Keynote Speakers

Mark Hurd

CEO, Oracle Corporation

Mark Hurd is CEO of Oracle Corporation and a member of Oracle’s board of directors. . At Oracle OpenWorld, an annual enterprise technology conference drawing over 60,000 attendees and millions of online viewers, Hurd gives a keynote address and is known for his predictions on the future of enterprise cloud technology. He has been recognized for his business leadership by publications such as Fortune and the San Francisco Chronicle. Mark is also a published author, sharing his business acumen in his co-authored book The Value Factor. As a graduate of Baylor University, Mark serves on the Baylor Board of Regents and is also an active supporter of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and has been instrumental in the creation of the Oracle/ITA Masters tournament.

Jerry Cuomo

IBM Fellow, Vice President, Blockchain Technology, IBM

Jerry Cuomo has pioneered emerging technology projects in the areas of blockchain, API economy, mobile computing, cloud computing, web application servers, integration software, Java, and instant messaging software, filling 60+ U.S. patents. Today, Jerry is leading IBM’s blockchain strategy and offerings. Jerry and team have illustrated how blockchain can revolutionize business and redefine companies and economies. In March 2016 and February 2018, the U.S. government called upon Jerry as an expert witness to testify to U.S. Energy and Commerce Committee on Digital Currency and Blockchain, where he urged the administration to adopt blockchain as a primary means to protect citizen identity and to enhance national security.

John Donovan

CEO, AT&T Communications

John Donovan is CEO of AT&T Communications and is responsible for the bulk of AT&T’s global telecommunications and U.S. video services businesses, including its Business, Mobility and Entertainment, and Technology & Operations groups. Previously, he served as chief strategy officer and group president – AT&T Technology and Operations. In that role, he led strategic planning for the company overall. He also led the company’s networks and technologies team, which has driven AT&T’s global leadership in the transition to software-defined networking – with a focus on virtualized or cloud-based network controls – as well as the company’s leadership in the move to 5G networks. Since joining the company in 2008, Donovan has played a role in significantly expanding its innovation program. AT&T is now recognized as an industry leader in working with application developers and others to make AT&T’s network open to collaboration and innovation. He was previously executive vice president of product, sales, marketing and operations at VeriSign Inc., an internet infrastructure company.

Jeremy Gutsche

CEO of Trend Hunter AI and bestselling author

In just a few years, Jeremy Gutsche has inspired 300,000 people at over 400 events for top-tier brands, billionaires, and associations. With an MBA and CFA, the New York Times bestselling business book, Better and Faster: The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas (#1 on Amazon and a CEO Read “Select” book for CEOs, entrepreneurs, and managers), and an influential website, Gutsche is a creative globe-roamer with a broad appeal (he’s even held a workshop for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, helping them integrate A.I. to be “lean, agile, responsive and adaptive to change”—and, one day, get human beings to Mars). His website is the largest, most influential, most updated collection of cutting edge ideas available anywhere. In bold, interactive keynotes, he delivers a blend of viral new trends, strategic frameworks, and a contagious enthusiasm for innovation. He holds an MBA from Queen’s, is a CFA, and studied innovation at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Jason Kelley

General Manager, Blockchain Solutions, IBM

Jason Kelley leads IBM Global Blockchain Services, working with client organizations and consortia to unleash the exponential business value of blockchain technologies and reinvented business process. His teams provide the thought leadership and consultative capabilities needed to help design, develop and rapidly adopt digital ledgers, digital identity, and trust and transparency with IBM blockchain offerings and solutions. Prior to his current role, Jason led IBM Global Business Services Solutions, Design and Innovation, helping clients transform to differentiate and lead in the market through digital reinvention. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Jason also earned an MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, with a concentration in technology and entrepreneurship. Jason contributes to IBM’s ongoing leadership in patents as the holder of three U.S. patents, with others pending.

Joseph Lubin

Founder of Consensus Systems (ConsenSys) and co-founder of Ethereum

Joseph Lubin is a co-founder of blockchain computing platform Ethereum and the founder of Consensus Systems (ConsenSys), a blockchain venture studio. Lubin graduated from Princeton University with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science. He worked in the Princeton Robotics Lab, at tomandandy music developing an autonomous music composition tool, and at private research firm Vision Applications Inc. Lubin worked with eMagine on the Identrus project, was Director of the New York office of Blacksmith Software Consulting, and VP of Technology in Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs. Lubin co-founded the Ethereum Project and has been working on Ethereum and ConsenSys since January 2014.

Beth Mooney

Chairman and CEO, KeyCorp

Beth Mooney has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KeyCorp since May 1, 2011. In 2010, she was named President and became a member of KeyCorp’s Board of Directors. Mooney, who joined KeyCorp in April 2006 as Vice Chair, Key Community Bank, has over 35 years of experience in retail banking, commercial lending and real estate financing. Prior to KeyCorp, Mooney was Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Alabama-based AmSouth Bancorporation (now Regions Financial Corporation), where she ran its banking operations in Tennessee and Northern Louisiana. Her banking career included roles of increasing responsibility at Bank One Corporation, Citicorp Real Estate, Inc., Hall Financial Group and Republic Bank of Texas/First Republic. At Bank One, she served as Regional President in Akron and Dayton, and then as President of Bank One Ohio, managing major markets throughout the state. She has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” and by Fortune Magazine as one of the Top 50 “Most Powerful Women in Business.”

