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Dr. Marwan Alzarouni is one of the top 100 most influential people in blockchain and cryptocurrencies. He is also the most influential person in the world when it comes to blockchain and cryptocurrency education according to the Coin Telegraph Top 100 Rankings of 2022. Dr. Alzarouni is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cryptocurrencies. He is the CEO of Dubai Blockchain Center (DBCC), an impact business and a strategic partner to Dubai Future Foundation.  The center was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum under the Area 2071 initiative in May 2018. It aims to create a fertile ground and a holistic ecosystem for blockchain companies and projects to thrive in. DBCC regularly hosts a number of blockchain startups within Area 2071 and also conducts educational classes and seminars around blockchain use cases in government and private sector. The center, in partnership with Smart Dubai and Educhain, published a groundbreaking report on blockchain best practices titled “Blockchain Insights: How to Navigate Blockchain Project Implementation. An exploration of common challenges with learnings and recommendations for successful execution.”

Dr. Marwan is currently the Director of information Services at Dubai Electronic Security Center and a member of Dubai Future Council for Blockchain and is the lead for the Digital Asset Task Force (DATF). The purpose of the task force is to conduct comprehensive studies to provide clear guidance on how digital assets can be regulated. The purpose of the blockchain council is to cement Dubai’s position as the global blockchain capital, offering a prominent platform for decision-makers from various local and international governments and private sector entities to explore future-forward, blockchain-based solutions. 

Dr. Alzarouni is also the Managing Partner at Accelliance Consultancy LTD which provides its services to the UAE’s Center for 4th Industrial Revolution (C4IR) and the World Economic Forum (WEF). Accelliance regularly conducts research and studies into the applicable use cases for blockchain technology and aids in creating toolkits that can be tested and implemented by various businesses and government entities worldwide.

Dr. Marwan is a regular on informative TV shows, radio, podcasts and YouTube videos. He provides his expert opinions to the media when it comes to expert commentary on news and events related to blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.

Dr. Alzarouni is a holder of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Computer Science from Embry-Riddle University in the United States while his higher education was conducted in Edith Cowan University in Australia. His Master’s Degree studies were in Information Security and Intelligence and his Doctorate was in Information Technology with specialization in Smartphone Forensics.  Dr. Alzarouni has written a number of well-regarded publications in academia and commercially. This includes but is not limited to papers in cyber security, mobile phone forensics, information superiority and blockchain technology.

Dr. Alzarouni previously served on a number of boards and committees within the UAE. This includes but is not limited to: UAE’s Covid 19 Contact Tracing Committee, Dubai Sports Council’s Strategy Committee, Dubai Data Committee, and Dubai’s Information Security Committee. Dr. Alzarouni is also a member of Smart Dubai’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ethics Committee. 

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