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Team

Core Team

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Ana Andria

CEO & Founder

Focus: Product, Strategy, Business Development, Fundraising

Experience: Advisor, Web3 Foundation • Lehman Brothers • University of Oxford

LinkedIn | Twitter

Ana is an experienced special situations investment professional with a strong interest in decentralization and blockchain. She currently sits on the advisory board for the Web3 Foundation, and she has analyzed and transacted over USD3.5bn and advised on over USD300mn of private equity and debt transactions. Ana is a business-builder, team-builder, technology and data obsessive, with particular strength in forensic analysis, seeing efficiencies and optimising processes. She’s passionate about individual empowerment and helping others fulfill their potential. FCA-regulated fund management professional and a board member of a regulated private equity fund.



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Kate Kurbanova

Co-Founder, Operations & People

Focus: Operations, Customer Development, Project Management, Data Analytics, Community

Experience: Head of Analytics, Cindicator • MSc Computer Science

LinkedIn | Twitter

As a second hire in a fintech startup Cindicator that has gone to raise $15mn for its Hybrid Intelligence platform in September 2017, Kate was one of the authors of the Cindicator whitepaper and token model, whilst playing an instrumental role as a community manager in what was one of the most popular organic crowd sales. A testament to this is an ongoing native token support driven purely by a token distribution model and community engagement approach developed by the Cindicator team. As a Head of Analytics, she used her trading experience to develop a suite of research tools and methodologies for a new wave of crypto traders. At Akropolis, she is leading the operations and customer development.



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Alex Maz

Technology Lead

Focus: Blockchain Architecture, C#/.NET, Java, Polkadot/Substrate, Product Strategy, Solidity, WASM, Team Management

Experience: Blockchain Developer since 2012 • Open Source contributor • 16 scientific publications • 10 commercial implementations • PhD (cand.) Machine Learning • MSc Applied Maths & Computer Science

LinkedIn | Github

Blockchain engineer, educator and a co-founder of St.Petersburg Ethereum meetup, Alex graduated with BSc Applied Mathematics and Computing Sciences and is a PhD (cand.) Machine Learning. He has 16 scientific publications focussing on natural language recognition and 10 commercially implemented applications to his name. Alex has both shipped product in fintech, banking, and gaming, and is passionate about educating the new generation of blockchain developers.



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Alex Koz

Blockchain R&D

Focus: Polkadot/Substrate, Rust, WASM, Haxe, Java, Obj-C++, Python

Experience: VMail.ru • Rambler • Sberbank • Leo Burnett • Open Source contributor

LinkedIn | Github

Software Engineer, Consultant, Game Developer & reverse-engineering enthusiast. OSS enthusiast, active contributor of DDG, Haxe. Had more than fifteen years of development of real-world applications since 2000. Worked for many companies such as SmartGames, Dulton Media, Games.Mail.ru, Leo Burnett, Rambler, Clickberry and other companies with various projects.



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Peter Robertson

Pensions & Insurance

Focus: Digital Assets, Actuarial Science, Financial Product Design, Pensions, Insurance, Strategy, Business Development

Experience: Genesis Mining • Vanguard Asset Management • Kings College London

LinkedIn

Peter is a fellow of the UK actuarial profession with a track record spanning over 30 years in DC pensions, life assurance, and asset management in developed and emerging economies. He was involved in setting up new businesses in Germany, China and India where he also spent some time as a non-executive director of IDFC (the Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation). He then helped start up Vanguard Investments UK, arguably the most disruptive new venture in European asset management in many years. Peter has been involved in the pension industry in Europe, Asia, and the USA in various capacities, including designing innovative and low cost solutions for UK DC pension investors, as an administrator of corporate and individual pension plans, and as a pension scheme trustee in the Eurozone and Asia.



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Dominic Melo

Global Payments Infrastructure

Focus: Payments, Business Development, Business Strategy, Mobile Payments, Financial Services

Experience: iSignthis • Paymundo Systems

LinkedIn

Domenic is an experienced professional that has played key roles in designing, executing and analyzing projects for the international business to business and business to consumer markets, especially in the financial services IT arena. An excellent communicator able to translate jargon and IT-speak into clear concepts and ideas for non-technical management or board members. He is a Skilled Security Consultant routinely responsible for securing highly sensitive and classified information for corporate clients. Also using tools and methods to extract encrypted or password protected information for digital asset recovery for civil and criminal investigations. Dominic is consulting leading fiat and crypto operations, focussing on the remittances, non-banking and banking license holders.



