• RBS Gogarburn - Edinburgh

    Friday 11th November | 12:30pm - 7pm

  • What is ScotChain16?

    Blockchain is a hot topic, fast gaining column inches as an enabler of business and customer transformation alike. Blockchain represents tremendous business opportunities, but how do you cut through the hype?


    ScotChain16 brings together Blockchain thought leaders and entrepreneurs from across the globe for hype-free exploration of ideas, use cases, challenges, and concerns - for businesses, technologists, students, and academics - with tremendous opportunities to marshal the best of Scotland’s tech talent.

    Why attend?

    ScotChain16 is a first-of its-kind event for Scotland – an opportunity to learn from and network with subject matter experts and entrepreneurs about how they are taking advantage of this technology revolution.

    Topics of discussion will include:

    • What is distributed ledger technology (Blockchain) and what does it mean, for business?
    • How are people starting to use it, and what’s next?
    • Blockchain is hot in Financial Services, but where else is it being tried, and how?
    • Can Blockchain really cure the common cold? – the reality of the real issues and answers rather than the much flaunted hype.

    What to expect

    • Presentations exploring the most pressing issues in Blockchain today (and how to tackle them)
    • Panel discussions with industry insiders, explaining their approaches and use cases across a range of sectors.
    • Networking opportunities with start-up companies, Blockchain pathfinders and trailblazers, deep thinkers, and like-minded people.
  • Speakers

    Susan Ramonat

    CEO, Spiritus Partners

    Always driven to provide over the horizon leadership, Susan Ramonat brings over 25 years of executive experience on Wall Street and in banking. Susan established the Blockchain program strategy for a leading technology service provider to global wealth and investment managers. She speaks frequently about Blockchain, cybersecurity and operational resilience for audiences ranging from healthcare, financial services, and other critical infrastructure industries to academic researchers and government agencies in the US and UK. She also serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for Engineering Science at Loyola University Chicago. Susan is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University.

    Brian McNulty

    COO Europe, R3 CEV

    Brian is COO Europe for R3 with responsibility for aligning and streamlining activities across member engagements, projects, lab and working groups. Prior to R3, Brian founded the PTDL (Post Trade Distributed Ledger) Group whilst working as CEO of DBFS Consultants, a FinTech Consultancy he co-founded in the late 1990's. Brian has held executive roles in an advisory and programme management capacity over the last 10 years. His previous positions include Senior Trader in Commodities and Equity Derivatives at Rand Merchant Bank; Technical Analyst at both Scottish Amicable Investment Managers and AMP Asset Management. Brian holds an Honours Mathematics Degree from the University of Glasgow, a Masters in Information Technology from Strathclyde University, is a Certified Financial Technician (IFTA/CFT level II) and sits on the CISI FinTech and European Regulatory Impact Boards.

    Bruce Pon

    Co-founder & CEO, BigchainDB

    Bruce Pon is the CEO/Co-Founder of BigchainDB, a Blockchain inspired database that allows enterprises to deploy decentralized Blockchain applications. Prior to BigchainDB, Bruce co-founded Avantalion, a consulting firm specialised in building banks and industry startups in Europe and Asia for companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi. He has an Engineering Degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has advanced training from MIT Sloan, University of Cambridge and IMD.

    Christopher Allen

    Principal Architect, Blockstream

    Christopher Allen is a veteran of the Crypto Wars with a wealth of knowledge about the history of Internet cryptography, including both successes and paths not taken. As founder of Consensus Development, he co-authored the IETF TLS 1.0 standard and produced the first commercial SSL and TLS toolkits. Christopher has taught at Blockchain University, advised multiple organisations on privacy and security, and produced a design workshop on the Web of Trust. Now at Blockstream, he is Principal Architect, working especially on blockchain standards, decentralised identity and new engines of trust.

    Bob Clint

    Co-founder & CTO, Spiritus Partners

    Bob Clint is the CTO and co-founder of Spiritus Partners. Bob has spent more than 30 years conceiving, architecting, engineering, and delivering enterprise information and analytics solutions. His particular expertise is in big data, analytics, and information management solutions. In his prior life he was Global IT Lead for Audit Analytics at Ernst & Young, Americas Data Warehousing and Data Management Practice lead at CSC, Global VP of Analytics at MphasiS, and Consumer Products and Retail Information on Demand lead at IBM.

    Kent Mackenzie

    Director, Deloitte UK

    Kent leads Deloitte’s FinTech practice in Scotland working alongside many clients locally and globally to consider, develop and embed a range of technology solutions in cognitive analytics, blockchain, robotics and AI. Kent also works closely with Scottish government bodies in developing the FinTech strategy for Scotland and helping the community realise the opportunity that exists to emerge as a global FinTech centre of excellence. Having spent over 15 years in Banking and Risk Management Kent understands the finer points of the industry challenge, and where ‘FinTech’ can be applied.

