Thinkers360
Interested in getting your own thought leader profile? Get Started Today.

Dinis GUARDA

CEO and Founder at ztudium

London, Greater London,, United Kingdom

115315 Followers

Listed in various top 100 / 10% / 1% Most Influential People in Fintech / Blockchain / Social media / Insurtech / AI:
Top People In Blockchain by Cointelegraph https://top.cointelegraph.com/ and https://cryptoweekly.co/100/
http://info.rightrelevance.com/blockchain-twitter-analysis-aug-1-sep20/
https://www.rise.global/top-fintech-people/p/2246701/r/2442265
http://www.onalytica.com/blog/posts/blockchain-top-100-influencers-brands/

I am a doer, CEO, board member and digital and crypto economics driver and evangelist. I create and help companies, organisations gain greater value and maximise Return on Investment and Return on Attention in a digital disruptive world.
I created a bank between Africa and Asia, managed crowdsale campaigns and multiple startups worth over hundreds of millions of dollars.
I work with new tech, digital, cryptocurrencies, drive ICOs, regulation, compliance, legal international processes, and have created and involved in various new digital top 100 digital currencies.

20+ years experience in international business and digital transformation. I love teamwork & meritocracy!
I have been a Lecturer and Speaker in international business schools: Cambridge, Copenhagen Business School, INSEEC, Monaco University among others.
I am a writer/author with over 20 books/ebooks/magazines published in various languages.

I am a strategist, curator, programmer, producer, advisor and work and have been working with organisations such as UN, UNESCO, Governments, Central banks, Financial authorities, think tanks, Greenpeace, Tate Modern/UK, Centre George Pompidou/Paris, ARS ELECTRONICA/Austria, ITAU/Brasil, TV programs.

Expertise, experience: Internet, Blockchain, AI, cryptocurrencies, Initial Coin Offers, Investment, Bitcoin, Big data, Media, Social media, Fintech, Apps, Management, Video, SEO, Conceptual strategies, Content, Digital Healthcare, Tech, Events, Planning, Purchasing, Publishing, Marketing, Localisation, Community, Branding, PR, Finance.

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: London, UK
Speaking Topics: 4IR – Fourth Industrial Revolution, Society 5.0, Blockchain, AI, Fintech, IOT, Digital transformation and technology and innovation to global audience

Speaking Fee $10,000

Dinis GUARDA Points
Academic 20
Author 797
Influencer 1515
Speaker 82
Entrepreneur 80
Total 2494

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

Thought Leader Profile

Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Company Type: Company
Business Unit: technology, media, research, blockchain, AI, fintech, R&D
Theatre: UK, EU, Asia, World
Media Experience: 9 years

Areas of Expertise

AI 36.17
AR/VR 33.94
Big Data 38.35
Blockchain 92.76
Business Continuity 45.18
Business Strategy 30.08
Change Management 30.16
Cloud 32.16
COVID19 33.47
CRM
Cryptocurrency 49.05
Culture 30.56
Cybersecurity 30.97
Design Thinking 30.62
Digital Disruption 33.49
Digital Transformation 34.83
Edtech 31.19
Emerging Technology 32.13
Entrepreneurship 34.89
ERP
Fintech 62.69
Govtech 31.05
Health and Wellness 31.23
Innovation 40.50
IoT 31.68
Leadership 34.62
Lean Startup
Marketing 36.37
Open Innovation 31.01
Predictive Analytics
Public Relations 32.10
Sales 30.22
Social 34.73
Startups 34.27
Supply Chain 30.11
Sustainability 36.00
Autonomous Vehicles
RPA 31.06
Quantum Computing 30.27
Ecosystems 30.65
Smart Cities 53.60
Healthtech 31.69
Future of Work 30.77
Management 30.61
Digital Twins 38.65
Mental Health 33.64
Analytics 30.25
Customer Experience 30.15
5G 32.21
Climate Change 31.63
Diversity and Inclusion 31.28
CSR 32.04
Privacy 30.26
Security 31.35
Metaverse 62.81
NFT 51

Industry Experience

Financial Services & Banking
Healthcare
High Tech & Electronics
Higher Education & Research
Insurance
Media
Professional Services
Retail
Textiles Production

Publications

2 Academic Certifications
Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
September 30, 2018
The Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme is designed to cohesively integrate relevant information
on blockchain that speaks to this category of business decision-makers, by showcasing the best use cases,
value propositions, and innovation strategies in the blockchain industry.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Emerging Technology, Innovation

MA Thesis Emotional Disorders Dinis Guarda
University of Sourth Bank / Dinis Guarda
October 23, 2009
Emotional (Dis)(Orders
Memory, Affect, Play & Web Arcades
LONDON SOUTH BANK UNIVERSITY

Student: Dinis Guarda
Emotional (Dis)(Orders Memory, Affect, Play & Web Arcades My purpose in this final thesis is to reflect upon the parallels between the World Wide Web and The Arcades Project where Benjamin managed his efforts to represent and to critique the bourgeois experience of nineteenth-century history, and, in so doing, to liberate the suppressed "true history" perception that underlay the ideological mask of time and creation of meaning. The whole WWW (World Wide Web) - in the bustling, cluttered, technological, search engine- and user-generated digital arcades, streets and interior merging - is a fascinating parallel to Benjamin’s Arcades and also a powerful equivalent process to the present production and creation of thinking, ideas and art.

See publication

Tags: Big Data, Innovation, Fintech

80 Article/Blogs
Lisa Short, Global Influencer On Blockchain And EdTech - Equality, Empowerment And The Power Of Tech
Dinis Guarda
April 26, 2022
Professor Lisa Short is recognised as one of the top thought leaders and influencers in the world to follow for her work in digital tech, blockchain, crypto assets and EdTech. Lisa is a preeminent innovator, systemic change digital technology analyst, strategist & design ecosystem thinker with vast international experience founding & managing multiple companies and significant cutting-edge digital technology, value chain improvement projects, across different industry segments, and global markets including UK, APAC, Africa, Singapore, Europe & UAE.

Interview Questions

1. Prof Short’s Background
2. Bridging academics with business and technology
3. Implementing the basics to practice (bridging principles to business): real-time cases
4. Case study of work done in Africa
5. Examples of work with United Nations
6. About discrimination with women at work
7. About EdTech

Lisa Short Biography

As Founder of Areté Business Performance, Mind Shifting, Hephaestus Collective Limited, P&L Digital Edge Ltd & Africa Agri Tech Ltd, and inventor of several Patents, Professor Lisa Short is at the driving force of digital technology enabled by resilient, cyber healthy businesses & people, fuelled by inclusion & education, and driven by impact commercially, and for a better place to live and work.

Authoring multiple papers, articles & reports, her current work includes co-authoring books on blockchain enabled ecosystems for higher and continuing education, and on blockchain, data, AI, IoT, privacy and cyber health for business. Appointed to the Global Foundation for Cyber Studies & Research as an expert Senior Policy Analyst, Lisa leads and is Group Chair of the Special Interest Group, CySME that focuses on cyber public health and research to support SME's and start-ups. Professor Short holds multiple Board Roles for EWOR, UK Cyber Security Association and International Cyber Security Expo.

A motivational and influential international leader Professor Short is regularly invited to analyse and resolve through digital technology some of the most pressing complex and difficult socio-economic problems.

Professor Short has delivered and worked with the United Nations; the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates; the Kairos Society EU, International Network of Appropriate Technology, UN Women; the International Immersive Learning Networks; The 36 Group; The UK Cyber Security Council Formation Project, and AAPG’s for Blockchain and AI in London

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech, Edtech

How metaverse is marking new chapter in our cultural history
CNBC tv18
January 03, 2022
One can find an early, radical iteration of the metaverse in the cutting-edge sci-fi film The Matrix, written and directed by the Wachowskis in 1999. Set in a dystopian future where artificial intelligence (AI) has outsmarted the minds that created it, the film portrays human beings trapped in a fictional, computer-generated world. Neo, the main character, is a prisoner of the Matrix and is pursued by a group of mysterious, undercover rebels who want him to join them. But, instead, he is offered a blue pill and a red pill by Morpheus, the rebel faction leader. The blue pill would allow him to remain within the Matrix and erase the memory of the rebels, while the red pill would help him escape from the Matrix and experience the real world for the first time.

See publication

Tags: Leadership, Culture, Metaverse

4IR And Huawei Connect 2021 – A Deep Dive Into The Digital
openbusinesscouncil.org
October 25, 2021
On September 23, on the first day of the Huawei Connect 2021, the company revealed a White Paper called ‘Intelligent World 2030’ where it forecasted what the world would be like in ten years from now. Huawei’s Intelligent World 2030 report went through eight domains: healthcare, food, living spaces, transportation, cities, enterprises, energy, and digital trust. Powered by next-generation information technologies, health will be computable; people will enjoy higher quality of life; food production can be driven up by data; cities will become more livable; buildings will become greener; travel will become more convenient than ever; industries will become more intelligent; and trust will become more widespread in society.

See publication

Tags: 5G, Digital Transformation, Smart Cities

Huawei Connect 2021 – A Deep Dive Into The Digital
Intelligenthq.com
October 22, 2021
‘Re-imagine digital’ is the slogan by which Huawei stands this year. Following in the tradition of Huawei Connect yearly events, the company is hosting a month-long series of panel talks from world-class experts unveiling everything the 4IR has to offer: from smart transportations, through green industry, to smart wireless networks. The event is to take place from the 23rd of September to 31st of October and can be streamed online, through the Huawei website live.

See publication

Tags: 5G, AR/VR, Digital Transformation

This Is How China Is Leading 5G Adoption By Offering 480k 700 MHz Base Stations In 2021
openbusinesscouncil.org
October 08, 2021
Strategy Analytics predicts that 2021 will be another bumper year for infrastructure vendors in China. The launch of the 700Mhz new frequency band and the offering of over 480K 700 MHz 5G base stations this year will be a catalyst for further 5G development in China. Huawei is one of the companies taking the lead in this area, winning 60% of the 700 MHz 5G network project and around 53% of the 2.1 GHz 5G rollout.

See publication

Tags: 5G, AR/VR, Digital Transformation

Blockchain Plus AI The Present Future of Tech Part 1
Intelligenthq.com
August 06, 2021
An article in two parts reflecting on the transformational power of blockchain and AI joined together. The first part covers blockchain, whereas the second addresses AI and then what can be expected from the conjugation of both.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Digital Transformation

Blockchain Plus AI The Present Future of Tech Part 2
Intelligenthq.com
August 06, 2021
An article in two parts reflecting on the transformational power of blockchain and AI joined together. The first part covered blockchain, whereas the second addresses AI and what can be expected from the conjugation of both.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Digital Transformation

50 Most Powerful Technologies Trends of our Society 5.0 Time
dinisguarda.com
August 02, 2021
What are the most powerful technologies of our society 5.0 times? How can we cope with them?. The concept of society 5.0 is a vision of a future human centred society, nature where technology is used for the best possible outcomes. Society 5.0 is not about one single country or city. It is about humans, the planet and a balanced sustainable ecosystem.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Smart Cities

In 7 Steps: How To Boost Your B2B Sales Like A Superstar
openbusinesscouncil.org
July 22, 2021
B2B sales is a craft art that is increasingly critical in our digital enabled business world. Ironically, although all our sales are moving to the metaverse digital realm there is very little digital knowledge from business leaders and their team. B2B is about putting people and relationships first. And the importance of the digital to any business leader cannot be understated, it is there to build and enable relationships above all else. Sales are about building a solid network of value creation and is where you find your peers, your clients, your sales.

See publication

Tags: Sales, Business Strategy, Metaverse

Huawei Better World Summit 2021: The Emerging Potential Of 5G + AR For A Modern Industry
citiesabc
July 08, 2021
The 5G ecosystem is maturing, and we are seeing a great increase in the integration of augmented reality (AR) with industry applications. In this context, the symbiosis of 5G + AR expands the scope of connectivity and the boundaries of user experience, enriching both our lives and communications. As the digital foundation of innovative technologies, the ICT industry will support carriers and other industry partners in broadening the horizons of 5G + AR and paving the way to endless possibilities and opportunities.

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, 5G

An Overview Of The Wellness Digital Economy
Intelligenthq.com
June 02, 2021
The Global Wellness Institute has defined the concept of wellness as the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health. However, the concepts of wellness and wellbeing are slightly different. Wellbeing encompasses more than just physical health. Wellbeing is also the cultivation of healthy, strong relationships, of practising mindfulness, and a state of happiness and being comfortable, of giving of one’s self.

The rise of selftracking is an exciting development that can contribute to people being able to take charge of their own health and wellbeing. Other than that, cities are playing an increasing role in the promotion of wellness amongst their inhabitants. This is the new age of prevention: with companies like RoundGlass aiming to help people find balance, and the rise of meditation apps, it is now more accessible than ever to take personal wellbeing seriously.

See publication

Tags: Health and Wellness, Innovation, Mental Health

Sunny Gurpreet Singh, Founder RoundGlass, Edifec - Creating Wholistic Wellbeing & Corporate Wellness
Dinis Guarda
May 18, 2021
Sunny Gurpreet Singh is a software and industrial engineering expert, wellbeing and mental health specialist, and serial entrepreneur. Mr. Gurpreet Singh is the current CEO of Edifecs and RoundGlass.

See publication

Tags: Entrepreneurship, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Andrea Bonaceto - NFTs And Collaboration with Sophia the Robot, Artist, Partner at Eterna Capital
Dinis Guarda
May 07, 2021
Andrea Bonaceto is an artist and investor and founding partner at Eterna Capital. Andrea Bonaceto Andrea has been involved in NFTs as an artist through a collaboration with Sophia the Robot and through Eterna Capital.

As an artist, Italian born Andrea Bonaceto is well-known for creating colourful portraits of well-known people. He is also a fellow at the Royal Society of Art in the UK of @thersaorg Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) @niftygateway, @asyncart.

Andrea Bonaceto recently collaborated with Sophia the robot creating NFTs artwork. And as with most of Bonaceto’s work, Sophia’s art is a self-portrait that combines the former’s art history and previous works as well as the robot’s own physical paintings and drawings on multiple surfaces that have been processed by its creator David Hanson.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain

Covid-19 Impact On Businesses: Building Resilience In the Digital Economy
Intelligenthq.com
February 23, 2021
Covid-19 has disrupted the entire world economy. Most businesses have been forced shut their activity for months and while governments all around the world have tried their best to support them, the economic freeze means that many have had to re-invent themselves to the new reality or face closure.

SMEs have been especially hit by the pandemic and as the Covid-19 continues its disruption, the livelihood of many entrepreneurs and SMEs owners have been threatened.

Only in 2020, UK retailers suffered their worst annual sales performance on record, driven by slump in demand for fashion and homeware products, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC). Likewise, more than 50,000 listed companies worldwide have lost around 19.4 trillion euros in value within the first six weeks of the pandemic. This decline is historically unprecedented for such a short time period.

The most immediate challenge for businesses is to stay afloat and become resilient by implementing operational resilience to withstand shocks and capture emerging opportunities. In this regard, the maturity of an organization’s operational resilience has the potential to dictate whether an organization will survive crisis situations. The ability to withstand operational shocks and continue to deliver core business processes in such situations must be seamlessly integrated into the pursuit of delivery excellence, cost efficiency and operational effectiveness.

See publication

Tags: Business Continuity, COVID19, Digital Transformation

What If You Were To Live Forever?
Dinis Guarda
January 03, 2021
There’s something in the human personality which resents things that are clear, and conversely, something which is attracted to puzzles, enigmas, and allegories. Stanley Kubrick

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi

The challenge is to find out what one’s destiny to do.The challenge is how to cope with the challenges and the weight that life brings with it. The challenge is how to manage the fear, hope and obsessions on the now of what we are doing in the present. This without being bruned with the challenges of the past and the concerns of the future.

What if You Were to Die Tomorrow? What if you could Learn how to Live Forever – today?

Forever is composed of a crossroad within the multiple destinations of all the now(s).

Launch yourself on every wave! Time will always play the thievish progress in the stairways to eternity.

Keep on learning.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Leadership

Digital Transformation, Blockchain and the Art Market
Intelligenthq.com
January 01, 2021
Our world is increasingly digital. The Art World will no exception and wil be going through digital transformation and special Blockchain has a power to change it in ways never seen

We journey through the city with the help of google maps, book tickets through eventbrite, and pay a coffee with an app installed on our phone. If the fever of digitization has taken the world by storm, and radically changed our experiences, there are still areas yet to be digitized. The world of the art is one of those few sectors.

The reason why is because historically the art sector tends to be seen as fragmented and inefficient, prone to irrational laws, besides being under funded, and very dependent on political circumstances. It has for centuries been largely informal, managed by elites and tribes. It is a sector that is still mostly unregulated and opaque and has led many players to be slow and resistant to innovative disruption, digitization and technological in depth innovation.

But one can actually look at the art market through the lens of a fantastic opportunity, even from a commercial standpoint, since it reaches out to sectors such as heritage, creative industries, technological developments in design, UX, UI, architecture, contemporary art, the cultural sector, trends and fashion among others. The world of art impacts education as well, in all its different sectors. The art economy, valued directly at nearly $50 billion, indirectly reaches around half a trillion USD.

See publication

Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

8 Foundations of Blockchain DNA Architecture Part 1
Intelligenthq.com
January 01, 2021
When we transition to a new development happening in terms of digital transformation, it is key to work collectively, in order to think and reflect about what is happening, and figure out the best possible outcomes.

Currently, we are seeing a new major technological development emerging, comparable to the invention of the Internet: the blockchain technology. It began one decade ago, partly with the invention of bitcoin and other digital currencies, which led developers and entrepreneurs to explore all kinds of its possible applications. These are still early days, but blockchain technology is promising to change the world, and its impact in humanity, might be similar to the invention of electricity.

Anyway, blockchain years are fast years, so one decade after the invention of bitcoin, what is happening in the blockchain ecosystem ? Independently of what people are saying and writing about blockchain both as a technology, and as an ideology and technological innovation ( in all its details, such as its crypto possibilities), one needs to analyse it by working through its theory and facts. With this in mind, in this article, I am describing 8 key principles about Blockchain’s DNA architecture.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

8 Foundations of Blockchain DNA Architecture – Part 2
Intelligenthq.com
January 01, 2021
The most important innovation put forward by blockchain, is the one of trust. In order to understand deeply what is radical about blockchain’s model of truth, I am firstly outlining 4 models of trust, as described by academic Kevin Werbach. These are:

1. Peer-to-Peer
3. Intermediary
2. Leviathan
4. Blockchain

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

50 Podcasts from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders You Should Listen To in 2021
thinkers360
December 11, 2020
50 Podcasts from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders You Should Listen To in 2021

https://www.thinkers360.com/50-podcasts-from-thinkers360-thought-leaders-you-should-listen-to-in-2021/

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Digital Transformation

Blockchain Applications to Expand Financial Inclusion to Refugees
Intelligenthq.com
November 15, 2020
With the current figures of refugees and displaced persons tagged at 60 million, a figure that is continuously rising, there have been calls made by NGOs and government agencies for initiatives and programs to target financial inclusion for this group of vulnerable people. With the global economy moving towards a digital economy and with a heavy focus on digital finance, it has become even more crucial for policymakers and the FinTech industry to ensure that refugees and displaced persons do not become financially excluded in the new world.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Emerging Technology, Fintech

10 Tips to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft
Intelligenthq.com
November 15, 2020
Today, social media is increasingly becoming a part of our everyday lives. To help us keep in touch with our friends and family members, many of us are turning to social media sites as one of the primary tools to communicate with them. While social media is helping us to stay in touch with our social circle, it has also opened up an easy avenue for fraudsters to steal our identities.

Most of us don’t realize that armed with easily obtainable information such as our name, birthday and address, fraudsters can easily impersonate us and gain access to our accounts and credit line. To help you protect yourself from possible identity theft, we have compiled 10 tips which you can follow to protect your credit as well as your personal information from being compromised.

See publication

Tags: AI, Big Data, Cybersecurity

Checking If Your Financial Data Are Being Sold On the Dark Web
Intelligenthq.com
November 15, 2020
With the advancement of communication technologies over the past two decades, it has become increasingly easy for people to make purchases and access services online. In turn, it also means that more and more companies are being entrusted with the personal information of their customers. While letting online companies have access to our personal and financial data has helped to speed up online transactions, it also means that this sensitive data has become easier for criminals to gain access to.

See publication

Tags: AI, Big Data, Cybersecurity

Smart Cities - 4IR, AI, Blockchain, IoT The Heartbeat Of The XXI Century by Dinis Guarda
Yotube
November 15, 2020
Smart Cities, 4IR, AI, Blockchain, IoT The Heartbeat Of The XXI Century

a film research by Dinis Guarda
for openbusinesscouncil.org/summit

“Men come together in cities in order to live:
they remain together in order to live the good life.”
— Aristotle

Cities are all about people’s lives. Big social groups of people living and collaborating together. Whether you are in Hong Kong, London, Shangai, New York, Singapore, Tokyo or Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Barcelona these cities offer the best in the world.

“What is the city but the people?”
— William Shakespeare

These cities are able to serve so many millions of people and each of us together because of their adoption of smart technologies which is transforming them into smart cities.

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Twins, Smart Cities

12 Bitcoin and Blockchain Thoughts and Quotes You Need to Read
Intelligenthq.com
November 15, 2020
Bitcoin and its disruptive DNA platform infrastructure Blockchain are still in their inception but are now making the biggest revolution in the finance industry probably in the last hundreds of years! Average leaders and investors are still skeptical but big investors are putting their money on it! Intelligenthq has gathered a collection of powerful quotes from top industry experts, investors, Nobel Prize, CEOs, Economists, technology drivers about the subject. These quotes and reflections help explain the evolution of the Bitcoin and Blockchain phenomenon and its power for innovation.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

Digital Transformation openbusinesscouncil summit Impact of Covid-19 - the Challenges of 4IR, Society 5.0, AI, Blockchain + Fintech - December 9 -10
LinkedIn
November 09, 2020
openbusinesscouncil summit showcases 20 Governments and 100+ Global Industry Speakers on the 9 & 10 December 2020 and reflects how to build better solutions in an environment impacted by Coronavirus

The openbusinesscouncil summit is a leading 2-day global virtual event that aims to strengthen businesses, startups and governments’ with digital transformation strategies and how to deal with the economic challenges and technology disruption arising from COVID-19.

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, COVID19

50 Most Powerful Technologies Trends of our Society 5.0 Time
Dinis Guarda
October 24, 2020
What are the most powerful technologies of our society 5.0 times? How can we cope with them?. The concept of society 5.0 is a vision of a future human centred society, nature where technology is used for the best possible outcomes. Society 5.0 is not about one single country or city. It is about humans, the planet and a balanced sustainable ecosystem.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech, Quantum Computing

12 Top Blockchain Predictions Part 1
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
Blockchain technology and solutions have come a big way. Blockchain technology and its related definitions, perceptions and myths have still lot to develop. Blockchain innovation is not something black and white as the so called Fourth Industrial Revolutiomn Technologies 4IR like for example AI but its solutions and importance are out of question. 2019 made blockchain mainstream special because of the Chinese Government lead on this hybrid tech and Facebook take on its proposed digital currency Libra.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

The Future of Finance
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
Ten years has past since the last financial crisis and its shadow still casts over the aftermath of it. We improved a lot indeed and are technologically more advanced than ever. But are we heading to something worse than 10 years ago?

Looking at tech and Fintech Industry, we did achieved some fantastic improvements in a world still unbanked, with a roughbly 3 billion plus people have no financial account. But on a geopolitical level we have other issues. We have a leaderless world that might be sleepwalking towards a repeat of its near meltdown in late 2008 and early 2009. Basically because it has failed to remedy the causes of the financial crash of a decade ago, as former UK prime minister Gordon Brown warned.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

From Fintech Revolution To AI IOT Driven Blockchain Tsunami
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
There is no doubt that blockchain is shifting completely the world economy step by step. But its effects are still in the scratching of the surface. As they deepen those effects will change the DNA of the banking and financial services whole industry.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

MoneyConf Top Fintech Event in Madrid by the Makers of Web Summit
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
MoneyConf – Europe’s largest technology event, Web Summit, to host two day Fintech event in Madrid.

First year the event is being hosted in Madrid, was held in Belfast in 2015. The two day event will see over100 speakers who are changing the financial sector through technology take to the stage.

In a time of powerful disruption for the financial industry and when Fintech changes all details of finance the biggest asset of any industry is, nevertheless, an old and solid thing called trust. This is even more relevant in the case of the financial and trading industry nowadays when major tech organisations commande most of the data and users around the world.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Blockchain based Kora Goes One Step Closer to Financial Inclusion in Africa
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
When high-end technology meets well being-driven ideas everything can be achieved. At least, that is what they think at Kora, a new start-up that teams up blockchain and Financial Inclusion in order to tackle lack of financial access for millions of people in Africa.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Interview with Todd R. Ryden, CEO and Founder FNEX The Private Securities Marketplace
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
Today on Hedge Think, we are proud to have an exclusive interview with Todd Ryden, CEO and Founder of the alternative investment marketplace FNEX.com. FNEX was founded in 2012 by professional investors, entrepreneurs and attorneys. The new service was launched in August 2013, initially just to providers of alternative investments in order to build up a product range for its launch to accredited investors in May 2014.

The service aims to connect high-net-worth individuals, institutional investors, and family offices to a menu of alternative investments including hedge funds, stakes in private companies, and managed futures accounts.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Blockchain and AI – Convergence Foundational Technologies
Dinis Guarda
July 23, 2020
“The pace of progress in artificial intelligence (I’m not referring to narrow AI) is incredibly fast. Unless you have direct exposure to groups like Deepmind, you have no idea how fast—it is growing at a pace close to exponential. The risk of something seriously dangerous happening is in the five-year time frame. 10 years at most.”
—Elon Musk wrote in a comment on Edge.org

“We must address, individually and collectively, moral and ethical issues raised by cutting-edge research in artificial intelligence and biotechnology, which will enable significant life extension, designer babies, and memory extraction.”
—Klaus Schwab

I call the blockchain ‘the Internet of value’ and ‘the Internet of trust.’ Because everything becomes trustless. It’s a big distributed ledger. Think of it like an Excel file that’s being maintained and updated and managed by millions of computers around the world.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain

The Blockchain Tech Ecosystem and Features
Dinis Guarda
July 03, 2020
What makes Blockchain Technology so special

Blockchain also known as a new leayer of Internet of trust is a foundational P2P technology that coming out of encryption was developed in a way that increases transparency of digital transactions, as everybody on the network has a copy of it in the registering ledger. Being more than a technology Blockchain is also an ideology the aims to decentralise systems and society. This tech oofers solutions that once a transaction is registered, it can order anything from any part of the world register or payment on the blockchain distributed ledger. Privacy, based on encryptions and additional smart contract technology related, on blockchain is another major feature that makes blockchain, also known as distributed ledger technology that makes it so special.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Leadership, Ecosystems

Environmental, Social, and Governance ESG Investment Blueprint
citiesabc.com
June 20, 2020
Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) investment is a critical term that is often used synonymously with modern sustainable investing. This type of investment is based on three central factors to measure the sustainability and ethical impact of an investment in a company or business. In a world struggling with structural challenges, ESGs investment can actually make a difference for good in the funding and investment industry worldwide.

