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Forum Speakers

Bitcoin and Blockchain Fair 2018

Craig Cobb - TraderCobb Crypto Podcast & Host of The TraderCobb Crypto Show

Craig Cobb (TraderCobb)  has been a  trader, educator and commentator of markets since 2007. Craig is a globally sought after, and very engaging, International Speaker on the topics of financial markets, cryptocurrency, entrepreneurship and trading. 

Craig is well known globally for his #1 ranked Crypto Podcast On iTunes called the TraderCobb Crypto Podcast & Host of The TraderCobb Crypto Show, a leading Youtube Channel in the Cryptocurrency space. His expert analysis & entertaining style has taken him all over the world from London (where he set up and managed a private wealth fund at 23 years of age) to New York, Las Vegas, New Zealand & Australia.  He has worked with NYSE, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), Reuters, OANDA, CMC Markets, TradeStation and many more. Craig is also a contributing author to Yahoo Finance on cryptocurrency and has appeared on TV, including the Award winning 60 minutes.

Clayton Tonkin - Design & Content Coordinator for the Electra Project

Clayton Tonkin is a Media Designer from Far North Queensland, and currently the Design & Content Coordinator for the Electra Project. Clayton has been working closely with the Electra team focusing on graphic design, video production, animation, and team management.

Olli Paakkanen - leads direct-sales and solutions at Lakeba Group technology incubator at Manly

Olli Paakkanen leads direct-sales and solutions at Lakeba Group technology incubator at Manly. Most recently he has created an agriculture value-chain that is fully based on blockchain and IoT technology.  Most recently he was looking after Asia and North American Markets in SaaS and blockchain space in Beijing and Los Angeles.

Before joining Lakeba Group, he has held Business Development Manager roles in various global entities; from Australian Trade Commission, Canadian Trade Commission, FinTech companies to various NGOs.

Anouk Pinchetti - Education and Business Strategy Consultant at the Melbourne Blockchain Centre and Intraverse Blockchain Technologies

Education and Business Strategy Consultant at the Melbourne Blockchain Centre and Intraverse Blockchain Technologies Blockchain Educator and Business Strategy Consultant. Leading workshops and consulting on the application of Blockchain technology to a range of corporate and community issues. Technologist with a wealth of experience throughout the IT Industry, having worked on three continents for government, banking, mining, NFP and community sectors. Two decades of experience in the IT industry, having trained to perform in disciplines ranging from network administration to software development to business analysis, service delivery management and project management. A broad researcher and activist in the community currencies space since the ’90s. Currently a Trainer for The New Money Institute, an Education Consultant for the Melbourne Blockchain Centre, and Educator and Business Strategy Consultant for Intraverse Blockchain Technologies

Chris Berg - Senior Research Fellow at the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub

Chris Berg is a Senior Research Fellow at the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub, a Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs, and an Academic Fellow with the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. Dr Berg is the author of six books including The Libertarian Alternative.

Dr Berg is one of Australia’s most prominent voices for free markets and individual liberty, and a leading authority on over-regulation, economic freedom and civil liberties. He was awarded the Australian Libertarian Society’s ‘Libertarian of the Year’ prize in 2018.

Helen Palmer - Global Community Director at Share Ring

Helen is a swiss-army knife collection of talents and experience that centre around people. In her working life she’s been mixing in the spaces of learning and development, change management and human-centred design. She’s created and run her own business, lived in multiple countries, and has a growing reputation as a thought leader in people-change activity. She deeply understands the human factors that are essential for meaningful experiences in life and in business. Helen is guiding the development and management of the communities that are vital to the ShareRing business ecosystem.

Nick - Co-founder and CEO of Typehuman

Nick Byrne is the CEO and co-founder of Typehuman, a leading blockchain venture studio focused on developing and backing groundbreaking tech in the crypto and Web 3.0 sector. Nick is a fellow of Intersticia Foundation, a former TechStars mentor and lead on Australia Post’s Digital ID program. He’s also an avid crypto investor and an advocate of building a more human-centric web.

Johnathan Ross - CEO of Coinstop

Johnathan has extensive experience in Mathematics, Data Analysis, Software Implementation, and received his Unit of Completion for a Bachelor of Engineering in 2012. Johnathan has since been educating Australia on the importance of financial sovereignty, accomplished by a start-up he launched in 2016 – now the leading cryptocurrency hardware wallet provider in Australia and New Zealand.

Ola J Lind - Co-founder of CAN (Content and Ad Network)

Co-founder of CAN (Content and Ad Network), and serial entrepreneur globally – Travels, technology and passionate about creating new ideas and service.

Genevieve Leveille - CEO of Biolife

Integrating 60 years of real bioscience health care solutions, BioLife is an on-chain asset digitization and private records handler for patients, investors and owners of global biomedical resources. Serving patients requiring specialized treatments, BioLife supports high-net-worth individuals in retaining their own electronic health records and accessing treatments. BioLife is integrating the world’s major life science resources within a digital ecosystem that underpins lifetime patient care and ensures global liquidity for high-end services.

