ACT Treasury Network Scotland

17 April 2019 | Scotland, United Kingdom
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We are pleased to invite you to the next ACT Scotland Regional Group meeting on Blockchain - Theory, Practice and Applications for Treasurers.

Meeting Overview

Blockchain is one of the buzz words of the moment, with great claims made for its potentially revolutionary impact on all aspects of the economy, not to mention its role in underpinning various crypto economies (and currencies). There is, however, little general understanding of what blockchain represents and why (or if) it should be regarded as an inevitable part of the financial system. This session aims to demystify blockchain, explaining the principles which underpin it, exploring areas where it may have practical application and examining financial products of everyday relevance to Treasurers where it is already being deployed.



Dr Jasmina Lazic, Chief Data Technologist, Bayes Centre, University of Edinburgh - leads, facilitates and enables the commercial adoption of state-of-the-art data science and technology developed at the University of Edinburgh. As a Chief Data Technologist at the Bayes Centre, the University of Edinburgh’s innovation hub in data science and artificial intelligence, Jasmina works with academic and commercial partners to grow and deliver data science and technology expertise across a wide range of industries. Jasmina holds a PhD in Mathematics from Brunel University, UK, and BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from University of Belgrade in Serbia. University of Edinburgh School of Informatics is a world-leading institution in information, cognition and computing research and teaching. Together with the Bayes Centre, the School is co-hosting a blockchain lab to provide a direct connection between developers and researchers. Our Blockchain Lab is interdisciplinary, with areas spanning from cryptography and computer science, to economics, game theory, regulation and compliance, business, and law.

Khushnama Davar, Director, Global Product Management, HSBC - leads the Digital Initiatives - DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology, eg blockchain), Third Party Platforms, Fintech Engagements - in the global Product & Propositions Team in Global Trade & Receivables Finance at HSBC. She has a rich experience spanning 25+ years in Transaction Banking spanning across Citibank, Deutsche Bank and SCB/ANZ Grindlays Bank and is uniquely placed to offer a perspective based on her experience across different organizations and roles/experiences. She is passionate about harnessing technology to deliver a fantastic Customer Experience and facilitating provocative conversations with individuals and teams around persistence, adding value, relationships, technology and making it happen! She holds a Masters in Banking & Finance from the University of Mumbai, is a Graduate of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountant and a Fellow of the Indian Bankers Association.


All members and students are welcome. Non-members are also welcome to attend so please feel free to invite colleagues from your respective organisations. The meeting will be held under Chatham House rules, as usual, to allow attendees to benefit from as much insight as possible from participants. To book a place at this event please email Zoe Norris at

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