Stephen DeMeulenaere

Designing And Building The Monetary, Economic And Financial Systems Of The Future

Stephen DeMeulenaere works with economic networks that put people and planet before profit.

Hello, I'm Stephen

I've been very active in this space since 1991, and then blockchain technology was invented.

Starting with the Local Exchange Trading system (LETS) in Canada in 1991, I then moved to focusing on social and economic impact projects using special purpose currencies in Central and South America, Africa and then Asia, where I have been based the past 20 years. Meanwhile, I was active in the digital currency space in North America and Europe. I'm recognized as one of the pioneers and leaders in this effort.

But it hasn't been easy these past 30 years. It's taken a lot of dedication, resilience, self-reliance and resourcefulness to be able to focus on the work through the decades of obscurity. It's made me a better person, highly versatile and exremely optimistic about the future.

Stephen DeMeulenaere
With top blockchain industry leaders at the
UN World Investment Forum 2018

What I Do Best

Advising & Consulting

In this picture I'm speaking with President of East Timor Jose Ramos-Horta. Since the mid-1990s I have provided consulting services to a wide variety of organizations from the International Development Research Center to the Provincial Government of East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, to Development Alternatives Inc., IDK Foundation, UNCTAD, UNFAO and many others. I'm a registered UN consultant.

Training & Presenting

In this picture I'm speaking at the United Nations in Geneva, opening Blockchains for Sustainable Development. Having been an educator, trainer, facilitator and mentor for startups, NGOs, companies and financial institutions, I develop and deliver training programs and workshops on my own and together with my collaborators. As a speaker, I have presented at numerous conferences worldwide.

Strategy & Partnerships

In this picture I'm speaking at AMCHAM South Korea's first Blockchain Event. Much of my work as a team member in a company has been in positions at the intersection of partnerships, business development, sales, marketing, communications, community management, an on speaking on behalf of a project, foundation, or company as a representative.

Testimonials

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    “I just want to say how much I appreciate all the work you’ve been doing in this field, and I really see you as some of the, among the bright lights of this next generation of folks in the community currency movement. I just want to say I really appreciate you.”
    Tesa Silvestre
    Consultant
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    “I have had several different opportunities to work with Stephen along the years. Each time I could enjoy Stephen’s rigor and the depth of his expertise, not just in complementary currencies (a huge field), but also where the world goes. Stephen knows how to combine the big picture with practical ‘get the work done’ things. A very rare quality.”
    Jean-Francois Noubel
    Collective Intelligence Research Institute
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    “Stephen has a long history in the field of community and complementary currencies in Canada, Latin America and Asia. He has designed several community currency models for economic development purposes in the third world, and he wrote valuable articles on the subject. We are proud that Stephen is, after many years of being a fellow, now a Partner at Qoin.”
    Edgar Kampers
    Qoin Foundation
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    “I engaged Stephen as a consultant to carry out a study of traditional currencies in East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea in 2001. I was impressed by his extraordinary knowledge of complementary currencies, by his contribution to the field, and by his dedication to the study. The work went seamlessly. The client loved the result. I recommend him highly.”
    David Week
    Assai Culture-Driven Projects
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    “There is no doubt that Stephen is recognized as one of the pioneers who has done most, not just in conceptual, technical and financial innovation, but also in real-life implementation. He has made a incalculable contribution to monetary transformation.”
    Michel Bauwens
    P2P Foundation

What I've been Doing Lately

Here's what I've been up to lately.

Talk for the Fintech Association of Indonesia

In February 2019 I gave a talk to the Secretariat of the Fintech Association of Indonesia in Jakarta. This is the most important financial technology association in the country.

Stephen DeMeulenaere
Talk for the Fintech Association of Indonesia

In February 2019 I gave a talk to the Secretariat of the Fintech Association of Indonesia in Jakarta. This is the most important financial technology association in the country.

Stephen DeMeulenaere
Consulting in Field - Lusaka, Zambia

My colleagues from Qoin Foundation and I were in Lusaka, Zambia for a training on Incentivization for Impact for our client Solidaridad.

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Block Bali 3

I was was one of the speakers at Block Bali 3 in November, 2019. It's such a great annual event in Bali, Indonesia.

Stephen DeMeulenaere
Contract Reviewer for Princeton Uniersity Textbook

I was hired by Princeton University Press to review their award-winning textbook.

Stephen DeMeulenaere
Blockchains for Sustainable Development, Geneva, Switzerland

As lead organizer, I had the opportunity to bring some of the best people in the Blockchain Industry to United Nations Headquarters in Geneva to talk about how blockchain technologies for the meeting of UN Sustainable Development Goals

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Podcast at INDODAX

Bernard and I have been friends since 1994, collaborators and friends, and it's been a year since he elevated to higher ground.

Stephen DeMeulenaere
Remembering my friend Bernard Lietaer

Bernard and I have been friends since 1994, collaborators and friends, and it's been a year since he elevated to higher ground.

Stephen DeMeulenaere
Bretton Woods 75 - New Hampshire

I was invited to attend the invitation-only 75th Anniversary of the signing of the Bretton Woods Agreement.

Stephen DeMeulenaere
Keynote - Block Community - Surabaya, Indonesia

Oscar Darmawan is co-Founder and CEO of Indodax, Indonesia's first and largest Crypto Exchange with 1,800,000 members, and we've been friends since early 2014.

Contact Me

Stephen DeMeulenaere

I've taken the long and winding road and preferred to take the path of a generalist, although I have also taken time to dive deep and specialize in certain key areas. I have lots of experience outside of these three main areas, so if you think I may be suitable in a completely different area, don't hesitate to bring it up when we talk.

Read more about my background here.