BGIN Block #9 Meeting
2023 Nov. 19 〜 2023 Nov. 22
Sydney, Australia
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The Place for Multi-directional Discussion and Collaboration to Establish Common Understandings and Publish Documents.


  • October 4: The Registration has been started. Register from "here" (General Admission: in-person, Remote admission: online)
  • August 3: The initial page of BGIN Block #9 is open.

Mark your calendar to participate in the most prominent and open meeting to build a healthy blockchain ecosystem with all global stakeholders.


The Blockchain Governance Initiative Network (BGIN) is a multi-stakeholder discussion body / distributed think tank, which plays the same role as what ISOC/IETF/ICANN/IGF is doing for the Internet ecosystem for the blockchain ecosystem. BGIN was established following G20 2019 communique.

BGIN Block #9, the BGIN's ninth general meeting, will be held from November 19 to 22 in Sydney, Australia, right after the Singapore Fintech Festival(FSS). BGIN recommends that the FSS participants extend their travel to Sydney.

Goals of Block 9

First is to bring voice to individuals focused on governance for digital economic networks, digital identity and more applications based on blockchain technology. Major themes to include are (not limited to):

  • governance of blockchain technology, applications and
  • digital identity
  • stable coin
  • security of smart contract
  • social-economic design
  • financial stability
  • ethics and
  • BGIN community growth for all stakeholders

Second is to promote multi-stakholder dialogue to find alignment and explore solutions to key challenges in blockchain governance.

Third is to collaborate in working groups and produce documentation to maintain discourse on core topics nominated by the network of participants. Share learnings and create conversation with a diversity of stakeholders and geographies.

All sessions are not one sided. We welcome all attendees to join the discussion with main discussants

Who should attend?

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

Date and Time

Date: November 19th (Sunday) - 22nd (Wednesday)

Followed by Crypto Assembly (Blockchain Apac) 23rd & 24th of November

  • Day 1 (Half day event) Theme:
    Governance, regulation, multi-stakeholder dialogue
  • Day 2 Theme:
    capital, treasury, funds etc
  • Day 3 Theme:
    identity, KYC/AML, Compliance
  • Day 4 Theme:
    Australian Blockchain Industry, NSW Web3 ecosystem, impartial


[Image] Collider at 477 on Pitt Street

[Image] Sydney Startup Hub

Main Discussion Topics

Financial Applications

  • Anti-Money Laundering Measures in DeFi
  • Security Hazards in DeFi's Development
  • The Future of CBDC
  • Security requirements for wallets

Non-Financial Applications

  • Self-sovereign identity
  • Worldcoin Security Impact
  • MPC, ZKP and Applications

All sessions are not one sided. We welcome all attendees to join the discussion with main discusstants

Time Table (Subject to Change)

Day 1 (Nov. 19 Sun.) | Collider, 477 on Pitt Street


Time Session Title Main Discussants
14:00 - 14:15 Welcome Address Joseph Beverley (Soulbis, Local Chair)
14:15 - 14:45 Keynote: Challenges of Multi-Stakeholder Blockchain Governance Chloe White (Genesis Block)
14:45 - 15:30 Round Table: Reconsidering Blockchain Governance Moderator
Joseph Beverley

Main Discussants
Ryosuke Ushida (JFSA)
Katya Delak (NIST)
Amanda Wick (Association for Women In Cryptocurrency)
Dr. Mark Staples (DFCRC)
Gerard Dache (Government Blockchain Association)
15:30 - 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 - 16:30 Round Table Discussion: The Opportunity for Blockchain Governance in Australia Moderator
Mitchell Travers (Soulbis)

Main Discussants
Amanda Wick (Association for Women In Cryptocurrency)
16:30 - 17:00 What to Expect at Block #9 Joseph Beverley

Day 2 (Nov. 20 Mon.) | Sydney Startup Hub

Financial Applications

Time Session Title Main Discussants
9:30 - 9:45 Day 2 Open Address Chloe White (Genesis Block)
9:45 - 10:30 Round Table: Decentralised vs centralised primary issuance: governance and security challenges Moderator
Chloe White (Genesis Block)

Main Discussants
Michaela Juric (Novatti, AUDD)
Will Remor (MakerDAO)
Dr. Mark Staples (DFCRC)
10:30 - 11:15 The Harmonisation of CBDC, Deposit Token, Stablecoin, Crypto Assets and DeFi Moderator
Stephanie Bazley (Possible Ventures)

Main Discussants
James Angel (Georgetown University)
Masaki Bessho (Bank of Japan)
Paul Travers (KPMG Risk and Treasury)
Alejandro Gutierrez (DeFactor)
Andrew Galluci(Circle)
Hiromi Yamaoka (DeCurret DCP)
11:15 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:15 Round Table: Digital Asset Standardization and R&D Strategy Moderator
Carole House (ex-White House, Session Chair)

Main Discussants
Craig Dunn (TC307 Chair)
Katya Delak (NIST)
Julien Bringer (Kallistech)
Dr. Mark Staples (DFCRC)
12:15 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Workshop(Room A): Potential points of failure of Stablecoins Moderator
Chloe White (Genesis Block)

