Central Bank Meets Blockchain

  • Hilton Barbados Resort
    Needham's Point
  • Tue, September 10, 2019
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM AST
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  • Dinesh Shah

    Director Fintech Research, Bank of Canada

    TopicBank of Canada's project Jasper and (W)CBDC project with BoE and MASt

    As Director Fintech Research, Dinesh leads the technology aspect of the Bank of Canada’s research agenda in fintech and e-money. The research agenda encompasses the analysis of emerging and potentially disruptive technologies with wide applications to financial market infrastructure and the financial system. This analysis supports economic and financial system research into the implications of such technologies to the core mandates of the Bank of Canada.

    Prior to his current role, Dinesh was Technical Researcher in electronic payments and electronic money. His research focused on understanding and communicating the workings and impact of new technologies in finance, such as distributed ledger technology, and research into conceptual architectures for central bank issued e-money.

    Dinesh first joined the Bank of Canada in 2009 as an Enterprise Architect. Before joining the Bank, Dinesh has been a co-founder and architect at various start-ups. He spent 8 years as a developer of various fixed-income trading and risk management systems at financial institutions in London. In addition, he provided expertise on the application of leading edge technologies to securities trading and clearing firms.

    Dinesh holds a BSc (hons) in Physics with Computing from The University of Kent in the U.K.
  • Francis Fontenelle

    Adviser in the Banking and Monetary Operations Department at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB).

    TopicThe ECCB CBDC Pilot and the Caribbean Settlement Network

    Mr. Francis Fontenelle is an Adviser in the Banking and Monetary Operations Department at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB). Prior to that he held the position of Director of Finance in the Ministry of Finance of Saint Lucia. He was also the Budget Director as well as the Debt Manager for the Government of St Lucia.

    Mr. Fontenelle holds a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Economics and a Master of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus Jamaica. He has pursued numerous shot term professional courses in the areas of Finance, Debt Management, Reserve Management and Payment system.

    He is a sports enthusiast and his hobbies are playing football, cricket, hiking and reading.
  • Dr. Justin Ram

    Director of Economics, Caribbean Development Bank

    TopicThe Role of Digital Currencies in Caribbean Socio-Economic Transformation and Integration

    Justin Ram is Director of Economics at the Caribbean Development Bank – in charge of economic analysis, country strategy and programming, research and Economic Operations in the Bank’s 19 Caribbean borrowing member countries. As a Director, he is also a member of the senior management team of the Bank. He has over twenty years or professional experience.

    He has previously worked as Supervisory Economist with the Mayor of London and Greater London Authority, as an economist with the United Kingdom’s Government Department for Transport, Senior Global Economist with Worley Parsons, as Technical Director with Jacobs Engineering, and as analyst with Thomson/Reuters. Justin also taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science and was Lecturer in Economics at the University of the West Indies (UWI). He has also worked as a consultant on many projects in Central Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and with the World Bank, United Nations and the International Labour Organization.

    Justin has a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), he also holds a M.Sc. in Economics from University College London (UCL), B.Sc. in Economics from UWI and a Post Graduate Certificate in sustainable development from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Carmelle Cadet

    Founder and CEO of EMTECH

    TopicCBDCs & Liquidity Management

    Carmelle is a passionate advocate of digital currency-based platforms, blockchain and capacity building for modernization, financial inclusion and economic development efforts. She is the Founder and CEO of EMTECH, a fintech helping central banks in emerging markets modernize their financial market infrastructure.

    In her 10-year career at IBM, Carmelle led the global business development efforts of digital currency segment in IBM Blockchain. She holds a BS in Finance, and an MBA, and spent the formative years of her career in corporate finance at IBM, and held other roles in Global Treasury Risk Management and Global Capital Structure Management, before becoming the Business Development Executive for IBM Blockchain World Wire.

    Through EMTECH, Carmelle is on a mission to become the most reputable and trusted fintech partner to central banks in small, developing and emerging economies. The firm partners with central banks, local partners and various tech providers to design, build and deploy modern payment systems that are inclusive and interoperable by design, may it be for domestic, regional and international payments. Morever, Central Bank governance, compliance, risk management and capacity building are other key pillars the firm focuses on.

    As a native of Haiti who migrated to the US in her teens, she has come to appreciate how impactful and essential access to affordable and efficient financial services is to economic development. The goal is to make that a reality for small, developing and emerging economies around the world.
  • Adolfo Sarmiento

    Head of Economic Policy and Markets and advisor to the board at the Central Bank of Uruguay

    TopicUruguay’s Central Bank Digital Currency Pilot

    Adolfo Sarmiento is Head of Economic Policy and Markets and advisor to the board at the Central Bank of Uruguay. He is responsible for the Monetary Policy implementation, and the payment system regulation and supervision. Adolfo is also involved in FinTech specially in the Uruguay Digital Currency Project. As advisor, he is also involved in the negotiation of MERCOSUR financial services issues and in Risk evaluation of the financial system. He holds a degree in Economics of the University of the Republic of Uruguay, a Master in Applied Macroeconomics of the Catholic University of Chile and is PhD (Candidate) for the Catholic University of Argentina.

    Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, Bermuda

    TopicBermuda’s digital asset framework
    The Hon Walter H Roban JP MP is the Deputy Premier of Bermuda and the Minister of Home Affairs since November 2018.

    Roban, previously the Minister of Transport and Regulatory Affairs, is part of the leadership team that successfully returned the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) to Government for the fourth time, on Tuesday 18 July 2017. This achievement follows a career in politics spanning nearly 30 years. A man with a passion for politics and the community, he joined the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party Youth Wing, "Progressive Youth", in the late 1980's. Roban served as its Chairman and representative to the party's Central Committee from 1991 to 1993. In 1995, he was elected to the position of Secretary General of the PLP, which he held until August 1999.

    Mr. Roban received a Bachelor’s degree in Business and International Studies from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Master of Arts Degree in International Studies, specialising in international politics, political risk and foreign policy analysis from the University of Birmingham, in England. Roban has worked in the legal profession in Bermuda and also in the banking industry, most recently as an Assistant Vice President in the Private Banking Division of HSBC Bank in Bermuda.

    Roban mentors the youth of the Bermuda Debate Society to promote the expansion of debate within Bermuda’s Public Schools. He edited a book titled ‘Voice of Change, Speeches of Premier the Hon. Jennifer M. Smith’. This is the only book of its type by a Bermudian political figure. Roban is currently working in a partnership to author a book on the history of the Progressive Labour Party, from its inception to its first election victory. Other spare time activities include cooking, reading, studying current affairs, studying African, Caribbean and Bermudian culture and travelling.

    Roban is blessed with a beautiful wife, Nadine Francis, and a lovely daughter named Zara.

  • John M. B. Williams B.Sc. , FCA

    CEO at Cave Shepherd & Co. Ltd


    John Williams was educated at Harrison College, Barbados; Hampton School, Middlesex; and the University of Manchester, England where he read Mathematics. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983 with Price Waterhouse in London. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados, as well as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.

    Mr. Williams has over 35 years of experience in financial and executive management in the manufacturing and services sectors in Barbados. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Cave Shepherd & Co. Ltd, a public company founded over 100 years ago; which is primarily involved in Retailing and Financial Services.

    Mr. Williams is a former Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association, former President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and a former Deputy President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados. He is currently Chairman of Invest Barbados and a Director of Barbados Tourism and Marketing Inc. In the past he has served as Chairman of the Barbados Investment & Development Corporation, and also as a Director on the boards of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Tourism Development Corporation and Barbados Tourism Investment Inc.
  • Racquel Moses

    CEO, Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator.

    TopicDigitization is Key to Building Resilience

    Racquel Moses is CEO of the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator. She has served in several executive-level positions at large multinational organizations and Caribbean leadership organizations including country head of Microsoft Trinidad and Tobago and the regional director of the public sector for Microsoft Caribbean, portfolio head Europe and Americas and Head of Caribbean and International projects for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), president of InvesTT Trinidad and Tobago as well as leadership positions within JP Morgan Chase, Cable & Wireless and Fujitsu.

    Although the bulk of her career has been international Racquel was born and raised in Trinidad. Through all of her appointments she has served as an agent of change and high performance. Racquel is a married mother of two, is a four time marathoner, was the winner of a World Bank innovation award in 2013 and currently serves as the trustee for the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee.
  • Loretta Joseph


    TopicGlobal CBDC Regulatory & Legislative Landscape

    Loretta is a highly dynamic, skilled banking, financial and consulting professional with over 25 years in financial markets and related sectors. She has worked for major investment banks at Board, MD or senior management level throughout Asia and India including, RBS (India), Macquarie Group (India), Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and Elara Capital (India). Spanning a long career, Loretta has tremendous exposure to global financial markets, multiple asset classes and emerging market environments. Loretta has advised many international banks, global hedge and pension funds on managing portfolio and exposure to derivatives and related products. For the last decade, she has been paramount in successful transaction facilitation for Foreign Investors in India and other emerging markets. She has operated in many multi-cultural organizations.

    Loretta sits on the advisory board of UWS (Business School), Blume Ventures (India).An adjunct fellow at UWS (Australia).Lifetime fellow, advisory board of ADDCA (Australian Digital Currency and Commerce Association),Papal advisory council of Humanity 2.0 and holds various advisory positions for multiple tech, biotech and Cybersecurity companies. Loretta champions the cause for responsible blockchain adoption with multiple governments , regulators and industry players . She was the recipient of the Fintech Australia, "FinTech Leader of 2017", “Female leader of 2016” and Sancta Sophia College (Within Sydney University) Alumni Award 2016 for Social impact, 2019 Alumni award for outstanding professional contribution.
  • Derek Rolle

    DEPUTY GOVERNOR, Central Bank of Bahamas

    TopicCentral Bank of Bahamas' Project Sand Dollar

    Derek Rolle is Deputy Governor at the Central Bank of The Bahamas and oversees the payments function as part of his broader duties. Mr. Rolle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Economics from the College of William and Mary (USA) and a Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Quantitative Methods from the University of Georgia (USA). Mr. Rolle is also a member of the International Society for Multiple Criteria Decision Making and continues to conduct research in the area of efficient sets and multiple criteria optimization.



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