2018 SPEAKERS

 
Patrick Byrne
 

Keynote speaker, Dr. Patrick M. Byrne, CEO, launched Overstock.com in 1999 with revenues of $1.8 million. In 2014 Overstock.com had revenues of $1.5 billion and net income of $8.8 million. Forbes magazine named Overstock.com the No. 9 Best Company to Work for in the Country for 2010, and Byrne the CEO with the highest employee approval rating (92%). Byrne received the 2011 Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Award. A “classical liberal,” Byrne believes that our nation’s success depends on a sound educational system and healthy capital markets. Since Milton Friedman’s passing in 2006, Byrne has served as chairman of The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, an organization leading the national debate for school vouchers.

 
Bruce Fenton
 

Bruce Fenton is an experienced economic advisor and an active member of the Blockchain industry. He is the founder of Atlantic Financial, the former Executive Director and a current board member of the Bitcoin Foundation, a co-founder of the Bitcoin Association, and the organizer of the first Dubai Bitcoin Conference. He is also the host and founder of the Satoshi Roundtable retreat, an exclusive, invitation-only retreat for leaders in the blockchain industry.

Currently, Bruce is serving as the Managing Director of Atlantic Financial which, in 1994, became the first full-service investment firm on the internet. Prior to Atlantic Financial, he was with Morgan Stanley and specialized in emerging technologies and emerging markets.

Bruce has completed several significant transactions and served as a consultant to large investment funds, along with ultra high net worth individuals, and families. Bruce has served as an advisor to one of the world’s largest charitable organizations for Gulf engagement and a top ten global private equity firm. He travels extensively, and has lived in the US and Asia, as well as Riyadh and Dubai.

Bruce counts amongst his speaking credits numerous Blockchain conferences: the MIT Enterprise Forum, Tony Robbins Wealth Mastery, DevCore, the Global Competitiveness Forum (GCF) Saudi Arabia and other major events. He has also been interviewed by the Wall St. Journal, CNN, CNBC, Investor’s Business Daily and others.

 
John M. Griffin
 

Professor John M. Griffin is currently the James A. Elkins Centennial Chair in Finance at the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business. He has also served on the faculty at Arizona State University, Yale University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Harvard Business School. His research focuses on understanding the role that conflicts of interest and misreporting played in the financial crisis. Specifically, his recent papers have centered on forensic finance and understanding the role of anything that is potentially illegal, illicit or immoral in financial markets. His expertise is in structured finance, credit ratings, international finance, and institutional investments with topics of papers including: manipulation, mortgage misreporting, credit ratings, insider trading, investment banking, cryptocurrencies, IPOs, hedge fund performance, co-movement, anomalies, pricing models, and understanding currencies and international stocks.

 
Marco Peereboom
 

Marco Peereboom is one of the founders and currently the New Systems Development Lead for Decred; a cutting-edge crypto currency that provides advancement in blockchain technology while also offering true governance. He is an avid open source developer who has been actively involved in crypto currency since 2011 working on and around several Bitcoin projects. He originated several innovations such as on-chain voting which set Decred apart from other digital currencies. He serves as the CTO of Company Zero and continues to hack on Decred’s next generation digital governance tools. When not plastered in front of a screen Marco enjoys cooking, brewing, baking and farming chickens.

 
Parker McCurley
 

Parker is a dynamic autodidact with a passion for problem solving with computers. Raised in Cleveland, he was a hopelessly defiant student and voracious reader. His philosophical and political interest in Bitcoin further developed into a fascination with blockchain technology and decentralized systems. Prior to founding decent, Parker lent his talents to computer programming, web and mobile app development.

decent is a software development and consultancy firm specializing in blockchain technology. Founded by expert software developers with extensive experience deploying production applications in dozens of programming languages-we are constructing the future of the digital economy, through cryptography. As a team of software and product industry experts, we think through business models, craft inspiring products around them-and build. Our value lies in our ability to leverage our diverse range of skill sets and relationships to execute blockchain centric projects from conceptualization to completion.

 
Paul Snow
 

Paul Snow is the chairman of the Texas Bitcoin Conference, Inventor of the Factom protocol and a co-founder of Factom Inc. He has spent 30+ years writing compilers, interpreters, protocols, and rules engines. An early adopter of Bitcoin, he organized Passing Bitcoin Around the World in 2013, a stunt highlighting the speed at which value can be exchanged around the world in 2013. He continues to run meetups, speaks, and even testifies before Congress about Bitcoin and crypto technology.

 
Shada Alsalamah
 

Shada Alsalamah is an Assistant Professor of Healthcare Information Systems Security at the College of Computer and Information Science, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Media Lab, MIT, USA, joining Prof. Alex “Sandy” Pentland’s Human Dynamics research group. In 2017, she founded the mHealth Lab and since then she has become Vice President, mHealth Solutions Division, AnmarIT, Saudi Arabia. In 2017, she co-founded CIAG and co-organised with its members the first information security summer school in Saudi Arabia that was well-received. Since 2015, Dr. Alsalamah has been consulting for the Centre of Excellence in Information Assurance (CoEIA), KSU, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and in 2016 she established a Female Chapter of CoEIA that serves as the first information security entity in the region that involves women. In 2015, she received a PhD degree in Healthcare Information Systems’ Security and Privacy, and an MSc degree in 2010 in Strategic Information Systems with Information Assurance from the School of Computer Science & Informatics at Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.

Dr. Alsalamah is a member of the editorial review board of a number of international journals and has been a keynote speaker, presenter, and panellist at a number of international events, including Big Ideas at Spotlight Health, Aspen Ideas Festival, Martha’s Vinyard Crypto Symposium, the World Bank, Misk Talk in Los Angeles, and Blockchain in Healthcare West in San Francisco, Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations, and the Science Collaboration Symposium on Cyber Security in Manchester. Finally, through her work, Dr. Alsalamah contributes to the global healthcare sector modernization movement by developing secure, smart, mobile, and intelligent solutions for emerging healthcare delivery models using cutting-edge technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and Open Algorithms.

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