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Founder & CEO, Metahero
IBM Financial Sciences, IBM Research
Chief Digital Officer, Majid Al Futtaim – Retail
Hyper Optimum Organization HOO Exchange Executive Chairman, Future Trends Group Chairman
Head of Communications, Bybit
Co-Founder and CEO, Staex
CEO, TDeFi Accelerator
Head of Smart Mobility, IOTA Foundation
Group CEO, Emirates Post Group
Founding Director, DIFX
Chief Innovation Officer, House of InsurTech Switzerland (HITS), A Generali Company
Crypto & Blockchain Lawyer
Crypto Artist, Performer and Keynote Speaker , VESA
Head of Financial Advisory, Department of Finance (Ireland)
Barbados Ambassador to the UAE – Government of Barbados, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade
Director of the Archives Department, UAE National Archives
Head of Digital, Innovation & Design, RBS International
YouTube Influencer, Analyst, Derivatives Trader & Event Organizer
Managing Partner, Blockchain Founders Fund Senior Blockchain Fellow, INSEAD
CEO and Founder, RubiX Network
Founder & Managing Director, CoinMENA
Founder, HOO Exchange
Ministerial Advisor to the National Assembly of Cambodia, Chairman of ARAB & CHINESE UNION
Google Research Associate, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government
Author of Blockland
Founder & CEO, Ipsum Consulting
Head of Blockchain Solutions Center, Deutsche Telekom
Technology Entrepreneur, Investor & Chairman, Wyzer
Director Of Digital Transformation, Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park
Co-Founder & CEO, HERA Soft
COO / CFO, Beehive
Founding Partner, Draper Goren Holm
Connection Science Fellow, MIT Connection Science
Head of MEA, The Fintech Times & Fintech Power 50
Head of Business Development, Crypto Valley Association
CEO & Co-founder, Blockchain Technology Partners
Co-Founder, Global Blockchain Organization
Regional Representative Europe, DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre)
Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation, Ukrainian Ministry
Founder & CEO, AnamXR
Head of the Department of Development and Financial Monitoring of the Virtual Assets Market of the Department of Digital Economy, Ministry of Digital Transformation
Forbes Money & Markets Columnist
Strategic Advisor, iAdvisory
Co-Founder, British Blockchain and Frontier Tech Association
Co-Founder, Decentralized Global
Co-founder & CEO, Drife
Founder, Midas Touch Consulting
Founder & CEO, TheBirbNest
Documentary Filmmaker, The Bitcoin Dilemma
Chief Brand Officer, ELONGATE
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Abdulla Mohammed Al Ashram began leading the operational unit of the group, Emirates Post, in 2010 and then became Group CEO in 2016 to transform the group for the new era by digitally transforming a traditional business.
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).
Chief Innovation Officer
Leading the innovation arm of the world’s third largest insurance company, Dr. Mezzour is responsible for developing the group’s innovation capabilities-. Co-creating value propositions with start-ups within The Garage (HITS co-creation space) and within the wider HITS network projects include Human-Centred Design, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain/DLT, Digital Insurance & Payments, and Cybersecurity. Dr. Samyr has over 13 years of experience from various industries such as strategy consulting, insurance, renewable energy, foremost on digital strategies and developing InsurTech solutions. Samyr has a CAS from MIT Sloan School of Management, a PhD from HEC Lausanne, and an MSc from the ETH Zurich.
Irina is a leading cryptocurrency and blockchain lawyer based in Dubai and Switzerland representing clients worldwide. She is highly regarded internationally for her extensive experience and deep technical knowledge of blockchain, smart contracts and cryptocurrency matters. Irina advises across the value chain in the blockchain space, including multinational companies and protocol developers, issuers of security tokens, DeFi and NFT projects, blockchain infrastructure projects, such as tokenisation platforms, cryptocurrency exchanges and payment providers, funds investing in cryptocurrency and blockchain ventures. Irina consulted multiple Governments and Regulators on policies surrounding Emerging Technology and drafted crypto-related laws and regulations. With over 17 years of experience gained as a Partner in a law firm, in-house as a regional General Counsel, and as a co-founder of a crypto exchange she advised on over USD $500 billion worth of projects and transactions in the oil & gas, mining, construction, maritime and technology sectors. Irina’s expertise is helping visionary cryptocurrency and blockchain Entrepreneurs with legally compliant business strategy, launch, capital raise and growth through her vast network in the Middle East and Europe.
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.
