The adoption of digital assets continues apace, against a backdrop of significant economic uncertainty. Join us as we unpack insights into understanding how these two factors overlap.
Take a look at the discussion points covered in the event, from assessing price behaviours to the environmental impact of bitcoin and gold.
Explaining price behaviours during a time of rising inflation
Digital assets vs traditional investments
Rise of the growing energy problem
Shazia Azim is a member of the Investment Committee of PwC’s insurer and was awarded Insurance Leader of the Year in 2019 by Women in Finance. Prior to leading PwC’s UK Consulting Financial Services business, Shazia led PwC’s Asset Advisory practice. She has spent 16 years in investment banking in senior front office roles at Goldman Sachs, RBS and UBS. She is a Rhodes Scholar from Pakistan and read PPE at University College, Oxford and has an MSc in Economics from LSE.
Specialising in commercial strategy, expansion, and client relationships, Mel has 20 years’ experience in overseeing global operations and corporate scaling, specialising in financial services. Formerly chief operation officer at capital markets scale-up firm Nivaura, where she built digital and automated workflows, Mel was also the COO at Crown Agents Bank. Apart from driving Bitstamp’s institutional client crypto growth, Mel also works as an advisor to fintech start-ups. She is also a champion for women in the workforce and an active supporter for inclusion and diversity.
Eva is chief operating officer of Nasdaq First North company, Arcane Crypto. Arcane build and invest in companies to enable the adoption of digital assets worldwide. Eva has had a diverse career across law, trading, business development and strategy, along with over eight years in finance, primarily at Morgan Stanley, where she was head of EMEA flow trading for securities lending, having also worked at an FX prime brokerage. Eva is also a UK-qualified lawyer, specialising in contract law, digital assets, funds, and financial services.
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Michelle is a globally-recognised investor, blockchain and digital transformation professional, with a career background in banking, government policy and technology. Michelle runs GPH, which focuses on sustainable outcomes leveraging blockchain and data. She is also a senior government advisor on policy and regulatory structures, and supports international groups including the African Union (55 member states), UN, ICC, and WTO. Michelle has been recognised as a Top 10 Woman in Blockchain in Africa, and Top 40 Global Fintech4Good Fellow.
Previously CEO of DeFi Technologies’ subsidiary, Valour, Diana has been working with investors, technologists and researchers in the decentralised finance sector since 2013. Diana led the launch and expansion of Valour’s ETPs and growth in AUM to over $375m. An associate fellow at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School, Diana was also global head of innovation for HSBC Private Banking. She has previously held positions at Uphold, Anthemis, Oliver Wyman, Kiva and the IIED. She is on the Board of HIVE Blockchain, a digital leader for the WEF, and a mentor with the Creative Destruction Lab.