Speakers

  • Henrik Andersson
    Chief Investment Officer, Apollo Capital

    Henrik has over 17 years experience in global financial markets, with almost a decade on Wall Street. Henrik has extensive experience across three continents as a quantitative analyst, senior research analyst and in institutional equity sales. Henrik holds a Master of Science in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and a Master of Science in Business Administration and Economics from Stockholm University. He is a CFA charterholder. Apollo Capital is an actively managed crypto fund based in Australia.

  • Steve Bellotti
    Chief Executive Officer, Digital Currency Holdings

    The former global head of markets for ANZ, Steve has set up offices in Sydney and is about to launch his own fund.

    Digital Currency Holdings comprises of a Blockchain/Crypto Asset Management business and Advisory business spanning the globe.

  • Simon Cant
    Managing Director, Reinventure

    Simon Cant is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Reinventure. Founded in 2013, Reinventure is a corporate venture fund with $150m under management bringing together the best of independent venture capital and corporate venturing with Westpac as the primary investor. To date, the portfolio has 20+ ventures which are focused on Fintech and adjacent areas. 

    Simon also founded and was inaugural President of FinTech Australia, the industry’s peak representative body, where he remains a board member and is a member of the Australian Treasurer’s FinTech Advisory Group.

    Simon has built his career in venture and innovation including advising leadership and innovation teams at Westpac, NAB, Suncorp, Fairfax, News, APN and Tennis Australia as well as being a founding team member at Social Ventures Australia, Tinshed Angel Group, ninemsn and Austlii.  Simon began his career as a solicitor with Allens.

  • Xiao Chen
    Principal Solicitor, CSJ Legal Group

    Mr. Chen has been practicing as a corporate and commercial lawyer since admission in New South Wale, Australia, providing legal services including IPO, merger and acquisition, corporate restructure and financial service legal compliance. He has served corporate clients including HK listed company – R&F Properties, ASX listed companies – Jat Energy, and Orient Energy in relation to corporate and asx listing rules advice. Mr Chen has also held positions in Dahua Australia and Platine Property Group as associate director and legal counsel for three years between 2013 – 2017.

    With the global attention shifted towards blockchain related industry from traditional financial market, Mr Chen has actively participated into the blockchain related legal compliance with other pioneers, and ultimately founded Australian Cryptocurrency Business Association for the purpose of creating a cross border bridge between Chinese innovative investors and Australian ICO projects and exchanges. During Mr Chen’s involvement in the blockchain related industry commenced in early 2017, he has provided legal compliance advice for ICO and digital currency exchange including Majex Crypto Exchange in Australia.

    In early 2018, Mr Chen co-founded CSJ Legal, a boutique firm fully focused on the corporate and financial matters including regulations for ICO and crypto exchanges in Australia, and CSJ Legal, as a member of Australian Digital Commerce Association (ADCA), is also actively involved in the ICO working group with pioneers of other ADCA members and the government bodies for the purpose of creating a healthier financial environment by advising on security tokens and its issue in Australia.

  • Craig Cobb
    Founder / Host, Tradercobb.com / TraderCobb Crypto Show

    Craig Cobb (TraderCobb)  has been a  trader, educator and commentator of markets since 2007 and is a globally sought after Expert in financial markets, cryptocurrency, entrepreneurship and trading. Craig is well known globally for his #1 ranked Crypto Podcast On iTunes called the TraderCobb Crypto Podcast & Host of The TraderCobb Crypto Show, a leading Youtube Channel in the Cryptocurrency space.

    His expert analysis & entertaining style has taken him all over the world from London (where he set up and managed a private wealth fund at 23 years of age) to New York, Las Vegas, New Zealand & Australia.  He has worked with NYSE, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), Reuters, OANDA, CMC Markets, TradeStation and many more. Craig is also a contributing author to Yahoo Finance on cryptocurrency and has appeared on TV, including the Award winning show '60 minutes'.

