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Sonya Kuhnel

Founder at Blockchain Academy


Sonya Kuhnel has been interested in digital currencies since late 2013 and one of the first women involved in the industry in South Africa. In 2013, she started a bitcoin payment company called Bitcoin Payments, a BitPay Affiliate partner, which allowed online merchants in South Africa to accept bitcoin as a payment method for goods and services.

In 2014, Sonya co-founded Bitcoin Events, a company that hosts the Bitcoin & Blockchain Africa Conferences in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The conferences attract local and international venture capitalists, government delegates, top level executives from large financial institutions as well as experts in the industry.

In 2015, Sonya founded the Bitcoin Academy, later renamed to the Blockchain Academy, which provides training and consulting for financial institutions, corporates, developers, entrepreneurs, startups, schools, government and interested individuals on digital currencies such as bitcoin and the blockchain technology in South Africa. The Academy was the first of its kind in South Africa and currently offers 6 courses, each aimed at different users, ranging from beginners looking for an introduction to digital currencies and blockchain technology to developers wanting to build products and applications around the blockchain.

Sonya is also the Co-founder of Bitsure, a company that provides innovative payment solutions, utilising blockchain technology to link customer profiles to fiat-backed cryptocurrency transactions in order for financial institutions to create a secure and instantaneous, low cost payment process to its customers.

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