Dr. Sohail Munir

Dr. Sohail Munir

Director – Smart City Enablement Services, Smart Dubai Government

Dr. Sohail Munir is the Director for Smart City Enablement Services at Smart Dubai Government leading multiple emerging technologies and smart government transformation initiatives. He is a seasoned industry professional with over twenty years of entrepreneurial and Program Management experience in the space of Smart City, Safe City, Digital Government Transformation, C4I Systems, IoT, FinTech, Cloud Computing, Software Defined Networking, Data Analytics, AI and Machine Learning. He specialises in Enterprise Architecture for large and complex ICT Systems. Sohail's current R&D insterests are in the space of Digital Government transformation, Blockchain, Digital ID and Digital Payments. At Smart Dubai Government he is leading portfolios for Blockchain, Paperless and Cashless city. He is actively involved in developing policies, legislation and standards for Blockchain in Government, Digital ID & Signature and Digital Payments. His is also working on developing Micro Services Architecture for Smart City Services enabling Open Data and API Economy.

 
 
Robby Schwertner

Robby Schwertner

Blockchain influencer, Crypto blogger

Robby Schwertner is active in the blockchain domain: he serves as an ICO advisor, social media influencer and blogger focusing on cryptocurrencies and startups built on blockchain technology. His insights are published globally, including at www.wallstreet-online.de and he is a frequent speaker at international blockchain events.
Previously Robby managed R&D funds for Smart City and Urban Technology projects, including sustainable transport and energy services, alternating frequently between Europe and Asia His services focus on building growth for blockchain a clear added value for people and cultures across the globe, a #ReturnonSociety

 
 
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Utpal Nath

President Dubai Chapter, Government Blockchain Association

Utpal Nath is a senior technology business executive with proven leadership in creating, managing and growing innovative hi-tech businesses from zero to $1Billlion+ in revenues in the region. Utpal possess a strong track record of accomplishment in leading turnaround and growth strategies, Entrepreneurship, strategist, visionary, mentorship, advisor for many businesses in the MENA region. His technology and digital business experience covers industry verticals such as Blockchain and Crypto Economy, Telecom, ICT Services, FinTech and Digital Payments, e-Commerce & App Economy As a senior executive with 20+ years’ experience leading and managing enterprise mission critical functions across businesses including sales, business development, customer experience, strategy, marketing, and product development. Throughout his career, Utpal has been focused on developing and designing comprehensive solutions that transform customer business operations and dramatically expand their capabilities.
Because of his skills and experience of steering institutions towards growth, innovation and success, Utpal is often invited to provide his expertise in multiple forums on Entrepreneurship, start-ups, digital transformation. Blockchain and Crypto Economy and the region’s changing digital landscape and transformation. Utpal is member of Advisory board of many start-ups in the Fintech, MarTech and Blockchain base technology. He is the President of Dubai chapter of the Government Blockchain Association. A prominent speaker and thought leader, when he's not traveling or creating imaginary worlds with his two daughters, Utpal’s idea of time-off is playing coach, advisor and mentor to local startups in the UAE.

 
 
Michael Proper

Michael Proper

Founder & CEO, Clear Foundation

Over the past 21 years, Michael has helped start and grow numerous companies in the IT industry and helped to create what is now known as the Managed Services Provider (MSP) sector. Prior to starting ClearCenter he started DirectPointe (an IT service company) & DPFS (an IT financing company) he also helped launch and establish Calculated Research & Technology and Veritas Solutions (both IT solution companies). Michael is a creator and knows how to produce results by rounding-up great teams and helping them to focus on simple yet measurable, transparent goals. In addition, Michael has successfully acquired & integrated many great IT companies, including iTOK, Center7 (Helpdesk & NOC), STI, System Works & S3. Take a peek at how Michael's Team ranked in the MSP world.

