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The company is a member of the Hyperledger consortium and its executives are thought leaders and regular speakers on the intersection of digital corporate and individual identity and blockchain technology

Winning Team


norbloc was founded in 2016 in Stockholm by a team bringing together wealth of financial institutions and consulting experience with blockchain and banking software expertise

Company Locations


norbloc has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, its Development Hub in Athens, Greece and its M. Eastern branch in DIFC in Dubai, UAE

Directors and Advisors

Astyanax Kanakakis

Astyanax has spent more than 12 years in Finance and Consulting, most recently as Associate Partner in McKinsey & Company, specializing in banking and corporate finance. He was previously Chief Commercial Officer in KnCGroup, the bitcoin blockchain pioneer, and Chairman of the Board in XBT Provider, the global leader in cryptocurrency ETNs.

Astyanax holds a BSc. In Computer Science and Electronic Engineering from University College London, an MSc in Advanced Computing from Imperial College, an MSc in Information Systems Management from London School of Economics and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Panos Papadopoulos

Panos Papadopoulos is a partner at Marathon VC, an Athens based venture capital investing in tech startups. Prior to joining the finance world, he was a co-founder and CEO at BugSense, a mobile analytics company that was acquired by Splunk Inc. He has invested in more than 20 startups alongside investors like GV, DFJ, GE, Goldman Sachs, Social Capital and others. Panos loves crypto-currencies, IoT, and open source infrastructure and occasionally finds the time to write a few lines of code.

Panos holds a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Athens University of Economics and Business and an M.Sc. degree in Digital Currencies from the University of Nicosia.

Jan Belfrage

Jan contributes lengthy and valuable experience from both the customer and institution side of the KYC process. He has held several Finance Director and Treasurer positions in large corporates, including SKF and Aga. More recently, Jan was the Head for Nordics in Citibank and consecutively for Credit Agricole. He has held several Board positions, including at SEK Bank in Sweden.

Jan holds an MSc degree in finance from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Aris Xenofontos

Aris brings a combination of advisory, operational and investment experience in technology and financial services. Prior to becoming a Principal at Seaya Ventures, he worked as Principal at Santander InnoVentures and before that to Thomson Reuters where he co-founded the leading institutional KYC service business, Org ID, and led projects in corporate innovation and investments and the launch of several industry solutions. As part of J.P. Morgan’s Investment Banking team, he has also advised private equity firms on M&A and financing transactions.

Aris started his career working for large and start-up Tech companies in various capacities within implementation projects and product development. Aris holds an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, an MSc in Information Systems from Royal Holloway, University of London and a BSc in Mathematics from the National University of Athens, Greece.

Rafael Samuel-Lajeunesse

Rafael most recently was a Senior Portfolio Manager at J.P. Morgan, an Advisor to the top management team of Credit Suisse Private Bank and a Management Consultant with McKinsey. He has extensive experience in Investment banking and private equity in the US and Europe, and is currently on the board of ETFmatic.com and Pulsarconnect. Rafael is also the founder of EAM Ltd., an investment and advisory firm based in London.

Rafael holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, MSc from EM Lyon (France) and Solvay (Belgium). He also holds Series 7 (USA) and CF-30 (UK) registrations.

Christian Wessels

Christian has more than 16 years experience in financial services. He is currently the deputy CEO of an industrial conglomerate in MEA as well as a Bain & Co Advisor. Previously, Christian was Partner at Bain & Co, based in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has +10 years experience of serving and leading financial institutions in the MEA region and was elected Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum.

Christian holds a Dipl.-Kfm. in Business Administration from Universität zu Köln.

Management and Team

Astyanax Kanakakis

Co-Founder and CEO

Astyanax has spent more than 12 years in Finance and Consulting, most recently as Associate Partner in McKinsey & Company, specializing in banking and corporate finance. He was previously Chief Commercial Officer in KnCGroup, the bitcoin blockchain pioneer, and Chairman of the Board in XBT Provider, the global leader in cryptocurrency ETNs.

Astyanax holds a BSc. In Computer Science and Electronic Engineering from University College London, an MSc in Advanced Computing from Imperial College, an MSc in Information Systems Management from London School of Economics and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Vitalii Demianets

Co-Founder and Lead Developer

Vitalii is a full stack software architect, with a specialization in blockchain protocols and embedded software.

Previously, Vitalii was the lead developer of KnCMiner, and prior to that spent 15 years as the Head embedded software engineer at telecom equipment manufacturer Factor-SPE in Ukraine.

Vitalii holds a MSc in Applied Mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)

Nikos Kazos

Chief Operating Officer

Nikos has 4 years experience in Management Consulting & Project Management working for global Financial Services, Telecoms & FMCG clients in Europe & US, 10 years Business Development & Corporate Banking experience with Eurobank in Greece & the Balkans, and 2 years experience in tech startups. He has extensive experience both in P&L management and transformation programs in financial institutions.

Nikos holds a M. Eng in Chemical Engineering from NTUA (GR) and an MBA from Imperial College Business School (UK)

Manos Giakoumelis

CPO and Head of Delivery and Support

Manos spent 10 years in multinational organizations as Software Engineer and consecutively as Software Architect, leading teams in various geographies. Most recently, he was Head of Product at Redlink, a US-based company developing software for academic research documentation. Manos will be leading the technical team on a day to day basis, overseeing development sprints and adherence to QA standards

Manos holds a Telecom MBA from the University of Athens, a MSc in Computer networks from the University of Piraeus and a BSc in Informatics and Telecommunications from the University of Athens.

