Founder, iNov8 Next Open Labs
Songwriter, rapper, producer, DJ, technologist, Pro Gamer,
Animator and Futurist, Founding member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group
N.W.A., producer of Grammy nominated #1 hit song Supersonic. Founder of iNov8
Next Open Labs, Founder of GGGOAT PC and lifestyle brand. ,CoFounder/CEO, MDDAO
a Medical Metaverse, CEO DRIVYN Performance and DAO.
As a performer, Scott is recognized as the saxophonist for Pink Floyd, Supertramp, and Toto. As an entrepreneur, Page has done projects for The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Janet Jackson, Garth Brooks, Scorpions and others. He is currently on a mission of empowering artists and technologists to collectively elevate culture with THINK:NFT, an NFT ecosystem of top NFT talent and community events. His previous ventures include a CD-ROM game and educational software company, creating the world’s first interactive musical cartoon (starring Howie Mandel – the voice of Gizmo in Gremlins), the Monty Python interactive series, and partnered with Quincy Jones for an interactive multimedia joint venture. Will Smith, Monty Python, Toto and Institute for Systems Biology; and co-founded and served as CEO of Direct2Care, an online healthcare presence management company. He was named one of “The Top 100 Multimedia Producers” by Multimedia Magazines, one of “The 100 Coolest People in Los Angeles” by Buzz Magazine, and one of the “50 New Media Innovators” profiled in Pioneer Electronics’ Multimedia Frontier.
Co-Founder & CIO, Velas
Oleksandr Aleksandrov (Alex Alexandrov) is founder of the first and largest crypto payment processor and wallet solution in the world, CoinPayments.net and co-founder and CIO of Velas, World's fastest EVM Blockchain protocol and ecosystem, founded in 2019. Board member of Blockchain Society Canada. Cryptocurrency educator, advisor and a public speaker for the last 5 years. Advisor of Cyber security and Blockchain to Canadian, Ukrainian governments, Europol, CIA and FBI
the Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine on IT industry development, Head of the Diia City project, Ukraine Government
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 and working on creating a legal framework for crypto companies to officially conduct their businesses in Ukraine.
He has more than ten years of experience in IT management. Bornyakov 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.
The Deputy Minister works directly with launching government projects for IT business development in Ukraine — Diia City, E-residency, Fund of Funds, e-commerce, development of AI mechanisms.
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Animoca Brands
Yat Siu is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at Animoca Brands, a global leader in blockchain and gaming that aims to deliver digital property rights to the world's gamers and Internet users, thereby creating a new asset class, play-to-earn economies, and a more equitable digital framework contributing to the building of the open metaverse. He is also Founder and CEO of Outblaze, an award-winning pioneer of multilingual white label web services.
Mr. Siu has been an early advocate for the use of blockchain and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in the gaming industry, to allow gamers to enjoy true ownership of their game assets, data, and equity. He successfully steered Animoca Brands to a leadership position in blockchain, gaming, NFTs, and the open metaverse. Recently valued at USD5.8 billion, the company operates a series of NFT-centric subsidiaries and products and has invested in over 150 blockchain-related companies to date, to build one of the largest blockchain portfolios globally.
A veteran technology entrepreneur, Mr. Siu began his career at Atari Germany in 1990 before moving to Hong Kong to establish Hong Kong Cybercity/Freenation, Asia’s first free web page and e-mail provider. He then set up Outblaze in 1998 and sold Outblaze’s messaging unit to IBM in 2009. He subsequently pivoted Outblaze to become an incubator of projects and companies to develop digital entertainment services and products, including Animoca Brands in 2014.
He founded ThinkBlaze, Outblaze’s research arm that investigates meaningful issues in technology. In 2017, he set up Dalton Learning Lab, an afterschool digital lab that specializes in teaching skills such as divergent thinking and design thinking.
Mr. Siu has been awarded Global Leader of Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum, Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the DHL/SCMP Awards, and was recognized as one of Cointelegraph’s Top 100 Notable People in Blockchain in 2021.
Executive Director and General Manager (UAE), Binance
Executive Director and General Manager of Binance FZE in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. With over 20 years of experience in finance, 12 of which have been around operations and trading. Has been in virtual assets since 2016 and has not looked back. Working towards a vision of bridging the gaps with physical and digital worlds. At Binance Alex is responsible for leading and growing the operation of the regulated Binance business here in Dubai and spear-heading the growth of the region’s ecosystem from all things Web3, Metaverse and virtual assets and more.
Founder & CEO, Choise.com
Vladimir Gorbunov is a professional entrepreneur with long-standing experience in establishing and developing fintech projects. He is an accomplished strategy manager and startup builder. Gorbunov began his career path in the 2000s, working as a consultant for investment companies. He quickly came to understand the value of using innovative technological solutions to make life simpler in terms of personal finance and income opportunities. Over the course of his career Vladimir went from developing IT solutions for improving transport logistics, to the payments sector, and from there to the crypto industry. When the crypto market came into focus, he actively involved himself with its development. For the past 5 years Gorbunov has been developing projects from the ground up with the goal of making crypto assets more comprehensive and accessible to everyone. The total capitalization of Vladimir’s projects in the field of cryptocurrency exceeded $1 billion at the beginning of 2022. As a professional businessman, Vladimir is interested in developing new, never-before seen solutions that would benefit society and improve the quality of everyday life. His credo is to create “something that doesn’t exist yet, but you feel that it should”. This ideology is what spurred Vladimir’s interest in the crypto industry. In it he saw the potential to revolutionize the global financial market. In 2017, he founded Crypterium – a crypto wallet that gradually evolved in a full-scale CeFi ecosystem for digital assets with the number of users reaching 700 000 today. In 2021, Crypterium was followed by Choise.com – a new stage in the company’s evolution, which combines the advantages of CeFi and DeFi services within one marketplace. The purpose of Choise.com is to bring together the best-in-class financial services and offer its clients more opportunities to earn on their cryptocurrencies. As the CEO of Choise.com, Mr. Gorbunov is responsible for managing the company's development, building operational processes, and achieving short-term and long-term goals in accordance with the established mission.
CO – MENA, FTX
In July 2022, world leading Crypto Exchange FTX recieved full approval to operate a cryptocurrency exchange and clearing house in Dubai, for which Balsam Danhach is leading its intricate operation. Balsam is uniquely qualified to lead the new exchange within Dubai’s growing digital asset sector. He’s been here before: as a top finance director and consultant with more than 15 years of experience, Balsam led the start-up of the Dubai operations of a world-leading e-commerce retailer. His work as a financial consultant brought him the necessary expertise about the economies of multiple nations throughout the MENA region. Years of trend analysis sparked his focus on cryptocurrency and its derivatives. As FTX MENA opens its doors to institutional investors, he is focused on maximizing the company's contribution to the growing ecosystem. Balsam holds an MBA in Finance from the American University of Beirut and a BBA in Finance from the University of Houston
Co-founder and COO, The Sandbox
Sébastien Borget is the Co-founder and COO of The Sandbox decentralized Metaverse, a virtual world where players can create, play, own, govern and monetize their experiences using NFTs & SAND, the main utility token of the platform. Sebastien also became the President of the Blockchain Game Alliance in 2020, a non-profit organization of 300 key members of the industry. He was recently named #4 in the Top #100 2022 most influential people in crypto by CoinTelegraph https://cointelegraph.com/top-people-in-crypto-and-blockchain/sebastien-borget. The Sandbox has been featured in TIME100 Top 100 most influential companies of 2022 by Times magazine https://time.com/collection/time100-companies-2022/6159401/the-sandbox/
Lennix leads the business strategy and operations for OKX internationally.
With 15 years of experience in the world of crypto and financial services, Lennix plays a key role in OKX’s transformation from a standard centralized exchange into the largest hub for DeFi services, NFTs and blockchain gaming, as well as crypto trading.
Lennix is one of the earliest employees to join the company in 2017. Since day one, he has championed financial inclusion through the power of crypto and decentralized finance. He is responsible for driving OKX’s mission to remove the traditional barriers to wealth creation, empowering everyone to create and own their wealth in the most innovative, decentralized and secure ways possible.
Before joining OKX, Lennix served at JP Morgan, AIG and CASH Financial Services Group.
President & CFO, Chief Market Strategist, VerifiedInvestingCrypto.com, InTheMoneyStocks.com
Last year at the Future Blockchain Summit in Dubai, Gareth was alerting the world that Bitcoin would trade to 20k, it was above 65k at the time and everyone was saying it was headed to 100k+. His accuracy is unparalleled. He will be revealing his next 12 month forecast LIVE this year! Come watch his presentations and ask questions!
Gareth is a Pro Trader with over 20 years of experience. In his early career he dedicated himself to the study of technical charts. While trading his own capital, he created proprietary tactics like the Confirmation Signal, Three Tail Theory, River Theory along with cycle analysis, and an acute ability to read, sentiment, and time the markets.
In 2007, InTheMoneyStocks was launched using their Proprietary PPT Methodology. Gareth’s goal being to help average investors beat the best hedge funds and whales.
Since 2007, Gareth has maintained an over 80% success rate on swing trade signals given to members in Verified Investing Alerts and a verified 94% success rate on day trade signals in the Live Day Trading Room.
In 2021, he launched Verified Investing Crypto, using the same technical tactics to help investors swing trade Bitcoin, Ethereum and other coins.
Co-Founder, Coin Bureau
Guy was born in London and discovered Bitcoin in 2013. He then fell headlong into the crypto rabbit hole. In 2018, he co-founded the Coin Bureau, a cryptocurrency educational portal. He has become the face of the Coin Bureau YouTube channel and is yet to emerge from that rabbit hole.
Co-founder & Host, Altcoin Daily
Austin, co-founder of Altcoin Daily, has one of the largest crypto channels on the internet. Started back in 2018 with his brother Aaron, Altcoin Daily shares news, opinion, and education on the entire crypto market. With over 2M+ subscribers across all social platforms, Austin educates the market on bitcoin and Web3.
Head of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, Binance
Nadeem Ladki has over 20 years of experience in financial services, leading high-performing global teams and delivering impactful, strategic partnerships. He is currently the Head of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships for MENA at Binance. Nadeem previously worked with Deutsche Bank and Standard Chartered Bank, and more recently as the Senior Director of Business Development for Ripple where he worked on accelerating product adoption through partnerships and investment opportunities. Outside of his current role, Nadeem has been investing in and advising on NFT projects since 2021 and is currently a mentor at the European venture capital, Seedcamp, providing support to early stage start-ups.
He is the CEO and Co-Founder of Velas, the fastest EVM blockchain and ecosystem for smart contracts and dApps. Velas is based in Zug, Switzerland and has grown quickly to become a leading technology company in the region. Since its establishment in just 2019, Farkhad has grown Velas to partner with the world-renowned Scuderia Ferrari F1 and IQONIQ, a sports and entertainment fan engagement platform. Farkhad has been featured on the educational tv-series ‘Behind the scenes’ with Host Laurence Fishburne. Before being appointed CEO this year, Farkhad acted as Director of Business Development at Velas. His strong motivation to invest in the crypto sphere began in 2016 and he has since gained significant knowledge and experience in the industry, becoming a leader in the space. He has also founded Alpina Capital AG, a leading regulated crypto brokerage firm, and BitOrbit, a decentralized social media platform. His other previous roles include Partner and Head of Business Development at Blockchain Suisse AG and Executive director at RF Enterprise SA. As a co-creator of the first crypto ISIN (international security identification number), Farkhad has paved the way for fellow crypto companies and regularly shares thought-provoking ideas of decentralization, Web3 and cryptocurrency.
Co-Founder & Host, Altcoin Daily
Aaron Arnold is the co-founder and host of Altcoin Daily, one of the largest crypto channels on the internet. Launched back in 2018 with his brother Austin, Altcoin Daily shares news, opinion, and education on the entire crypto market. With over 2M+ subscribers across all social platforms, Aaron educates the market on bitcoin and Web3.
Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Uplandme, Inc.
Dirk is a serial entrepreneur and an early adopter of blockchain and related technologies, based in Silicon Valley. In addition to being the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Uplandme, Inc., Dirk co-founded the Open Metaverse Alliance (OMA3) alongside the leaders of Web 3.0 companies. He is the author of the bestselling book, Navigating the Metaverse: A Guide to Limitless Possibilities in a Web 3.0 World (Wiley, 2022). He co-founded European and US-based companies in the FinTech and digital media spaces, including the Financial Times Deutschland and Forbatec which has been acquired by SunGard (today NYSE:FIS). Dirk mentored over 30 startups through his work at international startup accelerators in Silicon Valley and is a frequent speaker/panelist focusing on topics about the metaverse, blockchain, and platform economics. He has studied Business Administration in Frankfurt and Paris and received a Ph.D. from the European Business School in Germany where he wrote his doctoral thesis about private and state-controlled currencies.
Executive Chairman CEO, DMCC
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 2021 with 21,000 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 2021, DMCC has been named the ‘Global Free Zone of the Year’ by The Financial Times fDi Magazine, for a record seventh 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.
Managing Editor & Senior Host, Real Vision
Samuel Burke is a three-time Emmy award-winning Managing Editor and Senior Host at Real Vision. He is a bilingual business and technology journalist who has anchored, reported and produced at CNN, CNN en español, ABC and NPR. Burke covers major international technology events and has interviewed the heads of the world's largest companies like former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Alibaba founder Jack Ma.
EVP, Global Head of Crypto & Blockchain, Mastercard
Raj Dhamodharan is Mastercard’s Head of Crypto and Blockchain. In this role Raj is responsible for managing Mastercard’s global strategy, products & partnerships in the blockchain and digital assets space. Raj leads a team to advance Mastercard’s blockchain strategy and innovate consumer choice in payments. Previously Raj held various leadership roles in Mastercard including managing global digital partnerships, managing Click to Pay standards and leading Mastercard’s digital payment products and Labs group in Asia pacific. Prior to joining Mastercard in 2010, Raj had worked in payment and telecom industries for 14 years in various product and technology leadership roles including co-founding Think Business Networks, a telecom software company in Silicon Valley that built products for MNOs across the world. Raj holds several patents in the field of loyalty marketing/advertising and payments. Raj graduated from Coimbatore Institute of Technology, India with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology. He also holds MBA degrees from the Columbia Business School, Columbia University, NY and Hass Business School, University of California, Berkeley.
Director of the Center of Cybersecurity, NYU AD
Hoda has 17 years of experience in industrialization and economic development projects. She has led and motivated several tech-based industrial investments in the UAE and internationally. She worked on several turnaround projects that were aimed to achieve strategic, financial and operational synergies of industrial and business prospects. She has a specific interest in SDG based investments as well as her current background.
Hoda A. Alkhzaimi is currently the Director of Center of Cyber Security in New York University AD and a research assistant professor in New York University. She served in different posts for research and development in the Technology development sector for the past years, she also played a vital role in developing Cyber Security and Cryptology research and development ecosystems. She headed the Department of Research and Development for Cyber Security and Cryptology in different national initiatives in the United Arab Emirates along with her associations to different security initiatives nationally and internationally. She consults for special projects with national and international technology development initiatives.
Alkhzaimi has specific expertise in cryptology; cryptanalysis, constructing and validating security hardware and software components, constructing trusted security architectures for different environments in different products for the respective industries. Hoda. Alkhzaimi obtained her Ph.D. in Cryptanalysis from Denmark Technical University. Her current research interests include Space, Aerospace, and UAV and autonomous systems security, constructing and analyzing cryptographic primitives, validating, and investigating links between different cryptanalytic approaches and utilizing cryptographic primitives in different cybersecurity architectures as in Internet of Things and big data analysis among others. Her research includes analysis of the effect of AI and machine learning techniques on improving security analytics. She is as well leading several AI based initiatives globally.
Editor-in-Chief & Lead Anchor, Kitco News
Michelle Makori is the editor-in-chief and lead anchor for Kitco News, managing all editorial operations (video and written content) covering global markets, economics, commodities, cryptocurrencies, business and technology news.
Michelle is an internationally acclaimed broadcast journalist, news anchor, reporter, and producer and has worked for leading global media organizations including i24News, Bloomberg, CNN Money, CGTN and SABC.
As an anchor and reporter, Michelle has covered and analyzed the most significant global economic, financial, and geopolitical events of the past two decades. She has interviewed heads of state, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and other political, business, and entertainment leaders.
Based in New York, Michelle joins Kitco News from i24News where she was editor-in-chief and lead anchor, hosting the nightly prime-time, flagship show "ClearCut with Michelle Makori" and "IBW", a weekly start-up and technology-focused magazine show. Michelle was instrumental in setting up the U.S. division of i24News, broadcasting across the USA and around the globe.
Michelle was also a key member of the team that launched the U.S. operations of CGTN in 2011. She was the New York-based lead anchor and producer of "Global Business America", CGTN's flagship global economic and business news show.
Prior to joining CGTN, Michelle was an anchor and reporter for Bloomberg TV for five years, covering both American and Asian markets. She was also a reporter with CNN Money based at the NASDAQ. Before joining Bloomberg TV and moving to New York, Makori was one of the main anchors and producers for SABC Africa Television, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and broadcasting throughout the African Continent.
Born in Israel, raised in South Africa, and now a proud American citizen, Michelle speaks five languages and brings a truly global perspective. Michelle also brings Wall Street experience to her financial news coverage, having received her FINRA financial adviser license (Series 7) and having worked with The Beryl Consulting Group, GFI and Context Summits.
Michelle holds a Post Graduate Honors Degree in Media Studies and Journalism (with distinction) and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Law and Psychology, both from South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand. She graduated top of her class from Damelin Business School.
Founder, Crypto Oasis
Ralf Glabischnig is an entrepreneur and founder of Crypto Oasis who is committed to developing the blockchain ecosystem both in Switzerland and worldwide. He is one of the initiators of the Swiss Crypto Valley, one of the world-leading Blockchain ecosystems in Switzerland. Based on the experience and success of Crypto Valley, he and his team have set up Crypto Oasis as the ecosystem in the Middle East.
Leads TDeFi, the world’s first virtual crypto incubator, and advisory having several unicorns in the portfolio innovating in the field of DeFi, Metaverse, Gaming, and Blockchain Infrastructures.
Co-Founder & Partner, Cypher Capital
Bijan is one of the leaders in the blockchain ecosystem and has a longstanding track record of spearheading blockchain adoption in the MENA region and globally. In 2015, Bijan co-founded Phoenix Technology, which is building one of the largest Mining farms in the United Arab Emirates and has 450 MW of operational mining farms across Russia, Canada, and the USA. Bijan also founded Phoenix Technology VC, a venture capital fund that has successfully invested USD 10 Million into Blockchain start-ups. Following the great success of Phoenix Technology VC, Bijan embarked on establishing a new venture capital firm, Cypher Capital in 2022. Cypher Capital is a Dubai-based fund, investing in blockchain, crypto, and other digital asset projects, which is self-funded by Bijan at an amount of USD$100 Million. Bijan believes in working with visionary innovators, outstanding talent and other venture capital partners to create a holistic blockchain community, whereby the ecosystem can benefit and grow as a whole. Cypher Capital is building a 10,000 sqft. hub for blockchain and crypto startups which is set to open in Q4 2022 at Jumeirah Beach Residence. The hub reflects Bijan’s vision in contributing to the blockchain community and in providing mentorship and guidance to its members in all matters relating to their projects.
Founder and CEO, A-NEX KOREA
"We will grow into a global company through ESG eco-friendly management."
Nice to meet you all for attending the 2022 GITEX. I'm Eun Yeon Hwang, CEO of A-NEX KOREA.
Eun Yeon Hwang is a global entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of A-NEX KOREA.
In 2017, he served as the subcommittee chairman of the 4th Industrial Small and Medium Business Association Blockchain Business Group, and in 2019, worked as a blockchain expert course instructor at Yonsei University. In addition, he was registered as the director of NEXUS WORLDWIDE this year(2022) and was appointed as the director of the National Cyber Safety Association of Korea in the same year, and has unrivaled expertise in blockchain and security.
A-NEX KOREA was founded in 2018 and is a Korean startup with next-generation network technology. Recently, we are expanding our business by launching the eco-friendly ESG hyper phone 'DONO' in Korea and Dubai. It is our privilege and honor to participate in the GITEX in Dubai.
A-NEX KOREA welcomes many active networking activities with companies and businessmen participating in GITEX. We look forward to becoming great business partners with each other. We welcome you to visit all of our stands at the Future Blockchain Summit, Telecom & mobility hall and DEVSLAM. We shall be waiting for you.
Art Director & Deputy CEO Art and Marketing, Sensorium Galaxy Metaverse
Sasha Tityanko is Art Director and Deputy CEO for Art and Marketing at Sensorium Corporation. With over 15 years of experience in the international entertainment industry, Sasha is behind the marvelous virtual creations and product marketing campaigns of Sensorium Galaxy — a next-generation social metaverse developed in collaboration with the world’s top artists, producers, and media companies. With a proven record for representing some of top artists, including leading pop singer, Eurovision awarded Dima Bilan and the internationally renowned band t.A.T.u., Sasha plays a vital role in finding the right content partners and negotiating their participation at Sensorium Galaxy. She also coordinates creative efforts with international agencies such as Hi Scream and The Night League, Ibiza, closely involved in the development of virtual worlds PRISM and MOTION.
Before life at Sensorium Corporation, Sasha worked for well-known record labels EMI Music and Interscope / Universal Music to bring chart-topping artists from the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, and Latin America. Apart from her success in the world of entertainment, Sasha has solid experience in marketing and public relations roles. She served as a Public Relations Director at Krasny Kvadrat TV production studio (Channel One, TV) — a full-scale media holding producing music and television content for a global audience of 250+ million viewers. Before that, Sasha also led marketing and PR for the Mikhail Gorbachev Prize and the Gorby 80 in the United Kingdom. The world-acclaimed award ceremony and charity gala counted with the participation of key celebrities.
Founder, Ocean Protocol
Bruce Pon is the Founder of Ocean Protocol, a blockchain startup focused on bringing data and AI together since 2013. Previously, Bruce co-founded Avantalion, a consulting firm that helped to build 20 banks around the globe for companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi & Jaguar LandRover. He has an Advanced Executive Certificate from MIT Sloan, a B.Sc in Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, and has given guest lectures at Oxford, MIT Media Lab, Columbia University, and the European School of Management & Technology. In addition to being in the 2020 full-length documentary Cryptopia, Bruce was featured in Oxford University and Saïd Business School’s online Blockchain course as a guest expert and in ARTE’s The Digital Future. He’s given invited talks at World Economic Forum, MOBI Connect, CNBC, KuppingerCole, and more. Follow Ocean Protocol on Twitter, Telegram, LinkedIn, Reddit, GitHub & Newsletter for project updates and announcements.
Business & Ecosystem Development BNB Chain
Samy works on ecosystem development for BNB Chain, supporting developers and project teams to build and grow in the BNB Chain ecosystem. Samy is passionate about developer education, as well as contributing towards realizing the full potential of Web3, by leveraging blockchain and crypto to significantly improve and redefine the legacy systems which our economies and societies operate on.
Partner and co-founder, Funday
Alex Baghdijan is Partner and Co-Founder at the full-service marketing and content creation agency, Funday. He leads Funday’s web3 division and advises some of the largest web3 brands, from crypto exchanges to blockchain foundations to cutting-edge consumer applications. Through Funday, Alex launched Moonboots, a newsletter for those new to crypto, as well as gmgn supply co., a DAO focused on launching 100 community-based CPG brands. Prior to Funday, Alex held senior roles at IBM Watson Financial Services and AyasdiAI, where he developed a range of Artificial Intelligence solutions for the financial services space.
Co-Founder, CBO, Executive Board member, Islamic Coin
Eng. Mohammed Alkaff AlHashmi is a computer science engineer with more than 18 years of experience. With this accumulative experience he focuses on Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, Industrial automation, and IOTs. He started his career as an Intelligence Network Engineer at Huawei. Other than the technology part, he has vast experience in Business and management. He is a serial Entrepreneur who believes in projects that have a purpose and could bring value to the community, so he started MCPM Automation in the MENA region that provides cutting edge techs to support Manufacturing, Smart Cities, Energy, Sustainability and Environment. At present he is the CEO of MCPM MENA, MCPM Holding and UI Ventures, he is also partner and board member of CYNAX labs, Kaptive, Co-Founder and Executive Board Member of IslamicCoin which considered one of the mega blockchain projects and others, taking care of the business development, growth and strategy. As Artificial Intelligence became an important pillar of Health technologies and R & D, Eng. Mohammed is also partner and a board member of Quant7 fund that invests in research and development within the medical and health care sectors, and blue ocean unique companies like Cellvera and Prepaire as well as finds opportunities for mergers and acquisition. Having a futuristic approach and unique perspective about things, he always believes in giving back to the society through his knowledge and by creating success stories. He is passionate about bringing top class technologies for the development of the region and thrives on making the Earth a better place to live.
