Sandra Ro
CEO, Global Blockchain Business Council

Sandra was named in the Innovate Finance, Women in Fintech 2016 Power List and holds directorships on several industry boards as well as advises and invests in emerging tech start-ups across blockchain, robotics, digital assets, IoT, VR/AR. She was appointed to CEO of the Global Blockchain Business Council in March 2018 from founding Board member, focusing on blockchain education, advocacy & partnership across over 40 countries. In addition, she serves on the US Department of State Speakers Bureau for blockchain / security, the EU Blockchain Observatory & Forum, Use Cases & Transition Scenarios Working Group, as well as on the Global Blockchain Policy Council (GBPC, founded by South Korea bipartisan Congresspeople).

Previously, she served as a former Treasurer and founding board director of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) and founding member of the Post Trade Distributed Ledger Group (PTDL), founding member of Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger.  Sandra was also the former Executive Director, Head of Digitization,CME Group, where she was responsible for the company’s digital asset and blockchain/distributed ledger technology (DLT) initiatives, including Bitcoin futures & index pricing products. Previously as Executive Director, Head of Foreign Exchange (FX) & Metals Research and Product Development, she was responsible for the global development, CME Group FX & metals solutions within listed and cleared OTC products.

Prior to joining CME Group in 2011, Ro led the EMEA M&A FX and interest rates derivatives advisory group at Morgan Stanley, London and worked at Deutsche Bank as a FX structurer on the London trading floor. Ro holds a M.B.A. in Finance from London Business School, studied Computer Science at Columbia University, School of Continuing Studies and earned a double B.A.Degree in History and Studies in the Environment from Yale University, specializing in the proliferation of chemical and biological weaponry in the 20th century.

She is focused on helping to solve real world problems, particularly of those most excluded and vulnerable, by creating opportunities for tech, financial resources, academia, policy decision makers & entrepreneurs to come together and develop workable solutions for a better society.