Cybersecurity • Blockchain • Cryptocurrency • Other
Mandy Simpson is a professional director and consultant with a focus on the business and human impacts of fast moving technologies. She has deep capital markets expertise, including four years as Chief Operating Officer at NZX, where she was an advocate for the development of blockchain technology for financial markets. More recently she was Chief Executive at cybersecurity consultancy Cyber Toa.
Mandy has lived in Wellington for over ten years, arriving from the UK where she worked in financial investigation and surveillance roles for Deloitte and the London Stock Exchange. She is a member of SingularityU New Zealand faculty.
Mandy sits on the board of Punakaiki Fund, an active investor in early stage companies. She is a mentor and trustee at Cultivate Mentoring Labs, providing cross industry support for women navigating the early stages of their careers.
Mandy has a law degree from Cambridge University. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a member of New Zealand Global Women.
Bitcoin uses the same electricity as Ireland” makes a great headline – but what does it really mean? Is it true? What can we do about it? This presentation considers some of more common blockchain news headlines, and dives into the often messy real world, to provide the facts, nuance and context to enable attendees to make better judgments on what is really going on with this new technology.
How cyber criminals are using our fastest developing technologies against us. The changing nature of risk – including the increasing physical threat from cyber crime. How we can fight back, including the importance of collaboration. A look at the companies who are using exponential technologies to improve security.
Introduction to Bitcoin, and other crypto and digital currencies. A look at a few of the wide variety of uses for blockchain tech, including some of the key financial services developments. How blockchain technology can improve financial inclusion and the importance of digital identity.