Chartered financial analyst and George Fox alumnus presents free talk on blockchain and cryptocurrency Feb. 19

February 01, 2024

Drew Van der Werff

NEWBERG, Ore. – Ever wonder if blockchain or cryptocurrency is a scam? Chartered financial analyst and George Fox alumnus, Drew Van der Werff, will answer the question and give a lesson as to why crypto has the potential to impact every life on earth in a lecture on Monday, Feb. 19, on George Fox’s Newberg campus.

In his talk, entitled “Crypto and Your Gift is Someone Else's Miracle,” Van der Werff will cover some of the most interesting trends to watch and give a few humble perspectives on the changing world. His lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 105 of the university’s Hoover Academic Building. It is free and open to the public.

The presentation is the latest installment of the College of Business’ ongoing Reiten Lecture Series.

Van der Werff started his career at Deloitte, helping advise and develop statistical models for the Department of Defense and the largest financial institutions in the world. He then joined Goldman Sachs and was the second hire on the Goldman Sachs Digital Assets team. He was critical to the company’s current-day strategy and helped scale the team from two to where it is today, including contributing heavily to its tokenization efforts, DeFi / on-chain strategy, cryptocurrency offerings, and regulatory engagement.

He currently helps lead Brevan Howard Digital investing efforts around technical infrastructure supporting blockchain networks and applications. 

Van der Werff graduated from George Fox in 2013 as a business administration major. He has published research in multiple peer-reviewed journals, passed the CFP exams, became a CFA charter holder, and sits on the advisory board for George Fox's Financial Planning Program.

George Fox University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best National University” and by The Wall Street Journal as the top private college in Oregon. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Oregon, and at teaching centers in Portland and Redmond, Oregon. George Fox offers more than 60 academic programs at the undergraduate level, degree-completion programs for working adults, and 20 masters and doctoral degrees.

Carly Reumann
George Fox University