Who we are


Sadiq Razak

Co-Founder & Partner

Sadiq Razak has been in financial services since 1994. He has worked at Bear Stearns, ING Bank, Naeem Holdings, Wood & Company and Aurel.

Sadiq has held the roles of Head of Trading, Co-Head of Equities and MLRO. He has extensive experience with equities and fixed income and has built businesses in London, Istanbul and Dubai. During his career, Sadiq has overseen 50 plus deals across CEE, Turkey and the MENA region. He has been trading digital assets since late 2016.

In addition to financial services, Sadiq has been an investor and manager of both residential and commercial property for over two decades. He holds an MBA from Henley Business School.


Jennifer Ewing

Co-Founder & Partner

Jennifer Ewing has almost 20 years of experience in international financial markets.

Her area of expertise is in Emerging and Frontier Equity Capital Market Sales & Trading. She has worked at ING Bank, Dresdner Bank, CF Global Trading, Wood & Company and Aurel. Jennifer has been involved with the placement of over 40 IPOs in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Jennifer has experience investing in and consulting on blockchain and digital asset projects on behalf of her institutional client base.

As well as working in financial markets, Jennifer has done extensive volunteer work for charities including Animal Assisted Therapy, Dress for Success and MOMAS. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Behavioural Communication from The University of Arizona.

Jason Patterson

Jason Patterson

Research & Development

Jason Patterson is a business transformation specialist who has held senior positions within the ecommerce space for two decades. Since late 2016, Jason has wholly concentrated on digital asset technology and advisory roles.

Jason is the Co-Founder of BlockCognitive. BlockCognitive offers bespoke consultation services that assist in helping companies evolve their ideas through tokenization. Due to its exemplary track record – BlockCognitive almost immediately established itself within the Blockchain sector.

Jason’s full client roster includes the financial sector, recruitment, media, industrial control systems and the retail sector.

James Eastwood

James Eastwood

Research & Development

James Eastwood is an information technology specialist with over 20 years of experience working with a number of blue-chip organizations. For the past two years James has primarily focused on Blockchain and associated new technologies.

James is the Co-Founder of BlockCognitive. BlockCognitive offers bespoke consultation services that assist in helping companies evolve their ideas through tokenisation. Due to its exemplary track record – BlockCognitive almost immediately established itself within the Blockchain sector.

James is currently advising a range of businesses on tokenization and providing advisory for a number of global financial services providers.

Carsten Hesse

Carsten Hesse

Research & Strategy

Carsten Hesse has over 15 years of experience in investment banking and equities. Carsten’s primary areas of expertise are Global Macro, Equity Strategy and Blockchain research.

Carsten has worked at Berenberg Bank, JPMorgan, UniCredit, Wood & Company, RBS, Dresdner Bank and Aurel. He is a regular keynote speaker at conferences and has been a guest on Bloomberg TV, CNN and CNBC where he comments on global topics.

In addition to working in finance, Carsten has been a competitive Tennis player and alpine ski racer. He holds a Diploma in International Finance and Management Accounting from the University of Applied Sciences in Pforzheim.


Emeryc Kpenou

Managing Director / Senior Advisor

Emeryc Kpenou has over 25 years of experience in financial markets.

He has worked in several leading international banks including Societe Generale, Credit Suisse First Boston as well as spent 17 years at ING Bank. At ING Bank Emeryc was Managing Director of Client Solution Group, Head of Interest Rate Swaps and FX Derivatives Sales.

Emeryc has an exceptional track record in providing investment and hedging solutions on multi-assets:, Interest Rate Derivatives, FX Derivatives and Commodities.

Emeryc graduated from Institut D'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po Paris) and holds a Master’s Degree in Economics at the Sorbonne University in Paris. In 2017 he set up Belgrave Square Advisors to concentrate on consultancy services.


Benoit Marzouk

Senior Advisor

Benoit Marzouk has ten years of experience in traditional investment banking including six years spent as an Equity Finance Trader at Credit Suisse. Due to his passion for FinTech, he migrated to the software product management department at Fidelity Information Services.

It was at this time he caught Bitcoin fever and in late 2017 Benoit founded Cashin Technologies Limited; a brick and mortar crypto exchange where retailers, mostly Bureaux de Change, can buy and sell Bitcoins to customers in a less expensive/more user friendly way than Bitcoin ATMs. Cashin Technologies also developed an App linking email addresses to the Blockchain allowing customers to buy Bitcoin in a simple way. The aim of Cashin is to expand globally through retail partners to democratise the access to Bitcoin to non-tech-savvy people.

In addition to his role as CEO of Cashin Benoit is a regular speaker at Blockchain and crypto events. He has a Masters in Quantitative Finance from the Bocconi University and completed an Entrepreneurship course from Harvard Business School.