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Peter Grosskopf
Co-Founder & CTO at Unstoppable Finance

Peter is Co-Founder and CTO at Ultimate (by Unstoppable Finance), a Berlin-based company with the mission to empower people around the world to access, interact with and unlock financial opportunities of the decentralized economy. Before he was CTO and MD at Börse Stuttgart Digital Exchange, the first regulated digital asset exchange in Germany. Before he was CTO and co-founder at solarisBank. Peter has technology and entrepreneurial background. In 2008 he founded a software engineering consultancy with a focus on digitization projects and grew it to profitability to 30 employees. In 2014 he came to Berlin to join the company builder Hitfoxgroup and finleap which focuses on #fintech as CTO. Blockchain and decentralization fascinates him from the moment he got in touch at the end of 2016. Since then he has shaped the vision to bring decentralized finance to reality.

 

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Cyrus Fazel
Founder & CEO Swissborg

Cyrus Fazel is the founder and CEO of SwissBorg. A multicultural fintech professional with 15 years of experience in asset management and algorithmic trading, he also managed and advised UHNWI on all asset classes as a Portfolio Advisor and Senior Business Developer for top hedge funds. He holds degrees in International Business Management and Finance.  At SwissBorg, he and the founding team raised 50M CHF at their 2017 ICO. Today, SwissBorg has built Europe’s top crypto wealth management app with over 650,000 active users.  A thought leader and influencer in the crypto and blockchain space, Cyrus is a frequent speaker spreading the gospel of crypto around the globe, or the idea that a decentralised, meritocratic system can reshape the future and create a more vibrant and equitable world of finance.

Alexander Bechtel
Head of Digital Assets & Currencies Strategy at Deutsche Bank

Alexander Bechtel is Head of Digital Assets & Currencies Strategy at Deutsche Bank (Corporate Bank). He has done a PhD at the University of St.Gallen, where he still holds a position as external lecturer. Alexander regularly publishes articles, podcasts, and research on monetary policy and digital currencies. He has worked as an external consultant at the European Central Bank and spent a research stay at Stanford University.

 

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Stephan D. Meyer
Co-Founder and Co-CEO at FQX

Stephan is an open-minded entrepreneur, attorney-at-law and notary public. Previously, Stephan worked for an insurance group for six years and was core team member within an SNSF research project on the regulation of cryptocurrencies at the ZHAW School of Management and Law. He completed his doctorate on 'Rights to and from Blockchain-based Crypto Tokens' at the University of Zurich, winning the Issekutz Prize 2020. Currently, Stephan is Co-Founder and Co-CEO at FQX, a global decentralized debt infrastructure startup. Also, he has been advising clients as Associate and Counsel with MME's DLT team for over five years, mainly on tokenization and decentralized governance. On his academic track, he is leading the Masters' course on "Blockchain & Smart Contracts" at University of Lucerne, and teaches at HWZ and ZHAW on blockchain and law. Finally, Stephan is Operational Legal Advisor in the rank of a Major within an active Swiss Armed Forces Division Staff.

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Florence Guillaume
Professor Faculty of Law, University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

Florence Guillaume is a Full Professor of civil and private international law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) since 2006. Her research and publications cover a wide array of topics, including international corporate law, international business litigation, international intermediated securities law, national and international succession law, international trust disputes, and legal issues of digitalization. She is the author of several publications on the legal treatment of smart contracts and DAOs as well as on decentralized justice. She has also been a Member of the expert group Coala for the Model Law for DAOs (2019-2022). She founded in 2020 the LexTech Institute, which is an academic center dedicated to research and training in digital technologies. Professor Guillaume has been the Dean of the Faculty of Law (2011-2014) and she is currently member of the Council of the University. She has been a Visiting scholar at Stanford University (CodeX) (2022) and a Professor on secondment at The Hague Conference on Private International Law (2014-2015). Before entering academics, Professor Guillaume practiced as a lawyer at the Geneva Bar and the Zurich Bar (2000-2006). She also worked as a Deputy to the Head of the Private International Law Department at the Swiss Federal Ministry of Justice.

 

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Eva Kaili
Vice President, European Parliament

Eva Kaili is a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), part of the Hellenic S&D Delegation since 2014. She is the first woman to chair the STOA Panel and the Centre for Artificial Intelligence (C4AI). She is a Member of the Committees on Industry, Research and Energy, Economic and Monetary Affairs, Budgets, the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age, and the recently created Committee of Inquiry into the use of the Pegasus Spyware. She has been the draftsperson of legislation in the fields of blockchain technology, online platforms, big data, fintech, AI, cybersecurity, as well as EFSI2, the InvestEU programme, and FuelEU Maritime. She is also a member of the delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (DACP), the delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula (DARP), and the delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (DNAT). Prior to her election as MEP, she was a Member of the Greek Parliament (2007-2012). Before her political career, she worked as a journalist and newscaster.

