Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi is a national security lawyer, banking & financial services regulatory and policy expert, and until recently, he served as senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Combiz has more than 12 years of experience working with senior executives and world leaders on shaping the business, policy, legal, regulatory, and technology dimensions of blockchain/DLT, AI, crypto, tokenization, cybersecurity, smart city technologies, FinTech and RegTech, energy and utilities, banking, payments, digital identity, compliance and risk management, privacy and big data. He serves on numerous professional boards and is the Special Advisor to the Federal Identity Forum having served as Treasury’s first Representative and bringing a unified voice to key identity issues. He provides leadership on public-private partnerships, strategic planning, and innovation.
He has served extensively in government since he was 19 years old; and has worked on national security, technology and innovation, public policy and diplomacy, economic, and regulatory reform initiatives as well as global engagement. He joined Treasury after serving in the U.S. Senate. He also served in The White House and State Department, liaising with senior foreign government officials from over 90 countries and receiving commendations from Republican and Democratic leadership.
Born in Texas, the son of immigrants, Combiz’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; and Georgetown University Law Center, receiving his B.A., J.D. and LL.M. Combiz speaks several languages critical to U.S. interests, such as Turkish, Persian (Farsi and Afghan-Dari), Arabic (MSA and Lebanese), Azerbaijani, and has a working proficiency in Spanish. He aspires to follow in the footsteps of an American hero, Ambassador Col. Charles W. Hostler, USAF (ret.), and serve as our country’s Ambassador.