Advisory panel

Official Event Advisory Panel

Quest Events would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the official event advisory panel who contributed their valuable time and expertise to ensure the agenda for this event is timely and relevant for all stakeholders working in the blockchain and healthcare sectors. 

Nick Giurietto
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Digital Commerce Association

Nick Giurietto leads the Australian Digital Currency Commerce Association, Australia’s industry representative council for organisations driving business change and developing new business models using blockchain technology.

ADCCA exists to encourage the responsible adoption of blockchain technology as a means to drive innovation in service delivery across all sectors of the economy.

Successful innovation using blockchain will require new levels of collaboration between business partners and with government. Nick’s focus is on education, collaboration and regulatory reform to enable this to happen.

Nick is a member of the Standards Australia Technical Committee on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Standards and a participant in the International Standards Organisation Study Group on Identity on the Blockchain.

Nick has lived and worked in 6 countries - Australia, Egypt, Germany, Austria, UK and USA - in a number of roles ranging from business process design, customer insight, marketing and product management. The common thread that unites these roles is a focus on the customer as the foundation for business success.

His personal passion is travel having recently visited his 94th country.

Stephen Macaskill
Blockchain Association of New Zealand

With a decade of experience in monetary theory and traditional financial markets, Stephen dived head first into the cryptocurrency space when his precious metals company was the first in the industry to accept bitcoin as a payment method. Now he is CEO of Digital Asset Exchange, runs the Global Retail Division of, and President of the Blockchain Association of New Zealand. Stephen is also an Alumni Board Member of the Foundation for Economic Education, an organisation dedicated to the education of Austrian Economics.

Tal Rapke
CEO & Founder

Tal believes in a new healthcare future where the patient sits in the middle of their healthcare journey, leveraging data and technology to achieve superior health outcomes. Tal is a trained physician, a strategist, an entrepreneur, a creative thinker, and a biotech/pharmaceutical and healthcare expert. He is currently the CEO of a global innovative blockchain startup - ScalaMed - transforming the future of prescription medicine and health data.

He has twenty plus years of healthcare expertise across Australia, Asia-Pac and the USA across clinical medicine, online and digital healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and commercialisation strategy of medical products. Beyond his clinical years in Australian hospitals in NSW and Victoria, he spent 5 years in the USA in health focused management consulting, and in digital/online health. In Australia, Tal spent 7 years at Sanofi as the company’s Innovation Director and previously as its Medical Director.

Alexandra Sims
Associate Professor and Head of Department of Commercial Law
University of Auckland

Alex Sims is an Associate Professor in the Department of Commercial Law and Head of Department of Commercial Law at the University of Auckland. She teaches a wide range of commercial law subjects. Her primary areas of research and publication are blockchain technology, consumer law, and intellectual property law (in particular copyright law). Alex is leading a project funded by the Law Foundation looking at the regulation of cryptocurrencies in New Zealand and Australia. Alex is a contributor to the legal discussion podcasts on “The Ether Review”.

Mark Toohey
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Mark Toohey is an experienced commercial lawyer who has worked with both major law firms and as general counsel in the TV, telecommunications, and IT industries.

Mark is also Australia's leading legal expert on blockchain technology and its implementation. He is a co-founder of TBSx3, a brand protection company.

TBSx3 uses the power of blockchain technology and their patented three layers of protection to detect supply chain anomalies and to defeat counterfeiters. The TBSx3 technology is backed by a free mobile app that alerts consumers if goods are fake.

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Blockchain in Healthcare Summit 2017