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Professional Online Certificate Courses

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6 weeks 10h/week Self-paced online training €2,000

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Certificate Course 1: Blockchain, Law, Regulation and Policy

The starting date for this course is November 11th, 2019 –

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About the Course

The course has a high level of specialization. Aiming to clarify themes that make sense for regulators, influencers and legal advisors. Like AML/KYC, taxation, market integrity, customer protection, money transfers, financial inclusion, compliance with regulatory frameworks and issues related to the use of smart contracts. Specific use cases from North America, EU, Asia and the Middle East form the basis of the course material.

What the Course Covers

The course begins with a brief overview of latest technologies designed for the control, storage and distribution of Digital Assets. Thereafter, a basic framework for regulation and the main actors are presented. A classification and a taxonomy of cypto-assets is then reported followed by the main themes of regulation, associated risks and regulatory concerns. Case studies from Europe, Asia, Middle East and US are presented and issues related to the use of smart contracts are analyzed.

Who Should Take This Course?

Legal advisors, regulators, compliance officers and policy makers. Currently in, or moving into, positions responsible for decisions relating to blockchain technology, Those seeking comprehensive review and analysis of current practice, recent developments in worldwide jurisdictions (North America, EU, Japan, China, Korea, Middle East). Learning from successes, mis-steps and reversals. Though basic questions about distributed ledgers will be discussed and answered, as a necessary part of the introduction to regulatory matters, the course is not an in-depth study of blockchain. For those not yet familiar with, but interested in an in-depth understanding of the technology, you might also consider taking the free MOOC (Massive, Open Online Course) offered by UNIC, or one of our shorter Professional education courses focused on specific aspects of this digital assets. (See others.)

What Will You Learn?

  • Quick review of technology (to blockchain, virtual currencies and crypto-assets) as it stands in 2019
  • Regulatory issues & Legal issues
  • Classification and Taxonomy of crypto-assets
  • Token taxonomy frameworks
  • Main themes of regulation
  • Main regulatory and policy actors
  • The international bodies
  • Risks and Regulatory Concerns
  • Money service businesses, money transfers
  • AML/KYC/CTF, Taxation, Consumer protection, Market integrity
  • Compliance with regulatory frameworks
  • Market regulators, Bank regulators, Legislatures
  • Regulation cases from Europe, US, Asia and Middle East
  • Smart Contracts and related issues

Who You Will Learn From

Mr. Jeff Bandman
Founder and Principal of Bandman Advisors
Former senior official of US Commodity Futures Trading Commission – FinTech Advisor to the Chairman
Founding Director and Architect of LabCFTC

At Yale he is a Lecturer in Global Affairs on Cryptoassets, Blockchain and Public Policy teaching a senior Capstone seminar in the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

Mr. Bandman was a senior official at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 2014-2017. As FinTech Advisor to Chairman Giancarlo, he was Founding Director and architect of LabCFTC, the CFTC’s hub for engagement with FinTech innovation. He established and chaired the CFTC blockchain, virtual currency and FinTech working group from inception. Mr. Bandman led FinTech and RegTech coordination with domestic and international regulators. He joined the CFTC as Special Counsel to Chairman Timothy G. Massad, then led the CFTC’s Office of International Affairs. He led the CFTC’s Division of Clearing and Risk, which oversees many of the world’s largest clearinghouses. He led negotiations resulting in “Clearinghouse Equivalence” with the European Commission.

Certificate Course 2: Security Token Strategy

The starting date for this course is November 11th, 2019 –

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About the Course

The course is designed for participants who want to enable their companies raise funds via a (security) token offering on a blockchain. It will equip them with the knowledge and tools necessary to develop and execute company tailored security token strategy.

The target audience is at the executive level, and the structure is geared towards applying the concepts discussed. It consists of live lectures, self study materials and of assignments that gradually deepen participant’s understanding throughout the course and lead up to the final assignment. The final assignment is to develop the strategy for (or assess the strategy of) a specific security token, from a practitioner’s perspective.

The course also features interviews of top practitioners in the field, discussing their area of expertise and providing valuable insight.

What the Course Covers

The course is self-contained and does not require any specific prior knowledge. A basic understanding of mathematics and programming is helpful to understand some of the more advanced technical content. However, this content is not mandatory, and people of a less technical inclination can choose to ignore the more advanced technical topics.

