Paolo Tasca is a Digital economist specialising in P2P financial systems. An advisor on blockchain technologies for different international organisations including the EU Parliament and the United Nations. Paolo is founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT) at University College London. Prior to this, he was Lead Economist on digital currencies and P2P financial systems at Deutsche Bundesbank, Frankfurt working on digital currencies and P2P lending.
Paolo is the co-author of the bestseller FINTECH Book and the co-editor of the book Banking Beyond Banks and Money. In addition, he is author of various scientific papers about blockchain, which have been published by prestigious international scientific journals, such as the Harvard Business Review. As Executive Director of the UCL CBT, Paolo is also directly involved in various research projects concerning different application fields of blockchain technologies. Among them, the BARAC Project (Blockchain Technology for Algorithmic Regulation and Compliance) supported by EPSRC, and the P2P-IoET Project (The Internet of Energy Things: Supporting peer-to-peer energy trading and demand side management through blockchains) supported by Lloyds Register Foundation.
Dr Tasca holds an M.A in Politics and Economics (summa cum laude) from the University of Padua and a M.Sc. in Economics and Finance from Ca’ Foscari, Venice. He did his PhD studies in Business between Ca’ Foscari Venice and ETH, Zürich. His doctoral dissertation on systemic risk in financial markets was subsidized by the Swiss National Science Foundation with more than 500.000 €.
Other current appointments are: Permanent Member of ISO TC 307 committee on standardisation of blockchain systems at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO); Member of the DLT/1 technical committee at the British Standards Institution (BSI); Honorary Research Associate at Univeristy of Cape Town Financial Innovation Lab; Honorary Research Associate of CFS at Goethe University; Research Associate at the Systemic Risk Centre of the London School of Economics; Research Associate of the Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire Internet et Société; Senior Advisor of the Beihang Blockchain & Digital Society Laboratory in Beijing; Board member of the Cyprus Blockchain Innovation Centre.