Andreas Kind leads "Industry Platform and Blockchain" at IBM Research Zurich. His team is key contributor to the Hyperledger Blockchain Project and develops advanced privacy and cloud security technologies. Andreas received a PhD in computer science from the University of Bath, UK and joined IBM in 2000 as a Research Staff Member. From 2004 he headed the Shanghai Lab of IBM Research China and, before, coordinated the research agenda in Financial Services and Security across emerging market regions. Andreas co-led IBM's 2015 Global Technology Outlook on Payment Disruption and Blockchain. His current research focus is on innovation in Distributed Ledger Technologies, Internet of Things, Cognitive Finance and FinTech. In his other previous positions at IBM, he led Systems Management Research in at IBM Zurich Research Laboratory as well as the Systems Research Department at IBM Research China in Beijing. Andreas is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and Senior Memeber of the ACM.