According to MSCI ESG Research, ESG investment is the consideration of environmental, social and governance factors alongside financial factors in the investment decision-making process. ESG investments are a set of standards that companies and investors need to follow when being involved in a potential investment operation. These are based on various criteria like Environmental criteria, social criteria and governance.This means organisations, banks and businesses are socially responsible investing, mission-related investing, or screening to create meaningful ways.

Under the ESG investing umbrella, there are three common investor objectives or motivations when considering an ESG strategy: Integration, Values and Impact. In order to achieve these objectives, institutional investors may pursue different approaches such as ESG integration, exclusionary or negative screening, or thematic investing, to name a few.

See publication

Tags: Smart Cities, Social, Sustainability

Smart Cities, 4IR, AI, Blockchain, IoT the Heartbeat of the XXI Century
intelligenthq
June 01, 2020
Smart Cities, 4IR, AI, Blockchain, IoT the Heartbeat of the XXI Century

Cities are all about people’s lives. Big social groups of people living and collaborating together. Whether you are in London, New York, Singapore, Tokyo or Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Barcelona these cities offer the best in the world and are able to serve so many millions of people together because of their adoption of smart technologies which makes them leading smart cities.

Smart Cities are the heart of the beating of the best in the world and in the interstice of all challenges, innovation and concerns. Particularly when it comes to organisation of society, citizens, innovation, technology and data, smart cities are the center of all operations and challenges and opportunities.

Smart cities, like the city states in the past embed the highest hopes of humany through the promise of harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) innovative technologies to improve lives and bring social harmony. However, smart cities represent also and could incarnate the challenges, fears of a dystopian ecosystem of over ‘controlled lives’, making society unfold in some kind of panopticon system, governed by the emergence and disruption coming out of artificial intelligence, IoT, Blockchain and automated devices coming from the augmented tools and software inherent to digital transformation systems.

See publication

Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Smart Cities

Building Blockchain And AI Tech For Good APIs To Protect People’s Data
intelligenthq.com
May 13, 2020
Building Blockchain And AI Tech For Good APIs To Protect People’s Data

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Covid-19 Is a Chance to Build a new citiesabc Magna Carta with 4IR, smart cities Tech, Blockchain AI
citiesabc.com
May 02, 2020
Covid-19 Is a Chance to Build a new cities abc Magna Carta Charter of Liberties for Humanity with 4IR, smart cities Tech, Blockchain AI
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

“Magna Carta, meaning ‘The Great Charter’, is one of the most famous documents in the world. Originally issued by King John of England (r. 1199–1216) as a practical solution to the political crisis he faced in 1215, Magna Carta established for the first time the principle that everybody, including the king, was subject to the law. Although nearly a third of the text was deleted or substantially rewritten within ten years, and almost all the clauses have been repealed in modern times, Magna Carta remains a cornerstone of the British constitution.
Most of the 63 clauses granted by King John dealt with specific grievances relating to his rule. However, buried within them were a number of fundamental values that both challenged the autocracy of the king and proved highly adaptable in future centuries. Most famously, the 39th clause gave all ‘free men’ the right to justice and a fair trial. Some of Magna Carta’s core principles are echoed in the United States Bill of Rights (1791) and in many other constitutional documents around the world, as well as in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the European Convention on Human Rights (1950).” source Article by Claire Breay, Julian Harrison, in https://www.bl.uk/magna-carta/articles/magna-carta-an-introduction

“Our nation and our civilization were built on production, on building. Our forefathers and foremothers built roads and trains, farms and factories, then the computer, the microchip, the smartphone, and uncounted thousands of other things that we now take for granted, that are all around us, that define our lives and provide for our well-being. There is only one way to honor their legacy and to create the future we want for our own children and grandchildren, and that’s to build. Marc Andreessen “It’s Time To Build”
https://a16z.com/2020/04/18/its-time-to-build/

“In the 5 million years since early hominids first emerged from east Africa's Rift Valley, the Earth's climate has grown increasingly erratic. Over cycles lasting hundreds of thousands of years, arid regions of central Africa were overrun by forests, forests gave way to grasslands and contiguous landscapes were fractured by deep lakes.

It was within the context of this swiftly changing landscape that humans evolved their sizable brains and capacity for adaptive behavior, said Rick Potts, director of the Human Origins Program at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History”

Humanity has faced many crises and economic recessions and through our evolution we have changed and adapted. Our capacity to change and evolve is what distinguishes us from most other of nature’s creatures. It is also and foremost our capacity to dream and hope. The coronavirus pandemic is creating a crisis that not only has vast healthcare, biological, economic, leadership, political, social, and moral implications but turns upside down the way we have been living, working, undertaking business, investment and life. All we need to do is to pull our collective thoughts, ideas and resources together and develop a strategy on the next stage of our evolution.

See publication

Tags: COVID19, Digital Transformation, Smart Cities

Fastech AI Blockchain and the $3 Trillion Fashion Industry Part 1
Intelligenthq.com
May 01, 2020
AI and Blockchain are the foundational trust technologies of our time. Blockchain or distributed ledger technologies have a holistic DNA and multiple capacities that can fix issues such as supply chain track record to create trust in provenance of products, identify sources of production and manufacturing and also fix some middle men serious issues. AI on the other hand can improve from all areas of understanding data to optimisation of processes in the global business landscapes. These are optimisation of resources, preview issues and finding the best approach to tackle issues, automate and predict and manage in real time high concerns of production, distribution and quantify and optimise processes and operations.

The challenges however with these advanced and new technologies is that it requires lots of maturity and a strong road map how to push them forward in an ethical beneficial way, plus how to make it a global powerhouse driven by the right values ( not only maximisation of profit) that work to improve real things, besides the hype and find real scope and scalable solutions to entire industries and sectors. When it comes to AI and blockchain, can these techs and the new fashtech movement contribute to an optimisation of the fashion industry?

The $3 trillion fashion industry, which is 4% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a complex ecosystem, on the verge of collapse. Be no fool, you are part of it! As a consumer, designers, fashion industry player and producer plus the end of the chain shopper, we are all deeply embedded in this attractive industry, which has lots of issues and concerns. and is on high alert on the agenda. Moreover its $800 billion global apparel industry, has become notoriously famous for its challenges when it comes to:

Ethical treatment of industry workers;
IP, counterfeit supply chain issues;
Environmental damage and sustainability
Unlawful competition, and lack of rentability of the industry.
1 in 6 people in the world is somehoinvolved in the fashion industry. How then, can AI and DLT blockchain technologies help solving some of these issues and challenges?

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Digital Disruption

Central Banks and Blockchain Part 1
Intelligenthq.com
May 01, 2020
If there is an institution that can impact profoundly the economy of a country, it is that of Central Banks. Some of them, like the US Federal Reserve or the European Central Bank, have such an influence in the worldwide economy that they may prevent – or even start – a financial crisis. They are the last watchdog, reckoning whenever the economy is taking the wrong turn and trying to pull it back onto the right path.

Their mechanisms, though somehow limited and opaque for the wider public, are there to ensure private financial institutions comply with the national policy guidelines while their in-depth, exclusive research help governments to set out, precisely, the national economic policy. They are the only financial institutions allowed to control all the money reserves of a country and they need to deal with all sorts of external threats to keep the economy in track. Including, of course, lack of resources, capabilities and the overall instability of a globalized economy.

The problems central banks face are deep and complex, so most of them have embraced new technological advancements as a sort of balm for their challenges. That’s why, according to a report carried out by the World Economic Forum in 2019, approximately 40 central banks worldwide have laid their eyes upon a new technology that may well help them to meet their responsibilities: blockchain.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Fintech

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Policies and Regulations: Challenges, Opportunities For Governments And Businesses
Intelligenthq.com
May 01, 2020
Overview, Statistics, Regulatory views and Research about how governments and businesses are exploring and adapting to blockchain and cryptocurrencies’ policies and regulation

There have been big questions about what role of blockchain, cryptocurrencies, digital assets, tokens and tokenomics play in society. Cryptocurrencies and blockchain – the technology behind cryptocurrencies – have become a global phenomenon. Since the creation of Bitcoin, the world’s most well known cryptocurrency, the research on cryptocurrency and blockchain has become widespread and has generated an enormous amount of concerns among various countries’ governments, central banks and regulators. The most common concern is how to regulate cryptocurrencies. Because of its specific distributed and disintermediated nature, current rules cannot be applied to them. In this paper, we are going to go through some of the most prominent trends while assessing the complexity behind blockchain and cryptocurrency regulation.

Global economists such as Nouriel Roubini continue with his passionate assertion that 99% of cryptocurrencies are worth ZERO. He also states that it is fintech, and not blockchain, that will bring innovation to the banking system. Other major personalities such as the ex Governor of the Bank of England and heads of major investments banks have publicly attacked crypto currencies, but most of them have already initiated studies and deployment of the technology.

The president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Christine Lagarde, has said central banks and financial bodies should protect consumers but be open to innovations such as cryptocurrencies. Lagarde, who was previously the head of the International Monetary Fund, told the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of the European Parliament that central banks and financial regulators should embrace the opportunities presented by change.

Christine Lagarde via an IMF news release, said: ”In the case of new technologies – including digital currencies – that means being alert to risks in terms of financial stability, privacy or criminal activities, and ensuring appropriate regulation is in place to steer technology towards the public good. But it also means recognising the wider social benefits from innovation and allowing them space to develop.” Lagarde claimed that regulation of cryptocurrencies is “inevitable” and necessary on an international level. She also said that blockchain innovators are “shaking the traditional financial world” and having a clear impact on incumbent players.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

How Government, Central Banks, Regulators Can Deal With Digital Assets, Crypto And Tokenisation
Intelligenthq.com
May 01, 2020
Digital Innovation, Fintech, decentralised technologies and crypto currencies also known as digital currencies are here to stay. The cryptocurrency market as we speak is a $1,6 trillion ecosystem that no one can ignore in the context of a $80 Trillion GDP world economy.

Context Digital Innovation, Fintech, decentralised technologies and crypto currencies
Major global banks are using crypto currencies and blockchain related technologies. There is a major transition going on in the financial and banking industries that will be completely disrupted. Major banks and financial institutions started already adopting cryptocurrencies.

Retail-banking clients and institutional investors are expressing increased interest in these areas and the use of digital currencies as an innovative financial vehicle and in the distributed-ledger technology (DLT) that underlies it: particularly innovations such as blockchain.

The majority of investors, fintechs, and venture capital funds are making a sustained commitment to cryptocurrency, regarding it as the future of money. Banks, financial organisations and central banks can no longer afford to ignore this challenge and also the opportunity.

Of course, this represents a new innovative area of finance and money with many organisations having reasons to be cautious. We have seen how some major governments, regulators and financial services leaders, remain skeptical of the value that cryptocurrencies and digital assets have as an asset class, since individual cryptocurrencies have lost, at times, significant market capitalization (including this year).

During 2020 and especially the early months of 2021 -within the COVID-19 crisis context-, cryptocurrencies have experienced volatility, and their reputation has been influenced by their association of Bitcoin, the most prominent cryptocurrency, and with criminal acts such as the Twitter hack of July 2020. But in parallel with the endorsement of Bitcoin by the likes of JP Morgan and industry leaders like Jack Dorsey and Elon Musk, no one can ignore this.

Cryptocurrencies are a fast-growing sector with great and challenging prospects. But they also offer major opportunities when used wisely and if governments and their regulators’ work are aligned with entrepreneurs and investors to create sandboxes, in order to educate themselves, the market and to raise awareness of risks and opportunities.

Cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance (DeFi) platforms are now outperforming conventional banking products while offering greater efficiency, less bureaucracy, and more transparency.

Major financial organisations and banks are launching a variety of digital assets and specific cryptocurrency offerings. Some of the major solutions include processing payments, providing escrow services, facilitating international cash transactions, helping customers exchange their money for bitcoins, and even making loans in this currency.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

Fintech Now - How Big is the Fintech Industry
Intelligenthq.com
May 01, 2020
FINTECH NOW

The Fintech concept is a critical word of our times and comes from the connection of the terms “finance” and “technology”.

The Fintech term refers to any innovative business that uses technology to enhance or automate with technology solutions for financial services, money transactions and related b2b2c processes.

The Fintech word is a large concept and has been creating a broad and rapidly growing industry serving both consumers and businesses.

The fintech industry offers all types of solutions such as financial and digitisation of services, transactions and innovation within the big money and financial industry at large.

As we speak, the global economy and financial industry from mobile banking and insurance to cryptocurrency and investment apps, runs on fintech broad applications.

The fintech industry is huge and somehow now is almost everything in the financial industry.

Everything in the money and financial industry at the moment uses some kind or type of financial technology – fintech solution.

“Ignoring technological change in a financial system based upon technology is like a mouse starving to death because someone moved their cheese.” Chris Skinner

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Fintech

What is DeFi?
Intelligenthq.com
May 01, 2020
Decentralized Finance (DeFi) aims to recreate the traditional financial system with fewer frictions. It is mainly composed by open source platforms, accessible by anyone and driven mainly by automated computer programs and less and less by centralized entities and humans.

What is DeFi?
DeFi, short for Decentralized Finance, is a decentralized open-source system that allows for code smart contract driven stratagems to use in traditional financial – society activities such as banking, lending, borrowing, supply chain, structuring derivative products. By its nature, it encourages the purchase and sale of securities to be carried out through digital networks of blockchain nodes without the need for intermediaries.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Fintech

Money, Wealth, Social Media and Gamification
Dinis Guarda
May 01, 2020
There is a Shift between Money, Co-creation, Social Media and Gamification

We are in a historical paradox crossroad for humanity. It is thus a frightening time for the world finances and economics where at the same time the concept of money is pushed further through the advent of social media, co-creation, the social graph and concepts such as Gamification that are taking over of reality and creating a kind of twilight zone. On one hand there is extreme poverty mixed with extreme wealth, the advent and rise of countries that just 10 years ago were bankrupt, considered third world or out of the limelight. All of this surrounded by a profusion of media and news where the keywords are all around: demonstrations, “occupy” wall street, crisis, problems and the always eternal global local conflicts mixed with technology, startups, software, venture capital money, crowdfunding and so forth.

See publication

Tags: Leadership, Marketing, Social

Smart Cities - a cities ABC
citiesabc.com
April 25, 2020
Smart Cities the Heartbeat of the 21st Century Covid Driven New Age of Agility
In Rome you long for the country; in the country – oh inconstant! – you praise the distant city to the stars.
Horace

We will neglect our cities to our peril, for in neglecting them we neglect the nation.
John F. Kennedy

The axis of the earth sticks out visibly through the centre of each and every town or city.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

“A smart city is an intelligent town that provides enormous possibilities for human growth through art, culture, social, architectural, economic, political, environmental, and scientific flowering with the optimal mix of nature, technology, humanity, and arts.”
Amit Ray

Cities are the epicentre of our societies and we propose here to offer an ABC to define and desmistify the concept of smart cities and why we need it more than ever, if we want to solve a lot of the global problems we are facing today and in the future.

Over half of the planet now lives in cities, and more than two-thirds of the world’s population will be urbanized by 2050. Cities are the epicentre of all the challenges we are facing today and with the advent of covid-19, millions of people have had their modus operandi changed and this has led to exposing the fragility of the social, environmental, psychological and economic / financial systems. The crisis has raised questions on whether the exposed fragility is sustainable or do we need to modify or change these systems going forward to a new paradigm. To achieve this paradigm shift, we need new solutions and narratives to re-build these social, environmental, psychological and economic / financial systems, which at its core is a circular economy that is inclusive. Cities have to proactively work across borders to build coalition networks and to find solutions for work, healthcare, finance and new social models. Key to this, in terms of speed and impact, is the increased adoption of technology and to digitally transform these Cities which contribute to four-fifths of global GDP, and are taking centre stage in securing an inclusive, safe, productive, sustainable, and resilient future for humanity.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, IoT

What are Smart Cities? Features, Frameworks, Quotes
citiesabc.com
April 25, 2020
What are Smart cities? Smart Cities Features, Framework, Insights, Thoughts, Quotes

The world is now urban and humanity lives and fosters in cities and smart cities are framework of our times. For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and the numbers will increase and citiess need to be prepared to become 100% smart cities. Over 90 percent of urban growth is occurring in the developing world, with a population young and ambitious but also struggling with the future of work, the challenges of the Covid-19 Pandemic and economic recessions coming out of that but also lacking a narrative and storyline that can create better present and future.

We need more than ever a bold new Magna Carta of citizens liberties and we need a cities based new wave of ideas and innovation that usess smart cities frames as a ways to foster and increase holistic solutions for society, industry and academy where we should focus on creating short term solutions and adding value creation for the estimated 70 to 100 million new residents to urban areas each year. Demand for smarter societies and improvement of services in urban areas is therefore increasing exponentially, and the capacity of cities and their local governments to manage this demand is challenged. Smart cities can be a foundational infrastructure and framework that if well used can create a better and more inclusive technologic Sustainability ecosystem.

Smart cities have to focus on building a smarter society using standards smartness and focus on collective intelligence alignment. The most important when designing a city and planning smart cities is the emphasis that needs to be on the design of adding value to the city and adapt the tech to solve problems and not the other way around

A smart city is all about building connections which transcend geography—something more deep-rooted and emotional. Better infrastructure is an integral part of building smart cities, but first comes building awareness about existing resources and then preparing for easier accessibility and navigation. The starting point is changing our obsolete addressing system. I have co-founded a digital addressing system that creates an eight-digit alphanumeric address for every location in a city. This can form the crux of all services: transportation, retail, governance, emergency services, etc. My aim is that people should be able to travel hassle-free, thereby forming indelible connections.
— Vaibhav Belgaonkar, co-founder, Joomzee, Geotracker Pvt Ltd, Mumbai

The world’s 100 largest cities represent around 70% of the world GDP and has 974 million inhabitants; more than a fifth of the global urban population. Tokyo is the largest, with 37.4 million inhabitants; to get into the top 100 list, a city would need to match the population of Ürümqi in China with 4.4 million people. To make the top ten, a city would need 19.2 million inhabitants.

If we go back on time in 1800, London topped the largest 100 list, with 1.1 million inhabitants. A city with the population of Turin (at just 66,000 inhabitants) would have made the list and a city with 400,000 inhabitants would have been one of the ten largest. But by 2020, a city would need to be almost 50 times this size to make the top 10 cut.

See publication

Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Smart Cities

Blockchain the Missing Link for Cities and Countries infrastructure as COVID-19 Exposes Global Infrastructure Fragilities
citiesabc.com
April 13, 2020
Blockchain technologies and related systems can create new global supply chains solutions for cities and governments but lots needs to be done
COVID-19 has been increasingly exposing the fragility of global supply chains. Blockchain technology and its related associated solutions and systems could be the missing link in building new avenues and resilience.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly every part of the global economy and especially its supply chains. The supply chain industry will probably change irreversibly, due to the Coronavirus pandemic and this will be increasingly important in food and healthcare industries, along many other areas where social distancing becomes restrictive.

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the economic and social vulnerabilities for the global supply chain and the need for the world to digitally transform. This pandemic demonstrates many organisations fragility, especially those that have a high dependence on markets such as India and China to meet their raw materials or finished products’ needs, which are now leading to serious disruption.

The COVID-19 fallout is likely to impact principally food and core industries especially healthcare companies whom are reshaping the entire supply chains to strengthen the sourcing, provenance, risk management processes to become more resilient.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, IoT

Digital Transformation and the 4IR – AI, Blockchain, IoT, Fintech
Intelligenthq.com
April 02, 2020
We live in a fast, disruptive, technology-driven world where concepts like digital transformation and the 4IR (industry 4.0) – AI, Blockchain, IoT, Fintech, have influence on everything we do as individuals, and in the shaping of our cities and countries. This is a world filled with promise and opportunities but also many challenges.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution was defined by Klaus Schwab as the fourth major industrial era in the aftermath of the 18th century Industrial Revolution. It ‘s main characteristic is the fusion/interconnection of technologies which are leading to a blurring between the physical, digital, and biological spheres; collectively referred to as cyber-physical systems.

What is driving the 4IR is a set of data driven technologies that have the potential to radically change our economic models, increase productivity, and improve our lives. The 4IR results from an increasingly quick digital transformation happening in the world. That digital transformation brought us many evident benefits, but is now stepping into a second stage that brings us to the verge of a whole new set of important challenges. One of these is the growing awareness of how our economic activities are impacting climate change, the other is job loss and a radical transformation of what we understand as work and how that defines our identity as humans.

2018 was annus horribilis in terms of global climate catastrophes. It is irrefutable that the present economic system and human action are triggering the changes in climate. On the other hand, 4IR’s most praised asset is their ability to increase productivity. But what kind of productivity are we talking about? Do we want productivity at all costs, with its implicit externalities, such as its impact on climate change, or are we able to do it more sustainably and mindful of the waste it produces? And can the 4IR enable us to shift to more beneficial economic systems such as the circular economy?

Another important risk of the 4IR is how it affects what we understand now as jobs/work. We have already seen how the way we work and live has changed so much over the past decades; this will only increase. In the first stage, 4IR will impact primarily the lives of machine operators and food workers, but job loss is expected to expand to all kinds of areas. This is a development that has sparked much public concern and that governments and nations as a whole cannot ignore anymore.

In this article, I begin by introducing and describing some of the key concepts of digital transformation and 4IR, which are currently taking our world by storm. We will then focus on some of the key technologies driving the current shift and bringing most change to the world. Subsequently, we shall tackle what are the opportunities and challenges that these technologies and the 4IR bring.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Fintech

Digital Transformation and the 4IR – AI, Blockchain, IoT, Fintech Part 2
Intelligenthq.com
April 02, 2020
The Third Industrial Revolution

Digital Transformation and the 4IR – AI, Blockchain, IoT, Fintech is not a steady, fixed concept. It has evolved swiftly, over the course of various years, by gradual improvements of the technology, particularly the Internet, which fostered increasing digitization. Jeremy Rifkin, a US economist, futurist, and sociologist, who has analysed the shifts in society due to technology over the course of various decades, has written widely about the topic. He was the first one to tackle the impact of digital technologies and how these were triggering what he saw as a profound industrial shift.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Fintech

Digital Transformation and the 4IR – AI, Blockchain, IoT, Fintech Part 3
Intelligenthq.com
April 02, 2020
The Five Most Important Data Driven Technologies Shaping the 4IR

Five major data driven techs that shape the Industry 4.0 are AI, Blockchain, IoT, Robotics, and Fintech. What is the contribution that each of these bring to the 4IR ?

AI: The Powerful Search Engine at the Core of the 4IR
Artificial Intelligence can be defined as the capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behaviour. We do not need to think of complicated robots to understand or picture AI. All things that augment “artificially” human intelligence are part of AI. How our phones work now is a perfect example of how AI advances and empowers all areas of society. Smartphones have been expanding their capabilities through a whole set of operations of algorithms that are being improved through feedback loops, using and analysing the data gathered by their users.

AI’s evolution is also being shaped by better algorithms and innovations in terms of computer hardware research, which has evolved quite significantly in recent years. One important innovation in the field are neurotrophic chips. These are inspired by the way biological brains work but are more energy efficient and can store more data. They are designed to access and interpret sensory data such as images and sound. Moreover, they can respond to changes in that data, in an organic adaptable way, which is not specifically programmed.

On the other hand, quantum computing is a promising technology that can escalate AI’s evolution even further. Quantum computers perform a type of computing that is different from binary digital electronic computers, which are based on transistors. Common digital computing uses data encoded into binary digits (bits), each of which is always in one of two definite states (0 or 1). Quantum computation, on the other hand, uses quantum bits, which can be in superpositions of states. This enables them to be way faster and capable to deal with extreme volumes of complex data, thus eventually becoming able to perform massive simulations; like the ones undertaken by physicists at CERN’s Hadron collider.

Quantum computing is expected to evolve even more in the near future; something that is badly needed, because the quantity of data we produce is escalating at exponential rate. This means that we will also need even more powerful computers to work out what to do with those gigantic quantities of data.

Quantum computing and Neuromorphic ships are expected to impact to ever greater heights the 2 most promising areas of AI fostering the 4IR: machine learning and deep learning.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Fintech

Digital Transformation and the 4IR – AI, Blockchain, IoT, Fintech part 4
Intelligenthq.com
April 02, 2020
III. IoT – Connecting Matter with People

The Internet of Things (IoT) is another powerful tech that is enabling the swift transition to the 4IR. The IoT can be simply defined as objects that “talk to each other”. Matthew Evans, the IoT programme head at techUK, says: “Simply, the Internet of Things is made up of devices – from simple sensors to smartphones and wearables – connected together”.

Sensors are increasingly getting smaller and cheaper thus the IoT will tend to expand tremendously. Its capabilities are promising, as with a swift IoT architecture, companies and people are able to improve efficiency and innovate processes, and methodologies. It is not exempt of problems though and one possible solution to these would be the convergence of blockchain and the Internet of Things. Currently there are existing implementations, solutions, and initiatives happening experimenting with the use of this convergence.

According to an article by i-scoop (2018), Internet of Things applications are by definition distributed so it’s only normal that blockchain (which is a distributed ledger technology) will play a role in how devices will communicate directly between each other. Blockchain technology enables the possibility of keeping a ledger of not just devices but also how they interact and, potentially, in which state they are and how they are “handled” in the case of tagged goods.

Some tech giants have started to research how blockchain can help the IoT, which is the case of a recent project by IBM Blockchain. For IBM Blockchain, the most interesting possibilities for Blockchain are exactly the combination of AI, IoT, and blockchain across industries.

IoT will then be one of the key technologies to implement the cyber physical spaces of the 4IR that Klaus Schwab speaks about.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Fintech

Smart Cities: the Heartbeat of Our Cities ABC Humanity Tribes
citiesabc.com
March 29, 2020
“Men come together in cities in order to live:
they remain together in order to live the good life.” — Aristotle

What is the city but the people? — William Shakespeare

“Urbanization, one of humankind’s most successful and ambitious programs, is the triumph of the unnatural over the natural, the grid over the organic… Underway on a scale never before witnessed, one side effect of urbanization is the liberation of vast depopulated territories for the efficient production of ‘nature’.” — Bruce M

“A smart city is an intelligent town that provides enormous possibilities for human growth through art, culture, social, architectural, economic, political, environmental, and scientific flowering with the optimal mix of nature, technology, humanity, and arts.”― Amit Ray, Peace Bliss Beauty and Truth: Living with Positivity

Cities are all about people's lives. Big social groups of people living and collaborating together. Whether you are in London, New York, Singapore, Tokyo or Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Barcelona these cities offer the best in the world and all these cities are able to serve so many millions of people together because of their adoption of smart technologies which makes them leading smart cities.

Smart Cities are the heart of the beating of the best in the world and in the interstice of all challenges, innovation and concerns. Special when it comes to organisation of society, citizens, innovation, technology and data, smart cities are the center of all operations and challenges and opportunities. A Smart city definition is still open but is an urban area that uses different types of 4IR - Fourth Industrial Revolution - technology, special digital transformation and solutions such as blockchain, artificial intelligent, electronic Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to collect data and then use insights gained from that data to manage assets, resources and services efficiently.

Smart cities, like the city states in the past, embed the highest hopes of humanity through the promise of harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution 4IR innovative technologies for better lives and social harmony. However, smart cities represent also and could incarnate the challenges, fears of a dystopian ecosystem of over ‘controlled lives’, society in some kind of panopticons governed by the emergence and disruption coming out of artificial intelligence, IoT, Blockchain and automated devices augmented tools and software digital transformation systems.

