Andrei Martchouk is CEO and Co-Founder of Yacuna, the international trading platform for digital currencies. Prior to founding Yacuna, as expert for security and crypotgraphy he was Chief System Architect at ClickandBuy, one of the first German FinTech companies. Andrei managed the in-house development team and several distributed teams for developing and maintaining mission critical financial systems.
During the past 14 years in the payment industry, he focused on online payment processing for e-commerce, e-money wallets and payment card solutions. His further experience includes positions as Head of Software Development for the business payment unit at Deutsche Telekom as well as consultant positions at Wireless Facility Systems and Securitisation Consulting.
The former graduate of Cologne University of Applied Sciences and Minsk State Linguistic University became a Bitcoin enthusiast in 2010.
In 2012 Jochen Siegert has joined Bigpoint, a leading publisher of Onlinegames. As Managing Director he leads the global monetization entity of Bigpoint in Luxembourg and in his role as Director of Payment Systems he is overseeing the in-house payment service provider that is connected to 200+ payment methods serving 330+ million customers in 150 countries. Jochen looks back on an experience of 14 years in the payment sector. Before joining Bigpoint, he worked for almost 5 years at PayPal Europe in various positions. His last role was Director of EMEA Strategy and Corporate Development. Prior to PayPal, Jochen was active for two years as Vice President of Product and Partner Management for the largest issuer of MasterCard credit cards in Germany and held various positions in the eCommerce and business development sectors over the course of six years for MasterCard Europe and EUROCARD Germany.
Brian Fabian Crain is a Berlin-based economist and entrepreneur. He’s the founder and co-host of the Epicenter Bitcoin Podcast, Europe’s leading Bitcoin podcast, which features in-depth discussions of news and developments in the Bitcoin world as well as interviews with innovative people in the Bitcoin community. Brian is also the founder and organizer of the Bitcoin Startups Berlin group – the largest and most active Bitcoin meet-up group in Germany. Brian has degrees in economics from the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics and in cognitive science from University College London.
Radoslav Albrecht CEO and founder of global peer-to-peer Bitcoin lending platform Bitbond.net. A site that connects borrowers with lenders globally. Previously Radoslav advised companies from financial services and other industries in restructuring and refinancing situations. His geographical scope included Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to that he worked in structured equity for an investment bank in London. He published Bitcoin related articles with Bitcoin Magazine and CoinDesk and has a background in economics.
Dr. Pavel Kravchenko, cryptographer, former software engineer. Develops new mechanisms in crypto currency industry. Currently is working as a security consultant in a Silicon Valley coin startup. He has recently created Bitcoin meetup in Kharkov, Ukraine and is working on a university course about crypto currencies. PhD thesis on public key infrastructures. Loves to solve complex problems and explain cryptography in a simple way.
Jonathan Levin is a postgraduate economist at the University of Oxford whose research focuses on Virtual Currencies. He is the convenor of the Oxford Virtual Currencies Working Group, an interdisciplinary working group focussed on the economic and social implications of Virtual Currencies. Recently, he cofounded Coinometrics, a website dedicated to producing new methods of measuring activity on the Bitcoin network.
Levin Keller is a Berlin based Board Member of the Bundesverband Bitcoin e.V. and has been involved with community work for Bitcoin since early 2013. His main topic in the lobby group is the fight against a looming VAT application on Bitcoin trades in Europe.
As a mathematician he stumbled upon Bitcoin in 2011 and is since convinced of its huge potential for the society as a whole. He recently founded the startup “coyno.com” to make Bitcoin usable in the professional space. His ongoing work for Bitcoin related projects and initiatives has made him an expert on regulatory and tax issues in Germany and Europe. He blogs about Bitcoin and its impact on society on “bitcoinage.de”.
A main focus of her work is on banking regulation – in particular payment processing and other payment regulation for payment service providers and other companies. She supports start-up companies as well as international groups regarding proceedings at the German supervisory authority (BaFin).
In the field of capital markets she specialised in structuring of alternative investment funds (AIF) and other investment products – in particular closed-end investment funds and participation rights. She advises various issuing houses, fund initiators and Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFM) on funds structuring, regulatory matters (AIFM-D regulation) and prospectus requirements.
Further, Tanja advises numerous (existing and emerging) Crowdfunding platforms and companies / project initiators seeking funding by means of Crowdfunding. Her main focuses here are regulatory matters and the structuring of a funding by means of Crowdfunding. Recently she has – together with the European Crowdfunding Network – initiated an international study regarding the regulation of Crowdfunding in 29 countries across Europe and abroad.
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