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Founder & CEO, Binance
Co-Founder, Oculus VR
Founder & CEO, Metahero
Head of Communications, Bybit
Founder & Managing Director, CoinMENA
Director of Institutional Business EU, Binance
CEO, TDeFi Accelerator
Ministerial Advisor to the National Assembly of Cambodia, Chairman of ARAB & CHINESE UNION
Co-Founder and CEO, Staex
Head of Smart Mobility, IOTA Foundation
MENA Director, Binance
Crypto & Blockchain Lawyer
Founder & CEO, Hungama Digital Media
Barbados Ambassador to the UAE – Government of Barbados, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade
Hyper Optimum Organization HOO Exchange Executive Chairman, Future Trends Group Chairman
Director of the Archives Department, UAE National Archives
Former Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister of Economy and Technology for Germany
Head of Digital, Innovation & Design, RBS International
Anchor & Producer, KITCO
Founding President, Bitcoin Association
Head Section - Virtual Assets Crime, Dubai Police HQ
CEO and Founder, RubiX Network
Founder of Crypto Banter, Host of the CNBC Crypto Trader Show & CEO, Onchain Capital
Founder, HOO Exchange
Group CEO, Emirates Post Group
IBM Financial Sciences, IBM Research
Author of Blockland
Head of Blockchain Solutions Center, Deutsche Telekom
CEO, LKI Consulting
Technology Entrepreneur, Investor & Chairman, Wyzer
Director Of Digital Transformation, Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park
CEO, Skey Network
Google Research Associate, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government
Deputy CEO, Sensorium Corporation
Founding Director, DIFX
Founding Partner, Draper Goren Holm
YouTube Influencer, Analyst, Derivatives Trader & Event Organizer
Connection Science Fellow, MIT Connection Science
Head of MEA, The Fintech Times & Fintech Power 50
Head of Content Marketing, Sensorium Corporation
Cloud Application & Innovation Lead for Middle East & Africa, Microsoft
President & CFO, Chief Market Strategist, InTheMoneyStocks.com
Co-Founder, Global Blockchain Organization
Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Digital Transformation on IT industry development, Ukrainian Ministry
Founder & CEO, AnamXR
Forbes Money & Markets Columnist
Co-Founder, Decentralized Global
Founder and CEO, Immutable Music
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Riddermark
Co-founder & CEO, Drife
Founder, Midas Touch Consulting
Chief Innovation Officer, House of InsurTech Switzerland (HITS), A Generali Company
Documentary Filmmaker, The Bitcoin Dilemma
Senior Executive, Domestic Cloud Operator
President, Blockchain Valley
Founder & CEO, Ipsum Consulting
Founder & CEO, TheBirbNest
Chief Brand Officer, ELONGATE
Founder, Bonuz Market
Co-Founder, British Blockchain and Frontier Tech Association
Crypto Artist, Performer and Keynote Speaker , VESA
Solution Architect, SettleMint
Investor & Advisor
Chief Digital Officer, Majid Al Futtaim – Retail
CEO, DBX DIGITAL ECOSYSTEM
Managing Director – MENA, CasperLabs
Co-Founder & CEO, HERA Soft
CEO & Co-founder, Blockchain Technology Partners
Senior Blockchain Fellow, INSEAD
Co-founder, MMCrypto and MMConsult
Regional Representative Europe, DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre)
Founder & CEO, Raiinmaker
Head of Business Development, Crypto Valley Association
CEO & Founder, Woonkly Labs
Marketing Director, Quantum Works
CEO & FOUNDER , Quantum Works
CTO, OMANEE Corp
CEO of HackenProof, Co-founder of Hacken
Strategic Advisor, iAdvisory
Director IOT/ AI & Analytics, Software AG
Lead Evangelist, DeGate DAO
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DMCC
Founder & Board Member, CV VC & CV Labs
CEO, Dubai Blockchain Center
Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation, Republic of Ukraine
Managing Partner, Woodstock Fund
Principal Designer, Quantum Works
Co-Founder & CEO, SettleMint
Founder & CEO, DeFi11
Managing Director, Bitjeem
CEO, Cyberian Mine
VP Strategy, Blockchain Technology Partners
VP Business Development, Cook Finance
CEO & Co-Founder, MVP Workshop
Day Trader and Technical Analyst that specializes in Trading Algorithm development.
Director of Criminal Investigation Department, Dubai Police
Head of Investor Relations, TDeFi
CTO & Co-Founder at Lean Technologies
EMEA Chief Technologist, Red Hat
Chief Risk Officer, ELONGATE
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.
American inventor. Innovator in Residence at Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley. Oculus VR Co-Founder and former Chief Engineer. Now active in automotive technology, building cars at his private R&D facility and hardware incubator in Livermore, CA. At Oculus, Jack designed and built the Oculus DK1 and DK2 virtual reality headsets, prior to the acquisition of the company in 2014 by Facebook for $2 billion. He holds numerous U.S. patents for inventions in software, audio effects, virtual reality, motion control, computer peripherals, and video game hardware and controllers. Jack was awarded a full scholarship to attend University of California, Berkeley where he earned a BSc., EECS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1986. He currently serves as an Innovator in Residence at Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley. Jack is pursuing new projects at his private R&D facility and hardware incubator in Livermore, Calif.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laura K. Inamedinova is the CEO of London based, Marketing, Design and Web Development agency “LKI Consulting". The majority of "LKI Consulting" clients are B2B technology-based companies working in the industries such as Software, Mobile, SaaS, Big Data, Fintech, Cybersecurity, etc. Laura’s expertise lies in developing bullet-proof and result-driven communications strategies for those companies who want to take their brand to the next level. She takes on companies that work with challenging projects and needs quick yet effective solutions. She frequently appears in local and international conferences where she touches important issues like advocating for bigger women involvement in the technology sector. She has been quoted in various publications, such as Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Venture Beat, etc. In 2020, Miss Inamedinova has been named as one of the "10 Women Entrepreneurs Who Are Shattering the Glass Ceiling" by Entrepreneur magazine. Huffington Post has titled her as "Communications Expert" in 2016. Laura K. Inamedinova holds a Bachelor of Physics from Vilnius University. During her time in the university, she was a member of Physics faculty-student association.
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.
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
Google Research Associate
John Lillywhite is a Google Research Associate at the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government. His fellowship research focuses on the post COVID-19 digital economy in the UAE, and public-private sector partnership in the technology industry.
John has served as Senior Analyst for the Royal Palace in Jordan. He was previously Executive Publisher and Digital Transformation Lead for Al Bawaba Group, overseeing R&D projects in blockchain based author-tipping and a Google funded machine-learning project. As such, his experience branches government and technology in the Middle East.With a degree in History from Oxford University and an MA in Global Diplomacy from SOAS, John’s most recent work involves a co-authored white paper on ‘Artificial Intelligence in the Metaverse,’ and a series of essays on how technology is everting the nation-state.
Alex Blagirev is a former director of innovations at Otkritie Financial Corporation, which was priorly been largest private-owned bank in Russia.
Received award as the most innovative bank in Central and Eastern Europe according to the Global Finance Magazine, 2017. He managed the development of R3 in CIS region, including initial launch of R3 pressence and later launch on several projects on Corda. He collaborated and formed with partners the FinTech Association (over 20major banks participants, including Central Bank as a co-founder) and designed the Masterchain - the first financial infrastructure for banking operations on blockchain in Russia, including the first banking transaction for digital identity on the blockchain between 5 russian banks. Alex had several roles on the edge of Innovations, Data and finance functions for other large financial institutions such as Alfa-Bank, Rosbank Societe Generale Group, VneshEconomBank (VEB) promoting the new age of accounting and user journey for investment transactions, corporate deals and retail products. He became one of the earliest Chief Data Officers in Russia and wrote the first russian business book about BigData (hits Top#1 in analytics bookstore, bestseller for 12 weeks). Ambassador of GBBC (Global Blockchain Business Council).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
Martynas Kasiulis CEO of crypto news portal DailyCoin Martynas
Kasiulis is a crypto content and business development expert with a focus on
gamification. Before becoming the CEO of DailyCoin, a hybrid news outlet, and
bespoke communication consulting agency, he was the creative and business lead
for various IOT, digital marketing, and educational projects across Europe. He
is currently working with various successful DeFi, NFT, and Fintech brands and
projects as a business development and communication strategist with such
industry-leading brands as BDSWISS, BitNuk, GCR, Swiss AMF, ChangeNow, and
Yevheniia Broshevan: co-founder of Hacken and CEO of HackenProof. Yevheniia is a cybersecurity
professional who is responsible for managing a big community of white hat
hackers (6,000 hackers) working on detecting vulnerabilities in clients’ systems.
Yevheniia has organized a number of industry conferences and communities for
security specialists and enthusiasts. The list of clients cooperating
with the HackenProof team led by Yevheniia includes such famous brands as
CoinGecko, Gate.io, FTX, Huobi, Avalanche, VeChain as well as government
entities such as Prozorro. Yevheniia has got a Master’s degree in Cybersecurity
and is a Certified Ethical Hacker. Yevheniia has deep expertise in
cybersecurity consulting for both traditional businesses and crypto projects.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. For information and queries relating to
Bloqwork's technology solution contact me at email@example.com.
Badawy is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of Rain, the first licensed
cryptocurrency platform in the Middle East, licensed by the Central Bank of
Bahrain. Currently at Rain, Yehia focuses on Business Development and Policy.
He believes that digital currencies are here to stay and is driven by a
vision of them becoming ubiquitous, a normal part of everyday life.
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.
Nasir is CEO of The LHoFT - The Luxembourg House of Financial Technology, a public/private sector initiative to drive fintech innovation in Luxembourg. He sits on the IMF’s High Level Advisory Group on Finance and Technology and the OECD’s Blockchain Expert Policy Advisory Board. He has been a Non-Executive Board director at a “traditional” bank, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) S.A.. Nasir has worked in Financial Services for 22 years. He spent 13 years working within Capital Markets at RBS, ICAP, HSBC and EBS. He has been immersed in the Fintech and startup sector since 2011. As an entrepreneur, Nasir has built multiple Fintech businesses across verticals. He has advised the boards of leading financial institutions, central banks and governments. Nasir has lived and worked in 8 countries; UK, US, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. Nasir has a BSc from the London School of Economics and is a Sloan Fellow from London Business School.
