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Session Title: "DEA Panel: Learnings from the First CBDC Projects and Expert Forecasts"
Moderator: Philipp Sandner, Professor, Digital Euro Association, Frankfurt School Blockchain Center
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Session description: In this panel, experts and members of the Digital Euro Association will give a short introduction into CBDCs and digital forms of money. The subsequent discussion will focus on the current state of digital money in the USA and Europe, and why stable coins can be a viable private solution while CBDCs won’t arrive in the near future.

Bio:  Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner was ranked as one of the "Top 30" economists by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), a major newspaper in Germany, in 2018 and 2019. Further, he belonged to the "Top 40 under 40" – a ranking by the German business magazine Capital. Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner is head of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC) at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. His expertise includes blockchain technology in general, crypto assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, the digital programmable Euro, tokenization of assets and rights and digital identity. The FSBC advises financial organizations, industrial corporations and startups concerning their blockchain activities. Since 2017, he is a member of the Fintech Council (FinTechRat) of the Federal Ministry of Finance and was engaged in the EU Blockchain Observatory established by the European Union. He co-founded the German Blockchain Association, the International Token Standardization Association (ITSA), and the Multichain Asset Managers Association. The Frankfurt School Blockchain Center was launched in February 2017 and analyzes implications of blockchain technology on companies and business models. It provides a platform for decision makers, startups, technology experts and industry professionals to exchange their knowledge and share their visions. More: Before joining Frankfurt School, he co-founded a consulting company specialized in the area of innovation strategy, IP and technology transfer. He has been research fellow at the Technical University Munich, the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Previous to that, he studied business administration focusing on computer science at the University Mannheim. Recently, he also edited two books. One book focuses on the implications of blockchain technology on companies, the other one focuses on the implications for the society. More: