Alexander Bachtel Deutsche Bank
Alexander Bechtel

Head of Digital Asset & Currency Strategy at Deutsche Bank and Lecturer at University of St. Gallen

St. Gallen / Switzerland 

Alex is a leading blockchain and DLT expert in the German speaking countries. As Head of Digital Asset & Currency Strategy at the largest german bank, Deutsche Bank, his work is paving the way for mass adoption in the “old economy”. His work is essential for the implementation of blockchain across the products of Deutsche Bank. But as blockchain is still not equally represented in the scientific area he is lecturer at reowned University of St. Gallen, where he recently finished his PhD. His scientific work focuses on CBDC and the implications of blockchain based currencies for our current monetary system. Already in 2019 he also started his podcast on digital currencies: Bitcoin, Fiat & Rock’n’Roll.

Alexander Zimmermann - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Alexander Zimmermann 

Business Dev at 3wm 

Schifferstadt / Germany

Alexander Zimmermann 28. Working in Krypto for more than six years. Love Python and 3D printers.
Our Planet is to dirty lets solve that problem together. Two birds one stone.

Alin George Luca - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Alin George Luca 

CEO & Co Founder at DEGETHAL 

Bucharest / Romania 

Alin has over 10 years experience on multiple fields of business, including management , engineering and IT, proving during those years that he can lead and scale up fast any type of organization. His passion for innovation drove him to join the DEFI world, and his dream of creating DEGETHAL will change the way global payments are performed, improving the lives of milions of people, where everyone with access to a smartphone must enjoy the real speed of a DEFI banking system.

Alexander Filatov - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Alexander Filatov 

CEO & Co-Founder at TON Labs 

Moscow / Russia 

Alexander Filatov is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at TON Labs, where he oversees the development of Free TON, a community-driven blockchain underpinning an open and free internet. In this role, he leverages his extensive corporate and Venture Capital experience towards fostering meaningful partnerships and communities, with the goal of building a decentralized WebFree platform. Prior to co-founding TON Labs in 2018, Alexander held several Executive positions, heading three multibillion-dollar manufacturing corporations in the automotive, construction equipment, and oil & gas equipment industries.After more than 20 years in the corporate industry, Alexander turned to the world of private equity and venture capital, in 2018 co-founding Industry 4.0, a diversified venture fund focused on exponential technologies, including blockchain. Since mid 2018 Alexander has been fully focused on TON Labs.

Arnold Aschbauer - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Arnold Aschbauer  

SVP Customer Service at Hoverture Europe AG  

Munich / Germany 

Arnold Aschbauer is an extraordinary expert in combining IT and business with many years of experience leading CRM transformations, building up customer centric E2E solutions as part of the fast developing and unpredictable media industry and banking industry. As part of Hoverture Europe he is orchestrating innovative E2E solutions with strong focus on customer experience.

Armin Dobering - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Armin Dobering   

Head of Solutions Delivery at Adhara  

Hamburg / Germany 

Armin has worked for a number of software vendors and financial institutions as project manager and team lead. He has managed various projects in introducing risk management systems, bank mergers and leading development teams. Armin holds a M.Sc in Computer Science from Technical University Vienna (TU Wien) and M.Sc in Computer Science from City College New York (CUNY).

Arnold Aschbauer - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Arnold Aschbauer  

SVP Customer Service at Hoverture Europe AG  

Munich / Germany 

Arnold Aschbauer is an extraordinary expert in combining IT and business with many years of experience leading CRM transformations, building up customer centric E2E solutions as part of the fast developing and unpredictable media industry and banking industry. As part of Hoverture Europe he is orchestrating innovative E2E solutions with strong focus on customer experience.

Antonio Enache - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Antonio Enache 

Head of Marketing at DEGETHAL  

Bucharest / Romania 

Graduated from the faculty of marketing and management, being certified as an international business and life coach. He has been an entrepreneur for the last 14 years, having a business in the wellness industry with a turnover marketcap of over 3 milions dollars per year. Owner and founder of Lifestyle Media International, a media company that offers business consulting on advertising, digital content and websites. In 2020, he became an investor in crypto and adviser and ambassador of several successful projects. He is head of marketing and business strategy for DEGETHAL.

Aragorn Meulendijks - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Aragorn Meulendijks 

Chief Commercial, Communications, Community, Creative and Commercial at Beemup  

Amsterdam / Netherlands 

Before Peter Jackson popularized Tolkien’s LOTR, Aragorn already rocked that name. He’s an Early-Adopter by birth with a massive passion for tech. Social Media, Crypto, VR and now the Metaverse, chances are Aragorn was already binging it before most people heard of it. A former LinkedIn Sales Guy, Public Speaking Coach and Social Selling Doctor, he is now throwing his full weight behind the lovechild of the Metaverse and Crypto World the YourOpenMetaverse Platform and it’s YOM Token

Ashwin Rathod - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Ashwin Rathod  

Co-CEO at OncoCoin AG  

Frankfurt am Main / Germany 

Ashwin is a serial entrepreneur with an affinity towards building products and ecosystems with a sharp focus on the consumers. His love for mathematics, product design, and innovation has earned him multiple patents. He holds a B-tech degree from IIT-Bombay in computer science and MBA from IIM-Bangalore.

Arnold Lo Castro - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Aldo Lo Castro  

CTO at Hokan Digital Services Ltd  

London / United Kingdom 

In 2019 Aldo co-founded Hokan Digital Service Limited in London, a platform for the custody of crypto assets. He is a broad-based or multidisciplinary technologist, with an eye set on the future, and the other well focused on real field implementations. Aldo is a member of the ISO TC 307 – Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies technical committee, and has co-edited ISO/TR 23576:2020 – Security management of digital asset custodians. He has also been a member of the group of experts selected by the Italian ministry for economic development, with the aim of drafting the national strategy on Blokchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies.

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Alyze Sam

Founder at Give Nation and Chair at Women in Blockchain

Kansas / USA

Not without a reason Alyze is called “Heart of Social Blockchain”. She dedicates her work to help others. With Give Nation she brings aid to those in need by teaching children in developed countries financial education and an altruistic mindest. Based on blockchain the tool rewards children when fulfilling different educational sections and investing in sustainable sources. She strives for a fair world based on cooperation and social inclusion. As chair of the Women in Blockchain she is also a fighter for equal rights for women supporting more women in tech sectors. With her positive mindset she inspires the people to follow her lead and create a world worth living in.

Ali Cihan Kestir - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Ali Cihan Kestir

CEO of Turkey & EMEA Region at Caiz Holding AG

Istanbul / Turkey

As a blockchain enthusiast and investment advisor in crypto, Ali Cihan’s endeavors in the blockchain market has been remarkable since 2017. With a strong background in engineering from Istanbul Kultur University, he is boosting immense innovation in the field of crypto. The first time he came across blockchain technology was back in 2013. Perplexed by its innate complexity, he immediately got immersed in this world of digital currency and hasn’t looked back since. . Owing to his technical background, he embarked on his journey in the crypto sector and established himself as one of the youngest CEO of a Blockchain-based organization- Caiz Holding AG. Ever since then, he has become an advocate of reliable digital currency, and is motivating people to understand Blockchain and its financial significance in the upcoming future.

Antoni Martin - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Antoni Martin

Polygon Enterprise Lead at Poylgon

Oberägeri / Switzerland

Antoni leads the business development and future growth opportunities for Polygon Hermez, always aiming to build solutions for the real world. He looks for people’s pain points, analyses them, and focuses on delivering cutting-edge solutions.
As Polygon Enterprise Lead, he liaises with governments, regulators, banks, consultancy, or ETH companies implementing L2 solutions in his new role.