Will McDonough

Founder & CEO of iCash

Will McDonough, an investor and entrepreneur, led the $825 million IPO for Atlas Mara on the London Stock Exchange, co-founded the Goldman Sachs Builders & Innovators Summit while at Goldman Sachs, and has built and scaled businesses over the last 20 years for some of the world's most known people. iCash introduces the Proof of Trust (PoT) protocol as a multi-platform blockchain application that enables decentralized Smart Contract settlement and validation at scale.

Larry Sanger

Co-Founder of Wikipedia and Chief Information Officer of Everipedia

Larry Sanger is an internet project developer who co-founded Wikipedia along with Jimmy Wales. After leaving Wikipedia, he launched several internet projects of his own including Citizendium and Reading Bear. A trained philosopher with a focus on epistemology (the study of knowledge), Sanger has been involved with various online encyclopedia projects. Born as the son of a marine biologist, Sanger developed an early interest in philosophy and proceeded to study the subject from Reed College and later completed his doctorate in the same field from The Ohio State University. Sanger has also taught philosophy at The Ohio State University.

Nick Szabo

Inventor of Smart Contracts and Bit Gold

Nick Szabo, who is considered a pioneer in the world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, developed the phrase and concept of "smart contracts" with the goal of bringing what he calls the "highly evolved" practices of contract law and practice to the design of electronic commerce protocols between strangers on the Internet. He will be speaking about smart contracts and how those can be used with blockchain technology to revolutionize the way business is done. A computer scientist, legal scholar and cryptographer, Szabo invented Bit Gold and laid the foundation for the creation of Bitcoin. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1989 with a degree in computer science and earned a JD from George Washington University Law School.

Alex Tapscott

Author, Blockchain Revolution and Co-founder of Blockchain Research Institute

Alex Tapscott is a globally-recognized writer, speaker, investor and advisor focused on the impact of emerging technologies, such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies, on business, society and government. He is the co-author (with Don Tapscott) of the critically acclaimed non-fiction best-seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World, which has been translated into 16 languages. His TedX San Francisco talk, Blockchain is Eating Wall Street, has been viewed 600,000+ times. In 2017, Alex co-founded (with Don Tapscott) the Blockchain Research Institute, a multi-million-dollar think-tank that is investigating blockchain strategies, opportunities and use-cases. In November 2017, Alex and Don Tapscott were recognized with the Digital Thinking Award from Thinkers50, as part of their Distinguished Achievement Awards. Alex is a graduate of Amherst College (cum laude). He lives in Toronto, Canada.

Learning Blocks, Workshops, Session Speakers

Thamim Ahmed

Entrepreneur in Residence, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies

Thamim Ahmed works at the world leading Centre for Blockchain Technologies at University College London (UCL CBT) on key fintech initiatives, from designing solutions for central banks and governmental institutions to advising SME’s on building technical capabilities of their blockchain applications. Thamim has a background as a physicist and specializes as a software engineer.

David Allen

COO, Equity Trust Partners

David Allen joined Equity Trust Company in May 2017 as Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for operations and client service functions. He brings nearly 20 years of financial industry experience to the role, most recently serving as Vice President of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where he worked with institutional and retail clients on traditional and alternative pooled investment vehicles. His expertise also includes back-office operations and control functions. Allen’s undergraduate degrees (Operations Management and Organizational Behavior) are from Miami University (Ohio) and he received an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, with concentrations in Finance, Marketing, and Strategy. He holds Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.

Dr. Mike Arendt

Acquisition and Contracting Lead, The MITRE Corporation

Dr. Mike Arendt is a subject matter expert in innovative acquisition and contracting strategies across the federal government. For FY19, he is a Co-Principal Investigator on a MITRE Innovation Program (MIP) internal research award to study the use of blockchain and smart contracts in the public sector. This study seeks to understand how the federal government can successfully leverage smart contracts via blockchain technology to enforce and codify legal contracts and policies for the acquisition of high-volume, high dollar-value commercial goods and services. He holds his Ph.D. in Policy Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park; an M.S. from Missouri State University in Defense & Strategic Studies; and two B.A. degrees from The Ohio State University with majors in Economics, Political Science and Sociology.

Jason E. Barkeloo

Founder/Chair, Open Therapeutics and Founder/CEO, Knowbella Tech

Jason Barkeloo has 34 years of experience as an entrepreneur, researcher, investor, and educator. He began his career as a U.S. Army air defense operations and intelligence assistant. After his military service and five years of teaching, Jason became an entrepreneur and launched a number of startups including TouchSmart Publishing, Somatic Digital and Pilus Energy. His current effort is Open Therapeutics, an open science company that crowdsources orphan therapeutic intellectual properties (IP) to the global scientific community, particularly the underserved scientists in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The blockchain-enabled collaboration platform is that is currently in alpha testing. His is also currently involved with Knowbella Tech, an open science effort crowdsourcing dormant non-therapeutic IP to researchers around the world. Knowbella Tech will provide Helix tokens (cryptocurrency) based upon Ethereum blockchain to the researchers who collaborate within the Knowbella Platform.

Fred Bidwell

Executive Director, FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art

Fred Bidwell is a philanthropist, collector, and community leader. After a 35-year career as an advertising and marketing entrepreneur, in 2011 he and his wife established the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation. In 2013, the Bidwell Foundation opened Transformer Station, a contemporary art exhibition space on Cleveland’s West Side. Transformer Station alternates between acting as a venue for exhibitions curated by the Bidwells from their renowned collection of photo-based contemporary art and as a venue for exhibitions organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art. Fred Bidwell served twice as board president of the Akron Art Museum and currently on the board of the Cleveland Museum of Art and on the Visiting Committee of the Allen Memorial Art Museum.

