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Henri Arslanian is the co-founder and managing partner of Nine Blocks Capital Management, an institutional-grade hedge fund focused exclusively on digital assets, with a market-neutral crypto fund focused on generating alpha from inefficiencies in crypto markets using relative value, arbitrage, and quantitative strategies.
Henri was previously a partner and global crypto leader at PwC. In that role, he advised many of the world’s leading crypto exchanges, investors, financial institutions, and tech firms on their crypto initiatives, as well as numerous governments, regulators, and central banks on crypto regulatory and policy matters.
With over 500,000 LinkedIn followers, Henri is a TEDx and global keynote speaker, a best-selling published author, and is regularly featured in global media, including Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and the Financial Times.
Henri was named by LinkedIn as one of the 2022 global Top Voices in Finance and is the host of the CryptoCapsules™ social media video series as well as The Future of Money podcast and newsletter.
Henri was named by Onalytica as the #1 most influential individual on Finance globally on LinkedIn out of 50k+ individuals working at the top professional services and management consulting firms in the world.
Chambers Global named Henri the “highest profile FinTech consultant in Hong Kong,” Blockchain Asset Review named him the “Most Influential Crypto and Blockchain Thought Leader in Asia,” and Asian Private Banker awarded him the “FinTech Changemaker of the Year” award.
Henri is the author of numerous best-selling crypto and fintech-related books, including “The Book of Crypto” (Palgrave, 2022), which became a global top 10 best-seller in financial services, and “The Future of Finance” (Palgrave 2019, Palgrave), which became not only a global top 10 best-seller in financial services but was also recognized as one of the “Best FinTech Books of All Time” by Bookauthority.
Henri was elected as the first Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong. He is also an appointed member of Hong Kong securities regulator SFC FinTech Advisory Group, the Hong Kong central bank's Institute for Monetary and Financial Research council of advisers, and the Dubai DIFC innovation panel. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hong Kong, where he teaches the first FinTech university course globally.
Henri started his career as a financial markets and funds lawyer in Canada and Hong Kong before joining UBS Investment Bank’s prime brokerage capital consulting team.
Henri speaks five languages, including English, French, Armenian, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.
He holds a Master’s in Chinese Law from Tsinghua University; a joint Global Executive MBA from Columbia Business School, London Business School, and Hong Kong University; a Bachelor of Law from the University of Montreal (Dean’s List of Excellence), and a Master’s in Transnational Law from the University of Sherbrooke, where he was awarded the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal for Academic Excellence for having graduated with the highest grades of the university.