Speakers

Eric Alexandre
Creator, Jetcoin & Co-Founder, Jetcoin Institute
Hailing from a fashion photography background, having spent 6 years in Paris, assisting fashion photographers, Eric’s first assignments in New York were with modeling agencies such as Elite, Wilhemina, Karin, IMG, Company and Boss. His visual style won him the 1997 TIMMY Awards for “Best Photographer” in New York.

Following Eric’s experiments into film and video media, he was approached by reputable agencies to direct and shoot promotional and corporate videos, amongst them, the New York Times’ “Expect the World” video; Supermodel Frederique Van der Wahl’s lingerie collection, “Frederique Q” and the Elite Model Look official promo video.

Believing that Asia is poised to be the next “happening” media/fashion hub, Eric moved to Singapore and started shooting television commercials and stills regionally. These include print campaigns for Philips, Lolita Lempicka, and TV commercials for Olympus, L’Oreal, BMW, as well as the Honda “New Jazz” commercial which clinched a 2007 Silver Award in Australia.

Recognizing a similar demand for image and PR management among artists and athletes, Eric has been helping young athletes to develop a professional grade image over the last few years and was able to do so as the Elite Model Managing Director since 2010. Stemming from this experience and aware of the early challenges faced by talented athletes he has decided to spearhead the “Jetcoin Institute”, an organization aimed at financing the development of young athletes and artists through a new cryptocurrency called ‘jetcoin’. He is supported in this sports and entertainment focused venture by cryptocurrency experts such as Seedcoin, a global bitcoin startup incubator with partners in Asia and Europe.

Session

January 30 | 9:45am – 10:30am
The Future of Altcoins

John Bailon
CEO/CTO and Co-Founder, Satoshi Citadel Industries
John is the founder of Baicapture Inc., a company that is recognized as the original pioneer of the photo booth service that started an entire industry not only in the Philippines, but all over the world. It is still one of the largest and most successful of its kind in the Philippines and Singapore today. Aside from Baicapture, he is also working on Leag, a start-up that acts as a publishing platform for websites of amateur and professional basketball leagues.

As one of the founders of Satoshi Citadel Industries, John leads the team as CEO and CTO, guiding the management and development of SCI’s team and products. The rare combination of technical expertise alongside business acumen has allowed him to lead the company’s rapid growth, and his passion for developing Bitcoin technology is reflected in SCI’s successful lineup of products and services today.

Session

January 30 | 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Bitcoin for Brick-and-Mortar Merchants

Steve Beauregard
CEO & Founder, GoCoin.com
Steve is serial entrepreneur with a keen eye for emerging technologies and the business instincts to develop companies in the critical path of the trends.

In the early 90’s, Steve helped DIRECTV launch the first commercial satellite television service in the US and Latin American countries. He played a key role in the design and integration of their business systems and the in-country rollout of service.

As the Internet gained steam, Steve identified email as the next “killer app” and launched a successful Enterprise Messaging and Collaboration practice for international fortune 100 companies. In 1998, Steve took that practice mobile after RIM showed him an early prototype of a two-way mobile email pager (the device was ultimately rebranded as the BlackBerry.) Recognizing the trend early, Steve positioned his company REGARD as the first west coast BlackBerry partner and at one point become the largest independent reseller of BlackBerry products in the US.

After the Y2K craze, REGARD expanded into a high-end boutique Internet strategy firm to compete with Razorfish, March-First and the like. REGARD quickly added clients TRW, VPA (bought by Fidelity), DIRECTV and John Deere while the mobility division landed Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, Wells Fargo Bank, Countrywide, Hughes, LIONSGATE, Creative Artists Agency and myriad state & federal gov’t agencies.

In 2003, REGARD opened an Indian software development subsidiary and established a nationwide reputation with RIM, Microsoft, AT&T, Sprint/NEXTEL, & Verizon a “go-to” mobile and eCommerce company.

Steve has been COO of a publicly traded eCommerce business, conducted due diligence and made countless angel investments into startups, acted as outside business process and technology strategist to countless “C-Level” executives of Fortune-500 and SMB Businesses. Steve was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine (9/07), is often quoted in trade rags, and speaks at southern California universities & tradeshows on entrepreneurship, mobility, social media, and NOW cryptocurrencies!

