Our Speakers

David Mercer

CEO of LMAX Exchange Group

David Mercer is the Chief Executive Officer of LMAX Exchange Group – a leading independent financial services technology company that operates institutional execution venues for FX trading and crypto currencies.

 

Timothy G. Massad

Former Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (2014-2017)

Timothy Massad is currently a Senior Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law School.

Colleen Sullivan

CEO OF CMT Digital Holdings

Colleen Sullivan is the Chief Executive Officer of CMT Digital Holdings LLC and has been a partner with the broader CMT Group for five years. In her role as CEO, Ms. Sullivan oversees CMT Digital’s trading, investments, and regulatory initiatives in the crypto assets / blockchain technology space.

Troy A. Paredes

Founder of Paredes Strategies LLC / Former SEC Commissioner (2008-2013)

Troy A. Paredes is the founder of Paredes Strategies LLC. From 2008-2013, Paredes was an SEC Commissioner, appointed by President George W. Bush.

Thomas Chippas

CEO of ErisX

Thomas Chippas was Managing Director and Global Head of Quantitative Prime Brokerage at Citi and held the same position at Barclays. Quantitative Prime Brokerage is a combined execution and financing platform built for systematic investment managers. 

Kate James

Director of Business Development at ChartIQ

Kate joined ChartIQ in 2014 to launch institutional sales operations, focused on building and scaling the adoption of HTML5 data-visualization at the enterprise level across top tier investment banks and asset managers. She also led ChartIQ's go-to-market strategy for partner collaborations with Symphony Communication Services and Refinitiv Eikon App Studio. 

Chris Brummer

Founder of Fintech Week

Chris Brummer is the Agnes N. Williams Research Professor and Faculty Director of Georgetown’s Institute of International Economic Law.  He is also the founder of Washington’s popular Fintech Week, the Co-Founder of Roll Call’s Fintech Beat, and an editor for fintechpolicy.org.

Sunayna Tuteja

Head of Digital Assets and Blockchain at TD Ameritrade

Sunayna Tuteja is the Head of Digital Assets and Blockchain at TD Ameritrade. With more than ten years of diverse global experience, she has a proven record for building new ventures from scratch and leading the kind of change that is critical in shaping the future of business. In her current role, Sunayna is responsible for building a scalable blockchain and crypto practice within TD Ameritrade. This rapidly growing practice is inclusive of partnerships, investments and products to harness the growing power of blockchain technology.

Brad Levy

Senior Vice President and Global Head of Loans at IHS Markit / CEO of MarkitSERV

Brad Levy is the Senior Vice President and Global Head of Loans at IHS Markit, as well as Chief Executive Officer of MarkitSERV, the firm’s post trade service for OTC derivatives. IHS Markit’s services for the syndicated loan market include ClearPar, the most comprehensive loan trade settlement service, and Markit WSO, portfolio administration software and services catering to the complex lifecycle requirements of loans.

Jennifer Peve

Managing Director of Business Development, Partners and Fintech Strategy at the DTCC

Jennifer Peve is Managing Director of Business Development, Partners and Fintech Strategy at DTCC. Within this role, she oversees business development activities across the DTCC Solutions portfolio, 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.

Gary Goldsholle

Partner at Steptoe

Gary Goldsholle is a partner at Steptoe, an international law firm, where he advises clients on legal, regulatory, and policy matters across the financial services industry, including the equities, fixed income, and derivatives markets, as well as the emerging cryptocurrency markets.

Mark Shelby Smith

Co-Founder and CEO of Symbiont

Mark Shelby Smith is CEO and Co-Founder of Symbiont.io, Inc. Symbiont is the merger of MathMoney f(x), which was founded by Mr. Smith in September of 2013, and the founding team of the Bitcoin 2.0 project Counterparty.io. As CEO, Mark brings two decades of global experience in FinTech.

Jill Malandrino

Global Markets Reporter and Host of NASDAQ TradeTalks

Jill Malandrino, Global Markets Reporter, is the host of TradeTalks and regularly reports from the Nasdaq MarketSite, Nasdaq PHLX Trading Floor and industry conferences.

Greg Tusar

Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Tagomi

Formerly, Greg was Co-Head of Global Execution Services and Platforms responsible for KCG’s sales, products and platforms globally.

Edward Woodford

Co-Founder of Seed CX

Edward co-founded Seed Futures, which was acquired by Dough, Inc. in early 2017. Edward has led the development of multiple certified derivative products and is a specialist in market micro-structure. He has been named one of Chicago’s 20 in their 20s by Crain's.

Matthew Trudeau

Chief Strategy Officer of ErisX

Matt Trudeau is a serial entrepreneur and has participated in the successful launch of 10 electronic trading venues. Matt was most recently Co-Founder and President of Tradewind Markets, an electronic trading platform and blockchain-based post trade system for physical precious metals.

Jimmy Nguyen

Founding President of the Bitcoin Association

Jimmy is Founding President of the Bitcoin Association, the worldwide industry organization for the business of Bitcoin. The association backs Bitcoin SV, and brings together developers, merchants, exchanges, miners and other Bitcoin network participants. Jimmy heads the industry group as it builds the global infrastructure and ecosystem for Bitcoin SV, and supports long-term financial success for all participants in the inter-related Bitcoin ecosystem.

Gary Offner

Head of Nasdaq Ventures

Gary Offner is Head of Nasdaq Ventures, Nasdaq’s venture arm which is dedicated to discovering, investing in and partnering with unique fintech companies worldwide. The program's main objective is to identify and collaborate on new technologies and groundbreaking services and solutions which align with Nasdaq’s clients' needs and the company's long-term objectives in the global capital markets.

Maria Adamjee

Principal at Megalodon Capital

Maria Adamjee is a founding partner at Megalodon Capital - a FinTech advisory that develops business strategies for start-up's that aim to impact financial services. Maria has been involved in designing and "productizing" market leading technology in capital markets for more than 10 years. These include industry leading execution algorithms and order analytical trading tools, as well as helping to innovate Fidessa's Futures & Options O/EMS Platform.

Frank Chaparro

Editor at The Block

Chaparro started his career at Business Insider, where he specialized in the intersection of digital assets and Wall Street, market structure, and financial technology. He has received numerous accolades for his work and maintained the position as one of the most well-read fintech reporter through his time there, breaking stories on firms such as Fidelity, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and Nasdaq.

Gabriel Wang

analyst at Aite Group

Gabriel Wang is an analyst at Aite Group, specializing in comprehensive emerging markets research, covering equity and derivatives market structure, exchanges, electronic trading, and macroeconomic and regulatory derivers.

Moad Fahmi

Senior Advisor of Fintech at the Bermuda Monetary Authority

Moad Fahmi, CFA, is a Senior Advisor of Fintech for the Bermuda Monetary Authority, where he heads the department responsible for the licensing and supervision of digital asset businesses under the Digital Asset Business Act 2018. The Bermuda Monetary Authority is one of the few jurisdictions with a robust regulatory framework that was specially designed to appropriately address the unique risks arising from digital-asset business.

Noelle Acheson

Author at CoinDesk

After 10 years in capital markets and 13 running an e-commerce company she founded, Noelle stumbled across bitcoin and hasn’t looked back since. She joined CoinDesk in 2016 and currently works on developing crypto information channels for institutional investors. She writes the Institutional Crypto newsletter, produces the webinar series and struggles to stay abreast of the rapid evolution of crypto market infrastructure, products and regulation.

Stuart Levi

Partner at Skadden Arps

Stuart Levi is a partner at Skadden Arps where he co-heads the Intellectual Property and Technology Transactions group and coordinates the firm's blockchain and digital asset practice.  In 2018, Stuart was named by The National Law Journal as a Trailblazer in the fields of cryptocurrency, blockchain and fintech.  Stuart represents a variety of clients working on projects in the blockchain ecosystem.

Vikas Shah

Managing Director of Investment Banking at Rosenblatt Securities

Vikas Shah is the Managing Director of Investment Banking at Rosenblatt Securities. Earlier this year, Vikas was named to Institutional Investor’s 2018 and 2019 FinTech 40 List of most influential people in the FinTech space. Prior to joining Rosenblatt, he was an investment banker at Credit Suisse advising financial services clients on various strategic initiatives, including corporate finance, M&A, and restructuring. 

Richard Kerschner

Advisory Board Chair of DrumG Technologies

Richard Kerschner is currently an active board member, advisor and mentor for early stage companies. He has held executive and board roles for market dominant as well as new players within the financial services and mobile communications sectors.

Grainne McNamara

Principal in Advisory Services at Ernst and Young

Grainne specializes in effectively delivering large transformation programs at top tier institutions. She is currently focusing on digital transformation, helping companies transform by leveraging emerging technology and agile delivery methods.

David Weisberger

CEO and Co-Founder of CoinRoutes

David Weisberger is the CEO and Co-Founder of CoinRoutes, which provides pan-exchange algorithmic trading software and consolidated data products for digital assets. 

Jalak Jobanputra

Founding Partner of Future\Perfect Ventures

Jalak Jobanputra is Founding Partner of Future\Perfect Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund in NYC focused on next generation technology. 

Alex Gordon-Brander

Founder of Omega One

Alex Gordon-Brander has a 20-year history of building some of the largest and most sophisticated financial technology platforms in the world.

Kapil Mohindra

Managing Partner at Labrys Group
Kapil has spent 20+ years operating across various facets of institutional trading technology including most major asset classes (energy, fixed income, equities and derivatives).  As a tech innovator in numerous markets, Kapil has a diverse perspective on market evolution and corporate development from early seed rounds through large public and private exits. 
 

Lisa Seim

Principal at Strategic Exchanges

Lisa Seim has traded and sold treasury products for various financial institutions in Austria, Germany and NYC in the mid 80s and 90s. In 2006, Lisa was part of the early launch of a European, web-based electronic trading company here in the US; she then spent time a full year at an FX, treasury and cash management company learning the true meaning of “vaporware.”

Jay G. Baris

Partner in the Investment Funds practice at Shearman & Sterling

Jay G. Baris is a partner in the Investment Funds practice and has practiced in the asset management area for more than 35 years.

Ilya Gorelik

Founder and CEO of Deltix

Ilya Gorelik the founder & CEO of Deltix. He was one of the key development leaders of PTC, where he worked from 1989 to 1998, attaining the position of Senior VP of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer. From 1998 until 2000, Ilya was Senior VP of Product Strategy and Development and Chief Scientist for FirePond. From 2000 until founding Deltix in 2005, Ilya worked as Advisory CTO for HighRoads and several other software technology companies. Ilya has a Ph.D. in Computational Mechanics from Moscow Technical University, he received an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Minsk Technical University.

Laurence Latimer

Head of Ventures at IEX

Laurence Latimer is head of ventures for IEX Group which operates the Investors Exchange (IEX). IEX is a stock exchange for U.S. equities that is one of the top ten largest exchange operators, globally, by notional value traded. In his role, he is responsible for M&A, corporate venture investments, BD/partnerships, and internal innovation/R&D.

Jeanine Hightower-Sellitto

Managing Director of Operations at Gemini

Jeanine Hightower-Sellitto is the Managing Director of Operations at Gemini Trust Company, LLC. In this role, she leads the Client Services Team and is focused on enhancing the Gemini platform and experience.

