London’s Blockchain Conference; Blockchain Expo Global Exhibition announces expert speakers

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Blockchain Expo, has today announced key expert speakers at the Global conference, Olympia London, 25-26 April 2019. An opportunity to hear from thought-provoking content within blockchain solutions for enterprises, blockchain technology solutions, blockchain platforms & strategies, fintech, solutions & regulations, blockchain for business and innovations & investors.

Blockchain Expo has been embraced by the blockchain community with notable experts and leading organisations joining the conference agenda. The conference will explore the industries that are set to be disrupted the most by this new technology, including; manufacturing, retail, financial services, legal, healthcare, insurance, energy, music, government, real estate and more.

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Event attendees can expect to meet with over 6,000 like-minded individuals, 350+ exhibitors such as Hyperledger, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, Consensys, Factom Protocol and Stratis, in a series of networking opportunities. The Blockchain Expo will also allow you to ask questions to the events 200+ thought leading speakers in Q&A sessions. These speakers include:

  • Nitin Manoharan, Global Director, Head of Enterprise Architecture & Tech Innovation at Philip Morris International
  • Richard Kastelein, Publisher, Blockchain News, Director Token.Agency
  • Anwar Mirza, Global Head of Data Governance at TNT
  • Ken Marke, CMO at B3i – The Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative
  • David Ferguson, Head of Digital Innovation at EDF Energy
  • Efrat Kaufmann, Emerging Technologies Business Development Lead at Bank Hapoalim
  • Achim Jensky, Head of Processes/IT at Daimler Real Estate
  • Ildefonso Olmedo, Head of Innovation at Santander
  • Emmanuel Marchal, Managing Director at ConsenSys
  • Amit Patel, Head of New Ventures at Bupa
  • Julian Gray, Technology Director, Digital Innovation Organisation at BP
  • Nkiru Uqaje, Blockchain Strategy lead for UKI Enterprise at Dell
  • Marta Piekarska, Director of Ecosystem at Hyperledger
  • Andrew Speers, Director, Product and Innovation at Natwest
  • Michele Curtoni, Digital Product Development at State Street
  • Udai Kiran Chilamkurthi, Lead Architect – Retail & Logistics at Sainsbury’s
  • Vincent Doumeizel, Vice President Food and Sustainability at Lloyd’s Register

Blockchain Expo Europe will also take place at RAI, Amsterdam on 19-20 June 2019. Blockchain Expo North America will take place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in the heart of Silicon Valley on 13-14 November 2019.

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 Virgin.com, 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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