Conference and Expo RDS Dublin, July 3-4, 2014

Bitcoin Finance brings together the brightest minds in payments, finance, business, banking and Bitcoin. Over two days in Dublin, we’ll tackle the big questions and host fearless debates on the opportunities and risks involved with decentralised currencies. We will shape the future of commerce, corporate strategy, and economic policy in the world of peer-to-peer digital money. Bitcoin Finance is the digital money conference you’ve been waiting for.
 

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Bitcoin Finance is a forum for meaningful dialogue about Bitcoin’s global relevance and applications. The Bitcoin community, like that of many new technologies, is geographically clustered and overwhelmingly male, and we recognise that a network with limited appeal has limited utility.

Bitcoin Finance has an open submissions process and particularly welcomes submissions and participation from women and under-represented groups and geographies.

 
Jeremy Allaire

Jeremy Allaire

CEO - Circle
Jeremy is founder, chair, and CEO of Circle, a Boston and Dublin-based financial services company that makes tools to help consumers and businesses to exchange, store, send and receive digital currencies. Jeremy has been running software and online service companies for more than two decades, including the Allaire Corporation, and Brightcove, both of which were brought public. Bitcoin first caught his attention in 2012, and he soon saw the dramatic impact its portability and security could have on payments. He founded Circle in 2013; Circle is a gold member of the Bitcoin Foundation.
 
Colm Lyon

Colm Lyon

CEO - Realex
Colm founded Realex Payments in 2000, to provide secure and simple services for businesses selling online. Since those early days of ecommerce, Realex’s base has grown to more than 12,500 customers, spread across 30 countries and processes over €24bn annually. He has more than 25 years in the financial services sector, including 14 years in banking, and is a frequent voice in the media and at events about the future of digital payments. Colm is a passionate believer in the potential of Bitcoin to make transactions safer and easier for businesses and consumers.
 
Gareth Murphy

Gareth Murphy

Director of Markets - Central Bank
Gareth Murphy is Director of Markets Supervision at the Central Bank of Ireland since October 2010. In this role, he oversees the supervision and regulation of Irish securities markets including the funds, stockbroking and investment management industries. He is a member of the Board of Supervisors of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and chair of ESMA’s Investment Management Standing Committee which oversees ESMA’s work related to UCITS, AIFMD and all other investment fund matters. Gareth Murphy started his career as an economist at the Bank of England in 1991 before moving into the hedge fund and investment banking industries. Gareth spent seven years as an equity derivatives trader at JP Morgan in London and was Co-Head of European Equity Flow Derivatives. He has spent six years in the hedge fund industry as a strategist at Long Term Capital Management and as a partner at Castlegrove Capital Management in London. He returned to the Bank of England in 2008 where he focussed on various issues related to the financial crisis before moving to Dublin and assuming his current role. Gareth Murphy graduated from University College Dublin with a BA in Mathematics and Economics. He holds a Diploma in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Warwick.
 
Vladimir Grankin

Vladimir Grankin

Chairman - Ocean Bank
Vladimir Grankin is the co-owner and Chairman of Board of Directors of Ocean Bank. Launched in 2006, the Robokassa Payment Service Provider platform was enthusiastically embraced by over 20,000+ merchants, transacting billions of roubles online. A technologist at heart, Grankin’s vision and strategic acumen helped him build a thriving business and ecosystem around the platform. Grankin continues to lead OCEAN BANK while contributing his strategic vision to the Robokassa leadership team. A results-oriented executive with over 15 years of experience founding and building products and organizations, Grankin is deeply entrenched in the eCommerce market and grew Ocean Bank to be a disruptive, Russian player.
 
Greg Brockman

Greg Brockman

CTO - Stripe
Greg is the CTO at Stripe, where he's helped scale the team from four to now over a hundred people. He's built and shaped large portions of Stripe's organization, culture, and technology. He is also co-founder of Stripe's online Capture the Flag competitions, which annually draw around ten thousand developers worldwide. Prior to Stripe, Greg dropped out of both Harvard and MIT. Greg is originally from sunny Grand Forks, North Dakota.
 
