CEO, Oracle Corporation
Mark Hurd is CEO of Oracle Corporation and a member of Oracle’s board of directors. . At Oracle OpenWorld, an annual enterprise technology conference drawing over 60,000 attendees and millions of online viewers, Hurd gives a keynote address and is known for his predictions on the future of enterprise cloud technology. He has been recognized for his business leadership by publications such as Fortune and the San Francisco Chronicle. Mark is also a published author, sharing his business acumen in his co-authored book The Value Factor. As a graduate of Baylor University, Mark serves on the Baylor Board of Regents and is also an active supporter of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and has been instrumental in the creation of the Oracle/ITA Masters tournament.
IBM Fellow, Vice President, Blockchain Technology, IBM
Jerry Cuomo has pioneered emerging technology projects in the areas of blockchain, API economy, mobile computing, cloud computing, web application servers, integration software, Java, and instant messaging software, filling 60+ U.S. patents. Today, Jerry is leading IBM’s blockchain strategy and offerings. Jerry and team have illustrated how blockchain can revolutionize business and redefine companies and economies. In March 2016 and February 2018, the U.S. government called upon Jerry as an expert witness to testify to U.S. Energy and Commerce Committee on Digital Currency and Blockchain, where he urged the administration to adopt blockchain as a primary means to protect citizen identity and to enhance national security.
CEO, AT&T Communications
John Donovan is CEO of AT&T Communications and is responsible for the bulk of AT&T’s global telecommunications and U.S. video services businesses, including its Business, Mobility and Entertainment, and Technology & Operations groups. Previously, he served as chief strategy officer and group president – AT&T Technology and Operations. In that role, he led strategic planning for the company overall. He also led the company’s networks and technologies team, which has driven AT&T’s global leadership in the transition to software-defined networking – with a focus on virtualized or cloud-based network controls – as well as the company’s leadership in the move to 5G networks. Since joining the company in 2008, Donovan has played a role in significantly expanding its innovation program. AT&T is now recognized as an industry leader in working with application developers and others to make AT&T’s network open to collaboration and innovation. He was previously executive vice president of product, sales, marketing and operations at VeriSign Inc., an internet infrastructure company.
CEO of Trend Hunter AI and bestselling author
In just a few years, Jeremy Gutsche has inspired 300,000 people at over 400 events for top-tier brands, billionaires, and associations. With an MBA and CFA, the New York Times bestselling business book, Better and Faster: The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas (#1 on Amazon and a CEO Read “Select” book for CEOs, entrepreneurs, and managers), and an influential website, Gutsche is a creative globe-roamer with a broad appeal (he’s even held a workshop for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, helping them integrate A.I. to be “lean, agile, responsive and adaptive to change”—and, one day, get human beings to Mars). His website TrendHunter.com is the largest, most influential, most updated collection of cutting edge ideas available anywhere. In bold, interactive keynotes, he delivers a blend of viral new trends, strategic frameworks, and a contagious enthusiasm for innovation. He holds an MBA from Queen’s, is a CFA, and studied innovation at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
General Manager, Blockchain Services, IBM
Jason Kelley leads IBM Global Blockchain Services, working with client organizations and consortia to unleash the exponential business value of blockchain technologies and reinvented business process. His teams provide the thought leadership and consultative capabilities needed to help design, develop and rapidly adopt digital ledgers, digital identity, and trust and transparency with IBM blockchain offerings and solutions. Prior to his current role, Jason led IBM Global Business Services Solutions, Design and Innovation, helping clients transform to differentiate and lead in the market through digital reinvention. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Jason also earned an MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, with a concentration in technology and entrepreneurship. Jason contributes to IBM’s ongoing leadership in patents as the holder of three U.S. patents, with others pending.
Founder of Consensus Systems (ConsenSys) and co-founder of Ethereum
Joseph Lubin is a co-founder of blockchain computing platform Ethereum and the founder of Consensus Systems (ConsenSys), a blockchain venture studio. Lubin graduated from Princeton University with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science. He worked in the Princeton Robotics Lab, at tomandandy music developing an autonomous music composition tool, and at private research firm Vision Applications Inc. Lubin worked with eMagine on the Identrus project, was Director of the New York office of Blacksmith Software Consulting, and VP of Technology in Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs. Lubin co-founded the Ethereum Project and has been working on Ethereum and ConsenSys since January 2014.
Chairman and CEO, KeyCorp
Beth Mooney has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KeyCorp since May 1, 2011. In 2010, she was named President and became a member of KeyCorp’s Board of Directors. Mooney, who joined KeyCorp in April 2006 as Vice Chair, Key Community Bank, has over 35 years of experience in retail banking, commercial lending and real estate financing. Prior to KeyCorp, Mooney was Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Alabama-based AmSouth Bancorporation (now Regions Financial Corporation), where she ran its banking operations in Tennessee and Northern Louisiana. Her banking career included roles of increasing responsibility at Bank One Corporation, Citicorp Real Estate, Inc., Hall Financial Group and Republic Bank of Texas/First Republic. At Bank One, she served as Regional President in Akron and Dayton, and then as President of Bank One Ohio, managing major markets throughout the state. She has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” and by Fortune Magazine as one of the Top 50 “Most Powerful Women in Business.”
Co-Founder of Wikipedia and Chief Information Officer of Everipedia
Larry Sanger is an internet project developer who co-founded Wikipedia along with Jimmy Wales. After leaving Wikipedia, he launched several internet projects of his own including Citizendium and Reading Bear. A trained philosopher with a focus on epistemology (the study of knowledge), Sanger has been involved with various online encyclopedia projects. Born as the son of a marine biologist, Sanger developed an early interest in philosophy and proceeded to study the subject from Reed College and later completed his doctorate in the same field from The Ohio State University. Sanger has also taught philosophy at The Ohio State University.
Inventor of Smart Contracts and Bit Gold
Nick Szabo, who is considered a pioneer in the world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, developed the phrase and concept of "smart contracts" with the goal of bringing what he calls the "highly evolved" practices of contract law and practice to the design of electronic commerce protocols between strangers on the Internet. He will be speaking about smart contracts and how those can be used with blockchain technology to revolutionize the way business is done. A computer scientist, legal scholar and cryptographer, Szabo invented Bit Gold and laid the foundation for the creation of Bitcoin. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1989 with a degree in computer science and earned a JD from George Washington University Law School.
Author, Blockchain Revolution and Co-founder of Blockchain Research Institute
Alex Tapscott is a globally-recognized writer, speaker, investor and advisor focused on the impact of emerging technologies, such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies, on business, society and government. He is the co-author (with Don Tapscott) of the critically acclaimed non-fiction best-seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World, which has been translated into 16 languages. His TedX San Francisco talk, Blockchain is Eating Wall Street, has been viewed 600,000+ times. In 2017, Alex co-founded (with Don Tapscott) the Blockchain Research Institute, a multi-million-dollar think-tank that is investigating blockchain strategies, opportunities and use-cases. In November 2017, Alex and Don Tapscott were recognized with the Digital Thinking Award from Thinkers50, as part of their Distinguished Achievement Awards. Alex is a graduate of Amherst College (cum laude). He lives in Toronto, Canada.
Learning Blocks, Workshops, Session Speakers
Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi
Global Emerging Technology & Innovation Strategist, Deloitte
Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi is a national security lawyer, a global emerging technology and innovation strategist at Deloitte, a former regulator and policymaker, and until recently, he served as a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Abdolrahimi has 11 years of public-private sector experience working with executives and world leaders on shaping the business, policy, legal, and regulatory dimensions of blockchain, AI, financial services, cryptocurrency, cybersecurity, and digital identity. He co-authored the first U.S. government primer on how emerging technologies can enable innovation in government and deliver more impactful experiences. Abdolrahimi has served in government since he was 19 years old in the U.S. Senate, White House, and State Department, where he liaised with world leaders from over 90 countries and received commendations from Republican & Democratic leadership. He is a recipient of the 2018 Rising Stars Award, which recognizes the top 20 U.S. government innovators and emerging leaders; Deputy Chair of the ACT-IAC Blockchain Forum; and Special Advisor for the FedID Forum – which is largest identity conference run by the U.S. government. Born in Texas, the son of immigrants, Abdolrahimi's first job was working the cash register for his family’s small business—at the age of 12. He is a graduate of UCLA; American University of Beirut; and Georgetown Law, receiving his B.A., J.D. & LL.M. Abdolrahimi speaks several languages and aspires to follow in the footsteps of an American hero, Ambassador Charles W. Hostler, USAF (ret.), and become a U.S. Ambassador.
Founder and CEO, ChainTracks.io
Michael Adam is a seasoned FinTech entrepreneur. His newest ventures, Chain Tracks & DocLaunch are defining how enterprises are using blockchain and distributed ledger technology today outside of cryptocurrency applications. In addition to his corporate leadership roles Michael also is an instructor of blockchain technology at Marquette University and sits on MU's department of finance advisory board.
Entrepreneur in Residence, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies
Thamim Ahmed works at the world leading Centre for Blockchain Technologies at University College London (UCL CBT) on key fintech initiatives, from designing solutions for central banks and governmental institutions to advising SME’s on building technical capabilities of their blockchain applications. Thamim has a background as a physicist and specializes as a software engineer.
Google Cloud Customer Engineer, Google
Joe Albanese is local to the Cleveland with years of experience across various cloud technologies. Joe's role is to provide technical guidance, education, and evangelize Google Cloud technologies across Northeast Ohio. Joe holds a computer science degree from Ohio State. Prior to working for Google, Joe held product manager and cloud solution architect roles at Verizon and Dimension Data.
COO, Equity Trust
David Allen joined Equity Trust Company in May 2017 as Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for operations and client service functions. He brings nearly 20 years of financial industry experience to the role, most recently serving as Vice President of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where he worked with institutional and retail clients on traditional and alternative pooled investment vehicles. His expertise also includes back-office operations and control functions. Allen’s undergraduate degrees (Operations Management and Organizational Behavior) are from Miami University (Ohio) and he received an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, with concentrations in Finance, Marketing, and Strategy. He holds Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.
CEO/Founder, The Labz
Farah Allen is the Founder and CEO of The LABZ, a SaaS platform that helps song creators protect and memorialize their music by centralizing their collaboration, automatically logging the contributions of individual team members, and instantly publishing their work on a blockchain-backed public song database. Prior to her role at The LABZ, Farah was CEO of Song Society App LLC, a mobile app for songwriting collaborations. Farah is the founder of an IT management consulting agency that specialized in software development, process management, and Solution Architecture.
Frank Amato has been a successful investor in startups either directly or via Blockchain Capitals AngelList syndicate. He was involved in the earlier stages of Bitcoin and bought into the US Marshals auction of Silk Road coins in 2014 via SecondMarket. Along with his several early Blockchain Capital investments, Frank is also a seed round investor in Hong Kong's Bitmex Exchange. A former JP Morgan Commodity Derivative trader for 17 years, and stationed in New York, London and Singapore over that time span, Frank left the bank in 2015 to focus on Blockchain and Distributed Leger Technology investments full time.
Dr. Mike Arendt
Acquisition and Contracting Lead, The MITRE Corporation
Dr. Mike Arendt is a subject matter expert in innovative acquisition and contracting strategies across the federal government. For FY19, he is a Co-Principal Investigator on a MITRE Innovation Program (MIP) internal research award to study the use of blockchain and smart contracts in the public sector. This study seeks to understand how the federal government can successfully leverage smart contracts via blockchain technology to enforce and codify legal contracts and policies for the acquisition of high-volume, high dollar-value commercial goods and services. He holds his Ph.D. in Policy Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park; an M.S. from Missouri State University in Defense & Strategic Studies; and two B.A. degrees from The Ohio State University with majors in Economics, Political Science and Sociology.
Founder & CEO, Lab Mouse, Inc.
