THE TEAM

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Rob Leslie

is founder and CEO. Rob has been the primary driver of the company and has successfully gained recognition for Sedicii at a significant number of technology and innovation competitions. Rob has a successful track record of establishing and growing businesses to considerable scale and was part of the original management team in Dell Japan that established and grew the business to almost 300 employees and $300M turnover in 4 years. He is a co- founder of Kyckr (ASX:KYK) which was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in September 2016 and provides organisational identity services for KYC & AML services to banks and other regulated financial institutions. Rob is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and has been invited to speak at Davos on Cybersecurity, Identity and other technology issues affecting the world’s economies. He holds a B.Eng. degree in Electronic Engineering from Dublin City University.

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Patrick Curry OBE CEng

is Director of Innovation & Strategy. He is a strategic information management expert with a strong background in military contingency operations, command & control, crisis decision making, secure collaboration in supply chains and business continuity. He has worked in a range of senior information-centric operational management roles across UK government, international aerospace and defence sectors. He specialises in the use and management of information to support operations in trusted environments within and between collaborating organisations in US, NATO, Europe and Asia. He is also CEO of the British Business Federation Authority (BBFA – www. bbfa.info) which enables the implementation of federated identity & access management and secure collaboration across industry and is expanding into cyber resilience, Internet governance, sharing of sensitive cybersecurity and counter-fraud information, involving EU, NATO, law enforcement (including Interpol) government and industry organisations from over 35 nations. He wrote the Information Sharing Framework for the military Multinational Experiment 7, which tested cyber crisis management including air traffic management, energy and telecoms. He has a leading role in blockchain and DLT development in the UK. He is also an ISO editor for international standards on identity management, privacy and blockchains. Patrick is a chartered engineer and holds UK government security clearances.

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Miguel DeVega Rodrigo

is Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Miguel holds a Ph. D. in machine learning and cryptography from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a Masters in Engineering from the Madrid Polytechnic University. He is passionate about data science, deep learning, big data analytics, machine learning, lean management and agile methodologies. He has authored 27 patents, published in international journals, lived in 5 countries and worked at both big (Siemens, Nokia) and small companies. He is a serial entrepreneur having previously co- founded 4 startups including Dialective, Wumoo and I-Flike-U. He has worked on digital assistants (chatbots), with special emphasis on conversational user experience and optimisation. He is currently working on cryptographic processes used for authentication and identity verification.

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Clare Nelson, CISSP, CIPP/E

is VP Business Development and Product Strategy, North America. She was formerly Founder and CEO of ClearMark Consulting. She was VP Business Development for mobile security leader Mi3, as well as TeaLeaf Technology (acquired by IBM). She has held executive positions at Dell, Novell, and EMC, as well as startups where she wrote encrypted TCP/IP variants for a government agency. She is a subject matter expert, with extensive publications and speaking engagements on Multi-Factor Authentication, (MFA), Biometric Recognition, and Privacy. She lives at the nexus of cybersecurity, privacy, and identity. She is a co-founder of C1ph3r_Qu33ns, a cybersecurity mentoring organization. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Tufts University.

Advisors

Our advisors represent global experts in business, financial services and technology investment.

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Benny Higgins

is a former Chief Executive of Tesco Bank and Group Strategy Director for Tesco PLC. He was formerly also a member of the Tesco Executive Committee. He is now Executive Chairman of ASX listed Kyckr (ASX:KYK). Benny has extensive experience within the financial services industry. During a career which started in 1983 at Standard Life, he has held senior positions within the worlds of investment management, retail and business banking. From being a Member of the Group Executive at Standard Life, Benny moved to RBS (in 1997) as Chief Executive of Retail Banking. He was with RBS until 2005. During this time he led the successful integration of NatWest Retail Banking - the largest single merger in UK banking for some time. Before joining Tesco Bank, Benny served as Chief Executive Officer of the Retail Business of HBOS plc. He achieved a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Glasgow. He qualified as a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries in 1986. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and a member of the of the Treasury Task force on Financial Inclusion and the Scottish Government’s Financial Services Advisory Board (FiSAB). As a member of the Commonwealth Games Legacy Board, Benny maintains close ties to his home town. He is also a Director of Scottish Financial Enterprise and a Prince’s Trust Ambassador.

