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Blockchain: Ready or Not - A Primer for Board Members

February 15, 2018
Montclair, NJ

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Member Price: $50
Non-Member Price: $65



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You may have heard about blockchain but don't understand why you and your businesses should care. Attend the February 15 session and hear experts give non-technical explanations of why blockchain may revolutionize how businesses operate and even be the difference between success and failure. The blockchain "train" has already left the station and no director can afford to be left behind. 


Discussion Leaders


Horacio Barakat
Vice President of Corporate Strategy
Broadridge Financial Solutions

Horacio Barakat is Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Broadridge Financial Solutions, a leading financial technology provider of investor communications and technology-driven solutions for broker-dealers, banks, and mutual funds. Broadridge has been piloting blockchain solutions for repurchase agreement markets and collateral management, and re-imagining the proxy voting process on blockchain to increase transparency.

Prior to joining Broadridge, Horacio has held a variety of roles in investment banking at Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and Sterne Agree, providing M&A and capital raising advice to financial services and financial technology firms.

An often quoted expert on blockchain, Horacio is a frequent speaker at significant events, including the NACD 2017 Global Summit.


Krishna Ratakonda 
IBM Fellow and CTO
Blockchain Solutions

Krishna Ratakonda is an IBM Fellow and CTO, Blockchain Solutions. He is responsible for the architecture and technical roadmap for all IBM blockchain solutions. In this role, he has been engaged with  a diverse set of industry players in areas including food safety, financial clearing and settlements, and container shipping.

Krishna has twice won IBM's top technical award for breakthrough technical innovations in solving client problems.

He has a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has 40+ patents and multiple best paper awards in signal processing and operations research.


Segrid Seibold 
Principal, Advisory - Capital Markets
KPMG in the US

Sigrid Seibold has more than 20 years experience in the banking and capital markets industry. After developing expertise in FX trading, she moved to IBM's strategy group for 10 years, and then in 2006 to Accenture for 9 years, where she became Global Digital Lead for Capital Markets and established Accenture's basis for its blockchain market presence.

Over the next several years, Sigrid worked across multiple geographies in European financial hubs and Singapore, before moving back to New York. Sigrid is an author of technology articles in a wide variety of major newspapers including the Wall Street Journal. Joining KPMG as Principal in the Capital Markets division, Sigrid has a core focus on technology and is a recognized KPMG expert in blockchain.


Location and Time


Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Networking & Cocktails/Buffet Dinner
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Program and Q&A



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