Speakers and Attending Investors

Kathleen Hays
Top economics reporters and anchors
Kathleen Hays is one of the top economics reporters and anchors in the country, having covered the U.S. economy, the Federal Reserve, and global economy trends for 30 years on television and radio, and in the print and electronic media.

Kathleen is Bloomberg Media’s Global Economics and Policy Editor, appearing on Bloomberg TV and Radio to cover the global economy and global central banks, and the policymakers who run them, distilling down the latest news headlines and trends that drive global financial markets.

As part of Bloomberg Media’s joint U.S.-Asia coverage, she appears daily on Bloomberg Television’s and Bloomberg Radio’s “Daybreak Asia” shows. She also appears throughout the Bloomberg broadcast cycle with interviews of global macro newsmakers.

She is known nationally for her coverage and analysis of the Federal Reserve and the impact Fed policy has on markets; in particular her insightful, in-depth interviews with top Fed officials. And she is now specializing as well in the central banks and economies across Asia.

Hays joined the Bloomberg multimedia team in 2006, serving on Bloomberg Television as economics editor and anchor of “On the Economy.”

Kathleen came to Bloomberg TV from CNN where she served as Economics Correspondent for the network and appeared weekly on a weekend program, “On the Story.” She also anchored “The Flipside” and “CNN Money Morning” on CNNfn. Hays wrote a popular column called “Hayswire” and a Daily Eyeopener for CNNMoney.com.

Her TV career started at CNBC in 1990, when she was hired to be part of a three-person team on the daily business and economics talk show, “Business Insiders.” Hays became one of the key players on the morning show “Squawk Box,” known for coverage of the bond market, interest rates, and the U.S. economy. She was also Economics Editor for the network, hosting several segments throughout the day.

Hays started her career at Market News International, a financial news service, which she helped found and where she served on the board of directors. She was Economics Correspondent and New York Bureau chief from 1984 to 1986. In 1987 she joined Reuters to work on the Money Desk, covering domestic and global bond and currency markets, and central bank policy.

In 1989 Hays moved to Investors Business Daily, a national daily business newspaper, where she served as National Economics Correspondent and New York Bureau Chief.

She attended Stanford University where she earned her B.A. and M.A. in Economics. She is a past officer of the Money Marketeers of NYU.

Alex Mashinsky
Managing Partner
Governing Dynamics (mashinsky.com, governingdynamics.com)
Alex is one of the inventors of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) with a foundational patent dating back to 1994 and is now working on MOIP (Money Over Internet Protocol) technology. Over 35 patents have been issued to Alex, relating to exchanges, VOIP protocols, messaging and communication.

Alex is a serial entrepreneur and founder of seven New York City-based Startups including Celsius Network, GroundLink, Transit Wireless, Elematics and Arbinet raising more than $1 billion and exiting over $3 billion. Alex founded two of New York City’s top 10 venture-backed exits since 2000: Arbinet, with a 2004 IPO that had a market capitalization of over $750 million; and Transit Wireless, valued at $1.2 billion.

Alex has received numerous awards for innovation, including being nominated twice by E&Y as ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’, in 2002 & 2011; Crain’s 2010 Top Entrepreneur; the prestigious 2000 Albert Einstein Technology medal; and the Technology Foresight Award for Innovation (presented in Geneva at Telecom 99).

As one of the pioneers of web-based exchanges, Alex authored patents that cover aspects of the Smart Grid, ad exchanges, Twitter, Skype, App Store, Netflix streaming concept and many other popular web companies. Additionally, Arbinet’s fundraising story was featured as a case study in 2001 by Harvard Business School.
Currently based in New York, Alex serves as a Managing Partner of Governing Dynamics. The firm has invested in Cryptocurencies and ICO’s as well as startups focused on AI/ML, biotech and cybersecurity.
Alex has invested in over 60 startups over the years, recording many successes and an equal number of failures. As a prominent figure in the New York entrepreneurial scene, he has previously been a member of the YPO’s NYC chamber. He believes that “the secret to success is finding something to do in which your skills can exceed your ambitions.”

