Despite market volatility against the backdrop of a global recession, blockchain and crypto adoption continues to make headway across APAC. Key questions remain: Are digital assets securities, commodities or currencies? What does the recent U.S. bill that defines Bitcoin and Ether as commodities mean for crypto policy in APAC?
From Singapore’s tightening policies to Hong Kong’s upcoming mandatory licensing for exchanges and Australia’s stablecoin regulations, hear from our speakers on how to navigate the new regulatory landscape.
Andrew Bragg, Liberal Senator, New South Wales
Andrew Bragg is a Liberal Senator for New South Wales. Prior to his election to Federal Parliament in 2019, Andrew was an author and accountant. Andrew started his career as an accountant at Ernst & Young and went on to work in senior roles at the Financial Services Council and the Business Council of Australia.Andrew was the National Director of the 2017 Liberals & Nationals for Yes campaign in support of same sex marriage which delivered Yes majorities in 71 of 76 Coalition seats.Following Andrew’s election to the Senate, he was appointed Chair of the Senate Select Committee into FinTech and RegTech and as a member of the Senate Economics Committee and Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services.In 2021, Andrew was appointed as Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Australia as aTechnology and Financial Centre. The Committee’s final report contained 12 recommendations to make Australia a world-leading destination for cryptocurrency. The Treasurer Josh Frydenberg largely adopted the Senate’s plan which would protect consumers without stifling innovation. In September, Andrew was appointed Chair of the Senate Standing Committee onEnvironment and Communications.Andrew grew up in Shepparton, Victoria and worked at the SPC cannery, on orchards and at the Tatura Milk factory during his teens. After high school he moved to Canberra where he completed a Bachelor of International Relations and a Master of Business (Accounting) at the Australian National University. He then completed a Master of Financial Regulation atMacquarie University.
Angelina Kwan, CEO, Stratford Finance Limited
Angelina runs Stratford Finance Limited, a consulting company focused on regulatory issues in the financial services and digital assets sectors. She formerly led regulatory compliance for Hong Kong Exchange and is also a senior advisor to the board of regulated digital assets company, Hashkey Group.Angelina is one of the most recognised names in the financial industry, having held COO and directorate positions with digital-asset exchanges, HKEX, Cantor Fitzgerald, the SFC and other global financial-services companies. She’s been named a Woman of Influence by the American Chamber of Commerce, of which she’s also a board director, and was responsible for setting up the HKEX Foundation. Kwan sits on boards and panels for a number of institutions and NGOs, including the government’s Lord Wilson Heritage Trust, the New Business Committee of the Financial Services Development Council and the Hong Kong Securities Institute. She’s also an honorary adjunct professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.Angelina is passionate about Technology, Digital Assets and the Blockchain and loves advising start-ups. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the United States, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and a graduate of the University of Southern California. Her MBA is from Pepperdine University, LLB from HKU/Manchester Metropolitan University, and LLM from Harvard Law School.
Caroline Bowler, CEO, BTC Markets
Caroline Bowler is the CEO of BTC Markets, one of the largest digital asset exchanges in Australia. BTC Markets has over 325,000 Australian clients, who have traded more than $21bn since 2013.Caroline has worked in Financial Services since 2004, both in Europe and Asia Pacific. Over her career, Caroline has worked with a variety of financial institutions. These include investment banks, hedge funds, financial technology companies, and financial advisors. This has extended to blockchain and digital asset companies since 2015.Caroline is a board member of the industry group, Blockchain Australia. With regular appearances on Bloomberg, ABC, 7News, 9News, Sky News Australia alongside featured commentary in the AFR, SMH, The Age, The Australian, news.com.au, she is considered one of Australia’s foremost experts on cryptocurrencies and regulatory framework.
Hassan Ahmed, Head of Southeast Asia, Coinbase
Hassan Ahmed is an experienced operator and investor in web3 and fintech. He is currently the Regional Director of Southeast Asia at Coinbase, the largest crypto platform in the world. Prior to this, Hassan served a dual role at GoTo Group as Chief Executive Officer of, the leading digital assets brokerage in the Philippines, and Head of Strategy for Gopay in Indonesia. Before moving to Singapore, Hassan was based in New York as Director of Finance & Operations at eToro USA, where he was responsible for the launch of their regulated crypto social trading platform in the US. He also served as Head of Business Operations at Venmo and Vice President of Strategy at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in prior roles.Hassan obtained his Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Sean Lee, Senior Advisor, Crypto Council for Innovation
Sean is an accomplished executive in Web3 innovation and FinTech, and has been quoted in Reuters, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, South China Morning Post, amongst others. He is currently the co-founder of Odsy Network, a secure and programmable decentralised access control layer to digital assets, and serves as the Executive Director of the Odsy Foundation. He is also a senior advisor for the Crypto Council for Innovation, an alliance of crypto industry leaders with a mission to communicate the benefits of crypto and demonstrate its transformational promise.Previously Sean was the CEO of the Algorand Foundation, a top layer-1 blockchain protocol and top-20 digital asset by market cap during his tenure. He holds an Executive MBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Computer Science degree from the University of Waterloo in Canada.
Angie Lau, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Forkast News
Angie LauForkast NewsAs an award-winning 20+ year veteran in broadcast journalism, Angie is most recognized for her role as Bloomberg Television’s Asia anchor of “First Up with Angie Lau” where she’s collected 10,000+ interviews in her career, including some of the top newsmakers and business leaders in the world.Angie is a respected thought leader in blockchain technology, leading conversations around the world, including at OECD's Global Blockchain Policy Forum, World Economic Forum, Global Blockchain Business Council / UN General Assembly, Forbes Summit, Binance Blockchain Week, Paris Blockchain Week Summit, Asia Blockchain Summit, and many others.