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Kabuni Board Members

Neil Patel

An experienced technology entrepreneur with a background in real estate, Neil has founded a number of businesses in Canada and overseas. Neil has been a founding CEO for over 20 years and board member of various public and private companies in the UK, Canada and Australia. Neil successfully completed a two public listings on the TSX and ASX. Currently Kabuni Ventures is a privately held company shaping the future of by positively impacting one billion people by unlocking and accelerating value through blockchain technology .

Shannon Susko

Shannon has 18 years of experience leading financial technology services companies in North America. Her technical expertise is coupled with extensive sales, marketing and operations experience. Shannon has served on for-profit and not-for-profit boards at a regional, national and international level. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of BCAA, Norsat International, and Alberta Treasury Branches. Shannon is Vancouver’s ACG and BIV 2011 Dealmaker of the Year, and Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 recipient for the year 2000.

James Oury

James has led professional service and technology teams for in excess of 25 years. An active strategic legal adviser in ICOs and Blockchain applications, James is a regular collaborator with Project Innovate and the Financial Conduct Authority. A practicing UK and US lawyer, James is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. As an active member of the International Bar Association James has committed extensive pro bono time, from victims of the 2005 London bombings to the development of a mobile war crimes evidence capture tool.

Xiaochen Zhang

Xiaochen leads the design and implementation of FinTech4Goods and Blockchain Frontier Group’s strategy which aims to introduce cutting edge fintech and blockchain solutions to emerging markets through incubation, acceleration and investment. He brings more than 16 years of thought leadership and global experience to build impactful solutions and scale up innovative ideas in North America, Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia. He serves on the Crowdfunding Professional Association Board of Directors, UN ESCAP Digital Economy Task Force and as a senior adviser of the China Social Entrepreneurs Foundation and Inter-America Development Bank. He is also the co-chair of the Insurance Blockchain Lab, Smart City Blockchain Lab and Blockchain4SDGs Lab.

Thomas Tiedemann

Thomas is Vice President at the Blackstone Group. Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms. Thomas has been brought on board to assist us with creating positive economic impact and to help us understand the inner workings of larger financial institutions. Along with introducing us to his immense network, we see incredible value in having an expert in the American and global markets in our corner. He’s placed a strong focus on building and setting up the REIT structure for his firm who currently hold $400+ billion assets under management and are one of the world’s largest Real Estate investors. As a licensed dealer-broker specialist, he is onboard to help us deliver solutions, unlock value and propel growth. Currently holding an advisory role with three other blockchain projects - an exchange management platform, a compliance engine and trading protocol.

Irina Heaver

Irina Heaver is a Dubai based technology lawyer who is active in the blockchain space as an advisor, investor and founder.  She is an Australian qualified lawyer and holds Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degrees, she is also a certified blockchain expert.Irina is a Founding Member of the MENA Fintech Association, a non-for-profit industry led enterprise aiming to become the home to everything Fintech in the region. Irina currently advises numerous blockchain and crypto enterprises located or operating in the MENA Region, as well as multiple Governments and Governmental organizations on regulatory policies surrounding such emerging technology as blockchain and Artificial Intelligence.

Executive team

Darren Battersby
Chief Financial Officer

Darren has held key roles in a number of growing and developing companies both in the public and private enterprises. Darren’s experience is primarily within the financing, structuring and operating of start up and growing companies, and spans a variety of industries such as software development, biotech, entertainment and high tech. He recently was CFO of Network Media Group (NTE.V), Rainmaker Entertainment (RNK.TO) and OneMove Technologies (OM.V). He also consults for a number of privately-owned companies in British Columbia.

Michele Bicego
Chief People Officer

Michele has been an executive with several organizations including large multinationals including Sun Rich Food and Ritchie Brothers where she was an integral part of scaling the companies for growth. As part of the senior executive teams Michele helped to shape the mission, vision, values, strategic direction and was responsible for company financial results. She focused on translating the corporate mission, values, strategies, priorities, and goals into functional strategic initiatives and plans supporting business needs. She has had responsibility for company culture and Human Resources across facilities in Canada and the United States.

Jim Hourigan
Chief Operating Officer & Director

Jim has served in executive positions with a series of e-commerce, consumer and medical device companies including BuildDirect, A. H. Robins, Medline, London International and A.C. Nielsen. Jim's educational credentials include an MBA from the University of Dallas, a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the State University of New York, and certification through executive education programs at INSEAD University in Paris and Ashridge Business School in London. Jim serves as a Director on the Better Business Bureau, Chairman of the Board for Kids Up Front Canada, the Co-Chair of the BC Technology Industry Association and was on the FedEx Advisory Board from 2014 through 2017.

Naviin Kapoor
Chief Product Officer

Naviin Kapoor, founder of “The Times of Crypto”, “International Institute of Blockchain Academy”, blockchain & ICO consultant, and a business transformation leader with more than twelve years of experience in project management and business analysis in the banking sector.  Experience in tokenization implementation, cryptocurrencies, ethereum, bitcoin, hyper ledger, EOS, consensus protocol and distributed/shared ledger technology. Attained various industry certifications such as PMP, CBAP, ITIL, PSM 1 & CSM. I have worked on various banking transformation projects – “sustainable and disruption”, which were initiated in various domains such as Retail Banking, Cash Management, Integrated Liquidity Management (ILM), Corporate Banking, Asset & Wealth Management, Financial Messaging, Regulatory Sanctions Filtering and Local and International Payment Systems.

Ezequiel Piraino
Chief Video Officer

Ezequiel an accomplished graphic designer brings extensive creative insights and expertise with over a decade of experience including working with marketing agencies, advertising companies and multiple free-lance engagements to support the organizations's growth. Graduating from the University of Buenos Aires, he has led multiple assignments including videos, visual design, brand development, brand creation, art direction, user interface and user experience design, mobile Apps design and motion graphics with 2D animation. Eze has also developed and curated various blogs and videos for Kabuni.

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