Associate - Investments & Investor Relations TDeFi
Associate- Investments & Investor Relations
Investment Analyst, TDeFi
I'm an Investment Analyst at TDeFi. It is an Incubator and Advisory Company for Crypto Startups. We have 45+ Incubations so far ranging across DeFi, NFT, Utility, Metaverse, and Supply chains. I'm passionate about conducting deep dive research and started my professional journey with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Banking, financial services, and Insurance from Symbiosis College, India. I started investing at an early age in equities in 2018 and later focused on portfolio development
Investments Analyst, TDeFi
I am from the Investments Team, currently pursuing my role as an Investments Analyst at TDeFi (https://TDe.Fi). As a SPOC, I'm in charge of evaluating early-stage startups through proper due diligence and conducting market research.
Alongside, I am associated with *Tradedog*~ a crypto research and advisory firm as a Research Analyst.
Lead of Operations UAE & International Business, Recru.in.
Zhanna Manzyk, Lead of Operations UAE & International Business at Recru.in.
Recruin is a Web3 and Tech recruitment service company, operating for the last 3 years, serving the most prominent names for their tech and leadership positions.
Consultant at TDeFi, Senior Research Analyst, TradeDog
Consultant at TDeFi | Senior Research Analyst at TradeDog
Shubham is a graduate from one of the most prestigious Educational institutions of India - Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi. He works as an investment analyst at TDeFi and is currently leading the product and marketing operations of The Global Blockchain Hackathon - BizThon 2.0.
Marketing Manager, TDeFi
Marketing Manager at TDeFi
Co-Founder CTO & CPO, Edverse
Yuvraj Sharma (CPO) has done his B.Tech (Electronics & Communication) from C.I.E.T. University. He has 6+ years of working experience in companies like The Curriculum Company, iDiscoveri Education and Career Launcher. He has also architected some of the leading & popular metaverse’s globally. He has successfully build some of the fastest selling Ed-Tech products, has been in this domain interacting with over 600k educators and learners over last 7+ years.
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, DocPlix
I am engineer by profession who graduated from College of Technology in the year 2016. I have been always passionate about entrepreneurship. Have 8+ years experience building tech products for startups. Startups associated with so far have raised $500mn+.
Chief Executive Officer, DocPlix
I'm a dentist by profession nd and entrepreneur by passion. I'm currently working as CEO in Docplix. We envision to create an efficient and smart online health ecosystem in India.
Founder and CEO, FrequenC
Wees is the Founder and CEO of FrequenC combining over 15 years of Operational & Investment experience in Construction, Tech and Financial sectors. His exposure, expertise and wide experience in the entertainment makes him a visionary and multifaceted entrepreneur looking to disrupt the dynamics of the Entertainment and Tech industry.
His deep operational experience allows him to effectively analyze and invest equity into private companies, including startups and turnarounds. His performance track record and global relationships give him access to substantial investment opportunities.
Outside of FrequenC, he serves on 4 Boards, as Managing partner of his VC firm “Elēkrŏn Ventures”, as partner and VP of Operations of Shade Corporation ltd. and partner at Equal By Nature. Additionally, he spearheads the establishment of Shade's Family Office to help diversify their investment into many asset classes globally.
Co-Founder and Chief Medical Advisor, Docplix
co founder and chief medical advisor at Docplix
Co-Founder, Goons of Balatroon
Mark is a seasoned software professional having worked for many years as an Analyst at PokerStars, a high-volume online casino and poker platform. He has been in the crypto space since 2017, embarking on the web3 entrepreneurial journey in 2021 with the launch of Goons of Balatroon. Combining software and crypto markets experience together with a love for gaming, a premier, wacky gaming metaverse was a logical next step - in development now for one year.
Co-Founder, CR Square Finance
A Chartered Accountant based out India, has earlier founded business consulting firm with presence in 7 cities across south India and workforce of 50+.
Served over 100+ clients as Virtual/Shared CFO over the past 10 years specialising in the fields of International Transaction Advisory, MIS, Accounting & Business Valuations.
