Blockchain academic appointed first chair of MDIA

Blockchain academic appointed first chair of MDIA

Joshua Ellul will seek approval from parliamentary committee

Katy Micallef

Oct 31, 2018

Block tech expert, Dr Joshua Ellul, has been named first chairman of the Malta Digital Innovation Authority. Ellul is the director of the Centre for Distributed Ledger Technologies, and has conducted research at IBM Research Zurich and Imperial College London. Dr Ellul also lectures at the University of Malta.

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Dr Joshua Ellul.

As part of a new procedure, he will appear before a parliamentary committee, where he will seek approval from a panel of MPs before taking up his role.

In a statement announcing his appointment, parliamentary secretary Silvio Schembri said that he had asked for the position of MDIA chairperson to be added to a list of appointments which must be scrutinised by MPs, “to increase transparency and accountability”.

The MDIA is a newly-created regulatory body which will be responsible for overseeing businesses operating in the blockchain sector and other disruptive technology spaces.

Malta is the first country to create a legislative framework for blockchain and aims to secure their position as a global player in the industry.

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