The Team

Dean Armstrong


Dean Armstrong QC is a highly experienced practitioner who has been involved in some of the highest-profile cases of the past decade. He has been a regular commentator on legal matters both for Sky and BBC TV, as well as on the radio. Dean is a specialist in City and financial regulation and in international data matters.

Having been employed by blue-chip corporates and major City Solicitors, has advised on mergers and acquisitions, directors and shareholders rights and obligations, and set up the regulatory regime for a major multinational company.

He is involved in all matters cyber and he is co-author of Cyber Security Law and Practice, textbook in this new area. Dean lectures extensively on this subject and in recent times, has been asked to speak to highprofile entities on data regulation and compliance.

Dean has been commissioned to write a groundbreaking textbook on the regulation of blockchain and cryptocurrency that will be published in mid-2019.

Sakhib Waseem

Board Director, Head of Corporate Strategy

Sakhib Waseem joins the Proof of Trust team, lending his expertise from his years as an executive-level technology expert in the finance sector. Sakhib has consulted at a number of top-tier financial institutions such as Bank of America, MBNA, and National Australia Group on technology-driven projects. Throughout his career, he has achieved multimillion-dollar cost savings and efficiencies by way of designing and implementing technology efficiencies. One notable project on this front was the planning and execution of traditional ledger-based workflow solutions for Clydesdale Bank.

Sakhib has also played a leading role in the development of specialist technology and reporting analysis to the Financial Conduct Authority and the Central Bank of Ireland, leading high-impact projects for automated reporting tools.His accomplishments have been recognized by way of several awards in the financial services industry, including five awards in a three-year span from Bank of America.

Sakhib bridges his understanding of the traditional regulated financial sector with knowledge of blockchain to foster change across multiple industries.

Dr. Sam Kelly


Sam is an accomplished nuclear physics PhD and mathematics graduate, with multiple publications on the topics of nuclear structure and technical development. During Sam’s career in nuclear physics, he made the very first measurements in history of unexpected relative production yields of nuclear isomeric states, within the ytterbium isotope chain. In addition, Sam pioneered new techniques in electrostatic ion storage using computational models that have since been successfully implemented at international research facilities.

Sam joins the Proof of Trust team with significant blockchain research experience, in particular the implementation of blockchain technology, the use of smart contracts and digital identity storage. This work won him in September 2018 a research fellowship at the University of Manchester.

Rose Schindler


Rose M. Schindler is of counsel at Greenspoon Marder. She concentrates her practice in the areas of securities regulation, compliance and defense, with specialized knowledge of the investment advisor and securities transactional rules and regulations.

Prior to joining the firm, she served as the Associate Regional Director of the Southeast Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). During her time with the SEC, Schindler was responsible for the enforcement and regulatory programs throughout the Southeastern United States.

In addition, Ms. Schindler previously served as the Director of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) Southeast Regional Office of Dispute Resolution. During her time with FINRA, Ms. Schindler was in charge of arbitration and mediation programs throughout the Southeastern U.S., the creation of new rules and procedures, and the training of arbitrators throughout the region. Additionally, she was responsible for overseeing the continued expansion of FINRA’s Code of Arbitration Procedure.