Managing Director, Head of Asia Sales, Asia - GSR
Chuan Jin (CJ) is a Business Development Director, Asia at GSR, heading up the firm's Southeast Asia efforts as part of the wider global team. CJ spent close to 10 years in traditional finance and started his career on the trading floor in Hong Kong as a structurer in the Morgan Stanley Fixed Income Division working on multi-asset solutions in the asset and liability space before heading up Fixed Income Solutions for Morgan Stanley Private Bank in Asia. He moved to Nomura Private Bank, focusing on key client solutions in both public and private markets. CJ has a double degree from Singapore Management University.
CTO, Aurora Labs
Aurora Labs CTO is Arto Bendiken, autodidact, cypherpunk, entrepreneur, and prolific open-source author with 20+ years of professional software engineering experience working with organizations such as the European Space Agency (ESA) and the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).
3X Emmy Nominated Filmmaker
Head of Fintech and Emerging Tech, Emirates NBD
Drives the future state of financial services via strategic partnerships and measured R&D with fintech, entrepreneurs, and technology partners from around the world
Director, Center for Future Studies
Dr. Saeed is a futurist, thought leader, author and a public keynote speaker. He has been into many positions: the founder and former Director General of the Emirates ID Authority, a former member of the scientific advisory committee of the UAE Space Agency, and a former Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on information technology.
Currently, He is the director of the Center for Futures Studies at the University of Dubai, an adjunct lecturer of public policy science & technology track at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government. He is a member of the Global Future Council of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on AR/VR, and a member of the WEF Metaverse governance community. He is on industrial advisory boards of several universities in the UAE.
He co-authored the book Digital Nation: How the UAE is building a future based on tech innovation. He has written several articles and reports that were published at Harvard Business Review Arabia and Dubai Policy Review Journal.
He has been invited to speak at prestigious universities and international platforms including University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, the WEF, the UN, and OPEC.
His interest for the last 5 years covers areas including future foresight, Innovation & digital transformation, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Data Ethics, Augmented & Virtual Reality and studying impact of emerging technologies on businesses and society. Dr. Saeed is a certified Data ethics facilitator from the Open Data Institute (ODI) in the UK.
Board Member & Vice Chairman, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
Mr. Khamis Buharoon AI Shamsi is a world-renowned expert in global finance that has built a solid reputation at the Central Bank of UAE, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and other leading financial institutions. Between 2007-2021 he dedicated his career to ADIB, serving as Managing Director, Member of the Board of Directors, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Acting CEO and Vice Chairman. With over 35 years experience, Mr. Al Shamsi has successfully led teams as the Head of the Settlements Committee, Member of the Executive committee, and Vice-Chairman of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee, among many other offices. Prior to Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Mr. Buharoon Al Shamsi served as CEO of Commercial Bank International and Head of Domestic Banking Division at the National bank of Abu Dhabi. Mr. Buharoon contributed to establishing several top level investment firms, including Arqaam Capital Investment in DIFC, UIB in the Kingdom of Bahrain and Naeem Holdings in Egypt. In 2020 he joined as Chairman of the Abu Dhabi National Takaful Company Board of Directors, Mr. Khamis Buharoon was born in the United Arab Emirates and holds a B.A in Business and Accounting.
Cofounder & CEO, MidChains
Basil Al Askari is the Cofounder and CEO of MidChains a regulated virtual asset trading and custody platform based in Abu Dhabi, UAE focused on both the retail and institutional markets. MidChains was founded after his tenures on Mubadala Capital’s Private Equity team and various commercial finance teams in GE Capital based in the UAE, US, UK.
Director, Technology Transfer Office, Innovation & Entrepreneurship HUB, University of Sharjah
Dr. Mohamed Al Hemairy has 20 years’ experience in Research Management, Intellectual Property, Innovation & Technology Transfer from ideas to products in UAE and United Kingdom. He helped over a hundred researchers to file more than 130 inventions & managing around 250 patent applications in the largest IP portfolio in UAE. Mohamed has successfully commercialized and negotiated more than 10 Patent License Agreements with advanced Technology and Pharmaceuticals industries in USA, Japan, Denmark, Belgium and UAE.
Al Hemairy holds a PhD degree in Software Engineering from Coventry University (UK). His research interests are Healthcare Monitoring Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Technologies. He has also served on the University Innovation Support Team, where hundreds of innovative ideas & projects are explored & filtered for potential patenting & business opportunities. Beside IP & Innovation activities, he has a vast experience in managing pre-award & post-award funding research projects & ensuring the compliance with funding entity & University policies. During 2015 he worked in the executive team to establish the first “Science & Innovation Park: SIP” in UAE, which has been successfully launched in 2016. He is a project manager for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship HUB at University of Sharjah which will be inaugurated in February 2022 to host and incubate community’s innovative projects.
He has strong experience in directing & facilitating long-term relationships between University researchers & industry in addition to supporting University inventors & entrepreneurs through technology transfer services. Mohamed has successfully commercialized & negotiated a number of Patent License Agreements with industry. Mohamed is a well-known speaker at national & international level, he has been invited to give talks on IP & Innovation space in New York, Boston, London, Dubai and GCC region.
Head H&Mbeyond, H&M
Global Head of Business Development, Coinstore
Driving growth and listing sales in Coinstore, partnering with projects and Venture Capitalists on fundraising, marketing and growth globally. Specialist and a believer in South East Asia Crypto Industry at this moment.
James had a decorated banking career in the Financial Services industry for more than 10 years. In the course of his career, he has covered both B2B and B2C sectors consisting of high net worth businesses with top commercial and private banking institutions overseas and in Singapore, before joining Coinstore as the Global Head of Business Development, where he oversees the global business development of Coinstore as a global brand across the world.
Host, London Real
Brian Rose left a successful career as a banker in Wall Street and the City of London to start London Real. His life up to this point had delivered on the promises of his university education at MIT and his personal ambitions, but he felt empty. So he quit his job and started a podcast to share his journey.He fought resistance to turn London Real into a new generation media business with over a billion views and two million subscribers. Brian has conducted over 800 in-depth interviews as an antidote to the numbing effects of mainstream media. Brian also founded London Real Academy offering live personal mentorship with courses designed to help you Transform Yourself. London Real cover topics as diverse as Business & Finance, Health & Fitness, Science, Technology and Lifestyle as well as going deep into subjects including psychology, bitcoin and investment
CEO, Narsun Studios
With having 7 years of experience in making traditional games and over 2 years of experience in building P2E games and crypto projects over various blockchains, now working on the next-gen metaverse called 'The Cloud City Metaverse'. A vision that Ahsan has always had and feel proud to finally be working towards it. Giving users the power to generate content as well as for them to be able to enjoy engaging content provided by the metaverse. The future is bright and we are building it.
Founder, KILT Protocol
Ingo Rübe is founder of KILT Protocol and CEO of B.T.E. BOTLabs Trusted Entity GmbH (BTE), a subsidiary of BOTLabs GmbH, the initial developer of KILT. Earlier he served as CTO of Hubert Burda Media, where he initiated and headed the Drupal-based CMS Thunder; previously he was IT Project Director at Axel Springer. Ingo and BOTLabs is a founding member of the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) and the Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF), and he also served on the Board of Directors of the Drupal Association.
Anchor and Producer, Kitco News
David Lin is the Anchor and Producer for Kitco News. He has interviewed CEOs of NYSE and NASDAQ-listed companies, heads of central banks, finance ministers, mining executives, fund managers, analysts, and political leaders, covering commodities, fintech, mining, economics, and cryptocurrencies. He has covered and moderated presentations at some of the world’s preeminent business, crypto, and tech conferences, include the Future Blockchain Summit in Dubai, Bitcoin Miami, Paris Blockchain Summit, Collision 2022, DCentral Miami, VRIC, and PDAC. Prior to joining Kitco, he worked as a macroeconomics researcher at BCA Research, where he focused on global ETF portfolio construction. David graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance.
Founder & CEO, World Mobile
Micky is a telco entrepreneur and futurist. He has raised millions in VC and private funding from heavyweights such as Deutsche Telekom and Carmel Ventures amongst others. World Mobile is a dynamic mobile network that uses a range of technologies, including 4G, 5G and Wi-Fi, to connect the unconnected. Through its sharing economy and adaptable network architecture, it offers low coverage costs and the necessary bandwidth to provide the unconnected population with access to functional internet (connection speeds of at least 4Mbps). Whilst being the Founder of Yallo, the first VOIP platform of its kind, Micky spent the last decade developing solutions and business models to create the way we connect next.
Global Government Relations Officer OK Group
Tim Byun is OK Group’s Global Government Relations Officer.
With a career spanning nearly three decades in regulations, cryptocurrency and financial payments, Tim Byum brings to OK Group his passion of making digital assets accessible to the world, while working alongside governments and regulators.
His 23 years of experience at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, FDIC, Visa and other traditional financial organizations prepared him to help bring cryptocurrencies to the mainstream. He has been a C-Level executive in the digital asset ecosystem since 2014, starting as the Chief Compliance Officer at BitPay, and most recently serving as the CEO of OKCoin USA.
Head of Gaming, Polkastarter
Omar Ghanem is the Head of Gaming at Polkastarter, the web3 fundraising platform which has conducted 100+ IDOs raising over 48M USD to date, with over 11.8M USD across 27 gaming projects.
Partnering up with some of the biggest game titles in the space, Omar leads the strategy, growth & expansion of Polkastarter Gaming which now boasts a community of over 70,000+ gamers from across the globe.
Polkastarter Gaming aims to onboard the next 100M+ gamers into the web3 gaming space by lowering barriers to entry, and building an integrated blockchain gaming ecosystem. Omar is also an international keynote and Tedx speaker, and acts as an advisor & mentor to several web3 & traditional founders / projects worldwide.
Founder, Matcha Capital
Omar is a seasoned cryptocurrency executive and entrepreneur, most recently responsible for leading Binance’s business across the MENA region. Prior to this, he ran his own companies in the trading and crypto space, leveraging his experience as a commodities and financial markets trader. He currently runs his own fund, Matcha Capital which invests in early stage crypto businesses.
Chief Marketing Officer, Crypto.com
As CMO of Crypto.com, Steve has led the industry’s push into sports marketing with breakthrough partnerships including Formula One, UFC, renaming LA’s most iconic venue to Crypto.com Arena, and signing world-class brand ambassadors including Matt Damon and LeBron James. Steven was recently recognized among Forbes’ 50 Most Entrepreneurial CMOs. Steve began his career at ABC Television before joining HBO, where his work as a producer earned him industry recognition with four Emmy Award nominations & two Emmy Awards. From 2010-2017 Steve drove growth and led business for R/GA and then Twitter throughout APAC & MENA. Steven often appears at industry events having served as a juror and speaker at Cannes Lions, SXSW, Spikes Asia, Festival of Media, Dubai Lynx among others.
Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr currently works as the
Editor-in-Chief 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 and moderator at international events, she is a
passionate advocate of environmental consciousness, diversity and humanistic
management. She has received several awards as journalist, media leader and
business facilitator. When offline, Kristina is a contemporary dancer, cat lover,
melomaniac singer and polyglot reader.
Founder & CEO, WOM Protocol
Melanie Mohr is a Berlin-based entrepreneur with 20 years’ experience producing videos. In 2016 she founded YEAY - a product recommendation app for Generation Z. In 2018 she became the founder and CEO of WOM Protocol Pte. Ltd., the blockchain company helping brands tap into peer-to-peer recommendations.
Director of Global Affairs, Journee
Ida has an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies. She has lived in eight countries and speaks five languages. Apart from her work at Journee, she is also a composer and a dedicated mover – she practices mixed martial arts, watersports, and teaches Budokon. Ida has worked for UNHCR, The National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, as a composer for contemporary dance, and she has been running design studios and consultancies focusing on the intersection between physical spaces and technology. She partnered with Dexter Studios in South Korea to develop the 3D interior screens for SLS Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. She has also worked with 3D musicals and early VR applications of architectural renderings.
Ida joined Journee in June of 2021, her work in the metaverse and web3 field is centred around the question “What’s next?”. She works with the bricks and mortar as well as the newest NFT use-cases to have a deep, vertical and horizontal understanding of the current developments. Together with the best partners in the web3 space, she is driving the cloud rendered Journee solution forward to keep developing the most immersive, seamless, and accessible solution, integrated with interoperability of assets and user ownership.
Ida is a frequent keynote speaker, panellist and moderator and has been speaking at events such as the World Economic Forum, Deloitte Innovation Day, Split X Summit, House of Beautiful Business, yWhales podcast, CityAge and many more. Apart from pixel streaming, immersive experiences and accessibility, Ida has a human-centred approach to metaverse and web topics. She believes that the new technologies should seamlessly support our daily life, and provide an immersive way to interact with the internet that replaces the clunky and flat interactions we currently have today. Her hope is that we can enable new ways of digital interaction that should spend less time online. She is also passionate about using new technologies to solve sustainability challenges and create new economies
Managing Partner and CEO, Cypher Capital
Ambassador, Blockchain Association of Ukraine and Finoverse (Finnovasia previously)
CEO of EX Sports, board member, The International Federation of Muay Thai
CEO of EX Sports, board member of the International Federation of Muay Thai, Steering Committee Member of InvestAccord, fight promoter and sports event organizer, spending the last 20 years delivering world class MMA productions globally.
COO, GRIZZLY FI, DMCC
With a M.Sc. in Business Development Grygoriy has an economic background. He has held management positions in the financial service sector and is experienced in the crypto space having worked as a Director of a blockchain Start-Up. He brings business-strategy to Grizzly.fi and connects the dots between all areas. Grygoriy is our hero when it comes to building a strong foundation for our future plans.
Boston Consulting Group, Asc. Director & Head of Crypto Central Europe, BCG
Bernhard has been working for BCG (Boston Consulting Group) since 2007, having joined after working for JP Morgan London. As an Associate Director, he is a part of the leadership of the cryptocurrency team at BCG, which he is also building up for the last 2-3 years. Besides BCG, Bernhard is a co-founder and angel investor in various FinTech (e.g., the largest Robo-advisor in Austria) and a university lecturer at the University of Technology Vienna. He holds degrees in Business (B.Sc. & M.Sc.) from the Business University Vienna and degrees in mathematics (B.Sc. / M.Sc. / PhD) from the University of Technology.
Head of Business Development of the Free Zone, DMCC
Belal Jassoma is the Head of Business Development of the Free Zone arm of DMCC, the most interconnected Free Zone in the world, and a leading trade and enterprise hub. After joining DMCC in January 2011, Belal assumed the roles of Products & Services Development Manager and Senior Business Development Manager before taking on his current position in January 2018.
Belal has been instrumental in expanding the Free Zone offering, introducing new products and services, member engagement programs, and developing key strategic relationships which resulted in both business growth and member retention. As part of his current responsibilities as Head of BD, Belal leads several key functions for DMCC including corporate sales, business setup, partnerships, and product development. DMCC is now home to over 18,000 businesses and was named Global Free Zone of the Year by the Financial Times’ fDi Magazine for 6 consecutive years.
Belal holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the American University of Sharjah and brings over 15 years of experience in real estate, investment and government administration.
Head of Regulatory Affairs, Coinfirm
Barbara is a renowned Anti Money Laundering expert and has more than a decade of experience in the compliance and regulatory industry at world-renowned banks, investment, and software firms across the EU region. She is also a Co-Chair of the Public Sector Working Group at INATBA, the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications. Barbara is presently also the Head of Regulatory Affairs & Customer Engagement at Coinfirm, where she acts as the bridge between blockchain tech startups, businesses, crypto exchanges and brands and the regulators- governments and international organisations like the FATF by helping private entities comply with constantly evolving regulatory policies.
The greatest freestyle football athlete of all time, 2x world champion, social media icon, global Red Bull athlete and CEO of Urbanball.
Founder and CEO, Hong Kong Digital Asset Exchange, HKD.com
Kelvin Yeung is the founder and CEO of Hong Kong Digital
Asset Exchange and Club ZFU. He is a serial entrepreneur who has the courage to
put his dreams into practice, an expert in search engine optimization with more
than 18 years of experience in the internet technology industry. Kelvin has
also studied in the UK, Australia, New Zealand for many years, and obtained a
University Degree in Malaysia. He is currently studying an EMBA at Hong Kong
University (HKU) and Peking University (PKU) and will be completing a FinTech
Doctorate Degree at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
CEO, Zaisan & EOS Network Foundation Ambassador
Rhett is helping innovative companies and entrepreneurs create next-generation business models utilising blockchain technology, in order to be part of the Internet of Value. A passionate entrepreneur, business leader, consultant, public speaker, and investor in Cyber Security & Web3 Companies. Rhett sold his Cyber Security company after 25 years and is now the CEO and co-founder of Zaisan, a web3 system integrator & start-up studio and EOS Network Foundation Ambassador.
Global Chief Marketing Officer, OKX
Haider Rafique is the Global Chief Marketing Officer at OKX, one of the largest global crypto exchanges by trading volume. He oversees the company’s growth and brand strategy as OKX enters a new phase of hyper growth in user registration and trading volume.
Haider previously served at the US exchange Okcoin as Chief Marketing Officer. He rebranded the company in 2021 and it recorded a growth of retail user sign-ups by 20x year-on-year, onboarding more than a million customers to the platform. Haider is a seasoned growth and marketing leader at global crypto firms, previously serving as head of growth at blockchain.com and as a growth adviser to several web3 firms and startups. He is one of the few in the industry with experience from traditional Madison Avenue ad firms and multinational tech giants like Microsoft.
CEO, The TMRW Foundation
Cevat Yerli created his first computer game at age 12. At 19 he founded Crytek, the global gaming powerhouse whose first-of-a kind, real-time 3D engine disrupted the industry and remains its benchmark today. Under Cevat’s leadership as CEO, Game Director and Executive Producer, Crytek launched blockbuster IPs played by hundreds of millions, winning hundreds of awards.
Cevat now leads The TMRW Foundation, developing the Internet of Life to shape a better future for virtual human interaction. He also serves as founding CEO of ROOM 3D, the immersive 3D conferencing solution for virtual interaction with realtime video presence.
Formerly the CBDO at TomoChain, Kyn has been in the software & video game development space for 18 years and has launched and operated multiple startups over his career. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and Bachelor Degrees in both Industrial Engineering & Economics from Georgia Tech. Kyn has been an investor in the blockchain space since 2014, and has spent much of the past 2 years participating in and building out DeFi-centric platforms including DEXs, AMMs, and gasless blockchain token structures to reduce friction for participation.
Senior Policy Adviser, EMEA, Elliptic
Mark joined Elliptic’s Global Policy and Research Group, as Senior Policy Advisor, EMEA,
early this year. Before that, he worked at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), as a Technical Specialist in the Capital Markets Policy Dept.
Mark has primarily worked in regulatory policy areas, both retail and capital markets but also worked in the FCA’s Financial Crime Advisory Team, where he was responsible for delivering the UK’s cryptoasset amendments to the anti-money laundering regulations (MLRs), and then working with FCA Authorisation and Supervision to act as policy support and to provide internal training. Before leaving the FCA, he was engaged with HM Treasury and the Bank of England on the financial markets infrastructure (FMI) cryptoassets sandbox.
He has also been seconded to the FCO and HM Treasury, spending time in Brussels as financial attaché in the UK’s Representation to the EU, negotiating a variety of dossiers, including payment services, e-money and UCITs legislation, and at HM Treasury negotiating AIFMD and developing EU-exit financial services policy.
Mark is keen to work with Elliptic clients to help them better understand their regulatory obligations and expectations, particularly at this time of significant regulatory development
Global Head of Brand Marketing, Checkout.com
A deep passion for creating memorable connections between brands and people has led Vanessa through a near fifteen-year journey working with some of the most remarkable and interesting tech mega-brands, startups, and scale-ups, across all facets of brand creation and growth. Vanessa joined Checkout.com, one of the world's biggest fintechs, in June 2020, to build and oversee the Global Brand Marketing function, bringing a unique perspective to growing brands in the digital economy.
Head of Compliance & AML, LyoPay
Solandia is a Compliance and Anti Money Laundering Professional, specializing in building and overlooking the legal, regulatory compliance & AML frameworks of multiple Fintech and Digital Asset businesses across various jurisdictions. Solandia specializes in working alongside top regulators and specializes in creating and developing the most sustainable AML/CFT strategies and methods of operations for Fintech & Digital Asset businesses through the effective and efficient utilization of innovative technologies and automated systems that are powered by Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. In her current role at LYOPAY, Solandia heads the Compliance & AML Department across its multiple businesses and platforms and implements her above-mentioned expertise in scaling the business from a regulated and licensed approach.
Director - Information Services, Digital Dubai Authority
Dr. Marwan Alzarouni is an internationally recognized blockchain technology advocate, keynote speaker and strategic advisor. Dr. Alzarouni is the CEO of Dubai Blockchain Center (DBCC), an impact business and a strategic partner to Dubai Future Foundation. The center was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum under the Area 2071 initiative in May 2018. It aims to create a fertile ground and a holistic ecosystem for blockchain companies and projects to thrive in. DBCC regularly hosts a number of blockchain startups within Area 2071 and also conducts educational classes and seminars around blockchain use cases in government and private sector. Dr. Marwan is currently heading the Digital Asset Task Force (DATF), a research and advisory team that reports to the Dubai Future Council for Blockchain. The purpose of the task force is to conduct a comprehensive study to provide clear guidance on how digital assets can be encouraged and regulated. The council establishes Dubai as a global blockchain capital, offering a prominent platform for decision-makers from various local and international governments and private sector entities to explore futuristic, blockchain-based solutions.
Founder & CEO, Spark Compass
Bjontegard’s career started as a rocket scientist and inventor for NASA. He continued on as part of the Qualcomm team as Senior Director of Business Development in Corporate R&D, where he was part of the team tasked with charting the initial roadmap for 5G. In a place that had developed the first text messages and emails. Erik Bjontegard’s story is one of perseverance, taking him to the ocean floor, NASA, the White House, Qualcomm and now into global entrepreneurship. Driven by boldly going where no man has gone before, he once got stuck in a submersible at the bottom of the North Sea and had to use his technical expertise to get out of the predicament. Not afraid of a challenge, he became Norwegian dinghy racing champion aged just 15 and Norway’s first-ever windsurfing instructor. His love of sailing has led to recent activations at the America’s Cup on the island of Bermuda and an app for the Extreme Sailing Series.
Erik is currently working on the launch of UMUSIC Hotels with Universal Music, a global collection of music-based experiential hotels. Integrating technology platforms and business models to create new experiences for fans and broaden artistic and commercial opportunities for artists. Erik is the inventor of the event-action architecture that integrates edge computing, IoT Sensors, 5G, Wi-Fi, Zigbee and Sigfox communication with Augmented Intelligence in Applied Intelligence Communication Modules with data storage on the blockchain.
Crypto Analyst, Derivatives Trader and Host of YouTube Channel
Tone worked on Wall Street for almost 10 years starting as a Risk Analyst at Bear Stearns and later becoming a VP at JP Morgan Chase in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. His expertise is in Economic Trends, Trading and Risk Analysis. Ever since getting involved in the Crypto Currency ecosystem in early 2013, he has been very active in spreading the relevance and importance of this technology as it helps promote economic freedom. Tone has been featured in several Documentaries like Magic Money & Bitcoin – Beyond the Bubble. Tone is now an independent content creator at ToneVays.com and on his YouTube Channel with 100K subscribers, focused on sound economics & finance. Tone holds a Master’s Degree in Financial Engineering from Florida State University along with Bachelor Degrees in Mathematics and Geology.
Founder & CEO, SPACE
Batis Samadian is the Founder & CEO of SPACE.
SPACE is a commerce virtual world that is community owned. It enables the creators of tomorrow to build and dream infinitely.
Previously, Batis was the Head of Product for Zapp in the UK and previously working for the venture builder Saffron where he lead the operations. Prior to that Batis worked for a Wearables/iOT company based in Vancouver. Batis has been in crypto since 2013, initially mining with his friends from their college dorms.
Brief on Space:
SPACE is a commerce virtual world. Cofounded by members from Netflix Games, Call of Duty, Somnium Space and DASHNext. SPACE launched a few months ago their alpha with more than 140k+ signups and partnering with 260+ brands. Their team is now at 45 people and looking to expand and grow the business.
Recently the founder of SPACE also founded the Open Metaverse Alliance 3 and had major virtual worlds join including Sandbox, Decentraland, Cryptovoxels, Animoca Brands and many more.
Senior Advisor, SL2 CAPITAL & Hillstone Finance Korea
The most influential crypto YouTuber in Japan, also a partner at a crypto VC. He works closely with GameFi, NFT, launchpads, and other Web3 projects as well as an advisor at a media/marketing company both in Japan and overseas. He started his career as an internal hedge fund trader at Morgan Stanley. Based in Dubai.
