Meet the DataBroker DAO team

Who are these new kids on the blockchain? Meet the enthusiastic and multitalented team behind DataBroker DAO, determined to conquer the market of IoT sensor data.

Meet the team

Who are these new kids on the blockchain? Meet the enthusiastic and multitalented team behind DataBroker DAO, determined to conquer the market of IoT sensor data.

Matthew Van Niekerk

Matthew Van Niekerk

Co-founder & CEO

Matthew founded and exited two companies in Japan, then got his MBA in Belgium, after which he joined a large financial institution, performing a variety of roles ranging from COO of the consumer finance business line to head of platform innovation for the brokerage and crowdfunding platform. In 2016, he left the bank and co-founded DataBroker DAO.

Roderik van der Veer

Roderik van der Veer

Co-founder & CTO

After Roderik built one of the largest ecommerce computer store sites in Belgium in 1999, he worked in the IT development sector and as CTO grew a traditional marcom agency into a digital powerhouse. He exited this business to focus on blockchain technologies when he co-founded DataBroker DAO in 2016.

Frank Van Geertruyden

Frank Van Geertruyden

MarCom Manager

Frank studied Marketing Management, has +20 years of experience in marketing communication, business development and project management in industries like ICT, automotive, retail, and FMCG. As the hands-on and result driven person he is, Frank likes to ‘fix it’, he is multilingual and has a no-nonsense approach.

Vincent Bultot

Vincent Bultot

Client Solutions Manager

Vincent has a master degree in electronics and 20+ years in engineering and technical sales in the telecom and ICT sector. With an entrepreneurial and think out of the box mindset, he likes to work on disruptive and innovative business model development with his clients. His motto is “every issue is an opportunity to make things better”.

Tom De Block

Tom De Block

Solution Architect

Tom, a serial entrepreneur with active companies in Belgium, Spain and Eastern Europe, has a strong background in quality assurance in large financial institutions across Europe.

Charles de Bergeyck

Charles de Bergeyck

CFO

Charles is a finance professional with 20 years of proven experience. He has a track record of working in small companies to large corporations in the US and Sweden, along with entrepreneurial start-up experience.

Ridah El Awad

Ridah El Awad

Vice President - MEA

Ridah El Awad, telecommunication engineer, holding a major in Robotics and mechatronics, has over 15 years of experience in innovation and technology. In his role, Ridah is responsible for the strategic development and management of blockchain and business requirements. Ridah’s prior experience includes strategy development, management and operations as a senior growth manager.

Els Meyvaert

Els Meyvaert

MarCom Officer

Els worked as account manager in various financial institutions until she moved back to her first love, communication. As account director, she handled communication for the largest FMCG group in Belgium before joining DataBroker DAO.

Valentina Ponomariova

Valentina Ponomariova

MarCom Officer

With a background in English literature and Business Management Marketing, Valentina worked as a Marketer at Startups.be where she was involved in many fascinating projects. Her passion for art is a great inspiration for creative ideas at her work.

Bart Bettens

Bart Bettens

Copywriter

After several years in the media, working for a newspaper and various magazines, Bart decided in 2016 that it was time to start working for himself. Now he’s part-time copywriter, part-time translator and part-time editor, but 100% dedicated to his job at DataBroker DAO.

Peter-Jan Brone

Peter-Jan Brone

Blockchain Developer

Peter-Jan is fond of wooden puzzles and craft beers and spends most of his free time with friends. But most of all he is passionate about computer science, fintech, distributed systems, caching & queueing systems, and game theory in particular.

Silke Van den Broeck

Silke Van den Broeck

Blockchain Developer

After working with cutting edge web and mobile technologies in multiple Belgian start-ups, Silke decided to use her experience as a full-stack developer to help lift the DataBroker tech to a higher level.

Sebastian Wijkhuizen

Sebastian Wijkhuizen

Blockchain Developer

Sebastian started his career as equities and derivatives trader, became passionate about technology and ventured into the world of software development. Over the years, he has acquired experience in the development of trading algorithms, web and mobile applications, and AI-powered chatbots.