Head of Financial Advisory
Mai Santamaria heads up the Financial Advisory team in the Department of Finance, Ireland. She is responsible for research into topics of interest in the Financial Services sector. She co-authored the Department’s discussion paper on Virtual Currencies and Blockchain, published in March of 2018. She leads the department’s Blockchain Working Group and is a member of Blockchain Ireland. Mai has more than 20 years’ experience in the finance private sector, having worked with Barclays, Zurich, Rothchild, GE and PwC. She is a fellow of the Irish Institute of Chartered Accountants and a native of Barcelona, Spain.
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.
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.
Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr currently works as the Managing Editor of Cointelegraph, building an editorial strategy and ensuring content-quality for a leading media outlet dedicated to cryptocurrencies, blockchain and fintech. With an M.A. in political science and classical philology, she has been working in communication and journalism for over 10 years, covering energy, urban, green, information, financial technologies and other innovations aimed at a sustainable future. A speaker at international events, she is a passionate advocate of environmental consciousness and women's rights. When offline, Kristina is a contemporary dancer, cat lover, melomaniac singer and polyglot reader.
Head of Digital, Innovation & Design
Based in Jersey, Channel Islands, Jamie is responsible for designing and delivering the overall Customer Experience and Digital banking strategy for RBS International – the offshore division of the RBS Group. In this role, Jamie holds overall responsibility for all customer insight and market research programmes; End-to-end Customer Journey Management, and on-going development of all customer facing digital platforms and channels. Outside of banking, he serves as a Non-Executive Director in the Not-For-Profit sector, and is currently Chairman of Jersey Women’s Refuge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Rexy W is a senior practitioner in the blockchain industry. His first contact with the blockchain was to engage in work related to Bitcoin mining. Up to now, he has been working in the blockchain industry for more than 8 years. In 2018, Mr. Rexy W founded Hoo Wallet. A year later, he bought two cryptocurrency exchanges and merged with Hoo Wallet to create HOO (Hyper Optimum Organization) Exchange. Now Hoo Exchange has grown into the world's leading cryptocurrency trading platform, with the number of users exceeding 2.4 million, covering 120 countries and regions around the world. In the past year, the daily spot trading volume of the Hoo Exchange has increased from $80 million to approximately $900 million. The liquidity level is in the top 75% of all exchange statistics on CoinGecko, and the trading volume level is in the top 95%. The average daily transaction volume of the contract business also increased to an average of $12billion per day. In August of this year, HOO Exchange was invited by the Dubai Royal Family to establish a global operations center in Dubai to carry out global compliance operations.
LIU LEO is a Ministerial Advisor tothe National Assembly of Cambodia. He is also the Chairman of China Commerce in Cambodia Association, Kingsa Holding Group, Smile Shop, and Dubai First Shield Security Company. In addition, he is also the Co-Chairman of Dubai Silicon Valley China Center and Executive Chairman of World Chinese Business Advancement Association in the Asia Pacific region, and Secretary-general of ASEAN+ Six Gulf Countries. LIU LEO is an internationally renowned investment expert in the digital economy industry chain, an excellentpractitioner of the friendly and cooperative relationship between China and Cambodia, also a prominent leader of Chinese entrepreneurs in Cambodia. Through his long-term international investment experiences, he has accumulated a wealth of global political and business ties. He has invested in North America, European Union, and Southeast Asia, a successful Chinese entrepreneur role model overseas.
Google Research Associate
John Lillywhite is a researcher exploring the impact of emerging technologies on global governance systems at the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government.
He previously oversaw R&D projects in the blockchain payments and machine-learning space as Digital Transformation Lead for a large MENA based publisher. With a degree in History from Oxford University and an MA in Global Diplomacy from SOAS, his work in FINTECH explores the geopolitical, economic and values-based implications inherent in rapid financial innovation.
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.
Founder & CEO
Anita is a seasoned business development and market-making professional having nearly 20 years of experience from all over Europe and the Middle East. She is a multilingual expert on building professional networks and has an unbeatable track record in opening new markets for businesses. Creative, innovative, and forward-thinking Sales Executive who solves complex sales challenges with thoughtful elegant, and clearly defined strategies that drive remarkable revenue growth in markets nationwide. For the last 3 years, Anita has been in Blockchain and Cryptos domain, especially in DeFi. She has earned a remarkable position in European Blockchain and Fintech Community by leveraging her unique skills in business development and network building acting as an operational professional. Anita has a positive attitude and energizing presence that builds team spirit and engagement within the team. Service-oriented professional with an enthusiastic attitude. Anita is a quick learner with a ‘Can Do’ attitude and a thirst to learn and adapt to a new environment. Very much result orientated.
