Speaker Bios

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Welcome Remarks

Tommy Mercein

Managing Director, Vice Chairman, Credit Suisse

Thomas R. Mercein is a Vice Chairman in Capital Markets and Advisory as well as Co-Chair and Co-CIO of the Pension Investment Committee.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Mercein was Global Head of Debt Capital Markets. He joined Credit Suisse First Boston in 1990 as a corporate bond trader. He has served in various senior roles across Fixed Income and Investment banking, including Co-Head of North American Credit Sales and Fixed Income Syndicate.

Before joining Credit Suisse, Tommy worked at Drexel Burnham Lambert from 1987 to 1990 in New York and Tokyo.

Mr. Mercein received his B.A. in Economics from Yale College.

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The Disruption (but not elimination) of Traditional Finance

June Ou

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Figure Technologies, Inc. 

June Ou is a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer of Figure Technologies. At Figure Technologies, Ms. Ou oversees all product and engineering, data analytics and human resources. Ms. Ou built the 150-person Figure product and engineering team from the first employee and spearheaded the company’s strategy and development of cutting-edge technology solutions in lending, payments and exchanges. She also led the development and subsequent open-source release of Provenance Blockchain, initially using IBM Hyperledger and currently on Tendermint. Under her leadership, Figure has pioneered production use cases in stable coin payments, bilateral asset exchanges, artificial intelligence for credit and marketing and non-parametric FICO-less underwriting.

Prior to Figure, Ms. Ou was the Chief Technology Officer of SoFi. At SoFi,, Ms. Ou lead the product, engineering and data analytics teams, where she built the team from 5 employees in 2013, growing to over 300 when she left in 2017. Bringing award-winning lending, banking and investment solutions to market that drove SoFi’s rapid growth and profitability, Ms. Ou implemented one of the most sophisticated artificial intelligence applications for customer pricing, helping to push company lending contribution margins to best-in-class levels. 

Ms. Ou has over 30 years of experience building and leading product and engineering teams including technical and management roles as co-founder and CEO of CCO solutions, VP of Engineering at Finaplex and Senior Director of Advanced Technology at Metamor. She holds a MS in Management from Stanford University, an MS in Applied Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a BA in International Studies from the University of Delaware. She has worked in both the US and Taiwan and is conversant in Mandarin Chinese.

Ms. Ou is a strong proponent in distributed workforces. She runs her Figure teams across seven 23 different states in the US, optimizing on talent and communication. She is also an outspoken advocate for women in technology, with female representation in her product and engineering teams at 2-3X of industry average for financial technology.

Rebecca Rettig 

General Counsel, Aave Companies

Rebecca Rettig is the General Counsel of the Aave Companies, a group of software development companies in Europe that build open source, blockchain-based software.  Rebecca began her legal career at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York, litigating complex commercial disputes; prior to joining the Aave Companies, Rebecca was a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP in the financial services group, representing blockchain and crypto clients. With unique and deep-rooted expertise representing companies at the forefront of the financial services industry’s digital transformation, Rebecca spent the past four and a half years advising blockchain and cryptocurrency clients on legal and regulatory matters - with a particular focus advising DeFi projects over the past two years; she also represented clients in all aspects of litigation and regulatory enforcement proceedings as well as in licensing matters. In 2019, Rebecca was recognized as one of the top 100 women lawyers in New York City by Crain’s New York Business.

Mark Yusko

Founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Morgan Creek Capital Management, and Managing Partner, Morgan Creek Digital

Mark Yusko is the Founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Morgan Creek Capital Management. He is also the Managing Partner of Morgan Creek Digital Assets. Morgan Creek Capital Management was founded in 2004 and currently manages close to $2 billion in discretionary and non‐discretionary assets. Prior to founding Morgan Creek, Mr. Yusko was CIO and Founder of UNC Management Company (UNCMC), the Endowment investment office for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before that, he was Senior Investment Director for the University of Notre Dame Investment Office.

Mr. Yusko has been at the forefront of institutional investing throughout his career. An early investor in alternative asset classes at Notre Dame, he brought the Endowment Model of investing to UNC, which contributed to significant performance gains for the Endowment. The Endowment Model is the cornerstone philosophy of Morgan Creek, as is the mandate to Invest in Innovation. Mr. Yusko is again at the forefront of investing through Morgan Creek Digital Assets, which was formed in 2018. Morgan Creek Digital is an early stage investor in blockchain technology, digital currency and digital assets through the firm’s Venture Capital and Digital Asset Index Fund.

