PROGRAMME

Due to the coronavirus and travel restrictions, the conference will no longer be hosted in Johannesburg and all speakers will participate virtually.

Registration
08:00am GMT+2
John Lombela  
Welcome Address and Opening by Master of Ceremonies
09:00am GMT+2
Founder and CEO at Axalio, Founder of Cryptovecs Capital and Innovecs Consulting
Henri Arslanian  
Keynote Address: The Latest Global Crypto Institutional Trends
09:10am GMT+2
Global Crypto Leader, Asia FinTech Leader and Partner at PwC
Ben Zhou  
Keynote Address: Crypto: A Rising Tide That Lifts All Boats
09:40am GMT+2 This will be a pre-recorded talk.

Crypto is truly a rising tide that lifts all boats, no one who doesn’t want to, needs to be left behind. And Bybit aims to be the sail for those who wish to brave the open sea.

Co-founder and CEO at Bybit
Michael Awori  Atul Patel  
Blockchain and Trade Finance
10:10am GMT+2

TDB, one of Africa’s most innovative banks, continues to lead from the front through adoption of cutting edge technology such as blockchain and via digitization of paper heavy trade finance processes. Through a partnership with #dltledgers, one of the world’s fastest growing trade finance platforms, in 2019 TDB became the first African DFI to complete a live end-to-end trade finance transaction on blockchain. TDB has continued to scale-up its digital trade execution capabilities, thereby delivering faster, lower cost service to its customers while maintaining security and transparency. This session will provide a practical use case of how TDB and #dltledgers have streamlined the execution of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cross-border trade, the lessons learned and vision for 2021 and beyond.

Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB)
Co-founder of dltedgers
Mariana Gospodinova  
Keynote Address: CeFi and DeFi
10:30am GMT+2
General Manager of European Operations for Crypto.com
Tea/Coffee Break
11:00am GMT+2
Yael Tamar  
Institutional Adoption of Tokenisation
11:15am GMT+2
Co-CEO and Co-founder of SolidBlock
Dr. Steven Waterhouse  
Decentralisation is the New Encryption
11:35am GMT+2

The privacy promised by encryption is over. Legislated government access has defeated the purpose of encryption. The next frontier is decentralisation, and it’s leading to a brighter future for internet privacy.

CEO and Co-founder of Orchid
Stani Kulechov  
Keynote Address: Introducing the Aave Protocol: Liquidity Unlocked
11:55am GMT+2
Founder and CEO of Aave
Lunch Break
12:25pm GMT+2
Charles Hoskinson  
Keynote Address
13:00pm GMT+2

This will be a pre-recorded talk.

Founder and CEO of IOHK (Input Output Hong Kong) and Founder of Cardano
Yele Bademosi  
Keynote Address: Mass Adoption of Cryptocurrencies in Africa
13:30pm GMT+2
CEO at Bundle Africa and Founding Partner at Microtraction
Nathaniel Luz  
Future of Cryptocurrency: Adoption or Bust!
13:50pm GMT+2

Since the invention of Bitcoin, there have been lots of conversations on the possibilities of this new technology - crypto will, crypto can, crypto should… This led to the rise of ICOs, IEO, STO, DeFi, Hardforks amidst several innovations. However, it is my opinion that this technology is now matured enough to handle real-world challenges beyond the reach of traditional financial systems. We are at a deciding moment where we must either achieve adoption or bust. In line with the theme of this conference - FROM HYPE TO MAINSTREAM, what does mainstream adoption of cryptocurrency require?

Lead at Dash Nigeria
Rocelo Lopes  
How Stablecoins Will Change the Global Market for Import and Export
14:10pm GMT+2
CEO and Founder of Stratum Blockchain Group
Tony Obiajuru  Felix Macharia  Ehis Omozusi  Richard de Sousa  Gavin Marshall  
Panel: Ethereum 2.0 and Decentralised Finance (DeFi)
14:30pm GMT+2

Moderator: Tony Obiajuru. Ethereum, a popular open-source, public, blockchain-based distributed ledger popular for its smart contract functionality and the world’s second largest cryptocurrency, recently underwent a major upgrade. What are the implications, benefits and the future of Ethereum? Who are the competitors? What are some of the most interesting DeFi use-cases and initiatives on the Ethereum network?

