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Prof. Roman Beck (IT University of Copenhagen)

Roman Beck is a professor at IT University of Copenhagen and Head of the European Blockchain Center. Based on his research output, Roman is ranked among the top 3% of all German professors in business administration. As Blockchain economist, his research focuses on the role of changing nature of work due to Blockchain with focus on governance and value creation in decentralized systems. Roman is Head of the Danish ISO TC 307 Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technology standardization group and as convenor and editor in charge of ISO TS 23635 “Guidelines for Blockchain Governance”. He is the representative of Denmark at the European Blockchain Partnership Technical Working Group at the EU Commission in Brussels for developing the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure. Roman leads the Working Group on Blockchain Ethics for the EU Commission.

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Prof. Michel Avital (Copenhagen Business School)

Michel Avital is a professor of Digitalization at Copenhagen Business School. Digital innovation and entrepreneurship are the leitmotifs of Michel’s work that focuses on technology and organization with an emphasis on its social and organizational aspects. He has published over 100 articles on topics such as blockchain technology, sharing economy, big data, open data, open design, generative design, creativity, innovation, green IT and sustainable value. He is an editorial board member of seven leading IS journals and serves in various organizing capacities in ICIS, AOM, ECIS and other topical conferences. Michel is an advocate of openness and an avid proponent of cross-boundaries exchange and collaboration.

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Prof. Fritz Henglein (University of Copenhagen)

Fritz Henglein is a professor of programming languages and systems at DIKU, the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), previously of Technische Universität München, Rutgers University, IBM Research, New York University, Utrecht University, Hafnium ApS (co-founder) and IT University of Copenhagen. He has held guest professorships at the University of New South Wales, Cornell University, and Kellogg College, Oxford. Additionally, he is also Head of Research at Deon Digital, and directs the UCPH-based Strategic Research Center on Functional High-performance Computing for finance (HIPERFIT), and chairs the steering committee of the Danish Innovation Network on Finance IT (CFIR). His research interests are in semantic, logical, and algorithmic aspects of programming languages, specifically type inference, type-based program analysis, algorithmic functional programming and domain-specific languages, and the application of programming language technology in high-performance stream processing (, data-parallel programming (, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and e-health.

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Prof. Jens Strüker (University of Bayreuth)

Jens Strüker is a professor for Information Systems and Digital Energy Management at the University of Bayreuth and one of the directors of the Fraunhofer Blockchain Lab. Jens is also a deputy director of the Information Management Research Center (FIM) and the Project Group Business & Information Systems Engineering of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT. His research focuses on the potential of blockchain technology for the decarbonisation of the economy. Jens is especially interested in the transfer and quick application of knowledge and sits on the scientific advisory boards of green tech startups, think tanks, transmission grid operators, energy companies and a large German newspaper. 

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Prof. Peter Sestoft (IT University of Copenhagen)

Peter Sestoft is a professor and the head of the Computer Science Department at the IT University of Copenhagen. His interests include functional and managed object-oriented programming languages and their implementation, program transformation, program specification, software development, parallel programming and blockchain technologies.

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Associate Professor Paulo Rupino da Cunha (University of Coimbra)

Paulo Rupino da Cunha is an associate professor of Information Systems with Habilitation and former head of the IS Group at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He holds a Ph.D. (2001) and a M.Sc. (1997) in Informatics Engineering from the University of Coimbra. He has been Adjunct Associate Teaching Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, USA, from May 2009 to Dec 2012, and Visiting Associate at Brunel University, UK, from 2008 to 2010. He has been the Vice-President of the Board of Instituto Pedro Nunes and of IPN-Incubadora – the recipient of the 2010 Word’s Best Science Based Incubator Award. From April 2009 to November 2019 he was Director of Informatics and Systems Lab of Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN). For a period of three years, he was the elected Coordinator of the Informatics Engineering Chapter for the centre region of Portugal of the Portuguese Engineering Association (Ordem dos Engenheiros), and for a two year term he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Department of Informatics Engineering of the University of Coimbra. Has been involved in information systems and software engineering projects for several private and public organisations and regularly participates in the evaluation of R&D projects and start-up pitches. Presently focused on Blockchain, cloud, service systems and business models.

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Associate Professor Omri Ross (University of Copenhagen)

Omri Ross is an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Copenhagen. Having earned his PhD in Mathematical Finance from the University of Cambridge, Omri has published widely in leading journals. Dr Ross has acted as an advisor, consulting with governments, banks, blockchain startups and larger corporations, and is a sought-after speaker on all topics relating to decentralized financial infrastructure.

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Associate Professor Boris Düdder (University of Copenhagen)

Boris Düdder is an associate professor in Software Engineering at the University of Copenhagen. His primary research is formal methods in software engineering, focusing on developing methods for automatic software synthesis with safety and security guarantees. He has obtained his doctoral degree from the Technical University of Dortmund and has 20 years of experience across different technology (including Microsoft Corp.), research (Fraunhofer Institute for Software- and System Engineering, CERN), and consulting companies for banking and finance (software architect).

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Associate Professor Alexandra Andhov (University of Copenhagen)

Alexandra Andhov is an associate professor in Corporate Law and Law and Technology. Alexandra’s research focuses on questions of corporate law, corporate governance, capital markets, law and technology from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective. Her main research interest lies in the integration of legal, economic, and technological analysis, with particular emphasis on more sustainable, inclusive democratic and fair markets. Alexandra is currently working on topics covering blockchain and corporate governance and preparing a manuscript on European Union retail investor protection regulation and new technological innovation through the lens of investor empowerment. Alexandra has been previously a visiting researcher at Cornell Law School, the University of Western Australia, Oxford Law School, Lund University and the University of Turin.

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Associate Professor Jonas Valbjørn Andersen (IT University of Copenhagen)

Jonas Valbjørn Andersen is an associate professor of digital methods and data in organizations with the Information Systems research group and European Blockchain Center at the IT University of Copenhagen. He has a background in strategy and IT and holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems and Management from Warwick Business School. His research focuses on coordination in distributed information systems such as blockchain and DLT systems, online communities, and data ecosystems as well as organisational processes related to algorithmic decision-making. He primarily employs digital trace data analysis in combination with system modelling and simulation based on systems thinking in general and more specifically on a complex adaptive systems approach. His work aims to contribute with insights on strategy, management, and organising related to distributed information systems such as blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), algorithmic decision-making and digitally distributed organisations.

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Guest Speakers and Mentors

Jonas Kasper Jensen

Jonas Kasper Jensen is a visual artist based in Copenhagen. His work is at the intersection of crypto art, painting, and sound art. In his work, he processes ideas about blockchain technology and change. Studied at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts 2012, Copenhagen and Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, 2011. Currently, the editor of NFTs at The Tokenizer, and a research fellow at the European Blockchain Center.

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Jacob Stenum Czepluch

Jacob Czepluch has been working full-time in the Ethereum space since 2015. He started his career by writing his bachelor’s thesis about Ethereum. The thesis was later published as one of the first-ever papers on Ethereum. He has been working at brainbot technologies since then. During this time he worked as a consultant, did smart contract development, contributed to the Raiden Network, and led the development of the Beamer Bridge project. Jacob was also a guest lecturer and mentor at the first Blockchain Summer School and he is very excited to be back.

Lorenzo Gentile

Lorenzo Gentile holds a PhD in Cryptography from IT University of Copenhagen (ITU), supervised by Bernardo David, and has joined the Center for Information Security and Trust (CISAT) as well as collaborated as a Scientific Partner with Concordium. During his PhD studies, he spent a semester at TU Darmstadt where he was supervised by Sebastian Faust and became a member of CROSSING. Lorenzo also holds a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi), where he previously worked as a Research Collaborator at the Department of Mathematics, Osservatori Digital Innovation, and the Business IT Department of ITU. Apart from academia, he gained two years of experience working at Moxoff, a PoliMi spin-off focused on transferring applied mathematics research results, particularly in the areas of mathematical optimization and statistics, to the industry. He has also worked as a Freelance Software Engineer. Currently, his research interests focus on cryptographic protocols for multiparty computation and blockchain applications.

Hans Brorsen

Hans Brorsen is an attorney-at-law in Berlin, a co-founder as well as an advisor of start-ups in the blockchain space and a research associate at the European Blockchain Center. His expertise, research and work center around the intersection of media, (blockchain) technology and the law. He holds degrees from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich as well as King´s College London and has been a visiting research fellow at Bournemouth University.