We Are Building Banking on the Blockchain

The Celsius Network will be the next generation of lending and borrowing for the cryptocurrency community. We are proud to be comprised of a team of experienced entrepreneurs who know how to take a concept from ideation to full execution on a global scale.

Executive Team

Alex Mashinsky

CEO

Alex is one of the inventors of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) with a foundational patent dating back to 1994 and is now working on MOIP (Money Over Internet Protocol) technology. Over 35 patents have been issued to Alex, relating to exchanges, VOIP protocols, messaging and communication. As a serial entrepreneur and founder of seven New York City-based startups, Alex has raised more than $1 billion and exited over $3 billion. Alex founded two of New York City’s top 10 venture-backed exits since 2000: one of his first companies, Arbinet, IPO’d in 2004 with a market capitalization of over $750 million; and another venture, Transit Wireless, was valued at $1.2 billion at the time of exit.

Alex has received numerous awards for innovation, including being nominated twice by E&Y as entrepreneur of the year in 2002 & 2011; Crain’s 2010 Top Entrepreneur; the prestigious 2000 Albert Einstein Technology medal; and the Technology Foresight Award for Innovation (presented in Geneva at Telecom 99).

As one of the pioneers of web-based exchanges, Alex authored patents that cover aspects of the Smart Grid, ad exchanges, Twitter, Skype, App Store, Netflix streaming concept and many other popular web companies. Additionally, Arbinet’s fundraising story was featured as a case study in 2001 by Harvard Business School.

Advisors

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Dr. W. Scott Stornetta
Blockchain Pioneer

Scott is considered by many to be the co-inventor of the Blockchain. Dating back to 1991, his pioneering series of papers, written with co-author Stuart Haber at Bellcore, received the 1992 Discover Award for Computer Software, were featured in the New York Times in 1995, and referenced three times by Satoshi Nakamoto in his famous Bitcoin whitepaper (see page 9). The Celsius mission to bring the next 100m people into Crypto and the solid team of serial founders convinced Scott to join them. Scott notes, “I have been approached to serve on many, many advisory boards, and always have had to say no due to time constraints. The success of Celsius will signal the mainstream acceptance of the entire blockchain community.”

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Miko Matsumura
Co-founder at Evercoin

Miko Matsumura founded crypto exchange Evercoin, and is a Limited Partner with the Pantera Capital ICO Fund (a $100M ICO-only fund). He is personally invested in FileCoin, Brave, CIVIC, Propy and Lyft. As a 25 year operating exec in Silicon Valley, he has raised over $50 million in capital for Open Source startups.

Chris Dannen

Chris Dannen
Founder of Iterative Capital

Chris has extensive experience in blockchain technology including an advisor position at Blockmatics, a consultant with Bloomberg and a founder. He also has a number of technology publications and has written at length about Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He specializes in business strategy and development.

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Rashid Al Malik

Mr. Rashid Al Malik serves as the Chairman and CEO of Haya Holdings since April 2010. He was the founder and Deputy CEO/ Chief Corporate Development Office of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise.He serves as an advisor to Colony Capital Chairman.He is an active investor in new technologies. He holds a Bachelor degree from Bucks, New University and a postgraduate master’s degree (MBA) from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, U.S.A.

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Sonic Zhang

Sonic Zhang is the Co-founder and Global Director of 20 Nations League of Blockchain (B20), an international NGO focused on bridging blockchain and crypto-currency communities worldwide. Founder of ValueNet Capital, Murint Capital, ValueBank Group, and SoRelax, a global platform for cross-border marketing and services. Sonic has an MPM and a BE in Mechatronics from the University of Sydney.

Ivan Bjelajac

Ivan Bjelajac
Operating Director at GoDaddy | Partner MVP Workshop

Passionate about developing products, systems, and working with people dedicated to building flat organizations, Ivan is driven by a search for game-changing brands that improve consumers’ lives. Ivan’s engineering background is in DevOps, System Engineering and Customer Support Analytics. In 2011 Ivan was declared one of the most successful young entrepreneurs under 30 years.

S. Daniel Leon

Founding President & COO

Daniel Leon is a business and social entrepreneur with a proven track record of growing early-stage companies and building organizations from the ground up. Daniel has co-founded and led multiple companies and not-for-profit organizations. Before Governing Dynamics, where he is a managing partner, he was CEO of Atlis Labs, a venture-backed local discovery platform powered by real-time customer referrals. Prior to that, Daniel served as CEO of Beyon3D and chairman of HereO. He was also general manager, of GroundLink, which raised more than $30 million in funding during his tenure. He started his career as vice president with the Gallup Organization. Daniel holds a degree in Economics from Brown University. He splits his time between New York and Tel Aviv.

Keith Baumwald

CMO

Keith has spent his career as a full-stack marketer working for startups, agencies and large corporates. Before joining Celsius, he spent the past three years consulting for startups in London, Berlin and New York, primarily focused on the financial, travel and SAAS sectors. In his last role with Travelex, Keith was named Global Head of R&D where he created and developed a new division within Travelex looking at emerging technologies like the blockchain and cryptocurrency Keith discovered cryptocurrency  in 2011 and began attending meetups in New York City and Japan. This lead to him contributing to Ethereum’s crowdsale in the summer of 2014, making him our team’s oldest HODLer of Ethereum. Keith also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uzbekistan for two years shortly after finishing university.

Ronit Dvir Bacalu
CFO

Ronit has has over 18 years of experience in growth companies across technology, communication real estate and financial services. Prior to joining Celsius Mrs. Bacalu served as Chief Financial Officer of Kalyx, a fully integrated real estate development company, leading multi state provider of commercial and industrial space to the highly regulated cannabis industry. Prior to that, from 2012-2015 Ms. Bacalu served as Chief Financial Officer of Sapir Organization, a leading real estate holding and development company Prior to Sapir, from 2009-2012, Ms. Bacalu was a Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of DoubleVerify and Peer39, both advancing tech companies at different stages of development. During this time, she was also an active member of the IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) CFO council.

Nuke Goldstein

EVP of Engineering & Development

Nuke is a seasoned software developer, architect, innovator, and entrepreneur in cutting-edge technologies. His career ranges from image processing and AI to IoT and blockchain. Prior to his work on the Celsius crypto assets lending and borrowing platform he designed P2P credit protocols using distributed storage and smart-contracts. Nuke was the CEO and founder of Sevenpop, a leading interactive music technology provider to hundreds of hotels and shopping centers across Israel. Nuke holds a B.Sc. in computer science from the Technion in Haifa (Israel’s most elite Institute of Technology). He also has black belts in Kempo Karate and Combat Ju-Jitsu. In addition, he has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation.

Liz Rabban
VP Sales

Liz advises growth stage technology companies on a spectrum of strategic business development initiatives. For over two decades, she has consulted with founders, partners, and investors to create scalable sales and marketing structures. Prior to entering the blockchain and crypto arena, she worked with a variety of technology and BPO companies in accessibility/assistive technology, VoIP, publishing, biotech, and healthcare. She is a current Activator at SheEO, a global initiative designed to radically transform the way investors finance and support female entrepreneurs; she has served on the boards of several startup ventures. Liz has a BA in English from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Tech Team

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Mališa Pušonja
Blockchain Architect Lead

Mališa has been a Front-end and Back-end Full Stack PHP Angular developer working on new features. He used the virtual environment, e.g. Puppet/ Vagrant, and continued his professional career as a Full Stack Lead Developer at Vibe Network, working on AngularJS/JQuery, Ansible, CSS/HTMLparallax sites), MySQL/MongoDB, PHP/NodeJS, RabbitMQ, and Varnish. Mališa then turned his attention towards the blockchain, where he built Lemon e-mail, the world’s first encrypted and decentralized e-mail service, using Ethereum & IPFS decentralized platforms. Mališa’s passion for Philosophy, Data Science and Engineering have helped him become a leading, international Blockchain Expert.

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Stevan Koprivica
Lead Backend Engineer

Stevan is in web development for more than 20 years, from the time of altavista.com, angelfire.com till nowadays. He witnessed <blink> and <marquee>, first browser war, cgi-bin/, PHP/FI, mSQL, dot-com boom/bubble, Javascript, Ajax, Web 2.0, frameworks, LAMP, MEAN, sql, noSQL, websockets, cloud computing, etc. A web programmer with a proven track record of architectural design, development and maintenance of web sites and services of various complexity and scale for a variety of companies and industries.  He is a full-stack developer in love with plain CSS code, who thinks VBA is the only perfect programming language and environment. His favorite technologies are php and solr.

Branislav Djuric - Lead Frontend Engineer

Branislav Djuric
Lead Frontend Engineer

Ever since he was a child, Branislav enjoyed tinkering with computers, making Computer Science an obvious career choice. He studied it at Belgrade. Honed his professional skills while working with various teams in Belgrade, Zurich, Amsterdam, Berlin and other European cities. He believes that technology and nature intertwine, creating beautiful patterns and we need only observe them to learn from them. Branislav loves fintech applications making the blockchain realm a natural fit for him. He is a fervent supporter of open source technology and focuses on in-browser applications, data visualization as well as human-computer interaction. He has successfully failed at starting 3 startups. 

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Antun Debak
Product Design

A designer with over 12 years of experience. Antun’s focus is currently on digital product design, but he has experience in various fields ranging from graphic design and coding to product management and entrepreneurship. He has been on both sides, from freelancing and aiding small startups and design agencies worldwide, to working on a full product lifecycle projects with big players such as Microsoft, RealNetworks, Vodafone, Verizon and more. Antun loves giving back to the community by organizing conferences, design workshops, meetups and more. As a CPO at MVP Workshop, he’s currently building crypto community on the Balkans and leading all of our UX and product design efforts here at Celsius.

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Filip Jovakaric
Developer

Proficient in all things javascript related with frequent excursions into other languages like ruby and python, he embraces new and innovating technologies in this ever-changing environment. He considers blockchain technology to be a game changer for the whole world and enjoys being part of a team that will build this future.

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Nemanja Krstonic
Blockchain R&D

Nemanja is a blockchain research & development analyst at MVP Workshop. His research is focused on structuring and analyzing types of token distribution criteria, consensus protocol, and ICO trends. He is passionate about data science, business & product development. 

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Milos Jovac
Developer

Milos is a developer with more than 12 years of experience in a few different technologies. He started with a web development working on e-commerce solution (PHP, MySQL). Switched to Android working on cloud application based on OwnCloud, VoIP and Video streaming. Last few years he is working on backend and embedded software for IoT platform (SIOT), and experiments with blockchain.

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Djordje Stevanovic
Developer

Djordje developed a card publishing system using Java EE, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Typescript, Angular 2, Redux, RxJS, React. Has has also worked on a front-end for a music distribution service (HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Angular) as well as maintained and upgraded an existing ERP system (Java EE, Hibernate, Spring, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript).

Core Team

Aliza Landes
Head of Sales and BD, EMEA

Aliza Landes has spent the majority of her professional career as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, where she has served at the nexus of defense policy, communications strategy and international relations. She founded the IDF’s digital media department in 2009 and, as its commander, revolutionized the IDF’s public relations efforts. Initially a side project, she grew the desk to 10 soldiers and the IDFs social media platforms to millions of views and followers. After her army service, she completed a dual Masters degree from Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPP) and MIT Sloan Business School (MBA). Prior to joining Celsius Aliza served as CMO of Asia Times Online.

Leah Jonas
Director of Business Development

Leah is a graduate of the University of Arizona where she received a degree in Sociology and Business. Prior to joining Celsius, Leah held positions in marketing, customer service, and technology sales- in both corporate and start-up environments. It was her experiences working in start-ups (as well as reading the book Digital Gold) that helped her realize that the emerging crypto-currency market was actually a start-up industry, with tremendous opportunity. In an effort to help others understand this fast developing field, she founded the Crypto-Content Club, focusing on blockchain technology and industry developments.

Kristen Ryan
Event Coordinator

Kristen joins Celsius with a background in tech sales, nonprofit event work and small business management. As she began learning more about blockchain in early 2017, she became passionate about the technology’s humanitarian possibilities. From P2P lending to land title rights, she is eager to see the improvements blockchain technology will bring to the world! Kristen has a B.A. in Sociology from Boston College.

Ingamar Ramirez
Head of Marketing

Ingamar graduated from SUNY Geneseo, majoring in English literature. He served for 3 years as a Chapter 11 bankruptcy consultant at Prime Clerk, the market-leading claims agency. Ingamar coordinated noticing and distribution payments for cases such as American Eagle, RadioShack, Sbarro, Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc., etc. Simultaneously, he consulted with local media firms, with services including SEM services, LinkedIn lead generation, content writing and optimization, web design and development, which he eventually left Prime Clerk mid-2017 to pursue full-focus. This gave him plenty of time to attend cryptocurrency meetups in NYC and discuss white papers with developers and investors. Ingamar starred in a short film titled “Rope” which is undergoing post-production.

