Notable startup experience:
KupiVIP (Largest off-price fashion retailer in Russia and CIS), CarPrice (co-founder), Aktivo (co-founder), Similie Venture Partners - Investment Fund for early stage start-ups within the Consumer Internet and Digital Media sectors in the emerging markets (co-founder), Lesara – Largest cross border ecommerce company in Europe (co-founder), Zaodno – Single price retail chain (co-founder). He is also an advisor on the ICO of Blackmoon Crypto, which raised $30 million within 19 hours.
BMW (Kuala Lumper, Malaysia), Boston Consulting Group (Moscow, Russia).
Notable startup experience:
AloeCure.com (co-founder, responsible for business development), FCG (co-founder, transaction service and valuation advisory).
Macquarie Group (infrastructure fund management), Mubadala Development Company (sovereign wealth), NRG Capital (middle market private equity), Houlihan Lokey (middle market investment bank).
Notable startup experience:
FCG (co-founder, managing partner), CarPrice (co-founder), Aktivo (co-founder, ex-CEO, real estate crowd funding platform), Raketa (co-founder, innovative mass market gym chain).
KPMG (transaction advisory).
Over 17 years of experience as a programmer, software development manager and CTO.
He worked at such notable companies as Lukoil, Rostelecom and Redmadrobot, the leading third party software developer. In his role as a CTO he was responsible for developing and launching Bringit – an online food delivery platform in London.
The team has extensive expertise in designing and implementing products and solutions using Java, HTML5, AJAX, WebServices, SOAP, REST, SQL and various cloud computing technologies. This team will further be strengthened and will continue to be focused on the development of the interface software for the Vehicle Lifecycle Blockchain.
16 years of programming and systems engineering. Most prominent experience includes 4 years at IBM Science and Technology Center, where Mr. Kalambet developed various blockchain pilots and distributed payments systems.
Peter is a member of Qiwi Blockchain Technologies team. He holds a graduate degree in Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics from Moscow State University and a post-graduate degree from Institute for System Programming at the Russian Academy of Science.
Blockchain development will be undertaken by the team of leading specialists in blockchain and distributed systems. A team of 10 developers will be headed by Peter Kalambet.
BCG and Uber (Russia), where he was responsible for providing management consulting services in the automotive supply chain and for developing the supply side of the Uber business model in key Russian cities, respectively.
Denis has broad experience in product and project management in large companies. During his work at Yandex he built Yandex.Music into a#1 online music service in Russia. He also held Head of Product positions at Ostrovok.ru and Mail.ru where he was responsible for online hotel booking services.
In his most recent role as the Head of IT Project Management he managed the development of all back and front office systems.
Worked with global auto brands and big Russian companies, including Gazprom, Sberbank. Headed the department of digital and e-Commerce marketing in METRO Cash & Carry.
AutoMotoClub (subsidiary of ADAC, COO).
NRG Capital (middle market private equity), Hi Capital (Russian fund of mezzanine financing), X5 Retail Group (M&A Department).
Mr. Hannes Shariputra Chopra boasts over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. He is a ex-CEO at Sberbank Insurance, the fastest growing insurance company in the Russian market.
Mr. Chopra served as the Executive Vice President of Allianz SE and President of Allianz CIS and Allianz Eurasia. Mr. Chopra worked with Allianz AG from January 1996 to 2011 and was responsible for international development (CIS countries, Central & Eastern Europe, Africa, Middle East, South Asia). Previously, Mr. Chopra held senior management posts at Allianz AG, ROSNO, Allianz Eurasia, and CKW-Consult.
Mr. Chopra is an Economist by education. He graduated from the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg with a Master's degree in Economics.
Mr. Sergey Solonin is the CEO and founder of QIWI, NASDAQ listed company, the leading online payment service in Russia. He is also the founder of the Russian Blockchain Academy and a managing partner of Target Global Fintech Opportunities Fund, which focuses on fintech and blockchain based technologies.
Within Qiwi, Mr. Solonin launched a research and development division called Qiwi Blockchain Technologies. This division created the first blockchain specifically tailored for streamlining relationships within the banking sector called MasterChain. It is currently being deployed within the banking sector in Russia.
Mr. Solonin received a Degree in Economics from Russian Financial Academy in 1996.
Nitin Gaur, currently serves as Director of IBM’s Blockchain Labs - serving to devise industry standards and use cases to make “blockchain for enterprise” a reality.
Prior to this role he was working in capacity of CTO, IBM’s Mobile Payments solutions and IBM Bluemix and led Enterprise Mobile Solutions. Nitin led the Application Infrastructure Portfolio of IBM Middleware before taking on MobileFirst Solution portfolio.
In his 16 years with IBM he has achieved various industry-recognized certifications. As a technical leader Nitin has been involved in many enterprise project implementations and technical paper presentations at internal and external conferences. The range of the topics presented by him span from software architectures to improvement of management processes.
