Encrypted

Encrypted

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


71: The Nod of Approval - How Bitt pioneered the world’s first concept of a blockchain Central Bank Digital Currency
Jul 30 • 29 min
In this episode, we uncover the story of how Barbados set its sights on creating a digital dollar and how this set the course for a legal central bank digital currency across the Caribbean. We speak to 3 amazing guests, Dr. Delisle Worrell (the Former…
70: AI Generated Content - The Why, What and How
Jun 30 • 28 min
We speak to Arif Khan, CEO and Founder of Alethea.AI, which is a blockchain marketplace for synthetic media. We discuss all things under the sun related to synthetic media, specifically AI generated content. With the drop in costs of computing power,…
69: A World Divided - Covid19 is the World’s Chief Digital Officer
Jun 10 • 46 min
In this episode we have special guests Maja Vujinovic, Ex CIO of Emerging tech globally for GE Digital and Vinny Lingham, Founder and CEO of Civic. With the world living through a pandemic, economic uncertainty and political upheaval through the Black…
68: Digital Keynote - A Global Economic Crisis is Looming, Now the Time for Blockchain to Leave Self Isolation
May 31 • 37 min
Encrypted is excited to partner up with the Future Blockchain Summit who have recently held their first ever Digital Keynote! Digital Keynote, a live webinar series dedicated to tackling and exploring the world of Blockchain. Join us as we discuss with…
67: Web3 + Egypt + Global Users = Next Gen Privacy Email
May 25 • 24 min
Ahmed sits down with Mohamed Abdou, the founder and CEO of Pravica where they discuss a wide range of topics ranging from privacy centric apps being accessible to millions, the opportunities blockchain represents, how it is perceived in emerging countries…
66: Mike Dudas on how Covid19 is growing attention in the crypto and digital assets space
Apr 13 • 31 min
Mike Dudas is the founder and CEO of The Block, the leading research, media & information brand in the digital asset marketplace. In this episode, Ahmed and Mike discuss the global impacts Covid19 is currently having on the tech industry and the chain of…
65: Covid19 Special - A Pandemic of Fake News
Mar 25 • 39 min
In this Covid19 special, we have an interesting discussion on how this pandemic became widespread with the advent of lies and fake news. Our special guest, Arwen Smit, walks us through a few eye opening topics in times like this: Three questions regarding…
64: How Orchid is revolutionizing the VPN space through blockchain and crypto!
Mar 3 • 31 min
Ahmed was in Denver, Colorado speaking with Dr. Steven Waterhouse from Orchid Protocol. Dr. Steven (or as he’d like to be called Seven), is quite an experienced individual who can do loads of English accents as well as researching and implementing AI…
63: Scale matters, Localization doesn’t
Feb 13 • 32 min
Nic had the opportunity to speak with Hussein Khanji, partner at Hoxton Ventures during ArabNet Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Hussein walks us through his theory on venture capital, searching for unicorns and avoiding copycats. Plus he discusses…
62: How the UAE is saving AED 11 Billion through blockchain implementation? - World Economic Forum Special
Jan 27 • 25 min
We welcome Mariam AlMuhairi live from Davos at the World Economic Forum to discuss with us today the newly published whitepaper from the WEF and Dubai Future Foundation: Inclusive Deployment of Blockchain - Case Studies and Learnings from the United Arab…
61: Creating and encouraging Fintech in Saudi Arabia
Jan 22 • 11 min
This is part 1 of a series of podcasts recorded during Arabnet Riyadh 2019. We had the pleasure of speaking with Ali Al Omran, Chief Information Officer for Arab Bank. We go in to details on how banks in the region are diversifying their interests,…
60: How an ICO can get you fired and open doors unimagined
Dec 17, 2019 • 33 min
In episode 60 (woot woot, 60 episodes and counting), Ahmed and Nic speak to Anthony Gilman, Founder and CEO of Aqua. We dive into some company drama that unfolded during Aqua's fundraise, especially as they opted to do an inital coin offering (ICO). In…
59: Regulating Crypto in the GCC - The Lowdown
Dec 7, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode, we sit down with lawyers to pick their brains and know how about regulation surrounding blockchain and crypto in the region. Karm Legal is a home grown legal practice based out of the UAE focusing on Fintech and blockchain. On the show we…
58: WEEKLY ROUND UP: China, New York, FINCEN, TON
Nov 25, 2019 • 43 min
After several requests by regular listeners, we get back to summarising interesting news that has happened in the last 7 days. With Matt Hamilton and Gary Sheynkman as our guest news commentators. We discuss some unlikely stories, including you’re not a…
57: How an early YouTube employee is competing against Uber and Airbnb!
Nov 17, 2019 • 37 min
Ahmed is in San Francisco for his first ever visit! As well as attending the San Francisco Blockchain Week, Ahmed set some time to explore a bit of SF and also spent time interviewing one of the pioneers of blockchain technology in SF; Matthew Liu from…
56: Cre8ting a future of music artists
Nov 4, 2019 • 42 min
Nic Watson and Ahmed Al Balaghi co-host todays episode with a Millennial angle, with guest star Erik Mendelson, a music executive with Grammy Award Winning artists under his belt. We discuss how the record industry is not paying it forwards to the artists…
55: THE (DIS)TRUST GENERATION: Genuine, Fake and Fraudulent
Oct 20, 2019 • 39 min
Nic Watson and Ahmed Al Balaghi co-host todays episode, with guest Damu Winston, author of “I Don't Trust You, But Blockchain Will Help” Today we focus on distrust and what it means to live in a world of genuine, fake and fraudulent trust. In a world…
54: Encrypted @ Gitex - The Future of Programmable Money
Oct 13, 2019 • 49 min
We are live! We held a live podcast at Gitex and discussed an awesome topic ‘The future of programmable money’! We had two great guests on the show: Gabriel Abed from Bitt.com and Aruba Khalid from the Dubai Future Foundation. In this episode, we…
53: How a young Chinese entrepreneur is building a crypto empire
Oct 7, 2019 • 15 min
Interested in hearing about how a young 27 year old is building a crypto empire? Ahmed is in one of his favourite places in the world, Shanghai, for the Shanghai Blockchain week. In this episode, he caught up with James Wo, CEO and Founder of Digital…
52: The TikTok vs Baidu Court Case, Switzerland as a Blockchain Hub and why Homeschooling rocks!
Sep 29, 2019 • 32 min
Ahmed jetted off to China for the Shanghai Blockchain Week and in this episode, he is joined by an old friend of his, David Johnston. David is literally an OG in this space getting involved as early as 2012 and has contributed in more ways than one since…
51: Assessing token models: Why tokens are a unit of trust?
Sep 22, 2019 • 30 min
In this episode, Ahmed sits with Pranav Sharma, Founding Partner of Woodstock Fund. Woodstock Fund is a new and emerging crypto fund based out of India and Pranav delves into how their fund operates, in particular, their 3 core focuses, which include:…
50: Special 50th episode - Everyone’s an ‘Economist’
Sep 10, 2019 • 71 min
It’s our 50th episode anniversary!!! In this episode, Nic and Ahmed are back to co-hosting together, and for this special milestone, we have a special topic in store. We are joined by Amin Elkholy, Siddiq Farid and Matt Hamilton to discuss all things…
49: 1 Ethereum address for every 110 people: Why adoption rates are super low in Crypto today!
Sep 1, 2019 • 18 min
Ahmed sits down with Fredrik Haga, co-founder of Dune Analytics to discuss crypto and blockchain adoption rates and exploring why these adoption rates are still so low today! Fredrik is focusing on making data on the blockchain more accessible to project…
48: Berlin Blockchain Week: Why is the Ex-CTO and Cofounder of Ethereum preaching Less Trust, More Truth?
