John Nahas is currently the Vice-President of Corporate Development at TokenVault, a FinTech company utilizing blockchain technology to issue, trade, and spend digital assets. He began his career in corporate finance advisory, working with start-up and middle market clients. John then assisted in the launch of Millennial news website Mic, and then was a partner at Invicta Petroleum and Engeocom-Invicta Trading, where he focused on international commodity trading and trade finance.
He is a graduate from University of Southern California (USC) with bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Communication, as well as a Master's of Public Diplomacy (M.P.D.) from the USC Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism and the USC School of International Relations. Additionally, John has worked and collaborated with numerous academic, international, and non-governmental organizations such as the Carnegie Endowment's Middle East Center (CMEC) in Beirut, the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), the American University of Dubai (AUD) and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.
John currently is a panelist for the MIT Technology Review where he contributes his opinions on the intersection of technology and finance, the evolution of work, and societal impact. He is also a Director at the LA Blockchain Lab, an initiative by the City of Los Angeles, USC, UCLA, CalTech, and UCI, which seeks to promote a sustainable blockchain ecosystem in Southern California.