What the Course Covers

The course covers the following areas:

  • Introduction to cryptography and blockchains; how blockchain-based architectures differ from traditional ones
  • Token technology and token standards (eg why they are needed, how they differ etc)
  • Securities, security valuation and basic corporate finance
  • Financial services and their regulations, in particular as they relate to securities and security offerings
  • Key strategic frameworks (eg design thinking, blue ocean, disruption) and how to apply them

The topics covered provide a solid basis for the participants to develop a strategy for a security offering of their own choosing, or to analyse the strategy of an existing offering.

Who Should Take This Course?

The course is developed for participants who have professional need of analysing, understanding or developing a strategy for a business that wants to make use of -- or is considering making use of -- tokens in their financing strategy:

  • Founders of innovative businesses who are considering to finance their venture via token offerings
  • CEOs and senior executives of established businesses who want to understand whether tokens are a threat or opportunity for their business model
  • Analysts and investors who need a better understanding of the opportunities and threats tokens pose to the companies they cover

As the name of the course implies, the focus of the course will be on security tokens but we will also discuss utility token strategies to the extent that they serve for financing the business.

From Whom You Will Learn From

Stefan Loesch

Author of “A Guide to Financial Regulation for Fintech Entrepreneurs” (Wiley 2018) and “Security Tokens”(forthcoming)

Stefan is a Managing Partner at LexByte, a boutique tokenisation advisory firm. Previously he worked as a consultant with McKinsey’s Corporate Finance Practice, a banker at J.P. Morgan, and a derivatives quant programmer at Paribas. The unique combination of expertise means that not only Stefan is a product expert who understands securities and their regulations in depth, but that he also has the bigger picture view that allows him to develop and analyse a company's strategy. Last but not least he is an experienced programmer who has hands-on experience in developing and deploying token code.

Stefan Loesch Interviews Yael Tamar

Yael Tamar
CMO and Partner
Solidblock
Yael has over a decade of experience as a marketing executive within the fintech, finance, telecom and energy industries, as well as a long track record as an entrepreneur.

Certificate Course 3: Applied Forecasting: Improving the Accuracy and Value of Your Predictions

The starting date for this course is January 13th, 2020 –

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About the Course

Forecasts are needed for setting up inventory levels, constructing production or delivery schedules and in all types of planning: from budgeting to strategic. This course covers all types of forecasts and offers concrete information to business executives on how to improve the accuracy of their predictions. Such information is based on the findings of the M Competitions organized by Spyros Makridakis, the initiator of the course.

What the Course Covers

The course covers all forecasting methods and focuses on how they can be used practically to improve forecasting accuracy and the realistic estimation of uncertainty in future predictions

Who Should Take This Course?

The course is designed for executives in charge of finance, marketing, selling and operations as well as consultants. Key applications covered in this course are from the above areas using case studies to illustrate their usage. Participants will acquire a practical understanding of how forecasting can help them to improve the accuracy of their predictions, and what they need to do in practice to reap maximum benefits.

What Will You Learn?

The course will last six weeks and cover among other topics the following:

  • Where to start and how to apply forecasting in your business
  • Estimating the future uncertainty in your predictions and taking concrete actions to deal with such uncertainty
  • Time Series forecasting and its use, utilizing available, free software programs
  • Using regression Models and its exploiting its planning value
  • Neural networks, deep learning and hybrid forecasting models and their usefulness
  • Improving forecasting accuracy through the combination of forecasts
  • Exploiting the findings of the M Competitions to improve the forecasting function of your organization
  • Using your own data and available/free software programs to forecast your own series
  • Finding out how to use such free software in your own firm

Who You Will Learn From

Prof. Spyros Makridakis
and the other organizers of the M Competitions

Certificate Course 4: Blockchain and Energy

The starting date for this course is November 11th, 2019 –

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About the Course

This course aims to provide insights on the use cases and respective applications of blockchain technology in the energy sector. The course is self-contained and is designed and developed in such a way that it provides students with all the required notions and aspects related to blockchain technology, power systems and smart grids, as well as the respective applications in their crossroads.

What the Course Covers

The course initially establishes a common understanding of Blockchain Technology, Distributed Ledger Technologies, Smart Contracts, Cryptocurrencies. Then it explains how all these technologies can be utilized by the energy sector. New business models, new paradigms, and Blockchain energy projects in the real world are also discussed. The course closes with an examination of the regulatory challenges, the existing limitations and the future steps.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is designed for business leaders, managers and influencers who seek to get knowledge to anticipate the effects of blockchain technology in the energy sector. The course is suitable for anyone in an executive, managerial or director position but also to those employees who are looking for future skills to change their career as well as those who have a keen interest in Blockchain technology and its application in the energy sector.

