Building on OMFIF’s status as an independent think tank for central banks, the Digital Monetary Institute brought together 2,000+ policy-makers, technology experts and investors on 28-29 April 2021 to push the boundaries of the discussion on practical and theoretical aspects of digital currencies and the future of capital markets at a two day virtual symposium.

Watch the public Symposium sessions On Demand below:

Day one- 28 April 2021

Day two- 29 April 2021

The Sand Dollar with John Rolle- Governor of the Central Bank of the Bahamas

John Rolle is governor of the Central Bank of the Bahamas. Before his appointment, he served as the financial secretary in the Bahamian ministry of finance. He has also been seconded to the executive board of the International Monetary Fund, as a senior adviser to the executive director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean constituency.

Retail CBDCs: Policy implications and rollout strategies

Central banks around the world have intensified their research and experimentation in central bank digital currency. Given financial stability and disintermediation concerns, consumer-ready CBDCs have captured global attention with much of the discussion focusing on public-private partnerships. This panel will explore the policy implications of a new form of programmable money for central banks and the role of banks and fintechs in the implementation of CBDCs.

The payments revolution from the consumers perspective

The payments revolution is built on the need to promote financial inclusion among consumers, merchants and sectors that lack access to financial services. However, this shift will stall unless prerequisites of digitalisation and consumer adoption is ensured. This panel will look at the payment service providers and CBDC landscape, addressing how best to combat financial exclusion and meet consumer needs. It will address issues surrounding digital identity, data privacy, security, and resiliency and explore how the public and private sector can move beyond walled garden phenomena, solving interoperability and fungibility challenges.


Next steps for cross border payments

Cross-border payments between financial institutions, businesses and individuals are slow-moving and costly. New technologies have opened the possibility of central bank digital currencies and stable coins addressing these frictions, and policymakers are exploring upgrades to existing systems. This panel will discuss when new payment innovations are necessary, how to balance the trade-off between regulation and data flow restrictions and next steps for promoting international co-ordination on and implementing standards.


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.


Banque de France's wholesale CBDC project

Denis Beau is deputy governor of the Banque de France. He has also been appointed to represent the Banque de France’s governor as chairman of the French prudential supervision and resolution authority. He is a member of the college of the French financial markets authority and of the supervisory board for the European Central Bank’s Single Supervisory Mechanism.

Denis Beau has also been appointed chair of the committee on controlling of the European Central Bank and chair of the analytical group on vulnerabilities of the Financial Stability Board.

DLT banking applications

Distributed ledger technologies have shifted from the margins to the centre of innovation across financial services. For interbank settlement, digital currency solutions have the potential to transform current systems’ speed, resilience, and cost efficiency, however risks and interoperability with new and legacy systems remains crucial. This panel will explore DLT applications to payments, clearing and settlement, addressing when different innovations are needed, bridging conventional and new payment systems and the impact on traditional intermediaries.

Fnality’s global payment solution

Rhomaios Ram is CEO at Finality and former global head of product management for transaction banking at Deutsche Bank. He has more than 22 years’ experience of working across a wide variety of wholesale banking businesses and functions including sales, trading, product management and technology. Most of his experience has been in developing businesses where the product is at the intersection of finance and technology.

Swiss National Bank: Integrating tokenised digital assets and central bank money

Thomas Moser is alternate member of the governing board and deputy head of department I of the Swiss National Bank. Before joining the governing board, he was executive director at the International Monetary Fund, assistant director at the Swiss National Bank, economist at the KOF Swiss Economic Institute and research and teaching assistant at the institute for empirical research in economics at the University of Zurich.

Tim Grant is head of SDX. He has more than 20 years of deep technology and management expertise across institutional capital markets and enterprise blockchain businesses. Prior to SIX Digital Exchange, Tim worked for UBS O’Connor, UBS Investment Bank, R3 Lab and Research Centre and DrumG Technologies. In his previous role as CEO of DrumG, he was responsible for the delivery and operations of enterprise-grade distributed ledger solutions for financial services.

Evolution in capital markets: Digitalisation of assets

With the rise of cryptocurrencies, tokenisation – defined as the representation of traditional assets on distributed ledger technology – has been brought to the fore of the debate around the digital disruption of capital markets. There are potential benefits to tokenising assets, such as securities or illiquid assets, including greater liquidity, accessibility, transparency and faster and cheaper transactions. However there remain concerns regarding regulatory alignment, compliance and security. This panel discusses the business case for decentralised finance and tokenisation beyond digital currency. It will explore DLT applications to assets and financial infrastructure and address the potential benefits and challenges of a token economy.

From cryptocurrencies, stablecoins and Diem to CBDCs

Christian Catalini is chief economist of the Diem Association. He is one of the co-creators of Diem (formerly Libra). He is on leave from his role as associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he founded the cryptoeconomics lab and designed the digital currency research study. He is also faculty research fellow in the productivity, innovation and entrepreneurship programme at the National Bureau of Economic Research.


US crypto-asset regulation: Approach, risks and outlook

Hester Peirce is commissioner at the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Prior to joining the SEC, Peirce conducted research on the regulation of financial markets at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She was a senior counsel on the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Peirce served as counsel to SEC Commissioner Paul Atkins. She also worked as a staff attorney in the SEC’s division of investment management. She was an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) and clerked for Judge Roger Andewelt on the Court of Federal Claims.

