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Houman Shadab New York Law School

Houman B. Shadab is a prolific and influential expert in financial law and regulation. His research focuses on financial technology, hedge funds, derivatives, securitization, commercial transactions, and blockchains such as Bitcoin. Professor Shadab is a Director of the Center for Business and Financial Law and also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions. He often advises corporations, financial institutions, and startups on issues relating to compliance, litigation, and operations.

Professor Shadab has testified before the federal government several times, including before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Bitcoin derivatives and before Congress on hedge funds and the financial crisis at a hearing that included George Soros, John Paulson, and other leading figures from the hedge fund industry. Professor Shadab is often invited to speak at high-level academic and practitioner events, including Stanford’s CodeX Future Law conference, the SWIFT Business Forum, and the New York State Bar Association annual meeting.

Professor Shadab is the author of numerous academic articles published in journals such as the New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy and the Stanford Journal of Law, Business, and Finance. He has also written chapters in books published by Oxford University Press and Wiley Finance.

Governmental authorities worldwide have cited Professor Shadab’s research, including the Delaware Court of Chancery, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Congressional Oversight Panel, and the European Parliament. He regularly shares his insights on his blog, Lawbitrage.

Professor Shadab has been quoted in numerous media publications including the New York Times, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal and has appeared on Bloomberg Television. He is a Fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Coin Center and is also a member of the New York and California bars. Prior to entering academia, Professor Shadab practiced law with Ropes & Gray in New York City and Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles.

Arun Sundararajan New York University

Arun Sundararajan is Professor and NEC Faculty Fellow at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He also heads the Social Cities Initiative at NYU’s Center for Urban Science+Progress, and is an affiliated faculty member at NYU’sCenter for Data Science. Professor Sundararajan’s research program studies how digital technologies transform business and society. Some of his current and recent research focuses on the governance of digital spaces, collaborative consumption and the sharing economy, social media and cities, digital institutions, contagion in networks, privacy strategy, pricing in digital markets and managing online piracy. He has published in numerous scientific journals and has given more than 200 conference and invited presentations internationally. His research has been recognized by six Best Paper awards, been supported by organizations that include Yahoo!, Microsoft, Google and IBM, and recently profiled by trade publications that include The Atlantic, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, the Financial Times, Forbes, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Wall Street Journal. His op-eds and expert commentary have appeared in TIME Magazine, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Le Monde, El Pais, Wired, TechCrunch, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and Harvard Business Review, and on Al Jazeera, BBC News, Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, Fox, NPR, PBS and a variety of non-English language TV networks. He has served as Director of NYU Stern’s IS Doctoral Program since 2007, is one of the founders of the Workshop on Information in Networks, and is an advisor to OuiShare, the Center for Global Enterprise, the Project for the Advancement of our Common Humanity, and theNational League of Cities. He holds degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and the University of Rochester. Follow him on Twitter @digitalarun

Adam Arvidsson University of Milano

Adam Arvidsson is Associate Professor at the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Milano (previously at the University of Copenhagen 2002-2008), and co-director of the Centro Studi di Etnografia Digitale. He has published extensively on consumer culture, digital culture and, in recent years, new forms of value creation and measurement. Adam Arvidsson has coordinated a work package in one Erasmus Life Long Learning project (EDUFASHION: on alternative forms of innovation in fashion), and co-directs the Responsible Business in the Blogsphere Project, based at the Copenhagen Business School. He also works with the Hanwang forum for sustainable development in China. Adam Arvidsson’s forthcoming book “The Ethical Economy. Rebuilding Value after the Crisis” is in publication with Columbia University Press.

Preeta D. Bansal MIT

Preeta Bansal is a senior executive whose career has been at the intersection of law, public policy, government, academia, and global business.  She is a Lecturer at the MIT Media Lab and a Senior Advisor at MIT’s Laboratory for Social Machines.  She has served as a global general counsel for HSBC Holdings plc in London, general counsel and senior policy advisor in the Obama White House (Office of Management and Budget), partner and practice chair of leading international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York City, Solicitor General of the State of New York, constitutional law professor, and Chair of a federal government human rights commission focused on religious freedom and interfaith cooperation. A constitutional and intellectual property, media and technology lawyer by background, she is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard-Radcliffe College and a former law clerk to a U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1990-1991), and has been profiled by The New York Times as a “poised and playful” “superstar” and a “nimble, unorthodox thinker.”  The New York Law Journal referred to her as “one of the most gifted lawyers of her generation, who combines a brilliant analytical mind with solid, mature judgment.”

Ms. Bansal has led or participated in United States diplomatic missions to Afghanistan, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, China, Russia, Vietnam, Turkey, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to advance foreign policy concerns, and advised on the drafting of the Iraqi and Afghan constitutions.  She is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Chatham House.  She has served on numerous nonprofit boards including as a commissioner on New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s bipartisan Election Modernization Task Force, as an Advisory Committee member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and as a Board Member of the International Center for Research on Women.

Her present work relates to empowering communities and human networks through direct, self-regulating peer-to-peer and citizen-to-citizen engagement (facilitated by new technologies, emerging legal forms, and global ethical frameworks).

Henning Diedrich IBM

Henning is Cloudant core database programmer for IBM Analytics and works at the Ethereum Dev office in Berlin.

Henning took part in the Ethereum DevCon 0 and will take part in the inaugural event of the Cryptocurrency Research Group, as acting Liaison for the IBM ADEPT project.

Henning is the creator of the Erlang VoltDB driver Erlvolt and a maintainer of the Erlang MySQL driver Emysql. His Open Source contributions for Erlang, Lua, MySQL, and VoltDB are direct results of what pieces he found missing for a better game server stack.

Starting out on a 1MHz CPU, Henning’s special interests tend to be speed and scale as enablers. He has talked about evil performance hacks at the annual Lua Workshop, about his record-setting Node.js VoltDB benchmark, and was elected to explain “Why Erlang?” to the game developer community at the GDC Online 2012 (15.000 hits on slideshare).

Bruce Mau Massive Change Network, Northwestern University

Bruce Mau is a Canadian designer. From 1985-2010, Mau was the creative director of Bruce Mau Design (BMD), and the founder of the Institute without Boundaries. In 2010 Mau went on to establish The Massive Change Network in Chicago. He started as a graphic designer but later veered his career towards the worlds of architecture, art, museums, film, eco-environmental design, and conceptual philosophy.

From 1996 to 1999, he was the associate cullinan professor at Rice University School of Architecture in Houston. He has also been a thesis advisor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design; artist in residence at California Institute of the Arts; and a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. He has lectured widely across North America and Europe, and currently serves on the International Advisory Committee of the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition, Mau is an honorary fellow of the Ontario College of Art & Design and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He was awarded the Chrysler Award for Design Innovation in 1998, and the Toronto Arts Award for Architecture and Design in 1999. In 2001 he received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council.

Constance Choi SevenAdvisory

Constance specializes in blockchain technologies and the heart of her work comprises navigating stakeholders – academic and research universities, startups, financial institutions, technology companies and governments – through evolving issues of first impression in technology policy and the complex regulatory and legal frameworks for distributed technologies in the information age.  Her company, Seven Advisory (www.sevenadvisory.com), also supports diverse public and private clients in global regulations, licensing and compliance, government advocacy, and strategic market development for blockchain technologies. Alongside Primavera De Filippi, Constance is one of the principal drivers of global, collaborative, multi-stakeholder initiatives (www.blockchainworkshops.org and www.coala.global) and her ongoing work is intended to foster sound public policy to allow blockchain technologies to fulfill the great social and economic promise of its technical ingenuity.

Constance also co-founded and served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Kraken (www.kraken.com), where she helped transform a software development startup founded in 2011 into a globally respected financial institution during the public emergence of these technologies, pioneering one of the first bank-exchange partnerships in the blockchain ecosystem. In July 2013, she spearheaded the formation of DATA (www.datauthority.org), a coalition of technologists, entrepreneurs, legal scholars, and leading public and private institutions to address how governments can leverage decentralized technologies for public policy goals.  In her role as Secretariat, she spent countless hours in 2013-2015 educating and engaging policymakers and regulatory bodies in US and Canada, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and South America, playing a key role in influencing innovation-friendly jurisdictions with regard to blockchain technologies, notably in the UK, Luxembourg and Japan.  She directly fostered the development of DATA affiliate JADA (Japan Association of Digital Assets), the government sponsored self-regulatory organization based in Tokyo and authored some of the most comprehensive comments to New York DFS’ BitLicense rulemaking proposal.

Prior to these roles, she practiced at Kirkland & Ellis, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Perkins Coie, focusing on internet law, intellectual property litigation, startup counseling, privacy law, data security, and constitutional rights.  During her tenure in private practice, Constance litigated precedent-setting cases at the intersection of the Internet and civil liberties, notably Google v. Viacom, the ATT anti-spying cases, and fundamental issues of software patentability that eventually reached the Supreme Court.  Constance is a member of the California State Bar, holds a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, and undergraduate degrees from Brown University and University of Cambridge.  Leveraging her skills and experience for the blockchain ecosystem, Constance is passionate about the transformative potential of blockchain technologies, and its potential impact on our evolving social order.

Primavera De Filippi CNRS / Harvard Law

Primavera De Filippi is a postdoctoral researcher at the CERSA / CNRS / Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas). She is currently a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, where she is investigating the legal challenges of “governance-by-design” in online distibuted architectures, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum etc.

Primavera pursued her research – over the past 10 years – in several countries (such as Italy, France, UK, South Korea and the U.S.) with a view to investigate the impact of the Internet and digital technologies on the development of culture and innovation.

After obtaining a master’s Degree at the Bocconi University of Milan, where she analysed the use of Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems for the online distribution of digital content, she enrolled into a second master’s degree in Intellectual Property Law at the Queen Mary University of London to further investigate the legal implications of DRM technologies. Primavera also holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, where she has been exploring the legal challenges of copyright law in the digital environment, with special attention to the corresponding strengths and limitations of private ordering. During these years, she spent two months at the University of Buffalo in New York and one year as a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, where she worked with internationally renowned IP scholars such as Pamela Samuelson, Molly Van Houweling, Jason Schultz and Suzanne Scotchmer.

Primavera is presently a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), working on a research project funded by the European Commission (P2Pvalue.eu) which aims to analyse the legal challenges raised (and faced) by online commons-based peer-production (CBPP) platforms. She is also a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, where she is exploring the concept of “governance by design” in online distributed architectures, as governance rules and community norms are increasing dictated by the technical infrastructures subtending online platforms.

Jeremy Pitt Imperial College London

Jeremy Pitt is Reader in Intelligent Systems in the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London, where he is also Deputy Head of the Intelligent Systems & Networks Group. His research interests focus on developing formal models of social processes using computational logic, and their application to self-organisation in multi-agent systems (for intelligent networks and distributed computing) and in socio-technical systems (for e.g. community energy systems, knowledge commons and shared living spaces). He is currently working on ideas for computational sustainability relating to algorithmic and polycentric governance, collective attention and computational justice.

He also has an strong interest in the social impact of technology, and has edited two recent books, This Pervasive Day (IC Press, 2012) on pervasive computing and The Computer After Me (IC Press, 2014) on awareness and self-awareness in autonomic systems. He has been an investigator on more than 30 national and European research projects and has published more than 150 articles in journals and conferences. He is a Senior Member of the ACM, a Fellow of the BCS, and a Fellow of the IET; he is also an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems (TAAS) and an Associate Editor of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine.

