Demelza Hays

Head Of Research at Cointelegraph

Tampa, FL


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Head of Research, Cointelegraph. Author and editor of the Crypto Research Report ( University of Liechtenstein, Ph.D. in Business Economics. Thesis on the role of cryptocurrency in asset management under former Chief Economist of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, Prof. Dr. Andrei Kirilenko and Prof. Dr. Michael Hanke. Previously completed my Master’s in Economics at the Toulouse School of Economics. In addition to research, I have managed two regulated digital asset investment funds, including a physical gold and digital asset fund in Liechtenstein and a blockchain venture capital fund in the Cayman Islands. I am a former U.S. Department of State Fulbright Scholar and Forbes 30 Under 30.

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Jul 2020 - Present




Jun 2020 - Present


Head Of Research

Jan 2020 - Present

Dash - Digital Cash (Cryptocurrency)


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Jan 2017 - Present

Crypto Research

Member of the Board of Directors

Sep 2017 - Jun 2020

Universität Liechtenstein

Internal Doctoral Student

Teacher of Principles of Finance, Intro to Blockchain, Corporate Finance

Oct 2019 - May 2020

RealUnit Schweiz AG

Blockchain Advisor to RealUnit Schweiz AG

Sep 2016 - Jan 2020

Blockchain Büro

Member of the Board of Directors

Jul 2017 - Oct 2019

Incrementum AG

Junior Fund Manager

Jun 2015 - Jun 2016

Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Frédéric Bastiat Fellow

May 2015 - Aug 2015

Ludwig von Mises Institute

Research Fellow



Oct 2012 - Jul 2013

U.S. Department of State

Fulbright Scholar

During my time in India, I researched the private sector and public sector microfinance organizations in Punjab, India. Additionally, I attended courses on the economic history of India and on econometrics at the University of Panjab in Chandigarh. I also briefly volunteered for a local NGO, Developing Indigenous Resources, in the Janta Colony slum.


Jan 2011 - May 2012

University of South Florida

Statistics Teaching Assistant

I worked for Dr. Terry Sincich as a teaching assistant for an upper level statistics course at the University of South Florida. I co-taught my class with another teaching assistant. Our class averaged 140 students per semester. I applied for this position after winning third place during a statistics jeopardy trivia game hosted by Dr. Sincich.


Jun 2011 - Aug 2011

U.S. Department of State

Critical Language Scholarship

The CLS program lasted for three months, and enabled me to study Punjabi at the American Institute for Indian Studies in Chandigarh, India.


2016 - 2021

Universität Liechtenstein

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Business Economics

2013 - 2015

Toulouse School of Economics

Master's degree, Economics

2008 - 2012

University of South Florida

Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Economics

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