09-10 December, 2019  |  Dubai – UAE

The British University in Dubai – Main Campus

Dubai International Academic city, Block 11

Keynote Speakers

Khalid Al Marri

Dean of Research and Associate Professor of Project Management at the Business and Law department of the British university in Dubai


Dr Khalid is proclaimed for setting high standard of accomplishment by holding the first PhD award in Project Management in the region. Dr Khalid has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and master’s degree in Engineering Management from the Catholic University of America. Following which he commenced his engineering career in 1996 in the Dubai Municipality and has been in the government services in the Sewerage & Irrigation Department and the Roads Department as Head in the Roads Construction Section.

Dr Khalid holds the credential of having produced, through a doctoral program, the first framework for developing projects through public private partnerships (PPP) in the UAE. This framework is the first to lay the foundations for a standardized PPP practice in the UAE for practitioners. It highlights the most important factors for the success of PPP projects, such as value for money, risk sharing and allocation, renegotiations, and the roles of the public and private parties.

Dr Khalid is also credited for developing a framework for establishing a nuclear research reactor project in the UAE through the utilization of public private partnerships, which was one of the first frameworks for PPPs in research reactor projects in the world and followed strict safeguards and required full awareness of nuclear safety, security & control of nuclear materials handling

Marwan Alzarouni

Founder & Chief Executive Officer Dubai Blockchain Center


Dr. Alzarouni is not only the CEO of Dubai Blockchain center but also the Director of Information Services at Dubai Electronic Security Center. He founded the region’s first innovation hub for blockchain technology. The center was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai on the 15th of May 2018 and is encompassed within Area 2071 in Emirates Towers.

The center aims to bring together blockchain thought leaders, developers, investors, and educators. It is a place to engage with the blockchain community. The center therefore continuously hosts blockchain related courses, events, meet-ups and hackathons.

Before establishing the blockchain center, Marwan was an early crypto investor that started Bitcoin mining in the early 2013. He also created Dubai’s first crypto payment processing and blockchain software development company in January 2014. In February 2018 he launched OTC Supply DMCC, the region’s first fully licensed over-the-counter crypto commodity trading entity.  His latest venture is Co-Founding Quanterium, a technology solutions provider focusing on providing social impact solutions for organ and blood donation based on technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, IoT and genomics.

Alexis Nicolaou

CEO Block.Co | Board Member | Director Distributed Ledger Technologies at Grant Thornton Blockchain


Alexis is leading the Distributed Ledger Technology services (DLT) at Grant Thornton (Cyprus) Ltd and he is the Managing Director of our subsidiary company Grant Thornton Blockchain (Cyprus) Ltd.

He is a member of the ICAEW, with a BA (Hons) from the University of Nottingham in Industrial Economics and Accountancy and currently completing his MSc in Blockchain and Digital Currencies at the University of Nicosia.

Alexis has been for over 20 years’ in C-Suite positions in the accounting, finance, media, content production and electronic banking sectors of the economy.