Keynote speech by Anndy Lian: Understand DeFi to Build Regulatory Frameworks Around it

Keynote speech by Anndy Lian: Understand DeFi to Build Regulatory Frameworks Around it

Decentralized Finance (DeFi) is still in rapid growth. According to a report from CoinGecko, the industry has reached a $100 billion capitalization and over one million users. Global DeFi Investment Summit, 2-3 June 2021, Dubai brought experts globally together. Anndy Lian, Advisory Board Member to Hyundai DAC and also Chief Digital Advisor to Mongolian Productivity Organization gave a keynote presentation titled “Understand DeFi to Build Regulatory Frameworks Around it”.

Anndy walked the audiences through the challenges of DeFi tokens. “In 2019, we were all experimenting. Then in 2020, we wonder if DeFi tokens have real value. But in 2021 onwards, we should look closely at them if they can survive the bear plunges, then survive the financial crisis and then a global crisis. This is a real test. This test is not for DeFi, it is for NFT, IDOs and the whole cryptocurrency space.”

Lian highlighted that the decentralized governance of DeFi services poses operational challenges and if often not well understood in the exposures in financial risks and compliance issues. DeFi’s landscape is ever-changing and it is tough for the traditional finance industry to keep up. The governments are also playing catch up.

“Regulators understand that it is hard to regulate DeFi DAPPS built on a fully public and decentralised blockchain and they do not trust “code is law” thesis, wherein law represents a set of rules that are written and enforced through immutable code as there are possibilities of errors and frauds. I have suggested to the governments to encourage participants in the DeFi Industry to have co-operative models to assume governance and liability of operating the platform. This also provides some guidance and protection to DeFi application users or investors. This is maybe an unpopular opinion to some but this could be one way to co-exist.” Anndy Lian said.

At the end of the keynote speech, he urges the regulators to take this time to shape expectations by working with the right parties, while taking enforcement action against bad actors.

Global DeFi Investment Summit is a 2-day Program being curated based on guidelines from industry experts, with a target of about 200+ delegates. The goal of this event is to connect global investors and DeFi experts in this space including emerging start-ups – with regional business and leaders from across key industry verticals. This event has also featured other keynote speakers like Justin Sun, Founder at TRON and Tim Draper, Founder at Draper Associates & DFJ.


Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author- “NFT: From Zero to Hero” and “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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