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Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Garrick Hileman

Head of Research


Garrick Hileman is one of the world's most-cited cryptocurrency and blockchain technology researchers. He developed and taught the first UK class on blockchain technology at the University of Cambridge. Garrick is the author of a recently published stablecoins research study, the first University of Cambridge "Global Cryptocurrency Benchmarking Study" and the follow-on "Global Blockchain Benchmarking Study". He also created and published the CoinDesk “State of Bitcoin” and “State of Blockchain” reports from 2013-2016. He was ranked as one of the 100 most influential economists in the UK and Ireland and he is regularly asked to share his research and perspective with government organizations and the FT, BBC, CNBC, WSJ, NPR, and other media. He is currently the head or research at Blockchain, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency companies, and a researcher at the London School of Economics, where he also received his PhD.

Dawn Manley

Global Strategic Initiatives and Operations


Dawn Manley leads Global Strategic Initiatives and Operations for Splunk’s Chief Technology Office, which spans all of Splunk’s R&D as well as IT and security operations. Her responsibilities include technical due diligence and integration for acquisitions, leading annual planning and budgeting, managing new initiatives including blockchain/DLT, analysis of customer product use, and establishing global research partnerships. Previously, Dawn was Chief of Staff for the President and Chief Strategy Officer at Samsung Electronics and also served in strategy and business development roles for emerging business areas including smart mobility, advanced materials, and data centers. She spent over sixteen years in a variety of technical and leadership roles spanning analysis and R&D in transportation & energy and chemical & biological defense at Sandia National Laboratories. Dawn has twenty publications in alternative energy, biodefense, and thin film flows. She has served as an advisor to multiple organizations, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the National Academies Transportation Research Board, and the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Dawn has Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and a B.S., also in Chemical Engineering, from Stanford University.

Silvio Micali



Silvio Micali has been on the faculty at MIT, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, since 1983. "Silvio’s research interests are cryptography, zero knowledge, pseudorandom generation, secure protocols, and mechanism design and blockchain. In particular, Silvio is the co-inventor of probabilistic encryption, Zero-Knowledge Proofs, Verifiable Random Functions and many of the protocols that are the foundations of modern cryptography.

In 2017, Silvio founded Algorand, a fully decentralized, secure, and scalable blockchain which provides a common platform for building products and services for a borderless economy. At Algorand, Silvio oversees all research, including theory, security and crypto finance.

Silvio is the recipient of the Turing Award (in computer science), of the Gödel Prize (in theoretical computer science) and the RSA prize (in cryptography). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Accademia dei Lincei.

Silvio has received his Laurea in Mathematics from the University of Rome, and his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

More information will be coming soon.

MARBLE 2020 Programme Committee

  • John Breslin (National University of Ireland)

  • John Conley (Vanderbilt University)

  • Lewis Gudgeon (Imperial College London)

  • Mario Larangeira (IOHK)

  • Stefanos Leonardos (Singapore University of Technology and Design)

  • Robert Learney (Digital Catapult)

  • Pedro Moreno-Sanchez (TU Wein)

  • Catherine Mulligan (Fujitsu)

  • Mahesan Niranjan (University of Southampton)

  • Alexandre Pinto (Artos Systems)

  • Istvan Andras Seres (Eotvos Lorand University)

  • Nguyen Truong (Imperial College London)

  • Edgar Weippl (SBA Research - TU Wein)

  • Andreas Veneris (University of Toronto)

  • Sam Werner (Imperial College London)

  • Katinka Wolter (Freie Universitat Berlin)

  • Dionysis Zindros (University of Athens)

Annika is a Co-Founder of Aventus, an open-source, decentralised protocol that revolutionises the way digital assets are issued, owned and managed across value chains. Before moving into Blockchain, Annika briefly worked at Goldman Sachs before completing a Masters of Science Degree in Physics at Imperial College London. Her dissertation investigated Higgs Boson decays into Dark Matter in partnership with CERN.

Annika Monari



Alan is a Co-Founder of Aventus, a blockchain-based protocol reshaping digital assets including ticketing, loyalty and financial assets, to name a few. Before moving into Blockchain, Alan worked at Deloitte in the Entrepreneurial Business Department and macro hedge fund Brevan Howard. He completed a Masters of Engineering Degree in Artificial Intelligence at Imperial College London. His dissertation investigated film rights distribution using blockchain in partnership with BAFTA.

Alan Vey