Speakers

Speakers List

Blockchain Africa Conference
Johannesburg

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
Ray Youssef

Ray Youssef

CEO and Co-Founder of Paxful
Anrich Daseman

Anrich Daseman

Senior Fintech Specialist at the South African Reserve Bank (SARB)
Yele Bademosi

Yele Bademosi

Director at Binance Labs
Kyle Hauptfleisch

Kyle Hauptfleisch

Head of Business Development at BVNK Ltd
Jean Paul Fabri

Jean Paul Fabri

Managing Director at ARQ
Sebastian Perez

Sebastian Perez

Senior Developer at RSK Labs
Naeem Aslam

Naeem Aslam

Columnist at Forbes and Chief Market Analyst at ThinkMarkets
Björn Peterson

Björn Peterson

Solutions Engineer at Rehive
Paresh Daya

Paresh Daya

Blockchain Strategist at Standard Bank
Jikku Joseph

Jikku Joseph

Managing Director at 22seven
Noah Baalessanvu

Noah Baalessanvu

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

Charlene Chen

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at BitPesa
Nick von Christierson

Nick von Christierson

Head of Africa at Diginex
Mandla Magagula

Mandla Magagula

Blockchain Lead Engineer at Rand Merchant Bank
Prof. Angela Itzikowitz

Prof. Angela Itzikowitz

Executive in ENSafrica’s Banking and Finance Department
Matthew Arnett

Matthew Arnett

Co-Founder and CEO of PO8 and Fort NFT Protocol
Kelly Parkhurst

Kelly Parkhurst

Lead: New Digital CIB, Absa
Ashlin Perumall

Ashlin Perumall

Senior Associate at Baker McKenzie
Michelle Nsanzumuco

Michelle Nsanzumuco

Chair of the International Committee/Senior Regional Advisor (Africa) at the British Blockchain Association (BBA) and Executive Education Lead at University of Surrey Business School, UK
Anushka Soma-Patel

Anushka Soma-Patel

Identity Stream Lead for the SAFBC (South African Financial Blockchain Consortium) and Business Specialist: Innovation and Culture within Old Mutual
Srinivas Rao Koppaka

Srinivas Rao Koppaka

Product Manger at Techno Brain Group
Gerhard Dinhof

Gerhard Dinhof

Senior Architect and Blockchain Country Lead for IBM South Africa
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)
Tanya Knowles

Tanya Knowles

Chair of the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium
Marvin Coleby

Marvin Coleby

Founder and CEO of Raise and Co-Trustee at the African Digital Asset Foundation
Chris Hamilton

Chris Hamilton

CEO of BankservAfrica
Michael Glaros

Michael Glaros

Principal Program Manager, Azure Blockchain at Microsoft
Nicole Anderson

Nicole Anderson

Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Redsand Group

Blockchain Africa Conference
Cape Town

Didi Sehume (Master of Ceremonies)

Didi Sehume (Master of Ceremonies)

Project Lead and Strategist at Hume Est | MC & Moderator
Premier Helen Zille

Premier Helen Zille

Premier of the Western Cape
Ms Beverley Schäfer (Keynote Speaker)

Ms Beverley Schäfer (Keynote Speaker)

Western Cape Minister for Economic Opportunities (Comprising Economic Development and Tourism and Agriculture)
Nezaam Joseph (Keynote Speaker)

Nezaam Joseph (Keynote Speaker)

Director of Economic Policy and Planning at the Department of Economic Development for the Western Cape Government
Farzam Ehsani

Farzam Ehsani

CEO and Co-Founder of VALR.com
Riccardo Spagni

Riccardo Spagni

Lead Maintainer of the Monero Project and Member of the Monero Core Team
Heather Dahl

Heather Dahl

Executive Director of the Sovrin Foundation
Llew Claasen

Llew Claasen

Managing Partner of Newtown Partners and Executive Director at the Bitcoin Foundation
Kwame Rugunda

Kwame Rugunda

Chairman of the Blockchain Association of Uganda
Yele Bademosi

Yele Bademosi

Director at Binance Labs
Jean Paul Fabri

Jean Paul Fabri

Managing Director at ARQ
Matthew Arnett

Matthew Arnett

Co-Founder and CEO of PO8 and Fort NFT Protocol
Stephen Young

Stephen Young

Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Coindirect
Mamadou Kwidjim Toure

Mamadou Kwidjim Toure

Founder and CEO of Ubuntu Group and Chairman of Africa 2.0
Faith Obafemi

Faith Obafemi

Founding Partner at Lex Futurus
Tomi Ayorinde

Tomi Ayorinde

Founder and CEO of CrowdForce
Chris Cleverly

Chris Cleverly

Executive Chairman of Block Commodities
Caroline Dama

Caroline Dama

Director and Co-founder of Grassroots Economics
Lorien Gamaroff

Lorien Gamaroff

Founder/CEO of Bankymoon and Co-founder/CEO of Centbee
Justin McCarthy

Justin McCarthy

CEO of Project UBU
Michael Glaros

Michael Glaros

Principal Program Manager, Azure Blockchain at Microsoft
Simon Dingle

Simon Dingle

CEO of Inves Capital, South Africa Radio Presenter
Rocelo Lopes

Rocelo Lopes

Founder of CoinBR, CEO of Stratum and CoinPY
Marcus Swanepoel

Marcus Swanepoel

Co-founder and CEO of Luno
Dr. Shaun Conway

Dr. Shaun Conway

Founder of ixo - The Blockchain for Impact
Abraham Cambridge

Abraham Cambridge

Founder and CEO of the Sun Exchange
Ian Merrington

Ian Merrington

CEO of Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi)
Monica Singer

Monica Singer

Creator Of Opportunities at ConsenSys
THEMES OF THE CONFERENCE

Blockchain Technology: Moving Africa Forward

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Use Cases

Gain insight into current blockchain use cases by both financial and non-financial institutions: payments (e.g. remittances and cross-border payments), settlements, blockchain as a service and identity management, supply chain management, and record keeping (e.g. for title deeds). Hear from some of the most prominent start-ups on how they are using this technology to solve real problems. Learn how Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are taking the world by storm as a new mechanism for crowd funding that has emerged outside the traditional financial system.

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Regulatory Environment

Learn how blockchain technology can improve transparency, audit trails and transaction reporting to ease regulatory and compliance processes.

Find the answers to questions such as: What are the concerns that regulators have? How are countries currently regulating cryptocurrencies and ICOs? How are regulators considering regulating cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology in the future? What are the potential risks of an unregulated market?

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Embracing Blockchain

Cut through the hype and see how blockchain technology can move Africa forward with its innovative opportunities to remove inefficient systems and processes within and across organisations. Learn about the technology’s benefits for the people of Africa, and about blockchain 3.0, the new generation blockchain technologies such as EOS and Cardano.

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Technology Hurdles

What are the concerns around performance, scalability and blockchain infrastructure, and the implementation of blockchain systems?

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