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CBCS Conference: Building value with emerging technologies


On December 2, 2021, the CBCS hosted a conference into blockchain and other emerging technologies. The conference focussed on how the applicability of these technologies in the financial services and hospitality industries, combined with the regulatory adaptability, can create a more vibrant economy.

Program & presentations

08:00 – 08:30    Registration

08:30 – 08:35    Opening Address by Mrs. Raquel Lo Fo Wong, Director CBCS Sint Maarten office

08:35 – 08:45    Speech by Mr. Ardwell Irion, Minister of Finance of Sint Maarten

08:45 – 09:45    "DeFi and DAOs - from theory to practical opportunities!" by Mr. Olivier Rikken, Emerging Horizons

09:45 – 10:15    Break with refreshments

10:15 – 11:15    "Rethining Value" by Mr. Rik Willard, Agentic                            

11:15 – 12:00    "Evolution or Innovation: The Regulatory Crossroad" by Mr. Errol Cova, Head Expert Supervision CBCS

12:00 – 12:30    Panel discussion

12:30 – 12:40    Closing remarks by Mrs. Raquel Lo Fo Wong


Olivier Rikken: Olivier is Partner and Founder of Emerging Horizons, a boutique consultancy firm that provides various services to help companies of all sizes to be prepared for upcoming technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data. He is a keynote speaker on blockchain and especially Smart Contracts, advises various blockchain startups and is very actively involved in the Dutch Blockchain Coalition.

Rik Willard: Rik is Founder and Managing Director of Agentic, a leading Blockchain thought leadership firm. He has keynoted events by the Harvard Business School, Cornell University, the Kaufmann Institute at Stern/NYU, The Asian Leadership Conference (S. Kore), World Web Forum (Switzerland), Katapult Future Fest (Norway), Emerging Links (Brazil) and numerous other institutions, events and forums in the US, EU, AIPAC and LATAM.

Errol Cova: Errol is Head of the Expert Supervision Department: Governance, Compliance, and Conduct Supervision and Chair of the Innovation Platform of the CBCS. Mr. Cova has over 20 years of experience in the financial services/supervisory sector, including assisting with the Mutual Evaluation of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force and the peer review on the Global Forum of Transparency and Exchange of Information of the OECD.

Last updated: 22.03.2024 09:03