 
 
Mohammad Shaheed Khan

Mohammad Shaheed Khan

Board Member, Havard business School Club of GCC

Mohammad has cumulative 17 years of notable track record in the banking and finance sector. He is advisor to a few start-ups and ICOs. Currently he spearheads the penetration of Islamic Banking services at a Global bank. He is also the Vice Chairman of Bahrain Association of Banks, Islamic Banking commitee and an advisor to the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Fintech inaugural training program. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and is the President (Bahrain) and Board member of the Harvard Business School Club of GCC. Mohammad has been ranked as one of the 500 influencer and shaper that make up the global Islamic economy.

 
 
Hans Christensen

Hans Christensen

Director of Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre, a department of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority
Entrepreneur, Board member, Investor, Mentor

As the Director of Dtec, Hans is leading a team that with him has built the largest and most economically impactful tech eco-system in MENA hosting more than 800+ start-ups from 70 nationalities. The objective of Dtec is to create a sustainable impactful entrepreneurial ecosystem of tech companies that drives innovation in the UAE. Apart from partnering with international partners like IBM, Microsoft, SAP, du, Volkswagen, Thomson Reuters, Visa, Smart Dubai and many more, Dtec hosts the aviation and travel-tech Intelak incubator run by Emirates Airlines together with GE and Etisalat, the Intel IOT ignition lab and the Dubai Smart City Accelerator powered by Startupbootcamp. DTEC also acts as a start-up investor currently has an active portfolio of 21 successful well-known start-ups: Yalla Compare, Shortpoint, Wrappup, STEP etc. Hans has decades of business experience, building departments in MNCs and start- ups around the world.
In his several positions as founder and CEO of start-ups, he attracted millions of dollars from both private and venture capital investors. He built up the first Siemens ICN nCubator in 2000, a captive incubator and one of the first incubators in Europe at the time. Its most successful venture (Garderos) was successfully spun-off in 2001 under Hans’ leadership attracting VC funds from SAP, Siemens Ventures, and Wellington Partner. Hans held international positions with Macquarie Technology Investments and Deutsche Leasing AG and joined DSOA in 2012. DTEC has won several awards:
o Arabian Business Startup Awards:
o 2015 Special recognition for entrepreneurial support
o 2017 Best Start-up Program
o 2017 Best Accelerator Entrepreneur Agility Award
o 2017 Best Startup Hub Islamic Economy
o 2017 Best SME Supporter
He serves on the board of 11 start-ups and is a board advisor to RIT and AUE Dubai. He holds a BA in Ec/Fi from Bentley University and a MBA from Hult Business School. He is a sought-after speaker on Entrepreneurship, Corporate Innovation, Smart City, Blockchain AI technology, and frequently assists corporations, universities and event organizers as a judge and mentor for business plan competitions.

 
 
Koen Lukas Hartog

Koen Lukas Hartog

Program Manager, Dutch Government

Koen Lukas Hartog is the program manager of blockchain pilot projects for the Dutch government, blockchainpilots.nl. Blockchainpilots.nl has launched and managed more than 40 different blockchain projects in the Netherlands, guiding ministries, city governments and other government agencies through the process of use cases and working prototype development. In 2018 the first implementation projects have started. In addition, Hartog focuses on international collaboration between different governments and international organizations with the aim of creating synergies to further develop up blockchain/DLT innovation in the public sector.

 
 
Carlos Domingo

Carlos Domingo

Managing Partner, Spice VC

Dr. Carlos Domingo is a senior executive, entrepreneur and investor. Currently Carlos is the founder and managing partner of SPiCE VC, the largest tokenized fund on the blockchain and the founder and chairman of Securitize, the largest security token issuance company in the world. 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 Invested 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 a executive MBA from Stanford Business School.

 
 
Hen Tekle

Hen Tekle

Founding partner, Alphachain capital

Hen is a successful cryptocurrency angel investor and advisor for token projects. Having left a rewarding career in enterprise IT consulting for major organizations and Fortune companies, Henok now focuses exclusively on investing in presales/ICOs, advising token projects, and connecting with influencers and thought leaders in the blockchain industry. Henok has cultivated an international network of blockchain-focused professionals and has attended many industry events in his travels to over 50 countries.

