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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.

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.

Alex Acree (Founder of Takoma Group)

Alex Acree

Founder of Takoma Group

Alex Acree is founder of the Takoma Group and partner at Mitchell Sandler LLP, a boutique financial services-focused law firm. He has spent his career at the intersection of technology, finance, and law as an advisor, entrepreneur, and investor in financial services and other regulated industries. Alex previously served as Managing Director and General Counsel at Fenway Summer Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm, where he served on the investment committee and invested in and advised fintech and regtech companies. Alex is based in Washington DC and a graduate of Yale Law School and Yale School of Management.

Ria Bhutoria (Director of Research at Fidelity Digital Assets℠)

Ria Bhutoria

Director of Research at Fidelity Digital Assets℠

Ria Bhutoria is Director of Research at Fidelity Digital Assets℠, which provides enterprise-grade digital asset solutions for institutional investors. She conducts research and analysis on digital assets and the broader ecosystem for clients of the firm. Previously, Ria led the efforts at Circle Research where she published sell-side style research on the digital asset industry for retail and institutional clients of the exchange and OTC desk. Prior to that, she was an equity research analyst at Credit Suisse where she evaluated companies and advised institutional clients on the FinTech and Payments sector. Ria holds a Bachelor of Science, Finance from NYU Stern.

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.

Jake Brukhman (Founder & CEO of CoinFund)

Jake Brukhman

Founder & CEO of CoinFund

Jake is Founder & CEO at CoinFund. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia to computer scientists, Jake learned how to code at the age of fourteen. Starting from this early age, Jake closely followed the adoption of computing, the Internet, and mobile. Achieving degrees in mathematics and computer science, Jake spent the following 12 years of his career in pure and financial technology, quantitative research, and blockchain.


Jake founded CoinFund in 2015 with the objective of driving successful innovation and adoption of blockchain through investment. His blockchain development experience dates back to 2011 and gave rise to his belief that “the best way to invest in a network is to be part of it.” Jake has championed active network participation and generalized mining since 2018, and has been an investor and advisor to well-known blockchain projects including Aragon, Balancer, Union Credit, The Graph, Async.art, Rarible, Cent, and Dune Analytics. Today, he is also an advisor to Fair Launch Capital driving new launch models for highly decentralized DeFi projects. Jake’s passion for art and technology inspired his creation of FIRSTEDITION.XYZ, an online art gallery supporting and showcasing blockchain-based digital art creators.


Previously Jake has held roles as Partner & CTO at Triton Research, a technical product manager and engineer at Amazon.com, and financial technologist at Highbridge Capital Management. He studied pure mathematics and computer science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU and the honors program at Rutgers University.

Patrick Campos (Chief Strategy Officer at Securrency)

Patrick Campos

Chief Strategy Officer at Securrency

Patrick provides high-level strategic guidance and creative solutions rooted in rich experience. He has worked with clients across multiple industries around the world as a strategic consultant and as a lawyer with three top-tier international law firms, giving him deep transactional and project experience – as well as hands-on understanding of the start-up and growth stages of company development. Patrick has worked with leading energy companies, developers of industrial and real estate projects, and banks on large-scale projects, acquisitions, divestitures, and financings on six continents. His core areas of professional activity are strategic planning (including capital strategy, go-to-market strategy, international expansion strategy and product distribution strategy), transaction and project structuring, deal negotiation, and problem-solving. His industry experience includes energy, agriculture, telecommunications, information technology, hotels, transportation infrastructure, sports management, and music & entertainment.  Patrick also has extensive experience with capital markets transactions, project and trade financings, as well as recourse and non-recourse acquisition financings.
Patrick is a graduate of Arizona State University (BA, magna cum laude) and the Georgetown University Law Centre (juris doctor). He also served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Captain.

Bette Chen (Co-Founder of Acala)

Bette Chen

Co-Founder of Acala

Bette Chen is a co-founder of Acala. She is also co-founder of Laminar. Bette has led product design and development of leading token economic models, protocols and dApps. She has a Bachelor degree in Software Engineering and an MBA from Otago and Duke, with decades of experience in product and program management.

