Conference 2017

“Reimagining Capitalism” aims to rethink what capitalism means in today’s modern society.

Featuring talks by Oliver Hart (2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics) and Andrew Bernstein (philosopher and writer of The Capitalist Manifesto), these speakers debate “Companies Should Maximize Shareholder Welfare Not Market Value”


With panels covering:
- Inclusive FinTech: How Can Technology Be Used to Empower the Bottom of the Pyramid?
- What are the Financial and Social Implications of Blockchain Technology?
- Is there a Moral Basis for Capitalism?

Keynote Speakers

Oliver Hart, Nobel Economist

Oliver Hart

Hart earned his BA in mathematics at King's College, Cambridge in 1969, his MA in economics at the University of Warwick in 1972, and his PhD in economics at Princeton University in 1974. In 2016, Hart won the Nobel Prize in Economics with Bengt Holmström for their work on contract theory, the theory of the firm, corporate finance, and law and economics. His research centers on the roles that ownership structure and contractual arrangements play in the governance and boundaries of corporations.

Adnrew Bernstein - CapitOx Conference Speaker on Investment Markets

Andrew Bernstein

Andrew Bernstein holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. His areas of expertise include the history of capitalism and its moral superiority to other systems, and application of the principle of individual rights to a broad array of topical issues, including health care, abortion, gun ownership, immigration, and the war on drugs. He is the author of "The Capitalist Manifesto: The Historic, Economic, and Philosophic Case for Laissez-Faire", and "Capitalist Solutions: A Philosophy of American Moral Dilemmas".

Panel 1 - Inclusive FinTech: How Can Technology Be Used To Empower The Bottom Of The Pyramid?

Sam Mendelson - Moderator on the Accessible Finance Panel

Sam Mendelson

Sam Mendelson, the moderator for this panel, heads up the Knowledge team at Arc Finance - an international NGO testing business models for end-user finance for Distributed Renewable Energy. He is also a consultant for the European Microfinance Platform, including as the lead author of the last two European Dialogue papers.

Gaia Fasso - Entrepreneur, Accelerator, Academic and Business Leader

Gaia Fasso

Gaia is a Head of the Anthemis Institute and works in collaboration with entrepreneurs, academics, business leaders and visionaries to rethink the role of innovation and social impact in Financial Services. Previously Gaia worked at UnLtd, the UK Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, where she helped design and run the accelerator program Fast Growth.

Virraj Jatania - Pockit CEO, Philosophy of Inclusive Banking

Virraj Jatania

Virraj is the founder & CEO of Pockit, a financial services provider to unbanked and financially underserved consumers. Customers get an account, a debit card and an app from which they can manage their money and make domestic & international payments. Virraj’s mission at Pockit is to build the world’s most inclusive bank.

Maude Massu

Maude Massu is an international development and inclusive finance specialist. She is currently advising an NGO that helps rural communities in Congo and Chad, on the development of their financial inclusion strategy. Early in her career, Maude worked with NGOs and MFIs in Peru and Madagascar developing financial inclusion strategies for the most vulnerable.

Eugine Amusin

Eugene is a Senior Vice President in Citi Inclusive Finance and engages with microfinance institutions, social enterprises, non-profits, multinational companies and investors to structure global banking solutions with a particular focus on enabling low-income communities to access essential products and services.

Dr Srini Sundaram

Dr. Srini Sundaram, Co-founder and Chief Risk Officer of Aire, is an entrepreneur based in London with experience in financial technology, risk and engineering. Coming from a background of living with vulnerable fishermen community in early years of his life, Srini has first hand knowledge about the issues vulnerable communities face due to lack of financial products access and protection.

Panel 2 - Capitalism: A Force For Bad?

Larry Sanders, Green Party Leader Speaking Out against Capitalism at the CapitOx Conference

Larry Sanders

Larry Sanders is currently the Health Spokesperson for the Green Party in England and Wales. As a politician, he has a long history of working for and with social and health care. Among others, he has acted as Co-Chair Oxfordshire Keep our NHS Public, Director of Oxfordshire Carer's Forum and Chair and Legal Advisor to Oxfordshire Community Care Rights.

Rana Mitter - Chair of Capitalism Force For Bad CapitOx Conference
Prof. Rana Mitter FBA Chair

Rana Mitter FBA is a British historian who specialises in the history of Republican China. He has spoken previously at multiple OCFs, as well as regularly presenting on BBC 3 and writing in The Guardian. He is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at the Institute for Chinese Studies at Oxford University, Director of the Dickson Poon China Centre, and Vice-Master of St Cross College.

Kent Deng - Lecturer at LSE has Come for The Reimagining Capitalism Conference in Oxford

Prof. Kent Deng FRHistS

Professor Kent Deng FRHistS, is full professor in Economic History at the London School of Economics. He has published widely in the field of Chinese maritime history and pre-modern trade. His current research concerns the economic history of South-East Asia, focussing on the comparison between China and the West in pre-modern and early modern history and the economic role of the Chinese peasantry.

Panel 3 - What are the financial and social implications of Blockchain technology?

Cécile Baird speaks on the social side of Blockchain

Cécile Baird

Cécile Baird is a founding partner of Blockchain for Good (BC4G) - a think tank which brings together the greatest minds around the world to explore and debate the development of blockchain, for the greater good of humanity, society, economy and our environment. She is currently consulting several blockchain for good startups for and in emerging markets.

Eddy Travia - Blockchain Visionary at CapitOx Oxford

Eddy Travia

Eddy Travia is a pioneer investor in blockchain technology startups and the CEO of Coinsilium, a London-based venture builder, accelerator and investor in early-stage blockchain technology companies. In July 2013, after several years in private equity in Greater China, Eddy co-founded Seedcoin, the world’s first global incubator of digital currency startups.

Alpesh Doshi - Speaker on the Finance of Blockchain

Alpesh Doshi

Alpesh is a globally renowned thought leader in how organisations can transform and future-proof their business using disruptive technologies and business models, particularly around digital, big data & analytics and blockchain. He is focused on innovative thinking and practical strategies to add value for his clients.

Janina Lowisz - Blockchain Influencer

Janina Lowisz

Over the past couple of years, Janina has been popular in the industry as Blockchain Girl, worked as blockchain analyst for major companies and co-founded Bitnation. Today she is also a Top 100 Global Blockchain Influencer, blockchain speaker and model.

Marc Avedissan - Founder of SMart Contract and Blockchain firm Altalix

Marc Avedissan

Marc is the founder and CEO of Altalix, a fintech startup providing payments solutions based on blockchain technology. Marc has over a decade of experience in investment banking and Fintech. Before founding Altalix, Marc was the cofounder and COO of Tramonex, a fintech providing a solution of international payments for corporates.

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