Andreas Dressel, Senator of Finance at City of Hamburg & at Blockchance Europe 2021
Andreas Dressel

Senator of Finance at State Government of City of Hamburg

Hamburg / Germany

Andreas Dressel is member of the state government of the City of Hamburg and Senator of Finance. He is an important supporter of Northern Germany’s innovation and blockchain space. We are really happy to announce him as supporter and speaker at the BLOCKCHANCE EUROPE 2021.

Amke Block - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Amke Block

Co-Founder at UN1K.ART – the nft agency

Hamburg / Germany

Amke has been engaged with innovative digital transformation projects for 25 years. She always has been working as translator / diplomat / bridge builder at the intersection of cutting-edge technology and creative content to build new business models. In 2021 she co-founded UN1K.ART, an agency that helps artists and brands to create valuable NFTs, collaborating with the best fitting NFT-platforms.


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Dr. Bjorn-Soren Gigler

Head of Data Economy and Blockchain Programs at the GIZ and Professor at Georgetown University

Brussels / Belgium

If you want to summarize Bjorn-Soren’s work you can easily do this by saying: he is boosting innovation. As Head of Data Economy and Blockchain Programs at the GIZ and previously Senior Digital Innovation Officer at the European Commission he is working at the key point for the political support of future technologies in the European area. His work has a substantial influence on the sourcing of financial resources for high tech startups in fields such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, supercomputing and 5G. He holds a PhD from the renowned London School of Economics and Political Science and shares his knowledge as Visiting Professor at Georgetown University.


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Carsten Ovens

Executive Director ELNET Deutschland e.V. 

Berlin / Germany

Carsten Ovens is the Executive Director of ELNET Germany since March 2019 and the co-founder of the German Israeli Network of Startups & Mittelstand (GINSUM). With almost two decades of experience in politics, i.a. as a Member of the Hamburg State Parliament, he devoted his work to the German-Israeli relations with a focus on innovation and startups for many years.

Dr.Carola Rathke - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Dr. Carola Rathke 

Partner | Lawyer and Head of Company Commercial at Eversheds Sutherland  

Hamburg / Germany

Carola Rathke is a partner at Eversheds Sutherland and heads the Banking & Finance group. She specialises in banking, investment and payment services law and advises all domestic and foreign financial services institutions on regulatory issues and investment products. One of the main areas of focus is BaFin licence applications as well as advising companies using distributed ledger technologies, e.g. crypto exchanges, crypto custodians and tokenised (investment) products such as cryptocurrencies, crypto funds and security token offerings. She regularly speaks on blockchain topics at national and international level.

Christian Daudert - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Christian Daudert 


Rostock / Germany

Christian studied economics in Freiburg/Germany and has been a specialist in capital markets and products since 1997 from 2010 he became a serial founder and investor in startups in blockchain technology and for XR metaverse.


Daniel Beck - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Daniel Beck 

Managing Director at HHLA/Bionic Production GmbH

Hamburg / Germany

Daniel has been active in the field of 3D printing with a software based focus for many years. As managing director of Bionic Production he works on several innovative business projects with an disruptive approach. Especially the digitization of the global B2B supply chains by decentralization to reduce the carbon footprint and to create a more robust supply chain to avoid production stops or bottlenecks at all, is his main focus. Before working as managing director at Bionic Production Daniel set up a global service structure for the 3D printing machine manufacturer SLM Solutions. At the beginning of his career Daniel collected a lot of experience at international level in industrial supplies of spare parts and services with a focus on China within the Würth Group.
Dannie Quilitzsch - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Dannie Quilitzsch 

Strategist, Consultant and Coach for conscious change at SEEDS

Hamburg / Germany

Dannie Quilitzsch is a psychologist, consultant and coach. From early on she was driven to create innovative formats, programs, organisations and systems that will allow us to live a more happy and healthy life on the planet. Her deepest belief is that if we as humans look inwards and learn to love ourselves, we will also seek for deep connection outwards of ourselves. And if we are in deep connection we want what we are connected with to thrive and grow the same way we as an individual always have the inner longing to belong and grow. The move forward is always balanced between inner and outer, between oneself and the dependency with each other and everything there is.
David Chaum - Speaker Blockchance Europe 2021
David Chaum

CEO at Privategrity Corporation

Claremont / USA

David founded xx network, a lead blockchain platform supporting secure, private decentralized messaging and payments. Designed to address public concern for user privacy and the threat of quantum computing, xx launched in Fall 2021. Chaum is widely recognized as the inventor of digital cash and is also known for fundamental innovations in cryptography related to privacy technology and secure election systems. His creation of cryptography to support digital signatures is used in most crypto currencies including Bitcoin and his invention of mix network technology lead to the implementation of onion routing-based platforms like Tor. He also published seminal work in distributed computing and coined the term “multi-party computing” or “MPC”. Chaum is now working on technology to decentralize the market making and exchange of assets using cryptography and shared keys so that buyers and sellers can commit to terms and transactions without relying on centralized exchanges. He earned a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and taught at NYU Graduate School of Business and the University of California, and founded the International Association for Cryptologic Research and the cryptography group at the Center for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam.

Dominic Williams - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Dominic Williams 

Founder & Chief Scientist at The DFINITY Foundation

Zurich / Switzerland

Dominic is a crypto theoretician and entrepreneur. His recent research includes Threshold Relay and PSC chains, Validation Towers and Trees, and USCIDs, and he proposes new ideas such as “The 3 E’s of Sybil Resistance”. Previously he ran a venture-backed MMO game using his own distributed systems that hosted millions of users.

Doro Unger-Lee - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Doro Unger-Lee  

Head of University Programmes at Algorand Foundation

Cambridge / United Kingdom

Doro Unger-Lee is the Head of University Programs at Algorand Foundation. Together with the Algorand research team she recently launched the Algorand Centres of Excellence (ACE) programme. The ACE programme strives to make a long-lasting, positive impact in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space and has a committed budget of a total value of 100M ALGO token for the next ten years. Before joining Algorand Foundation Doro Unger-Lee was a senior programme manager at international top universities, including UC Berkeley, MIT and the University of Cambridge.


Eva Keretic - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Eva Keretic 

Co-Founder at Jamplan / Singer-Writer / Climate Speaker / Future Food Advocate  

Hamburg / Germany

Eva is an American future food advocate based in Hamburg. A professional singer songwriter for the past 30 years, she now puts her talent for the spoken and sung word to use as a global advocate for regenerative food systems as a solution for climate change. A member of Hamburg’s Chamber of Commerce Committee for Innovation and Research, she is head of the city’s Foodworks Initiative. She generated the idea of the Future Food Campus, a planned regenerative, modular food facility that will draw on renewable energy and utilize circular design. With a grant from the IFB Hamburg, she’s now putting that idea into action. She is a Climate Reality Project Leader and Mentor an initiative from Al Gore, the former U.S. vice president and environmentalist. She is a frequent guest speaker and performer at key industry conferences and a TEDx Speaker.

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Dr. Erol User 

President and CEO at User Corporation 

Istanbul / Turkey

Multi-Award-winning entrepreneur, veteran businessman, philanthropist, business/financial coach and educator, Erol User is one of Turkish’s pioneering game changers in the business world. User brings over 30 years’ experience in a wide range of industries and sectors currently as President and CEO of User Corporation. He is a visionary leader, with a strong entrepreneurial background adept with the knowledge of organizational development. Mr. User is also the Founder, President and Board Member of many organizations or associations to include: JCI Turkey, Worldwatch Institute Europe, TUGIAD, DEIK, TESEV, TEMA, Conference Board, Club Of Rome, Club of Budapest and European Business Roundtable. As someone who loves giving back to his community, User is passionate about supporting many philanthropic initiatives. Seeking to impact his passion to many, he has written many books on Economy, Energy, IoT and Blockchain. He holds several MSc and postgraduate degrees from prestigious universities like MIT, Harvard and Oxford.


