Tiedemann Advisors Speaker Series

The Future of Digital Currencies

Join us for a conversation with international foreign policy and digital currency experts on the future of digital currencies and how the United States and its allies plan to work with their respective central banks to usher in a new era of the future money. We will explore the opportunities, risks, and future geo-economic implications of central bank backed digital currencies, as well as look to answer questions like:

  • What timeframe are U.S. policymakers targeting for rolling out a digital dollar? What are the key logistical hurdles?
  • Do regulators and central bankers in the U.S. and Europe believe there is a place for digital currencies that are backed by central banks and other non-fiat digital assets like Bitcoin?
  • Is there a size or “market cap” that Bitcoin could reach or has already reached where regulators decide too much capital would be destroyed by regulating it out of existence?

  This event took place on April 8, 2021. Listen to the recording here

About Our Speakers

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Josh Lipsky
Director, GeoEconomics Center, Atlantic Council

Josh Lipsky is the director of the Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Center. He previously served as a Senior Advisor at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Speechwriter to Christine Lagarde.

Prior to joining the IMF, Josh was an appointee at the State Department, serving as Special Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy. Before joining the State Department, Josh worked in the White House and was tasked with helping plan President Obama’s participation at the G-20 and other global summits. He has also worked on Capitol Hill and at the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. 

He is a term-member at the Council on Foreign Relations and an Economic Diplomacy Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. In these roles he has advised policymakers on a range of emerging challenges to the global economy, including trade wars, the reform of the Bretton Woods system, and the rise of digital currencies. He has written about the need for countries to prioritize investments in sustainable and inclusive long-term growth.


His analysis and commentary have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Bloomberg News, and CNBC, among others.


Josh is a licensed attorney, accredited to practice in Maryland, D.C., and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School, a Master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a B.A. from Columbia University. Josh, his wife Leah, and their daughter Clara, live in Maryland. 

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JP Schnapper-Casteras
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

JP Schnapper-Casteras is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council, focusing on financial technology, central bank digital currency, and cryptocurrency. JP is the founder and managing partner of Schnapper-Casteras PLLC, a boutique law firm that advises technology companies, non-profits, and individuals about cutting-edge regulatory issues, litigation, and compliance. Previously, he worked on a broad array of constitutional and civil cases as Special Counsel for Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and in the appellate practice of Sidley Austin LLP. 

JP’s speaking engagements include Harvard Law School, NYU Law, Northwestern Law, Georgetown University Law Center, American Bar Association, and American Law Institute. He has published in outlets such as The Washington PostPoliticoFinTechPolicyBloomberg LawHarvard Law Review BlogHarvard Kennedy School ReviewSCOTUS BlogDefense One, and World Affairs Journal. He is the chairman of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice and a trustee emeritus of the American University of Iraq.

JP clerked on the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit as well as on the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He holds a JD from Stanford Law School, an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School, and an MA and BA with Honors from Stanford University.

Moderated by:

Michael Greenwald
Director, Tiedemann Advisors

Michael is responsible for managing a number of Tiedemann’s client relationships and overseeing their advisors to provide solutions that address the challenges of stewardship of wealth over generations. As a member of the firm’s business development and strategy team, he is a referral resource for attorneys and accountants.

Prior to joining Tiedemann in 2017, Michael worked in senior roles within the United States Treasury working with Africa and Europe. He served as a financial diplomat in the Middle East spanning the tenures of U.S. Treasury Secretaries Geithner, Lew, and Mnuchin. Greenwald initially served as the United States Treasury Policy Advisor for Europe. In this role, he was appointed head of the United States Delegation to the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism before the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. Greenwald was part of the U.S. Treasury team that crafted U.S. sanctions against Russia, the largest U.S. sanctions program to date, and negotiated similar sanctions by Europe. Between 2015-2017, he served as the first United States Treasury Attaché appointed to Qatar and Kuwait and opened the Treasury Department’s office in Doha, Qatar. He also served in a variety of counterterrorism roles in the U.S. Intelligence Community and in the Office of General Council at the U.S Treasury. Greenwald worked closely with the National Security Council at the White House tackling issues and crafting sanctions programs related to countering ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, Iran, Ukraine/Russia, Syria, and North Korea.

Michael is a frequent speaker, writer and commentator on international security, the Middle East and the global economy. He has been featured on CNBC; published in Barrons; and given lectures at The Council on Foreign Relations, Harvard, Yale Law School, Stanford, and Northwestern Business School, Doha.

Michael earned a Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law, a Master of Arts from Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from George Washington University. Originally from Brookline, Massachusetts, Michael resides in Palm Beach, FL with his wife.