Blockchain Africa Conference 2021

Cape Town , South Africa

About Blockchain Africa Conference 2021

Join us at Bitcoin Event's 7th annual conference, the Blockchain Africa Conference 2021 - From Hype to Mainstream, on the 18 and 19 March 2021. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions currently in place in South Africa and several other countries, the event will now be hosted online.

Collective sentiment about blockchain technology is on the rise, along with meaningful implementations in the public and private sectors. Not only are we seeing the entrance of tech and payments giants such as PayPal, Square and Facebook, including institutional investment going into cryptocurrencies, but also the implementation of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) by central banks such as in China.

As the technology matures, we see a move away from blockchain experiments towards the development of robust enterprise ready solutions. Adopters and application leaders are using blockchain to uniquely transform their digital businesses, especially with supply-chain-related and payments-related use cases.

Join us at Africa’s leading blockchain and cryptocurrency conference, the Blockchain Africa Conference 2021, and learn how blockchain and cryptocurrencies are moving away from the hype to mainstream adoption.

Speakers

DOMINIK ERNST
CEO AT ACRIA NETWORK
MARIUS REITZ
GENERAL MANAGER FOR AFRICA AT LUNO
Michelle Chivunga N
CEO/Founder/Investor at Global Policy House
Dan Held
GROWTH LEAD AT KRAKEN
DAVID GITONGA
DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER AT BITCOINKE
Steve Waterhouse
CEO AND CO-FOUNDER OF ORCHID
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Mru Patel
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AT SAPIAN GROUP
Rocelo Lopes
CEO AND FOUNDER OF STRATUM BLOCKCHAIN GROUP
MARVIN COLEBY
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO OF RAISE AND CO-TRUSTEE AT THE AFRICAN DIGITAL ASSET FOUNDATION
Yael Tamar
CMO AND CO-FOUNDER OF SOLIDBLOCK
BUCHI OKORO
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO OF QUIDAX
ROSELYNE WANJIRU
DIRECTOR OF GROWTH AND USER ACQUISITIONS AT PESABASE
DAVID ZACKS
CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER AT BITFLYER USA
Alex McDougall
CO-FOUNDER OF BICAMERAL VENTURES
Richard Ells
CEO AND FOUNDER OF ELECTRONEUM AND ANYTASK
FARZAM EHSANI
CEO AND CO-FOUNDER OF VALR.COM
Marc Taverner
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF INATBA
BRENTON NAICKER
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, BINANCE (SOUTH AFRICA)
HERCO STEYN
SENIOR FINTECH SPECIALIST IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK’S (SARB) FINTECH UNIT
EHIS OMOZUSI
CONFLUX NETWORK AFRICA REGIONAL MARKETING AND BUSINESS LEAD
MODIBE MATSEPANE
COMMUNITY COORDINATOR FOR AFRICA AT PAXFUL
BRANDON TOPHAM
DIVISIONAL EXECUTIVE FOR ENFORCEMENT AT THE FINANCIAL SECTOR CONDUCT AUTHORITY
PRETTY KUBYANE
COO AND CO-FOUNDER OF CORONET BLOCKCHAIN
CIARAN ADRIAN RYAN
EDITOR AT MONEYWEB CRYPTO
IVARS ZUKOVSKIS
CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER FOR BITFLYER EUROPE
JOHN LOMBELA
FOUNDER AND CEO AT AXALIO AND FOUNDER OF CRYPTOVECS CAPITAL
Peter McCormack
HOST OF WHAT BITCOIN DID PODCAST, DEFIANCE PODCAST AND DEFIANCE TV
Charles Hoskinson
FOUNDER AND CEO OF IOHK (INPUT OUTPUT HONG KONG), FOUNDER OF CARDANO AND DIRECTOR OF THE BITCOIN PROJECT
Henri Arslanian
GLOBAL CRYPTO LEADER AT PWC
Sam Bankman-Fried
CEO AND FOUNDER AT FTX
YELE BADEMOSI
CEO AT BUNDLE AFRICA AND FOUNDING PARTNER AT MICROTRACTION
ALEX MASHINSKY
FOUNDER AND CEO OF THE CELSIUS NETWORK
Nathaniel Luz
LEAD AT DASH NIGERIA
SANDRA RO
CEO AT THE GLOBAL BLOCKCHAIN BUSINESS COUNCIL

Agenda

DAY 1
MARCH 18, 2021

Registration 08:00am GMT+2

Welcome Address and Opening by Master of Ceremonies 09:00am GMT+2
JOHN LOMBELA
Founder and CEO at Axalio, Founder of Cryptovecs Capital and Innovecs Consulting

Keynote Address: The Latest Global Crypto Institutional Trends 09:10am GMT+2
HENRI ARSLANIAN
Global Crypto Leader, Asia FinTech Leader and Partner at PwC

Decentralised Finance - What are the Opportunities? 09:40am GMT+2

Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies: Cross Border Payments 10:00am GMT+2

Banking on Blockchain 10:30am GMT+2

Tea/Coffee Break 11:00am GMT+2

Institutional Adoption of Tokenisation 11:15am GMT+2
YAEL TAMARCMO and Co-founder of SolidBlock

Decentralisation is the New Encryption 11:35am GMT+2
The privacy promised by encryption is over. Legislated government access has defeated the purpose of encryption. The next frontier is decentralization, and it’s leading to a brighter future for internet privacy.DR. STEVEN WATERHOUSECEO and Co-founder of Orchid

Self Sovereign Identity (SSI) in 2021 12:00pm GMT+2

Lunch Break 12:25pm GMT+2

Keynote Address 13:00pm GMT+2

This will be a pre-recorded talk.CHARLES HOSKINSON (KEYNOTE SPEAKER)Founder and CEO of IOHK (Input Output Hong Kong), Founder of Cardano and Director of The Bitcoin Project

