Delve into the impact of blockchain technology, which has been touted as everything from bigger than the internet to the most over-hyped technology of our time. From opportunities to challenges, we will explore what the future of law look like.
Tanya Knowles is the Chairperson of the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium (SAFBC) which is comprised of over 50 members including the country’s largest banks, financial institutions, regulators, consulting and legal firms and start-ups. She is a faculty member of Singularity University and has been internationally recognised as one of the leading women in blockchain technology.
As the former Managing Executive of Fractal Solutions at Strate (Pty) Ltd, she was tasked with leading a team to research, develop and implement disruptive technologies for the business focusing on blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Strate is South Africa’s authorised Central Securities Depository providing the daily electronic settlement of over 80 billion Rands worth of securities concluded on the five stock exchange in the country.
Tanya holds a Bachelor’s Degree (BA), a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PDM) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA), all from the University of the Witwatersrand, as well as Certification in Blockchain Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is a renowned speaker and thought leader in her area of expertise having presented across four continents. In her personal capacity, she is involved in a number of women’s leadership and mentoring initiatives aimed at professional business women.
Jackie is a futurist, with a keen interest in the legal ecosystem. As an admitted advocate who landed in the world of NewLaw, by heading up an alternative legal service and legal tech company, she has a full-circle understanding of the landscape, current trends and future developments.
Applying futures methodologies, she assists firms and people to understand the possibles that lurk. She debunks hype and myth, analyses the current trends and looks out for the black swans we might be missing. She is fanatical about radical innovation, simplicity and building more sustainable systems.
She has extensive leadership and legal workflow management experience, managing teams of 300+. She has also been involved in designing and implementing LegalTech and AI.
Jackie heads up LAW FOR ALL, an alternative legal service provider that caters for the rights of half a million South Africans. She is also the founder of The Futures Law Faculty, where she teaches futures concepts to lawyers to prepare them for the exciting new world of practice.
Jackie holds a law degree and a post graduate degree in Futures Studies (cum laude). She is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists.
The masterclass is followed by canapés and a cash bar to get to mingle with like-minded, future-thinking lawyers.
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