Sterling Global expert to address GB cryptocurrency conference
Sterling Global Financial’s Brandon Caruana is the latest addition to the inaugural Bahamas Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference line-up.
Designed to attract investors, entrepreneurs, service providers and tech companies from across the globe, the three-day conference slated to run at the Grand Lucayan Resort in Grand Bahama from June 20-22 features an array of visionary local and international keynote and panel speakers.
Hundreds of attendees are expected to break new ground related to investment opportunities, developing companies and building business relationships centered upon blockchain technology – an electronic cash system of which Bitcoin is the most widely known.
“I’m excited to speak at the conference. I think there is a huge opportunity for The Bahamas to embrace this new architecture of money,” said Caruana, a Cayman-based digital currency expert who was a featured speaker at a recent Bahamas Financial Services Board seminar.
At the time, he urged the nation to take the lead in blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, technological innovations expected to impact every level of commerce that currently requires a trusted third party to validate and execute transactions.
Caruana has a history of identifying trends ahead of the market. He predicted that start-ups would turn away from initial public offerings (IPOs), embracing initial coin offerings (ICOs) instead.
Now, with a growing number of start-ups launching their own ICOs, Caruana said regulators around the world have begun to take notice.
“The technology hub the government is building in Freeport is a great venue for the jurisdiction and the region, given the country’s proximity to the U.S. market and its sovereignty,” the information technology expert said today.
A panel speaker, Caruana will contribute to the “Why Invest” session at 3 p.m. on opening day, June 20.
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis is scheduled to open the conference.
Some of the topics to be discussed include: ‘The technology sector of The Bahamas is open for business’; ‘Why should we invest in The Bahamas’; ‘A global perspective on regulatory framework for cryptocurrency and ICOs’; and ‘What does the future look like for blockchain, cryptocurrency and FinTech Solutions’.
Caruana, a software developer, has over 15 years of experience in developing and managing the successful rollout of complex technology that improves operations, reduces costs and fosters employee collaboration.
Recognized as a driving force for corporate innovation, Caruana is known for building bridges between technology and business divisions to eliminate miscommunication, improve understanding and cooperation and drive project results.
He managed the development of a multimillion-dollar portal that allowed clients and administrators to manage banking, brokerage and custody business-line service at Sterling Financial Group, a division of Sterling Global Financial Limited – a financial firm with more than USD$10 billion in assets under administration or management.
With offices in the Cayman Islands, Canada and The Bahamas, Sterling offers a comprehensive range of private banking, real estate investments, corporate services, trust services and directorship services to their clients, in addition to crypto-asset custody services.
Sterling Global Financial includes Sterling Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., Sterling Global Financial Advisory Services and its real estate investment fund, Sterling Mortgage Income Fund. It operates one of the oldest trust companies in the Cayman Islands and recently created Sterling Hurricane Hole as a separate entity to create a $250 million mixed-use development on Paradise Island.