Blockchain Valley Core Team
NIKO DE JONGHE
Niko is a born leader and visionary. He started his first business and development project at the age of 19 when he purchased a monestary in Belgium and converted into a supermarket and seven apartments, which he later sold for an enormous profit, and has continued to thrive as an entrepreneur without looking back. After envisioning and successfully scaling countless companies, the culmination of his experience and vision brought him to identifying his most impressive creation to date - Blockchain Valley. Niko's passion for creating and adding value to his large network of peers and investors combined with his mission to make the world a better place, was perfectly aligned with his vision for Blockchain Valley. An early adopter of Blockchain Technology (2010) and an active cryptocurrency Investor, Niko could not be better suited to lead his team in executing Blockchain Valley- where blockchain technology meets real world applications and sets an example as to how the world can and will be a better place.
Rostik is focused on delivering high-impact solutions to a variety of industry sectors. With a background in TV, music and the entertainment industry, his true passion is giving back to the community. This vision guided him into real estate and healthcare, where he joined an MHA group that bought the first privately owned hospital in the state of New Jersey. Later Rostik rose to the position of VP of the hospital, a position he later vacated in 2018 to pursue a career in blockchain. With over 10 years in mass media, Rostik has acquired and is able to leverage, an extensive list of established relationships in mainstream media, technology, and financial technology (fintech). Since entering the blockchain industry Rostik has created a strong reputation as an entrepreneur, from analyzing companies, formulating strategic partnerships, and taking on advisory roles. In a nascent industry, Rostik has been considered the “go-to” contact for developing a successful ICO since 2017. Through his network and industry contacts, Rostik cultivated one of the largest and most influential crypto groups on the web, Crypto Coin Trader (CCT) with over 117,000 members. During this time Rostik created one of the most notable blockchain PR companies, Marzi PR, with offices in New York, Moscow, and Asia. While there, he pioneered a unique methodology within the crypto/blockchain PR landscape vis-à-vis unique marketing campaigns utilizing media placements. These methods have been pivotal in elevating companies to high notoriety and establishment in the space. In January 2019 Rostik Co-Founded Unity, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency with a strong emphasis on charity work.
Jedidiah is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for software systems, blockchain technology and social causes. Over the past 15 years he has been on the front lines building operational processes, large scale sales teams and marketing strategies for SaaS based offerings driving collaboration both internally and externally. Jedidiah is an expert in sales and marketing as well as operational process management through developing CRM strategies integrated with software solutions that include process automation and demand gen combined with marketing automation. He has become somewhat of an expert on Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics and many other CRM's migrating outdated systems and methodologies to leading edge cloud based technologies. Jedidiah was also an analyst for Jericho Capital, researching and analyzing new technologies which naturally lead him to Blockchain Technology. He started studying Blockchain in 2014 and never looked back. Since 2016, Jedidiah has been involved with multiple Blockchain based companies that have successfully launched working platforms and is proud to be considered a leader in the space attending countless conferences, speaking in front of 1,000's of people and invited to participate in thought leadership panels.
Hans as a wealth of experience in a variety of industries and professions from international import/ export to IT and engineering where he continually shined not only as a consistent producer, but for the person he is that has a heart of gold. After working many years for someone else, he decided to start his own business in 1999 in the business incubation industry to expand his knowledge and be his own boss. Hans continued to grow his company over an impressive 20 years as he was continually able to identify new international opportunities and execute the associated new business relationships required, based on his ability to truly connect to people. In his continual search for true freedom, Hans was introduced to cryptocurrency and blockchain technology in 2014 and immediately knew that not only himself, but the world would be influenced and changed for the better through the values this technology stands for and the consciousness it creates. He brings his passion, love and freedom based philosophical perspective to Blockchain Valley along with his unique ability to create mutually beneficial investor and partner relationships to the table.
Didi is an entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in the different area’s of the IT branche. After selling 3 succesful companies he built during the first part of his career, he stepped into blockchain and Bitcoin in 2013. After Didi went "ALL-IN" on bitcoin in 2017, he became an icon and inspiration for many people in that industry. By being part of many international documentaries and continiously traveling the world to network and speak at events, he gained a huge network in the Bitcoin and blockchain industry. Didi has an enormous amount of businuess and people knowledge and is a true philantropist and revolutionist that is determined to change the world!
Ivelin Vassilev is an attorney at law with 5 years professional experience in commercial law, equity instruments, real estate and structuring and managing international M&As. In 2017, he successfully negotiated with the Fund Manager of Financial Instruments in Bulgaria and drafted the documents for establishing the first registered Bulgarian accelerator fund, the “Innovation Accelerator Bulgaria Fund”. The fund aims to make equity investments in more than 200 start-ups and will invest 15.6 million Euros which will be provided by the EU, under the “Operational Program Innovations and Competitiveness” fund, and through private investors. Ivelin is now consulting his clients on establishing the first Technology Transfer Fund in Bulgaria, which is co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Fund in the amount of with 58.7 million BGN, to bridge the gap between science, business, commercialization, internationalization, R&D and promotion of innovation. Ivelin is Managing Partner at “Legalin - Chisuse, Vasilev and Ivanova” a leading law firm specialized in consulting emerging companies, blockchain projects, VC, M&As, AML, data protection and corporate, securities and property law. He is also a consultant at Scalator LTD. where he is providing a variety of services and expertise in regard to scaling companies operating in Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, China, Dubai and the USA along with many other additional jurisdictions.
Wesley is best known for pioneering crypto economic valuation models and trading strategies at Aenigma Capital prior to founding Liquid Malta (now Acheron Trading). Wesley began transacting in digital assets when he was only 13 years old by automating the generation and subsequent re-selling of digital items from popular MMORPGs. He later became infatuated with cryptocurrencies while in graduate school and built his first Bitcoin mining rig in 2013. While serving as head trader at Aenigma, Wesley identified a major liquidity gap between cryptocurrency projects and their users exemplified by the lack of formal processes and trusted specialists in bringing nascent assets to the public markets. He created Acheron with the vision of reducing friction between these two parties and bringing legitimacy to crypto markets. Wesley is proud to bring innovative crypto projects to quality trading venues operating out of the most progressive jurisdiction for crypto in the world.
George Chisuse is an attorney-at-law, registered with Sofia Bar Association and King’s College London LLM. Prior to becoming co-founder of Blockchain Valley, George was a member of the Banking and Finance team of an international law firm based in Sofia, Bulgaria. He specializes in Litigation, International Finance, Contracts and Corporate Law. His current client portfolio consists of local and international innovative startup and scaleup IT companies. Throughout his career, George took part in cutting edge projects for international clients such as BNP Pariba, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, UNIQA, Allianz, Unicredit, Raiffeisen bank, Thomas Lloyds, Bulsatcom, Citibank and other banks, corporations and investment funds. His extensive experience in the field of international financial and payment services, as well as his passion for innovation, logically navigated his career towards consequent involvement in the crypto world. In collaboration with the most progressive Bulgarian IT company in the blockchain area (Obecto), he started to explore the legal nature and practical issues of smart contracts, ICOs and other relevant aspects of blockchain technology.
Not your average IT guy! Danial is a 30 year old IT guy with 50 years experience... not possible? Well the answer is simple - OVERTIME! His passion is software and hardware and he is always following the latest technology and trends. Danial's work is his hobby and he enjoys having the opportunity to work with Niko and the amazing team at Blockchain Valley everyday. Besides the geeky stuff, he is a very positive and open minded person that is loyal to his friends and family.
Gencho Kerezov is an experienced professional in the financial industry and an entrepreneur. He had a successful career with Allianz overdelivering on series of projects and increasing sales for the organization. In 2017, Gencho was part of the team in Munich that secured an exclusive partnership in the CEE region with UniCredit, bringing over €15 billion in GWP for the company over the next 15 years. He graduated with a Masters Degree in Insurance and Risk Management at MIB Trieste School of Management. In 2018 Gencho co-founded Anomaly.bg, an innovative marketing agency, where he’s responsible for the financial and business administration topics. Gencho is doing financial consulting for companies and individuals, including bockchain projects like Evedo. Since 2017, found his passion for blockchain technology and how bringing it to large scale adoption can impact efficiency in processes and businesses.
Lina is a an active dreamer that will let no obstacle stand in her mission of fulfilling her dreams. She is a forward-thinking, highly motivated individual with equally strong creative & technical skills. Lina was the leading creative visionary for many years within a leading Bulgarian IT company. She naturally developed a passion for blockchain technology as it creates almost limitless possibilities to enhance traditional technology which allows her creative mind to explore the endless opportunities for various applications. Her creative skills are second to none and will be instrumental in developing the residential area and business park design of the Blockchain Valley. Lina has a passion for technology, animals and nature, and when you combine that with her creative mind, Blockchain Valley provides her the ideal canvas to make her dreams and vision a reality.