Grace Chen
Director of Investment sourcing
Meixin Finance
Previously with Greenland Group USA with over 5 years of experience in real estate development, where she was responsible for over $6B in real estate projects. Dual Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics of Finance and Economics from SNUY Binghamton.
Meixin Finance is a leading cross-border financial technology platform provides Chinese wealth managers end to end solutions with access to global investments assets, aim to lower the transaction cost and drive efficiency . We provide streamlined execution to an expanding list of alternative investments, capital markets syndicate offerings, structured solutions and real assets.
S. M. Quamrul Hasan
Senior Procurement Specialist
The World Bank
Quamrul Hasan is a Senior Procurement Specialist at the Governance Global Practice of the World Bank in Washington DC. He is an MBA with an undergrad in Engineering. He led the World Bank’s engagement in the modernization of public procurement and coordinated the e-Government Procurement initiatives in the South Asia, Africa, and Europe and Central Asia regions. Quamrul takes interest in the adoption of disruptive technologies in the areas of public procurement.
Tra Vu
Chief Operating Officer
Kambria and OhmniLabs
Tra Vu, Ph.D., P.E. is the Chief Operating Officer of Kambria and OhmniLabs. In her current role, she is scaling OhmniLabs’ robotics and AI products and services, and further expanding the reach of the Kambria open innovation protocols platform. Before joining these two companies in the Silicon Valley, she was an adjunct professor at New York University Tandon School of Engineering, and a Technical Director at Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI). Tra was responsible for leading a team in designing the first city-wide Transit Signal Priority system in New York City.

Tra has a strong educational background in Civil Engineering and has expertise in economics and finance. She earned her Master’s in Financial Engineering and her PhD in Transportation Planning & Engineering from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Tra is a graduate of the highly regarded LeadershipITE program.

Tra is an active member of various non-profit professional organizations. She is the 2017 President of ITE Met Section and a lead organizer of the popular un-conference event TransportationCamp in New York. In her spare time, she loves to play sports and attend concerts.

Liang Bai
01Caijing and 01 Thinktank
Liang Bai founded of 01Caijing and 01 Thinktank. He is a former director of finance report center(Beijing) and Fintech research center of China Business News, former secretary general of China Financial Leasing 30 Forum.

01Caijing (01caijing.com) is an independent Fintech knowledge service platform, a leader and innovator of China’s Fintech study, in terms of data, research, media, consulting, and training.

Visraant Iyer
Co-founder and CFO
Visraant is the co-founder and CFO of Chord. He attended Northwestern University, and is a Master in Public Policy Candidate at Harvard Kennedy School, where he is specializing in urban innovation and financial inclusivity. Over the past few years, Visraant has moved between the private and public sectors, gaining experience as an operational and project manager, as well as a technology director for political campaigns and the Office of US Senator Tammy Duckworth. He is passionate about using data and technology to improve the quality of life in an equitable way for people from all backgrounds and demographics.
Kyle Fry
Chief Financial Officer
MLG Blockchain

Kyle Fry is the Chief Financial Officer of MLG Blockchain, a global enterprise blockchain and ICO consulting and development firm. Kyle is also a Certified Blockchain Expert (Blockchain Council) and is involved in various blockchain network groups such as Columbia Blockchain Alliance (CBA), BlockchainNYC.org, and Blockchain Education Network (BEN).

Prior to his role at MLG, Kyle spent almost 10 years at Credit Suisse in the M&A group focusing on technology clients and transactions predominately in FinTech and payments. Kyle has announced over $70 billion in transactions having led numerous deals from initial engagement to closing. Prior to Credit Suisse, Kyle was a financial analyst for five years at a multi-billion dollar global public company.

Kyle holds an MBA from Columbia Business School where he graduated with honors and a BS in Computer Information Systems from Colorado State University. Kyle is series 7 and 79 licensed.

MLG Blockchain

MLG Blockchain is a global blockchain development and consulting firm headquartered in Toronto with a distributed team across North America, Europe and Asia that is focused on building next generation applications using blockchain and smart contract technology. MLG Blockchain speeds up your team’s understanding of the blockchain and its potential

Hugo Renaudin
LGO Markets
Hugo Renaudin is the Chief Executive Officer at LGO Markets, a fair and transparent digital asset exchange designed for institutional investors. Prior to LGO, Hugo worked in various roles within the financial industry. This included positions in FX trading, Equity Derivatives and fund management. His first venture into cryptocurrency began at BitSpread, where he was a Portfolio Advisor for the $100M+ AUM cryptocurrency hedge fund. Hugo holds a Master of Science degree from Columbia University and a Master of Science degree from Ecole Polytechnique in France.About LGO Markets
LGO Markets offers a compliant, non custodial, secure and transparent trading platform for digital assets made for institutional investors. While trading on LGO, clients control their funds which are held with banks and custodians, and all trades are cleared through third party clearing firms. Using blockchain technology, the platform guarantees the full transparency of the trades and the order book.
Managing Director,Head of Securitized Products Research
David Zhang is a Managing Director and Head of Securitized Products Research at MSCI. His team is responsible for developing models and analytics to support investment management, risk management, and regulatory compliance.

Before joining MSCI, Dr Zhang was Managing Director and head of Securitized Products modeling at Credit Suisse for more than a decade. Dr Zhang’s group developed the most widely used MBS models in the industry, for which they were consistently awarded top ranking by various industry and client surveys, including Institutional Investor All-American Research Team ranking in Agency prepayment.

Prior to Credit Suisse, Dr Zhang worked at FreddieMac, CIBC Oppenheimer, and University of Chicago after Ph.D. from Princeton University. He currently serves on the boards of NY PRMIA (Professional Risk Management International Association), GCREC (Global Chinese Real Estate Congress), and TCFA (The Chinese Finance Association).

L.D. Salmanson
L.D. has extensive experience founding, advising, and investing in leading private technology companies. Prior to founding Cherre, L.D. served as Executive Director of Oppenheimer’s Private Shares Group, after Oppenheimer acquired GreenCrest Capital, a firm he co-founded to enable pre-IPO transactions in some of the largest private technology companies in the world, including Facebook, twitter, and Uber. Prior to that L.D. served as the Principal of Knight Capital Group’s Private Equity Fund, and previously as a captain in the Israeli Army. L.D. earned his MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, and is a Joseph Wharton Merit Scholar. L.D. also holds a B.A., LL.B., and LL.M. in finance and International Law from IDC Herzliya.
Lan Ming
Partner, Professional Practice – Accounting
Ernst & Young LLP
 Lan is a partner in EY’s Professional Practice department in New York, NY, primarily covering accounting matters related to business combinations, financial instruments and crypto assets related transactions.
In her role as a subject matter expert, Lan advises audit teams and clients on accounting matters, monitor standard setting activities, interact with standard setters and regulators, and develop thought leadership publications.
Lan has over 18 years experiences servicing EY clients in both audit and advisory roles. She is a certified public accountant licensed in the states of New York and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Lan is fluent in Chinese and has a B.B.A in Accountancy from Baruch College and M.B.A in Finance and Accountancy from Stern School of Business.
Xing Jijun
Science and Technology Counselor
Chinese Consulate-General in New York
Dr. Xing Jijun, Science and Technology Counselor in Chinese Consulate-General in New York. Dr. Xing has years of experience since 1990 in managing and facilitating international scientific and technological cooperation. He served in Chinese Embassies in Norway and the Netherlands, Director of Asia and Africa and Director of Europe in the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). Before taking the current position, Dr. Xing served China Science and Technology Exchange Center as Deputy Director General covering governmental and non-governmental cooperation in science and technology and academic exchanges.
Jamie Moy
Strongurl/Women on the Block
Jamie is the founder of Strongurl, a company that powers an equitable world by investing in and advising women founded companies focusing on technology and social impact. She launched Strongurl BLunch, an intimately curated environment that elevates, empowers and encourages women in blockchain. Jamie is also a co-founder of Women on the Block, an organization that designed and launched the first all day event to feature female blockchain/crypto thought leaders globally.

Most recently she was the Vice President of Alliance Strategy with Sweetbridge, Inc. a protocol company for global commerce and supply chain blockchain companies. She is also a contributing editor for Women@Forbes with a focus on blockchain technology and cryptoassets.

Jamie is a recipient of the inaugural Golden Token Awards 2018 for Female Leader of the Year. Her passion for empowerment and inclusion extends beyond business. She also serves on the Advisory Board for Back on My Feet NYC, a non-profit entity that uses running and community to instill confidence and empower individuals experiencing homelessness.

Jamie is a former Wall Street executive with 20+ years of experience having worked at JPMorgan Chase, Bear Stearns, Credit Suisse and DLJ, in functions across capital markets, structured products, derivatives, credit, buy-side, investor relations, operations, product and strategy.

Sebastien Meunier
Head of Digital for North America
Chappuis Halder & Co
Sebastien is currently working as the Head of Digital for North America at Chappuis Halder & Co, a global consulting firm covering main business lines of the financial services industry and offering customized solutions to corporate and investment banks, retail & private banks, and insurance companies. Prior to that, he was a project leader for Boston Consulting Group and a business application manager for Societe Generale, with industry expertise in corporate strategy and business development, IT & operations transformation, organization and governance optimization.

