He was also the lead policy negotiator on the country’s response to a number of international regulatory developments impacting the financial services sector. As an expert on the Bahamian economy, government operations and conducting business within The Bahamas, Zhivargo now serves as Executive Director of the Government and Public Policy Institute at the University of The Bahamas. He is also an author, radio talk host and columnist. He is married and has four children.
Alexander Varvarenko is a Founder of VARAMAR Group – the fist shipping (ocean-transport) company to introduce and use Bitcoin in freight payments, and involved in general and heavy & oversized cargo, and Veles Bulk – carrier of dry-bulk cargo. Both companies have offices in Hamburg, Genoa, Odessa, Dubai, Limassol and soon in Vancouver.
In October 2017 Alexander launched SHIPNEXT – a Digital Shipping Marketplace with fully automated e-mail recognition and processing, calculation and matching platform, as well as a chartering & contract management solution. In September 2018 SHIPNEXT delivered a solution for electronic Bills of Lading and Smart Contracts in Shipping.
Mr. Varvarenko succeeded in automating and digitalizing the most complex segment of shipping – dry-bulk, wet-bulk, and heavy/oversized cargo.
His next step is to connect other modes of transport, transportation related platforms and introduce a full scale crypto-currency freight payments in Ship Tokens.
The main goal, however, is to create a Decentralized blockchain-based Supply Chain Ecosystem.
Alexander has was a software developer before he graduated the Maritime Universities in Odessa and London, and since then has a 17 years experience in the shipping industry.
James Andrew is the founder and CEO of Global Liquidity, Inc.
Global Liquidity will “level-up” the trading experience with a mobile-first, 3D Native, embeddable web-based market interface driven by a decentralized, global liquidity network.
James’ long-term goal is to introduce trading to the next billion traders on Earth by presenting a gamified interface to the world’s digital asset markets.
Before starting Global Liquidity, James’ worked as Technical Director at Omega One, a ConsenSys mesh company.
James is also the organizer of “James’ Crypto Tree House”, the most active and loved community-oriented crypto group in New York.
Zack is the Head of Marketing & Content at SuperRare.co, an Ethereum based platform & community for discovering, creating and collecting one of a kind works of art from digital artists around the world. Passionate about the incredible opportunity that blockchain technology presents for creators of all kinds as we move into this new age of digital media.
Steven Sprague is the CEO of Rivetz Corp. and one of the principle industry evangelists for the application of trusted computing technology. Steven has a strong technical foundation in the principles, capabilities and business models of incorporating trusted hardware into everyday computing, and is skilled at translating these concepts into layman’s terms.
Steven Sprague was successful at Wave System Corp. a Nasdaq company, taking the company from delisting in 1997 to over a 2 billion dollar valuation in 2000 and leading the industry in OEM and enterprise trusted computing software. Rivetz has been an early participant in the ICO process and completed a token launch event in sept of 2017. Developing early models for utility token security and services. Steven has served as both a board member and advisor to a number of early stage startup companies. Steven holds multiple patents in the area of trusted computing, data security and microtransactions. Steven graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering.
Recognized by The National Law Journal as a Regulatory and Compliance Trailblazer (2015), and also as a Cryptocurrency/Blockchain/FinTech Trailblazer (2018), Stephen Obie concentrates his practice advising multinational corporations and individuals on U.S. securities and commodities law compliance, as well as in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space.
Stephen represents clients in enforcement investigations before the Securities & Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and Financial Regulatory Authority.
He currently represents Overstock.com and its financial technology subsidiary t0.com concerning their use of blockchain technology to trade securities, and also acts as strategic advisor to t0.com as it pioneers the blockchain technology space. He led the team that obtained the first ever effective registration statement that contemplates a public offering utilizing blockchain technology.
His extensive experience includes investigating and litigating cases involving: false reporting of pricing benchmarks, including LIBOR; manipulation of electricity options; manipulation and false reporting in the natural gas market; foreign currency fraud; disruptive trading by an algorithmic trader; whistleblowers; disclosure of material and nonpublic information; and misuse of customer funds, segregation violations, and failure to supervise.
During his 15 years at the CFTC, Stephen held several top positions including Acting Director of the CFTC’s Division of Enforcement, and co-chair of the Securities and Commodities Subcommittee of the President’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. While at the CFTC, he advised senior management and presidential appointees on enforcement and policy matters, interacting frequently with federal authorities and international regulators.
Stephen is a regular panelist on legislative, regulatory, and enforcement developments in the commodities and derivatives markets and has been interviewed by leading newspapers and television programs on many topics, including blockchain.
Mike Johns sits at the intersection between technology and entertainment. He’s become a sought after deal negotiator, brokering deals with, among countless others, ESPN, T-Mobile, Microsoft, NBC, and most recently iHeart Radio followed by Radio One. Johns specialty is connecting creative marketing with non-traditional revenue, media buying, digital asset management, organizing events, and public relations Johns began his career as mobile content provider for T-Mobile and quickly leveraged his success to become a in-demand content provider serving telecom companies such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. With a Jamaican ‘hard core’ work ethic, innovative marketing concepts and an eye for talent, Johns has put his ‘mobile touch’ on brands such as Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Jerry Springer, Maury Povich, Oscar winning rap duo Three Six Mafia, Remy Ma, even former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson all of whose careers have launched into super stardom.
Today Johns is focused on creating innovative experiences for emerging technologies in unexpected environments. He is passionate about how the data and technologies of both yesterday and today can be used to shape tomorrow. Johns is also a founding member of I Am Digital, a non-profit organization that’s dedicated to the promotion of digital literacy and creating smart cities, citizens and families. He is working to tailor STEAM learning in the US, Jamaica and several developing countries worldwide. In the past year since its inception, I Am Digital has helped train a slew of teachers, students and government officials highlighting the importance of digital literacy and its impact on the future of work.
To know his name is to know his voice and the message he speaks – Osei “The Dark Secret” Kweku – is perhaps the ‘stealth’ golden voice of today’s hip hop culture. Osei began his radio career in Philly, and since then, has interviewed Hollywood’s Who’s Who from Beyonce to the former President Jimmy Carter, from Janet Jackson to 50 Cent. He has cleverly mastered and merge his love for music, tech and philanthropy into a trans-continental culture exchange by way of digital media. Osei ‘the dark secret’ reppin’ iHeart Radio.
From Hip-Hop superstardom to tech entrepreneurship, Pras Michel is an innovator who pushes boundaries and shatters preconceived notions.
The son of Haitian immigrants, Pras formed The Fugees’ with high school classmates Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean. After the success of their seminal work, The Score, Pras went on to forge a successful solo career with the international hit single “Ghetto Supastar,” featuring Mya and the late Old Dirty Bastard.
In 2006, Pras turned his attention to documentary filmmaking with Skid Row, Los Angeles, which shed light on homelessness. In 2016, Pras unveiled a documentary entitled Sweet Micky For President, which chronicled Haitian musician Michel Martelly’s campaign to become President of Haiti and Pras’ role in reshaping Martelly into a politician looking to fight corruption.
During the 2018 Super Bowl, Pras Michel teased his latest endeavor, Blacture. The multifaceted platform will usher in a new era, illuminating Black brilliance globally through education and empowerment. One of Blacture’s most exciting elements will be the Blacture M1, a blockchain-based smartphone that gives consumers incentives for use. The Blacture M1 will be the first blockchain-based phone to hit the US market.
More info: https://prasmichel.com/ and https://blacture.com/
Andreas Borg is an award winning digital artist using technology to bring ideas to life. He is the Founder and Creative Director of Elevated, a New York based creative technology studio merging art & code. His work often involve using algorithms to generate audiovisual experiences. His data visualizations and interactive installations can be seen at the 9/11 Memorial, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian design museum, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, and at Ethereal NYC 2018.
Elevated recently collaborated with both ConsenSys and the Tendermint team, on interactive art projects to help educate the public about the inner workings of their respective blockchains.
Brian Young is an entrepreneur with deep subject matter expertise in blockchain, payment, security and telecom. Mr. Young is the Founder and CEO of CUVIA Labs. CUVIA is a blockchain consultancy that specializes in token economic, token development, DApp development, investor due diligence and education. Prior to starting CUVIA Labs, Mr. Young spent ten years in the payment industry as the founder of Chief Payment Officer, a payment consultancy that specialized in helping large retailers like FootLocker, Ross Store and LegalZoom minimize their payment processing expense through the company’s proprietary data analysis tools. Mr. Young was also the Founder and CEO of Thor Technologies, Inc. Thor developed one of the first identity management systems to utilize a state machine, customizable provisioning processes and a patented adapter factory. Thor’s Xellerate product allowed large enterprises to manage user identity across multiple heterogeneous systems. Thor was purchased by the Oracle Corporation and its Xellerate product became Oracle Identity Manager, the #1 selling access rights management platform in the world.
Mr. Busch is the first appointed Chief Market Intelligence Officer of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). He reports directly to the Chairman of the CFTC and engages with the CFTC’s Market Intelligence Unit as well as market participants, industry analysts, economists, policy makers, and other regulators.
Well known for his appearances on CNBC, FOXBusiness, and BNN, Mr. Busch is a trusted expert speaking on the core of economics, politics, culture and the media. His upbeat and humorous style has been crafted over five years of weekly appearances talking politics with Maria Bartiromo on CNBC and two years as an analyst on CNBC’s Money in Motion. Andy breaks down complex economic issues and makes them relevant to people’s lives, families, and careers.
While appearing on CNBC, Andy held the role of Global Currency and Public Policy Strategist for Bank of Montreal, one of Canada’s leading investment banks. His radio show, “Engage with Andy Busch” brings top minds together for lively discussions on economics, politics and culture including Congressman Peter Roskam, CFTC Commissioner Christopher Giancarlo, and JPM’s chief economist Jim Glassman.
He is also an author (World Event Trading), financial journalist (Stocks, Futures, and Options Magazine) and newspaper market analyst (Globe and Mail). Before going into analysis, he was the top currency trader for Northern Trust and Harris Bank in Chicago. As a financial expert, he testified on Capitol Hill on the effectiveness of the 2009 Obama Administration fiscal stimulus plan.
Mr. Busch earned an MBA in international finance from the University of Chicago and was Phi Beta Kappa at Ohio Wesleyan University. He brings a world of experience, from Main Street to Wall Street, when discussing the US and global economy, world events, and politics. His innovative, thought-provoking commentary will resonate with your audience and help them understand the forces impacting their world.
Keith Smith is the vice president of threat intelligence at R9B. Mr. Smith is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of refined threat
intelligence systems and products, providing timely, accurate, relevant, and predictive cyber threat intelligence for clients.
Mr. Smith is a retired veteran of the United States Army and Intelligence Community with over 20 years of experience in military and civilian special intelligence operations, training, and leadership.
His multidisciplinary background includes assignments as both a HUMINT core collector and a senior SIGINT analyst for the Department of Defense. Mr. Smith is a retired veteran of the United States Army and Intelligence Community with over 20 years of experience in military and civilian special intelligence operations, training, and leadership. His multidisciplinary background includes assignments as both a HUMINT core collector and a senior SIGINT analyst for the Department of Defense. He is fluent in numerous Eastern European languages including Hungarian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Ukrainian, Slovenian, Slovak, Polish, and Czech. Prior to joining R9B, Mr. Smith held a variety of operational and leadership assignments in sensitive overseas locations.
Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from Texas A&M Central Texas, an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies from Central Texas College, and an Associate of Arts in Russian Studies from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. He also holds a number of IT industry professional certifications.
Founder of Bitt.com and BaseTwo.com, Oliver is a global advocate on digital fiat currency and distributed ledger technology, a serial entrepreneur, and in his free time an award winning recording artist.
Championing educational and policy making discussions at the United Nations, International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Commonwealth Secretariat, Caribbean Development Bank, MIT, Columbia University, as well as numerous central bank forums and stages around the world, Oliver is a leader in the field of central bank digital currency and the development of DLT in the Caribbean. He is a member of the Financial Inclusion Global Initiative (FIGI), a Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation project launched in collaboration with the World Bank and UN to set global policy frameworks for digital currency.
In 2017 Oliver ventured seed stage project incubation and digital asset management, founding BaseTwo.com, whose portfolio includes PayMachine.io, Apereum.com and BaseTwo.Capital. Oliver previously founded CaribHash and Cryptocurrency Capital Management, respectively the Caribbean’s first industrial cryptocurrency mining and private digital asset investment group. A University of Bristol alumni from the School of Economics, Finance and Management, Oliver is a seasoned crypto investor.
Sally Eaves brings a depth of experience from both CEO and CTO roles, as a Professor of Advanced Technologies and as Global Strategic Advisor. She specializes in the application and integration of Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and associated emergent technologies. Sally works globally with bleeding-edge disruptors, governments, academia and leading corporate institutions to apply her expertise for achieving sustainable competitive advantage alongside purpose-driven change.
A member of the Forbes Technology Council, Sally is an award winning international keynote speaker, author and influencer with globally leading rankings across all advanced technology disciplines, digital transformation, future of work and social innovation aligned to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. She is the Social Impact lead for the UK Government Blockchain Association and has a thought leadership column for CoinRivet, specializing in quality coverage of blockchain and cryptocurrency developments.
Sally is also a leading advocate for opening-up access to opportunity and has founded Aspirational Futures to help skill, empower and support the next generation of interdisciplinary talent into careers yet to be conceived, alongside scaling the application of disruptive technology as an enabler for both business and social good.
Mark has been a people and project manager for over 15 years at IBM, who’s worked on both legacy products and new emerging technologies within IBM and in conjunction with open source product development. His current role is on one such open source project focused on an emerging technology, blockchain. He helped lead the creation of Hyperledger Fabric, a popular open source blockchain technology owned by the Linux Foundation. He is working with many companies on the use of this and IBM’s enterprise enhancements. Mark is based in Raleigh, North Carolina and loves to golf and fish to disconnect.
Andrei Anisimov is the VP of technology at 8base, Mathematician, developer, cryptology expert, cyber specialist, and now building a blockchain-based company himself.
Mauricio Angee is the Chief Information Security Officer at Mount Sinai Medical Center, formerly at NASA, Harris Corp, and Universal – who’ll provide the perspective of the corporate users of cyber sec while also being very interested in possible innovation in the cyber field
Edwin Handschuh, Co-founder and CEO of 1Konto, is responsible for managing the overall operations and resources of the company. Prior to starting his own company with his brothers, Ed was in wealth management at Wells Fargo Advisors where he worked primarily with high net worth individuals on growing, managing and protecting their assets. He succeeded in this by understanding what clients required to make sound investment decisions, feel comfortable with the path they chose and think of problems and solutions before they realized they had either. Portfolio construction, trading, investment strategy, portfolio analysis, trend analysis all plays into doing what’s right for the client.
Ed’s primary interests for the last 15 years have been within the financial markets and technology space. The inner workings of markets, psychology, politics and the role tech plays in all of the above has always fascinated him. His knowledge of these topics assisted him in his prior job, but are more important today and moving forward. It’s allowed him to identify the cryptocurrency markets need for a broker-dealer in the space and the comfort of navigating the broker-dealer regulations to make it happen. The management and responsibility aspect of his financial advisory role made him confident in his abilities of setting a vision, communicating that vision and putting the team together to make it a reality. Realizing that he enjoyed assisting people and making their lives better by securing their retirement, Ed felt he could impact more people in a bigger way through 1Konto.
Ed graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science and finance.
Mike McGlone is a senior commodity strategist for Bloomberg Intelligence, a unique research platform that provides context on industries, companies, and government policy, available on the Bloomberg Professional service at BI . Mr. McGlone specializes in the broad investible commodity markets.
Mr. McGlone joined Bloomberg in 2016 with over 25 years of futures and commodity trading and investing experience, beginning at the Chicago Board of Trade. Prior to joining Bloomberg, he was a head of US research at ETF Securities. Prior to ETF Securities, Mr. McGlone headed the commodity business at S&P Indices. His previous roles included head of futures research at ABN Amro and VP research, analyst, trader, sales at Aubrey G. Lanston / IBJ Futures.
Mr. McGlone has an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago and bachelor’s of science and arts degrees from Illinois State University. He is a CFA Charter holder and has earned a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation.
Gunther Sonnenfeld is a seasoned technologist, global strategist and respected cryptoeconomist. Gunther has participated in groundbreaking ventures within the social impact and ecology spaces that have raised several hundred million in seed capital & garnered over $2.5 billion in transactions.
Daniel Stabile is a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Financial Services and Litigation Practice Groups. The firm’s Financial Services Practice Group has been recognized by Chambers USA as a Band 1 banking and financial practice area since its first publication.
In the financial services arena, Daniel advises clients operating in the distributed ledger and virtual currency spaces with respect to regulatory issues. He has advised issuers of native tokens, digital currency exchanges, cryptocurrency broker-dealers, digital currency “ATM” businesses, “mining” operations, and currently is lead counsel for a New York-based client seeking to conduct the first SECregistered initial coin offering.
