Senior US Regulator David Blaszkowsky Joins Canadian Blockchain Intelligence Group (BIG) Advisory Board

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Vancouver-based Canadian Blockchain Intelligence Group (BIG) has just announced it has secured David Blaszkowsky as a governance and US regulatory advisor to the Company to assist BIG in developing and establishing data policies, governance structures and processes, compliance frameworks, and metrics.

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Most recently, Blaszkowsky was a Senior Vice President at State Street Corporation, where he founded and was Head of Enterprise Data Governance.

Previously, he was a Senior Policy Advisor with the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C.

Lance Morginn, CEO of BIG stated:

“Mr. Blaszkowsky brings the combination of regulatory compliance and enforcement, government policy, and an understanding of Blockchain technology which makes him a natural fit. His experience with State Street, U.S. Treasury, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will greatly assist BIG’s movement toward becoming the recognized standard in Fintech.”

Blaszkowsky is a senior financial services executive, strategist, and thought-leader with thirty years experience as a consultant, corporate manager, senior US regulator, and banker around data and analytics and their governance, management, strategy, analysis, standardization, and use for business growth, risk management, and regulatory compliance and enforcement.

He has established, nurtured, and promoted multiple new financial and regulatory technologies including semantics (XBRL and FIBO),  data standards (including the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI), governance techniques, and Blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT).

David was responsible, as the Director of the Office of Interactive Disclosure at the US Securities and Exchange Commission, for the transformation of US financial reporting by the use of XBRL in public company, investment fund, and other financial reports, and went on there and at the US Treasury Office of Financial Research to expand the consideration and use of new standards and technologies (including smart contracts and Blockchain) for the improvement of bank and financial systemic stability.

David Started his career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, studied economics and the University of Chicago, and received his MBA at the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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