Founder & CEO
Rachid is a serial entrepreneur with an obsession for modelling, analytics development, quantitative analysis and data science. For the last decade, he has been developing and implementing models and methodologies to help organizations with forecasting and risk management. He was a Quantitative Analyst at Barclays. In 2017, he completed the building and deployment of a highly scalable deep learning model in artificial intelligence applied to computer vision.
His impressive work received accolades from VINCI which commissioned him to help orchestrate the ambitious “smart highways and smart cities” project, combining AI and Blockchain. Rachid is also a Venture Partner at Alpha Omega Capital. He holds an engineering degree in Computer Science and Signal Processing, and a Masters degree in Probability Theory, Stochastic Process and Quantitative Finance.
I.N. Amber Ghaddar, PhD
Before co-founding AllianceBlock, Amber was a fixed-income trader at JP Morgan in London. She started her career in Global Investment Research at Goldman Sachs, and moved from there to the Cross Asset Solution team at JP Morgan in 2012, where she worked on structured and exotic products across Equities, FX, Rates, Credit and Commodities. Later, she spearheaded the Macro Systematic Strategies effort at JP Morgan, focusing on dynamic risk premia trading strategies. She graduated from HEC in 2011 with a Master in International Risk Management.
Previously, she spent most of her early career in Neurophysiology and Nanotechnologies. She obtained her B.Sc in Science & Technology from McGill University in Canada, graduated with two masters (Neurosciences and Microelectronics & Nanotechnologies) from Universite Aix-Marseille in France and read for a PhD in Molecular Medicine at Vita Salute in Italy.
Matthijs de Vries
Founder & CEO
Matthijs has managed the product development of one of the largest Dutch companies: PostNL. There, he was responsible for several software development departments and related departments in order to lead an entire software development chain before switching companies to lead the development of several unique AI products amongst which a ground-breaking chatbot. He has an extensive and varied background as a software developer himself. He has developed a full blown workflow management suite and analytical algorithm in the field of veterinary diagnostics, among various other projects, before growing into a managerial role. He knows what is important for a developer to be able to thrive and deliver high end products.
Besides hands-on software development experience and management, Matthijs has founded and managed three other companies, thereby gaining plenty of entrepreneurial experience in the process.
Strategic Blockchain Advisor
Co-Founder of MYNTD
Luke Lombe is the Co-Founder of MYNTD, a capital access firm specialising in digital securities, and Founder of Echelon One, a boutique tech-focused start-up and scale-up consultancy. with a range of clients including blockchain projects, Grammy-winning production studios, government, mining, VR, real estate, and tech firms. Luke is a 2 x TEDx speaker, panellist, keynote speaker, MBA lecturer, and has been featured in a variety of media including Huffington Post, Forbes, Sky News TV, The Daily Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, Network HR Magazine, Hackernoon, and Shanghai Daily. Luke holds an MBA, B.Com, and Dip. Fin.
David loves to help people and businesses driven by purpose and a deep understanding and love of what they do. He is a member of the leadership team of Holo & Holochain where he focusses on business, community and ecosystem growth, and service delivery. He is also a co-founder of Blockleaders, a media platform telling human stories that power the world of blockchain. Prior to that, David was COO of Mind Gym, a behavioural change consultancy. During his tenure, Mind Gym grew revenue 3x in 4 years, and now has a market cap of ~£150m. David is driven to provide clarity (insight, simplification, story, vision/ambition, contribution, diagnosis), consideration (teaching, theory, provocation, recalibration, consultation), creation (prototypes, propositions, products/services) and containers (frameworks, mental models, systems) for those he works with.
David has a longstanding advisory experience including his time as a Strategy Consultant at Marakon, where he worked with companies like Heineken, DONG energy and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, as an ICO Advisor where he is known for his understanding of economic, strategic, ecosystem and currency landscapes, as Investor Director at Up Learn and as a relied upon Business Mentor and Advisor to >50 businesses since 2017. David is a co-founder of Blockleaders, Fetchhcup and Men In Therapy.
