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The Rise of Decentralized Finance

The DeFi Conference 2020 was a free 1 day online conference hosted on the 5 August 2020. The event comprised of two tracks and 34 global speakers sharing their knowledge on Decentralised Finance or DeFi with topics covering financial inclusion, open finance, adoption and regulation.

This event connected 977 entrepreneurs, liquidity providers, academics, investors, economists, regulators and others from 85 countries, interested in learning and networking with individuals 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.


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.


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Jack Lu - Keynote Address

Wanchain: Cross-Chain DeFi

Anna Wood - Keynote Address

Silver as a Digital Asset and Payment System with Easy Liquidity

Artur Schaback - Keynote Address

The Future of Decentralized Finance in the Emerging World

Piers Ridyard

DeFi’s Scalability Problem: $30 Gas Fees and Taking the Breaks Off Growth

Lou Yu

FinTech on Chain for DeFi

Alex Mashinsky

From VOIP to MOIP: How All roads Lead to Decentralization

Anna Stone

Unlocking DeFi to Fight Economic Inequality and Deliver Basic Income to All

Jorge Sebastiao

Building Trust in DeFi: High Risk

Gustav Arentoft

Where Are We With DeFi?

Carel de Jager

Introduction to Decentralized Finance

Alex McDougall

Data Revolution: How Today’s Data Leaders are Abusing Your Trust and How To Fight Back

Alex Batlin

Reinventing Banking with DeFi

Luca Cosentino

Programming Money and Data: the Data Market Yield

Gregory Klumov

The Future of Stablecoins

Panel: Security in DeFi

Panelists: Jonas Lamis, Flora Sun and Nathaniel Luz

Moderator: Liam James Kelly

Panel: Privacy in DeFi

Panelists: Brian Condenanza and Reuben Yap

Moderator: Andrey Bugaevski

Stani Kulechov

Introducing Aave, the Protocol for Money Market Creation

Richard de Sousa

A Practical Look at DeFi: Decentralization vs. Governance

Chris Dawe

How AI and Blockchain is Not Just a Gimmick

Cornelius Gouws

Trust is Community; Community is Trust

Matthew Wright

DeFi Adoption and Usability

Lex Sokolin

The Rise of Exponential Decentralized Finance

Stani Kulechov

Introducing Aave, the Protocol for Money Market Creation

Adelyn Zhou

Securely Connecting Smart Contracts to Off-chain Data and Events

On Yavin

Crypto Investments: Examining Real Investment Data from Active Funds

Rebecca Mqamelo

Could DeFi be Africa’s New FinTech?

Ambre Soubiran

Leveraging Order Book Data to Measure Liquidity

Auryn Macmillan

Conditional Investment

Jérôme de Tychey

Ethereum 2: How to Make it in this Sequel

Miko Matsumura

How to Protect Yourself in the Wild West of DeFi


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 Founder and CEO of Wanchain

Jack Lu is an early investor in Bitcoin and Ethereum. He is

Piers Ridyard CEO of Radix DLT

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

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

Lou YU KuChain Operation Lead

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

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

Alex Mashinsky

Alex Mashinsky Founder and CEO of the Celsius Network

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

On Yavin Founder and CEO of Cointelligence

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

Jérôme de Tychey Global Head of Client Success at Ledger

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

Miko Matsumura (Keynote) General Partner at Gumi Cryptos Capital

Miko is a General Partner with gCC Gumi Cryptos Capital, a Silicon


Luca Cosentino Product and Go to Market at Oasis Labs

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

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

Flora Sun Managing Director of Binance X

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

Liam James Kelly

Liam James Kelly Editorial Manager at Crypto Briefing

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

Anna Stone

Anna Stone Advisor and Commercial Lead for GoodDollar.org

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

Andrey Bugaevski

Andrey Bugaevski Project Lead at Incognito Chain

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

Adelyn Zhou CMO and Head of Chainlink Marketing

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

Matthew Wright Head of Strategy and Operations at Argent

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

Gregory Klumov

Gregory Klumov CEO of STASIS

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

Nathaniel Luz Lead at Dash Nigeria

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

Gustav Arentoft Maker

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

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

Reuben Yap

Reuben Yap Project Steward of Zcoin

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

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,

Auryn Macmillan Product Manager for Gnosis' Conditional Token Framework

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

Cornelius Gouws Co-founder and CEO at Octobase

Cornelius has co-founded various technology startups ranging from Dreamtec to serve the

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

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

Carel de Jager

Carel de Jager Lead Instructor at Blockchain Academy

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

Richard de Sousa

Richard de Sousa Founder and CEO of AltCoinTrader

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