Aug 25, 2019 • 11 min
Ahmed is in Berlin for Berlin Blockchain Week, and as part of this short Berlin Blockchain Week series, we are super excited to have Dr. Gavin Wood, who is the President and Founder of Web 3 Foundation and notably known for being one of the co-founders…
47: “Can’t be evil” - Why we should care about Web 3!
Jul 28, 2019 • 39 min
Richard Muirhead is a Co-Founder and General Partner at Fabric Ventures. Our host Ahmed recorded this episode in sunny London at the Fabric Ventures office. With an established career in engineering, entrepreneurship and investing, Ahmed was intrigued to…
46: Why this start-up is crucial for the Dubai Blockchain Strategy!
Jul 20, 2019 • 42 min
Richard Ma is the CEO of Quantstamp, one of the leading smart contract auditing firms in blockchain space In this episode, Ahmed and Nic speak to Richard to understand what on earth Quantstamp do and why their smart contract auditing solution is so…
45: Bitcoin Satellites, Lightning Network & Bitcoin as a Store of Value!
Jul 13, 2019 • 28 min
Ahmed and Dr. Marwan Alzarouni from the Dubai Blockchain Center went to Singapore to attend and speak at the World Blockchain Forum. In this episode, Ahmed and the special co-host for this episode, Dr. Marwan, catch up with Samson Mow who is the CSO at…
44: Venture as a stack: Why Web 3.0 needs a different kind of investor
Jul 7, 2019 • 44 min
Jamie Burke is a co-founder and CEO of Outlier Ventures, one of the leading European crypto VC incubators. Ahmed catches up with Jamie in London to learn more about Outlier Ventures, how they’re structured, their investment thesis and what makes them…
43: Why design is crucial for blockchain and cryptocurrencies!
Jun 30, 2019 • 37 min
Asim Janjua, is the Director of Innovation and Design at Consensys in the Middle East. In this episode we look at blockchain from a design perspective and to answer the most crucial question: how does design intersect with blockchain? Asim walks us…
42: Facebook’s Libra: The good, the bad & the ugly
Jun 23, 2019 • 38 min
Gabriel Abed Is the Founder of Bitt, a company known for inventing central bank digital currencies. In this special episode, Ahmed and Gabriel take a deep dive into Libra, Facebook’s recently announced cryptocurrency that they will be launching in 2020.…
41: Education 3.0: Why the education industry is ripe for blockchain?
Jun 16, 2019 • 33 min
Almost everyone in the world has or will eventually be bestowed with a grade, certificate or honour that will at some future point need verification. Today's episode has both Nic and Ahmed interacting with Educhain CEO Mark Balovnev on how to build…
40: Du: Leading UAE telco operator leveraging blockchain technology
Jun 8, 2019 • 29 min
Faisal, finally back on the show, joins Ahmed to welcome a new guest, Fatma Elsafty, who is the Blockchain Technology Manager at Du, which is one of the leading telecom operators in the UAE. Fatma, in charge of driving Du’s blockchain programs, walks us…
39: Tezos: Past, Present and Future. With Hubertus Thonhauser
May 26, 2019 • 49 min
In this episode, Ahmed and Nic speak to Hubertus Thonhauser, Founding Partner of Enabling Future and a Board Member of the Tezos Foundation. Hubertus, who was part of the Tezos Foundation board transformation and is currently very active on Tezos…
38: How a Dubai family office partnered with Techstars and ventured into blockchain? With Gary Sheynkman
May 17, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode, Ahmed and Nic speak with Gary Sheynkman, an Investment Partner at Ginco Investments and the Corporate Lead for Techstars Dubai. We find out what Ginco Investments is, their role in the entrepreneurship ecosystem and their…
37: How are lawyers creating, building and using smart contracts?
May 12, 2019 • 63 min
In this episode, Ahmed and Nic speak with two amazing lawyers who are actively leveraging smart contracts for their current line and future line of work. We have Mark Beer, President of the International Association for Court Administration and a lawyer…
36: What the Stake? All you need to know about Staking and PoS networks!
