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EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum
News article27 March 20237 min read

EU Blockchain Observatory & Forum Expert Panel - Phase 3


The EU Blockchain Observatory & Forum is glad to announce the continuation of the collaboration with its Expert Panel. 

In the previous phase of the Observatory, the Members of the Expert Panel provided crucial input and perspectives towards the work of the Observatory. This is a group of 100+ global experts representing a high level of expertise in a variety of fields, sectors and technologies. 

Building on the existing expertise and impressed by the level of engagement, feedback and oftentimes co-creation of the various activities of the Observatory, the Expert Panel will continue its work in the current membership set-up. The first and the second editions of the Observatory gathered a cross-cutting group of experts and in its renewal we want to maintain this tradition. The Panel members have been selected throughout the years of Observatory’s activity with geographical, topical, gender and diversity balance in mind. 

Based on the work that has already been carried out and the extensive engagement from the external experts who supported Observatory’s activities, we are happy to welcome our new members on board:

  • Dr Ioannis Revolidis, Lecturer Media, Communications & Technology Law Faculty of Laws, University of Malta
  • Mariana de la Roche, Regulatory Affairs Expert, IOTA and Co-chair of INATBA Working Group for Social Impact and Sustainability and Leader of the BC100+ Initiative
  • Patrick Hansen, Director, EU Strategy & Policy @Circle
  • Antonio Lanotte, Chartered Tax Adviser and Senior Auditor
  • Laura Kajatzi, Project & Regulatory Affairs Manager, IOTA
  • Dr Leonardo Marques, Audencia Business School

As always, the Expert Panel will provide input to the Observatory’s trend and thematic reports, workshops and other activities, bringing their unique expertise in technical, legal and practitioners’ and academic aspects of the technology. Thank you for all your unique contributions and your active participation in supporting the European blockchain ecosystem!

The European Union Blockchain Observatory and Forum has been developed with the aim to accelerate blockchain innovation and the development of the blockchain ecosystem within the EU, and so help strengthen Europe’s position as a global leader in this transformative new technology.

The full list of the members of the Expert Panel of the European Blockchain Observatory and Forum:

