Intelligent Trading Foundation is a fintech organization that provides cryptocurrency traders with a suite of trading tools to better achieve their goals. We aim to give traders more power, control, and confidence over their cryptocurrency trades, arming them with the tools to better accomplish their goals.

Our Team

Intelligent Trading Foundation

Thomas Counsell

Thomas Counsell

Head of Engineering and Innovation

Tom Counsell is a serial entrepreneur from Purdue University with a background in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, and International Development. His first success was cofounding the largest social enterprise in Morocco in 2012 which currently employs over 3000 members. Since then, he created Noble Software Foundation, Incorporeal Ltd, Blockchain Hub Prague, and Intelligent Trading Foundation. Tom has also led software development operations for Agoda.com, OpenEntry, and Aztrana AG deploying world-class applications used by millions internationally. He now resides in Czech Republic continuing to apply deep tech and business acumen to software startups, and humanitarian projects.

John Venport

Head of Marketing

John is an entrepreneur and digital marketing specialist. He began his career organizing live events and conferences in the US. In 2010, John founded a boutique digital marketing agency that went on to become the top provider in the local market, and was acquired in 2013. Shortly thereafter, he began using his skills to build and sell his own products. For the past 5 years, John has specialized in selling digital goods and software products online. He currently lives in Bangkok, and is a contributor to several local organizations.

Alex Yudin

Senior Engineer

Alex came from Computational Biology and Bioinformatics field and brings a wide range of AI/ML skills starting from a traditional statistics, regression and classification methods to Deep Neural Networks and Probabilistic Graphical Models. He holds a Computational Biology and Bioinformatics master’s degree from ETH Zurich and Computer Engineering master’s degree from University of Radio-electronics Minsk. Before entering the Computational Biology field, Alex worked for several software engineering companies and went through all steps of software engineering from being a tester, software engineer and finally a project manager of various web and mobile projects and CTO of the company. Currently Alex is living in Prague, Czech Republic.

JC Garcia

Assistant

JC is a veteran assistant with over 8 years of experience working remotely. He has worked as Transaction Coordinator for real estate firms such as RE/MAX and Keller Williams, and in Lead Generation for some of the biggest tech companies such as Philips, Siemens, and General Electric. Before becoming a remote assistant, JC worked as a call center representative for different US based companies. He resides in Manila, Philippines.

Barbora Havelková

Research Analyst

Barbora gathered experiences while working in a strategy team of a leading consultancy company and a data protection team of a technology giant. In her position for ITF, she is combining her analytical skills and crypto enthusiasm. She joined ITF after returning from a position in German market research company. Barbora is based in Prague, Czech Republic, but she spent a significant part of her studies in Germany and Switzerland and currently supports ITF from Bangkok, Thailand.

Sebastian Bausch

Advisor

Sebastian is a security risk analyst and has been involved in cryptocurrencies since 2011. He is the co-founder of Criton Group, a risk consulting firm with focus on Asia. Sebastian studied Mandarin at Xiamen University and holds a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham. His previous work experience includes advocacy for European firms when entering in the Chinese market. He is the primary liaison for the Chinese community and investors.

Peter H

Trading Advisor

Peter is an independent advisor to the Intelligent Trading Tech team. He has spent the past six years in investments working for the Asset Management divisions of JPMorgan and Wells Fargo. Peter’s trading experience spans all asset classes and he has deep knowledge of fundamental and technical analysis and modelling. Peter is addicted to trading cryptos and is passionate about this project because he sees great value in the resource that ITF will be for all crypto investors, from the first time buyer to professional traders.

Due to the unknown ramifications of the US regulatory environment for licensed individuals, Peter has chosen to remain anonymous at this time.

Benjamin Lakoff

Benjamin Lakoff, CFA

Head of Finance and Strategy

Ben Lakoff is an entrepreneur and finance professional. He has developed strong global finance experience through 10 years of international assignments in the US, Brazil, Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, Czech Republic and through the award of his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification. He has broad and diverse experience across various finance roles including corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, equity markets, and banking. Ben is passionate about cryptocurrencies and been investing in blockchain-related startups, helping create Satang Pro, Blockchain Hub Prague, and Intelligent Trading Foundation (ITF).

