Our Founders

Our founders are blockchain pioneers and thought-leaders with unmatched expertise working closely with industry leaders and Fortune 500 companies in the following sectors:  finance, insurance, securities, native digital assets, smart contracts,  supply chain management, startup consulting & advising, legal advice, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, big data & analytics, identity, computer forensics, records management, investment & hedge fund formation, business strategy & integration, civil society, government regulation, leadership effectiveness, team development, cryptocurrencies & ICOs.


 
 

Anna Ashurov, Vice President, Goldman Sachs

 Vice President, Goldman Sachs

Anna Ashurov is a Vice President in the Financing Group at Goldman Sachs. She is involved in portfolio management for Goldman-led bank loans and served as a Chief of Staff for the Financing Group in 2017. Prior to that, Anna spent many years in Restructuring Advisory at Barclays, helping restructure and reorganize credits during the last credit crisis where Barclays had exposure. She holds undergraduate degree from Baruch College and JD from Brooklyn Law School, where she serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. Anna is co-founder, Treasurer and Board Member of the Diversity in Blockchain non-profit organization  focused on driving inclusion, education and leadership for diverse people in blockchain and emerging technologies. Anna is also a member of the legal committee for the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, an advocacy group for Wall Street in the distributed ledger age.


Michelle Gitlitz, Partner, Blank Rome LLP

 

Michelle Gitlitz is a securities lawyer who represents corporations, investment companies, and funds on a wide range of issues, including corporate, regulatory, and litigation matters. She also co-leads the Firm’s Blockchain Technology & Digital Currencies group. Michelle regularly advises companies as they bring blockchain technology applications to market, raise capital through coin/token issuances and digital security offerings, create digital currency exchanges/platforms, establish digital currency mining operations, and navigate through state and federal money transmission issues.

 Blockchain Practice, Partner, Blank Rome LLP

 

Shawnna Hoffmann, IBM Cognitive Legal Co-Leader  

 IBM Global Cognitive Legal Co-Leader, Watson AI & Quantum Computing

Shawnna Hoffmann is the Global Co-Leader for the IBM Cognitive Legal Practice driving global strategy and execution across clients, legal markets and internal groups. She was certified as an IBM Thought Leader in the capability of Consulting in 2015 and has a patent pending for Detecting Clusters and Relationships in Large Data Sets. She co-authored the book “eDiscovery Plain & Simple.” She is the Co-Founder of Women in AI & Blockchain founded at the MIT Legal Forum for AI & Blockchain in 2017. She is also the Co-Founder of the non-profit Women in eDiscovery which has grown to over 5,000 members since its founding in 2007. As her give back to her local community, Ms. Hoffman co-founded and serves on the Board of the Community Hope Center of Osceola County which has helped over 20,000 homeless families since its inception. The Community Hope Center has received multiple awards and most recently was presented with the Bob Allen Award from the Walt Disney Company and the Good Neighbor Award from Bank of America for the fight against homelessness.


Susan Joseph, B3i North American Representative, Blockchain Consultant

 

Susan Joseph is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Diversity in Blockchain, Inc. She has a JD/MBA and is a former General Counsel who consults in the blockchain space specifically in the areas of consortia, insurance, identity, financial services, and humanitarian concerns. She is the B3i North American Representative and helped build and currently runs a Blockchain Working Group for a global insurer. Susan sits on the Ethereum Enterprise Alliance Identity Working Group, is a member of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance legal working group and is a member of the Chamber of Digital Commerce. Susan advises on projects to design and align token strategies and incentives regarding digital rights and is frequently consulted about regulatory and technological policy including the relationship between blockchain and artificial intelligence.  Previously, Susan was the first Executive Director of ID2020 and has consulted for IBM, positioning their blockchain identity practice. Susan advises many companies at their early stages and frequently travels around the world and guest lectures at universities and conferences alike.     

 B3i North American Representative, Blockchain Expert Consultant

 

Joshua Ashley Klayman, Founder & CEO, Klayman LLC & Inflection Point Blockchain Advisors

 Founder & CEO, Klayman LLC & Inflection Point Blockchain Advisors

Joshua Ashley Klayman is one of the best known Blockchain and Cryptocurrency lawyers in the world. Recognized by Chambers and Partners as one of the top 12 Blockchain and Cryptocurrency lawyers globally, Joshua is the Managing Member of Klayman LLC, a boutique blockchain law firm based in New York, and the CEO of Inflection Point Blockchain Advisors, LLC, a blockchain consulting firm.  Previously, she co-founded, and led for over two years, a prestigious global law firm's Blockchain + Smart Contracts Group, which included well over 70 lawyers worldwide. Joshua is the Chair of the prominent Wall Street Blockchain Alliance Legal Working Group and is a member of the global Wharton RegTech think tank. In addition, she has been appointed by the Delaware Secretary of State to serve on Delaware’s Blockchain Strategy Committee, founded the Blockchain Legislation Project and frequently speaks with regulators from around the world regarding Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Cryptocurrency matters.


Susan Poole, Founder, Blockchain Advisory Services

Co-Chair, EU Observatory & Blockchain Forum

 

Susan Poole is the Founder of BlockBridge Advisory, a blockchain startup advisory company. Susan Poole is the former Director of Development for the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the trade association for blockchain, based out of Washington DC, where Susan built the Chamber membership including bringing on board IBM, Microsoft, Symbiont, DTCC and others. Susan is also an Advisor to Mooti, a Blockchain Identity Startup with a self-sovereign Digital Identity Platform, based upon advanced cryptography, patent pending technology. Susan is also Founder of Blockchain Training Institute. Susan has been in the blockchain space 3 years and is an experienced speaker and moderator in the blockchain, IOT and digital currency space with strong speaking credentials and a large connected base of international expert speakers and panelists. Prior to blockchain, Susan Poole has over 20 successful years in leadership roles at Microsoft, Microsoft International, VMware Asia Pacific, HP and other leading technology companies and startups - living in the USA, UK, Australia, and Asia.

 Founder, Blockchain Advisory Services, Co-Chair, EU Observatory & Blockchain Forum