 
 
Samson Williams

Samson Williams

Partner, Axes & Eggs - a cryptocurrency mining operation and blockchain consultancy






 
 
Paul Mcneal

Paul Mcneal

Creator, The Crypto Curator

Paul Mcneal, is Speaker, Brand Evangelist, Technologist at The Sturgeon Group, LLC. Spent the earlier part of his career serving in the United States Navy Submarine Force working in communications. After 10 years serving his country, he held leadership positions at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) overseeing the global wireless device program. He Co-founded a Content Curation startup which grew rapidly and is still operating today. Mentoring young entrepreneurs is a passion of his and through The Next Gen Summit he works with groups daily. Being on the cutting edge of technology means everything to him and he helps businesses leverage it to move forward faster. He currently resides in Northern Va and is the Vice Chair of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Technology Coalition.
Specialties: Bitcoin Blockchain (CryptoCurrency). Content Curation. Sales. Interpersonal Communications. Troubleshooting. Problem Solving. Strategic Planning. Mobile Communication Technology. Cloud Computing Solutions. Marketing. Entrepreneurship. Mentoring.

 
 
Dinis Guarda

Dinis Guarda

CEO & Founder, Lifesci-lifescitech

Paul Mcneal, is Speaker, Brand Evangelist, Technologist at The Sturgeon Group, LLC. Spent the earlier part of his career serving in the United States Navy Submarine Force working in communications. After 10 years serving his country, he held leadership positions at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) overseeing the global wireless device program. He Co-founded a Content Curation startup which grew rapidly and is still operating today. Mentoring young entrepreneurs is a passion of his and through The Next Gen Summit he works with groups daily. Being on the cutting edge of technology means everything to him and he helps businesses leverage it to move forward faster. He currently resides in Northern Va and is the Vice Chair of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Technology Coalition.
Specialties: Bitcoin Blockchain (CryptoCurrency). Content Curation. Sales. Interpersonal Communications. Troubleshooting. Problem Solving. Strategic Planning. Mobile Communication Technology. Cloud Computing Solutions. Marketing. Entrepreneurship. Mentoring.

 
 
JenBuakaew

Jen Buakaew

Crypto & ICO Investment Expert

Leading personality, public speaker and voice of progress to the cryptocurrency community and emerging markets. Jen is passionate about leveraging Crypto and Blockchain driven solutions to make a global impact and empower individuals to live life to the fullest.

 
 
Marco Robinson

Marco Robinson

Founder & CEO, NAKED Technologies

Marco Robinson has reaped financial success primarily from his investment in the property market. Last year he bought 108 properties alone. His investments have made him a self-made millionaire several times over.
His career success is not limited to property by any means. He has built several multi-million dollar companies from scratch these include The New Rich List (the first Entrepreneur funder and accelerator program), the Wealth Revolution Group, Create Demand Incentive Programs, NAKED Technologies; the world’s first asset backed Cryptocurrency, powered by Blockchain Technology with it’s own Eco-System of spending in the Naked Group of Companies. These companies include Naked Restaurant, NKDb cosmetics, NAKED Travel (ABTA & ATOL Bonded) and much more

 
 