Francesco De Lisi

Senior Engineer

Francesco holds a Computer Science and Engineering Master’s Degree from Università degli Studi di Bologna with a Master Thesis about Artificial Intelligence for clinical diagnosis systems. In 2011, he’s a consultant and developer of Business Intelligence applications, in 2013 full stack developer for a world leader automatic packaging machine design and manufacture company. In 2016 contributes to Open Data and pro bono consultancy while traveling South East Asia.

Karla Brkić

Data Scientist - Machine Learning

Karla holds a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University of Zagreb and has over a decade of academic and industrial experience developing innovative solutions that incorporate elements of data science, machine learning and computer vision. She has worked on projects involving automated person detection and recognition in images and videos, traffic scene understanding for intelligent vehicles, biomedical signal classification, augmented and virtual reality, handwritten character recognition and various other applications of machine learning and computer vision. As an established machine learning scientist with over 40 peer-reviewed publications, Karla enjoys bridging the gap between research and industry and translating research into practical applications.

Justin Price

Content Writer

Justin is responsible for bringing ITF’s vision to life through content creation. He is the lead writer for the Intelligent Trading Blog, Cryptocurrency 101 articles, and Ultimate Guides. Prior to joining the team, he taught at a private secondary school for 6 years, teaching English as a foreign language for Cambridge examination. Currently, Justin is based in Prague, Czech Republic.

Dave Rodman

General Counsel

Dave is an attorney with a wide range of clientele. Dave applies his unique background in finance, securities, intellectual property, and corporate law to further each client’s specific legal, business, and regulatory goals. Previous clients include cannabis cultivators, manufacturers, and dispensaries, industrial hemp companies, musicians, private equity firms, and music venues. Mr. Rodman specializes in the laws and regulations pertaining to cannabis, industrial hemp and cryptocurrency. Mr. Rodman is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Washington State and has advised clients all over the world.

Poramin Insom

Advisor

Poramin is the founder and core developer of Zcoin (XZC), one of the top privacy-focused cryptocurrencies. He is also the CEO of Satang, a mobile bitcoin wallet in Southeast Asia and CEO at Thai Digital Asset Exchange (TDAX), a next generation digital asset exchange based in Thailand. He is also the world’s first person to implement stealth addresses in QT-Wallets, improving cryptocurrency anonymity. He earned a master’s degree in Information Security from Johns Hopkins University where he wrote a paper on a proposed practical implementation of the Zerocoin protocol.

Thomas Counsell

Thomas Counsell

Head of Engineering and Innovation

Tom Counsell is a serial entrepreneur from Purdue University with a background in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, and International Development. His first success was cofounding the largest social enterprise in Morocco in 2012 which currently employs over 3000 members. Since then, he created Noble Software Foundation, Incorporeal Ltd, Blockchain Hub Prague, and Intelligent Trading Foundation. Tom has also led software development operations for Agoda.com, OpenEntry, and Aztrana AG deploying world-class applications used by millions internationally. He now resides in Czech Republic continuing to apply deep tech and business acumen to software startups, and humanitarian projects.

Benjamin Lakoff

Benjamin Lakoff, CFA

Head of Finance and Strategy

Ben Lakoff is an entrepreneur and finance professional. He has developed strong global finance experience through 10 years of international assignments in the US, Brazil, Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, Czech Republic and through the award of his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification. He has broad and diverse experience across various finance roles including corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, equity markets, and banking. Ben is passionate about cryptocurrencies and been investing in blockchain-related startups, helping create Satang Pro, Blockchain Hub Prague, and Intelligent Trading Foundation (ITF).

John Venport

Head of Marketing

John is an entrepreneur and digital marketing specialist. He began his career organizing live events and conferences in the US. In 2010, John founded a boutique digital marketing agency that went on to become the top provider in the local market, and was acquired in 2013. Shortly thereafter, he began using his skills to build and sell his own products. For the past 5 years, John has specialized in selling digital goods and software products online. He currently lives in Bangkok, and is a contributor to several local organizations.

Francesco De Lisi

Senior Engineer

Francesco holds a Computer Science and Engineering Master’s Degree from Università degli Studi di Bologna with a Master Thesis about Artificial Intelligence for clinical diagnosis systems. In 2011, he’s a consultant and developer of Business Intelligence applications, in 2013 full stack developer for a world leader automatic packaging machine design and manufacture company. In 2016 contributes to Open Data and pro bono consultancy while traveling South East Asia.

Alex Yudin

Senior Engineer

Alex came from Computational Biology and Bioinformatics field and brings a wide range of AI/ML skills starting from a traditional statistics, regression and classification methods to Deep Neural Networks and Probabilistic Graphical Models. He holds a Computational Biology and Bioinformatics master’s degree from ETH Zurich and Computer Engineering master’s degree from University of Radio-electronics Minsk. Before entering the Computational Biology field, Alex worked for several software engineering companies and went through all steps of software engineering from being a tester, software engineer and finally a project manager of various web and mobile projects and CTO of the company. Currently Alex is living in Prague, Czech Republic.

Karla Brkić

Data Scientist - Machine Learning

Karla holds a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University of Zagreb and has over a decade of academic and industrial experience developing innovative solutions that incorporate elements of data science, machine learning and computer vision. She has worked on projects involving automated person detection and recognition in images and videos, traffic scene understanding for intelligent vehicles, biomedical signal classification, augmented and virtual reality, handwritten character recognition and various other applications of machine learning and computer vision. As an established machine learning scientist with over 40 peer-reviewed publications, Karla enjoys bridging the gap between research and industry and translating research into practical applications.

JC Garcia

Assistant

JC is a veteran assistant with over 8 years of experience working remotely. He has worked as Transaction Coordinator for real estate firms such as RE/MAX and Keller Williams, and in Lead Generation for some of the biggest tech companies such as Philips, Siemens, and General Electric. Before becoming a remote assistant, JC worked as a call center representative for different US based companies. He resides in Manila, Philippines.

Justin Price

Content Writer

Justin is responsible for bringing ITF’s vision to life through content creation. He is the lead writer for the Intelligent Trading Blog, Cryptocurrency 101 articles, and Ultimate Guides. Prior to joining the team, he taught at a private secondary school for 6 years, teaching English as a foreign language for Cambridge examination. Currently, Justin is based in Prague, Czech Republic.

Barbora Havelková

Research Analyst

Barbora gathered experiences while working in a strategy team of a leading consultancy company and a data protection team of a technology giant. In her position for ITF, she is combining her analytical skills and crypto enthusiasm. She joined ITF after returning from a position in German market research company. Barbora is based in Prague, Czech Republic, but she spent a significant part of her studies in Germany and Switzerland and currently supports ITF from Bangkok, Thailand.

Dave Rodman

General Counsel

Dave is an attorney with a wide range of clientele. Dave applies his unique background in finance, securities, intellectual property, and corporate law to further each client’s specific legal, business, and regulatory goals. Previous clients include cannabis cultivators, manufacturers, and dispensaries, industrial hemp companies, musicians, private equity firms, and music venues. Mr. Rodman specializes in the laws and regulations pertaining to cannabis, industrial hemp and cryptocurrency. Mr. Rodman is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Washington State and has advised clients all over the world.

Sebastian Bausch

Advisor

Sebastian is a security risk analyst and has been involved in cryptocurrencies since 2011. He is the co-founder of Criton Group, a risk consulting firm with focus on Asia. Sebastian studied Mandarin at Xiamen University and holds a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham. His previous work experience includes advocacy for European firms when entering in the Chinese market. He is the primary liaison for the Chinese community and investors.

Poramin Insom

Advisor

Poramin is the founder and core developer of Zcoin (XZC), one of the top privacy-focused cryptocurrencies. He is also the CEO of Satang, a mobile bitcoin wallet in Southeast Asia and CEO at Thai Digital Asset Exchange (TDAX), a next generation digital asset exchange based in Thailand. He is also the world’s first person to implement stealth addresses in QT-Wallets, improving cryptocurrency anonymity. He earned a master’s degree in Information Security from Johns Hopkins University where he wrote a paper on a proposed practical implementation of the Zerocoin protocol.

Peter H

Trading Advisor

Peter is an independent advisor to the Intelligent Trading Tech team. He has spent the past six years in investments working for the Asset Management divisions of JPMorgan and Wells Fargo. Peter’s trading experience spans all asset classes and he has deep knowledge of fundamental and technical analysis and modelling. Peter is addicted to trading cryptos and is passionate about this project because he sees great value in the resource that ITF will be for all crypto investors, from the first time buyer to professional traders.

Due to the unknown ramifications of the US regulatory environment for licensed individuals, Peter has chosen to remain anonymous at this time.

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