Dr Rachel O’Dywer
Dr. Rachel O’Dwyer is currently a researcher and lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Statistics in Trinity College Dublin. She is the leader of the Dublin Art and Technology Association (www.data.ie) and the curator of Openhere, a festival and conference on the digital commonswww.openhere.data.ie. She is a regular contributor to Neural magazine www.neural.it. and the founding editor in chief of the open access peer-reviewed journal Interference: A Journal of Audio Culturewww.interferencejournal.com. She is a member of the Peer-to-Peer Foundation and coordinates the P2P Academic Research Network alongside Penny Travlou. Rachel’s research focuses on the political economy of communications, with an emphasis on open source, mobile networks, spectrum policy, mobile payments and digital currencies.
Dr Dirk Haubrich
Dr Dirk Haubrich is Head of Consumer Protection and Financial Innovation at the European Banking Authority (EBA). The EBA regulates credit institutions, payment services providers, electronic money providers and other financial institutions within its scope of action, across the 28 Member States of the EU. Dirk leads on the EBA’s work on consumer protection and financial innovation, including virtual currencies and payment services. Previously, Dirk held roles across the private, academic and public sectors: he was a Manager with global consulting firm Accenture; Research Fellow in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford and University College London; Policy Adviser at the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit; Research & Strategy Manager at the UK Electoral Commission, and Project Manager at the UK Financial Services Authority.
Stu is a senior international cryptocurrency and gaming lawyer and accountant in Toronto, Canada. He represents bitcoin and other cryptocurrency exchanges, bitcoin ATM manufacturers and operators, cryptocurrency securities issuers and brokers, leading cryptocurrency entrepreneurs and investors, and blockchain 2.0 initiatives. He acted as chief counsel to the seller on the sale of one of the world’s largest bitcoin casinos. Stu currently acts as lead counsel to the largest USD–bitcoin trading exchange; a next-generation financial platform and smart property project; one of the largest Internet poker brands transacting in bitcoin; and one of the top online bitcoin dice games.
Stu has appeared as an expert on cryptocurrency issues before securities commissions and regulators, the Canadian Department of Finance, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, and the Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce. He is the General Counsel to the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada, a federal not-for-profit corporation advocating for cryptocurrency research and adoption in Canada. He is the editor of ‘The Law of Bitcoin’ (forthcoming).
Stu is called to the bar in Canada and the United States. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the State Bar of Nevada, the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association, the Digital Currency Council, the International Masters of Gaming Law, and the International Association of Gaming Advisors.
Ann is currently a researcher for the Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare and a Master of Public Policy candidate at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Her professional and academic research addresses when and how governments should intervene in an economy given the presence of market failure. Since 2010, Ann has been a blogger for the Financial Transparency Coalition, where she writes a regular column on international finance, development, tax evasion, and money laundering. Prior to this, Ann was a Junior Economist for Global Financial Integrity, where she researched the magnitude and direction of global illicit financial flows and their effects on developing economies. She holds a B.A. in Economics and International Affairs from The George Washington University.
Gareth is the founder and architect at EVA Plexus, where he and his team are building the Deckbound suite of technologies and games, as well as the supporting bitbind.io platform. The Deckbound systems allow for the creation of digital collectible trading cards that are directly owned by players. Deckbound also solves the problem of guaranteed unique and provable card distribution by leveraging the cryptographic properties of the blockchain. In addition, it uses these properties to provide for the procedural generation of card abilities, art and other attributes. Owners of Deckbound cards can play those cards in any supporting game, the first of which will be Deckbound Heroes, launching in 2015. The bitbind.io platform allows digital assets to be attached to the Bitcoin blockchain using a namespace-based hierarchical tagging mechanism.