Don A. Bailey, a groundbreaking cyber security researcher, hacker, and inventor has been at the forefront of technology for a decade. Don has pushed the industry into new areas of research by taking over the global telecommunications system SS7, demonstrating the first car hack on stage at Black Hat Las Vegas 2011, and shaped the IoT research space with his DARPA, GSMA, and custom research. Mr. Bailey once built a $50,000 cryptocurrency hacking laboratory in northern Michigan, found a 20 year old security flaw in compression algorithms critical to the Mars Rover, and broke Apple's so-called Secure Element, MFi. His work has been profiled in Forbes, NPR, Reuters, CNN, CBS, BBC, Fox, Al Jazeera, and more. His new startup, Lab Mouse, Inc., will use these experiences to shape the future of technology through the development of secure, cost-effective platforms for consumers.
Jason E. Barkeloo
Founder/Chair, Open Therapeutics and Founder/CEO, Knowbella Tech
Jason Barkeloo has 34 years of experience as an entrepreneur, researcher, investor, and educator. He began his career as a U.S. Army air defense operations and intelligence assistant. After his military service and five years of teaching, Jason became an entrepreneur and launched a number of startups including TouchSmart Publishing, Somatic Digital and Pilus Energy. His current effort is Open Therapeutics, an open science company that crowdsources orphan therapeutic intellectual properties (IP) to the global scientific community, particularly the underserved scientists in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The blockchain-enabled collaboration platform is Therapoid.net that is currently in alpha testing. His is also currently involved with Knowbella Tech, an open science effort crowdsourcing dormant non-therapeutic IP to researchers around the world. Knowbella Tech will provide Helix tokens (cryptocurrency) based upon Ethereum blockchain to the researchers who collaborate within the Knowbella Platform.
Executive Director, FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art
Fred Bidwell is a philanthropist, collector, and community leader. After a 35-year career as an advertising and marketing entrepreneur, in 2011 he and his wife established the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation. In 2013, the Bidwell Foundation opened Transformer Station, a contemporary art exhibition space on Cleveland’s West Side. Transformer Station alternates between acting as a venue for exhibitions curated by the Bidwells from their renowned collection of photo-based contemporary art and as a venue for exhibitions organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art. Fred Bidwell served twice as board president of the Akron Art Museum and currently on the board of the Cleveland Museum of Art and on the Visiting Committee of the Allen Memorial Art Museum.
Shane McRann Bigelow is CEO of Ownum, a Cleveland-based company that helps government become more efficient by converting paper based processes to digital formats using blockchain. Prior to Ownum, Bigelow was a Senior Vice President and Managing Director at Bernstein, where he managed a part of that firm’s U.S. business and sat on the firm’s Responsible Investment Committee that focused on the United Nation’s Principles for Responsible Investment; Environmental, Social and Governance Issues (ESG); and Socially Responsible Investment matters. There, Bigelow developed a highly informed view of how blockchain technologies can help society through reducing the costs of government, which informs the business at Ownum today. Prior to Bernstein, Bigelow was the global financial products manager for Cisco Systems Capital (a subsidiary of Cisco Systems, Inc.). Before that, he owned a California-based banking software company, which he sold in 2002. He graduated cum laude with a finance degree and a concentration in international business from the University of Notre Dame and holds an MA in international political economy and development from Fordham University.
William (Bill) Blausey
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Eaton Corporation
William W. Blausey Jr. is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Eaton, a power management company. In this role, Blausey is responsible for the enterprise IT strategy and execution. Blausey assumed his current position in January 2006 after serving as Vice President, Information Technology, for Eaton’s Fluid Power Group since 2001. He joined Aeroquip-Vickers Inc. in 1986 as a programmer and then moved into positions of increasing responsibility in financial applications and manufacturing systems, including directing e-commerce initiatives for Aeroquip-Vickers. Eaton acquired Aeroquip-Vickers in 1999. Blausey has served on several boards in the Northeast Ohio region. Blausey earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Bowling Green State University.
Founder & President, Chamber of Digital Commerce
Perianne Boring founded the Chamber of Digital Commerce building it into the world’s largest trade association representing the blockchain industry. Perianne was named among CoinDesk’s “10 Most Influential People in Blockchain 2016” and “Top Woman in Bitcoin 2015” for her public policy accomplishments. An avid public speaker, she has presented at leading industry events including the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), Money 20/20, South by Southwest (SXSW) and many others. She also contributes to Forbes through her column, “The Beauty of the Blockchain.” Prior to forming the Chamber, Perianne was a television anchor of an international finance program that aired in more than 100 countries to over 650 million viewers. Perianne began her career as a legislative analyst in the U.S. House of Representatives, advising on finance, economics, tax and healthcare policy. She holds her bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from the University of Florida.
President & CEO, The MetroHealth System
Dr. Akram Boutros joined The MetroHealth System as President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2013. He serves as the leader of The MetroHealth System and is its primary public representative, reporting to the MetroHealth Board of Trustees. Dr. Boutros has more than 20 years of leadership experience in large community hospitals, specialty hospitals and academic medical centers. Most recently, he was President of BusinessFirst Healthcare Solutions, a healthcare advisory firm focused on clinical transformation, operational turnarounds and emerging health delivery and reimbursement models. Dr. Boutros previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of St. Francis Hospital – The Heart Center in Roslyn, New York, and as Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Operating Officer of South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside, New York. An internist, Dr. Boutros received his Doctor of Medicine from the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and is a recognized thought leader in management systems.
County Executive, Cuyahoga County
Armond Budish's vision is to make Cuyahoga County a vibrant region where everyone thrives and all things are possible. Budish has been active in public service for nearly a quarter-century and an elected state lawmaker for the past eight years. He was elected by his legislative peers to House Speaker, the highest position in the Ohio House. He secured funds for the Innerbelt bridge and Opportunity Corridor and also led legislative efforts to enable the construction of the Global Health Center for Innovation, and the JACK Cleveland Casino. Budish served as the Democratic Leader of the House for the 129th and 130th Ohio General Assemblies. In 1993, he founded the law firm Budish, Solomon, Steiner, & Peck in Beachwood, where he was a partner. He is a nationally recognized expert in Elder Law and the author of several books on the topic. Budish obtained his Bachelor’s Degree with honors from Swarthmore College near Philadelphia and a Juris Doctor degree, Order of the Coif, from New York University Law School.
Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University
Lisa Camp provides leadership, management, and direction for new initiatives that play on the strengths of the CWRU faculty and meet specific societal problems or needs. At CWRU, she has been involved in initiatives such as the Great Lakes Energy Institute, Sears Think[box], and Manufacturing USA. She has also led initiatives locally at Cleveland State University as well as nationally through organizations such as MetroLab Network and the MakeSchools Alliance. Over her 25-year career in higher education, Camp has provided leadership in a wide variety of public-private partnerships, from development of K-12/higher education STEM teacher training programs to projects representing the manufacturing, energy, infrastructure, and innovation/entrepreneurship sectors. Most recently, she is working with a team on developing a regional approach to growing research and education capacity focused on the Internet of Things and Digital Futures and how it connects to innovation ecosystems like CWRU’s Sears Think[box].
Director of Technology Strategy & Innovation, ODH Solutions
Ike is a visionary leader who brings unique thinking to the development of people, products, and organizations. From the development of the first PC based production order tracking system for Nike (where he served as Track and Field Promotions Manager and later the System Manager of the Footwear Division) to the development of the first computerized running coach (“Maximizer: Personal Running Coach”), to the creation of a unique business-to-business-to-consumer marketing platform (“Care Comes First”), Ike has addressed business challenges in new and novel ways. Along the way, Ike led his own bootstrapped company to achieve recognition as one of Deloitte’s 500 fastest growing technology companies in 1998, 1999, and 2001, by developing and deploying new marketing solutions for 10 of the top 15 pharmaceutical companies. He has also served as an organizational and strategic resource for numerous companies including AT&T, Alcoa, EDS, PECO, Harley Davidson, PECO, and Niagara Mohawk, and government agencies including the U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Department of Transportation, and Kuwait’s ministry of defense. He currently serves as the Director of Technology Strategy and Innovation at ODH Solutions, a leading healthcare technology company.
MSc CBP, Managing Director, Blockchain Research Institute
Hilary Carter is Managing Director at the Blockchain Research Institute (BRI), a multimillion dollar think-tank. At the BRI, Hilary is responsible for the program’s operations and research deliverables. As Director of Research, she built a team of thought leaders and subject matter experts in blockchain technology to conduct the definitive investigation into blockchain applications, strategy, and use cases. Hilary’s career began in financial services then her career pivoted to digital technology where she focused on mobile communications and digital media consulting, working with the C-Suite. Her writing on digital transformation has been featured in Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, on topics such as digital leadership, authoritative branding, and most recently, blockchain technology. Hilary is a graduate of the London School of Economics and holds the Certified Bitcoin Professional designation.
Managing Director, Innova PFM, LLC
Dr. Chan has over 30 years of international industrial experience. He has a demonstrated record of accomplishments in U.S., European, and Asian markets with extensive experience in food, medical devices, filtration, composites, military packaging, automotive, nanotechnology, renewable materials and energy, building products, nonwovens, consumer and industrial products. Dr. Chan received his Bachelor of Science with honor in Chemical Engineering at California Institute of Technology. He graduated from Princeton University with a Ph.D. in the same field. He spent most of his career with Fortune 500 companies, including DuPont, James River (now Georgia Pacific) and International Paper. His roles progressed from process engineer, research scientist, research manager, product development manager, Director of R&D, Director of Marketing and New Business Development, Vice President of R&D and QA and Executive Vice President. He now leads an executive-led M&A investment for family offices and serves as board advisor to Knowbella Tech.
Professor, Lorain County Community College
Professor Hikmat Chedid is a full-time faculty member at Lorain County Community College (LCCC) where he leads four academic programs and serves as Director of the Advanced Digital Forensics Institute at LCCC. He holds three graduate degrees in Engineering, Physics and Mathematics and several industry certifications in Internet of Things (IoT) and digital forensics from H11 and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Chedid developed four academic degree programs that are currently offered by LCCC, is currently developing two more 4-credit courses, and developed numerous forensic data acquisition methods to extract deleted data from digital media. He teaches a 4-credit course in (IoT) and is currently integrating Blockchain technology in several academic programs.
Regional President, PNC Bank, Cleveland
Paul Clark is regional president of PNC Bank, Cleveland. Clark, a 43-year financial services veteran, joined PNC through its acquisition of National City Corporation in December 2008. He joined National City Corporation in 1976 as a management trainee in Consumer Finance. Since that time he has served in a variety of capacities, including executive vice president of Retail Banking in Pennsylvania (where he led the integration of Integra Financial Corporation) and president/chief executive officer of Michigan/Illinois (following the merger of First of America Bank Corporation). He also held the position of executive vice president of Institutional Asset Management and chair of the Investment Management Company until his appointment as president of Northern Ohio Banking in 2004. Clark holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Denison University and a master’s degree in business administration from Baldwin Wallace University. In June 2010 he was granted a doctor of humane letters degree from Baldwin Wallace University. He is also a graduate of the Stonier School of Banking.
Executive Director, Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission
Randy Cole has served as Turnpike Director since December 2014. He previously served for four years as Controlling Board President and Policy Advisor to the Ohio Office of Budget and Management. He is a member of the Advisory Board of DriveOhio and the Board of Directors of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. In 2013, Government Technology magazine named Randy as one of the nation’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers, and this year, he was inducted into the American Legion’s Buckeye Boys State Hall of Fame for his public service contributions to the State of Ohio.
Director, Technology Advisory Services, Cohen & Company
Will Coleman serves as a technology consultant to clients on issues ranging from information technology security and controls to big data and artificial intelligence to cryptocurrency funds. He leads the team that designs investment portfolio statements, creates Schedule K-1 packages and checks transactions for conflicts of interest to support Section 206(3) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. In the cryptocurrency space, Coleman has been instrumental in helping design and implement programs to audit and support these specific funds.
