Key people

  • Core Team
  • Advisors
  • Ambassadors
Matej Michalko

Matej Michalko

Co-Founder, Chairman

Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency. Founded and served as CEO of Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency conferences in the UK, China, Austria and Belgium. Founded Bitcoin Marketing, the first crypto digital marketing agency worldwide and the first e-gaming cryptocurrency consulting firm. Founder and CEO of DECENT.

Gagik Yeghiazarian

Gagik Yeghiazarian

Co-Founder, CEO

ICT/hi-tech startups, consulting, publishing and media communication. Worked at Andersen Russia and CIS. Initiator and the first CEO of the Armenian Development Agency. Founder and investor in several companies operating across CIS and North America. Harvard graduate.

Arman Aleksanian

Arman Aleksanian

Co-Founder, CINO

Media communication, digital production and software development, with strict focus and specialization on internet solutions. Founder and member of the board of several companies operating across EU and CIS. MSF, CEO of ArattaUna since 2001 and CEO of Aegis Media Armenia for the past 6 years.

Arutyun Pogosyan

Arutyun Pogosyan

Co-Founder

Media, publishing, advertising. Founder, investor, member of the Board of several companies operating across Europe, North America and CIS. Member of YPO.

Josef Sevcik

Josef Sevcik

Chief Architect

After studying Business Administration in Seattle and Informatics in Brno, Josef has spent 14 years in the telecommunication industry and helped revolutionize the telecoms industry by creating the Next generations Networks. Josef mainly worked in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany and Austria.

Vazgen Manukyan

Vazgen Manukyan

Core Developer

Vazgen brings-in a strong knowledge of PHP, Java, C++ and other technologies as well as vast experience in building numerous web and client-server application that really work for clients like Johnson&Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly, TNO, Quality of Life, and Bayer Healthcare. He also has considerable experience in digital processing of random signals. Vazgen’s knowledge and experience in leading diverse teams in various locations and time-zones is helping streamline our international team working on DECENT’s core platform.
He has Masters in Radiophysics from Yerevan State University.

Dr. Tigran Ghahramanyan

Dr. Tigran Ghahramanyan

Core Developer

Having background in Cosmology - Theoretical Physics from Yerevan Physics Institute, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.),  in parallel specialized in Software Engineering. Tigran has an extensive experience with software development in electronics production test data analysis area, built a platform providing flexible access to huge production test data of customers such as Nvidia, Quallcomm, SanDisk, STMicroelectronics. Has got a strong cross-platform C++ experience and broad knowledge of technologies, programming languages in general.

Hayk Hayotsyan

Hayk Hayotsyan

Core Developer

Hayk is an experienced developer who has spent significant time working with complex, multi-component, cross-platform tools. Hayk has strong knowledge of C++, Javascript and web technologies.
He worked in NY hedge fund as a developer responsible for communication with exchange servers.
He has considerable experience of working with low latency and high throughput systems. He holds a graduate degree in Microelectronics.

Denis Glazachev

Denis Glazachev

Core Developer

Being primarily C++ programmer on high load oriented, low latency, and distributed systems, he has a broad knowledge and familiarity with various operating systems, different programming languages and environments, as well as strong computer networking background. He holds a graduate degree in AM & Informatics.

Dr. Christian de Vartavan

Dr. Christian de Vartavan

Head of Academic Relations

Christian de Vartavan, currently Head of Academic Relations in Decent, has a very rare parallel career in academia and the private sector. As a scientist, his work has been decisive or influential in many fields including standardization and the classification of sciences – the widely known Vartavan Library Classification (see Wikipedia) being an offshoot from it. He has been the author of many peer reviewed articles, several academic books – two of them landmarks or world reference - and the editor of several international academic journals. In 2014 the University of Oxford created a special archive to keep his scientific work, now part of the UK's national archive.As a PR and Communication specialist, his career started in 1992 in the French Ministry of Culture, continued in the industry and was also validated by the French Navy which he has represented in an international venue (2004). He has also acted as the Director of Communication and Vice President of a specialized concrete admixture company for several years. He is currently connected to several universities and two academies (Paris’ Académie des Sciences d’Outremer & Versailles) where to his surprise he arrived No. 2 in the elections of summer 2016 for a seat in the former. He is requested to postulate again in the forthcoming years.

Mane Melikyan

Mane Melikyan

Head of Projects

Mane graduated from Moscow State University and has a sophisticated background with experience in managing various cross country projects in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia. She has a solid competency in marketing, project management, pr, media and communications spanning a career period of over 15 years. Mane prides herself to have a global mindset and is committed to constant professional development and life-long learning. Founder and managing partner at hi communications agency.

