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YBlockchain? Episode 004: Where Global Finance, Digital Transformation, and Policy Meet


Mar 29, 2021 11:43 AM

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Michael J. Casey
Chief Content Officer @CoinDesk
Michael J. Casey is chief content officer of CoinDesk, the most influential, trusted media platform for a growing global community engaged in the transformation of the financial system and the emerging crypto economy. Previously, Casey was the CEO of Streambed Media, a company he co-founded to develop provenance data for digital content. He was also a senior advisor at MIT Media Labs's Digital Currency Initiative and a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to joining MIT, Casey spent 18 years at The Wall Street Journal, where his last position was as a senior columnist covering global economic affairs. Casey has authored five books, including "The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money are Challenging the Global Economic Order" and "The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything," both co-authored with Paul Vigna.
Kyriacos Kokkinos
Deputy Minister to the President of Cyrpus for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy @The Government of Cyprus
Kyriacos Kokkinos is the Deputy Minister to the President for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy. He previously served as the Chief Scientist for Research & Innovation of the Republic of Cyprus, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Research & Innovation Foundation and Member of the National Board of Research & Innovation. He is a distinguished professional with 30 years of experience in Executive Management, Technology and Business Consulting, served at senior Executive roles in global corporations such as IBM Europe (Executive Director & Partner) and PwC. He also served at the Board of Directors of many Organisations, including Invest Cyprus (Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency - CIPA), the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO), the Cyprus Port Authority (CPA), and the Board of Trustees of the Cyprus Institute. He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for professional excellence.
Diana Barrero Zalles ‘17
Moderator & Organizer
Diana Barrero Zalles has a finance background with expertise in blockchain and other emerging technologies, innovative business models, and regulatory implications. She has conducted a national AML/CFT risk assessment on virtual assets for the Parliament of Cyprus, in addition to compiling regulatory recommendations and taking part in drafting the country’s new blockchain legislation. Diana has also written a book on the role of emerging technologies to add data transparency and clarity for sustainability-minded companies seeking ESG funding. She founded and currently runs a blockchain discussion forum at the International Center for Finance of the Yale School of Management and is an active working group member of the industry association Global Digital Finance, having published industry guides for Central Bank Digital Currencies and market integrity for crypto trading platforms. She also published research on stablecoins and decentralized financial market infrastructures.