Blockchain, Cybersecurity and FinTech – Meet our Experts

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On October 18, The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore, Women in Housing and Finance and the George Washington University School of Business are creating a special Blockchain technology program featuring cyber security, legal and regulatory experts Carol Van Cleef, Samantha J. Pelosi, Jonathan Levin, and Tone Vays.

 Our experts will offer a program for both novices and experts in the Blockchain space, discussing the legal and regulatory landscape, as well as reviewing financial opportunities for FinTech, cyber security and software solutions providers.

If you’re interested in cryptocurrencies, blockchain, ledger-based technologies, and smart contracts, what side chains are, why multi-signature and key recovery service (KRS) are important, and the newest generation of cryptocurrencies, this is the program for you!

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samantha-pelosiSamantha J. Pelosi is a Senior Vice President of Payments and Innovation at Bankers Association for Finance and Trade.   She drives the association’s activities in payments, innovation, financial crime, and cybersecurity.   Samantha is an attorney with nearly 20 years of legal and regulatory experience in payments, compliance, and international business transactions.

Previously, Ms. Pelosi held several positions at The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She was Manager of the Retail Payments Section and Senior Attorney of the Regulation Section.  Prior to the Fed, Ms. Pelosi was the Global Head of Compliance for Travelex Global Business Payments (now Western Union Business Solutions).

Ms. Pelosi also held the position of Senior Counsel at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and worked as an associate attorney at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster. Pelosi obtained her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and her bachelor of arts degree in political science, magna cum laude, from Duke University.

jonathan-levin-headshotJonathan Levin is a co-founder of Chainalysis, the leading provider of anti-money laundering solutions to Bitcoin companies, banks and government agencies. He was previously CEO at Coinometrics, where he lead a team of data scientists to measure the activity and health of the Bitcoin network. Jonathan was a postgraduate economist at the University of Oxford where his research focused on Virtual Currencies, creating one of the first statistical models of Bitcoin transaction fees. He consults regularly to governments, top tier banks and payment companies on the future of digital currencies.

Chainalysis is building the compliance layer for the future of value transfer. Providing investigation tools to identify the source of Bitcoin funds and counterparties, Chainalysis forms part of an effective AML program for Bitcoin businesses and Banks. They specialize on detection of suspicious activity and real-time analysis. They currently have customers among banks, fintech companies active in the bitcoin and blockchain space, the cyber intelligence community and government agencies.

tone-vaysTone Vays is a blockchain researcher at LibertyLifeTrail where you can find his latest research on Bitcoin, Blockchain, sound economics and privacy. Tone has been working on Wall Street for almost 10 years starting as a Risk Analyst at Bear Stearns and later becoming a VP at JP Morgan Chase in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.   His expertise is in Economic Trends, Trading and Risk Analysis. Ever since getting involved in the Cryptcurrency ecosystem in early 2013, he has been very active in spreading the relevance and importance of this technology as it helps promote economic freedom.

He was formerly Head of Research at BraveNewCoin after previously writing about trading and economics at CoinTelegraph.  Tone holds a Masters Degree in Financial Engineering from Florida State University along with Bachelor Degrees in Mathematics and Geology.

Speaker: Carol Van Cleef

carol-van-cleef-pictureA respected author and speaker, Carol Van Cleef advises all types of money services businesses (MSBs), including domestic and foreign money remitters, digital currency and Blockchain technology companies, mobile apps, third‐party payment processors, and stored value and prepaid access programs.   She is a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.   Publicly traded companies, private equity funds and other entities seek Carol’s advice on matters involving emerging and alternative payments companies. Carol helps clients address legal and regulatory challenges, structure investments and transactions, undertake changes in control, and conduct due diligence. In addition, she develops solutions for troubled organizations.

A certified anti‐money laundering (AML) specialist, Carol created a series of AML compliance training programs sponsored by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, and attended by regulators from 45 states and representatives of domestic and foreign banks, securities firms, MSBs, and other entities. She also developed and leads an AML Compliance Bootcamp for Digital Currencies, which has been attended by miners, exchangers, processors, software developers, ATM operators and bankers.

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