Monday July 13, 2020 – Event to be run online during the day in Brisbane, Australia

Key Notes

Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn AO (Retd) MDefStud, MStratStud

John Blackburn is a consultant in the field of Defence and National Security. In 2007 he was appointed an Officer in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (AO).

John retired from the Royal Australian Air Force in 2008 as the Deputy Chief of the Air Force following a career as an F/A-18 fighter pilot, test pilot and strategic planner. John’s senior posts included Commander of the Integrated Area Defence System (IADS) located in Malaysia, commanding a multi-national headquarters established to effect the Five Power Defence Arrangements, and Head of Strategic Policy in the Defence Headquarters.

Since 2008, John has consulted in the fields of Defence and National Security and has undertaken a number of related studies under the Institute for Integrated Economic Research – Australia, the Kokoda Foundation (now the Institute For Regional Security) and the Sir Richard Williams Foundation. John has published articles and reports on Energy Security, Economic Security, Integrated Air and Missile Defence, the 5th Gen Air Force, Cyber Security, Space Policy, Defence Logistics, Defence White Papers and Fuel Security.

John has had a media presence in his work on Australia’s lack of resilience, in particular in the area of Medicine and Fuel supply chains. In 2019 John was also a member of the Australian Chief Scientist’s Hydrogen Strategy Stakeholder Advisory Panel.

John assumed the Chairmanship of the Institute of Integrated Economic Research-Australia when it was established in early 2018. His previous Board roles have included being the Chairman of the Kokoda Foundation Board, the Deputy Chairman of the Williams Foundation Board and the Defence nominee on the Australian Strategic Policy Institute Council.

John Wolpert BA MBA

John Wolpert serves as ConsenSys Group Executive for Enterprise Mainnet, delivering products, services and leadership to enterprises that use the public Ethereum Mainnet to conduct business. John is co-founder and steering committee chair of the Baseline Protocol, an initiative of the open standards body, OASIS.

John is a seasoned enterprise executive and serial entrepreneur with 30 years in business — a cofounder of IBM’s global blockchain organization, the open source Hyperledger Fabric project, the original taxi ride hailing service, Flywheel, and the international life science research consortium, IXC. He has created new lines of business for numerous Fortune 100 companies and government organizations. His writing on open source and open innovation have appeared in Harvard Business Review and publications by Harvard Business School Press.

Prior to joining ConsenSys, John was the global product executive for IBM Blockchain, with previous leadership roles serving Watson, IBM Cloud, Extreme Blue, alphaWorks and the Internet Division.

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