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Blockchain Central @ UN General Assembly Week (in partnership with Concordia Summit)

September 24, 2018 @ 12:00 am - September 25, 2018 @ 12:00 am EDT


The Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), the leading association for the blockchain ecosystem, has partnered with Concordia, the non-profit organization dedicated to supporting cross sector partnerships for social impact, to bring blockchain to New York during the UN General Assembly Week.

GBBC will bring its signature ‘Blockchain Central’ event series to the Concordia Annual Summit, which runs from September 24th to 25th.

The event will be a‘summit within summit’ and run for two full days, allowing partners and delegates to engage at the highest level and explore how blockchain canfacilitate more stable and efficient solutions for challenges facing companies,institutions, and society as a whole. Speakers will include some of thebiggest names in blockchain, and leading figures from governance, innovation and business.

The Summit will take place at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, with some 3,000 attendees expected to participate in all types of conversations from TED-style presentations, to panel discussions and strategic round-tables.

Blockchain Central speakers will include some of the biggest names in blockchain, and leading figures from governance, innovation and business, discussing vital programming topics, including:

·      Why We Should All Care About Blockchain

·      The First Central Bank Digital Dollar

·      European Union Blockchain Resolution

·      Blockchain Goes Bigtime: Enterprise Solutions forthe Fortune 500

·      Spurring Growth and Innovation from the U.K. toSingapore: Sandboxes, Greenhouses and Everything In-Between

·      Without Borders, Who Rules? Arbitration and LegalRecourse in a Decentralized World

·      Sanity Check: Lessons Learned from LeadingBlockchain Consortia

·      World Bank Blockchain Bond

·      Blockchain Solutions for Smart Cities

·      GovOS – Building a New Operating System forGovernment

·      The Future of Work in the Era of Blockchain

·      Democratizing Finance through Blockchain

·      Identity and Data Privacy in a Digital Era: CanBlockchain Help?

·      SDGs + Blockchain – How can cryptocurrencies helpachieve the SDGs?

·      Empowering People, A Fireside Chat w/ Akon

·      Designing the Future with Blockchain


Speakers include:

Akon, Chief Visionary, Akoin

Alan Cohn, Of Counsel and Co-Chair, Blockchain and     Cryptocurrency Practice, Steptoe     & Johnson LLP

Ann Rosenberg, SVP & Global Head of SAP Next Gen, SAP

Annette Nazareth, Partner, Davis, Polk & Wardwell LLP

Bill Barhydt, Founder and CEO, ABRA

Blythe Masters, CEO, Digital     Asset

Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of the Hyperledger     Project,
The Linux Foundation

Chris Smith, Vice President of Business Development, Civic

Christina Alfonso-Ercan, CEO, Madeira Global

Christopher Burniske, Partner, Placeholder VC

Claudio Lima, Advisory Board, Houston IoT Smart

Dan Baer,Secretary of Education, State ofColorado

Dan O’Prey, Chief Marketing     Officer, Digital Asset

Dante Disparte, Founder and CEO, Risk Cooperative

David Burt, Premier, Bermuda

David Sengeh, Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Sierra Leone

Elizabeth Rossiello, Founder and CEO, BitPesa

Eva Kaili, Member     of the European Parliament, Greece

Gabriel Abed, Founder, Bitt

Harpreet Khurana, Strategic Innovation Executive, Salesforce

Heidi Pease, Co-Founder, LA Blockchain Lab

Jalak Jobanputra, Founding Partner, Future\Perfect Ventures (FPV)

HG, CEO, BlockRe

Jean-Philippe Innocent,Conseiller Special Blockchain,Haitian Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI)

John Mercurio, Acting Chief Communications Officer, Bitfury

Karen Bhatia, Vice President of Tech, New York City Economic Development     Corporation

Kari Larsen, Counsel, Reed Smith LLP

Kerry Denerstein, Regulatory Affairs Lead, CLS Group

Leanne Kemp, Founder and CEO, Everledger

Lee Brenner, Chief Strategy Officer, Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC)

Leon Perlman, Founder and Head of Digital Financial ServicesObservatory at Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia Business School

Lesly Goh, Director and ChiefTechnology Officer, World Bank

Magdi Amin,Investment Partner, Digital Identity Initiative, Omidyar Network

Mariana Dahan, Co-Founder and CEO, World Identity Network

Marissa Kim, Partner, Ark Fund

Mercina Tillemann, COO, GlobalBlockchain Business Council (GBBC)

Michael Bhykovsky, CEO and President, Applied Financial Systems

Michael Casey, Senior Advisor, MIT Digital Currency Initiative (DCI)

Michael del Castillo, Crypto Staff Writer, Forbes

Michael Moro, CEO, GenesisTrading

Mickey Costa, Co-Founder, Access Network

Neville Crawley, CEO, Kiva.org

Preston Byrne, Principal, Tomram LLC

R. David Edelman, Director,Project on Technology, Economy & National Security (TENS), MIT

Rep. Carlos Curbelo, (R-FL, 26thDistrict)

Robert Dessau,CEO, VoxGov

Ron Quaranta, Chairman of the Board, Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (WBSA)

Roya Mahboob, Co-Founder and CEO, Digital Citizen Fund

Sam Cassatt, Chief Strategy Officer, Consensys

Sandra Ro, CEO, Global Blockchain BusinessCouncil (GBBC)

Serafin Lion Engel, Founder & CEO, DataWallet

Sheila Nix, President, Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies

Sonal Shah,Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation, Georgetown University

Tanya Stephens, Senior Innovation Lead, Procter & Gamble

Thea Anderson, Director,Digital Identity, Omidyar Network

Tom Garrett, SecretaryGeneral. Community of Democracies

Tomicah Tillemann, Director, Blockchain Trust Accelerator (BTA) at
New America Foundation

Victor Liu, President, Hunt Oil Enterprises

Yorke Rhodes, Co-Founder of Blockchain, Microsoft

Zia Khan, VicePresident, Initiatives & Strategy, TheRockefeller Foundation

For tickets

A limited number of tickets are available this final week with a 20% discount at https://register.concordia.net/2018_ConcordiaAnnualSummit_GBBC. For additional information about the event and last-minute sponsorship opportunities, please contact the GBBC team at [email protected]

About Concordia

Concordia is a membership-based non-profit organization dedicated to actively fostering,elevating, and sustaining cross sector partnerships for social impact. Through innovative, action-oriented programming, the Annual Summit promotes the powerof collaboration in driving lasting solutions to some of the world’s most complex and pressing issues. As the largest and most inclusive nonpartisan convening alongside UNGA, the eighth Annual Summit will convene world renowned leaders in the public sector, key decision makers in the private sector, and prominent activists in the non-profit sector.


September 24, 2018 @ 12:00 am
September 25, 2018 @ 12:00 am
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