FinTech Self-paced Learning Webinars (Webinar 2): Are Cryptocurrencies and CBDCs Taking the World by Storm?

Self-paced Recording

About this course

Format: Video Recording

Learning Objectives:
- Be prepared with the right knowledge when CBDCs and Cryptocurrencies become ubiquitous in Asia
- Validate the firm’s capabilities to harness these technologies for better product delivery 
- Ask the right questions on the firm’s position on Cryptocurrencies and CBDCs

Training Content:
Session 1
- Topic:  CBDCs are not Cryptocurrencies
- Language: English
- Speaker: Dr. Oriol Caudevilla, FinTech Advisor, Management & Strategy Consultant and Researcher (Digital Banking and Finance, Central Bank Digital Currencies, Blockchain, Crypto and M&A)
- What to learn: The popularity of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) has recently increased. With the rise of cryptocurrencies, any new central bank digital currency is inevitably compared to its norms. However, many of the suggested central bank digital currency implementations are incompatible with cryptocurrency principles in numerous ways. CBDCs increase financial inclusion while also facilitating the implementation of monetary and fiscal policies. Many countries are investigating the impact of CBDCs on their economies, financial networks, and economic stability. The expert will be able to clarify simply what CBDCs are (a new form of Central Bank Money) and what they are not (cryptocurrencies) through the most relevant ongoing projects worldwide and its opportunities in Digital Yuan, Project Aber, or Digital Euro.

Session 2
- Topic: Cryptocurrencies Applications
- Language: English
- Speaker: Ms. Sadie Raney, CEO & Co-Founder at Strix Leviathan, Co-Founder at Makara
- What to learn: With over 300 million crypto users globally and over 18,000 establishments around the world who accept cryptocurrency payments. Cryptocurrencies have grown in popularity to the point where their entire value has surpassed one of the world's most valuable firms, Apple. The applications of cryptocurrencies have expanded beyond the original usage as payment method, it is now extending to financial services like capital markets, corporate finance, private banking, as well as robo-advisory. Sadie will touch upon the different part of banking that is being redefined by cryptocurrencies and the unique advantages that cryptocurrencies have to offer.


Self-paced, Under 2 hours
No credit


Deadline: 31 Dec 2023

By the end of this course, you will learn:


Understand key definitions, principles, and aspects of CBDCs


Practical use cases of CBDC projects in Asia, focusing on the most advanced CBDC: the Digital Yuan.


Obtain a thorough understanding of CBDC’s technical architecture


Understand the different steps in the use of Cryptocurrencies


Practical use cases applications of Cryptocurrencies in Payments, Wealth Management, and Investments


Obtain a thorough understanding of the benefits of using Cryptocurrencies in different parts of Finance



FinTech Advisor, Management & Strategy Consultant and Researcher (Digital Banking and Finance, Central Bank Digital Currencies, Blockchain, Crypto and M&A)

Oriol works as Board Director and Co-Leader of the Financial Inclusion and CBDCs Working Groups at the Global Impact FinTech (GIFT) Forum, Chairman of the Private Digital Euro Working Group at the Digital Euro Association (D€A),  Strategic Advisor at a Hong Kong-based WealthTech company, ETFCool, Strategic Advisor at Alpha Bright Asset Management (Hong Kong), Member of the Board of Advisors at Blockchain for Europe (BC4EU),  Mentor at R3 (Singapore), Mentor at Cyberport (Hong Kong), Mentor at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP), FinTech Mentor at F10 Incubator & Accelerator (Singapore), Blockchain Mentor at Tribe (Singapore) and also FinTech Mentor at Rise by Barclays (London and Mumbai).

Oriol is Fellow at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), as well as Honorary Fellow at the Asian Institute of International Financial Law -AIIFL- at the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

He is member of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong, the Singapore Fintech Association (SFA) as well as FinTech Australia. 

Furthermore, he publishes articles in several media, including China Daily (both the Global and Hong Kong Edition) and Macau Business. 

He has given talks and seminars on the Chinese Financial System, Central Bank Digital Currencies and the Digital Yuan in several universities in the US, Canada, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as in international conferences, like the recent Israel/UAE Fintech Week, the Future of Fintech Saudi Arabia event and the Greater Bay Area Blockchain Week.


CEO & Co-Founder at Strix Leviathan, Co-Founder at Makara
Sadie Raney is the Co-founder CEO of Strix Leviathan a Seattle-based technology company developing software for enterprises trading in cryptocurrencies. She is also the Co-founder of MAKARA digital, a crypto trading platform that helps build  personalised crypto portfolios. She is an Advisory Board Member at VeriLedger, Mentor at Barcelona Technology Transfer Group. As a writer,  editor, and contributor she has written various articles on startups and researched various business use cases. Sadie has an MBA in entrepreneurship from the University of Washington and many years of work experience in the field of Finance.