Founder of Daiki Co. Ltd. and CEO of NFTStudio24
Hinza Asif is the Founder of Daiki Co. Ltd. and CEO of NFTStudio24, Japan's first decentralized web3 media platform built on a blockchain. She is also the President of 一般社団法人Asia Web3 Alliance Japan(AWAJ), an association dedicated to connecting the world to Asia's Web3 ecosystem with Japan. With over 8 years of experience in the tech and media industry, Hinza has built a global brand image as a media expert with connections across 48 countries. Her ultimate goal is to advocate for Blockchain technology and WEB3 adoption by facilitating collaboration and networking between governments, companies, startups, investors, and stakeholders.
Hinza is a Supporting Member of the Foreign Press Center Japan, Associate Member of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, and a “Women in Web 3.0” Award Nominee at the WomenInTech Awards APAC 2023.
Gemini, Head of Asia Pacific
Saad Ahmed is the Head of Asia Pacific at Gemini. With a career spanning more than two decades, Saad specializes in scaling technology-driven enterprises. He has held various leadership roles with global and regional giants such as Uber and Grab, helping both companies gain significant market share in the APAC region. Prior to his roles at Grab, Saad was one of the founding team members for Uber in India and headed Business Development for the firm in Southeast Asia. Saad holds an MBA from the Indian School of Business.
CHAINUP, Financial Services and Institutions Director
Sean Ang is a seasoned Sales Director with over 20 years of invaluable experience in the Financial Services Industry (FSI). His expertise extends across various domains including Payment Solutions, Treasury & Capital Markets, Central Bank Portfolio Management Solutions, and Strategic Partnerships. Armed with a Bachelor's Degree in Electronics & Computer Engineering from the University of Leeds, Sean brings a unique blend of technical knowledge and business acumen to the table. With his extensive background and proven track record, Sean is well-equipped to drive success and foster growth in any FSI environment.
Tan Ze Chong
Chief Strategy Officer, UKISS Technology
Ze Chong is a veteran in the cybersecurity space and has pioneered blockchain developments in Singapore. With over 30 years of experience, he played a significant role in creating Singapore’s first public Certificate Authority and the region’s earlier B2B digital payment solutions. As the Chief Strategy Officer of UKISS Technology, Ze Chong envisions to bridge Web2 and Web3 with simple and secure private key management innovations.
Cecilia Wong is the CEO and founder of yourPRstrategist, an award-winning PR and marketing consultancy focused on Web3, blockchain and other emerging technologies that has won awards from the Singapore Business Awards 2024, 2022 World Business Outlook Awards as well as 2020/21 Technology Innovator Awards in the media and PR categories. Cecilia herself won the ‘Excellence in Finance Leaders - Blockchain’ award at the FiNext Dubai Conference 2023.
An early believer in the token economy - “Native is our Religion” - her consultancy has been accepting both crypto and native token payments from clients early on, believing that if something was worth talking about, then it was worth putting skin in the game. A Web3-for-good advocate, Cecilia is a firm supporter of access-for-all, 'Accountability not Regulations’, more decentralized and transparent governance while simultaneously maintaining privacy, believing that Zero-Knowledge proof technologies will lead the way. She frequently speaks at numerous blockchain, crypto and fintech conferences and events.
HTX Strategic Partnerships Lead
Amelia Chan is the HTX Strategic Partnerships Lead. With 14 years of experience, Amelia spearheads the BD team and is responsible for the strategizing and ecosystem growth of digital assets and partnerships at HTX.
Genius X - Managing Director
Manal Rifki leads Genius X's investment and acceleration efforts in the APAC and MENA regions, steering and investing in early-stage blockchain startups towards growth and innovation.
Manal Rifki is also the co-founder of Klumi Ventures, the first female-founded Web3 venture capital firm in the Middle East, recognized for its specialization in early-stage Web3 startups and commitment to advancing gender diversity in technology and finance.
Her academic endeavors are marked by her position as a PhD researcher in France and university lecturer, with a focus on Digital Assets, Central Bank Digital Currencies, and Decentralized Finance. Manal is currently advising and providing trainings for the Central bank of Oman on the CBDC design.
Co-founder and CEO at DualMint
Bernard Yeung, a serial entrepreneur adept at merging physical and digital realms, currently serves as the Co-founder and CFO of DualMint. As a visionary leading NFT innovation and a discerning connoisseur of fine spirits, Bernard shapes the business landscape with a unique blend of traditional expertise and forward-thinking initiatives. His diverse background in banking positions him as a dynamic force in both traditional and emerging markets.
COO of Websea
Previously served as the Global Operations Director at Huobi and Chief Marketing Officer at Cryptology, showcasing highly proficient operational management and coordination skills in the global tech-finance sector.
Athena Miao Yu Yan
Chief Commercial Officer
Athena Miao is a seasoned professional with a unique dual role as the VP of Business Development at BigONE Exchange and Fund Advisor at an MAS-regulated fund management company. With a robust background in Singapore's top brokerages and banks, she has rich understanding of both traditional finance and the cryptocurrency industry. At BigONE Exchange, Athena oversees partnerships, project management, and regulatory compliance, leading successful expansions into Central Asia, particularly in Kazakhstan. Her collaboration with regulators facilitates alignment with local frameworks and drives cryptocurrency sector growth through tokenization initiatives.
