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COTI’s Board of Advisors

The COTI leadership team is comprised of individuals with extensive experience in the payments, cryptography and financial services domains and is supported by an internationally recognised group of advisors. The team and its advisors have gained senior experience at leading institutions including PAY.COM, Investec Bank, BlackRock, HSBC, UBS, Bain Capital, Ripple Labs, The Wharton School and the U.S. Department of Treasury.

Dr. Matt McBrady

Former CIO & MD of BlackRock

Matthew was the Chief Investment Officer for the multi-strategy hedge fund platform at BlackRock. He has held senior roles at Silver Creek Capital and at Bain Capital. He was also a professor of finance at the Darden School and Wharton, and worked with Janet Yellen in President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors. Matthew holds a PhD in business economics from Harvard University.

Steven Heilbron

Former CEO of Investec Bank UK

Steven is the Joint CEO of Cash Connect, an automated cash handling business that he acquired as part of a consortium in 2013. Steven has an extensive background in finance, having previously served as the global head of private banking and joint CEO of Investec Bank in London. Steven is a chartered accountant (SA) and holds degrees in commerce and accounting from the University of Cape Town.

Greg Kidd

Former CRO, Ripple Labs

Greg is the co-founder of Hard Yaka. He was an early investor in numerous startups in the exchange space, including Ripple, where he served as CRO, Shift, Coinbase and 3taps, and previously Square and Twitter. Earlier in his career he served as a senior analyst for payments at The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. Greg holds an MBA from Yale University and an MPA from Harvard University.

Sebastian Stupurac

Blockchain Expert

Co-founder of WINGS, a successful community engagement and smart contract facilitation platform, one of the few working DAPPS on the Ethereum blockchain. Sebastian has gained vast experience in decentralized solutions and blockchain technology since 2013.

Stas Oskin

Blockchain Expert

Leads the technology strategy and partnerships effort for WINGS Foundation, a Swiss non-profit focused on decentralized finance and governance systems. Stas has over 15 years of experience in engineering, software development, cloud services, healthcare, video streaming, blockchain and social.

Dr. Zvi Gabbay

Partner at Barnea & Co

Zvi is an expert in financial regulation and securities law, as well as a partner and the head of Capital Markets at Barnea & Co. Zvi previously served as the head of enforcement at the Israel Securities Authority and as a lawyer at the New York office of Skadden. Zvi holds JSD and LLM degrees from Columbia University, an LLM degree from Bar-Ilan University, and an LL.B degree from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Prof. Martin Fochmann

Professor at University of Cologne

Martin is a professor for behavioral accounting, taxation and finance at the University of Cologne, as well as the CEO of the German Association for Experimental Economic Research. Martin taught business and finance courses at several universities, including the University of Cologne, University of Hannover and EBS University. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Würzburg and has won several prizes for his research.

Dr. Stephan Wessel

CEO of Arcana Capital

Stephan is the founding partner of Arcana Capital, an independent multi-family office advising its clients with respect to private equity strategies. Stephan’s previous roles include leading the private equity efforts at two substantial European single family offices. Stephan began his career at UBS Investment Bank working in their M&A division. He holds a BSc, an LLM and a PhD in business (summa cum laude).

Dr. Stefan Hlawatsh

CEO at Skybridge Investment

Stefan is the CEO of Skybridge Investment and an associate professor at the International School of Management, Hamburg. Stefan previously worked in specialist asset allocation at Berenberg Bank and Consilisto Berenberg Privat-Treuhand, and as a client advisor at UBS. He received his doctoral degree (magna cum laude) and a business administration degree (honors) from Otto-von-Guericke University.

Lindsey Maule

CEO, Luna Capital

Lindsey is the former head of cryptocurrency research at Precursor Ventures. Lindsey especially focuses on pre-ICO and ICO investments. She started trading and investing in cryptocurrencies in 2013 and has previous experience managing capital and a background in financial markets, business development, economics and statistics.

Nimrod Lehavi

Co-founder and CEO, Simplex

Nimrod has over two decades of experience in Israel’s startup sector. He is well respected for leading large-scale software projects that catalyze significant change, particularly in the FinTech and e-commerce industries.

Kevin O’Hara

Group CIO, Tulla Private Equity Group

Kevin has a long history as a startup founder having founded and exited two very successful Australian startups to private equity. Kevin now works in the venture capital and private equity investment sector as the group CIO for Tulla Private Equity Group.

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