The Team

To lead the development of the UTRUST platform, we have assembled a kick-ass core team of Software Engineers, UX and Design experts, supported by a board of experienced advisors in cryptocurrency, cybersecurity, venture capital and banking.

Nuno Correia
Nuno Correia
CEO

An early cryptocurrency investor, deeply involved in crypto markets and community since early 2011 and successfully co-founded several B2C ventures. With a background in Law and Marketing, he is passionate about the transformative future of digital payments.

Filipe Castro
Filipe Castro
CIO

An MBA with an MSENG and love for disruptive technologies. Early career in development of software solutions, including electronic payment systems. Internationally-minded, moved from corporate to small ventures in Scandinavia, complemented with an MBA in China and a brief advisory role. Now engaged in business development and strategic development of cool new ventures.

Artur Goulão
Artur Goulão
CTO

Former CTO in a leading digital payment platform company and current head of Development of a Swiss-based Cybersecurity company. Excels and is deeply involved in development and R&D of software-related payment systems, in either classical or Blockchain Smartcontract-based approach. Has a background in Computer Science from IST and MIT.

Roberto Machado
Roberto Machado
CPO

Founder and Product Manager at several startups prior to UTRUST, he has been leading different teams to build highly-reliable software products, with a focus on the end user experience. Previously, he has worked together with major international companies such as AT&T, Betfair, Airtel and Uphold, being responsible for the vision outline, goals and product strategy of solutions used by millions of users.

Luís Ferreira
Luís Ferreira
Head of Engineering

Working at Subvisual for more than 5 years, he specializes on the development of complex web-centered solutions, using Ruby and RoR. He has a fondness for open source tech and giving back to the community. He is an accomplished Rails mentor, teaching in workshops, university classes and events. He also loves experimenting with new, fun programming languages, from Haskell to Elixir or even Crystal.

Laura Esteves
Laura Esteves
Head of Operations

With a background in management, she has contributed to different organizations in tech and media, insuring the smooth execution of operational activities and events. Analytical and driven, she analyzes and manages KPIs towards continuous growth and operational excellence. Always with a smile on her face she has the power to swiftly turn any complicated situation into a new milestone success for the team.

João Ferreira
João Ferreira
Head of Design

Lead Designer at Subvisual with over 5 years’ experience in designing all sorts of innovative web-centered products. In his UX methodology, he obsesses with a human-centered approach focused on bringing out the best possible experience for the end user. He digs deep to understand the drive and motivations in using a product while looking for opportunities to empower the user at every step.

Nick Olender
Nick Olender
Head of Sales & Partners

Technology is only as important as the business problems it solves. Nick loves opening a closed mind to a solution that a new perspective can create. He has a keen interest in international business strategy with an emphasis on business financials and technology applications.

Miguel Palhas
Miguel Palhas
Software Engineer

With years of Web Development experience, and a background in High-Performance Computing, he is constantly working towards making the web better and faster for the user. He is passionate about the blockchain and other cutting-edge technologies, and the possibilities they open for mankind's future. He kept his record IQ a secret. Not a secret anymore.

Francisco Baila
Francisco Baila
Product Designer

A young designer with a passion for typography who always has five minutes to talk about it. He had the oportunity to work with worldwide known brands and platforms, beautifing technology into a friend.

Gabriel Poça
Gabriel Poça
Software Engineer

There is no time for introductions, but you would instantly get that this guy is a top-notch web developer loving every aspect of it. From working in key-projects for AT&T and helping launch new fintech and healthcare care startups, Gabriel had different experiences that makes him a balanced all-round developer and PM.

Ronaldo Sousa
Ronaldo Sousa
Software Engineer

Restless techie, design guru and music lover that likes to build complex software for the people. Usually you can find him coding hard in front of a computer, getting inspired with a guitar or meditating on a couch. Always learning new exoteric programming languages, he is keen on decentralized systems and modern technologies.

Fernando Mendes
Fernando Mendes
Software Engineer

With a background on distributed systems and computing, he loves to give back to the community, being part of different volunteering organizations. A young prodigy with multiple academic awards and fresh from college, he is now focusing on mastering cutting-edge technologies that will help change the world.

Bruno Azevedo
Bruno Azevedo
Software Engineer

A Software Engineer with a specialization in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. He loves to explore different technologies and combined with his 5+ years of experience as a web developer makes him a force to be reckoned with in cutting-edge projects. He aims to be the best version of himself applied into whatever area he's interested in.

