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Morning Session: 7 AM - 12:25 PM PST

Networking Reception: 12:45 PM - 2 PM PST

Afternoon Session: 2:50 PM - 7:30 PM PST

Networking Reception: 7:40 PM - 8:40 PM PST

Introductory remarks
Howard ChaoNick Sramek
  • Howard Chao (Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights)

    Howard Chao

    Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights

    Howard Chao is an investor, lawyer and counselor to entrepreneurs. He began his work life as a corporate lawyer with O'Melveny & Myers and for many years was the Chair of the Firm's Asia Practice. He helped establish the firm's offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing, and practiced for many years as a cross-border investment specialist based in Asia. Since 2001 Howard has been based in Silicon Valley, but continued to dedicate substantial time covering the Asia markets.

    In recent years Howard has moved to the principal side of investing and deal-making. Howard actively makes angel and other VC investments in earlier stage companies through his personal vehicle, Doon Capital, usually in collaboration with other investors. He maintains close working relationships with various VC and PE funds. Howard invests primarily in startups located in the Silicon Valley and China. Because of Howard's extensive experience with Asia, many of his deals have an Asian (particularly Chinese) nexus.

    Howard also maintains an active strategic consulting practice. Howard's extensive experience with investment and financing transactions in both the US and China leads him to advise and assist various clients in both places. His transactions span many different sectors, and include multinationals, financial investors and startup companies.

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  • Nick Sramek (Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights)

    Nick Sramek

    Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights

    Nick Sramek is a Managing Director of Doon Insights, leading workshop development, content creation, and outreach. Nick has extensive experience assisting organizations in preparing for a world not yet visible. An exceptional communicator of complex issues to diverse stakeholders, Nick has focused expertise in understanding and communicating global macroeconomic, technological, and geopolitical trends, as well as the importance of the economies of the Asia-Pacific region.

    Previously, Nick served as the Director of International Relations of Silicon Valley Forum, a Silicon Valley organization that focuses on startup mentorship, corporate digitization, and government innovation strategies. Prior to that, he was the Program and Knowledge Director for the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute, a non-profit educational organization based out of San Francisco that assists corporations, pension funds and financial institutions in carrying out their responsibilities in respect to the Asia-Pacific. Through research fellowships, he has also developed a passion for understanding the role of technology in society, particularly in developing economies.

    Nick received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and History from Trinity University (Texas), and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego’s school of Global Policy and Strategy. He is conversational in Mandarin Chinese.

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The Mainstreaming of Crypto Assets
Patrick CamposMeltem DemirorsMaxime De GuillebonWill PeckRia Bhutoria

Institutions such as banks and asset managers have long had a complicated relationship with cryptocurrencies, put off by the lack of regulation, volatility and potential reputational risks. That all may be changing, however, as dedicated crypto funds are outperforming traditional hedge fund strategies. Large traditional institutions are racing to create crypto products for their mass retail customer base. How quickly will digital assets become part of the common investment landscape?

  • Patrick Campos (Chief Strategy Officer at Securrency)

    Patrick Campos

    Chief Strategy Officer at Securrency
  • Meltem Demirors (Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares)

    Meltem Demirors

    Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares
  • Maxime De Guillebon (Chief Executive Officer at Zodia Custody)

    Maxime De Guillebon

    Chief Executive Officer at Zodia Custody
  • Will Peck (Head of Strategy and Emerging Technologies at WisdomTree Investments, Inc.)

    Will Peck

    Head of Strategy and Emerging Technologies at WisdomTree Investments, Inc.
  • Ria Bhutoria (Director of Research at Fidelity Digital Assets℠)

    Ria Bhutoria

    Director of Research at Fidelity Digital Assets℠
PESA (formerly WifiCoin)
Suruchi Gupta

PESA (formerly Wificoin) is building a real-world crypto economy (Think: decentralized m-pesa). Over the last 2 years, they have already built a mobile-first "Neo-telco" that offers talk, text, data, wifi, globally, on-demand. Their shipped mobile clients have been featured as Top-grossing apps several times.

Now, they are building a protocol that turns phone numbers into a cross-chain wallet and mobile airtime (minutes, data, wifi) into collateral. This would in turn make it easy and intuitive for the real-world users that already spend ~$2T annually on mobile and broadband internet to adopt crypto.

