Advisors Blockchain & Fintech
An astute business visionary and a seasoned entrepreneur, investor and a former banker. Sajid Jamal was involved in some early stage and growth stage ventures across the Middle East, Africa and India. From starting his career in London he played an active role in finance for two of the largest oil Giants, AMOCO and British Petroleum. He also worked as Credit Manager for a Boutique Bank in the UAE. Today Sajid manages his family wealth and runs a financial advisory firm that deals with debt management and restructuring through his Mauritius based company, 88 Capital & Investments Ltd. He also leads the new startup Fund with his global industry network through Oryx Prive Investment LLC. His entrepreneurial vision has enabled the best practical use of a disruptive technology innovation to marry the classical PE model. That is the Oryx Cryptocurrency fundraising and investment management Model. He has now improved on this model by identifying and investing in an ecosystem of Blockchain and Crypto enabled services.
Business Development Manager
Sanjay Bhardwaj has been entrepreneur to core and has been responsible for leading companies successfully from concept to commissioning. He has managed billion dollars projects from spectrum of oil & gas to Life sciences. Sanjay has 23 years extensive experience in Technology Management, Business development, Strategy and corporate planning.
Sanjay has been managing and consulting large accounts in industries such as Information Technology, Energy, Government ,Life Sciences, Entertainment & Automobiles. Sanjay held senior positions in sales, corporate planning, marketing and consulting roles in different geographies i.e. Australia, China, South East Asia, India. Sanjay has expertise in developing new markets / product launches and managing diverse product portfolio in IT, Life Science , E-Commerce and Fincorp.
He has worked with leading companies such as Aditya Birla Group, Samsung, Sumitomo, Genelogic Inc and has been advisor to Government of China, Jiangsu Province and China Arts Association, Ministry of Culture.
Sanjay also has managed venture investments and Mergers /Acquisitions including in the domain of Healthcare, E-Commerce, Information Technology.He is a Chemical Engineer from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and MBA from University of New South Wales,Sydney,Australia
CEO & Co-Founder
Ciprian will be providing key expert advice, business insight and professional guidance on topics related to Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Digital Currency, E-Money, e-Wallets, direction, processes, business development, sales and marketing of the products and services.
Over 15 years’ experience in production environments and greenfield projects with extensive management skills in managing companies with 200+ employees. Implementing basic responsibilities that are associated with the Business Development Manager and General Manager position, examining the company’s competition to develop better development strategies, increasing profits for the company in general and establishing relations with a sales team or sales coordinator. For the last two years deeply involved in mining operations and global Blockchain technology projects with cross-functional intent to investigate business disruptive emerging technologies, define appropriate strategies to maximize on presented opportunities while mitigating threats, and execute those strategies using a Blockchain network.
Pradeep Kumar is a Technocrat who has rich experience in running Multi National companies in South Asia. Pradeep has experience of scaling up the operations of ST Microelectronics in India from a 2 staff company to 2200 employees. He has worked successfuly in scaling up and growing the business from a revenue of USD 1 million to USD 400 million. He turned ST Microelectronics into India’s second largest semi conductor manufacturer.
As a trained Engineer and Management profession with rich global experience, Pradeep has worked closely with FICCI, CII and various Associations. Pradeep has worked with various Ministries of the Government of India in policy formulations on behalf of the electronics industry. He has been member of various committees for developing Industrial policies for the Industry. Pradeep has won accolades and visibility in the Corporate Headquarters of a Worldwide Organization and was elevated in to the position of President, India & Vice President of Emerging Markets, in recognition of his contributions and achievements in building up the India organization of the Company.
CIO & Co-Founder
18 years of rich experience in Banking and Financial Services of successfully building and managing businesses, formulating and executing business strategies and delivering growth.
Arif has worked with large global Institutions such as HSBC Group, Coutts, Standard Chartered, ABN-Amro and Alliance Bernstein in the markets of India, Middle East and Africa as Business Head. He has completed MBA in Finance from SIBM, India.
CSO & Co-Founder
An Investor in early startups, A Global Mentor and 20 years of experience in the innovation domain and is in the advisory of scale-up strategies.