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Ilgiz Gimal

Product

Focus: Product Development, Staging Development, Project Management, Ecosystem Analysis

Experience: VTB Bank • PhD Computer Science & Mathematics

LinkedIn | Github

Fintech professional with 10+ years experience. Prior to joining Akropolis overseed all product development for incubator projects at fintech fund. Earlier worked at Digital Business Development Department at VTB Bank, one of the leading universal banks of Russia. Graduated Lomonosov MSU, PhD in computer Science & Mathematics. Launched several startups from 0, also under management VTB bank integrated and launched digital sales.



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Andrew Bal

Product

Focus: PCustomer Development, Product Development, Product Management, Digital Marketing, Data Analysis

Experience: Senior Product Owner, QIWI • Head of Product, Zerion • BSc World Economy

LinkedIn

Product Owner with more than 5 years experience, including Nasdaq-listed payment service provider QIWI, market cap US$882M and backed by Sberbank fintech startup Evotor. Andrew worked as a Product Owner and Senior Product Owner at QIWI in 2014-2015. In Q4 2014 he successfully launched more than 20 marketing campaigns (including joint campaigns with AliExpress and eBay) that brought more than 3M new users to QIWI Wallet. He was one of the first employees of fintech startup Evotor and was instrumental in company's growth from 10 to 250+ people and from 0 to 300 000+ business clients. In Evotor he built the product development process from scratch and hired more than 30 employees. Evotor is a smart cashier platform and marketplace founded in 2016 by QIWI co-founder Andrey Romanenko and is majority backed by Sberbank, the largest state-owned bank in Russia.



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Dima Serd

UI/UX

Focus: React, Redux, Saga, UI, UX, Frontend, Visualisation

Experience: BSc Computer Science • 10 commercial implementations • 5 years of Frontend development

Github

Graduated from the Tomsk Polytechnic University in Information Systems and Technologies. Participated in development of 8 commercial projects, including those in blockchain sphere. Previously worked as lead front-end developer in the FSD Team (Tomsk). Actively following all last innovations in front-end and near themes.



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Mike Krash

Software Development

Focus: React, Redux

Experience: MSc Engineering • Lead Developer

Github

Graduated from the Tomsk Polytechnic University, MSc Software Engineering. 5 years development expierence. Prevously worked in several starups as React/Redux Senior Developer.



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Dima Hurs

Software Development

Focus: React, Redux, Typescript, React Native, Dart, Flutter

Experience: BSc Computer Science

Github

Have more then 4 years of development expierence, including blockchain and trading projects. Dima's skills includes deep knowledge in Typescript, Redux, React Native. He was also engaged in mobile apps development, projects architecture optimization and functional updatings. Graduated from the Tomsk Polytechnic University, BSc Computer Science.



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Yana Mar

Community & Marketing

Focus: Digital Marketing, Project Management, Community

Experience: BSc Economy of Middle East

LinkedIn

Yana Marakhonova is a young blockchain and crypto enthusiast. She has been managing different crypto communities for over 2 years now. She has built and implemented different community growth initiatives while working at Cindicator resulting in creation of core circle of supporters and evangelists of the project. Yana has an extraordinary and insightful vision of the community ecosystem. The blockchain people consist of people from all spheres, with different interests and stories behind them. Yana has a B.A. degree in Economy of the Middle East, and fluently in English, French, Arabic and Hebrew. Her scientific and professional interests combined phycology and blockchain, wild nature and communications, literature and fintech.



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Ian Grigg

Blockchain R&D Advisor

Focus: Financial Cryptography, Blockchain architecture, Java

Experience: Partner at Block.one (EOS) • Architecture Consultant at R3 • Inventor of Ricardian Contract

Ian is a noted financial cryptographer, having entered the space in 1995. He invented the Ricardian Contract as a process to capture all of the prose in a legal contract of issuance, and permit unique identification among many competing issues without the need for a centralised registry. He is co-inventor of triple entry accounting, which has been termed by some as the most significant change to accounting in 500 years. As well as doing seminal work in digital payment and issuance or registry systems, he has created models for identity and community which have been trialled successfully in low trust environments. Ian worked for R3, a $100mn+ blockchain consortium of the largest financial services firms and technology companies in the world. Leading investors included SBI Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, HSBC, Intel and Temasek. Ian continues to consult with leading firms in the blockchain space and he is currently a partner at a $200mn post-ICO venture Block One.