    To find out more visit: www.tradercobb.com

  • Grant Colthup
    CEO & Founder, Poeisis Capital & Head of Balance Sheet Management, PowerAsia HK

    Grant has over 15 years’ experience in financial markets and has held positions with a global macro hedge fund, investment bank, proprietary trading firm and one of Asia’s largest insurance companies. He has extensive experience across major assets classes and complex investment strategies. He has spent time in academia in teaching and researching positions. Grant holds degrees in economics and finance and was a PhD candidate at UNSW (was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship).

    Grant has participated in all segments of the cryptocurrency market (ICO investor, advisor, secondary market trading, exchange arbitrage, market making & option trading). As the CEO and founder of Poiesis Captial, Grant is currently focused on designing bespoke solutions for investors and issuers in the cryptocurrency and alternative investment universe. He is also the Head of Balance Sheet Management for PowerAsia HK (an emerging Australian Renewable Energy Infrastructure company).

  • Katrina Donaghy
    Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder, Civic Ledger

    Katrina is the Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Civic Ledger – a civic focused blockchain Australian company.  We work with governments globally on the use of blockchain technologies to solve specific business problems where blockchain is advantaged over traditional legacy technologies.

    Through her early years as a sociologist through to her interest in entrepreneurialism, she has extensive experience in public policy and early stage commercialisation.  For more than 20 years, Katrina has worked in both public and not for profit sectors with a specific focus on business development, project delivery and revenue diversification with the view to building resilient and sustainable organisations. 

    In Australia, she organises the Brisbane Women in Blockchain Meetup and regularly speaks on the topic of why cities and governments should be exploring blockchain technologies.  Katrina's interest in blockchain technologies is driven by her curiousity of its potential to replace government legacy systems to deliver efficiencies, stimulate innovation and build digital societies.

    In mid-April 2018, Katrina was appointed to the Australian Digital Commerce Association Board.

  • Paul Fox
    Guide, Blockchain Pacific

    Paul Fox is the Managing Director of Blockchain Pacific Caiptal.  Paul has held technology investment roles at AGL Energy, Southern Cross Ventures, the California Clean Energy Fund and Flex. He worked in Silicon Valley for 12 years as an executive, start-up CEO and venture capitalist.  He was a strategy consultant during the deregulation of the energy industry in the 1990s.

    His initial interest in blockchain was for securitisation of renewable energy projects. He later ran two blockchain peer-to-peer projects at AGL Energy Limited.

    Paul holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Engineering. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Nick Giurietto
    Chief Executive Officer, ADCA

    Nick Giurietto is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at the Australian Digital Currency & Commerce Association. He is a B2B marketing and product professional enthused by the potential for Blockchain technology to transform business models in every industry sector - and in government service delivery.

    He has become a champion for the Blockchain industry and led the efforts of the Australian Digital Currency and Commerce Association to accelerate adoption of Blockchain technologies in Australia.

    He is proud to have been a founding member of the Global Blockchain Forum which is striving for global regulatory alignment to support a global transformation.

  • Hannah Glass
    Senior Associate, King & Wood Mallesons

    Hannah Glass is a solicitor in the financial markets team at leading Asian law firm King & Wood Mallesons, specialising in blockchain technology and fintech. Hannah works with a broad range of clients advising on the evolving legal and regulatory issues associated with the implementation and application of innovative technologies. Her work ranges from assisting start-ups to conduct global ICOs to working with large organisations to formulate smart contract based infrastructure.  On the policy front, she has played a key role in the development of the legislative treatment of digital currencies working with industry to advise on the changes to GST and anti-money laundering legislation.

    KWM’s specialist team is at the forefront of legal and technological developments in blockchain technology, having worked with governments, banks, industry bodies and start-ups around the world.  In recognition of their work, the team has won the FT innovation in law awards in 3 of the last 4 years.

    Hannah is also a member of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance’s legal working group.

  • Matt Harry
    Fund Manager, Cloudbreak Asset Management

    Mr Harry is the Fund Manager for Cloudbreak Cryptocurrency Fund.  He has a background in wholesale currency trading in the banking sector and close to 15 years experience in financial markets. Immediately prior to founding Cloudbreak, Mr Harry worked as an advisor in the Corporate and Institutional space in the areas of foreign exchange risk management, structured currency options and systems streamlining for treasury management.

  • Victor Jiang
    Founder and Executive Chairman, Sapien Ventures

    Victor Jiang is the founding Chairman of Sapien Ventures, a fintech, blockchain and online marketplaces-focused VC firm with offices across Silicon Valley, Sydney, Melbourne & Shanghai. Victor advises many startups and currently sits on 7 technology company Boards across US / AU / China.

    Victor is a serial founder, having started his first company at age 23, then working and living across 12 countries in a variety of roles and industries. In 2007 he was acquired into IBM as part of a software company acquisition, ending up running IBM's Enterprise Data Management business for its London capital markets and investment banking unit. There he led the unit to achieve 410% of revenue target during and through the GFC. Back in Australia in 2010, he led sales for IBM's Business Analytics Consulting division and helped grow the business unit by 200% within 12 months.

    Founding Skillsapien.com in 2012, he took the venture from Australia to Silicon Valley where he secured venture funding and met his current business partners in Sapien Ventures, leading to its founding in 2015.

    Sapien Ventures strives to bring Silicon Valley knowhow to Australian tech entrepreneurs looking for North American or Asian expansions. It has been regularly featured in media such as the AFR, WSJ, AVCJ, Sky Business, The Australian and others, for leading pioneering deals such as the first Australian fintech VC investment from  Chinese SIV investor's capital, as well as the recent cross-border ICO of InvestDigital.

  • Lina Lim
    Head of Technology, National Stock Exchange

    Lina Lim is the Head of Technology at the National Stock Exchange of Australia (NSX), where she is responsible for the strategic direction on innovative product and technology adoption for the business. Her leadership and achievements were recognised by CIO50 Australia 2017 as a rising star on the CIO50 Ones to Watch list.

    She is also Managing Director & Co-founder of Tempus Adventus, a start-up company that focuses on promoting and delivering Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies in the financial market and services industry. Her projects are involving and focusing particularly in blockchain for social impact, impact investing, fintech for financial inclusion, and empowering women leadership and involvement in financial technology.

    Lina recently joins as Director and Board of Directors of the Blockchain Philanthropy Foundation (BPF). It is a not for profit organisation; with purpose statement is enabling and accelerating humanitarian and initiative social good projects worldwide, through blockchain technology. Committed to be the catalyst of change for the world by providing thought leadership in Blockchain for Philanthropy and Social Good space, BPF is connecting NFPs, corporates, governments, philanthropists and blockchain community together to create a better future.

  • Luke Lombe
    Head of Blockchain, PlayUp

    Luke Lombe is the Founder of Echelon One, a boutique consultancy and advisory firm to a range of clients including blockchain startups, Grammy award-winning production studios, government offices, mining operations, VR projects, real estate franchises, and leading tech firms. With a diversity and experience that transcends four continents, Luke is the Head of Blockchain for PlayChip, set to be the world’s leading blockchain-enabled sports betting ecosystem, and ICO advisor for Cryptyk, where he spearheaded market strategy for this award-winning cyber-security blockchain company.

    Before locating to NYC in 2015 to lead a $160M VR project in Times Square, Luke spent 7 years in China, managing marketing operations & strategy for brands like Jaguar Automotive & Under Armour, and Hollywood feature films like Iron Man 3. In 2010 Luke was a Project Manager for Australia’s $83M single largest diplomatic effort at the Shanghai World Expo. Luke is a 2 x TEDx speaker and MBA lecturer.

    He has toured the world as a DJ and published articles in a variety of media including Huffington Post, Shanghai Daily, Daily Telegraph, and is an Offical Member of the Forbes Technology Council. Luke is the proud father of a new baby girl, he holds an MBA, B.Com, and Dip. Fin. and he is enjoying being a part of the paradigm-shifting tokenization of the world.

  • David Lu
    Founding Partner & Venture Partner, 256 Ventures & Virgil Capital

    David is a Venture Partner at Virgil Capital, a multinational crypto-arbitrage fund and co-founder of Textbook Ventures, the first student-led venture fund in Australia. He leads the ICO investment arm of the business and has a particular interest in how cryptocurrencies and venture capital can be combined to create alternative funding models. He is also writing an academic paper that examines the commoditisation of venture capital and the regulation around the different ways in which early stage companies can get funded.

