The fintech world is evolving so rapidly that the knowledge gap
between technologists, and economists and regulators keeps widening.
What approach can policymakers take to bridge this gap? How can
central banks advance their learning of Distributed Ledger,
crypto-asset or cyber security to evaluate the benefits of digital
currencies? Staff at the IMF and WBG is fast-tracking their own
understanding of these technologies by developing a private,
educational crypto-asset. This session will review the lessons staff
have learned so far.
Section Chief, Econometric and Modeling Support Team, IMF
Aquiles Farias : Mr. Aquiles leads a team responsible for
providing “Advanced Quantitative Modeling, Econometrics and Scientific
Computing” services to the Fund. He is also a digital advisor with
expert knowledge on Digital Currencies, Artificial Intelligence and
Machine Learning. Formerly Deputy Head of the Research Department at
the Central Bank of Brazil, Mr. Farias holds a PHD in economics and
has a strong background in Computational Economics and Quantitative Methods.
Chief Digital Advisor, IMF
Herve Tourpe: As Chief Digital Advisor, Mr. Tourpe helps the
Fund understand transformative technologies relevant to IMF’s Member
Countries, such as Fintech, AI, Blockchain, Big Data or cyber risks. A
passionate "techno-realist", he strives to provide expert
advice on technology trends, opportunities and risks. Formerly Chief
Enterprise Architect, Mr. Tourpe has a strong background in IT
strategy and technology innovation.
Business Solutions Officer, WBG
Peter Zhou: Peter is a blockchain evangelist, FinTech
practitioner, business solutions architect and corporate
entrepreneur/innovator with 15+ years of experience. He has been
wi+G8th several business areas at the World Bank Group including
Treasury and IT Financial Engineering in the past 10 years, prior to
that he was with Wells Fargo, and had his own startup. His most
recent achievement was the world's first global blockchain based bond
issuance called project Bondi, a tokenized security created, allocated
and managed on a permissioned blockchain by World Bank Group and
Commonwealth Bank of Australia.