Kumar Kushal

Kumar Kushal

CEO and Founder, XNDM

Kushal is a serial entrepreneur and technology/business architect with current focus on trusted computing technology, block chain based collaborative commerce & payments, decentralized marketplace with integrated logistics, supply chain finance (SCF) and authenticated digital service delivery, hardware cryptography, immutable device identity and biometrics.
Kushal has been the CTO of Reliance Industry Limited, the largest public limited company in India for last six years and has come to Dubai to set up a Blockchain based global market place called XNDM (X-Nation Decentralized Marketplace). He was also the CEO of KanhaTech Solutions Limited, creating the telecom driven digital payment and commerce ecosystem acquiring 135 million consumers within six months of launch.
At this conference, Kushal will present his positioning of technology and strategy to create the most secure, decentralized marketplace technology platform with by blockchain based distributed digital commerce & payment services. This decentralized ledger architecture allows the creation of the next generation marketplace that works in the interest of all players from producer to consumer.
The demand for less middle men or ‘disintermediation’ is driven by manufacturers who want to sell directly and by consumers who want the best value. Kushal believes that there will be a revolution in the way retail and goods will be purchased both online and in the physical world and that XNDM will be the catalyst.

 
 
Dmitriy Starovoitov

Dmitriy Starovoitov

Founder, BitRent

Dmitriy possesses a wide range of outstanding knowledge and skills in the following fields:
15 years of experience within leading construction projects with more than 50 real estate objects and 2 million sq. m. of commercial property in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and the UAE; 7-year experience of investing in commercial property in Europe and the Middle East.

 
 
Rupert Hackett

Rupert Hackett

CEO, Bitcoin.com.au

Rupert Hackett, CEO of Melbourne-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitcoin.com.au, is a leading expert when it comes to digital currencies.
With over six years of experience, Rupert is well recognized as an authority in the industry. He is often a guest speaker at cryptocurrency events and is a Board Director of the Australian Digital Commerce Association (ADCA) which engages the Australian Government towards guidance and regulation of Blockchain Technology
Tackling the biggest issues faced by cryptocurrencies and investors, Rupert’s goal is to bring clarity and accountability to the industry. He is pushing for greater regulation of markets and seeks to provide objective analysis and guidance for end users, investors, organisations, and journalists seeking to make sense of this brave new world.
Rupert’s experience and passion for driving the maturation of cryptocurrency has seen Bitcoin.com.au evolve rapidly since its inception, with a network of over 1200+ retail outlets that can now be used to purchase cryptocurrency.

 
 
Steve Bassi

Steve Bassi

CEO, DEVELOPER, FOUNDER, PolySwarm

Steve previously founded Narf Industries, an information security R&D firm, with marquee clients from DARPA to members of the Fortune 500. He brings over 20 years of experience in Information Security focused development. He previously served in lead roles in a variety of projects for Government and Industry including: software development for advanced incident response, blockchain-based identity management R&D, and development of cutting-edge program analysis tools for DARPA’s CGC. Previously, he competed in several DEF CON Capture The Flags as a member of Sk3wl of R00t.

 
 
Valeriy Strechen

Valeriy Strechen

Marketing Director, Jury.Online

Valeriy has 3-years experience in world’s leading sports statistical provider InStat as a Head of Media Relations bringing statistical solutions to TV broadcaster, digital and printed media.
He is a head of Marketing and PR of Jury.Online.

 
 
Mike Barucq

Mike Barucq

VP - Business Development, Connect Job

A Blockchain and Crypto enthusiast , self made entrepreneur in focused B2B for online business, and financial online industry. Mike launched his first website in 2011.Mike works for Connecjob as a speaker and business developer since the company's inception, since then he has transmitted his passion for the project through his handling of and advisory all over the ICO and Blockchain development for Connectjob.

 
 
Nathan Nichols

Nathan Nichols

CEO, TaxToken

Nathan Nichols is the Chief Executive Officer of TaxToken. After considering his long-term ambitions and passion for leading others, Nathan respectfully declined an offer from the “big four” and seized the opportunity to co-found TaxToken. TaxToken synthesizes blockchain technology and artificial intelligence to modernize the tax and accounting industry. TaxToken's innovative products and growing interest from investors have been recognized by several news outlets, including The Washington Post. TaxToken also recently placed in the top three at The North American Bitcoin Conference ICO Competition. Prior to launching TaxToken, Nathan devised the concept for Vote-for-Humanity, an online voting and ticket sale platform. Vote-for-humanity stimulates event ticket sales by enabling customers to donate to charities through their usual ticket purchasing methods. In 2016, while attending school, Nathan oversaw a student-led investment fund with a focus on emerging markets, cryptocurrencies, and growth strategy. Nathan studied accounting at James Madison University where he was class president in Beta Alpha Psi, an honors accounting and finance fraternity.

