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Team

Block79 is led by seasoned leaders, former experience including Fortune 500, BigTech, and Serial Entrepreneurs bringing proven best practices, agility, flawless execution, and a 10X growth mentality.
Asad Ansari
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Asad Ansari

Founder & CEO
Asad Ansari

Asad Ansari

Founder & CEO

Asad Ansari is the Founder & CEO of Block79. He has over 17+ years of professional experience and was fortunate to work at IBM, Deloitte, and Google and held senior roles. His experience includes serving financial services clients and regulatory agencies like FDIC. Asad is a serial entrepreneur and founded two other startups in the past that were mission oriented.

Nasir Hussain
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Nasir Hussain

Chief Operations Officer
Nasir Hussain

Nasir Hussain

Chief Operations Officer

Nasir held senior engineering and business roles at Shell, Siemens, and at Halliburton. Currently he is finishing his PhD in Mgmt from INSEAD school of business. Nasir spent several years serving various communities with mission to UpLift under privilege and his Phd dissertation is focused on apply innovation for financial inclusion.

Feisal Daruwalla
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Feisal Daruwalla

Acting CTO & Head of Engineering
Feisal Daruwalla

Feisal Daruwalla

Acting CTO & Head of Engineering

Fesial Daruwalla is acting CTO & Head of Engineering at Block79. In the past he worked at Cisco for several years and held various titles including VP of engineering and development where he managed a team of 1000+ engineers. Feisal believes in simplifying technology as means to building robust and scalable solutions. He has 19 patents that were issued by the USPTO.

Mohammed Abuelmaali
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Mohammed Abuelmaali

Head of Blockchain
Mohammed Abuelmaali

Mohammed Abuelmaali

Head of Blockchain

Mohammed is the Head of Blockchain development at Block79. He has several years of experience designing Smart Contract and building blockchain solutions. He's industry experience spans across industries. Mohammed is a ethical hacker at heart!

Joe Bradford
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Joe Bradford

Head of Ethics & Compliance
Joe Bradford

Joe Bradford

Head of Ethics & Compliance

Joe Bradford is the Head of Ethics & Compliance at Block79. Joe is a serial entrepreneur and has several years of banking expereince. In the past, he led compliance at Retail banking and has worked in the past with businesses and individuals to build a comprehensive overview of financial health, goals, and values allowing his clients to take the steps needed to achieve financial success and align their business and personal finances to their desired values.

Ranie Blancaflor
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Ranie Blancaflor

Marketing & Social Media Manager
Ranie Blancaflor

Ranie Blancaflor

Marketing & Social Media Manager

Ranie Blancaflor is Block79's Marketing and Social Media Manager. He has 3+ years of experience in creating content strategies on different social media platforms. A diverse range of expertise in the field of marketing is he's gem.

Advisors

Matthew Willard
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Matthew Willard

Assistant Professor of Business
Matthew Willard

Matthew Willard

Assistant Professor of Business

Matthew is a Professor of Business At Augustana University focused on teaching entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, human resources and strategy. Matthew has also been a long time consultant focused on investment, mergers and acquisitions and business/project development. Matthew has been involved with capital raising and acquisition analysis throughout a career that spans thirty years leading investment analysis, due diligence, strategic planning, new product development, marketing and sales for everything from start up to Fortune 500 companies. Specializing in various industries including Fintech. Recognized for successfully developing and implementing new business models; facilitating mergers and acquisitions; and establishing and maintaining International B2B relationships.

Trent Sorbe
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Trent Sorbe

President & Founder
Trent Sorbe

Trent Sorbe

President & Founder

Trent is president of Central Payments and has led Central Payments since the company's inception in 2014. Trent has more than 28 years of debit, credit, and prepaid payments experience and his responsible for products garnering nine Pay before Awards. He is also the inventor on 14 patents related to consumer financial services. In 2016, Trent was named to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Community Bank Advisory Council and chaired the agency’s Cards, Payments, and Deposit Markets Committee.