Session

January 29 | 12:15pm – 12:45pm
Keynote: Inside Bitcoins 2029: A Historic Look at 20 Years of Global Digital Currency Payments

Neal R. Blackburn
Co-Founder, CloudMining.SG
Neal is the Co-Founder of Cloud Mining Singapore and a life-time member of the Bitcoin Foundation. He has over seven years experience in Asia and focuses his time on decentralized solutions to furthering global crypto-currency adoption.
Session

January 30 | 9:45am – 10:30am
The Future of Altcoins

Luis Buenaventura
Head of Product, Satoshi Citadel Industries and Co-Founder, Rebit
Luis built his first web application, a prototypal social network, while a college senior at UP Diliman in 2001. In 2009, his startup Syndeolabs was acqui-hired by Exist Global.

Today, Luis is the head of product at Satoshi Citadel Industries, and co-founder of Rebit.ph. After discovering Bitcoin in early 2014, his passion for the technology has become relentless. He frequently writes about Bitcoin, remittances and mobile money and has been published by Coindesk, Cointelegraph, Bitcoin Magazine, Tech in Asia, Rappler, and The Next Web.

Session

January 29 | 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World

Roberto Capodieci
IT Artisan and Entrepreneur
Roberto has earned a reputation as one of the industry’s most innovative thinkers. Currently living in Bali as a semi retired entrepreneur, he is devoting his energies on decentralising business methodologies using the block chain concept.
Sessions

January 29 | 11:30am – 12:15pm
The Promise of Decentralized Technology: Blockchain 2.0, Ethereum, Factom, Sidechains and Beyond
January 30 | 9:45am – 10:30am
The Future of Altcoins

Dave Chapman
COO & Co-Founder, ANX

Dave Chapman is an experienced banking technology and compliance professional, currently the COO and Co-founder of ANX, the first Hong Kong based trading platform for buying and selling crypto currencies. Dave has an extensive compliance and regulatory background, with over 10 years experience specializing in the analysis of trading environments and the implementation of associated systems. He has worked at various investment banks and multinational financial institutions in Australia, UK and Hong Kong. Prior to joining ANX, he managed an institutional markets technology development team at HSBC Investment Bank.
Session

January 29 | 9:00am – 9:45am
Bitcoin Regulation Update: Global Issues and Challenges

Alex Chan
Manager of Program Management, Microsoft

Alex Chan is a Manager of Program Management at Microsoft. He works on payment enablement across the company’s online stores and services globally. Most recently, he led the effort to enable acceptance of Bitcoin at Microsoft’s consumer stores. Previously, he helped establish the R&D center for Microsoft in Shanghai and ran a world-class product team from there developing frameworks and tools for Azure.
Before coming to Microsoft, Alex helped start a new business venture at Cisco Systems. As a founding team member, he played an instrumental role in incubating the internal venture to develop networking infrastructure for distributed applications and services. His earlier efforts in Cisco resulted in the creation of a market-leading unified communications platform based on VoIP.
Alex received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Master’s degree from the University of Waterloo and a BSc from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, both in computer science.

Session

January 30 | 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Bitcoin 2.0 and Blockchain Startups: What Really Matters?

Oscar Darmawan
Co-Founder and CEO, Bitcoin Indonesia
Oscar Darmawan co-founded Bitcoin Indonesia, the largest Indonesia-based bitcoin exchange that facilitates cryptocurrency trading for more than 40,000 registered members. In the past two years, Oscar has been focusing on building the bitcoin ecosystem in Indonesia. He is the author of Bitcoin – Mata Uang Digital Dunia (Bitcoin – Digital Currency of the World, a bitcoin introductory book). Oscar also initiated the Bitislands project, with the mission to turn Bali into a Bitcoin Island. Acting as the co-founder and CEO of Bitcoin Indonesia, he is in charge of the operations, strategy, and public relations of the company.

Prior to founding Bitcoin Indonesia, Oscar spent over eight years in the IT industry servicing both military and corporate clients. His early career started with a Singapore-based IT company that handles many crucial projects for the Singapore government. Based on his technological and business experiences, he later started his own IT companies in Indonesia to support many projects for government agencies and private enterprises.

Oscar graduated from Monash University in 2006 with double degree in Information Technology and Information System.

