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Jimmie H. Lenz 

Dr. Jimmie Lenz is the Director of the Master of Engineering in Financial Technology and Master of Engineering in Cybersecurity at Duke University and the Frank and Irene Salerno Visiting Professor of Financial Economics.   Lenz also leads the Digital Asset Research and Engineering Collaborative (DAREC) at Duke University.  Jimmie is an experienced executive, lecturer, and scholar in the fields of FinTech, Risk Management and Capital Markets.


Starting his career as an equity and derivatives trader over 25 years ago, Jimmie found he reveled in fast moving atmospheres that required both strategic thought and the ability to take immediate action. Jimmie was an early adopter of electronic trading and later algorithmic trading solutions.


His successes propelled him into a number of senior management roles within the finance community including leading an NYSE broker dealer with foreign and domestic operations, Chief Risk Officer and Chief Credit Officer at a top three broker dealer, and the Head of Predictive Analytics for one of the largest Wealth Management firms in the US.  


Jimmie holds an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Science in Finance from Washington University in Saint Louis, and Doctor of Business

Administration-Finance from Washington University’s Olin Business School.  Jimmie currently serves as on the Board of Directors of Zen Blockchain Foundation and as an advisor to REIN Insurance. Lenz has a number of patents and patents pending for his work and speaks frequently on the subjects of digital assets, FinTech, Cybersecurity, and innovation.


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