Evertas was born from a shared desire: to create insurance for this new risk, based on timeless standards and principles.
As a leader in early blockchain organizations, and the ﬁrst full-time blockchain hire at the world’s largest custodian bank, J. Gdanski understood the technology and the institutional environment like few others.
With experience at McKinsey and running consulting and insurance businesses, Raymond’s instincts drew him to blockchain. In 2016 he ran the world’s ﬁrst Insurance & Blockchain conference in North America.
It was clear to both that insurance for crypto did not work at all. It didn’t understand the risk and it wasn’t well priced.
People frequently laughed at us in 2017 as crypto and insurance seemed an impossible coupling.
Today, crypto is on a remarkable path to becoming another piece of the financial system.
Now, there are fewer laughs and more nods as people realize that trust is the missing ingredient.
Crypto oﬀers new ﬁnancial choices. Our goal is to ensure people can participate safely.
The potential of this new ﬁnancial wave and the role insurance should play made it impossible to ignore.
We are not your typical start-up. The move-fast-and-break-things mantra doesn’t work to understand a new, multi-faceted risk.
It’s painstaking, microscopic work, but after four years we fundamentally understand it and price it accurately.
It’s why the largest and most sophisticated carriers engage us.
This is insurance, unchanging.
We combine blockchain expertise with institutional understanding and insurance leadership.
CEO & Founder
J. Gdanski is the Founder and CEO of Evertas, where he has led Evertas’s technical development and underwriting, as well as secured multiple fund rounds from top investors; he is a security, privacy, and risk expert.
Prior to launching crypto insurance leader Evertas, he was a leader in the enterprise blockchain space and was one of the first to work on institutional custody for crypto. In this capacity he served as an early, significant contributor to blockchain consortia including R3 and Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, of which he was a founding member. He was an integral part of the first enterprise blockchain RFP and has worked on numerous blockchain-based systems. He was the first dedicated hire in the space for a bulge bracket bank and the world’s largest custodian bank and has presented to regulators, legislators, politicians, and business executives, including from Fortune 50 companies.
President & Founder
Raymond specializes in the distributed future and the intersection of cryptoassets, financial services, and insurance. He is an experienced technology executive with a proven ability to integrate dynamic problem solving skills, technology depth and entrepreneurial drive.
His 25+ year career includes McKinsey, Accenture, and running consulting, SaaS, and insurance businesses. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law and been recognized by both U.S. and Canadian Federal courts as a qualified technical expert witness.
As President, Raymond has led the development and implementation of Evertas’ overall insurance offering and helped secure partnerships with insurers, reinsurers, and brokers.
Mark is the Founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Morgan Creek Capital Management, who manage nearly $2 billion in discretionary and non‐discretionary assets. He is also the Managing Partner of Morgan Creek Digital Assets.
Mark was CIO and Founder of UNC Management Company (UNCMC), the Endowment investment office for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Senior Investment Director for the University of Notre Dame Investment Office.
He has been at the forefront of institutional investing throughout his career. An early investor in alternative asset classes at Notre Dame, he brought the Endowment Model of investing to UNC, which contributed to significant performance gains for the Endowment.
At Evertas Mark sits on the board as an Investor Director.
Product & Services
Ty is a 38-year veteran of the insurance industry and a highly influential professional, developing an unprecedented number of new products for the world’s largest insurance companies and startups.
He has held a range of senior executive roles with AIG, Zurich America and Tower Group. He was founder and Chief Insurance Officer of both Lemonade Inc. and Assurely. He is on the board of Relm Insurance Ltd and advises other companies.
Ty is one of the industry’s most sought-after insurance expert witnesses. He is an author and speaker, and has spoken before various tech, legal and insurance forums including at the White House, Department of Homeland Security and Congress.
Ty’s focuses on our underwriting and insurance product development.
Product & Services
Erik Udahl is an underwriter and analyst at Evertas. He has a deep understanding of crypto markets and blockchain technology, particularly non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and digital assets.
He previously worked as an Analyst overseeing a $4.5B portfolio with responsibilities for developing, integrating, and supporting risk mitigation. Prior to that role, he worked as a Mechanical Engineer designing and implementing systems to support root-cause analysis of laser fibers, systems, and accessories. Erik is a former college ice-hockey player who graduated from Salve Regina University where he earned a BS in Finance, with minors in Business Administration, Economics, and Philosophy.
Product & Services
Alex Choy is an underwriter at Evertas. Based in New York City, he has extensive technical knowledge in underwriting Cyber and Tech E&O risks of complex and highly technical organizations.
Alex previously worked as a Senior Associate Underwriter with responsibilities of building broker relationships and underwriting multi-billion-dollar corporations. Within that role, Alex gained a deep understanding of cyber security network controls. Alex is a former college lacrosse player who graduated from Hamilton College where he earned a BA in economics.