Managing Director, GFT, Google
David leads the Financial Services team at GFT across the Atlantic region, and is committed to driving innovative GFT offerings, engaging with new customers and enhancing relationships with existing clients. David is driving GFT’s Disruptive Technology Practice with its focus on the world of DLT and Blockchain, establishing how GFT can apply this nascent technology to solve our clients’ business problems. David’s vision is to see how DLT and predictive analytics / artificial intelligence / machine learning can be combined, in order to create efficiencies and new client revenue streams. Prior to GFT, David held the role of CEO of SDX Trading and chief marketing officer at SuperDerivatives.
Director of Product Development, Coin Ninja
In a 4th grade career report Jacob learned that programmers get paid a lot of money to play with computers. This, he thought, is good. He has devoted his time since constantly learning to move ideas from human brains to working code as efficiently and cleanly as possible. In 2003 he discovered Agile and Test Driven Development which set his passion for code into overdrive. When not writing code, Jacob is a passionate teacher constantly looking to help others achieve the same goal. He has been a professional Agile Development Coach embedding with teams to impart effective development practices while still delivering working code and solving business problems. Most recently, he has taken the role of Director of Product Development at Coin Ninja to focus on building products to bring the use of cryptocurrencies to the masses.
Partner, Meyers Roman
David Croft’s practice includes counseling businesses and entrepreneurs to launch new businesses and purchase or sell existing businesses, reviewing investment opportunities, establishing internal governance mechanisms, developing agreements with customers and other businesses, preparing and negotiating business deals and contracts, and handling dissolution and liquidation matters. Croft brings extensive experience in the manufacturing industry and represents a diverse array of businesses, business owners, and entrepreneurs in industries ranging from software development, video games, and digital currency to fuel distribution, medical marijuana, and plastics manufacturing.
CIO Wealth Management Research, UBS
Kevin joined UBS in 2015 as the Technology and Telecom Sector Strategist and brings more than 15 years covering the Technology sector. Kevin was with Jefferies on the Software equity research team from 2014 – 2015 and was previously at Citi Investment Research from 2007 – 2014, where he was a member of the Wireless Equipment team and a Senior Analyst covering the global Communications Equipment. Prior to Citi, Kevin was a Technology Sector analyst at Nationwide Separate Accounts, LLC, where he supported a large cap and mid cap portfolio strategy. Kevin began his career in the Tax Exempt Fixed Income division of Prudential Securities.
Ohio Senator in the 24th Ohio Senate District, State of Ohio
Matt Dolan is currently serving his first term as an Ohio Senator in the 24th Ohio Senate District. In 2004 he was elected his first of three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives, serving the 98th District, which included parts of Cuyahoga County and Geauga County. While in the House, he served as Chairman of the Finance and Appropriations Committee during his second term. Senator Dolan’s background in the private and public sectors is extensive as well as diverse. He is a partner at the law firm of Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan, where he represents business clients in a variety of matters. He is a former Chief Assistant Prosecutor for Geauga County and Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio. As a result of his public service, he was selected as an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow, identifying him as an emerging political leader in America. Senator Dolan is a graduate of Gilmour Academy, Boston College and Case Western Reserve School of Law.
Security Principal, MCPc, Inc.
Bob Eckman is an Adjunct Professor teaching cyber security for Kent State University’s School of Digital Science where, in 2016, he was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award and recognized by the Ohio State Senate for his achievements in the classroom. Bob also serves as an Adjunct and as the Executive Director of Cleveland State University’s Marshall Law College’s Center for Cyber and Privacy. Bob’s career background includes serving as the Cyber Security Program Manager for FirstEnergy’s Nuclear division. In addition to cyber security, Bob is an experienced technologist and project/program management specialist having served in a leadership capacity in IT for over 25 years for Progressive, FirstEnergy Corp., and Shearer’s Foods in addition to non-profit experience with Oriana House, Inc. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science in 1997, master’s degree with a concentration in Technology in 2007, holds an active PMP Certification, and is an active member of ISC2 where he also holds his CISSP Certification.
Tonya M Evans
Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law
Tonya M. Evans, Esquire, is a Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, Chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Online Programs. Evans has expertise in the areas of intellectual property, new technologies (including blockchain and distributed ledger technology), entrepreneurship & innovation, entertainment law, trusts & estates, and municipal finance. She writes, speaks, and teaches primarily about the intersections of copyright and new technologies as well as estates law issues. Professor Evans is a member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Focus Group on Digital Currency including Digital Fiat Currency, the ITU Focus Group on Application of Distributed Ledger Technology, and also The Accord Project's IP Working Group, which works to develop best practices and standardization of smart legal contracts. Professor Evans was also appointed recently for a three-year term to serve on the Intellectual Property Committee of the Advisory Council to the Court of Federal Claims.
Distinguished Engineer & CTO Open Technology, IBM
Chris Ferris has been involved in the architecture, design, and engineering of distributed systems for most of his 37+ year career and actively engaged in open standards and open source development since 1999. Responsible for IBM's overall open source and open standards strategy and execution, Chris is focused on IBM's engagement with the Hyperledger project and working to ensure its success. He is also responsible for technical oversight and leadership in OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Cloud Native Compute Foundation, Open Container Initiative, Mesos, Docker and more. Chris leads a team of engineers who are contributing to a number of the OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Mesos, CNCF, OCI, Node.js, Hyperledger and Docker projects, to name a few. He works across IBM to drive adoption of these technologies. He also serves on the Board of the Hyperledger project and was twice elected Chair of the Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee. Chris is also a contributor and maintainer on the Hyperledger Fabric project.
Health Circle Global Lead, ConsenSys
Heather Leigh Flannery is the Health Circle Global Lead at ConsenSys and the Co-Founder and Board Chair of Blockchain in Healthcare Global ("BiHG"), a new 501(c)6 trade association organized under the IEEE ISTO launching in Q4 2018. She chairs the IEEE SA P2418.6 Standards Development Working Group (blockchain in healthcare and life sciences) and serves as the FY19 Co-Chair of the global HIMSS Blockchain in Healthcare Task Force. Ms. Flannery is also an Innovation Fellow at EP3 Foundation, has served as Industry Faculty for the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (US HHS ONC), and is an active advisor and keynote speaker. Prior to ConsenSys and BiHG, she founded and led Obesity Prevention, Policy, and Management, Inc. ("Obesity PPM"), an innovative provider of disease management, population health, research administration, and information technology managed services for health systems in the Americas, and an early adopter of distributed ledger technology. Ms. Flannery has driven continuous business model innovation via technology early adoption throughout her 25-year career as an entrepreneur, technologist, and strategist. She has consulted in the public sector in context of international development, and brings a global health perspective to her initiatives. Ms. Flannery is a broad, lateral thinker who applies complex adaptive systems theory to identify, advance, and course-correct critical path to progress against large-scale macroscopic challenges, focusing in the health sector since 2006. Due to her personal life experience, Ms. Flannery is intrinsically motivated to impact population health and economic prosperity through non-communicable disease prevention and treatment. She builds mission-driven organizations aligned by shared values: making measurable societal contributions, creating economically sustainable interventions, and prioritizing diversity and inclusion.
CEO & Co-Founder, SafeChain
Tony Franco is the CEO and Co-Founder of SafeChain, a technology company based in Columbus, Ohio. SafeChain has built a best-in-class solution for wire fraud and is working with title companies today to eliminate the risk of losing consumer funds. Tony is a serial entrepreneur with deep expertise in problem validation and product-market fit. He graduated from Capital University with a degree in psychology, and his love for learning about human behavior has translated into building companies with products users absolutely love. Over recent years he has been specifically focused on blockchain and the ways it can bring value to the title and real estate markets. Tony co-founded SafeChain in late 2016 with the initial goal to eliminate the exploding problem of wire fraud for title companies by using banking grade technology. The company closed its $3M seed funding earlier this year. As SafeChain continues to grow, Tony is focusing on the public sector and how it can benefit from SafeChain’s technology.
Co-Founder & CTO, decent
Adam Gall is an experienced computer engineer & software developer and co-founder of decent, a software development and consultancy firm specializing in blockchain technology in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2016, Adam finally had his “aha” moment and realized how blockchains are much more than just technical systems. Blockchains are social systems. He created Crypto Cleveland in March 2017, which through grassroots educational efforts and minimal marketing has grown to over 800 members and counting, including miners, investors, developers, students, lawyers, educators, doctors, advisors, and curious people alike. In early 2017, Adam met his future co-founder Parker McCurley, and they formed decent in May 2017, creating a niche market in the industry where they have developed products for an array of clients, including biometrically enabled smart-contracts, novel new proof-of-work hashing algorithms, and tokenizable renewable energy systems. Adam has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Engineering from The Ohio State University.
US National Blockchain Leader, KPMG
Arun is KPMG’s US National Blockchain leader and an industry-recognized management consultant with 20+ years of experience. Arun is passionate about uncovering value for organizations by using innovative approaches to evolve corporate strategy, including leveraging blockchain, analytics, automation and artificial intelligence to achieve enterprise-wide transformation. Arun’s strategy, analytics and technology consulting services expertise covers the high-tech, industrial manufacturing and life sciences industries. Day-to-day, Arun works with business leaders to help them understand and apply blockchain to solve their specific business challenges related to efficiency, transparency and growth.Let us know if you have any additional questions.
Dr. Tiffany Gray
DrPH, MPH, Co-Chair and Advisor for the Global Health & Disaster Relief Subcommittee, United Nations' Blockchain for Impact and Sustainable Development Initiative
Tiffany R. Gray, DrPH, MPH has over 8 years of experience in the field of public health, regulatory compliance and behavioral health research. Dr. Gray holds a Doctorate in Public Health in Health Behavior and a Master’s in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health, from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She currently serves as the Co-Chair and Advisor for the Global Health & Disaster Relief Subcommittee as part of the United Nations' Blockchain for Impact and Sustainable Development Initiative. In addition, she is the Research & Science Advisor to Axes and Eggs, a Dubai based blockchain think tank, focused on the applications of distributed ledger technologies in public health, global health and healthcare administration, and a Blockchain in Healthcare Global (BiHG) Fellow. Dr. Gray’s areas of research expertise include mental health and wellness, behavioral health, substance use, and examining tobacco use behaviors among vulnerable populations, including youth and young adults, addressing cessation, prevention and intervention efforts.
Head of Corporate Responsibility & Community Relations, KeyBank
Don Graves leads KeyBank’s corporate responsibility team, including the bank’s $16.5B National Community Benefits Plan, the bank’s sustainability work, stakeholder engagement and outreach, and oversees the KeyBank Foundation and the First Niagara Foundation. Prior to joining Key, Don served as Counselor, and Domestic and Economic Policy Director for Vice President Biden. Graves was previously appointed by President Obama as Executive Director of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and to lead the federal government’s efforts in the recovery of the city of Detroit. Graves also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Small Business, Community Development and Housing Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he oversaw the CDFI Fund, the $4B Small Business Lending Fund and the $1.5B State Small Business Credit Initiative. He was also the U.S. Federal representative to the G7 Task Force on Social Impact Investment. Currently, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of the MetroHealth Foundation and the Board of Trustees of the Community Reinvestment Fund. He also serves on the Policy Advisory Board of the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware and on the Advisory Board of the Commission on Economic Inclusion. Graves holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and History from Williams College and Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he received the Dean’s Award. He is a fellow of the National Association of Public Administration.
Subbian (Raj) Govindaraj
System Architecture Manager, Rockwell Automation
Dr. Govindaraj is the System Architecture Manager at Rockwell Automation, a Fortune 500 global industrial technology company singularly focused on industrial automation. In this role, he is responsible for the system architecture and technology vision. He is presently focused on helping Rockwell Automation achieve the vision of bringing the Connected Enterprise to life. It involves realizing wide ranging digital innovations in products and services. He is a named inventor in 43 patents with several more under examination. Dr. Govindaraj received a Bachelor of Engineering (Honors) degree from the University of Madras, a Master of Engineering degree and a Doctoral degree from the University of Florida.
