Incredible change happens when the right people are brought together. Collaborations begin. Companies are founded. Initiatives take root.
Our purpose at Neckerverse is to foster this kind of environment - one where driven humans can work together to build a more equitable, responsible and advanced society especially in a world where Web3, DAOs, NFTs and the metaverse are making huge impacts on the way businesses and societies are run on a global scale.
Incredible partnerships have come from ACTAI’s Necker Island and global events - and we cannot wait to see what it has in store for you.
ACTAI Global is a group of extraordinary Athletes, Conservationists, Technologists, Artists and Innovators. Using their collective energy, network and resources, they help each other achieve professional success, pushing the limits of work and play while also fueling philanthropic activities around the world.
Extreme Tech Challenge
XTC is a non-profit organization behind the world’s biggest startup competition that aims to help startups change the world for the better. In our quest, we are supported by leading corporations, VCs, foundations, policymakers, universities and tech conferences.
The Bitfury Group works at the bleeding edge of Blockchain technology. The company has heritage as one of the earliest Bitcoin miners and providers of Bitcoin mining equipment. Today, their work is dedicated to developing a suite of products that underpin a safe, sustainable Web 3.0.
Global Blockchain Business Council
The Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) is the leading global industry association for the blockchain technology ecosystem. The organization is furthering blockchain by engaging regulators, business leaders, and global changemakers on how to harness blockchain.
Bill Tai has been funding companies as a Venture Capitalist since 1991 and has had 22 companies he backed at the early stage grow to become listed companies. He has served on 8 public company boards from his portfolio.
He is Founding Chairman of Treasure Data (acqired by ARM / Softbank), Founding Chairman of IPInfusion (Tokyo:48130) Chairman of NASDAQ (HUT) listed HUT8 Mining, and is a lead seed investor in Canva, Dapper Labs, Safety Culture, Wish and Zoom Video where he was 1st to commit as a backer. He was founding CEO of Internet Data Center company iAsiaWorks (IPO via Goldman Sachs & Morgan Stanley) and Founder of Tradebeam a leader in SaaS based Global Trade Management.
He has been involved in the digital asset ecosystem since 2010 and has been involved as a catalyst to the creation of Bitfury, Fluidity.io, Gigaverse.com, OneOf, Metagood.com(Chairman) , and Powerledger.
After earning a BSEE with Honors from University of Illinois, he joined LSI Logic, a startup formed by the CEO of Fairchild Semiconductor. He then earned an MBA at Harvard Business School. Returning to Taiwan, he was issued Badge #A001 just after the formation of TSMC. Afterward, he established the semiconductor practice for Alex.Brown & Sons, driving IPOs of Atmel, Adaptec, Cirrus Logic, Dallas Semi, Exar, and Zilog before becoming a venture capitalist. He was granted a PhD from Curtin University where he is an Adjunct Professor focused on “Innovation and Economic Development” and Chairman of ACTAI Global – a 501(c)3 uniting Athletes, Conservationists, Technologists, Artists & Innovators supporting ‘active conservation’ of our environment, and economic empowerment via entrepreneurship through projects such as the Extreme Tech Challenge.
Maria Serafica is an external CFO for companies in the real estate, nonprofit and private equity sectors. She is extremely passionate about helping nonprofits fulfill their charitable missions, including initiating private foundations for various causes.
Maria is currently consulting as a CFO for companies such as XTC Unicorn Fund I, Umedex, Gigaverse.com and Verabloom. Prior to these companies, she was CFO for PermaCity (acquired by Catalyze), which is a leading solar company that has installed over 150 MWs of power. Using her experience in real estate finance and construction, she is currently forming a real estate fund focused on value-add properties and lending to other builders. She also practices as a certified public accountant for high-net-worth individuals and their businesses.
Maria has been involved with ACTAI Global since 2009 when Bill Tai invited her to the first event in Maui, and since then has been the Chief Financial Officer. In 2015 and 2016, she Chaired the Ocean Gala collaborating with Ocean Elders and raised over $1M for ocean conservation. She is thrilled to be part of this dynamic nonprofit organization helping build community “whose collective passion brings them together to positively change the world”.
Born in the Philippines, she is a graduate of UCLA and a former ballerina.
Victoria Slivkoff is the Executive Managing Director of Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), the world’s largest startup competition and community to empower the most innovative, purpose-driven startup companies across the globe addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The XTC innovation ecosystem is comprised of Fortune 500 corporations, VCs, tech founders, policymakers, foundations, universities, and leading tech conferences working together to create a better tomorrow. XTC attracts startups applicants from 6 continents in 100+ countries.
She also serves as the Head of Ecosystem at Walden Catalyst Ventures, a venture capital firm helping early-stage companies in the U.S., Europe, and Israel build the next generation of category-defining businesses in deep tech (where there's a breakthrough in science or technology), with a focus on AI and data.
Victoria comes from a multidisciplinary background in corporate development, investment, investor relations, business strategy & operations, and management consulting. She’s experienced in forming public-private partnerships to drive investments and scale innovative technologies in the U.S., Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Europe.
Young Sohn is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur whose passion is building businesses and fostering emerging technologies that have the potential to transform the world for the better. Young is a Founding Managing Partner at Walden Catalyst Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund dedicated to deep-tech investments focused on data & AI across North America, Europe, and Israel and he currently serves as Chairman of the Board of HARMAN International. He most recently was Corporate President and Chief Strategy Officer of Samsung Electronics, where he led strategy for global innovation, investment, new business creation, and spearheaded the company’s $8 billion acquisition of HARMAN.
Young served as CEO of two successful, public Silicon Valley companies and on the boards of Arm, Cymer (ASML), and others. Under his leadership as CEO and board member, he took PLX Technologies, Synnex Technologies, and Inphi public. He was also a seed investor in some of the industry’s most innovative companies including Berkeley Lights, Fungible, Zoom, Graphcore, and TTTech Auto. Young co-founded the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), a global startup competition inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He also serves as a senior advisor to the private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, is a member of the board of directors at Cadence, and is an advisor for the University of California Innovation Council.
