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During Fintech Week, thought leaders from fintech firms across the country—from Amazon to Zcash—describe their business, and explain how their services intersect with markets for a global audience consisting of policymakers, market participants, lawyers, and thought-leaders. This year, an international array of regulators—from the Chariman of the CFTC to the Co-Director of Colombia’s central bank—will in turn lay out their perspective on the future of fintech regulatory policy at Georgetown, the IMF and on Capitol Hill.

Fintech Week’s origins lay in the unveiling of the OCC fintech charter by then Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry at Georgetown Law’s Institute of International Economic Law. Since then the IIEL has been a locus for some of Washington’s most vaunted and high profile discussions of fintech policy and innovation. Fintech Week’s founder and the Institute’s director is Professor Chris Brummer.



Sheila C. Bair
Former Chairman, U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

J. Christopher Giancarlo
Chairman, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Joseph M. Otting
Comptroller, U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Craig Phillips
Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury

  • Maria Adamjee, Chief Executive Officer, Megalodon Capital
  • Priya R. Aiyar, Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, and former Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury

  • Douglas W. Arner, Kerry Holdings Professor, University of Hong Kong
  • Martina Aufiero, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Safeguard Scientifics

  • Conrad G. Bahlke, Counsel, Asset Management Group, Willkie Farr & Gallagher
  • Jeff Bandman, Founder & Principal, Bandman Advisors
  • Pradeep Belur, Chief Operating Officer, Small Business Administration
  • Robert Bench, Head Regulatory Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Circle
  • Kristin Boggiano, Chief Legal Officer, Alphapoint
  • Perianne Boring, Founder & President, Chamber of Digital Commerce
  • Peter Borish, Chief Strategist, Quad Group
  • Brian Brooks, Chief Legal Officer, Coinbase
  • Chris Brummer, Research Professor & Faculty Director, Georgetown University, Institute of International Economic Law
  • Nic Carter, Founder, Coinmetrics
  • Andres Choussy, Head of Trade & Portfolio Management, NEX
  • Isabelle Corbett, Head of Regulatory Affairs & Partnerships, R3
  • Gerardo Hernandez Correa, Co-Director, Central Bank of Colombia, and former Financial Superintendent
  • Mohammad Davoodalhosseini, Senior Economist, Funds Management & Banking, Bank of Canada
  • Gary DeWaal, Special Counsel, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • Desiree Dickerson, Head of Operations, Lightning Labs
  • William Eisenbeis, Managing Director, SARORAS Private Capital

  • Uche Ewelukwa, Professor, School of Law, University of Arkansas
  • Moad Fahmi, Senior Fintech Advisor, Bermuda Monetary Authority
  • Bruce Fekrat, Executive Director & Associate General Counsel, CME Group
  • Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Gilles Gade, Chief Executive Officer, Cross River Bank
  • Daniel Gorfine, DLabCFTC Director and Chief Innovation Officer, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
  • Tim Grant, founder and CEO of DrumG Technologies
  • Arthur W. Hahn, Counsel and Global Co-chair, Financial Services Practice, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP & Trustee, Institute for Financial Markets
  • Vikram Haksar, Assistant Director, Strategy Policy and Review Department, International Monetary Fund
  • Dong He, Deputy Director, Capital Markets, International Monetary Fund
  • Richard Herr, Managing Director, Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P.
  • Gabriel Hidalgo, Managing Director, K2 Intelligence
  • William Hinman, Director, Division of Corporate Finance, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Robert J. Jackson, Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Kavita Jain, Director, Office of Emerging Regulatory Issues, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • Linda Jeng, Chief of Staff, Risk, Surveillance & Data, Federal Reserve Board
  • Charles M. Kahn, Professor Emeritus of Finance, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Rich Kerschner, Co-Chair, Advisory Board, Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown Law & Senior Advisor, Elixirr
  • Trevor Kiviat, Associate, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Brian Knight, Director, Innovation and Governance Program, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
  • Robert Le, Senior Analyst, Emerging Technology, Pitchbook
  • Ross Leckow, Deputy General Counsel, Legal Department, International Monetary Fund
  • Sean Lippell, Director, Investments, Fintech Collective
  • Alexander Lipton, Chief Technical Officer, SilaMoney
  • David Lipton, First Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
  • Margaret C. Liu, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Conference of State Bank Supervisors
  • Jameson Lopp, Infrastructure Engineer, Casa
  • Jai Massari, Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Patrick Murck, Special Counsel, Cooley LLP
  • Aditya Narain, Deputy Director, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, International Monetary Fund

