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Hedera's Chief of Staff and CFO Discuss the Importance of Blockchain and the Freedom It Provides

Regulation, innovation, and the government's role in blockchain. Will decentralized finance empower financial inclusion?

March 15, 2023

On this week’s show, Kamz is joined by Hedera leadership, Nilmini Rubin,chief of staff and head of global policy at Hedera, and Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Betsabe Botaitis.

Nilmini Rubin is the chief of staff and head of global policy for Hedera. Previously, she worked on the global policy team at Meta, and before that, Nilmini headed Tetra Tech’s global team, implementing energy and internet projects that resulted in millions of people gaining access to electricity for the first time.

For 12 years, she served as a senior aide on both the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she spearheaded the passage of legislation to provide electricity access in Africa, increase global internet access, reduce corruption through transparency, and reform U.S. foreign assistance.

She is an adviser to the Women's Democracy Network and the Energy Growth Hub, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Academy of the Global Teacher Prize, and the International Mindfulness Teachers Association.

Betsabe Botaitis is the newly appointed treasurer and chief financial officer at Hedera. She was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. During the Mexican peso crisis in the 1990s. The crisis left many families in financial ruin, and after witnessing her family being negatively impacted, she enrolled in a six-month course to become a bank teller at 14-years old.

Betsabe began her career as a bank teller at Citibank at the age of 15 and rose through the ranks, growing more interested in fintech and financial inclusion as her career progressed. She has since held senior positions at companies like Citigroup, and Lending Club.

Botaitis is a member of Hipower, a network of executive women leaders in Silicon Valley, and she was recently awarded Nasdaq’s top honor at the annual Latina Disruptors Event. Above all, she is a passionate advocate for economic equality, who has been working in blockchain since 2016.

On this incredible panel, we discuss:

💡What Hedera brings to the Web3 ecosystem

👩‍⚖️The evolving regulatory environment for cryptocurrencies and blockchain

🏛️The government's role in shaping the future of blockchain and cryptocurrency

🫰How decentralized finance can make future and existing financial products more accessible

🧘🏽‍♀️We end with a two-minute mindfulness exercise! :)

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This episode was produced and edited by Michele Musso with executive producer Jared Schwartz. Our theme song is ‘Twennysomething’ by Daniele Musto. Other music used is ‘Mind and Soul’ by Stefano Vita and ‘Electrolove’ by Lunareh.

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