The CBDC Conference agenda examines the different facets of CBDC and offers the opportunity to learn from the experts.

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Presentation / Session Title

Speaker / Panelists


Tuesday, 12. September 2023

09:00 – 14:00

Conference Registration



09:25 – 10:15

Reality Check: a glimpse into CBDC pilot projects

Polly Bäumler, Giesecke+Devrient

Severino Sequeira, Giesecke+Devrient

Begonya 1

CBDC Academy : How fintech innovation can unleash the power of CBDC

Tunji Odumuboni, EMTECH Begonya 2

CBDC Academy : From Design to Implementation: Live Presentation of a Combined Wholesale & Retail CBDC Solution

Hanspeter Gier, TrustnoteD

Hermann Sterzinger, TrustnoteD

 Begonya 3

10:15 – 10:35

Coffee Break



10:35 - 11:25

CBDC Academy : What use cases do CBDCs support and what can we look to achieve with CBDCs?

Simit Naik, nChain Begonya 1

CBDC Academy: Cross-border payments with CBDC

Brett Mollin, Ripple

James Wallis, Ripple

Begonya 2

CBDC Academy : Offline payment solutions with CBDC: a showcase

Jerome Ajdenbaum, IDEMIA

Hugues Marie, IDEMIA

Begonya 3

11:30 – 12:20

CBDC Academy : The role of public money

Jurgen Spaanderman, De Nederlandsche Bank Begonya 1

CBDC Academy : From Concept to Reality: Exploring the path to CBDC adoption

Conrad Kraft, Digital Euro Association

Begonya 2

12:15 – 13:30



Restaurant « Almina »

13:30 – 13:45

CBDC Conference opening

Beat Attinger, CBDC Conference


13:45 - 14:00 Opening remarks Yüksel Görmez, Executive Director, The Central Bank of the Republic of Türkiye Ballroom

14:00 – 15:00

Governor’s Panel: CBDC from a central bank's perspective

Alberto Naudon, Board Member, Banco Central de Chile

Dr. Kingsley Obiora, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria

Dr. Maxwell Opoku-Afari, First Deputy Governor, Bank of Ghana

Jermaine Campbell, Manager, Currency, Central Bank of the Bahamas

Chair: John Ho, Standard Chartered Bank


15:00 – 15:40

Coffee break



15:40 – 16:00

Sand Dollar update and next steps

Shaqueno Porter, Central Bank of the Bahamas


16:00 - 16:20

The Digital Pound: an update

Shiv Chowla, Bank of England Ballroom
16:20 - 16:40

Norges Bank testing with CBDC

Suela Kristiansen, Norges Bank Ballroom
16:40 - 17:00

Case Study : Jam-Dex One year on & moving forward

Novelette Panton, Bank of Jamaica


17:00 - 17:20

The Riksbank e-krona project: an update

Viktor Möllborg, Sveriges Riksbank Ballroom

17:20 – 17:30




18:30 – 20:30

Networking Cocktail


Wednesday, 13. September 2023


08:30 – 08:50

Less haste, more speed: why plans for retail CBDC need to be less ambitious

Prof. Alistair Milne, Loughborough University


08:50 – 09:10

Monetary policy implications of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs)

Inutu Lukonga, IMF


09:10 – 09:30

The Digital Euro: An anchor of stability or a gigantic flop?

Prof. Peter Bofinger, University of Würzburg


09:30 – 09:50

Building ecosystems for CBDCs: Barriers and value for ecosystem players

Prof. Pinar Ozcan, Saïd Business School, Oxford University


09:50 – 10:30

Coffee Break


10:30 – 11:20

Panel discussion: Design & policy aspects

Chibuzo Anthony Efobi, Central Bank of Nigeria

Simit Naik, nChain

Alberto Naudon, Banco Central de Chile

Peerapong Thonnagith, Bank of Thailand

Chair: Prof. Peter Bofinger, University of Würzburg


 11:25 - 12:15 Panel discussion : Financial inclusion

Ashley Lanquist, IMF

Aniko Szombati, Magyar Nemzeti Bank

Hugues Marie, IDEMIA

Cam Nili, World Economic Forum

Chair: Prof. Pinar Ozcan, Saïd Business School, Oxford University

12:15 – 13:30 Lunch   Restaurant « Almina »
13:30 - 14:30

Workshop : Pioneering central bank innovation: BIS-Innovation Hub case studies

Daniel Eidan, Bank for International Settlements - Innovation Hub

Leanne Zhang, Bank for International Settlements - Innovation Hub Hong Kong

Chair: Bénédicte Nolens, Bank for International Settlements - Innovation Hub Hong Kong


Workshop : Implementing a CBDC (pilot)

Tanja Hessdörfer, Giesecke+Devrient

Chibuzo Anthony Efobi, Central Bank of Nigeria

Shaqueno Porter, Central Bank of the Bahamas

Chair: John Winchcombe

Begonya 1
14:40 – 15:00

Breakout session: Ripple's full stack CBDC platform

Brett Mollin, Ripple Ballroom

Breakout session : From Pilot to Adoption: Leveraging Regulatory Sandbox to unlock CBDC Use Cases

Carmelle Cadet, EMTECH Begonya 1

Breakout session : Privacy in CBDC: Lessons learnt from experimentations with central banks

