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Nikhil is the Co-Founder of Narmi, a financial technology company that delivers digital account opening, mobile banking and online banking platforms to financial institutions. Narmi helps its customers better compete with Mega-Banks, Challenger Banks and FinTech companies to create a frictionless and engaging financial platform. Today, Narmi’s platform powers financial institutions with billions of dollars of assets, and helps move millions of dollars between financial institutions on a daily basis.
Before co-founding Narmi, Nikhil worked at Citigroup in their investment banking division helping advise companies on mergers, acquisitions and capital raising needs. He also served as CEO of the nation’s largest student-run financial institution at Georgetown University where he also studied.
Ali Raza brings 20+ years of global expertise in the card and payments industry as a consultant and senior advisor to executive management. Has led over 100 strategy-to-execution engagements across 20 countries for leading banks, payments companies, payments networks, merchants, fintech companies, and investment firms. He has successfully collaborated with senior teams and clients in the US and internationally to develop and implement strategic plans, build and grow businesses, expand market share and profitability, and drive innovation.
Prior to Blue Leviathan, Ali held senior consulting leadership roles at UL Transaction Security, PwC, and Speer and Associates, Inc.
As an industry thought-leader Ali provides research, analysis, and insights into macro payments trends and key drivers. He is an advisor to several early-stage fintech companies, Co-chair of the Fund / Innovation Workgroup for FinTech Atlanta, and previously served on the Federal Reserve’s Faster Payments Task Force.
Ali received a BA in Economics from Reed College.
Ran Neu Ner is the CEO of Onchain Capital, a Crypto Asset Fund and Advisory service.
With an academic background in finance, Ran holds a Bachelors Degree in Finance and Investment Management, completed his CFA, Masters Program @ Singularity University and is currently completing his OPM at Harvard.
In 2001, Ran founded The Creative Counsel, South Africa’s leading activations agency with an annual turnover of $150 million.
Ran joined the Young Presidents Organisation 2010, a global network of successful CEO’s, sharing learnings and ideas exchange where he is still an active member.
His business acumen has earned him accolades in 2013 from ABSA – Young Achiever Award, Unlisted Company Award Business excellence & entrepreneurship. In 2014 from CNBC All Africa Business Leader Award (AABLA) Southern Africa – Young Business Leader and Africa – Young Business Leader. In 2015 from Sanlam Business Partner, Entrepreneur of the Year and from Adfocus, Industry Leaders Award. In 2016 from National Business Awards, Business Leader of the Year and from EY Southern Africa World Entrepreneur Award, Exceptional category.
In 2015 Ran concluded the biggest business transaction in South Africa where he sold The Creative Counsel to a French owned international business, The Publicis Groupe for just over $150m.
In 2013 Ran had his first taste of crypto and has been a part of the Blockchain world ever since.
His remarkable success in the Blockchain world has earned him the ranking of one of the top 10 most
influential people in Blockchain by Richtopia. He also sits on various boards in an advisory role.
In 2017 Ran launched the world’s first televised cryptocurrency show called Crypto Trader which is aired weekly on a Thursday night at 20:30 on CNBC Africa. The show is the most viewed show on CNBC today.
Alexis has two decades of experience in financial information and technology from both the corporate and investment banking side, as well as serving as a strategy consultant for multiple FinTech companies and Private Equity firms
In 2010 Alexis founded Zelig Associates, an independent boutique investment bank with offices in London, New York, Munich and Tel Aviv, that provides Corporate Finance services to entrepreneurs, corporates and investors active in the FinTech space in North America, Europe and Asia.
Zelig has executed multiple fund raising and M&A assignments in Wealth Management systems, Capital Markets technology, Trading Connectivity, Retail and Corporate Banking software,
Prior to Zelig, Alexis served as Global Head of Strategy at Reuters Enterprise and Head of Strategy at Thomson Reuters Investment Management. His previous Corporate Finance roles
include Director at Putnam Lovell and at ABN AMRO.
Alexis holds an MA from McGill University.
Jonatan has over a decade of hands on technology leadership experience. His most recent success includes his role as CTO at EarlyShares. His team created an amazing user experience for a non tech friendly audience and put in place a predictive analysis tool for investors.
Founder of Mbanq
Vlad Lounegov is the Founder and CEO of Mbanq, the Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) provider, founded in 2016, in the US. With a passion for technology and innovation, Vlad is the driving force behind the Mbanq vision and ambition to create a state-of-the-art banking technology company.
Active player in the global financial services ecosystem – 17 Years’ Experience
Accomplished executive and entrepreneur with a career marked by identifying disruptive trends at the intersection of financial services and technology. Deep leadership experience acquired through diverse projects involving financial technology startups, investment, consulting, and M&A due diligence with several complex international deals executed. Proven ability to assemble top FinTech teams and build ecosystems of investors, partners, and advisors.
FinTech leadership role at PwC
Transitioned from an investment consulting role to driving PwC’s FinTech investments. Led a research and analysis team of five in evaluating 1,600 fintech startups worldwide to identify innovators and disruptors in banking technology. Traveled globally with the Citi Mobile Challenge virtual accelerator program to meet founders and executives of select firms.
Drove innovation and business model transition to SaaS
Significant experience in moving businesses to the cloud and transitioning to innovative business models, including SaaS, revenue share and strategic partnerships. Responsible for the development of market driven and capability driven technology strategies for key tech giants including Google.
