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Blockchain and Its Potential
The internet is entering a second era that is based on blockchain. The last few decades brought us the internet of information. We are now witnessing the rise of the internet of value. Where the first era was sparked by a convergence of computing and communications technologies, this second era will be powered by a clever combination of cryptography, mathematics, software engineering and behavioral economics. It is blockchain technology, also called distributed ledger technology. Like the internet before it, the blockchain promises to upend business models and disrupt industries. It is pushing us to challenge how we have structured society, defined value and rewarded participation.
Dr. Lawrence Ma, Ph.D.
President of Hong Kong Blockchain Society and CEO of eMALI.IO
Dr. Lawrence Ma has over 25 years of academics, finance and technology development and business experiences. He is currently the President of Hong Kong Blockchain Society, Committee Member of China’s Central University of Finance and Economic’s Da Xin Blockchain Research Center Expert Committee Society and co-founder and CEO of eMALI.IO.
Inaugurated in 2017, in Hong Kong Blockchain Society is dedicated to take part in building a vibrant blockchain community and ecosystem in Hong Kong. eMALI is a Hong Kong based blockchain company. The primary focus of eMALI is to develop blockchain applications in Public and Fin/Insur Tech sectors. eMALI has been (Dec 2016) chosen as a winner of AIA Blockchain Global Challenge; a competition with entries from 19 countries.
Professional Career: National University of Singapore (Lecturer, Department of Mathematics), Man-Drapeau Research (Head of Quantitative Group), Orbrich (China) International Factors (COO & Director), Bain for Greater China- Bain & Company (Senior Consultant), Fortel Solutions Limited (CEO), eMALI.io (Co-Founder & CEO).
He received his BA in Mathematics from Yale University, MS in Mathematics from Stanford University, and PhD in Mathematics from Cornell University.
Kevin Woo, J.D.
Member of the Legal Committee of the Hong Kong Blockchain Society
Kevin is currently member of the legal committee of the Hong Kong Blockchain Society, Kevin had obtained a dual-degree in finance and logistics, a Juris Doctor and the PCLL and has been admitted to legal practice in Hong Kong.
Kevin has been involved in blockchain education with a legal focus in numerous occasions, having speaking engagements over the last year at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and as a speaker at the City University of Hong Kong regarding the legal status of blockchain, leading a lecture on blockchain and the law and as a mentor for a Hong Kong-wide student competition. He has also been a judge of a blockchain-themed student competition organized by Zhejiang University.
Outside of education at institutions, Kevin represented the Hong Kong Blockchain Society at the WHub Un-Conference at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre for a Q&A session on blockchain applications to businesses. In 2018, Kevin has moderated a CPD blockchain panel for the Law Society of Hong Kong again at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and was invited to Taiwan for the “Asia Blockchain Summit”.
Kevin was also a contributor to the bilingual book “In Blockchain We Trust”, authoring the chapters on smart contracts and Initial Coin Offerings (ICO), which was released earlier last year. He also authors a periodic multi-jurisdictional update on crypto-related developments. His research interests include ICO regulations, crypto-compliance developments over different jurisdictions, ‘trustless’ legal consensus protocols and General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
Professionally, Kevin has advised on the legality and development of cryptocurrencies in Hong Kong as well as what blockchain can and cannot do in its present form. He has also advised private clients seeking advice on the legal status and risks of their ICO’s.