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 focus of the Johannesburg conference is 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 will also explore 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 will discuss 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 will discuss finding the balance between regulation and innovation and what recommendations are being put forward for a successful regulatory framework.

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
Charlene Chen

Charlene Chen

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at BitPesa
Mandla Magagula

Mandla Magagula

Blockchain Consultant 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

Africa Regional Advisor for the British Blockchain Association
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
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)
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
Michael Glaros

Michael Glaros

Principal Program Manager, Azure Blockchain at Microsoft

Johannesburg Programme

Registrations  
Registration
08:00am
Farzam Ehsani (Master of Ceremonies)  
Welcome Address and Opening by Master of Ceremonies
09:00am
CEO and Co-Founder of VALR.com
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: The Post-Lambo Era: Blockchain Technology Gets Real
09:45am

Distributed shared ledgers and smart contracts are not just for micro-currencies and digital-collectables. Today there are over a hundred deployed distributed ledger networks using blockchain technology to address supply chain traceability, trade finance and global payments, logistics, know-your-customer credit history systems, digital asset tracking, and many more. 2019 will also be the year these systems are deployed at scale and in production for self-sovereign digital identity systems that address the key weaknesses in today's mainframe-style centralized ID systems. Brian will share notes on who's deploying these systems today, where the technology is coming from (hint: Hyperledger), and how much impact they are having and set to have this year.

Executive Director of Hyperledger Project
Tea/coffee break  
Tea/Coffee Break
10:30am
Premier Sponsor
10:45am
Srinivas Rao Koppaka  Michael Glaros  
Scaling Blockchain Networks with DevOps Practices and Habits
11:30am

This will be a joint presentation by Michael and Srinivas.

Product Manger at Techno Brain Group
Principal Program Manager, Azure Blockchain at Microsoft
Lunch break  
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
Ashlin Perumall  
Assessing the Self-Sovereign Identity Model Against the Legal Backdrop of Digital Identity
13:35pm

This talk aims to describe and discuss the numerous benefits the SSI model has to offer legal and regulatory compliance, particularly in the realm of data privacy compliance, whilst also expanding on some of the differences between the SSI and legal models, and the challenges these differences could create for new SSI technologies.

Senior Associate at Baker McKenzie
Mandla Magagula  
Panel: Blockchain Scalability: The Issues and Proposed Solutions
13:55pm

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 Consultant at Rand Merchant Bank
Gerhard Dinhof  
The Rise of New Business Networks
14:35pm

In today's connected world where globalization is the norm for collaboration, companies are to a high degree still working with siloed data. Exchanging information is reduced to a minimum shareable set, rarely standardized and often not even digitized. IBM Food Trust, TradeLens and we.trade are consortia consisting of dozens of multi-national corporations forming partnerships to disrupt their industry, working closer together than ever, increasing speed and transparency and reducing costs - all by trusting the underlying technology. On this journey, we take a look beyond the buzz and explore, how blockchain is already being established as the backbone for trusted business collaboration, how it will soon affect the consumer experience, and how you are able to participate in this transformation.

Senior Architect and Blockchain Country Lead for IBM South Africa
Tea/coffee break  
Tea/Coffee Break
15:05pm
Cryptocurrencies, Utility Tokens and Security Tokens: The Emergence of a New Asset Class
15:20pm
Anushka Soma-Patel  
Unpacking the Practical Use of Identity Wallets and Verified Claims Within Ecosystems As We Know Them Today
15:40pm

Demo from the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium. The identity stream of the SAFBC is exploring the use of identity wallets and verified claims within an ecosystem, with the intention of clarifying the business, governance and regulatory impacts. During this session, we will share our findings to date and demo the use case that prompted us to define the impacts.

Identity Stream Lead for the SAFBC (South African Financial Blockchain Consortium) and Business Specialist: Innovation and Culture within Old Mutual
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
Chair of the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium
Cocktail event  
Cocktail and Network Event
17:00pm

The networking event will be hosted at the venue.

Registrations  Tea/coffee break  
Farzam Ehsani (Master of Ceremonies)  
Welcome Address by Master of Ceremonies
09:00am
CEO and Co-Founder of VALR.com
Keynote Speaker
09:10am
The Future of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)
10:00am

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

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)
Lunch break  
Tea/Coffee Break
10:35am
Matthew Arnett  
What Will a Real Security Token Offering (STO) Look Like and Why the Bahamas Standard is One to Follow
10:50am

The Commonwealth of the Bahamas has taken a very keen interest in the STO market in recognition of the impact it has had in transforming so many facets of investment within the financial industry. What are securities in the financial world? What Is a Security Token Offering? What’s the difference between an STO and an ICO? What are the Bahamian regulations governing STOs? Why should the world launch their STO from the Bahamas?

Co-Founder and CEO of PO8 and Fort NFT Protocol
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
George Etheredge  
Frost and Sullivan - Blockchain Trends
11:40am
Digital Transformation Analyst at Frost and Sullivan Africa
Tea/coffee break  
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
Michelle Nsanzumuco  
What is the Potential for Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrencies to Move Africa Forward?
13:30pm

Which industries in Africa stand to be disrupted by blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies? How can Self-Sovereign Identity enable financial and social inclusion? What are some of the exciting projects in Africa addressing financial inclusion? What support can African governments provide to enable blockchain and cryptocurrency innovation?

Africa Regional Advisor for the British Blockchain Association
Tea/coffee break  
Tea/Coffee Break
14:15pm
Regulation From a Governments Perspective
14:30pm

A talk by the South African Reserve Bank

The Malta Perspective: Regulation of ICOs and Cryptocurrencies by the Maltese Government
15:00pm

Malta is one of the first jurisdictions to pass clear and detailed requirements around ICOs, and cryptocurrencies and has attracted a tremendous amount of attention as a crypto-friendly jurisdiction. On the one hand, clarity in regulation provides a level of protection and assurance for founders and investors. Just knowing what is and isn’t acceptable allows companies a level of certainty when establishing themselves. As of November, the “Virtual Financial Assets Act, 2018” gives issuers of “virtual financial assets” the assurance of having a guideline to follow.

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
Charlene Chen  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.

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at BitPesa
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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