8th Digital Finance Summit at Columbia

August 20, 2020
Event Time: 
9:00 AM EDT (New York Time)
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The 8th Digital Financial Services Summit draws on emerging trends in financial ecosystems in the developed and developing world and investigates the intersection of centralized legacy and new decentralized financial ecosystems. Distributed ledger (blockchain) technology may democratize access to services through tokenization of assets and use of private and state-led crypto-currencies, augmenting digital financial services and payments that are the mainstay of financial systems around the world. 

Summit sessions will address how to make access to finance more accessible, secure, certain and affordable, and how access to these systems is made secure by improved cyber security and cyber-resilience initiatives and more robust identity verification mechanisms, privacy controls, and enhanced anti money laundering efforts.




Financial Services in the Age of COVID-19

Introduction, Scene Setting and Keynote Speakers

  • Welcome and Scene Setting
    • Dr. Leon Perlman, DFS Observatory, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information
    • Prof. Eli Noam, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI)
  • Keynote Address
    • F. Christopher Calabia, Senior Advisor and Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Keynote Presentation
    • An Actionable Risk Management Framework (A-RMF) for Developing Countries
    • Presentation of a novel new A-RMF for actors involved in the DFS ecosystem in developing countries. The A-RMF is intended to address regional challenges, such as the disparate nature of the actors, the varying maturity levels of organizations, infrastructure limitations and shortage of relevant expertise.
    • Keith Bowie, CITI, Columbia

Panel I. Cybersecurity Concerns and Strategies Relating to Digital Financial Services

  • Dr. John Brickey, MasterCard
  • Lesly Goh, World Bank
  • Katheryn Rosen, JP Morgan
  • Prof. Randal S. Milch, NYU
  • Moderator: David Medine, CGAP


Panel II. The Impact of COVID-19 on the DFS Ecosystem

  • Harish Natarajan, World Bank
  • Elizabeth Berthe, Microsave
  • Dr. Mayada El-Zoghbi, Center for Financial Inclusion
  • Shelley Spencer, NetHope
  • Moderator: Dr. Leon Perlman, CITI, Columbia


Panel III. The Role of Fintech in the Era of COVID-19

  • Prof. Chris Brummer, Georgetown Law
  • Matt Homer, New York State DFS
  • Shailee Adinolfi, Consensys
  • Sunayna Tuteja, TD Ameritrade
  • Moderator: Matthew Saal, International Finance Corporation


Panel IV. The State of Digital Currency & Blockchain

  • David Birch, Consult Hyperion
  • Brett King, Moven
  • Sandra Ro, Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC)
  • Prof. Aaron Wright, Cardozo Law School
  • Nisa Amoils, Grasshopper Capital
  • Moderator: Rik Willard, Agentic Group

Summit Closing

  • Dr. Leon Perlman, DFS Observatory, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information


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