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, IoT, Smart Cities

Global Smart Cities Council Platform
citiesabc.com
March 29, 2020
Global Smart Cities Council Platform

Smart Cities are the critical element of our times. Any city or region has to build a strategy that can increase its optimisation of the fundamentals, put together a better healthcare, sustainable approach that using digital transformation tools towards competitiveness and quality of life, efficiently use resources, and support economic sustainability by using technology and creativity to raise the IQ of the built environment.

Global Smart Cities Council Platform envisions a world where digital technology and intelligent design have been harnessed to create smart, sustainable cities with high-quality living and high-quality jobs. The platform council is a powerful council that taps into the transformative power of smart technologies, and a global approach towards cities that need a trusted, neutral advisor.

The project consists of a global network of leading companies advised by top universities, laboratories and standards bodies.

The Smart Cities Council Platform promote cities that embody our three core values:

Livability: Cities that provide clean, healthy living conditions without pollution and congestion. With a digital infrastructure that makes city services instantly and conveniently available anytime, anywhere.
Workability: Cities that provide the enabling infrastructure — energy, connectivity, computing, essential services — to compete globally for high-quality jobs.
Sustainability: Cities that provide services without stealing from future generations.

Global Smart Cities Council Platform helps cities become smarter by providing, at no cost to cities:

Smart Cities Activator is the world's first online collaborative platform for discovery a city's needs, assets and stakeholders and then planning projects. Activator’s public-sector (demand-side) functionality lies in four areas:
1. Activator Discover: Use structured intake to survey stakeholders and gather project documentation. Use visual tools to map the stakeholder ecosystem including legal, technical, and financial relationships.
2. Activator Plan: Use powerful collaborative planning tools for multiple projects with multiple stakeholders across multiple time zones while staying in perfect synch. Access proven processes and templates created by experts.
3. Activator Exchange: Find other cities working on similar projects and suppliers with relevant specialties. (Q3 2019)
4. Activator Finance: Fill out a single form and push a button to be introduced to multiple financiers. (2Q 2021.)

The creation of readiness Challenges are increasingly more important for cities and their organisations as ways to look at ways where cities are educated about how to achive certain benefits such as sustainability, resilience or even the use of data, AI or 5G. Through a combination of online data gathering and interactive education, cities learn about what they need to do to achieve these benefits. These challenges secure a lot of publicity for cities participating and all participants receive free access to Smart Cities Activator with finalists securing attendance at Smart Cities Week and winners a Readiness Workshop.

Readiness Workshops are intensive efforts using Smart Cities Actiavator where a city guided by Council experts are able to accelerate their projects.
Readiness Guide is the Council's contribution to shared online knowledge resources about how to become a smart city. In publication for over 5 years, the Readiness Guide as been considered one of the world's best knowlege resources for making your city smart.

The Global Smart Cities Council Platform organises also the Smart Cities Week - a bi-annual conference produced on the east and west coast of the US and Australia where cities participating in the Council's Readiness Program come to share learnings about how to action on smart cities and the related areas.

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, IoT, Smart Cities

A Cities ABC 4IR Magna Carta for Our Cities Humanity
citiesabc.com
March 28, 2020
citiesabc a Magna Carta a decentralised digital transformation hub for Humanity

written by Dinis Guarda with Prof Yu Xiong

We created the new digital empowerment project www.citiesabc.com out of the need to unite and reinvent cities.

We would love for you to collaborate with us to create a better narrative for our cities and communities in this world of increasingly change and disruption.

The cities abc platform aims to unite and create resources for cities and citizens and works as a cities abc, a wiki cities platform (now in beta) that will become a decentralised movement and marketplace using the best of the Foruth Industrial Revolution 4IR and Blockchain, AI and fintech technologies!

We all live in cities today. Cities are the epicentre of our humanity social models. But cities need to become smart, need digital transformation. Need all of us aligned to create more sustainable models and better health and wellness. Special in a moment like we are there is more than ever a critical need to align efforts and find new ideas, projects and enable our digital tools to unite us and find better ways.

Now more than ever in a world global technology connected we as citizens and our cities are facing so much bigger challenges than our previous generations. We need a new humanity based in a betterment cities abc narrative.

We can make change. We can reinvent, unite, support, rank with new empowerment tools the m cities/nations with a 4IR Blockchain, AI, Fintech, IOT digital platform.

We need a tech blockchain, AI new 4IR Magna Carta for our cities - our communities and find how to use our digital tools and platforms to coordinate, support and unite cities and their struggling populations.

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, IoT, Smart Cities

Building citiesabc: The 4IR Magna Carta For Our Cities And Nations
citiesabc.com
March 25, 2020
Over half of the planet now lives in cities, and more than two-thirds of the world’s population will be urbanized by 2050. Cities are the epicentre of all the challenges we are facing. With the advent of Covid-19, millions of people have had their lifestyle changed and this will lead to fragile social, psychological and economic / financial systems. We need new solutions and narratives to build a circular economy that is inclusive. Cities abc is proactively working across borders to build coalition networks and to find solutions for work, healthcare, finance and new social models. Cities contribute to four-fifths of global GDP, and are taking center stage in securing an inclusive, safe, productive, sustainable, and resilient future for humanity.

Utopia and dystopia depends on the narrative we build with our actions, especially around our core values in our interactions with each other and our communities. That is why we need to build a new social impact Magna Carta Matrix for our disrupted world and for our communities and cities.

Cities are proactively working across borders to build coalition networks and resist social economic, financial and education policies. They contribute to four-fifths of global GDP, and are taking center stage in securing an inclusive, safe, productive, sustainable, and resilient future for humanity.

Cities abc narrative, a blockchain, AI-driven is a new Magna Carta constitution for humanity. Reinventing, uniting, supporting, ranking the top cities/nations with a 4IR Blockchain, AI, Fintech, IOT digital platform. We need a tech blockchain, AI new Magna Carta for our cities - our communities -, and find out how to use our digital tools and platforms to coordinate, support and unite cities and their struggling populations. We use the metaphor of building a cities abc as a matrix to list all cities in the world.

See publication

Tags: Big Data, Blockchain, Smart Cities

The Smart City Revolution In The Era Of AI, Blockchain And Big Data
citiesabc.com
March 25, 2020
The Smart City Revolution In The Era Of AI, Blockchain And Big Data
Mar 25, 2020

“A smart city is an intelligent town that provides enormous possibilities for human growth through art, culture, social, architectural, economic, political, environmental, and scientific flowering with the optimal mix of nature, technology, humanity, and arts.” ― Amit Ray, Peace Bliss Beauty and Truth: Living with Positivity

More than half of the world population live in cities, and a total of 6 billion people is expected to do that by 2045. Cities in both developed and developing countries face a common challenge: how to use digital technologies to respond to citizens’ demands for better quality living environments in a more efficient and dynamic manner, and create more efficient commercial environments.

Government bodies face the urgency to adapt all new 4IR technologies at the service of their cities. And that is a massive task given the complexity of the current digital world. All these technologies have to work together to maximize the impact as well as position the cities at the forefront of the technology race.

But building a smart city of the future requires a joint effort across multiple entities and work towards the same objective. Cities aren’t perennial objects but a rather organic entity: they breath and evolve over time. The “smart” part of a city would mean to build a “nervous system” based on Big Data, AI, IoT, Cloud computing, 5G and all the other 4IR tech to make those cities to perceive, think, self-learn and grow.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Smart Cities

Clayton M. Christensen The Giant Gentle Grand Master Innovator
Intelligenthq.com
January 20, 2020
Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen, the grand master of thinking management and innovation in business just died, at 67,the past 23rd of January 2020. Christensen died but his ideas and spirit will stand in history, leaving behind a whole array of marvellous writings in the form of books and articles, audio and video recordings and deep relationships that have inspired and touched innovators and thinkers in all fields for generations to come.

Clayton was a longtime professor at Harvard Business School who became famous worldwide after authoring the best-selling business book, “The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail,” and his world wide famous theory of “disruptive innovation.”

Christensen lived his life abiding by what he taught. In his office at Harvard Business School he had a sign that said “anomalies welcome”. When we asked about it he explained how he thought that it was only through anomalies that a theory could be improved.

See publication

Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Why Digital Transformation: A Must Read List
Intelligenthq.com
January 20, 2020
Now, it is visible to everyone. Our world is governed by digits. Digits transform our lives. Our best personal assistant, trainer, secretary, teacher, is our smartphone, the one we all hold in our pockets. In just 12 years (since the invention of the iphone), our world became completely transformed by those small digital machines loaded with powerful chips coded in ones and zeros. We have been swiped by a wave of profound digital transformation so just, that is even hard to hold our breath.

These computation devices have had their sizes reduced incredibly over time, but their capabilities keep expanding exponentially. It has been a long journey since the invention of the first digital calculating machine during the forties, subsequently computers and then the invention of the internet who just turned 40, this year, as I mention in this interview. All these technological breakthroughs, have shaped the world as we know it now. The web and its devices became the core instruments around which we govern our lives. These impact the way we live, work, study, and relate to each other.

Shaped by quick technological evolution, we face subsequent disruptions to our known systems and behaviours. Business models, governance processes, socialization and even mind sets, forced to evolve quickly. Humans change their mindset in a decade.

What I just described is called Digital transformation. What triggered it was the increasing widespread digitisation of the world.

See publication

Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Innovation

5G, R&D & Technology Collaboration: Paul Scanlan, CTO Of Huawei
Intelligenthq.com
December 18, 2019
Paul explains why Huawei invests so heavily in R&D, outline the dependence between success with innovation, collaboration, effective 5G strategy, how this technology opens ways for digital transformation, AI/robotics. Paul also remarks a path to trust in tech, 5G and stability in a future of collaboration.

Paul Scanlan and Huawei highlight: “Ongoing R&D investment: Innovation and research are our lifeblood, and we will continue to invest over 10% of our annual revenue in R&D. In 2018 alone, our R&D investment exceeded US$14.8bn (100 billion yuan), ranking fifth globally in The 2018 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard. Our continued investment has produced positive results, giving us the ability to provide our customers with innovative products and more efficient services.”

See publication

Tags: 5G, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

Top 24 AI Books of all Time and Reflections
linkedin
May 13, 2019
“Most long-range forecasts of what is technically feasible in future time periods dramatically underestimate the power of future developments because they are based on what I call the “intuitive linear” view of history rather than the “historical exponential” view.” ― Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity is Near

See publication

Tags: AI

Getting Ready For The Tsunami: AI Evolution, Blockchain and Technological Singularity
intelligenthq.com
March 13, 2019
Getting Ready For The Tsunami: AI Evolution, Blockchain and Technological Singularity

The ones old enough to remember, might recall the times when image communication seemed a far distant impossible reality… a futuristic dream that would never be achieved! Now, we can have a voice call with someone who is climbing the Himalayas, while sitting in the comfort of our home, through Skype, Whattsapp, Zoom, Signal etc etc etc…

In the last few decades, we have seen what seems like reality surpassing imagination. Incredible technological advancements are happening at such quick pace that one is almost incapable to keep up with all the innovations. And one of the most radical inventions that is promising a tsunami in our lives is AI.

The tsunami AI, has been out there actually for a long time. It has been discreetly operating and being developed in research and development labs located in Universities and Tech Corporations, scattered in the world. Over the past decade it has gained momentum, and is now applied across disparate industries ranging from healthcare to manufacturing to retail and beyond.

AI raises hopes yes, but also fears. If it can help immensely the world it can also bring us to the edge of catastrophe, if one considers that AI can eventually surpass humans in terms of intelligent cognition. Will the scenario of machines overturning humans become a reality ?
https://www.intelligenthq.com/getting-ready-tsunami-ai-evolution-blockchain-technological-singularity/ via @intelligenthq

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Emerging Technology

Getting Ready For The Tsunami: AI Evolution, Blockchain and Technological Singularity
intelligenthq.com
March 12, 2019
Getting Ready For The Tsunami: AI Evolution, Blockchain and Technological Singularity
The ones old enough to remember, might recall the times when image communication seemed a far distant impossible reality… a futuristic dream that would never be achieved! Now, we can have a voice call with someone who is climbing the Himalayas, while sitting in the comfort of our home, through Skype, Whattsapp, Zoom, Signal etc etc etc…

In the last few decades, we have seen what seems like reality surpassing imagination. Incredible technological advancements are happening at such quick pace that one is almost incapable to keep up with all the innovations. And one of the most radical inventions that is promising a tsunami in our lives is AI.

The tsunami AI, has been out there actually for a long time. It has been discreetly operating and being developed in research and development labs located in Universities and Tech Corporations, scattered in the world. Over the past decade it has gained momentum, and is now applied across disparate industries ranging from healthcare to manufacturing to retail and beyond.

AI raises hopes yes, but also fears. If it can help immensely the world it can also bring us to the edge of catastrophe, if one considers that AI can eventually surpass humans in terms of intelligent cognition. Will the scenario of machines overturning humans become a reality ? Or will we have what some call a “friendly AI?” What explains this intense period of development of AI over the past decade, is the exponential growth of Big Data! With such extreme quantities of data being produced all the time, we urgently need a system to organize it and secure it, in a way that some of the threats inherent to AI can be prevented. Possibly blockchain can be the underlying architecture, sustaining it and securing AI. These are some of the challenges that will be talked about in this article.

https://www.intelligenthq.com/getting-ready-tsunami-ai-evolution-blockchain-technological-singularity/ via @intelligenthq

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Innovation

The Future of Finance
hedgethink.com
September 17, 2018
The Future of Finance
Financial institutions are becoming driven by data and tech
New technologies are and will rapidly reshape the entire financial services spectre.
Fintech that’s no longer the headline, it’s now the industry reality together with new digitalisation of money, crypto and regulatory frameworks.
Banks, insurers and asset managers are knee-deep in the potential of such technologies known as Fintech, data, artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain.
These technologies are the main drivers helping transform the finance businesses and stay on top of ever-changing consumer expectations.
For instance, the financial services seen as a digital transformation infrastructure is now a fact.
Big Data, AI, blockchain automation, cloud computing, IoT and augmented reality are reshaping the present near future of financial services companies, the products they offer and the way they engage their customers.
Leaders of financial institutions must be the catalyst for change. All organisations need to have a clear fintech strategy that aligns with business model goals.
Those who are ready to manage innovation as an ongoing process, will be positioned to not just survive disruption—they will thrive. But we are humans and we need to have wisdom and joint efforts. Tech won’t save us if we don’t cooperate correctly.

See publication

Tags: Fintech

20 Personal Development Daily Mindfulness Rituals
linkedin
August 15, 2018
As a serial entrepreneur, author and CEO one of the the things more important in my life is my balance and how I manage my time and rituals. I have been studying best ways to be more productive and get the best out of my capacities and special the details that I control. The bellow are my reflections on how matter to having daily rituals.

See publication

Tags: Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Richard Brandson Steve Jobs Capitalism and Creating Value
Dinis Guarda
August 16, 2016
The truth about business, entrepreneurship or any form of organised activity is not about simply profit, it is about creating value. The creation of Value is the ultimate goal for any venture, company, business model and even government or politic party whatever its dimension, location or strategy.

Recently Richard Branson an entrepreneur known for its eccentricity and smart way of managing an ever evolving disruptive brand said:

“Capitalism has “lost its way” and financial profit should no longer be the main driving force behind big business”.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

What Means The Web Social Technological Reality
Dinis Guarda
August 10, 2016
What means the advent of web social technological reality in a Search and Social daily life?

The web is increasingly a mix of Search and Social features. Since the manifest about web 2.0 from Tim O’Reilly a lot has happened and at the moment the differences between what is social or not is almost invisible. At the moment the web universe, whether we call it internet or web has expanded towards a social platform of technologies.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Globalisation, Social Media Terra Incognita Web
Dinis Guarda
August 10, 2016
Terra incognita, web transparency and a new metaphoric globalisation!

Lately technology and web are making humanity go faster… too fast in this wide “Terra incognita” (the latin expression for Unknown land, territorry, used by ancient navigators for the mysterious areas under discovery). Although we live in a over mapped world that has powerful navigation such tools as Google Maps, GPS, Foursquare, Geo location devices the notion of “direction” has somehow disappeared from the reality maps

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

There are no problems in life just challenges
Dinis Guarda
August 09, 2016
When you look outside how do you see the sky? Is it big enough or not? Do you dream about the ideal life you would like to have or do you look to what can be improved in your own life? Did you think about the wide open outdoors of the landscape, the open vision to the blues of the clouds and huge, colorful clouds, the afternoon rare sunsets? Do you find opportunities and new experiences between the houses, buildings, big sky-crappers and monumental skyline of the small or big town where you live?

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Best iPad and iPhone applications for children of all ages
Dinis Guarda
August 09, 2016
As an iPad and especially an app addict I have been trying out a huge amount of apps for my own entertainment, work, tech experiments and of course for my child and friends’ children. Trust me, part of the fun of having an iPad is sharing it with your child.
Having tried to find relevant information about iPad and iPhone applications for a while I discovered that it was a very difficult and time-consuming task

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Intelligent Business Strategy in a Time of Continuous Innovation
linkedin
June 27, 2015
In a world of Disruption and continuous digital change and innovation do you understand what you want to achieve and go for it with an intelligent innovative do attitude?

See publication

Tags: Digital Disruption, Innovation, Business Strategy

Do you care enough to make a difference?
Dinis Guarda
August 27, 2012
Do you care enough to make a difference?
Are you ready to take action?
Are you out of your comfort zone and ready to help someone that really needs?
Can you afford to think by your own?
Are you able to talk about it?
Are you ready to get negative feedback?
A lot of negative reviews?
Are you ready to write even when you must expect that most people will not read what you wrote?
Are you Able to Say ‘No’?
Are you Able to Say ‘No’ to yourself?
Are you Able to Say ‘No’ and focus?

Being a high achiever is not easy!
It requires persistent, not being afraid of failing and specially believing and a massive passion for what you do and what you envision!

Do you have the eagerness of make the ultimately effort?
Are you ready to Work harden?
Are you ambitious to go the extra miles?
Are you focus on do it better, getting close to perfection?

Persistence is positively correlated with Activity, action!

What makes impact in your mind? How are you nurturing you mind? How are you directing you thoughts?

Make sure you act!

See publication

Tags: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Startups

10 Important Questions To Ask Yourself
Dinis Guarda
July 11, 2012
What are the questions I need to ask myself that can make a difference in my life and in the way I manage my drive and expectations. What are the questions to ask myself to get the most out of life? First of all it is important to remember the wise words by Voltaire:

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

To follow up I want to remember these wonderful wise words that Marisa Mayer one of the leading personalities and managers in Google told the audience at 92Y:

“Burnout is about resentment [Preventing it is] about knowing yourself well enough to know what it is you’re giving up that makes you resentful.”

So the question is how to drive your life in a focus way that you get the most out of your life and at the same time avoiding any negative burnout. How to make sure you are driven by value and challenging yourself and making sure you are going in the direction of your quest and happiness? I came up with these questions that are rather simple but at the same time help me focus and realise what is indeeed important to ask myself. here they are 10 simple questions that I want to remember at least once a month if not every week.

See publication

Tags: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Startups

Success is being yourself
Dinis Guarda
June 06, 2012
Success has various shapes and forms. But in the end there is only one success -to be able to spend your life with yourself and in your own way. Success is a long path and a journey of discovery. But there is only one success -to be able to spend your life in your own way, and specially with the person you see in the mirror. There are no formulas or secrets to success, but it has all to do with the way we look at our lives, our challenges, and the way we create our thoughts of it in the process of answering to the signs of reality.

See publication

Tags: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Startups

Facebook IPO how Social Media disrupts the economy!
Dinis Guarda
February 02, 2012
Facebook IPO is out there and is real! It shows that Software, the Digital and the Social Media industry as a whole are eating / replacing the economy / disrupting it. And although it seems crazy I believe it is also good news, not just because of Facebook in itself but because of what it represents, the digital world industry and all the economy. The advent of Facebook is the emergence of new digital open data, a somehow new economy.

See publication

Tags: Business Continuity, Change Management, Marketing

7 books on Social Media, Tech, Society related to read
Dinis Guarda
June 28, 2011
7 Top Social Media, Tech, Society related books in my list!

The corridors of knowledge are always being populated by different evolution and trends passing by. Society with the advent of Social Media is going through a huge revolution but this is not something new. There has been an evolution and we are at this stage thanks to a lot of research, technological and social changes that have been there for long time, evolving.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Trends in Personal branding and the social media graph
Dinis Guarda
June 28, 2011
World of evolving social and technological behavior and interaction relation

The beginning of the Twentieth century created a world of continuous evolving social and technological behaviour and interaction relations. Also it brought the advent of a time of accelerating mutation, where moments of new trends come with crisis and shift of paradigms. Within this world Personal branding became critical.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Financial Industry & The key asset of Trust
Dinis Guarda
July 18, 2010
The creation of trust is the key for the financial industry in a landscape of continuing financial crisis that cannot be found in any standard national account statistics or economic models.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Top 30 technical business SEO and Social Media requirements for a website
Dinis Guarda
July 18, 2010
SEO is critical for the success of any business strategy online. It is the holistic mix of good practices and the correct set up for the technical part of a website and its interaction with strategy and content. There are a lot of names for SEO but ultimately it is about good practices that have to do with consistency and ethical best practice.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Smart Vehicles & IoT – In A World Where Everything Is Connected, What Will Be The Role Of Smart Vehicles And What Changes It Will Bring To Our Lives?
Intelligenthq.com
April 02, 2001
Self-driving cars are smart, and it takes correspondingly smart people and technology to build them. With so many benefits to be reaped from such innovation, the ICT industry is investing in its own future by supplying technology required by the largest automakers worldwide and rising consumer trends, wishing to bring about the digital transformation of driving.

But the auto and ICT industries’ collaborative acceleration of smart car development does not come without its fair share of challenges. Digitised smart car technology is still in its primal stages; a feat of mechanical and electronic engineering that remains rudimentary. The stakes for smart car development are thus not only high because the outcome could be so overwhelming, but also because it is so uncertain. The road to digital transformation in the already high-tech realm of auto engineering is one which has yet to be drawn and driven, according to FAW (China’s first automotive firm to conduct R&D on smart cars).

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Twins, Smart Cities

4 Books
4IR AI Blockchain Fintech IoT book presentation by Dinis Guarda
ztudium / Emir Research
November 26, 2019
https://www.4irbook.com/

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

4IR: AI, Blockchain, Fintech – Reinventing a Nation
ztudium / Emir Research
October 16, 2019
4IR: AI, Blockchain, Fintech – Reinventing a Nation analyzes how future digital tech can be used by developing nations.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution – 4IR – and all the emerging technologies are part of this concept, disrupting the world as we know it, particularly affecting nations and businesses that need to adapt quickly to avoid being left behind.

“4IR : AI, Blockchain, Fintech – Reinventing a Nation” offers insights into the present and future of the 4IR and how the associated variety of evolving technologies can and will have a significant impact on economies and societies. The book challenges nations to prepare for 4IR, asking them to focus on the needs of their society, leading to a future of sustainable, mindful economic growth on a global field, and how this, if rightly utilized, might contribute to a better world where nations are seen as collaborators rather than adversaries.

The book assembles an array of thought leaders who all contributed research to the book and is a testament to the impressive global network that Dinis Guarda has built during his 25-year career. The list of contributors includes a foreword by Eric Van der Kleij – the founder of London TechCity and Level 39, Emmanuel Daniel, founder of Asian Banker, Guenther Dobrauz Saldapenna, author and Director at PWC, Yoshiyuki Yamamoto, advisor to the UN, Efi Pylarinou, influencer in fintech, Thomas Power, global authority in social media and tech, Maria Fonseca, Anca Petre, Dr. Margarita Peredaryenko, Hernaldo Turrillo and Javed Khattak.

The book highlights the technologies of AI, Blockchain, Fintech, and IoT, which are at the core of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It discusses the risks and threats and explores how we can best harness the opportunities, strengths, and potential of these technology tools for the future advancement of countries and their citizens.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Digital Transformation

Innovating In A Forever Recession
Ztudium
May 25, 2016
The concept of "Forever recession”, coined by Seth Godin, is particularly relevant to the present world climate and the business challenges we face today. How can businesses cope and adapt to a fast changing economy and society challenged by innovative disruption technologies, the sense of continuous crisis and somehow a "forever recession”?

See publication

Tags: Cryptocurrency, Digital Disruption, Innovation, Business Continuity

How To Map Who You are?
Series: IntelligentHQ Published: 02.06.2016
February 06, 2016
How To Map Who You are?
"How To Map Who You are?" is a book about personal development that provides the reader with great tools for self development adapted to the digital age. "Life is a process of understanding yourself through a permanent quest of opening up, of mapping yourself, which enables you to become more aware of who you are. You can then be the personal leader of yourself. How to become a leader of yourself?" says Dinis Guarda, the author the book.

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Leadership

4 Founders
Citiesabc
citiesabc
September 01, 2019
citiesabc is a digital transformation platform to empower, guide and index cities. citiesabc was created a team of global industry leaders, academics and experts that is creating new solutions, lists, rankings and connections for the world top cities and populations. citiesabc offers the best of innovation in 4IR digital transformation, Blockchain, AI, smart cities technologies and big data

See publication

Tags: AI, Big Data, Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Open Business Council
Open Business Council
August 01, 2019
Open Business Council offers resources, Trade Finance, business advice, SME Finance and a forum and directory for businesses! Improve your business and use the best digital, financial and funding tools to grow ROI - return on investment and ROA - return on attention!

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech, Marketing

Fashionabc
Fashionabc
July 01, 2019
fashionabc is a fashion technology platform, comprising a digital directory and various other digital tools and supply chain solutions for the fashion industry ecosystem, that focus on ethical fashion and sustainability. We are building inclusive digital transformation tools for fashion professionals who are willing to take steps towards a more sustainable ethical fashion industry, by adopting AI and DLT blockchain technology.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Sustainability

Ztudium
Ztudium
August 01, 2011
Ztudium is a technology big data Business Intelligence Digital network for Finance, Markets and Business with a 360 degrees focus on Innovation and Social Media DNA. It publishes the internet and mobile platforms intelligenthq.com (created in January 2013), hedgethink.com (created in March 2014) and tradersdna.com.
The company runs as well a boutique consultancy specialised in 360 degree digital and social media business strategies to Companies and start-ups in Business Intelligence, Finance Innovation, Capital Markets, Marketing, Cloud, Big Data and Investment Industry. We have been consulting and collaborating with companies such as Samsung Benelux, MasterCard, Philips, UK Association Of Footbal Agents, Saxo Bank and others.

