Amy Aixi Zhang, President

Amy is a third-year law student at Harvard Law School from Arcadia, California. Prior to law school, she worked as a journalist for ProPublica, and then at the Berkman Klein Center. She is passionate about understanding the role of financial regulation in encouraging innovation, and worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission her first year summer helping takedown nutso ICOs. She helped found the HLSBFI in January 2019. She will start work at Debevoise, New York after graduation.

Jhalak Kakkar, Advisor 

Jhalak is currently a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. Regulators around the world are grappling with Fintech and Blockchain and she hopes to advise them as they navigate these complex legal and technical issues. She was part of the founding Board of the HLS Blockchain and Fintech Initiative in 2018, while an LLM student at Harvard Law School. Prior to this, for the last six years, Jhalak worked with PRS Legislative Research, New Delhi, India. PRS Legislative provides non partisan research to the 780+ Members of the Indian Parliament and 3000+ Members of State Legislatures on legislation, policy and budgets. She lead PRS Legislative’s engagement with Members of Parliament, before which she was an analyst with the research team tracking legislation and policy on science, technology and natural resources. Jhalak graduated with honors from the National University of Juridical Sciences in 2012 with a BA/LLB (law) degree.

Thomas Hopkins, Events Chair

Thomas is a second-year J.D. student at Harvard Law School from Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to attending HLS, he worked as a tax associate for Grant Thornton. Thomas became interested in Blockchain and FinTech in early 2015, attending several nationwide Blockchain and FinTech conferences as a hobby, briefly mining altcoins on his laptop, and researching new legal applications for Blockchain technology.


Michael Svedman, Publication Chair

Michael is a third-year J.D. student at Harvard Law School. Before attending law school, he managed an art collection in Chicago and taught film and writing courses in Pittsburgh. His interest in crypto- and other digital currencies grows out of his thinking about money as a legal, social, and political institution. After graduation, he plans to work at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York.


Yuan He, Treasurer

Yuan is a second-year J.D. student at Harvard Law School. She graduated from The Ohio State University and worked as an auditor for two years in financial services industry. Yuan’s interest in Blockchain and FinTech initially developed from her curiosity about Bitcoin. She would like to explore the impact of Blockchain technology and FinTech on the traditional banking industry and regulations of financial institutions.


Mandy Mengyu Li, Event Coordinator

Mandy is a first-year J.D. student at Harvard Law School. She graduated from the University of Chicago with Honors in Economics, and has worked in fields of corporate banking, venture capital, and corporate law prior to law school. Mandy is interested in understanding the challenges that cutting-edge finance has posed upon the regulatory bodies, and is passionate about exploring ways that law could foster and sustain FinTech innovations.