Mr. Yusko received a BA with Honors from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Chicago.

Bill Gulya

Director, US Head of Asia Equity Distribution, Credit Suisse

Bill Gulya is a Director at Credit Suisse in New York and is responsible for distribution of Asia Pacific Equities to the US client base.  Bill joined Credit Suisse in 2016 from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he oversaw their international equity derivatives and delta one sales teams.  Prior to BAML, Bill spent 8 years at JPMorgan, where he built and managed their emerging markets equity derivatives sales team.  He started his career in 1998 as part of the Merrill Lynch global derivatives analyst training program, where he spent 6 years distributing equity derivatives products across Asia, Latin America and EEMEA regions.  

Mr. Gulya holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics with a concentration in Finance from Lehigh University and a Digital Assets Certification from the Wharton School of Buisness.

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Is Digital Finally Moving Main Stream: An Asset Manager’s Perspective

John Evans

Head of Blockchain Strategy, Vanguard 

John Evans leads the Blockchain Center of Excellence as the Head of Blockchain Strategy at Vanguard. He has a background in information technology and software engineering, having served as a senior leader of Operational Risk in the Investment Management Group before helping found the Investment Management Fintech Strategies team, and establishing his current position as Vanguard’s resident distributed ledger technology expert. 

The IMFS team builds solutions and partners with the financial services and technology industries on initiatives that increase fund performance and enhance capital market structure. Prior to joining Vanguard in 2012, John held various leadership positions at Macquarie Bank in risk and technology.

David LaValle 

Global Head of ETFs, Grayscale Investments 

David LaValle is the Global Head of ETFs for Grayscale Investments. He has over 20 years of experience in financial services and a proven executive management track record. He was formerly the CEO of Alerian and S-Network Global Indexes. LaValle’s expertise covers the broad finance industry, the Indexing landscape, and the exchange-traded product ecosystem.

Dan Morehead

CEO and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Pantera Capital 

Dan founded Pantera Capital in 2003 – managing a billion dollars in hedge fund strategies. He previously served as Head of Macro Trading and CFO at Tiger Management with Julian Robertson. Dan began his career as a Collateralized Mortgage Obligation trader at Goldman Sachs. Dan graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a B.S. in Structural Engineering and received the Carmichael Prize for his thesis. 

Pantera Capital is the first institutional investment firm focused exclusively on bitcoin, other digital currencies, and companies in the blockchain tech ecosystem. Pantera launched the first cryptocurrency fund in the United States when bitcoin was at $65/BTC in 2013. The firm subsequently launched the first exclusively-blockchain venture fund. In 2017, Pantera was the first firm to offer an early-stage token fund. Pantera Bitcoin Fund has returned over 66,100% in eight years and has returned billions to its investors. Pantera manages $5bn across three strategies – passive, hedge, and venture – exclusively focused on bitcoin, other digital currencies, and companies in the blockchain tech ecosystem.

Eric Partlan

Head of Portfolio Management, Mass Mutual 

Head of Portfolio Management for MassMutual, the CIO for MassMutual International, and the CIO for Great American Life Insurance Co.

Eric W. Partlan is the Head of Portfolio Management for MassMutual, the CIO for MassMutual International, and the CIO for Great American Life Insurance Co. Eric worked for three years as head of investment risk in Enterprise Risk Management prior to moving to investments. Eric joined MassMutual from Babson Capital where he worked for seven years as a Managing Director in the Structured Products Group with responsibility for correlation products and credit default swaps. Prior to joining Babson, Eric held various positions at ARA Portfolio Management, B/E Aerospace and the Boeing Company. Eric holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and B.A. in Accounting from Michigan State University, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an S.M. in Mechanical Engineering and M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Eric holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute.

Brian Rose

Managing Director, Key Account Manager, Credit Suisse 

Mr. Brian Rose is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse based in New York. He is a Key Account Manager for the bank, responsible for managing bank-wide relationships with and delivering innovative solutions to a group of CS’s largest Asset Manager, Hedge Fund and Insurance clients. In addition, Brian plays a leadership role managing the Global KAM Program, developing and executing strategies to successfully deliver the bank to our most important clients.

Prior to his current role, Brian worked on the Special Projects & Analytics team within the Credit Suisse Investment Bank where he was responsible for Strategic Business Planning and Competitor Analysis. Brian joined Credit Suisse in 2008, having previously worked in Corporate Strategy and Consulting roles at Bear Stearns and as an Investment Banking Analyst for CIBC World Markets and Libra Securities.

Outside of Credit Suisse, Brian serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD), a non-profit organization focused on raising Frontotemporal Degeneration awareness, funding research to improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention, and providing resources to caregivers.

Brian received an M.B.A. with Honors from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Biometry and Statistics from Cornell University.

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Digital Assets Trading

John Burnett

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Omniex 

John was a Managing Director at State Street Bank within the Emerging Technologies Center. As State Street’s global lead for all blockchain and crypto-assets initiatives, John led all internal and external efforts including strategy for the newly emerging crypto-asset class.

Previously he was a Director at American Express where he was focused on competitive and marketplace strategy. John led AMEX’s initial deep-dive analysis into bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in 2013 on behalf of AMEX’s CEO and Board of Directors. Previously he was in management consulting at both Booz Allen Hamilton and Opera Solutions, a firm founded by former McKinsey partners focused on data and analytics for financial services companies. In his last years in consulting he led business development efforts to create new capabilities in data and analytics for target and existing clients.

John holds a BA and MA in Economics from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from Tuck school at Dartmouth.

Jonathan Cheesman

Head of OTC and Institutional Sales, FTX 

Jonathan Cheesman has 15 years of experience in FX sales at Barclays, Goldman and HSBC. 3 years experienced in crypto at Distributed Global and FTX.

Justin Schmidt

Head of Strategy, Talos 

As Head of Strategy, Justin Schmidt is responsible for developing, executing, and sustaining the firm's strategic initiatives and business operations. Mr. Schmidt comes to Talos with a 15-year track record in financial services, most recently serving as Head of Digital Asset Markets at Goldman Sachs, and as a quantitative equity portfolio manager beforehand. Mr. Schmidt is a graduate of MIT with degrees in computer science, focusing on artificial intelligence and decentralized computation.

John Estrada

Managing Director, Head of eMacro Trading, Credit Suisse

John Estrada is head of eMacro trading at Credit Suisse. The team specializes in pricing very large trades and rely heavily on recent advances in neural nets and novel hedging strategy to maintain a market leading product. John has been at Credit Suisse since 2011 working previously at BNP, Sun Trading, and Lehman Brothers in a variety of roles. John earned a PhD in atomic physics at MIT working at CERN before his career in finance.

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Digital Private Markets

Ami Ben David

Founder and CEO, Ownera

Ami is one of the pioneers of the digital securities market and Co-Founder and CEO of Ownera, the institutional digital securities network. At Ownera Ami is working on the digital transformation of the private market - from an offline market with minimal technology infrastructure, access to assets and secondary liquidity, into a digital market where suitable investors can access and transact in private assets digitally and globally. Prior to Ownera Ami was the co-founder and managing partner of SPiCE VC the world's first fully tokenized VC fund, where he co-founded Securitize and invested in the digital securities and Blockchain startups. Ami arrived in the blockchain world after co-founding several startups and investing as a VC.

Brett Markinson 

Founder, CEO and Chairman, Homium, Inc.

Brett is the founder and CEO of Homium, Inc. Over the past 30 years, Brett has been a serial entrepreneur, actively involved in the development of 35+ businesses, with a focus on companies leveraging disruptive technology. His businesses have been nominated 4 times for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of Year Award and he has been a part of the winning team twice with Hautelook.com (sold to Nordstrom for $270M) and LowerMyBills.com (sold to Experian for $388M). Brett also founded and serves as executive chair of The OIX, an enterprise SaaS software company innovating the tax credit marketplace for Fortune 500s. 

Jennifer Peve 

Managing Director, Head of Strategy and Business Development, DTCC

Jennifer Peve is Managing Director, Head of Strategy and Business Development at DTCC. In this role, Jennifer has overarching responsibility for the firm’s global corporate strategy, digital product development and strategic partnerships and alliances, working across the business, and with clients and third-party providers, to identify opportunities for new product development as well as potential acquisitions, partnerships and mergers to broaden DTCC’s capabilities. She is also responsible for defining the firm’s strategy for new and emerging technology innovation, leading efforts related to the exploration and experimentation of fintech, and working with her colleagues and the industry to advance dialogue on key topics and develop thought leadership. Jennifer is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Jennifer joined DTCC in 2015. Prior to that, she worked at CME Group where she served as Executive Director of OTC Product Management with responsibility for CME’s cleared OTC credit default swaps (CDS) business, including growth strategy, business development, and go-to-market activities.

Jennifer has over 25 years of financial markets expertise, including consulting and practical experience as well as the design, development and deployment of business strategies in a dynamic environment. She has extensive knowledge across the entire product life cycle, including OTC, FX and FX Options, OTC Metals, Stock Lending, OTC Credit Default Swaps, OTC Interest Rate Swaps and Swaptions, OTC Total Return Swaps, F&O, Energy and Equities.

Jennifer currently serves on the Technology Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as well as FINRA’s FinTech Industry Committee and is the former Chair of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA)’s Banking Working Group. She is a member of SIFMA’s Blockchain Roundtable and is a regular speaker at industry conferences.

Greg Grimaldi

Managing Director, Co-Head and Portfolio Manager of NEXT Investors, Credit Suisse Asset Management

Mr. Grimaldi is a Portfolio Manager and Partner of NEXT Investors. He joined Credit Suisse in 2000, and prior to taking his current role in 2013 focused on making direct private equity investments on behalf of Credit Suisse’s Equities group. 

Before joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Grimaldi was an associate at Insight Capital Partners, a venture capital firm. Prior to his position with Insight, he was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Grimaldi earned his B.S.E and B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Digital Asset Trading & Infrastructure

Carlos Domingo 

Co-Founder and CEO, Securitize

Carlos Domingo is co-founder and CEO of Securitize. Carlos has 25+ years of experience in innovation and digital transformation, including having also founded SPiCE VC, the first truly liquid, inclusive and transparent tokenized VC on the blockchain. Previously, Carlos was CEO of Research & Development for Telefonica (one of the larges telecom companies in the world), as well as CEO of New Business and Innovation for Telefonica Digital. Carlos holds a PhD in computer science, speaks English, Spanish and Japanese, and is based in Miami.

Greg Gilman

Founder and Executive Chairman, Protego Trust Bank NA

Greg has more than 20 years of relevant experience as an executive, entrepreneur, investor, and attorney. In addition to founding Protego Trust Bank, he is also a Founder and Managing General Partner of Science, a Los Angeles-based investment platform composed of startup studios, early-stage venture funds, and late-stage/SPAC practice poised to fuel the next disruptive digital companies. Founded in 2011, Science's portfolio has seen numerous exits including Dollar Shave Club (acquired by Unilever), FameBit (acquired by Google) and HelloSociety (acquired by New York Times). Today, Science’s portfolio includes notable companies such as PlayVS, Bird, Arrive Outdoors, MeUndies, Grove Collaborative, Mammoth Media, Liquid Death, Empirical Spirits, and, of course, Protego Trust Bank. Science’s 2017 fund ($75M) has deployed 67% of its capital to minority founders, with nearly half of that invested in African American founders.

Greg’s unique background lends itself well to the oversight of Science’s investments in regulated industries, such as Fintech/Financial Services and Healthcare. Over the course of his career, he’s also been an active angel investor or advisor to dozens of companies, including DocStoc (acquired by Intuit), Tsavo (acquired by Cybermedia), Userplane (acquired by AOL), Maker Studios (acquired by Disney), PlutoTV (acquired by Viacom), Scopely, and ZipRecruiter. Greg saw the potential in digital assets long before the topic was mainstream; drawing on his legal and financial services background, Greg architected the sale of one of the world’s first compliant digital securities in order to raise capital for the Science Blockchain incubator. His experience as a pioneer in digital assets provides him with invaluable insight as he helps shepherd Protego Trust Bank through its ongoing OCC charter process.  Greg previously served as a full-time faculty member as Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Law at Pepperdine University School of Law, where he designed and taught courses on Intellectual Property and Licensing. He previously held FINRA (then NASD) Series 7 and 63 licenses.