Daniel currently teaches a course – one of the first of its kind – on blockchain and virtual currency regulation at the University of Miami Law School. He speaks regularly on digital currency regulation in various forums, including at the Florida International Bankers Association (“FIBA”) AML Conference, which is regarded as the landmark annual antimoney laundering conference for the financial industry. He also advises government officials domestically and abroad regarding virtual currency technology and regulation. In addition, Daniel serves as the Co-Chairman of the FIBA Innovations Committee, which presently is working with legislators and market participants to advance sensible legislation and regulation impacting the virtual currency industry, and he is a founding member of the Florida Blockchain Foundation.
Troy Davis the managing partner at TD Consulting Group (TDCG). The firm partners with other leading consulting firms primarily in the Financial Services industry by providing independent consultants that specialize in Finance, Operations, Regulatory Reporting and Technology. In 2017, TDCG expanded its area of focus to include Blockchain technologies to help increase operational efficiencies and controls, while simultaneously helping to reduce costs.
Steven speaks regularly at global conferences (including CES, DLD Munich, Digital Hollywood, The Wrap, TIFF & the ATT Developers Conference) and universities (including Columbia, Yale, NYU and The Beijing Film Academy).
Steven Haft is an elected Member of the US & British Motion Picture Academies and Trustee (Emeritus) of Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. He was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg as a Director of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Corporation, a public/private real estate developer.He is also a BoD Member of the Blockchain Social Impact Coalition and the Presidential Scholars Foundation.
In 2015, Steven Haft was named a Fellow of the Disruptor Foundation by Prof. Clay Christensen of the Harvard Business School, where Haft completed the Executive Education Program on Leading Change and Organizational Renewal. In 2016 Haft was a convener of the Fortune Global Forum, “Forging A New Social Compact” at the Vatican, hosted by His Holiness Pope Francis.
A trained lawyer, Steven Haft is a member of The Bar of the United States Supreme Court. His law career includes three years at the ACLU, after the Office of The Mayor of New York, the Stern Fund and the Rockefeller Family Offices, working on community and human rights programs. As a social impact entrepreneur, Haft was a Co-Founder of Earth Day and The Creative Coalition.
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While attending the University of Michigan, Jeremy founded the Blockchain Education Network (BEN), a global educational nonprofit. He went on to cofound Augur, the decentralized prediction market platform, and lead their ICO—the first ever on Ethereum and first “utility token.” In 2016, Jeremy started a new company, SAAVHA. Most recently, Jeremy worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence and investor at Blockchain Capital, where he sourced over a half dozen investments and helped structure the firm’s landmark security token ICO. Jeremy has also served as the founding editor-in-chief of Distributed magazine. He advises some of the top startups in the industry and is often cited in the press surrounding blockchain technology.
Practically conceived in startup culture, Herwig has been working for startups since he first worked for Venture Capital backed startups in NYC at the age of 14. Afterwards, Herwig joined The Launch Pad (career center for entrepreneurs at the University of Miami) where he helped hundreds of student & alumni entrepreneurs launch and improve their businesses. For his efforts, Herwig won the Miami Technology Leader of the Year award in 2015 and was featured as one of Forbes’ 15 Brightest College Entrepreneurs. Herwig is well-known for founding InvestReady, a compliance-tech company that provides investor verification software for clients such as Mercedes-Benz, Securtize, and top 100 ICOs and exchanges/ protocols. Herwig is also a board member and the former managing director of the Miami Venture Capital Association, where he helped new fund managers and existing institutional investors with deal flow, resources, contacts, and best practices for launching and managing VC funds. Most recently, Herwig has been investing and advising ICOs, including launching the first dual security and utility token offering of its kind with Miami-based facial recognition company Kairos. This led to Herwig teaming up with Mario Pazos to form Security Token
Group, an organization focused on developing the Security Token industry and helping issuers compliantly and successfully raise capital using a security token offering.
Manny Alicandro is an attorney with broad expertise in compliance, risk management, regulation, controls, surveillance, supervision, and governance. He has worked in diverse leadership roles in alternative asset management, banking, management consulting, electronic markets, trading technology and regulation, and is a frequent industry speaker, panelist, webcaster, and published author.
Manny was General Counsel at MANA Partners, a trading, technology and asset management firm, where Manny led all strategic and tactical legal initiatives and was involved in the firm’s incubation of new FinTech and RegTech. Previous to MANA, he was Director of the Financial Services Risk and Regulatory Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Advisory Services LLC where he advised clients on the overall management and performance of their business with a focus on compliance management, regulation, risk, controls, and governance. Prior to PwC, Manny was Executive Director and Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase covering cash equities and electronic trading.
Earlier in his career, through his almost ten years at NASDAQ where he was an Assistant General Counsel and President of BOX Regulation, he developed his expertise in electronic trading, U.S. trading regulations, management of electronic exchanges, and market structure issues. Prior to working for NASDAQ, Manny spent almost thirteen years in compliance and regulatory leadership roles working for several large securities firms and FINRA. During this time, he gained in-depth knowledge of legal and regulatory compliance issues pertaining to equities, derivatives, options and futures markets.
Manny has a BA from New York University, an MS from Pace University, a JD from New York Law School and an MBA from MIT. He is a member of the Bar, State of New York and is admitted in the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, the US Tax Court and the US Supreme Court.
Matthew Kohen is an attorney, entrepreneur, and technology enthusiast with experience in advising technology companies in a variety of industries. Matthew is General Counsel and Blockchain Evangelist at 8base. In addition to his role as general counsel, he also carries business development responsibilities within the blockchain community for 8base.
Prior to joining 8base, Matthew was a practicing attorney at Carlton Fields, a leading national law firm, where he served as co-chair of the blockchain technology and digital currency practice group. While at Carlton Fields, he represented some of the blockchain industry’s most innovative companies in a variety of corporate and regulatory matters. Matthew is a frequent speaker and panelist at blockchain conferences and events, where he has presented on a number of legal problems facing members of the blockchain community, including issues related to protocol developer liability, the application of existing regulatory regimes to companies utilizing disruptive technologies, as well as the impact of federal and state laws and regulations on companies conducting token sales. He has also authored numerous publications on legal issues, including the first-ever treatise analyzing the laws of all 50 states insofar as they pertain to digital assets.
Nelson is the founder and CEO of Cadence, the leading investment platform for tokenized alternative assets. He is a 3x startup founder with several years of experience at the top investment management firms such as Bank of America and BlackRock. Before Cadence, he founded and led a startup consultancy helping companies build products and raise over $250M in venture funding. He currently serves as an advisor to an ultra high net worth family office and is an active angel investor with notable investments including BlockFi, Cadre, Clover, dv01, Tala and Uala.
Dan has been President of Trident Fund Services, Inc. since October 2013 and has been in the fund administration industry since 2004. He began his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen in Atlanta and graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.S. in Accountancy in 1991. Dan is a board member of the Southeast Hedge Fund Association and serves on the Committee of Hearts for Help for Children – Atlanta.
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Edward Woodford is the CEO of Seed, a US-based crypto spot market and CFTC registered derivatives execution venue. Seed offers an institutional trading venue with FIX and binary connectivity as well as a robust compliance eco-system. Edward co-founded Seed Futures, which was acquired by Dough, Inc. in early 2017. Edward has led the development of multiple certified derivative products and is a specialist in market micro-structure. He has been named one of Chicago’s 20 in their 20s by Crain’s.
Albert Santalo is a computer scientist, Internet entrepreneur and angel investor with experience in high growth, venture-backed technology companies. His passion lies in designing products and building companies that disrupt traditional business models. He is an advocate for empowering entrepreneurs everywhere to build Silicon Valley technology companies in their local communities and was standing alongside President Obama at the signing of the Jobs Act in 2012. He is founder and CEO of 8base, a low-code development platform and developer ecosystem that is using disruptive technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence to greatly accelerate digital transformation. He is also a board member and/or advisor to various technology ventures and has raised in excess of $100 million for his companies.
He is the former Chairman and CEO of CareCloud, a company he founded in 2009 that is working to modernize the antiquated healthcare industry with a cloud-based platform. CareCloud reached #127 on the 2014 Inc. 500 list and is backed by NVP, Intel Capital, First Data Corp. and others. Previously, he was Founder and CEO of Avisena, a revenue cycle management company for physicians. Prior to Avisena, he worked at the Hackett Group / Answerthink (NASDAQ: HCKT), a management consulting firm, where he served as a director in the IT Transformation and Strategy Practice. During his tenure at Answerthink, he worked with Global 2000 companies, assisting them with technology strategy and transformation initiatives.
Mario is an Executive, Entrepreneur and Blockchain Angel Investor & Advisor. He started out in the Blockchain space investing in companies in both equity and tokens generating successful returns which lead to community involvement and advising. Mario is an Advisor for two successful Blockchain companies, Wabi and Kairos.
As an active member of the Miami Venture Capital Association (MVCA), Mario acts as a moderator and panelist at Blockchain forums and a liaison for Blockchain companies. In 2017, Mario was invited to speak about his Blockchain experience at the Hybrid Summit in Macau.
Mario has more than 14 years of management experience for different multinationals in Finance, Consumer Electronics & Information Technologies. Mario also serves as the COO of Pazos Law Group, helping turn it into the 6th fastest growing law firm in the US. Prior to joining PLG, Mario worked as a Vice President at MasterCard, Senior Vice President at Citi, Senior Marketing Manager at Sony, and Business Analyst at Microsoft,
Mario received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Universidad del Pacifico in Lima, Peru, where he was born and raised, and his MBA from the University of Miami.
Adi Divgi has been President and CIO of EA Global, his family investment vehicle, since its 2005 inception. He is also Head of Alternative Investments at Catalina, a $3+bn AUM reinsurer. From 2011-14, Mr. Divgi oversaw the Opportunistic Fixed Income investment program at the New York City Bureau of Asset Management. With approval from the 4 participating Boards of Trustees, he executed $3.6 billion in capital commitments. Mr. Divgi is a graduate of the Huntsman Program, with a BA in International Studies (Spanish minor) from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Economics and MBA in Finance from Wharton.
Mr. Babay is concurrently the Chairman and CEO of HealthSapiens, a decentralized Global digital healthcare ecosystem and the CEO & Chief Investment Officer of Intrinsic Value Investment Partners, a hedge fund that is value focused. Mr. Babay has over 15 years of entrepreneurial and global investing and corporate finance experience allocating capital across the capital structure (credit and equity), angel investing, liquid and illiquid investments in securities. Mr. Babay started his Wall Street career at Lehman Brothers’ Mergers and Acquisition department. As a result of his stellar achievements, Mr. Babay was invited to join the Center of Excellence team of Principal Investing and, later joined the Capital Structure Arbitrage desk. A notable achievement at the global macro level was Mr. Babay’s call of the Housing Market Bubble in late 2005, which was mentioned in Larry McDonald’s book, “Colossal Failure of Common Sense.” Mr. Babay left Lehman Brothers in 2006 and joined Foxhill Capital, a distressed/ special situation hedge fund, as a partner and member of the investment committee.
Prior to his Wall Street experience, Mr. Babay implemented the global strategy for various international companies across the Middle East and Europe. Mr. Babay is proficient in three languages, English, French and Arabic, and possesses significant knowledge and understanding of global trends and their impact on current market conditions. Mr. Babay has published numerous studies and analysis while at Columbia University. Mr. Babay is member of the board of director and Chairman of the compensation committee of GLYECO, a publicly traded company, principally involved in processing of waste into high quality ethylene glycol. Mr Babay also is a member of the Board of Directors of ABANA, Overground Arts Alliance, and Chairman of the Board of the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. (FAF). Mr. Babay received an MBA from Columbia Graduate School of Business.
Adam Mastrelli works in Strategy & Business Development for IBM Blockchain Ecosystem and is a proven problem solver and promoter.
Adam has designed his life to avoid complacency and has crafted an expansive range of experiences that include documentary filmmaking, professional stage and film acting, and NGO management. Adam received his BA in from Duke University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Florida. He continues to push himself in every aspect of his life, completing the New York City marathon and the 56-mile Comrades ultra marathon in South Africa. He is proficient in Italian and Spanish and can make small talk in Swedish and Zulu. He thrives on new technologies, global experiences, and the next challenge that lies ahead.
René Bostic was appointed as the Technical Vice President of Innovation and Technologies for IBM Cloud Worldwide. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she leads the Cloud technical sales mission for Blockchain, multicloud, Data Science, Serverless & Container Computing and Cognitive Services.
During her executive career, René gained a wealth of international experience from directing over 450 Information Technology Specialists and Architects globally in North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle Eastern Asia (MEA), Asia Pacific (AP), Greater China Group (GCG) and Japan. From 2013-2014, she was appointed by the IBM Rational Brand General Manager to co-chair a BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) growth market initiative which resulted in significant business outcomes.
Carolyn Rogers is a Blockchain Offering Manager at IBM, responsible for go-to-market and strategy for the IBM Blockchain Platform. Previously, Carolyn served in strategic marketing roles across IBM Cloud, Ecosystem Development, and Corporate Advertising. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and is currently pursuing an MBA at NYU Stern.
Laura Loughran is a Product Manager within IBM’s Blockchain group. She is currently bringing to market the IBM Food Trust Solution, a Blockchain ecosystem bringing transparency in the food chain, accountability, and traceability to retailers, suppliers, farmers and more.
Prior to IBM Blockchain, Laura spent 2+ years working in Watson, building predictive analytics solutions for marketers. She previously worked in management consulting and graphic design. Laura studied Politics at Princeton University. She currently resides in New York, NY.
Zac is the CEO at BlockFi, the largest and only institutionally backed USD lender in the crypto ecosystem. His experience includes leadership roles at multiple successful tech companies. Initially in adtech, where he was a part of two successful acquisitions, Admeld (Acquired by Google) and Sociomantic (acquired by DunnHumby). Prior to starting BlockFi, he led business development teams at Orchard Platform, a broker dealer and RIA in the online lending sector, and Zibby, an online consumer lender. He graduated Cum Laude from Texas State University with a BA in International Business and minor in Spanish.
John Riley is the CEO and Co-Founder of C-N-C Blockchain Advisory company. He has over 17 years’ experience in the software applications space working for companies like Oracle and SAP. He has primarily worked in consulting services sector assisting organizations with software implementations, business process changes, digital transformation initiative’s and end-user adoption training and education. He’s also a
U.S. Marine war veteran.
He is the Organizer of the West Palm Beach Blockchain Meet-Up group and
Co-Organizer of the West Palm Beach Linux Foundation Hyperledger Blockchain
Scott Army is the Founder and CEO of Vision Hill Advisors. Scott has 13+ years of experience in the Financial Services Industry including portfolio and risk management, trading, investing, and capital markets activity. Prior to founding Vision Hill, Scott was an Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase where he spent 11 years as a high yield corporate bond and credit derivatives trader from 2005 to 2016. Scott was responsible for managing a ~$500mm-$1bln average gross notional portfolio of proprietary risk capital for JPMorgan in addition to acting as an institutional market maker and trader for firm clients. Scott was also the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Wave Technologies, a privately held software development and advisory business. Scott graduated magna cum laude with a BSBA in Finance and International Business from Georgetown University.
Adrian Baschuk is a Miami Beach native and longtime Journalist and Producer. Beginning his career in Miami at WPLG, he’s gone on to CNN, MSNBC, Discovery, and now produces CNBC Crypto Trader and corresponds focused on blockchain use cases.
Jalak Jobanputra is Founding Partner of Future\Perfect Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund in NYC focused on next generation technology such as blockchain and machine learning. FPV’s portfolio includes Abra, Open Garden, Blockstream, Bitpesa, FuseMachines, Everledger and Blockchain. Jalak was awarded Institutional Investor’s Top Fintech Dealmakers in 2017 and 2016. In 2017, she was cited as a “Top 5 Investor Powering the Blockchain Boom” and CB Insights noted FPV as one of the top VC funds in blockchain “before it was cool”. Since founding the firm, she has spoken on blockchain technology at many global conferences, including the Milken Global Institute, Dutch Development Bank/FMO annual meeting, and The Economist Buttonwood Gathering.
Prior to FPV, Jobanputra was the Director of Emerging Market Mobile Investments at Omidyar Network, a philanthrocapitalist fund started by Pierre Omidyar, co-founder of eBay. Previously, she worked at Intel Capital investing in enterprise software in Silicon Valley from 1999-2003. as well as New Venture Partners and the NYC Investment Fund where she formed one of NYC’s first seed funds and helped establish the Fintech Innovation Lab in 2010. She started her career as a media/tech/telecom investment banker in NYC and London. Jobanputra is also active in supporting education reform and social entrepreneurship. She servedas a Trustee of Achievement First Bushwick Charter Schools (Brooklyn). She is on the Board of Directors for the Center for an Urban Future, Advisory Board of L’Oreal’s Women in Digital Initiative, member of Mayor DeBlasio’s Broadband Taskforce, and former Access to Capital Committee member of the US Secretary of State Clinton Women’s Leadership Council. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with a B.S. in Economics (concentration in Finance) from The Wharton School and a B.A. in Communications from the Annenberg School. She received her MBA from Kellogg in 1999.
Ran Neu Neo is a top 10 global crypto influencer. Ran was one of Africa’s leading entrepreneurs and founder of OnChain Capital focused on digital assets. His weekly show is produced in studio in the field worldwide offering unparalleled access and insight into crypto and blockchain development.
