Keith Bear is a Fellow at the Centre for Alternative Finance, focused on research, industry collaboration and development of Blockchain, Digital Assets and Fintech innovation within Financial Services. He is working actively on CCAF’s focus on digital asset research and teaches CBDC on CCAF’s online course for global regulators.
Previously, Keith was responsible globally for the strategy, development and execution of IBM’s business in Financial Markets, working extensively with global clients on major transformation programmes at exchanges, banks, asset managers and trade finance organisations.
Keith is a Board Advisor to 5 Fintechs, a Board Member at DFNS (a digital asset wallet provider), a lead mentor at the Techstars/ABN Amro Fintech and Web3 accelerators, a member of the Technology and Operational Resilience Committee at the London Metal Exchange, and a member of WEF’s Expert Council. He is also a member of the European Securities and Market Authority’s Consultative Working Group for Financial Innovation, and the Bank of England’s CBDC Technology Forum.
Keith holds a MA (Hons) in Physics from University of Oxford, an MSc from University of London, and completed a Master of Business Management programme at the London School of Economics.