Prior to opening Bitcoin Center Korea in 2015, John spent countless hours turning data into information in the financial intelligence industry. John is a proponent of self-regulation and believes that an autonomous open community like Bitcoin Center Korea can be a catalyst for many great things in the society.
Charles is a developer and serial entrepreneur founding startups, events including the Seoul African Fashion Show and one of Seoul’s popular entrepreneurial communities, Entrepreneurs in Seoul. Having lived in multiple cities across the world, Charles brings his cross-cultural understandings to connect people from different parts of the world. Early on, he started out by co-founding a recruiting firm that provides language services locally, where in turn, he went on to bootstrap another startup providing print-on-demand services for fanart artists. Having learnt the tricks of the trade, sharing the knowledge seemed to be the next step – building a community for entrepreneurs. He is now looking into decentralization using blockchain technology as he believes this will help shape the days to come.
Jason is originally from Charlottesville, VA in the United States, but has been living in Korea for the past seven years. After studying Asian Studies in university, he has been doing a variety of things such as English Teaching and marketing, he has always had an interest in startup culture and bitcoin. Outside of work, his interests are in cooking, guitar, and movies (a lot!).
Raphael is a Belgian student who followed a bachelor in Engineering in Brussels and is now doing a master in Management of Technology at TU Delft in the Netherlands. He is currently on exchange at Seoul National University for one semester where he focuses on Artificial Intelligence. His passion for disruptive technologies has brought him to the Bitcoin Center Korea.
Raphael also likes playing the piano, reading, running and hiking.
Sean is currently a student and studies International Studies and Computer Science at Korea University. Despite being born in Korea, Sean spent his entire childhood in the US. In particular, he is interested in artificial intelligence (AI) and how it will impact and change how we think and live. Always having an interest for technology and current up-to-date tech trend, Bitcoin and blockchain technology is what has most recently caught Sean’s attention and brought him to the Bitcoin Center to work and learn as an intern. Aside from work and school, Sean also loves playing the piano and also has a hobby in sports and fitness.
Carolina is attorney and PhD candidate of International Law at Korea University, she believes that cryptocurrencies are part of a bigger picture which reflects the movement of the contemporary society towards to a global financial system where the regulatory role of states is challenged and diminished. She thinks it is part of one-in-a-generation process reflecting the tensions within the traditional political organization of the world, whereby private/public and national/international actors converge to reshape a new financial global system. For this reason, for her, Bitcoin is an invaluable opportunity to acquire a transversal knowledge from insiders, technicians and practitioners about those new dynamics.
Originally from Colombia, and after having worked for several years as a legal adviser at Colombian presidential agency, Carolina has found in Korea and Asia the rebirth of her professional vocation. Currently, she is working into a research project on the multilateral legal framework concerning digital transaction platforms and blockchain, and the construction of feasible and reliable principles to regulate those matters; the field wherein she aims to place her contribution.
Susie worked in sales support at the Korean credit card company Hyundai Card, before studying for her Masters Degree at Chung-ang University. During her studies, she wrote a thesis on the effects of customer dysfunctional behavior on job and service commitment. She has also been studying about the value of artwork such as paintings and sculptures, and predicts that applying cryptocurrencies in art and culture would also be valuable. Her ultimate dream is to act as a consultant for trading artwork with cryptocurrencies.
Partner at FB Capital
Founder and CEO at ChainLinker
Epperly Li is the founder and CEO of ChainLinker, a blockchain incubator and investment bank based in Beijing, China. ChainLinker is a newly established company which aims to build a blockchain community in China, gathering together blockchain startups from both China and abroad and linking developers/consulting/marketing/investment for the startups.
ChainLinker will set up a blockchain fund to finance the early stage of startups.
Epperly started working as private equity manager from 2010, and joined FB Capital as partner. FB Capital is a venture capital company in China which mainly invested in fintech and cyber security industry.
Gabrina moved to Seoul from Malaysia 4 years ago, and is in her final year of her Business Administration and International Studies course at Korea University. She is particularly interested in how innovative business and technology can influence under developed countries, and has also experienced working on online fundraising projects. She is very much amused by Bitcoin and believes that it will become a part of everyone’s life in the near future. Nicknamed “Gabby Fabby”, her friends think she’s fabulous because apart from studying, she loves playing badminton, dancing ballet and travelling.
Jason was born a Yankee in the state of New York. Family raised him as a Southern boy in New Orleans and became a Globetrotter by the Air Force. All of this lead him on his journey to become an International Businessman. Jason is the Founder and President of two startup companies he runs in his off time from his full-time job and when he is not spending time with his wife and kid. Jason carves out time to serve as a community activist in S. Korea, and he is working on his BS in Marketing.
Hailing from sunny Australia, Luigina came to Korea to master the Korean language after graduating from law school in Sydney. After time spent working in the import/export industry in Seoul, she began building a media and streetwear label named Yangban, focusing on fashion film and creative content. She’s excited to join the team at Bitcoin and to learn more about Fintech.
Marvin was born and raised in Honduras which is located in Latin America. He is currently pursuing his masters degree in Finance at Hanyang University. Marvin has a deep interest in Bitcoin and Fintech. In his free time he reads finance and psychological books. He also enjoys taking walks and swimming.
Matt completed an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Chicago in 2007 and has spent the past decade working in the global financial markets as a proprietary, high-frequency, market-maker, and derivatives trader. He is currently managing a global portfolio of cryptocurrencies, fiat currencies, derivatives and traditional financial products.
Technological innovation has had a tremendous impact on trading and how financial markets have evolved throughout Matt’s career and he sees blockchain technology and cryptocurrency as the next iteration of change. He is particularly interested in how cryptocurrency intersects with traditional financial markets.