Hristomir Vitanov is a full stack marketing expert specialised in brand building, social media and conversion based UX. At the age of 18 he started exploring the opportunities and studying the user behaviour across facebook. While getting his bachelor’s degree in Political Science, he founded several e-commerce businesses and became the marketing guy of Bulgaria’s best sport tips website - SafeBet. Afterwards he co-founded EuroGoal and got invited to participate in a big e-commerce venture, where he put his expertise into creation of more than 50 lifestyle media facebook pages in 12 countries in order to create a network of massive audiences and distribute affiliate links across them. Daily. Now he is the co-founder of Anomaly.bg - a leading marketing agency in Bulgaria – where his skills are applied for the agency's clients everyday. Before launching it in 2018, he was the marketing manager of the leading European smart home company MClimate with the task to growth hack the company’s brand awareness and online sales. Hristomir is a TedX speaker and an occasional lecturer at the Creative department of the Software University.
Diyan has valued and practiced the highest levels of discipline and responsibility his whole life which has resulted in him becoming a successful entrepreneur many times over and shows in the success of everything he touches. From the young age of six, he studied martial arts (Judo and Sambo) which ultimately lead to him becoming the national champion of Bulgaria and an international gold medalist multiple times for his country in both styles. This level of determination and commitment propelled Diyan to be the successful entrepreneur he is today, which started when he opened his first restaurant in 2014, and he continued to surpass everyone's expectations with explosive success. He continued to execute on his life mission and ended up opening three more over the course of the next few years, but he didn't stop there. In 2015 he opened both his world class Cane Corso dog kennel, he breeds world champion blood lines that have won countless championships, and his incredibly successful gymnasium and personal training business. All of Diyan's businesses continue to operate at extraordinary levels and maintain in his portfolio of companies to this day. His incredible values and impressive talents are a huge value add to the Blockchain Valley organization as his experience and success cannot be overlooked.
Over the last 10 years, Dwayne has been an advisor for cloud, software, and infrastructural solutions. His expertise is translating complex technology in easy-to-grasp languages. Dwayne is passionate about communication, people and new technologies. His main motivation derives from two questions: how can technology truly benefit us as humans and moreover, what is next in line? Since 2013 he’s been active in the crypto-industry which has led him to see the huge potential that lies in this technology. By the end of 2017, Dwayne founded a Blockchain Consultancy Agency, Aurum CI, at which he created over 50 research reports and reviewed over 300 projects. In 2018, TheCrypto.Community was founded by him and his two partners in order to mature the industry by informing and educating people around the world. Starting in 2019, he holds the title of CEO at Impulze – A Data Analytics Ecosystem – which aims to empower individuals, businesses and governments to make sense out of all its data and visualize it, in a truly personal way. Dwayne is striving to create a world where everyone can share everything freely in an easy, accessible and safe way.
Sean has 25 years of experience in IT and Media. He founded his first company in 1997 which he quickly grew to a 100+ person IT and PKI consultancy catering to telcos in the UK and Benelux region. More recently Sean has run media companies producing multiple TVC's and mainstream shows. His passion for Bitcoin and Blockchain saw him launch an independent media outlet Hardforking in 2016. He is an advisor to Skyhookcapital.io and offers an extensive network in Global Media, Asian Fintech and Blockchain companies.
As a long-time filmmaker and musician, Jesse spent most of his time in the creative space which led him to finding his passion as a high end, creative marketer. A Boston kid from the start, he eventually spent 5 years working in Hollywood until finally lost interest in the plasticity of it all that he decided to make a massive change, a Hardfork, and move to Asia. Jesse fell in love with Bangkok and has spent the past 8 years building his life and business there where he currently runs The Best Studio Co., a boutique production studio in Thailand. With his out of the box, forward thinking mind, Jesse was blown away with the prospects of blockchain technology when he was first introduced in 2015. He always looks for a way to see things in a different, more beautiful way which aligined his creative passion with the technology as he immediately saw how it can change the world for the better. Jesse started working with the Hardforking team on blockchain related content for the various media platforms the company utilizes including their "Living the Dream" series in 2016. He continues to be a pioneer in the industry and redefines the way the technoology's powerful messaging is communicated to the world.
Mazin is a quantitative analyst at Acheron Trading where he leverages proprietary trading algorithms to create deep and liquid token markets for his clients. Prior to joing Acheron Trading, Mazin worked at Aenigma Capital, a fundementals driven crypto hedge fund, where he led the fund's due dilligence reporting process and helped develop the fund's valuation models for energy-backed cryptocurrencies.