OKX’s Haider Rafique Honoured as Most Influential CMO in Blockchain & Crypto 2022 Award

Middle East Blockchain Awards

OKX’s Haider Rafique Honoured as Most Influential CMO in Blockchain & Crypto 2022 Award

VICTORIA, Seychelles, Nov. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OKX, the world-leading cryptocurrency exchange, is proud to announce that its Global Chief Marketing Officer, Haider Rafique, has received the Most Influential CMO in Blockchain & Crypto 2022 Award at the Middle East Blockchain Awards (MEBA), which was held in Abu Dhabi on November 18 and concludes Abu Dhabi Finance Week.

Established to recognise and reward outstanding efforts within blockchain and Web 3.0 innovation, MEBA was hosted by Abu Dhabi Finance Week in association with Hoko Agency Middle East, The Middle East, Africa and Asia Crypto and Blockchain Association and Arabian Business Magazine.

Rafique was honoured with the Most Influential CMO in Blockchain & Crypto 2022 Award for his outstanding efforts in bringing OKX into the mainstream and expanding its customer base beyond Asia.

In working towards this goal, January saw Rafique undertake a complete overhaul of the OKX brand identity from OKEx to reflect the change of paradigm from a centralised exchange to a one-stop platform for CeFi, DeFi and Web3. This rebrand set the stage for the partnerships, events and campaigns that would follow:

  • In February 2022, Rafique signed a multi-year deal with reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.
  • In May 2022, Rafique signed another multi-year deal naming OKX the primary partner of McLaren Racing. In September 2022, McLaren and OKX unveiled a bespoke celebration livery carried on the MCL36 F1 cars at the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix and 2022 Japanese Grand Prix.
  • In June 2022, OKX became the first cryptocurrency partner and sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival.
  • In July 2022, hot on the heels of the Manchester City training kit reveal, OKX continued to grow its sports partnerships by teaming up with legendary English golfer Ian Poulter.

In September 2022, Rafique launched a multi-million dollar advertising campaign with the aim of ‘introducing’ OKX to the world. With less than 15% of traders outside of Asia familiar with OKX, the company introduced itself to the greater global market as one of the most powerful crypto trading apps in a series of videos featuring its partners.

The Middle East Blockchain Awards winners were chosen by a panel of prestigious expert judges, including Dr Marwan Al Zarouni, CEO of Dubai Blockchain Centre; Jehanzeb Awan, Board Member of MEAACBA, Founding Partner and CEO of J. Awan and Partners; Miriam Kiwan, Former Head of Digital Assets at ADGM, Board Member at BlackOack Global; Misha Hanin, co-founder and Futurist at Bedu; Saqr Ereiqat, Co-Founder and CCO of Crypto Oasis, and Matthew Amlot, Managing Editor of Arabian Business.

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About OKX
OKX is the second biggest global crypto exchange by trading volume and a leading web3 ecosystem. Trusted by more than 20 million global customers, OKX is known for being the fastest and most reliable crypto trading app for investors and professional traders everywhere.

Beyond OKX’s exchange, the OKX Wallet is the platform’s latest offering for people looking to explore the world of NFTs and the metaverse while trading GameFi and DeFi tokens.

To learn more about OKX, download our app or visit: okx.com

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Orsato to take charge of World Cup Opening Match

Daniele Orsato of Italy will referee the opening fixture of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 between the hosts and Ecuador on Sunday 20 November.


The 46-year-old became a FIFA official in 2010 and worked as a video assistant referee (VAR) at Russia 2018. He took charge of the 2020 UEFA Champions League final between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich in Lisbon.


Qatar and Ecuador meet in Doha’s Al Bayt Stadium at 19:00 local time. The home team are the only debutants among the 32 nations at the 2022 World Cup, while Ecuador are participating in the tournament for the fourth time.


The teams are in Group A with Senegal and the Netherlands.



Death toll in Sakhalin apartment building blast rises to nine

The death toll in a blast that hit a five-story apartment building on Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East has risen to nine people, the regional emergency services told TASS on Saturday.


“The death toll has risen to nine people and there are three children among them,” the emergency services said.


Meanwhile, Sakhalin Region Governor Valery Limarenko wrote on his Telegram channel on Saturday that there were four children among those dead.


“Now the number of dead people has risen to nine. Four of them are children. It has now grown dark here but the rescue effort will continue at night,” he said.


The regional emergency services reported that several more people remained under the rubble of the apartment building.


“Several people remain under the rubble. Now the effort to remove the collapsed structures continues,” the emergency services said.


A powerful explosion rocked a five-story residential building in the settlement of Tymovskoye on Russia’s Far Eastern Sakhalin Island at around 5:03 a.m. Moscow time on Saturday. According to preliminary information, a gas cylinder exploded in one of its apartments, causing the floors in one of its sections to collapse. Rescue teams are working at the scene, with at least 13 vehicles and 59 rescuers involved in the effort.


The five-story building was built in 1980 and has 80 apartments. It was not connected to centralized gas supply infrastructure. It underwent its major overhaul in 2016.


A temporary shelter has been created, offering beds, hot meals and other necessary items to affected residents.



Salahsamadlar village, Aghdam district

Salahsamadlar village of Aghdam district is located on the Karabakh plain.


The village was occupied by Armenian armed forces on July 30, 1993. During the occupation, Armenian vandals destroyed the village and turned it into ruins.


After the glorious Victory of Azerbaijani Army in the Second Karabakh War, Aghdam district was returned to Azerbaijan on November 20 under the trilateral statement signed by the President of Azerbaijan, the President of Russia and the Prime Minister of Armenia on November 10, 2020.


AZERTAC presents footages of Salahsamadlar village, which was subjected to Armenian vandalism during the occupation.



Finland plans to start building a fence on Russian border next year

Finland, one of the few NATO countries sharing a border with Russia, has announced a proposal to spend 139 million euros ($143 million) on building barrier fences on its eastern border with Russia in 2023, the Finnish Border Guard said Friday, according to CNN.


“In the assessment of the Finnish Border Guard, the changed security environment has made it necessary to construct a barrier fence along part of the eastern border,” the border guard said in a statement.


“If Russia reduces its border control, this may cause additional pressure at the Finnish end to control illegal entry. Finland cannot rely on the effectiveness of Russian border control,” the statement said.


The planned border fence will stretch for a distance of 130 to 260 kilometers (80 to 161 miles) – only part of the 830-mile-long border it shares with Russia – and will come with accompanying surveillance equipment and a patrol road as well.


The construction of such a fence is expected to take three to four years and it can endure for roughly 50 years, according to the Finnish Border Guard.


A pilot section will be built in Imatra starting in spring 2023.


Helsinki has increasingly restricted crossings on the eastern border it shares with Russia.


The Finnish border was one of the few entry points for Russians after many Western countries shut their air space and borders to Russian planes in response to the Ukraine invasion.


It closed its border to Russia at the end of September, around the time traffic over the Finland-Russia land frontier intensified as Russians tried to flee Vladimir Putin’s “partial mobilization” of hundreds of thousands of citizens to fight in the war.


“The Government deems that the Russian mobilization and the rapidly increasing volume of tourists arriving in Finland and transiting via Finland endanger Finland’s international position and international relations,” Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote in a statement at the time.


It said while the “resolution aims to stop tourism and related transit from Russia altogether” it “will not prevent traveling when it is deemed necessary for humanitarian reasons, for national interests or for meeting Finland’s international obligations.”


According to a November press release by the Finnish Border Guard, “the amount of entries has decreased significantly after the restrictions came into force.”


On September 29, some 8,583 Russian citizens crossed into Finland’s eastern border from Russia. That figure dropped to 1,700 when border restrictions began on September 30, according to the border guard’s statistics.


On Friday, the Finnish Border Guard’s head of international affairs Matti Pitkaniitty said on Twitter that the proposed barrier fence “is much more than just a fence. It is whole new border infrastructure and new approach to border surveillance.



Azerbaijan logs 34 new COVID-19 cases

34 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in Azerbaijan, while 52 patients have been recovered, the Task Force under the Cabinet of Ministers told AZERTAC.


According to the Task Force, 3 persons have died after testing positive for COVID-19.


“The overall confirmed cases in Azerbaijan have reached 823,923 with 813,721 recoveries and 9,972 deaths, while treatment of 230 others is underway.


A total of 7,355,336 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the country so far,” the Task Force added.