Session

January 30 | 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Bitcoin for Brick-and-Mortar Merchants

Wendell Davis
CEO, Humint and Founder, Hive
Wendell is the CEO of Humint, a brand consultancy that creates digital currencies for making good. He is also the founder and principal creative force behind Hive, an easy-to-use Bitcoin wallet and merchant discovery platform. Before finding himself in the impassable clutches of cryptocurrency addiction, Wendell wore the hats of both game developer and Internet entrepreneur. He is passionate about decentralization, operational security, and, paradoxically, excellent user experience design.
Session

January 30 | 12:00pm – 12:45pm
Bitcoin 2.0 and Blockchain Startups: What Really Matters?

Kunal Dixit
Founder, Trestor Foundation
Kunal advocates that “Adoption is the true disruption” for any cryptocurrency 2.0 protocol. Applications are disruptive when they help execute a task better than the alternative. Protocols on the other hand, are disruptive when they achieve mass adoption, therefore simpler and elegant protocols with minimal technical and organizational overhead are better positioned to win.

Kunal began his entrepreneurial journey when he was 11, by starting a comic book library. At 13, he made money organizing inter-community quiz competitions, at 14 he sold sandwiches and partnered with his brother for a gaming business during Diwali celebrations in India. On 10th October 2005, Kunal started his first incorporated business, a bioinformatics company. Kunal is an astute student of money and human cognitive biases, he builds his models by leveraging the fact that human beings are visibly irrational, especially in a group/tribe format.

Session

January 30 | 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Singapore and Asia: Local Scene, Local Issues

Frank Falco
COO, bitSIM
Frank has over 25 years experience in successfully building technology companies. Former Chief Information Officer at Internode, Australia’s largest privately owned broadband services provider, Frank was also Operations Manager at YourAmigo, which provides online marketing services through organic search. Frank also founded Recall Design, an online application development company acquired by MYOB. As an active member of the Australian startup community, Frank has worked on and been an advisor to several startups.

Working now on Virtual SIM concepts for Identity and Blockchain technologies. Working with his team, their experience and pedigree bodes well for solutions across the burgeoning Bitcoin industries & Ecosystems.

Session

January 30 | 9:00am – 9:45am
The Future of Altcoins

Daniel Feichtinger
CO-Founder and CTO, Hyperledger
Daniel is co-founder and CTO of Hyperledger, a decentralised ledger platform for recording and transferring digital assets. Previously, Daniel was a developer in London, working on everything from enterprise financial software to location-based search at a startup.

Session

January 30 | 12:00pm – 12:45pm
Bitcoin 2.0 and Blockchain Startups: What Really Matters

Tomas Forgac
Founder, Coin of Sale
Tomas got interested in Bitcoin through his education in Austrian economics and voluntaryism. His technical background comes from years in finance and retail IT. He launched Coin Of Sale as a free pet project in July 2013 and transformed it into full-time startup this year. Coin Of Sale provides free service with basic functionality for brick-and-mortar merchants accepting Bitcoin and premium service with extended functionality for physical and hybrid establishments. Tomas has been promoting Bitcoin in Singapore since then by giving public talks, writing and appearing in local and international media.”
Sessions

January 29 | 1:45pm – 2:30pm
Financial Regulations and Bitcoin
January 30 | 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Bitcoin for Brick-and-Mortar Merchants

Sergij Foski
DIACLE
Bio coming soon.
Session

January 29 | 9:00am – 9:45am
Bitcoin Regulation Update: Global Issues and Challenges

Markus Gnirck
Co-Founder and Global COO, Startupbootcamp FinTech
Markus is the co-founder & Global COO of Startupbootcamp FinTech, the largest innovation program in the FinTech industry, based in London and Singapore. Besides running the 3 months accelerator he is also in charge of organising hackathons, innovation workshops and pitch days – everything that is required to boost innovation in the financial industry. He is a German engineer by heart that quickly realised that corporates are not his cup of tea. After founding a fashion and scaling up a cleanWeb startup, he is involved as an angel investor and advisor in the European tech community.
Session

January 30 | 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Singapore and Asia: Local Scene, Local Issues

Kirill Gourov
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, CSqua.red
Kirill is the co-founder of CSqua.red, a start-up firm engaged in multi-faceted strategy consulting within the Internet 3.0 areas. He has been an active trader and broker in the Bitcoin space since the inception of “Satoshi Square,” a term he coined. He continues his work through consulting and brokering large volume transactions for institutions and high net worth individuals and spends his spare time developing valuation theories for cryptocurrency. Kirill’s words have appeared in several news outlets including the Financial Times, CNBC, Coindesk, NYTimes, and others.
Session

January 30 | 3:30pm – 4:15pm
Fundamental Analysis and Valuation for Bitcoin

Xavier Hawk
Founder, Permacredits
Xavier Hawk Is the founder of Permacredits and also founded Colony Earth, an Eco Village and Eco Development company in Western North Carolina that runs on Bitcoin and other crypto currencies. The business model he developed for profitable Permaculture Eco Developments is already being adopted and implemented in locations across the globe, and the work he is doing with Permacredits is laying the groundwork for how DACs and Bitcoin 2.0 protocols function in the marketplace.
Session

January 30 | 1:45pm – 2:15pm
Building Private Complementary Currencies: The What, The Why, and The Now

Arthur Hayes
Co-Founder & CEO, BitMEX
Arthur Hayes obtained his BA in Economics at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Subsequently he moved to Hong Kong where worked as an equity derivatives trader for Deutsche Bank and Citigroup for 5 years. Arthur made markets on the Hong Kong and Singapore stock exchanges on 50+ Exchange Trade Funds (ETFs). In January 2014, Arthur along with two other individuals began building BitMEX – Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange. The aim was to create an exchange where commercial hedgers, Bitcoin miners, and professional traders can trade Bitcoin derivatives. Arthur used his experience trading in the traditional financial markets to help create a professional Bitcoin derivatives exchange. BitMEX opened its doors in November of 2014 and is fast becoming the exchange where professional investors trade Bitcoin and cryptocurrency derivatives.
Session

January 29 | 9:45am – 10:30am
Bitcoin Derivatives: What Are They? And Why We Need Them

Mark Hergott
Co-Founder and COO, Coinarch
Mark is a co-founder and the COO of Coinarch, an online platform offering innovative trading solutions for Bitcoin. He has a diverse background including engineering, consulting and project management with a recent focus on financial markets having worked as an exotic derivatives trader for investment banks in Hong Kong and Australia. Mark is passionate about start ups and is excited by Coinarch’s recent public launch and upcoming product pipeline.
Session

January 30 | 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Singapore and Asia: Local Scene, Local Issues

Jonathan Hope
Partner, Fusion Systems
Mr. Hope is a technologist and entrepreneur with rare breadth and depth of experience. His technical experience includes building high-performance real-time trading systems in Tokyo and on Wall Street, research in theoretical computation and artificial intelligence at MIT in Cambridge, MA, and patented research in cryptography at the Panasonic Princeton Laboratory.
Session

January 29 | 11:30am – 12:15pm
The Promise of Decentralized Technology

Ron Hose
Co-Founder and CEO, coins.ph
Ron Hose is the co-founder and CEO of coins.ph, the Philippine’s leading Bitcoin exchange. Coins.ph’s mission is to improve financial inclusion by using digital currency as a low cost gateway to banking. Prior to coins.ph, Ron was a founding partner at Innovation Endeavors, an early stage venture capital fund backed by Eric Schmidt.Ron was also the co-founder of TokBox, a consumer video conferencing company that was acquired by Telefonica. TokBox was backed by Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital, Stanford University and some of Silicon Valleys best-known angel investors. Ron holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from Cornell University, where he graduated at the top of his class. Ron is also an active investor and adviser to several Silicon Valley startups.
Session

January 29 | 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World

Zennon Kapron
Managing Director, Kapronasia
Zennon is the founder and Managing Director of Kapronasia and has been involved in the financial technology industry for over 15 years. Kapronasia is one of Asia’s leading providers of independent research, custom consulting, and advisory services focusing on the financial industry and financial technology. Clients of Kapronasia include some of the world’s largest financial institutions and technology companies. Kapronasia helps clients understand and navigate the challenges they face from a challenging region with a rapidly changing business, operational and technological environment. Zennon has been published and mentioned in numerous online and offline industry publications including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Financial Times and Bloomberg, and is a regular participant in industry events both in Asia and globally. Zennon is the author of “Bitcoin in China” a book published by Penguin looking at the evolution of bitcoin in China. Before Kapronasia, Zennon was the Global Banking Industry Manager for Intel based out of Shanghai, China and, prior to Intel, was the CIO for Citigroup Portugal. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from Syracuse University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Session

January 29 | 10:45am – 11:30am
A Look at the Past, Present and Future of Bitcoin in Asia (and China)

Pawan Kumar
CEO, Intellect Market Pte. Ltd.
Pawan holds a masters degree in computer science and application and has over 25 years of experience in the information technology field. Since 2004, Pawan has been dealing with various forms of online marketing including PPC , incentive driven lead marketing, email marketing, digital currencies trading and more. Pawan has ov er eight years of digital currencies experience since the time of e-gold and he is one of the early adopters of the crypto currencies. Pawan has had various successful technology ventures in the past and in February 2014, Intellect Market Pte. Ltd., a self funded company, was launched in Singapore. It provides a one stop solution of global crypto exchange and merchant payment gateway having integration with other centralized digital currencies like Okpay, Perfect Money, Egopay etc.
Sessions

January 30 | 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Bitcoin for Brick-and-Mortar Merchants
January 30 | 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Singapore and Asia: Local Scene, Local Issues

Antony Lewis
Business Development Director, itBit & President, The Association of Crypto-Currency Enterprises and Start-ups, Singapore
Antony Lewis is the Business Development Director of itBit in Asia (based in Singapore). He brings more than 10 years of digital currency and finance experience to the Bitcoin community. Antony’s previous roles include market-making in FX as a G10 spot trader in London for Barclays Capital, and leading a team of FX trading software developers at Credit Suisse. Prior to that, Antony was a business strategy consultant at OC&C Strategy Consultants. He also serves as the President of the The Association of Crypto-Currency Enterprises and Startups, Singapore (ACCESS) — an organization that aims to provide an open and clear dialogue between Singapore cryptocurrency businesses and the wider public, including regulators. Antony holds a BA and MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University (Gonville and Caius College).
Sessions

January 29 | 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World
January 30 | 12:00pm – 12:45pm
Bitcoin 2.0 and Blockchain Startups: What Really Matters?

Hugh Madden
CTO, ANX
Hugh Madden founded his first company at age 18 writing software to protect Internet companies from hackers during the Internet boom in the nineties. He then proceeded to implement low latency risk and trading systems, where he combated even more devious and much better funded hackers (aka algo traders) at the world’s biggest investment banks. Recently he left institutional markets and co-founded ANX, The world’s most innovative Bitcoin coin exchange, hoping to find some peace. Instead he found himself in a brave new world with a whole new generation of financial market hackers. Even so, he has yet to meet anyone as naughty as his two year old boy.
Sessions

January 29 | 11:30am – 12:15pm
The Promise of Decentralized Technology
January 29 | 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World

Ashley Martabano
Attorney, Baker Marquart
Ashley has represented individual and corporate clients in complex, high-stakes criminal, civil and regulatory matters in both state and federal courts. Though she has experience in cases spanning the civil and criminal spectra from criminal antitrust matters and civil damages trials to complex RICO and antitrust cases, she has focused on off-label pharmaceutical investigations, False Claims Act cases and FCPA matters. Just before joining Baker Marquart, Ashley briefly served as a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles through the TAP program where she handled both preliminary hearings and a jury trial in state court. Before beginning her practice in the US, Ashley spent a year in South Africa litigating constitutional women’s rights issues from trial court level through the Constitutional Court as a Harvard Henigson Human Rights Fellow with the Women’s Legal Centre. This experience included appearing in the Constitutional Court with two South African advocates at the end of her tenure. Ashley graduated from Harvard Law School in 2003, where she practiced as both a Deputy District Attorney in the Lawrence Court and as a public defender in the Roxbury Court through Harvard’s clinical programs. She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. She is admitted to practice in New York and California and various federal courts.
Session

January 29 | 9:00am – 9:45am
Bitcoin Regulation Update: Global Issues and Challenges

Aurélien Menant
Co-Founder/CEO, Gatecoin & Co-Founder, Bitcoin Association of HK
Aurélien is co-founder and CEO of Gatecoin.com, a digital currencies exchange based in Hong Kong and incubated by government body HKSTP that will offer its clients to trade bitcoins and digital currencies through local transfers, using a global network of bank accounts. Gatecoin is also currently developing bitcharities.org, which will allow charities to receive donations from all around the globe using bitcoins. Aurélien also serves on the boards of several startups in Hong Kong and is one of the co-founders of the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong. He started his career as an investment banker, first in Paris and London, working on M&A and LBO deals, then in Hong Kong, working on cross-border acquisition financing and capital structure advisory deals for a major global CIB. Aurélien received a BSc in engineering from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI and a MSc in Management from EM Lyon Business School.
Sessions