Max Boonen

Founder and CEO of B2C2

Max is CEO and Founder of B2C2, one of the largest cryptocurrency liquidity providers and the leader in electronic OTC trading. B2C2 is trusted by retail brokerages, exchanges, banks and fund managers to provide 24/7 liquidity. Founded in 2015, the firm is headquartered in the UK, with offices in London, Jersey City and Tokyo. UK subsidiary B2C2 OTC Ltd. is authorised and regulated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority. Prior to establishing B2C2, Max was a trader at Goldman Sachs in the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities division in London.

Julie Winkler

Chief Commercial Officer of CME Group

Julie Winkler serves as Chief Commercial Officer of CME Group. She leads the company's sales, product marketing, research and product development, data analytics and digitization functions, as well as its innovation lab. Previously, she served as Senior Managing Director, Research, Product Development and Index Services of CME Group since 2014 and as Managing Director, Research and Product Development since 2007.

Rui Carvalho

Global Head of Feeds at ICE Data Services

Rui Carvalho is the Global Head of Product Management for Connectivity and Feeds at ICE Data Services, which is part of Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE). He is responsible for the strategic oversight and day-to-day product management of ICE Data Services’ Streaming and Tick/History product portfolio. Prior to joining ICE, Rui held global leadership roles at Nasdaq, S&P Global Inc. and Refinitiv.

Nick Goodrich

Director of Business Development at trueDigital

Nick Goodrich is the firm’s Director of Business Development, overseeing all partner outreach and business development efforts. Nick is responsible for keeping ahead of the market and continuously helping position trueDigital product offerings on the cutting edge of market needs.

Josh Schwartz

Vice President of Sales at BitGo

As VP of Sales, Josh Schwartz is responsible for developing and executing sales strategy and leading BitGo’s global sales team. Josh has over 16 years of sales leadership in financial services with a strong background in trading technology and transaction cost analysis. He brings extensive capital markets experience across buy-side and sell-side firms.

Honour Masters

Director of Strategy at CoVenture

Honour Masters is currently the Director of Strategy at CoVenture, a boutique multi asset manager focused on niche and emerging asset classes organized across credit, venture capital, and crypto. CoVenture Credit invests in esoteric credit opportunities originated by next-generation, technology-enabled originators, sourcing exclusive deal flow from venture capital, crypto and other non-traditional networks (for example, agricultural invoice factoring, lending to Air BnB hosts).

Sonia Goklani

CEO of Cleartrack

Sonia Goklani is a highly accomplished, solutions-oriented Senior Executive, Entrepreneur, and Consultant with more than 20 years of success in the fintech, prime brokerage, investment banking, private equity, telecom, technology, and finance industries. Leveraging extensive experience as an OTC Clearing strategist, she is a valuable asset for start-ups or finance-related companies of various sizes and stages of growth that are seeking expert assistance with setting up go-to-market strategies for selling products on Wall Street, helping companies determine wise investments, building strong channel partners, and optimizing profitability.

Raymond A. Kahn

Founder and Managing Principal of Archon Advisors LLC

Ray Kahn is the founder and managing principal of Archon Advisors LLC. Archon Advisors works with clients to pursue solutions that generate “Financial Market Efficiencies” that benefit market participants and simultaneously enhance financial stability and transparency.

John Conneely

Lead Business Developer at Bakkt

John currently leads Bakkt’s business development and institutional sales efforts. Prior to Bakkt, John led institutional sales and strategic partnerships at DACC (Digital Asset Custody Company) , before DACC was acquired by Bakkt in May 2019.

Katherine Cooper

Shareholder at Murphy & McGonigle

Katherine Cooper is a shareholder in the Fintech & Blockchain Group at financial services law firm Murphy & McGonigle. Previously, she served as the Chief Regulatory Officer of NYSE Liffe US, a Commodity Futures Trading Commission-registered futures exchange. In that role, she advised NYSE Liffe US’s senior management and Board legal and regulatory developments resulting from the Dodd-Frank Act and oversaw the exchange’s self-regulatory program including the surveillance, investigation, and prosecution of disciplinary actions involving violations of law, CFTC regulations, and exchange rules.

