OIX Blockchain, Identity, Trust and Governance Workshop – London 2018-09-05T20:48:09+00:00

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Don Thibeau (Open Identity Exchange & Distributed Ledger Foundation)

Robert Hodgkinson (ICAEW)

Presenter: David Fields (PTB Ventures)


  • Lubna Dajani (Allternet)
  • Tony Fish (Allternet)
  • Paul Scott (DISC Holdings)

Download Presentation: Blockchains Incentive, Alignment, and Investing – David Fields (pdf – 289KB)

Moderator: Helen Disney (Unblocked)


  • Laura Bailey (Qadre & British Blockchain Association)
  • Jason Blick (EQI Trade)
  • Brian Spector (Qredo)

Download Presentation: Blockchain and Anti-Counterfeiting – Laura Bailey (pdf – 6.8MB)
Download Presentation: EQI Trade Overview – Jason Blick (pdf – 4.4MB)

Moderator: Don Thibeau (Open Identity Exchange & Distributed Ledger Foundation)


  • Helen Disney (Unblocked)
  • Geoff Goodall (UCL)
  • David Lyford-Smith (ICAEW)
  • Sue McLean (Baker McKenzie)

This event is by invitation only. Please email stephanie.meli@openidentityexchange.org if you’re interested in attending.

Workshop Pre-Reads

Download Workshop Programme
Accord Project ID: The Smart Legal Contract Identity and Trust Framework Standard
Trust Frameworks for Identity Systems
Vocabulary of Identity Systems Liability

Non-Profit Partners

OpenID Foundation
Distributed Ledger Foundation
Decentralized Identity Foundation
Accord Project

