In 2012, Toufic "Tey" Al Rjula discovered that he is, in fact, an "invisible man". On his Dutch driver's licence, you will not find that he was born in a city such as "London", "Berlin", or "Amsterdam". Instead, he is declared as being “Unknown”. This is because Tey was born in Kuwait, during the gulf war, when the birth registries were destroyed en masse. As such, he does not have a birth certificate, and even if copies were to exist, neither he, nor the issuing authority could possibly verify it.
Watch Tykn's CEO, Tey Al-Rjula, tell his amazing and inspiring story at TEDx Amsterdam 2018!
Awards & Achievements
On top of this, in 2018, Tykn also won Best ICO Pitch at the Blockchain Innovation Conference 2018 in June, as well as the B4H Shapers Award for Digital Identity, the NRC Live Tech Talks Awards and the Dutch Chivas Venture Awards, in December.
Dr. Moe Levin
Dr. Moe Levin is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Keynote, an investor in high-tech startups, and an advisor to governments, regulators, banks, and venture-backed companies.
Some of the projects he has been involved with include The Global Blockchain Council in Dubai (2015 - present) , the harmonized VAT treatment of Bitcoin (2013), The OECD Working Party 9 (2013-2014).
Moe is also the Co-Founder of the first accredited Blockchain Academy, an early investor in RSK Labs, Labfresh, Dropbox, and others. Prior to founding Keynote, Moe was responsible for launching a venture-backed startup in Europe which raised $30m from Richard Branson, Index Ventures and others.
Marloes Pomp is the Program Officer at Digital Action with responsibility for 30 blockchain projects within the Dutch Government. Blockchain has according to her the potential to redefine the relationship between the government and the citizen in terms of data sharing, transparency and trust.
Marloes Pomp worked in several roles like projectleader or researcher at governmental organizations, including Ministry of Internal Affairs, City of Amsterdam and the Court. Notable is her 4 years in the innovation team for the Ministry of Foreign affairs. Her professional interests focus on innovation of the government and technological developments like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things.
In addition, she serves as an advisory member for the SIDN Fund. The fund stands for ‘a strong internet for all’ and is taking internet projects and ideas to the next level.
With his vast experience as an engineer and executive to many thriving companies over the past 20 years, Darrell O’Donnell has become a powerhouse in the digital identity space. He currently provides C-level advice to key projects and partners as a ‘Virtual CTO’, invests in early-stage ventures, and speaks about self-sovereign identity to those that need to hear and learn about it the most. Through his experience in the identity space (particularly in the context of humanitarian aid), as well as his deep understanding of value capture and the catalysing of growth for early-stage companies, Darrell has helped propel Tykn forward more than we thought was possible through advice alone.