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Speaker Bio

Edgar Perez is one the world’s few business and technology visionaries who can light up a room with insightful and inspiring business presentations on the impact of new technologies, from 5G to quantum computing and from artificial intelligence and financial technology to the metaverse.


Mr. Perez is author of Knightmare on Wall Street, The Rise and Fall of Knight Capital and the Biggest Risk for Financial Markets (2013), and The Speed Traders, An Insider’s Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing World. He contributes to The New York Times, CGTN and China’s Sina Finance.


Mr. Perez has presented in front of thousands of top executives around the world through keynote speeches and both public and in-house corporate training programs. Mr. Perez has been interviewed on CNN, CGTN, CNBC, FOX BUSINESS, Bloomberg TV, CAN, CNN en Español, Petersburg – Channel 5, Sina Finance, BNN, CCTV China, China Radio International, Bankier.pl, TheStreet.com, Leaderonomics and Channel NewsAsia (CNA).


Mr. Perez was a vice president at Citigroup, a senior consultant at IBM, and a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. Mr. Perez has an undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering from Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Lima, Peru (1994), a Master of Administration from Universidad ESAN, Lima, Peru (1997) and an MBA from Columbia Business School, New York, majoring in Finance and Management (2002).

Keynote Topic #1

Is Web3 the Beginning of a New Internet or a Stroke of Marketing Genius?

Web3 promises a better internet built on the blockchain, the distributed ledger systems that form the basis of cryptocurrencies. Backers promise it will cut out traditional middlemen, letting users transact directly and have a greater stake in the applications they use. Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter, for example, make their money through advertising; yet, they share zero of it.

Users are supposed to be happy with likes! If the sirens’ songs are to be believed, Web3 will bring more power into the hands of end users. Some people have different views though. Is Web3 just really a land grab underway by already powerful people? Is it a dystopian vision of a pay-to-play internet? Is Web3 ultimately a mere rebranding of crypto with the aim of convincing people that blockchains are the natural next phase of computing? Mr. Perez will inspire you as he cuts to the Web3 chase.

Keynote Topic #2

Welcome to the Metaverse: The Next Evolution of the Internet

The Metaverse is where our digital and physical lives will converge. It will include a virtual world interoperating with the physical world where we live, and generate a robust economy that spans entertainment, commerce, education and work, while transforming long-standing industries such as finance, retail, healthcare fitness, and more.

Today, every major company is staking a claim on the Metaverse, from social media giants Meta (formerly Facebook) and Snap to gaming powerhouses Tencent, Microsoft and Epic Games, to hardware providers Nvidia and TSMC. Embrace the possibilities the Metaverse will bring to your organization during this fascinating session with Mr. Edgar Perez.

Keynote Topic #3

Bitcoin is dead. Long live Ethereum and CBDCs

The blockchain has been declared as a big revolution in business technology; it is indeed a game-changer for a global financial system that needs an upgrade. A more exciting development has been the booming rise in speculative cryptocurrencies based on blockchain technology, from Bitcoin to Ether. This surge has attracted a new generation of crypto bulls who see these crypto currencies as the cash of the future.

Meanwhile, central banks and policymakers around the world explore ways to introduce Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). If you buy Bitcoin now, Mr. Edgar Perez says, do it at your own peril. Instead, he explains, it is time to explore the future with Ethereum or other platforms that implement smart contracts; ultimately, let’s be prepared to meet the opportunities and challenges of CBDCs’ widespread deployment around the world.

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  • Joanna Danger
    10/24/2022 at 2:53 pm

    “Thank you again for a great event. I hope we have the chance to work together again in the future.”
    Joanna Danger, Director of Executive Education, Seminarium (Chile)

  • Dr. Nick Colosimo
    08/16/2022 at 5:51 pm

    Excellent intense masterclass to help me brush up on Deep Learning. From applications and models to optimization and Python code, CNNs, RNNs, etc.”
    Dr. Nick Colosimo, Strategy Executive, BAE Systems (United Kingdom)

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  • Rupert Hoogewerf
    06/22/2022 at 7:16 am

    “Edgar’ speech gave us a lot of inspiration. We can see how young entrepreneurs have big dreams. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and ByteDance’s Zhang Yiming really displayed long-term thinking, and now they are the biggest competitors in the world. I enjoyed his speech a lot!”
    Rupert Hoogewerf, Chairman, Hurun Report (China)

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  • Betty Chen
    06/12/2022 at 2:50 pm

    Thank you very much for your strong support of our program at Fudan University. Through a comprehensive review of the latest breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing applied to finance, you have distilled complex and interconnected concepts into unique insights. Our distinguished audience has greatly benefited from your enlightening presentation and the rich discussion you have remarkably inspired. I hope I will have the opportunity to invite you for upcoming exchanges.”
    Betty Chen, Senior Manager, Master of Business Administration in Finance, Fanhai International School of Finance, Fudan University (China)

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  • Rodrigo Ferreira
    05/11/2022 at 11:22 am

    Edgar absolutely exceeded our expectations. He delivered an amazing review of today’s global geopolitical environment. In a very straightforward and illuminating fashion, Edgar synthesized recent developments and future scenarios for our C-level audience hungering and thirsting for the most practical knowledge about China’s recent policies and strategies.”
    Rodrigo Ferreira, Manager, StartSe (Brazil)

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  • David Hawke,
    04/24/2022 at 9:52 am

    We were much honored to host you at our annual conference held at our Washington DC headquarters. The Market Abuse Unit investigates large-scale market abuses and complex manipulation schemes by institutional traders, market professionals and others. As such, we were focused on the discussion of these topics in your book The Speed Traders, copies of which we purchased for each of our unit supervisors. We really appreciated your first-hand impressions of the current trading world as well as your thoughts on how trading practices will evolve in the future.”
    David Hawke, Chief, Market Abuse Unit, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (United States)

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  • Maria Ximena Bejarano
    02/26/2022 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks so much for your incredible speech at our forum. It was an excellent presentation. We really look forward to bringing you back in the near future. Thank you again for giving your all!”
    Maria Ximena Bejarano, Enterprise Software Leader, Broadcom (Colombia)

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  • Alex Ritson
    10/03/2021 at 9:51 am

    Your presentation was the real highlight of the Emerging Markets Investments Summit. You clearly have the connections in the industry and are very well connected.”
    Alex Ritson, BBC News Presenter at The Newsroom, World Business Report and Business Matters (United Kingdom)

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  • Melania Pulitzer
    11/17/2020 at 1:50 pm

    I have had the pleasure of working with many of the industry’s smartest minds. Edgar ranks among the best speakers I have ever encountered. His keynotes on disruptive technologies have influenced industry leaders attending our forums in many parts of the world. In just one hour, attendees gain a fresh perspective on the major trends that are transforming the world, one qubit at a time.”
    Melania Pulitzer, Managing Director, GLDNAcademy (United States)

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  • Liz Claman
    09/19/2020 at 7:36 am

    Edgar Perez is THE expert on high-frequency trading.”
    Liz Claman, Anchor, FOX Business News (United States)

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