Blockchain Research
and Applications




Societies and Institutions





FinTech Companies


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Antoaneta Serguieva
nChain; LSE Systemic Risk; IEEE Computational Intelligence Society

Organizing Committee

Alexander Lipton
StrongHold Labs; Clearmatics; MIT Connection Science

Jon Matonis
Bitcoin Foundation; CoinDesk; Ledger Journal

Nicolas Courtois
University College London

Nikola Kasabov
Auckland University of Technology; International Neural Network Society

Antoaneta Serguieva
nChain; LSE Systemic Risk; IEEE Computational Intelligence Society

Alexander Lipton
Alex is CEO of StrongHold Bank Labs, Senior Advisor for Clearmatics and Advisory Board Member for other FinTech Companies, Connection Science Fellow at MIT, and an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at NYU. He is a strong thought leader with a proven track-record of managing large quantitative organisations in challenging environments, building teams from scratch, merging existing teams, and re-aligning teams to fulfil new mandates. His current interests include holistic risk management, FinTech, distributed ledger and other applications of cryptography in banking and payment systems. His scientific interests are centered on quantitative development of modern monetary circuit theory, mechanisms of money creation, and interlinked banking networks. Until 2016, he served for ten years in senior managerial roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, including Quantitative Solutions Executive and Co-Head of the Global Quantitative Group. Earlier, he held senior positions at Citadel Investment Group, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and Bankers Trust. In parallel, Alex has held several prestigious academic appointments as Professor of Mathematics at NYU, Oxford University, Imperial College, and the University of Illinois. In 2000 Alex was awarded the first ever Quant of the Year Award by Risk Magazine. He has published seven books and more than a hundred scientific papers, and his next book ‟Financial Engineering – Selected Works of Alexander Lipton‟ is to appear shortly. Alex kindly hosted, at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the 2014 IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence for Financial Engineering (CIFEr).
Jon Matonis
Jon Matonis is a leading figure in the cryptocurrency space. He is a Founding Director of the Bitcoin Foundation and his career has included senior posts at VISA International, VeriSign, Sumitomo Bank, and Hushmail. An economist and e-Money researcher focused on expanding the circulation of nonpolitical digital currencies, Jon also serves as an independent board director to companies in the Bitcoin, the Blockchain, and mobile payments sectors. As a prominent fintech columnist with Forbes Magazine, American Banker, and CoinDesk, he recently joined the Editorial Board for the cryptocurrency journal Ledger. His early work on digital cash systems and financial cryptography has been published by Dow Jones and LSE. Jon Matonis advocates worldwide for bridging the gap between the traditional world of finance and the new world of blockchain and cryptocurrency, and has presented on the economic implications of integrating blockchain and financial services. He has presented to a wide variety of audiences, including members of the Federal Reserve, Bank of England, European Central Bank, SWIFT, IRS, DOJ, major financial institutions, mobile money issuers, and information security firms.
Nicolas Courtois
Dr Nicolas Courtois is a cryptologist and has done his PhD thesis in cryptology at Paris 6 University. His current H-index is 37 according to Google Scholar. Nicolas is a Senior Lecturer at University College London, with responsibilities on the M.Sc. programme in Information Security. For seven years he worked as a cryptologist in the largest secure hardware manufacturer in the world Gemalto, and has filed eight patents on industrial applications of cryptology, embedded security, smart cards and side-channel attacks. Dr Courtois is also an influential code-breaker and author of more than 100 publications with over 5800 citations. He is responsible for the cryptanalysis of many real-life ciphers used by many people every day, such as the Bluetooth cipher E0, the automobile cipher KeeLoq, and the MiFare Classic Crypto-1 system (oyster card). His research interest cover all topics in Bitcoin, Ethereum, Darkcoin, etc., as well as speeding up the hashing process with SHA256, hash rate vs. security, and computational cryptanalysis of symmetric and asymmetric ciphers. His research focuses on the security analysis of cryptographic schemes with focus on realistic attack scenarios where the amount of data available to the attacker is very low. Dr Courtois is recipient of the UK University Cipher Champion 2013 award, and the best paper award at Computation Tools 2012.
Nikola Kasabov
Prof. Nikola Kasabov is the Director of the Knowledge Engineering & Discovery Research Institute and Personal Chair of Knowledge Engineering in the School of Computer and Information Sciences, AUT. He has published over 600 works, among them journal papers, text books, edited research books and monographs, conference papers, book chapters, edited conference proceedings, patents and authorship certificates in the area of intelligent systems, connectionist and hybrid connectionist systems, fuzzy systems, expert systems, speech recognition, bioinformatics, neurocomputing and neural networks. These works has been cited more than 10,000 times. Prof. Kasabov is a Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute for IT Professionals. He is Past President and Board member of the International Neural Network Society (INNS) and the Asia Pacific Neural Network Assembly (APNNA), and is the General Chair of a series of biannual international conferences on Neurocomputing in New Zealand. Nikola Kasabov is also Advisory Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. He has been awarded several prestigious awards, such as the INNS Gabor Award (2012), the APNNA Outstanding Achievement Award (2012), the Bayer Science Innovator Award (2007), the Royal Society of New Zealand Silver Medal (2001). He is a Co-editor in Chief of the Springer Evolving Systems journal and Associate Editor of numerous international journals.
Antoaneta Serguieva
Dr Antoaneta Serguieva has a background in systems engineering / cybernetics (MSc), finance (MBA), computer science / computational finance (PhD), and mathematics, and has acquired experience in industry and academia. She has experience as Senior Researcher at FinTech with a focus on Blockchain research and applications, and as Quant Consultant for investment funds. Antoaneta gained regulatory understanding during fellowships in advanced analytics and systemic risk at the Bank of England and Bank of Mexico, and time in attendance at the Federal Reserve and US Treasury Office of Financial Research. She has academic experience as a Research Associate with the Systemic Risk Centre at LSE, member of the Research Centre for Blockchain Technologies at UCL, Visiting Professor with the Centre for Computational Finance at Univ. of Essex, and member of the Centre for Risk Analysis and Optimisation Modelling at Brunel Univ. Dr Serguieva’s research interests are in the area of nature-inspired computational intelligence and heuristics for modelling complex sociotechnical systems, contagion mechanisms, and cognition. She has guest-edited special issues on Financial Modelling and Simulation in IEEE Trans. Fuzzy Systems (TFS), and on Financial Data Analytics in Quant. Finance. Since 2018, she is Associate Editor of EEE TFS; and in 2014–15, she Chaired the Computational Finance and Economics technical area of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.


