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Philipp Sandner
Born(1980-02-23)23 February 1980
Died16 January 2024(2024-01-16) (aged 43)
TitleProf. Dr. oec. publ.
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Mannheim, Copenhagen Business School, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
ThesisThe Valuation of Intangible Assets (2009)
Doctoral advisorDietmar Harhoff
Academic work
DisciplineBlockchain Technology

Philipp Sandner (23 February 1980 – 16 January 2024) was a German economist and professor in the area of business and IT at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Sandner was born in Heidelberg. Following his Abitur, he completed civilian service in 1999 and studied business administration specialising in business and also IT at the University of Mannheim and at the Copenhagen Business School from 2000 to 2005. From 2005 to 2009, he worked as a researcher at the Institute for Innovation Research, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich with Dietmar Harhoff as advisor. He obtained his doctorate as Dr oec. publ. with his dissertation on “The Valuation of Intangible Assets” with the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 2009. He also completed his Master of Business Research (MBR) at this institution. He attended the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at the University of California at Berkeley for a research placement in 2008. From 2010 to 2012, he worked as a postdoc and researcher at the Chair for Strategy and Organisation with Isabell Welpe as advisor at the Technical University of Munich.[2][3]

From 2010 to 2015, Sandner was co-founder and partner of the Munich Innovation Group, a business consulting company specialised in innovation strategy and technology transfer. He became professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management in 2015. In February 2017, the Blockchain Center was founded at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management with Sandner being the head of this unit. The Frankfurt School Blockchain Center analyses topics such as the implications of blockchain technology for companies and the economy and aims to provide a knowledge-sharing platform for decision-makers, start-ups, technology and industry experts.[2]

Due to his expertise, Sandner was appointed to the FinTech Council of the Federal Ministry of Finance (Germany) in 2017,[4][2] as well as to the working group of the EU Blockchain Observatory of the European Union.[5] Furthermore, the working group “National Risk Analysis”, established by the Federal Ministry of Finance, has involved Sandner in matters concerning crypto assets such as Bitcoin.[4] In 2022, he joined the Digital Finance Forum (DFF) initiated by the Federal Ministry of Finance (Germany).[6]

The German business magazine Capital listed Sandner in the category “Top 40 under 40”.[7] According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, he was also among Germany's most influential economists in 2018,[8] 2019,[9] 2020,[10] and 2021.[11]

Sandner died on 16 January 2024, at the age of 43.[12]

Research and teaching[edit]

Sandner conducted research particularly in the areas of blockchain technology, Bitcoin, crypto assets, Decentralized Finance (DeFi), distributed ledger technology (DLT), digital programmable euro, stablecoins, and digital securities.[2] He continued to deal with corporate entrepreneurship, digital transformation (such as by fintech start-ups), strategic innovation, financing of start-ups (by means of strategic investors, business angels and venture capital, etc.) and intellectual property rights, for example.[13][3]

Sandner received several scholarships and best paper awards. His research work was published in international journals such as the Journal of Marketing, Administrative Science Quarterly, Research Policy, the Journal of Marketing Research and the Journal of Business Venturing. Topics covered by his teaching including digitisation, entrepreneurship, innovation management and intellectual property rights.[3]


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  3. ^ a b c "Find your institution". www.sciencedirect.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b Bundesfinanzministerium. "Arbeitsgruppe für Nationale Risikoanalyse untersucht Geldwäsche- und Terrorismusrisiken bei Kryptowährungen - Bundesfinanzministerium - Themen". Bundesministerium der Finanzen (in German). Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  5. ^ "EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum names members to core Working Groups | EUBlockchain". www.eublockchainforum.eu. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  6. ^ Federal Ministry of Finance (Germany). "Member of the Digital Finance Forums" (in German). Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Junge Elite: Das ist der Nachwuchs der Finanzbranche". Capital.de (in German). 21 January 2019. Archived from the original on 22 January 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  8. ^ FAZ (1 September 2018), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (ed.), Deutschlands einflussreichste Ökonomen (in German), Frankfurt, p. 20{{citation}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  9. ^ F.A.Z (4 October 2019), "Die Tabelle: Deutschlands einflussreichste Ökonomen 2019", Faz.net (in German), ISSN 0174-4909, retrieved 15 April 2020
  10. ^ F.A.Z. "Deutschlands einflussreichste Ökonomen". Faz.net. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  11. ^ F.A.Z. "Deutschlands einflussreichste Ökonomen". Faz.net. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  12. ^ "Frankfurter Ökonom Philipp Sandner ist tot". Private Banking Magazin. 22 January 2024. Retrieved 22 January 2024.
  13. ^ "Philipp Sandner - Google Scholar Citations". scholar.google.com.sg. Retrieved 4 February 2019.