Henri Arslanian, fintech influencer and crypto enthusiast, kicked off the morning with a speech about the Latest Global Crypto Trends distilled into 10 observations. Arslanian highlighted a growing number of countries positioning themselves as crypto-friendly; the development of stablecoins to counteract extreme volatility; and the rapidly increasing number of crypto funds. Each Monday, the digital influencer releases a #CryptoCapsule — a one-minute video summarizing key developments in the space over the past week.
Alexander Yakovlev was next to take the stage. A self-proclaimed Hyperledger Evangelist, Yakvolev represented Russia’s National Settlement Depositary (NSD) at Hong Kong Fintech Week 2018. Yakvolev made it clear that he believed in the future of blockchain technology, but seemed critical of private ventures and ICOs — voicing support for open-source innovation instead.
Stephen Kade was the third and last of this round’s All-Star speakers (October 30 2018). Kade, the co-founder of TrustToken & TrueUSD, presented his vision of the digitization of real world assets and currencies — what he called a blockchain-enabled ‘abstraction’. He believes that mainstream finance will have many opportunities in the near future to capitalize on crypto innovation. Kade’s project will involve TrueYen, TrueEURO, et cetera.
Charles D’Haussy (Head of Fintech, Invest Hong Kong), Chris Skinner (Chairman, Financial Servies Club), William Bao Bean (General Partner, SOSV) and many more esteemed speakers saw the day through.
Hong Kong Fintech Week 2018 officially kicked off at 6pm, on the former Hong Kong trading floor in Central. HKEX inaugurated the ceremony with welcoming honors — the remainder of the night saw cocktails and networking until 9 in the evening.