Supply Chains Unblocked

October 16, 2019 9:30am - 6:00pm / CMS, 78 Cannon St, London, EC4N 6AF


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Supply Chains Unblocked is a bespoke event dedicated to explaining, understanding and pursuing the innovative potential of Blockchain technology in the supply chain. This unique 1-day conference includes user-friendly introductions designed to brief senior leaders on what Blockchain and Distributed Ledger technology is all about and why it is set to transform all aspects of the supply chain and logistics, bringing about a step change in the way the world trades. We will showcase real world examples and use cases, diving into specific areas where these technologies are creating waves of innovation, greater transparency, security, scalability and efficiency.


Coffee and Registration

9.30 - 10.00

Join us for breakfast, coffee and networking

Blockchain in the Supply Chain - Transforming the way we trade?

10.00 - 10.30

Keynote Speaker: Antony Welfare, Author, Commercializing Blockchain and The Retail Handbook

Introduction designed to brief senior leaders on what Blockchain and Distributed Ledger technology is all about and why it is set to transform all aspects of the supply chain and logistics, bringing about a step change in the way the world trades.

Blockchain - Bringing Transparency and Trust?

10.30 - 11.15am

Is the use of blockchain really bringing about greater transparency and trust in global supply chains?

Morning coffee break

11.15 - 11.30am

Join our speakers for networking and refreshments

The Internet of Food

11.30 - 12.30

Blockchain’s use in the food supply chain has been one of the most-discussed use cases. This session will open with a real-world case study from Haiti followed by a panel discussion covering the following questions and more:

Can blockchain and DLT – combined with other frontier tech – open up new ways of doing things and reduce supply chain inefficiencies? Will blockchain make the idea of ‘fair trade’ a reality? Where are we now and what are the existing challenges and future opportunities for Blockchain in the food industry?


Pete Swabey, Economist Intelligence Unit (Moderator)
Genevieve Leveille, CEO, Agriledger
Suyash Shrivastava, Solutions Architect, Maersk


12.30 - 1.30pm

Lunch break and networking session

Afternoon keynote

1.30 - 2.00pm

Afternoon keynote speech (TBC)

Panel discussion: Interoperability

2.00 - 3.00pm

Afternoon panel discussion looking at how blockchain and DLT solutions can interoperate both across different blockchains and also the possible integration with existing trace and track systems.

Speakers include:

Imogen Bunyard, COO, Qadre (Moderator)

Gilbert Verdian, CEO, Quant Network

Richard Stockley, Blockchain Business Development Executive – Global Trade, IBM (TradeLens)

Jim Duffy, CEO, Tracr

Trade Finance - show us the money

3.00 - 4.00pm

How is blockchain reducing the costs of trade finance and enabling micropayments? How can sharing data empower companies and consumers to make better or more efficient choices?

Our panel of experts – moderated by Terry Igharoro, Founder of Inventory Club – will debate all this and more.

Speakers include:

Manu Marchal, Global Business Development, ConsenSys

Additional speakers TBA

Innovation Showcase: Supply chain applications in practice

4.00 - 5.00pm

Demos and showcase of real-world uses cases and examples moderated by Katie Mills, Director and Co-Founder StateZero Labs and featuring an experienced panel of judges who will pick the overall winner.


Erica Stanford – Founder, Crypto Curry Club

Ruth Milligan – Head of Financial Services and Payments, techUK

Charles Kerrigan – Partner, CMS

Closing drinks

5.00 - 6.00pm

Please join us for our closing drinks reception


    Antony Welfare

    Antony Welfare is one of the leading experts in Enterprise Blockchain technology across the world. Managing Director Blockchain Practice at Global Technology consultancy, Luxoft and DXC technology, Antony is leading the strategy to deliver Enterprise grade Blockchain solutions across all sectors. He is also the author of “Commercializing Blockchain: Strategic applications in the Real world”.

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    Imogen Bunyard

    Imogen Bunyard is COO and Co-Founder of Qadre. Qadre builds foundational technology to develop fintech solutions for enterprise and bring trust, remove friction, and enhance experiences for both people and business.

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    Helen Disney

    Helen Disney is the CEO and Founder of Unblocked and a Founding Partner of Dots Ventures. She is also a Co-Founder of the British Blockchain and Frontier Technologies Association (BBFTA).

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    Jim Duffy

    Jim Duffy is CEO of Tracr, an innovative, diamond industry focused Internet of Value platform developed for the industry, by the industry. Jim has over 20 years’ experience in the digital technology sector, helping businesses use emerging technologies to solve problems and drive sustainable growth. He believes that AI/Machine Learning, IoT and Distributed Ledger Technology (aka Blockchain) will be ubiquitous in business by 2022, bringing value that is not possible through manual, disconnected data management methods.

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    Sharon Henley

    Sharon Henley is the founder of Blockchain Agent, which specialises in helping start-ups, scale-ups and established companies identify the business opportunities presented by blockchain technologies.

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    Terry Igharoro

    Terry Igharoro is Founder and CEO of Inventory Club which has built the world’s first peer-to-peer commodity trade finance marketplace for merchants of Commonwealth Nations.

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    Barry E James

    Barry E James is an internationally respected author and fintech thought leader. An advisor to the British Blockchain Association on Startups and ICOs, and a weekly contributor to CityAM’s Crypto Insider section in collaboration with sister site and podcast

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    Charles Kerrigan

    Charles Kerrigan is a Partner at CMS London. He is a leading expert on digital money, the law of payments, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology, giving strategic and technical advice to corporations, financial institutions and regulators.

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    Genevieve Leveille

    Genevieve Leveille is CEO and Founder of Agriledger and Vice-Chair of techUK’s DLT Group.

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    Emmanuel Marchal

    Emmanuel Marchal is Managing Director, Europe, and oversees Global Solutions for ConsenSys,  the largest and fastest growing blockchain company focused on building the Ethereum ecosystem.

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    Ruth Milligan

    Ruth Milligan is head of techUK’s Financial Services and Payments programme. She takes the lead on all issues relating to insurance, capital markets, financial inclusion, identity and blockchain as well as payments.

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    Katie Mills

    Katie Mills is the incoming Head of Innovation at Schneider Electric and formerly ran the blockchain incubator, State Zero Labs.

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    Suyash Shrivastava

    Suyash Shrivastava is an SAP Solutions Architect at Maersk. He is an experienced IT consulting professional with 15 years of work experience with leading corporate and premier consulting organisations such as GSK, SAP AG, Accenture & Maersk Group simplifying Digital Transformation Programmes.

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    Erica Stanford

    Erica Stanford is founder of Crypto Curry Club. She is also a co-founder of and of Authorated – a blockchain platform to save newspapers – pay per article for content and publishing.

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    Richard Stockley

    Richard Stockley leads business development for IBM’s global trade applications of blockchain – working with supply chain organisations to harness blockchain as an enabler of digital transformation.

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    Pete Swabey

    Pete Swabey is editorial director at The Economist Intelligence Unit’s thought leadership division in EMEA and host of The EIU’s Digital Economy podcast. He specialises in technology and has managed research projects on topics including digital transformation, the hyperconnected economy and the future of work.

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    Gilbert Verdian

    Gilbert Verdian is the CEO and Founder of blockchain technology company Quant Network. Tasked with connecting the world’s networks to blockchain, Gilbert is building the Internet of Trust by converging blockchain, AI and cybersecurity.

    He is responsible for having solved interoperability in blockchain through the creation of the world’s first blockchain operating system, Overledger.

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What You Will Learn

User-friendly introductions to enterprise applications of blockchain

– Discovering new use cases and applications affecting the supply chain, retail and logistics

– Understanding the strategic importance of blockchain and the new business processes being created that will transform the way you operate and cut down on administrative and operating costs

– Keeping up-to-date with the latest new developments in the field

– Meeting leading startups, investors and incumbent players innovating for the future

– Promoting education, collaboration, innovation, research and partnerships between technical experts, policymakers, service providers, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders.


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