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The Team – Passionate and committed to the blockchain sector.

Blockchain Australia is the industry body that represents Australian businesses and business professionals participating in the digital economy through blockchain technology.

Our Story

Our origins can be traced back to 2014. In the establishment of the Australian Digital Currency Commerce Association (ADCCA). ADCCA was formed as the country’s leading council and representation of and for digital currency businesses and key industry participants. 

The organisation mandate was to “act as the essential connection between merchants, industry, government, regulators, financial institutions and influential policy forums which give direction to the emerging industry at home and abroad”

The origins of Blockchain Australia can be traced back to 2013. The organisation was formed with a mandate to act as “the leading community association dedicated to the education, policy development and promotion of Blockchain and Digital Currency in Australia”

ADCCA and Blockchain Australia merged in 2019.

Our Board

Adam Poulton

Adam Poulton

Chairperson, Blockchain Australia

Adam’s primary focus over the years has been adoptive use of blockchain technology by all sectors of the Australian economy and he continues this work with Get Paid In Bitcoin, a payroll provider offering bitcoin in wages to all Australians.

Steve Vallas

Steve Vallas

Chief Executive Officer

Steve is a qualified lawyer, blockchain technology and digital strategist. His lifelong study of economics and new tech has evolved into a deep and unique understanding of emerging blockchain technology and its impact across industries.

Adriana Belotti

Adriana Belotti

Head of Communities

Adriana Belotti has a background in web development and digital marketing and is currently the Head of Marketing and Community at Prismatik, a technology consulting firm that provides software delivery teams and technology consulting services for startups and corporates.
Michael Bacina

Michael Bacina

Partner

Michael leads Piper Alderman’s Blockchain Group, which was a finalist for Blockchain Advisor of the Year in 2019. Michael also is part of Piper Alderman’s Fintech Group and is a Key Contributor to the  Blockchain National Roadmap RegTech Working Group.

Austin Lewinsmith

Austin Lewinsmith

Co-Founder

Austin Lewinsmith is a co-founder at Blockchain Collective. He is a strategic and forward thinking business director and entrepreneur. Blockchain Collective envisages proficient, educated and skilled people to support the demand and adoption of blockchain technology, globally.
Caroline Bowler

Caroline Bowler

Chief Executive Officer

Caroline Bowler is CEO of BTC Markets, based in Melbourne. Caroline has worked in Financial Services since 2004, originally in stockbroking and investment banking. Caroline began directly advocating for our industry in 2015, founding the first FinTech & Blockchain-focused communications agency in Asia.
John Bassilios

John Bassilios

Partner

John has a broad range of corporate commercial, financial services, funds management and banking and finance experience with a particular emphasis on financial services and funds management.

Lisa Wade

Lisa Wade

CEO

Lisa is currently leading the development of blockchain projects in Australia. The CBDC with the Reserve Bank of Australia – Project Atom, Project Carbon – digitally originated carbon tokens & NEOMI, Australia’s first instance of codefi a blockchain impact token and funding platform.
Kelsie Nabben

Kelsie Nabben

Researcher & Consultant

Kelsie is a researcher in the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub and a PhD candidate in the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT University.
Jackson Zeng

Jackson Zeng

Chief Executive Officer

Over his 4-year tenure, Jackson Zeng has scaled Melbourne’s cryptocurrency brokerage Caleb & Brown from a team of 1 to 45. Across his experience from COO to CEO, Jackson seeks to lend his experience to Blockchain Australia in supporting operational maturity, member alignment, and execution of Blockchain Australia objectives.
Jack Deeb

Jack Deeb

Co-Founder

Jack’s background is in law and commerce. He holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degrees from The University of Queensland.
Mycelium is known as a leading data provider in the industry and for building the Reputation data platform and Tracer DAO’s decentralised financial smart contracts. Jack works across all of Mycelium’s projects and manages the financial, operational and strategic aspects of the business.
Harry Papacharissiou

Harry Papacharissiou

Developer Advocate / Software Engineer

Harry is a Developer Advocate and Software Engineer for Chainlink Labs, the leading provider of secure and reliable open-source blockchain oracle solutions. After writing his first Ethereum smart contract back in 2018, Harry fell down the blockchain rabbit hole and started to focus on the blockchain and web3 space, transitioning away from his enterprise consulting background specializing in systems integration and solution architecture.

Our Team

Steve Vallas

Steve Vallas

Chief Executive Officer

Steve is a qualified lawyer, blockchain technology and digital strategist. His lifelong study of economics and new tech has evolved into a deep and unique understanding of emerging blockchain technology and its impact across industries.

Amy-Rose Goodey

Amy-Rose Goodey

Membership Manager

As the membership manager of Blockchain Australia, Amy-Rose is responsible for the effective management of communication, systems, data, software & media while managing the coordination of administrative processes to nurture and engage Blockchain Australia members.

Merilee Lewis

Merilee Lewis

Communications Manager

Merilee is responsible for administration at Blockchain Australia. She prepares collateral, invoices, and provides logistics support for the team. 
Richelle Cox

Richelle Cox

Creative & Content Lead

Richelle is passionate about all things digital & creative.
She is responsible for the creation of brand material including videos, imagery & website design.