Session 1: Bitcoins and Other Cryptocurrencies

VIDEO April 21, 2018

Speaker / Author

George Tsetsekos, Ph.D.

Francis Professor of Finance and Dean Emeritus at LeBow’s College of Business at Drexel University

Dr. George Tsetsekos, serves as the Francis professor of Finance and Director of the Risk Management Center at the LeBow College of Business. He served as Dean of LeBow (2002-2012) and under his transformative leadership the college achieved national rankings and quality milestones in research and teaching. Prior to his appointment as Dean, he served as Drexel’s Vice Provost and Vice President for academic administration and contributed to the completion of the strategic merger between Drexel and MCP Hahnemann University. Dr. Tsetsekos’ extensive research covers the broad areas of corporate finance, investments, banking and international finance. His research contributions include articles ... Read More

David Mills

Deputy Associate Director, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

David Mills is deputy associate director at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities include the Board’s payments research and retail payments, and he coleads an internal effort within the Federal Reserve System that is looking at digital innovations in the area of payments, clearing, and settlement. Mills has been studying developments in digital currencies and distributed ledger technologies for several years, has contributed to international work on the topics, and led a Federal Reserve research team that produced a paper on the use of distributed ledger technology in payments, clearing, and settlement. ... Read More

Lin William Cong

Assistant Professor and Advisor, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business

Lin William Cong is an assistant professor of finance at the University of Chicago and a faculty affiliate at the Center for East Asian Studies. His research interests include financial technology and innovation, entrepreneurial finance, information and mechanism design, real options, statistical learning, and China’s economy and financial markets. He is a member of academic associations including the European Finance Association and the Econometric Society and an adviser for nonprofit organizations and fintech start-ups such  as the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance and String Labs. Cong has a Ph.D. in finance and a M.S. in statistics from Stanford University, where he ... Read More

Kim P. Huynh

Senior Researcher Adviser, Bank of Canada

Kim P. Huynh is a senior research advisor in the currency department at the Bank of Canada. His research interests include industry dynamics, the economics of payments, and financial innovation. Huynh has a Ph.D. from Queen’s University at Kingston. ... Read More

Susan Akbarpour

CEO and Co-Founder, Mavatar

Susan Akbarpour is CEO and cofounder of Mavatar, which provides “360 marketplace and shoppable content publishing” solutions to retailers and media companies. As an entrepreneur, journalist, publisher, investor, board member, community advocate, and political fundraiser, Akbarpour has received multiple media, community, and business awards; spoken at various conferences; and has been frequently featured in mainstream media. She is also a general partner at Candou Investments; member of the board of directors at IMA International Executive Council and VOMax Corporation; member of Stanford Business School Alumni Association, Stanford Women on Boards, and Watermark (a nonprofit organization that is a community of ... Read More