ACTAI SWITZERLAND Attendees
Zoom Video's 1st committed backer, and early angel backer of BitFury; Canva, Color Genomics, Dapper Labs (CryptoKitties), OneOf, PowerLedger, and Tweetdeck/Twitter. Originally trained as a computer chip designer, he holds a BSEE w honors from Illinois, and MBA from Harvard and HonD PhD from Curtin University.
Since an early age, I have been incredibly passionate about the outdoors and sport. Growing up I followed a very academic upbringing through higher education which led me to brand manager for a Swiss watch company.
Always wanting to explore life possibilities around me and with a hunger for travel, I started kiteboarding in 2006 in the Dominican Republic. Putting as much time as I could to improve my riding whilst still studying and working I decided in 2010 to take a break from working life to see the world as well as focus on kiteboarding more. Realizing this was the lifestyle and sport I wanted to follow I started looking for sponsors to help and support me to become a professional athlete. Through the support of sponsors, I have been able to push my level of riding and make it to compete on the Professional Kiteboarding World Tour (PKRA).
My focus changed a bit after that because I needed a new challenge. I now travel more to places that I want to go to and produce content for brands and magazines. My goal is to show how important it is to have a passion and to believe in yourself. I also hope that I can inspire people on my trips and via my social media channels to work hard and live their dreams.
Since the 29th of November 2019 a proud mother of Kona.
Amanda Terry is a Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer for Metagood, an NFT for social good platform, whose mission is to empower communities to be catalysts for positive collective action. Metagood is modernizing charitable giving through NFTs, making it easier for communities and creators to drive incredible change and raise funds for important issues. They launched OnChainMonkey, the first profile picture collection all on chain in a single transaction that raised funds for the Giga Connect project to bring internet to schools globally and help Sharbat Gula ("Afghan Girl") and her family evacuate Afghanistan to Italy.
She is also Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ACTAI Ventures, an early stage fund for tech for good investments. She has helped to run community for ACTAI Global.
Amanda has over 20 years in digital media sales and business development leadership experience from Twitter, NBC, Zagat (acquired by Google), 5min (acquired by AOL), TARGUSinfo (acquired by Neustar,) and Acxiom (acquired by IPG.) She has a BA from Princeton University and MBA from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.
Founder and CEO of Lynq.
Leader, innovator and strategist with over 15 years of management experience, including 10 years of running a business end-to-end. Experienced in the successful ideation, growth and evolution of companies, processes and technologies.
Skilled in -- and passionate about -- mentoring startup founders, ranging from the evolution of strategy and business models to leadership growth and the working through the (often overlooked) emotional and cultural needs of founders and their teams.
Lisa is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of IA Impact Fund, a $100m Venture Capital Fund investing in global impact and sustainable startups with compelling financial returns.
The fund focuses on the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) identified by the UN, and SingularityU’s Global Grand Challenges covering social and economic development issues including disaster relief, energy, environment, food, health, governance, learning, prosperity, security, shelter, space and water.
The fund invests directly in start-ups at early stage of development (Seed to Series A) in Australia, Asia, the USA and globally, sourcing deals from various sources but also uniquely from the IA Impact global platform of syndicates and angel investors (which are supporting 500+ impact startups per year).
Lisa is also the Co-CEO of SingularityU Australia and expert faculty on the Future of Finance.
Julia is an Olympic snowboard gold medallist, adventurer and yoga teacher on a mission to make the world a better place. Julia co-founded ReMind Company to share mindfulness and flow both as an athlete and entrepreneur. Breatholution - One minute of globally synchronized breathing a day. The world is invited! If you can breathe, you can join!
My passion for impact investing is reflected in my focus on investing in, and working with, disruptive technology companies and projects which have a major impact on:
1. Health of People
2. Health of Planet
As Emeritus Chairman of the International Association of Investment Bankers (now renamed Orion International Advisors www.orion-ia.com), a global network of investment banks with member firms in USA, UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Japan, India, Brazil, China and Australia, my global relationships and team provide a powerful platform to generate superb investment returns while managing risk and delivering social outcomes which map explicitly to Sustainable Development Goals.
Social impact and leading investment returns are not mutually exclusive!
