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YBlockchain? Episode 005: Decentralizing the Financial System: Innovation and Regulation


Sep 30, 2021 12:14 PM

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Tim Swanson
Tim Swanson, Head of Market Intelligence at Clearmatics; Founder & Director of Post Oak Labs
Tim Swanson is the founder and director of research at Post Oak Labs and Head of Market Intelligence at Clearmatics. He is also the creator of the Tau Protocol. He was previously a visiting research fellow at the Singapore University of Social Sciences as well as at Sim Kee Boon Institute at Singapore Management University. He worked in East Asia for more than six years and is currently based in the US. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University. His 2015 paper: “Consensus-as-a-service: a brief report on the emergence of permissioned, distributed ledger systems” popularized the term “permissioned” blockchain (or ledger), a topic which remains a mainstay at fintech conferences globally. He is the author of three books: "Great Wall of Numbers: Business Opportunities and Challenges in China," "Great Chain of Numbers: A Guide to Smart Contracts, Smart Property and Trustless Asset Management," and "The Anatomy of a Money-like Informational Commodity: A Study of Bitcoin." He is currently an ad
Alexis Goldstein
Financial Policy Director, Open Markets Institute
Alexis Goldstein is a financial regulatory expert and former Wall Street professional. She previously worked on financial regulatory policy, climate finance, consumer and investor protection, and higher education for Americans for Financial Reform. Goldstein is also an advisory board member for the Project on Predatory Student Lending at Harvard Law School. Prior to working in advocacy, Goldstein spent seven years working on Wall Street as a programmer at Morgan Stanley in electronic trading, and as a business analyst at Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank in equity derivatives. She acted as a product manager for the trading and risk management software used by the global equity options flow trading desks. She also worked as a co-organizer and teacher for Girl Develop It in New York, a group that conducts low-cost programming classes for women, and has written two web programming books, including co-authoring “HTML5 & CSS3 for the Real World”. Goldstein has been published widely, including
Diana Barrero Zalles '17
Moderator & Organizer
Diana Barrero Zalles is Director of ESG & Climate Tech at Emergents @ Weild & Co., advancing investment banking at the intersection of traditional finance and digital assets with a focus on cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and climate tech. She is also co-author of the book Transparency in ESG and the Circular Economy: Capturing Opportunities Through Data, which discusses the importance of environmental, social, and governance issues in today’s connected world, and the role of emerging technologies to uphold sustainability. Diana founded and currently runs a blockchain discussion forum at the International Center for Finance of the Yale School of Management and is a Forbes contributor on digital assets, having published industry research on stablecoins, central bank digital currencies, market integrity for crypto trading platforms, and decentralized financial market infrastructure. She also advised the Parliament of Cyprus to establish a regulatory framework for digital assets and AML/