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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.

Karen Cohen

Karen Cohen

Deputy Chairperson, Blockchain Australia

Karen is the Board Secretary for Blockchain Australia. She heads up the Women in Blockchain group in Melbourne and is the global  head of HR and Operations for the Nem Foundation. Karen is known in Australia as “Blockmum” for her caring nature of the blockchain community.
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

Marketing Strategy & Community Development

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.
Anya Nova

Anya Nova

Crypto Economist

Anya works as Power Ledger’s Crypto Economist and Corporate Development where she is responsible for fostering global partnerships. Anya has presented at premier blockchain and energy conferences, including Consensus in New York, Event Horizon in Berlin and World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi.

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.
Jason Lee

Jason Lee

Chief Operations Officer

Prior to the Algorand Foundation, Jason held various positions in NEM Foundation as Vice President and Executive Committee, Board Secretary, Partnerships & Strategic Alliances and as Expansion Director since 2017. 

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.

Adrian Przelozny

Adrian Przelozny

CEO and Co-Founder

Adrian is the CEO and co-founder of Independent Reserve, a Digital Currency exchange based in Sydney. Adrian’s career spans more than 15 years in Information Technology, specialising in the design and development of critical business systems.
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.

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

Content Producer

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