In March of 2020 Bitcoin demonstrated
it was a poor hedge compared to gold. Institutions are dabbling, but
what does Bitcoin have to accomplish before it’s considered a sound
mainstream investment? Is it just another speculative investment to be
avoided or is there real sustaining value? Join us for a lively
discussion as our expert panelists will debate the future of Bitcoin and
its investability. Then weigh in on the debate yourself in our breakout
Nik Bhatia, CFA | Nik
Bhatia is a financial researcher, CFA charterholder, and Adjunct
Professor of Finance and Business Economics at the University of
Southern California Marshall School of Business where he teaches Applied
Finance in Fixed Income Securities.
Previously, Nik worked the US Treasuries trading desk for a large
institutional asset manager and has extensive trading experience in
money markets and interest rate futures. After starting his teaching
career, Nik felt the urge to bring his research on both the
international monetary system and Bitcoin together as one to write
Layered Money: From Gold and Dollars to Bitcoin and Central Bank Digital
Currencies. He has a BA in Social Sciences from University of Southern
California and a Master in Finance from IE Business School in Madrid,
Spain. Nik lives in Los Angeles, CA with his wife and young daughter.
Lawrence Johnson | Lawrence
leads Morningstar’s global financial technology outreach initiatives.
He is working to strengthen the firm’s leadership role with world-class
emerging growth companies and organizations fostering innovation in
software, data management, business intelligence and user experience in
the financial services sector.
Lawrence is a member of the Fintech Advisory Board of the Fubon Center
for Technology, Business, and Innovation - NYU Stern School of Business,
and the Board of Directors of iD-Lab. Lawrence moderated and served on
panels at London Fintech Week, Fintech Week Chicago, IBM Think 2018,
CryptoCon 2018, Morningstar Investment Conference MIC 2018, 2nd
International Blockchain Congress, Intellisight (CFA Society), the
Asset/WealthTech Advisory, and the Digital Asset Summit.
Lawrence has a track record of leading emerging growth companies to
successful exits, including RightPond (acquired by Morningstar), a
Fintech company using machine learning to harvest unstructured financial
data. He was a co-founder of yellowpages.com (acquired by AT&T),
and director of CLRS Technologies (acquired by Solta Medical -
Before his entrepreneurial endeavors, Johnson practiced law in the area
of securities and technology law. He began his career at IBM.
Lawrence holds a commerce degree from McGill University and a law degree
from the Université de Montréal. He is a member in good standing of the
Krishna K. Memani | Previous
to serving as the CIO at Lafayette College, Memani joined Invesco as
vice president of investments when the firm combined with
OppenheimerFunds in 2019. Before joining OppenheimerFunds in 2009, he
was a managing director at Deutsche Bank, heading U.S. and European
credit analysis. Earlier, Memani headed global credit research at Credit
Suisse, was in charge of high-grade and high-yield portfolios at Putnam
Investments, and was the fixed income strategist and manager of
mortgage research at Morgan Stanley. He began his career as a research
analyst at Morgan Stanley and Price Waterhouse.
At Lafayette, Memani will manage an endowment of more than $850 million,
which ranks among the top 10 percent of American colleges and
universities in endowment per student.