At the beginning of his career, Craig was a professional kiter, winning multiple championships across Europe. Throughout that period, all his spare time was spent learning and delivering technical solutions in the UK. Craig is now CTO of Beep! A global design and branding studio that specializes in tech and startups. He combines his competitive nature and technical ability to help brands 'accelerate' and take them to the next level.
Craig and Giles have been part of ACTAI since the beginning, working with Bill Tai on the name, brand and creative materials. They are also responsible for XTC, Metagood, even Neckerverse and many other inspiring brands throughout our community and beyond.
Interesting fact: In 2012 Craig partnered with Sir Richard Branson to break a world record to kite surf across the English Channel.
Giles is the founder and CEO of Beep! A global design and branding studio that specializes in tech and startups.
His infectious 'can do' attitude is embraced by entrepreneurs, investors and communities around the world. Collaborating with like-minded professionals, creatives and innovators to deliver world-class brands, products and creativity.
Giles and Craig have been part of ACTAI since the beginning, working with Bill Tai on the name, brand and creative materials. They are also responsible for XTC, Metagood, even Neckerverse and many other inspiring brands throughout our community and beyond.
Peter is an experienced operations executive who integrates his rich experience in hospitality businesses to drive results across all of Maneuvre’s client base. He co-founded Maneuvre with Rachel Pipan in 2021 and directs its global operations and leads Maneuvre’s hospitality sector work.
As a consultant, he has led several hospitality businesses to grow their operations, train teams, and launch new offerings. Prior to co-founding Maneuvre, Peter was Food & Beverage Procurement Manager at Sir Richard Branson’s co-located BVI luxury resorts, Necker Island and Moskito Island, where he managed sustainability and ethical purchasing and launched/ran several special projects across the business that were cost-effective and brand-enhancing.
Rachel is a communications expert that specializes in seed, start-up, and scale-up public relations, marketing, and engagement. She co-founded Maneuvre with Director of Operations Peter Godwin in 2021.
Before founding her own companies, Rachel rose through the ranks from Press Associate to become director of all communications initiatives at Bitfury (one of Europe’s fastest-growing blockchain and crypto companies). In doing so, she evolved the communications for what grew to be the largest European blockchain unicorn - and ensured this rise was recognized by Forbes, Reuters, Bloomberg and more. Prior to joining Bitfury in 2016, Rachel was on the media strategies and services team at Edelman Public Relations in Washington, D.C. She received her MA in Strategic Communications from American University and her BA in Public Relations with a minor in Business as an honoured graduate of Auburn University.
ALEX CRUZ’S MISSION IS TO TOUCH PEOPLE’S HEARTS AND BRING DEPTH, LOVE, AND JOY THROUGH HIS MUSIC
Alex’s true aim is to make the world a better place by bringing depth, love, and joy through music to as many hearts as possible. When music that stems from a place of such humble, selfless authenticity is met with the skilful mind and touch of such a talented artist, the palpable results are undeniable, powerful, and universal. Whether at a small private event or in front of thousands, those who have seen Alex in action can attest to the unparalleled atmosphere created at his gigs. Alex’s connected energy, bright eyes, and humble smile convey that he is not playing to his fans - but for them and with them. In this pure and playful spirit of community, listeners are taken on a heart-warming and enjoyable musical journey leaving them smiling wider, and dancing harder. Alex plays at 6 continents every year so there will always be an event that you can attend which is in relative close proximity to where you are located.
Alexandra Seaman is the Head of Partnerships and Visionary Strategist at the Swiss-based non-profit Re-State Foundation, aiming to reimagine the future of governance and global collaboration. She has also been appointed as COO of the upcoming Dubai-based branch of the Foundation.
Alexandra is a dedicated humanitarian seeking to build bridges between people, communities, and cultures. She is a media professional and producer with a portfolio of multidisciplinary social impact projects ranging from ecology and climate change to animal and human rights.
Alexia is Executive Chairman of the Abed Group, a family office whose primary pillar - Abed Ventures is an accelerator for blockchain regulatory technology companies. Alexia is the Interim CEO of Metaverse Special Economic Zone and DAO Inc, and Executive Director of 14 blockchain companies including Satoshi.com, MSEZ.com, Caritrade.com and Caribcoin.com. She has been working in the field of blockchain and cryptocurrency since 2016. Alexia is a Board Member of Hut 8 Mining, which is Nasdaq & TSX-listed, and is one of North America’s largest, innovation-focused digital asset mining pioneers. She was the youngest person to join a Nasdaq board in the field of blockchain. Alexia is also an Advisor on the FinTech Advisory Board of the Government of Bermuda.
Previously Alexia was CEO of eGovern.com where she led an engagement to launch the first government digital bank underpinned by blockchain. She was also Deloitte’s Blockchain Tax Lead and co-founded the practice. Prior to this, she worked in the Middle East and Africa for a number of organisations and governments, including the United Nations.
Alicia Maule is the co-founder and CEO of givepact, a Web 3 technology company building the foundation layer of a metaverse economy for social impact. The company’s first product will convert crypto donations into cash for progressive nonprofits, funding a DAO for social good. Givepact won first place out of 120 dynamic startups at Coindesk’s Consensus Web 3 pitch fest in June 2022.
Alicia is the Innocence Project’s first Digital Engagement Director and since 2015 has led the organization in exponential audience growth, revenue, and advocacy including campaigns that helped stop the executions of Melissa Lucio, Pervis Payne, and Rodney Reed. She has also led her team to winning several awards including Webby’s, Shorty’s, and Telly’s.
She is a 2020 Center for Urban Professionals Fellow and in 2019, she was recognized as Negocios Now 40 Under 40 class in New York City.
Prior to the Innocence Project, she worked in digital for President Obama’s 2012 campaign and msnbc.com. Alicia is a proud Chicagoan and first-generation Colombian-American. She earned her B.A. in Africana Studies at Brown University.
Amanda Terry is a Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer for Metagood which strives to build a better future for Web3 while doing good along the way. Through its first NFT project OnChainMonkey, Metagood has simultaneously created value for its community members and made real world impact.
She is Managing Partner of ACTAI Ventures, an early stage venture fund she co-founded with Bill Tai, for a global community of founders. She has helped drive community for ACTAI Global including producing and hosting their Fireside Chat Series and gathering their community during the World Economic Forum in partnership with Consensys and Nima Capital.
She has over 20 years of 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’s a frequent speaker at blockchain industry events including NFT NYC, Ethereal Summit, SXSW, and Vee Con. She has a BA from Princeton University in Public Policy and East Asian Studies and MBA from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania in Entrepreneurial Management and Finance.
Ms. Anu Bhardwaj is the Founder of SHEQONOMI, the world's first suite of rewards focused podcast listening apps on Android, iOS, KaiOS, and Jio built by women targeting the bottom billion. SHEQONOMI was initially funded by a non-equity grant from the Islamic Development Bank through their 2020 COVID Innovation Competition under their Transform Fund with the support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, and Bangladesh. Ms. Bhardwaj is currently working on bringing SHEQONOMI to the Caribbean this Fall and is spearheading Blockchain on the Beach Barbados and Krypto 4 Kids Caribbean which will launch in October which evolved as a direct result from ACTAI Barbados earlier this year. Anu is the most grateful member of the ACTAI Global Community who she has connected with since she came out of her COVID-Cave ready to reconnect with amazing and like-minded humans and can't wait to see all the magic we will be making together in the next few months and years to come!
Board of Directors Member, General Counsel for ACTAI Global
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 communication for Sangha and drives the Ed tech initiatives.
Brianna is the Co-Founder and CEO of Reneum Institute, a blockchain-based marketplace to fund climate solutions.
Prior to launching Reneum, she led M&A and environmental markets trading in APAC for one of Reneum's largest backers, Sindicatum Renewable Energy. Previous to Sindicatum, Brianna worked in New York and London in private equity advisory in emerging markets and portfolio value improvement, between KPMG, McKinsey, and the Royal Bank of Canada. She also advised the UNDP in their Southeast Asian deep tech think-tank, identifying blueprints and scalable technologies to export in emerging markets in the region. She is a partner in several initiatives endeavouring for a positive crypto future including: Blockchain for Social Impact, Crypto Climate Accord and Blockchain for Climate Impact.
Brianna holds an undergrad in behavioural economics from McGill University and a graduate in social entrepreneurship from Oxford University, is an explorer, bio-hacker and extreme sports enthusiast.
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.
Charles is General Partner of Genera Fund and Co-founder/CTO of Elevate Venture Studio which focuses on AI+WEB3 startups from idea to product market fit leveraging the hybrid fund and venture studio model. Execution PODs with a full time CTO, product, design and engineering team focus on working IN the business while the founders work ON the business. Charles has over 20 years of being technical co-founder / CTO with a track record of going zero to won in over a dozen startups raising $250M+ in aggregate funding.
Graduated from the Caucasus Institute of Gestalt Therapy and Family Psychotherapy, is a certified Gestalt therapist and has a European accreditation of a psychotherapist in EAGT.
Acquired a profession of NLP-Expert at the Ukrainian Center for Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Now is studying at the French Gestalt Institute personally with Jean-Marie Robin (a student of Isadore Frome).
Has private practice for more than 8 years in individual therapy and couples therapy.
Conducts individual counseling to solve problems in personal relationships and social life. Works with anxiety and depressive states, panic attacks, etc.
Defended thesis on psychological infertility, provides psychological support for women undergoing the procedure of artificial insemination.
Working language: Russian, English
Serial entrepreneur who is passionate about kitesurfing, skydiving, and sustainability. Currently VP of business development at Mighty Buildings. We 3D print sustainable homes and we are helping rebuild the caribbean.
With more than 22 years in the industry, award-winning development executive Eric Tu brings with him a wealth of experience across the music, film, advertising, and professional sports industries.
Eric focuses on storytelling and mission building for the most successful businesses in the world, ie, Nike, Lululemon, Adidas, Google, Beats By Dre, Electronic Arts, VANS, and more, He has won every major award in the advertising business including the record setting 8 Cannes Lions for Love Has No Labels in 2015. Prior to building EST, Eric’s team The Lab @ Anonymous Content developed and produced Olivia Wilde’s directorial follow-up to Booksmart titled ‘Wake-Up’ starring Margaret Qualley, cinematography by multi-Oscar winner Matthew Libatique (A Star is Born, Black Swan, Ironman) and music by Perfume Genius. A HP brand entertainment project.
Prior to Anonymous Content, Eric was the US Director of Brand Partnerships at Vice Media’s creative agency VIRTUE Worldwide.
VIRTUE is a global agency network with 28 offices around the world with producing credits such as Beyonce’s Lemonade and Intel’s The Creators Project.
With his own studio F360, founded in 2008, Eric was an Executive Producer for various iconic music clients such as Travis Scott, Selena Gomez, Fergie, Common, Bjork, Tyga, Kendrick Lamar, Dr Dre, to name a few.
As CEO and Chairman of the World's first private jet hailing app, I am responsible for helping our team by providing them with a vision and direction that ensures that we continue to disrupt the industry that is long overdue for a major overhaul.
After 22 years of sustained leadership in various technology leadership roles, I am now working on challenging the status quo of private charter sales and operations.
I am delighted to work with and provide leadership to the best-in-class product development, data scientists, lifelong pilots, and sales teams. Their day-to-day contribution to the aviation industry's revolution shows excellent results and potential. Please follow TapJets as we continue to define the future of private jet charter.