Wendy is a senior corporate lawyer with over 15 years of private practice and in-house counsel experience. She has extensive experience working with technology companies including start-ups having worked as Chief Legal Officer of Block.one (EOS) and Cooley LLP in the Silicon Valley, California previously, and has particular expertise providing advice in relation to distributed ledger technology projects and blockchain tokens. Wendy started her career at Torys LLP in Toronto and recently spent time living and working in Asia.
Wendy’s broad corporate/commercial law experience also includes corporate restructurings, VC/private equity transactions, setting up regulatory/compliance programs, launching investment funds, IPOs, joint venture transactions, and complex M&A. She was formerly Assistant General Counsel for the large NYSE-listed reinsurance company, Allied World Assurance Co. Holdings, which was recently acquired by Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. for US$4.9 billion.
In addition to California and Ontario, Canada, Wendy has practiced law in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda and is an offshore law specialist. Wendy has been recommended as a leading lawyer in Legal 500 Caribbean and has been included on Citywealth’s IFC Power Women Top 200 list.
Wendy is a frequent speaker at conferences and regulatory roundtables around the world.
James Haft has 30 years experience in emerging markets and early-stage finance in tech. Since 2015, James has focussed on the political, social and economic impact of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, including advising 7 ICOs and co-founding ClimateCoin. He has been advisor to over 50 Internet and Venture-backed entities, mentored at 500 Startups and TechStars, co-founded NXTPLabs.com, the leading accelerator in Latin America for Internet-related companies, founded Pacific Alliance Limited, LLC, an NY-based merchant bank focussed on Internet-related businesses, and founded an early-stage VC fund.
Previously, James was the M.D. of Latin American Equity Capital Markets at INGBarings, founder and M.D. of Emerging Markets Investment Banking at Furman Selz, and M.D. of Asian Investment Banking in Hong Kong for Bear Stearns, where he was responsible for the first listing of a Chinese company on the NYSE. WeForest.org. Mr. Haft received an A.B. from Vassar College and a J.D./MBA from Emory University. James is co-Founder and board member emeritus to UrbanArts.org and Chairman of USA of WeForest.org.
JP La Torre is the Southwest Director and founding board member of Blockchain & Crypto Mining Association. He is the founder and CEO of Vulcan Mines, a provider of turnkey mining solutions. He has been mining and investing in cryptocurrency since 2014.
Andrés Romero is the founder of nova-bit.com. Andrés began mining in 2013 in his native Venezuela and has since expanded across South America and the US. Andres now assists with design and buildout of facilities for crypto mining. Andres is a founding member of BCMA and director for South America.
Sean Markert is the Treasurer and founding board member of Blockchain and Crypto Mining Association. He is the cofounder and CFO of BitBros LLC, a cryptocurrency mining co-location provider, and a senior financial analyst and managing consultant at IBM.
President and CEO of BlockStar, Christian is a former PwC Lead and renowned expert in Blockchain, ICOs and Cryptocurrencies who keynoted across the world including at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the Blockchain Economic Forum in New York, Singapore and San Francisco, while being featured on prominent media outlets including CNBC, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, HBO, Forbes, Bloomberg, Millionaire, Coin Telegraph and The Wall Street Journal. Since 2014, Christian has been on the Board of 35+ Companies, such as Atari and Lottery.com, providing guidance on Blockchain adoption. Christian holds an MBA from Cornell University.
Adryenn Ashley is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, and co-founder of Slay Ventures. As a Startup Advisor her advice is sought after, whether for her abilities to viralize a global conversation, or increase a company’s revenue while streamlining costs. Her expertise ranges everywhere from breaking into banks (security testing in the 1990’s), to being one of the first females in AI in the 2000’s, giving Ashley decades of experience in navigating the bleeding edge of what’s next. Having immersed herself in blockchain, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality, Ashley’s newest disrupt, Loly, aims to reinvent the way people meet, mingle, and make magic online. Funding Loly through an ICO is what inspired the content for her newest book, Minting the Future (Winter 2018).
Recently named the #1 Woman in Blockchain, Ashley speaks around the globe from small elite audiences of family offices to jam packed convention centers, using her signature style of humor to break down complex technologies into understandable bites of must have knowledge.
In addition to being a tech entrepreneur, Ashley is a best-selling author and award-winning filmmaker. In 2015, she skillfully turned fan engagement into #SocialTV profits with CrowdedTV, the world’s first crowdfunding platform for broadcast television. Going a step further than just raising funds, CrowdedTV also recruited sponsorship and secured distribution. Using the CrowdedTV platform, Ashley’s first show, Wake Up!, went from idea to national broadcast television in under four months, and is in pre-production for a second season, as well as development for their first 360 sitcom, and a crypto-centric comedy news show.
Bartt C. Kellermann is the Founder and CEO of Global Capital Acquisition. Global Capital Acquisition, founded in 2002, is a financial consulting firm assisting hedge funds in their marketing efforts. The firm also owns the Battle of the Quants and Battle of the CRYPTOS Worldwide event businesses which include presentations, panel discussions and quantitative capital introduction meetings for quantitative based hedge fund strategies in North America, Europe and Asia. Mr. Kellermann is a regular speaker at hedge fund conferences internationally and has appeared on MSNBC and Bloomberg TV reflecting on the current state of the hedge fund industry. Earlier in his career Mr. Kellermann worked for IBM in the Media and Entertainment Division where the pioneered the development of innovative computer based products for the television industry. He has an MIBA (Masters in International Business Administration) from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and an undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College
Mr. Keough is founder of the IBI and a pioneer in the Security Token Industry. Keough is a sought-after speaker and a leader in using the blockchain in the tokenization of assets. Mr. Keough is the creator of the JOBS Crypto Offering (JCO) a compliant open source initiative to raising capital on the blockchain.
As CEO of Finova Financial, Keough has raised over $100M from Silicon Valley VCs and private equity firms and driven the company’s mission to transform the future of global banking through the creation of fair and affordable digital financial services for consumers outside of formal financial systems.
Finova is now working to transform the traditional capital raising process through the creation of digital equity securities (equity tokens) to be traded in cryptocurrency on the blockchain through the JOBS Crypto Offering (JCO) backed by numerous pioneers in the blockchain and crypto space.
Keough is a serial entrepreneur who previously served as CEO of a MasterCard Telefonica joint venture for global Mobile Financial Services, and over the last 20 years was founder and CEO of multiple venture-backed companies going back to the early days of the internet.
Coming from an extremely diverse business background ranging from sports & restaurants to today’s tech, Chris put his Hospitality Management Degree to work. After starting his career in Las Vegas, he later moved his talents to New York and took a sales position with the NHL and the New York Islanders. With immediate success in sales, Chris made the move again to Front Row Marketing Services in Chicago.
Though he loved the sales industry, the itch to put his dream in motion and open his own restaurant still stuck. In 2012 he did just that and opened the first of 4 Bracket Room Sports Bar’s and Eateries. After the purchase of the Bracket Room concept, Chris took a role with the now acquired Rant Media in sunny Orange County. There, KCM, a full service digital agency, began to take place along with his now partners Mike and Kyle Rosin. With the growing interest in tech and the awareness of demand for digital services in the business industry, he knew that starting the company was a necessity. Chris’ role with KCM focuses on the overall growth of the company from an operational and financial side all the way through to new business development.
Aside from his success in both the digital and crypto currency worlds, Chris also gained fame back in 2012 when he was casted to be on the Bachelorette where he finished in 4th place. This ultimately launched his reality TV stint and from there, Chris starred on Bachelor Pad 3 and the first two seasons of Bachelor in Paradise. His unforgettable personality may have made him a reality TV star, but now he uses it to connect with his audience and continue to build businesses.
Albert has over ten years of experience in the premium lifestyle industry. He was an integral player in the development of Quintessentially and Prime Concept. Albert also founded Matryoshka Catering & Event Production.
James Sowers was named top 50 angel Investor, by Forbes is a featured speaker @ MIT Media labs ,Mentor @ alchemist Accelerator Director @ Greater Good Society . Mentor @ CS359B at Stanford University Designing Decentralized Applications on Blockchain.
A veteran of the crypto space for the past 7 years who has been a part of over 100 token sales and ICO’s. Managing partner of Accelerarri Labs a decentralized crypto fund, agency and studio and founder of the Crypto Dinner Club with over 2800 whales and growing. Oh and a huge Blackhawks fan.
Oleg Flaksman is the Chairman of the Board and a co-founder of the Blockchain & Crypto Mining Association. He is the CEO of Blockchain Consultants, Inc a provider of facility buildouts, management, and operations. His first industrial mining operation launched in early 2017.
Mr. Granzotti has over 22 years of executive leadership, Fintech, operations and regulatory compliance experience with the past 4 years in digital asset regulatory compliance. Mr. Granzotti began his career at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter as an investment advisor, then founded the vCap family of companies in 1998, a consortium of companies in the securities and derivatives industry. At vCap, Mr. Granzotti was responsible for piloting the firm’s startup and organizational infrastructure and led strategic planning, business development, regulatory compliance, budgetary operations and corporate accounting activities. Currently, Mr. Granzotti is the CEO Guidandt, a regulatory compliance firm specializing in securities, derivatives and digital asset compliance and consulting. Mr. Granzotti has in-depth knowledge and insight of various regulations and has provided clients, both large institutions and law firms alike, with regulatory guidance, strategic business consulting, infrastructure and operations analysis, vendor selection and risk management strategies. Mr. Granzotti has authored various compliance programs, documents, agreements, policies and procedures to ensure compliance with regulations. Mr. Granzotti received his B.A. in Finance from Southwest Texas State University.
Prior to co-founding GPA, Ben was a member of the government affairs team at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, which was named law firm of the year for Government Relations by U.S. News and World Report during his tenure.Ben maintains deep experience in the intersection of politics and public policy and has worked on and managed campaigns at the presidential, mayoral, and city council levels. He was a member of the Democratic National Committee’s opposition and rapid response research team during the 2004 Presidential Election, where he was a member of the War Room staff during candidate conventions and presidential debates. He also served as a Chief of Staff at the Council of the District of Columbia, where he played a lead role in a number of high-profile District issues and policy debates. Ben also served as the Director of Government Affairs to one of the Washington Metropolitan Region’s largest engineering and technology companies. In this role, he was responsible for the government relations strategy of a multi-national company with government contracts at every level.
Matt Tunney is CEO and founder of TB Sunridge LLC. After gaining a PhD in theoretical physics from Cambridge University, UK, Dr Tunney spent the last 15 years working and trading in the financial and energy industries. Utilizing his experience in corporate structuring and trading throughout a successful banking career, he then worked at commodity companies where he led several
successful businesses in the US, managing teams trading both physical assets and financial energy products. Leveraging his technical mathematical background, and experience trading volatile and illiquid commodities through several market cycles, he sees significant growth and wealth creation opportunities in the blockchain industry. His company manages several ventures across blockchain technology including mining, trading and TB Sunridge Advisors LLC, a consultancy that advises on asset cashflow management for miners and others involved in blockchain.
George handles legal and investment matters at Old City, a U.S. broker-dealer that brings niche alternative strategies to an investor base of families and institutions. He practiced Corporate and Securities Law at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York from 2004 to 2009, handling regulatory and transactional matters for financial institutions and industrial clients. Following Davis Polk, George oversaw the Latin America business at Sotheby’s auction house, with responsibility for corporate strategy, operations, and client development in the region. Immediately prior to Old City, George was a Director at Guggenheim Partners Latin America, focused on providing portfolio advisory and proprietary investments to families and foundations. George graduated with honors from Harvard College and Columbia Law School, and is a CFA charterholder
Time: 11:30am – 12:05pm
The Impact of Virtual Currencies on Trading Markets – Volatility Extreme
Olga Kokareva, Director of Business Development, Quantstellation
David Greenberg, President, Greenberg Capital LLC (Former Nymex Board and Executive Committee Member)
James Haft, Co-Founder, CryptoOracle
Mike McGlone, Senior Commodity Strategist, Bloomberg Intelligence
Edward Woodford, CEO, Seed CX
Charles Wyman, Co-founder and the Chief Investment Officer, XResearch
Time: 10:45am – 11:25am
Moderator: Jon Najarian, Investitute and CNBC Commentator
Joe Adipietro, Decryptz
James Andrew, Omega One
Paul Brodsky, Partner, Pantera Capital
Jake Brukhman, Managing Director & CEO, CoinFund
Kenneth Goodman, Co-Founder, Altcoin Advisors
Crypto funds have been launching at a record pace, with the total number of crypto funds approaching 500 by the end of 2018. As these players rise to the top, hear from leading crypto fund managers and advisors on:
Time: 9:10am – 9:35am
Speaker: Christopher Ferris, IBM Distinguished Engineer, CTO Open Technology, IBM Digital Business Group, Open Technologies
The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Organization was formed with the vision of establishing an open source community where we could bring together the smartest minds to solve the challenges of delivering blockchain technology that could be adapted for use by the enterprise. Nearly three years later, that original vision is being realized. Hyperledger’s “greenhouse” of blockchain and distributed ledger technology projects is not only incubating new technologies, but is now entering into the collaboration and consolidation phase, and out of this is emerging some important new innovation.
In this talk, Christopher Ferris, an IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO for Open Technology, will talk about how Hyperledger came into being, how it grew from that initial vision into a mature community of engineers focused on developing open source blockchain technology suitable for use in the enterprise. He will then briefly introduce the various active and incubating projects. Finally, he will offer his thoughts on some of the key new innovations to look for in the coming year.
Peter J. Ancona is the owner of Ancona Real Estate Inc. A high end real estate brokerage in Miami Beach with 51 Agents. His brokerage is one of the fastest expanding companies in all of South Florida. Ancona Real Estate Inc. combined speaks 14 International Languages , has massive investor databases worldwide & is currently on pace to close over 300 real estate transactions alone for 2018 . Our clients include professional athletes, celebrities, hedge fund owners, family offices, financial managers, attorneys, politicians, titans of industry & the affluent worldwide. To learn more about Peter J. Ancona or his company please visit www.AnconaRealty.com
Jenny Vatrenko is a co-founder of Oath Protocol, a dispute resolution and governance protocol that facilitates fair, robust, and transparent community decision making on the blockchain.
Jenny is an experienced high-stakes commercial litigator and former assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to co-founding Oath, Jenny spent six years at Boies Schiller Flexner – one of the top litigation firms in the US – working on some of the most high-profile disputes of the past decade, including the valuation of AriZona Iced Tea company, Bill Ackman’s pyramid scheme allegations against Herbalife, and the Sony Pictures hack. Her experience encompasses all stages of litigation, from inception to trial, across state and federal courts as well as alternative dispute resolution programs. Before joining Boies Schiller, she prosecuted misdemeanors in the sex crimes bureau of Kings County District Attorney’s Office, leading several cases through successful jury trials.
Jenny is using her litigation background and perspective to build an effective and efficient dispute resolution and governance mechanism for the blockchain.
Alex Sunnarborg is a founding and managing partner at Tetras Capital, a hedge fund investing across the crypto asset class. Formerly, Alex was a research analyst at CoinDesk after the acquisition of Lawnmower.io, a mobile app for researching and investing in crypto assets he founded, and prior, Alex worked in investment banking.
Moishe Mana personifies the American dream. His success in business and in life is based on values and hard work.
Mana grew up in a poor neighborhood in a suburb of Tel Aviv. At a young age, soon after his service in the army, he came to New York with $1,000 in his pocket. He started as a dishwasher and proceeded to build the largest moving company in New York, Moishe’s Moving and Storage. Since then, he has built up a multi-billion dollar conglomerate of diversified businesses including logistics, technology, fashion, art, agriculture and other industries.
Today, Mana is focusing on building communities where people live, work and play within the same neighborhood. Developing and encouraging new economic investment strategy based on collaboration, connection, communication and compassion. Mana believes that our communities can and will need to come together to mobilize a more tolerant, educated, and engaged society.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Kee Global Advisors, a corporate development advisory firm and he has a particular focus on working with financial services, fintech, blockchain and crypto & digital asset related firms on strategic & tactical market entry, product/service management, operations, business development, sales & marketing and cybersecurity.
Previously, he was the U.S. Leader of the Alternative Investments Industry Cybersecurity Practice at KPMG LLP; Co-Founder & CEO of Auxia Partners LP, a provider of technology services to hedge funds, funds of funds and private equity firms; Founder/Partner/Global Head of the Financial Services Practice of NorthPoint Solutions, a technology consulting firm to alternative asset managers; and held a management position in fixed income sales & trading at Citicorp Securities.
He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA from Bowdoin College.
Satya Bajpai currently leads the Blockchain and Digital Assets Investment Banking at JMP Securities. Satya is a Banking executive with 15+ years of experience in advising CEOs, CFOs and Board members on Strategic Advisory, IPO and M&A for Technology and related sectors. His past experience includes Technology Investment Banking at Credit Suisse, where he announced transactions over $60Bn. Satya is MBA from NYU (Dean’s List) and has an Electrical Engineering degree from IIT Mumbai. Satya is also an Adjunct Professor at USF School of Management.
Brian developed a system for ACH electronic financial transactions as an executive for World Savings (a Fortune 500 Bank sold to Wells Fargo), before striking out on his own as a financier, managing over $1.1 billion in assets. After investing in bitcoin in 2013, Brian worked as a full-time cryptocurrency liquidity provider. He has founded several cryptocurrency financial services institutions, including Rockwell Trades, an institutional cryptocurrency liquidity provider. He holds a BS in Business from Southern Utah University, a Data Science Certificate from Johns Hopkins University, and a Machine Learning Certificate from Stanford University.
Claudia is the CEO and founder of Catalisto, a distributor of ground-breaking security technologies through a global network of trusted resellers. Claudia has worked in emerging technology commercialization and innovation for over 20 years, combining a former career as a venture capitalist, with operating experience as an executive in some of the world’s largest companies. Over the course of a career that spans 5 continents, Claudia has facilitated more than $10 billion of acquisitions, divestments, IPOs, alliances and partnerships for public companies and new ventures around the globe. Prior to founding Catalisto, she was a general partner and co-founder of AlphaPrime Ventures, an early stage venture firm focusing on safety and security innovations, and a general partner at Pereg Ventures investing in early-stage analytics technologies.
Mickael has been a blockchain enthusiast since 2012 and has participated in many projects including being an early investor in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and most of the innovative projects in top 300.
Mickael experienced the important crypto-economy events including all sort of distributions and consensus protocols, Mtgox incident, beginnings of NXT (POS), Ethereum, Bitshares, the DAGs and the likes.
Mickael combines his technical knowledge and business experience of the market to make his own way into the complex ecosystem of distributed ledgers, being among the earliest adopters to apply an investment strategy focused on long-term fundamentals.
Formerly, Mickael established himself as an expert in large-scale e-commerce systems, acting as a technology director, software engineer and lead architect in various Fortune 500 companies, including Rexel, Grainger, McKesson, Whirlpool, UTAS, Blount, Dell and others. Mickael holds a masters degree in computer science and business from EPITECH Paris with cross studies at California State University in Long Beach and now lives with his family in South Florida.
Juan Pablo has been involved in crypto and BTC since 2012 as an investor and then as a legal advisor to several leading crypto ventures. He has been recognized over his many years of practice as a leading practitioner in the areas of Corporate/M&A and Venture Capital. Cappello was recently named one of the “Most Influential Hispanics” by Poder magazine in the areas of science and technology. For 2019 US News/Best Lawyers named Juan Pablo “Lawyer of the Year” for his work in the highly complex area of Derivatives and Futures Law in Miami.
Before launching the Private Advising Group, PA, Juan Pablo was a Principal Shareholder in the Latin American Group of Greenberg Traurig, an international 1,800+ lawyer law firm. Earlier in his career Juan Pablo was a partner in and a director of Patagon.com, which was sold to Banco Santander for a transaction value of over US$750 million, well known crypto investors Wences Casares and Mikey Malka were JP’s partners in Patagon.
Juan Pablo is passionate about building the Miami tech ecosystem. He co-founder the LAB Miami, AGP/Miami Angels and has served on the tech/innovation community board of the Knight Foundation.
From the mid 80’s to 1994 he was the Founder, CEO: Advanced Rehabilitation Consultants; Florida medical rehabilitation centers developed and strategically partnered with medical physicians utilizing state of the art post-surgical rehabilitation equipment. The company was privately acquired in 1994.
In 1995 Barry joined the executive committee at Schonfeld Securities, one of the largest proprietary trading firms, consisting of thousands of traders both domestically and internationally. The firm incubated hedge funds, portfolio managers, traders, analysts’, and black box programmers.
In late 2003 Barry saw major parallels between Spot Foreign Exchange trading and the equities trading space. He then co-founded EFX Group utilizing direct access STP and ECN trading for the retail and institutional customers.
Barry is currently Founder and President of BLD Holdings Inc, a single family office. Barry Dorfman sits on the board of other family offices, and has a network of institutional investors and family offices that invest in real estate, VC/PE, and hedge fund managers. BLD Holdings participates as a co-investor and coordinates access to this broader syndicate.
Jake is Managing Director & CEO at CoinFund, a blockchain-focused cryptofund founded nearly three years ago as one of the world’s very first diversified portfolios of cryptoassets, regarding cryptocurrencies and tokens as a radically new asset class. CoinFund invests and works with companies of all stages in accelerating cryptoeconomic business models. In 2018, CoinFund announced a strategic partnership with Venrock to help evaluate, invest, and accelerate companies in the blockchain space. Jake has worked as an advisor to companies like Kik Interactive and YouNow, the first major VC-backed technology companies to take on blockchain-based business models, as well as decentralization-focused projects like Decentraland, Aragon, and Cent. Previously, Jake was Partner & CTO at Triton Research, a technical product manager and engineer at Amazon.com, and spent five years as a financial technologist at Highbridge Capital Management and as a quantitative researcher at Kohera. Jake has nine years of experience in pure and financial technology, a background in computer science and mathematics, and an avid interest in blockchain and financial technology.
Lauren Bissell is the Founder of Immutable Music, a community focused on the intersection of music and the blockchain. She has partnered with Alexander Golding of HelpedHope to do a four city roadshow to connect and convene music lovers, industry insiders, and investors. Her firm, Lauren Bissell Media, has three offices globally and they have worked with stakeholders such as Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Sheryl Crow, NAS, Matthew McConaughey, NASDAQ, Comedy Central, South by Southwest, and Sony Records.
Joel Telpner is a corporate and finance partner in the New York office of Sullivan & Worcester LLP and is the head of the Firm’s Fintech and Blockchain Practice Group. He is a seasoned advisor, strategist and problem solver. Mr. Telpner brings more than 30 years of legal experience in a career that includes time as an AmLaw 100 partner, the former U.S. general counsel of a global financial institution, and a venture capitalist. He is a highly sought after legal advisor in the blockchain space.
– Pioneer in structuring some of the first ICOs and blockchain based applications;
– Structured the first issuance of digital securities utilizing blockchain technology for Overstock.com and helped in launching Overstock’s distributed ledger platform, tZero;
– Legal advisor for some of the biggest cryptocurrencies;
– Led a panel discussion about ICOs and best practices at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January.
He is working on policy initiatives on global regulatory issues for blockchain on behalf of the Global Blockchain Business Council, the Blockchain Research Institute and Wharton Reg@Tech. He is a member of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance’s Legal Working Group, which is developing guidance on best practices for ICOs, and of the Digital Currency & Ledger Defense Coalition, a coalition of lawyers and academics who focus on the legal issues surrounding digital currency and distributed ledger technology.
Mr. Telpner has an M.B.A. from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, J.D., with distinction, The University of Iowa, and a B.B.A., The University of Iowa.
He has also had many awards and honors including: “Deal Maker of the Year,” Finance Monthly, 2014 ($1.5 billion issuance by SanDisk); “Lawyer of the Year,” Corporate LiveWire, 2014; New York Super Lawyers (2006-2007; 2013-2018 & The Legal 500 U.S. (2009-2018)
Since 1997, Mr. Halvorssen has been providing independent, un-conflicted wealth management and investment advice to high net worth families in Latin America, the U.S. and Europe. He has worked with the most prominent wealth management organizations in the US and Europe and has extensive experience in the family office services industry. Mr. Halvorssen is regularly invited as speaker and panelist in several wealth management conferences in Miami, Curacao, Panamá and Puerto Rico and has written articles on wealth management for several international publications. A native of Venezuela, Mr. Halvorssen studied economics at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas and lives with his family in Miami since 2001.
Paul brings a wealth of experience to Pantera, including a fourteen-year career on Wall Street as an option and CMO trader (Kidder Peabody, Drexel Burnham Lambert), followed by a seventeen-year career as a portfolio manager for firms he founded (Spyglass Capital, QB Asset Management). Prior to joining Pantera in October 2017, Paul spent two years consulting investors on their macro asset allocation process, producing the widely-read MAI letter.
Pantera Capital is the first institutional investment firm focused exclusively on bitcoin, other digital currencies, and companies in the blockchain tech ecosystem. Pantera launched the first crypto-currency fund in the United States when bitcoin was at $64 /BTC in 2013. The firm subsequently launched the first exclusively-blockchain venture fund and is now raising its third venture fund. In 2017 Pantera was the first firm to offer a pre-auction ICO fund. Pantera Bitcoin Fund has returned over 16,000% in four years and has returned billions to its investors. Pantera currently manag3s $800mm in capital in seven funds in three product groups – passive, hedge and venture funds.
Taylor is a Miami based Artist and the Ambassador to the Valley of the Arts, a division of Blockchain Shift, LLC.
Nick Spanos is one of the earliest adopters of bitcoin and blockchain, founder of the Bitcoin Center NYC, and CEO of Blockchain Technologies Corp. and Zap.org. Zap.org works to solve one of the biggest challenges in the blockchain industry by providing an open platform for oracles that can provide smart contracts with access to off-chain data.
Additionally, Spanos is the founder and inventor of VoteWatcher, the patented first-ever blockchain voting platform. He was also featured in the recent documentary Banking on Bitcoin and has been part of many conferences on blockchain technology.
Anthony Scaramucci is the Founder and Co-Managing Partner of SkyBridge Capital. He is the author of three books: The Little Book of Hedge Funds, Goodbye Gordon Gekko, and Hopping Over the Rabbit Hole, a 2016 Wall Street Journal best- seller. Prior to founding SkyBridge in 2005, Scaramucci co-founded investment partnership Oscar Capital Management, which was sold to Neuberger Berman, LLC in 2001. Earlier, he was a vice president in Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs & Co. In 2016, Scaramucci was ranked #85 in Worth Magazine’s Power 100: The 100 Most Powerful People in Global Finance. In 2011, he received Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year – New York” Award in the Financial Services category. Anthony is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), vice chair of the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board, a board member of both The Brain Tumor Foundation and Business Executives for National Security (BENS), and a Trustee of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation. He was a member of the New York City Financial Services Advisory Committee from 2007 to 2012. In November 2016, he was named to President-Elect Trump’s 16-person Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee. In June 2017, he was named the Chief Strategy Officer of the EXIM Bank. He served as the White House Communications Director for a period in July 2017. Scaramucci, a native of Long Island, New York, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Tufts University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
Yuda Saydun is an Entrepreneur, intrapreneur, company builder and senior executive focused on bringing cutting-edge technologies to market.
Yuda is the founder and president of CyVent, a cybersecurity-focused solutions provider that helps Chief Information Security Officers transition from a classic “identify-defend-remediate” strategy to an AI-driven, pre-emptive posture that can assure smooth sailing despite inevitable assaults.
Throughout his career at American Express, Tech Data, ClimeCo and Xerox, Yuda kick-started and scaled highly successful business units, integrated acquired companies, oversaw outsourced IT service offerings and launched dozens of new products and services.
As a mentor, founder, director and investor in tech start-ups and early-stage companies, he has been instrumental in seed, growth-stage and follow-on rounds of funding.
Yuda holds an MBA and a Corporate Director’s Certification from UCLA Anderson, where he was recognized as one of the “Top 100 Inspirational Alumni” of the School’s 75 years.
Jay VanderHoff is a professional illustrator / graphic designer with nearly 20 years experience working both traditionally and digitally. His portfolio is vast as he has worked for some of the largest retail brands in the world in the course of his career. Jay has been a friend of Poly’s for years and was offered the position of Curator / Art Director for Krypto Studios in January of 2018.
Poly Guerrero is a digital currency entrepreneur with focus in early stage operations. Former COO at Stratis and consultant to multiple crypto projects, Poly started Krypto Studios Gallery here in Miami in January of 2018. Krypto Studios prides itself on not only curating crypto / blockchain themed art for the gallery but also offers branding and promotional services for a variety of blockchain clients.
Poly’s newest venture with Krypto Studios will offer blockchain registration of unique art and collectables via the Codex Protocol. This service will allow artists and collectors to not only buy and sell unique pieces and collectables using Codex but also create provenance for these items.
Denis Belkevich is a professional art finance adviser and art entrepreneur, mostly specialized in art fund management and art+blockchain ventures. He received two complete high educations as theatrical and movie producer and post-grads on art economics at Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts, Ukraine and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York. In 2018 he’s defending a Ph.D. thesis on art investment & emerging markets. Denis has also created several education courses on Art Marketing and Art Finance and contributes as an art finance columnist for Forbes Ukraine, The Art Newspaper Russia, Art World Forum and other editions. In 2017 he co-founded Artherium, a collection management platform on blockchain focused on the primary art market.
Myk Likhov is the founder of Modern ŌM, and is a leader within the Yoga and Mindfulness industries. His mission is help people understand that everything they’re looking for is already inside them.
Modern ŌM is among the most innovative brands in Mindfulness; playing at the edge of experience with large-scale events, its network of meditation communities, and signature products that are designed around a 3,000 year spiritual system.
Myk has been recognized as Miami’s foremost leader in Mindfulness by the Miami Herald, Well & Good, and is one of Miami Magazine’s Men of 2018.
He started is career in venture capital before attending The Wharton School, out of which he launched the premier yoga studio brand in South Florida, Green Monkey. Myk has written for MindBodyGreen, Huffington Post, and his eponymous blog.
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Technology entrepreneur, 2x founder, CEO, Advisor, Investor. Focused on digital media, consumer applications. New project coming soon.
Motti Peer is the Co-CEO of Blonde 2.0, an award-winning global PR agency. Also named as one the startup nation’s “Movers and Shakers” on Forbes.
With A team of 35 professionals Blonde 2.0 one of the leading forces in PR for Blockchain and Crypto, startups and VCs.
Jessica Johnson, a Miami native, creates and implements advanced business development strategy and PR campaigns, leveraging key industry relationships with a keen understanding of a myriad of segments, from entertainment and technology startups to Fortune 500 companies. Jessica’s campaigns have been featured in publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times to VICE and US Weekly
Alexander Golding is one of the breakout voices in the social entrepreneurship and impact investing spaces. Sought after nationally, he routinely educates investors on impact investing and has held seminars at major universities and the United Nations. As a network partner at the Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development, Alexander educates key influencers on the positive transformation impact blockchain is bringing to the world. In early 2017, Alexander launched the Florida Impact Investing Initiative. Since then, over thirty three billion investor dollars ($33bn) have been present at his events to learn about impact opportunities.
Alexander received his Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and taught “Topics in Social Entrepreneurship” at Florida Atlantic University in the fall of 2017.
Rhonda Eldridge is the Founder of Harness All Possibilities, Inc. (“HAP”). HAP is a non-profit corporation motivated to build a sense of connectedness between employers and employees undergoing a transformational shift with disruptive new technologies impacting the workplace. Rhonda is also a Strategy Consultant for Gecko Governance and has over 25 years of financial services experience at leading global firms including PricewaterhouseCoopers, ABN Amro (Fortis) and UBS. She previously held country and regional Managing Director positions at Fortis Prime Fund Solutions (ABN Amro) overseeing operations and business development roles, respectively. In her regional role in the Americas she was responsible for all client due diligence, AML/KYC, compliance, sales, relationship management and complex deals. Rhonda was a 9 year member of Young Presidents’ Organization and member of finance industry organizations such as AIMA, 100 Women in Finance, the CFA Institute, Help for Children/Hedge Funds Care and was part of several global re-engineering and thought leadership teams. Over the past 7 years she has worked with turnaround companies, asset manager, fintech and regtech startup firms. Rhonda holds a business degree from Queen’s University, Canada and is a Canadian qualified chartered accountant.
Patrick T Murphy is a blockchain consultant and team builder with a wealth of experience in consulting, project managing and recruiting the most talented c-level executives, developers and advisors in the blockchain space. He is founder and CEO of Blockchain Agility, LLC. His focus has been building teams to successfully harness emerging and leading-edge technologies. A firm believer in empowering individuals and organizations through decentralized solutions, he has a passion for all things blockchain. He has helped several ventures including Datablockchain, Polymath, WeTrust, 9ThGear, AlphaPoint Tech, dY/dX, Exchange union, and others.
Jen joined the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency at the start of 2018 to help with the launch of a new token and then became deeply involved in the business development efforts of Tokenpot Capital Management related to the firm’s onshore and offshore cryptocurrency funds. She enjoys the fast-paced and innovative world of Fintech and feels fortunate to now be working in this space with innovative minds.
Following the completion of her degree in Management Information Systems at George Mason University, Jen worked in the financial services industry and held various business development roles at PaineWebber, Lloyds TSB Bank and Morgan Stanley. She was also Co-Founder of RacingTraders, a trading software that linked to the largest UK betting exchange. Jen moved to Miami Beach in 2001 from the Washington, D.C. area where she currently resides with her two daughters. She is very active within the South Florida cryptocurrency community and the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Kelsey Weaver specializes in strategic business development for financial services companies and advises various fintech companies on their messaging, content and sales strategies, industry partnerships, and media/events.
Prior to starting Empact Innovation, Kelsey spent the better part of 10 years in various senior roles at Bank Director, the leading information resource for the C-Suite and directors of US financial institutions. Here she was able to form relationships with many executive leaders in financial services and financial technology companies and learn firsthand the challenges that faced their industry. As Publisher, she was responsible for building events, creating content strategies for clients, and managing all corporate sales. In 2017, she launched a new division for Bank Director, FinXTech, which focused on bringing together the leaders of financial institutions with fintech companies, and helping banks to innovate with like-minded partners. This is where Kelsey ultimately realized her innate skill set and enthusiasm for connecting people, ideas, businesses, and purpose; which ultimately led her to the creation of Empact Innovation.
Kelsey is currently based in New York City, with frequent travel around the country. Current Empact clients include FINOS.org, Marstone, Detalus, and Payometry — and Kelsey also serves as a mentor/EIR for the SixThirty Accelerator in St.Louis. In addition to business, she also serves on the board of SebastianStrong, a foundation created to fund research for childhood cancer cures out of Miami, FL, and one of her greatest passions is caring for seniors in isolation and how technology can help.
Adriana has 14 years experience in Investor Relations, Sales and Financial Operations. She is an ambitious and energetic sales person who has produced an impressive track record which includes cumulative closed transactions of at least $215 million. Adriana has demonstrated the ability to develop and implement sales, marketing and networking strategies. She is originally from Brazil and persuasive in negotiating terms in English, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian. She supports charitable organizations and is much involved with Colorectal Cancer Fundraising, such as the Colon Cancer Alliance.
Founder with experience in consulting, business development, and strategic partnerships for both small and large companies. Particular interest in helping entrepreneurs and management teams leverage technology and make choices that lead to long term growth and support the increasingly networked peer to peer economy and society. Rita holds an MBA from Cornell University’s S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management.
Founder with leadership involvement in business strategy and management consulting with over 20+ years of working for all of Big 4 firms and Fortune 1000 companies in the US and Europe. Nina possesses a Juris Doctor in Commercial Law from Moscow State University and executive education from Harvard Business School.
Based out of Miami, Eryka is an advocate for the blockchain grassroots movement and has helped hundreds of people buy Bitcoin for the first time. She is a private pilot, part time trader, and Libertarian. Eryka creates content for multiple projects with a focus on privacy coins and security tokens. Aligned with her background in Aviation, she is currently working on a security token to improve aviation business.
Mr. James Whelan, is a Chief Technology Officer of AlphaPoint Technology, Inc. (OTCQB: APPO), has three decades of history working in information technology, software, and services industry. He is a dedicated and certified professional in Scrum, DevOps, agile methodologies and project management. Serving the enterprise market to produce value by helping to make effective software products that millions of people use to solve business problems. He has a strong information technology and business background with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Deploying permissioned blockchain distributed ledgers to solve business problems unattainable with centralized databases. Mr. Whelan is also a Hyperledger event organizer for South Florida and serves as an advisor to several blockchain projects such as DataBlockChain.io, Pitch.Ventures, BigDataguys and BlockChainAgility.io
Enrique Martinez is the CEO and Founder of cryptocurrency and blockchain consulting company WebCapitalists Corp. After spending 6 years working at the Department of Defense, including 2 years at the Department of Intelligence, Enrique became an expert in bitcoins and blockchain technology. Being an early adopter of this technology since 2009 has helped WebCapitalists Corp help shape the evolution and development of this technology in different parts of the world such as Latin America and Europe.
Enrique has been helping companies to successfully navigate the Initial Coin Offering landscape since 2015. He is the author of the two bitcoins trading books called “How to Invest in the Business of Bitcoins” and “Monetizing Bitcoins: Intro Guide to Investing”. His third and new upcoming book “The Emerge of Latin America in Bitcoins” explores the current state and opportunities of bitcoins in Latin America and the Caribbean.
His expertise combines engineering, business, and wealth creation in a very unique way. Enrique has had the opportunity to explore the development of new finance technologies in countries such as the United States, Germany, Italy, China, Brazil, Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, England, and others
Sam is a software engineer and Partner at Bushido Lab, Miami’s Blockchain Firm. Sam is a technologist and community builder. He is playing his part in turning Miami into an epicenter for tech innovation and application. He is most active in the blockchain/crypto space through his company, Bushido Lab. Sam has a background in Neuroscience (publication in the Journal of Neurotrauma) from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Loyola University Chicago, is a Wyncode graduate and was a business journalist at the Miami Herald.
John Riley is the CEO and Co-Founder of C-N-C Blockchain Advisory company. He has over 17 years’ experience in the software applications space working for companies like Oracle and SAP. He has primarily worked in consulting services sector assisting organizations with software implementations, business process changes, digital transformation initiative’s and end-user adoption training and education. He’s also a U.S. Marine war veteran.
He is the Organizer of the West Palm Beach Blockchain Meet-Up group and Co-Organizer of the West Palm Beach Linux Foundation Hyperledger Blockchain Meet-Up group.
Ms. Silverstein has quickly become one of the most respected and sought after members of the cryptocurrency community. She has a rich and diverse background holding degrees in chemistry and biology. As managing director she has spearheaded 5-10x profit increases for several medical businesses.
In 2011 Merri turned her attention to the stock market and extensively researched new medical products, electronics, inventions and startups. Her profit margins have been and remain staggering vs. all the major indices.
For the past few years Merri has devoted the same degree of relentless and intense research into cryptocurrency and ICO’s. She has invested in many ICO’s and follows not only the products but also the people involved.
Ms. Silverstein is in talks with several funds regarding joining as a crypto analyst and will be working on two ICO’s. She is currently finishing a book on investing and understanding our present fiat and the future of digital currency and AI.
Merri’s passion for the field is captivating and and she is looking forward to bringing more women into crypto through various sources of media. She is passionate to see the changes for a better world.
CEO of BlockCrunch Holdings which includes blockcrunch.com, BlockCrunch.capital, therealstart.com and soon to be launched blockchainevent.com. Company was valued at $10 million after 3 months of launching it.
Bobir has 17 years of experience building, scaling and investing in IT projects. He was one of the first in Australia to be launch social networking website similar to Facebook in 2005, he was also involved in Groupon like website in Russia and invested in mono food delivery company Plov.com which in 2016 was the best project by Forbes.
A senior technology and business executive supporting global business development and market expansion for Hedge Funds, Asset Managers, and financial firms. He is engaged in international business mergers, acquisitions and Outsourcing services.
He is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Global Compliance consulting, software and managed Technology Services Company CPS II. CPS II has developed a Biometric technology processing solution for Medical Cannabis compliance utilizing the Block Chain architecture. The technology platform supports financial services and Medical Cannabis companies in meeting the Governance, Risk & Compliance requirements. Phil, has held senior executive positions with IBM, GE Capital, CPQ, Deutsche Telecoms T-Systems Group, EDS and D.E. Shaw & CO. Phil developed and managed programs in IBM’s worldwide business development group; the programs were concentrated in developing OEM market expansion and systems enhancements in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, including Australia and China’s emerging markets.
Phil, has developed and managed start up software companies in the internet security market from securing venture funding through product introduction to the marketplace in partner with Boeings secure Dark Group.
Phil’s team have developed a biometric technology that provides a secure compliance processing solution with an asset tracking system and a Block Chain design. The biometric platform provides a State approved card access containing a chip with the patient’s prescription and name that enables the State and federal agencies to monitor the transaction while implementing a payment processing system for the state approved medical cannabis business units.
Phil, holds a BS degree in Business Management from Fordham University. He was selected and completed several key executive University programs, such as the Presidents Class at Harvard University and the CFO Class at The Wharton School of Business. He received certification from the USAF Cryptographic Institute.
Eli Rouimi is founder of EroCryptoMining.com a mining farm with data centers in Miami, North Carolina and Canada. He is also the founder and President of the Blockchain & Crypto Mining Association (www.ourbcma.org) a worldwide non-for-profit organization. He has been involved in cryptocurrency since 2015 and is also heavily invested in Real estate, owning a vacation rental and mortgage note business. He is a serial entrepreneur with over $500 Million of debt traded in mortgages and retail and service industry businesses created and sold successfully. He has a bachelor degree in Biology from Yeshiva University and holds an MBA in Entrepreunership from Nova Southeastern University, Florida
Shadi Paterson is the CEO of The 8760 Marketing agency, raising over $300 million for TGE and Consensus based projects.
Matthieu’s background is a unique blend of International Law, Finance and Real Estate. After a DESS in International Commercial Law at Sorbonne University in 1998, a Serie 7 in NYSE in 2000 and Arts et Métiers (Institut pour la construction et l’habitation) in 2002, Matthieu has acquired solid experience in banking and finance by working in major banks in Europe and USA (BNP Paribas Paris, Paine Webber Miami, and UBS Paris). He managed NASDAQ Security Portfolios and has been familiar with the tech environment since 1998. In real estate, first with UBS and later with his own firms he advised and partnered with private and institutional investors on the selection, analysis, acquisition and redevelopment of properties in France and USA.
Since 2013 he s committed to transform Miami into the city of the 21st century through technology and education promoting sustainability and resiliency with a long term approach of investing and through education.
As the CEO of NOOS Labs (Ancient Greek for collective mind) he is advocating a circular economy and collaborative models to the real estate and logistic industries. NOOS Labs is a collaborative Innovation lab working directly with the real estate and logistic industry experts to facilitate the deployment of transformative technologies in the sector and develop the necessary workforce through parent educational platforms such as Drone College, BIM College and Blockchain College.
Matthieu has been a visiting consulting professor at the University of Miami’s School of Architecture in teaching Financial Modeling for Real Estate. He is a board member of the Manifezt Foundation; a community development non-profit aimed at providing STEM to underserved communities.
Over 19 years of financial service experience, Michael has an MBA from one of the top business schools in the world, Cass Business School in the City of London, UK and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt from Florida Atlantic University. Over 22,000 followers on LinkedIn, and over 6,500 Blockchain/Crypto MeetUp.com members in South Florida. Cofounder of the Hyperledger MeetUp groups for Miami, Ft Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Michael previously was the head of trading and compliance for a crypto exchange in London, left in February 2017 to start MiaBlockchain LLC, a blockchain consultant firm based in Miami.
Jessica Higgins, JD MBA BB is a researcher, consultant and marketing communications professional.
She is CMO of Digits.io, an application that connects your existing debit and credit cards to your Coinbase account so that you can transact your cryptocurrencies as easily as you do fiat. Digits is currently in Pre-ICO phase through September 2018. Sign up for access to their beta app at digits.io
Jessica’s research and publications help executives and everyday people better understand the impacts of emerging cultural trends. She holds executive and board positions in companies in technology, consulting and the arts. Her book, The 10 Most Effective Business Communication Skills: Practical Strategies from the World’s Greatest Leaders will release in August of 2018. Learn more about her work at jessicahiggins.co
Efe Alatan is a digital architect. He believes that finding the right architecture is the first step in any sustainable project. Graduated from NYU this past fall with a degree in Computer Science and minoring in cybersecurity. He is a big believer in the future of decentralized open networks to help fulfill social functions. He founded Organism to help push the limits of computing.
Prakash Hosalli is an Entrepreneurial leader focused on bringing cutting edge technologies including Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Big Data to solve vexing problems in Healthcare. He’s a graduate of National Defence Academy, Pune India and Indian Military Academy with 8 years of combat experience in the Indian Army as a Paratrooper/Infantry officer. He has more than 18 years of Technology and Business experience as Program, Project, and Product manager running large multi-national teams, handling Sales, P&L and Business relationship with marquee clients across US.
CEO & Co-Founder of MState, an enterprise blockchain fund backed by IBM, Comcast Ventures and Boldstart Ventures. Rob invests in Seed Stage companies that sell to business customers. MState invests at all levels of blockchain (protocol, infrastructure, App) and across all protocols. MState’s investments include Blockdaemon, Amberdata and Caligo Technologies. Rob has helped raised $200M+ from Tier 1 VCs and has had multiple exits. He was previously the COO at Kustomer and CEO of DataSift.
Catalina Bui brings deep expertise in data analytics and merchant payments. She was Vice President of Analytics at Bank of America and Director of Finance at First Data. Catalina was the founder and CEO of BlockX Advisor and The Embassy. Catalina is a serial entrepreneur and investor in several blockchain companies. She holds a BA in banking and finance from Hofstra University and an MBA from LIU.
Darren Marble is the CEO of CrowdfundX (www.crowdfundx.io), a pioneering financial marketing firm serving corporations and entrepreneurs across a wide mix of industries and geographies. The company uses a combination of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and digital marketing to help its clients raise capital online in the most efficient and effective manner possible.
Notably, under Darren’s leadership, CrowdfundX marketed historic Reg A+ IPOs to NASDAQ (FAT Brands), NYSE (Myomo), and OTC Markets Group (Elio Motors), respectively. It was during the Myomo campaign that CrowdfundX developed “Dara” – the world’s first AI Investor Marketing Engine.
Darren was recently elected to the Board of Directors with the Crowdfunding Professional Association and is a Co-Founder of the Crowd Invest Summit. A compelling public speaker, he has presented to such organizations as the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the USC Marshall School of Business and UC Irvine. Darren is a Contributor for Business Insider, and his insights have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Forbes, and the Los Angeles Business Journal, among others.
As an experiential marketing leader with over a decade in the sports, media & entertainment industry, Jessica has developed an extensive network of teams, leagues, brands, agencies and influencers for which she works diligently to cultivate meaningful relationships and experiences. Jessica has produced over 300 multi-sponsored events; from program conceptualization to sponsorship strategy, sales, activation and public relations. Professional experience and top clients have included the New York Yankees, Viacom, BlackBook Media, Major League Baseball, Pernod Ricard, Edrington, and Heineken. Jessica has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Music Industry from James Madison University.
With more than twenty years of international business experience, Alex Lopatine is recognized as a visionary strategist in the realms of finance, banking and technology. His leadership has leveraged technological innovations to disrupt entrenched industries for the benefit of consumers, investors and partners.
Currently Alex wears many hats, including Chairman of WYSH, Executive Chairman of Blockchain Shift, one of the crypto industry’s most anticipated events; Managing Partner of Park Capital, an investment and advisory firm focused on the digitization of retail banking, and leveraging blockchain technology for the companies in its growing portfolio; Managing Director at Paladin (paladin-fs.com), a reputable consulting firm in the banking space, where he leads the newly-created Fintech Advantage practice. The new division will enable community banks and credit unions to access the fintech eco-system, while upgrading their software stack.
He is best-known for starting up Nymbus.com, the software system revolutionizing the banking industry through a modern and holistic approach to core infrastructures. He served as Founder & CEO and was responsible for overseeing the strategy, product, sales, business development, marketing and operational arms of the company. He raised more than $40 million for Nymbus from prominent VCs, such as Insight Venture Partners and international banking groups, such as Home Credit Bank.
Past roles include having served as Chief Strategy Officer of Mediaspectrum and Vensure, as well as holding board-level executive positions at several technology and financial and institutions.
With a true global perspective, Alex speaks three languages fluently, has lived in five countries and has a Masters of International Law.
Katya Fisher is an attorney providing advisory services in corporate law and business immigration. She is licensed to practice in the state of New York and before the United States Tax Court. Notable current and former corporate/general counsel clients include representing the U.S. interests of global cyber security firm, an international television channel, the largest private university in the Russian Federation, an art investment fund, and numerous startups and established companies in the fields of tech, A.I., and blockchain. Katya is well known for her work in business immigration as well, having successfully filed many nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions including the O, L, E-2 and EB visas. In 2016 Katya won an AAO appeal (Matter of Y-S) on behalf of her client. Katya is a graduate of New York University, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a former Howard M. Squadron Fellow in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford. Katya has been selected to Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
An award-winning marketing professional with experience having lived in five U.S. cities, Mike Valdés-Fauli is President and CEO of Pinta. Based in Miami, he runs one of the fastest-growing agencies in the country, with such clients as Amazon, beIN SPORTS, Florida Blue, McCormick, Nat Geo, NFL, Telemundo and T-Mobile, among others.
Mike is also an accomplished writer who has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, AdWeek, CNN, PR Week, The Miami Herald, Miami Today, Minorities in Business, Hispanic Target and the New Times. He is a two-time Co-Chair of Hispanicize, board member of BBVA Compass, member of CEAL, past judge at the CLIO Awards and one of the youngest executives recognized by the Business Journal as well as PR Week’s “40 Under 40.”
Mark Baratto is the Founder & Choice Architect of Launch6 Media, a consulting firm focused on psychological based marketing and sales for high profile businesses based in North America.
Mark has over 15 years of marketing and sales experience specializing in Psychological based Marketing, Story Creation, and Customer Acquisition. His expertise lies in understanding people’s psyche, what motivates them, and the behavioral science behind what drives their actions – using 30 years of tested & proven persuasion principles.
Mark provides proven psychological skills that help his clients capture the attention of their dream customer, turning them into life-long raving fans.
Lauren Laino is the Founder and CEO of Amplified Event Strategy LLC, a global consulting firm focused on content development and large scale event management for high profile business-to-business events held in cities around the world in North America, Asia, Europe and Central America.
Over her 15-year career as a lawyer and program production lead for multi-million dollar conferences, Lauren has organized 250+ meetings focused on various industries including blockchain, financial services, technology, information security, pharmaceutical, healthcare and travel as a subject matter expert on a host of topics. Her legal experience brings a unique analytical perspective to agenda development and research initiatives for her clients.