Karen Ho - COO of Allrites

20+ years of business development, strategy, marketing, change management and leadership experience in ICT, Security and Aerospace – gained through global and regional roles across 3 continents (USA, Asia, ANZ).  As Regional Director covering Asia Pacific, she led sales planning, sales enablement plus marketing & communications for Dell Services (a $1B+ business unit). Now as COO of AllRites – Karen and the AllRites team are developing a powerful ecosystem on blockchain to unlock the value of content.

As the largest online trading platform for Asian broadcast content, AllRites is on a trajectory to become the first global B2B and B2C Media Ecosystem for content rights. The company aims to disrupt a $2 trillion per annum media and entertainment industry by changing the way content is discovered by buyers, distributed by producers and consumed by viewers.

Dr Adam Bennett - CEO of EMU

Dr. Adam Bennet is the mastermind behind EMU: Empowering Users with Quantum and Blockchain Technologies. We are a Melbourne based project and that is developing a whole range of quantum devices to make blockchains post-quantum secure and more energy efficient. Dr. Bennet is an expert in the fields of Quantum Cryptography, Quantum Science and Quantum Communication

Joshua Marriage - Coordinator for Cloakcoin and Host of HODLcast

Joshua Marriage is the host of cryptocurrency show HODLcast (, and the Australian Coordinator for CloakCoin, a privacy-focused cryptocurrency created in 2014.

Jacqueline Plunkett - Intellectual Property Lawyer at Watermark Intellectual Property

Jacqueline’s experience includes commercialising IP, structuring, contracts and transfer of IP, managing complex multi-national trade mark and designs portfolios and providing copyright, passing off, geographical indications, consumer law, domain/business name, customs and export, enforcement, mediation and cross-jurisdictional advice.

Leon Gerard Vandenberg - Founder CTO & Platform Evangelist at SOLARA

Leon-Gerard Vandenberg is a technology and wireless executive maven, who is into Bitcoin, blockchains, and genomics. LG graduated B.A.Sc. in Systems Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada and has since evolved his green and clean-tech skills through projects in defense and security. LG enjoys tangling conceptual adventures into live projects from a basis of systems design principles and critical thinking. He enjoys driving change by combining various disruptive technologies – today this means incorporating permissionless sensor networks, breakthrough hardware identity modules, SIM cards and new IoT devices alongside cloud services, AI and big data

Rupert Hackett - CEO of

Rupert Hackett, CEO of Melbourne-based cryptocurrency exchange, is a leading expert when it comes to digital currencies. With over six years of experience, Rupert is well recognised as an authority in the industry. Rupert is the only Australian representative of the newly formed International Decentralised Association of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain (IDACB), which seeks to become the ëUnited Nationsí of blockchain.

Jason Lee - Expansion Director of NEM

Jason is the Expansion Director for Australia and New Zealand with Foundation based in Melbourne, Australia. Foundation is embarking on a global expansion plan and Jason will focus on driving partnerships to increase the adoption and expansion of the NEM blockchain technology. He is also affiliated with Next Money and Blockchain Centre. He is a founding member of the FinTech Association of Malaysia. Jason is the co-founder Consortio, a commercialisation consulting firm, InsurTech startup PolicyStreet(which raised USD500k) and Finnext Capital, a smart city accelerator programme based out of Cyberjaya, Malaysia.

Ash Hoey - Founder & CEO of RapidID

Ash Hoey is the founder & CEO of RapidID. He’s been working in the identity space for 8 years & has developed a number of businesses in real estate, tourism & finance prior to launching RapidID. He’s passionate about all things identity, artificial intelligence, machine learning & blockchain. In his spare time he enjoys watching the latest Netflix shows, studying cryptocurrency news & trends, and is an avid basketball fan.

Anurag Thukral

The founder and Managing Director at STARIN Ltd.,

Anurag Thukral is the founder and Managing Director at STARIN Ltd., a fund managementand development company, registered with Australian Securities Investment Commission. STARIN holds Australian Financial Services License for capital raising, managing and as custodian of assets. Anurag is also founding member of Kazakhstan Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Chamber (KAPTIC).

Rohit Verma - Partner at Scale Capital

Rohit is passionate about sharing the benefits of blockchain technology as a tool for creating efficiencies in business and also helping entrepreneurs navigate the world of ICO’s. He is a partner Scale Capital, an Australian-based technology consulting and advisory group focused on enabling organisations leverage this technology, and a director at Zoom360 a blockchain-focused development company, currently working with several organisations in healthcare, agriculture and logistics. Rohit has a wealth of real-world technology experiences / case studies to share, he has been a featured keynote speaker at Cebit and has conducted technology programs with General Assembly.

Bradley Zarich - Blockchain Business Development Advisor

Bradley specialises in Business Development & Strategy working with startups and established companies in the tech industry. With a passion for Blockchain Technology he now collaborates with businesses already operating or planning to operate within the Blockchain space.

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