Pranav has over a decade & a half year leadership experience covering Business Development, Sales & Distribution, Asset Management, Private Equity & Insurance. He is passionate about Entrepreneurship, Technology and Renewable Energy. He has always taken challenging roles covering wide gamut of area like Cutting tool & Wind Power Sales as an Engineer (India), Private Equity in Renewable energy Sector (Philippines), Strategic initiatives in Financial Services (in India, Dubai, Singapore and Korea). He has worked with Sandvik Asia, Suzlon Energy, Alternergy Pte & Aditya Birla Group. In Aditya Birla Group he was part of Young Talent & leadership program and has been with Aditya Birla Chemicals (Thailand), Corporate Strategy (Mumbai) & Aditya Birla Financial Services Group.
Pranav has a deep understanding of SME context on business & financial services side. On one hand, he has helped SMEs raise funds & take Insurance cover. On the other hand, he has built pioneering institutional infrastructure like SME Counselling, SME University & tied up with over 15+ SME associations, over 3000+ SMEs outreached, over 800+ SME Distributors trained & 30+ SME Workshops.
Strategic Fintech Advisor
Head of Ecosystem Avaloq
Experienced Marketing Fintech Expert working in the international banking software industry. Focused on eco-system development and connecting real client needs through decentralized banking with Avaloq core banking and BPaaS solutions. Experienced in launching new products, services and value propositions improving the client experience in banking (Retail/Affluent/Wealth) industry. Start-up experience from working in- and working with several start-ups through personal network. Swiss FinTech Award, KickStart Accelerator. Expert in partnering with Influencers in digital banking software industry.
Director Legend Holdings
International career with 20 years of experience in investment management, investment banking and consulting with a focus on financial institutions. Investment management track record includes private equity investments across the financial institutions sector on behalf of a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund as well as a Hong Kong listed Chinese investment company. Hands-on entrepreneurial experience in setting up three start-up companies (two of them fintech companies) and personal early-stage investments in two other fintech companies. Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and MBA from IESE Business School
Vertical Lead FinTech/Kickstart
Swiss Zurich-based passionate participant in the global Fintech (incl. Blockchain) community as Vertical Lead @ Kickstart, Europe’s leading innovation program and Non-executive board member @ Achiko ltd, a Swiss listed Fintech, South East Asia 20 years of experience at board level in various corporates and startups also as entrepreneur, with 10 years dedicated to the financial industry, including one direct listing at the Swiss Stock Exchange in Nov. 2019. MBA x2 (incl. IMD program), MSc x2, most recently Google “Square” Academy graduate 2015. Beside general management, competencies include marketing, business development and fundraising (>10m raised)
Strategy & Growth Advisor
Micha is an experienced entrepreneur, specialized in scaling up fast-growing ventures.
Micha started his career in corporate organizations such as Shell and PostNL before becoming an entrepreneur in 2003. He co-founded Unamic/HCN, a customer services BPO company and helped this company grow to become the market leader in the Netherlands and Belgium. In 2011, his company was sold to Xerox. Micha has been an investor in several start-up initiatives and is currently operationally active in one of the companies he invested in, Roamler. Roamler is a tech-enabled BPO company, based on crowd-sourcing.
The experience to grow companies, secure funding and down-to-earth pragmatics is what Micha brings to the table.
Business Development Advisor
Entrepreneur | Visiting Professor | Author
Abdel is the Founder and Director of Eastheimer International, a Shanghai-based training and consulting firm helping companies such as Alibaba and Shanghai Auto grow their business and grow their people. He is also visiting professor intervening at a number of Chinese and foreign business schools such as EMLYON and Shanghai Jiaotong University.
Abdel started his career in 2008 at Expeditors International of Washington, a global Fortune 500 company where he served as Project Manager at their Houston branch, and afterwards at their Paris branch. In 2011 he got promoted to a Regional Account Management position and moved to their Dubai office to handle their Top 10 global multimillion-dollar-revenue client Schlumberger. There he led complex legal negotiations, aligned executives, built account management teams across various geographies, drove service improvements at different branch offices, and established operational processes in several offices in Europe, Middle-East, Africa, and India Region.
