Ron van der Meyden is a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW Australia. He previously held positions at the University of Technology, Sydney, the Weizmann Institute of Science, and NTT Basic Research Laboratories, Tokyo. His research interests include distributed and multi-agent systems and computer security. He was a member of the teams that established the Cooperative Research Centre for Smart Internet Technology and National ICT Australia. He served in 2001 as a research program leader in the Cooperative Research Centre for Smart Internet Technology, before establishing the Formal Methods program of National ICT Australia, which he led from 2002 to 2006. He received the Association for Computing Machinery Distinguished Scientist Award in 2009.
U. Copenhagen, European Blockchain Center and Deon Digital
Fritz Henglein is professor of programming languages and systems at DIKU, the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), steering committee chairman of the Danish Innovation Network on Finance IT, and head of research at Deon Digital AG. He has held guest professorships at the University of New South Wales, Cornell University and Kellogg College, Oxford. He is an editor of Journal of Functional Programming and Foundations, currently serves as general chair of POPL, and has served on a numerous scientific and professional committees. His research interests are in semantic, logical and algorithmic aspects of programming languages, specifically type inference, type-based program analysis, algorithmic functional programming and domain-specific languages, and the application of programming language technology in high-performance stream processing (www.diku.dk/kmc), data-parallel programming (hiperfit.dk), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and e-health.
Dr Ben Lippmeier works at Digital Asset in functional programming and programming language theory. Most of his research and development is based around the Haskell family of languages. He is also an adjunct to the Programming Languages and Systems group at the University of New South Wales. He was previously a consultant in financial data processing, and a software engineer at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and lecturer at the University of Sydney and Australian National University.
Israeli born and Australia based Daniel is the Chairman and founder of bitfwd, he is primarily active in the FinTech space in APAC (Australia, New Zealand and China). Prior to Blockchain technology ventures Daniel was involved in research and engineering roles in areas such as Quantum Computation, Nanoelectronics and Biosensors. Daniel holds an MSc degree in Nanotechnology from the Technion - Israeli Institute of Technology and a graduate of the QLC Orion Entrepreneurship program from the Business School at the University of New South Wales.
Moritz is a Blockchain Entrepreneur, Growth Specialist maniac about UX Design optimization for Blockchain products and Community Enthusiast in the Crypto landscape. Moritz has worked with multiple ventures, from Early Stage Startups that wanted to test their products in the market, to 8 figures businesses and Innovation Departments looking for Growth Hacking Consultancy. He is running bitfwd, a Blockchain community, advising at ValueNet Capital - Chinese VC only for Cryptocurrencies and about to launch Tenzorum, a UX protocol to the decentralised web.
Niki is a global strategist passionate about the frontier of blockchain technology and its potential to spur the development of innovative business models. He currently heads up partnership development in Asia for R3, a network of over 200 financial institutions, regulators and technology companies developing blockchain for use in global commerce. R3 created and open-sourced "Corda", a world-first blockchain platform designed specifically for enterprise-grade use cases. Through his career Niki has worked across a range of sectors including fintech startups, banking and management consulting. He completed his MBA at UC Berkeley and was previously the head of Strategy at ING in Australia.
Dr. Fengji LUO obtained the PhD degree of Electrical Engineering in The University of Newcastle, Australia. From 2007-2009, he worked at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, followed by a postdoctoral position in the Centre for Intelligent Electricity Networks (CIEN), The University of Newcastle, Australia. He has worked in the areas of renewable energy dispatch, power demand side management, computational intelligence, and smart grid applications. He has participated in 6+ large power R&D projects, and published about 40 paper in refereed journals and conferences.
Leon-Gerard Vandenberg (LG) has extensive experience in the development of secure wireless payments and embedded systems technology. LG has been the CTO - Joint CEO and Tech Lead on projects in Italy, Washington DC and Silicon Valley. He is currently active in Sydney, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Co-creator of the design win for US NavyCash, an ePurse smart card / transaction system developed for the US Navy Supply and US Treasury 2001. This solution originally deployed DoD grade Elliptic Curve Cryptography. Most Blockchain infrastructures use Elliptic Curve Cryptography and LG has been active in this Bitcoin/Blockchain industry for 6 years now. LG used the shortcomings unresolved during NavyCash ("double spend" problem) and combined this learning with new eSIM concepts to emboldened a new a Blockchain solution focused on mobiles & remittance rails for the unbanked. Having once been a Bitcoin miner, LG has advised RightsFusion Pty Ltd on how to enable community energy to democratise solar panel ownership and provide Orchestration of Energy Solutions. Solutions that work 'Behind the Meter' by using both SIMs and Sensors on a PV Solar Panel. Blockchain Services and microgram infrastructure solutions all are part of the SOLARA Platform.
