Co-Founder, President, COO & Board Member
Alejandro Gramont (Alec) brings over 20 years of professional experience in wide-ranging business environments, from start-ups to global conglomerates, and a consistent track record of outperforming objectives. Alec received his International Baccalaureate from the International School of Geneva, where he lived for 8 years before moving to Washington, DC, to complete his BA in international studies at The American University in 1991. After accumulating several years of business experience, he earned his MBA in international business and finance from The George Washington University in 2000. Rounding out his considerable educational and professional experience Alec is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Italian, speaks and conducts business in Portuguese, and is conversant in German and Greek. He has lived and worked in Europe, the United States, and Latin America, where he lives in Lima, Peru.
Co-Founder, CEO & Board Member
Salvatore Guerrieri (JR) has long had an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for technology and electronics. He started his first venture while in Julliard where he earned his degree in music and Audio Engineering, and then went on to be a recording engineer and professional musician. For the aforementioned venture, JR was awarded the Small Business Administration’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the state of New Jersey in 1988. He founded his current company, Acolyte Industries Inc., in 1996 to be an award winning global manufacturer of high-quality, fully integrated LED lighting solutions. JR has lead Acolyte through tremendous high growth and product development and an ever-growing network of representatives across the globe to distribute its products. The company has established a manufacturing presence in China with rigid quality control standards, and has offices in Dubai, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China (Shanghai and Shenzhen). Under his leadership, Acolyte has become the go-to LED lighting solution for the world’s premier architects, architectural projects and lighting designers. JR has personally raised capital as well as staying involved in the business operations for all his ventures.
Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer & Board Member
Marshall Taplits began his career in software quality assurance in 2000. He first became involved in the mobile phone pre- and post-paid billing industry in 2005 while working at Comverse, where he learned the ins and outs of VOIP technologies, such as VOIP termination, least-cost routing engines, interactive voice response, rating and billing, SMS, roaming, and backup and disaster/ recovery. The systems he worked with – particularly for VimpelCom (Russia) and Alltel (USA) – are designed to scale to hundreds of millions of users. In 2006, Marshall worked for TradeStone Software as an implementation consultant and later as an implementation manager, leading product lifecycle management implementations for global retailers. In 2011, Marshall founded SpaxTel, whose mission is to enable users to make high-quality international calls from any phone in the world, with or without Internet access. The company offers a prepaid international calling app available on Android, iPhone, Blackberry, and Windows phone.
As a senior executive with more than 20 years of experience developing innovative technology and leading high-growth organizations, Plamen Minev specializes in building large-scale telecom, enterprise, and cloud solutions by inspiring high-energy engineering teams. With a dynamic background that includes senior leadership and management roles, he brings deep crossfunctional experience that spans a wide range of company sizes, technologies, and industries. He has led the development of groundbreaking technologies and products at start-ups and Fortune 500 companies (e.g., Cisco, CPLANE, CITTIO, Topspin, Nortel, and SUN). A native of Bulgaria, Plamen holds an MS in computer science and computer engineering from Sofia Technical University (Bulgaria). He moved to the U.S. in 1992 and lives in the Silicon Valley. Plamen speaks English and Bulgarian fluently and Russian conversationally.
Sergey Ivanov is an Arthur Andersen trained finance professional with Auditing and Consulting experience in the USA and Russia with more than 15 years of experience as CFO in technological, media and IT companies. Sergey in his past roles served a number of companies in corporate restructurings, turnarounds, recoveries, post-acquisition integration, M&A, IPO and ICO preparation projects. As an Asia Pacific region CFO, he developed business and run back office functions for Kaspersky Lab antivirus software company. Sergey holds an MBA degree from University of Chicago Booth Business School. He is married, has two kids and currently lives in Hong Kong.
Todd Benoliel is based in Australia and founded ZORG Industries in 1998, with a focus on being a solution provider through R&D. ZORG has since grown to become a global leader in the development and manufacture of advanced slowmaneuvering safety solutions for all vehicle types. The firm currently supplies some of the largest distributors and car manufacturers at both aftermarket and ODM/OEM levels. Prior to ZORG, Todd founded RBuzz, a management services provider for media management and monitoring services for display screen networks.
Senior Marketing Consultant
Tony Winders is a digital marketing pioneer who has contributed to the success of hundreds of B2C and B2B campaigns over the past 20 years. As a principal in Winders Consulting Group (WCG), he leads a team of B2B marketing experts to provide strategic consulting and communication services. Prior to WCG, Tony served as senior vice president, marketing at GumGum, an AI and computer vision company. In 2002, he helped position Search123 for acquisition by ValueClick, Inc., where he served as VP, marketing of ValueClick Media division. An early entrant to digital marketing and advertising, Tony was co-founder in 1995 of InterActive Agency, Inc., one of the world’s first interactive agencies.
