Team 2018-05-09T14:18:53+00:00

Our Team

Founded by a team of Venture Capitalists and Asset Managers with a deep passion and knowledge of Blockchain technologies, ICON Partners is set to advise entrepreneurs and venture capitalists conceptualize the transition to the web 3.0 and offer to investors exposure to the emerging asset class.

Sep Alavi
Sep AlaviPartner & CoFounder
A Venture Partner at White Star Capital, Managing Partner at Residence Ventures and former Managing Director at ICAP, Sep brings in a decade of experience in Financial Services and Capital Markets.
Yannick Folla
Yannick FollaPartner & CoFounder
A Managing Partner at Residence Ventures and early crypto enthusiast, Yannick brings substantial investing and advising experience. He is also an HEC Montreal Grad where he completed a degree in Entrepreneurship.

Our Advisors

Ryan Lackey
Ryan LackeySecurity Expert
Ryan has over 20 years of experience building, securing, and operating advanced and novel payment systems.
He left MIT to launch an anonymous token system in the 1990s. founded HavenCo (the world’s first offshore datahaven), build a Chaumian blinded-token library, and has assisted with security for multiple successful ICOs
Douglas Barnes
Douglas BarnesLegal
Doug has a fifteen-year career in the IT field that progressed from developing banking and accounting software to co-founding security software company C2Net (now part of Red Hat). During this time he also worked as a systems programmer for IBM, was Vice President of Consulting at Securify/Kroll-O’Gara and co-founded IO.com, one of the first commercial Internet Service Providers.
Doug has been admitted to practice law in New York since 2006, after receiving a JD from the University of Texas with high honors.
Gaurav Rana
Gaurav RanaBlockchain Expert
Gaurav is the head of Atlas Labs and a veteran in the crypto space, having contributed to dozens of blockchain projects including Bitcoin, Ethereum and ZCash. He invented Bitsolve, a Golem-like peer-to-peer computation for hire system. He invented a novel encumbrance algorithm and participated in Andreas Antonopoulos’ book ;Mastering Bitcoin. Gaurav worked in top research institutes and Fortune 500 companies prior to the blockchain revolution.
Tonimir Kisasondi
Tonimir KisasondiSecurity Expert
Tonimir Kisasondi is a security expert with over 10 years of experience in security architecture, application security and applied cryptography. After completing his PhD in information security, specifically the area of cryptanalysis, he focused on applying his skills to help various clients in the IT, R&D, telecommunications and financial sector.

This focus is on designing and developing secure systems and reviewing existing systems for security issues.

Thomas Barker
Thomas BarkerBlockchain Architect
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.

As well as advising ICON Partners, he works on his pet Solidity projects and consults for a number of clients across Europe.

Max Kogler
Max KoglerQuantitative Research
Max has over two decades of experience in data-driven decision making across different industries. He has a graduate degree in Pure Mathematics from Cambridge University where he studied Extremal Graph Theory and Information Theory.

Max has worked at Goldman Sachs and Mitchell Madison Group and has worked in artificial intelligence, quantitative finance, film analytics. Max also has an MBA from Stanford University.