Karam Alhamad is an entrepreneur, fintech visionary, international development professional, and policy advocate, with over nine years of experience in grants development, management, research, monitoring, and evaluation, and five years of experience working with USAID/OTI, NEA/AC, and DFID funded programs. Between 2011 and October 2020, he managed the implementation of tens of projects in eastern Syria, focusing on quality improvement, program design, start-up, and effective implementation. He has extensive experience and knowledge of Syria and the Middle East, including in-depth knowledge and experience researching topics ranging from armed group dynamics to civil society organizations to local government entities and service provision. He is a lead researcher on Eastern Syria with extensive experience developing and leading presentations on complex dynamics in Syria. He has developed a broad network of activists, community organizations, media personnel, and local council members on the ground. Since early 2020, Karam has been working on building the first decentralized multilingual crypto and blockchain education and media platform and exploring the potential of using blockchain technology to answer the dilemmas in the humanitarian aid and international development sectors.