Co-Chair, Digital Action Task Force (DATF)
The task force aims to enhance a unified framework between public and private stakeholders and provide intelligence to public agencies in discussions connected with AML/CTF regulation, like MiCA, or to provide best practices while executing sanctions on the Blockchain. Members include Europol, Interpol, Refinitiv, and World Economic Forum. Michal made it his mission to help solve challenges created by financial technology, which is developing faster than our legal system could evolve. In his capacity has
In his capacity as Chief Compliance Officer of a publicly traded crypto broker, together with the team, he learned to protect, warn, and educate 280k+ customers about the dark side while engaging with regulators and legislators to clarify regulatory frameworks and reporting obligations. He initiated and coordinated the Working Group on Digital Assets & Blockchain from the Swedish Fintech Association and initiated the Digital Asset Task Force of the Global Coalition to Fight Financial Crime. Furthermore, he contributes what can become public to Forbes Europe in Fintech, Crypto, and Blockchain. Or co-launched and lectured a new DeFi component for MBA studies at the Stockholm School of Economics Executive Education program to further demystify this space for executives.
Partner, Nishith Desai Associates
A practicing lawyer over 26 years, Gowree Gokhale leads the IP, Technology, Media and Entertainment, data protection law, Pharma medical devices practices of research and strategy driven international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates. She is expert in various tech industries such as fintech, medtrch, edtech. She has assisted several international businesses in India strategy, regulatory advice, corporate and strategic deals, litigation and arbitration inT MT and Pharma sector. She has spearheaded several policy initiatives for the TMT and Pharma industry including for intermediaries, social media companies, online content companies, gaming industry, IT industry as also for privacy and data protection and cyber security laws. She has also been consistently working on high tech industry aspects. She has been named in several legal directories, including in the Hall of Fame (TMT) in Legal 500, top 100 Indian lawyers by Indian Business Law Journal.
Strategy Investment Manager, KuCoin
As the Strategy Investment Manager at KuCoin, Ryan aim to grow KuCoin’s strategic business lines within the VC space of projects. Ryan holds master’s degree in quantitative finance and has over 8 years of professional working experience in Finance and Risk Portfolio Management, Segmentation, and Target Growth Regions
Famous Turkish Actor / Face of Ertugrul, Medieval Empires
Engin Altan Düzyatan, the award-winning actor, is the face of Ertugrul in Medieval Empires. Engin will be reviving his most beloved character, this time, on the game screen. While Altan is known for his prowess as a performer, he is also a Blockchain enthusiast investing in Web3 and NFTs since 2017. With him playing the character of Ertugrul in the Web3 game, Medieval Empires, he is taking his interest in blockchain industry from the sidelines to being the face of a highly anticipated blockchain game.
CEO & Co-Founder, Crypto Camels Club
Nasreen has over 15 years experience in marketing, communications events and strategy and has contributed to different types of volunteer work over the years, covering women empowerment amongst other things and has sat on the boards of Not For Profit organizations. While Nasreen worked for more than a decade as the Head of Sponsorships and Events at the Bahrain Economic Development Board, she previously headed the local chapter of the Young Arab Leaders where she focused on developing youth empowerment projects.
Senior Investment Associate, Cypher Capital
Karan Gandhi is a Senior Investment Associate at Cypher Capital – a $100m blockchain-focused venture capital fund based out of Dubai, UAE. Prior to working in Blockchain, Karan worked as a senior venture architect building tech startups for the largest licensing authority in the UAE. He has vast experience scaling startups and has previously advised numerous tech startups in areas related to fundraising, business models, and market strategy. Karan is a crypto evangelist and has been investing in blockchain projects since 2017. Academically, he is a CFA charter holder and has over 9 years of experience spread across Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Banking.
Mohamed Al Hashemi is a Co-founder, MidChains, a regulated virtual asset trading and custody platform based in Abu Dhabi, UAE focused on both the retail and institutional markets. With over 10 years of experience in debt capital markets, bank financing, and treasury management, Mohamed is also the Vice President – of Treasury & Investor Relationships at Mubadala, a sovereign investment company from Abu Dhabi. MidChains was founded to capitalize on the appetite for digital assets in the Middle East and support adoption growth through a safe, secure, regulated exchange and custodian.
Director of the Digital Economy Directorate, Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine
With over 10 years of experience in investment management Mrs. Parkhomenko joined the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine in 2020 as the Chief Expert of the Expert group on Investment Attractions. Thereafter, Julia was offered to join the Department for the Development and Financial Monitoring of the Virtual Assets Market of the Department of Digital Economy.
In 2021, she led the strategic foresight "Virtual Assets in Ukraine 2030" for the development of a strategy for the growth of the virtual asset ecosystem. Mrs.Parkhomenko has been actively involved in developing crypto legislation in Ukraine, focusing on policy and taxation
CEO & Co-Founder, RXXO
Co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer, Medieval Empires
Assad has worked in the IT and Digital Transformation field for over 15 years, focusing on new global business models and go-to-market strategies. He has built new teams, created departments and lead marketing campaigns, including for world-renowned brands such as Aspirin and Bepanthen.
Assad has brought his vast and varied experience into the blockchain gaming industry, combining his knowledge of the technology, with an awe-inspiring vision and a team of highly accomplished professionals to create the perfect recipe for success.
YouTube Influencer & Founder, The Moon Group
Carl Runefelt, also known as ‘The Moon’ is the founder of The Moon Group. He is a serial entrepreneur who has invested in 400 blockchain-based startups, making him possibly the world’s largest crypto angel investor. The crypto evangelist has featured in Forbes 30 under 30 and in top business publications such as, FOX Business, Forbes US, CNBC, Business Insider, Coin Telegraph and Tech Telegraph UK. Carl is also the co-founder of multiple crypto companies and is a well-known speaker, a respected philanthropist and a blockchain expert who has a massive social media influence. With more than 4 million followers across YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok Carl is already well on his way to be a frontrunner in the mass adoption of blockchain technologies and crypto currencies.”
Founder, SBA Consultancy
An Emirati national with 20 years’ experience in finance, operations and strategic management. Started SBA consultancy to attract foreign entities to UAE and explore the opportunities through a unique pivotal point of the journey of growth. A forward-thinking, entrepreneur and expert, his passion in strategic business development has helped influence sovereign entities, private and family offices, organizations, and start-ups alike. His career in finance, project management, investments and portfolio enhancement, along with his educational background and advanced interpersonal skills, has resulted in proven expertise in the following areas: Strategy, Governance, Communications, Business Development, Building & Leading Impactful Teams towards a purpose, Negotiations, Compliance, Planning, Marketing, Finance as well as the recent Industrial and Advanced Technology areas of Energy, Fintech, Virtual Assets, Blockchain Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data/Machine Learning.
CIO / CTO, EMAAR
A passionate and highly ambitious technology professional with extensive experience in technology leadership across the retail, ecommerce, hospitality, and real estate sectors Binoo Joseph leads technology across Emaar. As part of this role, Binoo is responsible for overseeing technology transformation and operations across the Emaar group, while driving his team’s overarching ambition to position Emaar as the most digitally advanced company in the real estate, hospitality, malls, and entertainment industries. Under his leadership, Emaar has successfully restructured multiple technology teams into a single centralised team for the entire group. Additionally, Binoo has played a key role in establishing the company’s Technology Development Centre in India. He also leads Emaar Technologies, which offers technology consultancy and services on ICT and digital platforms. Prior to joining Emaar, Binoo ran scaled technology transformation programmes across India, the US, UK, Europe, China, Singapore, and the Middle East for leading organisations such as Wipro and Tesco PLC. He was also involved in setting up and running an ecommerce digital venture in Singapore as the Chief Technology Officer and, more recently, was the Chief Information Officer in another major real estate group. Binoo holds a bachelor’s degree in Technology from the University of Kerala, along with an MBA in Systems from IIT Delhi. An avid tech enthusiast, he is actively involved with technology start-ups and leverages the ecosystem for innovative initiatives. Moreover, he is active in the wider technology community and has delivered keynote speeches at leading tech conferences across the globe.
Salman has been named a “Top 100 Blockchain Leader in World.” As a Founder and Chief Mate of InvoiceMate he is co-creating future of invoice processing with blockchain enabled trusted process and enhanced efficiency. Aiming to solve real world business issue of inefficient invoice processing and would result in saving professionals lots of effort, time and resources. As Head of BSV Blockchain Hub for MENA & South Asia regions, he is expanding Enterprise Blockchain Technology for different use cases in government entities, international bodies & large-scale enterprises. A key influencer in the space of Enterprise Blockchain adaption, Salman has moderated events & presented keynotes at stages around the world including a talk at esteemed TEDx platform. He’s a Blockchain & FinTech specialist in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Faculty. A results-driven professional with over 20 years in corporate & entrepreneurial roles aligning People, Performance and Profit. He has been featured as success story in “Soul Beats @ UAE” the book published by Dubai Government. Pursuing his Doctorate degree, he is a CIPD Member and one of the pioneer Lead Auditors of ISO 29990:2010 for L&D operations. Salman lives, plays and works in Dubai and on stages around the world committed to empower the human potential.
Host, Bettertraders Podcast
As host of The Better Traders Podcast, Rune interviews cryptocurrency industry rising
stars and world-renown experts including Alex Gladstein, Crypto Face, Gareth Soloway,
Lawrence Lepard, Dr. Jane Thomason, BigCheds, as well as many others. Her
discerning questions derive key insights for listeners around the globe, as she not only
discusses the future of the blockchain, including crypto adoption and upcoming projects,
but also explores each guests’ personal journey of how they got involved in trading and
investing crypto, in addition to other aspects of the blockchain. With her background in
business, entrepreneurship, macroeconomics and crypto trading, she also serves as the
Director of Public Relations and Media for The Better Traders, Inc., an international
crypto education company serving over 25,000 students across 36 countries and
Data Scientist, DNB
Co-Founder & CEO, SUN ZU Lab
Stéphane has held operational and managerial positions in the major financial marketplaces of New York, Tokyo, London, Singapore and Paris. He has launched and developed many trading activities at some of the biggest financial institutions: Société Générale, Natixis, Millennium Partners, Dresdner Bank, Exane. He has a deep knowledge of securities finance (stock lending & repo) and electronic execution (MiFID best exec). Stéphane is a graduate of Ecole Centrale Paris and a member of the CentraleSupélec Business Angels association, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
He has written many articles on Medium and several books on finance including ‘The Complete Arbitrage Deskbook , 2000, McGraw Hill, An Introduction to Modern Finance: 15 Principles , 2018,
He was also invited at Hapsatou Sy's Show, Demain La Tech , as a speaker and is a Professor of Finance at the University of Bordeaux.
Head of Global Partnerships, Metamask Institutional
Elizabeth is an experienced Capital markets executive turned Web3 builder at ConsenSys. After 9 years in Fixed Income Sales, Trading and Structuring with Lehman Brothers & JP Morgan, in NY and Singapore, Elizabeth got the entrepreneurial bug and has been a startup operator since 2013. Things turned full circle when she ran the capital markets division at Securitize in 2019, allowing her to combine her passion for building new things with capital markets know how. She is now focussed on solving for the Institutional adoption of Decentralized Finance and Web3.
Founder & CEO, Mavryk Finance
With over 5 years of blockchain experience, Alex is the Founder of Mavryk Finance, and former Chief Innovation Officer at Tezos Israel. After realizing the potential of Tezos’ technology and a lack of actors in the market, Alex founded Mavryk Finance, a DeFi banking platform structured as a decentralized, non-custodial, financial ecosystem. Mavryk allows its users to become part of the bank itself rather than just a client, take full control of their finances, and earn in ways never before possible.
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President and CEO, Iristel
Samer Bishay is President and CEO of Iristel, Canada's leading provider of wireless and wireline IP services. As Iristel's founder, Samer led the company from a small startup to an international telecommunications service provider with domestic infrastructure licenses on three continents (North America, Europe and Africa). Samer oversees global and domestic strategies for Iristel and Ice Wireless and their various brands such as Sugar Mobile, Spektrum.IO. He ensures business objectives are in line with telecommunications trends; guaranteeing customers continued success in highly competitive markets. Well known in the telecommunications field, Samer is a frequent contributor to various public platforms; Samer has won many accolades and awards and also actively participates in many forums that are helping shape Canadian broadband policy; a key to Canada's future, especially related to rural broadband development and bridging the digital divide.
A licensed jet pilot, Samer was appointed Honorary Colonel of 34 Signal Regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces in 2019. In this role, Colonel Bishay serves as an advocate for the Regiment and the CAF in general; and he helps strengthen the military's bond with the community. Prior to founding Iristel, Samer was a lead systems engineer in the Radarsat program at the Canadian Space Agency. He is a graduate of the Space & Communications program at York University, with an Honors Bachelor of Science Degree.
Co-Founder & CEO, Finblox
Peter Hoang is the Co-founder and CEO of Finblox, a gamified digital asset platform where users can trade and earn crypto assets. Before Finblox, he Co-founded of Gotrade, a Y Combinator-backed stock trading startup.
