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Academia & Education

Dr. Almudena de la Mata

Founder and Managing Partner, Blockchain Intelligence Law Institute



Almudena de la Mata is Founder and Managing Partner of Blockchain Intelligence and President of the Blockchain Intelligence Law Institute (BILI). BILI is the first and leading blockchain think and action tank that brings together regulators, lawyers, compliance officers, businesses and civil society to foster the sustainaible development of blockchain technology for social good. It is also the leading training center for lawyers, regulators and compliance in technology.

Almudena holds a PhD from the University of Hamburg, Max-Planck-Institut, BA of Law and business law from ICADE, Business Executive by HEC, Certified Capital Markets, Regulation and Compliance, University of Reading, Certified Coach, RCS London and NLP Practitioner. She speaks five languages.

Almudena has also been a scientific researcher at the Max Planck Institute (Hamburg) and the Center for European Policy Studies-CEPS in Brussels where she was Head of the European Credit Research Institute. University professor, visiting lecturer, and key note speaker since 2000. Specifically Blockchain Lecturer in Blockchain Intelligence Law Institute, the Spanish National Bar, EOI Ministery of Economy, IE University, ESADE University and visiting professor/key note speaker on Blockchain in several events, congresses and universities (San Pablo CEU, Universidad Pontificia Comillas-ICADE, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, among others).

She has supported the growth and internationalization of more than 500 startups through different European acceleration programs and is an ecosystem builder.

Contribution to Legal Tech

Almudena has built an essential bridge between technology and law. She has created a unique ecosystem where lawyers (and regulators) meet techies and businesses in order to understand the risks and opportunities of technology with the ultimate goal to bring value to society. She has created open spaces for solid, critical and constructive dialogue and reflexion.
She uses collaborative tools and methodologies in her Labs.

Almudena has created the first and leading traning in Blockchain for lawyers and compliance officers. In her view this was a condition sine qua non to unleash the full potential of the blockchain technology.
She has developed with success a full palet of tools to open up the public administration to innovative products and visions.

As a University Professor since 2000 (Humboldt University, Hamburg University, EOI-Ministery of Economy and IE University) she has created the first Blockchain Certified Course Legal & Compliance Expert in Blockchain, Smart Contracts, Tokenization and STOs (currently on its 15th edition).

She has been appointed member of the Royal Academy for Jurisprudence and Legislation and Blockchain Expert at “Los 100 de COTEC” by the Foundation COTEC for Innovation; Academic Advisory Board of INATBA and Editorial Board of the British Blockchain Association.

Other Nominees

Professional Services

Kerry Westland

Head of Innovation & Legal Technology, Addelshaw Goddard