Eva Kaili has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2014.
In January 2022, she was elected Vice-President of the European Parliament for the second half of the 9th legislature. Her responsibilities include the Parliament’s ICT Innovation Strategy, Informatics & Telecommunications, the STOA Panel, CSR, and replacing the President for Middle East, business associations, and multilateral bodies.
She is the first woman to have chaired the STOA Panel and the Centre for Artificial Intelligence. She is a Member of the Committees on Industry, Research and Energy; Economic and Monetary Affairs; Budgets; Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age; and the Pegasus Committee of Inquiry.
Eva has worked on promoting innovation as a driving force of the European Digital Single Market. She has been the draftsperson of legislation on blockchain, big data, fintech, AI, and cybersecurity, EFSI2, InvestEU, and FuelEU Maritime.
Prior to being elected as MEP, Eva was a Member of the Greek Parliament. Before that, she worked as a journalist. She has a BA in Architecture and Civil Engineering, and a Postgraduate degree in European Politics.
H. E. Gabriel Abed is the Barbados Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. He is a Barbadian-Syrian entrepreneur, and is widely recognised as a leading authorityon Central Bank Digital Currencies, math-based protocols, technology diplomacy, and blockchain technology. He was the first entrepreneur to establish a blockchain company in Latin America, in November 2010.
Gabriel is internationally-acknowledged as a pioneer in the digital currency evolution, having conceptualized and initiated the first global movement to encourage the use of Central Bank Digital Currencies globally. Gabriel currentlyserves as the Co-lead of the Regulatory Framework Body of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Cryptocurrencies where he has prepared a report to assist financial regulators to understand how best to approach digital asset regulatory frameworks.
As Barbados' first Ambassador to the UAE, Gabriel is focused on launching technology diplomacy;the future of diplomacy as he sees it, to create technologicalbridges between nations, bringing Barbados and the UAE hand-in-hand now and into the future. He believes that the UAE is a technology pioneer and digital world leader and serves as an excellent foundation of digital greatness.
Gabriel has given his time pro bono to government leaders, ministers and department heads around the world as they commenced their journeys tounderstand the impact of digital assets on their future economies. As an example, in 2018 he served as the Special Technology Advisor to the Honorable David Burt, Premier of Bermuda, where he has advised the Premier and his government on establishing best practices and policies related to blockchain and cryptocurrencies, and assisted in the creation of a vision for Bermuda's future growth and economic prosperity. Gabriel continues to work with regional and international governments, regulators and companies to facilitate education and technological inclusion of all stakeholders.
Gabriel has founded and spearheaded many successful businesses. In 2013, he founded Bitt in Barbados;its current flagship project is the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank national digital currency. In 2016, during his tenure as CEO, Bitt raised US$16 million from a US public company. Bitt is also internationally recognized for its application of ‘’mMoney’’, which has been championed by Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley and has seen widespread adoption across tens of thousands of customers and merchants. In 2018, Gabriel co-founded Digital Asset Currency Management (DACM) along with a former Executive of JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs. DACM is geared towards constructing and actively managing funds, high-growth digital assets that offer sophisticated and institutional investors what is believed to be the most optimal exposure to the rapidly growing technology. In 2019 and 2020, DACM received awards for managing the best performing digital asset funds globally.
Through his numerous activities, Gabriel continues to pursue his passion for a One Caribbean, which emphasises regional connectivity and collaboration with strong innovation-focused nations in the Caribbean, the MENA region and beyond.
Gabby Dizon is a game industry veteran with over 18 years of experience. He co-founded the play-to-earn gaming guild Yield Guild Games, an organization that provides players all over the world an opportunity to access the NFT game assets needed to earn crypto-based rewards in return for the time and skill they put into playing blockchain games. Gabby is a founding board member of the Blockchain Game Alliance and advises NFT and Web3 gaming projects. Gabby’s mission is to onboard millions of players to access opportunities in the digital world. He believes that the future of work is in the open Metaverse.
Geoffrey Bell is a Senior Advisor of SeaLegacy, the global marketing and communication agency for ocean solutions. Sea Legacy is supporting Bahamian Blue Carbon initiatives led by Bahamian owned Carbon Management Ltd, with Beneath the Waves, initially protecting 93,000+ km2 of seagrass, mangrove, and salt marshes throughout the Bahamas. In addition, a coral restoration program will be developed to grow and plant over one-million corals into the Caribbean reefs per year.
Additionally in the Caribbean, Geoff is Co-Founder of the eco-tourism company Sea to Sky Ventures, which develops and operates ecotour experiences. He also serves as Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Arria NLG (Natural Language Generation), an Artificial Intelligence technology company in data analytics and information delivery.
George Bachiashvili is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and early crypto investor who has founded and backed numerous startups in tech, fin-tech, blockchain, and hemp industries. In 2014 he established Mission Gate – a venture capital firm investing globally in angel and A/B stage projects.
George Kikvadze is the Executive Vice Chairman of the Bitfury Group - the world's leading emerging technologies company. Prior to joining Bitfury in 2013, George has worked at Emergent Capital, GCF Fund, York Capital Management, AFK Sistema and Morgan Stanley. He obtained his MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and his MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). George was a founding member of Kyiv YPO Club and is currently a member of the Europe One YPO Club. He is a Founding Director of Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), sits on the Board of Axelera AI - the Netherlands startup building game-changing, scalable hardware for AI and is a Board Observer at Liquidstack - the world's largest liquid immersion cooling company for hyperscale, edge and high performance computing. George is an active angel investor in Web 3.0 through the investment vehicle Cryptic8VC.
Long-time tech investor, mostly in software. Recent crypto oriented investments include Metagood and a few funds;ACTAI Delta Blockchain, and Haun Ventures. Over a decade ago, started Ocean Elders, a conservation group focused on the protection of the ocean, biodiversity, wildlife, and nature itself.
