Our Speakers

Jimmy Song

Bitcoin Developer, Educator & Entrepreneur

Jimmy Song is a Bitcoin educator, developer, and entrepreneur. He is a programmer with 20 years of experience, the last 4 being in Bitcoin. He’s the editor of bitcointechtalk.com and blogs at medium.com. He’s contributed to Bitcoin Core as well as other Bitcoin projects. He was the former VP of Engineering at Armory, a Bitcoin wallet. For the majority of his career, Song worked as a software developer for a wide array of companies in different fields including entertainment, healthcare, e-commerce, etc. In 2014, he joined Monetas where he led the development of bitcoin integration with open transactions for almost a year. ​After managing the development of a business-friendly Bitcoin wallet for Armory Technologies, Song became the Principal Architect for Paxos creating blockchain solutions for institutional entities. In January 2018, Song joined Blockchain Capital ​ as a Venture Partner. In addition, he runs Programming Blockchain, a for-profit company that’s training students all around the world in blockchain programming and development techniques.

Bruno Colmant

CEO Bank Degroof Petercam

Bruno Colmant is the Head of Macro Research and Executive Board Member at Bank Degroof Petercam. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s Degree in applied economics from the Solvay Business School Economics & Management (ULB). He also holds a Master of Sciences in Business Administration from Purdue University (USA) and a Master in Fiscal Sciences (ICHEC-ESSF). Colmant is a member of the Belgian Royal Academy. He holds various certifications, including ACI, ICMA, FRM, PRMiA, CFA, CIIA, CMF, CeFA and numerous IIA certifications. He is also a chartered accountant and tax advisor and owns the “agent de change” certification. Bruno Colmant lectures at the Vlerick Management School, UCL, the Solvay Business School Economics & Management (ULB), ICHEC, Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis and the Luxembourg School of Finance. He authored more than 75 books.

Dan Held

Director Business Development at Kraken

Dan Held is the Director of Business Development at Kraken. Kraken is one of the world’s biggest and most well-known cryptocurrency exchanges. Dan is a serial Bitcoin entrepreneur with two exits (Interchange > Kraken, ZeroBlock > Blockchain.com), and has a wide span of experience across 5 Bitcoin companies. In between his time in crypto, he was on the Rider Growth and Intelligence teams at Uber. He lives and works in San Francisco.

Marcel Burger

Founder Burgercrypto.com / Quant / Bitcoinometrist

Marcel is the founder of BurgerCrypto.com; a crypto investment boutique that offers crypto asset management services to high net worth individuals and B2B consultancy services. He is in the process of writing a book on Bitcoinometrics; econometric analysis applied to bitcoin data. Marcel left his institutional investment career with the aim to contribute shaping the future of investment management by helping other people and institutions to get exposure to digital assets. Before Marcel went full time crypto, he worked with Optiver, VanDerMoolen, EY and Achmea Investment Management in various roles and predominantly in the front office. From advising pension funds on how to manage balance sheet exposures, to managing OTC derivatives portfolios and market making equity options. Marcel holds a MSc. in Econometrics with a specialisation in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Sciences.

Dries Buytaert

Founder and Lead Developer at Drupal

Dries Buytaert is an open-source developer and technology executive. He is the original creator and project lead for Drupal, an open-source platform for building websites and digital experiences. Buytaert is also co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, a venture-backed technology company. Acquia provides an open cloud platform to many large organizations, which helps them build, deliver and optimize digital experiences. A Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, he holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent University and a Licentiate Computer Science (MsC) from the University of Antwerp. He was named CTO of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and a Young Innovator by MIT Technology Review. He blogs frequently on Drupal, open-source, startups, business, and the future at dri.es.

Ivan Van de Cloot

Chief Economist at Itinera

Ivan Van de Cloot studied economics at the University of Antwerp and was a research assistant for two years in the domain of public finances. As a consultant, he helped to prepare the liberalization of the gas and electricity market in Belgium. After that he worked as an economist for the research department of ING/BBL for 6 years. On top of cyclical analysis, he specialized in the analysis of structural characteristics of the Belgian economy. Ivan wrote about pensions but also about the liberalization of railway traffic, economic aspects of immigration, entrepreneurship and healthcare. As a commentator for financial and economic events, he often appears in the written and audio-visual media. He is equally Executive professor at the Universiteit Antwerpen Management School and has a column in De Tijd. Ivan Van de Cloot is for Itinera author of The pension book and co-author of the Grey gold, in which a strategic vision is developed for respectively our pension system and eldercare.

