Meet the Libcoin Advisors
The future of green tokens has arrived. With cryptocurrencies still facing more than their fair share of criticism, primarily aimed at power usage, Libcoin has decided to accept the challenge and meet the critics head-on by entering the green energy sector. A consortium of partners, including Australian-based Avass, a world-leading battery storage and electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, joins with the Duggal Family Trust (DFT) to raise funds for the development of India’s first Gigafactory. Cash for the project is to be raised through a public offering of buyback-and-burn LIB tokens.
Libcoin’s innovation fills a huge market gap and addresses the growing demand for green-energy investment opportunities. India has the 5th largest automotive sales on the planet, yet it lags far behind the developed world in EV sales, leaving huge room for a strong, early mover built by a team of experienced industry leaders.
At Libcoin, we are privileged to have one of the most experienced teams in the crypto space fulfilling this market need. Libcoin’s team of advisors has combined 30+ years each in banking, tech consulting, and energy services experience. We are excited to bring the fight to the critics of crypto.
George H. Gregor will be leading Libcoin as the Executive President. His Board of Advisors will include Henry Behnke, Jeff Keily, Christopher Kenny, Dan Candelore, Vibhuti Jha, and Scott Ziegler. Without further ado, here’s more about the team of the green energy of tomorrow.
George H. Gregor
We are excited to announce that George H. Gregor has joined the Libcoin team as the new executive president. George has held senior positions in four of the largest financial institutions in the world (Citibank, Bank of America, Nomura International, and Deutsche Bank). He has played prominent roles in pioneering capital market techniques in Argentina, Mexico, Turkey, Poland, Taiwan, and Germany — as well as in the U.S. He has extensive and special expertise in international capital markets, structured and projects finance, and securitization of assets and credit — generally from a position of fiduciary responsibility.
When it comes to having a new executive president for an innovative yet fundamentally-strong business, we could have found no better candidate than George H. Gregor. We are glad to be heading into the future with George at the helm of Libcoin.
To Libcoin, Henry Behnke brings operational, sales, and financial experience from the renewable energy sector, and in particular the thin-film photovoltaic, instrumentation, and process equipment industries.
He has successfully completed business turnarounds with a strong record of building shareholder value by focusing on business fundamentals in the areas of sales, marketing, and customer satisfaction.
With a unique mix of chief executive and chief operating officer credentials expertise, Henry’s work has taken him around the globe, providing technology and strategy consulting services in the US, China, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands.
He is currently the COO of Novivolt, Inc. which is a New York-headquartered Lithium-Ion Battery (LIB) Urban Mining company. The company is targeting to set up the United States’ first commercial-scale plant to extract battery grade Lithium and Cobalt from End of Life LIBs.
About 9 years ago, he also joined the International Advisory Council of Global Capital Service Group.
In 2012, he took up leadership at NanoMedLabs for 5 years, driving the company to fulfill its mission of significantly improving the lives of patients by the research and development of innovative and affordable therapies and devices. Before that, for 5 years, he served as CTO and Non-Executive Chairman for China Solar Energy Holdings Ltd., focusing on business strategy and technology for amorphous silicon thin-film photovoltaic technology.
From 2002–2012, he helped lead as the Vice President of TerraSolar Global, the US operating subsidiary of China Solar. Henry’s responsibilities here included management of installation operations for photo-voltaic systems, facility management for manufacturing, and R&D process development operations.
From 1986–2001, Henry held dual positions: CEO position of Dopak Inc. and Managing Director of its Dutch parent company, DQS BV. His responsibilities included worldwide P&L, planning, and strategy. Developed and implemented strategic initiatives for Dopak, the market leader in the area of liquid sampling devices used in quality and process control. His marketing and sales efforts resulted in Dopak becoming recognized as the industry standard solution.
For 5 years starting 1981, he worked as a Process Engineer at Chronar Corp., where he participated in the development, testing, and installation of equipment used in the manufacture of amorphous silicon photovoltaic solar cells. He also supervised the installation of turnkey manufacturing equipment on location in Port Jervis, NY, Bridgend, Wales (UK), and Lens, France.
Henry holds a BS in Engineering (graduated 1981) and an EMBA (graduated 1994), both from Rutgers University.
Jeff Keily’s career experience falls into the specific area of energy systems and related equipment and services.
