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Banking in the Age of Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) and DeFi


Feb 05 2020, Wednesday06:30 PM - 08:30 PM Singapore


32 Carpenter Street

, Singapore

, 059911


One of the key themes of 2019 was the rise of Decentralised Finance (DeFi), a new type of finance that runs on trustless protocols and without the need for financial intermediaries.

Alongside, many central banks are considering whether to issue a new form of electronic money that would be accessible to the public. This new form is usually called a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).

The IEEE Singapore Blockchain Group, in partnership with SGInnovate, brings industry experts to share their views on the impact to financial systems in an era of fast-growing DeFi and CBDC.

Date 5 February 2020
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911


  • Oleg Bakatanov, CEO, Depos
  • Karthik Iyer, CEO, BlockchainMonk and Ambassador, P2P-Foundation
  • Antony Lewis, Director of Digital Assets, R3

Moderator Jiten Hanwat, Head, IEEE Singapore Blockchain Group

Programme Details:
6:30pm - 7:00pm:Registration
7:00pm - 8:00pm:Panel Discussion and Q&A
8:00pm - 8:30pm:Networking

Speakers' Profiles:

Oleg Bakatanov, CEO, Depos

Oleg Bakatanov is CEO of Singapore-based startup Depos which focuses on building stablecoins using tokenised debt instruments (investment grade bonds) as collateral. Oleg previously worked as a strategy consultant at Boston Consulting Group and as a Hedge Funds Manager. Oleg holds an MBA from INSEAD and a PhD in Finance.

Karthik Iyer, CEO, BlockchainMonk and Ambassador, P2P-Foundation

Karthik Iyer is the ambassador of the P2P-Foundation and runs BlockchainMonk, a DLT / Decentralised Autonomous Organization (DAO) think tank out of Singapore and San Francisco. He was featured in the top FinTech influencers' list and has mentored dozens of Blockchain and FinTech startups in four continents.

He is a serial entrepreneur and founded Asia's first neural network in the matching space and was part of the team that built one of the first tablet devices way back in 2007; he has successfully exited all his ventures to date. He holds close to half a dozen degrees from leading schools in the world like KTH in Sweden, Fudan University in China, among others.

Karthik is regularly featured in Forbes, Economist and leading newspapers in Europe, India and other Asian countries.

Antony Lewis, Director of Digital Assets, R3

Antony Lewis is Director of Digital Assets at R3 in Singapore.

In this role, he works with partners and clients of R3 to understand the transformative nature and implications of digital assets recorded as tokens on Corda, R3's blockchain platform.

Antony has been working professionally in the blockchain industry since joining itBit (now Paxos) in 2013 and sits on the FinTech Advisory Committee for the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (HK SFC).

Antony is the author of 'The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains', an essential guide for anyone who needs to learn about cryptocurrencies, ICOs, tokens, and business blockchains. The guide provides a balanced and hype-free grounding in the fundamental concepts behind the revolutionary technology. Antony also writes a personal blog explaining this technology at www.bitsonblocks.net

Moderator's Profile:

Jiten Hanwat, Head, IEEE Singapore Blockchain Group

Jiten Hanwat heads the IEEE Blockchain Group in Singapore. He has two decades of banking and consulting experience, with specialisation in leading innovation and digitisation using Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) solutions.

He has led several multi-million dollars of sophisticated technological innovation and transformation programmes. He has a broad and detailed knowledge of blockchain technology, including knowledge of key players, research, and trends. He regularly engages with Blockchain firms, FinTech accelerators and startups across the Asia Pacific. Jiten also participates in FinTech, Digital Banking, and Innovation & Technology Industry events.

Before bitcoins and blockchains, Antony was a technology manager at Credit Suisse in London and Singapore, having started his banking career as an FX trader at Barclays Capital.