About Us

Meet the Team

Ashik Karim

Non-Executive Chairman and Director

Mr. Karim has over 2 decades of global technology leadership experience in the telecommunications & high tech sectors driving change on how enterprises use business technology. He has taken several software platforms through full commercial use with large clients such as TELUS, Wind Mobile, and MDA. In the second half of his career, Mr. Karim furthered his portfolio by focusing on start-ups that disrupt enterprise software & consulting companies with AI, blockchain and leading emerging technologies. With his balance of start-up and enterprise platform industry commercialization experience, Mr. Karim brings the right strategy and tactical focus to this business.

James Youn, CFA

CEO, President and Director

James Youn has over 20 years of international, executive level experience focused on trading and portfolio management. The first decade of his career was built in mutual funds and bond trading at two of Canada’s largest banks -- TD Asset Management and RBC Capital Markets. He then moved to an award winning arbitrage fund of hedge funds and subsequently moved to the Cayman Islands to become president of a publicly traded investment firm, managing $650 million USD in assets. He then moved to Singapore, advising firms on hedge funds, exchange traded funds and global macro strategies. Most recently, Mr. Youn was the head of the portfolio management and trading team of the Questrade family of smart ETFs, launching 8 exchange traded funds on the Toronto Stock Exchange, partnering with Russell Investments and Jarislowsky Fraser, which was subsequently sold to Wisdom Tree. Most recently Mr. Youn has been advising investors and blockchain companies on business strategy.

Mr. Youn received his CFA charter in 2001 and is a graduate of the University of Toronto. He has been published in numerous periodicals on a wide range of topics including hedge fund liquidity in Institutional Investor’s Journal of Alternative Investments to monthly articles on ETF investing (alternative weightings, index creation, liquidity).

Greg Bauer

COO and Director

Greg Bauer is a focused Business Professional with 30 years of experience in building strategic alliances, P&L management, product positioning, and structuring sales pipelines. Over the last 17 years he has focused on recognizing industry trends and innovating companies approaches to maximize their profits. As CEO for Gopher Protocol he brought his leadership to formulating an advance Payment System with over $75 mil in revenue. He is Executive director for WL Petrey and UGO HUB PreWay.

Mr. Bauer attended Maryland University, joined the United States Navy as a quartermaster for 6 years with several letters of commendation and other awards he also attended while in Navy and his degree at the University of Florida. He is a member of the AFPA (Alternative Financial Service Provider Association).

Charlo Barbosa

Advisor

Charlo Barbosa a serial entrepreneur, investor, Founder and COO of Nativeads.com. Native Ads successfully raised $4 million with revenues exceeding $70 million. Charlo has been involved in capital raises for tech-related companies raising $14 mil in 2018. Charlo's considered a pioneer in the industry with over 21 years of Internet marketing experience. Charlo served as the President and Founder of Poker.com and the CEO of Admanage prior to starting Nativeads.com.

Jon Malach

Advisor

Jon Malach is in the online advertising and media space focusing on assisting both advertisers and publishers to increase results. He provides income generation strategies, staff management advisory, performance pay structures, marketing collateral guidance, and more. Jon is quickly immersing himself in the blockchain community and has been a guest speaker at a number of blockchain events.

Samir Bandali

Advisor

A passionate and motivated cryptocurrency advocate for over 2 years, Samir has a strong background in Computer Science, Financial Management, with a wealth of experience in Client Relations. Starting out as an enthusiast and investor, he quickly used his interpersonal skills to develop a widespread global network in the industry. Samir’s unparalleled passion for decentralization fuels his drive as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for CoinPayments Inc, a multi currency wallet solution offering support for over 900 digital currencies as well as merchant plugins for ecommerce solutions such as Shopify, Magento and WooCommerce.