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Blockchain Ireland Week Speakers

A selection of the speakers supporting Blockchain Ireland Week 2022.

Blockchain Ireland Week Speaker

Barry Lowry

CIO, Irish Government

Barry Lowry has been the Chief Information Officer for the Irish Government since April 2016 with the primary task of taking forward the Government’s digital agenda. This includes developing the use of shared services, digital ID, digital services and data to better serve the people of Ireland and ensure that Ireland is well-placed to influence and exemplify the EU?s digital ambitions for 2030.

Barry is also the Chief Adviser to Government on all Digital matters affecting the State and its citizens.

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Andrew Howell

Blockdaemon

Andrew Howell is Senior Director of Blockchain Engineering at Blockdaemon. Based in Galway, he leads a globally distributed team delivering cutting edge blockchain solutions. Andrew has over a decade of experience managing team dynamics while driving engineering’s success. Andrew began his web3 journey in 2013, as an active member of many early crypto communities. In 2018 he joined Blockdaemon, allowing him to fully focus on his passion for blockchain. Since then, he has successfully scaled a world-class team of engineers based in Ireland and abroad, to serve Blockdaemon’s growing client-base. Andrew has spearheaded Blockdaemon’s engineering excellence during a time of hyper-growth.

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Daniela Barbosa

The Linux Foundation

Daniela Barbosa serves as General Manager Blockchain, Healthcare and Identity at the Linux Foundation and as Executive Director of Hyperledger Foundation with overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, programs, expansion and execution of Hyperledger’s mission. Daniela has more than 20 years of enterprise technology experience, including serving for four years as Hyperledger Foundation’s Vice President of Worldwide Alliances with responsibility for the member community as well as broader industry and business community outreach and overall network growth. She started her career at Dow Jones where she worked with the top global brands across various sectors, including finance, consumer and energy, to architect and deliver enterprise systems, ontologies and semantic web solutions. In the early 2000s, Daniela became involved in the early web 2.0 community helping to advance the concept of digital identity and data portability as the pathway for people to reuse their data across interoperable applications.

 

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Aileen Carville

Commercial Director

Aileen Carville has worked in luxury Fashion for the past 25 years as Commercial Director representing Luxury and NewGen Fashion Brands across London, Paris and Milan Fashion weeks including John Rocha and Simone Rocha.

In an effort to understand how technology could influence much needed change in Supply Chain and Wholesale, Aileen left her job to pursue a degree in Digital Media Technology in 2014. Aileen has come through some of the leading accelerators including NDRC launchpad, Startupbootcamp FashionTech Milan and Creative Valley at Station F Paris.

In 2017 Aileen remodelled the manual malignancy of Fashion Week wholesale into the digital age with SKMMP Virtual Showrooms.

Created the 1st wave Virtual Showroom with high fidelity visual and 3D asset generation for Luxury Brands.

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Joyce Moloney

Storyteller

I am an international visual Storyteller/Poet, based in Ireland.

The movement I formed in 2018 called STORY EMOTIONALISM holds the underlying ethos of my purpose as an Artistic disciple to strive to reflect and record visually the time I embrace and live through. The role of any creative mind is to hold up a mirror to the society and situations that they experience throughout their Lifetime. I come from a traditional Fine Art background yet the evolution of Blockchain technologies has invariably made me release the potential and power of NFT’S as a great addition and advantage to promote and enhance my creative process.
Of late I have found that digital Art is a fantastic medium/tool of expression to translation from conception to creation.
I work on many projects concurrently at any given time. It truly excites me to upskill and expose my mind to new design applications in software to produce never before seen standout Digital imagery and content!
Blockchain Ireland Week Speaker

Brian Elders

Sors Digital Assets

Brian Elders, is the founder of Sors Digital Assets. Named after the Roman God of luck, Sors is based in Hong Kong in Asia and Dublin & Skibbereen in Ireland. Sors’s mission is to help founders and companies to design, create and bring to market digital assets of all sorts. We believe that the market for digital assets – from securities, to NFT’s and in between all sorts of governance, DAO, utility tokens and others is still young and with great promise. These innovations will disrupt how society interfaces with assets at multiple levels.

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Charlie Weston

The Business Post

Charlie is technology and innovation editor at the Business Post. Prior to this he was at The Irish Times. He has also freelanced for a number of leading tech publications, and previously co-founded a content creation agency.