William (Bill) Blausey

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Eaton Corporation

William W. Blausey Jr. is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Eaton, a power management company. In this role, Blausey is responsible for the enterprise IT strategy and execution. Blausey assumed his current position in January 2006 after serving as Vice President, Information Technology, for Eaton’s Fluid Power Group since 2001. He joined Aeroquip-Vickers Inc. in 1986 as a programmer and then moved into positions of increasing responsibility in financial applications and manufacturing systems, including directing e-commerce initiatives for Aeroquip-Vickers. Eaton acquired Aeroquip-Vickers in 1999. Blausey has served on several boards in the Northeast Ohio region. Blausey earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Bowling Green State University.

Akram Boutrous

President & CEO, The MetroHealth System

Dr. Akram Boutros joined The MetroHealth System as President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2013. He serves as the leader of The MetroHealth System and is its primary public representative, reporting to the MetroHealth Board of Trustees. Dr. Boutros has more than 20 years of leadership experience in large community hospitals, specialty hospitals and academic medical centers. Most recently, he was President of BusinessFirst Healthcare Solutions, a healthcare advisory firm focused on clinical transformation, operational turnarounds and emerging health delivery and reimbursement models. Dr. Boutros previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of St. Francis Hospital – The Heart Center in Roslyn, New York, and as Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Operating Officer of South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside, New York. An internist, Dr. Boutros received his Doctor of Medicine from the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and is a recognized thought leader in management systems.

Lisa Camp

Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University

Lisa Camp provides leadership, management, and direction for new initiatives that play on the strengths of the CWRU faculty and meet specific societal problems or needs. At CWRU, she has been involved in initiatives such as the Great Lakes Energy Institute, Sears Think[box], and Manufacturing USA. She has also led initiatives locally at Cleveland State University as well as nationally through organizations such as MetroLab Network and the MakeSchools Alliance. Over her 25-year career in higher education, Camp has provided leadership in a wide variety of public-private partnerships, from development of K-12/higher education STEM teacher training programs to projects representing the manufacturing, energy, infrastructure, and innovation/entrepreneurship sectors. Most recently, she is working with a team on developing a regional approach to growing research and education capacity focused on the Internet of Things and Digital Futures and how it connects to innovation ecosystems like CWRU’s Sears Think[box].

Hilary Carter

MSc CBP, Managing Director, Blockchain Research Institute

Hilary Carter is Managing Director at the Blockchain Research Institute (BRI), a multimillion dollar think-tank. At the BRI, Hilary is responsible for the program’s operations and research deliverables. As Director of Research, she built a team of thought leaders and subject matter experts in blockchain technology to conduct the definitive investigation into blockchain applications, strategy, and use cases. Hilary’s career began in financial services then her career pivoted to digital technology where she focused on mobile communications and digital media consulting, working with the C-Suite. Her writing on digital transformation has been featured in Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, on topics such as digital leadership, authoritative branding, and most recently, blockchain technology. Hilary is a graduate of the London School of Economics and holds the Certified Bitcoin Professional designation.

Fabrizio Capobianco

CEO of, Chairman and President of Funambol, and Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur

Fabrizio Capobianco is Chief Executive Officer of (the #1 social network in sports, now launching the Token Television), and serves as Chairman and President of Funambol, a company he founded in 2002 to become the leading personal cloud provider for mobile operators.

In 1994, Fabrizio founded the first Web Company in Italy, Internet Graffiti. In 1999, he moved to Silicon Valley where he joined Tibco, later acquired by Reuters, and served as Director of Brokerage Systems. In 2002, he went back to his real passion: entrepreneurship. He founded Funambol, and made it the #1 open source project in wireless. He raised over $30M from US Venture Capitalist, keeping the headquarter in Silicon Valley, and the R&D in Italy. Funambol is today the leading personal cloud solution for mobile operators.

In 2010, he moved to the role of Chairman and President at Funambol and two years later he founded With over 32 million users, is the #1 social network in sports, thanks to the partnerships with FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus. is building the future of television, a social TV based on blockchain technology.

Fabrizio has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and was knighted in Italy in 2016.

Edward Chan

Managing Director, Innova PFM, LLC

Dr. Chan has over 30 years of international industrial experience. He has a demonstrated record of accomplishments in U.S., European, and Asian markets with extensive experience in food, medical devices, filtration, composites, military packaging, automotive, nanotechnology, renewable materials and energy, building products, nonwovens, consumer and industrial products. Dr. Chan received his Bachelor of Science with honor in Chemical Engineering at California Institute of Technology. He graduated from Princeton University with a Ph.D. in the same field. He spent most of his career with Fortune 500 companies, including DuPont, James River (now Georgia Pacific) and International Paper. His roles progressed from process engineer, research scientist, research manager, product development manager, Director of R&D, Director of Marketing and New Business Development, Vice President of R&D and QA and Executive Vice President. He now leads an executive-led M&A investment for family offices and serves as board advisor to Knowbella Tech.

Hikmat Chedid

Professor, Lorain County Community College

Professor Hikmat Chedid is a full-time faculty member at Lorain County Community College (LCCC) where he leads four academic programs and serves as Director of the Advanced Digital Forensics Institute at LCCC. He holds three graduate degrees in Engineering, Physics and Mathematics and several industry certifications in Internet of Things (IoT) and digital forensics from H11 and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Chedid developed four academic degree programs that are currently offered by LCCC, is currently developing two more 4-credit courses, and developed numerous forensic data acquisition methods to extract deleted data from digital media. He teaches a 4-credit course in (IoT) and is currently integrating Blockchain technology in several academic programs.