As an individual I am consistently dissatisfied with current methods and never stop seeking for a better way. Over 28 years’ experience in Technology with 13 years in Community Banking Technology. Adept at identifying technical strategic opportunities, developing solutions, and executing technical initiatives. Skilled at utilizing innovative, proven technologies to optimize profitability, quality control, and customer satisfaction with both internal and external customers. I rapidly assimilate new technologies and concepts and apply them to business in creative ways that do not occur to most people. Possess a unique combination of being technically savvy and business focused. Intelligent, analytical, and articulate… always with attention to detail and focus on the customer.
Strong creative ability to think outside the box and leverage technology and processes to achieve strategic goals. It has been said that I think so far outside of the obvious pattern, that I am not aware of what’s “normal”. The reality is that I do not accept “normal” as always being the best way. The epitome of thinking outside the box. There is no box. Whether working with concepts or objects, I find rare solutions that bend business in unexpected directions revealing hidden opportunity. Be prepared for suggestions from a fresh perspective that are always innovative.
Carlos Domingo is a senior executive, entrepreneur, investor, and currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Securitize, Inc. Before becoming the CEO of Securitize, Carlos co-founded and launched SPiCE VC, a fully tokenized VC fund. In order to ensure global compliance for SPiCE VC, Carlos and his team created the security token issuance and lifecycle management platform that would later become Securitize, Inc. Prior to SPiCE and Securitize, Carlos was the President and CEO of Telefonica R&D, and CEO of New Business and Innovation at Telefonica Digital, as well as co-founder and board member of Wayra, one of the world’s largest corporate accelerators. He has been CTO and CEO or board member of multiple tech startups. On the investment side, he is the founder of Sling Ventures, an angel investment fund co-invested by the European Invested Bank, one of the founders of Dubai Angel Investors, and a Venture partner in THCAP VC. Carlos was also one of the leaders of open source project Firefox OS.
John Fremont is a technologist and a business strategist. He is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Hypergiant Industries. He was previously a Managing Director and the Artificial Intelligence Lead for Accenture after selling Chaotic Moon Studios with his partners to them in 2015. He has built multiple businesses and led large teams globally solving challenges faced by organizations around the world. His insights and involvement with clients like General Motors, Disney, Chase Stadium and the Golden State Warriors have helped to create enormous value for their shareholders and customers.
20+ years of executive & visionary leadership and entrepreneurial success in technology & investment banking. CEO and co-founder of three companies, he executed more than 25 M&A transactions worth more than $2B in total transaction value. His experience contributed directly to seriesOne rapidly establishing relationships with prospective partners, service providers, and clients.
Mr. Silva is a recognized and respected industry leader and negotiations expert standing for community financial institutions. An entrepreneur and industry veteran since 1991, Aaron founded Paladin fs, LLC in 2007 and launched Golden Contract Coalition in 2016. His invention of the Paladin Blue Book has leveled the playing field in contract negotiations vs. national Core & IT suppliers, gaining his clients more than $300M in cost reduction and $100M in merger value accretion. In 2018 Silva expanded Paladin to include the Fintech Advantage division, now addressing the anticipated adoption of fintech services within the industry. By the end of 2019, the GCC will have more than $1B in combined contract value – the largest banking association focused exclusively on developing a fair “Golden” contract standard that all Core, IT and Fintech suppliers will ultimately adopt in order to do business with this industry.
With more than twenty years of international business experience, Alex Lopatine is recognized as a visionary strategist in the realms of finance, banking and technology. His leadership has leveraged technological innovations to disrupt entrenched industries for the benefit of consumers, investors and partners.
Currently Alex wears many hats, including Chairman of WYSH, Executive Chairman of Blockchain Shift, one of the crypto industry’s most anticipated events; Managing Partner of Park Capital, an investment and advisory firm focused on the digitization of retail banking, and leveraging blockchain technology for the companies in its growing portfolio; Managing Director at Paladin (paladin-fs.com), a reputable consulting firm in the banking space, where he leads the newly-created Fintech Advantage practice. The new division will enable community banks and credit unions to access the fintech eco-system, while upgrading their software stack.
He is best-known for starting up Nymbus.com, the software system revolutionizing the banking industry through a modern and holistic approach to core infrastructures. He served as Founder & CEO and was responsible for overseeing the strategy, product, sales, business development, marketing and operational arms of the company. He raised more than $40 million for Nymbus from prominent VCs, such as Insight Venture Partners and international banking groups, such as Home Credit Bank.
Past roles include having served as Chief Strategy Officer of Mediaspectrum and Vensure, as well as holding board-level executive positions at several technology and financial and institutions.
With a true global perspective, Alex speaks three languages fluently, has lived in five countries and has a Masters of International Law.
Meadows is an American author, inventor, artist and entrepreneur. With 18 years in AI, 22 in VR, and 7 years in blockchain he has designed and developed AI applications at some of the world’s top research labs (Xerox-PARC, SRI, Waag, and others). He has worked as a government-level consultant in both hemispheres, is the author of a half-dozen patents, and has written four books that examine technology and their social consequences. As founder / CEO of Botanic.io and co-founder / Trustee of SeedToken.io, he leads the vision of the companies by inventing new methods of computer-human interaction, designing the hearts and minds of highly social software robots.