  • Makada Henry-Nickie, Rubenstein Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
  • Joseph Noss, Senior Manager, Bank of England & Member, Financial Stability Board Secretariat
  • Joseph M. Otting, Comptroller, U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Rob Palatnick, Chief Technology Architect, Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation
  • Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, Senior Director Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice, World Bank
  • Gina Pieters, Research Fellow, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, University of Cambridge & Lecturer, Economics Department, University of Chicago
  • Rahul Prabhakar, Head of Regulatory Compliance for Financial Services, Security Assurance, Amazon Web Services
  • Nirup Ramalingam, Chief Operating Officer, NEX SEF
  • Nat Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, Leaf Global Fintech
  • Ratna Sahay, Deputy Director, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, International Monetary Fund
  • Alessandra Shultz, Associate, Business Development, Gemini
  • Bryan Stirewalt, Chief Executive The Board of Directors (“Board”) of the Dubai Financial Services Authority
  • Juan Suarez, Vice President, Legal, Coinbase
  • Tim Swanson, Director of Research, Post Oak Labs
  • Josh Swihart, Marketing Director, Zcash
  • Peter Van Valkenburgh, Research Director, Coin Center
  • Harco van den Oever, founder and CEO of Overstone Art Services
  • Angela C. Walch, Associate Professor, St. Mary’s University School of Law
  • Petal Walker, Special Counsel, Wilmer Hale
  • Yvonne Wang, Head of Technology Strategy, Stealth Fintech
  • Chris White, Chief Executive Officer, Viable Markets
  • Diego Zuluaga, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives
Fintech Week


Keynotes from the IMF, Heads of Top Regulatory Agencies and the Private Sector

As a kick-off to its Second Annual Fintech Week, Georgetown University’s Institute of International Economic Law will co-host with the International Monetary Fund a two-day research and policy workshop on crypto-assets.

The workshop—which will gather some of the world’s leading legal experts, economists, tech developers and regulators—will analyze the supervision, operation and utility of cryptocurrencies and accompanying blockchain technologies across global market, economic and legal ecosystems.  The following two days will focus on US regulatory developments in both crypto-markets and cybersecurity, as well as discuss market innovation and venture capital opportunities in fintech, regtech and data infrastructures.

The final day, co-hosted with the Institute for Financial Markets, takes us to Capitol Hill, steps from the Senate and House Congressional Offices. Participants will convene to discuss issues including Regulatory Sandboxes; Cross-border Fintech Regulation and Competition; and Cybersecurity and Digital Infrastructures.

Our Agenda is Starting to Take Shape, and it’s Better Than Ever! Don’t Miss the 2nd Annual Fintech Week!

Monday, Nov. 5

  • Theme: Crypto Assets (Pt. 1)
  • Crypto-Law (Re)Thinking the Nomenclature and Taxonomy
  • Crypto Assets: New Developments
  • Evolving Crypto Use Cases
  • Emerging Blockchain and Crypto Asset Financial Infrastructures

Tuesday, Nov. 6
(IMF Headquarters)

  • Theme: Crypto Assets (Pt. 2)
  • Crypto-Economics
  • Emerging Financial Risks and Legal Issues in Crypto Assets
  • Crypto Assets and Monetary Policy Transmission
  • Crypto Assets and Economic Development

Wednesday, Nov. 7

  • Theme: Understanding and Financing Innovation
  • Alternative Data, Fintech Analytics and Financial Inclusion
  • The Future of Exchanges and Digital Marketplaces
  • Fintech Company Valuations: Past, Present and Future
  • Fintech Sharktank

Thursday, Nov. 8
Capitol Hill

  • Theme: Smart Regulation
  • How to Build a Regulatory Sandbox
  • Making or Taking Innovation? Regulatory Competition and the Race for Fintech Dominance
  • Security and Resiliency in the Cloud


Let the countdown begin!
2nd Annual Fintech


NOV 5-8, 2018
2nd Annual Fintech Week

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