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Delivering Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs):

Exploring the Technology Challenge


- GLOBAL GOVERNMENT FORUM - Apr, 2021 -


Thursday 22 April 2021

Most central banks are researching or experimenting with central bank digital currencies (CBDC) – an increasingly hot topic across the globe.


Examples include China’s journey towards a digital yuan to the Bahamas’ launch of its ‘sand dollar’. The European Central Bank (ECB) will decide whether to start a CBDC project by mid-2021. CBDC is also among six priorities set out by the Bank for International Settlements’ (BIS) Innovation Hub in its 2021-2022 work programme.


With a group of leading central banks having identified the ‘foundational principles’ required for CDBCs (in October 2020), focus is increasingly turning to the technology that will help deliver CBDCs.


With central banks collectively representing one fifth of the world’s population likely to launch retail CBDCs in the next three years (according to BIS), this webinar – supported by our knowledge partner Amazon Web Services – will examine the different technological solutions that will deliver CBDCs.


Focusing on retail (or general purpose) CBDCs – central bank digital currencies that are issued to the general public – our panel will address these questions:

  • What are the main technological considerations for those exploring CBDCs?

  • Are the technologies available – both blockchain and centralised databases – capable of rising to the challenge of delivering CBDCs?

  • How do ambitions for enhanced features such as programmability (‘programmable money’) and offline use impact on the technology questions?

  • How can CBDCs’ design help deliver real benefits for citizens and national economies?

#CBDC #CBDCtechWe will be taking questions from the online audience. If you have a question to put forward, please email it in advance to maria.fetta@globalgovernmentforum.com.


If you have any queries regarding this event, please contact Maria Fetta on the above email address or on Tel: +44 20 7031 1221.



This event is free to public sector officials and takes place on Thursday 22 April 2021 at 10:00 BST. The webinar will be recorded and available to watch on demand afterwards so register below to receive the on demand recording.


Places are limited, so please click here to register now.


Panel includes:


Alistair Milne, Professor of Financial Economics, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University


Alistair is Professor of Financial Economics at the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University. Previously Alistair worked at Cass Business School, Bank of England; University of Surrey, London Business School, HM Treasury and for the Government of Malawi. He has a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics. His research spans financial technology, money and central banking, bank capital and risk management, macroeconomics, financial regulation and applications of dynamic stochastic optimisation. He is the author of an account of the 2007-08 crisis “The Fall of the House of Credit”. Nowadays his principal research focus is data and related technologies in money and financial services. He is the principal investigator of the TECHNGI project part of the £20mn Next Generation Services Research Challenge supported by the UK government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. He has also worked recently on disaster risk finance and on the potential application of insurance solutions to the current Covid-19 and future pandemics.


John Velissarios, Global Managing Director – Blockchain Technology Lead, Digital Assets, Custody & Central Bank Digital Currencies, Accenture


John is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Technology Consulting workforce, based in London. John is Accenture’s Global Blockchain and Multiparty Systems Lead responsible for Digital Assets, Custody and Central Bank Digital Currencies. John is currently leading several Blockchain engagements with top tier global organisations and central banks.


David MacKeith, Principal Business Development Manager, Amazon Web Services EMEA


David MacKeith leads business development for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Government Financial Services for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). He has over 20 years of experience helping government and financial services organizations all around the world transform their operations to better serve their respective customers and markets. This includes helping these organizations develop, experiment, and deploy innovative solutions in the areas of digital currencies, monetary and market analysis, regulatory reporting and data collection automation and optimization, and transformation of treasury management functions. Prior to joining AWS, Mr. MacKeith worked on shaping and delivering major IT transformation projects and in the City of London as a commercial transaction lawyer. He holds a degree in Physics from the University of Cambridge.


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