Advocacy Talking Points 8 December 2020
The Rise of Decentralized Finance: Disruption or Opportunity?
Experts from BCG Platinion and Crypto.com, discuss trends, challenges and opportunities in decentralized finance services based on the blockchain technology.
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Decentralized finance (DeFi) – financial products and services based on the blockchain technology – has seen a surge of interest and new developments in 2020. New applications in areas such as lending, insurance, derivatives, and exchanges, expand our understanding of what services DeFi can support.
Will DeFi grow to challenge and disrupt the world of traditional finance? Or does it present opportunities for established institutions to deliver their services in a different way? While the regulation still strives to catch up with the new developments, how do we make sure that customers’ and investors’ interests are protected?
Our guests, experts from BCG Platinion and Crypto.com, discuss newest trends, challenges and opportunities in DeFi.
- Eric Anziani, Chief Operating Officer, Crypto.com
- Igor Mikhalev, Expert Principal, Boston Consulting Group
- Piotr Zembrowski, CFA, Manager, Advocacy Research and Content, Asia-Pacific, CFA Institute
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Eric is Chief Operating Officer at Crypto.com. Crypto.com’s mission is to put cryptocurrency in everyone’s wallet. He currently looks after several functions at Crypto.com including Product, Growth, Institutional Sales, Strategy, Partnerships, Blockchain, Research and Data.
Eric is a seasoned tech leader with 14 years of experience in strategy, partnerships and innovation in financial services/payments, fintech and lifestyle tech.
Prior to joining Crypto.com, Eric worked at leading global companies Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, PayPal and Global Fashion Group in London, Paris, Singapore and Tokyo.
Eric completed his MBA from INSEAD in 2012, and has a Master of Science degree from the Ecole Superieur d’Electricite (Supelec), France’s leading graduate institution.
Currently based between Singapore and Hong Kong, Eric is a blockchain and tech enthusiast. He has invested in and advised several ventures across Asia and US markets, and actively contributes to the blockchain and startup ecosystem in Singapore in his personal capacity as part of:
∙ ACCESS, the Singapore Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Industry Association promoting and protecting the use and development of digital currencies and blockchain technologies and,
∙ BANSEA, a leading angel investment network promoting the development of the angel investment community in Southeast Asia
Igor Mikhalev is an expert principal at BCG helping clients develop business models with blockchain technologies and digital currencies. He is a Business Technology & Innovation Strategy leader and a researcher with more than 15 years of experience in startup, academic as well as state-of-the-art corporate and consulting environments.
Piotr Zembrowski, CFA, is manager, advocacy research and content, Asia Pacific Advocacy & Policy Outreach, at CFA Institute. He conducts research into financial regulation, to support the advocacy team's development and promotion of capital markets policy perspectives in Asia Pacific. He is also responsible for content management and editorial aspects of Asia-Pacific Research Exchange (ARX), an online research-publishing platform. Piotr has four years of experience as a financial journalist in Hong Kong, covering asset management, fintech and ESG, among other topics. Previously, he worked at TD Bank in Canada, where he was responsible for development of online and mobile banking and investing platforms. Piotr has a Master of Science degree in astronomy from University of Toronto and a Master of Journalism degree from the University of Hong Kong. He earned his CFA charter in 2006.