Crypto 1 Acquisition Corp (DAOO) Nasdaq Listed
We have a broad range and depth of strategic, operational, and financial market experience represented on our Board of Directors and on our Advisory Board.


Dr. Najam Kidwai

Founder and Chairman
Founder and Chairman, Dr. Najamul Kidwai, has over 30 years of experience leading product and business development, investment and operational management in technology, e-commerce and financial services. Since 2017, Dr. Kidwai also has been a Co-Founder and Board member of EQUIAM, a leading, private-markets-focused venture capital fund. Through EQUIAM, Dr. Kidwai has invested in several technology companies including Coinbase and Robinhood. Dr. Kidwai has also been investing in digital assets/crypto/blockchain since 2016, including companies such as Fusion.Org. Dr. Kidwai has served as an independent advisor, board member, and/or investor in a number of technology companies that include ForgeGlobal and Boxed (Giddy Inc.), both of which recently announced mergers with special purpose acquisition companies. Dr. Kidwai has served similar roles with Neurable, Cleartrip (acquired by FlipKart), InMobi, Servify, ToTheNew Ventures and Asia Innovations.

Michael Zhao

Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Michael (Xu) Zhao, has significant experience in cryptocurrency assets trading and investment, including starting a cryptocurrency exchange (International Digital Currency Markets), and has over 14 years of experience in financial assets trading, investment and risk management. (Mr. Zhao is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the VGPay, a crypto payment business). Since 2018, Mr. Zhao has served as co-chairman of the Hong Kong Blockchain Association.

David Hytha

Chief Financial Officer
David Hytha, has over 35 years of experience in new product development, new company development and financial management for technology-related companies. Mr. Hytha has advised major firms and new ventures in the U.S., Asia and Europe as Founder and Managing Partner for New Wave Partners Inc. since 2008. Mr. Hytha published on blockchain and artificial intelligence applications in 2019.

Board of Directors

Matt Krna

Venture Capitalist LinkedIn

Jeffrey H. Singer

Fmr. CEO, Nasdaq Dubai & DIFC LinkedIn

Faisal Galaria

CEO, Blippar LinkedIn

Al Eng

Managing Partner, HVT Advisory Partners, LLC, Fmr. Citigroup LinkedIn

David Maloy

Independent Consultant, Affiliated with Rutter Associates LinkedIn

Board of Advisors

Dan Petrozzo

Venture Capitalist LinkedIn

David Garcia

CEO, Borderless Capital LinkedIn

Dejun (DJ) Qian

CEO, Chainge/ CEO, BITSE
Founder Fusion Foundation

Holger Laubenthal

CEO, Cembra Money Bank AG (Swiss) LinkedIn

Jay Eum

Venture Capitalist LinkedIn

Marcel Reichart

Director, Cultural Works Inc Director,
BBTV Holdings, Bertelsmann

Ziad Makkawi

CEO, Equiam LinkedIn