A podcast dedicated to guiding you through the blockchain and crypto universe

About the show

Interested in what is going on in the world of blockchain and crypto assets? Want to understand how the most pioneering entrepreneurs, enterprises and governments are creating the digital economies of the future?

Involving a range of superb guests of likeminded innovators, enablers, investors, government officials, executives and more, Encrypted takes you on a journey to make sense of what is going on in the Wild West of cryptocurrencies, understand valid use cases of blockchain technology and how various industries could be impacted.

Encrypted is Dubai based, and the first podcast dedicated to blockchain and crypto in the MENA region, so expect to hear interesting stories, and people from this side of the world.


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  • #Ep. 74: Build it and they will come - How one firm is designing chain infrastructure to enable you to scale

    October 26th, 2020  |  53 mins 27 secs
    crypto, infrastructure, leadership, remote working, talent

    In this episode, we speak to Joe Lallouz who is the CEO and Co-founder of Bison Trails. This has been one of the most valuable conversations we've ever had on the show that touches on remote working, leadership, retaining talent and crypto infrastructure. So make sure not to miss out on this one!

  • #Ep. 73: Blending Securities and Defi - Bringing reg tech into CEFI & DEFI

    October 5th, 2020  |  47 mins 48 secs
    cefi, defi

    Todays episode is a great mix of enterprise scaling of tokenised securities and the blending with DeFi. We have the co-founders from Securrency, a leading blockchain and crypto technology platform helping transform the digital securities industry.

  • #Ep. 72: Connecting Africa to the World with Danny Oyekan

    September 7th, 2020  |  37 mins 31 secs
    africa, coinsapp, defi, remittance

    In episode 72, we hear from Danny Oyekan, the Founder of Dan Holdings, which is an Investment firm focused exclusively on ventures, and projects related to blockchain tech, digital currency, and digital assets. In this talk, we discuss remittances, the blockchain scene in Africa, Defi and when the crypto market will be maturing !

  • #Ep. 71: The Nod of Approval - How Bitt pioneered the world's first concept of a blockchain Central Bank Digital Currency

    July 30th, 2020  |  29 mins 51 secs
    barbados, bitt, central bank, central bank digital currency, crypto

    In today’s episode, we have a super panel, featuring the Ex governor of the Barbados Central Bank, Dr. Deslisle Worrell, Founder of Bitt.com Gabriel Abed, and the CBDO of Bitt.com, Simon Chantry. We uncover the amazing story of how Gabriel and his team defied all odds with their crazy idea for central bank digital currencies, and how they managed to get a nod of approval from the governor of the central bank himself. We also look into how the events unfolded over the years, what the future holds for CBCDs and how Bitt.com plans to implement CBDCs across the Caribbean.

  • #Ep. 70: AI Generated Content - The Why, What and How

    June 30th, 2020  |  28 mins 6 secs

    Arif khan is the CEO and founder of Alethea.AI. We discuss what AI generated synthetic media is, why it could explode in the future and how blockchain is enabling real use cases to counter the growing rise in deep fakes and drive the adoption of this new media segment. This episode will blow you away with all the facts and interesting findings around how audio and AI generated content is being used and can be used in many different contexts.

  • #Ep. 69: A World Divided - Covid19 is the World's Chief Digital Officer

    June 10th, 2020  |  46 mins 45 secs
    chief digital officer, covid19, data, digital identity, ethics, privacy

    Maja Vujinovic, Ex CIO of Emerging tech globally for GE Digital and Vinny Lingham, Founder and CEO of Civic joins this special episode of Encrypted where we discuss how the world is becoming increasingly divided with recent events, how technologies like blockchain is increasingly becoming relevant with digital identities on the rise and why we need ethical leaders and corporations to lead us into the new generation of technology.

  • #Ep. 68: Digital Keynote - A Global Economic Crisis is Looming, Now the Time for Blockchain to Leave Self Isolation

    May 31st, 2020  |  37 mins 44 secs
    adoption, blockchain, china, covid19, government, marketing

    Encrypted is excited to partner up with the Future Blockchain Summit who have recently held their first ever Digital Keynote! In this Digital Keynote, the panel saw superstar speakers from the United Nations, Ant Financial and Swedish Government, moderated by a world-famous radio host & TEDx Speaker all debating on how Blockchain technology will be leveraged to fight the economic collapse caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • #Ep. 67: Web3 + Egypt + Global Users = Next Gen Privacy Email

    May 25th, 2020  |  24 mins 31 secs
    emails, privacy, start-up, web3

    Today we speak with Mohamed Abdou, the founder and CEO of Pravica, which is MENAs first blockchain powered email service focusing on security and user privacy. In this episode we hear about Mohamed’s journey, why he’s so passionate about bringing privacy to MENA, and what its like to build a Web 3 start up in Egypt with users from all over the world.

