UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

BLOCKCHAIN AND DIGITAL CURRENCY:
THE FUTURE OF MONEY

Leverage blockchain's potential by developing a deeper understanding of how it works and exists within the financial system.

Duration

6 weeks, excluding
orientation

Effort

7–9 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning

ON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, YOU’LL WALK AWAY WITH:

1

In-depth knowledge of how blockchain technology fits into the financial system, and how blockchain applications such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other crypto assets can be used.

2

The ability to take advantage of the economic opportunities in the South African and emerging market context with the expert insight into cryptocurrencies that this course provides.

3

An introduction into central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) that will help you stay ahead of the latest developments shaping the financial system of the future.

4

An understanding of the ethical implications created by the rise of the crypto asset industry, enabling you to move beyond first order thinking in the world of digital currencies.

COURSE CURRICULUM

Module 1
Blockchain Principles

Learn about the fundamental components that enable blockchain technology.

Module 2
Applying Blockchain Technology

Discover the ecosystem around blockchain technology.

Module 3
Crypto Assets and the Future of Financial Instruments

Explore crypto assets, how they are traded, and manage the risks involved.

Module 4
The Evolution of Financial Markets

Discover how central bank digital currencies facilitate the financial system of the future.

Module 5
Programmable Money

Explore how blockchain facilitates the evolution of money.

Module 6
Ethics and Governance of a New Financial System

Develop a new ethical grounding for finance.

 

Please note that module titles and their contents are subject to change during course development.

COURSE CONVENOR

Dr Co-Pierre Georg

Associate Professor and Director of the Financial Innovation Lab, UCT

Georg holds the South African Reserve Bank Chair in Financial Stability Studies. His research interests range from applications of blockchain in banking to systemic risk and financial interconnectedness. He obtained his PhD from the University of Jena in 2011, and has been published in both finance and interdisciplinary journals. Georg’s research has received awards from the European Central Bank, the SAFE Center of Excellence at Goethe University, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the Institut Louis Bachelier. He has been a consultant at various central banks and held visiting positions at the University of Oxford, Princeton University, Columbia University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a research associate at the Oxford Martin School and a research affiliate at Columbia University’s Center on Global Legal Transformation.

GUEST LECTURERS

 

Kungela Mzuku
Subject Matter Expert
Naomi Snyman
Lead: Emerging Technology R&D Innovation, Standard Bank Group
Anushka Soma-Patel
Co-Chair, Identity Working Group: South African Financial Blockchain Consortium

 

Illana Melzer
Engagement Manager, 71point4 Lead Consultant
Daniel Bloch
CEO, Seso Global
Julian Kanjere
Blockchain and Data Privacy Researcher

 

Farzam Ehsani
Co-founder and CEO, VALR
Tanya Knowles
Business Manager, Adhara
Chris Maree
Software Engineer, UMA Protocol

 

Arif Ismail
Head Fintech, South African Reserve Bank
Peter Munnings
COO, Adhara
Michael Lee
Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

 

Silvio Micali
Founder, Algorand
Pietro Grassano
Business Solutions Director - Europe, Algorand
Gabriella Razzano
Legal Consultant

 

Nolwazi Hlophe
Regulatory Program Lead,
Digital Frontiers Institute
Chris Becker
Blockchain Lead, Investec Bank

 

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