Pedro Costa
Pedro Costa
Software Engineer

An acomplished full-stack web Developer at Subvisual. His experience goes way back to the world of HPC and the beginnings of Web 2.0. Describing himself as pedantic, he's constantly experimenting and trying new approaches to classic problems striving for excellence at every step.

João Justo
João Justo
Software Engineer

Loves the web as much he loves Games Of Thrones discussions (no spoilers though). Always excited about emergent technologies such as Blockchain, Ethereum Smart Contracts and Artificial Neural Networks, and believes that these technologies will be a catalyst to improve everyones’ lives. He has been working in different software projects.

Francisco Maia
Francisco Maia
PhD, Distrib. Systems Advisor

Co-Founder and CEO of SafeCloud Technologies, a Swiss venture focused on privacy-preserving software solutions. Researcher at INESC TEC with focus on distributed systems, large scale data storage, distributed coordination and privacy-preserving technology. He has participated in several European projects in collaboration with both industrial and academic partners from all over the world.

Francisco Cruz
Francisco Cruz
PhD, Architecture Advisor

Researcher at INESC TEC and Co-Founder of SafeCloud Technologies based in Switzerland. His work has been focused on distributed databases and Big Data. He has extensively contributed to the community with work on autonomous reconfiguration and elasticity systems for Cloud Computing. He has been involved in European projects such as CumuloNimbo which aimed at re-architecting distributed database solutions intended for large scale deployments.

João Paulo
João Paulo
PhD, Cloud Computing Advisor

Co-Founder of SafeCloud Technologies based in Switzerland and researcher at INESC TEC. He is one of the world leading researchers on storage deduplication and benchmarking. He has also worked on software defined storage for Cloud Computing and has contributed to several European projects namely in the development of secure database and storage solutions.

Sérgio Viana
Sérgio Viana
Product Advisor

Currently working on IT Project Management in Switzerland at one of the leading financial institutions in the world managing billions of dollars in structured funds. As a leading software project manager in finance solutions, he specializes in Enterprise Architecture, Software Engineering, Requirements Engineering, Team Management and Marketing.

Marc Howland
Marc Howland
Financial Advisor

Marc holds a role as CoFounder and Business Developer at Keyturn, a venture using blockchain tech to build a supply-chaincentric product. He has extensive experience in the private equity and investment banking sector, having worked at Goldman Sachs & The Carlyle Group. He currently pursues an MBA at Harvard Business School, with a previous BA in Business Economics from Brown.

David Bryan
David Bryan
Strategic Advisor

David is a Serial Entrepreneur and a Co-Founder of Keyturn Public Benefit Corporation, a venture using blockchain tech to disrupt the construction and supply-chain industry. He specializes in System Platform Design and Technology Strategy, with more than 10 years’ experience in the design of sustainable game-changing solutions supporting a triple bottom line – people, planet, profit.

Sascha Benz
Sascha Benz
Business Develop. Advisor

A seasoned Entrepreneur and Strategy consultant, he has founded and sold several ventures in the e-commerce and mobile in Switzerland. Holds a degree in Banking & Finance from the University of Zurich and specializes in growth strategy, product design and marketing strategy of mobile and e-commerce centric platforms.

Lilian Yu
Lilian Yu
Marketing Advisor – China

With extensive experience in product branding and marketing, she has spent most of her career focused on the Mainland China and Taiwan markets, working with digital agencies to successfully launch new campaigns. She holds a BA degree with a marketing focus. She has a keen interest in consumer behavior and analytics, and in-depth knowledge of the specific challenges of the Chinese market. Always keen on new challenges, she looks at cryptocurrency as a promising area to engage.

Sydney Lai
Sydney Lai
Advisor

Cryptocurrency investor with a background in tech and banking at Wells Fargo and Credit Suisse. As a community leader building startup ecosystems, she has built relationships with financial institutions, accelerators, venture funds and investors, all to enable society's access to emerging technology.

Dr. Dhiveshan Govender
Dr. Dhiveshan Govender
Strategic Advisor

Founder and CEO of SVRGN, a platform built to empower citizens to control and share their digital identity between trusted entities. Created and lead an innovative global first model for digital music streaming consumption: Pay-as-you-consume (PAYC), later translated onto the blockchain – giving rise to Stream-to-own models. Holds a MBA from the University of Stellenbosch Business School and is currently working in Europe to spearhead the development of a blockchain ecosystem in Africa.

Want to join our stellar team?

If you believe in our vision, understand the issue we are trying to solve and think you could add value, just send us a message. We are always looking for new talented team members that can push UTRUST further!