Philipp Sandner

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Head of Frankfurt School Blockchain Center

Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner has founded the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC) at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. From 2018 to 2021, he was ranked among the “top 30” economists by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), a major newspaper in Germany. Further, he belonged to the “Top 40 under 40” — a ranking by the German business magazine Capital. He has been a member of the FinTech Council and the Digital Finance Forum of the Federal Ministry of Finance in Germany. He is also on the Board of Directors of FiveT Fintech Fund, 21e6 Capital and Blockchain Founders Group – companies active in venture capital financing for blockchain startups and crypto asset investment management.

The expertise of Prof. Sandner includes blockchain technology in general, crypto assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, decentralized finance (DeFi), the digital euro, tokenization of assets, and digital identity.

Furthermore, he was engaged in the EU Blockchain Observatory established by the European Union. He co-founded the German Blockchain Association, the International Token Standardization Association (ITSA), the Digital Euro Association (DEA), the Multichain Asset Managers Association and the DLT Education Consortium (DEC). He also hosts two podcasts with broad reach, Block52 and Irgendwas mit Krypto.

The FSBC was launched in 2017 and analyzes the implications of blockchain technology on companies and business models. It provides a networking hub for managers, start-ups, and experts to exchange knowledge and best practices. Find more at:

As head of the FSBC, Prof. Sandner also initiated the DLT Talents program to empower women in the blockchain space, the DeFi Talents program for education in the DeFi sector and the NFT Talents program for leadership in the NFT space – helping to educate hundreds of talents.

Before joining Frankfurt School, he co-founded a consulting company specialized in the area of innovation strategy, IP, and technology transfer. He was a research fellow at the Technical University Munich, the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Previous to that, he studied business administration with a focus on computer science at the University Mannheim.

Recently, he also edited two books. One book focuses on the implications of blockchain technology on companies, the other one focuses on the implications for society.