Robbi Firestone has been a full-time artist and entrepreneur for 20 years. Art Basel Miami 2021 featured Firestone's NFTs @SearchLight Project: IllustSpace. NFT Exhibitions February 2022: WOCA/Women of Crypto Art, FortGallery NFT, Widome LA, and Doingud in CrytpoVoxels. Firestone's works have been featured in The New York Times, Worth Magazine, LA Travel, Boston Herald, Huffington Post and more. Artistically facile, Firestone freely explores traditional, digital and non-art mediums, “Best to render and reconcile my intended message.” She received international attention for her art installation, The Empty Womb, which premiered at the United Nations in Parallel with the Council on Women 2017. Internationally best-selling filmmaker, Betsy Chasse, produced The Empty Womb documentary about the work, currently available on Amazon Prime. Commissioned portraits include note-able art collectors, multi-Grammy Winners, CEOs, athletes and global visionaries. Firestone’s awards include Iconic Leaders Bettering the World for All bestowed by the Women's Economic Forum 2017 in Delhi, India and the Global Women's Empowerment Network. Firestone owns and operates Santa Fe Art Classes.com, where "Everyone is an Artist." She and her exceptional team have been voted TripAdvisor's #1 Art Class/Workshop, Best of the Best 2020, and Travel & Hospitality’s 2021: Cultural Experience of the Year in New Mexico. Firestone served on the Board of the Hollywood Council of the Arts. Firestone studied art at Parsons School of Design, Fashion Institute of Technology AA, Pasadena Art Center, and attended Washington University BA(Go Huskies!). Firestone lives, paints, skis and hikes and nerds out on crypto currency/NFTs in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
J. Scott Zimmerman
I am co-founder and CEO of Xola, one of the leading booking platforms for tours and attractions. I am active in product and commercialization, and led the company through the most recent financial crisis, and to profitability and capital independence. My interests include the future of payments and booking technology and I'm driven by a vision for the economic empowerment of small businesses.
I graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Economics, got my MD from Brown Medical School, and did (most of my . . .) neurology residency at Stanford Hospitals & Clinics. I left medicine in 2011 to run Xola full time.
I am dad to two delicious and sassy little ladies, Stevie (4 yo) and Nico (18mo).
Martin Rogers is a seasoned Venture Capital fund manager in Australia with particular focus on cryptocurrency sector since 2017. Mr Rogers has spent decades in investment markets. He is an experienced entrepreneur and investor in all aspects of deal origination, due diligence, operations management and financial execution.
Mr Rogers has Chemical Engineering and Computer Science degrees and has a depth of experience in incubating companies and publicly listed organisations. Mr Rogers back founders who are building remarkable businesses and work with them to make it a reality
Victor Fernandez was born in El Ejido, Almería. He started windsurfing with his father at the early age of five years old at his home spot, Almerimar. In 2002 he started his career as a professional windsurfer and in 2010 he won the World Champion Title in waves for the first time, followed by another victory in 2016 and 2018.
•PWA World Champion 2010, 2016 & 2018
•Nominated for Laureus Sport Awards 2010
•6x PWA Vice World Champions 2017, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2008 and 2007
Ms. Anu Bhardwaj has been actively working in climate finance since 2007 with over a decade in private equity and more recently over the past 6 years through her work with Blockchain, Digital Assets, and a brand new carbon negative NFT platform focusing on women, girls, NFTrees, and refugees. She was the 2019 Global Co-Chair of Blockchain For Impact at the United Nations and has since been developing Qrypto Queens and SHEQONOMI, both focusing on women, financial inclusion, NFTs, and the power & potential of blockchain technology in banking the bottom billion.
Philipp is the founder of heymate, a web 3 marketplace platform that enables teaching & performing talents such as tutors and artists to engage with their live audiences over video/audio/instant messaging services. The platform is accessible via web and mobile apps, uses smart contracts to escrow and release payments, while being governed and co-owned by its users as a decentral network that operates with a carbon-negative footprint.
Born in one of the largest favelas in Sao Paulo/ Brazil, Philipp has seen, that uncertified but talented workers are having difficulties accessing attractive corporate vacancies. He studied at Wharton, LSE, IESE, Witten/Herdecke University and committed himself to decentral- and circular economies, which enable micro-entrepreneurial talents such as digital solopreneurs, or underprivileged kitesurfers.
“𝙐𝙗𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘼𝙞𝙧𝙗𝙣𝙗 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙚𝙩𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙛𝙞𝙜𝙪𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙩𝙤 𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙯𝙚 𝙖𝙣 𝙞𝙙𝙡𝙚 𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙩. 𝘼𝙞𝙧𝙗𝙣𝙗 𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙣𝙨 𝙨𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙗𝙚𝙙𝙧𝙤𝙤𝙢 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙚𝙭𝙩𝙧𝙖 𝙘𝙖𝙨𝙝, 𝙐𝙗𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙣𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙘𝙖𝙧 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙚𝙭𝙩𝙧𝙖 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚. 𝙃𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙫𝙖𝙡𝙪𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙩 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩’𝙨 𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙯𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙨𝙣’𝙩 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙨 𝙤𝙧 𝙗𝙚𝙙𝙧𝙤𝙤𝙢𝙨: 𝙞𝙩’𝙨 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚” (Erik Torenberg, Venture Capitalist)
As a Brazilian kitesurfer, Philipp hunts the wind & waves around the globe and is a regular participant of the Brazilian Iron Man, a >1000km downwinder along the entire northern coast of Brazil.
Inspired by ACTAI, Philipp and some friends have started in Prea/ Brazil a grass-root kiter movement #Kites4Kids, which organizes for local kids used kite equipment in exchange for mandatory educational & environmental duties.
Shen Tong is a serial Entrepreneur since 1990s and impact investor with more than fifty investments in food, media, and other high-tech ventures. He is currently the founder and Managing Partner of FoodFutureCo, the food business accelerator and impact investment fund that focuses on scale-up stage food and agriculture disruptions.
Shen’s portfolio of good food and sustainable agriculture holdings includes over 50 investments in 40 companies and continues to grow. His other social entrepreneurship portfolio includes companies such as WeFunder. His thesis of cultivating tasty, sustainable, healthy, accessible, and affordable food and agriculture businesses is explained in his TEDx Talk in addition to numerous speeches at Fancy Food Show, Esca Bona, Vitagora, Concordia, James Beard Foundation, Food Tank, Seed to Chips, Harvard Business School, BevNet, etc. The companies Shen has founded or co-founded have had numerous financial exits including VFinity, DCF, B&B Media, and GA Media. Two other financial exits came from his venture investments. He works with social entrepreneurs to build financially sustainable and impactful businesses.
Shen’s work has been profiled by major media around the world in several languages by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, ABC, CNN, BBC, CBS, NHK, TVB, The Guardian, Le Monde, Fortune, among others. Shen Tong is on Omnicom's sparks&honey Influencer Advisory Board, in addition to serving on boards and advisory boards for the Good Food Institute, Food Tank, and Poets & Writers, and as a member of NEXUS Global Summit. He founded FOOD-X in 2014. He also served as a venture partner of SOSV, a global multi-stage venture capital fund, after acting as general partner.
One of Newsweek’s People of the Year in 1989, Shen Tong was an organizer of the democracy movement in 1989 that occupied Tiananmen Square whilst at Beijing University. He is an alumnus of Peking University, Brandeis University where he did his undergraduate work in botany and genetics, Boston University where he completed his graduate studies, and Harvard University. He has lectured at over 200 universities, colleges, and conferences, and continues to lecture across the US and globally.
He was actively involved in the 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement and continues to advocate for other human rights movements and social justice causes. His book Almost a Revolution has been in print since its first edition in 1990 and continues to be used widely among Western colleges and in high school curriculums. He is a film buff, avid traveler, foodie, writer and poet, and father of three children living in New York.
Carolina Casas Forga is Spanish and Swiss citizen. She holds a Bachelor in Business Administration as well as a Master in Finance. For the past 10 years, she has worked in wealth Management.
From Citi Private Bank (where she received the Global Excellence Award given by the global CEO), to Multi Family Office in Stonehage Fleming.
Carolina is as well the European partner for the Blockchain Research Institute.
Working so many years in Finance helped her realize that capital flows do have an impact on defining the future. Her interest in technology and impact investing brought her the willingness to bridge this gap.
She co-founded Sangha Capital SA in 2020, a private tech investment club alongside Bill Tai and her sister Berta.
