Kim Jackson has been the driving force behind several award winning and theatrically released films.
She began her career at Disney working in Business Development putting together television projects from script to screen. She then worked with Universal Studios for Steven Spielberg’s MUNICH and Spike Lee’s INSIDE MAN until forming Streetwise Pictures in 2006. With Streetwise she produced an impressive three films that premiered at Sundance as well as the critically acclaimed, BLUE CAPRICE, starring Isaiah Washington and Tim Blake Nelson.
In 2014, when Streetwise Pictures was acquired by Evotion Media, Kim became active in pioneering decentralized technologies and methodologies to build new finance and distribution models. Most recently Kim has Executive Produced the James Franco, Christian Slater film KING COBRA, the Rory Culkin vehicle JACK GOES HOME and is the lead producer of SINGULAR. She is also the Producer of the Ben Kingsley project ZORRA and the magical Jamaican tale, THE HARDER THEY FALL, starring Delroy Lindo and Lynn Whitfield.
At the age of 17, Zach was part of an expedition to the Amazon Rainforest. For two months he traveled with an international research team over 1,100 miles on the Napo, Yasuni and Amazon Rivers via pontoon boats, assisting with various research projects and interacting with indigenous tribes. The experience left a powerful impression and Zach spent his next 13 years living and traveling abroad, to over 50 countries on 5 continents.
Growing into adulthood “on the road”, Zach became familiar with various international business structures and practices, finding a way to meld his artistic pursuits with his commercials ones. He wrote his first novel, MONKEY ME, solo sailing thousands of miles on the Caribbean Sea and produced several music albums in Eastern Europe- he and DJ Vajdai Vilmos were the first to fuse Hungarian Folk and electronica to critical acclaim with their debut album ETCHNO. Their follow up hit, ROMANO TRIP- the fusion of electronica with Gypsy Folk- sold from New York to Tokyo and established a new world sound. While working the entertainment triangle of London, Prague and Budapest, Zach also launched an animated television series on prime-time Hungarian television. It was later spun-off into a movie that reached number 1 at the box office there.
He then went to work for the Crystal Group of Companies, an international development entity, where he oversaw the construction and management of various industrial and commercial properties in the countries of Ghana, Dubai and the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Dominica. He was also a principle in an alternative energy start-up in West Africa.
Moving back to the United States, Zach wrote and directed his first feature film, THE SCIENTIST, starring Bill Sage. He then launched a women’s luxury clothing line, where he designed more than 100 different garments and accessories, building the brand from 4 stores to over 110 throughout the United States, Canada and the Middle East. Selling his fashion interest in 2014, Zach moved to New York to become part of the decentralization movement, produce an independent film he wrote entitled ZORRA which stars Ben Kingsley and launch his passion project, the epic sci-fi fantasy adventure series SINGULAR.
Joseph Lubin’s career has involved various posts in the fields of technology and finance and in their intersection. Subsequent to graduating cum laude with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton, he worked as research staff in the Robotics Lab at Princeton and then at Vision Applications, Inc., a private research firm, in the fields of autonomous mobile robotics, machine vision and artificial neural networks.
His next project was the development of an autonomous music composition tool with tomandandy music. Joseph worked as a software engineer and consultant on various projects, eventually being tipped for the role of Director of the New York office of Blacksmith, a Virginia-based software consulting firm.
Software engineering, finance and cryptography were central during employment with Goldman Sachs, eMagine’s consulting work on the Identrus project, and the founding and operation of a set of hedge funds run with a partner.
Switching gears, Joseph moved to Kingston, Jamaica to work on a set of projects in the music industry. Two years into the music project, Joseph co-founded the Ethereum Project, and has been working on Ethereum and more recently ConsenSys since January 2014. ConsenSys.net is a venture production studio and consultancy that builds developer tools and decentralized applications (product and enterprise solutions) for the Ethereum platform.
Mr. Levy-Cohen is a thought leader in the field of generational wealth preservation and tail risk management, a follower of capital flow analysis and economic cycles, with a keen eye for emerging trends and technologies.
