Combiz Abdolrahimi, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of the Treasury. Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi is a national security lawyer, innovation and technology expert, and serves as a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He develops, consolidates, and coordinates policy development and use cases for new and evolving financial technologies and innovation, emerging payments, regulatory and financial services issues. He also serves as Treasury’s Representative to the Federal Identity Forum (FedID) Planning Committee. In this role, he is responsible for bringing a unified and harmonized voice to key identity issues important to Treasury – and national – priorities.
Combiz Abdolrahimi, Deputy Government Chair of the 2017 Blockchain Forum & Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Dr. Victoria Adams, Senior Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton. Dr. Adams has over 30 years’ experience supporting Federal Agencies (e.g., DOT, FHWA, USAID, VHA, EPA, GSA, DOE, and DoD), Fortune 500 companies (e.g., Unilever, Sony, and Lucent), and non-US governments (e.g., UK, Slovakia, the Russian Federation, and Austria). She is a nationally recognized expert on blockchain. She has spoken at numerous blockchain conference and meetings and is the author of a forthcoming book on blockchain in the Federal government. She has also led blockchain implementations in the Federal government and has provided educational briefing on blockchain to numerous senior Federal managers.
Paul DiPietra, Biometrics & Digital Identity, IBM Global Business Services. As one of the world’s leading research organizations, IBM is committed to fostering the collaborative effort required to transform how people, governments and businesses transact and interact. As a Managing Consultant with IBM Global Business Services, Paul works in partnership with clients to design and implement innovative digital identity solutions. Prior to joining IBM, Paul held senior policy positions in the Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation, where he facilitated the integration of new technologies into operational environments. Paul previously served for seven years in the U.S. Navy and holds an MA from Georgetown University and a BA from the University of Southern California.
John Edge, co-founder DISC, Fellow MIT Connection Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. John Edge is an entrepreneur specializing in systems design operating at the forefront of technology driven transformation in over the last two decades.
John is a co-founder of DISC, a new non-bank payment services platform which has partnered with the UK government to launch a government to citizen solution for financial access leveraging distributed ledger technology.
In 2014 John co-founded ID2020, a non-profit Public-Private Partnership with the principals that those in need should be able to access an identity that is personal, private, portable and persistent.
John is a fellow at MIT Connection Science, focused on unlocking the potential of the digital networks that surround us to foster innovation and improves lives.
Mark Fisk, Partner, IBM Digital, Global Business Services. Mr. Fisk is a Partner in IBM Digital for Global Business Services focused on the Public Service Industry. Mr. Fisk has over twenty-five years of experience in executive consulting, release management, project management, software development, and technical leadership roles.
As leader of IBM’s Public Service Blockchain initiatives (#blockchain) he is working with federal/state governments, higher education institutions, as well as citizen advocates in order to address dilemmas with the current roadblocks which reduce value and prevent trust, transparency, and accountability in today’s business networks.
Todd Hager, Vice President, Strategy Innovation, and Quality, MacroSolutions (Moderator). Todd Hager is Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Macro Solutions and has been working with Macro since early 2015. He provides leadership in strategy, innovation, quality, marketing and practice development. His nearly 30 years of federal work includes financial and analytics systems, contact center applications, agile application development, application governance, and DevOps.
Todd is the Industry Chair for the ACT-IAC Emerging Technology Community of Interest, Co-Chair for the ACT-IAC Blockchain Working Group, a member of the AGA Financial System and Technology Committee, a member of the AGA Blockchain Working Group, and a member of the GAO Agile Experts Working Group. He is a certified PMP, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and ITIL v3 certified.
Rouven Heck, Project Lead, Digital Identity, ConsenSys. Rouven has a computer science background and over 10 years experience in banking IT, having worked for Deutsche Bank in various IT project & program management, architecture and strategy roles in Germany, Hong Kong and New York. Rouven represented Deutsche Bank in the R3 distributed ledger consortium working groups for Architecture & Collaborative Lab before joining ConsenSys early 2016.
Andrew Keys, Head of Global Business Development, ConsenSys. Andrew drives business development and enterprise strategy for ConsenSys and co-founded ConsenSys Enterprise, to create Fortune 500 Ethereum blockchain solutions.
Andrew co-created the first Ethereum Blockchain-as-a-Service offering with Microsoft and was a catalyst to the creation of Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, an open-source cross-industry initiative focused on permeating Ethereum technology through enterprise.
Andrew comes to ConsenSys with capital markets, healthcare, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, Andrew worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was involved within multiple hedge funds and broker dealers in alternative asset investing. After, he co-founded a healthcare revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereum.
Andrew graduated from Loyola University in Maryland and University of Auckland with degrees in economics and international finance.
Todd Miller, U.S. Representative, ChromaWay. Todd Miller is the US Representative for ChromaWay, a leading blockchain software provider. Based in Washington, DC, he leads the company’s strategy for partnership creation and business development for the US market. Mr. Miller guided technology product development and industry partnership initiatives for more than ten years at Fannie Mae. Prior to that, he led innovation projects as a consultant at Price Waterhouse and HP/EDS consulting.
He earned a BA at the University of Wisconsin and an MPA at New York University in Management. Mr. Miller is a member of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals.
David Nguyen, Chief Executive Officer, United Solutions. David T. Nguyen is a creative thinker and passionate innovator who wants to change the world with great technology. He has over 15 years of experience transforming commercial, government, and non-profit enterprises. He formed United Solutions with the vision of helping people do extraordinary things with technology. Today, his company is building technology such as A/I, ML, NLP, and Blockchain to reinvent management, reimagine workforce, and redesign value chains. Also, it is the winner of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Free Enterprise Award, Smart CEO Cornerstone Award, and Alliance for Workplace Excellence Award.
David serves on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Development Board, and The Community Foundation. He is a life learner and welcomes new challenges. He holds a Juris Doctorate (JD) from the Antonin Scalia Law School, a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in Biochemistry, Physiology & Neurobiology and Computer Science from the University of Maryland. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Certified SAFe Practitioner (SAFe SP).
Jessica Renier, Senior Adviser, Domestic Finance, United States Department of the Treasury. Jessica Renier is Senior Adviser on Domestic Finance at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Prior to joining Treasury, she was a manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations practice specializing in blockchain technology and digital identity. Jessica previously worked at the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Dallas, J.P. Morgan Securities, and the Hoover Institution. Jessica holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is an Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Aleksandar Zelenovic, Strategy and Consulting Practice Lead, Sapient Consulting, Public Sector. As a Strategy Lead, Aleksandar focuses on creating long-lasting solutions at the intersection of technology, innovation, and business. He has 20+ years supporting U.S. and overseas clients from Fortune 500 companies to government, including DHS, GSA, USAID, FDIC, and SEC. His approach to leadership generates results by focusing on end-customer value, rapid prototyping, and organizational learning. Aleksandar is an expert in business and digital strategy, Blockchain, DevOps/Agile, transformation, modernization, advanced analytics and organizational design. He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan where he received the prestigious Seley Scholars Award. He is currently implementing Blockchain for a major federal client.