Jay Bregman

Jay Bregman

CEO - Hailo
Jay is a serial entrepreneur with a strong interest in bitcoin, and will be give a personal perspective on bitcoin. Jay is best known as the Founder and CEO of Hailo, the Taxi app, which has raised $50M in investment from investors including Union Square Ventures, Accel Partners, Wellington Partners, Atomico Ventures, Richard Branson and KDDI. Previously Jay founded eCourier.co.uk which was voted London’s most inspirational business by the Evening Standard in 2007. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an MSc from the London School of Economics. Jay was named on the Times’ 100 People to Watch in 2012.  
 
Brendan Smyth

Brendan Smyth

COO - Bitnet
Brendan is the COO at Bitnet. For 15 years, this MBA/computer scientist’s wheelhouse has been establishing and running successful software development centers that deliver innovative e-commerce products for international financial services organizations. Case in point: Growing operations at CyberSource (as employee #1 ) into a high-value delivery unit with 80+ employees.
 
Nicolas Cary

Nicolas Cary

CEO - Blockchain.info
Nicolas Cary is CEO of the world’s most popular Bitcoin website: Blockchain.Info. He brings inspired insight and a unique skill set of creative passion and ethical, pragmatic, thought leadership to his role at Blockchain. He has helped publicly articulate the emerging Bitcoin economy in forums as diverse as Bloomberg News, The New York Times, and conferences worldwide. An engaging speaker, Nicolas combines compelling story-telling with hard data driven visuals to explain complex business issues with down-to-earth authenticity. When not working, Nicolas is a superb chef, outdoorsman, and fitness runner.
 
Peter Greenhill

Peter Greenhill

Director - e-Business
Peter Greenhill moved to the Isle of Man in July 2013 to take up the position of  Director of e-Business and CEO of e-Gaming Development at the Isle of Man Government's Department of Economic Development. Following a long and successful career in technology, especially in Banking and Banking Systems with Credit Lyonnais, GE Information Services and Unisys,  Peter moved into the gaming industry. He has now had 18 years of gaming experience having held executive management positions at Cyberview Technology, Betex, TCS John Huxley and Essnet.
 
Oleg Pokrovsky

Oleg Pokrovsky

Vice President - Ocean Bank
Oleg Pokrovsky is the Vice Presidents of Ocean Bank. He was born in 1970, graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1993,held CIO position at 10000+ empl. companies in Russian chemical and computer industry, at 2002 founded Roboxchange.com - world first fully automated e-currency exchanger,
at 2006 founded Robokassa - currently Russian leading collecting PSP, after merger with OCEAN BANK in 2011 became MB and VP of OCEAN BANK, Since 2013 - cofounder of GOC.IO - leading Russian cryptocurrency trade and exchange.
 
Amir Mizroch

Amir Mizroch

Technology Editor EMEA - WSJ
Amir Mizroch edits the technology section for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for The Wall Street Journal. Based out of the London bureau and working with bureau chiefs across the EMEA region, Amir coordinates coverage of the growing and vibrant tech scenes in places such as Dublin, Paris, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Stockholm, Dubai, Moscow and Barcelona, amongst others. He's on the hunt for disruptive technologies, innovative startups, and weird science that will change the world.
 
Max Keiser

Max Keiser

Host - The Keiser Report
Max Keiser  is an American broadcaster and film maker. He hosts Keiser Report, a financial program broadcast on Russian state media channel RT. Max presented a season of The Oracle with Max Keiser on BBC World News.  Keiser is the creator, co-founder, and former CEO of HSX Holdings/Hollywood Stock Exchange, later sold to Cantor Fitzgerald. Alongside Michael R. Burns, he co-created the Hollywood Stock Exchange, on which the Hollywood Stock Exchange operates. which allows traders to exchange virtual securities, such as "MovieStocks" and "StarBonds", with convertible virtual currency, the "Hollywood Dollar". Max is the promoter of maxcoin, and one of the leading voices behind StartCOIN, a new altcoin-powered crowdfunding initiative.
 
