Cyrus Afkhami

Head of Geopolitics and Crypto Research

Cyrus joined 13D in 2021, focusing on crypto—which he has been deeply immersed in for years. His research coverage includes all aspects of this rapidly-emerging space, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, DeFi, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), the metaverse, the token economy, decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs) and CBDCs. Cyrus also oversees Kiril Sokoloff’s many VC investments in crypto. His prior experience in the industry includes research in governance systems and tokenomic designs. As an example of the depth of his coverage, he watched all thirty hours of Gary Gensler’s crypto course at MIT in order to gauge which way U.S. regulation might unfold.

In addition to crypto, Cyrus focuses on geopolitics, specialising in the Middle East and Central Asia.

Prior to 13D, Cyrus founded an education company in 2011, building it into a leading education consultancy and private-tuition provider, focusing on the British education system. His 11 years of experience in the education industry have honed his ability to communicate complex topics in an accessible way.

He began his career in London, working in M&A at Lehman Brothers (later Nomura) before moving to Citigroup where he worked in the European Equity Capital Markets division.

Cyrus graduated from the University of Oxford with a First Class degree in History and Modern Languages, specialising in the Middle East. At Oxford, he was awarded an Academic scholarship. More recently, he completed a course in Blockchain in Business from Columbia Business School Executive Education.

Cyrus Afkhami​

Director of Crypto Research and Investments

Cyrus joined 13D in 2021, focusing on crypto—which he has been deeply immersed in for years. His research coverage includes all aspects of this rapidly-emerging space, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, DeFi, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), the metaverse, the token economy, decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs) and CBDCs. Cyrus also oversees Kiril Sokoloff’s many VC investments in crypto. His prior experience in the industry includes research in governance systems and tokenomic designs. As an example of the depth of his coverage, he watched all thirty hours of Gary Gensler’s crypto course at MIT in order to gauge which way U.S. regulation might unfold.

In addition to crypto, Cyrus focuses on geopolitics, specialising in the Middle East and Central Asia.

Prior to 13D, Cyrus founded an education company in 2011, building it into a leading education consultancy and private-tuition provider, focusing on the British education system. His 11 years of experience in the education industry have honed his ability to communicate complex topics in an accessible way.

He began his career in London, working in M&A at Lehman Brothers (later Nomura) before moving to Citigroup where he worked in the European Equity Capital Markets division.

Cyrus graduated from the University of Oxford with a First Class degree in History and Modern Languages, specialising in the Middle East. At Oxford, he was awarded an Academic scholarship. More recently, he completed a course in Blockchain in Business from Columbia Business School Executive Education.

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