J. Christopher “Chris” Giancarlo served as the Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) from 2017 to 2019. One of the most notable accomplishments of his tenure being greenlighting the introduction of Bitcoin futures by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). Chris is the co-founder of the Digital Dollar Project, a non-profit venture exploring digital innovation in money and future-proofing the U.S. Dollar (and its reserve currency status) in a coming world of decentralized and centralized, digital currency networks, including Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). His book entitled, “CryptoDad – the Fight for the Future of Money,” describes his fight to help Washington understand the challenge of digital currency and bridge the gap between policymakers, the general public, and the tech-savvy crowd engaged in cryptocurrencies.
Our speaker has been called “CryptoDad” because he has been a progressive regulator focused on financial innovation rather than overly dwelling on the mistakes of the past. He stands as a regulator who views innovation and regulation as complementary forces that can help foster a more effective and inclusive financial ecosystem.
Chris Giancarlo’s co-founding of the Digital Dollar Project demonstrates his commitment to shaping the future of money in a digital age. The potential development of a U.S. CBDC could redefine how monetary policy is implemented, how monetary transactions are conducted, and how financial inclusion is facilitated. His expertise in both regulatory are conducted, and how financial inclusion is facilitated. His expertise in both regulatory frameworks and digital innovation could help design a CBDC that balances the needs for security, efficiency, and inclusiveness.
The following is a quote from Chris Giancarlo: “A digital dollar would help future-proof the greenback and allow individuals and global enterprises to make payments in dollars irrespective of space and time. We are launching the Digital Dollar Project to catalyze consideration of a digital, tokenized U.S. currency that would coexist with other Federal Reserve liabilities and serve as a settlement medium to meet the demands of the new digital world and a cheaper, faster and more inclusive global financial system.”
We encourage participants to read in advance an Op-Ed in Fortune Magazine written by our speaker entitled, “3 keys to ensuring the US maintains dollar primacy in the age of digital money”
For those who would like a good read about Chris Giancarlo’s fight for the future of money, we recommend his book, Crypto Dad.
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Attorney, Author, Board Director, Investor, Former Executive and Ex-Chairman, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission
The Honorable J. Christopher Giancarlo served as the thirteenth Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Considered one of “the most influential individuals in financial regulation,” he also was a member of the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Committee, the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, and the Executive Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions.
Giancarlo is author of “CryptoDad – The Fight for the Future of Money,” an account of his oversight of the world’s first regulated market for Bitcoin derivatives and the coming digital network transformation of financial services.
Giancarlo is co-founder and Executive Chairman of the Digital Dollar Project (https://digitaldollarproject.org), Senior Counsel to the international law firm, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, and also board director, advisor and angel investor in numerous public and private technology and financial services companies.
Among other recent recognitions, Giancarlo was appointed to the rank of Chevalier in the National Order of Merit by French President Macron in recognition of his expertise in “cryptofinance.”
Private Investor. Entrepreneur. Cryptocurrency Trader. Savvy Investor.
Mitchell Dong founded Pythagoras Investments, which manages four cryptocurrency trading funds and strategies: arbitrage, trend following, statistical arbitrage and high frequency trading. He also allocates to outside crypto traders and crypto funds. In addition, he runs his family’s investment office which has a portfolio of real estate, hedge funds, PE and VC funds. Previously he ran hedge funds which traded uranium, gold, electric power and mutual funds, and was also a developer of solar, hydroelectric and oil and gas fired power plants. Mitchell is a graduate of Harvard College and the OPM program at Harvard Business School. Mitchell’s family philanthropy supports the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.
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