Since its inception, blockchain has promised to make trusted third parties redundant. In practice, though, whether blockchain is actually decentralized depends on what is governed and how this governance is enacted. As more businesses explore blockchain this distinction becomes increasingly important. There are many expected benefits from decentralization and those benefits may elude us if decentralization fails in practice.
Pros and cons and best examples to be discussed with a panel of experts and startup founders hands on experience in the blockchain space.
Alex Ryvkin - Founder Arda.works
Alex is a London-based FinTech entrepreneur and investor. Prior to launching his first venture, he spent 15 years building a successful career in industry and finance, advising some of the largest private financial institutions in the UK, Russia and the Middle East on their investment strategy. Since coming back to London in 2017 he has co-founded two FinTech startups: AssetBar, an innovative WealthTech platform enabling private bankers to invest in peer-to-peer loans and tokenised assets, and Mode, a crypto-backed lender and wallet. He has recently launched árda.works (https://ardaworks.com), a consultancy focusing on technology solutions in Finance and Blockchain industries. árda.works builds finance and blockchain products for its clients. Recently launched árda MVP Lab is the firm's fixed cost and guaranteed delivery offering, enabling startups, SMEs and corporates to optimise their proof-of-concept stage risks.
Antony Abell - Director - Co-Founder at TrustMe and TPX Property Exchanges
Antony is a London based serial entrepreneur and financier specialising in the commercial delivery of global breakout technologies. Currently he is focused on the deployment of 20x regulated TPX™ Property Exchanges across the world – including exchanges in London, New York and LA.
As a former Olympic coach (’92), serial entrepreneur, corporate financier and private equity fund manager Antony has helped develop, fund and deploy over 23 breakout technologies and high growth ventures. His current interest is in the global commercial deployment of new breed of asset based economic systems and regulated exchanges using distributed ledger technologies (‘blockchain’), smart contracts and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. He is also trustee for a charity and non-executive director of a number of tech companies.
Sunikumar Ramakrishnan - AI and Blockchain Global Leader at IBM
Sunil is AI and blockchain global leader at IBM focused on Chemicals, Petroleum & Industrial Products Industries.
He helped numerous companies create value from Blockchain and AI and has spoken at numerous events on Blockchain, AI, IoT, and Digitalisation. He is certified in Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Data Science, Design Thinking and the Internet of Things.
Panel discussion to be moderated by Philippe Nadouce
Philippe is a blockchain Trainer/Lecturer at INSEEC-U where lecture on bitcoin/blockchain, digital currencies (DC), open financial systems, blockchain technologies and applications, principles of disruptive innovation in DLTs, regulation and governance.
Events are designed to facilitate knowledge sharing in the blockchain space and enhance dialogue and collaboration between the blockchain and the real-world.
Panelists from the start up ecosystem and stakeholders from relevant industries share their knowledge and direct experiences in a combination of friendly panel discussions and short talks. Attendants are invited to take active part to the Q&A and to the networking time that follows our events.
Photos and filming
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