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Bokky Poobah

Blockchain Security Advisor

Focus: Security Audit, Solidity, Software Development, Actuarial Science, Quant Software Development, Cryptoderivatives

Experience: Smart Contract Developer and Auditor

Bokky is a world-renowned blockchain and smart contract security expert, who rescues trapped ETH on a regular basis. Also an active Ethereum community leader, Bokky has been working on the ETH Blockchain since it’s platform launch in 2015. The prospect of transacting monetary value over a trusted Ethereum platform by means of smart contract is what excites him the most. Bokky is also a respected smart contract security auditor, having developed and audited smart contracts for over 20 companies, including Status, Cindicator, Stox and others. Bokky is an Actuary and Quantitative Software Developer with over 28 years of industry experience with expertise in fixed interest & derivatives in risk management and trading systems, and other blockchain technologies.



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Dearg OBartuin

Technology & Country Advisor

Focus: Blockchain, Remittances, Product Development, Africa

Experience: CTO BitPesa

Dearg has been working as CTO for more than 18 years, scaling financial services and building the world-class engineering teams. In 2017-2018 he worked as CTO at Bitpesa, a digital foreign exchange and payment platform with a focus on Africa, where he was responsible for the technical infrastructure and performance of the company’s payment platform and administration. He is a strategic technical leader bridging the gap between business objectives, product specification, and engineering delivery. Dearg’s work experience includes Unilever, KPMG, The English Heritage, BitPesa, London Block Exchange, and IDT. He also works closely with regulatory authorities such as FCA, MFSA, CBN, FDIC, GFSC. He is an architect of the ‘Clever Ledger’ Exchange Banking design and advisor to Crypto successful Exchange, Remittance & FX scale-ups. In Akropolis Dearg is focusing on blockchain remittances and product development in Africa.



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Ajit Tripathi

Fintech Advisor

Focus: Financial Infrastructure, Blockchain Architecture, Risk Managment, Investment Banking

Experience: Financial Infrastructure, ConsenSys • Head of Blockchain, PriceWaterCoopers

Ajit is a Partner with ConsenSys in the London Office where he leads the global Financial Markets Infrastructure (FMI) practice. Prior to ConsenSys, Ajit was a Director in PwC’s fintech and digital banking practice and co-founded PwC’s UK blockchain practice. Ajit is a well regarded influencer, thinker, blogger and doer in the fintech and blockchain space. In 2017, he was recognised by Coindesk as one of the key influencers at large enterprises. He has spoken at prominent fintech and blockchain conferences in the US, UK, Dubai, India, Japan and Hong Kong. He’s been featured in the Blockchain Insider and Fintech Insider podcasts, contributed to annual Coindesk retrospectives as well as quoted in the Financial Times, the BBC and a range of other publications. He has served as a mentor at Startup Bootcamp and is currently advising a small number of selected stealth stage startups in fintech and blockchain. Ajit’s previous blockchain engagements include high profile financial services clients such as Bank of England, Nasdaq, Deutsche Bank. Deutsche Boerse and MUFG and he’s been instrumental in advising regulators, board level executives and innovation labs across the world in the strategic implications of cryptocurrency, decentralised, peer to peer architectures. Ajit has a rich and varied background in risk and regulatory change program implementation, capital markets technology, distributed systems and telecom protocol engineering. Prior to PwC he served in technology management and innovation roles at Goldman Sachs, Barclays, GE-GXS and Bell Communications Research.



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Laura Toma

Marketing Advisor

Focus: Fundraising, Communication strategies, Negotiations, Token Sale Marketing

Experience: Co-Founder & Head of Operations, Renowned & Co • Codex, Gochain, POA Network advising • BSc Marketing, Academia de Studii Economice din București

Laura has a bachelor degree in Marketing, Communication and PR and more than ten years experience in marketing and business development. As Co-Founder and Head of Operations at Renowned&Co, she has helped many blockchain projects to successfully raise funds.