In the wake of crypto companies cutting jobs and pulling job offers, the flow of talent from traditional banking to blockchain-driven startups has taken a hit.
Kuriakin Zeng has bucked this trend, perhaps because he’s moved to a blockchain firm serving institutional clients rather than consumers. Earlier this month, Zeng left Standard Chartered to join Great South Gate Asset Management, a Singapore headquartered fintech firm focused on institutional grade digital asset solutions, as a blockchain researcher, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Harvard graduate Zeng had been with Standard Chartered since 2018, latterly as a director and product manager, data science, for Nexus, a banking-as-a-service product that enables third-party digital companies to offer loans, credit cards and savings accounts under their own brand name.
Great South Gate, which was founded in 2018 and also has an office in Hong Kong, has other employees with a banking background within its ranks. Kevin Lee Coll, its COO/CFO, was previously an executive director in global markets sales at Nomura.
The firm specialises in digital asset investing from global institutions spanning quantitative analysis, investing, trading, operations, legal, and compliance. Its clients include Standard Chartered, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.
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