Jun 22, 2018

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Guest Experts on the Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme

In order to stay at the forefront of your competition and industry, it’s important to invest time and understanding into the disruptive technology taking off within a business context.

The Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme gives you the insight and knowledge you need on the surrounding implications and effects of blockchain on your business. With your newfound knowledge of blockchain and the affiliated industries and technologies, you’ll gain the ability to make better strategic business decisions.

Not only will you receive a certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford on completion of the programme, you’ll also learn with a global cohort of like-minded professionals, and learn under the tutelage of industry leaders.

Who you’ll learn from

You’ll be taught by industry experts, from the programme co-convenors Nir Vulkan and David Shrier,  blockchain expert Meltem Demirors and programme instructors Professor Teppo Felin and Professor Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland. Joining these industry heavy-hitters are a plethora of guest experts, many of whom were early adopters of blockchain technology, and run or work for leading blockchain organisations.

Meet some of your Guest Experts

Ashley Lannquist
Project Lead, Blockchain & DLT at World Economic Forum

In her role as project lead, Ashley manages projects related to the responsible and collaborative development of blockchain technology for society.

She is also the co-founder of MOBI, which uses blockchain to make mobility greener, safer, and more accessible. During her time at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, she also launched the Blockchain Unlocked executive education programme, the SHE(256) movement for women in blockchain, and the Haas FinTech Club.

Eva Kaili
Member of the European Parliament

Eva Kaili has been one of the most proactive politicians to promote distributed ledger technologies on the agenda of the European Union. She is most known internationally as founder of the Future Forum in Brussels and chair of the Future of Science and Technology Panel of the European Parliament, leading Exponential Technologies. In 2018 she was named by Politico as one of the leading MEPs addressing the digital revolution.

Maya Parbhoe
Chief Executive Officer, Ourox

Maya started her own import company when she was just 15 years old. This eventually enabled her to co-found the now established Icarus Systems, which offers engineering and geosynthetic solutions to the mining, oil, gas industries and government. Today, Maya heads up Ourox, a cryptocurrency exchange dedicated specifically to the Caribbean and Latin America.

Joseph Lubin
Co-Founder of Ethereum, Founder of ConsenSys

Joseph Lubin, founder of ConsenSys, which serves as a venture production studio for the Ethereum ecosystem, began his career working in robotics, machine vision, neural nets and software engineering.

Lubin felt blockchain technology, and its possibility for creating shared infrastructure, could serve as an organising principle for Earth, the world, and the planet. This belief led to him becoming one of the co-founders of Ethereum, the world’s second-most valuable cryptocurrency after Bitcoin.

Mary Saracco
Co-founder and CFO, Ubanx

As a former investment banker, Mary has a prominent background in traditional banking, emerging markets, and economics. Prior to starting Ubanx, Mary was the chief financial officer at the blockchain security infrastructure company Zeppelin Solutions. She also directed the first blockchain efforts at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and collaborated at the Blockchain Lab.

E. David Burt
Premier of Bermuda

In 2017, Edward David became the youngest person in history to be elected premier of Bermuda. Prior to this he co-founded HITCH Limited, Bermuda’s version of Uber. In the past, he has served as a director of the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce, and of the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation.

Greg Medcraft
Director, OECD Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs

Greg has extensive experience working on financial markets and services issues, both from an industry and policy perspective.

Following an early career in finance, Greg served on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Board, and the Financial Stability Board. Today, he works to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world through the OECD.

Greg Schvey
CEO, Axoni

Greg heads up Axoni, a capital markets technology firm that specialises in distributed ledger infrastructure. By 2018, the enterprise had raised $32 million to help it finish moving some of the largest financial infrastructures in the world to technology that interoperates with the ethereum blockchain. Greg previously co-founded TradeBlock, the world’s leading provider of institutional trading tools for digital currencies, and worked as a fixed income analyst at Citigroup.

Kathryn Harrisson
Director of Global Product Management, IBM Blockchain

As a founder and entrepreneur with over 15 years experience, Kathryn has a notable history in blockchain, financial services, business development, and product management.

In her current role she has spearheaded the strategy and execution of IBM’s open, flexible, and decentralised enterprise blockchain platform, and is responsible for IBM Blockchain Platform’s product management.

Caitlin Long
Co-Founder of Wyoming Blockchain Task Force

Caitlin has been active in the bitcoin and blockchain space since 2012. Leading the charge to make Wyoming an oasis for blockchain companies in the US, she has helped to enact 13 blockchain-enabling laws in the state. Prior to this, Caitlin was the chairman and president of Symbiont, an enterprise blockchain startup, where she spearheaded a blockchain project for delivering market index data to Vanguard.

