What sets us apart
Meet our team
Our team represents a balance of genuine expertise in banking, commodity trading, technology, finance, information security and the crypto economy.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
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.
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
Walid is a seasoned executive with extensive B2B experience across various industries Energy, IT&S, Payment Systems and Transport sectors in relevant organization like Shell and Thales
Walid built trust-based relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders at C-level including Governments, Souverain Funds and National Energy Company creating mutual beneficial long-term partnership to deliver strategic objectives.
During his role as Shell Kuwait Chairman and CEO he Positioned Shell as a Partner of Choice with State of Kuwait:
- Signed long-term LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with Kuwait Petroleum Company: 15-year for the supply of 3 million tons per annum (MTPA) representing 50% of market share with $60bn related value.
- Signed 3 Enhanced Technical Service Agreements 10 years duration with $4.2bn related value to support Kuwait Oil Company challenging development projects.
- Increased crude oil off-take to 180 kbd
Walid joined Shell in 2008 as the EMEAR Business Development Vice President of Shell Global Solutions International providing Consultancy support, delpoying new technologies and delivering value to strategic third-party partners (National Energy Company).
Previously Walid spend 17 years in Thales with different executive role in Business Development, General Management and Supply Chain.
Walid is holding an MBA from the Ecole des Ponts Paris-Tech, a Master in Automated Production from the Ecole Centrale Paris and a Master in Mechanical Engineering from SupMeca Paris.
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.
Head of Trade Finance
A Trade Finance expert with more than 20 years of experience in structured trade finance and commodity finance markets, physical offtake contracts and financing documentation, documentary credits, bank guarantees, UCP 600 and Incoterms. Held various positions in back and front offices of largest private bank in CIS and multinational trading house in Switzerland. Passionate about technology start-up businesses and digitalization of trade finance.
Dauren holds a MBA degree from Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics and completed Leadership Development Program at ESADE Business school, Barcelona, Spain.
Head of Liquidity Marketplace
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).
DR. MALCOLM MCLELLAND
Mergers and Acquisition Director
Malcolm is a financial economist with over 25 years of experience in consulting, research, and teaching. His consulting work spans merger and acquisition analysis and structuring, negotiation of private debt and equity placements, and valuation of privately-held debt and equity interests. Since 2010, he has been involved in international capital markets advisory services with clients based in Brazil, the USA, and Asia where he advises on the effects of economic factors on profits and asset prices, risk pricing, and valuations of private market assets and transactions.
Dr. McLelland’s research generally involves topics relating to international capital markets, asset pricing theory, financial reporting, and valuation in private capital markets. He is the author of the book International Cost of Capital Estimation: Methods Based on Modern Asset Pricing Theory and his research has been published in Business Valuation Review, Review of Accounting & Finance, Managerial Finance, and on the Social Science Research Network. Dr. McLelland has held a variety of academic appointments including positions at Michigan State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Purdue University, Indiana University, and Stuttgart Institute of Management and Technology.
Dr. McLelland was graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Business (Accounting) and from Michigan State University with a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Accounting and Econometrics).
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.
senior supply chain specialist
Rafael is an SCM, procurement, operations, and logistics professional with extensive
international executive experience. forming and directing multinational
procurement, logistics, operations, and supply chain organizations.
He is a seasoned professional with solid history of success as a consultant and on-staff leader in multinational manufacturing, service, and technology environments.
Rafael has a strong ability to create and execute programs and initiatives that enhance business operations. Further, he is highly adept at developing and leading teams that meet and exceed established goals and expectations.
Rafael has demonstrated his skills in managing projects from inception to final delivery while maintaining budgets and schedules.
He also has an extensive background in Lean management, Lean Six Sigma, Six Sigma, and
SENIOR DATA CONSULTANT
Cynthia is a national of Trinidad and Tobago and is a technical strategist and solution architect with over thirty years in the management and support of the delivery of financial software solutions across the Caribbean.
With an acumen for bridging the gap between business requirements (what non-technical users need) and technical solutions can diagnose and propose technical and re-engineering solutions within an effective and practical path due to an extensive understanding and exposure of the process flows of the financial sector activities, its regulatory challenges and the need to ensure the internal monetization of data through operational efficiency, fraud detection, risk management and customer relationship management.
Proficient in data mining and the aggregation and dis-aggregation of data, Cynthia brings her ability to propose conceptual data models to support the decision processes.
Emerging from a transactional centric environment, has spent the last few years in the research of the distributed ledger, which resulted in the presentation and publication of an idea at Saner 2020, and is at present the blockchain strategist for a warehousing start-up.
Cynthia is a graduate of the Boston University Brussels Graduate Centre and the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.
Dr. Khalifa Toumi
Blockchain Solution Architect and Developer
Experienced solution architect, technical leader and blockchain architect with more than 10 years of experience in the fields of blockchains, cyber security, testing and monitoring, and software development. Khalifa has been an architect and a lead developer in several blockchains based projects including a decentralized identity platform, security token offering platform, blockchain data and energy marketplaces and ICO implementation projects.
DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER
Michael is a published fiction writer and has had his non-fiction appear in numerous publications. Beyond writing, he creates exciting content across different mediums that all have a passionate storytelling component.
As a communications professional, Michael has worked with leading international companies in their respective industries and markets. He developed and executed strategic communications plans setting the tone for the company’s culture and enhancing employee and customer engagement.
Michael has a master’s degree in Identity and Integration from Universiteit van Amsterdam and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Concordia University. He has worked across Europe, North and South America, China, and Russia.
DIGITAL STRATEGY & DESIGN LEAD
Tanja has over a decade worth of experience in the corporate world, working with large multinationals in industries including, consulting, insurance, and retail/wholesale.
She holds a degree in business administration and completed advanced studies in agile IT project management, requirements engineering, and UX Design.