Paolo Tasca

Executive Director, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies, London, UK
A Digital Economist specialising in peer to peer financial systems.


About UCL cbt

Leading European research hub focused on:
The impact of blockchain technologies on socio-economic systems.
The promotion of a safe and organic development and adoption of blockchain-based platforms.
Three main lines of work:
• Academic Research Centre, supported by eight departments and more than thirty scientists
• A Centre of Excellence, with multidisciplinary expertise, providing consultancy services to industry partners
• A neutral think-tank working to foster open dialogue and sharing of platforms, resources, and ideas amongst the Centre’s industry partners
The CBT Student Division is the first and largest university society in the world focussing specifically on the Blockchain technology.
The student division aims to:
• Maximise interest and spread awareness of the Blockchain
• Imbue keen students with practical technical skills
• Connect young professionals looking for opportunities and industry leaders looking for qualified talent in the Blockchain field.



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 at University College London (UCL CBT). Recently, he has also been appointed Adjunct Fellow of Griffith University Law Futures Centre in Brisbane and Honorary Research Professor of Sogang Univ. Blockchain Research Center in Seoul. Previously, he was Lead Economist on digital currencies and P2P financial systems at the German Central Bank, Deutsche Bundesbank in Frankfurt. Paolo is the co-author of the bestseller “FINTECH Book” and the co-editor of the book “Banking Beyond Banks and Money”. He has been Associate Editor of the Journal of Risk Finance since 2016 and Guest Editor of the Journal of Digital Banking since 2017. 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 Euros. Other current appointments: 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 Professor at Sogang Univsersity Blockchain Research Centre; Honorary Research Associate at University 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; Steering Committee Member of the Construction Blockchain Consortium (CBC), Mentor of the Supercharger Program;