Leadership

Jason Tucker-Feltham
Founder | CEO

Jason is the founder & CEO of Venrai. He is a financial services professional with over a decade of experience built up at global investment banks both in London and New York City. By leveraging this experience at some of the world’s leading financial institutions, Jason brings perspective and a wealth of insight for the clients he serves within the blockchain space. 

Jason holds the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) professional designations. He is a member the AFME Digital Assets Task Force and of Global Digital Finance, an industry membership body that promotes the adoption of best practices for crypto-assets and digital finance technologies.

James Burnie 
Legal Consultant

James is a regulatory specialist partner at law firm gunnercooke advising blockchain, digital asset and FinTech enterprises. His experience includes advising: on the first successful UK-based ICO; on the first equity issuance settled on-chain; a sandbox business on becoming one of the first entities in the UK to become authorised as a blockchain-based business; four firms through the FCA sandbox (three of which were blockchain / cryptoassets products); on setting up a tokenised gold exchange; a regulator on setting up a sandbox; several custodians setting up safeguarding solutions for cryptoassets; and a range of hedge funds on set up and regulatory issues. His practice is broad, with clients including digital asset firms, token developers, cryptoasset custodians, blockchain platforms, crypto-exchanges, exchanges run using distributed leger technology, crypto-custodians, crypto-brokers and crypto-funds. 

James lectures on FinTech, is co-author of both the RegTech book and the PayTech books, whose authorship is crowd-sourced through a voting process, and has published on blockchain with the Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, and co-published one of the first function-based cryptoasset taxonomies. He has given evidence to the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain and Cryptoassets, is a named contributor to the UKJT legal statement on cryptoassets and smart contracts, and his work is award winning including receiving runner-up at the Crypto A.M. Awards 2020, “Standout” at the FT Innovation in Legal Expertise Awards 2018; “Highly Commended” at the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 2017 and “Highly Commended / Runner Up” at Legalweek: The British legal Awards 2017.

Hartej Sawhney 
Head of Blockchain Security Advisory

 Hartej is a serial entrepreneur, brand-focused investor, polyglot, with a strong knowledge of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Blockchain, and Cybersecurity. He serves as an advisor to tech startups, family offices, regulators, governments, and an array of financial institutions.

As an industry pioneer, Hartej has played a key role in elevating standards in the digital asset ecosystem and introducing products and services that set the industry benchmark for security, transparency, and compliance.

Hartej is an active contributor at GritDaily. When he’s not thinking about crypto or startups, you’ll find him designing clothing, curating music, hosting private events, and dabbling in the contemporary art world.

Daniel Perez
Blockchain Security Audit Manager

Daniel is Venrai’s Blockchain Security Audit Manager. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Blockchain Security at Imperial College London, under the supervision of Professor Ben Livshits. His primary focus is in the detection of security vulnerabilities in Ethereum smart contracts and in Ethereum itself. 

Daniel previously held the position of CTO of Tokyo based company Claude Tech Inc., and received a Master of Engineering from the University of Tokyo.

Adam Funnell
Head of Business Development

Adam is Venrai’s blockchain and frontier tech advisor, with strong business development and project management experience. An early Ethereum investor, he has been involved in the blockchain space since 2014.

He is passionate about the potential of disruptive tech, advising a variety of projects on their go-to-market strategy and supporting their development. He works closely with Blockchain Isle of Man and advises local CSP’s that are helping to implement the island’s blockchain strategy. 

Adam’s experience includes supporting tech projects disrupting a range of industries including: mining and exploration, iGaming, payment subscription and security projects. He prides himself on his reputation as a trustworthy force for good, to startups and established companies alike.

Zeeshan Chaudhry
Strategic Advisor

Zeeshan is a Strategic Advisor to Venrai. He is the Founder & CEO of DACX, the Digital Asset & Commodity Exchange that leverages artificial intelligence and high performance computing technology. The exchange is optimised towards providing an efficient, secure and compliant marketplace with product solutions for both institutional grade and retail clientele.