Athena is also a CFA Level 2 candidate, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the National University of Singapore. Her dedication to bridging the gap between traditional finance and cryptocurrencies, alongside her strategic acumen, empowers her with invaluable insights into the evolving financial landscape.
Kok Khong Ming
Cofounder of ZRR Community
KhongMing, also known as Potato, is a co-founder of the ZRR Community, which is dedicated to cryptocurrency futures trading.
Before entering the cryptocurrency world, he co-founded a creative and solution agency in Malaysia, focusing on leveraging ideas for business, technology, and societal benefits.
KhongMing's journey into cryptocurrency began in 2017 with Bitcoin mining. He later advised on tokenization and started leveraged trading in 2021. Through trading, he realized that sharing trade call signals significantly improved his skills, prompting him to start ZRR. There, he launched trading competitions based on trade call signals and his team developed the Autotrade bot for semi-automated trade executions.
In 2023, ZRR issued over 300 NFTs to fund competition prizes and developed Autotrade 1.0 for automated trading. The community has since expanded to more than 50 active traders and 4,000 Discord members, with the top 10 traders receiving monthly rewards.
Luna PR - Director of PR
Alnura Belyalova is a distinguished PR & Marketing professional with over 7 years of invaluable international experience. Known for her dynamic leadership and strategic mindset, Alnura currently oversees all PR and Communications activities for high-profile clients at Luna PR, including government entities like RAK DAO and industry giants like Wemade, CertiK, Bitwave, and many others.
With a passion for forging powerful connections, Alnura has cultivated strong relationships with top media executives at renowned outlets such as Forbes, Bloomberg, WIRED, and leading blockchain publications including CoinDesk, Cointelegraph, and Blockworks, among others. Her ability to navigate the media landscape with finesse and precision has earned her recognition as a sought-after expert in her field.
Prior to her role at Luna PR, Alnura made her mark in other industries, including FMCG and Academic Research, collaborating with prestigious global entities like L'Oreal Group and Bayes Business School, respectively. Driven by an unwavering enthusiasm for Web3 technology, she ventured into the dynamic world of blockchain, a transition that seamlessly allowed her to leverage her vast expertise in PR & Communications.
An engaging and knowledgeable speaker, Alnura's passion for the blockchain space shines through as she shares her insights, experiences, and predictions with audiences worldwide. Whether discussing the latest trends in PR, navigating the complexities of the blockchain industry, or sharing tips on building enduring media relationships, Alnura's expertise captivates and inspires.
Co-Founder at CryptoniteUae
Vaibhav Ali- Co-founder CryptoniteUae, Founder and Host of The Coincidental Podcast.
Brief Pointers about the speaker-
-18-year veteran of offline and online marketing
-Specializes in web3 marketing strategy
-Experienced in national and international events
-Regular performer on stage, previously on TV and radio
-International speaker and creator of web3-focused content
-Expertise in Metaverse, Blockchain, play2 earn, cryptocurrency, and content production
-Offers advice on marketing and branding tasks
-Event Advisor to Creatourism Create Protocol at NFT NYC, Crypto 306 Dubai 2023, Web3 Berlin 2023
-Spoken and hosted at events including Eth Vietnam, Thailand Cryptoweek, World Blockchain Summit Dubai, AIBC Eurasia, Wow summit Hong Kong, Metaventures, Lbank Hong Kong, Side events of Token2049 in Singapore, web3conf, namaste NFT, Web3 Conf India, ECOX (Dubai's well-known blockchain event), Bali Crypto Week, and more
Chong Kah Wai, Samuel
Coinstore, Regional Business Development Manager (Region 1)
Samuel is a dynamic and accomplished professional, currently serving as the Regional Manager at Coinstore in Singapore. With a wealth of experience in the financial and cryptocurrency industry, Samuel has established himself as a key player in navigating the complexities of the rapidly evolving digital economy.
In his role at Coinstore, Samuel oversees and drives strategic initiatives across the region, contributing to the company's growth and success. His extensive knowledge of the cryptocurrency market positions him as a thought leader in the ever-changing financial technology sector.
aelf, Investment Manager
Mackenzie Chng serves as an Investment Manager at aelf Ventures, the global investment arm of aelf, where he is dedicated to researching, identifying and investing in early-stage blockchain startups and incubation projects that drive the expansion of aelf and the broader Web3 ecosystem. Prior to joining aelf, he contributed his expertise as an Investor at Blockchain Founders Fund, a Singapore-based venture capital fund focusing on global blockchain startups. Mackenzie is also a co-founder of Datature, an award-winning AI startup that specialises in machine learning solutions and integration of artificial intelligence capabilities.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Melbourne.
Yuen Wong, an accomplished professional with an MBA in Corporate Entrepreneurship. Yuen boasts a rich background in various startups, spanning e-commerce and professional services. Specializing in business strategy and development, he is recognized for his expertise in crafting effective go-to-market plans that drive growth.
CEO of W3GG (W3 Guild Games)
A Why-based" & Purpose driven entrepreneur, coach, mentor & human who stands for Freedom, Happiness & Oneness.
Currently serving as the CEO and Co-Founder of W3GG, Irene Umar started her career as a global international banker that gave her the opportunity to work and live in MENA, India and the SEA. She returned to Indonesia in 2016 and started the first game-focused venture capital in the region when esports was still at its infancy.
