Istanbul, 12 - 14 September 2023

The urgency of CBDC


Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) has recently taken the financial world by storm.

Inevitably, the question arises: What were the drivers behind such rapid and impressive development?

Just a few years ago, Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) was still attracting very little interest. Only a handful of central banks were even looking into it. If at all, discussions about CBDC were often held behind closed doors.

Then, however, a number of central banks began implementing pilot projects with the aim of better understanding the challenges associated with CBDC. A multitude of studies have also been published on this topic. 

At the same time, technological innovations facilitated the advent of cryptocurrencies and, in the wake of Facebook’s announcement of plans to introduce Libra, CBDC was thrust into the spotlight almost overnight.



The rationale of the CBDC Conference


Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) is a relatively recent topic. It is an area with many uncertainties and only a few established standards. As such, there are vast, unchartered territories to be explored.

CBDC is a complex topic with many different facets. There is no question, however, that there are many different opinions, interests, desires and expectations of the purpose of CBDC from a wide variety of interest groups.

In such a dynamic environment, it is paramount that a common understanding of the basic principles of CBDC be established among the different stakeholders.

This is the backdrop against which the CBDC Conference was created. It has been designed as a platform for knowledge exchange, learning opportunities and in-depth discussions.


Why attend?


The CBDC Conference is the leading event in the field of Central Bank Digital Currency. It offers representatives of central banks, retail banks, technology providers, policy makers and academics the perfect platform to learn about the latest developments in CBDC, exchange ideas with experts and peers, and advance the cause of CBDC.

The CBDC Conference is geared towards delegates who have a professional interest in CBDC:

Is it part of your job to consider the impact of CBDC on financial stability or banking supervision? Are you entrusted with studying the regulatory and legal aspects of CBDC? Are you employed by a central bank which is considering implementing a CBDC project? Or are you working on innovative technical solutions and more efficient systems? Maybe you are a consultant advising central banks and other entities on CBDC?

The CBDC Conference is the perfect event to examine this subject matter from all different angles. Join the discussion and shape the future of CBDC!


Advisory Board


To ensure that the topics included in the CBDC Conference program are relevant and add value for attendees, we work with an Advisory Board. 

The Advisory Board is composed of the following renowned experts :

Rakiya Mohammed v2 Small SW 350 400

Rakyia Mohammed

Director, IT Department

Central Bank of Nigeria

Kwame Oppong

Kwame Oppong

Head, FinTech and Innovation

Bank of Ghana

Michael Salmony

Dr. Michael Salmony


Payments Innovation Consulting

 John Ho

John Ho

Head, Legal, Financial Markets

Standard Chartered Bank

Climate neutral conference


We care for the environment!

It is, therefore, important for us to make the CBDC Conference climate neutral. For this to achieve, we had the carbon footprint of the CBDC Conference calculated by myclimate (www.myclimate.org), one of the world’s quality leaders in voluntary CO₂-compensation measures. When registering for the CBDC Conference, the delegates are given the option to offset the carbon footprint caused by their participation. If they prefer not to tick the corresponding box, we, the Organisers, will shoulder the cost. Naturally, we also offset the carbon footprint caused by the journeys of the speakers that will present at the CBDC Conference. The collected amount of money will be used to fund a carbon offset project of myclimate.


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About us

The CBDC Conference is organized by Lighthouse Communications LLC (www.lighthouse-communications.ch), an entity registered and headquartered in Zug, Switzerland. Conferences organized by Lighthouse Communications are characterized by their high-quality content and innovative formats, which support learning and foster communication among the participants. One prime example is the World Banknote Summit (www.worldbanknotesummit.com), which is attended by delegates from all over the world.


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Lighthouse Communications LLC 
Chamerstrasse 56, 6300 Zug / Switzerland

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