Industry Insights: Panel Discussion: "Banks and Blockchain: Which Way to Go?"

Industry Insights: Panel Discussion: "Banks and Blockchain: Which Way to Go?"

Industry Insights: Panel Discussion: "Banks and Blockchain: Which Way to Go?"

In this panel, Philipp Sandner, Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (moderator), Sascha Dölker, DWP Bank, Benjamin Schaub,, Roberto Pagliari, Commerzbank, Robert Richter, Zanders, and Thomas Pecha, Metaco answer all your questions about the potential for blockchain technology in reshaping banking products and business models.

About the lecturers

Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner has founded the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC). In 2018 and in 2019, he was ranked as one of the “top 30” economists by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), a major newspaper in Germany. Further, he belonged to the “Top 40 under 40” — a ranking by the German business magazine Capital. Since 2017, he is member of the FinTech Council of the Federal Ministry of Finance in Germany. The expertise of Prof. Sandner includes blockchain technology in general, crypto assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, the digital programmable Euro, tokenization of assets and rights and digital identity. You can contact him via mail (, or via:

LinkedIn profile of Philipp Sandner

Sascha Dölker has been Head of Digitalization Management at dwpbank since 2021. Since 2012, he has worked as senior manager, Strategy and Management Consulting at KPMG and senior project manager at the consultancy Consileon with a focus on strategic transformation. He started his professional career in 2007 as client relationship manager in the corporate client business of Commerzbank AG (formerly Dresdner Bank).

LinkedIn profile of Sascha Dölker

Benjamin Schaub is a senior consultant at His interests include the development and integration of blockchain use cases in the financial industry as well as crypto custody. You can contact him via LinkedIn.

LinkedIn profile of Benjamin Schaub

Roberto Pagliari is a seasoned professional in the field of banking technology, currently serving as senior product owner for DLT Cash and Markets at Commerzbank AG. With a career spanning over 11 years at the bank, he has a proven track record in leading complex digital transformation initiatives. His expertise lies in agile methodologies, which he has skillfully applied across various roles, including systems simplification, investment bank system consolidation, and digital transformation.

LinkedIn profile of Roberto Pagliari

Robert Richter is director at Zanders, PhD candidate and lecturer in Blockchain technology. With subject-matter expertise in Blockchain technology  and Decentralized Finance (DeFi) in particular, Robert teaches executives, managers, and graduate students in academic degree programs and executive education. His research and publications concentrate on portfolio optimization with crypto assets.

LinkedIn profile of Robert Richter

Thomas Pecha has been working in the financial services industry since 1998. Thomas started their career at Credit Suisse as Vice President, CITO CEE for HU, CZ, PL and AT. In 2003 they became the Owner of GEBO GmbH. In 2008 they became an associate partner at Solution Providers. In 2012 they became director of Austria at Assentis Technologies AG and in 2014 managing director of Austria at CREALOGIX AG - The Leader for the Digital Bank. Currently, Thomas Pecha is sales director DACH & CEE at METACO, the leading provider of security-critical infrastructure enabling financial institutions to enter the digital asset ecosystem.

LinkedIn profile of Thomas Pecha


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