Gabriel Abed

Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman, Bitt

Gabriel Abed is widely recognised as a leading authority on Central Bank digital currencies, math-based protocols and blockchain technology globally, and is the first entrepreneur to establish blockchain companies in the Caribbean from as early as 2010. The Barbados-based entrepreneur is internationally-acknowledged as a pioneer in the digital currency evolution, having conceptualized and initiated the first global movement to encourage the use of Central Bank digital currencies. Abed has led presentations and engaged in discussions with theInternational Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Caribbean Development Bank and at various fora organised by Central Banks globally. In 2010, Abed began studying distributed ledger technology at the University of Ontario where he graduated with honours in Information Technology Network Security later that year. Several months later in November 2010, he established the Caribbean’s first blockchain company. In 2013, he co-founded Bitt Inc. in Barbados, whose current flagship project is the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank national digital currency. During his tenure as CEO, Bitt raised $16M USD in 2016 from international investors. Currently, Bitt is known for it's pioneering activies in the field of Central Bank Digital Currencies and remains as one of the leaders on that frontier. In April 2018, Abed was appointed as the Special Technology Advisor to the Honourable David Burt, Premier of Bermuda and has advised the Premier and his government on establishing their policies and best practices related to blockchain and cryptocurrencies, as well as assisting to create a vision for Bermuda's future growth and economic prosperity. Abed continues to focus on the fields of financial and regulation technology to better serve Central Banks and Governments around the world in their mission to digitize their offerings