Paul Clark

Regional President, PNC Bank, Cleveland

Paul Clark is regional president of PNC Bank, Cleveland. Clark, a 43-year financial services veteran, joined PNC through its acquisition of National City Corporation in December 2008. He joined National City Corporation in 1976 as a management trainee in Consumer Finance. Since that time he has served in a variety of capacities, including executive vice president of Retail Banking in Pennsylvania (where he led the integration of Integra Financial Corporation) and president/chief executive officer of Michigan/Illinois (following the merger of First of America Bank Corporation). He also held the position of executive vice president of Institutional Asset Management and chair of the Investment Management Company until his appointment as president of Northern Ohio Banking in 2004. Clark holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Denison University and a master’s degree in business administration from Baldwin Wallace University. In June 2010 he was granted a doctor of humane letters degree from Baldwin Wallace University. He is also a graduate of the Stonier School of Banking.

Will Coleman

Director, Technology Advisory Services, Cohen & Company

Will Coleman serves as a technology consultant to clients on issues ranging from information technology security and controls to big data and artificial intelligence to cryptocurrency funds. He leads the team that designs investment portfolio statements, creates Schedule K-1 packages and checks transactions for conflicts of interest to support Section 206(3) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. In the cryptocurrency space, Coleman has been instrumental in helping design and implement programs to audit and support these specific funds.

Jacob Coulter

Director of Product Development, Coin Ninja

In a 4th grade career report Jacob learned that programmers get paid a lot of money to play with computers. This, he thought, is good. He has devoted his time since constantly learning to move ideas from human brains to working code as efficiently and cleanly as possible. In 2003 he discovered Agile and Test Driven Development which set his passion for code into overdrive. When not writing code, Jacob is a passionate teacher constantly looking to help others achieve the same goal. He has been a professional Agile Development Coach embedding with teams to impart effective development practices while still delivering working code and solving business problems. Most recently, he has taken the role of Director of Product Development at Coin Ninja to focus on building products to bring the use of cryptocurrencies to the masses.

David Croft

Partner, Meyers Roman

David Croft’s practice includes counseling businesses and entrepreneurs to launch new businesses and purchase or sell existing businesses, reviewing investment opportunities, establishing internal governance mechanisms, developing agreements with customers and other businesses, preparing and negotiating business deals and contracts, and handling dissolution and liquidation matters.  Croft brings extensive experience in the manufacturing industry and represents a diverse array of businesses, business owners, and entrepreneurs in industries ranging from software development, video games, and digital currency to fuel distribution, medical marijuana, and plastics manufacturing.

Dawn Dickson

Founder & CEO, PopCom

Dawn Dickson is the Founder & CEO of PopCom, an automated retail company that uses facial recognition, AI and blockchain technology to help retailers collect valuable customer insights. The first CRM, data, and analytics software provider for unattended retail, PopCom has developed technology to make kiosks and vending machines intelligent through data and analytics at the point of purchase. As a serial entrepreneur with over 16 years of experience in marketing and business development, Dawn has launched four successful cash flow positive companies since 2002. Her most recent ventures include Flat Out of Heels and PopCom, after identifying a need to make vending machines more intelligent. Dawn received her B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University. Additionally, Dawn was selected to participate in some of the nation’s top accelerator programs for entrepreneurs including the NewME (San Francisco), Canopy Boulder (Boulder, Colorado) and Techstars (Los Angeles) and is recognized as one of the nation’s top entrepreneurs on the rise.

Bob Eckman

Security Principal, MCPc, Inc.

Bob Eckman is an Adjunct Professor teaching cyber security for Kent State University’s School of Digital Science where, in 2016, he was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award and recognized by the Ohio State Senate for his achievements in the classroom. Bob also serves as an Adjunct and as the Executive Director of Cleveland State University’s Marshall Law College’s Center for Cyber and Privacy. Bob’s career background includes serving as the Cyber Security Program Manager for FirstEnergy’s Nuclear division. In addition to cyber security, Bob is an experienced technologist and project/program management specialist having served in a leadership capacity in IT for over 25 years for Progressive, FirstEnergy Corp., and Shearer’s Foods in addition to non-profit experience with Oriana House, Inc. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science in 1997, master’s degree with a concentration in Technology in 2007, holds an active PMP Certification, and is an active member of ISC2 where he also holds his CISSP Certification.

Chris Ferris

Distinguished Engineer & CTO Open Technology, IBM

Chris Ferris has been involved in the architecture, design, and engineering of distributed systems for most of his 37+ year career and actively engaged in open standards and open source development since 1999. Responsible for IBM's overall open source and open standards strategy and execution, Chris is focused on IBM's engagement with the Hyperledger project and working to ensure its success. He is also responsible for technical oversight and leadership in OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Cloud Native Compute Foundation, Open Container Initiative, Mesos, Docker and more. Chris leads a team of engineers who are contributing to a number of the OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Mesos, CNCF, OCI, Node.js, Hyperledger and Docker projects, to name a few. He works across IBM to drive adoption of these technologies. He also serves on the Board of the Hyperledger project and was twice elected Chair of the Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee. Chris is also a contributor and maintainer on the Hyperledger Fabric project.