Terry Culver (CEO of Digital Finance Group)

Terry Culver

CEO of Digital Finance Group

Terry Culver is CEO of Digital Finance Group (DFG) U.S.A and Executive Director of Digital Finance Group, a global firm that specializes in blockchain, digital assets investments and operations. He is also CEO of Ethereum Classic Labs, leading supporter of Ethereum Classic (ETC), a public blockchain with a market cap of $1.5B. Terry is also an independent director of First Seafront Fund Management Co. Ltd., a mutual fund with more than $6B under management, Chairman of Digital Custody Inc., Director of LedgerX, Director of Matrix Exchange Ltd., and Senior Advisor at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the Chamber of Digital Commerce. Having served as an Economic and Technology Policy Advisor for the United Nations and for governments in Ghana, Namibia, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, India, and Bolivia, among others, Terry is an expert on enterprise development and emerging.

Angela Dalton (CEO & Founder of Signum Growth Capital)

Angela Dalton

CEO & Founder of Signum Growth Capital

Angela founded Signum Growth Capital, an M&A Advisory and capital raising firm, with a focus on the intersection of video gaming, blockchain, art and the emergence of digital economies in the metaverse. She has 20 years of experience in global capital markets in the Technology, Media and Telecom sectors and has long term relationships with institutional investors and companies. She has served as a Managing Director for three investment banking firms - UBS, Evercore and Guggenheim Partners, and as Senior Partner of Technology for Signum Global Advisors, a policy advisory firm. At Evercore, Angela participated as an initial investor and Co-Founder of the Equities business in 2010, building out its Research, Sales and Trading teams prior to Evercore’s acquisition of ISI.

Ms. Dalton holds a BS and a BA from The University of Kansas and an MBA from The University of Chicago. She is on the Advisory Boards of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance in New York and Mythical Games, a next generation video game company, in Los Angeles. She also serves as a Venture Partner for Griffin Gaming Partners and a Nexus Partner for Gaingels.

Maxime De Guillebon (Chief Executive Officer at Zodia Custody)

Maxime De Guillebon

Chief Executive Officer at Zodia Custody

Maxime de Guillebon is the CEO of Zodia Custody, based out of London. Maxime joined SC Ventures in 2018, after 16 years in transaction banking (Europe, Middle East and Asia) and digital platforms, of which 14 were with Standard Chartered.

Meltem Demirors (Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares)

Meltem Demirors

Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares

Meltem Demirors is Chief Strategy Officer of CoinShares, an investment firm that manages billions in assets on behalf of a global investor base, and is a trusted partner to investors and entrepreneurs navigating the digital asset ecosystem. Meltem oversees the firm’s managed strategies group and its New York office, and leads corporate development. Previously, she was part of the founding team of Digital Currency Group. As a veteran investor in the digital currency space, she has invested in over 250 companies in the ecosystem. Meltem is passionate about education and advocacy, and teaches the Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme and co-chairs the WEF Cryptocurrency Council.

Chao Deng (Managing Director of Hashkey Capital)

Chao Deng

Managing Director of Hashkey Capital

· Managing director of HashKey Capital
· Former senior manager at Bosera Asset Management, China Wanxiang Holding
· Former managing director of Datayes
· 10+ years of experience in asset management and fintech
· Initiated Wanxiang’s blockchain business. Early founding member of Wanxiang Blockchain Labs. Led the strategic investment to Ethereum by DataYes back in 2015.

Priyanka Desai (VP of Operations at Openlaw)

Priyanka Desai

VP of Operations at Openlaw

Priyanka Desai is currently leading operations for OpenLaw, the project behind Flamingo and The LAO. Prior to this, Priyanka graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. During law school, she spent time at blockchain FinTech consortium R3. In addition, she worked for the New York State Department of Financial Services assisting the Capital Markets division on cryptocurrency enforcement and “Bit Licensing." Prior to this, Priyanka worked for the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. Priyanka is a graduate of Wake Forest University.

