Blockchain Valley Conference

13 June 2017

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Alessandro Curioni

Vice President Europe and Director IBM Research Zurich. Since November 2015 Curioni is leading the research activities for the Watson Internet of Things unit. Curioni is an internationally renowned leader in the area of high-performance computing and computational science. He and his colleagues received the US National Medal for Technology and Innovation in 2008 for IBM's high-performance computers.
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Guido Fürer

Group Chief Investment Officer and Member of the Group Executive Committee at Swiss Re. Before joining Swiss Re in 1997, Fürer worked for eight years in leading positions for the Swiss Bank Corporation/O’Connor & Associates in option trading and structured capital markets transactions. He is a member of the World Bank Global Infrastructure Facility, the WEF Global Future Council and of the OECD long-term investment network.
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Alex Tapscott

CEO and founder of Northwest Passage Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in companies in the blockchain market. An advocate for the disruptive potential of new technology, he is also the co-author with Don Tapscott of the bestseller "Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World".
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Joshua Cooper Ramo

Co-CEO of Kissinger Associates, the advisory firm of former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and author of the best-selling book "The Seventh Sense". Ramo is a member of the boards of directors of Starbucks and Fedex and has been called “one of China’s leading foreign-born scholars” by the World Economic Forum. His views on global politics and economics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time, Foreign Policy and Fortune.
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Primavera De Filippi

Permanent researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris and faculty associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, where she is investigating the concept of governance-by-design as it relates to blockchain technologies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, etc. De Filippi is a member of the Global Future Council on Blockchain Technologies at the World Economic Forum, as well as the founder of the Internet Governance Forum’s dynamic coalitions on Blockchain Technology.
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Jags Rao

Blockchain Workstream Lead at Swiss Re. In his role Rao is currently focused on driving Swiss Re's strategic agenda on blockchain. Prior to Swiss Re, he founded and served as executive management for InCH Info Solutions GmbH, a Swiss consultancy firm. Rao had served in various management roles for Teksels SA, an IT services firm focused on financial services.
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Aet Rahe

Entrepreneur, consulting government agencies and companies about how to set up successful ICT related initiatives. Until 2016 Aet Rahe had been deputy government CIO at the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. Aet Rahe is the chairman of the supervisory board of Estonian Internet Foundation and a guest lecturer at Tallinn Technical University and Tartu University.
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Jesse Grushack

Director and co-founder of decentralized music platform Ujo Music. Grushack began his career at SFX Entertainment specialising in cashless payment technologies and live-event management. In 2015, he found ConsenSys, the blockchain software technology company that hosts Ujo Music.
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Brian Hoffman

Project lead at OpenBazaar, an online marketplace based on bitcoin, and CEO of the maintainer OB1. Before starting OpenBazaar Hoffman studied computer science at James Madison University and worked for Booz Allen Hamilton supporting the Department of Defence in cybersecurity projects.
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Richard Olsen

Founder and CEO of Lykke, a global marketplace for multiple assets and financial instrument built on the Bitcoin blockchain. Olsen is a pioneer in high frequency finance with extensive entrepreneurial experience. He is visiting professor at the Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents at the University of Essex and co-founded OANDA, a foreign exchange company.
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Guido Baroncini Turricchia

Environmental Engineer, expert in geographic information systems and remote sensing. Since 2006 working around Europe in both University and private sector. In the last four years he focused his interest on Blockchain technology promoting the use of cryptocurrency. He co-founded Bitcoin Foundation Italia and the blockchain startup Helperbit, and is CEO of the latter.
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Rory Unsworth

Head Contracts Centre at Swiss Re. After a number of years as a litigation lawyer in London, Rory Unsworth joined Swiss Reinsurance Company in Zurich as Senior Contracts Expert in 2003 and became Head Contracts Centre in 2014. His principal professional interest is preventive law and transaction management at all stages of a business, from origination to commutation.
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Andreas Kind

Manager "Industry Platforms and Blockchain" at IBM Research Zurich. His team is key contributor to the Hyperledger Blockchain Project and develops advanced privacy and cloud security technologies. Before joining IBM Research in Zurich, Kind headed the Shanghai Lab of IBM Research China. His current research focus is on innovation in Distributed Ledger Technologies, Internet of Things, Cognitive Finance and FinTech.
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Kamesh Raghavendra

Vice President at The Hive – a studio to co-create, fund and launch data-driven companies. Kamesh has a track record as an investor, entrepreneur and operating executive in enterprise, industrial IoT, cyber-security and financial services market segments. He also leads The Hive’s blockchain technology investments.
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Jens Jelitto

Senior Researcher in the area of Blockchain technology and its industrial application as well as its connection to the Internet of Things. Prior to this role, Jelitto worked as Technical Assistant to Alessandro Curioni, Vice President Europe and Director IBM Research Zurich where he was working in the area of "Technical Strategy and Planning" and on IBM’s Global Technology Outlook. Jelitto holds about 60 patents.
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Alessandro Sorniotti

Research staff member in the Storage Systems group of IBM Research, Zurich. Prior to joining IBM, he was a member of the Security and Trust research program of SAP Research. He has been engaged in several EU projects and has also been a member of the SAP Product Security Team, acting as an internal security consultant for SAP business units. His current research interests revolve around the study of security and reliability aspects of storage systems.
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Björn Tackmann

Post Doc and Security Researcher at the "Industry Platforms & Blockchain" research team at IBM Research Zurich. Before joining IBM in 2016, Björn Tackmann worked as a researcher at the University of California, san Diego. His current research interest is in cryptography for communication, cloud security and blockchain.
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Urs Karrer

Associate Partner and Digital Consulting Practice Lead at IBM Switzerland. Karrer has deep experience in enterprise technology management and the alignment of business and IT in large and global organizations.
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André Wolke

Co-founder of Validity Labs, a knowledge provider that educates executives, lawyers, regulators and developers in smart contracts and its underlying blockchain technology. Wolke is also the founder of the Blockchain & Internet of Things School. Over the last 20 years, Wolke worked as a consultant for various fortune 500 companies in the fields of process-automation, software development and data-analysis.
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Brian Rogers

Senior Business Development Manager, Swiss Re Institute. Prior to taking on his current role, Rogers was editor of Swiss Re's flagship publication sigma. He also spent a decade working in the area of leadership development, first as a research associate at IMD and then as a learning and development specialist for Swissair and Zellweger Luwa.
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Karin Frick

Head of Research and Member of the Executive Board of the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. The economist researches and analyses trends and counter-trends in the economy, society and consumption.
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David Bosshart

CEO of the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute, one of Europe’s leading think tanks for business and society. The focuses of David Bosshart’s work are trade, consumption, management and social change.


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Florian Inhauser

Journalist and moderator. Florian Inhauser presents the main newscast at Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, SRF and he is also the anchor of the foreign news magazine «#SRFglobal». With a master in history and anglistics he speaks English fluently. He has also an excellent reputation as an international correspondent, covering conflicts and crises around the globe.


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