Rajesh is a keen observer of the emerging economies and follows the global shift to the east. Serves on the Board of WMC, a diaspora organization started out of New Jersey, USA and CDEP, an India Entry think tank was working for Indian repatriates. He founded Pulin Hill, a boutique advisory firm. He is the Co-founder of InQ Innovation involved in creating a Global Innovation Ecosystem by connecting global resources using a global mentor pool. Raj is also a strategy advisor and angel to startups. Some of his investments are in Leisure, Blockchain, Media & ARVR, Martech and Cleantech. He is a STEM and Management Graduate with FMCG (Mondolez-Cadbury), Big Oil (ExxonMobil) & Scale-up knowledge.
CTO & Co-Founder
A technology evangelist who has more than 19 years experience in ICT, IOT and AI. He has been an advisor to many industries transforming into Blockchain technology. Anand has worked with fortune 500 companies like Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Relsys Inc (Oracle company), Take Solutions, Lionbridge Technologies, HCL Technologies, MphasiS, and Cognizant Technology Solutions. Anand is an alumnus of BITS Pilani and IIPM New Delhi.
16 years’ experience in Business Development, M&A, Private Banking, Investment Management and guiding business families in the growth of family wealth, restructuring, estate planning and succession planning.
Mujtaba has been a Private Banker at Merrill Lynch as VP Middle East and Asia. He later joined Crossbridge Capital in Singapore an EAM with a minority share of Julius Baer. He worked as a Team Leader Executive Director heading the Asian market and covering the Middle East from Singapore. Mujtaba has also worked in global institutions like Citibank and ABN-Amro. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in the U.S.
10 years of experience as an advisor to the financial debt and restructuring, Investment Banking, Receivable Finance and Structured Trade Finance solutions.
Matias has been a key member/advisor of executions carried out of the major financial institutions in today’s market in the industries of consumer, utilities, technology, oil and gas. He has managed and concluded business transactions in Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe, whereby he has established a comprehensive contact network spread over these 4 continents. Matias has extensive experience of the full range of investment banking products and services, of structuring complex financing solutions, including asset and receivable financing, debt and balance sheet restructuring, leasing structures and structured trade finance transactions for clients.
Director, Legal & Arbitration
A globally known Arbitrator, Advisor for Cross-Border Litigations, Key Note Speaker and a blogger.
Diana serves as a partner-in-charge in Merritz law firm overseeing Middle East practice and is a listed arbitrator in several arbitration centers. She acted as arbitrator and counsel in international arbitration proceedings around the world with an aggregate value of several billion dollars under a variety of arbitration rules (DIAC, ICC, SCC, ADCCAC and others). She has advised, coordinated and strategized cross-border litigation proceedings before the courts in the Middle East, CIS, Europe and North America. Diana has hands-on experience in dealing with complex, cross-border disputes in construction, real estate, telecom and energy sectors. She regularly serves as a keynote speaker at conferences, seminars and various business events, publishes regularly and has her blog https://arbitratoronline.com/. Her works have been cited and used by the U.S. Congress and other publications in various highly rated peer-reviewed and industry-specific journals. She regularly provides her expert opinion too and is being interviewed by Gulf News – the leading regional newspaper – on various legislative developments in the region.
Ihor has hands-on experience in Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain as well as B2B, trading solutions and social media. Will be supporting Oryx buildup a strong community with proper social media reach and over-looking the development of Oryx private Blockchain together with Anand (Co-Founder), Ciprian (Director, Strategy & Blockchain) and our technical team.
Ihor has extensively worked with Toronto and Silicon Valley startup ecosystem helping them develop top-notch products. With a broad background in the IT world, Ihor is effectively leading the team that provides custom Blockchain solutions, technical assistance and consultancy with trading Cryptocurrencies, ICOs, develop new Cryptocurrencies and smart contracts.
Human Resource & Administrative Executive
She previously worked with a wide array of stakeholders including Holt International, Action for Children, Oak Foundation, USAID, and Cordaid International. Deborah has independently managed and coordinated NGO and CBO startups for Mayec Uganda, Cyein Uganda, Weikama Foundation, Doctors of the World and Medair International.