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

Alexander Dusk

CEO & Co-Founder of Overflow Labs

Alex is an early cryptocurrency enthusiast and Silicon Valley veteran having leadership roles in companies such as Yammer, Microsoft, and Zenefits before transitioning into venture capital at Craft Ventures and later Passport Capital. Currently, he is a partner at 100 Acre Ventures and Co-Founder/CEO of Overflow Labs, building the premier Managed Virtual Economy platform. While he works, he enjoys smoking a corncob pipe and listening to drone music on overpriced headphones. You can reach him on Twitter @dusk.

Dan Elitzer (Co-Founder of Nascent Ventures)

Dan Elitzer

Co-Founder of Nascent Ventures

Dan Elitzer is co-founder at Nascent. Previously, Dan co-founded IDEO CoLab Ventures, a crypto-focused venture firm associated with the renowned design agency, IDEO. During that time, he also helped launch YAM Finance. Dan began his career in social enterprise and microfinance, working with both domestic social impact organizations and international development agencies. Dan earned an MBA from MIT Sloan, where he co-founded the MIT Bitcoin Club and MIT FinTech Club, and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Pomona College.

Sam Englebardt (General Partner at Galaxy Interactive)

Sam Englebardt

General Partner at Galaxy Interactive

Sam Englebardt is a media and technology investor and content producer who has created, acquired and/or financed a broad range of traditional and digital businesses and dozens of films and television shows over the past decade.

Englebardt is a Co-Founder and Partner at Galaxy Digital and a General Partner of Galaxy Interactive, one of the world’s leading interactive content- and technology-focused venture capital firms. Over the past 24 months, Galaxy Interactive has invested over $200mm in companies operating at the intersection of content, finance and technology, with a particular emphasis on video game studios, NFTs, blockchain and related infrastructure technology.

Englebardt’s involvement with Galaxy reflects his deep interest in the intersection of content, consciousness and exponential technologies. In addition to the Galaxy Interactive portfolio (www.galaxyinteractive.io), he was an early investor in Eyefluence, an eye-tracking technology company that was sold to Google and he has been an advisor to several start-ups in the mixed-reality space. He has also been an active crypto and blockchain investor for years, having bought his first bitcoin in 2013, his first eth in 2016 and he was a seed equity investor in Block.one.

Prior to Galaxy Digital, Englebardt was a Partner and Managing Director at Lambert Media Group (LMG) from 2007 - 2016, where he sourced and managed a portfolio of media-sector private equity investments including Rave Cinemas (sold to Cinemark in 2013). He has been a prolific content producer throughout his career and spent three years running LMG portfolio company, Demarest Films. His recent live-action projects include the acclaimed John Le Carre projects, The Night Manager and A Most Wanted Man.

A licensed attorney in California, Englebardt earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and studied philosophy, political science and economics at Oxford University and the University of Colorado at Boulder, from which he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

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.

John Fiorelli (Regional Partner at Kenetic)

John Fiorelli

Regional Partner at Kenetic

John Fiorelli is the Founder of Myelin, an advisory firm supporting blockchain companies in product-market fit, ecosystem development, business development, and token economics. Based in Hong Kong, Myelin’s strengths lie in supporting market expansion with an emphasis in bridging divides between Asia / Pacific and North America. Myelin's been privileged to supports client like the Blockdaemon and Flipside Crypto.

Prior to Myelin, John formed Kenetic’s advisory business, assisting blockchain projects in token economics, market development, and business development. John currently serves as Regional Partner of Kenetic’s investment arm with a focus on early-stage token and equity investments.