Grace is a lawyer turned tech entrepreneur who is redefining hospitality for a COVID normal world as founder of Liven, the worlds first “Eat-to-Earn” IRL food game, a hospitality community currency-creation platform revolutionizing the way the food ecosystem works.
As a full service restaurant tech platform Liven supports the entire hospitality operations stack. With over a million players, and over 5000 restaurants, cafes and hotel venues, Liven has $1.7B USD in TPV with $31M USD revenue, having raised over $30M USD from VCs and strategic investors like Coca Cola.
As Liven’s Chief Evangelist, Grace travels the world spreading her vision, forging relationships with industry heavy-weights like Bill Tai and Roger Ver, and headlining international conferences, sharing the dream that built Liven. Grace took home Bitfury’s 2019 XTC Blockchain and Digital Currency Prizes with her pitch at CES, Las Vegas, which scored her an invite to Necker Island to pitch directly to Sir Richard Branson himself. A respected visionary in the blockchain and crypto space, Grace was invited to speak at the 2020 Milken Global Conference and 2021 Asia summit, as well as Consensus 2020, the world’s largest blockchain conference, and has been named by the Australian Financial Review as one of five female entrepreneurs leading blockchain. She has received the B&T and SmartCompany 30Under30 awards and was a finalist in the 2019 Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards.
2008-2018 choreographer, fire dancer, event show director, choreographed finale part of winter olympics opening ceremony 2018 .
Shin founded regional burning man in korea called koreaburn.
2017-2022 investing in tech, social impact, crypto investor, trader
Jack Brockway is currently deep in the medical cannabis Industry. He is a founding partner of JACANA, a global cannabis brand operating in Jamaica, Canada and the UK. www.jacana.life
Jack is also a leading British portrait photographer. His most notable work of former President Barack Obama, three days after he left office, as he was learning to Kite Surf on Necker Island in January 2017. The infectious smile… Other notable works by Jack include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson, Kate Winslet CBE, Sir Ben Ainsley, Zach Posen, Team Land Rover BAR (Americas Cup) and his stunning wife Alexandra and gorgeous kids Isla and Indi. He’s also a prolific wildlife photographer and has extensive portfolio work spread over a staggering 67 countries – and most recently Antarctica (be sure to ask him about that).
He started out in life as a rhythm and lead guitarist in a band called Chillher, whose biggest claim to fame is turning down a record deal from Island Records, only to never get another offer and fade into a sad “where are they now?”…
Jack is also photography ambassador for the Perfect World Foundation as well as sitting on their ‘New Generation’ board that brings awareness to world problems such as climate change and animal conservation. Jack's other conservation work includes him sitting on the Impact Council for D&AD.
Other truly fun facts about Jack;he holds the posthumous joint world record time for Kite Surfing the English Channel;he completed the NY Marathon in 2003;he was a semi-professional tri-athlete, he’s one of those rare individuals who can return an Andy Roddick serve and he can free drive and hold his breath for over 4 minutes;climbed Kilimanjaro in 2010 raising over US$100k for WWF. Lastly, in what falls into the category of how can that be possible? He once walked away from a car crash while travelling at 160 miles an hour.
As CEO of Hut 8, Jaime sets the strategic direction for the company that is defining the digital asset revolution.
Since joining the organization, she has transformed Hut 8 into a high-performance operation: in addition to bringing a third mine online in North Bay, Ontario, she has pursued a uniquely diversified strategy and acquired five high performance computing data centres that will provide the innovative infrastructure to support companies in the nascent Blockchain and Web 3.0 industries.
Jaime is passionate about advancing high-growth and future-forward technology companies, most recently serving as the Chief Commercial Officer at eStruxture Data Centers. Her 20-plus years of leadership experience also includes driving revenue programs as General Manager of Canada and APAC, with data center and cloud provider Cogeco Peer 1 (now Aptum). Previously, she held leadership roles with National Bank, BlackBerry, Bell Canada, and IBM Canada.
Justin Melillo is the CEO and co-founder of Mona, the metaverse world-building platform built for creators, by creators.
Justin is a lifelong artist and creative. For the past twelve years, his professional life - alongside Mona - has been defined by creative roles for animated films and immersive augmented reality and virtual reality experiences. He developed AR lenses that have been viewed over 100 million times across Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. His clients included Drake, CharliXCX, EA, MAC Cosmetics, and more. Before Mona, Justin worked at Magic Leap, where he worked on a team pioneering the creation of a digital human AI and volumetric capture performances for spatial computing. For DreamWorks Animation, he assisted the directors and producers of The Croods 2 and Abominable. Justin has a Bachelor’s degree (with Honors) in Computer Art, Computer Animation, and Visual Effects from the School of Visual Arts.
Entrepreneur based in Puerto Rico currently focusing on development projects.
Lars Rasmussen is an angel investor and early-stage startup advisor based in Athens, Greece. Lars holds a PhD in theoretical computer science from UC Berkeley. In 2004, Lars and his brother Jens sold their mapping startup Where 2 Tech to Google. Lars became the lead engineer on the team that created Google Maps from Where 2’s technology. Lars was next a director of engineering at Facebook in Menlo Park and London. His favorite investments are Canva, Astranis, Chiaro, and Neara. In his copious spare time, he enjoys boating the Greek Islands, and coffee.
Lily Dash, ESQ & Founder of Galactic Labs Advisory and Venture Studio.
Talks about #entrepreneurship #Web3 #tokenization #sustainability #cryptoregulation #tech
Dynamic tech entrepreneur with the added versatility as a Barbados-based lawyer, Lily Dash has been focused on the development of opportunity in the Caribbean. Leading conversations on Business Development, fostering connections and legal counsel - Lily seeks to ignite the conversation and business of the Caribbean to include the transformation of systems and inclusion of new financial models and systems.
