J. Christopher Giancarlo, former Chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission

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J. Christopher Giancarlo, former Chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission talked about how a digital, tokenized US currency that co-exists with other Federal Reserve liabilities as a settlement medium will meet the demands of the new digital world for a cheaper, faster and more inclusive global financial system.

Opening Keynote:

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“We Sent a Man to the Moon, we Can Send the Dollar into Cyberspace: The case for a Digital Dollar” The digital Twenty-First Century is underserved by an analog reserve currency. A digital Dollar will help future-proof the greenback and allow individuals and global enterprises to make payments in Dollars irrespective of space and time.

About Richard Kastelein

In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, ' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, the Netherlands where he has set down his anchor to raise a family and write.

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015) and director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He has written over 2500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published in Harvard Business Review, Venturebeat, Wired, The Guardian and a number of other publications.

Kastelein has an Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute software and Technology. He has over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the EuropeanCommission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division. Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology at over 50 events in 30+ cities.

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