Cameron Arterton, Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Cameron Arterton focuses her practice on helping clients resolve tax policy issues, both legislatively and through the administrative guidance process. She brings a unique combination of substantive tax knowledge across a broad range of issues with an insider’s understanding of tax policy issues, having previously worked in senior counsel roles at the US Department of the Treasury and on Capitol Hill.
Prior to joining Steptoe she spent four years in the Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy, most recently as Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel. In that role, she oversaw the development and review of tax regulations and guidance in the areas of the Affordable Care Act, energy, excise taxes, insurance, financial products, tax-exempt bonds, tax accounting issues, and Indian tribal taxation. Ms. Arterton also assisted with the development of the “Greenbook” — the Obama Administration’s revenue proposals for the annual budget.
Ms. Arterton also has experience working on Capitol Hill, having spent four years as Ways & Means Counsel for Rep. Lloyd Doggett, a senior member of the House tax-writing committee. In that role, she was the lead staffer on tax, budget, and trade issues. Additionally, she worked in the office of Senator Joseph Lieberman prior to law school.
Jeffrey Bandman, Founding Director, LabCFTC
Jake Benson, Founder & CEO, Libra
Jake Benson is the founder and CEO of Libra. Prior to starting the company three years ago, Jake was an SAP consultant implementing payroll and business intelligence solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Initially, LibraTax was the first solution the company built to automate tax reporting across cryptocurrencies and across blockchain platforms. As blockchain technology continues to gain traction among various enterprise use cases, Libra’s Enterprise platform has become a complimentary solution for any blockchain implementation that solves for integration/middleware into existing IT infrastructure as well as enabling a leap in efficiency for supporting business processes like audit, compliance, tax, and reporting. Today, Libra is helping blockchain technology get out of the labs and into production by meeting the needs of the non-technical stakeholders of business processes.
Iddo Bentov, Post-doc, Cornell University
Jason Brett, Director of Operations, Chamber of Digital Commerce
As Director of Operations at the Chamber of Digital Commerce, Jason believes blockchain and digital asset technology can have a profound impact on financial and other sectors of the world economy for the better. Jason Brett is a former federal regulator at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) with more than 15 years of experience in financial services. At the FDIC, Jason conducted quantitative analysis during the financial crisis of 2007-2008. Jason evaluated counterparty risk, bond valuations, and credit default swaps for large institutions including Washington Mutual, Wachovia, Lehman Brothers, AIG and Bank of America.
Later, Jason worked as a consultant for RSM and Booz Allen working with U.S. financial regulators, including the Federal Reserve, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the FDIC. Jason primarily worked on the MHA program from 2011-2015 in auditing compliance of large mortgage servicers on the eligibility, underwriting, and foreclosure prevention guidelines of the program. In 2015, Jason shifted his focus to blockchain technology, where he saw the potential for regulators to increase visibility and transparency of financial companies and financial markets.
Jason graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s in government and holds a master’s in business administration with a concentration in accounting and finance from American University. He currently resides in Alexandria, Va. with his wife.
Caroline D. Ciraolo, Partner, Kostelanetz & Fink LLP
Wynn Davies, Managing Director Capital Markets, Accenture
Martin de Bie, Advisor Innovation at 216 and Chair of the Digital Working Group EFAA
David Deputy, Director of Strategic Development and Emerging Market, Vertex INC
Alex Felix, Partner, CoinFund
Alex Felix is a Partner at CoinFund. He leads investment research and advises clients on product, blockchain-based business models, token economics and crowdsale structuring. Additionally, he has 10 years of private equity and leveraged finance experience, including underwriting, researching, structuring and syndicating investments. Previously, he held roles at American Capital, BofA Merrill Lynch and RBS. Alex has a degree in Economics and Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College.
Carina C. Federico, Associate, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Graham Gal, University of Massachusetts
Graham Gal is an Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Isenberg School of Management in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems. His research interests include business ontologies, specification of internal controls, continuous monitoring, continuous reporting, organizational security policies, and controls for sustainability reporting. Dr. Gal has recently presented his work at the University of Vienna’s Value Modeling and Business Ontologies symposium, the REA Workshop at CAISE, The University of Melbourne, Marmara University’s Ethics, Fraud, Governance and Social Responsibility Symposium, and Rutgers’ Continuous Reporting and Monitoring workshops. He has published in a number of journals including; Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting, Decision Sciences, Expert Systems Review, Expert Systems, Journal of Information Systems, The Information Systems Control Journal, Advances in Accounting Information Systems. The International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, and The International Journal of Information Management. Dr. Gal is an associate editor of the Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting and The International Journal of Auditing Technology.
Steven P. Goldberg, Director, Business Risk Services, Grant Thornton
Vanessa Grellett, Executive Director, ConsenSys
Nick Guglielmo, Financial Value Advisory Services, SAP
Andrew Hwang, Managing Director of Global Transfer Pricing practice, PwC
A PhD candidate in Mathematical Physics at UC-Berkeley, Kieren has entered the Blockchain space as BlockApps’ API lead. His contributions include popular articles, writing the BlockApps API and pieces of the Ethereum Haskell client, and organizing and engaging in Blockchain research.
Andrew Keys, Head of Global Business Development, ConsenSys
Alan Kostrinsky, Director, PwC
Mark Li, Assurance Senior Manager, BPM
Mindi Lowy, Partner, PwC
Joseph Lubin, Founder, Consensys
Joseph Lubin’s career has involved various posts in the fields of technology and finance and in their intersection.
Subsequent to graduating cum laude with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton, he worked as research staff in the Robotics Lab at Princeton and then at Vision Applications, Inc., a private research firm, in the fields of autonomous mobile robotics, machine vision and artificial neural networks.
His next project was the development of an autonomous music composition tool with tomandandy music. Joseph worked as a software engineer and consultant on various projects, eventually being tipped for the role of Director of the New York office of Blacksmith, a Virginia-based software consulting firm.
Software engineering, finance and cryptography were central during employment with Goldman Sachs, eMagine’s consulting work on the Identrus project, and the founding and operation of a set of hedge funds run with a partner.
Switching gears, Joseph moved to Kingston, Jamaica to work on a set of projects in the music industry. Two years into the music project, Joseph co-founded the Ethereum Project, and has been working on Ethereum and more recently ConsenSys since January 2014.
ConsenSys began as a blockchain production studio building decentralized applications, mostly on Ethereum, and continues on this track, but has expanded its activities since inception. Many of those components are core elements that can be used to construct larger solutions as well as being standalone solutions in their own right. Since ConsenSys began operations before the Ethereum ecosystem existed, ConsenSys has also built core infrastructure elements like Ethereum clients, testing frameworks, rapid application development frameworks, and Integrated Development Environments. ConsenSys Enterprise, the professional services arm, works with various enterprises to help them formulate their blockchain strategy and develop business processes for them on private or consortium blockchains, as well as on the public Ethereum network.