Eric van der Kleij

Moderator

Chief Executive of London’s Centre for Digital Revolution and Chairman of digital vault and micro-merchant payments company Keybox.co. Eric is a pioneering Fintech and Blockchain entrepreneur known for creating some of the largest ecosystems and hubs in the industry, and recently announced the creation of 58 acre Blockchain and Fintech Campus in Connecticut USA. He is Honorary Chairman of the UK Government’s Global Entrepreneur Programme Advisory Group.

C4DR itself houses a portfolio of Blockchain and Fintech businesses as well as a business builder and a digital token factory. Eric co-founded his first FinTech company Adeptra in 1996 and sold to FICO in 2012. In February 2011 he helped create the strategy for and was appointed by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s office as Chief Executive of the 'Tech City' initiative, helping feed into policy and drive the growth of the U.K. tech sector. In 2012 he designed, created and led the now famous Level39 hub for the Canary Wharf Group for over three years, to become one of the largest Fintech, Cyber and Smart Cities hubs in Europe. While at Level39 he also cofounded one of the first Blockchain labs in the U.K., benchmarking Blockchain protocols and pioneering work with cryptocurrencies.

In 2016 he was appointed Chairman of the Advisory Group and Adviser for FinTech and Blockchain for the U.K. Governments Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP) at the Department for International Trade. He continues to feed into policy as a volunteer and recently contributed to Lord Holmes’ cross party white paper to help unlock efficiencies in government with Blockchain.

Eric is a regular chair and speaker at Blockchain/crypto and Fintech conferences such as the Crypto Finance Conference where he particularly enjoys leading discussions on regulation and standards in the rapidly emerging token economy.