Head of Programs and Broadcast Journalist at CryptoTvplus
CEO of Kotani Pay
Conflux Network Africa Regional Marketing and Business Lead
CEO and Founder of AltCoinTrader
Founder of Hippytech
Tea/Coffee Break
15:00pm GMT+2
Sandra Ro  
Keynote Address: State of Blockchain
15:10pm GMT+2
CEO at the Global Blockchain Business Council
Alex Mashinsky  
All Roads Lead to Decentralisation
15:30pm GMT+2
Founder and CEO of the Celsius Network
Brenton Naicker  Marius Reitz  Roselyne Wanjiru  Buchi Okoro  Farzam Ehsani  Marvin Coleby  
Panel: Crypto Adoption in Africa
15:50pm GMT+2

Moderator: Farzam Ehsani. According to a survey by Statista and the 2020 Chainalysis Geography Report, Africa is booming in terms of crypto adoption, especially in Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. Issues such as the high cost of remittances, fiat currency devaluation and economic instability, has caused many to turn to local cryptocurrency exchanges. Is cryptocurrency a more stable value store for people in Africa? What is the future of crypto adoption in Africa?

Business Development Manager, Binance (South Africa)
General Manager for Africa at Luno
Director of Growth and User Acquisitions at Pesabase
Co-founder and CEO of Quidax
CEO and Co-Founder of VALR.com
Co-founder and CEO of Raise and Co-Trustee at the African Digital Asset Foundation
Teana Baker-Taylor  Peter Tylczynski  Peter McCormack  Ben Zhou  Dan Held  
Fireside Chat: Institutional and Retail Investment in Crypto
16:30pm - 17:10pm GMT+2

Hosted by Peter McCormack

General Manager of the U.K. for Crypto.com
Senior VP at MineBest
Host of What Bitcoin Did podcast, Defiance podcast and Defiance TV
Co-founder and CEO at Bybit
Growth Lead at Kraken
Denelle Dixon  Richard Lema  
Keynote Address: The Stellar Network: Connecting Global Financial Infrastructure
17:10pm GMT+2
CEO & Executive Director of the Stellar Development Foundation
Co-Founder and COO of ClickPesa
John Lombela  
Closing Address
17:40pm GMT+2

The Master of Ceremonies will close off Day 1 of the conference.

Founder and CEO at Axalio, Founder of Cryptovecs Capital and Innovecs Consulting
Networking
17:45pm GMT+2
Registration
08:00am GMT+2
John Lombela  
Welcome Address by Master of Ceremonies
09:00am GMT+2
Founder and CEO at Axalio, Founder of Cryptovecs Capital and Innovecs Consulting
Sam Bankman-Fried  
Keynote Address: Serum: The Decentralised Financial Ecosystem of the Future
09:05am GMT+2
CEO and Founder at FTX
Richard Ells  
Empowering a Generation with Crypto
09:35am GMT+2

Cryptocurrency and its underlying technology, blockchain, have the power to change lives, to generate prosperity, empower people in remote and underserved communities, and unlock the global digital economy for the nearly 1.7 billion people who are currently unbanked. But how many cryptocurrencies have actually concerned themselves with going beyond being anything more than just a speculative tool? How many cryptocurrencies have focused on creating ways for people to earn crypto and then enable various ways for them to use their crypto in their daily lives? Cryptocurrency can effectively help billions of people in a world that has demonstrated that it can change practically overnight. Crypto has the power to provide people and their communities a path to greater prosperity. Doing so can spark mainstream adoption, although not before adopting regulations for their protection. Regulations help build trust and that, in turn, is arguably the key element that will appeal to traditional businesses that are currently crypto-skeptics.

Founder at Electroneum and Founder and CEO at Anytask.com
David Gitonga  
How Digital Blockchain Education is Helping to Grow the Ecosystem
09:55am GMT+2

David will discuss the importance and value that comes from digital education on the African continent. He will also discuss his experience building this content and how BitcoinKE has grown to serve over 100, 000 Africa-focused entrepreneurs and businesses.

