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Biographies

Raphael Auer
Principal Economist, BIS

Raphael Auer is the Principal Economist of the BIS’s “Innovation and the Digital Economy” unit. He also serves as president of the Central Bank Research Association. His policy work and research focuses on issues related to cryptocurrencies, stablecoins and central bank digital currency. Prior to joining the BIS, he held the roles of Senior Economist, Deputy Head of International Trade and Capital Flows, Economic Advisor and Member of the Directorate at the Swiss National Bank. During 2009-10, he was a Globalization and Governance Fellow at Princeton University. He holds a PhD in economics from MIT.
Ahmed Faragallah
Senior Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank

​Ahmed Faragallah is a Senior Financial Sector Specialist at the World Bank, working for the Payment Systems Development Group (PSDG). He holds a Certificate in Fintech from Harvard University. He holds an MBA from Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. He graduated from faculty of Engineering, ASU, Egypt.  Before joining the WB, Ahmed managed the Payment Systems Department in the Central Bank of Egypt for twelve years and worked for IBM for seven years. The PSDG is responsible for providing Global support to WB clients for payment systems, market infrastructure, remittances, and payment aspects of financial inclusion. Ahmed leads several WB projects in Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kyrgyz Republic, Egypt, Pakistan, Yemen, Mauritania, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan; and co-chairs the electronic payment acceptance global initiative. He worked with market Infrastructure projects like RTGS, CSD, Cards Switch, Fast payment system, and ACH; fintech initiatives, financial inclusion, including regulations of mobile wallets, interoperability, card regulations; and AML simplified due diligence.
John Kiff
Senior Financial Sector Expert, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

John Kiff has been a Senior Financial Sector Expert at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since 2005. Prior to that, he worked at the Bank of Canada for 25 years, where he spent most of his time managing the funding and investment of the government’s foreign exchange reserves, including running its large interest rate and currency swap book. At the IMF he was part of the team that produces the semi-annual Global Financial Stability Report. More recently he has been focusing on fintech issues, over-the-counter derivatives, and pension risk transfer markets. He has published many articles and papers on these topics, and actively tweets on them on Twitter (@Kiffmeister).
Klaus Martin Löber
 Head of Oversight, European Central Bank
            
Klaus Martin Löber is Head of Oversight of the European Central Bank. In this function, he is in charge of the oversight of financial markets infrastructures as well as of payments instruments and schemes. His areas of responsibility encompass the ECB’s EU and global regulatory policy activities with a focus on the safety and efficiency of payments and market infrastructures, including risk management and cyber resilience. Furthermore, Mr Löber is contributing to the global fintech and digital innovations agenda, chairing the CPMI working group on digital currencies and co-chairing the CPMI-IOSCO working group on digital innovations. Prior to this, Mr Löber was Head of the Secretariat of the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) hosted by the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, the global regulatory standard setting body in the area of payments, clearing and settlement. Earlier positions include the European Central Bank, the European Commission, Deutsche Bundesbank and private practice. Mr Löber regularly lectures and publishes on financial markets, legal, regulatory and infrastructure issues.
Bilel Jamoussi 
Chief of Study Group Department, TSB, ITU

Tunisian born, Dr. Bilel Jamoussi is Chief of the Study Groups Department of ITU Standardization Bureau in Geneva Switzerland. Since 2010, he has been leading the bureau’s standards making activities into a new era characterized by rapid convergence and the need for increased collaboration with vertical sectors and partnership between developed and developing countries. Prior to 2010, Jamoussi worked for a Telecommunication equipment and solutions provider for 15 years in Canada and then in the United States where he held several leadership positions and was granted 22 US patents in diverse areas including packet, optical, wireless, and quality of service. He holds a BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. He is fluent in Arabic, French, and English and speaks some Spanish and German.