Monday July 13, 2020 at Fishburners Event Space: Level 2, 155 Queen Street, Brisbane, Australia.

2019 Speakers

Our confirmed speakers in alphabetical order.

Sallyanne Astill has 25+ years in the software industry spanning various domains such as identity management, computer security and autonomous mining systems to name a few. Since leaving the industry to pursue a career change in fashion design, Sallyanne has maintained an interest in technology and can see the potential of blockchain as a conjugate between the two. She feels that blockchain offers the very real potential of addressing the supply chain provenance problems of the garment industry on a global scale.
Juan Camilo Bohorquez Rodriguez, industrial engineer with experience in logistic area, project management, strategic planning; management control tools; management indicators in processes and planning and the management and evaluation techniques of professional performance. Strong skills in leadership with an emphasis on results-driven, team work, discipline, integrity, adaptation and flexibility in a changing work environment.
Carlos Hernan Cruz Castro, chemical engineer from the Universidad de América, Bogotá, Colombia. Master in Administration of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá Colombia. With professional experience as a consultant of industrial production processes and environmental sustainability with companies such as Chemical Service and Laboratorio ASINAL LTDA for more than 8 years. Independent business consultant and instructor of the Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje – SENA for the last 12 years. Since 2017 I am part of the research group FORMULAS, RECETAS Y TURISMO of the National Hotel, Tourism and Food Center, currently leading two (2) research projects in subjects of tourism, post-conflict and Blockchain.
Felicity Deane is a senior lecturer at Queensland University of Technology. Her PhD entitled, ‘The Clean Energy Package and WTO Law: An Analysis of Compliance Issues’ was completed in August 2013. Her book ‘Emissions Trading and WTO Law: A Global Analysis’ was published internationally in March 2015. It has been published in several languages. Felicity has published extensively in areas where economics and the law intersect, in particular regarding emissions trading and other forms of market based mechanisms. She has recently led projects associated with agriculture in Australia including the Regulation of sugar cane farming practices in Queensland, and the experiences of farmers with the Environment, Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. She is also one of three QUT researchers involved in a multidisciplinary Food Agility Project examining blockchain technology and provenance of the beef supply chain.
Coming from a career in government and utilities, Katrina Donaghy recognised the potential for governments to apply blockchain technology to create new markets and economies of the future. She co-founded Civic Ledger in 2016, which was named Australia’s Emerging FinTech Organisation of the Year at the 2018 Finnies, the annual fintech industry awards. Katrina is the founding organiser of the Brisbane Women in Blockchain Meetup and serves as a mentor in Australia’s blockchain community. She was also an Industry mentor at RMIT Online. Katrina’s contributions have been recognised by her appointment as Director to the Australian Digital Commerce Association Board, a not-for-profit industry association promoting Australian blockchain innovation. Katrina holds a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) in Cultural Politics and Political Theory and a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurial and Venture Development, both from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.
Michelle Forrester is a passionate writer and technologist. She has a Bachelor of FIne Arts in Creative and Professional Writing. She is completing her Masters of Information Technology. Her master’s thesis is on Providing a Transparent Supply Chain in the Fashion Industry.
Marcus Foth is Professor of Urban Informatics in the QUT Design Lab, Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. He is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University, Denmark.
Professor Foth’s research brings together people, place, and technology. His transdisciplinary work is at the international forefront of human-computer interaction research and development with a focus on smart cities, community engagement, media architecture, internet studies, ubiquitous computing, and sustainability.
As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Economics and the Australian Institute for Business and Economics (AIBE), Elnaz Irannezhad is engaged with the Port of Brisbane partnership project, to deliver research supporting port growth. More specifically, she investigates the role of freight agent integration, shared economy and decision making of freight agents in the port logistics. Currently, she is working closely with the Port of Brisbane on a blockchain-based Trade Community System.
Elnaz has received her Ph.D. from the School of Civil Engineering majoring in Transport Engineering from the University of Queensland, and has a masters degree in the Transport Engineering and a bachelors of Civil Engineering. She has worked more than eight years in the industry as a senior transport modeller and planner.
Sandra Johnson is an Applied Researcher in the Sidechains team of PegaSys Research and Development at ConsenSys, a blockchain software technology company. Prior to joining PegaSys Sandra worked as a Data Scientist at Flight Centre. Sandra started her career as a software developer, and after 25 years in IT, she returned to full-time study at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), obtaining a PhD in Environmental Statistics. She worked at QUT as a Researcher and Sessional Academic for 10 years.
Claudio Lisco is the Strategic Initiatives Lead at ConsenSys’s Solutions Group in Sydney. In this role he has helped deliver multiple professional services projects in the blockchain space and has been the driving force behind the growth of ConsenSys Solutions in Australia. He has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Business Administration from Universidad de Málaga, and a Masters in International Business from Florida International University.
Adrian McCullagh has degrees in Computer Science and Law(Hons) as well as a Ph.D. in IT Security. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Information Security Research Centre at QUT in 2000. His Ph.D. research involved a techno/legal analysis of Digital Signature technology and Hash Algorithms which are part of the underlying technology utilised in blockchains.
He has been practicing IT security law for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Queensland Law Society and a member of the American Bar Association. In 1999 he was the QUT Faculty of Information Technology Alumnus of the year.
