Co-Founder Plugin & CEO,
Co-Founder Plugin & CEO,
Vinod Khurana who is based in Dubai has over 4 decades of successful career in Banking & Insurance industry in the International financial market. He has gained significant expertise. in development of strategy, execution and positioning business for growth. He is a passionate entrepreneur; a fundraiser for organizations seeking to meet their short and long-term financial goals.
He is highly experienced, techno-savvy and result oriented with the ability to build, manage & turnaround diversified businesses; has extensive exposure to risk management, business strategy and crises management
Co-Founder Plugin & Director,
Co-Founder Plugin & Director,
Kapil Khurana is result oriented business leader with more than 15 years of corporate experience in verticals such as business retail banking, insurance and wealth management. He is skilled in people management, sales distribution, customer experience; has always kept a "Learner" approach and is eager to understand the dynamics of Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain Technology, Finance and stay in tune with the latest digital strategies through continued coursework and professional development.
Director - Marketing
Andrea is a Senior Enterprise Analyst and Trade Finance professional with a passion for innovation. He is the chair of Hyperledger Trade Finance SIG and helping the community by offering a contribution to the industry modernization and development of new products exploiting blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies, more in general.
He is also Member of The Board of Advisors to multiple companies and associated with multiple blockchain protocols to help in business expansions.
Additionally, he has been managing several successful projects based on blockchain and sustainable finance and sustainable trade.
Director - IT
Logeswaran is a Blockchain Architect with more than 17 years in IT and deep knowledge in various blockchain flavours, such as Ethereum, Xinfin, Hyperledger & Binance Smart Chain. He is also having sound knowledge in Data Science and have done many products in AI/ML Space He is currently exploring Decentralised Finance and are gaining rich knowledge in this space. He's crazy about participating in hackathons and try new things.
Col (Dr.) Inderjeet Singh
Director - IT
Co-founder of India Blockchain Forum, a Chief Cyber Officer, 2 times TEDx Speaker, Veteran I Cyberpreneur, winner of Top Executive Award, Cyber Security Leadership Award, Representative to UN Office at Geneva & India’s Top 30 Blockchain Influencers; he is a seasoned Cyber-Security and Blockchain Specialist, notable industry speaker, an innovator, and an Influencer with proven success in spearheading Strategic Information Security Initiatives with experience of more than 29+ year across wide spectrum of areas spanning cybersecurity operations leadership and influencing policy level decisions in multiple organizations.
Throughout his career, he has parlayed his extensive background in security and a deep knowledge to help organizations build and implement strategic cybersecurity solutions.
He is visionary for Start-Up Incubation, Entrepreneurship Development, Strategic Consulting and New Technology Evaluation for commercial viability.
Supervisory Board Members
THANI AL KETBI
Thani Al Ketbi has more than 20 years of extensive experience in managing diversified businesses which include banking, finance, real estate, hospitality and investment sectors in the UAE.
He holds both Bachelors in Law and Master of Strategic Project Management from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Thani is a Co-Founder of New Century Group, a market leader in key strategic economic sectors such as Hospitality, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Real Estate, Travel & Tourism, and Investments.
Srinivas Mahankali is alumnus of IITM & IIMB with over 30 years Industry experience. He worked as a lead Consultant for Blockchain and emerging technologies at the Government of India and NASSCOM promoted company, NISG (National Institute for Smart Government). As the inaugural Program Director of India' first University certified part time Post Graduate Program in Blockchain Technology by Amity University , he has mentored a number of Blockchain students across the world.
He has authored several books on Technology like Blockchain- The Untold Story, Blockchain for Non-IT professionals, Blockchain and Smart cities. He also co-authored books like Secure Chains ( Cyber Security & Blockchain), AI/ML powered Agents of Automation, Blockchain Consortiums, the Business model of the future etc.
