Blockchain Pioneer. Matej’s interest in online privacy was fueled first while studying Computer Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne where he completed a project implementing privacy protection for mobile devices at Nokia Research Center. Since 2011 he became extensively involved with Bitcoin. Mining at his own laptop in the beginning, later switching to GPUs and ASICs. He served as the CEO of many Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency conferences in Austria, China, Belgium, UK (BitcoinExpo, Central European Bitcoin Expo, BTC2B Congress) and more. Matej founded the first Bitcoin Marketing agency in the world. He also founded the first Cryptocurrency e-Gaming Consulting Firm and served as a consultant in the Isle of Man. Matej is a regular speaker at major conferences about the immense potential and vertical integration of Blockchain Technologies into various industries. He now serves as CEO of DECENT and Chairman of the Board of Blockchain R&D Hub, and is on the mission to lead the redefinition of the internet enabled by DECENT Blockchain Network.
Matej was always interested in new technologies and future progress. During his studies at the Technical University in Bratislava he took an internship in BMW Munich as a technical concept creator. Although his background is in applied mechanics, he became involved in Blockchain Technologies in 2013. Fascinated by the decentralized protocols, he was interested in the cryptocurrency mining at first. Since then he has supported the community by helping to organize events such as Central European Bitcoin Expo Vienna and BTC2B Congress, advising on mining technologies and discussing future possibilities for blockchain.
Founder, Non-Executive Director
Wayman Kwan is a venture capital investor partner of Elements Capital LLC, USA. He was responsible for the business development, financing and promotional activities in several international companies. He founded a private information services team providing finance and investment advice to the companies around Asia and became a partner in Malaysian and Chinese Joint Venture. He is a well-recognized investment advisor and also participates in many other non-profit and charitable organizations such as Rotary International, Negeri Sembilan Royal Anti-drug Association and Malacca Shooting Association.
Tibor has 27 years experience in the IT industry. He went through all the major technology milestones. Tibor worked in Microsoft in the 90s, founded and managed its subsidiary in Slovakia. In 2000, he moved to telco business and founded the very first alternative telco operator in Slovakia – eTel. He then headed the development of a complex information system for General Health Insurance company, mostly active in systems integration. Since 2008 Tibor has been active in the field of digital marketing – he founded the most successful digital agency in Slovakia – Zaraguza Digital. He also has experience in media business and was the former Director of Strategic Development and Technology in Slovak Radio and Television (RTVS). He is also active in the field of energy storage and software development.
General Manager China
Xiaomin is an experienced lawyer, engineer and Blockchain expert, with 3+ years of experience in the industry. She was part of the organization team of BitcoinExpo Shanghai 2014, BTC2B Congress Brussels and BitcoinExpo London 2015. Xiaomin worked as assistant to judge at Guangzhou People’s Court, later she joined DyStar and China Zhonglun, specialized on Corporation Law and IP legal affairs. She is passionate about the potential of Blockchain Technologies and currently serves as General Manager of DECENT in China.
After being engaged in brand promotion and related work for more than ten years, Yuanchun has unique insights and professional knowledge on brand management, public relations and marketing promotion accumulated from her practical experience. She has worked and participated in the entrepreneurial team of Tsinghua Tongfang, Youku, iQIYI and other well-known IT and Internet Video companies. Yuanchun enjoys travelling and reading in her spare time.
After studying Business Administration in Seattle and Computer Science in Brno, Josef spent 14 years helping revolutionize the telecommunications industry (Ericsson, Siemens, LogicaCMG/Acision and more) by creating the Next Generation Network. During that time he was mainly engaged in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. Currently he is focusing on creating Blockchain Technology that allows people to share content with no need of a middleman.
Dr. Christian de Vartavan
Head of Academic and Institutional Relations
Christian de Vartavan, currently the Head of Academic Relations in DECENT, has a very rare parallel career in academia and the private sector. As a scientist, his work has been decisive or influential in many fields including standardization and the classification of sciences – the widely known Vartavan Library Classification (see Wikipedia) being an offshoot from it. He has been the author of many peer reviewed articles, several academic books – two of them landmarks or world reference - and the editor of several international academic journals. In 2014 the University of Oxford created a special archive to keep his scientific work, now part of the UK's national archive. As a PR and Communication specialist, his career started in 1992 in the French Ministry of Culture, continued in the industry and was also validated by the French Navy which he has represented in an international venue (2004). He has also acted as the Director of Communication and Vice President of a specialized concrete admixture company for several years. He is currently connected to several universities and two academies (Paris’ Académie des Sciences d’Outremer & Versailles) where, to his surprise, he arrived No. 2 in the elections of summer 2016 for a seat in the former. He is requested to postulate again in the forthcoming years.
