Matt Higginson

He can explain everything you need to know about blockchain


Matt Higginson has had a varied background: from studies at Oxford, to environmental conservation, criminal forensics and then strategy consulting, he is a man who knows a lot, about a lot. At WORLDWEBFORUM 2019, he will moderate the first panel that positions old financial stalwarts directly beside the new players in cryptofinance. Will the old and new mix like oil and water? Or will the panelists take away lessons for future recipes of success. It’s Matt’s job to steer the balance… 


From McKinsey

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Matthew Higginson is an experienced strategic operations professional with 13 years of expertise. His career has spanned postdoctoral research in climate change and oceanography, crime scene forensic investigations, operations and client management and most recently strategy consulting with McKinsey and Company.

His functional expertise includes strategy, service operations and organisation, with broad industrial experience across Pharmaceuticals and Medical Products, Banking, Law Enforcement, Education and the Public Sector.