Committee and Governance

The Blockchain Association of New Zealand has a managing committee chosen by the members of the society. The Committee is responsible for carrying out the purpose of the Society.

The Leadership Team:

Sean Au - President
Sean has a firm belief that learning is doing and sharing is critical in this new economy. He focuses on learning new technologies, building up live demo’s and sharing it with those around him.

Sean is the chair of the Wellington blockchain meetup and also consults for various blockchain companies in NZ and abroad.

Sean spends most of his time trying to keep up with the latest developments in the bitcoin, blockchain and smart contract space and looking for new ways to do old things better. Sean Au - President


Paul Salisbury - Secretary
Paul works with companies to gain insight into disruptive and emerging technologies and is recognised as a thought leader around practical analysis of Blockchain use cases.

In addition to undertaking Blockchain projects across various industry sectors, he has also works with open source projects and organising meetup groups to engage and upskill those in the NZ community.

Since founding XBT Consulting in 2013, Paul has consulted on some of the first enterprise Bitcoin and Blockchain projects in New Zealand & Australia. More recently, he has collaborated with Mark Pascall in organising the Ethereum NZ conference and has taken a role with 3months heading up the Blockchain Labs initiative.

Given Paul’s passion for bringing people together and his previous involvement in establishing BANZ, he is well positioned to serve as a founding committee member.Paul Salisbury - Secretary


Matthew Griffin - Treasurer
Matthew focuses on the intersections between IT and Accounting.

He’s passionate about providing meaningful reporting in a way that is both timely and useful. He’s been a blockchain enthusiast from the beginning and was drawn to how the technology could be used as much more than just a currency, in particular as a conduit to more transparency in our intuitions.

Matthew believes technology is the way to better institutions and has recently presented a technology driven tax policy to tax experts in Wellington, he’s now researching how the blockchain can make for better tax policy.Matthew Griffin - Treasurer


Stephen Macaskill - Ambassador
Stephen Macaskill - Ambassador


Liesl Eichholz - Student Chair
Liesl is a full-time blockchain enthusiast, student and researcher. She is currently writing her thesis for an LLM (Master of Laws) degree, focusing on developing New Zealand’s regulatory approach towards blockchain technologies.

With experience in consulting and research, Liesl aims to combine her legal background and technical understanding to help spur the acceptance and adoption of blockchain tech at the highest levels.Liesl Eichholz - Student Chair


Chis Linton
Chris is passionate about technology and business. She is a corporate/technology law partner at Duncan Cotterill, specialising in corporate advisory, M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances, ICT projects/transactions/dispute resolution, outsourcing, cloud, digital, and gaming.

She also advises tech start-ups and high growth companies and is excited about the transformative nature of blockchain technology.Chis Linton

What is the blockchain?

Blockchain is the first successfully tested distributed ledger technology. The technology is a catalyst for the Age of Decentralisation, paving the way for business models that have not been possible before. It is providing us with new opportunities for human achievement.

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