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Hossein Azari

Founder & CEO

Hossein is leading cmorq's mission to organize blockchain data. Hossein's past experiences include, Senior Research Scientist at Google Research NY and Co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist at Clarity Money (acquired by Goldman Sachs in 2018). He has a PhD in Computer Science from Harvard University and MBA from Columbia University. Hossein is a Siebel Scholar, Class of 2014. He never stops learning.

Carter Klein

Head of DeFi Engineering

Carter is a Software Engineer leading cmorq's DeFi Team. The DeFi Team focuses on intelligently and invisibly finding cmorq customers the best deals, rates, and rewards. He's previously worked on exponential-growth financial products responsible for processing $350M+ MoM at Capital One. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, working as an early engineer at a seed-funded data analytics startup throughout school.

Margaret Isa Butler

General Counsel, Law Firm Partner (M&A Private Equity)

Margaret Isa Butler is a partner in Ice Miller's Business Group, concentrating her practice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and alternative investments, including real estate development projects, limited partner investments across the investment strategy spectrum, debt and equity co-investments and direct investments by institutional investors and family offices. With an MBA and her experience as an investment banker, Margaret takes an interdisciplinary approach to her work. In 2013 Margaret won a "40 Under 40"​ award from The M&A Advisor and was shortlisted as a "Corporate Rising Star"​ by Euromoney Legal Media.

Ricardo Marino

Board member, Vice Chairman Itaú

Ricardo Villela Marino is a partner of Itaú Unibanco and Chairman of the bank’s Latin America Strategic Council, where he spearheads innovation and exploration of growth opportunities across the region. Ricardo brings to this role a passion for catalyzing Latin America’s growing tech and innovation sector, and building Itaú Unibanco’s leadership in deploying technology to improve the access and services to all the clients it serves. Previously, Ricardo was CEO for Itaú Latam operations (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay). An established leader on a wide variety of topics related to finance and technology, Ricardo served as President of the Federation of Latin American Banks (FELABAN), and was a designated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Ricardo began his career in Banco Credit Comerciale of France (CCF) and later worked with fixed income and equity markets for Banco de Investimentos Garantia (CSFB). His global outlook was honed in part during his tenure with Goldman Sachs Asset Management in New York and London, where he was a portfolio manager for Emerging Markets, including EMEA, Asia ex-Japan, and Latin America. Ricardo brings broad experience to his role as Chairman of the Latin America Strategic Council. Previously, he was responsible for creating the Business Intelligence division of Itaucard, running the derivatives desk, and managing both Itaú´s multi-billion dollar middle-market credit portfolio and the bank’s domestic mortgage business. For three years, including the merger period between Itau and Unibanco, Ricardo was the company’s Chief Human Resources Officer. Ricardo is also a leader on several social impact causes and currently serves as President of Instituto PDR, a Sao Paulo-based non-profit organization that focuses on catalyzing social and civic entrepreneurship among young people. As a member of Itaú Unibanco’s founding and ownership family, Ricardo and his family have deep roots in their community and a commitment to merging technology with traditional values of service and integrity. Ricardo serves on the boards of Banco Itaú Unibanco Holding Financeira and the MIT Sloan School of Management Latin America. He is also Vice Chairman of Itau Corphanca Chile. He is an engineer from the University of São Paulo, with an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and a thesis on “Managing the Family Business” from Harvard Business School. He is also an alumni of Stanford University’s Executive Program on Leadership. Ricardo lives in Sao Paulo with his wife, Patricia, who is President of Humanitas360, and their son, Daniel.

Varun Khanna

Quality and Research

Tutored in accounting and finance, Varun spent time on financial operations teams across SaaS, Blockchain and E Commerce sectors leveraging the tech to number driven narratives. He pursued a Master’s in Finance from Fordham University focusing on Value investing and Venture capital. He’s serious about his caffeine and can be spotted in coffee shops across the city.

Darren Newman

Operations, Research

With experience in both the financial services and internet space, Darren brings a unique perspective to cmorq's operations.  From leading its recruitment efforts to business development to research (and more), Darren is immersed in much of cmorq's day-to-day endeavors. When he's not preaching the good word of cmorq, he can be found hooping and eating his way through NYC.

Sara Nemati

Director of Art and NFTs

Sara is the Director of Arts and NFTs at cmorq. With a master’s degree in Sustainable Architecture and her experience as an an architect and technical art director, she is able to connect the technical and creative worlds in an optimal way. After entering the NFT world only recently, she launched her own collectibles project of eight thousand Crypto Birds along with other smaller NFT projects. She has been diving deeper everyday into this world. Sara is well versed in traditional painting, digital art, and 3D modeling. She can’t wait to explore the possibilities of integrating all these into the Crypto world!

Carlos Alves

Marketing Manager

With 14 years of international experience in digital performance marketing, Carlos has worked in a variety of industries and organizations from multinational conglomerates to startups. He holds a specialization in Digital Marketing Analytics from MIT Sloan and a Master’s in Strategic Business Administration from FIA Business School. Carlos believes that DeFi is the best way to empower people financially and allow them to live a higher quality of life. This vision of building a fairer financial system brings meaning to his work and life. Brazilian-born, Carlos loves soccer and is a road cycling enthusiast.

Lais Souza Amoako

Customer Success

With over 5 years of experience supporting go-to-market initiatives for technology companies and banks, and a bachelors degree in business administration, Lais helps drive cmorq’s customer success and compliance initiatives. Having spent the past 3 years managing customer support processes at Banco Bradesco, she brings strong experience from traditional finance to decentralized finance to ensure cmorq produces excellent customer service to its users. In her free time she enjoys reading and hiking (And a glass of wine).