The world may never know who Satoshi Nakamoto really is, but the new technology he unleashed by creating blockchain has the potential to fundamentally change the way humans conduct transactions with each other. Whether it is used to back cryptocurrencies, record and enforce contracts, store data securely, or connect donors with non-profits, the technology is the ultimate disruptive technology threatening central banks, philanthropic foundations, law enforcement, and the legal and accounting service industries, just to name a few.
Please join us for an exciting program to talk about how blockchain will change our lives here in the Bay Area and in Japan. Both countries harbor ambitions to become blockchain technology champions and to apply the technology to boost productivity and transparency in their economies.
Emi Yoshikawa, Aya Miyaguchi, and Manoj Kashyap will talk about her experiences in the industry and give their perspectives on how this exciting new technology will change the world.
Senior Director, Joint Venture Partnership, Ripple
Emi Yoshikawa is the Sr. Director of Joint Venture Partnerships at Ripple. She is passionate about building the Internet of Value by leveraging blockchain technologies and expanding business partnerships around the world. At Ripple, she manages joint venture partnership and leads market entry initiatives in Asia. Emi was selected as a top-50 “Women in Fintech” Influencer by Onalytica in 2017. She started her career in the financial engineering industry, working for MSCI (previously part of Morgan Stanley) as a product manager and leading the development of the company’s equity analytics solutions. She also co-founded and ran a US-Asia consulting business. Emi holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is also a CFA charterholder.
Executive Director, Ethereum Foundation
Aya originally became fascinated in the blockchain space for its potential to impact financial inclusion in emerging markets. In early 2013, she joined Kraken as Managing Director and has since worked to educate the public, VCs, and regulators on cryptocurrencies and blockchain innovation globally. Her passion for blockchain and for creating lasting sustainable social impact led her to join the Ethereum Foundation as Executive Director where she leads the Foundation’s teams and supports the Ethereum ecosystem through core development and research activities, and educational efforts around the technology. In 2019, she was appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Global Council.
PwC Assurance Partner, Banking and Capital Markets, and US Assurance FinTech Leader
Manoj is an Assurance partner in the Banking and Capital Markets group of PwC’s US Financial Services practice based in San Francisco. He is also the leader of PwC’s US Assurance FinTech practice. From 2015 to 2018, Manoj was the global leader of PwC’s FinTech practice across assurance, tax and advisory services and a member of PwC’s Global Financial Services Leadership team that sets and monitors the strategic direction of our global financial services practice. Previously, Manoj was the leader of PwC’s Financial Services emerging markets team from 2014-2015 and the leader of the Financial Services practice for PwC India overseeing assurance, tax and advisory services for that sector from 2011-2015.
4:30 – 5:00 PM Registration and Network
5:00 – 6:00 PM Presentation, Q&A
6:00 – 7:00 PM Networking