An award of the Fellowship is recognition of exceptional achievement and contribution to Blockchain and allied disciplines. The Fellowship demonstrates a commitment to excellence, leadership, advancing standards and best practice, evidenced by a track record of outstanding contribution to the subject of Blockchain or other Distributed Ledger Technologies.

Providing distinction for your achievements, Fellowship is evidenced by the letters ‘FBBA’ after your name. The title of the FBBA recognises your substantial expertise, knowledge and skills in Blockchain and your ongoing commitment. Fellows are expected to be an advocate of the technology and the profession, be an ambassador of the British Blockchain Association, and promote the Organisation’s values and mission.

As a Fellow, you will have opportunities to support the discipline of blockchain through engagement activities on behalf of the BBA. These may include representation on matters within their area of specialism, contributing to thought leadership debates in the media or at conferences and other events or mentoring the future generation of blockchain professionals. The FBBA accolade marks your outstanding achievement and recognises your ongoing contribution to Blockchain.


The new Fellows will be inducted at Blockchain International Scientific Conference on 11 March 2020.



Eligibility and Criteria:

Fellows must be able to demonstrate at least 8 of the following 11 eligibility criteria:

  1. Exceptional and substantial expertise, knowledge and skills in the field of Blockchain

  2. Proven track record of excellence, leadership, advancing standards and best practice, evidenced by an outstanding contribution to the society

  3. Set up and established service, product or an institution that has made an exceptional contribution in the field of Blockchain

  4. A minimum of 3 years of ongoing professional experience in the field of Blockchain

  5. A minimum of 1 year of BBA membership

  6. Accumulated at least 50 hours of Blockchain-related CPD (continuing Professional Development) credits over the course of the previous year (documentation required)

  7. Demonstrated exceptional local or international contribution/ service to blockchain

  8. Published scientific research/ or Blockchain related academic work in a peer-reviewed journal or Editor/ Reviewer of a scholarly blockchain journal

  9. A recognised and respected thought leader and influencer in the field of Blockchain

  10. An internationally renowned educator, author, scholar or mentor in the domain of blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies

  11. Provide evidence of a sustained and effective record of impact at a strategic level with supporting blockchain research (Evidence-Based Blockchain), as part of a broader commitment to blockchain scholarly community.



Fellowship benefits:

Fellowship comes with many benefits, including:

  • The use of ‘FBBA’ post-nominal

  • Exclusive opportunity to officially represent the BBA by playing an active role in the direction and governance of the Association

  • Privilege to take on a leadership role within the BBA and the profession as a whole

  • Opportunity to represent the BBA as a Keynote Speaker at International blockchain conferences

  • Significant discounts on BBA conferences and events

  • Opportunity to join the Editorial Board of the JBBA

  • A free copy of the JBBA posted to your mailing address


Each candidate is considered on his or her own merits and can be proposed from any sector of the scientific community.



The new Fellow appointments are made twice a year (September and March).



Next Round of Fellowship Applications will commence on 15 May 2020.  (Applications submission Deadline: 10 August 2020)

We would like to hear about individuals who, in your judgement, are worthy of becoming Fellows of the BBA. If you wish to nominate an individual who meets the eligibility criteria as outlined above, please send your nominations FAO 'Fellowship Committee' of the BBA, at You must include a letter of support (no more than 500 words) outlining how the nominee fulfils the essential eligibility criteria and also include any other supporting information.


All nominations must be received by no later than 10 August 2020. The Fellowship Committee will evaluate all applications and successful applicants will be notified via email w/c 2nd week of September 2020.


We anticipate a huge number of applications so it may not be possible to notify the unsuccessful applicants individually. We advise that if you have not heard from us by 15 September 2020, you should assume that your application was unsuccessful in this round of applications.





Current Fellows:

Appointed in January 2020:

Rt. Hon. Martin Docherty-Hughes MP

(Chair, UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain )

Mr David E Rutter FBBA

(Founder and CEO of R3, New York, USA)


Appointed in September 2019

Professor Dr R K Shyamasundar FBBA

(Professor of Distributed Computing, Blockchain Center of Excellence, Indian Institute of Technology, India)

Appointed in March 2019

Professor Dr Mary Cecilia Lacity FBBA

(Director, Blockchain Centre of Excellence, University of Arkansas, Sam M. Walton College of Business, USA)

Professor Dr Jason Potts FBBA

(Professor of Economics and Director of Blockchain Innovation Hub, RMIT University, Australia)

Professor Dr William J. Buchanan FBBA

(Professor of Computing and Cryptography, Edinburgh Napier University, UK)

Professor Dr Jim KS Liew FBBA

(Assistant Professor of Finance, The Johns Hopkins University, USA)

Dr Marcella Atzori FBBA

(European Commission Blockchain Expert and Blockchain Advisor, European Parliament, Italy)

Professor Dr Marc Pilkington FBBA

(Associate Professor of Economics, University of Burgundy, France)


Professor Dr John Domingue FBBA

(Professor of Computer Science & Director Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, UK)

Professor Dr Kevin Curran FBBA

(Professor of Computer Science & Cybersecurity, Ulster University, UK)

Dr Naseem Naqvi FBBA

(President of The British Blockchain Association and Editor in Chief, The JBBA)

Professor Dr David Lee K Chuen FBBA

(Professor of Economics, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore)

Dr Sean Manion FBBA

(CEO Science Distributed and American College of Military Public Health, USA)

Dr Mureed Hussain FBBA

(Secretary of The British Blockchain Association and Editor, The JBBA)


Professor Dr Eric P M Vermeulen FBBA

(Professor of Business & Financial Law, Tilburg University, The Netherlands)


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