Marwan Alzarouni CISSP is a Crypto Pioneer and the CEO of Dubai's Blockchain Center. The center provides crypto training courses and awareness programs for students, entrepreneurs and government departments. In February 2018, Marwan founded the region's first crypto over the counted desk with the establishment of his company OTC Supply DMCC. Marwan has extensive experience in the areas of information security management, network security and computer forensics. He currently holds the position of Director of Information Services at Dubai Electronic Security Center.
Aviya is passionately focused on crypto and blockchain from various legal and business perspectives. She works with blockchain startups, investors and organizations and assists them in answering the legal and banking needs, as well as making smart connections among them. Aviya possesses a broad knowledge of financial and fintech related regulations in a wide range of jurisdictions (EU, Israel) and is therefore well equipped to help entrepreneurs and investors understand crypto constellations from a legal perspective. Aviya is highly active in connecting investors worldwide interested in Israeli blockchain and fintech startups, to the chosen projects in the IBA; and also in familiarizing Israeli investors to blockchain and fintech startups in Israel and worldwide.
Seasoned cross-continent executive with proven track record in leading and operationalizing change. 15+years in General Management, Enterprise Sales, Alliance management and Business Development. Transformational leader with unique combination of strategic altitude and execution skills. Top rated people leader, experienced in managing through disruption and uncertainty and delivering results across Emerging & Mature Markets. “Growth Hacker” with passion for organizational development and turnaround management. Recognized expert in cloud computing and digital transformation.
Entrepreneur and executive with broad expertise in software engineering and building up companies in various industries. Expert in managing large-scale IT and real estate management projects. Developed Lakeside Business Center and Lakeside Crypto Lab, laying the foundation of the Crypto Valley Labs. Founder of inacta, a leading Swiss digital transformation consulting company with a focus on the insurance and finance industry. inacta’s Swiss-based software engineering team has a strong experience in developing smart contracts and providing Blockchain CTO services.
Entrepreneurs. Invested. Involved. This is the core mindset that Ralf embodies as Co-founder of Lakeside Partners. With more than 20 years of experience as a business and IT consultant, Ralf possesses extensive expertise in transforming the finance and insurance industry, as well as a diverse entrepreneurial background stemming from multiple ventures and advisory board positions. As initiator of Europe’s largest Blockchain Competition and Co-founder of the Crypto Valley Association, he is committed to developing the blockchain ecosystem both in Switzerland and worldwide.
Daniel Gutenberg is General Partner of VI Partners, a Swiss venture capital firm. He joined the company in 2003. Subsequent to selling Gutenberg Communication Systems AG to the Telindus Group in the year 2000, Daniel Gutenberg became a very active business angel and investor in numerous startups. His focus is on Technology and he has been taking board assignments for various public and private Companies as well as for YPO Young Presidents’ Organization, a network of young global business leaders. He also acts as the president of the Swiss Technion Society and as a member of the Circle of Investors of BrainsToVentures.
Demelza is a research analyst for Incrementum AG and is responsible for the Crypto Research Report published by Incrementum. Moreover, she is developing innovative investment solutions in the field of cryptocurrencies. While growing up in the U.S., Demelza’s Uncle, Economist Larry Sechrest, constantly challenged her to read purposefully and apply her knowledge. Demelza’s guiding motto has always been: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
Charles Hoskinson is a Colorado-based technology entrepreneur and mathematician. He attended Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Colorado Boulder to study analytic number theory before moving into cryptography through industry exposure.His professional experience includes founding three cryptocurrency-related start-ups – Invictus Innovations, Ethereum and IOHK – and he has held a variety of posts in both the public and private sectors. He was the founding chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation’s education committee and established the Cryptocurrency Research Group in 2013. His current projects focus on education people about cryptocurrency, being an evangelist for decentralization and making cryptographic tools easier to use for the mainstream. This includes leading the research, design and development of Cardano, a third-generation cryptocurrency that launched in September 2017.
