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The team behind the product

To lead the development of the UTRUST platform, we assembled an experienced and expert core team of Software Engineers, UX and Design experts, supported by a board of experienced advisors in cryptocurrency, cybersecurity, venture capital and banking.

Nuno Correia
CEO
Nuno Correia

An early cryptocurrency investor, deeply involved in crypto markets and community since early 2011, has successfully co-founded several B2C ventures. With a background in Law and Marketing, he is passionate about the transformative future of digital payments.

Filipe Castro
CIO
Filipe Castro

An MBA with an MSENG and love for disruptive technologies. Early career in development of software solutions, including electronic payment systems. Internationally-minded, moved from corporate to small ventures in Scandinavia, complemented with an MBA in China and a brief advisory role. Now engaged in business development and strategic development of cool new ventures.

Artur Goulão
CTO
Artur Goulão

Former CTO in a leading digital payment platform company and current head of Development of a Swiss-based Cybersecurity company. Excels and is deeply involved in development and R&D of software-related payment systems, in either classical or Blockchain Smart contract-based approach. Has a background in Computer Science from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) and MIT.

Roberto Machado
CPO
Roberto Machado

Founder and Product Manager at several startups prior to UTRUST, he has been leading different teams to build highly-reliable software products, with a focus on the end user experience. Previously, he has worked together with major international companies such as AT&T, Betfair, Airtel and Uphold, being responsible for the vision outline, goals and product strategy of solutions used by millions of users.

João Gil Figueira
CLO
João Gil Figueira

International lawyer with extensive experience in international taxation and legal aspects of cross-border investment in several industries such as IT/Media, Real Estate, M&A, Finance, FinTech and Cryptocurrency. Due to his background in both Law and Management, he is counsel to Boards of Directors of several companies. João is Managing Partner of a Lisbon based firm, GFDL, and lectured for several years as a college Professor. Providing forward-looking solutions in challenging new sectors is part of his daily business.

Gil Monteiro
CFO
Gil Monteiro

Former CFO in a multinational manufacturer company he has a solid background experience has a statutory auditor in several industries such as Manufacturing, Real Estate and Services. Having more than 20 years’ experience in Finance, he has worked as a consultant worldwide with focus in South America and Europe. Accountable for multi-million euro budgets he his focus on optimizing performance and allocate resources to exceed profit and stakeholder expectations.

Rodrigo Russell
COO
Rodrigo Russell

Experience in Venture Capital, M&A, new investments evaluation, strategy definition, and business planning.Extensive knowledge of US and Europe technology ecosystem with special coverage of cybersecurity, fintech, and blockchain technology sub - sectors. Economics degree from Católica Porto Business School and a postgraduate degree in Financial Analysis from Porto Business School.

Sanja Kon
VP Global Partnerships
Sanja Kon

Sanja is a senior digital executive with more than 10 years’ experience in developing and executing global digital strategy, delivering sustainable revenue growth in multinationals within the E-Commerce, Fintech and Telecommunication industries. As the VP of Global Partnerships at UTRUST, Sanja's main focus is to partner with key international players to improve the accessibility of digital assets and increase cryptocurrency merchant adoption.

Alessandro Papadopoulos
Head of Strategic Projects
Alessandro Papadopoulos

Adaptable and change-driven by nature, Alessandro is a senior Finance & Marketing executive with a multicultural background and extensive experience in Risk Assessment and Project Management, obtained at top-tier multinational companies. Passionate about the disruptive potential of blockchain technology, he has also recently completed a Blockchain Strategy course from Oxford University.

Filipa Gonçalves
Head of Operations
Filipa Gonçalves

With a background in Law, Filipa practised for a few years before she decided to embrace a new career venture. She became a Program Manager at Startup Braga, an incubator and accelerator for innovative, high potential business projects. Challenge-driven and focused on problem-solving, she loves working with people and growing alongside her team.

João Ferreira
Head of design
João Ferreira

Designer at Subvisual with over 5 years experience in designing all sorts of innovative web-centered products. In his UX methodology, he obsesses over a human-centered approach, focused on bringing out the best possible experience for the end user. He digs deep to understand the drive and motivations in using a product, while looking for opportunities to empower the user at every step.

