Ahmed is a Co-host of Encrypted and has been involved in the blockchain and crypto space since early 2016 spending. Working in the Far East and helping to bridge east and West, Ahmed has worked on a number of projects in this field and has invested and advised new projects. Business fluent in Mandarin, Ahmed co-founded the Fudan Blockchain Association in China and assisted multiple blockchain projects to tap into Emerging Markets. Previously, Ahmed held roles in Citibank and Dow Jones.
#Ep. 38: How a Dubai family office partnered with Techstars and ventured into blockchain? With Gary Sheynkman
May 17th, 2019 | 40 mins 35 secs
enterprise, investments, startups, vc
In this episode, Ahmed and Nic speak with Gary Sheynkman, an Investment Partner at Ginco Investments and the Corporate Lead for Techstars Dubai. We talk about how an Emirati family ventured into blockchain, their partnership with Techstars and what they see as the future of crypto related services. All this and more on this episode of Encrypted.
May 12th, 2019 | 1 hr 3 mins
law, legal, smart contracts, tech
In this episode, we have two amazing lawyers Mark Beer and lawyer turned tech entrepreneur Alessandro Palombo, who are adapting to the future of legal tech and smart contracts.
We talk extensively about what smart contracts really are, the roles they play in the future in both codifying principles and contracting machines, and how billions of people can benefit from this! You don't want to miss this one!
May 2nd, 2019 | 27 mins 5 secs
generalised mining, proof of stake, staking, tezos
Tim Ogilvie is the CEO of Staked, a company that operates and runs block production nodes for decentralised Proof Of Stake networks on behalf of institutional investors. We talk about the what staking is, why it exists, what opportunities it presents, the state of the staking industry, the roles of staking providers and also related regulatory concerns!
April 23rd, 2019 | 52 mins 58 secs
digitization, enterprise, middle east, sukuk
Ever wanted to get an idea about the Middle East Enterprise space for blockchain?
Today's podcast is the right place to start. With Talal Tabbaa of Jibrel Network and Nic Watson of Naseba, we cover examples of winning, implementing and managing digitization of sukuks and fiat. We also take some time to answer the question...What does Enterprise really mean?
We hope you enjoy!
#Ep. 34: What is a blockchain phone? A conversation with Phil Chen, HTC's Decentralised Chief Officer
April 16th, 2019 | 15 mins 44 secs
blockchain, htc, private keys, smartphone, wallet
In this episode, we have an interesting discussion with Phil Chen, the Decentralised Chief Officer (DCO) at HTC. We discuss what a DCO actually does, the idea of leaderless leadership, Phil’s extensive entrepreneurial background and everything you need to know about the Exodus phone!
April 10th, 2019 | 55 mins 5 secs
blockchain challenge, dfa, pitch, smart dubai, start-up
20 finalists out of 700+ applications for the 2019 Global Blockchain Challenge. We sit down the the project lead of the Dubai Futures Accelerators, Karin Gabriel who explains what the Global Blockchain challenge is all about and we also catch up with the finalists before their pitch to see what ideas are being born and already applied. You can't miss this one!
April 2nd, 2019 | 1 hr 36 mins
adoption, decrypt hour, gcc, private, public
Our. First. Live. Podcast. Meetup!! Yipeeee, in episode 32, we took it offline to have a live podcast recording with the blockchain community in Dubai. Special thanks to Dr. Marwan and Talal Tabbaa for being the panelists and as well as the awesome audience who contributed their thoughts and insights in this very engaging and special episode. You can't miss this one!
March 30th, 2019 | 37 mins 40 secs
layer 2, open source, proof of stake, scalability, ux
We learn about an exciting project in this space called Matic Network. Ahmed and Aniket talk with Sandeep Nailwal who is the COO of Matic. In this episode, we learn all about the scalability problem and how Matic attempts to solve this problem and also other pressing problems in the blockchain space! You don’t want to miss this one!
March 20th, 2019 | 29 mins 28 secs
The highs, the lows and everything in between! This is our topic for episode 30 where we reflect on our milestone of 30 episodes on Encrypted. Ahmed and Faisal talk about their experiences running the Encrypted podcast and renewing the purpose as to why they are dedicating time to it. We also talk about the Emaar ICO and why this is so significant. All this and more on this special episode.
March 12th, 2019 | 39 mins 35 secs
b3i, insurance, linkedin, private blockchain, risk
Bringing trust back to an industry built on it: Assessing blockchain for insurance.
Walid Daniel Dib from Addenda and Vivek Bhalla from Takaful Emarat join us in episode 29 as it is all about understanding the use case for blockchain in the insurance industry, an industry that is plagued with manual processes and very little innovation.
We also delve deep into how relationships are made between an established player and a small start-up that is deploying a very niche technology.
#Ep. 28: Behavioural Science, Transparency, and the role of Governments: A conversation with Maja Vujinovic, the Former CIO of Emerging Tech at GE
March 3rd, 2019 | 43 mins 19 secs
In Episode 28, Ahmed and Faisal do their first remote recording online with their guest. Maja Vujinovic, CEO at OGroup and Former CIO of Emerging Tech at GE, joins this episode to share her works and thoughts surrounding behavioural science and crypto economics and how they will ultimately play huge in large corporates and governments!
February 17th, 2019 | 35 mins 50 secs
crypto assets, digitisation, dubai, regulation
Ahmed kicks off episode 27 in style at the World Government Summit where he is joined by Lawrence Wintermeyer from Global Digital Finance and Martin Bartlam from DLA Piper. In this episode, the trio delve into what the future of crypto looks like, how we'll get there, the current state of the market and also takeaways from this exclusive 3 day summit which was organized by the Prime Minister's Office.
February 5th, 2019 | 46 mins 2 secs
In the 26th episode, Ahmed and Faisal host Khalifa Al Suwaidi, CEO of ERES and elaborate on the landscape of blockchain applications in the real estate sector in Dubai. They discuss the history, current implementations and the future foresight of blockchain in this space.
#Ep. 25: The balance between ROI and Social Impact: A conversation with the Blockchain Founders Fund
January 29th, 2019 | 36 mins 52 secs
funds, impact report, investment, social, sto, un
In the 25th episode, (wow it has been 25 episodes already), Ahmed and and Faisal sit down with the Managing Partner of the Blockchain Founders Fund, Aly Madhavji to discuss their work with the UN, STO's and investments in the blockchain space both with a ROI lens and a social lens.
January 22nd, 2019 | 51 mins 28 secs
bitoasis, dubai, exchange, regulation
Ahmed and Faisal sits down with Ola Doudin, CEO of Bitoasis. With Bitoasis committed to building the blockchain infrastructure for the MENA region through a crypto assets exchange, Ola describes her journey of founding Bitoasis. We take a deep dive into crypto licensing, opening bank accounts, Bitaosis' user demographics and more in this episode!
January 15th, 2019 | 25 mins 27 secs
2020, blockchain, smart dubai, strategy, vision
Ahmed sits down with Mohammed AlSharid from Smart Dubai where he takes us through Dubai’s visionary blockchain strategy which aims to make Dubai the first government to be powered by the blockchain by 2020. Listen in into how this vision is unfolding right before our eyes.