Charlie is technology and innovation editor at the Business Post. Prior to this he was at The Irish Times. He has also freelanced for a number of leading tech publications, and previously co-founded a content creation agency.

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Benjamin Duve

BNY Mellon

Benjamin Duve is part of the Digital Asset Unit at BNY Mellon. In his enterprise-wide projects on digital asset he is looking at opportunities around tokenization and beyond. As a realistic, early-days blockchain and DLT enthusiast he works on finding tomorrows solutions for today’s capital markets’ challenges. Being involved in many securities related proof-of-concepts and live trades dating back to 2017 he is a thought leader.

In his previous role as a Head of Digital Assets he explored the new value proposition from issuance to custody for institutional and corporate clients and oversaw a digital assets strategy around crypto and digital assets. Among several client coverage roles, he ran a successful integrated execution to custody business as Head of Custody and DMA part of an investment bank.

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Una Fitzpatrick

Ibec

Una Fitzpatrick is a Dublin City University STEM graduate with a master’s in management from Smurfit Business School.  She has spent the last 15 years working in the knowledge economy, specifically the last eight years being spent with Technology Ireland.   Una was appointed Director of Technology Ireland in June 2018.  Technology Ireland, a trade association within Ibec, is the largest and most influential tech sector representative group in Ireland. Una is an executive board member of Digital Europe and is on the Board of Directors of FIT Ltd (Fastrack into Technology).  Una has extensive lobbying experience both at National and European levels.

 

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Deborah Hutton

Eversheds Sutherland

Deborah Elizabeth Hutton is a Partner and Head of the Asset Management and Regulatory team in Eversheds Sutherland Ireland.

Deborah is recognised as a leading lawyer in Europe for Financial and Regulatory Services and previously sat as an expert on the Department of Finance 2025 Blockchain Strategy Group and currently sits on a number of key advocacy and working groups such as Blockchain Ireland, and various strategic working groups, for Irish Funds being the representative body for the Irish funds industry. She has spent much of her career advocating at domestic and an EU level (with ESMA and the Commission) for the financial services industry including in relation to digital transformation issues related to sustainable finance and contributed to the Sustainable Finance Roadmap for Ireland.

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Dr Irina Tal

DCU

Dr. Irina Tal is an Assistant Professor, School of Computing, Dublin City University(DCU), and Academic Lead MSc in Blockchain (programme partly funded by Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet). Prior to joining DCU as an Assistant Professor, Irina was a Lecturer with National College of Ireland and Programme Director MSc Cybersecurity (part-time) and BSc in Computing and Business Information Systems (3rd and 4th years). She was also a Postdoctoral Researcher at DCU working on a H2020 EU project in the area of technology enhanced learning.  Her research interests are in the following areas:  cyber security, technology enhanced learning, applications of blockchain,  vehicular communications and smart cities.

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Derek Lawlor

Simmons & Simmons

Derek is a partner in Simmons & Simmons financial services regulation practice. He specialises in advising both buy-side and sell-side firms on all aspects of the Irish and EU regulatory regimes. Derek advises extensively on MiFID2, EMIR, MAR, the Benchmark Regulation and the rules of the Central Bank of Ireland. Derek speaks regularly on emerging topics such as ESG, the proposed new individual accountability regime and the regulation of crypto assets.

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Andrea Cosentino

Valentia Partners

Andrea Cosentino is a Senior Manager at Valentia Partners, a boutique Financial Services & Fintech Consulting firm with offices in London, Dublin & Edinburgh, where he focuses on leading the scale up strategies for the firm to grow in new markets and businesses. Andrea has gained extensive professional experience within Financial Markets & Technology mainly at Bloomberg LP, having immersed himself in both corporate and start-up business setting his first VC/Angel advisory almost 10 years ago. He is a well-rounded Business Angel, thought leader in the FinTech Industry with numerous publications and Professor at ESCP Business School and other major Business Schools in EMEA and MENA.

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Garvan Callan

OneZero1

Garvan, through his advisory practice ONEZERO1, works with business leaders to develop and execute ambitious transformations with particular focus on commercial, customer and cultural strategies. He combines this with 18 years of executive experience in Financial Services across strategy and execution, transformation leadership, and deep domain experience in customer, digital and innovation with a proven track record of 10 years in customer, sales and service management. He brings fresh perspectives, ambitious thinking and transformational change management to dynamic
market and organisational challenges to unlock opportunities, solve enterprise-level problems and drive execution for results

Blockchain Ireland Week Speaker

Dave Cunningham

Coinmama

Dave Cunningham is a serial entrepreneur, startup mentor and investor.