Abdel graduated from Texas A&M Int’l University with a Masters in International Business, and from KEDGE Business School with a Masters in Corporate Strategy. He is the author of “We Have a Deal 优势成交:老外这样做销售”, a sales and negotiation book published by China Customs Publishing House.
Executive Director SEBA AG
Serial entrepreneur of Danish origin with strong international experience focused on scaling and building successful companies and teams in the Technology and Fintech space. Initial career with IBM Software Group in Corporate Finance and later leading the EMEA region for Safenet Inc. a leading global IT security vendor listed on NASDAQ prior to being acquired by Vector Capital, a San Francisco based Private Equity company. Strong cross functional general management skills operating at Board and Executive level. Known for being very “hands-on” at the critical growth phase to drive companies to success. Most recently involved with SEBA Bank AG and IOV42 Ltd in executive roles.
Currently supporting a number of startups in Switzerland and abroad. Bachelor and Master degrees in Economics and Business Administration from Denmark, UK and Norway.
The partnership allows AllianceBlock to offer Quant Network’s Overledger solution to blockchain and non-blockchain companies. Overledger is the world’s first blockchain operating system (OS) that not only connects blockchains to one another but also connects existing networks to blockchain and facilitates the creation of internet scale multi-chain applications otherwise known as mApps.
There are major limitations to the current blockchain technology and Overledger provides a unique elegant solution making interoperability between different blockchains very easy and straightforward. AllianceBlock will use Overledger to leverage multiple blockchains and create multi-chains token swaps. This partnership offers the possibility to open a new set of real-world applications leveraging different features from different chains, AllianceBlock is delighted about this partnership which will help DeFi and CeFi wield blockchain technology very easily.
AllianceBlock will use Holochain’s technology to decentralize and distribute the data of the participants, as well as validate peer ratings across the AllianceBlock platform — for both expert and overall project reputation scores.
This will be achieved through the use of Holochain’s Distributed Hash Table (DHT) architecture — which is based on the same technology the BitTorrent’s peer-to-peer file sharing protocol uses for data distribution and lookup. This system will enable self-sovereignty of user data, allowing users to fine-tune the data they share while ensuring AllianceBlock is compliant with data protection regulations (e.g. GDPR).
As part of the collaboration, AllianceBlock will integrate Chainlink oracles into the AllianceBlock protocol, a decentralised, blockchain-agnostic layer-2 solution, designed to automate the conversion of any digital or crypto asset into a bankable product. Drawing data from sources around the globe, Chainlink oracles will provide AllianceBlock with access to high quality feeds, thereby creating a decentralized data terminal for stakeholders.
In addition to integrating Chainlink into the AllianceBlock protocol, AllianceBlock will connect Chainlink with top-tier traditional finance entities and exchanges to deliver new and valuable data feeds for Chainlink’s oracle network. Finally, AllianceBlock will provide Chainlink with access to its Federated AI Framework, enabling it to gather anonymised user data and insights.
Since its launch, Level39 has established itself as the home to the world’s most ambitious entrepreneurs. With more than 200 members from 48 different nations, Level39 has seen rapid growth since its inception in 2013.
Having supported its first billion-dollar company, Revolut, Level39 continues to deliver an environment that allows fast-growth technology businesses to scale. Providing access to world-class customers, talent and infrastructure — Level39 gives its members a unique ecosystem in which to play a core role in the UK and global economy.
Level39 is led by Ben Brabyn, an entrepreneur himself who launched the world’s first crowdfunding business, Bmycharity, enabling 800,000 donors to deliver more than £50 million to UK charities. Ben’s most recent role was working for the UK government as COO of UK Trade and Investment’s Venture Capital Unit, leading a team of VC and sector specialists.
From 500+ applications, Kickstart’s team of experts and partners chose 100 startups to take part in a two day bootcamp in Zurich where they pitched their ideas to panels of experts, investors and professionals. Of these, 48 made it to the final program which includes six verticals (Fintech & Digital Assets, Cybersecurity, Edtech & Learning, Food & Retail Tech, Healthtech, Smart City & Infrastructure).
