Trusted Trade Finance Expertise
Dedicated to Next-Gen Solutions
LGR Global offers a modern digital trade finance solution that optimizes processes and enables seamless money movement between the Silk Road Countries (68+).
- LGR Global provides fast, trusted, and highly secure cross-border money movement services and a digital end-to-end trade finance system – transactions take just seconds.
- Our transaction fees are 50% lower than those of the traditional banking services.
- Our solution improves on traditional banking services by providing high transparency, reducing complexity and risks while improving accountability, and customer-orientation.
Our team represents a balance of genuine expertise in banking, commodity trading, technology, finance, information security and the crypto economy.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Ali is a professional international banker and commodity trading expert (oil, gas, energy) in the Middle Eastern and Russian markets.
Further, he is a highly regarded trader of precious metals and gemstones, and is the founder and chairman of several globally active companies operating under the LIRAVI brand.
Ali is a noted international public speaker who routinely presents to top-tier professional and governmental organizations and media on topics such as geopolitics and global economics.
As the CEO and co-founder of LGR Global and the Silk Road Coin, he is passionate about harnessing the power of emerging technologies to fundamentally improve and optimize the cross-border payment and trade finance industries.
DR. ARI AALTONEN
Ari is the strategic CFO for LGR Global and the Silk Road Coin. Ari has strong banking, financial services, and manufacturing industry experience and has worked in senior manager positions at Capgemini, Cognizant & Oracle, as well as in CFO, CEO and chairman positions in several start-ups.
During his career he has been delivering both organic and acquisition growth with focus on increasing shareholder value. Ari specializes in strategy, finance and digital technology, building and leading A-class teams, managing financial planning, forecasting, capital management, fund-raising, go-to-market, digital transformation and performance management.
He has extensive C-level and board-level relationships across Europe.
Markus is the strategic CSO for LGR Global and the Silk Road Coin. He has spent his career in the trading/investment industry as a physical commodity and financial derivatives trader.
As Chief Risk Manager, he served for major multi-commodity groups and upstream/downstream industries (oil/gas/electricity, metals & minerals, grains, softs). Markus was also the strategic advisor for investment banks and family offices dealing in alternative investments. He also managed a global set of top-tier commodity portfolios.
Markus has extensive C-level and board-level experience, as Vice-Chairman, CEO and CRO. He brings innovation management experience in technology markets and trading.
TAWANDA GREAT MANGERE
CIO ASIA-PACIFIC & MENA
Tawanda has over 20 years’ Global experience across Investment Banking covering Venture Capital, International Trade Finance (Metals, Oil & Gas, TMT and Industrials) Private Equity (Primaries, Secondaries and Co-investments), Structured and Project Finance, M&A, Corporate Advisory Funds and Asset management expertise on the buy and sell side.
He has raised over $5 billion in assets for alternative investments including private equity, private/ opportunistic credit and hedge funds. His experience includes leading a syndicate of venture investors into a select group of global companies with strong technology underpinnings, highly differentiated offerings, and validation from sophisticated buyers.
Tawanda enjoys the benefit of a huge global network across venture capital, Investment banking, entrepreneurs and enterprise, from which he has applied a selective criterion for principal investments, as an Angel and Corporate investor (until recently partner at Meridian Asset Management a firm he co-founded with over 1.5B Assets under Management).
Tawanda started his career with JP Morgan in London before moving into Transaction and Deal Advisory in London, Singapore & New York. Tawanda has worked as Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking and Private Equity for Global Investment banks like Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital, Chase Capital Partners, JPMorgan Cazenove, First Capital and SF Investments (KKR) covering Energy & Resources, Infrastructure, Industrials, Agriculture, Tourism, Transport & Logistics, Financial Services, Power & Utilities.
Prior to joining MP Capital, Tawanda was Head of Investment Risk ASX listed IOOF group with $152.6B FUA. Tawanda has worked across all continents and is fluent in 5 languages.
Tawanda has in recent years taken up advisory work within the Fintech industry covering Global Payments, Ai, and Blockchain technologies. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (UK) and CA Australia, holding an MBA and degrees from Oxford university and Imperial College.
