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On a recent visit to Jo’burg, I had the opportunity to sit down with Eugéne Etsebeth, who is one of the thought leaders of digital assets on the African continent. Having done some incredible work at the South African Reserve Bank, and operating in fintech throughout the many years of his career, he has some unique insights into the possibilities of cryptocurrency adoption and the regulatory environment.

His perspective on the subject is a unique and refreshing one for someone with experience at a central bank, and this interview is enlightening and thought-provoking. As someone interested in banking and economics, the book “The Sovereign Individual: Mastering The Transition Into The Digital Age” had a profound impact on him, and the insights he is able to provide from the book’s now 20 year old philosophy are remarkable and deeply intriguing. I’ve certainly put it on my reading list!

For someone with so much experience in the industry and high level influence, Eugéne is a humble man with a passion to see society bettered through the implementation of blockchain technology. This interview was a real treat, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Be sure to connect with Eugéne on Twitter and say “hi”!

James Preston is the Executive Editor of Global Crypto. He is a writer and media commentator who has been reporting on how the Tech industry will make the world a better place for 14 years, with a large following on South African radio. He is an early adopter of Bitcoin, and began reporting on its revolutionary capabilities in late 2014. Philosophical by nature, he is intrigued by how the world works, and in turn, how it can be bettered. James believes wholeheartedly that the world can become as close to perfect as we humans can imagine, but it will take a lot of effort (and time) to get there. He believes his life purpose is to inspire people to believe this, and find their place in helping humanity achieve it. James regularly does talks on emerging technology and its impact on society at Universities, global conferences, and events. To invite him to speak at your event, or comment for your media outlet, email