Main Discussants
Leon Molchanovsky
Michi Kakebayashi
Workshop(Room B): Transparency of dApps and Sound DeFi Ken Katayama (NRI)
Ryosuke Ushida (JFSA)
Mark Greenslade (Head of R&D @ Casper Association)
Jemma Xu (Portal Gate)
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 17:00 Workshop(Room A): CBDC and Privacy Moderator
Leon Molchanovsky

Main Discussants
Masaki Besho (Bank of Japan)
Carole House (Terranet Ventures, Georgetown University)
Dr. Mark Staples (DFCRC)
Will Remor (MakerDAO)
Amanda Wick (Association for Women In Cryptocurrency)
Workshop(Room B): Smart Contract Security, Governance, and impact of AI Moderator
Ellie Rennie (RMIT)

Main Discussants
Mark Greenslade (Head of R&D @ Casper Association)
Roy Hui (Pellar & LightLink)
Mark Monfort (NotCentralised)
17:00 - 17:10 Short Break
17:10 - 17:30 DTWG Future Works, Day 2 Summary & Day 3 Announcement Moderator
Leon Molchanovsky
Chloe White (Genesis Block)

Main Discussants
Local Chair: Joseph Beverley

Day 3 (Nov. 21 Tue.) | Sydney Startup Hub

Identity, Key Management and Privacy

Time Session Title Main Discussants
9:30 - 9:45 Day 3 Opening Address Mitchell Travers
Nat Sakimura
9:45 - 10:30 Keynote: Privacy Pool Fabian Schär (University of Basel)
10:30 - 11:15 Fireside with Q&A: How to implement privacy pools Moderator
Fabian Schär (University of Basel)

Main Discussants
Zooko Wilcox (Electric Coin Company)(remote)
Jemma Xu (Portal Gate)
11:15 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 11:45 Speech: Open Source Wallet Development Daniel Goldschrier(Open Wallet Foundation)
11:45 - 12:50 Round Table: The future of Wallet and Multi-Party Computation Moderator
Mitchell Travers (Soulbis)

Main Discussants
Daniel Goldscheider (Open Wallet Foundation)
UV Hertzog (Tide Foundation)
Angela Clark (Wallet Nation)
Masato Yamanaka
12:50 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 15:15 Workshop(Room A): ZKP and its applications Moderator
Leona Hioki (Intmax)

Main Discussants
Masato Tsutsumi
Jemma Xu (Portal Gate)
Arturo Rodriguez(NotCentralised)
Workshop(Room B): Accountable Wallet Moderator
Masato Yamanaka (SMTB and Georgetown University)

Main Discussants
Daniel Goldscheider (Open Wallet Foundation)
Mark Greenslade (Head of R&D @ Casper Association)
Mitchell Travers (Soulbis)
Iris Rad (Clyde & Co)
Ken Katayama (NRI)
15:15 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 17:00 Workshop(Room A): Token and Privacy Impact: World Coin - Biometric information Moderator
Iris Rad (Clyde & Co)

Main Discussants
Alec Christie (Clyde & Co)
Samson Mow (JAN3)
Blair Crawford (Daltrey)
Workshop(Room B): Digital Identity - a global discourse Moderator
Nat Sakimura (OpenID)

Main Discussants
Stephen Wilson (Lockstep)
Stefano Tempesta (ACS)
Hal Seki (Japan Digital Agency)
Daniel Goldscheider (Open Wallet Foundation)
Angela Clark (Wallet Nation)
17:00 - 17:10 Short Break
17:10 - 17:30 Round Table: Wrap Up, IKPWG Future Works & Day 4 Announcement Nat Sakimura (Nat Consulting)
Mitchell Travers (Soulbis)

Day 4 (Nov. 22 Wed.) | Collider, 477 on Pitt Street

Industry, Sponsors & BGIN Operational Activities

Time Session Title Main Discussants
9:30 - 9:45 Day 4 Open Adress Shin’ichiro Matsuo
9:45 - 10:00 Presentation: Introduction of NTT Digital Eisuke Endo(NTT Digital)
10:00 - 11:00 Industrial Round Table Discussion: Toward sound Blockchain-based Financial System Mark Greenslade (Head of R&D @ Casper Association)
Matthew Doty (R&D Consultant @ Casper Association)
Lulio Vargas-Cohen (Circle)
Jumpei Miwa (Recruit)
Hiromi Yamaoka (DeCurret DCP)
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:30 Industrial Round Table Discussion: Blockchain for Trustworthiness of digital society NRI
Joi Ito (Digital Garage)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:00 Speech: Blockchain-enabled digital government: innovation, application, and strategic value co-creation. Dr Dimitrios Salampasis
14:00 - 14:30 Fireside: Discovering the Australian Blockchain Collaboration Opportunity Moderator
Michael Bacina (Piper Alderman)

Main Discussants
Simon Callaghan (Blockchain Australia)
Rob Allen (Australian Payments Plus)
Mitchell Travers (Soulbis)
14:30 - 15:00 LightLink - Scaling to Millions (15 mins) Presentation

