2nd Blockchain Symposium

Symposium Speakers

John Tierney

Senior Sales (Enterprise Accounts)


At Coinfirm John is responsible for Enterprise Account Sales Globally. His background is 30+ years in Capital Markets starting in the mid 80’s as an Open Outcry trader on the Liffe Exchange in London before moving into electronic trading (DMA) in 2000. He then moved into software sales with a few start up companies before moving to SunGard in 2006 where he spent 10 years selling Enterprise Trading and Risk management systems in Emerging Markets. More recently he has headed up the European sales teams at Lombard Risk and UK Cap Market sales at SoftwareAG. He joined Coinfirm 8 weeks ago and is loving the new Crypto challenge.

Justin Smith

Technical Architect


Justin Smith is the project lead and technical architect of Swisscom Blockchain’s SBX distributed cryptoasset exchange. Justin also leads the X Wallet project; the X Wallet is an iOS interface for the privacy-focused cryptocurrency Monero. Justin first started building cryptofinance solutions when he added Bitcoin as a payment method for his e-commerce startup in 2013. He has over a decade of professional experience, working for firms including John Deere, Caterpillar, and Wolfram Research.

Shivansan Macilmani

Global Banking & Markets specialist


Shivansan has gained an extensive re-structure experience in UK, HK, US & Swiss Tier 1 banks. Currently he’s engaged in Blockchain applications with a global focus on Enterprise and contribute to shaping the digital economy. He performs a key role in influencing business decision makers whilst collaborating with technology counterparts to transform legacy methods and deploy new business models.

Hazem Danny Al Nakib

Member Of The Supervisory Board


“Hazem Danny Al Nakib is a fintech and regulatory technology expert and sits on the boards of multiple companies leveraging blockchain and DLT, especially in the financial sector and traditional capital markets which include Coinfirm, Securrency, London Block Exchange, Humaniq, TodaQ and several others. Hazem is also a Senior Advisor to Swisscom Blockchain where he focuses on banking and regulation. Hazem also runs a blockchain center and think-tank in Cambridge which links the private and public sector to implement new emerging technology solutions. Hazem also advises several corporates, multinational organizations, and governments on how to understand, leverage, use and invest in blockchain, digital assets and DLT related projects to benefit their business and society. Hazem has previously worked in various roles at the Royal Bank of Canada and Boston Consulting Group and is a frequent speaker and published writer on emerging technologies including distributed ledger technologies and AI and their regulatory and economic implications.”

Stephane Rind

Founder and CEO


Entrepreneur and Business Angel Stephan Rind started out as an investment banker in New York and Dusseldorf. In 2002 he started Colonia Real Estate and grew the company to the 3rd largest listed residential real estate company in Germany. Colonia Real Estate was taken over by TAG in 2011.

Immanuel van Poppel

Founder & CEO


Based in Antwerp and Zurich, a former diamond trader for one of the largest diamond manufacturers worldwide, with more than 20 years of experience at all levels of the industry. A strong passion for innovation and technology. A proven track record in building and executing technology for the diamond industry. He is a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses and also Managing Partner of DIAMDAX BRINKS.

James Roy Poulert


The Reserve

A Chartered Accountant from his time at Ernst & Young, James is a self-taught developer and ex-venture capitalist. After a professional career covering finance and technology, James is dedicated to improving society through distributed ledgers – the bedrock for a future based on Trust.

Kamal Youssefi

Blockchain Engineer and technology futurist

Swisscom Blockchain

He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of IT projects. Kamal has well-grounded and deep knowledge in distributed ledger technologies as well as is financial cryptography. His previous projects at Ernst & Young dealt with re-designing and extending legacy systems using emerging technologies and applying agile methodologies. He brings an international view on the Business, with over 10 years in London, Africa, Asia, and in the Middle East.  Kamal was heading EY Garage Lab in his former position, and has consistently led teams to deliver value with emerging technologies.

At his current position, Kamal is leading Enterprise Blockchain covering the Banking Sector and Blockchain as a Service within Swisscom Blockchain. He is also collaborating with Sovereign institutes as well as with Governmental Bodies to implement national initiatives, provide support to identify opportunities to generate value with blockchain including deployment in the MENA region and ensure effective implementation of blockchain use cases and solutions, from strategic suggestions to road map, deployment, hosting, testing, operation and quality assurance.

Darius Montvila

Darius Montvila, Chairman of the Board and one of the early investors


Serial entrepreneur and General Management executive with extensive international experience in ICT, IoT, and fixed+mobile telco solutions. Served as technical Director for leading telco vendor Ericsson, regional Director for AVAYA, member of the board and executive at mobile operators (BITE Group, VODAFONE Zambia, Hello Nepal) and founded several companies in Energy efficiency and ICT segments.

Khalid Ouafi

Co-founder & CTO


Fadi Nasser

Senior Advisor to CEO, General Manager ICT


In his role reporting to the CEO, Fadi heads the new ICT business unit at Omantel, launched in 2016. This business line delivers on Omantel’s v3.0 vision to lead the country’s digital transformation efforts via integrated technology solutions delivered seamlessly, as a service. This scope includes IoT, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity and disaster recovery amongst other fast paced technologies.

His career spans Nortel and Alcatel in Canada before joining a string of
start-ups across the Silicon Valley in California, culminating in a long track record in software, wireless, security and virtualization. Prior to moving to Oman, Fadi served as the lead strategic business development executive at Qatar’s and one of the GCC’s largest ICT service providers.

Fadi has a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering from University of Alberta, Masters in Engineering Management from an Jose State and graduated top of the Executive MBA class from HEC Paris.

Sanjeev Madavi

Director – Technology


Dr. Khalid Tahhan


Bolckchain Services and Solutions

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