Keynote-Invited Speakers

Jeremy Clark
Assistant professor at the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering
Victoria Cleland
Director for Banknotes and Chief Cashier of the Bank of England
Michael Cooper
CTO, BT Radianz services, Global Banking & Financial Markets, BT
Jeremy Clark is an Assistant Professor at the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering in Montreal. He received his PhD in computer science from the University of Waterloo in 2011. His dissertation applied cryptography to designing and deploying verifiable voting systems, including Scantegrity -- the first use of an end-to-end verifiable system in a public sector election. He became interested in Bitcoin in 2010 and published one of the first academic papers in the area. Beyond research, he has worked with several municipalities on voting technology and testified to the Canadian Senate on Bitcoin.
Victoria Cleland is Chief Cashier at the Bank of England. As well as having responsibility for the Bank's involvement in banknotes (from design to distribution), she leads the Bank's work on digital currencies. Victoria has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford and an MBA from Imperial College London. Her career has been based at the Bank of England, covering a range of roles including oversight of payment and settlement systems, financing of small businesses, graduate recruitment, Private Secretary to the Deputy Governor, and immediately prior to heading the Notes area, Deputy Head of the Special Resolution Unit.
Michael is a business technologist with considerable experience of the capital markets and a background in finance industry networking. He combines a particular interest in the evolution of the capital markets with the exploitation and integration of technology in capital markets business. As CTO for BT Radianz, Michael is responsible for architecture and the technical strategies that underpin BT's Financial Market propositions. These products and services include: the BT Radianz Cloud - the world's largest secure networked financial services community, BT Radianz Messaging, BT Radianz Hosting and Venue Interconnect.
The BT Radianz suite of services is part of BT's wider cloud of clouds programme that helps organisations combine their own private clouds with our own. It also helps them connect with other locations they want to reach. Previously, Michael was the Head of GB&FM Product Technology. During this time he created a business technology group responsible for the development and evolution of products and propositions together with leadership of innovation. Prior to this he ran the Radianz Customer Solutions team that provided early adopter solutions for key clients and new technologies.
In 2015, Michael was ranked 33rd in the Institutional Investor Tech 50 rankings, which identifies the most influential global financial services technologists. In 2013 he made the final shortlist in the Here is the City CTO/CIO of the Year Poll. And in 2012, Michael was named a 'CTO of the Year' finalist in the Financial News awards for Excellence in Trading and Technology. Michael is on the executive committee of the Financial Services Information Services Association. And he's on the board of trading standards body FIX. Michael has an MSc in Telecommunications Business Management from the University College of London.
Nicolas T. Courtois
Senior Lecturer at University College London. Cryptologist and code breaker.
Bruce Davis
Founder and Joint Managing Director of Abundance Investment
Ben Fung
Research Adviser and Assistant Director at Bank of Canada
Nicolas Courtois, a mathematician and senior lecturer in computer science at UCL, working with Daniel Hulme and Theodosis Mourouzis, has won the best paper award from the International Academy, Research, and Industry Association for their work on using SAT solvers to study various problems in algebra and circuit optimization. The research was funded by the European Commission under the FP7 project number 242497, "Resilient Infrastructure and Building Security (RIBS)" and by the UK Technology Strategy Board under project 9626-58525. The paper, Multiplicative Complexity and Solving Generalized Brent Equations with SAT Solvers, was presented at Computation Tools 2012, the third International Conference on Computational Logics, Algebras, Programming, Tools, and Benchmarking, held in Nice, France in July.
Nicolas Courtois has a long history as a leader in the field of cryptography, with more than 50 published papers and 4,000 citations, as well as eight patents on practical cryptology and smart cards. His research focuses on three main areas: cryptanalysis; industrial cryptography, including secure hardware devices, anti-cloning, anti-tampering, and dedicated cryptography; and automated problem solving. He has also published in the field of abstract mathematics, such as his 2011 paper with Gregory V. Bard and Daniel Hulme, A New General-Purpose Method to Multiply 3x3 Matrices Using Only 23 Multiplications.
Bruce Davis is cofounder and Joint Managing Director of Abundance Investment, the world's first regulated debt crowdfunding platform. Abundance has raised £20m for ethical investment projects in the UK (mainly renewable energy projects across wind, solar and other technologies). He was part of the founding team who created zopa.com and is currently visiting research fellow at the Bauman Institute, Leeds University.
Ben Fung is Research Advisor and Assistant Director in the Currency Department of the Bank of Canada. His main role is to provide leadership in the department’s economic research program and to provide advice to the department on issues related to developments in retail payments and their implications for the demand for cash. As Assistant Director, Ben is responsible for managing the Economic Research and Analysis team. He also has extensive experience in monetary policy research and analysis. From 2000 to 2003, Ben worked as senior economist at the Bank for International Settlements’ Hong Kong Office. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Domenico Gammaldi
Head of the Market and Payment Systems Oversight Directorate, Bank of Italy
Rodney Garratt
Maxwell C. and Mary Pellish Chair in Economics at the University of California Santa Barbara and Advisory Board Member of R3
John Goodall
CEO & Cofounder of Landbay
Born in Salerno on 12 April 1953, he graduated with honours in Political Science in 1975, in 1976 attended a post-graduate course at the "Scuola di Sviluppo Economico" in Rome. In 1976 also joined the Chamber of Commerce of Alessandria, in 1978 moved to the Bank of Italy, covering several positions in areas of the banking supervision and payment and market oversight. In January 2013 he became Head of the Market and Payment Systems Oversight Directorate. He has represented the Bank in several international groups. He is currently a member of the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures, of the Payment and Settlement System Committee (ESCB) and is Co-Chair of the Task Force on Payment Services at EBA.
Rod Garratt holds the Maxwell C. and Mary Pellish Chair in Economics at the University of California Santa Barbara. He is a theorist who specializes in applied game theory. He is known for his work on strategic incentives in payment systems and has consulted on payment systems for the Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, De Nederlandsche Bank and the Central Bank of Serbia. He was a Research Advisor at the Bank of England from 2009-2010 and was a Vice President in the Money and Payments Studies division of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2013-2015. From 2014-2015 he co-lead the Virtual Currency Working Group for the Federal Reserve System. In addition to numerous works on large value payment systems, Garratt has published theoretical and experimental work related to auctions and helped develop a growing literature on the role of speculators in auctions with resale. He also pioneered the use of information-theoretic clustering techniques to describe behavior and identify risks in complex financial networks. Garratt received his undergraduate degree form the University of Waterloo and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He has published in the top economics journals including Econometrica, the American Economic Review and the Journal of Political Economy. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Financial Market Infrastructures, the Journal of Network Theory in Finance and the Journal of Public Economic Theory. He has held visiting positions at the University of Arizona and UCLA. He is currently an Advisory Board Member of R3.
John is CEO and co-founder of Landbay. Landbay launched in May 2014 and is the only peer-to-peer investment platform to focus solely on the UK residential mortgage market.

John has over 20 years’ experience working across a broad range of industries. Prior to setting up Landbay, John co-founded and managed a leading financial services executive search business. He also spent 3 years teaching economics at a leading London educational establishment and has held a senior executive role in stockbroking. John holds an MBA from Imperial College, London and a BA (hons) in Economics from Durham University.
Karen Kerrigan
Chief Legal Officer of Seedrs
David B. Kinitsky
Director of Innovation at Fidelity Investments
Jonathan Kramer
Head of Capital Markets at Zopa
Karen is the Chief Legal Officer of Seedrs, Europe's leading equity crowdfunding platform and the first to receive regulatory approval from the Financial Conduct Authority in May 2012. Before joining Seedrs in July 2013, Karen worked at international law firm Simmons & Simmons LLP in the Financial Markets Litigation and Contentious Regulatory Team, where she acted for a range of financial institutions. At Seedrs she heads up the legal, financial, compliance and administrative functions. She is also a Director of the UK Crowdfunding Association, where she leads the regulatory workstream. Karen is an England and Wales qualified lawyer who holds an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford, and post-graduate legal qualifications GLD and LPC. Karen was named one of the top women in fintech by Innovate Finance, and UK in-house individual of the year in the Finance sector by Legal 500.
David B. Kinitsky is a Director of Innovation at Fidelity Investments, focusing on, among other areas, Bitcoin and so-called block chain technology. He had previously been the founding General Manager of the Bitcoin Investment Trust (BIT) and a Senior Director at SecondMarket (acquired by NASDAQ), where he directed the company's pre-IPO private company transactional platform business. He has also spent time with a boutique investment fund consulting group, the law firm of Beigelman, Feldman & Associates, Palm Pictures and Sanctuary Records in New York. Mr. Kinitsky earned his Juris Doctor with a Concentration in Intellectual Property Law from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from the University of California at Berkeley.
Jonathan Kramer is a member of the management team at Zopa, the world’s first and the UK’s leading peer-to-peer lending company. At Zopa Jonathan is responsible for capital markets and institutional lending. Jonathan joined Zopa in 2014 from Morgan Stanley where he spent 12 years and co-led UK institutional equity derivative sales. Previously Jonathan was in the corporate finance team at Bank Austria, advising on cross-border mergers and acquisitions in Central and Eastern Europe. Jonathan holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Rhydian Lewis
Founder and CEO of RateSetter.com
Alexander Lipton
Connection Science fellow at MIT Media Lab, adjunct professor of mathematics at NYU Courant Institute, advisory board member at the Oxford-Man Institute, and a Scientific Committee member at UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies.
Julie Maupin
Senior fellow at CIGI International Law Research Program
Rhydian Lewis is founder and CEO of the UK’s fastest growing peer-to-peer (P2P) lender, RateSetter. Together with COO Peter Behrens, he launched the business in 2010 to offer consumers an alternative to traditional savings and loans. In spring 2010, they were joined by CTO and internet veteran, John Gillespie. Since then the business has grown exponentially: in August 2011 RateSetter was a founding member of the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association; in March 2014 RateSetter became the UK’s largest P2P lender by monthly volume. Prior to founding RateSetter, Rhydian spent six years at Lazard, the financial advisory firm. After joining the analyst programme in 2003 he gained experience across M&A, Corporate Finance and Debt Advisory before specialising in Financial Institutions.
Alexander Lipton is Connection Science fellow at MIT Media Lab, adjunct professor of mathematics at NYU Courant Institute, an advisory board member at the Oxford-Man Institute, and a Scientific Committee member at UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies.
In the end of May, he departed from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he served for ten years as a managing director. During this time, Alex worked in various senior managerial roles including quantitative solutions executive and co-head of the Global Quantitative Group. Earlier, he was a managing director and head of Capital Structure Quantitative Research at Citadel Investment Group in Chicago; he has also worked for Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust. While working full time as a banker, Alex held several prestigious academic appointments, including visiting professor of quantitative finance at Oxford-Man Institute, visiting professor of mathematics at Imperial College London, and visiting professor of mathematics at the University of Illinois. Before switching to finance, Alex was a full professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois and a consultant at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in pure mathematics from Moscow State University.
His current professional interests include digital banking, FinTech, including distributed ledger and other applications of cryptography in banking and payment systems. His scientific interests are centered on quantitative development of modern monetary circuit theory, mechanisms of money creation, interlinked banking networks, balance sheet optimization, and related topics.
In 2000 Alex was awarded the first Quant of the Year Award by Risk Magazine. Alex is the author of two books (Magnetohydrodynamics and Spectral Theory and Mathematical Methods for Foreign Exchange) and the editor of five more, including, most recently, Quant of the Year 2000-2014, All Award Winning Papers. He has published more than a hundred papers on hydrodynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, astrophysics, chemical physics, and financial engineering. Alex is a founding patron of The 14-10 Club at the Royal Institution (jointly with David Harding). Alex is an avid collector of military optics and is currently working on a book on the history of military binoculars.
Julie Maupin is a senior fellow with CIGI's International Law Research Program (ILRP), effective January 2016. She is also a senior research fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany.
At CIGI, Julie is contributing to the ILRP's research theme on international economic law. Her research will explore the international law dimensions of the use of blockchain (the underlying technology of bitcoin) in international financial transactions. She will also assess potential regulatory frameworks.
Previously a lecturer at Duke Law School, Julie has taught international investment law, international commercial arbitration, comparative competition law and many other areas of international law at leading law faculties in North America, Europe and Africa. In addition to her scholarly work, Julie regularly advises international organizations, governments, businesses and NGOs on matters of economic law and policy, with a special emphasis on Africa.
Julie holds a Ph.D. in international studies, with magna and summa cum laude honours, from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva; a juris doctor and an M.A. in economics from Yale University; and a B.Sc. in economics from the University of Washington. She is an admitted member of the Oregon State Bar.
Dominick Paniscotti
Associate Vice President,
Enterprise Architecture. Nasdaq.
Andrea Pinna
Market Infrastructure Expert - Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments
Robert Sams

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Clearmatics Technologies LTD
Dominick (Dom) Paniscotti manages the Systems and Performance Engineering team at Nasdaq where he is responsible for the architecture, design, and performance of the company's U.S. market systems.
Dom's experience spans over twenty-five years and he has been employed in senior technology roles in a variety of business organizations in the telecommunications, defense and securities industries. While at Nasdaq, Dom's efforts have resulted in marked performance enhancements to the trading systems and, most significantly, the genesis of the Nasdaq's next generation architecture for these systems.
As part of Nasdaq's Systems Architecture team, Dom is tasked with the identification and integration of innovative technologies into Nasdaq's trading platforms. These initiatives include Cloud Computing, Software Defined Networking, Big Data, Data Analytics, and Block Chain technologies.
Andrea is a market infrastructure expert in the Directorate General market infrastructure and payments of the ECB, where he specializes in the impact of innovation on securities markets, collateral, and payments. He joined the European Central Bank to analyse the impact of fintech on financial market infrastructures in 2015. His current focus is on the potential impact of distributed ledger technologies on market participants and central bank activities, particularly concerning the integration of European financial markets. After his PhD studies at University of London, Andrea was assistant professor of international financial markets and carried out his academic research in the field of market microstructure applied to both the interbank and the stock market.
Hedge fund manager and macro specialist, focused on central bank policy. Over 11-years experience in the industry. I have helped to launch two hedge funds, and successfully ran short-term interest rate strategies in G10 markets, with a focus on interest rate policy actions of the Federal Reserve, Bank of England, European Central Bank, Swiss National Bank, and the Bank of Canada.

I was a pioneer in developing central bank policy probability-extraction models using interest rate derivatives, as well as Libor/FedFunds spread models that I developed years before these became popular after the 2008 funding crises.

The instrument space I've traded includes interest rate futures, options, swaps, and US Treasury repo. I have also done extensive work in modelling switch risk in government bond futures, for both trading and risk management, as well as modelling other idiosyncratic short-term interest rate risks.

A critic of central bank interest rate targeting, I have a long-time fascination with monetary theory and practice, and have also been interested in digital and other alternative currencies since my student days, when I first learned of David Chaum's work, and have been involved in the cryptocurrency scene since I discovered Bitcoin in 2011. My ideas on cryptocurrency and other monetary issues have been covered on blogs such as FT Alphaville, Business Insider, MarginalRevolution, and others.

Also an avid programmer, fan of functional programming languages, and author of Rbbg, an open source project that is popular among Bloomberg terminal users who code in the R language.
Dirk Schrade
Deputy Head of the Payments and Settlement Systems Department at the Central Office of the Deutsche Bundesbank
Kadhim Shubber
Reporter at Financial Times - Alphaville
Lui Smyth
Director of Blockchain Research & Ecosystem Engagement at EdgeVerve Labs London
After school and finishing his studies of business administration at the University of Applied Sciences of the Bundesbank he first worked for many years in the Branch and Main Office of the former Land Central Bank in North-Rhine Westphalia. In 2000 he joined the Payment Systems Policy Division at the Central Office of the Bundesbank in Frankfurt, focusing first on individual payment systems/RTGSplus and then on the project TARGET2.
His activities also include collaborating with the banking industry in political issues (eg with regard to SEPA) and with other central banks at G-10 and EU levels. He is also a member of the TARGET2-Securities Advisory Group. Not least, he represents the Bundesbank in the Payment and Settlement Systems Committee (PSSC) of the ESCB.
I'm a reporter at FT Alphaville, the
finance blog of the Financial Times. I write about technology, markets
and finance
Lúí leads blockchain research and ecosystem engagement at EdgeVerve R&D Labs London, part of the product development division of Infosys. His first foray into the blockchain world was as an anthropology postgraduate at University College London, where his research looked at the politics, motivations, and demographics of early Bitcoin adopters. He went on to lead the UK operations of CoinJar, Australia’s largest Bitcoin startup, facilitating the transition of the company's headquarters from Melbourne to London. Lúí has not left his social science days entirely, and continues to see social and cultural considerations as being key to understanding and designing technological change.
Claudio Tessone
Assistant Professor of Network Science at the University of Zurich
Wei-Tsai
Digital Society & Blockchain Laboratory & School of Computer Science and Engineering Beihang University Beijing, China
Claudio J. Tessone is an Assistant Professor of Network Science at the University of Zurich (Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Information Technologies), where he is co-director of the University Priority Programme on Social Networks. He holds a Masters and PhD in Physics, where he studied stochastic processes and the role of heterogeneity in interacting systems. Prior to his current appointment, he was senior researcher at the Chair of Systems Design of the Department of Management, Economics and Technology at ETH Zurich, where he obtained a Habilitation on "Complex socio-economic systems". He is an expert in the modelling of economic, social and technical systems from a quantitative and interdisciplinary perspective and has more than 60 papers in diverse areas. His current research focuses on complex socio-economic systems, by means of theoretical models, the development of methodological tools and data analysis. In his research activities, he has worked on Bitcoin with several presentations and publications in the area.
Dr. Wei-Tek Tsai received his S.B. in Computer Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at Cambridge, MA in 1979, M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of California at Berkeley in 1982 and 1985.
He worked for University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN from 1985-2000, and served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and he held MEIS Professorship at University of Minnesota.
He left University of Minnesota and joined Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona in 2000 as a full professor of Computer Science and Engineering in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering. He became an Emeritus Professor in Dec. 2014.
Since Dec. 2014, he has been 1000-Talents Program Professor at Beihang University, Beijing, China. At Beihang University, he initiated Digital Society and Blockchain Laboratory within School of Computer Science and Engineering, and the laboratory is the first and only academic laboratory dedicated to blockchain research and education in China as Feb. 2016.
He has authored more than 400 papers in software engineering, service-oriented computing, and cloud computing. He travels widely and has held various professorships in Asia and Europe including Yantze River Professorship (2009-2012) at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
Jeremy Clark
Assistant professor at the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering
Victoria Cleland
Director for Banknotes and Chief Cashier of the Bank of England
Jeremy Clark is an Assistant Professor at the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering in Montreal. He received his PhD in computer science from the University of Waterloo in 2011. His dissertation applied cryptography to designing and deploying verifiable voting systems, including Scantegrity -- the first use of an end-to-end verifiable system in a public sector election. He became interested in Bitcoin in 2010 and published one of the first academic papers in the area. Beyond research, he has worked with several municipalities on voting technology and testified to the Canadian Senate on Bitcoin.
Victoria Cleland is Chief Cashier at the Bank of England. As well as having responsibility for the Bank's involvement in banknotes (from design to distribution), she leads the Bank's work on digital currencies. Victoria has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford and an MBA from Imperial College London. Her career has been based at the Bank of England, covering a range of roles including oversight of payment and settlement systems, financing of small businesses, graduate recruitment, Private Secretary to the Deputy Governor, and immediately prior to heading the Notes area, Deputy Head of the Special Resolution Unit.
Michael Cooper
CTO, BT Radianz services, Global Banking & Financial Markets, BT
Nicolas T. Courtois
Senior Lecturer at University College London. Cryptologist and code breaker.
Michael is a business technologist with considerable experience of the capital markets and a background in finance industry networking. He combines a particular interest in the evolution of the capital markets with the exploitation and integration of technology in capital markets business. As CTO for BT Radianz, Michael is responsible for architecture and the technical strategies that underpin BT's Financial Market propositions. These products and services include: the BT Radianz Cloud - the world's largest secure networked financial services community, BT Radianz Messaging, BT Radianz Hosting and Venue Interconnect.
The BT Radianz suite of services is part of BT's wider cloud of clouds programme that helps organisations combine their own private clouds with our own. It also helps them connect with other locations they want to reach. Previously, Michael was the Head of GB&FM Product Technology. During this time he created a business technology group responsible for the development and evolution of products and propositions together with leadership of innovation. Prior to this he ran the Radianz Customer Solutions team that provided early adopter solutions for key clients and new technologies.
In 2015, Michael was ranked 33rd in the Institutional Investor Tech 50 rankings, which identifies the most influential global financial services technologists. In 2013 he made the final shortlist in the Here is the City CTO/CIO of the Year Poll. And in 2012, Michael was named a 'CTO of the Year' finalist in the Financial News awards for Excellence in Trading and Technology. Michael is on the executive committee of the Financial Services Information Services Association. And he's on the board of trading standards body FIX. Michael has an MSc in Telecommunications Business Management from the University College of London.
Nicolas Courtois, a mathematician and senior lecturer in computer science at UCL, working with Daniel Hulme and Theodosis Mourouzis, has won the best paper award from the International Academy, Research, and Industry Association for their work on using SAT solvers to study various problems in algebra and circuit optimization. The research was funded by the European Commission under the FP7 project number 242497, "Resilient Infrastructure and Building Security (RIBS)" and by the UK Technology Strategy Board under project 9626-58525. The paper, Multiplicative Complexity and Solving Generalized Brent Equations with SAT Solvers, was presented at Computation Tools 2012, the third International Conference on Computational Logics, Algebras, Programming, Tools, and Benchmarking, held in Nice, France in July.
Nicolas Courtois has a long history as a leader in the field of cryptography, with more than 50 published papers and 4,000 citations, as well as eight patents on practical cryptology and smart cards. His research focuses on three main areas: cryptanalysis; industrial cryptography, including secure hardware devices, anti-cloning, anti-tampering, and dedicated cryptography; and automated problem solving. He has also published in the field of abstract mathematics, such as his 2011 paper with Gregory V. Bard and Daniel Hulme, A New General-Purpose Method to Multiply 3x3 Matrices Using Only 23 Multiplications.
Bruce Davis
Founder and Joint Managing Director of Abundance Investment
Ben Fung
Research Adviser and Assistant Director at Bank of Canada
Bruce Davis is cofounder and Joint Managing Director of Abundance Investment, the world's first regulated debt crowdfunding platform. Abundance has raised £20m for ethical investment projects in the UK (mainly renewable energy projects across wind, solar and other technologies). He was part of the founding team who created zopa.com and is currently visiting research fellow at the Bauman Institute, Leeds University.
Ben Fung is Research Advisor and Assistant Director in the Currency Department of the Bank of Canada. His main role is to provide leadership in the department’s economic research program and to provide advice to the department on issues related to developments in retail payments and their implications for the demand for cash. As Assistant Director, Ben is responsible for managing the Economic Research and Analysis team. He also has extensive experience in monetary policy research and analysis. From 2000 to 2003, Ben worked as senior economist at the Bank for International Settlements’ Hong Kong Office. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Domenico Gammaldi
Head of the Market and Payment Systems Oversight Directorate, Bank of Italy
Rodney Garratt
Maxwell C. and Mary Pellish Chair in Economics at the University of California Santa Barbara and Advisory Board Member of R3
Born in Salerno on 12 April 1953, he graduated with honours in Political Science in 1975, in 1976 attended a post-graduate course at the "Scuola di Sviluppo Economico" in Rome. In 1976 also joined the Chamber of Commerce of Alessandria, in 1978 moved to the Bank of Italy, covering several positions in areas of the banking supervision and payment and market oversight. In January 2013 he became Head of the Market and Payment Systems Oversight Directorate. He has represented the Bank in several international groups. He is currently a member of the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures, of the Payment and Settlement System Committee (ESCB) and is Co-Chair of the Task Force on Payment Services at EBA.
Rod Garratt holds the Maxwell C. and Mary Pellish Chair in Economics at the University of California Santa Barbara. He is a theorist who specializes in applied game theory. He is known for his work on strategic incentives in payment systems and has consulted on payment systems for the Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, De Nederlandsche Bank and the Central Bank of Serbia. He was a Research Advisor at the Bank of England from 2009-2010 and was a Vice President in the Money and Payments Studies division of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2013-2015. From 2014-2015 he co-lead the Virtual Currency Working Group for the Federal Reserve System. In addition to numerous works on large value payment systems, Garratt has published theoretical and experimental work related to auctions and helped develop a growing literature on the role of speculators in auctions with resale. He also pioneered the use of information-theoretic clustering techniques to describe behavior and identify risks in complex financial networks. Garratt received his undergraduate degree form the University of Waterloo and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He has published in the top economics journals including Econometrica, the American Economic Review and the Journal of Political Economy. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Financial Market Infrastructures, the Journal of Network Theory in Finance and the Journal of Public Economic Theory. He has held visiting positions at the University of Arizona and UCLA. He is currently an Advisory Board Member of R3.
John Goodall
CEO & Cofounder of Landbay
Karen Kerrigan
Chief Legal Officer of Seedrs
John is CEO and co-founder of Landbay. Landbay launched in May 2014 and is the only peer-to-peer investment platform to focus solely on the UK residential mortgage market.

John has over 20 years’ experience working across a broad range of industries. Prior to setting up Landbay, John co-founded and managed a leading financial services executive search business. He also spent 3 years teaching economics at a leading London educational establishment and has held a senior executive role in stockbroking. John holds an MBA from Imperial College, London and a BA (hons) in Economics from Durham University.
Karen is the Chief Legal Officer of Seedrs, Europe's leading equity crowdfunding platform and the first to receive regulatory approval from the Financial Conduct Authority in May 2012. Before joining Seedrs in July 2013, Karen worked at international law firm Simmons & Simmons LLP in the Financial Markets Litigation and Contentious Regulatory Team, where she acted for a range of financial institutions. At Seedrs she heads up the legal, financial, compliance and administrative functions. She is also a Director of the UK Crowdfunding Association, where she leads the regulatory workstream. Karen is an England and Wales qualified lawyer who holds an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford, and post-graduate legal qualifications GLD and LPC. Karen was named one of the top women in fintech by Innovate Finance, and UK in-house individual of the year in the Finance sector by Legal 500.
David B. Kinitsky
Director of Innovation at Fidelity Investments
Jonathan Kramer
Head of Capital Markets at Zopa
David B. Kinitsky is a Director of Innovation at Fidelity Investments, focusing on, among other areas, Bitcoin and so-called block chain technology. He had previously been the founding General Manager of the Bitcoin Investment Trust (BIT) and a Senior Director at SecondMarket (acquired by NASDAQ), where he directed the company's pre-IPO private company transactional platform business. He has also spent time with a boutique investment fund consulting group, the law firm of Beigelman, Feldman & Associates, Palm Pictures and Sanctuary Records in New York. Mr. Kinitsky earned his Juris Doctor with a Concentration in Intellectual Property Law from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from the University of California at Berkeley.
Jonathan Kramer is a member of the management team at Zopa, the world’s first and the UK’s leading peer-to-peer lending company. At Zopa Jonathan is responsible for capital markets and institutional lending. Jonathan joined Zopa in 2014 from Morgan Stanley where he spent 12 years and co-led UK institutional equity derivative sales. Previously Jonathan was in the corporate finance team at Bank Austria, advising on cross-border mergers and acquisitions in Central and Eastern Europe. Jonathan holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Rhydian Lewis
Founder and CEO of RateSetter.com
Alexander Lipton
Connection Science fellow at MIT Media Lab, adjunct professor of mathematics at NYU Courant Institute, advisory board member at the Oxford-Man Institute, and a Scientific Committee member at UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies.
Rhydian Lewis is founder and CEO of the UK’s fastest growing peer-to-peer (P2P) lender, RateSetter. Together with COO Peter Behrens, he launched the business in 2010 to offer consumers an alternative to traditional savings and loans. In spring 2010, they were joined by CTO and internet veteran, John Gillespie. Since then the business has grown exponentially: in August 2011 RateSetter was a founding member of the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association; in March 2014 RateSetter became the UK’s largest P2P lender by monthly volume. Prior to founding RateSetter, Rhydian spent six years at Lazard, the financial advisory firm. After joining the analyst programme in 2003 he gained experience across M&A, Corporate Finance and Debt Advisory before specialising in Financial Institutions.
Alexander Lipton is Connection Science fellow at MIT Media Lab, adjunct professor of mathematics at NYU Courant Institute, an advisory board member at the Oxford-Man Institute, and a Scientific Committee member at UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies.
In the end of May, he departed from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he served for ten years as a managing director. During this time, Alex worked in various senior managerial roles including quantitative solutions executive and co-head of the Global Quantitative Group. Earlier, he was a managing director and head of Capital Structure Quantitative Research at Citadel Investment Group in Chicago; he has also worked for Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust. While working full time as a banker, Alex held several prestigious academic appointments, including visiting professor of quantitative finance at Oxford-Man Institute, visiting professor of mathematics at Imperial College London, and visiting professor of mathematics at the University of Illinois. Before switching to finance, Alex was a full professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois and a consultant at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in pure mathematics from Moscow State University.
His current professional interests include digital banking, FinTech, including distributed ledger and other applications of cryptography in banking and payment systems. His scientific interests are centered on quantitative development of modern monetary circuit theory, mechanisms of money creation, interlinked banking networks, balance sheet optimization, and related topics.
In 2000 Alex was awarded the first Quant of the Year Award by Risk Magazine. Alex is the author of two books (Magnetohydrodynamics and Spectral Theory and Mathematical Methods for Foreign Exchange) and the editor of five more, including, most recently, Quant of the Year 2000-2014, All Award Winning Papers. He has published more than a hundred papers on hydrodynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, astrophysics, chemical physics, and financial engineering. Alex is a founding patron of The 14-10 Club at the Royal Institution (jointly with David Harding). Alex is an avid collector of military optics and is currently working on a book on the history of military binoculars.
Julie Maupin
Senior fellow at CIGI International Law Research Program
Dominick Paniscotti
Associate Vice President,
Enterprise Architecture. Nasdaq.
Julie Maupin is a senior fellow with CIGI's International Law Research Program (ILRP), effective January 2016. She is also a senior research fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany.
At CIGI, Julie is contributing to the ILRP's research theme on international economic law. Her research will explore the international law dimensions of the use of blockchain (the underlying technology of bitcoin) in international financial transactions. She will also assess potential regulatory frameworks.
Previously a lecturer at Duke Law School, Julie has taught international investment law, international commercial arbitration, comparative competition law and many other areas of international law at leading law faculties in North America, Europe and Africa. In addition to her scholarly work, Julie regularly advises international organizations, governments, businesses and NGOs on matters of economic law and policy, with a special emphasis on Africa.
Julie holds a Ph.D. in international studies, with magna and summa cum laude honours, from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva; a juris doctor and an M.A. in economics from Yale University; and a B.Sc. in economics from the University of Washington. She is an admitted member of the Oregon State Bar.
Dominick (Dom) Paniscotti manages the Systems and Performance Engineering team at Nasdaq where he is responsible for the architecture, design, and performance of the company's U.S. market systems.
Dom's experience spans over twenty-five years and he has been employed in senior technology roles in a variety of business organizations in the telecommunications, defense and securities industries. While at Nasdaq, Dom's efforts have resulted in marked performance enhancements to the trading systems and, most significantly, the genesis of the Nasdaq's next generation architecture for these systems.
As part of Nasdaq's Systems Architecture team, Dom is tasked with the identification and integration of innovative technologies into Nasdaq's trading platforms. These initiatives include Cloud Computing, Software Defined Networking, Big Data, Data Analytics, and Block Chain technologies.
Andrea Pinna
Market Infrastructure Expert - Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments
Robert Sams