Technology with a purpose can help us shape the future. This is the driver and motivation that got us together to create initially Sangha Capital, and now continue to grow our mission through the new Sangha Capital Fund.
Dino Costa is a mechanical engineer with a great passion for kite surfing and paragliding. During his studies at ETH Zürich he setup his own company to produce and market surf kites.
Dino has been working as research scientist in the field of Airborne Wind Energy at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. With the colleagues of the Center for Synergetic Structures he founded the Empa-Spinoff TwingTec, a startup which aims to unlock the global wind energy potential, creating a future where electricity is produced in an efficient and sustainable way.
At TwingTec Dino is responsible for the Test Operations. With a solid background in mechatronics and embedded programming, combined with a theoretical and practical understanding of aerodynamics, he is able to make anything fly.
Laurie A. Wofford
I have a huge appreciation for ocean and space exploration. As such, I've developed a passion for aviation as an Aerobat Pilot and deep-sea diver. My certifications include Private Pilot and PADI Rescue Diver. I am currently attempting to set the record for most Deep Sea dives with the Guinness Book of World Records in 2022. I hope to travel to outerspace soon with the development of sustainable and economical commercial space travel. As an ocean conservationist, I am proudly sustainably vegan (just raw vegan, no allergies:) and support all efforts to cultivate awareness as a mentor in sustainable lifestyles. I am currently a founding board member with VotetheOcean.org, the first 501(c)3 in Ocean Conservation to accept crypto as our only donation currency.
I am an abstract artist and painter with mediums ranging from acrylic to oils on canvas. I love creative minds that work either to increase the love of our planet through abstract interpretations of our ocean life. I encourage all life to be built around the love of our planet emotionally and physically.
My professional background stems from an entrepreneurial spirit. I love blockchain technology as an investor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, I aim to be a life long student and learner of all things. I strive to take opportunity to build my suite of skills by other builders and learn through their experiences to accelerate and serve my highest calling. I am passionate to build a better world with everyone using this technology and to guide others to help bring sustainability to the forefront of blockchain. My latest project in called MOSAIC, the carbon neutral fractionaization of fine art. By using NFTs in the landscape of museums and fine art galleries, MOSAIC aims to preserve all history. I am building this project to develop the intellectual property of each museum and its reputable, immutable representation of all historical artforms as we can build the next generation of Community, Culture, Appreciation, and Preservation.
Justin Abernathy is focused in Crypto full time, advising, investing and consulting with multiple projects in addition to managing Crypto investments. Prior to focusing on crypto, Justin has been active in managing multiple investments and Justin was a co-Founder and Managing Member of SureClick, an online pay for performance business that helped companies develop online marketing campaigns to grow their businesses. Prior to SureClick, he worked for America Online and Time Life Music.
Justin earned a BA business degree in Enterprise Management from American University and an Associate of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.
In 2003, Justin was invited to participate in the “Birthing of Giants” three-year program, an entrepreneurial enclave out of MIT, later graduating to the “Gathering of Titans”. Justin has taught at the Stagen Leadership Academy and was formerly a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (YEO), and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Those who know Justin well describe him as a Collaborator that enjoys bringing relationships and resources together as an innovative problem solver who continuously finds solutions to unique challenges that arise in business.
He also is an eleven-time finisher of the Pikes Peak Ultra Marathon, multiple 50-mile ultra-marathons, a five-time Ironman finisher, and finisher of numerous short course and half Ironman’s. In his youth, he earned the elite honor of Eagle Scout.
Justin lives in Puerto Rico and is focused on bringing and expanding relationships to the crypto community in Puerto Rico to help the island reach the potential as a crypto hub within the greater crypto community.
Caroline is a Serial Entrepreneur, she is an expert in Marketplaces. Her last one, Cookitoo was about dark kitchens before it became a huge phenomenon... She is a mum of a 4yo girl, she loves traveling, food, extreme sports and she is a Kite Surfing Instructor. She loves helping entrepreneurs and she particularly wants to help women entrepreneurs as she thinks that there are not enough of them. She mentors at the Founder Institute and at UNSW female founder program. Her long term goal is to empower 1 million women to become leaders of change in education, the environment & politics.
