Top 10 Women in Crypto 2021


Bitcoin — No Longer A Boys Club

Is crypto finally giving women and disenfranchised individuals a chance? The answer is not simply black or white, however, one thing remains clear; blockchain technology has the potential to help disadvantaged people through the decentralized network and transparency of the interactions. It can empower individuals, specifically women, to participate in the creation of this new technology without the threat of third-party intermediaries.

Here are the top 10 influential women in crypto in 2021

With over 10 years of experience working in the financials sector, Noelle is well versed in corporate finance, fund management, and cryptocurrency. Since 2013, she has dedicated her efforts to writing and speaking about the potential impact of Blockchain technology and crypto.

2. Catherine Coley, CEO of Binance.US

As the CEO of Binance.US, Catherine leads the United States divisions of the largest global cryptocurrency Exchange. She started her career as a Foreign Exchange Analyst in Hong Kong and later in London at Morgan Stanley. Coley also held the position as Head of XRP Institutional Liquidity on the XRP Markets Team at Ripple. Coley has experienced the gender disparity in finance for her entire career leading her to co-found WAM: Women and Money. Women and Money was created as a non-profit to help women build their resiliency and skills related to money and to take control of their finances and reshape their financial future

3. Catherine Wood, CEO and CIO of Arc Investment Management

Catherine has over 40 years of experience in identifying and investing in innovation. She founded ARC to focus on disruptive innovation while also adding new dimensions to research. In 2018, Catherine launched Duddy Innovation Institute to offer learning opportunities to women eager to step outside the confines of traditional learning and influence a new way of learning. The Institute’s flagship course is Disruptive Innovation.

4. Linda Lacewell, Superintendent of the NYDFS

As the superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services, Linda oversees the regulation of fintech entities including cryptocurrency exchanges. Linda is known for her efforts to advance the cryptocurrency and blockchain sector in the United States. Unlike the superintendents that came before her, Lacewell is prepared to work along the grain of crypto, rather than against it.

5. Amiti Uttarwar, Bitcoin Core Contributor

Amiti is the very first confirmed female Bitcoin developer determined to diversify the Bitcoin community. When Amiti began working as the first female Bitcoin developer in 2018, she quickly realized the gender and race imbalance in the space. Amiti has become internationally recognised not only for her technical ability but her dedication to building a better, more inclusive future for bitcoin.

6. Elizabeth Kukka, Executive Director of Ethereum Classic Labs

As the executive director of Ethereum Classic Labs, a Member of the Board of Advisors at Matrix Exchange and Principate at Digital Finance Group, Liz brings a vast array of financial knowledge to the table. At ECL Labs, Liz oversees the accelerator program for blockchain and cryptocurrency startups. She is passionate about addressing the issue of financial inclusion and believes blockchain technology can be used to solve this issue.

7. Christine Lomazzo, Blockchain Lead UNICEF

Christine is UNICEF’s Blockchain Lead, overseeing blockchain and cryptocurrency initiatives. Her team supports projects such as the UNICEF CryptoFund. She is also a public speaker and recently has been addressing the hype and hope of blockchain and the use of cryptocurrency for social good. Prior to joining UNICEF, Christina worked at Deloitte where she supported various levels of government in Canada who were exploring blockchain.

8. Laura Shin, Host of UnChained

Laura is a long-time journalist best known for her coverage of the cryptocurrency and blockchain space. After working as a senior editor at Forbes, Chin decided to pivot her focus launching the podcasts Unchained and Unconfirmed. Both podcasts focus on providing education and information on crypto-related issues and trends. In addition to her podcasts, Shin will be releasing a book about the history of cryptocurrency and it’s establishment as a recognized asset class. Shin has dedicated her career to educating others on the potentials and downfalls of cryptocurrency.

9. Meltem Demirors, Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares

As the CSO at CoinShares, Meltem serves as a trusted partner and advisor to investors and entrepreneurs navigating the digital asset ecosystem. Meltem is also a founding member and co-chair of the World Economic Forum Cryptocurrency Council. She has been internationally recognized for her personal contributions to the industry and serves as an advocate for individuals struggling to navigate the space. Demiror highlights blockchain-driven women in her medium account leader series.

10. Kathleen Breitman, CEO of Dynamic Ledger Solutions

Kathleen is the CEO of Dynamic Ledger Solutions as well as the co-founder of Tezos. With years of experience under her belt related to smart contracts and decentralized application with on-chain governance, she has proven to be a powerhouse in the fintech field. As an avid public speaker, Kathleen uses her platform to share the potential of blockchain with anyone curious and interested in getting involved.

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