The first solo artist to hold both number one and number two spots simultaneously on Billboard Hot 100 charts twice, now working on Akon City – a $6 billion project with a tech hub
Nick Spanos is a pioneer in the bitcoin and blockchain technology space. In 2013, Spanos founded Bitcoin Center NYC -- the world's first-ever cryptocurrency trading floor, which initially opened directly across from the NYSE in 2013. Spanos is also CEO of Blockchain Technologies Corp., which patented VoteWatcher, the first-ever blockchain voting platform. He is co-founder of Zap.org, which solves one of the biggest challenges for blockchain smart contracts, by allowing real-world data and events to trigger smart contract provisions for the first time. Spanos was featured in the recent Netflix documentary Banking on Bitcoin and is a sought after speaker at blockchain events worldwide.
Technology Entrepreneur, Investor & Chairman
Dr. Abdalla Kablan is a serial tech entrepreneur, investor, and award winning technology expert. He specialises in the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the design of complex financial systems. Throughout his career he founded and exited a number of companies specializing in deep learning, professional match making, and Fintech. Furthermore, Dr Kablan is an Alumni of Microsoft Ventures, UK and worked on projects, which were featured at the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos. In December 2020 he successfully sold Wyzer to a Nasdaq listed company making it his third successful tech exit and is now investing heavily in neuromorphic computing and its applications. Furthermore Dr Kablan has expert knowledge in international fund raising and sits on the board of directors of the Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) where he chairs the MSE blockchain committee. In addition to the above, Dr Kablan advices governments and institutions on matters related to strategic development and utilisation of technology, Fintech, and Blockchain/DLT technologies. In 2019 Dr Kablan was named as an EYL (European Young Leader) by the renowned EU think thank _Friends of Europe and was named as one of the world’s most influential figures in the field of AI and blockchain by LATTICE80. In January 2021 the London Daily Post described Dr Kablan as one of the worlds top 7 entrepreneurs to follow in 2021.
A global serial entrepreneur and investor with 20 years of startup, growth hacking, business development and digital marketing experience. He has a passion for disruptive ideas, unconventional thinking, and a “screw it, let’s do it” attitude. Born and raised in Austria, Josef worked and lived in Vienna, Sydney, Berlin, Zurich and Panama before immigrating to the US in 2012 where he shortly after joined the booming fintech industry and since has launched three startups in the space. Josef was named a “Top 100 FinTech Influencer” by LTP, he has been very involved in the crowdfunding ecosystem. Josef frequently speaks at public events such as SXSW V2V, Social Media Week LA, Fundit USA, Metropole, #CFGE Crowdfund Global Expo, #Crowdfunding USA and Kickercon. In 2015 he founded Krowdster.co, the first do-it-yourself crowdfunding marketing, and PR SaaS. Krowdster’s powerful tools enable crowd funders to plan and to growth hack successful rewards and equity campaigns. In 2016, he co-founded the Crowd Invest Summit conference and expo which has become the biggest conference and expo in crowdfunding and online investing. In 2018, Josef co-founded LA Blockchain Summit.
Producer and Founder
Lauren Bissell -- Producer and the Founder of Immutable Music, a multi-branch agency focused on the advancement of blockchain technology, building IoT protocol, AI and AR/VR in the music and entertainment industry. Through her firm, she uses music as a catalyst to build community, connecting artists, music industry professionals, tech industry insiders, and investors to promote high-level shifts in distribution systems. She is also a rights and royalties specialist, helping artists and producers to navigate the industry. Through her work with UNESCO and the GNH Council of the Kingdom of Bhutan, she has been a strong proponent for music, cultural connection, and international tourism as a means to preserve and celebrate cultural identity. Ms. Bissell has also worked with stakeholders such as Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Sheryl Crow, NAS, Matthew McConaughey, NASDAQ, Comedy Central, South by Southwest, Sony and many more.
Abdulla Mohammed Al Ashram began leading the operational unit of the group, Emirates Post, in 2010 and then became Group CEO in 2016 to transform the group for the new era by digitally transforming a traditional business.
Head of Digital, Innovation & Design
Based in Jersey, Channel Islands, Jamie is responsible for designing and delivering the overall Customer Experience and Digital banking strategy for RBS International – the offshore division of the RBS Group. In this role, Jamie holds overall responsibility for all customer insight and market research programmes; End-to-end Customer Journey Management, and on-going development of all customer facing digital platforms and channels. Outside of banking, he serves as a Non-Executive Director in the Not-For-Profit sector, and is currently Chairman of Jersey Women’s Refuge. Mai Santamaria, Head of Financial Advisory, Department of Finance (Ireland)Mai Santamaria heads up the Financial Advisory team in the Department of Finance, Ireland. She is responsible for research into topics of interest in the Financial Services sector. She co-authored the Department’s discussion paper on Virtual Currencies and Blockchain, published in March of 2018. She leads the department’s Blockchain Working Group and is a member of Blockchain Ireland. Mai has more than 20 years’ experience in the finance private sector, having worked with Barclays, Zurich, Rothchild, GE and PwC. She is a fellow of the Irish Institute of Chartered Accountants and a native of Barcelona, Spain.
Head of Financial Advisory
Mai Santamaria heads up the Financial Advisory team in the Department of Finance, Ireland. She is responsible for research into topics of interest in the Financial Services sector. She co-authored the Department’s discussion paper on Virtual Currencies and Blockchain, published in March of 2018. She leads the department’s Blockchain Working Group and is a member of Blockchain Ireland. Mai has more than 20 years’ experience in the finance private sector, having worked with Barclays, Zurich, Rothchild, GE and PwC. She is a fellow of the Irish Institute of Chartered Accountants and a native of Barcelona, Spain.