The Future of Money, Governance, & The Law

Washington D.C.

May 2-3, 2024

Speaking opportunities available for GBA members.

All public sector speakers’ remarks are personal and do not necessarily reflect an official government position.¬†



2024 Speakers

Listed Below

Ric Edelman

Barron’s Financial Advisor Hall of Fame Member
Preeminent Personal Finance Thought Leader

Ric Edelman is the Co-Founder of the Digital Asset Council of Financial Professionals (DACFP). He has coached, trained, and advised thousands of investors, fund managers, and wealth advisors on the subject of digital assets. He is the investment advisors that investment advisors go to for guidence about digital assets.

He also founder of Edelman Financial Services (later, Edelman Financial Engines), and the host of a weekly personal finance talk radio show called The Ric Edelman Show, named by¬†TALKERS¬†magazine to the “100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America”.¬†Edelman was also the host of the public television show¬†The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman.

In July 2001, Edelman’s book¬†Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth¬†appeared at #1 in the paperback “Advice, How-to and Miscellaneous” category of the¬†New York Times¬†Best Seller list. Barron’s¬†ranked Edelman the #1 Independent Financial Advisor in the United States in 2012. In 2019,¬†Barron’s¬†added Edelman to its Financial Advisors Hall of Fame.

Mr. Edelman is the author of several personal finance books including:

  • The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman(1997)
  • The New Rules of Money(1998)
  • Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth(2001)
  • What You Need to Do Now(2001)
  • Discover the Wealth Within You(2003)
  • The Lies About Money(2007)
  • Rescue Your Money(2009)
  • The New Rules of Money(2010)
  • The Truth About Retirement Plans and IRAs(2014)
  • The Truth About Your Future(2017)
  • The Squirrel Manifesto(2018), co-written with his wife Jean Edelman
  • The Truth About Crypto (2022)

Dino Cataldo Dell’Accio

CIO of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund

Dino Cataldo Dell’Accio is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, an $81 billion fund that services UN retirees around the world. He created an identity management solution based on blockchain for the UN. He is also a Co lead of the UN digital transformation working group. In that capacity he is responsible for facilitating best practices and lessons learned among all the UN programs including the World Food Program, the World Health Organization, the World Trade Organization, and many others. He is also the Co-Lead of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum Blockchain Assurance and Standardization Dynamic Coalition.


He is also the GBA Identity Management and the International Organizations Working Group lead and one of the primary authors of the Blockchain Material Model (BMM).

Don Tapscott

One of the most influential management thinkers globally

  • CEO of The Tapscott Group, is an authority on the impact of technology on business and society.
  • Authored 18 books and coined key concepts defining the digital age. He has introduced influential ideas, from the term “Paradigm Shift” in his 1993 bestseller to exploring the transformative nature of the Internet in “The Digital Economy” (1994) and examining the impact of the digital era on generations with “Growing Up Digital.” His acclaimed work, “Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything,” became a best-selling management book in 2007, translated into over 25 languages. In collaboration with his son, Alex Tapscott, he authored the successful “Blockchain Revolution” in 2016, a guiding resource in navigating technology-driven disruptions. Tapscott’s latest book, “Big Ideas: Chancellor Don Tapscott Speaks to a New Generation,” compiles insights from his tenure as the 11th Chancellor of Trent University.
  • Co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute, overseeing 150+ projects exploring blockchain’s strategic applications and organizational impacts.
  • Tapscott’s influence extends to his role as an advisor to corporate leaders, university heads, and governments worldwide.
  • Recognized as a member of the Order of Canada

Kyle S. Hauptman

National Credit Union Administration Vice Chairman

Kyle S. Hauptman was nominated by the President to serve on the NCUA Board on June 15, 2020. The U.S. Senate confirmed him on December 2, 2020, and he was sworn in as a member of the NCUA Board on December 14, 2020. The NCUA Board approved his designation as Vice Chairman of the NCUA on December 18, 2020.

