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Speaker Schedule

Information from The Blockchain Event 2021 in Miami. List for The Blockchain Event 2022 to be posted soon.


Jeremy Jordan-Jones

Chairman and CEO, Amalgam

Amalgam

A serial entrepreneur and creative with a thorough understanding of the mediums between business development, financial technology and creative media, Jeremy has served as the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Amalgam since its inception in November of 2017. Jeremy has brought the firm from ideation to a company that has seen a peak price point of $4.52 per token (for a total market cap of $952 million), secured massive multi-year partnerships with organizations such as the Los Angeles Clippers, the United States Department of Defense, the US Air Force and more. Under Jeremy’s supervision, Amalgam currently processes over $6B per year in digital payments, offering borderless payment facilitation to global telecom and credit card processing companies. Having studied music production, engineering and management at Berklee College of music and then Economics at Harvard University, Jeremy earned the #1 spot on the 2018 Innovators Quarterly 40 Under 40 list, as well as the FiNext conferences Excellence in Financial Technology award for Zeo’s predecessor, AmalgamPay.

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Stephen Salloum

Chief Strategy Officer and Treasurer, Amalgam

Amalgam

Stephen brings over 18 years of professional experience, specializing in Fund of Funds, Venture Acceleration and Opportunistic investment strategies to Amalgam. In various roles, he has concluded proprietary assignments in TMT, Fintech, Energy and Renewables, Hospitality, as well as Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies—built and commercialized Lebanon’s first, carrier-neutral mobile (banking) ecosystem. Salloum also brought mobile payments (all ‘hard/soft’ solutions) to Haiti’s 2nd largest operator and lead a highly successful ‘feeder’ fund in the Middle East (GCC), growing AUM/AUA from US$4MM, initially to well over US$3.8BN upon his departure. Stephen’s ‘seed’ rounds include: App.io, categorical, Condo.com, GoChime, Nestio, LaunchKey, Marker.ly, Zipline International, and others.

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Christine Busaba

Vice President and VP of Product, Amalgam

Amalgam

A strategist, marketer and builder, Christine understands how to neatly align an emerging product suite with the needs of customers and brings her 6 years of experience to Amalgam as the Vice President of Product. Ms. Busaba was formerly the Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Maev, a venture backed direct-to-consumer subscription business. Prior to that, she spent four years at Liberty Mutual Insurance working in marketing analytics and strategy, managing the allocation of hundreds of millions in marketing spend and setting the five year corporate strategic vision. Ms. Busaba has seen companies thrive at a massive scale and has also built companies from 0 to 1. She believes that incredible products stem from deep customer understanding and the ability to work openly and cross-functionally. Ms. Busaba earned her Bachelors degree in International Relations and Economics from Tufts University in 2013 and her MBA from Harvard Business School in 2019.

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Fred Brandon

CEO, Brand New Technologies

Brand New Technologies

As a technologist with over 20 years of IT experience, Fred has developed solutions internationally and currently teaches blockchain with Althash University, a global online program that focuses on blockchain education. His book, Adopting Blockchain and Cryptocurrency – Embracing a Digital Future is a 3x best-seller on Amazon. He’s an advocate for helping children become proficient in STEAM disciplines and financial literacy programs. Hes the CEO and founder of Brand New Technologies and creator of Get Wealthy Wednesdays, a podcast that focuses on topics of tech, health, and generational wealth. He’s the co-host of a daily room on Clubhouse which helps newbies understand the basics of bitcoin and blockchain. More information about him can be found on https://fredbrandon.info or @imfbrandon on all social media platforms.

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Ajay Singh

CIO, DLT Labs

DLT Labs

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Eric Burger

Professor, Georgetown University

Georgetown University

Dr. Burger is a Professor at Georgetown University. He was on detail to the White House as the Assistant Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and prior to that on detail to Federal Communications Commission as its CTO. Dr. Burger contributed to the Secure 5G and Beyond Act Implementation Plan, as well as ensured funding and support for the R&D and scaling of 5G IoT, smart city, and mobile applications. His research and teaching covers cybersecurity, distributed computing, DLT, systems economics and risk, policy, and network governance. He serves as an advisor to numerous companies and prior to his government service served on corporate boards. Prior to Georgetown he was CTO of several public and private network equipment and enterprise software companies. Dr. Burger holds over 20 patents and has published over 20 IETF, 3GPP, and W3C standards. He served on numerous industry association boards. He is a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He has a SBEE, MBA, and PhD from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Naina Raisinghani

Product Manager, Google

Google

Naina Raisinghani is a Product Manager on the AMP Project. She focuses on helping developers be more productive with AMP. She previously spent 2 years as a Software Engineer on the Chrome team working on making the rendering engine pixel perfect.

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Marc Taverner

Executive Director, International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications

International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications

Marc Taverner is the Executive Director of the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications(inatba.org), the pre-eminent nonprofit organization supporting the growth of DLT & blockchain technologies. INATBAdoes this by engaging public and private audiences to address and reduce frictions that inhibit market growth. As executivedirector, Marc works with INATBA’s members to host bilateral conversations between governments (including theEuropean Commission) and companies to inform policies and regulations and advance the international adoption ofblockchain. Most recently, INATBA, under Marc’s leadership, has been working to respond to the EuropeanCommission’s proposed MiCA regulation, forming a public task force, as well as an internal task force led by the INATBAFinance Working Group. These groups have gathered feedback from the broader industry for presentation to EUstakeholders.Marc has been active in the global blockchain ecosystem for more than six years, working across 20 countries, engagingwith organisations from core cryptocurrency companies to governments and financial institutions, to large corporates andindustry associations. Prior to joining INATBA, he was the Global Ambassador and head of Business Development for theBitfury Group, one of Europe’s largest blockchain unicorns. To INATBA he brings a unique set of experiences gainedfrom a career in start-ups and industry-leading companies. The founder of a successful modem distribution company,Nuvo, Marc has held leadership roles with many top technology companies, including Genesys Conferencing, the worldslargest provider of unified communications services, and Promethean, a market leader in educational technology solutions.

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Chris Bijou

CEO, Internet of Everything Corp

Internet of Everything Corp

Chris Bijou is an American entrepreneur, inventor, and technology sales and marketing expert. He has been the Founder & CEO of multiple technology start-ups, including his current venture, Internet of Everything CorpTM. Throughout his career, Bijou has consistently coupled his passion for complex technologies with his ability to explain their practical applications in simple, accessible ways that open global markets and land large Enterprise clients. Bijou’s career began in Rocket Engineering at Hercules Aerospace. He later became the top producing Sales Executive for Data Broadcasting Corporation and ultimately Senior Sales Director for Siebel Systems and Oracle. Bijou developed, patented, and brought to market innovations in digital imaging and tech-enabled sales and business intelligence. During Utah’s Centennial Celebration, Chris was selected as one of the state’s top 100 Executives, honored to be the youngest of the distinguished group. Through Internet of Everything CorpTM, he is implementing on a global scale a polymorphic encrypted, decentralized, software-defined technology (the QNET) capable of resolving many of the vulnerabilities that exist in the current internet (the ClearNet). Bijou has built US, European and Japan-based Operations, Sales, and Marketing teams for a global launch. Internet of Everything Corp’sTM European-based science team were some of the original designers of our core internet. Now Internet of Everything CorpTM is launching the premier upgraded internet solution that makes smart cities, IoE, and faster, quantum-safe data throughput a reality worldwide.

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Scott Schwalbe

CEO/Co-Founder, NimbeLink

NimbeLink

As Co-Founder and CEO of NimbeLink, Scott has a long history of building profitable businesses and successful teams. In his role at NimbeLink, he is responsible for corporatevision, strategy, and the overall leadership of the company. Prior to founding NimbeLink in May of 2013, Scott held leadership roles forseveral industry-leading companies, including Logic PD, HDM, and Celestica. Healso served and retired after 20 years in theU.S. Navy as a Cryptologic Linguist. He earned his BS at New York University and his MBA from Cardinal Stritch University.

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Mark Anstead

Director of Business Development, Numio

Numio

Mark Anstead is the Co-Founder of Numio, and a huge advocate for decentralized finance. His team at Numio is building the user-aggregation layer on Ethereum’s Layer-2, where they are giving people more control over their identity & their money. Before founding Numio, Mark Co-Founded Hydro Labs. Mark also actively serves a few DAOs (decentralized autonomous organizations) and helping to grow their ecosystems, namely PhoenixDAO & Index Cooperative. He earned his BSBA & MBA from University of Detroit-Mercy, where he played D1 lacrosse.

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Steven Waterhouse

Co-Founder & CEO, Orchid

Orchid

Dr. Steven Waterhouse (Seven) is the CEO and Co-founder of Orchid. Waterhouse previously served as a partner at blockchain-focused venture Pantera Capital from its inception in 2013 through July 2016 and worked at Fortress Investment Group, where he founded the Digital Currency Fund with Mike Novogratz and Pete Briger. Seven was a Co-founder and CTO of RPX (Nasdaq: RPXC) and served as Director of the Honeycomb product group at Sun Microsystems, one of the first computer and software technology companies to evolve during the dot com era. He holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

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Steven McCaffrey

CTO, Provinti

Provinti

Steven McCaffrey has spent 30 years in the financial services technology industry starting out as a systems application programmer and migrating to a becoming a highly sought network engineer. He then made the jump to technology management where he eventually became a Managing Director for Bank of America and Citigroup for multiple banking technology applications including risk, front end trading, large scale infrastructure, retail and commercial banking, and investment banking technologies. Mr. McCaffrey has been at First Data for the last 5 years, running their Sales and Service, IVR/Telecom/Call Center, and marketing technology teams.

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Jack Saracco

Head of Partnerships and Business Development, Settle Network

Settle Network

Jack Saracco is an entrepreneur in the crypto and blockchain industry and Leader of the International Expansion and Growth Department in Settle Network - LatamEx. Settle Network provides programmatic interoperability between traditional and digital assets, by leveraging financial infrastructure in every country they operate. Covering the most relevant markets, including the largest banks and thousands of retail locations, this enables unlimited and compliant interoperability between digital assets and the most important local currencies.

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Yamal Tamar

Co-CEO and Co-founder, SolidBlock

SolidBlock

Yael works to make property investing accessible, transparent, and streamlined with SolidBlock, where she is the Co-CEO and Co-founder. Working from her busy home with her two children, Yael and her team at SolidBlock have recently added more than three international tokenized property sales to their marketplace—including the largest cryptocurrency real estate purchase to date, a luxury penthouse in Miami bought for $22.5M—and expanded their staff to accommodate their growing business. Prior to moving to Israel, with the completion of her MA in Economics from CUNY New York, Yael started working as an analyst at a Wall Street brokerage firm. She moved into mergers and acquisitions, and private equity, then into financial engineering, structuring the products and indices for pension funds and family offices. When she arrived in Tel Aviv, Yael worked on the largest IPO in Israeli real estate history and served as an executive on the largest MVNO in Israel that was listed on NASDAQ. She co-founded several fintech startups, an import/export company (that was acquired by an investor), and a successful marketing agency in the blockchain space. Yael was listed in the Top 25 Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Speakers and 100 Most Inspirational Women In Blockchain. She was recently named as one of the recommended Blockchain Influencers to follow in 2021 by Hackernoon.com. Yael is also a regional co-chair at FIBREE, the Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate Expertise, the leading international network for exchanging knowledge between real estate industries. Yael is an influencer who has appeared as a guest speaker in more than 50 conferences and events, and has her own podcast (Apple podcast, Spotify: BlockSolid).

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Shane Unfred

EVP, Business Development and Product Management, TSG Global

TSG Global

Shane Unfred brings more than 25 years of experience to his role as TSG Global’s head of business development and product management. He is responsible for the company’s revenue growth in the strategic enterprise and communication service provider markets. He is also expert at building the kind of strategic partnerships that further the company’s position as an industry leader. Unfred has successfully held leadership roles within product management, product development, business development, operations and strategy at Level 3 Communications, Qwest Communications, Sprint Corporation, Sprint International, KMC Telecom and Summit Telecom. In 2018 and 2019, he was certified in Blockchain Technologies and Artificial Intelligence by MIT Sloan School of Management, specializing in the application and business strategy of artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies to telecommunications network services. Unfred holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Northern Colorado.

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Nelson Nahum

CEO, Zadara

Zadara

Nelson has over 30 years of experience in the enterprise software infrastructure industry. He is known for creating innovative products and successfully bringing them to the market. Prior to co-founding Zadara, he was a Fellow and Vice President of Software Engineering at LSI Corporation, where he was responsible for an engineering team of over 250 people. Previously he was CTO and co-founder of StoreAge Networking Technologies, which was acquired by LSI in 2006. At StoreAge, he invented the out of band storage virtualization system, building and leading the engineering to a successful product that was adopted by HP and led to the acquisition of StoreAge by LSI. Nelson holds 10 patents related to storage technologies. He is a graduate of the Technion, the Israeli Institute of Technology.

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Harry Moseley

Global CIO, Zoom

Zoom

Harry D. Moseley brings to Zoom a blend of transformational leadership, disruptive innovation, and corporate growth strategies. As the former CIO & Managing Director for KPMG, Harry was responsible for technology and innovation to support the firms competitive growth. Over five years he identified and replaced legacy technology to dramatically improve productivity, security, and reliability. Before joining KPMG, Harry served as CIO & Senior Managing Director - Partner for Blackstone, where he led the companys transformation to the worlds best digital alternative asset manager. Prior to Blackstone, Harry was a Managing Director for Credit Suisse, where he served as the CIO of Global Investment Banking, and Global Co-Head of Application Development / Co-CIO of the firm. Before Credit Suisse, Harry served as CTO & Managing Director for UBS Americas.

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Moderator List

Erik Linask (Moderator)

Group Editorial Director, TMC

TMC

Erik Linask is Group Editorial Director of TMC. During his tenure at TMC, he has supported the production and development of TMCs print publications and, most recently, managed the day-to-day operations of the industry’s leading Web site, TMCnet, which currently serves more than 1 million unique monthly visitors. Currently, he oversees TMC’s four print publications as well as TMCnet, and covers a wide range of topics in the IP Communications and Information Technology arenas, including his blog, Convergence Corner, on TMCnet. Erik also develops to conference programming for ITEXPO, and TMCs other communications and technology events, including Software Telco Congress. Prior to joining TMC, Erik was Managing Editor at Global Custodian, an international securities services publication, where he also managed the magazine’s survey research. Erik began his professional career at management consulting firm Leadership Research Institute.

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