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19th June, 2018

Harnessing the Power of Blockchain Technology | National Press Club | Washington DC








Harnessing the Power of Blockchain Technology with Interoperability and Standardization

Gilbert Verdian, Founder of International ISO Blockchain Standard TC307, CEO Quant Network

Washington, DC—The United States is among the nations at the forefront of blockchain technology and to stay there should continue to help promote policies that will lead to mass adoption.

Achieving mass adoption requires interoperability and standardization. The potential is tremendous, but without all three the full promise of blockchain technology cannot be realized.

A fundamental flaw of blockchain is lack of interoperability and closed proprietary technology. Gilbert Verdian is heading a team working to solve the problem. Verdian will explain how the “Overledger” creates interoperability, providing Government and Enterprise choice and openness, to foster innovation, similar to the events that resulted in the creation of the Internet as we know it.

Verdian has over 20 years experience protecting governments and enterprises from Cyber threats and founded the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) – Blockchain ISO Standard TC307. ISO now has 46 countries and organizations such as the European Commission, SWIFT and IBM working together to standardize blockchain technology. Verdian is also the Chairman of the UK’s national committee on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT/1).

Verdian will also offer examples, “Use Cases,” to explain how blockchain technology can in practice confront some of today’s greatest challenges including digital privacy, election security and opioid addiction.

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When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 10:00am
Where: National Press Club, The Zenger Room, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C.
RSVP: To RSVP email Dan Ronayne at [email protected]


National Press Club

The Zenger Room

529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor

Washington, D.C.

United States

15th June, 2018

AND Digital Breakfast: Using Blockchain To Be Competitive and Implementation of the Technology with Gilbert Verdian

Join us for an interactive breakfast where Gilbert Verdian will share his learnings on Blockchain and how to implement the technology into your company. Within this session, Gilbert will cover the benefits of blockchain technology in the enterprise, how to identify use cases where blockchain can solve a particular problem and how to develop the business case to try blockchain and implement it to realise those benefits.

Gilbert is a technologist with an upbringing in business and a deep background in technology and security. Having over 20 years of industry experience he has worked across Government in Downing St, HM Treasury, Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice and NSW Health and private sector at CSC, EY, HSBC and BP. Having a keen interest in disruptive technology, he’s the founder of the Blockchain ISO Standard TC307 and is the Chair of the UK’s national committee on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger technologies (DLT/1).

This event will be held: Ivy Market Grill, 1A Henrietta St, Covent Garden, WC2E 8PS on Friday 15th June from 8:15 – 10:30am.


Ivy Market Grill

1A Henrietta St

Covent Garden, WC2E 8PS

23rd May, 2018

Implementing Blockchain in the Public Sector

EventsBlockchain technology is making its debut in the public sector and agencies in several countries are running pilots, tests, and trials examining both the technologies’ broad utility as a basis for government service delivery and procurement and developing individual applications for internal use.

The technology’s potentials – of security, efficiency, and speed – are readily applicable to public sector organisations and can completely revolutionise the ways that people interact with government and other public sector institutions.

There are still several questions remaining on feasibility, benefits and security of the implementation in the public sector.

Our Implementing Blockchain in the Public Sector course provides you with an introduction to Blockchain. Learn how Blockchain could potentially be used to safeguard your data and transactions, and make efficiency savings for your organisation.

In a small and supportive environment, have your questions answered and gain an understanding of how Blockchain could be used within your organisation.

9:15 – 9:45


9:45 – 10:00

Chair’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 – 10:45

What is Blockchain and How Can it Benefit the Public Sector?

  • Blockchain myth-busting: what really is blockchain technology and how it relates to distributed ledger
  • Considering blockchain for the public sector – are distributed ledgers the answer?
  • Barriers to blockchain adoption – evaluating the need, impact and risks associated with distributed ledger technology
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of blockchain for the public sector?

Helen Disney

Expert Trainer & Blockchain Guru
10:45 – 11:15

Blockchain Technology in Public Sector – Setting the Standards

  • Promoting a forward thinking strategy for blockchain standards to assure future compatibility
  • Reflecting present and developing international trends in regulation and compliance
  • Predicting future challenges and how the industry can build a blockchain to serve a more connected future

Gilbert Verdian

CEO and Co-Founder, Quant Network
Chair of DLT/1 and UK Standardisation Delegation at ISO TC 307 (Blockchain and DLT), BSI
Founder Blockchain ISO Standard TC307, ISO – International Organization for Standardization
FedPayments Improvement Community, Federal Reserve System, USA

11:15 – 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 – 12:15

Legal Perspective on Blockchain

  • Determining and promoting the need for regulation: new security concerns and consumer protection
  • Can decentralised applications be regulated in public and private blockchain?
  • How will blockchain affect privacy laws and data protection?
  • Discussing the legal enforceability of smart contracts

Martin von Haller

Partner, Bird & Bird

Claire Gamage

Associate, Bird & Bird
12:15 – 13:15


13:15 – 14:30

Developing the Blockchain Applications for the Public Sector

Qadre is a start-up organisation working with the public sector and regulators on blockchain adoption. Imogen will be joined by a public sector representative to discuss effective blockchain application.

  • How public sector blockchain technology differs from the private sector
  • Reviewing current products and build environments and weighing the risk and rewards of public and private blockchains
  • Understanding the IT infrastructure needs for supporting blockchain enabled systems
  • Overcoming interoperability and integration challenges

Imogen Bunyard

COO & Co-Founder, Qadre
14:30 – 14:45

Afternoon Break

14:45 – 16:15

Workshop: Developing Implementation Action Plan for your Organisation

  • Pinpoint specific areas in your organisations that you want to address with blockchain
  • Create a map that highlights the problem that this project will answer
  • Identify who will need to be involved in the project
  • Define key partnerships and no go partners
  • Create an action plan on how will you approach the project

Helen Disney

Expert Trainer & Blockchain Guru
16:15 – 16:30

Feedback, Evaluation and Close


De Vere West One
9-10 Portland Pl

26th April, 2018

BSI Standards Forum


Thursday 26 April

9.15 – 9.50 – Registration & Networking

  • Submit questions by searching for #BSIsf18 at
  • Teas & Coffees
  • Knowledge Marketplace – Visit stands to learn more about the day’s topics, standards, professional opportunities

10.00 – 11.00 – Plenary

A word from the Master of Ceremonies:

  • David Bell, Director of Standards Policy, BSI

BSI Welcome:

  • Dr Scott Steedman CBE, Director of Standards, BSI

Opening Keynote – Future Global Challenges and Standards Solutions:

  • Prof Richard Clegg – Foundation Chief Executive, Lloyd’s Register

Opening Panel Discussion & Q&A – Global Standards for a Global Marketplace:

  • Martin Baxter – Chief Policy Advisor, IEMA
  • Professor Richard Clegg – Foundation Chief Executive, Lloyd’s Register
  • Amanda Long – Director General, DG Consumers International
  • Jacqui Taylor – CEO, FlyingBinary Ltd
  • Gilbert Verdian – CEO, Quant Network

11:00 – 11.20 – Comfort break 

  • Teas & Coffees
  • Knowledge Marketplace – Visit stands to learn more about the day’s topics, standards, professional opportunities

11.30 – 12.50 – Breakout sessions

Interactive, informal sessions with a small group of experts to ask questions, discuss and debate on a defined topic. Each individual session will be repeated three times (in each 20-minute slot) to allow maximum choice for delegates. Also, delegates can select a mix of sessions from different tracks or go to all three sessions on the same track.

Track 1: Data & Trust

Blockchain & distributed trust

  • Gilbert Verdain – Secure Payment Task Force, Federal Reserve System

AI & Robots

  • Milan Patel – National Standards Officer, Microsoft
  • Gurvinder Singh Virk – Technical Director, InnotecUK

Protecting customers from financial harm (PAS 17271)

  • Neil Masters – Protecting the Vulnerable – Project Consultant, Cifas
  • Michelle Hoskin – Little Miss WOWW!, Standards International

Track 2: Future cities

Smart Cities

  • Jacqui Taylor – CEO, FlyingBinary Ltd


  • Robert Garbett – Chief Executive, Drones Major Group
  • Wendy Welsh – Head of Air Operations, Network Rail Ltd

Connected/smart homes and IoT

  • Lee Gould – Director, Kinberry Ltd.

