About me

Welcome to my personal website. I am Jonas Gross, Chairman of the Digital Euro Association (DEA) and Chief Operating Officer at etonec. I hold a doctorate degree in Monetary Economics and digital currencies from the University of Bayreuth, Germany.

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Practical Experiences

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Since 2023: Chief Operating Officer, etonec GmbH

  • Responsible for the operations of etonec GmbH
  • CBDC, Stablecoins, Bitcoin Lightning Network
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2022-2023: Head of Digital Assets and Currencies, etonec GmbH

  • Responsible for the strategic development and products related to digital currencies at etonec GmbH
  • CBDC, Stablecoins, Bitcoin Lightning Network

Since 2021: Founder and Chairman of the Digital Euro Association e.V.

  • Establishment of a European think tank around digital currencies with a focus on education, community, and promoting collaboration in the field of digital currencies
  • Discussions with numerous central banks worldwide, e.g., the European Central Bank on CBDCs
  • Contributions to public hearings on CBDCs, e.g., for the European Data Protection Supervisor and the European Economic and Social Committee
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2019-2022: Project Manager, Frankfurt School Blockchain Center

  • Project management of a research initiative funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research, focused on establishing a blockchain infrastructure for German machine manufacturers.
  • Research projects in the area of digital currencies


  • Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs)
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Stablecoins
  • Blockchain Technology
  • Monetary Policy


  • R
  • Matlab (Dynare)
  • Python
  • Latex

Scholarships and Awards

  • Award for the Best Economics Thesis
  • Scholarship: „Germany Scholarship“ (Deutschlandstipendium)

Hobbies and Interests

  • Cycling
  • Piano
  • Referee (Football/Soccer)
  • Crossfit


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2019-2022 University Bayreuth, Germany

Ph.D, Note: Summa cum laude

  • Ph.D. thesis with the title „Essays on Digital Currencies and Monetary Policy“.
  • Research focus: Impacts of digital currencies on privacy and financial stability
  • Lecturer in the field of digital currencies and monetary policy
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2016-2019 University Bayreuth, Germany

Master of Science, Final grade: 1,3

  • Specializations: Monetary Policy, Econometrics
  • Master’s thesis: „Conservatism and Momentum – A DSGE-based Analysis“ (with distinction)
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2019-2018: University of Copenhagen, Dänemark

Study abroad semester

  • Specializations: Monetary Macroeconomics, Behavioral Finance

2005-2013: Markgraf-Georg-Friedrich-Gymnasium, Kulmbach, Germany

  • General University Entrance Qualification (Abitur) Final grade: 1.4

Other Activities

  • Co-Host of the Bitcoin Fiat & Rock’n Roll Podcast, one of the largest German podcasts on digital money and cryptocurrencies
  • Member of the expert panel of the European Blockchain Observatory and Forum (initiated by the EU Commission)
  • Senior Advisor at the CBDC Think Tank
  • Member of the core team for the CBDC Tracker
  • Keynote Speaker

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