Programme 2020

1-3 December 2020

Time zone: London, UK (GMT)

Event partner: Fintech-HO 2020 EU Consortium.

Tuesday, December 1st

Chairperson: Nikhil Vadgama (Deputy Director, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies)

11:15 – 11:30

Opening Remarks

Speaker: Paolo Tasca (Executive Director, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies)

11:30 – 12:00

Paper: Spillover Effects of Peer-to-Peer Lending on the Loan Losses of Commercial Banks

Speaker: Janus Zhang (Hong Kong Baptist University)

12:00 – 12:30

Paper: Ride the Lightning: Turning Bitcoin into Money

Speaker: Peter Zimmerman (Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland)

12:30 – 13:00

Paper: Miner Collusion and the Bitcoin Protocol

Speaker: Alfred Lehar (University of Calgary)

13:00 – 14:00

Panel: Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) and the future of digital money

Speakers:
Michael Kumhof (Bank of England)
Kevin Werbach (University of Pennsylvania, Wharton)
Sonja Davidovic (IMF)

Moderator: Tom Wilson (Reuters)

14:00

Closing Remarks: Nikhil Vadgama (UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies)

 

Wednesday, December 2nd

Chairperson: Jiahua Xu (Senior Research Associate, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies)

11:15 – 11:30

Opening Remarks

Speaker: Paolo Tasca (Executive Director, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies)

11:30 – 12:00

Paper: The Value of “New” and “Old” Intermediation in Online Debt Crowdfunding

Speaker: Fabio Braggion (Tilburg University)

12:00 – 12:30

Paper: Asymmetric Cross-side Network Effects on Digital Platforms: Evidence from Marketplace Lending

Speaker: Ke Tang (Tsinghua University)

12:30 – 13:00

Paper: Digital Currency and Economic Crises: Helping States Respond

Speaker: Geoffrey Goodell (University College London)

13:00 – 13:45

Keynote: The economics of distributed ledger technology

Speaker: Raphael Auer (Bank for International Settlements)

13:45

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Jiahua Xu (UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies)

Thursday, December 3rd

Chairperson: Geoff Goodell (UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies)

11:15 – 11:30

Opening Remarks

Speaker: Paolo Tasca (Executive Director, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies)

11:30 – 12:00

Paper: (R)evolution in Entrepreneurial Finance? The Relationship between Cryptocurrency and Venture Capital Markets

Speaker: Kirill Shakhnov (University of Surrey)

12:00 – 12:30

Paper: Why Fixed Costs Matter for Proof-of-Work Based Cryptocurrencies

Speaker: Maarten van Oordt (Bank of Canada)

12:30 – 13:00

Paper: A Contract Service Provider Model for Virtual Assets

Speaker: Thomas Hardjono (MIT Connection Science & Engineering)

13:00 – 14:00

Panel: The global pandemics and new opportunities for financial technologies

Speakers:
Kary Bheemaiah (Capgemini Invent)
Paolo Sironi (IBM)
Mark Esposito (Arizona State University)

Moderator: Christina Frankopan (Lazard Financial Advisory)

14:00

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Geoffrey Goodell (UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies)

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