Corporate Project Manager
Gonzalo Carrillo brings his project management and legal experience to support the successful development of NYNJA. Gonzalo holds a Master’s Degree in Project Management from the University of Sydney, a Law Degree from the University of Lima, and has 18 years of professional experience in legal and project advice worldwide. He has been developing his professional experience in key positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors, with outstanding results in each of them. In 2012, he obtained the prestigious Australia Awards Scholarship given by the Government of Australia to pursue his Master’s Degree in Project Management at the University of Sydney. He is married, has two children, and currently lives in Lima, Peru.
Senior Marketing and Revenue Consultant
Chris Coda is a seasoned executive with over 23 years of digital advertising and enterprise sales experience. Driving successful start-ups like DashBid and bRealTime, as well as holding senior leadership positions at Cox, Anschutz, Gannett and USNews. Chris has a wealth of sales and marketing experience leading teams across all digital media platforms. Currently Chris serves as the VP Enterprise Sales @ TapClicks, rated as the top 100 fastest growing companies in the U.S, as rated by Inc 5000. Prior to that Chris served as VP of Strategic Partnerships for bRealtime, a leading digital media programmatic exchange, where he played a key role in its acquisition by Engine Group, a best in class marketing services company.
Chairman & Founder,
The Sovereign Group
Howard Bilton is chairman and founder of The Sovereign Group one of the world’s largest privately owned consultancies specializing in the provision of offshore trusts and companies and associated international tax advice. In 2003 he formed The Sovereign Art Foundation Limited a charity registered in Hong Kong, Singapore, Guernsey, South Africa, and the UK. The Foundation has raised over $6 million which has been used to help many thousands of disadvantaged children using art as a means of rehabilitation and education. Howard is also the principal of Hillvalley Limited, which makes wine in Portugal since 2005 and is sold throughout the world under the “Howard’s Folly” brand name. Howard holds a joint honors BA degree in classics and law from the University of Keele and is qualified as a barrister and called to the Bars of England/Wales and Gibraltar. He is a visiting nonresident professor at Texas A&M University, where he assists with their LLM and master’s degrees in international tax and offshore centers. A regular contributor to The Telegraph and Financial Times, Howard lives and works in Hong Kong.
Ken Lo is Chief Executive Officer of ANX International, a global leader in blockchain solutions. As one of the world’s foremost experts on distributed ledger technology, Ken is committed to driving blockchain-based innovations to create value for clients and deliver disruptive changes in industries from financial services to retail. Since co-founding ANX in 2013, Ken and his team have helped customers across the world harness the power of blockchain. Prior to ANX, Ken excelled in senior management consultancy and strategy roles at companies including BT Global Services, Verizon Business, Accenture, BMO Capital Markets and Fairfax Financial. A frequent speaker at major industry events including The Belt and Road Conference and Hong Kong Fintech Week 2017, Ken has shared his insights on Fintech with decision-makers and influencers around the world in interviews with top-tier media including Bloomberg, CNBC and CNN.
Miles Pelham has spent the majority of his career as an investment professional managing securities portfolios for some of the world’s top investment banks. With over 20 years of experience, he has held trading and managerial positions at Credit Suisse, Barclays Capital, Nomura Securities, and Mizuho Bank in London, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Having been engaged in blockchain technologies for the last few years, Miles retired from banking to focus on Digitas Limited, a company he founded in 2016. Digitas is a Hong Kong-based blockchain service provider specializing in asset management, ICO support and provision, blockchain apps/business software, and crypto-mining. It aims to become a fully regulated service provider for high-quality start-ups, nurturing them from seed capital through to ICO and potential IPO thereafter. Miles is an avid startup investor and entrepreneur holding several investment advisory and board positions.
Mun Shing Cheong
Mun is an experienced digital leader and growth marketer. Prior to Katalis, Mun led the strategic marketing efforts at Microsoft Hong Kong across the enterprise and commercial space. Before Microsoft, she started MADSquared.com, a creative media and design services agency in Malaysia and headed up the electronic trading business at Sun Hung Kai Financial in Hong Kong. She was instrumental in developing the firm’s digital strategy blueprint and transforming it into an award-winning brand. Mun began her career as a web developer in a software development firm in London. She is a graduate of the Financial Engineering Program from Stanford University and holds a MSc. in Electronic Publishing from City University, London, and a BA (Hons) Marketing from Middlesex University, London.
Head of Creative Design
Development Partner CEO
Lead System Architect
Development Project Manager
Development Project Manager
Jose M. Perez
Smart Contract Architect