The Matrix Team is made up of 40+ professionals from the fields of finance, technology, engineering, cybersecurity, and compliance.
- JAMES WO
James is an experienced entrepreneur and investor in the digital assets space who founded DFG in 2015, where he oversees over $1 billion assets under management. He is an early investor in companies like LedgerX, Coinlist, Circle, 3iQ. James is also an early investor and supporter of Polkadot and Kusama Network. He contributes substantially to the ecosystem through capital allocation, donations, and actively supporting the Parachain Auctions. Additionally, James serves as the board and committee member of the Chamber of Digital Commerce and acts as Chairman at UAE licensed Matrix.
Director and Senior Executive Officer
Terry Culver has 20+plus years of experience in emerging markets, technology, and enterprise development. He is Executive Director at Digital Finance Group (DFG), a global blockchain and virtual asset investment firm with more than $1B AUM, where he helps manage a diversified portfolio of primary and secondary market investments.
He is a Director of LedgerX, a digital asset derivatives exchange and clearing house licensed in the U.S. by the Commodities and Futures Trading (CFTC). He is Chairman of Digital Custody Trust Company, licensed digital asset custodian. He serves as an Independent Director of First Seafront Fund Management Co. Ltd, a mutual fund with over $6B AUM. He has served as CEO of Ethereum Classic Labs, which helps manage Ethereum Classic (ETC), a public blockchain with a market cap of approximately $6.55B that is traded on 90+ exchanges globally. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, and Senior Advisor at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
Mr. Culver holds an MBA from Columbia University School of Business, and graduate and undergraduate degrees from New York University.
Vasja Zupan is the President of Matrix. He brings 20+ years of expertise, leading companies such as Bitstamp where, as COO, he grew the team from 25 to 240 in just four years.
He has a successful career in areas as diverse as digital currencies, operations, digital media strategy, product development, consultancy, and turnaround management; successfully launching and scaling various brands, some of which are still rated number one in their categories today.
Vasja has a proven track record for overseeing comprehensive project success, delivering top performance and productivity. As an inspirational team leader, he encourages collaboration and accelerates development by creating high performing teams with clear roles and structure.
Born in Slovenia, he graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Ljubljana earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
Chief Compliance Officer & MLRO
Roy is the Chief Compliance Officer & MLRO for Matrix and is responsible for an independent Compliance Function and providing Compliance assurance to the Regulatory Oversight Committee of Matrix. Roy is a multi-lingual, highly effective, and commercially astute Compliance professional with 17 years of Compliance experience working for leading international financial services organizations (Citigroup, BNP PARBAS Fortis and FAB).
Roy has led major Compliance transformations in various regulatory projects, and he hired, trained and managed Compliance Teams in FCC, Surveillance, Regulatory Compliance and other Compliance Teams. Roy assumed in his previous experiences mandatory regulatory roles when he was appointed as an MLRO, a DPO and a Deputy RCSI, with TRACFIN, CNIL and the AMF respectively in France. In his last Compliance experience, Roy collaborated with the FSRA and has solid understanding and knowledge of the FSRA rules and regulations. He worked in various Jurisdictions covering multi-jurisdictional Compliance aspects and extra-territorial Compliance requirements (direct and indirect compliance requirements).
Roy has an excellent technical knowledge of different financial instruments since he covered in his previous Compliance mandates, different areas in Financial Institutions and was exposed to deal with Compliance matters related to different Categories of Clients (Retail Clients, Professional Clients and Market Counterparty). He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Saint Joseph University, a master’s degree in finance from the European Business School and an Executive master’s in financial engineering & Corporate Fiscal Law from the ESCP Europe. Roy is also an ACAMS Certified Member and has an advanced Diploma in Compliance & Financial Crime. He has also successfully passed other Compliance trainings and he’s a permanent attendee of Compliance events organized locally and internationally by the Industry or by various Regulatory Authorities.
Head of Product and Custody Operations
Shane Thomson is Head of Product and Custody Operations at Matrix. Shane has 15 years of trading and banking experience, including trading various financial assets on behalf of private and public companies as well as heading up the trading and operations for a top tier Canadian cryptocurrency exchange. Shane obtained his Bachelor of Commerce (Finance Major) from the University of Calgary and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
- LYNSEY COPPING
Chief Financial Officer
Lynsey Copping is the Chief Financial Officer at Matrix. Lynsey has over 20 years of experience working at leading financial institutions in the UK, US, and the Middle East including DEX Limited, Dubai Mercantile Exchange Ltd., Deutsche Bank, UBS Investment Bank, and Ernst & Young. She earned her Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Sports Science, Physical Education, and Mathematics from Loughborough University and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
- BASAB BANERJEE
Chief Information Officer
Basab is the CIO of Matrix. He oversees the technology initiatives, IT governance and IT operations at Matrix. He is responsible for providing strategic direction on technology investment to meet Matrix’s business objective and growth plan.
Basab has over 25 years of rich experience in the design and deployment of low latency and mission critical business applications, Exchange technologies and B2B Market place solutions. Most recently he has served DMCC as a FinTech Consultant and Advisor to implement blockchain based eMarketplace project. Prior to that, he has served DGCX Group as CTO and Director IT. As a part of his professional carrier, he has been instrumental in setting up multi-asset Exchange infrastructure like Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd. (MCX), IBS-Forex, Inter-connected Stock Exchange of India Ltd and several other global projects.
He aspires to adopt new strategy and brings innovation on the selection and use of technology to maintain competitive advantage for Matrix. He is a regular speaker at various technology forums as well as at industry events.
- VLADIMIR CONTRERAS
Head of Market Surveillance
Vladimir Contreras is the Head of Market Surveillance at Matrix. He is responsible for the prevention and investigation of abusive, manipulative and illegal trading practices, ensuring the fairness, orderliness and integrity of the Matrix’ market.
Vladimir is tri-lingual and has 16 years of experience gained at financial institutions, Banks, and leading global Exchanges in Sweden, the UK, and the Middle East, including Nasdaq and The London Metal Exchange.
Vladimir has been instrumental in setting up trading operations for Nasdaq’s Fixed Income Exchange (NLX) in London. He has also led multiple Market Surveillance work streams for the scoping, planning and implementation of Market Surveillance systems across global Fixed Income, FX, Derivatives, Metals and Equity Exchanges around the world. He has comprehensive and holistic knowledge of different asset classes, trade surveillance, operations, technology, and trading having worked across all functions. He holds a master’s degree in Finance from Stockholm’s University Business School.