Mariana Gomez de la Villa (1979, Mexican nationality) has joined ING in 2015 and is currently the global head of ING’s Blockchain program, with overall responsibility for driving research and development of Distributed Ledger Technology as well as capitalizing on its potential in order to unlock mass-scale value. Under Mariana’s leadership, the Blockchain program has delivered over 30 proofs of concept in collaboration with the following business areas: payments, trade finance and working capital solutions, financial markets, post-trade, bank treasury, lending, compliance and identity. Mariana is also responsible for setting up long-term purpose and vision, including the governance of the program within the organization. Mariana is an active leader in global consortia, outlining the strategy and envisioning market landscapes. Mariana’s accountabilities include the definition of products, services and business models, as well as foresight to business, technology, leadership communities and international stakeholders, including regulators.