See publication

Tags: Big Data, Cloud, Social, Startups, Fintech, Marketing

7 Keynotes
CCForum and Malta AI & Blockchain Summit / Dinis Guarda
Dinis Guarda
May 27, 2019
Dinis Guarda on Hacking the DNA of Humanity with Blockchain and AI. Joint edition of CC Forum and Malta AI & Blockchain Summit. 23 May 2019

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Dinis Guarda, Keynote speech in the World Blockchain Summit, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
World Blockchain Summit
April 04, 2019
Dinis Guarda, Keynote speech in the World Blockchain Summit, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

How Businesses & Governments can prosper with Blockchain + AI by Dinis Guarda
World AI Show Mumbai
December 10, 2018
How Businesses & Governments can prosper with Blockchain + AI by Dinis Guarda
Dinis Guarda - KEYNOTE at World AI Show Mumbai - 2018
Dec 10, 2018

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

4th Industrial Revolution - Blockchain, AI How to reinvent countries
CC Forum
October 29, 2018
4th Industrial Revolution - Blockchain, AI How to reinvent countries
The Fourth Industrial Revolution - 4IR - and all the emerging technologies are part of this concept, disrupting the world as we know it, particularly affecting nations and businesses that need to adapt quickly to avoid being left behind.

Book Cover
Book Cover
"4IR: AI, Blockchain, Fintech - Reinventing a Nation" offers insights into the present and future of the 4IR and how the associated variety of evolving technologies can and will have a significant impact on economies and societies. The book challenges nations to prepare for 4IR, asking them to focus on the needs of their society, leading to a future of sustainable, mindful economic growth on a global field, and how this, if rightly utilized, might contribute to a better world where nations are seen as collaborators rather than adversaries.
28-30 October 2018

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Digital Transformation

Hacking the DNA of humanity with Blockchain and AI, in the summit Hackit 4.0 in Kiev, Ukraine
ztudium - youtube - slideshare
October 09, 2018
High profile keynote as top international speaker: Dinis Guarda – Hacking the DNA of humanity with Blockchain and AI, in the summit Hackit 4.0 in Kiev, Ukraine
The conference had an audience of 500 people and global exposure

See publication

Tags: AI, Big Data, Blockchain

Imagine If… You Knew What The Future Would Bring - Blockchain, AI and Crypto Economics
North Highland
August 25, 2018
Imagine If… You Knew What The Future Would Bring - Blockchain, AI and Crypto Economics
Dinis Guarda, Blockchain expert and CEO of Ztudium looks at how you can leverage Blockchain and AI for your business and why this can’t wait until tomorrow.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOJtIfX_7Ls&t=1496s

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Emerging Technology

Everyone is now a media and a brand Dinis Guarda Social Media and Digital Strategy Copenhagen
Copenhagen SocialOkonomi
June 17, 2009
Everyone is now a media and a brand
Dinis Guarda Social Media and Digital Strategy
2009 keynote presentation https://youtu.be/fGQuR435z0s via @YouTube

See publication

Tags: Business Continuity, Digital Transformation, Fintech

5 Media Interviews
The Next Big Tech - Dinis Guarda on Engati CX
Engati CX
April 28, 2020
Dinis Guarda, Founder of Open Business Council and Ztudium talks about The Next Big Tech. The technology of the future. He speaks of the importance of AI and chatbots in the finance sector; especially when it comes to Fintech. Dinis also talks about Blockchain, cryptocurrency and their applications.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Tech's Future, AI & Blockchain With Dinis Guarda
TraderCobb
March 26, 2019
Tech's Future, AI & Blockchain With Dinis Guarda
Dinis has certainly been busy the last few years. He has fingers in many pies all relating around technology. His major focus now is in AI and Blockchain and how it can mould the future. We still have a long way to go but we cover some of the growth areas and what we can all do to help
Mar 26, 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zech3yKsDXE&t=327s

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Ep. #472- Humaniq (Interview With CEO Dinis Guarda)
crypt0snews.com
May 23, 2017
Ep. #472- Humaniq (Interview With CEO Dinis Guarda)
May 23, 2017

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Digital Transformation, Fintech

FROM BLOCKCHAIN TO BOWIE, ENO AND BEYOND, THE ENCYCLOPEDIC WORLD OF DINIS GUARDA
irishtechnews.ie
September 20, 2016
FROM BLOCKCHAIN TO BOWIE, ENO AND BEYOND, THE ENCYCLOPEDIC WORLD OF DINIS GUARDA

FROM BLOCKCHAIN TO BOWIE, ENO AND BEYOND, THE ENCYCLOPEDIC WORLD OF DINIS GUARDA
SIMON COCKINGSEPTEMBER 20, 2016
BANKINGBIG DATABITCOINBLOCKCHAINDATAENTREPRENEUREVENTSFEATUREDFINTECHFUTURE TRENDSGLOBAL NEWSINNOVATIONINTERVIEWS

By @SimonCocking. Great in depth interview with Dinis Guarda CEOFounder @IntelligentHQ @BlockchainAge http://openbusinesscouncil.org @HedgeThink @tradersdna @ztudium

What are you working on right now, and if it all goes to plan, what might happen?

At the moment I manage my company Ztudium.com that publishes intelligenthq.com, openbusinesscouncil.org, tradersdna.com and hedgethink.com. Ztudium is a multi-media engine and technology and communications specialist that builds businesses and brands. Our biggest project is intelligenthq.com – a digital, innovation social business network that provides intelligence, education for professionals businesses startups and Universities. IntelligentHQ.com is a platform that provides digital business insights, growth, executive education and change through the social media innovation lens to business – both startups and corporations.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Fintech

Dinis Guarda Interviews: Yu Xiong - citiesabc A 4IR Blockchain Magna Carta for Humanity
Dinis Guarda
August 16, 2016

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

12 Panels
LynKey: The future of travel and property with Blockchain, NFTs and Metaverse?
Dinis Guarda
January 26, 2022
Welcome to LynKey’s first talk show on January 26th at 9pm GMT, specially curated to help you delve into the prevailing market problems of today, including -but not limited to:

The NFTs Craze
Everything you need to know about the Metaverse
How Blockchain tech is finally taking off (and powering the future!)
Smart tourism, VR, AR, and much much more!

See publication

Tags: AR/VR, Blockchain, Metaverse

Smart cities & Circular Economy- Industries Experts and Organisations
Dinis Guarda
April 23, 2021
Panel at openbusinesscouncil summit & awards

See publication

Tags: Sustainability, Smart Cities

Centralised Finance vs Decentralised Finance, Digital Assets - NFTs
Dinis Guarda
April 23, 2021
Panel at openbusinesscouncil summit & awards

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Fintech

Can we redesign our cities, nations, governments with Smart cities, Blockchain
Dinis Guarda
April 23, 2021
Event wrap up - Can we redesign our cities, nations, governments with Smart cities, Blockchain, AI - 4IR, Society 5.0?

Wrap Up Session Part 2 at openbusinesscouncil summit & awards

Dinis Guarda, Founder CEO Executive Chairman openbusinesscouncil.org citiesabc.com
Hilton Supra, Vice Chairman openbusinesscouncil
Serafima Semkina, VP Operations openbusinesscouncil, techabc, ztudium group
Debra Ruh, Founder & CEO Ruh Global IMPACT
Dr Kirk Adams, President and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
Jaewon Peter Chun, President World Smart Cities Forum
Jewel Okwechime, Board Founder, VFD Group Nigeria
Melanie Eusebe, Chairman Black British Business - Black Business Awards

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Smart Cities

Closing Remarks
Dinis Guarda
April 22, 2021
Closing remarks at openbusinesscouncil summit & awards

Special Guests:

Antonio de S.Limongi Franca, Brazil LF1 Inovacao TECNOLÓGICA E ESTRATÉGIAS ORGANIZACIONAI
Serafima Semkina, VP Business Operations, Ztudium

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain

Smart cities Case studies - Singapore, Netherlands and the UK
Dinis Guarda
April 22, 2021
Panel at openbusinesscouncil summit & awards

Moderator: Dinis Guarda - Executive Chairman openbusinesscouncil

Speakers:


Atsushi Taira, Managing Director, Mistletoe
Jordy Vos, Lead Digital Construction Witteveen+Bos
Jawad Sardar, Future Cities & Prosperity Specialist, DIT UK

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Smart Cities

AI, Robotics, Singularity and Deep Tech - The Next Frontier
Dinis Guarda
April 21, 2021
AI, Robotics, Singularity and Deep Tech - the Next Frontier Panel at openbusinesscouncil summit & awards

Moderator:

Dinis Guarda, Founder CEO Executive Chairman openbusinesscouncil.org citiesabc.com

Speakers:

Ben Goertzel - Scientist CEO,
Scott Edward Parazynski is an American physician and a former NASA astronaut
Aidan Meller, Creator, Ai-Da Robot
Olivia Gambelin - Founder and CEO Ethical Intelligence I AI Ethicist

See publication

Tags: AI, RPA

Digital Transformation, Blockchain and The WorkPlace of the Future
Dinis Guarda
April 21, 2021
Panel at openbusinesscouncil summit & awards

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Digital Transformation

ESG - Sustainability - Finance and Digital Transformation Investment
Dinis Guarda
April 21, 2021

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Sustainability

You'll never believe this! LIVE: Blockchain, Crypto, DLT, Smart Contracts, CyberSecurity, Data, GDPR
YouTube
April 01, 2021
You'll never believe this!
Blockchain, Crypto, DLT, Smart Contracts, CyberSecurity, Data, GDPR

10 TOP GLOBAL TALENTS IN ONE PLACE & TIME

LIVE Panel:

Created and Moderated by
Philip Ingram MBE - Director, Grey Hare Media Professor,
With
Lisa Short, Founder - P&L Digital Edge, PHD researcher and academic;

Hosted by:
Dinis Guarda Founder - Author, CEO founder openbusinesscouncil & citiesabc

Featuring:
Dean Armstrong - QC 36 Group, Head of Chambers,
Nick Ayton - Futurist, serial entrepreneur & Family Office Advisor;
Gokul Alex, Co-Founder, Gigamesh Garage Ventures;
Dr Jane Thomason - Founder, Supernova Data;
Dr Mark van Rijmenam - Futurist, Founder of Datafloq;
Rajesh Dhuddu - VP, Tech Mahindra;
Olivier Rikken - CEO, Ledger Leopard;

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation

LIVE Event: Digital Assets, NFTs, DeFi and Future of Global Economy and Exchanges
Dinis Guarda
March 24, 2021
Special LIVE Event Dinis Guarda openbusinesscouncil summit - citiesabc: Digital Assets, NFTs, DeFi and Future of Global Economy and Exchanges

Dinis Guarda openbusinesscouncil summit – citiesabc Youtube hosts a special LIVE event where seven experts in the crypto and blockchain space will share their insights on Digital Assets, NFTs, DeFi and The Future of Global Economy and Exchanges.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Digital Week Online: Digital Transformation 360 – AI, Blockchain
YouTube
October 13, 2020
Digital Transformation 360 – AI, Blockchain Panel at #DigitalWeekOnline

Speakers

Ben Goertzel – Author, Founder of SingularityNet
Maya Zuckerman – Author, Researcher COO Luman,
Shameer Thaha – Author, Global Chief Strategy Officer at Accubits ,

Moderator

Dinis Guarda, Author, CEO of citiesabc, intelligenthq, openbusinesscouncil

Panel sessions topics covered today:

- Digital Transformation - Society 5.0 - 4IR how to make it happen for cities and countries?
- How to Reinvent Cities and Nations in a time of Covid-19?
- Government & businesses digital transformation challenges & Opportunities
- Smart Cities – trends, opportunities and challenges
- Big Data and Cybersecurity for Nations and Businesses
- Digital Transformation 360 - AI, Blockchain

See publication

Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Smart Cities

133 Podcasts
Carolina Conforti, Co-Founder of The Art Talks - Empowering Art & Creativity Around The World
Dinis Guarda
June 21, 2022
Carolina Conforti is the co-founder of The Art Talks brand, designed to highlight the wonderful enthusiasm and creativity around the art world. Carolina was born in Napoli, one of the most romantic cities of the Italian “Magna Graecia” heritage. Her childhood memories are embedded by the dazzling baroque explosive colors of the Mediterranean Sea, whilst her mind is filtered by the sleepy yet eruptive monumental cities of Paestum and Pompei. Her life was a roller coaster of wonderful Art wanderings in the most charming European cities, which fed her restless passion for Art whilst touching multiple Art facades.

Carolina Conforti Interview Questions

1. Background
2. From Christie’s to present: Carolina’s professional journey
3. Gradual evolution of art from traditional to modernisation and digitalisation of art
4. Creating a bridge between the repressions from personal life, and creating your own ventures now
5. What are your goals with Art Talks?
6. Digital tools are capable of ensuring a thriving art economy, but are not accessible to all the artists: The paradox?
7. Ingression of technology in art world: Bridging the communities through education
8. Dealing with the dynamics of art economy and educating the art community: democratising the creative and art economy with sustainability
9. Word of advice and good notes for the creator economy and art world

Carolina Conforti Biography

Carolina's first academic steps were taken throughout the breathtaking walls of the Louvres, where she fell in love with “Dessin Ancien”. Her Art career led her to the World’s most challenging auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Lately, she has been going through her own “Renaissance rebirth” fascinated by the more digital conversion Art is embracing. It is Carolina’s belief that in this surreal moment, what our culture and Arts are facing is best illustrated by Giuseppe Tomasi’s words in “Il Gattopardo”, “for things to remain the same, everything has to change”.

Through words, whispered in the sweetest way in one’s ear or howled to one’s heart, Carolina Conforti, a Zug based art historian, art critic, art collector and writer, has been pursuing her philanthropic meaning of Art.

See publication

Tags: Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Sameep Singhania - Co-Founder Of Quickswap - Decentralization and Crypto For Businesses
Dinis Guarda
May 20, 2022
ameep Singhania, QuickSwap’s co-founder, has been a professional programmer for the past six years and has used his programming knowledge to become a software developer and consultant. Due to his extensive experience in blockchain, Singhania has been involved in different contracts, such as being the lead developer at ParaSwap, the blockchain developer at Bonded Finance and the blockchain consultant at YourVC.Club. For the software engineer, blockchain is his life, and because of his resilience, QuickSwap has become the biggest decentralized exchange on Polygon, seeing that it has reached a $1 billion valuation.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Lars Rottweiler - Founder of Mbanq - Leading The FinTech Revolution
Dinis Guarda
May 11, 2022
Lars Rottweiler is an expert in banking and financial services transformations and understands how to improve operations and leverage modern technology. He has over 25 years of banking and consulting experience and is a distinguished speaker and influencer in digital banking.

Along with Vladimir Lounegov, Lars founded Mbanq in 2017. Mbanq is a FinTech company which sets up and operates banks for clients using its digital banking platform on a Software as a Service (SaaS) basis. Its proprietary technology provides an advanced, modular, end-to-end banking platform with everything required to instantly launch financial services for any use case.

Before founding Mbanq, Lars was Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and headed senior executive roles for PwC, Accenture and Infosys. His extensive banking industry knowledge is built on top-level engagements across the world.

See publication

Tags: Cryptocurrency, Fintech

Jeff Hood: How To Succesfully Transition To The World Of NFTs And Web3
Dinis Guarda
April 22, 2022
Jeff Hood currently serves as the CEO and Co-Founder of MetaCurio, a full-service Web 3 strategy company. MetaCurio works with global brands and talent looking to enter the world of Web 3.

Prior to founding MetaCurio, Jeff served as the Co-Founder of Block Squared Capital as well as an advisor to numerous blockchain companies. His passion for crypto led him to playing a major role in the ICO space in 2017 by starting a blockchain company in hopes of solving a real-world problem of transparency in the charitable donation industry; he later formed Block Squared Capital in an effort to create a funding vehicle for mature blockchain projects.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Metaverse, NFT

Valentina Castellani, President Quinn Studios - How To Produce A Movie: Picking The Right Story
Dinis Guarda
April 14, 2022
alentina Castellani is an Award Winning Film Producer, President and Chairman of Quinn Studios Entertainment, which continues the Legacy of Academy Award Winning Actor Anthony Quinn, in the fields of art and entertainment.

Valentina Castellani produced many Academy Awards candidate films, Internationally recognized and distributed.

She won the prestigious US CONGRESS AWARD, The HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD, the English WIFTS Award as a “Visionary Producer” together with Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel and actress Gal Gadot.

Because of her ethical work as a producer, and her service to global society, Valentina Castellani was invited to speak at many International Organizations, including, The US Congress, United Nations, UNESCO, The YPO/Young President Organization and a number of International Universities.

Valentina Castellani Interview Questions

1. Academic and Professional Background
2. Getting into the film industry- from training to work/career
3. How do you choose your projects?
4. What is your production process?
5. How would you describe your transition from real world film production to the digitisation of the process?
6. How do films act as tools to make an impact on society?
7. How can you channelise your energy for better leadership?
8. Final Remarks - An Inspirational note

Valentina Castellani Biography

Valentina Castellani was born in Florence, Italy, where her family owned since the 1800’s an Opera House Theatre, the “Teatro Verdi”. Her Grandfather Riccardo Castellani was one of the most important producers and distributors of the Golden Era of Italian cinema. The family owned the most important Opera Theatre in Florence since early 1800, The TEATRO VERDI. Growing up behind the stage, watching operas, plays and ballets, had a strong influence on her.

She graduated from college, majoring in arts and design, and acquired a Master degree in Fashion Design at FIT in collaboration with the University of Florence, Fine Arts.

As President of Quinn Studios

In 2012, Valentina Castellani created Quinn Studios, in memory of Francesco Quinn, her husband and son of Oscar winning actor Anthony Quinn, who died in August 2011 as a production and post production company. Quinn Studios continues the Quinn Legacy in the fields of entertainment, the arts, and world peace. In 2012, Quinn Studios produced the TV documentary series “Life On A Bike” based on the Italian pro cycling tour Giro D’Italia, filmed across 11 countries.

In 2014, Quinn Studio co-produced the movie “The Butterfly’s Dream”, a candidate for Academy Award and Golden Globe 2014, as Best Foreign Movie. Also winner of 13 International Awards. Quinn Studios also helped on the post production of “The Square”, a documentary on the Egyptian conflict, which won all major International Awards, including the Directors Guild Award 2014, Sundance Film Festival 2014, Berlin Film Festival, Dubai Film Festival, and more.

Because of her personal story, her ethical work as a producer, and her service to global society, Valentina Castellani was invited to speak at many International Organizations, including, The US Congress, United Nations, UNESCO, The YPO/Young President Organization and a number of International Universities.

She constantly collaborates with the Young Presidents Organization, YPO, in helping produce some of their events and works as an external International resource.

In 2016, Miss Castellani was Awarded with the US Congress Award, in recognition of her work in promoting the dialogue between Countries, Religions and Ethnicities. In 2017 Valentina was given the City of Los Angeles Award by Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Jose Huizar, for her initiative, efforts and achievements in promoting the restoration of the Iconic Anthony Quinn Mural: ” The Pope of Broadway”, downtown Los Angeles.

In 2018 Valentina was the recipient of the Prestigious English WIFTS Award as a “Visionary Producer''. She accepted the Award among a number of women of exceptional achievements, such as Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel and actress Gal Gadot.

In 2019 Valentina Castellani expanded her Production Studio and created Quinn Studios Entertainment.

See publication

Tags: Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Valentina Castellani, Award Winning Film Producer, President of Quinn Studios Entertainment
Dinis Guarda
April 08, 2022
Valentina Castellani is an Award Winning Film Producer, President and Chairman of Quinn Studios Entertainment, which continues the Legacy of Academy Award Winning Actor Anthony Quinn, in the fields of art and entertainment.

Valentina Castellani produced many Academy Awards candidate films, Internationally recognized and distributed.

She won the prestigious US CONGRESS AWARD, The HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD, the English WIFTS Award as a “Visionary Producer” together with Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel and actress Gal Gadot.

Because of her ethical work as a producer, and her service to global society, Valentina Castellani was invited to speak at many International Organizations, including, The US Congress, United Nations, UNESCO, The YPO/Young President Organization and a number of International Universities.

Valentina Castellani Interview Questions

1. Academic and Professional Background
2. Getting into the film industry- from training to work/career
3. How do you choose your projects?
4. What is your production process?
5. How would you describe your transition from real world film production to the digitisation of the process?
6. How do films act as tools to make an impact on society?
7. How can you channelise your energy for better leadership?
8. Final Remarks - An Inspirational note

Valentina Castellani Biography

Valentina Castellani was born in Florence, Italy, where her family owned since the 1800’s an Opera House Theatre, the “Teatro Verdi”. Her Grandfather Riccardo Castellani was one of the most important producers and distributors of the Golden Era of Italian cinema. The family owned the most important Opera Theatre in Florence since early 1800, The TEATRO VERDI. Growing up behind the stage, watching operas, plays and ballets, had a strong influence on her.

She graduated from college, majoring in arts and design, and acquired a Master degree in Fashion Design at FIT in collaboration with the University of Florence, Fine Arts.

As President of Quinn Studios

In 2012, Valentina Castellani created Quinn Studios, in memory of Francesco Quinn, her husband and son of Oscar winning actor Anthony Quinn, who died in August 2011 as a production and post production company. Quinn Studios continues the Quinn Legacy in the fields of entertainment, the arts, and world peace. In 2012, Quinn Studios produced the TV documentary series “Life On A Bike” based on the Italian pro cycling tour Giro D’Italia, filmed across 11 countries.

In 2014, Quinn Studio co-produced the movie “The Butterfly’s Dream”, a candidate for Academy Award and Golden Globe 2014, as Best Foreign Movie. Also winner of 13 International Awards. Quinn Studios also helped on the post production of “The Square”, a documentary on the Egyptian conflict, which won all major International Awards, including the Directors Guild Award 2014, Sundance Film Festival 2014, Berlin Film Festival, Dubai Film Festival, and more.

Because of her personal story, her ethical work as a producer, and her service to global society, Valentina Castellani was invited to speak at many International Organizations, including, The US Congress, United Nations, UNESCO, The YPO/Young President Organization and a number of International Universities.

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Or Lenchner, CEO of Bright Data - Data Revolution & Transparency
Dinis Guarda
March 31, 2022
Or Lenchner is a tech entrepreneur and a web and technology enthusiast. He is currently the CEO of world-known web data platform Bright Data, and in 2020, he became an official member of the Forbes Technology Council.

Ever since he became CEO of Bright Data, he’s helped to expand the company’s market base as an online data collection platform dedicated to delivering complete web transparency.

Furthermore, for the past three years, under Lenchner’s leadership, Bright Data has advanced its product offerings to include first-of-its-kind automated solutions, enabling its customers to collect and receive data in a matter of minutes. Among Bright Data’s thousands of customers are Fortune 500 companies, major e-commerce firms and sites, prominent finance firms, leading security operators, travel sites, academic and public sector organizations.

Prior to his career at Bright Data, Lenchner founded and managed several web-based businesses, developing digital assets and online marketing programs. Initially joining Bright Data as head of product development, Lenchner’s career and evolution at the company has been driven by his firm belief in a transparent, ethical-by-design web environment that contributes to an open, competitive market benefitting both businesses and society as a whole.

See publication

Tags: Big Data, Digital Transformation

Dana Todd, CEO Of Balodana - Making Fashion More Equal
Dinis Guarda
March 30, 2022
Dana Todd is a 3-time founder and digital innovation pioneer with 20+ years making digital experiences for humans, including a patent for SEO technology. Currently CEO of a global fashion marketplace, Balodana, Ms. Todd has been a subject matter expert regarding digital business for trade and national press, conferences, academic and legal engagements. Leadership background includes both agency-side and brand-side operations. As a former CMO, she employs a blend of digital and traditional marketing methods for integrated strategic planning and execution.

See publication

Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Marketing

Jeff Hood, Co-Founder and CEO of MetaCurio - Unleashing the Power of Web3, NFTs And Metaverse
Dinis Guarda
March 26, 2022
Jeff Hood currently serves as the CEO and Co-Founder of MetaCurio, a full-service Web 3 strategy company. MetaCurio works with global brands and talent looking to enter the world of Web 3.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Metaverse, NFT

Dana Todd, CEO Of Balodana - Reinventing The Global Fashion Market By Putting Women First
Dinis Guarda
March 16, 2022
Dana Todd is a 3-time founder and digital innovation pioneer with 20+ years making digital experiences for humans, including a patent for SEO technology. Currently CEO of a global fashion marketplace, Balodana, Ms. Todd has been a subject matter expert regarding digital business for trade and national press, conferences, academic and legal engagements. Leadership background includes both agency-side and brand-side operations. As a former CMO, she employs a blend of digital and traditional marketing methods for integrated strategic planning and execution.

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Leadership

Finding Your Atom with Dirk Collier: Finding Your Idea
Dinis Guarda
March 11, 2022
Today's guest is Author and Thought Leader Dirk Collier. In this episode, the three of them go on a journey through Asian and Indian culture, and how society changes over time fuelled by ideas.

“Finding Your Atom” is the new podcast series by Amrita Sen, artist, designer, and producer, and Dinis Guarda, author, and founder of citiesabc and openbusinesscouncil.

Amrita Sen and Dinis Guarda come together again, after the success of their previous podcast series “Music For” with another concept of recognising unique identifiers, and motivating the audiences with an increased mindfulness and self-awareness. The podcast is available on Dinis Guarda YouTube channel, and major podcast directories.

The presenters of the podcast are adept with the knowledge of meditation fundamentals, and consequently emphasise on negating the cacophony of the thoughts in our lives, focussing our energies on the relevant one. Thus, “Finding Your Atom” could be a unique opportunity to glue yourself with your own personality.

See publication

Tags: Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Kewal Kapoor: The Iteration Of Content In The Digital Age
Dinis Guarda
March 04, 2022
Kewal Kapoor has an extensive and diversified portfolio, enabling him to have a deep understanding of various industries. Besides being a founder and creator of the CHAI Kreative & Advisory agency and its whole concept as well a chai lover himself, Kewal has also been: an assiduous researcher, a proficient writer, investigator and journalist, an experienced producer and director. This cross-industry experience is what makes him an exceptional consultant and creative strategist.

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Mental Health, Ecosystems

Kewal Kapoor - TV Producer, Creative Strategist & Founder of CHAI Kreative & Advisory Agency
Dinis Guarda
February 25, 2022
Kewal Kapoor has an extensive and diversified portfolio, enabling him to have a deep understanding of various industries. Besides being a founder and creator of the CHAI Kreative & Advisory agency and its whole concept as well a chai lover himself, Kewal has also been: an assiduous researcher, a proficient writer, investigator and journalist, an experienced producer and director. This cross-industry experience is what makes him an exceptional consultant and creative strategist.

See publication

Tags: Cryptocurrency, Digital Transformation

Finding Your Atom with Andrew Woods: Finding Your Core
Dinis Guarda
February 18, 2022
Today's guest is Fitness and Boxing coach Andrew Woods. In this episode, the three of them go on a journey identify our core through fitness, mental health, and mind-body alignment.

See publication

Tags: Leadership, Health and Wellness

David Uhryniak, Director of Blockchain at TRON - The Future of TRON: NFTs, The Metaverse, DeFi…
Dinis Guarda
February 16, 2022
David Uhryniak is the Blockchain Strategy Director at TRON, a leading blockchain platform dedicated to accelerating the decentralization of the Internet via decentralized applications (DApps).

David joined TRON in January 2022 right after the platform completed full decentralization in Dec 2021 and has become a purely community-governed DAO. In that regard, Dave will be a visible part of the team driving that effort and will identify key opportunities within the broad blockchain ecosystem, and ensure TRON is positioned to act on the opportunities.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

CLIPS: James Zhang - Explaining The Metaverse
Dinis Guarda
February 11, 2022
James Zhang is the CEO and founder of The Concept Art House. James has been on the cutting edge of digital entertainment for nearly two decades. Since its founding in 2007, James has built Concept Art House into one of the video game industry’s most celebrated art services companies, and continues to establish lasting partnerships with industry powerhouses such as Activision/Blizzard, 2K, Tencent, Kabam, Netease, and Supercell.