Program Committee

Prof Jean-Jacques Quisquater
Fellow, International Association for Cryptologic Research
Fellow, Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium

Jean-Jacques Quisquater
Jean-Jacques Quisquater is Fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research, which is the field’s highest honour for major advances in cryptography and data protection. In 2013, he received the RSA Award for Excellence in Mathematics, and the ESORICS Outstanding Research Award. Jean-Jacques is Professor Emeritus at the Catholic University of Louvain and Visiting Scientist at MIT, and has been associated with a number of other universities. He holds a PhD in computer science from the university of Orsay (LRI, France), and worked as a scientist for Philips. His main contributions are in the design of the first smart card with cryptographic capabilities, and the first smart card with a cryptographic coprocessor, which is still in use for many applications including identity cards and most of the electronic passports in the world. Prof Quisquater also set the beginning of internet in Belgium, together with Michel Lacroix. He has published over 200 papers and holds 20 patents.

Dr Piotr Karasinski
Senior Advisor, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Piotr Karasinski
Piotr Karasinski is a pioneering quantitative analyst, best known for the Black-Karasinski short rate model which he co-developed with the late Fischer Black. His contributions to quantitative finance include models for interest rates, equity and hybrid products, and random volatility. Karasinski is currently Senior Advisor at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He is on the Editorial Board of the journal Quantitative Finance. Previously, Piotr has held a number of positions at leading firms in New York and London. These include: Managing Director at HSBC, Director and Head Derivatives Research at Citibank, MD at Chemical Bank, Director at Deutsche Bank, and Vice President at Goldman Sachs. He studied MSc Physics at Warsaw University, and earned his PhD at Yale University.

Jon Matonis
Founding and Executive Director, Bitcoin Foundation
Editorial Board Member, CoinDesk and Ledger

Dr Nicolas Courtois
Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research
University College London

Prof Alexis Collomb
Head, EFAM Deaprtment, CNAM, Paris
and Co-Director, Joint Research Initiative on Blockchain Perspectives
Institut Louis Bachelier, Paris

Prof Massimiliano Sala
Director, Laboratory of Cryptography
University of Trento, Italy

Xavier Alexandre
CEO, FinBird Trading Systems, London, UK

Marek Grajek
Polish Financial Supervision Authority

Dr Antoaneta Serguieva
Senior Researcher, nChain
Research Associate, LSE Systemic Risk

Giuseppe Bruno
Economics Research Department, Bank of Italy

Dr Kacper Gradon
Institute of Behavioural Science, University of Colorado Boulder
and Center for Forensic Sciences, University of Warsaw

Dr Juri Marcucci
Economics Research Department, Bank of Italy

Dr Serge Victor
CEO   IT Zone,  and
Steering Committee, The Linux Documentation Project

Klaus Schmeh
Cryptovision, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Dr Marc Pilkington
Associate Professor of Economics
University of Burgundy, France

Dr Shigeyuki Osada
Japan Research Institute, Tokyo
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group

Dr Theodosis Mourouzis
Cyprus International Institute of Management
and Blockchain Advisory Board, EC-Council

Dr. Paolo Barucca
Department of Banking and Finance
University of Zurich, Switzerland

Dr Pavol Zajac
Institute of Computer Science and Mathematics
Slovak University of Technology

Dr Shiva Bissessar
Pinaka Technology Solutions
Trinidad and Tobago


Please contact the Organizing Committee with any questions.