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Blockchain Symposium: Financial Services and Beyond

4 December 2020

As blockchain continue to mature, its impact goes beyond financial services. This online symposium seeks to explore the latest research into innovative applications of blockchain and practices, with the aim of stimulating new research in this area. The speakers are thought leaders in novel blockchain initiatives in enterprises.

Blockchain symposium: Financial Services and Beyond

02:00 pm – 02:05 pm

Opening remarks: Ram Gopal and Joe Nandhakumar, WBS

02:05 pm – 03.00pm


The Real Business of Blockchain: How Leaders Can Create Value in a New Digital Age

Discussion: David Furlonger and Christophe Uzureau

03.00 pm – 03.30 pm


Transforming Organizational Effectiveness Through Blockchain

Nitin Manoharan, Philip Morris International

03:30 pm – 03:55pm


Blockchain Enterprise Platforms

Leandro Nunes, Mastercard

03:55 pm – 04.00pm

Closing Remarks


David Furlonger is a Distinguished VP Analyst, working primarily with CEOs, senior business leaders and CIOs. His research focus is as a futurist, analysing how long-term business and technology trends strategically impact industries, governments and organizations. He is an accomplished and frequent keynote speaker with extensive international experience. In 2007 he established Gartner research on the Future of Money and blockchain and he co-leads the Gartner Blockchain Center of Excellence – Book link

Christophe Uzureau is a VP Analyst at Gartner working out of Hong Kong. He covers how blockchain and tokenisation enable new assets, products and services. He advises senior business leaders on their digital strategies, taking into account technology innovations as well as customers' behaviour and bias. His research explores how technology (blockchain, big data and analytics, AI, digital platforms) represents an opportunity to generate competitive advantage by shaping traditional financial value chains. He is also responsible for covering the impact of digital financial transformation in APAC and how this influences worldwide innovation trends. Book link

Nitin Manoharan is Director, Global Head Enterprise Architecture & Technology Innovation at Philip Morris International. He and his team are responsible for PMI’s technology strategy, architecture, and governance of significant initiatives. He is also responsible for driving innovation through pilots and scale outs of successful pilots leveraging emerging technologies such as Blockchain, IoT, and AI. Before joining PMI, he was Director of the Strategy & Insight group at Oracle Corporation. Before Oracle, he worked for Siebel Systems and IBM for several years in various advisory and consulting positions. He holds an MBA from the University Of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Masters from the University of Oxford.

Leandro Nunes is Vice President of Product Development and Innovation at Mastercard. In his role, Nunes leads initiatives that de-risk the development and execution of new technologies in the market both internally within the company and externally with key customers. One of his key focus areas is in commercialising Mastercard’s Provenance Solution, leveraging blockchain to establish trust, transparency, and traceability across the supply chain ecosystem for the authenticity and origin of goods. Prior to joining Mastercard, Nunes served in a number of roles at IBM, leading global teams to drive growth in corporate finance, business operations, partnerships, and sales. In his last role, he successfully led the go-to-market strategy of blockchain solutions.