Speakers

Our global speakers are well-known thought leaders and experts in the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology space. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions, all speakers will participate virtually.

John Lombela (MC) Founder and CEO at Axalio and Founder of Cryptovecs Capital

John is the Founder and CEO at Axalio, Founder of Cryptovecs Capital

Mariana Gospodinova (KEYNOTE SPEAKER) General Manager of European Operations for Crypto.com

Mariana Gospodinova is the General Manager of European Operations for Crypto.com, where

Charles Hoskinson

Charles Hoskinson (Keynote Speaker) Founder and CEO of IOHK (Input Output Hong Kong) and Founder of Cardano

Charles Hoskinson is a Colorado-based technology entrepreneur and mathematician. He attended Metropolitan

Peter McCormack

Peter McCormack Host of What Bitcoin Did podcast, Defiance podcast and Defiance TV

Peter McCormack is a Journalist at Defance and What Bitcoin Did.

Henri Arslanian (Keynote Speaker) Global Crypto Leader at PwC

Henri Arslanian is the PwC Global Crypto Leader, the former Chairman of

Denelle Dixon (Keynote Speaker) CEO & Executive Director of the Stellar Development Foundation

Denelle Dixon is the CEO and Executive Director of the Stellar Development

Stani Kulechov (Keynote Speaker) Founder and CEO of Aave

Stani Kulechov is the Founder and CEO of Aave, an open source

Ben Zhou (Keynote Speaker) Co-founder and CEO at Bybit

Ben Zhou is Bybit’s Co-founder and CEO. He spearheaded the cryptocurrency derivatives

Yele Bademosi (Keynote Speaker) CEO at Bundle Africa and Founding Partner at Microtraction

Yele Bademosi is CEO and Co-Founder of Bundle, the Africa-focused social payments

Sam Bankman-Fried (Keynote Speaker) CEO and Founder at FTX

Before founding Alameda and then FTX, Sam was a trader on Jane

Sandra Ro (Keynote Speaker) CEO at the Global Blockchain Business Council

Sandra is a proponent for ‘human-centric tech’. She left a career in

Michael Awori Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer: Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB)

Michael Awori is a seasoned banker with over 20 years of experience

Dominik Ernst CEO at Acria Network

Dominik Ernst is a well-known German developer, who has been coding for

Atul Patel Co-founder of dltedgers

Atul is Co-founder of #dltedgers, one of Asia’s leading fintechs in trade

Dan Held Growth Lead at Kraken

Dan is currently leading Growth at Kraken. His former company Interchange, a

Alex Mashinsky

Alex Mashinsky Founder and CEO of the Celsius Network

Alex is one of the inventors of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol)

Peter Tylczynski Senior VP at MineBest

Throughout his career, Peter held top jobs at a string of companies,

Dr. Steven Waterhouse

Dr. Steven Waterhouse CEO and Co-founder of Orchid

Dr. Steven Waterhouse is the CEO and Co-founder of Orchid. Waterhouse previously

Teana Baker-Taylor General Manager of the U.K. for Crypto.com

Teana is the General Manager of the U.K. for Crypto.com, who with

Rocelo Lopes CEO and Founder of Stratum Blockchain Group

Rocelo has a passion for inclusion and financial freedom while maintaining a

Muthoni Njogu Managing Partner Njogu & Associates Advocates and Head of Telecommunication, Media and Technology, General Legal Counsel for Blockchain Association of Kenya

Ms Njogu brings in a wealth of experience from the Public and

David Zacks

David Zacks Chief Compliance Officer at Bitflyer USA

David Zacks is the Chief Compliance Officer at Bitflyer USA. In this

Deniz Omer Head of Ecosystem Growth at Kyber Network

Marvin H. Coleby

Marvin Coleby Co-founder and CEO of Raise and Co-Trustee at the African Digital Asset Foundation

Marvin Coleby is the CEO and founder of Raise (getraise.io), a Bahamian and

Alex McDougall Co-founder of Bicameral Ventures

Investor, author, speaker and hater of zero-sum games. Former investment banker and

Buchi Okoro Co-founder and CEO of Quidax

Prior to Quidax, had worked across several business sectors including; real estate,

Roselyne Wanjiru Director of Growth and User Acquisitions at Pesabase

Roselyne is an economist, youth mentor and blockchain strategy consultant. She is

Marc Taverner Executive Director of INATBA

Marc Taverner is the Executive Director of the International Association for Trusted

Farzam Ehsani CEO and Co-Founder of VALR.com

Farzam is the CEO and Co-Founder of VALR.com, a platform that bridges

Richard Ells CEO and Founder of Electroneum and AnyTask

Richard Ells balances nearly three decades of successful entrepreneurship that include still

Ehis Omozusi Conflux Network Africa Regional Marketing and Business Lead

Ehis is Conflux Network Africa Regional Marketing and Business Lead. He has

Herco Steyn Senior Fintech Specialist in the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) Fintech Unit

