Moderator & CMO Fluid Finance United Arab Emirates
A highly skilled media professional with significant experience in the fintech
and blockchain sectors. Has worked and managed teams internationally, broadcaster, conference moderator, interviewer, marketer, innovator, partnership builder and extensively networked around the globe.
featured as an industry analyst in CNBC, Bloomberg, and TRT world.
Alongside that, the video content from BeInCrypto is picked up by Yahoo
Finance and distributed weekly on the Yahoo Finance website.
Throughout her 5 years in crypto, she has an extensive list of PR contacts
and has covered over 42 events since 2018. She was the official MC of 4
events in 2021, including Draper Goren Holm events, BlockDown, and LA
Co-Founder and Co-CEO Jumia United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
Jessy El Murr is a multilingual, independent digital
journalist and media consultant with over 18 years of international news
A seasoned field journalist and former BBC and Sky News
Arabia correspondent, El Murr has led the coverage of major international news
as well as executed several media consulting projects for government and
private entities across GCC countries.
An experienced public speaker, El Murr holds a Master’s
degree in Integrated Journalism from Emerson College in Boston, MA and a
Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the American University of Beirut. She is
fluent in Arabic, English and has an advanced knowledge in French.
Discipline Lead - School of Communication Murdoch University United Arab Emirates
First Emirati Air Traffic Control Officer
Assistant Professor DIDI Alumni
Founder, J & A Marisan
Product Marketing Director - Security Elastic
Founder & CIO Digital Shadows, UK
Head of Government & Key Accounts Segments Du
Security Awareness Advocate for EMEA KnowBe4 (Ras Infotech)
Director, Business Solutions Marketing Acronis
Senior Product Manager Trustwave (Ras Infotech)
Deputy Chairman Azerbaijan State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations Azerbaijan
President - Cyber Security Austria, Vienna – Austria
Instructor Le Wagon United Arab Emirates
Founder & CEO Quotacom (UK)
Security Advisory Committee Chairman, Chairman, the National Cyber Safety Association of Korea, Social Security Intelligence Service, South Korea
General Manager MENA East Mastercard United Arab Emirates
General Partner Launch Africa Ventures & Five35 Ventures
Plessis is the co-Founder of Launch Africa Ventures
(the most prominent and active Seed stage VC in Africa) and Five35 Ventures (a leading Pan-African
female-focused VC fund in Africa). He has previously started and managed a VC
fund for a listed African investment bank as well as an impact fund called Abrazo Capital, investing in women in rural areas
in Africa. He has invested in over 150 start-ups across these funds.
Janade’s background is as an entrepreneur, investment banker and human
behavioural researcher with M&A/Corporate Finance, Management Consulting
and Development Finance experience. To date, Janade has travelled to 50 of the
54 African countries. He is an Executive Coach with the International Coaching
Federation (ICF), currently mentoring select entrepreneurs. Janade holds a
Master’s degree in Finance, Economics and Business Administration and a PhD in
Business Science researching the psychographic archetypes of African
CTF: Invested in over 150 African startups
through various funds, currently GP at 2 of Africa’s most prominent VCs. Former
entrepreneur, investment banker and human behavioural researcher and executive
CEO Tonomus Saudi Arabia
Co-founder & CEO Matrixport
Global Head of Business Development Coinstore
Author Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus & mentor United States of America
CEO Yanolja Korea, Republic Of
AVS Cloud Solution Architect VMware
Co-Founder, CEO & Chief Changemaker AHOY United Arab Emirates
CEO Huspy (AE)
Managing Director – GCC Janssen, the Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson United Arab Emirates
Founder & CEO, Holition
VP of Secure Communications Engineering, Secure Systems Research Center, Technology Innovation Institute (TII), UAE
Jean-Pierre Giacalone is Vice President of Secure Communications Engineering at the Secure Systems Research Center at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), a cutting-edge UAE-based scientific research center. He is responsible for carrying out advanced research that makes communications in systems safer and more secure with a focus on improving resilience of cyber-physical and autonomous systems.
Giacalone is a systems technology leader and implementer with a career filled with innovations and technical achievements that have strengthened revenue and competitive advantage for Fortune 500 firms. He is a hands-on leader and dedicated doer who delivers technical vision by building as well as leading and mentoring collaborative advanced hardware and software development teams across the world.
Prior to joining TII, Giacalone worked as Expert in Software Architecture for Advanced Driving Assistance Systems at Renault, and as Principal Engineer and Architect within the Mobile Systems Technologies group at Intel, specialising in video systems.
In his earlier career, Giacalone spent 12 years at Texas Instruments and at Sensata Technologies in roles including Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. Previously, he engineered dedicated integrated circuits, among the largest conceived in the mid-80s, for the underwater defence domain.
Giacalone holds 19 patents and has published over 15 technical papers with hundreds of citations.
He has an engineering degree from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Electronique, Electrotechnique, Informatique et Hydraulique de Toulouse (ENSEEIHT) in France.
Founder & CEO former Grab (Kuwait)
Founder & CEO Astral Tech (UK)
Partner Octopus Ventures (UK)
SVP Marketing Expo City Dubai
CEO Merit Incentives
, Business Architect for Blockchain DGC
Chief Business Development Officer KITCO
John Dourekas is Kitco's Media Division Director and Kitco's Digital Metals Group Chief Business Development Officer. He is responsible for all aspects of Kitco Media, including its programming, the division's expanding digital properties, mobile applications, editorial units, online assets, marketing, and overall operations. He leads media content, digital metals products, asset tokenization, business development operations, new product development, marketing, and the technology platforms and functions of the company's advertising sales and strategy worldwide. Since joining Kitco in 2008, John has orchestrated multiple ambitious IT, media, marketing, and digital metals strategies. John is an expert in complex transformations; he has lead content creation and oversight of media and distribution, crafted revenue-generating marketing strategies, developed programming, and negotiated key partnerships. John leads the VaultChain™ Gold and Silver products development for Kitco, one of the first precious metals trading platforms using blockchain technology, and Kitco.Gold is one of the first stablecoins backed by physical gold. Prior to joining Kitco, John spent 15 years in technology consulting, advising a variety of top global telecom clients on new product development, innovation processes, start-up strategy, information technology, and business issues.
University Professor Middlesex University
Startup Growth Lead - United Nations -International Trade Centre
Developer Advocate Amazon Web Services
Designer & Chief Dreamer Dream Big
COO Everdome Czech Republic
Founder & Chairman BlockOn Capital
Founder & CEO Founder GrowValley
Founder & CEO Raiinmaker?
Founder Future Perfect Ventures
Chief Product Officer Landmark Digital (UAE)
Head of Strategy and Growth Rackspace
Head of MENA GSMA
CEO Vulcan Forged
CEO – MENA Abhi