The Future of Digital Assets


The Future of Digital Assets

The Milken Institute, in conjunction with the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, the outreach arm of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, and Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, will convene thought leaders, policymakers, business leaders, experts, government officials, researchers, scholars and other key stakeholders for a two-day event focused on the latest issues impacting the fintech ecosystem. Experts will discuss financial innovation and regulatory frameworks as we ensure the responsible development of the digital assets industry. The Future of Digital Assets Symposium will also feature perspectives from legacy financial institutions and new entrants, including banks, venture capital, private equity, credit issuers, neobanks and payment processors. Topics will include the future of the financial system, inclusive models, environmental sustainability, consumer protection, financial stability and U.S. competitiveness. 

The Future of Digital Assets Symposium is Day 1 of a two-day event that will bring together policy makers, practitioners, and academics for conversations around the how we move forward with digital assets from a use case to regulation. The symposium will focus on topics that are top of mind for our legislators. Day 2 of the event will be an academic research conference with presentations of research that focus on decentralized exchange (DEX), decentralized stablecoins, DAOs, NFTs, Web3 applications, lending, derivatives, payments, insurance, prediction, tokenization, identity, oracles and other protocols. 


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Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

Fundamental to our belief in a free society is an economic system described as “free enterprise” which is dependent upon individual initiative. This encompasses social and ethical standards derived from this system and embodied in a democratic society.

The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise fosters mutual understanding and appreciation between members of the private enterprise sector, the academic community, and their government, and to encourage cooperative efforts among these groups.

The Kenan Institute serves these communities as a national center for scholarly research, joint exploration of issues, and course development all associated with the principal theme of preservation, encouragement, and understanding of private enterprise.



Rethinc. Labs is a consortium of globally prominent thought leaders and researchers examining how businesses can best mitigate challenges and leverage opportunities amid today’s rapid digital transformation. With the rate of this technological change largely outpacing academic research and rendering traditional approaches to managing change ineffective, the labs facilitate and promote a cross-sector, interdisciplinary approach to examining emerging technologies and evolving disciplines including fintech, value chain and customer science. By fostering collaboration among top scholars, business executives and government leaders, the labs aim to harness the power of emerging technologies not only to drive business value creation, but also to benefit consumers and society more broadly. Rethinc. Labs is an initiative of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.


UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

For the past century, we have offered an alternative to a traditional business education. We equip students with the real-world skills to succeed and the enduring values and courage to do what’s right. In and out of the classroom, through the curriculum we design, the experiences we provide, the collaborative culture we promote, the faculty we hire, and even the way we conduct ourselves as an employer and a member of our community, we are guided by our core values of integrity, inclusion, innovation and impact. Today, our graduates number more than 42,000. These high-achieving alumni live, work and flourish in all states and 86 countries. They are ambitious, principled leaders keenly focused on the bottom line as well as the greater good. Our mission is to build and inspire leaders who make the world a better place. We challenge and prepare our students to be best in the world and the best for the world.


Duke University's Fuqua School of Business

Duke University's Fuqua School of Business attracts and nurtures a new kind of leader who has the power to bring out the strength in others and move teams forward toward a common purpose. Our community is made up of students and faculty from around the world who thrive in an environment with differing viewpoints. We bring them together to inform a leadership style that inspires entire organizations to do better while doing what’s best.



Through blockchain technology, Ripple enables global financial institutions, businesses, governments and developers to move, manage and tokenize value, helping to unlock greater economic opportunity for everyone, everywhere.

A Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise Event