Ansu Mary James
Senior Manager - Finance
Ansu worked in big four audit firms like KPMG and Ernst &Young for five years where she worked as an external auditor. She has experience of auditing a wide range of companies in regions like India and UAE. Ansu has a Bachelors’ in commerce and is an ACCA member.
More than 20 years of experience in trading related activities in telecommunication.
Having graduated with a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Bangalore University. Prakash was a leading distributer for Reliance mobile, Spice telecom and Airtel in India.
This wide ranging experience has helped to give him operational skills in crisis management, quality control, team leadership and customer service. Prakash is currently holding the position of Executive Director at 88 Capital.
Senior Copy & Content Writer
A blockchain enthusiast having professional experience of over 5 years in providing research, content and copywriting solutions to fintech businesses. Younas has helped over 50 ICOs with his role starting from research and white paper writing to delivering quality Copywriting solution for websites, video scripts and press releases. His white paper for www.xsncoin.io brought revolutionary improvement to its ranking i.e. within short span of 30 days after its publication, the coin is now ranks in top 200 Cryptocurrencies according to coinmarketcap.com
Younas has excellent knowledge in blockchain technologies, Initial Coin Offerings, Human and Computer interaction, Artificial Intelligence (AI) based technologies, Community management and Community Growth. Combining his natural skills and passion for words along with acquired knowledge, Younas can provide the target readers with engaging content while serving clients’ business goals in a natural, creative, and professional manner. His background in computer science based studies has blessed him with cognitive ability of comprehending technical information, thus, by sharing your idea, he is able to transform the idea into a seed to be planted in the reader´s minds and hearts.
Muhammad Mohsin Irshad
Senior Product Designer
Hi is product designer with 10 years of experience for SaaS (software as a service) and app companies.
He currently design crisis response tools to help people survive, recover, and rebuild their communities. In the past, He worked on e-Learning Platforms, Financial Applications, EMR System, Health Applications, Block Chain, Crypto Currency Applications, School/College/University Management Systems, Network Security Application, Number Plate Recognition systems etc.
He also Employed a user-centred design process and iterated through prototypes based on feedback sessions. Validated and built on designs by regularly interacting and integrating with designers and engineering teams throughout the process.
He occasionally talk about the challenges of designing at scale and design ethics.
Passionate blockchain entreprenur, keen investor, visionary and project manager.
20 years experience within sales, marketing, IT, graphic industry and project management. I love the fact, that blockchain technology has the potential to disrupt the financial sector and facilitate transfer of power from the 1% elite to the 99%. Commited to promoting and educating people about how to take responsebility of their financial situation and how to become their own bank. Blockchain is power to the people and also has the potential to disrupt politics and democracy as well. The future of economics is decentralized and will be community driven. When people learn that they can vote with their wallets and stand together as community, they can create a new reality and build sustainable solutions for future generations to enjoy as well as facilitating a better distribution of wealth.
Market research analyst
Production, online games, real estate and online media entrepreneur. In his early days, Ike acquired a strong business experience as a development manager for wood production companies.
In 2014 he became a dedicated crypto/bitcoin enthuziast, studying and understanding the concept. It was the beginning of his early investments in bitcoin, crypto and mining enterprises.He has active roles as a consultant and advisor for online and fintech solutions in a series of romanian projects.
A very important achievement is his involvement as Founding Manager and Developer for the most important online magazine in Romania, focused exclusively on the crypto eco-system: www.goanadupabitcoin.ro. In addition to that, Ike is also Co-Founder/Investor and partner for online media projects in Moldova Republic, the UK and Hungary.
Content writing, online publishing and news editor
Cristian is an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in marketing. From the desire to share his vast experience with others, he is the author of 3 CDs and trainer in multiple projects. Cristian owns multiple media platforms, one of which is CoinInfo.News®, one of the most promising and fast growing source of information with the latest news and ICO reviews about cryptocurrency and blockchain
Community Digital Growth & Education
Vasil is a “Certified Bitcoin Professional” and passionate advocate of decentralized consensus mechanisms, blockchain/DLT technologies and digital currencies. He is also certified from the prestigious Saïd Business School University of Oxford in the area of blockchain strategies and regulatory frameworks. With nearly ten years of experience in a wide range of industries like real estate, anti-fraud and FX markets, Vasil will be leveraging his expertise to bring more simplicity in crypto space. As one of the community manager, he will be responsible for building an academy for Oryx investors where everyone can have an access to simple educational explanations regarding the crypto industry, Oryx project and its potential impacts on humanity. As an educator, he will help the Oryx community to recognize, evaluate and navigate through tokenization, disruptive innovation, distributed peer-to-peer systems and modern money mechanics.
Dr. Lee Roija
A Serial entrepreneur, Investment Guru and a Global Blockchain influencer. He sits on several boards of directors and runs four ventures in Asia and North America.
Dr. Lee is an economist, corporate executive, consultant, fund manager (managing $2B fund portfolio in the US), serial entrepreneur, mentor and investor. He has over 20 years’ international professional experience across four continents. He is the Founder/CEO of Excitron Partners Management Limited (a boutique VC/PE firm) and is the co-founder of Finteix Pte limited, a Blockchain service provider. In the past 10+ years, he helped entrepreneurs and business owner in greater China Ma region and the west to bridge cultural differences and procure successful businesses. Dr. Lee is holding a Ph.D. in Psychology and Economics from UCLA.
Woo Kang Wei
Globally reputed Cyber-Physical Security Consultant, technical specialist in theoretical physics and mathematics, cryptographic algorithms and protocols, information and network security, smart card and biometrics applications.
Dr. Woo Kang Wei is currently the Chairman of IoT Security for Smart Nation Working Group and Information Technology Standards Council of Singapore. He is also the Adjunct Lecturer with the Institute of Systems Science, the National University of Singapore responsible to co-develop and teach a new series of post-graduate courses in cyber security. He has been an experienced ICT professional with more than 20 years contributing his expertise to Fortune 100 companies as well as ICT start-ups. He was formerly a Director at the Singapore Engineering Design Centre of Compaq Computer, and Head of Architecture Board at NEC Global Safety Division where he promoted sustainable technology architecture roadmap. He was also the Principal Investigator with a three-year R&D grant from the Economic Development Board of Singapore for the development of cryptographic technology.
Dr. Shafi Ahmed
Shafi Ahmed is a surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator, entrepreneur and an evangelist in augmented and virtual reality.
Prof. Shafi Ahmed qualified from Kings College Hospital Medical School in 1993, trained in London and obtained his specialist registration in general and colorectal surgery. He was appointed as a Consultant General, Colorectal and Laparoscopic Surgeon at Barts and the London NHS trust in 2007. He performed research on the genetics of colorectal cancer and obtained his PhD from the University of London. He works in the Centre for Academic Surgery and has established minimal invasive colorectal surgery within the trust. He is pioneering single incision laparoscopic colorectal surgery (virtual scarless surgery) and also works with liver surgeons to pioneer simultaneous laparoscopic liver and bowel resections fro cancer. He is the lead clinician and Multi Disciplinary Team lead for colorectal cancer at Barts and The London NHS Trust. His main interests are colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, coloproctology and the modern management of haemorrhoids. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer and is the Associate Dean at Barts and the London Medical School. He is responsible for the delivery of the undergraduate curriculum at Barts and the London NHS trust. He is also an educational supervisor for the Royal College of Surgeons and sits on the Surgical Training Committee and is responsible for appointing, educating and training future surgeons. He is a member of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons.
Shafi Ahmed, has followed up on his ground-breaking live-streaming of an operation using Google Glass in 2014, with another streamed operation, this time using Snapchat Spectacles.
A seasonal entrepreneur with over 25 years’ experience in Asia, in the real-estate, energy, hospitality industry from developing, advising and being a business turnaround specialist. A Japanese national with a Rolodex of connections to high-ranking executives spread across regions. Kingsley has key experience in Asia, Europe and Africa regions in dealing with businesses over USD 250 million turnovers. Three years ago he decided to launch Fintech Global Consultants (in Tokyo) as he saw the opportunity in crypto and that Japan would be the major player.
