About Us

Poseidon is based in Malta, an up-and-coming global hub of blockchain innovation. It’s the ideal ecosystem for us to place our roots, and draw upon our team’s international experience.

Management team

Laszlo Giricz

Founder and CEO

Laszlo spent 17 years as a business and technology consultant for the world’s largest investment banks, including JP Morgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, and UBS, across leading financial centres including Tokyo, Toronto and London. During this time, he has developed and deployed trading and risk management systems using complex custom solutions. The past five years, Laszlo had a keen interest in blockchain technologies, established a successful server farm in Canada, and has been a successful investor in several digital assets.

Laszlo saw the weakness in current carbon markets, the opportunity to bring carbon credits to consumers via retailers and the advantages of applying blockchain technologies, which he has brought together in Poseidon. He speaks fluent German, Hungarian and English, and plays polo in his free time.

Cesare Tagliaferri

CTO

Cesare brings 18 years of experience from the financial and technology sectors to Poseidon, specialising in automation, user experience and security. During this time he set up his own business, ran teams of quantitative analysts at a major Australian bank while building their new global markets pricing and risk management platform, and established the APAC customer delivery team for an international software vendor.

Cesare has qualifications in Computer Science from France’s Supélec Grande École and Electronics from the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD, one of the world’s leading graduate business schools. Cesare speaks fluent Italian, French and English, and is a passionate motorcyclist.

Chidi Akutu

COO

Chidi has spent over 18 years working in financial services industry, he supported a number of leading industry organisations in developing and delivering their front to back strategies. This included end-to-end large-scale business processes and technology change and management programs – covering operating model, functional, technical and outsourcing initiatives. He also led the UK and Ireland Trading Platforms business as part of Accenture’s Capital Markets business, successfully developing and growing the business over a 4 year period.

At Poseidon, Chidi is the Chief Operating Officer, where he is responsible for day to day operations, leading a high-performing service that underpins the foundation’s offering.

Ian Briggs

Research and Development

Ian is an accomplished designer with a reputation for innovative and radical concepts that have won him awards and accolades in diverse fields including aviation, luxury yachts and the automotive sector. He and his brother Neill formed the consulting venture Adaptive Space in 2000 and have worked with major automotive manufacturers for over a decade, including Porsche, Mercedes and Audi. Ian has developed and directed designs from concept through to production implementation, and is active in all creative aspects of component, system and total vehicle design, exterior and interior.

Ian graduated with honours in Industrial Design (Transportation) from Coventry University.

Strategic Partners

We're backed by experts in carbon markets, blockchains and emerging start-ups, for a best-in-class experience throughout.

Ecosphere+

Ecosphere+ is part of the impact investor Mirova Althelia. Ecosphere+ tackles climate stress and promotes sustainable economic development through a portfolio of projects that protect forests around the world, which in turn absorb carbon and reduce the levels of emissions in the atmosphere. Their mission is to grow the global demand for carbon reductions, creating an incentive to prevent the destruction of critical ecological systems. Ecosphere+ partners with investors, businesses, and individual consumers to make natural solutions to climate change accessible, including through the advancement of climate-positive ‘products with purpose’. Through its projects in vulnerable ecological zones, Ecosphere+ will source and supply carbon credits to Poseidon and market these digital solutions to clients going carbon positive. Partnering with Ecosphere+ causes a chain reaction of other positive impacts, such as supporting endangered species, empowering women, creating a market for sustainably produced products, and bringing training and new jobs in sustainable agriculture and ecotourism to local communities.

CBL Markets

CBL Markets operates a global exchange platform providing access to multiple commodity markets, with a focus on spot energy, environmental and other soft commodities. Their carbon credit expertise will ensure that Poseidon’s blockchain integrates securely with existing markets.

Stellar

Stellar.org is a non-profit organisation that develops the Stellar network, an open source distributed ledger that provides interoperability between financial institutions and different payment networks. On the Stellar network, transactions are settled in almost real-time, for fractions of a cent, in a safe and secure environment. The ability to securely support smart contracts, coupled with the network’s distributed exchange, will provide transparency for key stakeholders to verify regulatory requirements, as well as ensuring the credibility of the carbon emissions reduction market.

6point6

6point6, a technology consultancy specialising in big data and analytics, cyber security, and digital transformation, will be developing the smart contracts and tokens that will live on Stellar, as well as integrating the software development stack on Stellar for a seamless experience.

MME

MME specialises in supporting blockchain technology companies with legal, tax, and compliance advice throughout the full spectrum of their activities.

Strategic Partners Team

Chris Porter

Software Development Management

Chris Porter has over 17 years’ experience as a hands-on technologist specialising in Enterprise scale integration, Agile delivery, software development, automated testing, DevOps and Cloud. He has been a Developer, a Product Specialist, an Architect, a Tester, a Team Lead, a Manager and is now Digital Transformation Director at 6point6.

Chris’s experience spans both public and private sector organisations including Telecoms, Finance, Central Government and Media and Technology.

His clients have included The BBC, Telegraph Media Group, The Cabinet Office, The Home Office, British Telecom, O2, Deutsche Bank, Experian and The International Stock Exchange.

Lisa Walker

Climate Change Expert

Lisa Walker left BG Group (now part of Royal Dutch Shell) in 2016 where she served as Vice President for Environment & Climate Change to start-up Ecosphere+ as CEO.

Lisa worked in the oil and gas sector for >17 years, closely involved in all aspects of climate change strategy development & implementation, public policy & carbon market formation, sector coalition building and low-carbon business development. She was a driving force behind the UK Emissions Trading Group, the CCAC Oil & Gas Methane Partnership (which she Co-Chaired), the Sustainable Gas Institute and the CEO-led Oil & Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI). Lisa helped BG Group secure multiple industry awards for sustainability.

Before BG Group Lisa held various roles at BP including Director of the BP Carbon Ventures corporate-VC fund. Lisa successfully secured capital for many innovative investments in sustainable land-use and forestry, low-carbon technologies and bio-energy, including first-of-their-kind deals for the private sector such as the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). Lisa is a mother of four and originally from New Zealand. In 2017 she was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.

Rene Velasquez

Carbon Markets Expert

Rene has worked in environmental markets since 2008 and is the Head of Global Carbon at CBL Markets.

CBL’s global carbon markets business covers the global voluntary carbon market as well as emerging global systems such as CORSIA. At CBL, Rene works with a wide range of clients which include; project developers, brokers, intermediaries, corporate and other non-state actors. The global carbon markets team is also active in advising clients on the development and implementation of carbon offset strategies and preparing for future compliance obligations.

Rene has advised clients across finance, manufacturing, the built environment and aviation. Over the past few years Rene has been involved in building capacity within the aviation sector, as ICAO prepares to introduce the first sectoral based emissions trading system for international aviation; the Carbon Offset Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

Before his role as Head of Global Carbon at CBL Markets, Rene acted as country head in Australia and later in the USA for First Climate Markets AG, a leading broker and intermediary in the carbon markets.

Rene obtained a Master of Commercial Law from The University of Melbourne, from which he also graduated with an undergraduate double degree in Science (Honours) and Arts.

Jessica Verhagen

Carbon Trading Expert

At Ecosphere+, Jessica is responsible for driving demand in emerging carbon markets, such as offering retailers and consumers Poseidon’s blockchain-based technology to account for their carbon impact. She has been at the intersection of environment and finance for over twelve years, working in the British Columbia government designing North America’s first carbon tax and the Western Climate Initiative’s cap and trade system. She then worked with the founding team to launch Evok Innovations, a private sector $100 million fund that invests in early stage clean technologies to reduce greenhouse gases, followed by rolling up her sleeves in one of the world’s top 100 cleantech companies to raise capital and develop the go to market strategy.

 

Governance

Poseidon is a non-profit organisation. We're governed by a foundation administration, which consists of representatives from our strategic partners and legal team, and our foundation deed.

ARTICLE 4: Aims and Objects

  1. The aims of the Foundation shall be to strive towards promoting, widening and disseminating knowledge about the international threat of climate change;
    1. by fostering and supporting the preservation of the environment and striving towards reducing negative emissions and other environmental impacts;
    2. by raising awareness of the dangers of climate change and global warming;
    3. by promoting and supporting land-based carbon credits from their inception throughout their entire lifecycle; and
    4. by creating a platform which integrates carbon credits into everyday life, enabling the transparent accountability for one’s carbon footprints with every purchase.
  2. The objects and functions of the Foundation shall be:
    1. to develop, promote, assist, execute or carry out projects, programs, initiatives or activities, which support or contribute to the attainment of the aims of the Foundation, whether alone or in collaboration with others;
    2. to seek, raise and allocate funding for the Foundation's projects, programs, initiatives or activities from the public in general, private or public bodies, organisations, or institutions; and
    3. to oversee and report on the progress and achievements of such projects, programs, initiatives or activities to its governing bodies, sponsors, supporters and to the public in general.

Foundation Administrators

The administrators of the foundation ensure that funds are spent in accordance with the deed of the Poseidon Foundation that was registered in Malta on 23 May 2018.

