Behind the Currency of the Internet

Shahaf Bar-Geffen


Serial entrepreneur

Shahaf is the co-founder and former CEO of WEB3, a leading multinational digital marketing firm. Shahaf holds a BSc degree in biotech and economics from Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Nir Haloani


IBM (Former head of research), Owner of 14 patents

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 14 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. Nir holds a BSc degree in computer science and mathematics from Tel Aviv University, as well as a PhD in applied mathematics from Bar-Ilan University.

Eli Hallufgil

Research & software engineer

Mathematician, Blockchain expert

Eli previously headed up the developers team at TechChain Solutions. He holds a master’s degree in mathematics from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

Tal Dadia

Research engineer

Blockchain expert

Tal was a former back-end developer and blockchain academic researcher. He holds an MA in financial economics and financial engineering from IDC Herzliya.

Yoni Neeman

Software engineer

Expert in FinTech applications

Yoni is a graduate in computer science from Tel Aviv University. He has previously held roles as a software engineer and full stack developer at a number of tech companies.

Anton Suslonov

Data scientist

Expert in blockchain technology and applied mathematics

Anton is an expert in blockchain technology, applied mathematics and data science. He’s a graduate of applied mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT).

Yair Lavi


Former finance director at Plus500 UK, Financial specialist

Yair was the former CEO and finance director at Plus500UK. He has also held prior roles in financial planning and valuation. He is an accountant, graduate in accounting and economics and holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University.

David Assaraf


Former HSBC internal auditor, Financial specialist

David previously served as the chief internal auditor at HSBC Israel and as an examiner in the credit risk unit of the Central Bank of Israel’s banking supervision department.

Eyal Wagner

Head of legal

Previous CEO of Safecap Investments, Legal specialist

Eyal is a legal expert with vast experience in fintech. Prior to COTI, Eyal was the CEO of Safecap Investments and the group general counsel for

Neta Salomon


Hi tech talent recruiter

Neta has been responsible for HR and administration at finance and tech companies for over 7 years.

Samuel Falkon

Co-founder, VP community

FinTech pro

Samuel has vast experience in the digital currency and fintech industries. He has held previous roles in sales management and product development.

Tamar Drachli


Social media maven

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

Years experience in payments, 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

Credit Suisse, Société Générale

Carlos is a private banker who has worked for institutions such as Credit Suisse and Société Générale. He is the Chairman of the Gibraltar Association of Compliance Officers and is part of the board of Experienced Investor Funds. Carlos also teaches finance at the University of Gibraltar and holds a BSc degree from the University of Applied Sciences, Berne.

Anna Bocharov


Client support and social media, Social media expert

Anna is an asset to many departments at COTI, specifically in client support and community management roles. Anna is also involved in COTI’s daily social media management bounty project supervision.

Oriane Maire


Customer service orientation, Client relations expert

Oriane has numerous years of experience in customer support. She comes from a multicultural background that enables her to understand the nuances of client relations. Her highly skilled service orientation makes her a key member in moderating COTI's community activity.

Yaniv Dadon

Software developer

UI/UX expert

Yaniv is a full stack developer with extensive experience developing web applications and marketing tools using advanced web technologies and frontend UI/UX solutions. He has previous development experience from various ad tech companies.

Efrat Bar-Lev

Marketing and public relations

Marketing pro

Efrat is responsible for executing COTI's marketing campaigns and managing public relations. Efrat brings over 5 years of experience in the digital media sphere, which includes managing WEB3's mobile department and leading client relation operations.

Jon Elias

Social & operations

Expert in business development

Jon serves as a business development and operations manager at COTI. Previously he held the role of head of affiliate marketing at WEB3, as well as an operations manager at Maple.

Albert A. Levi


Customer support and compliance specialist

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. A multi-dimensional team player with various areas of expertise, he plays an important role in maintaining close customer-community relationships and moderation.

Idan Lakritz

Blockchain expert

Serial entrepreneur

Idan is an entrepreneur that has been involved in the blockchain space since 2013 on a technical and business strategy level. Idan is a CPA with years of experience at PwC and EY.

Backers and Advisors

Dr Matt McBrady

Former CIO,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 Bain Capital and has worked with Janet Yellen in President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors. Matthew holds a Phd in business economics from Harvard University.

Steven Heilbron

Former CEO Investec Bank UK

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.

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. Avi holds a business administration degree from the University of Southern California.

Lindsey Maule

CEO, Luna Capital

Former head of cryptocurrency research at Precursor Ventures. Lindsey especially focuses on pre-ICO and ICO investments

Stas Oskin

WINGS Foundation co-founder

Stas leads the technology strategy and partnerships effort for WINGS Foundation, a Swiss non-profit focused on decentralised finance and governance systems. Stas has over 15 years of extensive experience in engineering, blockchain, cloud services, and software development.

Sebastian Stupurac

WINGS Foundation co-founder

Sebastian is the co-founder of WINGS, a community engagement and smart contract facilitation platform operating on the DAPPS Ethereum blockchain.

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 executive director of Transact Europe Holdings OOD. Jon has founded and led several successful ventures in the international finance domains.

Dr Zvi Gabay

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 at the Israel Securities Authority and as a lawyer in the New York office of Skadden.

Dr Stephan Wessel

CEO Arcana Capital

Stephan is the founding partner of Arcana Capital. He previously led the private equity efforts at two single-family offices, and held senior roles at Rianta Capital and Gaydoul Group.

Theofanis Alexoudas

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. UK

Theofanis began his career at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in London and most recently served as the chief risk officer at Safecap Investments.

Prof. Martin Fochmann

Professor, University of Cologne

Martin is a professor for behavioral accounting, taxation and finance at the University of Cologne. He is also the CEO of the German Association for Experimental Economic Research. Martin taught business and finance courses at several universities, including the University of Cologne, University of Hannover and EBS University. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Würzburg and has won several prizes for his research.

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, as well 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, Simplex

Nimrod has over two decades of experience in Israel's startup sector. He is well respected for leading large-scale software projects that catalyze significant change, particularly in the FinTech and e-commerce industries.

Gaurav Dubey

Serial entrepreneur, DLT blockchain innovator

On-board as a partner in over 10 blockchain companies in the tech industry. Gaurav is also the founder of the technology wing of Infotech Hub, an accelerator that has produced leading enterprise blockchain solutions like (US), (UAE), (Exclusive partners to Viacom18) (India), Clensta (accepted by NASA) and many more.

Kevin O’Hara

Group CIO, Tulla Private Equity Group

Kevin has a long history as a startup founder having founded and exited two very successful Australian startups to private equity. Kevin now works in the venture capital and private equity investment sector as the group CIO for Tulla Private Equity Group.


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