Adam Gall

Co-Founder & CTO, decent

Adam Gall is an experienced computer engineer & software developer and co-founder of decent, a software development and consultancy firm specializing in blockchain technology in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2016, Adam finally had his “aha” moment and realized how blockchains are much more than just technical systems. Blockchains are social systems. He created Crypto Cleveland in March 2017, which through grassroots educational efforts and minimal marketing has grown to over 800 members and counting, including miners, investors, developers, students, lawyers, educators, doctors, advisors, and curious people alike. In early 2017, Adam met his future co-founder Parker McCurley, and they formed decent in May 2017, creating a niche market in the industry where they have developed products for an array of clients, including biometrically enabled smart-contracts, novel new proof-of-work hashing algorithms, and tokenizable renewable energy systems. Adam has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Engineering from The Ohio State University.

Greg Harris

President & CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Greg Harris is in his sixth year as President and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The Museum is 23 years old, has welcomed 12 million visitors, and has had an economic impact of over $2.2 billion to the region. As CEO, he has guided the organization through an era of unprecedented transformation with a focus on innovation to drive growth. Under his leadership the Museum has significantly increased attendance, revenue, fan engagement and community impact in fulfillment of their mission to “engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll.” In the 1980s, he and a partner founded, owned and operated the legendary Philadelphia Record Exchange, a retail store that specializes in selling rare, used and independent records. The store mirrored and amplified his love of soul, blues, country, folk, punk and other forms of rock. A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, he holds a B.A. in history from Temple University and an M.A. from the Cooperstown Graduate Program for History and Museum Studies.

Ricardo Henriquez

Professor at EAE Business School (Barcelona, Spain), and Chief Innovation Officer of StremX Ltd

Professor at EAE Business School (Barcelona, Spain), where he has taught courses on strategic management, and innovation & entrepreneurship. During the last 2 years, he has been involved in several blockchain related startups, including BlockGemini Technologies in Dubai, UAE (where he served as CFO), GenesisZero Technologies in Almaty, Kazakhstan (where he serves as member of the Advisory Board), and StremX Ltd, based in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he currently serves as Chief Innovation Officer. As part of StremX team, he is an alumnus of Techstars / Barclays Bank startup accelerator.

Wendy Henry

Specialist Leader, Deloitte Consulting

Wendy Henry serves as the Government and Public Services Blockchain Lead for Deloitte Consulting LLP’s practice. She works with senior clients and cross-functional teams to apply emerging technologies in solving today’s toughest business challenges. A technology enthusiast and IT expert, she brings 30 years of large-scale, complex system integration experience across a wide variety of technologies, including blockchain, cloud and digital innovation. Henry brings a unique point of view on topics such as blockchain, IT strategy and enterprise architecture, cloud technology implementation, AI and user centric design. Her specialties include distilling emerging technologies into simple business value discussions around complex client problems.

Josh Holmes

CEO, Ethode

Joshua Holmes is a veteran software engineer, father of four and CEO of Ethode, a software development firm in Medina Ohio. He has grown his consulting firm into two sister companies and a total of nearly 50 of the smartest software and systems experts. After starting one of the largest crypto mining data centers in the Eastern United States, he helped to transform Ethode into one of the few software companies that can handle larger scale Blockchain applications.

Laura Jehl

Partner and Co-leader of Blockchain Technologies & Digital Currencies team, Baker Hostetler

Laura focuses her practice on the intersection of law, data and emerging technologies. She is a co-leader of both the firm’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) initiative and of its Blockchain Technologies and Digital Currencies team. She advises clients on U.S. and international privacy, data protection and cybersecurity matters, and helps them navigate interactions with federal regulatory and law enforcement agencies, as well as state and local authorities. Laura also helps clients respond to data breaches, including some of the largest and most complex data security incidents. Laura advises clients on a wide variety of legal and regulatory issues presented by blockchain, virtual currencies, artificial intelligence, IoT and digital identity solutions.

Susan Joseph

Blockchain Consultant

Susan Joseph is a high energy, trusted, innovative strategic JD/MBA Blockchain Consultant and former General Counsel who can strategize, build and lead blockchain working groups, consortia and nfps. She is the North America Representative for the B3i Insurance Consortium, advises Fortune 500 and other global companies as well as startups on blockchain and insurance, identity, financial services, supply chain, real estate and humanitarian concerns. She is a founding member and Executive Director of the Diversity Blockchain Group (DiB) that was incubated by MIT. She sits on the Ethereum Enterprise Alliance Identity Working Group and is a member of both the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance and the Chamber of Digital Commerce. She writes and speaks on blockchain and has guest lectured on fintech to Cornell undergrads. She also founded and runs the womeninfintech group on LinkedIn which has approximately 2,000 members in 47 countries.

Leanne Kemp

Founder & CEO Everledger

Using her extensive background in emerging technology, business, jewelry and insurance, Leanne is pushing boundaries with Everledger, addressing real-world challenges through driving transparency and trust along global supply chains using emerging technology. With a rich history in innovation, Leanne previously founded three Australian startups including Absoft Queensland, Fastcards Pty Ltd. and the Great Australian Survey Company. Through these companies Leanne introduced and patented transformational technology ideas including Fastcards (a smart card with managed identification services) and commercialised Multicard (credential verification for consumer, governments and corporations) alongside various solutions to streamline inventory and supply chain operations. Leanne is an appointed member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Blockchain Business Council and a Co-Chair for the World Trade Board's Sustainable Trade Action Group. She is also on the IBM Blockchain Platform Board of Advisors. Her leadership role in technology has been recognized, winning awards including Innovator of the Year 2018 at the Women in IT Awards (London) and the Advance Global Australian Awards 2018 for Technology Innovation. Leading the market in a real-world application of distributed ledger technology, Everledger, under the leadership of Leanne, has widely received industry recognition since inception, winning awards including Best Blockchain Company in the European Financial Technology Awards, Best Newcomer in the Asia Insurance Technology Awards as well as Best B2B Startup in the Digital Top 50 Awards presented by Google, Rocket Internet and McKinsey. Everledger was also recently awarded as a World Economic Forum 2018 Technology Pioneer.