Managing Editor at BitcoinKE
Pretty Kubyane  
Using Blockchain for Food Security and Financial Inclusion
10:15am GMT+2

Africa's agricultural productivity is very low, averaging 300 to 500 kg/ha as compared to 2.5 tons/ha in the United States, for example. To what extent do centralised supply chains create, contribute or worsen this situation? Lower access to data, or community cohesion is isolating African small scale farmers, elbowing them out of the main-frames of production streams of crop producing ecosystems. These and more, is what Pretty will unpack in this talk of how blockchain, a seemingly sophisticated technology, is well positioned to be used for day to day operations by these farmers, whose priorities are to run sustainable farms, as they use it to their advantage.

COO and Co-Founder of Coronet Blockchain
Chuta Chimezie  
Building the Infrastructure of Financial Self-Sovereignty for Africa
10:35am GMT+2
Founder of Blockchain Nigeria User Group and Advisor at Kinesis Money (West Africa region)
Dr. Uche Okonkwo  
Blockchain and the Future of Service and Information Monetization: From Barter to DigBarter
10:55am GMT+2
Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Intelligent Systems, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Tea/Coffee Break
11:15am GMT+2
Sheila Warren  
World Economic Forum's Presidio Principles
11:30am GMT+2

This will be a pre-recorded talk.

Head of Blockchain and Data Policy; Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum
Dominik Ernst  
Bridging the Blockchain and the Real World
12:00pm GMT+2
CEO at Acria Network
Lunch Break
12:30pm GMT+2
Mariana Gospodinova  Deniz Omer  Kaj Burchardi  Johann Bornman  Ajit Tripathi  
Panel: Institutional Adoption of Decentralised Finance (DeFi)
13:00pm GMT+2

Moderated by Kaj Burchardi. What is DeFi? What are the opportunities for institutions in adopting DeFi? What is the level of institutional interest in DeFi? What are the risks of DeFi adoption by institutions? While Ethereum is not the only platform to offer DeFi, it does have 80% of the market. What are some of the real competitors to Ethereum for DeFi applications? How do we connect traditional finance markets with the decentralized finance and digital asset markets? Can we expect further centralised solutions such as Tether in the DeFi market or are we about to see a new decentralised internet currency which will act as a stablecoin? Regulation remains a crucial bridge between the unregulated crypto world and the regulated financial market: will mass adoption of DeFi by institutions only occur if regulated payment networks with digital/tokenised cash enter the DeFi ecosystem?

General Manager of European Operations for Crypto.com
Head of Ecosystem Growth at Kyber Network
Managing Director at BCG Platinion
Product Lead Metamask Institutional at ConsenSys
Head of Institutional Business at Aave
Moerieda Mackay  Taha Sajid  Jim Kyung-Soo Liew, Ph.D.  Vinoy Kumar  Marc Taverner  Michelle Chivunga N  
Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Masterclass
13:30pm GMT+2

This Masterclass is being hosted in partnership with The Global Policy House, hosted by Michelle Chivunga who will provide her keynote address on Digital Assets / Central Bank Digital Currency – Catalyst for AfCFTA. This will follow with global perspectives on the progress and design considerations of CBDC from global experts and surprise guest. Registration for this is essential, Register here.

Founder and CEO at Stride Consultancy Services & Consensus Forum Member of South African National Blockchain Alliance (SANBA)
Chief Blockchain Consultant with Limar Global Tech
Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins Business School and Co-Founder of SoKat.co
Global Head of Digital Assets at Standard Chartered Bank
Executive Director of INATBA
Founder/CEO & Investor at Global Policy House, Senior Advisor to Government of Bermuda, African Union, WUSME & Fintech4Good
John Velissarios  
South Africa's Project Khokha
13:30pm GMT+2
Accenture Global Managing Director - Blockchain and Multiparty Systems - Digital Assets, Custody and CBDC Lead
Dr. Oriol Caudevilla  
China´s Digital Yuan: The Start of a New Era
13:50pm GMT+2

Oriol will analyze what opportunities the Digital Yuan will offer to Mainland China and how the digital yuan will imply the start of a new era of payments worldwide, since many other countries are speeding up their tests to try to deploy its own CBDCs as well, therefore starting a New Era of Payments in the world.

Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) at ScallopX
Herco Steyn  
A Holistic Approach to Crypto Asset Regulation in South Africa
14:10pm GMT+2
Senior Fintech Specialist in the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) Fintech Unit
Alex McDougall  
Here Comes the Open Lending Era
14:40pm GMT+2

In 2020 we finally saw some of the nearly decade-long blockchain hype fulfilled and the legitimate building blocks of a next-generation banking system emerge. Open finance, and specifically open lending, has exploded to well over $10 billion this year. This growth has catalyzed a new source of funding for market participants ranging from individuals to corporates to hedge funds. It has also created a new source of liquid “digital yield” for investors, corporates and savers starving for an alternative to the perpetual 0% offered in legacy systems. In 2020, the entire digital asset market took a meaningful step forward in maturity. As part of this ongoing evolution, institutional grade financial infrastructure needs to be developed. In 2020, through an influx of capital and talent, open lending stepped up its game and grew from a fringe use case to a burgeoning engine powering the next phase of the digital economy.

Co-founder of Bicameral Ventures
Tea/Coffee Break
15:00pm GMT+2
Muthoni Njogu  Brandon Topham  Marc Taverner  David Zacks  Ivars Zukovskis  
Panel: The Regulatory Landscape of Blockchain and Digital Assets
15:15pm GMT+2

Moderated by Muthoni Njogu. What is the regulatory stance on crypto assets in the US, Europe, UK and Africa? What are the implications of the Securities Exchange Commissions (SEC) lawsuit with Ripple, on other cryptocurrencies? How are regulators clamping down on crypto exchanges that do not have proper KYC and AML policies in place? How does the Financial Action Task Force's (FATF's) "travel rule” impact crypto related businesses? What are the challenges and what are the focus areas for regulated entities? Will compliance with regulations become a key differentiator with competitors or will users not care and go for what is faster, cheaper and where liquidity is available?

Managing Partner Njogu & Associates Advocates and Head of Telecommunication, Media and Technology, General Legal Counsel for Blockchain Association of Kenya
Divisional Executive for Enforcement at the Financial Sector Conduct Authority
Executive Director of INATBA
Chief Compliance Officer at bitFlyer USA
Chief Compliance Officer for bitFlyer Europe
Adeshina Adewumi  Ciaran Adrian Ryan  Bishnen Kumalo  Michelle Chivunga N  Monica Singer  
Panel: Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) for a Regional Payment System
16:00pm GMT+2

Moderated by Ciaran Ryan. As digital currencies are gaining momentum globally, central banks are intensifying their research and efforts on blockchain technology and issuance of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). What are the economic and institutional motivation for CBDC development and implementation? What impact will CBDCs have in a country?

CEO and Co-founder for One Kiosk Africa
Editor at Moneyweb Crypto
Executive Head of SA Modernisation at BankservAfrica
Founder/CEO & Investor at Global Policy House, Senior Advisor to Government of Bermuda, African Union, WUSME & Fintech4Good
South Africa Lead for ConsenSys
John Lombela  
Closing Address
17:00pm GMT+2

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

Founder and CEO at Axalio, Founder of Cryptovecs Capital and Innovecs Consulting
Michelle Chivunga N  
Opening Keynote Address of the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Masterclass
13:30pm - 13:50pm GMT+2

Keynote Address: Digital Assets and Central Bank Digital Currency - Catalyst for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

Founder/CEO & Investor at Global Policy House, Senior Advisor to Government of Bermuda, African Union, WUSME & Fintech4Good
Moerieda Mackay  Taha Sajid  Jim Kyung-Soo Liew, Ph.D.  Vinoy Kumar  Marc Taverner  Michelle Chivunga N  
Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Masterclass
13:50pm - 15:00pm GMT+2

Bitcoin Events, in partnership with the Global Policy House, brings you an exciting new high-level dialogue on Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) with Michelle Chivunga N as the host. Register here.

Founder and CEO at Stride Consultancy Services & Consensus Forum Member of South African National Blockchain Alliance (SANBA)
Chief Blockchain Consultant with Limar Global Tech
Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins Business School and Co-Founder of SoKat.co
Global Head of Digital Assets at Standard Chartered Bank
Executive Director of INATBA
Founder/CEO & Investor at Global Policy House, Senior Advisor to Government of Bermuda, African Union, WUSME & Fintech4Good