Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner and Felix Bekemeier

GIS Guest Expert Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner heads the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC) at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, which was initiated in February 2017. In 2018 and 2019 the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung listed him as one of the top 30 economists in Germany. According to the magazine Capital, he also ranks among the "Top 40 under 40." Prof. Sandner was co-founder of a management consultancy specializing in innovation and technology transfer. He also worked at the Technical University of Munich and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and did research at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Previously, he studied business administration with business information technology at the University of Mannheim. He has received several scholarships and Best Paper Awards. His research work has been published in international journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Research Policy, the Journal of Marketing Research and the Journal of Business Venturing.

GIS Guest Expert Felix Bekemeier is a management consultant in the field of Digital Strategy & Transformation and an external PhD Student at the Center for Innovative Finance (CIF) from Basel University. His writing on blockchain technology has been published in renowned journals and magazines (, Tagesspiegel, Wissenschaftlicher Dienst des Deutschen Bundestages, among others). His interests include the microeconomic analysis of agent behavior in DLT networks and the identification of possible applications of blockchain technology. He studied math and economics in Bielefeld, Cologne, Stockholm, London and Milan while receiving several scholarships, including from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung). Combining the academic context with practical experience, he developed a comprehensive understanding of digital strategies, digital transformation and future value creation in the context of economic theory and research. Today he helps companies master these challenges and profitably use digital technologies such as DLT in the context of new organizational and value creation structures.

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