Blockchain Australia Appoints New CEO

Chairman’s Message

This newsletter marks a milestone in the adoption of Blockchain technology in Australia.

We are moving from foundational planning and preparation for a future in Blockchain environments into the implementation of that plan and the launch of the next phase of industry and government adoption.

In many ways this coincides with the change of leadership at Blockchain Australia as we welcome Steve Vallas into the role of Chief Executive Officer. Steve brings his wide and diverse network of business, startup, education and government contacts and a passion for the sector into this role.

This builds on the work done by outgoing CEO Nick Giurietto who has laid the foundations for this association, over the last 5 years. He has built our capacity from humble beginnings to our position as the leading Blockchain industry body in Australia.

Nick’s long list of achievements at ADCA and later, Blockchain Australia include: a founding contribution in the development of Australia’s National Blockchain Roadmap; the creation of the Parliamentary Friends of Blockchain in Canberra initiative,  leadership of Blockchain trade missions to New York and Shanghai, conducted in conjunction with Austrade; and launching the inaugural Blockchain Industry “Blockies” Awards. We wish him every success for the future and thank him for all he has done for the Blockchain sector.

We now look forward to the coming months and years as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis and the opportunities that we see to bring much needed efficiencies to industries and governments across Australia.

Adam Poulton
Chairman of the Board
Blockchain Australia

CEO’s Message

I am incredibly honoured to have been offered the role of CEO at Blockchain Australia.

The promise of the Blockchain industry is extraordinarily expansive, but before we build out that capability we require renewed focus on establishing confidence. Confidence in our vision, confidence in the regulatory frameworks that underpin this emergent technology and confidence in the people and organisations that will drive the uptake in this space.

Success will be judged by our ability to –

  • Educate – From grassroots awareness to the executive boardrooms
  • Elevate – Startups and scale-ups who will drive innovation
  • Partner – With industry leaders across the economy, including in the emerging technology, financial services, supply chain and education sectors

Australia’s global reputation as an economy with strong market integrity affords us a unique opportunity to lead narratives that balance reforms that address issues of efficiency, industry 4.0 and the development of financial service outcomes that build on our strong investor protections.

I welcome the challenge and look forward to being a resource to those who look to accelerate Australia’s digital economy capability.

Steve Vallas
Blockchain Australia

Blockchain Australia