Partnerships & Solutions, Digital Asset, Google
Manish Grover leads partnerships and solutions at Digital Asset, a leading enterprise Distributed Ledger Platform company. He has over 20 years of experience consulting with banking, retail, CPG, manufacturing and insurance sectors in the areas of customer engagement, product roadmaps and innovative technology implementations. Manish is the author of 2 books, Connected! & Dancing The Digital Tune. He holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, MS in Computer Science from Florida Atlantic University, BS in Engg. from BITS Pilani, and a certificate in Strategic Execution from IMD Switzerland.
President & CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Greg Harris is in his sixth year as President and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The Museum is 23 years old, has welcomed 12 million visitors, and has had an economic impact of over $2.2 billion to the region. As CEO, he has guided the organization through an era of unprecedented transformation with a focus on innovation to drive growth. Under his leadership the Museum has significantly increased attendance, revenue, fan engagement and community impact in fulfillment of their mission to “engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll.” In the 1980s, he and a partner founded, owned and operated the legendary Philadelphia Record Exchange, a retail store that specializes in selling rare, used and independent records. The store mirrored and amplified his love of soul, blues, country, folk, punk and other forms of rock. A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, he holds a B.A. in history from Temple University and an M.A. from the Cooperstown Graduate Program for History and Museum Studies.
MD, MBA, Cleveland Clinic International Operations
Jon is a venture capitalist who works for the Cleveland Clinic’s international operations and venture development groups. He was introduced to blockchain technology in Abu Dhabi and has worked in markets in the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa. He has filed patents pertaining to blockchain technologies for new policy applications, including the recent federal legislation for Opportunity Zones. Prior to business school he served as an infantry field surgeon in Iraq. When not changing diapers, he is often found at Taylor Swift concerts with one of his four daughters.
Professor at EAE Business School (Barcelona, Spain), and Chief Innovation Officer of StremX Ltd
Professor at EAE Business School (Barcelona, Spain), where he has taught courses on strategic management, and innovation & entrepreneurship. During the last 2 years, he has been involved in several blockchain related startups, including BlockGemini Technologies in Dubai, UAE (where he served as CFO), GenesisZero Technologies in Almaty, Kazakhstan (where he serves as member of the Advisory Board), and StremX Ltd, based in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he currently serves as Chief Innovation Officer. As part of StremX team, he is an alumnus of Techstars / Barclays Bank startup accelerator.
Specialist Leader, Deloitte Consulting
Wendy Henry serves as the Government and Public Services Blockchain Lead for Deloitte Consulting LLP’s practice. She works with senior clients and cross-functional teams to apply emerging technologies in solving today’s toughest business challenges. A technology enthusiast and IT expert, she brings 30 years of large-scale, complex system integration experience across a wide variety of technologies, including blockchain, cloud and digital innovation. Henry brings a unique point of view on topics such as blockchain, IT strategy and enterprise architecture, cloud technology implementation, AI and user centric design. Her specialties include distilling emerging technologies into simple business value discussions around complex client problems.
Founder, Project Bitmoblile
Jen Hill has a background in non-profit management and specialized educational programming with a Masters in International Affairs from New School University in New York City. Hill is the Founder of Project Bitmobile - a North America tour providing responsible introductions to the world of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology including free C-Block programs for girls. C-Block program educates, informs, and inspires young women in the fields of coding, cyber security, cryptography, and blockchain technology. Her goal is to create space for and provide tools and opportunities for those typically marginalized in tech and finance fields. Hill is also a feature reporter for 21 Cryptos Magazine. She grew up in North Canton, Ohio and currently lives in Durham, NC.
Global Cognitive Legal Co-Leader, IBM
Shawnna Hoffman-Childress serves as the Global Co-Leader of the IBM Cognitive Legal Practice and is a member of the IBM Global Center of Competency. She was certified as an IBM Thought Leader in 2015 and has two patents pending for Detecting Clusters and Relationships in Large Data Sets and Method and System for Pattern Based Home Network Configuration. She also co-authored the book "eDiscovery Plain & Simple," is the Co-Founder of Women in eDiscovery (Founded in 2007) and the Co-Founder of Diversity in Blockchain (Founded in 2017). In 2017, Hoffman-Childress became an Advisory Board Member for Integra Ledger and became a pioneering member of the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium and the MIT Legal Forum for AI & Blockchain. Recently, she spoke at the United Nations at the Blockchain for Impact Summit and GlobalMinded. In September 2018, she was appointed to the U.S. Commodity Future Trading Commission's Distributed Ledger Technology and Market Infrastructure Subcommittee for the 2018 - 2019 term. Hoffman-Childress co-founded and serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Hope Center of Osceola County which has helped over 27,000 homeless families since its inception. The Community Hope Center has received multiple awards and most recently was presented with the Bob Allen Award from the Walt Disney Company and the Good Neighbor Award from Bank of America for the fight against homelessness. The Community Hope Center was an inspiration and was featured in the Oscar Winning Movie, The Florida Project.
Joshua Holmes is a veteran software engineer, father of four and CEO of Ethode, a software development firm in Medina Ohio. He has grown his consulting firm into two sister companies and a total of nearly 50 of the smartest software and systems experts. After starting one of the largest crypto mining data centers in the Eastern United States, he helped to transform Ethode into one of the few software companies that can handle larger scale Blockchain applications.
Management Consulting, Accenture
Brett’s experience lies at the intersection of financial services and disruptive technologies, specifically blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Brett has developed a deep understanding of the insurance blockchain space and has worked with insurance clients to deliver blockchain/DLT solutions that address common industry pain points.
Director, Social Finance
Tracey Hsu is a Director at Social Finance where she assesses, structures, and manages social impact financing opportunities to benefit adult learners, opportunity youth, and other vulnerable communities across the United States. Most recently, Tracey led the development of the Massachusetts Pathways to Economic Advancement Pay for Success project, a $12.4M financing that will scale access to vocational English programming and job training for 2000 immigrants and refugees in Greater Boston. Prior to Social Finance, Tracey worked on poverty reduction and economic management programs in Latin America with the World Bank, as well as development finance policy at the U.S. Treasury. Tracey holds a M.P.P from Harvard Kennedy School, and a B.S. in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University.
Dr. Javed Khan
Professor and Chair of Computer Science, Kent State University
Dr. Javed I. Khan is a professor and Chair of Department of Computer Science at Kent State University. Khan’s research team specializes in applying multi-area expertise in cross-cutting problems in advanced networking and borderless network-based systems. His cross-area research has been funded by agencies including DARPA, National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, AFRL, World Bank and State of Ohio. Besides being an active researcher and educator, Khan plans higher education infrastructure for the digital age. He helped concept formation, planning and designing of national scale high speed advanced network infrastructures for two countries funded by World Bank and respective national governments. Khan earned his PhD from University of Hawaii at Manoa as Open Grants Fellow at East West Center at Hawaii.
Frank G. Jackson
Mayor, City of Cleveland
Mayor Frank G. Jackson is the City of Cleveland’s longest serving mayor, currently in his historic fourth term. On Jan. 2, 2006, Mayor Jackson became the city’s 56th mayor and has since been re-elected to serve the city three times - in 2009, 2013 and 2017. Mayor Jackson is focused on ensuring Clevelanders of all backgrounds and in all neighborhoods are provided with excellent services and opportunities for income equity and a strong quality of life. In 2016, Mayor Jackson successfully led the voter-approved Issue 32 to strengthen services to citizens ranging from public works to youth programs to safety to public health, sustainability and more. Mayor Jackson is also committed to helping businesses – large and small – to succeed, which in turn helps the city overall become more prosperous. During his tenure, Mayor Jackson has also worked to strengthen the city’s reputation as a world-class destination, drawing national events like the 2016 Republican National Convention to Cleveland. Mayor Jackson earned an associate’s degree from Cuyahoga Community College and his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and law degree from Cleveland State University. He began his public service career as an Assistant City Prosecutor in the Cleveland Municipal Court Clerk’s Office. From 1990 to 2005, Jackson represented Cleveland’s Ward 5 on Cleveland City Council. From 2002-2005, he also served as President of Cleveland City Council. Mayor Jackson is a life-long resident of the Central neighborhood, a Cleveland Metropolitan School District graduate and an Army veteran.
Partner and Co-leader of Blockchain Technologies & Digital Currencies team, Baker Hostetler
Laura focuses her practice on the intersection of law, data and emerging technologies. She is a co-leader of both the firm’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) initiative and of its Blockchain Technologies and Digital Currencies Team. She advises clients on U.S. and international privacy, data protection and cybersecurity matters, and helps them navigate interactions with federal regulatory and law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as state and local authorities. Laura also helps clients respond to data breaches, including some of the largest and most complex data security incidents. As a co-founder and leader of the firm’s national Blockchain Technologies and Digital Currencies Team, Laura advises clients on a wide variety of legal and regulatory issues presented by blockchain, virtual currencies, artificial intelligence, IoT and digital identity solutions. With her experience as a senior in-house lawyer and business-side executive, Laura understands the business, legal, technological and regulatory challenges and opportunities her clients face, and uses that experience to provide clients with practical advice and thoughtful advocacy.
CEO, Medici Ventures
Susan Joseph is a high energy, trusted, innovative strategic JD/MBA Blockchain Consultant and former General Counsel who can strategize, build and lead blockchain working groups, consortia and nfps. She is the North America Representative for the B3i Insurance Consortium, advises Fortune 500 and other global companies as well as startups on blockchain and insurance, identity, financial services, supply chain, real estate and humanitarian concerns. She is a founding member and Executive Director of the Diversity Blockchain Group (DiB) that was incubated by MIT. She sits on the Ethereum Enterprise Alliance Identity Working Group and is a member of both the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance and the Chamber of Digital Commerce. She writes and speaks on blockchain and has guest lectured on fintech to Cornell undergrads. She also founded and runs the womeninfintech group on LinkedIn which has approximately 2,000 members in 47 countries.
Director, Advisory Digital Enablement Practice, KPMG
Tegan is a Director in KPMG’s Advisory Digital Enablement practice with 10+ years of management advisory and business experience. She has a background across the full life cycle of IT project delivery and considerable project and program management experience with software implementations and infrastructure projects. Tegan has been at the forefront of emerging technology consulting for several years, with experience in electronic medical records, big data, advanced analytics, and now blockchain. She currently runs the US Blockchain program at KPMG, managing blockchain strategy and go to market approach across KPMG’s Audit, Tax, and Advisory practice areas and working across numerous industries and functional areas.
Director of Business Development, ConsenSys Solutions
Based in New York, Phil’s experience spans central banking (money market, payment and securities settlement systems and prudential regulation); strategy consulting for major investment, retail and commercial banks, card issuers and international financial agencies such as the World Bank; and technology business development spanning blockchain, AI, security, cloud and analytics. Prior employers include IBM, Booz & Company, and the Bank of England.
Founder & CEO Everledger
Using her extensive background in emerging technology, business, jewelry and insurance, Leanne is pushing boundaries with Everledger, addressing real-world challenges through driving transparency and trust along global supply chains using emerging technology. With a rich history in innovation, Leanne previously founded three Australian startups including Absoft Queensland, Fastcards Pty Ltd. and the Great Australian Survey Company. Through these companies Leanne introduced and patented transformational technology ideas including Fastcards (a smart card with managed identification services) and commercialised Multicard (credential verification for consumer, governments and corporations) alongside various solutions to streamline inventory and supply chain operations. Leanne is an appointed member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Blockchain Business Council and a Co-Chair for the World Trade Board's Sustainable Trade Action Group. She is also on the IBM Blockchain Platform Board of Advisors. Her leadership role in technology has been recognized, winning awards including Innovator of the Year 2018 at the Women in IT Awards (London) and the Advance Global Australian Awards 2018 for Technology Innovation. Leading the market in a real-world application of distributed ledger technology, Everledger, under the leadership of Leanne, has widely received industry recognition since inception, winning awards including Best Blockchain Company in the European Financial Technology Awards, Best Newcomer in the Asia Insurance Technology Awards as well as Best B2B Startup in the Digital Top 50 Awards presented by Google, Rocket Internet and McKinsey. Everledger was also recently awarded as a World Economic Forum 2018 Technology Pioneer.
