Team

Chris O’Shea

CEO

Chris joins the board as Chief Executive Officer. He is currently a
director of Arranmore Financial Services, Ireland’s agent company for KBL Limited, London, a full-service wholesale financial markets firm. Arranmore Financial Services trades with bank treasuries and investment firms around the world.

Along with fellow-board member, Kevin Gahan, Chris successfully managed the setup of IFSB, a very profitable wholesale financial services company. Over his 30-year performance-driven career, Chris has also worked with Kyte Broking, Cantor Fitzgerald, NCB and Caradas. He brings considerable entrepreneurial skills to the team.

      

David Boles

Chief Process Officer

David was introduced to carbon markets while studying for a Graduate Diploma in Green Technologies at UCD. Later he established his own niche business, supplying intel services and trading capabilities to EUETS (European Union Emission Trading Schemes) participants, and worked with energy companies, including clean energy start-ups. ESDLife is David’s brainchild.

In his earlier life, David studied Civil Engineering at UCD and worked in project management roles on major infrastructural projects, such as roads, multisensory buildings and Dublin’s light rail system (Luas).

    

Léonie Khan - CMO
Having graduated from UCD with a Degree in Commerce, and an MBS in Marketing from UCD’s Graduate Business School. She began her marketing career client side, with international brands such as Vodafone and bmi british, before moving to the ad agency BBDO Dublin, where she spent 10 years, rising through the ranks to become an award-winning Senior Account Director. Currently Léonie is working as a senior marketing consultant, a proven strategist and project manager, she has a deep understanding of what it takes to build brands and audiences from the ground up.

    

Ian McKeown - CFO
As the board’s Chief Financial Officer, Ian brings over 28 years of commercial, corporate finance and management experience to the role. Since 2001 Ian has been self-employed, trading as McKeown & Associates. Previously he worked with Mazars Chartered Accountants, specialising in corporate finance, mergers, acquisitions and disposals. Ian has also spent five years as a financial controller in industry and five in public practice. Ian is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

    

Paul Cryan - CIO
Paul is one of co-founders of LivingOffset and with Ian McKeown is co-designer of the LivingOffset ‘ICO tokenomics’. He has been working in IT for over 30 years, specialising in technology for banking and finance.

He has held senior Corporate Finance IT roles in Ireland, the Netherlands and the USA, and has led large IT teams at General Electric, AIB and RaboBank Group (De Lage Landen). Paul also has significant experience in IT start-ups. Paul has a BSc in Computer Science/ Maths from University College Dublin (1987) and completed the Leadership Development Programme at the Centre for Creative Learning in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Brussels.

Kevin Gahan - COO
Kevin Gahan joins the Board as Chief Operations Officer, bringing with him over 30 years of experience from NCB and Cantor Fitzgerald and seven years as director /owner of an independent international financial services company. Kevin is a Registered Stockbroker CPD Member of the Irish Stock Exchange and a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, with a degree in Natural Sciences. He is currently an owner director of AFS Ltd, which acts as a tied agent for Kyte Broking Ltd, London.

    

Andreos Klering - CTO
Andreos Klering is one of the co-founders of LivingOffset and joins the board as Chief Technology Officer. Over 10 years experience in the software industry – wide range of roles, from development to management – and has run a successful IT consultancy, specializing in the financial services industry. An expert on cloud-oriented development and agile software development, Andreos is also working with a variety of tech start-ups, helping them bring their idea to life.

  

Ian McColl - CCO
As Chief Creative Officer, Ian brings over 30 years of creative marketing communication experience to the role. Since 2012 Ian has managed a successful creative co-operative directly producing distinctive and memorable creative communication work for Bank of Ireland, Smyths Toys, and many other brands. Previously he managed creative departments in agencies such as Ogilvy and BBDO Dublin working closely with clients cultivating long lasting relationships based on the consistent delivery of highly effective creative work.

    

Advisory Board
Nick Ayton
Nick has spent 30 years working in the technology sector, holding a number of senior executive and management positions for Siemens, CapGemini and CSC.

An accomplished writer, speaker and blockchain business architect, Nick has spent the last few years helping organisations with their blockchain strategies, designing blockchain solutions and propositions and advising on ICOs while also writing for the market leading online cryptocurrency magazine Coin Telegraph as their London correspondent, where he is known as The Sage of Shoreditch.

Dmitry Koval
Dmitry obtained his MSc degree in mathematics in 1997 and built his career around information technologies and information security.

But, with the emergence of cryptocurrencies and the possibilities that Blockchain represents, Dmitry submerged himself into this new world, starting his first crypto project in 2014 – the renowned Bitcoin Futures platform & trading exchange Crix.io.

Recognising a lack of industry expertise Dmitry started Blockwise – a consultancy and software development firm focused on evaluating blockchain use and implementing blockchain to solve real-world problems.

Dr Renou Wilson
Dr Florence Renou-Wilson (PhD, M.Sc. (Ag.), Dip. EIA&SEA Mngt) is a lecturer and research scientist in University College Dublin, where she is also a lecturer and director of a Masters of Science in Global Change: Ecosystem Science and Policy. She has investigated peatlands for more than twenty years in an integrative way at the crossroads of ecology, forestry, agriculture, climate change and sustainable management.

She is a Lead Author for the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change for the Supplement to the 2006 Guidelines on Wetlands (2014). She is also member of the Scientific and Policy Advisory Group to the Peatland Council set up by the government to assist Ireland to respond to the requirements of EU and domestic law relating to the protection of important peatland habitats.

Colm Byrne
Colm Byrne is a full time energy specialist and a part-time music maker. His passion lies in bringing off grid solutions to communities with little or no access to power.

Nick Holden
Nick Holden is a Professor of Biosystems Engineering and a global leader in food chain sustainability. He is on the editorial board of Nature Scientific reports, is an EPD verifier and an academic reviewer of 28 journals. Nick’s research focuses on the sustainability of agriculture and food chains, which includes:

  • Life Cycle Assessment;
  • Soil Quality (Sensing and Visual methods);
  • Agricultural Systems Technology.

He is a PI in 3 H2020 projects (AgroChemWhey, AgroCycle and Valumics), being a work package leader for two (AgroChemWhey and AgroCycle). Nick is also deputy leader and sustainability platform co-leader for the SFI Beacon Bioeconomy Research Centre.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholas-holden-67b39717/

Chris Gale
Chris Gale is a Co Founder of Verasity, a disruptive video sharing platform built on trust and transparency. Previously Founder and CEO of Ad Tech Company Odyssey Mobile, sold to Phunware in 2014 who later listed on the Nasdaq in 2018. Crypto Investor and Blockchain Advisor. 15 Years of digital media and technology.

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