Prior to his joining the NCUA Board, Mr. Hauptman served as Senator Tom Cotton’s (R-Arkansas) advisor on economic policy, as well as Staff Director of the Senate Banking Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Policy.

Previously, Mr. Hauptman was Senior Vice President at Jefferies & Co. He worked at Lehman Brothers as a bond trader in New York City as well as in their international offices in Tokyo and Sydney, and served as a voting member on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies.

Mr. Hauptman served on President Donald J. Trump’s transition team in 2016 and was Senator Mitt Romney’s (R-Utah) policy advisor for financial services during the 2012 presidential campaign.

Mr. Hauptman holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Los Angeles.


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Circle, Director of Regulatory Strategy - Andrew Gallucci

Mr. Gallucci leads the Regulatory Strategy efforts for Circle, the company behind the $24 billion stable coin, USDC.

US Federal Reserve / U.S. Department of Treasury, Technical Advisor (Ret) - D. R. Maurice

D. R. Maurice is a global expert in central banking and IT risk management working with financial institutions in New York, London, Africa, and around the world. Her area of expertise includes digital transformation, spearheading initiatives in central bank digital currency and blockchain technologies, prioritizing financial inclusion. Her expertise includes regulatory sandbox platforms, with notable engagements in emerging markets. Drawing from her extensive background, which includes roles at prominent institutions such as BNP Paribas, Moody’s Investors Services, and Morgan Stanley, Maurice brings a unique perspective to the intersection of finance, technology, and governance. Holding academic qualifications from institutions like Salem State College, Arizona State University, and the London School of Economics, she is also recognized for her numerous contributions to literature in the field and is actively involved maturing the industry.

Note: D. R. Maurice speaks in her personal capacity, with her views representing her own and not reflecting any official government positions or policies.

Stellar - Director, Central Bank Digital Currencies and Institutional Assets - Paul Wong,

Mr. Wong has extensive experience working with the Federal Reserve Board and the Bank for International Settlements prior to joining the Stellar Development Foundation. His expertise in public blockchains, particularly his involvement in the development of the Transparent Network (TPN), Ukraine’s first real-time retail payment solution, is an invaluable resource for educating policymakers on how blockchain technology can transform government finance.

TPN, a real-time settlement system, is a prime example of how financial services can leverage public blockchains for improved transparency and efficiency. This initiative, supported by DCM and the Independent Association of the Banks of Ukraine (NABU), is poised to have a significant impact on Ukraine’s recovery efforts.

IRS Criminal Investigations Cybercrimes Headquarters, Federal Agent & Digital Asset Fraud Manager (Ret) - Dr David Utzke

Dr. Utzke retired as a federal agent from the IRS-Crimiinal Investigation Cybercrimes Headquarters as Digital Asset Fraud Manager. He currently leads the Mastercard digital asset contract with FDIC to provide support for bank failure digital asset key security where digital assets were involved in various banking use cases. He also leads the AFISS DoJ contract for CACI.


He teaches graduate level courses including DLT History, Architecture, and coding of Layer 1 cryptographic digital signature algorithms (DSA) and Layer 2 digital asset token contracts, and Layet 3 Distributed Application (DApp) interface coding in the Dept. of Homeland Security at the Univ. of New Haven (Princeton) and I’m also the Director of Digital Asset Security & Emerging Technologies Research at Wave Digital. I am also on the Advisory Board of a Treasury DAO serving banks and REV3AL proving cybersecurity thought leadership around providing digital asset security and proof of providence.

Chainalysis, Head of North America Public Policy - Jason Somensatto

Over 15 years of legal and regulatory expereince with securities and cryptocurrency. Prior to working at Chainalysis as the Head of North American Policy, Mr. Somensatto worked at the

Commonwealth of Virginia, Senator - Saddam Salim
Free Republic of Liberland, President - Vit Jedilicka
Grant Thornton LLP, Partner for the National Digital Assets, Blockchain & web3 Industry Practice - Markus Veith

Markus is a partner at Grant Thornton LLP, where he leads the National Digital Assets, Blockchain & web3 Industry and the Northeast Financial Institutions Practice. He has over 25 years of experience in banking and public accounting and holds an M.B.A., a Dipl. Betriebswirt, and a C.P.A. credential.

