2023 Agenda

The DC Blockchain Summit featured programming for policymakers, business leaders, and investors, serving as a platform to discuss the critical issues that will define the future of our industry for decades to come.

If you are interested in participating or speaking at the DC Blockchain Summit 2023, please contact us. 

Agenda subject to change.

8:00 AM 


9:00 AM 

The U.S. Must Lead

U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus

Hear from U.S. House Majority Whip and Congressional Blockchain Caucus Co-Chair on how blockchain technology and digital assets can help the U.S. win the technological ‘space race’.

9:10 AM 

Applying the “Future of Trust” Framework to the Blockchain and Digital Asset Ecosystem

Michael Bondar, Principal | Enterprise Trust Leader, Deloitte Consulting 

9:20 AM

Freedom Forward: The State of the Digital Asset Market and Our Vision for the Future

Perianne Boring, Founder & CEO, Chamber of Digital Commerce

9:30 AM

Forward Thinking: Policies Shaping the Digital Asset Markets, Act I

Kristin Johnson, Commissioner, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Summer K. Mersinger, Commissioner, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Moderator: Lee A. Schneider, General Counsel, Ava Labs

A fireside chat with the CFTC.

9:50 AM

Keynote: FinCEN Acting Director Him Das

Him Das, Acting Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network

10:00 AM

Building Trust: Understanding the Complexities and Policy Considerations of Decentralization

Rashan A. Colbert, Head of Policy, dYdX Trading 
Jonathan Jachym
, Global Head of Policy, Kraken

Kathy Kraninger, VP Regulatory Affairs, Solidus Labs
Erik Voorhees, Founder, ShapeShift
Moderator: Angie Lau, Co-Founder, Co-CEO, Forkast Labs

Decentralized exchanges and lending platforms have both performed safely and securely this year despite market turmoil. DeFi protocols offer immense benefits to the U.S. financial system related to accessibility, autonomy, security, and transparency. This panel discusses the risks and benefits of centralized decision making in DeFi and how legislative or regulatory action will impact its availability and accessibility in the U.S.

10:35 AM

The U.S. Government’s View of the Cryptocurrency Landscape

Sanjeev Bhasker, U.S. Digital Currency Counsel, Digital Currency Initiative, U.S. DOJ, Money Laundering & Asset Recovery Section/NCET
Matt Cronin, Director of National Cybersecurity, Office of the National Cyber Director
Sandra Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Financial Stability Oversight Council, Department of Treasury
Moderator: Sid Mody, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP

This panel offers a unique perspective of U.S. government officials and how their unique positions play an important role in shaping the various legal issues facing the cryptocurrency industry today and into the future. 

11:05 AM

Refreshment Break

11:25 AM

The Crypto Chronicles: The Remittance Riddle

11:35 AM

Pushing Back on SEC Regulation by Enforcement – A Discussion of the Chamber’s Ripple and Wahi Amicus Briefs

Daniel T. Stabile, Co-Chair, Digital Assets & Blockchain Technology Group, Winston & Strawn LLP
Lilya Tessler, Partner, Head of FinTech and Blockchain Group, Sidley Austin LLP
Annemarie Tierney, Senior Strategic Advisor, Chamber of Digital Commerce

The SEC insists on imposing arbitrary and stealthy backdoor variations of “regulation by enforcement” that threaten a well-functioning digital assets ecosystem for the industry and investors alike. How can the industry counter the SEC’s political agenda and mitigate the unintended consequences that may result from such a short-sighted and irresponsible posture?

11:55 AM

Making it Real: Unlocking Economic Opportunity in the Metaverse

Jennifer Fowler, Director of Fintech Policy, Meta 
Moderator: Wendy Henry, Global & US Blockchain & Digital Assets Lead, Deloitte Consulting

The metaverse is at a critical early stage in its development. Estimates indicate that the metaverse economy could be worth more than $3 trillion globally in a decade. This session will discuss principles to promote responsible innovation that bolsters the economic potential of the metaverse.

12:10 PM

The Role of Compliance Solutions

Katherine Dowling, Executive Management, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Bitwise Asset Management
Erin Fracolli, Head of Intelligence and Investigations, Americas, Binance.com 
Marina Khaustova, Chief Executive Officer, Crystal Blockchain Analytics
Lana Schwartzman, Head of Regulatory and Compliance, Notabene 

Moderator: Jamal El-Hindi, Counsel, Clifford Chance US LLP

What is the appropriate role of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance solutions in tracing illicit funds and preventing criminal behavior in the digital asset industry? Join this panel’s discussion on the latest trends, best practices for compliance, recent cases, and key challenges facing the community in a fast-evolving regulatory system.

12:30 PM

Beyond Bank Failures: Rethinking the Role of Traditional Banks in the Crypto Age

John Avery, VP Web3, FIS
Glenn Barber, Head of Sales Americas, Copper.co

Glenn Morgan, SVP, Digital Assets Practice Leader, Aon
Jim F. Vivenzio, Senior Counsel, Perkins Coie LLP, Former Director for BSA/AML Policy, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Moderator: Mike Castiglione, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Digital Assets, Eventus

Many believe that protecting institutional investment in digital assets is necessary for markets to flourish. From custody to trading, financing, staking, and governance – this panel discusses what it will take for more “TradFi’ institutions to enter this space and more importantly, how new entrants will impact the industry’s future. 