Australia’s position in the global Blockchain industry (15 mins)
Roy Hui (LightLink)

Steve Vallas (Blockchain APAC)
Michael Bacina (Piper Alderman)
15:00 - 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 - 16:00 Round Table: BGIN Roadmap and Business Shin'ichiro Matsuo
16:00 - 16:45 Fireside: Decentralised Foundations: Globally Organising Strangers Moderator
Mehdi Zerouali

Main Discussants
Anthony Sassano
16:45 - 17:00 Closing Plenary Shin'ichiro Matsuo
Joseph Beverley


Fabian Schär

Professor of DLT & FinTech, University of Basel

Main Discussants

Mitchell Travers

Partner & Co-Founder, Soulbis; IKPWG Co-Chair, BGIN

Joseph Beverley

Partner & Co-Founder, Soulbis; Block #9 Local Chair, BGIN

Nat Sakimura

Chairman, OpenID Foundation; IKPWG Co-Chair, BGIN

Chloe White

Managing Director, Genesis Block; Co-Chair, BGIN

Will Remor

Head of RWA Tokenisation, MakerDAO; Outlier Ventures

Ryosuke Ushida

Chief FinTech Officer, Japanese Financial Services Agency (JFSA)

Carole House

Former Director of Cybersecurity and Secure Digital Innovation, Whitehouse; Executive In Residence, Terranet Ventures

Mehdi Zerouali

Director, Sigma Prime

Simon Callaghan

CEO & Board Director, Blockchain Australia

Steve Vallas

Managing Director, Blockchain APAC

Dr. Mark Staples

CTO, DFCRC; Senior Principal Researcher, Data 61

James Angel

Associate Professor, Georgetown University

Masaki Bessho

Head of Fintech Centre, Payments and Settlement, Bank of Japan

Daniel Goldscheider

Founder & Executive Director, OpenWallet

Mark Greenslade

Head of R&D, Casper Network

Craig Dunn

Former CEO, AMP; Non-Executive Director, Telstra; Non-Executive Director, Lion; Chair, ISO TC3077

Leon Molchanovsky

CEO, Galaxy; Steer Co. Member, BGIN

Katya Delak

Program Coordinator, NIST

Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn

CEO, Electric Coin Company (ZCash)

Leo Hioki

Founder, INTMAX

Masato Tsutsumi

Co-Founder, ERUCA LAB; Master Student, Waseda Univ; Operations, BGIN

Masato Yamanaka

Visiting Scholar, Georgetown University; Contributor, BGIN

Alec Christie

Partner, Clyde & Co.

Iris Rad

Associate, Technology & Media, Clyde & Co.

Hal Seki

Civic-Tech, Japanese Digital Agency (JDA); Founder, Code for Japan

Samson Mow

CEO, JAN3; Founder & CEO, Pixelmatic

Stefano Tempest

Blockchain Committee Vice Chair, Australian Computer Society

Stephen Wilson

Managing Director, Lockstep Technologies

Jemma Xu

Founding Partner, Fork Ventures; Core Contributor, Portal Gate

Roy Hui

Founder, LinkLink

Alejandro Gutierrez

CEO - Founder, DeFactor

Paul Travers

Director - Risk & Treasury, KPMG

Joi Ito

Co-founder, Digital Garage; President, Chiba Institute of Technology

Hiromi Yamaoka

Chairperson, Digital Currency Forum

Ken Katayama


Jumpei Miwa

Senior Expert, Recruit Co., Ltd.

Dimitrios Salampasis

Swinburne University of Technology

Angela Clark

Co-Founder, Wallet Nation

Michi Kakebayashi

Deputy Director, JFSA

Eisuke Endo

Director, NTT Digital

Julien Bringer


Andrew Gallucci

Director, Circle

Blair Crawford

Founder & CEO, Daltry

Yuval Hertzog

Co-Founder, Tide Foundation

Lulio Vargas-Cohen

Director, Circle

Rob Allen

Amanda Wick

Founder and CEO, Association for Women In Cryptocurrency

Anthony Sassano

Host, Daily Gwei

Michaela Juric

Novatti, AUDD

Mark Monfort


Michael Bacina

Partner, Piper Alderman

Gerard Dache

Government Blockchain Association

Eric Burger

Virginia Tech

Masafumi Asakura

Co-Founder & CEO, Final Aim

Special Sponsors

Level 1 Sponsors

Level 2 Sponsors

Supporting Organization

Past block meeting

Program/Organizing Committee

BGIN Co-Chairs

  • Shin’ichiro Matsuo
  • Mai Santamaria

Identity Key Management and Privacy (IKP) Working Group Co-Chairs

  • Nat Sakimura
  • Mitchell Travers

Decentralized Treasury Working Group Co-Chairs

  • Leon Molchanovsky
  • Ali Nejadmalayeri

Co-chairs of Block #8

  • Andrea Bracalli

Local Hosts

  • Joseph Beverley
  • Steve Vallas
  • Joshua Landua
  • Chloe White
  • Richelle Cox


  • Takaya Sugino
  • Masato Tsutsumi
  • Lulu Ito
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