George HarrapCEO & Co-founder at Bitspark Limited
George is CEO and Co-Founder of Hong Kong based Bitspark which makes crypto available to everyone by merging cash-based markets with the digital experience, and tailored solutions for each of the world’s 180+ fiat currencies. Bitspark pioneered the world’s first cross border cash-in, cash-out payment using blockchain in 2014. The company has since evolved its offering which now includes a mobile app, decentralised exchange, a network of cash points and an increasing range of local currency stablecoins. In particular, stablecoins offer practical use cases which make them essential for driving the adoption of crypto, as illustrated by the recent partnership with Okra Solar. George has been an early adopter of Bitcoin and blockchain technology, having started in early 2011 and in 2014 founded Bitspark with the intention of bringing greater financial access to everyone, using cryptocurrencies to form the bridge between the old and new worlds of finance. George and his work with Bitspark has since been recognised by financial institutions, governments and the media as a leader in the areas of blockchain globally with organisations such as Goldman Sachs, Citibank, KPMG, Accenture, Nikkei, SCMP, The New York Times, RT and many more in addition to advising the Hong Kong and Australian governments on Fintech policy. Often a speaker and educator on blockchain technology internationally, George has been part of many events revolving around education in the areas of payments, cryptocurrencies, remittances, bitcoin and blockchain. As an entrepreneur, George is focused on bringing financial services and opportunities to the world's unbanked populations in the developing markets and providing new economic opportunities to people around the world.