Bitcoin in the Middle East

Today's speakers, who are human rights activists as well as being business-oriented, will discuss why Bitcoin matters, especially in the Middle East region.

Alex Gladstein, vice president of strategy for the Oslo Freedom Forum, has connected many dissidents and civil society groups with business leaders, philanthropists, policymakers and artists, to promote free and open societies. He has shared his views at MIT, Stanford, BBC, the European Parliament, the U.S. State Department, and other venues. He is the singularity expert at Singularity University and advises Blockchain Capital.

Fadi Elsalameen, who was born in Hebron, is a critic of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority and has received death threats for his pro-democracy and anti-corruption work. He is a graduate of Seeds of Peace, a successful businessperson, and has also shared his views at many leading institutions, including The Commonwealth Club of California.


Celia Menczel


MLF: Middle East

Gladstein photo courtesy Human Rights Foundation; Elsalameen photo courtesy Fadi Elsalameen. 

Image - Fadi Elsalameen

Fadi Elsalameen

M.S., International Relations and Economics; Adjunct Senior Fellow, American Security Project

Image - Alex Gladstein

Alex Gladstein

Chief Strategy Officer, Human Rights Foundation; Co-Author, The Little Bitcoin Book

Jonathan Curiel