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Connecting the Blocks, Unchaining the Blockchain

December 11, 2018 | Careum Auditorium, Pestalozzistrasse 11, 8032 Zürich
swissnexDay is the annual signature event of the swissnex Network in Switzerland: It offers a unique opportunity to meet the Swiss global network for education, research and innovation.
By gathering stakeholders from academia, government, business and media around Blockchain, the swissnexDay’18, organized by swissnex China, will showcase the ability of the swissnex Network to support the outreach and active engagement of its partners in the international exchange of knowledge, ideas and talent. CNN Money, Crypto Valley, ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich’s Blockchain Center are partners of the event this year.
In order to discuss how Blockchain technology will affect our society and Switzerland’s education, research and innovation landscape, top global speakers and panelists from academia, the private sector and policy making will debate specific applications of the Blockchain technology from cryptocurrencies and beyond. The panel will be moderated by CNNMoney Switzerland and will discuss threats and opportunities, as well as how governments and policy makers are anticipating these changes.  
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Networking Lunch


Welcome Words

Introduction: Ambassador Mauro Moruzzi, Head of swissnex network, State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI
Prof. Dr. Michael Hengartner, President, University of Zurich
  Prof. Dr. Lino Guzzella, President, ETH Zurich
  Dr. Thomas Heiniger, Government Councillor, Canton of Zurich


Blockchain Keynotes

  Katherine Foster, Chief Strategy Officer, BLOC
  Daniel Haudenschild, CEO, Swisscom Blockchain AG


Regulation Insights

  FINMA’s perspective on blockchain regulation
  Livio Ammeter, Legal and Policy Specialist Fintech Desk, Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA


Panel Discussion

 Moderator Olivia Chang, CNN Money Switzerland
  Olga Feldmeier, CEO of Smart Valor
  Sam Lee, Founder and CEO of Blockchain Global Limited
  Dr. Thomas Puschmann, Swiss FinTech Innovation Lab, University of Zurich
  Alan Wunsche, Chief Token Officer, TokenFunder & Founder of BlockchainCAN, CEO of LeadingK Digital Innovation

15:45 – 17:00

Networking Apéro

The event will be held in English without translation.
Confirmed Speakers

Livio Ammeter

Livio Ammeter studied law at the University of Bern with a main focus on commercial and financial market law. After graduation Livio worked for a Swiss law firm as well as in the public law sector. He then went on to pass the bar exam in the county of Bern before starting as a specialist at FINMAs Fintech Desk in 2018.

Katherine Foster

  For nearly 30 years, Katherine Foster has been spearheading initiatives that bridge sustainable development with innovative partnerships, financial and technical solutions. A former diplomat on climate change, human security and international trade including the NAFTA side agreement, Katherine went on to develop innovation projects across Switzerland, before becoming Business Development Lead for the EU’s flagship innovation program Climate-KIC. From the initial Swiss office at ETHZ, Katherine spearheaded a pipeline of partners and initiatives for Climate-KIC which has to date, accelerated 900 startups and 300 innovation projects. She became an advisor to a number of early blockchain projects before joining BLOC as CSO.  She has also served as an consultant to the World Bank, building out the blockchain and carbon markets pilot, as an advisor to the UNDP Accelerate2030, an active member of Climate Chain Coalition which partners with the UNFCC and is cofounder of the Blockchain Climate Initiative. Katherine is Swiss-Canadian temporarily living  in Washington DC

Daniel Haudenschild

  Daniel Haudenschild graduated from the University of Iowa and from Webster Vienna Private University. He was Partners, Financial Services advisory at Ernst & Young, and Global Director of SAP Financial Services Banking at HCL-Axon. Mr. Haudenschild is currently the CEO of Swisscom Blockchain Ltd. With 20 years of experience in the financial sector, he is an expert in understanding how to use new technologies in business and identifying their opportunities and pitfalls, especially in the FinTech and Blockchain industry.

Olga Feldmeier

  Olga Feldmeier is the CEO of SMART VALOR, a Swiss-based blockchain start-up building a decentralized marketplace for tokenized alternative investments. She is an expert on the regulation of Blockchain industry, the tokenization of assets and the disruption of the banking industry. She has extensive experience working in the banking and financial services sector for global brands such as Barclays Capital, UBS Wealth Management and Boston Consulting Group. Prior to founding SMART VALOR, she held the position of Commercial Managing Partner at prominent Silicon Valley Bitcoin startup Xapo. She is also a founding member of the Crypto Valley community and a mentor at the largest European accelerator program, Kickstart Accelerator.  

 Sam Lee

  Sam Lee is the Founder and CEO of Blockchain Global, a Blockchain technology company. Under his vision and leadership, the company’s corporate accelerator program has made over 50 investments in companies leveraging Blockchain Technology, generating know-how to work with government leaders in defining regulation and standards to accelerate industry adoption that ultimately aims to reduce friction, fraud and cost for any company. In 2014 he founded the Blockchain Centre (the world first non-profit Blockchain Knowledge Hub focused on education and awareness) and industry think tank, Distributed Technologies Institute. He also established Distributed Group, a Blockchain venture platform that connects corporate, investors and entrepreneurs through a network of +300 DLT pioneers that apply knowledge to create value at all stages.

 Thomas Puschmann

Thomas Puschmann has spent almost two decades at the nexus of technology and business. He currently is founder and director of the Swiss FinTech Innovation Lab at the University of Zurich, co-founder and executive director of the association Swiss FinTech Innovations and member of the Swiss Innovation Council Innosuisse as well as the Blockchain task force for the federal council. He serves as an advisor for many strategic national and international initiatives and is an advisory board member of various institutions such. Before his current position, he was heading a large international financial services research project at the Universities of St. Gallen and Leipzig and was a visiting scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to this, he spent more than 4 years in consulting where he was a member of the board at ESPRiT Consulting and The Information Management Group.

 Alan Wunsche

Alan Wunsche is the Founder of and CEO Leading Knowledge Ltd., a consultancy focused on digital transformation. He is also a Founder of Blockchain Canada (2016), a Canadian federal not-for-profit corporation with a mission to connect Canadian Blockchain Innovators and to help Canada be a leader in blockchain technology. He has hands-on finance and technology executive with deep governance, strategic planning, process re-engineering, big data analytics, risk management and information management transformation consulting experience. He was recently elected Canadian Chair of Canada’s ISO/TC307 Blockchain Standards Committee.

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