Director, PwC Advisory Services
Kris is the U.S. Blockchain Director Lead for our Emerging Technology and New Services group focusing across industries on how crypto-assets and blockchain-enabled ecosystem applications will impact business models and shared business processes. Over the last 17 years, he has advised major organizations in financial services, public sector, consumer and industrial products, energy, health care, technology and media firms in areas such as digital business and technology strategies, operating model design and implementation, performance re-engineering and measurement, and large-scale technology-led transformation and program management. Kris joined PwC through the acquisition of Diamond Management & Technology Consultants in 2010 where he was a Principal in Financial Services. Kris holds a combined masters degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and the H.J. Heinz School of Public Policy and Management.
Chief Commercial Officer of Monax
Nina Kilbride is Chief Commercial Officer at Monax and leads its legal engineering team. She is an experienced former commercial lawyer who combines logical, automated processes with technology to create innovative legal products. Her mission is to translate the functional tools of law into smart contracts that support the networked economy. Monax empowers developers to embrace participatory software architecture via distributed computing and smart contract systems using a toolklit of blockchains, smart contracts and legal engineering.
Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Medical Mutual of Ohio
John Kish is executive vice president and chief information officer (CIO) at Medical Mutual of Ohio. He is responsible for all aspects of the Company’s Information Technology division. Mr. Kish joined Medical Mutual in May of 2016 from Safe Auto Insurance, a property and casualty insurance company, where he served as CIO. He also led the advancement of data and decision science at SafeAuto in addition to his duties as CIO. He began his career in Cleveland with Accenture, one of the world’s largest consulting firms. He was admitted to the partnership after spending 10 years with the firm. After spending 13 years at Accenture, Mr. Kish joined Progressive Insurance in 2004 where he held a number of executive positions in information technology, customer experience, marketing, and customer relationship management. Additionally, he was an auto product manager and had profit and loss responsibility for a $330M automotive insurance business across multiple distribution channels and states. A Cleveland native, he is a 1990 graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from the College of Engineering. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business where he graduated with honors.
Joshua Ashley Klayman
Founder & Managing Member, Klayman, LLC
Joshua Ashley Klayman is one of the best known Blockchain and Cryptocurrency lawyers in the world. Recognized by Chambers and Partners as one of the top 12 Blockchain and Cryptocurrency lawyers globally, Ms. Klayman is the Managing Member of Klayman LLC, a boutique blockchain law firm based in New York, and the CEO of Inflection Point Blockchain Advisors, LLC, a blockchain consulting firm. Previously, she co-founded, and led for over two years, a prestigious global law firm's Blockchain + Smart Contracts Group, which included well over 70 lawyers worldwide. Ms. Klayman is the Chair of the prominent Wall Street Blockchain Alliance Legal Working Group and is a member of the global Wharton RegTech think tank. In addition, she has been appointed by the Delaware Secretary of State to serve on Delaware’s Blockchain Strategy Committee, founded the Blockchain Legislation Project and frequently speaks with regulators from around the world Learning Block Breakout Sessions – Monday, Dec. 3 from 1:30pm-2:15pm regarding Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Cryptocurrency matters. Ms. Klayman also is a founding member of the Digital Future Council, a co-founder of Diversity in Blockchain, Inc. and a founding member of Collective Future. Ms. Klayman works collaboratively with Blockchain leaders from other law firms, clients and the broader community to advance the industry, anticipate and address regulatory concerns and seize strategic opportunities. Ms. Klayman’s practice focuses primarily on Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Cryptocurrency matters. She regularly represents token sellers, cryptocurrency exchanges and relayers, venture, hedge and private equity funds and their portfolio companies, token marketers and broker-dealers, funds interested in trading digital assets, major global investment banks, financial institutions and asset managers, and others in the space. By background, Ms. Klayman is a finance and corporate attorney and spent well over a decade representing lenders and borrowers in leveraged finance transactions involving senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt and equity offerings and co-investments, as well as in general lending matters. In her corporate practice, Ms. Klayman represents public and private organizations in a broad array of commercial transactions (including mergers and acquisitions, as well as royalty purchase and licensing transactions) and corporate governance matters. Ms. Klayman received her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she was a Law Faculty Scholar and a member of the Temple Law Review. Ms. Klayman has been admitted to practice in New York and Pennsylvania, and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Head of Business Development, Blockchain, Cisco
Sergey is the Global Director of Business Development for Cisco’s Blockchain initiative, responsible for strategic partnerships and customer engagements. Sergey’s background includes IoT, Cyber Security for Critical Infrastructure, Industrial Automation and Smart Grids. Sergey has Master’s Degree in Computer Science and MBA from London Business School.
Viswanathan (Vish) Krishnamurthi
IT Innovation, Eaton Corporation
Viswanathan is the Vice President – IT Innovation and is based out of Eaton Center offices in Beachwood, OH. Until recently, Vish was head of the Eaton IT center (EITC) in Pune and responsible for Asia-Pacific Corporate IT. He joined Eaton after a two-year entrepreneurial stint as founder Biztro Partners, in the cloud computing space. Prior to that, he was the vice president of Engineering and CIO at Yahoo! India R&D. He has held senior positions at 7.ai, Instinet a Reuters Subsidiary and AT&T. He has over 30 years of experience in the IT industry in Internet, Brokerage, Financial Services, Telecom and Manufacturing verticals. Vish has Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Master of Science in Computer Engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo. He also has Master of Science in Electronics from University of Bombay.
Vice President for Strategic Initiative & Arts, Cleveland Foundation
Lillian joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2005 as a consultant to develop a comprehensive strategy for one of the Foundation’s priority strategic initiatives: the revitalization of the Greater University Circle area – now one of the nation’s leading comprehensive anchor institution development strategies. This placed-based initiative places equity and sustainability at its core through the integration of cross-cutting issues such as transportation, mixed-use development, housing incentives, education, sustainability, community health, and economic inclusion. In 2015, Lillian took over the Foundation’s Arts, Culture and Placemaking Initiatives. She manages the Foundation’s International Residency program - Creative Fusion - which has brought more than 70 foreign artists to Cleveland since 2008. Lillian has more than 20 years of experience as a nonprofit executive. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Cleveland Public Art and held positions as the project manager for the City of Cleveland’s Citywide Plan under Mayor Michael R. White as well as project coordinator for the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Lillian is a licensed architect in Ohio and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-accredited professional. She holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree from Harvard University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Kent State University.
CMO, snark.art, senior consultant to ARTrendex
Fanny is a New-York based marketing and communication specialist with 12 years of experience with art and technology companies. She currently is the CMO of Snark.art, a blockchain laboratory that uses the power of blockchain to change the way art is made and collected. She advises New Art Academy (art+tech panels and conferences) and Artrendex (AI services for the art market) and regularly speaks at conferences and teaches at NYU and Christie’s Education. Prior to this, Fanny worked with renowned organizations like Artnet, Collectrium and Christie's. She holds an MBA from HEC Paris business school and a BA in Art History.
CEO, JumpStart Inc.
Ray Leach is the founding CEO of JumpStart Inc. a Cleveland, Ohio-based non-profit venture development organization that has gained a national best-in-class reputation for its innovative economic development models and its ability to leverage its experience and expertise across the U.S. JumpStart’s work focuses on assisting community leaders to maximize the job and wealth-creating economic impact of local startup and high-growth small companies with a focus on ways to assist and invest in these firms to dramatically improve local economic competitiveness. Ray is considered a national thought and practice leader at the intersections of public, private and philanthropic partnerships that accelerate job creation and increase economic outcomes in neighborhoods, cities, regions and countries. Ray was a Sloan Fellow and a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management and the University of Akron. He began his career at IBM and went on to co-found four startup technology companies. Ray was a founding member of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). Ray currently serves as a board member for several area firms, including Banyan Technology, Smithers Group and Signet Enterprises. He also serves on the board of VentureOhio, Invent Now, and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University
Prof. Vincenzo Liberatore is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University. He holds a Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University. His previous appointments include a visiting position at Bell Labs, a research associate position at the University of Maryland, College Park, and senior software engineer position at Tokutek. Liberatore has extensive publications in networking, theoretical computer science, and compilers. His current research interests are in the areas of cloud robotics, electricity markets, and randomized algorithms.
CEO, Co-Founder & CTO, DNATIX
Ofer is an experienced entrepreneur in the fields of Software Development, Cybersecurity, and Digital Health. Ofer developed innovative software and technologies in the VR, Neurobiology, Genetics and Education fields. Expert in Cybersecurity & Cloud storage.
Co-Founder and Partner, Unify Project
Charlie Lougheed is co-founder and partner of the Unify Project, a non-profit that is mapping the “socioeconomic genome” including the factors that drive economic dislocation by leveraging big data, AI, simulation modeling and blockchain. In 2009, Lougheed co-founded and co-funded Explorys, now IBM Watson Health, as a spin-off from Cleveland Clinic. Explorys became the leader in healthcare big data and value-based-care analytics, spanning hundreds of thousands of healthcare providers and 60 million+ patients across the U.S. In 1999, Lougheed co-founded Everstream, which became the market leader in broadband and content analytics before being acquired by Concurrent in 2005. Lougheed has also been at the forefront of innovation within the financial services sector having led online banking and consumer analytics at KeyBank, National City Bank and PNC. He earned his bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University.
Manoj K. Malhotra
Dean, Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University
Manoj K. Malhotra, PhD, is the dean and Albert J. Weatherhead III Professor of Management at the Weatherhead School of Management. Previously, he was the senior associate dean of graduate programs, Jeff B. Bates Professor, and chair of the Management Science Department at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina (USC), Columbia. He also served from 2005 to 2017 as the founding director of the Center for Global Supply Chain and Process Management (GSCPM) at the Moore School. Malhotra is a Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) and the American Production and Inventory Management Society (APICS). He has conducted seminars and consulted with firms such as Avaya, BMW, Continental, Cummins, Delta Air Lines, John Deere, Palmetto Health, Sonoco, Verizon, Walmart, and Westinghouse-Toshiba among others. His research has thematically focused on the deployment of flexible resources in manufacturing and service firms, operations and supply chain strategy, and on the interface between operations management and other functional areas of business. His work on these and related issues has been published in the leading refereed journals of the field such as Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operational Research, Interfaces, Journal of Operations Management, and Production and Operations Management.
Jonathan Malveaux is the President and Co-Founder of iCash, the first company bringing insurance to blockchain transactions. Jonathan is an investor, advisor and entrepreneur with experience sourcing, structuring and negotiating ~$100 billion of complex transactions as an investment professional and corporate attorney. Jonathan has 25 years of unparalleled experience across Asia, including Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.
Founder of DADA.nyc
Based in New York, DADA is the only social network where people interact through drawings and one of the first online art galleries to use blockchain technology for the transaction of work. Yehudit Mam will introduce us to the genesis and concept of her art gallery and explain how the Ethereum blockchain system revolutionized the company. DADA uses smart contracts to give artists 30% of each resale.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, John Carroll University
Dr. Manilich’s research is focused on developing methodology for acquiring and understanding health data and on developing practices to translate this knowledge into useful diagnostic and predictive tools. Most of my research revolves around different types of biomedical data acquired from multiple sources consisting of variable magnitudes; data that are vast in dimensions, complexity, and number of patients. My additional research interest involves data analysis of terrorism related activities specifically in the area of Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing.
