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USF Sarasota-Manatee campus to co-host cryptocurrency conference

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus in April is co-hosting a two-day conference examining the role of cryptocurrency and the future of global finance. The free program will feature presentations and panel discussion by academic, financial, governmental, legal and other experts, including a member of the U.S. Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors and Australia’s ambassador to the United States.

The program, which will be from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 20-21 in the Selby Auditorium on the Sarasota-Manatee campus, is also sponsored by the Global Interdependence Center and the Florida West Coast Chapter of the Air Force Association.

  • A session on cryptocurrency investments, financial markets and regulations, moderated by Eddie Sanchez Jr., assistant professor of instruction in the Muma College of Business on the Sarasota-Manatee campus. Panelists include Katie Stockton, founder and managing partners at Fairlead Strategies LLC; Dave Nadig, a financial futurist at VettaFi; Brent Donnelly, president at Spectra Markets; and Ian Katz, managing director at Capital Alpha Partners.
  • A session on cryptocurrency outside the United States, with panelists Nicholas Colas, co-founder at DataTrek Research; Jessica Rabe, co-founder at DataTrek Research; Paul O’Brien, former chief investment officer at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority; and Michael Drury, chief economist at McVean Trading & Investments LLC and a member of the GIC board.
  • A special report from Donnelly on fiat currencies during the past year and in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, moderated by David R. Kotok, chairman and chief investment officer of Cumberland Advisors.
  • A session on the aftermath of the failure of FTX and bankruptcy laws, featuring a presentation by David Adler, a partner at McCarter & English LLP.
  • Keynote remarks from Federal Reserve System Governor Christopher Waller on cryptocurrency and central banks. Waller will be introduced by Joni L. Jones, Sarasota-Manatee campus dean for the Muma College of Business.

On April 21, the schedule includes:

  • Keynote remarks on the military and national security situation from retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Herbert J. “Hawk” Carlisle.
  • A session on China’s economy moderated by Alejandra Grindal, chief economist at Ned Davis Research Group, with panelists Leland R. Miller, CEO at China Beige Book International; Michael Drury, chief economist at McVean Trading & Investments LLC; and Malcom Riddle, founder of ChinaDebate, editor of the ChinaMacroReporter and research associate at the Harvard University Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.
  • A special report on the geopolitical situation, with a focus on China, by Jonathan Ward, founder at the Atlas Organization.
  • A special report on critical minerals and global supply chains, by Nayantar Hensel, chief economist and senior advisor at Seaborne Defense.
  • Keynote remarks by Kevin Rudd, a former prime minister and currently Australia’s ambassador to the United States, on the outlook in Asia, global risks and policies.

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