  • Suruchi Gupta (Founder & CEO of PESA (Formerly WifiCoin))

    Suruchi Gupta

    Founder & CEO of PESA (Formerly WifiCoin)
Asset Tokenization: Is There a "There" There?
John PiotrowskiDarren WolfbergBob Kramich

This panel will discuss one of the potential use cases of blockchain technology: asset tokenization. It's been hyped for years, and there's been some progress, but much is left yet to do. The panelists will discuss the barriers they see to adoption of crypto and blockchain technologies by the larger financial system, and their ideas for how best to overcome those obstacles in the near and long term.

  • John Piotrowski (Co-Founder & CEO of The Ocean)

    John Piotrowski

    Co-Founder & CEO of The Ocean
  • Darren Wolfberg (CEO of Blockchain Triangle)

    Darren Wolfberg

    CEO of Blockchain Triangle
  • Bob Kramich (Founder & CEO of Blockchain Made Easy, LLC)

    Bob Kramich

    Founder & CEO of Blockchain Made Easy, LLC
Staker DAO
Mor GlotterJonas Lamis

StakerDAO is the cross-chain asset factory, enabling the vibrant future of decentralized finance. By the community. For the community.

StakerDAO is run by a community of blockchain and finance enthusiasts who make governance decisions for building cross-chain, decentralized financial assets in a compliant manner. STKR is the community-owned token used to govern StakerDAO.

  • Mor Glotter (Marketing Leader at StakerDAO)

    Mor Glotter

    Marketing Leader at StakerDAO
  • Jonas Lamis (Founder of StakerDAO)

    Jonas Lamis

    Founder of StakerDAO
Fairmint
Thibauld Favre
  • Thibauld Favre (Co-Founder & CEO of Fairmint)

    Thibauld Favre

    Co-Founder & CEO of Fairmint

    Thibauld Favre is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fairmint. In 2018, Thibauld authored the Continuous Organizations white paper, which serves as the genesis of the Continuous Securities Offering model, and he co-authored the Continuous Securities Offering Handbook. Prior to Fairmint, Thibauld served as a partner from 2017 to 2019 at The Family Limited, a premier European startup accelerator. While at The Family, Thibauld spearheaded the firm’s research and education efforts with respect to blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies and was responsible for training and educating entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and other public officials. In 2015, he co-initiated LaPrimaire.org, a technological non-profit created to crowdsource the best candidate for the 2017 French presidential election. Previously, he co-founded and led Allmyapps, which was responsible for creating the first App Store for Windows, as its CEO from 2009 until its sale in 2014. Thibauld holds an Engineering Degree of Computer Science from INSA Lyon and MSc degree in Software Engineering and Corporate Finance from EM Lyon Business School.

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Break in Gather
Keynote Address: The Future of DeFi and Banking
Brian Brooks
  • Brian Brooks (Former Acting Comptroller of the Currency)

    Brian Brooks

    Former Acting Comptroller of the Currency

    Brian Brooks is a globally recognized leader in financial technology and financial services. He most recently served as Acting U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, where he was the administrator of the federal banking system and the chief executive of the 3,500-employee federal agency responsible for chartering and supervising banks comprising 70 percent of all banking activity in the United States. Mr. Brooks was often referred to as the “first fintech Comptroller” and “CryptoComptroller” for his focus on financial innovation. Recognized by Crunchbase as one of the top 10 influencers globally, Mr. Brooks was called "the most transformative Comptroller in recent history" (Consumer Bankers Association), a "forward-looking visionary" (CoinDesk), and "one of the most creative thinkers ever to lead a regulatory agency" (LendIt Academy).

    Mr. Brooks’s background before leading the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency included serving as Chief Legal Officer of Coinbase, the largest digital asset exchange in the United States; executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Fannie Mae, the $3.2 trillion housing finance giant; vice chairman of OneWest Bank, the turnaround vehicle organized by then-future Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to acquire Indymac Bank and other financial crisis-era bank failures; and Washington, D.C. managing partner of global law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

    Mr. Brooks’s board experience includes service on the boards of directors of Fannie Mae; Avant, Inc., a major marketplace lending platform; and Spring Labs, a blockchain-enabled digital credit bureau; and numerous nonprofit boards. He has also been an advisor to and/or early stage investor in EarnUp, TextIQ, FlyHomes, and other technology companies. He holds an A.B. cum laude from Harvard University and a J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago.

