We’ve delved into the top 20 women in finance already, but what impact are intelligent, forward-thinking females having on fintech advancements such as blockchain? A big one, that’s what! Make no doubt about it, women have been contributing to the tech revolution for years with the likes of Katherine Johnson (who performed the trajectory analysis of the first human spaceflight) and Radia Perlman (who created the algorithm behind the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) – a significant advancement for network technology) being two powerful figures recognised for their efforts.
The emergence of cryptocurrencies and the need for digital transactions has given women fresh opportunities to shine and continue the work of their predecessors. So with this in mind – here are our top 20 women in blockchain.
1. Preethi Kasireddy @iam_preethi
A blockchain engineer, Preethi lives and breathes crypto. She has extensive experience working for many well-known finance companies including CoinBase, Goldman Sachs, and Andreessen Horowitz.
2. Tiffany Hayden @haydentiff
Tiffany Hayden is the Community Manager at Edge Secure – a multi-asset blockchain wallet. Consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 Blockchain Influencers, she’s highly active in the fintech community and has strong social media following.
3. Laura Shin @laurashin
As a crypto/blockchain journalist who has contributed to top publications such as Forbes, Laura Shin knows her stuff. She hosts two podcasts Unchained and Unconfirmed which give a deeper insight into the world of both crypto and blockchain technology.
4. Kathryn Haun @katie_haun
Kathryn Haun is an advisor for companies and funds and a lecturer in management at Stanford University. She’s also on the board of directors at Coinbase and regularly shares her crypto insights on Twitter.
5. Amber Baldet @AmberBaldet
Named as one of the Most Influential in Blockchain in 2017 by CoinDesk, Amber Baldet serves as the Blockchain Lead at JP Morgan. She shares many of her insights on her personal website amberbaldet.com.
6. Cherie Aimée @xocherieaimee
Cherie Aimée isa known figure within the blockchain community and is the Director of Communications at ShipChain – a company integrating blockchain technology with the transport industry.
7. Perianne Boring @PerianneDC
As a Professor of Blockchain at Georgetown and the Founder and President of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, Perianne Boring is a well-known figure within the fintech world.
8. Elizabeth Stark @starkness
Elizabeth Stark is the Co-Founder of Lightening Labs which utilises blockchain technology to provide smart transactions across the globe. She was a former Professor at Stamford and Yale educating her students about the power of peer-to-peer technology.
9. Julie Albright @drjuliea
With a Twitter following of over 18,000 and climbing, Dr. Julie Albright describes herself as a digital sociologist focusing her attention on blockchain and crypto tech. We agree and she’s a great addition to our women in blockchain list.
10. Jalak Jobanputra @jalak
Jalak first started investing in bitcoin start-ups back in 2013 when very few people believed in the potential of blockchain. She’s the founding partner of Future/Perfect Ventures – an early-stage venture capital fun in NYC focused on next generation technology.
11. Rhian Lewis @rhian_is
Founder of the London Chapter of the Women in Bitcoin, Rhian Lewis has been making waves in the capital’s blockchain community. She’s also the co-developer of the altcoin portfolio tracker, Count My Crypto.
12. Meltem Demirors @Melt_Dem
With over 52,000 Twitter followers, Meltem Demirors is a cryptocurrency investor, advisor, and advocate. Demirors is the founder of Athena Capital and has extensive experience in blockchain-based finance and cryptocurrencies.
13. Iliana Oris Valiente @IlianaOV
Iliana is the founder of ColliderX which is the world’s first open-source, crowdsourced and crowdfunded blockchain research and development hub. She’s also the MD at Accenture and a self-confessed blockchain junkie.
14. Crystal Rose @crystalrose
Our women in blockchain list wouldn’t be complete without Crystal. She’s the co-founder and CEO of Sensay, an artificial intelligence-powered platform for chatbots that allows anyone to anonymously ask experts questions.
15. Alakanani Itireleng @bitcoinlady
On a mission to bring bitcoin and blockchain technology awareness to Botswana, Alakanani is one of a few crypto pioneers in Africa and is definitely one of the women in blockchain who deserves a mention.
16. Zoe Adamovicz @zoeadamovicz
Adamovicz is the CEO and Co-Founder of Neufund, a community-owned fundraising platform operating on the Ethereum blockchain. She’s passionate about the integration of art and tech and fully believes in the growing power of blockchain technology.
17. Rachel Wolfson @Rachelwolf00
As staff writer for Bitcoin Magazine and a regular contributor to Forbes, Rachel Wolfson keeps close tabs on the crypto/blockchain world. She’s also an avid supporter of women in crypto.
18. Pamela Morgan @pamelawjd
In between running Third Key Solutions – a boutique consulting agency that helps people keep their digital assets and cryptocurrencies secure – Pamela Morgan is also an attorney, educator and public speaker. She’s an all-round blockchain rock star if you will.
19. Elizabeth Rossiello @e_rossiello
Elizabeth Rossiello is the founder and CEO of BitPesa which helps to facilitate B2B and FX payments across Africa. According to her Twitter profile she’s dedicated to building Africa’s digital payment infrastructure.
20. Sally Eaves @sallyeaves
As a thought leader in emergent technology (Blockchain, AI, Machine Learning, VR/AR), Sally Eaves has a wide range of specialities including business and technology consulting. She’s an official member of the Forbes Technology Council and is currently the Senior Strategy Advisor for Nuggets – an e-commerce payments and ID platform which stores personal and payment data securely in the blockchain.
To all these creative women in blockchain and the many we’ve missed – we salute you. Why not also take a quick peek at our top 20 fintech influencers to follow in 2018.
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