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Crypto Expo Dubai is organized by Hqmena. Witness the largest Crypto Expo in Dubai with top-notch investors and leaders in the cryptocurrency industry to network and discover new business possibilities. Don't pass up the chance to network with the best cryptocurrency businesses for trading and investing. Learn about the cryptocurrency industry, Altcoins, Blockchain, and Consensus. We are highly proficient in organizing a business-to-business event by providing the cryptocurrency industry with supreme quality educational resources and networking possibilities.

Putting in forefront of thousands of traders and investors, top cryptocurrency brands disclose their finest digital currency products and services.


Top industry experts provide traders, investors, and businesses with meaningful insights and the most recent updates about cryptocurrencies.


A quick glance at the best cryptocurrency receiving awards at the Ceremony.

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Insights From Our Conference

How have cryptocurrency payments evolved in everyday life?

In the last few years, cryptocurrency payments have come a long way, and they continue to evolve and become more mainstream. As more merchants accept cryptocurrency payments and new payment processors and debit cards are developed.

The current cryptocurrency trends are comprised of the following facts.

cryptocurrencies are becoming more integrated into mainstream society and are likely to continue to grow and evolve in the coming years.

How the Stablecoins and NFT are changing.

Both stablecoins and NFTs are rapidly evolving areas of the crypto industry, with ongoing developments in technology, regulation, and market demand shaping their future.

How has the crypto industry's regulation evolved?

The regulation of the crypto industry is still in its early stages and will likely continue to evolve in the coming years as the technology and its use cases continue to develop.

What are the top cryptocurrencies in today's market?

It is important to note that the cryptocurrency market is highly volatile and can change rapidly. Therefore, investors and traders should conduct their own research and analysis before making any investment decisions.

What is the current trend in crypto investing and trading?

The crypto investing and trading landscape is constantly evolving, with new trends and technologies emerging all the time.Investors and traders need to stay informed and educated about the latest developments to make informed decisions.

2023 Speakers
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Faraj Abutalibov

Chief commercial officer

Venom Foundation

Faraj is an experienced executive with 15 years of Corporate, Startup & VC experience. Holds MSc in Eng and MBA degrees. Faraj is a Harvard Business School alumni and is a Dubai resident for more than a decade. Faraj currently works as a Chief Commercial Officer in Venom Foundation (L-1) and Venom Ventures Fund. Aside from that he is a Founder of Crypto Executives – a networking group of 2000 C-level Executives (L1/L2, 500+ VCs, CEXs, DEXs etc)

Mohamed Ali

CEO & Founder


As the Founder and CEO of EazyBot Computer Systems, Mohamed Ali brings his passion for helping people achieve financial success to the complex world of cryptocurrency trading. Responsible for overseeing the strategic development of EazyBot’s unique trading algorithm and its implementation, Mohamed is leading the way in providing access for anyone to build wealth in the crypto markets. An engineer by profession, Mohamed’s background has helped guide his vision for making crypto Eazy. In March 2022, Mohamed oversaw the launch of EazyBot, a cryptocurrency trading platform that allows even novice investors to trade like professionals. Within just a few months, under his leadership, EazyBot has successfully closed over 2 Million profitable trades for its users. Mohamed is a happily married father of 1 daughter and has been a resident of Dubai for over 20 years. When he is not working on EazyBot, he loves to sing and travel.

Kloe Kong


Block club/Pasha inc

BLOCK CLUB is a Blockchian and Ai focused community in Dubai since 2023 and Shanghai since 2021.

Nora Fikri

Master of Ceremonies

Cristina Najera


Najera Ventures

As a Community Champion at Algorand Foundation, Cristina Najera grows awareness and participation in the Web 3.0 ecosystem through local events, meetups, and social media engagement. She is also the Director of Startup Grind Dubai, the largest global startup community with more than 5M members, where she hosts monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, and investors. Cristina is a dynamic Latin entrepreneur and content creator, with a viral TikTok account that showcases the vibrant Dubai lifestyle and attracts over 42k+ followers from the Middle East. She founded Najera Ventures, a consultancy that helps businesses expand in the UAE market, build strategic connections, and access real estate investment opportunities.

Chee Siong Chang

Director, Risk Advisory


Chee Siong is a Director with Deloitte Risk Advisory and is actively involved with fintechs and traditional finance businesses in their ventures into digital assets and Web3 space especially from a risk management, business and risk advisory perspectives. Before joining Deloitte, Chee Siong has been with various banks and financial institutions in various roles covering securities services, capital markets, cryptocurrency and digital assets issuance trading and settlement.


Rajesh Mohan

Digital Assets, Treasury & Traded Risk Management at Deloitte Middle East


With over a decade’s experience in market and liquidity risk, I’m a seasoned professional at Deloitte’s Risk Advisory Practice. My expertise spans treasury management and strategic insights in complex financial environments. Now, I’m diving into digital assets and blockchain, offering comprehensive knowledge and staying current on regulatory dynamics. Let’s explore this transformative world together.

Mohammad Khalifa

Founder and CEO


Mr. Mohammed Khalifa founded and currently serves as CEO of MKAN Coin. He is an esteemed expert in crypto regulation within the UAE.

