Blockchain for Europe Summit 2018

Location: Brussels - Belgium

The Blockchain for Europe summit brought together stakeholders from across Europe and beyond to discuss the future of Blockchain technology across European sectors.

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09:00 - 10:30

Governance & Blockchain

This panel addressed the implications of Blockchain technology for governments, governance and citizenship across Europe.

Hosted by: Catalin Ivan MEP

Social-Democrats, Romania Economic Affairs Committee, European Parliament

Moderator: Brad Staples

CEO, APCO Worldwide


Peteris Zilgalvis

Head of Unit, Start-ups & Blockchain (Co-Head of FinTech Taskforce), DG CONNECT, European Commission

Paul Astengo

Senior Executive & Blockchain Lead, HM Government of Gibraltar

Louis de Bruin

Blockchain Leader Europe, IBM

David Siegel

CEO & Founder, Pillar Project & 20/30
10:30 - 12:00

Digital Health

This panel aimed to shed some light on how Blockchain technology can make health care systems more patient-centric and sustainable and what is needed to make this happen.

Hosted by: Michal Boni

Blockchain for Europe Advisory Council, Former Polish Minister for Digitization & former MEP

Moderator: Daniel Benjamens

Associate Director, APCO Worldwide in Brussels


Andrzej Rys

Director, Healthcare Systems, Medical Products & Innovation, European Commission, DG Sante

Mark Hennessy

Principal Architect, Philips

Frank Ricotta

CEO & Founder, BurstIQ

Alex Cahana

Head of Med-Tech, CryptoOracle
10:45 - 12:15

Supply Chains – Trade Finance

This panel addressed Blockchain technology standards needed for the supply chain and trade finance space to make it a global success.

Hosted by: Nadja Hirsch MEP

Liberals, Germany International Trade Committee, European Parliament

Moderator: Karl Falkenberg

Senior Advisor, APCO Worldwide


Jukka Savo

Policy Advisor, Logistics & Maritime Transport, European Commission, DG Move

Evgeny Gokhberg

Commercial Director, Everledger

Angel Versetti

CEO & Founder, Ambrosus

Richard Caetano

CEO, Stratumn

Louis de Bruin

Blockchain Leader Europe, IBM
11:30 - 13:00

Tokenised Economy/Crypto

This panel dealt with the tokenisation of the global economy and what it means for Europe’s economy, including its (crypto) currencies.

Hosted by: MEP Eva Kaili

Chair of the Future of Science and Technology Panel, S&D, European Parliament


Peter Kerstens

Senior Advisor to Director-General (Co-Head of FinTech Taskforce), DG FISMA, European Commission

Dirk Bullmann

Adviser to Director General Market infrastructure & Payments, ECB

Alexandr Ivanov

CEO & Founder, Waves

Colin LeMahieu

CEO & Founder, Nano

Manmeet Singh

Managing Partner & Vice-Chair of Blockchain for Europe, Blockseed Ventures
12:00 - 13:00

Networking lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Digital Identity

This panel aimed to clarify the needs of the European regulators and industry to make Blockchain based-identity a success for Europe’s citizens.

Hosted by: Ashley Fox

Senior Advisor, APCO Worldwide

Moderator: Andreas Constantinides

Senior Director, APCO Worldwide in Brussels


Andrea Servida

Head of Unit, Digital Identity, European Commission, DG Connect

Andreas Ebert

Regional Technology Officer EU, Microsoft

Carsten Stöcker

CEO & Founder, Spherity

Luc D’Hauwe

Global Solutions Consultant, VMware

Nicole Sandler

VP FinTech & Reg Tech EMEA, Barclays
15:00 - 16:30

Financial Market Infrastructure

This panel aimed to bring industry players and regulators together to agree on the next steps to leverage the benefits of Blockchain technology in this sector.

Hosted by: MEP Syed Kamall



Peter Kerstens

Senior Advisor to Director-General (Co-Head of FinTech Taskforce), DG FISMA, European Commission

Mark Wetjen

Global Head of Public Policy, DTCC

Dan Morgan

Head of Regulatory Relations Europe, Ripple

Mary Saracco

Chief Investment Officer & Co-Founder, Ubanx

Maya Zehavi

CEO & Founder, Ontici
16:30 - 18:00


This panel addressed the potential benefits and the regulatory needs of the mobility sector to make Blockchain technology a facilitator of its future success.

Hosted by: MEP Sorin Moisă

Romania, EPP, European Parliament


Isabelle Vandoorne

Deputy Head of Unit, Sustainable & Intelligent Transport, European Commission, DG Move

Arwen Smit

Community Lead Europe, MOBI

Simon Schwerin

Director of Business Development XAIN (Co-Founder of XAIN Foundation), XAIN

Klaus Schaaf

Director DLT, (Senior Advisor to IOTA), Volkswagen Group

Thomas Cocirta

CEO & Founder, Mobotiq

Kurt Nemec

Director General, European Forum for Future Economy (EFFE)