She fell in love with the game industry and has become an advocate for the industry since then. She strongly believes that gaming is the birthright of every human - which many of us forgot as we grew up.
Blockchain gaming is the next phase or extension to the gaming industry and she believes that it could unlock the real value of traditional gaming digital economy and help remind many the importance of “play” in life. In addition, she is also excited looking at the current “level-playing” field blockchain industry has to offer. Through W3GG, she aims to centralize as much opportunities as possible for knowledge transfer, self growth and “jobs” within the industry to prepare the community for a decentralized economy and future of works! Centralize to Decentralize!
Chief Legal Officer of W3GG & President of Women in Blockchain Asia
Ida is a firm believer in diversity and inclusion. She advocates that access to finance, health and education should never be curtailed by credit, creed or colour. She firmly believes that blockchain technology and the solutions built on it can be used to achieve and deliver this vision.
She is recognised in the field of blockchain standards, payments, crypto-currencies, CBDC’s, stable coins, digital assets, real world digital assets, DeFi, DAO’s, regulatory and compliance. Ida qualified as a barrister and was attached to Tanfield Chambers (London) working on commercial disputes. She then worked in senior positions in various premier law firms in London, Europe, US and Australia specifically in finance, securities and tax in the telecommunications industry and was seconded to various companies including FTSE International, Schroders Investments, Standard Chartered Bank and Telstra International.
She was the founder of Spool Labs a DeFi protocol (of which she successfully exited) and is also co-founder and Chief Legal Officer for Fluidity Money and ReInvent DAO. She is also the founder and President of Women in Blockchain Asia and also contributes to the Global Assets and Cryptocurrency Association in the form of lobbying and also writing proposals to SEC.
She is also a highly sought after keynote speaker in many international and global conferences including Australia Blockchain Week, Seamless Asia, PayTech Asia, World Congress IT, Phillipines Blockchain Week, World Blockchain Summit (Singapore and Thailand).
Her tireless work in increasing and improving women’s inclusion in the blockchain space have earned her recognition and awards, including the Tatler Asia Front and Female 2023, Global Top 100 Women in Emerging Tech (2023), and Unstoppable Women for Web 3 (2022 and 2023).
Head of Singapore at The Sandbox
Belinda is the Head of Singapore at The Sandbox, a serial entrepreneur and speaker. A five-year blockchain veteran, she had advised several blockchain startups which have since raised millions of dollars. Belinda has also published a book on Blockchain for ladies, Blocklass, that demystifies blockchain and shines insights into various career paths in the cryptocurrency space.
Anchorage Digital Singapore, Head of Compliance
Roopa Sushil heads the Compliance team for Anchorage Digital Singapore Pte Ltd and has over 17 years of experience working for highly regulated businesses such as Financial and Non-Bank Financial Institutions for the APAC region. Her areas of expertise include compliance advisory, compliance strategy development, BSA/AML, sanctions, anti-bribery & corruption and fraud risk management. Prior to joining Anchorage Digital, Roopa was acting as the MLRO & APAC Compliance Lead for EMQ Singapore Pte Ltd and was responsible for end-to-end compliance risk framework development, implementation of compliance risk policies and procedures for EMQ group entities. Prior to joining EMQ, Roopa has worked with global financial institutions such as HSBC Bank and Wells Fargo Bank where she has led the Wholesale Banking risk and Compliance teams providing compliance and risk oversight developing country risk strategy, risk appetite design and development to wholesale banking business.
Roopa holds a Master’s degree in Business management, a diploma in Anti Money Laundering from International compliance association and is a certified ACAMS specialist.
Regional Head of Business Development and Partnerships at DIFY
A seasoned professional with 7 years of experience in business development and partnerships role, with strong interests in Esports, GameFi, Cryptocurrencies, Metaverses, Esports, and Regional Partnerships and Collaborations. Currently based in Singapore, Terry represents DIFY and EMERGE Group, both operating mainly as a web 3 marketing solutions agency, providing strategic guidance and innovative marketing solutions. Terry has achieved notable accolades in their career, including involvement with the Sandbox Singapore PR campaign, contributing to the metaverse ecosystem's growth. His Agency also serves as the official game publisher for the Immutable X Games, showcasing their expertise in blockchain-based gaming. Additionally, Terry has organized conferences and afterparties around South East Asia, establishing themselves as the go-to web 3 consultants in the region within the web 3 space.
Founder at DIFY; CEO & Co-Founder at EMERGE Group
Roy Kek, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EMERGE Group, is a serial entrepreneur coming off a series of successful ventures in the past years. As the CEO, he spearheads the organisation’s overall direction and growing presence in the Southeast Asian region. Tapping into Roy and his team’s deep industry knowledge in marketing and communications, EMERGE Group optimises commercialisation solutions for content creators, intellectual property right holders, advertising inventories and brands. Since its inception, EMERGE has worked with more than 30 partners which includes household labels such as Singtel, Razer, ASUS and more. EMERGE Group is a leading martech organisation that specialises in developing optimal commercialisation solutions for content creators, intellectual property right holders, advertising inventories and brands. Tapping into our deep industry knowledge in marketing and communications, and our passion for innovation, we are always on the lookout for new ways to EMPLIFIVE (amplify) content and EMPOWER the passion for gaming and esports
Agile Dynamics tech, Partner
As the leader of Organizational Effectiveness and Strategy Execution Practice, Paul champions the art of corporate evolution, guiding behemoths like Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, Abu Dhabi Ports, Chevron, and Aramco on their paths to modernization and strategic success. His work involves an intricate blend of analytical problem-solving and deep insight into organizational behavior, ensuring that his clients not only envision but also successfully execute business transformations.
Beyond his responsibilities at http://AgileDynamics.co
, Paul's entrepreneurial spirit took flight with the creation of http://SyntheticEquity.io
. Co-founding this venture, he positioned himself at the forefront of a financial revolution. http://SyntheticEquity.io
is emblematic of Paul's commitment to making the most of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and crypto assets. Here, Paul and his team work to democratize access to the burgeoning world of tokenization, allowing a diverse array of ecosystem stake.
Safeheron, Head of Business Development
Jag Foo is an experienced management professional with more than 15 years of track record in the field of security, technology and artificial intelligence.
Jag is currently the Head of Business Development for Safeheron, an institutional-grade self-custody solution specializing in Multi-Party Computation technology to help enterprises enhance security and governance on digital asset management.
Klaytn Foundation/ Representative Director
Dr. Sam Seo is the Representative Director of Klaytn Foundation, a non-profit organization that was established to accelerate global adoption and ecosystem maturity on the Klaytn blockchain.
Prior to joining Klaytn Foundation, Dr. Seo was Chief Klaytn Officer (CKO) at Krust Universe where he led the development and operation of the Klaytn blockchain. He also worked as CTO at GroundX, a blockchain subsidiary of the leading South Korean mobile platform, Kakao, and as an assistant computer scientist at Argonne National Laboratory.
He holds the B.S. degree in computer science and engineering as well as the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Seoul National University. He has authored numerous papers on parallel programming and high-performance computing. His technical interests include blockchains, high-performance computing, parallel programming models, compilers, and runtime systems.
Raion Labs, Founder
Michael Lew is currently the Chair of Enterprise Blockchain Sub-Committee with Blockchain Association Singapore (BAS) and formerly the Chair of Cyber Risk Sub-Committee with Singapore Fintech Association (SFA). He is also the Founder and Director of Raion Labs, a Blockchain Intelligence and Crypto Risk Analytics start-up.
Michael is no stranger to the startup scene, having founded an AI-driven legal tech startup, LegalComet, which was acquired by Rajah & Tann Asia in 2018 and continued to propel the local legal tech industry as the CEO of Rajah & Tann Technologies and Head of Cyber Forensics with Rajah & Tann Cybersecurity.
He was identified by Asia Law Portal in 2021 as one of the 30 people to watch in Asia in the business of law. Michael was also recognized by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) in 2022 as a tech expert for his contribution to the cybersecurity industry's call for innovation. In addition, he was appointed to provide expert witness testimonies in notable cases heard in both the Courts of Singapore and Malaysia.
He is a published co-author of the book, A practical guide to E-Discovery in Asia and Fintech contributor to the report – The New Skills in Financial Services by CTFE and Elevandi during the Singapore Fintech Festival in 2022.
SmartMesh Foundation, Founder CEO
Henry Wang is a renowned thought leader and technology expert. Wang received a full scholarship to persue PhD program in Astronomy and Physics at Northwestern University in the United States in 1999, and he pursued his Ph.D. study in Computer Science at Washington University in St. Louis in 2000. Wang coined the terminology Web3.0 in 2003, and holds a US PCT patent for "Translation on Demand" as one of the AI pioneers. He founded DePIN projects http://SmartMesh.io
in Singapore in 2017. He cofounded the Singapore Blockchain Living Lab in Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) in 2019. He cofounded the decentralized social network MetaLife.social in 2020. He cofounded LingoAI in 2023 to combine AI and Web3.0 technologies. His extensive research and development projects include Artificial Intelligence, Web3 protocols, blockchain, decentralized social networks, chip design, edge computing, IoT, and the Internet of Everything.
Wang Hao, CFA, CFtP
Secretary-General, Asia Pacific Real-World Asset Tokenization Platform Chief Operating Officer, SGTOX
With 18 years in finance and technology, Mr. Wang Hao's expertise spans blockchain, asset tokenization, family offices, hedge funds, and investment banking. He previously co-founded Metabank and served as Chief Operating Officer, developing a blockchain-based technology solutions for developing countries. Prior to that, he played pivotal roles at IDEG Singapore and its sister firms to set up its global headquarters in Singapore and acquire relavant lisences.
Before that, Wang Hao has spent 15 years at major hedge funds, family offices and investment banks including Citi and Nomura.
He's also invested in Multicoin Capital, Spartan, LongHash Ventures and Blockchain Founders Fund and several Japanese/Korean fintech companies.
Tri-lingual in English, Mandarin and Japanese, Wang Hao graduated from Tsinghua University and the University of Tokyo.
He is a CFA Charter holder, and Charter Fellow of Global Fintech Institute.
He also serves as the Deputy Secretary-General of the Metaverse Committee and Head of the ASEAN and RCEP Regions of the Internationalization Department, the China International Association for the Promotion of Science and Technology (“CIAPST”).
