Blockchain and Development Roundtable

June 11, 2018
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8.00am - 1:00pm
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Room 326, Uris Hall, 3022 Broadway, New York

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Time: 8am-1pm EST 
Date: June 11, 2018
Location: Room 326, Uris Hall, Columbia University, New York
(Best subway is using the #1 to 116th and Broadway)

The DFSO@CITI morning roundtable on Monday, June 11 2018 will survey emerging foundational issues in the evolving crypto-economy which uses distributed ledger technologies (DLT). 

DLT is a new type of secure database or ledger that is shared across multiple sites, countries or institutions with no centralized controller. In essence, this is a new way of keeping track of who owns a financial, physical or an electronic asset. The primary underlying technology in DLT is called a blockchain. 

Innovations using blockchain promise enhancements in identity management, capital raising, secure and efficient payment systems, voting, digital fiat currencies, healthcare tracking, improvements in the agri-value chain, better digital rights management, better property rights management, and secure share trading amongst others. 

As we are in the foundational stage of a blockchain-derived economy, many perculating issues still need to be resolved before they can be fully integrated into economies - including how to interoperate blockchains, governance, security from 51% attacks, fraud from ICOs, legal and regulatory approaches and, how much of the promised innovations are real, or bubble-type hype?

Our roundtable will include discussions from the SEC and legal and regulatory experts on how regulation of this sector is evolving. Investors similarly will report on early outcomes in the sector, while the focus of their investments - the innovators - will showcase products that are being built on the blockchain. And, our development-focused session will weigh in on where blockchain can impact emerging economies.

Sessions will cover the following:
- Blockchain use in development
- Investment strategies
- The global legal & regulatory impact
- Cryptocurrencies & Initial Coin Offerings 
- Technical components of blockchains & smart contracts
- The macroeconomic effects of crypto-currencies & central-bank issued cryptocurrencies

DRAFT AGENDA

8:00am REGISTRATION & NETWORKING

8:30am WELCOME & INTRODUCTION
Dr Leon Perlman, Head: DFSO, CITI, Columbia Business School

8:40am KEYNOTE:
Valerie Szczepanik
, Senior Advisor for Digital Assets and Innovation, SEC

8:55am LEGAL AND REGULATORY
This session explores the US and global responses to cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and ICOs.
-  Valerie Szczepanik, Senior Advisor for Digital Assets and Innovation, SEC 
Nick Scannavino, Scannavino Law LLP
-  Lance Koonce, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Gary de Waal, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
-  Jenny Leung, ex-regulator at ASIC, Australia
Moderator: Michael Wechsler Esq., DFSO

9:45am BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY EVOLUTION
This session looks at the rapid evolution of blockchain technologies, exploring the next phases of development and innovation.
- Clemens Wan, R3
Edward Iskra, Bitcoin Gold
- Nina Nieuwoudt, Mastercard
- Michael Zochowski, Promethean Labs
- Professor Robert Farrokhnia, Columbia Business School
- Ripple*

Moderator: David True, Partner, PayGility Advisors

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10:30am COFFEE BREAK 1
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10:45am BLOCKCHAIN FOR DEVELOPMENT
This session explores if and how blockchain technology can be applied to development, whether there are real business cases for deployment
- Matt Wilson, GSM Association
Rodrigo Mejia Ricart, Better Than Cash Alliance
- Xavier Faz, CGAP
Moderator: Ms. Nora Gurung, DFSO

11:25am INVESTORS IN THE SECTOR
While ICOs have provided alternative forms of capital, traditional VCs still play a role. These VCs give their perspectives on what's working and what's not.
- Hasley Huth, HODL
Emre Okay, RenGen
- Josh Nussbaum, Compound
Moderator: Matt Quint, Columbia Business School

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11:55am COFFEE BREAK 2
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12:10pm INNOVATORS IN THE BLOCKCHAIN & DLT ECOSYSTEMS
DLT & Blockchain technologies - and particularly Ethereum - have catalysed multiple innovations across sectors. This panel showcases how these have been developed and their practical use. 
- Eric Cantor, Consensys
- Reggie Middleton, Veritaseum
Mike Lightman, Dominode
- Maxime Tondre, EthLend
- Josh A. Klayman, Wall Street Blockchain Alliance / Morrison & Foerster LLP
Moderator: David True, Partner, PayGility Advisors

12:55pm CLOSING & NETWORKING

Registration starts at 8am.

*Invited, TBC

 

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