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Clearmatics Technologies LTD
Andrea is a market infrastructure expert in the Directorate General market infrastructure and payments of the ECB, where he specializes in the impact of innovation on securities markets, collateral, and payments. He joined the European Central Bank to analyse the impact of fintech on financial market infrastructures in 2015. His current focus is on the potential impact of distributed ledger technologies on market participants and central bank activities, particularly concerning the integration of European financial markets. After his PhD studies at University of London, Andrea was assistant professor of international financial markets and carried out his academic research in the field of market microstructure applied to both the interbank and the stock market.
Hedge fund manager and macro specialist, focused on central bank policy. Over 11-years experience in the industry. I have helped to launch two hedge funds, and successfully ran short-term interest rate strategies in G10 markets, with a focus on interest rate policy actions of the Federal Reserve, Bank of England, European Central Bank, Swiss National Bank, and the Bank of Canada.

I was a pioneer in developing central bank policy probability-extraction models using interest rate derivatives, as well as Libor/FedFunds spread models that I developed years before these became popular after the 2008 funding crises.

The instrument space I've traded includes interest rate futures, options, swaps, and US Treasury repo. I have also done extensive work in modelling switch risk in government bond futures, for both trading and risk management, as well as modelling other idiosyncratic short-term interest rate risks.

A critic of central bank interest rate targeting, I have a long-time fascination with monetary theory and practice, and have also been interested in digital and other alternative currencies since my student days, when I first learned of David Chaum's work, and have been involved in the cryptocurrency scene since I discovered Bitcoin in 2011. My ideas on cryptocurrency and other monetary issues have been covered on blogs such as FT Alphaville, Business Insider, MarginalRevolution, and others.