Jerome Ajdenbaum, IDEMIA

Begonya 2

Breakout session: Managing CBDC across Liquidity Pools with Corda

Harrison Tan, R3 Begonya 3

15:10– 15:30

Breakout session : How CBDC can ease cross-border payments

Daniel Nagy, Giesecke+Devrient


Breakout session : CBDC interoperability in the developing new financial order

John Velissarios, Otranto Limited Begonya 1

Breakout session : Learnings from the National e-ID business: Parallels between Digital ID and CBDC

Hermann Sterzinger, TrustnoteD Begonya 2

15:30 – 16 :10

Coffee Break


16:10 – 16:30

Premier to Africa's first CBDC

Dr. Kingsley Obiora, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria


16:30 – 16:50

Digital Tenge: Overview and further steps

Ruslan Konurbayev, National Payment Corportation of Kazakhstan


16:50 – 17:10

Project e-HKD in Hong Kong: An update

Michael Law, Hong Kong Monetary Authority


17:10 - 17:30

The Bank of Israel Digital Shekel Project

Yoav Soffer, Bank of Israel


17:30 - 17:50

Tokenized Deposits: The Commercial Bank Money Token as a supplement to CBDC

Tobias Tenner, Association of German Banks Ballroom

17:50 – 18:00

Wrap up of the day

Beat Attinger, CBDC Conference


19:00 – 21:00

UDPN CBDC Conference Dinner


Thursday, 14. September 2023


08:30 - 09:50

CBDC & digital identity

Christine Leong, nChain


08:50 - 09:10

Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI): a call for CBDC

Abbas Albasha, Giesecke+Devrient Ballroom
09:10 - 09:30

Decentralizing access to Digital Cash: Why Central Banks Should Adopt a Web3 Enabled CBDC

Carmelle Cadet, EMTECH Ballroom
09:30 - 09:50

DUAL®, a connected banknote that bridges the physical and digital world of currencies

Jessica Matthäus, Orell Füssli Security Printing

Hanspeter Gier, Trustnoted



09:50 - 10:30

Coffee Break


10:30 – 11:20

Panel discussion : Cross-border payments with CBDC

Claudine Hurman, Banque de France

Sandra Waliczek, WEF

Yoav Soffer, Bank of Israel

James Wallis, Ripple

Chair: Michael Salmony, Payments Innovation Consulting


11:25 - 12:15

Panel discussion: User-centric design of a CBDC

Lariza Galindo, IMF

Ricardo Correia, R3

Scott Hendry, Bank of Canada

John Ho, Standard Chartered Bank

Chair: Tamara Schmidt, Digital Euro Association

12:15 – 13:30 Lunch   Restaurant « Almina »

13:30 – 14:20

Panel discussion: Macro-economic ecosystem for a CBDC

Inutu Lukonga, IMF

Kombe Kaponda, Bank of Zambia

Michael Salmony, Payments Innovation Consulting

Adolfo Sarmiento, Banco Central del Uruguay

Chair : Tanja Hessdörfer, Giesecke+Devrient


14:20 - 15:00 Coffee break   Foyer
15:00 - 15:20

The art of adapting to the changing needs of central banks in their CBDC journey

Imran Khan, Bitt Ballroom

15:20 – 15:40

Wholesale CBDC - Empowering central bank money for a digital future

Constantin Drott, Deutsche Bundesbank


15:40 - 16:00

The Universal Digital Payments Network: Interoperable payment infrastructure for the digital currencies of tomorrow

Florian Becker, GFT  
16:00 – 16:20

Research project DELPHI

Johannes Duong, Oesterreichische Nationalbank Ballroom

16:30 – 16:40 

Closing of CBDC Conference 2023

Beat Attinger, CBDC Conference


The program may be subject to change without notice


Listen. Engage. Learn.


The CBDC Conference is the meeting point on this subject matter for delegates from central banks, retail banks, technology providers, policy makers, academia and many other areas.


The conference agenda will examine CBDC from three different perspectives:


The first perspective will cover the central banks’ view

When embarking on a CBDC project, a central bank must be clear on what it wants to achieve. It should ask itself a series of questions, for example:

  • What is the fundamental motivation to implement a CBDC? What problem is being solved? What does success look like?
  • What is the role of the central bank in a world with CBDC?
  • How will the CBDC function in the wider national and international payment landscape? Who should have access to CBDCs, and how?
  • What should be the scope of the CBDC: should it be a wholesale or retail CBDC?
  • What is the impact on the banking system? How will CBDC deliver financial stability?
  • What legal framework is necessary to implement a CBDC?
  • Which technical solutions are available? Which advantages offer the various solutions? How will these work for privacy and security issues?
  • Which monetary and financial policy options are available and should be considered?
  • And more

The agenda of the CBDC Conference will review these issues. The attendees will have the opportunity to hear first-hand from and engage in enlightening discussions with the experts active in this space.

Listen to the experts in this field. Engage in lively discussions. Learn first-hand from other professionals. Connect with representatives of the different stakeholders.


Multiple streams. Multiple formats.


Each and every individual delegate’s interests are different, but they all have in common the desire to learn, to share and to discuss.


The CBDC Conference caters to all these different interests by offering multiple streams running in parallel, allowing attendees to choose the session on their preferred topic. It does so by using different presentation and discussion formats, allowing attendees not only to listen, but to engage actively in in-depth discussions and learn.

Networking. Opportunities.


The CBDC Conference is the perfect place to make new friends and catch up with old acquaintances.

Get to know people during the cocktail reception on the first conference day. Chat during the coffee and lunch breaks. Consolidate the friendship over dinner on the second conference day.


Date & venue


The CBDC Conference will take place from 12 - 14 September 2023 in Istanbul, Turkey.


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