Speakers

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Henning Dietrich

Lexon Foundation
CEO


Henning Dietrich is the founder and CEO of the Lexon Foundation. He was the first architect of Hyperledger at IBM and served as a Director for blockchain at the Boston Consulting Group. For the European Commission Henning lead a small, global posse of core crypto devs reporting on smart contracts in regtech. Henning also lead the technical architecting of diamond industry blockchain for DeBeers.
Henning created and financed multiple start-ups and is a frequent keynote speaker on international conferences, including at Stanford, MIT, UCL, LSE, and the European Parliament. He co-founded his first blockchain company and joined the Ethereum crowd in Berlin in 2014.

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Robert Hockett

Cornell Law School
Professor of Law


Robert Hockett joined the Cornell Law Faculty in 2004 after leaving International Monetary Fund. His principal teaching, research, and writing interests lie in the fields of organizational, financial, and monetary law and economics.
As a Fellow of the Century Foundation and regular commissioned author for the New America Foundation, Hockett provides consulting services for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the International Monetary Fund, Americans for Financial Reform, the ‘Occupy’ Cooperative, and a number of federal and state legislators and local governments.

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Michael Bancroft

SiriusXM
Business & Technology Journalist


Michael Bancroft is the co-host of the podcast and radio show The Feed on SiriusXM and the co-host and executive producer of the television show Beyond Innovation. Before he was an executive producer for Bloomberg TV and presenter and executive producer of the technology TV show App Central.
Michael has worked for leading broadcast networks including CBS, CNBC, ABC, BNN and Network Ten in the field of business, technology, politics and entertainment. He has a Postgraduate Degree in Journalism from UCLA and an MBA in Finance from Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

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Kathleen Weiss Hanley

Lehigh University
Professor of Finance


Kathleen Weiss Hanley joined the faculty in 2015 as the Bolton-Perella Endowed Chair in Finance and is the Director of the Center for Financial Services. Before she was the Deputy Chief Economist of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Deputy Director in the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis.
Prior to that time, she was a Senior Economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and a Senior Financial Economist at the SEC. She has been on the faculty at the University of Maryland and at the University of Michigan focusing on capital formation and market.

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Rebecca Rettig

Dontzin Nagy & Fleissig LLP
Attorney


Rebecca Rettig is a complex commercial litigator, focusing on legal and regulatory matters relating to blockchain and digital assets. She has advised Wall Street private equity firms and other clients on the legal and regulatory implications of blockchain related topics and she is a member of Global Digital Finance.
Besides that, Rebecca handles cases in federal and state court litigated successfully across several industries. She previously worked at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where she served as lead trial counsel and trial counsel pending in federal and state courts advising clients in all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution.

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Lawrence Rufrano

Stanford University
Executive Director


Lawrence Rufrano is the Executive Director of the AFTLab and former investment banker and bank regulator working on Wall Street for major money center banks managing over $75 billion of capital market transactions. As a regulator, Lawrence worked for the Federal Reserve Board on strategies to respond to the 2008 financial crisis focusing on the consumer sector and securitizations.
In his current role, Lawrence focuses on deepening and expanding relationships with banks, investment firms and other financial institutions. In addition, he provides a regulatory and business perspective for students and researchers in the AFT Lab and its members.

 

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Wulf Kaal

University of St. Thomas School of Law
Professor, Law


Wulf Kaal is a leading expert at the intersection of law, business, and technology. His research focuses on innovation, technology, blockchain technology applications, smart contracts, initial coin offerings, hedge funds, and dynamic regulatory methods. Before entering the academy, he was associated with Cravath, Swain & Moore LLP, in New York, and Goldman Sachs in London, UK.
Kaal advises crypto companies, crypto startups, venture capital funds, and international policy makers on blockchain based solutions in FinTech and LegalTech. Kaal focuses on creating synergies for his clients and building successful new crypto businesses, among others, on existing solutions.