Laszlo Giricz

Laszlo spent 17 years as a business and technology consultant for the world’s largest investment banks, including JP Morgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, and UBS, across leading financial centres including Tokyo, Toronto and London. During this time, he has developed and deployed trading and risk management systems using complex custom solutions. The past five years, Laszlo had a keen interest in blockchain technologies, established a successful server farm in Canada, and has been a successful investor in several digital assets.

Laszlo saw the weakness in current carbon markets, the opportunity to bring carbon credits to consumers via retailers and the advantages of applying blockchain technologies, which he has brought together in Poseidon. He speaks fluent German, Hungarian and English, and plays polo in his free time.

David Webb

David Webb drives 6point6’s vision, strategy, and growth, providing clients with consulting services specialising in strategy, architecture, engineering assurance and operations for Big Data & Analytics, Cyber security and Digital Transformation. His leadership has guided 6point6‘s rise from a consulting startup supplying architecture and delivery services to becoming the 13th fastest growing technology company in the UK, according to Sunday Times Tech Track 100.

David has over 27 years experience in IT architecture. David has worked extensively as a CTO, senior Enterprise Architect and technology consultant in many sectors including, central Government in the UK, blue chip organisations and financial services and regulators. David has been a key leader in management teams on some of the largest projects, and in leading companies across the UK.

Christian Farrugia

Christian Farrugia is a co-founding member and senior co-managing partner of Fenech Farrugia Fiott Legal. He graduated as a Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 1986 and, a year later, furthered his studies in London at UCL, specialising in Maritime and Insurance Law.

Christian has, in his many years of professional experience as a lawyer, operated in various practice areas. He was active in court litigation for several years and still represents clients before the Courts and arbitration panels in high-value disputes. His principal focus areas today include Mergers & Acquisition, Shipping, iGaming and Financial Services. He is also a part-time lecturer in the Asset Finance Law department and is a doctoral thesis examiner at the University of Malta.

Christian is a member of the Board of Directors of a number of companies in Malta, including ARQ Group Limited which is a joint venture professional services organisation providing trust, corporate, tax, immigration and AML compliance services, amongst others. He sits on the Board of Directors of several companies in Malta and is a non-executive Chairman director of MFC Merchant Finance Bank and Advent International Insurance PCC Ltd. In his spare time, Christian counts music, photography, football and travelling as his main passions. He is a self-taught guitar player.

Advisors

Industry pioneers are placing their faith in Poseidon. Our advisors are some of the top minds in their fields, guiding our mission to help everyone control their carbon footprint. We look forward to revealing the full list soon.

Justin Mundy

Former Director
The Prince’s Charities’ International Sustainability Unit

Justin Mundy has 30 years’ experience of working on climate change, environment and energy issues and has done so within the public, multilateral and private sectors. He is former Director of The Prince’s Charities’ International Sustainability Unit (ISU) which has been set up to reflect His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’ vision and aims in the area of sustainable development. He was formerly managing director of Climate Change, and previously Senior Adviser to Deutsche Bank’s Global Markets Group. From 1992 – 1998 he ran the World Bank’s forestry and biodiversity programmes in Russia and Central Asia and was the Bank’s environment adviser for the region’s oil and gas sector.

Kristin Rechberger

Founder and CEO
Dynamic Planet

Kristin Rechberger is Founder and CEO of Dynamic Planet, a company that works with businesses and governments to restore nature. This includes ‘blue finance’, environmental storytelling, and leadership engagement - so that people and nature can both thrive. Prior to founding Dynamic Planet, Kristin was Senior Vice President of Global Programs and Partnerships at the National Geographic Society for over 14 years. Before this, Kristin lived in Seoul, Korea as a Luce Foundation Fellow and traveled extensively throughout Asia designing educational systems and producing documentary films.

Peter McCullagh

Founder and Managing Partner
TenX Ventures Inc

Peter has over 35 years’ experience as a successful entrepreneur, business executive and thought leader. He is currently Founder and Managing Partner at TenX Ventures Inc. TenX is a Vancouver based, active, early stage Venture Capital firm that backs passionate overachievers with early stage funding, focusing on scaling up rapidly. Prior to founding TenX Ventures, Peter spent ~ 10 years growing and helping to sell three companies, with a total value of over $10bn. Before this, McCullagh was a partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and a banker at Scotiabank.

Anthony Hobley

Chief Executive Officer
Carbon Tracker Initiative

Anthony has been Chief Executive Officer of the Carbon Tracker Initiative since February 2014. Previously he was a partner and Global Head of the Sustainability & Climate Finance Practice at global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. Formerly he was General Counsel to the Climate Change Capital Carbon Fund and Director of Legal Policy for Climate Change Capital which he joined in September 2005. Anthony has played a key role in helping to design the UKs pilot emissions trading scheme and in developing key aspects of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.