  • Richard Mccarthy
    General Manager, Sales & Product, Perpetual Corporate Trust

    Richard joined Perpetual Corporate Trust in 2007 and is responsible for growing the business through strategic development of new products, and delivery of sales and marketing initiatives. He has more than 20 years’ experience in banking and financial services; providing trustee, custody, management, regulatory reporting and administration services to both the debt capital markets and the managed funds industry. For the 12 months prior to joining Perpetual, Richard was Vice President, Head of Relationship Management at BNY Mellon’s corporate trust division in Sydney. Richard also spent eight years in J.P. Morgan Chase’s global securities and institutional trust business in Cardiff and London before moving to J.P. Morgan Sydney in August 2003.

  • Michael McCarthy
    Chief Market Strategist, CMC Markets

    Michael McCarthy is Chief Market Strategist for CMC Markets Asia Pacific. He is responsible for global and local market analysis and trading strategy, and plays a key role in the education of clients.

    Michael is first and foremost a trader. Working with prominent global investment banks and brokers as a proprietary trader, he has managed money market books, conducted foreign exchange arbitrage, stood as a market maker in exchange traded options over shares on the ASX trading floor, managed hybrid and convertible note portfolios, and traded a global share index swap book. As a director of trading he oversaw all equity derivative risk, acting as a wholesaler of market risk amelioration to the global operations of the bank.

    Spot, forward, derivative – Michael has traded them all, across all asset classes. He views the global financial markets as a vast interconnected matrix, and in research and commentaries demonstrates a deep understanding of the ramifications of developments in a market and their potential impact on other tradeable instruments. 

    Michael has over 30 years of experience in financial markets. Starting out as a booking clerk on the ASX equity trading floor in 1983, he has traded on behalf of ABN Amro, Citigroup, City Index, County Natwest, Credit Commercial de France, and Salomon Smith Barney, among others. He held positions such as Head of Dealing Asia Pacific, Director of Derivative Trading and Vice President of Equity Derivatives. Michael holds a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, and has held licenses and accreditation from regulatory authorities and exchanges from around the world, including ASIC, the SFE, the ASX and ASXD, and the SEC in New York.

    McCarthy’s focus is CMC and its clients, but his ability to identify and simplify key market considerations means persistent media requests, both in Australia and internationally. A regular on BBC World, Bloomberg, SKY, and Australia’s national broadcaster the ABC, he also appears on free to air channels and can be seen and heard discussing markets with experts like Ross Greenwood (2GB Radio) and Peter Switzer (SKY Business).

  • James Nguyen
    Co-founder & Managing Partner, Anti Hero Capital

    James is a Founder and Managing Partner at Anti Hero Capital and has been following blockchain technology since 2014. James is heavily involved in the cryptocurrency space and is regarded as one of Asia's leading commentators. Having appeared on CNBC, Sky News, ABC Radio, CoinTelegraph, NSW Parliament House and The Australian among others, he is recognised for his analysis and evaluation of the asset class. He is also a contributing writer for Forbes covering Australia's crypto scene in addition to being an advisor for cryptocurrencies in CoinMarketCap's Top 100.

  • Cindy Nicholson
    Director, Optus and Board Member, ADCA

    Cindy is currently driving thought leadership and innovative technology solutions for the Financial Services Industry in the Asia Pacific region. As pioneer for innovative FinTech solutions at Optus she now helps to enable a streamlined approach to innovation and culture.
    As a finalist of the ARN Women in ICT Awards this month, Cindy is recognised by the industry for her tenacious approach to shaping the future of Australia.

    Her career has a consistent theme of Innovation. Originally from the UK, with JP Morgan and Credit Suisse Financial Products, she was instrumental in the emerging and complex market of derivatives trading.

    Moving to Australia, Cindy established regional offices for a Silicon Valley Financial Services software company, selling into large banks and grew the business, concluding in a successful IPO.