Graham Rodford 

Founder and CEO, Archax Ltd. 

Graham is a qualified accountant, with over 20 years’ experience in financial services. Prior to Archax, Graham was Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Partner of Omni Partners, a $1.4billion hedge fund based in London, where he was responsible for all operational activities and compliance.

Before Omni, Graham held several senior operational, finance and compliance roles in the asset management and banking space, including HSBC, Caliburn Capital, Leo Fund Managers and Coutts Bank.

Graham has worked in both digital asset and traditional markets and has been responsible for funds across a wide range of investment strategies – including macro, event driven, long short, systematic and private equity. He has also run operations for an $8billion alternative investments business and has worked throughout his career in various regulated environments, including the FCA, SEC and NFA/ CFTC. 

Doug Clark

Managing Director, AES Market Structure, Credit Suisse

Doug recently joined Credit Suisse as the Head of Market Structure for the Americas. Prior to that Doug has held a variety of increasingly senior roles in Trading and Research for both bank and independent firms. Doug is a former chair of both the Security Traders Association (STA) and the Canadian STA, and sits on a variety of exchange and regulatory advisory panels. 

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Enterprise Blockchain

Barry Finkelstein

Business Development Lead, North America, Algorand 

Barry Finkelstein, is working with Algorand to lead it’s North American business development efforts and assist in capital markets initiatives. Mr. Finkelstein was most recently at 23 Capital, a Sports, Music and Entertainment capital and solutions provider. Prior to joining 23 Capital in April 2017, Mr. Finkelstein was a Managing Director at UBS AG. He headed the Fixed Income Distribution/Structured Products and Solutions group. Mr. Finkelstein had responsibility for a number of senior institutional client relationships, primarily focused on structured products and solutions. Mr. Finkelstein focused on the origination, structuring and development of Structured Funding transactions and other capital raising endeavors for clients of the Bank. Mr. Finkelstein had management responsibility for the Structured Product Distribution and Solutions effort and had been a member of the UBS Fixed Income Executive Committee. Previously, Mr. Finkelstein headed the Wealth Management and Private Bank Distribution effort in the Americas for the Fixed Income division of UBS AGs Investment Bank.   Prior to joining UBS in February 2004, Mr. Finkelstein headed Merrill Lynch's Fixed Income Structured Repackaging and Synthetic Credit businesses. His responsibilities had included management of the Global CDO group, structured product syndication, as well as underwriting, originating, trading, distribution and marketing of CDOs and other structured vehicles.  In addition, Mr. Finkelstein was responsible for developing the Pplus retail note program and the MINTstm managed synthetic credit derivative products for Merrill Lynch, in addition to developing the STEERs program, a first of its kind private and public SPV asset repackaging entity.   Mr. Finkelstein spent five years heading Merrill Lynch’s Municipal Reinvestment desk and has more than thirty years of experience distributing, structuring and trading derivative products.  Mr. Finkelstein began his career in 1986 as a trader of interest rate swaps and options.  Mr. Finkelstein attended the University of Michigan and received a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Accounting from Claremont McKenna College.

Gangesh Ganesan

Founder and CEO, PeerNova

Gangesh Ganesan is the founder and CEO of PeerNova. He has been a successful entrepreneur for over two decades. Mr Ganesan served as the CEO & President of Ubicom until it’s acquisition by Qualcomm. He founded multiple technology start-ups including Factals and was a member of Locomatix, which was acquired by Twitter. Mr. Ganesan has distributed and networking systems expertise from his tenures at Bosch, Cypress Semiconductor, and Marvell Semiconductor.

Under the leadership of Mr. Ganesan, PeerNova hired top Silicon Valley engineering talent with deep expertise in real-time streaming, enterprise security, and Big Data. Additionally, financial industry veterans in post-trade processing, collateral, custody, and middleware applications joined Mr. Ganesan at PeerNova.

With collective expertise in both technology and finance, PeerNova has built the Cuneiform Platform, a zero-code solution that automates data quality, end-to-end (E2E) visibility, and process correctness in real-time. Through continuous high-quality data and Event Lineage™, the Cuneiform Platform enables financial firms to achieve settlement with greater accuracy, increase operational efficiency, improve business performance, and address executive, stakeholder, and regulatory inquiries confidently and promptly.