Alexander Valtingojer
CEO and Co-Founder of Coinpanion

Alexander Valtingojer is CEO of the crypto fintech Coinpanion. He was already intensively involved with cryptocurrencies during his school days, which led him to actively work on various projects in this scene. The first project he developed was a Bitcoin PayPal marketplace. Later in his studies, he started actively trading cryptocurrencies and also worked on his own ICO, for which he spoke on the panel at the C³ Crypto Conference in Berlin. After that, Alexander founded a sole proprietorship for software services. For about four years, Alexander has been intensively involved with the financial markets and, due to his skills, was also a trader on the previous version of Coinpanion. Coinpanion has now grown into a company with 30+ employees and aims to help everyone get started in the crypto market with smart and data-driven portfolios.

 

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Philippe Naegeli
Co-Founder & CEO GenTwo 

Philippe Naegeli is an experienced business leader and investor with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and extensive experience in trading, investment and merchant banking and corporate governance. Philippe has worked in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. over the course of three decades. 2014 he was appointed CEO, Managing Partner, and Vice President of the Board at Forstmann & Co. USA, a financial institution that builds partnerships and value chains together with industry leaders, philanthropists, governmental and non-governmental organizations to support the true entrepreneur. In 2018 he co-founded GenTwo, the creator of next-generation financial products, providing innovative Securitization as a Service. Today, Philippe acts as the CEO of GenTwo and Member of the Board at GenTwo, GenTwo Digital, and SAS Security Agent Services AG.

 

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Mauro Casellini
CEO Bitcoin Suisse Liechtenstein & Head of Bitcoin Suisse Europe

Mauro Casellini joined Bitcoin Suisse in July 2019 as CEO Bitcoin Suisse (Liechtenstein) AG, where he is responsible for the European Business. Before joining Bitcoin Suisse AG, he was working as Head of Blockchain and PSP at Bank Frick, where he has successfully implemented a corporate strategy in the field of blockchain banking, and also established the Blockchain and Payment Service Provider department. Mauro is also a Board Member of the Crypto Country Association, an organization dedicated to supporting the blockchain and crypto currency sectors in Liechtenstein.

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Alireza Siadat
Partner at Annerton 

Alireza Siadat, M.J.I., is a partner at Annerton Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH. He advises banks, financial services providers, capital management companies, FinTechs and start-ups on regulatory issues and specialises in market entry advice, passporting within the EEA, compliance and the regulatory oversight framework of cryptocurrencies.  Alireza Siadat is known as a co-founder and board member of Luxembourg-based thinkBlocktank a.s.b.l., board member at the EU Commission's Blockchain Association INATBA, and advisor to the Blockchain Founders Group. Alireza is co-editor of the Journal of Digital Economy Law (Wolters Kluwer) and author of numerous publications on crypto assets. He regularly teaches business leaders and government officials on crypto issues.

Emi Lorincz
Business Development Director at Ledger & President CVA

Emi Lorincz started her career in traditional financial services at Morgan Stanley, then moved to aircraft financing at GE Capital and later to commodity trading at Eni. Since 2017 Emi’s focus has been directed towards the ever evolving world of digital assets and blockchain technology. Bringing a wealth of work experience from the traditional markets and the field of cryptocurrencies, - she combines these two worlds to help companies benefit from both.

She is passionate about advancing the case of Bitcoin, so much so that she talked on TEDx about how Bitcoin can be the “Guardian Angel” of privacy. Dedicated to increasing the usage and adoption of cryptocurrencies, Emi is currently engaged in rolling-out the institutional solution of security company Ledger, while serving on the council of the Bancor Foundation, Linum Labs and as the president of the Crypto Valley Association.

 

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Patrick Hansen
Crypto Venture Advisor at Presight Capital 

Patrick Hansen serves as crypto venture advisor at Presight Capital, a global venture fund with +$600m AUM and 50+ startup in its portfolio. Prior to that he worked as head of strategy & business development at crypto-wallet startup Unstoppable Finance and head of blockchain at Bitkom, Europe’s largest tech association, where he led crypto-related regulatory work, research, and partnerships. Patrick holds master degrees in business and political science.

Guido Buehler
Owner of GILOCA AG

Guido is the owner of GILOCA AG, an Investment and Advisory firm, conducting direct investments in FinTech, Real Estate, Early Stage Companies and Art. Guido is the Co-Founder of SEBA Bank AG, the first global “New Generation Financial Institution”, based on blockchain technology. Guido raised successfully CHF 230 mio. in three investment rounds, whilst he was acting as CEO until recently.

 

Prior to joining SEBA, Guido was the Chairman and Founding Partner of award-winning B&B Analytics AG, a boutique risk analytics and research firm. Guido was also the CEO and Founding Partner of B&B Wealth Solutions AG, a Zug based multi-family office and the CEO of Hérens Partners AG, a FINMA licensed asset manager company which he helped reposition. Among several mandates, he served as a Board Member of UBS Investment Bank in London, was Chairman of the European Central Bank’s “Operations Managers Group” in Frankfurt, and Non-Executive Board Member of DTCC/DerivServ, as well as member of the DTCC Compliance & Operational Risk Committee in New York. Currently, he is Board Member of Swiss Blockchain Federation, sponsored by the Swiss Government.

