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. 42: Facebook's Libra: The good, the bad & the ugly

    June 24th, 2019  |  38 mins 34 secs
    bitt, central bank, facebook, libra, private money

    Gabriel Abed, Founder of Bitt, joins Encrypted to explain and discuss Facebook’s recent announcement of launching a stable cryptocurrency called Libra. Ahmed and Gabriel go through what Libra is, how it works, how different it is to other cryptocurrencies we currently have, the approach Facebook are taking and ultimately what this means for the crypto industry, for people globally and monetary authorities and central banks alike.

  • #Ep. 41: Education 3.0: Why the education industry is ripe for blockchain?

    June 17th, 2019  |  33 mins 47 secs
    attestation, credentials, education, enterprise, university

    Nic and Ahmed take a deep dive with Educhain CEO Mark Balovnev into the world of education and how blockchain is helping solve high levels of inefficiencies and connecting more than just students with credentials.

    We discuss how Educhain help enable students and graduates to 'passport' and transfer their credentials for use with jobs, further education, and government. This could mean the troublesome attestation process could be over very soon ✊🏽😌

  • #Ep. 40: Du: Leading UAE telco operator leveraging blockchain technology

    June 9th, 2019  |  29 mins 5 secs
    du, enterprise, platform

    In this episode, we hear from Fatma Elsafty, a Blockchain Technology Manager at Du, to tell us what Du are cooking up in the blockchain department and how they envisage being one of the pioneers in the region.

  • #Ep. 39: Tezos: Past, Present and Future. With Hubertus Thonhauser

    May 27th, 2019  |  49 mins 42 secs
    board, enterprise, investments, tezos, use case, vc

    Hubertus Thonhauser, Founding Partner of Enabling Future and a Board Member of the Tezos Foundation takes us through the trials and tribulations of the Tezos Foundation, their renewed focus on blockchain implementation use cases and the hot sectors they are pursuing with their technology.

  • #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.

  • #Ep. 37: How are lawyers creating, building and using smart contracts?

    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!

  • #Ep. 36: What the Stake? All you need to know about Staking and PoS networks!

    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!

  • #Ep. 35: Building enterprise blockchain adoption in the Middle East with Jibrel Network

    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!

  • #Ep. 33: Revisiting the 2019 Global Blockchain Challenge in Dubai

    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!

  • #Ep. 32: Encrypted presents Decrypt Hour!

    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!

  • #Ep. 31: How Matic Network is solving the biggest problems in Blockchain today?

    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!

  • #Ep. 30: Back to where it all started: Reflecting on 30 episodes

    March 20th, 2019  |  29 mins 28 secs
    milestone, reflection

    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.

  • #Ep. 29: Assessing blockchain for insurance with Takaful Emarat and Addenda

    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!

  • #Ep. 27: Future of Crypto: World Government Summit Special

    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.