    She later founded a management consulting company, undertaking a number of major programs with Tier 1 banks, bringing innovative FinTech solutions to enable unique market leadership positions for her clients.

    Cindy also led an Irish start-up company in the Asia Pacific region, developing presence in 11 countries over 7 years before being acquired.

    Cindy has a passion for Blockchain and is a Board Member of the Australian Digital Currency Association (ADCA) and an industry representative of the Australian Payments Council (APC). She is also an internationally qualified Executive Coach, specialising is assisting small – medium sized companies break through barriers to success, working with executives, and mentoring Fintech start-ups. Cindy has a passion for Robotic Automation, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Customer Experience.

    She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and currently holds a non-executive board position with the International Coaching Federation Australasia (ICFA).

    She is also a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society (MACS Snr) and a VIP Member of Stanford Who’s Who.

  • Bridie Ohlsson
    Strategic Projects & Engagement Manager, AgriDigital

    Driving the blockchain innovation strategy at AgriDigital, Bridie works across industry sectors to build communication channels and relationships with government, agribusinesses and the tech start up ecosystem. Bridie manages AgriDigital's blockchain pilots, sitting at the juncture of industry and technology to develop transformational software solutions and solve embedded challenges across international supply chains. Before joining AgriDigital, Bridie worked across research, policy analysis and compliance in the legal and not-for-profit sectors.

    She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Arts in French and Politics studying both at the University of Sydney and Sciences Po, Paris. Bridie has proven success in building effective policies and services, and a deep understanding of global supply chains. Bridie is also the founder of sustainable food production startup, Crecos.

  • Kevin O’Hara
    Group Chief Information Officer & Investment Portfolio Manager, Tulla Private Equity Group

    Kevin O'Hara has a long history as a startup founder and investor having founded and exited two very successful Australian startups to private equity. He has completed an MBA with a major in Digital Transformation, and has gone on to complete postgraduate studies at both INSEAD and Harvard.

    Kevin now works in the Venture Capital and Private Equity investment sector as the Group CIO and Investment Portfolio Manager for Tulla Private Equity Group. Kevin also serves as acting CEO of the Techwitty Digital Technology Advisory, as a strategic advisor to Lakeba Group, Apollo Capital, Havven, and COTI, and on the Advisory Boards of a diverse range of global technology and blockchain related companies.

  • Charles Pollack
    CEO, Picnic

    Charlie comes from an actuarial background and his experience covers a variety of companies including Suncorp for nearly 10 years and then Youi for over 8 years as the Chief Actuary.  In 2017 Charlie decided it was time to work with Picnic’s founder Mark Arnold on a quest to unwind 400 years of corporate insurance and bring a mutual insurer to market.  To bring that dream to life, Charlie and the team has worked diligently with some of the best advisors in Australia to ideate the business model and also bring the country's first STO to market.

  • Andrew Quine
    Head of Digital Assets OTC
    Akuna Capital
  • Keith Horgan
    Vice President, Marketing and Chief Customer Officer
    Panthea Capital
  • Dr Deborah Ralston
    Chair, Self-Managed Super Fund Association

    Deborah Ralston is Professor of Finance at Monash University. She has held a number of leadership positions in Australian Universities, including Dean of Business at the Universities of Southern Queensland and the Sunshine Coast, Pro Vice-Chancellor Business, Law and Information Systems at the University of Canberra, and most recently as Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS).

    Deborah’s research interests include superannuation, innovation, the regulation, strategy and management of financial institutions. She has published widely in these areas including in the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Marketing and Intelligence Planning, the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, the Journal of Small Business Management, the Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice, and the Economic Record.

    She is Principal investigator of the CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster, a three-year, $9m collaboration between Monash and Griffith Universities, the Universities of Warwick (UK) and Western Australia, and CSIRO. Working with private and public sector stakeholders, the Cluster undertakes research into the impact of superannuation on the Australian economy and the post retirement needs of older Australians.

    In June 2015 Deborah was appointed as Chair of ASIC’s Digital Finance Advisory Committee, DFAC assists the Innovation Hub by channelling senior level advice from the fintech sector to gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities, developments and emerging risks of digital financial innovation.

    Deborah has a PhD in finance from Bond University, a Bachelor and Master of Economics from the University of New England, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), the Certified Professional Accountants of Australia (FCPAA), and a Senior Fellow of Finsia (SF Fin).

    She has over 20 years’ experience as a non-executive director on public and private sector boards and is currently a Director of ASX Listed Mortgage Choice, where she is Chair of the Investment Committee for Mortgage Choice Financial Planning and is a member of the Audit Committee. She is also a member of Scale Angels, a female-led angel investment group which focuses on supporting start-ups with predominantly female founders.

  • Zachary Reece
    Managing Partner, BlockTrade Investments (USA)

    Zachary Reece is the Managing Partner of BlockTrade Investments. He also serves as the CEO of Carolina Investments. Zachary's background came from both the tech industry, as well as the finance world. Zachary started as a lead developer for a Fortune 500 Company. After his project was acquired by another institution he turned his sights to finance. Becoming a Licensed Full Trader (Series 7 & 63 Licenses) in the process. After the SEC and FINRA took a defensive posture, Zachary left the 'Traditional Trading' on the NYSE and committed full time to what he had traded for a decade. Since forming the 1st United States based Blockchain Investment Fund he has worked on multiple ICO projects as an advisor. He continues this work today.

  • Yale ReiSoleil
    Chairman, CEO and CIO, IOB llc

    A private equity fund manager and quantitative trader, Mr. ReiSoleil co-manages Sichuan Hongjian Medical Fund, a ¥20 billion acquisition fund, and a cross-border high technology venture capital fund. From 2013 to date, Mr. ReiSoleil has developed several proprietary quantitative trading systems. Combining the most forward-looking technologies with active asset investment and management activities, Mr. ReiSoleil is interested in bringing a healthy balance between innovation and regulation.

  • Craig Ritchie
    Director of Marketing, Hash Rush

    A consultant in the digital space since the 90s dot com boom, Craig has held marketing and brand management roles for the likes of graphics hardware market leader NVIDIA and online videogames specialists CCP Games. His resume includes virtual reality launch title EVE: Valkyrie, massively multiplayer epic EVE: Online, and PS3 free-to-play shooter DUST 514.

  • Kristoffer Sheather
    Founder, Ethereal Capital

    Founder of Ethereal Capital, a venture focused on high performance computing (HPC) systems for crypto mining, blockchain computing, artificial intelligence, 3D rendering, password recovery and scientific computing.

    Previously the Founder & Chief Technology Officer of CloudCentral, an Australian company focused on providing cloud services to ICT service providers, SME and government customers.

    Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Deakin University, and 20 years experience in the IT industry, in roles such including software development, platform operations, solutions architecture, consulting and R&D.

    Member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and have an Australian Defence Force (ADF) Army Reservist since 1998.

  • James Stewart
    Chief Executive Officer
    Coinstart
  • Beau Stoner
    Founder, Principle Consultant , Cryptocurrency Australia Media, Blockchain Management Solutions & Masternode Ventures

    With years of experience as an Engineer, Project Manager and Technologist, Beaus journey into Cryptocurrencies started with investment, before moving into social media as an influencer, then into education and consulting. In mid-2017, Beau developed an online course titled ‘Cryptocurrency Investment Fundamentals’, which has gone on to become the highest rated course on Udemy.com in the categories of business and investment. Beau has since gone on to speak at international blockchain conferences, and is in the process of building CCA Media into Australia’s premier and reliable source of cryptocurrency and blockchain education and news.

    Beau is passionate about blockchain and distributed ledger technology, its application to existing business processes, and educating people in making smart investment decisions.

  • Aleksandar Svetski
    CEO, Amber Labs

    Having been involved with financial markets since 2007, Aleksandar was first introduced to Bitcoin in 2012 whilst at Singularity University.

    Since that time he’s worked with cutting edge tech projects in machine learning, Ai, decentralised networks and public blockchains as either a founder, advisor, speaker, writer or researcher.

