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Olivier Rikken

Founder, Blockchain and smart contracts Expert and PhD Student - 13.000+ LinkedIn Followers at Emerging Horizons

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Olivier graduated as MSc in systems engineering, policy analysis and management at Delft University of Technology on the topic of discrete simulation models as support for continuous process improvement and got his executive MBA at Nyenrode/Kellogg/Stellenbosch graduation on effect of strategy changes on companies. Throughout his career he worked in various industries, always in roles responsible for both business strategy/process improvement on the one hand and IT development on the other, leading operational and IT teams.
 
Approx 5 years ago he entered the blockchain world. For the past years he has been working full time as blockchain and smart contract expert with in-depth knowledge of Ethereum. Besides being CEO/founder of Emerging Horizons AXVECO, a leading blockchain and emerging tech knowledge firms in the Netherlands, he is a PhD candidate in blockchain and DAO governance, is strongly involved in the Dutch Blockchain Coalition, member of the ISO world standardisation groups for smart contracts and blockchain governance, advisor for the Ethereum start-up SwarmCity, advises various blockchain start-ups on the background and guest lecturer at various universities.

As of 2019, he is in the global top 100 list of blockchain leaders.

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Amsterdam
Speaking Topics: Blockchain & Smart Contracts, Blockchain Governance, Emerging Technologies, Emerging Technologies Governance

Olivier RikkenPoints
Academic35
Author127
Influencer151
Speaker73
Entrepreneur100
Total486

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

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Company Information

Company Type: Individual
Media Experience: 15 years
Last Media Interview: 04/01/2021

Areas of Expertise

AI 30.10
Big Data 30.55
Blockchain 73.97
Business Strategy 32.28
Cryptocurrency 34.57
Digital Disruption 31.62
Emerging Technology 43.36
Fintech 36.33
Innovation 35.23
InsurTech 34.61
Leadership 30.15
Legal and IP 47.28
Management 32.17
Open Innovation 32.25
Startups 33.02
Health and Wellness 30.30
Healthtech 30.73
Digital Transformation 30.26
Proptech 37
Cybersecurity 30.09

Industry Experience

Automotive
Financial Services & Banking
High Tech & Electronics
Higher Education & Research
Insurance
Professional Services

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Publications

1 Academic Fellow / Scholar
PhD candidate - Technical University Delft
TU Delft
November 12, 2018
Research on blockchain and decentralized autonomous organizations governance

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Tags: Blockchain, Management

1 Advisory Board Membership
Advisory Board Swarm City
SwarmCity
December 17, 2017
Swarm City is one of the oldest start ups on the Ethereum blockchain

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Tags: Blockchain, Open Innovation, Startups

4 Article/Blogs
Trust and Escrow Industries Be Aware - the DAOs are coming!
linkedin
June 04, 2019
For some reason, some of the most powerful innovations have slipped under the radar. Unfortunately, blockchain is still very much associated with (speculation on) cryptocurrencies.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

The hyperstate of data - the same data being both personal and non personal?
linkedin
December 17, 2018
Although we tend to believe that data is just data, in itself it can have various states over time. This is what I would like to call the data life cycle. In this article, I will show you how data can evolve over various states in its life cycle and by making use of these states in a smart way, we can work, if the circumstances are right, with personal data in open, immutable and permanent data environments without lacking compliance to GDPR.

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Tags: Big Data, Blockchain

Crisis governance in a decentralized world
linkedin
October 16, 2018
New governance structures – crisis management in a decentralized world without trusted third parties. Can an anonymous emergency button be created?

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Tags: Blockchain

A new, blockchain enabled, business model in the insurance branch
Olivier Rikken
April 11, 2016
How blockchain can through smart contracting be the true disrupter in the insurance market, making peer to peer insurances possible.

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Tags: Blockchain, Digital Disruption, InsurTech

2 Board Memberships
Head of Research 2tokens foundation
2Tokens
November 01, 2020
2Tokens researches the regulatory side of tokenization and translates this into tools that help entrepreneurs set up token initiatives and make them aware of the possible regulatory hurdles and consequences of the usage of their token.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Innovation

CEO of Ledger Leopard
Ledger Leopard
December 02, 2019
CEO of Ledger Leopard, the largest blockchain solution development and implementation firm of the Netherlands, working on SSI solutions (Self Sovereign Identity) , administrative reduction in the healthcare industry, high performance applications (200K+ transactions per second).

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Tags: Blockchain, Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology

2 Books
Legal Aspects of Blockchain
UN Ops
September 02, 2018

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Tags: Blockchain, Emerging Technology, Legal and IP

Smart Contracts as Application of Blockchain Technology
Dutch Blockchain Coalition
November 17, 2017

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Tags: Blockchain, Emerging Technology, Innovation

1 Founder
Founder Emerging Horizons
Olivier Rikken
August 01, 2019
Emerging Horizons is a knowledge company specialized in R&D in emerging technologies and their impact on business and industry models and services.