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Fabian Vogelsteller

Founder and chief architect at LUKSO, author of ERC-20 and ERC-725, developer of web3.js and Mist browser

Berlin / Germany

Fabian Vogelsteller is a truly dazzling personality of the Blockchain sphere. A veteran who was part of the Ethereum Foundation in its early days. From 2015 to 2018 he helped shape the Ethereum space, building the official Ethereum Wallet, the first decentralized web3 Browser and tools like web3.js, the Blockchain spaces most used JavaScript library. In November 2015 he proposed ERC 20, the token standard that initiated the ICO wave and the DeFi movement. Following the proposal of ERC 725 he founded LUKSO, where he is currently working on the future of blockchain beyond DeFi.  

Gaston Pukies - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Gaston Pukies

Advanced Consultant | R&D Project Manager Technology & Innovation at Campgemini Engineering

Hamburg / Germany

Gaston is R&D Project Manager and with focus on Blockchain Projects in the industrial manufacturing field and in supply chains. He also acts as Blockchain ambassador and facilitates information exchange within Capgemini Engineering in Germany and Europe. His former background is in IT Infrastructure administration, operation, information security and solution consulting. Additionally he is a tech lover, people manager and business model developer. The safe-UR-chain project builds the bridge between trust and security in the manufacturing industry.


Henrik Gebbing, CEO & Co-Founder at Finoa & Speaker at Blockchance Europe 2021
Henrik Gebbing

Co-Founder & Co-CEO at Finoa

Berlin / Germany

Henrik Gebbing Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Finoa, a FinTech focusing on Banking Services for Blockchain-based Digital Assets. Prior, Henrik worked as a Consultant at McKinsey & Company, serving financial institutions and high-tech companies across the globe. He started his career with a dual degree in the high-tech branch of Siemens AG. Henrik earned a B.A. in Int. Management & Finance (Germany), was granted a Fulbright Scholarship for his M.Sc. in Marketing at Golden Gate University (USA), and earned an MBA from IE Business School (Spain).

Huang Benjamin - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Huang Benjamin

Special Advisor (Corporate Growth & Strategic Development) at VG Pecunia Limited


Veteran of the Financial Industry with over 30 years of experience. Mr. Huang’s experience within the financial industry has been extremely diverse, encompassing real estate investments, issuance and trade of financial instruments, investments in infrastructure development, Fintech and Venture Capital. An expert in building and managing large marketing networks with over 100,000 members. Mr. Huang also has extensive corporate experience, having served in a number of key management positions at various corporations across a number of different industries.


Irina Karagyaur, Head of Metaverse Growth at UNIQUE Network & at Blockchance Europe 2021
Irina Karagyaur

Head of Metaverse Growth at Unique Network

Valencia / Spain

Irina focuses on implementation of Blockchain technology for business and on creating awareness of the importance of the Internet of Value. Irina is the Head of Metaverse Growth at Unique Network, a NFT chain for Kusama and Polkadot. At Unique, she works as a business development lead on empowering creators and developing metaverse partnerships. Irina is also active as a Polkadot Head Ambassador for Western Europe, Regional Co-Chair London to FIBREE (Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate Expertise) and a Chairperson for Global Council for The Promotion of International Trade, SDGs Global Impact Startups GCPIT UK.

Ignacio Aguirre - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Ignacio Aguirre

Marketing Manager at Scorechain

Esch zur Alzette / Luxembourg

Crypto Marketing Leader with a technical background and more than 15 years of marketing experience in different technology, entertainment companies, and startups, such as SAP, Adobe, Dell, Talkwalker and Universal Pictures.

Irina Grinkina - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Irina Grinkina

Blockchain Product Management at Austrian Post

Vienna / Austria

Expert in Innovation and Business Solutions. Project Lead of Crypto stamp 3.0 and 3.1 – the world’s first Blockchain postage stamp. Never give up until you have a unicorn.

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Irene Hernandez

Founder and CEO at Gataca

Madrid / Spain

Irene is the founder and CEO of Gataca, a cybersecurity company that provides Decentralized Digital Identity technology. She is an expert in blockchain-based enterprise solutions, is a professor of Blockchain Applications at OBS, and regularly speaks at international conferences. Irene started Gataca after conducting extensive research on decentralized architectures for identity and energy financing systems at MIT’s Media Lab. Before MIT, Irene spent a decade advising U.S. and European Multinational Corporations on IT strategies and global product architecture.

Jan Kühne - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Jan Kühne

Head of B2B Sales and Partnerships at BSDEX – Börse Stuttgart Digital Exchange

Berlin / Germany

Jan Kühne is heading B2B Sales & Partnerships at Börse Stuttgart Digital Exchange (BSDEX), bringing institutional clients to Germany’s first regulated trading venue for Digital Assets. Before joining BSDEX he was responsible for the digital offerings at M.M.Warburg & CO and MD of W&Z FinTech. Jan studied business administration at Helmut-Schmidt-Universität/Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg.

Jan Hermann - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Jan Herrmann

Lawyer / Associate at Osborne Clarke 

Cologne / Germany

Jan Herrmann advises national and international companies in financial regulatory law. His areas of expertise include the structuring of alternative investments such as, i.a., AIFs and crowdfunding, as well other regulatory matters such as payment services, investment services and anything around crypto (crypto currencies, ICOs/STOs, NFTs).

Jakub Chmielniak - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Jakub Chmielniak

CEO at Fanadise

Warsaw / Poland

Jakub Chmielniak is a young Polish entrepreneur, who proved over a very short period of time that all you need to achieve global success is passion, commitment, and perseverance. He created such brands and projects as Mr. Gugu & Miss Go, Live Heroes, or Carpatree. Now he’s working on Fanadise in order to revolutionise the influencer marketing space using NFTs.

Joseph Lubin, CEO at ConsenSys & Speaker at Blockchance Europe 2021
Joseph Lubin

CEO at ConsenSys, Co-founder of Ethereum

New York / USA

Joseph was a co-founder of Ethereum and served as Chief Operating Officer of Ethereum Switzerland GmbH (EthSuisse), a company working to extend the capabilities of the type of blockchain database first popularized by Bitcoin The new generation of distributed crypto-secure databases with smart contract functionality has been referred to as “Blockchain 2.0”. Lubin was also involved in the creation of the Ethereum Foundation. He subsequently founded ConsenSys in 2015 where he still serves as CEO.

Joseph is a forward-thinker and a truly dazzling personaility of the whole blockchain space.

Justin Sun - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Justin Sun

Founder of the TRON Foundation and the Peiwo App, CEO at BitTorrent


Justin Sun is the founder of the TRON Foundation and the Peiwo app, as well as the CEO of BitTorrent. TRON is one of the world’s most popular blockchains. Peiwo was one of China’s most popular voice live broadcasting apps. From 2015 through 2017, Justin was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia and Forbes’ 30 Under 30 China lists. He is Hupan University’s lone millennial graduate and a protégé of Chinese businessman Jack Ma, Chairman of the Alibaba Group. Justin earned a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania after graduating from Peking University with a bachelor’s degree.

John Naulty - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
John Naulty

Sr. Infrastructure Security Engineer at Coinbase

Mendocino / USA

John recently joined Coinbase as Sr. Infrastructure Security Engineer focusing on the Coinbase Cloud product line. Prior, he held a similar role for Facebook, working on Novi and Diem (fka Calibra and Libra) software supply chain security and custody implementation. And prior to that, he was a systems security engineer at BitGo. As an alumni of UC Berkeley, John studied Cognitive Science with an emphasis in Neuroscience and Psychology, which lead him into the world of open source medical devices, where he helped develop software and firmware for OpenBCI, OpenEIT, as well as develop other brain-computer interface applications and exhibits. John is passionate about engineering more secure crypto-ecosystems. Outside of crypto, John volunteers time with OpenSSF, NeuroTechX, Hashbang, and local non-profits helping recover the kelp forests of Northern California.

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Jürgen Rink 

Editor in Chief at c’t magazin 

Hannover / Germany

Jürgen is part of the old guard of technology development and an inspiring pioneer in his field. Following a PhD in Physics in 1993 he had postdoc positions at Oxford University and Imperial College London. He then started a career as a professional journalist for various magazines and is Chief Editor of Europe’s biggest IT and tech magazine: c’t magazin since 2017. He has always been at the cutting edge of technology development and is still shaping our view on current trends with his work at c’t. We are very happy to have him as moderator for the BLOCKCHANCE EUROPE 2021. 


Katharina Gehra, Speaker at Blockchance Europe 2021
Katharina Gehra 

Founder & CEO at Immutable Insight 

Grünwald / Germany

Katharina Gehra belongs to the “Top 40 under 40” – a ranking by the German business magazine Capital. Furthermore, Katharina Gehra has been nominated as expert on the subject of blockchain for parliamentary hearings at the German Bundestag. Katharina Gehra is the Co-Founder of Immutable Insight, an innovative German start-up that delivers 100% reliable insights on blockchain in real time for traders and investors and a new era of advanced compliance.

Karl Krainer - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Karl Krainer

Chief Thinker and Founder of Gedankenfabrik

Hamburg / Germany

Karl combines pre-digital experience at FMCG companies, such as P&G and Coca-Cola with digital experience through leading positions at eBay, Google and several start-ups (radio.de…). Ten years ago he founded the Reinvention Consultancy Gedankenfabrik. Karl is the author of “The Educated Decision-Maker”, TEDx speaker and the founder of the “1000Vordenker” network. He regularly travels to China, Israel and the USA, to analyse innovations and consumer behaviour that might have a great impact on the future of intelligent transformation. His mantra: Lifelong learning is the key to reinvention.

Kellogg Fairbank, CEO at Nash & Speaker at Blockchance Europe 2021
Kellogg Fairbank

CEO at Nash 

Amsterdam / Netherlands

Kellogg Fairbank is CEO of Nash, a fintech that makes cryptocurrency and decentralized finance easily available by bridging the gap between traditional banking and blockchain. An experienced technology executive and entrepreneur, he has more than a decade of experience in senior leadership roles in the fintech and payments industries, including positions at Braintree / Venmo and PayPal.

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Konstantin Dagianis 

Partner, Financial Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft 

Düsseldorf / Germany

Konstantin is a Financial Services Partner at PwC Germany with a strong technology background. He specializes in consulting financial institutions in the crypto space and helps companies to address crypto risks appropriately and be compliant to the continuously changing regulatory requirements. 

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Konstantin Graf

Co-Founder of Kollektor.io and Managing Director at Chainstep 

Hamburg / Germany

Konstantin is Managing Director of Chainstep and has track record in helping enterprise clients explore blockchain based applications. Kollektor.io is a spin-off venture from Chainstep and has the aim to make green NFTs for selling Digital Art accessible to everyone. It is built with artists, for artists.

Kristijan Glibo, Co-Founder at Beyondi - Speaker at Blockchance Europe 2021
Kristijan Glibo

Co-Founder & CEO at Beyondi 

Osijek / Croatia

Kristijan is a pioneer of the crypto industry. He serves as blockchain solution specialist focused on developing decentralized manageable processes with extensive knowledge in public and private enterprise blockchain projects. He participates in various blockchain projects like NFTs, ICOs, DeFis, supply chains. He is Co-founder and CEO at Beyondi – a firm that brings scalable high-quality software solutions to the economy. 

Lennart Ante - Speaker Blockchance Europe 2021
Dr. Lennart Ante

Co-Founder & Researcher at Blockchain Research Lab gGmbH

Hamburg / Germany

Dr. Lennart Ante co-founded the Blockchain Research Lab. As a researcher, he is evaluating the use of blockchain technology across various sectors and is studying the implications and characteristics of cryptocurrencies and their respective markets. He studied business administration at the University of Cologne, TU Clausthal and Universität Hamburg and is pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Hamburg. Lennart is convinced that the blockchain technology will have a sustainable influence on business models and society and would like to contribute with his research to develop positive potentials of the technology and assess possible barriers and risks.


Luis Cuende - Co-founder at Aragon and Speaker at Blockchance Europe 2021
Luis Cuende

Co-founder & Core-Contributor at Aragon

Zug / Switzerland

Luis was a DeFi wonderkid, starting his first open source project at age 12. He got into Bitcoin in 2011, inspired by how crypto can bring freedom. In 2014, aged 18, he co-founded the blockchain timestamping startup Stampery. He holds multiple recognitions including Forbes 30 under 30, MIT TR35, and best underage hacker of Europe by HackFwd. In 2017, when Luis was only 21, he led Aragon to raise $25mill USD in just 15 minutes in a token sale.

Lars Seier Christensen - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Lars Seier Christensen

Chairman of Concordium Foundation 

Zurich / Switzerland

Lars Seier Christensen is Chairman of the Swiss non-profit Concordium Foundation. With a particular focus on blockchain investments and over 30 years of experience across the banking and financial sector, Seier Christensen is a global pioneer in FX and derivatives trading, having co-founded the online trading and investment platform Saxo Bank in 1992. He served as co-CEO of Saxo Bank for more than 20 years, in which time the bank grew to 1,500 employees across 150 locations serving customers in 170 countries. SaxoTrader, the bank’s flagship online trading offering, was launched in 1998 and was one of the first online FX trading platforms in the world. SaxoTrader has since grown to become one of the world’s most complete multi-asset trading platforms. Seier Christensen is also the founder and sole owner of Seier Capital, a private equity and venture capital firm which specializes in investments in angel, seed, and A-round stage companies. The firm invests in art & fashion, financial services, food and beverages, sports & entertainment, social media, and technology industries.


Manuel Badel - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Manuel Badel

CEO at Badel Media

Montreal / Canada

A specialist in business models and product design in the creative industries, Manuel Badel initiated the first blockchain PoC in the Canadian broadcasting sector (Blockchain TFO – 2017). He also organized the first conference on film and blockchain at the Berlinale-EFM (2018), and is the author of the only industry report in this field in Canada (2019). As a researcher and entrepreneur, he is developing Platz.co, an IP management and impact investing platform.

Maarten Henskens - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Maarten Henskens

VP of Growth at Astar Growth 

Ghent / Belgium

Maarten has been working in the blockchain space for several years. Last year he joined Astar Network as an infrastructure developer and is now working as VP of Growth for the Astar ecosystem. Maarten has a great passion for entrepreneurship and web3.0.

Martin Karner - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Martin Karner

Managing Director of CryptoAgri GmbH   

St. Pölten / Austria

Mag. Dr. Martin Karner, CEFA, born 1971, studied business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and is commercial director of the Lower Austria Chamber of Agriculture, chairman of the management board of LK NÖ Holding GmbH and managing director of Cryptoagri GmbH.

Marc Buckley
Marc Buckley

United Nations SDG Advocate, member of the World Economic Forum and global food reformist

New York / USA

Marc has been involved in Climate Activism for a long time and would love to show you how to run faster than climate change by being an impactful and exponential human being. One of the first to be trained by Al Gore as a Climate Speaker he has made getting through the Climate Crisis towards Resilient Desirable Futures his life’s work. As an Advocate for the SDG’s, UN Advisor and Resilient Futurist, member of the World Economic Forum, Global Food Reformist, and Sustainable Futurist, Marc is on a mission to empower billions of global citizens to live an adaptive lifestyle of health and sustainability within planetary boundaries. His aim is to reform the agriculture, food and beverage industry with impactful projects and moonshot companies.

Marcus Honvehlmann - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Marc Honvehlmann

Head of Business Development and Sales at micobo GmbH

Hamburg / Germany

We at micobo enable our clients to issue and trade crypto tokens. The micobo regulatory compliant tokenization platform allows clients to issue their token within weeks, in Luxembourg, Germany or Lichtenstein. We can offer guidance to our clients with a network of experienced specialists to make digital assets a tangible success story.

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Marc Friedrich

Founder and CEO at Friedrich Vermögenssicherung and Spiegel-Bestseller Author

Aalen / Germany

Marc is a forward thinker, always curious, no dogmatist and neither an optimist nor a pessimist, but a realist! As Germany’s most successful non-fiction author with 5 bestsellers in a row, he is a proven financial expert, YouTube star, thought leader, free spirit and consultant. For more than a decade, Marc Friedrich has successfully advised international private individuals, companies, top athletes, actors, family offices, foundations and pension funds on asset protection, asset allocation and crisis prevention and is the initiator of Germany’s first physically deposited real asset fund.

Mario Nawfal - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Mario Nawfal

CEO at NFT Technologies 

Dubai / United Arab Emirates

Mario Nawfal is the Founder of the Athena Group of Companies, a business conglomerate of 15+ companies that operates in more than 40 countries. Mario started his first business with $300 in the bank selling blenders door to door which led to Froothie Australia. He propelled Froothie to $1m in year one and over $10m in year two, all bootstrapped. Since then Mario launched multiple ventures into the millions, all bootstrapped, including an events business, a FinTech consulting firm, a marketing agency, and multiple ecom businesses all while surviving a massive scam, various black swan events, and all the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. He continues to launch new companies, is a partner at a law firm, and the founder of a VC fund all while traveling the world pursuing his hobby dancing Bachata. In 2021, Mario stepped up as CEO of NFT Technologies, one of the first companies focusing on NFTs going public, and have the ticker symbol NFT reserved in North America. They are backed by leading personalities in the crypto and business world as well as celebrities and thought leaders.

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Matt Dyer

Head of Sales & Marketing at Zilliqa

Aberdeen / Scotland 

Matt is an experienced consultant who is passionate about the digital economy and he is someone who loves to share his knowledge and experience on why he feels Blockchain Technology is an enabler for Business Transformation. He is passionate about the promises of a blockchain based economy and the tokenization of assets. His work for the next generation blockchain project Zilliqa makes him an expert for future fields of application of blockchain.

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Matthias von Hauff

CEO at TEN31 Bank and WEG Bank

Munich / Germany 

Matthias von Hauff likes to stir things up! Born in 1975, his mind was already set on bringing a new approach to the world of banking and finance when he was only 21 years old. As a graduate from Cass Business School in 2001, he initially built a career in investment banking in London. As a senior manager in the City of London, he went on to heading an international team of portfolio specialists across Europe. However, being an entrepreneur at heart, Matthias followed his calling and moved to Munich in 2007 to found his first bank which was later sold to a German housing cooperative. Building on his experience, he went on to found TEN31 Bank AG in 2015 which has made the bold move to become a leading bank in facilitating blockchain and crypto mass adoption. Matthias is CEO of TEN31 Bank AG and a thoroughbred crypto enthusiast. As a speaker as well as an entrepreneur he enjoys challenging the trodden paths and giving impulses for change.

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Max Burger

Nimiq Blockchain Ambassador 

Stuttgart / Germany

Max is an MBA with a background in trading and marketing. As Nimiq’s spokesperson, he bridges blockchain innovations to partners, businesses and the community. His main objective: Representing true cryptocurrency that proves that usability can be fully decentralized. Nimiq is working on future generations of cryptocurrencies that tackle a key point for mass adoption: the usability. They follow the idea that a blockchain based financial system needs to be simple and safe with a great UX. 

Marcus Olszok - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Marcus Olszok

Head of carTrust 


Marcus Olszok is a user-, solution- and market-oriented entrepreneur who has been digitizing and automating annoying processes for decades. He began using blockchain technology in 2011 and is currently in charge of carTRUST. carTRUST creates legally compliant digital twins and proofs based on DLT and SSI, making digital products in interoperable ecosystems a reality.

Max Chrost - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Max Chrost

Partner at KeychainX 

Zug / Switzerland

Chrost is a Partner at KeychainX, a company specializing in recovering lost wallets since 2017. The company’s range of services addresses forgotten passwords, deleted data, and complex technical issues.

Max Lautenschläger, Co-founder at Iconic Funds & Speaker at Blockchance Europe 2021
Max Lautenschläger

Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Iconic Funds 

Frankfurt / Germany

Max, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Iconic Holding, a global crypto asset manager, started his career as a management consultant, where he advised Furtune 500 companies from the steel, utility, and retail industry on topics like digitalization, project management and IT integration. He transitioned into Private Equity at an Asset Management group with € 40 Billion assets under management, then joined a fintech company builder, where he built several alternative finance startups from scratch together with the management team. He holds a BA in international management, an MBA, is Harvard educated and completed the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation. Additionally, he serves on the supervisory board of MLP, Germany’s biggest independent financial advisor group and is personally invested into several startups as a business angel.

Michael Lewis - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Michael Lewis

Partner, Lawyer at Osborne Clarke 

London / United Kingdom

Michael specialises in financial services regulation and advises banks, investment managers and other institutions on the regulatory issues associated with the launch of investment products including crypto assets. He has particular experience advising clients on perimeter issues, regulatory capital, client assets and the regulatory aspects of acquisitions and disposals in the financial sector.
Michael has previously worked at HM Treasury as a policy adviser to Ministers on key aspects of the UK regulatory regime.

Michael J. Saylor - Speaker at Blockchance Europe 2021
Michael J. Saylor

Chairman & CEO at MicroStrategy 

Virginia / USA

Mr. Saylor is a technologist, entrepreneur, business executive, philanthropist, and best-selling author. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Office of MicroStrategy, Inc. (MSTR). Since co-founding the company at the age of 24, Mr. Saylor has built MicroStrategy into a global leader in business intelligence, mobile software, and cloud-based services. In 2012, he authored The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything, which earned a spot on The New York Times Best Sellers list. Mr. Saylor attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving an S.B. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and an S.B. in Science, Technology, and Society.

Michael Dorner - Speaker - Blockchanc Europe 2021
Michael Dorner

CEO at Variussystems digital Solutions GmbH 

Vienna / Austria

Michael has been an entrepreneur since 2001 in the ID documents and smart cards business. He has 20+ years experience in chips, IOT and NFC tech and is Vice President of the ICMA, the international card manufacturing association. His company VariusSystems is integrating NFC chips to physical products and sending them into the Blockchain for authentication, proof of presence or ID solutions.

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Michael Schramm

Head of Blockchain Competence Center for Germany, Austria and Switzerland at EY

Vienna / Austria

Michael is leading the Blockchain Competence Center for Germany, Switzerland and Austria at EY which enables clients to use Blockchain in their business processes. Prior joining EY, Michael found a startup and had several management roles at IBM where he owned the business development responsibility for Smarter Cities and Cloud projects, amongst others. Michael has more than 25 years’ of experience in technology, focusing on Business Development of new technologies, Software Development and Blockchain. He holds a Master of Computer Science from Technical University Vienna and started in 1995 as one of the first Java Developers in Vienna.

Michael Westhagemann Wirtschaftssenator Hamburg
Michael Westhagemann

Senator for Economy and Innovation at City of Hamburg 

Hamburg / Germany

“In Hamburg, we want to create the best conditions for new innovations and technologies. This applies in particular to blockchain technology, which increases the innovation potential of numerous economic sectors in logistics, mobility and industry and provides an open society with new applications. The Senate and Parliament have recognized: Developments in the context of blockchain technology will have a major influence on the design and implementation of digital business processes, research missions and projects, and e-government solutions, and thus also on social processes.”. Mr. Westhagemann has been an active supporter of the blockchain space in our hometown Hamburg from the beginning. We are very happy to have him as opening speaker of the BLOCKCHANCE EUROPE 2021.