Corporate Sponsors

Hedera Hashgraph
PTB Ventures


Don Thibeau

Robert Hodgkinson

Blockchain Law and Governance

David Lyford Smith

Pillars of Trust

Accord Project Part 1

Accord Project Part 2

Real World Use Cases

Adam Cooper

Helen Disney

Brian Spector

Jason Blick

Sue McLean

Laura Bailey

Tony Fish and Lubna Dajani


Don Thibeau
Don ThibeauOpen Identity Exchange & Distributed Ledger Foundation
Don is President and Chairman of the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) and OIX UK/Europe, a non-profit, technology agnostic organization of global leaders from the private and public sectors. OIX is a test bed for business, legal and governance best practices and policies and operates the OIXnet registry. Don is also the Executive Director of the OpenID Foundation, a standards development organization that includes leaders from across industry sectors and governments that collaborate on the development, adoption and deployment of open identity standards. And Don is Acting Chairman of the Distributed Ledger Foundation which is dedicated to establishing the highest standards of trust and governance for distributed ledger technology (DLT). The DLF and its members work together to jointly fund and participate in research and education programs and project initiatives.
Laura Bailey
Laura Bailey Qadre & British Blockchain Association
Laura, Chairperson of Qadre and Spokesperson for the British Blockchain Association, is a leading entrepreneur in the field of blockchain technology and a trailblazer for women in fintech. She has co-founded three successful blockchain ventures and is currently developing Qadre into a global technology leader – working with UK parliament, industry, and regulators alike to drive policy and cultural changes to technology. Laura is a regular speaker in domestic and international governments, regulators, and NGOs, promoting technology for good. Laura has an extensive background in finance and began her career at HSBC across a variety of areas, including Leveraged Finance, Marketing, and Corporate Banking.
Jason Blick
Jason Blick EQI Trade
Jason is the CEO of EQI. EQI will be the first offshore bank for fiat and cryptocurrency banking, trading, custody, lending, clearing and settlement. He is a Solicitor specalising in financial services. He went on to manage legal and compliance for over 90 countries for Sun Microsystems, overseeing over $1.5bn a year in transactions. He later became the CEO of Financial Partners (Bank) with over 12,000 clients and US$1.2bn AUA. He is the founder of Cayman Enterprise City and Cayman Commodities and Derivative Exchange. He served on the Board of the Cayman Islands Government Special Economic Zone Authority.
Adam Cooper
Adam CooperNext ID Limited
Adam Cooper is an identity standards expert and enterprise architect with over 25 years experience in IT and digital disciplines. Responsible for the overall technical architecture of the UK eID service, GOV.UK Verify, Adam is also an expert contributor to the eIDAS Regulation regarding cross-border eID in the European Union, and champions international standards with bodies such as OASIS, BSI, ISO, OpenID Foundation, FIDO Alliance, the Biometrics Institute, and the W3C. As an independent expert Adam has also recently worked with the World Bank, advising the Scottish Government regarding citizen identity schemes, and advising or contributing to multiple EU Commission funded projects such as the application of electronic identity to the KYC and AML on-boarding process in the banking sector.
Lubna Dajani
Lubna DajaniAllternet
Lubna is an internationally known executive, systems designer and industry expert recognized for her unique blend of foresight and experience. As a futurist who inspires new thinking and disruptive business models, she created and writes about the Allternet, a visionary manifesto. Her industry positions are extensive and include founding Secretary of the Open Trust Protocol Alliance Co-chair of the prpl Foundation Marketing Council and AIOTI member representative. Lubna facilitates industry, academic, and community collaborations that foster innovation and promote women and young professionals in science, technology, and the arts. Her board and advisory experiences include MusicTechFest, AEC Hackathon, National Adoption Center, NYU Music Experience Design Lab. Lubna serves as mentor and coach to NYC Seed Fund, Springboard Enterprises, judge to several industry recognition awards and is a Visiting Scholar at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. She is also the co-founder of Futuristas, and is driven by the desire to create a transparent, agnostic and symbiotic economy.
Helen Disney
Helen DisneyUnblocked
Helen is the CEO and Founder of Unblocked, a hub for Blockchain events, education, and information. Helen was listed in Innovate Finance’s 2016 Women in Fintech Powerlist and referred to by Barclays as a “blockchain guru”. She sits on the Advisory Board of the British Blockchain Association and recently gave evidence to the UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain. Previously, Helen worked on outreach at the Bitcoin Foundation, driving a programme of strategic events to communicate the innovative potential of Bitcoin and blockchain technology to innovators, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and thought leaders.
David Fields
David FieldsPTB Ventures
David is the Founder and Managing Partner of PTB Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in early-stage companies in the digital identity ecosystem. David is a former private equity investment professional and brings over a decade of private investment and advisory experience both to his investors and his portfolio companies at PTB. He began his career as a credit analyst at Citigroup Global Markets and later served on the investment team at Cooper Investment Partners. David graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Economics and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Tony Fish
Tony FishAllternet
Tony is a seasoned executive board director with over 25 years of experience in innovation and high growth. His professional life has cut across a diverse range of sectors including venture capital, health, telecoms, finance, media, sport, manufacturing, government and digital fabrication. Tony is a partner in Allternet Limited and is focused on the implications when all people, things and data becomes connected and intelligent. In addition to speaking at over 200 events and conferences on innovation, entrepreneurship, digital trends and early stage growth, he has authored and published three books. He is a visiting Fellow at Henley Business School for entrepreneurship and innovation, The EIR at Bradford School of Management and Law, and an EC expert for Big Data.
Geoff Goodell
Geoff GoodellUniversity College London
Geoff Goodell is a research associate at University College London and an affiliate of the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies and the Oxford Centre for Technology and Global Affairs. He is an active committee member of the British Standards Institute and Acting Convenor of the ISO working group on Foundations of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies. Previously, he was an entrepreneur and portfolio manager with a decade of experience in the financial industry. After starting his career as an associate at Goldman Sachs in New York, he later moved to Boston and became Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Phase Capital, a boutique asset management firm based in Massachusetts, where he developed and managed a systematic macro strategy for institutional clients. He has a PhD in computer science from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in mathematics from MIT. His dissertation concerned decentralized systems and Internet governance. His recent work focuses on digital identity and regulation in the context of distributed ledger technologies.
Hans Graux
Hans Grauxtime.lex
Hans Graux is an ICT lawyer, and frequent expert advisor to the European Commission, other public bodies, and innovators in the private sector. He is a law school graduate who also obtained a complementary degree in IT (both at KU Leuven, Cum Laude). After working as a legal researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and Information Technology, he became a lawyer, partner and co-founder of the law firm time.lex, specialised in technology, intellectual property, media and e-business.

