Meet the G8C Team

Management

CEO

Hayato Terai

Hayato began his career as an attorney in 1998 at Yamasaki and Partners, while belonging to the First Tokyo Bar Association. In 2000, he joined the Kasahara Law Office, becoming a partner in 2002. Utilizing his language skills and vast experience overseas, he took on numerous clients not just from Japan, but from all over the globe.

With his reputation as a well-known and trusted attorney in Japan, Hayato established the Terai Hayato Law Office in 2005 and continued to satisfy even more clients internationally.

Hayato Terai is the CEO of GanaEight Coin Ltd and has been the Chief Legal Officer at Ganapati PLC, GPJ Venture Capital and Ganapati Malta Ltd since 2017.

Chief Operating Officer

Juliet Adelstein

Juliet joins Ganapati following 3 years at Dentsu, Japan’s top advertising agency, where she brokered and managed global sponsorship and athlete endorsement deals for some of Japan’s biggest companies.

After 7 years living and working in Japan, Juliet’s expertise lies in bridging the gap between Eastern and Western cultures through her understanding of languages, international relations and borderless business.

Juliet has been the COO of GanaEight Coin Ltd and the CEO of Ganapati Europe Holding Ltd since 2018. She became the CEO of Ganapati Malta Ltd in 2019.

Advisors

Senior Advisor

Eman Pulis

Eman is the founder and CEO of SiGMA, the Summit of iGaming in Malta, and now also the Malta Blockchain Summit.

SiGMA has become a world-renowned must-attend calendar event, attracting 500 exhibitors and sponsors, 12,000 delegates and 150 speakers, culminating in a Malta Gaming Week throughout November. The Malta Blockchain Summit is an event that brings together the best and the brightest in the crypto space in one of its leading jurisdictions.

Eman graduated with first-class honours in 2001 with a Bachelor of Education degree. He holds a Master’s Degree in Creativity and Innovation as well as a Master’s Degree in Diplomatic Studies.

Eman became the Senior Advisor of GanaEight Coin Ltd in 2018.

Advisor

Monroe Schmidt

Monroe has been working in the online industry since early 2007 and the education, experiences and training he’s gained has equipped him with all the necessary tools and insights to battle cyber-crime, prevention of Money Laundering, and Compliance within the online sector.

Monroe has over a decade of experience and has worked with top gaming companies in the industry, such as GVC Group, Amaya/Stars Group, Scientific Games, and most recently, the Jackpotjoy Group, where he currently holds the position of Chief Compliance & Regulatory Affairs along with being the Money Laundering Reporting Officer for the Group.

Monroe became an Adviser of GanaEight Coin Ltd in 2018.

Advisor

Alexis Wicen

Alexis is, despite his age (34), a veteran with over 10 years of experience in the Online Gaming sector. He has worked in deciding positions at companies such as Betsson, Evoke Gaming, and Redbet Gaming where he sought to connect with the players offline by managing and creating brands such as Redbet Live Poker series and the European Championship of Roulette.

Alexis has a Casino focus with in-depth technical knowledge, business acumen and extensive experience in Online Gaming Platform Design and Development, Online Marketing, Licensing and Jurisdiction, as well as CRM.

Alexis became an Adviser of GanaEight Coin Ltd in 2018.

Advisor

Angelo Dalli

Angelo is a serial entrepreneur and AI technology expert. He has distinguished himself by his ability to combine technical ability with commercial acumen. He has secured over 21 investments from EU funds such as Private Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists.

Angelo is a fully accredited member of the European Business Angel Network and is a YPO member. He is also invested in Seedrs, the leading European crowdfunding site that is regulated by the UK FCA.

Angelo has been involved in four IPOs, one on NASDAQ in the US, two on NASDAQ OMX in Sweden, and the Oslo Borse with a total market capitalization totalling over 500 Million. He has authored over 23 papers focusing on the application of AI, Natural Language Processing, and Search Engine technology. He has also represented Malta in various international events, one of the first being acquisition of a bronze medal at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in 1995.

Angelo’s profile is a realization of the mantra he works by: ‘to create scalable, repeatable technology businesses led by innovation’. Angelo became an Adviser of GanaEight Coin Ltd in 2018.

