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Manuel Lains

Manuel Lains

CEO & Co-Founder

Manuel is a technologist with a passion for crypto economy. He holds a M.Sc in Electronics from the University of Oslo, and is an experienced developer. Recently the great potential of Bitcoin and blockchain began consuming all his attention, and he is now fully vested in designing solutions for the future.

Christian Lains

Christian Lains

Chief Strategist & Co-Founder

Christian graduated from the University of Oslo with a masters degree in Philosophy. He is a keen futurist and has investigated the potential and implications of blockchain technology since 2011.

Ivar Duserud

Ivar Duserud

Chief Operations Officer

Ivar is the COO at BitGate and BitSpace. He has studied economics at Connecticut State University, and has been involved with blockchain and cryptocurrencies since 2014. He is a talented executive managing day-to-day activities and planning at BitGate and BitSpace.

Matthew Bryce

Matthew Bryce

Chief Marketing Officer

Matthew has a background working with face-to-face sales as a consultant. Since then he has spent time in the photography and film business working internationally alongside the best creative marketing teams in Norway. He is an active trader and is committed to releasing the true potential of exponential technologies.

James David Tandy

James David Tandy

Chief Technology Officer

James has over 18 years experience in the Norwegian IT market working in a large variety of industries from media to real estate. He is passionate about new technology, and always staying on top of new innovation and possibilities. He sees Blockchain as having the potential to change the world and is excited to be a part of this new revolution.

Ola Haukland

Ola Haukland

CEO, BitSpace Poland

With a keen interest in philosophy and the Austrian School of Economics, Ola decided to quit his job as a high-school teacher in 2017 to join BitSpace as a content creator and get behind the adoption of non-central bank money. Now Ola is leading BitSpace’ efforts in Poland, with the goal of building a team of developers in the city of Kraków. Ola is a true renaissance man with passions ranging from music, comedy, sports, e-commerce, to bio-hacking.

Christian Haaland

Christian Haaland

Tech Manager

Christian has over 11 years of professional developer experience, and holds the degree of Webmaster from the IT-Academy. He is a full stack developer with lots of experience in the Microsoft environment as well as web. Technology has grasped his interest since childhood and has always followed the progression. Seeing cryptocurrencies as the future of economy and the potential blockchain brings, he now devotes his time to BitGate.

Karin Sooväli

Karin Sooväli

Adm. Manager

Karin has a Master’s degree in Asia and Middle East studies from the University of Oslo. She has also studied languages, history and religion at universities in Estonia and Turkey. In 2017 Karin decided to expand her career prospects by taking an intensive course in accounting and then becoming a student of accounting and auditing at BI in Oslo. Today she is working with the accounts at BitSpace.

Kenneth E. Saccky

Kenneth E. Saccky

Promotions Manager

Kenneth is interested in technology, business, psychology and philosophy. He is very passionate about the blockchain technology and its potential to bring freedom in the global economy. In his spare time he likes to follow emerging trends, making sure he always stays up to date about the market in business and technology.

Vidhi Kumar

Vidhi Kumar

Business Planning Manager

Vidhi is a Marketing professional with over 10 years of experience in Automotive, Finance and Consumer Goods industries with a focus on brand development, customer experience, strategy and digital transformation. She is deeply passionate about blockchain and exponential digital technologies, and enjoys helping businesses leverage the true power of digital to drive business excellence.

Jan Olav Solli

Jan Olav Solli

Chief Financial Officer

Jan Olav is an Economist from The University of Oslo working at Lundin Petroleum. He also completed Commanding School and was a part of the National Kickboxing team for three years. As of 2014 he has been engaged in investments related to precious metals, Bitcoin, BitSpace and Liberland.

Jo Flottorp Ness

Jo Flottorp Ness

International Consultant

Jo graduated from the University in Oslo with a masters degree in Chinese Politics and Society. He has lived two years in China studying the language and has comprehensive knowledge about Chinese culture, society and politics and how to do business in China. In addition to this, he is a former elite athlete and was a part of the Norwegian national team in Taekwondo for eight years.

