Board of Directors

Mahesh
Mahesh Sashital

Founder & President

Mahesh is the cofounder of blockchain news company Smartereum. Before that, he was a Vice President at J.P.Morgan, building and managing software applications for the investment bank. He has worked at Fortune 100 companies such as Chrysler and Ford.

James Penas Paylight

James Peñas

Director

James is the Founder and CEO of PayLight Energy, an energy payment and peer-to-peer blockchain platform serving the electricity industry.  PayLight Energy is part of the PayLight companies, which is using blockchain to develop platforms in multiple industries.

Dharma Rajah

Dharma Rajah

Director

Dharma is a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting. He is currently focused on developing thought leadership around Blockchain to help unlock exponential value for his clients.

Leadership Team

Blake Rizzo
Blake Rizzo

Executive Director

Blake is a blockchain and digital security attorney and has been practicing law since 1996. Prior to starting his own firm, Blake was a partner in the bankruptcy and commercial litigation section of McCloskey Roberson.

Shehan

Shehan Chandrasekera

Associate Director

Shehan is a CPA in the state of Texas and New Jersey. His recent article on “Virtual Currency and Tax Ramifications” was featured in “The Tax Adviser” magazine sponsored by AICPA.

Ryan Firth

Associate Director

Ryan is a personal financial planner and business consultant who has a passion for blockchain technology such as cryptocurrencies.

Shezad Kapadia

Associate Director

Shezad is CEO and Managing Partner at AMSYS Capital.

Kim Raath

Kim Raath

Associate Director

Kim is Cofounder and President of Topl. 

Board of Advisors

Manolo Sanchez
Manolo Sánchez

Mr. Sánchez is the former Chairman and CEO of BBVA Compass. He is now a Board member of Fannie Mae, an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Rice University as well as Founding Advisor at Spring Labs, Board member of OnDeck and Committee Chair of Houston Symphony, among others.

Mark Koeppen

Mark Koeppen

Mr. Koeppen is a Principal in Deloitte Consulting’s Enterprise Operations Practice where he supports energy, resources and industrial clients with digital transformation initiatives. He currently leads the Finance & Enterprise Performance Practice for Houston marketplace. In this role, Mark helps companies solve their most complex challenges with digital technology, while also enabling the investment Deloitte Consulting is making in its blockchain initiatives.