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Zabeel Hall 4 Block Stage
Niko De Jonghe | Speaker
Adrian K. Zduńczyk | Speaker
Zabeel Hall 4 The Exchange
Farzam Kamalabadi | Speaker
Tarek Mohammed | Speaker
J.D. Seraphine | Speaker
Kyle Chasse | Speaker
Ran Neu-Ner | Speaker
Saeed Al Darmaki | Speaker
Brigadier Jamal Al Jallaf | Speaker
Philipp Rösler | Speaker
Dina Saman | Speaker
Arif Ansari | Speaker
David Lin | Moderator
Daniel Santos | Speaker
James Bernard | Speaker
Nitin Gaur | Speaker
Tatiana Koffman | Moderator
Abbas Bandali | Speaker
Igneus Terrenus | Speaker
VESA | Speaker
Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr | Moderator
Gaurav Dubey | Speaker
NICK SPANOS | Speaker
Elias Ahonen | Speaker
Gareth Soloway | Speaker
Florian Grummes | Speaker
Max Matrenitski | Speaker
Robert Gryn | Speaker
TONE VAYS | Speaker
Matias Lapuschin | Speaker
Zabeel Hall 4 The Exchange
Ahmed Bin Sulayem | Speaker
Ralf Glabischnig | Speaker
Dr. Marwan Al Zarouni | Speaker
Josef Holm | Speaker
Christophe de la Celle | Speaker
Jeetu Kataria | Speaker
Changpeng Zhao | Speaker
H.E. Gabriel Abed | Speaker
Matthew Van Niekerk | Speaker
Viktor Weinland | Speaker
Csilla Zsigri | Speaker
Dr. Jane Thomason | Speaker
Hesham Ghandour | Speaker
Gil Petersil | Speaker
Talal Tabbaa | Speaker
Caitlin Walker | Speaker
Fraser Gordon | Speaker
Ali Abuzinjal | Speaker
Ian Khan | Speaker
Ivan Bjelajac | Speaker
Michael So | Speaker
Omar Rahim | Speaker
Angus John MacCormick | Moderator
Dr. Alexandra Mikityuk | Speaker
Dr. Andreas Dittrich | Speaker
Dr. Sebastian Grabowski | Speaker
Mathew Yarger | Speaker
Szymon Fiedorowicz | Speaker
Jake Nguyen | Speaker
Pranav Sharma | Speaker
Henrik Rasmussen | Speaker
Rishabh Gupta | Speaker
Dr Abdalla Kablan | Speaker
Ralph Simon | Moderator
Neeraj Roy | Speaker
Jimmy Nguyen | Moderator
Anna Tutova | Speaker
Prateek Rao | Speaker
Sheraz Ahmed | Speaker
JOEL DIETZ | Speaker
HAMAD AL MUTAIRI | Speaker
Michael Lawrence | Speaker
Alexander Gambon | Speaker
Austin Worrell | Speaker
Carl Runefelt | Speaker
Davinci Jeremie | Speaker
Jan Sammut | Speaker
Tomas Jager | Speaker
Abhay Aggarwal | Speaker
Christopher Jaszczynski | Speaker
Jakub Chmielniak | Speaker
Matthias Mende | Speaker
Aly Madhavji | Moderator
Nalla Karunanithy | Speaker
Saqr Mashhor Ereiqat | Speaker
Lauren Bissell | Moderator
Nithin Palavalli | Speaker
Igor Zakharov | Speaker
Adir Ron | Speaker
John Lillywhite | Moderator
Alex Blagirev | Speaker
Karl Tlais | Speaker
ABDULLA MOHAMMED AL ASHRAM | Speaker
Duncan Johnston-Watt | Speaker
Alvin Lee | Speaker
Laura K. Inamedinova | Speaker
Kimberly Adams | Speaker
Anthem Blanchard | Speaker
Ashu Gupta | Speaker
Jorge Sebastião | Speaker
Monica Sasso | Speaker
Yevheniia Broshevan | Speaker
Magnus Stone | Speaker
Bartek Sibiga | Speaker
Ritam Gupta | Speaker
Anita Kalergis (aka KryptoGranny) | Speaker
Niko is a born leader and visionary. He started his first business and development project at the age of 19 when he purchased a monastery in Belgium and converted into a supermarket and seven apartments, which he later sold for an enormous profit, and has continued to thrive as an entrepreneur without looking back. After envisioning and successfully scaling countless companies, the culmination of his experience and vision brought him to identifying his most impressive creation to date – Blockchain Valley. Niko’s passion for creating and adding value to his large network of peers and investors combined with his mission to make the world a better place, was perfectly aligned with his vision for Blockchain Valley. An early adopter of Blockchain Technology (2010) and an active cryptocurrency Investor, Niko could not be better suited to lead his team in executing Blockchain Valley- where blockchain technology meets real world applications and sets an example as to how the world can and will be a better place.
Adrian Zduńczyk (CRYPTOBIRB) is a successful Polish entrepreneur and leader. Founder and the CEO of The Birb Nest brand – a dynamic startup scaling up to become a Worldwide Blockchain Consulting Company. Certified Technical Analyst of financial markets. Respected in the industry (>360 000 followers). Chemical Technology Master of Engineering and Master of Project Management with finance focus. Performer. Mentor. Influencer. Successful investor: cryptocurrencies, legacy markets.
Hyper Optimum Organization HOO Exchange Executive Chairman
Dr. Farzam Kamalabadi is the president of the
well-known enterprise Future Trends Group and a globally influential
person. He has served as the chairman and president of more than 50
international energy, finance, blockchain and other industry
companies. He is globally recognized as a top-level architect and
leader in emerging economic fields including blockchain finance. He
serves as a strategic expert for governments, royal families and
sovereign wealth funds of many countries around the world.
In August ,HOO Exchange invited Dr. Farzam Kamalabadi to become a
shareholding partner and Global Executive Chairman of HOO to jointly
promote the multinational operation and compliance development of HOO
Exchange, and realize the exponential growth of various
Tarek leads a team at Dubai Police working with crypto
currencies where he has been involved in several high profile cases and raids
leading to arrests. Tarek is a member of the National Committee of AML
investigation at the UAE Ministry of Interior and a co-founder of Dubai
Blockchain Center. He holds a Bachelor in Finance from the American University
of Sharjah, and a Masters in Digital Currency & Blockchain from the
University of Nicosia.
A pioneer in the application of Crowdfunding and Influencer marketing to the Entertainment Industry with a proven track record of creating success at the bleeding edge of the Media Technology Metaverse. Notable media projects include Rock of Ages, Sirius, Growing up Smith, Hesher and the upcoming Atari Movie that is being produced with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Kyle Chasse, a cryptocurrency industry veteran and technology entrepreneur, has founded, advised and invested in numerous early stage blockchain projects since his initial investment in Bitcoin in 2012. During 2013, Kyle founded World Super Lotto (WSL), the world’s first global lottery based on Bitcoin. In 2014, Kyle went all-in on Bitcoin and later in Ethereum before transitioning into a full-time role as COO of Credits, a Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) company. In 2016, Kyle co-founded The Review Agency, a SaaS for business reputation management. In 2017, Kyle’s net-worth exponentially increased as his assets in Bitcoin and Ethereum scaled beyond expectations. Kyle began lucratively analysing and investing in infrastructure and protocol projects from Kraken, Coinbase, UBANX, Bitfinex, Bitfinance, RNDR, and several others, holding impressive amounts of equity and tokens as he was deemed “smart money” for his capital and skill set in tokenomics, product development, and business development. Kyle spent much of 2018 traveling the world attending and speaking at crypto conferences like
TokenomX, Belgrade Venture Forum and several others ; looking for disruptive projects to invest in while simultaneously building out a vast network that includes the most forward thinking blockchain thought leaders from around the world. Towards the end of 2018, Kyle founded Master Ventures (MV) - a blockchain advisory & think tank based in Koh Phangan. MV combines the skills of over 6 executives, each with a master skill set and have all held C-Level executive positions at various startups, hedge funds, VC, and more. Master Ventures currently advises Tier 1 projects like Spl.yt, UBANX, and Ultra.io.
Ran Neu-ner is the Founder & CEO of Onchain Capital, a Crypto Asset Fund and Advisory service and the creator and host of the world’s only televised Crypto Show on CNBC, CNBC Crypto Trader. He is a blockchain investor and strategic advisor managing over $200m in capital. Ran is an active member of Young Presidents Organisation since 2010 and is currently on the board in NYC.
Saeed is Managing Director – MENA for CasperLabs, Founder of Sheesha Finance and Co-Founder of Alphabit Digital Currency Fund. He sits on boards of entities such as CV Labs, DEX, RealEx, MENA Fintech Association, BeMobi, Jahani & Associates, LEAD Ventures, Royale Finance, Artha, TeraBlock, DeFi11, Splinterlands, Aqar Chain and Kenzi Wealth. These roles have given him tremendous insight into the crypto/blockchain space and enabled him to develop a key network of contacts which has helped him grow his knowledge of the market exponentially. Saeed started his career at ADIA in October 2009 as an Operations specialist then from May 2013 became a Fixed Income & Treasury specialist. In June 2018 he decided to leave ADIA to focus on the crypto/blockchain industry.
Dr. Philipp Rösler holds management consulting mandates as well as supervisory board memberships in known Swiss and international companies. Philipp started his career as a medical doctor at the German Armed Forces but he left the German Bundeswehr as a captain in order to join politics in 2003. He served as the chairman of the Free Democratic Party in the German state of Lower-Saxony in which he was Deputy-Prime Minister and Minister of Economics, Labour and Transport. In 2009 he joined the Federal Government of Germany as a Minister of Health in Federal Chancellor Merkel's second cabinet. In 2011 Philipp Rösler was elected as the Chairman of the Free Democratic Party in Germany, and changed his portfolio to Federal Minister of Economics and Technology. He also became Vice-Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2013, Dr Rösler left politics and joined the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum in Geneva for four years. Thus he found his way to Switzerland where he settled with his family in Zürich and collected trusting clients and board memberships ever since.
Entrepreneurial at heart, Dina is one of the pioneers of the crypto assets industry in the MENA region. She is passionate about crypto, blockchain, financial markets, and strongly believes in their power to redefine the financial landscape. Dina is focused on building CoinMENA, an exchange fully regulated by the Central Bank of Bahrain, to become the leading platform servicing clients in the MENA region. Prior to CoinMENA, she worked on numerous ventures in the crypto and real estate sectors, which included being part of the founding team of the first regional crypto exchange.
Mohammed Arif Ansari comes with more than eighteen years of leadership experience in operations, planning, IT and strategy with Tier 1 Global MNCs, Fortune 500 and the Big 4 consulting firms.
He has extensive experience as a co-founder and COO in setting up and scaling Fintech startups; co-founded a crypto exchange in Europe and launched a payment company in India.
He holds an Engineering degree, a MBA (Systems & International Business) and is a PMP certified professional, currently pursuing a Master's in Digital Currencies from the University of Nicosia, Cyprus.
He is a Certified Global CIO from the ISB (Indian School of Business), the no. 1 Business school in India. Ansari sits on the advisory board of many successful ICOs, IEOs, STOs, NFT and Defi projects. In the past, he has been instrumental in setting up and successfully scaling up offshore practices (Global Delivery Model) for a few MNCs. At LYOPAY, Arif will be responsible for running operations and strategy for the company as Chief Operating Officer.
Daniel Santos, also known as Mr. Santos, is a serial entrepreneur and the financial and crypto influencer with the biggest Spanish-speaking community in the world. He is the founder and CEO of Woonkly Labs, a venture builder of blockchain projects such as defi.finance, the world's first regulated Automated Market Maker (AMM). His mission is to develop products with clear protocols and licenses that contribute to the global blockchain ecosystem's sustainable and legal growth.
David Lin is the anchor and producer of Kitco News. During his time at Kitco he has interviewed CEOs of NYSE and NASDAQ-listed companies, mining executives, fund managers, analysts, and political leaders, covering commodities, fintech, mining, economics, and cryptocurrencies. Kitco’s media division is a precious metals, commodities and mining global authority, generating and distributing cutting-edge news, market insights and data to a global audience of over a million traders and investors. Prior to joining Kitco, David worked as a macroeconomics researcher at BCA Research, where he focused on global ETF portfolio construction
Regional Representative Europe
James started his career working for several leading international trading organizations as a commodities and financial derivatives trader in London where he developed his passion for global trading. He then went on to incorporate his own company investing in the production and trading of physical commodities and derivatives.
In 2006 he moved to Dubai to join DMCC as Associate director of commodities. and in 2009 was appointed Director of business development, leading the next stage of growth for DMCC Free Zone, which to date has attracted over 19,000 companies to its central Dubai location.
In his next role as Head of Corp Sales he helped successfully take DMCC onto achieve unprecedented growth and to develop it into the multi award winning Free Zone it is today. In 2020 he was appointed as DMCC’s regional representative for Europe. An experienced Special Economic Zone professional he continues to work and advise on the development of the Middle East business ecosystem.
As one of the founding members of the Dubai Global Blockchain Council and the DMCC Blockchain Innovation Group he has led DMCC’s Blockchain initiatives since 2015, developing early proof of concepts across various sectors including the provenance of diamonds and various other internal projects.
Today he continues to drive the development of the DMCC Crypto ecosystem ‘Crypto Centre’ and to assist in the continuous growth of Dubai as a global Blockchain and crypto hub, working closely with various private and government stakeholders and contributing the successful implementation of Crypto Asset regulations.
He is a regular contributor to various publications and advisor to a number of different startups and scaleups across the DeFi, Blockchain, and Crypto sectors
IBM Financial Sciences
Nitin Gaur currently leads IBM Financial Sciences research practice, as a part of IBM Research. In this role, Nitin leads a team that aspires to play a pivotal role in reshaping the future of the financial services industry with faculty, advanced technology, and superior design in the field of financial sciences and financial technology. Transforming the financial services industry with technology into a new era with Blockchain, AI, and ML, qualitative. and quantitative modeling.
In previous role, Nitin Gaur, served as Founder and Director of IBM Digital Asset Labs - serving to devise industry standards, use cases, and working towards making blockchain for the enterprise a reality. In parallel Nitin also served as CTO of IBM World Wire - a cross border payment solution utilizing digital assets. Nitin also Founded IBM Blockchain Labs and led the effort in establishing blockchain practice for the enterprise.Prior to this role he was working in capacity of CTO, IBM Mobile Payments and Enterprise Mobile Solutions. Nitin holds MS in Management Information systems and MBA in Finance from University of Maryland. Nitin is also appointed as an IBM Distinguished Engineer and is an IBM Master Inventor with a rich patent portfolio.
Nitin Gaur is also serves as Research and Portfolio Manager for Portal Asset Management - a Multi Manager Fund Specializing in Digital Assets and DeFi investment Strategies.