John Henry Clippinger MIT, ID3

John Henry Clippinger is Research Scientist at the MIT Media Lab Human Dynamics Group where he is conducting research on trust frameworks for protecting and sharing personal information. With Professor Alex Pentland of MIT, he is founder and Executive Director of the newly formed ID3 (Institute for Institutional Innovation & Data Driven Design) which is developing an open governance platform to support an ecosystem for data-driven services, infrastructures, and enterprises. Previously, he was founder and Co-Director of The Law Lab (www.lawlab.org) at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, a multi-disciplinary center founded to research the role of social, neurological, and economic mechanisms on the role of law in facilitating cooperation and entrepreneurial innovation. Dr. Clippinger was also a Senior Fellow at the Berkman Center where he co-founded and supported the development of an open source, interoperable identity framework called Project Higgins (www.eclipse.org/higgins) to give users control over their personal information.

He is the author of A Crowd of One: The Future of Individual Identity (Perseus, Public Affairs, 2007, and The Biology of Business, Natural Laws of Enterprise, (Josey Bass, 1998). Previously, he was Director of Intellectual Capital, Coopers & Lybrand and the founder and CEO of four software companies. He also holds software patents, and consults with companies, foundations, and government agencies on technology, policy and business strategy. He is Co-Chair of Open Identity Exchange Advisory Board and has lectured at Stanford, Brandeis, MIT, Yale, Boston University, Chinese Academy of Science, Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, UPenn, among others.

Paolo Tasca Deutsche Bundesbank and ECUREX Research

Paolo Tasca is a financial economist specializing in P2P Financial Systems andSystemic Risk.

His research activity complements together methodologies from econometric and portfolio theory with methods from statistical physics and complex network theory. His research appears in top international journals of Nature publishing group and top peer-review finance journals.

He has a professional accountancy background and served for many years as CFO and Member of the Board of Directors for different European and US SME in various sectors including mechanical engineering industry and banking software industry. He also has more than 10 years stock and derivative trading hands-on experience for major trading companies, financial advisory firms and hedge funds worldwide. He is also the co-founder of the first Swiss-based  digital finance marketplace to be fully compliant with Swiss and U.S. AML acts and FACTA.

Paolo Tasca holds an M.A in Politics and Economics (Summa cum laude) from the University of Padua (Italy) and a M.Sc. in Economics and Finance from ICEF, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He did his PhD studies in Business between the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and ETH, Zürich.

Amor Sexton Adroit Lawyers

Amor Sexton is a consultant and lawyer at Adroit Lawyers, Australia’s first specialist digital currency legal practice. In addition to advising digital currency businesses, Amor has worked with bitcoin industry bodies to clarify the regulatory framework in Australia. She is actively involved in growing the local digital currency industry and she helps businesses from all over the world access the global market.

Aaron Wright Cardozo Law School

Aaron Wright is an expert in corporate and intellectual property law, with extensive experience in Internet and new technology issues. He co-founded wiki-based website ArmchairGM, which was sold to Wikia, Inc., the 17the largest website in the world. At Wikia, he handled a range of legal issues for a rapidly growing start-up, developed and implemented a number of key product features (including the development of an open source search engine), and negotiated several business development deals with leading media companies.

After Wikia, Wright clerked for the Honorable William J. Martini of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and worked as an associate at several prominent New York law firms, including Patterson Belknap and Jenner & Block. He received his J.D. cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Cardozo Law Review.

Jean-Louis Schiltz Schiltz & Schiltz

Jean-Louis Schiltz is a Guest Professor at Luxembourg University, where he teaches internet- and telecommunications law. He has also been teaching at his alma mater, the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) in the past.Jean-Louis Schiltz is a member of the Broadband Commission of the United Nations.  He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Smart Sustainable Development Model (SSDM) of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).From 2004 to 2009, Jean-Louis Schiltz was a Cabinet minister in Luxembourg. He was in charge of media and telecommunications, including internet. During the same period, he was also the minister for international development cooperation. He was Luxembourg’s Minister of Defense between 2006 and 2009.

Pradeep Sharma Rhode Island School of Design

Pradeep Sharma has served as RISD’s acting provost since the beginning of 2014. Before coming to campus as dean of Architecture + Design in 2012, he was head of the Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University in England, where he managed the school’s operations, finances, facilities, assessment and academic program development as well as the student experience. Despite a challenging economic climate, he was responsible for developing new undergraduate and graduate degree programs, expanding research activity and building collaborative industry relationships. With the understanding that new technology is changing the way we produce art and design objects and the built environment, he worked to incorporate digital technologies into various disciplines at Bath, while remaining committed to the hands-on studio learning that contributes so deeply to a RISD education.

Prior to Bath, Sharma was head of Art and Design at the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Studies at the University of Glamorgan, UK and a research fellow and senior lecturer at United Institute of Technology in New Zealand. He has maintained a design management and consultancy practice since 2002. He holds a BA and an MA in Electrical and Information Sciences from Cambridge University, an MA in Industrial Design Engineering from Teesside University and a Doctorate in Management from the University of Hertfordshire.

Maurizio Rossi H-Farm Ventures

Curious, dreamer and very observing, Maurizio Rossi likes to understand people’s lifestyles, their local traditions and the influence of technology in our daily life.

Thanks to his relationship skills, he has been able to develop an important network of international relations.

Italian pioneer of startup business and Venture Capital, Maurizio is vice president of H-FARM and has over 10 years of experience in the startup world.

Between the 80’s and 90’s he worked in the fashion-footwear industry leading the internationalization of his family-run business Rossimoda, leader in the luxury footwear sector, later acquired by the LVMH Group. He then founded the Rossimoda’s division dedicated to the sport business, that produced and distributed famous brands like NoFear, Rusty, Spy Optics.

Between 2003 and 2004 he managed the launch of the Southern Europe and Mediterranean headquarters of yachtworld.com and boats.com, two of the main boat marketplaces in the world.

After becoming an offshore racing champion in the past, Maurizio is now busy running after his four children and H-FARM’s startuppers.

Paul Ferris UK Digital Currency Association

Paul Ferris led strategy, design and development of substantial programs in Business; encompassing Finance, IT, marketing and operations; delivering growth, capital investment & profit for his clients. Since applying crypto-technologies to dealing systems 12 years ago, his interest in block chain technologies has grown as their applications have become relevant to today’s business challenges. Since returning to London, he has led crucial government engagement (HM Treasury, Bank of England, Cabinet Office) to help develop probable the most constructive global government and regulatory regime in the UK.

Alex Tapscott Northwest Passage Ventures

Alex Tapscott is the President and CEO of Northwest Passage Ventures, which specializes in financing and advising emerging technology companies, with a focus on fin-tech and blockchain technology. Alex is also the co-author, along with Don Tapscott, of the upcoming book Blockchain Revolution: The Brilliant Technology Changing Money, Business and The World, to be published by Penguin Randomhouse in 2016. Alex’s first book, Canada’s Common Law Crisis, was published in 2008. Alex serves as a research fellow for the Global Solutions Network (GSN) program at the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Business in Toronto. In 2014, as part of a multi-million dollar research project looking into new forms of global governance, he published the white paper “A Bitcoin Governance Network.” Alex is a graduate of Amherst College (Cum Laude) in Amherst, MA and is CFA charterholder.

Juan LLanos Risk & Compliance consultant

Juan is an international thought leader in strategy, operational excellence and leadership in the anti-money laundering and regulatory compliance domains, and has been recognized as a pioneer in the development of compliance and risk management best practices for the money transfer industry and the emerging blockchain and Bitcoin industries.

He is a mentor and advisor at various crypto-currency and technology start-ups, and writes about risk and virtual currencies in his blog.  In addition, he serves as a member of the Bitcoin Foundation‘s Regulatory Affairs and Education Committees, co-Chair of DATA’s AML Working Group.

Since 2002, Juan has been building and managing compliance programs all over the world –while dedicating his work to supporting the underserved and unbanked.  During this time, Juan helped develop a large portfolio of innovative monetary services and tools –such as bill payments, money transfer products and Mexico’s first pre-paid debit card.  Juan co-developed this suite of new financial services at Unidos Financial Services, Inc. and Remesas Quisqueyana, Inc., holding a number of senior positions, while building a reputation as an internationally recognized compliance thought leader.  More recently, Juan was EVP of Strategic Partnerships and Chief Transparency Officer at Bitreserve.org.

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist since 2003, Juan has been a lecturer, moderator, panelist and organizer of Anti-Money Laundering and Regulatory Compliance conferences, seminars, workshops and webcasts on dozens of occasions around the globe.

In August of 2008, Juan was granted permanent resident status by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services “by reason of extraordinary ability” in the fields of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT).

Robert Sams Clearmatics

Robert is a former hedge fund manager and macro specialist with over 11-years experience in the industry. He has helped to launch two hedge funds, and successfully ran short-term interest rate trading strategies in G10 markets, with a focus on policy actions of the Federal Reserve, Bank of England, European Central Bank, Swiss National Bank, and the Bank of Canada. Robert was a pioneer in developing central bank policy probability-extraction models using interest rate derivatives, as well as Libor/FedFunds spread models that he developed years before these became popular after the 2008 funding crises. \setlength{\parindent}{15pt}

A long-time critic of central bank interest rate targeting, Robert has a passion for challenging assumptions in monetary theory and has been following digital and alternative currencies since his student days, when he first first learned of David Chaum’s work, and has been involved in the cryptocurrency scene since discovering Bitcoin in 2011. He has worked with the Ethereum project on protocol design decisions around transaction fees, and is the innovator of the dual-currency “seigniorage shares” model for next-generation cryptocurrency protocols. Robert is frequently invited to speak at conferences, and his ideas on cryptocurrency and other monetary issues have been covered by FT Alphaville, Business Insider, MarginalRevolution, and others.

During his trading career, Robert developed and coded his own quantitative models and is an avid programmer in LISP-like languages. A believer in open sourcing financial software, in his spare time Robert developed and open-sourced Rbbg, a library that is popular among financial quants who use the R language with the Bloomberg data API.

Sian Jones COINsult

Siân heads COINsult, a regulatory compliance consultancy focused on digital currencies and consensus-based technologies. She advises fintech startups worldwide on regulatory, compliance and jurisdictional strategy and helps established businesses evaluate cryptocurrencies and blockchain, decentralised and distributed systems.

Siân founded EDCAB – European Digital Currency and Blockchain Technology Forum, a Brussels-based public policy platform, having previously convened the first roundtable meeting of European digital currency associations. She is also a founder member of the UK Digital Currency Association and co-leads its Regulation and Banking Group.

Siân contributes regularly to Europe’s leading cryptocurrency podcast, EpicenterBitcoin; briefs UK and EU parliamentarians and advises governments about virtual currencies and related technologies; and frequently speaks and sits on panels at conferences and meet-up groups.

Siân currently divides her time between London, Brussels and the Isle of Man.

Garrick Hileman London School of Economics

Garrick is best known as an expert on currencies and monetary innovation. Garrick has written about crypto-currencies for Project Syndicate and CoinDesk, and he is frequently sought as a speaker on this topic. Garrick makes regular appearances in the media, including the FT, WSJ, BBC, CNBC, NPR, and Sky News.

Garrick’s other research interests include systemic risk, sovereign debt, financial crises, black markets, financial repression, taxation, regulation, banking, innovation and entrepreneurship. He has been invited to present his research to government agencies, private institutions, and conferences in Asia, the U.S., Europe and Africa. Garrick’s teaching at the London School of Economics has focussed on comparative national economic performance.

Garrick is the founder of MacroDigest, which employs a proprietary algorithm and a team of human editors to cluster trending economic news, analysis, and debate. MacroDigest is supported by the Centre for Macroeconomics and has received praise from influential economics bloggers such as Brad DeLong, Tyler Cowen, and others.