Syed Hasan Jafar
Woxsen University, Associate Dean of School of Business, HOD of Finance, and Director of Bloomberg Lab
Professor Syed Hasan Jafar is Associate Dean, School of Business and holds the position of Area Chair/HOD of Finance and Director of Bloomberg Lab at Woxsen University. He has around 14 Years of experience in Finance and worked as a Deputy Research Head and Corporate trainer before joining academics. He comes on several national & International media channels, including CNBC, AajTak, BizTak, ET, The Finance World, Dubai, and others, as a financial expert to share his view on the Financial market. He is a contributing writer for “The Economic Times” on various Finance topics. He shares his opinion on the global magazine “The Finance World,” published in the Middle East and diverse countries, including India. He is a Board member of various corporate and a financial advisor for multiple companies. His areas of expertise are Security Analysis, Equity and Derivative Research, and Valuation. He has taken several sessions at top universities in India and abroad.
He was awarded Best Faculty of the Year 2020-21 and best faculty of Corporate Alignment in the Year 2022-23 at Woxsen University. He conducted over 50 Investor awareness programs nationwide and was awarded the best Research Analyst multiple times during his corporate journey.
Do Van Long
Vietnam Blockchain Corporation, Founder & CEO
With over two decades of executive leadership across diverse sectors, including E-commerce, Travel, Casino & Hotel, Finance, and Blockchain, Do Van Long is a seasoned professional renowned for pioneering enterprise solutions in areas such as ERP, CRM, and Blockchain. As a trailblazer in the Blockchain space, Long specialise in driving business expansion, strategic planning, and technological innovation, contributing to organisational success. Currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration at the Swiss School of Business and Management
Founder at CH90 DAO
Malaysia First Binance Leader
Ji Sheng Tan
CEO at Playermon
Jisheng Tan is the CEO of Playermon, a win-to-earn NFT game with over where players can explore and battle in the metaverse with their favourite Playermons. Playermon has more than 2.3M people added to their watchlist on CoinMarketCap. Jisheng is also the Vice President of the Malaysia Blockchain Association and Founder of TriveAcademy since the year 2018, which has been awarded the Best Blockchain Technology Developer Award at the Bloconomic Expo 2019. He graduated from Multimedia University and received a Certificate for Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme from the University of Oxford. His experience revolves around strategizing product development roadmap and architecting solutions. He has helped clients plan and build applications and data visualisations, run artificial intelligent experiments, build the data pipeline and achieve cost optimization by making use of solutions on the cloud. He ventured into Blockchain Technology in the year 2017 and has been actively developing since then.
Eric SayWei Neo
Medway Investments, Board Director
Eric's journey into leadership is marked by a profound sense of passion & an unwavering commitment. Over the span of 23+ years, he has navigated intricacies of various corporates, entrepreneurship & intrapreneurship in domains of capital markets, FinTech (HFT, tokenisation & Web3), family office & the challenging landscape of the VUCA environment.
Throughout this extensive career, Eric has distinguished himself as a fervent business developer & technologist, constantly seeking inspiration from new innovations. His visionary outlook has been instrumental in propelling innovation & fostering integration, leading to the creation of new growth engines.
This approach has not only shaped more connected & efficient operations but has also contributed to the overall effectiveness of the organizations Eric has been a part of. Grounded in his steadfast beliefs in advocacy, servant leadership & stewardship, his contributions were acknowledged with the prestigious Executive of the Year, Financial Services Award at the SBR Management Excellence Awards 2020 & Business Resilience & Innovation Award at the ASEAN Young Entrepreneur Awards 2022.
Beyond the corporate sphere, Eric actively engages with the public domain & participates in various leadership networks. Notable among these are his memberships in the Singapore Financial Leaders Network (initiative by Monetary Authority of Singapore - MAS), Singapore Leaders Network (supported by Singapore Economic Development Board - EDB), Global-Asia Family Office Circle (supported by EDB & MAS), & Young Business Leaders Network (initiative by Singapore Business Federation).
In addition to his corporate & public engagements, Eric serves in his continued National Service (NS) capacity with rank of Major as the ALT S3 at an infantry brigade in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). Recognized for his exceptional command & leadership, he was honored with SAF Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, testament to his dedication to serving his country.
Before embarking on his entrepreneurial & intrapreneurial journey, Eric held significant roles in APAC senior leadership teams of renowned organizations such as BT Group, UOB Kay Hian, CMC Markets, RTS Realtime Systems, & FlexTrade Systems.
Eric's commitment to continuous learning serves as an inspiration. His recent accomplishments include earning a Doctor of Business Administration from the European International University-Paris, completing the 6th Asian Financial Leaders Programme by MAS, & graduating from Goh Keng Swee Command & Staff College in the 20th Command & Staff Course (NS).
Rockrose Executive Search, CEO
Kristen Lim is the Co-Founder of Rockrose, an executive search firm specialising in top-tier talent across Emerging Tech, Fintech and Web3. A veteran in the headhunting industry, she knows what makes a good candidate. She has successfully placed over 70 senior executives and leadership teams in more than 30 global organisations including crypto exchanges, banks, fintechs, venture capital and hedge funds. Drawing upon her unique blend of experiences, Kristen possesses a comprehensive understanding of the cultural nuances involved in working within large corporations, startups, and remote-first companies in both Western and Asian markets.
