Speakers for Istanbul Blockchain Week’s highly-anticipated blockchain event Istanblock 2020, which will be held on April 9-10, have been announced, and attendees can look forward to some big hitters from the world of blockchain and crypto taking to the stage.

Roger Ver, Executive Chairman of Bitcoin.com will be speaking at the event, and he will be joined by a huge range of thought leaders and luminaries, including Da Hongfei, Founder of NEO, Alex Mashinsky, Founder of the Celsius Network, DP Suresh, VP of Engineering at Yahoo, and Ben Zhou, CEO and founder of crypto exchange Bybit, plus many more.

With major speakers from Turkey and internationally being added to the attendee list,  participants will be in a prime position to find out about the current state of crypto and blockchain, and what the next 12 months and beyond have in store for the nascent investment space.

Erhan Korhaliller, Founder and CEO of crypto PR agency EAK Digital, and the organiser of the event said he was hosting the event in order to raise awareness of Turkish blockchain projects globally. He said:

“We’re delighted to announce our first set of exciting speakers today and bring some of the biggest names in blockchain and cryptocurrency to Turkey for the first time.”

“In the days and weeks ahead we will have even more exciting announcements as more household projects and individuals sign up to be part of Istanbul Blockchain Week.

“What is clear is that this event has ignited the imaginations of Turkish blockchain businesses and entrepreneurs, who are now realising the potential their country has to take a decisive lead in the way blockchain will shape the world over the coming years.

“Already, so many people in Turkey are familiar with crypto. What this event will do is catapult that enthusiasm and energy onto the world stage. It’s going to be exciting.”

Istanblock will be the crowning event of Istanbul Blockchain Week that runs from April 6-10, and will see dozens of events taking place across the city.

Istanblock will be held at the prestigious Hilton Bomonti Hotel, and more than 2,000 guests are expected to attend, to network, chat, build business and develop long-lasting partnerships, as well as listening to the exciting line-up of speakers.

Speakers announced today, include:

  • Roger Ver (Executive Chairman, Bitcoin.com)
  • Alex Mashinsky (Founder, Celsius Network)
  • Da Hongfei (Founder, NEO)
  • Gustavo Arentoft (Business Development (Europe), MakerDAO)
  • Ben Zhou (CEO, Bybit)
  • Alexandre Kech (CEO - Onchain Custodian)
  • DP Suresh (VP Engineering, Yahoo)
  • Sinan Koc (CEO of BiLira)
  • Burcak Unsal (Managing Partner - Ünsal Law Firm)

IstanBlock 2020 provides projects with an exciting opportunity to build a presence in the new hotbed for cryptocurrency. For Turkish projects, the event will help them build strategic partnerships with leading international projects, provide global media exposure and create jobs for the Turkish community.

The agenda for the event will cover key hot topics facing the industry, including DeFi, Derivatives, Regulation, Gaming and investing.


The early bird ticket discount has been extended until January 30, with prices starting at £250 for guests travelling from outside of Turkey. After the discount period, the price of tickets will rise.

In order to ensure the event is of maximum benefit for Turkish nationals, they will benefit from hugely discounted tickets, with prices starting at just £30.

Tickets can be bought using fiat or a range of leading cryptocurrencies, for more information visit: www.istanbulblockchainweek.com

Turkey - The Global Leader in Cryptocurrency

Turkey has a strong relationship with cryptocurrencies, with a recent survey by ING finding Turks were playing a huge role in driving the adoption of cryptocurrencies, and its underlying blockchain technology.

A second survey showed 20 percent of the population used or owned cryptocurrency.