Prior to returning to academia Garrick worked for 15+ years in the private sector with both start-ups and established companies such as Bank of America, The Home Depot, IDG, and Allianz. He previously co-founded and led the investment team for a $300 million San Francisco-based tech incubator. He also worked at Montgomery Securities in both equity research and corporate finance, where he executed over $1 billion in M&A and underwriting transactions.

Garrick has served on the boards of directors of both publicly traded and private companies. He has worked or consulted in a wide range of industries, including banking, technology, online media, specialty finance, insurance, business services, retail, non-profit, education, and government.

Garrick’s non-profit activities include serving as a Big City Mountaineers guide for at-risk urban teens on backcountry excursions in the Sierra Nevada. He also was a founding member of the record-setting PolarVision expedition, which raised funds and awareness for sight-related charities.

Ian Brown University of Oxford

Professor Ian Brown is Associate Director of Oxford University’s Cyber Security Centre and Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute. His work is focused on technology and public policy related to Internet privacy and security. Dr Brown spent December 2012-February 2013 working as a consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on their study of global cybercrime. For the OECD, he co-authored with Peter Sommer the 2010 report “Reducing Systemic Cybersecurity Risk”. His most recent books are Regulating Code: Good Governance and Better Regulation in the in the Information Age (with Christopher T. Marsden) and Research Handbook on Governance of the Internet.

Abdirashid Duale Dahabshiil

Abdirashid Duale is a Somali entrepreneur and the CEO ofDahabshiil, an international funds transfer company.

Duale was born in Burao, Somalia. He joined his father in the funds transfer business prior to the outbreak of civil strife, in which he and his father lost everything. Through their network of contacts, they rebuilt their business into one of the largest international money transfer companies in the Horn of Africa.

Duale took over the company after his father retired, and began expanding Dahabshiil’s reach into new markets. Today, Dahabshiil employs more than 2000 people world wide, has offices in London and Dubai, and provides financial services to international organisations as well as to businesses and private individuals

Simon Lelieveldt Banking consultant

Simon Lelieveldt (1965) is an Industrial Engineer, with extensive experience in the Banking and Payments sector. He has worked both as a banker (ING/Postbank), bank supervisor (De Nederlandsche Bank) and at the Dutch Bankers’ Association (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken).

Simon was closely involved in the supervision of e-money and development of EU-directives such as the e-money directive and the Payment Services Directive and authored the first SEPA-programme plan (for the Netherlands). He acted as head of the department on bank supervision and financial markets at the Dutch Bankers’ Association when the financial crisis developed.

At present Simon acts as a strategic consultant and interim-compliance manager for trade bodies,financial institutions, Fintech startups and complementary currency/loyalty schemes. He focuses on matching the regulatory framework with the desired business design. Since 2001 he maintains a weblog on payments and money to track the market and supervisory developments.

Richard Levin Bryan Cave

Richard B. Levin’s practice focuses on the representation of early stage and publicly traded companies in the financial services industry, including broker-dealers, hedge funds, alternative trading systems (ATSs), and exchanges. He represents these firms before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Financial Industry and Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Richard has represented clients before regulators in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Richard also counsels companies that appear before the United States Senate and the House of Representatives.

Mr. Levin played a leadership role in the launch of two joint ventures of leading investment banks, including: Bank of America, Barclays, BlackRock, Citibank, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Knight Capital Group, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Northern Trust, State Street, and UBS, and also served in senior legal, business, and compliance positions in publicly traded and privately held financial services firms.

Before entering private practice, Richard was the Global Head of Product Development for Compliance and Operations for Deutsche Bank. He has also served as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of two U.S. ATSs and a U.K. based multi-lateral trading facility (MTF). Richard began his career on Wall Street by serving as the General Counsel of one of the original Electronic Communications Networks (ECNs), and as Assistant General Counsel and Regulatory Affairs Officer of Knight Capital Group, a leading Nasdaq market maker.

Mr. Levin is a member of the Entrepreneurship Initiative Advisory Board of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship of the University of Colorado. The Advisory Board consists of respected venture capitalists, successful entrepreneurs, top executives at established companies, and attorneys that represent early stage companies. Richard is a frequent speaker at conferences on regulatory and market structure issues and the co-author of the chapter on U.S. regulation of virtual currencies for the Digital Curency Handbook to be published by Elsevier in May 2015.

Harald Stieber European Commission

Harald Stieber is a financial market analyst at the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Internal Market and Services in Brussels. Within his areas of responsibility he follows structural and institutional developments in the EU’s single market for financial services. His current interests include capital structure choices of non-financial companies, measurement of financial integration/fragmentation, modelling of financial networks, big data, crowd funding, bankruptcy regimes’ impact on financial risk, institutional features of housing equity release systems, financial market instruments and longevity. Harald Stieber received his master’s degree in economics from the University of Vienna and his doctorate in economics from WU Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Daniel Hassan Robin Hood Coop

Daniel Hassan (UK|GUY) is a community organiser and computer engineer. He has been active in autonomous co-operatives for over a decade, specifically in areas of economics (Rootstock, Robin Hood), housing (Radical Routes), food (Food not Bombs), migration (No Borders), labour (Footprint Workers Coop) and social centres around the UK and Australia. He has a particular interest in how people collectively self-determine their own living and working conditions. Daniel is currently an engineer with Robin Hood Minor Asset Management, an activist hedge fund that uses financial technologies to democratise finance, expand financial inclusion and generate new economic spaces. Through analysis of big data, development of algorithms, and deployment of web-based technologies such as blockchains Robin Hood aims to compose new financial instruments that can help to redistribute common wealth among groups committed to political, economic and social change. In his collaboration with Robin Hood he recently co-founded the Member Market, a service built on blockchain allowing members of Robin Hood to trade shares, bringing liquidity and easy auditing to the co-operative system.

Mehul Desai Trinity Innovation Ventures

Mehul Desai has spent over 20 years in the areas of intellectual property, product development, business development, strategy and international operations, focusing on ICT (or Information Communication Technologies) and related applications worldwide.