Steve Hoy is a global utility industry executive and recognized subject matter expert in smart grid and distributed energy resource management systems. He has over 35 years experience in engineering, IT and strategy concentrating on the utilities sector, having started his career in the early 1980s as a power engineer with what's now AusGrid. His career has evolved from power engineering through SCADA and control systems at Megadata and Honeywell, into mainstream enterprise IT solutions at Logica, PwC Consulting and IBM where he led a group of utility industry subject matter experts in IBM's Global Energy, Environment & Utilities Centre of Competency. He has recently been appointed as CEO of the Enosi Foundation, which aims to disrupt the power industry through the development of innovative blockchain smart contracts supporting distributed generation and P2P trading models.
Steve has advised on technology strategy matters to over 60 utilities around the world, including every distribution utility in Australia. He has worked with leading utilities such as e.ON Germany, Scottish Power, National Grid UK, Ameren USA, UK Power Networks, Exelon Corp USA, ESB Ireland, CenterPoint USA, DONG Energy Denmark, China Light & Power, MSEB India, TEPCo Japan, Alliander Netherlands, and Fingrid Finland, as well as progressive Australian utilities such as Ausgrid, AGL, PowerCor, Energy Queensland, Western Power, Horizon Energy and Essential Energy.
Steve lives in Sydney, when not in an aeroplane or a hotel, and tries to stay grounded raising two teenage sons with his wife Michelle. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from University of NSW.
Brownen Morgan is Professor of Law, Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Director of Research at UNSW Law School. She joined UNSW in October 2012, having taught at the University of Bristol, UK for seven years as Professor of Socio-legal Studies. Prior to Bristol, she taught at the University of Oxford for six years in association with the Centre for Socio-legal Studies, and both St Hilda's College (1999-2001) and Wadham College (2002-2005). A very long time ago, she taught at the University of Sydney Law School. Her research has long focused on transformations of the regulatory state in both national-comparative and transnational contexts but also extends to exploring the interaction between regulation and socio-economic rights, especially in the context of social activism. More recently, she has brought these lines of interest together in a focus on the 'new economy', especially its variations (often in tension with each other) of the sharing economy, solidarity economy, and commons-based economy.
Lyria Bennet Moses is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW Sydney. Lyria's research explores issues around the relationship between technology and law, including the types of legal issues that arise as technology changes, how these issues are addressed in Australia and other jurisdictions, the application of standard legal categories such as property in new socio-technical contexts, the use of technologically-specific and sui generis legal rules, and the problems of treating "technology" as an object of regulation. Lyria is currently a Key Researcher and Project Leader on the Data to Decisions CRC, exploring legal and policy issues surrounding the use of data and data analytics for law enforcement and national security. Lyria is also Chair of the Australia Chapter of the IEEE Society for the Social Implications of Technology, Lead of the UNSW Grand Challenge on "Living with 21st Century Technology", Academic Co-Director of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Community, Chair of the Law, Technology and Innovation Research Network at UNSW Law and a PLuS Alliance Fellow.
Dr Ingo Weber is a Principal Research Scientist & Team Leader of the Architecture & Analytics Platforms (AAP) team at Data61, CSIRO in Sydney. In addition he is a Conjoint Associate Professor at UNSW Australia and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Swinburne University. He has published over 80 refereed papers and two books. Prior to Data61, CSIRO, Ingo worked for NICTA, UNSW, and at SAP Research in Germany. While at SAP, he completed his PhD with the University of Karlsruhe (TH). He also holds an MSc from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.
Oliver Harvey leads ASIC's Financial Market Infrastructure team, which has primary responsibility for oversight of financial market operators, clearing & settlement facilities and trade repositories. Prior to joining ASIC, Oliver worked with McKinsey & Company in their New York Office, in the Global Corporate & Institutional Banking Practice. In that role, Oliver served a number of clients, including large exchanges, investment banks and professional services firms. Oliver is a qualified lawyer and commenced his career with a major international law firm.
Ross Buckley is the King & Wood Mallesons Professor of International Finance Law, and a Scientia Professor, at UNSW Sydney. His current research focus is the enabling regulation of digital financial services including FinTech and RegTech. He co-edits two book series for Wolters Kluwer of The Hague, on international banking law and global trade law. He has consulted to the Asian Development Bank and to government departments in Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam and the US. He has twice been a Fulbright Scholar, at Yale and Duke.
