The Astra Team
Astra introduces a strong team consisting of extensive experience in blockchain and the legal and financial sectors.
With a wealth of legal experience, several of our team members have advised governments on their blockchain strategies moving into a post-pandemic world.
Together with our technology partners at IBM, we introduce a groundbreaking new product, Astra, for use on public blockchains, with a particular focus on bringing legal assurance to the world of Decentralised Finance.
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman
Damien O’Brien is co-founder and Executive Chairman of The Proof of Trust. He is a leading Irish entrepreneur combining extensive commercial experience with a track record of building and growing successful technology businesses.
Damien has a depth of experience in developing commercial relationships and raising significant growth capital. He now jointly owns more than 80 patents in the global technology, biomed and blockchain industries, including The Proof of Trust’s own ground breaking, patented protocol.
Phil Hogan, former EU commissioner for trade, brings with him a wealth of experience in international trade and relations following a highly successful political career. During his time as European Commissioner for Trade he was entrusted by President of the EU, Ursula von der Leyen, with the sensitive job of resolving the trade war between the EU and USA with President Donald Trump.
He was also responsible for negotiating a critical investment deal with China and securing landmark trade deals with Japan and the South American Mercosur bloc. Hogan has also held several senior positions in the Irish Government including Minister of State at the Department of Finance.
Hogan will provide strategic advice to Dublin-based The Proof of Trust & Assurance as it continues to roll out its ground-breaking, patented technology.
Jonathan Hill is a British Conservative politician and former European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union. Jonathan is a popular speaker for audiences who want to understand the implications of BREXIT for financial services.
Nominated by the former British Prime Minister David Cameron, Jonathan took office as European Commissioner in November 2014 with responsibility for financial regulation across the whole of Europe. His flagship programme was the development of a European Capital Markets Union to increase the flow of investment capital throughout the EU.
RT.HON. Professor Sir Robin Jacob
Sir Robin Jacob is a former senior patent judge in the United Kingdom and is one of the rare IP judicial experts in Europe. His judgments have been highly influential and among his major achievements in the English courts has been to streamline procedures in patent cases, which has resulted in a considerable procedure acceleration and cost-reduction. As a result, Sir Robin has helped maintain the UK based courts as the preeminent in Europe, and arguably the world, for settling patent and other IP- related matters.
Richard was Partner for EU Advisory Services at Deloitte in Brussels from 1992–2019, and was the global Lead Client Service Partner for the European Institutions.
An Irish national, Richard has worked continuously in the EU affairs arena since 1984. His personal practice experience covers all areas of EU policy, internal EU organisational and digital change, and interaction between corporate clients and the EU institutions on legislative, regulatory and financial matters.
From 2016 to 2019 he was Deloitte’s global coordinator for Brexit services and he continues to be a Senior Advisor to Deloitte on Brexit.
Richard is a Senior Fellow of the German Marshall Fund and a consultant to the European Policy Centre.
Brian is an experienced lawyer and political campaigner. A practicing attorney, he oversees billions of dollars of retirement funds for his clients. Brian is a Senior Partner at O’Dwyer and Bernstein LLP where he focuses on human and worker’s rights as well as commercial litigation. He is an active advocate for immigrants’ and laborers’ rights in the USA, receiving a papal knighthood and recognition by the New York City Council and the government of Puerto Rico.
Brian has chaired the Irish Americans for Clinton-Gore and currently co-chairs for Biden-Harris. He was also a founding member of the National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Committee and Irish American Democrats.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish-American Literature and a Master’s degree in Spanish Literature. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University and a Master’s in Law from George Washington University.
Yosef Shaftal is the Executive Director of the Israeli Blockchain Association who help businesses of all types and sizes with understanding, implementing and taking advantage of Blockchain.
Serial Entrepreneur and Business Mentor, specialising in Digital Transformation.
Chief Innovation Officer
Sakhib Waseem is an executive-level technology expert in the finance sector.
Sakhib has consulted a number of top-tier financial institutions including Bank of America, MBNA and the National Australia Group, designing and implementing multiple transformative technology-driven solutions from inception.
Sakhib has played a leading role in the design and build of specialist technology and reporting analysis to financial regulatory bodies, as well as designing operational technology platforms driving multi-million dollar savings through efficiency.
Sakhib joins The Proof of Trust as Chief Innovation Officer and is leading on the technology build out of the company.
Chief Compliance Officer
Adam is an experienced business consultant, specialising in; operational management and compliance in both the Financial and technology sector.
As Chief Compliance Officer Adam is responsible for managing risk and compliance within the organisation, ensuring alignment across multiple jurisdictions ensuring business alignment in accordance with regulatory policies.
Prior to The Proof of Trust, Adam provided business consultation within the financial sector to such corporations as MBNA, LBG & CYBG, providing operational delivery under strict regulatory conditions managing multiple sites across the UK.
Throughout his career, he has accomplished multi-million dollar cost savings by way of operational efficiencies and process engineering.
Chief Legal Officer
Dean Armstrong QC is a highly experienced practitioner who has been involved in some of the highest-profile cases of the past decade. He has been a regular commentator on legal matters for both Sky and BBC TV, as well as on the radio. Dean is a specialist in City and financial regulation and in international data matters.