November 1st 2023, 15:00 (GMT+4)
Cypher Capital Hub, Rimal Walk – PT10 Marsa – The Walk – Jumeirah Beach Residence – Dubai – UAE
FD CAPITAL Investor Day serves as a a unique space where investors and L1/L2 protocols converge on a global scale. Our aim is to create an exclusive opportunity to closely track the progress and performance of L1/L2 protocols that transcend geographical boundaries, fostering a global community of investors and innovators.
15:00 Registration / Networking
16:00 Panel discussion “Investment vs Turbulence”
17:00 [Zoom streaming] “Chains Beyond Borders”
18:30 Closing



Robert Edward Grant
Founder of Crown Holdings
Robert Edward Grant is a successful entrepreneur, best-selling author of PHILOMATH, author of new release POLYMATH & author of Neuromined, inventor, founder of several corporate enterprises, and the host of ‘Code X’, an original television series on Gaia and Amazon Prime. He is an artist, sculptor, music theorist, musician, and author of numerous research and patent publications spanning biology, DNA combinatorics, number theory, geometry, and physics.
Aishwary Gupta
India Payments & FinTech Partnerships Head at Polygon
Aishwary Gupta, is currently leading Global Partnerships for Payment and FinTech and Ecosytem Business Development in India at Polygon Labs. He has been into the industry from over 6 years, and has been assisting Web3 companies with their Go To Market and product designing. In the past he has worked with American Express and PwC.
Matt Schmenk
BD at Ava Labs
Been at Ava Labs for 2 years working primarily in BD focused on DeFi and Institutions but been more of a generalist recently. Worked in TradFi before and have some programming experience.
Fabio Tomaschett
Director of Operations & BD at SKALE
Fabio is the Director of Operations and BD at SKALE Foundation. He has a background in banking and sales and was part of the first crypto banking team in Europe.
Dariia Vasilyeva

FD CAPITAL CEO & Founder  [Moderator]

Dariia Vasylieva, Founder & CEO of FD CAPITAL, is a distinguished investment banking executive and serial entrepreneur. Her dynamic career spanning over 15 years stands as a testament to her profound expertise in the capital markets. Over her illustrious tenure, which includes seven years in C-suite roles at renowned investment banks and companies, she successfully managed Sales & Trading turnovers exceeding $2.5 billion. Her extensive expertise encompasses fixed income, private equity, venture capital, and digital assets.

Former roles include COO/CIO at First Stage Labs (TON), and positions at Uralsib, Schildershoven Finance, Concorde Capital, and Alfa-Bank (Ukraine).

Holding both a PhD and MBA, and with a deep understanding of the financial sector, Dariia employs her vast expertise and network to offer strategic guidance, operational support, and funding opportunities to tech entrepreneurs and startups.

Sarah Abuagela
CIO at Ceras Ventures
Sarah Abuagela has been active in the blockchain space since 2018 as a private investor and joined Ceras Ventures in 2021 where she is currently Head of Investment. Ceras Ventures is a global leading investment firm focusing on cutting-edge technology projects in the Web 3.0 and crypto space. Sarah holds a MBA degree focusing on Fintech and Blockchain from University of Manchester and was involved in diverse research projects about potential mass adoption of cryptocurrencies and CBDCs in the retail sector. She is also speaker in events focusing on topics such as future trends of Web3 investments, due diligence process for start-ups, blockchain adoption use cases as well as crypto market outlook.
Karan Gandhi
Senior Investment Associate
Karan Gandhi is a Senior Investment Associate at Cypher Capital – a $100m blockchain-focused venture capital fund based out of Dubai, UAE. Prior to working in Blockchain, Karan worked as a senior venture architect building tech startups for the largest licensing authority in the UAE. He has vast experience scaling startups and has previously advised numerous tech startups in areas related to fundraising, business models, and market strategy. Karan is a crypto evangelist and has been investing in blockchain projects since 2017. Academically, he is a CFA charter holder and has over 9 years of experience spread across Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Banking.
Kyle Rojas
Director of Global Business at Edge & Node
Kyle Rojas is the Director of Global Business at Edge & Node, the founding team behind – and now one of multiple core developer teams – working on The Graph. Kyle was born and raised in California, served 12 years around the world while in the US Air Force, and worked at Goldman Sachs for almost seven years before joining Edge & Node two years ago.
Geoff McAlister
Managing Director, Head of Hex Trust Markets
A Senior Capital Markets Trading and Risk Management Executive covering Crypto, DeFi, Digital Asset Custody & Financial Services. Highly commercial with strategy, leadership and management experience, across emerging and developed markets including New York, London, Sydney, UAE and across Asia, with Hex Trust, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Westpac, NBAD / FAB and PSVB.Over 25 years of TradFi banking & financial markets experience combined with Digital Asset Markets experience at Hex Trust. Strong relationship skills, ethical standards, in roles across TradFi and Crypto in Global Markets, Risk Management, Treasury, Institutional Banking & Finance across all asset classes and derivatives, provides Geoff with commercial depth and extensive experience of systems, governance and risk frameworks required for the effective risk and economic management of Financial Institutions.Geoff is also a Co-Founder of the Crypto Risk Office, a professional Risk Community established to promote best practice Risk Culture for the Digital Asset Markets.
Brian Gallangher
Co-Founder, Member of the Foundation Council of Partisia
Brian pioneered architecting and incorporating multiparty computation into blockchain use cases. His first demonstration of this innovation was as co-founder of, one of the world’s largest blockchain-powered social networks with over 250,000 verified users. was the first to merge multiparty computation with blockchain to give users ownership and control over data. He also founded, the world’s first decentralized network for creator economy.
Evan Luthra
Parallel Entrepreneur & Angel Investor
Evan Luthra has been humbly acknowledged by Forbes as one of the 30 under 30 entrepreneurs twice, first in 2021 and then again in 2023. He is recognized by USATODAY and Business Insider as a leading authority on blockchain and NFTs, respectively. From the age of 13, Evan had an unquenchable passion for creating and investing in groundbreaking technology products. His ardor led him to build more than 30 apps single-handedly before he was an adult, and he was fortunate enough to sell his first app for 1.7 million dollars when he was just 17. Through his Incubator Fund, Startup Studio, Evan has been privileged to aid in the growth and success of over 100+ Web2 companies, and as an Angel Investor and Advisor in over 400+ Web3 companies, with a combined market cap surpassing $100B USD. These firms serve tens of millions of users globally, and Evan is immensely proud to be part of their journey.
Mehmet Buyukakarsu
Global BD at BNB Chain
Mehmet plays a pivotal role in nurturing growth and driving success within the BNB Chain ecosystem. Leveraging his extensive experience in business development, he specializes in the seamless onboarding of new projects and delivering ongoing support for their expansion. His impressive track record includes key positions at renowned global companies such as Binance and TikTok, where he excelled as a Business Development Manager and Client Partner.


The Event
“In the ever-changing landscape of Investments vs Turbulence, our vision is clear: We believe that by transcending borders, we can unlock new investment opportunities, foster strategic partnerships, and drive the evolution of the blockchain industry towards a more interconnected future. Together, we empower the community to unleash its potential and create a transformative impact in the blockchain industry and beyond.”
Dariia Vasylieva

“In today’s challenging global environment, it is so important that we foster connectivity, innovation and positive change through collaboration, as well as sharing breakthrough ideas and bold visions for a new cooperative world view.  This initiative is clearly a step in the right direction.”

Robert Edward Grant
Founder at Crown Holdings
Chains Beyond Borders