Team & Advisors

Team & Advisors
Berwin Tanco - Ekta CEO and co-founder Berwin specializes in developing companies and ventures to unlock their true value and potential. After a successful career in the US and China, Berwin started Equilibria Capital, a property development company in Indonesia. Ekta is the result of his background and the 12 years he has spent in Indonesia.
Yog Shrusti - Ekta CSO and co-founder A leading technopreneur in the Middle East with 25 years of experience in information technology and digital media, Yog brings a unique combination of business acumen, technical know-how, and online strategy to the Ekta team.
Jason Zheng - Ekta CMO and co-founder For more than a decade, Jason has worked as the head of marketing, PR, or consulted for consumer tech, AI, and SaaS companies. He’s the current Chief Marketing Office of Ekta, where his knowledge and experience is combined with his lifelong passion for making an impact on people’s lives.
Alex Shapiro - R&D Director Alex specializes in financial software development, engineering, and delivery. His enthusiasm for problem-solving and challenges is what attracted him to Ekta, where he believes his in-depth understanding of the financial world is a valuable asset to help drive change.
Blake Bevon - VP of ERE & Sales Blake is a seasoned professional with over 17 years of experience in the fields of construction, start-ups, marketing, and real estate. With a proven track record of success in each of these industries, Blake has a keen understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities that each presents. His creativity, skillset and experience always gets the job done and is committed to driving Ekta's growth and success by leading by example.
Nick Boggs - Operations Manager For more than 20 years Nick (NFT_Nick) has been in operations management and consulting for a wide variety of financial based companies. Including banking, accounting forensics, and the financing industry. He left the financial sector after realizing their inability to transition and the inevitability of blockchain technology. His passion is bettering people's lives through the blockchain.
Alex Hogan - Project Manager Alex is a Project Manager with over ten years’ experience working on a wide array of projects throughout South-East Asia and Oceania. He is an innovator with a keen eye for detail, advanced problem solving skills and is able to lean on his outside-the-box thinking and long history of delivering time sensitive solutions to help businesses and start-ups succeed in today’s hyper paced world.
Nikolay Nikolaev - Head of DevOps and Security Nikolay has developed an international reputation as an industrious, problem solving, dev ops engineer. With more than 10 years experience in setting up CI and CD pipelines and deployment, he keeps a customer focused agenda. His background and expertise in multiple technical platforms, and passion for security in blockchain tech, brings a welcome mindset inline with Ekta’s vision.
Renata Papakon - Product Manager Renata has experience in product marketing and project management across various industries. Her depth of knowledge rooted in marketing strategy and consumer goods background allows her to connect consumers with a seamless product experience. Combined with her passion for environmental conservation, she is an integral part of Ekta and the MetaTrees team.
Racheal Boggs - Marketing Manager Racheal is passionate about education. She thrives on structure and schedules, and believes in Ekta's motto of "profit with purpose". With a commitment to making a positive impact on the world, she is dedicated to using her skills and expertise to make a difference in the lives of others.
Alex Jackson - HR Manager Alex Jackson is a highly motivated self-starter with a background as an HR generalist. His passion for Web 3 has further sparked his interest in strategically empowering leaders and building company culture in a Web 3 remote working environment.
Malindi Strydom - Copywriter Malindi has an extensive background in marketing, copy, and content writing for fast-growing global brands. Her years of content creation and digital marketing experience make her a valuable addition to the Ekta team.
Amanda Knippel - Customer Support Manager Amanda is a customer support specialist with over 5 years of experience working in tech. She strives to continuously improve the customer experience by swiftly addressing any issues that arise, as well as anticipate the potential needs of our Ekta community.
Riki Satria - Creative Director Riki is a content creation and social media expert with over 8 years of experience. With a wealth of knowledge and expertise in influencer marketing, Riki helps clients achieve their goals and drive real results. Riki is passionate about the future of blockchain and is a valuable asset to the Ekta team. Based in Bali
John Lee (Strategic Advisor) John Lee is a long time video games executive with C-level positions at ESL (exit to Modern Times Group), Zenimax Media Ltd (exit to Microsoft) and Gigamedia (NASDAQ: GIGM). Beginning in 2018, John began to invest heavily at the intersection of games and blockchain, which has led to a diverse portfolio of leading DeFi game companies, metaverses and NFTs.
Rich Robinson (Strategic Advisor) As a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at Peking University's Guanghua Int'l MBA program, Rich brings extensive knowledge to the MetaTrees team. As an entrepreneur-in-residence at Animoca Brands, he helps empower users to leverage digital assets and earn through blockchain games and the metaverses with a focus on play-to-earn.
Shannon Chang (Strategic Advisor) Shannon Chang is a game industry executive with over a decade of experience in tech: adtech, digital communities and marketplaces, game development, and game publishing. She is an investor in seed and Series A tech startups and creates strategic value, builds teams, and drives growth for her portfolio companies.
Steven M. Mihaly (Strategic Advisor) Steven is an entrepreneur by trade, gamer at heart. He brings a wealth of professional experience leading, supporting, and building plans, projects, and people to MetaTrees. As a gamer at heart, and walking proof of the life transforming possibilities with play-to-earn, Steven aspires to be a facilitator of every success journey within this sphere- A leader, a guide, a comrade, a supporter, and friend.