    Ross Laurie

    Consultant - Blockchain Lab, Deloitte UK

    Ross has been working with distributed ledger technologies since 2013, since then his interests in Ethereum and AI have led him to join Deloitte and work on the development of Firm’s blockchain solutions. His work includes the development of SmartID, an identity platform based leveraging blockchain capability to redefine the way in which identity is managed and shared.

    Paul Forrest

    Chairman, MBN Solutions

    Paul has some twenty-five years experience of helping businesses to solve complex business problems, deliver their transformation goals and to achieve tangible strategic outcomes. Hands on and deep thinking, he has worked with many FTSE 100 clients, Global 500 businesses and major Government entities around the world including Ford Motor Company, VAG Group, BAE Systems, GSK, AkzoNobel, RBS, HBOS, Diageo, Bacardi, Wal-Mart, British Airways, Virgin Galactic, Etisalat, British Telecom, Vodafone and Allen & Overy. Paul also sits on the board of a number of agile, disruptive and challenger businesses whilst supporting value creation programmes for Private Equity backed businesses.

    Philippe Meyer

    Managing Director, Avaloq Innovation Ltd

    Philippe Meyer has been working in the Capital Markets industry for more than 25 years bridging IT and business and focusing on innovation. He has been managing awarded projects like onemarket certificate platform for Unicredit, high frequency trading and electronic brokerage platforms for Credit Agricole. He has a strong technical background used in particular in systems integration. For a few years, he has been closely looking at the Fintech boom, analyzing the impacts and the possible responses from the banking industry. Meanwhile he has been fascinated by the blockchain technology and has been helping companies to define their Blockchain strategy. He has recently moved to Avaloq Innovation where he manages the Edinburgh development centre.

    Sharon Hamilton

    Director for Financial & Business Services, Scottish Enterprise

    Sharon leads the Financial and Business Services Sector Team in Scottish Enterprise having taken up post in January 2015. The focus of the team is on the attraction of inward investment into Scotland by global Financial and Business Services companies, and supporting the growth of companies and the development of the sector in Scotland. Fintech is a key area of focus for the team currently. Sharon has worked in economic development for more than fifteen year across a range of disciplines, including skills development, business start up, and leading the Scottish Enterprise Account Management service for financial and business services companies. Sharon undertook an assignment in the US focusing on inward investment, before returning to Scotland to head up the Financial and Business Services team.

    Maria Khan

    Innovation Engineer, RBS

    Maria is an Innovation Engineer at RBS, working to create proof-of-concepts and pilots around emerging technologies. More specifically, Maria has been exploring a range of use cases around blockchain with a focus on domestic and international payments.

    Tom McCann

    Innovation Scout, RBS

    Tom is an Innovation Scout within the RBS Solutions team – proactively working with FinTech startups across the UK ecosystem to identify and deliver collaboration opportunities for the bank. Over the past year, Tom has focused on Blockchain, and currently manages the in-flight propositions being undertaken across the bank.

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  • Agenda

    Please note the below times are subject to change


    12:30 – 13.10

    Registration, Networking and Refreshments


    13.10 – 13:30

    Welcoming Remarks and Agenda

    Sharon Hamilton (Scottish Enterprise)

    Susan Ramonat (Spiritus Partners)



    13:30 – 13:50

                  Keynote Address: Blockchain Overview and Use Cases

    Kent Mackenzie (Deloitte)


    13:50 – 14:10

    Blockchain Challenges I – Scale and Data Management

    Bruce Pon (BigChainDB)


    14:10 – 14:30

      Blockchain Challenges II – Identity Management

    Christopher Allen (Web of Trust Design Workshop)


    14.30- 15.30



    15:30 – 15:50


    Why Blockchain is so important to Financial Services

    Philippe Meyer (Avaloq Innovation Ltd)


    15:50 – 16:10

    Plenary Address: Blockchain and Domestic Payments

    Maria Khan & Thomas McCann (Royal Bank of Scotland)


    16:10 – 16:30

    Distributed Ledger – Path to Mainstream Adoption​

    Brian McNulty Executive (R3 CEV)


    16.30 - 16.50

    Deloitte Case Study

    Ross Laurie (Deloitte)


    16.50 - 17.10



    17:10 – 18:00

    Enterprise Readiness and Paths to Adoption

    Host: Paul Forrest (MBN Solutions)

    Ross Laurie (Deloitte)

    Philippe Meyer (Avaloq Innovation Ltd)

    Bob Clint (Spiritus Partners)

    Maria Khan & Thomas McCann (Royal Bank of Scotland)

    Brian McNulty (R3 CEV)


    18:00 – 18:10

    Closing Remarks

    Paul Forrest (MBN Solutions)


    18:10 – 19:00


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