The Future of Digital Assets

Thursday Agenda

The Future of Digital Assets Symposium

The Future of Digital Assets Symposium is Day 1 of a two-day event that will bring together policy makers, practitioners, and academics for conversations around the how we move forward with digital assets from a use case to regulation.


Thursday, March 02

8:00 AM-8:55 AM

Breakfast and Registration

8:55 AM-9:00 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 AM-9:25 AM

Session #1: A Conversation with US Representative French Hill, Chairman, US House Financial Services Subcommittee on Digital Assets, Financial Technology and Inclusion

  • The Honorable French Hill, US Representative, Arkansas; Chairman, US House Financial Services Subcommittee on Digital Assets, Financial Technology and Inclusion
  • Moderator: Nicole Valentine, FinTech Director, MI Finance, Milken Institute
9:30 AM-9:55 AM

Session #2: Crypto Policy: New Rules for a New Paradigm

  • Scott Bauguess, VP, Global Regulatory Policy, Coinbase
  • Jonathan Jachym, Global Head of Policy, Kraken
  • Brian Quintez, Head of Policy, a16z Crypto
  • Sandra Ro, CEO, Global Blockchain Business Council
  • Moderator: Brian Brooks, CEO, BitFury
10:00 AM-10:25 AM

Session #3: Digital Assets, DeFi and Institutional Adoption: A Conversation with David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Group

  • David Mercer, CEO, LMAX Group
  • Moderator: Kailey Leinz, Anchor, Bloomberg TV
10:30 AM-10:55 AM

Session #4: Digital Innovation and Security: Compatible or Competing?

  • Cody Carbone, VP of Policy, Chamber of Digital Commerce
  • Ric Edelman, Founder, Digital Assets Council of Financial Professionals (DACFP)
  • Kathy Kraninger, VP of Regulatory Affairs, Solidus Labs
  • Erin Plante, VP, Investigations, Chainalysis
  • Justin Stottlemyer, Director of Crypto Center of Excellence, Intuit
  • Moderator: Casey Wagner, Reporter, Blockworks
11:00 AM-11:25 AM

Session #5: The Digital Currency Global Revolution

  • Darrell Duffie, Adams Distinguished Professor of Management and Professor of Finance, Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Moderator: Campbell R. Harvey, Professor of Finance at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
11:30 AM-11:55 AM

Session #6: A New Regulatory Framework for Digital Assets Built Upon Innovation, Transparency, and Consumer Protection: A Conversation with US Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Cynthia Lummis

  • The Honorable Kirsten Gillibrand, US Senator, New York
  • The Honorable Cynthia Lummis, US Senator, Wyoming
  • Moderator: Michael Piwowar, Executive Vice President, MI Finance, Milken Institute
12:00 PM-12:25 PM

Session #7: The Future of Innovative Finance: A Conversation with Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple

  • Brad Garlinghouse, CEO, Ripple
  • Moderator: Michael Piwowar, Executive Vice President, MI Finance, Milken Institute
12:30 PM-1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

1:30 PM-1:55 PM

Session #8: Global Crypto Regulatory Outlook

  • Noach Hacker, Minister of Economic Affairs, Embassy of Israel
  • Bryan Stirewalt, Senior Managing Director, K2 Integrity
  • Moderator: Milken Institute FinTech Team
2:00 PM-2:25 PM

Session #9: Public-Private Partnerships for Innovations in Payments and Financial Contracting with Tobias Adrian, IMF

  • Tobias Adrian, Financial Counsellor and Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Moderator: Eric Ghysels, Research Director, Rethinc.Labs, Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School
2:30 PM-2:55 PM

Session #10: The Crypto Opportunity: The View from Chief Executives

  • Dave Siemer, CEO, Wave Financial Group
  • Sheila Warren, CEO, Crypto Council for Innovation
  • John Wu, President, AVA Labs
  • Moderator: Daniel Gorfine, Founder and CEO, Gattaca Horizons, LLC
3:00 PM-3:25 PM

Session #11: Inclusive FinTech

  • Ashley Bell, CEO and Founder, ReadyLife
  • Corey Carlisle, Head of Policy and Social Impact, Varo Bank
  • Nicole Elam, President & CEO, National Banker’s Association
  • Moderator: Greg Brown, Professor of Finance, UNC, Executive Director, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Research Director, IPC
3:30 PM-3:55 PM

Session #12: Privacy and Central Bank Digital Currencies

  • Jennifer Lassiter, Executive Director, Digital Dollar Project
  • Alexandra Steinberg Barrage, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine
  • Mark Young, Chief Risk Officer/Data Advisor, ConsenSys
  • Moderator: Sarah Wynn, Reporter, The Block
4:00 PM-4:25 PM

Session #13: Venture Capital and Investing in Digital Assets

  • Barbara Iyayi, Founder and Managing Partner, Unicorn Growth Capital
  • Colin Jones, Head of Strategic Investments, Horizen Labs
  • Adam Mastrelli, Partner, Investments, Woodstock US
  • Alex Simpson, Founder, Openstock, Angel Investor, Milken Young Leader
  • Moderator: Saif Ishoof, Founder, Lab 22C
4:30 PM-4:55 PM

Session #14: Can Web3 Help Build a Better Internet?

  • Les Borsai, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Wave Financial
  • Falon Fatemi, CEO & Co-Founder, Fireside
  • Alex Pruden, CEO, Aleo
  • Moderator: Tomicah Tilleman, Chief Policy Officer, Haun ventures
5:00 PM-6:30 PM





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