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Crypto + Blockchain: The Future Of The Financial World


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Crypto + Blockchain: The Future Of The Financial World

2021 is an exciting year for cryptocurrencies as their prices continue to rise at an unstoppable pace. Crypto businesses such as exchanges have grown exponentially, and traditional financial market players have become increasingly interested in these assets. The adoption of Bitcoin and other virtual assets is set to increase among the significant tech-friendly population amidst the burgeoning startup environment in the UAE, according to Arshad Khan, CEO of Arabian Bourse. With the increase in online trading activities over the course of the past pandemic-ridden year, UAE-based investors are appearing to diversify their investments by including bitcoin and other virtual assets in their portfolios.

We are thrilled to invite you to our webinar on Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain, with our expert speakers, Arshad Khan (Co-Founder and CEO, Arabian Bourse), Sharjil Ahmed (Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Cykube UK), and Irina Heaver (Crypto & Blockchain Lawyer in Dubai) – who will discuss what lies ahead in the financial world. 

This webinar’s focus would be on business & investment trends and regulatory issues, and governance of crypto and blockchain technology. 

The webinar is recommended for entrepreneurs and business owners seeking to understand how crypto and blockchain technology can play a role in helping raise funds, lowering costs and higher liquidity.

Attendees can use the Q&A functionality in the webinar to ask the panellists any relevant question. The webinar will be moderated by Creative Zone’s CEO, Lorenzo Jooris.



    Lorenzo Jooris

    Lorenzo Jooris

    CEO, Creative Zone

    Lorenzo Jooris is the CEO of Creative Zone, Dubai’s leading business advisory firm. Jooris holds extensive and diverse experience in the Middle Eastern and South Asian business markets and retains an expert opinion on the regions’ SMEs and startup culture. He was the founder of One World Communications, a full-fledged multi-media powerhouse advising governments around the world in branding and communication strategies. He, later on, started LEADERS Middle East Magazine in the UAE and formulated ‘Leaders without Borders’ an initiative that promotes young social entrepreneurs’ development and Power Women of Arabia Debate. In 2018, he joined Arton Capital as the Vice President of global growth and strategy where he oversaw the international expansion of the company and was in charge of sales, marketing and events worldwide. Lorenzo is a firm believer in giving back to the community, and within Creative Zone he has spearheaded significant initiatives to help and support promising startups and entrepreneurs. He is also the author of “Recipes for a Better World” and serves as an advisor to the James Michel Foundation.



    Co-Founder and CEO, Arabian Bourse

    Arshad Khan has diverse expertise in the complete financial markets ecosystem and the technology behind it. Being at the helm of several financial exchanges, he has detailed insight in technology, operations, products, regulations, strategy, finance, and marketing from inception. He pioneered the region's first exchange hosted Islamic finance platform 'Bait Al Bursa' to facilitate Murabaha transactions. With 22 years of experience, out of which 15 years in the Gulf countries, he established strong business relations with regional financial institutions and regulatory authorities. In 2008, Arshad established the Bahrain Financial Exchange regulated by the Central Bank of Bahrain. As a Board Member of the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange and its' clearing corporation for five years, Arshad was part of the core team that established the exchange in a record time of 12 months from conceptualisation to its launch in 2005. Before that he played a key role in the establishment of the Multi Commodity Exchange of India in 2003. MCX has become one of the largest commodities derivatives exchanges in the world. He worked on opportunities to establish exchanges in Hong Kong, Singapore, Qatar and Africa.

    Arabian Bourse (ABX) is an Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), Abu Dhabi, UAE, based, fully regulated, crypto-asset Multilateral Trading Facility Custodian; to be primarily targeted at global institutional and retail traders. ABX has received In-Principal Approval from the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of ADGM. Its development is lead by leading exchange business services and technology provider, GMEX Group (GMEX) based out of UK and regional exchanges founder and business expert - Arshad Khan based out of UAE. ABX has chosen to be based in ADGM, Abu Dhabi, because of the enlightened crypto asset regulatory framework, rapidly growing crypto asset industry in the region, concentration of global financial institutions and a trusted regulatory regime. ABX expect to bring in the crypto asset holders, partnerships, additional technology opportunities and related strategic investment via their comprehensive ecosystem in the blockchain space.


    Crypto & Blockchain Lawyer

    Irina Heaver is a Dubai based Australian lawyer with Master of Laws and Juris Doctor Degrees. With over 15 years of experience gained in-house (as a regional General Counsel) and private practice (as a Partner in a law firm) she worked across the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, CIS countries, Europe and North America. Irina advised on over 500 billion USD worth of projects and transactions in the oil&gas, mining, construction, maritime and emerging technology sectors.

    Irina's particular skill is on structuring legally compliant market entry, growth and capital formation for Technology companies, specifically focusing on Fintech, AI & Blockchain infrastructure projects. She structured several asset tokenisation projects, as well as consulted multiple Governments and Regulators on policies surrounding such emerging technology as Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence.

    Irina is a certified blockchain expert and passionate about designing token economic models and logic for smart contracts.


    Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Cykube UK

    Sharjil Ahmed is a Tech entrepreneur and spent the early part of his career as an Investment Banker. He is the Co-founder of Cykube, a UK headquartered Blockchain and Fintech advisory and solutions provider. He is working on promoting Fintech and Blockchain solutions in the areas of Finance, Government, Health care, Shariah compliant Investments, Halal economy, SDG's and financial inclusion. Sharjil has gained training and certification from Oxford University in Fintech and Blockchain post completing his MBA degree in International Business from Anglia Ruskin University, UK. Sharjil is also an industry associate at University College London, Centre for Blockchain Technologies(UCL CBT).

    He has 15 years of experience in Islamic Investment banking and been involved as a founding team member of BLME, Al Rayan (Islamic bank of Britain) & Dux Capital, DIFC, to name a few. Sharjil is one of the early starters in the UK Islamic finance scene and worked with the UK Government to make London the leading Western Hub for Islamic finance. For this he has worked closely with UK government bodies like UKTI, HM Treasury and Lord Mayor's trade delegations, including writing a report on the History of Islamic Finance in the UK commissioned by the UK Government Islamic finance task force. He is an alumni of the International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) on special invitation from the US State Department representing UK.

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