Skoutli (www.skoutli.com) helps content creators (photographers /producers /influencers) to find locations for their next photoshoot. These sets are people home / environment /backyard/ vehicles that can be used for advertisements, social media posts, and movies. The way Skoutli is different from its competitors is that it offers location rentals by the room by the hour. The price is also different according to how many people come on the set to be fair for small and big teams. It’s possible to rent a yellow bathroom for 2hours, a modern kitchen for a full day or a swimming pool for 3hours!
Adventurous and passionate person. Highly motivated and positive thinking individual. Lived and studied in France, Mexico and Australia and was part of the Australian Landing Pad in SF for 3 months.
Sustainability Coach and Visionary
Founder and CEO of By Nature, providing sustainability consultancy services within strategy, business development, ESG reporting and measuring, SDG reporting and measuring, positioning and marketing. I help companies develop in a greener and more sustainable manner and make sure they are not in risk of greenwashing. I work with investors in enhancing their ESG portfolio, start-ups, SMEs and large companies to perform green business development, top executive coaching and change management in order to make more ESG and sustainability champions.
My latest project is a new start-up company based in Amsterdam building an ESG platform for automated ESG reporting, measuring and monitoring. The platform aims to make sense of the current jungle of standards, laws and regulations for businesses, help them digitalize their reporting and data collection and help investors find and score the best ESG performers. The ultimate goal is to channel more finance into sustainable businesses and projects faster, especially important in light of the failed COP26 and the current trajectory on climate change, and I am currently looking for seed investors.
My passions are making more people and companies aware of the climate crisis and take action both in their personal and professional life, healing practices such as yoga, meditation and being in nature, inspiring youth, and driving my Tesla from Oslo to St. Moritz for ACTAI conference to show zero emission travel is a thing ; ) Fingers crossed for no flat tires, and see you all there!
My name is Laci Kobulsky, I am from Slovakia and my passion is creativity. I love to experience new sensations and sharing them with other people, therefore filmmaking become point of my interest, since it provides easy way how to capture and share extraordinary moments in my life.
I came to love kitesurfing and snowboarding thanks to its fun, diversity and lifestyle associated with it. These sports help me to travel and connect to remarkable places around the world. During my career I had the privilege to work with world’s most influential athletes like Aaron Hadlow, Alby Rondina, Paula Novotna, Youri Zoon, Gisela Pulido & else. My latest project is a full-length kiteboarding documentary “Aaron Hadlow TWENTY”. My studies of marketing at Erasmus University in Netherlands taught me to understand customers’ needs and project them into my work. I want to create content that is wanted, viewed and loved!
Dai-Kyu Kim, has over 30 years’ experience in finance, fintech, blockchain/DLT, IoT, systems integration, product strategy and business development across Australia, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, the US and France.
In 1998, Dai-Kyu co-founded Quicken.com.au and launched QuickBroker, one of the first Australian online stockbrokers. The following year Quicken merged with its sister company Reckon and listed in an IPO on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX:RKN).
He has held executive roles in Citibank, National Australia Bank, PwC, HP, Hyundai Information Technology, Intuit and multiple startups, as well as a board membership of two ASX listed companies.
Medical Doctor - founder of anti-aging center (Lausanne - Vevey - Zurich ) - Investor in free time
Medical Doctor fascinated by regenerative preventive aesthetic medicine and technology. Dr Mariya Delets is also a medical director & founder of one of the leading aesthetic, rejuvenation & anti-aging clinic, Swiss Aesthetic Med, based in Lausanne.Specialyzing in aesthetic face & body rejuvenation, regenerative medicine and internal medicine.Physician consultant and expert for a scientific physician international team in cases with complication; physician expert in aesthetic micro-grafting autologous therapy for skin rejuvenation and hair restoration, full body soft reshaping. Active participant at international courses and congress.Passionate about her profession. After first graduation in internal medicine, Faculté de Médecine, Lausanne. Dr. Mariya Delets also a graduate of the International College of Aesthetic Medicine and Longevity in Paris https://www.cimel-paris.com, with a great experience in plastic surgery during her post-graduation experience in Switzerland, she puts all her know-how at your service.Her consultations are dedicated to the total care of her patients and a complete follow-up, with the aim of increasing your natural capital of vitality and the enhancement of your beauty. Helping you to find yourself according to your wishes or as you would like to be. Personalized advice and suggestions according to your needs.
