[DA] Room

Pearl Ballroom • Crown Barangaroo, Sydney

A room with 250 participants from across the country and the region. A representative cohort of the digital asset sector. 

The format involved “scene-setting” panel discussions followed by active engagement of those in the room. This unique style of delegate participation ensured the highest quality discussion possible.

The themes of the day incorporated some of the learnings from the previous day’s discussions. There was a particular emphasis on use cases and the practical delivery of technology outcomes, such that regulators and the industry can focus on segments of the space beyond the narratives that have slowed and lowered the tone of conversations. 

[DA] Room – [Wed 26th July]


8:45am – 9:15am

Opening Remarks

The Hon. Minister Anoulack Chanthivong: Opening Address
Richelle Cox: Acknowledgement of Country & Introduction

Session 1

9:15am – 10:10am

Defending Against Fraud and Scams:

Theme: Consumer Protection & Scams
Raising sectoral awareness through the understanding of attack vectors, redefining the enemy and the battle ahead to educate consumers

Katherine Mansted, CyberCX
Chengyi Ong, Chainalysis
Isabella Chase, TRM Labs
Simon Callaghan, Blockchain Australia

Session 2

10:10am – 11:00am

Developing a Custody Framework in and for Australia:

Theme: Custody
Securing the future of the digital asset ecosystem, understanding the rules, regulations and governance of the storage and management of digital assets.

Shane Verner, Fireblocks
Caroline Bowler, BTC Markets
Daniel Gillespie, Centrality
Samar Sen, Talos

Session 3

11:30am – 12:25pm 

Australia’s role in the region:

Theme: World View
A snapshot of the past, present and future of digital assets. A view from outside the local bubble. Opportunity knocking, opportunity lost or an opportunity we should ignore.

Amanda Wick, Association for Women in Cryptocurrency
John Ho, Standard Chartered Bank
Katie Mitchell, Coinbase
Shihyun Chia, VerifyVASP

Session 4

12:25pm – 1:15pm

The Case for Stricter Regulation of the Digital Assets Sector in Australia:

Theme: Regulatory Perimeter
The certainty of a less uncertain future. How global trends are reshaping the regulatory landscape in Australia and its impact on the creation of catalysts for innovation and consumer protections.

Natasha Blycha, Stirling and Rose
Hannah Glass, King & Wood Mallesons
Susannah Wilkinson, Herbert Smith Freehills

Session 5

2:15pm – 3:00pm

Real World Applications of Digital Assets and Distributed Ledger Technology: 

Theme: Use Cases
Building infrastructure and capability for Australia 3.0. The path towards a digitally native economy that bridges the tech innovation deficit.

Amy Zhang, Fireblocks
Laszlo Peter, KPMG
Drew Bradford, JellyC

Session 6

3:00pm – 3:45pm

The new face of money: 

Theme: Payments, Stablecoins & CBDCs
The challenge of adapting systems in the face of emergent decentralized alternatives and expectations in UX experience. Payment infrastructure and the dilemma of systemic opportunity giving rise to systemic risk.

Ashok Venkateswaran, Mastercard
Karl Mohan, Crypto.com
Rob Waugh, NAB
Will Remor, MakerDAO

Session 7

4:15pm – 5:15pm

ESG Considerations for Digital Assets:
Web3, AI & the protocol frontier

Theme: ESG
Exploring the environmental, social, and governance implications of digital assets and a path to promoting sustainability and responsible innovation.

Lisa Wade, DigitalX
Rob Allen, The Hashgraph Association
Peter Moulton, Sensand

Theme: Web3, AI & the protocol frontier
A message from the future

Anthony Sassano, The Daily Gwei

Session 8

5:15pm – 5:30pm

[DA] Wrap

Closing remarks

[The Event Themes]

Engage in industry-led discussions on the future of the Australian digital asset landscape, covering the following themes.

Asset Management


Cybercrime & Fraud


Market Integrity


Tokenisation & Fractionalisation


Compliance & Enforcement


FATF Guidelines

MiCA & The FCA


Track & Trace

APAC Region

Consumer Protections

Digital Asset Hubs

Financial Stability

Open Banking & CDR



Banking & FSI’s

Cross Border Payments

Digital Wallets & Storage

Institutional Adoption

Payments Providers

Singapore & MAS

Trading & Liquidity

BIS & FSB Guidance

Custody Management

Due Diligence

Macro Trends

Regulatory Perimeter

Tax Treatment

Velocity & Volatility