Matthew is also an avid sailor, a licensed captain, and a certified sailing instructor who enjoys spending his free time out on the water.
Q was born and raised in Northeast China. After finishing her Master’s Degree in University of Southern California, Q came back to Beijing and joined several startup companies. As a core management member, Q exited from her last tech service company, which is acquired by one of China’s largest online outsourcing platform. She moved to Seoul one year ago for more exciting challenges and opportunities in the world of startups and entrepreneurs, and began to learn about blockchain and cryptocurrency. She is now looking into this area more and trying to realize her own “decentralized” nomad life soon. Outside work, Q is an enthusiast of traveling and movies, and invests a lot on her hobbies 🙂
Ryan Garrido was born in Long Island, New York, but raised in good old Fredericksburg, VA. He has a Sales & Marketing Background and has been living in Korea for a few months now, experiencing the culture and living the life of a foreigner (foreign citizen). Through his background, he has been able to take many college graduates or individuals who do not have any sales or marketing background and turn them into sales superstars, only with a little bit of hard work and elbow grease, anyone can go from zero experience to a master salesman in only a few short days.
Ryan is, by profession, an educator but on the side he’s an investor, and content marketer of books he reads through his website (www.bookstakeaway.com). When he’s not working, he’s constantly investing his time learning from great minds whether it’s through reading articles, books, audio books, online courses, workshops, and/or seminars. Ryan hopes to help share his insight on business, finance, and life with the mentees.
Growth Advisor for Startups and Professionals
Founder at AskSidneyC
Sidney is the Founder of AskSidneyC – a Growth Advisor for start-ups and professionals. With a motto, ‘You Can’t Win with a Failing Strategy,’ Sidney helps to spur that giant growth individuals and businesses had been seeking for long but could not achieve. She helps to transform from a mediocre state to the extraordinary; especially by helping them in the areas of sales/investor pitch, sales/staff training, team/vision building and communication, conflict resolution ability, confidence issues, and mindset management.
Sidney holds a B.A. degree in business administration and psychology and a M.A. degree in contemporary art and theories. She worked in diverse sectors and industries. Her career began in finance as a credit analyst and later in business management. She also worked as a global marketing manager in the government sector, promoting national brands, and as a project manager, building teams and managing business accounts, with top U.S. and global companies.
Tuulia comes from Helsinki, Finland where she studies Business Information Technology as her major. She is excited to be an intern at Bitcoin Center Korea because of her great interest for learning more about technology based industries. She has always been really fascinated by Asian countries, which has given her a goal to start doing business in Asia. Having a strong global mindset has helped her to achieve expertise in working in a multicultural environment. Tuulia wants to find more efficient solutions for the companies by using the innovative technology. On her free time she loves to travel, therefore she has visited over 30 countries.
Born in the ROK and raised overseas, Judy has developed a knack of mix & matching not only socks but also her academic interests. She has previously studied Human Development with special interest in Cognitive Science. Bitcoin and blockchain technology is her latest door in her constant search for new risks and discoveries. Her passion includes fusing her academic studies with the digital community of Bitcoin in an endeavor to bridge gaps between the uncommons. She hopes to help create a community of active innovators through the internship program that she manages alongside John. Due to her venturous nature, she enjoys taking gangster photos with endangered Siberian tiger and living out the West-Coast maxim-‘chill vibes only’.
James is currently living in the United States, and studied at the University of Nevada, Reno. James graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs and Political Science. James decided to apply and intern with the Bitcoin Center Korea because he has an interest in the Bitcoin and FinTech industry. His passion is to apply his education and fuse his academic studies with the community of Bitcoin. He hopes that this internship program will allow him to develop new skills and develop connections in South Korea and other countries within the FinTech job field. James loves playing volleyball, badminton, and traveling. He is also able to speak two other languages, which are Japanese and Korean.
Born in Russia and raised in Uzbekistan, Jenya came to Korea four years ago to pursue her bachalor degree in Mass Media and Communications at Korea University. Her diverse interests in international markets had brought her to Bitcoin Center Korea to learn about finance and market research. While pursuing her academic interests, Jenya is an active volunteer. Sport and education are the causes that she chose to volunteer for and that urged her to become an international interpreter volunteer for Brazil Olympics 2016, Sydney Rowing Regatta 2016, Gwangju Summer Universiade 2015 and a language mentor for KT Dream School.
Paul is currently studying International Studies and Mathematics at Yonsei University while pursuing his own interests in finance and economics at the Bitcoin Center Korea. While born in Korea, Paul spent most of his life in New Jersey, US and harbors a lot of interest in the international market and the upcoming technological revolution. Academics aside, his hobbies include philosophy, literature, ping-pong and sci-fi movies. His ideal Sunday morning would entail a few pages of Crime and Punishment and a great deal of philosophy with a hint of Star Wars.
Currently in her final semester of her political science and international relations degree at Underwood International College, Yonsei University, Sally was born in Korea before moving to Taiwan at the age of 3. She moved back to Seoul in 2013 for university. In her free time, Sally enjoys writing, reading, and current affairs, and is an avid sports fan (basketball and lacrosse). She is also interested in law and human rights, having previously worked for NGOs and law firms, and continues to volunteer and give back to the community whenever she can. A curious soul, she was first drawn to Bitcoin to challenge herself to step into the tech world and to learn new things other than in the field of humanities.
Toby is from the UK and graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2014 with a degree in Mathematics and French. He’s a computer programmer who wants to learn more about bitcoin and particularly the power of the blockchain. Toby enjoys playing soccer and has been part of a 30-person Samba band! It has only been one month since Toby arrived in Korea, so far he’s loving life in Seoul and is excited to discover more.