Barek Sekandari is Chief Operating Officer at Fantom Foundation. A keen entrepreneur and salesperson, Barek launched his first company at age 17 in the Event Management space before transitioning to Real Estate, where he ran a successful property development business. Following his introduction to Bitcoin in 2016, Bariq became fascinated with its underlying blockchain technology. After tracking bitcoin and networking in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space, Bariq was well positioned to assist blockchain projects in business development and fund-raising in 2017. During this period, he also became an active contributor and token holder to numerous crypto projects. Bariq is particularly passionate about the implementation of blockchain technology. Since 2018, Bariq has been working closely with South Asian governments and international organisations such as World Bank, Asian Development Bank and World Health Organisation etc to facilitate the introduction of blockchain technology to their infrastructure.