Kevin O’Leary, chairman of O’Leary Ventures and star of ABC’s Shark Tank, will deliver the keynote speech at the first edition of the Middle East Blockchain Awards (MEBA), to be held on November 18 at the W Abu Dhabi.

O’Leary will be heading to Abu Dhabi as Ambassador of a business expansion initiative called Access Abu Dhabi – a Maven Global Access (MGA) programme powered by the Abu Dhabi Investment Office that serves as a conduit for companies entering the capital city’s business and innovation ecosystem.

As part of the programme, O’Leary is at the forefront of investing in Web3 ventures, having significant interest in blockchain and cryptocurrencies in particular.

Established to recognise and reward the efforts within blockchain and Web3 innovation, MEBA is hosted by Hoko Agency Middle East in association with Abu Dhabi Finance Week, and the Middle East, Africa and Asia Crypto and Blockchain Association (MEAACBA).

Bally Singh, chairman and co-founder of Hoko Group, said: “It’s a massive honour to have Kevin O’Leary deliver a keynote speech at the first edition of the Middle East Blockchain Awards. He’s a well-respected and renowned personality on an international level, especially for his work with blockchain and crypto. This is a phenomenal start to what we’re sure will become a long-lived series of Awards ceremonies recognising some of the region’s finest Web3 achievements.”

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