People are Invisible
The ID2020 Annual Summit brings together industry leaders, NGOs, governments, emerging technology pioneers and cross-industry experts from both the public and private sector.
Together we will foster a global conversation and build a working coalition to identify and build the enabling conditions for the creation of a legal digital identity for all individuals at risk.
The ID2020 Annual Summit brings together industry leaders, NGOs, governments, emerging technology pioneers and cross-industry experts from both the public and private sector.
Together we will foster a global conversation and build a working coalition to identify and build the enabling conditions for the creation of a legal digital identity for all individuals at risk.
Without legal identification people are invisible to society and vulnerable to trafficking, prostitution, and child abuse.
CEO / Founder
Northwest Passage Ventures
Alex Tapscott is the CEO and Founder of Northwest Passage Ventures, an advisory firm building industry-leading blockchain businesses. Formerly, Alex was a senior executive at Canaccord Genuity, Canada’s largest independent investment bank. At age 24, he became the firm’s youngest-ever Vice President and in 2014, he founded the firm’s blockchain practice.
A passionate advocate for the disruptive potential of new technology, Alex is the co-author with Don Tapscott of the new book: BLOCKCHAIN REVOLUTION: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World. In 2014, Alex published the seminal white paper “A Bitcoin Governance Network.”
Active in his community, Alex sits on the board of CAMH Engage, a leadership council he co-founded at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Alex is a graduate of Amherst College (Cum Laude) in Amherst, MA and is a CFA charterholder.
IMPACT Leadership Rotational Program
Aman Kumar is a member of the IMPACT leadership rotational program sponsored by the Office of the CEO at SAP SE. He is also special advisor to the CIO of the Republic of Estonia and consultant to startups in Silicon Valley and Boston. Aman was previously the head of strategic marketing at MobileIron, Inc., an enterprise mobile startup in Silicon Valley. Working with the CEO and executive team, he was responsible for strategic planning, consumer product definition, and application partnerships for the organization before its IPO in 2014.
Prior to MobileIron, Aman was an engineering program manager at Apple Inc., responsible for the design and delivery of elements of iOS, the iPhone and iPad operating system. Before this he co-launched Google Audio Indexing as a product manager at Google, Inc., extending the company’s search technology to speech recognition. Aman began his career in advanced research engineering at SAP Labs, LLC and interned at the world’s largest hedge fund.
Aman remains affiliated to Stanford University as a visiting scholar in the mediaX group. From 2009 to 2013 he co-led Stanford’s research into digital media multitasking featured in CNN, Reuters, and other international media outlets. A lifelong stutterer, Aman is a proud member of the board of directors of the American Institute for Stuttering and the advisory board of the National Stuttering Association. He is a senior advisor and former vice-chairman of the Academy of United States Presidential Scholars, the country’s highest honor for secondary school graduates. Aman has spoken at universities and conferences in the United States, Europe, and Asia on topics including mobile security, e-government, digital media, and entrepreneurship, and is a member of the strategic speakers initiative of the United States Department of State.
Aman graduated with departmental honors, university distinction, and Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a B.S. in Symbolic Systems, specializing in human-computer interaction. He has an M.S. in Computer Science with distinction in research, specializing in artificial intelligence, from Stanford University. He holds a certificate in entrepreneurship and innovation from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the GlaxoSmithKline award, and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School. In 2005 Aman was named the United States Presidential Scholar for the State of California by President George W. Bush.
Susan Joseph (MBA/JD)) is the CEO of ID2020 and the founder of the global Women in Fintech group. As a Social Entrepreneur, she has over 30 years of combined legal and business experience in finance, insurance and technology with a particular interest in fintech, blockchain, insurtech and technology innovation. Susan sits on the Alumni Board of Cornell-College of Agriculture and is Co-Chair of the Technology Committee for the Financial Women’s Association. Susan is also author of the Emerging Markets chapter in the Fintech book published by Wiley and lectures on fintech.
U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council
US Mission to the UN, New York
The Worldwide Tribe
Jaz O’Hara is the founder of The Worldwide Tribe, an organisation which began as a personal travel blog designed to inspire a community of international citizens.
In July 2015, when the newspapers were still full of negativity around the refugee crisis, she decided to visit the refugee camp in Calais known as ‘The Jungle’ with her brother, a film maker, to film a documentary about the people behind the dehumansing headlines. She wrote a Facebook status about the experience which went viral, leading to eight London warehouses filled with tonnes of physical donations and £250,000 raised through crowdfunding sites.
Jaz quit her job, her brother quit his, and they have been working tirelessly to support refugees across Europe. The Worldwide Tribe is now a registered charity, distributed huge amounts of aid into the camp in Calais, set up a volunteer programme in Calais and Lesvos, installed wifi into the camp in Calais, provided shelters, vehicles, built a women and children’s centre, documented the crisis in France, Greece, Hungary and Croatia with the aim of overturning negative public opinion, and much much more!
Practice Manager for Financial Inclusion & Infrastructure
The World Bank Group
Douglas Pearce is Practice Manager for Financial Inclusion & Infrastructure at the World Bank Group, which covers payment systems, digital financial inclusion, financial market infrastructures, financial inclusion policy, financial consumer protection, and related areas. He was previously Global Lead for Responsible Financial Access, and Lead Financial Sector Specialist. He is a core member of the World Bank Group’s ID for Development (ID4D) initiative. His previous roles including leading the global Financial Sector Team at the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and managing the DFID West Bank/Gaza country program. He has worked on financial inclusion and broader private sector development in the field (Argentina, Bolivia, Bosnia, Palestinian territories), in the Middle East/North Africa region for the World Bank group, and globally. He has authored technical guidance, policy and regulatory assessments, and research papers, including for the G20.
President and CEO
Nok Nok Labs
Scott L. David is the Director of Policy at the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity located at the University of Washington Applied Physics Lab, and is also a consulting researcher for TechVision Research. His 30 years of work as a transactional attorney informs his current policy development work on stakeholder-based policies to facilitate the organization and operation of distributed, scalable, resilient, fair, and reliable identity, data security, privacy and networked technology systems. He is active in multiple data and identity initiatives in commercial, governmental, academic and NGO sectors, including those of the World Economic Forum, the US National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, Open Identity Exchange, the MIT/KIT Initiative, and several others.
Cofounder and Chairman
John is the cofounder of ID2020 and investor specializing in Public-Private Partnerships to drive legal identity and financial inclusion through by designing, funding and building of collaborative, sustainable business models leveraging emerging technologies.
John focuses working with international organizations to develop collaborative systems that enable investment from the private sector, through:
(i) establishing sustainable social innovation business models,
(ii) enabling interaction between regulators, government and innovators,
and (iii) forwarding the agenda for SDG targets 1.4 (Ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have appropriate new technology and financial services, including micro-finance) and 16.9 (By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration).
Co-founder and Managing Partner
PSG Solutions, LLC
With more than 2 decades of experience in program and project management, business analysis, business development, and thought leadership for global software initiatives Peter Graham, in January of 2015, Co-founded PSG Solutions; a full service delivery and development consultancy specializing in the identity space. Prior to PSG, Mr. Graham was the Senior Identity Strategist within the Innovation Incubator of Verizon Enterprise Solutions (VES), working to enable the global identity ecosystem through the pragmatic adoption of rapidly evolving identity trends and principles. In this capacity, he was responsible for business development, industry alignment, and strategy for the Verizon Universal Identity program. While at Verizon, Mr. Graham co-authored numerous identity patent submissions and represented Verizon with industry organizations as either a board member or contributor to include the Open Identity Exchange (OIX), the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), and the World Economic Forum (WEF), and has spoken on the topic of identity at conferences around the world. Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, at San Diego.
Open Identity Exchange (OIX)
Don is President and Chairman of the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) a non-profit organization of leaders from competing companies and sectors, including enterprise, data services, telecommunications, consulting services, SaaS, banking, retail and government. OIX has become a center of excellence for the trust layer of online transactions serving as a test bed for business, legal and governance services in the emerging identity ecosystem. Don is also the Executive Director of the OpenID Foundation, where he directs a standards development process for Internet identity. The foundation’s membership is comprised of leaders from key industry organizations that collaborate on the development, adoption and deployment of open identity standards. He blogs at donthibeau.com
Joss Langford is co-founder of Coelition, a not-for- profit supporting organisations to create products and services based on the responsible use of personal data. He is also technical director of Activinsights using wearables to provide behavioural insights to healthcare professionals. He is co-author of Data to Life presenting a radical new roadmap for collecting and handling behavioural data. He was also a contributing author to Growth Champions, an innovation management book published in 2012.
The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation
William Hodash serves as DTCC’s Managing Director of Enterprise Data Management, responsible for data governance and data quality throughout DTCC’s businesses. In recent years, he has focused on the identification and development of opportunities in reference data management, assisting DTCC clients in meeting emerging regulatory requirements. Mr. Hodash led DTCC’s team in the acquisition of Avox Limited and a collaboration with SWIFT that established the Global Markets Identifier utility, a local operating unit of the global legal entity identifier system, a key enabler to facilitate systemic risk analysis. Mr. Hodash also recently led DTCC’s team in the acquisition of full ownership of Omgeo, which previously was a joint venture between DTCC and Thomson Reuters. Mr. Hodash has managed a range of functions during his thirty-two years with DTCC, including Product Management, Operations, Client Services, and Strategic Business Development. He served five years in several senior roles with Omgeo, and three years in London, opening and heading up DTCC’s first branch office outside the U.S. Mr. Hodash holds a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Albany and an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business of New York University. He also serves as a Trustee for the SIFMA Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Head of Law Development within Rule of Law
Steven Malby is Head of Law Development within Rule of Law Division at the Commonwealth Secretariat. He leads support to the 53 Commonwealth countries in emerging legal areas, including digital forms of identity and virtual currencies. Steven previously worked at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the areas of organised crime, juvenile justice, and child protection.
Susan Ramonat is SEI Investments’ Blockchain Program Lead. Since 2010, she has also served as the company’s Chief Risk Officer, supporting the company’s board of directors and senior executive team. Early in her career, Susan was a Vice President of Institutional Equity Sales at EF Hutton and Merrill Lynch. She later moved to the buy side as an equity analyst. In the early nineties, Susan served as a senior executive at a central New Jersey bank prior to its acquisition by Summit Bank. Susan joined SEI in 1996 to support sales of asset management and back office outsourcing services to private banks. She subsequently held responsibilities in product development, technology strategy, strategic partnerships, sourcing, and 3rd party risk management for SEI’s investment operations businesses. Susan speaks frequently at industry events, technology conferences, and universities. Recent topics include managing 3rd party risk, improving operational readiness for cyberattacks, and addressing the strategic, competitive and operational implications of emergent technologies, including blockchain and smart contracts. Outside her professional duties, Susan serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago. She’s also a member of the Industrial Advisory Board of Loyola’s Engineering Science program. Susan graduated magna cum laude in 1980 from Princeton University.
The European Association for e-Identity & Security
Jon Shamah is chair of EEMA, The European Association for e-Identity & Security. A graduate of Southampton University in Aeronautics & Astronautics, he is a digital Identity & Trust Subject Matter Expert with 20 years’ experience in identity and transaction processing, and specialises in maximising the technology and operational value chain of very large scale eID schemes, critical national infrastructures and national schemes. Jon was the recipient of the 2009 EEMA Fellowship Award for Services to European e-identity. He is a frequent public speaker on issues surrounding identity and Trust. Jon is an advisor to a number of national programmes, a registered expert with ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) and was a long-term consultant on eID issues to the Nordic Banking and Payments Consortium, NETS. He contributes to European Programs such as SSEDIC, STORK2.0, ECIM, CloudforEurope and FutureID. In addition, Jon is former co-chair of ITU-T, SG17, (Joint Coordination for Identity Management) and is a member of the Advisory Board of TDL (“Trust In Digital Life“).
Founder and CEO
Mr. Todd Gray, founder & CEO of autonomous_ID and its principal inventor, has built a career in designing and developing leading-edge products, systems and services. Mr. Gray is recognized as a subject matter expert in Gait-based biometric systems. Since establishing autonomous_ID in 2009, Mr. Gray has led the firm’s work in developing applications for its technologies in the military, security, cyber, critical infrastructure, health & wellness and disease pathologies sectors. These research and product design efforts have been at the intersections of human data and artificial intelligence (AI) since inception. Mr. Gray leads ongoing collaborative research efforts to develop PEDO_BIOMETRICs as a discipline in the fields of Biometric Identity and Gait-based Analytical sciences.
Faraaz Farooq is a fintech entrepreneur, data scientist, management consultant, and Techstars innovater who is currently working as the Treasurer of ID2020. Prior to ID2020, Faraaz was a founder at MARK Labs, a charitable giving transparency startup which was accepted into the Techstars – Barclays Accelerator in London. Before his entrepreneurial pursuits, Faraaz worked at Citigroup and PwC, E&Y, and Deloitte using his data science skills to develop models to detect fraud in the anti-money laundering (AML) and compliance spaces. Faraaz hold a bachelor’s degree in General Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Sergio is one of the youngest initiators of public-private partnerships to drive business and social change. Launching from much of his work at Fuel, Sergio single-handedly forged a variety of private-public partnerships with political and business leaders in cities across the US as well as major global cities.
Sergio co-founded Fuel Outdoor Holdings in 2003, growing the company to over 4,000 outdoor advertising locations in nine markets nationwide, making it one of the top 3 largest, privately owned companies in the industry. He sold the company to Och-Ziff, a global institutional asset management firm with over $31 billion in capital, and exited in 2011. Och-Ziff successfully sold the company to Van Wagner Communications in November of 2012.
As a reflection of his progressive understanding of business and a burgeoning global economy, he co-founded Innovators Fund, IMGH, P3GM and the Pvblic Foundation and de Cordova Goldman Capital Management – all globally focused enterprises.
Sergio also sits on the board and or advises over 10 media related companies, such as DELL EIR, Cross Commerce Media and Availor Group.
Sergio is Co-Chairman of the World Energy Forum’s Next Generation Energy Leaders, a board member of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, an official delegate for the US Department of State’s Global Entrepreneurship Program, Co-Chairman of the G8 Young Summit, a member of the Council of Underserved Communities for the US Small Business Administration, National Co-Chairman for the Technology for Obama; T4O, and he is Co-Chairman of the Young Leaders Board for the Global Center for Development and Democracy; a group made up of 20 past Presidents of Latin America.
A graduate of Rutgers University, Sergio also completed an MIT Executive Program for 60 worldwide business leaders under the age of 40. He lives in New York City.
Mr. Scott C. DePetris serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Portware, LLC and has been its President since February 29, 2012. Mr. DePetris served as Global Head of Accounts at Portware, LLC and has been its Senior Vice President since February 2002. From April 2000 to January 2003, Mr. DePetris served asVice-President of ExchangeLab, Inc., which he co-founded. From May 1999 to April 2000, Mr. DePetris was an Associate at The Goldman Sachs Group, specializing in equity derivatives within the wealth management division. He has been an Independent Director of Dekania Acquisition Corp., since April2006. He serves as a Director of LSA Family Health Services.
Matthew Milan is a Canadian designer and entrepreneur recognized as a leader in the fields of customer experience and digital strategy. He is a founding partner at Normative, a strategic design firm in Toronto. Over the last 15+ years, Matthew has built and led large design and strategy teams, slept under his desk at successful startups and done most of the things he’s been told he couldn’t do.
His work ranges from developing digital innovation strategies for global financial services firms, building mobile location-based gaming platforms and exploring the overlap between, people, technology and the physical world. A regular speaker at conferences in the fields of interaction design and digital strategy, Matthew is also the founder of the infamous UXirregulars meetup in Toronto.
Previously, Matthew worked as Director of Insight and Planning at Critical Mass and taught Social Software and Web Mapping Technology at York University. His academic background spans environmental planning and information architecture. He spent most of his time in graduate school trying to figure out whether soft systems theory was the coolest thing ever or the craziest thing ever. He arrived at the conclusion that it’s both.
His favorite language is LISP, even though as he puts it, “it kicks my ass”. He thinks we should put computers in everything and then forget about them. Matt thrives on ambiguity, respects chaos, and believes that life has no stopping rule and that everyone should strive to be a wicked problem.
Matthew is also an avid runner covering an average of 60 miles every week (this means he gets to spend a lot of time in deep flow states). As a result, he does most of his serious thinking work on his feet. He is also an unrepentant skier, although, as a resident of Toronto, we all wonder where he gets all that skiing done… (Matthew has since clarified this on Twitter, Smuggler’s Notch in Vermont is his resort of choice).
Gabriel Abed is the CEO of Bitt, a Caribbean based digital asset exchange whose core focus is on providing access to cryptocurrencies in emerging markets. Gabriel was introduced to cryptocurrencies in early 2010 during his undergrad studies where he attained a Bachelor of Information Technology, majoring in Network Security. Over the past 12 years, Gabriel has been leading software development innovations in the Caribbean with a team of dedicated developers. Gabriel brings his knowledge of security, software and technology to various organizations focused on cryptocurrency.
Vinny Lingham is a well recognized Internet entrepreneur who is currently the Cofounder & CEO of Civic Technologies, Inc a startup company that has a goal to eliminate new account fraud and prevent identity theft by creating an “Identity Network” where consumers can confirm their identity in realtime. Prior to Civic, he was the cofounder and CEO of Gyft a mobile gift card company backed by Google Ventures. Vinny previously founded & ran Yola.com, Clicks2Customers and incuBeta. Vinny is also the cofounder of SiliconCape.com, an NGO based in South Africa that aims to turn Cape Town into a technology hub. He also partnered with one of his previous cofounders to establish an investment fund in South Africa, called Newtown Partners, where he has led early stage investments into successful and notable startups such as Sweep South, in South Africa.
Ruchira Gupta is a feminist campaigner, writer, visiting professor at New York University and founder of Indian anti-sex trafficking organization, Apne Aap Worldwide. In Apne Aap, she has helped more than 20,000 girls, women and their family members exit prostitution systems. She testified to the US Senate for the passage of the first US Trafficking Victim Protection Act and has led survivors after the 16 Dec bus rape for a new Indian anti-trafficking law. She advocated for the creation of the Trafficking Fund for Survivors at the United Nations by addressing the UN General Assembly and taking survivors to speak there and to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. She has won an Emmy, the Clinton Global Citizen award, and the UN NGO CSW Woman of Distinction of Award. She has edited two anthologies-River of Flesh & Other Stories: The Prostituted Woman in Indian Short Fiction and As if Women Matter: The Essential Gloria Steinem Reader. Her dream is to create a world in which no human being is bought or sold.
Patrick Spens was appointed by PwC in February 2016 to explore the transformational potential of blockchain, distributed ledger technology and encryption across all industries, sectors, Government and wider society.
Patrick sits on the steering group of the Whitechapel Think Tank, an independent body set up to co-ordinate the UK’s response to distributed ledger technology. The tank comprises of Government, Regulators, Industry, technology providers and FinTech companies. Sir Mark Walport’s report into distributed ledger makes clear the need, in recommendation 2, for collaboration between bodies such as the Whitechapel Think Tank and the Alan Turing Institute. Patrick has been a member for 18 months and was an early advocate for close co-ordination between the various interests across varied sectors.
Previously Patrick was Head of Market Monitoring at the Financial Conduct Authority (previously FSA) from 2009 – 2016 and was responsible for monitoring compliance with market conduct regulations, market surveillance and investigations into market abuse. Patrick has spent 30 years in the financial services industry and has a history of technological innovation both from his time at the Regulator and at Citigroup. Before joining the FCA he was one of the founding partners of Copenhagen Capital LLP Hedge Fund. Prior to this Patrick worked for Citigroup Global Markets as Managing Director, Head of European and Emerging European Cash Trading and Alternative Execution where he was responsible for c100 Traders, Analysts and Relationship Managers. Before this he was Director and Head of European and Emerging European Programme Trading at Salomon Brothers and Director of Pan-European Programme Trading at Merrill Lynch International.
Patrick is an Honory adjunct Professor of Macquarie University, NSW, Australia, an Executive Fellow of Henley Business school and sits on the Advisory Board of UCL’s Financial computing faculty.
Patrick is the acting CTO of Digital Identity Security Corporation (DISC). He has earned a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts and has developed several award winning collaborative and humanoid robots. Patrick previously served as CTO for the Institute for Data Driven Design (ID3), a research nonprofit in collaboration with the Human Dynamics Group at MIT’s Media Lab, where he developed the Open Mustard Seed (OMS) platform. OMS is a decentralized trust framework using the latest advances in trusted computing and blockchain technologies to provide a basis for Self-Sovereign Identity, Algorithmic Governance, and the managed exchange of Digital Assets.
Monique Morrow is the CTO New Frontiers Engineering at Cisco with a track record of co-innovating with customers, that has transcended the globe from North America, Europe and Asia. Monique’s current focus in on the intersection between research – economics-technology to portfolio execution e.g. Circular and Exponential Economies as examples.
Under Cisco’s Office of the CTO, both as an individual contributor and manager, Monique built a strong leadership team in Asia-Pacific. Her specific geo-area targets were China and India. Monique’s role in these important regions drove Cisco’s globalization and country strategies and met all of her targeted goals.
Monique has consistently demonstrated the willingness and courage to take risks and explore new market opportunities for Cisco. These innate qualities are part of her DNA and are of great value to the company and all the global organizations in which she is involved. Monique is a staunch advocate for women in technology.
Liam has a fascination in why organizations engage with communities and how technology can help transform the decision-making process and produce better-informed choices. This has been a theme throughout his 20 years’experience as a leader, advisor, and technologist in shaping innovative solutions for government and businesses.
Prior to joining Organizer in 2015, Liam spent 8 years at Autodesk in the consulting and soft-ware product groups, helping many of the worlds largest architectural, engineering, and manu-facturing firms improve the way they design and deliver projects. Before that he was Director of Strategic Development for Serco North America, working to improve delivery of public services through public-private partnerships; a management consultant with Serco Government Consult-ing; and a management consultant at PA Consulting Group in London, UK, focused on technol-ogy innovation and business transformation.
Liam grew up in Tasmania, Australia, where he graduated university with a double degree with honours in Land & Civil Engineering Surveying and Computer Science. His early career was oriented around using geospatial technology to create spatial decision systems, working initially at Telstra’s R&D labs in Melbourne, Australia, and then at successful start-ups in Australia and the UK. His work led to him being recruited by ESRI, the world leader in geospatial software, to be the lead consultant for their business solutions team in Europe.
