Speakers

Claire Wells
Claire Wells Legal & Business Affairs Director for Europe, Circle

Claire Wells is the Legal & Business Affairs Director - Europe, for Circle, a crypto blockchain company breaking boundaries in the FinTech sector.

Circle is a social payments platform offering free, instant, global digital money transfers and is focused on transforming the world economy with secure, simple, and less costly technology for storing and using money. Circle is backed by $250 million from investors including Goldman Sachs, IDG China, Breyer Capital, Accel, Baidu, CICC and Bitmain, and has offices in Boston, New York, San Francisco, Beijing, Dublin and London.

Marieke Flament
Marieke Flament Global CMO and EMEA Managing Director at Circle

Marieke Flament is Global CMO and EMEA Managing Director at Circle, a world leading crypto finance company that has raised $246m in funding and has 7m customers globally. At Circle, Marieke’s mission is to make crypto mainstream and help leverage the power it will bring to society; by bringing Circle’s products to market and working closely with regulators, governments and industry peers to help shape the future of finance.

Marieke joined Circle in April 2016; and had since established Circle in Europe, building up Circle’s European operations to four offices, over 60 employees and millions of customers across Circle’s product lines.

Saar Levi
Saar Levi CEDEX CEO and Co-Founder

Saar Levi, CEO and Co-Founder of CEDEX: A Global Diamond Commodity Exchange that has engineered a groundbreaking change in the diamond market, enabling people to liquidate and invest in diamonds as a new financial asset class.

He has over 15 years' experience in the global financial markets and has held senior roles in leading financial institutions such as Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital and Intesa Sanpaolo (Banca IMI). He served as the CEO of a Luxembourg exchange and a financial advisory company.

Teana Baker-Taylor
Teana Baker-Taylor Advisory Council at Global Digital Finance

Teana is passionate about the opportunities emerging from cryptoassets - as a global formation of capital, through the tokenisation of products, services and assets and as a burgeoning asset class. She has 20+ years experience in strategic partnerships, proposition development, marketing and communications, with a depth of expertise in Fintech, Crypto, Banking and Capital Markets. She leverages her experience within traditional finance within the crypto space bridging two ecosystems with shared commercial, regulatory and reputational challenges.

Teana is an Advisory Council Member of Global Digital Finance, working closely with industry participants, governments, policymakers and standards bodies to build a shared understanding of the risks and opportunities presented by tokens and cryptoassets while fostering discussion on global policy, codes of conduct and best practice recommendations for crypto self governance.

Previously, Teana held several senior strategy, proposition development, marketing and communications positions at Coinfloor, HSBC, Citi, Fiserv and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Lucas Friss
Lucas Friss Head of Business Development, Europe Cumberland

Lucas Friss is the Head of Business Development in Europe at Cumberland – a DRW Company, a global leader in cryptoassets. Lucas joined DRW in 2016 as a trader within a specialized fixed income group and was primarily focused on U.S. Treasury Bonds and derivatives products.

Lucas transitioned to the Cumberland team in 2017 to help support 24-hour trading operations, including trading, onboarding, and relationship management. Lucas recently relocated to London to take on an expanded role, continuing to support on the trading side while working with the business development team to identify and attract new counterparties in Europe.

Lucas earned a BA in political science from the University of Chicago.

Marina Titova
Marina Titova Head of ICO Advisory at NKB Group

Before joining NKB Group as Head of ICO Advisory, Marina led some of the high profile ICOs in the US, such as Blockchain Capital, Storj, Civic and doc.ai. Prior to moving to digital finance and token-based capital markets, she was an investment banker for over 7 years with Morgan Stanley and Nomura in London, where she has raised billions of dollars for clients in traditional capital markets across IPOs, follow-on offerings and M&A transactions.

Edd Carlton
Edd Carlton Head of OTC Trading at BlockEX

Edd joined BlockEx after having previously run and managed a crypto currency trading desk in the City. Edd brings 8+ years capital markets experience as well a specialist Crypto, Initial Coin Offering, and Distributed Ledger Technology knowledge.

Joseph-Daniel Millwood
Joseph-Daniel Millwood EU Marketing Lead at Coinbase

Joseph-Daniel Millwood leads Coinbase's marketing operations in Europe with over 9 years experience solving the biggest problems that limit the growth of companies. Having worked at Uber, Dolby, and Ipsos MORI, across marketplace, product, and growth marketing, he's has helped build hyper-growth companies in disruptive industries. He's now focused on bringing 'crypto to the masses'.

Cassius Kiani
Cassius Kiani Founder of Atlas Neue

Over the past decade, Cassius has built a number of exciting companies to disrupt industries, challenge the status quo and push the boundaries of perception, working with a number of corporates and scale-ups including Bumble, Facebook, King, Polydor and Riot Games to create billions of dollars in revenue, through design and design-thinking.

Cassius is currently founder of Atlas Neue, a digital product studio, building projects both on and off the blockchain.

