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Nick has a career spanning everything from Fintech for Hedge Funds, to Playing Professional Poker. He led the Product & Operations of Ring Games for PokerStars, the largest global real-money online poker product. Nick has since become a blockchain champion, founding Credits and contributing to numerous open-source projects. Credits built and launched the first government service in the world running on blockchain, was the first blockchain technology provider in the UK Government’s G-Cloud Marketplace, and was named Blockchain Startup of the Year in the 2016 Europas.
Imogen most recently co-founded blockchain consultancy Zerado, alongside providing an executive lead for projects and operations for its subsidiary company Disberse. Previously, she project managed the world’s first significant financial blockchain project, authored a report for the Welsh Government’s Financial & Professional Service sector, influencing huge investment into the region, and led operations and projects as part of the senior leadership team at Ariadne Capital. Imogen additionally provides digital strategy advisory at board-level to several NGOs.
Laura 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, is Spokesperson for the British Blockchain Association 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.
Ashley Kemball-Cook is Head of Business Development for Qadre, a blockchain product development company with products in a number of sectors including: supply chain management, anti-counterfeiting, and identity. Ashley is an Advisor to Disberse, a blockchain enabled fund management platform for humanitarian aid. Using blockchain it drives the transparent, efficient, and effective flow of humanitarian aid funds. Ashley has worked on blockchain projects with industry leaders across finance, energy, healthcare, Magic Circle Law Firms, and UK regulators.
Chair of FCA Institutional Disclosure Working Group and Fintech envoy of the north of UK, appointed by UK Treasury. Chris is also MD FiNexus and Professor of Practice Univerisity of Newcastle. Formerly Chris was Director of the Financial Services KTN.
Adam founded the boutique law firm Brandsmiths in 2014, where he is a strategic advisor to clients in the IP, Sports and Tech sectors, specialising in litigation. Adam is a recommended leader in his field in Chambers and Legal 500, and is a London Super Lawyer. He is liked by clients for his "excellent advice and consistent follow-up" and regularly appears on TV and radio. Adam has also founded businesses outside law, and holds a variety of non-executive director positions with organisations in the Tech and FMCG sectors.