Sandra Ro - CEO, Global Blockchain Business Council
Sandra’s mission is to help those most vulnerable and financially excluded, by harnessing technology for social and economic good. She holds directorships on industry boards and companies including Global Digital Finance (GDF), BitGive (crypto charitable giving), and SendFriend, as well as advises and angel invests in several emerging tech start-ups across blockchain, robotics, digital assets, IoT, VR/AR. She has cofounded tech startups, one focusing on helping rural farmers to provide price transparency in agriculture sector, and another, removing business frictions for the GIG economy.
Initially, a founding Board member, Sandra was appointed to CEO of the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) March 2018, a Swiss non-profit focusing on education, advocacy & partnership across over 50 countries. She was appointed and serves on the NYS Digital Currency Task Force, the US Department of State Speakers’ Bureau for blockchain / security, the EU Blockchain Observatory & Forum: Use Cases & Transition Scenarios Working Group, the NYC Blockchain Center, and the Global Blockchain Policy Council (GBPC), founded by bipartisan South Korean Congress.
From introvert to avid communicator, Sandra keynotes and educates global audiences across industry and government sectors, including Milken Institute, UK House of Lords – Economic Affairs, US Congress – House Financial Services, SXSW, CFA Society, UVA Darden, JPM EMEA Global Markets, Singapore FinTech, Dreamforce, Banco Central do Brasil, Bloomberg, Necker Island Blockchain Summit and The Economist
Previously, she served as a former Treasurer and founding board director of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) and founding member of the Post Trade Distributed Ledger Group (PTDL), founding member of Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger. Sandra was also founder and former Executive Director, Digitization, CME Group, where she was responsible for the company’s digital asset and blockchain/distributed ledger technology (DLT) initiatives, including CME CF Bitcoin futures & index pricing products and post trade solutions. Previously, she served as Head of Foreign Exchange (FX) & Metals Research and Product Development.
Ro led the EMEA M&A FX and interest rates derivatives advisory group at Morgan Stanley London and worked at Deutsche Bank London as a FX structurer. Ro holds a M.B.A. in Finance from London Business School, studied Computer Science at Columbia University, School of Continuing Studies and earned a double B.A. Degree in History and Studies in the Environment from Yale University.