Day 1 – Sydney – ASX

Opening & Conference

A dynamic and informative day filled with engaging discussions, valuable networking opportunities, and expert insights into the rapidly-evolving blockchain and digital asset industry. Join us for an exploration of transformative ideas in digital assets, payments, and banking with a focus on the future of finance.

Themes Include:

  • Industry: Exploring blockchain applications and impact across various industries and sectors, including challenges and opportunities.
  • Innovation: Discovering transformative ideas and innovations, shaping a brighter, efficient future for the financial technology industry.
  • Payments: Navigating payment solutions, revolutionising transaction experiences for the modern financial ecosystem.
  • Banking: Redefining modern banking, fostering enhanced services and customer-centric experiences in the digital age.

Day 1 Conference Proudly Hosted By

Blockchain Week Opening Address

Master Of Ceremonies: Dr Jane Thomason, Chair – World Metaverse Council

8:15 am

Welcome To Country

Donna Ingram

A Message From The Chair

Michael Bacina, Chair – Blockchain Australia

CEO Welcome Address

To Be Announced, CEO – Blockchain Australia

ASX Opening Remarks

Dan Chesterman, Group Executive, Technology and Data, Chief Information Officer – ASX

Government Address


Blockchain & Accelerating NSW Emerging Tech Adoption and Industry Growth

Katie Knight,  Chief Executive Officer – Investment NSW



The Future of Payments: Building Trust, Compliance, and Security in Blockchain and Digital Assets

Ashok Venkateswaran, Vice President and Head of Digital Assets and Blockchain, APAC – Mastercard

Panel Session


Banking on the Future: A Conversation on the Evolution of Financial Services

[MOD] Michael Bacina, Chair – Blockchain Australia
Sophie Gilder, Managing Director, Blockchain & Digital Assets – Commonwealth Bank
Howard Silby, Chief Innovation Officer – NAB
Nigel Dobson,  Banking Services Portfolio Lead – ANZ



Paying it forward: future-proofing Australia’s financial system

Trevor Power, First Assistant Secretary of the Financial Systems Division – Commonwealth Treasury

Fireside Chat


Future-Proofing Traditional Financial Infrastructure Using Blockchain

[MOD] Aaron Patrick, Senior correspondent at The Australian Financial Review
Michael Shaulov,
CEO and co-founder –  Fireblocks


Morning Tea

Panel Session


Setting the Stage: Charting the Trends & Evolution of Blockchain in Australia – A Retrospective and Visionary Panel Discussion

[MOD] David Elliot, Executive Director – Agile Digital
Mike Meisels, Senior Enterprise Account Executive – Chainalysis
Margaret Rosenfeld, Chief Legal Officer – Cube Group, Inc.
Shane Verner, ANZ Sales Director – Fireblocks
Adriana Belotti,
Governance Program Manager – Algorand Foundation

Fireside Chat


Across the Pacific: A Dialogue on the Evolution and Future Trajectory of Binance

[MOD] Liya Dashkina, Head of Investor Relations and Investment Operations – Reinventure Group
Ben Rose, Regional General Manager: Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands – Binance




CBDC: It’s complicated!

Dilip Rao, Program Director Australian CBDC Pilot Project – DFCRC

Panel Session


Revolutionising Payment Systems: Innovations and Advancements with NAB, Mastercard, Canvas and Circle

[MOD] Candace Sjogren, Senior Vice President – Zero Hash
Kate Cooper
, Executive, Digital Assets – National Australia Bank
Aaron Boyd, Vice President, Payment Security & Risk, Cyber & Intelligence – Mastercard
Ben Morris, Director, Web3 & Gaming APAC – Circle
David Lavecky, CEO & CO-Founder – Canvas



Panel Session


The Future of Digital Currency Exchanges: Trends and Predictions for the Next Decade

[MOD] Paul Derham, Managing Partner – Virtual Assets, Financial Advisory, Derivatives, FX, Licensing at Holley Nethercote 
Adrian Przelozny, CEO – Independent Reserve
Jonathan Miller, Managing Director- Kraken Australia 
Caroline Bowler, CEO – BTC Markets
Karl Mohan, GM Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa –

Panel Session


The Power of Blockchain in Payment Systems: Leveraging Monoova, Block Earner, Ripple and Novatti for Secure and Transparent Transactions

[Mod] Hannah Glass, Senior Associate – King & Wood Mallesons
Effie Dimitropoulos,
Executive General Manager, Transactions Group – Novatti
Christian Westerlind Wigstrom, Co-Founder and CEO – Monoova
Ross Edwards, Senior Director, Client Solutions and Delivery, CBDC – Ripple
Charlie Karaboga, CEO & Co-Founder – BlockEarner 

Panel Session


Investment for Tomorrow: A Look at the Future of Digital Trading Platforms with the ASX, Zerocap and Bamboo

[MOD] Angela Clark, Founder – Wallet Nation
Paul Stonham,
General Manager, DLT Solutions – ASX
Ryan McCall,
CEO – Zerocap
Blake Cassidy,
CEO – Bamboo


Afternoon Tea



Game-Changing Innovation: Immutable as the Backbone of Decentralised Web3 Economies

Robbie Ferguson, Founder – Immutable 

Panel Session


The Institutionalisation of Crypto: How Digital Currency Exchanges are Adapting to New Market Demands

[MOD] Lisa Wade, CEO – DigitalX
Ben Rose,
Regional General Manager: Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands – Binance
Jessica Renden,
CEO – Cointree
Alex Harper,
Co-Founder and CEO – Swyftx

Panel Session


Building the Future: From Web2 to Web3 – Contributing to the betterment of the planet

[MOD] Zunilka C. Whitnall,  New Product and Innovation LeadUNICEF
Brad Bond,
Head of Emerging Technologies – Mantel Group
Vincent Gramoli, CTO – Redbelly Network
Prashant Gami,
CEO & Founder – x·enabler
Andrew Zhou,
Metaverse Continuum Business GroupAccenture

Fireside Chat


Surviving Disruption and Regulatory Uncertainty: Strategies for Navigating Industry Turbulence with Digital Surge and Korda Mentha

Alice Dillon, Deputy General Counsel – Immutable
Josh Lehman,
Co-Founder – Digital Surge
Paul Hewson,
Director & Digital Asset Lead – Korda Mentha



Official Closing

Eric Wu, Head of Growth – RelayPay
Michael Bacina,
Chair – Blockchain Australia

VIP Sponsored Drinks

5:30pm - 7:00pm

VIP Sponsor, Speaker & Member Networking Event

Day 1 Afterparty – Registration Now Open!

Official Day 1 Afterparty

Brought to you by Kraken & WenTravel
Hosted by RelayPay

Date:  Monday, 26 June 2023
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Ivy Sunroom, Sydney

We are pleased to announce the highly-anticipated afterparty for Day 1 of Blockchain Week Australia, brought to you by WenTravel and Kraken.

​The afterparty promises to be an unforgettable experience, with a lively atmosphere and the perfect opportunity to unwind after a day of insightful discussions.

​Expect an evening filled with excitement as you mix and mingle with fellow industry leaders. We’ve spared no expense in ensuring that the event is nothing short of exceptional. Join us in the luxurious Ivy Sunroom, featuring a beautiful outdoor terrace, exquisite lighting, and top-notch sound system.

​Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with the brightest minds in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space, and to celebrate the start of Blockchain Week Australia in style. Register now to secure your spot at this must-attend event. We can’t wait to see you there!