The Team

The founders of B52 Holding have a remarkable collective track record in comprehensive aspects of international banking, and have jointly been responsible for start-ups, and the establishment of ground-breaking business initiatives for major banks. Through their experience of markets and
their knowledge of the technological possibilities of neobanking, they have identified the unique need of for an entirely new form of banking – the Any Asset bank.

 

Thomas Labenbacher

Thomas Labenbacher

Thomas was co-founder of the Fidor Bank Group entities, is Partner in Life.SREDA Venture Capital Blockchain Fund, and former Retail Managing Director of Western Union Bank. He is a believer in digitization and is revolutionary in transforming traditional banking into digital / crypto banking. Thomas has been named a Top 30 FinTech influencer.

Robert Böhm

Robert Böhm

Robert Böhm was Vice-Chairman of the Austrian Institute of Technology, and Deputy minister of Transportation, Innovation and Technology. He is a specialist in prosperous international affairs, with a specific focus on finance and technology. Robert’s network of senior government minister and banking officials across Europe is unparalleled, and of great value to the creation of B52.

Martin Melkowitsch

Martin Melkowitsch

Martin was COO/CTO at Raiffeisen Informatik, and COO with Raiffeisen Bank, and Volksbank Hungary. He is a delivery focused C-level manager with extensive international experience. He is B52’s Ambassador for digital transformation, blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, and is actively working with software partners, so that many B52 systems will be ready to roll from December 2018.

Advisors and Investors

The B52 Advisors and Investors are all widely experienced in their respective fields, and bring a combined skill set which covers everything from banking, through international networking and opinion-forming, to ICO-specific marketing. Their collective track record is second to none.

Byron Haynes

Byron Haynes

Former CEO BAWAG Bank

Byron Haynes, a British citizen, has over 25 years' experience working in the financial services industry. Currently, he is Chairman of the General and Supervisory Board Of Novo Banco S.A, a bank based in Portugal. Mr. Haynes started his career being trained and employed by KPMG in London and qualified and registered as a Chartered Accountant in 1991.  From August 2008 to June 2017, Mr. Haynes was a member of the Managing Board of BAWAG P.S.K., a Retail and Corporate Bank headquartered in Vienna, Austria. Initially, Mr. Haynes was the CFO in the first year and then the CEO for the following 8 years. Prior to that, he held several senior positions including Global Chief Financial Officer at ABN AMRO / Royal Bank of Scotland. Mr. Haynes has a BA Hons Accountancy & Finance degree from a London University.    

Chris Skinner

Chris Skinner

Author/ Top 5 Global Influencer

Chris Skinner is known as an independent commentator on the financial markets and fintechs through his blog, thefinansser.com, as author of the bestselling books Digital Bank, ValueWeb and its new sequel Digital Human. He is Chair of the European networking forum The Financial Services Club, and Nordic Finance Innovation, as well as being a Non-Executive Director of the Fintech consultancy firm 11:FS. He is on the Advisory Boards of many companies including B-Hive, Bankex, empowr, Innovate Finance, Life.SREDA,  Moven, Meniga, Pintail, Project Exscudo, and the Token Fund, and has been voted one of the most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal´s Financial New, and Thomson Reuters. He has recently been voted Game Changer of the year, and Financial Markets Advisor of the year by Finance Monthly, CEO of the year by CV Magazine, Fintech Speaker of the Year by TMT Global, and has been an advisor to the White House, the World Bank, and the World Economic Forum.

Marina Bykova

Marina Bykova

Executive manager

Marina Bykova is an executive manager with over 25 years of unique experience, which has helped her create and maintain a worldwide network of international contacts and relations across financial institutions, the public sector, and with High Net Worth Ultra Individuals and their families. She gained an impeccable professional reputation and trust from her private and corporate clients over almost 10 years of client-facing experience, starting with Sberbank Corporate and Investment Banking, then joining the Multi-Family Office, and later, Credit Suisse Private Banking. In Sberbank, Marina led the acquisition of Volksbank International in 10 European countries and then headed the corporate and investment Bank of Sberbank Europe. She gained solid professional experience over a 10 year period at Citibank, where she was regional CFO responsible for Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. She subsequently continued her career in Citibank headquarters in New York City.

