The BL∆KFX team are industry leaders and passionate about technology, security, financial systems, and making a global impact. Pioneers have joined our team from all over the world, with various backgrounds in economics, finance, security, technology, and more. We are creating products that are cutting-edge and going to change the future of banking and the way people use and feel about cryptocurrencies.
Interbank Payment and Financial Systems Advisor
Rod Garratt holds the Maxwell C. and Mary Pellish Chair in Economics at the University of California Santa Barbara. He has served as a Technical Advisor to the Bank for International Settlements, a Research Advisor to the Bank of England, and is a former Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. During his time at the FRBNY, he co-led the Virtual Currency Working Group for the Federal Reserve System. After leaving the FRBNY, he consulted for Payments Canada and R3 on Project Jasper: a proof of concept for a wholesale interbank payment system.
Garratt received his undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo and his PhD from Cornell University. He has published in the top economics journals, including Econometrica, the American Economic Review, and the Journal of Political Economy. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Financial Market Infrastructures, the Journal of Network Theory in Finance, and the Journal of Public Economic Theory.
Dr. Brent M. Segal
Advanced Research and Technology Advisor
Dr. Brent M. Segal is Director of Advanced Technology for Lockheed Martin Corporate Engineering, Technology, and Operations and the Corporate Technology Scout.
In this role, Brent has a broad charter to identify and integrate technology and capabilities throughout the Lockheed Martin $53B product portfolio. In addition, Brent leads the Autonomy, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learrning, Quantum Computing, Neuromorphic Architectures, and Data Analytics spaces, bringing small companies and university projects to Lockheed Martin. He integrates with government program management for projects involving autonomy, AI/ML, sensors, advanced electronics, and materials science with DOD, DOE, and external partners.
Dr. Segal has previously held roles as the Corporate Director of Advanced Research Programs, overseeing internal R&D investments across the $48 billion corporation and as the Director of Science & Technology for the LM UK operations. Dr. Segal joined Lockheed Martin as Chief Scientist, Nanotechnology following the acquisition of his company Nantero’s Government Business in 2008.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Brent co-founded and served as the Chief Operating Officer of Nantero, a leading nanotechnology company where he generated more than 200 patents and applications. Nantero raised $31.5 million in three private equity rounds (DFJ, CRV and Globespan) and secured government programs totaling in excess of $50 million. Dr. Segal spearheaded the sale of the government division of his company in 2008.
Brent’s passion and training at Sloan MIT for sustainability has led him to explore deals involving a reduction of global CO2 levels through the use of renewable energy sources, such as biofuels, photovoltaics, wind power, and fuel cells. He has taken a strong interest in blockchain and serves as an advisor for a bitcoin miner, Core Scientific.
Brent received a BA in Chemistry from Reed College and a PhD in Chemistry from Harvard University.
Cybersecurity & Technology Advisor
Jonathan is widely regarded as one of the top cybersecurity strategists and business development executives in the world. With more than 20 years of demonstrated experience in growing organizations from startup to industry leader with hundreds of millions in revenue, he is a highly sought-after business adviser and industry speaker.
As Vice President of Strategy and Analytics at Fortinet, Jonathan is positioning the company as the leading security company for digital transformation and smart cities solutions. His work has helped reposition Fortinet from a mid-market UTM-appliance vendor to being widely regarded as an industry leading enterprise-grade cybersecurity solutions provider with 30%+ year-over- year growth and high margin performance. Jonathan serves as Fortinet’s Global Strategist and Security Evangelist focusing on marketing the Fortinet Security Fabric as the premiere cyber solution for Fortune 1000 and nation-states. He has created new opportunities generating 50%+ growth in Fortinet’s strategic products. Jonathan led the acquisition and integration of Fortinet’s SIEM product and his efforts have contributed to Fortinet’s stock price growth by 90% and leading recognition from all industry analyst companies.
