Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 6 February 2018

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM Start of conference, registration with welcome refreshments

8:50 AM - 9:00 AM Start of conference, registration with welcome refreshments

The key to enabling a successful transition to blockchain is the formation of a multi-stakeholder consensus on how the technology functions.
Blockchain needs to be governed through a multi-stakeholder approach, without such cooperation, its potential could become seriously stalled.

  • Understand the importance of multi-stakeholder collaboration and develop a framework to achieve a healthy blockchain ecosystem
  • Learn how collaboration and cooperation in blockchain are essential to maximising benefits and opportunities of this powerful technology
  • Discover how multi-stakeholder collaboration can build a healthy ecosystem and improve trust
  • Understand how to best overcome multi-stakeholder interests within a complex network of industries


Franco Bosoni

DMCC Innovation Hub

Andrew Rippon

Principal Consultant and Blockchain Evangelist

Krishna Kumar

Chief Operating Officer
Commercial Bank of Dubai

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Are blockchain solutions right for your organisation

Blockchain applications have the potential to become ‘as revolutionary technology for business transactions as the internet was communications’. Not everything is right for blockchain. Making implementation decisions regarding where and how we use blockchain needs to be assessed.

  • Evaluating the potential of blockchain to improve trade, transactions and business processes
  • Recognising how creating strong ecosystems can improve value to the organization
  • Understanding how Blockchain can improve visibility and trust by providing complete visibility to participants

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM The core of blockchain – visualising the chained blocks

Shajahan K. Kakkatti, Cyber Security & IT Quality, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Connecting the blocks: Going beyond blockchain buzzwords and hashtags
  • Exploring the core of blockchain and gain in depth knowledge on how blockchain functions
  • Out with the old: Drawing a clear line between integrated systems versus blockchain
  • Used case study examples


Shajahan K. Kakkatti

Cyber Security & IT Quality
Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Beyond the hype: Blockchain in financial services

Massimiliano Di Gregorio, Partner, Digital and Technology Consulting Lead, PwC
An overview of how blockchain is used and will be used to transform key financial services products and processes. During the session, we will cover specific case studies regarding the application of blockchain to key financial services inside and outside the Middle East, encompassing client facing solutions and internal processes which can be automated, enhanced or created using blockchain as a key enabler.

Massimiliano Di Gregorio

Partner, Digital and Technology Consulting Lead

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Networking break

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM The bitcoin revolution: The value of cryptocurrencies to any organisation

Krishna Kumar, Chief Operating Officer, Commercial Bank of Dubai
  • Understand how cryptocurrencies can add value to your organisation
  • Evaluate whether investing in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is worth the gamble
  • Learn how businesses are harnessing cryptocurrencies and why your organisation cannot afford to ignore it

Krishna Kumar

Chief Operating Officer
Commercial Bank of Dubai

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Securing the chain - How can organisations stay secure in a distributed world

  • Reviewing the blockchain threat landscape and strategies to overcome security breaches in the blockchain
  • Creating a comprehensive risk framework for secure and resilient implementation
  • What security and risk management lessons can we learn from other emerging technologies

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Block factor – Initial Coin Offering (ICO) pitch competition

Initial coin offering companies will pitch their blockchain business model ideas to a panel of industry experts and the winner will be announced at the end of the session.

  • How will blockchain drive economic growth in the GCC
  • Beyond the finance sector: How will blockchain disrupt sectors beyond the finance sector
  • What will a world driven by blockchain look like a decade from now


Simone Vernacchia

Senior Digital & Technology Consulting Director

Hans Henrik Christensen

Director of Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

Franco Bosoni

DMCC Innovation Hub

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Closing remarks by chair and lunch

3:30 PM - 3:30 PM Close of conference