João Gomes
Head of Marketing & Growth
João Gomes

With a background in industrial engineering and +10 years experience in Marketing and Growth strategy, he strongly believes assumptions need to be validated with data and research. Always focused on self-improvement and taking productivity to the limit, passionate for remote work and likes fancy job titles. He's a space enthusiast, addicted to every single SpaceX launch and landing.

Luís Ferreira
Head of development
Luís Ferreira

Working at Subvisual for more than 5 years, he specializes in the development of complex web-centered solutions, using Ruby and RoR. He has a fondness for open source tech and giving back to the community. He is an accomplished Rails mentor, teaching in workshops, university classes and events. He also loves experimenting with new, fun programming languages, from Haskell to Elixir or even Crystal.

Rita Vilaça
Head of Customer Happiness
Rita Vilaça

Customer feedback is priceless and a key factor to companies. Patient, empathetic, passionately communicative and problem-solving oriented. Guarantees that all your questions are answered. She acts as a liaison, provides product and services information to solve any emerging problems that our customers might face with accuracy and efficiency.Has a background in Criminology from the University of Porto and post graduations in Bussiness Management.

Joana Mota Rego
Compliance manager
Joana Mota Rego

Joana is driven by passion and will for continuous improvement. With a background in Law and Management, she studied in Coimbra, the Netherlands and Oporto, and collaborated with several volunteering organisations in the past. She's curious, eager to learn, and always landing a helping hand. Loves solving problems and providing the best, simplest answers to the team.

Antonín Hackenberg
Software Developer
Antonín Hackenberg

After years working in JavaScript, got fascinated by functional paradigm and distributed systems. Always positive and focused on solving. You can find this nomadic species around the world working and drinking good coffee or helping organize meetups and conferences. Never refuses good music, book or ride a bike.

Daniel Coelho
Software developer
Daniel Coelho

Solving family and friends tech problems since primary school ended up with a graduation on Informatics Engineer at University of Minho, with a Professional Photography diploma in the middle just for kicks. Former Ruby on Rails developer and React explorer. A cryptocurrencies enthusiast that believes in the blockchain transparency and mass adoption.

Fernando Mendes
Software developer
Fernando Mendes

Mendes compiles code into coffee. With a background in distributed systems and cryptography, he is passionate about learning new tech, especially if it's related to blockchain and '); DROP TABLE Staff; --

Francisco Baila
Product designer
Francisco Baila

A young designer with a passion for typography who always has five minutes to talk about it. He had the oportunity to work with worldwide known brands and platforms, beautifing technology into a friend.

Francisco Braga
Product Manager
Francisco Braga

With a broad range of interests from marketing to quantum physics or from blockchain to project management, always looking to help and support the team. Francisco has a background in sales and joined UTRUST as operations manager. Currently he's a Product Manager thrilled to be part of the payments revolution

Frederico Pires
Customer Growth
Frederico Pires

Sales professional specialised in origination, prospecting and lead qualification. With an Economics background, he developed experience in Growth Hacking, Business Intelligence and Data Visualisation. Frederico studied in several European countries, and he's passionate about traveling the globe and meeting new cultures. Currently focused on shifting the paradigm in digital payments.

Gabriel Poça
Software developer
Gabriel Poça

There is no time for introductions, but you would instantly get that this guy is a top-notch web developer loving every aspect of it. From working in key-projects for AT&T and helping launch new fintech and healthcare care startups, Gabriel had different experiences that makes him a balanced all-round developer and PM.

Hugo Gonçalves
Software developer
Hugo Gonçalves

With a master degree on distributed systems and software engineering, Hugo early realised that constant learning is key to success. With that in mind he co-founded the Hackathonners, an association focused on experimenting with new technologies and organising events to spread the joy of building software. On his free time, you will find him practicing Japanese martial-arts or thinking up ways to improve the world.

Joana Gomes
Product designer
Joana Gomes

Digital designer specialized in creating web and mobile interfaces. She loves to solve problems and believes in building products that should not only work, but also be pleasurable and exciting for the user. She is driven by her enthusiasm for design and her passion for learning.

João Gonçalves
Product designer
João Gonçalves

Focused on creating digital interfaces that provide great user experience, João believes products should always look as great as they work. Detailed oriented, he enjoys seeing the bigger picture and finding the best possible solution for the challenge at hand.

