gDEX Metaverse Announces Global Leadership

Over the past two years, this team has worked hard to build the industry’s first solution capable of unlocking the true potential of the Metaverse. Meet the team that will change the gaming experience forever:

CEO – JD Salbego A Web3 industry veteran and strategic leader in the blockchain space for over seven years, JD is the founder and CEO of gDEX Metaverse. Prior to that, JD founded AnRKey X, a multi-version GameFi studio and one of the first to innovate GameFi in 2020, and is a household name in the gaming, NFT, DeFi and Metaverse communities. In addition to being a startup mentor in the Web3 division of the world renowned accelerator Techstars, JD is also a contributor and member of their innovation circle for Web3 experts. He is frequently quoted by major blockchain and crypto media outlets, and is a Web3 keynote speaker at leading conferences around the world, including the World Economic Forum. JD brings visionary thinking and a global perspective to this gDEX team along with his inspiring leadership. He is a famous market influencer, an internationally followed Web3 subject matter expert, and his work over the years on Web3 has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Yahoo Finance, and more, including being linked to stimulation from Japan economy with blockchain.

COO – Sonalii A Abrol A leader in digital entertainment and Gametech business ecosystems, Sonalii A Abrol has an enviable track record of working with exceptional global teams at renowned AAA game publishers and developers. Her experience in brands such as Nintendo Australia, where she led the execution of several first and third party game titles, for Gameloft Australia and Ubisoft India, makes her a strong COO at gDEX. An engineer turned marketer, Abrol has nearly 15 years of experience in APAC markets, with tactile expertise in several areas such as digital business operations, strategic growth initiatives, digital marketing and analytics, management branding, organizational communications, team building and motivation.

CTO – Benj Roberts Benj is a seasoned technology leader and CTO with over twenty years of experience building high-performing development and operational technology teams in traditional finance, FinTech, and blockchain-based financial services and startups with extensive large global Fortune 50-500 companies like JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital and TD Securities. He inspires a large team of technology professionals at gDEX to build the next generation of gaming tools and experiences. At JP Morgan, he worked on their Quorum blockchain, for decentralized interbank settlement of large payments (~$26 billion across 7,000 transactions), and was the primary technology advisor for projects serving the Monetary Authority of SingaporeAustralia Stock Exchange (Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) replacement and smart contract structures in major traded asset classes of ~ $3.5 billion daily turnover), Hong Kong Monetary Authority (daily transactions totaling ~$5.2 billion), and the APAC Fintech ecosystem. Over the years, he has managed equity and equity derivatives trading platforms across Asia Pacific (including Japan) creating real-time infrastructure and application stacks (US & NS) with 99.999% availability, increasing stability and agility by 10x with extensive operational, adaptive and risk management tools.

CMO – Sesha Kanthamraju A Disney veteran with more than 15 years leading marketing and communications for games and content across all businesses, Sesha joins gDEX to lead marketing and communications strategy and deployment. He has worked in multiple industries including media, advertising agencies including BBDO India, technology companies such as HCL, fintech, financial services and ESG. At Disney, he launched numerous games on console, mobile, then online and on social media, including the hit Disney series Infinity, Where’s My Water, Club Penguin and created fan communities for Star Wars and Marvel throughout the region. He co-founded Green Vision, an NGO in India who has been working on environmental awareness and sustainability programs since 1992.

Principal/Senior Software Engineer – Julien Muro Julian is an avid gamer and developer with over a decade of experience in this industry. It has worked for top-in-class brands and many fan-favorite IPs such as Sega, Pokemon, Konami, Sony, Square Enix, Terminator, Final Fantasy, Assassin’s Creed, and Call of Duty. At gDEX, he works to create the world’s most innovative platform for the gaming community. He has been deeply involved in the development of the Blockchain over the past seven years and has naturally integrated his passion for video games by combining the two worlds. To that end, he developed one of the first DeFi-based blockchain web games ever created and helped create many high-profile NFT marketplaces that generated millions in sales.

