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Music Artist & Entrepreneur (US)
Founder, Bitcoin Center & Blockchain Center 2013
Technology Entrepreneur, Investor & Chairman, Wyzer
Founding Partner, Draper Goren Holm
Producer and Founder, Immutable Music
Group CEO, Emirates Post Group
Head of Digital, Innovation & Design, RBS International
Crypto Artist, Performer and Keynote Speaker , VESA
Founding Director, DIFX
Chief Innovation Officer, House of InsurTech Switzerland (HITS), A Generali Company
Managing Editor, Cointelegraph
Crypto & Blockchain Lawyer
Forbes Money & Markets Columnist
Head of Financial Advisory, Department of Finance (Ireland)
Director of the Archives Department, UAE National Archives
YouTube Influencer, Analyst, Derivatives Trader & Event Organizer
Managing Partner, Blockchain Founders Fund Senior Blockchain Fellow, INSEAD
Author of Blockland
Founder & CEO, Ipsum Consulting
Director Of Digital Transformation, Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park
Co-Founder & CEO, HERA Soft
COO / CFO, Beehive
Adviser, Ministry of Infrastructure
Connection Science Fellow, MIT Connection Science
CEO and Founder, RubiX Network
Head of Business Development, Crypto Valley Association
CEO & Co-founder, Blockchain Technology Partners
IBM Financial Sciences, IBM Research
The first solo artist to hold both number one and number two spots simultaneously on Billboard Hot 100 charts twice, now working on Akon City – a $6 billion project with a tech hub
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.
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.
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.
Producer and Founder
Lauren Bissell -- Producer and the Founder of Immutable Music, a multi-branch agency focused on the advancement of blockchain technology, building IoT protocol, AI and AR/VR in the music and entertainment industry. Through her firm, she uses music as a catalyst to build community, connecting artists, music industry professionals, tech industry insiders, and investors to promote high-level shifts in distribution systems. She is also a rights and royalties specialist, helping artists and producers to navigate the industry. Through her work with UNESCO and the GNH Council of the Kingdom of Bhutan, she has been a strong proponent for music, cultural connection, and international tourism as a means to preserve and celebrate cultural identity. Ms. Bissell has also worked with stakeholders such as Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Sheryl Crow, NAS, Matthew McConaughey, NASDAQ, Comedy Central, South by Southwest, Sony and many more.
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.
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.
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.
Jeetu Kataria has over 15 years of experience in Financial Markets, Investment Banking and Corporate Finance with extensive experience with the foremost global financial services organizations. His core competencies are Startup Investments, Asset Management, Investment Banking, Business Strategy, and keeping investments on track with sound knowledge of robust risk management. His expertise is into start up investment with a technology focus, such as Fintech, FMCG, Education, and Artificial intelligence. He is also instrumental as financial strategist for large Family offices in Middle East and South East Asia. He is currently the Founding Director of DIFX and Head of Operations where he monitors and leads the organization’s operational related matters with regards to Digital Financial Exchange (DIFX).
Chief Innovation Officer
Leading the innovation arm of the world’s third largest insurance company, Dr. Mezzour is responsible for developing the group’s innovation capabilities-. Co-creating value propositions with start-ups within The Garage (HITS co-creation space) and within the wider HITS network projects include Human-Centred Design, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain/DLT, Digital Insurance & Payments, and Cybersecurity. Dr. Samyr has over 13 years of experience from various industries such as strategy consulting, insurance, renewable energy, foremost on digital strategies and developing InsurTech solutions. Samyr has a CAS from MIT Sloan School of Management, a PhD from HEC Lausanne, and an MSc from the ETH Zurich.
Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr currently works as the Managing Editor of Cointelegraph, building an editorial strategy and ensuring content-quality for a leading media outlet dedicated to cryptocurrencies, blockchain and fintech. With an M.A. in political science and classical philology, she has been working in communication and journalism for over 10 years, covering energy, urban, green, information, financial technologies and other innovations aimed at a sustainable future. A speaker at international events, she is a passionate advocate of environmental consciousness and women's rights. When offline, Kristina is a contemporary dancer, cat lover, melomaniac singer and polyglot reader.
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.
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.
Head of Financial Advisory
Mai Santamaria heads up the Financial Advisory team in the Department of Finance, Ireland. She is responsible for research into topics of interest in the Financial Services sector. She co-authored the Department’s discussion paper on Virtual Currencies and Blockchain, published in March of 2018. She leads the department’s Blockchain Working Group and is a member of Blockchain Ireland. Mai has more than 20 years’ experience in the finance private sector, having worked with Barclays, Zurich, Rothchild, GE and PwC. She is a fellow of the Irish Institute of Chartered Accountants and a native of Barcelona, Spain.
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.
Tone has worked on Wall Street for 10 years prior discovering Bitcoin. Since then he has been educating people on his YouTube Channel about the importance of this unique Financial Technology. Tone has been featured in several Documentaries like Magic Money & Bitcoin - Beyond the Bubble and has had lot of media appearances like CNBC, RT and more. He is an independent content creator at ToneVays.com, and the organizer of 3 Conferences: Unconfiscatable, Understanding Bitcoin and The Financial Summit for traders & hedge funds. Tone holds a Masters Degree in Financial Engineering from Florida State University along with Bachelor Degrees in Mathematics and Geology.
Aly Madhavji is the Managing Partner at Blockchain Founders Fund which invests in and venture builds top-tier startups. He is a Limited Partner on Loyal VC and Draper Goren Holm. Aly consults organizations on emerging technologies such as INSEAD and the UN on solutions to help alleviate poverty. He is a Senior Blockchain Fellow at INSEAD and was recognized as a “Blockchain 100” Global Leader by Lattice80. He is an internationally acclaimed author, publishing three books and a monthly columnist for the leading blockchain magazine. Aly serves as a board member of CryptoStar Corp. (TSXV: CSTR), Mechanical Technology Incorporated (OTCMKTS: MKTY) and has served on various advisory boards including the University of Toronto’s Governing Council, which manages a $2.5B budget. He is a mentor with Chinaccelerator, an elite accelerator program operated by the venture fund SOSV with $700M+ AUM and the Mobile Only Accelerator (MOX). Aly holds a Master of Global Affairs as a Schwarzman Scholar from Tsinghua University, a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD (Singapore and France), and a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Toronto.
Elias Ahonen is a Finnish-Canadian blockchain researcher, author, and legal expert described as “one of the first Bitcoin historians” due to his 2016 book, Physical Bitcoins and Crypto-Currencies. His 2021 book, Blockland, was called “cryptocurrency’s first rock’n’roll biography” and serves as a textbook for the industry. He is a regular contributor to Cointelegraph Magazine and has been acknowledged for his expertise by both national and international media such as The Wall Street Journal.
Ahonen started professional life as an IT analyst with Blackberry in Canada, and later worked in China as a geopolitical researcher focused on North Korea. He launched a small blockchain consultancy in 2017, focused on token ranking and global ICO launches. He holds a Bachelor in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, studied Economics & Philosophy at the master’s level at Universität Bayreuth in Germany, and is writing a thesis on legal questions surrounding NFT’s for his Master of Law at the University of Turku in Finland. He is an avid collector of cryptocurrency memorabilia, and acts as a broker for high-value items and NFT´s.
Join “one of the first Bitcoin historians” who wrote “cryptocurrency’s first rock’n’roll biography” for an exhilarating review of how the blockchain industry sprouted from Bitcoin, whose early years were marked not only be extremism and criminality, but also by fascinating people. ETH, DOGE, ICO’s, smart contracts, NFT´s, DAO’s, blockchain gaming, and countless tokens share an intertwined past, all set in motion by one anonymous coder.
Founder & CEO
Anita is a seasoned business development and market-making professional having nearly 20 years of experience from all over Europe and the Middle East. She is a multilingual expert on building professional networks and has an unbeatable track record in opening new markets for businesses. Creative, innovative, and forward-thinking Sales Executive who solves complex sales challenges with thoughtful elegant, and clearly defined strategies that drive remarkable revenue growth in markets nationwide. For the last 3 years, Anita has been in Blockchain and Cryptos domain, especially in DeFi. She has earned a remarkable position in European Blockchain and Fintech Community by leveraging her unique skills in business development and network building acting as an operational professional. Anita has a positive attitude and energizing presence that builds team spirit and engagement within the team. Service-oriented professional with an enthusiastic attitude. Anita is a quick learner with a ‘Can Do’ attitude and a thirst to learn and adapt to a new environment. Very much result orientated.
Emirati, engineer and entrepreneur with 18+ years of experience in Telecom, Smart cities, research, data privacy and technology business development. hold a master degree of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering for Khalifa University, recently joined Sharjah research, Technology and innovation park, a Government research institute established to promote future technologies and create social-economical impact throw the commercialization of research project initiated at universities. Throughout his career, he has participated and launched many major projects such as the first smart city in Abu Dhabi (Al Reem island), the first wireless internet and broadband network in UAE, and played a leading role on the launch of Etisalat Nigeria, and least but not last the first IOT platform for the fire alarm system in UAE.
