COVESTING Team

COVESTING is led by a team of world-class experts with backgrounds in trading, investment banking, blockchain, AI, data, and fintech (Saxo Bank, SEB Bank, JP Morgan, Zurich Insurance and others) with accumulated trading experience of over 60 years.

Dmitrij Pruglo

CEO & Founder

Dmitrij Pruglo is an investment management and trading professional with extensive experience in global financial markets. Passionate for and inspired by fintech and trading, his scope of interests expands from investment in traditional markets, to startups and cryptocurrency. After graduating from Karel de Grote-Hogeschool, Antwerpen; Dmitrij quickly began to develop a career in the financial industry as a top performer in the SEB Bank Investments department, covering UHNW clients. Working as a sales trader at the headquarters of Saxo Bankin Denmark, Dmitrij further developed his trading skills as a financial market professional, delivering outstanding results. He is a licensed financial broker and holds an ACI dealing certificate.


Dmitrij now has over 12 years of experience dealing in various asset classes: FX, options, futures, equity, commodities, complex OTC structured products and bonds. He has in-depth knowledge of most trading platforms available on the market today and has been involved in the development of several algorithmic trading strategies. After gaining the necessary experience from Saxo Bank, as well as constantly adapting to the latest developments in the fintech and blockchain industries, Dmitrij became the Founder and driving force of the COVESTING project.

Tim Voronin

COO & Co-Founder

Tim Voronin is an experienced equity and derivatives trader, entrepreneur and early adopter of cryptocurrency. His first engagement with Bitcoin began in 2012 when he first included cryptocurrency in his private portfolio. Tim began his trading career in 2008 as a prop trader at Argo Traders where he was constantly implementing new trading techniques and grew as a professional, trading on LSE and XETRA during one of the most turbulent times in market history.


Tim was a top performer on the FX and equity desks of Orion Securities, covering UHNW, managing portfolios and generating trading strategies in various asset classes. Tim was an early adopter of cutting-edge technical breakthroughs in trading and is an IMC license holder. After his trading role at Saxo Bank, where he worked alongside other COVESTING team members, Tim switched to managing his own portfolio and participating in business ventures in both real economic segments and alternative investments.

Dinis Guarda

Co-Founder

Dinis is an influencer, specializing in business development strategy and blockchain, as well as an ICO Evangelist. For three consecutive years he has been ranked in the top 10-50 influencers worldwide in blockchain, fintech, and social media. Dinis is the founder/CEO of LifeSci - a P2P, blockchain, PAAS with a Nobel of Medicine.


He was the founder of Tradingfloor, one of the first digital social networks for trading at Saxo Bank. Dinis created Ztudium – a digital tech platform and blockchain company. He is a lecturer at Copenhagen Business School, Cambridge University, Group INSEEC/Monaco University.


Dinis is a serial entrepreneur in the artificial intelligence and blockchain industries, publishing several books and speaking at multiple conferences around the world on these topics. He is a social trading, crypto and ICO Evangelist who has worked with leading industry players to develop several cryptocurrencies. Dinis has been involved in the business development, technology infrastructure and legal landscape of several international foundations working as Founder, COO and CMO. He works with the UN, several governments, the European Space Agency, Saxo Bank, Mastercard, Barclays, and Oanda.

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Kurt Carlsson

Chief Commercial Officer

Started in 1992 in the Danish Midas Fondsmæglerselskab A/S, which later became Saxo Bank. Kurt is a financial director, technologist and business leader with a big experience working between countries and one of the first computer sales and forex trading professionals when the industry started in the 90s. Kurt was one of the founding pillars of Saxo Bank A/S success in Copenhagen, responsible for sales to private and corporate clients for recommendations of financial investment strategies. He was in the company for almost 20 years, and as Executive Director responsible for establishing Saxo Bank A/S Sucursal en Espana, Spain.

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Peter Kristensen

Head of Markets and Investor Relations

Peter has accumulated over 30 years of experience in financial markets. He was the Head of Sales Trading and Technical Analysis at Saxo Bank.
He then shifted to Synthesis Bank, now Saxo Bank Switzerland, to establish their presence in the online trading world before leaving in 2006 to establish JP Fund Services.
Peter’s capital markets background sets him apart from many other fund services executives. Peter is based in Florida and runs the North American operations as well as continuing to work with his significant European network and clientele.

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Paul Hinrichsen

Director of Business Development

Paul is a financial marketing and operations management professional with experience in both investment banking, and fintech. Paul worked for JP Morgan Chase for over 4 years in investment banking, specializing in booking and settlements of FX trading, treasury services, settling corporate actions, and custody for Fidelity, a Fortune 500 company. Paul then moved on to Citibank where he continued his career in Treasury Services, settling billion dollar funds with various other global banks such as Wells Fargo, JP Morgan and HSBC. Paul discovered cryptocurrency in 2011. He also went on to found Blocksoar, a company specializing in public relations and digital advertising for cryptocurrency and ICOs.

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Ivan Klykov

Investment Products Development

Ivan Klykov is an expert in portfolio management and investment products development. Ivan graduated from Saint-Petersburg University with degrees in mathematics and economics. Ivan has 10 years of experience in the asset management industry. He worked as a portfolio manager in Agana AM Company ($1B AUM), and later developed a retail investment product line from scratch at Alpari – one of the leading FX-brokers.

