Agora is hosting its 7th Edition, Global Blockchain Congress on June 21st & 22nd 2021, Dubai.

The Global Blockchain Congress leverages the experience gained through the hosting of the first 6 editions of the event to ensure maximum return on investment for all our sponsors.

The first six editions of the Global Blockchain congress were a tremendous success and we were able to host more than 500 investors and more than 140 blockchain startups and were able to raise millions in funds for our participating projects.

This is not a conference nor an exhibition. This is an exclusive, closed-door, congress between investors and hand-picked Blockchain & DeFi projects looking to raise funds. It is the only event of its kind and it will bring together qualified investors (VCs, Private Equity Firms, Family Offices, Crypto Funds and High Networth Individuals) with Blockchain & DeFi startups looking to raise funds.

The MENA region has shown tremendous increase in technology startup funding and it is the perfect place for blockchain projects to raise funds.

Startup founders from all over the world need financial advocates on their side. Raising funds and receiving funding is vital to the growth and success of startups. NOW is the right time for international startups to tap into a pool of highly engaged investors from the MENA region who are actively looking to invest in exciting and promising companies.


Benefits for Blockchain & DeFi Projects

  • Have exclusive access to Ultra High Networth Individuals, Institutional Investors, and Family Conglomerates looking for new investment opportunities
  • Meet with decision makers: Pre-arranged one-to-one meetings, in an exclusive environment, with pre-qualified investors of your choice
  • Conduct a 10-minute presentation about your project to more than 60 hand-picked, pre-qualified group of investors from the Arab World (Exclusive to Gold Sponsors)
  • Limited spots for 15 blockchain & DeFi projects
  • Listen to experts, educators and regulators on the legal aspects covering digital assets investments
  • Network with colleagues and peers from all over the world
  • Enjoy an exclusive event with plenty of networking, learning and pitching opportunities


  • Ultra High Networth Individuals
  • Venture Capitals
  • Private Equity Firms
  • Family Office Investors
  • Crypto Funds
  • Angel Investors


  • The majority are from the GCC (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman).
  • The MENA region (Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, etc.)
  • Europe
  • South East Asia
  • North America



Digital asset investments are not a “nice to have” addition to your investment portfolio – they should form an integral part of your long term investment strategy!

In this executive congress, Investors will:

  • Attend one to one meetings with top Blockchain & DeFi projects from all over the world
  • Learn how to invest in Digital Assets
  • Meet the hottest blockchain & DeFi start-ups
  • Listen to expert investors and crypto fund managers
  • Understand risk management and regulations
  • Learn about the latest DIGITAL ASSET AND BLOCKCHAIN INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES, the features that set them apart and how to build and protect a diversified portfolio


  • Hottest Blockchain & DeFi projects
  • Crypto fund managers
  • Blockchain entrepreneurs
  • National bankers
  • Financial market regulators
  • Risk managers
  • Storage solution providers
  • Blockchain researchers


  • NFTs are the talk of the Crypto world this year. What do regulators think of them? How can one invest in them and what are the opportunities and challenges facing them?
  • DeFi in 2021: Would scalability woes be solved? The DeFi insurance sub-sector was one of the hottest parts of DeFi in 2020. Will it continue to grow in 2021? Would staking take center stage?
  • Industry outlook
  • How will the value of digital assets fare in 2021 and beyond?
  • Knowledge and advice from early institutional investors
  • Investment opportunities presented by leading digital asset investors
  • How is Blockchain fairing in the age of Covid 19?
  • Are projects still getting funded?
  • Where are these funds coming from?
  • Is raising funds during and after Covid 19 different from how it was before?

The Program


Ahmed Bin Sulayem

Executive Chairman & CEO, DMCC

Aly Madhavji

Managing Partner, Blockchain Founders Fund

Animesh Saxena

Chief Investment Officer, Growmore Group

Anna Tutova

CEO, Coinstelegram

Antonio Saaranen

Director of BD & Investments, Qtum Foundation

Baiba Broka

Governing Council of the UNIDROIT, Former Minister of Justice of Latvia

Brian McGinty

Founding Leader, CryptoPerformance

Christophe de Courson

Co-Founder & CEO, Olymp Capital

Daniel Santos

CEO, Woonkly

Edward Mercado

Film Vault - Film Production Manager, estudios amazonia

Eloisa Marchesoni

Tokenomics Expert, Blockchain & AI Angel Investor

Fiorenzo Manganiello

Managing Partner, Lian Group

Firdosh Sheikh

CEO & Co-Founder, DRIFE

Gaurav Dubey

Founder & CEO, O1ex

Gordon Einstein

Founding Partner, CryptoLaw Partners

Hubertus Thonhauser

Chairman of the Board, Tezos Foundation

Jaafar Al Doori

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Lead Ventures

James Bernard

Regional Representative - Europe, DMCC

Jamie Thomson

CEO, Vulcan Forged

Jorge Sebastiao

CEO, Nimbus - Founder, Global Blockchain Organization

Josef‌ ‌Holm‌

Founding Partner, Draper Goren Holm

Juwan Lee

Chairman & Group CEO, NexChange Group

Jürgen Schouppe

CEO & CTO, Safe Haven

Karinna Nobbs

Co-Founder, The Dematerialised

Kevin Harrison

Co-Founder, Tipping Token

Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr

Managing Editor, Cointelegraph

Lou Kerner

Managing Partner, Blockchain Coinvestors

Marjorie Hernandez

Co-Founder, LUKSO

Marouane Fikri

Co-Founder, Vanilla Network

Mazdak Rafaty

Chief Columnist, fDi Magazine by Financial Times

Michelle Chivunga

CEO / Investor, Global Policy House

Miko Matsumura

General Partner, gumi Cryptos Capital

Mohamed Al Banna

Group CEO & MD, LEAD Ventures

Ola J Lind

Director, SoBitX

Oleg Ivanov

Co-Founder, Berezka DAO & CB Capital

Oliver von Wolff

Group CFO & Equity Partner, Iconic Holding

Ralf Glabischnig

Founder & Board Member, Crypto Valley Venture Capital

Rob Charles

Founder & CEO, Goldfingr

Saeed Hareb Al Darmaki

Founder, Sheesha Finance

Sami Chlagou

CEO, Cross The Ages

Samy Karim

Director - Business & Ecosystem Development, Binance

Sergei Khitrov

Founder & CEO, Listing.Help & Jets.Capital

Steven Ward

CEO, Vy.Finance

Thibault Verbiest

Partner, Metalaw - President, IOUR Foundation

Ting Peng

Editor-in-Chief, Cointelegraph China

Tom Davis

Co-Founder, Tipping Token

Vadim Khramov

Founder & CIO, Edge Capital Management

g.a. mercado

TheFaustFlick - Film Producer & Director, estudios amazonia

Some of Our Previous Speakers

Alon Goren

Founding Partner, Draper Goren Holm

Dr. Obaid Al Zaabi

CEO, Securities & Commodities Authority, UAE

Gaurav Dubey

Founder & CEO, O1ex

Hubertus Thonhauser

Chairman of the Board, Tezos Foundation

Jorge Sebastiao

CTO, Huawei Technologies

Josef‌ ‌Holm‌

Founding Partner, Draper Goren Holm

Nikola Stojanow

Managing Partner, Meta Change Capital

Ralf Glabischnig

Founder & Board Member, Crypto Valley Venture Capital

Saeed Hareb Al Darmaki

Founder, Sheesha Finance

Sergei Khitrov

Founder & CEO, Listing.Help & Jets.Capital

Talal Tabbaa

COO, Tranche.Finance

Wai Lum Kwok

Senior Executive Director & Financial Services Regulatory Authority, Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)


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