Co-Founder & CEO
A co-founder of ransomware proof enterprise software solutions company, Hera Software Development Inc. serving in-house built public blockchain software stack, Hercules (herc.one), co-founder of gold-backed cryptocurrency company AnthemGold Inc. (AnthemGold.com) and co-founder of precious metals dealer Anthem Vault Inc. He was raised by legendary goldbug and precious metals pioneer, James U. Blanchard III, who helped restore Americans’ right to own gold and also founded rare coin and bullion company, Blanchard & Company – once, the world’s largest. As Director of Strategic Development and Marketing with European-based GoldMoney, Anthem helped develop and implement their current business model, overseeing marketing and product development efforts which resulted in an increase of total value held by the company from $1 million in 2002 to $368 million by 2008; today, the company holds over $2 billion in client assets. He also assisted thousands of clients personally over the years, answering their questions regarding buying and selling gold and silver. From 2010-2014 Anthem served as an independent director and member of the audit committee, compensation committee and nominating committee at Pernix Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (ticker symbol: PTX, traded on NASDAQ), a pharmaceutical company based in The Woodlands, Texas.In his spare time, and as a charitable endeavor, Anthem teaches Bitcoin classes to novices that have not held their own Bitcoin software keys (‘Satoshis’, ‘BTC’)and wish to learn the mechanics of downloading wallets and purchasing and selling cryptocurrencies. His passion is empowering people to manage their own crypto portfolios and understand the joys and pitfalls involved in the space. Anthem holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Goizueta Business School at Emory University, with concentrations in Professional Accounting and Finance.
Anna Tutova is the CEO of Coinstelegram, a tech-consulting agency. Anna holds a degree of Master of international law. She is an advisor to the Polka Venttures Fund and an Experts Council member at G.World, an Arabic platform that focuses on alternative investments analysis in the MENA region for HNWI/VHNWI.
COO / CFO
Peter is part of the founding strategic management team at Beehive where he is the Group COO and CFO. Beehive is the GCC’s first digital lending marketplace for SMEs that connects creditworthy businesses with smart investors. It was the first regulated P2P platform in MENA (regulated by the DFSA and the CBB). Beehive has written $150m of financing across the platform and has over 10,000 registered investors since it launched in November 2014. Peter is focused on Saudi and further regional expansion as well as strategic partnerships. Prior to Beehive, Peter was Managing Director at BDO Corporate Finance in the DIFC which he co-established in 2009. He advised SMEs and business owners across the GCC and led a broad range of Middle East and International transactions. Prior to that, Peter was in London where he focused on cross-border M&A and International IPOs. Peter is a recognised speaker on fintech and regulatory frameworks and is a mentor to a number of tech start-ups in the UAE. Peter is a fellow of the Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.
David Magård is an special adviser at the Swedish Ministry of Infrastructure and head of blockchain. His portfolio further consists of other areas such as artificiell intellegence and digital identity. David is also the Swedish representative in the European Blockchain Partnership. Coming from a legal background and work at the Swedish Land Registry (where he was part of the property registration process in a blockchain project) David is also a member of the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum and the OECD Blockchain Expert Policy Advisory Board.
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.
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.
Head of Business Development
Sheraz Ahmed drives growth, collaboration, and integrity across the global blockchain ecosystem through his role as a Head of Business development at the Crypto Valley Association where he is responsible for partnerships, memberships and sponsorships, supporting the management of key accounts and CVA public representation. He truly believes that through digitization and increased inter-connectivity, the world will become a brighter place and is delighted to be able to do his part in pushing it forward!
CEO & Co-founder
Duncan is a regular keynote speaker, serial entrepreneur and technology pioneer with over 30 years experience in the software industry. His latest venture is Blockchain Technology Partners (BTP), a leading enterprise blockchain company whose partners include Digital Asset, creators of the open source Daml smart contract language, and US cybersecurity start-up Taekion. Prior to this he founded Cloudsoft Corporation, creator of the Apache Brooklyn open source project, serving as its CEO for 9 years. Duncan was also Founder and CTO of autonomic computing pioneer Enigmatec Corporation which was sold to iWave and subsequently acquired by EMC.
Earlier in his career Duncan held a number of fintech roles culminating at Reuters Instinet where he led the delivery of their Fixed Income brokerage platform. In recognition of this work pioneering the use of Java enterprise technologies in Financial Services, he was nominated for a Computerworld Smithsonian Award. Duncan holds an MSc in Computation from Oxford University where he was a graduate student at Balliol College.
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.