Wed, Jul 29, 2020 08:00 PM GMT+8


Regulated Finance Meets Decentralized Finance (DeFi): Competition or Complement?

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Since its emergence in 2009, blockchain technology has promised to make the need for trusted third parties unnecessary – an innovation with enormous potential for the financial industry and particularly for fragmented and inefficient capital markets.

But how can a technology built for decentralisation be integrated effectively in an industry that has largely required centralised governance in order to operate seamlessly?

Join Benedict Chan, CTO of Bitgo, Dr. Yaoqi Jia, Head of Engineering (Asia) at Parity Technologies and former Co-founder and CTO of Zilliqa, Jocelyn Chang, Community Lead in Southeast Asia for the Maker Foundation, as well as Josh Goodbody, Director for Growth & Institutional Business for Binance, as they explore this topic. Ms Choo, CCO of iSTOX, will moderate this discussion.

Together, they will discuss the use of blockchain to facilitate disintermediation and empower participants; how this new model can be integrated with the current model of capital markets via the use of security tokens; and the need for stringent rules to ensure that the investing public remains protected.


Josh Goodbody

Director of Growth & Institutional Business, Binance

Josh Goodbody is the Director of European and Latin American Growth and Institutional Business for Binance. He brings with him knowledge and experience gained from a decade of working with industry-leading banks and financial services providers. Josh has also served in leadership roles at State Street, JP Morgan Asset Management, Derivatives Risk Solutions and FinTechs such as Autilla. Prior to this, Josh was with Huobi Global where he held the role of Global General Counsel and subsequently Head of Europe and Americas for Huobi’s Global Institutional Business. He is an expert in legal and regulatory affairs and the increasing emergence of institutional involvement in the cryptocurrency markets.

Benedict Chan

CTO, Bitgo

Benedict Chan is the CTO at BitGo, a scalable and secure financial services platform for digital assets. The platform processes 15% of global Bitcoin transaction volume with over 250 types of digital assets and billions under custody. Ben began building Bitcoin and blockchain infrastructure projects in 2012, and pioneered the first Bitcoin and Ethereum multi-sig web wallets during the early years in crypto. He is passionate about DeFi, lowering counterparty risk and democratizing access to financial services.

Jocelyn Chang

Southeast Asian Community Lead, Maker Foundation

As the Community Lead in Southeast Asia for the Maker Foundation, Jocelyn Chang focuses on building community in the APAC region, and driving the adoption of Dai and the Maker Protocol through various marketing initiatives. Jocelyn began her career at HSBC as a banker. She later co-founded a social networking app in Singapore and, as part of her entrepreneurial journey, helped the Ministry of Home Affairs pioneer the implementation of a public warning system in Singapore. A tech enthusiast, Jocelyn embraces new applications that make the world a better place.

Yaoqi Jia

Head of Engineering (Asia), Parity Technologies

Dr. Yaoqi Jia leads the Parity Asia team to build Polkadot/Substrate for Web 3.0. He was selected to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list, 2019. Formerly as co-founder and CTO at Zilliqa, he was leading the development of a new sharded blockchain for high-throughput applications. He got his Ph.D from the National University of Singapore. He proposed several technologies in his research as the building blocks for next-generation blockchain, addressing consensus and privacy issues. He’s involved in multiple blockchain and network security projects with SGX, MOM and NSF in Singapore. His work was acknowledged by Google and Apple, and has received media coverage including Bitcoin Magazine, Forbes and CNBC.


Oi-Yee Choo

Chief Executive Officer at ADDX, Moderator

Oi Yee has more than 20 years of experience in the investment and banking industry, and is the Chief Executive Officer of ADDX. Formerly Chief Commercial Officer, she was responsible for driving business growth through fostering an extensive network of investors and corporate partners. Prior to ADDX, Oi Yee held leadership roles in investment banking as the Head of Investment Banking (Singapore) at UBS and prior to that, Morgan Stanley.

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