Blockchain Demystified Finale: What’s Next For Blockchain? | SGInnovate
March 22 2019


32 Carpenter Street
Singapore 059911

Blockchain Demystified Finale: What’s Next For Blockchain?

Presented by SMU Blockchain Club
Partnered with SGInnovate

Blockchain technology is on the rise. With the technology being adopted at a rate faster than anticipated across industries - ranging from real estate, financial services to legal service - having a fundamental understanding of Blockchain is a must for everyone. 

This widely applicable technology is set to massively impact our financial systems, our approach to personal digital identities, our governments and much more. This panel discussion will bring together some of the most prominent figures in the blockchain community to talk about the future of the space, including:

  • How can business leaders drive the advances in Blockchain technology?
  • New industries that will derive value from Blockchain
  • The importance of interoperability and scaling of Blockchain
  • Forecasts for future developments in Blockchain


Date: 22 March 2019, Friday
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911



  • Tushar Aggarwal, Principal, LuneX Ventures 
  • Tom Menner, Director, Solution Architecture for Asia-Pacific, R3
  • Jimmy Ong, Technology Partner, APAC Blockchain Leader, Ernst & Young


  • Prof Paul Griffin, Associate Professor of Information Systems (Practice), Director, Financial Technology & Analytics, Singapore Management University


Programme Details:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Registration
6.00pm – 6.10pm: Opening address by SMU Blockchain Club
6.10pm – 7.10pm: Panel Discussion: What’s Next For Blockchain?
7.10pm – 7.40pm: Q&A
7.40pm – 8.00pm: Closing address and Networking


Speakers’ Profiles:
Tushar Aggarwal, Principal, LuneX Ventures

Tushar is a Principal at LuneX Ventures, which is the Crypto/Blockchain arm of the reputable ‘traditional’ Southeast Asian VC called Golden Gate Ventures. He also hosts a popular Crypto/Blockchain podcast called Decrypt Asia where he interviews investors, entrepreneurs, technologists, thought leaders and other relevant stakeholders from this industry. 
Following the success of his podcast, he has also started writing extensively about the development of the Crypto/Blockchain ecosystem in Southeast Asia and India on startup/tech media platforms such as Tech in Asia and


Tom Menner, Director, Solution Architecture for Asia-Pacific, R3

Tom Menner is R3’s Solution Architect for the Asia Pacific region, based in Singapore.  His focus is to translate clients’ functional and non-functional business and technical requirements into solution designs.  In addition to architecture work, Tom is a frequent speaker at blockchain and industry conferences, and is a technical ambassador in Asia for blockchain and cryptocurrency technology meetups.  Prior to joining R3, Tom had a lengthy career at IBM, most recently working on Hyperledger Fabric but also supporting e-commerce solutions in B2B integration, electronic payments, and digital marketing.  Prior to that he was a Worldwide Middleware Architect for IBM, leading design efforts for global clients on middleware and data solutions and earning assignments in Japan and China.  He had his start as a consultant for Transarc, a Pittsburgh-based transaction processing technology startup.   Tom holds a BS degree in Philosophy (Logic & Computation) from Carnegie Mellon University.


Jimmy Ong, Technology Partner, APAC Blockchain Leader, Ernst & Young

Jimmy is the Singapore Technology Partner and APAC Blockchain Leader at EY.  He has close to 20 years of experience in management consulting and business-IT implementations.  Jimmy is passionate about digital technologies and using it to enable business transformation. He specializes in enterprise blockchain technology and using it to connect business ecosystems.


Moderator’s Profile:
Prof Paul Griffin, Associate Professor of Information Systems (Practice), Director, Financial Technology & Analytics, Singapore Management University

Paul is currently in SMU teaching postgraduate and undergraduate students in IT and FinTech as an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Director of Financial Technology & Analytics. He gained his PhD at Imperial College London in 1997 and is researching disruptive technologies applications and impact. Prior to SMU, he was leading application development on global projects for over 15 years in the UK and Asia in the financial industry. Paul has been advising companies on smart contracts since 2014 and is now teaching courses on blockchain as well as presenting at events, judging hackathons and moderating panel discussions on FinTech.


About SMU Blockchain Club

As Singapore Management University (SMU) prides itself on delivering a participative, interactive and technologically-enabled learning environment for students, and given how the Singapore government has made blockchain technology part of its plans to becoming a Smart Nation, the SMU Blockchain Club (SMUB) aims to equip students with the knowledge of upcoming trends and potential applications that are relevant to their future careers.

With growing demand in both students and faculty to acquire blockchain technology related knowledge, SMUB will facilitate the learning process and bridge the gap between SMU and blockchain technology organisations. For more information, visit

Topics: Blockchain