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.
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.
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.
Co-Founder & CEO
A co-founder of ransomware proof enterprise software solutions company, Hera Software Development Inc. serving in-house built public blockchain software stack, Hercules (herc.one), co-founder of gold-backed cryptocurrency company AnthemGold Inc. (AnthemGold.com) and co-founder of precious metals dealer Anthem Vault Inc. He was raised by legendary goldbug and precious metals pioneer, James U. Blanchard III, who helped restore Americans’ right to own gold and also founded rare coin and bullion company, Blanchard & Company – once, the world’s largest. As Director of Strategic Development and Marketing with European-based GoldMoney, Anthem helped develop and implement their current business model, overseeing marketing and product development efforts which resulted in an increase of total value held by the company from $1 million in 2002 to $368 million by 2008; today, the company holds over $2 billion in client assets. He also assisted thousands of clients personally over the years, answering their questions regarding buying and selling gold and silver. From 2010-2014 Anthem served as an independent director and member of the audit committee, compensation committee and nominating committee at Pernix Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (ticker symbol: PTX, traded on NASDAQ), a pharmaceutical company based in The Woodlands, Texas.In his spare time, and as a charitable endeavor, Anthem teaches Bitcoin classes to novices that have not held their own Bitcoin software keys (‘Satoshis’, ‘BTC’)and wish to learn the mechanics of downloading wallets and purchasing and selling cryptocurrencies. His passion is empowering people to manage their own crypto portfolios and understand the joys and pitfalls involved in the space. Anthem holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Goizueta Business School at Emory University, with concentrations in Professional Accounting and Finance.
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.
COO / CFO
Peter is part of the founding strategic management team at Beehive where he is the Group COO and CFO. Beehive is the GCC’s first digital lending marketplace for SMEs that connects creditworthy businesses with smart investors. It was the first regulated P2P platform in MENA (regulated by the DFSA and the CBB). Beehive has written $150m of financing across the platform and has over 10,000 registered investors since it launched in November 2014. Peter is focused on Saudi and further regional expansion as well as strategic partnerships. Prior to Beehive, Peter was Managing Director at BDO Corporate Finance in the DIFC which he co-established in 2009. He advised SMEs and business owners across the GCC and led a broad range of Middle East and International transactions. Prior to that, Peter was in London where he focused on cross-border M&A and International IPOs. Peter is a recognised speaker on fintech and regulatory frameworks and is a mentor to a number of tech start-ups in the UAE. Peter is a fellow of the Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.
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.
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.
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.
Head of MEA
Richie mainly specializes in economic development and diversification within the management consulting realm, specifically around internationalization (international trade and foreign direct investment (FDI)), as well as international business, international education, and capability development. Having lived in seven countries with over 15 years professional experience, he spent almost 5 years until 2018 with PA Consulting based in London, having a portfolio of high-level government (UK, Canadian, Mayor of London) and multinational corporate clients in Europe, North America and the Middle East. Richie has worked in other industries, such as higher education, manufacturing, transportation, NGOs and retail. Richie has worked with a wide range of sectors in the context of economic development and internationalization, but, in particular he developed a skill set and sub-passion for fintech as well as agriculture/food, tech, tourism and creative industries (particularly film & television). Richie is a regular commentator and contributor in economic development with a few hundred contributions/interviews/opinion eds/productions in the media (examples include Forbes.com, Entrepreneur, NBC News and various leading niche and national outlets like The National (UAE)). Having had roles such as Head of Strategy for a boutique commercialisation consulting firm, Richie is deployed as Head of the Middle East and Africa for London-headquartered The Fintech Power 50 and The Fintech Times as well as a senior advisor with Dubai-based The Corporate Group. Originally from the USA, Richie speaks Spanish and various levels of fluency with French, Portuguese and Arabic. He has a Master’s Degree from SOAS: University of London in Globalization & Multinational Corporations and an Advanced Certification of International Trade from the Institute of Export and International Trade UK. Richie is a mentor for the Mayor of London’s International Business Programme, specifically for the Middle East and African region. The initiative helps London-based SMEs in tech, financial services (particularly in fintech), creative industries and life sciences to internationalize and export.
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!