Founder & CEO, Grizzli.fi
With his background in traditional finance sales, he has led his own insurance agency at only 18 years of age. Afterwards he worked for some major companies as a head of sales and project manager and later on continued his journey by building and coaching multi-million-dollar sales projects in the crypto space, which gave him experience in communicating with legal partners & coordinating sales projects. Oliver specializes in developing and scaling sales systems and takes charge of our traditional finance & legal area.
Dr. Naveen Singh Suhag is making his mark at a global level in multiple fields ranging from sports to technological entrepreneurship. An avid sportsman, Dr. Singh has, since his college days, brought laurels in Olympic style wrestling with a unique distinction of representing India as well as Switzerland at international level wrestling competitions. Having studied at various prestigious institutions like Hansraj College of Delhi University in India & Zurich University in Switzerland, Dr. Naveen went on to finish his doctorate degree in Sport Science with research papers published in internationally reputed journals. In the field of healthcare, his personal experience & exposure to sports injury rehabilitation, inspired him to open a unique rehabilitation system. This is put in practice with their debut clinic set up in Montenegro, Europe. Subsequently, a second clinic of the chain by name of “Orthocure” has been initiated in Dubai, UAE with future plans to expand into the rest of the world. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Singh is currently the Executive Director Global, at Mediquai, Zurich, a unique Swiss start up that aims at facilitating the HNI’s from all over the world to come to Switzerland for availing the medical treatment of Swiss standards. Dr. Singh has been on forefront in harnessing the benefits of Blockchain technology. Along with his team, he has developed “www.inery.io” Blockchain, where he serves as a co-founder and CEO (Chief Executive Officer).
Sumeet is a Senior Investment Associate at Cypher Capital, a $100 Million VC fund which is investing in blockchain startups. He has nearly 10 years of experience spanning across Investment Banking, Tech Startups, Accelerators and VC/PE.
An alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and INSEAD, Sumeet started his career in Investment banking with JPMorgan where he was covering the technology sector. Before moving to the VC world, he worked in an early-stage technology startup and has also founded a startup in the ed-tech space. Being on both side of the table, he loves meeting passionate founders and add value to their idea.
He is a firm believer of blockchain technology and believes it to be the natural progression to the internet.
General Counsel & Chief of Staff, Bitcoin Association
Attorney-at-law (Poland) specializing in IP law, IT law, data protection (CIPP/E), and AML/KYC with a profound knowledge of various legal aspects of blockchain technology and crypto-assets. Certified Swiss startup board member. General Counsel & Chief of Staff at Bitcoin Association for BSV (www.bitcoinassociation.net), former co-chair of the Privacy Working Group of INATBA (www.inatba.org) and member of the Expert Panel of EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum (www.eublockchainforum.eu).
Graham sits as the Head of Investments at Republic Crypto, a service provider that specializes in working closely with teams during their go-to-market product launches in a seed-to-moon capacity. He brings with him a decade of experience in the film industry and has been professionally investing in crypto currencies since 2017. Graham helped build Republic Crypto and has launched numerous products under their umbrella including Tokenization, Public Token Offerings and more. He enjoys building strong relationships with founders and is eager to help others avoid pitfalls from his learnings in this unique space.
Co-Founder & CPO, PEAQ
Leonard studied business informatics at the Technical University of Berlin before his passion for technology led him to a number of product development management positions, he has worked on several significant projects, combining his passion for entrepreneurship with an excellent understanding of technology to create a fresh, innovative perspective. Now as a founding member of peaq, Leo is working on transforming the Internet of Things into the Economy of Things by giving vehicles, machines, robots, and devices a sovereign identity, access, and payment capabilities so that they can independently provide and render services via the new, decentralized internet - the Web3.
Principal, SwissBorg Ventures
Paula Tavangar is a serial entrepreneur and renowned leader within the Fintech, Blockchain, and Quantitative Finance space. Recently, Paula joined forces with Swissborg Ventures, where she occupies a senior level role utilizing her expertise in blockchain technologies and venture capital to lead the investment process and promote deal sourcing. Her previous experience is mainly sourced from a variety of thriving companies she has either improved and/or co-founded. In 2018, Paula co-founded Genesis Capital LATAM, where she was directly responsible for developing a high-frequency algorithmic trading arbitrage strategy that’s crucial to the firm’s success. She played an active role in managing Quant Arbitrage Fund at the company until transitioning into her role at Swissborg Ventures in 2022. The same year, she also co-founded an Islamic Fintech startup: Wethaq, which serves industry standardization by issuing Sukuks (Islamic bonds) on the distributed ledger. Paula’s active role in commerce allowed her to take part in the World Business Angels Forum (WBAF) Global Startup Committee. She also had the opportunity to represent the WBAF in the United Arab Emirates as commissioner. Paula holds a B.A. in International Finance and an MSc diploma in Financial Engineering with a concentration in Automated Trading Systems.
Group CEO, Emirates Post Group
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.
Vice President Sales – MEA, Settlemint
Sunath is the Vice President Sales - MEA for Settlemint Blockchain Ltd, Dubai. Sunath is extremely passionate about Web 3 technologies, how it can positively transform businesses and governments. Sunath got over 17 years industry experience in multiple continents (North America, Europe, Middle East & APAC), with previous companies such as Oracle, DXC, Wipro. A perpetual learner holding an MBA from University of Birmingham UK and Executive Education on Strategy & Sales from Harvard Business School. He also hold Masters & Bachelors in Computer Science.
Head of Business Operations, AnChain.AI
Clayton has over 4 years of experience educating and advising in the blockchain industry. At AnChain.AI, Clayton has consulted and trained over 100 federal employees in both blockchain fundamentals and mission-critical intelligence strategies. Clayton is guiding deployment of custom tools which help uphold VARA's commitment to responsible participation and progressive innovation.
Research Associate, Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG)
John Lillywhite is a Research Associate at the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government. He is a formal advisor to Meta Metaverse and a researcher for ReState. His core research interest explores how digital networks are reshaping international relations, participatory governance and security. John is based between the UAE and UK.
Chief Partnerships Officer, SwissBorg
Alex played a critical role to scale SwissBorg from a 5 person startup to nearly a 300 employee scale-up and is known for his love for crypto investing, CeFi/ DeFi, fundamental analysis and Tokenomics. Featured as a keynote/ panelist/ educator at WEF 2020/2022, Cointelegraph, Coindesk, Coin Bureau Live, Token2049, Le Figaro, Japan Blockchain Week, Blockdown, Cryptoslate and more.
Founder & CEO, Airvey.io
Hervé Larren is Founder and CEO of Airvey.io, an enterprise that builds, supports and advises companies throughout the crypto world. Sitting at the epicenter of tokenization and Metaverse, Mr. Larren helps organizations transition to Web 3.0 and capture this USD 1 trillion a year opportunity. A bitcoin and blockchain adopter since 2013, Mr. Larren became one of the first crypto miners in the US before listing his coins in US public vehicles. He currently advises over a dozen projects including: layer 1 protocols, Web 3 developers, gaming companies and Metaverse builders. He is also the owner of Airvey Gallery and was one of the few collectors approved by Christie’s for the $69 million Beeple auction. Mr Larren has been profiled in publications such as Forbes, Bloomberg Magazine, American Express Spotlight Series, The Huffington Post as well as TV appearances on Bloomberg, KTLA and E! News.
Mr. Larren is a renowned figure on the international speaker circuit having spoken at over 30 conferences in 10 countries. Prior to founding his companies, Mr. Larren had worked at LVMH and Pernod Ricard. Mr. Larren is an alumnus of Harvard Business School Presidents’ Program and has an MBA from Columbia Business School. He has been a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization since 2012.
Influencer & Founder, Classical Ideals
Megha Verma is an educator exploring the canon of great art and literature. She is passionate about classical learning, health and the importance of offline community and relationships. Her focus is on technologies that can inspire excellence, and bring people together in the real world. Recently, Megha has been exploring new ways to integrate educational tools, art & storytelling with Web3.
Founder, Hungama Digital Media
Neeraj Roy is the Founder 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.
Co-Founder & COO, Shipfinex
Vikas is a co-founder and COO of Shipfinex. Shipfinex is a digital exchange revolutionizing the trillion Dollar Maritime economy. Shipfinex is tokenizing maritime assets and simplifying investments, enabling Instant Payments & a Decentralized marketplace by using Defi & web3 technologies. He is a serial entrepreneur, who has been instrumental in developing various companies from scratch and running them successfully. Being people’s person, he has an immense knack of networking, making connections, understanding the market & business. Amalgamating all these features and bringing together the correct personnel into the company is my main forte. He is Master mariner by profession having maritime experience of 17 years, which includes 11 years of sailing and 6 years of ship management experience on shore handling various types of ships. He is a certified DNV/GL internal auditor for ISM/ISPS/MLC. He has done various internal audits, pre-purchase & condition surveys of different categories of ships. He has sailing experience on all types of ships which includes gas tankers, Oil tankers, bulk carriers & container ships. I have also done extensive dry docking, STS operations and handling multinational crew.
Director Of The Archives Department, National Archives of the UAE
James Crypto Guru is a versatile industry veteran with 18 years of business & investing experience. He is a semi-retired multi-millionaire whose knowledge, analysis, and prediction of crypto & stock markets are impeccable and unmatched. He is a professional with an exceptional track record in daily Bitcoin price prediction on YouTube. He is a top-rated YouTube analyst whose content helps people become successful & profitable traders. He has an educational platform called James CryptoGuru Academy with more than 6,000+ students from all over the world.
Director of the IT and Entrepreneurship, Office of the Prime Minister, Serbia
Nenad works in supporting further growth of knowledge-based economy in the country. Previously, he was co-founder of Belgrade Venture Forum, the largest innovation, investments and entrepreneurship forum in the region. He was also a business growth consultant with 20 years of professional experience. He holds EMBA and management degree from Serbia. As a business growth consultant, in 2005 he founded EDGE, strategic growth consulting and training company. Company's mission was to help ambitious companies achieve sustainable, profitable growth by providing cutting-edge knowledge, methodologies and tools. It delivered unique consulting and training programs on strategy, marketing, innovations, management and sales topics, working with 1.000+ clients. EDGE was also the first company that introduced webinars to Serbian market back in 2006, and was an exclusive partner of Value Innovations, Inc. for eight countries of South Easte Europe. Due to commitments in the Government, Nenad left the company in 2017. Nenad is co-founder and was President of the Board of Serbian Venture Network (SeVeN) which is successfully organizing Belgrade Venture Forum since 2012. More about BgVF can be seen at: www.belgradeventureforum.org He was also President of the Board of Alumni Club of Cotrugli Business School in Serbia. Previously, Nenad was Chief Operating Officer of the first Belgrade Design Week in 2006 and a member of organization teams of BDW in 2007 and 2013.
Founder, Nishith Desai Associates
Nishith Desai is the founder of the research & strategy driven international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates (www.nishithdesai.com) ranked amongst the Asia-Pacific’s Most Innovative Law Firms by Financial Times.
Nishith’s interest span a wide spectrum of law, society and ethics. He is a renowned International lawyer, author, lecturer, researcher, innovator and a thought leader. Nishith himself is regarded as the ‘Father of International Tax’ in India and is a ‘true pioneer’ in the field of International Tax Law. He was also a director on the board of Singapore International Arbitration Centre (2011-2019).
Soon after India opened its economy to the outside world in 1991, Nishith pioneered the roots of asset management industry in India. He has assisted the Governments of Mauritius and India in launching their offshore financial centers.
He established the first five India Focused Funds He played a seminal role in structuring several private equity funds in addition to structuring several domestic venture capital funds. The firm has now worked for over 1400 funds across all asset classes.
With a keen interest in technology, Nishith ensured that NDA remains ahead of the curve by actively driving legal and ethical research into emerging areas such as blockchain, autonomous vehicles, flying cars, IoT, AI & Robotics, medical devices, genetic engineering amongst others.
Combining his love for research with his inherent trait of innovative thinking, Nishith has driven the conceptualization and creation of Imaginarium AliGunjan a state-of-the-art research facility that stands as an ode to ‘Blue Sky Thinking,’ near Mumbai. The link to the compendium of the research papers we have written on different practice areas of law:
The Financial Times, London has consistently ranked Mr. Nishith Desai as the most innovative lawyer and the firm, Nishith Desai Associates as the most innovative Law Firms in Asia,
Nishith is also passionate about supporting social good, and under his guidance NDA has remained at the forefront of social sector in India. NDA has won ASIAN Law firm of the year (Pro-bono) from IFLR in 2001. NDA is one of the founding members of Impact Investment Council in India.
He has worked closely with Nobel Laureate Prof Yunus on social issues and personally received the Prof. Mohd. Yunus 'Social Business Pioneer of India' in 2010.