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.
Lee is Lead Evangelist at DeGate DAO. DeGate is an Ethereum Layer 2 based
decentralized trading protocol focused on order book trading.
Alvin has deep experience leading teams in the technology and government
space. He was previouslythe first international employee and China Lead at
Coursera, the online education platform, setting up and running their first
China office. Alvin graduated cum
laude from Yale College in 2005 on a Public Service Commission Overseas Merit
Scholarship from the Singapore government. At the Finance Ministry, he led
the working committee to set up the US$330m Co-Innovation Fund for innovation
projects within the government. At the Trade Ministry he was the APEC
Investment Expert Group (IEG) representative from Singapore, and speechwriter
on regional economic relations to the Prime Minister, First Deputy Prime
Minister and Trade Minister of Singapore.
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
Oleksandr Bornyakov was born in Bolgrad, Odesa region, and was fond of computers since childhood. Later this passion transformed into his major line of work. In the days of Mr Bornyakov’s fledgling career, he worked in a company developing software for a retail pharmacy chains automation, as well as in a U.S. software development company and other IT companies. He received his first degree in Marketing at Kyiv National Aviation University in 2004. Oleksandr continued his studies at the University of New Brunswick Canada and received an MBA in 2009. In 2019, he graduated from Columbia University of the New York City with a Master of Public Administration degree.
At the age of 26, he founded Adtelligent, video ads monetization platform, which was recognized by Deloitte Technology Fast 500 ™ rating and was among 5,000 fastest growing private companies in USA by Inc. 5000 in 2016-2017. Having 100+ active SaaS product customers, the company serves more than 20 million ads per day. Main markets are the United States, Israel and Ukraine. Oleksandr is also a co-owner of Intersog, an international software outsourcing company. Awarded TOP-5 App Developers in Chicago by Clutch and TOP-10 by Odesa’s DOU Top Employers. 500+ successfully developed mobile apps, 12 million downloads in the App Store and Google Play. More than 170 IT specialists in the USA, Ukraine, Mexico and Bulgaria.
Apart from the aforementioned Oleksandr is a Co-founder and a Managing Partner of WannaBiz Investment Fund. 580+ applications since 2012 and 20 funded startups, 11 of which have raised additional investment. Investment geography covers Ukraine, Central and Eastern Europe, Western Europe, USA, with up to $ 50,000 investment. The investment portfolio (assets under control and owned/managed companies) includes: Kwambio, Reply IO, Rallyware, Influ2, Petcube, 3Dlook. Mr Bornyakov was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation in October of 2019 and has been boosting the growth of Ukraine’s IT industry.
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).
"With four older siblings, I grew up as player 5 in a four-controller world. I spent my childhood practicing video games to earn my spot. Now I design new ones.”
With a First Class Honours in Game Design and Production Management from Abertay University, Magnus has worked in a number of game studios including SEGA and 4J Studios. He also found success as a freelance game designer, developing and pitching original game concepts. Within game design, Magnus has particular interest in game systems and interconnected mechanics, specializing in breaking down complex problems and developing elegant solutions
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.
A PROBLEM SOLVER and TECHNOLOGY ENTHUSIAST is how I can be described the best. With over 6 years of industry experience in Digital Transformation and Blockchain Domain, I have worked with various of the use-cases in it and have delivered a number of enterprise grade products. Software Development, Technology Consulting, Team Leadership & Management, Strategy and Operations, Enterprise Architecture and Delivery management are some majors of my experience. Having an unconventional career graph, I believe that ‘SkillSet’ and ‘Talent’ should always be the key factors to look for in an individual.
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
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.
Analyst. Consultant. Economist. Former elite athlete.Blockchain. Data. Decentralization. Digitization. Smart contracts. Tokenization.
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.
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.
Ashu is passionate about three foundational pillars for building technology: Software Development, Security and Compliance. His career extends roughly two decades, comprising varied positions with both early-stage start-ups and large enterprise environments in the US, India and now UK. As the Co-founder and CTO of Lean Technologies, Ashu is on the mission to develop the most secure, scalable, and flexible financial connectivity platform in the MENA region. He envisions to propel the region into new levels of financial welfare and privilege with this new layer of "Abstraction".Ashu has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Rajasthan University, India and Master's degree in Tech management from Columbia University, New York.
As a chief technologist for financial services in EMEA at Red Hat, Monica provides strategic support to customers as they look to open source and adopt open hybrid cloud technologies to drive business transformation initiatives.Previously, Monica worked for prestigious organisations on a global scale – from Nationwide and Barclays to Coutts, RBS and Deutsche Bank. In her spare time, Monica works with female entrepreneurs and helps encourage more girls to participate in sports – she is the past Honorary Treasurer and Corporate Social Responsibility Champion for the University Women’s Club, London and is a Girl Guides leader and STEM-ette mentor.
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.