Grantly is a serial entrepreneur and early stage investor focusing on FinTech, cryptography and the internet of things. He is the founding partner of Gecko Ventures, a private equity fund investing in FinTech start-ups.
Grantly recently joined Sapien Ventures, a FinTech and online marketplace-focused venture capital firm with presence across Silicon Valley, Sydney, Melbourne and Shanghai.
In addition to his investor roles, Grantly is an Associate Director of the Boston Consulting Group and the CEO of Gecko Digital.
Grantly’s interest in the civic application of blockchain stems from two terms as the chief technologist in the Victorian and South Australian governments.
Grantly joins the Panel as the Symposium Moderator.
Leanne Kemp is the Founder and CEO of Everledger – a digital, global ledger that tracks and protects items of value.
With a wealth of successful startup companies under her belt, Leanne is pushing boundaries in protecting the global market of diamonds and luxury goods.
Using her extensive background in emerging technologies, business, jewellery and insurance – Leanne and Everledger are working towards ensuring global transparency by constructing a digitally encrypted certification system that assists in the reduction of fraud, black markets and trafficking.
Everledger is leading the market in real world application of blockchain boasting an impressive set of industry awards including the Meffy Award 2015 for Innovation in FinTech, BBVA Open Talent 2015, FinTech Finals 2016 for Best in Show, European Financial Tech Awards 2016 for Best Blockchain Company and Asia Insurance Technology Awards 2016 for Best Newcomer.
Leanne is local to Brisbane and now lives full time in London.
Frustrated by a corporate career in finance, working with such names as GE Capital, HSBC, and Lloyds Bank, Tim took the entrepreneurial leap of faith and plunged deep into Web 1.0 in February 1995, setting up an internet cafe-bar and restaurant and a web design house, which he sold in 2001, prior to calling Australia his home.
Here, he followed his passion for screenwriting, culminating in him writing, directing and co-producing an internationally award-winning feature film, 54 Days in 2014.
When Tim went down the Blockchain Rabbit Hole for the first time in early 2015 he had that light bulb moment when he realised there was the chance to finally do something about film piracy and theft, leveraging this new and powerful technology.
From here he set up Veredictum.io a software platform for film and video producers to protect them from theft and piracy and to enable new forms of distribution and productivity models.
Tim is a published author, and a regular speaker and writer on the strategic applications of Blockchain, and is launching his upcoming book Down the Rabbit Hole; Discover The Power Of The Blockchain, in mid-November this year.
Adrian has degrees in Computer Science and Law (Hons) as well as a Ph.D. in IT Security. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Information Security Research Centre under the guidance of Professors Bill Caelli and Peter Little at QUT.
He has been practicing in IT law for more than 30 years being one of the pioneer IT lawyers within Australia. He is a member of the Queensland Law Society and a member of the American Bar Association. In 1999 he was the QUT Faculty of Information Technology Alumnus of the year.
Even though in private practice he continues to undertake research matters with academics at the University of Queensland and Griffith University. He has published in a wide variety of academic journals in the USA, UK and Australia.
He is a member of the Intellectual Property and Information Technology Committee for the Queensland Law Society.
Earlier this year, Adrian attended the CONSENSUS 16 conference in New York which deals with Blockchain Technology. He is already booked for Consensus 17 and it is likely that he will be delivering a paper at this conference. Whilst in the USA he delivered a presentation in Chicago on the legal implications of the Blockchain.
Finally, Adrian is a Research Fellow at the Law Futures Centre at Griffith University where he is investigating the legal implications of Decentralised Autonomous Organisations and Smart Contracts, which both rely on a blockchain.
Victor Jiang is a serial entrepreneur and Founding Partner of Sapien Ventures – a fintech and online marketplace-focused venture capital firm with presence across Silicon Valley, Sydney, Melbourne and Shanghai.
Victor started his first company in Sydney at age 23, then took it to Europe and ended up living and working across 12 countries over a 15 year span. After being acquired into IBM via a software company he was involved in, Victor led IBM’s enterprise-data-management business for its London investment banking and capital markets sector, and achieved 410% revenue growth in 2008 despite the GFC.
Founding Skillsapien in 2012 – an online marketplace for consulting professionals – Victor has since spent most of his time in Silicon Valley, where he built up a broad network of tech investors, business advisors and serial entrepreneurs. From this network Sapien Ventures was born – a VC firm dedicated to “bringing Silicon Valley knowhow to Australian tech entrepreneurs with a global outlook”.
Sapien Ventures’ first investment (in April 2016), HashChing.com.au – an online marketplace for mortgage brokers, just announced last month of breaking through $1.5 bn in mortgage applications processed through the platform, in less than 4 months after Sapien’s investment and in just over a year in business.
Victor was a key speaker at the recent Blockchain Summit in Melbourne (June 28-30 2016) whereby he spoke about the opportunities and impacts of Blockchain on Australia.
Lucas is the Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder of Civic Ledger – an Australian blockchain Fintech company that wants to revolutionise the way governments and its customers interact.
A software engineer with extensive experience in the banking industry and regularly contracts to government agencies, Lucas is local to Brisbane and has been developing and building bitcoin and blockchain related services for the past three years both for private businesses and for open source communities.
Lucas is a sitting board member of the Bitcoin Association of Australia and is sought out often by government and industry for technology advice and for public speaking engagements.
Civic Ledger aims to inspire public sector markets to use the fabric of digital technologies such as blockchain and smart technologies to build new products, processes and services of tomorrow; those with the potential to put the “citizen at the centre” and strip bare business processes of those activities that create friction and cost by seamlessly joining up and homogenising digital service delivery.
Civic Ledger is about enabling public sector markets to stay relevant in a digital citizen-at-the-centre age.
Tom is also the Founding Director of the first Blockchain Academy established in Australia to run dedicated courses teaching software developers and non technical people about the Blockchain technologies.
It is The Academy’s vision to create a talent pool of local blockchain software developers who can work on exploratory blockchain projects with local, national and international clients from public sector markets, industry, academia and support the start up community.
He’s a Brisbane boy, through and through. As a freelance programmer, entrepreneur and online educator, Tom has been organising the Brisbane Ethereum Blockchain Meetups for the past 2 years, and helping people from all walks of life understand what blockchain actually means and how the technology can be applied to solve real world problems.
It is Tom’s mission to teach people new skills for the 21st century to work on solving 21st century problems through a new type of reliable Information Technology made possible with the latest Digital Governance Systems and at the same time awaken the human spirit we all have inside.
Kaisu brings to organisations international experience and extensive knowledge of leadership, strategic vision and execution, corporate governance, technology and passion for innovation from running her own company and working in top ASX and LSE 100 companies in Australia, Finland, UK, Belgium and Holland for over 20 years.
Kaisu’s skills as a dynamic business and IT executive have been developed in variety of industries from start-ups to large organisations in Finance and Insurance, Travel and Tourism, Retail, Telecommunications, Consultancy, Energy/Utilities with Oil and Gas, Government and Universities.
In her roles she has led diverse, multi-vendor and multi-cultural teams in transformational change programs, and delivered revenue growth from new products and services, reduction in operational costs and increase in employee and customer engagement.
Kaisu is passionate about customer – and always thinking how organisations can improve and drive value via innovation and digital. To support her community, she coaches and mentors aspiring start ups and raising stars in technology industry.
Currently Kaisu heads the QDigital and Innovation function at Bank of Queensland with goal to make BOQ the most loved bank in Australia.
Barry is a seasoned professional in software design who believes that technology is most powerful in the context of real human communities, and that as citizens we need both to navigate the rapidly developing global challenges of the modern age.
For the past 20 years, Barry as worked within a range of sectors including finance, digital health, fraud detection and psychology whilst building a knowledge portfolio of semantic programming, artificial intelligence, blockchain and Ethereum technologies.
During his time with Kudos Knowledge, Barry was involved in developing the Semantic Social Intelligence API which is a form of AI that has the ability to discover meaningful relationships inside any content. Its application is to enhance the user experience, typically by making meaningful connections that the user was hereto unaware of, as well as enabling other applications to learn from human interaction and adapt their results to the user’s needs or interests, even as they evolve.
He is now working on projects that combine web component and blockchain technologies.
Barry is a longtime resident of Maleny and is immersed in the Dotcom community.
Nick is the CEO and Managing Director of the Australian Digital Currency and Commerce Association (ADCCA) which is the industry representative body for digital commerce businesses in Australia.
ADCCA exists to promote the adoption of Blockchain technology as a means to challenge existing business models and drive innovation across multiple industry sectors.
The organisation’s founding mandate is to act as the essential connection between digital commerce businesses and industry, governments, regulators, academia, financial institutions and influential policy forums which give direction to this emerging industry at home and abroad.
A private sector membership congress, ADCCA’s aims include:
– Blockchain Technology Education and Training
– Industry Standards and Code of Ethics
– Promotion and Facilitation of Digital Commerce Best Practices
– Regulatory and Compliance Relationships
– Digital Currency Accounting Practices and Standards
– Consumer Protection Standardisation
Rob Hanson is a professional futurist who supports decision makers in dealing with uncertainty. He is trained and experienced in identifying challenges and issues then addressing them before they become a problem.
He uses Governance, Risk, Foresight and Strategy to reveal blind-spots and specialises in delivering actionable decision support products and services that integrate into planning and operations. Rob is quoted by his clients as an accomplished writer, original thinker and engaging speaker.
Rob started his career in IT both in the private and public sectors, and has over 18 years of government experience including the Defence, Criminal Intelligence, and Emergency Management sectors in primarily risk management and strategic foresight roles.
Robert has a Masters of Arts, Strategic Foresight at Swinburne University of Technology (Highest achieving graduate), Masters in Science, Information Technology Management (Carnegie Mellon University) (Graduated with ‘highest distinction’), Bachelor of Business, Management Information Systems (Dean’s Merit List and Chancellor’s Letters of Commendation).
Rob is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and is Certified in Risk and Information System Control (CRSIC) and has a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA).