2021 JCICEL Conference | Session 2: The Trend of Digital Currency and RegTech



This panel would explore the latest development of digital currency (e.g., central bank digital currency) and RegTech, and their implications for business communities and other stakeholders. It would explore the cutting-edge issues in the digital era, including the fast-developing practices. This would help businesses and other stakeholders better understand the new landscape and think about going forward. 


Associate Professor Simin Gao is the Associate Dean of the Law School of Tsinghua University. She received her doctorate degree in law (S.J.D.) from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and was a former Russell Ackoff Fellow (2011–2012) at Penn’s Wharton School of Business. She brings interdisciplinary perspective to a wide range of emerging issues that encompass bankruptcy law, corporation Law, financial law, law and economic and comparative law. She has authored several publications on Bankruptcy Law, Financial Law and Regulation. She received the Extraordinary Excellent Prize of Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financing Student Abroad in 2012 and the Gold Medal of International Insolvency Study by the International Insolvency Institution (2017) Peking Excellent Junior Scholar grant (2014) and several start-up grants. She serves as the editor or peer reviewer for Chinese and U.S. leading law journals.


Ross Buckley is a Scientia Professor at UNSW Law & Justice. He is interested in the impact, and enabling regulation, of FinTech, RegTech and cryptocurrencies; and the rise of data and the many challenging issues its algorithmic analysis poses for society. Ross' Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council, 2020 to 2025, is a $2.6 million project to explore these issues. He has consulted to a range of government departments over the years in Australia, the US and ten other countries; and often to the Asian Development Bank. Ross publishes broadly in a wide range of countries, though most often in the US. He has written or edited ten books; and has authored over 150 major journal articles and book chapters.

Zhiqi Mao is a Senior Research Expert at the Ant Group, and is a visiting Researcher of Chuo University; Phd of Hitotsubashi University (Business Law). She has visited leading Law Schools including Goethe University, Harvard University and Melbourne University to study corporate law, securities law and Fintech Regulation.

Raphael Auer is Principal Economist in the Innovation and the Digital Economy unit of the Bank for international Settlements (BIS). His current policy work focuses on issues related to cryptocurrencies, stablecoins and CBDC. On these topics, he contributes to BIS policy publications and management speeches, as well as to various international forums, including the G20-CPMI Cross-Border Payments Taskforce. He has published extensively in the field of international economics, monetary policy and digital currencies. Before joining the BIS in 2015, he was Deputy Head and Economic Advisor of the International Trade and Capital Flows division at the Swiss National Bank, and before that Globalization and Governance Fellow at Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and visiting fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He holds a PhD in economics from MIT and serves as president of the Central Bank Research Association.

Professor Heng Wang is co-director of Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre, UNSW Law & Justice. Heng was named Australia's research field leader in international law by The Australian newspaper’s Research 2020 magazine. He has been a recipient of major awards and grants. His work explores the future of international economic development, often from Chinese and regional perspectives. His present focus is on law and technology particularly central bank digital currency. He has advised or spoken at events organized by international organizations and institutions (e.g., APEC, BIS, ICC, UNCITRAL, WTO), and the private sector. He is regularly interviewed by the media. 


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