Richard McKeon is the principal Director of the integratedCAPITAL Group. integratedCAPITAL is a group of fintech companies which provides Software as a Service to Family Offices, Wholesale Capital Owners and Financial Services firms. integratedCAPITAL holds an Australian Credit Licence.
He is a Chartered Accountant and Tax Agent by profession and holds a practicing certificate from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He has extensive experience in taxation, business services, business planning, project funding and peer to peer lending.
Willian Eduardo Mosquera Laverde, graduated as a chemical engineer from the National University of Colombia, in 1993; Specialist in Higher Education at a Distance, National Open and Distance University – UNAD, in 2010 and full Masters in Environmental Management, University of the Andes, Bogota in 2014. Professor of Environmental Management at the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia, co-researcher of the Strategic Noesis Group (UCC), Director of the Seedbed Ecoestrategicos 023. Assistant professor Researcher, Business Administration Program, courses oriented Environmental Management, Operations Research, Quality Management, and Finance. I work with the UCC’s entrepreneurship center and sustainability management in vulnerable communities and as a consultant to industrial companies since 1995.
Kamran Najeebullah is currently working as a Postdoctoral fellow in the Distributed Sensing Systems (DSS) group at Data61, CSIRO, where he is associated with the Disease Networks and Mobility (DiNeMo) project. The project focuses on evaluating the impact of human mobility on the magnitude and speed of an epidemic. He is also involved in the Ynomia project where he is interested in problem related to trust in IOT and supply-chain networks.
Before commencing his fellowship at Data61-CSIRO, he obtained a PhD from School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW Sydney, Australia. In his thesis, he reported on various problems involving: strategic aspects of network analysis, game theory, classical & parameterized complexity analysis and optimization. In particular, the focus of his research was to strengthen or weaken a network by identifying the nodes/edges that are critical for its high performance. He obtained a Master of Engineering degree from Kyung Hee University, South Korea. His thesis was focused on massive scale data (particularly graph) storage and processing (in particular, executing various machine learning algorithms), under limited hardware resources.
Hugo O’Connor is a senior engineer with CSIRO’s D61 and is currently leading a project on supply chain integrity focusing on the lithium and tantalum supply chain. Prior to joining CSIRO, Hugo co-founded Bit Trade Australia in 2013, serving over 50,000 individuals and businesses, the oldest continually operating crypto-currency exchange in Australia. Bit Trade was instrumental in establishing The Australian Digital Commerce Association, an industry group with now over 80 members, driving the responsible adoption of blockchain technology by industry and governments across Australia to deliver innovation in all sectors of the economy. Hugo is passionate about the potential for applied cryptography to create positive social impact.
Warwick Powell is the chairman and founder of BeefLedger, a blockchain enabled integrated provenance and payments platform development and implementation in the beef supply chain, and chairman and founder of Sister City Partners Limited, a not-for-profit investment bank focusing on developing links between regional Australia and the markets of Asia. Warwick has experience in diverse industries including cattle and sheep production and processing, information and communication technology, infrastructure, energy, natural resources, travel and tourism and property development. He teaches professional courses in areas such as innovation, creativity, regional economic development and blockchain technology with James Cook University and Edith Cowan University.
Lachlan Robb is a PhD Candidate at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and is exploring the role of technology and innovation upon law firms. His research involves using ethnography to collect information from how law firms are responding to technology and what ideas like blockchain mean to legal teams on a day-to-day basis. Lachlan is also a Research Assistant with the Beefledger, a blockchain supply chain project where he is researching the legal compliance elements of the cattle industry and how this translates into compliant smart contract functions. Lachlan is also part of the Contract Law teaching team at Griffith University.
Peter Robinson is a researcher and applied cryptographer working in ConsenSys’s Protocol Engineering Group on Ethereum Private Sidechains and Atomic Crosschain Transactions. He has twenty-two granted patents in fields ranging from distributed computing, cryptography, blockchain, and virtualisation to graphical password design. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from Queensland University of Technology, a Masters of Telecommunications Engineering from University of Wollongong, is a graduate of the International Space University, and is currently completing a PhD at University of Queensland part-time with the thesis topic, Ethereum Private Sidechains.
Oscar Eduardo Sarmiento Saavedra is a professional in International Trade of the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia. Master in Design, Management and Project Management of the Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana (UNINI), Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Master’s student in Big Data and Bussines Intelligen. Independent business consultant, university teacher and instructor of the Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje – SENA for the last 4 years. Since 2017 I integrate the research group FORMULAS, RECETAS Y TURISMO of the National Center of Hotel, Tourism and Food and SUOMAYA group of the Center for Market Management, Logistics and Information Technologies, where leads three (3) research projects on learning, logistics, tourism, post-conflict and Blockchain.
Charles Turner-Morris has over 30 years experience in Financial Services, Sales and Accounting, originally from the UK and for the last 12 years, Australia. He is a Director of BeefLedger Limited, SCP Capital and Investors Exchange Limited (AFSL managed funds). Charles has an in depth supply chain knowledge which was developed in the UK and expanded upon in Australia and China. He has been involved in the BeefLedger project for the last 2 years, travelling extensively through China visiting Shanghai, Beijing, Guanzhou, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Huizhou, Qingdao, Chengdu, Wuhu, Changshu and Hong Kong to fully understand the needs and expectations of both consumers and regulators. Charles’ experience straddles the finance and customer engagement side of BeefLedger’s activities, and is fully involved with the Food Agility project on smart contracts that BeefLedger leads with QUT.
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