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The State of Decentralized Finance (DeFi)
Eric SibbittBrian BrooksTerry CulverOmid Malekan

Until recently, banks have been the undisputed leaders in money and transaction services – the rapid adoption of decentralized financial services is disrupting the status quo, marking a monumental shift characterized by global accessibility, low costs and secure transactions. The lack of central control, reduced inaccuracies, lower costs and increased transparency that DeFi provides have countless applications in the real world – companies today are using these new tools to shape our financial future. However, the regulators are concerned about who they can regulate and industry participants are concerned about what form any proposed regulation might take and whether that regulation will reduce the benefits of decentralization. How will DeFi change financial markets in the coming years? Which companies are paving the way?

  • Eric Sibbitt (Partner at O'Melveny)

    Eric Sibbitt

    Partner at O'Melveny
  • Brian Brooks (Former Acting Comptroller of the Currency)

    Brian Brooks

    Former Acting Comptroller of the Currency
  • Terry Culver (CEO of Digital Finance Group)

    Terry Culver

    CEO of Digital Finance Group
  • Omid Malekan (Crypto Explainer-in-Chief and Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School)

    Omid Malekan

    Crypto Explainer-in-Chief and Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School
The LAO
Priyanka Desai

One of the most promising applications of Ethereum is the decentralized (autonomous) organization, also known as a DAO. In 2016, the Ethereum community saw the first great experiment with DAOs with the launch of "The DAO." The DAO raised over $150 million dollars, but it ultimately failed due to legal and technical challenges.

The LAO was organized in the spirit of The DAO, as a member-directed venture capital fund organized in the United States, with an aim to be compliant with U.S. law. Like The DAO, The LAO allows Members to pool capital, invest in projects, and share in any proceeds from the investment.

The LAO is organized as a legal entity (a Delaware limited liability company) primarily administered via an online application (a "DApp") and related smart contracts. Launched in late April 2020, the LAO has backed over 30 projects across the Ethereum and blockchain ecosystem.

  • Priyanka Desai (VP of Operations at Openlaw)

    Priyanka Desai

    VP of Operations at Openlaw
Pool Party
Bill Warren

Pool-Party is the place where DAOs and DeFi collide. A Pool-Party allows anyone to create a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) for their community or friend-group to save up for a shared goal or purchase. Funds don't sit idly in our DAOs, but are deposited in trusted DeFi protocols that allow you to earn interest plus yield farm up to three other tokens while working towards a goal. Look out for the $POOL governance token drop and Party add-ons coming in Q1 of 2021. Party add-ons will allow your Pool-Party to do more, like trading with Uniswap, holding NFTs, or interacting with other popular DeFi protocols all via DAO proposals.

  • Bill Warren (Co-Founder of Pool-Party)

    Bill Warren

    Co-Founder of Pool-Party
New Governance Models
Elizabeth KukkaSpencer NoonWill Peets

This panel will explore the evolving and important role of governance within public permissionless blockchains and open finance protocols. We will discuss different ownership structures (traditional equity -> token economics), incentive alignment, and the role that governance and governance tokens play in the development and success of digital currencies and open finance.

Topics:
Discussion of governance at both a macro and protocol level
On chain governance implementations, successes, failures
Large holder concentration and the impact on governance
The influence of governance/governance design on the alignment of incentives and the future success of a protocol
The relationship between governance tokens and more traditional ownership structures: traditional equity -> pure token models (and everything in between). Should tokens be referenced in SAFEs?

  • Elizabeth Kukka (Executive Director of ETC Labs)

    Elizabeth Kukka

    Executive Director of ETC Labs
  • Spencer Noon (General Partner at Variant)

    Spencer Noon

    General Partner at Variant
  • Will Peets (CIO & Founder of 100 Acre Ventures)

    Will Peets

    CIO & Founder of 100 Acre Ventures
Basquet
Steven McClurgMichelle Tang

Basquet – an evolved approach to the stablecoin.

Basquet Coin is backed by a basket of global bonds paying interest in various currencies similar to SDRs, including USD, Euro, Yen, Won, GBP, CAD, and AUD. Multiple currencies protect the holder from central bank money printing risk by hedging against other currencies that may have more sound monetary policy.
Basquet Coin is an interest-bearing security that distributes interest income after each interval period.
Basquet Coin is a yielding asset with stable qualities – the underlying assets are US treasuries and other government debt, as well as high-quality global bonds.
The underlying assets are held by a qualified custodian and managed by a 1940 Act fund.
The asset is a digital representation of ownership in the fund through a security token offering.

  • Steven McClurg (CIO & Co-Founder of Basquet.io)

    Steven McClurg

    CIO & Co-Founder of Basquet.io
  • Michelle Tang (Co-Founder of Basquet)

    Michelle Tang

    Co-Founder of Basquet
Acala
Bette Chen

Acala is the cross-chain decentralized financial hub and stablecoin platform of Polkadot that makes it fast and easy to use or build financial applications, improving trading efficiency and saving time. The platform offers a suite of financial primitives: a multi-collateralized stablecoin backed by cross-chain assets like Bitcoin, a trustless staking derivative, and a decentralized exchange. Acala with Ethereum compatibility is also the landing pad for Ethereum DApps to access Polkadot's multichain ecosystem and the aggregated cross-chain liquidity.

  • Bette Chen (Co-Founder of Acala)

    Bette Chen

    Co-Founder of Acala
NDAU
Ken Lang
  • Ken Lang (CTO at ndau)

    Ken Lang

    CTO at ndau

    Ken is an early member of the ndau Collective, which conceptualized the ndau protocol and an advusor to Oneiro, the developer of ndau. He is a pioneer in AI and machine learning and invented search-engine methodology and collaborative filtering (e.g. if you like this, you will like that). Ken has successfully developed and commercialized technology throughout his career. As COO of Keane Advisors, he developed new algorithms and technology for trading, asset allocation and private equity. Ken served as CTO of Vringo (renamed Form Holdings NASDAQ:FH) and served on the Board of Directors while teaching as Adjunct Professor of New York University. He developed and founded WiseWire, where he served as CEO, CTO and board member. After WiseWire was sold to Lycos, he served as Lycos’ CTO.

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Virtual Reception in Gather -- Lunch Break
Break
Introductory Remarks by Howard and Nick
Celsius
Alex Mashinsky

Celsius addresses the financial needs of today's consumers worldwide through a democratized rewards income and lending platform accessible via a mobile app. With a mission to put unparalleled economic freedom in the hands of the people, and a core belief that financial services should only do what is in the best interests of the community, Celsius is a modern platform that provides access to curated financial services which are not available through traditional financial institutions. Crypto holders can earn high-yield compounding rewards by transferring coins to their Celsius Wallet and can borrow fiat currency against their crypto collateral at the lowest interest rates in the space.

  • Alex Mashinsky (Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Celsius)

    Alex Mashinsky

    Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Celsius
Crypto 2021 – What's Top of Mind in Crypto?
Cecily MakDan ElitzerJohn FiorelliJake Brukhman

As quickly as Crypto is changing in recent years, it's impossible to know exactly what will be on the minds of experts far in advance. This session will be an open, unstructured dialogue with leading crypto investors on the state of play in February 2021.

  • Cecily Mak (Partner at ConsenSys Mesh)

    Cecily Mak

    Partner at ConsenSys Mesh
  • Dan Elitzer (Co-Founder of Nascent Ventures)

    Dan Elitzer

    Co-Founder of Nascent Ventures
  • John Fiorelli (Regional Partner at Kenetic)

    John Fiorelli

    Regional Partner at Kenetic
  • Jake Brukhman (Founder & CEO of CoinFund)

    Jake Brukhman

    Founder & CEO of CoinFund
Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) and Stablecoins
Alex AcreeDaniel GorfineKiran RajDavid ZouAshley Lannquist

Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and stablecoins (aka cryptodollars) are both representative of the same trend: the broadening use of cryptocurrencies as money that can be used by everyday people and businesses alike. However, the future of this trend is far from certain. There are many different types of stablecoins/cryptodollars - from private, centrally-issued dollar-backed varieties such as USDC to the more cryptonative/decentralized kind. Moreover, there is still much debate on what CBDCs might one day look like - for example, will they be token-based digital cash equivalents or account-based with the Federal Reserve? What differences will emerge in how different countries approach CBDCs? How do policymakers in the United States - on either side of the aisle - view this trend? Can CBDCs and non-government cryptodollars co-exist? Will people or businesses be the primary drivers of their adoption?

  • Alex Acree (Founder of Takoma Group)

    Alex Acree

    Founder of Takoma Group
  • Daniel Gorfine (CEO & Founder of Gattaca Horizons LLC)

    Daniel Gorfine

    CEO & Founder of Gattaca Horizons LLC
  • Kiran Raj (Executive Vice President at Diem Association)

    Kiran Raj

    Executive Vice President at Diem Association
  • David Zou (Chief Economist at Wanxiang Blockchain)

    David Zou

    Chief Economist at Wanxiang Blockchain
  • Ashley Lannquist (Project Lead at World Economic Forum’s Centre)

    Ashley Lannquist

    Project Lead at World Economic Forum’s Centre
Dropp
Sushil Prabhu

Dropp is a "Pay-per-Use" small value transaction platform designed to make it easy for consumers to purchase digital goods securely without signups.

Dropp enables the "Pay-per-usage" model that appeals to a growing customer base that wants to use services on an ad-hoc, on-demand basisand only pay for what they use. Digital services ranging from streamingvideo or music, news publications, gaming platforms, e learning,telemedicine, and many more could immediately benefit from Dropp. Additionally, merchants providing cloud-based data API, market data feeds, IoT sensor data, and others facing a similar challenge can leverage this platform to offer their services in smaller increments as low as a fraction of a cent. The service is provided to consumers in both FIAT and Crypto.

Dropp is the culmination of all our prior financial, Peer-to-Peer payment, and technology experience over the last 25 years. In building Dropp, the team has carefully selected the best features of the existing well-regulated banking world (FIAT) and the transparency and cryptographically secure access offered by Hedera Hashgraph (HBAR), the world's fastest, fairest, and most secure distributed ledger, to create the best possible solution.

  • Sushil Prabhu (CEO and Co-founder of Dropp)

    Sushil Prabhu

    CEO and Co-founder of Dropp
X-margin
Darshan Vaidya

X-Margin develops credit and clearing infrastructure for institutional trading. All core products leverage Confidential Computing and Zero Knowledge Proofs, which combine in an architecture capable of privately computing on large amounts of market and portfolio data in real-time. Current digital asset and traditional market credit risk management and clearing solutions require the trust of a central authority (e.g. Clearing House, Credit Score Agency). Because X-Margin generates proofs of the privacy and accuracy of computations, it acts as a neutral technology layer supporting trading relationships.

  • Darshan Vaidya (CEO & Co-Founder of Xmargin)

    Darshan Vaidya

    CEO & Co-Founder of Xmargin
Powertrade
Tom Howard

PowerTrade is a mobile first crypto options and derivatives platform led by the founder of Japanese unicorn exchange, Liquid.com.

  • Tom Howard (Partner at PowerTrade)

    Tom Howard

    Partner at PowerTrade
China's Role in the Global Crypto Ecosystem
Howard ChaoChao DengKevin Guo

China has tight regulations in place to control crypto within its borders, in part to prevent circumnavigation of capital flight controls. ICOs and other capital-raising activities are also banned to prevent illegal fundraising, financial fraud, and pyramid schemes. However, this does not mean that neither the Chinese government nor Chinese private enterprises are active in this space. How is crypto thriving in China, despite the regulations?

  • Howard Chao (Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights)

    Howard Chao

    Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights
  • Chao Deng (Managing Director of Hashkey Capital)

    Chao Deng

    Managing Director of Hashkey Capital
  • Kevin Guo (Partner at Starwin Capital)

    Kevin Guo

    Partner at Starwin Capital
Mask Network
Suji Yan

Mask Network (Maskbook) is a portal to the new, open Internet, that allows users to seamlessly send encrypted messages, cryptocurrencies, and even DApps (Defi, NFTs, storage) over the top of social networks like Twitter and Facebook. Instead of creating a new platform, Mask Network aims to bridge Web2 and Web3, to empower the general public to use the better web within the current mainstream platforms, without using any API or centralized server.

