Bitcoin: The Disruptive Power of Cryptocurrency Technology


Staci Warden, Executive Director of the Center for Financial Markets at the Milken Institute, explains the fundamental innovations of Bitcoin and why it has been so transformative as a financial platform and instrument.

Filmed at Singularity University’s Exponential Finance Conference, June 2014.

Staci Warden
About The Speaker

Staci Warden is the executive director of the Center for Financial Markets at the Milken Institute. Prior to joining the Milken Institute, she spent six years with JPMorgan in London, where she ran JPMorgan’s Central Bank client franchise in Europe, Eurasia and Africa, and two years in New York as part of the sovereign-debt-restructuring deal team. Before joining JPMorgan, she was a director at the Nasdaq, where she led their two initiatives for micro-cap companies, the BBX and the OTCBB. At the U.S. Treasury Department, she ran the international debt-for-nature swap program and participated in the Argentina debt-restructuring and heavily indebted poor countries (HIPC) initiatives. In the not-for-profit sector, she served as startup chief operating officer of the Center for Global Development, an associate in the economic-reform program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a development associate at the Harvard Institute for International Development. Warden holds a master’s of public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, with a concentration in international trade and finance and has completed her coursework for a Ph.D. in economics from Brandeis University.