Together with Eric Ries he brought the Lean Startup Conference to Europe held in London in 2016 & 2017 and has been deeply involved in the startup scene across Europe. He is co-founder of Galway City Innovation district and the Portershed Co-working hub and has been in CEO and leadership roles at regtech startups Priviti, Truata, Sedicii and Lextego.

Dave is currently non-executive director and Chair of the board at Coinmama in Ireland and is the Entrepreneur-in-residence at the techstars web3 accelerator. Dave also set up and chairs the Crypto Exchange working group at Blockchain Ireland.

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Juarez Barbosa Jr

Microsoft

Juarez Barbosa Jr has held senior leadership roles in developer relations, business development, strategy, software, and solutions engineering, comprising collaboration with developer communities, startup founders, accelerators, incubators, mentors, venture capitalists, subject matter experts, and business partners. He has 20+ years of experience in several IT-related roles throughout his career, currently working for Microsoft Ireland as an Azure Developer Relations Lead. He has worked as a Principal Developer Advocate in Oracle EMEA, global Thought Leader and Evangelist for IBM Mobile, IBM Watson Evangelist & Technical Rockstar for Cloud, and other technical and leadership experiences with Unisys, and Accenture.

Blockchain Ireland Week Speaker

Eve Finn

LGIM Ireland

Eve is the LGIM’s Managing Director in Ireland, appointed in October 2017 and is responsible for the overall leadership and management of LGIM’s Irish office and European entities based in Dublin.

Eve was previously Head of Solutions based in London. In her Head of Solutions role, Eve has been responsible for the design and management of objective driven investment solutions which bring together the best of the LGIM Group’s investment capabilities to meet our clients’ needs.

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John Whelan 

Banco Santander

John Whelan is the Managing Director of Crypto & Digital Assets at Banco Santander’s Corporate and Investment Bank in Madrid. He has been involved in crypto and blockchain-related projects since 2014 and has led many initiatives using the technology since joining the bank in 2016 to lead its blockchain lab.

 Prior to joining Santander, John was the founder of a Silicon Valley funded blockchain startup focused on institutional credit ratings and has deep expertise across the many different flavors of blockchain technology (Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, Corda, etc.). 

Before entering the blockchain space, John spent 10 years in the management consulting industry with a post-MBA stint in the trading pits at the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

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Maggie Love

W3BCLOUD

Maggie Love is the Founder of SheFi, which empowers women and non-binary folks to take ownership of their financial freedom through crypto education, experimentation, investing and community. To date, she has onboarded over a 700+ people to web 3 either through the SheFi bootcamp or other educational engagements with organizations such as Opera Browser, United Talent Agency and Google. She is also Co-founder of W3bCloud (pronounced Web3Cloud), which is focused on deploying compute infrastructure for web 3 protocols. Maggie is the Director of Ecosystem & Partnerships. W3bCloud is a joint venture between ConsenSys and Advanced Micro Devices

Blockchain Ireland Week Speaker

Esfandiar Lagevardi

W3BCLOUD

Esfandiar has been engaged within the digital asset space since 2013. He helps companies in the space structure, diversify and manage their treasuries of digital assets to achieve the best risk adjusted returns based on their personal risk profile. By conducting research, applying game theory, risk assessments and stress testing protocol designs. He consults crypto projects and DAOs on how to structure and improve their tokenomic model. In order to align the incentives between stakeholders within a community to produce super synergies and super additive outcomes.

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Seema Khinda Johnson

Nuggets

Seema Khinda Johnson is Co-Founder & COO at Nuggets – a multi-award-winning, self-sovereign verified digital identity and payment platform.

Seema sits on the ID2020 Technical Advisory Committee, and recently won both Deutsche Bank’s Female Fintech Competition, and the Women in Payments’ Unicorn Challenge. She was named Booking.com Technology Playmaker Entrepreneur of the Year, and listed as one of PaymentsSource’s Most Influential Women in Payments.

Before founding Nuggets, Seema spent more than 20 years leading teams and delivering large-scale commercialisation, products, campaigns and projects with brands like Skype and  Microsoft.

