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Oliver Bussmann

Oliver Bussmann

Founder Bussmann Advisory, President of Swiss Crypto Valley Association, Strategic Advisor to IOTA

Founder Bussmann Advisory
President of Swiss Crypto Valley Association
Strategic Advisor to IOTA

Oliver Bussmann is a globally recognized technology thought leader and driver of large-scale transformation at multinational organizations. The Founder and Managing Partner of Bussmann Advisory, he advises enterprises, top-tier consultancies, and financial services companies looking to stay ahead of the digital disruption curve. He also holds important mandates in industry associations, including President of the Swiss Crypto Valley Association, Global Ambassador for UK-based Innovate Finance and as a Board Member of Identity 2020.

From 2013 to 2016 Bussmann was Group Chief Information Officer of UBS, where he successfully led a major IT transformation effort, instituted a new group-wide innovation framework and established UBS as a pioneer in the development of blockchain for use in financial services. Prior to joining UBS Bussmann was Global Chief Information Officer at SAP, where he also spearheaded significant technological transformation, and before that CIO for North America & Mexico at Allianz. Previous roles have included executive positions at Deutsche Bank and IBM.

Bussmann’s achievements have been widely recognized. He was named COO/CTO of the year by Financial News/The Wall Street Journal, European CIO of the Year by INSEAD/CIONET, received the Elite 8 Award, which is given to the most innovative leaders in technology working in capital markets by Wall Street & Technology Magazine, and has twice been included on the Financial News “FinTech 40” list of innovators shaping the future of finance.

He is a graduate of INSEAD Leadership development Program and has a BA from the University of Munster.

Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr

Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr

Smart Dubai Office

Director GeneralSmart Dubai Office

H.E. Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Blshr, is Director General of Smart Dubai Office, the government entity currently charged with overseeing Dubai’s City-wide smart Transformation and coordinating public and private sector efforts to make Dubai a benchmark for smart cities around the world.

She previously held the positions of Assistant Director General of the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid AL Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Prior to that, she held the position of Assistant Undersecretary for Support Services at the Ministry of Labor UAE.

Dr. Aisha Holds a PHD in Management Science, technology and Innovation. She also holds a Master of Philosophy in Policy and Research on Engineering Science and Technology from Manchester Business School.

She has been awarded the Leading Woman in Public sector 2015 from the Global Women in Leadership WIL Economic Forum. In addition she has been awarded the ME Women Leader in Corporate Management Excellence by the ME Women Leaders Excellence Awards.

Today Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr and her team at Smart Dubai have been entrusted with the implementation of Blockchain across the entire Dubai government entities where applicable, and in the implementation of Blockchain As A Service for private entities to engage with the Dubai government.

Hon. Silvio Schembri

Hon. Silvio Schembri

Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services Digital Economy and Innovation, Prime Minister Office, Malta

Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services Digital Economy and Innovation
Prime Minister Office
Malta

Hon. Silvio Schembri is the parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy & Innovation at the office of the Prime Minister Malta.

Silvio Schembri was elected to Parliament in 2013 and was re-elected in 2017 on two districts obtaining the highest number of votes on district 6.   At the age of 18 he contested the Local Council elections of his hometown, Luqa, where he was elected alongside his father John who has since occupied the post of town mayor.

During the 2013-2017 Labour government Hon. Schembri was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve as the Chairperson for the Economic and Financial Affairs Parliamentary Committee, entrusted to lead critical discussions on the financial development of the Maltese economy. 

Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Hon. Schembri worked as an EU Fund Manager with the GAL Xlokk Foundation, advising private and public institutions including local councils within the southeastern Maltese territory, to access EU funding for capital and social projects aimed at helping further economic and cultural development. 

Through his efforts, Hon. Schembri contributed significantly for various projects designed to improve the social and environmental dimensions of various localities to be implemented.  His sterling work within several communities served as a stepping stone for Silvio to secure his place within the Maltese Parliament in 2013.

