Academic Session

Our academic speakers will present their approaches to blockchain education as well as new concepts their are applying.

Kristi Yuthas

Portland State University, USA

Kristi Yuthas founded Portland State University’s Blockchain in Business Certification program. She holds the Swigert Information Management Chair and Cameron Professorship in Accounting Analytics and is a Fellow in Mercy Corps’ Emerging Leaders Program. She studies how business and information technology can create economic value and positive social change. Her recent research includes use of blockchain as a tool for digital and strategic transformation.

Kate Stewart

University of British Columbia - UBC Extended Learning, Canada

Katriona (Kate) Stewart (LLB, MA) is Senior Consultant at the University of British Columbia. Kate oversees market research for the University of British Columbia and provides strategic consultation to inform the development of new degrees and continuing education programs. She helps spearhead the development of cutting-edge educational offerings, including UBC’s Micro-certificate in Blockchain Innovation and Implementation, which leverages and disseminates knowledge developed by UBC’s blockchain research and education cluster, Blockchain@UBC. She is also working on a new (forthcoming) Micro-certificate in Cybersecurity Strategy and Risk Management.
Kate received her Master in Arts from the University of British Columbia, and Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from Otago University, New Zealand. Her interests lie in adult learning, digital transformation and human-centred design: she is passionate about developing innovative, academically rigorous programming which meets learner needs.

Juan Ignacio Ibañez

UCL - Centre for Blockchain Technologies, UK

Juan Ignacio Ibañez is the Centre Administrator of UCL's Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT). His work lies at the intersection of industry, research and education, and his research focuses on triple-entry accounting, blockchain, supply chains, energy and climate. He is also a Research Associate at UCL CBT, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University of Córdoba, where he is also the Co-Director of a research project on blockchain and energy.

Atefeh (Atty) Mashatan

Ted Rogers School of Management, Canada

Dr. Atty Mashatan is an Associate Professor at Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management. She is a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Quality of Security Framework for the Internet of Things. Her research is focused on the development of novel cybersecurity designs based on emerging technologies such as IoT, Blockchain, and Quantum Computing. Dr. Mashatan’s expertise at the frontlines of the global cybersecurity field was recognized by SC Magazine in 2019, when she was named one of the top five Women of Influence in Security. She was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 19 of 2019 Tech Titans at IBM CASCON Evoke conference. In 2020, she received the Enterprise Blockchain Award in the category of New Frontiers in Blockchain Academic Research by Blockchain Research Institute. Most recently, she received the recognition of Top 20 Women in Cybersecurity in Canada for her efforts in advancing cybersecurity research.

Andrea Bracciali

Stirling University, UK

Andrea Bracciali , PhD (Pisa University) is SICSA Lecturer in Computing at Stirling University, UK. His expertise is in theoretical computer science, modelling and verification. Since 2015, he has been interested in blockchain technologies, smart contracts, digital currencies and decentralised computing. Andrea chairs a few workshops on blockchain topics and is currently running a project on blockchain-backed finance for crisis scenarios with colleagues across Europe.

Start-up and Industry Session

Our company speakers will talk about what they think is needed in blockchain education from an industry perspective and how they can support and contribute to that.

Arno Pernthaler

DEC Institute, Switzerland

Arno Pernthaler is a Corporate Venturing expert for organizations entering in the space of Distributed Ledger Technologies and has co-founded the DEC Institute together with leading academic institutes. Arno is supporting corporate development activities for Atomyze AG, a USD 30 mio industry backed marketplace for tokenization and trading of industrial commodities on blockchain technology. Before that, he worked in consulting and business development for Swisscom Blockchain AG. Arno started his career in Digital Strategy at Monitor Deloitte and was professionalizing his blockchain know how working for the Deloitte EMEA Blockchain Lab in Dublin. Arno holds a MSc in Management, Strategy Entrepreneurship and is a guest-lecturer at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences & Arts.

DEC Institute offers online certifications for blockchain & digital asset professionals.

Juhee Lee

Emoji Games, UK and Switzerland

Juhee Lee is a business enabler and serial entrepreneur based in Switzerland. She started her first venture in the UK in 2005 and moved to Switzerland in 2013. Her venture in the gaming industry achieved over 200M USD turnover for 7 years operation by partnership with Samsung, SAP, SEGA, Electronic Arts etc. She is a co-founder and Head of Digital Marketing of Emoji Games which is well known as a "Pocket Arena - mobile NFT gaming platform with esports and Metaverse”. Juhee has also co-founded SACA (Swiss Asia Crypto Alliance - SACA.SWISS) and currently servicing as a president of SACA.

Sandra Ro

Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), USA and Switzerland

Sandra Ro is a proponent of ‘human-centric tech.’ She is an early investor in and advocate of cryptocurrencies, digital assets, and blockchain. She currently serves as the CEO of the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), a leading Swiss-based non-profit association. Sandra is also an angel investor, board director, advisor, and co-founder of several tech start-ups. She frequently speaks and writes about fintech, blockchain, crypto assets, digitization, and responsible innovation across traditional and crypto media outlets. In addition, she serves as Board Director of Global Digital Finance, BitGive Foundation, Yale Alumni Health Network, SendFriend, PoA Studios, and is an advisor to the Filecoin Foundation and other organizations. In 2019, she was appointed as the Senate representative of the New York State Digital Currency Task Force. She is also a member of the AIFC Fintech Council (Kazakhstan), World Economic Forum’s Digital Currencies Governance Consortium, International Securities Services Association’s DLT & ISO Standards, GI Trust FATF Travel Rule Standards Task Force (South Korea). Additionally, she is a member GBBC’s Global Standards Mapping Initiative, Post Trade Distributed Ledger, and InterWork Alliance Leadership Councils.
Before joining GBBC as CEO, Sandra founded and led Digitization at CME Group, where she co- created the CME CF Bitcoin pricing indices, CME Bitcoin Futures, and DLT solutions. She also filed the first crypto derivatives patents. Previously, she was a London-based derivatives banker at Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank. Sandra holds an MBA from London Business School, studied Computer Science at Columbia University, School of Continuing Studies, and earned a double BA degree from Yale University. She is a frequent guest lecturer at universities around the world.

Iwona Strzępka

Lisk Foundation, Switzerland

Iwona Strzępka is attorney-at-law with over 8 years of professional experience.
During her career, she has advised multinational companies, providing both legal and tax services. She advised at every stage of an entrepreneurs’ activity, with a focus on commercial, civil and tax law, as well as M&A transactions and cross-border matters. Before joining the Lisk Foundation in 2021 as a Legal Counsel, she worked several years at Big-4 firms.

Guido Schmitz-Krummacher

Lisk Foundation, Switzerland

Guido Schmitz-Krummacher is already a bit of a grey hair at the Blockchain Ecosystem.
He served as a Swiss Board Member several projects at the very beginning like Shape Shift, Cardano, Wings, Golem, Nimiq, Interchain, Bancor, Particl Foundation and several more. From his educational background he is a lawyer (International law, corporate law, economist (EMBA for Finance & International Management) and a certified Swiss Board Member. Today he reduced the number of projects to become more operational. So he is serving as a Managing Director for Lisk Foundation and is also Board member / director at Bancor (Bprotocol Foundation), Liquidapps, Collider , Bank ten31, Vault, Auditchain and Notardec. His passion is to serve the Blockchain Ecosystem with innovative approaches and painful questions – also as a speaker at several international conferences.