Mr. Desai is currently focused on fostering innovation in the areas of Technology, New Media and Social Entrepreneurship, thru mentorship, investment, and cross-pollination across sectors and markets. Mr.

Desai is an expert-in-residence at the Chicago Innovation Exchange and a mentor at the Startup Village.

Mr. Desai has done pioneering work in the field of secure personalized transactions, with focus on finance, retail, healthcare, and government services for mobile phone users, evolving the Digital Wallet, to a Mobile Wallet, to a Lifestyle Container, from concept to business.

Aral Balkan

Aral Balkan is the founder and lead designer of Ind.ie, a social enterprise creating independent alternatives to Spyware 2.0. Aral’s work protects fundamental freedoms, human rights, and democracy by creating independent consumer technologies that don’t spy on you. He is the author of the Ind.ie Manifesto. Aral is currently working on coding the core of the Ind.ie platform, a beautiful distributed social network called Heartbeat.

Aral blogs at [aralbalkan.com](https://aralbalkan.com) and tweets at [@aral](https://twitter.com/aral).


Pinar Emirdag Hupomone

Pinar has worked on innovative developments infinancial technologies and market structuresas a designer, founder, developer of products and businesses, led strategic investments on behalf of institutions and managedclient teams.

Since mid 2013, she has been working on nextgeneration financial services infrastructure ideas as well as her academicinterests. She is an advisor to several fintech startups and she mentorsat StartupBootcamp. She is a founding member of the UK Digital CurrencyAssociation and she co-founded Mathmoneyf(x) (now Symbiot.io). Prior to this, Pinar was responsible for managing London StockExchange Group’s Business Developmentteam (inc. sales & relationship management) for Group’s cash and derivatives markets. At ICAP, she was the managingdirector responsible for BusinessDevelopment in Institutional Brokerage. She previously held a similar role at Liquidnet and prior to that was at Citigroup,where she was responsible for BusinessDevelopment at Citi’s Electronic Trading business globally. Pinar was a founding board member of platforms: Turquoiseand BOAT as well as serving atgovernance/advisory boards of a number of marketplaces and industry associations such as FIX Protocol. Prior to m
oving toLondon, Pinar was Head of Strategy atLava Trading (fintech start-up), later a subsidiary of Citi, where she had the responsibility for corporate, product andsales strategies. Pinar started herbusiness career at financial services management consultancy, Oliver Wyman. Pinar holds a Ph.D in Physics and M. Sc.Degrees in Electrical Engineering &Physics from Brown University.

Andrew Colosimo Huntercoin

Andrew is an Information Technologist and serial entrepreneur. Largely self taught Andrew helped to pioneer the real world trade in virtual world objects within massively multiplayer online role playing games starting with Everquest in 2000. After a number of successful business endeavours, Andrew, operating under the pseudonym of ‘Snailbrain’ became a significant contributor to the first major alternative cryptocurrency and innovative application of blockchain technology, Namecoin. In 2013 Andrew invented and developed arguably one of the most innovative applications of blockchain technology, Huntercoin, in which a massively multiplayer strategy game is intrinsically integrated within the blockchain. This achieved a number of World firsts including; the first cryptocurrency game (a new genre) and the first truly decentralised massively multiplayer online game. Andrew has plans to transform his experiment with Huntercoin into a new game changing genre of computer games all based upon blockchain technology.

Jutta Steiner Ethereum / Provenance

Jutta Steiner has been overseeing the security audit and supporting the integration of blockchain project Ethereum since 2014. Before joining Ethereum, Jutta has worked as a senior management consultant where she learned a lot about the shortcomings of centralised data processing e.g. when working on IT security for a major European bank. She is now working with social start-up Provenance to make supply chains more transparent building on Ethereum’s blockchain technology.

Trained as a scientist (PhD in Applied Maths at University of Bonn and PostDoc at Ecole Polytechnique, Paris), Jutta has always been passionate about the impact of technology on our daily lives.”

Carolyn Reckhow M.S.W.

Carolyn is a social researcher and graduate student in macro social systems. She is a co-founder of Fabriq, a identity and reputation management system utilizing blockchain technology. Carolyn is also part of a company called Consensus Systems (ConsesnSys), that is building applications that run on Ethereum, a cryptographically-secure decentralized network. While completing her Master’s in macro social work at Boston University, she is head of staff at LeanGap, an entrepreneurship accelerator summer program for high school students. Carolyn serves as the marketing coordinator for CityAwake, an organization which fosters Boston’s social impact ecosystem through social entrepreneurship, and is interested in blockchain’s potential for social innovation.


Amina Ahmady Afghanistan Planning Directorate

Miss Amina Ahmady daughter of Shir Mohammad brings mix of quality education and rich experience to the Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan. Shecompleted her bachelor degree in Business Administration from the Economics Faculty of Kabul University. Quickly after completing the degree program, in August 2010, she joined Afghanistan Planning Directorate (APD) at Ministry of Finance as Manager of Analysis and Forecasting of Custom Duty.

During her tenure at Afghanistan Planning Directorate (APD), she was mainly involvedin forecasting of custom duty for Import and Export products and assessing the situation of tax revenues in all provinces of Afghanistan.

After four months of extensive work with ADP, she was switched to Medium Taxpayers Office (MTO) as Manager of NGOs Unit where she was responsible for establishing and determining taxpayers’ entities, establishing the new sources of revenues and guiding the technical staff for improved quality work

Due to the passion she had for working in government, she was appointed by H.E Hamid the Ex-president of Islamic republic of Afghanistan as Director of Non-Tax Revenues (NTR) in April 2011 through a competitive recruitment process. During one year of her work as NTR Director, she took several initiatives to improve NTR collection. For instance, she developed a Non-Tax Revenue generation initiative which included actions on a number of ministries and organization to improve overall revenue collection which resulted in estimated increase of Afs3Billion in non-tax revenues for the government.

