Yao Qian, the former architect of China's central bank digital currency (CBDC)left his position and has now taken up the role of general manager at the China Securities Depository and Clearing Corporation (CSDC).
From 2002 to 2010, Qian worked in China Securities Depository and Clearing Corporation and served as deputy director and director of the Technology Development Department and System Operation Department. Since 2010 he worked in the People's Bank of China. He served as a member of the Party Committee and deputy director of the Credit Information Center, deputy director of the Science and Technology Department, director of the Digital Monetary Research Institute, and inspector of the Science and Technology Department
Qian appears to have emerged from the ether as a rare government agent in a position of power not just through appointment, but also through his evidently strong grasp of the technology itself. In the article, Qian sketched out two different futures – one where the central bank itself is the only party that issues digital currency, and one where the central bank might authorize commercial banks to issue such instruments. And not only that, but he also draws up the framework for a new wallet model as well.
Yao joins CSDC at a time when the state-owned entity is encouraging initiatives in the country aiming to adopt blockchain in the traditional financial system. In 2016 that the CSDC had signed an agreement with its counterpart in Russia to partner on blockchain applications for post-trade settlements. More recently, the CSDC's Shanghai branch supported a domestic commercial bank using a blockchain to issue asset-backed securities (ABSs) worth $66 million.
Notably, he is one of the most influential individuals in blockchain community in China, due to his efforts in leading the PBoC's development of a digital yuan.