Bitcoin & ESG Conference

CoinShares Research

It's time to talk about Bitcoin's ESG credentials

Investment professionals are beginning to analyse digital asset investments as much as any other asset in their portfolio. So, we designed a half-day virtual event where experts came together to explore how investors might apply ESG considerations to decentralized networks, digital assets and Bitcoin in particular.

On-demand recordings are available below

Thinking about the Environmental Impact of the Bitcoin Network

Christopher Bendiksen


Christopher Bendiksen is the Research Lead at CoinShares, an investment firm that manages hundreds of millions in assets on behalf of a global investor base, and trusted voice in the digital asset ecosystem. He oversees the firm’s research efforts and provides internal and external guidance.

Nic Carter

Castle Island Ventures

Nic is a general partner at Castle Island Ventures, a Cambridge, MA-based venture firm investing in startups in the public blockchain industry, and the cofounder of Coin Metrics, a blockchain analytics firm.

Christopher Langner

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Christopher is the Acting Head of Investment Strategy at First Abu Dhabi Bank, where he has been one of the main drivers of the Bank’s asset allocation strategy since May 2018. Before that, Chris was the Head of Asia for independent research company Risk Event-Driven and Distressed Debt (REDD) in Singapore.

Simon Mott


Simon Mott is currently CMO of Trackinsight, a specialist provider of ETF data, analytics and white-label technology solutions for professional and personal investors. Simon has over 19 years’ experience in marketing across ETFs, asset management and capital markets gained at leaders such as CME Group, FTSE Russell, and London Stock Exchange Group.

Marty Bent

Great American Mining

Marty Bent is the Director of Business Development at Great American Mining, on the Board of Directors at Fortress Blockchain, and founder of the Bitcoin-focused media company.

Understanding the Social Consequences of Bitcoin

Farida Bemba Nabourema

Togolese Civil League

Farida Nabourema is a social activist, a pan africanist, a writer, and a researcher from Togo. She is a cofounder and spokesperson of the Faure Must Go movement and serves as the Togolese Civil League’s executive director, an NGO that works towards advancing democracy, rule of law and equality in Togo.

Meltem Demirors


Meltem Demirors is Chief Strategy Officer of CoinShares, a publicly listed investment firm that manages billions in digital assets on behalf of a global investor base, and is a trusted partner to investors and entrepreneurs navigating the digital asset ecosystem.

Fode Diop


Fodé Diop is an entrepreneur, educator, and self-taught software engineer. He's currently a software engineer at Global Mesh Labs. He’s also building the Bitcoin Developers Academy, which is an affordable global online school that would allow anybody to learn how to build applications on top of the Bitcoin Protocol.

Alex Gladstein

Human Rights Foundation

Alex Gladstein is Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation. He also serves as an advisor to Blockchain Capital, a leading venture firm in the fintech industry. He frequently speaks and writes about why Bitcoin matters for freedom, and co-authored "The Little Bitcoin Book" in 2019.

How to Assess Quality Governance in Crypto?

Chris Blec

DeFi Watch

Chris Blec is the founder of DeFi Watch, an effort to increase transparency in DeFi, and host of the podcast Proof of Decentralization, on which DeFi projects undergo thorough questioning about their levels of decentralization & trustlessness.

Ryan Gentry

Lightning Labs

Ryan holds an MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas. Prior to joining Lightning Labs, he spent two years on the deal team as Lead Analyst for Multicoin Capital.

Brandon Mitchell


Brandon Mitchell heads distribution strategy at CoinShares. At CoinShares, he coordinates the firm’s sales, marketing and research to best serve professional investors in Europe and abroad. He has ten years of experience in the European ETF industry.

Buck Perley

Unchained Capital

Buck is an Austin based full stack software engineer, proficient in business Mandarin. Most recently, Buck has been developing with modern web technologies such as React/Redux, AngularJs, D3, Node/Express, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, and SASS.

Stephanie Gabrielle Betts Pinson

Securities Regulation, Financial Markets, Governance & Sustainability, Women in Banking and Finance

Stephanie re-joined the City within asset management, where she focused on developing governance best practice frameworks with a view to accelerate investment and corporate transitions towards climate resilience and circularity.

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