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Robert Kopitsch is a public affairs director in APCO’s Brussels office and is the initiator and co-founder of Blockchain for Europe and acts since its foundation in 2018 as its Secretary General. In this capacity he was involved in the creation of the EU’s regulatory framework for crypto-assets and service providers (MiCA) as well as anti-money laundering rules (Travel Rule and AMLR).

In parallel, Mr. Kopitsch also serves as APCO’s Financial Services, FinTech and Blockchain EMEA practice lead. In this capacity, he advises companies around the globe on regulatory issues, strategic positioning, market entry, reputation building and media relations. Besides that, in 2022 he also advised the DeFi Education Fund (DEF).

Prior to joining APCO, Robert worked for the Austrian Ministry of Finance and the Wirtschaftsrat Deutschland (German Economic Council – WRD) in Vienna, as well as in the European Parliament (Office of Vice-President Othmar Karas) and the EU office of Raiffeisen Bank International in Brussels. In addition, he is the co-founder of the European Forum for Future Economy (EF4FE). Mr. Kopitsch holds three master’s degrees in public communication and contemporary history (both from the University of Vienna) as well as in European politics and policies (from KU Leuven).

Mr. Kopitsch is a regular guest lecturer and speaker about crypto-assets regulation, tokenisation and lobbying at European universities, think tanks and industry events. He is an Austrian national and speaks German (native), English (fluent), Polish and French. Originally from Vienna, Mr. Kopitsch holds a master’s degree in European Politics and Policies from the KU Leuven. He also holds a master’s degree in Public Communication and Contemporary History from the University of Vienna.