Organising committee

Vinay Gupta

Vinay Gupta is a technologist and policy analyst with a particular interest in how specific technologies can close or create new avenues for decision makers. This interest has taken him through cryptography, energy policy, defence, security, resilience and disaster management arenas.

He is the founder of Hexayurt.Capital, a fund that invests in creating the Internet of Agreements. Mattereum is the first Internet of Agreements infrastructure project, bringing legally enforceable smart contracts; and enabling the sale, lease, and transfer of physical property and legal rights.

He is known for his work on the hexayurt, a public domain disaster relief shelter that was designed to be built from commonly available materials, and with Ethereum, a distributed network designed to handle smart contracts.

Henrik von Scheel

Best known as the originator of the “4th Industrial Revolution” (Industry 4.0) and the mastermind of Germany's digital agenda that ignited the global themes of today. Named by Financial Times as one of the leading authorities and business thinkers on strategy and competitiveness, Henrik is one of the most influential board members on corporate and family boards.

At present he pioneers implementing the next generation of wealth creation with "Artificial Intelligence Trading" and the "Industry 4.0 focused investment firm”. He is a sought-after speaker and prolific writer with 6 books and over 40 articles. Henrik's work is applied to national economies, triggered global themes, influenced GDP growth, reset policies in governments, set standards that are applied by 26 NATO members.

Brad Furber

Brad Furber is an American seed investor, entrepreneur and lawyer specializing in innovation and finance.

Brad likes to think and work on big ideas, including Greenfield initiatives, scale-up ventures and enterprise transformations.

Brad's most recent major Greenfield initiative was serving as the founding business leader and COO of the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre (MCIC).

Brad has worked as a strategic advisor and angel investor from pre-incorporation through seed, VC and corporate strategic financings and exits for dozens of ventures in North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia.

Brad has served as President & CEO of a consumer Internet and software venture, a co- founder and managing member of a corporate finance and securities law boutique law firm, an equity partner in a Global 100 Law Firm, and a director of several for-profit and non-profit corporations and foundations.

Dickie Armour

A charismatic, dynamic entrepreneur, senior executive, ICO & blockchain investor & advisor and consultant, experienced non-executive director, with over 35 years in business, 17 years as a stockbroker in London and over 18 years experience running Internet-related businesses. Dickie is an author, keynote speaker, and podcaster. He’s a member of the Bitcoin Foundation, an expert on ICOBench, a strategic partner with TokenMatch and the ICO Advisory Board at the IDACB.

James Peters

A dynamic, articulate Senior Executive, Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, ICO Advisor and Blockchain Consultant who is successful at rationalizing integrated business strategies and expanding market-share in highly competitive environments. Having has worked internationally at CEO level within tight budgets and short timelines in 120+ countries. He has extensive experience in cryptocurrency trading across multiple exchanges and Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) / Token Generating Events (TGE) / Security Token Offerings (STO). He is an active investor in numerous ICOs, Altcoins & Cryptocurrencies.

Max Studennikoff

A serial entrepreneur, resident in France with an MBA degree from London, Max has been in business for over 20 years. He set up and successfully developed a number of start-ups in such areas as international events management, property development, hospitality and education. Max is currently organising a series of high profile conferences across the globe. These would highlight blockchain and artificial intelligence as the key factors, which would usher in a new era of human development.