Jimmie Lenz - among the world’s top ten Crypto & Blockchain Minds for the second consecutive year

October 25, 2023 | Emilia Chiscop-Head, PhD, Duke FinTech and Cyber Manager

He is the founding director of the Duke FinTech Program and of the Digital Assets @ Duke Conference which will start its second edition on January 31, in Durham

Jimmie Lenz

Jimmie Lenz, Executive Director of the Duke Fintech master’s program has been included for the second consecutive year in the top 10 Crypto & Blockchain Minds of the year, by Rebellion Research. Other crypto thought leaders making consecutive appearances in the rankings include Duke alum Ari Redbord, Head of Legal and Government Affairs at TRM Labs, and Carol Alexander, Professor of Finance at the University of Sussex Business School.

In addition to running the fintech program, Professor Lenz teaches Machine Learning and Blockchain. He has a secondary appointment as the Irene and Frank Salerno Visiting Professor of Financial Economics and leads the Digital Asset Research and Engineering Collaborative (DAREC).  Jimmie co-hosts the popular "Coffee and Crypto" podcast with Lee Reiners, and together, they founded the “Digital Assets at Duke” Conference, whose second edition will take place in January 31-February 1, 2024.

As we learn from his bio, "beginning as an equity and derivatives trader over 25 years ago, Jimmie has reveled in fast moving atmospheres that require both strategic thought and the ability to take immediate action.  His successes propelled him into several senior management roles within the traditional finance sector, including leading an NYSE broker dealer with foreign and domestic operations, Chief Risk Officer and Chief Credit Officer at a top three broker dealer, and the Head of Predictive Analytics for one of the largest wealth management firms in the US. Jimmie was one of the first senior executives in traditional finance to recognize the transformative potential of blockchain technology and digital assets. Since coming to Duke, Professor Lenz has leveraged his passion, knowledge, and experience to train students for careers in a rapidly evolving financial services industry and publish high quality research on digital assets via the Digital Asset Research & Engineering Collaborative."

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