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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: Come to Zurich on 11 December 2018 for a unique opportunity to meet the Swiss global network for education, research and innovation on Blockchain matters.
By gathering stakeholders from academia, government, business and media around Blockchain, the swissnexDay’18, co-organized with swissnex China, will showcase the ability of the swissnex Network to support the outreach and active engagement of our partners in the international exchange of knowledge, ideas and talent. This year CNN Money Switzerland, Crypto Valley and UZH Blockchain Center will be our partners for the swissnexDay’18.
In order to discuss how Blockchain technology will affect our society and Switzerland’s education, research and innovation landscape, we will count on top global speakers and panelists from academia, private sector and policy making to debate specific applications of the Blockchain technology from cryptocurrencies and beyond. The panel will be moderated by CNN Money Switzerland and will discuss threats and opportunities, as well as how governments and policy makers are anticipating these changes.  
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11:30 – 13:00

Registration & Lunch


13:00 – 13:30

Welcome words

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

13:30 – 14:30

Blockchain Keynotes

  Da Hongfei, CEO of NEO 

14:30 – 15:30

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

Olga Feldmeier

  Olga Feldmeier is the CEO of SMART VALOR, a Swiss-based blockchain start-up building a decentralized marketplace for tokenized alternative investments. Olga 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, where she focused on strategy projects at financial institutions such as Deutsche Bank, Unicredit and Commerzbank. Prior to founding SMART VALOR, Olga held the position of Commercial Managing Partner at prominent Silicon Valley Bitcoin startup Xapo. Olga is also a founding member of the Crypto Valley community. She is also a mentor at the largest European accelerator program, Kickstart Accelerator, and she is an expert on the regulation of Blockchain industry, the tokenization of assets and the disruption of the banking industry. 

 Alan Wunsche

  Alan Wunsche is the Founder of and CEO Leading Knowledge Ltd., a consultancy focused on digital transformation. Alan 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 is a leading blockchain / fintech expert. Alan has hands-on finance and technology executive with deep governance, strategic planning, process reengineering, big data analytics, risk management and information management transformation consulting experience. Alan was recently elected Canadian Chair of Canada’s ISO/TC307 Blockchain Standards Committee 

 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, Thomas spent more than four years in consulting where he was a member of the board at ESPRiT Consulting and The Information Management Group.

 Sam Lee

Sam Lee is the Founder and CEO of Blockchain Global. Blockchain Global is a Blockchain technology company with offices in Melbourne, Perth, New York, Kobe, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Suzhou and Dalian. 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, alongside Blockchain Global, he founded the Blockchain Centre (the world first nonprofit 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. He has been a panelist at World Economic Forum, as well as in numerous Blockchain Summits. Mr. Lee is a frequent interviewee on CNBC, BBC, Sky News and RT.

 Da Hongfei

Da Hongfei is the founder and CEO of NEO, a blockchain platform for distributed apps. He is also the founder and CEO of Onchain, a blockchain development company for enterprise and institutions. Both projects are headquartered in China and were the first blockchain development projects based in China. As far as the blockchain technology industry in China is concerned, Da Hongfei is one of it’s predominant actors and he has been responsible for the first few blockchain companies based in China.  Da Hongfei has earned his status as a blockchain and cryptocurrency pioneer in Asia. He is now one of the most respected experts in crypto and blockchain applications, especially when it comes to Chinese user adoption, enterprise applications, and government regulation.

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