Alena Vranova

Co-founder Trezor

Alena Vranova is a Bitcoin investor — as well as other cryptocurrencies — a business developer, fintech and Bitcoin economist, co-founder and former CEO of the Czech project SatoshiLabs — a company that has developed cryptocurrency hardware wallets and other related software. Alena Vranova is the team leader of designers and programmers of the hardware wallet TREZOR. Alena Vranova also takes part in working with the mining pool Slush Pool and with the Coinmap service, a map showing places that accept Bitcoin. She decided to step down from SatoshiLabs as CEO in 2017. Currently, Alena Vranova is frequently interviewed about cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies, performs as a speaker on various related conferences and meetings and writes for cryptocurrency media.

Naomi Brockwell

Award-Winning Producer And MC

Naomi Brockwell hosts some of the largest blockchain and economics conferences around the world. She has interviewed some of the biggest names in Tech, Business, and Politics and is a regular on US national television discussing blockchain technology and current events.

On her channel NBTV, Naomi has been producing blockchain and economic content for YouTube and her podcast since 2013. NBTV focuses on all things tech, especially Blockchain. You can find easy-to-understand tutorials, interviews with industry leaders, weekly crypto news summaries, fun quiz shows, and music.

Naomi was policy associate at the New York Bitcoin Center from 2013-2015, producer for the 2015 feature documentary Bitcoin: The End of Money as We Know It (Best International Documentary, Anthem Film Festival; Winner of Special Jury Prize, Amsterdam Film Festival), producer for Stossel, a producer for the blockchain sci-fi TV series HardFork, and co-author of the children’s book “Billy’s Bitcoin”.

Matthias Dobbelaere-Welvaert

Director and Privacy Activist at The Ministry of Privacy

Michel Rauchs

Research Affiliate at Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

Michel is the Founder of Paradigma, a Luxembourg-based advisory firm specialising in digital assets and distributed consensus systems. Until recently, he was leading the cryptocurrency and blockchain research programme at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, where he remains a Research Affiliate. Michel is the co-author of six impactful blockchain research studies and the co-creator of the real-time Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index (CBECI). He is regularly featured in the press to comment on blockchain-related events and has been presenting his research at conferences, industry events, and regulatory roundtables worldwide.

Nicolas Priem

Partner & CIO at Tioga Capital

Prior to co-founding Tioga Capital Partners (a European venture capital fund focused on blockchain opportunities), Nicolas was part of the executive committee as Vice President at the Brussels based private equity fund Core Equity Holdings. (>€1B AuM) In 2015, Nicolas discovered blockchain technology during his tenure at the San Francisco based private equity fund Altamont Capital Partners ($2.5B AuM), where he served as Vice President taking on multiple investment and operational roles. Earlier in his career, Nicolas was a consultant at Bain & Company residing in Brussels, London and Los Angeles, which set the foundation for his ever-evolving career in finance and investing. Nicolas holds a masters degree in finance from the KUL, a masters in general management from the Vlerick Business School, and has passed his CFA level III.


independent cryptocurrency researcher

My motivation for working in crypto is that money and banking have huge barriers to entry which have protected them from disruption for a long time. Cryptocurrency seems to be able to exist outside the curfew of government regulations, so it has the potential to break this market open. I’m excited to see what the free market can do to them if it gets the chance.

For the last year, I’ve focused mainly on the security model of Bitcoin and how it is affected by the declining block subsidy. My goal is to make Bitcoin and cryptocurrency sustainable and reduce as much of their long-term uncertainty as possible.

I publish all of my research for free on uncommoncore.co and Deribit Insights.

Wim Schoutens

professor financial engineering at the University of Leuven

Wim SCHOUTENS is professor in financial engineering at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He has extensive practical experience of model implementation and validation. He is well known for his consulting work to the banking industry and national and supra-national institutions. He is an independent expert advisor to the European Commission, has worked for the IMF and is the author of several books on quantitative finance. He is also member of different editorial Boards of international finance journals. Wim is also a founding partner of RiskConcile, a fintech company with roots within the University of Leuven.

Jan Vergote

Head of Investment Strategy at Belfius

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Bitcoin Analyst & Angel Investor

WhalePanda is a trader that got into Bitcoin in late 2013. After searching for 2 years to find the next Bitcoin he realized that Bitcoin was the next Bitcoin and he became a Bitcoin maximalist. Since 2017 Panda has been investing in Bitcoin-focused startups and in 2019 he co-organized the first edition of the Magical Crypto Conference in New York.

Teunis Brosens

ING’s Lead Economist for Digital Finance and Regulation

Teunis Brosens looks at trends in digital finance and their regulation including digital currencies, data, and platforms. He started his career at the Dutch central bank and has been with ING since 2010. Teunis holds MA degrees in both Economics and the Philosophy of Science from Tilburg University.