CEO & Co-founder
Duncan is a regular keynote speaker, serial entrepreneur and technology pioneer with over 30 years experience in the software industry. His latest venture is Blockchain Technology Partners (BTP), a leading enterprise blockchain company whose partners include Digital Asset, creators of the open source Daml smart contract language, and US cybersecurity start-up Taekion. Prior to this he founded Cloudsoft Corporation, creator of the Apache Brooklyn open source project, serving as its CEO for 9 years. Duncan was also Founder and CTO of autonomic computing pioneer Enigmatec Corporation which was sold to iWave and subsequently acquired by EMC.
Earlier in his career Duncan held a number of fintech roles culminating at Reuters Instinet where he led the delivery of their Fixed Income brokerage platform. In recognition of this work pioneering the use of Java enterprise technologies in Financial Services, he was nominated for a Computerworld Smithsonian Award. Duncan holds an MSc in Computation from Oxford University where he was a graduate student at Balliol College.
A seasoned CEO, CTO, CISO, Advisor and International speaker, with experience in Blockchain, DeFi, Asset Tokenization, Cyber Security, AI, IoT, 5G, Cloud, Disaster Recovery, Bigdata, & Managed Services. Jorge is
professional advisor in several innovative startups using disruptive technologies with focus on generating business value and enabling sustainability. He created the powerful framework A6 of security: Assess, Assess,
Apply, Administer, Awareness & Agility.
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
Alex Bornyakov is the Deputy Minister of the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation for IT Development, the Head of the Diia City project. He has more than ten years of experience in IT management. He founded and was managing a number of successful companies and startup incubators, including the American video monetization platform Adtelligent and the outsource company Intersog, which was in the TOP-5 App Developers in Chicago according to Clutch and in the TOP-10 of the best employers in Odessa.
In 2015, he became the Best CEO/COO — IT BIZ AWARDS 2015, and in 2016 he was ranked among 25 trailblazing business leaders in Ukraine. He has an MBA (University of New Brunswick) and an MPA (Columbia University) degrees.
Irene-Marie Seelig, named Forbes 30 Under 30,
is a multi-award winning
and internationally renowned Technology and
Sustainability expert at
the nexus of XR, e-commerce, material innovation
and carbon accounting
for global brands including Swarovski, Stella
Live Nation and others in Europe, Asia and USA.
Irene believes digital
transformation is a key driver to accelerate
therefore in 2019, Irene co-founded AnamXR, a
Web 3.0 platform which
leverages Unreal Engine and their proprietary
technology to connect
brands into the Metaverse through building
virtual worlds and games at
scale. The AnamXR platform enables a more
efficient way to design,
display, storytell and sell physical and digital
music and fashion while reaching new
demographics and revenue streams.
With over 10 years of experience in investment management Mrs. Parkhomenko joined the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine in 2020 as the Chief Expert of the Expert group on Investment Attractions. Thereafter, Yulia was offered to join the Department for the Development and Financial Monitoring of the Virtual Assets Market of the Department of Digital Economy. In 2010, Yulia got a Master's degree in Economics, and in 2021 - a Master's degree in Psychology.
The strategic foresight “Virtual Assets in Ukraine 2030” was successfully developed under her guidance. It was held from March to June 2021 and brought together a wide range of experts, including entrepreneurs, researchers, MPs, and public officials. As the result of foresight, a vision and strategy for the development of the virtual asset ecosystem in Ukraine was formed, as well as gathered a proactive community ready to implement these developments.
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.
Karl is a strategic advisor and board member of several organizations across the globe creating the digital economy and driving innovation. An industry transformational leader in the Digital, Fintech, Innovation, Partnerships and Venture Capital space, Karl has developed ecosystem partnerships across a broad spectrum of industries in the government, enterprise and start-up sector. He has held senior executive leadership positions with Visa, Microsoft, Cisco and Vodafone; and leads the Digital Economy and AI steering committee initiatives at the Capital Club in Dubai.
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.
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.
Building disruptive and innovative Nexgen Ride-hailing Platform and helping drivers and riders to reclaim power in the broken ride-hailing industry.
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.
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.
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.
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
Founder and CEO of the social networking platform for creators DDOB.com and DDOB Agency which is a leading CEE Influencer marketing agency. Polish champion in freestyle skiing and represented Poland on the national team. Speaker at marketing and economics conferences like: I Love Marketing, Krynica Economic Forum, TEDx, European economic congress, InternetBeta, and Digital Natives.
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.