Deven Shah

Technical Advisor

Labs Systems

Principal at Shree L R Tiwari College of Engineering India/ Chairman Board of Studies University of Mumbai/ Principal Investigator Dark Web Based Cryptocurrency Investigation Project/ Corporate Trainer for Blockchain Technology and Cybersecurity/ Best Faculty Award from IBM US Dr Deven Shah is an Accomplished leader in Academics and Industry, with 25+ years of extensive experience of teaching at and heading multiple renowned Engineering institutes. His research areas include Block Chain technology, Cryptocurrency investigation, IoT, Cloud Computing , Internet and Web Programming , Information Security , Advanced Computing and Drone Systems. He is a highly research-oriented leader with a total 11 number of national and international patents.

Baiba Broka

Exolo Legal Advisor


Member of the Governing Council of the UNIDROIT (International Institute for Unification of Private Law; Legal Advisor

Solandia Jurdi

Compliance Adviser


Founder of Hive Zero, a leading fintech & web 3 consultancy in Dubai, UAE. With her seasoned background in Financial Crime Prevention & Compliance, she offers profound insights and unparalleled expertise in the blockchain and virtual asset industry.

Yax Sheth



Yax Sheth is Co-Founder & CEO of ChainClave (Web3, Blockchain Development company).ChainClave has Client base in 22+ countries and have team of 40+ people. Chainclave has offices in India, Australia and UAE. Yax Sheth has diverse industry experience of Blockchain and Web3. He has delivered 100+ Web3 session in Univercities and 10+ Event talks. He has won couple of Awards like: Youngest CEO of the year – Top 30 Entreprnuer under 30 – Blockchain Development company of the year Revathi update his bio

Dr. Farooq Abdal

Founder and MD

BST Group

Dr. Farooq Abdal ,Entrepreneur , Founder of BST Group , Credible Digital Asset, BSTOKEN. Crypto Enthusiast and Rare Gem collectors. Inventor of BIO SAPPHIRE AMIZED FUSION TECHNOLOGY BSAFT. Best Ecosystem for the Sapphire Wealth Project.

Umair Mehmood

Director of Strategy

BST Group

Umair Mehmood is Futurist and a Cognitive Neuroscience Research Scholar. His interests include Quantum Cognition, Neurogenomics, Neuroplasticity, Quantitative Prospecting, Behavioral Economics, ProCognitive Defense and Strategic Foresight. Mr. Mehmood is President of WePelicans Prospective, a Private Equity Investment Syndicate with dedicated Center of Excellence at Futurism and Innovation. He is Rector of Behavioral Sciences Research Center and Center for Knowledge Progress. He sits on advisory boards of several entities from around the world including banks, NBFIs, consulting firms, R&D orgs, business groups, scientific forums, academic institutions, industries, family offices and emerging NewCos.

Rakan Khalifa



Rakan khalifa is a crypto expert that helped over 100,000 people worldwide to learn about crypto and financial markets.

Jorge sebastiao


Global Blockchain Organization

Jorge Sebastiao CISSP, CTO. Mr Sebastiao is seasoned technologist with over 36 years of experience in innovative Technologies for Digital transformation including Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Blockchain, Cloud Computing and Data Center. For the last 5 years he Co-Founded and Directed at several key startups including: Global Blockchain Organization and EcoX. Previously he was also CTO of Fintech in Kingdom of Bahrain and CTO Eco-System for Huawei for 20 countries in MENA region. He created the powerful framework A6 of security: Assess, Architect, Apply, Administer, Awareness& Agility. Mr. Sebastiao is also regular speaker at international conferences. He is action and results oriented with passion for technology innovation and has become a driving force in the ever-evolving world of technology.

Guillermo Guimaraes



By having a strong background in electrical engineering and data science, I developed a strong passion for blockchain technology. I have been involved in creating technologies that contributed greatly in the blockchain community.

Rahul Bhadoriya

Director- Technical

Mr. Mint

Rahul Singh Bhadouria is Director of Bitmint infotech Pvt Led. He is also running an IT company named ESP Softtech Pvt. Ltd. and has successfully implemented the combination of his technical and management skills in many successful business ventures since last 11 years.

Paula Tavangar

Chief Investment Officer

Injaz Capital

Paula Tavangar is a seasoned entrepreneur and respected leader in the Fintech, Blockchain, and Quantitative Finance sectors. With a wealth of experience and a proven track record, Paula has taken on the role of Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Injaz Capital – External Asset Management. Previously, Paula made significant contributions to SwissBorg Ventures, where she leveraged her deep knowledge of blockchain technologies and venture capital to lead investments and drive deal sourcing. Prior to this, she co-founded Genesis Capital LATAM in 2018, where she played a pivotal role in developing a crucial algorithmic trading strategy. Paula’s commitment to innovation also led her to co-found Wethaq, an Islamic Fintech startup, in 2022, dedicated to issuing Sukuks (Islamic bonds) on the distributed ledger. Beyond her ventures, Paula actively engages with the World Business Angels Forum (WBAF) Global Startup Committee, where she represented the WBAF as a commissioner in the United Arab Emirates. Paula holds a B.A. in International Finance and an MSc diploma in Financial Engineering, specializing in Automated Trading Systems.