Over the past five years, Mr. Ganesan has worked closely with large financial institutions globally to solve specific data quality challenges in post-trade processing, clearing and settlement, trade validation, and exception management to improve firms’ operations, regulatory compliance, and business decision-making.

Todd McDonald

Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, R3

Todd is Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer for R3. Todd co-founded R3 in 2015 and was one of the first to uncover the promise of blockchain technology for the financial services industry and beyond.

In his current role, Todd is responsible for R3’s product and marketing strategy, aligning key markets and customers to drive the longer term strategic roadmap for Corda. He also served on the Hyperledger Governing Board where he oversaw all project business and marketing matters. Todd, alongside fellow leaders in the crypto assets sector, founded The Global Digital Finance (GDF) industry body to release an industry code of conduct to drive sustainable crypto assets innovation.

Prior to R3, Todd spent fourteen years at Standard Chartered Bank as a Managing Director in their financial markets group where he held positions such as Global Head of Electronic FX Trading and Head of FX for the Americas. Todd holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Colgate University, NY.

Buzz Moschetti

Managing Director, Head of Focused Advanced Solutions and Technology (FAST), Credit Suisse

Buzz Moschetti is a Managing Director in the Global Markets Division, based in New York. He is Head of Focused Advanced Solutions & Technology (FAST) and formerly the head of International Trading Systems technology for Global Markets.

Buzz joined Credit Suisse in October 2018. Immediately prior, he was a co-founder and CTO of several startups, and earlier was an Enterprise Architect and presales leader at MongoDB for 4 years, helping that company achieve a successful IPO. Earlier on, he was the Global Head of Architecture of the Investment Bank at JPMorganChase for 5 years and held a similar role at Bear Stearns for 8 years before that. Buzz began his career at Salomon Brothers and moved to Bear Stearns, principally designing, building, and selling the HYDRA and BondStudio portfolio analysis platforms.

Buzz has done pioneering work in open source software and holds a patent in security infrastructure, and is an avid musician.

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Digital Enablement

Max Galka

Co-Founder and CEO, Elementus

Max Galka is the CEO and Founder of Elementus, the first Universal Blockchain Search Engine and institutional grade crypto forensics platform. Before founding Elementus, Max traded mortgage derivatives and insurance-linked securities at Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank, founded the real estate data business Revaluate, and taught data science at the University of Pennsylvania.

Brendon Howe

Vice President and General Manager, Blockchain, VMware

Brendon Howe is an accomplished executive with 30+ years of success in Product Strategy and General Manager Leadership across early-stage to Fortune 500 companies. As Vice President and General Manager of VMware’s Blockchain business, he is focused on driving product and business strategy for this newly formed, high growth business for VMware.

Prior to joining VMware, Brendon spent 13 years at NetApp in a variety of General Manager roles ranging from the core network-attached-storage business to new, emerging products such as NetApp’s first cloud services offerings. Before that he worked for a number of early stage startups in the software and networking technology areas. 

Brendon serves on the Board of Directors of Digital Asset Inc and a number of Advisory Board roles. 

Michael Shaulov

Co-Founder and CEO, Fireblocks

Michael is the CEO and co-founder of Fireblocks, a secure digital asset infrastructure company. Prior to Fireblocks, he co-founded Lacoon Mobile Security, which was acquired by Check Point, and was then appointed the Head of Products, Mobile and Cloud Security for Check Point. Michael is a serial cybersecurity entrepreneur and investor. He is also a recognized industry speaker, delivering talks at RSA Conference, BlackHat and Infosec. Before his commercial endeavors, Michael pioneered the mobile security field in an elite military technological unit (8200), where he received the Israeli Presidential Excellency Honor for his contributions. He holds a BSc in Computer Sciences and Physics from Ben-Gurion University, Israel.

Paul Sutter

Director, SUB Digital Banking, Head of Connectivity Journeys, Credit Suisse

Paul Sutter is Head of Connectivity Journeys at Credit Suisse. He is responsible to bring the services of the bank closer to clients via electronic channels. This includes applications for voice, text and video chat, Private swift Network as well as Trading and Market Data through Online Banking.