Jonathan is an experienced US Diplomat, management consultant in the Fortune 500, and worked on the staff of the US House of Representatives and the US Department of Defense.
Jonathan is currently the Founding Partner of Ellis Island Holdings and makes his home in Dubai, UAE. As a US Diplomat, Jonathan was most recently posted to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates where he served as both a consular officer and in the Political/Economic section. During his service, he worked and traveled around the world on behalf of the US Government, and significantly expanded the Consulate’s political, economic, and commercial contacts using his deep regional expertise. In his role as a US Diplomat, Jonathan collaborated closely with local and regional allies to develop and implement non-proliferation and counterterrorism strategies. Jonathan also developed relationships with local counterparts to further US foreign policy interests and inform US policymakers. Before joining the Foreign Service, Jonathan was a management consultant in the Fortune 500 and worked on the staff of the US House of Representatives and the US Department of Defence. Jonathan holds two degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
A serial entrepreneur, media mogul, journalist and an eternal optimist rolled into one.
Mr. Batra has a B.Tech in Computer Sciences, which he acquired before joining Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, one of India’s leading Business School. He is a first generation entrepreneur and Chairman of BW Businessworld, the iconic 35-year strong media brand as well as the most respected business publication in the country. Since taking over BW Businessworld, Mr. Batra has expanded BW Businessworld into digital, events and BW communities and took into its fold www.digitalmarket.asia, a leading website on digital marketing, www.everythingexperiential.com, India’s leading experiential marketing website and launched BW hotelier in partnership with hotelier international. BW Businessworld under the aegis of Mr. Batra also launched prominent brands like BW Education and BW People recently. Mr. Batra also founded the exchange4media group and he serves as the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of exchange4media group which includes exchange4media.com – India’s leading media industry website, PITCH – India’s only Advertising, Marketing and Media Magazine, IMPACT – The Marketing Weekly, Franchisee Plus – Business Opportunity Magazine, Realty Plus – India’s leading monthly real estate magazine and samachar4-media.com/ – leading media industry website in Hindi. Mr. Batra is also appointed by Government of India as the Chairman of an industry committee formed to come up with a vocational training framework for the media, communication and entertainment industry. He mentors many budding entrepreneurs and enjoys the process of reverse mentoring as in what he learns from these young entrepreneurs.
An expert on Advisory Services in connection with New Projects including Infrastructures, Mergers, Acquisitions, green field projects and on a matter relating to Direct Tax Advisory and compliance requirements.
Mr. Anil Thakur is a Chartered Accountant and Managing Partner of Thakur, Vaidyanath Aiyar & Co. a firm with a pan India presence in 7 metro cities in India. Mr. Thakur has vast experience of over 25 years in the area of Statutory, Internal and Concurrent Audits of Limited Companies, Financial Institutions, Banks, NGOs, Government Authorities and Business Consulting. As the Project Leader, he designed the Financial Accounting and Management Information System for some organizations. He has conducted several specialized consultancy reviews for domestic as well as International clients. Apart from handling various Audits, he has carried out specialized assignments involving designing of Accounting Systems and Internal procedures and controls. He is also the Contact Partner for assignments of several International organizations such as United Nations, World Food Programme, The World Bank, USAID, NORAD, European Union, UNDP and Rotary International, etc. As Partner-in-Charge, he has carried out and supervised several sensitive investigative special assignments for the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and Premier Financial Institutions such as IDBI, IFCI, Public Sector Banks, etc. He has carried out various Surveys/Studies for various corporate clients engaged in the number of industries. Mr. Thakur has Supervised Special Audits on behalf of Justice (Retd.) Nehru Committee constituted by the Govt. of Haryana on the direction of Supreme Court of India for the fixation of Fee of private Medical & Eng. Colleges. Mr. Thakur is Associated with a large number of Charities including Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund, The Red Cross, The Leprosy Mission, The Blind Relief Association, The Nehru Trust for Cambridge University, Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, various Gandhian Institutions. Founder Trustee of Indian Heritage Cities Network (IHCN) which was initially established as a program of UNESCO before being setup as an Indian Organization. He is also Advisor to several International Organizations on matters relating to Charities, FCRA, Tax Exemptions, etc.
