Josh previously served as the former Global Head of the Data and AI Practice for Publicis.Sapient. In this role, he was responsible for strategy and partnerships related to artificial intelligence across all business lines. After his undergraduate education at MIT, he joined Sapient where he launched the capital markets consulting business which grew to become a multi-hundred million dollar business unit. Josh was a member of the leadership team responsible for growing the valuation of the overall organization from $50M when he joined to $3.7B upon its sale to Publicis in 2015.
He is a frequent speaker on how AI can be leveraged to transform business models and is regularly quoted in leading publications such as Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Inc., Ad Age, AdWeek, CNBC, Venture Beat and Huffington Post.
John Edge, Data Lead
John is a Connection Science Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, focused on the value potential of decentralized data networks. He is serving as an executive and board advisor to multiple high growth technology companies.
John is the co-founder and Chairman of ID2020, a global public-private alliance, bringing decentralized technologies to solve digital identity challenges. He is also the chairman emeritus of the Whitechapel Think Tank, a Public-Private forum for the UK Government, Bank of England, Financial Conduct Authority and industry to explore the potential for Distributed Ledger Technologies. John is also the co-founder and Executive Chairman of DISC Holdings, a platform for financial inclusion.
Prior to this focus on decentralized systems, John was a FinTech entrepreneur having founded Red Kite Financial Markets, a data analytics company providing regulatory compliance solutions to Capital Markets. Before that, John led electronic trading innovation at the capital markets groups of investment banks including J.P. Morgan, Lehman Brothers, and UBS.
George Zarkadakis, EU Lead
George is a thought-leader in Artificial Intelligence and its impact on the future of organizations and work. He has over 25 years’ experience in technology innovation, business management and development; and has held leadership positions in several organizations including Accenture, Silicon Graphics and Willis Towers Watson. He is the author of the book “In Our Own Image: the history and future of Artificial Intelligence”. He is currently writing a new book for MIT Press on how human collaboration in business and politics will be transformed by machine intelligence, quantum computing and blockchain.
George holds a PHD in artificial intelligence and was a research fellow at Imperial College, London. He is a frequent public speaker and blogger on Artificial Intelligence. He has been awarded a French knighthood for his international work in science communication and the public engagement with science and technology.
Sean Rice, CFO
Sean has nearly 20 years of experience building and managing structured product and derivatives trading businesses. At Affinia Capital he is responsible for business strategy and investment and merchant banking activities. He started his career at JPMorgan, where he held structuring and marketing positions on several derivatives desks, including emerging market derivatives and credit derivatives. He went on to lead derivatives businesses at large investment banks including BNP Paribas, Bank of America and UBS. More recently Sean has been a founder or board advisor to several early stage companies in fields such as asset management, private equity, enterprise software, and fintech. Sean holds a BS from Seton Hall University, and is a Certificate holder in Derivatives Pricing and Risk Management from Oxford University.
Kamil Mehmood, APAC Lead
Kamil has founded a number of businesses in the technology natural resource, and financial services verticals during his career. He has extensive experience in business development in SE Asia, the Middle East, and the Middle Asia markets. During the early part of his career he helped publicly listed Australia companies to gain access to the Asian markets using local resources and development strategies. He also successfully ran a development outsourcing company in Australia helping Australian companies gain access to affordable development resources in Asia.
Kamil is also involved in a block chain based start up called Cleer who are building the financial system of the future, wherein commodities will be tokenized and deployed on digital ledger technology, creating an entirely new approach to managing global commodities trade.
Toby McNeill, Investment Lead
Toby is a senior leader who has over 21 years experience in Financial Services with a focus on structured derivatives and other complex products.
Toby worked with sovereign funds, hedge funds, corporates and other clients to achieve their goals. His areas of expertise include IPOs, corporate restructuring, raising capital, M&A and hedging activities. He recently managed the Equity Derivative business for a Tier 1 Investment Bank in Japan with a focus on working with Japanese corporates, regional banks and asian sovereign funds.
His expertise has led him to advise clients in Africa, Middle East, South-East Asia and Japan.Toby is a UK and Canadian citizen.
Mike Mitchell, Chief Product Officer
Mike Mitchell has over 25 years of experience in the enterprise technology industry as an entrepreneur, consultant, and leader of product and services organizations. He has been an early contributor to several successful startups, and has worked across functional and geographic boundaries of larger firms to maximize value for clients. For the past five years, Mike has been advising clients on innovation, product management, and business strategy. Previously, he served as COO and Head of Product for MissionMode, where he built and ran a multi-tiered global communications platform from the ground up to facilitate enterprise collaboration and crisis management.
Earlier in his career, Mike drove product innovation and delivery at firms like PLATINUM technology, BroadVision and IBM. Mike holds a degree in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT, plus a minor in Music. He volunteers for organizations promoting the arts, entrepreneurship and STEM education, advises a number of technology startups, and is a mentor and board member for regional accelerator programs.
John Moss, Chief Technology Officer
John is the CEO of Icebloq, an innovative technology company that specialises in blockchain and distributed ledger platforms for enterprise. His 30 year international career spans investment banking, capital markets, retail and commercial banking, commodities broking, risk management and superannuation. John is an experienced technology executive and influential advocate for the realisation of practical outcomes achieved with emerging technologies such as blockchain and AI.
Prior to founding Icebloq, John was CIO at UBS Investment Bank and, through a career marked by senior technology and business leadership roles, has orchestrated large scale transformational change for firms such as Deutsche Bank, Prudential Financial, Lloyds Banking Group, JP Morgan Chase, Credit Agricole, Bank of America and Nomura. He has advised government agencies on technology strategy and digital transformation. He holds an MBA from CASS Business School, City University London.