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Fintech has seen great disruptions in the past ten years. Blockchain, cryptocurrency, and now CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency) should no longer be buzzwords, but rather commonly understood tools for moving and making money. In the past Startup Grind Chengdu events, we have dived into different coins and chains. This time, with China officially launching CBDC pilot projects, we are excited to have invited professor George Giaglis, expert and scholar in this field, to clear up some confusions once and for all and tap into a more advanced fintech world.
Interview Language: English
Event Platform: Zoom
For those who register via Startup Grind website, we will send out a Zoom link on May 2nd at NOON sharp!
For those who register via Huodongxing, please be sure to scan the QR Codes and join our groups. We will verify your registration and provide event access also on May 2nd at NOON sharp!
About the topic 关于话题
With the launch of several Central Bank Digital Currency pilot projects in China, our goal is to give entrepreneurs, innovators, managers, students and more generally people interested in the cryptocurrency/blockchain space the keys to understand these new developments. Professeur George Giaglis will give us a philosophical, strategic and geopolitical view of the ramifications of these pilot projects in the blockchain/cryptocurrency space. Be one of the first to have actionable insights about this new trend!
Potential questions 可能聊到的问题
What is CBDC, compared to other cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether?
China launched the first pilot CDBC with some cities and banks. What about other countries?
Comparing Europe to China’s approaches to digital currencies. What are the potential impacts on the two regions?
How will CDBC affect the global currency and their influences, e.g. RMB vs USD?
Are there new opportunities for startups to follow the disruption? Examples?
About Institute for the Future at UNIC
The Institute for the Future (IFF) is a cross-disciplinary research institute founded by the University of Nicosia to explore how exponential technologies, like Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence, influence our economy and society. IFF supports academic programs (MSc Digital Currency), professional training, research and conferences (e.g. Decentralized) to prepare students, business leaders and policy makers for the coming changes.
The Institute for the Future (IFF)是The University of Nicosia创建的一个多学科研究学院，专注于研究如区块链和人工智能这样具有指数型增长潜力的科技将会如何影响我们的经济和社会。IFF提供学术课程、专业训练、研究课题和学术会议（如Decentralized）来帮助学生、商业领袖和政策制定者做好准备，应对变局。
Institute for the Future, University of Nicosia.
Prof. Giaglis has been involved with crypto-currencies and blockchain since 2012. He have helped set up the world's first academic degree on blockchain, where he currently head the Institute For the Future (IFF). He have also set up AUEB's Fintech Lab and regularly speak at conferences, do executive training and advise companies in token offerings and blockchain implementation.
Professor George M. Giaglis is the Executive Director of the Institute for the Future (IFF) at the University of Nicosia (UNIC), as well as a leading expert on blockchain technology and applications and advisor to many blockchain projects and technology start-ups. Prior to joining UNIC, he was Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business (2002-2017), where he also served as Vice Rector (2011-2015). George has been working on digital currencies and blockchain since 2012, with his main focus being on new forms of industrial organization (such as DAOs) and novel financial system architectures (tokenised assets and CBDCs). He has been one of the first academics to research and teach on blockchain, having: designed the curriculum of the world’s first full academic degree on blockchain (MSc in Blockchain and Digital Currency at UNIC); led the development of blockchain credentialing technology that has resulted in the first ever publishing of academic certificates on the blockchain; taught on the disruptive innovation potential of blockchain, both at academic programs and in executive seminars worldwide; organized a number of prominent blockchain conferences and events, including the annual European conference series Decentralized. Throughout his career, he has published twelve books and more than 170 articles in leading scientific journals and conferences, while he is frequently interviewed by media and invited as keynote speaker or trainer in events across the globe. He is the Chief Editor for Blockchain Technology at the Frontiers in Blockchain Journal and member of the Editorial Board at Ledger.
Principal & Head of Asia Initiatives
David Baverez is an investor. After fifteen years spent between London and Boston, he has lived in Hong Kong for the last five years. For ten years (1995-2005), David worked for Fidelity Investments where he was in charge of various European and Global Equity funds, including the award-winning Fidelity European Aggressive Fund. In 2005, he set up his own company, KDA Capital, a long-only concentrated European Equity fund focusing on the concept of change. At the end of 2010, he took the contrarian step to return all funds to his investors, anticipating future European sovereign issues. Since then, he has settled in Hong Kong where he splits his time between funding various start-ups and understanding the disruptions of the new emerging world. David is a regular columnist in the French newspapers L’Opinion, as well as Les Echos and Le Figaro. David is a graduate of the Paris-based HEC Business School and of the INSEAD MBA Programme.
Leon joined Partech in June 2019 as Principal. Based out of Paris, he is focusing on venture equity investments, across Europe and beyond.
Prior to Partech, Leon was an initial member and Associate Vice President at ID Capital in Singapore. He spearheaded the firm’s end-to-end efforts in Greater China (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan), Japan, South Korea as Thailand and Singapore. He was instrumental and prolific in weaving partnerships with VCs, startup hubs and government agencies and establishing a presence for the firm in countries under his mandate. Leon was previously an early team member and Program Manager leading operational transformation and innovation projects for Google across 13 countries in APAC.
Coming from a technical background between Mines ParisTech & National University of Singapore. He is fluent in Mandarin, English and French.