He is an experienced Top Management Professional with over 30 years experience. Innovation, Marketing, Disruption, Networking & Collaboration, Mentoring and Start-Ups are the areas that excite him. He is experienced in architecting and implementing Business transformation activities involving cutting edge technologies like Blockchain, AI & IOT. Srinivas is passionate about Smart cities and convergence of the disruptive technologies in furthering Sustainable environment and Healthy & Happy living for global citizens. A continuous learner and an avid reader, he loves to keep abreast of the latest developments in Technology & Management.
Srinivas undertakes extensive Blockchain training and Consulting through the entities founded. By him namely Master Mentors Advisory Pvt Ltd and Genuinity Labs.
Ronald Mitchell brings a wealth of hands-on Web3 strategy and implementation experience. A true XDC Ecosystem veteran turned community liaison, he played a pivotal role in establishing early growth and adoption of the network by leveraging his more than a decade of experience in Corporate Leadership.
Hugely passionate about decentralization, blockchain technology and the bright opportunities for the future they hold, he has worked alongside the XDC Founders and Ecosystem Development Team to integrate key stakeholders both up and down the value chain; from exchanges to wallets, and beyond. Now the Founder of The Mitchell Group PR, Ronald resides in crypto-friendly Puerto Rico with his family and continues to explore Web3 entrepreneurship while maintaining his XDC Network validator node along with many others for Layer 2 project nodes, including Plugin.
Advisory Board Members
Nicola Zovi is highly experienced, seasoned Brand Builder based in Italy. He has extensive experience in Brand strategy, including the setting of brand guidelines, brand vision and value proposition for short as well as long term
He possesses creativity, innovation & insight; is highly influencing, strategic & analytical; and has strong interpersonal skills. During his career span of almost 2 decades, he has travelled more than 30 countries and has assisted various organizations achieve their goals in terms of branding and awareness.
Faris El-Malik, a graduate in law and economics, is a member of the private office of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan. An expert in the field of contracts and commercial companies real state corporate, he is also offering expertise to the Bouhliba Holding Group, UAE. He possesses excellent analytical and negotiation skills, Legal research skills, stellar interpersonal skills and networking abilities.
El-Malik always believes in giving back to the society through his knowledge and by creating success stories from his vast experiences during the past 22 years of his career.
Professor Vijaya Marisetty is currently working as Fintech professor in the Financial Engineering group at the University of Twente, Netherlands and the University of Hyderabad, India. His current research focus aims to understand the role of technology interventions in addressing SDG goals. In particular, his focus is on blockchain technology and its integration with Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things. He received several research grants from Ministry of Education, Government of India, Reserve Bank of India, Ministry of Electronics and IT, Government of India, Synchrony IT, New York University, National Stock Exchange of India.
Over the last 20 years, Prof. Marisetty has published in leading finance, accounting and economics journals and received several best paper awards. He is the recipient of Citation of Excellence award from Emerald publishers and distinguished contribution to emerging markets research from Chartered Financial Analysts, USA. Prof. Marisetty worked as a consultant for World Banks and United Nations projects. He runs several blockchain initiatives and mentors blockchain startup companies. His co-founded a startup, Inclusive Growth Chain, which focuses on deploying blockchain enabled solutions to industry and governments. He holds a PhD in finance from Monash University, Australia, and Post-Doc from Wharton Business School and Indian School of Business.
Dr. Baljeet Malhotra
Founder & CEO at TeejLab Inc. Previously, Research Director at SAP; Vice President of Research at Black Duck Software and Founder of Black Duck Software Canada, an R&D division of Black Duck. Concurrently holding Adjunct Professor positions at UBC Sauder School of Business, University of Victoria, and University of Northern British Columbia.
Computer scientist with 15+ years of research & innovation experience working with various public and private sector organizations and customers like SAP, Synopsys, HSBC, IBM, HP, etc. Lead several industry projects in the areas of Open Source security and compliance, governance, IoT, database management, analytics, and networks. Constantly evaluate Open Source trends and related security/compliance issues, research/industry problems to plan growth opportunities for various industries.
