CBDC Academy


CBDC is largely uncharted territory. Worldwide, but a few pilot projects have been implemented and only a handful of central banks have already introduced retail CBDC. Nevertheless, it would seem as if every central bank is investigating whether a CBDC would serve a purpose and, if so, how it should be implemented.

Given the limited experience in the field of CBDC, there is little established knowledge and a considerable amount of uncertainty among the various stakeholders. The CBDC Academy was created with the aim of reducing these uncertainties.

The CBDC Academy offers the opportunity to get up to speed with all things CBDC. Experts will explain the basics and outline the challenges in a series of webinars.

The objective is to allow attendees to understand the basic tenets and principles relating to CBDCs and the scope involved in investigating their introduction. It will allow attendees to join the CBDC Conference and to get the most from it. 

The CBDC Academy is open to the public (unless otherwise specified) and participation is free of charge. Registration is required.

The detailed CBDC Academy programme can be found in the table below.


Date & time (CET) Session title Synopsis Speaker 

25 Aug,

16:30 hrs

The technical fundamentals of CBDC

Many CBDC concepts, policies and technologies, as well as the very language used to describe them...

Thomas Kudrycki 

7 Sep,

10:30 hrs

The fundamentals of Central Bank Digital Currencies

This webinar discusses various fundamental questions related to CBDC :

Tanja Hessdörfer, Giesecke+Devrient

21 Sept,

15:30 hrs

Making CBDC innovation agile and cost-effective

Successful CBDCs will have one thing in common: starting with clear policy objectives and working backwards.

Erica Salinas, AWS

23 Sept,

10:30 hrs

How could a CBDC support economic stability?

One interesting facet of CBDC is the possibility of contributing to the economic...

Simit Naik & Vladislav Skovorodov, nChain

28 Sept,

12:00 hrs

The SARB’s retail CBDC feasibility study

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has commenced a feasibility study for a general-purpose retail CBDC.

Pearl Kgalegi, South African Reserve Bank

Note: The number of participants is limited. Should the maximum number of participants be exceeded, the organisers reserve the right not to consider registrations.

To register for the CBDC Academy, sign up here

Please note: All sessions will be recorded and made available to registered participants at a time of their convenience.