Blockchain Africa Conference – Johannesburg

Blockchain Technology: Moving Africa Forward

The African continent has massive challenges with transactions and doing business that, with the help of blockchain technology, can be transformed into simpler and more efficient ways of working. The Blockchain Africa Conference 2019 will focus on moving Africa forward with the technology. It will discuss how the blockchain can simplify systems and processes to lower costs, reduce fraud, become highly secure and transparent, and remove human error and inefficiencies.

If your business is in or with Africa and your target is growth, the Blockchain Africa Conference 2019 is a must attend.

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Johannesburg Speaker List

Farzam Ehsani (Master of Ceremonies)

Farzam Ehsani (Master of Ceremonies)

CEO and Co-Founder of VALR.com
Brian Behlendorf (Keynote Speaker)

Brian Behlendorf (Keynote Speaker)

Executive Director of Hyperledger Project
Phillip Windley

Phillip Windley

Chair and Board of Trustees at the Sovrin Foundation
Noah Baalessanvu

Noah Baalessanvu

Chairman of the National Information Security Advisory Group (NISAG) and Founder at Crypto Savannah
Kelly Parkhurst

Kelly Parkhurst

Lead: New Digital CIB, Absa
Ashlin Perumall

Ashlin Perumall

Senior Associate at Baker McKenzie
Prof. Angela Itzikowitz

Prof. Angela Itzikowitz

Executive in ENSafrica’s Banking and Finance Department
Anushka Soma-Patel

Anushka Soma-Patel

Head of Innovation and Culture at Old Mutual Limited
Daniel Kimotho

Daniel Kimotho

Blockchain Researcher With The Institute for Blockchain Studies
Peter Munnings

Peter Munnings

Co-Founder and COO of Adhara
Eugéne Etsebeth

Eugéne Etsebeth

Chief Operating Officer at iCE3X
Dr. Ntuthuko Bhengu

Dr. Ntuthuko Bhengu

Health expert on the SA National Planning Commission and a Chartered Director (SA)
Marvin Coleby

Marvin Coleby

Founder and CEO of Raise and Co-Trustee at the African Digital Asset Foundation
Tanya Knowles

Tanya Knowles

Managing Executive of Fractal Solutions, a Division of Strate (Pty) Ltd and Chair of the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium

Johannesburg Programme

Registration
08:00am
Welcome Address and Opening by Master of Ceremonies
09:00am
The State of Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrencies
09:15am

A tremendous amount of hype exists around blockchain technology with the use-cases being limited. What are the challenges organisation face when implementing blockchain technology? What are the real use-cases for this technology? Is the future of blockchain technology both permissioned and permissionless innovation?

Brian Behlendorf (Keynote Speaker)  
Keynote Speaker
09:45am
Executive Director of Hyperledger Project
Tea/Coffee Break
10:30am
Premier Sponsor
10:45am
Diamond Sponsor
11:30am
Lunch
12:00pm
Peter Munnings  
Project Khokha and Beyond: A South African Blockchain Success Story
12:45pm

Project Khokha was run by the South African Reserve Bank at the beginning of 2018. The aim was to prove that high value payments between banks could be settled over a singled distributed ledger. Similar projects had been previously run by other central banks around the world, most notably Project Jasper by the Bank of Canada and Project Ubin by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Project Khokha pushed the boundaries in a number of significant ways. Firstly,it included direct participation from 7 commercial banks. This level of co-operation on a large scale blockchain project was unprecedented. Secondly, targets were set to make sure that the system could handle realistic volumes of transactions on a single distributed ledger without compromising the privacy and confidentiality of those transactions. Project Khokha met and exceeded all the targets set for it.The final report is a great example of how a progressive central bank, well equipped commercial banks and good technology partners can in a very short time produce a result that significantly advances the international body of knowledge around regulated systems running on a blockchain. Project Khokha went on to with the ‘Best Distributed Ledger Initiative’ award from the Central Banking Publications in Singapore in September 2018. The foundation has been laid and South Africa is now established as a leader in this space. It is up to us to build on that foundation and use the leadership position wisely.

Co-Founder and COO of Adhara
Phillip Windley  
A Global, Public Network for Self-Sovereign Identity
13:05pm

Self-sovereign identity systems, based on blockchain technology promise to disrupt the online identity space. These new solutions provide significant advantages over current identity solutions including increased security and privacy along with enhanced flexibility. The Sovrin Network is a public, global identity utility built on a permissioned distributed ledger. Sovrin supports distributed identity using a trustworthy system for third-party credentials. Use cases for the Sovrin identity network include authentication, financial services, healthcare, education, and the Internet of Things (among others). The code is open source. And since the network is public, anyone can use it. This talk will describe the problems with current models for Internet identity, why a good global identity utility is needed, how Sovrin works and utilizes blockchain technology, and discuss applications.

Chair and Board of Trustees at the Sovrin Foundation
Panel: Blockchain Scalability: The Issues and Proposed Solutions
13:35pm

Why is blockchain scalability such an issue? Is it the most serious challenge facing blockchain technology? What are some of the solutions to solve this and are they proving successful? Is this affecting mass adoption?

Blockchain Technology for Payments and Remittances
14:15pm
Blockchain in Trade Finance
14:35pm
Tea/Coffee Break
15:00pm
Cryptocurrencies, Utility Tokens and Security Tokens: The Emergence of a New Asset Class
15:20pm
Anushka Soma-Patel  
Demo from the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium
15:40pm

The purpose of the SAFBC is to assimilate and demonstrate the transformative potential of blockchain technology for the South African financial industry. The consortium aims to educate and to bring the benefits of blockchain technology to the industry for the benefit of the entire country. Anushka will demonstrate the blockchain based identity platform the SAFBC has developed.

