Roger Altman

Founder and Executive Chairman of Evercore, which, in many years, has been the most active independent investment bank in the United States. Trustee of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and a Trustee of MIT.  Member of The Council on Foreign Relations.  

Jonathan Mariner

Former Chief Investment Officer of Major League Baseball. Previously Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer at MLB.

Senior Advisors

Ann J. Camarillo (Global Payments)

Ann is the former CEO of Maestro International, the largest global debit card network and the former CEO of Cirrus, the largest global ATM network and has over 20 years of experience in consumer payments with MasterCard. As MasterCard's Chief Debit Officer she created the award winning Debit Centre of Excellence and managed the Global Debit Advisory Board responsible for all debit and prepaid strategies, policies, financial performance and investments. Prior to joining MasterCard, she worked in telephony including starting up the marketing department for a fiber optic telecomm venture, LDXNet/WilTel, and sales management and marketing positions with AT&T (pre-divestiture) and Southwestern Bell.

Jeff Carter (Security/Privacy/Access)

Chief Strategy Officer at Eyelock, and a multidimensional thinker in the intersection of science, business, technology, identity and society. Jeff holds several patents related to information banking and the monetization of personal data for individual privacy, control, and empowerment. In 2008, he founded the Center For Future Banking, joint venture between Bank of America and MIT that researched the impact of identity on global banking. As Head of Innovation for Bank of America, he played a key role in creating the bank's first information strategy, a catalyst for advanced quantitative risk analysis, risk assessment and increased customer intimacy. He has been recognized as one of the most innovative banking leader in the world by several organizations including American Banker magazine. His opinions on issues ranging from national security to privacy, personal identity and information ownership have been extensively published and many used as the basis for launching radical business models at institutions that include Bank of America and the Federal Reserve of Boston.

Michael Casey (Digital Currencies/Blockchain)

Author, journalist, public speaker, media commentator and Senior Adviser of Blockchain Technology to MIT Media Lab's New Digital Currency Initiative. Michael left a senior journalist position at The Wall Street Journal to focus on social impact projects that leverage blockchain technology and digital currencies. He has published a number of widely distributed books including The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money are Challenging the Global Economic Order  (with Paul Vigna). He is an accomplished speaker and continues to make frequent media appearances on CNBC, Fox Business News, the BBC, CNN, MSNBC and other outlets.

Michel de Kemmeter (Economic Transition/Entrepreneurship)

Michel de Kemmeter is an expert in economic transition, an author, keynote speaker, consultant, and investor. He started his career as an M&A consultant, and went into real estate renovation and investment. In 2000, he began research and publications around economic and societal paradigm shifts. He developed several transition tools such as 7D-Value (the first algorithm to measure intangible value), GrowthXplorer (projections on job destruction and creation), Systemic Economy (new business models), and Extrapreneurs (economic transition entrepreneurship). He started the Economic Transition Center in Brussels and is managing director of Wise Holding. With clients and partners in 16 countries on 4 continents, his team develops tools to facilitate economic transition and business model shifts, for companies and governments. He brings a holistic vision on a human-centered economy, leveraging systemic intelligence, inspired by natural systems.

Stephen DeMuelanaere (Community Currencies)

Founder and coordinator of the Complementary Currency Resource Centre (CCRC), an information centre created for, and by, users, initiators and academics of community currencies. He has been working in the field of community and complementary currencies for more than 20 years in Canada, Latin America and Asia. He has designed several community currency models for economic development purposes in Mexico, Argentina, India and Thailand.  Stephen has experience working with a wide variety of institutions, including the United Nations, financial institutions, community-based organisations, cooperatives and governments. He has presented at Universities and conferences all over the world, and has published over 25 articles on the subject. His work has been featured in “The Future of Money” by Bernard Lietaer, “The End of Money and the Future of Civilization” by Thomas Greco, in “Healthy Money, Healthy Planet” by Diedre Kent, and in numerous other publications and articles.

Joel Dietz (Collective Intelligence)

Joel Dietz is the Chief Scientist at Quantum Holonic Swarm Systems, a Palo Alto based research institute that works in the legacy of DARPA to fund and facilitate long term technology projects. They have funded and facilitated early experiments around blockchains, collective intelligence, biohacking, and virtual reality. He works especially closely in the evolving field of organizational design and advises his corporate clients on how they can leverage these exponential technologies.  

