Answering questions such as: How do the different digital money initiatives, such as Bitcoin, Libra, CBDCs and others differ? Who can benefit from these initiatives or even lose their previous position in the market? What are the implications of a digital euro for the German and European economy? What could a step-by-step implementation of a programmable digital Euro look like?
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 (email@example.com), or via:
Jonas Gross is a research assistant at the University of Bayreuth and project manager at the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center. His research focuses primarily on central bank digital currencies (CBDC) and stablecoin projects such as Libra. You can contact Jonas by mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), or via:
Alexander Bechtel is a research and teaching assistant at the Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance at the University of St. Gallen. His research focuses on monetary policy, safe assets, and digital currencies. Since June 2019, Alexander publishes the podcast “Bitcoin, Fiat & Rock’n’Roll”. You can find more information including contact details and social media profiles at https://alexanderbechtel.com/.
Maximilian Forster focuses on business development working for CASH ON LEDGER. He is also in close connection with the blockchain ecosystem being a co-founder of the Blockchain Bayern e.V., member of INATBA and member of the Blockchain Taskforce at Bitkom e.V.; previously, he helped to build up the DLT and blockchain service offering of KPMG and Accenture and worked on the blockchain investment strategy for Picus Capital. He is also in close connection with financial organizations and industrial companies: e.g., he has contributed to the Goethe University Frankfurt’s “Digital Banking Practical Handbook” and DHL’s “Blockchain in Logistics” publication. You can contact him via:
Radoslav Albrecht is founder and managing director of Bitbond GmbH in Berlin, the first global online marketplace for loans to self-employed and small businesses. Bitbond uses the Bitcoin Blockchain for payment processing and is the first German blockchain company with its own BaFin license. Prior to founding Bitbond, he was a consultant at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and has mainly supported financial service providers in Europe and West Africa in restructuring and integration projects. Prior to that, Radoslav Albrecht worked in structured products trading at Deutsche Bank in London. You can contact him via: