Digital euro: What are the opportunities and risks for Europe?

Wolfram Seidemann is chief executive officer of Giesecke+Devrient Currency Technology. He was appointed group executive of the banknote division at G+D in 2016. Prior to that, he was chairman of the management board and division head of paper of Papierfabrik Louisenthal. Seidemann joined G+D in 1999 as head of international research and development. He subsequently held various senior management positions at G+D subsidiaries, among them managing director of G+D Asia, president of G+D Teco and member of the board of G+D India.

Natacha Valla is an economist and Dean of Sciences Po’s School of Management and Innovation. Until 2020, she was Deputy Director-General for Monetary Policy at the ECB. Between 2015 and 2018 Natacha Valla was Head of the Policy and Strategy Division of the EIB and a permanent member of the Conseil d’Analyse Economique (CAE). She was Executive Director at Goldman Sachs Global Economic Research between 2008 and 2014. Natacha Valla worked as an economist at the ECB between 2001 and 2008, seconded in 2005 to the Research Directorate of the Banque de France. She has also been a consultant for the IMF and the OECD, and lectured at New-York University and the Universities of Florence, Paris-Dauphine, H.E.C. and Sciences-Po Paris. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the groups LVMH, Scor, and ASF/Cofiroute. Natacha Valla received a Ph.D. in Economics from the European University Institute (Florence) in 2003.   Thomas Mayer is a Senior Fellow at CFS since July 2012. As Senior Fellow he is involved in research on European financial integration and current financial market issues. He also organized the CFS Lecture Series “On the Order of Money”. (Please find an overview of the lecture series by Thomas Mayer in the CFS Newsletter 1/2014). Thomas Mayer is founding director of the Flossbach von Storch Research Institute. Previously, he was senior advisor to Deutsche Bank’s management and key clients.

This conversation was part of the OMFIF Digital Monetary Institute Symposium 2021. Click here for more information and to register for the 2022 Symposium.

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