Advising Clients in equities, commodities, mutual funds and insurance products in tie up with Bajaj Capital, Max Life and Funds India over the past six years. It is with this interest he came across Blockchain Technology, Bitcoin and other altcoins in the month of April 2017, and taken up active interest in understanding the crypto world, there by actively trading and investing in multiple ICO’s including setting up of a successful hedge fund in the month of September 2017 to cater to the requests of his clients. He has also been advising web3 startups in their tokenomics and financial models.
In December 2021, he decided to launch his own web3 startup CR Square Finance with financial transparency as core agenda by building applications based on community audit, due diligence and arbitration functions using on-chain validation of ""proof of expertise"" of independent subject matter experts.
Founder & CIO, TyreGate
Founder & CIO of TyreGate Capital and longtime investor in fashion through partner VC firm The Luxury Fund. Former Managing Director & Portfolio Manager at the Janus Capital Group. 8+ years as VP & Equity Securities Analyst at Goldman Sachs
CEO, Vulcan Forged
Jamie Thomson is the CEO of Vulcan Forged, the blockchain game studio powered by $PYR and creator of the Elysium L1 blockchain. Vulcan Forged houses now over 15 products and games with over 200k users.
Madhur Prabhakar is the founder of EQ8, a TradFi Governance protocol that relies on SBTs to enable uncollaterized lending. He's been active in the blockchain space since 2014 and has worked as a consultant in Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation projects. Prior to starting his venture, he was working as an officer with Min of S&T, Gov of India where he headed implementation of e-governance solution accross 38 R&D laboratories in India. He also has rich experience in e-governance and has worked with Election commission of India for conducting end to end elections.
Chief Business Development Officer, Megaverse
Simon is a development and marketing consultant with a wealth of experience working with clients across a wide range of industries and niche markets, with a particular focus on the web3, fintech, crypto, and SaaS spheres.
Co-Founder and CPO, Palmswap
Co-Founder and CPO of Palmswap - Perpetual DEX
Chief Technology Officer, SinVerse
Constantin fuses his experience in 3D development, internet of things and augmented reality with blockchain technology and therefore, brings a unique skill-set to SinVerse. Constantin brings with him close to two decades experience in technology and is also an avid gamer. He leads a multidisciplinary team of blockchain developers, web developers, UI/UX creators, DBA and digital marketers.
Co-Founder, Bridge Network
Kimberly Adams is the co-founder of Bridge Network, a web 3 protocol connecting blockchain ecosystems to enable the cross-chain movement of both fungible and non-fungible tokens. Kimberly has spent over 7 years in the cryptocurrency space with a focus on growth, business development and marketing. She is a founding employee of Bitt.com, the pioneers behind the concept of central bank digital currencies and has successfully taken multiple blockchain products to both market & revenue.
Founder, Managing Director, MYTH
Marshall has been involved in creative strategy and brand building for almost 30 years and has launched more than $100m worth of consumer, healthcare and financial services goods across Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia through his companies. His interest in blockchain over the last 6 years has opened up an extensive network in this rapidly moving space and provided him with the opportunity to provide seed capital to several blockchain businesses. This network and experience has also allowed him to own and develop NFT marketplaces and platforms in the entertainment, gaming and digital content spaces.
COO, Myth Central Pty Ltd
Jamie is a C Suite executive with extensive experience across the commercial, public and not for profit sectors in Australia and abroad. With expertise is in governance, corporate communication, organisational design and strategic reform Jamie’s strengths lies in his ability to articulate align strategic intent with operational imperatives. Jamie has led and delivered award winning campaigns both nationally and abroad, including Australia’s pavilion at the Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy and was responsible for developing what is now the largest architectural awards program in the southern hemisphere. Jamie holds a number of Boards positions and is the COO of Myth Central Pty Ltd.
Founder, Athena Group
Mario Nawfal is the Founder of the Athena Group of Companies, a business conglomerate of 15+ companies that operates in more than 40 countries.