 

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Delphine Forma
Senior Compliance Manager at BitMex 

Delphine Forma is an experienced compliance officer who worked across different countries and industries including large banks in the U.K. such as Bank of Tokyo – Mitsubishi UFJ and HSBC Bank plc., and blockchain/crypto businesses (exchanges and miners) in Switzerland. She holds a diploma from Sciences Po Lyon, and two master’s degrees specialized in European Criminal Business Law and Frauds and Money Laundering Prevention. Delphine is a Senior Compliance Manager at BitMEX and a Board member of the OpenVASP Association (a non-profit association formed to develop a protocol and standards to allow virtual assets providers and others to comply with the Financial Action Task Force's "travel rule" requiring identifying information for parties involved in transfer of Digital Assets) and has served has a Board Member of the Crypto Valley Association. Delphine is passionate about crypto and all blockchain things

Jacek Czarnecki
Global Legal Counsel at MakerDAO

Jacek Czarnecki is a web3 and crypto lawyer with vast experience in the Decentralized Finance space. As a former Global Legal Counsel (2017-2021) of the Maker Foundation, he contributed to the first and largest DeFi protocol and Decentralized Autonomous Organization: MakerDAO with Dai, the decentralized stablecoin. Jacek was also involved in several global and European initiatives to create policy frameworks for web3. He is also an advisor to several high-profile organizations, including startups and financial institutions. He was also a founder of Fountain, a solution for decentralized securities trading. He graduated from Warsaw, Oxford and Harvard universities.

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Markus Büch
Professor at FOM Hochschule für Ökonomie & Management

As a lawyer, Dr. Markus Büch deals intensively with legal issues of peer-to-peer networks, cooperations, communal resources and decentralized organizational structures. In addition, he lectures at the Blockchain Competence Centrum Mittweida (BCCM) in the Master of Science program "Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT)", works as a lawyer and as an Expert Consultant for Decentralized Corporate Structures for mm1 Unternehmensberatung. He is part of the Bitcoin project netpositive.money and one of the founders of the European Data Cooperative polypoly.coop.

Cyrill Tröndle
Founding Partner Numeus

Cyrill is a founding partner at Numeus Research AG and leads the groups Venture effort. He is a trained systems engineer who started his career in the financial services industry at Swiss Re and Bank Vontobel before turning crypto enthusiast almost a decade ago. After running his first Bitcoin node in school in 2013, he became fascinated with the power of blockchain and, shortly thereafter, discovered a pre-sale for a new cryptocurrency called Ethereum. After his first transaction on Ethereum, Cyrill decided to embrace this technology. As a serial entrepreneur in the space, he is now building the bridge between TradFi and Web3.0, which is an important role in creating a government-independent, robust new financial system and transaction layer. To balance his days in Web3.0, Cyrill enjoys the occasional rush of adrenaline by skydiving, snowboarding, and participating in a variety of other sports.

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Mark J. Valek
Fund Management & Research at Incrementum AG

Mark is Partner at Incrementum AG, responsible for portfolio management and research. His passion is to apply interdisciplinary thinking in the field of asset management. In particular, he is fascinated by the Austrian School of Economics, monetary history, and the foreseeable paradigm shift in the global monetary order. While working, Mark studied business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and has been working continuously in the areas of financial markets and asset management since 1999. Prior to founding Incrementum AG, he worked for Raiffeisen Capital Management for ten years, most recently as a fund manager in the area of inflation protection and alternative investments. He gained entrepreneurial experience as co-founder of Philoro Edelmetalle GmbH. Since 2013, he has been a lecturer at Scholarium in Vienna as well as a lecturer at the Vienna Stock Exchange Academy. In 2014 he published the book "Österreichische Schule für Anleger".

Alexander Tkachenko
Founder & CEO at VNX

Founder of Luxembourg VC fund 2be.lu. Co-chair of VC club at Luxembourg’s PE/VC association and Executive Council member at Digital Banking and Fintech Cluster in Luxembourg Banking Association. Serial entrepreneur, business angel. MBA from London Business School and Columbia University.

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Till Rügge
Co-CEO at heartstocks

Till loves the blockchain, NFTs and all crypto assets that exist. He comes from the financial industry and was able to see a lot from the inside through insights in asset management, private equity and the first tokenized financial products, which he now wants to make better with heartstocks.

Nicolas Vanhoutteghem
Partner at NUMEUS

Nicolas brings over twenty years of professional experience in a career spanning both investment management and consulting industries. Nicolas was previously a founding partner of Argentière Capital, a volatility-focused multi-strategy hedge fund where he was a Senior Portfolio Manager focusing on volatility strategies across equities and FX. He was a member of the firm’s Risk Management Committee and was instrumental in building many of the tools and processes employed by the firm across investment and risk management functions.

 

Prior to launching Argentière, Nicolas was a Portfolio Manager in JPMorgan Chase’s Equity Proprietary Trading Group in London. He previously spent nine years at Bain & Company, where he was a Manager running consulting projects in the areas of corporate strategy, M&A, private equity and operational improvements for clients in Europe, US and Japan.

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