Blockchain for Europe Summit 2021

08.06.2021 - 10.06.2021

The Blockchain for Europe Summit will take place on 8-9 June 2021 virtually and as you can see from the 2021 programme, this year’s Summit will be as full and varied as our previous events. As usual, you can expect to join informative panel discussions, hear from EU decision-makers and get insights from expert speakers at the cutting edge of Blockchain technology.


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10:00 - 16:05

DAY 1 – 8 June 2021

10:00 - 10:15

Keynote Speech


Adrian Hasler

Former Prime Minister, Principality of Liechtenstein
10:15 - 11:30

Panel debate: A Digital Euro – why we will need an intermediary solution

Moderator: Agata Ferreira

Lecturer & Member of the Blockchain for Europe Advisory Council, Warsaw University of Technology


Anca Rusu

Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Celo Foundation

Etienne Goffin

Economist, Osom/Polybius

Julio Faura

CEO, Adhara

Wojciech Kostrzewa

President, Billon

Jurgen Schaaf

Advisor to the Senior Management of Market Infrastructure and Payments, European Central Bank
11:30 - 12:45

Panel debate: The impact of MiCAR on crypto-asset markets

Moderator: Robert Kopitsch

Secretary General, Blockchain for Europe


Lynn McConnell

Head of Compliance UK, Binance

Jon Isaksen

Head of Policy EMEA, Uniswap Labs

MEP Stefan Berger

Rapporteur for MiCAR, EPP, European Parliament

Mai Santamaria

Head of Financial Advisory team, Department of Finance Ireland

Jens Hachmeister

Managing Director, Issuer Services & New Digital Markets, Deutsche Börse Group
12:45 - 13:30

Virtual networking lunch break

13:30 - 14:45

Panel debate: Interoperability – connecting the old and the new world in a standardised way

Moderator: Ian Taylor

Vice Chair of IDAXA, Board Advisor (former Executive Director) of Crypto UK


Caroline Malcolm

Vice President of Global Public Policy, Chainalysis

Jens Herrmann

Senior Expert for Corporate Strategy, Deutsche Telekom

Philipp von Styp-Rekowsky

Tech Lead, Nimiq

Siddharth Singhal

Director, Enterprise, Parity
14:50 - 16:05

Panel debate: Stablecoins and the international role of the Euro

Moderator: Lee Schneider

General Counsel, Ava Labs


Joachim Schwerin

Principal Economist, DG GROW, European Commission

Philipp Sandner

Head of Frankfurt School, Blockchain Center

Markus Franke

Head, cLabs Europe

Alexander Bechtel

Head of Digital Asset & Currency Strategy, Deutsche Bank
07:00 -

DAY 2 – 9 June 2021

10:30 - 11:15

Fireside Chat on A journey through the crypto-verse


Emin Gün Sirer

Founder & CEO, AvaLabs
11:15 - 12:30

Panel debate: Data on the blockchain – how to achieve trusted consumer data sharing

Moderator: Michal Boni

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


Ingo Rübe

CEO / Founder, Botlabs / KILT

Michèle Finck

Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Marta Belcher

Chair, Filecoin Foundation

Nik Scharmann

Project Director “Economy of Things”, Bosch / Catena-X board member

Christian D’Cunha

Policy Officer, Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy, European Commission
12:30 - 13:15

Virtual networking lunch break

13:15 - 14:30

Panel debate: The convergence of Blockchain and AI – transforming industry

Moderator: Lavan Thasarathakumar

Senior Advisor, Digital Assets and Blockchain Practice - Hogan Lovells, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs, GBBC Digital Finance


Humayun Sheikh

CEO & Founder, Fetch.AI

Eduard Gruen

Blockchain & DLT Development Lead, Festo

Alexandra Brintrup

Lecturer, University of Cambridge

Lukas Repa

Policy Officer – Digital Innovation & Blockchain, DG CONNECT, European Commission
14:35 - 15:45

Panel debate: The social impact of blockchain on a global scale – how the technology is affecting humanity

Moderator: Anca Rusu

Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Celo Foundation


Cecilia Chapiro

Investment Advisor, Unicef

Richard Ells

CEO, Electroneum

Susan Friedman

Head of Public Policy & Vice-Chair of Blockchain for Europe, Ripple

Muhammad Noor

Co-Founder & Managing Director, The Rohingya Project
15:45 - 16:25

Fireside Chat on Connecting CeFi and DeFi


Changpeng Zhao

CEO, Binance
16:25 - 17:40

Panel debate: The future of tokenisation via DeFI – an outlook from an industry perspective

Moderator: Maria Minaricova

Director of Business Development, Fetch.ai


Jan Ceyssens

Head of Unit for Digital Finance, DG FISMA, European Commission

Marvin Ammori

Chief Legal Officer, Uniswap

Sumedha Deshmukh

Blockchain, Digital Assets, & Data Policy, WEF

Rebecca Rettig

Chief Legal and Policy Officer, Polygon Labs

Fabian Schär

Professor for Distributed Ledger Technology/Fintech, Center for Innovative Finance – University of Basel
07:00 -

Day 3 – 10 June 2021

10:00 - 10:45

Panel debate: Regulation head to head – UK v Europe – post-Brexit

Moderator: Robert Kopitsch

Secretary General, Blockchain for Europe


Nathan Catania

Partner, X-Reg Consulting

Lucy James

General Counsel, Luno

Teana Baker-Taylor

General Manager, U.K., Crypto.com

Erika Federis

Associate, CMS UK
10:45 - 11:30

Panel debate: Taxation in the eurozone

Moderator: Ian Taylor

Vice Chair of IDAXA, Board Advisor (former Executive Director) of Crypto UK


Zoe Wyatt

Partner, Andersen

Doris Canen

International Tax Researcher and Correspondent, IBFD

Dion Seymour

Policy and Technical Adviser, HM Revenue & Customs
11:30 - 12:15

Panel debate: Headwinds in 2021

Moderator: James Harris

Commercial Director, CryptoCompare


Benjamin Whitby

Risk, Compliance & Regulatory Affairs, Qredo

Maria Stankevich

Chief Business Development Officer, EXMO

Chris Donovan

Head of Legal, Outlier Ventures