Lilys background includes extensive blockchain, real estate, emerging markets and angel investing experience. Lily is a Chairwoman of Barbados based Polymath, the world's first security token solution and Earth Technologies, a tech for climate NFT Market Place.
Lin Dai is the CEO and Co-founder of OneOf, a multi-chain Green NFT platform backed by Quincy Jones and built for the music, lifestyle and sports community to create an environmentally sustainable and artist, lifestyle & fan friendly experience. Minting an NFT on OneOf’s platform uses over 2 million times less energy than other networks, and has attracted major artists including: Doja Cat, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, TLC, Charlie Puth, Jacob Collier, G-Eazy, AURORA, Alesso and more. An entrepreneur and digital executive with two decades of experience, Lin previously co-founded TAP Network, a blockchain technology company powering white-labeled rewards for major enterprise clients such as Warner Music Group, Uber and Brave. Lin founded his first company, a social network for teens, out of his dorm room in 1999 and later took it public. He spent over 10 years leading digital initiatives at major media companies such as Alloy (Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries) and Emmis Communications (Hot97, Power106).
Linus Petren is the COO at Superfly Labs, a venture studio. At Superfly, Linus manages partnerships, product development, and operations of portfolio companies. Prior to Superfly, Linus lead product at Bittrex, a US-based cryptocurrency exchange, co-founded Tradedash, a desktop trading platform for digital assets, and lead design at Symphony, a communication platform for financial institutions. Linus's background includes designing, building, and founding projects across many sectors for almost 20 years, and has a passion for human-centered design, team & product building, surfing, skiing, among many other things.
Lisa Andrews is a sought after speaker and futurist who describes herself as an Energized Introvert inspired by a future of perfect knowledge.
Lisa is a PHD candidate researching how devices and sensors can change the way we live in the next ten years. She is international faculty for Singularity University and CEO of WAVIA, a platform empowering people for impact.
Lisa had her first successful exit from an engineering business in 2012 and started Angel Investing in deep tech companies that focus on profit with purpose.
She is currently working on projects with international organizations such as Singularity University, the United Nations, the Australian Government, Great Barrier Reef Legacy, ACTAI, Extreme Tech Challenge and EO. Focusing on solving the worlds greatest challenges with exponential technologies and creating a vision for the world in the next 100 years.
Lucas von Cranach is the founder and CEO of the world’s biggest football media platform, OneFootball. Driven by a passion for football and entrepreneurial spirit, he founded OneFootball in 2008 and has scaled the business to now reach >100m monthly active users globally.
Mark Hyman, MD is a practicing family physician and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in the field of Functional Medicine. He is the founder and director of The UltraWellness Center, Senior Advisor for the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, a fourteen-time New York Times best-selling author, and Board President for Clinical Affairs for The Institute for Functional Medicine. He is the founder and chairman of the Food Fix Campaign, dedicated to transforming our food and agriculture system through policy. He is the host of one of the leading health podcasts, The Doctor’s Farmacy with 125+ million downloads. Dr. Hyman is a regular medical contributor several television shows and networks, including CBS This Morning, Today, Good Morning America, The View, and CNN.
Mench Dizon is currently a Web 3 consultant and tech entrepreneur. Over the last couple of years, her focus included corporate innovation, lending over a decade of experience in building start-up ventures as a founder to her corporate clients. Prior to working in the tech and start-up industries, she had over 15 years of corporate experience in strategy, brand, marketing and digital.
During the pandemic, she launched Area63 Fitness, a corporate wellness program that aims to support employees on their path towards holistic wellness and well-being. It started as an advocacy to provide livelihood to fitness trainers and to get people to move. It then evolved into a solid business venture.
Mench was a full scholar at the Ateneo de Manila University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, minor in Philosophy.
Mench is a Six-Star World Marathon Majors finisher and hopes to run in all seven continents in her lifetime. During the pandemic, she has deepened her curiosity on wine and is WSET 3 Certified.
Mriganka is the Co-Founder and CEO of Merkle Science, a risk monitoring solution to detect and prevent illegal use of cryptocurrencies. He has worked across investment banking, technology and cryptocurrency across 3 continents. Prior to Merkle Science, Mriganka led business expansion for Luno, a Naspers backed crypto exchange across southeast Asia and Africa. He has also exited a medtech startup in Mumbai.
Naomi Henn is the Founder and CEO of CrowdClip, a highly successful startup that leverages Artificial Intelligence to bring video editing to the masses.To understand Naomi’s future, we must first look at her origin story. While growing up, her goal was to follow in her father’s footsteps as an Olympian. After every Athletics meet, Naomi would spend hours upon hours with her Dad analysing video footage from the event to identify the moments most important to her. At the time, there was no clear solution to identify those unique moments that really mattered from each event and package them up ready to share on social or with friends & family. After finding that she was one of many facing these same issues.From student athlete to budding entrepreneur, Naomi began her professional career making tech for sports stadiums backed by a renowned investor after leaving PwC. From there she left for San Francisco to gain more industry insights, winning short course scholarships at UCLA and Stanford at the post graduate schools to add to her BCom degree achieved from Curtin University in Perth. She quickly added value to renowned restaurant booking app, Yumtable, which was the 2nd biggest booking engine in Australia and the 5th on the App Store. Its success had much to do with the unique way that Naomi approaches product and growth strategies. More recently, Naomi divested herself of any active investments leading her to establish her own media content and distribution platform, CrowdClip. What makes CrowdClip so special and has the likes of one of the Co-Founding executives of Netflix raving about it, is its ability to create personalised shareable content with minimal effort. The AI does the hard work by not only finding content that matches the players or attendees, via facial recognition, but also by understanding which clips will look good. It’s this side of the AI that is truly intelligent, taking into consideration camera angles, lighting and even emotions through facial expressions.Naturally, with Naomi’s extensive history in the sports, tech & entertainment industry, CrowdClip has flourished. She has been featured in the West Australian, West Business "Big Deal", Startup Daily, Smart Company to name a few. She has leveraged her many accolades including;National Champion, International Junior Champion, Sponsored Athlete, WiTWA Tech [+] 2020 Winner, Young Australian of the Year Finals List 2014, NAB Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Nominee 2014, delegate for the World Economic Forum as well as her experience with Australian Sports Tech Network (ASTN) on the Board of Directors, and the Women in Tech (WITWA) Board of Directors, to propel the company to where it is now, operating with some huge players like Zoom and Formula 1®.Naomi is a passionate, forward thinker and has her finger on the pulse of many emerging technologies, most notably in the Web 3.0 space, where she’s invested in and/or advised on many successful technology, crypto and impact companies, most notably Katla Ocean Regeneration and Dapper Labs. She is an action-driven risk-taker that aspires to become an authentic role model for the people around her. She is driving CrowdClip towards becoming a household name that empowers the world to create videos with joy.