Recent work has focused on cloud computing, data protection, eSignatures, trust services, electronic identity management, information security and e-business. Furthermore, he is a member of the ICT Committee of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), and Member of the ICT Committee of the Order of Flemish Bars.

Robert Hodgkinson
Robert HodgkinsonICAEW
Robert is responsible for ICAEW’s technical strategy department which includes its seven specialist faculties. Robert was educated at the Manchester Grammar School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford where he studied Philosophy, Politics & Economics. In 1980, he joined Arthur Andersen where he qualified as an ICAEW chartered accountant in 1983 and became a partner in 1992. He joined ICAEW in October 2002. Robert is an ICAEW and Natural Capital Coalition board member and has previously served on the boards of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the European Federation of Accountants (FEE, now Accountancy Europe) and The Finance Innovation Lab.
Peter Howes
Peter HowesRite-Choice Ltd
Peter Howes is a recognized expert in compliant processing, retention and disposition of data and information; specializing in evidential weight and legal admissibility of information stored or communicated electronically and associating identity to that information. Peter is experienced in governance, compliance, archiving, discovery and disclosure with over 40 year’s relevant experience across public and private sectors and is an active committee member with the British Standards Institution.
Tony Lai
Tony LaiCodeX & Legal.io
Tony Lai is an Entrepreneurial Fellow at the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX), where he co-chairs the Blockchain Group, a neutral, collective resource and forum to advance informed perspectives on how blockchain and distributed ledger technologies intersect with existing legal frameworks. As CEO and cofounder of Legal.io, Tony leads a team designing digital identity, referral and review protocols to scale legal access worldwide; working with law firms, regulators and legal service organizations to develop data standards and build client-facing and backend technology for scalable legal service delivery. Prior to Stanford, Tony practiced as a lawyer advising on technology, communications and media industry matters in Europe, Asia and Africa. Tony serves also on the Board of Advisors for the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, and on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services.
David Lynford-Smith
David Lynford-SmithICAEW
David Lyford-Smith is an accountant and tech expert with particular interests in the digitalisation of tax systems, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, spreadsheet skills and best practice, and the place of technology in ICAEW’s professional qualifications. In his role in the IT Faculty, David liaises with various business and practice stakeholders as well as academic and political interests to create events and publications on a variety of thought leadership activities surrounding accountants in practice. David began his career at BDO, beginning in audit before joining the coordination team of BDO’s Global Outsourcing division, based in Reading. David worked on supporting multinational companies with their compliance activities across international boundaries, and also spent time working on iXBRL tagging. David also ran BDO’s internal Excel training courses, traveling the country to speak on spreadsheet best practice and skills. In his final year at BDO, David transferred to a Senior Excel Practitioner role, spending 100% of his time on spreadsheet support, training, and standardisation. A former ICAEW Excel Community volunteer, David then joined ICAEW full-time. In addition to his thought leadership activities, David also oversees the activities of the Excel Community and is a regular blogger for that community. He presents training and risk management sessions on spreadsheeting both for the ICAEW Academy and for the regional offices.
Sue McLean
Sue McLeanBaker McKenzie
Sue McLean is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Technology practice. Sue advises clients on technology, sourcing and digital media business models and deals, as well as the legal issues relating to the implementation of new technologies. Sue advises on a wide range of technology matters including outsourcing, digital transformation, technology procurement, development and licensing, m/e-commerce, cloud computing, AI, FinTech, blockchain, social media, data privacy and cybersecurity. Sue has been included in the Women In FinTech Power List for three successive years and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Digital Banking. Sue founded and leads Baker McKenzie’s blockchain group, is a member of techUK’s DLT working group, supports the UCL Blockchain Technology for Algorithmic Regulation and Compliance (BARAC) research project and is a member of the BSI committee for Smart Contracts. Sue also represents Baker McKenzie in R3’s Corda Blockchain Legal Centre of Excellence and Accord’s legal working group.