Dr. Clara Guerra

Chairwoman European Blockchain Association and Director

Office for FinanciaI Market Innovation and Digital Transformation, Liechtenstein Government

A lawyer by trade with an interdisciplinary focus on high-tech and innovation in the private sector (LegalTech, HealthTech, Telecommunications and EmergingTech). As Deputy Director of the Office for Financial Market Innovation and Digitalisation, she is responsible for FinTech, Blockchain and Legal Innovation for the Liechtenstein Government, pioneering regulation innovation. Since January of this year, she joined the European Blockchain Association as new Co-Chair. The EBA is the leading independent association for industry players who want to make an impact and empowering the European blockchain ecosystem. Dr. Guerra previously is active as a board member in higher education and Medtech. She lectures and regularly publishes emerging tech and other innovation topics from a governmental perspective.

Chandra Sekhar Pappu

Country Head, India


I am Chandra Sekhar Pappu from Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. I am graduated in Science and hold an experience of 25 yrs in sales and marketing. Worked as Manager with Corporate Companies and Financial Institutions like ICICI Bank Ltd in India. Currently, promoting Crypto business and generating awareness on Blockchain Technology and it’s legality development in India.

Suresh Sathyanarayanan



Mr.Suresh Sathyanarayanan, a Wealth Expert and Coach at International level talks about his success in learning ENGLISH LANGUAGE, MULTIPLE HUMAN BEHAVIOURAL PATTERNS, THE SCIENCE BEHIND MONEY MAKING etc through training programmes from National and International Coaches. He says his idea of GIVING PEOPLE WHAT HE MISSED brought all the positive difference in his life. He says that 10% people who follow FIGHT MECHANISM become LEADERS and 90% people who follow FLIGHT MECHANISM become FOLLOWERS. He says MORE, LESS, EQUAL & OPPOSITE are the only 4 possibilities in life and this realization gave him the COURAGE to move forward and WIN. SILENCE according to him, gives the best POWER to succeed in life. He has trained, guided, mentored, coached and handheld thousands of Commoners, Entrepreneurs, Corporate Employees, etc and his support is still continuing especially to the individuals with challenges in WEALTH MAKING. Like now in 21st century, if WOMEN had been given opportunities in 20th century, the world would have been a better place to live and INDIA would have become a SUPER POWER by now is what he claims. TRANSFORMATION always wins agaist INFORMATION is what he clearly adds. He asserts that he’s in the journey of getting HIGH QUALITY FOOD, SUPER MODERN EDUCATION, ELECTRICITY AND MEDICINES AT AFFORDABLE PRICE and he’s progressing in getting them. He also says he’s becoming better every day in his expertise in terms of the SCIENCE BEHIND WEALTH MAKING. The only purpose of his journey is TO GIVE PEOPLE WHAT HE IS MISSING is what he says. VISION 2027: He says, he will be a World Peace Representative at UNO by 2027 with the support of the masses and the Almighty.

David Orban

Chairman of the Supervisory Council


David is an investor, entrepreneur, author, keynote speaker, and thought leader of the global technology landscape. His entrepreneurial accomplishments span several companies founded and grown over more than twenty years. An early adopter of blockchain technologies and an active Bitcoin investor since 2010, he was the first to own Ether during the Ethereum launch in 2014. He also led the adoption of Bitcoin and blockchain in start-ups and is an advisor and investor in numerous blockchain companies and funds,such as Bitnation, Neuromation, Sun Exchange, Wealth Migrate, Blockchain Capital, Bancor, Swarm Fund, and others. David was the keynote speaker at the first Ethereal Summit in May 2017 in NewYork with an inspiring vision of how Blockchain technologies will catalyze a phase change in the socio-economic organization of our societies, and in March 2018 at Blockchain Unbound in Puerto Rico where he detailed the emancipation and empowerment that non-zero sum technologies are spreading
worldwide. David is Managing Advisor of Beyond Enterprizes, a strategic advisory firm, providing technical leadership,support capabilities to projects in all stages of blockchain and new technology implementation and development. Beyond’s over 50 clients reached a combined market capitalization of over $4B, as of August 2022. David is the Founder and a Trustee of Network Society Research, a London-based global think tank present in over 40 countries, creating a vision and analytical tools to allow individuals, enterprises and the society at large to deal positively with the unstoppable transformation to a world based on decentralized exponential technologies that are disrupting the traditional centralized and hierarchical functions of governments and corporations. He is also on the Faculty of and Advisor to the Singularity University, based at the NASA Research Park in Moffett Field, California, an investor in the Singularity University Labs Accelerator Fund (now SUVentures), and was President of SingularityU Italy. SU is an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to assemble, educate and inspire leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies in order to address humanity’s grand challenges.

Ayesha Bin Kalban


DIFC Courts

Ayesha was appointed as a Registrar of the DIFC Courts in November 2022. She currently oversees case progression at the DIFC Courts, as well as sitting as a judge and mediator with the Small Claims Tribunal (SCT). Ayesha also hears applications in the Court of First Instance, Court of Appeal and the Enforcement Department. Ayesha also oversees the day-to-day function of the DIFC Courts Wills Service.
Ayesha joined the DIFC Courts in the role of Case Progression Officer in March 2015 and was promoted to the role of Assistant Registrar in 2018. In 2019, Ayesha was appointed as the Deputy Registrar of the Small Claims Tribunal and in 2020 Ayesha was appointed Deputy Registrar of the DIFC Courts. Ayesha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Science from the University of Saint Joseph Dubai and studied on a scholarship from the Edad Leadership Programme. She is also qualified to appear before the local and federal courts in the UAE.