Herco is a Senior Fintech Specialist in the South African Reserve Bank’s

Brenton Naicker Business Development Manager, Binance (South Africa)

Mr Naicker is an accomplished fintech professional with vast experience and qualification

Felix Macharia CEO of Kotani Pay

Yael Tamar Co-CEO and Co-founder of SolidBlock

Yael Tamar is the Co-CEO and Co-founder of SolidBlock, a new fundraising

Modibe Matsepane Community Coordinator for Africa at Paxful

Paxful’s Africa Community Coordinator, Modibe Matsepane, holds a BSc Degree in Geology

Nathaniel Luz Lead at Dash Nigeria

Nathaniel Luz is an award winning libertarian, lead for Dash Nigeria and

Ajit Tripathi Head of Institutional Business at Aave

Ajit currently leads institutional growth and strategy for Aave, the world’s leading

Richard de Sousa Founder and CEO of AltCoinTrader

AltCoinTrader was developed by experienced computer programmer Richard de Sousa in 2014.

Ciaran Adrian Ryan Editor at Moneyweb Crypto

Ciaran has written for most financial publications in SA. He spent time

David Gitonga

David Gitonga Managing Editor at BitcoinKE

David is the Director and Founder at BitcoinKE. He is a blockchain

Tony Obiajuru Head of Programs and Broadcast Journalist at CryptoTvplus

Tony Obiajuru is Nigeria’s foremost blockchain/cryptocurrency Event Host and Media Practitioner with

Pretty Kubyane COO and Co-Founder of Coronet Blockchain

My management consulting focus across nearly a decade ushered me into an

IVARS ZUKOVSKIS

Ivars Zukovskis Chief Compliance Officer for bitFlyer Europe

A highly professional and experienced compliance leader in C-level capacity, a public

John Velissarios Accenture Global Managing Director - Blockchain and Multiparty Systems - Digital Assets, Custody and CBDC Lead

John is the Global Managing Director, Blockchain Technology Lead at Accenture, based in

monica singer

Monica Singer South Africa Lead for ConsenSys

Monica Singer is a Chartered Accountant (SA), Fellow of the Institute of

Johann Bornman Product Lead Metamask Institutional at ConsenSys

He is a Fintech founder and previous Director of Product for a

Brandon Topham Divisional Executive for Enforcement at the Financial Sector Conduct Authority

Mr Brandon Topham is the Divisional Executive for Enforcement at the Financial

Kaj Burchardi Managing Director at BCG Platinion

Kaj Burchardi is a Managing Director with BCG Platinion with more than

Adeshina Adewumi CEO and Co-founder for One Kiosk Africa

Adeshina is the CEO and Co-founder for One Kiosk Africa; an online

Dr. Oriol Caudevilla Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) at ScallopX

LL.B., MBA, PhD. FinTech Advisor, Management & Strategy Consultant and Researcher (Digital

Bishnen Kumalo Executive Head of SA Modernisation at BankservAfrica

Bishnen Kumalo has over twenty years of experience in the field of

Gavin Marshall Founder of Hippytech

Gavin is the Founder of Hippytech – a consultancy for decentralised technology.

Dr. Uche Okonkwo Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Intelligent Systems, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Uche Chude-Okonkwo is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Intelligent

Marius Reitz General Manager for Africa at Luno

Marius is the General Manager for Africa at Luno, a leading global

Richard Lema Co-Founder and COO of ClickPesa

Chuta Chimezie Founder of Blockchain Nigeria User Group and Advisor at Kinesis Money (West Africa region)

Founder/ Coordinator Blockchain Nigeria User Group, advisory Board Member at Kinesis Money,

Michelle Chivunga Nsanzumuco

Michelle Chivunga N Founder/CEO & Investor at Global Policy House, Senior Advisor to Government of Bermuda, African Union, WUSME & Fintech4Good

A digital transformation/ blockchain professional and investor with major access to an

Sheila Warren Head of Blockchain and Data Policy; Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum

Graduate, Harvard College and Harvard Law. Began career as a Wall Street

CBDC Masterclass Speakers

Jim Kyung-Soo Liew, Ph.D. Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins Business School and Co-Founder of SoKat.co

Dr. Jim Kyung-Soo Liew is an Associate Professor of Finance at Johns

Marc Taverner Executive Director of INATBA

Marc Taverner is the Executive Director of the International Association for Trusted

Taha Sajid Chief Blockchain Consultant with Limar Global Tech

Taha Sajid is a Chief Blockchain Consultant with Limar Global Tech, Founder

Vinoy Kumar Global Head of Digital Assets at Standard Chartered Bank

Moerieda Mackay Founder and CEO at Stride Consultancy Services & Consensus Forum Member of South African National Blockchain Alliance (SANBA)

Moerieda Mackay is the Founder and CEO at Stride Consultancy Services &

Michelle Chivunga Nsanzumuco

Michelle Chivunga N Founder/CEO & Investor at Global Policy House, Senior Advisor to Government of Bermuda, African Union, WUSME & Fintech4Good

A digital transformation/ blockchain professional and investor with major access to an