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Miguel Francis-Santiago

CEO at The Future is Now, Filmmaker and Blockchain Evangelist 

Los Angeles / USA

Miguel is a truly creative mind. He is currently advising several tech start-ups, including in the Blockchain space. His strengths lay in creating sustainable business strategies and scaling the brand & image of his partners & clients. But his approach differs from what others do. As an experienced film-maker they combine cinematic image-making with global PR campaigns in top tiered media across several industries including Fintech, Crypto, CBD & iGaming. They execute Exchange Listings, analysis and strategies as well as community building for disruptive tech companies.

Monica Nguyen AIMS Markets
Monica Nguyen

Client Service Manager at AIMS Market 

London / Great Britain

Monica is the Client Services Manager at a cryptoassets brokerage AIMS Markets and previously spent two years as a Cryptocurrency Broker at AIMS OTC. Monica is a passionate about Decentralized Finance and all things FinTech. Monica is a promoter of inclusion and diversity within the blockchain and crypto community and an active ambassador for thebiggerpie.io.

Nader Dabit, Developer Relations at Edge & Node and The Graph and Speaker at Blockchance Europe 2021
Nader Dabit

Developer Relations at Edge&Node and The Graph 

Madison / USA

Nader is a great example for the suction of the Web3 space. He was a successful developer at AWS with offering for executive positions at Coinbase and Bridgewater but as he got deeper into Web3 he found a space that promises to solve many problems that lay in the core of Web2. He is now responsible for developer relations at Edge&Node, the organization responsible for The Graph. The Graph tries to solve a major problem in the blockchain space and works on a Google-similar indexing platform for blockchains. Nader directly inspired us with his vision and we are more than happy to present him to you in Hamburg. Nader also introduces developers to Web3 and develops tutorials on how to become a Web3 developer.


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Niall Murray

Director of Business Development at Salamantex

Hongkong / Hongkong

Niall is a serial entrepreneur and manufacturing expert in consumer electronics, with more than 12 years of experience for large consumer brands. He is supply chain expert for product and market development. As Niall is based in Hongkong he is fluent in Mandarin. While he is working on mass adoption of crypto payments with debit cards at Salamantex he also created his own travel retail brand “Kyutec”, listed at more than 100 airlines, including Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines as well as airports such as Singapore Changi.

Nikita Fuchs - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Nikita Fuchs

Developer Tools at Aeternity 

Berlin / Germany

Combining academic backgrounds in both in management and IT, Nikita Fuchs combines both worlds for maximising the value creation in the projects he works in. Correctly translating business requirements into engineering tasks is the grease in a flawlessly running product development.

Nico Heinze, Speaker at Blockchance Europe 2021
Nico Heinze

Blockchain Lead at iteratec

Munich / Germany

Nico Heinze is Project Area Manager and Blockchain Lead of iteratec GmbH in Munich. As a business informatics graduate, he advises companies and public institutions on the implementation of blockchain-based applications and is responsible for the iteratec Blockchain Lab. He has been involved with blockchain and distributed ledger technologies such as Hashgraph for years and is iteratec GmbH’s representative in Blockchain Bayern e.V..



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Pascal van Knijff

Founder & CEO Future of Trust 

Ermelo / Netherlands

Pascal builds propositions by showing the importance and advantages of incorporating next generation technologies for sustainable practices. He has over 20 years of experience as Executive, Consultant and Global Speaker. He’s the founder of the Future of Trust and Cuttingwood Academy Additional industry successes include the creation of an ESG focused STO platform for qzulu.com and ESG Digital. His work is all about the trust machine blockchain and a new era of cooperation amongst those who competed before.

Partrick Hartmann - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Patrick Hartmann

Managing Director at Exporo   

Hamburg / Germany

Patrick Hartmann, Managing Director and Head of Operations & Compliance, is responsible for all operational processes related to PROPVEST and EXPORO as financial services institutions under Section 32 of the German Banking Act. In addition, as an authorized signatory, he is responsible for all regulatory and tax issues. Prior to this, he worked for 10 years in the trade finance sector.

Erster Bürgermeister Peter Tschentscher
Dr. Peter Tschentscher

First Mayor of the City of Hamburg, head of the state government and patron of BLOCKCHANCE EUROPE 2021

Hamburg / Germany

“Blockchain is a key technology for the networking of digital processes. It offers transparency and stability for decentralized data systems, which are becoming increasingly important in the course of digital globalization. ‘Blockchance Europe 2021’ in Hamburg is one of the most important gatherings in the industry and will showcase the wide range of applications that blockchain has in business and society as a whole. Hamburg is an important location for the digital economy in Europe and is committed to the development of blockchain technology, which we intend to use for the purposes of digitalization and innovation.”. Our First Mayor is a passionate supporter of blockchain and patron for the BLOCKCHANCE EUROPE 2021 conference.

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Peter Großkopf

Co-founder & CTO at Unstoppable Finance

Berlin / Germany

Peter 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 a technology and also entrepreneurial background. In 2008 he founded a software engineering consultancy out of university, grew it profitably to 27 employees. In 2014 he came to Berlin to join the company builder Hitfoxgroup and Finleap that focuses on fintech as CTO. Blockchain and decentralization fascinates him from the moment he got in touch end of 2016. Since then he shapes the vision to bring decentralized finance to reality. Now he is working on a new venture in DeFi.

Peter Marggraff - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Peter Marggraff

Managing Partner / CEO at Crypto Supply

Schweinfurt / Germany

Peter Marggraff worked as a financial advisory from 2012-2017 at Deutsche Bank PGK AG. After recognizing the huge potential of the blockchain technology and his first experiences in Mining Bitcoin he wanted to go bigger in Mining but was scammed. Thats why he founded in 2017 with friends Crypto Supply where their aim is to deliver everybody worldwide a reliable service in sourcing Mininghardware.

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Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner

Professor and Head of Blockchain Center at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management 

Frankfurt / Germany

Philipp is the most influential German blockchain scientist. He is Professor and Head of the Blockchain Center at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, ranked as one of the Top30 Economists by FAZ and is member of the FinTech Council of the Federal Ministry of Finance. His expertise includes blockchain technology in general, crypto assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, the digital programmable Euro, tokenization of assets and rights and digital identity. His groundbreaking research is substantial for the German blockchain strategy and he is a famous voice for the advantages of blockchain in the media.

Raoul Pal, Founder at Real Vision & Speaker at Blockchance Europe 2021
Raoul Pal

Founder at Real Vision

Frankfurt / Germany

Former hedge fund manager who retired at 36, Raoul Pal is a co-founder of Real Vision, a financial media company offering in-depth video interviews and research publications from the world’s best investors. He has run a successful global macro hedge fund, co-managed Goldman Sachs’ hedge fund sales business in Equities and Equity Derivatives in Europe, and helped design the BBC TV program Million Dollar Traders, training participants in investment and risk management strategy. Raoul retired from managing client money and now lives in the Cayman Islands, from where he manages Real Vision and writes for The Global Macro Investor, a highly regarded original research service for hedge funds, family offices, sovereign wealth funds, and other elite investors.

Robin Klemens - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Robin Klemens

Co-Chair at Hyperledger

Mainz / Germany

Robin uses his blockchain engineering skills to contribute to stopping climate change. He is co-chair of the Hyperledger Climate Action and Accounting SIG, which supports the development of an open global climate accounting system. Currently, he is earning his Ph.D. researching opportunities to address climate change with distributed ledger technologies.