Dan Morgan
Dan Morgan Head of Regulatory Relations, Europe at Ripple

Dan leads Ripple's Regulatory Relations for Europe, managing relationships with central banks, financial Regulators and Governments, and educating policy makers on Ripple’s solutions and role as a fintech service provider. Prior to Ripple, Dan was the Fintech Sector Specialist for the UK’s Department for International Trade, and served as Director of Policy and Regulation at Innovate Finance, the member-led industry body for the UK's global FinTech community. There he launched the first All-Party Parliamentary Group for FinTech, which provides a forum for UK Parliamentarians to discuss the challenges and opportunities relating to FinTech.

Dan also launched the Transatlantic Policy Working Group (TPWG) in Washington DC, which brings together leading U.S. FinTech companies, academics and regulators to help foster an open, collaborative, and inclusive dialogue with respect to FinTech policy approaches. Dan sits on the UK Department for Trade Fintech Board and has been named one of Thomson Reuters ‘Top (UK) Influencers in the Risk, Compliance and RegTech.

Steve Swain
Steve Swain Co-founder & CEO of Lendingblock

Steve Swain is Co-founder & CEO of Lendingblock, an open exchange for cryptocurrency loans, where institutional borrowers and lenders are instantly matched in a simple, secure and transparent way. Lendingblock is introducing the concept of securities lending to the crypto economy.

Steve Swain is an experienced financial services technology professional, with outstanding record built during 15 years hands-on management roles with top-tier global banks, including Lehman, Credit Suisse, Macquarie and UBS, followed by 5 years as a big-4 technology consulting partner focused on financial services. He has spent his time working advising institutions on regulatory technology and fintech in London, New York and Sydney. Steve has a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from University of Adelaide.

Hansen Wang
Hansen Wang Head of External Relations at Melonport

Before joining Melonport, Hansen was an investment analyst in a Swiss Family Office, where he was part of the team responsible for managing and developing multi asset class strategies, conducting market research and preparing investment proposals for UHNWI clients. In addition, he worked closely with the fund administrators overseeing the operational procedures of the Family Office’s private label funds. He started following the crypto space in early 2016 and has been involved ever since. Hansen holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment from University College London.

Martin Hoffgen
Martin Hoffgen Director at Elation Capital

Martin Hoffgen is the co-founder of Elation Capital, a London based financial technology group, which has been developing fund management systems and algorithmic trading solutions for institutional clients since 2014.

As an entrepreneur, trader and software engineer, Martin has over 5 years’ experience trading in financial markets, 20 years’ experience in software development and has been running various businesses since the turn of the millennium. Since 2015, Martin has been specialising in algorithmic trading systems and strategy design for cryptocurrency markets and heads Algo & AI development at Elation Capital.

Ryan Radloff
Ryan Radloff CEO at CoinShares

Mr. Radloff is CEO at CoinShares and Director at XBT Provider the issuer of the world's first publicly traded Bitcoin and Ether ETPs listed on Nasdaq in Stockholm. He sits squarely at the intersection of professional investors and cryptocurrency. Apart from his work at CoinShares, Mr. Radloff serves as Vice Chairman of CryptoUK, a consortium of crypto focused companies aiming to promote best practices and to work with government and regulators to ensure that the UK benefits from the exciting potential of this emerging technology.

Prior to CoinShares, Mr. Radloff served as Managing Director at FiREapps and SageWorks, Inc. two FinTech companies focused on Corporate FX, globally; and Financial Statement Analytics for corporations, respectively. He holds a B.A. from Duke University.

Ruth Wandhöfer
Ruth Wandhöfer Head of Industry and Regulatory Affairs- Coinfirm

Ruth Wandhöfer is an expert in the field of banking and one of the foremost authorities on transaction banking regulatory and innovation matters. With over 11 years at Citi where she drove regulatory and industry dialogue and developed product and market strategy in line with the evolving regulatory and innovation landscape, she has recently left in order to embrace a more independent career.

Ruth is a NED on the boards of the London Stock Exchange Group, Permanent TSB and Pendo Systems Inc. She is also working with Coinfirm as Head of Industry and Regulatory Issues.

She continues to focus on her passion of bringing the financial industry and the emerging financial digital ecosystem together, in particular across the blockchain/distributed larger space, an area which she recently researched as part of her PhD.

Ruth was named as one of 2010s ‘Rising Stars’ by Financial News; named in Management Today’s 2011 ‘35 Women under 35’ list of women to watch (Sunday Times), and one of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance 2012 as named by Treasury Risk Magazine. In 2015 she was the recipient of the ‘Women in Banking and Finance Award for Achievement’ and in 2016 she was named on the global ‘Women in Fintech Powerlist’ of Innovate Finance.

She speaks five languages (EN, DE, F, ES, IT) and has completed studies in various countries, including an MA Financial Economics (UK), an MA International Politics (FR) and an LLM in International Economic Law (UK). She published two books: “EU Payments Integration – the tale of SEPA, PSD and other Milestones along the Road” (2010) and “Transaction Banking and the Impact of Regulatory Change: Basel III and other challenges for the global economy” (2014), both Palgrave MacMillan. She occasionally lectures at Queen Mary London School of Law.

David Fauchier
David Fauchier CEO/CIO at Cambrial

David is the CEO/CIO of Cambrial Capital, an institutional-grade ‘fund of funds’ strategy. He has been researching and investing in the crypto space since 2013, and held a number of product and data infrastructure roles at leading FinTech and venture-backed companies.

Bryony Widdup
Bryony Widdup Partner at DLA Piper

Bryony is a Partner in the Finance & Projects group. She has over ten years' experience in the financial markets sector and has spent time working in-house at a major European bank as well as in private practice. Bryony has lived and worked in London and the Cayman Islands. Bryony has advised on establishing a number of lending platforms, including commercial real estate based electronic platforms and commodity based trading arrangements. In addition, Bryony is advising a number of businesses, including blockchain technology companies, exchanges and other corporate clients in relation to token generation events, structuring initial coin offerings and associated regulatory matters.

Nick Chong
Nick Chong Head of North America for Liquid by Quoine

Nick has been active in the Canadian IT technology sector for over 15 years, including 7 years as a partner and business owner in enterprise software and consulting services. With his technical background in operations management and project management, Nick has led large-scale software implementation projects for some of Canada’s largest privately-owned corporations, including consulting mandates with DMR/Fujitsu Consulting.

At Quoine, Nick is responsible for the expansion of the Liquid crypto-exchange platform in the US and Canada, including a wide array of services for Blockchain startups spanning ICOs and token listings, as well as strategic partnerships. Nick is a Certified Bitcoin Professional.

Julien Auchecorne
Julien Auchecorne Chief Operating Officer of XBTO International

Julien Auchecorne serves as Chief Operating Officer of XBTO International, the offshore arm of the XBTO Group, one of the world’s largest and most diversified participants in the cryptocurrency markets. The firm is involved in systematic trading, OTC trading, asset management, mining, blockchain development, and strategic venture investing. XBTO is primarily located in New York, Paris, and Bermuda.
Before joining XBTO, Julien ran corporate development for a Peer to Peer lender in the U.K. where he led the firm’s capital raising and acquisition strategies. Prior to this and taking the leap into Fintech, Julien worked for JPMorgan’s Asset Management Global Investment Opportunities advisory and structuring business, as well as for the Investment Bank’s Hedge Fund team. Julien’s investment banking career spans over a decade in advisory and investment roles in London, Hong Kong and Paris.
Julien holds a Masters in International Relations and Finance from Sciences-Po in Paris and a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy and Politics from the University of York.

Hany Rashwan
Hany Rashwan CEO of Amun AG

Hany Rashwan is co-founder and ceo of Amun AG, which aims to make investing in crypto as easy as buying a stock. Amun AG launched the first crypto index ETP in Nov ‘18.

Before Amun, Hany co-founded fintech companies Ribbon (which created the first “buy” buttons on Facebook and Twitter) and Payout (whose payouts API was used by top online lenders to do instantaneous payments and was sold in 2017)

He studied history at Columbia University where he graduated Magna cum laude. He was Forbes 30Under30 in “enterprise technology” in 2017 for his work on Payout.

Matt Hawkins
Matt Hawkins CEO of CUDO

Matt Hawkins is the CEO and founder of Cudo Ventures, an ethical blockchain distributed computing company revolutionising traditional mining and cloud services. Cudo is providing a global distributed computing platform by taking the cloud to the edge. Using this technology Cudo are able to maximise profits on IT hardware, provide more efficient and greener use of IT and change the economics of traditional cloud computing. Cudo Donate is the not for profit fund raising arm of Cudo, list on Forbes and BBC enables users to support funding for charities and medical/scientific research through use of their current underutilised hardware.

Matt is a tech entrepreneur and previously founded C4L in 2000 which was acquired in 2016 and was one of the UK's fastest growing data centre ISP's, supporting around 1% of the UK’s internet infrastructure & winner of many fast growth awards inc. Times Tech Track 100, Deloitte UK Top 50, Deloitte EMEA Fast 500 & many more. Matt has founded and invested in several on-going tech businesses and contributes to his local community as Entrepreneur in residence at Bournemouth University.

Benjamin Dives
Benjamin Dives CEO at London Block Exchange

Benjamin is a technology entrepreneur and blockchain expert with a B.Eng in Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester and a M.Sc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Sussex. Before founding the London Block Exchange, he ran online businesses focused on the commercial application of brainstorming techniques and Six Sigma methodologies.

The London Block Exchange (LBX) is the first multi-cryptocurrency exchange dedicated to the UK market. Based in the City of London, LBX provides a credible, safe and accessible exchange for consumers and institutional investors alike through its iOS and Android apps. The platform is underpinned by educational content – delivered through the ‘College of Crypto’ and daily market reports - alongside bank-grade security and strong governance. LBX also offers an over-the-counter (OTC) service which grants institutions and professional traders a seamless way to place trades.
For more information visit https://lbx.com.