Keynote Address: Mass Adoption of Cryptocurrencies in Africa 13:30pm GMT+2
YELE BADEMOSICEO at Bundle Africa and Founding Partner at Microtraction

Future of Cryptocurrency: Adoption or Bust! 13:50pm GMT+2

Since the invention of Bitcoin, there have been lots of conversations on the possibilities of this new technology - crypto will, crypto can, crypto should… This led to the rise of ICOs, IEO, STO, DeFi, Hardforks amidst several innovations. However, it is my opinion that this technology is now matured enough to handle real-world challenges beyond the reach of traditional financial systems. We are at a deciding moment where we must either achieve adoption or bust. In line with the theme of this conference - FROM HYPE TO MAINSTREAM, what does mainstream adoption of cryptocurrency require?
NATHANIEL LUZ Lead at Dash Nigeria

How Stablecoins Will Change the Global Market for Import and Export
14:10pm GMT+2

ROCELO LOPESCEO and Founder of Stratum Blockchain Group

Panel: Ethereum 2.0 and Decentralised Finance (DeFi)14:30pm GMT+2
Ethereum, a popular open-source, public, blockchain-based distributed ledger popular for its smart contract functionality and the world’s second largest cryptocurrency, recently underwent a major upgrade. What are the implications, benefits and the future of Ethereum? Who are the competitors? What are some of the most interesting DeFi use-cases and initiatives on the Ethereum network?EHIS OMOZUSIConflux Network Africa Regional Marketing and Business Lead
DOMINIK ERNSTCEO at Acria Network

Tea/Coffee Break
15:00pm GMT+2

Keynote Address: State of Blockchain 15:10pm GMT+2
SANDRA ROCEO at the Global Blockchain Business Council

All Roads Lead to Decentralisation 15:30pm GMT+2
ALEX MASHINSKYFounder and CEO of the Celsius Network

Panel: Crypto Adoption in Africa 15:50pm GMT+2

Moderator: Farzam Ehsani. According to a survey by Statista and the 2020 Chainalysis Geography Report, Africa is booming in terms of crypto adoption, especially in Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. Issues such as the high cost of remittances, fiat currency devaluation and economic instability, has caused many to turn to local cryptocurrency exchanges. Is cryptocurrency a more stable value store for people in Africa? What is the future of crypto adoption in Africa?

Fireside Chat: Institutional and Retail Investment in Crypto 16:30pm - 17:10pm GMT+2

Hosted by Peter McCormack

Closing Address 17:10pm GMT+2

The Master of Ceremonies will close off Day 1 of the conference.JOHN LOMBELAFounder and CEO at Axalio, Founder of Cryptovecs Capital and Innovecs Consulting

Networking17:15pm GMT+2

DAY 2
MARCH 19, 2021

Registration 08:00am GMT+2

Welcome Address by Master of Ceremonies 09:00am GMT+2
JOHN LOMBELAFounder and CEO at Axalio, Founder of Cryptovecs Capital and Innovecs Consulting

Keynote Address: Serum: The Decentralised Financial Ecosystem of the Future 09:05am GMT+2
SAM BANKMAN-FRIEDCEO and Founder at FTX

Empowering a Generation with Crypto 09:35am GMT+2

RICHARD ELLSFounder at Electroneum and Founder and CEO at Anytask.com

How Digital Blockchain Education is Helping to Grow the Ecosystem 09:55am GMT+2
DAVID GITONGADirector and Founder at BitcoinKE

Using Blockchain for Food Security and Financial Inclusion 10:15am GMT+2
PRETTY KUBYANECOO and Co-Founder of Coronet Blockchain

Tea/Coffee Break 11:15am GMT+2

Future of Digital Banking 11:30am GMT+2
MRU PATELChief Executive Officer at Sapian Group

Lunch Break 12:30pm GMT+2
Blockchain in Healthcare 13:30pm GMT+2

Keynote Address: Blockchain and the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)13:50pm GMT+2

MICHELLE CHIVUNGA NSANZUMUCOFounder/CEO & Investor at Global Policy House, Senior Advisor to Government of Bermuda, African Union, British Blockchain & Fintech4Good Lead for Africa

A Holistic Approach to Crypto Asset Regulation in South Africa 14:10pm GMT+2

HERCO STEYNSenior Fintech Specialist in the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) Fintech Unit

14:40pm GMT+2
ALEX MCDOUGALLCo-founder of Bicameral Ventures

Tea/Coffee Break 15:00pm GMT+2

Panel: The Regulatory Landscape of Blockchain and Digital Assets 15:15pm GMT+2

BRANDON TOPHAM Divisional Executive for Enforcement at the Financial Sector Conduct Authority
MARC TAVERNER Executive Director of INATBA
DAVID ZACKSChief Compliance Officer at Bitflyer
USAIVARS ZUKOVSKISChief Compliance Officer for bitFlyer Europe

Panel: Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) for a Regional Payment System 16:00pm GMT+2

CIARAN ADRIAN RYAN Editor at Moneyweb Crypto
MODIBE MATSEPANE Community Coordinator for Africa at Paxful
MICHELLE CHIVUNGA NSANZUMUCO Founder/CEO & Investor at Global Policy House, Senior Advisor to Government of Bermuda, African Union, British Blockchain & Fintech4Good Lead for Africa

Closing Address 17:00pm GMT+2
The Master of Ceremonies will close off the conference with a few final thoughts.JOHN LOMBELAFounder and CEO at Axalio, Founder of Cryptovecs Capital and Innovecs Consulting

Medium

Start:
Mar 18, 2021, 9:00 AM , SAST (UTC +2)
End:
Mar 19, 2021, 4:30 PM , SAST (UTC +2)
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