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Dissecting DeFi – on Digital Assets, Decentralised Governance, and Digital Identities

[Lecture Series Spring’23] | [Hybrid]


Decentralised Finance (DeFi) is hailed as multi-trillion business opportunity and treasure trove of innovation. It is poised to change the inner mechanisms of the financial system and complement existing profit models. Digital, tokenised assets, securities, and proofs-of-ownership are at the very core of it. If embedded with voting rights, under the umbrella decentralised autonomous organisations, tokens also enable efficient forms of peer-to-peer governance. Still, there is a long way to mass adoption. One prime issue is the concentration of decision-making and the lack of regulatory oversight. Digital identities can here play a pivotal role in addressing both – regulators’ demands for transparency and users’ demands for privacy.


Prof. Gilbert Fridgen

Gilbert Fridgen is Professor and PayPal-FNR PEARL Chair in Digital Financial Services at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability, and Trust (SnT), University of Luxembourg. In his research, he analyses the transformative effects of digital technologies on individual organizations as well on the relationship between organizations. He addresses especially decentralized and distributed technologies like Distributed Ledgers, Digital Identities, Federated Learning, and the Internet-of-Things. His research involves information systems engineering, IT strategy, and (risk) management, as well as regulatory compliance. In his projects and partnerships, he collaborates with partners in financial services, energy, as well as with public bodies and governments.