Sam Wouters

Bitcoin Educator

Sam helps people understand Bitcoin in simple terms. He has a passion for education and has been teaching people about Bitcoin for many years.

Jean-Luc Verhelst

Author “Bitcoin, Blockchain & Beyond”

Jean-Luc Verhelst is the author of the book Bitcoin, Blockchain and Beyond (2017) and works as a freelance public speaker, trainer, and advisor. He is the co-founder of the blockchain community HIVE.brussels and was selected by the European Commission as a member of the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum. He currently trains professionals in Europe and in the Middle East and is a professor at multiple universities.

Prior to his current position, he worked several years as a strategy consultant and became the blockchain leader for Deloitte Belgium after having spent several months at the EMEA Blockchain Lab. He worked for numerous clients in Europe, managed the development of blockchain solutions, and delivered internal training in EMEA and the USA. He also won the world’s largest blockchain hackathon of 2016, and his master thesis on Bitcoin received the award for the best financial thesis of 2014 in Belgium. Jean-Luc holds academic degrees in IT and business.

Most importantly, Jean-Luc has a real passion for blockchains and how they will shape our future.

Aaron van Wirdum

Technical editor at Bitcoin Magazine

Aaron van Wirdum is the technical editor for Bitcoin Magazine. With a background in studying the historical influence of society-shaping technologies, he’s been covering Bitcoin and related projects since 2013. He is known for his ability to explain highly technical subjects to a layman audience and specializes in topics including Bitcoin’s history, scaling and privacy technology.

Akin Sawyer

Governance Lead for Decred

Akin Sawyerr is a Strategy and Governance Lead for Decred. he also leads operational efforts across
Africa and underserved markets. Decred is a community-directed digital currency designed to be a
superior store of value for generations to come.
Akin is also the Managing Director of Feleman Limited, an investments and consulting firm focused on
deploying financial technology solutions including: payments systems, remittances, and blockchain
solutions to catalyze growth.
Mr. Sawyerr spent the first fifteen years of his career in management consulting and corporate strategy.
He led strategic and organization transformation projects at Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture in
Washington, D.C., and held leadership positions with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
Mr. Sawyerr started his career at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the Technology and General
Services Group where he conducted economic research and data analysis in support of IMF country
strategies across Africa, Asia and Europe.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics with a minor in Political Science from Union College, New
York, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from The Amos Tuck School of Business at

Paul Buitink

Senior Commercial Manager at Atradius

Alex De Vries

Senior Consultant at PwC

Alex de Vries has been a blockchain specialist at PwC’s Experience
Center since 2015. He earned his MSc in Economics and Business from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2011. In 2014 he founded the blog Digiconomist.net. This blog is a platform that is dedicated to exposing the unintended  consequences of digital trends. The blog also features the Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index since late 2016, which has played a major role in the global discussion regarding the sustainability of proof-of-work based blockchains. Alex’ academic contributions to the topic include “Bitcoin’s Growing Energy Consumption” and “Renewable Energy Will Not Solve Bitcoin’s Sustainability Problem” both published in Joule (Cell Press).

Christian Stoll

Energy research at TUM & MIT.

Dr. Christian Stoll has research affiliations with the Center for Energy Markets at the Technical University Munich (TUM CEM) and the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT CEEPR)

His research focuses on a broad variety of topics in the field of climate economics.

The coverage of his publication “The Carbon Footprint of Bitcoin” received more than 3 billion views on global media (e.g., on CNN, The New York Times, …)

Dave Remue

Director at KPMG

Dave Remue is director with KPMG Advisory Belgium and focused on Fintech. He previously led the blockchain and regulatory track at B-Hive Europe where financial institutions collaborated closely with innovative Fintech companies. Last year, he co-launched a project sponsored by the European Commission to raise Fintech (risk) awareness (incl. big data, AI, and blockchain) with regulators. He has been working closely with the EU Blockchain Observatory from the start, and is well connected with the different Fintech and blockchain communities. He graduated in engineering and business at the KU Leuven and Oxford, with recent certificates in Fintech, AI, and Blockchain strategy from MIT and Oxford

Manuel Andersch

Senior FX Analyst at Bayern LB

Manuel works as Economist and FX Analyst in the research team of BayernLB, where he has also been covering Bitcoin for many years. He completed his degree in economics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, before receiving his master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh. He was ranked as best FX analyst worldwide by Bloomberg in 2015, as best sterling forecaster in 2019 (Bloomberg) and as best forecaster for Scandinavian currencies in 2018 & 2019 (Refinitiv).

Stepan Snigirev

Ph.D. in Quantum Computing

Founder – Technical Development and Open-Source Community Lead

Stepan is a quantum physicist with over 10 years experience in experimental physics, software and hardware development.