See publication

Tags: AR/VR, Metaverse

Chris West, Founder Verbal Identity, Bestselling Author - Language, Marketing And Business Success
Dinis Guarda
February 09, 2022
Chris is a unique combination of insightful strategic thinker and highly-awarded writer. Chris is the Founding Partner and CEO of Verbal Identity, a strategic brand consultancy specializing in the power of language. Clients include Alphabet’s ‘moonshot factory’, LVMH, Vauxhall, John Lewis, and start-ups from fintech, data science, and beauty.

He founded Verbal Identity in 2010 to help company and department leaders define the strategic vision for their business and bring it to life with language. His firm has guided global and national brands, relaunches, and start-ups, from B2B and B2C to tech and luxury and everything in between.

Previously, Chris ran a project-based advertising agency for 10 years working with global clients and before that, he was one of London’s most awarded copywriters for his work across the Guardian, adidas, British Airways and the Conservative Party. In 2016, he was the convening President for the inaugural verbal branding jury at the LIA.

Chris is also a Bestselling Author. He has written two books to date: ‘Strong Language: The Fastest, Smartest, Cheapest Marketing Tool You're Not Using’ and ‘How Words Work’.

See publication

Tags: Startups, Marketing, Future of Work

Luke Stokes, Foundation for Interwallet Operability - Designing a Decentralized World: DAO vs DAC
Dinis Guarda
February 04, 2022
Luke Stokes is the Managing Director at FIO, Hive Witness, FoxyCart.com and Co-Founder of eosDAC Custodian. An early adopter of crypto and blockchain technologies, Luke Stokes strongly believes that these emerging techs can be a mechanism for global non-violent consensus.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Finding Your Atom with Katey Lockwood: Coaching and Wellbeing
Dinis Guarda
January 28, 2022
“Finding Your Atom” is the new podcast series by Amrita Sen, artist, designer, and producer, and Dinis Guarda, author, and founder of citiesabc and openbusinesscouncil. Today's guest is Leadership coach, Author of ‘The Way. Finding Peace in Turbulent Times’ Katey Lockwood.

See publication

Tags: Health and Wellness

Finding Your Atom with special guest Katey Lockwood: Empathy
Dinis Guarda
January 15, 2022
“Finding Your Atom” is the new podcast series by Amrita Sen, artist, designer, and producer, and Dinis Guarda, author, and founder of citiesabc and openbusinesscouncil. Today's guest is Leadership coach, Author of ‘The Way. Finding Peace in Turbulent Times’ Katey Lockwood. The three of them go on a journey to discover what drives Katey's career: a life dedicated to helping others.

See publication

Tags: Leadership

Adam Hollander, Serial Entrepreneur, Pack Leader at Hungry Wolves - NFT & Gamification
Dinis Guarda
January 11, 2022
Adam Hollander is a serial entrepreneur and using his extensive experience in game mechanics and motivation, has recently launched a new NFT generative collection called Hungry Wolves. Hungry Wolves is a gamified social-based NFTs platform that generates digital content on the Ethereum blockchain.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Entrepreneurship

James Zhang, CEO The Concept Art House - Games, Art And NFTs
Youtube
January 05, 2022
James Zhang is the CEO and founder of The Concept Art House. James has been on the cutting edge of digital entertainment for nearly two decades. Since its founding in 2007, James has built Concept Art House into one of the video game industry’s most celebrated art services companies, and continues to establish lasting partnerships with industry powerhouses such as Activision/Blizzard, 2K, Tencent, Kabam, Netease, and Supercell.

He additionally serves on several Advisory Boards including: 1World Online, a crowdsource service that combines social polling with analytics, Redemption Games, a leading casual game developer, Waygate, an interactive VR content platform and Wistla, a social activities mobile app.

James Zhang interview questions:

1. How did you start your career?
2. Can you tell us about your childhood?
3. Can you tell us about the process of creating and producing the game and how you started to get involved in this industry?
4. I understand that your career touches lots of areas but how did you start your company?
5. How did you move from the creator part to the entrepreneur and the investor plus tech hats?
6. How did you get into the blockchain industry?
7. You have been through all the blockchain multiple waves from the beginning. Can you tell us about it?
8. Why did you shift 100% to Web3.0 and can you explain to us the power of Web 3.0 and why it matters?
“The combination of the fan community and the art is what gives NFTs their value,” said Concept Art House CEO James Zhang in an interview with GamesBeat. Can you elaborate on this?
9. Your company is now at the intersection of NFTs, art, and gaming. Can you tell us more about that and how to envision these areas working together?
10. As a global art, what are your views on the Metaverse?

See publication

Tags: AR/VR, Blockchain, Metaverse

Finding Your Atom with Special Guest Steven Husak: Self-Rediscovery
Dinis Guarda
December 17, 2021
“Finding Your Atom” is the fresh podcast series by Amrita Sen, artist, designer, and producer, and Dinis Guarda, author, and founder of citiesabc and openbusinesscouncil. The two come together again, after the success of their previous podcast series “Music For” with another concept of recognising unique identifiers, and motivating the audiences with an increased mindfulness and self-awareness. The podcast is available on Dinis Guarda YouTube channel, and major podcast directories.

See publication

Tags: Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Clips: QuHarrison Terry On The NFT Handbook
Dinis Guarda
December 01, 2021
Clip from Dinis Guarda's interview with QuHarrison Terry where he explains how he came up and all the work behind the eye-opening NFT Handbook.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Music For Buddha 4 - Fantasy Bubbles By Amrita Sen and Dinis Guarda
Youtube
November 26, 2021
Music For is the new podcast between artist, designer and producer Amrita Sen and citiesabc and openbusinesscouncil Founder Dinis Guarda. In this episode, Amrita introduces the concept of the Fantasy Bubbles we all live in and the complex concept of reality, always from the lessons Buddha taught us.

Thought as a collaborative work between the two, the podcast showcases the power of music to improve our wellbeing and healing as well as Amrita’s exclusive ideas in terms of narratives from Indian Mythology. She aesthetically introduces a fresh perspective to the potentials of music in alleviating one’s inner self by taking an illustration of Buddha’s life.

#MusicFor #MusicForBuddha #FantasyBubbles

See publication

Tags: Leadership, Mental Health, Social

Kireet Khurana, Filmmaker & Animator - Homelessness In India: The “Invisible Visible”
Youtube
November 24, 2021
Kireet Khurana is an Indian animator, filmmaker, storyteller, and ad-film director. In his career of 12 years, he has made over 300 short films, documentary films, ad films and also directed India’s first live action-3D animation film “Toonpur Ka Superhero”.

Kireet has won more than 30 awards, including 6 prestigious President's National Awards for his films, the first of which he won in 1995 for the animated film Mahagiri. He has made over 12 short films, and over 500 ad films.

He is also the creator of India's largest animation series, Vartmaan, with animation pioneer Bhimsain.

Recently Kireet Khurana released the film documentary 'The Invisible Visible', highlighting the plight of India's destitute millions suffering from homelesness.

'The Invisible Visible', is an 81 minutes-long documentary that will be released mid-2022. It has been shot across Mumbai, Delhi, Patna, Dehradun, Kanpur and a few villages in Maharashtra and Bihar.

See publication

Tags: Leadership, Social, Sustainability

Music For Buddha 2 With Special Guest Suvarna Jha Sira - Reconstructing Buddha’s Life
Youtube
November 19, 2021
Music For is the new podcast between artist, designer and producer Amrita Sen and citiesabc and openbusinesscouncil Founder Dinis Guarda. In this episode, Amrita relives Buddha's wife Yaśodharā's story through her book "Awakened" and her inspiration for women.

Thought as a collaborative work between the two, the podcast showcases the power of music to improve our wellbeing and healing as well as Amrita’s exclusive ideas in terms of narratives from Indian Mythology. She aesthetically introduces a fresh perspective to the potentials of music in alleviating one’s inner self by taking an illustration of Buddha’s life.

#MusicFor #MusicForBuddha #Awakened

See publication

Tags: Leadership, Mental Health, Social

QuHarrison Terry, Head of Growth Marketing at Mark Cuban co., Author NFT Handbook - Explaining NFTs
Dinis Guarda
November 17, 2021
QuHarrison Terry is an author and digital global expert growth marketer at Mark Cuban Companies, a Dallas, Texas venture capital firm, where he advises and assists portfolio companies with their marketing strategies and objectives.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Marketing, Entrepreneurship

Music For Series - Music For Career: You Shrink Before You Expand By Amrita Sen And Dinis Guarda
Youtube
November 12, 2021
Music For is the new podcast between artist, designer and producer Amrita Sen and citiesabc and openbusinesscouncil Founder Dinis Guarda. This is Music For Career, where Amrita and Dinis explore the analogy between music and career management.

Thought as a collaborative work between the two, the podcast showcases the power of music to improve our wellbeing and healing as well as Amrita’s exclusive ideas in terms of narratives from Indian Mythology. She aesthetically introduces a fresh perspective to the potentials of music in alleviating one’s inner self by taking an illustration of Buddha’s life.

#MusicFor #MusicForCareer #YouShrinkBeforeYouExpand

See publication

Tags: Leadership, Mental Health, Social

Music For Buddha 2 With Special Guest Suvarna Jha Sira - Reconstructing Buddha’s Life
Youtube
November 05, 2021
Music For is the new podcast between artist, designer and producer Amrita Sen and citiesabc and openbusinesscouncil Founder Dinis Guarda. This is Music For Buddha 2 with Special Guest Suvarna Jha Sira, where Amrita, Dinis and Suvarna explore Buddha’s life by reconstructing the myth and they give a very personal note on the importance of his figure in current India.

Thought as a collaborative work between the two, the podcast showcases the power of music to improve our wellbeing and healing as well as Amrita’s exclusive ideas in terms of narratives from Indian Mythology. She aesthetically introduces a fresh perspective to the potentials of music in alleviating one’s inner self by taking an illustration of Buddha’s life.

#MusicFor #MusicForBuddha #BuddhasLife

See publication

Tags: Leadership, Mental Health, Social

Pedro Gadanho VOL 2 - Architecture, Arts, Cities & Society - Former MoMA & MAAT Curator, Architect
Youtube
November 04, 2021
Pedro Gadanho is an architect, curator, and writer. PhD in architecture and mass media, Gadanho led a recognized architecture renovation practice until 2012, when he became the curator of contemporary architecture at the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, New York. In 2015, Pedro Gadanho became the founding director of MAAT, the new Museum of Art Architecture and Technology, in Lisbon, working on projects with major multi-media artists such as Apichapong Weerasethakul, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Gary Hill, and others.

Pedro Gadanho Interview Topics

1. Cities - The Pinnacle of Civilization
1.1 How do you see cities?
1.2 Ecological cities
1.3 Architecture and Arts in Cities
2. As a curator of MoMA and MAAT
2.1 Major achievements and takeaways
2.2 Challenges and Lessons
2.3 The role of the curators
3. About your book

See publication

Tags: Design Thinking, Leadership, Culture

Pedro Gadanho - Architecture, Arts, Cities & Society - Former MoMA & MAAT Curator, Architect
Youtube
November 02, 2021
Pedro Gadanho is an architect, curator, and writer. PhD in architecture and mass media, Gadanho led a recognized architecture renovation practice until 2012, when he became the curator of contemporary architecture at the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, New York. In 2015, Pedro Gadanho became the founding director of MAAT, the new Museum of Art Architecture and Technology, in Lisbon, working on projects with major multi-media artists such as Apichapong Weerasethakul, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Gary Hill, and others.

Pedro Gadanho Interview Topics

1. Education background - From Portugal to the world, Education
2. As a Writer
3. Science Fiction and its impact on our reality
4. Architecture background - How do you see architecture now?
5. Present state of architecture: evolution over digital platforms
5. We are creating our own illusion of reality. How do you defend the blend?
6. Challenges of the art world
7. As a curator of MoMA and MAAT
8. Major achievements

See publication

Tags: Design Thinking, Open Innovation, Smart Cities

Music For Series - Reimagining Buddha's Life By Amrita Sen And Dinis Guarda
Dinis Guarda
October 29, 2021
Music For is the new podcast between artist, designer and producer Amrita Sen and citiesabc and openbusinesscouncil Founder Dinis Guarda.

Thought as a collaborative work between the two, the podcast showcases the power of music to improve our wellbeing and healing as well as Amrita’s exclusive ideas in terms of narratives from Indian Mythology. She aesthetically introduces a fresh perspective to the potentials of music in alleviating one’s inner self by taking an illustration of Buddha’s life.

About Amrita Sen

Originally from India, Amrita Sen is a US-based designer, singer, producer and business woman of Indian-themed products and entertainment for global markets. Amrita Sen combines the creation of original artistic content with extensive business experience to commercialize unique products at retail and on-the-air.

See publication

Tags: Leadership

Susan Oh - AI Future; Blockchain For Impact Global Summit @ UN HQ, Top 10 Frontier Women in Digital
Youtube
October 19, 2021
Susan Oh, Future of AI, Blockchain; Blockchain For Impact Global Summit @ UN HQ, Top 10 Frontier Women in Digital

Susan Oh is CMO for BeOmni by Beyond Imagination, the world’s most advanced humanoid AI robots, brainchildof by XPrize cofounder Harry Kloor, and inventor Ray Kurzweil (former Chief Scientist, Google) and the likes of Tony Robbins.

Susan is the recipient of the Quantum Impact Award #DecadeOfWomen in partnership with the UN GA as one of Top Ten Frontier Women in Digital, and speaks around the world on the role of AI and blockchain in serving the UN’s sustainable development goals.

Susan Oh is advisor and global ambassador to NeoFlow Asset Management, Impulse4Women. She is also founder of Muckr AI (Abbreviation of Muck Record) AI, which uses machine learning to grade the trustworthiness of content based on source behavior.

Susan Oh a founding Board Member of Blockchain Commission For Sustainable Development which has support from the Office of Partnerships UN GA General Assembly.

A former journalist since age 16 (CNBC, EIU, Newsweek), Susan Oh speaks around the world on digital financial inclusion, including at the UN GA, ITU, The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Maths and Sciences, and WEF Davos.

Susan Oh Interview Questions

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education...
2. Career highlights - what you did and what you are doing
3. Your present company / companies, organisations / major projects and focus?
- Founder of Muckr AI (Abbreviation of Muck Record) AI, which uses machine learning to grade the trustworthiness of content based on source behavior.
4. Can you tell us about BeOmni by Beyond Imagination, the world’s most advanced humanoid AI robots?
5. Can you tell us about your work as a founding Board Member of the Blockchain Commission For Sustainable Development which has support from the Office of Partnerships UN GA General Assembly?
6. You are an advisor and global ambassador to NeoFlow Asset Management, Impulse4Women. Can you tell us about these organizations?
7. Your work has been focused on financial inclusion models for value steps when using Al and blockchain - AI for automation, and blockchain in attempts for trustless systems for transaction. Can you elaborate on this?

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Digital Disruption

Ken Gibbs - Global Head, Social Media Marketing at Spotify - The Future of Music Creative Industries
Youtube
October 15, 2021
Ken Gibbs is the Global Head, Social Media Marketing at Spotify, member of the Adweek Social Media Council and co-host of The Art of Storytelling at Soho House.

Boston, USA, born Ken Gibbs is a senior digital marketing executive with more than 20 years of experience. Gibbs has been working with global leading platforms and brands like AOL, Viacom, Amazon and now Spotify. Ken Gibbs is a forward-thinking executive with industry expertise and leading global strategies and solutions. Along his extensive career, he has effectively learned how to manage teams remotely, target marketing, content creation, and developed effective social media marketing strategies. Ken is skilled in managing people and processes to ensure measurable growth and impact, creating a culture of engagement and high performance, and crafting comprehensive plans with a wide communication and facilitation versatility.

Gibbs is highly recognized by the industry as a respected visionary and change-agent leading companies through the complexities of bridging marketing with technological solutions and identifying innovative ways to increase audience and engagement.

Ken Gibbs Interview Topics

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education. Career highlights - what you did and what you are doing.
2. What were the main impacts you saw in the last decades when it comes to media?
3. You have been working in the media, music industry and digital for years. And special working with creators. What do you think are the main challenges for creators, artists to deal with digital?
4. As of the second quarter of 2021, Spotify had 165 million premium subscribers worldwide, up from 138 million in the corresponding quarter of 2020. Spotify's subscriber base has increased dramatically in the last few years and has more than doubled since early 2017. Spotify is a major platform that offers great tools like https://artists.spotify.com/. Can you tell us about it?
5. How do you see the future of the music industry?

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Marketing, Open Innovation

Eric Yaverbaum Vol. 2 - Digital Twins, PR Crisis, Velocity, Tech Surveillance Capitalism
Dinis Guarda
October 11, 2021
In this second interview, Dinis Guarda and Eric Yaverbaum goes through defining topics of our time, including the dichotomy between our physical organic self and our digital twin; the PR crisis, the importance of social media for business and the challenges of digital privacy and tech as a surveillance tool.

See publication

Tags: Privacy, Public Relations, Digital Twins

Siim Sikkut, Government CIO Estonia - Digital Testbed Framework, Digital Government Innovation Model
Youtube
October 05, 2021
Siim Sikkut is the Government CIO of Estonia, officially titled as Deputy Secretary-General for IT and Telecom. In office since 2017, Siim Sikkut is in charge of the digital government and society as well as telecommunications and post areas. Mr Siim Sikkut has been working and launched the Digital Testbed Framework & Digital Government Innovation Model.

Siim Sikkut Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education...
2. Career highlights - education
3. Can you tell us some of the major improvements and solutions / benchmarks that made Estonia a success?
4. What is the Estonian Government take on:
- E-residency
- Digital government and society as well as telecommunications and post areas?
5. The data for e-Estonia is not stored centrally but instead uses a data platform run by the government called X-Road to link information from local hosts. What can you tell us about it?
6. Estonia has one of the highest number of startups per capita in the world, and one reason is the ease of establishing a business. Since 2011, a new company can be registered online in less than 20 minutes and 98% of new companies are entered in the e-Business Register digitally. That initiative has made possible an impressive number of unicorns in Estonia: Skype, Wise, Skype, Ktech, Zego, ID.me. How can you weigh on this success?
7. Can you talk about the Digital Testbed Framework And Digital Government Innovation Model?
8. How do you cope with the challenges of digital disruption and fragmentation in tech and geopolitics?
9. You were responsible for Estonia's plan for AI strategy. Can you tell us about that?
10. You are the Chairman of the OECD Senior Digital Government Officials Working Party (E-leaders). Can you share how it works and the vision?
Estonia was the first Nation-State in the world to deploy blockchain technology in production systems – in 2012 with the Succession Registry kept by the Ministry of Justice. Also using blockchain for elections, health records. Can you tell us about it, some case studies?
11. You are also part of the Nordic Institute for Interoperability Solutions (NIIS), a non-profit association with a mission to ensure the development and strategic management of X-Road. Can you tell us about it?
12. What websites and places can people come to know more about Estonia’s digital initiatives?

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Govtech, Innovation

David Davies, CEO of AgUnity, Global Agripreneur 2018 - Blockchain Innovation For The Agro-Industry
Dinis Guarda
September 21, 2021
David Davies is the founder of AgUnity & creator of AgriUT, a solution to deploy smartphones and a digital Token to smallholder farmers to help them lift themselves out of poverty.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Innovation, 5G

David Kay, Executive Chairman at Liti Capital - Democratising Private Equity And Litigation Finance
Dinis Guarda
September 08, 2021
A well-known lawyer and investment banker, David Kay is the Executive Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Liti Capital, a Swiss investment company that combines blockchain-based solutions, advanced data analytics and investigative capabilities to conduct litigation funding. David is considered one of the most successful and in-demand litigation finance strategists in the history of the 15-year-old litigation finance industry and he led one of the largest international arbitration award in history - bringing in more than one billion US dollars of cash and securities.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

Shawn Granberry, CEO of HipHopTV Streaming Platform - The Power of Hip Hop Culture
Dinis Guarda
August 26, 2021
Video interview with Shawn Granberry, CEO of HipHopTV Streaming Platform - The Power of Hip Hop Culture

Shawn Granberry is CEO of HipHopTV, LLC, an USA-based 24-hour live streaming online platform. The platform features original programming, custom playlists, licensed content, and music videos. Shawn is an entertainment industry veteran with more than 25+ years of experience, promoting music and the entertainment industry in the West Coast.

See publication

Tags: Culture, Entrepreneurship

Daniel Liu - Co-Founder of NFT Creative Studio INFLUXO - Creating The Ronaldinho NFT Collection
Dinis Guarda
August 22, 2021
Interview with Daniel Liu - Co-Founder of NFT Creative Studio INFLUXO - Creating The Ronaldinho NFT Collection

Daniel Liu is the Director of INFLUXO, a premier NFT creative studio and partner of INBlockchain, one of the most influential investment groups in the Asian crypto space, incubating blockchain projects like BigONE, RumSystem, MobileCoin, and Mixin. Before his asset management, compliance and angel investment experience in the blockchain space, he worked for Deutsche Bank and other financial institutions and investment firms in Europe. Daniel studied in Frankfurt am Main and Stuttgart in Germany and Wuhan in China and holds an MA from Frankfurt School of Finance.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Rishi Kapoor, Founder & CEO of paus.tv - A Revolutionary Streaming Platform For Independent Creators
Dinis Guarda
August 19, 2021
Rishi Kapoor is a MBA graduate and the founder and CEO of paus TV streaming platform for independent films. Rishi is an experienced professional in film distribution both UK and Internationally. A former executive at Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. and Disney. After many years working on distribution deals with Netflix, Amazon and Apple, he turned his attention to the independent film space, supporting independent filmmakers with his streaming platform paus.tv.

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Interview Daniel Sloan, co-founder Future Tech, RebuildTheChain building Blockchain and AI solutions
Dinis Guarda
August 18, 2021

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Alvin Foo - Co-Founder at DAOventures, Emerging Tech & Marketing Evangelist, AI, Blockchain, DeFi
Dinis Guarda
August 13, 2021
Alvin Foo is a business and technology leader, thought leader and influential digital, marketing technology executive and serial entrepreneur. Alvin Foo is the co-founder of DAOventures, a smart multi-chain asset manager which provides a wide range of automated DeFi investment strategies and helps people manage their DeFi assets.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Emerging Technology

Susie Wang - Director of Global Social Media & Spokesperson at Huawei Technologies
Dinis Guarda
August 11, 2021
Interview with Susie Wang - Director of Global Social Media & Spokesperson at Huawei Technologies for Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil Podcast Series

Susie Wang is the Director of Global Social Media Communications at Huawei Technologies. Susie has travelled all across the world, from the USA to Europe and China along her career. She is the host of the media series Great Minds Talk for Huawei. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, BAInternational Development Studies and a Master of Science from the University of Oxford.

Susie Wang Interview Focus

1. Education and Professional Career - 5:00
2. Work and education.
3. Culture background versus your education - 8:30
4. Digital culture in China versus Rest of the world - 12:56
5. Brands, influencers and Fashion in China - 22:00 - Follow up question: 24:10
6. Media and series #GreatMindsTalk - 27:13
7. Tech for Good - not a CSR program - 31:04
8. Relationship with Universities - 33:32
9. China is leading in tech with companies like TikTok leading the social media and super influencers. Can you tell us about that? 27:00
10. 5G Solutions: What impact 5G will have on industries? What are Huawei’s solutions regarding 5G?
11. Huawei has been working on a lot of indexes and data like the connectivity, trust index. Can you tell us about these projects? -
12. Can you tell us about your role as Director of Global Social Media Communications at Huawei Technologies? - 40:33
13. About the Digital Divide, what can we do to stop this worldwide issue? - 43:50
14. The role of ESG on fighting climate change and environmental issues - 46:50

Susie Wang Biography

Chinese born Susie Wang is the current Director of Global Social Media Communications at multinational company Huawei Technologies. From her position, she understands the importance of knowing different cultures and synergies in order to design a new product. Likewise, this knowledge is critical when marketing a company or that company’s services. That is what took her to travel the world and experience different regions and cultures: from Canada, where she spent quite a lot of time in Montreal, to Europe and Singapore and across Asia.

In 2018, Susie joined Huawei as the Director of Global Social Media Communications where she is responsible for public awareness, media outreach, online and print communications, the corporate website and social media channels, internal and external publications, and outreach events and activities.

Susie Wang holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, BAInternational Development Studies, studied Communication and media studies at the National University of Singapore, between 2016 and 2017, and holds a Master of Science from the University of Oxford.

See publication

Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Fintech, CSR

Daniel Doll-Steinberg, Co-Founder Of EdenBase, The Atari Token Project, Former EU/UK Advisor
Dinis Guarda
August 06, 2021
Daniel Doll-Steinberg is a serial entrepreneur and technologist, government advisor and co-founder of the Atari Token project. He is now the co-founder of EdenBase, which offers global shared spaces for innovative companies. Through these spaces, companies have the opportunity to collaborate with experts and technology providers on market adoption of disruptive technologies.

Daniel had a successful career in investment banking in London and New York. Daniel is a serial entrepreneur, founder of several companies in the entertainment, marketing and health spaces. He also advised the UK Government and European Commission on Innovation and education policy. He is a regular speaker on innovation and the Future of Work. Daniel is a cofounder of the Atari Token project with Atari, an Ethereum founder and several gaming legends and is now launching.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Innovation, Future of Work

Nick Jonsson - MD at EGN Singapore - Asia's Largest Confidential Peer-Network & Best Selling Author
Dinis Guarda
August 04, 2021
Nick Jonsson is the Founder & Managing Director with EGN (Executives’ Global Network) Singapore. A passionate about matching senior executives in confidential peer groups where they can help each other face challenges and identify opportunities, Nick has over 23 years of experience working across Asia, Australia and Europe representing major international firms. He is proficient in international general management, direct sales and marketing experience.

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Future of Work, Mental Health

Jonathan Sims - CPO ENGIE/EQUANS - Businesses Challenges on Carbon Neutrality, ESG And Management
Dinis Guarda
July 30, 2021
Jonathan Sims is the CPO for French company ENGIE/EQUANS and an experienced senior executive manager. Jonathan has more than 25 years of experience in different industries including engineering, energy and construction. Jonathan Sims has a strong connection with academia and holds four university degrees, including an MBA and a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), as an external advising practitioner to Nottingham Business School and guest lecturer at Durham Business School.

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Management, Digital Twins

Amrita Sen - Singer, Musician, Artist, Producer, Designer - From Wall Street To Hollywood Bollywood
Dinis Guarda
July 27, 2021
Amrita Sen - Singer, Musician, Artist, Producer, Designer - From Wall Street To Hollywood and Bollywood

See publication

Tags: Entrepreneurship

LaMondre Pough, CEO Billion Strong, Recognized Leader for the Community of People with Disabilities
Dinis Guarda
July 23, 2021
Interview with LaMondre Pough, CEO of Billion Strong, Mentor, Recognized Leader for the Community of People with Disabilities

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion

Richard Haigh, Managing Director at Brand Finance - “Bridging The Gap Between Marketing And Finance”
Dinis Guarda
July 21, 2021
Richard Haigh, Managing Director at Brand Finance - “Bridging The Gap Between Marketing And Finance”

Richard Haigh is the Managing Director at Brand Finance. He has lectured at universities and business schools, including London Business School, on topics surrounding brand valuation and management.