Steve Beauregard

Steve Beauregard

CEO & Founder - GoCoin
Steve is the co-founder and CEO of GoCoin, the first merchant checkout solution designed to accommodate bitcoin and other popular alt coins. In 1994, Steve formed REGARD, a mobile consulting firm building e-Commerce solutions primarily for mobile carriers and handset manufacturers. He established consulting partnerships with Microsoft, IBM, Lotus Notes & RIM.
 
Lee Penrose

Lee Penrose

Senior Fiduciary Executive - Cayman National
Lee has spent the last 28 years in the Isle of Man fiduciary services industry and has held a number of senior posts in large institutions. He acted as a Director and ran HSBC Trust Corporation (Isle of Man) Limited for four years before taking up the role of Managing Director of Standard Bank Trust Company (Isle of Man) Limited. Lee has also held various director roles, owned and managed several local trust businesses, as well as providing consulting services to local firms before establishing HL Fiduciaries Limited with his business partners at Harding Lewis. Following the acquisition of HL Fiduciaries' book of business, Lee joined Cayman National in September 2013 as Senior Fiduciary Executive. Lee has vast experience in assisting both private and institutional clients with their offshore structuring and banking solutions in a wide range of fields. With a number of recently received crypto-currency and Bitcoin enquiries, Lee is looking into the potential of the industry and is currently “fact finding” in this exciting and innovative area for the bank.
 
Stephen McNamara

Stephen McNamara

CTO - Bitnet
Stephen is a Cofounder and CTO at Bitnet (www.bitnet.io), which makes it easy for merchants to accept bitcoin. Stephen has hacked on complex software for over 20 years, working on everything from middleware and protocols, payments, and very large scale test automation (think millions of tests). Most recently as CTO for CyberSource, he was responsible for all aspects of technology vision, strategy and architecture. Stephen previously held senior positions at Visa/CyberSource, Valista Payments, IONA Technologies.
 
Emily Spaven

Emily Spaven

Managing Editor - CoinDesk
Emily is CoinDesk's managing editor. Before joining CoinDesk, she worked at Google, and then took on the role of editor at two start-up companies. Emily's articles on all areas of personal finance have appeared on a number of high-traffic sites, including Yahoo Finance, MSN Money and This is Money/Mail Online.
 
Alan Reiner

Alan Reiner

CEO - Armory Technologies
Alan Reiner is CEO of Armory Technologies, and the core developer of Armory Bitcoin Client, a popular alternative wallet application focused on security for heavily-invested Bitcoin users and businesses. It was the first and only Bitcoin wallet application to make “Cold Storage” (offline wallets) accessible through an intuitive user interface that doesn’t require being an Bitcoin or Linux expert. Alan has two degrees in applied mathematics and one in mechanical engineering, and additional background in statistics, artificial intelligence, and cryptography. He has spent seven years developing image & video processing algorithms full-time for missile defense applications in the US. Alan originally got involved with Bitcoin as a miner then later realized that he had a perfect background for developing Bitcoin applications and could make a plethora of features available that were missing from the community. Armory’s goal is to not only pioneer the most advanced functionality of the Bitcoin network, but to make it easy for regular users to access it.
 
Ferdinando Ametrano

Ferdinando Ametrano

Senior Quant - Banca IMI
Ferdinando is a bitcoin enthusiast. His current area of research is price stability in the cryptocurrency world. He is the founder of the Hayek Money project, advocating automated non-discretionary elastic monetary policy for a new generation of cryptocurrencies. He is also founder and co-administrator of the QuantLib project, a comprehensive free/open-source software framework for quantitative finance. He teaches Interest Rate Derivatives as Adjunct Professor at the University of Milano-Bicocca. Senior quant in the interest rate and credit financial engineering team at Banca IMI (IntesaSanpaolo Group), he oversees rate curves and fixed income clearing tools. Previously he headed quantitative and risk-management teams in Banca IMI, Banca Caboto and Monte Paschi Asset Management; he has also been co-founder and managing partner of RiskMap (now StatPro Italia).
 
Rainey Reitman

Rainey Reitman

Activism Director - EFF
Reitman is the Activism Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit civil liberties law and advocacy organization based in San Francisco. She co-founded the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which defends and supports cutting-edge transparency journalism. She is also a cofounder and steering committee member for the Chelsea Manning Support Network, and she serves of the Board of Directors for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. She speaks and writes on topics related to surveillance, individual privacy rights, government transparency, and how new technologies impact fundamental rights.
 
