Smart Centres Index: The Environment For The Development Of New Financial Services
Dinner & Discussion

How have different parts of the world been responding to the growth of distributed ledgers and smart technology? Is this reflected in their regulatory and legal systems? What are the implications for investors? The Smart Centres Index looks to score differing jurisdictions in terms of their readiness to engage with distributed ledger technology and applications, alongside their general competitiveness. It will be looking at identity, documentation and agreements, regulation, payments and currencies. A guide for both investment and regulatory decisions, the Index will provide a snapshot of developing trends in a space that affects everyone.

Speaker: Mike Wardle worked as a Civil Servant for almost 20 years mostly within the field of education policy. He was then a director and then Chief Executive of the General Social Care Council establishing the regulation of social workers. Mike's career moved into consultancy, programme management and coaching and he has worked with Z/Yen for six years delivering programme management services to the Church of England, Unison and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust. Mike currently works as Head of Indices for Z/Yen, managing its work on the development of the Global Financial Centres Index and the establishment of the new Global Green Finance Index.

Speaker: Apolline Blandin is a full-time researcher on Cryptocurrency and Blockchain and research manager at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), Cambridge Judge Business School. Apolline’s research focuses on the cryptoasset industry and cryptoasset regulation. She co-authored two reports on the cryptoasset ecosystem and its regulatory landscape.

The overall programme for this event is:

  • 18.00 Registration and Reception
  • 18.30 Speaker presentation and Q & A
  • 19.45 Dinner
  • 21.30 Close

Thursday, 27 June 2019

18:00 - 21:30


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    Mike Wardle
    Head Of Indices
    Z/Yen Group Limited
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    Apolline Blandin
    Research Manager
    Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), Cambridge Judge Business School.

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