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Speakers

CEO

Darrell O’Donnell

Darrell O’Donnell is a visionary force behind Continuum Loop Inc., a boutique consultancy dedicated to crafting and guiding decentralized ecosystems. With a knack for launching and leading startups in critical industries, he has a proven track record of success. Darrell co-founded the Trust Over IP Foundation, chairs multiple technical standards, and advises top startups, established corporations, and governments. His expertise and insights are in high demand, making him a driving force in the world of decentralized ecosystems.

Head of Product & Business Development

Tony Rose

Tony Rose is a seasoned product and business development executive with over 20 years of experience. As Head of Product at Input Output Global Atala Prism, Tony has driven successful product commercialization in emerging technologies. With a passion for blockchain, Tony played a pivotal role in deploying Apple and Google Pay, revolutionizing contactless payments. An advocate for SSI innovation, Tony contributes to organizations like Good Health Pass and the Linux Foundation.

Impact Leader

Stefania Barbaglio

Dynamic and visionary businesswoman at the cutting edge of Finance, Gaming, Identity, AI, and Web3 Technologies. Stefania brings over a decade of expertise in equity markets and crypto, driving disruptive, high-impact projects. Renowned as a sought-after advisor, she has played pivotal roles in leading blockchain initiatives and provided strategic guidance to diverse private and listed companies across sectors. Stefania is at the forefront of the financial and crypto landscape as the founder of the Web3 agency Cassiopeia Services and the creator of the influential podcast FinancialFox. Recognized as one of the UK’s foremost crypto evangelists and businesswomen, she is an exceptional networker and captivating public speaker. She was featured as a top 10 female influencer by Yahoo Finance in 2022.

Advisor & Investor

Jerry Fragiskatos

Jerry Fragiskatos was a highly accomplished Strategic Executive with 20+ years of experience in driving large-scale technology transformations. With a strong background in aerospace, manufacturing, finance, and government, he excelled in various industries. During his tenure as the Chief Commercial Officer at Input Output Global, Jerry played a crucial role in Cardano’s success, driving adoption and securing strategic partnerships. His expertise also extended to the emerging Blockchain and Web3 Industry.

Academic Technologist

Adam Rusch

Adam Rusch is the President of the Summon Association, a Swiss organization based in Zug. He is also a teaching assistant professor at the School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a disruption and innovation scholar at Gies College of Business. With a focus on information technology and community building, Adam researches and teaches about innovative group formations. He has experience in education technology consulting and custom learning management systems.

FOUNDER & INFLUENCER

Erin Gambrel

Erin is a prominent stock trader, content creator, and influencer in the web3 and crypto space. Over the past few years, she has cultivated the persona of The Blonde Broker and leveraged her success in the stock market to establish a platform dedicated to educating and empowering women in the world of finance. Erin’s passion for sharing her knowledge has gained her widespread recognition; keep an eye out for her upcoming TV Series, “The Future of Money,” where she will continue to inspire and educate audiences about the ever-evolving landscape of finance.

Advisor & Investor

Adrian “Drop” Santalla

Adrian “Drop” Santalla is an internationally renowned record producer and audio engineer based in Miami, with a career spanning over two decades. He has earned multiple platinum and gold plaques and Grammy nominations. In 2020, Drop authored the autobiography “Untold Stories from Behind the Board.” The individuals featured in his book appear in his upcoming documentary series “Untold Stories from Behind the Board,” which was set in motion in 2022. Drop’s extensive experience in music, combined with his ventures in tech for businesses and celebrities, sets him apart as a unique figure in the field. Notably, he has worked on hit singles such as “Lean Back” by Terror Squad, “Me, Myself, and I” by Fat Joe, and various albums by Pitbull, Gloria Estefan, Juvie the Great, and DJ Khaled. Santalla’s exceptional talent and expertise have left a lasting impact on the music industry.

Founder

Hassan Michael

Hassan Michael is the founder of DApp360 Workforce and a passionate blockchain enthusiast. With experience as a software developer, he combines his technical expertise with a deep understanding of blockchain technology. As the Cardano South Florida Ambassador, Hassan actively promotes the adoption of Cardano and its potential for decentralized applications. His dedication to innovation and passion for blockchain drive his commitment to advancing the industry.

VP of Policy

Cody Carbone

Cody Carbone is the Vice President of Policy at the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the world’s leading trade association representing the digital asset and blockchain industry. At the Chamber of Digital Commerce, he leads all federal policy education and advocacy efforts with Congress, and the White House. Previously, Cody spent six years in the office of public policy at Ernst & Young (EY), where he led federal government engagement and advocacy efforts on issues related to financial services and technology. Cody has also spent time serving as legislative staff in the US House of Representatives and US Senate.

Cody received his Juris Doctorate (JD) and Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Syracuse University and is admitted to the New York State Bar. Cody currently lives in Washington, DC.

Founder & Chairman

Dom Carosa

Dom is the Chairman of Hivello and has over 25 years of experience combining business and technology. He is also the Founder and Chairman of TSX listed fintech Banxa Holdings, Co-Founder of crypto fund Apollo Crypto and has invested in over 50 technology based companies via his venture fund Dominet Venture Partners.

German Filmaker & Artist

Florian Reinhardt

Florian Reinhardt, born in Bonn, Germany in 1978, is a filmmaker and photographer. With 20 years of experience in the film industry, he has achieved success as a director and shareholder of an independent film production company. Florian’s passion for capturing moments led him to photograph over 1024 EXIT signs over a period of 10 years, finding fascination in their visual and tactile qualities. For him, EXIT signs symbolize opportunities to let go and reflect on life’s journey. Florian’s work aims to connect individuals and spark introspection, inviting viewers to contemplate their own “exit” moments and experiences. Based in Cologne, Germany, Florian Reinhardt continues to create thought-provoking art through film and photography.

CMO & Partner

Nick Betancourt

Nick Betancourt is a PR professional with 20 years of industry experience and journalism background. He believes in making PR accessible to everyone, regardless of budget constraints. With a focus on emerging technologies and FinTech, Nick has a successful track record of launching clients in this space. Through his venture, PRAI, he offers a comprehensive PR tool for college students and recent graduates, providing access to top-level PR software, an AI-powered reporter database, a press release builder, and real-time analytics. PRAI empowers students and companies to succeed in PR with tools and education.

Founder

Laura Brugioni

Laura Brugioni is the founder of studentreader.io, a platform that empowers students by facilitating opportunities in the education and workforce ecosystems. Through StudentReader.io, students gain access to equal opportunities, education, and job prospects. The platform fosters unity, equity, and inclusivity by bringing verified institutions, students, and mentors together. Laura’s vision is to create a more inclusive educational environment where everyone works together to promote unity and empower students to change the world.

Head of Development

Riley Kilgore

Riley Kilgore is Head of Development for Summon Platform and was the creator of the ADAO smart contract, putting the first DAO smart contract on the Cardano blockchain. Riley ensures that product development meets Summon’s needs, fosters communication between developers and the other team members, and codes Summon products. He has a degree in computer science from the University of Washington and left his previous job as a software engineer to work full-time in blockchain.

General Counsel

Matthew Bowen

Matthew Bowen is General Counsel for Summon Labs and Head of Commercialization for the Summon Platform. He has a law degree from Marquette Law School with experience in intellectual property law, business law, legal consulting strategic planning, commercial real estate, startup law, and corporate law. Before entering the blockchain space, Matt worked in the banking industry.

Co-Founder & CFO

Justin Rosenberg

Since working as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen, Mr. Rosenberg has advised and raised capital for start-ups for over 20 years. These have included companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and the TSX Venture Exchange. Justin is originally from Sydney, Australia and is now based in Toronto, Canada.

Co-Founder & CSO

Frank Albanese

Frank Albanese is Co-founder & CSO at Snapbrillia, where he helps lead R&D, Web3, and AI research. Previously, Frank is a YCombinator alum (W21, CTO), Henry Ford Health System alum (software engineer, data scientist), 2023 LabLab AI hackathon winner, cat dad, and songwriter (Maddock Park, AVIVA).

CPO

Jacek Grebski

Jacek Grebski has enjoyed a fifteen-year career in digital with multiple exits and has been working in blockchain and the broader cryptocurrency sphere for ten of those years. Prior to joining Topl, he was the board-appointed global SVP of Strategy, Product & Design at Originate, an innovation consultancy with offices in NYC, LA, SF and Berlin. He has won multiple Webbies, where he later served as a judge, AdWeek Agency of the Month, Behance Interaction Awards, and an SVIEF top innovator award, to name a few. He holds an MBA from ESADE (2008) and a Bachelors in Science from Tulane University (2001).

Co-Founder & CEO

Andrew Smith

Andrew is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hivello. With over 15 years of experience in online, mobile and FinTech business’, Andrew was previously a co-founder and Director of European Operations for Banxa; beginning in Australia in early 2014 and exiting the business in 2021 as a TSX-listed fintech.