  • Ad Kroft, Program manager, Dutch Blockchain Coalition
  • Agata Ferreira, Assistant Professor at Warsaw University of Technology, law lecturer, advisor, solicitor
  • Agne Kazakauskaite, Fintech consultant, Binance, Crypto Economy Organisation, the Government of Lithuania,
  • Alex Nascimento, Faculty & Co-Founder Blockchain, UCLA
  • Alexi Anania, Research Coordinator, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance
  • Almudena de la Mata Muñoz, Founder and Managing Partner, Blockchain Intelligence/Blockchain Intelligence Law Institute
  • Amit Joshi - CEO, Founder HashPrix
  • Anastasios A. Antoniou, Partner, Antoniou McCollum & Co
  • Anca Bogdana Rusu, EMEA GM and Head of GovTech, Policy and Advocacy, cLabs
  • Andrès Chomczyk Penedo, PhD researcher, Attorney, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Anna Burzykowska - Copernicus Innovation Officer, European Space Agency
  • Anton Hasselgren, Researcher, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  • Antonio Lanotte, Chartered Tax Adviser and Senior Auditor
  • Arnaud Le Hors, Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM
  • Ash Costello - Privacy in blockchain consultant, GDPR Designers
  • Bettina Schneider, Professorship, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW
  • Bianca Hanuz, Lecturer, University of Liverpool
  • Blaž Podgorelec, PhD student, Researcher, University of Maribor
  • Bo Hembæk Svensson - Advisor, Nordic Blockchain Association
  • Burkhard Blechschmidt, Expert Advisor, Spherity / European Commission
  • Carlos Pastor Matut - Blockchain Strategy Director, Inetum; ESSIF Convenor, EBP-EBSI; Identity Commission Lead, Alastria
  • Catarina Ferreira da Silva, Assistant Professor with Habilitation, ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon
  • Charalambos Savvides, Partner, Advocate and Lecturer, Stelios Americanos & Co LLC, University of Nicosia
  • Chris Pilling, Principal Consultant, Fujitsu
  • Christian Aranha, Advisor,
  • Christian Miccoli - Founder and CEO Conio SRL
  • Christof Ferreira Torres, Doctoral Researcher, University of Luxembourg
  • Claudia Di Bernardino - Partner, TMSHELL Law Firm
  • Claudia Sandei, Professor, University of PADOVA
  • Cristina Carrascosa Cobos, Head of practice, Pinsent Masons
  • Daniël Du Seuil, Convenor / Belgian representative, European Self Sovereign Identity Framework (ESSIF) / European Blockchain Partnership (EBP)
  • Daniel Szegö, Independent, Hyperledger Budapest
  • David Galindo - Head of Cryptography,;p Associate Professor in Computer Security, University of Birmingham
  • David Magård, Swedish Ministry of Infrastructure
  • Debora Di Giacomo, Senior Manager, Wavestone
  • Demetrios Tseas, Training Manager, Institute for the Future, Institute of Public, Cyber and National Security
  • Dennis Post, Tax Partner, EY
  • Dominic Briggs, General Partner / Co-Founder, Blockwall / Blockchain Research Institute Europe
  • Dominique Simon, Global General Counsel, Wirex
  • Erick de Moura, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Cartesi
  • Eugenio Reggianini - Manager, CarbonBlue Innovations - Hyperledger Linux Foundation
  • Ezechiel Copic, Head of Official Sector Engagement, cLabs
  • Federico Panisi, Researcher, Stanford University
  • Frederik De Breuck - CDO / CTO, Head of the Fujitsu Blockchain Innovation Center, Fujitsu
  • Galia Kondova, Senior Lecturer and Researcher, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW)
  • György Balázsi, Chief Product Officer, Blockchain Competence Center Ltd.
  • Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes, Healthcare Executive I Board Advisor I WBAF Senator I GBA Ethics Officer, MEDNAX|GBA|WBAF
  • Iñigo Moré, Professor, UC Berkeley Extension
  • Ioannis Revolidis, Lecturer Media, Communications & Technology Law Faculty of Laws, University of Malta
  • Ioannis Vlachos, Energy Markets Expert, Energy Web
  • Irina Albita, Co-founder, FilmChain
  • Ishan Roy, Head, Blockchain, Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency
  • Ismael Arribas, President / Founding Member / Spanish Chapter leader, Kunfud / INATBA / Government Blockchain Association
  • Ivona Skultetyova, Senior Researcher/ Project Officer, European Crowdfunding Network
  • Iwona Karasek-Wojciechowicz, Attorney at Law and Partner in the Karasek & Wejman; associate professor at Jagiellonian University in Cracow/Poland.
  • Jacob Boersma, independent blockchain consultant and member, WBNoDE.ioJai Ramaswamy, Head of Risk, Regulatory and Compliance, cLabs,