Advisor

Johan Styren

Johan has over 10 years’ experience in the Gambling industry. He has worked as a manager at Unibet, before taking on the role as CEO at LeoVegas, taking the company from four employees to one of the biggest operators in Europe and the number one in mobile gaming.

Johan recently started a new venture, Dilanti Media, within the affiliate industry and is also a board member of Hero Gaming.

Johan became an Adviser of GanaEight Coin Ltd in 2018.

Legal Advisor

Joseph Borg

Joseph is an Advocate and Partner at WH Partners, heading the Blockchain Advisory and the Gaming and Gambling Advisory sections of the firm.

Before joining WH Partners, Joseph was the Chief Regulatory Officer at the Malta Gaming Authority (formerly the Lotteries and Gaming Authority, Malta). He was also an elected Member on the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR), a position which he held throughout 2012.

Joseph first joined the Authority in March 2007 as Director, Legal and Enforcement and occupied this post for almost four years. Joseph graduated with an LL.M. with Distinction in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow). He holds a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Malta.

Joseph became a Legal Adviser of GanaEight Coin Ltd in 2018.

Legal Advisor

Kelly Fenech

Kelly is a qualified lawyer and Senior Associate with WH Partners who advises both international and local clients.

He specializes in distributed ledger technology and financial services, with a special focus on investment and payment services, anti-money laundering, securities, capital markets and private placements equity issues.

His current work includes advising multiple companies on token sale projects and ensuring that such projects do not fall under MiFID II (particularly assessing whether the token would be classified as a MiFID II financial instrument) or the Prospectus Directive and Regulation. Kelly graduated with a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Malta. He is a member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates and was admitted to the Bar in Malta in 2011. In addition to his legal education, Kelly holds a Masters in the Science of Finance (CFA Programme Partner) from Trinity College, University of Dublin.

Sales

Head of Business Development

LiChun Hsiao

LiChun has been working in the gaming industry for the past two decades. His experience includes online gaming integration and operation, as well as new business development. He has provided consulting services to both Taiwan and China’s national betting organisations and has won several major bids.

From 2010 to 2015, as Vice President for Intradak in Beijing China, LiChun provided consultative services to national betting organisations and corporate accounts in China. He prospected for customers through referrals and networking, qualified leads, negotiated with corporate customers, closed deals and managed accounts.

From January 2015 to 2017, as Asian Managing Director, LiChun helped BetConstruct to establish Asian offices and created an outstanding service team for platform providers. From January 2018 to April 2018, he worked as a director of Business Development Div. in SBTech, where he cultivated excellent relationships with Asian gaming players.

LiChun obtained his Master’s degree of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby BC, Canada. Combining entrepreneurial spirit with business-management skills to drive gains in revenue, market share, and profit performance.

LiChun has been the COO of Ganapati Taiwan and the Head of Business Development at GanaEight Coin Ltd since 2018.

Senior Business Development Manager

Nelli Melik-Ohanjanyan

Nelli began her career in the iGaming industry back in 2014 with BetConstruct, conducting customer support for the bettors in four languages. After gaining sufficient knowledge of the industry, she was promoted to Account/Project Management in October 2015, where she acquired an advanced technical and professional knowledge in sports betting, later becoming Business Development Executive in August 2016.

After moving to Gamble Beast in September 2017 as Business Development Executive, Nelli quickly became Head of Sales by December of that year, at the age of just 25.

Nelli has been the Senior Business Development Manager & Senior Account Manager at Ganapati PLC, and the Senior Business Development Manager at GanaEight Coin Ltd, since 2018.

Business Development Manager

Alessandro Sposito

After leaving Italy in 2005, Alessandro moved to the UK to work as a Casino Dealer and Dealer Inspector.

Alessandro joined the iGaming industry in Malta in 2010 as Casino Manger for a gaming platform, moving to Armenia in 2015. He returned to Malta to join Play’n GO as the Account Manager in 2016.

He went on to work at Png for 2 years, which further strengthened his knowledge of retention and sales.

Alessandro became the Key Account Manager at Ganapati Malta and the Business Development Manager at GanaEight Coin in 2019.

Business Development Manager

Rafaela Arruda

Rafaela is of multicultural heritage – a combination of Japanese and Brazilian, she is fluent in 3 languages. Having spent most of her life in Japan, she has learned not only language but the importance of culture in today’s global markets.

Working for 13 years as a model and in retail, she has gained a wealth of experience with people and in sales. Rafaela is new to the gaming world, however, her language and cultural understanding have been contributing to the Ganapati Group since November 2017.

Rafaela became the Business Development Manager at GanaEight Coin Ltd in 2018.

Business Development Manager

Erika Nitu

Erika joins GanaEight Coin Limited with a wealth of experience. She has a BSc from Roehampton University in London, as well as a certification in land-based casino operations, where she developed her keen interest in the casino industry. With this, she deepened her understanding of casino brand identity and the science behind retaining customers.

Erika brings her knowledge of casino operations and management experience to the Sales team. Erika became the Business Development Manager at GanaEight Coin Ltd in 2018.

Finance

Ganapati PLC - Non-Executive Chairman

Anthony Drury

Tony is Chairman of City Fiction Limited, a London-based media company and a director of Axiom Capital Limited, a corporate finance business.

He was the Founder and Chairman of St Helen’s Capital PLC, a FSA (now FCA) regulated corporate advisory firm based in the City of London. As Chairman he was responsible for the strategy and new business activities. St Helen’s became one of the most successful PLUS Markets advisory firms. PLUS Markets was a previous name of the NEX Growth Market.

Tony has been the Non-Executive Chairman of Ganapati PLC since 2015, and of GanaEight Coin Ltd since 2018.

Chief Financial Officer

Toshitaka Nakajima

Toshitaka graduated the Law Faculty at Keio University in 1996, majoring in Political Science. Toshitaka began his career at Recruit Cosmos Co., Ltd in 1996, where he conducted real estate sales and marketing.

Toshitaka then worked in management at multiple listed companies, in the Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, Administration and IR sectors. His roles included Manager of the Corporate Planning Division, Manager of the Management Division and Executive Managing Director. He also worked on the listing of a company on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the acquisition of bonds rating and issuance of straight bonds, management of internal compliance and internal control, amongst other things.

Toshitaka has been the CFO of Ganapati PLC, GPJ Venture Capital, Ganapati Malta Ltd and GANAPATI NEO since 2017. He also became the CFO of GanaEight Coin Ltd in 2018.

Financial Director

Tomoaki Matsuhashi

Tomoaki began his career at Nikko Securities Inc. (presently SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.), a stock company. He later moved to Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd and worked in the stock industry for a total of 18 years. His main task was stock trading, where he analysed trading patterns and planned trading strategies. His profits greatly contributed to the companies he worked for.

After his career in the stock industry, Tomoaki entered Manulife Life InsuranceCompany in 2009. He then established GPJ Venture Capital to create a corporation which meets the demands of the present day, making use of his financial knowledge and business experience.

Tomoaki has been the CEO of GPJ Venture Capital since 2014. He became the Financial Director of GanaEight Coin Ltd in 2018.

Director of Analytics

Mika Watanabe

Mika graduated from KWANSEI GAKUIN University in 1991, where she majored in Law. She has previously worked for HSBC Japan in its Osaka office, where she was appointed Chief Strategist.

Mika is knowledgeable in fields such as consulting and real estate, particularly in setting up real estate funds. She is also a registered real estate transaction agent.

Mika has been the CMO of GPJ Venture Capital since 2017. She became the Director of Analytics at GanaEight Coin Ltd in 2018.

Director of Investments

Yukihiro Hasegawa

Yukihiro graduated from Kinki University’s Faculty of Law in 2010. He started his career in the Kodaira branch of Resona Bank Limited.

Yukihiro’s expertise lies in sales and analysing investment trusts. Yukihiro has been the Assistant General Manager at GPJ Venture Capital since 2017.

He became the Director of Investments at GanaEight Coin Ltd in 2018.

Tech & Creative

Chief Techinical Officer

Kirill Timofeyev

As Chief Technical Officer, Kirill leads Ganapati’s long-term technology vision. With the primary responsibility of creating exceptional products across Ganapati’s entire software portfolio, Kirill plays a key role in pushing technology boundaries to the next level. Kirill’s teams are constantly working on innovative solutions to meet and exceed the iGaming industry’s high expectations.