What Will You Learn?

  • An overview of Blockchains and Distributed Ledger Technologies
  • Understanding Blockchain
  • Types of Blockchains used in the Energy Sector
  • Introduction to Cryptocurrencies: An Energy Sector Perspective
  • Smart Contracts and ÐApps for Energy Applications
  • Blockchain in Action: Use Cases Overview
  • Blockchains in the Energy Sector
  • Blockchain in the Energy Sector: The New Paradigm
  • Blockchain Use Cases for Energy
  • Blockchain Platforms for Energy
  • Blockchain Energy Projects in the Real World
  • Regulatory Challenges
  • Limitations and the Future Steps

Who You Will Learn From

Dr Ioannis Vlachos
Blockchain in Energy expert

Certificate Course 5: Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

The starting date for this course is November 11th, 2019 –

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About the Course

The aim of this course is to provide a deep understanding on Blockchain technology and Cryptocurrencies. In doing so, the course introduces Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies, assesses the disruptive nature of Blockchain, evaluates how various industry sectors are to be disrupted by this emerging technology, analyses issues related to cryptocurrencies, blockchain-based crowdfunding innovation and relevant regulation. It also presents important case studies from various industries and reports lessons learned.

What the Course Covers

The course is divided into three main areas namely cryptocurrencies, Blockchain technology and real-life Blockchain applications. It initially provides a common understanding on cryptocurrencies and explains their usage and how to become a cryptocurrency user. It then moves to Blockchain and analyzes its main components, discusses the differences between public and private blockchains, explains the importance of consensus mechanisms and it explores the significance and usage of smart contracts.  The third part of the course focuses on the disruptive nature of blockchain technology and presents exemplar cases from various industries. The course closes with a summary of lessons learned from Blockchain applications and a presentation of the challenges in the area of Blockchain.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course creates an excellent level of knowledge on cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology. The course is suitable for anyone in an executive, managerial or director position but also to those employees who would like to understand what Blockchain technology is and how this can be used and applied in their business environment.

What Will You Learn?

  • History of money
  • Introduction to cryptocurrencies
  • Become a cryptocurrency user
  • Cryptocurrency wallets and wallet protection
  • Cryptocurrencies beyond Bitcoin
  • Introduction to Blockchains
  • Byzantine Generals Problem
  • Mining in Blockchain
  • Consensus mechanisms
  • Public Vs private Blockchains
  • Smart contracts and their importance
  • Blockchain cases (public domain, healthcare, supply chain, energy, education, shipping etc.)
  • Lessons learned
  • Existing challenges, limitations and future steps

Who You Will Learn From

Prof. Marinos Themistocleous
Director, Institute For the Future (IFF), University of Nicosia
Prof. George Giaglis
General Director, Institute For the Future (IFF), University of Nicosia
Antonis Polemitis
CEO, University of Nicosia

Certificate Course 6: Blockchain Strategy

About the Course

Blockchain has numerous use cases outside the world of Bitcoin that are still little known, and that have a potential to revolutionize business processes of many industries. The aim of this course is to investigate innovation frameworks as well as Design Thinking frameworks and explain how these can be applied in various sectors to introduce blockchain solutions.

What the Course Covers

The course initially focuses on key components that make up a blockchain and explains how these components can be successfully used to drive innovation. Innovation frameworks used in contemporary strategy analysis like those of Kim & Mauborgne’s “Blue Ocean” and Christensen’s “Disruption” will be analyzed, and a discussion will be followed on how blockchain will impact different industries. Thereafter, a Design Thinking framework will be described and information on how this framework can be used and applied in Blockchain cases will be given. 

Who Should Take This Course?

The course is designed for senior executives in charge of company strategy, innovation, IT, operations and consultants. Key blockchain applications covered in this course are from financial services, energy trading and supply chain, as well as others that are of interest to the group. Participants will acquire a robust understanding of how blockchain can transform their businesses, and what they need to do in practice to reap the benefits.

What Will You Learn?

  • Introduction to blockchain
  • The essence of the most important frameworks for innovation strategy
  • Frameworks and innovation strategy
  • Design Thinking Framework
  • Blockchain and disruptive innovation
  • Blockchain case studies from various verticals
  • Brainstorming and application
  • Development of use cases of interest to the course participants.

Who You Will Learn From

Stefan Loesch
Blockchain expert
Managing Partner at LexByte
Author of the books “A Guide to Financial Regulation for Fintech Entrepreneurs” (Wiley 2018) and “Security Tokens”

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