A seasoned entrepreneur outside of crypto with business in over 40 countries, Mario's influence in crypto spans hundreds of investments as an angel investor and the founder of IBC Group. Mario's company IBC Group has been a top tier incubator since 2017 having invested in and/or marketed some of the industry's largest projects. Mario is also a partner at International Blockchain Legal and a world renowned international public speaker in both crypto and entrepreneurship. Mario is also the Co-Founder of NFT Technologies, a publicly listed portfolio company under the ticker ""NFT"".
He is also the host of Roundtable.club, one of the biggest weekly crypto live shows with over 50,000 listeners tuning in per episode and the biggest names in the industry joining him.
Director of the Business Development, Myth Central Pty Ltd
Rhod is an experienced founder, innovator and VC. He has founded and scaled a number of successful companies in the retail and distribution space working with some of the world’s most recognizable brands and IP. He is currently the founder of Halo Impact, an early stage VC/venture builder that focuses on sustainability, tech and Web 3.0. He is a long-standing partner, investor and advisor for Brinc, a leading global venture accelerator. Rhod is also part of the mentor and advisory team for Animoca Brands and Brinc’s joint venture Launchpad Luna, a program supporting the world’s leading startups in blockchain, NFT and P2E gaming and media.
Founder, The Why Impact Consulting
Melissa is an impact advisor, creator, and doer with extensive experience at the nexus of impact, strategy, and innovation in the environmental, health, and social services sectors. She is passionate about creating meaningful Web3 use cases and advises projects on developing and scaling business models. She is the founder of The Why Impact Consulting, a new breed of consulting practice laser-focused on getting outcomes for clients. She is also the Chief of Staff at Metamazonia, a next-gen, photorealistic metaverse that introduces gamified fractional ownership of private reserves of the Amazon rainforest, generating revenues for NFT holders and promoting sustainable conservation and development.
Senior Producer, ZOAN
A XR specialist with more than 10 years of experience and +160 B2B projects developed and coordinated. Currently a Senior Producer and one of the partners of the largest XR company in Finland.
Founder & CEO, GIMA Group
Kevin Soltani is a blockchain strategist and founder of GIMA Group and GIMA Labs – an alternative investment group and development company specializing in blockchain, gaming, property tech and digital assets development. GIMA Group was founded in 2015 in California.
In 2012, Kevin founded Bit Rig Builders and became the first company in Southern California to produce customized mining solutions;. GIMA Group has invested in and advised 50+ blockchain projects still working today. Kevin is currently the strategy advisor to metaverse project, Megaverse.
In 2020, Kevin and his team exited their gaming company GIMA Esports and founded Semper Fortis Esports; the 2nd ever gaming company on the London Stock Exchange, focusing on esports, blockchain gaming and metaverse experiences.
Abhishek has 18+ years experience in the area of Talent attraction/acquisition, Talent management, Human resource, Leadership hiring, employer branding, and career transition services across industries.
He was leading multiple verticals for a fortune 500 consulting firm, wherein he advises fortune 500 and large corporates in streamlining their recruitment and talent management strategies. Before making big in corporate companies, Abhishek identified the gaps in the recruitment industry and started his own venture which helped companies in HR services.
In-house counsel, TDeFi
I am working with TDeFi legal and compliance team as an In-house counsel for legal and public matters along with my team and network of legal consultants around the world. I have been actively engaged with the incubated projects and closely working with the incorporators and regulators in different jurisdictions to help the projects with their legal requirements.
Head of Partnerships, Blockchain Valley Ventures
Mr. Vishishta Rakesh serves as the Head of Partnerships at Blockchain Valley Ventures. In addition, Mr. Vishishta is also a startup mentor for Alchemist Accelerator and leads the Venture Initiatives arm of CEMS Entrepreneurs. Furthermore, he has worked with Blockchain Founders Fund, Singapore in the past. Before entering the venture capital space, Mr. Vishishta has worked with Sony Pictures and FeedBackApp, Canada. Additionally, he has been an entrepreneur founding and exiting his hyperlocal logistics startup in India. Mr. Vishishta holds an MSc Management + CEMS Masters in International Management degree from National University of Singapore and HEC Paris and Bachelors in Business Studies degree from The University of Liverpool.
