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    Marc Hansen

    Minister Delegate for Digitalisation

    Marc Hansen is Minister for the Civil Service, Minister for Relations with Parliament, Minister Delegate for Digitalisation and Minister Delegate for the Administrative Reform in the current coalition government in Luxembourg.

    He was Minister for Housing, Minister Delegate for Higher Education and Research and Secretary of State of Education, Children and Youth in the previous government.

    Marc Hansen started his professional career with DNR (Den Neie Radio). He worked at RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg and RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg from 1995 to 2009. From 2009 to 2011, he served as a parliamentary attaché. From 2011 to 2014, Marc Hansen was the chief executive officer and managing director of Éditions Lëtzebuerger Journal.

    Marc Hansen is the cofounder of several innovative start-ups in the information technology sector.

     

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    Paul R. Brody

    EY Global Innovation Leader ─ Blockchain

    Paul drives EY initiatives and investments in blockchain technology across consulting, audit and tax business lines. He has held a number of leadership positions in the areas of internet of things, supply chain and operations and business strategy, working with many client organizations.

    He led EY first blockchain strategy engagement, examining how digital services, payments and internet of things are coming together in new ecosystems, and building a strategy and technology road map for one of EY’s major clients.

    He has 20 years of consulting and strategy experience in mobile and electronics. Prior to joining EY, he served as Vice President and Global Industry Leader of Electronics at a multinational technology company.

    He earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a certificate in African Studies, both from Princeton University.

     

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    Caroline Malcolm

    Head of the OECD Blockchain Policy Centre

    Caroline Malcolm heads the OECD’s Blockchain Policy Centre, the global reference point on distributed ledger technologies for policymakers. The Centre works with a broad group of stakeholders to understand and assess the policy implications of this emerging technology, to ensure governments can access and respond to the opportunities and challenges it raises.

     

    Caroline is an Australian-qualified lawyer, with a background in international tax law. She previously established the Tax Inspectors Without Borders project, a joint OECD-UNDP initiative to build tax audit skills in low-capacity countries through a learning-by-doing approach, and worked on the G20 tax transparency and multinational tax agendas.

     

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    Jean-Louis Schiltz

    Attorney, Professor (hon.) at the University of Luxembourg

    Jean-Louis Schiltz is the Senior partner at SCHILTZ & SCHILTZ and Professor (hon.) at the University of Luxembourg.

    Jean-Louis Schiltz is a tech law advisor, regular speaker at innovation and tech law conferences and has authored and co-authored a number of articles and reports in the field over the last years.

    He serves as a member of boards of companies and non-profit organizations. Among others he is the Chairman of Luxembourg’s largest hospital group and of the national broadcaster.

    From 2004 to 2009, Jean-Louis served as Cabinet Minister in Luxembourg. His portfolio included media, telecommunications, technology, international development and defence.

    Jean-Louis Schiltz holds a post graduate degree (DEA) in business law from the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne. He has been teaching at his alma mater in the early 1990’s.

     

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    Tadej Slapnik

    Director at Tolar HashNET, Chairman of World Blockchain Hub, Co-Chair of High Level Group Blockchain for SDG and Council member at Circular Change platform

    He is director at Tolar HashNET, Chairman of World Blockchain Hub, Co-Chair of High Level Group Blockchain for SDG and Council member at Circular Change platform. He is a former State Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, initiator and signatory of Feel the future declaration: Initiative Blockchain Europe, actively involved in promotion, development and smart regulation of social and circular economy, blockchain and distributed ledger technology for achieving Sustainable Development Goals at national, European and global level.

    After he graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor, he was working in the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia as a secretary of deputy group from 2000 - 2004. From 2002 - 2006 he was also a board member of the Financial Fund for Decommissioning of the Nuclear Power Plant Krško as a representative of the Slovenian parliament. From 2004 -2009 he was director of the Youth Centre of Dravinja Valley. In 2009 he became a member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia and was a member of the following parliamentary committees: for defence, social affairs, agriculture, supervision of secret services and European affairs. As parliamentarian he proposed a law on social entrepreneurship which was accepted in April 2011. He was the initiator of establishing the Slovenian national Social enterprise forum in December 2011, and in January 2012 he was elected to become its secretary general. From February 2013 - October 2014 he was working as a political advisor in the European Parliament. From October 2014 until September 2018 he was State Secretary in the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic if Slovenia. From 2015 until March 2018 he was a member of European Commission Expert group on social entrepreneurship (GECES) as representative of Republic of Slovenia.

