Blockchain: Can We Trust It? Is it Transformational? What are the Alternatives? Panel Discussion
Blockchain technology is complex, but the idea is generally simple. At its most basic, Blockchain is a distributed ledger or database running on many devices and open to anyone, where not just information but anything of value can be moved and store securely and privately.
Blockchain is all the rage in the financial industry lately. This panel will show simply the difference of the current/old state without Blockchain and potential future state with Blockchain for several key financial transactions and then discuss the impact of Blockchain technology and its:
- Adoption by financial firms and individuals and the potential disintermediation of trusted, long-term industry utilities, such as exchanges, settlement organizations and other financial firms
- Possible transformational effect on financial companies to reduce costs and risks
- Current and future alternatives
8:00-8:30AM Registration and Breakfast
8:30-8:35AM WSTA Introductions
8:30-9:00AM Industry Perspectives & Moderator
Michael Maffattone, Executive Technology Advisor & Consultant, MultiMix IT
Michael Maffattone is an Information Technology (IT) leader with many years of experience in systems development, integration and operations in the trading, investment, banking and asset management businesses. He currently runs his own IT Advisory and Consulting business, MultiMix IT. Previously, Michael was the Chief Technology/Chief Information Officer (CTO/CIO) at three different companies:
• Annaly Capital Management, the largest publicly-traded Mortgage REIT,
• Harvard Management Company, the largest university endowment, and
• Caxton Associates, one of the oldest, most successful macro global hedge funds.
Michael started his career as an application developer at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY. His last role there was Vice President and Divisional CIO in charge of technology for the Markets Group that was responsible for carrying out monetary policy directives and handling the foreign central bank business.
During his career, Michael has been fortunate to work with and learn from some of the most talented and influential people in the financial industry.
Michael is a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Georgetown University (Thesis: Project Portfolio Management) and has a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the City University of New York.
Michael has the cybersecurity designation of a CISSP, Certified Information Systems Security Professional. For 10 years, he has been on the Wall Street Technology (WSTA) Board, serving in Officer and Director roles, and currently as a Special Advisor.
9:00-10:30AM Panel Discussion
Paul Brassil, Vice President, Information Technology, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Paul Brassil is the Vice President of Information Technology at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and joined the Federal Reserve in 2013. He is responsible for all central IT functions at the Boston Fed, including application development and support, project and relationship management, and local desktop and network services. Prior to joining FRB Boston, Paul served as Senior Director of Solutions Delivery at EMC Corporation, where he was responsible for a large portfolio of mission critical platforms supporting EMC’s Global Services organization. Paul has over 20 years in technology and in earlier roles at EMC, and at previous companies such as Siemens, PrimeArray Systems, and Simplex-Grinnell, Paul focused on data center operations, application development, and IT service delivery. Paul has a Masters in IT from Bentley University in Massachusetts.
Gordie Sands, Executive Director IT Architecture and Office of FinTech Strategy, DTCC
Gordie Sands is Executive Director, IT Architecture and Office of FinTech Strategy for DTCC. In his current role, he is responsible jointly with DTCC’s Business Strategy team for leading DTCC’s FinTech initiatives. Additionally, Gordie directs DTCC’s User Experience program.
Gordie joined the firm in 1999 within the Omgeo LLC joint venture and transitioned to DTCC in 2013 when Omgeo was fully acquired. Before joining the Office of FinTech Strategy, he was responsible for Application Architecture for the DTCC Solutions group. At Omgeo / Thomson Financial ESG Gordie was head of IT Architecture, with overall responsibility for IT strategy, solution architecture, High Availability, and IT regulatory oversight programs.
Gordie has over 30 years of IT expertise, including IT strategy, database design and development, systems engineering, application development and architecture, and IT project management. He also has in depth knowledge of across the equities, fixed income and derivatives post-trade lifecycle.
Gordie is a frequent speaker at IT and FinTech conferences. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and interdisciplinary master’s degrees from Yale University and the University of Delaware.
Hadley Stern, Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Fidelity Labs
Hadley Stern is Senior Vice President, Fidelity Labs for the Shared Services group, a business division of Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans and a leading online brokerage firm. He is currently running the Bitcoin/Blockchain incubator within Fidelity Labs, focused on the disruptive potential that this technology represents for Fidelity Investments.
From 2007-2015 Mr. Stern was responsible for the oversight of all product strategy, product development and program management for FidelityLabs.com and Fidelity.com/beta. Products launched under his leadership include Fidelity’s first iPhone App, and launching Fidelity on Facebook and Twitter.
Previously with Fidelity, Mr. Stern acted as group creative director for PI Fidelity Advertising Agency from 2004 to 2007. In his role, he managed a team of designers and writers responsible for developing and implementing various interactive creative products for the firm’s advertising needs. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Stern was the interactive art director for PI Fidelity Advertising Agency where he was responsible for the development, design and drive of Fidelity’s visual advertising mediums.
Prior to joining Fidelity in 2001, Mr. Stern was a director of experience at Razorfish beginning in 1999, after joining the company as a senior designer in 1998. He was a graphic designer at Rykodisc from 1998 to 1999 and began his career with Malcolm Grear Designers in 1997.
In 2004, Mr. Stern authored the book iPod and iTunes Hacks through the O’Reilly Media Group. He is also the patent holder of 10 patents for FMR.
Mr. Stern received his bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts and creative writing from Concordia University in 1994 and his bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997.
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