Event date 19 - 20 July
Event location New York
2022 Art+Tech speakers
Mike Novogratz is the Founder and CEO of Galaxy Digital. A pioneer in digital asset investing, Mike began buying bitcoin in 2013 and quickly established himself as one of the earliest and most active investors in the industry. In 2017, Mike founded Galaxy Digital: a leading diversified financial services, and investment management company in the digital asset, crypto, and blockchain technology sectors. Galaxy operates in the following businesses: Trading, Asset Management, Principal Investments, Investment Banking, and Mining. He was formerly a Partner and President of Fortress Investment Group LLC. Prior to Fortress, he spent 11 years at Goldman Sachs, where he was elected Partner in 1998. Mr. Novogratz served on the New York Federal Reserve’s Investment Advisory Committee on Financial Markets from 2012 – 2015. Mr. Novogratz is the Chairman of The Bail Project and has made criminal justice reform a focus of his family’s foundation. He also serves as the Chairman of Hudson River Park Friends and sits on the boards of NYU Langone Medical Center. Mr. Novogratz received an AB in Economics from Princeton University and served as a helicopter pilot in the US Army.
Keith A. Grossman is the President of TIME, where he oversees all business, technology and operational responsibility for the brand. Previously, Keith served as the Global Chief Revenue Officer for Bloomberg Media where he was responsible for the growth of their various media platforms. He was also part of the core team to launch QuickTake by Bloomberg, a 24/7 social, mobile news platform. Prior to Bloomberg, Keith was the Associate Publisher of WIRED as well as Ars Technica.
Keith is currently the Chairman of Adweek's Advisory Board and has been named to the Adweek 50, which recognizes the 50 most indispensable individuals in media, marketing and tech, from 2013 through 2018 and in 2020.
Under Keith's leadership at Bloomberg, the team won a Gold Dolphin at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards in 2019 for their partnership with Hyundai on a series titled, Art + Technology, and his teams at WIRED and Ars Technica were each recognized with Project Isaac Awards, celebrating true invention across the media and marketing industry.
He is a Board Member of New York Cares, New York's largest volunteer network connecting individuals within their philanthropic passions and, previously, was an Adjunct Professor at NYU.
Keith is a graduate of Cornell University and currently resides in New York City with his wife, Catherine, and daughter, Ellie.
Shajay Bhooshan is an aspiring polymath. He is an Associate Director at Zaha Hadid Architects, where he co-founded and heads up the Computation and Design research group, ZHACODE. He is an alumnus and a studio-master at the post-graduate course of Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association, London. There, he explores the intersection of computer graphics, video game and metaverse technology, urban development and modern methods of construction. Shajay pursues his scientific interests in digital design and robotic fabrication as a PhD candidate at the Block Research Group at the ETH, Zurich (and previously as a M.Phil. graduate from University of Bath, UK).
Erick Calderon is a Houston, TX-based blockchain entrepreneur fully immersed in the NFT space. Erick has dedicated himself to exploring functional use cases for NFT technology, specifically in the art sector. These explorations culminated in the development and subsequent launch of the generative art NFT platform Art Blocks in November 2020 and the release of his own NFT project, the Chromie Squiggle.
Sam Campbell is the Head of Venture Operations and an Investor at Samsung Next, where he is focused on crypto and web3 investments. Sam is passionate about the intersection of emerging blockchain technology and the practical applications of crypto. His recent investments include Atomic Form and Saga. Previously, he was at Stanford Management Company, where he supported portfolios with over 1,000+ VC-backed companies across sectors and stages. Sam has been active in the blockchain sector since 2015.
Jehan Chu is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Kenetic, a blockchain venture capital and cryptocurrency trading firm based in Hong Kong. A former front-end developer, he started investing in cryptocurrency in 2013 and has invested in and supported over 230 projects. Jehan founded the Ethereum HK community (2014), co-founded the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong (2014) and founded the Hyperledger HK community (2016). Jehan is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program, Director’s Circle of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and is Co-Founder and Board Member of Social Alpha Foundation, a blockchain/social impact non-profit. Jehan holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MA from Hong Kong University / Central St. Martin’s.
Cathy Hackl is a globally recognised metaverse expert, tech futurist and top business executive with deep experience working in metaverse-related fields with companies like HTC VIVE, Magic Leap and Amazon Web Services. She’s the Chief Metaverse Officer and Co-Founder of Journey, where she leads Journey's Metaverse Studio, working with the world's top brands on metaverse/Web3 strategies, NFTs, gaming, virtual fashion and how to extend their brands into virtual worlds. Cathy’s consultancy, the Futures Intelligence Group, was acquired in just 10 months, and is now part of Journey. Dubbed ‘the Godmother of the Metaverse’, she has written two books and is writing an anticipated book on the business opportunities of the metaverse, The Metaverse Economy.
Michael Dayton Hermann
Michael Dayton Hermann is a New York-based multidisciplinary artist, award-winning arts professional with over 20 years of experience, and author of Warhol on Basquiat and Andy Warhol: Love, Sex, and Desire. In his role as Director of Licensing, Marketing and Sales at The Andy Warhol Foundation, Hermann conceived Andy Warhol: Machine Made, a ground-breaking online auction of five unique NFTs presented by Christie’s. In addition, Michael has developed numerous notable high-profile Warhol projects including The Andy Warhol Diaries docuseries on Netflix and collaborations with Comme des Garçons, Dior, Supreme, Absolut and many others, generating $75 million in revenue to support the philanthropic work of the Warhol Foundation. His own artwork draws upon the inescapable bombardment of digital imagery to confront the familiar from an unexpected perspective.
Priyanka Desai currently leads operations for Tribute Labs, the project behind The LAO, Flamingo, Red DAO, Neon and more. Previously, she spent time at blockchain FinTech consortium R3. In addition, she worked for the New York State Department of Financial Services assisting the Capital Markets division on cryptocurrency enforcement and ‘Bit Licensing’. Prior to this, Priyanka worked for the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. Priyanka is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Ariel Hudes is Principal in Pace Ventures, Pace Gallery’s business development hub. Ariel spearheaded the development and launch of Pace Verso, the gallery’s Web3 arm, and she continues to lead its business, overseeing strategy and new projects. Ariel has worked closely with Pace artists, including Jeff Koons and Glenn Kaino, to realize their boundary-pushing NFT projects with Pace Verso. She has also collaborated with Pace leadership on other business development opportunities, including Superblue, an enterprise dedicated to experiential art. Ariel’s interest in digital art began nearly 15 years ago at Brown University, where she studied under and collaborated with Mark Tribe, who founded Rhizome, a digital art platform with close ties to the genesis of NFT technology.
Mad Dog Jones
Michah Dowbak aka Mad Dog Jones is a multidisciplinary artist from Thunder Bay, Ontario. His works deftly interweave cyberpunk, dystopian imagery exploring themes of beauty, nature and technology. As a lover of the wilderness, which was ever present where he grew up, he brings a fresh thematic to the metropolitan aesthetic, done up in citrus and neon tones of technology somehow rendered as a space naturally human.
Over the last two years, Dowbak has created artworks for Run The Jewels, Deadmau5, Jabbawockeez, Conor McGregor for Reebok, Snowpiercer TV series and Maroon 5. His first and only IRL exhibit was AFTERL-IFE WORLD in Tokyo Sept-Nov 2019. Since then, Dowbak has risen to fame in the world of crypto art, with the recent success of his Crash + Burn series of NFT artworks. He is now a headliner in the first major NFT art exhibition at UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. In Spring 2021, Dowbak and Phillips Auction collaborated on a ground-breaking crypto concept, REPLICATOR. This is the first NFT to be auctioned at Phillips, pioneering the space for future digital artists.
Samantha is a member of Christie’s Business Development leadership team, focused on efforts for Museums, Institutions and Corporations. She works with Christie’s specialist teams across categories to develop strategies and provide support for clients in these key areas of focus. She has also been leading Christie’s efforts for client engagement in the exciting new field of NFTs.
Across her 13-year career Samantha has held leadership roles in both the Marketing and Business Development fields, overseeing teams in the Americas and globally. She has worked on strategy for many of Christie’s most notable private and institutional collections sold at auction.
Jonathan Levin is Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Chainalysis, the blockchain analysis company. In his role as CSO, he is responsible for designing long-term strategic initiatives that help government agencies, cryptocurrency businesses and financial institutions investigate illicit activity, comply with regulations and mitigate risk through anti-money laundering technology and education. Jonathan is regularly called upon to testify for the U.S. Congress and other government hearings on the emerging risks and opportunities in cryptocurrencies. He is also a mentor for the Techstars Alchemist Blockchain accelerator.
