Patrick Hansen serves as the Director for EU Strategy and Policy at Circle, a pivotal role aligning Circle's innovative financial technology with European regulatory landscapes. Circle is renowned for facilitating digital currencies and public blockchains in payments and global commerce, notably operating USDC, a rapidly growing, regulated dollar digital currency. Concurrently, Patrick extends his expertise as an Advisor at BFG Blockchain Founders Group AG, enriching promising business models in the realms of crypto assets and blockchain technology. Additionally, he is a valued Member of the expert panel at the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum, contributing to blockchain innovation and ecosystem development within the EU. Prior to these roles, Patrick honed his strategic acumen as a Crypto Venture Advisor and led blockchain initiatives at BITKOM E.V., underscoring his comprehensive understanding and significant contributions to the digital assets and blockchain sectors. His broad experience and strategic insights are a testament to his substantial impact in fostering blockchain integration and digital asset advancements.