The first edition of the "Convergence" congress brings together the worldwide community of technology start-ups, corporations, regulators and policy makers, researchers and venture capital firms for a 3-day event. The congress gives attendees a chance to develop new networks, hear from experts, and learn how to meet the challenges of blockchain to business and society head on. Join the event and shape the global blockchain debate!

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Event details

When?  From 11 to 13 November 2019

Where? Malaga, Spain




The speakers at Convergence will provide a broad range of expertise - the first set of speakers includes:

  • Roberto Viola, Director-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission
  • Olivier Guersent, Director-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission
  • Egil Levits, President of Latvia, former Judge of the European Court of Justice
  • Eva Kaili, Member of the European Parliament
  • Denis Robitaille, World Bank Group Vice President, Information and Technology Solutions, and WBG Chief Information Officer
  • Richard Williams, Managing Director and CIO, EBRD
  • Enrique Factor Santoveña, Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD)
  • Haroldo Jayme Martins Froés Cruz, CTO, Banco Central do Brasil
  • Masanori Kusunoki, CTO, Head of Technology and Design Division, Japan Digital Design, Inc., Executive Advisor to Government CIO of Japan 
  • Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Chair of the Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence Taskforce, Government of Kenya
  • Sheila Warren, Head of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum
  • Jekaterina Govina, Head of Innovation and FinTech, Bank of Lithuania
  • Núria Ávalos, Director of Blockchain, RPA and Digital Experimentation, Repsol
  • Christoph Steck, Director Public Policy and Internet, Telefónica
  • Ken Timsit, Managing Director, ConsenSys
  • Stefan Junestrand, CEO, Grupo Tecma Red


A wide range of global organisations, companies, governments, blockchain startups and organisations and universities have confirmed their participation at Convergence. Among them are:

  • Central Banks: European Central Bank, Central Bank of Brazil, Bank of Lithuania, Spanish Central Bank.
  • Regulators: European Data Protection Board, Autorité des Marchés Financiers France, Japanese Financial Services Authority, Spanish Data Protection Agency
  • Key European Organisations: European Commission, European Parliament, European Economic and Social Committee, the EU Blockchain Partnership (EBP), which includes representatives working on blockchain from all EU Member States as well as Norway and Liechtenstein
  • Governments: All EU Member States will be represented through the EBP; and by individual representatives of the governments of Brazil and Kenya
  • Blockchain Companies and Organisations: ConsenSys, IOTA, IBM, uPort, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance 
  • Corporations: Telefónica, Repsol, Everis/NTT
  • International Organisations: World Bank, World Economic Forum
  • International Standards Bodies: IEEE, ISO (TC 307), ITU
  • Associations: IoT Congress, IASP (International Association of Science Parks)
  • Academia: University of Málaga, University of South Korea, Frankfurt School Blockchain Center

More speakers and organisations, as well as sponsors, will be announced in the coming weeks. Up-to-date information on the agenda and participants can be found on the event website.

About the organisers


On 3 April 2019, the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) celebrated its global launch in Brussels in the presence of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel and Director-General Roberto Viola. Since April, the association has grown from 105 to almost 150 members. Numerous governments and international organisations have asked for affiliation as advisors to INATBA’s Governmental Advisory Board.


Alastria is a public permissioned blockchain platform in Spain that supports interoperability with various DLT technologies.

The EU Blockchain and Observatory is an EU-funded initiative regrouping different experts and stakeholders, which organises regular events, workshops and reports around blockchain and other DLT innovation. 

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