From his expertise with global clients in various sectors including banking, telecoms, airlines, sport, media, food and more, Richard has been able to advise our clients about their Brand Hierarchy, and has devised and recommended methods for them to improve their Brand Architecture, Portfolio Management, and Brand Positioning.

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Fintech, Future of Work

Richard Haigh, Managing Director at Brand Finance - “Bridging The Gap Between Marketing And Finance”
Dinis Guarda
July 21, 2021

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Deyan Georgiev - Forbes 30U30 Winner, CEO at NitroPack - UX/UI & Web Optimization For Businesses
Dinis Guarda
July 13, 2021
Deyan Georgiev, a Forbes 30 under 30, is Co-Founder and CEO of NitroPack, the all-in-one performance optimization service that is powering over 50,000 websites per day, providing lightning-fast load times and great PageSpeed scores.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, IoT

Calvin NG, General Partner Plutus VC - Successfully Managing a $200M Blockchain And Innovation Fund
Dinis Guarda
July 05, 2021
Calvin NG is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor with many successes and achievements on his belt (Digital Hollywood 2017: HKE2022 / Retech 2017: ASX:RTE / Citic Telecom 2007: HKE1883 / THE9 2004: NCTY). Today Calvin NG manages a $200 million blockchain and innovation fund at Plutus Ventures, which invests into many blockchain and technology companies worldwide. Calvin NG is the guest in this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Podcast Series.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Innovation

Eric Yaverbaum, CEO of Ericho, Author of Leadership Secrets of The Worlds Most Successful CEO's
Dinis Guarda
June 25, 2021
Eric Yaverbaum, CEO of Ericho Communications - Communications and PR Veteran, Bestselling Author of Leadership Secrets of The Worlds Most Successful CEO's. Eric is the new guest in this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Podcast Series

Eric Yaverbaum, CEO of Ericho Communications, is a communications, media, and public relations expert with over 40 years in the industry, having co-founded Jericho Communications and served as President from 1985 until its successful sale in 2006. Eric has worked with a wide-range of top-of-their-industry clients, including Sony, IKEA, Progressive Insurance, Domino’s, Beachbody, H&M, and fitness guru Jack LaLanne.

Eric is also a bestselling author who literally wrote the book on public relations – the industry-standard bestseller Public Relations for Dummies – as well as six other titles, including Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOs (with over a million copies sold). He is a regular TV pundit, and his expert commentary has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, The Washington Post, The New York Times, HuffPost, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox Business, Inc., and PR Week, among others.

Eric Yaverbaum Interview Focus

See publication

Tags: Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Public Relations

Selena Le, Founder & CEO of WSAFE - Investing In A More Sustainable Future in Vietnam And The World
Dinis Guarda
June 14, 2021
Selena Le is an entrepreneur and created an Impact Venture Builder called WSAFE to support, help and create innovative solutions from tech startups - from food, agriculture, new material, medical, health care, education, energy, construction, fashion,.. ,scientific, NPO, NGO, social Enterprise together solving today's existing problems. Selena is the new guest in this Dinis Guarda citiesbac openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series.

Selena Le Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education...
2. Career highlights
3. About WSAFE
4. How do you see the Vietnam startup ecosystem?
5. How do you see ESG, Sustainability in the nature of your work with No Waste Vietnam?
6. Can you tell us some examples of startups from Vietnam?
7. What are your views on our investment and innovation on sustainability, society, technology and digital transformations?
8. With Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact?
9. What are your visions for the present and future?

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Startups, Sustainability

Dror Fixler, CEO FirstPoint Mobile Guard - Future of Cybersecurity, Israel Tech Powerhouse
Dinis Guarda
June 10, 2021
Dror Fixler is the Director of the Institute of Nanotechnology, Bar-Ilan University and CEO FirstPoint Mobile Guard, a company that develops best in class #cybersecurity solutions or cellular devices, for security minded companies and individuals. Dror Fixler is the guest in this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series.

See publication

Tags: AI, Cybersecurity, 5G

Rupert Runewitsch, CEO and Founder of MY VISTA - Big Data And AI To Create A New Customer Experience
Dinis Guarda
June 07, 2021
Rupert Runewitsch is a marketing specialist and entrepreneur with over 15 years working in some of the best creative shops and consultancies (glue Isobar, Leo Burnett, VaynerMedia, MediaLink). Rupert Runewitsch recently turned all his attention to being a tech entrepreneur, with his venture My Vista being backed by his previous employer, Gary Vaynerchuk.

My Vista is a Big Data and Analytics company, creating a customer experience management platform that empowers people in any service industry to deliver tailored and premium REAL world experiences for its customers. Vista is the first platform of its kind that will use explicit customer preference data to power pull rather than push-based customer interactions. Today, customer service is largely reactive and centred around the most recent purchase, issue or information request. Their vision is to fundamentally shift this paradigm and empower customer service agents to become revenue generators enabled by high-quality consumer preference data that is explicitly shared and not taken.

See publication

Tags: Analytics, AI, Big Data, Customer Experience

Widy Medina, Innovator, Tech Entrepreneur And CEO of Telebionix - Innovation In MedTech
Youtube
June 03, 2021
Widy Medina is an innovator and tech entrepreneur. Widy is the founder and CEO of two technology companies with vast experience ranging from robotics, product design, fabrication, automation to electronic assembly of consumer products, food and beverage tech, biotech, medical devices, and pharmaceutical industries.

Widy Medina Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education...
2. Career highlights
3. About Telebionix, what is it? What do yo try to solve? What are your main solutions?
4. How do you see the MedTech sector?
5. How do you see Society 5.0 - 4IR and all areas of digital transformation?
6. What are your views on our society, technology and digital transformations?
7. What are your goals and how do you see the future of work and the main trends in tech and society?
8. With Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact?
9. What are your visions for the present and future?

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Healthtech, Open Innovation

Leemon Baird, Prof. of Computer Science & Founder of Hedera Hashgraph, The Alternative To Blockchain
Youtube
May 27, 2021
Dr. Leemon Baird is the inventor of the hashgraph distributed consensus algorithm, and is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of Hedera. Hedera is the only public ledger that uses hashgraph consensus, a faster, more secure alternative to blockchain consensus mechanisms. Hashgraph works efficiently to verify transactions while ensuring the highest standard of security to prevent malicious attacks. Dr. Leemon Baird is the new guest in this Dinis Guarda openbusinesscouncil citiesabc YouTube Podcast Series.

Leemon Baird Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you - background, academic background education...
2. Can you tell us the history and about Hedera Hashgraph company / companies, organisations and focus?
3. What is the difference between Hashgraph and most of the other blockchain solutions?
4. What is the difference between the public ledger of Hashgraph and other traditional blockchains?
5. You have some impressive network of global corporations and organisations using you that includes from the first fourteen Hedera Governing Council Members include: Boeing, Deutsche Telekom, DLA Piper, FIS (WorldPay), Google, IBM, LG, Magalu, Nomura, Swirlds, Tata Communications, University College London (UCL), and Wipro. Can you tell us about the ecosystem and some case studies?
6. One of your council partners DLA Piper is leveraging the Hedera Hashgraph to create a tokenization solution. Can you tell us some of what has been done in these areas, especially on related solutions like NFT and related?
7. Ethereum created a big community of developers that made it a massive platform and leading blockchain. How are you fostering your community?
8. Can you tell us about HBAR, the native cryptocurrency of the Hedera public network? How is HBARs used to power decentralized applications and protect the network from malicious actors?
9. Hedera will host an auction for two physical HBAR coins, represented by NFTs on the Hedera network, with all proceeds going to the Women’s Homeless Shelter in Dallas. Can you tell us about this?
10. Can you tell us about the sustainable marketplace for Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) you have been working on? Special when it comes to the Hedera Consensus Service (HCS), will be leveraged to facilitate the creation of secure, public token sale applications with an unmatched degree of sustainability?
11. How do you see Society 5.0 - 4IR and all areas of digital transformation?
12. What are your views on our society, technology and digital transformations?

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Digital Transformation

Nam Vu & Nghia Tran, CEO And Founder at tMonitor.live - IoT and ML To Monitor Air Quality In Vietnam
Youtube
May 25, 2021
Nam Vu & Nghia Tran are the CEO and founder of Vietnamese based tech company tMonitor. A company trying to solve air pollution using the latest IoT, ML and AI technology, they tell us in this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series all their solutions and offerings to create a cleaner world.

tMonitor is a smart hardware and software air quality monitoring solution to enable the short & long term control of all factors affecting community health, ensure safety, boost labor productivity, and ensure the compliance to both international and Vietnamese regulation standards.

In addition to helping people troubleshoot airborne pollution in their homes, tMonitor has empowered organizations to safeguard occupant health and champion data-driven sustainability initiatives.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, IoT

Ian Calvert, Futurist, Disruptor & Influencer - Helping Business With AI, Digital, FinTech & Social
Youtube
May 21, 2021
Interview with Ian Calvert Futurist, Disruptor & Influencer - Helping Business With AI, Digital, FinTech, Social & Tech. Hosted by Dinis Guarda.

Ian Calvert is an Analyst, Futurist & Influencer helping SME. SMB & Corporate Co's with AI, Digital, FinTech, LinkedIn, Social & Tech. Ian is a Digital, Social and Technology Commentator who looks at both the "Future" and "Future of Work '' and to bring this to companies around the world whilst at the same time as combining it with making sure they are implementing CSR and SDG's.

Ian Calvert Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education...
2. How did you start looking at the future and when did you start defining yourself as a futurist?
3. Can you tell us about the work you have been doing as a networker, a social media influencer?
4. How do you see network and best practices on network both online and offline?
5. How do you see the future of work and the future of technology, especially in the areas of your work research and expertise?
6. What would be your career highlights?
7. How do you see the technology challenges we are facing, special areas such as 4IR, Society 5.0 - and all areas of digital transformation?
8. With Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact and what are your visions for the future?

See publication

Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Fintech

Bobby Lee - Bitcoin Pioneer, Founder Longest-Running Crypto Exchange, Author The Promise of Bitcoin
Youtube
May 13, 2021
Bobby Lee is an author, entrepreneur, and bitcoin proponent. Bobby Lee is the founder of BTCC, China's first and longest-running cryptocurrency exchange. A pioneer in crypto and bitcoin, and after selling BTCC in 2018, Bobby Lee went on to found Ballet, a company that makes easy-to-use physical cryptocurrency wallets headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Bobby Lee is the author of The Promise of Bitcoin. In the book, Lee offers a primer on the best strategies for investing in this digital currency, the value of which will only continue to grow. He discusses the pros and cons, and covers the complicated yet more profitable method of acquiring bitcoin, mining. He offers predictions for the future, including price, trajectory, use, and participation in the larger economy―as well as developments in regulation, technology, business, and society.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Digital Transformation

Jewel Okwechime, Business Leader, VFD Group - Education, Global Environment & Business in Nigeria
Dinis Guarda
May 06, 2021
Jewel Okwechime is a global environmental leader, expert in change management strategies for Oil and Gas companies. Jewel Okwechime is a fellow & chartered engineer with over 20 years’ experience assisting businesses such as Schlumberger, Woodside Energy, BP, Shell and ExxonMobil. Jewel is the Non Executive Director & Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Investor relations for the VFD Group Plc. Jewel is also an Oil and Energy Consultant Business Development Manager for Deltic Energy Limited.

See publication

Tags: Change Management, Digital Transformation, Sustainability

David Hanson, Leading Roboticist, CEO of Hanson Robotics and Creator of Sophia the Robot
Youtube
April 27, 2021
David Hanson, a leading roboticist, CEO and Founder of Hanson Robotics and creator of Sophia the Robot, among others, is the new guest in this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube series.

David Hanson is a global authority in AI and robotics. Through his company, Hanson Robotics, David develops robots that are widely regarded as the world’s most human-like in appearance. To accomplish these goals, Hanson integrates figurative arts with cognitive science and robotics engineering, inventions novel skin materials, facial expression mechanisms, and collaborative developments in AI, within humanoid artworks like Sophia the robot, which can engage people in naturalistic face-to-face conversations and currently serve in AI research, education, therapy, and other uses.

David Hanson Interview Focus

1. Profile, and background;
2. As someone that has made a bridge between fiction, the Science Fiction, Art, Poetry, Music and advanced tech, AI, robotics - How do you see yourself?
3. You created multiple robots and after you created Sophia the Robot. This creation of robots is the most advanced stage of humanity's next evolution - how do you position the creation of Sophia the most advanced robot?;
Hanon open platform - open AI, 10. Sophia DAO - Decentralised Autonomous Organisation - decentralised AI?;
4. Robotics, Androids - Human evolution - AI - Singularity;
5. Regarding NFTs, Hanson Robotics and Sophia have collaborated with artist Andrea Bonaceto to create digital artwork. How do you see creativity, robotics, art and blockchain NFTs?
6. Will Sophia explore further her creator footprint? And What is Next regarding Sophia and Robotics?
7. What can you tell us about Hanson Robotics, its Business model, entrepreneurship, DeFi, NFTs, collective intelligence, crowdfunding?
8. How do you see Sophia and utilitarian robotics and their impact on humanity?
9. Future of Humanity - humanoids

See publication

Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Innovation

Joel Dietz - Founding Member of Ethereum, Cryptoeconomics & Cyber Futurist Author and Entrepreneur
Youtube
April 15, 2021
Joel Dietz, a Founding Member of Ethereum, Cryptoeconomics & Cyber Futurist Author and Entrepreneur is the new guest in this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series.

Joel Dietz Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education...
2. Your educational background bridges the gap between ideas, philosophies and science and tech. Can you tell us about that?
3. How did you become a cyber futurist author and entrepreneur?
4. Can you tell us about your work as a Founder Member of Ethereum?
5. Can you tell us about Swarm is a crowdfunding protocol built on bitcoin technology, enabling the backer of the project to experience the upside of the project?
6. As an intellectual historian who helped found several key initiatives in the cryptocurrency space how do you see the crypto space and token economy?
7. As a cyber futurist and also a historian how do you see the future in the moment when we are no special as technology disrupts all of our society?
8. How do you see the foundational technologies of Blockchain and AI and its implications on society and governments?
9. You are working on topics of Smart cities, blockchain and tokenomics. 10. Can you tell us about that and how to look at that in the context of digital, DeFi, governance?
11. You previously developed the first blockchain voting systems to connect real world organizations with blockchain voting systems. What are your views on our society, technology and digital transformations?
12. With the advances of tech, blockchain, AI and crypto we have been having major disruption and opportunities. With Covid-19 what ways do you envision to improve day to day lives of people, get educational solutions and redesign our society with technology and social impact?
13. You are an accomplished artist and community organizer. With blockchain and NFTs how are you using it and what are your visions for the present and future of creative industries and communities?
14. Can you tell me about the forthcoming book "Principles of Holonic System Design."?

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Digital Transformation

Liam Fahey, Researcher, Cofounder of Leadership Forum - Enhancing Companies Through Intelligence
Youtube
April 14, 2021
Dr. Liam Fahey is the Cofounder and Partner in Leadership Forum, and the creator and leader of its Intelligence Leadership Forum.

He has been a faculty member at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and Boston University, and he now serves as Professor of Management Practice at Babson College.

His consulting, teaching, research and writing focus is on enabling organizations to win in the marketplace through enhanced marketplace intelligence and insight. He advises leaders, conducts workshops, consults to analysis specialists and engages with work teams in all facets of generating and leveraging marketplace intelligence and insight.
He is author or editor of eight books and over fifty articles or book chapters.

Service The first recipient of the Meritorious Award for Distinguished Service from the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP).

Dr. Liam Fahey has been named in the top 150 management “gurus” based on internet search, index citations and media references in the 2003 Davenport and Prusak book What’s the Big Idea. Voted "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" by the Kellogg School students.

Dr Liam Fahey Interview Focus

1. Background and Career
2. Can you tell us about when you were Named in the top 150 management “gurus” based on internet search, index citations and media references in the 2003 Davenport and Prusak book “What’s the Big Idea”?
3. Can you tell us more about the Intelligence Leadership Forum?
4. The Leadership Forum is dedicated to enabling organizations to win. Please tell us more about how to attain and sustain a leadership position in your clients’ chosen markets.
5. How does LF address leadership development, inclusion and diversity, executive assessment, coaching, integrated talent management, career management, and organization capability.
6. As an author, can you elaborate on the book “Learning from the Future”?
7. Business leaders are under great pressure to navigate the current global crisis and ensure their organisation survives and stays relevant. How do you define marketplace?
8. In this era of uncertainty, it has never been more important to use data to develop informed business strategies to deliver objectives more efficiently and effectively;
9. On average, about two thirds (68%) of data available to organisations goes unused, wasting time, money and opportunities;
Many organisations’ cultures emphasise analysis project completion, rather than insight contribution, while leaders don’t know what to do to encourage the crafting of insight;
What Does it Mean to be an Intelligence Leader?
10. Understanding the Digital Landscape: Some Implications for Intelligence Work. Special in the time of Covid-19 and all its challenges, we see many business and economic models being disrupted, what role is technology and digital transformation making to leadership?
11. How do you look at the chaos around tech, management, cultures?
12. Can you tell us more about 5 top tips to turn data into valuable insight and competitive advantage, what Uber & Apple can teach us about the importance of business insights?
13. How can leaders establish an insight culture?
14. 3 marketing campaigns inspired by powerful customer insights
Competitor analysis: How to outwit, out manoeuvre and outperform your rivals

See publication

Tags: Leadership, Management, Marketing

Eloisa Marchesoni, Blockchain, DeFi, NFT, Token Model Architecture Influencer and Thought Leader
Youtube
April 13, 2021
Eloisa Marchesoni is a thought leader, influencer and better known as the youngest consultant in the Blockchain and A.I. sector, as well as influential author of articles for the major national and international newspapers.

Eloisa has been considered Europe's number 1 Token Model Architect, by Irish Tech News and, and highlighted in major Top 100 Leaders and Influencers in Italy in FinTech, Blockchain. Eloise was ranked in StartupItalia awards.

Eloisa Marchesoni has established herself as a successful role model for many aspiring entrepreneurs of the digital industry. In the last two quarters of 2019, Eloisa Marchesoni was nominated as #1 blockchain influencer by many reputable media outlets. She has been speaking in blockchain conferences, seminars since 2017.

Eloisa Marchesoni Interview Focus:

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education… How did you start in the industry?
2. You have been working and reflecting on crypto and blockchain for a long time. Can you tell your views on how you see these 2 disruptive technologies and the multiple waves that each area has been facing?
3. Can you tell us about the Token Model Architecture you have been built? that analyses the structure of the token model, integrated with the ecosystem that it creates, during all phases of the token lifecycle (discovery phase, design phase and delivery phase)?
4. How do you see the explosion of crypto and the special explosion we are seeing now?
5. When we speak about Blockchain we can talk about Game theory and behavioral economics will be used as design tools, together with classical methods. DeFi and NFT models use this massive can you tell us your thoughts on this special on your side as a business leader, influencer, and crypto blockchain trader?
6. Growth hacking has been exponentially growing as a concept for startups and businesses. As an influencer do you see growth hacking being empowered by Blockchain and DeFi reward systems?
7. The DeFi crypto market cap is $93.29B, a 11.54% increase over the last few days. How do you see DEFi as we speak and some solutions or projects you have been involved in?
8. How do you see the present explosion of NFTs?
9. You have been Working with Wall Street. Can you tell us about that?
10. Concepts of Society 5.0 and 4IR integrate most of the 360 areas of digital transformation. Can you tell us your views on this on a general overview of frontier tech?

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

John Gale, Startup Expert, CEO at Carverlon - Helping HiTech Startups In Silicon Valley And Europe
Youtube
April 09, 2021
Interview with John Gale, Startup Expert, CEO at Carverlon Ltd on Helping Hitech Startups In Silicon Valley And Europe for Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series.

John Gale is an entrepreneurial thought leader and business and startup expert and global expert. From 2011, John Gale is the CEO of Carverlon Ltd, an advisory and corporate development services to Hitech Startups between their 1st Seed Round and their A Round. Having worked in Silicon Valley and Europe, John has a proven track record in strategically identifying and penetrating new markets and developing and enhancing client partner/acquisition relationships.

John Gale Interview Questions

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education...
2. Career highlights
3. Your company / companies, organisations and focus?
4. Your career from Silicon Valley to other startup tech hubs. Based on your broad experience, what are the differences, similarities between Silicon Valley and the rest of the world?
5. Can you highlight some of the challenges about culture and entrepreneurship shifts?
6. What are your views on our society, technology and digital transformations?
7. What are your goals and how do you see the future of work and the main trends in tech and society?
8. With Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact?
9. What are your visions for the present and future?

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Entrepreneurship

Vernon Sankey, Author, Leadership Coach, Board Of Directors, Atos SE
Youtube
April 07, 2021
Vernon Sankey is an author, coach, leader, independent director and chairman and the current Chairman of the Audit Committee, Atos SE. Vernon Sankey has over 30 years of Board Of Directors experience in US, UK and EU, in FMCG (former CEO Reckitt, Chairman Firmenich) IT, Insurance (Board Director, chair remuneration com, Zurich Insurance), publishing (Board Director, chair audit Pearson plc) family and privately owned businesses (Cofra SA) and other smaller private and public businesses and start-ups.

Mr. Sankey was founding director/member of UK’s Food Standards Agency for 5 years, Governor Harrow School and Trustee of John Lyon's Charity for 15 years. Advisory board member of various businesses.

Speaker on Leadership, Change, Personal Development and creating environments for growth in corporations, universities, schools and conferences.

Vernon Sankey Interview Questions

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education... beginning history?
2. From your Career highlights how do you deal with failure?
3. How do you deal with multiple cultures in the corporations you have been managing?
4. How do you see the research and philosophical teachings of your books and the sense of real time and technology obsessions we have now?
5. “Sankey and Lockwood (in the last book The Way: Finding Peace in Turbulent Times) … unpack our deep-rooted everyday dilemmas … and point to concrete patterns of thought and action that we can take … Highly recommended!” —Peter Dahlgren, Professor Emeritus, Sweden. How to cope with patterns of thought and action within the dilemmas of everyday life?
6. With Covid-19, our present challenges: what ways do you envision to redesign our society with wisdom, psychology, philosophy, technology and social impact?

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

Bart Smets, MD at IT2Profit - ICT, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Crypto, Tokenisation, OTC & Cybersecurity
Youtube
April 06, 2021
Bart Smets is a seasoned leader with a large international, intercultural experience in Business projects, Managed Services, IT and Security as well operationally as commercial. Bart Smets is the Chief Information Officer at Corona Direct Verzekeringen, MD at IT2Profit: ICT and Blockchain Strategic Consultancy and the new guest in this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series. Hosted by Dinis Guarda.

Bart Smets Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education...
2. What can you tell us about your role at ITProfit? What's the mission & vision of the company?
3. Your work at Coca-Cola and your main takeaways from that experience?
3. Being a seasoned leader and now working with emerging techs, what are your views on blockchain?
4. And what about Bitcoin, crypto and the tokenisation of many businesses and organizations we are going through?
5. How do you see the challenges with the fragmentation of technology and close of technologies and systems? Special as technology - Internet protocols, Blockchain, AI advances so fast?
6. With Covid-19 digital transformation has leapfrogged. What are your visions for the present and future of blockchain and AI special when it comes to the industry?

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

Rohit Karn Batra, Film Producer, Story Writer - Director Of Line of Descent, The Future of Fim, AI
Youtube
April 01, 2021
Rohit Karn Batra, Film Producer, Story Writer - Director Of Line of Descent, The Future of Fim, AI

Rohit Karn Batra is a film producer, story writer and director. Originally from India, Rohit Karn Batra wrote, produced and directed the 2019 crime film Line Of Descent, starring Ronit Roy, Brendan Fraser and releasing worldwide on theatres and Video on demand in the United states and on ZEE5 India. Rohit is the new guest in this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series. Hosted By Dinis Guarda.

Rohit Karn Batra Questions

1. Introduction from you, background, overview, educational background
2. Career highlights. How did you start?
3. How did you start in the film industry?
4. Can you tell us more about your filmography?
5. Can you tell us about Line Of Descent and working with Hollywood star Brendan Fraser?
6. New films - what do you have in pipeline?
7. How do you see the film industry at the moment?
8. What are your views on film, creative industries, technology and digital transformation?

See publication

Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Rod Sherwood III, CEO at Cinémoi NA - A Stellar Career Leading Global Corporations, Film, Media
Youtube
March 31, 2021
Rod M. Sherwood III is the Co-Founder, Co-Chairman & Chief Executive Officer for Cinémoi NA (including CineMoiWorld) and Chairman of Multivision Media International. Mr. Sherwood III is better known for his executive roles in the entertainment industry, working with DIRECTV, Westwood One, helping with the syndication and distribution of programming to
over 5,000 radio stations and 165 TV stations across the USA.

Rod M. Sherwood III has been involved in some of the largest companies in the world in different sectors, including the automobile sector as General Manager, Process Improvement at Chrysler, the tech sector as EVP & CFO and Head of Internal Operations for Loudcloud/Opsware, Inc. with Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz; the space sector as President of Spaceway, SVP of Operations & CFO – Hughes Telecommunications and Space Company, among others.

Rod M. Sherwood III Interview Focus:

1. Can you give us an introduction from you - background, overview, education?
2. How did you start your career?
3. Career highlights
4. Can you share some of your experience in the multiple companies, organisations that you would love to share with us?
5. After decades working with such massive companies in media and tv, radio, how do you see the present state of content industries?
6. How do you see the future of the film industry?
7. How do you see the way the world of Silicon Valley and Hollywood have been in their own boxes and connecting?
8. You touched the media connections with fashion and consumer media with the CineMoiWorld. Can you tell us about that?
9. One of your quotes is “Well I think it’s important to understand the key driving point behind a company. First, have a very clear sense of priorities and have them in sequence. Don’t try to do everything at once, but definitely drive forward; then understand what untimely makes a difference in terms of success, whether it is programming content, marketing or promotions of the various programs.” What other areas do you want to share with us of your vision?
10. How do you see the technology world and shift between tech and media and society at large?

See publication

Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Glenn Parry, Professor of Digital Transformation at University of Surrey - Digital And Real Economy
Dinis Guarda
March 26, 2021
Glenn Parry is a professor of Digital Transformation and Head of Department of Digital Economy Entrepreneurship and Innovation at University of Surrey. Professor Glenn Parry is the new guest in this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series. Hosted by Dinis Guarda.

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation

Emin Vali co-founder CCO of Keepface Influencer Marketing Tech Platform
Dinis Guarda
March 23, 2021
Emin Vali co-founder CCO of Keepface Influencer Marketing Tech Platform is the new guest in this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series. Hosted by Dinis Guarda.

Emin Vali is a marketing professional and entrepreneur with 13 years of experience in the Central Asia and Caucasus regions. He is a Co-Founder of Keepface, an influencer-marketing platform operating in MENA, CIS and LATAM regions.