Founder & CEO, Votem
Pete Martin is the Founder & CEO of Votem, a blockchain-based mobile voting company, and he is the author of the upcoming book, "Sparking a Mobile Revolution; How Mobile Voting Will Change the World as We Know It,” scheduled for release in late 2018. His four previous start-up exits generated an average return to investors of 14 times invested capital. Previously, he was the Founder & CEO of Kompliant Software, a trade compliance software firm and Co-Founder and & CEO of EntryPoint Consulting, an SAP Systems Integration Company which was sold to KPMG. Pete has spent his career in technology-related businesses including as EVP of Worldwide Operations for Marketswitch Corp, Vice President at SAP America and sales positions with IBM. Involved with blockchain technology since 2015, he is a sought-after speaker on topics related to the use of blockchain technology in various use cases including corporate and political governance.
Chief Information Officer, The Cleveland Clinic
Edward Marx is Chief Information Officer at Cleveland Clinic, an $8 billion medical system that includes a main campus, 10 regional hospitals, 18 family health centers, and facilities in Florida, Nevada, Toronto, Abu Dhabi and London. He is responsible for the development and execution of strategic planning and governance, driving optimal resource utilization, and team development and organizational support. Ultimately, he will develop leaders and leverage digital healthcare technologies to enable superior business and clinical outcomes. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Edward served as Senior Vice President/CIO of Texas Health. In 2015, he spent over two years as executive vice president of the Advisory Board, providing IT leadership and strategy for New York City Health & Hospital. Edward began his career at Poudre Valley Health System. CIO roles have included Parkview Episcopal Medical Center, University Hospitals in Cleveland and Texas Health. Concurrent with his healthcare career, he served 15 years in the Army Reserve, first as a combat medic and then as a combat engineer officer. Edward is a Fellow of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He is on the CHIME Faculty for the CIO Boot Camp, training aspiring healthcare technology professionals. He has won numerous awards, including HIMSS/CHIME 2013 CIO of the Year, and has been recognized by both CIO and Computer World as one of the “Top 100 Leaders.” Becker’s named Marx as the 2015 “Top Healthcare IT Executive” and the 2016 “17 Most Influential People in Healthcare.” Ed received his Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Science in design, merchandising, and consumer sciences from Colorado State University.
Chrissa McFarlane, Founder & CEO, Patientory
Chrissa McFarlane made headlines for raising $7.2 million in three days via online blockchain token sales of her company Patientory. Just under 2,000 investors placed their bets on the blockchain-based distributed EMR storage computing platform. McFarlane has been making a name for herself in the health tech space as a young female founder working to eliminate siloed, centralized EMR systems through her technology. She’s been working in healthcare for 10 years, having started in high school doing research at the Albert Einstein and went on to Cornell University where she had a chance to do research at the USDA. She went on to attend Wake Forest, earned a graduate business degree, and consulted for CEOs of healthcare companies in North Carolina in electronic medical record implementation. Patientory helps clinicians and healthcare organizations by giving them access to a patient’s complete and up-to-date medical history. Patientory takes a “bridge” approach and plugs into all of the largest EMR’s in use today (e.g. Cerner, Allscripts, and others).
Project Lead at Linnia, a startup within the ConsenSys family of companies
Evin McMullen is the Project Lead at Linnia, a start-up within the ConsenSys family of companies built on the Ethereum blockchain. Linnia is a data protocol that enables developers to build decentralized applications without prior knowledge of cryptography or Solidity and provides end-users with ownership and control of their complete digital expression. Her team is also developing a decentralized data marketplace, which will allow for the purchase and sale of data without intermediaries. Previously, she was a Director of Product Marketing at Berkshire Hathaway, managing public-facing brand experiences for Warren Buffett’s multi-billion-dollar portfolio of companies. She has also advised senior leadership in IoT, mesh networks, and connected technology development for numerous clients including Nike, Procter & Gamble, Harvard Medical School, BMW, GE and the United Nations. She grew up in Northeast Ohio, where she continues to be engaged as a mentor for underserved high school students seeking higher education in science and technology. She is a graduate of Yale College.
Dr. Shane McNamee
Chief Medical Officer, mdlogix
Dr. Shane McNamee is an actively practicing, board certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician (PM&R). He has spent years supporting the physical and psychological issues of severely combat-wounded and combat-exposed veterans and is passionately dedicated to designing, building, and delivering tools that improve healthcare delivery. Dr. McNamee’s work is driven by the notion that everyone deserves better healthcare – and ultimately - a better life. He is a deep believer in patient-centric care, an approach that is not only responsive to individual patient needs, but also driven by standards-based processes across the entire care delivery network. Prior to joining mdlogix in 2018, Dr. McNamee served in the Department of Veterans Affairs in a variety of roles. His areas of expertise in informatics includes health data interoperability, user-centered design, process re-engineering, and decreasing cognitive burden in healthcare applications. Dr. McNamee graduated as a Presidential Scholar from the Medical College of Ohio and completed residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Virginia Commonwealth University. He is published in the fields of TBI, complex neurologic injuries, post-combat care, and polytrauma.
Mark Stephen Meadows
Founder & CEO, Botanic.io and Co-Founder & Trustee, SeedToken.io
Mark Stephen Meadows is an American author, inventor, artist, and entrepreneur. With 18 years in AI, 22 in VR, and 7 years in blockchain he has designed and developed AI applications at some of the world’s top research labs including Xerox-PARC and SRI. In 2017, Mark co-founded Seed Vault, Ltd, a nonprofit dedicated to building a blockchain-driven platform and marketplace for companies, developers, and individuals to create, sell, and use conversational AI interfaces for bots. Since 2011, Mark has led Botanic.io, which is pioneering the development of AI, blockchain, and conversational interfaces for bots in finance, healthcare, and other industries. Botanic customers include Fortune 100 companies, three government agencies, and startups around the globe. Mark is the author of four books and eight patents related to social robotics, AI, avatars and blockchain.
Senior Venture Partner, JumpStart Inc.
Matthew Miller is a well-rounded technologist and strategist with a wealth of experience. He has held leadership roles in large organizations and helped build four tech startups as an entrepreneur, including Facilicom (acquired by World Communications) and Trade Scape (acquired by E-Trade). As Senior Venture Partner of Healthcare at JumpStart, Matthew advises and supports entrepreneurs who are developing the healthcare technologies in our region that will have a transformative impact on the entire healthcare industry (industry focuses include artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented and virtual reality, informatics and IoT technologies). Additionally, he works with healthcare organizations, academic institutions and companies to assess the commercial potential of technology and to create the appropriate structure to maximize value. Prior to joining JumpStart, Matthew spent more than two decades in healthcare-related tech roles working with innovative healthcare institutions like UPMC and Mass General in technology innovation ecosystems in Pittsburgh and Boston. Most recently, Matthew served as Vice President of BioEnterprise, where he focused on finding and growing emerging and established healthcare innovations that capitalize on technology and data to change the way healthcare is delivered. Matthew holds a bachelor’s in Education/Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. He is a veteran and has served his country as an officer and combat aviator in the United States Air Force.
Vice President, US Business Development, ChromaWay
Todd Miller is responsible for managing all aspects of ChromaWay’s U.S. operation including business development and establishing strategic partnerships. His team is responsible for facilitating the establishment of data sharing consortiums in the real estate industry, as well as among financial institutions, supply chain partners and public-sector agencies. Prior to ChromaWay, Todd was a senior leader at Fannie Mae, where he led product development and technology partnerships teams across the single-family business. Miller earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and an M.P.A. from New York University.
Michael Minkevich is CEO of Intellectsoft, a boutique IT solution provider headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, focused on helping global organizations overcome challenges associated with digital transformation and accelerate adoption of new technologies, which include Blockchain and DLT. Michael is a seasoned international hi-tech executive with diverse background that covers multiple functional areas and industry verticals, including Telecommunication, Manufacturing, Automotive, Energy & Utilities, Digital Media and Travel. Throughout his career, Michael held various executive positions at the global IT/software services companies, including the role of VP of Technology Services at Luxoft (NYSE:LXFT), in which he was responsible for the company''s product engineering portfolio and was instrumental in making Luxoft a recognized leader in the product development space and bringing the company to IPO in 2013. Michael’s areas of interest include new and emerging technologies, such as AI/Machine Learning, IoT, Cloud Computing and Blockchain. Before joining Intellectsoft earlier this year, he had been intensely involved in the startup scene as a venture partner at Maxfield Capital. He has also served as board advisor of multiple early stage technology companies in the US and Europe, and Blockchain Generation Hub, a global platform for deployment of crypto-token projects. Michael holds a M.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Novosibirsk State Technical University and has also completed business studies in Stanford GSB and MIT Sloan School of Management.
Singer, songwriter, revolutionary
Tatiana Moroz is an American folk singer-songwriter, activist, and entrepreneur. She is the creator of the world’s first artist cryptocurrency Tatiana Coin and advises on the blockchain music platform Token.fm. Her inspiring third album “Keep The Faith” was released in 2017. She is the founder of Crypto Media Hub, a marketing agency for the Bitcoin space. "The Tatiana Show" podcast streams on several outlets, and Tatiana performs at conferences worldwide.
Vice President, Digital Solutions, Sirius
Stephen Morris has more than two decades of consulting experience helping clients achieve business outcomes by planning and executing digital transformation programs. Morris is responsible for the digital solutions practices at Sirius and FiveOut, which includes digital strategy, digital marketing, user experience, commerce, mobile, web content management, dev-ops, and microservices. He leads a team working on several emerging technology solutions around artificial intelligence bots, IOT, and blockchain. Morris served as Chief Operating Officer at Ascendant Technology prior to its acquisition by Sirius. Morris has spent his entire career in in various strategy and delivery management roles at Accenture, BearingPoint, Arthur Andersen, and Ernst & Young. He graduated from Miami University in 1994 with a B.S. degree in System Analysis and holds a M.A. degree in Education from The University of Phoenix.
Jr. Counsel, BakerHostetler
BakerHostetler’s Blockchain Counsel, Robert A. Musiala Jr., is esteemed for his roles in the areas of cryptocurrency anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist financing, and concept development for blockchain-based solutions. Robert was a founding member of the blockchain practice at a “Big Four” accounting firm and one of the largest professional services firms in the world, where he was introduced to blockchain through his work as an intelligence analyst and financial crimes investigator. His achievements in threat finance include managing a team of investigators to collect intelligence and produce a threat/counter-threat analysis on cryptocurrency and blockchain for a U.S. national security community client. An innovative thought leader, Robert is the inventor of a patent-pending blockchain micropayments system. He is also the co-inventor and primary concept developer of a patent-pending system that leverages blockchain technology to promote transparency, speed and security, and mitigate economic crime in funds governance and aid distribution programs.Robert’s practice includes advising blockchain industry clients that have previously completed “initial coin offering” events on strategies for mitigating personal and business risk, limiting business disruption and achieving regulatory compliance. His experience also includes advising blockchain technology firms on strategies for achieving compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.
Corporate and Business Development, DrumG, a ConsenSys funded enterprise blockchain company
Previously, Benjamin was the Head of Asian-Pacific Strategy for R3, the largest global financial consortium exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Prior to R3, Benjamin worked for Société Générale Corporate and Investment Bank, UBS and in particle physics working for multiple research institutions including NASA.
Chief Technology Strategist (Central Region), Red Hat
E.G. Nadhan is Chief Technology Strategist for the Central Region at Red Hat. He provides thought leadership on various concepts including Cloud, Big Data, Analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) through multiple channels including industry conferences, Executive Round tables as well as customer specific Executive Briefing sessions. With 25+ years of experience in the IT industry selling, delivering and managing enterprise solutions for global corporations, he works with the executive leadership of enterprises to innovatively drive Digital Transformation with a healthy blend of emerging solutions and a DevOps mindset.
Omkar Naik is a Sales leader and a cloud solution architect with a passion for enabling industry transformation with technology. Omkar leads Microsoft’s Blockchain and Advanced Analytics in the Midwest region of its biggest enterprise customers. His responsibilities include planning, strategy, evangelizing, and execution of AI and enterprise Blockchain adoption in the region. Omkar has a previous master’s degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from Chicago-Booth.
Head of Sales, Galaxy Digital
Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Institutional Equity Distribution & Capital Markets with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Strong finance professional skilled in Equity Research, Investor Relations, Banking, Asset Management, and Securities. Born Elyria; 1997 Graduate from St Edward HS; 2x State Champ Wrestling; 2002 Graduate of University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School; 2x NCAA All American Wrestling; Citi - Institutional Equity Sales; 14 years and Co Head of the Hedge Fund Strategy.
General Manager, iCapital
Agada Nameri is the General Manager of iCapital an investment and advisory firm specializing in blockchain technologies, managing $70m in blockchain assets. iCapital operates an actively managed fund dedicated to DLT and offers curated deal-flow to its investor community on a deal-by-deal basis via its online platform. Agada draws on more than a decade of executive experience in high profile $1B+ companies in M&A, high-tech investing, private equity and corporate law. Agada is very well connected in the Blockchain ecosystem and organizes Blockchain-dedicated events around the world.
Senior Director of Architecture, Quest Diagnostics
Jason O’Meara is a Senior Director of Architecture in Quest Diagnostics’ Healthcare Technology and Analytics Solutions organization, a leader in the Synaptic Health Alliance, and a member of the HIMSS Blockchain in Healthcare Task Force. Mr. O’Meara is responsible for overseeing the architecture and design of Quest Diagnostics healthcare connectivity, healthcare information technology, enterprise data and analytics solutions architectures. He also contributes to the organization's information-harmonization & analytics strategy, enterprise architectural blueprint, product roadmaps, and data governance, which guides the investments required to effectively manage and leverage the company’s enterprise connectivity and information assets.
Partner, Jones Day
Recognized by The National Law Journal as a regulatory and compliance trailblazer, Stephen Obie advises multinational corporations and individuals on U.S. securities and commodities law compliance. For more than 20 years, he has represented clients in enforcement investigations before the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Financial Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Obie currently represents Overstock.com and its financial technology subsidiary t0.com concerning their use of blockchain technology to trade securities. He led the team that obtained the first ever effective registration statement that contemplates a public offering utilizing blockchain technology.
Partner, Comeback Capital
Tony Olivito is an active investor and advisor to start-ups. After several years of angel investing, he joined Comeback Capital as partner. Comeback Capital is a micro-VC that invests in pre-seed/seed stage technology companies in the Midwest. He also serves as Co-CEO of Hummingbird Nano, manufacturer of the world’s first commercial quality 3D printed microfluidic chip. Olivito led finance, strategy and supply chain functions for one of the largest private companies in the country where he built several supply chain and analytic technology solutions. Early in his career, Olivito worked in corporate M&A assessing and valuing deals in high growth industries.
Vice President for Innovation & Strategy, Berklee College of Music
Panos Panay leads strategic initiatives at Berklee College of Music and also serves as the founding managing director of the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE). For BerkleeICE, he spearheaded the founding of the Open Music Initiative, which brings together over 170 leading music, media, technology industry organizations and academic institutions to create an open protocol for uniform identification of music rights owners. Prior to Berklee, Panos was the founder and CEO of Sonicbids, where he created the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online. Earlier in his career he was an international talent agent for artists such as Chick Corea and Pat Metheny.
Akul Penugonda is the Head of Sourcing at Acceleprise, a pre-seed B2B accelerator. Acceleprise has backed over 100 companies and has programs in both San Francisco and New York City. An east coast native who joined Acceleprise from Yext, a large SaaS company in New York, he has spent time in various positions in both software engineering and product management, and enjoys volunteering in his free time. Penugonda graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Associate Director, R3
Stephanie Perez is an Associate Director in the Partnerships team at R3 where she works closely with Intendent Software Vendors, System Integrators, and Management Consultancies to develop applications on top of R3’s proprietary blockchain platform - Corda. Her particular focus within the group is in the insurance and healthcare verticals. Prior to R3, Stephanie worked in strategy and global business development at MasterCard and Verifone. Stephanie holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University with a focus on Latin American Economy. In her spare time, she is a mentor for America Needs You, a program for high-achieving, low-income, first-generation college students.
Managing Partner, Kohrman Jackson & Krantz
As KJK’s Managing Partner, Jon Pinney leads the firm’s attorneys and staff in serving privately-held businesses, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and high net-worth families. Pinney also has comprehensive experience in real estate development, construction and property management, acquisition and financing of properties across the country, as well as construction agreements, construction financing and landlord-tenant agreements. He started his career as a litigator handling high-profile complex cases on behalf of publicly-traded companies. Today, he assists his privately-held clients in managing “bet the business” complex cases and investigations around the country. A committed civic leader, Pinney has worked on several major public-private projects. He spent 10 years attempting to secure a national political convention and in 2014, he authored the winning 345-page bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention and served as the General Counsel, Secretary and Treasurer for the Host Committee. That civic spirit extends into his numerous board leadership roles and relentless drive to move Northeast Ohio forward.
Mark launched his career as a mechanical and aerospace engineer for Boeing Airplane Company. He has over 20 years of technology sales and start-up experience. They include an Autodesk spin-off (engineering collaboration tools) and a start-up (research and science reference tools) acquired by Elsevier. Most recently he helped launch and exit a healthcare IT recruiting & staffing firm that achieved $60 million in revenues in four years. He was awarded an athletic scholarship to the University of Missouri where he earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and went on to earn his MBA at Xavier University.
Partner, Morgan Creek Digital Assets
Anthony Pompliano is a regularly featured author and thought leader for the blockchain industry on national television, press outlets and on social media platforms. He has successfully built several industrial-grade cryptocurrency mining facilities and previously co-founded Full Tilt Capital, one of the fastest growing, early-stage U.S. venture capital firms. Prior to joining Full Tilt Capital, Pompliano led numerous product and growth teams at Facebook and Snapchat and served as a U.S. Army Sergeant in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Co-Chair, EU Blockchain Forums
Susan Poole is Co-Chair of the EU Blockchain Forums. She is the founder of BlockBridge Advisory, a blockchain advisory company, and is co-founder of the Diversity in Blockchain Alliance. Poole is the former Director of Development for the Chamber of Digital Commerce, which is a leading organization in Washington D.C., representing the Blockchain and Digital Assets Industry. She was named Top 10 Women in Crypto - 2017 via Core Magazine. In 2018, Poole was named as one of the Top 50 Women in Blockchain via Richtopia. She is an international speaker and moderator in the blockchain space with strong speaking credentials and a large connected base of expert panelists. Poole has also co-created and run blockchain events. Prior to blockchain, she has 20+ years in leadership roles at Microsoft International, VMware Asia Pacific, HP and other leading technology companies and startups - building new business entities and new teams in the USA, UK, Australia, and Asia.
Chris Powell is a proven HR veteran and has spent over 20 years enabling HR functions at aggressively high-growth companies. Chris built Talmetrix around his perspective that organizations are human systems, not machines, and should be managed accordingly. To this end, Talmetrix captures, compiles and connects disparate talent data to generate relevant insights that improve employee experience, engagement, retention and employer brand reputation. Before joining Talmetrix, Powell was the Chief Human Resources Officer for Scripps Networks Interactive (acquired by Discovery, Inc.), a global media and digital company. During his tenure, revenue more than doubled from $900 million to over $2 billion. Powell implemented progressive and highly effective HR and talent initiatives centered around leadership, trust, transparency and accountability. He has also held HR leadership roles with Voya (formerly ING), Marriott International, and Deloitte.
Alfred J. Puchala, Jr.
CEO, CapZone Impact Investments
Throughout his 35-year finance career, Al Puchala has been an advocate and practitioner for positive social impact investing at scale. As CEO of CapZone, he developed a new asset class, Opportunity Zones, to connect profits to purpose nationally. Previously, as an investment banker, private equity investor, strategic financial advisor and creator of market-based government related partnership initiatives, he has invested and advised domestic and international parties on strategic financial assignments, including corporate mergers, acquisitions and restructurings; loan portfolio monitoring; infrastructure finance; securitization and credit portfolio risk management. Recently, he served as CEO of Capitol Peak Asset Management, and prior to that, Managing Director for Moelis & Company in New York, overseeing public sector initiatives. He was Co-Founder and Managing Director of Signal Equity Partners, and spent his early career at Lazard Freres and Morgan Stanley. Puchala holds a BA cum laude from Yale University, a JD From Georgetown University, an MA in Economics from New York University and is a member of the New York Bar.
CEO and Co-Founder, Edge
Paul Puey is CEO and Co-Founder of Edge, a mobile wallet and single-sign-on security platform for blockchain applications. Edge (formerly Airbitz) has won accolades including being one of the top three mobile apps for bitcoin in the 2014 Blockchain Awards, being voted one of the Top 50 FinTech Companies to Watch by AlwaysOn Inc, and receiving first place in the Inside Bitcoins 2015 and Coin Agenda 2016 pitch competitions. Paul held lead engineering positions with Nvidia and Chromatic Research and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.
President and CEO, BitCasas
Ramesh Ramadoss received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai Kamaraj University, India and his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Auburn University. He has 10 years of industrial experience as a Manager/Director in technology companies in Silicon Valley. Currently, he is the President and CEO of BitCasas Inc., a Silicon Valley based blockchain startup working on tokenization of real estate mortgage loans.
Professor of Law, Cleveland State University
Brian Ray co-founded and directs the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection and edits the Center-sponsored SSRN Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and eDiscovery eJournal at Cleveland State University. He is part of a small team of researchers that in 2018 established the Internet of Things Collaborative (IoTC) with a $1.75 million Digital Excellence Grant by the Cleveland Foundation. In 2016 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine appointed Ray to the CyberOhio Advisory Board. He co-chairs the Northeast Ohio CyberConsortium's Workforce Development Committee and is a member of the Sedona Conference's Data Security and Privacy Liability Working Group. He was selected to participate in the Yale University Cyber Leaders Forum in 2017, and SC Magazine named him one of three Outstanding Cybersecurity Educators in the 2017 Reboot Leadership Awards. He was a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa and has published extensively on comparative constitutional law and social rights. He earned is J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law and B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Suzanne Rivera
Vice President for Research and Technology Management, Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Suzanne Rivera is the Vice President for Research and Technology Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In this role, she is the university’s chief research officer and a senior advisor to the President and Provost. She also is an Associate Professor of Bioethics at the CWRU School of Medicine. Her scholarly interests include research ethics, social inequality, and science policy. In addition to writing numerous journal articles and book chapters, Rivera co-edited the book Specimen Science, which was published by MIT press in 2017. She currently is the Co-PI on a grant from the Cleveland Foundation to build an Internet of Things (IoTC) Collaborative in Cleveland through a partnership between CWRU and Cleveland State University. Dr. Rivera received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University, a Master’s degree from the University of California-Berkeley, and a doctoral degree from the University of Texas.
Global Head of Insurance, R3
Ryan is the Global Head of Insurance for R3 and leads the company's Insurance strategy to drive business growth. She is responsible for the strategic design, development and commercialization across the ecosystem of blockchain innovation within the Insurance Industry. In 2017, she launched the Center of Excellence for Insurers and Reinsurers in partnership with ACORD which is redefining the foundations of insurance by harnessing the power of collaborative networks, through the deployment of DLT within the financial services industry. Since then Corda, R3's blockchain platform has been the platform of choice for the insurance industry. Corda integrates and secures the entire stream of disparate data sources, while simultaneously ensuring transparency across an interconnected network of clients, brokers, insurers and other third parties. Prior to R3 Ryan worked for Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan where she gained extensive experience in financial services covering a broad range of institutions including; insurance, hedge funds, banks and asset managers. Ryan started her career in Technology at Lehman Brothers, experiencing first-hand the inefficiencies in the legacy infrastructure which she is now working to solve. She has a double major in Computer Science and Finance.