Ashley Harrell
Director of Operations

Ashley comes to Celsius with a wide breadth of experience, from managing operations of a real estate investment trust to hosting interactive tour bus rides. After obtaining a B.M. in opera from UC Santa Barbara, Ashley moved to NYC with big dreams of Broadway stardom. After success in musical theater, comedy, and performing on high-end cruise ships, she found her way to business operations. Ashley worked as Director of Development for a downtown non-profit, made her way into the city’s growing beer industry, worked as Operations Manager of a REIT offering space to cannabis operators, and now has found her new home in cryptocurrency. When she’s not busy planning what other cutting-edge industries she can bust into, she’s brewing beer or singing Schubert loudly.

Kaitie Zhee
Head of Outreach

Kaitie is the founder and CMO of Space Made Media, a full-service marketing and PR agency with the sole focus on supporting revolutionary Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency companies. Kaitie has been involved in cryptocurrency since 2015 and made it her full-time focus in 2017. Today she is an active advisor to select ICO projects and Crypto Coin Trader, one of the largest and most engaged crypto-communities in social media, of where she is applying her over 12 years experience and best practices in community and digital marketing for many Fortune 500 clients including Sprint, IBM, ESPN, Colgate-Palmolive, Nissan and many others. When she is not trading, talking, growth-hacking or obsessing over the incredible future of cryptocurrency, she can be found leading living room dance parties with her three kids.

Anita Motwani
West Coast Sales

Anita began her career on Wall Street first in sales then later in trading. She then moved to the Bay Area and began a career working with technology and Cleantech companies. She focused on business development, strategy, sales and fundraising efforts for startups in a variety of spaces including fintech, e-commerce, digital health, sustainable agriculture, social media, insure-tech, biotech and clean technology. Anita is a Network Advisor for the only venture capital fund that invests algorithmically called Correlation Ventures. Anita is a founding member of the Silicon Valley Blockchain Society group in the Bay Area.

Jessica Khater
Director of Trading Operations

Jessica graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. On top of her Marketing major, she took on the Creative Ad track to gain proficient skills in graphic/visual design. Through those years, Jessica freelanced on different projects, worked in a Wealth Management Invest Firm, and continued to help her family business in the Finance & Operations Department. After graduating, she was immediately on-boarded to Fortune Footwear as an Associate Designer to some of largest women’s shoe brands. What brought her to dive into the blockchain industry was her keen interest for disruptive technologies. Jessica dedicated herself to study the cryptocurrency market inside and out— leaving her previous job to invest, trade, and partake in the crypto community at conferences around the country.

Ashley Klanac
Operations Manager

Ashley “Smash” Klanac has over 10 years of experience in hospitality and operations in luxury brands like SoulCycle and what feels like every single restaurant in the greater NYC area. After acquiring her BFA in Acting, she moved to NYC to pursue her acting career which propelled her into the world of touring, cabarets, musicals, plays, and commercials. She is a professional voice over actor and produces audiobooks for Audible, commercials, and narrates weekly news pieces for Curio.io. She is proud to be a part of the mission to bring in the next 100 Million People to Crypto, including herself.

Lola Scheiner
Sales Associate, EMEA

Lola has worked in few startup companies in fields of Telecommunication and web-based applications in NYC which later grew, matured and flourished to successful IPO’s. In recent years Lola has been consulting to corporations and private customers in fields of cyber technology and on ways of adopting proper business communication. She holds a B.A. in Business from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) and a B.Ed in English and volunteers in teaching English to underprivileged children in Israel and enjoys rock climbing.

Eric Slonaker
Community Manager

Eric is the VP of Client Relations/ strategic partners for CryptoCoinTrader.com, launching end of February 2018. Eric has made a large impact in being recognized as one of the most respected names in the space, based on his desire to maintain a large, healthy, and thriving environment for the community to prosper. Crypto Coin Trader is one of the largest and most influential cryptocurrency communities in the world, with over 100k Members, he has helped build multiple branches of CCT, targeting more specific and designated topics in crypto. Leading by example, Eric has been a staple to the crypto community, earning his place near the top over the past year.

John Arce
Head of Marketing, Asia

John is a Digital Marketing professional with over 8 years experience. He is the founder of WebGeek Philippines, a community platform for developers & startups. Previously, he worked as a marketing lead at Cardable, Salarium and Infoshift. He is also the lead organizer of DevCup, the biggest developer hackathon in Manila. Former curator of Techstars Startup Digest in Philippines, a weekly newsletter digest of startup events. He is passionate about startups, inbound marketing, cryptocurrency and tech communities. John is very bullish on the future of blockchain technologies and he loves working at the forefront of an innovative space.