Kazim has been in a leadership role for many companies and has had roles that include board member, CEO, COO, CCO, CFO, Product Ownership and Global Head of Sales & Marketing. He has successfully led in vertical markets such as Real Estate, Entertainment, Renewable Energy, Technologies, Financial Services, Retail, Healthcare as well as horizontally focused platforms. A highly regarded globally-minded, data-driven and results-oriented senior executive with 25+ years of international business experience, business development and investments.
Head of Strategic Innovation Technologies at BDO, Certified Mediator, Former Bancor COO, and chosen twice for “Women in Fintech Powerlist” by Innovate Finance UK, I am a financial-technology innovator, specializing in Trading and Investment Interfaces, with 7.5 years of experience in business development of “Leumi Trade” , Bank Leumi’s award winning Capital Market Trading website. An executive advisor to Regulators, International Enterprises, and to Startups, about fintech, innovation and bridging the gap between Traditional expertise and the new Financial world being created in FinTech, Blockchain and beyond.
Avi is a seasoned executive specialized in various Business Development and Sales management roles in the emerging markets of Asia-Pacific, Latin-America, and Europe-Middle-East-Africa. Avi is responsible of the customer and the customer interface with the product or service offering, making sure that all functions of the organization are aligned to meet the company’s strategic commercial objectives. He is closely linked to the organization’s strategic management function, in drafting, implementing and evaluating cross-functional decisions that will enable IQONIQ to achieve its long-term objective. Avi has over 20 years experience in business development and sales on international level.
Dennis P. Contreras is adjunct professor at the ISG International Business School. His teaching specializations concern investment banking, portfolio management, corporate finance, derivatives, cash management, strategic & financial Analysis, IPO valuation, M&A analysis. Associate Professor of Finance teaching, investment banking and private equity with business cases. His area of expertise concern Investment banking and business development. Over 25 years experience in finance and business development.
Greg joins IQONIQ with more than 15 years of experience as a business development leader with a track record of driving growth across sports, media, technology, and e-commerce. Prior to joining IQONIQ, Greg spent ten years with StubHub as it became the eighth fastest-growing company in the United States, establishing more than 100 partners across the sports and entertainment industry, and the U.S. Collegiate system. Greg then joined DraftKings in 2015 as the Senior Director of Business Development for 4 years, helping to build partnerships with a host of sports properties, including UFC, MLS, NASCAR, and numerous teams in the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL. He brings with him highly specialised skills in developing and executing complex strategies in the ticketing, sponsorship, talent, and fantasy verticals.
Highly-motivated project/program manager with a 13 year record of successful launching, directing and managing of large scale projects. Proven ability to successfully lead a program from initial proposal through production implementation. Strategic thinker with a solution-based approach for exceeding customer requirements and expectations. Over 15 years experience in IT development.
Raj Chowdhury is the Managing Director of HashCash Consultants and a Blockchain pioneer. Global banks, corporations, exchanges, merchants use HashCash Network, HC NET for remittance, corporate payment, currency exchange and payment processing. Earlier Chowdhury pioneered the first interbank Trade Finance and Remittance implementations of Blockchain between ICICI Bank in India and Emirates NBD in UAE. He is an eminent voice on Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies globally and actively engages with policymakers in this area. He is a contributor to Economic Times, Business World, Business Standard, CNNMoney and advises industry leaders in adoption of Blockchain.
Sadiq has been in investment banking since 1994. He has worked at Bear Stearns, ING Bank, Naeem Holdings and Wood & Company. Sadiq held the roles of Head of Trading, Head of Emerging Markets Product. He has extensive experience with equities and fixed income and has built businesses in London, Istanbul and Dubai. During his career, Sadiq has overseen 100 plus deals across CEE, Turkey and the MENA region. In recent years in addition to traditional financial services he has been active in the new technologies of trading digital assets and blockchain. He holds an MBA from Henley Business School.
Jennifer has 20 years of experience in international financial markets. Her area of expertise is in Emerging/Frontier Capital Markets Sales & Trading. She has worked at ING Bank, Dresdner Bank, CF Global Trading and Wood & Company. Jennifer has been involved with the listing and placement of over 100 IPOs in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Jennifer has spent the last several working in the less traditional market place of digital assets where she continues to build partnerships with blockchain businesses and a variety of exchanges. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Behavioural Communications from the University of Arizona.
