Roundtable: Cryptocurrencies and Global Monetary Policy

Rod Garratt, University of California Santa Barbara, Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review, and Robleh Ali, MIT Media Lab

Rod Garratt in discussion with Robleh Ali and Gideon Lichfield about global monetary policy.

Rod Garratt, Maxwell C. and Mary Pellish Chair, Professor of Economics, University of California Santa Barbara

Rod Garratt holds the Maxwell C. and Mary Pellish Chair in Economics at the University of California Santa Barbara. He has served as a technical advisor to the Bank for International Settlements, a research advisor to the Bank of England, and a vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. At the FRBNY he co-led the Virtual Currency Working Group for the Federal Reserve System. After leaving the FRBNY he consulted for Payments Canada and R3 on Project Jasper, a proof of concept for a distributed-ledger-based wholesale interbank payment system. Garratt received a BA from the University of Waterloo and a PhD from Cornell. He has published in the top economics journals including Econometrica, the American Economic Review, and the Journal of Political Economy. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Financial Market Infrastructures and the Journal of Network Theory in Finance.

Gideon Lichfield, Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review

Gideon Lichfield has been the editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review since December 2017. He spent 16 years at The Economist, first as a science and technology writer and then in postings to Mexico City, Moscow, Jerusalem, and New York City. In 2012 he left to become one of the founding editors of Quartz, a news outlet dedicated to covering the future of the global economy that is now widely recognized as one of the most innovative companies in digital media. Gideon has taught journalism at New York University and been a fellow at Data & Society, a research institute devoted to studying the social impacts of new technology. He grew up in the UK and studied physics and the philosophy of science.

Robleh Ali, Research Scientist, DCI, MIT Media Lab

Robleh Ali is a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab's Digital Currency Initiative. His main focus is on how national currencies can be issued digitally outside the existing banking system and what role central banks should play in such a system. The overall aim is to fundamentally reform the financial system by changing the way money is issued. He previously led the research into central-bank-issued digital currency at the Bank of England.

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