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Big Tech looks to opportunities in Asia

Financial regulators should watch what is happening in China…

China moves towards greater control over fintechs

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Membership of the Digital Monetary Institute includes the following benefits

Roundtables and webinars

OMFIF roundtables and webinars are private ‘off the-record’ gatherings attended by 15-20 market participants from the public and private sector; the principal speakers may be from a central bank or a regulatory agency and the discussion is free flowing.

OMFIF digital monetary roundtables and webinars are only open to members of the institute. They take place both virtually and in London or other financial centres around the world.

Seminars and networking events

Members of the Institute will be able to attend OMFIF seminars, which will be followed by networking events.

Larger than roundtables, 30-35 market participants will attend these events. The seminars will take the form of panel discussions and presentations.

OMFIF Digital Monetary Institute Analysis: Journal by email, market digest and annual guide

As a member of the Institute, you can receive a monthly ‘OMFIF Journal of Digital Finance’ which summarises the key developments and challenges in the world of digital currencies, and how the central banking, policy-making and regulatory community are engaging in the debate.

The monthly OMFIF Journal of Digital Finance will be supplemented by the OMFIF CBDC ‘project tracker’, where OMFIF’s in-house researchers update members on the latest CBDC project developments.

Institute members will feature in the annual OMFIF Guide to Digital Finance, produced by our in-house economists and researchers in November.


OMFIF hosts podcasts with a variety of individuals from the world of digital currencies.

Participation in a ‘two way’ conversation with a regulator, central bank, or other relevant personality to discuss a topic pertinent to the digital currency marketplace.

All podcasts are broadcast through the OMFIF website and distributed to the OMFIF community.

Central banks digital currencies symposium

The Institute’s inaugural CBDC symposium will take place in London on 8th of December 2020. OMFIF will bring the world’s leading central banks, regulators, policy-makers and market participants from the world of banking and technology together to discuss the trends and evolution of the new digital environment.

It will be a day-long event with a series of plenary panels and break-out sessions. Approximately 150 attendees

will be present, and the audience demographic will be carefully curated by OMFIF to ensure that key public sector, central bank and policy-making representatives are in attendance.

This will be the world’s pre-eminent gathering where the challenges and opportunities of CBDCs will be discussed with senior representatives of the G20 central banks.

Members  of the OMFIF Digital Monetary Institute, will take a advantage of various benefits at the OMFIF CBDC symposium.

Forthcoming meetings

Meetings are open to OMFIF Digital Monetary Institute Members and are subject to the OMFIF Rules.


Philip Middleton
Deputy Chairman at OMFIF
Philip became a non-executive Director at OMFIF on 1 January 2018, having been Deputy Chairman of the OMFIF Advisory Board for the previous four years. He is a Director of Rifle House Capital Ltd and a Commissioner at the Guernsey Financial Services Commission, the regulatory body for the finance sector in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. He was formerly a senior Partner and Head of Central Banking at professional services firm EY, where he specialised in strategy consulting and services to governments and other public institutions across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa.


Bhavin Patel
Senior Economist & Head of Fintech Research at OMFIF
Bhavin’s specialist research interests include the economic structure and environment of the Middle East, financial market development in emerging markets, Islamic finance, and the digital economy including fintech and central bank digital currencies. Prior to joining OMFIF his research interests focused on issues around the choice of exchange rate regimes and models of currency and financial crises.


Katie-Ann Wilson
Programmes Manager, Fintech and Emerging Markets at OMFIF
Katie-Ann is responsible for supporting the programming division in researching and organising meetings as well as maintaining relationships with central banks, public pension funds and sovereign funds. Prior to joining OMFIF, she worked at King’s College London, supporting the social science and public policy faculty on research submissions to higher education funding bodies. Before this, she worked as a grant writer for a non-governmental organisation in Israel.


Julia Demidova
Commercial Director, Fintech and Private Markets at OMFIF
Julia started her career as a credit analyst at a Russian bank, where she was responsible for the management and assessment of credit risks and recommendations for more quality lending. Later, she joined a commodity trader. She completed a comprehensive analysis of oil prices and their effect on the market for mergers and acquisitions.

In 2013, Julia joined a single family office in London. Julia was responsible for marketing and analysis of funds and hedge funds, before moving to the investor relations department. Here she was responsible for fundraising and marketing for project finance, private equity and venture capital co-investments. Julia has developed a number of significant relationships with family offices, sovereign funds and international commercial and development banks in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Julia worked with entrepreneurs and founders to create and build businesses that aligned with the company’s philosophy and strategy.

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Please contact Julia Demidova for all membership enquiries: