Chief Guest

With a very distinctive and passionate outlook on business, Mohamed has spent the last 17 years developing his knowledge, skills, and experience in various sectors of business in the UAE, with a keen interest in Real Estate, Banking, Technology, and Automotive.

Mohamed Al Banna

CEO & Managing Director,

LEAD Ventures - The Office of Sheikh Sultan Bin Abdulla Al Qasimi

United Arab Emirates

SPEAKERS

A crypto pioneer, he owns and manages a Payment Processing Company that makes use of crypto-based ATMs for transactions.

DR. MARWAN ALZAROUNI

CEO,

Dubai Blockchain Center

United Arab Emirates

With specialization in Aerospace engineering, Faris is ranked as one of the top 10 engineers in Middle East. He is also a recognized public speaker in multiple family office summits representing royal family members.

Faris M. Al Tahtamooni

Associate Director - Strategic Partnerships,

LEAD Ventures - The Office of Sheikh Sultan Bin Abdullah Bin Sultan Al Qasimi

United Arab Emirates

A technological ‘ideator’, acclaimed for his patented inventions of multi-branched blockchain and blockchain voting. Nick is also the founder of the Bitcoin Center and CEO of Blockchain Technologies Corporation.

NICK SPANOS

Bitcoin Pioneer; Featured on Netflix Documentary ‘Banking on Bitcoin’,

Zap.org & Bitcoin Center NYC

United States

Sir Anthony Ritossa

Chairman,

Ritossa Family Office

United Arab Emirates

A digital leader with long-standing experience in technology implementation, Neetan is currently responsible for driving digital, analytics and technology outcomes for the overall Group and co-creating new digital business models.

Neetan Chopra

Group CTO,

Dubai Holding

United Arab Emirates

With tremendous insights into the Crypto currency space, Saeed is a fixed income and treasury specialist and an expert in the blockchain paradigm.

SAEED HAREB ALDARMAKI

Managing Director,

Alphabit Fund

United Arab Emirates

Irina Heaver

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer,

Emirex.com

United Arab Emirates

Committed to the cause of raising the standards of healthcare delivery, he was instrumental in framing healthcare policies and medical tourism strategies for the UAE.

DR RAMADAN ALBLOOSHI

CEO,

Dubai Healthcare City Authority

United Arab Emirates

Abdel is leading the WFP operations’ support and services and spearheading efforts to enhance WFP’s engagement with Government entities as well as the Private and Public sector in the GCC Region.

Abdel Mageed Yahia

WFP Director for the UAE office,

Representative for the GCC Region

United Arab Emirates

The Chairman of ‘Ideas Arabia’ and ‘Ideas Emirates’ and an accomplished business transformation expert with a proven track record in developing innovation culture methodologies for government departments across the UAE.

HUSSAIN AL FARDAN

Head of Innovation Centre,

Dubai Customs

United Arab Emirates

Dr Petar is a quantum physicist turned disruptive innovation and future foresight expert and is managing partner of Ebtikaar, an innovation advisory and think-tank to solve complex innovation challenges.

Dr. Petar Stojanov

Managing Partner - Ebtikaar,

Futurist-in-Residence - Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

United Arab Emirates

With over 30 years of ICT experience, he architects practical & business focused solutions using new-age technologies.

JORGE SEBASTIAO

CTO EcoSystem,

Huawei

United Arab Emirates

A strong female empowerment supporter and a social impact advocate, Vera, at 500 startups, advises Corporates and Governments on innovation and helps them build thriving ecosystems.

Vera Futorjanski

Director of Innovation,

500 Startups

United Arab Emirates

Since 2014, Austin’s work has been instrumental in building Kraken, one of the largest and oldest Bitcoin exchanges in the world.

AUSTIN ALEXANDER

Kraken Bitcoin Exchange

United States

Tobias’ innate understanding of Marketing and Sales has him me to be the sole lead on Marketing for the DGCX and liaison between the DGCX’s parent company, DMCC as well as the DGCX’s digital and PR agency.

TOBIAS YOUNG

Head of Product Development & Strategy,

Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange

United Arab Emirates

Linda Goetze

President/CEO,

Blockchain Chamber of Commerce

United States

Dr Sid advises senior leaders and executive teams in the government and the private sector on developing and implementing frameworks to forecast, predict, and make projections about business events that may impact their strategy.

DR SID AHMED BENRAOUANE

Chair of the US ISO team on Innovation Management System;

Advisor to MENA Governments; Senior Advisory Board Member, Trescon

United Arab Emirates

Gabriel Abed

Founder,

Bitt Inc.

Barbados

Named by Financial Times as one of the leading authorities on strategy and competitiveness, Henrik is best known as the originator of the 4th industrial revolution and the mastermind behind the European digital agenda.

HENRIK VON SCHEEL

Originator,

Industry 4.0

Switzerland

Mark Balovnev

Partner,

Accelliance

Canada

Hamdan is a chief data scientist at Zap.org, and a founding member of Bitcoin Center NYC. Prior to that, he was the national statistician on Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign.

Hamdan Azhar

Chief Data Scientist,

Blockchain Technologies Corporation, Zap.org

United States

Amol is senior executive with over 22 years of progressive leadership experience and a turn-around specialist in managing liquidity, payments, cash management and trade finance.

AMOL BAHUGUNA

Head of Payments & Cash Management,

Commercial Bank of Dubai

United Arab Emirates

At the moment, Eloisa is the youngest business strategy and corporate finance consultant in the Blockchain and Crypto scene, as well as accredited news writer for some of the most important media.

Eloisa Marchesoni

Blockchain Consultant; Token Model Architect: ICO, IEO & STO Advisor,

Blackchain International Ltd

Italy

Commonly known as ‘The Bitcoin Man’, he founded Crypto Chain University, the oldest repository for compilation of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency research papers.

HERBERT SIM

Founder, The Bitcoin Man;

Head of BD, Broctagon FinTech Group

Singapore

Joeri is a thought leader and currently runs a Blockchain Venture Builder and Early Stage VC Fund alongside advising, mentoring and investing in Blockchain start-ups.

joeri van geelen

Founder & CEO,

Build Blocks Group

Singapore

An opinionated leader, striving to make blockchain more accessible to the masses.

BRUCE PORTER JR.

CEO,

GlobalBoost

United States

DR SINDHU BHASKAR

Director - EST Capital AG,

Managing Director - Oryxian

Switzerland

Having worked with leading companies in the financial and technology industry, Kiana has helped make investments more convenient and secure through blockchain technology.

KIANA SHEK

Co-Founder,

DigiFinex Exchange

Singapore

Mru Patel

President,

EXcoin Futures

United Kingdom

Jason King

CEO/Head of MENA/Partner,

CGS Group/Aelf/Deca4

United Arab Emirates

FERNANDO MARTINHO

Co-Founder and CTO,

Naoris

United Kingdom

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