Bob McDowall

Bob McDowall

Finance Committee - States of Alderney
Robert (“Bob”) McDowall is an elected member of the States of Alderney, where he serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Policy Committee. Robert has over 35 years experience in the Banking and Securities and Investment business, with companies including Merrill Lynch, Pru-Bache and Singer & Friedlander. Robert has a degree in law (LL.B) from University College London.
 
Grace Caffyn

Grace Caffyn

Senior Sub-editor - CoinDesk
Grace Caffyn is Senior Sub-editor at CoinDesk. Working alongside an international team of writers, Grace is responsible for coordinating and editing breaking news, features and in-depth analysis across the brand’s main site and social media platforms. Prior to joining CoinDesk, Grace worked as a freelance culture and technology writer. She currently resides in London.
 
Adam Vaziri

Adam Vaziri

Director - Diacle
Adam is a qualified lawyer and director of Diacle, which provides legal and regulatory support ​exclusively for the  digital currency and fintech ​industry. Adam is also Interim Director of the UK Digital Currency Association. Adam provides solutions to the main challenges faced by bitcoin businesses, from obtaining a licence (via full authorisation or under a regulatory umbrella), to obtaining a banking partner, to developing a business with ​robust internal controls and ​​AML compliance.
 
Flavien Charlon

Flavien Charlon

CEO - Pixode
Flavien is the founder of Pixode which develops online applications.  Notable products include Predictious, the Bitcoin derivatives and prediction market, and Coinprism, the first colored coins wallet. Colored coins allow people and organizations to securely issue and trade real-world assets like commodities, stocks and bonds on the bitcoin network.  Coinprism recently won the prestigious global Startup Challenge hosted by the Bitcoin Foundation in May 2014. Flavien has a software engineering background. He is a graduate of Ecole Centrale Lyon, France, where he received an Msc. in Engineering.
 
David Pope

David Pope

Marketing Director EMEA - Jumio
David Pope is Marketing Director, EMEA at Jumio, the next generation online and mobile identity verification and payment company. For the past 10 years, David has worked with ecommerce merchants, payments firms, online gaming operators and other regulated sectors to help them understand how to welcome new customers whilst defending against card fraud and money laundering. In his prior roles as Marketing Director at Experian and at 192business, David’s strategy was to interview convicted cybercriminals to help merchants understand the modus operandi of fraud and help them better prepare their defences.
 
David Irvine

David Irvine

CEO - MaidSafe
David is the CEO of MaidSafe, a fully decentralized platform on which application developers can build decentralized applications. The network is made up by individual users who contribute storage, computing power and bandwidth to form a world-wide autonomous system. David’s main focus is on creating privacy security and freedom for all people. He enjoys programming (c++), physical computing, robotics and anything that he finds interesting and means making something that’s not been done. David currently lives in Troon, Scotland.
 
Justin Mealy

Justin Mealy

LOFTstrategies
Justin founded LOFTstrategies to pursue start-up development and investment in financial markets initiatives, including trading, digital assets/currencies and risk management. He has near 20 year’s experience in the sector, including 8 years as MD of Geneva Trading, a leading proprietary trading firm as Global Head of Risk and Head of European Offices. Prior to that Justin spent 5 years in Singapore and Tokyo with UBS and managing financial technology ventures in the region. Justin is fascinated with fast-emerging digital currency innovation. Besides consulting with a range of firms, Justin is focused on development of boxCoin.io, a suite of digital asset management modules for large corporates and financial institutions
 
Robert Sams

Robert Sams

CEO - Kryptonomic
Robert has been interested in alternative forms of money and wealth since he learned of David Chaum’s work as a post-grad at The London School of Economics. His career in the hedge fund industry spans 11-years. He helped to launch one of the longest-running fixed income arbitrage funds in London, where he successfully traded short-term interest rates around central bank policy before focusing on his passion for technology. Robert is now Founder and CEO of Kryptonomic, a London-based crypto-finance firm working on ways to apply blockchain and distributed consensus technologies to financial services. He is also a Director of Swiss Coin Group SA, a Geneva-based digital finance start-up serving the institutional market. A long-time proponent of advocating open source development in finance (in his spare time he authored the Rbbg package, a widely used interface between Bloomberg and the R programming language), he is also involved with projects in the non-commercial parts of cryptocurrency, including co-founding a new group devoted to the development of a stable and decentralised alternative currencies. Robert's ideas on cryptocurrency and other monetary matters have been covered on blogs such FT Alphaville, MarginalRevolution, and others.
 
