Exploring Ecosystems of Digital Assets and Opportunities Within the Sector 

Date: Thursday, 17 November 2022

13:00 (GMT)

: This event will take place virtually via Zoom
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Hosted by Costas Andriopoulos, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Associate Dean for the MBA Programmes at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), this event will focus on exploring the world of digital assets. The programme will feature a keynote presentation by Shavonne Wong, artist and co-founder NFT Asia and an academic perspective from Dr. Nettra Pan, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Bayes Business School. 

The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Professor Andriopoulos.

This event will give participants an excellent opportunity to engage in thought-provoking conversation with fellow alumni, academics and students and learn about the latest news from Bayes Business School.



13:00 - 13:05     Welcome by Professor Costas Andriopoulos

13:05 - 13:15     Academic Perspective from Dr. Nettra Pan

13:15 - 13:25     Keynote Presentation by Shavonne Wong
13:25 – 13:35    Q&A

13:35 - 14:10     Panel discussion and Q&A 
14:10 - 14:15     Final remarks and event closure 


Speaker Profiles



Professor Costas Andriopoulos is a Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He joined Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) in September 2014. 

His main research interests focus on how organizational paradoxes enable innovation in the face of changing technological environments. In particular, he studies how entrepreneurial firms in high-velocity markets can excel at both incremental (exploiting current capabilities) and discontinuous innovation (exploring into new space).

Professor Andriopoulos is an award-winning teacher. He teaches New Venture Creation at the EMBA programme and New Product Innovation at the MSc in Marketing Strategy and Innovation at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass). He has taught executive and senior leadership teams how to manage organizational change and innovation, high-performing teams, entrepreneurial/design thinking, strategic paradoxes and breakthrough innovation. In his teaching, he systematically intertwines theory and practical application (e.g. teaching cases, simulations, in-class exercises).

Dr. Nettra Pan is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Bayes Business School. At Bayes, Nettra researches and teaches purpose-driven innovation and new venture strategy. Her findings explain how founder and investor cognition affects opportunities pursued, new venture identity and alternative metrics of performance. She has shared her work at leading research and industry conferences around the world, and published in outlets such as the Academy of Management Review. Recently, Nettra has begun studying how creative entrepreneurs use web3 technologies and philosophies to engage with their community, organize around socio-political visions and financially support their craft.


Shavonne Wong is a 3D Virtual Model Creator and an Artist in the NFT space. Building on her experiences as a Fashion and Advertising Photographer for the past decade, she creates life-like virtual models and places them in surreal environments and the metaverse. Shavonne was named Forbes 30U30 Asia in 2020. 

Since her venture into NFTs, she has collaborated with Vogue Singapore, Sotheby’s, the World Economic Forum and the World of Women project. She also created a 500 pieces project, Love is Love, a reflection on the expression of love and identity that enabled its collectors to have a say in determining the generative artwork’s outcome. Notable collectors include Idris Elba. 

Shavonne is also one of the Co-Founders of NFT Asia, a community of Asian artists in the NFT space. Her work will be on auction at Sotheby’s on October 20-27 during Hong Kong’s digital art fair. 


Dominic Castley (Executive MBA, 2014) is the Chief Marketing Officer and Managing Director, Sygnum Bank, Zurich Switzerland. He is  a two-time entrepreneur, focuses on the intersection of market strategy, technology and innovation. He has worked across the software, security and institutional investment sectors, and was a CEO of a fintech dual headquartered in London and New York before joining Sygnum in 2019 to build and launch the world’s first crypto bank. Dom is an active crypto investor and trader, and graduated from Bayes Business School’s Executive MBA program (then Cass) in 2014 with a distinction and academic medal.


Omid Zadeh (Executive MBA, 2015) Omid is Head Of Business Development at Matrixport who manage $10Billion of digital assets. Matrixport are a full service digital asset prime broker allowing institutions to borrow, lend, custody and trade digital assets. Omid's background is within traditional finance and he spent 15 years in the FX markets and covered banks hedge funds and asset managers at ICAP and the London Stock Exchange.

Tara MacAulay is the CEO and co-founded of Lantern Ventures & Pharos Fund, a digital currency trading firm with over $250 million under management. Previously, Tara was a co-founder of Alameda Research, and first traded cryptocurrency while working for the Australian Red Cross in Indonesia. Before becoming a full-time trader, she worked in non-profit management as the CEO of the Center for Effective Altruism.


Alex Wenham has over 15 years of Financial Markets experience and is the Global Digital Asset Product & Strategy Lead at Bloomberg. Prior to this appointment Alex has been a Leader within our Sales organisation managing territories within Emerging Markets and the Nordics. Alex started his career at Bloomberg as a FX and FX Derivatives specialist working with our Sellside and Buyside clients across the UK, Middle East and Emerging Markets. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Alex worked as a FX Derivatives structurer helping corporate clients hedge FX Risk. Alex holds a double degree in Science and Commerce from Sydney University and is a FRM charter holder.


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