Dr. Javed Khan

Professor and Chair of Computer Science, Kent State University

Dr. Javed I. Khan is a professor and Chair of Department of Computer Science at Kent State University. Khan’s research team specializes in applying multi-area expertise in cross-cutting problems in advanced networking and borderless network-based systems. His cross-area research has been funded by agencies including DARPA, National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, AFRL, World Bank and State of Ohio. Besides being an active researcher and educator, Khan plans higher education infrastructure for the digital age. He helped concept formation, planning and designing of national scale high speed advanced network infrastructures for two countries funded by World Bank and respective national governments. Khan earned his PhD from University of Hawaii at Manoa as Open Grants Fellow at East West Center at Hawaii.

Nina Kilbride

Chief Commercial Officer of Monax

Nina Kilbride is Chief Commercial Officer at Monax and leads its legal engineering team. She is an experienced former commercial lawyer who combines logical, automated processes with technology to create innovative legal products. Her mission is to translate the functional tools of law into smart contracts that support the networked economy. Monax empowers developers to embrace participatory software architecture via distributed computing and smart contract systems using a toolklit of blockchains, smart contracts and legal engineering.

Fanny Lakoubay

CMO,, senior consultant to ARTrendex

Fanny is a New-York based marketing and communication specialist with 12 years of experience with art and technology companies. She currently is the CMO of, a blockchain laboratory that uses the power of blockchain to change the way art is made and collected. She advises New Art Academy (art+tech panels and conferences) and Artrendex (AI services for the art market) and regularly speaks at conferences and teaches at NYU and Christie’s Education. Prior to this, Fanny worked with renowned organizations like Artnet, Collectrium and Christie's. She holds an MBA from HEC Paris business school and a BA in Art History.

Vincenzo Liberatore

Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University

Prof. Vincenzo Liberatore is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University. He holds a Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University. His previous appointments include a visiting position at Bell Labs, a research associate position at the University of Maryland, College Park, and senior software engineer position at Tokutek. Liberatore has extensive publications in networking, theoretical computer science, and compilers. His current research interests are in the areas of cloud robotics, electricity markets, and randomized algorithms.

Charlie Lougheed

Co-Founder and Partner, Unify Project

Charlie Lougheed is co-founder and partner of the Unify Project, a non-profit that is mapping the “socioeconomic genome” including the factors that drive economic dislocation by leveraging big data, AI, simulation modeling and blockchain. In 2009, Lougheed co-founded and co-funded Explorys, now IBM Watson Health, as a spin-off from Cleveland Clinic. Explorys became the leader in healthcare big data and value-based-care analytics, spanning hundreds of thousands of healthcare providers and 60 million+ patients across the U.S. In 1999, Lougheed co-founded Everstream, which became the market leader in broadband and content analytics before being acquired by Concurrent in 2005. Lougheed has also been at the forefront of innovation within the financial services sector having led online banking and consumer analytics at KeyBank, National City Bank and PNC. He earned his bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University.

Yehudit Mam

Founder of

Based in New York, DADA is the only social network where people interact through drawings and one of the first online art galleries to use blockchain technology for the transaction of work. Yehudit Mam will introduce us to the genesis and concept of her art gallery and explain how the Ethereum blockchain system revolutionized the company. DADA uses smart contracts to give artists 30% of each resale.

Elena Manilich

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, John Carroll University

Dr. Manilich’s research is focused on developing methodology for acquiring and understanding health data and on developing practices to translate this knowledge into useful diagnostic and predictive tools. Most of my research revolves around different types of biomedical data acquired from multiple sources consisting of variable magnitudes; data that are vast in dimensions, complexity, and number of patients. My additional research interest involves data analysis of terrorism related activities specifically in the area of Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing.

Pete Martin

Founder & CEO, Votem

Pete Martin is the Founder & CEO of Votem, a blockchain-based mobile voting company, and he is the author of the upcoming book, "Sparking a Mobile Revolution; How Mobile Voting Will Change the World as We Know It,” scheduled for release in late 2018. His four previous start-up exits generated an average return to investors of 14 times invested capital. Previously, he was the Founder & CEO of Kompliant Software, a trade compliance software firm and Co-Founder and & CEO of EntryPoint Consulting, an SAP Systems Integration Company which was sold to KPMG. Pete has spent his career in technology-related businesses including as EVP of Worldwide Operations for Marketswitch Corp, Vice President at SAP America and sales positions with IBM. Involved with blockchain technology since 2015, he is a sought-after speaker on topics related to the use of blockchain technology in various use cases including corporate and political governance.

Andrew Maurer

Programmer and System Architect

Andrew Maurer has 18 years of traditional enterprise IT experience in writing code, designing systems, leading large development projects and managing infrastructure and software teams. Maurer made a head-first leap into the crypto world in February 2018 by joining a startup to build a Relayer for the 0x decentralized digital asset trading platform on the Ethereum blockchain. Being an advocate for Ethereum, less formally known as the EVM, he created a small 30 AMD GPU mining operation on EthOS, which has been running since Q4 2017. In his spare time, Maurer is building a D-App on Ethereum and IPFS to facilitate birthday gift exchanges along with a lottery pool.

