European Program Overview

Welcome to the European hub at the Blockchain Revolution Global, co-hosted by leading industry stakeholders, namely the Blockchain Research Institute Europe (BRIE), a European blockchain think tank, and Blockwall, a European venture capital fund focused on blockchain technology.

At the European hub we want to display the state of blockchain technology in Europe and where this path is going to be taking us. For one, attendees will hear from representatives of supranational and national policy-makers about the current regulatory environment in the context of digital assets and how this environment is currently being adapted to complement blockchain technology in a globally exemplary fashion. Further, our program will discuss the importance of funding nascent ecosystems in the context of the complementary roles that venture capital investors take alongside sovereign investors in promoting and enabling innovation in Europe. The interplay between these stakeholder groups is essential in closing the funding gap in the European blockchain venture market and thereby facilitating the emergence of exceptional ventures and business models. The need for bringing together innovators and pioneers with industry-leading enterprises and corporates will be explored as it is embodied in the mission of bridging the gap between the technological functionality of blockchain and the real market need. These parties need to be brought together to collaborate and cooperate on innovation and development in order to identify and pinpoint the true advantages and opportunities that blockchain technology offers. This lays the foundation for these solutions to be tailored to and implemented in traditional industries and business processes, as exemplified in the utilization of blockchain technology in supply chain ecosystems today. At the same time, the challenges of implementing blockchain technology will be evaluated in order to shed light on those business cases that are poised to disrupt traditional industries in the near future.

These topics will be discussed throughout a series of high-profile and insightful panels with a focus on how and why enterprises are engaging with blockchain technology. Attendees will gain first-hand insights into their perspective on the opportunities and challenges of implementing and investing in blockchain technology.

Thank you to our panelists for their contribution in shaping the future of innovation in Europe!

Supported by:

BRG Europe 500x500
Bloclwall 500x500
  • BigchainDB
  • BMW Group
  • Boerse Stuttgart
  • Bpifrance
  • Camelot ITLab
  • Daimler Mobility
  • Dentons
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners
  • Dis3bute
  • European Central Bank
  • European Commission
  • European Investment Fund
  • Fraunhofer FIT
  • IBM
  • Kaufmann & Partners
  • KfW Capital
  • German Federal Ministry of Finance
  • LBBW Venture Capital
  • Mastercard
  • Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI)
  • Nestlé
  • Ocean Protocol
  • PharmaLedger
  • Robert Bosch
  • Robert Bosch Venture Capital
  • Siemens
  • Vendia

2020 European Hub Speakers

Muneeb Shah

Muneeb heads Trade, Supply Chain and Energy Industry Business Units at R3. With 14+years of global diversified experience, Muneeb has been evangelizing and leading implementations of cross industry blockchain solutions. In his current role, Muneeb has a strong focus on blockchain / de-centralized ledger business models for physically applicable use cases, ecosystems and consortium building Continue reading

Robin Pilling

Robin is an expert on distributed applications for connected industries, with demonstrated experience in business development and product management. He combines business savvy and technical expertise to help solve complex problems for businesses and deliver customer-centric software solutions. Currently, Robin leads the development of a community-built, automated business transaction network for mobility as Technical Lead Continue reading

Laurenz Apiarius

Founder & Managing Partner of Blockwall, the biggest German Blockchain Venture Capital Investor. Blockwall is a pioneer and thought leader of investing in Blockchain technologies that thrives for best execution to create value for a Blockchain-based digital world by enabling investors and entrepreneurs. He is also non-executive director in two family businesses, and serves as Continue reading

Maria Pia Aqueveque Jabbaz

She is CEO and founder of Maqueveq & Co, strategic and corporate advisory on digital asset projects and investments and DTCODE company dedicated to innovation using blockchain technology, through collaborative R + D. The last two years has represented the Blockchain Research Institute in Hispanic America & Spain. María Pía is also Board Member of Continue reading

Ivan de Lastours

With more than 100 blockchain startups financed, 1 direct and 8 indirect equity investments for a global amount of nearly 50 millions euros, Bpifrance is the main supporting player in the French blockchain ecosystem. Ivan de Lastours coordinates this support and internal projects as we as a key financial services provider are directly impacted. He Continue reading

Jörg Goschin

As founder and experienced investment professional, Jörg has in-depth market knowledge and a close-knit network in the venture capital community. Previous stations of his career include Metzler, The Boston Consulting Group, BNP Paribas, Cerberus, Blackstone and Alstin. Jörg holds a PhD in finance and diploma in electrical engeneering and economics. Together with Alexander Thees, he Continue reading

Till Stenzel

Till has 10+ years of international strategy and finance experience both with start-ups and large German corporates. He has worked on transactions in Europe, US and Asia both from an investor as well as a start-up perspective. Till holds a PhD from Imperial College, London, and is a CFA Charterholder.

