Payment Giants Driving Crypto – What Does This Mean For 2021?

Payment Giants Driving Crypto – What Does This Mean For 2021?



4th MAY 2021 | 4PM (BST)

About the Webinar

Crypto assets have the potential to revolutionize the way investments are made and, in the process, drive innovation in the payments and retail space. As we see users increasingly taking advantage of crypto cards to access these assets and convert them to traditional currencies for spending, payment providers and retailers have the challenge of enabling and accepting those transactions. How will these innovations impact the ways in which we spend in-store and online, and what new opportunities and benefits are there for both consumers and enterprises?

In this session, our expert panellists will be discussing:

• Discussing the latest surge in interest around crypto and payments, and what this means for the retailer of the future.
• Examining the difference between spending vs. trading crypto – What do we need to know as consumers?
• Exploring the ways in which these new technological innovations are driving the progress of the digital assets space and what to expect in the coming 12 months.

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Ashley Lannquist

Project Lead, Blockchain & Digital Currency
World Economic Forum

John Lee

Innovation Engineer

Ryan Rugg

Partner, Blockchain Services

Jordan Stoev

Head of Crypto

Rossen Yordanov

SVP Consumer

Speaker Profiles

Ashley Lannquist is the Project Lead for Blockchain and Digital Currency at the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco. She manages projects related to CBDC, stablecoins, and blockchain for government transparency and anti-corruption. Ashley is the lead author of the World Economic Forum’s January 2020 “CBDC Policy-Maker Toolkit” and a co-manager of the Digital Currency Governance Consortium. Prior to working in blockchain technology, she worked in fixed income investment management for BNY Mellon. Ashley has an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where she was a Finance Fellow and Co-President of the Haas FinTech Club, and a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Economics and European Studies from Barnard College of Columbia University. She is also a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).

John Lee is an Innovation Engineer at Shopify helping to create and identify innovations across ecommerce and Shopify’s platform. He currently serves as a member of Diem’s Technical Steering Committee and as a member of ISO TC 307. John is a passionate innovator that has helped numerous companies identify and protect their innovations, he has generated over ~300 patent filings spanning multiple industry verticals: Telecom, Mobile Devices, Banking, Payments, FinTech, eCommerce, Blockchain/DLT, and AI/ML. He spends his spare time between his passions; a one year old Bernese Mountain Dog, opera, rugby, and history.

Jordan Stoev – Head of Crypto & Trading, Skrill & NETELLER. Jordan is responsible for the trading aspect of Paysafe’s digital wallets, Skrill and NETELLER. His focus is on building solutions which bring the tangible benefits of cryptocurrency to the legacy fintech world, most recently spearheading Skrill’s launch of its ‘withdraw to crypto’ feature. Before joining Paysafe in 2018, Jordan worked as a Business Solutions Architect for global IT company DXC Technology. Prior to that, he worked in Delivery and Presales lead roles at Hewlett Packard Enterprise and held roles at NBG Group and DSK Bank. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A), finance from The University of Texas at Arlington. Jordan likes skiing and everything outdoors. He follows cryptocurrency, finance & economics, new technology and the automotive world.

Rossen Yordanov – SVP Consumer, Skrill & NETELLER. Rossen oversees consumer business for Paysafe’s digital wallets, Skrill & NETELLER, with a focus on driving the mainstream adoption of these services globally, striving towards a vision where the boundaries between payments, remittances, spending & personal finance are no more. Rossen started his career with Paysafe back in 2010, joining what was then Moneybookers. During his time at Paysafe he has built and integrated both the Affiliate and VIP programmes for Skrill and NETELLER. He loves psychology, snowboarding, kitesurfing, drumming and everything on water. He follows new technologies, cryptocurrency & blockchain, MMA and global business & politics.

Ryan Rugg is currently a Partner at IBM responsible for the America’s blockchain team, helping to enhance client’s solutions and capabilities for building Digital Ecosystems. She provides strategic guidance for; operational and governance considerations, technology roadmaps, and services infrastructure to help clients. In Ryan’s prior role she was the Global Head of the Industry business unit at the enterprise software firm, R3, where she sat at the forefront of blockchain innovation across multiple industries, working closely with several fortune 500 companies to help build and scale their solutions. In addition, Ryan has extensive FSS experience spending 14 years on Wall Street working at Lehman, Morgan Stanley and JPM.

Your Roundtable Host

Your roundtable will be independently hosted and moderated by James Bourne, Editor in Chief at TechForge Media.

James is a renowned technology journalist and raconteur. In his role as editor in chief of TechForge Media, he oversees content creation across a series of nine technology and business publications. James was named as one of the top 20 UK technology influencers by Tyto, 2019

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