Scott Daspin

Director of Institutional Sales at Triad Securities

Scott Daspin is Director of Institutional Sales at Triad Securities Corp., a New York full service agency broker dealer that specializes in prime brokerage and investment banking services. He is responsible for establishing relationships with institutional clients such as hedge funds, family offices, registered investment advisors and private companies, and introducing capital for FinTech companies developing Blockchain and other capital markets technologies.

Puneet Singhvi

Managing Director and Financial Markets Infrastructure head for Citi Institutional Client Group

Puneet is Managing Director and Financial Markets Infrastructure (FMI) head for Citi Institutional Client Group. He is responsible for relationship and key initiatives with FMIs such as Exchanges, Payment Systems, Clearing Houses, and Settlement venues. He also leads Blockchain/DLT and Digital Assets initiatives for Markets & Securities Services working with FMIs, FinTech firms and institutional clients.

Michael Chang

Managing Director at Scale8 Partners
Michael is Managing Director at Scale8 Partners - a leading firm focused on early-stage investment, financial advisory and business development services for blockchain companies headquartered in New York. Prior to Scale8 Partners, Michael led blockchain investment banking coverage at Jefferies and advised on over $40B in M&A and capital raising transactions at Citigroup and BofA Merrill Lynch.

Rahul Buxani

Managing Director of FinTech Investment Banking at Oppenheimer

Rahul Buxani, Managing Director of FinTech for Oppenheimer’s investment bank. Rahul has over 13 years of experience in providing both M&A advisory and corporate finance solutions, focusing primarily on the Market Structure and Financial Technology sectors, including payments companies, digital wealth, exchanges, brokers, clearing houses and trading platforms. He has served Market Structure and Financial Technology clients in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

John Edge

Operating Partner at Broadhaven

John Edge is a serial entrepreneur, operating as an executive and board advisor to high growth technology companies. Mr. Edge is currently a Connection Science Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, focused on the value potential of decentralized data networks.

Mike Manning

VP of Business Development at Provenance Blockchain Inc.

Mike is responsible for expanding the universe of originators, funders, investors and other participants utilizing the Provenance Blockchain Protocol, the first production blockchain for the lending ecosystem. Every day, loans are originated, financed, sold - and soon securitized - on Provenance. Prior to Provenance, Mike was the founding CEO of DealVector, a fintech that enables counterparties to structured credit deals to quickly and efficiently find and communicate with one another. Mike continues to serve on the board of directors.

Chris DeWinter

Managing Director of Market Structure and Head of Strategic Investments at Nomura

Chris DeWinter is Managing Director of Market Structure and Head of Strategic Investments at Nomura in New York.  The business is responsible for making and managing investments and developing relationships in key financial markets infrastructure and emerging financial technology companies across all asset classes.

Gabor Gurbacs

Director of Digital Asset Strategy at VanEck

Responsible for managing VanEck’s digital asset initiatives, including investment, technology, and regulatory matters. Built first industry standard digital asset indices. Architected and filed for first futures-based bitcoin ETF. Pioneered and leading digital asset investing and market structure discussions with U.S. and global regulators (such as SEC, CFTC and BaFin). Joined VanEck in 2014. Previously member of the ETF product management team. Prior to joining VanEck, held several finance research positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard College, and Williams College.

Ben Jessel

Head of Growth at Kadena

Ben leads the growth of a leading hybrid (public and permissioned) blockchain organization spun out from JP Morgan.

Bo Collins

CEO of the San Juan Mercantile Exchange Bank and Trust

Bo is the former President of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). He led NYMEX through the transition to electronic trading and increased its market cap from $600M to $2.7B within 3 years.

Chris White

CEO and Founder of ViableMkts

Chris White is the Founder and CEO of ViableMkts, a capital markets, FinTech focused strategic consulting firm. Mr. White has over 20 years of experience working in OTC market innovation, is a regular contributor to Bloomberg TV, a  prolific author of articles covering financial market structure and technology.