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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 35 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 35+ 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 Chris Dawe (Master of Ceremonies) Online - oDASH platform
10:10am-10:30am Where are we with DeFi? Gustav Arentoft Online - oDASH platform
10:30am-11:00am Introducing Aave, the Protocol for Money Market Creation Stani Kulechov Online - oDASH platform
11:05am-11:25am The Rise of Exponential Decentralized Finance Lex Sokolin Online - oDASH platform
11:25am-11:45am Reinventing Banking with DeFi Alex Batlin Online - oDASH platform
11:45am-12:05pm Could DeFi be Africa's New FinTech? Rebecca Mqamelo Online - oDASH platform
12:05pm-12:25pm Unlocking DeFi to Fight Economic Inequality and Deliver Basic Income to All Anna Stone Online - oDASH platform
12:40pm-12:50pm Networking Online - oDASH platform
12:55pm-13:25pm Keynote Address: Silver as a Digital Asset and Payment System with Easy Liquidity Anna Wood (Keynote) Online - oDASH platform
13:25pm-13:55pm Keynote Address: The Future of Decentralized Finance in the Emerging World Artur Schaback (Keynote) Online - oDASH platform
14:00pm-14:20pm A Practical Look at DeFi: Decentralization vs. Governance Richard de Sousa Online - oDASH platform
14:20pm-14:35pm Introduction to Decentralized Finance Carel de Jager Online - oDASH platform
14:35pm-14:55pm How AI and Blockchain is Not Just a Gimmick Chris Dawe (Master of Ceremonies) Online - oDASH platform
14:55pm-15:10pm Networking Online - oDASH platform
15:10pm-15:40pm Keynote Address Jack Lu (Keynote) Online - oDASH platform
15:40pm-16:00pm From VOIP to MOIP: How All roads Lead to Decentralization Alex Mashinsky Online - oDASH platform
16:00pm-16:20pm Programming Money and Data: the Data Market Yield Luca Cosentino Online - oDASH platform
16:20pm-17:00pm Panel: Security in DeFi (Moderator: Liam James Kelly) Jonas Lamis Flora Sun Liam James Kelly Nathaniel Luz Online - oDASH platform
17:00pm-17:20pm How to Protect Yourself in the Wild West of DeFi Miko Matsumura Online - oDASH platform
17:20pm-17:30pm Closing Address by Master of Ceremonies Chris Dawe (Master of Ceremonies) Online - oDASH platform
Time Session Speakers Venue
10:00am-10:10am Welcome Address by Master of Ceremonies Chris Dawe (Master of Ceremonies) Online - oDASH platform
10:15am-10:35am Ethereum 2: How to Make it in this Sequel Jérôme de Tychey Online - oDASH platform
10:40am-11:00am DAOs: A Decentralized Corporate Governance Layer for the Internet of Value George Samman Online - oDASH platform
11:00am-11:20am To Be Confirmed Lou YU Online - oDASH platform
11:20am-11:40am Crypto Investments: Examining Real Investment Data from Active Funds On Yavin Online - oDASH platform
12:00pm-12:20pm DeFi Adoption and Usability Matthew Wright Online - oDASH platform
12:40pm-12:50pm Networking Online - oDASH platform
12:50pm-13:10pm Leveraging Order Book Data to Measure Liquidity Ambre Soubiran Online - oDASH platform
13:10pm-13:30pm Building Trust in DeFi: High Risk Jorge Sebastiao Online - oDASH platform
13:30pm-13:50pm The Future of Stablecoins Gregory Klumov Online - oDASH platform
13:50pm-14:10pm Trust is Community; Community is Trust Cornelius Gouws Online - oDASH platform
14:10pm-14:30pm Regulation of Digital Assets Rémy André Ozcan Online - oDASH platform
14:30pm-15:10pm Panel: Privacy in DeFi (Moderator: Jack Purdy) Brian Condenanza Jack Purdy Andrey Bugaevski Reuben Yap Online - oDASH platform
14:55pm-15:10pm Networking Online - oDASH platform
15:30pm-15:50pm Data Revolution – How Today’s Data Leaders are Abusing Your Trust and How To Fight Back Alex McDougall Online - oDASH platform
15:50pm-16:10pm Securely Connecting Smart Contracts to Off-chain Data and Events Adelyn Zhou Online - oDASH platform
16:10pm-16:30pm DeFi's Scalability Problem: $30 Gas Fees and Taking the Breaks Off Growth Piers Ridyard Online - oDASH platform
16:50pm-17:10pm Conditional Investment Auryn Macmillan Online - oDASH platform