Also an avid programmer, fan of functional programming languages, and author of Rbbg, an open source project that is popular among Bloomberg terminal users who code in the R language.
Dirk Schrade
Deputy Head of the Payments and Settlement Systems Department at the Central Office of the Deutsche Bundesbank
Kadhim Shubber
Reporter at Financial Times - Alphaville
After school and finishing his studies of business administration at the University of Applied Sciences of the Bundesbank he first worked for many years in the Branch and Main Office of the former Land Central Bank in North-Rhine Westphalia. In 2000 he joined the Payment Systems Policy Division at the Central Office of the Bundesbank in Frankfurt, focusing first on individual payment systems/RTGSplus and then on the project TARGET2.
His activities also include collaborating with the banking industry in political issues (eg with regard to SEPA) and with other central banks at G-10 and EU levels. He is also a member of the TARGET2-Securities Advisory Group. Not least, he represents the Bundesbank in the Payment and Settlement Systems Committee (PSSC) of the ESCB.
I'm a reporter at FT Alphaville, the
finance blog of the Financial Times. I write about technology, markets
and finance
Lui Smyth
Director of Blockchain Research & Ecosystem Engagement at EdgeVerve Labs London
Claudio Tessone
Assistant Professor of Network Science at the University of Zurich
Lúí leads blockchain research and ecosystem engagement at EdgeVerve R&D Labs London, part of the product development division of Infosys. His first foray into the blockchain world was as an anthropology postgraduate at University College London, where his research looked at the politics, motivations, and demographics of early Bitcoin adopters. He went on to lead the UK operations of CoinJar, Australia’s largest Bitcoin startup, facilitating the transition of the company's headquarters from Melbourne to London. Lúí has not left his social science days entirely, and continues to see social and cultural considerations as being key to understanding and designing technological change.
Claudio J. Tessone is an Assistant Professor of Network Science at the University of Zurich (Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Information Technologies), where he is co-director of the University Priority Programme on Social Networks. He holds a Masters and PhD in Physics, where he studied stochastic processes and the role of heterogeneity in interacting systems. Prior to his current appointment, he was senior researcher at the Chair of Systems Design of the Department of Management, Economics and Technology at ETH Zurich, where he obtained a Habilitation on "Complex socio-economic systems". He is an expert in the modelling of economic, social and technical systems from a quantitative and interdisciplinary perspective and has more than 60 papers in diverse areas. His current research focuses on complex socio-economic systems, by means of theoretical models, the development of methodological tools and data analysis. In his research activities, he has worked on Bitcoin with several presentations and publications in the area.
Wei-Tsai
Digital Society & Blockchain Laboratory & School of Computer Science and Engineering Beihang University Beijing, China
Dr. Wei-Tek Tsai received his S.B. in Computer Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at Cambridge, MA in 1979, M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of California at Berkeley in 1982 and 1985.
He worked for University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN from 1985-2000, and served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and he held MEIS Professorship at University of Minnesota.
He left University of Minnesota and joined Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona in 2000 as a full professor of Computer Science and Engineering in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering. He became an Emeritus Professor in Dec. 2014.
Since Dec. 2014, he has been 1000-Talents Program Professor at Beihang University, Beijing, China. At Beihang University, he initiated Digital Society and Blockchain Laboratory within School of Computer Science and Engineering, and the laboratory is the first and only academic laboratory dedicated to blockchain research and education in China as Feb. 2016.
He has authored more than 400 papers in software engineering, service-oriented computing, and cloud computing. He travels widely and has held various professorships in Asia and Europe including Yantze River Professorship (2009-2012) at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
Jeremy Clark
Assistant professor at the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering
Jeremy Clark is an Assistant Professor at the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering in Montreal. He received his PhD in computer science from the University of Waterloo in 2011. His dissertation applied cryptography to designing and deploying verifiable voting systems, including Scantegrity -- the first use of an end-to-end verifiable system in a public sector election. He became interested in Bitcoin in 2010 and published one of the first academic papers in the area. Beyond research, he has worked with several municipalities on voting technology and testified to the Canadian Senate on Bitcoin.
Victoria Cleland
Director for Banknotes and Chief Cashier of the Bank of England
Victoria Cleland is Chief Cashier at the Bank of England. As well as having responsibility for the Bank's involvement in banknotes (from design to distribution), she leads the Bank's work on digital currencies. Victoria has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford and an MBA from Imperial College London. Her career has been based at the Bank of England, covering a range of roles including oversight of payment and settlement systems, financing of small businesses, graduate recruitment, Private Secretary to the Deputy Governor, and immediately prior to heading the Notes area, Deputy Head of the Special Resolution Unit.
Michael Cooper
CTO, BT Radianz services, Global Banking & Financial Markets, BT
Michael is a business technologist with considerable experience of the capital markets and a background in finance industry networking. He combines a particular interest in the evolution of the capital markets with the exploitation and integration of technology in capital markets business. As CTO for BT Radianz, Michael is responsible for architecture and the technical strategies that underpin BT's Financial Market propositions. These products and services include: the BT Radianz Cloud - the world's largest secure networked financial services community, BT Radianz Messaging, BT Radianz Hosting and Venue Interconnect.
The BT Radianz suite of services is part of BT's wider cloud of clouds programme that helps organisations combine their own private clouds with our own. It also helps them connect with other locations they want to reach. Previously, Michael was the Head of GB&FM Product Technology. During this time he created a business technology group responsible for the development and evolution of products and propositions together with leadership of innovation. Prior to this he ran the Radianz Customer Solutions team that provided early adopter solutions for key clients and new technologies.
In 2015, Michael was ranked 33rd in the Institutional Investor Tech 50 rankings, which identifies the most influential global financial services technologists. In 2013 he made the final shortlist in the Here is the City CTO/CIO of the Year Poll. And in 2012, Michael was named a 'CTO of the Year' finalist in the Financial News awards for Excellence in Trading and Technology. Michael is on the executive committee of the Financial Services Information Services Association. And he's on the board of trading standards body FIX. Michael has an MSc in Telecommunications Business Management from the University College of London.
Nicolas T. Courtois
Senior Lecturer at University College London. Cryptologist and code breaker.
Nicolas Courtois, a mathematician and senior lecturer in computer science at UCL, working with Daniel Hulme and Theodosis Mourouzis, has won the best paper award from the International Academy, Research, and Industry Association for their work on using SAT solvers to study various problems in algebra and circuit optimization. The research was funded by the European Commission under the FP7 project number 242497, "Resilient Infrastructure and Building Security (RIBS)" and by the UK Technology Strategy Board under project 9626-58525. The paper, Multiplicative Complexity and Solving Generalized Brent Equations with SAT Solvers, was presented at Computation Tools 2012, the third International Conference on Computational Logics, Algebras, Programming, Tools, and Benchmarking, held in Nice, France in July.
Nicolas Courtois has a long history as a leader in the field of cryptography, with more than 50 published papers and 4,000 citations, as well as eight patents on practical cryptology and smart cards. His research focuses on three main areas: cryptanalysis; industrial cryptography, including secure hardware devices, anti-cloning, anti-tampering, and dedicated cryptography; and automated problem solving. He has also published in the field of abstract mathematics, such as his 2011 paper with Gregory V. Bard and Daniel Hulme, A New General-Purpose Method to Multiply 3x3 Matrices Using Only 23 Multiplications.
Bruce Davis
Founder and Joint Managing Director of Abundance Investment
Bruce Davis is cofounder and Joint Managing Director of Abundance Investment, the world's first regulated debt crowdfunding platform. Abundance has raised £20m for ethical investment projects in the UK (mainly renewable energy projects across wind, solar and other technologies). He was part of the founding team who created zopa.com and is currently visiting research fellow at the Bauman Institute, Leeds University.
Ben Fung
Research Adviser and Assistant Director at Bank of Canada
Ben Fung is Research Advisor and Assistant Director in the Currency Department of the Bank of Canada. His main role is to provide leadership in the department’s economic research program and to provide advice to the department on issues related to developments in retail payments and their implications for the demand for cash. As Assistant Director, Ben is responsible for managing the Economic Research and Analysis team. He also has extensive experience in monetary policy research and analysis. From 2000 to 2003, Ben worked as senior economist at the Bank for International Settlements’ Hong Kong Office. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Domenico Gammaldi
Head of the Market and Payment Systems Oversight Directorate, Bank of Italy
Born in Salerno on 12 April 1953, he graduated with honours in Political Science in 1975, in 1976 attended a post-graduate course at the "Scuola di Sviluppo Economico" in Rome. In 1976 also joined the Chamber of Commerce of Alessandria, in 1978 moved to the Bank of Italy, covering several positions in areas of the banking supervision and payment and market oversight. In January 2013 he became Head of the Market and Payment Systems Oversight Directorate. He has represented the Bank in several international groups. He is currently a member of the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures, of the Payment and Settlement System Committee (ESCB) and is Co-Chair of the Task Force on Payment Services at EBA.
Rodney Garratt
Maxwell C. and Mary Pellish Chair in Economics at the University of California Santa Barbara and Advisory Board Member of R3
Rod Garratt holds the Maxwell C. and Mary Pellish Chair in Economics at the University of California Santa Barbara. He is a theorist who specializes in applied game theory. He is known for his work on strategic incentives in payment systems and has consulted on payment systems for the Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, De Nederlandsche Bank and the Central Bank of Serbia. He was a Research Advisor at the Bank of England from 2009-2010 and was a Vice President in the Money and Payments Studies division of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2013-2015. From 2014-2015 he co-lead the Virtual Currency Working Group for the Federal Reserve System. In addition to numerous works on large value payment systems, Garratt has published theoretical and experimental work related to auctions and helped develop a growing literature on the role of speculators in auctions with resale. He also pioneered the use of information-theoretic clustering techniques to describe behavior and identify risks in complex financial networks. Garratt received his undergraduate degree form the University of Waterloo and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He has published in the top economics journals including Econometrica, the American Economic Review and the Journal of Political Economy. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Financial Market Infrastructures, the Journal of Network Theory in Finance and the Journal of Public Economic Theory. He has held visiting positions at the University of Arizona and UCLA. He is currently an Advisory Board Member of R3.
John Goodall
CEO & Cofounder of Landbay
John is CEO and co-founder of Landbay. Landbay launched in May 2014 and is the only peer-to-peer investment platform to focus solely on the UK residential mortgage market.