     

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    Françoise Thoma

    Executive director, BCEE

    Ms Thoma is President and Chief Executive Officer of Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat. She is a member of the Boards of Directors of Cargolux International Airlines S.A., Luxair S.A., SES S.A., the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and of Enovos Luxembourg S.A. She was a member of the Luxembourg Council of State from 2000-2015 and holds a PhD in Law from the Université de Paris II Panthéon-Assas and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

     

     

     

    Fabrice Croiseaux

    Chairman of the Board, Infrachain a.s.b.l.

    Graduate of Centrale Lyon and HEC, Fabrice is CEO of InTech, a subsidiary of POST Luxembourg Group specialised in Information Technology consulting and specific software development.

    Passionate about digital culture and innovation, he advises companies in the use of emerging technologies to create breakthrough innovations. He is the leader of the Blockchain working group of the Fédération des Tiers de Confiance Numérique and Chairman of the Board of Infrachain in Luxembourg. Fabrice participates in several large-scale projects based on blockchain technology in France and Luxembourg.
     

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    Alexander Skripalshchikov

    R&D Manager, Net Service Information Technology

    Alexander Skripalshchikov is the R&D Manager at Net Service with over 20 years of experience in Project Management in IT, Security and Manufacturing sectors:
    • Responsible for research, planning and implementing of new programs and protocols in the organization.
    • Overseeing the development of new products.
    Responsibility in:
    • Basic/Applied and Fundamental research;
    • Development of technologies, concepts, new products, processes;
    • Management of R&D portfolio and technology transfer

     

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    Nena Dokuzov

    Head of Project Group of New Economy and Blockchain Technologies, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology (Slovenia)

    M.Sc. Nena Dokuzov is a head of group for new economy and blockchain technologies. She coordinates the preparation and implementation of the government Action Plan for Blockchain technologies, which was adopted by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. It foresees the identification of the relevant areas, preparation for the implementation of the regulatory framework for Blockchain technologies in Slovenia and Europe. She is a member of EU Blockchain Partnership, which is organized under DG CONNECT (of European Commission) and a member of Advisory Board of European Blockchain Hub.

     

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    Frank Roessig

    Head of Digital Solution for Finance, Proximus Luxembourg

    Frank Roessig has an international experience with Digital Solutions, Business Development as well as in Operations Management for the Financial Sector.

    He currently heads the Digital Finance Solutions department at Proximus Luxembourg. This team develops & delivers innovative Solutions that enhance the client experience and optimize operational efficiency.

    Prior, as Country Manager Luxembourg for Akeance and as Founder of Racine Capital, he supported the Financial Sector with Product Development, Risk-, Compliance- and Operations Management as well as Digital Strategies.

    Previously, he took part the creation of two start-up banks with successful exits: GMAC-RFC Europe and EEPK.

    Frank successfully developed businesses as well as financial products at Financial Institutions in London, New-York, Frankfurt and Luxembourg.

     

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    Vitaly Bondar

    CEO, Apla

    Vitaly is a professional lawyer specializing on e-commerce and blockchain legal matters. Over the past 18 years he's been taking senior positions at large international law firms and industrial companies. Currently, he is leading the blockchain project in Luxembourg called Apla. It's an original blockchain infrastructure and DApps for corporate clients. Vitaly graduated from Queen Mary and Westfield College, the University of London with an LL.M degree.

     

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    Iulian Nita

    Blockchain Expert

    Technology expert with over 15 years’ experience in hi-tech industry in a variety of technical, entrepreneurial, creative and management roles. Manager in Grant Thornton Technology HUB Luxembourg, in charge of Blockchain business development. Extensive experience in different IT projects involving Blockchain, IOT, and mobile apps technologies. Former teacher and researcher in University Polytechnics of Bucharest. Certified Blockchain Architect and Developer. True believer in technology innovation and economical evolution based on distributed ledger technologies.

     

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    Anton Abashkin

    COO, VNX Exchange

    Anton spent most of his career at PwC Russia where he led the Center for Technology and Innovation. His main areas of expertise included strategy and financing of early-stage businesses as well as corporate innovation and venture capital. Anton has since worked in several venture capital firms including Russian-American investment firm Envirtue Capital focused on early-stage tech companies. He was a vice president in charge of marketing, sales and operations at Visyond Ventures, a UK-based Software-as-a-Service company. Anton was also a partner responsible for startup development at ABRT Innovations, an international startup accelerator and VC fund.

