Minister of the Economy
Following the cabinet reshuffle on 4 February 2020, Franz Fayot was appointed Minister of the Economy and Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs.
Previously, Franz Fayot was elected to Parliament in 2013 and in 2018, as candidate for the LSAP. In Parliament, he assumed the role of rapporteur for the draft budget for 2015 and focused on public finances, cultural policy, as well as on social justice and poverty issues.
From 1997 until his appointment to the government, Franz Fayot worked as a barrister in Luxembourg.
Franz Fayot graduated a DEA (post-graduate diploma of advanced studies) in corporate law from the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne in 1996.
Project Lead, Blockchain and Data for Common Purpose Project Lead, World Economic Forum
Nadia Hewett leads projects at the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution that shape the future of technology governance in Data Policy and blockchain technology. Under her leadership, deliverables focus on unlocking data and 4IR technologies to benefit society while protecting users from risks associated with the data economy. She has an extensive background in digitization, strategy, product management, sales and operations, having worked with Maersk for more than a decade on major initiatives across the globe, including as Head of Supply Chain for Maersk America and global trade digitization efforts. She has lived and worked across Asia, Europe, Africa and the last 9 years in the Americas. She possesses a deep passion for addressing critical, complex issues facing society. She holds an MBA with Kellogg School of Management and a BA at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
Blockchain & Crypto-assets Leader, PwC Luxembourg
Thomas is the Blockchain & Crypto-assets Leader of PwC Luxembourg. In his role, Thomas supports traditional and blockchain/crypto-native players in addressing their respective challenges in the field and help them to bridge the gap between traditional and decentralised economy. As part of his involvement in the PwC network, Thomas is the Luxembourg representative in the PwC Crypto Accounting Working Group (CAWG), the PwC Global Crypto Committee and the Global Blockchain Community. Thomas is qualified as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and successfully went through the Blockchain Technologies Executive program from MIT School of Management.
Olivier Zephir, PhD.,
Senior Business Advisor, Technoport SA
Olivier Zephir is a Senior Business Advisor at Technoport SA the technology business incubator in Luxembourg. With a background in Industrial Systems Engineering, Olivier supports early stage startups in building proof of concepts with early adopters and corporate interested parties. Olivier has contributed to several EU and industrial R&D projects within the service industry and at the Technoport SA he manages the Digital Experience Studio (DX-Studio) that supports entrepreneurs in developing innovative digital technologies.
Global co-head of Sales, ConsenSys
Guillaume has 20 years of experience in capital market in trading, structuring and financing at Societe Generale, Barclays, BNP Paribas and HSBC where he held several management roles, mostly in London. In his last role, he was Global Head of Energy Solutions Group at HSBC managing a partnership between HSBC and TOTSA.
Guillaume then co-founded Trade Quorum in 2016, a blockchain start-up digitizing processes in energy post trade services and energy trade finance. Trade Quorum partnered with ConsenSys to win the komgo RFP which led the team to join ConsenSys in June 2018 to deliver the project.
Since, Guillaume has secured some landmark transactions in Global Trade and in Capital Markets, like Covantis.
Since December 2019, Guillaume is Global Head of Sales and Business Development overseeing Strategic Sales, Product Sales, Channel & Alliances and Software Development Reps.
Guillaume holds a BA in Mathematics and an MBA in finance.
Fintech Lead, Telindus
Frank currently heads Digital Solutions for Finance at Telindus-Proximus, developing novel solutions that enhance client experience and optimize operational efficiency: e.g. Digital KYC, Asset Transfers, Reconciliation, Market-Platforms, Distributed Processes using Blockchain, AI, etc.
Prior, as Country Manager Luxembourg for Akeance and as Managing Director of Racine Capital, he advised the Financial Sector on the implementation of Digital Strategies, the development of new marketing strategies as well as the improvement of Risk-, Compliance- and Operations Management.
Previously, he was part of the founding team of two start-up banks with successful exits. He started his Finance career at various Financial Institutions by working in Capital Markets, Portfolio Management as well as Corporate & Retail Finance.
Frank is an active member in various forums (International Bankers Forum as Board Member, ALFI in the Blockchain WG, LHoFT, B-Hive, ATEL, ILA, International Banker Club, W3C (BlockChain Digital Assets WG).
Cloud Solution Architect, Telindus
Mathis studied electrical engineering at ETH Zurich, Switzerland from 2009 to 2014. After an internship with Telindus Luxembourg, he joined the University of Luxembourg to continue his education towards a PhD in computer science, which he obtained at the end of 2019. Mathis then joined Telindus Luxembourg (Proximus Luxembourg) in January 2020 and is working on cloud technologies and blockchain solutions.
Pierre started to show interest in Bitcoin and Blockchain in 2014. He first created one of the first mobile Bitcoin wallet for iOS (Yallet), and then in 2015 he co-founded Scorechain and became CEO. Scorechain raised €500k in October 2015 and is now software leader in Europe for crypto compliance and transaction monitoring tool.