LingoAI, Founder and CEO
Una Wang holds a Data Privacy and Technology certification from Harvard University and has extensive experience in smart product design and virtual reality technology development, including successful development of virtual reality applications. She is the founder of LingoAI, focusing on cross-language AI LLM translation and proofreading, as well as AI multilingual content generation. She is also dedicated to Web3 blockchain "skill-based" training, leveraging Web3 to empower AI LLM pre-training, fine-tuning, governance, and democratization, with the aim of creating a sustainable development ecosystem that helps individuals, businesses, and institutions transition in the AI era.
Leo Ventures, Partner
Sonny Mohanty is a seasoned professional driving innovation in the blockchain industry. As a Partner at Leo Ventures, a prominent venture capital fund headquartered in Singapore, Sonny plays a pivotal role in identifying and nurturing disruptive blockchain startups. Her keen eye for transformative technologies and her strategic investment insights have significantly contributed to the growth of Leo Ventures' portfolio.
In addition to her role at Leo Ventures, Sonny Mohanty serves as the Vice President of APAC at Nordek Blockchain, a leading global blockchain solutions provider. In this capacity, she spearheads the company's expansion across the Asia-Pacific region, leveraging her extensive experience in blockchain technology, business development, and market expansion. Her leadership has been instrumental in driving Nordek Blockchain's initiatives and establishing strategic partnerships within the APAC ecosystem.
Sonny is a respected figure in the blockchain community, known for her expertise in fostering innovation, driving business growth, and shaping the future of blockchain technology. Her profound knowledge, combined with a passion for exploring new frontiers in decentralized technologies, makes her a sought-after speaker and thought leader in the blockchain space.
For nearly seven years, Stephen has been deeply involved in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. As a co-founder of Sors Digital Assets, he's helped develop important services in the realms of Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs), digital custody, security tokens, and crypto wallets. Stephen's career started as a barrister in Ireland before he made the shift to become the General Counsel for a leading tech company in Hong Kong. This unique mix of legal and tech experience has equipped him with a broad skill set. Now living in Hong Kong, Stephen has built a global network that's been beneficial for creating various partnerships and collaborations. He's a firm believer in the potential of blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency industry, which is evident in his continuous work in these fields.
Product @TBH, Founder @Chatmint
Elton Tay is the founder and CEO of Chatmint, a social identity messaging app utilising blockchain to reduce scams and frauds. He has been active in the blockchain space since 2019, including founding WottleNFT, a social focused Cardano NFT marketplace, from 2020-2021.
With a background as a full-stack web engineer, Elton Tay has developed products across various blockchain protocols. He has also led blockchain workshops for executives in companies such as DBS, OCBC, HSBC, and Standard Chartered, and at events like the Singapore Fintech Festival 2023.
Additionally, he runs Web3Relation, a Web3 community in Singapore, where he has hosted several events and workshops. Elton Tay holds a degree in Business Analytics from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and is an IMDA government scholar.
Blockchain.com Managing Director Global Head of Institutional Sales and Trading
Ryan is responsible for expanding and growing Blockchain.com’s institutional sales and trading businesses as well as oversee the broader business in Singapore. Ryan has 20 years trading and sales trading experience across most major asset classes. With 10 years spent in the digital asset space and 7 of those as Global Head of Trading at OSL where he built Asia’s first OTC trading desk, his desk and teams have provided liquidity to the majority of the industry through the last near decade. Ryan’s lengthy status in the industry has enabled him to procure and maintain one of the largest professional and personal networks in the space. He has successfully traded and invested through multiple market cycles. Ryan has also co-founded Libra Capital which, since 2019, has deployed proprietary capital into many high profile venture investments across the Web3 space. He also advises early stage projects on Asia and US centric growth plans. Ryan was born and raised in New York and spent the last 15 years in Asia, Hong Kong and Singapore
Google Cloud, Web3 BD
Gabriel leads the Web3 Startups Sales for APAC in Google Cloud, fostering strategic partnerships and driving business growth by delivering cloud solutions and support to startups. Based in Singapore, he is an active advocate of the Web3 startup ecosystem in APAC, promoting cross-collaboration, and supporting startups in their expansion. Gabriel has spoken at top crypto events globally including Coinfest Asia and various community events.
CEO & Founder of ConnectWeb3 PH
CEO & Founder of ConnectWeb3 PH, marketing consultant and Marketing Strategist with 200+ crypto projects since 2020, Founder of Blockchain Network Philippines and Mindanao Blockchain Association
Belinda is the Founder and CEO of ARTO, an ArtTech startup optimising art IP to digital and physical assets to bring accessibility and cultural capital to a new generation of cultural consumers. She spent 16 years managing businesses across communications, entertainment & blockchain. Her cross-disciplinary experience allows her to recognise seemingly unconnected dots & implement cross-industry knowledge to new applications.
CMO at Unique Network, Senior Ambassador for Polkadot
Charu is one of the leading women in blockchain in Asia Pacific with over 15 years of experience in technology marketing and products. She has led marketing for IBM Blockchain Asia Pacific in 2016 with a focus on the Asian financial services sector. Charu is now the CMO of Unique Network (an NFT Infrastructure Company) and a Senior Ambassador of Polkadot in Asia.
Charu has been a speaker at top crypto events globally including CoinDesk Consensus, NFT NYC, WOW Summit Hong Kong, PayNet Week Malaysia, Vietnam Blockchain Week, Polkadot Decoded New York and more. She has also been featured in publications like EuroNews, Forekast News, HackerNoon and more.
