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The Policy 4.0 team of blockchain engineers, financial sector and policy experts have spent some months reverse engineering and analyzing the implications of China’s digital currency system. These comprehensive findings are captured in a four-part Report Series on China’s Digital Currency, which will be launched at this event. The event will feature an exclusive first look of this deep dive report series on China’s DC/EP, an address by the Governor of the Bahamas on the world’s first retail CBDC – the Sand Dollar, perspectives from thought leaders David Birch and Pindar Wong, and a rich interaction moderated by Michael Casey.
John Rolle was appointed the Governor for the Central Bank of the Bahamas in January 2016. Prior to serving as the Governor he was working alongside the Ministry of Finance as Financial Secretary and spearheaded the implementation of the Government’s fiscal reform initiatives. He was also seconded to the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a Senior Advisor to the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean Constituency. He has worked with the Central Bank of the Bahamas in the past under various capacities.
David Birch is a leading author, advisor and commentator on digital financial services. He is a member of the OMFIF Advisory council. David is an internationally recognised international thought leader in digital identity and digital money. He has been awarded as one of the top 10 most influential voices in banking by Financial Brand and named as one of the ‘Fintech Titans’ by NextBank.
Pindar Wong is a pioneer of the internet, the chairman of VeriFi (Hong Kong) Ltd, and Founder of Hong Kong’s Smart Contracts initiative that pioneered the ‘Belt and Road Blockchain’. He is the co-founder of the global blockchain research network ‘Bsafe’. In the past, he has served on the Hong Kong SAR Government’s Committee on Innovation, Technology and Re-industrialisation. He was the co-founder of Hong Kong’s first licensed IPS in 1993, he has also served as first vice-chairman of ICANN and chairman of the APIA along with the alternative chairman of APNIC.
Tanvi Ratna is the Founder and CEO of Policy 4.0, a research and advisory firm that works on policy around emerging technology. Tanvi has worked on policy in the US and India with leaders such as the Indian Pime Minister, the US Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill, and several ministries and state governments, handling policy design, execution and liaison in complex environments. She also previously handled blockchain and government projects for EY India.
Tommaso Mancini-Griffoli is a Deputy Division Chief in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), focused on monetary policy, central banking, and fintech. Prior to this, he was a senior economist in the Research and Monetary Policy Division of the Swiss National Bank. Griffoli has also served in the private sector and technology startups in Silicon Valley.
Michael Casey is the Chief Content Officer of Coindesk, the leading news, events and data provider for the blockchain and digital assets industry. Casey is also a CEO of Streambed Media, a company he co-founded to develop provenance data for digital content. He was also a senior advisor at MIT Media Labs’s Digital Currency Initiative and a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to joining MIT, Casey spent 18 years at The Wall Street Journal. He is a public speaker and gives presentations, lectures and consulting services to help audiences and corporate leaders learn about blockchain technology and to face the impact of digital disruption. Michael is an author of 5 highly acclaimed books covering topics of digital culture, economics and globalization.
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