Prior to establishing Amplified Event Strategy, most notably Lauren worked as the Managing Director and Head of Events from 2007-2012 for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, a Wall Street trade association, where she successfully led SIFMA’s global conference business, with P&L responsibility for both the U.S. and London portfolios.
Prior to her marketing career, she practiced law in New Jersey specializing in corporate law and clerked for a Superior Court Judge in Trenton. Lauren is a graduate of New York University with a B.S. in Politics (1998) and earned her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law (2001).
Jonatan is a product builder with over a decade and a half of hands on technology leadership experience. In past roles as a technology executive he has lead technical teams across different industries, building great user experiences along the way. Jonatan also has a breadth of experience, ranging from traditional enterprises to industry disrupting tech startups. He was part of the technology leadership team at one of the largest telecoms in the US and has built products at startups spanning industries from fintech to healthcare.
As a partner at Park Capital, Jonatan oversees technical roadmaps and product development efforts across all portfolio companies. Currently focused on Distributed Ledger Technology (Blockchain) based solutions, he is building a new fintech eco-system for retail banks.
Jonatan calls Miami his home where he has lived for 20 years and nurtures the local technology community through meetups and partnerships with local companies.
Sam Alaoui is a Finance & Capital Markets Strategist, a Fiduciary Wealth Management Specialist, Best Selling Author, has over 15 years’ experience on Wall Street managing Operations and Compliance within RIA/BD and SEC/FINRA environments. Sam’s entrepreneurial skills include financial planning, raising capital, strategic planning, and international speaking.
Sam is presently a Managing Partner at Park Capital (an investment and advisory firm focused on the digitization of retail banking leveraging blockchain technology within the growing portfolio), Managing Partner of Capital Trust & Associates (a private wealth management firm), and Managing Director with Wynston Hill Capital (a full-service boutique broker-dealer and investment banking firm).
Sam previously ran the operations of two broker-dealers and RIAs firms managing a team of Wall Street professionals. Sam’s strong multi-lingual skills have allowed him to manage assets in the US in addition to international clientele in Europe, Middle East and North Africa.
Sam’s currently holds six licenses that include FINRA Financial & Operations Principal (FinOp) series 27 and a General Securities Principal (Series 24).
Sam’s Academic background includes a BA in Financial Management, a BS in Business Administration & Economics, a Master of International Business (from the University of Caen, France) and an MBA in Finance & Management (from Thomas University, GA).
Currently, Sam resides in New York but has lived and worked in multiple countries.
John D’Agostino founded the Digital Asset Symposium and is the Global Head of Investor Engagement in the New York office for DMS. He is a Fund Governance practice leader for DMS, providing guidance and independent oversight to boards to ensure adherence to governance, regulatory and compliance requirements. His expertise is sophisticated private investment vehicles characterized by complex strategies and asset classes, notably derivatives, structured credit, direct lending, high frequency/quant and similar strategies. John also manages the DMS institutional LP and regulatory relationships and works with large global pension funds and global regulators to share information and determine industry best practices.
Prior to joining DMS, John was a Managing Director of Alkeon Capital, a large New York based investment advisor. His responsibilities included fundamental investment research across industry sectors; global compliance and regulatory management; operations; risk management and marketing. John also led the build out and hiring of a quant/HFT desk.
John previously worked with KPMG Consulting, where he was part of the firm’s global leadership for the Finance and Hedge Fund consulting groups. While at KPMG, he provided operational and strategic advisory services across a variety of industries, including: financial services, capital markets, derivatives risk and pricing, commodities (physical and derivatives, technology, ecommerce and retailers.
John began his career as Vice President and Head of Strategy with the New York Mercantile Exchange, where he helped transition the floor to electronic trading and was part of the leadership team building out the core systems to accommodate co-location, quant and HFT volumes. He also led the effort to develop the first Middle East energy derivatives exchange in partnership with the Dubai Government.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera is the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Florida.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera was born in Madrid, Spain on December 29, 1973. He was born two months premature and was returned to his intended birthplace of Miami, Florida once he was healthy enough to travel. Lopez-Cantera graduated from Miami-Dade College and continued his studies at the University of Miami, where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration.
From 2004 through 2012, Carlos served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives. Over the course of his 8-year term in the Legislature, Carlos served as a member of the Governor’s Property Tax Reform Committee, the My Safe Florida Home Advisory Council and the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Mortgage Fraud Task Force. In the Florida House of Representatives, he chaired the Committee on Business Regulation and the Government Affairs Committee. Carlos served as Majority Whip from 2009 through 2010 and as the Majority Leader of the Florida House of Representatives during the final two years of his term from 2010 through 2012.
In August 2012, the citizens of Miami-Dade County elected Carlos Lopez-Cantera as the Property Appraiser of Miami-Dade County. Carlos campaigned on a platform to make interaction with the office of the property appraiser easier, increasing community outreach and being more responsive to the needs of the residents of Miami-Dade.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera was appointed as Lieutenant Governor on January 14, 2014, and officially began serving on February 3, 2014. He is the first Hispanic to hold this position in Florida.
Carlos has been married to his wife Renee since 2005 and they have two young daughters.
Bradley Rotter was one of the pioneers of financials futures from the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He was amongst the first investors in hedge funds and pioneered staking emerging managers with seed capital, now referred to as “seeding.”
He has been aggressively involved in bitcoin and crypto currencies beginning.
In 2013 and has invested and advised a number of high profile ICO’s. He believes that the the blockchain epoch is just as much a cyber security play as it is a digital currency play and that has been his focus.
His best call so far (but he is still young) was a prediction on Trend Following Radio to anchor Michael Covel in 2013 that “bitcoin will be the highest preforming financial asset in your lifetime”
Kenneth has always been passionate about mathematics and strategy. Ken worked to develop risk reduction mechanisms as a quantitative developer at Goldman Sachs. In early 2016, Kenneth along with his partner founded Altcoin Advisors. They developed a market neutral investment approach to the crypto market, which uses large volumes of proprietary data to develop computerized algorithms to trade based off of it. Kenneth is completing an MS degree in Machine Learning from Georgia Tech University, is an Adjust Professor at CUNY Queens College and Fordham Business School teaching about Blockchain, Virtual Currencies, and Tokens. He is passionate about Blockchain, Machine Learning, Applied Statistics, Quantitative Development and Mathematical Reasoning.
As co-president of Cohen & Company’s Investment Industry Services Division, Corey is responsible primarily for strategy and development of the private funds practice, including profitability, growth, training and retention, and strategic and tactical initiatives. Corey also works directly with clients in the investment industry to provide accounting, auditing, investors’ representative, attestation and consulting services to a wide variety of entities. His focus includes commodity pools, hedge funds, commodity trading advisors, investment advisers, introducing brokers and other operating entities. Corey also has significant expertise in audit and consulting for funds that trade cryptocurrencies.
Ian Gobin is a partner in the Harney’s Cayman office. He advises on the legal and regulatory treatment of investment funds, private equity funds and management companies established in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands. Prior to joining Harneys , Ian was the global head of the investment funds teams at Appleby and prior to that he was a partner at Walkers. Before going offshore in 2001, Ian trained and qualified as a solicitor at Clifford Chance in London, working in the capital markets group. His current practice is focused on ICOs, fund managers, their clients and their service providers. He also advises institutional and private clients throughout Europe and North America on funds matters. Ian is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, a Cayman Islands attorney-at-law and a solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean.
Mr. Janey is a partner at Gottlieb & Janey LLP where he is also head of the Civil Litigation, Securities and Regulatory practice group. The practice is national in scope and its value-add is in “bet the farm” or mission-critical litigation needs of either plaintiffs or defendants as businesses or individuals.
In 2017, the New York Law Journal named Mr. Janey as among 22 “Distinguished Leaders” in the New York legal industry. Among his many accomplishments over the past 12 months, following briefing and oral argument, District Court Judge Carol Bagley Amon of the Eastern District of New York dismissed RICO claims against Mr. Janey’s wholesaler/seller defendants in a national-scope civil litigation prosecuted by a global pharmaceutical company in which his client faced trade infringement, fraud and RICO claims. Additionally, as special counsel to a bankruptcy trustee, Mr. Janey successfully settled a multi-year litigation he prosecuted against a law firm on behalf of the trustee alleging aiding and abetting criminal fraud, legal malpractice and claims under the federal Bankruptcy Code. Further, as counsel to an aggrieved investor, Mr. Janey defeated a motion to dismiss the complaint alleging breach of contract and fraud against a public company and its executive management in a securities litigation matter.
As part of his overall strength as a litigator, Mr. Janey has demonstrated especially strong experience in the financial services industry representing financial institutions and individual financial market participants across a range of civil, regulatory and enforcement matters, including investigations conducted by FINRA and parallel investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Scott Carotenuto’s extensive carrier in global financial markets and technology began in corporate debt trading with Lehman Brothers. Since then Mr. Carotenuto has held senior positions with various firms including AXIOM Global Trading, a boutique institutional electronic trading firm which catered to institutional clients worldwide, facilitating transactions electronically in global markets, across multiple asset classes including equities, options, futures and debt instruments.
Led by Carotenuto, AXIOM continued its growth trajectory as a fintech centric financial services company. With several mergers, acquisitions and strategic partnership ventures completed, Carotenuto later diversified the company with various verticals including securities clearing, fintech development and support through the launch of AlphaPlus Technology Group, and asset management services; overseeing more than $1.3 billion in pension and foundation client assets. During this period Carotenuto held C level positions and board positions for various other companies, including CEO of a registered security crossing facility that launched globally as an ATS.
Scott currently serves President and CEO of Fidelicore Inc. He is also on the boards of several businesses and charitable non-profit organizations, and he continues to advise on projects and transactions involving alternative and emerging markets, blockchain and cryptography, securities trade strategy and routing technology, trade data algorithms, ATS, crossing network and exchange technology.
Genevieve is the founder & CEO of Grit Capital a capital market advisory firm based in Toronto, Canada. In a nutshell: we “Tell the Right Story to the Right People” and “Incessantly Chase ROI”. We showcase our clients to investors through targeted 1×1 meetings, events, conferences, cross-north America roadshows and aggressively on social media. We pride ourselves on “out of the box” thinking to captivate mindshare. The intersection of “fun” and “informative” is where we and our clients thrive. We control our own messaging through our media platform GritMedia featuring a weekly newsletter that goes out to +1500 curated finance professional, a YouTube channel and conference series. We currently have over 10k high quality followers such as portfolio managers, retail advisors & accredited investors.
Since Grit Capital’s launch in 2016 we have worked with dozens of clients and hosted a number of high-profile innovative events & conferences including:
2017: “Grit Capital Banking on Blockchain” tour across Canada (Toronto, Montreal & Vancouver) showcased some of the biggest and brightest minds in blockchain globally featuring dozens of companies and over +1500 finance professionals.
2018: “POLYCON 2018: The World’s First Securities Token Conference” in Bahamas, featuring +40 companies, +90 speakers & +600 attendees. Including some of the biggest thought leaders in blockchain: Patrick Byrne (CEO, Overstock.com), Anthony Di Iorio (co-Founder Ethereum), Bill Tai (VC, Board Member BitFury).
We focus on small cap private & public companies. Our sweet spot is getting involved at the pre-RTO stage. We have carved out a niche in Cannabis & Crypto – two of the largest and innovative growth sectors in North America.
Prior to that, from 2008 to 2016, Genevieve was a Portfolio Manager and Analyst for LDIC Inc., a $600M asset management company based in Toronto. While there, she spearheaded the launch of three specialized funds: the LDIC North American Small Business Fund, the LDIC North American Infrastructure Fund and the Healthcare Special Opportunities Fund. She also, with the help of her team, raised nearly $100M in asset for LDIC Inc. For 7 years she ran the Redwood Global Small Cap Fund.
Shane Brett is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, peer-reviewed author & thought-leader specializing in hedge funds, FinTech & the global economy. He is co-founder of “GECKO Governance” – the new RegTech Enterprise Ireland backed HPSU Real-Time Fund Regulation solution. Shane is the author of the “The Future of Hedge Funds” (2012) and “The AIFMD Cheat Sheet” (2013). Both available from Amazon. Shane is on the Editorial Board of “All About Alpha” and is a Contributor Writer for “Seeking Alpha” and “Hedge Tracker”. He is a GLG Council Member & a member of the Atheneum Partners Executive Network. Shane Brett has published dozens of articles in many industry publications including HFM Week, All About Alpha, Opalesque, The Hedge Fund Journal & Hedge Fund Insight. Shane has been interviewed extensively on global financial and economic developments on radio and television in Europe and speaks regularly at industry conferences and on “Dukascopy TV” (Swiss Business Channel).
Through “Global Perspectives”, the consultancy he founded in 2011, Shane publishes regular, highly regarded White Papers & videos on all aspects of hedge funds, asset management and global economic trends (see www.globalperspective.co.uk). These are distributed to over 650 “C” level investment professionals worldwide & are syndicated by multiple publications in Europe & the US.
Shane has 20 years of experience in hedge fund /asset management operations, consultancy & technology, including program and product management at top fund managers and administrators worldwide (e.g. BNP Paribas, HSBC, UBS & RBS – in London, Dublin, Sydney, Edinburgh & Wellington).
Will Coleman, the Director of Technology Advisory Services for Cohen & Co.is always on top of the latest technology trends in relation to the investment industry, particularly in the cryptocurrency space, Will communicates openly with clients — whether it relates to trends on the horizon or issues with their immediate situation. They appreciate that Will always offers an honest, upfront opinion and develops lasting relationships.
Cynthia (Wolf) Pedersen is a member of the Tax Advisory Services (TAS) group at Cohen & Company. She completed both her J.D. and L.L.M. in Taxation at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is admitted to the Maryland and New York State Bar. She enjoys researching new areas of law and working directly with clients to ensure they are making the best tax choices. Her background as an estate planner allows her to be vigilant to issues that may arise when high net worth individuals are considering making changes to their current business structures and investments. She also advises on tax matters involving virtual currencies.
Ralph Daiuto, Jr., COO and General Counsel of tZERO, is an accomplished attorney and business leader with over two decades of experience in the securities industry, managing several broker-dealers and innovative technology companies and overseeing their daily operation, including legal, compliance, and regulatory matters. Ralph is currently the COO and General Counsel tZERO. He is admitted to practice law in the states of NY and NJ, as well as the U.S. District Courts in the Southern.
ounder and Managing Member of Caystone Solutions (“Caystone”). Prior to establishing Caystone in January 2012, Wendy served for 11 years as CEO and Executive Director of the Bahamas Financial Services Board (“BFSB”). BFSB works with The Bahamas government, regulators and private industry to ensure The Bahamas provides global clients with best in class financial services. Beginning her professional career in 1988, Wendy has worked in a variety of roles in the fund administration, wealth management and audit fields. She has served on various boards and committees including Bahamasair Holdings, Bahamas Electricity Corporation, Bahamas Trade Commission, the Financial Services Consultative Forum and the Bahamas Association of Mutual Fund Administrators. Wendy is also a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of Waterloo, Canada.
She founded Animal Fair Media, Inc, the premiere pet lifestyle media platform bridging celebrity and animal rescue, to support animal welfare. Wendy sits on the Advisory Boards of Ellis Island Honors Society, Grey Muzzle Foundation, Humane Society of New York, and Social Innovation Summit.
She garnered Three Guinness World records, authored 10 books, and has appeared in mainstream media outlets including Oprah, NBC’s Today Show and Forbes. Her humanitarian inspiring message has led her to speak at the United Nations, Harvard University, World Economic Forum/Davos and the Vatican.
Matthew Nitschke brings extensive product development, business development and marketing experience to Kingdom Trust. Before joining Kingdom Trust, Matthew was Managing Director at Millennium Trust, heading up the Custody Services Group consisting of institutional and fund custody along with RIA custody offerings. His previous experience also includes nearly two decades with industry leaders Merrill Lynch and Charles Schwab.
Paul Eckel is the CEO of Crypto Emerging Manager. CEM is one of the first registered capital raising firms focused exclusively on the Cryptocurrency space.
Paul has 25 years of Wall Street experience as a hedge fund co-founder, COO, currency trader and marketer. He launched Emerging Manager in 2004 to provide capital raising and fund launch services to quantitative hedge funds. Emerging Manager. Capital was formed in 2017 to provide seed capital to quantitative and cryptocurrency trading firms.
Victor Park is a Principal and the Founder of Alternative Assets, a vertically and horizontally integrated hedge fund capital raising broker-dealer with three offices in the United States. In addition to being a Founding Partner the SALT conference, Mr. Park also hosts the Third Thursday Hedge Fund industry socials globally as well as produces the uniquely collaboratively structured Alternative Asset Summit annually in Las Vegas. A featured speaker at numerous industry events, Mr. Park served on Institutional Investors Magazine’s Annual Hedge Fund Awards Selection Committee, as well as serves on a number of industry advisory boards including The Alliance of Alternative Asset Professionals (TAAAPs.org). Mr. Park is also a Partner of Prodigy Partners, a US fund of funds that consists of Tiger Management seeded “cubs” and/or affiliated managers. A member of Mensa, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Trinity College and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from New York University’s Stern School.