Dr. John C. Edmunds (Professor of Finance/Babson College)

Taught extensively at international MBA programs in Spain, Central America, Dominican Republic and Chile as well as US universities including Harvard University, Boston University, Hult International Business School, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Northeastern University. He is a member of the Golden Key Society and has been honored as Professor of the Year at Hult and the Arthur D. Little School of Management. He is the author of over 300 articles and cases published in both academic and professional journals and has published five books on economics. Dr. Edmunds holds a D.B.A. in International Business from Harvard Business School, an M.B.A. in Finance and Quantitative Methods with honors from Boston University, an M.A. in Economics from Northeastern University, and an A.B. in Economics cum laude from Harvard College. He has consulted with the Harvard Institute for International Development, the Rockefeller Foundation, Stanford Research Institute, and numerous private companies.

E. David Ellington (Fund Management/Data Management)

Co-Founder and President of GridSpeak Corporation which provides visualization, situational intelligence and predictive analytics tools for 'Big Data'. A former Trustee and Commissioner on the San Francisco Employees' Retirement System (SFERS) with then US$16.7 billion of assets under management. Before joining SFERS, David was chairman, president and chief executive officer of NetNoir Inc. (150+ employees; investors included Time Warner [NYSE:TWX]). Prior to NetNoir, he was an attorney in Los Angeles specialized in international, entertainment and multimedia/new technology law. At that time, he served as the chairman of the international law section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He was also Commissioner of the Telecommunications Commission for the City and County of San Francisco, a member of United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security and a White House Fellowship regional review panelist.

Philip Farrah (Financial Services)

Philip Farah is a Financial Services digital innovation leader, strategist and fintech evangelist. He currently serves as a Senior Managing Partner with Gartner Consulting, advising Gartner’s largest financial services clients on Digital Transformation strategy. Prior to Gartner, Philip led the Global Financial Services Innovations practice at Cisco Systems and before Cisco, he headed a Decision Science unit at Capital One Financial. He started his career in the US as a management consultant with McKinsey and Co. with a focus on retail banking and insurance. In addition to his corporate experience, Philip is actively involved in advising and mentoring startups on growth strategies. Philip has commented on the role of innovation and fintech in transforming payments, retail banking and wealth management within leading publications and at forums around the globe. Philip serves on the board of Fermat.org, a Multi-purpose Peer-to-peer Mobile Platform and Good Works Houston, a not-for-profit social entrepreneurship accelerator.

Ray Garcia (FinTech/Payments)

An entrepreneur with over twenty years of global experience in creating business value with innovative technology and FinTech products, focusing on the development and delivery of complex commercial software to international clients. Ray co-founded Smart Systems Technology which delivered contactless proximity payment and loyalty applications to large retail environments and sports stadiums, resulting in the sale of the company. He also co-founded Zonebee after managing a team of researchers within a major university to generate intellectual property which was spun-out to the commercial entity. Ray was also an Executive-in-Residence at MIT Media Lab. HIs specialties include global entrepreneurship, technology team-building, technology audit and assessment, technology turnarounds and workouts, infrastructure planning and selection, product architecture and design, software process improvement and contract negotiations.

Harri Hursti (Digital Security)

A Finnish computer programmer, Harri is currently the CTO of Zyptonite, and former Chairman of the Board and co-founder of ROMmon where he supervised in the development of the world's smallest 2 gigabit traffic analysis product that was later acquired by F-Secure Corporation. He is well known for participating in the Black Box Voting hack studies, which were part of a series of four voting machine hacking tests organized by the nonprofit election watchdog group Black Box Voting in collaboration with the producers of  the HBO documentary, Hacking Democracy. The studies proved serious security flaws in digital voting systems.

Juan Llanos (Blockchain AML/KYC/Compliance)

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) since 2003. Currently EVP at Skry. Over 13 years of global experience building and managing AML and regulatory compliance programs for multiple international jurisdictions, including Canada, the United States and Spain. Recognized as a pioneer in the development of compliance, operational and risk management best practices for the money remittance industry. Born in Argentina, Juan was granted permanent resident status by the US Citizen and Immigration Services 'by reason of extraordinary ability' in the fields of Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism.

David Orban (Venture Capital/Technology/Education)

An analyst of the global technology landscape, applying cycles of accelerating technological change to the needs of high-growth organizations. Deep understanding of the needs and mechanics of both product marketing, sales development, localization and globalization. Founder and Managing Partner of Network Society Ventures, Faculty Advisor at Singularity University,  and Mentor at The Thiel Foundation.

Judy Pearson (Insurance/Private Asset Management)

A seasoned insurance industry expert and former co-founder of ARIS Title Insurance. Currently President of Breckenridge Insurance Group's Private Asset Management Group providing leading-edge consulting and insurance solutions for the commercial/corporate/personal sectors and the Family Office Network. In 2015, named one of the 100 Leaders in the art world by Blouin/Artinfo International for her innovations in insurance. A frequent speaker at IvyFON, Art Law Day, Art Crime Symposium, and Art Law Division of the New York City Bar. She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Economist, Chicago Sun Times, LA Times, Art and Auction magazine and has written for Quest Magazine and the Appraisers Association of America.