Dinkar is a leading barrister and a corporate lawyer with over three decades of experience is a member of Supreme Court Bar Association. His thorough knowledge of Laws makes him a seasoned corporate advisor.
Dinkar and his team focus principally on corporate legal advice, transaction writing & negotiation, cross-border deals, mergers, acquisitions & divestitures, banking & project finance, infrastructure practice, tax planning & advise foreign direct investment, public, private partnerships, regulatory & compliance issues, and litigation & arbitration. Dinkar has represented clients like ABB, Skanska, Itochu, EDC, NCC, Metso, Electrolux, Alstom, Kumagai Gumi, Handelsbanken, PFC, Irida, REC, ONGC Videsh, Torrent, TC, EDC, Atomstroy Export, LMZ, Bombardier, RusHydro, Technopromexport, Power machines, Metro Cash and Carry, Skandinaviska Enskila Benken, Ericsson, Lafarge, PSB, BSES and Voith Siemens, amongst others. Dinkar has acted as the lender’s lawyer to banks & financial institutions as well as corporates investors, developers, contractors, operators, equipment suppliers, fuel suppliers, the public sectors and the Government. Dinkar Goswami is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi and the Supreme Court Bar Association. After being called to the Bar of England & Wales at the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple, Dinkar returned to India and started his practice as a successful litigation Lawyer. His thorough knowledge of Laws of Contracts, Banking, External Commercial Borrowing and related laws makes him a seasoned corporate advisor. He also has expertise a trial lawyer as well as an appellate lawyer, frequently appearing before the trial courts, tribunals, special courts as well as the Appellate Courts of India.
Murali Mohan Vogety
A successful entrepreneur and financial services professional based in London with experience in Investment Banking, Corporate Finance and Asset Management over the past 22 years.
Murali has raised over USD 600 million for Corporates across India and Europe including the UK in the form of Equity, Quasi-Equity, Convertibles and Private Equity. He is founder promoter, and fund manager of Mauritius based Great International Tusker Fund with a corpus of over USD 100 million; in just two years of operations spanning a spectrum of sectors in India, Bangladesh, Middle East and Africa. Great International Tuskar fund is also a SEBI approved Foreign Portfolio Investor for investment in India. Murali has been the fund manager for more than ten years in various funds and successfully managed many large portfolios. He is a Chartered Accountant and has passed finance qualifications in the United Kingdom. He is an avid reader and supports many causes in childcare, health, and education in United Kingdom, Africa and India.
Expert in financial services in Global Capital Markets, Investment Banking, Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Merchant Banking in domestic and international markets.
Shashikant in the past has worked with reputed firms like DSP Merrill Lynch and LIC Housing Finance. He has been involved in raising multi-billion dollar funds in debt and equity for project finance. He has designed and executed business structuring and re-structuring strategies for clientele across business segments from large conglomerates to small and medium enterprises. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Company Secretary of India and also a law graduate.
Sindhu RK Bhaskar
A full-fledged banker with 30 years of experience and high academic achievements with Research; Ph.D and D. Litt.
Sindhu is associated with many corporations and financial bodies globally as a Banking Consultant. He is well versed with all banking parameters and is a visiting Speaker for several B-schools. Authored four books on banking and International Money market. Presently Sindhu is Director of EST Growmore ADV SA, Montevideo, Uruguay and EST Capital, Barr (Zug), Switzerland. He is responsible for working towards creating a new way of banking – Crypto Banking and he is advising many central banks across Africa for the same.
Syed Ali Samir Bukhari
Corporate Banking, Real Estate finance, Syndicate Loans & Investments.
Syed is a reputed Leader in the UAE’s Corporate Banking world. His main forte has been Real Estate, Hospitality, and Trading. With over 15 years of solid Banking experience, Syed has marketed and managed a portfolio exceeding USD 3 billion. His post-graduation was from Oklahoma City University, USA, and he specialized in 3 areas namely: Marketing, Finance and International Business.