Naeem Aslam

CIO | Columnist

Zaye Capital | Nasdaq

Naeem Aslam is a prominent figure in the finance and investment industry, known for his extensive experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and deep expertise in various domains of finance. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Naeem has successfully launched startups and owns a private equity fund focused on commercial real estate. With a career spanning over 15 years, Naeem has established himself as a respected voice in the world of finance. He has also served as an ex-Hedge Fund Trader at Bank of New York, showcasing his hands-on experience in managing investments and trading strategies. As a regular guest at Fox Business and Bloomberg, Naeem shares his insights and analysis on the latest financial trends, market developments, and investment strategies. He is known for his sharp analytical skills and ability to provide expert commentary on a wide range of topics, including blockchain technologies, fintech, traditional assets, macroeconomics, central bank policies, and artificial intelligence. In addition to his media appearances, Naeem is a recognized columnist at NASDAQ (US), where he shares his in-depth knowledge and opinions on various financial subjects. He has also previously worked for Forbes (US) for over 5 years, where he contributed valuable insights to the finance community through his writing. Naeem’s expertise and knowledge are not limited to media and writing. He is also a sought-after guest lecturer at prestigious institutions such as the London School of Economics and the University of Warwick’s Business School, where he imparts his wisdom and experiences to aspiring finance professionals.

Mattia Rattaggi

Senior Advisor

Edelcoin AG

Dr. Mattia Rattaggi is an Advisor, Board Member, and Start-ups Developer in the Digital Finance & Web3.0 spaces, advising, and carrying out projects at, private companies and regulatory bodies. He is a thought leader in blockchain, crypto finance, financial risk and regulation, and speaker at international conferences and writer.

Dr Mohamed Al Hemairy

Principal Investigator, Blockchain-Based Project / Director TTO

Bitcoin Association / 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.

Ahmed Elmetwally

CEO / General Manager

Private Office of Sheikh Mohamed Bin Ahmed Bin Hamadan Al Nahyan

My life has been nurtured by Emirati culture and values. As proud resident of United Arab Emirates my focus is always to bring prosperity to nation in all sectors. Guidance and effort of founding father His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan has been inspiration to my life.

Currently as the CEO of The Private Office of Sheikh Mohamed Bin Ahmed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan my aim is to bring new technologies, ventures and investment to the region in various sectors. When I started my career in 2015 as the Director of Partnerships of a prominent royal family office in the country, it helped me to honed my skills in achieving my goals. While completing my studies in Buisness Administration in New York University in Abu Dhabi, I got more interested in field of merging and acquisitions.

Today its proud moment for me to work with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Ahmed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, the chairman of the private office And my mentor. My role for the private office includes garnering long term strong relationships with prominent government delegates and business tycoons in the region and the world.

At our private office We encourage businesses and entrepreneurs that need the support and push to scale up their operations and guide them to enter the regional market. Our entity is the strategically placed launchpad for businesses who would want to enter the MENA region. We believe in transparency, humanity and giving back to the society.

Kumar Gaurav

Founder & CEO


Kumar Gaurav is the Founder & CEO of Cashaa. Cashaa is a community of more than 500 crypto businesses, including the industry leaders such as Binance, Chainlink, Elrond, Kucoin, Nexo, Polygon, etc., making it the biggest crypto-friendly banking platform. Kumar started his career as an engineer by building navigation systems for Ferrari before pivoting into the FinTech space in 2014 to begin working on blockchain-powered innovations. In recognition of his pioneering work on blockchain technology, he was awarded extraordinary (O-1) status by the United States government in 2017 and got listed among the Top 100 Most Influential People in Blockchain in 2016-2018 by Rise global. In 2017, he was also nominated among the ‘World’s Top 50 Innovators from the industries of the future in the UK. In 2021 he moved to Dubai, where he was recognized as the Best crypto entrepreneur in the Middle East at the UAE- India partnership summit. He also received a Golden Excellence award in 2023 from H.E Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, a Senior member of the Royal family, Cabinet Minister & Minister for the Tolerance & Coexistence of the UAE. As a thought leader in the Fintech space, he has been invited to numerous global forums, including Money 2020, TechCrunch Disrupt, the European Parliament, and Ivy League universities.

Jeremy Firster

Global Head of Enterprise Partnerships

Cardano Foundation

Jeremy leads Enterprise partnerships at the Cardano Foundation, overseeing third party relationships, market infrastructure development, and mainstream adoption trends. With a career history of 6 years in corporate banking and another 6 years in the blockchain industry, Jeremy brings a unique view of industry analysis, value-chain enhancement, and solution integrations to address a variety of world problems through collaborations with key organizations.

Amalia Grochal

Founder & CEO of MIRAI DAO

Member of Ordinals Council

Founder of MIRAI DAO a web3 VC and Advisory. Member of Ordinals Council – organization shaping the future of Bitcoin network. Currently leading ToshiPad’s due diligence of prospective launches. BTC DeFi and cybersecurity Researcher. Tech Advisor at BWmining. Advisor at Forward Protocol, ETH hackathon judge, supporting UAE’s crypto Hub.

Laura Kornelija Inamedinova


LKI Consulting

Laura K. Inamedinova is an international keynote speaker and an Award-winning CEO of LKI Consulting, a London-based 7-digit Web3 Marketing & Design Agency. As an unmatched Founder and CEO, she was listed as one of the “10 Women Entrepreneurs” by Entrepreneur Magazine and among “Top 10 Women in International Business” by Silicon Valley Times. A true XXII century leader in Web3, Laura is a voice of 129+ conferences in 17+ countries worldwide. She’s a globally recognized blockchain industry expert, a graduate physicist, and a former columnist of Forbes and Huffington Post. Voted “Best Web3 Marketing” by Entrepreneur in 2023, Laura leads her team at LKI Consulting with passion and shares her 8+ years in Web3 with audiences around the world. She constantly challenges what “best” means in Web3 and invites her audiences to join in changing this emerging space.

Belal Jassoma

Head of Business Development


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 and ecosystems 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 business setup, partnerships, product development and DMCC’s Crypto Centre and Gaming Centre. DMCC is now home to over 23,000 businesses and was named Global Free Zone of the Year by the Financial Times’ fDi Magazine for 8 consecutive years. Belal holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the American University of Sharjah and brings over 17 years of experience in real estate, investment, and government administration.

Dr. Ebrahim Al Alkeem

Digital Transformation, Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence Expert, Director

Government of Abu Dhabi

Holds Ph.D degree in Engineering with specialisation in Digital transformation, Artificial Intelligence & Cyber Security. He has some of the most prestigious and worldwide recognised security certifications. He has been an expert speaker and panel member in security events and summits.

Rudy Shoushany

CEO and Founder


Award Winning, Founder of CryptoTalks & DxTalks The Digital Leaders Platform | BCCManagement Consultancy | Forbes Technology Council | International Keynote Speaker | Mentor | Advisor | Specialized in consulting on Digital Transformation Strategies, Fintech, Cybersecurity, Governance, and Blockchain.

Jorge Carrasco

Managing Director Blockchain and Digital Assets

FTI Consulting

Jorge Carrasco is the Managing Director for FTI’s Blockchain and Digital Assets practice in the Middle East. Mr. Carrasco is a Blockchain and Web3 expert and enthusiast, with more than 15 years of experience building lines of business related to emerging technologies. Mr. Carrasco supports clients in developing strategies for enterprise blockchain implementation across multiple sectors, having worked on several nationwide consortiums. With deep understanding of global virtual assets regulations and the regulatory landscape in the Middle East in particular, he leads initiatives with virtual asset regulators to support them with their mandate, as well as companies in their journey to obtain operating licenses in the region. Mr. Carrasco holds an MBA with honours from IE Business School and multiple certifications around blockchain and related concepts.

Ahmad Al Tarawneh

Sr. Strategic Transformation Consultant

Dubai Police General HQ

Digital & business Transformation, Metaverse, Digital Twins, Conversational ai & Web3, Emerging Technologies Use Cases, Excellence & Business Expert; A Business Data science professional; A professional Business Developer; a Civil Engineer & A Project Management Practitioner. Total Quality Management and Lean Six Sigma Professional. Market Strategy, Business Analysis, Global Trends, and Benchmarking. A Civil Engineer from The Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham, USA, An MBA from The Univ. of Wales, UK, & a DBA in Responsive Smart City & Data Science. 32 International Certificates across Scaled Agile, PM, RM, KM, Quality, CX, DX, Operational Excellence, OKRs, Balance Score Card, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Big Data, Open Data, Zero Trust Platforms, and more. Ahmed started his career in Civil Engineering & Business Development in the USA and continued that journey in 12 countries across the MENA region

Jehanzeb Awan


Middle East Africa and Asia Crypto & Blockchain Association (MEAACBA)

Jehanzeb is the Chairman of the Middle East Africa and Asia Crypto and Blockchain Association and the founding partner and chief executive officer of j. awan & partners and azakaw, a Regulatory Technology firm. He is also the Chief Client Officer responsible for managing key regulatory and client relationships for both firms. Jehanzeb is a 23 year veteran of the financial services industry with strong relationships that range from global financial services firms to regulators. Prior to establishing j. awan & partners and azakaw, he was the Regional Head of Compliance for Morgan Stanley’s business in the MENA region. Prior to that Jehanzeb was the Head of compliance for the National Bank of Dubai (now Emirates NBD). Jehanzeb started his career in New York with Hornblower & Weeks and subsequently worked with Raymond James & Associates. Jehanzeb graduated with a BSC and received a Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona.

Awad Ahmed Ali El-Sidiq

Head of AI & Analytics

ADNOC Distribution, UAE

Mr. Awad Ahmed Ali El-Sidiq (Chief Data Officer of the year 2023 , Award Winner of Best AI Project Implementation for Energy and Utilities Sector 2022 –2023 & Award Winner of Oracle Worldwide DBA Excellence Award for EMEA Region at Open World USA 2013) is Head of Artificial intelligence & Analytics at ADNOC Distribution – U.A.E, Key Member on Data warehouse – Big Data Worldwide Leader Program. With more than 15 years of IT Industry experience in architecting and managing large enterprise Database Applications and Advance Analytics Solutions for delivering services to more than 10,000 users and millions of customers across all ADNOC Distribution businesses. Pioneer in Implementing BI & Advance Analytics (AI/ML) Solutions in Oil and Gas industry in Middle East & Africa region (MEA). His dedication and initiatives has been recognized globally. Has led major AI/ML Use Cases Development and Deployment with huge Business Revenues and Benefits. One of the First Globally to Implement and Consolidate Successfully Enterprise Critical Production Databases using Oracle Exadata , Exalogic and Private Cloud Appliance in EMEA Region.