 

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Mike Warner

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Senior Strategist


Mike Warner is a Senior Strategist in the San Francisco Federal Reserve’s ITS division working on Artificial/Augmented Intelligence and Distributed Ledger Technologies. He is the Co-Chair of the Information Management Advisory Group and Co-Chaired the Application Development Advisory Group.
Prior to joining the Fed, he led a small software company designing solutions that provided banks, investment and government intelligence professionals with a structural and visual interactive interface and worked as an Information Architect, Ontologist and project manager at various start-ups. He earned a BA in Philosophy with Honors from Kenyon College.

 

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Jiasun Li

George Mason University
Assistant Professor of Finance


Dr. Li is an assistant professor of Finance at the George Mason University. His current research addresses blockchain technologies and Fintech applications presenting it at various institutions and conferences including MIT, Michigan, Northwestern, NYU, Yale, National Bureau of Economic Research, Federal Reserve Bank, and Econometric Society.
Dr. Li is the winner of the 2016 Yihong Xia Best Paper Award and the 2014 Chicago Quantitative Alliance Academic Paper Competition. He received his PhD in Finance from UCLA Anderson School of Management and B.S. in mathematics from Fudan University (Shanghai, China) prior to joining George Mason.

 

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Alexander Lipton

Sila
Co-Founder


Alexander Lipton is the Co-Founder and CTO of Sila, Co-Founder of Distilled Analytics, Partner at Numeraire Financial, Connection Science Fellow at MIT, and Visiting Professor of Financial Engineering at EPFL. He sits on the Board of Directors of Zilliqa and on Advisory Boards of several FinTech companies, including Clearmatics, Endo, Metaco, Zilliqa and more.
Prior to that, Alex served in senior managerial roles at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citadel Investment Group, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and Bankers Trust holding academic appointments at NYU, Oxford University, Imperial College, and the University of Illinois. He was a Full Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois and a Consultant at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

 

 

 

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Banco de México
Payment Systems Analyst


Biliana Alexandrova-Kabadjova is working for the Banco de México as a payment systems analyst. She is a permanent member of the Mexican National System of Researchers with main research interests in intraday liquidity management, network analysis and agent-based computational economics.
She holds a degree from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Information Systems and received her Master in Computer Science and PhD. in Computational Finance both from the University of Essex. Biliana has co-edited various books and published thirty-four refereed journal papers and book chapters.

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Anzhela Knyazeva

SEC
Senior Financial Economist


Anzhela Knyazeva is a Senior Financial Economist in the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis at the SEC. Her research area is in corporate finance. Her policy expertise is in the areas of securities offerings, crowdfunding, structured disclosure, and disclosure requirements.
Prior to joining the SEC, she was on the finance faculty at the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business. Her research and work were honoured with various awards. She holds a PhD degree in Economics from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies from Stanford University.

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Thomas Hardjono

MIT Trust::Data Consortium
CTO


Thomas Hardjono is the Technical Director of the MIT Trust::Data Consortium. He devoted several years at MIT running the MIT Kerberos Consortium. Prior to this he was a Distinguished Engineer at Bay Networks, Principal Scientist at VeriSign PKI, and held CTO roles at several start-ups. Thomas has been at the forefront of several identity, trust and cybersecurity initiatives in industry, ranging from network multicast security, IoT Security, trusted computing to scalable identity systems, P2P networks and blockchain systems. Thomas has authored several technical papers, patents and books covering cryptography, networking, identity and blockchain security.

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Ryan Stauffer

University of Calgary
PhD Candidate


Ryan Stauffer is a PhD candidate in finance at the University of Calgary, where he also teaches international finance at the graduate and undergraduate levels. His research focuses on limits to arbitrage, cryptocurrencies, and sovereign debt renegotiation. Prior to returning to academia, Ryan did a stint in consulting, was involved in several international new ventures, and was a professional poker player. He holds an MBA from the University of Calgary, and a BSc in mathematics and chemistry from the University of Lethbridge.

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Ricardo Henriquez

EAE Business School
Professor


Ricardo is a Professor at EAE Business School (Barcelona, Spain), where he has taught courses on strategic management, and innovation & entrepreneurship. During the last 2 years, he has been involved in several blockchain related startups, including BlockGemini Technologies in Dubai, UAE (where he served as CFO), GenesisZero Technologies in Almaty, Kazakhstan (where he serves as member of the Advisory Board), and DMC Homelend Ltd, based in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he currently serves as Chief Innovation Officer.

