DEFICON 2024: Real-World Assets, Generative AI & DePIN

May 23, 2024 9AM – 8.30PM | Barclay’s Rise NYC

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Join us for deep talks, discussions, networking, food and drinks and the latest in tokenization and generative AI

Speakers Organizations

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Multiple copies of each book will be raffled

Scheduled Talks

TimeFormatSubjectSpeaker / Panelists
8:30AMCheck-In Opens
9:15AMTalkWelcomeDiana Doroftei
Head of Partnerships, Scifn
9:30AMTalkToken Vetting: When do Fundamentals Matter?Tania Reif
CEO, Senda
10:00AMTalkWhen Crypto Meets AIKelly Ye
Head of Investments,
Decentral Park
10:30AMTalkAccelerating RWA Tokenization with Sovereign ChainsBarry Plunkett
Co-CEO, Skip
11:00AMTalkAssessing RWA RiskWilfred Daye
CEO, Sylvanus Technologies Inc.
11:30AMTalkLending in the RWA SpaceChristine Cai
Co-Founder, Cicada Partners
NoonLunch & Networking
1:30PMTalkBuilding DePINKuleen Nimkar
Head of DePIN, Solana
2:00PMTalkIntegrating LLMs with BlockchainProfessor Jamiel Sheikh
CEO, Scifn and Founder, Modelex.AI
2:30PMTalkMinimizing RWA Risk with Blockchain & AIYorke Rhodes III
Co-Founder Blockchain, Microsoft
3:00PMTalkTokenizing Retail AssetsAlan Avidan
3:30PMTalkBlockchain as Commons: Applying Ostrom’s Polycentric Approach to Blockchain GovernanceNavroop Sahdev
CEO, The Digital Economist
4:00PMTalkInstitutional Digital AssetsAnnelise Osborne,
Chief Business Officer, Kadena
Author, From Hoodies to Suits, Wiley
4:30PMTalkSimplifying Web3’s UX to Onboard the Next Billion UsersNoam Hurwitz
Product Lead, Alchemy
5:00PMTalkSecondary Trading with RWAsDan Goldman
Founder, Ultrade
5:30PMTalkTokenization with ZK TechnologyXochitl Ivory
Head of Enterprise Growth, Matter Labs
6:00PMTrivia Book Raffles
6:30PMEvening Reception & Networking


Barclay’s Rise
43 W 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010


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Professor Jamiel SheikhCEO,
Jamiel is founder & CEO of Scifn, a blockchain and AI services, education and products company, bestselling author, professor & educator, community builder, board member, event organizer, Forbes contributor, running media assets like and Currency Insider and products like Disburse, Instamint and Fnberry.

He founded the CBDC Think Tank which works with central banks and governments and runs AI NYC and Blockchain NYC, one of the largest communities in the world hosting events like DARC, DEFICON, AI+FIN and more. He has over 25 years of experience in technology, finance and capital markets. He is also an expert member of the UN Digital Currency Global Initiative and Digital Euro Association.

Jamiel is Innovation Fellow at Columbia Business School’s Lang Center for Entrepreneurship, holds an MBA from Columbia University’s Business School and BBA from Baruch College and is completing his second Masters in Artificial Intelligence from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Diana DorofteiHead of Strategic Partnerships,
Diana has recently joined Scifn as the Head of Strategic Partnerships. She has over 10 years of experience in cybersecurity, digital adoption and transformation, and security awareness within several multinational companies. She also serves as the Lead for Cybersecurity Program Delivery for Bose Corporation where she oversees the implementation of initiatives across security operations, enterprise security, governance, risk and compliance and product security. Diana is currently exploring the use of AI within the security landscape. Prior to Bose, Diana was with Blackstone and Oliver Wyman as part of their digital transformation, adoption and security awareness initiatives. She has a Masters in Technology Management from Columbia University.
Kelly YePortfolio Manager,
Decentral Park Capital
Kelly Ye is a portfolio manager and head of research at Decentral Park Capital, a liquid venture fund specializing in digital asset investments. She invests in both liquid and early-stage deals across various crypto sectors, employing a thesis-driven approach supported by in-depth fundamental and quantitative analysis. Prior to joining Decentral Park Capital, Kelly served as the Head of Product at Fidelity Digital Asset Management and as the Head of Research at CoinDesk Indices. In these roles, she played a pivotal role in the growth of the digital asset businesses at both companies.
Before venturing into the digital asset space, Ms. Ye accumulated 15 years of experience in traditional finance, focusing on research and product development across different asset classes. She led teams at esteemed institutions such as New York Life Investment, Goldman Sachs, GSAM, and BNP Paribas. Ms. Ye has received numerous industry accolades and awards since entering the financial services industry in 2008.
Ms. Ye holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Peking University and a Master’s degree in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kelly is a CFA® charterholder and has served on the board of CFA New York and co-chaired the Women in ETF Speakers’ Bureau committee.
Wilfred DayeCEO,
Sylvanus Technologies Inc.
Wilfred Daye is the CEO and Co-founder of Sylvanus Technologies, a portfolio and risk analytics SaaS platform. Having more than 20 years of experience investing and trading in capital markets, investment banking, and hedge funds, Wilfred is a seasoned innovator in fintech and digital assets with a proven track record of launching and scaling successful businesses in the emerging digital asset sector. He is the Co-founder of Samara Alpha Management, a digital asset funds-of-funds and seeding platform that monetizes market dislocations in nascent asset classes. Previously, he was the CEO of Securitize Capital, the first digital asset manager to tokenize institutional-grade investment products, and Enigma Securities, a crypto broker and liquidity provider. Prior to venturing into digital assets, Wilfred developed his knowledge of financial markets through positions at UBS, Barclays Capital, Deutsche Bank, and ZS Structured Capital Management/D.B. Zwirn. He began his career in securitized products at Lehman Brothers. Wilfred holds an MS in Financial Engineering. He completed a fellowship in molecular pathology at the University of Southern California, holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, and 79 licenses, and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).
Navroop SahdevFounder and CEO,
The Digital Economist
Navroop Sahdev is the visionary founder and CEO of The Digital Economist, a globally recognized impact organization at the forefront of steering technological convergence towards a human-centered global economy. She made history in 2019 by co-authoring “Blockchain Economics: Implications of Distributed Ledgers: Markets, Communications Networks, and Algorithmic Reality,” a pioneering book that unravels the intricate economics of blockchain, in collaboration with esteemed digital economists.
Navroop’s influence extends to education as she co-authored Hyperledger’s renowned “Blockchain for Business” online course, empowering nearly 200,000 entrepreneurs worldwide and counting. Currently, she serves as a distinguished Connection Science Fellow at the MIT Media Lab, a select cohort of distinguished scholars and entrepreneurs shaping the future of Distributed Ledger Technologies, Digital Identity, and Digital Networks.
Her multifaceted expertise also led her to establish Rethink Markets, an international action-tank propelling the Economics of Emerging Technologies to the forefront of scholarly insights and practical business applications. A trailblazer in the field, Navroop’s work bridges emerging technologies, economic science, and business strategy.
Recognized as an authoritative voice, Navroop frequently lends her insights as a subject matter expert on the economics of emerging technologies to Forbes. She captivates audiences as a sought-after keynote speaker at prominent industry conferences. Notably, Navroop secured her place as a Top Blockchain Influencer in 2018, acknowledged by Media Shower.
With an impressive academic background encompassing three master’s degrees in IP Management, Economics of Innovation, and Applied Economics, Navroop has also contributed her talents to prestigious institutions such as Harvard University and the United Nations Environment Programme. Her dedication was highlighted when she served as a United Nations Youth Delegate in 2017.
Tania ReifCEO,
Tania Reif is the Founder and CIO of Senda Digital Assets. Prior to her cryptocurrency focus, she built her investment pedigree at top macro hedge funds, including Soros Fund Management, Laurion Capital, Citadel, and Alphadyne Asset Management. She was profiled in the 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds 2017 survey by The Hedge Fund Journal. Her career spans public policy beginnings at the International Monetary Fund and experience in the banking industry at Citgroup’s Economic and Market Analysis team. She holds a PhD in Economics with Distinction from Columbia University, where she earned the Jagdish Bhagwati International Economics Award for her work in currency dynamics.
Annelise OsborneAuthor / Chief Business Officer,
From Hoodies to Suits / Kadena
Annelise Osborne is a seasoned executive on Wall Street and within the digital asset ecosystem. She is Chief Business Officer at Kadena and experience includes Arca Labs, Propellr, Moody’s, and JLL. After over 15 years in traditional finance, she shifted to digital assets when she recognized the benefits of blockchain technology for traditional capital markets. Her book releases in June: From Hoodies to Suits: Innovating Digital Assets for Traditional Finance. Annelise is a thought leader that sits on company boards, is an angel investor, lectures at universities, and is a frequent industry speaker. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from the College of William & Mary.
Alan AvidanCo-Founder and CEO,
Alan is focused on transforming retail sales to be radically more efficient, more inclusive market by tokenizing retail products as real world assets (RWA) for trade on Web3.
A successful tech founder/entrepreneur, with major exits. A true Web3 believer. A scientist at heart that seeks the fundamentals. One of the first to bring AI/ML to games, and security to distributed digital wireless systems. Deep roots in social influencer marketing and user loyalty. Holds graduate degrees in engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and CUNY, and an Executive MBA from the Stern School of Business (NYU). Lectured at over 30 international conferences.
Xochitl IvoryHead of Enterprise Growth & Marketing,
Matter Labs
Xochitl de Groot Ivory currently serves as the Head of Enterprise Growth & Marketing at Matter Labs, where she plays a pivotal role in scaling and driving the adoption of the zkSync network. Before joining Matter Labs, Xochitl led Institutional and Enterprise Growth at Ava Labs. In this role, she spearheaded blockchain innovation initiatives with Fortune 500 companies, forging new pathways of growth within the Avalanche ecosystem.
Dan GoldmanFounder & CEO, ULTRADEBlockchain/Crypto veteran since 2012, developed crypto OEMS with smart order routing (2018), Founded one of Israel’s early Internet Service Providers (1995).
Yorke Rhodes IIICo-founder Blockchain, Microsoft | Board Member, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance | Adjunct Prof, NYUYorke is Director of Digital Transformation for Blockchain at Microsoft in the Cloud Hardware Supply Chain group. He Co-founded Blockchain at Microsoft in 2015 and is currently focused on supply chain strategy and transformation with a core focus on traceability. He is a board member of Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition and Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, founding team member and Adjuct Professor at New York University. He teaches in the master’s program in E-commerce and a new course called “Beyond the Brand: Harnessing Emerging Tech in Ethical Sourcing” in the Center for Global Affairs. He also holds a BS in Computer Science from NYU.
Kuleen NimkarHead of DePIN,
Solana Foundation
Kuleen leads efforts to grow and support the ecosystem of high quality web3 applications being built on Solana across sectors ranging from DePIN to Games.
Prior to joining the Solana Foundation, Kuleen worked briefly in Strategy and Operations at DoorDash leading up to its IPO, and before that in Corp Dev at the quantitative investment manager Two Sigma Investments.
Noam HurwitzProduct Lead,
Noam has been at Alchemy for the past 3 years where he’s helped scale the engineering organization from five engineers to where it is today. He currently leads several engineering teams focused on delivering reliable, scalable web3 infrastructure that will enable developers to unlock crypto for the next 1B users. Prior to Alchemy, Noam worked at Quibi and Google and is an alumnus of Pomona College.
Barry PlunkettCo-CEO,
Barry is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Skip ( Skip builds cloud infrastructure that powers and connect sovereign chains. Their products help chains like Noble, dYdX, Celestia, Osmosis, Berachain, and many more access liquidity, users, and data more efficiently and easily.
Christine CaiChief Business Officer and Co-Founder,
Cicada Partners
Christine Cai is a Co-Founder of Cicada Partners, a disruptive credit risk management company enabled by the growth of stablecoins, smart contracts, and modern data reporting architectures. Christine has 17 years of experience in Capital Markets, Risk and Corporate Banking. Prior to joining the digital asset industry, she helped Fortune 500 companies successfully implement corporate treasury strategies and led a $3bn loan portfolio.
Taha SajidPrincipal Security Lead, Author,
Blockchain Security Handbook
Taha Sajid is a 5G Security Lead and a 3GPP SA3 Delegate at Comcast, the largest telecom cable, broadcasting, broadband, and Mobile service provider in the world. He is responsible for security design architecture, and security operations for the end-to-end 5G wireless network
He has over 15 years of experience in telecommunication and cybersecurity design and operations. Before Comcast, he worked for organizations like Huawei, STC, Mobily, Ericsson, and Ufone as a technology leader. He has supported over a dozen enterprises, financial institutions, and startups as an advisor for Blockchain and digital currency solutions.
Taha is also a principal cybersecurity advisor at a digital currency think tank advising central banks and financial institutions on security architecture and design. He is also an active member of working groups for the ATIS 5G Zero Trust and IEEE Future Networks for Data Security and Privacy. He also runs a YouTube channel to educate the community, where he publishes technical design and cybersecurity content timely for Zero Trust, 5G, and Blockchain.
Taha has authored ” Ultimate Blockchain Security Handbook”, which explains strategies for securing blockchain applications and mitigations against crypto scams. In addition, his online courses cybersecurity for blockchain, Defi, and Fintech are used by thousands of professionals, having a 5-star rating.
Due to his valuable contributions globally and several publications, keynotes on emerging technology, and pressing IT and Cybersecurity topics, he has received several international awards, including Einstien VISA – EB1A from the US government, Microsoft MVP, and Global Thought Leader. Along with serving Jury roles, he also has been featured/interviewed by several media/newspaper channels.
Amit KaushikCo-Founder and CEO, Excellar FinanceAmit is cofounder of Excellar Finance and author of the book “The Crypto Investor.” Amit spent more than five years in crypto trading using CeFi and DeFi strategies. He also worked as a quant at Millennium Management, Barclays, and Bank of America. Amit is a CFA charter holder.

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