CV

Practical Experience

since 2022

Head of Digital Assets and Currencies, etonec GmbH.

  • Consulting and prototyping at the intersection of traditional finance and crypto

  • CBDCs, stablecoins, Bitcoin Lightning Network, zero-knowledge proofs

since 2020

Founder and Chairman, Digital Euro Association e.V.

  • Establishing a European think tank on digital currencies, focusing on providing education, community-building, and fostering collaborations around digital money

  • Managing a team of approx. 15-20 team members

  • Discussing CBDCs with various central banks, e.g., the European Central Bank, South Korean Central Bank, Norges Bank, and the Indonesian Central Bank

  • Contributing as an expert to public hearings on CBDCs, e.g. for the European Data Protection Supervisor and the European Economic and Social Committee

2019-2022

Project Manager, Frankurt School Blockchain Center

  • Project management of a research project funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research, building a blockchain infrastructure for the German machine manufacturers
  • Research projects around digital currencies
  • Keynote speaker (> 30 presentations/year)

2020-2021

Research Assistant, Chair of International Economics and Finance, University of Bayreuth

  • Research project funded by Deutsche Bundesbank (German central bank)

  • Research on central bank digital currencies


Focus and skills

Focus

Central bank digital currencies

Cryptocurrencies

Stablecoins

Blockchain technology

Monetary policy

Programming skills

R

Matlab (Dynare)

Python

Latex


Scholarships and awards

Award for the best economic thesis
Scholar of the "Deutschlandstipendium"

Hobbies and interests

Biking

Playing the piano

Football refereeing

Education

2019-2022

University of Bayreuth, Germany

PhD Candidate, Grade: Summa cum laude

  • PhD thesis titled "Essays on digital currencies and monetary policy"

  • Research focus: Privacy and financial stability implications of central bank digital currencies, stablecoins, cryptocurrencies, and monetary policy

  • Lecturing seminars around digital currencies and monetary policy

2016-2019

University of Bayreuth, Germany

Master of Science, Final grade: 1.3

  • Specializations: Monetary policy, econometrics
  • Master thesis: Conservatism and momentum – a DSGE-based analysis (with distinction

2017-2018

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Term Abroad

Specializations: Monetary macroeconomics, behavioral finance

2013-2016

University of Bayreuth, Germany

Bachelor of Science, Final grade: 1.4

  • Specializations: Money and international economics, public finance
  • Bachelor thesis: Do national factors affect ECB monetary policy? (1.3)

2005-2013

Markgraf-Georg-Friedrich-Gymnasium, Kulmbach, Germany

General Qualification for University Entrance (Abitur), Final grade: 1.4

Extracurricular Activities