Besides, Pierre was one of the leader of the Fundchain project (Luxembourg Blockchain Consortium, fundchain.lu) and work closely with major financial institutions to bring Blockchain to the financial world.
Pierre holds a master’s degree in computer science and started his career at Reuters Luxembourg within the Risk Management department for 5 years. In 2000, he started his entrepreneurial career and was one of the co-founder of Jamendo, the biggest music platform under creative commons license.
Head of Innovation, CHAMP Cargosystems
Lucas Fernandez started his career in 2008. In 2013, he co-founded Tecbak, a pioneering start-up business in the Internet of Things, where he successfully launched the FoosballSociety. In 2015, Lucas joined Etix Everywhere Luxembourg as VP Product, where he led the lab division and developed a portfolio of Software as a Service (SaaS) based solutions for the management and monitoring of critical data center operations.
Lucas holds a Master of Science in Engineering from INSIA, Paris, and a Master of Business Administration with Honors from the Sacred Heart University in Luxembourg.
Besides his professional duties, Lucas is a member of the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), and Silicon Luxembourg Business Club. Lucas is a keen and skilled writer who shares his experience around product management and innovation via articles regularly.
Token Design & Cryptoeconomic Research, Centrifuge
Cassidy brings a strong foundation in economics to her current work on token economy design and engineering at Centrifuge. She holds a Master’s in International Finance from Columbia University where she also worked as a consultant for the Federal Reserve. Her passion for token design comes from its potential to re-imagine what an economy should look like from the ground up to better facilitate our needs as a global society.
Troy is Co-founder and CEO of Dockflow, a company striving to make maritime logistics more efficient. He always had a great passion for logistics but got a start in this industry from a totally different perspective: he started as a transport lawyer. After seeing reoccurring problems and unthinkable inefficiencies, he made a switch. He wanted to solve the problems. He started to explore the entrepreneurial path when he enrolled for an MBA at the Antwerp Management School. During these studies Troy took a deep dive into innovation and learned that technology could greatly impact logistics. At that time blockchain was just becoming popular. Fascinated by the distributed ledger, Troy decided to write his thesis on the topic of using blockchain technology in supply chains and logistics. The knowledge he gained on this new technology and his experience of the inefficiencies in logistics, were the ingredients that sparked him to start Dockflow.
Technical Education Lead, Web3 Foundation
Bill Laboon is the Technical Education Lead at the Web3 Foundation. Before this, he was a lecturer in the Computer Science Department of the University of Pittsburgh, teaching courses in software quality assurance, software engineering, and blockchain technology. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on a variety of topics, including cryptocurrency, software quality, and the ethics of software development. He is the author of two books: A Friendly Introduction to Software Testing, an undergraduate textbook; and Strength in Numbers, a near-future novel set in a world in which cryptocurrency has eliminated traditional money. Bill has a BS in Computer Science and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as an MS in Software Design & Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Founder & CEO, Block Gemini
Besides being a successful entrepreneur, Chris is a true virtuoso in network engineering with extensive experience in planning, implementing, configuring and testing IT systems, and uses his expertise to find and nurture technologists at Block Gemini.
Adoption Manager, Nomadic Labs
Automation and control Engineer graduated from ENSE3 (France) and UNESP (Brazil), Hadrien started his career in Latin America where is was managing a subsidiary of the AXENS group in Brazil. After a formation in financial mathematics in 2018 at Ecole Polytechnique, he joined Nomadic Labs, as an Adoption Manager, to push the Tezos protocol within private and public institutions in France.
Platform Curator, Blockchain and Digital Currency, World Economic Forum
Sumedha Deshmukh is the platform curator on the Blockchain and Digital Assets team at the World Economic Forum. She oversees the teams engagement strategy, working with a global network of Centres focused on emerging technologies and in partnership with a wide array of public and private sector actors. In addition, she manages a portfolio of projects covering regulation, DeFi and user-centric development and previously worked on initiatives related to supply chains and digital currencies. With a background in economics and policy, she previously held positions at Devex, a media company focused on global development, and Deloitte.
Denis Avrilionis, PhD
Founder & CEO
Denis has been active as an entrepreneur in the software industry since 2001. Having created and managed both business consulting and software product companies, he acquired experience in the whole business life cycle, from early design to the commercialization of software products and services. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Grenoble, France, and worked as a visiting scientist at the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, USA.
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.
Vice-Chairman of the Board, Infrachain a.s.b.l.
Laurent Kratz is an entrepreneur, founder of several start-ups. He is NEOFACTO’s CEO, an IT services company founded in 2000 and based in Luxembourg, Brussels and Paris. In the FinTech field, he started SCORECHAIN which provides compliance solutions for crypto-assets. He's also one of the founders and vice-chairman of the board of Infrachain. As a FinTech veteran, he is a regular speaker on the crypto-asset topic. He founded lesfrontaliers.lu in 2001, a media company dedicated to the cross border community, sold to a media group in 2008. In 2004, he founded Jamendo, a music licensing company, raised significant rounds of VC funding and sold to Audiovalley in 2019.