Mr Abbas Bandali is the co-founder and managing director of
bitjeem - Dubai’s Premier Digital Assets Platform. He has successfully led
strategic investments across diverse verticals predominantly in precious
metals, refining, crypto mining and remittances, among others. With bitjeem, Mr
Bandali envisions leading the worldwide transition of conventional assets into
Igneus is the head of communications and media spokesperson of Bybit, one of the world’s fastest growing cryptocurrency exchanges. He is a relentless advocate for transformative innovation and a staunch supporter for progressive regulation on the emerging digital asset class, helping to shed light on Bybit’s pursuit of bringing quality products and a fair, transparent and efficient trading environment to retail and professional clients around the globe.
Tatiana Koffman is a Forbes Money & Markets columnist and is known for heading up Venture Capital investments for Grammy-award winning celebrities the Chainsmokers and Linkin Park in Los Angeles, California. Tatiana currently invests in digital assets and equities through herfamily office, the Koffman Group. A recognized thought leader and speaker in finance and technology, Koffman has been featured by Forbes, Economist, Business Insider and TechCrunch. She has spoken on 40+ events in 12+ countries, keynoting and sharing stages with CEO’s and government officials. She has guest lectured at UCLA and is a TEDx speaker. Koffman started her career as a derivatives trader at TD Bank in Toronto, Canada. She holds a JD/MBA from York University, is a member of the New York State Bar. Koffman’s writings have been quoted and used as teaching material at UCLA, Oxford, Sorbonne University and Michigan Law Review. Koffman authors the Myth of Money, a weekly newsletter on all things finance, economics and technology.
Crypto Artist, Performer and Keynote Speaker
Vesa is a crypto artist, performer and keynote speaker V E S A is best known for working with Bollywood actress Veena Malik in a world-changing collaboration, which was seen by around 300 million people through BBC World, The Independent, IBT, Times of India, VICE, etc.His innovative mixed media platform Artevo soft forked in 2017 to Art For Crypto, which is rapidly establishing new creative standards in the blockchain art space.
Gaurav found his love for gadgets and technology at young age and started making money by repairing electronics when he was twelve. His professional career began in telecoms. In his pursuit of innovation and bringing change to the technology landscape In Kanpur, he laid the foundation of Info-Tech hub as an ISP. He went on to further explore emerging technologies and business innovations establishing a leading group of companies under the umbrella of ITH including multiple ventures where he is a Partner, Investor and Mentor to various startups as well as established enterprises. Under his leadership, InfoTechHub has grown rapidly along with its portfolio companies which ventures into Investment Advisory in blockchain projects, Business Strategy and Technology Consulting for Large-Scale Enterprises, Product Marketing and HR Consulting Services. At the same time, ITH has been putting in successful efforts into innovating intellectual properties in the field of Software Technologies, Blockchain, Electronic / Robotics, Agriculture, and KYC Services. He us also the CEO of TDeFi, the world's first virtual accelerator specifically for DeFi and NFT ventures. It provides access to world-class mentors, Industry connections, Technology, Marketing and community, Exchanges, Liquidity, and many growth hacking partnerships. TDeFi has incubated more than 25 startups up till now and has been aggressively looking for projects that aim to disrupt the status quo.
Nick Spanos is a pioneer in the bitcoin and blockchain technology space. In 2013, Spanos founded Bitcoin Center NYC -- the world's first-ever cryptocurrency trading floor, which initially opened directly across from the NYSE in 2013. Spanos is also CEO of Blockchain Technologies Corp., which patented VoteWatcher, the first-ever blockchain voting platform. He is co-founder of Zap.org, which solves one of the biggest challenges for blockchain smart contracts, by allowing real-world data and events to trigger smart contract provisions for the first time. Spanos was featured in the recent Netflix documentary Banking on Bitcoin and is a sought after speaker at blockchain events worldwide.
Elias Ahonen is a Finnish-Canadian blockchain researcher, author, and legal expert described as “one of the first Bitcoin historians” due to his 2016 book, Physical Bitcoins and Crypto-Currencies. His 2021 book, Blockland, was called “cryptocurrency’s first rock’n’roll biography” and serves as a textbook for the industry. He is a regular contributor to Cointelegraph Magazine and has been acknowledged for his expertise by both national and international media such as The Wall Street Journal.
Ahonen started professional life as an IT analyst with Blackberry in Canada, and later worked in China as a geopolitical researcher focused on North Korea. He launched a small blockchain consultancy in 2017, focused on token ranking and global ICO launches. He holds a Bachelor in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, studied Economics & Philosophy at the master’s level at Universität Bayreuth in Germany, and is writing a thesis on legal questions surrounding NFT’s for his Master of Law at the University of Turku in Finland. He is an avid collector of cryptocurrency memorabilia, and acts as a broker for high-value items and NFT´s.
Join “one of the first Bitcoin historians” who wrote “cryptocurrency’s first rock’n’roll biography” for an exhilarating review of how the blockchain industry sprouted from Bitcoin, whose early years were marked not only be extremism and criminality, but also by fascinating people. ETH, DOGE, ICO’s, smart contracts, NFT´s, DAO’s, blockchain gaming, and countless tokens share an intertwined past, all set in motion by one anonymous coder.
Gareth is a Pro Trader who has been trading for himself and consulting for Hedge Funds for over 20 years. After building his personal wealth through trading in 2004, he left the financial industry to trade his own money. This is when he met his partner Nick in NYC. The two top traders put their collective brain power together and co-founded the PPT Methodology. InTheMoneyStocks was launched in 2007. Gareth’s goal was to help average investors beat the best hedge funds and traders on Wall Street. Since 2007, he has maintained an over 80% success rate on swing trades (verified 300+ trades per year) in his Verified Investing Alerts, and a verified 94% success rate on day trades in the Live Day Trading Room. He gives lectures at colleges, trains hedge fund traders and 1000s of investors. Gareth's analysis is featured all over the world and by the most trusted financial media outlets. You can find him on Kitco News, Yahoo Finance, Forbes, and many more!
Florian Grummes is an independent financial analyst, advisor, consultant, trader & investor as well as an international speaker with more than 25 years of experience in financial markets. Via Midas Touch Consulting he is publishing weekly gold, silver & cryptocurrency analysis for his numerous international readers. Florian is well known for combining technical, fundamental and sentiment analysis into one often accurate conclusion about the markets.
Working on exciting IT-project, building landscape-changing solutions for cryptomining market with https://cyberianmine.de. We open access to the Gigawatts of green hydropower of Siberia and game-changing mining conditions to the world, starting from Germany.
Robert Gryn is the youngest self-made entrepreneur to make the Forbes 100 Richest list in Poland. He's the former CEO of Codewise, the 2nd fastest growing company in Europe. After selling Codewise he shifted 100% of his attention and focus to crypto. His new mission is to help accelerate the mass adoption of this revolutionary technology. Like many, he believes that blockchain will make the world a better and more equitable place.
Tone has worked on Wall Street for 10 years prior discovering Bitcoin. Since then he has been educating people on his YouTube Channel about the importance of this unique Financial Technology. Tone has been featured in several Documentaries like Magic Money & Bitcoin - Beyond the Bubble and has had lot of media appearances like CNBC, RT and more. He is an independent content creator at ToneVays.com, and the organizer of 3 Conferences: Unconfiscatable, Understanding Bitcoin and The Financial Summit for traders & hedge funds. Tone holds a Masters Degree in Financial Engineering from Florida State University along with Bachelor Degrees in Mathematics and Geology.
Seasoned content marketing executive with more than a decade
of experience in the fintech and blockchain industry. Europe’s Best Content
Marketer 2021 by Wealth & Finance International. Matias has a successful
record of driving interest and engagement for fast-growing global startups such
as Sensorium Galaxy, Crypterium, amoCRM, as well as well-established
corporations like DIAGEO, L’Oreal, and Bausch & Lomb.
Ahmed Bin Sulayem is the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DMCC and has driven its growth from a start-up of 28 member companies in 2003 to the world’s leading free zone in 2020 with over 19,000 member companies from 180 countries, employing over 65,000 people.
Tasked with enhancing commodity trade flows through Dubai, DMCC has introduced to the market a number of value-added products and services under Mr Bin Sulayem’s leadership. In 2020, DMCC has been named the ‘Global Free Zone of the Year’ by The Financial Times fDi Magazine, for a record sixth consecutive year.
Mr Bin Sulayem oversaw the exponential growth of the DMCC Free Zone master development in Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), a 200-hectare business and residential community in Dubai of over 100,000 people living and working across 87 towers. Mr Bin Sulayem also oversees the development of DMCC’s latest real estate project; the much-anticipated Uptown Dubai district.
Mr Bin Sulayem currently serves as the Chairman of the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE) and the Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange (DGCX).
The Kimberley Process officially appointed the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the first and only Arab country to Chair the Kimberley Process in November 2015. Shortly after, the UAE Ministry of Economy officially appointed Mr Bin Sulayem as the UAE’s Chair of the Kimberley Process for 2016.
Marwan Alzarouni CISSP is a Crypto Pioneer and the CEO of Dubai's Blockchain Center. The center provides crypto training courses and awareness programs for students, entrepreneurs and government departments.
On February 2018, Marwan founded the region's first crypto over the counted desk with the establishment of his company OTC Supply DMCC.
Marwan has extensive experience in the areas of information security management, network security and computer forensics. He currently holds the position of Director of Information Services at Dubai Electronic Security Center.
Marwan has written a number of award-winning academic papers and presented them in such conferences as the Australian Information Warfare & Security Conference, the Australian Computer, Network & Information Forensics Conference and the Australian Information Security Management Conference.
Alzarouni held a number of positions in non-profit information technology, blockchain and security organizations. Alzarouni is an established keynote and expert speaker at many information security and blockchain related conferences world-wide.
- Mobile Phone Forensics
- Small Device Digital Forensics
- Smart Card Forensics, Cloning and Fabrication
- Information Security
- Artificial Intelligence
Named a “Top 100 FinTech Influencer” by LTP. Draper Goren Holm was ranked by Cointelegraph as one of the most active investors in the blockchain space in 2020 and in 2021 Josef Holm won the investor of the year award.
A global serial entrepreneur and investor with 20 years of startup, growth hacking, business development and digital marketing experience. He has a passion for disruptive ideas, unconventional thinking, and a “screw it, let’s do it” attitude. Born and raised in Austria, Josef worked and lived in Vienna, Sydney, Berlin, Zurich and Panama before immigrating to the US in 2012 where he shortly after joined the booming fintech industry and since has launched three startups in the space. Josef was named a “Top 100 FinTech Influencer” by LTP, he has been very involved in the crowdfunding ecosystem. Josef frequently speaks at public events such as SXSW V2V, Social Media Week LA, Fundit USA, Metropole, #CFGE Crowdfund Global Expo, #Crowdfunding USA and Kickercon. In 2015 he founded Krowdster.co, the first do-it-yourself crowdfunding marketing, and PR SaaS. Krowdster’s powerful tools enable crowd funders to plan and to growth hack successful rewards and equity campaigns. In 2016, he co-founded the Crowd Invest Summit conference and expo which has become the biggest conference and expo in crowdfunding and online investing. In 2018, Josef co-founded LA Blockchain Summit.
Christophe is the Director
of Institutional Business EU at Binance where he works closely with
institutional counterparts to help further build the crypto ecosystem. He
started his career in traditional finance, working in the derivatives teams of
Société Générale and Deutsche Bank in London. He was also the co-founder of a
quantitative Hedge Fund and subsequently ran a trading team at Millennium.
Prior to joining Binance, he was the Managing Director UK at HedgeGuard, a
fintech firm working closely with institutions in the crypto space.
Christophe holds a Masters degree in Finance
from the University of Paris Dauphine.
Jeetu Kataria has over 15 years of experience in Financial Markets, Investment Banking and Corporate Finance with extensive experience with the foremost global financial services organizations. His core competencies are Startup Investments, Asset Management, Investment Banking, Business Strategy, and keeping investments on track with sound knowledge of robust risk management. His expertise is into start up investment with a technology focus, such as Fintech, FMCG, Education, and Artificial intelligence. He is also instrumental as financial strategist for large Family offices in Middle East and South East Asia. He is currently the Founding Director of DIFX and Head of Operations where he monitors and leads the organization’s operational related matters with regards to Digital Financial Exchange (DIFX).
Changpeng Zhao, known as CZ, is a serial entrepreneur with an impressive track record of successful startups. An expert in blockchain and trading systems, CZ has built Binance into the leading blockchain ecosystem, comprised of Binance Exchange, Labs, Launchpad, Info, Academy, Research, Trust Wallet, Charity, NFT and more.
CZ is a Chinese-Canadian coder who spent his youth flipping burgers before studying at McGill University Montreal. He then spent time in Tokyo and New York, first building systems for matching trade orders, then developing software for Bloomberg's futures trading on Wall Street. In 2005, CZ quit his role as head of the Bloomberg Tradebook Futures Research & Development team and moved to Shanghai to start Fusion Systems. Soon thereafter, he learned about Bitcoin and joined Blockchain.info as Head of Technology. In 2020, CZ was recognized in the Bloomberg 50 as one of the most influential people of the year.
Gabriel Abed is the Barbados Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. He is a Barbadian-Syrian entrepreneur, and is widely recognised as a leading authority on Central Bank Digital Currencies, math-based protocols and blockchain technology. He was the first entrepreneur to establish a blockchain company in Latin America. Gabriel is internationally-acknowledged as a pioneer in the digital currency evolution, having conceptualized and initiated the first global movement to encourage the use of Central Bank Digital Currencies globally. He has engaged in discussions with and led presentations to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Caribbean Development Bank and at various fora organised by Central Banks globally. Gabriel currently serves as the Co-lead of the Regulatory Framework Body of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Cryptocurrencies where he is preparing a report to assist financial regulators to understand how best to approach digital asset regulatory frameworks. Gabriel has given his time pro bono to government leaders, ministers and department heads around the world as they commenced their journeys to understand the impact of digital assets on their future economies. As an example, in 2018 he served as the Special Technology Advisor to the Honorable David Burt, Premier of Bermuda, where he has advised the Premier and his government on establishing best practices and policies related to blockchain and cryptocurrencies, and assisted in the creation of a vision for Bermuda's future growth and economic prosperity. Gabriel continues to work with regional and international governments, regulators and companies to facilitate education and technological inclusion of all stakeholders. Gabriel has founded and spearheaded many successful businesses. In 2013, he co-founded Bitt in Barbados; its current flagship project is the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank national digital currency. In 2016, during his tenure as CEO, Bitt raised US$16 million from a US public company. Bitt is also internationally recognized for its application of ‘’mMoney’’, which has been championed by Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley and has seen widespread adoption across tens of thousands of customers and merchants. In 2018, Gabriel co-founded Digital Asset Currency Management (DACM) along with a former Executive of JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs. DACM is geared towards constructing and actively managing funds, high-growth digital assets that offer sophisticated and institutional investors what is believed to be the most optimal exposure to the rapidly growing technology. In 2019 and 2020, DACM received awards for managing the best performing digital asset funds globally. Through his numerous activities, Gabriel continues to pursue his passion for a One Caribbean, which emphasises regional connectivity and collaboration with strong innovation-focused nations in the Caribbean, the MENA region and beyond.
In 2016 after several years of self-study, use case analysis and experimentation with blockchain technologies in financial services and capital markets, I cofounded SettleMint with one objective: to simplify the blockchain journey for enterprises.
When you believe in the benefits that the technology will bring to organisations and to society as a whole, there is an accompanying moral obligation to accelerate the adoption of the technology and that is what we do at SettleMint.
Our low-code, chain and infrastructure agnostic software solution provides the absolute shortest path between a use case concept and the realisation of the business case underpinning it.
Prior to SettleMint, I moved to Belgium in 2006 where I completed my MBA then went to work at KBC. First as an internal management and operations consultant, later as the COO of the Belgian Consumer Finance business and finally as the Head of Platform Innovation at KBC Securities where I was responsible for the technical side of the online retail brokerage platform ‘Bolero’ and the equity crowdfunding platform ‘Bolero Crowdfunding’.
A Canadian by origin and an Economist (Western) and MBA (Vlerick) by education, I spent the first 7 years of my international career in Tokyo, working in FX brokerage and where I launched two online retailing companies.
Analyst. Consultant. Economist. Former elite athlete.Blockchain. Data. Decentralization. Digitization. Smart contracts. Tokenization.
Recognised in Forbes Magazine (2018) as Blockchain’s Leading Social Development Evangelist, Dr Jane is a passionate advocate for Blockchain for social impact, the education and empowerment of women and Women in Blockchain. In 2018 she was awarded Top 10 Digital Frontier Women and UN Decade Of Women Quantum Impact Champion. She has 30 years’ experience in emerging economies in public health, poverty and inequality. She started her own international development company in 1999, built it to $50 m revenue , merged with Abt Associates and led the growth to achieve a tripling of revenue and diversification into new sectors to $250m with 650 staff. She is a Global Ambassador for the British Blockchain Association, Global Adviser on Digital Transformation Abt Associates, and Section Chief Co-Editor Blockchain for Good: for Frontiers in Blockchain. Dr Jane is adviser to Blockchain start-ups with social impact applications and is currently working with start-ups to develop Blockchain use cases in emerging economies. She is a regular hackathon judge and mentor including London Blockchain Week, London Fintech Week, and Consensys Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition Hackathon and EOS Global Hackathons.
Talal Tabbaa is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Jibrel Network, a blockchain-based FinTech company headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, that aims to bridge the gap between traditional and crypto economies. Talal is also the co-founder of CoinMENA, a regulated cryptocurrency exchange under the Central Bank of Bahrain. and serves on the Board of Middle East Payment Services (MEPS) in Amman, Jordan. Prior to co-founding Jibrel Network, Talal worked in financial and supply chain consulting services at PwC as well as managing a private investment fund in Saudi Arabia. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (Economics Minor) from Purdue University, IN, USA.
Caitlin is a copywriter turned marketing executive, passionate about how storytelling and targeted messaging can greatly enhance the perception of a business and influence the target market. As Marketing Director she is responsible for implementing marketing strategies and boosting brand awareness for Project Quantum. Throughout her career, Caitlin has worked with organisations across a wide range of industries, managing projects and using market research to create informative content for social media and marketing campaigns.
CEO & FOUNDER
Fraser is a multi-award winning Scottish businessman and the CEO of Quantum Works. As a talented and successful entrepreneur, he recognised the opportunity to combine the two evolving markets of gaming and cryptocurrency. “Project Quantum is a brainchild of mine that has been simmering in the background for a number of years. I’m delighted to be able to bring this idea to life and am blessed to have such a wonderfully talented team joining me on this exciting journey. I can’t wait to bring the finished product to market.”
Emirati, engineer and entrepreneur with 18+ years of experience in Telecom, Smart cities, research, data privacy and technology business development. hold a master degree of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering for Khalifa University, recently joined Sharjah research, Technology and innovation park, a Government research institute established to promote future technologies and create social-economical impact throw the commercialization of research project initiated at universities. Throughout his career, he has participated and launched many major projects such as the first smart city in Abu Dhabi (Al Reem island), the first wireless internet and broadband network in UAE, and played a leading role on the launch of Etisalat Nigeria, and least but not last the first IOT platform for the fire alarm system in UAE.
Ian Khan has delivered documentary films including Blockchain City, GX Now, AI the Next Frontier, The Future of Work Debunked and now The Bitcoin Dilemma. Ian is an accomplished technology futurist, multiple times author, filmmaker, host, and keynote speaker. Working with private and public sector companies worldwide, Ian is a highly recognized industry voice who is determined to bring clarity to emerging technologies concepts for audiences worldwide. Learn more at www.iankhan.com
Omar Rahim is the Director
of MENA at Binance where he leads corporate strategy and development in the
region. Omar joins Binance with a seasoned background in trading and worked at
a number of funds as a commodities trader across multiple countries. Omar has
managed portfolios of more than US $3 billion for leading global energy
companies. He has also founded and sold companies in the trading space with an
entrepreneurial track record of growing businesses from inception to exit. Omar
has been involved in the crypto space since 2016 with a passion for
evangelizing the future of money.
As an innovative business leader who builds strong teams with coaching, teamwork and energy. Angus brings 30 years of business, engineering and entrepreneurial experience in the IT/ IOT and cyber security industry. From start-ups to large companies, Angus built many businesses from zero. He built high performing teams at Cisco, IBM, Siemens, Proctor & Gamble, Procera/ Sandvine, InfoBlox, vArmour, CCR3 and AvantisLabs . At Procera he started from zero and grew the business to over $100M. With Cisco in California, Europe and Emerging Markets, he lead the Go-to-Market Planning and launch for Advanced Technologies in Cyber Security, Cloud and the introduction and breakthrough of Cisco’s Unified Computing System, Video and Unified Communications. Focusing on customer needs and structured sales processes, he is expert in Enterprise, Commercial, Public Sector and Service Providers. Angus has a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & Computing Science from University of Glasgow, and MBA from Glasgow Business School. His final thesis dissertation was on AI in 1988. He is a Yacht master and lead expeditions in the Pacific Ocean and Australia in 1980s. Angus is a former international runner, swimmer and triathlete, keen on Skiing, Sailing & Diving. Angus is from Oban in Scotland, has lived with his family and two children in Dubai for the past 20 years.
Dr. Alexandra Mikityuk is a 15 year veteran of the Enterprise Software industry, having held various positions at Deutsche Telekom in Berlin. Dr. Mikityuk received her Diploma in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences HTW Berlin. In 2010, she concentrated her research and work on secure distributed software processing. In 2013, she joined the Security in Telecommunication research group at TU Berlin, where she received her doctorate (PhD) in software security. In 2017, Dr. Mikityuk turned her attention towards distributed ledger technology and is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Staex, a Berlin-based deep tech company delivering next-generation blockchain-based machine management.
Dr. Andreas Dittrich is a computer scientist with a professional track record of 25 years in the IT industry. He worked in diverse roles as engineer, architect and consultant. His focus was on the security of service and cloud infrastructures. After several years in academia he started working for Deutsche Telekom (DT) in 2015. Since 2019 he has been heading the transformation of DT's enterprise blockchain business to focus on supporting and promoting public blockchains.
For 20 years he has been professionally involved in the telecommunications industry, where he was the Director of the Internet of Things and Advanced Technologies of Orange Polska, Director of the Orange Polska Research and Development Center, Director of Service Platforms and Middleware Orange Labs and API Transformation Leader for Europe. The most interesting projects in which he participated include: BIHAPI www.bihapi.pl, the largest Polish initiative opening Polish local governments awarded with a special award as the best Smart City project in 2016. "Data in Warsaw" - a project funded by the National Center for Research and Development, thanks to which over 230 open data collections representing the Capital City of Warsaw have been made available in Warsaw. A graduate of the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications of the Koszalin University of Technology, the Faculty of Management at the University of Warsaw and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, doctorate at the Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies at the University of Warsaw. In his research work, he deals with the subject of Open Information Ecosystems, Open Data and Interactions between users of telecommunications networks and the Internet. Lecturer at the Institute of Entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Management and Social Communication of the Jagiellonian University, where he deals with the subject of crowdsourcing. These projects are an innovative combination of teaching and experimentation in the "living" social space of Krakow. For several years he has also been associated with the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, member of the Social Council of the Faculty of Computer Science, Electronics and Telecommunications and the Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Mathematics and Information Sciences, and a member of the Employers' Council. President of the ArchitectsPL Foundation dealing with the popularization of the idea of openness and new technologies in Polish cities, where i.a. in cooperation with the local governments of Poland and Lithuania, in 2019 the Foundation established the Guinness Record. ArchitectsPL is one of the Polish precursors dealing with the subject of Open Data and has been successfully developing open data platforms in Kołobrzeg, Gdańsk and Warsaw. In the years 2018-2021, Plenipotentiary of the President of the Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications for Smart City. In 2017, awarded by the Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications with the title of "Digital Personality of the Year 2017 in Poland". In 2021, he received a special award from the editorial office of MIT Sloan Management Review Polska and ICAN Institute in the Responsible Technology category - Master of Innovative Transformation for the project - Transformation of the city of Bolesławiec into a Smart City - implementation of an ecosystem of intelligent solutions improving the management of urban infrastructure.
Head of Smart Mobility
Mathew Yarger is a former US Army Combat Veteran, Cybersecurity Operations Planner, & DoD Digital Forensics professional with extensive military training in Cyber Security and Computer Science. He’s developed multiple platforms in the distributed systems and blockchain spaces, currently working for the IOTA Foundation with a focus on smart cities.
has over 22 years of technological and management experience. He was a leader
in project in many different industries such as telemetrics in automotive
branches as well as Smart Home, Smart City & Smart Grids projects. Szymon
has been running companies from scratch and managing teams of 50 and more
people. He has been working with the biggest companies in CEE region such as
Jake brings a wealth of experience & knowledge to the team with a broad prowess in the industry. He is on his way to make IT and Technology as simple and easy as it is. His background is together with MSc of Information Technology from National University of Singapore (NUS), over 15 years experience in IT & Technology industry, manage Technology, Product, Engineering & Delivery for BTMGCS (US), Savills (SEA), ConocoPhillips (VN, US), KMS Technology (VN, US). Jake Nguyen believes Data Driven, AR&VR, Blockchain will be the keys to the new Digital era and IT, just a life, it is all about being brave, but bravery is not for everyone.
Ultimately, he would like to address the importance of Digital ID and the new Blockchain Platform Welups with its project Chatting Application 4.0 Dr.NEE, exclusive from OMANEE Corp.
Pranav Sharma is the Managing Partner, Woodstock Fund, he works in both traditional and decentralized technologies. He has an acumen for helping startups that have the potential to scale-up.
Woodstock is a multi-asset emerging technology fnd house currently focused on investments in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) with emphasis on four areas – Infrastructure layer, Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Web 3.0 protocols and Tokenization (both fungible and non-fungible). Woodstock works diligently with portfolio companies to help them scale and grow their ecosystem globally. Woodstock has made early stage investments in pioneering DLT companies including Elrond, Covalent, Propine, Band Protocol and Terra Virtua (an immersive digital collectible platform that specialises in NFTs).
Technology Entrepreneur, Investor & Chairman
Dr. Abdalla Kablan is a serial tech entrepreneur, investor, and award winning technology expert. He specialises in the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the design of complex financial systems. Throughout his career he founded and exited a number of companies specializing in deep learning, professional match making, and Fintech. Furthermore, Dr Kablan is an Alumni of Microsoft Ventures, UK and worked on projects, which were featured at the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos. In December 2020 he successfully sold Wyzer to a Nasdaq listed company making it his third successful tech exit and is now investing heavily in neuromorphic computing and its applications. Furthermore Dr Kablan has expert knowledge in international fund raising and sits on the board of directors of the Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) where he chairs the MSE blockchain committee. In addition to the above, Dr Kablan advices governments and institutions on matters related to strategic development and utilisation of technology, Fintech, and Blockchain/DLT technologies. In 2019 Dr Kablan was named as an EYL (European Young Leader) by the renowned EU think thank _Friends of Europe and was named as one of the world’s most influential figures in the field of AI and blockchain by LATTICE80. In January 2021 the London Daily Post described Dr Kablan as one of the worlds top 7 entrepreneurs to follow in 2021.
Neeraj Roy is the Founder & CEO of Hungama Digital Media, India’s leading digital entertainment company. He has been at the forefront of the Internet revolution in India and has played a pivotal role in shaping the country’s digital entertainment landscape. Neeraj founded Hungama in 1999, at a time when the Internet ecosystem in India was still taking shape and has since led the organization to become one of the largest distributors and aggregators of digital entertainment content in South Asia. Since its inception, Hungama has touched over a billion lives and today, its services are available to users in more than 190 countries. Under Neeraj’s direction, Hungama has diversified its services allowing the company to interact with the consumers in more ways than one. Available on multiple platforms, its key offerings include Hungama Music – one of the most popular music streaming services in India, Hungama Play – Hungama’s video streaming service, Hungama Artist Aloud – a platform for independent artistes, Hungama Games – a publisher, distributor and marketer of mobile games, and Bollywood Hungama – the go-to destination for entertainment news. The rapid rise of the Internet ecosystem in India and the growth seen by the company under Neeraj’s leadership got several venture capital firms, domestic and international investors to invest in the company. This includes Rare Enterprises, Intel Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners and Xiaomi. Neeraj also steered the organization towards original content creation. Available in both long-form and short-form, Hungama’s original content benefits from the company’s vast distribution network reaching a wide audience worldwide. Neeraj was voted amongst the ‘Top Ten mobiThinkers’ and ‘50 Most Influential People in Mobile Entertainment’ globally. Neeraj was also awarded the Sun Microsystems – Economic Times Young Leader Award. He is an active speaker at various international forums such as Mobile World Congress, CTIA and World Handset Forum etc. and on several domestic and international committees advising on the global mobile and digital entertainment economy. In the past, he has served as the Chairman of the Mobile Entertainment Forum – Asia (MEF) and the President of International Advertising Association – India Chapter. A strong advocate of environmental issues, Neeraj actively supports foundations working to dissuade the use of plastics and building a greener Earth
Anna Tutova is the CEO of Coinstelegram, a tech-consulting agency. Anna holds a degree of Master of international law. She is an advisor to the Polka Venttures Fund and an Experts Council member at G.World, an Arabic platform that focuses on alternative investments analysis in the MENA region for HNWI/VHNWI.
One of the world’s leading Bitcoin advocates, Jimmy Nguyen is Founding President of Bitcoin Association, the Switzerland-based global industry organization that works to advance business on the Bitcoin SV blockchain. Bitcoin SV is dedicated to the original design, protocol and “Satoshi Vision” of Bitcoin’s pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto – fulfilling Bitcoin’s true power as monetized data and the next major technology network since the Internet. Jimmy helps lead the Association’s global efforts to massively scale Bitcoin SV to be the world’s blockchain for enterprise data applications, and to make BSV the world’s digital currency. Previously, Jimmy was CEO of nChain Group, the worldwide leader in advisory, research and development of blockchain technologies, and was Chair of its Strategic Advisory Board.