Jørn Baltzersen

Jørn Baltzersen

Developer

Jørn is passionate about shaping a freedom-friendly future, where cryptocurrencies and decentralized blockchain technology are wonderful enablers as an alternative to today’s mainstream centralization paradigm. He is an experienced software developer with an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim.

Thomas Flemming

Thomas Flemming

Web Developer

Thomas started working professionally with web development in 1995. Since 2014 he has been running his own consultancy company specialized in frontend development. He has been helping his clients Telia, Oslo Stock Exchange and Nordea to create new frontends using react. Thomas holds a M. Sc. in computer science from the University of Oslo.

Frederic Lhote

Frederic Lhote

Lead Developer

Frederic has been a computer and gaming enthusiast since he was 6 years old, and is a former data engineering student. He is interested in 3D modeling/printing, alternative nuclear power and computer security and favors software that is open source. His life approach is rational and uncompromising, which is reflected in his work.

Paul Thomas Clarke

Paul Thomas Clarke

Developer

Paul is a front-end developer who has previously worked with mobile applications. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and is a Bitcoin enthusiast. He likes to keep himself updated on new trends and explore the potential use-cases of new technologies.

Halvor Bakke

Halvor Bakke

Developer

Halvor is a computer science student stationed in Trondheim with a strong interest in fintech, open blockchains and distributed systems. Entering the crypto space with a traditional understanding of finance, he was amazed by the new branch of economics that we have seen emerge over the last couple of years, both in the underlying technology and concepts of decentralized ecosystems.

Alf Johansen

Alf Johansen

Developer

Alf is a computer science student at NTNU in Trondheim. Particularly fascinated by the impact decentralized systems enabled by blockchain technology can have on the world, and with a strong interest in philosophy and technology, Alf ultimately hopes to use his expertise to improve the quality of human interaction and socialisation as their traditional forms are being challenged and undermined by modern technology.

Hans Soot

Hans Soot

Graphic Designer

Brought up in a family of entrepreneurs, Hans advanced his knowledge of business and innovation. He began to develop a passion for technology from an early age and mined Bitcoin in 2010. Despite leaving the mining scene, his fascination for DLT and exponential technologies has constantly grown. Hans recently took a break from his Bachelor’s degree in E-business at Westerdals ACT, to focus fully on BitSpace and its future.

Mohamed Hammouni-Sidali

Mohamed Hammouni-Sidali

Facilities Manager

Mohamed is an entrepreneur from the skateboarding industry. He has founded, and developed his own brand within the industry, as well as operating the agency of international brands.

Advisory Board

Robert Viglione

Robert Viglione

Horizen (Formerly ZenCash)

Rob is the Co-founder of Horizen and a former physicist and mathematician with experience working on Bitshares, BlockPay, Zclassic, Seasteading, and BitGate. He’s currently a PhD Candidate in Finance researching cryptofinance and teaching “Bitcoin & Blockchain Applications in Finance.”

Camilla Wollan

Camilla Wollan

DLA Piper

Camilla Wollan is a DLA Piper Partner in the Finance and Projects Department. She specializes in financial law and has worked for numerous banks. Camilla is interested in the fintech and blockchain space as a challenge for financial regulations.

Lars Hektoen

Lars Hektoen

Founder of Cultura Bank

Lars Hektoen has a background from economics and business administration. He went on to become a manager at Chase Manhattan Bank and President at ABB Financial Services AS, before finally founding Cultura Bank, recently crowned the most Ethical Bank in Norway!

Raymond Øverlie

Raymond Øverlie

Bull & Bear Trading

Raymond has 20+ years of experience from the financial markets and as an investor he has been founding partner of several startups. Through his work he has earned an unique experience in different fields as Partner, Chairman, board member, FX, stocks and derivatives trader, CEO and CFO. He has a background from the Norwegian School of Economics and the Harvard Business School.