Broker-dealer with three offices in the United States. In addition to being a Founding Partner the SALT conference, Mr. Park also hosts the Third Thursday Hedge Fund industry socials globally as well as produces the uniquely collaboratively structured Alternative Asset Summit annually in Las Vegas. A featured speaker at numerous industry events, Mr. Park served on Institutional Investors Magazine’s Annual Hedge Fund Awards Selection Committee, as well as serves on a number of industry advisory boards including The Alliance of Alternative Asset Professionals (TAAAPs.org). Mr. Park is also a Partner of Prodigy Partners, a US fund of funds that consists of Tiger Management seeded “cubs” and/or affiliated managers. A member of Mensa, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Trinity College and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from New York University’s Stern School.
Thalius Hecksher is the Global Director of Fund Services for Trident Trust and has 20 years’ experience in the global financial markets, specializing in hedge funds, including crypto funds, private equity, liquid alternatives, family offices and wealth management. He is Southeast U.S. Chapter Director of the Hedge Fund Association. Thalius is a graduate of University College Dublin, with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Philipp Pieper is the CoFounder and CEO of Swarm Fund, the “Blockchain for Private Equity” which is the first live security token in the market and building asset backed tokens for the AI-driven Crypto Investment Economy. Swarm is pioneering novel concepts in securitization, workflow automation and decentralized governance.
Philipp has been a start-up entrepreneur for the past 10 years and is a veteran in the digital data space. Previously, Philipp has been founder and CEO of Proximic, a global data provider for digital media buyers (acquired by comScore in 2015). Further, he is an avid investor in startups focussed on Blockchain, TV/video, and IoT, while advising several companies (e.g. Mozilla, Shopkick, Qwiki, iCharts, Intertrust / Personagraph) and mentoring start-ups at accelerators such Stanford StartX, Singularity University, and TechCode.
Philipp started his career in Supply-Chain-Management for Sony, out of which he co-founded his first start-up Tadoro in 2000, an Electronic Data exchange for the consumer electronics industry. After holding various private equity and management positions within Deutsche Bank and Allianz Group, Philipp then co-founded Proximic in 2006 and subsequently moved to Silicon Valley. He holds degrees in engineering and business administration and attended Berlin University of Technology and UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Gregg Zeoli is the CEO of the Empire and a veteran operating executive in brokerage operations, banking, private wealth management, syndicate and corporate advisory services. He has appeared on CNBC and has advised and been on the boards of several companies in the medical technology space including Optiocon Medical, Artes Medical, and Power Medical Interventions (aquired by Covidien).
Agada Nameri is General Manager of iCapital, an investment platform and advisory firm for blockchain startups, ICOs and cryptocurrencies. iCapital is a subsidiary of iAngels – an investment platform for early-stage startup investments in Israel the fields of enterprise software, fintech, Frontiere technologies and Agri & water technologies.
Prior to starting iCapital, Agada led iAngels’ portfolio management globally, drawing on more than a decade of executive experience in corporate M&A, fund raising, innovation and law.
Prior to iAngels, Agada served as Chief of Staff to the President and CEO of Frutarom, a multi billion-dollar global flavor and ingredients company. In this role, Agada oversaw all day-today operations for the company, taking a central role in the execution of over fifteen corporate acquisitions, for a total of over $500 million.
Before Frutarom, Agada served as the Portfolio and Business Development Manager for the Profiscope Group, an innovation house for startups in the medical device and lifestyle fields.
Agada established the organisational and tax structure of the group, led fund raising and business development efforts for the group’s portfolio companies, oversaw scouting and due diligence for investment opportunities and managed all investor relations. While at Profiscope, Agada also headed all local operations in the Israeli market for Powermat Technologies Ltd, a Profiscope company.
As a lawyer, Agada served as General Counsel for the Tshuva Group, negotiating over $1b of credit facilities for one of Israel’s largest holding companies, and as an Associate in the corporate and securities group at Goldfarb, Seligman Law Offices, Israel’s largest law firm.
Agada holds an LLM and LLB (Magna Cum Laude) from Tel Aviv University, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, the Cameri Theater and the Lessin Theater.
Andrew Schofield is a Partner and Head of Banking for KPMG – Cayman Islands. With over nineteen years’ experience, Andrew has worked extensively in the Asset Management, Banking and Structured Finance sectors, and has the versatility to service a diverse range of clients.
Andrew has worked with structured products such as structured investment vehicles (“SIV”s), tender option bond / municipal arbitrage funds, leasing vehicles, CDOs/CLOs, segregated portfolio cell structures, CPPI structures and Islamic financing deals and funds.
He acts as lead Partner for a number of local and international banking audit clients.
Joseph Alagna’s career in the securities industry spans almost 30 years. Joe is the founding member of Joseph Gunnar & Co. (est. in 1997) where he currently serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and is a founding member of the Buttonwood family of venture capital funds and currently serves as their Co-Manager. From 1990-1997, Joe was Executive-Vice President and National Sales Manager for a nationally recognized broker-dealer, where he was instrumental in developing a 20-person, one office firm into a business with more than 250 financial consultants with eight offices in five states. Joe attended the University of Miami and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from C.W. Post College.
Olga Kokareva is Director of business development at Quantstellation. She is responsible for leading new business initiatives, data sourcing, relationships with infrastructure vendors and strategic partnerships. Quantstellation is a proprietary quantitative investment group that combines scientific methods, cutting-edge technology and financial expertise to exploit market inefficiencies across asset classes in global markets.
Olga joined Quantstellation in 2015 from ITI Group where she was head of a multi-manager hedge fund platform focusing on quantitative investment strategies. Before that she held a variety of senior roles in the alternative investments industry including Head of Operations and Investor Relations at Da Vinci Capital. She started her career as a client relations manager at Renaissance Capital.
Olga holds masters degree in finance from International University of Business and New technology and MBA degree from Baruch College Zicklin School of Business. She is also a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).
Matt Taber is a partner in the Harneys Cayman office and is a specialist in Cayman Islands investment funds, fund finance and cryptocurrency. He has advised many of the world’s leading asset managers. Prior to joining Harneys, Matt worked at two leading offshore law firms as an investment funds lawyer and in the corporate/M&A department of Hogan Lovells. He regularly advises on corporate governance, regulatory compliance and tax information sharing obligations for all types of Cayman Islands investment funds and vehicles. Matt also has extensive experience in relation to the formation, governance, and restructuring of all types of private equity and hedge funds. He also advises fintech startups on blockchain technology and ICOs.
Social Impact Entrepreneur, Humanitarian Wendy Diamond is the CEO and Founder of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO), a non-governmental organization with a mission and movement to empower women in business to alleviate poverty. She is the Chief Inspiration Officer for one of the leading Blockchain companiesAlchemist – inspiring the world to embrace blockchain technology. She is the Founder of Animal Fair Media, Inc., the premiere pet lifestyle media platform promoting animal rescue. Advisor/Investor with several Technology, Health Sciences, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain companies including Producers Market, Altair , Breathometer and Snakt. Wendy actively promotes & invests in social impact, disruptive technologies, and women lead businesses.
Elie Galam is Chief Investment Officer at Eastmore Group, a New York based alternative investment firm. Previous to Eastmore, he was a portfolio manager for Two Sigma and Blue Mountain Capital. He holds a Master’s in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and an Engineering Degree from Centrale Paris. Elie is advisor to several successful blockchain projects such as Bancor and Fusion.
Andreea is Founder and CEO of Swiss Growth Forum, a sector leader in specialized IR services for ICO’s and Blockchain companies including International forums, multi-country institutional investor roadshows, and specialized media including the recent launch of the International ICO Channel in partnership with Jon Najarian of CNBC and Najarian Family Office. Swiss Growth Forum is the only 360 Degree PR and Communications Group focusing on the Blockchain Sector in 14 financial centers.
Andreea, an international investment banker with over 20 years’ of experience in finding investors for small-cap companies on a world scale, is an expert at communicating with investors according to their own cultural and professional requirements. Fluent in five languages, and having lived in numerous countries throughout Europe, Porcelli is a renowned expert in her field.
Maurice Berkower has over 35 years of experience providing accounting, auditing, tax and consulting services. Maurice began his professional career with a New Jersey based regional mid-sized accounting firm and rose to partnership level. His clients include onshore and offshore hedge and private equity funds, investment advisors and broker-dealers in securities. Maurice is the Managing Principal of Berkower LLC, and Co-Founder and Managing Director of Rankin Berkower (Cayman) Ltd. and leads those respective firms’ national and international alternative investment funds practice groups.
Maurice has an MBA in Taxation from Bernard Baruch College and a BS in Accounting from Brooklyn College, and is a Certified Public Accountant in the States of New York, New Jersey, California, and Florida and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of CPAs, Florida Institute of CPAs and Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants.
Maurice serves on the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants Investment Companies, Investment Management, Private Equity, and Stock Brokerage Committees.
Maurice also serves in leadership and advisory capacities for various non-profit and charitable organizations, is a Board Member and Treasurer of the Florida Alternative Investment Association. Maurice has contributed accounting and consulting articles to The CPA Journal and various community and local newspapers and presented various educational and informational seminars and programs to other accountants, bankers, attorneys, hedge fund managers and hedge fund industry professionals.
Thomas J. Haug is the CEO and Managing Member of Aspen Tree Advisory. In his role, he focuses on the company’s growth, expansion and day to day management, while being active in serving the clients of the firm. Mr. Haug operates as a trusted advisor on all facets of asset allocation, co-investments and structuring of current and contemplated holdings on behalf of his clients.
Most recently, Mr. Haug was the President and Member of A.W. Jones Private Advisors. Previously Mr. Haug spent two years at Fieldpoint Private, as Managing Director and Senior Advisor following a seven-year career with First Republic Bank, as Managing Director, where he provided advisory services to family offices and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on wealth management, banking, trust and lending. His clients include ultra-high net worth individuals, family offices, endowments, foundations, hedge fund, private equity, venture capital firms.
Prior to joining First Republic, Mr. Haug served as a private banker at North Fork Bank, N.A. His early career included positions with Discount Funding and Concord Mortgage Corporation.
Mr. Haug has been responsible for over $265MM of investment advisory assets and $900MM of real estate debt financing and equity investments throughout his career.
A New York native growing up on Long Island, Mr. Haug lives in Merrick with his wife Allison, young daughter Serafina and Shih-Tzu Parker. He currently sits on the Committee of Hearts and Grants Committee of Help For Children, a supporter of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation and served as a rescue worker in Ground Zero, following the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Towers.
Alexander Kravets is the co-founder and CEO of XTRD.IO, bringing mature financial trading technologies to cryptocurrency by aggregating market data, execution, dark pools, and liquidity across crypto exchanges. Previously, Alexander has spent over a dozen years in high frequency and proprietary day trading, starting his career as a successful proprietary equities trader and later acting as Managing Director at a self-clearing equity and derivatives HFT broker/dealer that provided direct market access (DMA), software, and co-location services as well as running a retail brokerage with 100,000 active users.
Seth founded Old City in 2006, and as Managing Partner oversees its principal investing and marketing activities, including for cryptocurrency and blockchain-related investment strategies. Previously, from 2001 to 2006, Seth advised family offices on investment strategy and alternative investment manager selection at Merrill Lynch & Co. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Seth was a Director at SITE Capital Management, a New York-based hedge fund, after beginning his career as a Corporate Finance Analyst at Prudential Volpe Technology Partners, a San Francisco investment bank. Seth is active in several non-profit organizations, including as chair of the Harvard Club of New York’s Philanthropy and Non-Profit Group. He graduated with honors from Harvard College, is Series 3, 7, 24 & 66 licensed and is an Investment Advisor representative (IAR).
Assistant Director in the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, National Exam Program Technology Steering Committee Chair, the National Exam Program Data Protection Committee Chair and a Senior Technology Officer.
An accomplished attorney (admitted to the State Bar of California) with a strong background in eDiscovery and Information Governance, Federal consumer financial laws, Risk Management, Cybersecurity, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, due diligence and government and internal investigations. Exceptional clinical experience in law and compliance. Proven ability to work on complex litigation, negotiations and mediations.
In Depth Experience: Dodd Frank Act, Federal consumer financial laws, Internal investigations; Fraud investigations; Due diligence investigations. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations; SOX; litigation support; eDiscovery; ethics and corporate compliance; mediation and negotiation; white collar crime; litigation support; emerging markets investments; Sports, media and entertainment law; writing; hockey.
Fady Tanios is an entrepreneur, investor and founder of several successful companies, with over 15 years of experience in the financial markets. He is the Founder and President of GI4 Holdings, a privately held firm with investments in financial, real estate and technology companies and a special focus in the Blockchain space. Fady also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Americas Executions LLC, a subsidiary of GI4 Holdings, and a leading Investment Bank connecting distributed ledger technology companies and investors through its advisory and consulting services.
Victoria Saucier, is a blockchain entrepreneur and investor with a growing portfolio of businesses. She is the Partner of Ignite 500, an investments group – a diversified portfolio of companies that includes, Gainfy, a blockchain healthcare; SharkChain TV, a blockchain television show, Bloomojo, alternative medicine, Bloopost Media Group, a global media company, and a continually growing number of other businesses.
Ms. Saucier has over 20 years of experience in business development and capital investments and have lead several companies through various stages of growth, from inception to a successful exit.
She is an advocate of impact investing and empowering entrepreneurs with groundbreaking technologies to drive innovation, create impactful social change and foster global economic growth. Because of her leading work in this space, she represented the US Delegation at the in Global Entrepreneur Summit in India and and the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit in UAE in 2017.
Ms. Saucier is a public speaker and serves on several advisory boards. Born in Ukraine and fluent in four languages, Ms. Saucier earned graduate degree in linguistics, undergraduate in clinical medicine, business and economics.
Robert Levin is CEO of Emerging Star Capital, LLC, and also is the founder of Transclick, Inc., a Technology Pioneer member of the World Economic Forum with over 14 million downloaded multilingual AI clients in 192 countries.
Robert has expertise in applying innovation in machine learning (AI) to finance and other enterprise verticals, macro-economics applied to global asset allocation, alternative beta strategies, hedging portfolio risk, as well as private equity/VC in emerging technologies including cybersecurity, Blockchain and artificial intelligence.
He is an inventor, best-selling author, public speaker and holds one issued US patent. He is also a strategist in global macro, emerging markets and technology investments. He was trained at Salomon Brothers and was a top strategist for 2 hedge funds, reporting to Paul Tudor Jones at Tudor and Louis Bacon at Moore Global.
Robert is a Tech Laureate of the Tech Museum of Innovation and has won the Gold Edison Award for Innovation in mobile apps, is a member of the AlwaysOn Mobile 100 (top 100 mobile companies) and the AlwaysOn Global 250.
He is a thought leader in global innovation, and the author of the first biography of President Bill Clinton, Bill Clinton: The Inside Story, and Democratic Blueprints: National Leaders Chart America’s Future. He was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Finance at the Columbia Business School teaching global investment strategy and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Economy at Columbia University. He has a Masters in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business.
Kristin is a Managing Director with Guggenheim Partners where she provides legal advice related to its private fund business. Previously, Kristin was a Special Counsel at Schulte Roth & Zabel and an Associate at Merrill Lynch. Her background includes structuring private funds and negotiating seed and trading agreements. She has significant experience negotiating highly structured deals, including complex credit and equity based products, CLNs, CLOs, CDOs, derivatives related to ABS and RMBS and derivatives on private funds. She has advised private fund managers in overall operational, regulatory and risk management procedures and with compliance programs. Kristin has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry.
Kristin is an avid writer on private investment fund related topics and a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars. She is a founder, Chair of the Board and the President of Women in Derivatives. Kristin earned a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, an M.B.A. from Northeastern University Graduate School of Business, and a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.
Brian Stutman graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with Bachelor of Arts in 1989. He joined Wall Street after a 10-year entrepreneurial career and selling his last company, Employee Information Services, to a private equity firm.
Brian has 20+ years of experience in trading, electronic trading, prime brokerage, and third party marketing. Having started his career at Carlin Equities, Brian opened the West Palm Beach branch and was promoted to supervise all of Florida. Brian was the lead salesperson during his tenure at Carlin, staying with the firm for over seven years until it was purchased by Royal Bank of Canada in 2006. At Royal Bank of Canada Brian held a key role in the newly formed United States Prime desk, and was personally responsible for $5B in balances and generating over $12.5M in revenue for the bank. Brian then joined Lighthouse Financial Group as managing director and co-head of Prime Services. Brian was responsible for sales, marketing, operations, service, clearing and DMA relationships. Prior to his forming Castle Hill Capital Partners Brian was a director at Lazard Capital Markets where he focused on prime brokerage and multi-product sales. At Castle Hill Capital Partners he has lead the successful broker-dealer through dozens of asset raising transactions and have formed a qualified team of 12 registered representatives.
Brian holds Series 3, 7, 24, and 63 licenses.
Brian splits his time between New York and South Florida where he raises two children.