Jon Matonis

Jon Matonis

Founding Board Director of the Bitcoin Foundation

Jon Matonis is a Founding Director of the Bitcoin Foundation and his career has included senior influential posts at VISA International, VeriSign, Sumitomo Bank, and Hushmail. An economist and e-Money researcher focused on expanding the circulation of nonpolitical digital currencies, Jon also serves as an independent board director to companies in the Bitcoin, the Blockchain, mobile payments, and gaming sectors. As a prominent fintech columnist with Forbes Magazine, American Banker, and CoinDesk, he recently joined the editorial board for the cryptocurrency journal Ledger. His early work on digital cash systems and financial cryptography has been published by Dow Jones and the London School of Economics. Jon advocates worldwide for Bitcoin and its disruptive economic implications to a wide variety of audiences, including members of the Federal Reserve, Bank of England, ECB, SWIFT, IRS, DOJ, retail payment networks, major financial institutions, financial regulatory bodies, mobile money issuers, iGaming operators, information security firms, hedge funds, gold investors, and family offices.

Susanne Chishti

Susanne Chishti

Advisor

Susanne Chishti is the CEO of FINTECH Circle, Europe's 1st Angel Network focused on fintech opportunities & Founder of the FINTECH Circle Institute, the 1st peer-to-peer fintech learning platform. She is also the Co-Editor of the Bestseller 'The FINTECH Book’ which has been translated into 5 languages and is sold across 107 countries. Susanne is recognized in the European Digital Financial Services 'Power 50' 2015, an independent ranking of the most influential people in digital financial services in Europe. She has been selected as top 15 FINTECH UK twitter influencer and as a “City Innovator - Inspirational Woman” in 2016. She has also been a fintech TV commentator on CNBC.

Julian Zegelman

Julian Zegelman

Advisor

Julian is an experienced serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and emerging venture capitalist. He is a Founding Partner at TMT Blockchain Fund, a $100MM blockchain focused VC fund.  As an angel investor, Julian invested in over fifty companies at an early stage and served on the Investment Panel of FundersClub, one of the most active online venture capital platforms in the world. Earlier in his career, Julian was a co-founder of Rolith, Inc., a venture-backed nanotechnology startup acquired by MetaMaterial Technologies, Inc. in May 2016.

Simon Dixon

Simon Dixon

CEO & co-founder @ BnkToTheFuture.com

Simon Dixon is the CEO & co-founder of online investment platform BnkToTheFuture who have invested over US$500m in FinTech companies. An ex-investment banker turned Bitcoiner & author of the book 'Bank to the Future'. An active FinTech, Blockchain & Bitcoin angel investor with investments in Bitfinex, BitPay, Unocoin, Kraken, BitPesa, BitStamp and over 100 others. You will find Simon regularly quoted & appearing in much of the major press & media including BBC, FT, CNBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal to mention a few.

Gabriel Lansky

Gabriel Lansky

Advisor

Gabriel Lansky is an attorney-at-law and managing partner at the internationally active law firm LANSKY, GANZGER + partner (LGP). During the last three decades he has been active as a lawyer and advised numerous well-known clients from the economic and political sector. Beyond the borders of his home country, Gabriel Lansky has made a name of himself as a legal advisor to corporates, and as a litigator and lobbyist. The Senior Expert Council of the law firm additionally pools the foreign and economic policy expertise of leading European politicians, among them former state presidents, ministers, and Members of the European Parliament.

Stefan Ebner

Stefan Ebner

Founder & CEO Braintribe

Stefan Ebner is a serial entrepreneur, passionate leader, musician, and firestarter. He has founded and sold several companies, always maintaining a clear purpose for his business endeavors - to disrupt outdated business models. His most recent company, Braintribe, has the mission to transform BIG DATA into SMART DATA - establishing an “OS for DATA”. Braintribe has already attracted a global Customer base ranging from Fortune 50 companies to late-stage startups.