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AGBC Monthly Meeting - Panel Discussion - Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

AGBC Munich May Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, 30th May 2018

 Panel Discussion – Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies



Florian Batliner-Staber, COO and co-founder of Chainium

Alex Gloy, Founder, President and Chief Investment Officer, Lighthouse Investment Management

Danielle Hernandez, Research Analyst, IDC European Digital Transformation (DX) Practice

Moderator:  Sabina Wolf, Editor of Business, Economics and Political Programs for Bayerischen Rundfunk TV

When:   Wednesday, 30th May 2018       

Time:    Registration starts 1830; meeting starts at 1900, dinner buffet around 2030. 

Where:  Marriott Hotel, Berlinerstrasse 93, 80805 Munich

Cost:      EUR 25.00 for members, Eur 35.00 for guests (incl. Dinner buffet)

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Come join us for AGBC Munich’s look into the important Blockchain advances and the developments of cryptocurrencies.  This is an effort to come to grips with a very complex and evolving business sector rather than a debate on the merits of these new technologies.   

We will lead-off with a discussion on Blockchain, led by an expert from the Munich offices of the International Data Corporation (IDC –, the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries.

This will be followed by a panel discussion on cryptocurrencies, featuring experts involved in various aspects of the emerging cryptocurrency markets.  They will discuss their perceived prospects for cryptocurrencies and the use of Blockchain technology in the emerging cryptocurrency arena. 

Blockchain is an evolving approach for providing transaction transparency through the use of decentralized ledger technology that provides security and incorruptibility through the use of cryptographic signatures and encryption.  It provides an appealing, collaborative solution to problems that many industries confront today.  For instance, it can help lower the cost of trust while boosting the effectiveness of many business processes, both within and between companies.  In fact for many companies, it represents a paradigm shift in how they will approach their future management and processing of data. 

What is a Cryptocurrency?  As explained by Wikipedia, a cryptocurrency is a digital asset/currency designed to work as a medium of exchange that uses cryptography to secure its transactions, to control the creation of additional units, and to verify the transfer of assets.  Cryptocurrencies use decentralized control as opposed to centralized electronic money and central banking systems.  The decentralized control of each cryptocurrency works through a blockchain, which is a public transaction database, functioning as a distributed ledger.  Key examples of cryptocurrencies are Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple.

The Panelists:

Florian Batliner-Staber, COO and co-founder of Chainium.  Chainium is a blockchain company that is building the custom infrastructure the future global equity market needs. Just recently, Chainium has completed their Token Sale successfully.  Florian specializes in technology solutions and product development around global equities and shareholder relationship management. He holds a degree in communication science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.  He gained his first experience with technology start-ups in 1995 when he first founded his own internet agency.  Between 2006 and 2017 Florian was the Head of Technology in Continental Europe for Computershare (, the global market leader in transfer agency for stocks/shares and share registration, employee equity plans, proxy solicitation and stakeholder communications. In this position, Florian managed both IT infrastructure and software development projects, as well as product management. He has also been responsible for the rollout of global back office software products as well as the implementation of large-scale applications in the financial services industry in Europe.

Alex Gloy, Founder, President and Chief Investment Officer, Lighthouse Investment Management was born in Hamburg, Germany.  He graduated from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) with a bi-lingual Master in Business Administration in 1994.  He then joined Credit Suisse, Zurich, in European Equity Sales, then served as the German Equity Market Strategist before heading the European Equity Research Team in Credit Suisse Private Banking.  After moving to New York in 1998 he worked in Swiss and European Equity Sales. Before founding his own company in 2009, Mr. Gloy served as Head of Swiss Equity Sales. As part of his research on monetary theory Mr. Gloy studies crypto-currencies and their disruptive potential.

 Danielle Hernandez is research analyst for IDC's European Digital Transformation (DX) Practice where she covers a wide variety of topics relating to DX, focusing on assessing the impact of emerging technologies, such as blockchain. Hernandez holds an MBA from IESA Business School (Caracas, Venezuela) and an International Master in Marketing form EADA Business School (Barcelona, Spain).

Sabina Wolf is a widely recognized journalist who has worked for over 20 years as editor for Business, Economics and Political Programs for Bayerischen Rundfunk TV.   Specialized in investigative journalism, she often tackles technology ventures in the internet space, especially focusing on societal risks that they may pose – e.g. financial fraud, hacking of financial credentials and critical infrastructure, attacks on financial services companies, etc.  In addition, she covers consumer programs for ARD, BR, HR and WDR, newspapers and communication companies.  She researches around the globe and also produces 45-minute interviews with personalities from the German economy and politics for ARD alpha.  She has won numerous prizes including ´Bayerischer Fernsehpreis` and the ´Ernst Schneider Preis der Deutschen Wirtschaft` (3 times).