Nitin is the foremost world expert in distributed systems and blockchain technology. He has worked with many Fortune 500 companies to develop various enterprise technology solutions in over 20 countries.
Nitin holds MS in Management Information systems and MBA in Finance from University of Maryland.
Alexey Arkhipov is one of the thought leaders and tech visionary of Russian IT and payment market. He is a pioneering technologist with 8+ years of executive-level experience in leading innovation in various distributed systems in the financial industry.
Since 2014, Mr. Arkhipov has been fully focusing on Blockchain R&D as a CTO of Qiwi Blockchain Technologies.
In 2017 Alexey was appointed as a head of Distributed Ledger Technology unit in FinTech Association, which unites leading Russian banks and financial companies. At present, he leads the technical development of the first Russian DLT platform Masterchain.
Mr. Arkhipov holds a Degree in Engineering (2006) in Moscow Technological University.
Igor Pesin is a Partner at Life.SREDA VC, a global fintech-focused venture capital fund, headquartered in Singapore.Being responsible at Life.SREDA for the investments throughout their entire life cycle, Igor has executed more than 20 fintech deals across the world – in the US, Europe, CIS and Asia. Some companies, invested by Life.SREDA, are well-know benchmarks in the fintech space: Simple bank (sold to financial group BBVA), Moven, Fidor, Anthemis, SumUp, Allset, Rocketbank, Lenddo etc. Notable startup experience:
Board/Advisory Board Member at SumUp (Germany), Allset (US), Fastacash (Singapore), SoftPay (Vietnam), Scorista (Russia), Lenddo (US), Ayannah (Philippines), Mobikon (India), Yolopay (Singapore).
Previous Igor’s background includes mix of corporate and entrepreneurial experience: 5 years in management consultancy and M&A (Strategy Partners Group, KPMG, IT businesses of JFK System) and 4 years as serial entrepreneur, launching and managing own startups in the e-commerce and tech space.
Igor passed a full-time MBA program in management, finance and investments at SKOLKOVO (US, China, Russia), entrepreneurship and innovations executive program at MIT Sloan (US), holds degrees in math and economics from The Higher School of Economics (Russia).
David Drake and his family office LDJ Capital and its partners, has acted as GPs and investors in fund-of-funds, realty funds, venture capital funds, seed funds, debt funds and hedge funds. Mr. Drake's investments and private equity advisory at LDJ Capital currently has 50+ global directors and family office partners maintaining relations with institutions and family offices with $1.5 trillion in assets.
Mr. Drake has been involved in technology, media, telecoms, realty, hospitality, cleantech, energy and social impact investments for more than 25 years. He is an advocate of digital automation investing in private equity, compliance, capital formation policies and the US JOBS Act which he lobbied for in the US Congress and the EU Commission. Because of his leading work in this space, he represented the US Commerce Department at the EU Commission in Brussels and Rome in 2012 and was invited to the White House Champions of Change ceremony in Washington, D.C. and as a speaker at the UK Parliament in 2013.
David Drake has experience of ICO Board Advisor at Moeda, Polymath, Ambrosus, ICObox, Opskins, BlockV, LAToken, Propy, DOVU, Swarm.
Born in Sweden and fluent in six languages, Mr. Drake has an MBA in Finance and an MA in International Law and Economics from George Washington University in DC where he was awarded the Wallenberg Scholarship for academic merit.
Artem leads FCG’s VC practice. He has lead over 1,000 projects during the last 12 years.
He is the mastermind behind FCG’s most prominent business line Startup Advisory Services.
Under his leadership and guidance 20+ startups we launched. He sharpened them through the most challenging development stage.
Recently he expanded these services into advising hi-tech companies with the respect to creating blockchain platforms.
He led FCG to become the go-to advisor for ICO related services. He provided analytical support to LAToken during their respective ICOs. In addition to VLB Tokens his current ICO clients include crypto-mining companies, logistics providers and companies in the shared economies space.
Artem graduated from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI) majoring in cybernetics, information systems and cryptography.
Dentons US LLP is acting as our counsel with respect to matters relating to the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 in connection with the offering of VLB Tokens
Elvira is an Attorney-at-law and member of the Estonian Bar Association.
Elvira is experienced in fintech, company and administrative law, consultancy and litigation. Select ICO experience includes: Polybius and Mothership Foundation. Elvira is at the forefront of working with Estonian banking sector and regulators to develop sound legislation that would govern the crypto to fiat conversion mechanisms. Most of Elvira’s clients are companies at every stage of their operation, and individuals interested in wealth structuring.
She advises clients on improving their business structure in terms of efficiency, minimising risks, complying with regulations, and communicating with partners and the state.
She participates in drafting legislation, negotiating with the authorities, and lobby.
Elvira has also dealt with the law of armed conflict and human rights.