Jeff spent more than fifteen years as a member of Tri-Power Trading Company, Inc. He continues to respond to opportunities in the energy sector where, in the past, he handled sales of such products as Bosch and Denso Industrial ignition components, as well as industrial parts for the equipment of Cummins, Waukesha, and Caterpillar engines and Ariel cylinders.
More recently, Jeff has been intermediating sales and service contracting for a large Indian gas compressor company, which is among the largest in the world. In the oil and gas sector, Jeff has acted on both buy- and sell-side transactions in heavy equipment, both in production and distribution.
In the more distant past, Jeff has worked with current GCaps associates in the promotion and marketing of customized chemical solutions for owners and operators of oil wells, bulk storage tanks, and pipelines where problems are found in congestion of paraffin and asphaltenes that reduce product or incur heavy remediation costs.
In that activity, Jeff has worked with his current associates at Global Capital Service Group in international applications including Malaysia and parts of South America, on occasion supplying/advancing costs of field engineering teams in Southeast Asia. This is now an area where he is actively working with customers in the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia.
Christopher Kenny manages the ten-year-old private ViaSolar USA LLC. He has “lived, eaten, and breathed” alternative hybrid energy solutions for a significant part of his professional life.
Chris’ VS 1000 mobile hybrid solar generator was the first device that his company produced, and it came just in time for Hurricane Sandy that hit near his New Jersey home. During that natural disaster, the ViaSolar generator was donated to the local police department to keep the power on.
Beyond his business mission to constantly improve the technology and keep pace with new advances, Chris has a personal mission to help people with his tech and his own two hands. He is the head of the non-profit Preservation Earth Project. With PEP, Chris and his sons traveled to the post-earthquake-stricken Haiti — on two occasions — and brought light, power, and clean water to people suffering unimaginable conditions.
Chris later expanded his manufacturing operations to Mississippi and is now closer to the site of much of the natural damage suffered in the Southeastern United States due to Hurricane Harvey.
Early in his company’s life, Chris and his engineers introduced smaller hybrid generators and also developed remote solar lighting for municipal and highway signs. In more recent years, Chris integrated wind turbine and battery containment systems for mobile energy generation.
He has also experience on Wall Street with such firms as Jefferies, Morgan Stanley, and UBS, and is registered with FINRA 7, 24, 25, 63, and 65 for Corporate Finance, Trading, and Sales. With his background in energy and the securities business, in which he has developed some important trading algorithms, Chris Kenny has invaluable experience in creating and implementing both financial and practical solutions to improve the human condition.
Mr. Candelore is a Founder and Managing Partner of Global Capital Service Group. He has enjoyed a long and broad-based career in corporate banking. He has additional experience in equipment leasing, commercial real estate, merchant banking, corporate finance, and trust services. He has spent many years in the business of country debt restructuring and workouts of private sector debt in several Latin American countries.
In the U.S., he has worked for several years in commercial real estate with Grubb & Ellis, an NYSE-listed company. Dan has also served on the boards and executive committees of several cooperative and condominium associations.
Dan’s expertise includes, but is not limited to, leasing, real estate, credit banking, risk management, corporate trust, project management, structured finance, management consulting, and international workouts.
Dan Candelore spent much of his banking career at Chemical Bank, where his duties included country workouts during the Latin American crises of the 1970s and 1980s. He later continued his international work at Security Pacific Bank and the Bank of America, concentrating on corporate trust services for projects finance in Asia and Latin America. Following a short term with Nomura International Trust Company, he served as a senior credit officer with Banco de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, New York Agency.
Vibhuti Jha currently serves as a Principal at Ashcroft, Sullivan, and Jha, which is a joint venture comprised of professionals with deep, long, and active experience in banking, finance, law, governance, media, and technology. The company is committed to its vision of creating sustainable paradigm shifts in Indo-US relations. ASJ connects qualified investors to the US-government-federally designated regional centers that foster economic growth and expand economic productivity in the USA while enabling foreign investors and entrepreneurs to obtain permanent residency for themselves and their family members under the EB-5 investment program. Vibhuti has also been a Managing Director at Global Capital Services Group since 2001, where he focuses on strategic consulting, advisory services, and due diligence.
He also served as a President at the Human Potential Project, where he continues to function in the role of Senior Advisor in the Strategy & Corporate Development Division. HPP aims to revolutionize the practice of management by establishing good governance and enabling companies to achieve higher productivity, performance, and profitability from their people and processes.
Vibhuti worked for 5 years as an Investment Advisor at AXA Advisors, where he marketed asset management services related to retirement planning, risk management, pension funds, and estate planning.
Vibhuti came to the United States as a Senior Banker, Region Head with the American Express Bank International in April 1991. His responsibilities included developing and implementing an investment/deposit program for the expatriate Indians living in the US to invest in India through the bank and developing and expanding Indo-US business relationships.
He prepared the marketing strategy, placements, seminars, and presentations to various segments of the wealthy Non-Resident Indians in the US. Vibhuti also set up a Los Angeles office to service West Coast clients and later returned to the New York office to lead and serve the rest of the country.
During his tenure at the bank, he developed a team of professionals to achieve the desired objective, and in three years he and his team succeeded in raising over $500 million in retail programs.
His vast skills and experience include corporate banking, investment banking, B2B consulting, management consulting, strategic product management, project management, and international media commentator, among other fields. His specialties include business development, corporate governance, leadership, marketing, negotiation, public relation, credit & risk analysis, relationship management, training, coaching, and problem-solving. He is also an avid practitioner and a strong supporter of Transcendental Meditation. He believes that we can achieve what we want if we commit ourselves to the purpose and the cause and believe in “performance matters.”
Vibhuti organized the first-ever “Doing Business with India” seminar series in collaboration with Bear Stearns in Washington D.C. at the Four Seasons in early 1992. When asked for his inside view on the topic, he stated, “Our support continued until others stepped in to carry on the program series. This was a major initiative towards public relations, marketing, and education for American corporations to introduce India’s commitment towards the liberalization program and invite Foreign Direct Investments to the country. With a certain sense of pride, I can state that the interest shown by American investors today is the result of the pioneering work done by a few good men like us from several major institutions and which was well carried on in later years.”
VJ decided to stay in the U.S., where he then developed businesses with the high net worth segment of Indians in America (“a natural selection since my banking days”) for asset management, risk management, trusts and estates planning, retirement plans, and other activities. During this period, he obtained all licenses required by the NASD/SEC to market securities and risk management products and services in the U.S.
Before Amex Bank Ltd, Vibhuti spent 7 years as an Officer at the Reserve Bank of India, where he worked in compliance and foreign exchange control and implementing and ensuring adherence to policies for the same.
He completed his Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDIM), in International Management from the International Management Institute of New Delhi, India, and his M.A. in Economics from the Gokhale Institute of Politics & Economics, Pune, India.
He also has extensive volunteer experience as the Executive Director of Nalanda International, which is a 501 C3 organization dedicated to higher education projects addressing a dialog between different disciplines and ways of thought to encourage a holistic world culture. He is also a Board Member of the World Affairs Council of New Jersey where he focuses on economic empowerment. He also serves on the Advisory Board of IndiaRedefined.org, again focusing on economic empowerment.
Scott Ziegler is a Managing Director of Global Accounts at Equinix and has been for almost 7 years now. His specialties lie in business development, strategy & management consulting, technology consulting, IT change management, risk management & regulatory compliance, and application transformation.
Before this, he was an Associate Partner of Capital Markets at Citihub Consulting for a few years. Here, he delivered technology & management consulting for the financial services industry. In this role, he focused on IT strategy & architecture, technology integration, application development & delivery, cost efficiency, change management, high-performance trading, market data & exchange connectivity, compliance reporting & risk management, and IT risk & controls.
Scott also served as Director of Financial Services at Tabb Group for over one year, where he provided technology & management consulting services for capital markets. In this capacity, he helped re-engineer business processes, strategize market entries, build the IT strategy & roadmap, integrate new technology stacks, develop and deliver new applications, consult for risk & compliance, prepare for and integrate M&As, align business and IT, select vendors for financial institutions.
Prior to his post at Tabb Group, Scott led as Director of the IT client group at Forrester for about 3 years, where he focused on technology and management consulting and research for the financial services industry. He also spent almost 9 years as the Director of Financial Services at MasterCard/TowerGroup. In these roles, he laid the groundwork for his expertise which he was able to exercise further later in his career.
Closer towards the beginning of his illustrious career, Scott worked as a Senior Account Executive at Xerox for a year and as an Account Executive focusing on national accounts at RR Donnelley for over 5 years. In these roles, he focused primarily on outsourcing & facilities management, commercial printing, and data & print center operations for Fortune 500 companies.
Scott Ziegler completed his Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Political Science (with Honors) from the West Chester University of Pennsylvania.