     

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    Michael Yeung

    Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientist, BlockContinent

    Bachelor of Engineering from Tsinghua University. Master of Science Financial Engineering from Imperial College London. Previously worked at CICC Hong Kong, and BBVA (Derivatives, Special Research on Blockchain).

    Leading the development of several world-leading projects on blockchain application.

    Mainly responsible for the development and strategic design of the underlying blockchain technology and the construction of the blockchain operating system.

     

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    Nasir Zubairi

    CEO, The LHoFT

    Nasir is CEO of The LHoFT - The Luxembourg House of Financial Technology, a public/private sector initiative to drive fintech innovation in Luxembourg. He is also a Non-Executive Board Director of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) S.A and sits on the IMF’s High Level Advisory Group on Finance and Technology. Nasir has worked in Financial Services for 20 years. He spent 13 years working within Capital Markets at RBS, ICAP, HSBC and EBS. He has been immersed in the Fintech and startup sector for the past seven years. As an entrepreneur, Nasir has built multiple Fintech businesses across verticals. He has advised the boards of leading financial institutions, central banks and governments. Nasir is included in the “Top 40 innovators shaping the future of financial services -2014” by The Wall Street Journal/Financial News. Nasir has a BSc from the London School of Economics and is a Sloan Fellow from London Business School.

     

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    Christophe Medinger

    Deputy Head of Digital Banking Division SPUERKEESS

    Blockchain enthusiast, Christophe Medinger is Head of the Working Group DLT at the Digital Banking and Fintech Innovation Cluster of the ABBL and a member of the steering committee of the ABBL-KYC project.
    He has been working for 13 years in software development at SPUERKEESS, where he led many core banking projects as well as realizing innovative digital solutions. He manages the bank’s own Blockchain projects and is its representative at Infrachain.
     

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    Guido Stroemer

    Founding Partner, HQLAᵡ

    Guido Stroemer is a financial market veteran with over 25 years of professional work experience in a variety of trading, risk management and senior leadership positions. Prior to founding HQLAᵡ, Guido was global head of repo trading at UBS. HQLAᵡ is a financial technology innovation firm that specializes in delivering liquidity management and collateral management solutions for institutional clients in the global securities lending and repo markets.

     

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    Marcel Zoutzeling

    Vice-Chairman, Global Cargo Forum

    Marcel Zoutzeling has over 25 years experience in the airline business. He is the Director of Revenue Contribution at Silkway West Airlines and has vast experience in the IT sector. He is the founder of eNxt Solutions, a start up creating a new Air Cargo Management System that is used with Blockchain.

     

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    Audrey Rouach Baverel

    Founding member of Letzblock Asbl

    Audrey has a strong tax experience from senior position in big 4, private equity industry (10 years) followed by in-house key tax position in a worldwide leader of e-commerce (Docler Holding). She’s a recognized consultant in strategy and tax expert with a strong focus on digital and blockchain related projects (e.g. development VAT modules, cryptoeconomics, digital platforms).

    She is an active promoter of blockchain technology and digital assets development in Luxembourg

    She is a regular conference speaker and writer.

     

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    Patrick Houtsch

    Director of the Government IT centre

    Patrick Houtsch is of Luxembourgish nationality and born in 1972. Former managing director of the Luxembourgish governmental Computer Emergency Response Team (GOVCERT.LU), he now acts as director at the Government IT centre.Total budget including personnel cost is beyond 100 million euros with a staff of internal resources of more than 430 agents. Besides his executive duties at the Government IT centre he is member of different committees and task forces in the area of information and communication technologies and moreover cyber security. He has 20 years of experience in computer science. Formerly he was head of the security and audit department of the Government IT centre. Patrick Houtsch holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the faculty of applied sciences at the University of Liège.

     

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    Jed Grant

    Member of the Board, Infrachain a.s.b.l.

    Jed Grant, CEO of KYC3, is a Regtech leader and decentralized systems architect who was named one of the top 200 FinTech Leaders in Europe by LATTICE80 in March of 2018. He is also an investor in and developer of decentralized regtech solutions.

    Jed founded KYC3 in 2014 to leverage big data machine learning for KYC/AML. In 2008, Jed was also a founder and partner of Sandstone SA, a boutique private intelligence firm based in Luxembourg. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Luxembourg, lecturing on KYC/AML. In the blockchain space, Jed is the founder of Peer Mountain, a blockchain based information exchange ecosystem for compliant commerce. He is also a founder of two blockchain non-profits, the Luxembourg Blockchain and DLT Association and Infrachain. 

     

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