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Dr. Andy Khawaja, Commissioner

Dr. Andy Khawaja is founder and CEO of Allied Wallet, a leading online payment service provider headquartered in Los Angeles. He founded Allied Wallet in 2005 and the company now has a presence in Germany, India, Macau, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

In addition to his work as an entrepreneur, Dr. Khawaja has shared his knowledge of various issues, including the Middle East, cybersecurity, and banking, with government officials at the national, state, and local levels. He has met with officials from the Obama and Trump administrations as well as Members of Congress and works closely with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetii, members of the California legislature, and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom on issues affecting the Southern California community.

Dr. Khawaja has delivered keynote and commencement speeches at Sheikh Zayed University, Abu Dhabi University, Lebanese American University, the Lithuanian Youth Summit, and the Baltic States University. He has been featured in numerous publications including Forbes, Time Magazine, Bloomberg, The Guardian, and Wired Magazine.

Dr. Khawaja is fluent in five languages, including French, German, and Arabic. In 2016, He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in Humanitarian Studies by the Lebanese American University.