Anna Soshenko

Anna Soshenko

Project Manager

Grigor Igitbashyan

Grigor Igitbashyan

Web Developer

Hayk Harutyunyan

Hayk Harutyunyan

Web Developer

Vahe Poghosyan

Vahe Poghosyan

Web Developer

Levon Kostandyan

Levon Kostandyan

UI/UX Designer

Tigran Sahakyan

Tigran Sahakyan

UI/UX Designer

Ghazar Ter-Khachatryan

Ghazar Ter-Khachatryan

Junior Developer

Hayk Poghosyan

Hayk Poghosyan

Junior Developer

Matej Boda

Matej Boda

Slovakia

Matej was always interested in new technologies and future progress. During his studies at the Technical University in Bratislava he took an internship in BMW Munich as a technical concept creator. Although his background is in applied mechanics, he became involved in Blockchain Technologies in 2013. Fascinated by the decentralized protocols, he was interested in the cryptocurrency mining at first. Since then he has supported the community by helping to organize events such as Central European Bitcoin Expo Vienna and BTC2B Congress, advising on mining technologies and discussing future possibilities for blockchain.

Narek Kostanyan

Narek Kostanyan

Netherlands

Social entrepreneur and senior software engineer with many years of experience working in international organisations and start-up businesses in Europe. Research and development interest in closed/decentralised/federated social networks, collective decision making systems, transparent and accountable financing and community exchange frameworks. Specialised in social mobile app development. Introducing the DECENT platform to different expert collectives and solutionaries building new platforms for global social innovation and sustainable social changes.

Armen Shahverdyan

Armen Shahverdyan

Russia

Managed IT start-ups and consulted World Bank, European Commission, and many other international companies on IT systems and technology related issues. He was a Director of Open Source Armenia, the first project in the country aimed at promoting Open Source software solutions in various industries. Armen Shahverdyan is a graduate of Harvard University.

Weiwu Zhang

Weiwu Zhang

Australia

Since 2011 Zhang Weiwu’s endeavor includes automatic trading, arbitrage and policy study. He is an entrepreneur and a Bitcoin columnist, often regarded as the most insightful voice about China. He believes Bitcoin is the most important internet innovation of the decade. Before entering Bitcoin industry he worked as a professional product manager, CEO and IT consultant. Currently he lives in Australia.

Alona Sklarevica

Alona Sklarevica

Latvia

Spreading the word about decentralised web platform DECENT, building a stable community and assisting at conferences, meetups and beyond.

Andrew Wagner

Andrew Wagner

Canada

Andrew got his start in the Bitcoin industry by convincing local businesses in Vancouver to adopt it for payment. He was a co-founder of the Bitcoin Co-op, for whom he signed up numerous business to accept Bitcoin including the world’s first Indian restaurant, the cafe where the world’s first Bitcoin ATM was launched, and many more. Even his Bitcoin tattoo is paid for with BTC! He later went on to found CoinFest, the world’s first decentralized and open source convention about cryptocurrency. Following its success, he became a notable writer in the crypto community, and is an educator at Meet Ups, conferences, and even government workshops! He now travels the world spreading the word of Satoshi.

Igor Chepkasov

Igor Chepkasov

Sweden

Moscow State University of Commerce graduated, professional marketer and PR & GR specialist and advisor. Bitcoin Center Russia and Cryptocurrency Foundation Russia founder, 1st Russian Bitcoin Conference #CryptoForum, CoinFest Russia festival etc. events organizer. Human rights defender, active supporter and advocate of civil rights and freedoms, political activist. The opponent of censorship, state and otherwise interference into private life. Adheres to the principle of absolute freedom for everyone.

Marek Zamecnik

Marek Zamecnik

Slovakia

Prior to co-founding of 0100 Ventures, Marek was active in a VC firm – Nova Founders Capital in Southeast Asia where he was responsible for venture development. While at Nova Founders he also organized the largest private equity conference in Switzerland. During his academic years he finished 2nd in the world in global startup competition. Marek studied at various universities in four different countries such as the University of Manchester, Copenhagen Business School, Oxford Brookes University, or Université Paris Dauphine.

Frantisek Borsik

Frantisek Borsik

Slovakia

Marketing, connecting people, helping startups + SME (w/ marketing, business dev) & learning as never-ending story. Blockchain & FREEDOM enthusiast.

Dr. Davit Kalantaryan

Dr. Davit Kalantaryan

Core Developer

Davit has vast programming, development and team-lead experience, and knowledge of multiple programming languages and environments.
He Worked at PSI (Switzerland), JINR (Russia), DESY (Deutsches Elektron-Synchrotron, Germany), various scientific institutions and tech-companies (Armenia).
Developed a scientific software for simulations and calculations, created a grid system at JINR for making cumbersome calculation devoted to NICA project parallel, developed a device control software for accelerators, to name a few.
David co-authored a universal LINUX PCIe driver for MTCA. His PhD thesis was addressing: “The Electrodynamic Problems of Electron Beam Loaded Systems”.