Speakers 2019

Sam Burrell

Prior to joining NKB Ventures, Sam was at Octopus Ventures in London. He started his career as an officer in the Royal Marines, before joining ZipJet, a Rocket Internet start-up, as Head of Ops and then making his way into venture finance. He has an MBA from INSEAD.

Ben Sebley

Ben Sebley - Partner, BCB Group. Prior to this, Ben was a top-ranked senior sales trader covering emerging market equities at Credit Suisse. He directly covered some of the largest global financial institutions and brings a wealth of experience from the space. Before that, he served as an officer in the British Army.

Zia Word

Zia is an experienced entrepreneur with two exits. Involved in blockchain startups since 2013, she was co-founder & CSO of chozun 途赞 - a travel & loyalty ecosystem driven by blockchain and focused on the Chinese market. She exited the company in late 2018. Zia has consulted as Crypto Queens since 2016, and has worked with high-profile clients from Cathay Pacific to BMW and UM in addition she consults HNWI on their crypto investments and portfolios. She speaks across the world at events such as RISE, Coinsbank Blockchain Cruise, Malta Blockchain, Crypto Event Indonesia, Catalyst, Tech Summit London & Intelligent Digital Innovation HK and appeared on Sky News Business as well as numerous podcasts. She won the GBC Women Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 in China and was voted one of the Top Ten Most Influential by The Cryptocurrency Magazine. Originally from the UK Zia has spent time working in the US, China, Australia and the UK and now splits her time across continents. Zia specialises in speaking on investments in blockchain and cryptos, application of blockchain to industries across the spectrum, diversity in blockchain, blockchain for enterprise, raising capital, “The Crazy World of Crypto: Why Crypto is the Definition of Punk”, Crypto Fringes & Crypto Trends.

Ahmed Ismail

Ahmed Ismail is Co-Founder of HAYVN, the fully compliant institutional digital currency brokerage and custodian.

Ahmed has over 15 years of corporate, investment banking and senior management experience. Most recently, Ahmed was Senior Executive Officer for Jefferies LLC in Dubai, as well as Head of MENA Investment Banking for the global investment group.

He has extensive experience working with the regulatory compliance framework, having previously held positions at Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and First Gulf Bank. He achieved a master’s degree in engineering from Imperial College London, specialising in Chemical Engineering.

Ben Symons

Ben Symons is a London based barrister at Field Court Chambers. He previously worked for Big 4 firms and large investment banks in London advising on complex structured finance transactions and mergers and acquisitions transactions valued in excess of £1 billion. He has extensive experience in advising both individuals and corporations on their UK tax liabilities and UK tax planning opportunities. He is also the author of Cryptocurrency and Taxation published by Bloomsbury Professional.

Glen Goodman

Glen Goodman is the author of The Crypto Trader, published in 2019 by Harriman House. In his Amazon bestseller, he draws on 20 years of trading experience to show how anyone can trade cryptocurrency successfully. Glen is also a cryptocurrency contributing expert for the London School of Economics. He was formerly a Business Correspondent for BBC News and ITV News, interviewing leading politicians, including Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Theresa May. Glen's Facebook page, Glen Goodman – The Shares Guy, has more than a quarter of a million followers. It focuses on teaching people how to invest sensibly in cryptocurrencies and other investments. He is regularly interviewed about cryptocurrency and other business topics on BBC TV & Radio, Al Jazeera, LBC, The Guardian, The Independent and Forbes. Glen famously turned a £3000 trade into £100,000 by betting there would be a crash in 2008, an experience he wrote about for The Times. He started trading cryptocurrencies while they were still in their infancy and quickly discovered there were enormous profits to be made. With his trading experience he was able to make those profits – and keep them, while most other traders were losing their money during the Bitcoin crash of 2018. In The Crypto Trader, Glen shows how anyone can learn to do what he did.

Iqbal V. Gandham

eToro UK Managing Director

Iqbal manages eToro's business activities in the UK and is Chair of CryptoUK, the first self-regulatory trade association for the UK crypto industry. Prior to eToro, he held senior positions as a CMO and CTO, in addition to founding several companies. He co-founded India’s largest web-hosting business, launched a telecoms startup and then progressed to cloud computing. Following this, he joined a fledgeling startup called Nutmeg as CMO and helped shape it into the UK’s largest robo-advisor.

Nish Kotecha

Nish Kotecha, is a serial technology, financial and social entrepreneur. Nish is the Chairman and Co-founder of Finboot. Established in 2016 with operations in London and Barcelona, Finboot has established itself as a leader in the fast-growing enterprise blockchain industry. Finboot is the dynamic company behind MARCO, a unique blockchain agnostic, enterprise grade SaaS product. MARCO allows enterprises to easily access and use blockchain technologies within their organizations value and supply chains. MARCO can be deployed by a wide range of sectors, including Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Consumer goods, Automotive, Travel and tourism, and Healthcare. Nish, started his career as an Investment Banker at Lehman Brothers (Head, Technology Capital Markets Europe), JP Morgan (Syndicate Lead) and Barclays (BZW) in Europe and Asia. Nish is a member of the Tech Capital Markets, High-Level Advisory Board to the European Union; Member of the Board and Investment Committee Chair of the London Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the London Chamber of Arbitration; ex- Board Member of Accion (Washington); ex-Board Member of the Financial Inclusion Forum and Liveryman of Worshipful Company of World Traders. He is a journalist writing for Mint (India), DNA and Business World on technology and economics. Nish is a graduate of the London School of Economics.
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