CoinDesk Confidential: Loretta Joseph

The veteran fintech consultant at Financial Services Commission (FSA) Mauritius answers our questionnaire ahead of Consensus 2022.

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CoinDesk Confidential is a version of the Proust Questionnaire, an interview style popularized during that French novelist's age. It asks a series of questions – some personal, some philosophical, some bizarre – to get to the bottom of someone's true character. Today's respondent, a fintech consultant at Financial Services Commission, Mauritius, Loretta Joseph is an advocate for financial inclusion. She comes from "the land down under," and sees crypto as a tool for global good. She is a speaker at CoinDesk's Consensus festival. If you want to take the survey, find it here.

Do you own bitcoin?


Do you own dogecoin?


What about SHIB?


Where are you from?

I come from the Land Down Under.

Greatest fear?


Greatest joy?

My daughter.

What is the quality you most like in a man/woman/person?


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


Do you often remember your dreams?


Do you like lemons?


Is crypto still blossoming?

Of course.

Is crypto an ugly duck?

No, it's an adolescent swan.

Should Elon Musk run Twitter?

God, no!

Should countries be run as companies?

No, because there is no sincerity from most humans.

In 100 years, will there be more or fewer kinds of monies?

Many more.

Is the U.S. dollar a Ponzi scheme?

Lol! No.

Who is your favorite politician? Why?

Mahatma Gandhi ... He was the OG (original gangster) of freedom fighters.

Is Bitcoin forever?

Forever and beyond ...

Which living person do you most admire?

His Holiness Dalai Lama 14th,

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Lying on a beach.

Ću vi parolas esperanton?


Do what you want or do what you must?

Do what you must.

Would you choose a green thumb or the absolute guarantee you will never get gangrene?

The latter.

What is your best characteristic?

My integrity.

What characteristic do you most deplore in yourself?

My honesty.

Do you use a hardware wallet?


Greatest extravagance?

French Champagne.

Your worst regret?

Words left unsaid.

Favorite TV show? (What you're watching now?)

The Kardashians ... dare anyone say they are not bad ass.

Any words of wisdom?

"Live and let live."

You can have one historical figure over for coffee, who do you choose?

Cleopatra ... Wow, what did you really say to those men?

Jack Dorsey wanted a “Blue Sky” for Twitter; should the web only be built on open protocols?

I am privileged to be mentored by Bob Kahn on open systems; if he has taught me one thing, it's of course it should.

Approximate size – depth and width – of the largest hole you’ve dug?

15 centimeters x 15 centimeters ... I was trying to dig a cube.

What is your greatest achievement?

My school in Ladakh, India The Lamdon Jamyang School patroned by his Holiness The Dalai Lama 14th

AI. To be pursued?

The horse has bolted...

Your current state of mind?


Would you choose to live forever? Why or why not?

No, because i have a use by date.

Do cars look like faces to you?


Dogs or cats?


Can dogs smile?

Only on the inside.

Who is your favorite singer?


Napkins: for or against them?


Do you have a library card?


How is the weather today?

Bloody brilliant.

On what occasion do you lie?

When I have eaten all the chocolates.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My Roman nose.

Which living person do you most despise?


Do you write a list before grocery shopping?


If you could be safely catapulted somewhere, would you prefer to walk?

Yes and in high heels.

Do you own an article of clothing that could be called indigo?

Most certainly not.

Bees see ultraviolet; do you see the same world (or most of it)?

Nope ... that's one for the millennials

New York or San Francisco bagels?

Neither. I'm gluten intolerant.

How many glasses of water do you drink per day?


Are birds real?

Is this a trick question?

What drives you?

Changing the world.

Would you ever drive a red convertible regularly?


What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My daughter.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?


What’s your strongest-held belief that would get you "canceled"?

That men and women are equal.

What’s the funniest/smartest tweet you’ve seen that can recall off the top of your head?

"Poor again" CZ.

Single favorite meme?

Mr. Bean-Being single

If you could be granted one superpower, what would it be?


How would you like to die?

In my sleep.

In three words or fewer, what is currently the largest detriment to society?

Climate change.

In three words or fewer, what is currently the greatest hope for society?

The next generation.


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