Kickstart Innovation —until recently known as Kickstart Accelerator — is one of Europe’s leading ecosystem innovation platforms offering programs for startups, scale-ups, corporations and organizations. It is one of the largest European multi-corporate innovation platforms. The Swiss innovation acceleration program inaugurated in 2015 to provide startups and corporates with a platform to establish collaborations and partnerships.
AllianceBlock is building a decentralized, blockchain-agnostic layer two protocol that automates the process of turning any digital asset, or crypto product, into bankable security with an internationally recognized Individual Securities Identification Number (ISIN).
TopJuan Tech Corporation (TTC) is a financial technology company endorsed by the Central Bank of the Philippines (BSP) to incorporate as an E-money provider, remittance agent, and a virtual currency platform operator. TTC is an institutional gateway for digital banking and solutions for financial inclusion services. The TTC mobile application, Top Wallet, functions as a payment solution, digital asset wallet, and a partner gateway to the TTC ecosystem.
Together, AllianceBlock and TTC are joining forces to usher in a new era of compliant digital asset access to the 106+ million Filipino population. Core to the partnership is the development of a regulated sandbox in the Philippines to facilitate the creation of a range of compliant crypto structured products.
Core to the philosophies of both organisations is the desire to make blockchain and crypto accessible to the masses in a compliant, secure, and simple way.
AllianceBlock, our protocol enabling the world’s first globally compliant decentralized capital market, is building the bridge between traditional finance and digital capital markets by unlocking trillions of dollars in capital by allowing it to be utilized in decentralized finance in a compliant manner.
Orion Protocol, the DeFi platform building B2B and B2C solutions on the most advanced liquidity aggregator ever developed, offers the first singular, non-custodial, gateway to crypto by aggregating the liquidity of every centralized exchange, decentralized exchange, and swap pool in the market.
The partnership between AllianceBlock and Orion Protocol presents an industry-changing opportunity to offer secure, compliant, non-custodial, and streamlined crypto trading to a multitude of traditional finance entities, including private banks, wealth managers, and funds.
In January 2020, AllianceBlock secured a place in the Station F Founders Program — a full-time residency initiative that helps entrepreneurs and promising startups innovate, grow their network, and access crucial resources for developing their concept and achieving their goals.
By far the world’s biggest startup incubator, Station F has helped hundreds of startups move to the next stage of development, and raise the funds needed to thrive.
The insights garnered from working with Station F, Level39, and Kickstart Innovation, as well as top financial institutions, regulators, and service providers, have proved indispensable in fine-tuning AllianceBlock’s framework, ensuring it is ready to tackle some of the biggest challenges in traditional finance.
AWS Activate provides startups with a host of benefits, including AWS credits*, technical support and training, to help grow your business. Activate benefits are designed to give you the right mix of tools and expert support so you can succeed with AWS while optimizing performance, managing risk, and keeping costs under control.
Finlab Portugal is the place where the Portuguese financial regulators meet and embrace innovative fintech startups. In its aim to become a new fintech hub and be a front runner with regards to financial regulation in Europe, and during the six months of the program, the Portuguese regulator along government authorities and institutions have created a channel to discuss regulations and legislations while helping a select few startups.
FinLab Portugal is inspired by the best practices of innovation hubs and sandboxes around the world. However, FinLab Portugal has one distinguishing factor: it joins all the financial regulators in Portugal in one innovation hub, something not seen elsewhere in Europe.
FinLab Portugal started as a partnership between the Central Bank of Portugal (BdP), Portuguese Regulator (CMVM), Authority for the supervision of the insurance and pension fund industries (ASF) and Portugal Fintech. Through Portugal FinLab, AllianceBlock gave their inputs into future regulations regarding STOs and received an opinion on various European regulatory issues which were then built into AllianceBlock’s roadmap.
As Decentralized Finance (DeFi) has recently become one of the hottest crypto trends, the collaboration between Kyros and AllianceBlock will underpin and drive forth blockchain development efforts towards Vietnamese communities.
Kyros will be introducing AllianceBlocks’s applications to the native community, helping AllianceBlock build a positive reputation towards its services, along with providing marketing strategy and consultancy that best fits the native users and potential platform users in Vietnam.
With this new partnership, AllianceBlock continues the path of continuously onboarding new partners to the project and raise awareness globally.
Money20/20 is the largest Fintech conference in Europe taking place in Amsterdam on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of June. With over 6000 attendees from more than 2000 companies and 82 countries, representing every sector of the Payments (Mastercard, Visa, SWIFT…), FinTech (Starling Bank, Coinbase, Ripple…), VCs (Softbank, Index Ventures, Accel…), Media (Forbes, Business Insider, Coin Desk…) and financial services ecosystem (JP Morgan, HSBC, London Stock Exchange…), Money20/20 brings together visionaries and innovators from across the spectrum who are inventing new ways to spend, manage, save, borrow, share and protect money.
Every year, to celebrate and accelerate the potential of the next generation of startups building the future of money, they recruit around 100 of the industry’s newest and brightest companies to take part in the Money20/20 Europe Startup Academy.
After selecting the academy’s cohort, and with guidance from their VC judging panel, they pick the top 15 early stage fintechs to speak on their track stage.
AllianceBlock was delighted to have made the cut and has been able to network and exchange with world-class attendees, influential media and global partners.
In 2018 Natwest launched their specialist Fintech Accelerator in four of their hubs: Bristol, Edinburgh, London and Manchester. The Fintech Accelerator is six months and commences each April and October. The Fintech Accelerator is fully-funded. They do the funding, the participants do the growing, and they don’t take any equity in any business.
Vendetta Capital has brought together a multi-disciplinary team that has immense experience spanning from investing, portfolio management, and capital markets to marketing and blockchain technology.
Vendetta invests in, leads, and helps projects to accelerate developing novel solutions to address the core issues of scalability, privacy, and interoperability for decentralized protocols and applications.
AllianceBlock is proud to announce a new working partnership with AIKON, a secure blockchain identity service that helps users easily and securely verify their identity when using supported services, while complying with data protection regulations like General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
AllianceBlock is building the world’s first globally compliant decentralized capital market, helping to bridge the traditional economy with the developing world of decentralized finance (DeFi) with an open and accessible protocol. As part of this ambition, AllianceBlock is taking steps to ensure that anybody, regardless of knowledge, skill, wealth, or otherwise, is able to benefit from secure access to a state-of-the-art capital market, without having to jump through needless hoops to do so.
To this end, AllianceBlock has partnered with AIKON, a pioneer in the digital identity space, and the organization behind ORE ID — a single sign-on protocol that allows users of a variety of off-chain identity solutions (like Apple ID, Facebook, and Google) to easily sign in to and access a number of blockchain ecosystems, making decentralized technologies much more accessible.
Regulated financial institutions face incredibly high barriers to entry in cryptocurrency and DeFi. Our partnership with RAMP will open up a path for regulated institutions to lean into DeFi and change the dynamics of capital markets.
The partnership aims to develop a liquidity solution that enables regulated institutions to digitize illiquid real-world assets into NFTs, and subsequently transform these into liquid funds for short-term financing.
AllianceBlock will provide compliant processes to enable regulated financial institutions to turn their real-world assets into Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs). RAMP DEFI’s solution can then be used to transform these assets into ERC20 stablecoin liquidity based on underwritten loan-to-value (LTV) ratios.
CertiK, the leading provider of end-to-end cybersecurity solutions, with the aim of ensuring the highest security standards are consistently met on the AllianceBlock protocol.
The AllianceBlock Protocol is a decentralized, blockchain-agnostic layer 2 that automates the process of converting any digital or crypto asset into a bankable product. Through this strategic partnership, CertiK’s prestigious team of global experts in academia and enterprise, will ensure the highest security standards are met.
As part of the collaboration, CertiK’s Professional Services Division will carry out an in-depth audit of the AllianceBlock network, and will also verify the decentralized financial solutions based on the network.
The mutually beneficial partnership will see AllianceBlock provide Covalent with access to all onchain financial data that will be generated through its protocol and ecosystem. In a further step towards bridging the worlds of traditional and decentralized finance, Covalent will also have access to the data providers that operate on AllianceBlock’s decentralized capital market infrastructure. This will greatly strengthen Covalent’s marketplace while enhancing the decentralized capital market ecosystem.