Prior to joining Fortinet, Jonathan led Security Product Marketing Management at Verizon Enterprise, driving the strategy that grew the MSS line of business from conception to an industry leader with over $500 million in annual revenue. During his 16 years at Verizon, Jonathan was also responsible for analyst relations that garnered eight consecutive Gartner Magic Quardrant Leadership awards and similar recognition from across the analyst community. Jonathan left Verizon as the security CTO and Head of Managed Security Services where he had a billion-dollar P&L responsibility, leading a global organization of more than a thousand security professionals in nine SOCs around the world. In addition, he led the well-known Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) which is widely considered to be a gold standard in breach research.
Jonathan is a widely published cybersecurity expert and a frequent speaker at industry conferences, including RSA Americas, RSA APJ, Gartner Risk Management Summit, InfoSec Europe, InfoSecWorld, AFCEA, AusCERT, Cybertech Asia, and the UN/ASEAN Cyber Attribution Conference. He has served on several advisory boards of leading cybersecurity and technology companies, including Cisco, Splunk, FireEye, Symantec, GroupSense, AFCEA Cyber Committee, and HPE ArcSight. A former U.S. Foreign Service Officer, Jonathan is trilingual and holds an MBA and BA from the George Washington University.
STO and Capital Advisor
As Managing Director of ICOs at Blockchain Industries, Inc., Paul focuses on capital valuation and token metrics for origination and placement. Blockchain Industries, Inc. (OTCPK:BCII) is a publicly traded merchant bank focused on the international blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. BCII is comprised of an ICO Advisory, an investment management arm, and a Global Conference Series (Blockchain Unbound) connecting entrepreneurs and investors.
Prior to joining Blockchain Industries, Mr. Kim was a 15-year gaming executive veteran having served at companies such as GoPets, ZAM Network, and Gazillion Entertainment focusing on digital assets, virtual currencies, virtual economies, and user adoption. Previously, he was CEO of Xfire, the world’s largest gaming community site with over 24 million registered users, as well as COO of Oomba, a cutting-edge Saas-based Tournament platform. He has advised multiple ICOs, raising more than $150 million, and he was a founding member of DNA fund.
Secure Engineering Advisor
Michael has over 20 years of hands-on experience in establishing and growing global engineering teams. He holds 20+ patents in network, computer, and mobile security, and he received an MS in Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics from Stanford University and a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from University of San Francisco. Michael is the Head of Product Security and Privacy, DAQRI (2017–present) where he is responsible for product security and privacy strategy, roadmap, architecture, compliance, and SDLC.
Prior to that he was Senior Vice President of Secure Communications, Darkmatter, LLC (2015–2017) where he led development of secure communications technologies for public sector critical national infrastructure, including secure mobile messenger and ultra-secure mobile handset. Michael was also the Head of Security and Privacy, Google Nest (2015) where he championed Google Nest’s hardware and security roadmap and requirements, and directed assessment and incident management.
He was the Product Security and Privacy Champion/Vice President of Security R&D Group, Samsung Mobile Communications (2011–2014) where he developed and executed security technology strategy and roadmap that included hardware-anchored security, biometric-based multi-factor authentication, whitebox cryptography, code obfuscation, system integrated network security and privacy, independent certifications, and industry standards partnerships. There, he built and managed globally distributed (nine countries) security researchers, engineers, and incident managers.
Prior to that he was the Senior Director of Engineering of Mobile Security, McAfee (2001–2009) where he developed and commercialized security framework for mobile handsets that were integrated into 500+ million handsets.
Cryptocurrency, Blockchain & ICO Advisor
With 17,000+ followers in less than a year, Adrian Cortez is a seasoned thought leader and community builder in the nascent blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) industry. With a background in international business development, investment management, and entrepreneurship, he brings a global outlook supported by an extensive network and experience across multiple disciplines.
With a keen understanding of how both public and private chains fit into the ever-evolving landscape of IoT and Fintech, Adrian is sought after by some of the most active, passionate, and insightful influencers in the space for his perspective on the industry. Adrian is a graduate of Yale University and has spent a decade conducting business and networking in China.
