Candace Kelly

Candace Kelly is the Chief Legal Officer of the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF), a non-profit organization that supports the development and growth of Stellar, an open-source network that connects the world's financial infrastructure. She leads SDF’s legal team, that is responsible for all of SDF’s legal affairs and the policy team that is focused on bridging the gap between the public and private sectors, fostering dialogue and growing partnerships with global regulators and policymakers. Prior to joining SDF, Candace worked for Uber Technologies, Inc., where she held a variety of positions, helping to navigate the company’s response to regulatory investigations and advising on safety, security, privacy, consumer protection, and law enforcement response. Candace brings her vast legal experience to SDF, most notably her 17 year career at the United States Department of Justice, where she held positions as a legal and policy advisor on national security, criminal, and civil rights issues in leadership offices in Washington D.C. and as a prosecutor in the Northern District of California.
Wednesday, October 12
3:10 pm - 3:40 pm

Regulation: crypto killer, or the key to its future?

Is crypto a commodity, security, or something else? Is crypto an opportunity for financial inclusion or a scam full of consumer abuse? Can regulation truly balance innovation and consumer protections? These are some of the questions facing regulators and policymakers right now. So how do they think about these questions, what challenges do they see, and how will they weigh the pros and cons? Only time will tell, and only then will we know whether regulation will derail or unlock the future of crypto.

Wednesday, October 12
4:00 pm - 4:40 pm

Creating a Digital Identity: Addressing other barriers to financial inclusion

The World Bank has released a new report that shows improvements have been made in the total unbanked population (down to 1.4 billion), but calls out that access and adoption require other important steps, like identity and infrastructure. What decentralized identity solutions are needed to allow more users access to digital financial solutions? How do we build to reach more of the under and unbanked?

Tuesday, October 11
2:55 pm - 3:35 pm

Custodial vs. Non-Custodial Wallets

“Not your keys, not your coins.” We all know the refrain, and at some point, we all have to make a choice. For many, the draw of crypto is that we are free to decide for ourselves. So what are the merits of each, and how do they impact users with different needs? What are the considerations related to driving broader adoption, and for crypto to live up to its promise of decentralized finance and ownership? Join leading experts from industry and academia to discuss.