Track 3: Sustainability

Government 25-year environment plan

  • Nick White – Senior Advisor – Biodiversity, Natural England

Natural capital assessment

  • Ece Ozdemiroglu – Director, Eftec

Climate change adaptation

  • Martin Baxter – Chief Policy Advisor, IEMA

Track 4: Encouraging participation in standards-making

Increasing participation in standards-making; standards-makers experiences; the future of standards-making (running during all three 20-minute sessions)

  • Matt Cogill – Senior Approvals Engineer, Rotok Controls
  • Navdeep Mehay – Group Leader, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Daniel Rossiter – Senior BIM Communicator, BRE
  • Alan Sellers – Senior Approvals Engineer, Dyson

13:00 – 14:05 – Lunch & Networking

14.15 – 15.15 – Afternoon plenary

Closing Keynote – Brexit

  • Dr Adam Marshall – Director General, British Chamber of Commerce

Closing Panel Discussion & Q&A – Brexit

  • Dr Adam Marshall – Director General, British Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr Scott Steedman CBE, Director of Standards, BSI

Closing Remarks

  • David Bell, Director of Standards Policy, BSI

15:15 – 16:30 – Knowledge Marketplace & Refreshments

Visit stands to learn more about the day’s topics, standards, professional opportunities

List of confirmed stands:

16.30 – Event Closes


Park Plaza Victoria London

239 Vauxhall Bridge Road




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19th April, 2018

AI, Blockchain & Crypto Currencies: Opportunities and Implications for the Hedge Fund Industry

EventsJoin us to hear from tax, legal and investment experts about the latest developments in artificial intelligence, blockchain and crypto currencies, the impact these new technologies are having on the hedge fund industry and the opportunities they are providing for investors.


  • Chris Chapple, Tax Partner, BDO
  • Martin Cornish, M.W. Cornish & Co.
  • Alberto Cozzini, Portfolio Manager, Devet Capital
  • Grant Fuller, Co-Founder, Irithmics
  • Tariq Khan, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Techstars
  • Toby Lewis, Founder and CEO, Novum Insights
  • Gilbert Verdian, CEO, Quant Network
  • Mark Whitcroft, Founding Partner, Illuminate Financial Management


8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast/Registration
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Panel: AI and Machine Learning
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Coffee Break
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Panel: Blockchain and Crypto
10:15 – 11:00 a.m. Networking


55 Baker Street
United Kingdom

19th April, 2018

Blockchain Unchained by Cisco and UCL

Blockchain Unchained investigates blockchain applications in the enterprise, culminating in a venture capital case study. This complimentary/invite-only event connects startups, venture capitalists, corporates, and academics to explore the applications of this nascent and disruptive technology.

Sponsored and organized by Cisco Systems, Fenix Investors and University College London (UCL), this half-day symposium features top-level keynotes, a startup showcase, and a venture capital case study.

Please join us in this unique opportunity to meet with a collection of senior professionals based on a common interest. The agenda is detailed below; we look forward to seeing you at the conference.



Registration. 12:40-1pm

  • Light refreshments (Coffee/tea, cake, cookies, fruits)
  • Startup booths will be available throughout the day

Block 1: Blockchain Framework + Use Cases. 1-1:50pm

  • Welcome: Katherine Hannah, Cisco and Paolo Pio, Cisco
  • IDEALondon : Justine Clark, Alastair Moore, John Spindler
  • Tom Davies, Cisco: The Blockchain Applicability Framework
  • Francesco Abbate, Decrypto: Major Blockchain Use Cases
  • Anoop Nannra, Cisco: Digital Bridges for Blockchain

