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Silvio Schembri amongst top 100 global blockchain leaders

List of top 100 blockchain leaders includes influencers from Malta

Malta’s Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, Silvio Schembri has been named as one of the 100 most influential leaders in the world.

A report from Singapore-based Lattice80 showcases 100 leaders in the global blockchain community making their impact as startups, corporate, governments, or investors in the space. The report claims that Malta has emerged as one of the most progressive and mature blockchain ecosystems in the world, calling it a hub for blockchain.

The list of influences reach right across the globe, with 36 hailing from Asia Pacific, 29 from North America, 30 from the Europe (two of which are Maltese) and just 5 from the Middle East. Of the 100, 30 are women.

Since his appointment as Junior Minister for the digital economy and innovation portfolio, Schembri has, with support from Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat, been a vocal endorser of this new technology, with Malta earning the well-deserved title of Blockchain Island as a result of their efforts.

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Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, the Hon. Silvio Schembri.

The list features a number of recognisable names, amongst which, Alexander Borodich, founder and CEO of Universa and speaker at the upcoming Malta A.I. and Blockchain Summit, and Roger Ver who memorably battled it out on stage with Tone Vays at the summit this May.

With a unique regulatory framework set up through three key laws enacted in Parliament, the first of their kind in the world, several companies operating within this sphere, such as Binance, have set up shop in Malta, now considered as the ultimate hub for companies emanating from the DLT sphere, including blockchain.

Binance co founder He Yi takes a spot on the list.

“2018 was characterised as a bearish year for cryptocurrency, with the world’s premier cryptocurrency, bitcoin (BTC) dropping more than 80% from its high in December 2017, and losing nearly US$700b of its total market capitalisation.

While that was a huge boon to the blockchain and crypto space, we have also started to see more concrete steps demonstrating a greater openness to test and adopt blockchain technology by corporates.

Early movers into blockchain are also starting to see the fruition of their early trials and investments, as they soon to come to implementation,” wrote Lattice80.

Listen to what the Hon. Silvio Schembri had to say in May when he attended the AIBC summit:

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