Team and Board of Directors

Our team brings their expansive and diverse industry experience to Advanced Blockchain. Through our varied past endeavors, we have united under the realization that blockchain and decentralized technology have a major capability for improving people’s lives and businesses.

CEO | Managing Director

Michael Geike

CEO and co-founder of Advanced Blockchain AG. Michael is a mathematician with over six years of experience as Vice President of Exotics & Hybrids Trading at JP Morgan. He also worked at Zalando, where he built teams of data scientists and AI specialists focused on optimizing payment algorithms. He has been working intensively on Distributed Ledger Technology for over nine years. He founded various companies in this field, including one of the first companies in Europe, which in 2013 focused exclusively on cryptocurrencies and mining.

CIO | Managing Director

Simon Telian

Simon is Group Chief Investment Officer and CEO of GmbH where he is responsible for the 8-digit investment portfolio of Advanced Blockchain AG. Simon started his career at Dresdner Bank and subsequently worked for Commerzbank as executive assistant. After holding various positions at Rocket Internet and Asia Venture Group, he founded his own company in South Africa which he later successfully exited. Most recently, he was responsible for the operational business for the Swedish edge cloud company CloudBackend AB. He holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Corporate Management & Economics.

Chief Strategy Officer

Robin Davids

Robin represents ABAG in various portfolio companies, most recently joining the governance steering committee at Element Finance (which recently closed its Series A round valued at $320 million). As Chief Strategy Officer, Robin leads our strategic and sustainable positioning for all of our verticals. Robin’s specialty lies in analyzing and optimizing the game-theoretic components for aspiring decentralized protocols.

Head of Investments

Sebastian Hildermann

Sebastian Hildermann is Head of Investments for Advanced Blockchain AG where he is the chairman of the due-diligence committee, and spearheads the expansion of Advanced Blockchain’s investment portfolio globally.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Martin Rubensdörffer

Martin has provided legal advice to a large number of companies. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bitcoin Group SE and a member of the Supervisory Board of Babylon Capital AG.

Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Marek Kotewicz

Marek Kotewicz has been actively involved in the blockchain space since 2014. He worked as a software engineer for the Ethereum Foundation on the first ethereum implementation. In late 2015, he joined Parity Technologies to help further shape the Ethereum and blockchain ecosystem. Since then he helped build various projects, including parity-ethereum, parity-bitcoin and Polkadot.

Supervisory Board Member

Michael Ganser

Michael Ganser worked for Cisco in various prominent positions for over twenty years, including Senior Vice President of Cisco Central Europe, Senior Vice President of Cisco DACH, CEO & Senior Vice President of Cisco Germany and CEO & General Manager of Cisco Switzerland.

Supervisory Board Member

Mark Weerts

Mark Weerts has been Managing Director of a successful German fashion company since 2018. In his role as Managing Director with focus on marketing, product management and sales, he understands the current market dynamics and formulates future strategies to transform the company in a future-oriented way. Innovation and implementation of new technologies play a central role in this process.

Supervisory Board Member

Olav Sorenson

Olav Sorenson (Ph.D.) is a renowned researcher in the area of economics and entrepreneurship, including crowdfunding, startups, and venture capital strategy. His primary affiliation is with the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he holds the Joseph Jacobs Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies. As a result of his work, he received the 2018 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research.