John has over 20 years’ experience working across a broad range of industries. Prior to setting up Landbay, John co-founded and managed a leading financial services executive search business. He also spent 3 years teaching economics at a leading London educational establishment and has held a senior executive role in stockbroking. John holds an MBA from Imperial College, London and a BA (hons) in Economics from Durham University.
Karen Kerrigan
Chief Legal Officer of Seedrs
Karen is the Chief Legal Officer of Seedrs, Europe's leading equity crowdfunding platform and the first to receive regulatory approval from the Financial Conduct Authority in May 2012. Before joining Seedrs in July 2013, Karen worked at international law firm Simmons & Simmons LLP in the Financial Markets Litigation and Contentious Regulatory Team, where she acted for a range of financial institutions. At Seedrs she heads up the legal, financial, compliance and administrative functions. She is also a Director of the UK Crowdfunding Association, where she leads the regulatory workstream. Karen is an England and Wales qualified lawyer who holds an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford, and post-graduate legal qualifications GLD and LPC. Karen was named one of the top women in fintech by Innovate Finance, and UK in-house individual of the year in the Finance sector by Legal 500.
David B. Kinitsky
Director of Innovation at Fidelity Investments
David B. Kinitsky is a Director of Innovation at Fidelity Investments, focusing on, among other areas, Bitcoin and so-called block chain technology. He had previously been the founding General Manager of the Bitcoin Investment Trust (BIT) and a Senior Director at SecondMarket (acquired by NASDAQ), where he directed the company's pre-IPO private company transactional platform business. He has also spent time with a boutique investment fund consulting group, the law firm of Beigelman, Feldman & Associates, Palm Pictures and Sanctuary Records in New York. Mr. Kinitsky earned his Juris Doctor with a Concentration in Intellectual Property Law from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from the University of California at Berkeley.
Jonathan Kramer
Head of Capital Markets at Zopa
Jonathan Kramer is a member of the management team at Zopa, the world’s first and the UK’s leading peer-to-peer lending company. At Zopa Jonathan is responsible for capital markets and institutional lending. Jonathan joined Zopa in 2014 from Morgan Stanley where he spent 12 years and co-led UK institutional equity derivative sales. Previously Jonathan was in the corporate finance team at Bank Austria, advising on cross-border mergers and acquisitions in Central and Eastern Europe. Jonathan holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Rhydian Lewis
Founder and CEO of RateSetter.com
Rhydian Lewis is founder and CEO of the UK’s fastest growing peer-to-peer (P2P) lender, RateSetter. Together with COO Peter Behrens, he launched the business in 2010 to offer consumers an alternative to traditional savings and loans. In spring 2010, they were joined by CTO and internet veteran, John Gillespie. Since then the business has grown exponentially: in August 2011 RateSetter was a founding member of the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association; in March 2014 RateSetter became the UK’s largest P2P lender by monthly volume. Prior to founding RateSetter, Rhydian spent six years at Lazard, the financial advisory firm. After joining the analyst programme in 2003 he gained experience across M&A, Corporate Finance and Debt Advisory before specialising in Financial Institutions.
Alexander Lipton
Connection Science fellow at MIT Media Lab, adjunct professor of mathematics at NYU Courant Institute, advisory board member at the Oxford-Man Institute, and a Scientific Committee member at UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies.
Alexander Lipton is Connection Science fellow at MIT Media Lab, adjunct professor of mathematics at NYU Courant Institute, an advisory board member at the Oxford-Man Institute, and a Scientific Committee member at UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies.
In the end of May, he departed from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he served for ten years as a managing director. During this time, Alex worked in various senior managerial roles including quantitative solutions executive and co-head of the Global Quantitative Group. Earlier, he was a managing director and head of Capital Structure Quantitative Research at Citadel Investment Group in Chicago; he has also worked for Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust. While working full time as a banker, Alex held several prestigious academic appointments, including visiting professor of quantitative finance at Oxford-Man Institute, visiting professor of mathematics at Imperial College London, and visiting professor of mathematics at the University of Illinois. Before switching to finance, Alex was a full professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois and a consultant at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in pure mathematics from Moscow State University.
His current professional interests include digital banking, FinTech, including distributed ledger and other applications of cryptography in banking and payment systems. His scientific interests are centered on quantitative development of modern monetary circuit theory, mechanisms of money creation, interlinked banking networks, balance sheet optimization, and related topics.
In 2000 Alex was awarded the first Quant of the Year Award by Risk Magazine. Alex is the author of two books (Magnetohydrodynamics and Spectral Theory and Mathematical Methods for Foreign Exchange) and the editor of five more, including, most recently, Quant of the Year 2000-2014, All Award Winning Papers. He has published more than a hundred papers on hydrodynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, astrophysics, chemical physics, and financial engineering. Alex is a founding patron of The 14-10 Club at the Royal Institution (jointly with David Harding). Alex is an avid collector of military optics and is currently working on a book on the history of military binoculars.
Julie Maupin
Senior fellow at CIGI International Law Research Program
Julie Maupin is a senior fellow with CIGI's International Law Research Program (ILRP), effective January 2016. She is also a senior research fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany.
At CIGI, Julie is contributing to the ILRP's research theme on international economic law. Her research will explore the international law dimensions of the use of blockchain (the underlying technology of bitcoin) in international financial transactions. She will also assess potential regulatory frameworks.
Previously a lecturer at Duke Law School, Julie has taught international investment law, international commercial arbitration, comparative competition law and many other areas of international law at leading law faculties in North America, Europe and Africa. In addition to her scholarly work, Julie regularly advises international organizations, governments, businesses and NGOs on matters of economic law and policy, with a special emphasis on Africa.
Julie holds a Ph.D. in international studies, with magna and summa cum laude honours, from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva; a juris doctor and an M.A. in economics from Yale University; and a B.Sc. in economics from the University of Washington. She is an admitted member of the Oregon State Bar.
Dominick Paniscotti
Associate Vice President,
Enterprise Architecture. Nasdaq.
Dominick (Dom) Paniscotti manages the Systems and Performance Engineering team at Nasdaq where he is responsible for the architecture, design, and performance of the company's U.S. market systems.
Dom's experience spans over twenty-five years and he has been employed in senior technology roles in a variety of business organizations in the telecommunications, defense and securities industries. While at Nasdaq, Dom's efforts have resulted in marked performance enhancements to the trading systems and, most significantly, the genesis of the Nasdaq's next generation architecture for these systems.
As part of Nasdaq's Systems Architecture team, Dom is tasked with the identification and integration of innovative technologies into Nasdaq's trading platforms. These initiatives include Cloud Computing, Software Defined Networking, Big Data, Data Analytics, and Block Chain technologies.
Andrea Pinna
Market Infrastructure Expert - Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments
Andrea is a market infrastructure expert in the Directorate General market infrastructure and payments of the ECB, where he specializes in the impact of innovation on securities markets, collateral, and payments. He joined the European Central Bank to analyse the impact of fintech on financial market infrastructures in 2015. His current focus is on the potential impact of distributed ledger technologies on market participants and central bank activities, particularly concerning the integration of European financial markets. After his PhD studies at University of London, Andrea was assistant professor of international financial markets and carried out his academic research in the field of market microstructure applied to both the interbank and the stock market.
Robert Sams