 
 
Uma Hagenguth

Uma Hagenguth

COO, Appics

Uma started her journey as an online entrepreneur at the age of 16, helping businesses successfully transition to digital. She co-founded a global digital marketing agency, is a crypto-trader, blogger, philanthropist, and skilled at simplifying complex concepts. In 2016 she co-founded Appics, a social media APP that aims at introducing the masses to the benefits of blockchain technology.

 
 
Andrey Reznik

Andrey Reznik

Business adviser, Skychain

Current partner of the Department of Assets and Business Estimation of international consulting company “Mazars”. Principle of Strategy and Enterprise Finance management. The member of the board of Directors of the largest Russian telemetry, software, and automated trading equipment development company. The founder of few companies, specialized in Finance services, IT-services and development, automated trading. Education: Finances and loans, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. MBA INSEAD (France).

 
 
Nobuo Shiraishi

Nobuo Shiraishi

Advisor, AI Innovation Japan

Entrepreneur who had succeeded in establishing Bridal Jewelry and Wedding Producing Companies. He also established the first Pet Insurance Company in Japan. Currently, He stands as an advisor of IT Business, especially, AI and Cryptocurrency-related business/ICOs.

 
 
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Kenes Shangereyev

CEO, Freed

Kenes Shangereyev is the CEO of the Singapore based TVX games. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Economics from a Almaty Institute of Power Engineering and Telecommunications in Kazakhstan. Kenes is a lifelong lover of video games and was a team leader of the 2005 Cyber team from Kazakhstan, which ultimately came in second place at the World Cyber Games.
From 2000-2004 Kenes worked as a Software Developer and was also in charge of Samsung’s sales in Kazakhstan. However, in 2006 he took the big leap from his comfy corporate career and created his first startup. In a testament to his “Midas touch”, this modest software development and hardware installation company was making an annual income of eight million dollars by the end of 2010.
Kenes’ second startup, which specializes in designing data centers and data networks, is earning 9 Million USD per year in revenues.
Mr. Shangereyev’s impressive track record of success lead him to being recruited for the Managing Director for Retail Sales for Kazakhtelecom, the national carrier of Kazakhstan, which he filled until 2016.

 
 
Julian Urdov

Julian Urdov

Co-founder, Jolyy

Julian is a former Analysis & Forecasting expert at the Ministry of Finance of Bulgaria. He has a master’s degree in Finance and has obtained several postgraduate qualifications in financial analysis, financial programming and forecasting in Vienna, Austria. In late 2016 he co-founded JOLYY, an online beauty services platform and is working on the project full time since then. Julian speaks Bulgarian, English, Polish and Russian.

 
 
Rob May

Rob May

CEO & Co-founder, Talla

Rob May is the CEO and Co-founder of Talla, creators of A.I. assistants and the BotChain, a blockchain platform for trust of intelligent agents. He is the author of Inside AI, the most popular AI newsletter online, and an active angel investor in the AI space. Previously, Rob was the CEO and Co-founder of Backupify (acquired by Datto in 2014).

 
 
Richard Ettl

Richard Ettl

CEO & Co-founder, Smart Containers

Richard Ettl is the co-founder and CEO of SkyCell AG - the leading high-tech company in the pharmaceutical packaging space. The company has grown to become the 4th largest player in 3 years. SkyCell’s containers are used to transport multiple billion dollars of revenue for Top pharma companies in their fleet of own designed containers by airfreight – Worldwide.
Richard and his co-founder Nico Ros, are applying this technology now to the food industry through their division FoodGuardians AG and have signed with the largest manufacturer of food crates in Europe.
All SkyCell and FoodGuardian containers will be tracked and managed through the blockchain laying the foundation for the “autonomous container”.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Université de Fribourg and Stanford University CA. He helped to build up the Institute for Value-Based Entrepreneurship “IVE” in Switzerland, which provided to more than 2500 students business plan creation classes to date.