Piers is a founding partner at Delphi Ventures where he specializes in the gaming space. He also leads the crypto efforts for BITKRAFT—the most active gaming investor globally. This positioning allows both firms to collaborate closely and combine two fields of deep expertise. Time is also spent as a board member for the Blockchain Game Alliance to help steer the nascent sector's growth. Piers acquired his first bitcoin at 13 years old in exchange for virtual currency in Runescape. He reached a top 100 global position in the videogame Rainbow Six Siege, is a first-generation virtual-reality user, and has grown up immersed in crypto. With a computer science and philosophy background, he leverages his insight into the undercurrents of the web to uncover exceptional opportunities. He also runs a podcast series called Metaverse Musings where he hosts conversations with prominent figures around the intersection of crypto, video games, and other forms of interactive media.
Firestone is an activist Web3 artist in the physical, virtual reality & NFT Spaces. As Creative Director for NFT Club FOMO, she is on the Board of Advisors, SearchLightNFT and honored to be chosen MakersPlace Featured Artist2022 NFT Exhibitions: Searchlight: O(v.)erturned. Domance, Cr3ativeXNYC, 2022 Future Femme, Domelandia, FigureGlyph. WOCA Doingud: Gender Equality. FortGalleryNFT, SXSW. Art Basel Miami 2021. Firestone's works have been featured in The New York Times, Worth Magazine, LA Travel, Boston Herald, Huffington Post & more. Artistically facile, Firestone explores traditional, digital and non-art mediums, “Best to render the message.” Firestone's art installation, The Empty Womb, premiered @United Nations. Documentary film about the work by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Betsy Chasse (What the Bleep do We Know?). Awards: Iconic Leaders Bettering the World by Women's Economic Forum 2017, TripAdvisor’s #1 Art Class, Travel & Hospitality’s 2021: NM Cultural Experience of the Year. She attended Parsons, Fashion Institute of Technology AA, Art Center, and University of Washington BA.
Ryan is part of the Team at Mighty Buildings (3D printed homes) running Business Development alongside Eric Sanchez. Prior to this Ryan was turning charitable giving on its head as the Co-Founder of Zoomie - a social good network for celebrating animals through video. As CEO & Founder of Inboard Technology, Ryanwas an early pioneer in the lightweight personal mobility industry. Prior to Inboard, Ryan served as President of North America for Pure Action Sports - the parent company of Best Kiteboarding.
Scott has over a decade of experience and knowledge developing innovative products and bringing them to market. Most recently he helped build LKQD Technologies from the ground up and through successful integration into Nexstar Media Group. Prior to LKQD/Nexstar his career in digital media products grew from his roles at Oakley as Director of Digital Marketing and Global Product Manager at Red Bull Media House, where he was instrumental in the launch of Red Bull TV. Currently, Scott leverages his expertise to help various startups and established companies build innovative products that push forward thinking technology into practical applications.
Shahrooz helped build Australia’s most successful hospitality group and restaurant of the year, Guzman y Gomez. As Chief Digital Officer he built and led a 40 person Product and Engineering team to completely redesign the operating model of the business with their own in-app digital currency, API platform and the world’s first integration into UberEats and Google (commercial Drone Delivery). Prior to GYG, he led the consumer marketing division of real estate app, Domain. It was here that he led the business through a digital transformation, building its own marketing-tech ecosystem and laying the foundations for the team’s digital capabilities across performance, mobile, search, content, socials and analytics.
A B&T 30 under 30 winner, recognised by his peers as one of the industry's most talented executives. He has a responsibility for overall business growth and operations, M&A, blockchain, marketing, data and building the product & engineering capability to develop apps, APIs & digital platforms.
Shahrooz adds a wealth of tech-exec experience in scaling hyper growth companies leading product, development, data & marketing teams. From drone delivery to solar and blockchain, he has always been an industry pioneer.
Shontelle Layne will be launching Blockchain on the Beach Barbados & Krypto 4 KIDS Caribbean this fall in Bridgetown, Barbados October 7-9th, 2022 as the new CEO of SHEQONOMI Barbados, which started immediately after ACTAI Barbados. Over the next two months, Shontelle will be leading a local team of dedicated college and high school students who will comprise the 2022 Future of Barbados Blockchain Cohort where they will be helping organize Krypto 4 Kids and select students who will participate in a major Music NFT project that Shontelle already started with the National Cultural Foundation before COVID. In addition to leading a number of NFT Spaces on Twitter, Shontelle will also be launching a new Podcast in collaboration with the Algorand Foundation where she will be interviewing other artists and celebrities who may wish to share causes that they are passionate about while building engagement with Blockchain on the Beach & Krypto 4 Kids. Ms. Layne is a Grammy nominated singer- songwriter who has toured with Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Jason Derulo and Akon. She has written songs for Rihanna, Sean Paul and many more, and was featured on President Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign Album, Yes We Can. She has a deep love of children, animals, wild life conservation, smart contracts and all things related to Music NFT’s and web3.