In January 2020, Jimmy was recognized as one of the “Most Influential Individuals in Blockchain” by TurgenSec, an information security research company. SFOX has listed Jimmy as one of “The Bitcoin SV People You Need to Know.” With 21 years’ experience as an intellectual property and digital technology lawyer, Jimmy is well-suited to support enterprise-level adoption of Bitcoin technology. Over the course of his private practice career, Jimmy was a partner at three major U.S. law firms – most recently Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where he represented multinational corporations and emerging companies in a wide range of sectors. In 2008, Lawdragon named Jimmy (at only age 36) one of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America” and described him as a “dynamo talent.” A leader in the IP community, Jimmy was formerly Chair of the State Bar of California’s Intellectual Property Law section. He has been honored as the Century City Bar Association’s IP Lawyer of the Year (2011), and with the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel’s Industry Leader Award (2017). Jimmy is also a strong diversity and equal rights advocate. He co-chaired the California Minority Counsel Program and was inducted into its “Diversity Leader Hall of Fame” (2015). Diversity MBA Magazine named him a “Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leader” (2015). Jimmy graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles at the age of 19 (B.A., Communication Studies, specialization in Mass Communication, magna cum laude, 1992) and graduated law school at the age of 22 from the University of Southern California Law Center (Juris Doctor, 1995). He was admitted to practice law to the State Bar of California in 1995, and to various U.S. Courts of Appeal and District Courts.
Prateek Rao is a Dubai based entrepreneur & founder of Dubai Crypto Club, an exclusive space where selected crypto community members get together for fun events and networking opportunities. Currently co-founder of Decentralized Global, multi 8 figure growth capital fund exclusively investing in blockchain projects and innovative digital assets. We drive the global blockchain ecosystem by actively supporting projects that shape our future and the underlying blockchain adoption. Also Managing partner of a securitization venture, bringing liquidity to illiquid assets.
Head of Business Development
Sheraz Ahmed drives growth, collaboration, and integrity across the global blockchain ecosystem through his role as a Head of Business development at the Crypto Valley Association where he is responsible for partnerships, memberships and sponsorships, supporting the management of key accounts and CVA public representation. He truly believes that through digitization and increased inter-connectivity, the world will become a brighter place and is delighted to be able to do his part in pushing it forward!
Connection Science Fellow
Joel Dietz is a serial entrepreneur and intellectual historian who helped found several key initiatives in the cryptocurrency space, including Ethereum, MetaMask, the first smart contract educational channel, and the first academic work on cryptoeconomics. His research interests focus on the confluence of blockchain network topologies and swarm intelligence, especially how the principles undergirding decentralized organizations can be used to fuel global innovation.
He also works on holonic philosophy, the evolution of jurisprudence, data-driven approaches to innovation, and smart city data architecture. Dietz works with MIT Connection Science, a cross-disciplinary effort, drawing on the strengths of faculty, departments and researchers across the Institute, to decode, analyze, predict and interpret trends in this new environment. Its aim is to help executives, entrepreneurs and policymakers open up new possibilities by providing deeper insights into improving lives in an ever-changing, hyper-connected world.
Director of the Archives Department
Hamad Al Mutairi joined the National Archives in 2009. He is an IT professional and enthusiast with practical experience in strategic planning and risk management.
As director of the Archives Department, Al Mutairi supervises the operations of five sections:
1) Government Archives
2) Historical Archives
3) Presidential Archives
4) Electronic Archives
5) preservation and restoration.
Archiving technologies and solutions are the main focus of his work in addition to managing strategic projects. He is a member of numerous local and international organizations. Most notably, he is a member of the Programs Committee in the International Council on Archives. Al Mutairi holds an IT master’s degree in cyber security and a bachelor’s degree in computing and information systems.
Civil Engineer, Chartered Builder and Arbitrator working for the Dubai based
consultancy, Insite offering Project Management, Commercial Management and
services related to Contract Claims and Disputes in the United Arab Emirates.
Michael is also the Founder of the Construction Project Management Software
provider Bloqwork. Michael has over 30 years experience in the Construction
Sector working initially for Contractors, Employers and Project Management
Consultants. He specialises in Contract Claims and Disputes acting on behalf
of organisations to avoid or resolve disputes. Michael is a qualified
Arbitrator at DIAC, DIFC-LCIA and ADCCAC and has acted as counsel and
consultant for a number of cases in arbitration as well as being available to
sit as an Arbitrator. For information relating to claims, disputes and
project management, as well as arbitrator appointments contact me at
email@example.com. For information and queries relating to
Bloqwork's technology solution contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alexander Gambon is a writer, host, and designer with over a decade of experience building brands, identities, and design systems for non-profits and universities. A self-described generalist, Alexander merges programming and infosec expertise with UX design and authorship. He is the Chief Brand Officer for ELONGATE, a movement that is building the future of social impact on the blockchain.
Austin Worrell specializes in the intersection
of law, economics, and technology, having attended the University of Southern
California Gould School of Law and the London School of Economics. He has
founded and worked with several startups, from EdTech to hospitality tech,
before joining the ELONGATE founding team, where he serves as the Chief Risk
Officer. Austin is passionate about the potential for blockchain technology to
radically empower global equality and community in ways never seen before. In
particular, he is focused on the ways blockchain will disrupt settled norms in
law and finance, through the rising adoption of smart contracts, NFTs, and
blockchain implementation beyond financial transacting.
Carl Runefelt is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, consultant, philanthropist and multimillionaire cryptocurrency expert with 5 years of experience in digital marketing, cryptocurrency and consulting. He’s amassed 1M followers across YouTube, Twitter and Instagram and is the founder of social media giant “The Moon” and Co-founder of Bitcoinsensus.
Jeremie is a senior software developer, crypto YouTube influencer “DavinciJ15”,
CEO of Davinci Codes, founder of Pandora´s Wallet. Known for his YouTube
channel DavinciJ15; platform used initially to talk about investments such as
gold and silver. Now he is known and praised for his predictions on crypto
matters. In 2011 he introduced his audience to the power of Bitcoin and urging
them to buy BTC when it was only USD 1.00. Davinci also warned investors
against holding money and bitcoins with Tokyo-based exchange Mt. Gox. On, Dec.
4, 2017, when the crypto craze took place, he advised his followers it was time
to book profits.
is also a part of the MMCrypto team where he provides technical analysis of the
crypto market. In 2019 he was awarded Best Influencer of Davos World Economic
Sammut was the founder and CEO of RefToken, the world’s first decentralised
affiliate platform, as well as ICOMalta.com, a full stack ICO platform. A
marketer by profession, he has previously held executive positions at industry
heavyweights such as IGT plc, Stars Group and Highlight Media Group. Jan is a
fixture on the European blockchain conference tour and has advised ICOs with
market caps exceeding $1B.
As an Entrepreneur
Aggarwal is a serial entrepreneur who has mastered the art of excelling in
businesses that are completely unrelated to each other.
to his interest in Blockchain technology, Abhay has founded one of the biggest
Blockchain-based companies ‘World Trade Company’ as well as ‘Colexion’ World’s
largest licensed NFT platform. Abhay has 12+ years of experience in the mineral
processing and mining industry. Currently, Abhay invests in and supports
new-age startups worldwide. The entrepreneur's devotion to reality tech,
Blockchain, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and fintech led him to invest in
startups from Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
has also established a mineral processing company in the name of World Mineral
Resources in Dominic Republic of Congo aimed at the production of copper
cathode. Apart from this, Abhay is also an angel investor in number of
companies like Shackle, Payiza and more.
