Dr. Das Gupta is the Washington DC-based Chief Economist of eCurrency, the Silicon Valley firm at the cutting edge of technology for powering a central bank digital currency (CBDC). He leads the engagement with central banks, regulators and multilateral institutions, articulating the need for CBDCs and design, implementation, and policy considerations. He is a Vice-Leader of the Working Group on Policy and Governance of the ITU’s Digital Currency Global Initiative. Dr. Das Gupta was formerly the Chief Economist for Asia/Pacific at the IIF, where he managed the economic analysis of the Asian region and led its regional engagement/partnerships with senior officials and the private sector. Dr. Das Gupta also serves as Adjunct Professor at the Washington DC Program of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, teaching highly-regarded graduate courses on economic and financial security as well as development, security and the frontier of finance. He is a graduate of the LSE and holds a masters and a doctorate from Oxford University.