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Hong Kong Blockchain Week 2020! VIP Virtual Welcome Event!

Olga Yaroshevsky
Content Strategist at NexChange Group
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Hong Kong Blockchain Week 2020
November 16, 2020, Online, Hong Kong, China
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Olga Yaroshevsky
Content Strategist at NexChange Group
Henri Arslanian
Global Crypto Leader at PwC
Urszula McCormack
Global Banking & Finance Fintech Sector Lead at King & Wood Mallesons
Scott Littlewood
Head of Business Developement at TZ APAC
Scott Thiel
Asia Head of Global Technology and FinTech sector initiative at DLA Piper

Olga Yaroshevsky has become a personality known in the global blockchain community for her media management and content work with NexChange Group and previously with Tokenbox project. Her interviews with widely respected figures in the blockchain world are renown and include talks with Roger Ver, Brock Pierce, John McAfee, and Dirk Ahlborn.Before joining the blockchain industry, Ms Yaroshevsky worked as journalist, interviewer, editor and reporter for TV channels in Moscow and Kiev, Ukraine, while contributing to a number of magazines and printed journals. In 2014 she moved to the United States, where she worked as an editor and writer for RT news website and pursued an academic career as a teacher of Russian language and literature for students of AU, Georgetown University, Russian Cultural Centre and post-graduates involved in the international Alfa Bank fellowship program.Ms Yaroshevsky graduated from the Journalism Department at the Russian State University for the Humanities. In 2010, she completed her PhD research in Russian literature (philology) and received a scientific degree.

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Henri Arslanian is the PwC FinTech & Crypto Leader for Asia, the Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong where he teaches the first FinTech university course in Asia.Henri leads PwC’s FinTech efforts in Asia and is very active across the FinTech ecosystem working not only with FinTech start-ups but also traditional financial institutions. Henri also leads PwC’s crypto efforts and advises numerous crypto exchanges, crypto funds, Initial Coin Offering (ICO) / Security Token Offerings (STOs), stable coins as well as traditional financial institutions and regulators in relations to their crypto initiatives and policies.With over 500,000 followers on LinkedIn, Henri has been awarded many industry and academic awards over the years from being regularly named one of the Most Influential Individuals in FinTech in Asia to being awarded the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal for Academic Excellence.

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Urszula McCormack is one of Asia’s leading blockchain and financial regulatory lawyers, with a focus on emerging technologies and financial crime. In 2018, she was recognised as a Financial Times Top 10 Legal Innovator of the Year. Urszula advises global banks, custodians, regulators, multilaterals, virtual asset issuers, new DLT developers, payment providers, market makers, asset managers and other innovators on new products, compliance and licensing. Urszula’s work in the technology arena covers:• trading platforms and market conduct;• payment technologies;• financial services licensing;• blockchain based virtual assets and CBDCs;• digital platforms, including SVFs, rules based OTC desks and regulated exchanges;• custody solutions; and• eKYC / KYC utilities and digital identity projects. Spanning these areas, she advises on privacy regulation, digital transformation and algorithmic design. Urszula is a member of the SFC Fintech Advisory Group, Co-Chair of the Fintech Association Policy & Advocacy Committee and a member of the ASIFMA Fintech Working Group and Global Digital Finance KYC Working Group. She is regularly called on to brief financial regulators and transnational bodies.

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Scott Littlewoord is the Head of Business Development in TZ APAC. He is an early adopter of cryptos and the co-founder of the first fully regulated, institutional grade crypto fund, as well as a securities custodian focused on digital assets in Singapore. Scott is a former emerging markets finance professional specialising in asset protection and cross border asset structuring for private individuals, trusts, family offices and asset managers.

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Scott Thiel is DLA Piper’s Asia Head of Technology, Blockchain & Digital Assets and FinTech. His background in engineering and dual qualifications in both intellectual property law and computer science provide him with unique insight, and deep interest, in the technical aspects of all things blockchain and fintech-related. Scott has deep experience advising clients on all aspects of technology, media, and telecoms-related matters, and has guided some of the largest and most innovative global companies in their digital evolution strategies and processes as they adopt blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies regionally and beyond. Scott’s technology focus is of extra importance at DLA Piper as he leads a number of tech-related initiatives within the firm, such being a member of the firm’s Radical Change Council and being DLA Piper’s representative on the Hedera Hashgraph Governing Council. Through this, Scott has helped guide DLA Piper through its own digital evolution process as the firm adapts to a more agile and connected future by way of technological advances.

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