For more than 8 years Arie worked at Morgan Stanley as International Client Advisor and Private Banker running both The Levy-Hafen and The WMO Groups. As a dual licensed Financial Advisor with both Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Morgan Stanley Private Bank N.A., Arie serviced institutional and ultra high net worth clients. He also served as an investment advisor to think tanks, technology incubators and Blockchain companies and single-family offices. Since 2010, Arie has been actively involved with various distributed ledger initiatives, advising start-ups and speaking at multiple FinTech conferences. He also co-moderated the Morgan Stanley Bitcoin Forum.
Arie started his career as an international entrepreneur based out of Barbados. He later moved to New York, where as a venture capitalist he participated in the emergence of the Internet by overseeing private placement investment and guided capital raising efforts tied to emerging technologies. Later, as a Swiss private banker, he provided highly specialized global advisory services and customized banking solutions to institutional and corporate family offices, with a focus on gold and other commodities.
Currently Arie is Managing Director and Partner with Tocqueville Bullion Reserve (TBR), a boutique wealth preservation platform. He is also deeply involved in FinTech serving as an Invited Expert with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and active advisor to select Blockchain companies. His chosen FinTech focus centers on identity, cryptographic security, risk and compliance (KYC\AML).
Arie remains deeply entrenched in the Blockchain\FinTech industry whilst maintaining his roots as a fully licensed wealth management advisor, international private banker and in precious metals.
Andrew comes to ConsenSys with capital markets, healthcare, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, Andrew worked for UBS Investment Bank in equities analysis. Later, he was the leading producer for a specialty finance firm, where he was responsible for creation and distribution of proprietary longevity capital markets products for hedge funds and investment banks. Most recently, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company that processes insurance claims for genetic laboratories.Andrew’s role at ConsenSys will be a multi-faceted approach to business development, investor relations, communications, and strategy for the ConsenSys hub and spokes.
Andrew graduated from Loyola University in Maryland and University of Auckland with degrees in economics and international finance.
Ron Simons is a three-time Tony Award winning producer and leads the SimonSays Entertainment strategic planning and development of theatre and film projects which include the critically acclaimed films “Night Catches Us”, “Gun Hill Road”, “Blue Caprice” and “Mother of George” (all premiered at Sundance). His first documentary “25 to Life” premiered at the American Black Film Festival where it won Best Documentary. He also produced the Broadway productions of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” (Tony Award for Best Musical), “Porgy & Bess” (Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical), “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” (Tony Award for Best Play, Drama Desk, New Drama Critics and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play, Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play), “A Streetcar Named Desire” (AEA’s Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award). Off-Broadway projects include “Bedlam’s St. Joan” and “Bedlam’s Hamlet Awards” (Off Broadway Alliance Award – Best Revival (for Saint Joan). He also produced the Chicago production of “5 Lesbians Eating Quiche” which received the FringeNYC Outstanding Production Award. Ron is also a member of The Broadway League Diversity Committee.
Ron is the Founder and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment. His corporate experience includes positions as a Software Engineer at companies such as Hewlett-Packard and IBM and as a Marketing Executive at the Microsoft Corporation. Ron is a recipient of the Heritage Award from Columbia College’s Black Alumni Council, 150 Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Washington, and is a Johnson & Johnson Leadership Award Fellow, IFP Cannes’ Producer’s Network Fellow and a Sundance Producers’ Summit Fellow. He holds a BA from Columbia College, an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MFA from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program.
David brings more than 20 years of entertainment finance experience to SINGULAR.
As a banker at City National Bank and Comerica Bank, he structured various financing projects for film, television and other entertainment clients, including major and independent film and television production studios, film funds and private investment firms.
David has worked to provide financing for numerous films including the Peter Jackson-produced DISTRICT 9, the TWILIGHT series of films, the Bruce Willis action picture RED, and television programming including the Jim Henson Company’s SID THE SCIENCE KID.
