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Event Announcement: BGIN Block #2 meeting (Virtual Paris/France)

Date/ Time

  • March 8-10, 2021
  • 13:00 - 16:00 UTC


Please register from here. Link to the web conference will be provided before the meeting.

Who should attend?

  • Developers
  • Regulators
  • Business entities
  • Consumers
  • Civil society
  • Academia
  • And anyone interested in blockchain ecosystems!

Agenda (subject to change)

Day 1: Monday, March 8 * 13:00-16:00 UTC

  • 13:00-14:00 Opening Plenary [BGIN Draft Code of Conduct] [BGIN Draft Note Well]
    • Report of two BGIN Working Groups

      • Governance Working Group (GWG)
      • IAM, Key Management and Privacy WG (IKP WG/SGIP)
    • Report of BGIN Steering Committee

  • 14:00-15:00 Invited talks on recent crypto-assets/financial regulation on privacy and traceability/AML&KYC
    • Regulator/Academia: James Angel, Georgetown University USA
      • Professor Angel specializes in the market structure and regulation of global financial markets, and he has visited over 70 financial exchanges around the world. He teaches undergraduate, MBA, and executive courses, including Investments and Capital Markets. ‘‘Dr. Jim’’ has testified before Congress about issues relating to the design of financial markets. In addition, he has been quoted in hundreds of newspaper articles and has appeared numerous times on radio and television. Dr. Jim began his professional career as a rate engineer at Pacific Gas and Electric, where he worked on FERC and CPUC related issues. Along the way he has also worked at BARRA where he developed equity risk models. He has also served as a Visiting Academic Fellow in residence at the National Association of Securities Dealers and also as a visiting economist at the Shanghai Stock Exchange. He has also been chairman of the Nasdaq Economic Advisory Board, a member of the OTC Bulletin Board Advisory Committee, and has served on the board of directors of the Direct Edge Stock Exchanges. From 2012-2014 he was a visiting associate professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Angel is a co-inventor on 12 fintech patents.
    • Engineer: Jack Gavigan, Executive Director at the Zcash Foundation
      • Jack is the Executive Director of the Zcash Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that builds and supports privacy infrastructure for the public good. Jack has a background in financial technology, cyber security and trading systems, gained at companies like Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley, where he also worked as a trader. Prior to joining the Zcash Foundation, Jack spent four years with the Electric Coin Company (better known as the team that created the Zcash cryptocurrency) where he led regulatory engagement and outreach.
    • Business: Frederic de Vaulx, Prometheus Computing LLC
      • Frederic de Vaulx is currently Vice President of Prometheus Computing LLC, a small business supporting Federal Agencies like the National Institute of Technology and the CTO of Value Technology Foundation, an emerging technology 501(3)(c) Think Tank.
        Frederic is a member of the IEEE blockchain initiative and the IEEE P2145 Blockchain Governance Standards WG where he leads a project on DLT governance design patterns. He is a member of ACT-IAC where he is the industry co-chair of the Emerging Technology Community of Interest Blockchain working group that published a blockchain primer and a blockchain playbook on Federal blockchain adoption. He is also part of the Government Blockchain Association, the ATARC blockchain project and the Cloud Security Alliance blockchain working group on blockchain security
  • 15:00-16:00 Panel and open discussion 30 minutes discussion by main panelists from invited talks followed by 30 minutes discussion open to all. Focus is on recent crypto-assets/financial regulation on privacy and traceability/AML&KYC:
    • Moderator: Aaron Wright, Cardozo Law School
    • James Angel, Georgetown University USA
    • Jack Gavigan, Zcash Foundation
    • Ryosuke Ushida, JFSA
    • Frederic de Vaulx, Prometheus Computing LLC

Day 2: Tuesday, March 9 * 13:00 - 17:00 UTC (1 extra hour)

Day 3: Wednesday, March 10 * 13:00-16:00 UTC (agenda adjusted)

  • 13:00-14:00 Presentation from local blockchain community

    • Nathan Sexer, Ethereum-France
      • Nathan Sexer co-leads Ethereum-France as Vice-President, managing, meetups, Ethcc, the French blockchain week and developping the French community around Ethereum. Since 2016, Nathan has worked at VariabL/Consensys, Sandbox and has advised many projects among which,, Razor.Network, Stake DAO and counting.
    • Pēteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit, Digital Innovation and Blockchain, DG CONNECT, European Commission
      • Pēteris Zilgalvis is the Head of Unit for Digital Innovation and Blockchain in the Digital Single Market Directorate in DG CONNECT and is the Co-Chair of the European Commission FinTech Task Force. He was the Visiting EU Fellow at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford for 2013-14, where was an Associate of the Political Economy of Financial Markets Programme. From 1997 to 2005, he was Deputy Head of the Bioethics Department of the Council of Europe, in its Directorate General of Legal Affairs. In addition, he has held various positions in the Latvian civil service (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Environment). He was Senior Environmental Law Advisor to the World Bank/Russian Federation Environmental Management Project and was Regional Environmental Specialist for the Baltic Countries at the World Bank. He has been a member of the California State Bar since 1991, completed his J.D. at the University of Southern California, his B.A. in Political Science Cum Laude at UCLA, the High Potentials Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. A recent publication of his is “The Need for an Innovation Principle in Regulatory Impact Assessment: The Case of Finance and Innovation in Europe” in Policy & Internet. An upcoming publication is “The Law and Political Economy of Decentralised Digital Ecosystems”.
  • 14:00-15:00 BGIN organization and roadmap

    • Road map and future topics
    • Liaison/collaboration to other organizations and initiatives
    • Administrative issues
  • 15:00-16:00 Closing Plenary

    • Wrap-up
      • GWG (Co-chairs of GWG)
      • IKP WG/SGIP (Co-chairs of SGIP)
    • Introduction to Block3
    • Closing

Organizing and program committee (alphabetical order)

  • Julien Bringer (Co-chairs, local)
  • Joaquin Garcia-Alfaro (Co-chairs, local)
  • Shin’ichiro Matsuo (Co-chairs)
  • Nat Sakimura
  • Mai Santamaria
  • Robert Schwentker
  • Shigeya Suzuki
  • Ryosuke Ushida
  • Aaron Wright
  • Ayako Yamazaki