Mor Glotter (Marketing Leader at StakerDAO)

Mor Glotter

Marketing Leader at StakerDAO

Mor is the Marketing Lead at StakerDAO. She is responsible for marketing strategy and tactics. Previously, Mor was working in the blockchain space as VP Marketing and Strategy at dRoute (blockchain network infrastructure) and her work included launching and running dRoute.Capital, the largest validator service on IoTeX blockchain. Mor is an experienced marketing professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in Entrepreneurship Technology and Innovation from Tel Aviv University, and she lives in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Daniel Gorfine (CEO & Founder of Gattaca Horizons LLC)

Daniel Gorfine

CEO & Founder of Gattaca Horizons LLC

Daniel Gorfine is the founder of Gattaca Horizons LLC, a boutique fintech advisory firm. Gorfine also currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and is a co-founder of the Digital Dollar Project. He previously served as the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s first Chief Innovation Officer and Director of LabCFTC.

Prior to the CFTC, Gorfine was Vice President, External Affairs & Associate General Counsel at OnDeck. Gorfine also previously served as Director of Financial Markets Policy and Legal Counsel at the Milken Institute think tank, and earlier in his career worked at the international law firm Covington & Burling LLP. Gorfine also served a clerkship with U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake in the District of Maryland.
A graduate of Brown University (A.B.), Gorfine holds a J.D. from George Washington University Law School and an M.A. from the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.

Kevin Guo (Partner at Starwin Capital)

Kevin Guo

Partner at Starwin Capital

2018 Starting the venture as an Angel Investor

2016 Founding Starwin CapitalFounding the first Fintech fund in China for supporting the start-upsFounding a Blockchain company that owns over 100 patents.Promoter of Shanghai’s first Blockchain industrial clusterFounding member of Global Blockchain Business Committee (GBBC)

2018 Chairman of China Blockchain Application Center (CBAC)

2020 Founder & Secretary General of Fintech Club

•More than 10 years’ experience as a lawyer in practice.
•Ex-managing partner of one famous law firm in Shanghai, representing multinational corporations, such as Microsoft and Siemens for their cases of Intellectual Properties.
•Elected the member of Shanghai’s Political Consultative Conference, the Committee member of Shanghai Youth Union, Vice Chairman of Huangpu District’s Youth Union and association of industry and commerce.
•Guest professor at East China University of Political Science and Law.
•Author of <Internet Finance---The Theory, the Practice and the Supervision> with one of the official monitors of the sector.
•EMBA of Tsinghua Wudaokou & Shanghai Jiao Tong University Advanced School of Finance.
•Awarded the titles of "2015 Shanghai Financial Industry Leader" and "2015 Shanghai Top 10 Internet Entrepreneurs" jointly by Xinhua News Agency and the Shanghai Government.
•In 2016, listed in People's Daily's "Global Figures of Fintech Leaders Top 20".

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

Suruchi Gupta

Founder & CEO of PESA (Formerly WifiCoin)

Suruchi Gupta is the Founder & CEO of PESA (formerly Wificoin), a decentralized mobile money protocol that turns phone numbers into a cross-chain wallet and mobile airtime into collateral.

Born and brought up in India, Suruchi kickstarted her entrepreneurial journey by winning several hackathons and getting incubated by Tata Communications (subsidiary: $100B+ Tata group). This enabled her to closely work with several mobile operator CXOs in the US & LatAm, which in turn led to her launching the first pay-as-you-go inflight wifi app that offers internet on over 5000+ airplanes on 37 airlines.

Suruchi got her start in Silicon Valley as a Software Developer and Technical Lead at Juniper Networks. She has extensive telecom, consumer software and Blockchain experience and serves as a speaker at industry events both in the US and abroad. She advises and mentors start-ups in Blockchain, mobile apps, and telecom space and is also interested in AI and Healthcare companies.

As a Founder and CEO herself, Suruchi has first-hand experience developing and bringing products to market from scratch. Her key focus areas are idea validation, product vision, product development, and fundraising. She has an MSCS degree from Santa Clara University and in her free time volunteers to teach young girls how to code.

Tom Howard (Partner at PowerTrade)

Tom Howard

Partner at PowerTrade

Tom heads up partnerships at PowerTrade, helped establish the DeFi ecosystem as co-founder of Defi Nation and Mosendo starting in early 2019 and is a partner at Taureon angel group, investing in early stage crypto founders since 2017.

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

Bob Kramich

Founder & CEO of Blockchain Made Easy, LLC

Bob Kramich is an MIT Sloan-certified blockchain professional with 30-years of experience helping Fortune 500 companies benefit from cloud and emerging technologies. Bob notably conceived and delivered Salesforce’s first blockchain app store application as well as retail giant Overstock’s first customer-facing Applied Intelligence (AI) Omnibot solution.

Elizabeth Kukka (Executive Director of ETC Labs)

Elizabeth Kukka

Executive Director of ETC Labs

Elizabeth (Liz) Kukka is Executive Director of ETC Labs, a leading supporter of Ethereum Classic (ETC), a public blockchain with a market cap of $1.5B. Liz manages the ETC Labs accelerator program for blockchain and crypto-focused startups and is responsible for the accelerator's overall operations, processes, workshops, networking, investment committee, and introductions. She is also a Principal Investor at parent company Digital Finance Group where she brings her 10+ years of experience as a mentor and coach in science, design thinking, product development, and operational management to guide the entrepreneurs in each cohort.

Jonas Lamis (Founder of StakerDAO)

Jonas Lamis

Founder of StakerDAO

Jonas Lamis is the Founder of StakerDAO. He is a long-time participant in Tezos where he ran one the largest public validators, Tezos Capital. Previously, Jonas was the founder and CEO of Sensai (Acquired 2016), a software firm that used deep learning techniques to analyze textual data.

Jonas holds engineering degrees from Purdue and Georgia Institute of Technology, and he lives in Palo Alto, CA.

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.

Ashley Lannquist (Project Lead at World Economic Forum’s Centre)

Ashley Lannquist

Project Lead at World Economic Forum’s Centre

Ashley Lannquist is the Project Lead for Blockchain and Digital Currency at the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco. She manages projects related to CBDC, stablecoins, and blockchain for government transparency and anti-corruption. Ashley is the lead author of the World Economic Forum’s 2020 “CBDC Policy-Maker Toolkit” and a co-manager of the Digital Currency Governance Consortium. Prior to working in blockchain technology, she worked in fixed income investment management for BNY Mellon and elsewhere. Ashley has an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where she was a Finance Fellow, Co-Founder and Co-President of the Haas FinTech Club, and started UC Berkeley’s blockchain executive education program. She has a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Economics and European Studies from Barnard College of Columbia University. She is also a Chartered Analyst of Alternative Investments (CAIA).

Cecily Mak (Partner at ConsenSys Mesh)

Cecily Mak

Partner at ConsenSys Mesh

Cecily Mak is a Venture Partner with ConsenSys Mesh, a global blockchain technology company building the infrastructure, applications, and practices to enable a decentralized world, where she works on investments, strategic partnerships, and targeted start-up strategy and investor relations.

She previously served as Chief Business and Legal Officer at Flipboard (2012-2018) and SVP & General Counsel at Rhapsody/Napster/Real (2004-2012). She has taught Digital Media Law at UC Hastings since 2006 and serves as an active advisor, board member, and CEO coach to several media and technology start-ups around the world.

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

Omid Malekan is the author of The Story of the Blockchain, A Beginner's Guide to the Technology That Nobody Understands and an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School. He has been working inside the crypto industry as a user, educator and advocate for seven years and currently consultant for multiple Fortune 100 companies to help them figure out their digital asset strategy.

