Mr. Jason Blick

Jason qualified as a UK attorney and served as the nationwide manager of BerrmansLace Mawer, who specialise in financial services. He went on to manage legal and compliance in over 90 countries for Sun Microsystems, overseeing over €1.5 billion per year in transactions.

He later became the CEO of Financial Partners Bank, with over 12,000 clients and $1.2 billion AUA. He is the founder of Cayman Enterprise City, the Cayman Commodities and Derivative Exchange, and he served on the board of the Cayman Islands Government Special Economic Zone Authority.


About EQIBank:

EQIBank is the world’s first  Licensed and Regulated Offshore Bank* for national currencies, crypto and digital assets. Its innovative approach will provide clients with a single banking relationship for their entire national currency, crypto and digital asset ecosystem. Customers will also have access to a comprehensive suite of services including trading, custody, lending, clearing and settlement

EQIBank was founded by former HSBC, Credit Suisse, Bank of New York and UBS bankers with over 240 years of combined experience in banking, financial services, exchanges, asset management and blockchain technology.  It will open its first accounts in December 2018 and is currently taking customer applications.


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Mr. Jed Talvacchia

Jed Talvacchia (General Partner) Jed is a co-founder of Adroc Technology Partners. He is currently a Director for R3’s Corporate Development, supporting the firm’s capital raising and strategic planning including raising R3’s record $107mm Series A. Prior to joining R3 in January 2017, Jed worked in the Financial Institutions Group of Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division, where he advised Financial Technology and Asset Management companies on market strategy, capital planning, and mergers/acquisitions. Jed holds an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, an MA from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, and a BA from the College of William and Mary. Prior to graduate school, Jed worked for at the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and at the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Jed has also worked at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York.


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Mr. Brian Sewell

Brian first developed a system for ACH electronic financial transactions as an executive for World Savings (a Fortune 500 Bank sold to Wells Fargo), before striking out on his own as a financier and managing over $1.1 billion in assets. His banking experience spurred him in 2013 to invest in bitcoin, and in 2014, to become an independent cryptocurrency trader and liquidity provider. That business evolved into Rockwell Trades, a personalized cryptocurrency trading service for trades of $100,000+. Brian’s cryptocurrency liquidity and investment activities also funded Rockwell Capital, a family office that invests in cryptocurrency while educating high net worth investors and family offices about this transformational technology and emerging investment asset. He holds a BS in Business from Southern Utah University, a Data Science Certificate from Johns Hopkins University, and a Machine Learning Certificate from Stanford University.


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Mr. Mitch Davis

A digital media pioneer with a long record of entrepreneurial success, Mitch Davis is Emergent Technology’s Chief Commercial Officer, as well as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Emergent Payments, a digital payments company he co-founded in 2007 that operates in all emerging market regions. Mitch sparked a revolution in the video game industry when he founded the world’s first and largest in-game advertising network, Massive Inc., which he sold to Microsoft in 2006. He was consequently named one of the most influential people in the video game industry by the Wall Street Journal. Mitch leads the commercialization of Emergent Technology’s supply chain and commercial operation, including G-Coin tokens.


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Ms. Tonya M. Evans

Tonya M. Evans, J.D., is a Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, Chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Online Programs. Evans has expertise in the areas of intellectual property, new technologies (including blockchain and distributed ledger technology), entrepreneurship & innovation, entertainment law, trusts & estates, and municipal finance. She writes, speaks, and teaches primarily about the intersections of copyright and new technologies as well as estates law issues. Professor Evans is a member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Focus Group on Digital Currency including Digital Fiat Currency, the ITU Focus Group on Application of Distributed Ledger Technology, and also The Accord Project’s IP Working Group, which works to develop best practices and standardization of smart legal contracts. Professor Evans was also appointed recently for a three-year term to serve on the Intellectual Property Committee of the Advisory Council to the Court of Federal Claims.


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Mr. Dave Copps

Dave is known locally and internationally as a technologist and visionary on the role that advanced technologies will play in transforming markets and the world. For the past 15 years, as a technologist, entrepreneur and CEO, he founded, launched and sold three companies all focused on machine learning and artificial intelligence. In 2017 Dave was recognized as Emerging Company CEO of the Year in Texas.