He works with a diverse range of clients, from banks, fintechs and digital asset companies to private equity funds and REITs, providing them with audit, advisory, and compliance services. He is also a SEC and IFRS specialist, and has extensive experience in cross-border transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and asset securitizations. He is a member of the firm’s Innovation Group and has a keen interest in Blockchain technology and its applications in the financial sector. He is a frequent speaker, trainer, and media commentator on topics related to his field of expertise.

Perkins Coie, Senior Counsel - Jim Vivenzio

Mr. Vivenzio advise financial institutions and other clients in the area of Bank Secrecy Act, anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing (BSA/AML/CFT) compliance, including the AML Act of 2020, examination and enforcement processes, and the effective use of innovation and technology and fintech relationships. He served for 32 years with the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) as the Director for BSA/AML Policy and the Senior Counsel for BSA/AML and has been intimately involved in every major BSA/AML/CFT policy matter and enforcement action taken by the OCC during the course of my career.

American Blockchain Initiative, CEO - Chief Executive Officer

Aalex co-founded and leads the the American Blockchain Initiative is a 501(c)(4) organization based in Washington, DC. The organization’s mission is to promote and educate lawmakers on the critical importance of blockchain technology as it relates to promoting responsible innovation to advance American leadership in DLTs.

New Jersey Blockchain Council, Director - Pramod Attarde

Mr. Attarde serves as the Director of the New Jersey Blockchain Council as well as the Attarde Foundation. He is the CEO of Apex Defi Lab, Inc., a FINTECH firm that excels in steering digital innovation with over 28 years as a tech entrepreneur. Known for demystifying technology for diverse audiences, he is driven to democratize the Global Capital Market for Small and Medium Businesses. Beyond his executive role, Pramod actively contributes his expertise in blockchain technology trends to executives, trade associations, governments, and investors. 

Adding to his portfolio, Pramod is pioneering the use of blockchain to enhance liquidity for illiquid assets. Through the proprietary platform of Defi Assets LLC, he aids issuers in legally launching digital securities, marking a significant stride in the evolution of financial markets. He has extensive experience consulting for esteemed organizations like KPMG, Deloitte, the Federal Reserve, and the United Nations. 

Association for Women in Cryptocurrency, Board Member - Gabby Kusz

In addition to being a Board Member of the Women in Cryptocurrency Assocation, Ms. Kusz is the Senior Director for the Digital Dollar Project under the leadership of the former Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Mr. Christopher Giancarlo. Ms. Kusz is the former CEO of the Global Digital Asset & Cryptocurrency Association. She has been a senior level policy advisor for global organizations including the  International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), and the World Bank. She also has industry experience working for Grant Thornotn and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corpation (FDIC).

GBA Banking & Financial Services Working Group Leader - Paul F. Dowding

Paul Dowding has over thirty years of experience in operations and process management, innovation, design and re-engineering. Recently, he has been instrumental in designing and launching a patented, real-time, scalable, high-capacity, double-entry accounting distributed ledger technology solution ‚Äď TapestryX ‚Äď

His financial services industry experience encompasses multiple products, markets, solutions and service providers for global financial infrastructure.

He has previously held management positions at BNY Mellon, Meridian Equity Partners, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Chase Manhattan, and Ford Motor Company. Paul has also consulted independently and was also a Managing Director in the boutique consultancy Gartland and Mellina Group

He has worked and lived in London, New York, Singapore and Sydney and travelled extensively throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Paul is a graduate of the University of Southampton, UK with a B.Sc. Hons (So’ton) Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is an Associate Member of The Institute of Mechanical Engineers, and has previously held NASD Series 7, 63 and 24 licenses.