CEO and Co-Founder, MatterFi
Mehow is CEO and co-founder at MatterFi. Mehow passed 70+ certification exams resulting in 20+ IT and programming certifications from Sun, Novell, Microsoft, Oracle, and Cisco. He's proficient ins C, C++, assembly, Java, Python, and everything web and network. Mehow has been programming since age 15 and pioneered early software security work on gambling devices, electronic voting machines, military and intelligence systems as senior technical staff positions at Cigital (acquired by Synopsys for $100M in 2010) and LECG Corporation. At MatterFi, Mehow also leads the technology team and has authored all of the company patents focusing on best-in-class distributed security technology.
Neeraj Jain is the COO of EQ8, a TradFi Governance protocol that relies on SBTs to enable uncollaterized lending. He's been a part of EQ8 since 2020. Prior to joining EQ8, Neeraj was working with a fortune 5 company as a Technology Delivery Leader. Overall Neeraj has more than 21 yrs of rich experience in Technology Delivery and Automation
Following an unparalleled performance managing the core team of Vanilla Network, Marouane progresses to Sinverse as CEO. Just as in Vanilla Network, he manages and oversees all marketing, growth strategy and partnership decisions including forging new alliances with outstanding corporate associates while also ensuring that the relationships with these ecosystem partners are maintained and accelerated. Marouane brings over six years of Blockchain industry experience to Sinverse.
Co-Founder and CEO, MoneyBridge
Baron is co-founder and CEO of MoneyBridge. Prior to joining the digital assets industry, Baron was System Director of Investments for a large international hospital system in the United States where he lead all investment activity for nearly $3 billion in assets under management. Baron is a CFA charterholder and a member of the DFW CFA Society. He graduated from Trinity University and has an MBA in Finance from University of Texas at San Antonio. His skillset and background translate to MoneyBridge by leading the product development efforts, network expansion, vision, and growth of the organization.
Co-Founder and COO, MoneyBridge
Chris is Co-Founder and COO of MoneyBridge. Before MoneyBridge he ensured the success of an international hospital system’s investment portfolio by managing a portfolio of nearly 60 private market, venture and early stage growth funds. Chris has executed well over 100 partnership agreements and has an incredible track record of closing deals. He helped maintain financial compliance in a highly regulated environment and lead the relationship with both internal and external counsel through dozens of high visibility private market deals as well as implemented KYC/AML policies on behalf of 50+ partnerships. Chris obtained his degree in Finance and Banking from the University of Missouri, Columbia and has held both Series 7 and 63 US financial securities licenses. He has been able to successfully translate this extensive experience to MoneyBridge where he leads the critical function of navigating the global regulatory landscape and has already begun to assemble a world class legal team that will continue to ensure MoneyBridge executes at the highest standard.
Co-Founder and CFO, MoneyBridge
Garrett is Co-Founder and CFO of MoneyBridge. Prior to joining MoneyBridge, Garrett was a financial manager for the hospital system
where he managed a portfolio of complex hedge funds and performed other financial tasks including risk management, FX hedging,
derivative modeling, cash management, and capital structure management. Garrett has experience in financial modeling, budgeting, financial reporting/analysis, treasury management, and process automation using Python. Garrett holds the professional designation of Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and several programming certifications. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. His skillset translates to MoneyBridge by managing all financial
activities of the organization including treasury management, defi product expansion, budgeting and capital management, and
oversight of the product development process.
Director and Head of Quantification, TDMM
With a passion for trading and managing financial instruments, Ankur has dealt with almost every asset class, from traditional asset classes like fixed income, commodities and stocks to digital assets like cryptocurrencies. During his 18+ year career in the financial markets, Ankur has been a trader, trading mentor and manager of over 500 traders at major financial institutions such as GH Financials, Edelweiss and Trade-Dog. In his current position as Director and Head of Quantification at TDMM, he is committed to providing crypto projects with the right guidance and quality services.