Ronan Lynch

Ronan Lynch

Haskoin
Ronan is a cofounder of the Haskoin project. Haskoin is is a feature rich and scalable open source platform for developing Bitcoin applications allowing multisignature & hierarchical deterministic applications to be easily developed. Ronan has worked in investment banking for the last decade as a multi asset & derivatives trader. Ronan holds a 1st class honours BA in Theoretical Physics & Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin. Ronan is the organiser and founder of the Bitcoin Dublin meetup and networking group and he is involved in many Bitcoin initiatives in Ireland. He has spoken at numerous public events on Bitcoin and is passionate about the transformative potential of blockchain technology.
 
Anatoliy Knyazev

Anatoliy Knyazev

Co-founder - EXANTE
Anatoliy is a co-founder of EXANTE and is responsible for the quantitative research and risk management, especially the building of risk models for non-linear derivatives portfolios. He contributes his trading expertise to aid the product development and adjust EXANTE's software to the needs of the clients algorithmic trading. Anatoliy is also founder and managing partner of the bitcoin fund. The first hedge fund to invest in bitcoin, The fund achieved an 8000+% return on investment and peaked at over $100 million in assets under management. Prior to this, Anatoliy was a director of research and a partner in the Global Hedge Capital Fund, where he was responsible for the research and development of trading strategies. He has over 8 years of expertise in multidimensional statistical analysis of large data arrays. Before that he successfully traded volatility for over 3 years.
 
Peterjan Goppel

Peterjan Goppel

CCO - Bitonic
Pieterjan Goppel is the CCO of Bitonic, the largest bitcoin trading platform in the Netherlands. Active since May 2012, the company has traded more than 200,000 bitcoins. The company also provides merchants solutions and consulting services to government and NGOs. Peiterjan spent ten years as director and founder of Mindtime Backup, one of the biggest online backup providers in Europe, and became interested in Bitcoin in 2012, because for the first time in history, it is possible to do global financial transactions without intervening parties that require a high level of trust. He founded BTC Next, a Dutch bitcoin exchange, in 2013, which later merged with Bitonic.
 
Jeremy Kandah

Jeremy Kandah

Founding Partner - TeamBlockChain
Jeremy is Founding Partner at TeamBlockChain, a team dedicated to building and evangelizing early stage block chain projects. Jeremy is leading innovation on Appcoin theory and building business models around block chain technologies. Jeremy started Appcasher, LLC a mobile rewards platform with millions of users that has given out millions in rewards to every country in the world. He has worked in the startup industry as well as strategy consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton. He earned an MBA at The College of William and Mary and a BS at Purdue University.
 
Jean-Pierre Rupp

Jean-Pierre Rupp

CTO - Haskoin
Jean-Pierre is currently Chief Technology Officer at Haskoin. Software developer and system engineer of Latin-American and Swiss roots. Experienced on Linux platforms, including a good chunk of the corresponding open source stack. Versed in Perl and Haskell, as well as other programming languages. Been a consultant, system administrator, network engineer and software developer for companies such as Amazon and JP Morgan. Done public speaking on subjects such as Bitcoin, software development and open source software. Interests include functional programming, open source software, economics, futurism and philosophy.
 
