Real People Building a Real Product
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.
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 comapnies, 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.
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.
Syed recently left his role as CTO of Bloomberg Tradebook to join Celsius Network. He was at Dow Jones before, spending the majority of his career at Bloomberg in various engineering leadership roles where he led a large group spanning multiple continents and timezones. While at Bloomberg, Fazli streamlined operations by implementing agile development methodologies and moving legacy software systems to open-source environments. He also scaled up Tradebook’s US Equity matching engine which included a smart order router to achieve 150X greater order flow.
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
Ms. Bacalu 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.
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 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.
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.
Lead Backend Engineer
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head of Sales and BD, US
Ross has nearly 15 years experience in marketing, product, and sales functions, primarily in fintech. Before joining Celsius, he held a number of product management roles in digital payments at Mastercard, which included improving transaction safety and security via a proprietary alerts and controls platform. In marketing capacities at American Express, he enhanced the value proposition of prepaid cards and was instrumental in the strategy and execution of an industry development initiative that grew B2B spending. His background also includes television, video games, blogs, real estate, and mass transit. Part of his fascination with the blockchain is its potential for financial inclusion. Ross earned his B.S. with honors from Cornell University.
Risk Management Team Lead
Vid is a data scientist with over a decade of experience in academia (Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies, Amsterdam Institute for International Development, European School of Management and Technology, Hertie School of Governance), management consulting (Accenture Research), international technical assistance (World Bank, UNDP, European Commission) and even the public sector (Public Policy Secretariat of the Republic of Serbia). In 2017 he co-founded VARHAK, a data science start-up, where he leads a team of data scientists, financial quants, and machine learning experts, who are developing Celsius’ dedicated risk forecasting and management system: HDGCtrl
Senior Risk Manager
Roman is a finance and risk management professional, whose experience spans both credit/counterparty risk and market risk management. Prior to joining Celsius, Roman worked at Nasdaq, where he used advanced data analytics and automation tools to build out and improve Nasdaq’s consolidated risk system. The solutions Roman implemented perform credit analysis, generate alerts, and execute risk calculations in an automated fashion for Nasdaq Fixed Income (an electronic Treasuries-trading platform for high-frequency traders), the OMX Nordic clearinghouse, and Nasdaq Treasury’s in-house liquidity portfolio. Roman is an avid crypto trader and has been investing/trading and attending meetups in the space since 2014. He holds a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Lehigh University.
Director of Client Services
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head of UX/UI Design
A UX/UI designer with over 12 years of experience. Shirin studied computer Engineering at Tehran University and started her career working for companies like Jame Jam, Farabi Stock Marketing and Sigma Company where she was a Web/UI/UX Designer. In her next role as Lead UI/UI Designer, Shirin managed UI/UX team, created interactive prototypes & UI specifications (including screen layouts, color palettes, typography, and user-interface elements). When she moved to Hong Kong, her role as a Freelance UX/UI Designer included building UI guidelines and wireframes for two start-ups in different companies. In 2017, Shirin moved to the US where she started her graduate degree in Web and Multimedia Design at Touro College. She oversees all of Celsius’ UX/UI needs and continues to teach Web Design Courses at Touro College.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Co-Founder & President of Sirin Labs
Moshe is an accomplished serial entrepreneur in the technology sector. He is both chairman and co-founder of Singulariteam, a prominent Israeli tech venture capitalist vehicle. Moshe has played an active role across the development of SIRIN LABS, specifically in defining product functionality and underpinning technology.
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.
Sonic Zhang is an entrepreneur and investor. He 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. And the co-founder of ValueBank Group, a global network of fiat-crypto exchanges, with a crypto wallet and payment solution. Founder of ValueNet Capital, focusing on investing in blockchain startup and cryptos,portfolio include OmiseGo, Binance, PowerLedger, WAX, CoinPoker, PlayKey, RobotCache. Co-founder of Murint Capital, a VC Fund for tech and entertainment industries. Founder of SoRelax, a global platform for cross border marketing and services. Sonic has a MPM and a BE in Mechatronics from University of Sydney.
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.
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.
Dr. Elliot Noma
Elliot teaches machine learning at Columbia University and quantitative risk management in the masters’ program for mathematical finance at Rutgers University. Elliot currently advises fin-tech companies in the application of machine learning, natural language processing and blockchain technologies.