Global FinTech & National Security Attorney
Former Senior Policy Advisor & Project Manager, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi is a national security lawyer, banking and financial services, public policy and strategic regulatory expert, and until recently, he served as Senior Policy Advisor and Project Manager at the United States Department of the Treasury. In this role, he developed and coordinated financial regulatory reform and policy development and analysis in several areas including new and emerging technologies (FinTech), identity, innovation, financial inclusion, de-risking, risk management, big data, privacy, and payments. Combiz is a recognized authority in the policies, laws, and regulations of FinTech, RegTech, cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.
He currently serves as Deputy Chair of the ACT-IAC Blockchain Forum, which is one of the largest public-private outreach and collaboration-building events with the blockchain community. He co-authored the blockchain primer on how blockchain can enable innovation in the U.S. Federal Government, the FinTech primer on how new and emerging technologies can improve transparency and accountability, and has held roles on various inter-agency working groups on FinTech/RegTech, regulatory reform, government modernization, and policy development. He currently serves as the Special Advisor to the Co-Chair of the Planning Committee for the Federal Identity Forum & Expo (FedID), having previously served as Treasury’s first Representative to FedID. In this role, he is responsible for bringing a unified voice to key identity issues important to Treasury – and national – priorities.
Combiz has served continuously in the U.S. Federal Government for eleven years since he was 19 years old; and he has worked on public policy, domestic and international financial regulatory, legislative, government relations, and political matters as well as global engagement. He joined Treasury after serving in the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs for PSI. Prior to joining Congress, Mr. Abdolrahimi worked in The White House Office of Political Affairs, and spent four years as a Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of State, interfacing with senior foreign government officials from over 90 countries and receiving commendations from Republican and Democratic leadership.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of immigrants, Mr. Abdolrahimi’s first job was working the cash register for his family’s small business—at the age of 12. He is a graduate of UCLA; American University of Beirut in Lebanon; and Georgetown University Law Center, receiving his B.A., J.D. and LL.M. in national security law with a focus on IHRL, economic sanctions, and anti-money laundering. Mr. Abdolrahimi speaks several languages critical to U.S. interests, such as Turkish, Persian, Arabic and Spanish. He aspires to follow in the footsteps of an American hero and his mentor, Ambassador Col. Charles W. Hostler, USAF (ret.), and serve as a United States Ambassador to the MENA region.