Industry Panel on DeFi will be held at 2-3pm EST on Wed May 4
Abstract: The panel will explore current and future technological and business challenges in the decentralized finance space as they pertain to decentralized and cross-chain asset management, MEV protections for decentralized trading and non-AMM exchanges, and data analytics in the blockchain space. We will also discuss the broader applications and importance of DeFi for the blockchain and web3 economy.
School of Informatics, The University of Edinburgh
Vincent Danos is a senior researcher in computer sciences with interests
in distributed systems and stochastic models. He co-founded a DeFi
project which aims at improving the efficiency of on-chain trading mechanisms.
MONA EL ISA
Co-founder of Enzyme, and founder of Avantgarde Finance
Mona El Isa is co-founder of Enzyme, one of the crypto industry's leading
decentralized asset management protocols, and founder and CEO at Avantgarde Finance.
She is also President of MAMA(Multichain Asset Managers Association),
and was nominated Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum
and Digital Shaper in Bilanz magazine.
JENNIFER ZHU SCOTT
Executive Chairman, The Commons Project
Jennifer Zhu Scott is the Executive Chairman of The Commons Project,
a non-profit public trust to build digital good as public service. She founded Radian Partners,
a private direct investment firm focusing on Artificial Intelligence. Jennifer is a
Forbes World's Top 50 Women in Tech in 2018 and a Co-Chair of Fortune Global
Tech Forum in 2019. Jennifer is a China Fellow of The Aspen Institute and has
a dual Fellowship at The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).
In 2014, Jennifer was appointed as one of the 18 council members of China Council
convened by the Global Agenda Council, the World Economic Forum’s think tank.
In 2016, WEF re-appointed her to be one of 20 members of the inaugural Council of
The Future of Blockchain, and in 2020, the Data Policy Council. Jennifer was honoured
by WEF as a Young Global Leader in 2013. She studied Applied Mathematics at
Sichuan University and MBA in Finance at Manchester Business School. She completed
the public policy and leadership programme at Yale University in 2013, in Harvard
Kennedy School in 2016, and in Oxford University in 2017. She also graduated from the
inaugural executive programme on sustainability energy and leadership at Princeton
University in 2018. In 2017, Jennifer debated against the notion of Universal Basic
Income at Oxford Union and at the Davos 2018, she debated against Nobel Prize winner
Prof. Robert Shiller and Swedish Central Bank Deputy Governor Cecilia Skingsley
on Crypto Assets. She is a consultant to the Season 5 and 6 of the HBO show
Silicon Valley and a frequent public speaker and published author on data ownership,
AI, and digital monetary policies. Her TED talk “Why you should get paid for your data”
was released in 2020.
Victor Li (Moderator)
Co-founder of DeFi Toronto, and researcher at Firinne Capital
Victor Li is an early crypto adopter and researcher. He co-founded DeFi Toronto in 2019
and teaches a blockchain course at York University. Victor also conducts crypto asset research
at Firinne Capital. Previously Victor specialized in investment research at CPP Investments
and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. He covered multiple asset classes and macroeconomics.
He holds a M.A. in Applied Economics from the University of Victoria. He is a CFA Charterholder.
Andreas Park (Moderator)
Rotman School of Management and Department of Management, University of Toronto
Andreas Park is a Professor of Finance at the University of Toronto, appointed to the Rotman
School of Management and the Department of Management at UTM. He currently serves as
the Research Director at the FinHub, Rotman’s Financial Innovation Lab, and he is the co-founder
of the LedgerHub, the University of Toronto’s blockchain research lab, a lab economist for the
Blockchain stream at the Creative Destruction Lab, and an economic advisor for
the Conflux Network. He was recently awarded the Canadian Securities Institute’s
Limited-Term Professorship. Andreas teaches courses on payments innovation,
decentralized finance, and financial market trading, and his current research focuses
on the economic impact of technological transformations such as blockchain technology.
As a winner of the Bank of Canada’s Model X competition, he recently co-authored
a design proposal for a central-bank issued digital currency.