Executive Director, UCL CBT
Paolo Tasca is a Digital Economist specialising in P2P financial systems. He has advised on blockchain technologies different international organisations including the EU Parliament and the United Nations. Paolo is a serial entrepreneur in the blockchain space and is also the founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Blockchain Technologies at University College London (UCL CBT). Recently, he has also been appointed Adjunct Fellow of Griffith University Law Futures Centre in Brisbane and Honorary Research Professor of Sogang Univ. Blockchain Research Center in Seoul. Previously, he was Lead Economist on digital currencies and P2P financial systems at the German Central Bank, Deutsche Bundesbank in Frankfurt.
Paolo is the co-editor of the book “Blockchain Economics: Implications of Distributed Ledger Technology” and the book “Banking Beyond Banks and Money”. He is also co-author of the bestseller “FINTECH Book”. He has been Associate Editor of the “Journal of Risk Finance” since 2016 and Guest Editor (2017) and then Editorial Board Member (2018) of the “Journal of Digital Banking”. In 2018 he has joined “Frontiers in Blockchain” as Specialty Chief Editor for Fourth Industrial Revolution. In addition, he is the author of various scientific papers about systemic risk, P2P systems and distributed ledger technologies, which have been published by prestigious international scientific journals.
As Executive Director of the UCL CBT, Paolo is also directly involved in various research projects concerning different application fields of blockchain technologies. Among them, the BARAC Project (Blockchain technology for Algorithmic Regulation and Compliance) supported by EPSRC, and the P2P-IoET Project (The Internet of Energy Things: Supporting peer-to-peer energy trading and demand-side management through blockchains) supported by Lloyds Register Foundation.
Paolo holds an M.A in Politics and Economics (summa cum laude) from the University of Padua and a M.Sc. in Economics and Finance from Ca’ Foscari, Venice. He did his PhD studies in Business between Ca’ Foscari Venice and ETH, Zürich. His doctoral dissertation on Systemic Risk in financial markets was subsidized by the Swiss National Science Foundation with more than 500.000 CHF.
Other current appointments: Vice-Chair CompTIA Blockchain Advisory Council; Permanent Member of ISO TC 307 committee on standardisation of blockchain systems at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO); Member of the DLT/1 technical committee at the British Standards Institution (BSI); Honorary Professor at Sogang University Blockchain Research Centre; Honorary Research Associate at University of Cape Town Financial Innovation Lab; Honorary Research Associate of CFS at Goethe University; Research Associate at the Systemic Risk Centre of the London School of Economics; Research Associate of the Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire Internet et Société; Senior Advisor of the Beihang Blockchain & Digital Society Laboratory in Beijing; Board member of the Cyprus Blockchain Innovation Centre; Steering Committee Member of the Construction Blockchain Consortium (CBC), Mentor of the Supercharger Program.