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Martin Granström

Chief Technical Officer

Martin Granström is the Chief Technology Officer of Zen innovations Pte Ltd., the operator of the Unizen Smart Exchange Ecosystem (www.unizen.io), and the CTO of JUN Capital Management Ltd. (www.juncapital.io), a leading crypto VC and strategic advisory firm.

Martin has over 15 years of experience working with and leading complex software architecture and development projects; including system-level, data-driven, UI/UX applications; and cryptographic projects in the rapidly evolving blockchain market. Martin currently lives in Lulea, Sweden.

He is a full-stack software developer who previously worked for Netrounds (acquired by Juniper Networks in 2020), where his role was to manage the R&D team responsible for a cloud-hosted (AWS) microservice application that monitored Tier 1 Telecom Operator networks and services.

Martin has been an active OG (original guy) in the blockchain development community since 2013 and has advised multiple projects as a strategic technology advisor. As a team member of BlockUnify, Inc., one of crypto’s preeminent marketing and community management firms, he provides deep technical insights into the technology and architectures of some of the most innovative and ground-breaking crypto projects and cross-chain innovations.

Martin is particularly keen on identifying emerging trends and technologies in the blockchain universe and is a deeply committed proponent of making such innovations readily available to the global community.

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Sean Noga

Chief Executive Officer

Sean Noga is the CEO of Zen Innovations Pte Ltd., the operator of the Unizen Smart Exchange Ecosystem (www.unizen.io) and a Managing Partner with JUN Capital Management Ltd. (www.juncapital.io), a leading crypto VC and strategic advisory firm. He has been directly involved in the blockchain and cryptocurrency movements since the Satoshi Nakamoto whitepaper in 2008. He currently lives in Singapore.

Sean became deeply involved with direct crypto investing, blockchain project discovery, whitepaper evaluations, crypto-exchange strategy and strategic advisory whilst living in Tokyo in 2014.

He is a broadly and deeply connected member of the global blockchain community and has had the privilege of continuously reinforcing these connections and working relationships with high-quality crypto-investor syndicates, enterprises, leading crypto exchanges, editors, key opinion leaders, market makers, and the management teams and advisors across a plethora of projects.

Through his senior advisory role with various crypto advisory firms, Sean has directly advised a multitude of projects, recently including, but not limited to: Hathor, DIA, Verasity and Aleph Zero.

Personally, Sean is an avid promoter of children’s education and is dedicated to improving the global education system as a curriculum coordinator for International Baccalaureate Schools throughout the world.

Combined with a deep passion for blockchain, digital innovation, and medical discoveries, Sean strives to be an active change agent for the betterment of coming generations.

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James Taylor

Chief Business Development Officer

James Taylor is the Chief Business Development Officer of Zen innovations Pte Ltd., the operator of the Unizen Smart Exchange Ecosystem (www.unizen.io). He has over 20 years of experience in the global capital and fintech markets, having worked for some of the most prestigious firms in the banking industry, including: BNY Mellon, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital, and Salomon Brothers. He currently lives in London, England.

Before joining Unizen, James was the Global Head of eFX sales at BNY Mellon, the world’s largest custodian. Prior to BNY, he spent eight years at JP Morgan Chase in a variety of roles, where his last position was Head of Fixed Income Currency and Commodity Market Structure.

James has a proven record in establishing and growing financial services businesses and has worked with all types of global institutional investors, including asset managers, hedge funds, corporate treasuries, sovereign wealth funds and central banks.

During his tenure at Barclays Capital, he worked on two significant white label fintech partnerships with Siemens AG, a German multinational conglomerate headquartered in Munich, and Charles Schwab Corporation, an American multinational financial services company.

At JP Morgan, James sourced and oversaw the successful graduation of Mosaic Smart Data, and Limeglass two fintech start-ups who successfully went through the firm’s ‘In Residence’ Accelerator Program.

James has served on the board of directors representing JP Morgan for FXSpotStream LLC and Symphony Communication Services, LLC for BNY Mellon.

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Tom Sweeney

Chief Operating Officer

Tom Sweeney is the Chief Operating Officer of Zen Innovations Pte Ltd., the operator of the Unizen Smart Exchange Ecosystem (www.unizen.io), and a Managing Partner & CEO at JUN Capital Management Ltd. (www.juncapital.io), a leading crypto VC and strategic advisory firm. He has been actively involved with blockchain since 2017 and has over 30 years experience in cross-border technology investing, fund management, investment banking and corporate strategy. He currently lives in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Tom was previously the General Manager & Partner of Iris Capital Management (MENA), the Dubai-based fund manager of STC Ventures. While in Dubai from 2009 – 2014, he concurrently served as a special investment advisor to KACST, Saudi Arabia’s National Science Foundation & National Research Laboratories; Taqnia, the Kingdom’s sovereign technology investment company; and SABIC Ventures, the global corporate VC arm of the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation.

Before relocating to the Middle East, he was the Managing Director of the Canadian affiliate of Garage Technology Ventures, an early-stage VC fund located in Silicon Valley. He was previously CEO of Classwave Wireless and the Founder and CEO of Abilon (sold in 1997).

In 2011 he led an international team of legal and tax experts that prepared a comprehensive study for the government of Saudi Arabia on reforming its legal and taxation systems as they relate to VC fund formation and cross-border investing. From 2005 until 2010, he served as the Chairman of the VC & Intellectual Property Working Groups for the Strategic Innovation Program between the State of California and Canada. The group’s policy recommendations resulted in amendments to Canada’s cross-border investment taxation laws and its second report became a reference guide to universities across Canada and the State of California for cross-border IP development and international commercialization.

Tom graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada as the Cadet Wing Commander, with a B.Eng (First Class Honours). He began his career as a fighter pilot, flying the CF-104 Starfighter and the CF-18 Hornet in Europe, during which time he became the Canadian Air Wing Electronic Warfare Officer, a NATO Wing Tactical Evaluation Officer, and represented Canada on various US and NATO strategic and technology intelligence committees.

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Brandon Dallmann

Chief Marketing Officer

Brandon Dallmann is the Chief Marketing Officer of Zen innovations Pte Ltd., the operator of the Unizen Smart Exchange Ecosystem (www.unizen.io). He is also the Founder & CEO of BlockUnify, one of the global blockchain community’s most influential and effective strategic marketing and community management firms, with active collaborators on every continent, including influential crypto OG’s, key opinion leaders, and major crypto investors (whales).

Prior to Unizen, Brandon has worked for over 15 years in strategic consultation, design manufacturing, and innovation related to lifestyle & family entertainment brands including Circus Trix Holdings, Defy Gravity, American Ninja Warrior, NBC, and the Seltzer Licensing Group. He has built, operated, and sold multiple, customer-facing businesses and is the inventor and holder of three issued U.S. patents.

Brandon is deeply committed believer in making life better for the global community in practical and egalitarian ways. He is a founding board member of UV Guardian, an automated decontamination manufacturing company that produces solutions to make hospitals, public venues, and homes safer from both airborne and contact surface instances of Covid-19 and other viruses and bacteria.

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Advisors

Greg Horowitt

Partner, Jun Capital Management

Greg is a Partner at Jun Capital Management in San Diego, California. He is a serial entrepreneur, technology investor, author, and a globally recognized pioneer in the field of innovation-based economic development.

He has spent over 25 years working in start-ups and venture capital, and has started, mentored, advised, invested in, and/or served as a board member of hundreds of companies. He is a visiting lecturer at Stanford University and serves as the Director of Innovation at the University of California, San Diego, where he also lectures.

Greg is the co-author of the bestselling book, The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley, and is a trusted advisor to such notable organizations as the US State Department, the Aspen Institute, the University of California, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank, in addition to being a Senior Fellow with the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils.

He was co-founder of Global CONNECT, which has grown to be a global network of accelerator programs in over 25 countries around the world.

Greg began his career working for the Berkshire Hathaway operating company where he spent over 17 years in various executive management roles before leaving to join his first Silicon Valley startup.

Dr Ian Sobieski

Chairman & Founder, Band of Angels

Ian leads the Band of Angels (www.bandangels.com) in Silicon Valley: the first and most prestigious angel investing group in the United States, whose membership is limited to former officers or founders of high technology companies. Since its inception, the Band has invested approximately $250M into 300+ startup companies.

Ian has been a founding partner of three Band related seed venture funds and a partner at Labrador Ventures. He is currently the general partner of the Band of Angels Acorn Fund, which backs entrepreneurs who have the strategy of building profitable companies or exiting on the Fund's sole investment. He has personally made more than 120 early-stage investments and has served on more than 20 boards of directors.

Ian is a frequent speaker, lecturer, and commentator in entrepreneurship and startup issues in Silicon Valley and nationally. He is the author of a dozen technical publications and is a former lecturer in the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of California at Berkeley. D

He holds a Ph.D. and MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, is a founding board member of the Angel Capital Association and is a member of the Venture Capital Network. In 2020, Ian was elected to the City Council of the City of Sausalito for a four-year term.

Dr iur. Siegfried Herzog

Head of Compliance, Unizen

Dr. Siegfried Herzog was Chief Compliance Officer at Bittrex Global and Compliance Officer at Marxer & Partners Attorneys at Law. Siegfried Herzog specializes in due diligence law, automated exchange of information, and associated process management and digitization issues.

As a Managing Partner of CLL Compliance Labs AG, Siegfried Herzog is an expert in market regulation, data protection, and KYC/AML/CFT in the banking, fiduciary, and blockchain sectors.

Nicholas Racz

Co-Founder, CIO of 3GR LLC

Nicholas Racz is an expert on managing data in decentralized projects, particularly through systems that support compliance, Self-Sovereign Identities and KYC. As a leading decentralization researcher, he will also provide unique, data-driven insights on token ecosystem design and tokenomics. His expertise will help shape strategies to increase the utility of ZCX token and identify new growth areas.

His advisory experience at Outlier Ventures and Cheqd helps shape innovations in decentralized incubation and regulation. Having Nicholas Racz on board as a strategic advisor is another step towards combining decentralization and compliance throughout the Unizen ecosystem.

Rachid Ajaja

Chief Executive Officer, Alliance Block

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.

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