Director, Mid-Market EMEA, Chainalysis
Diederik currently heads the Mid-Market Sales Team at Chainalysis, working with up and coming cryptocurrency businesses and financialinstitutions. He previously studied Politics with International Relations at the University of York before moving to business development roles inother tech startups in Berlin and Vancouver. He has been with Chainalysis since March of 2018 and is based out of London.
Advisory Solutions Architect, Chainalysis
Shailendra Has over 15 years of experience across Application Development, Cybersecurity and Data Analytics. He has been helping customers solve the most difficult challenges around security & data. He Holds a Master's Degree in Information Security with various other credentials including CISSP, CCSP.
a Web3 visionary & entrepreneur, Founder & CEO, SIGNVM GROUP
Massimo has worked as a consultant with many top level start-ups & brands including LVMH Group in Europe and the US, helping them with their go-to-market strategies, marketing & PR activities and business development.
Massimo started in the crypto space in 2018 by joining Lunu, the first omnichannel crypto payment solution and participated in the integration of high-level partners like Binance Pay, Metamask, Coinbase Wallet and many brands.
After this experience he joined Huobi Global, of the most crypto exchange in the world, as Country Director France & Europe, and worked on the go-to-market strategy for the French market, activating key opinion leaders, high-end crypto media and influencers. Today, he maintains and develops a strong worldwide network of Web3 VCs, Thought Leaders, Investors, Market Makers, and Exchanges and helps build the institutional crypto ecosystem in Europe, US and Asia. He is also connected with top opinion leaders, luxury brands, corporate clients and has been a regular participant as a speaker in high-end Tech, Web3, & Luxury events like NFT NYC, ETHDenver, NFT LA, Arab Luxury World in Dubaï, INSEAD Global Luxury Forum in Paris and GITEX
Co-Founder, Nifty Craft
Vincent is a gaming reference in the Middle East. During the past 10 years he has developed more than 5 midcore games that attracted a large user base of more than 2.5M users and generated more than $10M in revenues. Vince has been a pioneer in the Arabic MENA gaming scene and was the first to produce RPG and Strategy games with authentic Arabic content. He is currently working on the first non-fungible token based game targeting the MENA Region. He has received several awards such as being ranked Forbes Top 30 Innovators and Tianfu Best Overseas Game Company. Vince holds an engineering degree from the American University of Beirut and an MBA from China Europe International Business School
Chief Strategy Officer, Amber Group
Dimitrios was the founder and CEO of Nomisma, a regulated digital asset derivatives protocol, the CIO of Harmony Advisors, an SFC regulated asset management multi-family business, after a 2-year stint in commodity trading, having also served as PMD, co-head of Asia Pacific Securities Division Distribution at Goldman Sachs. Amber Group is a global leader in digital assets products and infrastructure with a presence in Asia, Europe and the Americas. As CSO of Amber Group, Dimitrios is responsible for formulating and driving the Group’s global strategy with particular emphasis on institutional client business, licensing footprint, and regulatory engagement as well as geographical expansion. Amber Group provides a full range of digital asset services spanning investing, financing, trading, and spending. Amber Group is backed by world-class investors including Sequoia, Temasek, Paradigm, Tiger Global, Dragonfly, Pantera, Coinbase Ventures, and Blockchain.com. Amber Group is valued at US$3B after a US$200M Series B+ round announced in February 2022.
Sunath is the Vice President Sales - MEA for Settlemint Blockchain Ltd, Dubai. Sunath is extremely passionate about Web 3 technologies, how it can positively transform businesses and governments. Sunath got over 17 years industry experience in multiple continents (North America, Europe, Middle East & APAC), with previous companies such as Oracle, DXC, Wipro. Sunath is based in Dubai for last 10 years. He is a perpetual learner holding an MBA from University of Birmingham UK and Executive Education on Strategy & Sales from Harvard Business School. He also hold Masters & Bachelors in Computer Science.
A pioneer and one of the founders of the modern mobile industry, Ralph Simon is popularly known as the 'father of the ringtone'. He is a curious creative mind on a relentless search around the world for the latest in mobile video innovation, new tech platforms, A.I.devices, creativity & digital start-ups. He founded Jive/Zomba the record and publishing company that launched the careers of Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, and N’Sync. He moved with to London from South Africa in the 70s with producer Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange and Clive Calder. Together they launched careers from the Village People, AC/DC, Billy Ocean, Def Leppard. He is one of the initiators and producers of the Live 8 concerts with Bono and Al Gore. He is currently developing a new reality show for a streaming platform called Virtuosos, represented by William Morris Endeavour. Over the last two decades, he has been a prominent global mobile trailblazer and innovator, helping grow the world’s mobile entertainment, mobile content industry & mobile health platforms, & playing a central role in its impact and presence around the world.
a.k.a. Moonin Papa Co-Founder and Lead Instructor, The Better Traders
Co-founder and lead instructor at The Better Traders, Inc., an international crypto
education company, and owner of the popular crypto bot trading YouTube channel
Moonin Papa , Aaron Dishner serves over 25,000 students across 36 countries as a
world-leading bot trader and crypto day trading and swing trading expert. Combining his
passion for educational excellence, stemming from a 12-year professional teaching
background, with his remarkable skill set in crypto trading, Aaron’s mission is to make
trading safe and accessible so anyone can learn to benefit from the greatest financial
revolution of our time.
In 2017 she co-founded a supplement & nootropic e-commerce company. Due to the complexity of finding a payment processing provider for her industry, she saw cryptocurrencies as an alternate solution and became an early adopter of Blockchain Payments in e-commerce. This led to a nice exit in 2021. She then went on to form her current NFT production company, MetaDana.io, creating unique tech solutions and creative Web3 marketing and grassroots campaigns for companies like Condé Nast, the Into The Cryptoverse YouTube channel, and sports players, in addition to serving as a consultant and partner in Emerging Markets for the crypto industry.
Digital Asset Researcher, London School of Economics
Thamim is a Digital Asset Researcher at the London School of Economics, with a focus on Innovation, Research and Development within Digital Payments and Currencies. Thamim has worked closely with several public and private financial intuitions in developing deep research programmes, coordinating knowledge transfer and building commercial roadmaps. Thamim’s current research interest stems around Web 3.0; looking closely at how blockchain and distributed ledger systems are disrupting core business processes and creating new governance structures. His research interests have been in Central Bank Digital Currencies, Digital Assets and Cryptocurrencies, Protocol Design and Privacy Protocols and Token Economics.
Former NFL Dallas Cowboys & Blockchain Investor
Lewis Neal is a famous former NFL Dallas Cowboys player who is also an investor, shareholder, and business owner. Some of Mr. Neal’s work consists of being the Director of Strategic Business of Ava Airways, an Advisor for Gentleman's Cannabis Company, Advisor for Hypersphere Tech, and CFO for Truck-land Express Inc. Mr. Neal is also known as of December 2016 as the 1st African-American Athlete to own and operate a financial investment firm (Foreign Exchange CTA). To go along with all his business endeavors he is most passionate about Crypto as he is the CEO of Kryptic (Multi-Chain Defi wallet). Mr. Neal has been involved in cryptocurrency since 2015 and is now working to emerge in the exchange and Defi wallet space, while solving significant problems within blockchain security.
Regional Head, CoinTelegraph Japan
Hayate entered the industry from February 2018 and spent the entire crypto winter working for one of the biggest Blockchain Accelerators in Tokyo as the incubation manager. He worked to bridge Japanese projects to the Global Market. He joined Cointelegraph Japan and GensoKishi as Global Account Manager to spearhead global activities for Japanese projects.
Founder & CEO, bitsCrunch
Vijay is the Founder & CEO of bitsCrunch, a Blockchain Analytics company which is focusing on securing the NFT ecosystem. The company is backed by Mastercard, Animoca Brands, Coinbase Ventures, Polygon and Crypto.com. He is a previous speaker at NFT.NYC in the US, Paris Blockchain Week Summit in France, Global Web3 Summit in Singapore. Awarded as ‘Top 40 Data Scientists under 40’ in India and nominated as the ‘Top Men Leaders to look up to in 2021’ by Passion Vista Magazine, Nominated as ‘20+ Inspiring Data Scientists to follow in 2020’ by AI (Artificial Intelligence) Time Journal from the United States. He hholds a Masters-Graduate in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Global Blockchain Organization
Community Member, VERUS
Bradley Kohn is a Human Evolutionist and a modern British Renaissance Man. He is a published poet and writer, multi-platinum awarded record producer, engineer and songwriter, stuntman, extreme sports athlete, British martial arts medallist and long-time meditator. From London, he is a multi-platinum awarded record producer and music creative; shaping culture through creative services, strategic advisory, branding and events. As an early promoter of blockchain technologies he has held numerous advisory roles for social impact organisations, from Sustainable Resource Management (RAADAR) to Sovereign Digital Identity (Arkeytyp).
Founder Crypto Academy
Granit is an influencer and the founder of Crypto Academy, one of the biggest crypto marketing agencies worldwide. Granit has been in the crypto sphere for more than 8 years but it was in 2016 when he decided to open a marketing agency dedicated only to crypto brands. Granit has also created his own Telegram group called "Granit Academy - X100 Reviews" where he constantly reviews numerous projects in the crypto world. He has completed his master's degree in marketing at the University of Sheffield.
Marketing Manager, LyoPay
Anwar is a Marketing specialist, specialized in strategy and growth hacking. He has experience in developing and leading teams to define and deliver differentiated brand experiences that grow market share and build customer loyalty. He is a passionate change agent focused on driving innovative business strategies and process improvements from ideation to implementation. Currently Anwar is Marketing Manager of LYOPAY, where he is responsible for developing an overseeing the marketing strategy, brand development, digital strategy, integrating multiple mergers and acquisitions as well as leading the marketing team.
Chairman, Dubai Digital Asset Business Group (D2A2)
Gaurang is the Chairman of Dubai Digital Asset Business Group (D2A2), an digital asset industry body established under the aegis of Dubai Digital Chambers and Managing Director of Strategy for the Equiti Group, a globally regulated progressive Fintech Brokerage house based in Dubai.
Gaurang has over 26 years of experience working across financial exchanges, market infrastructures and regulators across the globe. Establishing and managing various regulated exchanges and Clearing Houses/CCPs has provided him with a deep understanding of the needs of today’s financial markets and appropriate strategies to meet regulatory challenges. Gaurang was a Founding member and the CEO of the Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange (DGCX) group until 2018. He was appointed as an Advisor for Financial Markets to the UAE’s Federal markets regulator, the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), to help them develop and implement new products and services regulatory frameworks including Crypto Asset Regulations. Gaurang is an experienced industry leader in regulated markets across asset classes and technologies. He is also a seasoned entrepreneur helping build organizations and projects from the ground up. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai, India.
Founder & CEO, Ghost Ivy Development Studio
Fares Abu-Taleb is the Founder & CEO of Ghost Ivy Development Studio, a game development firm focusing on giving the players the power to choose what they want. Fares is a Blockchain enthusiast and a passionate Gamer. In addition to holding a Masters in Banking and Finance, Fares has experience working with the first crypto bank in Switzerland, and the most prominent Crypto VC in Switzerland (CV VC) before founding his Blockchain Advisory firm. Nowadays his focus is on gaming and the future of Gaming in Blockchain.
Michael "Tatted Lawyer" Christine, Esq. MNNT's Chief Executive Officer is a Miami based trial attorney, with a background in business development, regulatory compliance and securities law. A graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and known by many as the Tatted Lawyer through his various social media profiles that boast a combined 110,000 followers. Michael has found quick success in both the legal field and within crypto and blockchain. Michael is recognized as one of the United States’ top 40 under 40 Black Attorneys and his company MNNT has had multiple successful NFT sales generating roughly $5 Million in revenues in the past 9 months alone. He has served as a strategic and compliance consultant for early stage cryptocurrency related projects dating back to 2017 and currently serves as an advisor to the newly formed Forward Political Party assisting them with their political alignment as it pertains to a regulatory approach to cryptocurrency.