Emin Vali Interview Focus:

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education...
2. Culture background - how is it to do business in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan?
3. Startup ecosystem?
4. Career highlights: you started with global corporations like Colgate Palmolive. Can you tell us about this experience?
5. Your created Uptime and Keepface can you tell us about these companies / companies, organisations and focus?
6. Keepface is a fantastic company doing something amazing in the areas of influencer marketing. Can you tell us about the platform and what you offer?
7. How do you see influence marketing?
8. How do you see all areas of digital transformation special looking between corporate and businesses startups and tech?
9. The coronavirus has hammered a lot of businesses, but it has lit a fire under others, including the online game industry and other industries?

See publication

Tags: Marketing, Entrepreneurship

Francesca Sanderson, Director of Arts Programmes and Investments at NESTA
Dinis Guarda
March 22, 2021
Francesca Sanderson, Director of Arts Programmes and Investments at NESTA is the guest in this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series. Hosted By Dinis Guarda.

Francesca managed an ethical equities fund at JPMorgan for eight years following an MA in Philosophy and Maths and periodic work in charity administration and fundraising. After this, she took a career break during which she travelled around Europe and settled for a year living off-grid in Portugal with her young family. On her return, she started working at Big Society Capital as an investment director, where she worked on a wide variety of social investment deals and research into social pensions.

Francesca Sanderson has also served as Treasurer of Cambridge House, a settlement in Walworth, South London, and has worked closely with UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, in a non-exec capacity.

Francesca Sanderson is passionate about literature and creative writing, and is a member of the National Academy of Writing. She also enjoys music, theatre and dance as an enthusiastic observer.

Francesca Sanderson Interview Focus:

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education...
2. How did you mix the diversity of background from creative industries and finance, investment..
3. Career highlights
- JP Morgan
4. How did you look at this experience in Hedge funds and ethical equities funds?
5. Can you tell us about NESTA the organisation and focus?
6. Nesta is an innovation foundation. Innovation and creativity have a major shift now between tech, digital, funding, creative industries and the disruption coming from the 4IR / digital transformation?
7. Can you tell us about the Nesta, Fundacion Compromiso and Upstart Co-Lab launch ‘Creativity, Culture and Capital: Impact investing in the global creative economy’?
8. How do you see ESG and the UK and global creative industries?
9. COVID19: How to maximize the economic and social impact of culture and support the creative economy? With Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact?

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Fintech

Douglas Borthwick, CMO INX Limited - The First SEC Registered Security Token IPO
Dinis Guarda
March 18, 2021
Douglas Borthwick is the Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Business Development at #INX​ Limited trading platform company. A financial industry veteran with over 25 years of experience and a financial technology expert, Mr. Borthwick has worked with the likes of Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Latin American FX trading business Standard Chartered.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Marketing

Yechuan Charlie Hu, Founder Candaq Fintech, DApps, NFTs, Future Blockchain Polkadot & Tezos networks
Dinis Guarda
March 17, 2021
Yechuan Charlie Hu Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education...
2. You are based in China but you have a great global background. How do you see the Chinese innovation and the bridge between systems and cultures?
3. You created Candaq Fintech Group. Can you tell me about the company?
4. You are responsible for Tezos China ecosystem
5. What are your thoughts on the PolkaDot network?
6. How do you see the web 3.0?
7. At the moment we have multiple challenges in the digital web world - the western web - internet - the chinese - the Russian. How do you see the challenges with this fragmented ecosystem where blockchain are opening new challenges and opportunities?
8. How do you see the challenges with the fragmentation of technology and close of technologies and systems? Special as technology - Internet protocols, Blockchain, AI advances so fast?
9. With Covid-19 digital transformation has leapfrogged. What are your visions for the present and future of blockchain and AI special when it comes to your work with Governments and universities?
10. How do you see the valuation of tokens like Polkadot and Tezos that are as we speak the 5th biggest token and 23 respectively and the technology value and utility and research on this new ecosystem of crypto and investment and society?

See publication

Tags: AI, Cryptocurrency, Digital Transformation, Fintech

Adam Roosevelt, Cyber & National Security Expert, Army Veteran, CEO of A.R. International Consulting
Dinis Guarda
March 16, 2021
Adam Roosevelt is a Combat Veteran, Army Reservist, and CEO of A.R. International Consulting, LLC (ARIC) and SEM North America. He was the Nominee for Virginia’s House of Delegates in Legislative District 49 (Arlington & Parts of Fairfax).

See publication

Tags: Cybersecurity, Fintech, Security

Olivia Gambelin, AI Ethicist & Founder of Ethical Intelligence - Creating a Better Human-Centric AI
Dinis Guarda
March 12, 2021
Olivia Gambelin is an AI Ethicist and the Founder of Ethical Intelligence who works to bring ethical analysis into tech development to create human-centric innovation. As the Chief Executive Officer of Ethical Intelligence, she leads a remote team of over thirty experts in the #TechEthics​ field. Olivia is the new guest in this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series. Hosted by Dinis Guarda.

See publication

Tags: AI, Innovation

Axel Angeli, Digital Future Evangelist, Director Logosworld Technology & Research Germany
Dinis Guarda
March 11, 2021
Axel Angeli is Management Strategy Advisor and Evangelist for Distributed Architecture (SOA, Cloud, EAI etc.) and Ultra Large Systems. He runs his own management consultancy, Logosworld, that specializes on SAP Project Rescue and is settled in Bruehl, Germany, next to SAP headquarters. With experience stretching back to 1984, Axel shares his knowledge as author, conference speaker and analyst to help companies find the best-of-breed strategy for their computing farms.

Axel is the author of the SAP R/3 Guide to EDI and Interfaces, a best-selling cookbook for developing IDoc and workflow applications in R/3.

Additionally, Axel Angeli is member of the 50 Experts Consulting Group. This is an association of seasoned experts for Digital future and complex and global project management. They bring in life-time competence in managing and rescuing countless complex projects. Rather than a traditional consulting firm, the 50 Experts are a modern virtual enterprise with presence all over the world.

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Digital Transformation

Michael Jansen CEO cityzenith.com, Digital Twins Technology, Architecture, Smart Cities, Data
Dinis Guarda
March 10, 2021
Michael Jansen is currently the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Cityzenith, a tech company that helps city governments and businesses make sense of their data — big and small through cutting edge technology such as Digital Twins and Big Data. Michael is the new guest in this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Podcast Series hosted by Dinis Guarda.

Michael Jansen Interview Focus:

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education...
2. Can you tell us about the research and evolution of the industry and tools in the last 20 years, specifically the bridge in bridge architecture, urbanism.
3. Can you tell us about https://cityzenith.com?​
4. Your company is building Digital Twin Technology. Can you tell us about the tech?
5. You mentioned in your website that “our planet must accommodate the equivalent of 10,000 new cities by 2050 just to keep pace with the projected population explosion”. Can you elaborate on this and special when it comes to the data concerns and ethics related?
6. One of the articles in your site highlights as follows: “Covid-19 drives the international Smart Cities market boom with 500 urban areas around the world expected to adopt Digital Twin technology by 2025”. With Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact special when it comes to practical areas of governance and efficiency in bridge between tech and education?
7. Cityzenith is particularly focused on smart cities. How do you see the evolution of cities and in particular the way we are digitising cities and the large strategies on smart cities, digital twins and AI, special when it comes to ethics, education and avoiding any dystopian scenarios?

See publication

Tags: Big Data, Smart Cities, Digital Twins

Ivan Ivanov Serial Entrepreneur Co-Founder of Digital Week Online
Dinis Guarda
March 08, 2021
Ivan Ivanov is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Digital Week Online with more than 15 years experience in business management and development. Ivan’s expertise coverage - e-commerce, EduTech, B2C marketing, F&B, cross-border trading, manufacturing.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Marketing, Edtech

David L. Kasten, CEO Poolbeg Group, US Army, Former CIA, Smart Cities, Security GovTech Intelligence
Dinis Guarda
March 05, 2021
David L. Kasten is an accomplished strategist and intelligence expert on Smart Cities and Government Tech Intelligence and the new guest of this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Podcast Series.

A former CIA member, David L. Kasten is an executive leader and manager with a comprehensive background leading strategic planning, operations, analysis, risk management and program implementation. David is the President and CEO of Poolbeg Group LLC with the ability to quickly identify issues, develop solutions, and build motivated, top performing teams to enhance operations and achieve objectives. Current TS/SCI with CI Poly, practiced in Arabic and German. David is now doing a PHD research on securities studies, intelligence smart cities in King's College London.

David L. Kasten Questions

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education...
2. How do you bridge the gap between the high profile military intelligence and the research academic?
3. Can you elaborate on your academic research that built into the present PHD in King's College in history of military, tech, intelligence and ultimately now security data and all related areas?
4. We have been changed by tech and society and in the last years tech has been increasingly changing everything we do as individuals, organisations, businesses, countries. How do you see these shifts and challenges both for intelligence, security and society?
5. Your career is very stressful and comprehends a lot of intense moments that bridge values between success and failure. What Careers highlight the main successes and failures of such a complex career?
6. Can you tell us about your company, where you are the President and CEO of Poolbeg Group LLC?
7. How do you see intelligence and security special in a time of cybersecurity and digital transformation?
8. How do you see AI and human engineering in the military conduct of warfare?
9. One question is how can we manage ethics when the complexity of tech and AI is moving to singularity and the challenges, risks and the desperate actions that can potentially arise on that?
10. You have been very interested in smart cities and related tech and funding. Can you tell us about smart cities and the cities as ecosystems?
11. What are your views on our society, technology and digital transformations special with the complexity of our society where we have amazing research but also so much non factual fake and almost parallel reality ecosystem?

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Govtech, Smart Cities

Michael Beck, PL at UNION, Cinematic Venture Partners - Blockchain, DeFi And The Future of Finance
Dinis Guarda
March 04, 2021
Michael Beck, Project Lead At UNION and Principal at Cinematic Venture Partners is the new guest in this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Podcast Series. Both Michael Beck and host Dinis Guarda go through the latest trends in Blockchain development, and how crypto and #DeFi​ are defining the future of finance.

Michael Beck is the project lead at UNION and Principal at Cinematic Venture Partners and a business strategist and technologist with over 20 years of experience in the areas of health care, finance, and wealth management. During this time, he took on multiple roles such as founder, principal consultant and CTO. He also served as an AVP at a prominent capital management company where he performed software architecture and development related functions for a hedge fund with $14bn+ AUM.

Michael has a BA in Economics-Political Science from Columbia College of Columbia University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He holds five patents in areas related to decentralized cryptography with respect to management of data rights and entitlements.

Michael Beck Questions

1. Profile and Background;
2. Career
3. Academic background
4. Can you tell us about your five patents and your work in cryptography?
5. How do you see DeFi and Centralised versus Decentralised Finance with a background in both how do you see the opportunities and challenges?
6. Can you tell us more about Union?
7. What are the things you want to push with Union?
8. You have a background in health care, finance, and wealth management. These 3 areas are merging increasingly. How do you see the crossover between these areas?

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Fintech, Healthtech

Jiaying Christine Jiang, Regtech, Legtech, Central Banks Digital Currencies - CBDCs, Blockchain
Youtube
February 17, 2021
Jiaying is a Post-Doctoral Fellow affiliated with the Information Law Institute. Jiaying Christine Jiang is also the co-leader of CBDC Project, cooperating with the China Center at Yale Law School; and contributor of the RegTrax Initiative at CodeX, Stanford Law School.

Jiaying Christine Jiang Questions

1. Profile and Background;
2. Intern, US Congress
3. Academic work and research;
4. Regulation of Blockchain - Your views on Blockchain policies and regulation in China and US
5. Regtech
cooperating with the China Center at Yale Law School;
6. What are Central Bank Central Banks - CBDCs in general;
China CBDC;
7. Can you tell about your work as Contributor of the RegTrax Initiative at CodeX, Stanford Law School
8. Your views on Fintech and AI and innovation in law and finance;

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Digital Transformation

Ryan Abbott, The future of AI - Law, Robotics, Human vs Machine Patents, AI Inventions
Youtube
February 16, 2021
Ryan Abbott, MD, JD, MTOM, PhD is Professor of Law and Health Sciences at the University of Surrey School of Law and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Professor Ryan Abbott is highly regarded for his scholarship, teaching, and professional activities.

Professor Ryan Abbott is the author of The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law published in 2020 by Cambridge University Press, and he has published widely on issues associated with law and technology, health law, and intellectual property in leading legal, medical, and scientific books and journals. Professor Abbott’s research has been featured prominently in the media, including in the New York Times, Financial Times, Forbes, and VICE. He routinely gives keynote lectures and presents internationally in academic (e.g., MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge), government (e.g., World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization, UK Intellectual Property Office), and industry (e.g., AIPPI, American Chemical Society, INTERPAT) settings. Managing Intellectual Property magazine named him as one of the fifty most influential people in intellectual property in 2019.

Ryan Abbott Questions

1. Profile and Background;
2. Career
3. Academic background
4. You wrote the Book author of The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law published in 2020 by Cambridge University Press. Can you tell us about the book?
5. How do you see the Challenges of AI in general when it comes to Robotics?
6. Can you highlight some of your work on the World Intellectual Property Organization AI?
7. World Intellectual Property Organization AI case studies
8. Case study as AI Artificial inventor project https://artificialinventor.com/
9. Human to human, human vs machine, and machine to machine how do you see these interactions of our time?
10. You wrote this article Punishing Artificial Intelligence: Legal Fiction or Science Fiction with Alexander Sarch can you elaborate on this?
11. AI and health sciences and healthcare. How do you see this special if we bear in mind the case study of the nazis using IBM machines for doing mass murder?
12. Cases studies you want to highlight from your work in the areas of AI and life sciences?
13. At the moment we have all the sectors of legal tech and regtech. As AI and Law main areas grow and position new possibilities, what areas you would like to highlight given your research?
14. You have a lot of work working in the areas of Patent and Trademark Offices. What areas you would like to highlight given your research special in the context of tech startups and innovation?
15. You wrote a paper in 2011 looking at complementary, alternative and integrative medicine. Can you elaborate on this and also the possibilities special as a low tech historical contrabalance with all the tech and AI advancements?
16. We touched a lot of the advances of AI and law and a bit on ethics. How do you see the challenges of human DNA engineering and life sciences life expansion?

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Digital Transformation

Eric Ma CEO BTCU Ultimatum, Former Community Manager CoinMarketCap, Digital Blockchain Crypto Leader
Youtube
February 09, 2021
Eric Ma CEO BTCU Ultimatum, Former Community Manager CoinMarketCap, Digital Blockchain Crypto Leader

Eric Ma is the CEO of BTCU.io Ultimatum. Prior to that, Eric was Community Manager for CoinMarketCap - the world's leading platform source for crypto market capitalizations, pricing and information. Eric later took the role as the CEO Bione, a world leading cryptocurrency exchange for global digital asset professionals and enthusiasts, was established in May 2018 in Singapore. In 2020, he was approached by BTCU to become the CEO of the company.

Eric studied a major in Landscape architecture in the University of Winscouncil. In this position he got his project management capacities and foundations of working with teams and strategy. After this experience he worked in human resources and managed a big network of education in a major group out of Taiwan.

Eric Ma Interview Questions:

1. Profile and background
2. Career highlights
Coinmarketcap
Bione
3. BTCU vision
4. BTCU product and road map
5. Major areas around BTCU fork
6. What are the most important things on BTCU atomic swaps?
7. How BTCU wants to make a difference?
8. BTCU projects with tokenization of services for cities
9. BTCU projects with tokenization of property and marketplace
10. Token exchanges and goals for community

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Digital Transformation

Ized Uanikhehi - Marketing And Tech Expert, Co-Founder of Loose Media - Digital Marketing In Africa
Youtube
February 04, 2021
Ized Uanikhehi - Marketing And Tech Expert, Co-Founder of Loose Media - Digital Marketing In Africa

Ized Uanikhehi is co-founder, MD/CMO of Loose Media, an experiential and #digitalmarketing and tech solutions company. With 15 years post-college experience in Technology, Marketing and Digital media, Ized has spent the last 7 years changing the digital marketing landscape of #Africa.

Ized Uanikhehi Interview Questions

1. Can you tell us about your name and the meaning of your family background?
2. An introduction from you - background, overview, education... and your digital footprint?
3. You have worked with CNN Africa can you tell us about that?
4. Can you tell us about the way you and your generation uses social media and digital?
5. You are part of the community DIGICLAN. Can you tell us about it?
6. You are the MD/CMO of Loose Media. Can you tell us about the company and focus?
7. How do you see social impact and all areas of digital transformation, special when it comes to Africa?
8. What are your views on Africa society, technology and digital transformations?
9. With Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact?
10. How do you see SMEs and the startup ecosystem in Nigeria?
11. What are your visions for the present and future of Africa when it comes to the business world?

See publication

Tags: Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Startups

Alan Donegan, Founder popupbusinessschool.co.uk - Helping Businesses Grow And Thrive
Youtube
January 12, 2021
Alan Donegan is an entrepreneur and education thought leader. Alan Donegan founded PopUp in 2012 with Simon Paine after they thought there must be a better way to start a business, without debt and without formal business plans. Alan decided he wanted to start PopUp to make sure that no one else went through the pain he went through starting up his business.

Alan Donegan Interview Questions

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education...
2. Can you tell us about your personal background?
3. Can you tell about us popupbusinessschool?
4. You are focused on debt as a critical element for business. Can you tell us about that?
5. You highlighted the importance of sales and this is indeed critical. How do you focus on sales?
6. How do you manage the challenges of energy, independence and responsibility to deal with entrepreneurship and the challenges of work multiple disruptions / changes?
7. Education is in a big crossroad. How do we solve this? Special with Covid and all the changes we are going through?
8. Can you tell us some practicalities how people listening can learn and have some steps on how to face the present challenges we are facing now?

See publication

Tags: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Marketing

Marco Robinson - Purpose, Author, Actor, Producer & Founder of the Homelessness Charity FREEDOMX
Youtube
January 04, 2021
Marco Robinson is the founder of the charity FREEDOMX with the explicit mission to stop homelessness using revolutionary #blockchain technology so you can see where your donations are going & witness the progression of the people you are helping.

Marco Robinson was Knighted for getting guide dogs into Malaysia & allowed into public places which has transformed the lives of 350,000 blind people.

Marco Robinson is a #1 Bestselling Author of 2 books , Award Winning Entrepreneur, WINNER of the I-property People's Choice Award Best Real Estate Investment Company & Tatlers Best Restaurants for NAKED Restaurant & founder of the fully licensed & bonded travel agency: NAKED TRAVEL.

Marco Robinson Interview Questions

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education... you had very painful origins and you were homelessness. Can ?
2. How did you manage the pain and the challenges you went through?
3. You created Freemdomx to manage the challenges with homeless people and you are using blockchain technology for the platform. Can you tell us about it?
4. You were Knighted for getting guide dogs into Malaysia. Can you tell us about it?
5. From your Career highlights you have successful ventures like real state, restaurants and TV and also
6. With Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact?
7. What are your visions for the present and future?

See publication

Tags: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Marketing

Martin Signer Fintech Thought Leader and Serial Entrepreneur, CEO and Founder of smartmoneymatch.com
Youtube
January 02, 2021
Martin Signer is a financial and fintech thought leader and serial entrepreneur. Martis is the CEO and Founder of smartmoneymatch.com. Martin has a master's degree (lic. oec. publ.) in quantitative finance from the economic faculty of the University of Zurich.

Martin Signer Interview Focus

1. An introduction from Martin Signer - background, overview, education, starting in traditional finance...
2. Can you highlight some of your career highlights
3. Can you tell us about SmartMoneyMatch.com organisations and focus?
4. What are your views on our fintech special in Switzerland?
5. With Covid-19 what challenges, opportunities, trends do you see now?
6. What are your visions for the present and future of fintech special when it comes to investment, asset management and investment match?

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Fintech, Leadership

Linda Goetze - Emerging Tech Thought Leader, Blockchain Educator and Connector
Youtube
December 30, 2020
A global thought leader, educator and connector, Linda Goetze, M.Ed., has been engaged with blockchain technology since 2012. Co-Founder and EVP DFM Data Corp. Former President/CEO Blockchain Chamber of Commerce. Linda is a leading global recognised Emerging Tech Thought Leader, Educator, International Keynote, Ethical Investor, and as she says: "Leading to Serve". Linda is a member of Mensa and former CEO of Balancing Health, Linda helped establish the Atlanta Neurotherapy Institute. Linda is an advocate - Fundraiser/Contributor, Bloom in the Dark, Inc.

Linda Goetze interview Focus

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education... from scientific education to business and technology?
2. You were educated and brought up in multiple places and locations in the world. Can you tell us about it?
3. Can you get us some of your career highlights so far special regarding your work with Blockchain Chamber of Commerce?
4. You mentioned the 12 verticals of Blockchain?
5. Your company / companies, organisations and focus?
6. How do you see blockchain, AI - 4IR and all areas of digital transformation?

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Edtech, Emerging Technology

Kohei Kurihara, Privacy by Design Lab, Future Data Society Government Blockchain Association Tokyo
Youtube
December 28, 2020
Kohei Kurihara, Co-founder of Privacy by Design Lab - Designing The Future Data Society, Government Blockchain Association Tokyo

Kohei Kurihara is a global recognised thought leader and influencer, the co-founder of Privacy by Design Lab @pbdlab, develops data privacy by design lab - that works culture and collaborative measures for future data society.

Kohei is the President of the Tokyo Chapter at Government Blockchain Association, the community to consist of diversified talent and sectors. The platform is a part of blockchain practice with individual empowerment and seeks future government establishment.

Kohei Kurihara Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you - Japanese background, overview, education...
2. Japan has an unique bridge between old ancient traditions and culture and innovation and tech. Can you tell us about that?
3. Career highlights
4. Your company / companies, organisations and focus?
5. Japan created the concept of Society 5.0
6. You are particularly focused on the areas of tech disruption and data and related privacy main areas related with 4IR and all areas of digital transformation. How do you see this?
7. What are your goals and how do you see the future of work and the main trends in tech and society? Special with Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact?

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, CSR, Digital Transformation

Ludovic Courcelas, Government Strategy Lead at ConsenSys - Blockchain Solutions EU and Worldwide
Youtube
December 28, 2020
Interview with Ludovic Courcelas, Government Strategy Lead at ConsenSys - Blockchain Solutions EU and Worldwide for Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube series.

Ludovic Courcelas is a technology enthusiast working for the world's largest mesh of #blockchain entrepreneurs and technologists. Ludovic is the Government Strategy Lead ConsenSys. Ludovic is committed to delivering high-stakes projects for corporations and governments, especially in the #EU. Previously Ludovic worked as a Developer Audience - Marketing Evangelist at Microsoft and after Innovation & Blockchain Assistant at BNP Paribas Securities Services before joining Consensys. Ludovic particularly enjoys working with developers and artists. Ludovic loves comics, video games, YouTube creators, science, and he was formerly in a competitive rowing crew. Ludovic is a huge fan of Damon Albarn and his different bands.

Ludovic Courcelas Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education...
2. How do you see the cultural backgrounds when it comes to France when compared with other countries and cultures?
3. Can you tell us about Consensys?
4. From your Career highlights can you tell us about working with the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum for the European Commission?
5. Your company / companies, organisations and focus on working with governments and regulators?
6. How do you see the blockchain industry at the moment?
7. How do you see centralisation and decentralisation in Blockchain?
8. Can you tell us about DeFi and the challenges and opportunities?
9. What are your views on blockchain in our society, special on the border with technology and digital transformation at large?
10. What are your goals and how do you see the future of work and the main trends in tech and society? Special with Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact?

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Tina Jabeen, CEO Startup Bangladesh, part of ICT Ministry, Government of Bangladesh
Dinis Guarda
November 25, 2020
Tina Jabeen, CEO Startup Bangladesh, part of ICT Ministry, Government of Bangladesh

In this series of citiesabc openbusinesscouncil Youtube Podcast interviews, Dinis Guarda interviews Startup Bangladesh CEO Tina Jabeen about the current state of the startup ecosystem in Bangladesh and the enormous potential the country has for the near future.

Tina Jabeen is currently the CEO and MD responsible for Investment Advisor, Startup Bangladesh, ICT Ministry, Govt. of Bangladesh. She guided the team in crafting the investment and operations guidelines and building the accelerator. Tina coordinates international roadshows and strategic meetings with partners globally. She leads the investment and accelerator of Startup Bangladesh.

Tina Jabeen is a CPA with 25+ years of extensive experience in the PE/VC industry, with technical expertise in due diligence, return models, valuations, VC governance, legal and tax treaties. She held positions as the Director of Finance and Tax in Horsley Bridge Partner, a premier fund-of-fund and the Senior Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers, San Francisco.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Fintech

Efi Pylarinou - Global Leading Author, Influencer - The Present and Future of Fintech
Dinis Guarda
November 06, 2020
Fintech expert Dr. Efi Pylarinou is the new guest in this citiesabc YouTube interview. Hosted by Dinis Guarda, both experts discuss the present and future of finance and the impact of Fintech and technology, including blockchain and crypto, in the future of the industry.

Efi Pylarinou Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education...
Greece - Maths
USA studies
2. Career highlights:
PHD - Chaos theory in finance
Solomon Brothers - WallStreet
3. How do you see the chaos and changes we have been facing when it comes to our society, governance and financial models?
4. Change around parameters
Human rights / rational discrimination
5. Attractors - we are lost in defining the attractors - uncertainty issues special when it comes to technology. And it seems it creates more complexity.
6. What solutions we can provide to this: Universal Income… disparity issues
7. When it comes to the financial systems we have the legacy established systems, the emergent system and now also the disruptive decentralised cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, DeFy… and at the same time the meg powerful players like the Silicon Valley and Chinese players...
8. How do you see the financial services - fintech industry ecosystem now?
9. We have major challenges with financial inclusion and digital ID. How do you see this and how can we solve it?
10. What are you doing with your work and platforms like daily fintech?
11. With Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact?

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Michael Stanley-Jones - UNEP Ecosystems Integration, UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion Secretariat
Youtube
October 20, 2020
Michael Stanley-Jones, member of the UNEP Ecosystem Integration Branch and Secretariat of the United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion is the guest in this new citiesabc series interviews. Led by Dinis Guarda, Michael Stanley-Jones discusses the role of the United Nations in achieving the #SDGs and how the Alliance for #SustainableFashion can help promote a more conscious fashion industry.

Michael Stanley-Jones Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education.
2. When was the moment you decided to change your life in Silicon Valley towards a sustainability activism career?
3. Can you tell us about your career highlights so far working in the UN, Sustainable Fashion Alliance, as an environmentalist in Silicon Valley, etc.?
4. Can you tell us more about the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?
5. As part of the UNEP Sustainability Work Group, you supported the development and adoption of the UNEP Environmental, Social & Economic Sustainability Framework, which provides review, transparency, and grievance procedures. Can you tell us about your vision and how to put it in practice?
6. You have been the inaugural Secretary and the first Chair of the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion, an inter-agency coordinating group (from Dec. 2018, as the Alliance's co-Secretary with Simone Cipriani, Head of ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative) since July 2018. Can you tell us about that role and your work done so far?
7. How can we create a more sustainable world, focusing on two major topics - fashion and textile industry?
8. Can you tell us about your work as author of "Reward and Renewal: The Poverty-Environment Initiative Final Project Report (2014-2018)" and co-author of J. Gupta et al, "Re-imaging the driver-pressure-state-impact-response framework from an equity and inclusive development perspective" (Sustainability Science, June 2019)?
9. What advice do you give to individuals and organisations at the time of Covid-19 and on how to cope with the present challenges specially with advent of Society 5.0 - 4IR and all areas of digital transformation when it comes to UN SDG and your work with UN, at large?
10. About data ownership and technology. What are your visions on data ownership and the UN’s approach to it?
11. You are a poet too. Can you tell us more about this creative side?