Specialization in managing projects from the idea/need identification phase through to completion and go-to-market strategies. Implement strategic plans and high performing teams for research/startup-up projects by building relationships with academia, industries, and across organizations and teams.
Mr. Prasanna Lohar is Industry veteran, who is featured in TOP 50 CIO, TOP 50 INFLUENTIAL LEADER, TOP 20 BFSI LEADERSHIP, TOP 100 SECURITY INFLUENER, TOP 50 INNOVATOR and BLOCKCHAIN CONSORTIUM CO-CHAIR with IAMAI & FICCI.
Currently, heading BlockStack as Chief Executive Officer.
He has 22+ Years of Industry Experience in Engineering & Development, Product Development, Organization Strategy & Governance, Risk Audit Compliance Management, Business Process Management, Enterprise Architecture, Mobile Apps, Digital Transformation, Fintech, E-Commerce, Payments, Platform and Product Innovation, Data Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Open Stack, Cloud Computing, Analytics, Big Data, IOT, BlockChain, UI-UX, Product Roadmap Strategy, Business Development , Leadership & Team Building”
Research and Development
Dr. T. Sasikala
Dr. T. Sasikala completed her BE (CSE) in 1991, ME (CSE) in 2001, and PhD in 2009. In 1991, she began her career at BITS Information Technology as a programmer and instructor. In 1994, she began teaching at Noorl Islam Engineering College in Kanyakumari district. Between 1997 and 2010, she worked as a lecturer, assistant professor, and professor at Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology. Her hard work and dedication earned her the position of Principal at Jeppiaar SRR Engineering College, Chennai from July 2010 to October 2018.
As of 2018, she serves as dean of Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology's School of Computing. In total, she has 32 years of teaching and research experience. A certification in Internal ISO auditor has been obtained by her. She gave a talk for the University of Cambridge's Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking during Pandemic 2020.
She taught more than 30 batches of students in various subjects of computer science and engineering. She has received the best teacher award for the last 3 years. She has conducted many national and international conferences, IEEE and ISTE-sponsored seminars. She is a life member of IEEE and the ISTE Society.
She had been the technical advisor for conferences, for the prestigious institution of the state.
She has faced many Inspections for accreditation from Anna University and AICTE. She is the DC member for more than 25 students and she has led more than 200 UG projects and more than 75 PG projects for students. She has produced 7 PhDs for Anna University and Sathyabama University, with 8 research scientists working under her direction.
She has Published more than 75 papers in reputed Journals and Conferences which includes Web of Science, Springer, Scopus indexed journals, IEEE Digital library and Annexure I, II Journal of Anna University and Sathyabama University.
She has published 6 patents. She has also published 3 book chapters and a monograph and is editor of the International Journal of Public Sector Journal Management. She has 54 citations and an H-index of 6.
Currently, she is the head of the study committee of the School of Computing, Sathyabama University. She is a member of the Research Committee and Academic Council of Sathyabama University. She is a down-to-earth personality who relies only on hard and intelligent work. Her favourite quote is "Nothing is impossible".
Dr. T. Bharathi
The Professor, Dr. B. Bharathi is the Dean of Academics at Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology (Deemed University), Chennai, India. After completing her graduation in the year 2001 in Computer Science and Engineering, she started her career at Madha Engineering College, Chennai. She joined Sathyabama in 2002 as a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. In the past 20 years, she has continuously upgraded herself and grown professionally.
Over the course of her tenure, she has served as Head of the Department, Coordinator of the Rotract club, and Coordinator of the Entrepreneurship Cell. She is an ISO certified internal auditor and has coordinated major national and international Accreditations in the Department. She is a Certified Rational Rose Trainer and has trained students and faculty in various institutions. She has spoken at and chaired numerous conferences and events at the national and international levels.
Having completed Cambridge University's Teaching Methodology training, she has a strong background in teaching methods. Under her direction, five Doctorates have been produced, and five more are in the process of being completed. Dr. B. Bharathi is a Life Member of IEI, ISTE, ACM, IAENG, ACEEE, IACSIT, UACEE Societies.