Head of Marketing
Peter attended Comenius University in Bratislava where he studied management. After 10 years as CEO of online marketing agency Tarantula, he became a performance online marketer. During that time, he worked on a mobile affiliate network and automation of Google AdWords utilizing Machine Learning. He’s been a part of the Slovak startup scene since its inception and became a 2-time winner of Startup Weekend in Bratislava. He helped to organize the first Slovak co-working space for startups, called The Spot. Peter also co-founded an NGO Slovak startup which seeks to promote Slovak startups abroad. Thanks to his everlasting enthusiasm for world-changing technologies, he joined the DECENT Team.
Head of PR
Linda obtained her Masters degree in the field of Business and Marketing at the University of Economics in Bratislava while she was working at one of the leading banks in Slovakia, Tatra Banka. After more than five years of shaping the Marketing department at Nokia, Linda decided to travel and work on her personal development in India where she spent a couple of months and learned to facilitate active meditations. Back in the real world she took an opportunity to work for a local advertising company, Medias Media, as the Managing and Marketing Director until she got inspired by Blockchain Technology and DECENT.
Head of Product Development
Martin is a big ice hockey lover and business professional with a history of delivering projects and goals. After more than seven years in Digital and SW development in various companies e.g. Avast, AVG and General Motors, he became captivated by DECENT. Martin has one dog and his credo is: “Never give up, it is such a wonderful life”.
After finishing her studies of English and Mass-media Communication, Sandra started to work in online marketing. Thanks to her passion for creativity she became a Social Media Specialist in an international fashion e-commerce company. Sandra was always impressed with new ways people can express themselves. Based on her own interest in creative writing and the world of art she joined DECENT to support the innovative project that has the potential to change the way people share their works across the world.
Tomas is an experienced business professional with a strong track record of projects in various industries. Having spent the last four years in Management Consulting at KPMG, Tomas has decided to join DECENT. He is responsible for business intelligence, development and partnership initiatives and focuses on exploring prospective applications of Blockchain technology across a variety of industries. He graduated with a degree in Economic Diplomacy and is an ACCA candidate. He is keen on running, skiing and wakeboarding.
Di (Daisy) Zhang
Community Manager China
Daisy graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Marketing. As a Bilingual student of Sauder School of Business, she participated in various school activities in both English and French. From a young age, she has felt passionate about technology innovation. During her university life, she had an internship with Hewlett Packard as a UX designer. After graduation, she worked as a Business Analyst in the food industry. She has been an active volunteer for more than 7 years. Daisy enjoys snowboarding and hiking. Her lifelong goal is to live an active lifestyle.
Xiaolong (Ben) Pan
Event Manager China
Xiaolong worked for the Evergrand Group as the E-Marketing Supervisor from 2014-2016, specializing in new media operations and event planning. He was the operator for the official accounts of the largest resort in the company and worked from the ground-up to successfully launch a series of campaigns and arouse wide attentions in the new media. Beating yesterday, Xiaolong joined the DECENTralized Content Distribution Revolution in 2017 after his highland road cycling challenge to Tibet. His credo is: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”.
Daniel received his bachelor's degree in Sociology from Sonoma State University in California, USA. After University he began working at a law firm in San Diego. During this time he was recruited for a manager position at a prestigious drug and alcohol rehabilitation center where, for more than 4 years, he focused on personnel management and client relations. Daniel has traveled extensively and visited more than 30 countries over the past 10 years. While traveling he started freelance content management for a few clients and pursued online marketing strategies including PPC advertisement. Daniel’s deep interest in online marketing led him to discover Blockchain and become a member of the DECENT team.
Throughout 2014 Jana helped to organize successful cryptocurrency conferences in Vienna, Shanghai and Brussels. Those events allowed her to learn about many Blockchain projects and meet interesting people in the industry, and finally led her to join the team behind DECENT. After gaining her MSc in Work Psychology, Jana took some time off to sail across the Atlantic Ocean. Although her work experience was in human resources, she was quickly taken by Blockchain Technology.
Senior HR Specialist
Betka is a HR professional with many years experience in the fields of IT, business analysis and sales. She obtained her Masters degree in Business and Marketing from the University of Economics in Bratislava, however she found herself in Human Resources. Working for international corporations has tought her many HR “secrets” to use at DECENT. Running, dancing, regular yoga lessons and fitnes workouts keep her relaxed when she’s not making sure the very best people find a very happy home here at DECENT.
For Gabriel’s resume, adding the title Copywriter makes 30 unique job titles. From Special Events Liaison for a craft brewer to Director of a Wakeboarding and Waterskiing summer program, Gabriel was able to flex his formidable communication skills. With jobs such as Fine Jewelry Designer or Cutler at a world renowned Sword Smithy, Gabriel honed his mechanical and artistic skills. Gabriel is no stranger to startups. He co-founded a small two man game-tech company back in 2011 and more recently he has been exploring the viability of a multiplayer-focused game studio based in Bratislava. Prior to joining DECENT Gabriel spent 3 years developing games for Pixel Federation SRO, so he is no stranger to technology. Having lived in Bratislava for almost 7 years it’s safe to say he is enjoying his time there, be it training with a local HEMA group, making games after hours or enjoying quality time with family.
Alexandra is an experienced IT manager with more than 10 years of managerial experience from the IT industry. She held Executive Assistant and Office Manager positions in various IT companies. She is responsible for all office procedures, and uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations in a busy work environment. Alexandra holds a BSc in Social Pedagogics and MSc in Social Work.
Natalia graduated with a Masters Degree from the University of Natural Science in Bratislava. During her studies, she worked actively as an assistant to the CEO for cultural reggae festivals. She was always interested in new technologies and innovations. After graduation, she joined the international company IBM but after two and a half years she decided to change her career path and started working for DECENT. She is the executive assistant to the CEO Matej Michalko and is assisting in the growth of the company. Natalia enjoys cooking and her bryndzove halusky are considered "the best" among her friends.
Peter studied Electrical Faculty at the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava. He has spent twenty years in IT mainly in C/C++ software development focused on network applications, firewalls and security on Windows/Linux platforms (i.e. Kerio Technologies, Innovatrics, Eset). Currently he is focusing on Windows version of DECENT blockchain platform.
Richard studied Applied Mathematics at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. During his studies, he was mostly interested in graph theory. Richard joined DECENT shortly after his graduation. He has always been interested in new technologies, which includes innovative ways of thinking and new approaches to problem solving. As a developer, he is applying his experience to make a Blockchain enabled world a major success.
Dr. Tigran Ghahramanyan
Dr. Tigran Ghahramanyan comes from a background in Cosmology and Theoretical Physics, with a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D) from Yerevan Physics Institute. In parallel, he specializes in Software Engineering and has extensive experience with software development in electronics production test data analysis. He built a platform providing flexible access to huge production test data of customers such as Nvidia, Qualcomm, SanDisk, STMicroelectronics. Tigran has a strong cross-platform C++ experience and broad knowledge of technologies and programming languages in general. His wealth of knowledge and passion for technology led him to join the DECENT Team.
Vazgen brings a strong knowledge of PHP, Java, C++ and other technologies as well as vast experience in building numerous web and client-server applications for clients like Johnson&Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly, TNO, Quality of Life, and Bayer Healthcare. He also has considerable experience in digital processing of random signals. Vazgen’s knowledge and experience with leading diverse teams in various locations and time-zones is helping streamline our international team working on DECENT’s core platform. He has a Masters degree in Radiophysics.
He worked in NY hedge fund as a developer responsible for communication with exchange servers.
He has considerable experience of working with low latency and high throughput systems. He holds a graduate degree in Microelectronics.
Mo Alakiu Ajibola
Mo Alakiu Ajibola graduated from Birkbeck college, University of London, where she obtained a BSc in Financial Economics, a MSc in International Business, and a national prize for the best performance in Corporate Intelligence and Strategic Marketing on her M.Sc. for the year 1999/2000, the prize was awarded by Worshipful Company of Marketors. After graduation, Mo launched her career as a software test analyst and after several years, became a programme test manager. She has managed several test projects and has worked as a consultant across different industries. In between contracting, Mo founded an IT training school in the city of London called E-smartest, were she trained others in the evenings and over the weekends in software testing and Prince2 methodology. She is also a foodist, she ran a catering service called Healthy Wok in Lagos, Nigeria, promoting healthy eating and she was able to get celebrities to lend their voices to the cause. Aside from being a foodist, Mo is a property consultant, she trades in crypto currencies and she is extremely passionate about blockchain and the opportunities it offers.
