The Plaak Team

PLAAK is backed by some of industry’s most experienced and talented people.

CoFounders
Chai Shepherd
Co-Founder / Technology + Development
Chai has a background in management and UI design / Front-end development. With his solid technological background and strong business connections. Chai is an early Crypto Currency investor with vast academic and business connections. He leads the IT and development project with his entrepreneur project plans.
Damian Robson
Co-Founder / Operations + Marketing
Leads the in-company operations and key strategic decisions for the company, Damian is a key contributor in corporate partnerships and in managing and promoting relationships with investors. He also leads the company’s marketing and PR efforts including branding and growth.
Advisors & Managers
Vladimir Nikitin
Strategic ICO Advisor
World-class professional in consultanting with over ten years experience in the legal, finance, retail, and IT industries. Renowned cryptocurrency expert and ICO advisor (Top-5 worldwide ICObench Expert). As an active supporter and advocate of blockchain technology, I provide consultancy and advice to selected ICOs in the CIS region. My network in the crypto community includes over 30 000 members.
Phillip Nunn
Strategic ICO Advisor
With more than 15 years’ experience in financial services, Phillip specialises in wealth management, angel investment, commercial property investment and financial technology. He founded The Blackmore Group on the core belief of giving clients real and tangible alternatives to poor investment performance and providing “future proof” investment strategies.
Dan Litwak
Senior Security Advisor
Dan is an experienced developer and security consultant with more than 15 years of experience in the information technology and security fields. His main areas of Expertise include attack and penetration testing, code review, architecture security, cloud security, blockchain technologies and more, having performed more than a hundred hands-on assessments of different types for Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries.
Shehab Ahmed
Strategic ICO Advisor
Shehab Ahmed is the Chief Technology Officer at HostSailor, MENA's leading web hosting provider,a Writer, Business development strategist and Blockchain advisor with more than 10 years’ experience in the information security field. Shehab has also featured in Forbes &Engadget, has experience in both tech and marketing and is a certified Google partner with a strong tech and marketing network in the Middle East and Africa.
Barbara Bickham
Strategic ICO Advisor
A CTO with extensive experience in Technology, Monetization, Digital/Mobile and Entrepreneurship. Her current areas of expertise are in Internet of Things, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence. Barbara brings the ability to bridge the gap between professionals that speak in technological terms with professionals that speak primarily in financial terms. She represents a company to investors, key clients and strategic partners.
Nikolay Shkilev
Strategic ICO Advisor
Shkilev Nikolay is an entrepreneur, Co-Founder "Top ICO Advisors", rated TOP 5 in People of Blockchain, owner and co-owner of dozens of successful business projects, an ICO advisor and ICObench expert. Nikolay has 20 years’ experience of being involved with large scale projects, and has many awards and titles in the area of IT technologies.
Marc Gorin
Advisor Entrepreneur
Currently an entrepreneur, small business owner and operations manager. Skilled in people management with a passion for the personal development of the team around him. Qualified in franchising and hospitality management. Believes that in life "you get out what you put in".
Abhishek Parashar
Lead Project Developer
- Abhishek has 9 years’ of experience in Web Development, Database Design and Development, System and Application Development.He leads the development team driving innovation, and provides technical and project leadership.
Michael Arbach
Block-chain Architect / Sr. Development Advisor
Michael is a business-oriented software engineer with over ten years of experience in backend development and distributed architecture. As a Senior Developer of our block-chain solution, he is building and coordinating the core functionality of PLAAK.
Clinton Omacini
Advisor Entrepreneur Project Operations
A cryptocurrency investor, Clinton is an advisor of the board in regards to future projects and the execution of technology platforms. Clinton bring a lot of experience with his background in innovation and technology as well as design graphics and UI concepts.
Steve Stanley
Head Of PR marketing
Steve Stanley has been in Marketing for over 35 years. As a serial entrepreneur, he has built multi-million dollar companies, such as Stanley Industries, Steve has also operated a Direct Response Advertising Agency along with several Nutritional Supplement companies.
Todd Carmody
Advisor of Social Marketing Strategies
Todd is a crypto currency investor, an advisor to the Board of PLAAK and a social motivational speaker to the group. His connections in the film and movie industry is an asset to PLAAK with global opportunities. Todd spent 7 years as a forex trader and 20 plus years as a Grip/Lighting technician for international films and television shows.
Rahul Vyas
Lead Development Op. Manager
Rahul is a certified blockchain expert & an AWS architect, with years of experience in IOT, C#, JS, and UI/UX. He handles the development operations at PLAAK. He has worked with various startups like Newbee Network, SiteControl and many more. He loves to think UX, and has keen interest in SDLC, cloud and the experience of Plaak apps.
Alex
Community Manager
8 Years Electrical tradesman, 2 of those years Lead Foreman for medium to large scale NSW Government funded projects. Audio Engineer, Crypto and Blockchain enthusiast with a customer service and support background focusing on support systems and customer relations. Looking forward to bringing my experience and personality to help grow and expand the PLAAK Brand.
Anoop Singh
Projects Development Manager
13+ Yrs. Of experience as Solution Architect, Consultant with multi-skilled solutions architect, All-round ability to juggle multiple projects, meet deadlines whilst at the same time comprehending complex and interdependent business processes. Design Complex Services Orientated Architectures (SOA), Work Closely with Pre-Sales team to nurture leads, Prepare Proposal, Architecture/Technical Documents, Oversee aspects of project, Develop and execute a solution strategy, Develop Core Architecture/Engines with Cloud based Platform.
Developers & Support
Bhanu Srikanth
Design Lead
Bhanu has over 6 years’ experience in Game Art, App Development, Digital 2D Art & UI/UX design. He is always motivated by being able to see the impact of his work on people andhow it brings value to businesses. He adapts quickly and is a fast learner and natural leader.
Shashi Kumar
Blockchain Engineer
With 10 years’ experience as a software engineer, Kumar left his last position as an IBM System Engineer to work as an independent consultant. Kumar’s interests are primarily smart contracts and managing blockchain nodes. Kumar predominantly manages Ethereum nodes and web3 integration.
Chris Pearson
Technical Support
Chris has been a cryptocurrency supporter since its humble beginnings where he was first introduced to blockchain via Bitcoin. He comes from a broad tech background, spanning all the way back to the infancy of the internet with Altavista. Chris has never doubted that blockchain is the next big step in the future of many industries. After many years of watching blockchain evolve from the sidelines, PLAAK is the first project he feels best represents the future of the technology, persuading him to join the support team.
Aditya Kashyap
Design Intern
Experienced User Interface Designer with a demonstrated history of working in the graphic design industry. Skilled in Adobe XD, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, Microsoft Office, and Management. Strong arts and design professional with a Bachelor of Technology focused in Information Technology from Maharaja Surajmal Institute Of Technology. Professional football player at DSA B-division. Currently playing Reliance football Youth Tournament from Maharaja Surajmal Institute Of Technology.