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

Alex Mashinsky

Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Celsius

Alex is one of the inventors of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) with a foundational patent dating back to 1994 and is now working on MOIP (Money Over Internet Protocol) technology. Over 35 patents have been issued to Alex, relating to exchanges, VOIP protocols, messaging and communication. As a serial entrepreneur and founder of seven New York City-based startups, Alex has raised more than $1 billion and exited over $3 billion. Alex founded two of New York City’s top 10 venture-backed exits since 2000: one of his first companies, Arbinet, IPO’d in 2004 with a market capitalization of over $750 million; and another venture, Transit Wireless, was valued at $1.2 billion at the time of exit. Alex has received numerous awards for innovation, including being nominated twice by E&Y as entrepreneur of the year in 2002 & 2011; Crain’s 2010 Top Entrepreneur; the prestigious 2000 Albert Einstein Technology medal; and the Technology Foresight Award for Innovation (presented in Geneva at Telecom 99). As one of the pioneers of web-based exchanges, Alex authored patents that cover aspects of the Smart Grid, ad exchanges, Twitter, Skype, App Store, Netflix streaming concept and many other popular web companies. Additionally, Arbinet’s fundraising story was featured as a case study in 2001 by Harvard Business School.

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

Steven McClurg

CIO & Co-Founder of Basquet.io

Steven McClurg is the Co-Founder of Basquet.io and the Chief Investment Officer of Valkyrie Investments. He has considerable financial services and Fintech experience, ranging from asset management and insurance to payments and blockchain.
Previously, Mr. McClurg was a Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners, where he was a portfolio manager and responsible for portfolio construction and strategy for fixed income and private equity. Most recently, Mr. McClurg founded Theseus Capital, a blockchain-powered asset management platform which was acquired by a merchant bank, Galaxy Digital, where he continued as Managing Director, building their asset management and public funds businesses. He also has experience in leadership roles in technology companies such as Electronic Arts and Crowdfunder.

Mr. McClurg serves on the board of directors for 3iQ, a blockchain asset manager in Canada, Paydrop, a US-based contractor payments company, and Zuma Acquisition Company, a US-based SPAC.

Mr. McClurg holds a Master of Science and an MBA from Pepperdine University, where he has served as an adjunct professor.

Spencer Noon (General Partner at Variant)

Spencer Noon

General Partner at Variant

Spencer Noon is General Partner at Variant Fund. Previously he lead crypto investing at DTC Capital, a single family office in South Florida. Spencer first joined the blockchain industry in 2014, starting Bitcoin on-ramp company BTCity.

Will Peck (Head of Strategy and Emerging Technologies at WisdomTree Investments, Inc.)

Will Peck

Head of Strategy and Emerging Technologies at WisdomTree Investments, Inc.

Will Peck is Head of Strategy and Emerging Technologies at WisdomTree. In this role, Will oversees corporate development and other strategic initiatives for the firm, including the firm’s investments in emerging technologies such as digital assets. Previously, he worked in investment banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch covering a range of financial services companies. Will serves on the Board of Directors of Securrency, Inc., a technology company focused on blockchain-based financial services infrastructure. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University.

Will Peets (CIO & Founder of 100 Acre Ventures)

Will Peets

CIO & Founder of 100 Acre Ventures

Will is the Chief Investment Officer and Founder of 100 Acre Ventures.

100 Acre Ventures is a technical investment firm focused on the emerging digital asset class, investing in technology that empowers inclusive markets and entitles access to an open global financial system. It was founded on the belief that we are amidst a secular change and at an inflection point where the macro landscape, shifting consumer preferences, and technological innovation that have the potential to accelerate the adoption of digital assets and the underpinning technology.

Prior to 100 Acre Ventures, Will spent six years at Passport Capital serving as the Chief Investment Officer of Passport Digital Holdings and Chief Risk Officer for Passport Capital. While at Passport, Will informed the portfolio construction process and provided guidance on position sizing, hedging, and risk management for the fund's $4.5B in assets. Previously, Will was a Vice President at MSCI where he consulted with hedge funds on their portfolio construction process and their use of Barra and Risk Metrics.

Will is also an active venture investor, with investments spanning geospatial analytics, real time data discovery, coliving, as well as digital asset infrastructure and investment platforms. He is a CFA charter holder and has a BS in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, with concentrations in Accounting and Finance. He currently sits on the Dean's Advisory Council for the college of business.