  • Jan Klesla, Blockchain Republic Institute, Co-founder; ministerial advisor, Blockchain Republic Institute
  • Jānis Graubiņš, Partner, Verum Capital
  • Jed Grant, Financial engineer, University of Luxembourg
  • Jeffrey Bandman, Principal, Bandman Advisors
  • Jim Mason, Blockchain Practice Leader, Paramount Software Solutions Inc
  • Jolanda ter Maten, Blockchain Trainer & Consultant, TerMaten Business Consultancy
  • Jonas Gross, Chairman at Digital Euro Association and COO at etonec
  • Jörn Erbguth, Legal Tech, Blockchain, Smart Contract and Data Protection Consultant
  • Joshua Ellul - Director of Center for DLT,University of Malta; Chairperson, Malta Digital Innovation Authority
  • Katherine A. Foster, Strategy Director / Lead Consultant, Open Earth Foundation/ UNDP - UNCDF BigFinTech and Sustainable Development Dialogue Paper
  • Koen Vingerhoets, Senior Manager, Deloitte
  • Konstantinos Votis, Senior Researcher, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas/Information Technologies Institute
  • Kristina Lillieneke - Founder/LL.M., Blackbird Law AB
  • Lan van Wassenaer - Senior scientist, Wageningen Economic Research
  • Leïla Nassiri-Jamet, General Counsel, Proxymity
  • Lisa Trujillo, Lead Product Security Engineer, Product Owner & Privacy Consultant, HERE Technologies
  • Luca Boldrin, R&D, InfoCert
  • Manuel Machado, Global Head of Blockchain Solution, MTS Division of Worldline
  • Marcin Piotr Pawłowski - Research Assistant Professor, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Marcin Zarakowski, Attorney-at-law, Legal counsel, Lisk
  • Marcus M. Dapp, Senior Research Assistant, ETH Zürich
  • Maria Grazia Vigliotti - Director, Sandblocks Consulting
  • Maria Minaricova, Director of Business Development,
  • Mariana de la Roche, Regulatory Affairs Expert, IOTA and Co-chair of INATBA Working Group for Social Impact and Sustainability and Leader of the BC100+ Initiative
  • Marina Niforos, Adjunct Professor, The Future of Work, HEC Paris
  • Marta Geater-Piekarska, Director of Ecosystem, The Linux Foundation
  • Martin Pospěch, Founder, Smart Contract Labs
  • Matthew Niemerg - CEO, Aleph Zero Foundation
  • Michael Kolain, Research Associate (Law) and coordinator Transformation of the state in the digital age, German Institute for Public Administration
  • Michal Geci, CEO, NKB Technology
  • Michèle Finck, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and Lecturer in EU Law, Keble College, University of Oxford
  • Miquel Gouarre Baro - Founder & manager, Andorra Telecom
  • Nadia C. Fabrizio - Researchers Account and Foresight Expert CEFRIEL, Politecnico di Milano
  • Nadia Filali, Head of blockchain, Caisse des Dépôts
  • Nasir Zubairi, CEO, The LHoFT
  • Nicolas T. Courtois, Senior Lecturer, University College London
  • Nina-Luisa Siedler, Partner, DWF
  • Patrick Hansen, Director, EU Strategy & Policy @Circle
  • Pedro Roseiro, Executive Board Member, TICE.PT - Portuguese National ICT Cluster
  • Philipp Sandner, Head of Frankfurt School Blockchain Center, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
  • Ramesh Ramadoss, Co-Chair, IEEE Blockchain Initiative
  • Robbert Greenfield, CEO, Emerging Impact
  • Robert Herian, Senior Lecturer in Law, The Open University
  • Sandra Uwantege-Hart, Pacific Cash & Livelihoods Lead, OXFAM / Global Blockchain Business Council
  • Scott Stornetta, Chief Scientist, Yugen Partners
  • Sergio Gonzalez Miranda, Head of Blockchain and R&D innovation programs, atSistemas
  • Stefan Beyer, CEO, Cryptonics Consulting
  • Stefan Junestrand, PhD Architect, Grupo Tecma Red
  • Stefan Kai Loesch - CEO, Institute for Decentralised Crypto Asset Professionals
  • Suzana Mesquita de Borba Maranhão Moreno, Digital Innovation Analyst, BNDES
  • Tadej Slapnik, Director, Hashnet d.o.o.
  • Tim Weingärtner, Professor, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
  • Urko Larrañaga Piedra - Lead of Blockchain, IZERTIS
  • Valeria Portale, Head of the Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Observatory, Politecnico di Milano
  • Vlado Stankovski, Professor of computer science / Scientific and Technical Coordinator, University of Ljubljana / ONTOCHAIN NGI project
  • Wendy Charles, Chief Scientific Officer, Burst IQ
  • Xenofon Kontouris, Business Dev. and Membership Dev. - Finance / Founding Coordinator, INATBA / Decentralized Athens
  • Yannis (Ioannis) Karamitsos, Digital Transformation Technologist-Blockchain Practice, Orange Business Services
  • Zara Zamani - Head of Disruptive Technologies, Meta Bytes


Publication date
27 March 2023