McCombs Conference:  Blockchain Opportunities & Realities

April 13, 2018

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 McCombs Blockchain Conference 

Opportunities & Realities

April 13, 2018

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- Open to anyone interested in blockchain 
- Standard Rate: $250
- McCombs Alumni Rate: $200
- Full time McCombs Student Rate: $25 (limited number)


The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin is excited to host the first McCombs Blockchain Conference on April 13th at the state-of-the-art new Rowling Hall building for Graduate Business Programs. 
Blockchain is considered a disruptive technology that will transform how we do business much like the Internet. From enterprise applications such as smart contracts and tracking in supply chains to frictionless payments, streamlined settlements and other applications in finance, businesses are rapidly researching and adopting blockchain technology in all parts of their organizations. In addition, social innovations are already making an impact by using the blockchain to track climate change or to provide identity, financial inclusion, education, and healthcare for underrepresented populations.  
The conference will feature research academics, industry experts, and regulators to discuss a wide-variety of topics related to the applications of this emerging technology. It will also provide insightful discussions on the legal, technological, and financial challenges that enterprises face when developing blockchain initiatives. Whether you are new to blockchain or an expert working on blockchain applications, come meet and mingle with some pioneers in blockchain to learn more about this new wave in business.  




Keynote Speakers

  Jim Schneider is the Senior FinTech Equity Research at Goldman Sachs. Jim is part of the Technology Equity Research team at Goldman Sachs. He is the co-autor of industry reports including “Blockchain: Putting Theory into Practice”, “The future of finance”, and “Payment Ecosystems”... Click here to read more

Jim Schneider
Senior Research Analyst
Goldman Sachs

As Vice President of Food Safety, Frank Yiannas oversees all food safety, as well as other public health functions, for the world's largest food retailer, Wal-Mart, serving over 200 million customers around the world on a weekly basis.  Prior to joining Wal-Mart in 2008, Frank was the Director of Safety & Health for the Walt Disney World Company... Click here to read more

Frank Yiannas
Vice President of Food Safety 

    Panelists and Moderators   

Tim Brown is a Vice President of Information Technology Services at USAA, a leading financial services company headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with offices throughout the United States and Europe... Click here to read more

Accomplished IT executive with twenty years experience in defining and integrating change into Fortune 500 companies. Creative, energetic, and... Click here to read more

Tim Brown
VP IT Services
Paul Cocuzzo
Executive Director, Manuf. IT Division
Merck & Co.

Founder and CEO of BanQu, the first ever blockchain Economic Identity platform (patent pending) and network that creates long-termeconomic resilience/ independence for refugees and people living in extreme poverty across the globe. He is also currently... Click here to read more

Ashish Gadnis 
 Founder and CEO

Peter Harris is co-founder of Chain Business Insights and Research Principal. Pete has worked with disruptive and transformative enterprise technologies for nearly 40 years. A former software architect and IT project manager at the London Stock Exchange, he has worked with IT leaders, such as... Click here to read more

Pete Harris
Lighthouse Partners, Inc.

Jalak Jobanputra is Founding Partner of Future\Perfect Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund in NYC focused on next generation technology such as blockchain and machine learning. FPV’s portfolio includes Abra, Open Garden, Blockstream, Bitpesa, FuseMachines, Everledger and Blockchain... Click here to read more

Jalak Jobanputra   Founding Partner
Future/Perfect Ventures

Mira Ganor joined the faculty of the University of Texas School of Law in 2008. Professor Ganor graduated with a JSD and LLM from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She received her LLB, MBA, and BA in economics and management from Tel-Aviv University. Before moving to California, she practiced... Click here to read more

Mira Ganor  
Research Professor in Law
UT Austin
Dave Hendricks

Mayur Kapani is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE) where he oversees all technology groups within ICE, including NYSE and Interactive Data.

Prior to his role as CTO, Kapani served as SVP, Trading Technology.  Since joining ICE, Kapani assumed technology responsibility for all ICE futures and... Click here to read more

Mayur Kapani 
Chief Technology Officer 

Tuur Demeester is Editor in Chief at Adamant Research... Click here to read more.

Tuur Demeester    Editor in Chief
Adamant Research

Ryan is the Director of Corporate Payments at Ripple.  Ryan has over 17 years of experience across FinTech, treasury and capital markets.  Ryan started his career in FinTech as a product manager at Parlano.  Post graduate studies at Northwestern, Ryan worked on the equity desk at Baird, building out the desk analyst team to add quantitative and... Click here to read more

Ryan Gaylor
Director of Corporate Payments Ripple

Dave Hirsch, J.D., CFE, is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law and clerked for Judge Edward J. Schwartz in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.  After his clerkship, Dave was a litigator in the Los Angeles office of McDermott, Will & Emery.  Dave then co-founded a private investigation firm ...Click here to read more

Dave Hirsch
Enforcement Attorney

Jason Kelley leads IBM Global Blockchain Services, partnering with client organizations and consortia to unleash the exponential business value of blockchain technologies and reinvented business process. His teams provide the thought leadership and consultive capabilities... Click here to read more

Jason Kelley   
General Manager

Shimon Kogan is a Visiting Associate Professor in Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a permanent finance faculty member at IDC Herzliya, and was previously on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, University of Texas at Austin, and The Wharton School.