He graduated with Honours and a Master in Economics at the University of Malta where he is today a visiting lecturer in economics and finance. 

Hon. Silvio Schembri is married to Deandra, nee Scerri, who is a lawyer by profession and they have two children, Zak and Faith.

Mohammed Alsehli

Mohammed Alsehli

ArabianChain Technology

Founder and CEOArabianChain Technology

Mohammed founded ArabianChain Technology in 2017. As the CEO of this startup, he is responsible for bringing the first public and decentralized blockchain to the Arabian economy.

He is among the first Certified Innovation Strategist in the region, a blockchain Evangelist, and an Expert in Service Management with a Bachelor in Software Engineering from King Fahd university of Petroleum and Minerals.

Mohammed also is the founder of Palmex which is one of the first crypto currency and digital assets exchange-markets in the region. A Cofounder @ Kaizen Tch. focusing on Apps, IoT and VR/AR innovations.

Mohammed have served major accounts with Microsoft in Saudi Arabia including the Central Bank of Saudi SAMA working as a Senior Technical Account Manage. Prior to Microsoft he led several transformative initiatives as an Enterprise Architect at the National commercial bank NCB.

Mohammed has spent some time studying various topics ranging from Innovation and technology management, to digital economy and future of banking and all the way to philosophy, psychology, culture and languages. During that time, he was advising startups on growth and business strategy and volunteering in different national and multinational organizations.

Jehan Chu

Jehan Chu

Ethereum HK; Hyperledger HK

MD Kenectic Capital FounderEthereum HK; Hyperledger HK

Jehan Chu is a Managing Partner at Kenetic Capital (formerly Jen Advisors), a Blockchain and Cryptocurrency investment firm. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.

He is a former front-end developer with over ten years’ experience in web and enterprise application development, and has been a cryptocurrency investor since 2013.

Jehan founded the Ethereum HK community (2014), (sponsored by InvestHK), co-Founded the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong (2014) and founded the Hyperledger HK community (2016).

Alongside the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Jehan serves as co-Chairman of the Hong Kong Fintech Association Blockchain Committee. He is also a member of the Asia Fintech Angels Association, a Fellow of Singapore University of Social Sciences, a Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) Council Member and Metta Curator for Blockchain.

Jehan is Advisor to the Melonport, QTUM, Digix and OpenANX Projects, Global Patrons Board of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 

Dr. Paolo Tasca

Dr. Paolo Tasca

UCL University College London

Founder & Executive Director of Center for Blockchain TechnologiesUCL University College London

Paolo Tasca is a Digital Economist specialising in P2P financial systems. An advisor on blockchain technologies for different international organisations including the EU Parliament and the United Nations, Paolo is founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT) at University College London. Previously, he was Lead Economist on digital currencies and P2P financial systems at Deutsche Bundesbank, Frankfurt.

Paolo is the co-author of the bestseller “FINTECH Book” and the co-editor of the book “Banking Beyond Banks and Money”. He has been Associate Editor of the Journal of Risk Finance since 2016 and Guest Editor of the Journal of Digital Banking since 2017. In addition, he is author of various scientific papers about blockchain, which have been published by prestigious international scientific journals, such as the Harvard Business Review.

As Executive Director of the UCL CBT, Paolo is also directly involved in various research projects concerning different application fields of blockchain technologies. Among them, the BARAC Project (Blockchain technology for Algorithmic Regulation and Compliance) supported by EPSRC, and the P2P-IoET Project (The Internet of Energy Things: Supporting peer-to-peer energy trading and demand side management through blockchains) supported by Lloyds Register Foundation.  

Dr Tasca holds an M.A in Politics and Economics (summa cum laude) from the University of Padua and a M.Sc. in Economics and Finance from Ca’ Foscari, Venice. He did his PhD studies in Business between Ca’ Foscari Venice and ETH, Zürich. His doctoral dissertation on Systemic Risk in financial markets was subsidized by the Swiss National Science Foundation with more than 500.000 Euros.

Other current appointments: Permanent Member of ISO TC 307 committee on standardisation of blockchain systems at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO); Senior Advisor of the Beihang Blockchain & Digital Society Laboratory in Beijing; Board member of the Cyprus Blockchain Innovation Centre; Steering Committee Member of the Construction Blockchain Consortium (CBC).

Cris Tran

Cris Tran

Infinity Blockchain Labs

Executive Director (Projects)Infinity Blockchain Labs

Cris Tran is the Executive Director of Projects at Infinity Blockchain Labs (IBL), a Japanese based Startup Group in Vietnam. Cris currently manages the operations and projects of IBL globally.  Infinity Blockchain Labs is now one of the leaders in Blockchain R&D.

Prior to this, Cris was the Vietnam’s Senior Market Leader for Frost & Sullivan, a global consulting firm, in Malaysia. His scope of works ranges from Government projects, to Banking, Logistic, Retail and technology.

Cris is a frequent subject matter expert in international magazines like Bloomberg, Forbes and  keynote speaker for conferences across Asia.

Cris received Master of Finance from Massey University in New Zealand and a Bachelor of Finance from Southern Methodist University in the USA.

Sam Chadwick

Sam Chadwick

Thomson Reuters

Director of Strategy in Innovation and Blockchain
Financial & Risk
Thomson Reuters

Sam is responsible for several fintech innovation initiatives within the Financial & Risk business of Thomson Reuters.  He has worked for the company in product strategy and product management roles for 12 years in New York and Hong Kong.  Sam has a Masters in Financial Strategy from the University of Oxford and currently lives in Zug, Switzerland, where he is focused on alternative finance, crypto-currencies, blockchain technology and identity management.  Sam is on the board of the Crypto Valley Association. 

In 2006, Sam joined Thomson Reuters in New York within the product marketing and strategy team for Investment Management and Investment Banking products In 2013, Sam moved to Canton Zug, Switzerland as Director of Strategy and Innovation, specializing in evolving the company’s businesses in blockchain, digital identity and alternative finance. Sam’s current focus areas are blockchain, peer-to-peer finance and digital identity.

Sam has a Masters in Financial Strategy from the University of Oxford and a Certificate in Corporate Treasury from the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Vincent Y. Wang

Vincent Y. Wang

China Wanxiang Holdings

Chief Innovation OfficerChina Wanxiang Holdings

He is responsible for Wanxiang's technology planning, strategic investments, business model innovation, global partnerships, and, ultimately, incorporating and operating Wanxiang's Innovation & Entrepreneurship platform.

Before joining Wanxiang, Vincent was the General Manager of IBM Greater China’s New Business Initiatives organization, where he was responsible for IBM Greater China’s new technology landing, strategic partnership, and ecosystem development. He led the creation and execution of IBM's blockchain strategy in Greater China, launching HyperLedger Fabric in China.

He has held a series of executive positions at leading multinationals incl. Intel, Infineon and SMIC. He co-founded Tangram Technologies Inc. He led the award-winning Intel Edison program (4 CES 2014 awards, incl. “Best Innovation”) that greatly contributed to IoT edge computing and Maker Movement.

Vincent holds an MBA degree from UC Berkeley, and Master of Science in Material Science Engineering from University of Southern California.

Julio Faura

Julio Faura

Head of R&D, Santander Innovation Division, Chairman, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

Head of R&D
Santander Innovation Division
Chairman
Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

Julio heads R&D in Santander's Innovation Division. He executes major innovation projects globally. He also leads new business incubation and venture creation efforts, and actively contributing to Santander's M&A and Venture Capital activity in Fintech.

He leads Santander's activities around Blockchain, distributed ledgers and smart contracts, and has founded Santander's crypto Lab, a collaborative space to bring Blockchain technology to the market both applying it within Santander Group as well as in partnership with other leading banks and specialized technology players.

He is the chairman of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, the chairman of Spain’s Alastria network, a member of the board of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, and a senior advisor of the Global Payments Steering Group.

