Evolving Links

International Blockchain
Real Experience Conference



Palacio Duques de Pastrana

BLOCKCHAIN IS becoming a business reality

Blockchain technology is on everyone’s mind. Yet, only a few established businesses are promoting developments beyond “proof-of-concept,” and successful blockchain initiatives remain isolated and disconnected. While this is a natural occurrence with new technologies, it is now time for Blockchains to evolve beyond theory. Welcome to Evolving Links.
Evolving Links is the second annual edition in the annual review of Blockchain tech co-produced by Getronics and Agentic Group. Our 2017 event (Emerging Links) was a huge success in São Paulo, Brazil, hosting hundreds of government and C-Suite executives and clearing a path for millions of dollars in investment in the Blockchain space.
Now that we are moving into a new phase of Blockchain development, our goal is to bring our attendees to the realities of the marketplace and identify some of the key industries, people and companies that will be making a real difference in 2019 and beyond.

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› The future is now. ‹

The Producers


Getronics is a global ICT integrator with an extensive history that extends over 130 years and is owned by Bottega InvestCo S.à r.l.

Our vision is to become the preferred partner in business transformation using technology and exceptional people, with a unique focus on happy clients by enabling happy employees. With nearly 9,000 employees in 23 countries across Europe, Asia Pacific, North and Latin America, Getronics’ Transformation portfolio brings a strong capability and expertise around Managed Workspace, Applications, Industry Specific Software Solutions, Multi-Cloud Management, Unified Communications and Security services to provide a proactive, end-to-end portfolio to enable the digital user – business or consumer, in both public and private sector.

Getronics is the leading member in the Global Workspace Alliance, a unique model that provides customers with consistent IT services across 110 countries, with one single point of contact and billing entity. The GWA manages 10m workspace assets globally.





Agentic is a global Blockchain consulting group, a federation of more than 40 Blockchain-related companies on five continents. With its network of companies, tech developers, opinion leaders, financiers, academics, NGOs, multinationals, and governments, Agentic stands out as one of the most advanced and influential groups of its kind in the world.

Nana Baffour | Getronics Chairman & Group CEO

A seasoned investor and operator focused on investing in and operating data centres, IT services and IT infrastructure businesses with particular expertise serving the utilities sector.

Nana Baffour has a proven track record in innovation-inspired growth, balance sheet restructuring, managing turnarounds, and creating shareholder value.

Over the last 16 years, Mr. Baffour has led major spin-off transactions of large multinationals, including the acquisition of Vertex Data Science from United Utilities (LSE: UU), DMW System from Tomkins Plc, Consonus Data Centers from Questar Gas Corp (NYSE:STR), and IEL Financial Services from Vectren Corp (NYSE: VVC), among others, with a total enterprise value of USD$1 billion. He was also the Chief Executive of IEI Financial Services, Consonus Data Centers, Strategic Technologies and currently CIMCORP, SA. 

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Mr. Baffour worked for several bluechip global companies including Standard and Poor’s (S&P) and Credit Suisse First Boston in Europe and the US.

Mr. Baffour holds a B.A. in Economics from Lawrence University, an M.S. from University of North Carolina, and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He also attended the London Business School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Currently, Mr. Baffour splits his time between homes in London, New York and Sao Paulo.


  • Getronics
  • Agentic Group
  • Blockchain Research Institute

    Evolving Links is designed for individuals in the following roles: 
    – Business Leaders and C-level executives
    – Digital and IT Leaders
    – Government Officials and Public Institutions
  • Industry Sectors

    Every industry may find a use for blockchain technology, including Finance, Energy, Public Sector, Retail, Technology, Intellectual Property, Healthcare, Transport & Logistics, etc.

  • Speakers

    Listen to inspirational, renowned international experts from startups, multinationals, academia, government & NGOs. Over 15 speakers with practical and real-world knowledge.

Keynote Speakers
  • Alex Tapscott Read more

    Alex Tapscott is a globally-recognized writer, speaker, investor and advisor focused on the impact of emerging technologies, such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies, on business, society and government. He is the co-author (with Don Tapscott) of the critically acclaimed non-fiction best-seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World, which has been translated into more than 15 languages. His TedX San Francisco talk “Blockchain is Eating Wall Street” has been viewed over 600,000 times.

    In 2017, Alex co-founded (with Don Tapscott) the Blockchain Research Institute, a multi-million-dollar think-tank that is investigating blockchain strategies, opportunities and use-cases. In November of 2017, Alex and Don Tapscott were recognized with the Digital Thinking Award from Thinkers50, as part of their Distinguished Achievement Awards.

    On June 12th, 2018, Alex Tapscott and Don Tapscott released a New Edition of Blockchain Revolution with over 25,000 words of new material on cryptoassets, smart-contracts, digital identity and more. Alex is a graduate of Amherst College (cum laude). He lives in Toronto, Canada.

  • Rik Willard Read more

    Rik Willard is the Founder and Managing Director of Agentic Group a global federation of over 50 blockchain and frontier technology companies.

    Rik speaks on Blockchain issues globally, and is featured in the hit documentary “The Blockchain and Us”, as well as appearances on CNBC, CNN, and Cheddar TV. In 2016, Rik lead the team that conceived of the blockchain strategy for both the country of Luxembourg and The Port of Rotterdam, among others.

  • Dr. Domenico Lepore Read more

    Dr. Domenico Lepore developed the organization design and operational solution for increasingly digital and decentralized work called the ‘Network of Projects.’ With a background in solid state physics and non-linear dynamics, he is an international expert and innovator in whole system optimization, leveraging systems theories and complexity science to radically improve business performance. He has led international implementations with his Decalogue™ methodology at over 30 national and multinational organizations in a variety of industries including IT.

    His first book, ‘Deming and Goldratt’, North River Press, became recommended reading in several universities around the world, and his latest international publication is ‘Quality, Involvement, Flow: The Systemic Organization’ from CRC Press, New York.

  • Alex Puig Read more

    Alex is an innovation consultant and technological entrepreneur with a global knowledge on blockchain and decentralised systems.

    His areas of interest are: Blockchain, DAG, Self Sovereign IDs, Zero Knowledge Proof and Tokenomics.

    Furthermore, Alex is the founder of Digital Currency Summit, the first conference about virtual currencies for the financial world. He also founded Alastria Blockchain Ecosystem, the first National Wide semi-public blockchain platform and lead the technical team at Caelum Labs, a Blockchain consultancy and development firm based in Barcelona. 

  • Lawrence Orsini Read more

    Lawrence Orsini is the founder of LO3 Energy, a groundbreaking energy and tech company working on innovative new hardware and software products within the emerging distributed energy and computation industry.

    His wide range of experience in the energy sector ranges from the development of policy and regulatory frameworks to relationship management on energy solutions with Fortune 100 utility and corporate clients.

    Prior to LO3 Energy, Lawrence was the Director of New Products for CLEAResult, working as the strategic lead on the development, piloting and deployment of new utility service offerings. This focused on energy efficiency, microgrid, and load management for commercial, industrial and residential market sectors.

  • Jeremy Stone Read more

    Involved in around $7bn of value creation. A physician, physiologist and pilot turned technology/financial services/life sciences/social enterprise/aviation and Cryptocurrency/Blockchain entrepreneur and leader of more than 70 deals.

    Founder, CEO, Chair, Biz Developer, CFO (especially turnaround and preparation for investment), COO, Independent Director, institutional and private investor. Voted Seattle Health Innovator, 2015. Translator between science and business, diagnosing core problems, commercial, technical and cultural. Lateral combinatorial innovator, connector and maven – Jeremy Stone build working business models from complementary ideas in often unrelated silos.

    Specializing in Venture Capital, ICOs, Private Equity and Structured Finance. Keen on enterprises with disruptive scale potential at start-up or mature stages.

    Public company CEO, flotations UK/US, change and strategy consulting. Experienced Independent Director on private and public Boards

Moderators and Panelists


  • Bene Archbold Read more

    With over 15 years in sales and business development, Bene has spent the last decade in publishing, research, and conferences within capital markets and the digital marketing industry. At Risk, Operational Risk & Regulation, and Waters Technology, Bene lead the development of FinTech client bases, working with Tier 1 and Tier 2 banks, major global exchange venues, and several of the world’s largest technology firms. While at digital marketing publishing group ClickZ, part of Blenheim Chalcot, Bene lead North American business, introducing competitive research on digital marketing activities within retail and consumer banking.

