Organizing Committee

Paolo Tasca

Paolo Tasca

Executive Director, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies

Paolo Tasca is a FinTech economist specialising in P2P financial systems.
An advisor for different international organisations including the EU Parliament on blockchain technologies, Paolo recently joined the University College London as Director of the Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT).  Prior to that, he has been a senior research economist at Deutsche Bundesbank working on digital currencies and P2P lending.
Paolo is the co-author of the bestseller “FINTECH Book” and the co-editor of the book “Banking Beyond Banks and Money”. He holds an M.A in Politics and Economics (summa cum laude) from the University of Padua and a M.Sc. in Economics and Finance from Ca’ Foscari, Venice. He did his PhD studies in Business between Ca’ Foscari Venice and ETH, Zürich.

Tomaso Aste

Tomaso Aste

Scientific Director, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies

Tomaso Aste is UCL Professor of Complexity Science; Head of the Financial Computing and Analytics Group UCL (2012-), co-Director UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (2015-), Programme Director MSc in Financial Risk Management (2012-); Vice-Director of the Centre for doctoral Training in Financial Computing & Analytics (2014-); Member of the Board of the ESRC LSE-UCL Systemic Risk Centre (2012-). Tomaso Aste graduated in Physics at the University of Genoa and has a PhD in from Politecnico di Milano. Prior to UCL he was Reader at the School of Physics, University of Kent (2009-2012); Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics The Australian National University (2002-2009).


Ben Craig

Senior Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Ben Craig is a senior economic advisor in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He specializes in the economics of banking and international finance. Before joining the Bank in 1994, Dr. Craig was an assistant professor of economics at Indiana University. He has also taught at Washington State University, Stanford University, and the University of Konstanz, Germany. He was a visiting scholar at the Bundesbank in Germany in 2001 and from 2012-2014. Dr. Craig earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard University in 1976 and received a PhD in economics from Stanford in 1986. He is married and the father of three children.

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