Davos World Economic Forum 2023

Circle at Davos

Promenade 81, 7270 Davos, Switzerland

At Circle, we make money move
freely to move people forward

Join us at the Circle Lounge to explore how USDC and Euro Coin can power faster, more efficient commerce at internet scale and help overcome barriers that exclude billions of people from critical economic opportunities. Learn how Circle is creating a global, open platform for transferring value and helping to extend financial inclusion to anyone with an internet connection.

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Agenda

Stay tuned for program updates and additions.

Monday, January 16th

9:00am CET

Lounge open

2:30pm - 3:00pm CET

Trust: The Ultimate Currency

At its core, money is not paper, metal, plastic, or even 1s and 0s. It is an embodiment of trust. In an age when the form factor of currency is rapidly evolving, how do we preserve the trust that’s so essential to money’s real-world utility? Join us as we unpack the fundamentals of establishing and preserving trust in today's economy.

Panelists

Elisabeth Carpenter–Chief Operating Officer | Circle

Rob Massey–Partner, Global Tax Leader – Blockchain and Crypto | Deloitte

4:00pm - 5:30pm CET

Invitation only

Fostering Responsible Innovation

A Fireside Chat and Happy Hour
 

It’s said that generals always fight the last war. This tendency extends to policymakers, where regulations often address the most recent crisis — but not the ones still to come. How can government officials and legislators balance the needs to cultivate innovation and protect consumers? And what role does self-regulation play in emerging financial markets? Join us as we outline principles of effective regulation.

 

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Panelists

Dante Disparte–Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Policy | Circle

Tom Duff Gordon–Vice President International Policy | Coinbase

5:00pm - 7:00pm CET

Invitation Only

Crypto’s Great Reset in partnership with FT Live

In-person panel discussion and networking drinks reception

Location: Steigenberger Hotel, Davos

Is crypto facing an existential crisis, or is it an inflection point that will guide the next phase of its evolution? The stunning collapse of FTX, one of the world’s biggest exchanges, has raised serious questions about crypto’s place in finance, trade and investment. At the same time, the underlying blockchain technology has proven resilient, attracting considerable interest for applications ranging from web3 and gaming to real estate, e-commerce, and payments. 

 

To make sense of a muddled picture, the Financial Times, in partnership with Circle, will explore the ascent of crypto and digital assets to this current crisis, the speculative hijacking of blockchain technology and the outlook for the coming year.

 

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Moderator

Katie Martin–Markets Editor | Financial Times

Panelists

Jeremy Allaire–Co-Founder, CEO, Chairman of the Board | Circle

Niall Ferguson–Author and Historian; Milbank Family Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

Tuesday, January 17th

9:00am CET

Lounge open

10:30am - 11:00am CET

Crypto-Fueled Philanthropy

Digital assets make up an increasing share of philanthropic giving. Crypto giving organizations Endaoment and The Giving Block estimate that more than 70M in USDC has been used to facilitate charitable giving and grants through their platforms in 2022. We will dig into these numbers to learn how digital assets are changing the way we think about social impact.

Panelists

Robbie Heeger–President and CEO | Endaoment

Holly Maddox–VP, Corporate Communications | Circle

11:30am - 12:00pm CET

Digital Asset Regulation in Europe

Europe is rapidly moving ahead with regulation of digital assets and payment stablecoins. What are the top priorities in Brussels and London for 2023? Which new policy and regulatory initiatives have the most impact on businesses in Europe? And which European capitals are likely to emerge as hubs for digital asset innovation? Come hear timely assessments of the European landscape and the opportunities it offers.

Moderator

Ana Rold–CEO and Publisher | Diplomatic Courier and World in 2050

Panelists

Teana Baker-Taylor–VP, Policy and Regulatory Strategy, EU/UK | Circle

Isabella Chase–Senior Policy Advisor | TRM Labs

Lee A. Schneider–General Counsel | Ava Labs

3:00pm - 3:30pm CET

The Future of Money

The rise of money tracks closely with the rise of civilization itself. How people store, send, spend, and save value has immense implications for economic development. The rise of digital assets presents a vast new frontier for access to financial services. Are digital dollars a fad or the future of money?

Moderator

Michael J. Casey–Chief Content Officer | CoinDesk

Panelists

Niall Ferguson–Author and Historian; Milbank Family Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

Gordon Liao–VP, Chief Economist | Circle

Wednesday, January 18th

9:30-10:30am CET

Invitation Only

Digital Assets and the Public Good: The View from France

Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire will host a fireside chat with Jean-Noël Barrot, French Minister for Digital Transition and Telecommunications, for a timely discussion of the innovation-forward approach France is undertaking related to digital assets and regulation. Learn how Paris is playing a pivotal role in promoting sound governance, sustainable, responsible growth, and ultimately leading the way toward stable, secure digital asset markets.

 

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Panelists

Jeremy Allaire–Co-Founder, CEO, Chairman of the Board | Circle

Jean-Noël Barrot–French Minister for Digital Transition and Telecommunications

10:30am CET

Lounge open

11:30am - 12:00pm CET

Digital Asset Regulation in the U.S.

The collapse of FTX and the emergence of a slim Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives have changed the outlook for digital asset regulation in Washington. What can we expect in terms of legislation? How might the SEC and other federal agencies change their approach? And how can financial market participants best prepare for what’s ahead? Join us as we preview the year in Washington policymaking.