May 2, 2019 • 27 min
Staking. Generalised Mining. Proof of stake. What are all these??? In this episode, Ahmed speaks to Tim Ogilvie, CEO of Staked which recently raised $4.5 million from investors such as Coinbase and Pantera to build a staking as a service platform for…
35: Building enterprise blockchain adoption in the Middle East with Jibrel Network
Apr 23, 2019 • 52 min
In this episode, we speak to Talal Tabbaa, Co-founder and COO of Jibrel Network. Ahmed also welcomes a new guest host on the podcast, Nicholas Watson Managing Director of Naseba. We cover examples of winning, implementing and managing digitization of…
34: What is a blockchain phone? A conversation with Phil Chen, HTC’s Decentralised Chief Officer
Apr 16, 2019 • 15 min
In this episode, Ahmed speaks to Phil Chen, the Decentralised Chief Officer at HTC. Ahmed first questions Phil about what his title actually means and Phil drills down into the idea of leaderless leaders, and how every person becomes their own leader.…
33: Revisiting the 2019 Global Blockchain Challenge in Dubai
Apr 10, 2019 • 55 min
In this episode, we cover the SDO Global Blockchain Challenge which was showcased in the Future Blockchain Summit in Dubai. Out of the 700+ applications, only 20 finalists were flown to Dubai with a chance to pitch their ideas and where only three can be…
32: Encrypted presents Decrypt Hour!
Apr 2, 2019 • 96 min
So our stats shows that 42% of our listeners are from the UAE. Well we have never met nor interacted with the majority of them, and so we decided to host our first meet-up. This meet-up, however, is with a twist. We did a live podcast to interact and…
31: How Matic Network is solving the biggest problems in Blockchain today?
Mar 30, 2019 • 37 min
In this episode Ahmed and Aniket speak to Sandeep Nailwal, COO of Matic Network. Matic Network is a Layer 2 scaling solution for decentralised blockchain networks. The hosts explore why Matic exists, how they’re implementing Layer 2 solutions and what the…
30: Back to where it all started: Reflecting on 30 episodes
Mar 20, 2019 • 29 min
This episode was a real heart to heart. Ahmed and Faisal reflect over their experience of running the Encrypted podcast covering what they learned when creating a podcast, their favourite episodes, the challenges they faced, revisiting why they are doing…
29: Assessing blockchain for insurance with Takaful Emarat and Addenda
Mar 12, 2019 • 39 min
Episode 29 is here! Ahmed sits down with Walid Daniel Dib from Addenda and Vivek Bhalla from Takaful Emarat. What is insurance and what challenges does the industry face? Ahmed starts off by questioning the two guests about what we mean by insurance and…
28: Behavioural Science, Transparency, and the role of Governments: A conversation with Maja Vujinovic, the Former CIO of Emerging Tech at GE
Mar 3, 2019 • 43 min
In our next instalment of Encrypted, episode 28 brings you an inspiring discussion with Maja Vujinovic, the CEO of OGroup and the former CIO of Emerging Technology at GE. Maja first talks about the spark that caused her to go full time in blockchain after…
27: Future of Crypto: World Government Summit Special
Feb 17, 2019 • 35 min
Ahmed is at the World Government Summit recording from a beautiful room that overlooks the beautiful Jumeirah Beach and the Madinah Jumeirah in all its glory. And what an amazing line-up he have for this episode with two amazing guests, Lawrence…
26: How blockchain is revolutionizing the real estate experience in Dubai
Feb 5, 2019 • 46 min
Ahmed and Faisal host Khalifa Alsuwaidi, CEO of Emirates Real Estate Solutions (ERES). The episode starts with Khalifa introducing himself and his experiecne in the real estate sector and how ERES was founded and how it relates to the Dubai Land…
25: The balance between ROI and Social Impact: A conversation with the Blockchain Founders Fund
Jan 29, 2019 • 36 min
Ahmed and Faisal are joined by Aly Madhavji, a Managing Partner at the Blockchain Founders Fund. The episode starts off with Ahmed describing his experience at the Binance Fair in Singapore where he gives a few highlights and takeaways as well as a…
24: Crypto Tales: The Success Story of Dubai’s Bitoasis
Jan 22, 2019 • 51 min
In the 24th episode of Encrypted, Ahmed and Faisal were joined by a very special guest from the Middle Eastern bitcoin and blockchain community, Ola Doudin, CEO of Bitoasis. Being the only exchange in the MENA region with on-ramp and off-ramp (i.e.…
23: An insight into Smart Dubai - What are they really doing in blockchain?
