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Keynote Speakers

Roman Beck 

Roman Beck is Professor at the BusinessIT department at IT University of Copenhagen. He is Head of the European Blockchain Center and Blockchain Summer Schools. Roman is Head of the Danish delegation to ISO TC 307 Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technology standardization group and Convenor of ISO TC 307 WG5 Blockchain Governance standardization. He works as Blockchain expert for the EU commission and the German parliament.

George M. Giaglis 

George M. Giaglis is the Director of the Institute For the Future (IFF) at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. He has been working on digital currencies and blockchain applications since 2012, with his main focus being on new forms of industrial organisation and the sharing economy. George is one of the first academics to research and teach on blockchain, having: designed the curriculum of the world’s first full academic degree on blockchain; led the development of blockchain credentialing technology that has resulted in the first ever publishing of academic certificates on the blockchain; taught on the disruptive innovation potential of blockchain, both at academic programs and in executive seminars worldwide; organised a number of prominent blockchain conferences and events.


Garrick Hileman

Garrick Hileman is one of the world's most-cited cryptocurrency and blockchain technology researchers. He developed and taught the first UK class on blockchain technology at the University of Cambridge. Garrick is the author of a recently published stablecoins research study, the first University of Cambridge "Global Cryptocurrency Benchmarking Study" and the follow-on "Global Blockchain Benchmarking Study". He also created and published the CoinDesk “State of Bitcoin” and “State of Blockchain” reports from 2013-2016. He was ranked as one of the 100 most influential economists in the UK and Ireland and he is regularly asked to share his research and perspective with government organizations and the FT, BBC, CNBC, WSJ, NPR, and other media. He is currently the head or research at Blockchain, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency companies, and a researcher at the London School of Economics, where he also received his PhD.

Patrick McCorry

Patrick McCorry is an Assistant Professor at King's College London. His focus is cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, cryptography and decentralised systems. Patrick is the UK’s first PhD graduate in Cryptocurrencies and his work has recently appeared at Devcon3 & 4, Scaling Bitcoin 2017, Breaking Bitcoin 2017 and BPASE 2018 alongside numerous academic venues. More information can be found at


Ambre Soubiran 

Ambre Soubiran is the CEO of Kaiko, a technology company providing market data to the digital assets space, currently covering all traded pairs accross 100+ crypto exchanges distributed over the world. Prior to joining Kaiko, Ambre spent eight years at HSBC in London and Paris, structuring equity derivatives and equity-based financing solutions, first in the Global Markets then in the Equity Capital Markets division. There, she was successively covering private banks, institutional, and corporate clients. She has been personally interested in cryptocurrencies since 2013, and has invested in a few tech start-ups in the fields of 3D printing, foodtech, and blockchain/crypto.

Ambre holds a Bachelor and a Masters in Applied Mathematics from the Université Paris Dauphine. She has also studied Entrepreneurship and Management courses at the Solvay Business School in Brussels. 

Jihan Wu 

Jihan Wu graduated from Peking University with Bachelors’ degree in both Economics and Psychology. Jihan is the first person to have translated the Bitcoin whitepaper into Chinese and subsequently co-founded, now one of the most popular Bitcoin news sites in China, in 2011.


In 2013, Jihan founded Bitmain as the lead angle investor, director and Co-CEO, in charge of marketing, sales, investments and investor relations. Before this he was a financial analyst and investment manager of private equity fund of funds.

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Tutorial Speakers

Alexandre Miranda Pinto  

Dr Pinto graduated at the close of the 90s in Software Engineering from the University of Porto, Portugal. After some years as a professional developer, he went to grad school and earned a PhD in Computer Science from the same university, specializing in Cryptography and Complexity. Dr Pinto became a lecturer in software development and security, until he took an opportunity as a Post-Doc researcher with the Information Security Group in Royal Holloway, University of London. Currently, he works in the blockchain arena, developing , researching and writing to improve awareness of blockchain technologies and help other developers in this field.

Jerome de Tychey

Jerome is executive director at ConsenSys Solutions which helps organizations across the globe build, test, and deploy public and private blockchain applications. He has a background in economics and used to be an assistant professor at Sorbonne and Paris Dauphine. He jumped into the blockchain space in 2013 and has a particular interest in cryptoeconomics and mining. He founded and is the current president of Asseth which is the largest blockchain oriented non-profit in France. Asseth organises weekly free coding workshops and supports several education and research oriented initiatives.

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