Social entrepreneur and senior software engineer with many years of experience working in international organisations and start-up businesses in Europe. Research and development interest in closed/decentralised/federated social networks, collective decision making systems, transparent and accountable financing and community exchange frameworks. Specialised in social mobile app development. Introducing the DECENT platform to different expert collectives and solutionaries building new platforms for global social innovation and sustainable social changes.
United States & Caribbean
Passionate Electrical Engineer with in depth knowledge of the cryptocurrency world, who is very passionate about Blockchain technology and its decentralized approach.
ICT/hi-tech startups, consulting, publishing and media communication. Worked at Andersen Russia and CIS. Initiator and the first CEO of the Armenian Development Agency. Founder and investor in several companies operating across CIS and North America. Harvard graduate.
Media communication, digital production and software development, with strict focus and specialization on internet solutions. Founder and member of the board of several companies operating across EU and CIS. MSF, CEO of ArattaUna since 2001 and CEO of Aegis Media Armenia for the past 6 years.
Media, publishing, advertising. Founder, investor, member of the Board of several companies operating across Europe, North America and CIS. Member of YPO.
Since 2011 Zhang Weiwu’s endeavor includes automatic trading, arbitrage and policy study. He is an entrepreneur and a Bitcoin columnist, often regarded as the most insightful voice about China. He believes Bitcoin is the most important internet innovation of the decade. Before entering Bitcoin industry he worked as a professional product manager, CEO and IT consultant. Currently he lives in Australia.
Marketing, connecting people, helping startups + SME (w/ marketing, business dev) & learning as never-ending story. Blockchain & FREEDOM enthusiast.
Prior to co-founding of 0100 Ventures, Marek was active in a VC firm – Nova Founders Capital in Southeast Asia where he was responsible for venture development. While at Nova Founders he also organized the largest private equity conference in Switzerland. During his academic years he finished 2nd in the world in global startup competition. Marek studied at various universities in four different countries such as the University of Manchester, Copenhagen Business School, Oxford Brookes University, or Université Paris Dauphine.
Dr. Marian Podmajersky
Marian's first IT endeavours began in second grade when he started programming in Pascal, Basic and Borland C. As a teenager, he built and repaired custom PC setups and reinstalled Windows. Next, he worked as a freelancer in PHP, e.g. captcha library, small CRM systems. Afterwards, he worked as a tester for telecommunication SW used for securing business road-warriors for Swiss Telecom, in Whitestein company. During his Masters and PhD program, he conducted research in 4 Universities: mainly in Slovak University of Technology, ENSIC INPL in Nancy (MSc), EPFL in Lausanne (PhD) and McMaster in Hamilton (PhD). He focused on scientific research for the development of solver for model-based dynamic optimisation that is able to optimise chemical processes, in real-time. The solver comprises a self-learning parameter estimation/correction of a nominal model, on the outer loop, and real-time control correction, on the inner loop. While the former could be a non-deterministic method, e.g.: neural-network, fuzzy-logic, PID controller, the later could be a deterministic method, e.g.: neighbouring extrema. Later, Marian developed communication drivers, animated visualisations, connectors between SQL and smart meters. As SW designer/developer, he ran into Blockchain technology by working on several projects that required security, distribution and redundancy of data. Since then, he worked on concept proofing, mining on multi-GPU setups and on further exploration of blockchain technology.
Andrew got his start in the Bitcoin industry by convincing local businesses in Vancouver to adopt it for payment. He was a co-founder of the Bitcoin Co-op, for whom he signed up numerous business to accept Bitcoin including the world’s first Indian restaurant, the cafe where the world’s first Bitcoin ATM was launched, and many more. Even his Bitcoin tattoo is paid for with BTC! He later went on to found CoinFest, the world’s first decentralized and open source convention about cryptocurrency. Following its success, he became a notable writer in the crypto community, and is an educator at Meet Ups, conferences, and even government workshops! He now travels the world spreading the word of Satoshi.
Spreading the word about decentralised web platform DECENT, building a stable community and assisting at conferences, meetups and beyond.
Johannes S. Benjamin Gnad
Germany, Switzerland, Austria
Benjamin studied Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen and has worked in early-stage venture capital investment since. He is passionate about broadening his horizon not only in the cryptocurrency world, but also regarding other blockchain use cases and their corresponding social impact. Benjamin is currently involved in blockchain technologies from an investment perspective for the early-stage investor btov Partners and also to spread the word about DECENT in the German blockchain community, particularly Berlin.