Pavel is the Mangaging Director at CV Labs, located in the heart of the Crypto Valley, Switzerland. He is passionate about emerging technology solutions and their practical application in the commercial environment to deliver efficiency, productivity, and sustainable growth. He has an aptitude for fostering and maintaining business relationships with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders. Prior to joining CV Labs, Pavel was responsible for the ecosystem growth at CV VC, the next generation Venture Capital company. Pavel worked both as a consultant and as an internal expert in the following industries: oil and gas, renewables, financial services, eCommerce and government affairs.
Jalak Jobanputra is Founding Partner of Future\Perfect Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund in NYC focused on next generation technology such as blockchain and machine learning. FPV’s portfolio includes Abra, Blockstream, Bitpesa, Fusemachines, Everledger and Blockchain. Jalak was awarded Institutional Investor’s Most Powerful Fintech Dealmakers from 2016-2018. In May 2018, Jobanputra was awarded Microsoft’s VC Trailblazer Award for “her early and bold” investments in the sector. She has been listed as a 100 Most Influential Fintech Leader of 2016 and 2017 based on her investment strategy at FPV.
David Johnston is a serial tech entrepreneur and early contributor to the blockchain ecosystem since 2012. In May of 2013 he co-founded the first angel investment group in crypto, BitAngels, and in August of that year served as a Foundation board member to the first ever token sale - Mastercoin. In December of 2013 he authored “The General Theory of Decentralized Applications,” which defined the "DApp" term for the industry. The following year, David co-founded the first crypto venture fund, the DApps Fund. Today he serves as Chairman of Factom, Board Member of Polymath, Board Member of Silicon Valley Blockchain Society, and Managing Director of Yeoman's Capital - the first family office to invest exclusively in early stage blockchain projects.
Philippe A. Naegeli is a talented business builder, with a strong track record in investment banking, general management, and leadership. Philippe founded and managed an international circle of financial institutions and institutional investment funds. He has extraordinary experience in trading and creating tailor-made risk-averse investment strategies and products. He was the founder and owner of PAN Asset Management, which he sold in 2012. Philippe is a managing partner and vice president of the board at Forstmann & Company Merchant Bank, US and is an active investor in multiple companies. Patrick Loepfe and Philippe partnered to build GENTWO.
Thomas Nägele is responsible for international finance, technology and industrial companies in the fields of blockchain / DLT, telecommunications and internet as well as public institutions. As a Liechtenstein lawyer with experience as a software developer, he deals with Internet / IT law as well as civil and corporate law. He also takes care of the associated legal advice and teaches and lectures. As a member of the Government Working Group, he co-authored the bill on Liechtenstein's blockchain law.
Richard is a pioneer in high frequency finance with extensive entrepreneurial experience and well known for his academic work. He was a co-founder of OANDA, a currency information company and market maker in foreign exchange. Under Richard’s stewardship as CEO of OANDA the company was a shooting star that launched the first fully automated FX trading platform offering second-by-second interest rate payments and netted 37 Mio of profits in 2007. Already at OANDA, he conceived the first trading platform with second-by-second interest payments. He is visiting professor at the Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents at the University of Essex. His ambition is to transform financial markets into a seamless system without the inefficiencies that we today take for granted.
Amit is a seasoned startup founder, investor and speaker, who spends his time creating, evangelizing and investing in the future of responsible AI and decentralization. A 19-year veteran of Silicon Valley, he has built deep technology startups with multi-million-dollar revenue streams and focuses on technology, startups and systems that have a positive impact on the humans they serve. Amit travels around the world speaking at events, to evangelize the need and the path to future society that is driven by responsible AI, around Privacy, decentralization of power/control, recognition of bias and the economic agency in a world that is losing jobs to AI-driven automation at a rate and scale that is faster than ever before. Amit is the co-founder & President of the Silicon Valley Blockchain Society, a network of some of the largest Investors, Thinkers, Practitioners and Creators, with Chapters around the globe – with a core mission to ‘Fund the Revolution’ and bring with it a thoughtful and responsible approach to the impact, value and culture in the Decentralized Ecosystem. As the Executive Chairman at Zero Labs, he and his team are creating a full private ‘brain’ that lives on user devices to listen, learn, reason, adapt and do tasks for its users without sending private data to the cloud and to give users control and economic agency over this rich data. As a General Partner at JetVentures, a cross-stage fund, Amit invests in startups that use the power of exponential technology, to become a positive part of the daily life of humans around the world. Amit serves on multiple Boards, including the Norwegian Refugee Council USA, Advisory Boards and acts as a mentor to startup founders around the world. In his spare time, he’s often found playing, talking or writing about his love for football or on his bicycle riding the beautiful trails around San Francisco.