In his spare time, Adrian organizes blockchain-related meetups and hackathons and works to advance blockchain adoption in Chicago.
Government and Compliance Advisor
Richard Canas is an international expert in homeland security, drugs enforcement, intelligence gathering, anti-money laundering, and counter terrorism financing enforcement with over 40 years of experience with the U.S. federal government, state and International intelligence, law enforcement policy, and police education.
He was recognized by the White House with two Presidential Letters of Commendation by President George H. W. Bush, two Presidential Letters of Commendation by President Bill Clinton, and by the U. S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration with three Excellence of Performance Awards, one for Sustained Superior Performance and two for Excellence in Management.
Dick was a Special Agent then a Supervisory Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and a Special Assistant to the Intelligence Operations Division of the CIA where he contributed to safety and security of the United States as well as to interdiction of drugs and money laundering operations.
He was also the Director for Counternarcotics/Counterterrorism for the National Security Council, the White House, Washington DC, the Assistant Country Attaché DEA in Mexico City, Mexico, Resident Agent-in-Charge in Santa Ana, CA Office, Inspector DEA Office of Inspections in Washington DC, Section Chief DEA Latin American Section in Washington DC, Country Attaché in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Resident Agent-in-Charge in Monterrey, Mexico, Assistant Country Attaché in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and Special Agent in San Francisco, CA.
Dick Cañas has authored numerous articles about national security and published two historical novels, Jaguars and Decade of Iron, concerning El Salvador in the 1930s, and two non-fiction texts, Homeland Security at the State Level – A Primer on State Homeland Security Programs, and SHIFT – The end of the war on drugs.
Cybersecurity & Ethical Hacking Advisor
Gary has over three decades of experience in information technology, focusing on corporate espionage, cybersecurity, secure network architecture, and software development. He is an expert in identifying serious security vulnerabilities used by malicious attackers against corporate and government entities, and he has led cybersecurity initiatives for organizations in all vertical markets globally.
Gary held various DoD security clearances for public and private sector projects, both foreign and domestic. He has vast, hands-on expertise and team management skills enabling the identification of disastrous security flaws in networks, local and web-based applications, security processes, organized cybercrime, as well as physical security.
He also founded Razorpoint Security Technologies, Inc. in 2001. Targeting corporate espionage and cybercrime, Razorpoint became a leading global solutions provider for effective cybersecurity with an international government and private sector client base on 5 continents, 10 countries and 40 cities and cybersecurity budgets in excess of $100 million each annually. Gary has previously served in cybersecurity and management positions for ConcreteMedia, Thaumaturgix, and IConCMT in New York City. He led the technology effort for a state-of-the-art European information network for the international transportation industry, and served on the development team for tactical training systems for the U.S. Air Force and Navy.
Most recently, in a hands-on role, Gary designed and directed cybersecurity engagements, developed and managed client relationships, and mentored teams implementing powerful cybersecurity countermeasures. He was responsible for securing client environments with annual revenues up to $35 billion with a global client base that spans all vertical markets and industries. Client locations include London, Greece, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Nairobi, and New Zealand.
As a recognized subject matter expert, Gary conducts regular interviews on cybersecurity with media outlets (television, radio, print, and web) and has been featured on CNN, ABC, Forbes, CNBC, NY Times Magazine, and many others.
STO and Strategic Partnerships Advisor
As Chairman & CEO of Blockchain Industries, Inc., Moynihan focuses on investments across the blockchain ecosystem. Blockchain Industries, Inc. is a publicly traded merchant bank focused on the international blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. The company is comprised of an STO/ICO Advisory business, institutional trading and investment management. Blockchain Industries also owns and operates Blockchain Unbound, a global conference series connecting entrepreneurs and investors in blockchain.
Prior to joining Blockchain Industries, Moynihan was Managing Member at Ithaca Partners and was an early investor in Evolv Fund, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. He is the founder of PayLock IPT, where he introduced a revolutionary, technology-driven approach to the collection industry and co-authored four patents for innovations related to this collection service technology. Moynihan sold a multimillion dollar minority stake in PayLock to Cumming Investment Company in 2007. Moynihan’s expertise centers on partner relations, capital formation, business development, financial modeling, and strong team-building.