Bobby Lee

Bobby Lee

CEO - BTC China
Bobby Lee is the CEO and co-founder of BTC China, the first Bitcoin exchange in China, and now one of the leading Bitcoin exchanges worldwide. Bobby started his career in Silicon Valley, as a software engineer at Yahoo!, pioneering the earliest online communities on the Internet. He then moved to Shanghai, China, where he has been for the past 7 years. He was the Director of Software Engineering at EMC in China, innovating in Cloud Computing and Cloud Storage. After that, he was the CTO of SMG BesTV, the leading IPTV company in China, and also the world's largest by subscriber base. Most recently, he was Vice President of Technology for Walmart's China E-Commerce business, based in Shanghai. Bobby graduated from Stanford University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science, and was also a member of the Mayfield Fellows Program. He has his E-MBA from CEIBS. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, photography, watching movies, and playing poker.
 
Sam Cole

Sam Cole

Co-founder - KnCMiner
Same is a co-founder of KnCMiner, which designs and manufactures ASIC-based mining hardware for Bitcoin and other digital currencies. KnCMiner is a world leader in mining hardware and has customers in 120 countries.
 
Paul Rodgers

Paul Rodgers

Chairman - Vendorcom
Paul is Chairman and Founder of Vendorcom, the Cards & Payments Community. Prior to setting up Vendorcom in 2003, Paul spent over 15 years in the retail and consumer products sectors with roles in buying, production control and logistics management. Subsequent consulting, marketing and business development roles with KPMG Management Consulting and Oracle Corporation, have added skills in IT implementation and project management. Paul is passionate about cards and payments, particularly promoting innovation, ensuring that thought leadership is recognised, and that all stakeholders in the industry have access to authoritative information on new developments, standards and regulation. Paul is recognised for his independence, authority and pragmatism in dealing with the wide range of issues facing the retail and payments industries and is a regular contributor to industry journals and national press on topical issues. He has chaired and spoken at many cards and payments conferences and generally facilitates knowledge sharing and resolution of challenging issues in the industry.
 
Moe Levin

Moe Levin

Director Business Development Europe
Moe Levin, Director of European Business Development at BitPay, is a tech-adventurer and futurist interested in the growth and future of what is probably the greatest innovation since the internet. Prior to joining Bitpay, Moe organized the most successful North American and European Bitcoin conventions in Miami and Amsterdam, after a long history in the publishing and marketing industries.
 
Michael Parsons

Michael Parsons

Founder - Breaking Bit
Michael Parsons is an independent Bitcoin Advisor, Entrepreneur and experienced (Worldwide & UK) Bitcoin Presenter and a founder member of the UK DCA (Digital Currency Association).  Michael is also a UK qualified Chartered Accountant (FCA) and was previously a Banking Management Consultant for two of the ‘Big Four.’ (KPMG in Moscow & PwC in London).
Michael is the crypto/virtual currency advisor to the States of Alderney and was the first formal presenter of Bitcoin to a major UK clearing bank - Barclays Bank (HQ Canary Wharf) and Barclaycard (HQ Northampton) in 2012. Michael was asked and provided the first official presentation of Bitcoin to the UK Government (Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS)  in Victoria) in May 2013, attended by 50 senior civil servants from GCHQ, the Home Office, HMRC, SOCA and the Intelligence Services.
His Bitcoin and Blockchain knowledge is supported by 25 years experience of traditional banking, money and finance, starting at Credit Suisse First Boston, then travelling overseas to lead the start-up of, and design all the procedures for, a newly licensed bank in Dubai (Emirates Bank International) and then restructuring an existing UK Bank (Moscow Narodny Bank Ltd). Both positions were as the Bank’s Chief Financial Officer.
Michael Parsons’ extensive operational and strategic banking/financial services experience and understanding gives him a unique perspective on the future application of the Bitcoin/Blockchain technology protocol and the emerging Bitcoin/Virtual Currencies/Blockchain financial services ecosystem.
 
Elizabeth Rosseillo

Elizabeth Rosseillo

CEO - BitPesa
Elizabeth is the CEO and co-founder of BitPesa.co, a currency platform for Africa. The first product enables same-day transfer to Kenya using Bitcoin at a third the cost of other money transfer services. She has lived and worked in Kenya as a microfinance analyst and investment associate since 2009. She is an expert in East African financial product development and establishing best practices in risk, governance and IT for local banks. Prior to her work in East Africa, Elizabeth was an Analyst at Credit Suisse in Zurich and a Robert Bosch Fellow in Frankfurt. She has a Masters in International Finance from Columbia University’s SIPA and speaks four languages.
 