As a result of her outstanding performance as NTR director, she was proposed to be appointed as Director of Small Tax Payers Office (STO) to the presidential palace by Dr. Zakhilwal, former Minister of Finance. In 2013, she was selected as the Director of STO and hasbeen working in this position for the last two years. During her work as STO director, she has worked on several important projects that have resulted in substantial increase in revenue from the small taxpayers. For instance, she implemented the tax assessment project in all districts of Kabul which resulted into an increase in the number of total taxpayers from 42000 to 100000 which in turn resulted in to an increase of Afs 1 Billion in the total revenue.

In August 2013, based on an open competition among theMoF’sDirectors , she was selected for Ministry of Finance (MoF) funded scholarship to do her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), the first high ranking university in Afghanistan.  She received extensive training and exposure to economic concepts, global economic issues, Business and public finance during her Master’s program.

Besides government Ms. Ahmady runs a local NGO’s with the name of Development of Innovative Thinking (DITO) which provides technical support to the university students on employment, entrepreneurship and innovative business ideas

Ms. Amina Ahmadyhas received several appreciation letters from different organizations for her excellent services for Afghan people. The latest one she received was a First Grade Appreciation Letter from Afghan President Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani which was given to her for her outstanding services to the Afghan Business Community and Craft Unionsand for her achievements in standardizing tax collection, bringing transparency in tax collection and showing full commitment to her job.

Miss Amina Ahmady is fluent in Dari, Pashto, English and Urdu languages.

Pamela Morgan Empowered Law

Pamela is an entrepreneur, attorney and educator who has spent most of her career working in and advising small businesses. As a founding member of Empowered Law PLLC, she is a widely respected authority in the use of bitcoin’s multisignature feature for corporate governance and consumer protection. Her practice focuses on digital currencies and legal innovation using technology to reduce risk and uncertainty in business and legal settings. As a founder and CEO of Third Key Solutions, she now spends much of her time working with bitcoin companies to implement multisignature, key management, cold storage, and recovery solutions.

Ashley Taylor Consensus Systems

Ashley is a Social Innovation and Business Development member of Consensus Systems, a venture production studio building decentralized applications on Ethereum. ConsenSys incubates, accelerates, and spawns independent ventures in the emerging, decentralized economy. Specifically, Ashley is interested in the potential of the blockchain to facilitate liquid democracy and enable more people to participate in a transparent, fluid economy. Ashley studied Cultural Anthropology and Visual and Media Studies at Duke. Previously she worked with a group of data and media artists at the Office for Creative Research, who craft tools for engaging with the human side of data. She was also part of a think tank, Center for Planetary Culture, where they developed a wiki that crowdsourced viable models for social change.

Mihaela Ulieru

Mihaela Ulieru- Professor Mihaela Ulieru is President of the IMPACT Institute for the Digital Economy, aiming to capitalize on her achievements as the Canada Research Chair in Adaptive Information Infrastructures for the eSociety which she held for five years since July 2005. In 2007 she was appointed to the Science, Technology and Innovation Council of Canadaby the Minister of Industry, to advise the government and provide foresight on innovation issues related to the ICT impact on Canada’s economic development and social well-being against international standards of excellence. As a tenured professor at the University of New Brunswick (2005-2012) she founded the Adaptive Risk Management Laboratory with Canada Foundation for Innovation sponsorship. She led several large scale projects funded by NSERC, DRDC, CANARIE and NBIF targeting the management of complex situations through more organic ways of governance.

Tere Vaden Robin Hood Coop

Tere Vadén (Finland) is a philosopher currently working with Robin Hood Cooperative (http://robinhoodcoop.org/), an activist hedge fund that uses financial technologies to democratise finance, expand financial inclusion and generate new economic spaces. He has studied and advocated
free software for quite some time now, for instance co-authoring the book Wikiworld (Pluto Press, 2010). Tere is one of the initiators of vertaisrahasto.fi (http://www.vertaisrahasto.fi), a peer fund for
anonymous research proposals, and a contributor to the research initiative Statistical Studies of Peer Production (http://surveys.peerproduction.net/), supported by the P2P Foundation.

Matt Slater

Matt Slater is Co-founder & CEO of Hedgy, a block chain derivatives startup building smart contracts to hedge price volatility in commodities. Based in Silicon Valley and backed by notable angels Tim Draper and Marc Benioff, Hedgy is currently focused on building an OTC forwards network to help bitcoin miners and commercial entities hedge bitcoin price risk. Hedgy was born out of Matt’s experience trading and arbitraging bitcoin. Matt, along with his team of bitcoin veterans, designers and engineers are using block chain technologies to re-imagine the way financial contracts are executed, enforced and settled.

Prior to Hedgy, Matt was President & Co-founder of Campus Ink Apparel, a full service custom apparel company that was acquired in 2013. A native of Vancouver, Matt has a B.S. in Business Administration from USC and a Master’s in Finance from Hult.

Casey Kuhlman

Casey Kuhlman is the cofounder and CEO of Eris Industries which is building a platform for smart contracts and legal applications of blockchain technology. Casey is passionate about bringing distributed technology into mainstream usage for commercial and governance applications. Prior to cofounding Eris Industries, Casey was the head of legal information systems at the US Open Data Institute. A lawyer and international development practitioner by training, Casey has worked extensively in the Horn of Africa, including cofounding the first law firm in Somaliland which he was the Managing Partner of for over four years. Casey has also been a New York Times bestselling author, an infantry officer in the Marines, and an avid participant in open source software development.

Ian Grigg

Ian has 20 years of experience in the cryptocurrency business, having started in 1995 with Ricardo, a system to issue and trade any asset class.

He is the inventor of the Ricardian Contract ( www.iang.org/papers/ricardian_contract.html ), the standard way in which a legal or prose contract is locked into a digital payments system.  He is also a co-inventor of triple entry accounting ( http://www.iang.org/papers/triple_entry.html ), an idea that uses cryptographically signed instructions to allow safe sharing of relationships between companies.  Bitcoin took triple entry to the next level by replacing the trusted third party with a peer consensus signature over instructions, thus presenting the first fully deployed triple entry system.