Jorge Rebelo
Community manager
Jorge Rebelo

Has a strong focus on Public Relations. A passion for technology led him into the Blockchain space. He now helps businesses in building strong Communities by leveraging the power of engagement.

Júlia Vilaça
Social Media Manager
Júlia Vilaça

With a background in Business Management and vast experience in managing various different styles of communities, including projects that range from lifestyle to fashion… and now the cryptocurrency world. Above all, she works with passion, meaning and purpose.

Luís Torres
Software developer
Luís Torres

A Software Developer who's driven by improving people's lives through technology. With a background in medical informatics, he worked in multinational projects ranging from healthcare and fraud management to the automotive industry, and developed a wide set of skills that allow him to tackle any challenge thrown at him.

Maria João Ribeiro
People Manager
Maria João Ribeiro

A psychologist by trade, she really enjoys working with people and for people, which is reflected on her track record of contributions in HR and recruitment. A natural go getter who focuses relentlessly on every detail of the task at hand until she sees it to fruition. The drive for accomplishment with an infectious joy makes her a great team player and energiser. She is also the queen of emojis on slack!

Martinho Aragão
Product Manager
Martinho Aragão

Previously worked as a developer at startups in Braga, Lisbon and London. Martinho has also experience on a wide range of topics from growth to management. As such, due to his passion for entrepreneurship, he decided to focus on Product Management. Apparently, he has an uncontrollable urge to jump head first into new challenges.

Miguel Palhas
Software developer
Miguel Palhas

With years of Web Development experience, and a background in High-Performance Computing, he is constantly working towards making the web better and faster for the user. He is passionate about blockchain and other cutting-edge technologies, and the possibilities they open for our future.

Nikita Savitskiy
Product Manager
Nikita Savitskiy

Born in the USSR, he's got much history to remember his childhood by. Worked in a wide range of industries, spanning from banking to AI, and brings extensive knowledge on product management and service design. Problem solver by nature, he enjoys helping people and spending quality time with loved ones.

Pedro Costa
Software developer
Pedro Costa

An acomplished full-stack web Developer at Subvisual. His experience goes way back to the world of HPC and the beginnings of Web 2.0. Describing himself as pedantic, he's constantly experimenting and trying new approaches to classic problems striving for excellence at every.

Ricardo Martins
Software developer
Ricardo Martins

Frontend developer with focus on user experience and a flair for design. Always looking for something new to learn and willing to help those around him. On his free time, he likes to ride his bike and “get lost” in the mountains.

Ronaldo Sousa
Software developer
Ronaldo Sousa

Restless techie, design guru and music lover that likes to build complex software for the people. Usually you can find him coding hard in front of a computer, getting inspired with a guitar or meditating on a couch. Always learning new exoteric programming languages, he is keen on decentralized systems and modern technologies.

Vasilis Spilka
Software developer
Vasilis Spilka

Addicted to problem solving, he has been around the Open-Source community for over 5 years, his latest passion Elixir has brought him to UTRUST where he is doing his best to help the team to keep up to date with the community as well as solve interesting problems in Fintech. In case he is not in front of his keyboard you will probably find him dancing at a rave party.

Zdenko Nevrala
Software developer
Zdenko Nevrala

Software engineer who loves everything software development. As a full-stack developer he has strong experience with RoR and several front-end frameworks. He's very much into working with interesting languages such as Haskell, Rust, Crystal, and architectures like SOA and microservices. On his spare time, you might bump into him at a squash court, find him playing floorball or doing cross-country skiing.

Hugo Spratley
Advisor - Chinese Market
Hugo Spratley

A world traveler, currently based in China, with deep understanding of the Asian market. The former professional tennis player, Owner of several tennis academies around the globe, is an early cryptocurrency investor. With background in Business and Management, he is passionate about the potential of blockchain and deeply involved in its different areas. Hugo’s goal and focus is to introduce UTRUST payment platform to the Chinese market and to develop partnerships that will contribute to the mass adoption of cryptocurrencies.

Join us in shaping the future of online payments

We are a team of extremely talented young people from diverse backgrounds. Do you want to be a part of the online payment revolution? Let’s talk!

Work wherever you want

We believe in a future without borders, so we have a remote-first culture. Our headquarters are in Braga, a beautiful city in northern Portugal, but we hire worldwide.