Product & Services
Head of 5i Services
Robert is a strategy and innovation professional passionate about the creative application of technologies to clients’ most pressing intelligence problems.
His experience includes Director of Operations for a Big Four firm’s commercial intelligence center. At PwC was instrumental in establishing market intelligence and was a member of the corporate intelligence practice at IBM.
Robert leads our 5i Services group, responsible for delivery and overseeing compliance operations, claims forensics and investigations. The team focuses on the risks associated with corruption, sanctions, conflict, and the vast array of regulatory, policy and business hazards that come with operations in foreign markets.
Product & Services
Ann Stefan has 15 years of operations and management experience across consulting and tech, having spent the majority of her career in fintech companies.
She has expertise in payment processing and online payments fraud, with broad technical experience spanning program management, risk, product, sales, customer support and government contracts. Most recently she led strategy and new market development at Unit21, a Google-backed company making software to power Anti-Money Laundering programs. She has a B.S. in Chemical-Biological Engineering from MIT.
Product & Services
Chief Security Officer
Ryan has been deeply involved in computer security since discovering the Internet, NSA Rainbow Books, and the Cypherpunks mailing list in the early 1990s.
After leaving MIT to co-found an early digital token startup in Anguilla, he set up the world’s first datahaven — on the self-declared independent state of Sealand — to host early digital currency and related projects. Subsequently he spent 7 years working on Iraq and Afghanistan bootstrapping a defense contracting business, working with government and private clients.
Ryan co-founded CryptoSeal, a security technology company developing virtual machine security solutions, which was acquired by Cloudflare. His recent focus has been in cryptocurrency security and infrastructure, serving as Tezos CSO and Foundation Board member, along with a number of other projects.
Product & Services
Allison Bishop, PhD
Allison Bishop is co-founder and President of Proof Trading, a startup institutional broker-dealer for US equities.
She is also a visiting assistant professor of computer science at City College, CUNY and the founder of CFAIL, an annual conference for “failed approaches and insightful losses” in cryptology. She was formerly a quantitative researcher at IEX, and an assistant professor of computer science at Columbia University, where she co-directed the cryptology research lab. She has a PhD in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin, a masters in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Princeton University.
Product & Services
Fraser Brown, PhD
Fraser Brown works at the intersection of systems, programming languages, and security. Her work focuses on topics like automated bug finding and verification for real codebases and compiler and language design for emerging applications.
She’s finishing her PhD in computer science at Stanford University, where she received an NSF graduate research fellowship. She starts as an assistant professor in the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science in September of 2022.
Product & Services
Deian Stefan, PhD
Deian Stefan is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego, where he co-leads the Security and Programming Systems groups.
His research lies at the intersection of security and programming languages; he is particularly interested in building secure systems that are deployed in production. Stefan was also a co-founder of Intrinsic, a runtime security start-up acquired by VMWare in 2019. Stefan received a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Cooper Union in 2009, M.E. in Electrical Engineering from Cooper Union in 2011, M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2016. His work has been recognized by multiple awards including distinguished paper awards (POPL 2019, USENIX Security 2020, ICFP 2020, POPL 2021), research highlights (USENIX; login: 2020, SIGPLAN Research Highlight 2021), NSF CAREER award (2021), and a Sloan Fellowship (2022).
Product & Services
Riad S. Wahby, PhD
I’m a postdoctoral researcher working on designing and building secure hardware and software systems. I like to think about questions like “how can we build trustworthy chips?” and “how can we build operating systems that resist subversion by malicious hardware?” I’ve recently been focusing on proof systems and cryptography.
Next year, I will be joining Carnegie Mellon University as an assistant professor, and I will be looking for PhD students! If you are interested in research related to cryptography, security, and software or hardware systems, we might be a good fit. I strongly recommend applying to both the ECE and CS PhD programs, and of course please feel free to send me an email.
Stuart Clare, CFA
Chief Financial Officer
Stuart joined Evertas in October 2021 and is based in Bermuda.
His career has primarily been in (re)insurance and includes roles such as global head of investment operations for a $35 billion portfolio, management of finance, reinsurance and claims functions and advisory for new startups.
Prior companies include AXA XL, Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society, Aon and KPMG.
Formal education includes an MBA from Queens University and a Bachelor of Business degree from Monash University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of The Institute of Directors.
Head of Insurance
As head of operations, Keith Burkhardt is responsible for developing broker and underwriter relationships, while also optimizing submission, quotation and policy issuance processes.
Keith meets the needs of the Evertas insurance broker distribution network by leveraging his strong retail insurance broker background. Over the course of his decades in the industry, he has acquired extensive practical experience in identifying risk issues and then developing innovative insurance products and services to address them. In this capacity he has served a wide range of Industries including energy, healthcare, higher education, chemical and technology.
Melanie Kaneas, CPA
Melanie is a professional with over 30 years corporate experience. She is a CPA (OH) with an MBA Finance and is a QuickBooks Pro Certified Advisor.
Melanie was VP Finance with Spectra Marketing, a leader in consumer targeting, prior to its merger with AC Nielsen. Previously she was in Internal Audit, Corporate Planning and as Controller of a joint venture start-up with Diebold, Inc., a manufacturer of ATMs and banking equipment.
April is a design maverick with extensive design experience across digital and print.
Chami is the CEO of Convergence.Tech, a new breed consulting & tech company that fuses business, social/environmental impact and good technology. As part of Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz’s B Team Australasia he helps companies adopt emerging tech. He sits on the advisory committee of Supply Chain Canada and the Finance Advisory Board at the Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet.
His experience includes four successful entrepreneurial ventures and serving as Research Director Blockchain Research Institute, Fintech Advisor to the Ontario Securities Commission and Managing Director, Fintech and Blockchain at the Global Risk Institute.
Chami’s passions are food, cycling, travel and empowering youth through education.
Frank is an experienced Board Member and Advisor, in both public and private companies.
Global experience in the areas of strategy, operations, and technology as well as investment and M&A for world-class companies such as Sapience Analytics, Credit Suisse, CommVault, 1010Data, EnterpriseDB, Calypso and many others, as well as with technology thought leaders such as The Linux Foundation and Ridge Ventures.
Malcolm Furbert is an experienced corporate and regulatory lawyer and senior executive whose career spans over 30 years and includes a general corporate and transactional practice with Conyers, one of Bermuda’s leading law firms, and General Counsel and management positions with various Bermuda based international re/insurance companies, including AIG and Catlin Insurance Company/XL Catlin.
He currently serves as a non-executive director and advisor in the re/insurance and insurtech/fintech sectors.
Malcolm is also an angel investor, involved in various entrepreneurial ventures in the consumer product, science and technology sectors and supports early stage companies with capital raising and business development.
Susan Joseph, a JD/MBA and former General Counsel, is CEO/Founder of Healthrends.ai, an NSF grant awardee, Executive Director, Fintech at Cornell, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University, and Executive Director (pro bono) of Diversity in Blockchain-a 501(c)(3).
She has been consulting and advising in law, blockchain and fintech for the past five years in the areas of digital assets, cryptocurrencies, insurance, enterprise distributed ledgers, ESG (climate and diversity), identity and privacy, and other issues across financial services, insurance and supply chain.
Susan was formerly the B3i North America Representative (Insurance Consortium). She created and ran Blockchain Working Groups for Global Insurers and was the first Executive Director of ID2020. Susan is a part of the World Economic Forum Expert Network and runs the Women in FinTech network on LinkedIn.
Sandra is a proponent for ‘human-centric tech’ and focuses on emerging technologies for sustainability, access and resiliency, particularly in financial systems. She currently serves as the CEO of the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) and is an angel investor in emerging technologies, Board member, advisor, keynote speaker and cofounder of several start-ups, non-profits, and key blockchain industry networks.
She is currently Board director of Global Digital Finance (UK) NYS Senate appointee on the New York State Digital Currency Task Force, Fintech Advisory Council of Astana International Financial Center (AIFC Kazakhstan), Board Treasurer of BitGive Foundation, member of EU Public Funds and New Green Economy Consortia, Chair of Open Impact Foundation (Switzerland), Advisory Board of Filecoin Foundation, Health Tech Chair of Yale Alumni Health Network (YAHN), and member of World Economic Forum’s Digital Currency Governance Consortium (DCGC), US Department of State Speakers Bureau, Standards, International Securities Services Association (ISSA).
Whilst at CME Group, she founded and led Digitization, developed the CME CF Bitcoin pricing indices, followed by the CME Bitcoin Futures and DLT solutions. Ro was a founding member of Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA Board), Post Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group, Linux Foundation, Hyperledger, and GBBC Board. She holds six patents across derivatives, crypto and indices.
Scott is an entrepreneur and investor. Currently the founder & CEO of Sellout, a compliance company, and an angel investor in Nabis and Cognito.
Scott previously co-founded Plug & Play’s Fintech accelerator, where he led investments in Blockdaemon, Flutterwave, SFOX and dozens more.
Maya started her career in fintech, leading a national IT project at Bank Leumi, and later as an PE analyst focusing on structured loans.
She is a crypto veteran, having worked in the space since 2015 focusing on enterprise blockchain and privacy, later turning to advising on crypto projects.
Currently Maya is focused on the crypto investments both on the traditional venture side & DeFi opportunities across the board.