Spyros Chatzispyrou

VP of Delivery

Since 2009 Spyros has been in various software development, delivery, project and client management roles for complex, large scale Digital Banking implementations. He has worked for organizations like Oracle and Fiserv leading teams across different regions enabling him to acquire a truly global perspective in the Digital Banking industry.
Spyros holds a MSc in eBusiness Technology from The University of Manchester and a BSc in Informatics from Athens University of Economics and Business.

Vijayalakshmi Seshadri

MENA Head of Delivery

In her career spanning over 9 years, Vijayalakshmi (Viji) has played multiple roles across the product development and implementation life cycle that includes being a hands-on developer, agile practitioner, project manager and digital transformation consultant. In her latest role she was leading the digital transformation practice of a start up in the UAE where she was managing multiple client engagements across Banking and Retail industries.

Viji holds an MBA in consultancy management from BITS, Pilani (India) and Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from Anna University, Chennai (India). In addition to this she is a certified practitioner of Six Sigma (Green belt).

Fanny Modin

Business Development Manager

Fanny comes from an investor relations and communications background and has spent most of her career working in the Middle East. Prior to working with norbloc, Fanny was acting Head of IR and Corporate Communications at SHUAA Capital, a publicly listed financial services firm headquartered in Dubai.

Fanny is also an experienced content writer with a financial journalist background from Thomson Reuters. She has generated and edited content for companies across various industry sectors and financial institutions. Fanny holds a BA in European Studies from the University of London.

Yannis Tasinopoulos

Legal Counsel

Yannis is the co-founder of G & I Tasinopoulos Law Office and has served as an attorney/member of the Athen­­s Bar Association since 2003. His areas of expertise include corporate law, intellectual property, e-commerce, data privacy and litigation.

Yannis holds a LLB from the University of Athens Law School and a LLM in IP Law from the George Washington University Law School.

Giannis Mermigkis

VP of Engineering

During the last 15 years Giannis has architected, built, deployed and debugged a number of Enterprise systems in various industries (Telecom, Publishing, Analytics).

Giannis holds an Engineering Diploma in Electrical & Computer Engineering and an MSc in Cognitive Systems from the University of Thessaloniki.

Dr. Anargyros Tsadimas

Technology Advisor

Anargyros is an experienced software engineer, that has participated in many R&D projects and startups. Moreover, he has teaching experience at the Department of Informatics & Telematics of Harokopio University. His research interests lie in the areas of Modeling & Simulation of Systems, Distributed Systems and Enterprise Information Systems Engineering.

Anargyros holds a Bsc in Applied Informatics from the University of Macedonia, a MSc in Advanced Information Systems from the department of Informatics & Telecommunications of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a PhD in the area of Information Systems entitled “Model-based design of Enterprise Information Systems using SysML”, from the Department of Informatics & Telematics of Harokopio University.

Dr. George Papamarkos

Technology Advisor

George is a senior software engineer with a career focused on large distributed systems for the banking and publishing sectors. He has lead software teams and worked with technologies spanning across many disciplines. His research interests lie with semi-structured data integration and in particular, distributed rule triggering systems and languages for distributed semi-structured data.

George holds a BSc/Meng from the National Technical University of Athens and a PhD from Birkbeck, University of London.

Andrew Vovk

Software Engineer

Andrew Vovk is a full stack JavaScript software developer. Andrew has had experience in both the vendor and the client sides as he has worked for more than 10 years with commercial bank Delta at various IT roles. Lately he has been working in a number of software development projects involving both the front-end and the server side. His interests are focused particularly in multiprocess, distributed systems.

Andrew holds a MSc in Information Science from the Transcarpathian State University.

Leonidas Loupos

Software Engineer

Leonidas has a comprehensive experience having worked in various technological projects and startups including, an online on-the-spot ordering app that he founded and developed. He has 7 years of experience, an award from Greek Open Source Community and his stack includes Javascript, Angular, ES6, Node.js, HTML, CSS, Java and SQL.

Leonidas is currently finishing his BSc in the Department of Informatics & Telematics of Harokopio University.

Alexandros Monastiriotis

Software Engineer

Alexandros is an experienced software engineer with a career spanning 10 years and focusing on web technologies in various industries (hotel, telecommunications, infrastructure monitoring). His stack includes JavaScript, ES6, Angular, node.js, PHP, and SQL.

Alexandros holds a MSc. in Computer Science from City University of New York and a BSc. in Software Engineering from Technological Institute of Athens.

Vasilis Amarantidis

Software Engineer

Vasilis is a hugely motivated full stack software engineer. He has gained experience in developing Web Applications, involved both with the front and back-end. He has a demonstrated passion towards best practises and clean code.

Vasilis is currently reading towards a BSc in Computer Science with the Hellenic Open University.

Eleftherios Benisis

Software Engineer

Eleftherios is a highly skilled software engineer with a full range of expertise in analyzing, designing architecture, developing and deploying solutions. He has gained expertise in numerous languages, open source projects and web frameworks and is currently living up to the full stack engineer role in the norbloc solutions ecosystem.

Eleftherios holds a Bsc in Computer Science from the University of Crete.

Panagiota Balaska

Office Manager

Panagiota has 10 years experience in the financial services and insurance sector. She has successfully run operations from various posts such as Human Resources, Payroll, and Internal Auditing.

Panagiota holds a BSc in International and European Relations and an MSc in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences.

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