He received an MA from Yale University and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Sam’s experience spans from consulting to technology entrepreneurship. His clients have included some of the world’s largest organizations in government and industry, where he has consulted on consumer analytics, computer vision, and machine learning. He has also led entrepreneurial technology organizations at the forefront of consumer mobile technology.
He focused on the intersection of technological and biological computation at Johns Hopkins University, conducting graduate work and research in Cognitive Sciences. His research into human visual and language processing eventually led him to co-found Sensorstar Labs, a research and development company focused on computer vision, robotics, and biosensing. In consumer technology, he acted as CTO of Atmospheir, a mobile identity company.
Now, as CSO at ConsenSys, he defines strategy regarding business models in the emerging blockchain economy. Additionally, Sam brings expertise in Venture Capital, software development methodology, enterprise architecture, and growth strategy to ventures within ConsenSys.
Sam has volunteered time in South Africa with Engineers Without Borders, building water pumps that require no electricity and educating local communities on their construction. He has served on the board of The Philosophical Society of Washington and the Baltimore Green Currency Association, an organization that issues and promotes local currency.
Jesse is a graduate of Union College where he majored in Computer Science and Economics. Going completely off the fixed path, Jesse worked at SFX Entertainment specializing in RFID payment technologies and live-event management. In 2012, Jesse found a love for bitcoin and decentralized technologies, he realized their importance and continued learning when writing his thesis on Cryptocurrency. He continues his passion for music and technology at Consensys and looks forward to reshaping the future.
Simon builds decentralised applications for use in the music industry, online communities and the developing world. He has been in the Bitcoin/blockchain space since 2011, developed a decentralised band around a full blown cryptocurrency, and is writing a book on the blockchain. He previously worked on research into the design & maintenance of online communities (earning a Master of Arts, cum laude, in Socio-Informatics from Stellenbosch University in South Africa) & was a member of the MIH Media Lab, one of the premier multi-disciplinary post-graduate research labs in Africa. Before getting into blockchains, he created 2 successful side-projects (Tweekly.fm & TwimeMachine) used by more than a million people. Tweekly.fm has sent more than 30 million updates to social media platforms over its existence. When he is not developing new technology, he is a musician by night.
Mark joins ConsenSys with seven years of consulting experience in the financial services industry. At Deloitte he straddled the consulting and advisory space to develop a blockchain market offering focused on delivering exponential growth and operational improvement solutions to his clients. While on the leadership board of Deloitte’s global internal blockchain community, Mark presented to financial institutions, G7 governments, life sciences conglomerates and other fortune 500 companies, all in an effort to spread awareness of the utility of distributed consensus technology, specifically Ethereum. Mark has a background in foreign exchange, having built and managed the team that reconciled and settled claims against the Lehman Brothers International estate. He has a firm understanding of federal banking regulation, specifically related to resolution and recovery planning as mandated by the Dodd Frank Act. He is a registered CPA in New York State and has a background in both accounting and finance. When he is not postulating on the crypto-revolution’s transformative effects on society, Mark spares time to read, fish, and play chess.
Milad is a Software Architect with a passion for designing software to be stable, scalable and maintainable. He is a seasoned professional with 10 years of experience in the field of software development, starting back in university.
While specialized in the middle tier using server-side languages, he also has experience in the development of the relational database and user interface layer. This wide range of experience allows Milad to mentor and/or fill gaps in development teams whether the need is front-end or back-end development.
He loves using and playing with new technologies and at the same time values the stable and predictable nature of mature ecosystems.
Vlad is an art director, who has spent the last 7 years perfecting his art. Whether he needs to draw the perfect logo or to create an entire concept for a new project, one thing you can depend on: he will get to the very core of the idea behind the company and build a complete visual identity, starting with the basics and paying extra attention to the finishing touches, the small but oh-so-important details.
Having graduated Photography, he is vastly aware of how much an image conveys, and uses his acumen to put stories and histories into visuals.
After working on projects for the likes of Heineken, McDonalds or Ikea, he now comes to Consensys with a desire to learn more and to perfect his skills in a different environment.