Blockchain Africa Conference 2019 – 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 focus of the Johannesburg conference was on blockchain enterprise development, blockchain use-cases, Self-Sovereign Identity, enterprise blockchain in finance (cross-border payments, remittances, financial inclusion, interbank settlements), the future of banking, as well as challenges facing blockchain technology such as interoperability and scalability. Which solutions are addressing scalability and what are the interesting blockchain technologies to look out for?

The conference also explored tokenisation of assets, blockchain and cybersecurity, blockchain in government and health care, smart contracts, stable coins, the future of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and Security Token Offerings (STOs).

Cryptocurrency Regulation: Current Issues, Future Challenges and Proposals
2018 was partly defined by the increasing scrutiny by regulators of the crypto and blockchain industries and 2019 will see even more attention from regulators.

The conference explored various jurisdictions regulations regarding ICOs, STOs, blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, the creation of sandbox environments and the success thereof,  and concerns regulators have with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and consumer protection. Legal experts and regulators discussed finding the balance between regulation and innovation and what recommendations are being put forward for a successful regulatory framework.

Johannesburg Photos

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
Loretta Joseph

Loretta Joseph

Fintech and Regulatory Consultant to Financial Services Commission Mauritius, Blockchain Advisor at OECD, Fintech Advisor in Bermuda
Emile Burger

Emile Burger

Group Chief Operating Officer at BankservAfrica
Saj Abraham

Saj Abraham

Director of Technology at Techno Brain Limited
Ray Youssef

Ray Youssef

CEO and Co-Founder of Paxful
Anrich Daseman

Anrich Daseman

Senior Fintech Specialist at the South African Reserve Bank (SARB)
Dean Joffe

Dean Joffe

Associate at Baker McKenzie and Co-Founder at BitFund
Justin Evans

Justin Evans

Head Of Experience and Digital Product Design at 22seven
Nick Saponaro

Nick Saponaro

Co-Founder and Lead Developer of The Divi Project
Kyle Hauptfleisch

Kyle Hauptfleisch

Head of Business Development at BVNK Ltd
Carel de Jager

Carel de Jager

Instructor at the Blockchain Academy and Engineer
Jean Paul Fabri

Jean Paul Fabri

Managing Director at ARQ
Björn Peterson

Björn Peterson

Solutions Engineer at Rehive
Paresh Daya

Paresh Daya

Blockchain Strategist at Standard Bank
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

Director at 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
Gerhard Dinhof

Gerhard Dinhof

Senior Architect and Blockchain Country Lead for IBM South Africa
Peter Munnings

Peter Munnings

Co-Founder and COO of Adhara
Lorien Gamaroff

Lorien Gamaroff

Founder/CEO of Bankymoon and Co-founder/CEO of Centbee
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
Nerushka Bowan

Nerushka Bowan

Founder of the L.I.T.T. Institute
Michael Glaros

Michael Glaros

Principal Program Manager, Azure Blockchain at Microsoft
Rocelo Lopes

Rocelo Lopes

Founder of CoinBR, CEO of Stratum and CoinPY
Nicole Anderson

Nicole Anderson

Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Redsand Group

Johannesburg Programme

Johannesburg Sponsors

CryptoVault
https://bitcoinafrica.io
Brainstorm
Hypertext
SA Crypto
Think WTF
SAA

Johannesburg Exhibitors

DLT
SA Crypto
VALR