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End date:
05/06/2018, 06:52 PM
3 000 000 USD
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4 Jun 2018
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  • Dr. Matt McBrady
    Former CIO & MD BlackRock
    Matthew was the Chief Investment Officer for the Multi-Strategy Hedge Fund Platform at BlackRock. He has held senior roles at Silver Creek Capital and at Bain Capital, was a professor of finance at the Darden School and Wharton, and worked with Janet Yellen in President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors. Matthew holds a Ph.D in Business Economics from Harvard University.
  • Steven Heilbron
    Former CEO Investec Bank UK
    Steven is the Joint CEO of Cash Connect, an automated cash handling business that he acquired as part of a consortium in 2013. Steven has an extensive background in finance, having previously served as the Global Head of Private Banking and Joint CEO of Investec Bank in London. Steven is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and holds degrees in commerce and accounting from the University of Cape Town.
  • Greg Kidd
    Former CRO, Ripple Labs
    Greg is the co-founder of Hard Yaka and an early investor in numerous startups in the exchange space including Ripple, where he served as CRO, Shift, Coinbase and 3taps, and previously Square and Twitter. Earlier in his career he served as a senior analyst for payments at The Board of Governor of the Federal Reserve. Greg holds an MBA from Yale University and MPA from Harvard University.
  • Avi Chesed
    (Co-Founder) CEO
    Avi is the Co-Founder & CEO of, and the Chair of the Board of Directors of Transact Europe Holdings OOD. A payments industry veteran, before co-founding, Avi founded several successful payments-related companies and has become a leading figure in the space. Avi holds a Business Administration Degree from the University of Southern California.
  • Sebastian Stupurac
    Blockchain Expert
    Co-Founder of WINGS, a successful community engagement and smart contract facilitation platform, one of the few working DAPPS on the Ethereum blockchain. Sebastian gained vast experience in decentralized solutions and blockchain technology since 2013.
  • Stas Oskin
    Blockchain Expert
    Leads the technology strategy and partnerships effort for WINGS Foundation, a Swiss non-profit focused on decentralized finance and governance systems. Stas has over 15 years of extensive experience in engineering, development and management of software, cloud services, healthcare, video streaming, blockchain and social.
  • Ophir Gertner
    Blockchain Expert
    An entrepreneur at heart, Ophir has a strong track record of developing market-leading products, including blockchain prediction, and which he co-founded. Chosen as one of the top Blockchain influencers in Israel, Ophir is renowned in the Blockchain industry and considered as one of the most sought after advisers for decentralized projects.
  • Jon Avganim
    (Co-Founder) President
    Jon is the Co-Founder and President of, and an Executive Director of Transact Europe Holdings OOD. Prior to co-founding, Jon founded and led several successful ventures in the international distribution and finance domains.
  • Theofanis Alexoudas
    Risk Management Advisor
    Risk management expert with extensive experience in the areas of market risk, risk governance and regulatory risk management requirements. He started his career at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in London and most recently has served as the Chief Risk Officer of Safecap Investments. Theofanis holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of London.
  • Dr. Zvi Gabbay
    Partner Barnea & Co
    An expert in financial regulation and securities law, Zvi is a Partner and the Head of Capital Markets at Barnea & Co. Zvi previously served as the Head of Enforcement of the Israel Securities Authority and as a lawyer in the New York office of Skadden. Zvi holds JSD and LLM degrees from Columbia University, an LLM degree from Bar-Ilan University, and an LL.B degree from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
  • Prof. Martin Fochmann
    Professor University of Cologne
    Martin is Professor for Behavioral Accounting, Taxation and Finance at the University of Cologne and CEO of the German Association for Experimental Economic Research. Martin taught business and finance courses at several universities - including University of Cologne, University of Hannover and EBS University. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Würzburg and won several prizes for his research.
  • Dr. Stephan Wessel
    CEO Arcana Capital
    Stephan is the founding partner of Arcana Capital, an independent multi-family office advising its clients with respect to private equity strategies. Stephan’s previous roles include leading the private equity efforts at two substantial European single family offices. Stephan began his career at UBS Investment Bank working in their M&A division. He holds a B.Sc., a LL.M. and Ph.D. in business (summa cum laude).
  • Dr. Stefan Hlawatsh
    CEO Skybridge Investment
    Stefan is the CEO of Skybridge Investment and an Associate Professor at ISM International School of Management, Hamburg. Stefan previously worked in Specialist Asset Allocation for Berenberg Bank and Consilisto Berenberg Privat-Treuhand, and as a Client Advisor at UBS. He received his doctoral degree (magna cum laude) and a business administration degree (honors) from Otto-von-Guericke University.
  • Nimrod Lehavi
    Co-founder and CEO of Simplex


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  • Shahaf Bar-Geffen
    Shahaf is the Co-Founder and Former CEO of WEB3, a leading provider of digital media advertising solutions. Since founding the company in 2006, Shahaf has led WEB3 to become a leading multinational digital marketing firm. Shahaf holds a B.Sc degree in Biotech and Economics from Tel Aviv University (magna cum laude) and is an Israeli Air Force officer (Major, reserves).
  • Erol Hallufgil
    Research & Software Engineering
    Erol is a mathematician and engineer who has for the past few several years worked in software development. His recent experience involves developing custom CRM solutions for fintech companies. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.
  • Tal Dadia
    Research Engineering
    Tal is a blockchain research engineer who has gained backend engineering experience at several startup companies. In parallel with his work for COTI, Tal explores current applications of using blockchain and other consensus methodologies in academic research at the IDC, and formerly at the WZB institute in Berlin. He is studying for LL.B and Masters in Financial Economics degrees at IDC Herzliya.
  • Yoni Neeman
    Software Engineering
    Yoni is a full-stack software engineer, with extensive experience in fintech and mobile applications. He previously worked as an integration team leader in the risk management project of UMTB Bank, and as a mobile gaming SDK engineer. Before joining COTI, he developed DSS software for algorithmic trading purposes. He holds a degree in Computer Science from Tel-Aviv University.
  • Anton Suslonov
    Data Science
    Anton brings to COTI wide-ranging expertise in blockchain technology, applied mathematics and data science. Recently, he has contributed to the Wings Foundation as an Economic Analyst dealing with various blockchain projects. Previously, he has worked in IT and risk management roles at finance company in Russia. He holds a degree in Applied Mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
  • Yair Lavi
    Yair is a finance and operations professional. For the past two years he has been advising fintech startups on various matters relating to management, marketing and regulation. In his prior formal role, he served as the CEO of Plus500UK, the FCA-regulated subsidiary of Plus500. Earlier in his career he held roles with PwC (corporate finance) and Arison Group. He is a certified accountant, and holds BA and MBA degrees from Tel-Aviv University.
  • David Assaraf
    (Co-Founder) Business Development
    David served as the Chief Internal Auditor of HSBC Israel. Earlier in his career he was an Examiner in the Credit Risk Unit of the Bank of Israel’s Banking Supervision Department. He started his career at KPMG and is a chartered accountant. He holds an M.A. in Law Administration from Bar Ilan University.
  • Neta Salomon
    Neta has been responsible for HR and administration at finance and tech companies for over 7 years. Neta holds a BA in Behavioural Sciences and an MBA in Labour Studies.
  • Samuel Falkon
    (Co-Founder) Community
    Samuel is responsible for building and nurturing COTI’s community. A seasoned sales and marketing professional, he brings to COTI wide-ranging experience in the fintech and consumer technology domains. Samuel runs his own marketing advisory business, Gil Scott.
  • Tamar Drachli
    Tamar has over 12 years of media and production experience, working as a writer-director in the private television sector and commercial industry. She brings a great deal of experience to COTI's social sphere, analyzing and optimizing all social media-related activities to ensure goals are met.
  • Jared Ungar
    Business Development
    Jared has worked at South Africa’s fastest growing payment processing startups. He is an entrepreneur who has vast experience in payments, business development and sales. Jared plays a key role in developing and nurturing COTI’s community. He is an ambitious, determined and goal-oriented individual who brings enthusiasm, charisma and charm to the initiative.
  • Carlos M. Martins
    Gibraltar Business Director
    Carlos is a Private Banker who has worked for institutions such as Credit Suisse and Société Générale. He is in the board of Experienced Investor Funds, the Chairman of the Gibraltar Association of Compliance Officers, and he teaches Finance at the University of Gibraltar for an LSE degree course. Carlos holds a BSc degree from the University of Applied Sciences, Berne, and he is a Swiss Financial Planning Expert.
  • Anna Bocharov
    Anna is an asset to many of departments within the COTI organization, specifically in support services and community management. Anna is also involved in the daily social activity of COTI and supervising the bounty project.
  • Oriane Maire
    Oriane has years of experience in customer support. She comes from a multicultural background that enables her to understand many differences when dealing with people. Her highly skilled service-orientation makes her a key member in moderating the COTI's community activity.
  • Yaniv Dadon
    Software Development
    Yaniv is a full stack developer with strong experience developing web applications and marketing tools using advanced web technologies and frontend UI/UX solutions.
  • Efrat Bar-Lev
    Efrat is responsible for executing COTI's marketing campaigns and managing public relations.
  • Jon Elias
    Social & Operations
    Jon serves as a business development and operations manager at COTI.
  • Albert A. Levi
    Albert has a strong background as a customer support and compliance specialist. He has also worked as a technical and literature translator and editor for over 7 years.
  • Idan Lakritz
    Blockchain Expert
    Nir is an innovator in the areas of data compression, AI and machine learning and has earned the prestigious Master Inventor title for authoring over 13 patents in these fields. He has over 19 years of experience leading research and development teams at a number of tech companies and was the former co-founder and CTO of Infima Technologies, which was later acquired by IBM.
  • Dr. Nir Haloani
    Nir is an innovator in the areas of data compression, AI and machine learning and has earned the prestigious Master Inventor title for authoring over 13 patents in these fields. He has over 19 years of experience leading research and development teams at a number of tech companies and was the former co-founder and CTO of Infima Technologies, which was later acquired by IBM.


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COTI is building a decentralised and scalable payments network that will facilitate efficient global commerce by creating a reliable, instant and low-cost payment solution. This will further bolster the growth of mobile payments and on-demand markets, in addition to enabling the mass adoption of digital currency payments. COTI will set the standard for a payments network in the mobile era that is trust driven, cost-effective, scalable and supportive of a multi-currency wallet by combining cutting edge distributed ledger technologies with the best of traditional payment solutions.


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