Slava Solonitsyn is a tech entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and ESG expert with more than 17 years of experience in designing and developing new products, mentorship, investing, and community building in Europe, the US, and Asia.
He has extensive expertise in launching and scaling up startups. His main areas of focus include hardtech, IoT, construction and sustainable tech. Slava is passionate about tech startups with a long-lasting impact. He is currently pursuing his own impact goal by advancing the construction industry through automation and 3D printing, but is also helping select founders, who have their own high-impact missions as an angel investor and advisor. He is intimately familiar with American and Singaporean markets, but is currently exploring the potential of SEA, LATAM and MENA as they will be the key drivers for the future of humanity (from the standpoint of population and impact).
Slava is CEO and Co-founder of Mighty Buildings, a tech company that is revolutionizing the construction industry by creating beautiful, sustainable, high-quality homes by using advanced materials, patented 3D-printing technology, and robotic automation. Mighty Buildings is headquartered in Oakland, California.
Terrance Philips is a Managing Director at Citi Private Bank in Hong Kong, acting as the Asia Head of Private Equity Client Coverage. In his role he is responsible for developing relationships with General Partners of Private Equity Firms and their respective Funds across Asia. Philips coordinates with his partners to deliver the Citi Bank platform to the Private Equity asset class to include;Subscription Facilities, Private Banking, Investment Banking and Funds Distribution. Prior to joining the company, Terrance spent twelve years with Silicon Valley Bank including several increasingly senior positions including cash management advisor, global treasure advisor and Managing Director responsible for the firm’s Global Private Equity Service Group. Philips managed relationships with more than 130 international venture capital firms throughout Asia, Europe, Israel and South America. In addition, he is an advisor to the board of directors of both the China Venture Capital Finance Organization and the Hong Kong Private Equity Finance Association.
Terrance is also a board member of the Children’s Medical Foundation, a Hong Kong based non- governmental organization focused on saving lives of new born babies in rural China. He is a member to the Hong Kong Select USA Committee focused on generating Direct Foreign Investment to the USA. Philips holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from Pepperdine University, and a MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business. Prior to Business School, Terrance was also a mentor for BUILD, a nonprofit organization committed to motivating under-resourced high school students to succeed in school and go to higher education by helping them start and run their own businesses.
Valery Vavilov is the Chief Vision Officer, founder and Chairman of the Bitfury Group – the world’s leading emerging technologies company. Valery's entrepreneurial experience and passion for blockchain led him to found the company in 2011, when blockchain was just beginning to capture the world’s attention and imagination. A native Latvian who experienced first-hand the challenges resulting from the collapse of the Soviet Union, Valery was inspired by the technology and saw an opportunity to build technological solutions that could improve the lives of people all over the world. Valery focused first on the hardware solutions that would ensure security and trust in the Bitcoin Blockchain, leading Bitfury to develop eight generations of cutting-edge chips and state-of-the-art data center designs. Under his leadership, the company has expanded its focus to provide custom-designed software and advanced hardware in cryptocurrency, blockchain and artificial intelligence, all while maintaining its position as one of the major public Bitcoin Blockchain security and transaction providers. Prior to founding Bitfury, Valery spent more than 15 years in a variety of technical and leadership positions.
He has received his M.S. degree in Computer Science from Riga’s Transport & Telecommunication University in Latvia and has completed the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Among other leadership initiatives, he is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Fourth Industrial Revolution Council on Blockchain.
Foundation principal for primary education students and students with developmental delays.
Yasmeen Drummond, UC Berkeley, MBA, has been at Nima Capital since 2018. Prior to joining Nima, she was a crypto angel investor from 2016-2018 and started the Women in Blockchain non-profit which brought together thousands of women globally who have a passion and curiosity for blockchain. She created the Blockchain for Women Hackathon which was sponsored by Silicon Valley bank and top blockchain protocols. Since joining Nima, Yasmeen has helped grow the early stage investment portfolio from ~15 companies to ~80+. She has developed meaningful partnerships for the companies such as creating a Giving Block button on the 1 inch dex platform, assisting thousands of users to be able to participate in philanthropy via their crypto holdings. Nima Capital has launched a venture studio, Superfly Labs, which Yasmeen now co-manages, leading vision, strategy and partnerships. Yasmeen’s original background was in infectious diseases and epidemiology and still has a strong interest in biotech, longevity and Healthtech. She’s interested in finding ways where blockchain can intersect and disrupt healthcare. She’s also an advisor to a Dao for doctors globally, called HPEC.
Yoeau (“Yo”) is a tech junkie, online media & advertising veteran, and serial entrepreneur who’s always envisioning what the future holds. He’s currently co-founder and Managing Partner at RPM Global Media, a full-service digital ad agency specializing in performance-based marketing and lead generation. Simultaneously, his passion in the blockchain space since 2014 recently led him to form a decentralized investment DAO, NextCoin Capital, seeking to provide long-term growth, capital appreciation, and diversified investment security via emerging digital assets within the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology sector with a focus on DeFi, DAOs, Web3 infrastructure, and metaverse/NFT digital assets.
Additionally, Yoeau co-founded MediaFire, a file sharing and distribution platform, currently serving over 200M monthly active users (MAU) across its web, mobile, tablet, and desktop applications - making it one of the 200 trafficked websites globally. Concurrently, he co-founded IntoMobile, which in its heyday was one the most trafficked news blogs on the web covering mobile phones and mobile phone technology with a team of 8+ editors - covering the exciting transition from Symbian/Nokia, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile era devices to iOS and Android. Additional entrepreneurial endeavors include building an e-commerce company selling consumer electronics in the days before Shopify and other online store builders existed.
Yoeau graduated from the University of Southern California (BS Industrial & Systems Engineering, minor Civil Engineering).