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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​DC³ Conference - From Cryptocurrencies to CBDCs​


​​25 January 

26 January ​

​27 January​

11:00 am – 12:30 (CET)

Opening Session

Welcome address
Keynote address
Round table session on role of standard setting bodies in digital currencies

Moderator: Bilel Jamoussi, Chief of Study Group Department, TSB, ITU​
11:00 am – 12:00 (CET)

Fireside Chat: Can digital currencies take financial inclusion to the next level?

This session will consider the potential of digital currencies (i.e. CBDCs and stablecoins) for bridging the financial inclusion gap. According to the World Bank, some 1.7 billion adults worldwide do not have access to financial services. However, digital currencies could potentially offer low-cost, safe, real-time payments and therefore could be used In government programs and remittances. 

Moderator: Stephanie Lelaurin​​, Blockchain for Impact Specialist, Asociación Cultural para el Desarrollo Integral (ACDI)​, Argentina
11:00 am – 12:00 (CET)

Fireside Chat: Digital currency model and Ontology 

This session will shed light on the digital currency model and ontology notions developed under the Digital Currency Global Initiative and how it can be used to describe the various operations and transactions taking place in a digital currency system.

​Central Bank Digital Currency Track

​Stablecoins Track

​Security Track

14:00 – 15:15 (CET)

Architecture options for Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC)

Central banks worldwide are actively exploring issuance of digital currencies and are confronted with a wide range of policy and technology challenges. This session will explore the architecture options from both a policy and technology standpoint for retail and wholesale CBDC designs.

Moderator: Peter Kerstens​, Advisor, European Commission​
​14:00– 15:15 (CET)

Challenges and opportunities for stablecoins

The session will explore innovative use cases of stablecoins and their integration with existing payment systems. The session will consider different stablecoin architectures and how they enhance the efficiency of cashless payments.

Moderator: Jean-Marc Seigneur​, Senior Lecturer, University of Geneva, Switzerland 
14:00 – 15:15 (CET)​​

Security and Privacy Challenges for Digital Currencies

Looking ahead to 2025, this session will discuss the security and privacy challenges currently being faced with the implementation of various types of mainstream digital currencies through to Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC). The session will also provide an overview of the current cryptocurrency risk landscape and explore cryptography measures and the progress towards quantum safe digital currency systems.​

Moderator: Vijay Mauree, Programme Coordinator, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU​

​​Deep Dive Session

​​Deep Dive Session

​​Deep Dive Session

16:00 – 17:30 (CET)

Addressing CBDC cross-border interoperability
This session will explore the cross-border interoperability challenges and requirements for central bank digital currencies. The session will address questions such as:​
ModeratorVipin Bharathan, Founder,, United States of America
16:00 – 17:30 (CET)

Implementing interoperability for stablecoins

This session will examine the approaches to implementing interoperability for stablecoins with some use case examples. 

ModeratorLeyla Baghirzade​, Fintech Entrepreneur and Board Member of Blockchain, Azerbaijan
16:00 – ​17:30 (CET)

Digital Currency Validation for Protection & Resilience

This session will discuss the process for a common multi-level assurance process that can be applied to all digital currency types for threat analysis, security protection design and assurance. The application of the validation process will be illustrated with a CBDC Model use case

ModeratorVijay Mauree​, Programme Coordinator, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU