CEO & Founder
Focus: Product, Strategy, Business Development, Fundraising
Experience: Advisor, Web3 Foundation • Lehman Brothers • University of Oxford
Ana is an experienced special situations investment professional with a strong interest in decentralization and blockchain. A regulated fund management professional and a board member of a regulated private equity fund, She is an Advisor to the Web3 Foundation, and she has analyzed and transacted over USD3.5bn and advised on over USD300mn of private equity and credit 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.
Co-Founder, Operations & People
Focus: Operations, Customer Development, Project Management, Data Analytics, Community
Experience: Head of Analytics, Cindicator • MSc Computer Science
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.
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
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.
Pensions & Insurance
Focus: Digital Assets, Actuarial Science, Financial Product Design, Pensions, Insurance, Strategy, Business Development
Experience: Genesis Mining • Vanguard Asset Management • Kings College London
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.
Focus: Product Development, Staging Development, Project Management, Ecosystem Analysis
Experience: VTB Bank • PhD Computer Science & Mathematics
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.
Focus: React, Redux, Saga, UI, UX, Frontend, Visualisation
Experience: BSc Computer Science • 10 commercial implementations • 5 years of Frontend development
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.
Focus: React, Redux
Experience: MSc Engineering • Lead Developer
Graduated from the Tomsk Polytechnic University, MSc Software Engineering. 5 years development expierence. Prevously worked in several starups as React/Redux Senior Developer.
Focus: React, Redux, Typescript, React Native, Dart, Flutter
Experience: BSc Computer Science
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.
Focus: Rust, Erlang, Elixir, Python, Haskell, WASM, Polkadot/Substrate
Experience: MSc Computer systems, Complexes and Networks
Andrew is a MSc Computer systems, Complexes and Networks. His skills incude Rust, Erlang, Elixir, Python, Haskell, WASM, Polkadot/Substrate. 13+ years of commercial development.
Focus: Rust, NodeJs, Python, React, Polkadot/Substrate
Experience: BSc Electrical Engineering and Electrotechnologies
Alex is a BSc Electrical Engineering and Electrotechnologies. His skills include Rust, NodeJs, Python, React, Polkadot/Substrate. 2.5+ years of commercial development experience.
External Communications and PR
Focus: Public Relations, Marketing, Social Media, Events Management, Strategic Communications
Experience: External Relations, Golem Factory • External Relations Officer, Web3 Foundation
María Paula Fernández is a communications strategy specialist, independent researcher and open source non-technical contributor. She works in the Blockchain space, and has consulted or worked for projects such as Polkadot, Gnosis, Melonport, Ethereum Community Fund, and other grassroots and established projects in the Ethereum ecosystem. Currently she heads communications at Golem and advises the Akropolis project. Additionally, she is a co-founder for ETHBerlin and the Department of Decentralization and a product manager of the Görli Testnet.
Community & Marketing
Focus: Digital Marketing, Project Management, Community
Experience: BSc Economy of Middle East
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.
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.
Blockchain Security Auditor
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.
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.
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.