Singapore University of Social Sciences
Seminars and Info-Sharing Sessions

Decentralised Finance or Decentralised Con?

November 05, 2020

5 Nov 2020 (Thu)
5-6:30pm | Online Event

There is a strong following and interest in the DeFi space as innovation continues to evolve. Many of the techiques of Autonomous Market Maker (AMM) and Liquidity Pool are not new. But the community solves one of the most important puzzles of price discovery for P2P trading. Even central bankers are paying close attention as the social experiment unfold.

What is so fascinating about DeFi that attracts the best brains into the space? Will DeFi be driven more by greed or technological innovation? Will it go through the same hype cycle as in other technologies? Join us for a discussion at this event.

Format: 15 minutes presentation by the three speakers followed by Q&A from the audience.

Event Details

  • 00h 02m 39s: Speakers introduction
  • 00h 05m 40s: Presentation by Lisa Tan on DeFi Growth Development
  • 00h 23m 17s: Presentation by Jocelyn Chang on DAI stablecoin system
  • 00h 44m 05s: Presentation by Raymond Yeh on DEFI: The Deep Dark End
  • 01h 05m 38s: Q&A Session
Presentation slides by the speakers:

Watch / Read the following videos / article prepared by our speakers before the event starts and be more engaged in the discussion after the presentations!

Why DeFi is more than just a Ponzi Scam? by Lisa JY Tan

(19:55 mins)

Maker Introductory Video

(1:25 mins)

MakerDAO website:

Dissecting Risk in DeFi Projects

(11 mins read)


Roberto Capodieci
Associate, Nxt Foundation
Founder, Blockchain Zoo

Roberto discovered a passion for Information Technology at the tender age of 6 when, with the help of his father, he started to learn computer programming. In 1984, at age 10, he had developed and sold his first video game. Four years later he begun an entrepreneurship career when, authorised by Italy’s court for minors, he opened his first IT company. In the formative years of the Internet he expanded his business reach into the online world and quickly found his company’ services in great demand. Roberto, specialised in Lawful Interception systems and big data analysis, is also a consultant to law enforcement agencies. Moved to Asia a decade ago, Roberto is now a renown Blockchain expert, associate of the Nxt Foundation and the first to apply Blockchain technology to supply chain and trade finance. Founder of the Blockchain Zoo association (, Roberto often speaks at conferences, participates to technology discussions at panels for various events, and gives seminars on Blockchain.

Speakers Profile

Jocelyn Chang
Community Lead (SEA)
Maker Foundation

As the Community Lead in Southeast Asia for the Maker Foundation, Jocelyn Chang focuses on building community in the APAC region, and driving the adoption of Dai and the Maker Protocol through various marketing initiatives. Jocelyn began her career at HSBC as a banker. She later co-founded a social networking app in Singapore and, as part of her entrepreneurial journey, helped the Ministry of Home Affairs pioneer the implementation of a public warning system in Singapore. A tech-enthusiast, Jocelyn embraces new applications that make the world a better place. 

The Maker Foundation is the organization facilitating the development of MakerDAO. MakerDAO governs the Maker Protocol and Dai, the world’s first decentralized, collateral-backed stablecoin on the Ethereum blockchain. Dai mitigates volatility through an autonomous system of smart contracts called the Maker Protocol, and through decentralized community governance.

Lisa Tan
Founder & Lead Economist
Economics Design

Lisa is the founder and lead economist at Economics Design, a research focused consultancy for digital ecosystems. In the academia world, she contributes to research work in various fields like math and economics, while having the practitioner exposure with startups and global businesses. She’s also one of the leaders in a United Nations x Stanford University project on regulating digital currencies.

She was one of the first few to research and educate on token economics. Lisa has a weekly podcast on the economics of token ecosystems, online course and have educated regulators, government and organisations in London, Singapore, Seoul, Geneva.

Raymond Yeh
Software Engineer

Raymond Yeh is a software engineer in Government Technology Agency (GovTech). He has launched the nationwide education credentialing system, OpenCerts, which uses the public blockchain Ethereum to prove a credential’s provenance and integrity. Since then, he has developed OpenAttestation, a generalized verifiable document framework, as well as TradeTrust, a framework for managing verifiable documents and transferable records for trade.

He is also an author at where he writes about decentralized ledger technologies, Defi & risk management.


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