For the past couple of years, there has been an extraordinary hype around the potential of blockchain to transform the financial services industry. This technology has given us the opportunity to re-architect the financial industry but many challenges remain. Main issues are that interoperability and scalability are critical to set industry standards and ensure protocols work together. How do we integrate these blockchain networks with a core banking infrastructure that don’t necessarily communicate with a common language?
Join B-Hive, IntellectEU, and Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT) for a panel discussion addressing these issues, some nice Belgian beers and a chance to network in the Blockchain NYC community.
6:00 pm Registration
6:15 pm Welcome by FIT
6:20 pm Introduction B-Hive & Intellect EU
6:40 pm Panel Discussion moderated by Hanna Zubko, CEO & Co-founder of IntellectEU
- Ram Komarraju, Managing Director, CLS
- Mike Kane, Co-Founder, Hydrogen
- Jeffrey Billingham, Vice President, Chianalysis
- Daniel Ford, Research Staff Member, IBM Watson
7:40 pm Networking reception with drinks & snacks
8:30 pm close
Ram Komarraju, Managing Director, CLS
Senior Technology executive with experience leading global technology organizations through large-scale transformation, innovation and change in an environment with an increased focus on costs, regulatory oversight, and fintech disruption. Ability to lead by influence and to forge strategic partnerships across business units and the broader industry
Mike Kane: Co-Founder, Hydrogen
Mike oversees Hydrogen’s corporate and sales functions, along with the firm’s Hydro Blockchain platform. He was a Co-Founder of Hedgeable, an award-winning consumer investing app, and the first to offer bitcoin investing to retail clients. Before venturing into the startup space, he worked at Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund. Mike is an avid writer, international traveler, adventurer, sports fanatic, and cooking enthusiast. Mike holds a B.S. in Finance, with Distinction, from The Pennsylvania State University. He is originally from Philadelphia and resides in New York City.
Daniel Ford: Principal Research Staff Member, IBM
Daniel Ford is a Principal Research Staff Member at the IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. Prior (re-)joining IBM Research, he was founder of Keoja LLC, a start-up focused on developing provenance solutions for Blockchain.
Previously, Dr. Ford was Executive Director of Dell Research in Santa Clara, CA., and Dell's Chief Scientist for Mobility and The Internet of Things (IoT). Dr. Ford also spent 19 years in various research and management positions with IBM Research at its Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA. Daniel has dozens of peer reviewed publications, and dozens of issued US Patents. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo in 1991.
Hanna Zubko is Co-Founder and CEO of IntellectEU Inc , blockchain development and integration company building the solution for blockchain integration challenges, and blockchain-based solutions for KYC/identity management, document management and authentication, supply chain transparency.
In addition, Hanna serves as Vice Chair for Hyperledger Marketing Committee and Co-Chairs Blockchain for Social Impact working group. Hyperledger is an open source collaboration initiative hosted by the Linux Foundation to advance blockchain technology, uniting 185+ leading organizations such as American Express, Cisco, BNP Paribas, SWIFT, IBM, Intel, SAP and others. IntellectEU joined Hyperledger at its inception as one of the founding members.
For the last three years Hanna served as a judge at SWIFT Innotribe Competition for Fintech StartUps. Hanna is a member of Entrepreneurs Organization and Forbes Business Development Council.
Flanders Investment and Trade, 620 8th Ave #44, New York, NY 10018, USA
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Hosted by: B-Hive, IntellectEU, and Flanders Investment and Trade