Corran Toohill & Blockchain Pacific
Paul Fox is the Managing Director of Blockchain Pacific, which seeks to create new investment models for blockchain projects, leveraging his personal experience in multiple industry sectors, including energy, electronics manufacturing, enterprise software, logistics and finance. Paul is the founder and MD of Corran Toohill Capital, a Trans-Pacific advisory and investment firm founded in Silicon Valley in 2006 and now based in Sydney, Australia. Paul has held technology investment roles at AGL Energy, Southern Cross Ventures, the California Clean Energy Fund and Flex. He worked in Silicon Valley for 12 years as an executive, start-up CEO and venture capitalist. His initial interest in blockchain was for securitisation of renewable energy projects. He ran two blockchain projects at AGL Energy Limited. Paul holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Engineering. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Richard Holden is professor of economics at UNSW Business School. He holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University and was previously on the faculty at MIT and the University of Chicago. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and is editor of the Journal of Law and Economics.
Philip Shelper is CEO of LoyaltyX, an experimental loyalty agency. Phil spent 4 years at Qantas Frequent Flyer as Loyalty Product Manager, leaving in 2011. He was responsible for three key areas of the business; the strategic design & implementation of program enhancements, the management of program rewards, and industry monitoring. Prior to Qantas, Phil spent 8 years at Vodafone, where one of his roles was Loyalty & Retention Manager. Phil has a Bachelor Of Economics, a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) & a Post-Graduate Certificate In Marketing Management. Phil is a member of over 140 loyalty programs, a researcher of loyalty psychology and a loyalty historian, all of which he uses to understand the essential dynamics of what makes a successful loyalty program. Phil is also CEO of Loyalty & Reward Co, a loyalty management consulting firm. In addition to developing bespoke loyalty programs & solutions for a wide range of companies, Loyalty & Reward Co also work with multinationals on program enhancement strategies.
Mark Staples leads the Software Systems group at Data61, CSIRO, which is conducting research into blockchain technology, analytics architectures, behavioural analytics, business process systems, and legal informatics. His research interests are in software engineering and the philosophy of engineering, and he has worked in the software engineering industry in Australia, on electronic payments systems, distributed control systems, and implantable medical devices. He is a graduate of the University of Queensland, holds a PhD from University of Cambridge, and is a Conjoint Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW. He is a member of Australia's standardization committee on blockchain and DLT (IT-041), under Australia's leadership of the Secretariat of the International Technical Committee for Blockchain Standards (ISO/TC 307).
Sergei Sergienko is an Australian entrepreneur and the CEO of the Australian blockchain company ChronoBank and a Director of Edway. He has won numerous entrepreneurship awards such as being Australia Anthill's "30 Under 30" winner. Sergei is an advisor at Singularitynet.io and a co-founder of ICOpromo.
Emma is the CEO and a Co Founder of AgriDigital, one of Australia's leading emerging agtech and fintech companies. Emma has had a diverse career as a lawyer, agribusiness executive and executive coach. She is mentor to several start ups and founders in Australia and overseas and was recently named one Australia's Top 25 Fintech Influencers and was awarded Female Fintech Leader of the Year and Emerging Fintech Leader of the Year for 2017 by FinTech Australia as well as Female Fintech Leader of the Year at the 2017 Australian Fintech Awards. In December 2016, AgriDigital achieved the world's first settlement of a physical agri-commodity on a blockchain between a farmer and a buyer in New South Wales, Australia and this was recognised by Fintech Australia presenting AgriDigital the Excellence in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology award for 2017. AgriDigital recently launched its digital supply chain platform for the agricultural sector and continues to work with blockchain and other novel enabling technologies to bring efficiency and transparency to global supply chains. A sought after speaker on agtech, fintech, women in tech and blockchain, Emma holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, a LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, and a BA from the University of Melbourne. Emma is an active tech community member and advisor to start ups. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a non-executive director of the Australian Digital Commerce Association and Fintech Australia.
Reserve Bank of Australia
Chris Thompson is Deputy Head of the Payments Policy Department of the RBA. The Payments Policy Department is responsible for developing and implementing the Reserve Bank's payments system policy. It provides analysis and advice to the Payments System Board on improving the safety and efficiency of the payments system. The department is also responsible for oversight of Australia's high-value payments, clearing and settlement facilities and represents the Bank on the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures of the Bank for International Settlements. Chris was previously Chief Representative - New York Representative Office of the RBA, Deputy Head - Financial Stability Department of the RBA, and Advisor to Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund. He has a Master of Public Financial Policy from the The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Western Australia.