Anthony Day

Anthony is a Partner in IBM’s UK & Ireland Blockchain team. He leads Blockchain transformations and creation of new business networks for IBM clients across a range of industry sectors. Anthony is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of helping clients achieve growth, define impactful digital strategies and launch new businesses powered by exponential Continue reading

Valeria Hoffman

Valeria Hoffmann is a senior associate in Dentons’ Frankfurt office. She specializes in capital markets, banking and securities law as well as digitalization of the financial industry, including Blockchain / Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and smart (legal) contracts. She advises national and international clients, in particular foreign issuers in connection with listings/IPOs on European Stock Continue reading

Pēteris Zilgalvis

Pēteris Zilgalvis is the Head of Unit for Digital Innovation and Blockchain in the Digital Single Market Directorate in DG CONNECT and is the Co-Chair of the European Commission FinTech Task Force. He was the Visiting EU Fellow at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford for 2013-14, where was an Associate of the Political Economy Continue reading

Greg Medcraft

Greg Medcraft was appointed Director of the OECD’s Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs in November 2017, where he leads the OECD’s standard setting and policy work on corporate governance, anti-corruption, responsible business conduct, competition, financial education and consumer protection, capital and financial markets, investment, pensions, insurance, public debt management, and blockchain. Mr. Medcraft has Continue reading

Andreas Kind

Dr. Andreas Kind is Head of Cybersecurity Technology and Blockchain at Siemens. He received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Bath, UK and worked in various positions at IBM Research from 2000 until 2018. During this time, his team was key contributor to the Hyperledger Fabric Blockchain Project. Andreas’ research interests Continue reading

Jens Herrmann

Technology is a passion for Jens, who is with Deutsche Telekom for more than 15 years now. He combines his international wholesale business background with entrepreneurship, innovation and foresight topics, as well as strategy and investment work.

Klaus Löber

Klaus Löber is Head of the Oversight Division of the European Central Bank. His areas of responsibility encompass the oversight of financial market infrastructures, payments instruments and schemes including their safety and efficiency, risk management and cyber resilience as well as related EU and global regulatory activities. Prior to this, Mr Löber was Head of Continue reading

Bruce Pon

Lars Singbartl

Former Partner and head of Germany of Warburg Pincus, a global Growth Equity Investor. Currently, Lars is engaged as investor in Base Technology and SaaS companies with focus on Blockchain Technology, IoT and Cybersecurity. Lars graduated in Information Technology & Business Administration at European Business School and participated at INSEAD’s “”Leadership Excellence”” executive program following Continue reading

Shruthi Rao

Shruthi Rao is the Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer of Vendia, a multi-cloud serverless platform for sharing distributed data in real time. Previously, she founded Blockchain at AWS, where she launched and grew Amazon Managed Blockchain and Amazon Quantum Ledger Database. Head of Business Development for AWS’ Serverless portfolio of services including Lambda, API Gateway, Continue reading

Peter Busch

Peter works in Strategic Mobility Technology of Bosch. He is working on the future Connectivity strategies for the Mobility Business Units of the Bosch Group and as consultant for the Executive Board. He has 25+ years of experience in international project management, coaching and training in SW/HW development. He received his degree in computer science Continue reading

Raimund Gross

I have a passion for innovation and driving adoption of new technology and trends within enterprises. I believe that change – be it digitization or others – needs to be driven mindfully within existing structures to be successful. Being exposed to new topics and constant learning keeps me motivated and engaged. While I am technology Continue reading

Jan Westerhues

Jan Westerhues is Investment Partner and authorized signatory with Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH ( in Frankfurt, Germany. Jan is involved in all phases of the investment process and was/is board member of US, EU and Asian deep tech start-ups. Prior to this position Jan was responsible for Bosch Corporate Strategy in the Asia Pacific Continue reading

David Palmer

David Palmer is the Vodafone Business IoT lead for blockchain. He has worked in the IoT sector for 10 years and has been instrumental in the Vodafone Business assessment and exploration of Blockchain technology and its potential to add value in the IoT eco-system. More recently David has been exploring the application and integration of Continue reading

Bodo Bokämper

Bodo has a broad business perspective with a strong expertise in strategy and procurement. He has successfully developed business strategies on corporate level and conducted process improvement initiatives. He has a track record in building high performance teams and in leading operational procurement functions. In his current position Bodo is responsible for the digital transformation Continue reading

Alexander Höptner

Alexander Höptner (born 1970) took up the post as CEO of Boerse Stuttgart GmbH and Euwax AG on January 1st 2018. Besides strategy his area of responsibility are Primary Markets, Marketing & Communication and Digitalisation. Alexander Höptner spent the period from 2001-2015 with Deutsche Börse AG, where he was member of the executive committees for Continue reading

Andreas von Richter

Andreas von Richter, has 21 years of experience within venture capital and high tech R&D. He has been active in the European, Israeli and US venture scene since 2007 and counts two unicorns (Solaredge and View) along his track record. Between 2007 and 2013 he initialized and managed the European & Israeli operations of GE Continue reading

Chris Ballinger

Chris Ballinger is the CEO and Co-founder of the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI), a consortium of government agencies, academic institutions, companies, and public organizations exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technology to improve mobility, transit, and logistics. Chris’ background includes senior positions in fintech, mobility and innovation. After receiving a Master’s degree in Economics from Continue reading

Clarisse Dias Da Mota

Clarisse is a Senior Manager at Novartis Pharma in Switzerland. Her most recent assignment is the first Blockchain Business Analyst role created at Novartis. She helps business functions navigate blockchain and evaluate the use of it within their own digital transformation journey. During the last 12 years of her career in Pharma finance and procurement Continue reading

Hagen Weiß

Hagen Weiß serves at the German Ministry of Finance as Senior Advisor for Financial Market Policy tasked with modernizing the regulatory environment for crypto assets. He is also a member of the German Council Presidency’s Working Group on Crypto Assets. Prior to joining the Ministry, Hagen Weiß was part of the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority Continue reading

Bjorn Tremmerie

Bjorn Tremmerie executes and monitors investments in Venture Capital Funds in Europe and is in charge of a portfolio of over 150 European VC funds at the European Investment Fund (EIF). Bjorn is involved with the Dutch Venture Initiative Funds-of-Funds where he is an investment committee member and is also a member of KfW Capital’s Continue reading