Jan 15, 2019 • 25 min
Let’s face it, Dubai has sent ripples across the blockchain ecosystem upon the launch of its Dubai Blockchain strategy which was launched by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum in October 2016. Ahmed sits down with Mohammed Al-Sharid, the Senior…
22: 4 Blockchain Trends and Observations for 2019
Jan 8, 2019 • 21 min
Happy New Year all! Ahmed and Faisal sit together to open the 2019 year with 4 predictions and trends the duo expect to see in the new year. The first trend is of course the rise of Security Tokens/Digital Securities and Security Token Offerings/Digital…
21: World War Regulation - A conversation with Simmons & Simmons
Dec 19, 2018 • 44 min
Ahmed is joined by two Partners from Simmons & Simmons law firm; George Morris a Partner in the London office and Raza Rizvi a Partner in the Dubai office. Ahmed starts off by asking about Simmons and Simmons’ journey in the blockchain and crypto space.…
20: What lessons did we learn in 2018?
Dec 5, 2018 • 36 min
Ahmed and Faisal sit down with Samson Williams, Partner from Axes and Eggs, in episode 20 of Encrypted. In this episode the trio do a 2018 recap looking at positives, negatives and lessons learnt from the industry. Ahmed starts off with the lessons learnt…
19: Is 2019 the year of enterprise blockchain?
Nov 27, 2018 • 29 min
Faisal is finally back on this episode with Encrypted alongside Ahmed. They are joined by this week’s special guest; Chris Fernandez, CEO of Block Gemini, a blockchain focused developer shop based in the UAE. The show kicks off with Chris explaining his…
18: What a week of madness!
Nov 20, 2018 • 24 min
On episode 18 of Encrypted, Ahmed and Aniket discuss recent developments that have been happening in the blockchain world! Ahmed first starts off by talking about his experience at the Sora Summit in Macau and explains his takeaways from the investment…
17: Non-Fungible Tokens…WTF?!
Nov 13, 2018 • 28 min
The world is at the at the forefront of the token revolution. With the invention of non-fungible tokens, we have seen a lot of innovations and developments to find solutions to complex real-world problems. In the episode, Ahmed sits down with Aniket, and…
16: What is all the buzz about Security Tokens?
Oct 30, 2018 • 35 min
Ahmed is at the World Blockchain Summit where he records episode 16! He is joined by Loauy Al-Doory from Kambio Ventures and Saeed Al-Darmaki from Binary Financial to take a deep dive into the world of security tokens. The three distil the concept of…
15: What does a Star Wars convention have to do with the blockchain world?
Oct 24, 2018 • 20 min
Ahmed sits down with Kris Bennet, also known as the Blockchain Beard Guy, who is on the road non-stop to educate the masses on blockchain. Kris shares his experiences in educating people from different backgrounds about the technology, and his experiences…
14: What is the use case for blockchain in energy?
Oct 16, 2018 • 19 min
Paul Massara, CEO of Electron, joins Ahmed for the 14th episode of Encrypted. On today’s show, Ahmed explores an interesting application of blockchain technology: Energy! Paul first talks about the challenges and pain-points that currently face the energy…
13: How does the App-Infrastructure cycle relate to the future of ICOs?
Oct 10, 2018 • 22 min
In this episode, your hosts Ahmed and Faisal, discuss 3 interesting articles; first off is a thought leadership piece from USV around what is needed at this stage of the blockchain cycle and the overall tech cycle by looking at past trends: a killer app…
12: How is compliance shaping the blockchain and crypto industry?