Charu is a Mathematics (hons) graduate, MBA in finance and is now pursuing one year Chief Product Officer Course at MIT
Co-Founder at CitaDAO
Joel has worked at Citigroup, UBS Investment Bank, Capitaland, CBRE Asia Pacific, and Real Estate Private Equity Fund during the course of his 12 years in real estate and finance. He has prior experience in real estate and blockchain. His areas of expertise include real estate strategy, real estate economics, capital markets, private equity, and financial modeling. Strong financial specialist with a master's degree in real estate from the National University of Singapore. Joel has been panelists and speakers at various events here: Event
CEO & Co-founder, The Impact Wave; Advisory Board Member, Umojalands; Blockchain Author
Abhishek has been a 3x entrepreneur focused on FinTech and BlockchainTech. He's a Forbes 30 under 30 Asia honoree, a 3-times Author, and an Ethereum Foundation Fellow and a UNDP INSPIRO Fellow. While at Brú Finance, he brought Blockchain to farmers to save their income, covering 1,400 warehouses & 20,000+ farmers and US $300 Million in committed TVL and connected them to global DeFi lenders, supported by United Nations Development Programme, IIM Ahmedabad and MassChallenge USA. At Bru, he was instrumental in raising US $350,000 of VC funds and US $200,000+ in equity-free grants. He's also a Blockchain Educator and has taught 8,000+ faculty, PhDs, and students globally. He recently delivered talks at SmartCon ’22 in New York, DEVCON in Bogota, cNFTCon ’22 in Las Vegas, CITC Conference by Ministry of Communication and IT in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, AIBC Asia in Philippines in Jul '23, and Coinfest Asia in Bali, Indonesia in Aug ’23, at ETHSingapore and the Fintech Festival Asia in Thailand in Sep '23, Arab Fintech Forum in Qatar and ETHKL in Kuala Lumpur in Oct '23, web3BB in Japan in Dec '23, and AIBC Dubai in Feb '24.
Smobler, CEO & Co-Founder
Hailed as “a force of nature”, “Asia’s Anna Wintour” and “Top 100 Women of the Future”, Dr Loretta Chen is an award-winning creative director, bestselling author and respected professor. She was the People’s Choice as Nominated Member of Parliament and is International Consultant to the investment arm of the Royal Government of Bhutan. She is currently CEO and Co-Founder of Smobler, a leading metaverse architecture firm backed by The Sandbox, Brinc and Animoca Brands. Loretta’s personal tagline is People, Purpose, Possibilities and is committed to accelerating the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and changemakers. She is based in Hawaii and is a rescue mom to eighteen fur babies.
Soh Wan Wei
CEO of IKIGUIDE Metaverse Collective
Wan Wei is a Singaporean tech futurist, author and thought leader in the Web3.0 and metaverse space. As an advocate of open source movements and using GenAI to augment human intelligence, she is also one of the founding team members of the dWeb Southeast Asian node. She has also written the wildly popular community book “Navigating the NFT Mania” and made the e-copy open-sourced. Wan Wei is the CEO of W3bverse, an edtech startup that empowers business, founders and freelancers to become Web2.5 leaders. She also founded IKIGUIDE Metaverse Collective (IMC), an entity with a mission to help 10million people crossover to the Web3.0 space. IMC counts NYSE-listed Nutanix, Hitachi, http://Crypto.com
and non-profit alliance ChangemakersXchange as some of the key partners in its portfolio.
AdLunam Inc, Co-Founder
Nadja Bester brings a wealth of diverse expertise to AdLunam as an entrepreneur, board member, advisor, award-winning startup mentor, speaker, author, and host of the successful podcast The Future of NFTs. She is also the executive producer of a Netflix documentary on the future of the internet and the evolution of the digital self through the use of cutting-edge technologies such as Web3, AI, and spatial computing. With nearly two decades of experience in marketing and communications and former owner of two marketing agencies, she has a proven track record that includes a role as a former Chief Digital Marketing Officer in the pharmaceutical industry. Nadja's impressive tenure in the blockchain sector since 2017 includes consulting and fractional CMO roles where she significantly contributed to fundraising efforts that collectively secured over $300 million for various companies. In addition to her broad consulting and leadership roles, she has contributed as a journalist to several publications, including http://Bitcoin.com
. Nadja has been featured in media outlets like International Business Times, Benzinga, HackerNoon, Be in Crypto, L'Atelier BNP Paribas, The South African, DC News Now, and Viet Nam News.
CT Advisory, Fintech & Web3 Advisor
Christian Trumm is an accomplished Fintech & Web3 Advisor with a strong track record in Payments, Stablecoins, CBDC and Trade Finance between Asia and Europe. A strong believer in the global scalability of world-class tech from Asia, Christian has learned that products and solutions can and need to be adapted to local conditions. He is an adept networker, popular speaker and thought leader who connects his clients with the right partners, explores opportunities, and helps them realise their true global potential. An enthusiast in Web3 and all things digital, Christian has worked with some of the global innovation leaders in Fintech and Banking, and successfully shaped, adapted and rolled out cutting-edge solutions across continents.