Co-founder of MMCrypto and MMConsult, entrepreneur, angel investor, and philanthropist. Passionate crypto trader and blockchain enthusiast, owner of one of the most popular crypto-cantered YouTube channels as well as a profound Twitter influencer. Market expert, featured in CNBC, Forbes, and Investing.com. Featured as a key speaker at international blockchain conferences and discussion tables around the globe (Singapore, South Korea).
Ten years of experience in internet businesses. Specializing primarily in performance marketing, social media and influencer marketing. Created Lethe, a global ecommerce company that employs 200+ people and sells products in more than 50 countries.
Matthias Mende. A German Entrepreneur who has been based in Dubai since 2007. In 2011 he founded MEMMOS, an social media agency and digital think tank which has specialized in social media marketing, growth hacking, Influencer and Celebrity Campaigns.
In 2016 Mende fell in love with bitcoin, this inspired him to learn more about the blockchain. Besides being a Crypto Influencer on his Social Media Handles, Mende experienced mining crypto and trading crypto extensively too.
In 2018 he joined Block Gemini which is the middle east largest award-winning blockchain software development house and served as Chief Strategic Officer where he helped on some of the most disruptive enterprise blockchain implementations for governments and other billion-dollar enterprises.
Mende holds advisory positions in successful international projects such as the German HYGH AG and advises the CEO of the Dubai Blockchain Center, which is the highest government-related blockchain office in the UAE.
Currently, he is focused on building the Bonuz Market Eco System. This is a revolutionary platform on the Solana Blockchain that will connect fans with their favorite celebrities like never before. Mende funded the first round by giving an opportunity to his follower community without giving out any critical details, this showcases his influence in the space.
Aly Madhavji is the Managing Partner at Blockchain Founders Fund which invests in and venture builds top-tier startups. He is a Limited Partner on Loyal VC and Draper Goren Holm. Aly consults organizations on emerging technologies such as INSEAD and the UN on solutions to help alleviate poverty. He is a Senior Blockchain Fellow at INSEAD and was recognized as a “Blockchain 100” Global Leader by Lattice80. He is an internationally acclaimed author, publishing three books and a monthly columnist for the leading blockchain magazine. Aly serves as a board member of CryptoStar Corp. (TSXV: CSTR), Mechanical Technology Incorporated (OTCMKTS: MKTY) and has served on various advisory boards including the University of Toronto’s Governing Council, which manages a $2.5B budget. He is a mentor with Chinaccelerator, an elite accelerator program operated by the venture fund SOSV with $700M+ AUM and the Mobile Only Accelerator (MOX). Aly holds a Master of Global Affairs as a Schwarzman Scholar from Tsinghua University, a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD (Singapore and France), and a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Toronto.
Nalla Karunanithy is the Chief Digital Officer at Majid Al Futtaim Retail and was appointed in May 2019 to provide a greater focus on digital strategies and solutions that will accelerate the company’s digital transformation agenda. He leads the omnichannel business and oversees the success of all customer-related digital operations, such as digital commerce channels and operations, in-store digitization, and enterprise IT. Mr. Karunanithy has a rich experience in ecommerce and digitization, before being appointed at Majid Al Futtaim, he was Expert Associate Partner in digital at McKinsey & Company. Earlier in his career and as a digital entrepreneur, Mr. Karunanithy had launched several successful start-up businesses in global and European markets, including his own “Pick n’ Drop” in Sydney, Australia. He had also served as Managing Director at Rocket Internet Ventures in Berlin, Germany. Nalla Karunanithy holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
Saqr Mashhor Ereiqat is a consultant focusing on fintech, blockchain solutions, healthcare, and innovation management. A thirteen-year veteran of IBM in Middle East and Africa, he is the former Head of Public Sector Consultancy in Dubai, where is recognized as a pioneer in enterprise blockchain, being a co-author of the first IBM blockchain for government methodology and helped define the official government blockchain strategy of Dubai. While at IBM, Saqr led projects in 23 countries across Europe, Middle East & Africa where he worked with both public and private sector entities to define, create, and implement their blockchain strategies. Former clients include DHL, Shell, Airtel, Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) and Smart Dubai Government. In the field of healthcare, Saqr has advised several large hospital conglomerates on their technology strategy and set up the National Health Lab for Emerging Technology for the Saudi Arabian Government. Since 2021 Saqr serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Innovation Institute. He is currently working with the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), the Arab Youth Center, and the Founder Institute as a mentor supporting startups in the region. He is a subject matter expert for the Blockchain Founders Fund and other Blockchain-related organizations and a lifelong learner.
Lauren Bissell is a Producer and the Founder of Immutable Industries, a private firm focused on the advancement of emerging technology, blockchain, building IoT protocol and data rights in the media and entertainment industries and beyond. In her career as a producer, she has worked with figures and stakeholders such as Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Willie Nelson, NAS, Matthew McConaughey, Dave Chappelle, NASDAQ, Comedy Central, South by Southwest, Universal, and Sony to name a few. Her cinematography was also featured as the famed opening scene of the recent Netflix release, The Great Hack (Official Sundance Film Festival premiere, BAFTA Nominee, shortlist for The Oscars). As an influencer, Ms. Bissell is an evangelist and educator on emerging technologies and ethical data practices to be compliant with changing legislation. She has served on numerous official government delegations and consults, including the recent Bitcoin delegation to El Salvador. She is also an official representative for the ICCC in special consultation to the United Nations under ECOSOC, launching their Digital Innovation program to create digital roadmaps for governments and countries worldwide. She is a Chairman on their upcoming 2022 consultation at Windsor Castle. A focus on foreign diplomacy has always been an important part of her work. Bissell has been invited to speak at locations internationally, including the Queen’s residence at Windsor Castle, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Consensus New York, the United Nations World Tourism Conference in Budapest, Korea Block Seoul, Mondo NY, Salesforce in San Francisco and more. She was recently featured in Blockchain Today, the Mondo NY podcast, and the latest issue of i3 - the official magazine of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), known as the world’s most influential technology conference.
CEO and Founder
For more than 10 years, Nithin has been a successful, award-winning entrepreneur and an investor in variety of markets including fintech, crypto, digitization, mobile/ internet, and most recently, blockchain technology. With experience in investment, negotiation, and project execution across four continents, Nithin is a 4-time patent award winner and has vast real-world experience to share in the fields of fintech, cryptocurrency and NFTs, cybersecurity, and blockchain. As the current CEO of RubiX, Nithin and his team have developed the world’s first zero-carbon footprint blockchain as part of the Blockchain Green Initiative, leveraging the company’s proprietary Proof of Harvest approach to mining. Nithin believes blockchains of the future must be three things: Decentralized. Green. Free to All. Nithin has a PhD in nanotechnology, and a doctorate in material science and engineering.
Igor Zakharov was born in 1984 in the USSR. Citizen of the Russian Federation. He has a higher education in economics. From the age of 18 he ran his own business. Since 2015 he has been an asset manager. In 2019, he became the CEO of DBX DIGITAL ECOSYSTEM.
Adir Ron is the Cloud Application & Innovation Lead for Middle East & Africa in Microsoft. In his role, Adir is responsible for leading the Cloud Native strategy for Microsoft in Middle East and Africa, cultivate key partnerships across Azure Application Platform & GitHub and drive innovation practices for developers, entrepreneurs, startups and open source communities in the region.