MENA and APAC Policy Advisor, GBBC Digital Finance
United Arab Emirates
Malcolm Wright, the dynamic force behind InnoFi Advisory, pioneers the growth of financial services through innovative technologies like blockchain, virtual assets, DAOs, and NFTs. As a respected global authority on virtual asset regulation and compliance, his career highlights include crucial roles at Dubai's Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA) and Shyft, the prominent crypto Travel Rule provider. Notably, he's been a transformative C-suite executive in the FinTech and virtual asset spheres, influencing the course of established firms such as Schroders, Revolut, Thomson Reuters, BitMEX, and Eqonex, and even helmed his own successful technology firm. In his highly regarded position as Director of Regulatory Affairs, APAC, and Vice-Chair of the Advisory Council at GBBC Digital Finance (GDF), Malcolm facilitated the creation of favourable legislation and cultivated industry understanding of complex virtual asset regulations. His co-leadership of GDF's AML working group and engagement with the FATF cemented him as an influential figure in the field of virtual assets. Among Malcolm's impressive achievements was the co-founding and leading of a global consortium of 135 technical experts, which gave rise to the globally-adopted IVMS101 data standard, meeting FATF's 'Travel Rule' requirements. He recently concluded on leading a ground-breaking project streamlining onboarding processes between financial institutions and virtual asset service providers in collaboration with the Wolfsberg Group. An engaging international speaker and insightful writer, Malcolm illuminates topics around virtual assets and risk mitigation with unmistakable clarity. His influence extends further as the Chair of the Practitioners Advisory Board at the International Compliance Association and an Associate Fellow at the UK's Royal United Services Institute's Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies. Malcolm is indisputably an essential voice in the financial services and virtual asset arena.