CEO, Yoshi Markets Limited
Currently CEO of Yoshi Markets Limited which is Virtual Assets MTF and Custodian based in ADGM, Abu Dhabi. Previously I have established 3 large regulated derivatives exchanges and achieved successful billion dollar plus exits.
I have diverse expertise in the complete financial markets eco-system and the technology behind it. Being at the helm of several financial exchanges, from inception, provided me detailed insight in areas of technology, operations, products, regulations, strategy, finance and marketing.
As Board Member of the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX) and its’ clearing corporation for 5 years, I was part of the core team to establish the exchange in a record time of 12 months from conceptualization to its launch. Played key role in the establishment of MCX India which is now one of the top commodities derivatives exchanges in the world.
CEO, Amber MENA
Dimitrios Kavvathas is leading Amber Group’s, the leading global digital asset company, JV business in the region as CEO of Amber MENA. Dimitrios served previously as Chief Strategy Officer of Amber Group.
Dimitrios earned his PhD in Economics at the University of Chicago, was a Goldman Sachs partner in London running the credit franchise and moved to Hong Kong where he was responsible for Asia Pacific Securities Division Distribution serving on the board of Goldman Sachs, Asia LLC among others. He worked in commodity trading, helped build Harmony Advisors, an SFC regulated asset management business in Hong Kong serving UHNWs, where he serves as CIO and was a crypto founder, leading a VC backed non-custodial derivatives trading and settlement protocol, which was rolled into Amber Group.
Director, Sorbonne Centre for Artificial Intelligence
Valerie Hawley is Director of the Sorbonne Centre for Artificial Intelligence (SCAI), in Abu Dhabi, an entity aiming to enhance AI capabilities across the Middle East. SCAI focuses on Healthcare, Financial Services and Climate Change. Her expertise lies in advising companies on their disruptive innovation strategy by developing use cases and competencies in AI related technologies. Valerie brings over 12 years of experience in disruptive innovation: first as an entrepreneur; second, in her leadership role in setting up the digital innovation and entrepreneurship programme at HEC Paris; and third, in her previous role as the head of innovation at Daman, the National Health Insurance Company of Abu Dhabi. Valerie is also a partner, based in Dubai, of True Global Ventures (TGV) a global Venture Capital firm, based in Singapore, built by a group of serial entrepreneurs with a solid track record of investing their own money, together with Limited Partners, into ventures run by serial entrepreneurs. Portfolio companies leverage Web technologies incorporating blockchain as competitive advantages to drive change with proven products and sectors. The fund is dedicated to blockchain companies, primarily in late-stage Series B and C across three verticals: Entertainment/gaming, financial services and Infrastructure, data analytics & artificial intelligence (AI). They are early investors in The Sandbox, Animoca Brands, ChromAway and Enjinstarter. Her strategic consulting skills were honed at KPMG where she managed multi- disciplinary teams. Valerie has been working in the UAE for over 10 years and has built a vast network within the innovation ecosystem.
Domenik Maier is the CEO of iBLOXX, a Dubai based Algorithmic Trading Firm. iBLOXX’ European subsidiaries provide Market Making Services for Token issuers and incubate early-stage crypto projects. He holds a degree in International Asset Management and has almost two decades of experience in the Financial Markets. Before founding iBLOXX, Domenik was Vice President at one of the World’s largest Banks.
Founder & CEO, Smart Crowd
Siddiq Farid, a seasoned corporate finance professional with over a decade of experience in Big 4 accounting firms. He is Chartered Accountant and CFA charter holder. Passionate about executing on big ideas Siddiq ventured into entrepreneurship in an effort to level the playing field for average investor and bring real estate investing to the masses. He pioneered and trail blazed in setting up the regions first regulated digital micro real estate investment platform, Smart Crowd registered in the DIFC and regulated by the DFSA. SmartCrowd was among the first in the region to graduate for regulatory sandbox and obtain full licensing in late 2019.
