Malta AI & BC Summit 'Spring Edition' Speakers
Prime Minister of Malta
I understand that the regulators are wary of this technology but the fact is that it’s coming. We must be on the front line in embracing this crucial innovation, and we cannot just wait for others to take action and copy them. We must be the ones that others copy.
Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Health
Hon. Christopher Fearne was born in Attard, Malta on 12 March 1963. In April 2016 he was appointed Minister for Health after holding the position of Parliamentary Secretary for Health since April 2014. Prior to this, Hon. Fearne worked as a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon and Clinical Chairman at Mater Dei Hospital. He is a Member of Parliament for the ruling Labour Party and was the Chairman of the Foreign and European Affairs Committee at the Maltese House of Representatives. Hon. Fearne has worked as a doctor and surgeon for over 29 years. He received his formal education at St. Aloysius College and at the University of Malta graduating in Medicine and Surgery in 1987, becoming a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He worked and studied in a number of children’s hospitals in England, including the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. He also lectures students of medicine at the University of Malta. Hon. Fearne was a founding director of the Malta Institute for Medical Education and the chairperson of Celebrities for Kids, a voluntary NGO promoting children’s rights. In July 2017, Hon. Fearne was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister.
Founder - Draper Associates/DFJ/Draper University
Tim Draper is an American venture capital investor, and in 1985, the founder of the firm that would become Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). He also founded Draper Associates and Draper University. In July 2014, Draper received wide coverage for his purchase at a US Marshals Service auction of seized Bitcoins from the Silk Road marketplace website. He also spent in excess of $5 million to push a ballot initiative to divide California into three smaller states, which has met the signature threshold but was removed from the ballot by a decision in the Supreme Court of California.
Chairman of the Board - The Bitcoin Foundation
Brock Pierce is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with an extensive track record of founding, advising and investing in disruptive businesses. He’s credited with pioneering the market for digital currency and has raised more than $5B for companies he has founded. Pierce is the Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and co-founder of EOS Alliance, Block.one, Blockchain Capital, Tether, and Mastercoin (first ICO).
Pierce is a sought-after speaker who has spoken about the power of blockchain technology and decentralization at global events and institutions.
Seed stage startup and AI investor
David is an alert analyst of the global technology landscape, applying cycles of accelerating technological change to the needs of high-growth organisations. He has deep understanding of the needs and mechanics of both product marketing, sales development, localisation, and globalisation.
Orban’s vision is at the crossroads of technology and society as defined by their coevolution. There are times when things change fast, and this is one of themTo be able and act from the position where the perspective on this change is accessible is a true privilege.
“What is the question that I should be asking?” is Orban’s motto. Meta-analyses, and meta-rules are the tools of the trade when going breadth first is an advantage. The new renaissance is also about cutting across the limits of deep specialisation. Tolerating high levels of pressure, and frequent mistakes, accelerating cycles of invention and innovation build the new worlds ahead of us.
Chairman - IBC Group Limited
His Excellency Khurram Shroff is being awarded a banking and finance excellence award and got honoured to be in the Top 100 Most Powerful and Influential Muslims in Great Britain and the World by Power100. He was also honoured and appointed as the Civilian Sponsor for The Saudi Arabian Armed Forces, The United Arab Emirates Armed Forces and Pakistan Armed Forces by the Canadian Armed Forces College, Department of Defence, Government of Canada. Khurram is also the Chairman of Imperial Group, a substantial Real Estate Group. In addition, Khurram also started a Blockchain and Crypto Investment Company in 2014 although being involved since 2011 personally and his group is highly respected in the crypto currency and blockchain space. He is an Advisor to the Shroff Private Family Office with roots from Trading from the Indian Subcontinent. He was also a Director in United Nations Association of Canada and the UAE and a former IT security consultant at the UN. He is also the founding member of the first Islamic art museum in Toronto. Canada (Aga Khan Museum). The Shroff family are considered amongst Asia’s oldest art collecting group.
CEO - Umnai
As Umnai’s Chief Executive Officer, Angelo is responsible for leading the company’s commercial, product and technology strategy. Umnai was founded as an innovative AI focused solutions provider that is creating new AI technology that can explain itself and its decisions while helping to assist people rather than replacing them, with an emphasis on achieving a positive social impact.Angelo has published over 23 scientific publications in Europe and the US and has over twenty years of experience in various executive positions in technology, entertainment and fintech companies. Angelo has also represented Malta in various international events and one of his first international achievements was to win a bronze medal at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in 1995. As a serial entrepreneur, Angelo was involved in four IPOs and invested in more than 40 successful companies. This long track record was recognised in 2014, when he was awarded with Malta’s Top Entrepreneur of the Year award. Angelo’s profile is a realization of the mantra he works by ‘To create scaleable, repeatable technology businesses that lead by innovation’.
Co-managing partner - WH Partners
Olga Finkel is the co-managing partner of WH Partners. She is widely regarded and respected for her knowledge of gambling and technology law. Olga provides advice on strategic, commercial and regulatory matters to technology-rich industries. In addition to having a Doctor of Law degree, she also holds an MSc in Computer Science.
Her specialisation, backed by extensive experience and in-depth background in both law and computer science, includes gaming, data-driven and technology-driven businesses (AI-based, blockchain-based, FinTech, RegTech,), data privacy and data security. Olga is also an investor in early-stage tech companies.
Director - ChainStrategies
Steve Tendon is a senior executive management consultant, adviser, speaker and author. Steve’s research and consulting work focuses on the use of emerging technologies, and in particular Blockchain technologies, to improve business performance. Steve is the founder of ChainStrategies (https://chainstrategies.com), a boutique consulting firm that helps decision-makers gain the best insights to make strategic business decisions around Blockchain technologies; the firm provides research, analysis and strategy development for businesses that intend to adopt or incorporate Blockchain technologies into their business models.