VP of Digital Technology – Dan Crane A passionate technologist and digital innovator, Dan has been at the forefront of technology for over 20 years now. Whether it’s working and founding tech startups or working in the C-tier of large corporations, Dan has the breadth of experience rarely seen in this space, while maintaining his thirst for next big idea. At gDEX, Dan leads the team’s digital thinking and helps connect Gen Z to the best global experiences being built here. At Tatts Group ($7 billion MC), a top 50 Australian company, Dan has led digital teams as Online Director as well as CEO of their Innovation Division, with responsibility for all online product development, digital innovation and marketing. He grew the team from 20 to 80 people and grew their annual online revenue to more than $1 billion.

Games Manager – Ian Tan Gamer for 15 years and in GameFi and crypto for a few years. Ian has successfully built a leading, award-winning SEA esports agency with footprints in over 20 countries. He leads the mandate to bring the world’s best games to the gDEX platform. Ian has led partnerships with a portfolio of top gaming companies such as Riot Games, Tencent Games, Moonton (owned by Bytedance), Bandai Namco, Blizzard and many more create large-scale adoption programs and campaigns for user acquisition, partnerships and community growth. He was instrumental in creating the major Web3 Play to Earn Esports tournament “GalAxie Cup” with Axie Infinity, FTX, AAve Grant, which GuildFi won.

Head of Guilds and Ecosystem – Adrian Sim Guild Founder and GameFi Advisor to Star Symphony, Lorcan Gaming, Lambda Society. As a former entrepreneur, Adrian has successfully grown his digital localization business to become the go-to service provider for Chinese Literature, Bilibili, Xiaomi, etc. He embraced the Web3 agenda by co-founding two gaming guilds to earn over the years; The Lambda Clan, an offshoot of the Lambda Society that has paid millions to over 600 scholars worldwide, and Lorcan Gaming, a competitive gaming guild that focuses on hosting Web3 esports events. At gDEX, Adrian is the voice of all guilds, constantly challenging the team to create stronger experiences for everyone. Adrian has organized educational programs to integrate Web2 gamers into Web3 and crypto in his guilds and is also a strong advocate of degeneracy.

Head of Partnerships – Dear Chung Cher is a crypto evangelist who comes from traditional mergers and acquisitions at Fortune-500 companies. She leads strategic partnership opportunities at gDEX working with internal and external stakeholders. She has actively managed investor relations, strategic partnerships, capital investments, and business development activities in the blockchain industry since 2017. Cher has dynamic expertise in the digital asset industry, particularly in the digital asset industry. crypto mining, token launches, CEX and DEX listings, venture capital, custodian services and media. She has provided token advice, led investor rounds, and is a shareholder in several cutting-edge initiatives such as NFT, DeFi, and Web3 projects.

Marketing Director – Rohit Kundliwal A crypto marketer since 2017, Rohit previously held marketing and community roles with WazirX (acquired by Binance) and served as a strategic consultant to Fortune-500 companies. He brings unique marketing expertise to gDEX and has a mandate to build community engagement for the platform.

He has experience running some of the biggest crypto ambassador programs and communities, producing crypto content on YouTube, helped launch india first crypto merch store by a CEX, and has run some of the biggest influencer marketing programs in crypto.

Product manager – JB Andre A true gamer at heart, JB has over eight years of gaming industry experience and is incredibly passionate about gaming products, indie gamer development and now focusing on the Metaverse and NFTs. He is currently obsessed with making the gDEX Metaverse a platform of many firsts for players around the world. As a game product manager and PMP certified, he began his career working for Japanese publishers, leading product development and release management of over 150 Japanese games for Western releases, including Go! Go! Japanese! and the original Higurashi: When They Cry series, on various platforms including Sony Playstation 3, Sony Vita handheld mobile gaming platform, and Steam.

About the gDEX metaverse:

The gDEX (Decentralized Finance Gaming Platform Exchange) is a revolutionary Play to Earn platform that powers players, creators, and guilds across the metaverse. gDEX Metaverse acts as a unified GameFi layer enabling interoperability across the metaverse that hosts a robust suite of tools without chain-agnostic coding and a DeFi-powered GameFi token economy for gamers to maximize the value of their efforts, for creators to easily create and integrate games, and for guilds to manage and grow their guilds like never before – all tied to their unique Metaverse Passport.

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