Paul joined Credit Suisse in 1998 as a Relationship Manager. He soon thereafter discovered his interest in the management of IT projects and programs and transitioned into a new role as Project Manager, where he delivered various large initiatives in the areas of Client Relationship Management, Trading, Settlement, Structuring and Market Making. Today as head of Connectivity Journeys he holds a leadership role for a team of Product Owners.

Paul studied business administration with a focus on banking at Hochschule St. Gallen (HSG).

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Venture Capital Propelling Blockchain

Casey Caruso

Investment Partner, Paradigm

Casey Caruso is an Investment Partner at Paradigm. Previously, Casey was a software engineer at Google where she worked on machine learning and UX research. In parallel, she worked at Bessemer Venture Partners part-time as an investor focused on frontier tech. Before Google and Bessemer, Casey was a researcher at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab on the Intelligent Systems team. She earned her B.S. in Computer Engineering from Lehigh and began her M.S. in Neuro Engineering at Harvard University. . 

Sam Englebardt

General Partner, Galaxy Interactive, and Co-Founder and Partner, Galaxy Digital

Sam Englebardt is a media and technology investor and content producer who has created, acquired and/or financed a broad range of traditional and digital businesses and dozens of videogames, films and television shows over the past decade.

Englebardt is a Co-Founder and Partner at Galaxy Digital and a founding General Partner of Galaxy’s Interactive division. Now investing from its second venture fund, Galaxy Interactive focuses exclusively on companies operating at the intersection of content, finance and technology, with particular emphasis on video game studios, marketplaces and social platforms, NFTs and the web3 and blockchain technologies that are powering the immersive digital environments in which people are spending an increasing amount of their conscious time.  

Englebardt’s involvement with Galaxy reflects his deep interest in the intersection of content, consciousness and exponential technologies. In addition to the Galaxy Interactive portfolio, he was an early investor in Eyefluence, an eye-tracking technology company that was sold to Google and he has been an advisor to several start-ups in the mixed-reality space, including VR company, The Void. He has also been an active crypto and blockchain investor for years, having bought his first bitcoin in 2013 and his first eth in 2016.  

Prior to Galaxy Digital, Englebardt was a Partner and Managing Director at Lambert Media Group (LMG) from 2007 - 2016, where he sourced and managed a portfolio of media-sector private equity investments including Rave Cinemas (sold to Cinemark in 2013). He has been a prolific content producer throughout his career and spent three years running LMG portfolio company, Demarest Films. His recent live-action projects include the acclaimed John Le Carre projects, The Night Manager and A Most Wanted Man.

Matthew Walsh 

Founding Partner, Castle Island Ventures

Matt Walsh is a co-founder and General Partner of Castle Island Ventures, an early stage venture fund focused on companies in the blockchain / cryptoasset sector. Prior to founding Castle Island Ventures, Matt was a Vice President at Fidelity Investments, where he led a number of the firm’s blockchain R&D initiatives. While at Fidelity, he led the creation, operationalization and the investment strategy of a private fund focused on cryptoasset investments. 

Prior to Fidelity, Matt was a management consultant in the Private Equity practice at Arthur D. Little and worked in a corporate strategy role at iHeartMedia. Matt holds a BS in Business Administration from Babson College and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. 

Danielle Johnson 

Managing Director, Head of Venture Capital Coverage, Credit Suisse 

Danielle Johnson is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse leading Venture Capital coverage out of New York. She was previously Co-Head of the Americas Equities Business and a member of the Global Equities Management Committee and Global Markets Operating Committee. She has also spent time on client strategy within the Credit Suisse Key Account Management team serving as a Digital Champion and Global Markets Innovation Committee member.

Danielle joined Credit Suisse in June 2019 following a 21-year career with Goldman Sachs, where she most recently served as a Managing Director in their Global Client Relationship Management and Strategy team. Previously, Danielle held various positions including Co-Head of NY Institutional Sales, and also within Derivative Sales and various Cross Asset Desks. She was intimately involved with the Goldman Sachs Women’s Network throughout her career.