GBA Digital Asset Management Working Group, Co-Leader - Stacey Ferris
Stacey Ferris is a seasoned CPA and CFE with over a decade of professional experience in audit, compliance, internal controls, risk assessment, technical accounting research, financial analysis, and expertise in U.S. GAAP accounting and cryptocurrencies. She is renowned for her work in creating the Digital Asset Taxonomy, as featured in the Journal of Accountancy. Stacey is a featured speaker at the upcoming NACVA Super Conference, where she will be presenting on NFT valuation. Additionally, she plays a leading role in the Government Blockchain Association’s Digital Asset Management working group, actively contributing to the development of the Digital Asset Manager certification course.
GBA Intellectual Property Working Group Lead - Michael Henson

Michael Henson is the Chair of the Government Blockchain Association’s Intellectual Property Working Group, a Blockchain Maturity Model (BMM) Professional and a partner with Perkins Coie’s Intellectual Property practice. He provides seasoned intellectual property counsel to businesses of varying sizes that trust him to employ his wide-ranging intellectual property prosecution and litigation experience to achieve positive results. Combining extensive patent and trademark prosecution experience with a litigation background, Michael offers his clients a unique approach to their sophisticated intellectual property needs.

Jurat Blockchains, CEO - Mike Kanovitz

Mike Kanovitz is a practicing attorney and tech entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Jurat, a Legal Tech provider of blockchain infrastructure. He is also a founding partner of the nation’s largest civil rights law firm. He is known for bringing cutting edge cases that draw praise from attorneys and judges alike. His cases have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries as well as meaningful changes in corporate and government policies.

Mike concentrates his law practice on civil rights litigation in all of its forms, from protecting prisoners, to employee whistleblowers, to online privacy and other aspects of the burgeoning field of Cyber Civil Rights. His belief that financial empowerment is vital to social justice also led him to design and patent a system for protecting legal rights by connecting blockchains to courts. He stands with those who want to see advancing technologies develop as a force for good while preventing their misuse against the people they should be serving.

Cogent Law Group, Attorney - Allison Maffat

Allison is an attorney with regulatory, litigation, real estate, and contracts experience who is interested in utilizing this experience with clients using blockchain technology. Clients include startups, entrepreneurs, and companies in every development stage.

Allison has a national practice where she works with clients in the FinTech and blockchain spaces guiding them through all stages of development and the regulatory hurdles each company faces in an ever-changing environment. Through her practice, Allison supports clients in a wide range of areas, including business formation, employment, contract formation, compliance, and regulatory matters.

Prior to her legal career, she was an analyst in the oil and gas industry. She researched and wrote for a forecasting firm that provided detailed reports to clients. She later worked for an independent oil and gas production company as an attorney, and she has a deep understanding of the energy industry, including the regulatory issues companies face.

Allison is active with the Government Blockchain Association where she participates in the Digital Asset working group. She received her JD from Tulane Law School and a Bachelors of Arts in History and Political Science from the University of Louisville where she was also a member of the Division-I field hockey team for four years.

Winston-Salem State University, Professor of Management Information Systems - Alice Etim, PhD

Dr. Etim has traveled glboally researching and teaching about how money as a medium of exchange that has moved through many phases -from the barter system to modern units of exchange like currency and mobile payment systems to support different economic systems. She has examanined how the Unbanked (people who lack capacity to open and maintain modern bank products) have been challenged. She has examined statistics from scholarly works on how mobile money/payment systems have enabled the Unbanked to join in the global economy and advocated for ways the Unbanked can be part of the global Blockchain ecosystem.

Web3 Certification Board, Co-Founder - Bryant Neilson

Mr. Neilson is the CEO of Web3 Certification Board (W3CB), a pioneering organization that empowers the technological ecosystem with reliable and credible certifications. I have over 35 years of experience as a leader, innovator, and educator. I have authored 2 books on Web3 technologies, such as blockchain, IoT, DeFi, AI/ML, and the Metaverse.