James Eastwood is an information technology specialist with over 20 years of experience working with a number of blue-chip organizations. For the past two years James has primarily focused on new technologies. James is the Co-Founder of BlockCognitive. BlockCognitive offers bespoke consultation services that assist in helping companies evolve their ideas. Due to its exemplary track record – BlockCognitive almost immediately established itself within the blockchain and fintech sector. James is currently advising a range of businesses and providing advisory for a number of global financial services firms.
Jason Patterson is a business transformation specialist who has held senior positions within the ecommerce space for two decades. Since late 2016, Jason has wholly concentrated on new technologies and advisory roles. Jason is the Co-Founder of BlockCognitive. BlockCognitive offers bespoke consultation services that assist in helping companies evolve their ideas. Due to its exemplary track record – BlockCognitive almost immediately established itself within the blockchain and fintech sector. Jason’s full client roster includes the financial sector, recruitment, media, industrial control systems and the retail sector.
Professional in the sports marketing and sponsorship field, with more than 15 years of experience in different multinationals such as Banco Sabadell, Zurich Seguros or Futbol Club Barcelona. Founder of CA Sports Marketing, a company focused on intermediation, activation and consultancy of sponsorship agreements and properties. Professor of sponsorship and sports marketing in the main masters and postgraduates of Spain and professional speaker in many conferences around the world. Father of Laia, Marc and Paula. Passionate about the mountains and usual runner of marathons and Ultratrails.
Rodrigo Martinez is a sport passionate and a professional constantly evolving. Graduated in business management by the University of Barcelona and with an MBA of International Sport Management at ESBS Valencia CF, he has experience in different sales and marketing departments. Despite being a fan of many different sports, football is his passion and LaLiga his great love. He has an extensive knowledge about the Spanish football landscape: its fans, clubs and sponsors, among other aspects. At CA Sports marketing he is in charge of the intermediation, connecting clubs with brands and advising them to make the most of their partnership agreements.
Professional sports marketer who has been involved in the world of sports for many years as an athlete, he studied a double degree in Law and Business Administration and an MBA in Sports Management at the Johan Cruyff Institute. For the last 2 years, he has been leading many projects in CA Sports Marketing working closely with brands like ASICS, Casillero del Diablo, or Hyundai and football clubs like Atlético de Madrid or Manchester United.
Professional sports marketer with more than 5 years of experience in the sports business industry, lecturer at the Sports Management School and graduated in Sports Business Administration in the Johan Cruyff Institute. During his career, he has worked for Zurich Insurance and the Deutsche Bank before moving to the sports world, where he has led projects with Atlético de Madrid, RCD Espanyol, RCD Mallorca Konami, Hyundai, BMW Group and Banco Sabadell among others. Business Director & Partner in CA Sports Marketing, a copmany focused on intemediation, activation and consultancy agreements in Europe, South America and Asia.
Widely considered one of the best token economists in the industry, having worked as Staff Economist at Sweetbridge, where he conceived, created and implemented the pioneering discount token or “perpetual cashback” token design, which has since been adopted by many other projects. Michal is also Chief Economist at PionnerVentures.io, where he has worked on token design with the likes of Lufthansa innovation hub, Miles and More, ixo.foundation and Bosh.
Joachim is a Partner at AmaZix Capital which is renowned for its token economics team. Joachim has spent his 20-year career in the financial services industry in senior functions within derivatives structuring, special situations, M&A and capital markets where he successfully led numerous transactions. His previous employers include HSBC, Lazard, Macquarie and Goldman Sachs.
Luke has been in the cryptocurrency space since 2014, co-founding AmaZix in 2017 where played an instrumental role in growing AmaZix from a founding team of 6 to a distributed team of 150 people. Luke led the creation of AmaZix’s advisory department, expanding the services provided from community management and marketing to a higher level offering including advisory, token economics and document creation. In doing so, he assembled one of the best teams in the space comprised of economists, finance industry veterans, computer scientists, entrepreneurs and many others.
Multilingual project manager with 4+ years experience in communication and journalism. Sports passionate HSG and FIFA Master graduate with a strong academic background in political communications, international business, economics and public management. Versatile lateral thinker looking for opportunities to match an interdisciplinary skillset with the multirational challenges of the sports industry or any other industry.
"Quality in a service or product is not what you put into it. It’s what the client or customer gets out of it."
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Laura has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communication and PR and over 10 years of experience in marketing and business development. She is former Co-Founder and Head of Operations at Renowned & Co, where she helped many blockchain projects to raise funds successfully, and a former Head of PR at AmaZix. Laura was also the advisor of Akropolis, Ocean Protocol, BetProtocol, xDai/POA Network, Restart Energy and IPSX.
Dejan has a demonstrated history of working in the blockchain industry, leading community management & growth of 150+ projects and over 1M community members. In his previous role as COO / Partner at AmaZix, he was responsible for building the PR and Marketing Division from scratch, creating a new team, services and expanding to different markets. Mostly known as the “pusher”, Dejan is the true engine with a unique capability of extracting the best out of people and demanding nothing short of excellence.
After 15 year career in IT development I wanted to follow my passion for sports and technology, that passion is now known as Sports Geek. "Connecting sports, fans & sponsors using technology" was the mission and now we are connected with sports fans working with sports teams and leagues around the world. Over the years I've has worked with professional teams to understand what content fans want, how to develop digital teams to deliver that content and how to commercialise digital fans with membership, merchandise and sponsor promotions.
A founder of The Players’ Impact, a venture platform for professional athletes, Tracy is focused on the growth of early stage companies, venture investment and pioneering business initiatives. An attorney by training, an entrepreneur in spirit, and an executive leader through her experience, her career has focused for more than a decade on start-up companies and sports/media technology offerings. Tracy’s background provides management expertise, startup business initiatives, legal affairs experience and managing operations. Tracy has been starting, growing, and selling companies for over 17 years. Her roles and positions throughout her career saw her intimately involved in all aspects of entrepreneurship, from envisioning the concept, business planning, hiring, operations build-out, fundraising, strategic partnerships, outsourcing, finances, marketing, and more. After earning her J.D at Seton Hall University she worked for the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball Advanced Media and was a partner in a venture investment firm focused on companies that intersected sports, technology and media/entertainment. Tracy started the Boston chapter of Women in Sports and Events, a not-for-profit representing the voice and invaluable resource for professional women in the business of sports and remains and advisor. She is an adjunct professor at Dean college and serves as a board member of Team USA Handball and the New England Chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance. Tracy has 2 children, is a 6-time marathon finisher and a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a 2018 Haymaker’s for Hope fighter.
I’ve been working in the Sports Business industry since my postgraduate studies dealing with top properties in different sports at local and global level. Having negotiated strategic partnerships and sponsorship deals of all dimensions from the side of the buyer (brand), of the seller (rights holder) and of the advisor (agency) I’ve developed a deep knowledge and competence of all aspects related to the investments in sports, from legal, to marketing and communication. A proven track record in sales, successful negotiations, development and implementation of marketing and sponsorship strategies.
Experienced international sports executive; advisor, mentor, and investor in sports tech startups. Currently manages all international aspects of Sina Sports and Weibo Sports, one of the largest sports digital media and social media platforms in China. Partnerships with all major international sports leagues, organizations, teams, and athletes. Senior-level experience in strategy, media rights, fan engagement, social media, athletes performance, startup advisory, and esports. Previously Associate Vice President at NBA.
I have developed my professional career linked to the promotion of entrepreneurship and support to SMEs from the public-private perspective, both in Latin America and in Spain with the main emphasis on cultural industries, the Spanish economy, and the sports and entertainment industry. Since the beginning of 2015, I have led the Global Sports Innovation Center promoted by Microsoft, a unique and collaborative initiative between the public, private and academic sectors, which aim to promote innovation in the sports industry, creating an ecosystem that currently exceeds 200 companies and institutions from 30 countries that in a coordinated way generate synergies and value projects in a growing sector. I actively participate as a speaker at events related to sport and technology at a national and international level and in 2016 and 2018 I was recognized as one of the most influential women in the sports industry according to the ranking published annually by the metadeporte magazine. Also in 2018, I was recognized as Top100 in the ranking of women leaders of Women and Co.
Passionate sports executive with extensive experience in sports marketing, global image rights exploitation, media rights, sponsorship and events.