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Sergey Sevantsyan

Chief Technology Officer

Sergey is an IT industry professional, co-founder of IBW, Consultant for crypto funds, project manager at several ICO’s, and blockchain evangelist. He is leading technology team in day-to-day operations, providing key expertise and supervision. He is responsible for design, deployment and organization of all technology related processes. Sergey previously worked as a Senior IT employee, managing infrastructure for companies such as NOKIA, Alcatel-Lucent, GEA, Shell, Shire, Becton Dickinson etc.

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Andrey Nenadov

Project Manager

Andrey has vast experience in project management, digital advertising, assurance, consulting, IR and financial reporting. He holds a masters degree in finance from the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. Andrey worked for over five years at Big4 companies, KPMG and Ernst & Young, providing assurance and consulting services for the largest global and Russian companies in oil & gas, construction, FMCG, and telecom industries. He also worked for one year in the business development department of Rosneft – the 8th largest global oil & gas company.

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Alex Strakh

Blockchain Lead

Alexander Strakh is a software engineer with more than 10 years of experience in software testing and design. Alex graduated from Bauman State University with a background in programming Linux kernel drivers. Alex is a contributing developer on the Linux Device Drivers Verification Project, the system for automated testing of Linux drivers. He is a Solidity expertand developed smart contracts for number of blockchain-based projects.

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Konstantin Zherebtsov

Information Security Officer

Konstantin is a software engineering and IT security expert. Responsible for the operational compliance oversight across the outsourcing organization, establishing internal controls framework, handling external audits and assurance activities, providing information security risk consultancy. He is a former Chief of Information Security at Zurich Insurance IS and Head of Compliance at Swisscom.

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Max Sayganov

Digital Marketing Strategist

Result-driven marketing professional, Max has over fifteen years of marketing experience with a focus on financial markets and trading industries. Max is a leading specialist in global marketing campaigns for Saxo Bank, Mediagroup London, and Marketing Lion. Responsible for Digital marketing channels performance globally. All layers of SEO, SEA, Data analysis and mining.

Advisors

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Philipp Kallerhoff

Philipp has significant experience in the strategy development for systematic trading strategies across various asset classes. Philipp was Director at Harcourt/Vontobel Asset Management AG in Zurich, Switzerland from 2013 to 2017. While at Harcourt Philipp, he specialized in the application of machine learning to multi-factor market dynamics. From 2006 to 2008, Philipp was a Quantitative Analyst at the Landesbank in Berlin, Germany. From 2008 until 2013, Philipp was a co-founder at Alligator Trading GmbH in Berlin, Germany, and partner at Centrade Capital Management GmbH in Zurich, Switzerland. Philipp has a Doctorate in Computational Neuroscience as well as degrees in Engineering, Management, and Psychology.

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Alexander Perkins

Alexander Perkins is a fintech advisor and experienced venture capitalist. His background includes working with CEOs, entrepreneurs, boards, top investors, quantitative traders, thought leaders in the startup world. Alexander has been working with many key industry players in Silicon Valley and Wall Street in the American tech investment scene. He is presently a blockchain, crypto and ICO strategist at Glance tech, a tech and DLT consultant at Uptick Growth and COVESTING. He has been working with various Initial Coin Offerings, specializing in corporate control, governance, investor relations, business development, and strategy.

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Aleš Tomažin, Phd

Ales Tomazin is CRO at Sava Insurance Company and advisor to crypto companies. His main areas of daily activities are ERM, capital allocation, Solvency II, IFRS 17 and bringing business logic to start-ups in the pre and post-ICO processes. He holds a PhD in Actuarial Science, and has more than 15 years of experience in the insurance sector (working for more than 10 insurance companies) and is a known influencer in the blockchain community.

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Prof. Simon Choi

Simon Choi is an international lawyer, qualified to practice law in England & Wales, and in Hong Kong, China. Simon graduated from the law schools of Peking University, the University of London and the University of Hong Kong respectively. Simon contributes to COVESTING by providing an in-depth knowledge of international law, as well as advising and reviewing new blockchain regulations in various jurisdictions. With more than 25 years of experience in international trade, investment, finance, and M&A, he is an asset for COVESTING to ensure the highest degree of compliance and adherence to all relevant government policies towards blockchain technology.

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Mounir Fallah

Mounir is the founder and the visionary behind FXQUANTUM LTD, where he is also the Executive Director. He brings with him over 11 years of financial markets and entrepreneurial business experience and expertise. His career in finance started in 2006 where he has been employed in senior positions by high profile international and most recognized online entitites like Saxo Bank A/S and ADS Securities focusing on HNW clients, brokers, and fund management firms.

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Mike Bishop, JD

Mike Bishop is a lawyer by education who specializes in developing and marketing innovative financial products. Since his graduation in 1996, he has worked as a director of regulatory affairs for an insurance company, a private wealth manager to hundreds of high net worth investors with incomes ranging from $1 million to $275 million and has syndicated hundreds of millions of dollars of real estate investments. He has raised institutional venture capital for a real estate risk product and co-developed a securitized bond offering. He currently sits on the board of advisors for a couple of successful ICOs. Carex Health, LaToken.