Meet the Team

The front line of the biggest change in banking history to date

DAG’s team comes from the regulated banking world combined with technical expertise, which allows us to operate within the next industrial revolution at the convergence of AI, data science, blockchain, and the evolution of the crypto economy and financial industry.

Sean Kiernan

Founder & Chief Executive

Sean has extensive experience in financial services, having worked in various roles in executive management.

 

Most recently, Sean was the COO of the London office of the first bank in the world to offer crypto products to clients.

Laurence Hemming

Non-executive Director

Laurence is a Professor at Lancaster University, with a joint appointment in the Business School as well as in Politics, Philosophy and Religion.

He has taught business ethics at the Lancaster University Management School and is extensively published, most recently in a book on the  philosophy of work. His doctorate is from the University of Cambridge.

Matvej Shpakov

Business Development

A serial digital asset entrepreneur, Matvej is well connected in the crypto economy and has a strong background in sales and commercial trading. His approach is novel and genuine, and will ensure that the client is the centre of everything at DAG.

Yang Yu

Financial Controller

Yang is a technically strong and commercial minded professional accountant with great experience in accounting, financial and regulatory reporting, financial control, auditing and taxation. He is member of both ACCA and ICAEW, he is also a  Chartered Tax Adviser and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. Most recently, he was associate director in Finance and Accounting of the London branch of a Swiss private bank.

Jarod Olivier

Technical Business Analyst 

Jarod has worked within the IT industry in both the banking and financial sectors. With experience in building banks and regulatory projects, he brings a variety of skills and knowledge in both Business Analysis and Project Management. Aligning business and technology allows him to drive and deliver projects from concept to the final product.

Samantha Blunden

Accountant

Samantha has worked in Accounting for over 20 years, starting out in property accounting as a Service Charge Accountant and leading to Client Accounting where she gained her management expertise.Her skills include Payroll, VAT, Corporation Tax, Accounts preparation, Bank Reconciliation, Credit Control, Sales Ledger, Purchase Ledger and the migration of data from numerous systems.

Andrea Davis

Non-executive Director

Andrea Davis is a Managing Director at Investcorp where she leads the European Operating team. Prior to that she held the role of CFO at TDX Group. Before that her roles included nine year at Fellowes, a privately owned US manufacturing company, where having started as CFO she became CEO after three years as well as CFO and Strategy Director of Willett and Head of Corporate Strategy at BAA plc.

Tim Davies

Chief Risk Officer

Tim has over 25 years experience of risk management, holding senior managerial positions in investment banking, energy trading, payment services and broking. He has helped build an investment bank, integrated the risk functions and managed the risks associated with a number of mergers & acquisitions. Tim has a degree in Chemical Physics, an MBA (majoring on the SME sector) and is qualified and experienced in marketing (DipM, MCIM) 

Mark Pickering

Chief Technical Officer

Mark has worked in the IT Industry for over 25 years, starting out as a developer for Unisys and moving up through the ranks to Technical Architect before starting his own specialist Financial Services Consultancy company. A natural tech entrepreneur with a head for business gives him the unique ability to join the two worlds of FinTech.

James Tewes

Chief Information Security Officer

James is experienced in the technology space having a 24-year history working specifically within infrastructure architecture and security. James has worked as a consultant for banks of various sizes with specific focus on banks which often require rearchitecting to transform their legacy infrastructure into highly resilient, modern, efficient and secure environment ensuring they meet current standards whilst using the latest technologies.

Robert Andersen

Digital Asset Sales

Robert brings over 25 years of capital markets experience in trading and sales of financial instruments across asset classes having worked for leading investment banks and brokerages globally. Robert's clients benefit from his expertise in financial analysis and market risk management coupled to his mediation and negotiation skills. He  holds a BSc in Philosophy and Mathematics.

Linda Darnton

Financial Services Administrator

Linda is a highly experienced Financial Services Administrator. Having worked in various roles within the wealth management and banking sectors for over twelve years, including with the first bank in the world to offer crypto products to clients, she has a passion for client satisfaction and a strong focus on relationship building and regulatory requirements. She holds a Level 4 IAD qualification.

Hirander Misra

Non-executive Director

Hirander is a Co-founder of the Group and also Chairman of GMEX Technologies. He is also Chairman of Forum Trading Solutions and Managing Director of Misra Ventures, a consultancy providing specialist senior level advisory services and helping firms deliver change in market structure, trading and regulatory compliance.

Iain Watson

Chief of Staff

As a Chartered professional, Iain has held executive and management positions in leading financial institutions based around the world.

An experienced COO, CAO, Head of Operations and Program Manager he has extensive experience in Financial Services, Operations, Technology, Strategic Planning and Program Management.

Glenn Palmer

Client Operations Director

Glenn has spent over 20 years in the wealth management and trading sector servicing the requirements of high net worth clients. His career spans periods at institutions such as Barclays Wealth, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Lehman Brothers, Oppenheimer and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Glenn is FCA CF30 registered, CISI PCIAM Level 6 qualified and is also FINRA registered in the United States.

Gavin Smith

Analyst

Gavin brings a scientifically based approach to our product development and analysis by determining segment product preferences, analysing market behaviour and trends (including competitor initiatives) in order to grow DAG's portfolio of products and services.

Brian Hanover

Digital Asset Sales

Brian has most recently been VP of Epsilon Group in London, having worked as Director of Global Equity Arbitrage at Tullett Prebon. Based in New York from 1994, he was responsible for the start up of trading Latam emerging market currency derivatives & interest rate products. In 1999, he moved to London to manage the Global Equity Arbitrage Group where he structured, valuated & executed over $50B worth in return swaps, synthetic forwards, futures & stock loan for equity finance transactions.

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