Behind the Currency of the Internet

Team experience

The COTI team is comprised of individuals with proven experience in the payments, cryptography and financial services industries. The core team is supported by internationally recognised advisors including experts in asset management, banking, marketing and blockchain.

COTI’s team members have been hand-picked from leading companies, such as IBM, Ripple, Blackrock, HSBC, Investec Bank UK and Plus500 amongst many others.

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.

David Assaraf

Co-founder, COO

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.

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.

Guy Klajman


Qualified in triple digit growth

Guy has 15 years of key sales, business development and marketing experience with leading hi-tech companies in the FinTech, gaming, eHealth and blockchain/crypto spheres.

Efrat Bar-Lev

VP marketing

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.

Samuel Falkon

Co-founder, VP business development

FinTech pro

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

Niv Abramovich

VP product

Advertising expert

Niv has a strong track record in the fields of marketing and advertising, with a focus on operations management, sales and payments in dynamic start-up environments. He was the previous product manager at Playtech, Safecharge and eToro.

Eli Hallufgil

Technology team leader

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.

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).

Costa Chervotkin

Product Manager

FinTech professional

Costa has numerous years of experience as a product manager at various FinTech companies. He holds a BSc in industrial engineering and management from Ben Gurion University.

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.

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.

Zalman Goldstein

Software engineer

Expert in FinTech applications

Zalman has worked as a software engineer and full stack developer at a number of finance companies. He is a graduate in economics and computer science from the Open University.

Ben Elnekave

Software Engineer

R&D expert

Ben has contributed to core R&D efforts at a number of technology companies. He holds a Bsc degree in software and information systems engineering from Ben-Gurion University.

Yohai Agami

Software Developer

Team leader

Prior to COTI, Yohai had a string of experiences working as a software engineer in various fields for nine years. He also served in the technology unit of the Israeli army.

Shani Patael

Front end developer

UI/UX specialist

Shani is a front end developer with experience in developing web applications using modern and advanced technologies with a special focus on UI/UX.

Kirill Chudinov

Software engineer

R&D expert

Kirill has worked at several hitech companies in e-commerce, e-learning and finance and is well versed in a variety of programming languages.

Tomer Armarnik

Software engineer

Expert in digital applications

Tomer is an experienced software engineer from the telecommunications sector. He holds a B.Sc degree in electrical and electronic engineering and computer science from Tel Aviv University.

Alex Stoliar

Software developer

R&D expert

Alex has worked as a software engineer in the Telecom and drone industries. He is a B.Sc graduate in computer science from Ben Gurion University

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.

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.

Shani Assaraf

Project manager

Department coordinating pro

Shani manages and coordinates projects across multiple departments at COTI. She has cumulative years of experience in the finance industry and capital markets. Shani holds a BA in psychology from the Open University.

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.

Yuval Ohayon


Finance expert

Yuval was a former senior associate in financial due diligence (FDD) at KPMG. He is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and business management.

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.

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.

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.

Ran Neu-Ner

Founder, Onchain Capital

Ran has been a part of the blockchain world since 2013 and has advised several projects. He is the founder of Onchain Capital, a crypto asset fund and advisory service. He also hosts the Crypto Trader Show, the world’s only televised crypto TV program for CNBC.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


We believe that decentralization is the future and that the Trustchain is the next generation blockchain 3.0 solution, which will bring the world one step closer to achieving mass adoption of cryptocurrencies.

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