MARCH 25, 2023
10AM - 5PM

Backdrop: SVB, Silvergate, FTX, BlockFi, Celsius and others.
What is the future of DeFi?
DEFICON 2023 explores how the future of DeFi must look like. 

Main Event Date & Location

March 25th, 2023
10AM – 5PM

McNally Amphitheater
Fordham University Lincoln Center
140 W 62nd Street
New York NY 10023

Post-Event Networking

March 25th, 2023
5PM – 9PM

Center Bar
4th Floor
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019


(Additional speakers are being added)

Speaker Bios

Professor Jamiel SheikhCEO ChainhausJamiel is CEO and founder of Chainhaus, Instamint, the CBDC Think Tank, bestselling author, adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and Zicklin Business, organizer of Blockchain NYC and education portal and Currency Insider.
Erin FriezCOO, Co-Founder, Digital Asset ResearchErin Friez is the Co-Founder and COO of Digital Asset Research. Erin has helped many traditional financial institutions enter and navigate the crypto market through legal, compliance and product leadership. Prior to Digital Asset Research, Erin was the Director of Crypto Products at PNC Bank Asset Management Group, and the General Counsel / Head of Crypto at YieldX, an FNZ company
Professor Nizan PackinProfessor, Baruch CollegeNizan is a Professor at Baruch College, CUNY, and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Haifa. Nizan researches Tech Policy and Ethics, Financial Regulation, Privacy Law, and Consumer Protection, and writes about these issues for Forbes. Nizan has published Op-Eds in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Toronto Star, and American Banker. Her work and opinions have been discussed in media outlets such as the Business Insider, Yahoo Finance, Protocol, Medium, Vox, and Coindesk. Prior to entering academia, she practiced law at Skadden Arps, served as a law clerk in the Israeli Supreme Court, interned at the FTC, and externed at the federal court of the EDNY. Nizan earned a law degree from the Columbia Law School, and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kyle DowneyCEO, CloudwallKyle Downey, CEO & co-founder of Cloudwall, a software provider for digital asset risk management, is a 26-year veteran of application development with almost 20 years of experience on Wall Street at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, working in New York City, Shanghai and Hong Kong. In his previous role as Managing Director at Morgan Stanley he was founder & head of their Automated Risk Trading department, which develops many of Morgan Stanley’s in-house algorithmic execution and market making systems; head of IT for the Quantitative Investment Strategies business; and architect for Morgan Stanley’s data science platform for quant research.
Linda JengChief Global Regulatory Officer, Crypto Council for InnovationLinda Jeng is the Chief Global Regulatory Officer and General Counsel of the Crypto Council for Innovation.
Gabby KuszCEO, Global DCAGabriella Kusz serves as CEO of the Global Digital Asset and Cryptocurrency Association, a global voluntary self-regulatory association for the industry. Prior to this role, she served as the Principal for Strategic Initiatives at the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) where, in addition to other areas, she supported the profession’s leadership and innovation in the digital era. Her background has largely included working in international financial sector and economic growth including working with the World Bank Group Governance Global Practice where she was responsible for leading the Corporate Governance and Financial Reporting (CGFR) workstream for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and advancing the dual goals of the World Bank: poverty reduction and shared prosperity. Gabriella is an Emerging Leader with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She is a licensed CPA in the state of Virginia and she holds certificates in International Financial Reporting Standards and Sustainability Reporting Standards.
Michael MaloneyCEO, Royale Digital TechnologiesMichael Maloney is the founder and CEO of Royale Digital Technologies, a DeFi-focused financial services company. In 2022, Royale launched the “GP Digital Assets Trust Royale ETH Staking Total Return Fund”, the first U.S.-regulatory compliant Ethereum Staking Fund. Since 2019 he has been an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School teaching “Blockchain, Virtual Currencies, and Tokens: Business and Legal Issues” and previously guest lectured the course at Wharton School of Business. Michael has been active in the cryptocurrency industry since 2011, and helped found EY’s Distributed Ledger Technology group (2014), Galaxy Digital (2017), and was formerly CFO for Coinmint (2019)
Professor Austin CampbellFounder, Zero Knowledge ConsultingAustin Campbell is the founder and managing partner of Zero Knowledge Consulting as well as an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School. Previously, he has run the stablecoin platform and portfolio management at Paxos, fixed income trading desks at JP Morgan and Citi, and has been a portfolio manager and structurer at Stone Ridge, the parent of NYDIG. He holds a BS in Mathematics from CSU Chico and a MBA from NYU Stern.
Ash AshmawayCEO, Kemet TradingAsh has deep expertise around trading infrastructure and building for buy-side institutions. He helped shape reliability engineering at D.E. Shaw & CO. and was Arcesium’s first SRE hire. Prior to Kemet, he was Global Head of Cloud at Tradeweb where he oversaw the firm’s cloud strategy and organization across NA, APAC and Europe. Ash is a builder and comes with expertise around technology, strategy and scaling.
Sanjay RaghavanVP, RoofstockSanjay Raghavan is VP, web3 Initiatives at Roofstock, a proptech leader in the single-family rentals space. Roofstock uses NFTs to provide instantaneous sale and settlement of rental properties on the Ethereum Blockchain. Additionally, Roofstock’s structure also allows DeFi lenders to provide flexible asset-based lending solutions to Roofstock’s web3 homes. Sanjay has over 25 years’ experience spanning product, finance, banking and operations, and has an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is also a frequent speaker on podcasts and at web3 conferences on RWA and DeFi related topics.
Maya BrooksCEO Privy LabsMaya is an Award-Winning Product Manager, Educator, Speaker, and Entrepreneur in New York City. An ex financial analyst turned web developer turned product manager, she’s spent the bulk of her career at the intersection of Fintech and EdTech leveraging her product, technical, and operating expertise. Currently, Maya is an MBA Candidate at Harvard Business School and is building Privy Photos, a blockchain-enabled platform to protect content from leaks and abuse. Maya is also the Co-Organizer of Blockchain NYC, the largest local meetup of blockchain enthusiasts in the New York Area (10K+ members) where she develops programming around Web3 Consumer Tech & Diversity & Access. Maya earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from New York University and holds professional certifications in Web Development, JavaScript, Python, Blockchain, and Cybersecurity. Distinguished fellowships include The Harvard Business School Arthur Rock Summer Fellowship and the Gitcoin Kernel Block Fellowship (Block 7).
Professor Dr. Sean Stein SmithProfessor, Lehman CollegeSean is an assistant professor at the City University of New York – Lehman College. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, where he chairs the Accounting Working Group. Sean sits on the Advisory Board of Gilded and also serves as an Advisor to Crescent City Capital, a cryptoasset investment fund. His award-winning research has been recognized and honored both in the United States and internationally, and he is a frequent guest on media outlets discussing blockchain, cryptoassets, and accounting technologies
Elliot ChunPartner, Architect PartnersElliot Chun is a Partner at Architect Partners, a crypto-dedicated M&A and strategic financing advisory team. Since 2018, Elliot has supported early stage companies at the forefront of propelling adoption of blockchain technology and quality crypto and Web3 use cases. We are not all going to make it, but the good people who do things the right way will.
Amit KaushikChief Investment Officer, SciFeCapAmit Kaushik, CFA, is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of SciFeCap LLC, a Crypto Asset Management Firm. Amit was previously the Head of Trading at Abra, a Crypto Financial Services and Technology Firm, and Portfolio Manager at Abra Capital Management. With studies in technology and finance, he has worked at leading hedge fund Millennium Management and Wall Street firms such as Barclays and Bank of America.
Anke LiuStellar Community FundAt the Stellar Development Foundation, Anke leads strategy and execution for global programs, including the Stellar Community Fund (SCF). SCF is an open-application awards program based on community input that boosts development for startups and developer projects built on Stellar and Soroban.
Anke has a passion for impactful and innovative solutions built in Web3, and is a committed globe-trotter with a deep interest in other cultures.
Bryant LawBlockchain NYC, Mutual of AmericaBryant is an institutional fixed-income trader with Mutual of America Capital Management. A tradfi investment professional passionate about digital assets, crypto, DeFi, and blockchain technology.
James WaughNEAR ProtocolMultiDAOmensional human
Vipin BharathanDLT.NYCVipin Bharathan worked as a developer in many kinds of enterprises including early stage Audible, and was co-inventor of a key cryptography patent (1999) contributing to its success. Vipin worked in finance, creating and leading teams in payment systems, insurance, trading risk and portfolio management systems for fixed income products in GSIBs. For the past eight years Vipin has been working in Blockchain related fields as a strategist, full stack developer, designer and thought leader. Vipin is a contributing writer to Forbes on Crypto and Blockchain, Industry Associate in CBT in UCL, and writer of “Moneyantram” a substack publication.


(Subject to Minor Changes)

9:30Check-In Opens
10:00Opening KeynoteJack Newcomer, Fordham FinTech Network
Jamiel Sheikh, Blockchain NYC
10:10State of DeFiProfessor Jamiel Sheikh
CEO Chainhaus
10:25Retail Credit Risk in DeFiProfessor Nizan Packin
Baruch College
10:45DeFi on Soroban: a Next-Gen Smart Contracts PlatformAnke Liu, Strategy
11:102023: After Terra and Bank Failures, the Future of StablecoinsProfessor Austin Campbell
Columbia Business School
Founder, Zero Knowledge Consulting
11:40Storing DeFi Front-Ends On-ChainJames Waugh, DeFi Lead
NEAR Protocol
NoonLunch & Networking
1:00Securities Considerations in Asset TokenizationSanjay Raghavan
VP, Roofstock
1:25Autonomous Governance and Risk ManagementVipin Bharathan
1:45Derivatives: Leveraging the GreensAsh Ashmawy
CEO, Kemet Trading
2:15Panel: DeFi InvestingElliot Chun, Partner, Architect Partners
Dr. Sean Stein Smith, Lehman College
Michael Maloney, CEO, Royale Digital Technologies
Amit Kaushik, CIO SciFeCap
3:00Panel: After The Fall: Regulatory Risks in DeFi post-FTXKyle Downey
Erin Friez
Linda Jeng
Gabby Kusz
3:45RecapBryant Law
Mutual of America
5:00Reconvene at Center Bar