Blockchain Central, Davos 2019 - WIBS Lunch & Panel Discussion

January 2019 was a memorable milestone for Women In Blockchain Switzerland (WIBS), as we held a Lunch & Panel event at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The event, hosted by the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) included a select list of participants who joined us at the Blockchain Central venue on Promenade 63 in Davos.

The panel discussion offered a unique opportunity to discuss the impact of blockchain in the global business landscape, particularly addressing the critical challenges in diversity and inclusiveness of the ecosystem. The panel consisted of an esteemed group of people with broad range of experiences and insights. In the line up were:

  • Dianna Grigoras - LL.M. Director Private Equity Fund

  • Monique Morrow - President and Co-Founder of the Humanized Internet; World’s Top 50 Tech Women (Dec 2018)

  • Robin Errico - Chief Risk Officer, D&I Head, Ernst & Young Switzerland

  • Viola Llewellyn - Co-founder & President of Ovamba; World Economic Forum Global Tech Pioneer

  • Bill Tai - Venture Capitalist; Board Member at Bitfury

Panelist raised several insightful points that resonated well with the audience, including the changes that blockchain technology will bring in the global society as we enter the next wave of globalization, business models and enterprise applications for blockchain, as well as successful approaches to creating long term value in the industry. The panelists also shared insightful advice and pragmatic approaches to drive diversity in the blockchain ecosystem.

WIBS also participated in a panel session at the Blockchain Central Davos entitled ''Are We There Yet? Private vs Public Blockchains''. For nearly a decade, conversations about blockchain have inspired debates about the distinction and utility of public versus private chains. Purists argue that the only way to derive value from blockchain based solutions is to maintain information on open, public networks verified by any entrant into the system. Many corporates have embraced private chains, hybrid chains - which tether private chains to larger public chains, or chains which are monitored and validated by networks of trusted corporate partners. How do all of these approaches to blockchain coalesce? What will blockchain look like in 5 or 10 years? These topics were discussed in detail with panelists including:

  • Jalak Jobanputra, CEO, Future Perfect Ventures

  • Yorke Rhodes, Founder of Blockchain at Microsoft, Microsoft

  • Gurvinder Ahluwalia, Founder, DigitalTwinLabs / Former CTO, IBM Blockchain

  • Ken Timsit, Management Committee Member, EU Blockchain Observatory

  • Kamales Lardi, Managing Partner, Lardi & Partner Consulting and President & Co-Founder, Women In Blockchain Switzerland (WIBS)

  • Daniel Gasteiger, Founder & CEO, Procivis (MODERATOR)