See publication

Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Ai-Da Interview, The World's First Ultra-Realistic Robot Artist
YouTube
October 20, 2020
Dinis Guarda interviews the world’s first ultra-realistic robot artist Ai-Da in this new citiesabc YouTube Podcast series.

Ai-Da combines the latest computing and AI innovations intertwined with what humans best excel at: creativity. Created in 2019 and invented by visionary art creator Aidan Meller with the collaboration of the University of Oxford, the University of Leeds and created by Art Engineered.

Ai-Da can draw things from life using cameras in her eyes, a mechanical arm developed at Leeds University, and algorithms developed by scientists at the University of Oxford. A true milestone in AI innovation and human collaboration. Here we present Ai-Da’s views on self-awareness, art and her role in the world.

See publication

Tags: AI, Innovation, RPA

Andy Weinstein, CEO Bottler Distribution Group - Building a Sustainable Supply Chain
Youtube
October 02, 2020
Michael Stanley-Jones, member of the UNEP Ecosystem Integration Branch and Secretariat of the United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion is the guest in this new citiesabc series interviews. Led by Dinis Guarda, Michael Stanley-Jones discusses the role of the United Nations in achieving the #SDGs and how the Alliance for #SustainableFashion can help promote a more conscious fashion industry.

Michael Stanley-Jones Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education.
2. When was the moment you decided to change your life in Silicon Valley towards a sustainability activism career?
3. Can you tell us about your career highlights so far working in the UN, Sustainable Fashion Alliance, as an environmentalist in Silicon Valley, etc.?
4. Can you tell us more about the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?
5. As part of the UNEP Sustainability Work Group, you supported the development and adoption of the UNEP Environmental, Social & Economic Sustainability Framework, which provides review, transparency, and grievance procedures. Can you tell us about your vision and how to put it in practice?
6. You have been the inaugural Secretary and the first Chair of the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion, an inter-agency coordinating group (from Dec. 2018, as the Alliance's co-Secretary with Simone Cipriani, Head of ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative) since July 2018. Can you tell us about that role and your work done so far?
7. How can we create a more sustainable world, focusing on two major topics - fashion and textile industry?
8. Can you tell us about your work as author of "Reward and Renewal: The Poverty-Environment Initiative Final Project Report (2014-2018)" and co-author of J. Gupta et al, "Re-imaging the driver-pressure-state-impact-response framework from an equity and inclusive development perspective" (Sustainability Science, June 2019)?
9. What advice do you give to individuals and organisations at the time of Covid-19 and on how to cope with the present challenges specially with advent of Society 5.0 - 4IR and all areas of digital transformation when it comes to UN SDG and your work with UN, at large?
10. About data ownership and technology. What are your visions on data ownership and the UN’s approach to it?
11. You are a poet too. Can you tell us more about this creative side?

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Supply Chain, Sustainability

Interview Qiaoyin Yang, Senior Industry Solution Manager Huawei Technologies
Youtube
September 25, 2020
Dinis Guarda interviews Qiaoyin Yang, Senior Industry Solution Manager at Huawei Technologies, in this new interview for citiesabc. The interview focuses on the role of innovative ICT solutions that are applied to the #ElectricPowerIndustry and the challenges that companies face when dealing with massive electric grids and their legacy systems.

Qiaoyin Yang currently leads various standardization groups on the adoption of ICT to the electric power industry. A registered professional engineer, Qiaoyin Yang’s expertise are in the field of electric power system protection and automation, digital substation, IoT, digital transformation strategy consulting for the power industry.

Qiaoyin Yang’s interview will be published during #HuaweiConnect2020, which is Huawei’s annual flagship event in Shanghai. At the event, Huawei will showcase its full stack, all-scenario solutions in ICT, and will especially showcase the need of an elaborate ICT infrastructure in the energy sector. As enterprises all over the world continue to be ravaged by the global pandemic, there is a global need for enterprises on all levels to push forward their digital transformations. As Qiaoyin Yang points out in Dinis’ discussion with her, synergizing AI, big data, and other technologies will allow governments and enterprises in the energy sector to prosper towards economic recovery.

See publication

Tags: 5G, AR/VR, Digital Transformation

Interview Minister Naokazu Takemoto, Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy of Japan
YouTube
August 17, 2020
Minister Naokazu Takemoto currently serves as the Minister of State for Science and Technology of Japan, since September 11, 2019. First elected as a Member of the House of Representatives (HR) in the Diet in 2000, Naokazu Takemoto has since then performed different roles and positions within the Japanese government. Minister Naokazu Takemoto is part of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature) as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party.

See publication

Tags: AR/VR, Innovation, Leadership

Dinis Guarda Interviews Diego Gutierrez Zaldivar, Founder IOV Labs, Tech and Blockchain Ambassador
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
A global personality on the blockchain and crypto technology world, Diego Gutierrez Zaldivar is a pioneer in web and internet technologies and development in Argentina and Latin America since 1995. Diego was also one of the first persons to foster and develop Bitcoin and blockchain technology in Latin America, which he has done since 2012. In addition to having created RSK Labs, the company responsible for bringing to life the codenamed platform Rootstock, the first open-source peer-to-peer smart-contract platform and payment network with a 2way peg to Bitcoin. Diego also has co-founded Koibanx, another blockchain company that is aiming to transform the potential of Bitcoin and blockchain technologies into real use cases, which serve as a driver for social and economic change. He is also behind IOVlabs builds low-cost, highly secure, easy-to-use platforms for the new global economy. Harnessing the benefits of Bitcoin with a suite of tools to create and protect growth, we’re planting the seeds for global financial freedom.

See publication

Tags: AI, Big Data, Blockchain

Interview Muhammad Chbib, Serial Entrepreneur, Global Thought Leader and CEO at tradeling.com
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
Muhammad Chbib is a serial entrepreneur, global thought leader and CEO at tradeling.com. Muhammad Chbib has international experience as a manager who has served several successful startups as well as large corporate organizations in Europe and the MENA region since the late 1990s. Throughout his extensive career, Muhammad R. Chbib has advised leaders at some of the most prestigious Fortune 500 companies during his tenure between 2004 and 2010 at McKinsey & Company in their Middle East and German offices.

Muhammad Chbib Interview focus

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education...
2. Can you tell us more about your experience starting in Germany and moving from there to the Middle East? And also the cultural differences between these two worlds?
3. Can you tell us more about your experience working at an established company like McKinsey?
4. You have worked in both the corporate world and in the startup space. Can you tell us more about how you went from an established company like McKinsey to becoming the CEO of sukar.com, which was later acquired by Amazon?
5. What would be the advice and suggestions you would give to a startup entrepreneur?
6. You helped create the e-commerce wave in the Middle East. Then you moved to the travel industry, and now the Middle East is becoming important as a travel destination. So how did you switch from e-commerce to travel? How was your experience?
7. What is tradeling.com?
8. You have experience in research, creating online marketplaces, successful companies in different sectors... So with all that experience, what are the most likely scenarios, trends, etc that we will see after COVID-19?

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Interview Simon Cocking, Editor-in-Chief at Irish Tech News & Blockchain Leading Personality
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
Simon Cocking is the Chief Editor of Irish Tech News and Editor in Chief at Crypto Commonwealth. Simon has been working as an advisory board member for several other successful ICO launches who have achieved their ICO targets, to help with marketing, media, PR and strategy. With the opportunity to leverage my digital footprint of 115,000 followers on Twitter (31% in US) and 22,000 on LinkedIn.

He has been included on many global influencer lists of people to follow for fintech, blockchain, AI and other tech related topics. He has been based in Ireland for 25 years.

Interview focus

1. About your background and professional experience.
2. Can you tell us about Irish Tech News and your role as Editor-in-Chief?
3. In today's world, there are major media conglomerates that tend to dominate the market. Being an independent and successful media portal is therefore challenging. Can you tell us about your experience running Irish Tech News and this trend in the media sector?
4. Social media and algorithms now channel the information that users consume. This has brought challenges such as fake news and algorithm-driven content being the most popular and consumed. What do you think about this from your experience as a technology and media leader?
5. You have been writing about technology for years, and recently more about blockchain and crypto. How do you see the evolution of cryptocurrencies and blockchain?
6. What do you think of the new forms of financing that use blockchain solutions, like STOs for example? And what are your thoughts on blockchain as a standalone technology?
7. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is playing a key role in today’s technology innovations. What are your views on AI?
8. Dealing with AI in the future is also another challenge. How do you see the future of AI?
9. COVID-19 is the biggest disruptor in recent years. How do you see the challenges and opportunities that this crisis has brought?

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Shameer Thaha, Global CSO & CEO Accubits Middle East / Africa, Building AI Blockchain Tech
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
Shameer Thaha is the CEO of Accubits, he supervises the company, which has become one of the world leaders in #Blockchain and #ICOtechnology with operations in Middle East, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong and USA. As a serial entrepreneur turned business leader, Shameer Thaha considers himself passionate about building highly efficient and performing teams focused on innovation and emerging technologies. Shameer Thaba believes AI & Blockchain have the capability to augment our abilities to innovate and push this world forward for good.

Shameer Thaha Interview Questions

1. Studying in Singapore, considered one of the most innovative countries in the world, and working in India, regarded as one of the fastest-growing. What are the differences between the different areas/regions you have worked with? And what are your takeaways from every one of them?
2. How do you see the evolution of the internet with social media becoming the most popular online tool? And as an expert in blockchain, how do you see the role of this technology in the future of the internet?
3. From your experience working on the technology, government and financial side of blockchain, what can you tell us about the evolution of blockchain?
4. The current challenge is how to make blockchain and digital transformation mainstream, with governments like China truly advanced in researching and implementing solutions, while others are lagging behind, struggling to implement basic technology solutions. What are your opinions on this issue?
5. In your book, you wrote about the 2008 financial crisis and how IT managers and corporates reacted. We are experiencing another crisis, although the nature of this is different from 2008. What are the differences and similarities that you see between these two?
6. Can you tell us more about previous projects you have been involved in and give us a hint of what lies ahead in the future?
7. There are different approaches to how AI should be developed and regulated, with many myths surrounding it. What do you think about AI and how do you see this technology in the future?
8. The world is dominated by data, but one of the challenges is that that data is owned and does not flow, and more importantly, it is not shared. What do you think about how the data should be collected and managed?

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Anndy Lian, Author, Blockchain Thought Leader - Bridging Blockchain Between Business & Governments
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
Anndy Lian is a global thought leader and an all-rounded business strategist with more than 15 years of experience in Asia. He has provided advisory across a variety of industries for local, international & public listed companies. Anndy played a pivotal role in not-for-profit and quasi-government linked organizations. An avid supporter for incubating start-ups, Anndy has investments in a few health-related companies. He believes that what he is doing through Linfinity and blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses.

Anndy Lian Interview focus

1. An introduction from you: education, professional background
2. Asia is one of the most dynamic regions in the world. You have been working in Singapore and South Korea, which are at the forefront of technological development. How do you see this dynamic in the region and especially in these two countries?
3. There is no doubt that governments and organizations need to better understand blockchain and your company is keen to make that vision a reality. Can you tell us more about Linfinity and its mission?
4. Blockchain is one of the fundamental technologies of the 4IR with a lot of potential but we are still in the theoretical stage. Many countries are lagging behind in R&D and there is a lack of awareness about blockchain. Working with governments and businesses, can you share with us your thoughts on what is the general approach to blockchain?
5. You have written ‘Blockchain Revolution 2030’ and very active as a blockchain writer. Can you tell us about your work as an author and how you see blockchain intertwined with traditional industries?
6. Blockchain technology combined with AI is a powerful setup that can create really innovative and interesting solutions for many of our current challenges, such as leveraging trust in technology, digital identity, etc. At the same time, it also raises some concerns in some sectors. including governments and users. How do you see this?
7. Cryptocurrencies are becoming more and more mainstream. Countries are developing CBDCs, there are thousands of different digital currencies, companies use them to raise money through ICOs and, more recently, STOs… How do you see the cryptocurrency industry right now, especially the evolution from ICOs to STOs?
8. From your experience working with governments, advising companies and your knowledge about blockchain and emerging technologies, what would be your advise to governments and companies and what do you expect about the future of blockchain?

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Digital Transformation

Grant Blaisdell, Co-Founder at Coinfirm And Copernic Space And Leading Personality In Blockchain
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Digital Transformation

Xavier Gomez Founder and COO at INVYO - The Future of Finance - Fintech
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Babak Behboudi, CEO of Synchronium Group - Innovating Through Blockchain Ecosystems & Technology
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
Babak Behboudi, serial entrepreneur and business academic is the CEO of Synchronium. In this interview, led by Dinis Guarda, both experts go through today's most incipient technology challenges like the implementation of blockchain in businesses, the collaboration between tech and human and the future of businesses.

Babak Behboudi Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education... From
Azerbaijan to US, UK, Turkey…
2. You were one of the first personalities and companies working on blockchain and digital currencies in 2013. Can you tell us about this experience in the last 7 years?
3. You have been involved in ICOs and digital currencies and created some digital currencies. Can you tell us about that?
4. You have been very focused on tech business solutions for blockchain, special for supply chain management and business infrastructure. Can you tell us about it?
5. You found multiple startups and companies, over 72 organisations. Can you highlight some of the main ones and the experience?
6. Can you tell me about SYNCHRONIUM? What are you guys doing and some of your products such as SynchroBit Hybrid Exchange, Oriental Cloud, MakerApp, InnovaNetwork, SynchroPay, WinkPay, PickChat, SynchroLedger, SynchorSign, Initium.
7. With Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact?

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Debra Ruh CEO @RuhGlobal Digital Transformation, Tech, Accessibility - How to Tackle Disabilities
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
Debra Ruh is an American businesswoman founder and CEO of @RuhGlobal and advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities. She founded TecAccess, which provides solutions designed for information technology accessibility for people with disabilities and for Section 508 compliance.

Debra Ruh Interview focus:

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education... What were the cases that made you who you are?
2. What brought you to to work on being an accessibility advocate?
3. The history of your daughter and husband disabilities are very strong. Can you tell us about that?
4. Can you tell us about your book on How Brands Can Learn to Engage with the Community of Persons with Disabilities and other minorities to Create 5. Solid ROI and Positive Social Impact?
5. What are your views on accessibility and inclusion and overview of the global landscape special in the light of your work with the UN?
6. What are your views on our society, technology and digital transformations?
7. What are your goals and how do you see the future of work and the main trends in tech and society?
8. With Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact?

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Damu Winston, Founder of Finteachable.com, Covid19Funding.us, Future Proof Thinker Thought Leader
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
Damu Winston, Founder of Finteachable.com, Covid19Funding.us, Future Proof Thinker Thought Leader is the new guest in this Dinis Guarda, cities abc openbusinesscouncil Youtube Podcast series.

Damu Rufaro Winston, Damu Winston, is an International Digital Advisor & Founder, serial entrepreneur, founder of Finteachable.com and a speaker at Arab EmTech & Startups Conference. Damu Winston is the author of the Kindle book I Don't Trust You: But Blockchain and Bitcoin Will Help. Having led globally distributed teams in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, India, Mexico, and US domestically, Damu Winston is an expert at building innovative solutions that empower organizations, harness diversity, and leverage cutting-edge technology to exceed expectations.

Damu Winston Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education... from US to middle East, culture and multi dimensional things part of your personality
2. Perspective of your education in US and west Africa - different cultures - diversity when it comes to the present challenges - growth mindset
3. Can you give us some of your career highlights - special the platforms Finteachable.com, Covid19Funding.us?
4. How does Finteachable.com work and some insights of the work in fintech and financial empowerment?
5. Can you tell us some of your highlights on education and difference techniques and ways to get people to learn and get expertise - certifications?
6. Can you tell us about your book: I Don't Trust You: But Blockchain and Bitcoin Will Help?
7. How do you see fintech multiple areas and future proof banking?
8. We are getting into Society 5.0 - 4IR and all areas of digital transformation. What are your views on our society, technology and all 360 degrees areas of digital transformations?
9. What are your goals and how do you see the society challenges with Covid-19?
10. What ways do you envision to redesign our work ecosystems, the lack of energy, integration in an increasingly collaborative society, and banks with technology and social impact?
11. What are your visions for the present and future and a positive message for people listening to us?

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Alessandro Zamboni Founder & CEO, Supply@Me Capital
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
Alessandro Zamboni, Founder & CEO, Supply@Me Capital (SYME.L)

Director specialised in the Financial Services Industry and related strategic and digital models. Alessandro has 18 years of experience on internal governance, regulatory and enterprise risk management systems (Basel IV, Solvency II, …) for Banks and Insurance Companies. Alessandro is the Co-founder of DevoLab: think tank group of SDA Bocconi (School of Management - Milan) focused on innovation and exponential technologies.

Alessandro is the Founder of the AvantGarde Group: fintech hub, main shareholder of Supply@ME Capital plc • Co-founder of «Assofintech» (italian fintech association). Alessandro is a Specialist into digital – legal binding – technologies (distributed ledger, electronic signatures…).

After a brief period of work in L'Oréal in the strategic and operational marketing function, he joined several management consulting companies specialized in Regulatory & Internal Controls for Banks and Insurance. In 2014 he founded the AvantGarde Group (Supply@ME’s Parent Company.

Alessandro Zamboni Interview focus:

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education...
2. Career highlights
3. Can you tell us about Supply@Me Capital PLC your company / companies, organisations and focus?
4. You went public in March 2020 in London. Can you tell us about that?
5. How does Supply@Me Capital PLC work?
6. What kind of technologies are you using?
7. With Covid-19 what solutions can you highlight in the supply chain and related solutions, special as across supply chain challenges are becoming riskier and more highlight finance and logistics?
8. Are you doing anything in the context of the EU and governments?
9. Are you doing or creating solutions on bridging the gap between
10. What are your goals and how do you see the future of work and the main trends in tech and society?

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Maomao Hu, Blockchain, Fintech, AI Entrepreneur And Thought Leader
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
Maomao Hu is a blockchain, fintech and AI entrepreneur and thought leader and the guest in this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube series.

Maomao Hu started working professionally as a graphic designer at the age of 15 in China before making a pivot to financial technology in 2014 when he founded the Artificial Intelligence practice at management consulting firm The Capital Markets Company. Since then he has become a serial entrepreneur working with tech solutions.

Maomao Hu Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education… from USA to China and back to USA?
2. Can you highlight more about the culture shocks background in China and the USA?
3. Career highlights: you started with design and you moved into fintech, AI and after you discovered bitcoin and blockchain?
4. Can you highlight some of the major things you found out with your experience in these areas?
5. How did you get into cryptocurrencies and blockchain?
6. How do you see fintech nowadays?
7. With Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact?
8. What are your visions for the present and future?

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Robert Sharratt, MD Crescofin.ch Swiss Insured Banking Savings - Banking, Fintech, Blockchain, DeFI
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
Robert Sharratt is the Managing Director, and founder of CrescoFin SA, a Genève, Switzerland financial, lending and banking fintech company. Robert is a professional with 20 years plus of experience in investment banking, trading, fintech, and in the last years a thought leader and ambassador in DeFI blockchain. Robert Sharratt is a Former investment banker, background in M&A, large financings, credit analysis. Robert has co-written the book 1%. The book that the financial establishment doesn't want you to read.: The first ever behind-the-curtain look at how banks really function, and their impact on society published in 2019

Robert Sharratt holds an MSc degree in Finance from London Business School. Robert Sharratt is part-Canadian, part-British, somewhat autistic and lives in Geneva. Robert Sharratt interests include mountain-climbing, chess, piano, programming and distrusting authority. In his early career, he was an M&A investment banker in London, then in private equity, and then moved to Switzerland to invest his own money.

Robert Sharratt Interview Focus

1. Can you tell us about your background, education and experience?
2. Can you tell us about Cresco?
3. Context on Switzerland and the banking regulatory structure of Cresco?
4. How do you approach the blockchain and DeFi approach on your product?
5. How do you manage the insurance part of the interest-bearing deposit account?
6. You financed the platform and recently you offered a security equity token in a decentralised exchange. Can you tell us about that? And your token?
7. Can you explain how you are tokenising your equity you are offering?
8. You wrote recently about Why do we still use banks? Banks are dinosaurs. And DeFi is the meteor.
9. You wrote a book and recently you wrote about Swiss private banking in the age of Coronavirus. Can you tell us about it and the banking / money industry at large?
10. How do you see the crypto and security tokens at large?
11. Where can people find your security token and what exchanges are available?

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Khalid Saad - FinTech Venture, Ecosystem Builder, Islamic Finance - From Bahrain to the World
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
Khalid Saad a FinTech entrepreneur and advisor that is passionate about starting new ventures and supporting existing ones. Khalid has worked closely over the years with numerous startups and companies on their digital and market entry strategies. Khalid is the new guest in this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube series.

Khalid Saad Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education... Bahrain, UK...
2. Can you get us some of your career highlights?
3. Can you tell us about Bahrain and the country's business and financial ecosystem?
4. Your company / companies, organisations and focus?
5. From the work you have been doing with multiple chambers of commerce, business and finance which highlights can you share with us?
6. From companies wanting to get to Barhein can you highlight some of the main things you offer special in the regulatory frame, taxes and vision?
7. Bahrain has released cutting edge regulatory frames unique in the world can you highlight this?
8. How do you see Fintech and all areas of innovation around traditional finance, emerging new fintech platforms and more advanced crypto digital assets players?
9. You touched Islamic banking, Halal economics - can you highlight that?
10. How do you see blockchain and digital currencies going forward?
11. What are your views on our society, technology and digital transformations? Special with Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact?

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Fintech

Tanuj Nandan, Prof MNNIT India, Business Financial Education, Statistics, Fintech, Macro Economics
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
Interview Professor Tanuj Nandan, Professor at the School of Management Studies, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Dr. Tanuj Nandan is Professor and former Head, School of Management Studies, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India. His areas of interest include Financial Derivatives, International Finance and Corporate Finance. He possesses twenty-four years of research and teaching experience. Tanuj has a Background in statistics, economics and finance.

Dr. Tanuj Nandan completed his M.B.A. and Ph.D. specialising in Financial Management. He participates regularly in several national and international conferences and seminars, and contributes research articles and papers to journals of repute. He is also a reviewer to several journals. He conducts management development programs and training programs, and is invited to speak at various forums. He also renders consultancy services to corporate organizations.

Tanuj Nandan Interview Focus:

1. Personal background
2. Education and university background
3. Career highlights and development
4. India: cultural and economic landscape
5. Financial Inclusion in India
6. Research focus and main areas
7. How do you see the present challenges in your industry expertise area
8. How Covid 19 is impacting the world and the areas of your expertise
9. What message of hope do you highlight in these times?

See publication

Tags: AI, Big Data, Fintech

Interview Armando Gonzalez CEO RavenPack Financial Markets Fintech finance analytics Big Data AI ML
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
Interview with Armando Gonzalez CEO of RavenPack - The present and future of Financial Markets: Fintech, Big Data, Analytics, AI Machine Learning

Armando Gonzalez is a technology entrepreneur and the CEO and Co-founder of RavenPack, the leading provider of big data analytics for financial institutions. At RavenPack, he oversees all product design and engineering of the company’s data products and analytical tools. Armando is a recognized expert in applied big data and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. He is widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable authorities on systematic data analysis in finance.

Armando Gonzalez is a recognized speaker at academic and business conferences across the globe. Armando holds degrees in Economics and International Business Administration from the American University in Paris. As a thought leader, his commentary and research has appeared in leading business publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, among many others.

INTERVIEW FOCUS

1. An introduction from Armando Gonzalez - background, overview, education...
2. Armando Gonzalez Career highlights
3. Emerging technology impact on financial industry
4. Big Data analytics role
5. AI and Machine Learning
6. About RavenPack mission and focus
7. What are your work priorities
8. Goals and how do you see the future of work and the main trends in tech and society
9. With Covid-19 how can you look at this as a way to redesign our society

See publication

Tags: AI, Big Data, Fintech

Interview Asad Sultan CEO Deutsche Malayan Ventures - 4IR, KL Tech City, Fintech, Media And Tech
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
Asad Sultan is a twenty-five year veteran of the investment banking industry, including fifteen years in Asia. Until 2008 he was the Managing Director and Country Head in India for US investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald. Asad started his career in 1990 with Citibank in New York, then Tokyo and London. In Hong Kong, he worked for Japan’s Daiwa Bank, and served as Division Director and Head of Asian Equities for Australia’s Macquarie Bank; following which he launched NYSE-listed institutional brokerage Investment Technology Group in Asia as regional Chief Executive Officer.

Interview focus

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education...
2. Career highlights
3. Your company, organisation and focus
4. What are your work priorities
5. Goals and how do you see the future of work and the main trends in tech and society
6. With Covid-19 how can you look at this as a way to redesign our society
7. Future vision

See publication

Tags: AI, Big Data, Fintech

Interview Henri Arslanian, PwC Global Crypto Leader - The Future of Finance - Fintech and Blockchain
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
Introducing Henri Arslanian world leader in Crypto, Blockchain and best selling author. In this new series interview conducted by citiesabc founder Dinis Guarda, both experts talk about the current challenges and opportunities in finance, including disruptors like blockchain and crypto.

Henri Arslanian is a PwC Global Crypto and Blockchain Leader, a Best Selling Author, a Keynote Speaker, an University Professor and a global recognised thought leader in the Future of Finance and Money. Henri Arslanian is Passionate and focused on the future of finance and money. Henry has been working on aligning and trying to foresee the financial services models of the future and train the next generation of talent. Henri Arslanian has 500k followers on LinkedIn and was recently named the most influential person in Finance on LinkedIn.

Interview focus:

1. An introduction from you - background, overview, education...
2. Career highlights
3. Your company, organisation and focus
4. Importance of education
5. Fintech from inception into now
6. Crypto from inception into the bitcoin halving
7. Regtech importance
8. What are your work priorities
9. Goals and how do you see the future of work and the main trends in tech and society
10. With Covid-19 how can you look at this as a way to redesign our society
11. Future vision

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech

Interview with Xiaochen Zhang, President of FinTech4Good & co-Chair of World Digital Economy Council
Dinis Guarda
August 12, 2020
Dinis Guarda, author and founder of citiesabc.com, interviews Xiaochen Zhang, a leading global thought leader in the areas of fintech, sustainability, blockchain and economic digital transformation and founder of Fintech4Good. Xiaochen Zhang is an active policy maker and technologist leading initiatives and organisations such as the major organisation FinTech4Good, as President, and co-Chair of World Digital Economy Council, among other organisations. Some of his global work aims to look at social impact, business empowerment, financial inclusion.

Interview focus

1. Background
2. Cultural background
3. Define Fintech
4. Fintech for Good
5. Fintech inclusion
6. Create commercial business models to empower policy makers, mainstream organisations, global companies and governments.
7. FinTech4Good
8. World Digital Economy Council
9. New business models related to economic digital innovation.
10. Gap between policy makers and innovators
11. Technology for doing good
12. Academic and education teaching
13. Programs for free for SMEs and learning models

See publication

Tags: AI, Blockchain, Fintech