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The Rise of Decentralized Finance

The DeFi Conference 2020 is a free 1 day online conference with two tracks and over 25 global speakers sharing their knowledge on Decentralized Finance or DeFi with topics covering financial inclusion, open finance, adoption and regulation.

This event will connect entrepreneurs, liquidity providers, academics, investors, economists, regulators and others who are looking to learn and network in the decentralized finance industry and explore the current opportunities and challenges in the space.

Blockchain based decentralized finance innovations can transform the global financial system and help to create a more inclusive and transparent future of finance.

Join us for this exciting inaugural online event!

who will attend

Join CEOs, CIOs, COOs, CTOs, Heads of data science, heads of innovation and strategy, heads of IT, heads of information security, heads of engineering, heads of IT architecture, heads of emerging technology, heads of development, technical advisors, heads of strategy, heads of risk and compliance, regulators, lawyers, business transformation, data architecture, heads of applications, heads of digital, investors, venture capitalists, software engineers, research managers, development managers, marketing managers, developers, blockchain and cryptocurrency start-ups and enthusiasts and more!

why you should attend

Attend the conference and gain valuable insight into:

  • How decentralized finance is disrupting various industries: learn about the real-world case studies from organizations who have built DeFi services, products and platforms
  • Developing strategies for successful DeFi implementation
  • Consumer demands of the future
  • Discovering how DeFi can enable financial inclusion and greater participation in the financial ecosystem

Besides these insights, it’s free!  And of course you can participate from the convenience and safety of your home!

What to Expect

The focus of the event is on the opportunities that DeFi presents for financial inclusion and open finance as well as challenges in privacy, security, compliance, adoption and regulation.

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Word-Class Global Speakers

Hear from over 25+ global innovators and thought leaders in the DeFi space on the disruptive products and services they have built and expert opinions on the challenges that exist.

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Exciting Topics and Discussions

Two tracks with lots of diverse topics. Experience some of the most innovative DeFi projects and their use cases first-hand. Learn about the latest developments and trends in the space.

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Network with some of the industry’s most progressive professionals across industries such as finance, insurance, trading, investment, legal, regulation and more.


The focus of the event is on financial inclusion, DeFi adoption, compliance and regulation, open finance and security.

Time Session Speakers Venue
10:00am-10:10am Welcome Address by Master of Ceremonies Room-01
10:10am-10:30am Where are we with DeFi? Gustav Arentoft Room-01
10:30am-11:00am Introducing Aave, the Protocol for Money Market Creation Stani Kulechov Room -01
11:00am-11:20am The Rise of Exponential Decentralized Finance Lex Sokolin Room -01
11:20am-11:40am Reinventing Banking with DeFi Alex Batlin Room-01
11:40am-12:00pm Could DeFi be Africa's New FinTech? Rebecca Mqamelo Room-01
12:00pm-12:20pm Networking Room-01
12:20pm-12:40pm Unlocking DeFi to Fight Economic Inequality and Deliver Basic Income to All Anna Stone Room-01
12:40pm-13:00pm DeFi and Insurance Disruption Room-01
14:10pm-14:30pm Introduction to Decentralized Finance Carel de Jager Room-01
14:50pm-15:10pm Networking Room-01
15:10pm-15:40pm Keynote Address Jack LU (Keynote) Room-01
15:40pm-16:00pm From VOIP to MOIP: How All roads Lead to Decentralization Alex Mashinsky Room-01
16:00pm-16:20pm The Role of Privacy in DeFi Luca Cosentino Room-01
16:20pm-17:00pm Panel: Security in DeFi (Moderator: Liam James Kelly) Jonas Lamis Liam James Kelly Nathaniel Luz Room-01
17:00pm-17:20pm How to Protect Yourself in the Wild West of DeFi Miko Matsumura Room-01
17:20pm-17:30pm Closing Address by Master of Ceremonies
Time Session Speakers Venue
10:00am-10:15am Welcome Address by Master of Ceremonies Room-02
10:15am-10:35am Ethereum 2: How to Make it in this Sequel Jerome de Tychey Room-02
10:40am-11:00am DAOs: A Decentralized Corporate Governance Layer for the Internet of Value George Samman Room-02
11:00am-11:20am Gnosis and Prediction Markets Dr. Friederike Ernst Room-02
11:20am-11:40pm Crypto Investments: Examining Real Investment Data from Active Funds On Yavin Room-02
12:00pm-12:20pm DeFi Adoption and Usability Itamar Lesuisse Room-02
12:30pm-12:50pm Networking Room-02
12:50pm-13:10pm Leveraging Order Book Data to Measure Liquidity Ambre Soubiran Room-02
13:10pm-13:30pm Building Trust in DeFi: High Risk Jorge Sebastiao Room-02
13:30pm-13:50pm The Future of Stablecoins Gregory Klumov Room-02
13:50pm-14:10pm Trust is Community; Community is Trust Cornelius Gouws Room-02
14:30pm-15:10pm Panel: Privacy in DeFi Andrey Bugaevski Reuben Yap Room-02
15:10pm-15:30pm Networking Room-02
15:30pm-15:50pm Data Revolution – How Today’s Data Leaders are Abusing Your Trust and How To Fight Back Alex McDougall Room-02


Our global speakers are well-known thought leaders and experts in the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology space.