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

Chris Dawe (Master of Ceremonies) Co-Founder and CEO at Effect.AI

Chris is the Co-founder of Effect.AI which builds data processing software on

Jack Lu

Jack Lu (Keynote) Founder and CEO of Wanchain

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

Artur Schaback (Keynote) COO and Co-founder of Paxful

Artur Schaback is the COO and Co-founder of Paxful, a people-powered marketplace

Anna Wood (Keynote) Marketing and Training Executive at Silgonex

Anna is a motivational speaker, business women, gold, silver investor and fitness

Piers Ridyard CEO of Radix DLT

CEO of Radix DLT, Piers Ridyard is a YC Alumni and successful

Lou YU Business Development at KuCoin Exchange

Straight from Paris, Lou has several experiences in the crypto area including

Stani Kulechov

Stani Kulechov Founder and CEO of Aave

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

Jonas Lamis

Jonas Lamis Founder and CEO at StakerDAO

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

Alex Mashinsky

Alex Mashinsky Founder and CEO of the Celsius Network

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

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

Jérôme de Tychey Global Head of Client Success at Ledger

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

On Yavin Founder and CEO of Cointelligence

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

Brian Condenanza CTO of Bidao

Brian is the Chief Technology Officer at Bidao, a decentralized finance and 

Adelyn Zhou CMO and Head of Chainlink Marketing

Adelyn Zhou is head of marketing for Chainlink, the leading decentralized oracle

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

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

Flora Sun Managing Director of Binance X

Flora Sun is the Managing Director of Binance X, an initiative to


Luca Cosentino Product and Go to Market at Oasis Labs

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

Richard de Sousa

Richard de Sousa Founder and CEO of AltCoinTrader

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

Rebecca Mqamelo

Rebecca Mqamelo Head of Growth at Zerion

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

Alex McDougall Co-founder of Bicameral Ventures

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

Alex Batlin

Alex Batlin Founder and CEO of Trustology

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

Jack Purdy Research Analyst at Messari

Jack is a Research Analyst at Messari where he extensively covers the

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

Matthew Wright Head of Strategy and Operations at Argent

Matthew is Head of Strategy & Operations at Argent, the first smart wallet

Anna Stone

Anna Stone Advisor and Commercial Lead for GoodDollar.org

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

Nathaniel Luz Lead at Dash Nigeria

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

Rémy André Ozcan CEO and Co-Founder of Tozex

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

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,

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

Auryn Macmillan Product Manager for Gnosis' Conditional Token Framework

​Auryn is the product manager for Gnosis’ Conditional Token Framework. After creating

Cornelius Gouws

Cornelius Gouws Co-founder and CEO at Octobase


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.


Become one of our DeFi Conference 2020 sponsors and showcase your brand, product and services to our global audience. If you would like to receive the sponsorship prospectus, please click the button below. For any enquiries please email us at info@bitcoinevents.co.za. The main sponsorship packages are listed below. Prices include vat.



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Exhibition booth

Included in a press release to our media sponsors

Included in newsletters

Logo on website

Logo on registration page

Social media promotion

Logo on social media cover images

Logo on the virtual wall banner

Logo on digital programme

Speaking slot: 30 mins Keynote

Archived on website

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Referred to as the main sponsor

Exhibition booth

Included in a press release to our media sponsors

Included in newsletters

Logo on website

Logo on registration page

Social media promotion

Logo on social media cover images

Logo on the virtual wall banner

Logo on digital programme

Speaking slot: 20 mins

Archived on website

Post event report



Referred to as the main sponsor

Exhibition booth

Included in a press release to our media sponsors

Included in newsletters

Logo on website

Logo on registration page

Social media promotion

Logo on social media cover images

Logo on the virtual wall banner

Logo on digital programme

Speaking slot

Archived on website

Post event report