Sebastien strives to bridge the gap between Business and Technology, driving growth and efficiency in Financial Institutions by connecting them with the best innovations from the market. He has rich experience in defining business strategies and leading global transformations in Financial Institutions. He keeps meeting with startups, investors and organizations, and always trying to better understand the potential of the new technologies, such as blockchain, machine learning, and open architectures, which allows him to anticipate their impact and to create opportunities for Financial Institutions.

Sebastien obtained his EMBA degree from Harvard Business School, and also his master’s degree in Physics, Computer Science & Industrial Economics from Ecole Polytechnique. He was honored the Top 10 FinTech Influencers and Top 10 InsurTech Influencers, and he is fluent in English, French, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish.

Om Kundu
Chairman & CEO
Om Kundu is the founder of InSpirAVE: its flagship platform has been cited as revolutionary in empowering consumers with end-to-end access to discover and save faster for their aspired purchase goals and experiences, and named Top Fintech Forward Company To Watch by AMERICAN BANKER and BAI. By multiplying savings, InSpirAVE’s proprietary digital technology ensures that aspired purchases — including those that may have been out-of-reach otherwise — are discovered and fulfilled for life’s special moments, without debt.

InSpirAVE’s #SaveForWhatMatters mission — in engendering a sustainable foundation for retail consumption — has been oft-cited across the industry, including recognition as a presenting company at South by Southwest, nomination for the Best Digital Bank by Benzinga Global Fintech Awards, critical acclaim from leading forums incl. Finovate, EFMA, et.al. and most recently cited in Top-100 for 2018 Startup of The Year by the CTA and Tech.Co.,

For over a decade and half preceding InSpirAVE, Mr. Kundu has harnessed the power of data and emerging tech. to drive sustainable growth — within key in-house roles and as a trusted advisor for several leading institutions including Citi, STI, PNC, Deloitte — in ways that have solved seemingly intractable business problems and exceeded industry benchmarks. Be in the novel solutions he has built-from-scratch or in the oversight of mature P&Ls and portfolios with over $40 billion in balances across product-lines [assets/liabilities/payments], segments, and channels [Digital/Mobile, Retail, Social], Om’s contributions have been recognized for their unrelenting focus in championing wins that are as compelling for customers as they are for investors, team-members and ecosystem partners.

Mr. Kundu is a Stanford University alum having graduated with degrees in Mathematical and Computational Sciences and Interdisciplinary ‘Science, Technology, Society’ Honors. He has chaired numerous industry conferences, been interviewed across the industry, and served on the advisory boards of multiple publications and organizations including present service on the SXSW Accelerator Advisory Board.

Charlie Moore
Global Debt Registry
Charlie Moore leads Global Debt Registry’s daily operations, bringing to his role more than 20 years’ experience in building new financial services businesses. He has led teams in Europe and the United States at Thomson Reuters, Lloyds of London and Barclays Bank, helping to grow early stage ventures with roles covering innovation, strategy, marketing, business development and account management.
Charlie is a marketing graduate of London Guildhall University and received his MBA from the University of Surrey, in parallel with the International Management Center, during which time he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Executive Management Program of Kellogg Business School.
Jim Northey
Co-Chair Global Technical Committee, FIX Trading Community Chair
ISO TC68 Financial Services
Jim Northey currently serves as a co-chair of the FIX Global Technical Committee and is the Chair of ISO TC68, the ISO Technical Committee for Financial Services. Jim is convener of ISO TC68/SC9/WG1 “ISO 20022 Semantic Models”. Jim is a past member of the US Treasury OFR Financial Research Advisory Committee and the US CFTC Technology Advisory Committee Subcommittee on HFT. Jim previously served in the roles of FIX Americas Region Co-chair and the co-chair of the FIX Global Derivatives Committee. Jim was awarded the FIA Annual Achievement award in 2006 as part of the team that created FIXML for listed derivatives clearing standardization.
Jim was a Senior Vice President of Strategic Research focusing on Protocol Engineering and Standards at Itiviti Group AB, following acquisition of The LaSalle Technology Group, LLC in 2015, which he co-founded in 2006.
Jim holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Indianapolis and an M.S. in Financial Markets and Trading from Illinois Institute of Technology. Jim is an adjunct instructor of Finance at Michigan Technological University where he teaches Derivatives and Financial Engineering.