DLT / BLOCKCHAIN / PAYMENTS

14TH / 15TH OCTOBER 2020

OCEAN VILLAGE GIBRALTAR

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GibTech 2020 will feature a two day conference stream on DLT, Blockchain and Payments which will bring together crypto enthusiasts from all over the world.

Since introducing the world’s first DLT regulatory framework in 2017, Gibraltar has established itself as the worlds premier DLT jurisdiction with a broad range of licensed operators from globally recognised brands such as eToroX, Huobi, LMAX and Bitso, to leading edge innovators such as Modex, Quedex, Tap Global, DAM and Astralis.

Gibraltar’s burgeoning crypto community is based on real businesses doing real business and GibTech’s DLT stream will celebrate that through conference content that will challenge, educate and explore for cryptopreneurs and investors alike. The stellar speaker list demonstrates that GibTech’s DLT stream is not to be missed!

SPEAKERS

ALBERT ISOLA
ALBERT ISOLAMinister for Digital and Financial Services, Government of Gibraltar
DORON ROSENBLUM
DORON ROSENBLUMManaging Director eTorroX
Friederike Ernst
Friederike ErnstCOO Gnosis
Pablo Gonzalez
Pablo GonzalezCEO Bitso
On Yavin
On YavinFounder & CEO Cointelligence

The Hon Albert Isola MP, Minister for Digital and Financial Services, Government of Gibraltar

IT projects and operations, having worked successfully with many large enterprise and retail customers, and international technology vendors. Doron has much experience in spearheading changes in companies across various disciplines (Enterprise Fintech, IT & ICT, SaaS, Big Data, and e-commerce), as well as encouraging growth, scalability, and improved operations. In the past, Doron led Supertech STL Ltd., one of the largest ICT integrators in West Africa, prior to which he headed Glasshouse, a leading provider of IT services in the US, Europe and Middle East. More recently, Doron served as the COO of Fintech and e-commerce startup companies. He holds a B.A. in Economics (with Honors).

Dr Friederike Ernst is the COO of Gnosis, a Gibraltar based blockchain startup building decentralized infrastructure on top of ethereum. Gnosis also holds a license from the GFSC for offering prediction markets on real world events to retail users. Beside her position at Gnosis, Friederike is co-host of the long running and very popular weekly blockchain podcast Epicenter as well as a founding member of the German Blockchain Association and its first secretary-general (2017-19).

Friederike trained as a physicist and after her PhD worked in fundamental research for several years, first at Columbia and then at Stanford, before dedicating herself to blockchain technology full time. For her, the appeal of blockchains is in both the fundamental newness of the base technology as well as the business and societal shifts that will become possible with their adoption.

Pablo is CEO and co-founder of Bitso.com in charge of operations, global payments, banking relationships, product, and financing. Bitso is the leading Bitcoin exchange and Ripple Gateway in Mexico.

On Yavin is the founder and CEO of Cointelligence. He has extensive experience as a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, as well as more than 20 years of experience in the tech industry. On uses his deep knowledge of online marketing to create winning strategies for crypto and blockchain companies. Having earned the reputation of “crypto expert”, On continues to contribute to this industry in ways that advance cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. On has a law degree (LLB) and is also a certified Advocate by the Israeli Bar Association.

ADAM FICSOR
ADAM FICSORCo-Founder at Wasabi Wallet
Eric Wall
Eric WallCIO Arcane Assets
Max Krupyshev
Max KrupyshevCEO Cryptoprocessing
Cal Evans
Cal EvansMarket Leading Cryptocurrency Lawyer and Strategy Expert - ICO,STO,IEO - HTO Pioneer.
DOMINIC FRISBY
DOMINIC FRISBYPresident & CEO - Cypherpunk Holdings Inc

Adam Ficsor, who goes with the handle “nopara73” online, is a software developer and researcher. He co-founded Wasabi Wallet and co-authored the Bitcoin C# Book.

Eric Wall is the Chief Investment Officer of the Scandinavian cryptocurrency investment firm Arcane Assets. He was previously the Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Lead of Nasdaq-owned Cinnober, and led the company’s enterprise blockchain projects in DLT-powered securities. Eric graduated from The Faculty of Engineering, Lund University in 2016 with a master thesis titled “How to Create a Distributed Securities Depository Using Blockchain Technology and Smart Contracts”.

Max has been a bitcoin enthusiast since 2013. He was the founder of the Bitcoin Foundation in Ukraine and of Satoshi Square in Kiev. He was product owner at Cex.io and Ghash.io and is now CEO at Cryptoprocessing.com.

Cal is the Managing Associate of Gresham International, a UK & Ukrainian lawyer and US Litigation Consultant with experience working in top law firms in both California and London. Cal is appointed to the board of a number of crypto companies internationally and writes for publications such as CryptoDaily, CoinTelegraph, and CryptoSlate. In 2019 he wrote the best selling book ‘The Little Book of Crypto’. He has consulted with over 50+ ICO/STO/HTO projects and has been featured in CNBC, Forbes, Bangkok Post, WSJ, and others. Cal has also consulted with government and regulatory bodies including the Bank of England, Government of Dubai, and Malta. In 2019 he wrote the official proposal for the incorporation of Security Tokens into the Labuan finance license, which was accepted unanimously by the local government.

A well-known investor, financial writer, market commentator, and speaker from London, whose diverse accomplishments include authoring “Bitcoin: The Future of Money?”, the first known book published on Bitcoin by a recognized publisher in 2013-4.An early bitcoin and blockchain advocate, he contributes regularly to Moneyweek and the Guardian and is considered an authoritative figure on the world of cryptocurrencies by the British media.

Pavel Stehno
Pavel Stehno CEO Sigil Ltd. Lead Investor & Advisor Crypkit
Sven Grensemann
Sven Grensemann CEO Postraise
Joey Garcia
Joey Garcia Isolas Partner, Financial Services & DLT
JON MATONIS
JON MATONISCHIEF ECONOMIST Cypherpunk Holdiings
Sebastian Markowsky
Sebastian MarkowskyPartner, Blockchain Valley Ventures

Sigil LTD is a private investment fund that invests in crypto-assets providing asymmetric high risk – high yield dynamics for a broader balanced portfolio.
The focus is on active network participation, earning additional rewards from staking, running validator nodes and providing liquidity to decentralized protocols.

Pavel has been an active Angel Investor since 2011 working with interesting start-up teams from various industries. He has been investing in portfolio of cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups since first half of 2017. As a Lead investor in Crypkit he gained a great understanding of crypto technologies. Pavel´s financial background, business career and Crypto industry expertise allowed him to gain unique insights at the intersect of blockchain technology, regulatory best practices as well as entrepreneurship and business point of view.

Pavel holds a MSc in Taxation and BA in Accounting and Financial

Sven has had a multi-faceted career beginning with a 13-year finance career in London initially with a brief period at a proprietary trading company and later with a FTSE 250 financial company where he focused on esoteric financial products with a focus on tax mitigation.  After leaving London he moved to Berlin where he joined a Business Intelligence (BI) startup as head of sales where he was for 4 years.  In 2016 he left to pursue Crypto investment and trading which culminated in joining Kraken is 2017.  After leaving Kraken in 2018 he founded PostRaise which helps Crypto businesses to build a multi-jurisdictional portfolio of Fiat Banking relationships. 

Joey is considered as one of the pioneers of regulation in virtual currencies and distributed ledger technology. He was recognised by Chambers & Partners as one of the top 12 lawyers in the world in this space in the first ever Global ranking in 2018, and co-chaired the Gibraltar Government’s working group on Blockchain for 3 years which was established to develop the infrastructure to accommodate a specific DLT regulatory framework in Gibraltar.

Joey is also a member of the prestigious global Wharton Reg@Tech think tank in Philadelphia which brings together fintech academics and Regulators from around the world to discuss issues and current developments in the sector. He is a founding member of the European think tank (thinkBlocktank) established in Luxembourg and which is a member of INATBA (International association for trusted blockchain applications). Joey is also a member of the Digital Chamber of Commerce in Washington and advises some of the biggest groups in the world in the space including Xapo, where he is an appointed representative for the group within the Libra Association.

He also chairs a specialised industry technical working group seeking to provide a working solution for the industry for the recently published FATF recommendations in respect of the Travel Rule, and provides different regulatory authorities guidance and training in respect of the other FATF recommendations.

A monetary economist with a particular focus on non-political digital currencies and privacy tech. His career has included senior influential posts at VISA, VeriSign, Sumitomo Bank and Hushmail. He was a founding director of the Bitcoin Foundation.

His early work on digital cash systems and financial cryptography has been published by Dow Jones and the London School of Economics. He serves as an independent board director to companies in the bitcoin, blockchain, mobile payments & gaming sectors. He advocates on bitcoin to a wide variety of audiences, including the Federal Reserve Bank, the Bank of England, the European Central Bank, SWIFT, the Depertment of Justice, retail payment networks, major financial institutions, regulatory bodies, mobile money issuers, iGaming operators, security firms, hedge funds & family offices.

Sebastian is Partner at Blockchain Valley Ventures AG in Zurich, the leading digital asset advisory, venture capital and corporate finance firm for digital asset and blockchain enabled businesses and corporates. He is a blockchain and crypto enthusiast with a strong expertise, network and foothold in the global community. Besides investing into technology companies and advising clients on fundraising and M&A situations, he is an author, researcher and speaker known for thought leadership on technology, software and blockchain funding and investing, execution of blockchain business models as well as token economics. He has a long-track record with dealmaking and M&A from bulge bracket institutions.

Mihai Ivascu
Mihai IvascuCEO and Founder M3 Holdings
Matej Galvanek
Matej GalvanekInvestment Director Sigil.fund
Maria Vovchok
Maria VovchokJournalist
SAM BUXTON
SAM BUXTONCEO Digital Asset Management. Cryptocurrency & Fin-Tech Enthusiast
Justine Scerri Herrera
Justine Scerri HerreraManaging Partner MK Fintech Partners

Serial social impact and technology entrepreneur, CEO and Founder of London based tech group M3 Holdings which comprises 3 fast-growing companies: Moneymailme, a Neo-Banking technology infrastructure provider; M3 Payments – FX management and global payments platform; Modex – Blockchain As Database – SaaS technology provider, which in less than 5 years has come to be valued at GBP 250 million.

Founder of Ingenium Group – the technology infrastructure and logistics provider for M3 Holdings, which employs 60 software developers, engineers and business executives in 4 offices around the world: London, Bucharest, Monaco, Gibraltar. During its 12 years of existence, the company has worked with over 200 clients.

Mihai holds an MBA in Innovation Management and is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Business Administration at INSEEC Group with a Thesis on Disruptive FinTech Technologies. Awarded Forbes 30 Under 30 and finalist of Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Mihai is an experienced speaker and entrepreneurship mentor.

As an early-stage tech investor and result-driven executive, he holds positions in various tech startups and advisory Boards, managing to have a transformational role given his practical expertise. Over the years, Mihai graduated from various executive training programs from Harvard, MIT, Stanford University, and Silicon Valley Innovation Center.

Passionate about chess, martial arts, and motorsports, the youngest member of the prestigious Monaco Impact is focused on tech applied in social impact projects that range from financial inclusion, charity, and shared value initiatives.

Matej is an entrepreneur and investor with 10 years of experience in investing on financial markets and private investments. Matej is co-founder and advisor of several crypto projects and well known opinion leader in Czech and Slovak crypto community.

Maria Vovchok is a journalist who is passionate about blockchain technology. She holds a degree in English-Ukrainian translation. Previously, she worked at the Ukrainian National Radio Station as a presenter, which lead to work as a presenter at Crypta-TV, CryptoCoin.News. Maria is a moderator and host of several blockchain conferences, including “Blockchain Cruise-2019.” Recently, she started her own video blog and working also as a PR-Officer at “Batalla Family Office”.

I am extremely passionate about economics, investments and eBusiness. I have experience across a range of asset classes including Equities, Fixed Income, Structured Products, Commodities, FX and Digital Assets.
The Fintech landscape fascinates me and the last four companies I have worked for have been start ups in this space specifically. (Investments, FX, digital assets & Payments)

Dr.Justine Scerri Herrera is a Managing Partner at MK Fintech Partners. Her areas of expertise include Fintech, Blockchain, Crypto and investments sectors. Justine mainly deals in advising and licencing for issuers and service providers falling under the Maltese Virtual Financial Assets Regulations (crypto & blockchain), Investment Services Act (Capital Market players, Capital Raising etc) and Financial Institutions Act (EMI, PI). Justine’s love for fintech and decentralisation sprouted 5 years ago while conducting her Doctoral and Masters Thesis’s focusing on jurisdiction in cyberspace and the rise of technology. Previous work experiences include; working for a Top Tier Investments Firm (Exante), an international Bank and also a leading criminal law firm. Justine is also a true academic at heart and in her spare times often publishes research on various reputable sites and speaks at events worldwide. Her favourite quote is ‘knowledge is power’.

STEVE SWAIN
STEVE SWAINLendingblock CEO and Co-founder
Nick Cowan
Nick CowanCEO GSX Group
WIKTOR GROMNIAK
WIKTOR GROMNIAKCEO - Quedex
Adam Norrie
Adam NorrieFounder & CEO Astralis
Arsen Torosian
Arsen TorosianFounder & CEO Tap Global

A seasoned specialist in investment business and CEO & founder of the GSX Group, which contains the Gibraltar Stock Exchange, Nick Cowan has amassed 36 years of experience in capital markets, including time as the Head of Equities and Board Member at ING Barings, managing up to 2,500 employees in 43 countries, including 40 stock exchange memberships. Nick’s vision and guidance has positioned the fintech ecosystem of exchange, financial and tech services of the GSX Group to transform capital markets and bring about a new era in blockchain powered finance.

Quedex is the first regulated crypto futures and options exchange. With a background in computer science and quantitative finance Wiktor is an expert in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. He has theoretical and hands-on experience with cryptography and blockchain development and holds a MSc in Mathematics from the University of Warsaw. Previously Financial Systems Software Engineer at University College London / Banking Science, Technology Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Adam is a passionate and outspoken individual who has been fascinated by the world of finance since a young age. After being involved in cryptocurrencies and blockchain professionally since early 2016, Adam founded Astralis. Adam is a cryptocurrency visionary with a broad amount of knowledge and skills regarding the industry and is still constantly learning. Adam is also the founder and director of Astralis Technologies, a technology company developing blockchain tech, augmented reality, financial technology and more.

Arsen started developing at the age of 14. From the age of 16 he moved into app development focusing on iOS and built a successful app development company from the ground up. One of his developed apps became a top 3 downloaded game in the USA in 2012. Arsen then took a keen interest in crypto currencies and became a broker and trader of Bitcoin. He sold his successful brokering company shortly before starting the TAP project.

Anthony Provasoli
Anthony ProvasoliPartner, Hassans
AARON PAYAS
AARON PAYASHassans Partner
KRIYA PATEL
KRIYA PATELCEO Transact Payments

Anthony Provasoli is a Partner in Hassans International Law Firm and co-leads the firm’s FinTech team. Anthony has been advising on cryptocurrency and blockchain related work since 2014 and has been very involved in promoting the regulation of crypto currency related business in Gibraltar. Anthony assisted the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission in preparing the guidance notes for the DLT Regulations and has advised a number of high profile cryptocurrency businesses and DLT providers.

Aaron is a Funds & FinTech lawyer and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. He focuses on funds, crypto funds, tokenised funds, distributed ledger technology (DLT), blockchain, initial coin offerings (ICOs), security token offerings (STOs), initial exchange offerings (IEOs), tokenisation of assets, virtual currencies, sports law, medical cannabis, equity and bond offerings, prospectus regulations.

Kriya is a financial services professional with over 20 years European banking experience encompassing savings, mortgages, Fintech, IT systems and most recently e-Money, emerging payments and cards.

As well as Managing Transcat Payments Kriya has also acted as Chairman of the Gibraltar E-Money Association, dedicated to the progression of e-money and innovative payment solutions, and has been an Advisory Board Member to the Emerging Payments Association. The EPA brings together companies across the emerging payments spectrum to help shape the future of the payments industry landscape.

AGENDA

Outline Agenda

Wednesday 14th October Thursday 15th October
Cryptonites “Live”

Crypto Investments Trends 2020

Crypto Investment Tactics 2020

Crypto Governance: The Investor Perspective

Distributed Securities. Projections for 2020

DeFi: Crypto Lending Trends 2020

Crypto Titans. Where will we be in 2021?

Pitch Competition

Crypto & Payments. Latest developments and trends for 2020

DeFi: Accounting and Tax Reporting challenges

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