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 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 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.
CEO & Executive Director
Simon has spent his career within innovative technologies, including working with blockchain and financial technologies in Australia, the US, UK, Asia, and Europe. Most recently leading the Digital Assets Programme at the University of Cambridge, and as Co-Founder of middle office startup MOOPS Tech. He holds an MBA from AGSM.
Chief Operating Officer
As the Chief Operating Officer, Amy-Rose successfully supports the implementation of strategic processes and growth-focused objectives, while providing overarching administrative assistance to streamline operations.
Membership Engagement Manager
As the Membership Engagement Manager, Kristie Dutt is responsible for advocating, elevating, and connecting our membership base while fostering engagement and providing support.
Administrative Support Manager
Michael, a partner at Piper Alderman, 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.
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.
Prior to joining Coinbase, John led the expansion of Alibaba Group and Ant Group in Australia and New Zealand as well as overseeing the WorldFirst cross border payments business. John previously spent 11 years in China building businesses in the food delivery space following on from a career in investment banking with Goldman Sachs in London, New York and Beijing.
Sam is a driven student currently pursuing a Bachelor of Accounting/Bachelor of Business with a major in Blockchain at RMIT. Sam proudly serves as the Vice-President of the RMIT Business Student Association and the Treasurer of the RMIT Blockchain Club. In addition, Sam has previous governance experience, having served on RMIT’s Academic Board and Vocational Education Committee.
David Haslop serves as the Founder and Director of the Australian Crypto Convention, which stands as Australia’s largest web3 event. With a background spanning eight years in the Crypto and Blockchain community, David brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the industry. His deep knowledge of financial markets has positioned him as a trusted guide for individuals navigating the complex world of crypto trading and investing. In addition to his role with the Australian Crypto Convention, David is also the Co-Founder of Dcomm, a new layer 1 Australian Blockchain. This initiative reflects his commitment to the growth and innovation of the Australian Web3 industry. David’s dedication to the crypto and blockchain ecosystem, coupled with his leadership in organising key industry events, highlights his significant contributions to the evolving landscape of digital assets and blockchain technology in Australia.