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Amber Ghaddar

Founder and CIOAllianceBlock

United Kingdom

Member Since January 2022


Dr Amber Ghaddar is a serial entrepreneur in Web3.0. She founded AllianceBlock in 2018, where she’s building a new framework bridging traditional finance with DeFi, with a strong focus on compliance to regulations. She also founded the 200 billion club, an accelerator focused on financing women led startups with more than 50+ VC partners. And finally with Ann Copens she is building one of the first extended reality nations, My G-Nation, where she is Chief Meta Economist. Prior to AllianceBlock, Amber was a bond trader covering central banks and banks treasuries at JP Morgan London where she held various leadership positions. Amber started her career in Global Investment Research at Goldman Sachs London, and moved from there to the Cross Asset Solution team at JP Morgan London in 2012, where she headed the UK Private Banks Cross asset solutions. She then led the Macro Systematic Trading Strategies team at JP Morgan London, focusing on fixed income dynamic risk premia trading strategies. Amber is the mastermind behind participative capitalism and calibrocracy, and has been invited to world class events (Davos, TEDx, UN Women, Financial Times...) to give talks on the subject. She is a guest lecturer at EDHEC Business School in Nice (10th Business School in Europe) on the subject of fintech and cryptocurrencies. She is a recognized voice in the field where she's been quoted on CNBC, Bloomberg, Forbes, Nasdaq, BBC and other media. She’s a Fintech Times rising women in crypto powerlist 2020, Innovate UK Fintech Senior Leaders Standout 2021 and Top Women in Crypto 2022. Amber holds a B.Sc in Science & Technology, Three Masters (Neurosciences, Microelectronics & Nanotechnologies, and International Risk Management & Business) and a PhD in Molecular Medicine. She is a graduate of McGill Canada and HEC Paris.

Published content

12 factors VCs should focus on when vetting crypto and blockchain companies

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Due diligence when vetting crypto and blockchain companies comprises considering both traditional business factors and unique imperatives. Venture capitalists may be wary of the crypto and blockchain industry at the moment, and it’s not without reason. However, the highly publicized bad actions of a few shouldn’t keep VCs from spotting the real potential that well-run businesses in the sector can offer. As with investments in any industry, conducting thorough research and asking smart questions can help VCs ensure they’re backing reputable companies poised to make a positive (and profitable) impact in the market. Here, 12 members of Cointelegraph Innovation Circle share tips for a VC who’s considering investing in a crypto and blockchain company.

11 lessons crypto exchanges can learn from traditional markets

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The crypto industry might gain traction and win consumer confidence more quickly by learning some do’s (and don’ts)  from traditional markets. There’s an old saying that many of us live by, whether consciously or not: better the devil you know than the devil you don’t. While the stock market and traditional investment tools carry many of the same risks as cryptocurrency and decentralized finance, they’re familiar to investors, there are thousands of industry experts and financial firms, and there are uncounted digital media and print resources to help guide both newcomers and seasoned traders. While leaning into the unique benefits and potential of crypto, it may be wise for cryptocurrency exchanges and platforms to look to traditional markets to gain insights on managing risk and boosting investor confidence. Below, 11 members of Cointelegraph Innovation Circle share lessons crypto exchanges can learn from traditional markets and finance.

15 ways the DeFi industry can build credibility and garner more adoption

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To garner more adoption, the DeFi industry must proactively address both actual and perceived barriers to entry.  Decentralized finance has the potential to bring revolutionary ease and security to financial transactions through the use of blockchain technology. And with its ability to introduce a unified, standardized system across the globe, DeFi can open up new financial opportunities to those who may not have had them before. As with much of the crypto industry, however, DeFi struggles with both prevailing ignorance of its structure and capabilities, as well as widespread skepticism about its trustworthiness and scope. Below, 15 members of Cointelegraph Innovation Circle share ways DeFi pioneers can help build the industry’s credibility and reach.

How can crypto stop getting hacked?


Similar to what we see within more mature industries, part of a crypto company’s budget needs to go to security from day one.

14 reasons crypto can intimidate entrepreneurs

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Better education and expanded support services could draw those hesitating on the sidelines into the crypto industry.When it comes to expansion, the crypto industry isn’t necessarily suffering from a lack of interest. Crypto’s freedom and potential offer a lot of appeal to entrepreneurs. But even those who are natural risk-takers may hesitate in the face of the nebulous nature of crypto, which lacks the regulatory guide rails, long-established professional groups and educational establishment of traditional industries.Pinpointing crypto’s needs and helping newcomers find the direction they’re looking for is a task best tackled by those who have already established a footprint in the industry. Here, 14 members of Cointelegraph Innovation Circle discuss the issues that may be keeping newcomers to the industry from jumping in, as well as what can be done about it.

12 signs of a promising crypto connection

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What someone has done in crypto is important, but why they have done it may be even more so.Whether you’re searching for a new partner or employee or just looking to build your network, due diligence is particularly important in the crypto space. Newcomers may need more time to come to grips with the industry’s nuances and potential, and there are also unscrupulous actors interested only in a quick profit.The members of Cointelegraph Innovation Circle know both the positive indicators and the warning signs to look for. Below, 12 of them discuss the signs that show them someone is a crypto connection worth pursuing.

Company details



Financial Services

Area of focus

Decentralized Finance
Trading Platform

Company size

51 - 200