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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Ben McKee

is Sales Director, UK. Ben has extensive experience in sales, marketing, business development and people leadership, built over a successful career within blue-chip financial organisations. Ben has 20+ years’ experience selling to global clients having held senior positions within Santander, American Express, Investec, Prudential and ACAMS. This has given him a deep understanding of how these organisations are structured, the decision-making process, the budgeting process and most importantly how they engage and purchase products and services, particularly enterprise solutions.

Advisors

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

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Michael King

Michael is a partner and owner in both a consultancy and software business. Prior to running his own businesses, Michael worked at SWIFT in multiple leadership roles in Europe, US and Asia. His interest in all things digital started when he was Managing Director e-commerce responsible for delivering SWIFT’s e-commerce portfolio, which included corporate STP, Trade Services, TrustAct, a secure web-based messaging service, and e-paymentsPlus, a portfolio of online payment initiation and identity instruments. Michael enjoys challenging the status quo and has a proven ability to think outside the box and come up with business opportunities from new situations.

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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.

Albert Wong Sedicii Advisor profile

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.

Andy Honess Sedicii Advisor profile

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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