About Us

Our Mission

The Digital Euro Association (DEA) is a think tank specializing in central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), stablecoins, crypto assets, and other forms of digital money. In particular, we focus on the digital euro. Our mission is to contribute to the public and political discourse through research, education, and by providing a platform and community for policy-makers, technologists, and economists to discuss digital money-related topics. We are committed to independence and excellence, aiming to set the agenda and to shape policy by encouraging new ideas and forward-thinking in the field of digital money. We target new and innovative topics such as the digital euro and Stablecoins, but also “classical” crypto assets such as Bitcoin and Ether.

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Founding Members

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Philipp Sandner

Digital Programmable Euro, Stablecoins, Bitcoin, Crypto Assets

Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner is head of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC) at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. His expertise includes blockchain technology in general, crypto assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, the digital programmable euro, tokenization of assets and rights and digital identity. The FSBC advises financial organizations, industrial corporations and startups concerning their blockchain activities.


Jonas Gross

CBDC, Stablecoins

Jonas Gross is a project manager at the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center and research assistant and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Bayreuth. His research interests include crypto assets, central bank digital currencies (CBDC), and stablecoin projects like Diem. Jonas has held various keynotes about digital currencies and has co-authored various publications about CBDC and Stablecoins.

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Alexander Bechtel

CBDC, Stablecoins, Monetary Theory

Alexander Bechtel is a research assistant at the University of St. Gallen. His main research interests are monetary policy and digital currencies. He has worked as an external consultant for the European Central Bank (ECB) and has completed a research stay at Stanford University. Alexander has served as a speaker and consultant for various institutions providing expertise about stablecoins, the programmable euro and CBDC.

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Philipp Schulden

Industrial Applications of Digital Money

Philipp Schulden is Chief Operations Officer at the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. In the field of blockchain technology, he has already conducted numerous international consulting projects and research initiatives. In his work, Philipp deals with the possible applications of blockchain technology in an industrial context and its effects on corporate functions.

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Manuel Klein

Monetary Theory, Stablecoins, CBDC

Manuel Klein is a senior consultant at EY focussing on blockchain applications in the financial sector including Digital Money and Digital Assets. Before, he worked as a consultant at a leading provider of financial data and analytical applications for investment management and investment banking. Manuel has been active with the NGO Monetative since 2015, for which he has given keynotes at various banks, conferences, and universities at the national and international levels. Monetative provides education on the structure and issues of the current monetary system and discusses alternative money systems.

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Daniel Holk

Crypto Assets, Industrial Applications of Digital Money

Daniel Holk is a research assistant at the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. His responsibilities include projects in the areas of digital money and Industry 4.0. He graduated in International Relations and Economics, as well as International Business at the Universities of Erfurt and Medellín.


Lena Grale

Stablecoins, CBDC

Lena Grale is a student of Economics at Vienna University of Economics and Business. Before, she graduated in Management, Philosophy and Economics at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. Lena has dealt with tokenized commercial bank money and central bank digital currencies working for the Association of German Banks. Further, her research interests include stablecoins and the digital programmable euro.