January 29 | 9:00am – 9:45am
Bitcoin Regulation Update: Global Issues and Challenges
January 30 | 9:45am – 10:30am
The Future of Altcoins
January 30 | 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Singapore and Asia: Local Scene, Local Issues

David Moskowitz
Founder, Coin Republic
David Moskowitz founded Coin Republic to help educate the public about Bitcoin and create a platform to help them buy and sell Bitcoin easily. In June 2013, he launched an online Autobuy system, which allows clients to use their Singapore iBanking accounts to quickly purchase Bitcoin and send them directly to their wallets. He is a well known Singapore evangelist for Bitcoin and local Bitcoin businesses and has helped to promote Singapore as a Bitcoin hub to the wider world.
Sessions

January 29 | 11:30am – 12:15pm
The Promise of Decentralized Technology
January 30 | 10:30am – 10:45am
Transparent Voting Using the Blockchain

David Namdar
Partner and Head of Trading, SolidX
David has a decade of international business and financial market experience and currently is a Partner and Head of Trading at SolidX, where he addresses bespoke swaps and other derivative products on behalf of institutional investors seeking exposure to alternative asset classes. He has significant trading expertise in equities, derivatives and foreign currencies and in using fundamental and quantitative analysis to invest on a global basis. He previously was with Millennium Management LLC and served as the head trader and analyst for one of their equity relative value portfolio teams. David has a bachelor’s degree in finance and international business from the USC Marshall School of Business and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Sessions

January 29 | 9:00am – 9:45am
Bitcoin Regulation Update: Global Issues and Challenges
January 29 | 11:30am – 12:15pm
The Promise of Decentralized Technology

Bobby Ong
Co-Founder, CoinGecko
Bobby Ong is the co-founder of CoinGecko, a cryptocurrency ranking website. CoinGecko provides 360 degree overview of the various cryptocurrencies in the market by looking at metrics covering developer activity, community strength, trading volume, public interest and market capitalization. Bobby completed his degree in Economics from University College London under a full scholarship.
Session

January 30 | 9:45am – 10:30am
The Future of Altcoins

Erik Wilgenhof Plante
Chief Compliance Officer, itBit
Erik Wilgenhof Plante is the Chief Compliance Officer of itBit. Previously, he was a Senior Compliance Manager at PayPal where he oversaw regulatory and operational compliance for Southeast Asia. A seasoned expert in risk and compliance, Erik has held senior roles in the banking sector, including DZ Privatbank,Comerzbank, and Royal Bank of Scotland. He has conducted numerous workshops and presentations on compliance topics for companies and regulators worldwide. Erik is heavily involved in several financial industry trade organizations, for example, as network chairman and fellow of the International Compliance Association and a founding board member of the Singapore chapter of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS). Erik received his Bachelor of Law from the University of Amsterdam and his MBA from Webster University.
Session

January 29 | 2:30pm – 3:15pm
Non-Compliance Risk for Financial Institutions and its Implications for Bitcoin

Mohammed Roshan
Chief Scientist, Unocoin and Creator, Saffroncoin
Mohammed Roshan is an Electronics & Communication Engineer with keen interest and passion towards IT and new challenging technologies, one being Bitcoin.

Roshan is the Chief Scientist at Unocoin, India’s largest Bitcoin trading platform and is also the creator of Saffroncoin – an alternate multi-algorithm crypto-currency. He is dedicated to using the Bitcoin Protocol to build extensive decentralized applications and bring crypto awareness to the common public.

Roshan envisions that the Bitcoin Protocol would help free trade around the world and hence fight poverty and improve lives of billions.

Session

January 30 | 11:00am – 11:30am
Adoption of Bitcoin and Other Digital Currencies in India

So Saito
Counsel, Nishimura & Asahi and Legal Advisor, Japan Authority of Digital Assets
So Saito is a Japanese lawyer who has specialized in finance law and corporate law for 15 years. So is legal counsel to the Japan Authority of Digital Assets (JADA), a self-regulatory authority for Bitcoin enterprises in Japan.

As a lawyer, he advises the Japanese government, Japanese Bitcoin companies, overseas Bitcoin companies, and companies that have an interest in Bitcoin.