Break 1: Networking. 1:50-2:20pm

  • Light refreshments (Coffee/tea, cake, cookies, fruits)

Block 2: Startup Showcase. 2:20-3:10pm

  • Piers Ridyard, Radix DLT
  • Cyrus Khajvandi, Mobius Network
  • Gilbert Verdian, Quant Network
  • Marcello Mari, SingularityNET
  • Showcase Q&A
  • Host: Paolo Pio

Break 2: Networking 3:10-3:40pm

  • Light refreshments (Coffee/tea, cake, cookies, fruits)

Block 3: Blockchain Technology: Maturation in Progress. 3:40-4:25pm

Advancing blockchain technology by addressing its limitations, including scalability, speed and privacy.

  • Emmanuel Marchal, Consensys
  • Ganesh Ramakrishna, Opex Analytics
  • Nikhil Vadgama, UCL
  • Michael Arthur, UCL and Jane Butler, UCL
  • Panel Host: Paolo Pio

Break 3: Networking. 4:25pm – 5:00pm

  • Light refreshments (Coffee/tea, cake, cookies, fruits)

Block 4: Venture Capital Roundtable. 5:00-5:45pm

The investment case for blockchain startups.


  • Christina Frankopan, Fabric Ventures

Case study

  • Aymerik Renard, Hardware Club
  • Christina Frankopan, Fabric Ventures
  • K T Wan, Heliconia Capital (Temasek)
  • Lucia Rigo, Generation Investment Management
  • Panel Moderators: Deepak Moorjani

Break 4: Networking. 5:45-7pm

  • Cocktails + light refreshments



69 Wilson Street



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18th April, 2018

Blockchain Beyond Crypto – Innovative Use Cases

EventsAs blockchains move from proof of concept to parallel production in the financial sector, attention is now moving to blockchain use cases in other industries

Join us for an evening on innovative Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) uses in a variety of industries where we will talk about DLT innovation beyond cryptocurrencies and showcase startups using DLT technology in Healthcare, Insurance, Cybersecurity, Fashion and Real Estate.

Presented by Capital Enterprise and UCL at IDEALondon

18:00 – Doors Open

18:30 – DLT Innovation – Dr Paolo Tasca

18:45 – Academic work in DLT: UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies – Nikhil Vadgama

19:00 – Blockchain start-up showcase:

CryptoClaim – Niels Thone (Insurance)

JookGeri Cupi (Fashion)

CybertonicaJoshua Bower Saul (Cybersecurity)

DovetailAlexandra Eavis (Healthcare)

RefineryyRodrigo Mazorra Blanco (Real Estate)

Quant NetworkGilbert Verdian (DLT)

19:30 – Panel Discussion: To ICO, or not to ICO – Hosted by Nick Russell

19:45 – Drinks



69 Wilson Street



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21st March, 2018

Blockchain Beyond Ethereum: The Next Chapter

As use of Blockchain has boomed, Ethereum, the underlying protocol powering innovators in the sector has become a subject of fierce debate. We bring together new players that are seeking to go beyond that dominant protocol to discuss how they are the next generation.


Tariq Khan and Toby Lewis, CEO, Novum Insights


Mike Butcher, TechCrunch


Rajesh Gopi, Head of Product, Wanchain
Gilbert Verdian, CEO, Quant Network (Overledger)
Bob McDowall, Special Advisor, Cardano

The event is being organised by innovation research firm Novum Insights and Tariq Khan.


Ashurst LLP
Broadwalk House
5 Apolo Street
London EC2A 2AG

20th September, 2017

Blockchain Live 2017



Reaching Consensus for Blockchain Standards

Panel Discussion

  • Examining how the lack of established standards is a barrier to the wider adoption of blockchain
  • Promoting a forward thinking strategy for blockchain standards to assure future compatibility
  • Is the time for standards now and if not what needs to happen in order for the technology to settle
  • Reflecting present and developing international trends in regulation and compliance
  • Predicting future challenges and how the industry can build a blockchain to serve a more connected future



52 Chiswell St, London EC1Y 4SD

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