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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 and Digital Currencies Symposium

On 28-29 April 2021, OMFIF’s Digital Monetary Institute convened the inaugural DMI Symposium, ‘Central banks and digital currencies – a revolution in money’. It brought together representatives from 115 central banks to push the boundaries of the discussion on practical and theoretical aspects of digital currencies and the future of capital markets. With over 100 countries represented and more than 2,000 attendees drawn from institutional investors, banks and technology providers, the DMI Symposium created a global network of digital currency stakeholders, where the public and private sectors came together to shape and transform the future of money.

Keynote speakers included:

  • Denis Beau, Deputy Governor, Banque de France
  • John Rolle, Governor, Central Bank of the Bahamas
  • Hester Peirce, Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Thomas Moser, Alternate Member of the Governing Board, Swiss National Bank
  • Christian Catalini, Chief Economist, Diem Association
  • Mike Novogratz, CEO, Galaxy Digital

Two private roundtables with:

  • Mu Changchun, Director-General, Digital Currency Institute, Peoples Bank of China
  • Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore
  • John Velissarios, Global Managing Director, Blockchain Technology Lead, Accenture
  • 115 central banks represented
  • 59 speakers from DMIs global community of policy-makers and industry leaders
  • 32 partners and members
  • 103 countries represented
  • 8 public panels and 2 private roundtables
  • 18 exhibition booths

For more information on the 2022 Symposium please email sinan.yilmaz@omfif.org

Forthcoming meetings

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


DMI Team

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.

Chris Ostrowski
Managing Director, Digital Monetary Institute

Chris is Managing Director of the Digital Monetary Institute. His role is to expand and enhance the DMI’s activities. He previously worked in financial publishing for Incisive Media and Euromoney Institutional Investor.

He has set up international investment conferences all over the world and has worked extensively in Russia, Southern Europe and across Asia. He has been involved in British and European politics for many years and has stood for parliament at both general and European elections.

He studied at the University of East Anglia and the IE Business School in Madrid, where he is now a visiting lecturer on financial markets and business ethics.


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.


Sinan Yilmaz
Programmes and Account Executive at OMFIF

Sinan is Programmes and Account Executive at OMFIF. He is responsible for supporting coordination between OMFIF, central banks and private sector entities for the Digital Monetary Institute’s forthcoming research papers, panel events and podcasts.

Previously, he worked as a commercial executive for a payment solutions company, later becoming their relationship manager for over one hundred businesses.

Sinan holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Essex.

Steering group

Please contact Folusho Olutosin for all membership enquiries: