How are cryptocurrencies driving innovation?

Accelerate your career with the Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme

- Career-accelerating skills
- Collaborative online learning
- Certified by Saïd Business School, University of Oxford


26 October 2022

Registration closes 01 November 2022




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6 weeks




7-10 hours per week, self-paced online learning

How are cryptocurrencies driving innovation?


26 October 2022

Registration closes 01 November 2022




Payment options

Accelerate your career with the Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme

- Career-accelerating skills
- Collaborative online learning
- Certified by Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Length: 6 weeks

Language: English

Effort: 7-10 hours per week, self-paced online learning

Why study Oxford Blockchain Strategy?

Whether working in a larger organisation, building a new venture, or exploring a career change, this programme is designed to help students:


  • Understand how cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are driving innovation and competitive advantage for companies in various industries and environments
  • Feel empowered to analyse and articulate the challenges and opportunities associated with the use of blockchain technology in a business setting
  • Consider the economic, technical, political, and environmental implications of blockchain strategy

“Blockchain technology and open blockchain networks promise to revolutionize how we conduct any kind of transaction. While decentralized public blockchain applications are thriving, permissioned enterprise blockchain projects are moving slowly in their adoption. This programme frames two strategic questions for executives, entrepreneurs, and innovators to help build their blockchain strategy: 1) Is the blockchain right for my organization and its challenges? 2) What are the best ways for our organization to implement? By understanding the fundamentals of blockchain technology, the market landscape and use cases, our learners will have the tools and frameworks to build business strategies in sustainable, inclusive ways.”

Martin Schmalz

Professor of Finance, Saïd Business School,
University of Oxford

Is this programme right for you?

You will benefit from this programme if you are:



  • A professional looking for deeper knowledge about the impact and applications of blockchain technologies in a business environment


  • An entrepreneur looking to integrate blockchain into your business strategy


  • Working with strategic, operational or managerial functions seeking opportunities for innovation


  • Intellectually curious and motivated and in the midst of, or aspiring towards, a career transition or looking for future-fit skills in financial tech or banking

Programme content

Module O: Orientation

An overview of the program, the next-generation AI platform used to deliver it, and the community of fellow innovators and leaders.

Module 1: Fundamentals: Blockchain Protocols, Networks, and Cryptocurrencies

In this module, learners will examine the basics of how a blockchain protocol works, including what a protocol is, where cryptocurrencies fit in, models for consensus amongst network participants, the trade-offs inherent in these designs, the relationship between physical computer infrastructure and the security of a network, and more. Learners will also explore the open-source software ecosystem around cryptocurrencies and blockchain protocols, and various models for funding protocol development and maintenance, including open-source software (OSS) approaches as well as privately funded or crowd-funded approaches such as token sales or protocol foundations.

Module 2: Opportunity: Use Cases Across Industries

In the module, learners will continue to explore applications of blockchain technology by examining specific examples of blockchain use cases across a variety of industries and lenses, including business models and business metrics, how companies can monetise specific use cases using traditional business models or new and emergent business models, and how the broader shift to digitisation and the use of open-source software across a variety of industries is accelerating the opportunity to implement blockchain protocols and digital assets as a strategic advantage.

Module 3: Landscape: The Blockchain Ecosystem and Applications

In this module, learners will gain an understanding of the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology ecosystem by examining the various stakeholders that comprise the global blockchain community and their respective roles, incentives, organisational dynamics, competitive dynamics between stakeholders, and the differentiation between various emergent sectors of this industry. Learners will also explore how blockchain technology can be applied to a wide range of use cases including cryptocurrencies and digital assets, governance, consensus, immutability, and various other assurances that can be provided by public and private blockchain applications.

Module 4: Challenges: Legal, Regulatory, ESG, and Other Considerations

In this module, learners will explore how securities, data, privacy, anti-trust, and tax laws impact the use of blockchain technology. They will examine the regulatory landscapes of blockchain technology in different parts of the world, and learn to address environment, social, and corporate governance opportunities and challenges with this new technology. Learners will also examine some of the unique organisational challenges with adopting this technology and new operating models within various types of startup, corporate, and institutional environments.

Module 5: Strategy: How to Evaluate and Articulate a Business Case for Blockchain Technology

In this module, learners will evaluate the benefits and risks of bringing blockchain technology into an organisation and outline a business case for blockchain applications. Participants will learn key language and terminology associated with these new business models, and how to effectively articulate a business case using financial, operational, competitive landscape, and brand considerations. Learners will also be introduced to a business case framework and be guided on how to articulate their ideas to decision makers. This module will also explore the various types of financing and funding available for blockchain focused projects and businesses, including venture capital, grants from blockchain protocol foundations, corporate investment and partnerships, and institutional support from governments and other supranational organisations and bodies.

Module 6: Looking Forward: What the Future Holds

In this module, learners will have the opportunity to explore some of the frontier applications of blockchain technology, including decentralised finance (DeFi), NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and creator economics, governments and CBDCs, as well as esoteric ideas such as reputation markets, prediction markets, and DAOs (distributed autonomous organisations). This module will also outline some of the ways learners can become more involved in the global blockchain community, and highlight tools, resources, and references that students can continue to utilise after the programme.

What you will gain

    • Proof of knowledge through the prestigious Certificate of Completion issued by Saïd Business School, University of Oxford


    • A powerful professional network from building connections with a global cohort of leaders, influencers and programme participants


    • Coveted industry knowledge from market-driven curriculum designed and delivered to the standard of an elite academic institution


    • Acquisition and retention of new skills supported by an AI-driven learning platform, individual and team-based programming, and individual success coaching

Your programme directors

Our international faculty is comprised of thought leaders from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, industry experts and successful entrepreneurs to facilitate rapid application of theory to practice.

Martin Schmalz,
Academic Director
Professor of Finance, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Martin is a tenured Associate Professor of Finance at Saïd Business School, where he currently teaches an elective for Oxford’s MBAs, MFEs, and MLFs on Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Finance. Martin’s research expertise includes entrepreneurship, corporate finance and governance, behavioural finance and asset pricing, and various studies of the asset management industry.

Martin has co-authored the book, The Business of Big Data: How to Create Lasting Value in the Age of AI and contributed to a range of global publications. Martin’s research on how the ownership structure of firms affects firm behaviour and market outcomes has affected policy-making and antitrust enforcement worldwide.

Meltem Demirors,
Programme Director
Programme Director, Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares

Meltem is an expert in digital asset investing with significant experience in accelerating growth and acceptance of the asset class. At CoinShares, a publicly listed (Nasdaq Nordic $CS) digital asset investment firm with $5B in assets under management, she leads investment and corporate strategy.

She is a founding member and Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Cryptocurrency Council, and works closely with organisations across the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Meltem was integral to the growth of Digital Currency Group, the world’s largest digital asset investment firm, and previously worked in the oil and gas industry in corporate treasury, trading, and M&A.

Guest speakers

Andrew Baum  Professor of Practice, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Bill Roscoe Professor of Computing Science; University of Oxford 
Christophe Spaenjers Associate Professor of Finance at HEC Paris
Edmund Schuster Associate Professor of corporate law at the London School of Economics
Emilie Choi  President/COO, Coinbase Global Inc
Eva Kaili  Member of the European Parliament; S&D Hellenic Delegation
Greek S&D Delegation in the European Parliament
Federico Spagnoli Regional President, Prudential Financial/Emerging Markets Product & Ecosystems Head
Felipe Thomaz  Associate Professor of Marketing, University of Oxford
Jill Carlson Venture Partner, Slow Ventures
Lauren Weymouth  Director, University Partnerships at Ripple 
Marguerite deCourcelle CEO, Blockade Games Inc
Director, NeonDistrict 
Matt Prewitt President, RadicalxChange Foundation
Mimi Zou  Director of Studies in Law;Regent's Park College, Oxford
Nelly Chatue-Diop Co-Founder & CEO of Ejara 
Saiba Kataruka Founder and CEO at Hashtagger
Suji Yan Founder & CEO, Mask Networks
Whit Gibbs  CEO/ Cofounder of Compass Mining 
Yaya Fanusie Adjunct Senior Fellow Energy, Economics and Security Program
Yves Messy  General Partner & Chief Technology Officer, SurflBlock Ventures 
Sebastian Serrano CEO and Co-Founder at
Matt Brown  VP, Corporate Development at LO3 Energy
Aya Miyaguchi Executive Director; Ethereum Foundation
Priyanka Desai VP of Operations; Openlaw
Robert Viglione Co-Founder & CEO at Horizen Labs

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How you will learn:

  • Digital videos or audio content, augmented by material created exclusively for the course
  • Quizzes and exercises designed specifically to help you understand and retain new information
  • Dialogue with expert instructors and your peers via discussion forums and small group sessions
  • Simulations and other carefully crafted interactions to provide an engaging learning experience
  • Real-life examples that place information in context to help you understand how the concepts delivered in the programme material can be applied to your work environment

  • AI coaching to improve your and your team’s collaboration

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