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In 2021, the NFT market grew to nearly USD 41 billion, making it almost as valuable as the global art market. This growth is largely attributed to the ability of NFTs to transform value for creators, as seen in new use cases such as video games, referred to as GameFi. The increasing interest in NFTs and GameFi, however, presents risks to the stablecoin ecosystem and digital asset investors, while also raising concerns around potential exploitation of NFT markets for money laundering. This session will explore these risks and expectations for how the emerging asset class could be regulated.
Mr Evan Auyang is the Group President of Animoca Brands, a Hong Kong-based multinational blockchain technology and investment company focused on developing the digital property rights ecosystem, including play-to-earn games, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), decentralized finance (DeFi), blockchain marketplaces, infrastructure and more. Mr Auyang is also the Chairman of the Board of Civic Exchange, a non-partisan public policy think tank. He also serves on the Board of the Urban Renewal Authority, Sun Hung Kai & Co. Ltd., and Asia Financial Holdings Limited as independent non-executive director. He is an advisor for Our Hong Kong Foundation, and serves on the Transport Policy Committee of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, the Development Fund Committee of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Advisory Council for Institute at Brown for Environment & Society for Brown University, as well as the Board of Advisors of Hong Kong 2050 is Now. In addition, Mr. Auyang is a lecturer at the Hong Kong Academy of Politics and Public Policy.View the profile
Kenneth Bok is Managing Director of Blocks, a web3 advisory based in Singapore. Kenneth was previously Head of Growth and Strategy at Zilliqa, where he led ecosystem and business development. He was also lead organiser for De/Centralize 2018, a groundbreaking conference on digital assets and blockchain. Kenneth started his career in finance as an equities derivatives trader with Goldman Sachs. As a digital asset investor since 2014, he has invested in Ethereum, Cosmos and Tezos at seed-stage, and is an active angel investor in web3 startups. Kenneth speaks regularly at technology events, writes for prominent industry platforms, and has been featured on many leading media outlets. Kenneth holds an M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College and an M.A. in Philosophy from CIIS.View the profile
Research Analyst at the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS) of the Royal United Services Institute. Research focuses on the policy and security dimensions of cryptocurrency and new payment systems.View the profile
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