The Virtues of Cryptocurrencies

The value that traditional aid and charitable organizations can provide is all too often diminished by the weight of their financial systems, deeply rooted in the very nature of their organization. Trust, high costs of administration, transaction fees… deter people from engaging these organisations. Meet cryptocurrencies: these decentralised digital currencies offer far more opportunities and directly touch the lives of people around the world, frictionlessly and with no need for intermediaries.

Lorien, as South Africa’s foremost blockchain expert, has been invited around the world to speak on digital currencies and their benefits for emerging economies. He has addressed the IMF, World Bank, FBI, Commonwealth Secretariat, South African Reserve Bank and a host of banking professionals, attorney generals and professionals throughout the world. He developed the world’s first blockchain prepayment solution for smart grids, and is currently working on a crowdfunding platform which allows foreign donation of electricity to needy African schools.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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How Cryptocurrencies will make the world a better place – Lausanne, Switzerland 2017

Lorien Gamaroff talks about how cryptocurrencies allow us to directly touch the lives of people around the world and the advantages they offer for those who want to make a difference in a small way.

The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne is a research institute/university in Lausanne, Switzerland, that specialises in physical sciences and engineering.

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Event Horizon Energy Blockchain Conference – Vienna 2017

From 14 to 15 February EventHorizon 2017 brought together 550 international first movers and thought leaders from the energy as well as the Blockchain sector in the Hofburg Vienna – and imperial conference and event centre, where for over 700 years, both past and modern history have been written within its walls – to discuss and develop the energy solutions for the future.

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What’s next for the other two Bitcoin ETFs – Business Day TV

Lorien Gamaroff, Founder of Bankymoon, discusses the setback dealt to virtual currency Bitcoin by the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s decision not to allow an exchange-traded fund comprising Bitcoins.

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Keiser Report – Beware the Ides of March E890

In this episode of the Keiser Report Max and Stacy look at the dangers hidden in the Ides of March and the S&P 500’s rounded top. As markets send out bad omens, one of the world’s largest reinsurance companies buys gold to protect itself from negative interest rates. Will the retail investor be far behind?

In the second half Max interviews Lorien Gamaroff of about cryptocurrency in South Africa where up to 80% of the population has no access to financial services.

They also discuss crowdfunding schools in Soweto.

Lorien Gamaroff discusses Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies on Winslyn

Winslyn discusses Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies with Lorien Gamaroff, CEO of Bankymoon. September 2017

If Bitcoin is a victim of its own success, blockchain is the enabler

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In order to function, bitcoin relies on a technology called “”blockchain”. This is essentially a shared ledger in which all transactions are recorded and protected by powerful encryption which prevents anyone from making fraudulent changes. On this episode of the MoneyMakers, Bruce Whitfield is joined by Lorien Gamaroff, CEO of Bankymoon on the implications for blockchain with the new ceiling on transaction volumes which has been set out on Bitcoin.

African FinTech Awards 2016 – Bankymoon CEO Lorien Gamaroff

Published on Oct 25, 2016

This African FinTech Awards presentation is presented by Lorien Gamaroff CEO from Bankymoon in Category Blockchain & Bitcoin at the Finance Indaba on 13 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

The African FinTech Awards forms an integrated part of Finance Indaba Africa. Finance Indaba Africa is the largest conference and expo for finance professionals on the continent. Find out more on

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Lorien Gamaroff – Smart Grids and the Blockchain – Bitcoin’s first killer App

Published on Jul 15, 2015

Bitcoin Africa Conference 2015

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The Bitcoin Wood for the Blockchain Trees – Lorien Gamaroff

A talk highlighting Bitcoin as the real revolution in Blockchain. Delivered to the Association of Corporate Treasurers of South Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 2017

South African Reserve Bank – Bitcoin and Blockchain Presentation 2016

Presentation to the South African Reserve Bank on Bitcoin and Blockchain.

Cryptocurrencies will lead to widespread disruption – Steemit Saturday – Lorien Gamaroff

Lorien Gamaroff speaking at the first Steemit Saturday conference in Johannesburg, South Africa – October 2016.

Blockchain will not be used by existing organisations but will create completely new, decentralised versions of them.

The disruption it promises will be widespread and unexpected.

The Promise of Blockchain – Lorien Gamaroff

A talk delivered to the Association of Corporate Treasurers of South Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 2017

Bitcoin – Beyond the Hype – South African Reserve Bank

A presentation to the South African Reserve Bank on Bitcoin

Bitcoin Powered Social Crowdfunding for Needy African Schools introduces Usizo – An innovative crowdfunding platform where foreign donors can directly supply needy African schools with electricity.

SA’s Top Disruptive Game Changers

AlphaCode hosted an exclusive dinner with four of South Africa’s top game changers. On the panel we have AlphaCode members Ryan Cohen, Co-founder of SME financing startup Merchant Capital and blockchain guru Lorien Gamaroff CEO of Bankymoon. They will be joined by Anish Shivdasani, founder of disruptive recruitment company Giraffe, the recent winner of Seedstars World Summit and Gareth Cliff founder of