Stefan Gergely - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Stefan Gergely

Blockchain Department Head at Zitec

Bucharest / Romania

Stefan Gergely is the Head of the Mobile Blockchain & Advanced Technologies Department of Zitec. Stefan founded Aurus.io, a fintech company that built a 100% gold-backed cryptocurrency ATA, the Romanain Association of Advanced Technologies as well as other tech startups. Stefan co-founder Udevoffice, one the first agencies to develop blockchain technology, which was recently acquired by Zitec, one the largest development agencies in Romania.

Sarah Rentschler-Gerloff - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Sarah Rentschler-Gerloff

Head of Business Development at SettleMint

Berlin / Germany

Sarah has been working in the financial industry for more than 25 years as a strategy consultant, division and development manager as well as a partner. Her stations were mid-sized companies as well as large corporations like DXC. For her, Blockchain is not only a pure technology but also the basis for our future in business as well as in society. In this context, she has implemented a wide range of projects and solutions and has been able to put them into production.

Sebastian Diemer - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Sebastian Diemer

CEO / Founder at Wallfair

Hamburg / Germany

Sebastian is a serial entrepreneur with a successful track record in fintech, legaltech and pharmaceutical industries. He was able to create and lead a number of companies with over 1.000 jobs created and over EUR 300m in capital raised. He has been passionate about prediction markets and tokenization projects for the last five years and thus has decided to launch Wallfair as an alternative to existing event creation platforms.

Simon Peters - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Simon Peters

Managing Director at Decus Network GmbH

Berlin / Germany

Managing Director of DECUS Network GmbH, an all-in entrepreneur with a passion for challenging markets and disruptive technology. Previously Simon worked in a leading role as Venture Pioneer at the impact-driven company builder Ampion Ventures. His vision is to build flexible, incentive-based networks replacing old, rigid and inefficient systems.

Simon Harvey - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Simon Harvey

VP Engineering at Fortris

Malaga / Spain

Simon brings over 16 years of experience in banking, payment processing and cryptocurrency. He has led technical teams across Asia, Europe and Central America. In his role as VP Engineering, he is responsible for product delivery and development of Fortris, a digital asset management platform that seamlessly integrates cryptocurrency into enterprise operations.

Stephan Breidenbach - Professor, Founder at betterplace.org and Speaker at Blockchance Europe 2021
Prof. Dr. Stephan Breidenbach

Founder at betterplace.org, Professor at University of Vienna, Head of Policy & Legal at German Zero  

Berlin / Germany

As a pioneer in the legal tech field, Stephan Breidenbach has been working with knowledgeTools International, Legal OS, Betterlaw and the Viadrina Legal Tech Center for over 20 years on the digitalization of law and more access to justice. As founder of the new school of [Law] and in cooperation with GermanZero, he is developing the key points of a legislative package for the 1.5 degree climate target. For the BMJV, he is working with the new school on training for legislation. As one of Germany’s leading business mediators, he accompanies complex decision-making processes, especially in disputes between companies and between shareholders. As an arbitrator, he works for the DIS, the ICC in Paris and the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport), among others. Stephan is Professor for mediation at the University of Vienna and professor and fellow at some of the most prestigious European universities. Stephan is the also founder of different social initiatives, including School in Awakening, and impact companies such as betterplace.org. As a co-founder, angel or investor, he supports DeepL, Clue and the ReDI School, among others.

Stefan Schmitt - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021
Stefan Schmitt

Relationship Manager at Blackdaemon  

Frankfurt am Main / Germany

Stefan Schmitt is part of Blockdaemon’s European sales team. Before joining Blockdaemon, Stefan was a Research Fellow and Consultant at the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center, focusing on institutional blockchain use cases and the appropriate underlying blockchain infrastructure. Contact [email protected] for further information regarding blockchain access, staking, and Ubiquity.

Stephen Stonberg, CEO at Bittrex Global and Speaker at Blockchance Europe 2021
Stephen Stonberg

CEO at Bittrex Global  

Vaduz / Liechtenstein

Stephen has spent his entire 25-year career working in financial markets in London and New York. He left the traditional world of finance to get involved in the crypto and blockchain industry. He now serves as the CEO of Bittrex Global, one of the most reliable and secure cryptocurrency exchanges in the world. Prior to Bittrex Global, Stephen joined the Investment Management Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Stephen advised executives, entrepreneurs, and foundations on all items of economic impact to their balance sheet. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he advised some of the world’s most sophisticated investors as a Partner and US CEO at Brevan Howard, Head of the New York office at Winton Capital, and Managing Director at Credit Suisse Asset Management. Prior to this, Stephen worked as a Managing Director in Fixed Income Sales and Trading at JPMorgan, and in Mergers and Acquisitions. Stephen holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Columbia University. He has served on several public company and non-profit boards.

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Dr. Sven Hildebrandt

Managing Director at Distributed Ledger Consulting GmbH and board member at INATBA

Hamburg / Germany

Dr. Sven Hildebrandt is an integral part of the European Blockchain sphere, usually consulting financial institutions in regards to blockchain technology. His DLC – Distributed Ledger Consulting is a leading consultancy for the implementation of blockchain across industries. With foreverontheblockchain he now taps into lighter, more fun waters leveraging this great invention. You wanna be immortal? Now you can. With foreverontheblockchain you can add an immortal entry about your loved ones on the Ethereum or Bitcoin blockchain, saving your love forever.

Susanne Fromm - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021

Susanne Fromm

 CEO at coinIX

Hamburg / Germany

Susanne Fromm is CEO of Hamburg-based investment company coinIX. Founded in 2017, coinIX focuses on investments related to blockchain technology and virtual currencies, with shares listed at Dusseldorf stock exchange. Susanne started her career as management consultant. After her INSEAD MBA, she was driving digitalization, corporate venture investments and partnerships with tech giants at Allianz.

Sven Wagenknecht - Editor in Chief at BTC-ECHO & Speaker at Blockchance Europe 2021

Sven Wagenknecht

Editor in Chief at BTC-ECHO

Berlin / Germany

Sven Wagenknecht is editor-in-chief of BTC-ECHO, the highest-coverage medium on the topic of blockchain in the DACH region. In his role, he regularly comments on the socio- and macroeconomic impact of decentralized technologies. In addition, he advises public institutions (including the United Nations, the European Union and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy) on individual blockchain initiatives. After training as a banker, Wagenknecht studied politics and economics in Münster and Barcelona.

Tanja Aschenbeck - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021

Tanja Aschenbeck

Partner at Osborne Clarke 

Cologne / Germany

Tanja Aschenbeck, LL.M. (San Francisco), is partner at Osborne Clarke, leading the Financial Services sector in Germany. She advises multinational companies on capital markets and financial regulatory law – with a focus on alternative investments, in particular investment funds, crowdfunding and ICOs/STOs/NFTs. She is also specialised in advising on payments and other regulatory law aspects.

Tobias Rothkegel - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021

Tobias Rothkegel

Attorney at Law / Counsel at Osborne Clarke

Hamburg / Germany

Tobias is a German qualified attorney-at-law working at Osborne Clarke, an international legal practice focused on assisting clients in all aspects of digitisation. Tobias’ area of expertise is working together with clients in realising their blockchain endeavours in alignment with the applicable legal framework that most of the time is catered towards an analogue world.

Thomas Langbein - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021

Thomas Langbein

Head of Sales and Business Development at Blocksize Capital GmbH

Frankfurt am Main / Germany

Thomas Langbein is member of the management team and leads the Sales, Marketing and Business Development units at Blocksize Capital. He is a tech enthusiast and driven by exciting business and tech trends shaping the future of capital markets. Thomas has 15+ years of experience in banking and top-management consulting firms specializing in the financial services industry, like Commerzbank, EY and Accenture Strategy. He is a Crypto and Digital Assets expert driven by the passion of bridging traditional financial services and DLT/Blockchain technology-based innovations.

Thomas Nägele - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021

Thomas Nägele 

President at Crypto Country Association (CCA) e.V. 