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Clearmatics Technologies LTD
Hedge fund manager and macro specialist, focused on central bank policy. Over 11-years experience in the industry. I have helped to launch two hedge funds, and successfully ran short-term interest rate strategies in G10 markets, with a focus on interest rate policy actions of the Federal Reserve, Bank of England, European Central Bank, Swiss National Bank, and the Bank of Canada.

I was a pioneer in developing central bank policy probability-extraction models using interest rate derivatives, as well as Libor/FedFunds spread models that I developed years before these became popular after the 2008 funding crises.

The instrument space I've traded includes interest rate futures, options, swaps, and US Treasury repo. I have also done extensive work in modelling switch risk in government bond futures, for both trading and risk management, as well as modelling other idiosyncratic short-term interest rate risks.

A critic of central bank interest rate targeting, I have a long-time fascination with monetary theory and practice, and have also been interested in digital and other alternative currencies since my student days, when I first learned of David Chaum's work, and have been involved in the cryptocurrency scene since I discovered Bitcoin in 2011. My ideas on cryptocurrency and other monetary issues have been covered on blogs such as FT Alphaville, Business Insider, MarginalRevolution, and others.

Also an avid programmer, fan of functional programming languages, and author of Rbbg, an open source project that is popular among Bloomberg terminal users who code in the R language.
Dirk Schrade
Deputy Head of the Payments and Settlement Systems Department at the Central Office of the Deutsche Bundesbank
After school and finishing his studies of business administration at the University of Applied Sciences of the Bundesbank he first worked for many years in the Branch and Main Office of the former Land Central Bank in North-Rhine Westphalia. In 2000 he joined the Payment Systems Policy Division at the Central Office of the Bundesbank in Frankfurt, focusing first on individual payment systems/RTGSplus and then on the project TARGET2.
His activities also include collaborating with the banking industry in political issues (eg with regard to SEPA) and with other central banks at G-10 and EU levels. He is also a member of the TARGET2-Securities Advisory Group. Not least, he represents the Bundesbank in the Payment and Settlement Systems Committee (PSSC) of the ESCB.
Kadhim Shubber
Reporter at Financial Times - Alphaville
I'm a reporter at FT Alphaville, the
finance blog of the Financial Times. I write about technology, markets
and finance
Lui Smyth
Director of Blockchain Research & Ecosystem Engagement at EdgeVerve Labs London
Lúí leads blockchain research and ecosystem engagement at EdgeVerve R&D Labs London, part of the product development division of Infosys. His first foray into the blockchain world was as an anthropology postgraduate at University College London, where his research looked at the politics, motivations, and demographics of early Bitcoin adopters. He went on to lead the UK operations of CoinJar, Australia’s largest Bitcoin startup, facilitating the transition of the company's headquarters from Melbourne to London. Lúí has not left his social science days entirely, and continues to see social and cultural considerations as being key to understanding and designing technological change.
Claudio Tessone
Assistant Professor of Network Science at the University of Zurich
Claudio J. Tessone is an Assistant Professor of Network Science at the University of Zurich (Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Information Technologies), where he is co-director of the University Priority Programme on Social Networks. He holds a Masters and PhD in Physics, where he studied stochastic processes and the role of heterogeneity in interacting systems. Prior to his current appointment, he was senior researcher at the Chair of Systems Design of the Department of Management, Economics and Technology at ETH Zurich, where he obtained a Habilitation on "Complex socio-economic systems". He is an expert in the modelling of economic, social and technical systems from a quantitative and interdisciplinary perspective and has more than 60 papers in diverse areas. His current research focuses on complex socio-economic systems, by means of theoretical models, the development of methodological tools and data analysis. In his research activities, he has worked on Bitcoin with several presentations and publications in the area.
Wei-Tsai
Digital Society & Blockchain Laboratory & School of Computer Science and Engineering Beihang University Beijing, China
Dr. Wei-Tek Tsai received his S.B. in Computer Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at Cambridge, MA in 1979, M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of California at Berkeley in 1982 and 1985.
He worked for University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN from 1985-2000, and served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and he held MEIS Professorship at University of Minnesota.
He left University of Minnesota and joined Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona in 2000 as a full professor of Computer Science and Engineering in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering. He became an Emeritus Professor in Dec. 2014.
Since Dec. 2014, he has been 1000-Talents Program Professor at Beihang University, Beijing, China. At Beihang University, he initiated Digital Society and Blockchain Laboratory within School of Computer Science and Engineering, and the laboratory is the first and only academic laboratory dedicated to blockchain research and education in China as Feb. 2016.
He has authored more than 400 papers in software engineering, service-oriented computing, and cloud computing. He travels widely and has held various professorships in Asia and Europe including Yantze River Professorship (2009-2012) at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.