John Beccia

John Beccia

General Counsel - Circle
John is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Circle. Prior to joining Circle, John was Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and BSA Officer at Boston Private Financial Holdings, Inc., a national financial services organization that specializes in private banking, where he advised on bank regulatory, anti-money laundering, and corporate law issues. John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Providence College, a J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law, and a LLM in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University School of Law. He is Chair of the In-House Counsel Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Banking Law Committee and currently serves on the U.S. Treasury Department’s Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group. John is an adjunct professor at Boston University School of Law and is a frequent speaker on legal and regulatory issues impacting the financial services industry.
 
Jonathan Levin

Jonathan Levin

Co-founder - Coinometrics
Jonathan Levin, Co-Founder of Coinometrics, a website dedicated to producing new methods of measuring activity on the Bitcoin network. Jonathan Levin is a postgraduate economist at the University of Oxford whose research focuses on Virtual Currencies. He is also the convenor of the Oxford Virtual Currencies Working Group, an interdisciplinary working group focussed on Virtual Currencies.
 
Amy Ludlum

Amy Ludlum

Head of Trading/ Risk - BitPesa
Prior to joining the BitPesa team, Amy spent 5 years in Foreign Exchange Sales Trading at J.P. Morgan Investment Bank, engaging corporate clients to manage foreign currency risk and building extensive expertise in emerging market currencies. Her banking experience also includes 2 years with Bear Stearns in their Structured Products Group. Amy holds a B.S. in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
 
Dolf Diederichsen

Dolf Diederichsen

CEO - bit4coin.net
Dolf is CEO and co-founder of bit4coin.net in Amsterdam. bit4coin has created a bitcoin gift card product for retail environments and is selling bitcoin online directly to consumers at bit4coin.net. Prior, Dolf worked for 5 years for the Boston Consulting Group as a project leader in Germany and Japan, advising clients from financial services on marketing and strategy topics. He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Cologne, specializing in Finance and Statistics, and spent one year at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo.
 
Karl Gray

Karl Gray

Founder - StartJoin.com
A native of Ireland, Karl began investing in Bitcoin in late 2009 and since that time his firm has acquired one of the largest private holdings of Cryptocurrency in the world today. Having seen major success in precious metals during the commodities bull market coupled with betting against the equities markets in 2008, Karl’s next move in early 2010 was major investment in Bitcoin. Karl believes that Bitcoin will be key in solving many of the challenges facing the planet in the 21st century.
 
Steven Sprague

Steven Sprague

CEO - Rivetz Corp
Steven Sprague is one of the principle industry evangelists for the application of trusted computing technology. Steven has a strong technical foundation in the principles, capabilities and business models of incorporating trusted hardware into everyday computing, and is skilled at translating these concepts into layman’s terms. Steven is the co-founder of Rivetz Corp. a new company focused on the use of trusted computing for the consumer market. Rivetz is also playing an important role in providing the key technologies for the protection of private keys and secure instructions for Bitcoin and other crypto currencies. Steven graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He enjoys farming in Western Massachusetts with his wife, two daughters, and a few too many horses.
 
Brett Meyers

Brett Meyers

CEO - CurrencyFair
Brett is the CEO, and co-founder, of CurrencyFair.com. CurrencyFair’s unique person to person marketplace is changing the way people send money internationally, making it 90% cheaper and several days faster than traditional bank transfers. Brett, and the CurrencyFair service, have been recognised in The Economist, Choice, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The New York Times, and several other major publications. Since 2010, CurrencyFair has helped tens of thousands of people transfer over $1 billion internationally, saving them close to $50 million in bank fees. Brett is very interested in the potential of bitcoin’s decentralised architecture.
 