Evin McMullen

Project Lead, Linnia

Evin McMullen is the Project Lead at Linnia, a start-up within the ConsenSys family of companies built on the Ethereum blockchain. Previously, she was a Director of Product Marketing at Berkshire Hathaway, managing public-facing brand experiences for Warren Buffett’s multi-billion-dollar portfolio of companies. She has advised senior leadership in IoT, mesh networks, and connected technology development for clients including Nike, Procter & Gamble, Harvard Medical School, BMW, GE and the United Nations. She grew up in Northeast Ohio, where she continues to be engaged as a mentor for underserved high school students seeking higher education in science and technology. She is a graduate of Yale College.

Mark Meadows

Founder & CEO, and Co-Founder & Trustee,

Mark Stephen Meadows is an American author, inventor, artist, and entrepreneur. With 18 years in AI, 22 in VR, and 7 years in blockchain he has designed and developed AI applications at some of the world’s top research labs including Xerox-PARC and SRI. In 2017, Mark co-founded Seed Vault, Ltd, a nonprofit dedicated to building a blockchain-driven platform and marketplace for companies, developers, and individuals to create, sell, and use conversational AI interfaces for bots. Since 2011, Mark has led, which is pioneering the development of AI, blockchain, and conversational interfaces for bots in finance, healthcare, and other industries. Botanic customers include Fortune 100 companies, three government agencies, and startups around the globe. Mark is the author of four books and eight patents related to social robotics, AI, avatars and blockchain.

Todd Miller

Vice President, US Business Development, ChromaWay

Todd Miller is responsible for managing all aspects of ChromaWay’s U.S. operation including business development and establishing strategic partnerships. His team is responsible for facilitating the establishment of data sharing consortiums in the real estate industry, as well as among financial institutions, supply chain partners and public-sector agencies. Prior to ChromaWay, Todd was a senior leader at Fannie Mae, where he led product development and technology partnerships teams across the single-family business. Miller earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and an M.P.A. from New York University.

Mark Pohlkamp

CEO, Knowbella Tech

Mark launched his career as a mechanical and aerospace engineer for Boeing Airplane Company. He has over 20 years of technology sales and start-up experience. They include an Autodesk spin-off (engineering collaboration tools) and a start-up (research and science reference tools) acquired by Elsevier. Most recently he helped launch and exit a healthcare IT recruiting & staffing firm that achieved $60 million in revenues in four years. He was awarded an athletic scholarship to the University of Missouri where he earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and went on to earn his MBA at Xavier University.

Stephen Morris

Vice President, Digital Solutions, Sirius

Stephen Morris has more than two decades of consulting experience helping clients achieve business outcomes by planning and executing digital transformation programs. Morris is responsible for the digital solutions practices at Sirius and FiveOut, which includes digital strategy, digital marketing, user experience, commerce, mobile, web content management, dev-ops, and microservices. He leads a team working on several emerging technology solutions around artificial intelligence bots, IOT, and blockchain. Morris served as Chief Operating Officer at Ascendant Technology prior to its acquisition by Sirius. Morris has spent his entire career in in various strategy and delivery management roles at Accenture, BearingPoint, Arthur Andersen, and Ernst & Young. He graduated from Miami University in 1994 with a B.S. degree in System Analysis and holds a M.A. degree in Education from The University of Phoenix.

Stephen Obie

Partner, Jones Day

Recognized by The National Law Journal as a regulatory and compliance trailblazer, Stephen Obie advises multinational corporations and individuals on U.S. securities and commodities law compliance. For more than 20 years, he has represented clients in enforcement investigations before the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Financial Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Obie currently represents and its financial technology subsidiary concerning their use of blockchain technology to trade securities. He led the team that obtained the first ever effective registration statement that contemplates a public offering utilizing blockchain technology.

Panos Panay

Vice President for Innovation & Strategy, Berklee College of Music

Panos Panay leads strategic initiatives at Berklee College of Music and also serves as the founding managing director of the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE). For BerkleeICE, he spearheaded the founding of the Open Music Initiative, which brings together over 170 leading music, media, technology industry organizations and academic institutions to create an open protocol for uniform identification of music rights owners. Prior to Berklee, Panos was the founder and CEO of Sonicbids, where he created the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online. Earlier in his career he was an international talent agent for artists such as Chick Corea and Pat Metheny.

Anthony Pompliano

Partner, Morgan Creek Digital Assets

Anthony Pompliano is a regularly featured author and thought leader for the blockchain industry on national television, press outlets and on social media platforms. He has successfully built several industrial-grade cryptocurrency mining facilities and previously co-founded Full Tilt Capital, one of the fastest growing, early-stage U.S. venture capital firms. Prior to joining Full Tilt Capital, Pompliano led numerous product and growth teams at Facebook and Snapchat and served as a U.S. Army Sergeant in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Paul Puey

CEO and Co-Founder, Edge

Paul Puey is CEO and Co-Founder of Edge, a mobile wallet and single-sign-on security platform for blockchain applications. Edge (formerly Airbitz) has won accolades including being one of the top three mobile apps for bitcoin in the 2014 Blockchain Awards, being voted one of the Top 50 FinTech Companies to Watch by AlwaysOn Inc, and receiving first place in the Inside Bitcoins 2015 and Coin Agenda 2016 pitch competitions. Paul held lead engineering positions with Nvidia and Chromatic Research and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