His most recent work is using cryptocurrencies to formalise the savings of Kenyan savings groups.  His blog http://financialcryptography.com/ has a wealth of commentary on the topic.

Peter Todd Bitcoin core dev

Peter is a core developer for the Bitcoin protocol. He is currently working on prooftrains and treechains, with permissionless development, decentralized mining, and scalability. He also consults for Dark Wallet and MasterCoin. He is known for working towards improving security and stability in bitcoin without compromising decentralization.

Amy Kim Consultant

Amy advises clients in the areas of U.S. regulation of international business and financial services with a focus on AML/BSA compliance and digital payments.  She advises financial institutions, payments innovators and other clients on matters involving federal and state regulatory compliance, in particular those involving anti-money laundering and digital payments matters regulated under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)  and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Amy provides advice with respect to anti-money laundering compliance programs and offers guidance with respect to specific concerns within such programs. She also advises clients in outreach and responses to state banking regulators. Representative clients include banks, mobile payments providers and money services businesses such as money transmitters, prepaid access providers and companies involved in virtual currency platforms.  Amy develops compliance and training programs as well as advising on specific matters and transactions.

George Hallam

George Hallam – Business and Partnership Director, Ethereum.  George Joined Ethereum in September 2014 as a Business and Partnership Director following work in the oil and gas industry. His focus is on the business applications of decentralised blockchain technology as well as the DApp eocosystem of the Web 3.0. He is a firm believer in Ethereum’s potential to change and disrupt the way we govern ourselves, allowing for greater efficiency and improved services for all.

Charlene Chen BitPesa

Charlene is the Chief Operating Officer of BitPesa, a Nairobi and London-based fintech company that leverages digital currency such as Bitcoin to provide individuals and businesses with low-cost, fast, and secure money transfers and payments to sub-Saharan Africa. She has 10 years of private sector and social sector experience working with a variety of organizations ranging from internet startups to Fortune 500 companies to international non-profits including Deloitte Consulting, TechnoServe, KickStart International, and the Grameen Foundation. Charlene spent 6 years living and working in East Africa, with a focus on social entrepreneurship, ICT for Development, and financial services for the unbanked. Her expertise is in new product development, marketing, and sales of services in emerging markets. Charlene holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.S. in Computer Science and Psychology from Duke University.

Michael Pawlyn

Michael Pawlyn has been described as a pioneer of biomimicry and established Exploration Architecture in 2007 to focus exclusively on this emerging discipline. In 2008 the company was short-listed for the Young Architect of the Year Award and the internationally renowned Buckminster Fuller Challenge. He jointly initiated the Sahara Forest Project and is a Founding Partner of Sahara Forest Project AS – a company established to deliver concrete initiatives for restorative growth Prior to setting up Exploration Michael Pawlyn worked with Grimshaw for ten years and was central to the team that radically re-invented horticultural architecture for the Eden Project. He was responsible for leading the design of the Warm Temperate and Humid Tropics Biomes and the subsequent phases that included proposals for a third Biome for plants from dry tropical regions.

He has lectured widely on the subject of sustainable innovation and, in 2011, became one of only a small handful of architects to have a talk posted on TED.com. His TED talk has since had over a million viewings. In the same year, his book Biomimicry in Architecture was published by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Exploration is currently working on a range of biomimicry-based architectural projects and a book commissioned by TED.

Tomaso Aste UCL

Tomaso is a statistical physicist who is interested in understanding and modeling complex, internetworked systems such as financial, economic and biological systems. His research is data-driven and concerns data analytics, information filtering, complex dynamics and complex structures. He is head of the Financial Computing and Analytics Group at UCL-Computer Science, which is devoted to fostering cutting-edge innovation for future digital economy. The group collaborates with most major financial institutions and with a large number of start-ups and businesses often created by UCL students.

Prior to UCL, Tomaso was associate professor at the School of Physics, University of Kent (2009-2012) and before that at the Department of Applied Mathematics at The Australian National University (2002-2009). Tomaso is also Programme director of the MSc in Financial Risk Management, Vice Director of the Centre for doctoral Training in Financial Computing & Analytics, member of the board of the ESRC funded LSE-UCL Systemic Risk Centre, editor of a few journals, and consultant for several companies in the FinTech and digital economy area.  http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/tomaso_aste/

Angus Champion de Crespigny Ernst & Young

Angus is a Senior Manager in EY’s Financial Services IT Advisory practice in New York where he established the firm’s global cross-competency Digital Currency and Asset Technology group, which provides advisory services to both traditional financial services clients and startups on blockchain and consensus technologies. Over the last eight years Angus has worked across IT advisory with top tier financial institutions, specializing in compliance technology, system builds and implementations. He has worked directly with numerous regulatory agencies and his teams have established industry leading AML practices in the financial sector, in addition to developing and deploying numerous customized technology solutions to address tactical and strategic needs across financial institutions’ organizations.

A software engineer and cryptographer by education, Angus has written for Consumers Research on digital currencies and spoken at numerous conferences on the practicalities of integrating digital currencies and assets into the traditional financial sector.


Nicolas Courtois UCL

Dr Nicolas T. Courtois in an academic cryptographer with substantial industry experience. He is an author of 100+ academic publications in cryptography, totalling some 6100 citations according to Google Scholar. Most of his academic work is about defeating the security in practical systems used by millions of people every day. He has developed numerous (more or less practically feasible) attacks which allow to recover sensitive cryptographic keys in bitcoin, London Oyster cards, building RFID cards, car locks, SIM cards, mobile phones, etc. He is also an expert on security engineering and has 8 patents on industrial/applied cryptography. At University College London he teaches about applied cryptography and cryptanalysis and runs a research seminar on bitcoin and crypto currency, cf.blog.bettercrypto.com. He has co-authored several papers about bitcoin and graduated some 20 students doing a thesis on crypto currency topics.