Currently, she holds one granted patent and two published patents. The research areas she specializes in are software engineering, software architecture, machine learning, and big data. With an h-index of 9, she has published more than 90 papers in refereed journals, conference proceedings, and book chapters. Reviewing many refereed journals is one of her many talents. She also serves on the advisory boards of numerous conferences.
Some of her key responsibilities that she currently holds includes, coordinator National Board of Accreditation (NBA), Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET), Institution Single Point of Contact (SPOC) – IIT Bombay Spoken Tutorial Program, e-Vidya Bharti Arogya Bharti (eVBAB) program, Performance Assessment, Review, and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development (PARAKH), CDIO representative of the Institution, SPOC industry partnerships with CTS CAFÉ, NEN Wadhwani Foundation, Service Now. She is also Director of the Institution's Center for Distance and Online Education.
Raghuram has more than 15+ years of experience in IT industry across multiple domains Worked primarily on Automation, AI/Ml, Data Analytics & Data Mining across his career.Intrigued by the potential that blockchain technology could offer and pleasantly quenched with a quest to learn, tried hands on in Ethereum and developed apps. Currently exploring Web3( Blockchain technology) and it's potential applications - Blockchain business models, Crypto assets, Smart contracts, DeFI and NFT's.'
Satheesh is a Blockchain Architect and developer with 10+ years of IT experience in the software development field.He is passionate about blockchain technology and has experience in developing applications on top of Ethereum, Xinfin, Hyperledger, Multichain.He also possess good experience in Big data, cloud, and data analytics space working in telco and airline domains. Currently exploring the Defi and NFT spaces.
Karthick is a Blockchain Specialist with more than 17 years of IT experience including latest technologies such as Internet of Things, Data Analytics, cloud computing and micro services architecture. He has good knowledge and hands-on experience in blockchain technologies such as Ethereum, Decentralized Oracle, IoT based blockchain projects and is very passionate in research and development of real time Blockchain use cases.
His idea on carbon offsetting using IoT and Blockchain technology has won the first place in the Blockchain hackathon conducted by Plugin PLI and constantly thriving to enrich his blockchain expertise in Decentralized Finance and Healthcare use cases.
"Naresh Mohanraj is Software Engineer with 8 years of hands-on experience in software analysis, design and development. Certified blockchain developer adept in developing smart contracts on Ethereum blockchain.
Full Stack Developer
With 4+ years in core technical stack, Jurjees has strong knowledge in web & mobile technologies such as React, React Native, Flutter & Web3 tech stack He has solid product development knowledge and have developed and deployed end-to-end products using Agile & SDLC life cycle.
Bruno figueira is a publicist with a degree in advertising and graphic design and has been working in the area of corporate creation, marketing and branding since 1998. With a solid background in the blockchain market, he also brings with him experiences in international marketing, franchising and global expansion of brands. Listening to everyone and especially to customers is a strong point to guide successful communication. "We are learning every day, from the time we wake up to the time we go to bed."
Meghana Jibin Nambiar
Blockchain - Node Support Specialist
A rigorous, task driven professional with 2+ years of experience in the market research industry. I am currently gaining knowledge on Blockchain and all the processes that build this huge blockchain industry. My work experience lies in data analysis, SQL Programming, quality analysis and quality check of data, database management, report writing, SPSS and dealing with clients one on one. I have done internships in prominent public sector companies like ONGC, MTNL and BSNL.
During my college days, I was lucky enough to be a part of major projects and also some individual projects like automatic vehicle identification using Radio Frequency tags etc. Apart from this, I was a tutor for children from various age groups purely out of my interest and likings. I have maintained a learner approach in life and that might be the reason why I have always been super excited to host all scale events, and acquire new skills on a timely basis
Full Stack Engineer
Technology and Design are two aspects that I enjoy and aim to grow in. All my achievements so far have been linked with these two aspects, and I aspire to pursue them as I move up the road. As a full stack Engineer, my Tech Stack revolves around Python Angular, and MERN Stack and I absolutely love exploring new Tech Stacks. I have 2 + years of experience as a Full Stack Engineer. I also work with data handling and python data manipulation packages. I have implemented Encryption Techniques and worked on the generation of back-end reports with Python.