Jack Lu

Jack LU (Keynote) Founder and CEO of Wanchain

Jack Lu is an early adopter of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. He

Stani Kulechov

Stani Kulechov Founder and CEO of Aave

Stani Kulechov is the Founder and CEO of Aave, an open source

Alex Mashinsky

Alex Mashinsky Founder and CEO of the Celsius Network

Alex is one of the inventors of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol)

Jonas Lamis

Jonas Lamis Founder and CEO at StakerDAO

Jonas Lamis is the Founder and CEO at StakerDAO. He is a

Ambre Soubiran

Ambre Soubiran CEO of Kaiko

Ambre is the CEO of Kaiko, an enterprise-grade market data provider in

Lex Sokolin

Lex Sokolin Global Fintech Co-Head at ConsenSys

Lex is a futurist and entrepreneur working on the next generation of


Itamar Lesuisse Co-founder and CEO of Argent

Itamar is the Co-Founder and CEO of Argent. Itamar was previously the

Jerome de Tychey Global Head of Clients Success at Ledger

Jerome is the Global Head of Clients Success at Ledger where he

Miko Matsumura Co-founder of Evercoin and General Partner with Gumi Ventures

Miko Matsumura is a General Partner with Gumi Ventures, a US $30M

On Yavin Founder and CEO of Cointelligence

On is the Founder and CEO of Cointelligence and the blockchain and

Dr. Friederike Ernst COO at Gnosis

Friederike is the COO of Gnosis, a platform for information markets. She


Luca Cosentino Product and Go to Market at Oasis Labs

Luca is a Product Manager who built, launched and managed products at

Alex McDougall Co-founder of Bicameral Ventures

Investor, author, speaker and hater of zero-sum games. Former investment banker and

Richard de Sousa

Richard de Sousa Founder and CEO of AltCoinTrader

AltCoinTrader was developed by experienced computer programmer Richard de Sousa in 2014.

Alex Batlin

Alex Batlin Founder and CEO of Trustology

Alex is an entrepreneur with extensive banking and blockchain experience. Previously, at

Rebecca Mqamelo

Rebecca Mqamelo Head of Growth at Zerion

Prior to joining the team building the world’s most intuitive DeFi interface,

Anna Stone

Anna Stone Advisor and Commercial Lead for GoodDollar.org

Anna Stone is an accomplished leader at the intersection of social impact

Gustav Arentoft Maker

Gustav Arentoft Business Development (Europe, SEA, Africa), Maker Foundation

As a Business Development Representative for the Maker Foundation, Gustav Arentoft focuses

Liam James Kelly

Liam James Kelly Editorial Manager at Crypto Briefing

I am a writer living and working in Berlin, Germany whose work

Andrey Bugaevski

Andrey Bugaevski Project Lead at Incognito Chain

Andrey has been a guest on privacy panels as both a speaker

Rémy André Ozcan CEO and Co-Founder of Tozex

Pioneer of blockchain technology in France, Remy André Ozcan is well experienced

Nathaniel Luz Lead at Dash Nigeria

Nathaniel Luz is an award winning libertarian, lead for Dash Nigeria and

Gregory Klumov

Gregory Klumov CEO of STASIS

Gregory Klumov is a highly-profiled specialist in alternative asset management with extensive

George Samman

George Samman Advisor at Kadena and Fantom

George is a blockchain and cryptocurrency investor and advisor to global financial

Jorge Sebastiao

Jorge Sebastiao CTO, Advisor, Executive Board Member of the Government Blockchain Association (GBA)

Jorge is an international ICT speaker and seasoned CTO, with blockchain, AI,

Cornelius Gouws

Cornelius Gouws Co-founder and CEO at Octobase

Carel de Jager

Carel de Jager Lead Instructor at Blockchain Academy

Carel de Jager began his career as a Chemical Engineer in the

Reuben Yap

Reuben Yap Project Steward of Zcoin

Reuben Yap is the Project Steward of Zcoin and has played a


USD100/ ZAR1,800 (incl vat)

The exhibition provides the opportunity to meet and interact with any of the attendees. Explore exciting collaborations, create new strategic partnerships and showcase your latest blockchain and cryptocurrency solutions, products, platforms and services.

Space is limited so book your exhibition space today!

Please email us at info@bitcoinevents.co.za for any further enquiries.

What is included?

  • Exhibitors logo and website clearly displayed on the event platform during entire event
  • Exhibitors can meet directly with attendees via video call in one-on-one private sessions
  • Exhibitors can invite attendees directly from the lobby to their exhibitions

Why exhibit?

  • Target a specific industry and demographic
  • Showcase a new product or service
  • Reach a vast array of influencers, media outlets and consumers
  • Host a custom activation or demonstration of your product and/or service
  • Increase customer engagement

Watch the exhibitor instruction video below.  

The event will be hosted on the 10Times oDASH FLOOR online platform.