Blockchain Valley Conference

13 June 2017

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Alessandro Curioni

Vice President Europe and Director of the IBM Research – Zurich Lab. 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, Alex 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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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. Primavera 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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Martin Ruubel

President of Guardtime, a software security company that offers solutions for data governance and real-time detection and mitigation of cyberattacks based on blockchain technologies. Ruubel is a serial entrepreneur, with previous endeavors with technology based startups in telecom, law-enforcement and enterprise applications. He currently also serves as a Vice-Chair for the European Cybersecurity Organization (ECSO).
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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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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

Technical Assistant to Alessandro Curioni, Vice President Europe and Director IBM Research-Zurich. Jelitto is currently working in the area of Technical Strategy and Planning. Before this assignment he worked as Zurich Research Lab advocate for IBM’s Global Technology Outlook, which examines trajectories of new technologies in the marketplace and its implications for society and IBM. Jelitto holds about 60 patents.
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Urs Karrer

Associate Partner and Digital Consulting Service Area Lead at IBM. Karrer has deep experience in enterprise technology management and the alignment of business and IT in large and global organizations.
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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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Daniela Fässler
blockchain(at)gdi.ch
+41 44 724 62 13


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