Testing DLT-based Central Bank Solutions


Thursday 6th July 



| Aniko Szombati, Chief Digital Officer, Magyar Nemzeti Bank

| Chris Ostrowski, Co-Founder and CEO, SODA


Guests Aniko Szombati, Chief Digital Officer Magyar Nemzeti Bank and Chris Ostrowski, Co-founder and CEO of SODA, joined FNA for Session #19 of the CBDC Broadcast, Testing DLT-based Central Bank Solutions.

In this session, we delved into the Central Bank of Hungary and SODA’s joint project on the use of digital solutions, including rCBDCs and NFTs, as we gained valuable insights into the pivotal role of public engagement and hands-on experiences in shaping the development and adoption of rCBDs by leveraging NFTs and coin collecting to improve the understanding and implementation of digital currencies.

Together, we explored how the Central Bank of Hungary is approaching adoption issues ahead of rolling out an rCBDC in an approach that cultivates the consumer use case for rCBDCs and prepares the public for the introduction of an rCBDC.

The Session Covered:

  • The Central Bank of Hungary’s approach to launching an rCBDC and how it differs from the majority of current pilot projects
  • The insights gained by implementing a blockchain-based ledger on its own infrastructure to test-drive digital solutions aimed at the public
  • Lessons to share with other Central Banks considering the adoption of rCBDCs
  • The public’s response to activities such as coin collecting and token swapping on the Money Museum mobile application and how it has developed and refined the rCBDC concept
  • Whether the Central Bank of Hungary’s approach will foster the consumer use case for digital currencies and rCBDCs
  • Potential future developments and trends in the realm of digital money, including rCBDcs and how they could shape the financial industry and society in Hungary and around the world.


Watch on-demand:



Session #19 Guests

Aniko Szombati

Chief Digital Officer, Magyar Nemzeti Bank


Anikó Szombati is the managing director responsible for digitization and FinTec development of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank, Chief Digital Officer.

Anikó is an economist, graduated from Corvinus University, Budapest and joined the central bank in 2001. She is responsible for promoting digital transformation in the financial sector and within the central bank, including implementing cutting-edge technologies and research on CBDC. 

Anikó is also a member of the Financial Stability Council.



Chris Ostrowski

Co-Founder and CEO, SODA


Chris has worked with central banks and public financial institutions for over a decade. While working for OMFIF in London

Chris set up the Digital Monetary Institute (DMI), which soon became the world’s leading independent platform for convening central banks on CBDCs, digital payments, the DLT and blockchain.

Since 2021 Chris has worked in web3, first at the Celo Foundation and now at SODA, which is uniquely positioned to create and deliver real life use cases for central banks and other public finance institutions as they test CBDC and blockchain technology. 

Chris graduated from IE business school in Madrid, where he is now visiting lecturer and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of East Anglia in Norwich.


Missed our previous sessions?


You can catch up with The CBDC Broadcast on-demand. View all episodes >



More News

FNA’s Work Combatting Consumer Scams and Fraud Recognised at The RegTech Association Awards

FNA recently won the RegTech Association’s Chairman’s Award in recognition of FNA’s work in combatting consumer scams and fraud.    FNA received the award at the  #ACCELERATERegTechGlobal UK + Europe event, which took place at Australia House in London on Tuesday, 25th June. FNA’s Bimal Patel represented the company at the event.    The award […]

FNA Joins the Emerging Payments Association Asia

FNA is now a proud member of the Emerging Payments Association Asia.    The Emerging Payments Association Asia (EPAA) is a community of payment professionals who share a common goal of unifying the payments agenda in the region, accelerating business development and improving the regulatory landscape for organisations within the payments value chain.    FNA […]

FNA named Best Treasury Management Software Provider

For the second year running, FNA has been named ‘Best Treasury Management Software Solution Provider UK 2024’ by Global Banking & Finance Review.    The award recognises the impact of FNA’s Intelligent Liquidity Optimization (ILO) solution suite. FNA ILO is revolutionising liquidity management by leveraging the power of patented optimisation algorithms and network analytics, equipping […]
Copyright FNA © 2024 | Privacy Policy