Moderator

Sandra Ro–CEO | Global Blockchain Business Council

Panelists

Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat–Senior Counsel | Covington

Corey Then–VP, Global Policy | Circle

Professor Kevin Werbach–Legal Studies & Business Ethics | The Wharton School

12:30 – 1:30 pm CET

Invitation Only

Crypto’s Next Chapter with CNBC

Location: The CNBC Sanctuary–Freie Evangelische Gemeinde Davos, Scalettastrasse 1, 7270 Davos Platz, Switzerland

Crypto winter -- or crypto ice age? Hoping to turn the page on this dark period, industry observers are renewing their focus on the original promise of this underlying technology. Join us for a deep dive on crypto’s next chapter, examining real-world use cases that will drive business growth, mainstream adoption, and financial inclusion in the years ahead. 

 

To RSVP, please email: RSVP@CNBC.com

Moderator

Emma Crosby | CNBC

Panelists

Jeremy Allaire–Co-Founder, CEO, Chairman of the Board | Circle

Antoni Martin Bertran–Co-Founder | Polygon

Elizabeth Rossiello–CEO and Founder | AZA Finance

3:30pm - 4:00pm CET

Empowering Cross-Border Business

Nobody expects to pay $12 to send a cross-border text message. The very concept runs counter to the information age. Yet onerous fees and other antiquated features persist in traditional cross-border financial transactions. Learn how entrepreneurs are disrupting this landscape and empowering a new ecosystem of cross-border business.

Panelists

Teana Baker-Taylor–VP, Policy and Regulatory Strategy, EU/UK | Circle

Elizabeth Rossiello–CEO and Founder | AZA Finance

5:00 - 7:00pm CET

Invitation Only

Crypto’s Last-Mile Solution

A Discussion and Happy Hour with Circle, Stellar Development Foundation, and UNHCR

 

The last-mile problem isn’t confined to telecommunications. It’s a major challenge in the delivery of humanitarian aid. Hear from industry and NGO leaders about how payment stablecoins and corruption-resistant blockchain networks are helping to provide relief to refugees and other populations under duress.

 

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Moderator

Teana Baker-Taylor–VP, Policy and Regulatory Strategy, EU/UK | Circle

Panelists

Denelle Dixon–CEO and Executive Director | Stellar Development Foundation

Carmen Hett–Treasurer | United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

9:00pm – Late CET

Invitation Only

Circle Nightcap with World Renowned DJ Kaskade

Location: Chalet Bello, Brämabüelstrasse 4B, 7270 Davos, Switzerland

 

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Thursday, January 19th

9:15 – 9:45am CET

Invitation Only

Innovation Built to Last

A Fireside Chat with Circle's Jeremy Allaire and BlackRock's Rob Goldstein

 

Responsible innovation in today’s economy is an imperative. What role should technology play in financial services? How important is building trust when scaling a new technology? What can this ecosystem learn from recent events across in the market, including digital assets, about building to last? Hear from industry leaders on the importance of building for the long term, including through tumultuous times.

 

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Panelists

Jeremy Allaire–Co-Founder, CEO, Chairman of the Board | Circle

Rob Goldstein–COO & Global Head | BlackRock

10:00am CET

Lounge open

10:30am - 11:00am CET

Mobility, Equity and Agency: The Web3 Future of Learning and Earning

In collaboration with Diplomatic Courier, UNESCO, and Learning Economy Foundation

 

Web3 is not only a new foundational layer of the world wide web, it is a fundamentally new approach to corporate governance, value creation and stakeholder participation. In this session, we’ll explore how Web3 can influence education, repositioning learners at the center of the global education ecosystem with their own digital wallets and verifiable credentials. Learn how this transformation could help close equity gaps, mobility gaps and skills gaps. Join us as we uncover Web3's potential to level the playing field and unlock economic opportunity.

Moderator

Chris Purifoy–CEO | Learning Economy Foundation

Panelists

Jake Hirsch-Allen–North America Workforce Development & Higher Ed System Lead | LinkedIn

Gordon Liao–VP, Chief Economist | Circle

Alexander Nicholas, PhD–Executive Vice President | XPRIZE

11:30am - 12:00pm CET

Real-World Use Cases of On-Chain FX

Cross-border remittances are a major income source for families in developing countries. New research shows that blockchain-based FX markets can be faster, cheaper and safer, enabling remittance beneficiaries to receive more value from senders. Join industry leaders to explore this exciting trend.

Panelists

Vijay Chetty–Head of Business Development | Uniswap Labs

Gordon Liao–VP, Chief Economist | Circle

David Puth–Senior Advisor | Circle

4:00 - 5:00pm CET

Invitation Only

Accelerating Financial Inclusion and Equitable Growth

A Fireside Chat and Happy Hour

 

Access to financial services is indispensable to higher living standards and to economic dignity. Yet globally, 1.7 billion people struggle to access banking services. Millions of merchants, meanwhile, persist on razor-thin margins and fail at very high rates. What are the biggest blockers to progress? Where do the most promising opportunities lie? How can we make access to credit as frictionless as access to the internet? Learn how innovations in payment networks and payment stablecoins can unlock broader economic progress.

 

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Panelists

Dante Disparte–Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Policy | Circle

Jeni Mundy–Global SVP Merchant Sales & Acquiring | Visa

Join us at the 
Circle Lounge

Join us for over a dozen timely and insightful conversations about the evolution of money, the building blocks of financial inclusion, and the regulatory outlook for digital assets.

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