 

Blockchain Ireland Week Speaker

Dr Sabrina Anjara

Accenture the Dock

Dr Sabrina Anjara is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society who leads the metaverse research theme in the Human Sciences Studio at Accenture The Dock. Her research portfolio in Accenture includes how experts interact with emerging technology, diversity in clinical trials, behavioural science experiments, and human interactions in the metaverse – specifically with the lenses of trust, identity, and digital rights. In her spare time, Sabrina curates a Medium publication on metaverse-related topics.

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Jillian Godsil

Journalist

Award winning journalist, broadcaster and author. Blockchain chair and keynote. Advocate for women in Web3. Founder and editor of Blockleaders.io

Blockchain Ireland Week Speaker

Oded Levanon

Coinmama

Driven by curiosity and passion for how technology and human nature impact each other, Oded has been involved in setting and growing up new start-ups worldwide during the last 25 years. Since the birth of the Internet, Oded has participated in the creation of the first internet browsers, first smart phones and more recently the evolution of Decentralised Finance. As a strong believer in the human spirit, Oded has travelled the world and established multicultural teams that enrich company’s creativity while empowering their employees. During the last 2 years, Oded has been managing the International arm of Coinmama, an early player Crypto broker established in 2013. Coinmama’s goal is to make decentralised finance available to as many people as possible worldwide, providing them with education and easy access to leading coins, in a secured and transparent manner. Oded believes that blockchain technology is merely the seed that will eventually evolve and trigger the complete transformation of global economy as we know it today. The key to unleashing its true potential, to Oded’s opinion, lies in the realisation that it is one of the vessels that may carry the energy of a truly connected humanity.”

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Theo Gonella

Ox Labs

Theo Gonella is a Product Lead at 0x Labs, where he drives the Platform roadmap of 0x’s products. His teams focus on DEX markets dynamics, RFQ and on-chain liquidity provisioning, blockchain data, and open protocol governance. He joined 0x Labs in 2019. Previously, Theo worked as a Product Manager for Meta.

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Helen Köpman

Acting Head of Unit Digital Innovation and Blockchain
European Commission

Helen Köpman is Acting Head of Unit for Digital Innovation & Blockchain, at DG
Communications Networks, Content and Technology at the European Commission in
Brussels. The unit elaborates policy initiatives under the Single Market to support
digital innovation, blockchain and growth of startups. Initiatives include the European
Blockchain Partnership, Startup Nations Standard, Startup Europe, ICT
standardisation and Innovation Procurement. The unit also leads along with DG
FISMA, the European Commission Task Force on Financial Technology. Previously,
Ms Köpman held the position of Deputy Head of Unit, managing EC supported
research and innovation in the area of ICT applied to mobility. She also worked in the
area of International Scientific Cooperation

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Amit Chaudhary

Polygon

At Polygon, Amit leads the research and development of next-generation DeFi protocols to grow and support the DeFi ecosystem. Previously he has researched in the intersection of cryptocurrency, finance, econometrics, and statistics. Amit had also worked in quantitative roles in TradFi firms like JPMorgan Chase and ICICI bank. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick, an MA in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Technology from IIT Kanpur

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Gerry Cross

Central Bank of Ireland

Gerry Cross was appointed as Director of Financial Regulation Policy and Risk in May 2015. He leads the Central Bank’s work on prudential and markets conduct regulatory policy and its supervisory risk framework (PRISM). A member of the Board of Supervisors of EBA, and alternate member of EIOPA
Board of Supervisors, Gerry co-chairs EBA’s Standing Committee on Regulation and Policy.
Gerry has had an extensive career in the area of financial services regulation. Before joining the
Central Bank he has worked at the European Commission, the UK Financial Services Authority, Fortis Group, the Institute of International Finance, and the Association for Financial Markets in Europe.

Blockchain Ireland Week Speaker

Jonathan Camilleri Bowman

Sekuritance

Jonathan has over 20 years of commercial software development, with the last 10 being dedicated to enterprise multi-national fintech organisations and product offerings. After heading multiple distributed global software teams and building high capacity and high availability payment solutions in his role as Group CTO for the past several years, Jonathan developed a passion for RegTech solutions to level the playing field for small and large corporates alike and provide necessary solutions for both the fiat and the crypto industry.
Sekuritance is a CeFi and DeFi RegTech ecosystem delivering top compliance, regulatory, transaction monitoring and identity management to merchants and individuals.

