Industry Insights: "Panel Discussion: When Will Digital Securities Exist? Who Will Operate the Infrastructure?”

Industry Insights: "Panel Discussion: When Will Digital Securities Exist? Who Will Operate the Infrastructure?”

Industry Insights: "Panel Discussion: When Will Digital Securities Exist? Who Will Operate the Infrastructure?”

When will digital securities exist and who will operate the infrastructure? These questions are discussed in a panel featuring Matthew von Niekerk (Settlemint), Benjamin Duve (Commerzbank), Simon Seiter (Deutsche Börse), Raphael Polanski (Börse Stuttgart), and moderated by Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner (Frankfurt School Blockchain Center).

Watch this video on YouTube (ca. 25 min.).

About the lecturers

Matthew Van Niekerk is a co-founder and the CEO of SettleMint — a low-code platform for enterprise blockchain development — and Databroker — a decentralized marketplace for data. He holds a BA with honors from the University of Western Ontario in Canada and also has an international MBA from Vlerick Business School in Belgium. Matthew has been working in fintech innovation since 2006.

LinkedIn profile of Matthew Van Niekerk

Benjamin Duve serves as Head of Digital Assets & Custody at Commerzbank. Previously, he served as Head of Custody and Direct Market Access.

LinkedIn profile of Benjamin Duve

Simon Seiter is Head of Digital Assets at Deutsche Börse, where he is in charge of building the digital infrastructure for securities trading on blockchain-based systems. Simon Seiter studied Business Informatics (B. Sc.) and Management (M. Sc.) at the University of Mannheim. Due to his experience in the DLT sector, he is a regular speaker at conferences, universities and gives various lectures. Simon Seiter also participates in various political working groups for creating framework conditions for DLT-systems.

LinkedIn profile of Simon Seiter

Raphael Polanski is a finance and stock market expert with over ten years of experience in strategy, controlling, financial markets and digital assets. He has been Managing Director of Boerse Stuttgart Digital Ventures GmbH since July 1, 2020. Raphael joined Boerse Stuttgart in September 2018, since when he has held various leadership positions in the CEO environment. Prior to that, he worked for Deutsche Börse AG. During this time, he also founded a virtual asset trading startup, through which he acquired broad knowledge of digital assets and customer retention.

LinkedIn profile of Raphael Polansky

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:

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