TBCASoft, Inc.; CEO and Founder
Ling Wu is Founder & CEO of TBCASoft, a Silicon Valley-based company at the forefront of DLT/blockchain tech. In 2017, Ling and SoftBank launched the CBSG Consortium to build a revolutionary cross-border payment platform called HIVEX that enables seamless interoperable cross-border merchant acceptance sharing for payment service providers. Ling has an MS degree in Scientific Computing & Computational Mathematics from Stanford University and a BS degree in Physics from National Taiwan University.
Jane started her career in Canada after graduating from Electrical and Computer Engineering and M.B.A studies, and worked in the City of London for 10 years before relocating back to Singapore. She has extensive experience working with financial institutions and consultancies, including implementing solutions using data predictive analytics to detect anomalies and fraud. She currently specialises in helping firms manage today’s emerging risks, including cyber and data protection measures, anti-money laundering frameworks, capacity and capabilities building to combat financial crime and threats in the cyber space. More on her podcasts and interviews can be found here https://www.youtube.com/@misscyberpenny
KPMG - Blockchain & Crypto Advisory
Karim is a renowned figure in the blockchain and fintech landscape, currently serving under blockchain and crypto advisory for KPMG - Singapore. With roots in banking and derivatives, he transitioned into the fintech sector in 2015. Over eight years, Karim demonstrated a strong commitment to innovation and growth, setting up and managing ventures across Singapore, the Philippines, Australia, and the UK. Recognised as one of the top 100 Fintech influencers globally by Onalytica, Karim's influence reaches far beyond his professional endeavours. He regularly shares his expertise in interviews on http://BTCN.tv
and at various events across South-East Asia and Europe. His production, "Broken Chains", a documentary addressing race, inequality, and their economic impacts, underscores his advocacy for social justice. Fluent in English, French, and German, Karim's voice resonates in the global fintech community.
Co-Founder at Salad Ventures
Felix, a dynamic entrepreneur and investor, is the project lead of Salad Ventures. Founded in 2021, Salad taps into the transformative potential of blockchain, creating pioneering products for the discerning next-gen consumer. With its base in bustling Singapore, Salad's primary objective is to amplify community growth for businesses. The dedicated team harnesses the power of gamified NFT campaigns to foster deeper connections and heightened engagement.
Partner, SenSen Tech
El is the three times winner of Top 10 Fintech Leaders Award and Partner at SenSen Tech. Prior to that, he cofounded dtcpay (formerly DTC) a major payment institution and Onchain Custodian. He is dedicated to promote industry growth and often contributes through sharing his knowledge and resources with the community.
CEO at Moonstax & Hash3Labs
Founder and CEO of Moonstax, a no-coding needed platform that enables NFT businesses to manage, monetize and scale their projects across their entire ecosystem, is a Web3 industry veteran and a strategic leader in the blockchain space for over eight years. Prior to gDEX, J.D. founded AnRKey X, a top Polygon GameFi studio with 5 x #1 NFT Sales on Rarible and one of the first to innovate GameFi back in 2020 and is a familiar name in the gaming, NFT, and the Metaverse communities. Aside from being a startup mentor in the Web3 division of the global renowned accelerator Techstars, J.D. is a weekly on-air contributor on FintechTV Global live on NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) covering the Web3 metaverse, gaming & NFTs markets, is a http://Cointelegraph.com
contributor & member of their Innovation Circle for Web3 Experts. He is frequently quoted by leading blockchain and crypto media, and is a Web3 keynote speaker, presenting at over 45 leading conferences around the world including the World Economic Forum. He is a notable market influencer, internationally recognized Web3 subject matter expert, and his work over the years in Web3 has been featured in NASDAQ, Forbes, Business Insider, Bloomberg, Yahoo Finance etc., including being linked to boosting Japan’s economy with blockchain.
Centrium Advisory Services Limited
Erika Evasdottir's role at Centrium Advisory Services Limited (CASL) is to act as a combination CIO, COO and GC, and sometimes compliance officer, all to ensure clients structure their group companies, investments and portfolio companies properly and have appropriate licensing, governance regimes and other procedures in place to allow the business to concentrate on what it does best. The goal is to promote the growth of the company and its ability to explore new products and markets quickly and efficiently without sacrificing internal controls.
By bringing her experience in PE/M&A corporate and fund transactions to bear, Ms. Evasdottir reviews investment opportunities and structures funds and downstream investments with an eye to avoiding regulatory, compliance and legal pitfalls. Ms. Evasdottir’s extensive experience in big and small deals across Asia, particularly in China and India, has brought insights in to what to look for to avoid future issues, whether it be regulatory, accounting, or even simple logistical problems of moving the widgets, any of which can severely impact returns.
Ms. Evasdottir began her legal career as a ECM/DCM (underwriter’s counsel) capital markets lawyer at Milbank and Paul Hastings, but quickly found her true calling in private equity, M&A and funds structuring at Weil Gotshal. Her practical and real work experience comes from having been Assistant Director – Business Development for an infrastructure fund and GC (Asia) of two US headquartered hedge funds (and thereby fully experiencing both the up and down cycles) before coming to CASL.
Ms. Evasdottir additionally teaches at CUHK, has a PhD from Harvard, a JD from Columbia and is admitted in New York and Hong Kong. Her book is titled “Obedient Autonomy: Chinese Intellectuals and the Achievement of Orderly Life”.