After his PhD he was involved in building two experimental labs for quantum computing and quantum simulation experiments at Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and at Russian Quantum Center.

He was always passionate about math problems and cryptography. Joining Crypto Advance he is happy to fully focus on development of cutting solutions for Bitcoin.

Christopher Bendiksen

Head of Research at Coinshares

Christopher Bendiksen is the Head of Research at CoinShares, Europe’s largest digital asset manager and issuer of the pioneering XBT Provider ETNs as well as the DGLD physically-backed gold token. At CoinShares, Christopher runs the research desk with the main focus on Bitcoin and the remaining underlying assets of the CoinShares product suite. Among other outputs, CoinShares Research publishes bi-annual Bitcoin Mining Reports covering the economics, dynamics, energy demands and sources of the Bitcoin mining network. He holds a BA in Biochemistry from the University of Tampa and an MSc in Biophysics from Universitat de Barcelona.

Ann Sofie Cloots

Lecturer at the University of Cambridge

Ann Sofie Cloots is the Slaughter & May Lecturer in company and corporate finance law at the University of Cambridge. Previously she practised corporate and competition law as an attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP in Brussels. She obtained a PhD in law from Cambridge and was a visiting doctoral researcher at Harvard Law School. She holds a LLM from Columbia Law School. Her research covers company and corporate finance law, law & economics and game theory, as well as the legal aspects of digital assets, DLT and smart contracts. She won the Cambridge-McKinsey Risk Prize for an essay on the legal risks of DLT and digital assets and founded the legal blog Smart Asset Law.

Gertjan Verachtert

Partner at Sansen International Tax Lawyers

Over the years, Gertjan has built up special experience in providing advice on asset structures (Cayman tax, data exchange), migration and emigration of private individuals and companies, cross-border investments and assistance for artists and athletes in an international context. I am happy to share this expertise through articles in specialist journals and as a speaker at various conferences. Finally, as an active member of AIJA, I maintain a network in various countries to assist our clients.

Bart Preneel

Full Professor, KU Leuven. Advisor Tioga Capital Partners.

Prof. Bart Preneel is a full professor at the KU Leuven, where he heads the COSIC research group, which has 90 members. He was visiting professor at five universities in Europe. He has authored more than 400 scientific publications and is inventor of five patents. His main research interests are cryptography, information security and privacy. He coordinated his first blockchain project in 1996 and has published several papers on cryptocurrencies. He frequently consults for industry and government about security and privacy technologies. He is co-founder and Board Member of the start-up nextAuth and member of the Advisory Boards of Tioga Capital Partners and Nym Technologies. He plays jazz and conducts the jazz ensemble of the KU Leuven.

Matthew Mezinskis

Podcast host: cryptovoices

Matthew is an American of Latvian descent, residing in Eastern Europe since 2006. He consults investors across the real estate, hospitality, food & beverage, and online direct lending industries. He was an early board member of Ronald McDonald House Charities Latvija, serving as a financial director. He holds a BBA in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Cincinnati. He has been following Bitcoin since 2011.

Stephan Livera

Bitcoin podcast host

Stephan Livera is a Bitcoin podcast host, educator, and entrepreneur based in Sydney, Australia. Stephan previously studied accounting, finance, information systems and worked in professional services and banking audit roles prior to his current focus on Bitcoin.

Stephan Livera Podcast is a top-rated Bitcoin podcast with a 4.9 star average across 335 ratings globally, focused on educational interviews and discussions about the economics and the technology of Bitcoin. Stephan has hosted many high profile, Bitcoin guests.

Stephan is ranked in the top 60 globally on the hive.one/bitcoin cluster listing (an algorithmic measure of relevance) as of January 2020.

Ruben Merre

CEO NGrave

Ruben is co-founder and CEO of NGRAVE, a tech company on a mission to make the world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies a safer place. To this end, NGRAVE is developing an ultra-secure blockchain hardware wallet solution for safe-keeping one’s cryptocurrency investments, in collaboration with tech giant IMEC (https://www.imec-int.com/en/home) and a world-renowned team of cryptography and hardware security experts.

David Puell

Head of Research at Adaptive Capital

David Puell is the Head of Research at Adaptive Capital, a crypto investment fund that specializes in on-chain analysis, in order to guide investment decisions. David comes with a background of Forex trading and big data analysis. He discusses different ways to evaluate on-chain data to support investment thesis and decision making.

Magali De Reu

Tech Blogger

Magali is a storyteller, author, interviewer and speaker helping start-ups and corporations find their voices and reach new audiences. She is passionate about helping entrepreneurs build their brands and exploring the potential of new technologies.

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