Bitcoin, blockchain and beyond
Our first event of the year was on Wednesday 21st March at SKYCITY Theatre, Auckland and Thursday 22nd March at The Piano, Christchurch.
Explore the world of cryptocurrencies and the prospect of a cashless society as we look at the future of money.
Our keynote speaker is Aaron McDonald, Co-founder & CEO of Centrality, well-known as the blockchain tech company which recently sold $80m in coin offerings, in just 6 minutes! 20 year tech industry veteran Aaron will be joined by a panel of experts as we chat blockchain & beyond.
Aaron McDonald – CEO & Co-Founder, Centrality
Aaron is a 20 year tech industry veteran with experience leading teams across all aspects of a technology company. Aaron has held leadership positions in large technology companies managing portfolios over $1b in value across engineering and architecture, product management, product development, marketing and sales.
Aaron is Founder and CEO of blockchain technology company Centrality and CTO of Swiss Crypto Investment bank Blockhaus.
Alex Sims – Associate Professor, University of Auckland (blockchain researcher & enthusiast)
Alex Sims is an Associate Professor in the Department of Commercial Law at the University of Auckland. She is a blockchain researcher and enthusiast and has presented on blockchain and cryptocurrencies to many organisations both in New Zealand and internationally. In late 2016, Alex was part of a team awarded a grant by the Law Foundation on the legal regulation of digital currencies in New Zealand and Australia. As part of the Law Foundation project, Alex has looked at the possible introduction of a New Zealand central bank issued cryptocurrency and the form that such a cryptocurrency should take.
Zoe Wallis – Head of Transactions & Payments, Kiwibank
Zoe Wallis heads up the Transactions and Payments business at Kiwibank where she is responsible for overseeing the bank’s domestic payments solutions for customers including credit, debit and prepaid cards, as well as everyday banking. Prior to this Zoe was the Chief Economist at Kiwibank where she headed up the economics team, producing forecasts and research for the NZ economy. Prior to joining Kiwibank, Zoe worked in a range of roles in the Financial Markets Department at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
Rachel Paris – Founder, The Blockchain Boutique & former partner at Bell Gully
Rachel is a specialist financial services lawyer with a strong interest in blockchain technology and leads Bell Gully’s Fintech team. She advises financial institutions, private equity funds, corporates and blockchain businesses on a broad range of financing and capital markets transactions and regulatory issues. Rachel has been a partner at Bell Gully since 2009 and holds an LLM (International Finance) from Harvard Law School.