Workshop on Coordination of Decentralized Finance (CoDeFi)

Regulators meet Industry meet Devs meet Researchers

February 14, 2020
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
In association with Financial Cryptography 2020


On June 8th and 9th 2019, Distributed Ledger Technology-related innovations have been referenced in the Communique at the G20 Finance and Central Bank Meeting in Fukuoka, Japan, referencing the report produced by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) -

Blockchain Multi-Stakeholder Workshop

This workshop is designed to provide multi-stakeholders an environment for the understanding, exploration and discussion of distributed ledger technologies. As permissionless blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) platforms evolve and mature, there is an urgent need for multi-stakeholders to engage in their planning, development, roll-out, and operation, in order for innovation of a wide variety of financial applications to proliferate and become mainstream. Thus far it has been mainly developer & startup communities which are driving these protocols, platforms, and applications for this new era of computing. New standards, governance mechanisms and design patterns are evolving and need input from a variety of perspectives. There is a growing trend towards decentralized computing systems in which distributed ledger technologies are a fundamental component. These systems are designed to be global computing systems; they will likely form the basis of new financial services and businesses including a distributed Financial Market Infrastructure (dFMI). These new financial services and businesses could bring huge benefit to the global financial system. However financial regulators, central banks, the BIS and IMF, while recognizing the potential of DLT systems, have also been keenly aware of the challenges in the adoption, and designing for the consumer protections required to balance usability, safety while supporting innovation. While it is likely that many G20 countries will be leading the design and development of these new infrastructures, all countries should be considered and encouraged to participate in the planning.

Basic Structure of the Workshop

  • Lecture about background of multi-stakeholder discussions for Decentralized Finance
  • Selected talks from all stakeholders
  • Unconference style multi-stakeholder discussions on selected discussion topics

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Call for Speakers/Presenters

We call for speakers/presenters who will explain the current issues and situations related to decentralized finance and permissionless blockchain, and future directions to solve these issues with specifying background and a stake the author(s) have. Please submit a proposal (minimum 2 pages) on submission by Wednesday, January 15, 2020 EOD PST.
  • Title, name of speaker and abstract
  • Selected speakers will be invited to submit a proceeding paper (automatically accepted) in LNCS format, 4-5 pages
  • Speakers will need to sign IFCA's copyright form
  • Organizers will create write paper summarizing the proceedings’ discussions.
  • Submission email address:

Topics of papers/presentations, but are not limited to:
  • 2020 Scaling Cryptocurrency and Regulatory Challenges
  • Common understandings on "Regulatory Goals"
  • FATF: AML and privacy
  • Security of exchange
  • Risk and resilience in cryptocurrency financial systems
  • Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs)
  • Standards: Technical, Regulatory
  • Mainstream adoption
  • Regulation of exchanges and consumer protection
  • Interoperability with existing financial infrastructure, permissionless ledgers & CBDCs
  • Governance of protocols, implementations
  • FB Libra Coin and SHC (Synthetic Hegemonic Currencies)
  • Corporate Coins & Consortiums: Libra Coin & Association, Binance Venus, Walmart

Organizing and Program Committees

(Alphabetical Order)

Byron Gibson, Program Manager at Stanford Center for Blockchain Research
Shin'ichiro Matsuo, Georgetown University and (Workshop Chair)
Robert Schwentker, DLT Education and
Yonatan Sompolinsky, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, DAGlabs
Shigeya Suzuki, Keio University, BSafe.Network, BASE Alliance and WIDE Project
Yuta Takanashi, JFSA and ex-Georgetown University
Pindar Wong,
Anton Yemelyanov, Base58 Association
Aviv Zohar, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem