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Ezechiel Copic
Celo

Ezechiel Copic is a Partner at cLabs Inc., working on the Celo platform. He is focused on official sector outreach and engagement. Previously, Ezechiel served as Director of Central Banks & Public Policy at the World Gold Council, advising central banks on gold reserves management. Additionally, he worked in the Markets Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in a variety of roles, focused on the understanding and implementation of monetary policy for the Federal Reserve System.
Jacques Remi Francoeur
Chief Scientist, Security Inclusion Now

Jacques is the founder and Chief Scientist of Security Inclusion Now - USA, a California-based consulting, training and software organization innovating in security tool development. Jacques is also a member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network recognized as a Blockchain security expert and the lead of the Security & Assurance Working Group of the Future of Digital Currency Global Initiative, a joint program of UN-ITU/Stanford University. Jacques has over 30+ years of experience in high technology beginning his career as an Aerospace Engineer with the Canadian Space Agency, next moving to Silicon Valley in 1999, beginning his privacy and security consulting advisory career with KPMG, followed by SAIC and E&Y. Jacques is a 2018/19/20 US Delegate to the U.S. Department of State to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Standardization Study Group 17: Security. He was also Vice Chair of the ITU Focus Group on Digital Fiat Currency and co-chair of the Security Working Group. Finally, Jacques supports San Jose State University as a Faculty Cyber Executive-in-Residence. Jacques has an MBA with honors from Concordia University, Montreal; M.A.Sc from the University of Toronto, Institute for Aerospace Studies and a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science, Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Bilel Jamoussi
Chief of Study Group Department, TSB, ITU

Tunisian born, Dr. Bilel Jamoussi is Chief of the Study Groups Department of ITU Standardization Bureau in Geneva Switzerland. Since 2010, he has been leading the bureau’s standards making activities into a new era characterized by rapid convergence and the need for increased collaboration with vertical sectors and partnership between developed and developing countries. Prior to 2010, Jamoussi worked for a Telecommunication equipment and solutions provider for 15 years in Canada and then in the United States where he held several leadership positions and was granted 22 US patents in diverse areas including packet, optical, wireless, and quality of service. He holds a BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. He is fluent in Arabic, French, and English and speaks some Spanish and German.
Todd McDonald
Co-Founder & Head of Product and Marketing, R3          

Todd is Co-Founder and Head of Product and Marketing for R3. Todd co-founded R3 in 2015 and was one of the first to uncover the promise of blockchain technology for the financial services industry and beyond. In his current role, Todd is responsible for R3’s product and marketing strategy, aligning key markets and customers to drive the longer term strategic roadmap for Corda. He also served on the Hyperledger Governing Board where he oversaw all project business and marketing matters. Todd, alongside fellow leaders in the crypto assets sector, founded The Global Digital Finance (GDF) industry body to release an industry code of conduct to drive sustainable crypto assets innovation. Prior to R3, Todd spent fourteen years at Standard Chartered Bank as a Managing Director in their financial markets group where he held positions such as Global Head of Electronic FX Trading and Head of FX for the Americas. Todd holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Colgate University, NY.
Lawrence Rufrano
Executive Director, Advanced Financial Technologies Lab, Stanford University School of Engineering

Lawrence Rufrano is an Executive Director of the Advanced Financial Technologies Lab at the Stanford University School of Engineering. He has also been instrumental in the formation of the Stanford Future of Digital Currency Program which will focus on policy, technology and standardization issues associated with emergence of Digital Currency. This program is part of Stanford’s Center for Blockchain Research that focuses on deep research into cryptography and interoperability of blockchain technology. He has also worked as an advisor to Fintech start ups and incubators. Prior to joining Stanford three years ago, Lawrence was a member of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington DC for nine where he focused on the development of regulatory policy related to the capital markets and to the implementation of parts of the Dodd-Frank legislation. From 1985 until 2006, Lawrence worked for major US money center banks as an investment banker. He focused primarily on financial engineering in the creation of structured products for the funding and the risk transference of consumer and corporate loans.
Dinesh Shah
​Director, Fintech Research, Bank of Canada

As Director Fintech Research, Dinesh leads the technical development of a central bank digital currency in support of the Bank of Canada’s policy to build this capability as a contingency measure. He also leads the technology aspect of the research agenda in fintech, most notable Jasper, which supports economic and financial system research into the implications of such technologies to the core mandates of the Bank. Dinesh joined the Bank of Canada in 2009 as an Enterprise Architect. Before joining the Bank, has been a co-founder and architect at various start-ups. He spent 8 years as a developer of various fixed-income trading and risk management systems at financial institutions in London. In addition, he provided expertise on the application of leading-edge technologies to securities trading and clearing firms. Dinesh holds a BSc (hons) in Physics with Computing from The University of Kent in the U.K.
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