Global Digital Finance (GDF), an industry body in the digital asset space, has announced the appointment of Sandra Ro, the CEO of Global Blockchain Business Council, to its Board of Directors, as a non-executive director.
GDF promotes market participants to adopt best practices for crypto, digital assets, and digital finance technologies by developing conduct standards. Ro will commence her role with the organization on September 1, 2019.
Sandra Ro to promote adoption of GDF Code of Conduct
Her role as a non-executive director will see Ro focus on growth initiatives for GDF. This includes facilitating the acquisition and retention of industry members and association partners in North America to increase the adoption of the global GDF Code of Conduct.
Commenting on the appointment, Ro said: “I am honoured to be invited to join the Global Digital Finance Board of Directors. I am excited to support this community-led global effort to set standards and best practices that promote responsible conduct and compliance, as well as supporting the development of balanced regulatory policies.”
Sandra Ro’s career
Ro is an early investor in cryptocurrency. She was recently added to the NYS Digital Currency Taskforce. She also serves on the EU Blockchain Observatory & Forum. During her career, she has held a number of roles with a crypto-focus.
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With a career spanning more than two decades, Ro initially started off her career dealing with traditional assets. In 1998 she joined Morgan Stanley as an Associate for institutional equities and over-the-counter derivatives.
She was also employed at Deutsche Bank for more than two years and at Morgan Stanley again, for almost four and a half years, where she was focused on foreign exchange (forex) structuring.
During her career, Ro was employed at CME Group, from October 2011 until July of 2017. While here, she started Digitisation at the firm and architected the CME CF Bitcoin pricing indices, leading to CME Bitcoin Futures, the statement said.
“We are delighted to welcome Sandra to the GDF Board of Directors, who brings with her a wealth of blockchain and institutional finance expertise to the organisation” added Lawrence Wintermeyer, co-chair of the GDF Board.
“The quality of the work the GDF Community has produced over the past 12 months is nothing short of outstanding. We are excited to continue to grow our organisation with high-calibre industry professionals who are committed to leveraging their talents and professional networks to take GDF to the next level”.