Maria Xenofontos

CEO and Founder


Maria Xenofontos is an award-winning CMO a Tech entrepreneur and international keynote speaker based in Dubai. She has scaled some of the most successful fintech and blockchain companies from the ground up worth 1 billion in evaluations. She is polyglot who can converse in 5 languages, Maria is blessed with impeccable communication and helps masses understand the complex world of the digital transformation. She is a true pioneer, one of the first to enter crypto and she believes that when you work in blockchain, you are at the forefront of the industry due to no set rules, improving you to be a real innovator.

Dr. Sid Ahmed Benraouane

Innovation Advisor

Dubai Government, UAE

Dr. Sid Ahmed Benraouane is a thought leader with 20+ year experience in digital transformation, technology policy, and government innovation. He advises the Dubai Government on innovation, digital transformation, and foresight. Dr. Benraouane is a member expert of the U.S. ISO committee tasked with the development of a set of ISO Standards on Artificial Intelligence, trustworthiness, risk management, and AI management system. He is part of the Working Group in charge of developing the new mandatory ISO/IEC standard 42001 AI Management System set for publication in 2023. This standard will provide organizations with a framework on AI governance, data management, and the process by which compliance managers conduct a conformity assessment for AI systems’ certification to meet ISO AI standards.

Sujay Kanth

President & Founder

Istakapaza Inc

Sujay Kanth (MSK) is the Founder and President of Istakapaza Inc, a blockchain based ecosystem-commerce platform that simplifies home mortgage and reduces friction for every participant. He is also the founder, Chairman of i3 Lending which provides Mortgage Lending operations across 23 states in the United States. MSK is a first-generation entrepreneur and the Chairman of the broader Moham Group that he owns and runs with businesses across the US, India and Dubai. His string of companies includes Moham Capital that focuses on lending to Automobile buyers and small businesses in tier 2 and 3 cities in India, Moham Infosolutions, ESS llc. that focusses on software and BPO, solutions in the financial services and insurance industry, Siddhi Holdings in the US in non-QM Home Loan Origination side and, Moham Uttarana, which is a SaaS platform for secure logistics and mortgage banking.

Daniel Friedman

Founder and CEO

zenGate Global

Dan is a seasoned technologist and was part of the founding team at Input Output that launched the Cardano blockchain. He is also a strategic advisor for the Ergo Foundation.

Reece Merrick

Senior Director of Global Strategic Partners


Reece is Senior Director of Global Strategic Partners at Ripple where he leads relationships with key financial institutions & crypto partners adopting blockchain-based payments and crypto liquidity solutions to enable cross-border payments. Prior to Ripple, Reece spent 10+ years working within the fintech and payments space, focusing on FX risk management and building out cross-border payment solutions for large FIs & corporations.

Christian Gleich

International Ambassador

European Blockchain Association

Christian Gleich is the ambassador of the European Blockchain Association and well-known as a consultant and international speaker on topics related to blockchain, web3, tokenization and the metaverse. His focus over the last 25 years has been on the specific development of digital use cases and business models as well as their monetization. In various leadership positions, the digital expert led innovative projects for Samsung, Nike as well as NASA. He also holds the Guinness® World Record for the largest product launch of all time – streamed from the international space station (ISS). Right now he is focusing on tokenization for companies of different industries.

Hoda Alkhzaimi

Director / Co chair

Emartsec / World Economic Forum Global Future Council

Hoda Alkhzaimi is an experienced, motivated and innovative leader in industrialization, economic development, green field projects development and tech development. With over seventeen years of successfully driven numerous technological investments internationally and Locally especially in in the UAE. She has successfully led various projects towards achieving strategic, financial and operational efficiencies and synergies worldwide. She has a particular focus in leading and motivating tech-based industrial investments globally. Through her strategic, financial, and operational insight, she has overseen the successful turnaround of multiple large-scale projects, facilitated the research and development process while creating growth potential for each prospect Additionally, Hoda has an expertise in developing industrial prospects that respects different technology readiness levels and curate economic growth strategies based on those prospects. Furthermore, she takes a special interest in sustainable development goal and value-based investments. Currently she is holding the position of CO-chair for the World Economic Forum Global Cyber Security Future Council on Cyber Security Director and founder for (EMARATSEC) NYU’s Center for Emerging Advanced Research Acceleration for Technology, Director and founding member at NYUAD’s Center of Cyber Security, and holds a research assistant professorship at NYU, her work in research, development for multiple portfolios, including yet not limited to, cryptology, AI and cyber security initiatives have allowed her to make significant contributions to these field. From developing cryptology research ecosystems to heading departments, industrial ventures focused on emerging technologies hardware and software R&Ds.

Arnold Gergely-Nagy



Arnold Gergely-Nagy, founder of Tradensea & Pooolse Result-oriented IT, Trade and blockchain development executive with increasingly responsible experience driving project strategy and execution for his own IT development company. Sophisticated understanding of complete process from the evaluation and preparation of new opportunities to the final implementation, that enables successful development with a focus on profitability, ability to anticipate market trends, initiate timely development, and enhance value in competitive and mature markets. Respected as a dynamic team builder, hands-on leader and creative solutions provider. Areas of Expertise Include: Blockchain, Web3, DeFi, Crypto, NFT, DEX, Altcoins, Digital & Virtual Assets.

Patrick Tobler



Directly after finishing university in 2021, Patrick founded NMKR, one of the largest Web3 NFT/Tokenization Infrastructure providers that focuses on making it easy for businesses to enter the Web3 space.

