Digital revolution: cryptocurrencies

Stories (from failures to success and everything in between), experiences and thoughts from a range of speakers to capture the imagination of aspiring entrepreneurs, provide a variety of food for thought, and help broaden and enrich their outlook on what entrepreneurship can achieve.

What is it like to be an entrepreneur? Enterprise Tuesday Inspire series includes it all: the challenges, pros and cons, and ultimately – why ‘the entrepreneurial life’ is a journey worth embarking upon.

Chaired by Robert Wardrop, Centre Director, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, Cambridge Judge Business School.

With guest speakers:

    • Teana Baker-Taylor, Chief Policy Officer, Chamber of Digital Commerce
    • Jamie McNaught, Founder, Solidi
    • Sean Kiernan, CEO, Greengage
    • Uzair Qidwai, CEO, Cent
    • Lynne Marlor, CEO and Founder, Transformational Strategies

Registration: 18:25-18:30
Panel talk: 18:30-20:00

In order to attend, please register using the form below.

About Enterprise Tuesday

Enterprise Tuesday introduces budding entrepreneurs to the world of business, aiming to inspire people to pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions. The talks are open to everyone but prior registration is essential.

Have a question? Please email the team at [email protected].

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Speaker bios

Robert Wardrop.

Robert Wardrop, Centre Director, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, Cambridge Judge Business School

Bob is an economic sociologist interested in understanding how and why channels and instruments of finance emerge outside the traditional financial system and how this impacts regulators, incumbent financial institutions and consumers. In addition to his role in the School, Bob is a member of the Steering Committee for the Cambridge Centre for Data-Driven Discovery (C2D3), an interdisciplinary research centre at Cambridge bringing together expertise from across academic departments and industry to drive research into the analysis, understanding, and use of big data.

Prior to pursuing his academic career in 2010, Bob had an international career as a professional investor, most recently as a Managing Director in the investment group of one of the largest privately-owned companies in the United States where he was responsible for a portfolio of European corporate debt and equity investments. He has held several board directorships and advisory roles with academic, governmental and commercial organisations over the course of both his academic and non-academic career.

Teana Baker-Taylor.

Teana Baker-Taylor, Chief Policy Officer, Chamber of Digital Commerce

Teana is the Chief Policy Officer for the Digital Chamber of Commerce, the world’s leading trade association representing the digital asset and blockchain industry. Teana leads the organisations’ Policy and Government Affairs activities. As a member of the Chamber’s leadership team, she is directly engaged in organisation-wide operations, including strategic planning and initiatives to achieve the Chamber’s mission. Teana is passionate about the opportunities emerging from digital assets – as a global formation of capital, through the tokenisation of products and services and as a burgeoning asset class. She possesses more than 20 years of experience in commercial strategy, proposition development, and policy and communications, with a depth of expertise in the crypto and fintech industries, as well as transaction banking, payments and capital markets sectors. She leverages her experience within both the traditional finance and digital asset markets to bridge two ecosystems with shared commercial, regulatory and reputational challenges. Prior to joining the Chamber, Teana held leadership roles at and Binance, where she was responsible for the UK and European market strategy, operations, business development, as well as government relations and regulatory affairs in the UK and Europe. Previously, Teana was the Executive Director and board member of Global Digital Finance, a not-for-profit initiative fostering discussion on global policy and governance for blockchain and digital assets with policymakers, regulators and industry participants, where she led policy maker outreach and advocacy initiatives to build a shared understanding of the risks and opportunities presented by tokens and digital currencies. Teana has held senior roles in strategy and communications at Coinfloor, HSBC, Citi, Fiserv and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Teana is a Steering Committee Member of Global Blockchain Convergence, and was previously a Vice-Chair of the Blockchain for Europe Board. She is a frequent editorial contributor and speaker at industry events. Teana was named the 2020 Regulatory & Governance Leader of the Year within the Finance Monthly Women in Finance Awards, was included in the Women in Crypto 2020 longlist, and has been recognised three times as one of the most influential women in Fintech globally within the Innovate Finance Women in Fintech Powerlist from 2018-2020.

Jamie McNaught.

Jamie McNaught, Founder, Solidi

Ex-investment banker technologist turned fintech entrepreneur, Jamie has worked with both of the world’s top investment banks, has signed the Swiss Secrets Act and bought his first bitcoin for less than a pound in 2011.

Jamie started Solidi in 2015 to provide a safe, simple and fast platform for UK consumers to enter the crypto space without identity documents or selfies.

Solidi was one of the first crypto exchanges approved by the FCA and the only exchange registered to onboard customers without identity documents. This was achieved without investment and with a three person ‘A team’.

Solidi is now working on a Series A round.

Sean Kiernan.

Sean Kiernan, CEO, Greengage

Sean Kiernan is the Founder and CEO of Greengage. He has extensive experience in financial services, having worked in various executive management positions. He founded Greengage after working at the first bank in the world to offer crypto products to clients, Falcon Private Bank, where he served as the COO and Interim CEO of the London operation until leaving to establish Greengage.

Prior to that he held management positions at Clariden Leu, a division of Credit Suisse, and Zurich Financial Services. Mr Kiernan has an MBA from the University of St. Gallen and a BSc from Georgetown University.

Lynne Marlor.

Lynne Marlor, CEO and Founder, Transformational Strategies, LLC

Interim Chair-Boston Blockchain Association, Co-Founder of YieldUp – fintech marketplace for Demand Notes direct to consumers Senior Advisor to LeBwox and Creo Incubator University of Oxford, UK. LeBwox and Creo are women-owned entrepreneurship programs designed to help women achieve their financial independence and scale their business ideas using design thinking and financial training

Lynne is CEO and Founder of Transformational Strategies, LLC (TS). TS is a crypto advising and financial consulting firm focused on driving strategic initiatives in the digital world. Lynne is a trailblazer in the crypto/digital assets/blockchain space and a frequent global speaker on crypto/digital assets, blockchain, brand creation, cultivating innovation, navigating uncertainty and driving revenue opportunities.

A proven senior executive leader, Lynne was a Managing Director and the Head of the Corporate and Institutional Group at BNYMellon. Her responsibilities included managing relationships and overseeing financial and treasury optimisation for all the Bank’s corporate and institutional clients. These included asset managers (hedge, mutual and private equity firms), financials like traditional banks, insurance companies and money service business as well as large corporate clients in the industrial space.

Lynne joined BNY Mellon in 2003 as a Market Manager in the asset management space after several years at First Chicago (now part of JPM Chase). Lynne was part of First Chicago’s Consulting Group where she managed projects for many of their financial services companies nationally. Lynne is a graduate of First Chicago’s Banking School Program.

Lynne is a frequent national and international speaker on several financial and treasury topics. In 2018 Lynne spoke at the Women in Housing and Finance conference in Washington DC on Payment Innovation, at the 2018 Oxford University Global Symposium on Navigating Change in the Financial Services arena and the Third Annual Global Back Office & Operational Efficiency Summit in Barcelona. Lynne most recently spoke on Blockchain in Boston to several organisations including The Boston Club, BNYMellon’s Women in Networking, Merrill Lynch’s Boston based clients and Knovva Academy. Lynne spoke virtually in 2020 at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in the UK She is a frequent speaker at both the National AFP and the NY, NE, Dallas and MidAtlantic AFPs.

Lynne recently completed the Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. Lynne is on the Board of the Boston Ballet, the YMCA of the Northshore, Boston Blockchain Association, FintechWomen and the New England chapter of the National Association of Financial Professionals (past President). Lynne is also a FINTECHwomen boardmember – a fintech organisation focused on collaboration and education for women in the financial/technology space.

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