Gabriel Abed is a 30 year old Barbadian, and Barbados-based global leader and expert on blockchain technology. His expertise has been developed through a pairing of academic pursuits and an indefatigable entrepreneurial spirit, driven by a belief in the revolutionary potential of technology and decentralized distributed ledgers for global good.
His intellectual interest in Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology took root in 2010 as an undergraduate at the University of Ontario pursuing a degree in Information Technology where he majored in Cryptographics and Network Security, graduating with Honors. Enthralled by the potential of cryptocurrencies, and conscious of the revolution unfolding around him, he became an early adopter and lifetime evangelist.
A passion for positive change, infused with 15 years of experience in the software and technology has lead to his current, and most groundbreaking journey as CEO and Founder of Bitt.
Bitt is a FinTech purpose-driven company built around the twin pillars of global connection and financial inclusion with a firm focus on the Caribbean basin. Gabriel believes that Bitt offers revolutionary and unprecedented solutions to address the range of disruptive issues which face the Caribbean including de-risking, digital cash issuance, remittance and payment gateways while providing immense transformative potential to kickstart the region's economic resurgence through a smart digital economy.
With a significant multimillion dollar injection in his company from Overstock.com, the desire, grit and metal that Gabriel embodies has been recognised by global partners. This global recognition has equally been matched by global leadership. In February 2016, Bitt broke new ground by launching a digitised version of the Barbados dollar; the first ever global example of a digitised fiat currency being approved and embraced by a Central Bank.
To date, Gabriel, the Caribbean's leading and a globally-recognized authority on digital currencies has lead discussions and spoken on the subject of blockchain technology at the Caribbean Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, multiple Central Bank forums and many other world stage forums.
Bruce Fenton is an active member of the blockchain industry. He is President of Atlantic Financial / Atlantic Financial Blockchain Labs, Board Member and former Executive Director of the Bitcoin Foundation, founder of the Bitcoin Association and was the organizer of the Dubai Bitcoin Conference.
Fenton is also the host and founder of the Satoshi Roundtable retreat, an exclusive, invitation-only retreat for leaders in the blockchain industry.
Bruce is the founder of Atlantic Financial which, in 1994, became the first full-service investment firm on the internet. Prior to Atlantic Financial, Bruce was with Morgan Stanley and specialized in emerging technologies and emerging markets.
Bruce has completed several significant transactions and served as a consultant to large investment funds, ultra high net worth individuals and families. Bruce served as an advisor to one of the world’s largest charitable organizations for Gulf engagement and a top ten global private equity firm. Bruce travels extensively and has lived in the US and Asia as well as Riyadh and Dubai.
He has spoken at numerous blockchain conferences, the MIT Enterprise Forum, Tony Robbins Wealth Mastery, DevCore, the Global Competitiveness Forum (GCF) Saudi Arabia and other major events and has been interviewed by the Wall St. Journal, CNN, CNBC, Investor’s Business Daily and others.
JOSÉ CASTRO SEGARRA has 25 years of management consulting advising companies in aligning technology and business objectives and 10 years of economic development with the Government of Puerto Rico in California and Puerto Rico. He holds an MBA degree in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.
As the Business Innovation Officer, he developed strategic plans for the development of the aerospace cluster in Puerto Rico. He implemented and communicated the strategy to team members and stakeholders in order to achieve goals. He lead the establishing and expansion of several aerospace and information technology companies like Honeywell Aerospace, United Technologies Aerospace Systems, Computer Science Corporation, Infotech Aerospace Systems, Lufthansa Technik, Microsoft and Ion Hewitt, to name just a few.
On previous assignments (and as part of a two men team), he initiated the Technology and Innovation Center with funds from SBA/FAST and PRIDCO. Major achievement includes: (1) received the authorization to use "T" for Technology Excellence in the PR Small Business Development Center branding; (2) Got the approval of three first stage and one second state SBIR funding by assisting over 52 technology-based entrepreneurs and scientists in the preparation of their SBIR proposals including business strategy and network.
Enrique Martinez is the Co-Founder and CEO WebCapitalists Corp. After spending 6 years working at the Department of Defense and 3 years at the Department of Intelligence, Enrique has become an expert in bitcoin investments and capital transfers through the use of bitcoins. He is the author of three bitcoin trading books starting with “How to Invest In the Business of Bitcoins” and the author of the new book “ The Emerge of Latin America in Bitcoins”. His last book explores the current state and opportunities of bitcoins in Latin America and the Caribbean and the existing opportunities. His expertise combines engineering, business, and wealth creation in a very unique way. A native of Puerto Rico, Enrique has had the opportunity to explore the development of new finance technologies in countries such as Germany, Italy, China, Brazil, Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago and Puerto Rico. He has a Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, and a Masters in Business Administration from Emory University with concentration in finance computer programming. Since 2013, Enrique has served as the President of the South Florida National Society of Hispanics MBAs and is an active member of Miami Bitcoins and Blockchain group. Enrique’s goal is to help 50,000 people trade and invest in Bitcoins and Blockchain as an alternative way to generate wealth.
Brock Pierce is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur with an extensive track record of founding, advising and investing in disruptive businesses. His level of domain knowledge and deep connections in gaming, Blockchain technology and the digital currency space are unparalleled. Mr. Pierce pioneered the market for digital currency in games and has raised more than $200 million for companies he founded. He is the Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Blockchain Capital.
Blockchain Capital is the first sector-focused venture fund that invests solely in Blockchain technology companies and the Bitcoin ecosystem. The firm has made more than 70 investments in the sector. Blockchain Capital was recently named the most active FinTech Venture Fund by Pitchbook.
Mr. Pierce is the founder of IMI Exchange, the world’s leading digital currency marketplace for games, with annual sales exceeding $1 billion and investors such as Goldman Sachs and Oak Investment Partners, which was sold in 2016 for more than $100 million. He founded ZAM, one of the world’s largest media properties for gamers, which was acquired by Tencent in 2012. Mr. Pierce founded IGE, the pioneer of digital currency in online games, achieving revenues exceeding $100 million in 2006 and sold in 2007. Mr. Pierce is an early investor in Bitcoin and one of the largest investors in the Ethereum crowd sale. He's also a founding board member of the Omni Foundation, GoCoin, Tether, Xfire 2.0, Playsino, Five Delta (sold to SCRI), Evertune, GamesTV, and Digital Entertainment Network.
Mr. Pierce is faculty at the Singularity University and is a sought-after speaker who has spoken at the Milken Global Conference, Wired, INK, Stanford, USC, and UCLA. He attended the University of Southern California.
A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), Liam holds a degree in Economics from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. He also holds a Masters in Finance from the University of Durham.
Starting as a Portfolio Manager for UK-based IFA company, Liam quickly moved up to Analyst at a London-based Fund of Investment Trusts. He sat on the Yen desk for Light Peak capital and a Hedge Fund, successfully trading Euros, Yen and Dollar Yen for 18 months. After increasing his book five-fold, he returned to private client wealth management. Discovering Bitcoin in 2012, Liam saw its potential and established the first Digital Currency brokerage in London.