The next phase of cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin hit an all-time high in market value this year, leading to speculation that we are witnessing the institutionalisation of a new asset class. However, as more investors turn to crypto-assets, risks for retail investors and the financial system are heightened, making devised legal and regulatory approaches ever more paramount. This panel will discuss these regulatory developments and challenges and look ahead to the future role of cryptocurrencies in a post-pandemic macroeconomic environment.

Institutionalising cryptocurrencies: The birth of a new asset class?

Michael Novogratz is founder and chief executive officer of Galaxy Digital. He was formerly a principal and chief investment officer of the Fortress Macro Fund and was also a member of the board of directors of Fortress Investment Group.

Role of the dollar and the next monetary system

The advancement of central bank digital currencies, particularly the digital yuan, has raised questions around a potential threat to the dollar’s supremacy and the global reserve currency system. This panel will discuss drivers of currency adoption and whether we are entering a new phase of currency competition. It will explore the risks of currency substitution, capital account management in a world with interoperable CBDCs and the potential shift to a multipolar system.

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Denis Beau

Deputy Governor

Banque de France

John Rolle


Central Bank of the Bahamas

Hanna Armelius

Senior advisor. Payments Department Analysis and Policy Division

Sveriges Riksbank

Jochen Metzger

Director General Payments and Settlement

Deutsche Bundesbank

Thomas Moser

Alternate Member of the Governing Board

Swiss National Bank

Mu Changchun

Director-General, Digital Currency Institute

Peoples Bank of China

Mark Williamson

Managing Director, Global Head of FX Partnerships and Propositions


Charlotte Hogg

CEO Europe


John Velissarios

Global Managing Director – Blockchain Technology Lead


Tim Grant

Head of Business

SIX Digital Exchange (SDX)

Ziad Alyousef

Deputy Governor for
Development and Technology

Saudi Central Bank

Aristides Andrade Cavalcante Neto

Chief of Cybersecurity and Innovation

Central Bank of Brazil

Laura Loh

Director of Blockchain

Temasek International

Peter Kerstens

Head of the Financial Technology Task Force

European Commission

Sopnendu Mohanty

Chief Fintech Officer

Monetary Authority of Singapore

Neha Narula

Director of the Digital Currency Initiative


Wolfram Seidemann


Giesecke+Devrient Currency Technology

Ross Leckow

Senior Advisor Fintech- Strategy and Legal

Bank for International Settlements

Raj Dhamodharan

Executive Vice President
Blockchain/ Digital Asset Products & Digital Partnerships


Jennifer Peve

Managing Director of Business Innovation


Tommaso Mancini-Griffoli

Deputy Division Chief
Monetary and Capital Markets Department

International Monetary Fund

Rhomaios Ram



Hester Peirce


US Securities and Exchange Commission

Patricia Mosser

Director, MPA, Economic Policy Management and Senior Research Scholar

Columbia University

Tom Albright


Bittrex Global

Henri Arslanian

Global Crypto Leader


Steve Kokinos



Jose Fernandez da Ponte

Vice President, General Manager Blockchain, Crypto and Digital Currencies


Richard Budel

Chief Commercial Officer Digital


Sky Guo



Darrell Duffie

Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance

Stanford University

Michael Sung

Professor of Finance

Fudan University

Moad Fahmi

Senior Advisor Fintech

The Bermuda Monetary Authority

Joachim Samuelsson


Dmitry Tokarev


Natacha Valla

Sciences Po School of Management and Innovation

Francisco Maroto

Head of Blockchain & Digital Assets


Thomas Mayer

Senior Fellow

Center for Financial Studies

Monica Long

General Manager RippleX


Ed Bowles

Director of Public Policy

Facebook Novi

James Brennan

Associate Managing Director, Compliance, Risk and Diligence


David Creer

Global DLT and Crypto Lead


Sydney Schaub

Chief Legal Officer


Christian Catalini

Chief Economist

Diem Association

Atul Bhuchar

Executive Director & Group Payments Head


David Birch

Author and commentator

Anikó Szombati

Chief Digital Officer

Magyar Nemzeti Bank

Mike Novogratz


Galaxy Digital

Douglas Arner

Kerry Holdings Professor in Law and
Director of Asian Institute of International Law

University of Hong Kong

David MacKeith

Principal Business Development Manager

Amazon Web Services

Jean Baden Dubois


Central bank of Haiti

Vsevolod Michalevsky


OnGrid Systems

Charles Kerrigan

Partner and Global Head of Fintech



Central bank

Crypto assets
stable coins

Cross-border governance
of digital currencies

Distributed ledger technology
(DLT) and banking

capital markets

Event at a glance

  • Virtual two-day symposium

  • 50+ speakers from OMFIF’s global central banking community

  • 2000+ attendees drawn from institutional investors, banks, technology providers

  • Public panels and private roundtables

  • Exhibition stand area; open forums; bilateral meetings

  • Central banks reported directly on CBDC initiatives

  • Industry experts delivered the latest thought leadership


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Commercial Director, Fintech & Private Markets

United States

Folusho Olutosin

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Shuen Lam
Head of Partnerships

Symposium Steering Group