Paul Scott
Paul ScottDISC Holdings
Paul is a technologist and entrepreneur with a passion for building solutions and growing companies. He has considerable experience in the financial technology sector gained from over 25 years of building technology and starting businesses in the areas of portfolio management, electronic trading, implementation of STP and liquidity discovery. Coming from a technical background as a software developer, Paul’s career progressed through all phases of software and product development and moved into business and entrepreneurialism. Active in the introduction of electronic trading within the investment management community and a founding partner in the successful financial technology company FIXCITY (acquired in 2008), Paul has seen the development of industry initiatives and how early stage technology companies can work together with industry incumbents to drive innovation to the point of acceptance. At DISC Holdings Paul is the Chief Technology Office and responsible for architecting their alternative closed loop payment platform currently operating on an Ethereum distributed ledger architecture.
Dan Selman
Dan SelmanClause
Dan is the CTO of Clause, a legal-tech startup that is creating a platform for lawyers and developers to define, manage, and operationalize smart legal contracts. This mission combines three of his longstanding passions: AI, blockchain, and domain-specific languages. Dan is a maintainer for the Hyperledger Composer and the chair of the Accord Project Technology Working Group.
Brian Spector
Brian SpectorQredo
Brian Spector is the CEO of Qredo, a distributed ledger technology company enabling payments as a network service for the telecom industry. A serial entrepreneur, Brian has over twenty years experience in the crypto industry, starting out in cryptographic engineering at Silicon Valley’s first full disk encryption company, PC Guardian, later acquired by Symantec. Brian went on to senior sales and product management roles at McAfee, RSA Data Security and nCipher/Thales. Before Qredo, was co-founder and CEO at MIRACL, the leader in embedded cryptographic engineering with customers such as Intel, ARM and NTT. While at MIRACL, Brian raised $20M from strategic and financial investors in the USA, UK, and Asia as well as sourcing and closing global distribution partnership agreements with businesses such as NTT, Deutsche Telekom and Dimension Data for its multi-factor authentication service. While at MIRACL, Brian co-authored several patents and academic papers in the field of zero-knowledge proof cryptography, a critical field for distributed ledger technologies. These innovations enabled MIRACL to launch the world’s first zero-knowledge proof multi-factor authentication service. Brian lives in the UK with his wife and daughter and has fingers crossed that London gets an NFL team next year.
Oliver Tonkin
Oliver TonkinBCB Group
Oliver is a co-founder and legal/regulatory adviser to BCB Group, a leading cryptocurrency broker and service provider to institutions, private wealth managers and high net worth individuals. Oliver is a qualified solicitor and partner at Pemberton Capital LLP, a boutique private equity investment house.
Gilbert Verdian
Gilbert VerdianQuant Network
Gilbert is building the Internet of Trust by converging Blockchain, AI and Cybersecurity as the founder of Quant Network, tasked with connecting the world’s networks to blockchains. Having over 20 years of industry experience he has worked across Government in Downing St, HM Treasury, Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice and NSW Health and private sector at HSBC, CSC, EY, PwC, BP and Mastercard-Vocalink. Having a keen interest in disruptive technology, he’s the founder of the Blockchain ISO Standard TC307 and Chair of the UK’s national committee on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger technologies (DLT/1).
Giles Watkins
Giles WatkinsPridium
Giles is an experienced board member with a strong Entrepreneurial and Professional Services background. Giles has deep credentials in Mergers & Acquisitions, Finance and Accounting, Technology Strategy, Risk Management, Privacy, Digital Identity, and Cyber Security across multiple sectors and geographies. He is currently working with early stage businesses to commercialise ground breaking technologies and leading the International Association of Privacy Professionals in the UK.

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