Core Team

Philipp Richner
Philipp Richner
Accounting

Philipp Richner joined Lykke in June 2017. He is Head of Accounting of Lykke Corp and holds a Masters of Science degree in finance and banking from the Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts. His background is in banking and portfolio management. He worked several years for a Swiss bank and an independent asset manager as Relationship and Portfolio Manager. A Swiss citizen who speaks German, English, and French, Philipp enjoys sports such as volleyball, squash, and mountain biking in his spare time.

Igor Samohin
Igor Samohin
B2B projects

Igor is Project Manager for Lykke’s B2B projects. He has extensive experience in delivering Business Intelligence solutions to organizations and enterprises around the world and in developing long-term business relationships. His goal is to care for Lykke’s partners while helping them to bring innovative products to market.

Sergey Ivliev
Sergey Ivliev
Products & Operations

Sergey’s dream is to make financial market better, faster and more inclusive. For 20 years being an industry professional, lecturer, author, events curator, member of editorial boards of academic journals and expert councils he contributes to promote best practices of financial markets and risk management. Executed and supervised 100+ large scale system implementation projects with total revenue exceeding 40 Mio. Regional Director at PRMIA Russia and associate professor at Perm State University.

Demetrios Zamboglou
Demetrios Zamboglou
International Operations

Demetrios brings a wealth of technical experience finely dovetailed with operational creativity, required to propel Lykke’s growth and popularity worldwide. A financial services visionary, with extensive award-winning experience in the fields of risk management, trading, compliance, product development and behavioural science — Demetrios delivers a high-calibre balanced package of real-time operational proficiency and forward-looking invention to the Lykke vision of changing the world for the better — and for all.

Anton Golub
Anton Golub
Science

Anton is a co-founder of Lykke Corp and the company’s Chief Research Officer. Prior to Lykke, Anton worked as a quantitative analyst at Olsen Ltd, a Zurich-based asset management company. He also worked at the Manchester Business School as a Marie Curie Research Fellow on high-frequency trading, market microstructure, and flash crashes. In 2012, he was invited to participate in the Foresight Project—the Future of Computer Trading in Financial Markets—an international project on algorithmic, high-frequency trading funded by the treasury of the UK. Anton was involved in several research projects funded by the European Union, including risk management and risk reporting, self-organized information processing, and criticality and emergence in multilevel systems. He is currently a supervisory board member for the BigDataFinance project. He has coauthored eight research papers and two book chapters.

Mihail Nikulin
Mihail Nikulin
Technology

Mihail is Lykke co-founder and CTO, architect and designer with 10 year experience in creating market solutions for financial institutions, including Anti-Money Laundering, Fraud Detection and Financial Markets Compliance solutions. Combines deep knowledge of financial architecture with Blockchain technology.

Yiannis Menelaou
Yiannis Menelaou
Lykke Cyprus and ICO Platform

Yiannis is the regional director of Lykke Europe (Cyprus) and the Chief ICO Manager for the Initial Coin Offerings taking place on the Lykke Exchange. He holds an M.S. degree in financial mathematics from Leeds Business School, and he serves as an adjunct lecturer for the Master’s program in digital currency at the University of Nicosia, which is currently the highest academic qualification in the field of cryptoeconomics. As a certified and recognized investment expert and contributor to various professional organizations, Yiannis has deep experience in investment analysis and portfolio management, as well as anti-money laundering practices, financial compliance, and securities laws.

Richard Olsen
Richard Olsen
Founder, CEO

Richard is a pioneer in high frequency finance with extensive entrepreneurial experience and well known for his academic work. He was a co-founder of OANDA, a currency information company and market maker in foreign exchange. Under Richard’s stewardship as CEO of OANDA the company was a shooting star that launched the first fully automated FX trading platform offering second-by-second interest rate payments and netted 37 Mio of profits in 2007. Already at OANDA, he conceived the first trading platform with second-by-second interest payments. He is visiting professor at the Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents at the University of Essex. His ambition is to transform financial markets into a seamless system without the inefficiencies that we today take for granted.