Brian Ray

Professor of Law, Cleveland State University

Brian Ray co-founded and directs the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection and edits the Center-sponsored SSRN Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and eDiscovery eJournal at Cleveland State University. He is part of a small team of researchers that in 2018 established the Internet of Things Collaborative (IoTC) with a $1.75 million Digital Excellence Grant by the Cleveland Foundation. In 2016 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine appointed Ray to the CyberOhio Advisory Board. He co-chairs the Northeast Ohio CyberConsortium's Workforce Development Committee and is a member of the Sedona Conference's Data Security and Privacy Liability Working Group. He was selected to participate in the Yale University Cyber Leaders Forum in 2017, and SC Magazine named him one of three Outstanding Cybersecurity Educators in the 2017 Reboot Leadership Awards. He was a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa and has published extensively on comparative constitutional law and social rights. He earned is J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law and B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Tim Schigel

Refinery Ventures

Tim Schigel founded Refinery Ventures in early 2017 with the intent to bridge the gap between the coasts and the Midwest. Refinery focuses on disruptive technologies with an emphasis on digital health and human capital technology. Prior to Refinery, Schigel launched the Cintrifuse Fund of Funds with capital from Cincinnati’s corporate community and built a portfolio of 15 firms. Shigel created ShareThis, the globally recognized share button that reaches 500 million people every month. ShareThis was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the Bay Area in 2013 when Shigel won EY Entrepreneur of the year. Previously, Shigel was a partner of Blue Chip Venture Company, the first venture firm in Cincinnati with $600 million under management. Schigel grew up in Cleveland, son of a steelworker, where he received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He serves on Cintrifuse’s board and the Northern Kentucky University Foundation Investment Committee.

Jon Schlinkert

CEO, Sellside

As an entrepreneur, Jon Schlinkert founded several companies including Auralinx, Transactive, and most recently Sellside, a b2b omni-channel market network. In 2013, after spending nearly 20 years as a data-driven marketing-focused entrepreneur, Jon started learning how to program. Less than 12 months later, Jon was listed in "Open Source at Scale" as the #8 contributor to Open Source Software in the world. As a full-stack software engineer, Jon has authored and published more than 1,400 open source software projects that are downloaded more than 2.2 billion times a month and are used by millions of developers and teams in every country around the world. Jon's code is used by NASA, GitHub, LinkedIn,, Alibaba, Microsoft, Google, Target, IBM, Veritas, Apple, Facebook, Airbus,, BBC, and the Canadian Federal Government and many others. Jon has been listed as the "top trending developer" on GitHub, was named "Top Maintainer" for Node.js, and is currently ranked as the #2 developer in Node.js based on total monthly downloads of his projects.

Dr. Nigmanth Sridhar

Dean, College of Graduate Studies, Cleveland State University

Dr. Nigamanth Sridhar serves as the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Cleveland State University. In that role, he promotes educational and research excellence in graduate programs across CSU. Sridhar also holds a faculty position in Computer Science in CSU’s Washkewicz College of Engineering. During the time he has been at CSU, Sridhar has built a strong research program that has been continuously funded by federal and foundation grants for more than a decade. He serves as the Project Director for CS for CLE, a program that is working on bringing computer science courses to all CMSD schools, and as the co-Academic Director for the IoT Collaborative. Sridhar received his Ph.D. and MS degrees in Computer Science from The Ohio State University and an undergraduate degree in Information Systems from BITS Pilani in India.

Joel Telpner

Partner, Sullivan & Worchester LLP

Joel Telpner, a partner in Sullivan & Worcester’s New York office, is a highly sought-after legal advisor in the blockchain space, actively working with a large number of clients in structuring token distributions and enterprise blockchain applications. Joel brings more than 30 years of legal experience in a career that includes time as an AmLaw 100 partner, the former U.S. general counsel of a global financial institution and a venture capitalist. Joel is leading policy initiatives on global regulatory issues for blockchain on behalf of the Global Blockchain Business Council and the Blockchain Research Institute. He is also a member of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance’s Legal Working Group, which is developing guidance on best practices for ICOs. Joel gave the keynote speech "ICOs – Best Practices" at the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Central in Davos, Switzerland in January 2018. He represents a diverse client base, including financial institutions, top 10 cryptocurrencies, governments, dealers, corporations, investment managers, mutual funds, hedge funds and pension plans.

Shane Tews

Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Shane Tews is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she works primarily on cybersecurity and internet governance issues. She is also president of Logan Circle Strategies, where she focuses on information and communication technology and cybersecurity policy issues. Previously, Shane managed internet security and digital commerce issues as vice president of global policy for Verisign Inc. She began her career in the George H. W. Bush White House as a deputy associate director in the Office of Cabinet Affairs and later moved to Capitol Hill as a legislative director for a member of Congress. She studied communications at Arizona State University and American University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general studies with an emphasis on communications and political science.

Mark Yusko

CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Morgan Creek Capital Management, LLC

Mark Yusko is CEO & Chief Investment Officer of Morgan Creek Capital Management, LLC, a registered investment adviser formed in July 2004 to provide investment management services based on the University Endowment Model of investing to wealthy families, individuals and institutional investors. Morgan Creek currently has $1.6 billion in assets under advisement in non-discretionary accounts and discretionary funds. Prior to Morgan Creek, Mark served as Chief Investment Officer for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked as Senior Investment Director for the University of Notre Dame Investment Office. Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from the University of Chicago.