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Shimon Kogan
Visiting Associate Professor

A finalist for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award, Bryan has 25 years of experience founding and growing Exact Systems (1991), Perficient (NASDAQ: PRFT) (1997), Fusion Learning Systems (2001), and Mahana (2013). Bryan is the founder and CEO of Verimos, which recently launched in Austin... Click here to read more

Bryan Mennell  

Bertrand Portier is an IBM Distinguished Engineer in IBM’s Financial Services Sector organization.  In his role, Bertrand helps IBM clients apply blockchain technology in the context of their specific business objectives. Click here to read more

Bertrand Portier Distinguished Engineer IBM

Alex Lakatos is partner in the Washington, DC office of Mayer Brown’s Litigation and Financial Services Regulatory and Enforcement practices. Alex has over 20 years of experience helping financial services companies to navigate complex litigation, enforcement and regulatory challenges.

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Alex Lakatos
Mayer Brown's Cryptocurrency, ICO's and Fraud group

Douglas Morrice holds the Bobbie and Coulter R. Sublett Centennial Professorship in Business. He is also Professor of Operations Management and the Director of the University of Texas Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence .... Click here to read more

Douglas Morrice
Professor of Operations Management UT Austin

Sam currently serve as Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Chronicled, which leveragesblockchain and IoT technologies to deliver smart supply chain solutions. Prior to serving as CMO,she led product development and architecture as Chief Product Officer for 3 years... Click here to read more

Sam Radocchia  Co-Founder

Stephen McKeon is an Associate Professor of Finance at University of Oregon. His research focuses on cryptoassets, security issuance, and M&A, and has been published in top finance journals, as well as popular press outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and NY Times...Click here to read more...

Steve McKeon
 Associate Professor of Finance 
University of Oregon

Radia Perlman is a Fellow at Dell EMC.  Her specialties include network protocols, cryptography, and network security. She developed the technology for making network routing self-stabilizing, largely self-managing, and scalable.  She also invented the spanning tree algorithm...Click here to read more

Radia Perlman Fellow
Dell EMC

Ron Resnick is a business development professional with over 25 years of experience successfully growing high technology businesses and their ecosystems. Prior to his appointment as EEA’s first Executive Director, Ron served as President and and Chairman of the Board for AirFuel Alliance... Click here to read more

Ron Resnick
Executive Director
Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

Jimmy Song is a Bitcoin Core Contributor and former VP of Engineering for Armory. He caught the Bitcoin bug back in 2011 and started contributing to Bitcoin open source projects since 2013. He’s the author of the upcoming book Programming Bitcoin. Jimmy teaches Bitcoin programming in his seminar... Click here to read more

Jimmy Song
 Venture Partner
Blockchain Capital

Laura Starks's research on finance issues has appeared in leading academic journals including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Business, and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, among many others. She has presented her work at universities around the world and received a number of... Click here to read more

Laura Starks
 Professor of Finance
UT Austin

Rohit has been on the bleeding edge of C-Suite Advisory around Blockchain, ICO's, Data Management and Cloud Adoption. Throughout his career Rohit has enjoyed IT architecture work around contemporary IT technologies. He continues his passion as a hands on / certified architect in several of the emerging Blockchain Protocols since 2013...Click here to read more

Rohit Tandon
Elevondata, Chainworks

Dr. Sriram Vishwanath is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Vishwanath received his B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras...

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Sriram Viswanath 
Professor of ECE
UT Austin
Speaker Name

    Conference Organizers 

Cesare is an associate professor of finance in the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the school in 2009 after completing his doctorate in finance from UCLA Anderson.  His primary research interest is in the area of corporate finance.  . His research includes work on fintech, corporate governance... Click here to read more

Cesare Fracassi Associate Professor of Finance
UT Austin

Prabhudev is the Associate Dean of Instructional Innovation, William H. Seay Centennial Professor of IM, past Chairman of the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management in the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin. He founded the MS program in Business Analytics (MSBA) and more recently... Click here to read more

Prabhudev Konana Professor of IM
UT Austin

Meeta Kothare is the Managing Director of the Social Innovation Initiative and adjunct professor at McCombs School of Business and LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT-Austin. Previously, she founded Neeva Solutions, a management consulting firm assisting nonprofits and dedicated to social impact. Kothare holds a Ph.D. in Finance and... Click here to read more

Meeta Kothare
 Managing Director SII
UT Austin









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