Lawrence Wintermeyer is the CEO of Innovate Finance. He has spent over 20 years as an advisor, executive, and board member to build, grow, optimize, re-structure and divest companies from start-ups to global brands. As a Big Four advisor, he has worked with global brands across the financial services, TMT and energy sectors in Europe, Asia and North America. In recent years he has focused on the small cap venture capital and private equity markets and has experience owning, running and advising alternative asset managers and technology start-ups. Wintermeyer has been an early supporter of Innovate Finance and is working towards growing the organisation to ensure the UK is at the centre of global FinTech innovation.
John Paul Farmer believes in the combined power of technology and cross-sector collaboration to drive positive change throughout society. As the Director of Microsoft’s Technology & Civic Innovation team in New York City, John leads hands-on engagement with governments, non-profits, for-profits, academic institutions, startups, and civic hackers so that they can do more good together than they could apart. Previously, John served as the Senior Advisor for Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he spearheaded the President’s innovation agenda. Under President Barack Obama, he co-founded and led the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, which attracts top innovators and entrepreneurs from the private sector for focused tours of duty in government, in order to make game-changing progress on projects of national importance. He also served in the Administration as Senior Advisor for Healthcare Reform, working on healthcare information technology such as Blue Button, delivery system reform and economic analyses. Previously, John worked in the investment industry for Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers, where he built a new business unit from the ground up. He played professional baseball as a shortstop in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves minor league systems, compiling a .344 career batting average. John holds an MBA with honors from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University and an AB with honors from Harvard University. He grew up in Pittsburgh before moving to Manhattan over a decade ago.
Founder / CEO
Joseph Lubin’s career has involved various posts in the fields of technology and finance and in their intersection.
Subsequent to graduating cum laude with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton, he worked as research staff in the Robotics Lab at Princeton and then at Vision Applications, Inc., a private research firm, in the fields of autonomous mobile robotics, machine vision and artificial neural networks.
His next project was the development of an autonomous music composition tool with tomandandy music.
Joseph worked as a software engineer and consultant on various projects, eventually being tipped for the role of Director of the New York office of Blacksmith, a Virginia-based software consulting firm.
Software engineering, finance and cryptography were central during employment with Goldman Sachs, eMagine’s consulting work on the Identrus project, and the founding and operation of a set of hedge funds run with a partner.
Switching gears, Joseph moved to Kingston, Jamaica to work on a set of projects in the music industry. Two years into the music project, Joseph co-founded the Ethereum Project, and has been working on Ethereum and more recently ConsenSys since January 2014.
ConsenSys began as a blockchain production studio building decentralized applications, mostly on Ethereum, and continues on this track, but has expanded its activities since inception. Many of those components are core elements that can be used to construct larger solutions as well as being standalone solutions in their own right. Since ConsenSys began operations before the Ethereum ecosystem existed, ConsenSys has also built core infrastructure elements like Ethereum clients, testing frameworks, rapid application development frameworks, and Integrated Development Environments. ConsenSys Enterprise, the professional services arm, works with various enterprises to help them formulate their blockchain strategy and develop business processes for them on private or consortium blockchains, as well as on the public Ethereum network.
Jeff Garzik is one of the most respected developers in the Bitcoin industry. He has been a Bitcoin core developer and has worked for various other companies, such as BitPay. Recently, he started his own blockchain-as-a-service firm, Bloq, which will serve enterprise clients who wish to develop stems on a private, public or confederated blockchain.
Garzik modeled Bloq on Red Hat Inc., which helped businesses develop and deploy Linux and other open-source software. From working at Red Hat, which grew to $11 billion, Garzik said his code is in every Android phone and most data centers.
Since leaving Red Hat, he has contributed to bitcoin’s promotional and technical benefits. He sits on the board of Coin Center and the advocacy boards of Netki Inc. and Bitfury Group Ltd. He has also attempted to launch satellites to support bitcoin transactions in space.
As Global Chief Communication’s Officer for The BitFury Group, the most trusted and reliable bitcoin Blockchain transaction processor in the world, Jamie is leading global initiatives designed to fundamentally change the way the global community does business, transfers value, and opens up new doors to prosperity for billions of people throughout the world.