Oct 2, 2018 • 34 min
Ahmed and Faisal sit down with the Tarik Mohammed, Chief Compliance Officer of OTC Supply. Firstly, Ahmed brings up the Wall Street Journal’s article of identifying that $90 million in suspected criminal proceeds that flowed through intermediaries such as…
11: Bad Ripple? And Crypto for women and Humanity!
Sep 25, 2018 • 48 min
Ahmed and Faisal sit down with Irina Heaver, a technology lawyer based in Dubai. First up they discuss XRP, a cryptocurrency created by Ripple, and its short ascension to number 2 in coinmarket cap and the conversation quickly goes into the concept of…
10: Institutionalising Crypto and a Fintech Special!
Sep 18, 2018 • 43 min
Ahmed has an exciting line up on this episode of Encrypted. First up, Ahmed interviews the CEO of the ADGM Financial Services Regulatory Authority, Richard Teng. They talk about the 3-year-old financial free trade zone, Abu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM),…
09: Crypto Bloodbath and a DTEC Tour!
Sep 11, 2018 • 31 min
Faisal sits down with Hans Christensen, VP of Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre, to talk all things blockchain and crypto. Hans first introduces the pillars and model of DTEC and then explains how it aims to support the startup ecosystem when it comes…
08: When VCs go eye to eye with Blockchain!
Sep 4, 2018 • 50 min
Ahmed and Faisal sit down with Fares Ghandour, Partner at Wamda Capital which is a VC based in Dubai, to discuss the latest news, trends and the really interesting debates that circulate in the blockchain space. Fares first introduces Wamda Capital and…
07: How are new moves from China and the U.S. shaping the crypto industry?
Aug 28, 2018 • 23 min
Ahmed and Faisal sit down to discuss China’s crackdown on cryptocurrency activities as Wechat, China's biggest social media platform, clamps down on major crypto accounts along with other series of related events. Next, the hosts discuss the US SEC’s…
06: Encrypted Interviews: How are Dubai Economy using blockchain technology? A Discussion with Mohammed Shael
Aug 24, 2018 • 26 min
In this episode of Encrypted Interviews, Ahmed sits down with the CEO of Strategic Affairs of the Department of Economic Development of Dubai. They discuss: • How the Department’s current processes are inefficient • How blockchain will help eliminate…
05: What did we learn about India’s Blockchain ecosystem?
Aug 21, 2018 • 25 min
In this episode, Ahmed and Aniket sit down to discuss the Indian blockchain ecosystem as they attended the International Blockchain Congress in Hyderabad and Goa. Aniket gives a general overview of the current market state in India as he touches upon, the…
04: ICE be Centralising, Binance be Decentralising
Aug 14, 2018 • 25 min
In this episode, Ahmed and Faisal touch on the SEC’s delay on deciding the way forward with a bitcoin ETF and the effects of that on the crypto market. The hosts discuss the response of this decision along with the view point of some domain leaders like…
03: Encrypted Interviews - The development of the Dubai Blockchain Center with Dr. Marwan Al-Zarouni
Aug 10, 2018 • 17 min
Today Ahmed is joined by Dr. Marwan Al-Zarouni who gives a low down on the Dubai Blockchain Centre and generally what Dubai is up to in the blockchain space. They discuss: • His very interesting flippening moment (jargon for how someone got interested in…
02: The Concept of Money and When can I pay using Cryptos?
Aug 7, 2018 • 45 min
In this episode we bring in our first special guest Amin El Kholy; who co-created the Fintech connector chapter in Dubai. Amin has great experience in fund management and the Fintech domain and is currently diving deeper in to how blockchain could change…
01: Decrypting Encrypted and a Bitcoin 10 year anniversary special!
Jul 31, 2018 • 47 min
Ahmed and Aniket sit down to introduce the motivations behind the Encrypted podcast and discuss all things bitcoin on the back of its fast approaching 10-year anniversary! If you are new to the space, they will help you to unwrap what bitcoin actually is…