Speakers

P2P 2019 Speakers

Cristopher Clack
Founder, Financial Computing MSc Programme and the Thomson-Reuters Laboratory at UCL
Biography
Robleh Ali
Digital Currencies Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab
Biography
Robleh Ali is a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative. His main focus is on how national currencies can be issued digitally outside the existing banking system and the role of central banks in such a system. The overall aim of the work is fundamentally reforming the financial system by changing the way money is issued. He previously led the research into central bank issued digital currency at the Bank of England.
Ben Fung
Director of Economic Research and Analysis, Bank of Canada
Biography
Ben Fung is Research Advisor and Assistant Director in the Currency Department of the Bank of Canada. His main role is to provide leadership in the department’s economic research program and to provide advice to the department on issues related to developments in retail payments and their implications for the demand for cash. As Assistant Director, Ben is responsible for managing the Economic Research and Analysis team. He also has extensive experience in monetary policy research and analysis. From 2000 to 2003, Ben worked as senior economist at the Bank for International Settlements’ Hong Kong Office. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Western Ontario.