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Breakfast Club 06: Crypto currencies: What’s behind the hype?

Hotel Alpbacherhof
Breakout / Panel
in englischer Sprache

Do crypto-currencies present the case for diversity or for resilience? Do they cover the need for diverse payment methods? Or are they a threat to the established system, against which hitherto prevalent financial systems need to become more resilient?

Senior Research Associate, International Tax and Blockchain Consulting, O.P. Jindal Global University, New Delhi Introduction
Executive Director, FMA - Austrian Financial Market Authority, Vienna
FinTech Sector Manager, Deloitte Israel, Tel Aviv
Consultant, PwC Austria, Vienna Chair

LL.M., LL.B., B.A. Shikha MEHRA

Senior Research Associate, International Tax and Blockchain Consulting, O.P. Jindal Global University, New Delhi

 Shikha Mehra, a certified Bitcoin professional and co-founder of MainChain Research & Consulting, is a prominent figure in the Blockchain and Crypto Currency network. She is on the advisory panel to IMAI’s (Internet Mobile Association of India) subcommittee on crypto currency and blockchain.
 Shikha also holds a faculty position at Jindal Global Law School, designing and delivering courses on Tax and Property Law.
 She is a member of a global multi-stakeholder committee - a joint collaboration between Vienna University, Austria and NET (new economy taxation) which explores how businesses and tax administrations around the world are reacting to and managing the disruptive effect of new and emerging business models and Blockchain technology in Asia. She also has been actively speaking and writing on topics such as taxation in the digital economy and application of OECD (BEPS) guidelines to the Indian context.
 Prior to this, Shikha had 3-years' experience in corporate law practice and policy work at the IICA (Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs).
 Shikha holds a Bachelor degrees in Economics and Physics at the University of Pennsylvania; as well as LLB and LLM from the Jindal Global Law School, specializing in Tax Law.


Executive Director, FMA - Austrian Financial Market Authority, Vienna

1989-1995 University Studies, Business Administration, Vienna University of Economics and Johannes Kepler University Linz
1994-1995 Cabinet Staff Member, State Secretary and Parliamentary Staff Member, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs, Vienna
1995-2002 Key Account Manager, Institutional Customers, Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich AG, Linz
2002-2011 Director, Key Account Services, Prokurist and Managing Director for several of the bank's holding companies, Oberösterreichische Landesbank AG, Linz
2011-2013 Managing Director, OeBFA - Austrian Federal Financing Agency, Vienna
since 2013 Executive Director, FMA - Financial Market Authority, Vienna


FinTech Sector Manager, Deloitte Israel, Tel Aviv

 Odelia leads Deloitte Israel FinTech sector, covering FinTech, InsurTech and Blockchain. Odelia operates to assist global FSI in retrieving financial innovative technological solutions that best fit their practices and business challenges, and helps facilitate the bridge between Global FIs and technology companies. Odelia works closely with the local and global Financial Service Industry as well as with the Israeli FinTech ecosystem, accompanying both FIs and FinTech technology companies in diverse lifecycle stages.
 Prior to Deloitte, Odelia worked at Israel Office Of the Chief Scientist, at ISERD - the directorate leading technology and R&D collaboration between Israeli and European entities. Odelia has extensive experience working in the Israeli and European Technology, Innovation and R&D arena. Odelia has a bachelor degree in Psychology and a Master degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Strategy & Diplomacy.

Philipp HUBER

Consultant, PwC Austria, Vienna

 Most recent employments:
 Technology Consulting, PwC Austria
 IT Program Management Sales & CS, A1 Telekom Austria AG

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