Farzam EhsaniCryptocurrency Expert
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Farzam Ehsani is the CEO and Co-Founder of VALR, a platform that bridges our traditional financial system with the new world of cryptocurrencies. He is also the author of ‘The Advent of Crypto Banking’, a seminal paper that has been the basis of discussion at central banks such as the Bank of England and the South African Reserve Bank and which has been included in the curriculum of New York University’s Stern School of Business.
He is a CoinDesk author, moderator and public speaker who has shared the stage with speakers such as Former US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, Allianz chief economic adviser Mohamed El-Erian and Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer. Some of the platforms he has spoken at include the GIBS Business School at the University of Pretoria and the Blockchain Africa Conference.
Farzam was the Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Lead at the FirstRand Group (Africa’s largest bank by market cap) for 2.5 years after working in the Group’s Investment Banking arm, Rand Merchant Bank. He was the inaugural chairperson of the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium, a group of over 55 financial institutions across South Africa, where his work was recognized on the front cover of Brainstorm magazine.
Previously, Farzam worked at McKinsey & Company in Johannesburg, Deloitte Consulting in San Francisco, the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa, and the United Nations in Nairobi. He studied economics at the University of California – Berkeley.Read more Read less