Smith has dedicated her career to making lives better, enhancing security, and ensuring opportunity is available to all. Smith brings nearly two decades of communications experience, serving at the highest levels of government and the private sector, to the financial technology arena. She previously served as Special Assistant to President Obama and deputy White House press secretary, Executive Vice President at Edelman Public Relations where she oversaw multi-channel media strategies, Director of Public Affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and General James Clapper, Communications Director for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation under its then Chairman John D (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Traveling Press Director for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, Communications Director for former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and The Albright Group, LLC. and policy aide to Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY).
Digital Asset Holdings
Blythe Masters is CEO of Digital Asset Holdings, a company that builds distributed, encrypted straight through processing tools to improve efficiency, security, and compliance.
Blythe was previously a senior executive at J.P. Morgan, with a career spanning 27 years. Named J.P. Morgan’s head of Global Commodities in 2007, Blythe was responsible for building an integrated physical and financial commodity business. She was a member of the J.P. Morgan Corporate & Investment Bank Operating Committee and previously the firm’s Executive Committee. From 2004 to 2007, she was Chief Financial Officer of the Investment Bank. Prior to that, she was head of Global Credit Portfolio and Credit Policy and Strategy.
A consultant and trained anthropologist, Alicia acts as an intermediary, helping innovators understand how the process of communal meaning-making affects the implementation of projects and products that are otherwise devised in the detached environment of a lab or boardroom. Her driving ambition is to apply technological innovation to help strengthen communities — especially to serve the needs and protect the rights of more vulnerable, mobile communities such as immigrants, migrants, and internally displaced people. Most recently, she has worked with ID2020 as a consultant and founding board member to identify stakeholders with divergent interests in tackling the identity problems that underlie many of today’s most urgent global issues (refugees, voting rights, financial inclusion, human trafficking, and disaster relief, to name a few). Alicia was also a a Fulbright Scholar and has received awards and honors from the National Science Foundation, Columbia University, New York University, among other organizations.
Kathleen is a Partner in Kaye Scholer’s Corporate Department, globally recognized as an innovation leader and an inaugural member of the ETF Hall of Fame. Kathleen is a recipient of two Global ETP Icons of the Industry Awards and the winner of the first ETF.com Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also been recognized as a “US Innovative Lawyer” by the Financial Times.
Christopher Allen is a leader and entrepreneur in the field of internet privacy, security and cryptography.As an internet pioneer, Christopher founded Consensus Development where he led and co-authored theIETF TLS 1.0 security standard and sold the first commercial SSL and TLS toolkits. He was then CTO for the cryptographic security company Certicom (now part of Blackberry) where he led early efforts in smart contract technology. More recently he was VP of Developer Relations for the secure smartphone company Silent Circle/ Blackphone, combining his experience with the mobile software industry and his experience in internet security. He currently offers consulting and other services to the Fortune 500 and to a number of innovative technology startups on the topics of blockchain technologies,cryptocurrencies, cryptographic FinTech, smart contracts, and the tools for collaboration and trust.Christopher also teaches Technology Leadership in the MBA in Sustainable Systems program at Bainbridge Graduate Institute at Pinchot University, hosts participatory events such iOSDevCamp hackathon and the Rebooting The Web of Trust design workshop, and blogs at www.LifeWithAlacrity.com.
New Enterprise Associates (NEA)
Melissa began her career in technology at Qualcomm (supply chain management), Hewlett Packard (global contract manufacturing strategy) and Netopia (strategic technology alliances). She has worked extensively in Asia, Africa, Europe and Mexico, although always based in Silicon Valley. She then transitioned to healthcare, as President of Drip Drop, Inc. (an oral rehydration product for hospital and home use). Melissa realized her passion for creatively improving human health and lives through access to technology solutions. Melissa was then hired as an Operating Partner by Khosla Ventures and joined New Enterprise Associates (NEA) as a Partner in early 2015.
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