BIS Names CBDC Expert as Head of Euro Region Innovation Center

Raphael Auer is now an economist in the organization’s innovation and digital economy unit.

AccessTimeIconJan 7, 2022 at 11:04 a.m. UTC
Updated Jan 10, 2022 at 8:06 a.m. UTC
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The Bank for International Settlements, the umbrella group for central banks, named Raphael Auer, an expert in central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), as the head of its innovation center for the euro region.

  • Auer, 43, is now an economist in the innovation and the digital economy unit of the BIS’ Monetary and Economic Department, the Basel, Switzerland-based organization said in a statement Friday.
  • He will start his new role in February. The BIS Innovation Hub Eurosystem Center is scheduled to open in the first half of the year and will join existing hubs in locations such as Hong Kong, London and Switzerland. The hub system was established in 2019 to foster collaboration among central banks on developments in financial technology.
  • Auer has published many papers on CBDS, stablecoins and cryptocurrencies.

UPDATE (Jan. 10, 08:06 UTC): Adds Auer’s age in first bullet point, photo.


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