Session

January 29 | 9:00am – 9:45am
Bitcoin Regulation Update: Global Issues and Challenges

George Samman
COO, BTC.sx
George Samman is the COO of BTC.sx, the world’s first bitcoin derivatives trading platform. He is a former Wall Street Senior Portfolio Manager and Market Strategist as well as a technical analyst. A seasoned trader, George has over 8 years of experience in the financial markets.
Session

January 29 | 3:30pm – 4:15pm
Intermarket Analysis: Where Bitcoin Fits In

Ric Shreves
Co-Founder, Coin Academy
Ric Shreves is the Co-Founder of Coin Academy, the first education and training company focused exclusively on digital currencies. Ric has an extensive background in technology, education, and publishing. He’s written over a dozen books on technology and worked previously as the Director of Program Development for Kaplan China. A long time Asia expat, Ric not only develops content and runs the technology platform for Coin Academy, but also provides consultancy services for companies entering the digital currency space.
Session

January 30 | 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Singapore and Asia: Local Scene, Local Issues

Paul Snow
CEO, Factom & Founder, Passing Bitcoin Around the World
Paul Snow has been writing compilers, interpreters, and Rules Engines for use in graphics, embedded systems, and web applications for over 30 years. He designed and executed the Passing Bitcoin Around the World events. This event demonstrated the ability to pass value many times around the world for pennies and in minutes. As an Organizer of the Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency meetup group, he organized the Mini Bitcoin Conference in Austin Series, which has grown into the Texas Bitcoin Conference. In May of 2014 he began a project, Factom. Factom allows arbitrary data to be secured with the Bitcoin.
Session

January 30 | 11:30am – 12:00pm
Towards Decentralization: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain is Changing Business

Marcus Swanepoel
CEO, BitX

Marcus is co-founder and CEO of BitX, a global cryptocurrency platform that provides Bitcoin products and services including wallets, exchanges, merchant integration and APIs to consumers, businesses and developers predominantly across emerging markets. Before co-founding BitX, Marcus worked for Standard Chartered in Singapore and before that 3i and Morgan Stanley in London. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and CFA charter holder.
Session

January 30 | 12:00pm – 12:45pm
Bitcoin 2.0 and Blockchain Startups: What Really Matters?

Eddy Travia
Co-Founder & Chief Start Up Officer, Seedcoin
Eddy Travia is the co-founder of Seedcoin, a global virtual incubator helping seed-stage Bitcoin startups to develop and market cryptocurrency services and products in various parts of the world. Startups include bitcoin wallets, bitcoin exchanges, trading platforms, cryptocurrency payment processors and software companies.

Eddy is the founder of the Bitcoin Institute, a think-tank meant to promote the adoption of bitcoin and establishing best practices in Bitcoin-centric activities such as bitcoin trading.

Eddy moved to Shanghai from Europe in 2004 to lead the Chinese arm of a private equity investment company and subsequently managed funds in China and Hong Kong. Soon after learning about Bitcoin he decided to shift the focus of his investment actitivies solely on Bitcoin-centric startups, convinced of the great potential and disruptive power of cryptocurrencies to transform the worlds of finance, payments, trading and remittances.

Session

January 29 | 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World
January 30 | 12:00pm – 12:45pm
Bitcoin 2.0 and Blockchain Startups: What Really Matters

Adam Vaziri
Director, DIACLE
Adam is a qualified lawyer and director of Diacle ltd., which provides licensing and compliance support to financial services firms (from consumer credit firms, fund managers, forex brokerages, fintech businesses, including digital currency start ups). He also acts as a consultant for Neopay; leading the market in delivering compliance solutions to e-money institutions, payment institutions and related industries. Adam is a director of the UKDCA, the UK Digital Currency Association.
Session

January 29 | 9:00am – 9:45am
Bitcoin Regulation Update: Global Issues and Challenges

Leonhard Weese
President, Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong
Leo got into Bitcoin during his studies of economics and statistics in Vienna and Hong Kong. He is currently working on TheMetooApp, a mobile marketplace for spontaneous deals.
Session

