BBA Fellowship



Fellowship of The British Blockchain Association of The Unitied Kingdom

Rt. Hon. Martin Docherty-Hughes MP FBBA, Chair UK Blockchain All Party Parliamentary Group, receiving his Fellowship award 

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.

Eligibility Criteria

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

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

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

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

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

A minimum of 1 year of BBA membership

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

Demonstrated exceptional local or international contribution/ service to blockchain

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

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

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

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 Privileges

Fellowship comes with many privileges, 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 complimentary 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 has commenced.  (Applications submission Deadline is 15 July 2021)

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. The Fellowship Committee will evaluate all applications and successful applicants will be notified via email w/c 1st week of August 2021.

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 25 August 2021, you should assume that your application was unsuccessful in this round of applications.

Current Fellows

Mr David E Rutter FBBA
(Founder and CEO of R3, USA)
John Wolpert FBBA
(Cofounder Baseline Protocol and IBM Blockchain)
Prof R K Shyamasundar FBBA
(Professor of Distributed Computing, Blockchain Center of Excellence, Indian Institute of Technology, India)
Prof Mary Cecilia Lacity FBBA
(Director, Blockchain Centre of Excellence, University of Arkansas, Sam M. Walton College of Business, USA)
Prof Jason Potts FBBA
(Professor of Economics and Director of Blockchain Innovation Hub, RMIT University, Australia)
Prof Benjamin M.Cole FBBA
(Chair, Technology Entrepreneurship, Fordham University, USA)
Prof William J. Buchanan FBBA
(Professor of Computing and Cryptography, Edinburgh Napier University, UK)
Martin Docherty-Hughes FBBA
Chair, UK All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Blockchain
Prof Jim KS Liew FBBA
(Assistant Professor of Finance, The Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Prof Marc Pilkington FBBA
(Associate Professor of Economics, University of Burgundy, France)
Prof John Domingue FBBA
(Professor of Computer Science & Director Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, UK)
Prof 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)
Prof 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)
Prof Eric P M Vermeulen FBBA
(Professor of Business & Financial Law, Tilburg University, The Netherlands)

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