#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 Israeliā€™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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