#122 Mamadou Toure – Building a Better World, Education, Values, AI

Mamadou Toure is Founder and CEO of Ubuntu Capital Group, a leading Investment, and Advisory firm focused on designing and implementing integrated innovative investment solutions uplifting projects ecosystems. Mamadou is also Founder of Ubuntu Coin (UCoin), an Asset-Backed Digital Currency aimed at fostering, shared wealth, financial inclusion and fair trade.

Toure is the founder and Chairman of Africa 2.0, an initiative-driven advocacy group that brings together emerging leaders representing African countries and the diaspora, who share a common vision of the continent’s future. As the Managing Director with General Electric (GE) Africa, Toure currently leads a regional Investments and Project Finance team supporting all GE businesses (power, water, mining, oil & gas, transportation, healthcare, aviation) with financing solutions across sub-Saharan Africa. Toure received a distinction as “New Leader for Tomorrow” by the Crans Montana Forum in 2011. He was selected in 2012 as of one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by the New African Magazine. In 2013, Toure was ranked among the “25 Faces of the new Africa” by BRICS Business Magazine.

Topics
– His work experience(General Electric, World bank)
– Africa 2.0 Story
– His educational background(Education system)
– Work
– Values in technology
– Society and Critical thinking
– Decentralization

Links:www.africa2point0.org

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#121 Anthem Blanchard – Creating a Gold Backed Currency

I had an awesome interview with Anthem Blanchard. He’s CEO and Founder of Anthem Vault, also serving as a member of the Board of Directors. Anthem brings extensive knowledge of the gold and silver industry to the company. He was raised by legendary goldbug and precious metals pioneer, James U. Blanchard III, who helped restore Americans’ right to own gold and also founded rare coin and bullion company, Blanchard & Company.

Anthem Vault provides individuals with an efficient and liquid way to buy, own, and sell fractional amounts of physical, 100% fine gold and silver bullion. Anthem Vault’s spinoff company AnthemGold is launching an Ethereum-based utility token, HERCULES (ticker: HERC), that functions to verify the existence of the gold backing its digital, spendable Anthem (ticker: AGLD) token. Each Anthem token is backed by one gram of physical gold, can be redeemed for physical gold, and will soon be tradeable person-to-person on a private network.

I interviewed Anthem Blanchard and CTO Logan Golema on episode #96 A New Era of Supply Chain Management. But in this episode, we focus on gold and AGLD.

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Links:https://anthemgold.com/
https://herc.one/

#120 Brock Pierce -The Mastermind of Digital Assets

“Not the score, not even the results but how you play” – Brock Pierce.

On a chilled sunny Thursday evening after a long mountain hike. I managed to get hold of the Unicorn; Brock Pierce to talk about…everything. I have lots of respect for the Billionaire, Child actor, Entrepreneur, technologist etc. Especially in the digital asset space, I’ve always admired people who accomplished a lot in a relatively small amount of time but in multiple industries. Brock is one of those guys.

Brock Pierce is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with an extensive track record of founding, advising and investing in disruptive businesses. He’s been credited with pioneering the market for digital currency and has raised more than $5B for companies he has founded.

In 2013, Pierce joined brothers Bart and Bradford Stephens in founding venture capital firm Blockchain Capital (BCC) which was reported to have raised $85 million in two venture funds by October 2017. Described as its managing partner, Pierce announced a $50 million Initial Coin Offering (ICO) by BCC in February 2017. On its launch in June 2017, the currency was named EOS and marketed through a new vehicle called Block.one of which Pierce was variously described as co-founder, head, minority partner and advisor.

In this interview, Grey Jabesi and Brock Pierce discussed:
– His early beginnings as an actor
– Mt Gox AKA Gox Rising
– Tether
– EOS
– Money and Wealth

Website Links:https://brockpierce.io/
: https://bitcoinfoundation.org/forum/
Follow Brock Pierce on twitter: https://twitter.com/brockpierce

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#119 Helen Zille – Blockchain, Uber & Regulation

While at Blockchain Africa Conference 2019 in Cape Town. Grey Jabesi sat down with Helen Zille to talk about Blockchain and regulation. Helen is a South African politician, Premier of the Western Cape Province and a member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament.

Zille is a former journalist and anti-apartheid activist and was one of the journalists who exposed the cover-up around the death of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko while working for the Rand Daily Mail in the late 1970s. She also worked with the Black Sash and other pro-democracy groups during the 1980s. In the political arena, Zille has served in all three tiers of government, as the Western Cape’s education MEC (1999–2001), as a Member of Parliament(2004–2006), as Mayor of Cape Town (2006–2009), and as Premier of the Western Cape (2009–present).

In this interview, we discussed how governments are reacting to emerging technologies ie Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Uber and more. As it stand, Malta is leading when it comes to regulating Blockchain and building an ecosystem that allows for such companies to thrive. This was not the only podcast conducted at the conference, I had a chance to speak with other experts including Leuw Carlsen, Lorien Gamaroff, Ray Youssef and many others.

I recommend you also check listen to my podcast with JP Fabri, an economist from Malta who has played a big role to make things happen in Malta. Episode 113 with JP Fabri


 

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#117 Kwame Rugunda – Blockchain Adoption in Africa

In this episode of the Grey Ave Podcast I interviewed Kwame Rugunda. He is a management consultant and technology entrepreneur with an interest in emerging technologies, particularly those designed to address the challenges of global development. An Electrical Engineer and Mathematician by training with experience in telecommunications, civic technology, and management consulting for governments, the United Nations and several private and non-profit organizations throughout Africa.