January 30 | 9:00am – 9:45am
Bitcoin: How to Reclaim Financial Privacy

Dominik Weil
Freelance, Consultant, Bitcoin Vietnam Co. Ltd.
Dominik is a Freelance Consultant at Bitcoin Vietnam Co. Ltd. (based in Ho Chi Minh City), the first Bitcoin exchange in Vietnam. Bitcoin Vietnam Co. Ltd. aims to bring the advantages of Cryptocurrencies to this fascinating emerging economy, supported by technological
solutions through its established Israeli Partners Bit2C (upcoming live trading exchange “VBTC”) and Bits of Gold (consumer products). He was a Co-Founder of the Bitcoin Community in Frankfurt; Germanys “capital of finance”. Dominik has an educational background in economic sociology (Goethe-University Frankfurt) and is a profound connoisseur in Austrian Economics. He speaks English and German, while being eager to improve his basic Vietnamese skills.
Session

January 29 | 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World

Jason Williams
President, Bitcoin Australia and Co-Founder The BitPOS Group
Jason has been passionate about IT from a young age and has been involved with emerging technologies from the early stages including the roll out of cable internet in Australia.

He believes Bitcoin is a technology set to revolutionize the world and is ardent in his desire for it to grow and mature into an everyday technology for everybody.

With a career spanning 20 years, he brings experience from the banking and ISP sectors (both in Australia and from Europe) to the Bitcoin Association of Australia.

Session

January 30 | 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Bitcoin for Brick-and-Mortar Merchants

Lee Willson
Bitcoin Ambassador, Bitcoin World Tour
Lee Willson is an accountant by qualification and a corporate consultant by profession. He has over twenty years’ of successful track record in marketing, finance and investment sectors and is now semi-retired.

He is one of the very few who shared the stage with the legendary investor Jim Rogers. He has been living in Hong Kong and Shenzhen China for the past eight years with his family.

In April 2014, he kick-started his Bitcoin World Tour and became the first person in the world to travel with bitcoin and documented the journey.

In February 2015 he launched bitcoinworldtour.org, the first crypto-currency lifestyle webgazine dedicated to ordinary people on the street who never knew bitcoin is so close to them. He has been a researcher, investor, contract miner, journalist and promoter of the crypto-currency.

Session

January 30 | 12:00pm – 12:45pm
Bitcoin 2.0 and Blockchain Startups: What Really Matters?

Harry Yeh
Managing Partner, Binary Financial
Harry Yeh is a Managing Partner at Binary Financial and is known in the digital currency space for trading and facilitating large bitcoin transactions between high net worth individuals.

Harry is Serial Entrepreneur with a software and infrastructure engineering background, and has over 15 years experience in the Technology and Business Field. He has been the CTO and Co-Founder in a few startups as well as running his on technology consulting company. Harry also have years of experience trading stocks, options and currencies.

Harry is a graduate from the University of Western Ontario and has a BA in Statistical Science and studied Computer Science at Stanford’s professional development program. Harry currently resides in Vancouver, B.C. Canada.

Session

January 29 | 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World

Peter Yeo
Founder, CloudMining.SG
Peter is an serial entrepreneur, technologist and a passionate advocate of the BlockChain and its virtual currencies such as BitCoin, Litecoin and Dogecoin.

His Vision is to bring affordable Virtual Currency Mining for the masses, either by distributing the latest ASIC mining hardware or through the Virtual Mining As A Hosted Service Infrastructure.

He is serving as an Advisory Board Member of CryptorTrust (APAC).

When he is not mining in the clouds or dabbling with crypto projects, Peter provides consulting as a Technical Business Analyst with Dentsu Aegis Network, where he functions as one of the key central roles executing IT integration across APAC for over 10,000 users in the US$5Billion merger and acquisition of Aegis Media Group by Dentsu.

Prior to this, he was the Person-in-charge (Project Lead) in Toyota’s Global SCM-JIT custom ERP – Vehicle Distribution System which ensured the timely ordering, manufacturing, shipping and delivery to Toyota Dealers contributing to global annual sales of over US$0.22 Trillion.

At the age of 24, he raised S$250,000 in 2007 to start a new chain of Internet Cafes in Indonesia, the first outlet consisted over 200cpus and operated 24hrs x 7 days a week.

Peter started his first company in 2006, and performed as lead consultant for the IT infrastructure integration in the US$1.7Billion Samsung Siltronic silicon wafer plant mega project.

Peter graduated from the Founder’s Institute in 2011, is trained in PMP and holds a Diploma in BIT from Temasek Polytechnic.

Session

January 30 | 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Singapore and Asia: Local Scene, Local Issues