    Aleksandar is the founder of the Blockchain Training Institute, CEO @ Fabric.ac, a financial data & identity passport powering fintech, and Founder @ Amber; Australia’s first all in one digital currency exchange, wallet and micro-investment app - where users can get started in crypto from as little as 50c / day.

  • Hamed Taghevi
    CEO & Co-Founder, Agate

    Hamed is an award-winning serial entrepreneur with a tech and business background. He currently owns and runs several successful businesses. He is the founder of DroneOnline Australia, Co-Founder of King ICO, Co-Founder of BID Group, Co-Founder of BID Café, Co-Founder of BID Investment, founder of MyServo. He is also helping several startups to start and grow their business while he is in advisory board of Engenesis as Business Commercialisation advisor and also Startup panel advisor for Tusi Inc.

  • John-Paul Thorbjornsen
    Chief Executive Officer, CanYa

    JP is a technology enthusiast who studied aeronautical engineering and is a former Air Force pilot. JP is an early Bitcoin adopter and blockchain ambassador and is the CEO and Co-founder of CanYa, a decentralised serviceplace for the world.

  • Steve Torso
    Managing Director, Wholesale Investor

    Steve Torso is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Wholesale Investor. Since launching in late 2008, Wholesale Investor has become Australia’s largest capital raising platform, showcasing Private, Pre-IPO and ASX Listed companies to over 17,700 high net worth and professional investors.

    Steve is a regular contributor to the media on the Private investment space, including the AFR, BRW, Sydney Morning Herald, Startup Smart, Smart Company Sky Business Switzer and Switzer.com.au.

    Steve is also considered an opinion leader for Companies who are seeking to raise capital. He has been a keynote presenter at events for the Australian Stock Exchange, Macquarie University, UTS, Queensland Government, WA Chamber of Commerce, AusBiotech, Thomson Reuters, Commercialisation Australia, DLA Piper and PwC.

  • Leigh Travers
    Chief Executive Officer / Chair , DigitalX / ICO Industry Working Group

    Leigh Travers has enjoyed a decade of building relationships in financial and technology markets through his experience at Fintech and Investment Advisory companies. Leigh's ability to secure buy-in from key stakeholders from within an organization, across an industry and from investors has led to exciting opportunities in the Fintech market place.

    Leigh has an extensive trading history in financial markets and was a Designated Trading Representatives (DTR) and one of the largest Bitcoin traders in Australia. He is the Managing Director of ASX-Listed Blockchain technology Company DigitalX and Vice-Chairman of Australia's Blockchain Industry Body, the Australian Digital Commerce Association (ADCA).

  • Claire Wivell Plater
    Chairman, The Fold Legal

    After a series of escapes from a Tasmanian apple farm, a big law firm and a major financial institution, Claire thinks she’s finally found her calling.

    We think so too – in fact, Claire embodies everything The Fold stands for. She’s passionate about simplifying complexity and making legal solutions affordable and available to financial services businesses of all sizes. As one of her long-standing clients puts it, “I always enjoyed working together as you were one of the few lawyers who had the guts to call it as it is.” And her level of enthusiasm for what she does is infectious.

    Our vocabulaic regulatory guru, Claire is guaranteed to find different and elegant answers to old problems. Disregarding norms is a specialty. She’s prodigiously productive – it’s exhausting to watch.

    Claire is a long standing member of the Business Advisory Committee to ASIC's Licensing Division and was recently appointed to the Treasurer's FinTech Advisory Group. She is also a prolific author, commentator and presenter on regulatory and legal issues. Claire gets really excited about working with fintech startups and anyone with an innovative approach to financial services distribution. She's also the person to call when ASIC comes knocking.

  • Rulin Zhao
    CEO, Swappit

    Rulin Zhao is the Founder and CEO of Swappit. He has over six years of investment and management experience.

    He is an expert in finance, algorithmic trading and risk management. Rulin has been involved in the blockchain space since 2016 focused primarily on trading. He founded Lion’s Capital in 2017 where he currently serves as the managing director. Lion’s capital is a boutique proprietary trading firm that specializes in algorithmic trading of cryptocurrency assets.

    Rulin holds a Master’s degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, New York and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.