Dr Vili Lehdonvirta is a Research Fellow and DPhil Programme Director at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. His research deals with the design and socioeconomic implications of digital marketplaces and platforms, using conventional social research methods and novel data science approaches. He has a PhD in Economic Sociology from Turku School of Economics (2009) and an MSc in Information Networks from Helsinki University of Technology (2005). Previously he worked at London School of Economics, University of Tokyo, and Helsinki Institute for Information Technology. Before his academic career, he worked as a game programmer. He has advised companies, startups, and policy makers in the United States, Europe, and Japan, including Rovio, Mojang, and the World Bank. His book Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis (with Edward Castronova) is published by MIT Press. (LinkedIn, Google Scholar)
Jonathan Levin was the CEO and co-founder of Coinometrics, a premium data analytics company for digital currencies, offering risk management tools to enhance Bitcoin as a payment system. Prior to this, Jonathan was a postgraduate economist at the University of Oxford where his research focused on Virtual Currencies, creating one of the first statistical models of Bitcoin transaction fees. During his time at Oxford, he was the convenor of the Oxford Virtual Currencies Working Group, an interdisciplinary working group focussed on the economic and social implications of Virtual Currencies. He has consulted to government bodies, money remittance companies and first tier investment banks on the future of digital currencies.
Immaculate Motsi-Omoijiade is currently an LLM in Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation student at the University of Warwick and holds a Masters in Public Policy Degree with specialization in Economics from the National University of Singapore. In addition to this, Immaculate has studied at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, the Graduate Institute in Switzerland and Uppsala University in Sweden. Her research interests are in Financial Regulation and the Regulatory responses to Financial Innovation. In addition to having presented her research in Public Policy and Financial Regulation at the St.Gallen Wings of Excellence Awards, her study on regulation of Credit Ratings Agencies was featured in the 2011 Robin Cosgrove Prize in Ethics in Finance. Over the past four years, Immaculate’s focus has been on the development and application of Blockchain Technology and on comparative regulatory responses to crytocurrencies. Here, her research is primarily concerned with the legal aspects of innovative regulatory approaches to Bitcoin with a pulse on developments ad responses within the Bitcoin community. Immaculate has previously worked as an International Operations Consultant at International Enterprise Singapore as well as in various roles as a researcher, a junior lecturer and an independent consultant in the non-profit sector interning in Washington DC.
Tom Robinson is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Elliptic, a London-based digital currency services business (www.elliptic.co). Elliptic helps investment funds and trading firms invest in Bitcoin through its fully-insured Bitcoin vault. It also provides blockchain analysis tools to help those handling digital currencies to fulfil their AML obligations. As a founding board member of the UK Digital Currency association he has engaged with policymakers and regulators to encourage appropriate and proportionate regulation of this new asset class. This has already resulted in HMRC issuing a briefing on the taxation of cryptocurrencies, and HM Treasury announcing it’s intention to apply the Money Laundering Regulations to digital currency businesses. Prior to Elliptic, Tom completed a D.Phil in Atomic and Laser Physics before working in finance and co-founding a nanotechnology spin-out.
Professor Mark Ryan
Mark Ryan is Professor of Computer Security and leads Security and Privacy group in Birmingham, where he is an EPSRC Leadership Fellow (2010-2015). He is best known for his work on analysis of system security (e.g. electronic passport security and mobile phone security), electronic voting, privacy and anonymity (e.g. in trusted computing electronic voting, passports, telephones and e-mail), and the tension between security and privacy. He has also worked in access control models, cloud computing security, and verification of the trusted platform module (TPM). In 2008 Ryan spent seven months at Hewlett Packard, on a secondment from the University funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering which led to substantial work on the TPM and a REF 2014 impact case study. He has recently participated on the programme committees of several major security and verification conferences, including CSF 2014, ACNS 2014, ESORICS 2013, POPL 2012, DBSec 2012, ACM-SAC 2011, CSF 2010. He was chair of Hot-Spot (an ETAPS workshop, 2012), co-chair of TGC (2012) and ISPEC (2012). In the last few years he has given keynote talks at several conferences including FMS’14, ISPEC’14, ACM STC’12, HVC’12; and he was also invited to give talks at UC Irvine (2014), Google (2012), Stanford University (2012), and UNSW and Canberra University (Australia, 2011). Ryan currently holds research grants valued at £1.5 million, from the EPSRC, the EU and from industry.
He is the author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (Pluto Press: 2013). He works on financial reform, alternative finance and economic activism with a wide variety of NGOs, artists and students, and writes for publications such as The Guardian, New Scientist, Wired Magazine, Aeon and CNN.com.