Richard Whitt is Senior Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy with Twilio Inc. He oversees a global team of two dozen experts engaged in all facets of technology governance, regulation, and advocacy. Prior to joining Twilio in September 2022, Richard’s career has spanned over three decades as a public policy attorney, technology strategist, business advisor, and entrepreneur.
He spent over eleven years with Google (2007-‘18), most recently serving as corporate director for strategic initiatives. Previously Richard led public policy teams at MCI Communications (1994-2006) and worked as an associate at several large Washington DC-based technology law firms (1988-‘94). As founder of GLIA Foundation (2019-present), Richard launched the GLIAnet project, a new trust-based Web governance ecosystem.
He also founded Deeper Edge LLC, a proof-of-concept digital fiduciary. Richard currently serves as senior fellow with the Georgetown Institute for Technology Law and Policy and was a senior fellow in residence with the Mozilla Foundation (2018-‘22). He resides in Emerald Hills, California.
Xenia von Wedel is the President of Transform Group, the blockchain industry’s leading public relations firm. Xenia previously held senior executive roles with Terpin Communications and SocialRadius and has led global PR campaigns for technology companies for more than 20 years.
In her role at Transform, Xenia has overseen PR campaigns for many of the agency’s 100+ blockchain and fintech clients, including Kraken, Augur, Bancor, Gyft, Lisk, Payment Data Systems, Qtum, Rivetz, SALT Lending, SafeCash, ShapeShift, Syscoin, Swarm and WAX Token.
Xenia is fluent in German and French, and conversational in Spanish. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Paris. Full disclosure: Xenia holds cryptocurrency.
Kim has over 15 years of experience in the public and private sectors. During her time in the public sector, Kim worked for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) in Washington, DC. Kim served as a law enforcement liaison for 314(a) investigations, managed the 314(b) program, and assisted financial institutions with complex inquiries related to regulatory and reporting requirements.
Kim also worked for various high profile financial institutions in the private sector such as US Bank, Western Union, and OppenheimerFunds. Kim held various first line and second line of defense roles that combated money laundering and mitigated risk.
Jim is an experienced leader who enjoys building teams and helping businesses deliver new data solutions, services, products, and applications using new technologies. His prior experience includes serving as an IT Director, Enterprise & Data architect, Product Manager, IT Project Manager, and Consultant for organizations like Fidelity, Citizens Bank, and IBM.
Jim served as the blockchain consultant for the Self Sovereign Identity solution using Hyperledger Indy and Aries for the state of Rhode Island. He leads the Hyperledger Public Sector SIG and is a Member of the Expert Panel at EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum researching blockchain solutions and technologies.