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Smarter Compliance in the era of Blockchain

9 December, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Guest Speaker and Panel Discussion hosted by the Blockchain Association with PwC

The pseudo-anonymous nature of cryptocurrencies and other blockchain-based digital assets pose unique challenges and opportunities to financial services and regulators.

The blockchain is a distributed ledger that provides an incorruptible record of information. Innovators have discovered that the information stored on a blockchain can go far beyond that of monetary and financial asset records. Immutable tokens can be created on the blockchain to represent objects such as identities, paving the way for decentralised social media and identity management networks.

A global immutable ledger provides a path for businesses to comply with regulatory requirements at a fraction of the cost by removing the redundancies in identity verification.

The event will begin with a presentation from one of the few experts working on putting identities on the blockchain. Following the presentation there will be a panel discussion featuring three professionals with different perspectives on the practical use of blockchain technology in New Zealand. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion and a chance to catch up with others interested in this area.

Whether you’re new to the blockchain and want to learn more or are a seasoned expert, you should all get something out of this presentation.


Friday 9 December, 2016

  • 4:30pm Arrive
  • 5:00pm Guest speaker Daren Seymoor
  • 5:30pm Panel discussion and questions from the floor
  • 6:30pm Discussion concludes
  • Networking to 7:00pm

About the speaker and panellists

Daren Seymour
Managing Director – Sphre

Managing Director of Sphre, a disruptive Information Technology company focused on Digital Identity, Digital Healthcare, and Internet of Things (IoT), leveraging Blockchain based technologies and Quantum Compute platforms.

Daren is an Information Technology professional of over 25 years professional practice, across multiple industry disciplines, including Software Engineering, Application Development, Security, High Performance Computing (HPC) and Programme/Project Management.

Steven Wiggins
CEO – PaymentsNZ

Steve joined the team at Payments NZ in January 2014 to continue the evolution of cohesive and sophisticated payment system improvements through collaboration, partnerships and ensuring a level playing field in a fast moving industry. Prior to joining Payments NZ, Steve served as General Manager Marketing, Sales and Customer Services with Gareth Morgan Investments. Steve has had direct senior management experience in a leading payments business responsible for the processing of $3b worth of value per year. From General Manager to creating and operating a number of his own businesses, Steve has more than 25 years of leadership experience in disciplines covering business management, all aspects of marketing and sales, technology development and transfer.

Andy Symons
Partner – PwC

Andy is the Financial Services Sector Leader for PwC New Zealand.¬†With significant executive leadership and Financial Services advisory experience, Andy is focused on the development of technology, digital strategy, customer and innovation strategy. Andy has a background in technology development, loyalty marketing, credit scoring and innovation and has recently led a major New Zealand bank’s retail banking division. He has also advised CEOs and boards on developing the cultural and structural environment required to increase organisational innovation. Andy has previously served as the CEO of New Zealand’s largest loyalty marketing programme, a director of Bank of New Zealand Insurance and Loyalty New Zealand.

Paul Salisbury
Head of Emerging Technologies – 3Months / Blockchain Labs

Since founding XBT Consulting in 2013, Paul has consulted on some of the first enterprise Bitcoin and Blockchain projects in New Zealand & Australia.

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.


9 December, 2016
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Blockchain Association of New Zealand


PWC Tower
Level 22, 188 Quay Street
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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