Founder, Jade Vault
Crypto AM launched nearly four years ago within London’s renowned business newspaper City AM. The plan was to help showcase new frontier technologies like AI, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, distributed ledger technology and tokenisation to the traditional finance audience / readership of City A.M. Over time, this platform has broadened to include decentralised finance (DeFi), digital assets and the internet of things (IoT). James and City AM have expanded the offering as CryptoAM.io to move content online while printing presses respond to Covid-19 restrictions. With the growth of audience and content, Crypto AM has expanded the team by retaining Darren Parkin as day to day Editor. Crypto AM Magazine was launched in June 2022 with plaudits across the globe and the second edition due in October 2022. Crypto AM is far more than just a newspaper section or website. James has travelled the world meeting the industry at large and has built a global following and community with his WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal platforms as well as the large number of events pre-Covid including the highly regarded inaugural Crypto AM Awards 2020, attended by the Lord Mayor of the City of London. The Crypto AM London Blockchain Summit incorporating the Crypto AM City of London Roundtable & the Crypto AM Awards took place on 29 - 30 September 2021 with a truly stellar lineup of speakers. The Awards themselves took place as a black tie gala attended by 350 of the leaders of the AI, blockchain, crypto and digital assets space. The 3rd Annual Crypto AM Summit & Awards have been announced to take place 22 - 24 November 2022. Outside of Crypto AM as the Crypto Insider, James is the of Jade Vault, the Global Ambassador for World Mobile, an advisor & Foundation board member at MELD, an investor & advisor to Acta Finance, an advisor to Boson Protocol, an investor & advisor to Coinweb, an advisor & Global Ambassador to CUDOS, an investor & advisor to Cornucopias, an investor & advisor to DEGA, an advisor to KamPay, an advisor to Minutes Network, an advisor to Q9 capital, an advisor to SEKAI and an investor & advisor to Sheesha Finance."
Director of Operations and Mentor for Token Economics, TDeFi
Rishabh is the Director of Operations and Mentor for Token Economics at TDeFi. He comes with 4+ years of experience in Crypto Markets where he has worked with 50+ startups to help them with designing sustainable Token Economics and building partnerships across the industry. He has previously worked with startups from DeFi, Metaverse, and Infrastructure space in Blockchain. Rishabh earned his MBA from Industrial and Management Engineering, IIT Kanpur and is a CFA Level 3 Candidate from CFA Institute, USA. He has delivered sessions on web3 Technology at multiple institutions as a part of his mission to bring web3 adoption and financial literacy. He has built a strong background in optimising process operations, Financial Models, scaling and managing diverse startup teams.
Joel Dietz is a serial entrepreneur and intellectual historian who helped found several key initiatives in the cryptocurrency space, including Ethereum, MetaMask, the first smart contract educational channel, and the first academic work on cryptoeconomics. His research interests focus on the confluence of blockchain network topologies and swarm intelligence, especially how the principles undergirding decentralized organizations can be used to fuel global innovation. He also works on holonic philosophy, the evolution of jurisprudence, data-driven approaches to innovation, and smart city data architecture.
Founder, Agera Ventures
Mr. Shawn Munir is an advanced expert in blockchain technology start-ups, specializing in blockchain intelligence, NFTs and metaverse. He is the Founder of Agera Ventures, where he is responsible for a collegial partnership that invests and empowers technical teams in building the decentralized web. He is an advisor and board member to several blockchain & digital currency companies. His background is a corporate lawyer working for tier 1 law firms in Norway, with a Master of Law from the University of Oslo.
Partner, Roland Berger
Feroz is a Partner at Roland Berger and focuses on Financial Services and Consumer and retail sectors. He is also the co-head of the Global Crypto Economy practice within Roland Berger. Feroz has advised some of the largest companies in the region as a leadership sounding board for CEO's.
