Blockchain Governance Initiative Network (BGIN Block #6) @Zurich [Hybrid]


Blockchain Governance Initiative Network (BGIN) provides an open and neutral sphere for all stakeholders to deepen common understanding and to collaborate to address issues they face in order to attain sustainable development of the blockchain community. It is a unique global network of leading thinkers from industry and academia in the field of blockchain.
The Blockchain Governance Initiative Network (BGIN) takes a leading role to design healthy governance where stakeholders develop a common understanding, enhance dialogue, and work together and make a real positive impact for the ecosphere and society at large. To serve the above purpose, BGIN tentatively aims at

  1. Creating an open, global and neutral platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue
  2. Developing a common language and understandings among stakeholders with diverse perspectives
  3. Building academic anchors through continuous provision of trustable documents and codes based on an open source-style approach

The Blockchain Center of the University of Zurich ( will host block #6 of the Blockchain Governance Initiative Network ( BGIN #6 continues to bring voice to individuals focused on governance for digital economic networks. The Block #6 Program Committee is curating the meeting themes and speaker list.
While the programme is hybrid, we strongly suggest people to participate in the programme onsite, as there will be unique networking opportunities.


July 26-28, 2022
Tuesday – Thursday (CET)


RAA-G-01, University of Zürich
Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zürich
[ RAA: building – G: floor – 01: room ]

Who should attend?

  • Developers, Regulators, Business entities, Consumers, Civil society, Academia
  • And anyone interested in blockchain ecosystems!

Call for agenda item

We call for agenda items to discuss at the Block #6.
If you want to contribute a talk, please feel free to contact

Travel and Accommodation

There is no traveling restriction on the Covid in Switzerland.
Below is a list of recommended hotels. You might also want to try for a bigger choice.


Time (26th July) TopicSpeaker Title
09:00 – 9:30Registration
09:30 – 09:45Opening PlenaryProf. Claudio J. Tessone
(Universität Zürich)
Introduction and WelcomeRecording
09:45 – 10:30Opening PlenaryProf. Shin’ichiro Matsuo
(Georgetown University)
Opening PlenaryRecording
10:30 – 10:45Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:15Digital IdentityDaniel Buchner
(Decentralized Identity at Block)
Web 5, Decentralized Identity and its ecosystemRecording
11:15 – 11:40 Digital IdentityDaniel Gasteiger
Self Sovereign IdentityRecording
11:40 – 12:05Digital IdentityDr. Bernhard Haslhofer
(Complexity Science Hub Vienna)
Anonymity and identity identification in public blockchainsRecording
12:05 – 12:50 Moderator: Prof. Shin’ichiro MatsuoRound Table on Decentralized Identity and BeyondRecording
12:50 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:30IKP WG Editing SessionChair: Nat Sakimura
Jessica Mila Schutzman
Michi Kakebayashi
Tetsu Kurumizawa
Kazue Sako
IKP Working Group Editing Session
– Overview of the session (Chair: Nat Sakimura)
– Ransomware report (Jessica Mila Schutzman)
– Soul Bound Token (SBT)
– Selective disclosure
15:30 – 16:00Digital IdentityModerator: Michi Kakebayashi and Tetsu Kurumisawa
E. Glen Weyl, Puja Ohlhaver
Soul Bound Token (Interviewing)Recording
16:00 – 17:00Digital IdentityModerator: Nat Sakimura
E. Glen Weyl, Puja Ohlhaver, Shrey Jain
Round Table on NFT, SBT etc.Recording
17:00 – 17:30 Coffee Break
17:30 – 18:15 Industry SessionsModerator: Prof. Shin’ichiro Matsuo
Willi Brammertz (Ariadne Business Analytics)
Industry Talk / PanelRecording
18:15 – 20:00Networking Apéro
Time (27th July) TopicSpeaker Title
09:00 – 9:30Opening
09:30 – 10:15StablecoinsCaroline HIll
10:15 – 10:45StablecoinsSébastien Kränzlin
(Swiss National Bank)
Digital Innovations: From Cryptocurrencies to central bank moneyRecording
10:45 – 11:15StablecoinsAli Nejadmalayeri
(University of Wyoming)
Stablecoins: Lessons for FutureRecording
11:15 – 11:30Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30 StablecoinsCaroline HIll (Circle)
Kaj Burchardi (BCG Platinion)
Dr. Bruno Woltzenlogel Paleo (Djed Alliance)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00Working Group SessionsSunshine Zhang
Filippo Zatti
Rosa Giovanna Barresi
Caroline HIll
DTWG SessionRecording
15:00 – 16:00Working Group SessionsFinancial Internet Study GroupRecording
16:00 – 16:30Coffee Break
16:30 – 17:00Contributed Talks / Industry SessionModerator: Prof. Shin’ichiro Matsuo
Caroline Hill
Introduction Talk
17:00 – 18:00Contributed Talks / Industry SessionModerator: Prof. Shin’ichiro Matsuo
Caroline Hill, Hiromi Yamaoka, Paul Brigner, Jumpei Miwa, Yuko Kawai, Matt Schaffnit
18:00 – 20:00Standing Dinner
Time (28th July) TopicSpeaker Title
09:00 – 9:30Opening
09:30 – 10:15Regulatory Issues in Blockchain EnvironmentsProf. Florence Guillaume
(Université de Neuchâtel)
Exploring the Laws for DAOsRecording
10:15 – 10:45Regulatory Issues in Blockchain EnvironmentsProf. Marco Dell’Erba
(Universität Zürich)
Regulating the CryptoeconomyRecording
10:45 – 11:15Regulatory Issues in Blockchain EnvironmentsDr. Jörn Erbguth
(Université de Genève)
Blockchain and GDPR: The use-case of long-term revocable credentialsRecording
11:15 – 11:45Coffee Break
11:45 – 13:00 Swiss Blockchain EcosystemStefan Deiss (Hashgraph Association), Awin Tavakoli (Tavakoli Advisory), Alessandro De Carli (Papers)Invited TalksRecording
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Administrative matters and future roadmapDr. Jörn Erbguth (Université de Genève)
Adam Helins (Protosens SRL)
Prof. Shin’ichiro Matsuo
Bloxberg blockchain
Smart contract literacy
15:00 – 15:30Closing PlenaryRecording



Sébastien Kränzlin

Swiss National Bank


Prof. Ali Nejadmalayeri

University of Wyoming


Caroline Hill



Daniel Buchner


Web 5, Decentralized Identity and its ecosystem

Daniel Gasteiger


Self Sovereign Identity

Bernhard Halshofer

Complexity Science Hub Vienna

Anonymity and identity in public blockchains

E. Glen Weyl

Microsoft Research

Soul Bound Token

Adam Helins

Protosens SRL

Smart contract literacy

Kaj Burchardi

BCG Platinion

Luyao (Sunshine) Zhang

Duke Kunshan University

Alessandro De Carli

Papers AG

Willi Brammertz

Ariadne Business Analytics

Kamal Youssefi

The Hashgraph Association

Prof. Florence Guillaume

University of Neuchâtel

Prof. Marco Dell’Erba

University of Zurich

Dr. Jörn Erbguth

University of Geneva

Awin Tavakoli

Tavakoli Advisory



Circle helps businesses and developers harness the power of stablecoins for payments and internet commerce worldwide.

The Hashgraph Association

The Hashgraph Association is an independent non-profit organization focused on building a vibrant innovative ecosystem for startups, enterprises, and government institutions around the world, leveraging the capabilities of Hedera Hashgraph to design and develop enterprise-grade solutions and decentralized applications.


The Casper Network is the first live proof-of-stake blockchain built off the Casper CBC specification. Casper is designed to accelerate enterprise and developer adoption of blockchain technology today and evolve to meet user needs in the future.

DeCurret DCP

Electric Coin Company


Japan Digital Design

Monex Group

Digital Garage

Organizing and program committee

Programme Co-Chairs

Prof. Shin’ichiro Matsuo

Georgetown University

Prof. Ali Nejadmalayeri

University of Wyoming

Robert Schwentker

DLT Education

Leon Molchanovsky

Galaxy Innovations Ltd

Local Organisers

Prof. Dr. Claudio J. Tessone

University of Zurich

Florian Spychiger

University of Zurich

Sheng-Nan Li

University of Zurich

(Reference) Past General Meetings

  • BGIN Block #5 meeting (Virtual Japan/Tokyo) 4-6 April, 2022 [Details]
  • BGIN Block #4 meeting (Virtual Nairobi/Lome/Accra) 2-4 November, 2021 [Details]
  • BGIN Block #3 meeting (Virtual DC/NY) 29 June – 1 July, 2021 [Details]
  • BGIN Block #2 meeting (Virtual Paris/France) 13:00-16:00 UTC, 8-10 March, 2021 [Details]
  • BGIN Block #1 meeting (Virtual Mumbai/India) 12:00 – 15:00 UTC, 23-25 November, 2020 [Details]


UZH is the largest University in Switzerland by raw student number and programme areas (having seven Faculties); it is constantly ranked as the first general University in Switzerland and among the top-100 Worldwide. Its inherently broad expertise is reflected in the perspectives to blockchain across Faculties.
With informal activities since 2017, UZH BCC is a UZH Competence Centre since 2019. 21 UZH Professors from the most varied areas (Business, Economics, Finance, Informatics, Law, Social Sciences and Mathematics) and 10 external Professors give it a rare multidisciplinary approach in the field. In terms of members, range of expertise and activities developed, it is the largest academic initiative in Switzerland, a renowned Worldwide blockchain hub. In 2021, UZH was ranked first in Europe (4th, Worldwide) by Coindesk University Ranking.
By mandate of the University Board, the roles of the UZH BCC are: (1) To foster and coordinate research activities in blockchain and related technologies; (2) To create and nurture a complete education programme (ranging from university students to practitioners) in the space; (3) To act as the single point of contact between industry initiatives, peer institutions and governments with the University of Zurich in blockchain. UZH BCC has been invited repeatedly as part of official delegations of the University of Zurich, Canton of Zurich, and the Swiss Federal Government abroad (JP, SK, DE, ZA).  Among its active collaborations, it includes key players of the Swiss blockchain ecosystem, and policy makers (e.g., Swiss National Bank, Switzerland’s Central Bank, European Central Bank).