The Bitfury Group Officially Launches Global Blockchain Business Council in Davos

Event attended by world leaders, business innovators and Blockchain experts

DAVOS — January 18, 2017 — This week, The Bitfury Group, the world’s leading full service Blockchain technology company, in collaboration with international law firm Covington, launched the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) around the World Economic Forum 2017 Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

The mission of the GBBC is to bring together the world’s leading businesses to educate on the latest innovations and advances in Blockchain technology and advocate for its global adoption. The GBBC aims to serve as a central resource center, providing a forum for information, collaboration and partnerships.
The launch of the GBBC was celebrated with the Council’s inaugural event, a private dinner, held at the Ameron Swiss Mountain Hotel Davos, during the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting.

“There is a huge need for a global body dedicated to bringing the Blockchain ecosystem together, educating, advocating for its advancement and connecting relevant parties in the Blockchain and business worlds — the GBBC stands ready to fill that critical role,” said Valery Vavilov, CEO of the Bitfury Group. “Last night, at the GBBC’s inaugural launch event, some of the most strategic thinkers in the Blockchain and business worlds came together to forge partnerships across sectors and understand how this technology can and will change the way we all do business.”

FEATURED SPEAKERS INCLUDED:
PANEL:
- The Honorable Carl Bildt, Former Swedish Prime Minister & Senior Advisor at Covington
- The Honorable Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Former Estonian President and Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Future Council on Blockchain
- Dr. Wei Wang, Founding Chairman of China Mergers & Acquisitions
- Don Tapscott, Best-Selling Author “Blockchain Revolution”

MODERATOR:
- Jamie Smith, Global Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, The Bitfury Group and Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Future Council on Blockchain

KEYNOTES:
- Patrick Byrne, Chief Executive Officer of Overstock
- Uschi Schreiber, Global Vice Chair of Markets & Chair of Global Accounts for EY

PIONEER AWARDS GIVEN TO:
- Patrick Byrne
- Dr. Wei Wang

ATTENDEES:
The event was attended by many global leaders, including senior representatives from:

OVERSTOCK
EY
EDELMAN
THE BITFURY GROUP
TATA CONSULTANCY
APCO WORLDWIDE
MCKINSEY & CO.
PALANTIR
BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP
WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
J.P. MORGAN
COVINGTON
INNOVATE FINANCE
NEW AMERICA
CONSENSYS
CREDIT CHINA
CHINA MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
GEORGIAN CO-INVESTMENT FUND
BLACKROCK
HYPERLEDGER
DIGITAL ASSET
BSA
STEPTOE AND JOHNSON
ARMADA INVESTMENT
FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF SWEDEN
FORMER PRESIDENT OF ESTONIA
WORLD WIDE WEB FOUNDATION
WAVES FOR WATER
HONGSHAN CAPITAL
TONGDAO CAPITAL
DIANRONG
FORMER CHAIR, THE US PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS
BEIJING TAI CLOUD TECHNOLOGY
OK COIN AND OK LINK
ADVISORY GROUP FOR UK TRADE & INVESTMENT’S GLOBAL ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAMME
GLOBAL PHILANTHROPISTS CIRCLE
LAUREL STRATEGIES
QUARTZ MEDIA 
MEDICI VENTURES
CME GROUP
RWE AG
ONFIDO
SCALEABLE CAPITAL
ROMULUS
HEALTHY.IO
PAYPAL
NEYBER
HOGAN LOVELLS
MIT MEDIA LAB
BANK OF ENGLAND
SIX CAPITAL
PTB VENTURES
ID2020

SETTLEMINT
RDS CAPITAL
BANKABLE
I/0 VENTURES

YAHOO NEWS FINANCE

BLOCKCHAIN

ABOUT THE BITFURY GROUP

The Bitfury Group is the leading full service Blockchain technology company and one of the largest private infrastructure providers in the Blockchain ecosystem. The Bitfury Group develops and delivers both the software and the hardware solutions necessary for businesses, governments, organizations and individuals to securely move an asset across the Blockchain. The expertise of The Bitfury Group ensures successful, easy, fast, secure and cost effective connectivity to the Blockchain. The Bitfury Group is a global team of experts in technology, business, communications, security and civil society. The Bitfury Group believes the Blockchain can and will open new doors for global economic opportunity and prosperity, and its mission is to create and advance Blockchain applications that will further promote innovation and the advancement of the peer-to peer economy.

ABOUT COVINGTON

Covington has broad-based experience across the many industries in which Blockchain technology will be deployed. Covington is uniquely positioned to advise clients in connection with policy, regulatory litigation, enforcement and investigations, privacy and data security, consumer protection and transactional matters relating to distributed ledger technology. Their team includes more than 120 former government and enforcement officials, including the former Attorney General and Comptroller of the Currency, a former Prime Minister and a member of the UK House of Lords, who offer clients exceptional insight as they navigate complex regulatory, legal, policy and litigation issues relating to the adoption of disruptive technologies.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Mercina Tillemann-Dick at Mercina.Tillemann@gbbcouncil.org or Rachel Pipan at Rachel.Pipan@bitfury.com

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