Contacts:

richard.olsen@lykke.com

+41 79 336 8950

Erwin Fedier
Erwin Fedier
Lykke de México S.A.

Erwin Fedier is CEO of Lykke de México S.A. Prior to joining Lykke Corp, he worked for GAM as Executive Director responsible for business development with intermediary clients in Switzerland for more than 14 years. He also spent 9 years on the equity sales side and 8 years as a stock exchange trader for UBS. He holds Masters degrees from the Swiss Banking School at the University of Zurich and from the Investment Banking Institute of New York.

Alexander Spuller
Alexander Spuller
B2B projects

Alexander Spuller works as a managing engineer in his family’s construction business. Over the years, he has contributed to numerous projects of various sizes and scopes, from local impact to international reach. He presently sits on the Board of Directors of Lykke and manages B2B projects. He holds a degree in civil engineering and legal studies.

Lena Mechenkova
Lena Mechenkova
Communications

Lena is a communications professional with more than 17 years’ experience in public relations and mass media. Areas of expertise include corporate communications, internal communications, event management, change communications, writing, and public speaking.

Michael Klena
Michael Klena
Lykke USA

Michael Klena is responsible for building Lykke's vision in the USA.  Over the past 25 years, he has helped financial services to transition into the digital space.  He was a senior executive at several of the largest retail trading firms, at various times overseeing the Sales, Product, Service, and Operations divisions in the U.S. and around the world.  Today, he is actively involved in the delivery of blockchain products and services. He believes that it has the same disruptive potential on financial services as the Internet had.

Tatiana Alymova
Tatiana Alymova
Support

Tatiana is Lykke’s Level 1 Support specialist with more than five years of experience in the field. She continuously delivers high-quality support service and is instrumental in fostering a positive, memorable user experience.

Andrey Migin
Andrey Migin
Software Development

Andrey is exceptional team leader with 8 year professional experience of FX marketplace systems development.

Seamus Donoghue
Seamus Donoghue
Lykke Singapore

Seamus is spearheading our buildout in Asia. He has 25 years of experience in financial markets, having worked for top-tier investment banks and a FinTech startup focused on the wholesale trading of physical commodities. He has been based in Singapore and Japan since 1998.

Benedikt Schuppli
Benedikt Schuppli
Legal

Benedikt is an attorney-at-law and works as legal counsel for Lykke. He obtained his law degree from the University of Zurich and went on to work for organizations in the private and public sectors, including a Swiss bank and several law firms.
A resident of Basel, Switzerland, he has a lifelong love of learning. For several years, his professional interests have included cryptocurrencies and equity. In his spare time, he enjoys sports such as running, hiking, and tennis. He is also a passionate musician and multi-instrumentalist.

Niklaus Mettler
Niklaus Mettler

Niklaus makes financial markets more accessible, democratic, and open. He brings more than 30 years of professional experience in project management across different industries, including overseeing fundamental banking changes, leading and coaching high-performing teams, and training and mentoring leaders.
He is a citizen of Switzerland and the European Union, and he speaks German, English, French, and Italian.

Nick Gogerty
Nick Gogerty
Chief Strategist

Nick Gogerty invented the SolarCoin global solar energy reward system. As a recognized leader in finance and technology, he has worked for some of the largest banks and hedge funds in the world and served as an advisor to the UNEP, UNDP, UNFCCC, and G20. He is also a published author, multiple international prizewinner, and guest lecturer on the subject of value investing. He earned his MBA from École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. After living in six different countries, he has settled in the New York City area with his family.

Simran Mulchandani
Simran Mulchandani
Lykke South Asia

Simran Mulchandani is responsible for Lykke's efforts in South Asia. He is currently working on the launch strategy of Lykke Blue, Lykke's entry-level crypto wallet. Prior to joining Lykke in February 2017, Simran built a world-recognized music brand, gaining lessons in value creation, marketing, and communications. He is also a 15-year veteran of Wall Street. His interest in Lykke extends beyond business. He is particularly inspired by how the platform can be used to address the plight of the poor and enable investment in our ecological commons.