Director of Communications, Smartmatic
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Akron
Dr. Shivakumar Sastry is a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Akron. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering and Science from Case Western Reserve University and holds master’s degrees in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida and in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science. His research interests are in networked embedded systems, real-time systems, graph algorithms and network analysis. Prior to joining Akron, he was a Senior Research Scientist with Rockwell Automation. He is currently the Academic Director of the Center for Data Science, Analytics and Information Technology.
Tim Schigel founded Refinery Ventures in early 2017 with the intent to bridge the gap between the coasts and the Midwest. Refinery focuses on disruptive technologies with an emphasis on digital health and human capital technology. Prior to Refinery, Schigel launched the Cintrifuse Fund of Funds with capital from Cincinnati’s corporate community and built a portfolio of 15 firms. Shigel created ShareThis, the globally recognized share button that reaches 500 million people every month. ShareThis was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the Bay Area in 2013 when Shigel won EY Entrepreneur of the year. Previously, Shigel was a partner of Blue Chip Venture Company, the first venture firm in Cincinnati with $600 million under management. Schigel grew up in Cleveland, son of a steelworker, where he received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He serves on Cintrifuse’s board and the Northern Kentucky University Foundation Investment Committee.
Managing Director, Comeback Capital
Scott Shane is Managing Director of Comeback Capital, a pre-seed stage venture capital fund that invests across the Midwest. He is also a Deal Flow Partner for Right Side Capital Management, a San Francisco-based pre-seed stage micro VC fund, and an advisor to Ivy Cap Ventures, a $150M Indian venture capital fund. He is an active angel and limited partner and mentor at the Iconyc and Acceleprise accelerator funds, and an LP in Refinery Ventures and Illuminate Ventures.
MBA, CHCIO, Principal Director for Healthcare Technology Strategy & Lead for Blockchain Strategic Growth Initiative for Healthcare North America, Accenture
John is a Principal Director for Technology Strategy in Healthcare at Accenture and leads our blockchain initiatives for North America Health. He is an industry-leading expert on strategies for payer and provider convergence and health system growth strategies using IoT sensors, artificial intelligence, telemedicine, aging-in-place tech, and clinical data integration across the continuum-of-care. Over his 24-year career, John has served as Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer and CIO with large health systems and has consulted to life sciences and health insurance payers leading care model reimagination, digital transformation and automation by leveraging advanced technologies including AI. He holds an MBA from the University of Kentucky and has completed work in Artificial Intelligence for a PhD. Before joining Accenture, John was Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer for Thorek Memorial Hospital where he led the Office of Innovation and was responsible for payer contract alignment strategies, business intelligence, and predictive analytics to improve the targeting of preventative care programs to alleviate the increasing financial burden incurred due to chronic conditions. John has held positions with Vanguard Health Systems and HCA and currently serves on the board of directors for Access to Care of Cook County, Chicago whose mission is to provide healthcare to all patients in need, regardless of ability to pay or legal residency.
Dr. Nigmanth Sridhar
Dean, College of Graduate Studies, Cleveland State University
Dr. Nigamanth Sridhar serves as the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Cleveland State University. In that role, he promotes educational and research excellence in graduate programs across CSU. Sridhar also holds a faculty position in Computer Science in CSU’s Washkewicz College of Engineering. During the time he has been at CSU, Sridhar has built a strong research program that has been continuously funded by federal and foundation grants for more than a decade. He serves as the Project Director for CS for CLE, a program that is working on bringing computer science courses to all CMSD schools, and as the co-Academic Director for the IoT Collaborative. Sridhar received his Ph.D. and MS degrees in Computer Science from The Ohio State University and an undergraduate degree in Information Systems from BITS Pilani in India.
Co-Founder and CFO, Flashstarts
Charles Stack is a successful serial entrepreneur. After graduation from Case Western Reserve University Law School, he formed Parallax, Inc., which developed and marketed a PC-based case management software system for asbestos litigation. In 1992, Stack started Books.com, the first online bookstore that ultimately became Barnes and Noble. Charles pioneered many of the features we now take for granted in today’s internet retailers including comprehensive searching, collaborative recommendations (patented), shopping carts, price comparisons (patented), real-time credit card processing, affiliate programs, and many others. In 1998, he founded Flashline to address the new opportunity in software components and web services. In 2000, he won the Infoworld E-Business Innovator Award for his contributions to Internet Retail and has since won the Ohio Venture Association (OVA) Venture of the Year award (’07) and served on the OVA board until 2010. In 2013, Stack co-founded the Flashstarts Accelerator and has raised a fund for and invested in over 40 early stage companies. He has advised and/or invested the first money in several notable startups including OnShift, Complion, ReMesh, and Qwickly. During his time at Flashstarts, Stack has been named a finalist for the OVA Catalyst of the Year in 2016 and 2017. He has mentored and/or been a judge at numerous business plan and startup competitions and is a frequent speaker at investment, startup, and entrepreneurship conferences as well as regularly sharing his experiences with classes of students at nearly every university in the region.
Eve Sussman is a British-born American artist of film, video, installation, sculpture, and photography. She was educated at Robert College of Istanbul, University of Canterbury, and Bennington College. She resides in Brooklyn, New York, where her company, the Rufus Corporation, is based. She visits cultural centers around the world where her exhibitions take place.
Chief Innovation + Performance Officer, Cuyahoga County Office of Innovation and Performance
Catherine Tkachyk was appointed to the position of Chief Innovation and Performance Officer for Cuyahoga County in November 2017. Ms. Tkachyk leads the Office of Innovation & Performance in efforts to implement the County Strategic Plan, improve processes, and foster a culture of innovation. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Tkachyk worked for the City of San Antonio in the Office of Innovation, holding various positions include innovation manager, senior analyst and analyst. Ms. Tkachyk holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of Dayton and a Green Belt certification in Lean Six Sigma.
Partner, Sullivan & Worchester LLP
Joel Telpner, a partner in Sullivan & Worcester’s New York office, is a highly sought-after legal advisor in the blockchain space, actively working with a large number of clients in structuring token distributions and enterprise blockchain applications. Joel brings more than 30 years of legal experience in a career that includes time as an AmLaw 100 partner, the former U.S. general counsel of a global financial institution and a venture capitalist. Joel is leading policy initiatives on global regulatory issues for blockchain on behalf of the Global Blockchain Business Council and the Blockchain Research Institute. He is also a member of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance’s Legal Working Group, which is developing guidance on best practices for ICOs. Joel gave the keynote speech "ICOs – Best Practices" at the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Central in Davos, Switzerland in January 2018. He represents a diverse client base, including financial institutions, top 10 cryptocurrencies, governments, dealers, corporations, investment managers, mutual funds, hedge funds and pension plans.
Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Shane Tews is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she works primarily on cybersecurity and internet governance issues. She is also president of Logan Circle Strategies, where she focuses on information and communication technology and cybersecurity policy issues. Previously, Shane managed internet security and digital commerce issues as vice president of global policy for Verisign Inc. She began her career in the George H. W. Bush White House as a deputy associate director in the Office of Cabinet Affairs and later moved to Capitol Hill as a legislative director for a member of Congress. She studied communications at Arizona State University and American University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general studies with an emphasis on communications and political science.
Business Development Executive - Global Trade Digitization, Industry Platforms, IBM
Senthil has over 20 years of experience in automotive that includes: automotive center of competence & global trade digitization at IBM; program management at Tenneco Inc.; Supplier management, product development at Daimler Chrysler; product development at Ashok Leyland (India). Senthil graduated from Michigan State (MBA) and National Institute of Technology (Engineering).
Troy Vosseller is a co-founder of gener8tor, a nationally ranked startup accelerator. gener8tor is a turnkey platform for the creative economy that connects startups, entrepreneurs, artists, investors, universities and corporations. The gener8tor platform includes pre-accelerators, accelerators, corporate programming, conferences and fellowships focused on entrepreneurs, artists and musicians. He holds a BA, MBA and JD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Founder and CEO, CityMark Capital
Daniel Walsh is the founder and CEO of CityMark Capital, a real estate private equity fund management company with expertise on investing in apartment properties and mixed use real estate projects in the top 50 markets in the United States. Prior to founding CityMark Capital, Walsh was President, Northeast Ohio for Huntington National Bank. Before his time at Huntington, Walsh was national head of KeyBank’s Real Estate Capital Markets businesses where he managed the Fund Management, CMBS, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA and Life Company whole loan placement businesses. He received his B.A. in Management and MBA from the Case Western Reserve University. Walsh also holds his Juris Doctor degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, with a certification in environmental and energy law practice.
Founder and Principal, Drummond Road Capital
Morris Wheeler is the founder and managing member of Drummond Road Capital, an investment management company managing Venture Capital, Private Equity and other direct and portfolio investments. Most recently, Wheeler has focused on making 10 to 12 value-added seed stage investments per year in software companies participating in top national accelerator programs like TechStars, 500 Startups, Y-Combinator, and The Brandery. As part of that portfolio, Drummond Road has been investing in blockchain and cryptocurrency ventures since late 2012. Early in his venture capital career, Wheeler specialized in software and digital media. From there, as CEO and Founder, he led the team that created the first internet music distribution platform with the founders of MTV, Island Records and Gateway Computers. That company was acquired by a major media company in early 2000. Over the past decade, Wheeler has managed a diverse venture capital and private equity portfolio, and served as Chairman and CEO of Cohesant. Wheeler began his career on Wall Street after studying Economics and Computer Science at The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and earning his JD at Yale Law School.
Founder, Urban Kutz Barbershop
Waverly Willis is an authentic modern day renaissance man. He wears many hats at the same time and pulls it off flawlessly. This entrepreneur, and pillar in the Cleveland community is the owner of Urban Kutz Barbershop, which continues to be ranked as the best barbershop in Cleveland. Waverly is also the founder and executive director of The Urban Barber Association (TUBA), a network of barbershops and salons that use their businesses as a vehicle to collectively do different programs to enlighten and empower the community. TUBA’s programs span from career training and placement for people with a felony background to child literacy all the way to its barbershop blood pressure program which garnered national exposure. As the chairman of the Ohio Barber and Beauty Alliance, Waverly is dedicated to preserving and defending the distinguished history and rights of barber and beauty professionals. He is a proud graduate of Cleveland State University and a champion for all things Cleveland. Waverly’s barber career boasts over 20 years of experience and he shares it with the future generations of barbers by being a barber instructor at barber colleges in greater Cleveland. He is truly one of Cleveland’s unsung heroes who continues to raise the bar in many capacities. In a successful attempt to continue his journey of being a trend setter, Waverly began accepting cryptocurrency as a form of payment for his barbering services at Urban Kutz Barbershop. This game changing decision got Waverly international attention as he is the first barber to accept cryptocurrency in the United Sates, adding yet another hat for him to wear as he is now known in the community as The Bitcoin Barber.
Chief of Digital Innovation and Chief Information Officer, The Cleveland Foundation
Leon Wilson, has over 25 years in the field of Information Technology, currently as the Chief of Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer at the Cleveland Foundation. In this dual role, Leon is part of the executive committee leading the foundation’s Information & Technology Services department, focusing on strategic and transformational use of technology and data within the foundation. Additionally, as the Chief for Digital Innovation, Leon oversees the foundation’s Digital Excellence grant-making strategy geared toward “building a stronger, more equitable and inclusive digital community;” along with elevating Greater Cleveland’s position as a major regional smart tech and technology innovation hub.
CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Morgan Creek Capital Management, LLC
Mark Yusko is CEO & Chief Investment Officer of Morgan Creek Capital Management, LLC, a registered investment adviser formed in July 2004 to provide investment management services based on the University Endowment Model of investing to wealthy families, individuals and institutional investors. Morgan Creek currently has $1.6 billion in assets under advisement in non-discretionary accounts and discretionary funds. Prior to Morgan Creek, Mark served as Chief Investment Officer for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked as Senior Investment Director for the University of Notre Dame Investment Office. Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from the University of Chicago.