About Speakers & Breakout Panels

Tien Wong

Serial entrepreneur, angel investor and super connector in the entrepreneurial community.

Tien currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Tech2000, an IT firm that provides advanced technology training and mobile device software to the federal government and Fortune 500 companies, Chairman of Lore Systems, an IT services firm specializing in managed datacenter hosting, cloud computing, IT networking, and Chairman and CEO of Opus8, a private investment and advisory firm. Tien is also the founder and host of Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Forum, a community that connects entrepreneurs and investors in the Mid-Atlantic region.


Edmund C. Moy

Mint Director, television commentator, author, White House staffer, business executive, private equity consultant, pastor, speaker, and corporate director. From 2006 to 2011 he served as the 38th Director of the United States Mint.

Adam Trexler, PhD

President and Founder of Valaurum
The evolution of Valaurum and it's product the Aurum has been the direct result of his research and analysis how technological change leads to the formation of new cultural values, particularly with regard to credit, the gold standard, money, and labor. Adam Trexler graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland and obtained his MA with Distinction; and PhD from Queen Mary University of London.

Chuck Brooks

General Dynamics Mission Systems
Named Top Tech Person to follow by Linked-in -- Cybersecurity Marketer of the year -- Technology and Security Evangalist, Speakers, Writer, Editor-Georgetown University.

Thom Calandra

American Journalist & Investor
Thom writes the Calandra Report & TCR Network. He is an investor in Valaurum. TCR / The Calandra Report is a subscriber service for a network of individual investors. Thom as editor, columnist and broadcaster co-founded CBS MarketWatch, MarketWatch.com and FT MarketWatch in 1996; it is still the world’s largest financial news service on the Internet and is now Dow Jones MarketWatch

Norbert Michel

Director, Center for Data Analysis – The Heritage Foundation
Research Fellow in Financial Market Regulation at The Heritage Foundation. Norbert specializes on Issues pertaining to financial markets and monetary policy.

Dr. Alexander V. Pyntikov

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HUMENA
HUMENA is a Blockchain enabled platform for synchronous meditation and prayer to amplify human performance and promote psychological & bodily wellness. HUMENA is also an enabling service company for a large assortment of corporations and religious teams who have millions of followers. HUMENA Group through its subsidiary, HUMENA Club (Nevis) made International headlines with the launch of their highly anticipated ICO Pre-Sale backed by a revolutionary platform that promotes unity, meditation and prayer. It is expected that the millions of users of the HUMENA (Astrals) tokens will make it one of the most widely accepted cryptocurrencies for normal business transactions. In HUMENA’s platform, Astral Tokens are designed as a pure Utility Token – Utility Tokens can quickly be made use of in the HUMENA ecosystem to obtain expert services and goods and to help enable donations into non-earnings participant corporations.

Adrian Day

Investment Publication Editor, Investment Conference Speaker, Author
Adrian Day is a British-born writer and money manager, a graduate of the London School of Economics, who has made a name for himself searching out unusual opportunities around the world, with two books on the subject. His money management firm, Adrian Day Asset Management, he specializes in global diversification and gold equities for individual and institutional clients, and he manages the EuroPac Gold Fund.

Harry Melandri

Rates Portfolio Manager | EM Rates Trader | Macro Strategist
Over 20 years of financial markets experience, for example in rates portfolio management at DBAM, Aberdeen Asset Management and Brevan Howard; in macro research and strategy at the Bank of England and Medley Advisors; and in fixed income and rates derivatives trading at UBS.

Saman Shali, PhD

Former President – Kurdish National Congress of North America — Frequent Contributor to the Kurdistan Tribune
Dr. Saman Shali has twenty-five years of Telecommunications and Banking Management experience. Dr. Shali has managerial experience in both the technical sectors of the Banking and Telecom Industry.

Rich Chekan

President, COO and Co-Founder of ASI. Asset Strategies International
Rich is an innovator in alternative asset ownership, including precious metals, foreign currencies, pre-1933 U.S. gold coins, and global asset protection.

Matt Geiger

Managing Partner at MJG Capital Fund, LP - a limited partnership focused on long-term capital appreciation through investments in natural resources. The Partnership adheres to bottom-up security analysis within the context of four ongoing macroeconomic themes: global food scarcity, global fuel/energy scarcity, regional water scarcity, and the emerging world's infrastructure buildout.

Elisabeth Stahl

Engineer, IBM
Elisabeth Stahl is Distinguished Engineer in the IBM Systems Worldwide Client Centers and has been working in IT Infrastructure for over 30 years. Her current focus is on Blockchain, Hybrid Cloud, Security and Cognitive technologies. Her current focus is on Blockchain, Hybrid Cloud, Security and Cognitive technologies. She is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology Leadership Team, IEEE Senior Member, and is on the Board of Directors of Computer Measurement Group and The Music Settlement. Elisabeth holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from New York University.

Diego Zuluaga

Policy Analyst, Cato Institute
Diego Zuluaga is a policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, where he covers financial technology and consumer credit. Before joining Cato, Zuluaga was Head of Financial Services and Tech Policy at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. While at the IEA, he authored papers on the social value of finance, the regulation of online platforms, and the taxation of capital income, among others. His work has been featured in print and broadcast media, such as the Times, Newsweek, and the Daily Telegraph. Zuluaga is a prolific public speaker as well as a former lecturer in economics at the University of Buckingham. Originally from Bilbao in northern Spain, Zuluaga holds a BA in economics and history from McGill University, and an MSc in financial economics from the University of Oxford.

Dahna Goldstein

Bretton Woods II fellow at New America
Dahna Goldstein is a Bretton Woods II fellow at New America. She is a social entrepreneur and advisor to social impact organizations. Goldstein teaches technology entrepreneurship at Georgetown University. She serves on nonprofit boards, including JustGive.org and ParentsTogether Action. Goldstein was the founder and CEO of PhilanTech, which created PhilanTrack, an online grants management software solution. When PhilanTech was acquired by Altum in 2014, Goldstein served as director of philanthropy solutions at Altum. Prior to starting PhilanTech, Goldstein worked for venture philanthropies, including Ashoka and Blue Ridge Foundation New York Goldstein was named one of Newsweek’s "13 Women Entrepreneurs to Bet On" and one of BusinessWeek’s "25 Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs."

Valerie Durham

FreedomFest, Conference Director
Valerie Durham has served as the conference director for FreedomFest since 2015, bringing together her background as a libertarian, marketing and project manager, and professional dance artist. Training as a dancer since the age of three in ballet, jazz and modern, Valerie is one of a few master artists in the world who specializes in the art of Isadora Duncan, known as mother of modern dance.

Bill Marvel

Social Entrepreneur
Bill Marvel is a Social entrepreneur that believes that technology is forming a new social paradigm that changes the employment and nature of our society. Our challenge: how to apply innovative technology where it is really needed. Canada Streaming Inc. , the Canadian partner company of Amazon Fair Gold, is responsible for the worldwide marketing of our traceable eco-gold to the bullion, jewelry and electronics markets.

Christopher A. Havener, Jr

President & CEO/Americas — Richmond Liquidity Management Ltd
Thirty years’ experience in the financial markets primarily on Wall Street with Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch. Primary focus began in equity research, institutional sales and trading, asset management, and working with corporations in risk management associated with FX fluctuations. Mr. Havener is currently a co-founder of Richmond Liquidity Management. Formerly CEO and Founder of Royal Oak Capital, Chris utilised his extensive Corporate network to establish a successful FX Corporate Advisory and execution FX business. Chris brings a wealth of experience to RLM with the aim to diversify the business into the Corporate Advisory space.

Kyle S. Smitz

Smitz Laboratories – Founder and Chief Executive Officer — Technology Executive, MBA, PMP
A senior technology executive who enjoys a fast-paced and dynamic environment, where disciplined methods mitigate risk in developing new technologies. Experienced leadership for technology teams small and large, local and remote, from startups to the Federal government. Bridges the gap between technical teams and executive management, working fluently in both environments to deliver leading- edge technology solutions that derive value from data.

Speaker FAQs

What is The Future of Currency Conference?

The Future of Currency Conference is THE Conference to meet experts in the fields of Blockchain Integration, Precious Metals, Fiat Currency, and Value Storage Technologies

Fortunes are made when new technologies are integrated into currency systems. In the last thirty years, advances in credit cards, exchange-traded assets, digital payments, and blockchain tokens have made fortunes for those who owned Visa and PayPal stock, physical vaults, and early cryptocurrencies. The next fortunes will be made as blockchain technologies are integrated into government regulation, the banking system, consumer markets, and ultimately, individual people’s everyday lives.

The Future of Currency Conference will explore the technologies that are poised to transform currency. Meet the leaders who are remaking the worlds of value-storage, payments, and the monetization of brand new forms of assets. 

This is THE Conference to learn about the technologies that will transform currency in the next five years.

What is Blockchain Integration?

Blockchain is coming of age. The first decade was about investing in physical tokens, hoping they would become the money of the future. The second decade will be about bringing blockchain technologies into everybody’s immediate lives, building the institutional systems to transform banking and finance, and converting trillions of dollars of value into more safe and frictionless systems.

The Future of Currency will give you exclusive insights into where the smart money is heading, from the leaders of their fields.

2017’s explosion of investment was the result of individuals trying to pick the token of tomorrow. The next round of investment will bring blockchain into everyday transactions and transform banks, payment systems, and financial markets.

The Future of Currency will let you hear from the visionaries that are remaking these systems. Every industry segment is experimenting with blockchain to improve the accuracy, security, transparency and costs of their systems. The cryptocurrency community, International banks, hedge funds, Fortune 500 companies, and countries are working flat out to develop the technologies that will transform their value. Smart money is looking at the future of blockchain, and the next fortunes to be made.
Come learn about these strategies at The Future of Currency.


Thursday, January 17, 2019. Registration on-site starts at 8:30 am.


The conference will be held at the FHI 360 center conveniently located in central Washington DC. 1825 Connecticut Ave. NW. The conference center is the perfect venue for general session presentations, breakout sessions, panels and rooms for private meetings. Complete audiovisual support is available.


We will find an optimal time slot for your presentation based on its fit with complementary topics and of course what fits your travel schedule. Private rooms will be available for your use for any follow-up discussions. Attendance for a colleague as well as a catered breakfast and lunch are free.


CurrencyFuture.org is inviting the best and brightest thought influencers from around the world to talk, strategize, invest and network. Led by our Emcee, Tien Wong, our speakers include a wide range expertise. Monetary policy specialist Edmund Moy, head of the US Mint from 2006 -2011. Chuck Brooks, named the Top Tech Person to follow by Linked-in, Cybersecurity Marketer of the Year. Norbert Michel, a Director at the Heritage Foundation who specializes in monetary policy. Adam Trexler, PhD founder of Valaurum, focused on how technological change leads to formation of new cultural values particularly about credit, the gold standard and money.


Title Sponsor- Valaurum Inc. 

Valaurum is becoming the recognized leader in physical monetary and value storage products.

Its first product, the Aurum®, is a bill-shaped gold film with industry-leading anti-counterfeiting features. Containing $2-40 value in physical gold, the Aurum is becoming the world standard for divisible, dependable gold investment. The world capitalization of gold is over $7 trillion, with a liquid market trading $125bn worth of gold per day.

The Aurum is sold on national television, the world’s largest bullion dealers, and through numerous precious metal retailers. The first legal-tender Aurum was minted for the Cook Islands in 2018. Valaurum continues to integrate the Aurum technology with national governments, gold trading systems, and consumer distribution sites.

In 2019, Valaurum plans to launch the KiBill, a patent-pending cryptocurrency bill with unprecedented security and anti-counterfeiting features. KiBills are designed to give consumers the choice of currency they hold, in addition to the €1.2tn of paper euros and $1.7tn of paper dollars in circulation.

Cryptocurrency held in KiBills is more secure than conventional online accounts or cold storage wallets. The private keys in KiBills have never been connected to a network, KiBills are designed to resist electronic, solvent, infrared, and x-ray attacks, and to incorporate government-level anti-counterfeiting features directly into their metallic structure. Valaurum is seeking partnerships with exchanges, vaults, and other blockchain providers to integrate the bills into the wider cryptocurrency ecosystem.