  • Suji Yan (CEO of Mask Network)

    Suji Yan

    CEO of Mask Network
Break in Gather
Fireside Chat between Angie and Sam: Crypto, Gaming and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)
Angela DaltonSam Englebardt

While the explosion of growth in crypto assets is quickly changing the way we do business, invest and send money, the growth of crypto in gaming and other NFTs is just over the horizon, and in many cases already here. The collection and trading of virtual assets – anything from in-game assets to digital artwork – will be the next frontier in crypto, with countless applications. How are NFTs shaping crypto?

  • Angela Dalton (CEO & Founder of Signum Growth Capital)

    Angela Dalton

    CEO & Founder of Signum Growth Capital
  • Sam Englebardt (General Partner at Galaxy Interactive)

    Sam Englebardt

    General Partner at Galaxy Interactive
Overflow Labs
Alexander Dusk

Overflow Labs is a stealth co. building the Managed Virtual Economy category.

  • Alexander Dusk (CEO & Co-Founder of Overflow Labs)

    Alexander Dusk

    CEO & Co-Founder of Overflow Labs
Zen Sports
Mark Thomas

ZenSports is a mobile peer-to-peer sports betting marketplace where anyone can create and accept sports bets with anyone else in the world, without the need for a centralized bookmaker. Customers can quickly and easily create their own bets with their own odds and terms, or accept bets that others in the marketplace have created, all at a fraction of the cost that traditional bookmakers charge and all right from their phone. As a decentralized marketplace for sports betting, ZenSports is eliminating the need for a bookmaker altogether, and giving bettors a cheaper, faster, and more trustworthy process for wagering on sports.

  • Mark Thomas (CEO & Co-Founder of ZenSports)

    Mark Thomas

    CEO & Co-Founder of ZenSports
Final Remarks
Howard ChaoNick Sramek
  • Howard Chao (Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights)

    Howard Chao

    Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights

    Howard Chao is an investor, lawyer and counselor to entrepreneurs. He began his work life as a corporate lawyer with O'Melveny & Myers and for many years was the Chair of the Firm's Asia Practice. He helped establish the firm's offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing, and practiced for many years as a cross-border investment specialist based in Asia. Since 2001 Howard has been based in Silicon Valley, but continued to dedicate substantial time covering the Asia markets.

    In recent years Howard has moved to the principal side of investing and deal-making. Howard actively makes angel and other VC investments in earlier stage companies through his personal vehicle, Doon Capital, usually in collaboration with other investors. He maintains close working relationships with various VC and PE funds. Howard invests primarily in startups located in the Silicon Valley and China. Because of Howard's extensive experience with Asia, many of his deals have an Asian (particularly Chinese) nexus.

    Howard also maintains an active strategic consulting practice. Howard's extensive experience with investment and financing transactions in both the US and China leads him to advise and assist various clients in both places. His transactions span many different sectors, and include multinationals, financial investors and startup companies.

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  • Nick Sramek (Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights)

    Nick Sramek

    Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights

    Nick Sramek is a Managing Director of Doon Insights, leading workshop development, content creation, and outreach. Nick has extensive experience assisting organizations in preparing for a world not yet visible. An exceptional communicator of complex issues to diverse stakeholders, Nick has focused expertise in understanding and communicating global macroeconomic, technological, and geopolitical trends, as well as the importance of the economies of the Asia-Pacific region.

    Previously, Nick served as the Director of International Relations of Silicon Valley Forum, a Silicon Valley organization that focuses on startup mentorship, corporate digitization, and government innovation strategies. Prior to that, he was the Program and Knowledge Director for the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute, a non-profit educational organization based out of San Francisco that assists corporations, pension funds and financial institutions in carrying out their responsibilities in respect to the Asia-Pacific. Through research fellowships, he has also developed a passion for understanding the role of technology in society, particularly in developing economies.

    Nick received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and History from Trinity University (Texas), and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego’s school of Global Policy and Strategy. He is conversational in Mandarin Chinese.

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Virtual Reception in Gather