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21st November 2018


Opportunity & Innovation Through Crypto-Philanthropy Trends

Introducing the Panel

28th November 2018



Joanne Winston, Chair
Managing Director JP Morgan and Prism the Gift Fund Trustee


Joanne leads a global team structuring derivatives for private clients. She joined JP Morgan Private Bank in 2001 and held a number of roles in client coverage, sales and structuring before creating the Derivatives Structuring team in 2010. In 2011, Joanne took over the global lead and now manages teams in New York, Asia and London covering the counterparty relationships and product development of the Structured Product and OTC businesses – with over $10bn currently invested globally. In addition, Joanne led the first phase of the EMEA Private Bank Product Governance Framework.

Joanne joined Prism the Gift Fund as a trustee in 2016 and is passionate about helping increase the efficiency of charitable giving and enabling a broad impact from the philanthropic community.

Joanne is also a board member of UK Israel Business, the Bilateral Chamber of Commerce between the UK and Israel and holds a BSc in Philosophy from the London School of Economics.



Helen Disney
Co-Founder Dots Ventures and CEO and Founder of Unblocked


Helen Disney is a serial entrepreneur. She is CEO of Unblocked, a hub for Blockchain events, education and information and Co-Founder of Dots Ventures, a global initiative bridging new and traditional finance to help entrepreneurs build the future.

She was listed in Innovate Finance’s 2016 Women in Fintech Power list and has been referred to by Barclays as a “Blockchain guru”. She is a member of the Executive Committee at the British Blockchain Industry Association, sits on the Advisory Board of the Distributed Ledger Foundation, and is also a member of techUK’s DLT working group. In March 2018, she gave evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain and was also recently listed in BCB Engage’s Women to Watch in Crypto and Blockchain.

She is a regular conference speaker, chair and commentator on Bitcoin, Blockchain and innovation policy for organisations including The Economist, The Times, the World Intellectual Property Organisation, and the Wall Street Journal Europe. Most recently, she has moderated and spoken at the Blockchain World Conference in Bangkok, hosted the Blockchain Alternative Investment Conference, spoken at events hosted by Chatham House, the Government Blockchain Association, OneHealth Tech and the Law Society, IP Expo and Blockchain Live, and taken part in a female leader’s panel at London Fintech Week.


Joe Huston
Chief Financial Officer, GiveDirectly


GiveDirectly delivers unconditional cash transfers to people in need. Using both digital mobile payments and traditional banking systems, GiveDirectly has given money in a variety of contexts: sending large grants to people living in extreme poverty, putting Universal Basic Income to the test in Kenya, providing capital to refugees in Uganda and Rwanda, and serving people affected by the 2017 hurricanes in Texas and Puerto Rico. Joe leads GiveDirectly’s finance and partnerships teams, including overseeing GiveDirectly’s receipt and sale of over $16M in cryptocurrency donations. Prior to that, Joe spent 3 years as Country Director and then Regional Director for GiveDirectly in Kenya and Uganda. Joe joined GiveDirectly after working in the research and trading departments of the asset management firm, Bridgewater Associates, and holds a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College.



Anna Kogan Nasser
Crypto Trader at Blockchain, CEO and Founder of charity Forgotten Animals


A macro trader with 13 years of experience in trading bonds and credit default swaps at Lehman Brothers and Nomura. She has been involved in crypto currency since early 2017 and is currently a trader at in their Principal Strategies division. Blockchain is a fintech company in the crypto space and is the biggest provider of crypto currency wallets, which together hold 20% of all Bitcoin in the world.

Anna is also founder and CEO of an animal welfare charity, founded in 2011. The charity has projects aimed at raising animal welfare standards and reducing animal suffering in areas of the world where animal welfare resources and rights are most deficient. Currently it is mostly operating in former Soviet countries and has launched a fundraiser on a blockchain app for a wild animal sanctuary in Russia.



Gideon Lyons
Co-Founder Prism the Gift Fund


Gideon co-founded Prism with Anna Josse in 2005. He has a background in the financial, media and retail sectors – as an active business owner, entrepreneur and private investor he has helped build a diverse range of companies whose clients include multinationals and government bodies.

Gideon has been working with Prism’s payment partner to explore accepting donations through bitcoin and other digital currencies as they become more acceptable and commonplace. He believes it is time for philanthropists and charities to come together with social entrepreneurs, blockchain visionaries, and technologists to collectively discuss the direction and opportunity of crypto-philanthropy.


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