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Marwan Alzarouni


Dr. Marwan has founded the region’s first innovation hub for blockchain technology and serving as the CEO of Dubai Blockchain Center

Dr. Marwan Al Zarouni is a Strategic Advisor at Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism. He is also a founding member of Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC) and Artificial Intelligence Ethical Committee.

Dr. Marwan has 20+ years of experience in development of projects in the fields of Emerging Technology, Information Security, Digital forensics and Artificial Intelligence. He is also a keynote speaker and advisor to the Dubai Government where he sits on a number of Councils and Committees in the fields of Cyber Security, Blockchain Technology and Artificial Intelligence. He is a well-respected international speaker on blockchain technology usage by governments and enterprises. He was also ranked by CoinTelegraph as one of the top 100 most influential people world-wide in blockchain and cryptocurrencies in 2022. He also served as a member of the Global Future Council on Cryptocurrencies at the World Economic Forum 2020-2021.

Amro Awaidah


Amro is a serial entrepreneur, has founded and expanded eight tech startups over his 15-year career, with four of them successfully sold. His latest Web3 venture attained record net profits within just 30 days of its establishment, generating an astonishing growth of approximately $2 million USD in sales within the first 10 weeks of the company’s inception. In early 2020, Amro sold his primary startup, yielding a remarkable 300% return on investment for private investors

Amro is an innovator, some of his startups received over $100k of Government funding grants from Canada Revenue Agency and The National Research Council of Canada for Scientific Research and Experimental Development. The latest funding was awarded for leveraging data and analytics to Artificial Intelligence.

Amro earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering & Business Management from McMaster University, Canada. He received the prestigious 40 Under Forty Hamilton, Ontario Award in its 5th year (2017), recognizing his accomplishments in business and ongoing contributions to the community.

Amro has held numerous board director positions for various businesses and demonstrated a proven track record of effectively assessing companies via mergers and acquisitions, having purchased and acquired over five web hosting brands and businesses throughout his career.

Currently, Amro serves as the COO of the Dubai Blockchain Center (DBCC), an influential enterprise and a strategic ally of the Dubai Future Foundation

Dr. Maria Papadaki

Strategy Education and Research

With over fifteen years of experience in risk management, holds dual roles as an Associate Professor and the Managing Director at the BUiD_ Dubai Centre for Risk and Innovation at the British University in Dubai.

Dr. Maria Papadaki is known for her focus on exploring the risk management challenges of the modern world, particularly in the context of emerging technologies. Additionally, she’s currently serves as Strategic Advisor to the Dubai Blockchain Center.

In 2016 Maria led the development of digital certificates for university graduates, making the university 1st in the Middle East and 3rd in the world in implementing Blockchain technology. In addition, her past contributions as a board member of the Institute of Risk Management in London have left a lasting imprint, shaping education and training standards in risk management on a global scale.

In her academic pursuits, Dr. Papadaki is not only a visiting lecturer at The University of Manchester but also plays a pivotal role at Columbia University. In the fall of 2022, she designed a unique module for the Master of Science in Enterprise Risk Management program, skillfully integrating blockchain technology with ERM principles. Before her current appointments, Dr. Papadaki made significant contributions to Rolls-Royce, an aero-engine manufacturing giant. There, she designed and managed strategic frameworks for the whole organization, demonstrating her prowess in applying risk management principles to complex industrial operations. She advocates for a novel educational model that merges ancient Greek philosophical ideas with modern technology. Further showcasing her versatility, Dr. Papadaki co-founded a digital NFT marketplace

Igor Arkhypenko


An experienced entrepreneur, innovation consultant with deep knowledge and great experience in tech product development, and tech business management

Igor has 12+ experience in StartUp development, fundraising, investor and international organizations relations, strategic management. He was running an acceleration program for startups and actively takes part in the Ukrainian startup ecosystem.

He is one of the leaders of Kyiv IT Cluster, Co-Founder, and currently Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Kyiv IT Cluster.

Since 2018, he used to work as an Expert at The European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA) and Evaluation Expert at Horizon 2020

Maria Vovchok

Media Lead

Professional Host/MC at International Business and Tech events.  Podcast Host and Journalist at Dubai Blockchain Center./Ambassador at Blockchain Association of Ukraine; recognized among the Top-25 Women in Fintech& Blockchain in the MENA Region by Dx Talks.

Maria Vovchok is a journalist with over 12 years of experience as a news presenter and editor. She has also been a Blockchain enthusiast for more than seven years, working as a news editor and anchor in several Blockchain media, and later – for Blockchain companies in marketing and pr-departments.

Maria has also built strong relations with VCs, angel investors, and startup entrepreneurs. Maria is a moderator and a host at multiple Tech and Business conferences worldwide. She is an Ambassador of the Blockchain Association of Ukraine, a member of the international organization “Blockchain Ladies” and “Women on Tech.”

Previously, Maria has been a Managing Director at the World of Web3 Summit in Dubai, UAE and an Ambassador at Finoverse. Currently, she co-organizes top-notch Metaverse and Blockchain conferences and advises Blockchain companies expanding in the Middle East region. Now she is also a Podcast Host and Journalist at Dubai Blockchain Center, hosting the “Encrypted” podcast