His mission is to advance Web3 technologies and foster a global community of certified professionals who can leverage them to create value and impact. He oversees the development and delivery of certification standards that meet the globally recognized ISO and ANSI guidelines, ensuring the utmost reliability, quality, and credibility of the certification holders. He was previously the Director of Training for Bullish Global and Block.One, two leading companies in the blockchain industry, and collaborates with the Government Blockchain Association and The Blockchain Academy, two influential organizations that promote blockchain education and adoption.

BlackWallet, Co-Founder - Chris Smithmyer

Dr. Chris Smithmyer, the visionary founder of Black Wallet and KIROS coin, embodies a fusion of profound expertise and relentless dedication to revolutionizing the financial landscape. Armed with advanced degrees spanning Law, Business, Conflict Management, Labor Relations, and International Transactions, Dr. Smithmyer brings a wealth of knowledge to his role as CEO and Co-Founder. Notably, he serves as a distinguished professor of MBA Business at Doane University and is a prolific author, with his publications consistently dominating the corporate taxation and cryptocurrency charts. Dr. Smithmyer’s illustrious career has seen him featured in esteemed journals such as the Harvard Business Review, U.S. News and World Report, and Finance Magnates, solidifying his status as a luminary in the realm of finance and technology.

Cryptolotics CEO - Nabeel Malik

Mr. Malik has establsihed an asset-building consultation company, compounding investments to build wealth for thier clients future! Cryptolotics strive for growth mainly through cryptocurrency assets. Through years of experience, they use a range of techniques to make investment decisions that result in profitable returns for their clients. They track the movement and performance of cryptocurrencies in a volatile market and make decisions based on fundamental and quantifiable approaches.

Form Free, Founder & CEO - Brent Chandler
AI MIND Systems Foundation, Executive Director - Heather Leigh Flannery

Heather Leigh Flannery is an applied futurist, entrepreneur, patient advocate, and complex systems theorist, serving as CEO at AI MINDSystems Foundation, a nonprofit she co-founded in March 2024 with a vision for systemic interventions addressing humanity’s health, safety, prosperity, and privacy. Previously, she founded and led Equideum Health, a company focused on blockchain-facilitated decentralized AI, analytics, and privacy technologies, partnered with Intel, Oracle, and Microsoft, and a part of the Consensys Mesh and GBV portfolio. Prior to Equideum Health, Heather established Obesity Prevention, Policy, and Management, Inc. (Obesity PPM) in 2009, pioneering digital health and tech-enabled services in chronic disease management, and later delved into blockchain adoption for healthcare, co-founding Blockchain in Healthcare Global (BiHG) under IEEE ISTO.

Heather has driven business model innovation across her 30-year career, emphasizing values such as scalability, sustainability, and diversity. With a background in international development, she advocates for global health perspectives and fights against discrimination in obesity treatment, demonstrating a commitment to patient advocacy throughout her professional journey.

Zelcore Technologies, President - Daniel Keller
Intercoin, President - Greg Magarshak

Concert pianist as a child. Entered college at 14. Master’s in math from NYU. Web developer and entrepreneur who is passionate about the power of social applications to improve people’s lives. Greg is the architect behind the technology that powers Intercoin applications, including the app we’re using for our conference.

AI VP, Founder - Dr. Adel ElMessiry

Adel has earned a Ph.D. in AI/ML/Blockchain with more than a dozen academic publications. Three successful exits with one unicorn, LP in DGH, advisor, and world speaker. He served on several boards including the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (‚Äč‚Äč¬† Currently, he is incubating half a dozen companies.¬† His main investment area is in AI, Web 3 Gaming, NFTs, Infrastructure, and Healthcare.

Everscale, Founder - Eugene Morosov

Mr. Morosov has 25 years in a variety of senior roles in US financial industry including commercial and investment banking, operations, compliance and risk management. He has extensive experience with blockchain technology adoption evangelist and has been a speaker at numerous tech conferences globally. He is a primary author and contributlr in the development of several blocckhain based snandards for the Government Blockchain Assocation and a founding member of the Internet Governance Forum, Blockchain Assurance & Standrization DAO of the United Nations. He has also founder and led as the CEO several cutting edge blockchain projects capable of legacy industries disruption.

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