Sudeep Saxena


Coin Gabbar

Sudeep is a Finance veteran and have more than 5 years of experience in the Crypto Industry and having a total experience of 24 years. He is inclined towards thought leadership about the new developments in the Crypto Industry.

Jermaine Anderson

CEO & Founder


Jermaine Anderson is an experienced engineer and an aspiring entrepreneur. Being an extrovert by nature and keen team player, Jermaine has been involved in delivering successful projects at both start-ups and large enterprises.

Mitch Rankin


Forward Protocol

Mitch Rankin is the Co-Founder of Forward Protocol, the “Wordpress for Web3”. Forward enables thousands of combinations of potential dApp, subnet and blockchain deployment flows with its no-code platform. By leveraging its extensive library of templates, users can easily customize their projects through an intuitive drag-and-drop interface, before deploying them seamlessly with a single click. With Forward’s ultimate goal of completely removing the technical knowledge barrier to Web3, they are making blockchain technology more accessible and driving wider adoption.

Mohamed Sabry Issa

Regional Manager


Mohamed Issa is Chainalysis Regional Manager for the Middle East who alongside his team in Dubai are driving trust in blockchains, specializing in technology trends including Cryptocurrency, Financial Compliance and blockchain. Before Chainalysis, Issa was Managing Oracle Middle East channel for 10 years based out of Dubai.
Issa Certifications include an MBA and a Master’s degree in Cryptocurrency and Blockchains from the University of Nicosia Plus the ICA Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Crime Compliance.

Adel B.

CEO & Founder, Corporate Speaker, Podcast Host, YouTuber

Traders Brawl

Adel’s work experience in the crypto assets industry was derived from working for the UK regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Adel acted as the ‘Crypto-asset policeman’ who granted and refused crypto asset licenses to UK applicants that sought UK registration in order to provide crypto asset services such as setting up a crypto exchange and/or providing crypto asset custodial services. While discovering crypto as an alternative store of value to the US dollar, Adel also experienced with investing his own personal money in a host of both utility-based NFT collections, altcoins, Gold and Bitcoin. Adel’s career took a turn after realizing that working for the government and regulator was tremendously slow at innovating itself. This is alongside the fact that the FCA’s conservative approach created complex crypto asset application criteria and reporting requirements that stifled innovation.
Adel founded Traders Brawl, a Web3 public relations and social media marketing agency for Web3, FinTech and blockchain-based start-ups. Traders Brawl provides affordable marketing content for clients, who can consist of both businesses and individuals. Adel now manages his own content strategy consultancy in Dubai with the aim to educate people about the next evolution of the internet. His hobbies include videography, fitness and exploring new countries.

Oliver Von Wolff

Co-Founder and CEO

Helion Ventures

Oliver von Wolff is a Venture Capitalist and Venture Builder with experience in architecture and establishing regulated and unregulated investment products. Oliver is Co-founder and CEO of Helion Ventures a Dubai DIFC licensed investment company for early-stage tokens and fintech-blockchain companies.
Prior, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Crypto Oasis, Managing Director MENA for CV Labs and CVVC Switzerland, an early-stage venture capital investor and blockchain ecosystem builder, headquartered in Dubai. Also, Group CFO & Equity Partner of a global crypto asset management and blockchain-focused venture capital group and Managing Director of a joint venture with a stock listed equity company on the Xetra Frankfurt.
Oliver has over 15 years in management experience, as CFO and Co-Founder responsible for different start-ups and management buy outs. He has a proven track record in company transformations in different industries and is well connected in Dubai and the GCC region. Oliver holds an MBA in international management, degrees in economics and business and attended New York University to study international corporate finance.

Rajat Sakhuja

Manager, Blockchain and Digital Assets


Rajat is responsible for commercialization of Blockchain and Crypto products at Mastercard for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa region. In his remit he drives the regional blockchain agenda and key initiatives across Web3 players and their intersection with FIs and Non-FIs.. Prior to joining Mastercard, Rajat worked in consulting, driving Digital and Innovation agendas for key public and private sector entities.

Dave Uhryniak

Director of Ecosystem Development

Tron Dao

Dave Uhryniak is the Director of Ecosystem Development and Blockchain Strategy at Tron DAO. As
a leading blockchain platform throughout Asia Pacific, Tron is rapidly increasing presence and
exposure in North America. David joined Tron in January 2022 and has become a highly visible
part of the team that drives North American expansion as they identify key opportunities within
the blockchain ecosystem and ensure Tron is positioned to act.
Involved in blockchain since 2016, Dave has provided strategic guidance for global payment
companies and insurance companies, among others. He has led the successful development of
multiple use cases in financial services, healthcare, and supply chain. He continually finds unique
and creative ways to apply emerging technologies to enable corporations to achieve their strategic
Dave began his career as an equity research analyst at a leading U.S. mutual fund company, where
he conducted thorough bottom-up analysis of global and regional financial services companies.
Dave has often been quoted in leading media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes,
Bloomberg, and other publications.
Dave is a Certified Blockchain Solution Architect, holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University
Tepper School, and a BA from Westminster College (PA).