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

John Piotrowski

Co-Founder & CEO of The Ocean

John Piotrowski has been working at the intersection of finance, politics, and technology for over a decade. He began his career in economic policy and management consulting before leading strategy and technology projects at Goldman Sachs. It was there he became a blockchain enthusiast. A mathematician and developer by training, John believes in the power of decentralized applications to make markets safer, faster, and cheaper for everyone.

EDUCATION
New York University (2016 - 2018)
Master of Mathematics in Financial Engineering

University of Virginia (2005-2008)
Bachelor's Degree in Economics, History, Math

WORK EXPERIENCE
Goldman Sachs (2013-2018)
Led corporate strategy, trade execution optimization, and capital management for Securities and Merchant Banking Divisions

McKinsey & Company (2010-2012)
Led banking transformation and private equity due diligence projects. Led capital markets coverage for the McKinsey Global Institute

International Monetary Fund (2009 - 2010)
Led fiscal modeling for developing countries in Europe and Africa

OTHER EXPERIENCE
Co-Founder, Winning Margins
Rethinking Democratic political engagement at the state and local level

Co-Founder, Bayesquare
Applying artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to finance, economics, and social science questions

Board Member, National Foundation to End Child Abuse and Neglect

Sushil Prabhu (CEO and Co-founder of Dropp)

Sushil Prabhu

CEO and Co-founder of Dropp

Sushil has over 25 years of FinTech experience both as an executive managing business and as an architect of innovative platforms. Sushil was the founder and CEO at OpenCrowd, Inc for 16 years, where he launched a range of digital products for many startups and investment banks in New York City. In his previous role as CTO of Scient (now razorFish), a leading e-business solutions firm, his focus was primarily retail banks, where he architected and built a P2P payment system for Chase and several online banking systems for some of the top global banks. Before joining Scient, Sushil was the Director of Technology at Cambridge Technology Partners based in New York City.

Kiran Raj (Executive Vice President at Diem Association)

Kiran Raj

Executive Vice President at Diem Association

As an Executive Vice President of the Diem Association, Mr. Raj leads overall ecosystem development, growth strategy, business design and execution for the project. Prior to joining Diem, Mr. Raj worked as a senior executive in a financial technology company that operates in the blockchain space.

Before entering the blockchain industry, Mr. Raj worked in private legal practice as a partner at O’Melveny & Myers in Washington DC. In this role, he focused on helping companies with cybersecurity, national security, and privacy issues. Before private practice, Mr. Raj served as Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security, working directly with leaders of corporate America on the intersection of cybersecurity and privacy with law, policy, and technology. He held a similar role at the U.S. Department of Justice as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Mr. Raj was a lead program manager at Microsoft Corporation where he had responsibility for developing and deploying software tools and technologies that improved the security, compatibility, and overall application experience of the Windows operating system. He also worked at a Venture Capital Firm in New York where he focused on identifying undervalued technology companies and helping them achieve their potential.

Mr. Raj holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley (B.S., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) and the Emory University School of Law (J.D., First Honors Graduate). He is director emeritus of cybersecurity programs at the Scalia Law School at George Mason and an adjunct faculty at American University.

Eric Sibbitt (Partner at O'Melveny)

Eric Sibbitt

Partner at O'Melveny

Eric Sibbitt structures and executes initial public offerings and other complex capital-raising transactions for companies and underwriters, including NYSE and NASDAQ listings, registered follow-on offerings, global offerings, PIPEs and other private offerings, and liability management transactions.

Clients turn to Eric for boardroom counsel on SEC and corporate governance matters as well as for his pragmatic approach to navigating the tension between legacy regulations and innovative business models. Eric also frequently advises on cross-border public and private company mergers, acquisitions, tender offers, and going private transactions.

Eric has particular expertise advising on transactions for financial services, life science and technology companies ranging from venture companies to multibillion-dollar businesses.

Eric practiced in New York and Tokyo prior to joining O’Melveny’s San Francisco office, and speaks and reads Japanese fluently. Eric also is a member of the Innovation Advisory Council of the Japan Society of Northern California, a director of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law.