Member of the BoD of the Crypto Valley Association, Head Regulatory Affairs at SEBA Crypto AG, Owner at Dr. Mattia L. Rattaggi Advisory & Consultancy, Advisory board member in selected crypto companies and promoter of initiatives designed to strengthen the crypto market. Thought leader in the crypto, financial regulatory and risk spaces. Mattia combines an advanced exposure to blockchain technology and applications, crypto finance and crypto regulation, with 25-year experience in the international financial industry. He holds a Ph.D in economics from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and was researcher on behalf of the Swiss National Foundation for scientific research at the University of Cambridge (U.K.).
DanRam has spoken and MCed at over 150 events on 4 continents in the last 24 months. He has shared the stage with entrepreneurs like Sir Richard Branson and the founders of Airbnb, Adidas, Electronic Arts, etc actors like Joseph Levitt Gordon, social media stars like Gary Vaynerchuk, Casey Neistat and Jake Paul, billionaire investors, CEOs of the world's leading brands and many more on some of the biggest stages in the world including SXSW, DLD, Web Summit, How To Web, Techsylvania, MUST, Bits & Pretzels.
CV Summit Role: Moderator
Hany Rashwan is founder/CEO of Amun AG, which makes investing in crypto as easy as buying a stock. Amun aims to build an ETP representing a basket of the top five crypto assets. He previously co-founded Ribbon and Payout, selling the latter to a payroll company in 2017. He graduated from Columbia University.
CEO at Crypto Valley’s leading early-stage investment company CVVC, Co-Initiator of the CVCompetition and Initiator of CVLabs. As an entrepreneur and angel investor Mathias Ruch has been involved in the digital startup scene for 20 years. Before turning his focus to blockchain, he built and exited several successful online and media companies such as FaroTV and Europe’s crowdsourcing pioneer Atizo. Today, he is a driving force behind the development of the global blockchain startup ecosystem. He is leading the Blockchain Taskforce, assembled by the Swiss Federal Council.
Prof. Dr. Fabian Schär is Professor for Distributed Ledger Technology/Fintech at the Faculty of Business and Economics. In addition, he is the Managing Director of the Center for Innovative Finance at the University of Basel and board member of the "Swiss Blockchain Federation" (Bundesrats Taskforce). His research focus is on interdisciplinary analyses of Smart Contracts, asset tokenization and Blockchain applications. He has a PhD in Cryptoassets and Blockchain Technology and co-authored several publications including the bestselling book "Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptoassets" and several scientific articles, some of them published in the prestigious Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review.
Dr. Johannes Schweifer is the Co-Founder and CEO of CoreLedger AG and Co-Founder of Bitcoin Suisse AG. He is a Bitcoin and blockchain pioneer with more than 15 years of experience as a project manager and software architect for enterprises in the IT and financial sectors. He holds a Master's in Chemistry and a PhD in Distributed Computing and Quantum Chemistry from the University of Vienna. Nowadays He devotes his time to building a blockchain-based infrastructure which allows existing or new businesses to run on blockchain.
Hubertus is a venture capital investor with a portfolio of 20 companies based in the US, GCC and Europe. He is founding partner of Enabling Future, a Dubai based VC boutique.
Hubertus is also an early backer of Tezos, Rootstock and other projects in the DLT-space. Since February 2018, Hubertus is serving on the board of the Tezos Foundation.
In 2011 Hubertus co-founded what became the leading mobile games company in the MENA region, acquired by Stillfront Group, a NASDAQ-listed gaming company in 2016. Prior to entering the tech- and VC space Hubertus was CEO Switzerland of Casinos Austria, at that time the largest operator in the back then nascent regulated casino market in Switzerland.