Chief Guests

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 Abdullah Bin Sultan Al Qasimi

United Arab Emirates

He is a man of action, having penchant for undertaking reforms, scripting turnarounds and achieving superlative results by working in mission mode.

SHRI SURESH PRABHU

India's Sherpa to G7 and G20
Former Union Minister for Commerce and Industry,

Government of India

India

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 an education background 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

He is a technological ‘Ideator’, acclaimed for his patented inventions of multi-branched blockchain and blockchain paper ballot 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’

United States

Sirer is the creator of the first cryptocurrency to use a proof-of-work concept, The Karma System. A major figure in both Bitcoin and Blockchain academic research, he has contributed his technical expertise to multiple projects, including Ethereum smart contracts.

Emin Sirer

CEO,

AVA Labs, Inc.

United States

Recognized for his distinguished Wall Street career in NYC, Sir Anthony has over 30 years of international financial markets and investment experience and now runs The Ritossa Family Office which is known for its contrarian and thematic investments.

Sir Anthony Ritossa

Chairman,

Ritossa Family Office

United Arab Emirates

With over 14 years of experience, Zachary, at Dalma Capital, has been dedicated to creating an efficient platform for launching and investing into alpha generating alternative investments and well as bespoke capital markets structures and direct investments.

Zachary Cefaratti

Founder & CEO,

Dalma Capital

United Arab Emirates

Atty. Mike David is a lawyer and certified public accountant currently working as the Chief FinTech & Virtual Currency Officer and Spokesperson for the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA).

Mike David

Chief Fintech & Virtual Currency Officer, Spokesperson,

Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA)

Philippines

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

With over 15 years of experience in senior leadership roles, Irina is a Dubai based entrepreneur who works on bringing legacy businesses into the 21st century by leveraging the emerging technologies such as AI, Blockchain & Crypto.

Irina Heaver

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer,

Emirex.com

United Arab Emirates

Karin Gabriel

Project Lead – Dubai Future Accelerators,

Dubai Future Foundation

United Arab Emirates

Mru is a best-selling author, business visionary, fearless serial entrepreneur, public speaker and motivator. He has lived and worked on 4 continents, spoken at hundreds of venues ranging from TEDx to World Political events.

Mru Patel

President,

EXcoin Futures

United Kingdom

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

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

Meng Chan Shu

Co-Founder & CEO,

Connect Blockchain DMCC

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 enabled him 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

An educator, connector, perspective builder and blockchain & cryptocurrency pioneer since 2012, Linda is a proud mother of twins birthed as the Bitcoin whitepaper was completed.

Linda Goetze

President/CEO,

Blockchain Chamber of Commerce

United States

Danish Rizvi

COO,

ASA Ventures

United Arab Emirates

Gabriel Abed is the Founder of Bitt.com, a Fintech enterprise established to provide financial solutions to the world's unbanked communities, and the Founder of Digital Asset Fund (DAF), the first regulated digital asset mutual funds in the Caribbean region.

Gabriel Abed

Founder,

Bitt Inc.

Barbados

As a serial cryptocurrency & blockchain technology investor since 2010, Jason invested on behalf of world-class crypto hedge funds in projects like Metalpay and Aelf; generating significant ROI.

Jason King

CEO/Head of MENA/Partner,

CGS Group/Aelf/Deca4

United Arab Emirates

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

Joseph Lim

Venture Manager,

Tribe Accelerator

Singapore

Mark is a seasoned international innovation consultant, entrepreneur, and public speaker, quoted on CNN and in TIME Magazine. Since 2010, he has founded several ventures working with governments and corporates on projects across the globe.

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

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

At only 21, Eloisa has established herself as the youngest business strategy and corporate finance consultant in the Blockchain and Crypto scene, as well as an 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

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

An IT strategist with over 19+ years of experience in positioning companies for market leadership through global application of technology integration.

FERNANDO MARTINHO

Co-Founder and CTO,

Naoris

United Kingdom

Dr. Babak Behboudi holds a Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. His expertise is in Branding & Marketing and has participated in several ICO projects, including UNBOXED.

dr babak behboudi

Co-Founder and Global CEO,

Synchronium

United Kingdom

He is a renowned Blockchain entrepreneur and crypto investor with proven success in commercializing various digital services and e-business operations across in Asia.

SAMSON LEE

Founder & CEO - STO Global-X, Founding Chairman – Belt & Road TechFin Association,

Co-Founder – Ethereum South China Community

China

Waqas is a Tech evangelist and a financial astute business leader with over 18 years of demonstrated career success in developing and executing operational strategies utilizing the emerging technologies.

Waqas Nakhwa

Founder & CEO - KartBlock,

Co-Founder & CTO – Aqar Chain

United Arab Emirates

With decades of experience in bringing large scale commercial ventures to market, Richard is a visionary, focused on applying technology to solve the environmental challenges in the mining and precious metals industries.

Richard Verkley

CEO and Founder,

Karuschain

Gibraltar

Brian has spent the last 20 years consulting with Fortune 500 companies such as AT+T, Cisco, Wells Fargo and SAIC across global marketing, strategy, finance and roadmap teams

Brian McLaren Foote

CEO,

BLOCK 30 Financial

United States

A former Polish army officer trained in the US Air Force, Przemysław at the age of 21, founded the first technology company operating in the UK. He is the author of the science-fiction book entitled ‘Interregnum’, which was a bestseller in the science fiction category in Poland.

Przemyslaw Karda

Co-Founder,

Tecra coin

Poland

ROBERT HEHAKAYA

COO,

2local

Netherlands

Phil is a veteran business manager with over 30 years’ experience. During the early 2000s, Phil built up the European/global business development efforts - for what have now become the leading firms in open source platform development - such as Red Hat, Suse and Vmware.

Phil Zamani

CEO,

Blocko GCC

Korea

Bartlomiej provides comprehensive advice for both entrepreneurs and individual clients. With over 10,000 successful clients, he focuses on how to set up his client's business, optimize costs and generate profits in a short period of time.

Bartlomiej Wasilewski

CEO,

Marshal Lion Group

Poland

Anzor is an innovation expert, leader of mega science projects and the founder of the first quantum secured crypto exchange – QUUBE platform.

ENZO

CEO and Co-Founder,

QUUBE.EXCHANGE

Estonia

With 28+ years of experience, he has a continuing drive for innovation within the spheres of internet technologies and software. His latest venture is the runaway success cryptocurrency Electroneum, which is a cryptocurrency that raised USD 40m in its ICO and is based around mobile ubiquity.

Richard Ells

CEO,

Electroneum

United Kingdom

almir salimov

IR Director,

Baby Token

South Korea

A technology entrepreneur and motivational growth coach. His company Bit Rig Builders became the first company in Southern California to produce and ship customized crypto mining machines to consumers.

KEVIN SOLTANI

Founder & President,

GIMA Group; California Blockchain Alliance

United States

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