Head of Innovation and Culture at Old Mutual Limited
Kelly Parkhurst  Tanya Knowles  
Panel: Enterprise Blockchain in Finance
16:00pm

The Future of Banking: What Role Does Blockchain Technology Play? How is Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrencies Reshaping Payments? What are some of the Blockchain Consortiums' (such as Hyperledger, R3, The Ethereum Enterprise Alliance and The South African Financial Blockchain Consortium) What are the Main Differences Between Permissioned and Permissionless Blockchain Technology and When is Each Most Beneficial? Initiatives for Blockchain Based Solutions in Finance? What are the Real Blockchain Applications in Finance? Are Fintechs the Enablers of Change and How are Incumbents Partnering with them To Innovate? What are the Enablers and Barriers for FinTech Collaboration with the Finance Industry?

Lead: New Digital CIB, Absa
Managing Executive of Fractal Solutions, a Division of Strate (Pty) Ltd and Chair of the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium
Cocktail and Network Event
17:00pm

The networking event will be hosted at the venue.

Registration
08:00am
Welcome Address by Master of Ceremonies
09:00am
Keynote Speaker
09:10am
TBC
9:55
Dr. Ntuthuko Bhengu  
Blockchain in Healthcare
10:15am

Blockchain is expected to have a significant impact across the entire health care sector. Already, applications in drug discovery, reduction of counterfeit and substandard medicine, management of medicine prescriptions, prevention of fraud and sharing of clinical information through secure electronic medical records have been identified.

Dr. Bhengu will highlight relevant use cases with a particular focus on electronic medical records and how blockchain can facilitate patient-centred care by enhancing interoperability, confidentiality and generally improved doctor-patient engagements.

Dr. Bhengu will show how blockchain will benefit entire health systems and contribute towards reduction of health care costs by reducing transaction costs, inefficiencies and, in the long term, by removing some intermediaries along the value chain.

Health expert on the SA National Planning Commission and a Chartered Director (SA)
Tea/Coffee Break
10:35am
How Security Token Offerings (STOs) will Change Global Fundraising Mechanisms
10:50am
Marvin Coleby  
How to Tokenise a Real Asset
11:10pm

The workshop will go through the legal, regulatory, compliance and technological hurdles of tokenising an asset and the limitations of tokenised assets. They don’t inherit liquidity just because they become tokens. Marvin will discuss how his company, Raise, is building an integrated dashboard to manage the lifecycle of a tokenised asset, through its creation, issuance, modification, ownership, and transfers. A tokenised asset is a bundle of rights and users need a way to interact and exercise those rights associated with their tokenized assets in an easy and intuitive dashboard.

Founder and CEO of Raise and Co-Trustee at the African Digital Asset Foundation
TBC
11:40am
Lunch
12:00am
Daniel Kimotho  
Building a Developer Ecosystem in Africa for the Age of Blockchain
12:45pm

Africa has in recent times been considered as the land of great opportunities, owing to the steep uptake of new technologies among its growing youthful population. Blockchain technology has been one such technology that has been embraced well in Africa. It has exposed some of the potential that lies in Africa with countries such as Nigeria and South Africa featuring among the top 10 countries with the most bitcoin trades in the world. Countries such as Kenya hold up to 4% of their GDP value in Bitcoin and continue to develop applications that leverage the technology.

Africa has proven that it can be part of revolutionary new technologies. Africa has also proven that it has the capability to achieve great feats with technology. What Africa needs is to be empowered and guided with frameworks that allow its people to achieve more for the continent and for the world. These frameworks will be important to allow the youth of Africa to acquire the necessary skills to develop these new technologies.

At EOS Nairobi, we are building the next generation of software engineers who will architect the new Africa. These programmers, artists and designers have the capacity to learn and build new technologies. We are working with several partners to build a large community of software developers in Africa.

Blockchain Researcher With The Institute for Blockchain Studies
Noah Baalessanvu  
Blockchain and Cyber Security
13:10pm
Chairman of the National Information Security Advisory Group (NISAG) and Founder at Crypto Savannah
Panel: What is the Potential for Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrencies to Move Africa Forward?
13:30pm
Tea/Coffee Break
14:15pm
Regulation From a Governments Perspective
14:30pm
The Future of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)
15:00pm

What is the impact of ICOs? How can ICOs be regulated? What are the opportunities in the token economy?

Smart Contracts and Legal Contracts
15:20pm

A major challenge for widespread commercial and public sector blockchain adoption is that smart contracts need to comply with the law. Significant legal challenges also exist by privacy and data protection laws. How will the legal industry be impacted by smart contracts?

Eugéne Etsebeth  
From Blockchain Regulation to Self-Regulation
15:40pm

This talk will include explore the relationship between a central bank and self-regulated blockchain organisations, self-regulation for a cryptocurrency organisation, why central banks will struggle with blockchain and cryptocurrency regulation and finally provide insights and recommendations.

Chief Operating Officer at iCE3X
Ashlin Perumall  Prof. Angela Itzikowitz  
Panel: Finding the Balance Between Regulation and Innovation
16:00pm

What is the balance between regulation and innovation? How much regulation is necessary before it prevents innovation, especially in emerging countries? Why have regulators struggled to respond to developments with blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies? What are the recommendations for a successful regulatory framework for blockchain to succeed? A comparison of various jurisdictions (such as Malta, US, China, Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mauritius and South Africa) and the results of over-regulation, self-regulation and lack of regulation.

Senior Associate at Baker McKenzie
Executive in ENSafrica’s Banking and Finance Department
Farzam Ehsani (Master of Ceremonies)  
Closing Address
16:45pm

The Master of Ceremonies will close off the conference with final thoughts.

CEO and Co-Founder of VALR.com

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