Zaki Manian
Director of Tendermint Labs, Tendermint; Executive Director, Trusted IoT Alliance; Co-founder of Iqlusion

Zaki founded SKUChain with the aim of bringing cryptographic trust to the supply chain. Since then, he has become an executive director at the Trusted IoT Alliance, a director of Tendermint Labs, and the principal co-founder of Iqlusion.

Zaki is an expert in cryptography and distributed systems and a prolific contributor to the development of blockchain and cryptocurrency technology. He is also an advisor to the Cosmosproject, and several other investment funds and startups in the space.

Dipul Patel
Chief Technology Officer, Soluna

A passion for solving the energy crisis is what led Dipul to start Ecovent in 2013. It’s also what ultimately drove him to launch Soluna, the world’s first vertically integrated blockchain computing company. The firm’s mission is to empower the blockchain economy through environmentally clean, renewable green energy.

Dipul has also worked as an advisor for a number of organisations and has served as an entrepreneur in residence at MIT to support fellow entrepreneurs along their own journeys.

Gilad Shai
Founder, BOUND API

Shai has vast experience in developing startup teams, leading product development, implementing enterprise architecture solutions, and creating new technology.

As well as BOUND API, he is also the founder of Insurtech LA, a group for entrepreneurs, insurance professionals, developers, product managers and business strategists who are involved in the rise of InsurTech.

Hailey Lennon
Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, bitFlyer

Hailey has played a crucial role in bitFlyer since 2017, helping to oversee their expansion into the US. She has advocated for self-regulation of the cryptocurrency industry and currently serves as a board member of the Virtual Commodity Association. Prior to Joining bitFlyer, Hailey helped develop Silvergate Bank’s fintech and cryptocurrency branch as legal advisor.

Daniel Buchner
Senior PM of Decentralized Identity, Microsoft

Daniel represents Microsoft in the Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF) and is working with members of DIF and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to make decentralised identity a reality. He’s also spent time at Mozilla, where he ran the Developer Ecosystem product group and various W3C Web standards efforts.

Bradley Tusk
CEO of Tusk Holdings

Bradley is a venture capitalist, political strategist, and writer. Tusk Holdings includes Tusk Ventures, Tusk Strategies, Kronos Archives, Ivory Gaming, and Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies.

Tusk Ventures is the world’s first venture capital fund to work with, and invest solely in high-growth startups facing regulatory and political challenges.

Marco Santori
President and Chief Legal Officer at Blockchain

Recently described by an American Banker reporter as “the Dean of Digital Currency Lawyers,”​ Marco is a recognised authority in the law of digital currencies and blockchain technologies.

Prior to his move to Blockchain, Marco counselled banks, broker-dealers, exchanges, wallets, payment providers, and other companies making new and exciting uses of distributed ledger technology. Marco counselled his clients primarily on the money transmission and securities laws, including anti-money laundering regulations

Craig Sproule
CEO of Metavine, CEO of Crowd Machine

Craig is responsible for the company’s vision, product development and customer success. A successful entrepreneur since 1999, Craig founded Metavine as a systems integration company.

After building enterprise applications, and systems using its own proprietary platform and toolset that enabled rapid development without the need for coding, Craig evolved the company in 2013 to begin offering customers direct access to its flagship platform, Metavine Genesis.

Kayla Sanders
Founder and CEO of Remy

Remy is a cloud-based platform that simplifies the management of regulatory relationships and associated activities. Throughout their journey, Remy has identified synergies in multiple complementary verticals including blockchain, property, life and reinsurance.

Jimmy Song
Venture Partner at Blockchain Capital LLC, Instructor at Programming Blockchain

Previously a Developer at Blockchain, Jimmy is now a venture partner at Blockchain Capital. Song has worked as a principal architect at blockchain firm Paxos, as well as been vice president of engineering at open-source wallet management platform Armory Technologies.

Jimmy also runs a training company called Programming Blockchain, that provides blockchain programming and development training, and is also the author of a cryptocurrency-focused blog.


Gain a thorough understanding of the blockchain landscape, and get a head start in building your business strategy around a technology which is sure to become a staple to successful businesses in the coming years. Be lead by industry experts, early adopters of blockchain technology, and global professionals who know how blockchain can alter your organisation’s strategy through harnessing disruptive tech.

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