XBTO a platform for digital assets and tailored crypto investment solutions, has been selected to join Abu Dhabi’s Hub71 Digital assets, Web3 ecosystem as it seeks regulatory license from ADGM ( Abu Dhabi Global Market) FSRA authority XBTO has also appointed former Mubadala executive, Karl Naïm as General Manager of XBTO.

Karl, is a seasoned serial technology startup entrepreneur and former positions at Mubadala, UBS, and Goldman Sachs, will lead XBTO’s strategic expansion in the Middle East. 

XBTO has established a new office in ADGM which will provide a suite of digital assets products, solutions, and investment management strategies to institutional and qualified clients within the region.

Prior to joining XBTO, Karl co-founded Hub71 startup, Purpl, a digital wallet and remittance aggregator for Lebanon, and served as its CEO until November 2023. He was recognized by MEA Markets as the “Most Transformational Financial Inclusion CEO 2023” in the Middle East.

Commenting on the Hub71 selection and Abu Dhabi expansion, Philippe Bekhazi, Founder & CEO of XBTO, said, “We are excited to be selected by Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem, and to welcome Karl Naïm to our team. His expertise positions us strongly for our expansion in the Middle East. Our new Abu Dhabi office will enable us to bridge traditional finance and digital assets, reflecting XBTO’s commitment to innovation in this space.”

Peter Abou Hachem, Head of Growth and Strategy, Hub71, added, “The addition of XBTO to Hub71+ Digital Assets is a reflection of the founding team’s strong leadership, robust business model and its commitment to transforming the digital asset landscape from Abu Dhabi. As we continue attracting the most promising startups to our specialist ecosystems, we remain focused on our mission to transform the UAE capital into a world leading tech hub for Web3 and digital assets. XBTO is poised to unlock the immense potential of being part of an ecosystem, propelling Abu Dhabi to the forefront of innovation not only in the UAE but globally.”

Karl noted, “I am excited to introduce XBTO’s unparalleled expertise in digital assets to institutions and family offices in the region. My focus will be on building a high-performing team and collaborating closely with the Financial Services Regulatory Authority, positioning XBTO as the provider of choice for all digital asset-related services in the region.”