Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers From Previous Roadshow Events

Video archive of presentations can be found here.

(listed in alphabetical order)

Chris Carlin

Head of Alliances Redistribution Solutions & Data Products, Asia at Morningstar

Chris Carlin is Head of Alliances, Redistribution Solutions, and Data Products, Asia for Morningstar, overseeing the business in North Asia, Japan, and ASEAN markets. Carlin spent 16 years at Thomson Reuters where he held many roles, and most recently served as Director of Investment & Advisory products for Asia Pacific. In his career he has worked in the United States, Australia, and Hong Kong. In addition, Carlin was a key member of Irish Funds, an industry body, which promotes Ireland as a domicile for funds and asset servicing.

Chris Thomas

Head of Digital Assets at Swissquote Bank

Chris has 20 years’ experience in financial markets, entrepreneurship and investing. His first degree, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering, launched a career in financial services, specifically capital markets, sales and trading in London and Geneva with banks such as UBS, Societe Generale and BNP Paribas.

Craig Kaufman

Head of Investment Banking of Westpark Capital

Craig Kaufman leads WestPark’s investment banking efforts. He has been an investment banker and capital markets expert for global emerging growth companies for over 25 years. While he has worked across many verticals, his core expertise is in the technology, media and communications sectors. Mr. Kaufman holds the FINRA Series 7, 63, 65, 79 and 24 licenses. He graduated from Emory University with a bachelors degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and received his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Dr. Marwan Alzarouni

CEO of Dubai Blockchain Center

Dr. Alzarouni is not only the CEO of Dubai Blockchain center but also the Director of Information Services at Dubai Electronic Security Center. He founded the region’s first innovation hub for blockchain technology. The center was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai on the 15th of May 2018 and is encompassed within Area 2071 in Emirates Towers.

Erin Grover

Director of Altai Digital Capital

Erin Grover is the founder of Altai Digital Capital, which connects investors to blockchain based hedge funds and traders. The company provides guidance, transparency and reassurance typically found in traditional investment firms, affording clients easy access to the investment potential of cryptocurrency.

Frederick T. Pye

President and CEO of 3iQ Corp

Frederick T. Pye is the President and Chief Executive Officer of 3iQ Corp. Mr. Pye is recognized for creating and promoting creative and unique investment products for the investment industry. Mr. Pye has managed private client portfolios with Landry Investment Management and various other investment dealers. Prior to this Mr. Pye was Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of Argentum Management and Research Corporation, a company dedicated to managing and distributing quantitative investment portfolios including the first long-short mutual fund in Canada.

Glenn Woo

Managing Director, Head of APAC of Ledger

Glenn joined Ledger in October 2018 and is responsible for overseeing all Ledger’s businesses in Asia Pacific. He has an extensive career in the financial services and technology industry, working for S&P Global Market intelligence as Head of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea, and Shinhan AITAS as a consultant in financial asset custody.

Herbert Sterchi

CEO of CODEX Execution GmbH

Herbert is an experienced executive specializing in: 1.Founding, staffing, and operating robust, foreign-based offices for global businesses, 2.Forming companies and taking them through startup to sale or next stage growth, 3.Established successfully IT providers and services in the European marketplace, 4.Identifying, analyzing and remediating challenges within troubled companies, 5.Member of various Board of Directors of international companies, 6.He is in the blockchain industry since 2013 and helped to found companies like Ethereum, Consensys, Akasha and others.

James Cox

Founder and Director of Straits Currency Fund

James Cox is the CEO of Taipan Trading and Investments Pte Ltd a Singapore based Fund Management Company established in 2012. TTI trades on behalf of the Straits Currency Fund – an open ended fund for Accredited Investors only. James is an early crypto adopter, having written one of the first published books on the topic “Bitcoin and Digital Currencies” and co-founded Ripple Singapore – both in 2013. He is from the UK and is based in Singapore.

Jorge Sebastiao

CTO, Advisor, Board Member

Jorge brings experience, creativity, structure and innovation to the solutions he architects ICT infrastructure. With over 29 years of ICT experience, covering, C level on Cloud Computing, Managed Services, managed security services, business continuity, and disaster recovery as well as governance, risk management, compliance, auditing, certification.

Kevin Ho

COO of Fusang Exchange

As a lead for blockchain and digital/crypto asset initiatives, Kevin plays a pivotal role in transforming Fusang into a leading digital asset platform and promulgating its industry recognition. In addition to advising and strategising overall corporate development, he leads business development, collaborative partnership, execution and capital financing/investing activities.

Kokila Alagh

Founder of KARM

KOKILA is a Corporate/Commercial and technology lawyer with over 17 years of experience in the middle east. She has worked with major corporations, government and semi government bodies, high net worth individuals and start-ups over the years. In addition to this, she has Masters in Law, in Digital Economy from the Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, certification of Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme from Oxford University and Fintech Programme from Harvard Business School has helped her develop an expertise in the area of newer technologies.

Matt Long

Head of Distribution and Prime, OSL

Matt Long has over 20 years of experience in financial markets, technology, and investing in disruptive businesses. Matt is focused on developing OSL’s customer franchise across its Brokerage, Custody, Exchange and SaaS offering, and for growing its prime brokerage business.

Mark W. Yusko

CEO & Chief Investment Officer of Morgan Creek

Mark Yusko is the Founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Morgan Creek Capital Management. He is also the Managing Partner of Morgan Creek Digital Assets. Morgan Creek Capital Management was founded in 2004 and currently manages close to $2 billion in discretionary and non-discretionary assets.

Mohammad Mahfoudh

Founder and CEO of Deca4

Experienced Managing Partner with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. Strong business development professional skilled in Business Planning, Market Research, Management, Business Development, and Telecommunications. 

Nick Cowan

Founder & CEO of Gibraltar Stock Exchange and GSX Group

Nick Cowan is CEO of GSX Group and founder of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange. Nick has over 30 years of experience in capital markets, including being the head of Equities at ING Barings, managing up to 2,500 employees in 43 countries, including 40 stock exchange memberships.

Nitin Gaur

Director of IBM WW Digital Asset Labs at IBM

Nitin Gaur, Director of IBM WW Digital Asset Labs is renowned for his ability to analyse opportunities, anticipate trends, and create technologies that align with operational needs, catapult profitability, and dramatically improve the end-customer experience. Since taking this role in 2015, Nitin has designed “blockchain for enterprise” solutions for large customers in regulated industries by working with various entities such as IBM research, large financial services industry clients, regulators and startup community addressing the fragmented blockchain landscape with existing application and transaction infrastructure.

Pantelis Margaronis

Seasoned Private Banker

Pantelis joined Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management in the graduate programme servicing ultra high net worth clients and family offices across Europe. In 2016 he was headhunted by a top tier private bank where he currently works and is responsible for managing and advising ultra high net worth Russian, Central Asian and Israeli clients.

Richard Rappaport

Founder & CEO of WestPark Capital

Prior to founding WestPark, Mr. Rappaport had over 28 years of extensive experience in the small cap investment banking and securities markets. Throughout his career he has completed the financings of hundreds of companies, both in the United States and around the world. Before founding WestPark Capital he was the Managing Director of Investment Banking at internationally based Global Capital Securities, and was Managing Director of Investment Banking at Joseph Charles & Associates from 1995 to 1999. At both firms he was in charge of the Investment Banking departments and responsible for all aspects of the firms’ corporate finance activities.

Xiaochen Zhang

President of FinTech4Good

Xiaochen is a solutions-driven senior finance, investment and technology executive with over 15 years of proven excellence in designing transformative innovations in capital markets. Listed as one of the Top 100 Blockchain Influencers by Lattice80 and, he leads the design and implementation of FinTech4Goods’s strategy to introduce the most disruptive technological innovations in frontier markets.