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Keynote Speakers

Headshot of Keynote Speaker Ritesh Jain

Ritesh is an Entrepreneurial Technology Leader and Board Advisor with two decades of global experience in Digital Technology, Business Transformation, and Operations with Fortune 500 companies such as HSBC, VISA, and Maersk, to name a few. Most recently he was building an enabling function to build the bank of the future at HSBC. Ritesh is a visiting lecturer, regular speaker, author, Diversity and Inclusion Advocate, member of the G20 initiative for financial inclusion, and mentor to the UK Parliament Digital Service and various start-ups. He is also an Advisor to Harvard Business Review (HBR), payment regulators, and government bodies for women empowerment and child rights protection, and is working on initiatives in social and financial inclusion along with Open Banking in the EU and Africa.

Headshot of Keynote Speaker Sunayna Tuteja

Sunayna Tuteja is the Head of Digital Assets and Blockchain at TD Ameritrade, where she is responsible for building a scalable blockchain and crypto practice, inclusive of partnerships, investments, and products that harness the growing power of blockchain technology. Previously, Sunayna led an entrepreneurial “tiger team” at TD Ameritrade to break down barriers to investing, launching industry-first partnerships and products with cutting-edge startups and leading technology companies including Apple, Amazon, Google, and Tencent. Sunayna is currently working on her Juris Doctorate at Stanford Law. Outside of work and school, she adventures the skies in her Cessna. Stay connected on Twitter @Sunayna.

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Headshot of Advisory Board member and speaker Kristin Boggiano

Co-Founder and President, CrossTower 

Kristin Boggiano, Co-Founder and President of CrossTower, was formerly the Chief Legal Officer of crypto exchange software provider AlphaPoint. Before that, she served as a structured products lawyer at Schulte Roth, where she handled cases related to CDOs, CLOs and credit derivatives. Kristin has also worked as a regulatory lawyer on Dodd-Frank policymaking and rulemaking, as well as cases involving hedge funds and other institutions invested in digital assets. Kristin is the founder of the Digital Asset Regulatory Legal Alliance (DARLA) for general counsels. For more see www.crosstower.com.

Co-Founder, Fintech Beat

Chris Brummer is a lecturer, author, and Faculty Director of the Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown. He has earned an international reputation as a premier thought leader in financial services and the law, and is a tireless advocate of diversity and inclusion. For over a decade, Chris has offered insights to nonprofits and policymakers on how firms and governments can best understand and react to new developments and challenges in the financial system. He also serves as both a member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Subcommittee on Virtual Currencies and the Consultative Working Group for the European Securities and Markets Authority’s Financial Innovation Standing Committee. Chris is the founder of Washington DC’s Fintech Week and host of the Fintech Beat podcast.
Headshot of speaker Shimon Ben-David

Field CTO, WekaIO

As WekaIO’s Field CTO, Shimon Ben-David actively engages with customers and partners to track emerging trends and bring actionable feedback to Engineering and Product Management, with a focus on Financial Services and Life Science. In his near six years at WekaIO, Shimon has held leadership roles in both Support and Sales Engineering organizations. Prior to joining WekaIO he ran Support Services for Primary Data, XtremIO, and IBM. Shimon met the leadership team of WekaIO when he managed IT at XIV, acquired by IBM in 2007.

Headshot of speaker Nick Curcuru

Data Scientist, Advanced Analytics Partners

Nick Curcuru, Data Scientist and chief consultant at Advanced Analytics Partners, is passionate about helping organizations become “stewards” of people’s data. He believes that in today’s connected world, data is a reflection of each individual and must be handled with the utmost respect. This is why he is fervent about how organizations utilize data and how they architect their data systems. Nick has architected advanced analytic solutions utilizing two primary methods: one based in privacy and one security by design. Both solutions are developed around trust in how data is collected and used.

Headshot of speaker Charles Fan

Charles Fan is co-founder and CEO of MemVerge. Prior to MemVerge, Charles was the CTO of Cheetah Mobile, leading its global technology teams, and an SVP/GM at VMware, founding the storage business unit that developed the Virtual SAN product. Charles also worked at EMC and was the founder of the EMC China R&D Center. Charles joined EMC via the acquisition of Rainfinity, where he was a co-founder and CTO. Charles received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Cooper Union.

Headshot of speaker Shahin Khan

Shahin Khan is founding partner at OrionX.net, where he analyses technologies, policies, and marketing strategies that define the Informa–tion Age. This includes IoT, 5G, HPC/AI, Cryptocurrencies, and Quantum-based solutions, the top 5 technologies that enable Digital Transformation (DX). He uses this work to help OrionX position, launch, and generate demand for companies and products in a way that is authentic, practical, and competitively strong. You can see some of this thinking in presentations on SlideShare and in the reports/webinars on OrionX.net. Shahin serves on the board of directors of Wizmo (SaaS) and Massively Parallel Technologies (code modernization) and is an advisor to CollabWorks (future of work).

Headshot of speaker Kurt Kuckein

Kurt Kuckein is Vice President of Marketing for DDN, with responsibilities for Product and Corporate Marketing.   Kurt joined DDN in 2015 and has held roles in both product management and marketing.   Prior to joining DDN, he was a product manager for backup and recovery solutions at EMC in the Data Protection Division, ran marketing and product management for the Storage Solutions Group at Silicon Graphics (SGI), and way back when, Kurt ran special IT projects for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Headshot of speaker Addison Snell

Addison Snell is the CEO of Intersect360 Research and a veteran of the High Performance Computing industry. He launched the company in 2007 as Tabor Research, a division of Tabor Communications, and served as that company’s VP/GM until he and his partner, Christopher Willard, Ph.D., acquired Tabor Research in 2009. During his tenure, Addison has established Intersect360 Research as a premier source of market information, analysis, and consulting. He was named one of 2010’s “People to Watch” by HPCwire. Addison holds a master’s degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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