Speakers and Panellists Melbourne Crypto and Blockchain Convention 2018


Bob Bonomo – President at CG Blockchain, Inc.

Bob Bonomo brings over 25 years of Wall Street experience in the financial services and asset management space.
Bob’s background in software and product development, team management, and strategy has led him to focus on digital/cryptocurrencies and their underlying Blockchain technologies. Prior to his work with Blockchain, Bob served as a Deputy Chief Information Officer for Alliance Bernstein LP, and Chief Information Officer for  Oppenheimer Funds, Inc., where he spearheaded IT services firm-wide. Bob holds a BS in Computer Science from Columbia University, School of Engineering and Applied Science.


Nick Giurietto – CEO & Managing Director at Australian Digital Commerce Association

Nick was responsible for the development of the Australian Digital Currency Code of Conduct which establishes best practice standards for digital currency businesses in Australia and has been modeled in other countries. Nick has worked with the Australian Government on issues including the taxation treatment of digital currencies, Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing regulations and identifying use cases for deployment of blockchain solutions within government.  Nick is a member of the Standards Australia Technical Committee on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Standards and a participant in the International Standards Organisation Study Group on Identity on the Blockchain.


Henrik Andersson – CIO at Apollo Capital

Henrik has over 17 years experience in global financial markets, with almost a decade on Wall Street.  Henrik has extensive experience across three continents as a quantitative analyst, senior research analyst and in institutional equity sales.  Henrik holds a Master of Science in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and a Master of Science in Business Administration and Economics from Stockholm University. He is a CFA charterholder.



Jamie Skella – Co-Founder of Horizon State

Technology strategist and entrepreneur Jamie Skella has spent 20 years in the design, building and advising of businesses across blockchain, esports, machine learning, and even future food. Jamie is co-founder of Horizon State, a startup redesigning how societies collectively make decisions using distributed ledger technology.


Fred Schebesta – Co-Founder of Finder.com and HiveEx.com

Fred Schebesta is Co-founder of one of the world’s biggest financial comparison websites, Finder.com, including cryptocurrency exchange and wallet comparison, Crypto Finder. Fred is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and international keynote speaker. His most recent accolade was EY Australian Entrepreneur of the Year – Services Category in 2017. Fred launched OTC service HiveEx.com in February 2018, and is an advisor for ICOs and blockchain-related businesses on strategy and marketing.


Rupert Hackett – CEO at Bitcoin.com.au

Rupert Hackett, CEO of Melbourne-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitcoin.com.au, is a leading expert when it comes to digital currencies. With over six years of experience, Rupert is well recognised as an authority in the industry. Rupert is the only Australian representative of the newly formed International Decentralised Association of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain (IDACB), which seeks to become the ‘United Nations’ of blockchain.


Simon Sorockyi – Director at Blockchain Frontier

Simon is a director and shareholder of Blockchain Frontier, which provides a strategic development and implementation services to entities seeking to create new token economies utilising blockchain technologies transacting via cryptocurrencies and operating within regulated environments.

Blockchain Frontier’s vision is to:
1. Link the parallel corporate and cryptocurrency economies through education, strategy and partnerships and convert blockchain and cryptocurrencies to mainstream
2. Develop the technical infrastructure and resources to support the participation of industry verticals in the new digital frontier

Simon is a technology and financial services lawyer who has dedicated his last 7 years to developing new models for technology fundraising and commercialisation.


Gendry Morales – CEO at Flight Plan

Gendry is the founder of theflightplan.io, a Platform for rapid prototyping and an Experimentation Ecosystem to help get blockchain ideas off the ground. Gendry brings design to blockchain technology, with over 20 years in modern digital delivery and hands on experience building full stack Decentralised Applications for users. Last year her team created a product called CryptoCats, digital collectible avatar art on the Ethereum Platform, a fun way to interact with blockchain and it’s unique features. Gendry sees blockchain adoption as the next frontier for the industry and collaborates with creative use cases from fashion, art and games to uncover the design elements that can pave the way for adoption of world changing uses of blockchain technology.