Steve Foster, a Navy Vietnam veteran, had a distinguished 20-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), retiring in 2000 as a Special Agent Supervisor who specialized in espionage, counterterrorism, and cyber investigations.
Upon retiring from the FBI, Mr. Foster founded a private consulting company, which provided cybersecurity consulting services to Fortune 500 corporations. As part of those services Mr. Foster was the featured Keynote Speaker for the IBM Cybersecurity Road Shows in 2005–2006, which were held in major cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is also a contributing co-author to the Black Book on Corporate Security.
Steve’s next role was as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (VP-CISO) for NYFIX, a Wall Street financial services firm located in New York City. A few years later, TNCC recruited Steve to become their first Cybersecurity Project Director. In addition to teaching, he also helped the school achieve the prestigious Cybersecurity Center of Academic Excellence Certification (CAE2Y), sponsored and awarded by the NSA and DHS. He also manages and plans the TNCC annual Cybersecurity Conference, held every October, and creates pathways for cybersecurity students.
Steve is truly one of the few cybersecurity professionals today that has real working experience across all major domains of our nation’s critical digital infrastructure, including the military, government, private industry, and academia.
Business Development & Prediction Advisor
Since May 2, 1988, Henry Weingarten has been the Managing Director of the AFUND. In addition to utilizing fundamental and technical analysis, he employs astrology as the primary tool to oversee investment funds and advise institutional investors and money managers worldwide.
His forecasting success has received widespread recognition: the 1990 crash of the Tokyo STOCK market, the 1997 Hong Kong and Asian Market Crises… Fast forward to the 2016 election of Donald Trump and his latest predictions have been mostly spot on with global markets, gold, and bitcoin.
Henry was a professional microcomputer systems designer and taught computer science at the New School in New York. From 1982 to 1994, he was president of ASI Computers. He passed both Series 3 and Series 65 exams, and has a BS in Mathematics with a minor in Psychology from NY.
Architecture Design Advisor
John brings 28 years of information technology experience, primarily serving the banking and financial services sectors. As a Vice President at Citigroup, John led implementations of numerous enhancements to the CitiBusiness® online commercial banking application.
At Yale University, John designed, built, and maintained software for admissions, course registration, student loans, financial aid, and payroll. He also spent several years as a consultant delivering financial and administrative software development projects for the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
John is a Managing Director with Blackcomb Consultants, where he leads teams of IT consultants as they implement and upgrade core systems software for the property and casualty insurance industry. As the chief architect, it is John’s responsibility to ensure the delivery of a user experience that not only meets all business and technical design requirements, but also consistently delights the end user by being intuitive, performant, reliable, and secure.
John holds a BA in Secondary Education/Mathematics from the State University of New York and an MBA from Alaska Pacific University, where he focused on both finance and telecommunications. He has presented four times on the topic of software upgrades at the Guidewire Connections annual user conference.
Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & ICO Advisor
For the last two years, Ciprian has been deeply involved in mining operations and global blockchain technology projects with cross-functional intent to investigate business disruptive emerging technologies, define appropriate strategies to maximize on presented opportunities while mitigating threats, and execute those strategies using blockchain networks.
He provides key expert advice, business insight, and professional guidance on topics related to blockchain, cryptocurrency, digital currency, e-money, eWallets, direction, processes, business development, and sales and marketing of the products and services.
Ciprian is the co-founder of Nihilo Coin and experienced Managing Partner with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer goods industry. He is a strong business development professional skilled in negotiation, business planning, customer service, advertising, and sales.
Ciprian has over 15 years’ experience in production environments and green field projects with extensive management skills in managing companies with 200+ employees. He has experience implementing basic responsibilities that are associated with the business development manager and general manager positions, examining the company’s competition to develop better development strategies, increasing profits for the company in general, and establishing relations with a sales team or sales coordinator. He is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the board of directors.