#8: What drew this former banker & stock exchange CEO to crypto & blockchain, her outlook on Diem, CBDCs & more

January 19, 2021

In this episode, I had the great pleasure of having Gal Landau join as my guest speaker. We explored topics such as the Diem – the Facebook-backed digital currency; the experimentations governments worldwide are conducting with CBDC – a supplementary form of money; how Israel, commonly known as the Start-Up Nation, is relating to blockchain and fintech and a whole lot of other interesting topics.

Gal is an accomplished senior executive in the financial industry with 15 years of proven ability to build high-performance teams, develop innovative products, and grow businesses. Selected as one of the top 100 women in Fintech globally.

Gal formerly served as the CEO of the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange; as the deputy CEO and the COO, and as the CRO of the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange. before joining the TASE, she held various high-level positions at one of Israeli’s largest banking groups. Early career positions include senior economist in The Banking Supervision Department at the Central Bank of Israel.

Currently, Gal is the Head of Research & Member of the Academic Committee, at The Blockchain Research Institute at Tel Aviv University; and a Senior Fellow at Cyber Center, at Haifa University.

Gal served and currently serves on the board of directors, with a focus on global fintech companies, including at Global blockchain ventures an emerging technology-focused venture capital fund (US-based), Bank Leumi group fintech company Videa and Symbridge a global fully regulated exchange platform for digital assets (US-based).

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