Vaduz / Liechtenstein 

Thomas Nägele advises international finance, technology and industrial enterprises, operating in the fields of Blockchain/DLT, telecommunications and internet, as well as public institutions. As a Liechtenstein Attorney and being an software developer, he focusses on Internet/IT law, as well as civil and corporate law. Besides being Attorney and legal Advisor, he teaches at the University of Liechtenstein and gives lectures and presentations on the newest legal developments. Thomas Nägele was also a member of the government workgroup drafting the Liechtenstein TVTG (Trusted Technology Law aka Blockchain Act).

Thierry Arys Ruiz - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021

Thierry Arys Ruiz

CEO & Chariman at AgAu AG


Mr. Arys Ruiz is a Mexican, Belgian and French national. He spent most of his career in Consulting, Banking, and Commodity Trading. His finance experience ranges from private banks, interdealer brokers, and investment banks such as Scotiabank (Mexico), TP ICAP (London/Geneva) and Credit Suisse (Zurich). His passion for commodity trading brought him to major Swiss and Russian trading houses such as Trafigura and Litasco – LUKOIL where he could explore both physical and financial commodity markets.
He graduated from NEOMA Business School in France and UDLAP in Mexico with a B.Sc. in International Business Administration followed by a Financial Market Specialisation from the Madrid Stock Exchange (BME), a Derivative Market Certifications and Trading License (CISI Level 4) from the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and a Zurich Börse Trader License (SIX Group).

Uma Hagenguth - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021

Uma Hagenguth

Co-Founder & COO at APPICS AG

Zug / Switzerland

Uma co-founded a digital marketing agency while expanding her knowledge in the crypto space. Through a mentor, she learned about cryptocurrencies in 2013 and became a top crypto-blogger in 2016. Shortly after, she decided to combine her passion for blockchain with her passion for philanthropy and together with her co-founders launch APPICS. Her mission is to empower people around the world by introducing them to the benefits of blockchain through social media.


Valentin Preobrazhenskiy, CEO at LATOKEN & Speaker at Blockchance Europe 2021

Valentin Preobrazhenskiy

Founder & CEO at LATOKEN  

Singapore / Singapore

Valentin Preobrazhenskiy is the CEO and Founder of LATOKEN pioneering digital assets markets. Valentin founded 5 startups (1 exit) and worked as a VC director, hedge fund manager and communities builder. He was a director of the Founder Institute tech incubator ($20B+ alumni companies value). Valentin was a Research Director for $180+ million long/short equities portfolio at Marcuard Spectrum hedge fund (Marcuard group $3bn+ assets). He also managed Avega Capital hedge fund. As a 20x+ keynote speaker and host of LATOKEN forums visited by 2 presidents and $120bn funds, Valentin contributes to the financial system transformation agenda.

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Vanessa Grellet

Head of Portfolio Growth at CoinFund.io and WEF Global Innovator 

New York / USA

Vanessa recently joined CoinFund as Head of Portofolio Growth. Prior she led led Strategic Partnerships, Alliances and Channelsat ConsenSys. She focuses on financial services, global trade and enterprise blockchain. As an alumna of renowned HEC Business School in Paris Vanessa has a strong business background. Prior to joining ConsenSys she had executive positions at NYSE and PwC. Vanessa is passionate about the chances for social impact of blockchain and her department builds bridges between initiatives to strengthen the impact of blockchain.

Veronika Kuett - Speaker Blockchance Europe 2021

Veronika Kütt 

Head of Marketing and PR at Tipolis

Frankfurt am Main / Germany

Veronika, a strategist and auto-didact is merging her mathematic-analytical skills with her empathic side to bridge different ecosystems. Veronika is a very active and recognized member within the Bitcoin community and envisions the transformation of society through a new monetary system and new governance structures. She gained extensive experience as a manager and in business development at several blockchain-related companies. In addition, Veronika lectures on Bitcoin and cryptoassets at several universities, including Frankfurt School of Finance and is a frequent speaker at conferences.

Viktoria Soltesz PSP Angels

Viktoria Soltesz

Founder & CEO at PSP Angels 


Viktoria is the founder of the payment consulting firm, PSP Angels, which helps online businesses optimising their payment flows and costs by finding the best payment and banking solutions. She also runs a finance and tax consulting firm in Cyprus for over 14 years now. Viktoria has extensive experience with high risk industries, and used to work as a Chief Financial Officer with various Fintech & E-commerce companies. She used to lecture at the University of West London and is a regular speaker at blockchain, fintech and investment conferences.

Vivek Prasannan - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021

Vivek Prasannan

Executive Director at Polkadex OU 

Kochi / India  

Vivek Prasannan is a computer engineer turned entrepreneur, passionate about building Decentralized Autonomous Organizations. DAOs are the future of business and governance. He is passionate about decentralized computing and has been actively following the blockchain and cryptocurrency community since 2013. He has researched and worked on a new BSIP (Bitshares Improvement Proposal)
https://github.com/bitshares/bsips/blob/master/bsip-0057.md for Bitshares that will enable off-chain activities to be settled transparently on the blockchain and savings accounts to be created for the users that are locked for a certain time to enhance fund security. This proposal removes the need for the 3rd party to become custodians but grants them limited power over the funds. This way, additional services are enabled, for instance, off-chain high-frequency trading with sophisticated order types can be implemented by centralized services with funds being transparently held on-chain. He has a Btech Computer Engineering degree. His engineering knowledge includes C++, RUST & Substrate Framework.

Wolfgang Berger - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021

Wolfgang Berger

Partner, CTO Banking and Financial Markets (DACH) at IBM Consulting 

Munich / Germany 

Wolfgang is partner and CTO for Banking and Financial Markets (DACH). He primarily works on transformation programs for larger financial institutions. He is passionate about new technology, applying it in realistic client projects and seeing business results. Currently AI and digital assets are his biggest interest..

William Sorino - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021

William Soriano  

Congressman of El Salvador  

El Salvador 

William is specialized in geothermal energy, with an MBA and Finances, mechanical engineer graduated in Taiwan. His keynote will be about Bitcoin in El Salvador, Volcano Bonds and Bitcoin City. 

Dr. Wolfgang Pinegger - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021

Dr. Wolfgang Pinegger

CEO at GloBra FZ-LLC

Dubai / UAE 

After a career in various fields of business, Dr. Pinegger has engaged since 2012 in the blockchain industry. He created GLBrain and GLMall, a chain code and blockchain-based and marketplace allowing crypto payments with no transfer fees, being the key to use crypto payments in day-to-day e-commerce. In 2021 his company GloBra built the first parallel coin solution for the GAMB Marketplace.


Yaniv Tal speaker at blockchance europe 2021

Yaniv Tal

Co-Founder & Project Lead at The Graph

San Francisco / USA

Yaniv Tal is the Project Lead and Co-Founder of The Graph. Yaniv has been working in crypto for more than three years. Prior to starting The Graph, Yaniv worked at Mulesoft and Co-Founded a developer tooling startup using immutable databases. As co-founder and Project Lead, Yaniv has successfully led the The Graph team and community of Indexers and Curators to get us where we are today. Yaniv believes that decentralization will fundamentally transform how humans cooperate and that this will only be possible once a fully decentralized protocol stack is in place with incentives for allocating talent and resources. He identified that an open data layer that developers and users could collaborate on in a decentralized way was the missing piece to realizing Web3. Yaniv is excited to be part of this decentralization movement to help people achieve their full potential through self-determination and social coordination.

Yassine Mazrara - Speaker - Blockchance Europe 2021

Yassine Mazrara

CEO & Co-Founder at The Troller Art

Dubai / UAE

The Founder & CEO of the Troller Coin , with 20 Years of experience starting from Hyatt Hotels ,Google ,Tik Tok and finally Crypto Growth Hacker for the last couple years ,helping different Crypto Projects to scale their business .