 
 
Brent Lessard

Brent Lessard

Co-Founder, RLoop

A mechanical engineer with experience in intelligent building monitoring and management systems, Brent Lessard is co-founder at rLoop, a SpaceX award winning, globally distributed and crowd sourced organization with over 1,200 members from more than 50 countries. Brent also serves as Advisor to the President of Durham College for the School of Science and Engineering, and was recently awarded the Ontario Premier's Award for his work within the local community as well as rLoop.

 
 
Amin Elkholy

Amin Elkholy

FinTech Connector Community Partner – Dubai

Amin qualified as a software engineer and worked for five years on using Artificial Intelligence for solving complex optimisation problems, at IC-Parc a University-based applied research center. In 1997 he escaped the world of Tech and spent 20 years in finance focusing on MENA equity asset management. He was involved in setting up and running several asset management teams and funds in London and (since 2004) in Dubai. While on the run from Technology he was briefly recaptured, and served time with Parc Technologies, a tech spin-off from Imperial College, acquired by Cisco Systems in 2004. His escape attempt from technology came to an end late in 2016, when he realised that finance was no longer a safe haven with the advent of FinTech, so he decided to stop running. He has since dedicated his time to reconnecting with his roots in Tech, investing in and mentoring startups and being actively involved in bridging finance and technology. He holds an MEng in Software Engineering and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Imperial College London, and an MBA Finance from Manchester Business School.

 
 
Muhammed Yesilhark

Muhammed Yesilhark

CIO, Q2Q Investment Partners (DIFC) Ltd

Muhammed is an investor and philanthropist born in Germany and based in Dubai. He is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Q2Q Investment Partners (DIFC) Ltd., a pioneering Dubai based and regulated digital asset focused asset management firm. Muhammed has over 15 years of fund management experience, most recently as Head of Equities at Carmignac, one of Europe’s leading asset managers with close to US$55bn of AuM and as Partner at SAC Global Investors, a US based hedge fund with US$15bn AuM (now Point72 Asset Management). Muhammed is a founding member of the Global Blockchain Business Council (“GBBC”), which launched at the 2017 World Economic Forum in Davos to further the adoption of Blockchain technology through engaging and educating business leaders, regulators, and change makers globally.

 
 
Ahmed Al-Balaghi

Ahmed Al-Balaghi

Blockchain Researcher & Managing Director, Viewfin Middle East

Ahmed Al-Balaghi is a Blockchain Researcher and Managing Director at Viewfin Middle East. After being deeply involved within the Fintech and blockchain communities in China and the U.K., Ahmed is now based in the Middle East where he aims to add value to the thriving ecosystem through various initiatives. Ahmed first started his Fintech and Blockchain experience in China whilst studying Mandarin on a 2 year scholarship at Fudan University in Shanghai. Being fascinated with what blockchain technology can offer, he attended conferences and actively used fintech services such as cryptocurrencies and digital banking apps to further deepen his knowledge. During his Mandarin studies he worked part time as a Blockchain Researcher with Viewfin, a China based blockchain company. His research spanned across blockchain protocols, digital assets, digital identities, crypto economics and digital asset exchanges. Currently, Ahmed is leading expansion efforts for Viewfin in Dubai aiming to build a cryptocurrency exchange for the region. Ahmed studied Economics and Mathematics at Queen Mary, University of London and then secured the 2 year Mandarin scholarship. Whilst at Fudan, Ahmed founded the Fudan Blockchain Association, the first student run blockchain association in China, and was the FinTech Lead for an entrepreneurship project in Shanghai with a team of UK-China entrepreneurs and the British Consulate General Shanghai. Ahmed can also speak Arabic and Chinese.