Shahpour Moavenat
Shahpour Moavenat
Blockchain

Shahpour sees the important role that trust plays in bringing people’s abilities together. During his university studies cryptography was one of his major concerns. Recently he has tried to put efforts of different people over the Internet to build software. He has found all the three aspects at Lykke.

Tim Zinin
Tim Zinin
Marketing

Tim Zinin has grown his marketing career from a formal education in technology. While running his own agency in Moscow, he provided services for companies including Panasonic and ASUS and conducted many successful campaigns around concepts such as SEO, CPA, and mobile traffic. He became involved in crypto investments in 2015, which eventually led to his joining the marketing team at Lykke. His responsibilities include raising Lykke’s brand recognition in the challenging and minimally regulated cryptocurrency market.

Heinrich Zetlmayer
Heinrich Zetlmayer
Board of Directors

Heinrich Zetlmayer is engaged in a number of growth companies in FinTech, crowdtasking, and other digital domains, whether as a board member, in operations, or as an investor. He has served as Co-Managing Director of Turtle Entertainment, the largest eSports company globally; he was a member of IBM’s Executive Board in Switzerland and served as Vice President and Country Leader of IBM Global Business Services; and he was Global Head of Operations Management Practice for Arthur D. Little, where he improved revenue, cost, and capital efficiency for major corporations in the United States and Europe. He holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and speaks five languages.

Alan Laubsch
Alan Laubsch
Natural Capital Markets

Alan Laubsch, leader of Lykke’s Natural Capital Markets group, is a connector and ecosystems builder. His mission is to protect earth’s most vital ecosystems by democratizing impact investment with the blockchain. He has over two decades of risk management experience with leading financial institutions, and he was a founding member of the RiskMetrics Group. He is an avid kitesurfer and ocean lover.

Quah Zheng Wei
Quah Zheng Wei
Lykke Singapore

Quah Zheng Wei joined Lykke Asia in August 2017. His experience includes corporate finance at a major investment bank and mobile payments at a fast-growing startup, and he is on route to becoming a chartered accountant in Singapore. He is fully utilizing his experience to manage the Lykke ICO Platform, the Lykke Pay Network, and Lykke Finance in Asia. He believes that, with the help of the blockchain, Lykke will be the revolution in creating an individual-centric digital world where each person has true ownership of assets and data.

Roland Gemayel
Roland Gemayel
Market risk

Roland Gemayel is a senior finance professional with over six years of international experience in risk management, market making, financial modeling and forecasting, consulting, product development, business operations, and strategy. His current work at Lykke involves developing market making algorithms and building performance metrics and risk systems to ensure steady growth of trading operations. Roland obtained his Ph.D. from King’s College London, where his research investigated the performance and behavioral biases of traders on social trading platforms. His work is currently under review in top academic finance journals.

Philipp Netzer
Philipp Netzer
Lykke Switzerland

Philipp Netzer brings Lykke’s vision to life in the regulatory framework of Switzerland. Before joining Lykke, he worked at PwC and Accenture for more than fifteen years as a management consultant in the financial services industry. He helped many banks and insurance companies to transform their business and operating models. Lykke affords him a fantastic opportunity to do the same for the entire financial system.
 

Iulian Circo
Iulian Circo
Natural Capital Markets

Iulian Circo is a human rights lawyer who thrives at the intersection of social impact, entrepreneurship, and technology. He has spent his entire professional life on the front lines of aid delivery, first as a relief professional pursuing aid operations in some of the world’s most challenging environments, and later as a development executive running large field operations for global nonprofits. He has led humanitarian missions in East Timor, Cambodia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo; set up operations for a UN agency in Somalia; and turned around country operations for a global public health charity in Swaziland and Mozambique. More recently, he co-founded Triggerise, a global social enterprise that rewards consumers for improving their communities. He is currently leading the development of Proof-of-Impact, a decentralized global platform for impact delivery.