Team

General Manager
You are what makes Bitcoin Center Korea

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.

Additional Interests

Cigars Motorcycle Photography Trumpet Whisky
Intern

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!).

Additional Interests

Cooking Guitar Movies
Intern

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.

Intern

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.

Intern

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.

Contributing Editor

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.

Mentor

Ewen is a design professional born in London, United Kingdom. He has extensive experience in the Automotive, Marine and Interior Design sector as well as currently freelancing in Design Visualization. Aside from design, Ewen has passion for filmmaking, snowboarding and financial trading. He hopes to one day build a startup business which incorporates his interests.

Interests

Design Filmmaking
Mentor

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.

Mentor

A California native whose passion is to help others understand and develop their uniqueness in the form of personal branding. Her interests include: education, branding, leadership, personal development, and financial freedom.

Mentor
Even if you're from the outback you can make it

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.

Mentor

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.

Additional Interests

Reading Programming Food Traveling
Mentor
I am a rock

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.

Additional Interests

Philosophy Ping-pong Literature Swimming Hiking Sci-fi
Mentor

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.

Mentor

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.

Mentor

Shubha Gokhale’s research focuses on the legal consequences of emerging technologies. She is part of the Steering Committee for South Korea’s Academic Network for the Future of Medicine and Law, as well as the co-founder and event organizer of the Seoul Futurist Society. She is an Assistant Professor in the Public Administration department, in Sejong University, in Seoul. She has presented at the New Friends Conference Workshop, in Tokyo, the 3rd World Humanities Forum, in Daejeon, and the 1st Korea Strategic Foresight conference, in Seoul. She has also co-organized a conference on the Social Implications of Artificial Intelligence in 2015, and a workshop on Transhumanism and Asia in 2014. She completed her Juris Doctorate at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, and her Bachelor of Arts at Skidmore College, New York. She is currently working on a forthcoming book chapter, on the legal and political implications of South Korea’s approach towards mobile technology, to be published by the Yale Information Society Project’s Global Access to Knowledge Academy.

Mentor
Steve Lim is the CIO of CoinOne, a crypto-currency exchange platform and the cross boarder remittance service, ‘Cross’, where he looks after the the exchange operations and running the proprietary crypto-currency trading fund. Prior to joining CoinOne, Steve spent most of his career as an Equity Derivatives trader. He started his career at UBS Investment Bank Japan, other careers include Head of Asia at Titan Capital Group in New York and VP at Citigroup Global Markets Japan. His experiences include Japanese Equity markets and equity derivatives including single stocks, Asian Indices and FX options and futures.  Steve obtained his Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University.
Intern (Alumna)
Change starts from within

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.

Additional Interests

Ballet Badminton Hiking Watching movies
Intern (Alumnus)
Ride the blockchain wave

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.

Additional Interests

Soccer samba music Kimchi
Program Manager

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’.

Additional Interests

somsa photography SoundCloud