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Stephanie Hurder

Prysm Group
Founding Economist


Stephanie Hurder, PhD is a Partner and Founding Economist at Prysm Group, where she advises blockchain organizations on economic design and governance. Stephanie was previously a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, where she advised Fortune 50 corporations and global NGOs on organizational design and effectiveness.
Stephanie has held research positions at MIT, Microsoft Research, and Merrill Lynch, and given invited seminars to faculty at top research universities across the country. She holds a PhD in Business Economics, an AM in Economics, and an AB in Mathematics from Harvard University.

 

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Don Carmichael

University of Houston
PhD Candidate


Don is a PhD candidate in finance at the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Astrophysics. He conducts research on financial intermediation and retail lending, focusing on mortgage and personal lending markets.

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Ryan Zagone

Ripple
Director of Regulatory Relations


Ryan is the Director of Regulatory Relations at Ripple, a payment technology company where he manages relationships with over 30 central banks and regulators. Ryan is currently: a delegate to the IMF’s High-Level Advisory Group on Fintech; a member of the Industry Advisory Panel of the United States Conference of State Bank Supervisors, the consortium of state regulators; and a member of the research advisory board of the United Nations’ Better Than Cash Alliance.
Prior to that, served on the Steering Committee of the Federal Reserve’s Faster Payments Initiative and worked on product strategy at Deloitte and regulatory policy at the American Bankers Association.

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Antoine Martin

Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Senior VP, Head of Money & Payments, Research


Mr. Martin’s recent research and policy work has focused on short-term money markets, monetary policy implementation, and payments, including cryptocurrencies and central bank digital currencies. He has published in a number of scholarly journals, among which Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Brookings Paper on Economic Activity, Journal of Monetary Economics, and Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking.

Mr. Martin holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Lausanne.

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Garrick Hileman

University of Cambridge
Research Associate


Garrick is the head of Research at Blockchain, co-founder of Mosaic, research associate at the University of Cambridge and London School of Economics. He is known for his research on monetary and distributed systems innovation. Garrick is currently teaching UK’s first university taught class on blockchain technology.
Prior to turning to academia Garrick worked in the private sector with both start-ups and established companies such as Bank of America, The Home Depot, IDG, and Allianz. He co-founded a San Francisco-based new venture incubator and IT strategy consulting for multinationals andor Consultant in a wide range of industries.

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Steve Kirsch

Token
CEO


Steve Kirsch is the CEO of Token, a Silicon Valley startup company developing software that enable banks to offer open API banking and advanced digital money services to their customers. He has pioneered several core computer technologies (optical mouse, desktop publishing, Internet search, spam filtering, and secure identity) and founded 7 high tech companies, two with billion dollar market caps (Infoseek and Frame Technology). He received BS/MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1980.

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James S. Cunha

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Senior VP, Treasury and Financial Services


Jim Cunha is Senior Vice President of the Treasury And Financial Services Group. His group’s responsibilities include Cash Processing, Payments/Mobile Strategies, and Wholesale Payment Operations and is leading the Bank’s applied research into distributed ledger technologies. Jim is part of the leadership team for the Federal Reserve’s SIPS Secure Payment efforts.
Jim has worked at the Federal Reserve Bank since 1984. Prior to that, he worked at Fleet National Bank. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the New England ACH (NEACH) Association and Justice Resource Institute (JRI).

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Bonnie Buchanan

Albers School of Business and Economics, Seattle University
Professor, Finance


Professor Bonnie Buchanan is the Howard Bosanko Professor of International Economics and Finance at the Albers School of Business and Economics, Seattle University and the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics at Hanken School of Economics, Finland.
She graduated in Mathematics from the University of NSW and from RMIT, Melbourne and holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Georgia, USA. Dr Buchanan’s research focuses on Fintech, securitization, banking and corporate governance. Professor Buchanan has published over 40 internationally refereed papers and books. She is also active as an editor for several journals.

