The Team

Joseph “Jay” Arcata, III, Esq.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Jay is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of success in the legal, management consulting and insurance industries. An attorney by trade, Jay joins The Proof of Trust after having been a partner at Halloran Sage, one of the largest and most respected law firms in Connecticut.  While at Halloran, Jay was a business litigator and general counsel to a broad spectrum of businesses. In addition, he founded and served as chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and Technology practice group, where he guided businesses through complex and evolving regulatory hurdles and provided key insights into emerging technologies, including blockchain and smart contracts.

Jay is an ardent believer in the transformative power of blockchain.  He is excited to apply his legal experience, business acumen and knowledge base to shape the future of iCash and its clients.

Jay has spoken and been published extensively in the areas of cybersecurity, data privacy and emerging technologies and has been called upon by numerous television and media outlets to share his insights and knowledge in this area. Throughout his legal career, has been consistently recognized as a Super Lawyer® and was named as one of the Connecticut Law Tribune’s New Leaders in the law in 2016. He was also named to the Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2012.

Adnan Akhand

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Adnan is an accomplished professional with a wide scope of knowledge in accounting and tax compliance. He has assisted companies ranging from startups operating for less than one year to long established Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between. Adnan is a certified public accountant with a M.S. in Finance from Northeastern University. Adnan believes blockchain technology is the future. He is passionate about contributing to the success of iCash and blockchain technology as a whole. He joined the Proof of Trust, because he believes the protocol will help smart contracts, and thereby blockchain, gain widespread adoption.

Carol Lin Vieira 

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

Carol Lin is a seasoned public relations and marketing professional with a strong track record of securing appearances, awards, and placing articles, expert quotes, and other content in top-tier news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fox News, and Fortune. She has worked across numerous industries including blockchain, healthcare, consumer goods, non-profit, science, tech, and tax, and has won multiple awards in the PR industry. Recently she led communications and content marketing efforts – including helping to launch an accoladed digital publication for the restaurant industry, Restaurant Insider (a Finalist for the 2018 Content Marketing Launch of the Year by the CMI Institute) – for a top restaurant SaaS POS provider, Upserve.

Anne Szustek Talbot

DIRECTOR OF CONTENT AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

Anne is a longtime content and communications specialist, with nearly a decade and a half of experience covering an array of industries, including tax, asset management, litigation, macroeconomics, and financial technology, on both the journalism and external communications sides of media. Her most recent journalism position was as the online editor at Institutional Investor, where, among other responsibilities, she helmed the publication’s op-ed and thought leadership content. The publication’s coverage of the fintech sector fostered her longstanding interest in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space, as she saw how it was revolutionizing fintech as we know it today. Anne joined iCash to help the company find its voice in this nascent sector. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Chicago.

Scott Lanphere

DIRECTOR

Scott has been active in guiding and supporting business growth and managing change since he came to Europe in 1991 after graduating from Harvard Business School. He became a partner at Advent International, starting out as an analyst in 1987, moving to Deutsche Bank (Morgan Grenfell) in late 1998 and then founding Eaton Gate Ltd, a private capital and advisory business.
Altogether, Scott has been responsible for investing more than 1 billion of equity capital in more than 20 businesses and achieving a gross IRR of 59% (Source: KPMG). Scott has been particularly successful in growing investments via acquisition and through transformative infusion of leading digital methodologies that take advantage of existing infrastructure to greatly impact the operating characteristics and growth of enterprises. Scott is chair of Omnio and Omnio Apps, AEDC’s leading fintech investments.

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.

Rt. Hon. Sir Robin Jacob

ADVISOR

Sir Robin Jacob is a former senior patent judge in the United Kingdom and is one of the rare IP judicial experts in Europe. His judgments have been highly influential and among his major achievements in the English courts has been to streamline procedures in patent cases, which has resulted in a considerable procedure acceleration and cost-reduction. As a result, Sir Robin has helped maintain the UK based courts as the preeminent in Europe, and arguably the world, for settling patent and other IP-related matters. Sir Robin once famously condemned his colleagues by noting if someone could bring all the experienced patent judges together, they would fit in a minibus. At the same time, he highlighted the political and economic folly of not having a centralized IP court system in Europe.


More recently, he has stepped outside his usual judicial cloak and lobbied actively for the European Patent Litigation Agreement, which would centralize patent litigation for 1.6 million active patents in Europe. Diplomatically, he lobbied together with slightly more colleagues than would fit in a minibus. Sir Robin left the Court of Appeal for England and Wales in May 2011 to join University College London’s Faculty of Laws. He was an “IP Hall of Fame” inductee in 2006.

Dr. Sam Kelly

ADVISOR

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

ADVISOR

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.

Dean Armstrong

ADVISOR

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.