Among other projects he has been involved with building strategies for the world's largest bitcoin mining facility, developed clusters for regulated financial markets and worked with large sovereign funds and corporates on future proofing their strategies. Previously, Feroz was the founder of the Middle East, Turkey and Africa office of Intel Capital, a venture capital and private equity arm of Intel Corporation. Feroz holds an electrical engineering degree from The University of Maryland (honors) and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan. He was a member of the Abu Dhabi Chapter of YPO (Young Presidents Organization, www.ypo.org), Is a charter member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs, www.tie.org), and currently belongs to numerous technical and leadership honor societies.
Regional Director MENA, Hex Trust
Filippo is a professional with 15 years of extensive experience in corporate and tax consulting. Before joining Hex Trust earlier this year, Filippo was a partner with the Fidinam Group, where he advised major institutional digital assets companies both in Asia and Europe.
Chief Partnership Officer, SwissBorg
Featured as a keynote/ panelist/ educator at WEF 2020/2022, Cointelegraph, Coindesk, Coin Bureau Live, Token2049, Le Figaro, Japan Blockchain Week, Blockdown, Cryptoslate and more… Alex played a critical role to scale SwissBorg from a 5 person startup to nearly a 250+ employee scale-up and is known for his love for crypto investing, CeFi/ DeFi, fundamental analysis and Tokenomics.
Founder and CEO, Crypto1 Acquisition Corp
Serial FinTech & Crypto Entrepreneur - Founded Digital Asset Exchange IDCM and crypto payment processing engine VGPay running competitively during the last 5 years. Founder and CEO of Crypto1 Acquisition Corp, the first digital asset focused SPAC (Nasdaq listed, DAOO). Former regulator at the central bank of China and Co-Chairman of Hong Kong Blockchain Association. Collaborating directly with states and national governments on blockchain initiatives. Derivatives trading and risk management roles in UBS Investment Bank (USA/Singapore), China Merchants Bank (China), State Administration of Foreign Exchange (China), and Intesa Sanpoalo (Hong Kong). Global experience running flow trading business and managing portfolio risk across multi-asset classes in emerging markets. Chief Dealer for multiple global coordinated central bank market interventions during the 2008 credit crunch.
Chief Business Development Officer and Head of MENA, EQIBank
Global business development and growth expert with over 15 years traction in communications, banking and venture capital. Eli has worked with major global brands such as Rolls Royce, Quintessentially and Diageo. Former CMO AltaIR Capital and Tokenspace Blockchain Accelerator. Has consulted Pitney Bowes (clients Macys and Bloomingdales), Cointelegraph, Cryptoindex, Crypterium, 0Byte and others.
He holds a BA from King’s College London. Since 2018 Eli Taranto serves as Chief Business Development Officer and Head of MENA at EQIBank, one of the first banks in the world with an in-house OTC desk, and the first bank to launch a global regulated DeFi unit.
Shantnoo has over 15 years of experience in the payments and crypto industry and worked with companies dealing in Remittances, SaaS, Open Banking, Crytpo Exchange and Crypto Payments. In 2016 he moved into cryptos to consult BitPesa and worked with the team to engineer one of the first regulated models between Bitcoins and traditional money. He launched the operations for one of the largest crypto exchanges; Huobi in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey. He is an Strategic Advisor to LBank, looking after growth, partnerships and operation activities globally. At present he is the founder of Encryptus, a leading Institutional Trading Desk which is bridging the gaps between Crypto <> Fiat.
Business Development Director at Ledger, Board Member, Crypto Valley Association
Emi Lorincz started her career in traditional financial services at Morgan Stanley, then moved to aircraft financing at GE Capital and later to commodity trading at Eni. Since 2017 Emi’s focus has been directed towards the ever evolving world of digital assets and blockchain technology. Bringing a wealth of work experience from the traditional markets and the field of cryptocurrencies, - she combines these two worlds to help companies benefit from both. She is passionate about advancing the case of Bitcoin, so much so that she talked on TEDx about how Bitcoin can be the “Guardian Angel” of privacy. Dedicated to increasing the usage and adoption of cryptocurrencies, Emi is currently engaged in rolling-out the institutional solution of security company Ledger, while serving on the council of the Bancor Foundation, Linum Labs.
Founder & CEO, Humans.ai
Sabin Dima (Founder & CEO at Humans.ai): Sabin has 15 years of experience as a tech entrepreneur and investment manager. From the age of 16, he developed one of the first social platforms in the Middle East - called Faye3. At the age of 21, Sabin set up one of the first investment funds in the technology area in Romania. Afterward, he continued to found and invest in technology companies, developing dozens of applications and building, among others, a start-up - AroundWise - which offers marketing solutions for shopping centers, being used by over 400 retailers. Sabin launched Humans.ai in 2019, together with a team he has been working with closely for over 5 years.
Game Lead, Goons of Balatroon
Game Lead for Goons of Balatroon
Founder, Afya Rekod
Tech Entrepreneur using smart technology to drive exponential growth in data driven organisations. Visionary and thought leader with experience in new markets and vertical across multiple sectors. I have over 15 years experience in business strategy, digital technology and development while being heavily involved in business growth and building new markets for various companies. My specialist skills are in sales, strategic execution & market development for digital /online/ interactive / AI/ Blockchain and Marketing.
CEO, Digital Financial Exchange
Jeetu Kataria is a serial venture capitalist with a keen focus on all things digital finance, investment banking and corporate finance. He belongs to an illustrious group of financial industry pioneers thanks to his experience and relentless drive to revolutionize the digital economy. He has established himself as a highly desired holistic investor with diverse core competencies through multiple entrepreneurial endeavors and work as a financial consultant for reputable family offices in the Middle East and South-East Asia. Currently, he is the Co-Founder and CEO of Digital Financial Exchange (DIFX) - which was awarded the ‘Best New Trading Platform for 2021’ by Entrepreneur Middle East. With his trailblazing leadership style, he provides oversight and leadership for all operations related to the organization
Managing Director, GC Exchange
Mehtap is the Managing Director for GC Exchange in Dubai; she is responsible for the company’s operation and drives GCEX’s strategic vision in the Middle East. Before joining GCEX, Mehtap worked at Waystone as a Consultant, advising on regulatory risk, compliance and governance solutions. Prior to this, Mehtap worked for more than 9 years for the financial institution CFH Clearing UK as a Legal and Compliance Officer and later became the Regional Director for Turkey. Mehtap holds a BSc and an MSc in Commercial Law and Business Administration from Denmark.
Head of Incubator and HR Director, MENA in XT.COM
Shan, Head of Incubator and HR Director for MENA in XT.COM
CEO, SIDUS HEROES
CEO of SIDUS HEROES
- International speaker
- International Entrepreneur
- Software Developer
- Property Developer in Australia
- Angel investor
Web3 Program Manager, Brinc
Karim Banna is the Web3 Program Manager at Brinc, a leader in global venture acceleration. Together with his team, they are currently running ZK Advancer, the blockchain and NFT accelerator program launched by Brinc and Animoca Brands (formerly named Launchpad Luna). ZK Advancer aims to foster innovation in the Web3 space through mentoring of and investment in high-potential startups, and support the development of climate-conscious projects that drive digitalization.
CEO & Founder, Ipsum Consulting
Anita Kalergis aka KryptoGranny, is an actual Granny for two princesses. Anita is a seasoned business development and market-making professional having nearly 20 years of experience from all over Europe and the Middle East. She is a multilingual expert on building professional networks and has an unbeatable track record in opening new markets for businesses. She has been involved in Blockchain and crypto scene since 2016, of which the last 4 years Anita has been in Blockchain and Cryptos domain, especially in DeFi. She has earned a remarkable position in European Blockchain and Fintech Community by leveraging her unique skills in business development and network building acting as an operational professional. Today she is the Ambassador for Helsinki Blockchain Center as well as for the AIBC Summit. She is also the "Granny Ambassador" for @artbyvesa and a public speaker/moderator and her positively bubbling mission in the business area is to involve everyone to join the technological and financial future already today.