Berna Barshay is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Viola Capital Management, LLC. Berna has 20 years of Wall Street experience and 17 years experience as a buyside equity analyst and portfolio manager. Berna previously founded and was sole Portfolio Manager of the Ingleside Select Fund, LP, which was founded with a family office seed in 2002, which she ran for 5 years through 2006. Ingleside Select Fund, LP was an all-cap long/short fund with a focus on value and event-driven stocks, primarily in the consumer and TMT sectors. She later was the Portfolio Manager of the Swiss Re Long/Short Equity Consumer Cyclicals and Staples book on the proprietary trading desk from the NY equity prop desk’s inception until the prop division’s closing at the end of 2008. She has additional experience as a buyside analyst at several long/short hedge funds where she primarily covered consumer and media/internet stocks, with some additional work in financials and energy. These funds included Metropolitan Capital, Buckingham Capital, and LaGrange Capital, all in New York. She began her buyside career in long only at Sanford Bernstein in the late 90s, covering global consumer cyclicals and conglomerates.
Mr. Simon Librati served as Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of One Trade Financial Group and also its Partner. Mr. Librati For his entire career, He has been deeply involved in all areas of trading – from funding and managing teams to starting up branches worldwide. Creative and innovative, He has been a leader in restructuring trading profits to make them more equitable for traders and providers over the past 15 years. And over the past decade, He focused his efforts on reduced trading costs and commissions to a level where traders began to earn profits again. By 1999 in Montreal, He was at the highest levels of trading and brokerage. Realizing that much of the volume was generated through ECNs, electronic trading platforms that match buy and sell orders, He purchased the rights to a broker-dealer in Quebec and moved into proprietary trading. He went on to launch branches throughout the province and soon became a central and significant force in the industry. In 2006, looking to expand further, He partnered with Maurice Bensoussan, an established entrepreneur and venture capitalist in Paris. Librati’s deep knowledge of ECN’s and trading combined with Bensoussan’s broad experience in marketing and finance led the two to expand World Trade Securities worldwide by 2009. It was then that the two set their sights on the U.S. They founded WTS Proprietary Trading Group and became members of the CBOE Stock Exchange, bringing their business into line with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regulations. And Brian Schaeffer was brought on board as CEO, building on his expertise in the U.S. markets. In late 2011, He came together with his partners after outlining the synergies of acquiring a trading technology company. In February, 2012 WTS acquired Dimension Trading Group and Pacmid Technologies (now known as Fusion Trading Solutions), respectively. These entities, together with World Trade Securities, evolved into the collective World Trade Financial Group of companies, including one of the world’s largest proprietary trading firms – positioned to provide tremendous cost savings, industry leading access to every significant liquidity pool and ownership of a cutting-edge Direct Market Access (DMA) trading platform and state-of-the-art risk systems.
John Schrier has over twenty-five years of legal, tax and operational experience in the alternatives investment industry. His career includes heading a tax practice and building an asset management practice for a major New York law firm, serving as lead tax principal for Big Four accounting firms Deloitte and KPMG, and serving as Chief Counsel for North America for Nikko Asset Management, Japan’s third-largest asset management firm. He has also most recently worked in a legal and business development capacity with a leading provider of back and middle office fund services. Mr. Schrier was one of only three non-governmental speakers invited to address 400 SEC, CBOE and NASAA examiners in October, 2009 on the topic of hedge fund fraud detection, and is regularly cited as an authority by IA Week/IA Watch on compliance and operational matters. Mr. Schrier is a regular speaker at IA Week’s Annual Compliance Summit and will be speaking on a panel entitled “Essential Guidance for Responding to a Cyber Incident at its July 2018 conference. He has been admitted to the bar in the states of New York, California (inactive), District of Columbia (inactive), Maryland (inactive) and Texas (inactive). He received an A.B. cum laudefrom the University of Missouri (Columbia), a JD with honorsand MBA from the University of Maryland and an LLM in Taxation from New York University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hedge Fund Association and a member of the Committee of Hearts for Hedge Funds Care/Help for Children.
Larry Dvoskin is an American songwriter, musician, arranger, and producer. He is the President of Cool Guy Music and Miracle Music Inc.
Mr. Dvoskin has worked in a variety of creative roles from musician, songwriter, producer, A&R consultant with numerous Grammy-winning icons included David Bowie, MGMT, Robert Plant, Sean Lennon, Bono, The Beach Boys, Sammy Hagar, Bad Company, Alec Baldwin, Glee TV Star Matthew Morrison, and with companies ranging from Unicef, MTV, NBC, Madonna’s Maverick Television, Logo Television, Warner-Chappell Music, RCA Records, Universal Records, EMI Records, Capitol Records, Sony Music, etc.
Krishan Arora is the CEO of Arora Project, a growth hacking and digital marketing agency based out of Miami and Boston. Just in 2017, the Arora Project raised over $20 Million for high-growth ventures around the world—from Tokyo to Tel Aviv and beyond.
Krishan graduated from Harvard with a focus in Economics and Business Strategy and has since gained over a decade of experience in the product launch, digital marketing and creative vertical, with a hyper focus on scaling ideas and businesses through analytics-focused marketing. With an emphasis on data-driven decision making, Krishan’s core expertise is in scaling up international ventures, campaigns and movements by creating and converting global online communities.
Working with and implementing growth for innovative businesses, ideas and initiatives is one of Krishan’s core proficiencies—honed through his work with industry-leading advertising agencies, in the venture backed start-up world, and with his time at Apple Education Marketing. To date, the campaigns Krishan has led have reached hundreds of millions of people around the world and have raised tens of millions of dollars for non-profits, B2C ventures, cryptocurrency campaigns, real estate groups, events and more.
Krishan is taking his skill-set and track record and applying it to the blockchain and cryptocurrency world by creating an avenue to help entrepreneurs launch large fully compliant token offerings via his role as a managing partner at the Token Advisory Network.
Daniel G. Viola is a partner of Sadis & Goldberg LLP and the Head of its Regulatory and Compliance Group. He structures and organizes broker-dealers, investment advisers, funds and regularly counsels investment professionals in connection with regulatory and corporate matters. Mr. Viola has been active in the Blockchain and Virtual Currency verticals since 2014. He is the Founder of the Crypto Asset Webinars and the Blockchain Shift Conferences. He also serves as an advisory board member to several ICOs. Mr. Viola also served as a Senior Compliance Examiner for the Northeast Regional Office of the SEC, where he worked from 1992 through 1996. During his tenure at the SEC, Mr. Viola worked on several compliance inspection projects and enforcement actions involving examinations of registered investment advisers, ensuring compliance with federal and state securities laws. Mr. Viola’s examination experience includes financial statement, performance advertising, and disclosure document reviews, as well as, analysis of investment adviser and hedge fund issues arising under ERISA and blue-sky laws.
After leaving the SEC, Mr. Viola founded VIOCO, Ltd. (“VIOCO”), which provided consulting services to investment advisers and broker-dealers in the field of regulatory compliance, including compliance policy planning and implementation of soft dollar reviews, mock SEC compliance audits, and compliance training for supervisory personnel. VIOCO also served as a consultant to provide mandated corrective consulting to investment advisers that were sanctioned by the SEC.
From 1997 to 2002, Mr. Viola served as General Counsel for Andover Brokerage LLC, which was ultimately acquired by SunGard (NYSE:SDS). Andover was a self-clearing member firm of the NASD, currently known as FINRA and a trading/technology firm that provided direct-access trading, order routing, and brokerage and clearing services to professional traders. From 2002 to early 2006, Mr. Viola served as the General Counsel to the Carlin Financial Group, which was ultimately acquired by RBC Capital Markets, LLC. Mr. Viola then founded his own law firm and eventually merged it into Sadis & Goldberg’s law practice in late 2006.
Simonne Hurse is a people person in tech. She brings together ‘the people’ with ‘the patrons’ of crypto by connecting the builders with the regulators and institutions looking to understand it. She firmly believes that an open dialogue makes the movement bigger and the technology and opportunities better – for everyone. Friends call her Sim.
Sim currently serves as VP of Marketing and PR Communications at SatisGroup.io, the premier ICO advisory firm. Sim is aligned with the two major Crypto Working Groups in NYC, and is a regular speaker at fintech and women in tech events.
Sim’s background is in technology and entrepreneurship. She is a mentor at Techstars, and was the first employee at Meural, a successful hardware start up. Prior to Meural, she worked with Theresa and Tom Preston-Werner (co-founder of Github) in building a non-profit for the start up community.
Before moving to NYC in 2013, Sim lived in Paris, where she built a department at a private university specialising in 3D animation and video game design, and helped launch an online teaching system for financial professionals learning financial English. Also in Paris, Sim worked with two rocket scientists at a space start up – she had a blast.
Sim is devoted to bringing more women into the crypto and blockchain space. She is an active member of a number of women in blockchain groups in NYC and Toronto, and runs her own women in tech group in NYC, with 1900 members.
Emma Channing is currently the Founder General Counsel of the Satis Group, — the premier ICO advisory firm within this rapidly changing new asset class that now exceeds $400bn in valuation. We are a highly experienced team that brings world-class advice and professionalism to structuring and launching ICOs and similar financing structures.
Prior to joining to the Satis Group, Emma had spent several years in start-ups. This followed over a decade of experience in the law firms of Simpson Thacher, Skadden Arps and Herbert Smith Freehills in the US and the UK. Emma has been involved with offerings of high-technology, e-commerce and healthcare as well as a wide variety of M&A and fund work. Areas of concentration include global capital markets, corporate finance, M&A, financial regulatory issues, global corporate governance, intellectual property, antitrust laws, fund formation, privacy laws, technology transactions and energy. In addition, she has significant experience regarding high yield debt, novel securitizations, and private placements.
Emma is a member of the global ICO think tank RegTech@Wharton, and has spoken at several conferences including Token Summit, Silicon Flatirons, Blockchain Summit, the North American Bitcoin Conference and eMerge Americas. Emma was named as one of the Top 30 Cryptocurrency Innovators by Crypto Daily and listed in Stayawhile’s Who’s Who in Crypto 2017.
Joseph Tacopina founded the Law Offices of Tacopina & Seigel in 1994. After serving as a prosecutor, Mr. Tacopina chose to bring his talents to the criminal defense bar. Having tried more than 80 cases at the age of 42, Mr. Tacopina has earned the media’s praise as the “hottest young criminal defense lawyer” in New York.
Because of his extensive litigation experience in both federal and state court and his successes in some very high profile cases, Mr. Tacopina frequently appears as an expert legal analyst on various media outlets nationwide. He can regularly be seen on MSNBC, CNBC, NBC, ABC, Fox News, CNN, and Court TV, and even occasionally has taken his licks on “Imus in the Morning.”
Mr. Tacopina is a member of the Federal Bar Council, the New York Counsel of Defense Lawyers, and the Judicial Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He also serves on the Legislative Committee for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Additionally, Mr. Tacopina volunteers his time as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School and lectures nationwide on a variety of legal issues. He was also recently honored by the National Italian American Bar Association and is the basis for the fictional attorney on the CBS show The Guardian – Read Article. Mr. Tacopina was recently recognized for the second year in a row by Super Lawyers, an honor given to attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice.
Dr. Carlos Domingo is the founder and managing partner of SPiCE VC, a tokenized fund on the blockchain that invests in ICOs and the founder and CEO of Securitize, the leading security token issuance company. Prior to that, he was Chief Innovation and Transformation officer at du in Dubai. He also was the President and CEO of Telefonica R&D, and CEO of New Business and Innovation at Telefonica Digital, as well as co-founder and board member of Wayra, one of the world’s largest corporate accelerators. He has been CTO and CEO or board member of multiple tech startups in Japan and US. On the investment side he is the founder of Sling Ventures, an angel investment fund co-invested by the European Investment Bank, one of the founders of Dubai Angel Investors and a Venture partner in THCAP VC, and he managed the corporate VC of Telefonica Digital. Carlos was also one of the leaders of open source project Firefox OS. Carlos holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Polytechnic University in Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, a Master in Computer Science from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and postgraduate studies from Stanford University
Born to Cuban exiles that fled Fidel Castro’s regime in the 1960s, Carlos Curbelo is a father, husband and former small business owner who has dedicated his life to serving his South Florida neighbors.
Carlos grew up in Miami and attended John G. DuPuis Elementary and Belen Jesuit Preparatory School before graduating from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
After graduation, Carlos started his own public and media relations firm, where he would spend the next 12 years learning firsthand of the struggles small business owners face across the country. While his business continued to grow, Carlos knew he wanted to give back to his community, and in 2002 he co-founded Centre Court Charities, a non-profit organization that runs basketball leagues for South Florida high school students during the summer months.
Carlos jumped into public service in 2009 when he was named State Director for U.S. Senator George LeMieux and took responsibility for overseeing staff in seven offices throughout the state while also advising the Senator on Latin-American policy and Hispanic issues. Shortly after, Carlos was appointed to the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), a group of community leaders tasked with prioritizing local transportation and infrastructure projects.
In 2010, Carlos was elected to the Miami-Dade County School Board, which oversees the fourth largest school district in the country at the time. Together with his board colleagues, Carlos was part of a historic effort to improve the quality of education and put students and teachers first, resulting in major gains in student performance and graduation rates.
Carlos was elected to represent the people of Florida’s 26th Congressional District in 2014. During his first term, Carlos fought for common sense solutions and worked with Republicans and Democrats to improve the quality of life for the people of South Florida.
Francis X. Suarez is the 33rd Mayor of the City of Miami. As the first Miami-born mayor, he is committed to working diligently to serve the residents of the community where he was born and raised. Prior to being elected with 86 percent support from Miami residents, Mayor Suarez served as Miami Commissioner for District 4 during eight years.
Mayor Suarez had many legislative accomplishments as Commissioner, including implementing ShotSpotter technology in the City, a state-‐of-‐the-‐art gunshot detection system, setting up a transportation trust fund, which allocates funds for current and future transit projects, and passing the Reverse Redline legislation, authorizing lawsuits against several major banks for discriminatory mortgage lending practices. As a result, the City’s lawsuit reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that cities have standing to sue banks under the Fair Housing Act for such discriminatory practices.
Raúl Valdés-Fauli was re-elected Mayor of the City of Coral Gables on April 11, 2017. He served previously as Mayor of the City of Coral Gables from 1993 to 2001, as well as Vice Mayor (1987-1988) and City Commissioner (1985-1989).
Mayor Valdés-Fauli is a longtime and renowned banking law leader in the South Florida business community and currently practices at his own law firm, Raúl Valdés-Fauli Law Office.
Steven Nerayoff, Esq. LL.M. is a prolific serial entrepreneur, attorney and inventor of 20 international patents, having founded seven companies in Silicon Valley and New York City.
Steven is a blockchain pioneer with his involvement in top projects including: Ethereum, Lisk, Bancor, tZERO, ZenCash, ZCash, Ripio, Aion and Storm. Steven is also the Chairman of the publicly listed company Global Blockchain Technologies (OTCMKTS:BLKCF) (TSXV:BLOC).
Steven’s innovative work as the legal architect of Ethereum’s record setting token sale continues to be the basic structure used throughout the world today. Steven innovated the concept of “utility”, specifically using the concept of “gas” or “fuel” for legal purposes. Steven continues to be instrumental in defining the industry standards.
Steven founded Alchemist specializing in blockchain project development and investment. Steven has assembled a team of industry leaders having advised and invested in over 25 projects.
Steven has had involvement as either a founder or advisor:
Aion | Bancor | Ethereum | Factom | GlobalBlockchain | Investfeed | Kudos | Lisk | MAD | Po.et | Polymath | Ripio | RSK | Sirin | Steemit | Storm | Streetwire | tZERO | Veridium | Vezt | ZCash | Zencash
He is the Founder & CEO of Maple Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on emerging technologies including blockchain-based payment systems, consumer internet companies, and socially conscious enterprises.
He is also the Founder & Executive Chairman of CloudParc, a patented next-generation artificial intelligence smart city platform that has groundbreaking technology for the city of the future.
Previously founded: Freedom Eldercare, iOffer.com, Fleetwood Owen, eWanted.com, Inside/Out City Guides
An IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO Open Technology in the IBM Digital Business Group, Christopher has been involved in the architecture, design, and engineering of distributed systems for most of his 37+ year career in IT and has been actively engaged in open standards and open source development since 1999. He has technical responsibility for all of IBM’s strategic open source and standards initiatives, including OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Hyperledger Project, Open Container Initiative, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Mesos, Node.js and Docker. He represents IBM on the Hyperledger Governance Board.
Jon ‘DRJ’ Najarian was linebacker for the Chicago Bears before he turned to another kind of contact sport – trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange.
He became a member of the CBOE, NYSE, CME and CBOT and worked as a floor trader for some 25 years. In 1990 he founded Mercury Trading, a market-making firm at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), which he sold in 2004 to Citadel, one of the world’s largest hedge funds. In 2005 Jon co-founded optionMONSTER and tradeMONSTER, sold a majority stake to private equity firm General Atlantic Partners in 2014 & two years later sold the firm to E*Trade for $750M. Today, he is a professional investor, money manager, stock & crypto markets analyst.
Jon developed HeatSeeker Technologies, a patented trading application and algorithms used to identify unusual activity in stock, options, and futures markets. Jon publishes his market observations, trade recommendations on Investitute.com, his subscription and education website. Jon and his brother Pete co-founded Najarian Advisors & Najarian Alternatives, companies that advise & or trade for institutional investors as well as manage money for wealthy investors.