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Louis Curran

Gigabyte Investments

After 25 Years building FX businesses at some of the world’s major financial Institutions (JP Morgan, Citi, Merrill Lynch), Louis transitioned to the Digital Asset Investment Space in 2017 raising capital for some of the world’s leading Crypto Asset projects, Polkadot, Ocean Protocol, and Energy Web Foundation, all of which had a very successful 2021.

During the same period, Louis joined JST Capital, a financial services firm based in New York and Singapore offering asset management and treasury services in the digital asset space. Louis continues in his role as advisor to JST Capital.

More recently, Louis moved back to Ireland and joined Gigabyte Investment, Ireland’s first Digital Asset Manager as a managing partner.

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Shane Kehoe

Swissborg Ventures

 

Shane Kehoe SwissBorg Ventures Managing Partner leading the team investing on behalf of SwissBorg and the community in the most promising early-stage blockchain technology projects that strategically align with the core values of SwisBorg.

Shane was the Co-Founder at SVK Crypto VC, London. Overseeing the flagship fund which invested into the most promising and early stage blockchain technology projects with investments along side Kleiner Perkins, Google Ventures, Galaxy Digital, Vulcan Capital, Fidelity, Block.One and Alibaba.

An experienced portfolio manager with more than 20 years investment, Venture Capital and Hedge Fund Management experience. Shane is crypto and blockchain obsessed with a deep passion, belief and vision for a decentralised future.

Shane was formerly a Hedge Fund manager and Partner at BlueCrest Capital Management ($35bn AUM) and ran their global equity capital markets business focusing on all global IPO’s for the European Equity Long/Short and Emerging Markets fund.

 

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Jason Ward

Fidelity Investments

Jason Ward is Head of the Blockchain Incubator in Fidelity’s Center for Applied Technology (FCAT). In his current role, Jason is responsible for monitoring the blockchain ecosystem, building cryptoasset & blockchain capabilities and curating the roadmap for the FCAT Blockchain Incubator.

 

Prior to joining FCAT, Jason was responsible for leading Business Architecture and Strategy initiatives to optimize Middle and Back Office service capabilities. As the Head of Global Trade Operations Jason was responsible for the daily operations of cash securities, FX, mortgage allocations, tri-party repo, derivatives, and collateral management operations.

 

Jason currently serves on the Board of Directors for ISITC and is a member of the ICI Digital Asset & Fintech Advisory Group and Securities Operations Advisory Committee. He has also served on various SIFMA / AMF, ISDA operations committees and the Omgeo Americas Regional Advisory Council.

 

Jason holds a B.A. in English from St. Michael’s College, VT and an M.B.A. from Suffolk University.

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Marc Taverner

INATBA

Marc Taverner is the Executive Director of the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (inatba.org), the pre-eminent nonprofit organisation supporting the growth of DLT & blockchain technologies. INATBA does this by engaging public and private audiences to address and reduce frictions that inhibit market growth. As executive director, Marc works with INATBA’s Members to host bilateral conversations between governments (including the European Commission) and companies to inform policies and regulations and advance the international adoption of blockchain. Most recently, INATBA, under Marc’s leadership, has been working to respond to the European Commission’s proposed Digital
Finance Package, engaging with members and governments worldwide to discuss the future
of blockchain and crypto-asset regulation

Blockchain Ireland Week Speaker

Brian Lucey

Trinity College Dublin

 

Brian Lucey has worked as a statistician in the Department of Health and as an Economist in the Central Bank, prior to joining Trinity College Dublin. He has been at Trinity Business School, Trinity College, since 1992 where he is now Professor of International Finance and Commodities. He has studied at the graduate level in Canada, Ireland and Scotland, and holds a PhD from the University of Stirling. He has published in excess of 180 papers in areas of international, behavioural, and commodity finance including some of the most cited papers in Cryptocurrency.

He was the founding editor of the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance and currently serves as the editor of the International Review of Economics and Finance and editor in chief of the International Review of Financial Analysis. Previously he has been editor in chief of three other journals. Professor Lucey is married with one son.

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Stephen Browne

SORS Digital Assets

Stephen Browne is the founder of Sors Digital Assets. Named after the Roman God of luck, Sors is based in Hong Kong in Asia and Dublin & Skibbereen in Ireland. Sors’s mission is to help founders and companies to design, create and bring to market digital assets of all sorts. We believe that the market for digital assets – from securities, to NFT’s and in between all sorts of governance, DAO, utility tokens and others is still young and with great promise. These innovations will disrupt how society interfaces with assets at multiple levels.

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