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Amna Sultan Al Owais

Amna Sultan Al Owais

Chief Executive Officer Registrar DIFC
CEO Dispute Resolution Authority

Amna Al Owais  joined the DIFC Courts in 2006 and was promoted to Chief Executive and Registrar in 2017. In addition to her role as Chief Executive and Registrar of the DIFC Courts Amna is also Registrar of the Special Tribunal Related to Dubai World, Chairwoman of the DIFC Courts’ Users’ Committee and a member of the Consulting Council for the University of Sharjah College of Law. In 2014, Amna was appointed to the Advisory Board of the International Bar Association’s Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee.  

In 2014, with the establishment of the Dispute Resolution Authority, Amna became the Deputy Chief Executive Officer.  The Dispute Resolution Authority was established to oversee the DIFC Courts, DIFC Wills Service Centre, DIFC Academy of Law and DIFC-LCIA. As of September 2018, Amna assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer.  

In 2014, Amna was selected to join the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development (MBRCLD) – the Young Leaders category.

In 2011 Amna was recognised by the International Bar Association as one of the Top 3 young lawyers in the world and was listed in the Top 50 Most Influential Women in the Arab World and in the Top 100 Influential People Helping to Shape the Emirate of Dubai by Arabian Business in 2018.

Previous to her employment at the DIFC Courts, she practiced as a lawyer in the litigation department with Hadef Al Dhahiri and Associates now known as Hadef & Partners.

Amna holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Law from the University of Sharjah and obtained a Masters (LLM) with Commendation in International Commercial Law from Kingston University, London.

Bilal M. Husain

Bilal M. Husain

Founder and CEODigital Transformation IT ME

After holding different public sector positions, Bilal returned to his entrepreneurial spirit and founded the startup Digital Transformation LLC. The startup focuses on Blockchain and Cyber security.

Previously Bilal worked at the Ministry of Economy and Planning KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), as an Advisor for the Minister as well as managing multiple operational roles.

He also held the position of First Acting Deputy Minister for Shared Services at MEP, a newly developing concept at public sector for combining much of back office services into a single unit. Shared Services consisted of Finance and Admin, HR, IT, PMO and General Services.

Bilal is an active member in  the  Bureau of Experts at the Council of Minister, member of many committees discussing legislative reform of areas like review of government procurement system, drafting of Freedom of Information Act, drafting privacy of information act, review of general audit bureau's report...etc.

He also participated in numerous internal committees related to Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and NTP2020 (National Transformation Program).

Prior joining MEP, Bilal worked as an Advisor to the Minister and Head of Internal Audit and Inventory Control at Ministry of Health (MoH). He also previously held the position of Director General of Internal Audit (Chief Audit Executive) at Ministry of Labor, Saudi Arabia. 

Bart Brands

Bart Brands

PresidentEuropean Blockchain Foundation

Bart Brands (1982) is a Security expert and Certified Security Intelligence Professional.

He developed an award nominated anti-terror method and worked at the Ministry of Justice in Holland. in 2010

He got elected as a member of the City Council of The Hague and in 2011 as a member of the Provincial Parliament of South Holland.

 In 2013 Bart became interested in Bitcoin and Blockchain technology and started giving workshops about the technology in early 2017.

In april of 2018 Bart, along with others Founded the European Blockchain Foundation with  the mission of promoting and creating a Blockchain friendly regulatory ecosystem in Europe.

Michael Chang

Michael Chang

Head of Strategic AdvisoryWachsman

Michael advises high growth technology companies from both inside and outside the blockchain industry on transformative capital raising and partnership development strategies to bridge the gap between the blockchain ecosystem and the traditional economy.

Prior to Wachsman, Michael was a Senior Vice President in the Technology Investment Banking Group at Jefferies. At Jefferies, Michael led the blockchain investment banking coverage effort, where he advised and executed transactions for institutional clients including technology companies, institutional investors, and emerging blockchain companies.

Prior to Jefferies, Michael was a Director in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Vice President at Citigroup in New York, where he collectively advised on over US$40 billion in M&A and capital raising transactions.

Michael holds a MBA from Cornell University, where he was a Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow, and BA in Economics with Honors of Highest Distinction at the University of California, San Diego.

David Siegel

David Siegel

Chief Executive Officer Pillar Project & 20/30

David Siegel is a web pioneer, author, and serial entrepreneur. He is also the CEO of Pillar project and 20/30.

His work on blockchain technology, entrepreneurship, and business, has distinguished him as a thought leader in innovation and economics.

In the course of his career, he has started 23 new companies, including Studio Verso, one of the world’s first digital agencies, which was sold to KPMG.

In 2016, David was a candidate for the Dean of Stanford Business School.

His most recent book, Pull, describes the semantic web and its upcoming impact on the business world.

In July 2017, Siegel led a team of volunteers to a successful ICO of the Pillar Project, raising over $20 million, and is now operating in London. The Pillar Project has a growing team of people building an open-source wallet and decentralized, personal data-management platform based on the ‘pull’ ecosystem.

Dr. Hesham Bin-Abbas

Dr. Hesham Bin-Abbas

Senior ConsultantMinistry of Communications and Information technology (MCIT) and the Blockchain Leader in Saudi Arabia

Dr. Hesham Bin-Abbas is a Senior Consultant at Ministry of Communications and Information technology (MCIT) and the Blockchain Leader in Saudi Arabia.

Before joining MCIT, he was a Director at EY (Ernst & Young) MENA in the Technology Consulting GPS Advisory Services. His experience covers both private and public sectors as he managed multiple businesses and initiatives including Internet Service, Technology Innovations and Marketing, entrepreneurship, and Advisory Services relevant to vision 2030 of KSA.

Bin-Abbas holds a Ph.D. Degree in Computer Networks and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Pittsburgh and University of Washington, Seattle, respectively. He graduated from King Saud University, the department of Electrical Engineering with First Class Honor.

LLanjin (Ken ) Huang

LLanjin (Ken ) Huang

CEO FounderSecurity IOT

Mr. Huang in addition to being the CEO of 3 blockchain companies, is also the conference Commit Member of ACM AI Decentralized Practitioner Board , blockchain Expert Committee Member of Chinese Institute of Electronics  and a distinguished Researcher & Lecturer of  Big Data Blockchain and Regulatory Technology Laboratory and RegChain Laboratory of Renmin University of China.

He is author of the book Blockchain Security Technical Guide”  in Chinese and a senior advisor to several successful blockchain startups.

He is a frequent speaker at many global Blockchain conferences, including CoinDesk Consensus, Blockchain Connect, Tokensky, World Crypto Economic Forum, and Bigdata Expo in China.

Mohammed Irfan

Mohammed Irfan

VPGlobal Operations at Bloccelerate

Sheikh Mohammed Irfan is a serial entrepreneur, author, inventor, and philanthropist. He is currently the VP of Global Operations at Bloccelerate, a global blockchain venture fund based in Seattle. His focus areas are in the fields of emerging technologies and their implication in the global industries and economies.  His goal is to create a sustainable world enhanced by technology, people, empathy and effective resource distribution.

Irfan received his education from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MIT Sloan School of Management and Oxford Said Business School. He has a background in System Architecture, Computing and Business Management. Prior to his current role, he has worked extensively in the IT Enterprise industry as a technology strategist and advisor. He sits on the board of several projects in the intersection fields of technology, infra structure, finance and security. 

Peter Ferry

Peter Ferry

Founder DirectorWallet Services

Peter co-founded Microsoft Scotland in addition to working as a consultant on leading edge web and security projects. He also lead Microsoft’s Cloud and Partner programs

He's has served on the board of Scotland IS, runs a Code Club for Primary age kids, and serves as the Honorary Consul to the Republic of Estonia in Scotland.

 In addition, he is a member of the Westminster All Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain.

Peter graduated from the University of Strathclyde with BSc (Hons) Information Engineering and MSc Communications and Digital Signal Processing.  “

Paul Ferris

Paul Ferris

Chief Executive OfficerObjectTech Group

Listed as one of the Global Top 100 Influencer in Identity, Paul regularly provides government briefings on the impact of new technologies, and is a speaker on identity, blockchain and advancing new technologies.

Paul is now the global lead for the development and standards of Digital identity and Blockchain for ISO. He is a founding board member of the UKDCA, a board representative on the IBC and represents the UK on the Global Blockchain Forum and is also a founder of the UK Digital Currency Association.

With 30 years’ experience of creating the technical architecture for next generation banking services in UK, Europe, Australia and the US, Paul has co-founded the ObjectTech Group who are building a digital, self-sovereign identity system to address the challenges and opportunities of the worlds current identity systems.

Paul has been instrumental in innovating seamless travel experiences, building for digital passports using blockchain and cryptography to provide security and accuracy, for both civilians and border controls.

Dr. Ramadan AlBlooshi

Dr. Ramadan AlBlooshi

Chief Executive OfficerDubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulation (DHCR)

Dr Ramadan AlBlooshi is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulation (DHCR), an independent regulatory arm of Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA), the governing body of Dubai Healthcare City free zone, a health and wellness destination.

DHCR is responsible for the licensure of all healthcare professionals and healthcare operators and setting and maintaining international best practice in healthcare delivery and patient care within the world’s largest free zone, occupying more than 26 million square feet in the heart of Dubai.

Prior to joining in October 2014, Dr Ramadan was the Director of the Health Regulation Department at Dubai Health Authority (DHA). Committed to raising the standards of healthcare delivery, he played an instrumental role in establishing clinical governance in the emirate. He was also tasked with leading medical tourism strategy and setting up policies in healthcare practice in both government and private sectors.

His journey into governance was preceded by clinical roles - three years as internist with the UAE Ministry of Health (MOH) and two years as a gastroenterologist at Rashid Hospital.

In his career, he has demonstrated expertise in areas including registration and regulation of facilities and professionals; inspection of healthcare facilities; customer care; polices and standards; complaints management; health informatics; and medical tourism.

Dr Ramadan holds a Masters’ degree in business administration (MBA) from the Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, and in Science (gastroenterology) from the Queen Mary University, London, UK. In addition, he holds an Executive Diploma in Public Administration from the National University of Singapore.

He is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). He is also a participant of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development (MBRPLD), an innovative leadership programme designed to develop future national leaders capable of promoting the sustainable development of Dubai.

Outside work, Dr Ramadan enjoys traveling and water sports.

Toufi Saliba

Toufi Saliba

Toda.Network CEO
UN Chair Blockchain & AI Global Initiative

Toufi is a serial technopreneur with a track record in algorithms, machine learning and cryptography since 2001. In parallel to his crypto life, he has built & sold IP that ended up at Google, HP and his last AI startup became an Intel company. Co-Author of the TODA Protocol, Was the elected Global Chair of ACM's Practitioners Board CC where he founded AiDecentralized.com in 2017, an invited speaker at WIC, UN, ITU, AiForGood, and a board member & advisor to several tech ventures, organizations such as FSR and F500 companies.

Dr. Yannis Kalfoglou

Dr. Yannis Kalfoglou

Blockchain Advisor

Dr. Kalfoglou is a blockchain advisor to large FG500 multinationals in a multitude of industries, including financial services, technology, consulting, consumer electronics, energy, and insurance. He focuses on blockchain strategic and tactical advice to clients. He brings onboard 5 years of hands-on experience with commercial scale blockchain work and experiences from diverse industries and use cases.

He led the blockchain efforts at a large global asset manager in the capital markets. He pioneered proof-of-concept blockchain work in the smart contracting space for management fees, worked with post-trading reconciliation and settlement solutions using blockchain technology and evangelized use cases of blockchain across all functions in institutional asset management.

He has also been involved and advised blockchain startups in the insurance space in the banking sector for fiat-to-crypto vertical integration for retail markets, in the data marketplace space for the use of AI technology to determine optimum demand/supply pricing and a number of ad-hoc engagements for innovative use cases of blockchain in intellectual property, smart cities, consumer loyalties, and many others.

Dr Kalfoglou holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the leading centre of excellence for AI research, University of Edinburgh, and 7 years post doc research on the Semantic Web.

Mohsen Alzahrani

Mohsen Alzahrani

Vice President of Strategy and ExcellenceSaudi Payments (Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency)

Mohsen is passionate about innovation and digitalization.

He leads all current SAMA blockchain initiatives.

Mr. Alzahrani holds a master degree in computer engineering; he is MIT Fintech certified

He also recently won the 'Visionary' award from Ripple's first ever 'Blockchain Innovator Awards'.

Kamal Youssefi

Kamal Youssefi

Business Development ManagerSwisscom

Kamal is a blockchain Engineer and technology futurist. He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of IT projects.

Kamal has deep knowledge in distributed ledger technologies and financial cryptography. His previous projects at a Big 4  included re-designing and extending legacy systems using emerging technologies and agile methodologies.

He has extensive experience and expertise in crypto banking and Blockchain use cases for the banking sector, as well as blockchain as a service, digital asset custody and peer to peer payments.

He has worked on blockchain projects in insurance, hedgefunds, and in the GCC region, he successfully set up a national initiatives to implement a crypto remittance platforms.

He holds a Master of Science degree in computer science from one of the leading universities in Germany He is certified in Scrum and in Agile Practices as well as in SAP ERP 6.0 EHP5 , SAP BW and SAP ABAP (2015)

Daniel Haudenschild

Daniel Haudenschild

Chief Executive OfficerSwissCom Blockchain AG

Daniel comes from more than 20 years of experience with big 4 consulting firms. He was a partner at EY financial services advisory and le the distributed ledgers technology division. He is well versed in Hyperledger, Ethereum, Corda.

He has worked on DLT technologies for the financial sector where he was involved in the integration of cryptocurrency for digital payments. He also piloted a DLT product with smart contract for insurance sector. He has been engaged in various digital transformation projects.

Daniel has a Masters degree in Finance and international business.

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