1:05 PM


1:55 PM

The Crypto Chronicles: Building Back with Blockchain

2:05 PM

Technological Innovation in the Nation’s Capital

Karima M. Woods, Commissioner, District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking

2:10 PM

Proof of Reserves: Don’t Trust, Verify

Brian Consolvo, Principal – Technology Risk Management, KPMG
Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, Texas State Representative and Chair of the Texas Innovation & Technology Caucus 
Rana Kortam,
Director, Global Public Policy, Binance.com

Moderator: Nic Carter, General Partner, Castle Island Ventures

It’s imperative that investors and customers have the certainty that their funds are properly managed. The growth of the digital asset industry has resulted in uneven and inconsistent methods for proving the existence of reserves to meet customer liabilities. This panel will discuss such policies as Proof of Reserves that, in the absence of regulatory guidance, can maintain a transparent system and restore confidence in our industry.

2:40 PM

Forward Thinking: Policies Shaping the Digital Asset Markets, Act II

Caroline D. Pham, Commissioner, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Moderator: Perianne Boring, Founder & CEO, Chamber of Digital Commerce

A fireside chat with the CFTC.

2:55 PM

Afternoon Refreshment Break

3:20 PM

The Crypto Chronicles: The Green Rush: How Bitcoin Mining is Transforming Rural America

3:25 PM

Crypto-Asset Reporting: Tax Accounting for Digital Assets

Erin Fennimore, Global Head of Tax Solutions, TaxBit
Julie A. Foerster, Project Director, Digital Assets, IRS
Rob Massey, Partner, Global Tax Leader, Blockchain and Digital Assets, Deloitte Tax LLP
Lisa Zarlenga, Partner, Chair of Tax Policy Group, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Moderator: Cody Carbone, VP Policy, Chamber of Digital Commerce

Digital assets represent the next evolution in increasing efficiency of financial and non-financial transactions. Due to their pervasive impact and exponential increase in adoption, unclear or unfit tax and accounting guidance of digital assets is the leading roadblock to institutional adoption. This panel gets down to the brass tacks of what type of tax and accounting framework is needed moving forward.

3:55 PM

The Power of Financial Innovation

U.S. Rep. French Hill, Chair, Subcommittee on Digital Assets, Financial Technology and Inclusion

Join this presentation to hear how innovative technologies like blockchain are transforming the financial landscape, and how the latest trends and cutting-edge developments are creating new opportunities for growth and investment.

4:05 PM

Impact by Innovation: How Blockchain Impacts Humanitarian Aid and Charitable Giving

Candace Kelly, Chief Legal Officer, Stellar Development Foundation
Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President, Open Dialogue Foundation
Roya Mahboob, CEO & Co-Founder, Digital Citizen Fund
Kevin Peach, Chief Operating Officer, DSC SVDP-USA
Christian Pennotti, Senior Director, Market Based Approaches, CARE 
Moderator: Sena Loyd, President, Web3 ID Coalition

Blockchain technology, decentralized finance and self-sovereign identity make almost anything possible. From low-cost money transfers to purchasing goods and services, more use cases are being built every day and are benefiting society in new ways.

4:45 PM

God Bless Bitcoin The Movie

Perianne Boring, Founder & CEO, Chamber of Digital Commerce
Brian Estes, CEO & CIO, Off the Chain Capital; and Lead Executive Producer, God Bless Bitcoin

Exclusive opportunity to view the trailer and hear from the executive producers of the feature documentary to be released in early 2024.

5:00 PM

Bitcoin Mining: Revitalizing a District

U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, U.S. Congressman, Texas 17th Congressional District
Tom Mapes, Director, Energy Policy, Chamber of Digital Commerce
Brian Morgenstern, Head of Public Policy, Riot

Riot, one of the leading Bitcoin miners in America, is revitalizing the community in Rockdale, Texas. Join us as we discuss how mining can create jobs, educational programs, and a stronger energy grid

5:15 PM

Future of Energy: How Digital Asset Mining Can Advance Energy Development in the U.S. and Abroad

Gabriel Ibghy, General Counsel, HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd. 
Matthew Schultz
, Executive Chair, CleanSpark
Fred Thiel, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Marathon Digital Holdings
Moderator: MacKenzie Sigalos, Technology Reporter, CNBC

Proof of Work mining has an opportunity to disrupt not only finance as we know it, but also the energy landscape. Transitioning to alternative energy sources requires significant investments in new energy technology, and different perspectives from the status quo. This panel explores the truth with real energy experts and scientists discussing how mining clan advance energy development into the future.

5:50 PM

Special Announcement

Perianne Boring, Founder & CEO, Chamber of Digital Commerce

6:00 PM-7:00 PM

Cocktail Reception

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