Marco Santori (Digital Currencies/Law/Regulatory)

Leader of Digital Currency and Blockchain focus team and a partner in Corporate & Securities-Technology  practice for Pillsbury Law in New York City. Winner of the first annual Blockchain Award for Bitcoin Legal Expert. He has successfully represented large brands such as Nike Inc. 3M Corp., Nautica and Tory Burch and has appeared on Real Money with Ali Velshi and Bloomberg. Marco has also been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Wired, Entrepreneur.com and Crains New York Business.

Mark Stahlman (Digital Strategies)

Mark Stahlman is President of the Center for the Study of Digital Life (CSDL). He started his digital career as a computer architect and programmer, designing computer and networking systems for Wang Labs, Citibank and the Diplomat Arabic word processor for Computron. He began his Wall Street career as a principal at Sanford Bernstein, and is credited with being the first to cover Sun Microsystems (SUNW) in 1986. He continued at Alex Brown and Sons, where he was a partner and he formed of the New Media banking practice which managed the initial public offering for America Online (AOL) in 1992. Stahlman’s work in computer architecture led him to coin the term “network computing". In the 1990s, Stahlman co-founded the world’s largest Internet group, the New York New Media Association (NYNMA), and is credited with the term “Silicon Alley.”  He is a prolific writer whose reports have generated over $50M for his firms and 10-20x investment returns for his clients. He has appeared often on CNBC, CNN and Bloomberg TV, and was profiled by Forbes as “The Futurist”.

Thibault Verbiest (European Union Blockchain/Law/Intellectual Property)

Partner with the law firm De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés, a leading firm in France and Belgium with 120 lawyers. As a former Fintech entrepreneur, he developed a specialized practice in intellectual property, technologies, media and telecommunications and advises various national and international clients in the context of transactions such as the dematerialization of banking and financial services, their digital transformation, and mergers & acquisitions in the technologic sector. He also advises clients with respect to the disputes they may be facing in terms of intellectual property and cybercrime liability. Thibault co-authored the first book on blockchain in French and is directing an impact study for the French Patent Office on Blockchain and Intellectual Property.

Rik Willard (Digital Currencies/Blockchain/Media)

Founder and Managing Director of Agentic Group. Former co-founder and CEO of MintCombine, the world's first digital currency and blockchain think-tank (NYC). A pioneer in engagement media including DOOH and large-public screen projects, branded content, CMS, mobile and social media with clients and productions including: MGM Resorts, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Lucent Technologies, Dictaphone; as well as global couture fashion including designers Chado Ralph Rucci, Oscar de LaRenta and Kevan Hall, The French Ready-to-Wear Association (Pret-a-Porter) and others. One of AlleyWatch magazine's  "14 NYC People in Bitcoin You Must Know". Featured on CNN, CNBC, with speaking engagements at Harvard Business School Club, Kaufmann Institute, Dow Jones Speaker Series and more.

Pindar Wong (Internet/Finance)

Pindar Wong is an internet pioneer, who co-founded the first licensed Internet Service Provider in Hong Kong in 1993 and the 'Belt and Road Blockchain' Consortium in 2016. He is the Chairman of VeriFi (Hong Kong) Ltd, an Internet Financial Infrastructure consultancy. In 2015, he helped organize Asia's first Blockchainworkshops.org, Phase 1, 2 and 3 of ScalingBitcoin.org and sponsored the Hong Kong Bitcoin Roundtable. Together with Dr. Shin'ichiro Matsuo, he is establishing the bsafe.network to promote applied academic research in blockchain technologies. Pindar serves as a Director of the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) and also serves on the Hong Kong Trade Development Council ICT Services advisory committee, the School of Engineering Advisory Committee HKUST, the Technical Advisory Board of the Packet Clearing House, Editorial Advisory Board of the Internet Protocol Journal. Previously, he was the first Vice-Chairman of ICANN, Chairman of the Asia Pacific Internet Association, alternate Chairman of Asia Pacific Network Information Center, Chairman of APRICOT, Commissioner on the Global Commission on Internet Governance and elected Trustee of the Internet Society. From 2010-2015 he served on the Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Government and the Task Force on Industry Facilitation.

Domain Experts

Connie Gallippi (Digital Currencies/NonProfit/Social Good)

Arie Levy-Cohen (Blockchain/W3C i-Expert Economics)

Joseph Lubin (Ethereum/Blockchain Development)

Roya Mahboob (Technology/Nonprofits)

Sarah Martin (Public Policy/Financial Inclusion) 

Tatiana Moroz (Digital Currencies/Music)

Ryan Singer (Digital Currencies/Blockchain)

Rena Wheaton (Digital Startups/US Legal Advisory)