  • #Ep. 66: Mike Dudas on how Covid19 is growing attention in the crypto and digital assets space

    April 13th, 2020  |  31 mins 57 secs
    covid19, growth, leader, media, wartime

    In this episode, we have Mike Dudas, who is the CEO and founder of The Block, which is one of the most rapidly growing research and media brands in the crypto and digital asset space. We discuss with Mike how Covid19 is affecting tech companies, the impact it will have on crypto , and what attributes a wartime CEO should have during these times. All this and more is discussed on today's episode!

  • #Ep. 65: Covid19 Special - A Pandemic of Fake News

    March 25th, 2020  |  39 mins 49 secs
    corona, data, fake, lies, news, pandemic, ssi

    It’s been quite an extraordinary time we live in. The world as we know it is in shutdown due to the Corona virus outbreak. I would like to wish all of our listeners, supporters and everyone around the world good health in these extreme times.
    This is our 65th episode, and we are fully remote! We have a special guest, Arwen Smit, who is the author of Identity Reboot and the Lead Blockchain Strategist and Mintbit.
    On this episode, we talk about lies, the taxonomy of fake news, how this all created unnecessary panic and its consequences, and finally we discuss potential tech solutions that can help during a crisis like this.

  • #Ep. 64: How Orchid is revolutionizing the VPN space through blockchain and crypto!

    March 3rd, 2020  |  31 mins 39 secs
    open source, utility tokens, vpn, web 3

    We were in Denver, Colorado for the amazing EthDenver event, and we were fortunate to catch up with Dr. Steven Waterhouse from Orchid. In this discussion, Ahmed and Seven (yes, he also goes by that name too) discuss what AI looked like in the 1990s, how he built Pantera Capital, how him being swim swapped led him to build Orchid and how Orchid is literally revolutionizing the VPN space!

  • #Ep. 63: Scale matters, Localization doesn't

    February 14th, 2020  |  32 mins 47 secs
    europe, investment, startups, venture

    This episode is part 2 of the Arabnet series we recorded in Saudi Arabia where we welcome Hussein Kanji, Partner at Hoxton ventures. In this discussion Hussein discusses why scale matters, why the copy cat models are at risk, why he is focusing his investment efforts in Europe and what we liked most from the discussion was understanding the way Hoxton Ventures partners with the founders and teams they invest in.

  • #Ep. 62: How the UAE is saving AED 11 Billion through blockchain implementation? - World Economic Forum Special

    January 27th, 2020  |  25 mins 29 secs
    blockchain, c4ir, davos, dubai future foundation, enterprise, government, wef

    The Dubai Future Foundation and World Economic Forum published a new paper showcasing how the UAE is saving AED 11 billion through deploying blockchain technology. Live from Davos, we speak to Mariam AlMuhairi, who is the head for the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the UAE to discuss key insights, takeaways and learnings from the paper! She also gives us a low down on the latest developments happening in Davos.

  • #Ep. 61: Creating and encouraging Fintech in Saudi Arabia

    January 22nd, 2020  |  11 mins 14 secs

    We had the pleasure of speaking with Ali Al Omran, Chief Information Officer for Arab Bank at Arabnet Riyadh!

    We go in to details on how banks in the region are diversifying their interests, creating collaborative environments for startups to work with banks and where the future of fintech is heading as Saudi Arabia moves quickly to disrupt and create growth in its economy.

  • #Ep. 60: How an ICO can get you fired and open doors unimagined

    December 17th, 2019  |  33 mins 8 secs
    fundraising, ico, investment, startup, utility

    Remember when ICO’s were a thing and everyone tried to do it? Well we have a guest who followed the advice of his team, particularly his CTO, to raise money through an ICO before things turned sour! Hear the story of how Anthony Gilman from AQUA managed to squash the ICO plans, save his company from failure and what his key takeaways were from all the drama that unfolded.

  • #Ep. 59: Regulating Crypto in the GCC - The Lowdown

    December 8th, 2019  |  40 mins 4 secs
    adgm, bahrain, difc, esca, gcc, mena, regulation, uae

    We all now that Cryptocurrency regulations has been a headache for regulators and companies around the world. The UAE and the region has been pretty busy lately with attempts to implementing practical regulatory frameworks. In this episode, we speak to Fintech and crypto specialist lawyers Kokila Alagh and Akshata Namjoshi from Karm Legal in the UAE, to discuss how this region is going about regulating this growing and nascent space and what should you do as a crypto company wishing to enter the region?