Global & multi-cultural mindset & highly entrepreneur / investor in Cybersecurity-Blockchain-AI-IoT-Payment projects .
Earlier 13 years VP Sales Banking South Europe, Latin America & Russia @OneSpan ( Cyber security ; ID Verification …related to reduce fraud and increase usage on Online channels )
Katja Kempe is CEO of Viveka, a bestselling author and passionate about human potential. Katja was awarded Female Entrepreneur of the year Asia-Pacific, and nominated as one of the '21top founders to change the way we do business in 2021' by Yahoo Finance, alongside Elon Musk and the founders of Stripe, Bumble and Canva.
Viveka's mission is to make transformational learning experiences available to billions through an AI-driven platform for professional development and personal growth.
In 2021, Viveka launched V-Corp, a learning and development enterprise SaaS solution . Viveka provides an automated turnkey solution for all L&D needs, assisting SMEs to Fortune 500 companies globally. V-Coach, Viveka’s coaching solution, seamlessly integrates into V-Corp allowing coaches to manage and scale their coaching business.
Prior to founding Viveka, Katja managed internationally leading law firms as Global Strategy Manager and then COO. Among other achievements, Katja was an integral team member to facilitate the most successful global merger in the legal industry today.
Katja is internationally experienced, multilingual, inspired by innovation and a strong believer in creating positive and sustainable change.
Helping businesses and individuals transition to The New Economy of ecosystems and platforms, understanding the future trends based on data analysis, while implementing breakthrough technologies such as Blockchain, AI, IoT and Robotics. Areas of expertise include: company restructuring, strategic planning, competitive intelligence, funding strategies, export and int'l trade strategies, feasibility studies, government relations & funding programs, marketing strategies (including research, branding and product development), integration of new technologies.
Structuring and managing assets in the US real estate secondary markets, renewable energy and technology sectors.
Developing Social Impact projects and sustainable investments.
GEORGE HOWARD (CIO), named one of America’s Greatest Disruptors in 2021 by Newsweek, is a Distinguished Professor of Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music. He is a cofounder of Dequency, the world’s first blockchain-based music licensing company, and TuneCore, the world’s largest independent digital music distributor which went public at a value of $337.5 million. He was the former COO of Norton, LLC, the parent company of Concert Vault, Daytrotter, Wolfgang’s Vault, and Paste Magazine. He is also a founding member of Open Music Initiative (OMI), an open source protocol to increase transparency for royalty distribution that recently launched RAIDAR, a blockchain-based music licensing platform for student works. Additionally, George is the co-founder of Music Audience Exchange, which utilizes technology to redefine the fundamental structure of brand-artist relationships. He is the former president of Rykodisc, the world’s largest independent record label.
Berta Casas Forga
Berta Casas Forga is a psychologist and third generation of educators, specialised in multiple intelligences methodology.
Her main focus is Educational Tech as she believes that education needs disruption and is the base of all our system; and she brings her knowledge in the field to complement this vision.
She co-founded Sangha Capital SA in 2020. She runs the marketing and branding for Sangha and drives the Ed tech initiatives and investments.
We want to continue our mission to improve the world through technology.
MARK ROSS is a music, film, and concert producer, and a longtime entertainment business investor and entrepreneur with more than 35 years in the business of entertainment. He is the CEO of Acme Innovations, a holding company that invests in and operates disruptive media and entertainment
companies using blockchain technology. He has financed a multitude of entertainment-related companies and startups including Music Audience Exchange, Riptide Music Group, Dequency, Project M, and Audigent, the world’s leading entertainment and media data collection and management platform. He is also the co-founder with Sir George Martin of GrandMaster Music, a boutique production music library. As a music executive, he signed several multi platinum artists, most notably Pantera, that have sold tens of millions of records. He is the former Executive Director of Quincy Jones Productions, and founded and operated his own imprint label through Universal Music Group.
Freelance Photographer at Perfectlyray photography
Early Facebooker. Passionate mountain biker, entrepreneur and investor @Stoked Capital with deep and rich experience in building and scaling startups globally.
Has invested in over 80 early stage companies around the world.
