Biography of Stephen DeMeulenaere
Stephen DeMeulenaere has spent the past 25 years working with new currencies and is founder & coordinator of the Complementary Currency Resource Center, a online resource center for complementary, community and cryptographic currencies and is co-founder of Coin Academy, a digital currency education platform.
His work with Complementary Currency Systems started first in Canada, then took a third-world development focus, bringing him to Mexico, Argentina, Japan, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and East Timor/Timor Leste.
He has presented and given talks at Universities and conferences in France, China, Netherlands, California, Germany, Argentina, Canada, Thailand, Indonesia, India and Senegal, and has published over 25 articles on the subject for academic journals, magazines and other publications.
His work has been featured in “The Future of Money” by Bernard Lietaer, “The End of Money and the Future of Civilization” by Thomas Greco, and in, “Healthy Money, Healthy Planet” by Diedre Kent. One of his more recent writings is a contribution on Bali’s ancient monetary system to Bernard Lietaer and Stephen Belgin’s “New Money for a New World”, as well as in “Rethinking Money: How New Currencies turn Scarcity into Prosperity” by Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne, and mentioned in “The Anti-Capitalism Reader: Imagining a Geography of Opposition” by Joel Schalt as well as in Counted Out: Challenging Poverty and Social Exclusion : a Resource for Teachers, by Sandra Gowran.
His work to design and implement a complementary currency system in Java, Indonesia, was recognized among the finalists for the 2007 Untenguggenberger Preis in Austria for the promotion of new monetary systems, and his work with the Doole exchange system in Dakar, Senegal was recognized as a finalist in the 1999 World Bank Development Marketplace. His design for a Disaster Recovery Currency was recognized as a finalist in the 2006 Ashoka Foundation/Changemakers competition, and his design for a Revolving Savings and Microfinance lending circle, using a traditional Indonesian game, was very successfully implemented by the French Aid Organization Triangle in Aceh, North Sumatra, Indonesia, the epicenter of the 2004 tsunami disaster.
Stephen is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Community Currency Research Academic Journal, the first journal to publish research on alternative, community, complementary and digital currencies at the University of East Anglia.
He is a colleague of Monneta (Money Network Alliance for the Research and Development of Complementary Currencies) in Germany, and a fellow at Qoin in the Netherlands. He is an Advisory Board Member in New Money Systems at the Lifeboat Foundation and for Asia Pacific at Cryptor Trust, Inc. He is also a Subject Matter Expert at Coin Telegraph.