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.

Michael Nikulin
Michael Nikulin
Technology

Michael is architect, designer and developer 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 settlement mechanisms.

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.

Thomas Birrer
Thomas Birrer
Finance

Dr. Thomas K. Birrer is Director of Finance of Lykke Corp and a fellow of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Thomas’ background is in commerce and banking. He holds a Ph.D. (Dr. rer. pol.) in Economics from the University of Basel, where he wrote a dissertation on coping with FX risk management in Swiss enterprises. At the Lucerne University of Science and Arts, he is engaged as project leader and as tutor for the CAS Swiss Certified Treasurer program. Thomas is a Swiss citizen and speaks German, French and English.


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.

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.

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

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.