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Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse to Spearhead Crypto Discussions at Davos 2024
January 15, 2024
Davos, Switzerland – In a pivotal shift, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse is poised to play a key role in the prestigious World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, from January 15th to 19th, 2024. Ripple’s participation moves beyond peripheral events to direct involvement in central discussions, marking a significant milestone for the cryptocurrency industry.
Garlinghouse will headline the “Clear-Eyed about Crypto” panel on January 18, from 17:30 to 18:15 CET. The panel’s agenda, outlined on the WEF website, focuses on exploring divergent global attitudes towards digital currencies, ranging from their role as a cornerstone of innovation to outright bans.
The panel aligns with the WEF’s Centre for Financial and Monetary Systems, emphasizing the role of technology in enhancing the financial system, promoting individual financial well-being, and supporting climate action through financial transformation.
Diverse Panel Lineup Garlinghouse will be joined by esteemed figures such as Paul Mo-po Chan, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Michael Sonnenshein, CEO of Grayscale Investments, Daniela Stoffel, State Secretary for International Finance of Switzerland, and Brendan Vaughan, Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company.
Ripple’s Commitment to Global Dialogue In an exclusive interview with Financial News, Ripple President Monica Long highlighted the significance of Ripple’s presence at the WEF. Long stated, “It’s critical for our industry to be represented at Davos by mature players who can help dispel the hype that often distracts from the real work being done. Ripple’s attendance is a testament to our commitment to engaging with global leaders and shaping the conversation around the future of finance.”
Crypto Industry Evolution Ripple joins other prominent crypto organizations such as Circle, Coinbase, Stellar, and Hedera at this year’s forum. Long emphasized the industry’s evolution despite recent challenges, noting, “Despite a bear market, institutional interest in blockchain and Web3 has accelerated in the past year — particularly among large financial institutions, banks, and asset managers, which are increasingly recognizing the tangible use cases of the technology, be it payments, tokenization, or custody.”
Global Recognition and Blockchain’s Role The WEF’s agenda reflects the growing prominence of blockchain and digital assets in global financial discussions. A key topic this year is ‘The Tokenisation Economy’, exploring blockchain’s role in enhancing financial inclusion. The panel includes Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire and Stellar CEO Denelle Dixon, among others.
Thriving Crypto Industry Monica Long also addressed the industry’s resilience amidst setbacks in 2023, marked by the collapse of major entities like FTX, BlockFi, Celsius, and Three Arrows Capital. “This year’s Davos gathering is taking place amid a backdrop of a 150% annual surge in bitcoin and growing institutional interest from heavyweights such as BlackRock and Fidelity,” she noted, highlighting the sector’s resilience and evolving landscape.
Industry Engagement with Regulatory Bodies Long emphasized the need for industry engagement with regulatory bodies to foster mainstream adoption. “For continued mainstream adoption, decentralized finance and traditional finance need to work together. The industry must engage with governments to ensure that sound policy and regulatory frameworks are established,” she advised.
This call to action is particularly relevant given the regulatory progress in the US, including the approval of 11 spot Bitcoin ETFs and advancements in global crypto regulatory frameworks. As the WEF convenes, the crypto industry, represented by leaders like Garlinghouse and Long, is set to make another step into mainstream adoption.
Conclusion: Shaping the Future of Finance Ripple’s prominent role at Davos 2024 reflects the growing recognition of the crypto industry on the global stage. As the industry continues to evolve, engagements like these are crucial in fostering meaningful dialogue, dispelling myths, and paving the way for mainstream adoption. The presence of Ripple, alongside other industry leaders, signals a collective effort to shape the future of finance in a rapidly changing landscape.
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