VIrginia Tech College of Engineering Computer Science - Blocksburg: Blockchain Summit 2019  - November 10-12, 2019 -  Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center - Blacksburg, Virginia
VIrginia Tech College of Engineering Computer Science - Blocksburg: Blockchain Summit 2019  - November 10-12, 2019 -  Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center - Blacksburg, Virginia


Confirmed Speakers

Photo of speaker Paul Brigner
Director of Technology Policy

Paul Brigner leads a number of the Chamber's special initiatives, including smart contracts, intellectual property, tokens and other issues. He joined the Chamber from Georgetown University where he served as managing director of the Blockchain Technology and Ecosystem Design Research Center. Prior to that, Brigner was the North American bureau director at the Internet Society, where he managed projects and activities across its functional and programmatic areas in the United States and Canada.

Previously, Brigner was senior vice president and chief technology policy officer for the Motion Picture Association of America. He also previously was executive director, internet and technology policy, for Verizon, where he held numerous management positions over the space of 10 years.  

Brigner holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and an MBA from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. He is a graduate summa cum laude of Stephen F. Austin State University where he received the Outstanding Computer Science Graduate Award and The Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award.

Photo of speaker Ben DiScipio
Chief Strategy Officer, Fundopolis

As Chief Strategy Officer at Fundopolis, Ben DiScipio brings 30 years of leadership in client services, marketing and technology. Ben is a co-founder of Fundopolis, working for the past three years to help the vision come to life. He began his career at Standish, Ayer & Wood, a Boston-based money manager, completely revamping their marketing materials and technology and helping to point them toward sustained growth. From there, he became a founding member of The Lab, a business process re-engineering consultancy in Cambridge, MA where he served as a consultant and Director of Operations - responsible for all aspects of the startup including technology infrastructure, design, marketing and client services. He was the VP of Client Services for Vizy Interactive, an interactive media consultancy with offices in NY, London and Paris. He has served in various capacities as director of client services, marketing, operations and sales. It is only fitting that his career has ended up back in the financial industry combining his experience with startups, marketing, client services and technology.

Photo of speaker Yonathan Lapchik
Chief Executive Officer, Citizens Reserve

Yonathan is a blockchain specialist with a strong business and technology background. He is currently the CEO of SUKU, a supply-chain-as-a-service ecosystem that aims to transform global supply chains. Yonathan brings more than 13 years of experience helping Fortune 500 clients with digital transformations, M&A, tech strategy, and product implementation working for TATA Consultancy Services and Deloitte. Before joining SUKU, Yonathan held the role of Product Lead for Deloitte's US Blockchain Lab, focusing on leading the development of blockchain-based prototypes and enterprise solutions. In alignment with the lab's mission, Yonathan served as an in-house blockchain subject matter advisor for fellow Deloitte practitioners and clients alike.

Yonathan holds an MBA from Duke University with focus in Strategy and a BSc in Computer Science Engineering from Universidad ORT Uruguay.

Photo of speaker Dan Larimer
Chief Technology Officer of

Dan is one of the leading innovators, engineers and thought leaders in the blockchain space. He is the co-founder of an array of successful blockchain companies, most notably the decentralized exchange BitShares, the social media network Steemit, and, publisher of the EOSIO protocol, all of which provide industrial- and enterprise-grade blockchain solutions utilizing the widely-adopted Delegated Proof of Stake (DPOS) consensus mechanism, which he invented. Recognized as an industry pioneer, Dan is one of the most high-profile figures in the blockchain arena, having garnered a decade's worth of entrepreneurial and technical experience in the field. At, he is the lead architect behind the EOSIO software, which is engineered to run highly scalable blockchain applications. He is an alumnus of the Virginia Tech Department of Computer Science, where he currently serves as a guest lecturer and curriculum advisor.

Photo of speaker Hester Peirce
Commissioner on the Securities and Exchange Commission

Hester M. Peirce was appointed by President Donald Trump to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and was sworn in on January 11, 2018.

Prior to joining the Commission, Commissioner Peirce served as Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Financial Markets Working Group (now Program on Financial Regulation) at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. While at the Mercatus Center, Commissioner Peirce's research explored how financial markets foster economic growth and prosperity and the role well-designed regulation plays in protecting investors and consumers while promoting financial stability and innovation. Commissioner Peirce co-edited two books, authored publications, testified before Congress, and served on the SEC's Investor Advisory Committee.

Before joining the Mercatus Center, Commissioner Peirce worked on Senator Richard Shelby's Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs staff as Senior Counsel. In that position, she oversaw financial regulatory reform efforts following the 2008 financial crisis and conducted oversight of the regulatory implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act.

From 2004 to 2008, Commissioner Peirce worked as counsel to SEC Commissioner Paul S. Atkins. Prior to serving Commissioner Atkins, Commissioner Peirce worked as a Staff Attorney in the Division of Investment Management.

Before working at the SEC, Commissioner Peirce was an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) and clerked for Judge Roger Andewelt on the Court of Federal Claims.

Commissioner Peirce earned her BA in Economics from Case Western Reserve University and her JD from Yale Law School.

Photo of speaker Lee A. Schneider
Global General Counsel,

Lee A. Schneider serves as Global General Counsel for, with responsibility for all of the company's legal affairs including its proactive regulatory and compliance initiatives. He led the blockchain practices at two major international firms, most recently McDermott Will & Emery. While at McDermott, he led both the Fintech and broker dealer practices.

Schneider has been recognized as one of the leading voices in blockchain-related regulation and compliance, and has played a role in structuring several of the largest and most successful blockchain-related projects.

He holds a juris doctor degree from American University's Washington College of Law and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Michigan.

Photo of speaker John Squeo, MBA, CHCIO
Accenture, Principal Director and Blockchain Lead for Health and Life Science

John Squeo is a Principal Director for Strategy in Healthcare at Accenture and the Blockchain Lead for Health and Life Sciences in North America. He is an industry-leading advisor on strategies for payer and provider convergence and health system growth strategies focusing on population health and value-based care leveraging quantitative methods.

Over his 24-year career, John has served as Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer and CIO with large health systems and has consulted to life sciences and health insurance payers leading care model reimagination, digital transformation and process automation by leveraging advanced technologies including artificial intelligence.

Before joining Accenture, John was Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer for Thorek Memorial Hospital System in Chicago where he led the Office of Innovation and he has served in leadership positions for Vanguard Health and HCA.

He holds an MBA from the University of Kentucky and has completed work in Artificial Intelligence for a PhD.

Photo of speaker Brian Sullivan
Anchor of CNBC's "Worldwide Exchange" and Senior National Correspondent

· Brian Sullivan is anchor of CNBC's "Worldwide Exchange" (M-F 5AM-6AM ET), which broadcasts from CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. He is also senior national correspondent for the network, covering some of the nation's biggest stories.

Most recently, Sullivan was co-anchor of CNBC's "Power Lunch"(M-F, 1PM-3PM ET).

In his 20 years of financial journalism and television experience, Sullivan has reported from five continents. He has been twice nominated for the prestigious Loeb Award; one for being recognized as among the first financial journalists to highlight the risks of the housing bubble in 2007, and the other for the 2013 CNBC documentary "America's Gun: The Rise of the AR-15."

Prior to CNBC, Sullivan served as an anchor at Fox Business News as well as a producer, reporter, and anchor for Bloomberg Television.

Sullivan has a bachelor of arts in political science from Virginia Tech, where he serves on the alumni board of directors, as well as a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. In his free time, he is an avid race car driver with two SCCA divisional championships.

More speakers to come!

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