Josh Wilson


Wilson Worldwide

Josh Wilson is an entrepreneurial veteran with careers spanning the TV, journalism, and business development sectors. Josh’s journey in business started in sales and marketing working with established brands such as Mastercard and the Canadian Red Cross, developing key strategies to improve the brands’ ability to grow a returning customer base.
Josh’s career in media started shortly after his tenure in business development with the beginning of his successful blog The FilmCo, which helped launch his career in journalism. He was hired by well-known TV & Film publications KFTV and The Knowledge.
Launching his first company in January 2013, his foray into the television industry was a process. After 2 years developing the firm as its Managing Director, Josh steered the company to winning many commissions against the larger and more established production houses that dominate the U.K. television market.
He has worked with the BBC, National Geographic, Disney, Channel 4, Sky, ESPN, Ximalaya, and many others. His work has been watched in over 150 countries and has been streamed by over 1 billion people around the world. The company won the Diversity & Inclusion Award at the Amazon Business Awards in 2019 after hiring several women and people from diverse backgrounds to the market. Well above the industry and national average.
Josh’s meteoric rise was reflected in 2018 with his inclusion in the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 list. The next year, Josh was asked to be a judge for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in entertainment alongside musician Rita Ora and prolific producer Stephen Garrett.
His inclusion on the Forbes list led to Josh writing for Forbes under the Hollywood & Entertainment category. He currently contributes to Forbes Middle East on groundbreaking stories relevant to the region.
Josh became a stakeholder in groundbreaking AI, data, and machine learning company Binj, helping the firm forge partnerships with governments and institutions as its Chief Strategy Officer. He also became a stakeholder in Spirits Capital, a fast-growing entity focused on securitization for the spirits industry utilizing advanced technology for safety and transparency. Both companies are currently based in the United States. Josh is currently working with multi-award-winning musician, philanthropist and businessman, Akon, on developing numerous projects across the energy and infrastructure sectors.
As well as business, Josh is also on the board of both She Matters and Evolvin Women, based out of Europe and the Middle East respectively. Two institutions focused on helping disadvantaged women, predominately under refugee status, find work and safety. Josh has been on a focused and targeted mission for several years to improve media representation and work for a more equitable global society for several emerging markets to promote safety and infrastructure development on a global scale.
Outside of work, Josh is a keen practitioner of yoga and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with a lengthy background in martial arts including kickboxing and boxing.

Claus Skaaning


DigiShares Inc

PhD in computer science, Claus has worked as a researcher and technical lead for Hewlett-Packard, before founding his first company, Dezide, a software company with focus on Artificial Intelligence. After heading Dezide as CEO for 12 years, Claus has both started and taken part in several successful ventures and also worked as an advisor and mentor for many research-based startups. In 2018 he co-founded and has since been the CEO of DigiShares, a FinTech tokenization software company with subsidiaries in both Europe and the US, specializing in the issuance and ongoing management of tokenized securities. He is a believer in the vision behind blockchain technology and works to increase democratization, disintermediation and self-sovereignty of assets. He is an often used public speaker.

Andrej Majcen

Head Global Expansion & Strategic Clients, Co-Founder

Bitcoin Suisse AG

Andrej Majcen joined and helped co-founding Bitcoin Suisse AG in autumn 2013 as an account manager and later became a compliance officer where he ensured that all business activities adhere to the relevant laws and regulations of the digital finance industry in Switzerland. From November 2017 until August 2018, in his function as the COO, he was responsible for the daily operations as well as accounting and finance and significantly supported the fast scaling of the corporate structure and organization. As of August 2018, he serves as the Head of Client Services and is responsible for all relationship managers of the corporate & institutional, private and retail department and has since taken over the role as Head Global Expansion & Strategic Clients. Andrej Majcen holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration as well as a master’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of St. Gallen. Andrej Majcen has been recognized by Forbes DACH in 2020 on its prestigious list of 30 Under 30.

Bibhu Pattnaik



Bibhu is a digital media strategist, editor, and writer with over two decades of experience in print, television, and digital media. An avid digital and content marketer, Bibhu holds Master’s Degree in Journalism and Degree in Economics. He covers the crypto, economy, market, tech, and political news at Benzinga.

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20 September 2023

Day - 2

21 September 2023

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10:00 am - 10:20 am

AI Governance, risk and compliance: A Global Perspective

Dr. Sid Ahmed Benraouane

10:00 am - 10:20 am

Specialised dispute resolution for the digital economy

Ayesha Bin Kalban

10:20 am - 10:55 am

Blockchain in Global Money Transfers: Revolutionizing Efficiency and Transparency

Maria Xenofontos, Naeem Aslam, Rudy Shoushany, Reece Merrick, Dr Mohamed Al Hemairy, Sujay Kanth

10:20 am - 10:55 am

Key Elements of Successful NFT Projects and future of Tokenizing Real-World Assets

Bibhu Pattnaik, Awad Ahmed Ali El-Sidiq, Chee Siong Chang, Patrick Tobler, Daniel Friedman, Jeremy Firster

10:55 am - 11:15 am

Improving User Onboarding and Adoption on Web3 Exploring

Mitch Rankin

10:55 am - 11:15 am

What can We Learn from FTX’s Story

Sudeep Saxena

11:15 am - 11:35 am

Asset Based Securities on Blockchain- A Trillion Dollar Opportunity

Sujay Kanth

11:15 am - 11:35 am

Regulatory Terrains: Evolving Cryptocurrency Trends and Compliance Measures

Jehanzeb Awan

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Date: 20 – 21 September 2023

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