Some of Tawanda’s notable transactions include:
▪ Investcorp acquisition of Minimax Holding GmbH €265mil
▪ European Locomotive Leasing Capital raise €200mil
▪ DLF’s $2.25 billion IPO on the Indian exchanges (NSE and BSE)
▪ KKR $905m acquisition of BIS Industries Sydney
▪ BK Partners South Korea acquisition of ING Groep NV’s $1.7 billion
▪ Cingular Wireless LLC’s US$47-billion acquisition of AT&T Wireless
▪ Williams Companies $3Billion Financial Restructuring
▪ Blackstone acquisition of Waldorf Astoria and Strategic Hotels and Resorts
▪ NorskHydro’s oil and gas merger with Statoil: $29 billion creating combined entity EV of $90B
▪ TechnoPro Holdings, ¥53.1 billion Initial Public Offering
▪ US19.5B Chinalco acquisition of 12% in Rio Tinto
▪ China CITIC Bank’s $5.9 billion IPO and concurrent listing in Hong Kong and Shanghai
Stefano leads the technology team and oversees the design and development of the LGR Global platform and the Silk Road Coin.
A technology manager with 20 years of experience in enterprise software solutions, Stefano is an author, public speaker, and an ambassador for beautiful and functional software.
His interests extend to blockchain, IoT and A.I.-related technologies. Stefano is highlighted as one of the world’s top 160 technology visionaries and is an active Microsoft Regional Director. He holds a Bachelor of Science, with a focus on Information Technology from the University of Provident and Global MBA from the London School of Business and Finance.
Rob is an experienced business architect having held chief architect positions within an international Financial Service company and a UK public sector organisation.
He owns a consultancy business in the UK delivering architecture and transformation services to a range of clients which has included Visa Europe where he was Lead Business Architect for the Digital Business unit.
He has also been Head of Enterprise Architecture consulting for a global system integrator and has developed the business and technical architecture for a number of start-up organisations across a range of financial services sectors.
Etienne has more than 18 years of experience in financial services as a lawyer, consultant and compliance specialist.
He has worked for law firms, investment banks, brokerage firms and Fintechs in Canada, France and the UK. He is currently European head of Regulatory Compliance at one of Europe’s leading banks.
Etienne holds a master’s degree from UCLA and civil and common law degrees from McGill University.
Owen is a creative and dynamic marketing and business development executive with years of experience in the technology and blockchain sectors.
He works passionately to demystify and promote new technologies and disruptive DLT solutions.
An established speaker, media personality and podcast host, Owen also contributes written articles and opinions to leading technology and legal outlets. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology & communications from Simon Fraser University (SFU), and a master’s degree in international law from the University of St. Gallen (HSG).
Global Head of Digital Product
focusing on cross-border money movement and cash pooling.
and credit as CEO of a niche Crowdfinacing platform in Switzerland. With an eye for operational and regulatory detail, Anthony brings a wealth and depth of classical banking knowledge and combines these skills with the vast future opportunities of DTL, blockchain and AI, afforded to trade finance and the digital currency global ecosystem.
AAMIR ALI KHAN
TRADE FINANCE Strategist
Aamir is a professional banker and financial professional over 21 years of cross-sector experience in strategic risk analysis, sales, marketing, and business development of Corporate & SME accounts in the banking sector. He currently spearheads functions as Credit Hub Manager with Habib Bank.
Aamir has demonstrable expertise in credit risk management, product
development, branch operations, and marketing solutions across the
financial services sector.
Further, he has extensive experience in strategic planning, identification of new business avenues & profit maximization, marketing & sales of lending products, including: trade, working capital, and long-term financing facilities.
GO TO MARKET STRATEGIST
A true serial entrepreneur, Kevin has founded, developed, and built several companies that have led to successful exits. He has over 20 years of brand development and deal-making experience.
Kevin has advised companies in a broad spectrum of industries and is now focused on digital global trade finance. An expert in business functions, Kevin has overseen and executed numerous structured transactions, business plan developments, tactical strategic initiatives, company valuations and government compliance.
Kevin is a graduate and alumni of Harvard Business School and his expertise covers several types of transactions including: EB-5 capital, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged recapitalization and joint ventures, with concentrations in start-ups and middle-market companies.
He also holds several mechanical patents, is an Ironman triathlete and a second-degree black belt in martial arts.
DIGITAL MARKETING SPECIALIST
Cristián Chicuy is an experienced digital marketing manager focused on optimizing growth and measuring impact via quantiative & qualitative data analysis.
He is an expert in the implementation of cross-channel social media strategies and digital communications.
Thoughout his career, Cristián has worked with global firms, tech start-ups, and both traditional & digital advertising agencies.
He has a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations from the Universidad Tecnológica de Chile, and has completed several diplomas in digital marketing and data analytics.