Julio’s career started out as chip designer, focusing on high performance analogue (full custom) and digital systems-on-chip as well as complex chip design platforms that led to more than 30 publications in international refereed forums.

He then worked for McKinsey & Co, where he specialized in Banking serving many of the top financial institutions in Spain, Europe and LatAm. In 2007 he joined Santander, where he has played corporate leadership roles in Investment Banking, Consumer Finance, and IT & Operations, and has participated in many of Santander’s acquisition processes during the last years.

Julio is a Telecommunication Engineer (UPM-Spain), PhD in Computer Science (UAM-Spain), and MsC in Management of Technology (MIT-Sloan). He is also a part-time entrepreneur working on capital markets technology startups, focusing on low latency algorithmic trading in Fx markets.

“UNLOCK” The Blockchain Forum

In light of both the magnitude of the Blockchain and its effect on the global landscape economic and otherwise, as well as the leading role that Dubai is taking on when it comes to implementing and building the Blockchain ecosystem, Al Iktissad Wal Aamal in partnership with Smart Dubai launched the first series of  the UNLOCK Forum between January 14th-15th 2018 at Ritz Carlton Hotel DIFC.

Banking

Digital Rights

The forum discussed how governments and private institutions in the MENA region can use blockchain applications to create a more efficient, competitive, smart government, smart economy and reinvent businesses. The implications of blockchain on the future of jobs, governments, as well as the governance model needed to regulate it. The event will also discuss how we can create an innovative entrepreneurial setup for encouraging startups in the blockchain domain. Finally the Forum reviewed the achievements of Dubai Government in implementing and piloting Blockchain solutions as well as their future plans.

The event featured international well renowned experts and speakers on Blockchain covering different sectors, topics and strategies. It also included home grown Blockchain companies in Dubai and elsewhere.

We are glad to announce our second series of the UNLOCK Blockchain Forum to be held on Jan 15-16 2019 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel DIFC. Please visit our event page for more information on how you can be part of UNLOCK in 2019.

Agenda
Day One: 2018-01-14
09:30
am
Registration & Morning Coffee
1 hour
10:30
am
Welcome Speech
10 minutes
10:40
am
Opening Speech
10 minutes
10:50
am
Panel 1: A Close Look at Blockchain on its 9th Anniversary
45 minutes

This panel will discuss the current Blockchain platform situation. Where the technology is today? Developments and what is the future trend? It will also discuss views on which industries will benefit most and why?

11:35
am
Networking Coffee Break & Tour of Stands and Unlock Ecosystem
40 minutes
12:15
pm
Panel 2: The Secret Sauce for Successful Blockchain Implementations
55 minutes

The panel will discuss what it takes to implement a successful Blockchain solution. What actions need to be taken process, legalities, private and public partnerships and how to change the business model internally to choose the right Blockchain solution?   

01:10
pm
Keynote Speech
10 minutes
01:20
pm
Keynote Speech
25 minutes
01:45
pm
Lunch & Networking
1 hour and 15 minutes
03:00
pm
Keynote Speech: “Delivering the Future Today: Streamlining Governments and Cities with Blockchain”
20 minutes
03:25
pm
Two track sessions commence from this point forward
1 hour and 40 minutes
03:25
pm
Conference Hall 1
1 hour and 40 minutes
03:25
pm
Panel 3: Blockchain and the Utilities Sector
50 minutes

This panel will talk about Blockchain solutions for energy and utilities sector, what difference it is making and why to implement it using Blockchain?

04:15
pm
Panel 4: Dubai the Next Blockchain Startup Valley
55 minutes

Dubai intends and is working to build an ecosystem that will embrace   Blockchain startups and all that is needed to create a viable system that allows for innovation and development. Discussions will center on what is needed and how it can be accomplished.

03:25
pm
Conference Hall 2
1 hour and 40 minutes
03:25
pm
Session 1: Using Crypto Currencies Innovatively
45 minutes

This session will cover how crypto-currencies are being utilized creatively either by linking them to real assets, or linking them to sustainable green projects, or just a way to handle your currencies and debts.

04:10
pm
Session 2: Blockchain in the Healthcare Sector
30 minutes

This session will talk about Blockchain in the healthcare sector. The session will touch upon Blockchain in pharmaceutical domain, hospitals health records, and the supporting healthcare industry.

04:40
pm
Workshop: Digital Identity the Basic Building Block for Blockchain
30 minutes
05:10
pm
Keynote Speech
25 minutes
Day Two: 2018-01-15
09:00
am
Morning Networking Coffee Break
30 minutes
09:30
am
Keynote Speech
20 minutes
10:00
am
Two track sessions commence from this point forward
2 hours and 30 minutes
10:00
am
Conference Hall 1
2 hours and 30 minutes
10:00
am
Panel 5: The Banking Scene in the Aftermath of Blockchain Tsunami
50 minutes

Blockchain first use cases was in the Fintech and payment sector. Banks, which were at first reluctant towards the new technology, are now embracing it. The panel will talk about what banks are doing with Blockchain and how they are facing the future of peer-to-peer funding, lending and investing?

10:50
am
Panel 6: Blockchain’s Invasion into the Real-Estate Industry
40 minutes

This panel will look into how Blockchain can change the way real-estate information is stored, transferred, taxed and the implications of this on the future of peer-to-peer selling and buying and the transfer of assets. In addition, the panel will discuss the ecological impact on buildings and construction.                  

11:30
am
Networking Coffee Break
15 minutes
11:45
am
Panel 7: Blockchain the Essential Ingredient for Smart Cities of the Future
45 minutes

This panel discusses how Blockchain can enhance smart cities and work with IoT to develop not only more efficient cities, but a smarter economy using data analytics and peer-to-peer network.

10:00
am
Conference Hall 2
2 hours and 30 minutes
10:00
am
Startup Challenge Workshop Electrical Vehicles charging registration, payments & settlements over Blockchain
50 minutes
10:50
am
Workshop: Securing the Blockchain
40 minutes
11:30
am
Networking Coffee Break
15 minutes
11:45
am
Workshop: ICOs and Crowd Funding
45 minutes
12:30
pm
Networking Lunch
1 hour
01:30
pm
Two track sessions commence from this point forward
1 hour and 45 minutes
01:30
pm
Conference Hall 1
1 hour and 45 minutes
01:30
pm
Panel 8: Blockchain Challenges, What Needs to be Done?
45 minutes

Blockchain is not the solution for everything and is still in its infancy. Many challenges are emerging be it the search for talent, the legalities and regulatory situation, or deciding on where should investments be made. International cooperation and standardizations will be key to resolving these issues.

02:15
pm
Session 4: How Innovative Startups are Using Blockchain to Solve Problems of Today?
1 hour

Blockchain startups are flourishing in today’s ecosystem. The success of each depends on how innovative they have been in finding solutions for problems existing today. This panel takes a look at what some of these startups have come up with and how.

01:30
pm
Conference Hall 2
1 hour and 45 minutes
01:30
pm
Session 3: integrating different technologies with blockchain
45 minutes
02:15
pm
Workshop: Current and Future State of Cryptocurrencies
1 hour
03:15
pm
Closing Remarks
15 minutes

Sponsors

Why UNLOCK 2019

Blockchain is here to stay and is growing. Blockchain is set to have a market size of 2.5 trillion by 2021 from its current 548.2 billion in 2018. Over the last five years venture capitalists have invested more than $3 billion in Blockchain projects.  Over 90% of the banking industry is studying Blockchain initiatives, and governments around the world are setting up regulatory and legislative policies to tackle the issues arising from this new force-field.

According to market research Blockchain use cases are developing across 20 industry verticals most notably in supply chain, identity, security, financial services-commerce, and infrastructure.

For these reasons and more, we are holding the second edition of UNLOCK in Dubai UAE on January 15th-16th 2019 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel DIFC.

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