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Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies - Business Friends or Foes?

About the event

In collaboration with CPA Australia and the Australian Business Council Dubai (ABCD), DMCC hosted the seminar on the topic of “Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies – Business Friends or Foes?” on Wednesday, 20th June in Dubai. Members and guests joined together for a breakfast session where heard a panel of experts share their insights on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency.


This event is led by Paul Drum, FCPA, Head of Policy, CPA Australia, who explained:

  • What blockchain is,
  • How it works,
  • Its purported benefits,
  • Who is using it around the world and how, and
  • Whether it has far-reaching, long-term promise.

Event details


The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay, Downtown Burj Khalifa Street, Dubai, UAE


8:00am - 10:00am, 20 Jun 2018


Free for DMCC Members

Additional Information


Paul Drum, FCPA, Head of Policy, CPA Australia
Paul has over 35 years’ experience in the tax, accounting and business policy arena - principally in Australia - but also in other key CPA markets including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand, and most recently the Middle East.

As Head of Policy at CPA Australia, his portfolio covers areas as diverse as external reporting, audit and assurance, environmental and social governance, taxation, business policy, retirement savings and education. 

His role includes representation and advocacy activities to governments and key government agencies. 

Paul is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Chartered Tax Adviser. 

Paul is also CPA Australia’s leading speaker on accounting and business policy issues in the Australian media. 

James Bernard, Director of Sales, DMCC. 
In this role, James is responsible for leading the development of DMCC Free Zone in Dubai which has attracted over 13,500 companies to the central Dubai location. 

James leads the DMCC Blockchain Innovation Group and was one of the founding members of Dubai’s Global Blockchain Council. 

Lee McMahon, Co-Founder and Principal of Support Legal 
As Co-Founder & Principal of Support Legal, Lee heads a new legal services platform for entrepreneurs and emerging companies that is leading the innovation of the legal sector in the Middle East & Africa region. 

Having gained both blue chip commercial and top tier private practice experience across five continents, including as a General Counsel, Lee identified just how innovation and technology could revolutionise the legal industry for all involved. He is an avid advocate of embracing new technologies in order to help companies achieve their goals.