Michael Terpin

Michael Terpin

CEO & Co-founder - BitAngels
Michael Terpin co-founded BitAngels (www.bitangels.co), the world’s first angel network for digital currency startups, in May, 2013, and now serves as its chairman.  The distributed angel network currently has more than 500 members, and it has made more than a dozen investments in bitcoin and cryptocurrency companies in its first year.  Terpin is also founder and CEO of SocialRadius (www.socialradius.com), one of the nation’s first social media marketing firms, and Transform Public Relations (www.transform.pr), a global digital PR firm.  The Firm currently represents more Bitcoin companies than any other PR firm in the world, including Bitcoin Shop, CrossCoin Ventures, Cryptex Card, KnCMiner, Kraken, MaidSafe, and Mastercoin.  SocialRadius/Transform is headquartered in Las Vegas, with offices in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Terpin also founded Marketwire, one of the world’s largest company newswires. Originally known as Internet Wire, Marketwire was acquired in 2006.  Terpin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from SUNY at Buffalo and degrees in Newspaper Journalism and English Literature from Syracuse University, where he serves as an advisor to its top-ranked Newhouse School of Public Communications and was inducted into its prestigious Wall of Fame in 2000.  Terpin is also an investor and advisor to many media and technology companies, including Cryptex Card, GoCoin, Liquipel, Revenue.com, Rivetz, Stockr, Sverve, Walls360, XFire and YouMail.
 
Damian Crowe

Damian Crowe

CEO - Obillex
Damian Crowe is a corporate treasury product and electronic channel management specialist, with particular expertise in supply chain finance and electronic invoicing systems. He previously ran the package treasury systems team for PwC, and at ABN AMRO he was responsible for the commercialisation of its cross product FX, payments and trade finance electronic banking channel. As Head of Business Development for Citigroup Europe Plc, Damian identified a set of convergent and exceptionally disruptive technologies and market dislocations. He left Citi to found Obillex Limited, a supply chain finance technology business where he is CEO.
 
Christian Papathanasiou

Christian Papathanasiou

CEO - Global Coin FX
Christian is the CEO of Global Coin FX (www.globalcoinfx.com) a UK headquartered virtual currency exchange set to launch in Q3, serving both retail and institutional traders. Christian's background is in Information Security where has worked for investment and retail banks leading very large penetration testing (ethical hacking) programmes of work. He has spoken at Black Hat and DEF CON and his IT security research has been featured in Forbes and Reuters. He is heavily involved with OWASP where he was most recently a member of the global industry committee, a co author of the mobile security top 10 controls along with ENISA and the Cyprus chapter leader. He lives in London, UK.
 
Christina Gorlick

Christina Gorlick

CAO - CloudHashing
Christina Gorlick, originally from Anchorage, Alaska, has a background in Public Relations and Accounting. Her fireball attitude helps her in filling multiple high level roles at CloudHashing.com and is a lead on the marketing and strategy teams. Christina has been involved with Bitcoin more than a year now when her husband started mining in their house. Christina continues to be an advocate for Bitcoin and especially women in Bitcoin, and is currently leading a project designed to get more women excited and involved in bitcoin mining.
 
Brandon Goldman

Brandon Goldman

CEO - FreshPay
Brandon Goldman is the CEO and co-founder at FreshPay, working on products and services that help people use digital currencies in the real world. Brandon entered the digital currencies space in early 2013, when he created a Bitcoin arbitrage trading bot. Previously, Brandon was one of the first dozen employees at Box, where he worked as a software engineer. Later on, he was VP of Engineering at Miso Media, a music education technology company in Los Angeles. He also ran a successful consulting firm called Goldman Interactive, where he worked with dozens of startups and companies to create web apps and custom software. Brandon is based in the San Francisco bay area, where he lives with his wife, Sherri, and his golden retriever, Buddy
 
Simon Dixon

Simon Dixon

CEO - BankToTheFuture.com
Simon Dixon is the CEO & co-founder of BankToTheFuture.com, and author of the book, Bank to the Future. An active banking reformer and director of both the UK Digital Currency Association & the UK CrowdFunding Association, he regularly speaks on the future of finance to governments, businesses, investors and financial institutions. An ex-investment banker, trader & stock broker that left corporate in 2006 to launch his first business, angel-funded by billionaire Peter Hargreaves. He has been an advocate of CrowdFunding since raising finance for BankToTheFuture.com through equity crowdFunding on its own platform.
 
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