  • Joel Telpner Read more

    Joel Telpner is a corporate and finance partner in the New York office of the international law firm Sullivan & Worcester and is the head of the Firm’s Fintech and Blockchain Practice Group. He is a seasoned advisor, strategist and problem solver. Mr. Telpner brings more than 30 years of legal experience in a career that includes time as an AmLaw 100 partner, the former U.S. general counsel of a global financial institution, and a venture capitalist. He is a highly sought after legal advisor in the blockchain space.

    – Pioneer in structuring some of the first ICOs and blockchain based applications;
    – Structured the first issuance of digital securities utilizing blockchain technology for Overstock.com and helped in launching Overstock’s distributed ledger platform, tZero;
    – Legal advisor for some of the biggest cryptocurrencies;
    – Led a panel discussion about ICOs and best practices at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January.

    He is working on policy initiatives on global regulatory issues for blockchain on behalf of the Global Blockchain Business Council, the Blockchain Research Institute and Wharton Reg@Tech. He is a member of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance’s Legal Working Group, which focuses on best practices for ICOs, and of the Digital Currency & Ledger Defense Coalition, a coalition of lawyers and academics who focus on the legal issues surrounding digital currency and distributed ledger technology.

    Mr. Telpner has an M.B.A. from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School and a J.D., with distinction, The University of Iowa, and a B.B.A., The University of Iowa.
    He has also had many awards and honors including: “Deal Maker of the Year,” Finance Monthly, 2014 ($1.5 billion issuance by SanDisk); “Lawyer of the Year,” Corporate LiveWire, 2014; New York Super Lawyers (2006-2007; 2013-2018 & The Legal 500 U.S. (2009-2018).

  • Thibault Verbiest Read more

    An attorney in Paris and Brussels since 1993, Thibault Verbiest founded Ulys, a law firm dedicated to new technologies. He was notably able to develop a renowned expertise in legislation pertaining to payments and e-money, gaming and other regulated online activities.

    Between 2000 and 2004, he was the chairman of I’Observatoire des droits de I’intemet, an organisation tasked with advising the Belgian federal government on its policymaking approach towards the internet.  In 2013, he founded two fintechs, including Payservices. Until 2015, he was also partner of investment bank Largillière Finance, which specializes in Fintech M&A.

    ln 2015,  he joined the law firm de Gaulle Fleurance as a partner to create the fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency practice, which has, since then earned a solid reputation before moving to DS Avocats in September 2017 to create the first Pole entirely dedicated to Fintech, Digital Banking and Crypto-finance.

    He is also the co-author of several books, including the first book on blockchain in French and the seminal piece ‘Fintech et Droit”. He regularly contributes to the public debate on blockchain, and is a speaker at fintech-blockchain focused events. He is a legal advisor for a number of ICO’s, exchanges and crypto funds in Europe. He also acts as expert with the European Blockchain Observatory and Forum ancd with the World Bank.

  • Marcelo Garcia Read more

    Marcelo Garcia is a Blockchain Smart Cities Expert with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and IESE. He has spoken at TEDxGeneva presentation and in Davos during the 2018 World Economic Forum. Additionally, he is an advisor to the Blockchain Research Institute.

  • Cristina Dolan Read more

    Cristina Dolan is Co-Founder and COO of iXLedger, an MIT Media Lab alumnae and Internet pioneer with over two decades of experience building software, Internet, AI and FinTech related businesses.

    She was a co-founder of OneMain.com, which grew to be the 10th largest ISP after a successful IPO (Acquired by Earthlink). Formerly, Ms. Dolan held executive roles at Disney, Hearst, IBM and Oracle. 

    She is a member of Forbes Technology Council and the Vice Chair and former Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum in New York, where she hosted several blockchain and fintech events with industry leaders.

    The award-winning student competition she founded, Dream it. Code it. Win it., was the subject of her TEDx Talk, Just Solve It.  She earned a Master’s Degree from the MIT Media Lab and holds a Master of Computer Science and Bachelors of Electrical Engineering with concentrations in Computer Science, Data Communications and Business.

