Featured Speakers & Panelists

Ben Brooks

Head of Public Policy, Stability AI

Joshua Davila

Writer/Podcaster/Researcher, Breadchain Cooperative

Joshua is the author of Blockchain Radicals: How Capitalism Ruined Crypto and How to Fix It and writer / podcaster behind The Blockchain Socialist. He has been working in the blockchain space for nearly a decade and co-founded Breadchain Cooperative.

Grayson Earle

Artist/Creator, Bail Bloc

Grayson Earle, a prominent American artist and activist, explores the fusion of digital technologies, networks, and political agency in his groundbreaking work. Through his commitment to challenging societal norms, Earle employs art as a means of protest and social engagement, notably as a member of The Illuminator, a guerrilla video projection collective. His innovative projects, such as Bail Bloc, demonstrate his dedication to using technology for social justice, while his acclaimed film “Why don’t the cops fight each other?” has earned international recognition at prestigious venues worldwide. Earle’s work has been exhibited at renowned cultural institutions globally, and he has held teaching positions at esteemed universities, including Oberlin College and Parsons School of Design.

Anas Ghazi

Board of Advisors, Alethea AI
Andrea Goldsmith

Andrea Goldsmith

Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering and Co-Director of the DeCenter, Princeton University

Andrea Goldsmith is the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science and the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. She was previously the Stephen Harris Professor of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where she is now Harris Professor Emerita. Her research interests are in information theory, communication theory, and signal processing, and their application to wireless communications, interconnected systems, and neuroscience. She founded and served as Chief Technical Officer of Plume WiFi (formerly Accelera, Inc.) and of Quantenna (QTNA), Inc, and she serves on the Board of Directors for Intel (INTC), Medtronic (MDT), Crown Castle Inc (CCI), and the Marconi Society. She also serves on the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and as the founding Chair of the IEEE Board of Directors Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. Dr. Goldsmith is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her awards include the Marconi Prize, the IEEE Sumner Technical Field Award, the ACM Athena Lecturer Award, the ComSoc Armstrong Technical Achievement Award, the Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award, the WICE Mentoring Award, and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award. She is author of the book “Wireless Communications” and co-author of the books “MIMO Wireless Communications,” “Principles of Cognitive Radio,” and “Machine Learning and Wireless Communications,” all published by Cambridge University Press, as well as an inventor on 29 patents. She received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley.

Lindsay Lin

COO, Dragonfly Capital

Robin Linus

Independent Researcher, Creator of BitVM

Joseph Lubin

CEO, ConsenSys
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Roya Mahboob

Co-founder and CEO, Digital Citizen Fund

Roya Mahboob is an entrepreneur and Afghanistan’s first female tech CEO, but her impact extends far beyond the sphere of business. Mahboob has used her success and tech expertise to help educate and empower Afghan women and girls, and she has been an outspoken advocate for their rights. She founded the Digital Citizen Fund (DCF), which aims to increase Afghan women’s technological and financial literacy. She also co-founded and supports the Afghan Girls Robotics Team. Mahboob has worked to build Innovation/Tech Centers across Afghanistan and has launched an online platform to strengthen the voices of Afghan women and journalists. She regularly speaks and writes eloquently about the vital importance of STEAM education and economic opportunity for women and girls as they pertain to human rights. Mahboob was named to TIME’s 2013 list of 100 Most Influential People and received the 2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award, The Advancement of Gender Equality through Education Award, Young Leader of World Economic Forum 2015 , Asia Game changer 2019, Doha forum award of 2022, LantosHumanRights awards, the prestigious Presidential Leadership Scholarship and is a founding Leader of The NewNow, a group of rising global leaders tackling global challenges.

Susan McGregor

Research Scholar, Data Science Institute

Susan McGregor is a Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Data Science Institute and co-chairs its Center for Data, Media & Society. Her research focuses on security and privacy issues impacting journalists and media organizations. McGregor is involved in projects such as integrating cryptographic signatures into digital publishing workflows, developing classifiers to detect abusive speech on Twitter targeting journalists, and utilizing artificial intelligence to aid journalists in identifying unfamiliar political graphics. Prior to Columbia, McGregor worked at the Wall Street Journal, winning a Gerald Loeb Award in 2010 and being nominated for two Webby awards. She has published academic papers on security and privacy issues in journalism and received support from organizations like the National Science Foundation and Google. Alongside her technical work, McGregor explores the intersection of arts and technology. She holds a master’s degree from NYU and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.

Andrés Monroy-Hernández

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Princeton University

Dan Morehead

Founder and Managing Partner, Pantera Capital

Brian Quintenz

Head of Public Policy, Crypto, Andreessen Horowitz

Ari Redbord

Global Head of Policy, TRM Labs

Ari Redbord serves as the Global Head of Policy at TRM Labs, a blockchain intelligence company.Apart from his role at TRM, Ari holds the position of Vice-Chair of the CFTC Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) and contributes to Forbes Crypto. Previously, Ari served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary and Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the United States Treasury.During his tenure at Treasury, Ari collaborated with various teams to enforce sanctions and regulatory measures against illicit actors, including terrorist financiers and rogue states like Iran, Syria, North Korea, and Venezuela.