Kirill has over 10 years of experience in software development. His professional career started in 2007 when he joined Profit Software, a leading insurance software provider in Finland and the Baltic countries, as a Software Engineer.

In 2011, Kirill joined Playtech, the world’s largest online gaming software supplier traded on the London Stock Exchange. As Senior Software Engineer, Kirill worked with passionate and self-motivated individuals, delivering innovative products to the market. Kirill received the “Best Employee of the Q4/2012” award for exceptional work, performance and initiative.

In 2013, he joined Snowcat Systems, an online gaming start-up, where he played a key role in transforming the vision of the company’s founder into high quality software products. Soon after, Kirill was appointed the Head of Games Development, where he led highly skilled cross-functional teams of developers, testers and graphic designers to produce bespoke casino content for regulated markets.

Kirill holds a BSc in Software Engineering from Tallinn Technical University.

Kirill has been the CTO of GANAPATI NEO since 2017. He became the CTO of GanaEight Coin Ltd in 2018.

Chief Creative Officer

Yutaka Iwakiri

Yutaka graduated from California State University, Long Beach. He started his career at Disney Interactive Studios, United States headquarter office, where he was involved in the development/expansion of games towards the global market and exhibited at E3 for the company.

After his return to Japan, Yutaka started his own business, entering various avenues of the entertainment business, including television, music, gaming and fashion. His previous clients include a wide range of international related businesses, including both Japanese and overseas companies and embassies.

Yutaka has been the CEO of GANAPATI NEO since 2017. He became the CCO of GanaEight Coin Ltd in 2018.

Creative Director

Rasmus Gross

As Creative Director, Rasmus is responsible for game logic, game art, sound and animations. He conceives and implements concepts, guidelines and strategies in various creative projects, overseeing them to completion.

Rasmus started working in the online gambling industry in 2006, when he joined one of the biggest European poker networks, Entraction. There, he focused mainly on poker, sportsbetting and operator website solutions, working closely with BetVictor, William Hill, Evolution Gaming, Cozy Games and Parlay Group.

In 2011, Rasmus joined IGT and worked with Income Access, OpenBet and Codere Group. In 2015, he joined Snowcat Games as the Head of Design, where he developed and designed numerous slot and table games for Betsson, Odobo, Unibet and Amaya.

Rasmus has been the Creative Director at GANAPATI NEO since 2017. He became the Creative Director at GanaEight Coin Ltd in 2018.

Product Manager

Oksana Aldoja

Oksana started her career as a highly-motivated and results-oriented manager within outsourcing companies such as Bertelsmann. She has a proven track record of providing exemplary levels of service to high-profile clients like Microsoft, Toshiba and HP.

Throughout her career, Oksana has undertaken several different projects for Microsoft, such as Windows 7 Upgrade option program, Software Assurance and Microsoft End User Fulfillment. These placements have enabled her to develop a valuable and transferable skill set, which she continues improving and developing at GANAPATI NEO.

Oksana has been the Product Manager at GANAPATI NEO since 2016. She became the Product Manager at GanaEight Coin Ltd in 2018.

Full Stack Developer

Andres Suisiepp

As a software engineer with over 5 years of professional hands-on experience, Andres always strives to create the best product possible.

He brings his knowledge and experience from the fast-evolving FinTech world to build innovative solutions for the iGaming industry.

Andres is equally efficient in backend and frontend development cycles and is always ready to help his teammates get up to speed. He never compromises on performance, user-experience or scalability and is always eager to take on new and exciting challenges.

Andres has been a Full Stack Developer at GanaEight Coin Ltd since 2018.

Head of Data and Security

Kiyotaka Yokoyama

Kiyotaka graduated in mathematics from both Tokyo University and Tokyo Metropolitan University. He then graduated in Policy Management from Keio University’s Graduate School.

He began his career at IBM Japan and went on to work for Oracle Japan, Microsoft, NTT Data and IBM Corporation, where he served as Senior Vice President at the IBM US headquarters.
Utilising his vast experience and language skills acquired in both Japan and the US, Kiyotaka established Astronaut in 2013, becoming the company’s CEO.

