Blockchain in the Finance Industry: How far will it go? – 11 May 2021

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

9am-10am CEST (5pm-6pm AEST)

ABIE France is pleased to partner with the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) to host a webinar on the recent developments in blockchain and what that means for the future of finance.

Blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies (DLT) have significant implications for the current and future financial services sector. These range from the threat posed by DeFi (decentralised finance) aiming to remove the role of intermediaries like banks and payment service providers, to Central Bank Digital Currencies, which could fundamentally change monetary policy transmission tools, as well as innovations within existing services, such as smart-contract based insurance contracts or the tokenisation of physical or digital-native assets.

In this webinar, our panel will explore what blockchain developments mean for the future of finance and how the industry might look in the years to come.

With speakers:

• Caroline MalcolmBlockchain and Tax Lead, and Founder of the Global Blockchain Policy Centre, OECD
• Michael Bacina, Partner, Piper Alderman
• Mathew Keeley, CEO, Grow Super

The webinar will be moderated by Dr Dimitrios Salampasis, Director, Master of Financial Technologies and Lecturer of FinTech Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Swinburne Business School, Swinburne University of Technology.

Register for the Webinar HERE

Registrations close Monday, 10th May at 8am CEST.

ABIE France Members  I  Complimentary

Via Zoom Webinar
Zoom link details will be sent to participants the day prior to the event


Caroline Malcolm  I  Blockchain and Tax Lead, and Founder of the Global Blockchain Policy Centre, OECD

Caroline is the senior advisor on blockchain and tax at the OECD, and formerly, founder of the Global Blockchain Policy Centre. Caroline has worked on a diverse range of blockchain-related policy issues, such as fintech, competition policy, data privacy, and supply chains. In 2020, Caroline was named “Young Global Leader” by the World Econnomic Forum, and was a judge in the G20 techsprint hackathon. In 2019, Caroline co-led the Financial Stability Board’s workstream on decentralised fintech.

Michael Bacina  l  Partner, Piper Alderman

Michael leads the Blockchain Group at Piper Alderman lawyers in Sydney. As a former software developer, Michael has a keen interest in technology and has been advising blockchain projects for the last four years. He serves on the Board of Blockchain Australia and on the Board of the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce and presents at blockchain events around the world. Michael holds a Bachelors of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University, and a Masters of Laws from the University of New South Wales.

Mathew Keeley  I  CEO, Grow Super

Mathew Keeley is a founding member and CEO of GROW Inc and also serves on its board of directors.

Mathew’s vision is to drive positive change for millions of people around the world through powerful technology, empowering businesses, developers, and entrepreneurs to create the future of finance.

Mathew is a Certified Financial Planner and Superannuation Specialist who, prior to starting GROW, worked with some of Australia’s most prestigious accounting and financial planning firms and launched his own HNW advisory firm Churpa Wealth (acquired by Profile Financial Services in 2018).

In addition to his work in FinTech, Mathew has played and coached rugby league in Australia and the United States. Mathew is also a keen trail runner, amateur photographer and enjoys getting back to his family farm whenever he can.


Dr Dimitrios Salampasis  l  Director, Master of Financial Technologies and Lecturer of FinTech Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Swinburne Business School, Swinburne University of Technology

Dr. Dimitrios Salampasis is the Director, Master of Financial Technologies and Lecturer of FinTech Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Swinburne Business School, Swinburne University of Technology. Dimitrios is a Visiting Professor of FinTech at the University of Québec at Rimouski, Canada, a Blockchain and FinTech Fellow at the Singapore University of Social Sciences and a Visiting Faculty at the School of Management in Fribourg, Switzerland. Dimitrios is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Senior Associate within the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Dimitrios has a PhD in Industrial Engineering Business and Management from the Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland and two Executive Programme Certificates from Harvard Business School and Columbia Business School. Dimitrios has completed studies in Greece, Norway, Luxembourg, Finland and the USA.

Prior to joining academia, Dimitrios worked in the management consulting industries being involved in global advisory and consulting activities on emerging market investing, assisting companies in developing long-term strategic focus and sustainable market business strategies. Dimitrios is publishing in international peer-reviewed academic journals and books and his work is regularly presented in major international conferences and invited keynote speeches and lectures around the world.

Dimitrios is interested in the organisational, human, technological and societal sides of innovation and open innovation in financial services and FinTech innovation. His research, teaching, industry engagement and advisory work revolve around FinTech entrepreneurship and sustainable development, open banking and ecosystem-driven FinTech business models, blockchain-based business models and SGDs, quantum computing for business, digital transformation in banking and FinTech education.

Dimitrios is serving as a mentor and advisor for many start-ups and scale ups in Australia and abroad and is regularly involved in advisory work with key private, public and governmental stakeholders of the Australian and international FinTech and broader business ecosystem.