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Tags: Blockchain, Emerging Technology, Business Strategy

2 Influencer Awards
Most impactful person blockchain Netherlands 2020
Blockchain Netherlands Foundation
December 08, 2020
I was awarded the most impactful person award in blockchain in the Netherland 2020 by the Blockchain Netherlands Foundation. After a jury selection, I won the popular vote.

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Tags: Blockchain

Blockchain Leader top 100 - 2019
Lattice80
July 31, 2019

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Tags: Blockchain, Emerging Technology

1 Journal Publication
Governance Challeges of Blockchain and Decentralized Autonomous Organizations
Information Polity
December 11, 2019
The rise of open and distributed technologies like blockchain have resulted in discussion on the need for (new) governance models in which multiple actors need to collaborate. Various incidents and problems occur due to flaws in blockchain protocols, smart contract and Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) and often it is not clear how decisions are made concerning the evolvement of blockchain applications. While DAO is often the term used to refer to the organizational arrangement guiding the blockchain applications, governance is needed to guide the decision-making. In this paper, we identify and analyze the potential challenges regarding the governance of blockchain initiatives in the various types of decentralized networks. The challenges for the various types of blockchain and projects are identified and analyzed using literature and case study research. The governance challenges are classified based on a framework consisting of different layers - infrastructure, application, company and institution/country - and stages – design, operate, evolve/crisis. The results show that in various stages and layers different challenges occur and there is a need for different governance models. Furthermore, blockchain applications governance and blockchain infrastructure governance were found to be entangled adding to the challenge. Blockchain and blockchain applications need proper governance, especially there is a need of clear governance models in public permissionless blockchains and its applications. Our research shows a specific need for further research into potentially new governance models for DAO applications on permissionless blockchains, linked to the products and services offered, taking regulatory regimes into account; whereas in other cases, namely permissioned blockchains and other type of applications, existing governance models might often be feasible. For developing new governance models, we recommend learning from the lessons from the open source community.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Emerging Technology

4 Keynotes
Smart Contracts in the Insurance Industry
Stockholm Fintech Week
February 10, 2020
Keynote Speach during the Stockholm Fintech Week on the impact of smart contracts in the insurance industry.

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Tags: Blockchain, Fintech, InsurTech

Blockchain Governance
Dutch Blockchain Coalition
June 27, 2019
Key note at the first Dutch Annual Blockchain Conference

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Tags: Blockchain, Business Strategy, Management

Blockchain, future of finance
ISA
June 20, 2019
Keynote on blockchain for finance managers and directors

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Tags: Blockchain, Business Strategy, Fintech

Blockchain, future of finance
ISA
June 06, 2019
Keynote on blockchain for finance managers and directors

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Tags: Blockchain, Business Strategy, Fintech

3 Media Interviews
Koffie drinken met: Olivier Rikken
Lexxyn
June 19, 2019
Interview by one the leading Dutch Legal Industry IT providers on the effect of blockchain and other emerging technologies on the legal industry and how it might transform it!

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Emerging Technology

Blockchain is the solution in specific situation
Voordeommekeer
January 14, 2019
Long interview (1 hour) by famous Dutch reporter paul van Liempt on the effect of blockchain on industries in the long run.

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Tags: Blockchain, Emerging Technology, Innovation

In blokken gebeiteld
Kijk Magazine
May 17, 2018
For the popular science magazine "Kijk" in the Netherlands, I was interviewed on the basics of blockchain.

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Tags: Blockchain, Emerging Technology, Innovation

1 Panel
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;

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Tags: Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Innovation

1 Speaker Award
Best Public Speech 2017
Platform Outsourcing Netherlands
January 18, 2018

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Tags: Blockchain, Emerging Technology

2 Speaking Engagements
Blockchain Basics and SSI
RvIG
March 25, 2021
For the National Office of for Identity Data gave an 1,5 hour presentation on blockchain and the possibilities of SSI

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Tags: Blockchain, Emerging Technology, Innovation

Smart contracts, their possibilities and misconceptions
Insureblocks
June 19, 2019
Speaking at the European Blockchain for Insurance conference in London

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Tags: Blockchain, Innovation, InsurTech

2 Visiting Lecturers
Blockchain Fundamentals, Smart Contracts and dApp design and build
University of Curaçao
February 08, 2021
At the university of Curaçao I provide 3 series of classes. One blockchain fundamentals, one on smart contracts and one on dApp design and build.