Kiyotaka’s expertise lies in databases, database security, networks, network security and digital forensics. He currently does business with ministries, major airlines, domestic car makers, etc., as a key client.

Senior Creative Manager

Takuro Yamaguchi

Takuro previously worked in both a record company and an artist management company, where he acquired extensive knowledge of entertainment and corporate identity.

Takuro joined the Ganapati Group in 2014 and has since been involved in a wide range of creative production work which utilizes his skills in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. In his role as IT Manager at Ganapati PLC, Takuro creates the company websites and manages networks.

Takuro has been the Senior Creative Manager at GanaEight Coin Ltd since 2018.

Creative Manager

Jordan Greiner

Jordan was born in the United States, where he received a BA in Computer Science from the University of Northern Iowa. He moved to Japan in 2016 to study the Japanese language and Japanese culture.

Jordan has been the Creative Manager at GanaEight Coin Ltd since 2018.

Marketing

Chief Marketing Officer

Nadia Adelstein

Nadia grew up in Sydney, Australia, where she began studying Japanese from the age of 5. She later spent 8 years living and working in Tokyo. In 2015, she joined Sony Digital Entertainment Services Inc. as Marketing Manager for the global division, focusing on the South-East Asian market. Whilst in this position, she worked with leading brands such as Disney and Coca-Cola.

Nadia’s unique background in Japanese culture, language and business awareness has equipped her with a special set of skills and knowledge in the areas of international marketing management and public relations.

Nadia has been the Marketing Manager at Ganapati Malta Ltd since May 2017, and became the Head of Branding at Ganapati PLC and CMO of GanaEight Coin Ltd in 2018.

Senior Marketing Manager

Vivian Tseng

Vivian has a Master’s Degree in Marketing Communication and is an accomplished and objective-orientated marketing executive. Vivian’s expertise lies in successfully conceptualising, implementing and overseeing innovative marketing strategies and leading campaigns in the IT industry. These include panning print, online, collateral and customer relationships, to drive marketing impact as well as brand positioning efforts.

From December 2016, Vivian worked for BetConstruct as the B2B Manager and from January until June 2018, she worked for SBTech as the Account Manager. These experiences led her to maximise customer satisfaction in many aspects.

Vivian has been the Asian Marketing Manager at Ganapati Taiwan since 2018. She became the Senior Marketing Manager at GanaEight Coin Ltd in 2018.

Strategy Manager

Shun Kasai

Shun graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University’s School of Cultural and Creative Studies in 2015. Shun began his career as a SoftBank agent in 2015. There, he accumulated experience in corporate sales, training lecture, recruitment and auditing, amongst other things.

Fascinated by the technology and content of the cryptocurrency and blockchain world, he started writing in the cryptocurrency media, “Coin Otaku.” He also engages in ICO consulting for other projects and conducts web marketing.

Shun has been the Web Marketing Manager at GPJ Venture Capital since 2018. He became the Strategy Manager at GanaEight Coin Ltd in 2018.

PR + Communications Manager

Sophie Morris

Sophie has a first-class degree in Japanese Studies and an MA in Translation Studies, specializing in Japanese and English. She has previously worked in both Tokyo and London as a translator.

Sophie began her career in the Ganapati Group in 2016 as a vital part of the administration team. She joined the marketing team in 2018, bringing her language and copywriting skills, as well as her extensive knowledge of the company.

Sophie became the PR & Communications Manager of GanaEight Coin Limited in 2018.

Marketing Manager

Tomomi Matsumura

After growing up in Tokyo, Tomomi decided to move to China to study Chinese Language and Culture at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She previously worked for major PR agencies, Weber Shandwick, Vector and Burson Cohn & Wolfe, where she was in charge of the planning and implementation of PR & marketing activities for a variety of companies in the Japanese and Hong Kong markets, in the IT, casino, finance and tourism industries.

Tomomi joined the Ganapati Group in February 2019 and is already significantly contributing to the development of the Asian side of the business, by bringing her deep knowledge and understanding of Chinese cultures which she cultivated living in Shanghai and Hong Kong for 9 years.

Tomomi became the Marketing Manager of GanaEight Coin Ltd in 2019.

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GanaEight Coin Ltd.

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Ganapati PLC

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