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6925: Digitizing the Flow of Goods, Information and Money with Blockchain


Early adopters have built blockchain networks to re-wire their existing processes and transactions. Networks across banking, financial markets, insurance, retail, consumer goods and others have moved into production and are realizing business value. The vision of these networks is to fully connect the flow of goods to information to money to form efficient networks to automate business processes in global trade. Join leaders in the blockchain industry who are realizing this vision today, including the leader of a dozen major European banks, a pioneer of a food safety network, a consumer goods leader and the team that is building a payments network.

Featured Sessions Blockchain
Theater Room
Tue (February 12), 9:30AM PT


Marie Wieck

General Manager, IBM Blockchain, IBM

In her more than 25 years with IBM, Marie Wieck has held a variety of technical and executive roles in IBM's hardware, software, and services units. She is passionate about innovation from diverse teams and driving business impact from new technologies. Likewise, she is a champion for women in technology.

In January 2017, Marie was named into her current position as general manager of Blockchain, which is poised to transform business processes and transactions. Marie is responsible for IBM's worldwide business including participation in the open source Hyperledger Project, our enterprise IBM Blockchain Platform, and transformative industry solutions including IBM Food Trust, TradeLens, and global payments.

Marie holds an M.B.A. from New York University, an M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and a B.S. in Engineering from The Cooper Union. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Roberto Mancone

Chief Operating Officer,

Chief Operating Officer of Innovation DAC, the Joint Venture owned by 12 European Banks (Caixa, DB, Erste Group, KBC, Natixis, Rabobank, Societe General, UBS, Uni Credit), developing, executing the strategy, designing the operating model of the company, and licensing the innovative Trade Platform based on Blockchain in 13 countries in Europe.

Previously in Deutsche Bank AG as Global Head of Disruptive Technologies and Solutions for Private Wealth and Commercial Clients Division (PWCC) of the Bank, responsible for definition, design and delivery of the Scalable Advisory Banking Model of the Division, through the implementation of Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Internet of Things.

Natalie Dyenson

Vice President, Food Safety and Quality, Dole Food Company, Inc.

Based at the Dole Nutrition Institute Campus in Kannapolis, NC, Ms. Dyenson has responsibility for food safety and quality programs globally. Before joining Dole, she spent eight years at Walmart, Inc., most recently leading food safety across 6500 retail stores, 48 company owned manufacturing facilities and 220 fresh distribution centers in 26 countries for Walmart's international division. Prior to Walmart, Ms. Dyenson spent eight years with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, where she held various roles in food safety and public health supporting Walt Disney World, Disney Regional Entertainment, Disney Cruise Line and the Parks and Resorts business globally. Ms. Dyenson holds a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Iowa and a M.P.H. in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of South Florida.

Karen Oldfield

CEO, Halifax Port Authority

Under Karen Oldfield's leadership, the Port of Halifax team has transformed the traditional port business lines through a dynamic diversification strategy leading to a tripling of revenues. The Port of Halifax is a regional economic engine generating more than 12,400 jobs from port operations and contributing over $1.7 billion in annual economic impact. Ms. Oldfield is guiding the Halifax Port Authority as it develops a new infrastructure plan to maintain its strong position as Canada's Ultra Atlantic Gateway.

Karen Oldfield is a board member for the Conference Board of Canada. She recently served as the President of the International Women's Forum of Canada. She was also a member of the Advisory Council on National Security which provided advice through the National Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada. Locally, Ms. Oldfield sits as Chair of the Board of Governors for Saint Mary's University and is a member of the Halifax Gateway Council Board of Directors.