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Tags: Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

Guest Lecturer Nyenrode Business University
Nyenrode Business University
August 01, 2017
Guest lecturer on blockchain and smart contracts

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Tags: Blockchain, Emerging Technology, Leadership

1 Webinar
Simpel Snel en Betrouwbaar Eigenaarschap verhandelen
Ledger Leopard
February 12, 2021
Blockchain technologie gaat over verspreide controle en verantwoordelijkheid. Het verspreiden van verantwoordelijkheid kan op verschillende manieren. Zo bedacht Quintus Willemse 5 jaar geleden een oplossing om ervaren medewerkers aan hun bedrijf te binden en ze mede eigenaar te maken. Een aantal jaren later richt hij samen met Marcel ten Brink The Share Council op. The Share Council maakt het mogelijk om privé aandelen in tokens te verhandelen op een efficiënte en gemakkelijke manier.



Middels het gebruik van blockchain technologie kunnen aandelen worden getokenized. Hierdoor zijn deze makkelijker te verhandelen en kunnen inefficiente & burocratische processen worden vermeden. Dit maakt het ook eenvoudiger voor bedrijven die hun medewerkers mede eigenaar willen maken. Zijn medewerkers die eigenaar zijn van hun bedrijf, beter af?

Tijdens dit webinar bespreken we hoe The Share Council met gebruik van smart contracts, medewerkers eigenaar kan maken & hoe het verspreiden van eigenaarschap kan bijdragen aan:

• Het vergroten van loyaliteit & participatie van medewerkers

• Het vergroten van de stabiliteit van bedrijven

• Toenemende groei van bedrijven & het verkrijgen van extra financiële voordelen

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Tags: Blockchain, Innovation

7 Webinars
Myths and facts around blockchain
Dutch Blockchain Coalition
March 25, 2021
In this webinar for the Dutch Blockchain Coalition I went over various myths and facts around blockchain, including energy usage, scalability and privacy!

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Tags: Blockchain, Emerging Technology, Innovation

De toekomst van schadevrije jaren - insurtech in praktijk
Ledger Leopard
December 18, 2020
Tijdens dit webinar bespreken we hoe het Verbond van Verzekeraars een nieuwe infrastructuur laat bouwen die makkelijk, betrouwbaar en transparant informatie kan delen binnen het ecosysteem:

• Van object naar subject: van auto naar bestuurder

• Van statisch naar dynamisch: van historisch gegeven naar risico per rit

• Van het nu naar toekomstgericht: van een traditioneel model naar een duurzaam

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Tags: Blockchain, Innovation, InsurTech

Cirlinq, de verbinder tussen fysiek en digitaal
Ledger Leopard
December 04, 2020
De hoeveelheid data die wordt verzameld is nog nooit zo groot geweest. Cirlinq helpt middels een blockchain applicatie organisaties de volle waarde uit hun data te halen door datagedreven en voorspellend inzicht te geven over gebouwen, producten en bedrijfsmiddelen. Dit leidt tot minder verrassingen, lagere kosten en draagt bij aan een circulaire economie. Bovendien kan productonderhoud veel gerichter en efficiënter plaatsvinden.

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Tags: Blockchain, Innovation, Proptech

Fixing the broken web through content timestamping
Ledger Leopard
November 20, 2020
The internet has deep rooted problems that grow daily: distrust, plagiarism, and fake news. WordProof wants to create a new standard for a more reliable and trustworthy internet, with the help of blockchain technology. The WordProof Timestamp Ecosystem empowers internet users and content creators with the tools to build a safer and more trustworthy internet. In this webinar we discuss the WordProof blockchain solution

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Tags: Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Cooperation in the care value chain towards sustainable care models using blockchain
Ledger Leopard
November 06, 2020
Tijdens ons vorige webinar bespraken wij hoe de landelijke (jeugd-) zorgorganisatie Pluryn de samenwerking in de keten met gemeenten, cliënten (gezin) en andere zorgverleners verbetert door de inzet van innovatieve ketenoplossingen

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Tags: Blockchain, Health and Wellness, Healthtech

Exchanging Critical Data using blockchain and smart contracts
Ledger Leopard
July 21, 2020
During this webinar, we will describe how SBR Nexus and Ledger Leopard reduce physical paperwork with the use of a completely new infrastructure and how this can help your organization solve the problem of cumbersome administration processes using blockchain and smart contracts.

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Tags: Big Data, Blockchain, Emerging Technology

Digital Identity and Blockchain
Ledger Leopard
February 13, 2020
During this webinar, we will examine what the concept of Identity means to us, what benefits emerging technologies will bring to identity-challenges, and the different use cases for Identity management that are already in practice. For this webinar, we have two guests that are both working hard to change the identity landscape not only for people but also for objects and documents.

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Tags: Blockchain, Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology

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