Digital Euro Association

Our Core Team

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Jonas Gross
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.

Valentin Seehausen
Valentin Seehausen
Valentin Seehausen is an economist and programmer. His company Open Currency Technology creates user-oriented financial apps, he is the partnership manager of the Digital Euro Association and speaker at national and international conferences. His areas of knowledge are primarily: CBDC, blockchain technologies, development of smart contracts, monetary economics, web & app development.

Sarah Palurovic
Executive Director
Sarah Palurovic is a research assistant at the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center. Her focus is on executive education in blockchain and digital assets, specializing in smart contract platforms and assets-as-a-service business models. She graduated in international management with a double degree in Germany and Sweden.

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Phillip Sandner
Vice Chairman
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.
Lena Grale
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.
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Daniel Holk
Vice Chairman
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.

Conrad Kraft
Executive Director
Conrad Kraft is a Digital Currency Analyst with a background in Public Sector Finance. He holds a Masters Degree in Digital Currencies and Blockchain from the University of Nicosia and has undertaken research in the areas of DLT, CBDCs and the use of exponential technologies in the public sector.


Our Associate Team

Destan Kirimhan-1
Dr. Destan Kirimhan
University of Texas, El Paso
Timo Kohlhaase
Client Advisor at Kasseler Sparkasse

David Tercero Lucas-1
David Tercero-Lucas
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Dr. Oriol Caudevilla
Dr. Oriol Caudevilla
FinTech Advisor, Strategy Consultant and Researcher at ixFintech and AirHelp
Aaron Schwiegel
Aaron Schwiegel
Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen
Luca Rose
Purchasing, ZF Luftfahrttechnik GmbH