In return, AllianceBlock will access Covalent’s data API, leveraging it to build a wide variety of products such as Regulated Digitized Derivatives and the AllianceBlock Investment Terminal. Covalent, who provide the richest and most robust data infrastructure for the entire blockchain ecosystem, will provide AllianceBlock with real-time, granular, and actionable blockchain data, which will aid greatly in the development of AllianceBlock’s solutions. AllianceBlock will be able to access historical blockchain data along with a cross-chain platform that leverages liquidity across multiple networks. The partnership will also allow AllianceBlock to further develop analytics and garner deeper insights into the traditional financial institutions who may want to access the burgeoning world of decentralized finance.
Integrating the AllianceBlock Protocol within Frontier, the partnership will provide a range of benefits to AllianceBlock token holders, namely providing users with extended support for asset staking and ALBT liquidity mining activity, as well as protocol reading and tracking support. ALBT is a multi-functional utility token that forms the backbone of the AllianceBlock Protocol and acts as the main medium of exchange within the AllianceBlock ecosystem. Frontier will fully integrate ALBT into its entire application suite, allowing users to safely stake and store their tokens. Users can also benefit from Frontier’s best-rate asset swapping feature, as well as their liquidity provision.
Frontier will also support Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT’s), which can be leveraged in lending, insurance, or any other DeFi solution. NFTs can act as a tool for DeFi in providing interconnected financing infrastructure with the ability to facilitate real-world assets as collateral for loans issued via blockchain P2P lending. Multiple use cases, flexibility of the solution, and strong economic benefits make the idea of tokenization of collateralized loans the next step in the evolution of finance. AllianceBlock, as a pioneer in this field, is aiming to make this disruptive step and provide users with an enhanced, easy-to-use solution to manage their digital assets.
AllianceBlock will build a data pipeline on top of Ocean where user data such as KYC/AML/KYB will be stored and users will be able to use role based access control to give access and revoke access to data. This product is part of AllianceBlock’s use case to bridge traditional finance and decentralized finance applications by providing illiquid assets short term financing to high-net worth individuals at private banks.
DeFi P2P lending applications and traditional equivalent applications will be connected to the AllianceBlock product, and all lenders interested in participating in a specific financing will need to do KYC/AML and get validated by the regulatory and compliance tools built by AllianceBlock. Storage and access control to data for lenders will use Ocean Protocol technology, with lenders being able to grant and revoke access to their data.
Through Ocean Protocol, retail banking APIs will be able to connect to DeFi in a way that is compliant with financial regulations such as PSD2, resulting in new, exciting open banking solutions.
Part of Binance’s $100m accelerator fund, PARSIQ allows individuals, companies and enterprises to monitor events across different blockchains in real-time and at scale and connect those events to any off-chain apps or devices to automate different workflows.
The partnership will see AllianceBlock working closely with PARSIQ to build a bridge for data pipelines that can be leveraged in popular data marketplaces, to create new revenue streams and exciting new business models based on DeFi data.
Both AllianceBlock and PARSIQ will mutually benefit from the sharing of blockchain data, analytics and monitoring infrastructure, bringing value-added solutions to both the DeFi and TradFi ecosystems. In addition, we will collectively build the blockchain and fintech ecosystems by providing trusted compliance, analytics and infrastructure tools to third party decentralized applications.
API3 aims to tackle the strict decentralization requirements of Web 3.0 without employing third-party intermediaries, through the utilisation of first-party oracles. By combining these first-party oracles, API3 builds decentrally governed and quantifiably secure data feeds that foster the development of powerful decentralized applications and secure data feeds.
The strategic partnership, which will be geared towards deploying an Airnode to an enterprise API, will also explore opportunities for additional enterprise deployments for the future. In addition, API3 will work in conjunction with AllianceBlock to develop and build a proof-of-concept (PoC) for a decentralized identity solution — a crucial component in our quest to bridge the gap between the blockchain world and traditional finance. The PoC aims to offer users a permissionless KYC product, allowing users to prove who they are in a trustless manner. The ability for Airnode to work as a first-party oracle is key to preventing third-parties from having access to the data.
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