Interested in: Cyber, Metaverse, Blockchain, Data Science, Life Sciences & Digital Health
Previous companies: Facebook, King (advisor), P1 (TanTan) Maxthon, ICQ/AOL, SonyEricsson
Alexia is a Canadian-Swiss technology and finance executive and lawyer who strategically advises governments and companies on blockchain and RegTech.
Alexia is a Partner at a venture studio and private equity fund for blockchain regulatory technology companies. She has been working in the field of blockchain and cryptocurrency since 2016 where she co-founded Deloitte Canada's blockchain tax practice.
Alexia is New York-qualified lawyer and is the Chair of the Governance and Compensation Committee of Hut 8 Mining, which is Nasdaq & TSX listed. She is the youngest person to sit on a Nasdaq board in the field of blockchain. Alexia is also an Advisor on the FinTech Advisory Board of the Government of Bermuda and WE Global Studios.
Previously Alexia was CEO of eGovern.com where she led digital transformation engagements including the first national digital bank underpinned by blockchain technology. Prior to this, she worked in the Middle East and Africa for a number of organisations and governments, including the United Nations.
Alexia is passionate about transforming governance and society. She spends her time building companies that solve governance challenges.
Over 25 years experience founding, building, operating, investing in and mentoring technology companies in the UK, Middle East and Australia.
Having founded, built and led startups his whole working life, Len has been hands-on finding, landing and optimising all of the Ventures that are part of the Saltwater portfolio. His experience is broad and deep having held strategic and delivery roles across multiple business verticals from Fortune 500 tech companies to larger supermarket chains. Len’s unique perspective comes from his strategic and operational experience which makes him popular with investors and boards alike.
Len looks for ventures with a bold vision, an understanding of a winning culture and, above all, an open mind.
Brianna Lee Welsh
Supremely curious. Obsessed with transforming broken systems using technology.
Web3 | Climate | Scientific Wellness | FoodTech | Psychedelics | Decentralized ownership | Adventurer
I build solutions to big problems through decentralized ownership of our health, the environment and our minds. Have lived and worked in 12 countries across 6 continents, so I'm pretty cool with change :)
Currently Co-Founder & MD of Reneum (www.reneum.com), a blockchain-based climate investment platform, powered by the renewable energy-backed GREN token. GREN gives everyone the agency to drive the energy transition, and comes with the Eisbaer NFT and a community of climate-changers!
Currently a member of Outlier Ventures’ Polgyon Basecamp. Stay tuned for more on our upcoming #NFT drop and IDO for your clean energy tokens!
Antti Pennanen is a photography-loving tech-cowboy roaming the globe with the panache of Silver Surfer and clothing style to match.
Launching Finland's leading animation studio Anima Vitae before his 20th birthday wasn't outrageous enough so he went on and created Basemotion, which later became the largest animation animation studio in the Baltics.
But hey, that's not all. Antti's start-up hunger is nowhere near as satisfied as he has since kickstarted few notable IT companies, such as cloud based infrastructure service Freedom Zone and innovative global banking service provider Secure Action.
Last decade Antti was building a fintech company MONI that successfully banked the refugees in Finland and helped them to get employed. Unfortunately working with the government didn't work out and the project had to be shut down.
Currently Antti is focusing his seemingly endless energy building a sustainable super computer in Finland to support scientific research and upcoming web3 infrastructure that also happens to host one of the biggest Chia farms in the world.
In between his nearly incessant travels, he enjoys good food, company of friends and polishing a Russian spy ship he rescued from going to the junk yard.
Introducing Naomi Henn; CrowdClip's founder was a competitive athlete and her goal was to follow in her fathers footsteps who was an Olympian grade athlete himself. After every Athletics meet Naomi would spend hours upon hours with her Dad analysing video footage from the Athletics meet to identify the important moments to her. There was no solution that would identify the unique moments that matter from the event and be able to package it up ready for distribution to create awareness AND commercialise it. CrowdClip was born and its patent pending AI technology takes video and allows it to be personalised and ready to be distributed. With CrowdClip you can create customised professional looking videos based on your experience of a video or an event, for anyone on any budget, from; federations, teams, players, attendees, or fans from a sporting event, to a yacht week event, business conference, or a wedding.