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Francois de Laigue

Dotted Square
CEO


Francois de Laigue is a co-founder and CEO of Dotted Square Inc., a company powering governments, businesses and NGOs with blockchain-based payment solutions. He is a seasoned Internet executive, expert at envisioning, building, launching and scaling technology businesses globally and worked with companies including Microsoft, Orange France Telecom, British Telecom, Accenture, Proctor & Gamble, Red Hat.
Francois holds a Master of Science in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Economics and Computer Science from prestigious French graduate school Ecole Polytechnique.

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Charley Cooper

R3
Managing Director


Charley leads external affairs globally for R3, managing regulatory affairs and government policy, communications and public relations. Most recently, Charley worked as the COO of State Street Global Market’s division of Trading and Clearing, before which he served as the Global Head of Legal Operations in the risk management division of Deutsche Bank AG.
Charley spent over two years as the Chief of Staff /Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and served as Senior Advisor to Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz at the Pentagon. He has earned both a B.A. (Government) and a J.D. from Georgetown University.

 

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Robleh Ali

MIT Digital Currency Initiative
Research Scientist


Robleh Ali is a Research Scientist at the MIT Digital Currency Initiative (DCI), and formerly manager of Digital Currencies at the Bank of England. Robleh’s main focus is on how fiat currencies can be issued digitally outside the existing banking system and the role of central banks in such a system. At the DCI he works on projects including how national currencies can be issued digitally outside the existing banking system and is developing the ‘Cryptokernel’ blockchain toolkit to increase the number of software developers working on blockchain technology.

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Gary Gensler

MIT Sloan School of Management
Senior Lecturer


Gary is a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and senior advisor to the director of the MIT Media Lab, where he advises both the Digital Currency Initiative and the Ethics and Governance of AI project.

Gary served as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (2009-2014). He currently is chairman of the Maryland Financial Consumer Protection Commission, Undersecretary of the U.S. Treasury for Domestic Finance, and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.

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Demelza Hays

University of Liechtenstein
Researcher


Demelza Hays is a manager for an EU regulated cryptocurrency Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) in Liechtenstein, and a PhD student in Business Economics at the University of Liechtenstein. She is also a Research Associate of the Imperial Centre for Global Finance and Technology.
Ms. Hays teaches one of the first university undergraduate courses in the world on cryptocurrencies and publishes a quarterly research report called the Crypto Research Report. Before commencing her doctoral studies, Ms. Hays completed her Master’s degree in Economics at the Toulouse School of Economics. Prior to that, Ms. Hays was a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Scholar.

 

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Nikolas Guggenberger

University of Münster School of Law
Assistant Professor


Nikolas Guggenberger is the RWTÜV Foundation Assistant Professor of IT Law at University of Münster School of Law and an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. His research focuses on law and innovation. He presently serves as an international reporter on intellectual property for the International League of Competition Law (LDIC).
Prior to that, Nikolas served as policy advisor to Jakob von Weizsäcker at the European Parliament and contributed to the European Parliament’s first resolution on virtual currencies. He worked as a teaching assistant and research associate at the University of Freiburg. Nikolas graduated from Stanford School of Law, University of Freiburg and obtained a doctorate in law from the University of Freiburg.

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Katrin Assenmacher

European Central Bank
Head of the Monetary Policy Strategy Division


Katrin Assenmacher is head of the Monetary Policy Strategy Division at the European Central Bank. Prior to that, she led the Monetary Policy Analysis unit at the Swiss National Bank while she lectured courses on monetary policy and macroeconomics at the universities of Zurich and Bern. Her professional interests lie in the areas of monetary policy and time-series econometrics.
Katrin was a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the Oesterreichische Nationalbank and the Universities of Copenhagen and Southern California. She holds a Doctorate and a Diploma in economics from the University of Bonn, where she also received her Habilitation. She served as a member of the Czech National Bank´s Research Advisory Committee.

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Ben Craig

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Senior Economic Advisor


Ben Craig is a senior economic advisor in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He specializes in the economics of banking and international finance. Before joining the Bank in 1994, Dr. Craig was an assistant professor of economics at Indiana University. He has also taught at Washington State University, Stanford University, and the University of Konstanz, Germany. He was a visiting scholar at the Bundesbank in Germany in 2001 and from 2012-2014. Dr. Craig earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard University in 1976 and received a PhD in economics from Stanford in 1986. He is married and the father of three children.