Danielle earned a BA in Government from Dartmouth College and serves on the Point O’Woods Foundation Board, Point O’Woods Investment Committee and Point O’Woods Arts Committee. Previous board work includes her alma mater, the Professional Children’s School in Manhattan and Friends of Pelham Sports in her community. She continues to serve as an alumni interviewer and class agent for the Dartmouth College Fund. She lives in Westchester County with her husband and two teenage boys.

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Fireside Chat

Chamath Palihapitiya

Founder & CEO, Social Capital 

Chamath Palihapitiya is the Founder and CEO of Social Capital, where he makes big bets on transformational ideas, technology, and people. Social Capital invests from a balance sheet of permanent capital to support entrepreneurship at all stages, with a focus on profit-minded opportunities and forward-thinking social investments that have the potential to shape a better future. The firm has backed transformative companies like Virgin Galactic, Opendoor, Slack, as well as over 70 private investments.

Prior to founding Social Capital, Chamath was the longest tenured member of Facebook's senior executive team and led the development and launch of new platforms that drove the company's tremendous global growth.

Prior to Facebook, Chamath held leading roles at The Mayfield Fund, AOL, and Winamp. In addition to his focus at the fund, Chamath is part-owner and director of the NBA's Golden State Warriors. Chamath was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in Canada, and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Dan Nathan

Credit Suisse Technology Investment Banking & ECM Consultant, CNBC Contributor

Dan is the principal of RiskReversal Advisors, founded in 2016, offering consulting services to investment advisors and private companies, and has been a consultant to Credit Suisse's Technology Investment Banking and Equity Capital Markets groups since 2017.

Dan has spent much of his 25 years career as an equity & options trader first at hedge funds (SAC, Cheyne, & Exis Capital), within the equity derivatives group of Merrill Lynch, and as a sole proprietor. 

Dan was a regular panelist on CNBC’s Options Action from 2009 through 2019, and has been a regular panelist on CNBC’s Fast Money since 2011.

Dan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, originally from Syracuse, New York, he lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters.

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Michael Novogratz

Founder and CEO, Galaxy Digital (TSX: GLXY)

Mike Novogratz is the Founder and CEO of Galaxy Digital. He was formerly a Partner and President of Fortress Investment Group LLC, taking the company public in 2007. Before Fortress, Mr. Novogratz spent 11 years at Goldman Sachs. During his time at Goldman, positions he held include: President of Goldman Sachs Latin America, Head of FICC risk in Asia, and was elected Partner in 1998. Additionally, Mr. Novogratz served on the New York Federal Reserve’s Investment Advisory Committee on Financial Markets from 2012 – 2015. Mr. Novogratz serves as the Chairman of The Bail Project and a Founding Board Member of REFORM Alliance.  He also serves as the Chairman of Hudson River Park Friends and sits on the NYU Langone Medical Center boards, the Princeton Varsity Club, Jazz Foundation of America, and Artists for Peace and Justice.  Mr. Novogratz received an AB in Economics from Princeton University and served as a helicopter pilot in the US Army.

Tommy Mercein

Managing Director, Vice Chairman, Credit Suisse

Thomas R. Mercein is a Vice Chairman in Capital Markets and Advisory as well as Co-Chair and Co-CIO of the Pension Investment Committee.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Mercein was Global Head of Debt Capital Markets. He joined Credit Suisse First Boston in 1990 as a corporate bond trader. He has served in various senior roles across Fixed Income and Investment banking, including Co-Head of North American Credit Sales and Fixed Income Syndicate.

Before joining Credit Suisse, Tommy worked at Drexel Burnham Lambert from 1987 to 1990 in New York and Tokyo.

Mr. Mercein received his B.A. in Economics from Yale College.

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Closing Remarks

Chris Rice

Managing Director, Global Head of Execution Strategy, Credit Suisse

Chris is Global Head of Execution Strategy at Credit Suisse. In this role, he oversees Cross Asset Electronic Trading Strategy and Digital Asset Markets. Previously Chris was Global Head of Trading at State Street Global Advisors where he had overall responsibility for 24-hour equity, currency, and fixed income trading in Boston, London and Hong Kong.

Chris was also a co-founder and board member of Luminex Trading & Analytics LLC. Luminex was created by nine asset managers with combined AUM of over $15T as an equity SEC-registered alternative trading system (ATS).

Chris earned his MS in Quantitative Finance from the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a second major in Spanish, from the University of New Hampshire.