Partnership with TAK Group and Unity Bank to build the world's first blockchain-based commodity exchange
Blockchain-based commodity exchange design
Alpha launch - Early Adopters Programme launch (31 July) and live pilot trades (Q4)
Continuous system improvements
Technical integration with partners
Launch of pilots for tokenizing, trading and redeeming commodities in Nigeria
Partnership with AFEX Commodity Exchange
Full opening of the platform for initial corridors
Further pilots for tokening, trading and redeeming commodities
Alpha launch for blockchain-based commodity exchange in Africa
Blockchain - Time to get Real
Co-founder and COO
Manrui Tang is the Co-founder and COO with overall responsibilities for operations and funding. After graduating from Imperial College and the London School of Economics, Manrui spent 10 years in M&A advisory with PwC and National Grid in the UK where she worked on some of the most high-profile financial services and energy transactions. Manrui is a chartered accountant. In addition to technical expertise, she excels in managing multidisciplinary and multicultural teams to deliver their best.
Growing up in China, Manrui is the first generation of China's single child regime. In addition to co-founding Binkabi, Manrui is also a mother of two young children.
David has over 20 years in corporate finance, tax, and treasury with National Grid in the UK. He was instrumental in structuring of the highly complex, £13.8bn disposal of NG's gas distribution asset in 2016. As Binkabi's CFO, David will design and oversee the implementation of our treasury operations to ensure the system's resilience to support our customers' needs. He has received graduate degrees in physics, math, and computer science after graduating from Oxford University with a degree in law. He is also a chartered accountant. In his free time, David sings in his local community choir.
Graduating from the University of Warwick in 2004, Thomas wrote the words 'Digital money techniques allow creation of unforgeable tokens' in the future research section of his final report. Sadly he is not Satoshi, but does bring with him over a decade of engineering experience within FinTech. Thomas was the first outside technology hire of both P2P lending market Zopa, now valued over £400m, and BullionVault, a retail gold broker with Assets-Under-Management of over $2bn.
He has been involved in the Ethereum community from the start. Attending every Devcon across three continents, and recently architected a significant smart contracts PoC for a major UK bank.
Sir Henry Bellingham
Chairman of Advisory Board, UK MP
Sir Henry is a current UK MP (Conservative) and the former Minister for Africa. Graduated from Eton College then University of Cambridge (Law), Sir Henry practised as Barrister for 8 years and has been a MP for 24 years. He was appointed a Parliamentary Under-Secretary for 'Overseas Territories, Africa, United Nations, economic issues, conflict resolution and climate change. Henry was knighted at 2016 New Year Honours for his lifetime achievements.
Vinay Gupta is Co-founder and CEO of Mattereum. He is a leading figure in the blockchain space, having co-ordinated the release of the blockchain platform Ethereum in July 2015. He was also the strategic architect for ConsenSys Systems, a technology hub focusing on the Ethereum blockchain and related applications. He was the architect of the National Blockchain Strategy for Dubai and is a partner at Hexayurt Capital, the technology-focused VC firm behind the Internet of Agreements.
Founder of Sweetbridge
Scott Nelson is the Founder and CEO of Sweetbridge, a Blockchain based supply chain economy. Prior to Sweetbridge, he founded and ran a successful freight audit and payment firm that processed more than $7B a year in settlements via automated contracts in Logistics prior to selling the firm to a private equity firm two years ago.
Arnoud Star Busmann
Trade and Commodity Finance Blockchain
As Entrepreneur-in-Residence/Innovation Lead at ING Bank, Arnoud is leading a multi-bank initiative to transform physical commodity trading and financing markets with blockchain-powered platforms. He is collaborating closely with industry-leading financial institutions, trading houses and major commodity producers. Key results include the world's first blockchain crude trade with Mercuria, a spin out of an energy consortium with 9 large players and the soybean trade experiment with Louis Dreyfus Company.
Arnoud has nearly 20 years of experience in the definition and execution of high value business cases in technology and financial services. With a footprint in consulting, large financial institutions, startups and local companies in the UK, Europe, USA, Asia as well as Australia and New Zealand.
Co-founder of Coinfund
Alex is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at CoinFund LLC. He is a multidisciplinary thinker with a special interest in social and technological innovation. He has 13 years of experience in developing pricing, risk management, and high-frequency trading software at Goldman Sachs. Holding a dual degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from New York University and a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology from Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon, Alex bridges technological insight with social science and psychology.