Arifa represents a small community of women who influenced the blockchain revolution in fintech space. She can inspire women entrepreneurs, by sharing her experiences on how she learnt to climb the ladder in a male dominated industry.
Arifa is India Partner of the Ethereum Foundation. She is well-known as an evangelist for distributed ledger technologies. She is currently leading efforts to build a ground-breaking decentralised solution for capital markets (DGCAMP) as Founder & CEO of Himalaya Labs, which she considers her most inspired and important work to date. (https://medium.com/@misskhan/what-is-dgcamp-2a6fae4cf699)
Arifa is a celebrated investment banker and worked with two Swiss banks Credit Suisse & UBS, which honed her ability in deal origination, and confident execution. She has deep sector expertise in Banking & Financial services, Fintech and Blockchain. She currently advises Govt. of India on infrastructure financing and the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh State on blockchain adoption.
Arifa has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business, USA where she majored in Finance and specialised in advanced financial concepts, modelling and speculative markets. She is mathematically gifted, and earned early accolades as a Gold Medalist in Mathematics. She ranked 14th in Andhra Pradesh State Engineering Entrance EAMCET when she was just 14 years old, which earned her an admission in Computer Science Engg. Having hailed from a small town in Andhra Pradesh with no engineers, and from a family of non-mathematicians, she created waves as a teenage prodigy. However, she did not return to pure mathematics until a fascination for blockchain took hold of her in 2015. She has a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras – an inflection point in shaping her ambition.
Arifa is Member Wharton UK Club Committee, Founder Europe-India Conclave Series, speaker at several international conferences. She is known for her versatile talents and is a poet and an acclaimed painter.