 
 
Sean Kritz

Sean Kritz

Founder, Clout

Sean Kritz is a fintech solution architect and a recognised entrepreneur. He is involved in various aspects of the cryptocurrency markets encompassing from providing trade ideas and chief advisory to direct access “new issue” ICO’s. Sean is consistent in finding opportunities recognizing the value oriented blockchain companies with an emphasis on long term vision and fundamentals. Sean is a digital and marketing specialist with a cogent presence in the cryptocurrency sector. He is accredited with founding Bitcoin Day Traders, a leading social cryptocurrency enthusiast community. Sean is also the founder of XWS - a DevOps, mobile and web company. Sean holds Magna Cum Laude Degree from Florida Atlantic.

 
 
John Patrick

John Patrick Mullen

Managing Director of Research & Business Development, Trade.io

John Patrick Mullin is the trade.io Managing Director of Research and Business Strategy, based out of the Hong Kong office. Prior to this, he was a senior FinTech research analyst at Guotai Junan Securities. John is an active member of the Shanghai FinTech community, and wider Asia Pacific region, where he serves as Regional Director of APAC for the FinTech Connector. John writes for Forbes, Cointelegraph, and LinkedIn China about blockchain and FinTech innovation. Additionally, he is an ICO and FinTech advisor, advising several blockchain companies in Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore and the United States. Most notably, Orichal Partners, HelloFriend, TV-Two, Traxia, and Hero Node.

 
 
Arturs Ivanovs

Arturs Ivanovs

Founder & CEO, FICNetwork.com

Arturs Ivanovs is the founder of FIC Network, a fixed income infrastructure for cryptocurrencies and blockchain assets. He started the company in 2016 when he moved to New York City, attracting investments from Startupbootcamp Fintech NYC, Boost VC and other prominent investors.
He serves as advisor to Turing Funds, the first mainstream exchange traded fund of cryptocurrencies.
Before getting deeply involved in blockchain technology in 2015, his background included fintech and credit markets regulation in European Union. Arturs holds LLB in Law and Business from Riga Graduate School of Law.

 
 
Maomao Hu

Maomao Hu

COO & Co-Founder, Kora Network

Maomao's experiences have focused on the intersection between machines and people. In 2014, he founded the Artificial Intelligence practice at management consulting firm The Capital Markets Company. Later, he joined AI startup Neurensic to lead technical sales and implementation for their machine learning based compliance solution. Seeing the potential and impact of Blockchain, he moved from AI to co-found Kora.

 
 
Igor Podzigun

Igor Podzigun

Blockchain strategist, Exenium

o Blockchain Strategist. ICO strategist. Over 14 years of experience in different spheres of Government, business and state companies.
o Working with public and private organizations to help them adopt blockchain technology. Building business relations with global system integrators and world famous companies. My work seeks to understand emerging technologies and consult organizations delivering disruptive and innovative client projects. I am exploring the intersection of artificial intelligence, blockchains and the internet of things.
o Expert in Global Business Development.
o Expert on the middle East and Africa regions

 
 
Vasja Bočko

Vasja Bočko

CEO & Co-founder, IRYO

With a background in corporate finance, investments and product development, Vasja has more than 8 years of experience building and deploying highly functional digital solutions. Prior to Iryo, he held positions in UniCredit, 3fs, and Bitstamp. Vasja is a tested leader with a passion for blockchain & crypto-based product development.

 
 
Yagub Rahimov

Yagub Rahimov

CEO & Co-founder, 7marketz Inc. Group

Yagub Rahimov is serial entrepreneur operating within FinTech ecosystem. Investing since the age of 16, Yagub is an award winning trader and a savvy Crypto/Bitcoin investor since mid-2009.
He has a vision that machine learning combined with the Blockchain technology will define the future of the FinTech ecosystem.