Spotlight MEA: Talking Cryptocurrencies and Fintech in Dubai with Brock Pierce by Richie Santosdiaz for the Fintech Times
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Spotlight MEA: Talking Cryptocurrencies and Fintech in Dubai with Brock Pierce

Cryptocurrencies are a hot topic in the public in recent memory. As parts of the world slowly recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, The Fintech Times had a chance to speak to cryptocurrency guru Brock Pierce

A first as well for The Fintech Times in Dubai (since its Middle East & Africa section launch last year as well as coupled with the pandemic), Richie Santosdiaz sits one-on-one in person with Brock about crypto, wider fintech and his career.

Watch the interview below:

Brock is an independent political thought leader, a cryptocurrency and blockchain technology pioneer, a venture capitalist, philanthropist, and a critically-acclaimed Disney childhood actor, whose global influence has expanded opportunity for millions. Pierce is the Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and the co-founder of EOS Alliance,, Blockchain Capital, Tether, and Mastercoin. Pierce has been accredited with establishing marketplaces for digital currency which have brought opportunity and wealth to millions across the globe. Pierce has lectured at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions, the Milken Institute Global Conference, International World Congress, and has been featured by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Fortune. Pierce was on the first-ever Forbes list for the “Richest People in Cryptocurrency” and was an Independent Party candidate for President of the United States. Pierce starred in feature films such as “The Mighty Ducks,” and “First Kid.”

The interview was centred around the recent AIBC Summit 2021 held in Dubai this past May. During the pandemic, Dubai, the largest city and commercial hub of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been successful in hosting at least hybrid events. Adhering to the overall health and safety and well-being of attendees, trade shows at the end of 2020 such as Seamless Middle East, Finnovex and GITEX were able to happen across various Dubai venues such as the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). This year, notable global shows (not necessarily fintech-related) have also been held – such as Gulfoods and Arab Health, both global trade shows with the former for the food and beverage industry and the ladder being health and medical focused.


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