  • Cherie Aimée Read more

    Cherie Aimée is Director of Communications for ShipChain, a tech company offering a blockchain-based solution to unify a multi- trillion dollar freight and logistics industry.

    She is a near-death survivor, heart transplant recipient and ranked #6 of the Top 100 Women in Blockchain. Cherie is an author, media contributor, and featured in major media outlets such as NBC Today Show, NBC News, Megyn Kelly Today, ABC News, Forbes, Thrive Global, and Influencive. She travels the world speaking about technology, leadership, and community. Cherie’s one simple mission is to impact 1 billion lives. She is listed as the Top 18 Woman You Need to Know Now and recently named Female Leader of the Year.

  • Manie Eagar Read more

    Manie Eagar is a published author of the FintechBook: Fintech + Digital Currency — Convergence or Collision? writing on the coming convergence between digital currencies, fintech and blockchain technologies.

    He is a Founder and Chairman of the BC Blockchain Forum and the  Blockchain Association of Canada, the leading industry body representing digital finance, FinTech and distributed ledger technology (blockchain) in Canada.

    The past four years he has focused on deal shaping and making in the new world of digital value finance, mobile media delivery platforms and digital finance 2.0, inspired by the latest cryptocurrency protocols. He has supported a number of startups, growth acceleration, mergers and acquisitions, VC tie-ups and alignments with regulatory compliance.

  • Ignacio Badia Read more

    Bachelor in Science from the Complutense de Madrid University, Ignacio Badia has more than 25 years of experience in strategic consulting and new technologies sector. He currently holds the position of Global Director of Marketing Intelligence & Product Development.

    His professional career began at CSIE where he became Project Manager, being responsible, among other functions, for the relationship with the European Union with regards to information systems.

    In 1997 he joined the company Nexus IT – Icon Medialab, reaching two positions of reference within the company. First, as an Engagement Manager, where the complete cycle of relationship with the client was managed. And second, as Production Director, where he was responsible for the offices of Madrid, Barcelona and Lisbon, leading a team of more than seventy people.

    After that, he assumes the position of Director of Projects and Technology at  Dinsa Soluciones, having the ultimate responsibility for the execution of the Company’s projects.

    Ignacio joins Getronics (formerly named Connectis) in 2005 to lead Presales and Portfolio, as well as a member of the Management Committee.


 Palacio Duques de Pastrana – an emblematic building in Madrid, 15 minutes away from the Madrid Barajas Airport.

A palace and a modern building where past and present coexist in a spectacular location


  • 10:30 – 10:45 Opening – Nana Baffour
    10:45 – 11:30 KEYNOTE: Blockchain Revolution – Alex Tapscott
    11:30 – 12:00 KEYNOTE: Blockchain is Open for Business – Rik Willard
    12:00 – 12:30 COFFEE BREAK
    12:30 – 13:30 Where is Blockchain Working Today? – Rik Willard (Moderator), Alex Puig, Marcelo Garcia, Cristina Dolan, Ignacio Badia
    13:30 – 14:15 KEYNOTE: Blockchain & Energy – Lawrence Orsini
    14:15 – 15:15 NETWORKING LUNCH
    15:15 – 16:00 KEYNOTE: Decentralized Digital Identities and Blockchain (EU) – Alex Puig
    16:00 – 16:45 PANEL: ICOs, Finance & the EU Regulatory Landscape – Alex Puig (Moderator), Thibault Verbiest, Bene Archbold, Joel Telpner
    16:45 – 17:00 Blockchain & Logistics – Rik Willard (Moderator), Manie Eagar, Cherie Aimee
    17:00 – 17:15 COFFEE BREAK
    17:15 – 18:00 SLIDE PRESENTATION: Blockchain Applications in Retail – Rik Willard 
    18:00 – 18:30 Blockchain & Healthcare – Dr. Jeremy Stone 
    18:30 – 19:15 KEYNOTE: Reshaping work and organizations for the decentralized world – Dr. Domenico Lepore
    19:15 – 19:30 Closing
    19:30 – 21:30 Networking Cocktail
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