Ahmed Al-Balaghi is a Blockchain and Fintech researcher, investor and co-host of the Encrypted podcast. He is also the Community Partner for Fintech Connector in Dubai.

His current focus areas in the blockchain space are investments, media as well as growing the blockchain and crypto ecosystem both locally and globally with an emphasis on bridging the gap between East and West.

Having spent over 2 years within the blockchain industry in China, the U.K., and Dubai, he has developed deep industry expertise and regularly delivers talks and workshops. His research and investments span across blockchain infrastructure and protocol layers, security tokens, digital identity, cryptoeconomics, and exchanges.

Ahmed previously worked for Viewfin, a leading Chinese blockchain company, by heading up their Middle Eastern expansion through office set up, deal sourcing, as well as government and investor relations.
He has also launched the 1st podcast dedicated to blockchain in the Middle East called Encrypted (encrypted.fireside.fm).

He graduated with a first class degree from Queen Mary University of London studying Economics and Maths. He then was awarded a scholarship to study Mandarin at Fudan University for two years.
During his time at Fudan he was the Cofounder and President of the Fudan Blockchain Association and was the FinTech Lead for an entrepreneurship project in Shanghai with a team of UK-China entrepreneurs and the British Government.

Ahmed has also worked in institutions such as Citibank, Dow Jones, and Ofgem.
Ahmed can also speak Arabic and Chinese.