Joseph Lubin is a Co-Founder of blockchain computing platform Ethereum and the Founder of Consensus Systems (ConsenSys), a blockchain venture studio. ConsenSys is one of the largest and fastest-growing companies in the blockchain technology space, building developer tools, decentralised applications and solutions for enterprises and governments that harness the power of Ethereum. Headquartered in New York, ConsenSys also has a global presence, employing top entrepreneurs, computer scientists, software developers and experts in enterprise delivery worldwide.
Joseph graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He worked in the Princeton Robotics Lab, at tomandandy music developing an autonomous music composition tool, and at private research firm Vision Applications Inc. building autonomous mobile robots. As a software engineer and consultant, Joseph worked with eMagine on the Identrus project and was involved in the founding and operation of a hedge fund with a partner. He held positions as Director of the New York office of Blacksmith Software Consulting, and VP of Technology in Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs. Through these posts, Joseph focused on the intersection of cryptography, engineering and finance. Switching gears, he moved to Kingston, Jamaica to work on projects in the music industry. Two years into his musical endeavours, Joseph co-founded the Ethereum Project and has been working on Ethereum and ConsenSys since January 2014.
Andre Oshea is a digital creator known for 3D-modelled animations exploring futuristic notions of spirituality and transcendence. He has worked with Vogue, Netflix, Snapchat, Adult Swim, the Grammys, OneOf and NFT Now, among others. Recent projects include Meta Black Creator Day and Digital Diaspora, as well as the documentaries Not a JPEG and Minted.
Andy Parsons is the Senior Director of Adobe’s Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI), which is creating the open technologies for a future of verifiably authentic content of all kinds. With collaborators across hardware, software, publishing and social platforms, the CAI is empowering creators with secure provenance. For information consumers, this important work restores trust and transparency to the media they experience. Throughout his career, Andy has worked to empower creative professionals with innovative technologies. Prior to joining Adobe, Andy founded Workframe (acquired in 2019), the pioneering visual project management platform for commercial architecture. Andy previously served as CTO at McKinsey Academy, McKinsey’s groundbreaking educational platform. He also co-founded Happify, the world’s leading mobile platform for digital therapeutics and behavioural health.
Ari Redbord is Head of Legal and Government Affairs at TRM Labs. Prior to joining TRM, he served as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary and the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the United States Department of Treasury. In this capacity, he worked with teams from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and other Treasury and interagency components on issues related to sanctions, the Bank Secrecy Act, cryptocurrency, and anti-money laundering strategies.
Previously, Mr. Redbord served as a Senior Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where he investigated and prosecuted cases related to cryptocurrency, terrorist financing, sanctions evasion, export control, child exploitation and human trafficking. He has received numerous awards from FinCEN, the FBI, and the United States Attorney's Office, including the Attorney General's Award for leading an interagency task force dedicated to prosecuting those who abuse and exploit children.
Ronnie K. Pirovino is a recognized art collector, curator and appraiser; these pursuits have evolved to encompass entrepreneurial projects including NFTs. Notably, after his collection grew to prominence, he departed a successful career in digital advertising to focus on his passion for art. Currently, he has partnered with Christie’s on an ongoing series of auction sales, called Trespassing. On Instagram, @pirovino shares his collection and various endeavors to a wide range of audiences.
Nicole Sales Giles
Nicole Sales Giles is the Business Director of Digital Art Sales at Christie’s. She oversees the strategy, operations, and business development of the firm’s NFT initiatives. She joined Christie’s in 2012 and has held various positions, primarily within the 20th and 21st Century Art departments in New York. In March 2021, she was the business lead for the historic sale of Beeple’s Everydays: The First 5000 Days, the first purely digital artwork to be sold at a major auction house. Prior to her current role, Nicole was the Associate Vice President and Business Manager of the Private Sales division as well as for the Online Sales group. She has also held management positions in Client Strategy and Business Intelligence. Nicole holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in Art History and Economics from Duke University.
As Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at Christie’s, Lexy creates innovative strategies and programs to build Christie’s brand, drive revenue, and fuel client acquisition. Lexy began her career in finance, working in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and as Director of Finance at the NYC Investment Fund, founded by Henry Kravis. Lexy lived in Tokyo for five years, where she worked as journalist for the Financial Times and as a restaurant critic for the Daily Yomiuri. After returning to New York, she became an online editor at Cookie, Conde Nast’s parenting magazine, and she co-founded CL Partners, a consulting firm. Lexy went on to become Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Business Development at Moda Operandi, an ecommerce start-up that disrupted the fashion industry by enabling consumers to shop-the-runway. Lexy received her BA in from Princeton University and her MBA from the Tuck School of Business Dartmouth College.
Devang is a multi-disciplinary product, technology, and business leader who currently advises a portfolio of companies in the luxury and tech space on a wide array of areas ranging from innovation, marketing to fundraising.
From 2015-2019, Devang Thakkar was VP of Consumer Marketplace at Artsy, the world’s leading and largest online platform for collecting and discovering art.
Where he lead Artsy’s efforts in enhancing the art buying and selling experience with the goal of increasing participation and expanding the overall art market. Devang also oversaw the build out of Artsy’s auctions business, which provides buyers and sellers access to art auctions across the globe presented by premier auction houses.
Before joining Artsy in 2015, Devang spent 11 years at Microsoft in Seattle where he contributed to the development of major operating systems from Windows XP to Windows 10 and product lines such as Bing apps, MSN. His last product at Microsoft was Microsoft Teams.
Devang holds master’s degrees in economics and Computer Science from Columbia University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Washington.
He is also an artist – he paints and maintains a studio practice.
Brian Trunzo comes to Web3 and the metaverse with a unique perspective. Having started his professional career as a financial services attorney, he pivoted into the creative world, becoming a leading voice in men's fashion. After successfully exiting two fashion businesses, Brian went on to lead WGSN, the authority in trend forecasting, in growing their North American consulting business. While there, he earned a reputation as a leading thinker on the burgeoning metaversal economy: from digital scarcity to crypto-economics, Brian consulted clients on how to think about this emerging world. In the lead up to his post as Metaverse Lead at Polygon Studios, Brian built a metaverse consultancy to advise legacy brands on how to leverage their IP in the metaverse while heading up America's largest men's fashion trade show at Informa Markets.
Steven Vasilev is the Co-Founder and Senior Director of Digital and Physical Products for RTFKT Inc, a leading brand that leverages cutting-edge innovation to deliver next-generation collectibles that merge culture and gaming. His key responsibilities include spearheading marketing, NFT and physical product strategy.
Neda joined Christie’s at the start of 2021, and in her role she develops marketing strategy for the Americas, while leading Creative, Content, Strategy and Communications teams. She oversees the marketing campaigns for the Specialist Art Portfolios in the Americas, with a focus on innovation, data and best in class creative execution. Prior to Christie’s, Neda spent 2 decades working agency side in NY, SF, London and Paris. Most recently she was SVP, Managing Director of Client Services at R/GA where her client portfolio included Verizon, L’Oreal, Tiffany & Co, Unilever, Uber, Planned Parenthood, Amazon and ESPN.
Janine Yorio is the CEO and Co-Founder of Everyrealm, a metaverse innovation and investment platform. Everyrealm is among the largest owners of digital real estate NFTs in several metaverses including Decentraland, The Sandbox, and Axie Infinity, and among the most active developers of in-metaverse developments including the Metajuku shopping center and the Fantasy Islands ultra-luxury master-planned community NFT project. Janine was previously the CEO of Compound, a fintech app focused on real estate investing backed by leading VC firms NEA and Founders Fund, that was acquired by Republic in 2020. She also previously worked in private equity for Northstar Capital and in real estate and hotel development at The Standard Hotels. She is a graduate of Yale University.
Laura Yungmeyer is Head of Marketing at TRM Labs and brings a wealth of experience in the risk and compliance space. Prior to joining TRM, she was global marketing director for Dow Jones’ Risk & Compliance division, a provider of financial crime compliance and risk management solutions. While at Dow Jones, Laura led customer acquisition and expansion activities to support 21 consecutive quarters of double-digit revenue growth. She has extensive experience bringing complex product suites to market, having worked on a number of Dow Jones’ news-derived data services and enterprise SaaS solutions prior to joining the Risk & Compliance business.
Ryan Zurrer is the founder of DIalectic, a Swiss-based family office focused on alternative assets. He also leads Vine Ventures, a biotechnology fund investing in neurotech, longevity and psychedelics. Ryan was an early investor in some of the best-performing venture investments of the 2010s. Ryan has built a reputation for being a
hands-on, value-add venture investor with a uniquely global purview. Previously he was CEO of a large Brazilian renewables firm and is responsible for roughly 1GW of wind and solar power development globally along with a range of renewable energy innovations.
Ryan brings his unique global purview and direct support of artists into his collecting activities. He is building an important digital art portfolio and works very directly with leading digital artists such as Beeple, Refik Anadol, Mad Dog Jones, Ash Thorp and many others. Ryan will be showcasing some of these important digital artists in an auction with Christie’s for the benefit of MAPS (the multi-disciplinary association of psychedelic science) in June.