Team and Advisors

Crypto Valley Exchange is the brainchild of a team comprising experienced advisors, traders, developers, and marketers with extensive backgrounds in both traditional finance and decentralised finance. This team blends decades of expertise to create a unique platform that bridges the gap between these two worlds.

Core Team

Mathias Lundoe Nielsen (Chief Executive Officer) is a seasoned award-winning tech entrepreneur with a deep technical knowledge in crypto and blockchain. He has lectured at several notable conferences including Blockchain Summit London, ITU (United Nations tech conference) and TEDx. His track record includes multiple tech startups, three exits and one IPO. BTC investor since early 2015 and he holds a degree from the triple accredited Henley Business School in the UK.

James Davies (Chief Product Officer) has over 25 years of experience in the traditional finance and DeFi industries, holding several C-Suite roles with companies such as Crypterium, Coindirect and the London Derivatives Exchange. He is an expert in derivatives and related products, with direct involvement in the development of a wide range of products holding several C-Suite and senior roles with companies such as London Derivatives Exchange, Trayport and Cantor Fitzgerald.

Ivan Ivashchenko (Chief Technology Officer) is a highly experienced solution architect and principal engineer with over 12 years of experience in the industry. He is well regarded in the Rust open-source community and has designed and implemented a host of advanced systems in the blockchain space including Exonum blockchain as ex Chief Architect at Bitfury. Focusing on innovative, large-scale products, he has designed, implemented and delivered reliable and efficient solutions for a number of advanced projects in the blockchain space.

Jules Ratcliffe (Chief Financial Officer) is an award-winning investor and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience across investment banking, private equity, venture capital, and leading startups and scaleups. He has invested in, founded, and managed high growth businesses in emerging technologies, fintech, AI, and crypto and participated in over $20 billion in debt and equity funding. First degree from Oxford University. MBA from INSEAD. CFO and COO experience working with boards. Focused on blockchain since 2016 supporting enterprise solutions, DeFi, and Layer 1 protocols.

Ivan Kononenko (Chief Marketing Officer) is a seasoned marketing professional with over 4 years of expertise in the Web3 industry. Renowned for his pivotal roles in Allbridge, LetsExchange, and GoodCrypto App, he is a visionary leader known for orchestrating highly successful marketing campaigns. Ivan’s innovative strategies have consistently propelled DeFi projects to millions in volume and liquidity, making him a key contributor to the success of prominent Web3 ventures.


Lars Seier Christensen (Advisor) is a renowned traditional finance and DeFi veteran. He is the founder of Saxo Bank, who pioneered online forex trading as a technology, and the Concordium blockchain, the first and only layer1 with ID built into the protocol level. He has worked in the finance sector for over 30 years with expertise in financial markets, derivatives, regulatory compliance, and more.

Brendan Bradley (Advisor) is a highly experienced TradFi and Fintech leader and co-author of FinTech for Dummies and author of ESG Investing for Dummies. He is the former Chief Innovation Officer, Global Head of Product Strategy and Executive Board Member at Eurex, which is one of the largest futures and options markets in the world, and Chairman of the Supervisory Board Deutsche Boerse Asia.

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