On January 6, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) announced the appointment of Raphael Auer as the Head of BIS Innovation Hub (BISIH) Eurosystem Center. With his wide work experience, Auer will help spearhead the vision and strategy of the Eurosystem Centre whose main functions involve overseeing the development of RegTech and SupTech, central banks digital currencies (CBDCs) and the ‘next-generation’ financial markets infrastructures. The Eurosystem Centre, which will be opened in the first half of 2022, would have locations in Paris and Frankfurt. The Eurosystem is constituted of the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Central Banks of the 19 European Union (EU) member states that use the Euro.

The BISIH Eurosystem Centre is joining a growing network of BIS Innovation Hub centers that the BIS has established across the world. The BIS Innovation Hub was developed two years ago to become a focal point for central bank experts on innovation, to explore the development of tools to enhance the functioning of the global financial system and to identify and develop insights into    fintech  trends.

Currently, Auer serves as the principal economist in the BIS’ Monetary and Economic Department, working with a unit committed to Innovation and the Digital Economy. Auer’s current role focuses on cryptocurrencies, stablecoins and CBDCs. Prior to joining BIS in 2015, Auer worked at the Swiss National Bank as its Deputy Head of International Trade and Capital Flows. He holds a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Additionally, he expects to start his new role in February 2022.

Benoît Cœuré, the Head of the BIS Innovation    Hub  , commented: “I am delighted that Raphael is joining the Innovation Hub team. His deep-seated knowledge of digital currencies and financial technology gained through his extensive experience as a policy and research economist will strengthen the intellectual foundations of practical experimentations conducted by the Innovation Hub. The Eurosystem centre's work will be a key part of the Innovation Hub's growing project portfolio and will connect us with the euro area's vibrant innovation ecosystem.”

How BIS Innovation Hub Is Creating Enabling Fintech Ecosystems

The BIS Innovation Hub was established in 2019 and maintains centers in London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Stockholm and Switzerland, with further centers planned to be opened soon in Frankfurt, Paris and Toronto. The BIS recently formed a strategic partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank Of New York. The aim of the BIS Innovation Hub is to build deep insights into relevant technological developments that affect central banking and to develop public goods on the technology landscape geared toward improving the functioning of global banking and financial services. Furthermore, BIS employees work on various projects at the BIS Innovation Hub’s centres.

On January 6, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) announced the appointment of Raphael Auer as the Head of BIS Innovation Hub (BISIH) Eurosystem Center. With his wide work experience, Auer will help spearhead the vision and strategy of the Eurosystem Centre whose main functions involve overseeing the development of RegTech and SupTech, central banks digital currencies (CBDCs) and the ‘next-generation’ financial markets infrastructures. The Eurosystem Centre, which will be opened in the first half of 2022, would have locations in Paris and Frankfurt. The Eurosystem is constituted of the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Central Banks of the 19 European Union (EU) member states that use the Euro.

The BISIH Eurosystem Centre is joining a growing network of BIS Innovation Hub centers that the BIS has established across the world. The BIS Innovation Hub was developed two years ago to become a focal point for central bank experts on innovation, to explore the development of tools to enhance the functioning of the global financial system and to identify and develop insights into    fintech  trends.

Currently, Auer serves as the principal economist in the BIS’ Monetary and Economic Department, working with a unit committed to Innovation and the Digital Economy. Auer’s current role focuses on cryptocurrencies, stablecoins and CBDCs. Prior to joining BIS in 2015, Auer worked at the Swiss National Bank as its Deputy Head of International Trade and Capital Flows. He holds a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Additionally, he expects to start his new role in February 2022.

Benoît Cœuré, the Head of the BIS Innovation    Hub  , commented: “I am delighted that Raphael is joining the Innovation Hub team. His deep-seated knowledge of digital currencies and financial technology gained through his extensive experience as a policy and research economist will strengthen the intellectual foundations of practical experimentations conducted by the Innovation Hub. The Eurosystem centre's work will be a key part of the Innovation Hub's growing project portfolio and will connect us with the euro area's vibrant innovation ecosystem.”

How BIS Innovation Hub Is Creating Enabling Fintech Ecosystems

The BIS Innovation Hub was established in 2019 and maintains centers in London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Stockholm and Switzerland, with further centers planned to be opened soon in Frankfurt, Paris and Toronto. The BIS recently formed a strategic partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank Of New York. The aim of the BIS Innovation Hub is to build deep insights into relevant technological developments that affect central banking and to develop public goods on the technology landscape geared toward improving the functioning of global banking and financial services. Furthermore, BIS employees work on various projects at the BIS Innovation Hub’s centres.