Michael G Nicklas is the President of Backflips Inc. a division of SWIMUSA. In one of his many roles Michael is responsible for creating and building the possibilities of easily tracking. Garments from material that was used to make it, to its purchase in a store or on a website. Re-imagining what it would mean if consumers could use their smart phones to scan a tag on a garment and instantly authenticate the story on how each item is made. Using block chain to create transparency and traceability could be designed into the production and distribution of apparel, allowing customers to buy with new found confidence. Michael has been directly involved with over 10 billion dollars of manufactured apparel, Food products and accessories in his career as a C-suite executive working with Brands that have included Ralph Lauren, Nike, Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Jennifer Lopez, Speedo, Anne Klein, Carhartt, Browning, Hooey, Legendary Foods, Jeep, Visionary Pet, Miraclesuit, Perry Ellis, Jantzen, Warners, Cole of California to name a few Globally known household names. Co-Founder of Good News Only collection sportswear (est. 2022). Graduate of University New Hampshire in Business Economics and a minor in Theater Communications. Had attended Dale Carnegies sales training, Milliken & Company management Training program, Quality is Free College and Philadelphia Textile College
Founder, GTON Capital
Founder and core contributor of GTON Capital. Alex is a DeFi and SocialFi models creator with a special focus on tokenomics sustainability. Moderator and contributor to LobsterDAO🦞, the most proficient DeFi community. Over 10 years of experience in AI architecture, data science & engineering.
Founder, XR Couture
Born in the metaverse. Subham Jain grew up in virtual worlds, playing RPG, FPS games, watching DBZ, and collecting and trading Pokemon cards. At age 15, Subham created and monetized youtube videos and grew online communities for gamers. Subham is a creative entrepreneur and an Architect who is closely associated with an award-winning Singapore Architect Edmund Ng Architects. They collaborate to design and execute large-scale building projects. Developing skills and experience in communicating contemporary forms and spatial experiences using 3D tools. With his family-owned business in the Garment Maufautirng sector, he realized the fashion industry has not evolved with the latest technologies as compared to Architecture. He introduced the use of 3D tools to create true-to-life 3D garment simulations and eliminated the process of producing physical samples. In 2020 he founded XR Couture: the world's first international digital fashion platform. Best known for creating designs that can exist only virtually and cannot be produced physically. Designs that break the laws of physics and traditional physical fashion. Subham’s areas of interest lie in the eccentric utilization of technology, working in the intersection of fashion, arts, and architectural discourse. He strives to revolutionize the contemporary realm of fashion and architecture."
Co-Chair and Swedish Representative, European Blockchain Partnership
Managing Director – MENA, Kraken Crypto Exchange
Business Architect for Blockchain, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Cybersicherheit
Julian Sauer, Software Engineer for Blockchain DGC
Julian is a Blockchain Engineer at the DGC with a strong passion for the decentralized world. He has multiple years of experience in the Blockchain Space with projects such as developing together with a state bank the first blockchain-based ABCP-issuance in Europe or developing together with the German Aerospace Center a blockhain-based protection for Intellectual Property.
Julian applies deep technical knowledge with experience in designing and building Smart Contracts as well as working with multiple Blockchain technologies such as Ethereum, Corda or Hyperledger Fabric on a network level. He participated and won the Price for the best Technical Implementation at the Blockchain Hackathon 2019 in Stuttgart. Currently focusing on Blockchain Security on the Web Application and Network Layer and bringing more Cyber-Security into the Ecosystem
Head of Ecosystem, Flare Network
Chief Visionary Officer, Blockchain Recruiters
David James has always been the “Job Guy”. It just came to him naturally. He would see a void and had the uncanny ability to get the right person for the right situation. Everyone has their one unique gift or strength. In David’s case, recruiting and empowering people to reach their maximum potential using their specific skill sets is his innate God given talent.
David made his first placement when he was 14, when he received $5 for convincing a nomadic cattle hand in a small Wyoming town to talk to a guy in a bar about throwing in as a sheepherder.
As an enthusiastic wrestler on his high school team, David convinced a tuba player in the school marching band to join the wrestling team for one day, after some persuasive articulation, the musician was issued a uniform, weighed in later that day and went out to the mat that evening in the gym to be granted a 6-point decision due to forfeiture by the other team.
When David entered the workforce, he was offered a job as a recruiter at a prestigious executive search firm. He knew from his first day on the job that he had found his calling. He placed the first candidate he recruited at the first company he ever developed as a client his first week at work....a remarkable and unprecedented feat.
David learned early on that empowerment was the key to successful recruitment. The formula was simple. Find “A” players who are on “B” teams, identify their corporate wounds and satiate them from there.
David continues to fall in love with recruiting every day more and more since he entered the profession in 1988. David also saw the power of blockchain technology and knows that when we get past the wild wild west of it, and when it comes to be for the masses, that there will be an intensive need for operators and innovative talents that speak and think all things web3. For that reason, David and his partner Dave Hampton have put all their effort and accelerant into Blockchain Recruiters. “What we do is simple, we aggregate all the smartest blockchain talent worldwide, and store it in our database for future contact. When the clients call in dire need for people with excellence and mastery in the space. We know who they are and where they are.”
This is a technique that most recruiters ignore, let alone master like David has with BlockchainRecruiters.net
When David first learned about recruiting, he literally said to the person interviewing him “wait you get paid for this? I would help someone get a job for free!” The key to anything job related is loving the work.
Founder, Bonuz Market
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.
CEO, Ejad Labs
Arzish Azam is an award-winning community builder who specializes in entrepreneurship, innovation travel and web3. He is the youngest global graduate from Founder Institute, the Country Manager for Startup Grind Pakistan, CEO of Ejad Labs. He runs the largest private tech exchange programs to Silicon Valley, North America and Europe, enabling hundreds of Pakistani startups / SMEs in the past 5 years. He has received various international awards and recognition for his work.
He is the Founder of Future Fest, Pakistan’s largest tech festival and expo, attended by 50,000 people with 50+ foreign guests and 300+ local speakers at 4 conferences. Supported by the world’s leading companies for the first time in Pakistan including Binance, Epic Games, KuCoin, BitOasis, BSV Blockchain, PubG, Microsoft, Google Developers, Turing, and 120+ companies including Bank Islami, Lakson VC, Graana, and Imarat Group. The event reached more than 10 million people across all digital channels. He is also the founder of some of the leading annual tech conferences in the country including the Startup Grind Pakistan Conference, Pakistan Ecommerce Conference, Pakistan Developer Conference, and the international Pakistan Tech Summit (hosted in Silicon Valley, Europe and Canada).
He served as the Adviser to Pakistan's Federal Minister of Science & Technology where he helped with the National Startup Policy, Pakistan Venture Capital Policy, and Electronic Voting Machine; hosted the 1st Pakistan Blockchain Summit under the Ministry's patronage, and contributed to key S&T initiatives including Industrialization of Hemp, Tech Tsunami and more. He is a strong advocate for the innovation economy enabling policy changes through meaningful engagements with relevant stakeholders at every level.
He is also the brains behind Pak-US Tech Exchange, the largest independent tech exchange program connecting Pakistan and Silicon Valley. His exposure from being Pakistan's youth representative at Obama's Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 in Stanford, Organization of Islamic Corporation's Youth Entrepreneurship Forum in Kazan, Russia, Startup Grind Global Conference in Silicon Valley, Web Summit, South by Southwest, Oslo Innovation Week, BSV Global Blockchain Convention etc. brings the gamut of relevant experiences and rich understanding of the field. He uses this to empower the youth of his nation with similar worthy global exposures, network, and experiences.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Crypto Oasis Sentio
Saqr Ereiqat is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Crypto Oasis Sentio, the ecosystem investment structure of Crypto Oasis. He is also the Founder of Riddermark, a boutique advisory firm that invests and grows fintech, blockchain, healthtech, and govtech solutions. 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), Smart Dubai Government Establishment and The Prime Minister’s Office. 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. 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 BlockChain Aficionado for the Blockchain Founders Fund and other Blockchain-related organizations.
Co-Founder & CEO ARTISANT
Regina Turbina is a Digital and Physical Fashion Designer, the, Co-founder and CEO of the web3 digital fashion creative space and NFT platform - ARTISANT, founder of the first digital fashion marketplace - replicant.fashion. Exploring and amplifying web3 fashion wave and merging traditional, digital and crypto fashion on the way to metaverse. ARTISANT - web3 digital fashion creative space and NFT marketplace that unites artists, digital fashion designers, traditional brands, and tech to provide an opportunity not only to purchase wearable art as NFT but instantly use it. She is also the founder of replicant.fashion
Business Manager - Fashion Innovation Agency, London College of Fashion
Lisa has overseen award-winning projects within fashion-tech, including immersive technologies, retail technology, wearables and blockchain. Lisa brings to the team a wealth of fashion retail experience from her days spent working as a Senior Merchandiser for leading retailers, including Topshop. She has managed departments and suppliers across most product categories. This extensive understanding of the industry provides Lisa with a real insight into how new technologies could potentially be applied within fashion businesses to improve current practice.
Co-Founder and CMO, Crypto Oasis
Faisal is an award-winning chartered marketing professional, having won the best marketing initiative of the year at the CC Awards consecutively for the years 2015 and 2016. He has more than 15 years of experience in the marketing of B2B and B2C products working mostly in the real estate, big data, research, construction and manufacturing sectors and has undertaken positions in Germany, South Africa, Qatar and the UAE. He has also worked as an independent writer and consultant on marketing projects in the FMCG, Medical, Fashion and Hospitality sectors.
Earlier on in his career he was involved in landmark projects like Burj Khalifa, the New Hamad international airport and Dubai Metro helping market and sell products from the American and European market. Graduating from the London School of Economics with a BSc Hons in business and marketing and completing my Masters, from the EBS Universität in Germany and the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town where he majored in Marketing and Consumer Psychology.
He has played a strategic role and lead in the creation of the partnership data partnership with the Dubai Land Department. As a result he launched Mo’asher, the first official house price index for the Emirate of Dubai and continued writing it for 3 years. In 2020, Dubai climbed up three places in JLL’s Global Real Estate Transparency Index and further strengthened its position as MENA’s most transparent real estate market. He wrote, designed and published Mo’asher on behalf of the government every month. I am currently also a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing
Founder & CEO, TMMP
Rick has helped shape some of the most outstanding artists since the early eighties as the International Vice President at both Arista Records US and EMI. He worked closely with iconic legends including Tina Turner, Paul McCartney and Barry Manilow, but most significantly, he launched Whitney Houston’s international career as her first A&R representative. Having always adapted to the ever-changing landscape of the music industry he has pioneered new ways of reaching audiences. Rick established The Music & Media Partnership (TMMP) in 1991, the first UK company to specialise in linking music and artists into major sporting events. He is currently developing the streaming show ‘Virtuosos’, a global documentary series that follows five extraordinary young talents on their tumultuous journeys of stardom. The show appeals to music lovers, social media fans and people interested in human stories. He is now working with Tetavi to enter music and entertainment into the Metaverse.
Founder METAL International
Ken Rutkowski is a well-known Business Talk Radio Personality, an Innovative Strategist, Business Nextist, International Speaker, and is considered one of the premiere experts in Emerging Business Technologies, New Media, the Digital Economy, and Connection.
Creator of the podcast that was launched on Mark Cuban’s first-ever internet radio platform in the 90’s, Ken created and hosted the #1 Business Radio Talk Show in America, “Business Rockstars,” which was listened to in over 200 markets in the U.S. He has been featured in or seen on Good Morning America, Oprah, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Financial Times, Forbes, HuffPost, Entrepreneur, LA Business Journal, LA Weekly, Fast Company, FOX & Friends, Good Day LA, Inc., USA Today, Bangkok Post, Singapore Straights, Asia Times, the South China Morning Post, and other publications and networks around the world.
Dubai Government Advisor, Dubai Police
Dr. Sid Ahmed Benraouane is a thought leader with more than 20 years of experience in government innovation and technology implementation. He led the US ISO Working Group on Innovation Management System Standard, and currently he is a member expert of the ISO/SC 42 Join Committee in charge of developing a set of ISO Standard on Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Benraouane advises Dubai Government on innovation and digital transformation. He is a speaker at the World Government Summit (UAE) and BAIDEC/MEMTEC conference in Bahrain. In his latest book, Dr. Benraouane addresses the new ISO innovation management framework set by the ISO Standard 56002:2019 and provides a step-by-step planning process to help government leaders design an ecosystem that engages and empowers innovators and creative minds. Dr. Benraouane holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota
Dubai Correspondent, Bloomberg HT
Ersoy has worked 17 years in asset management for top Turkish banks & is currently a financial correspondent for Bloomberg HT in Dubai where he delivers financial market updates to investors about GCC markets & Asian markets. The topics he covers range from stock markets, currencies, commodities, fixed income, & also include such reports as mergers & acquisitions, business & social headlines relevant to the region. Ersoy regularly interviews distinguished guests regarding financial markets. He has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Middle East Technical University & MBA from Bilkent University.
An award-winning digital retail agency that shapes the future of consumer experiences in fashion and beauty industries by humanising technology
Founder & CEO, Sheesha Finance
Founder & CEO, Raiinmaker
Head of Project Group - New Economy and Blockchain Technologies, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology
Senior Blockchain Fellow, INSEAD
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.