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Head of Digital Assets & Currencies Strategy at Deutsche Bank
Alexander Bechtel is Head of Digital Assets & Currencies Strategy at Deutsche Bank (Corporate Bank). He has done a PhD at the University of St.Gallen, where he still holds a position as external lecturer. Alexander regularly publishes articles, podcasts, and research on monetary policy and digital currencies. He has worked as an external consultant at the European Central Bank and spent a research stay at Stanford University.
Vice President, European Parliament
Eva Kaili is a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), part of the Hellenic S&D Delegation since 2014. She is the first woman to chair the STOA Panel and the Centre for Artificial Intelligence (C4AI). She is a Member of the Committees on Industry, Research and Energy, Economic and Monetary Affairs, Budgets, the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age, and the recently created Committee of Inquiry into the use of the Pegasus Spyware. She has been the draftsperson of legislation in the fields of blockchain technology, online platforms, big data, fintech, AI, cybersecurity, as well as EFSI2, the InvestEU programme, and FuelEU Maritime. She is also a member of the delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (DACP), the delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula (DARP), and the delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (DNAT). Prior to her election as MEP, she was a Member of the Greek Parliament (2007-2012). Before her political career, she worked as a journalist and newscaster.
Stephan D. Meyer
Co-Founder and Co-CEO at FQX
Stephan is an open-minded entrepreneur, attorney-at-law and notary public. Previously, Stephan worked for an insurance group for six years and was core team member within an SNSF research project on the regulation of cryptocurrencies at the ZHAW School of Management and Law. He completed his doctorate on 'Rights to and from Blockchain-based Crypto Tokens' at the University of Zurich, winning the Issekutz Prize 2020. Currently, Stephan is Co-Founder and Co-CEO at FQX, a global decentralized debt infrastructure startup. Also, he has been advising clients as Associate and Counsel with MME's DLT team for over five years, mainly on tokenization and decentralized governance. On his academic track, he is leading the Masters' course on "Blockchain & Smart Contracts" at University of Lucerne, and teaches at HWZ and ZHAW on blockchain and law. Finally, Stephan is Operational Legal Advisor in the rank of a Major within an active Swiss Armed Forces Division Staff.
Professor Faculty of Law, University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland)
Florence Guillaume is a Full Professor of civil and private international law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) since 2006. Her research and publications cover a wide array of topics, including international corporate law, international business litigation, international intermediated securities law, national and international succession law, international trust disputes, and legal issues of digitalization. She is the author of several publications on the legal treatment of smart contracts and DAOs as well as on decentralized justice. She has also been a Member of the expert group Coala for the Model Law for DAOs (2019-2022). She founded in 2020 the LexTech Institute, which is an academic center dedicated to research and training in digital technologies. Professor Guillaume has been the Dean of the Faculty of Law (2011-2014) and she is currently member of the Council of the University. She has been a Visiting scholar at Stanford University (CodeX) (2022) and a Professor on secondment at The Hague Conference on Private International Law (2014-2015). Before entering academics, Professor Guillaume practiced as a lawyer at the Geneva Bar and the Zurich Bar (2000-2006). She also worked as a Deputy to the Head of the Private International Law Department at the Swiss Federal Ministry of Justice.
CEO and Co-Founder of Coinpanion
Alexander Valtingojer is CEO of the crypto fintech Coinpanion. He was already intensively involved with cryptocurrencies during his school days, which led him to actively work on various projects in this scene. The first project he developed was a Bitcoin PayPal marketplace. Later in his studies, he started actively trading cryptocurrencies and also worked on his own ICO, for which he spoke on the panel at the C³ Crypto Conference in Berlin. After that, Alexander founded a sole proprietorship for software services. For about four years, Alexander has been intensively involved with the financial markets and, due to his skills, was also a trader on the previous version of Coinpanion. Coinpanion has now grown into a company with 30+ employees and aims to help everyone get started in the crypto market with smart and data-driven portfolios.