In my free time, I love picking up my skills in Design and Crafting. I write on medium whenever I can to share what I learn. Bought up in Saudi, I did my Bachelor's and Master's in Computers from India. Currently geeking about AI and Blockchain.
An accomplished tech-writer with years of experience crafting internal and user-facing content for B2B and SaaS brands, Albert leverages extensive interest in blockchain tech to craft highly-engaging content. Adept with assessing the content needs for blockchain-based brands and ensuring that the resulting content aligns with the stakeholders' needs; a professional and highly-innovative content creator capable of working with tech companies in different niches. His key areas of interest include Artificial intelligence, Blockchain, DeFi, Fintech, Web3.0, etc.
Jon Hanz (@DeFi_Jon)
Having more than 10 years of experience in the telecommunication and cyber security domains, he is passionate about blockchain technology, decentralized ecosystems, and the future internet of value.
Neil M. (@Inv4Fee2020)
A technology enthusiast who enjoys the challenge of continually learning, Neil has a vast career spanning more than 20 years in the IT industry covering a wide range of technology stacks but with specific focus on the network & security disciplines.
His first introduction to the crypto space was following research into 'inventory monetisation' & 'true sale' for improving working capital to SMEs incorporating the adoption of distributed ledger technology, which has led him to this point where he continues to expand his knowledge on all things blockchain & Defi as part of the 4th industrial revolution (4IR).
A creative and dedicated business professional with proven leadership experience in global business environments, Suresh has over 30 years of experience in diverse high-technology fields such as Superconductivity basic research, Real-time airborne radar systems, enterprise business critical software and solutions.
He has provided consultancy services to several fortune 500 companies in the Americas and top-100 corporations in Japan. He has held senior leadership positions, developing growth strategies for new products and markets, product planning and marketing, and operationalizing high value-add services to enterprise customers across different industries such as financial, insurance, manufacturing, public sector, health care, etc.
Suresh has strong background in both in technology, with a Bachelor of Technology and Master of Engineering, and also in business with a Master of Business Administration from top-tier institution with distinction specializing in areas of corporate finance, strategy, investments and ventures.
An Information Technology systems analyst with over 20 years of experience in the Education sector, Ryan didn't anticipate making IT a career. He worked on various technology projects while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Medical Microbiology with the intention of attaining advanced degrees in Genetics upon graduating. However, the challenges and pace of technology at the end of the 1990’s presented opportunities that matched his drive and curiosity.
Two decades later, that curiosity was rekindled by blockchain technology. By 2019, unable to resist the urge any longer, Ryan began exploring projects that offered a chance to be part of the project, and not just a passive participant. As the space matures into the next decade, he hopes to be at the forefront of using this new technology to solve real-world problems and make real-world change.
Christopher P. (@LeftyChris13)
A Blockchain educator who has taught classes on topics such as Blockchain, Crypto, Nodes, and NFTs. Christopher geniunely loves to provide insight and awareness to others, all while learning new information. Christopher has a strong background in technology with his Bachelors in Physics, and is certified in Blockdegree as a Blockchain Advanced Expert. Currently, he is learning how to implement smart contracts and is eager to learning more in this field.
After studying Human Development & Education Psychology from National Graduate School in Japan; his first encounter with crypto assets happened because of his interest in the IOTA HORNET Node. Apparently, he has also participated in the testing of the IOTA GoShimmer node and the DAG2.0 node (Constellation Network). Not only, he was the First Plugin Node Operator in Japan, but also the First Japanese Operator of SRX, PRE, and FLUX nodes.
In addition, for more than 20 year he has been counseling trauma survivors, trained and mentored counselors in Japan and abroad, including North America and Hawaii.
He is actively mentoring and supporting many Japanese within the Japanese community to help them become Plugin Node Operators.