Most recently Dave served as CEO of Brainspace Corporation (acquired by Cyxtera), a company he founded, that revolutionized the use of machine learning in digital investigations. Brainspace was recognized as North Texas’ Emerging Company of the Year in 2016 for its work in Augmented Intelligence. The technology radically improved the effectiveness of analysts and agents through their interaction with machine learning and AI. The Brainspaceplatform has quickly become the industry standard in intelligent analytics and has been adopted by organizations around the world, including all major international consulting firms, many agencies in the Federal Government, the DoD and other international intelligence agencies. Prior to Brainspace, Dave founded Engenium Corporation (purchased later by Marsh McLennan) where he led the adoption of the company’s semantic search platform. Dave’s companies have placed machine learning and AI in thousands of organizations and agencies around the globe.

Dave received his BA from the University of North Texas in Industrial Anthropology / Corporate Culture. He is an invited member of the Aspen Institute’s Roundtable on AI, a frequent speaker at MIT’s EmTech conferences and other events centered around machine learning, AI and the future of technology. He is an active mentor and investor in startup companies and lectures at Universities and technology incubators all over the world including Tech Wildcatters and the Dallas Entrepreneurs Center (The DEC) in his home town of Dallas Texas.

When Dave is not being a geek he enjoys collecting custom guitars, brewing craft beer, ocean sailing and family time at his house on the island of Bequia in the Caribbean.

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Mr. Ismail Malik

Ismail Malik, a self-styled ‘social engineer and PR Renegade’, is the Editor in Chief of the world’s foremost publication on Initial Coin Offerings — ICOcrowd, has over 20 years experience in technology related startups and entrepreneurship, and is among the leading experts in the blockchain field. In fact, Ismail has been recognized as part of the top-100 most influential people in blockchain by

Ismail is also the founder and CEO of Blockchain Lab, ‘supplychain on blockchains consultant’ for Chainx, crafts smart contracts on the blockchain for SmartLedger. He is a man of many talents, including a professional mastery of 5 languages, has a wide range of skills & expertise relating to blockchain & crypto, and regularly speaks at blockchain events.

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Mr. Alex Gladstein

Alex Gladstein is Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation. He has also served as Vice President of Strategy for the Oslo Freedom Forum since its inception in 2009. In his work Alex has connected hundreds of dissidents and civil society groups with business leaders, technologists, journalists, philanthropists, policymakers, and artists to promote free and open societies. Alex’s writing and views on human rights and technology have appeared in media outlets across the world including The Atlantic, BBC, CNN, Fast Company, The Guardian, Monocle, the New York Times, NowThis, NPR, Quartz, TIME, WIRED, The New Republic, and The Wall Street Journal. He has spoken at universities ranging from MIT to Stanford, presented at the European Parliament, and participated in Singularity University events from Berlin to Johannesburg. He has also spoken at a range of blockchain events about why bitcoin matters for freedom. He currently lives in the San Francisco area, and you can reach him at

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Mr. Hadley Stern

Hadley Stern is Senior Vice President, Managing Director for the Enterprise Services group at Fidelity Investments. Hadley is a product designer and program leader, helping to incubate and launch several new programs and products for the firm.

Since 2015, he has run Fidelity’s Bitcoin, Blockchain and Digital Currency Incubator, focusing on deep development research, proof of concepts, prototypes, and new product development. Prior to that, Hadley oversaw product strategy, development and program management for new services in mobile, social media, and online channels. Hadley was also group creative director for Fidelity’s advertising division.

Prior to joining Fidelity in 2001, Hadley was a director of experience at Razorfish. He has also held design roles at Rykodisc and Malcolm Grear Designers.

Hadley holds ten patents, is a speaker, and a published author.

Hadley received his bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts and creative writing from Concordia University, and his bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design.




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Mr. Guy Dietrich

Guy Dietrich is a Managing Director at Rockefeller Capital Management. He has over 35 years of investment experience and is responsible for advising ultra high net worth clients, family offices, foundations, and endowments. Prior to joining Rockefeller, Mr. Dietrich lead the largest private wealth management practice for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in the Silicon Valley. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and was a fellow at the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative, and was on Advisory Board of the the Stanford University Institute for Economic Policy Research.


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