Justin Rice

VP of Ecosystem, Stellar Development Foundation

Justin Rice is the Vice President of Ecosystem at the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF), a non-profit organization that supports the development and growth of Stellar, an open-source network that connects the world’s financial infrastructure. For the past 5 years, he has focused on attracting more developers to Stellar, on supporting them as they build, launch, and scale their projects, and on coordinating them as they connect and find ways to interoperate and participate in the network. Prior to joining the Stellar ecosystem, Justin spent decades as a touring musician.

Rena Shah

VP of Product & Operations, Trust Machines

Rena Shah is the VP of Product & Operations at Trust Machines, a company building the largest ecosystem of applications on Bitcoin (Leather Wallet, Ordinals, Web3 Identity, and DeFi). Previously, she was the Head of Exchange at Binance.US, where she grew the exchange from $30M to $3B in daily trading volume within 18 months. Rena spent time on the commodities side and has a unique background as a drilling engineer. She spent her early career offshore on drilling rigs while spinning up Bitcoin mining pools. Notably, she managed a $300M energy portfolio for the Family Office of the Houston Texans NFL team. She’s currently an Advisor at Tribe Capital.

Jacob N. Shapiro

Professor of Politics and International Affairs, School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
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Jaswinder Pal Singh

Inaugural Professor of Computer Science, Technology, and Societal Change; and Co-Director of the DeCenter, Princeton University

Jaswinder Pal (JP) Singh is the inaugural Professor of Computer Science, Technology and Societal Change at Princeton University, where he is a tenured full professor in the Computer Science department. He is the co-founder of Trust Machines, which builds applications and platform technologies to leverage the decentralization of trust enabled by the Bitcoin Blockchain, and of CaaStle, a technology and logistics company transforming the apparel industry with a Clothing-as-a-Service model. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board at 8×8 (NASDAQ:EGHT), a SaaS communications company, and a member of the board of directors of Clearwater Analytics (NYSE:CWAN). He served on the management team of Right Media, an online advertising exchange acquired by Yahoo!. A leading authority on Scalable Computing Systems, Infrastructure and Applications, he has served as a consultant to several leading companies and the US government. Singh is so-author, with David Culler, of “Parallel Computer Architecture: A Hardware-Software Approach,” and has authored over 100 published papers and several patents. He was the only computer scientist to receive the NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 1997 and was awarded the Sloan Research Fellowship in the same year. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and obtained his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.

Alberto Sonino

Research Scientist, Mysten Labs

Alberto is a research scientist at Mysten Labs, focusing on the Sui blockchain, and affiliated with the computer science department at University College London (UCL). His research interests span distributed systems, blockchains, and privacy-enhancing technologies, with a current focus on Byzantine fault-tolerant systems for blockchain applications. Albeto dedicated significant effort to implementing and evaluating systems for production use, leveraging all available machine resources to scale blockchain validators across multiple machines. He obtained his PhD from UCL, during which he co-founded chainspace.io, acquired by Facebook (now Meta), where he contributed to designing the Novi wallet and Libra payment system, and authored research innovations such as the Jolteon consensus protocol and the FastPay consensus-less payment system.

Matt Weinberg

Matt Weinberg

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Associate Director of the DeCenter, Princeton University

Matt Weinberg is an assistant professor at Princeton University in the Department of Computer Science. His primary research interest is in Algorithmic Mechanism Design: algorithm design in settings where users have their own incentives. He is also interested more broadly in Algorithmic Game Theory, Algorithms Under Uncertainty, and Theoretical Computer Science in general. Before joining the faculty at Princeton, Weinberg spent two years as a postdoc in Princeton’s CS Theory group, and was a research fellow at the Simons Institute during the Fall 2015 (Economics and Computation) and Fall 2016 (Algorithms and Uncertainty) semesters. He completed his PhD in 2014 at MIT, where he was very fortunate to be advised by Costis Daskalakis. Prior to that, he graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Math in 2010, where I was also fortunate to have worked with Bobby Kleinberg.

Larry Williams

Founder, LaborDAO

Xiaochen Zhang

CEO, FinTech4Good , Executive Director, AI 2030

Xiaochen is the CEO of FinTech4Good, a venture-building organization that empowers financial services through emerging technologies. He also serves as the Executive Director of AI 2030, an initiative aimed at harnessing the transformative power of AI to benefit humanity while minimizing its potential negative impacts. Previously, as the Global Head of Innovation & Go-To-Market with AWS, he led a team of technical and operational staff in shaping AWS’s emerging technology and Web 3.0 related innovation offerings. In the past 20 years, he worked with many portfolio companies in launching new offers, entering into new markets and building transformative collaborative initiatives with the most reputable organizations from all over the world to reshape the future of finance with emerging technologies.