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Nigel Aston

is Consultant and Chief Strategy Officer at Blok-Tech, where he is engaged in broad range of consulting on strategic and competitive intelligence issues with particular focus on security and blockchain. This includes innovation with blockchain architecture to provide a more secure access and distribution to information. The information can include vehicle information plus telemetry that makes it especially suitable for environments with high security requirements and mutually physically unknown actors. Nigel has a strong background in dealing with international institutions in the private and public sectors. He has held a range of executive leadership positions at Amadeus including Senior Advisor Corporate Strategy for developing longer term strategic initiatives. As a UK civil servant, he held positions ranging from manager of a Government Employment centre, to member of a Cabinet Minister's office, to regional employment policy and culminating with responsibility for policy on incoming tourism to the UK. Nigel represented the UK at the Council of Ministers, with the European Commission and with the OECD and the UN World Tourism Organisation. Nigel has a degree in politics from the University of Hull, and a diploma in management from the Henley Business School of the University of Reading.

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Albert Wong, AM
B Com, F FINSIA, MSDIA, FAICD

Company Director and Consultant
Mr. Wong has over 35 years of experience in the stockbroking and investment banking industry. He commenced his career with investment bank, Merrill Lynch in 1981 based in Sydney, with secondments to New York and Chicago. In 1988, he was admitted as a Member to the Australian Securities Exchange and was in partnership with Andrew Forrest (Founder of Fortescue Metals Group) at Intersuisse Securities between the years of 1988 until 1990, following which he became the principal, prior to selling out in 1995 to the current owner Phillip Capital of Singapore. Following this, Mr. Wong established the Barton Capital group of companies including Barton Capital Holdings Limited and eStar Online Trading Limited (both listed on the ASX in 1997 and 2000 respectively). Mr. Wong was the business partner to the late former NSW Premier, The Hon. Neville Wran AC QC between 2004 – 2012 and was responsible for the successful listing of numerous companies on ASX over the years. He has served on many listed boards, including Founding Chairman (now Non-Executive Director) of ASX listed Kyckr Limited. He has been a senior adviser to the Nanshan Group in relation to its activities in Australia and was pivotal in its acquisition of its 20% stake in Virgin Australia from Air New Zealand in June 2016. Mr. Wong is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of FINSIA.

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Andy Honess
JumpXL

Founder and Owner
Andy is a seed investor and advisor to the software industry.
In his 30 year career, he has held UK and international senior sales and Managing Director positions in the enterprise software space, including IBM and Siebel Systems and helped take QLIK from start-up to a NASDAQ IPO for $749m in 2010.
He specialises in guiding tech start-ups to high-speed growth and is a mentor and Entrepreneur-in-Residence for over ten incubation and accelerator programs across the UK. He reviews and mentors over 200 companies a year. He has built the Business Alignment Management™ methodology designed specifically for start-up and scale-up businesses, with value selling principles at its core.
He holds an honours degree in Business Information Systems.

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Stuart Hillston

serves as Chief Executive Officer of Constellation Capital. Stuart is a hands-on technology investor and a specialist advisor to early stage entrepreneurs primarily in the software,medtech, digital and mobile sectors. He is a mentor to a number of start-up accelerator initiatives, including Wayra, and has experience of both managing and rapidly building start-up companies. He serves as Member of Advisory Board at Ensygnia Ltd. and has been an advisor to Sedicii since its incorporation.

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Sven Donhuysen

Sven’s background is in business and technology, which led him to build up several international companies in the global telecommunication, mobile and internet sector. Sven has held various leadership and management positions in the course of his career. His role as a business angel lets him build the bridge between entrepreneurs and investors, thereby laying a particular focus upon ideas promoting disruptive technologies. Always seeking the unusual while thinking about how the world can be made a better place, Sven is definitely a business activist par excellence. His positive attitude combined with his own experience and confidence that individuals emerge even stronger from crises make him the ideal supporter and promoter for international start-ups.
Sven is Chairman of Leo Investment AG and has over fifteen years’ experience in various managing positions worldwide. He built up and managed several companies as CEO and managing several successful fund-raisings (last one 20 Million USD) He provides large experience in finance, reporting, governance and leverage of financial assets.

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Brendan Dillon

Brendan is a digital asset strategy consultant. He is a highly experienced entrepreneur, start-up advisor and strategy consultant. Since 2016, he has worked as an independent blockchain consultant, providing research, advisory, crypto-economic design and strategy consulting services to corporations, start-ups and investment funds. He produced one of the world’s first frameworks for digital asset analysis and the first deep-dive analyst report on a digital asset. He was the founder and CTO of AdaptiveMobile, the leading network security firm in the telecoms space, growing the company to over 150 staff. Brendan has a B. Eng. in Electronic Engineering from Dublin City University.

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