Next Generation Capital Markets Infrastructure for Financial Empowerment

Michael Casey, MIT Media Lab, Julius Akinyemi, UWINCorp, and Sandra Ro, UWINCorp

Michael Casey in conversation with the Cofounders of UWINCorp, Julius Akinyemi and Sandra Ro.

Michael Casey, Senior Advisor, DCI, MIT Media Lab

Michael Casey is a senior advisor at the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also chairman of the advisory board for CoinDesk, for which he writes his weekly “Token Economy” column, and a founding member of the Global Blockchain Business Council. A writer, researcher, and public speaker on economics and digital technology, Michael was a journalist for most of his career, including 18 years at the Wall Street Journal, where he was a senior columnist covering global finance. He is the author of five books, including The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything and The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order, both coauthored with Paul Vigna, and The Social Organism: A Radical Understanding of Social Media to Transform Your Business and Life, co-written with Oliver Luckett.

Julius Akinyemi, Cofounder and CEO, UWINCorp

Julius is the Founder and CEO of UWINCorp Inc. (The Mobile Commodity Marketplace) - an initiative for Unleashing the Wealth of the Nations - a project he initiated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. The initiative aims to create the Next Generation Capital Market Infrastructure. Julius is also the Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Media Lab where his mission is the commercialization of technology innovation to empower developing economies especially the African continent. Julius is a technology innovator, a Digital Assets and Blockchain enthusiast. Prior to his residency at MIT he was the Global Director of Emerging Technologies for PepsiCo Inc., where he guided technology research and innovation activities. And prior to joining PepsiCo, he was the Senior Vice President for Emerging Technologies and the Wireless Business Technologies at Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco where he led the architecture team for Mobile Banking and many of the Retail Banking digitization platforms among other reengineered processes. Julius is a current member of the Advisory Board of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT-Africa Committee and its MIT-Africa Executive Working Group. He was a member of the United Nation’s ICT Working Group to eradicate poverty and one of the 12 member global jurors for OECD’s prize for taking Innovation to scale. Julius was a Donald Gordon Innovation Fellow at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. He is a cofounder of Cape Town’s “Workshop 17” Innovation Hub. He was the 2016 honoree of the “Spirit of Africa Award” by the Self Help Africa Organization. Julius obtained his MBA from Ohio University; he holds a couple of intellectual property patents and he is a global speaker on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and global Economic Development.

Sandra Ro, Managing Partner, COO, Cofounder, UWINCorp

Sandra is a fintech entrepreneur, crypto trader, angel investor, and advisor, focusing on delivering financial access and products to people and communities. Sandra was named to Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech 2016 Power List, holds directorships or founding memberships on several industry boards, and advises several emerging-tech startups. Recently, she joined the US Department of State’s Speakers Bureau as a blockchain technology speaker and was voted CEO of the Global Blockchain Business Council, based in Switzerland. Previously, she served as treasurer and founding board director of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and founding member of the Post Trade Distributed Ledger Group, and she was a founding member of the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger. Sandra has published numerous articles on blockchain, foreign exchange markets, and patents. She is the former executive director and head of digitization at CME Group. Sandra founded and was responsible for the firm’s digital assets and blockchain/distributed ledger technology initiatives, including CME bitcoin futures and index pricing.

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