Blockchain Australia, the national industry body advocating for appropriate regulation, policy and policy, has named Laura Mercurio its new CEO. The organization announced Wednesday.
Laura Mercurio worked previously with BlackRock, Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank.
Mercurio succeeds Steve Vallas who was in charge of Blockchain Australia for two consecutive years during a time when Australia signalled a shift toward crypto adoption.
Token mapping launch by Australian government
Australia’s new government, headed by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, has launched token mapping in order to identify how crypto assets can be managed.
Its central bank has also started a pilot which will explore the potential use cases for a central bank digital money (CBDC) to help them.
To take advantage of the new opportunities presented by asset digitization, more than 20 Australian institutions have supported an A$180 million (US$124.3 Million) research programme.
Mercurio has worked previously with BlackRock, Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank. She will start her terms on 12 September 2022.
Adam Poulton, Blockchain Australia Chairman, stated that “we are excited to welcome Laura as CEO and to bring her vast global experience in the space to Australia.”