Had an early exposure to the 4th industrial revolution due to interest in technology and innovation, with a particular interest in blockchain and its applications. Keen on making ubiquitous the role of blockchain innovation throughout Africa, and is the CEO of CryptoSavannah, a firm focused on solutions, advisory and training in blockchain technology. Other roles held include Country Director of Dalberg Data Insights a big-data analytics firm, Chairman of the Blockchain Association of Uganda which held Africa’s largest blockchain event in May 2018, President of Government Blockchain Association, Kampala Chapter, and serves on the National Taskforce on Blockchain and 4IR Technologies. 

A graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with Master’s Degree in Public Administration, and was a 2017 recipient the Harvard Kennedy School Lucius Littauer Award.


Links:https://btafrica.com/our-team/
https://cryptosavannah.com

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#116 Lorien Gamaroff – The Bitcoin Split – BTC vs BSV

Lorien Gamaroff is the founder/CEO of Bankymoon, a blockchain and cryptocurrency consultancy and co-founder/CEO of Centbee, a cryptocurrency payments and remittance company.

As South Africa’s foremost blockchain expert, Lorien has been invited around the world to speak on digital/cryptocurrencies and decentralised/distributed ledgers and their benefits for emerging economies. He has addressed and advised the United Nations, IMF, World Bank, FBI and Commonwealth Secretariat, the South African Reserve Bank, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, TEDx and a host of professionals in multiple industries and attorney generals throughout the world. He offers insight and guidance to business executives and advises government on blockchain technologies and their implications.

He pioneered blockchain payments for utility smart metering and was the co-founder of the Blockchain Academy which educates professionals on all aspects of blockchains from regulations to software development.

An entrepreneurial and energised personality combined with extensive development experience. Creative and innovative, leading projects from inception to implementation and beyond.

Grey Jabesi met Laurien at Blockchain Africa Conference 2019:
– Why he thinks Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto
– Why he thinks Bitcoin is SV  as the real Bitcoin.
– His new startup Centbee
– What’s wrong with Bitcoin(BTC)
– Thoughts on what the cryptocurrency community should do to improve




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#115 Matthew Arnett – Marine Archaeology on Blockchain with STO

Matthew Arnett is a Bahamian explorer, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of PO8 the 2018 Inter-American Development Bank Recipient for most innovative Startup. He is also the co-founder FORT NFT PROTOCOL— The Bahamas’ first Blockchain and cryptocurrency projects. Most recently he has also co-developed the first reward based on chain off chain NFT digital collectable called Skully.

He founded his first company, sendmetickets.com  in his early 20s and managed to bring major acts ie. Kanye West to perform in China. Matthew is a member of The Non-Fungible Alliance and Stable Coin Association. Prior to PO8 and FORT Matthew was the co-founder of sendmetickets.com, the first English language online ticketing platform in China, acquired by a private equity group in 2012. Subsequently, he turned his interest to cryptocurrencies and became an early adopter by investing in Bitcoin mining.

Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Matthew has served in various China market-entry advisory roles for the likes of Uber and Wework, as well as advising trade missions from The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Panama and Chile in his role as Council General for Sino-Latam in Beijing. Matthew is an avid public speaker and has lectured on China business culture at leading universities in China and the U.S. He is a graduate of the Tsinghua-MIT Global MBA program and former Vice President Of The Student Union of The University of The Bahamas.

In this episode we discuss a lot of fascinating stories such as :

– His entrepreneurial journey
– How his project PO8 will disrupt the marine archaeology and NFT security token in Bahamas
– The overview and benefits of Non-Fungible Tokens
– His exploration in China and so many more.



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#113 JP Fabri – How Malta became the Blockchain Island

“The regulation is there as a filter to make sure that the investment opportunity presented by the issuer is real” – JP Fabri

Malta has won hearts of many people in the Blockchain space. It’s not surprising seeing some of the largest players including Binance, OKEx, Decentralized ventures and many others incorporated there. It’s true, Malta is the Blockchain Island.

Considering that blockchain technology is relatively new, there’s interest on both private and private sectors as the potential of distributed ledgers is very disruptive in many ways. In my recent conversations with government officials including Hellen Zille(Premier of the Western Cape), the issue of regulation always pops up and they mostly reference what’s happening in Malta.

Enters….Jean Paul Fabri(JP Fabri for short). An economist and one of the most active experts behind the success in Malta. JP is the Managing Director of ARQ, a specialised advisory unit that forms part of ARQ Group. He is also the Lead Partner for ARQ Group on blockchain and cryptocurrencies helping global companies set-up their operations in Malta. He has consulted 9 governments of small island states on behalf of The Commonwealth Secretariat. He worked as an economist at the Central Bank of Malta, the private cabinet of the Prime Minister of Malta and in private advisory. JP is also a Visiting Assistant Lecturer at The University of Malta.

In this episode, Grey Jabesi interviews JP Fabri and discussed:
-How did Malta became interested in Blockchain
-How Malta approached blockchain
-Why regulate
-How do they make sure regulation is not stifling innovation
-Potential and opportunities of Blockchain technology in Africa
-His views on ICOs and cryptocurrencies


 

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