Michelle Tang (Co-Founder of Basquet)

Michelle Tang

Co-Founder of Basquet

Michelle Tang is co-founder at Basquet.io. Her background is in venture investing, public equities, and fund of funds investment research. She has consulted and invested in the blockchain space since 2017. Michelle received her BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary.

Mark Thomas (CEO & Co-Founder of ZenSports)

Mark Thomas

CEO & Co-Founder of ZenSports

Mark is a seasoned entrepreneur with experience founding tech startups and other businesses. Most recently, he was the Co-Founder & CEO of Reesio, a VC-backed startup within real estate technology that was acquired by Realtor.com in 2015. Mark does everything for ZenSports except coding, including Product, Marketing, PR, Sales, Fundraising, Recruiting, HR, Finance, and Accounting.

Darshan Vaidya (CEO & Co-Founder of Xmargin)

Darshan Vaidya

CEO & Co-Founder of Xmargin

Darshan Vaidya spent 12 years trading interest rate derivatives for proprietary trading firms in London before starting a hedge fund focusing on cryptocurrency derivatives trading. The hedge fund - Magpie Trading - was one of the first market makers on Deribit Exchange and advised on the construction of the risk engine that is in use today. Magpie directly experienced the capital inefficiencies associated with the fragmented digital asset ecosystem. The problem set drove an exploration of technology solutions for credit risk management and clearing, leading to the founding of X-Margin.

Bill Warren (Co-Founder of Pool-Party)

Bill Warren

Co-Founder of Pool-Party

Bill is the co-founder of Pool-Party, where DAOs meet DeFi. Before PoolParty, Bill developed Peeps DAO, a cause-based, decentralized organization platform for nonprofits, political organizations, and social movements. Prior to jumping full-time into the crypto world, Bill spent a few years practicing corporate law with a focus on startups, fintech, and complex partnership projects. He graduated from Duke Law School magna cum laude and Davidson College with an honors thesis in the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Between college and law school, Bill worked with political campaigns and PACs on campaign finance compliance and operations. He currently lives in Hillsborough, NC with his wife, young son, and two dogs. https://www.linkedin.com/in/bill-warren-31442021/

Darren Wolfberg (CEO of Blockchain Triangle)

Darren Wolfberg

CEO of Blockchain Triangle

Darren Wolfberg is a seasoned technology and finance professional having managed multiple institutional business lines a large multinational banks. In this capacity, Darren has been featured on Bloomberg, CNBC and Fox news, and internationally through various news venues in Canada, Australia and Japan. Darren combines this finance experience with a product development and corporate venture capital background at Sony. Darren has a BFA from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and is also known for innovative form of art seen on Bubbleart.io.

Suji Yan (CEO of Mask Network)

Suji Yan

CEO of Mask Network

Suji Yan is founder of Dimension.im & Mask Network (mask.io). Dimension developed Mask Network and other free software for empowering Cyberian to use Internet freely on top of today’s monopoly giants. Dimension’s affliated entity also maintained some of the largest Mastodon instances. Suji was also an independent journalist at Caixin Media & Qdaily, FOSS advocator and help created Anti-996 License.

David Zou (Chief Economist at Wanxiang Blockchain)

David Zou

Chief Economist at Wanxiang Blockchain

Previously, Dr. Zou held various positions in China Investment Corporation (CIC) and Nanhu Finance Corporation from 2006 to 2015. Dr. Zou received Ph.D. in Economics from Tsinghua University, Mid-Career MPA from Harvard University, M.A. in economics and B.S. in Statistics from Peking University. In 2015, Dr. Zou was a winner of the 1st Sun Yefang Prize for Financial Innovation (China’s top prize for economists) and the 5th China Soft Science Prize for his research on fintech. In 2013, 2014 and 2017, his books were selected into the lists of “financial books of the year” by China Business Network. In 2019, Dr. Zou was nominated as one of the "top 10 institutional economists of the year" by China Business Network.